The Art of Murder

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Look no further! These bestselling mystery and thriller authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for free until the end of March.

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Dean is an Australian author whose books are loved by readers who enjoy crime drama, murder suspense, psychological thrillers and mystery romance. The Longo Files is about a female investigative news reporter by the name of Jennifer Longo. She is an inquisitive individual who thrives on getting the real story. To achieve this, she will do whatever it takes! With 5 Star reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and BookBub, I am sure these books will have you captivated until the very end. For more information, search The Longo Files on Facebook.

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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 schoolgirl 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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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’, to be published 2019.

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“Siamese twins?”

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A macabre treasure hunt around the city of Ottawa!

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The first murder was a tragedy.
The second was a mystery.
The third was an epiphany.

Detective Terry Millar doesn’t believe in coincidences. As a criminal profiler, he’s built his reputation on identifying patterns and perpetrators.
But he’s never encountered a killer like this.

Millar and his team are being led on a macabre treasure hunt around the city of Ottawa, and they’re desperate to find a connection between the crimes before the killer strikes again.

The murders bear a striking similarity to one another, which should make it easier for the renowned profiler, but the evidence seems to point in an impossible direction.
With every secret that’s revealed, Millar is a step closer to realizing that nothing will ever be the same again.

If you like dark, witty crime novels that will keep you guessing, then you’ll love the first installment of Kevin Hopkins’ page turning Ottawa Detective Series. Pick up A Striking Similarity today.

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Does the Devil have his final alibi?

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A new monster is here to keep you up at night. In the tradition of The Silence of the Lambs comes a killer with an appetite.

Harry Lightman, known as the Daylesford Devil by the press and dubbed “Lucifer” by the locals, has been sitting in a prison cell for the best part of 20 years, sentenced to life imprisonment for the torture and murder of 14 women. Each one had been preyed upon by a monster that fed on the flesh of his victims, the peaceful country towns reeling from the terror that had stalked their communities. Now, on the eve of the first victim’s 20-year anniversary, a new killer has taken up where the Devil left off, his victims dying in the same horrific circumstances as his predecessor’s, the trademark signature announcing its horrific return with bloody consequences. But is it really a new killer or does Lucifer have the perfect alibi?

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A fun, flirty mystery

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Can Presley crack the case of her murdered co-worker before she ends up in jail? 

Presley Thurman, the Human Resources manager at her company, is up for a big 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.

It’s no secret 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!

Do you love cozy mysteries with a quirky, strong female lead that just can’t keep her nose out of police business? Do you enjoy a touch of romance with your cozies? Then the Presley Thurman series is for you!

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When Prey Becomes Predator

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When you said I could never escape, I knew I would.

When you told me all hope was lost, I knew it was not.

When you declared you would kill me soon, I knew I would kill you first.

I am Alexandria Ridley.

I am a survivor.

And I am coming for you.

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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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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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What can stop the rise of a Fourth Reich on American soil?

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1961 – Adolf Warner is a second-generation Nazi whose sole focus is to restore Hitler’s Reich to its proper glory.

Manfred Amsel is a college professor and Allied spy, tucked in the Soviet sector of a conquered and divided Berlin. 

As the Berlin Wall’s path through the city nears completion, a fateful encounter sets each man on his own quest to escape.

Fifty years later, their paths cross again – this time in America.

Who survives the reunion?

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Deafening screams – whispered voices – am I dreaming?

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Aly is pursued by her violent ex-boyfriend Kyle who will stop at nothing to find her and end her life. The Evergreen Motel seems like a concealed and safe place for Aly to hide, but is her ex the only one seeking her death?

This breathtaking horror thriller story is the first part of Marc Layton’s The Evergreen Motel.

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Detective Shelby Griffin Thriller

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Detective Shelby Griffin is sworn to serve and protect the city of Los Angeles. That doesn’t mean that she has to like it.

Actually, Shelby hates LA, and she can’t wait to get out of here and return to her hometown in Rhode Island. For now, though, she needs this job, and she works the streets every day with her partner Trevor Morris. There’s no shortage of cases, either. Shelby’s neighborhood is on the very brink of an all-out gang war, and it’ll take just one spark to light the tinder-dry atmosphere. That spark comes in the form of a dead gangster who might just prove to be the catalyst for a gang war that could kill hundreds and cause devastating collateral damage. Or does it?

When Shelby discovers that the murder is not what it seems, she’s determined to find the real killer, but a kidnapping turns the whole case on its head. The murder Shelby is investigating has led to a terrible choice. Either way, people die. And if she doesn’t find the killer and stop him, those people could include Morris. The vigilante roaming the streets makes life even more complicated for LA’s most reluctant detective as she fights back in this fast-paced first installment of a five-book series.

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Prequel to the Fiji Islands Mysteries series

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Meet young Joe Horseman. How much will he risk to save his dead hero’s honour?

Horseman idolises rugby captain Seru, who plucked him from the crowd of hopeful freshers to place him in his Fiji university’s top team. So when Horseman finds Seru’s corpse in the changing shed he vows to help investigate. But the police refuse to pass him the ball. Even his friends and Coach send him to the sidelines. Could his idol have feet of clay? To save Seru’s honour, Horseman defies the rules and charges ahead.

Death of a Hero is the prequel to the Fiji Islands Mysteries series. Set in 1990s Suva, the young Horseman’s first case is not only a twisty whodunit that will have you reaching for your thinking cap, but a sensitive coming-of-age story that will touch your heart.

If you enjoy tropical islands and brain-bending mysteries, you will love B.M. Allsopp’s gripping tale.

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A GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN’S STRUGGLE TO RECOVER FROM A HORRIFIC RAPE

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RAPE IS EVERY WOMAN’S NIGHTMARE, BUT NO ONE EVER EXPECTS IT TO HAPPEN TO THEM. HOWEVER, FOR ONE YOUNG WOMAN IT DOES. NOT ONLY IS IT THE DESPICABLE SAVAGE ACT, BUT HOW IT LEAVES HER AFTERWARDS. WHEN RECOVERY IS LONG AND HARD. SHE WONDERS IF SHE HAS THE COURAGE TO PULL THROUGH, OR WILL SHE SINK INTO A DARK ABYSS? Donna, a beautiful young woman scarred by an unhappy childhood, is brutally raped by a masked assailant on her way home from her job as a statistical analyst. Unable to return to work due to the trauma, she sinks into a deep depression. When her boyfriend leaves her and her parents are unable to deal with her problems, she attempts suicide. This culminates in her spending a lengthy spell in hospital. There her recovery is slow, but when she is befriended by a male nurse, a relationship begins to develop. Once she leaves hospital to live with the male nurse’s parents, their relationship blossoms, and Donna thinks all her troubles are over. However, on her honeymoon on the Spanish island of Torrelino, Donna discovers that she may have married the man who raped her. Could he be about to silence her for good or is Donna mistaken?

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THE DEVIL WAS ONCE AN ANGEL TOO

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WHEN Jessica Henderson falls, naked as the day she was born, to her death from the window of her fifteenth floor apartment, the police are quick to write it off as an open and shut case of suicide. The room was locked from the inside, after all.

But Jessica’s sister doesn’t believe it and hires the man the police call that idiot Buckley to investigate. The deeper Evan digs, the more he discovers the dead girl had fallen in more ways than one. And if that wasn’t enough, everybody gets a hard lesson in just how wrong you can be when you only see what you want to.

As the mystery unravels, two things become abundantly clear – Jessica was no angel and Evan’s not the idiot people think he is.

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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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Murder, art theft, and Macbeth combine in this mystery featuring Quixote, Ltd.’s most experienced, best, and funniest agent.

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A murdered woman. A missing art collection. Enter M.J. Smith, Quixote, Ltd.’s oldest, best, and funniest agent. Despite her cast and crutch, her mission is to find the missing paintings and steal them back. The irony? She stole them once before, nearly 50 years ago. Her support team includes a pack of highly skilled dogs and a pair of highly skilled crooks as old as she is. Find out why readers call D. B. Borton’s Smoke “a fantastic read,” “entertaining,” and “a great escape!”

From the author of the Cat Caliban and Gilda Liberty mystery series and Bayou City Burning.

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At home we are safe. At home, nothing can hurt us.  But home no longer exists; it belongs to a different world. Home is now a roof and four walls. Home is a trap where you sit waiting for the killer. Home has abandoned you, betrayed you. It is where people die. Where people go after a long day at work, and where people are found dead and mutilated. Home is murderous, violent, and unregretting. It is sick, it is inhumane, but it is life, and it is all we have.

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Concerning Death is an exploration of death in all its aspects: knowing you are about to die, watching someone else die, dealing with grief, and murder. All of this in a thriller setting where a serial killer haunts New York and manipulates the FBI as if they were pieces on a chessboard. 

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A young widow. A deadly search. When the tables are turned, who will survive?

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A year after her fiancé’s tragic death, geologist Cassidy Kincaid is working on the flank of Costa Rica’s Volcán Arenal when a call from an estranged family member turns her world upside-down. Cassidy’s stepbrother, Reeve, has gone missing in the nearby party town of Tamarindo.

But going after Reeve isn’t so easy, and brings back the guilt of abandoning him years ago. Knowing she can’t turn her back on Reeve this time, and believing the victory of finding him might make her strong again, Cassidy sets off to find him.

However, as the mystery draws her deeper into the darkest corners of paradise, Cassidy discovers a shocking truth about the stepbrother she never understood. Can she unlock his terrifying secret in time to save herself, or will the forces working against her bring her down first? 

If you like heart-thumping action, exotic settings, and broken heroines, then you’ll love this dark and suspenseful mystery. Download Rescuing Reeve to devour this addictive series starter today!

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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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All Murders Are Not Equal.

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As mutilated bodies emerge from the Boston bay…

The FBI is counting on her…

But will the haunting motive of the killer destroy her life?
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FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt was living the American dream. Until the violent crash.

Was there more to it than a weather-induced car accident?

As Alex begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, a dead body is found in a murky Boston bay. What she finds doesn’t make sense.

And that’s when Alex must confront old truths and buried lies.

Has her nightmare just begun?

The ritualistic slayings begin to stack up — and Alex is forced to plunge deeper into the investigation.

Is she unwittingly being lured into a deathly trap?

Just as she begins to connect the dots, she’s gutted once again: her professional and family worlds collide. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.

Can she piece together all of the fragments to stop a twisted killer and save her family before it’s too late?

Packed with heart-stopping suspense, vivid characters, and a twisty plot, AT BAY will leave you breathless and longing for more.

The Alex Troutt Thrillers:
AT BAY – Book 1
AT LARGE – Book 2
AT ONCE – Book 3
AT DAWN – Book 4
AT DUSK – Book 5
AT LAST – Book 6
AT STAKE – Book 7
AT ANY COST – Book 8
BACK AT YOU – Book 9
AT EVERY TURN – Book 10
AT DEATH’S DOOR – Book 11
AT FULL TILT – Book 12

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The worst monsters are human.

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Six months ago, Nathan’s sister was brutally murdered.
Now the 23-year-old former playboy desires only one thing: revenge.
Late at night, Nathan trudges down the beach where his sister’s body was found. He’s searching for answers, but all he finds is a new nightmare: another girl’s tortured body.
Only this one isn’t dead . . . yet.
The unlikely hero becomes the prime suspect. Saving Caitlin’s life was just the start. Nathan must win her trust and unlock the memories hidden in her nightmares to find out who’s really responsible . . .before it’s too late.

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Small-town clean murder mystery with a romantic twist

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A peaceful town nestled at the foot of rising hills and a glacier lake becomes the scene of strange murders. Bodies of unidentifiable women start popping up across town. One murder after the next without any possible clues and rhyme or reason, but heavy with symbology alter the tenor of the town.

Chris Clapman leaves town the week bodies start showing up. He leaves and never tells anyone where he is going. When the bodies start showing up, the cops have no way of tracking who the victims are much less who the perpetrator is. But just because he has left town does not mean that he escapes the pain the city is put through. He has his coming as well.

Follow the case and the clues that are in plain sight as the town of McCall Junction tries to find the person behind a spree of murders and stains this once-pristine town with the blood of strangers. Who do you think it is?

This is the first book in a six-part series. As the clues in this book are presented, take note because they will be needed as you navigate your way through the other five books. Get your self to McCall Junction and grab a seat at the diner while you watch the suspense, thrill, and pain unfold. Get your copy now and come back for the other five in the series.

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A deranged serial killer. An ambitious young detective. A case that could destroy everything he holds dear.

When a young woman is found raped and strangled along the Thames River path, it looks like a personal vendetta by an enraged ex-lover. Then two more women die in the same manner and it becomes clear that a deranged serial killer is on the loose. All three women were engaged to be married. Could this be the link between them?

The case is assigned to DI Rob Miller, a young, ambitious detective, whose job it is to catch the killer before any more women are murdered. Rob throws himself into the investigation to the detriment of his own fiancé who is trying to plan their wedding. When Rob begins to hone in on the killer, his fiancé disappears, and Rob knows it’s only a matter of time before the killer makes this personal. 

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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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The best detectives aren’t born. They’re forged in the fires of their own mistakes.

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C.T. Ferguson just wants to survive prison.

He’s a hacker who lived in China and worked against the government with his friends. Things were going well until the police kicked in the door and hauled everyone off to jail.

Now, C.T. wonders if he’ll be able to find a way out. Yet he refuses to rat out his friends and possibly earn a reprieve.

Despite being surrounded by indifferent prisoners and hostile guards, C.T. is determined to see the outside world again. He has someone he needs to help . . .

And he can’t allow his parents to bury a second child.

Hong Kong Dangerous is the prequel novella to the popular C.T. Ferguson mystery series. It’s the story of his arrest and incarceration in China, and how these events shaped the private investigator he would become. If you like wise-cracking sleuths, action-packed stories, and modern cyber intrigue, check out this series.

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They are banished to the fringes of our world, waiting for a chance to return.
Only we can stand in their way.

They are the newlyweds who bring death into their bed.
The farmer who saw a woman made of birds.
Or the children who want their parents to behave.

But how can we escape them when they are already here?

Dark Fringe Anthology is the first collection of thriller, crime and suspense short stories by Shaun Baines. If you like surprising twists with a fast pace, you’ll love this dark anthology from a People’s Book Prize listed author.

“Every time I knew where a tale was headed, I was taken down a different road.” B. Baskerville, DCI Cooper series

Explore the mysterious world of Dark Fringe today!

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When heartbreak and loss is the theme of your life, does the future really matter?

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If you love surprising mysteries and second chances, you’ll love this debut novelette from author Paige H. Perry.

Fall in love with the Hartman & Malone crew before they join together for a journey filled with sabotage, murder, and danger around every corner.

Prepare for “Trial!” Meet the characters in the first in series mystery thriller “Trial by Sabotage” by reading this e-book today.
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Anna

After a night of bad decisions and a trip to jail, Anna finds herself on the positive side of a second chance that includes an encounter with a handsome police officer.

But when an interesting missing person’s case inserts itself in the middle of her life, will Anna be able to stay out of trouble long enough to fall in love?
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Joe

A beautiful girlfriend, a great job, and a loving family are all Joe ever wanted. But just when he thinks he has his life figured out, evil forces rip it from his grasp.

But when a child’s life hangs in the balance, will Joe be able to put his pain aside and become the hero he was born to be?
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Marie & Bryant

Preparing for the trial of an organized crime leader is never easy, especially when you plan to get him the deal of a lifetime. 

But, with an FBI investigation looming and evidence that won’t stay put, will Marie and Bryant be able to pull off the deal of the century?

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A killer short story

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He thought he planned the perfect murder.

She thought they were still in love.

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In Quake City, don’t go down to the docks at night…

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Quake City at night. Smugglers at work. A dockworker found dead in the morning. Private investigator Danny Ashford suspects foul play. Investigative reporter Deepa Banwait follows a lead to the docks to land a story. When Danny and Deepa cross paths, trouble mounts.

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You have Runaway slaves! You have a dual Axe wielding murderer! You have suspense!

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Southern United States, 1858

Fifteen-year-old Marion knows what happens to slaves who don’t obey the rules, but when an auction ends in the separation of families, she’s forced to break a few rules.

Armed with nothing more than a single shot in her revolver and just enough courage to forgo the dangers, Marion must help the displaced slaves escape a cruel slave master and lead them on a four-day trek through the wilderness to safety of Billette Hall.

Making matters worse, Marion and the rest of the escaped slaves soon discover that there are nightmares more frightening than the slavers.
They are being hunted! 
A strange unknown man, covered in mud and wielding an axe, stalks them.

Everyone who has crossed his path is dead.

Marion and her tiny group of frightened men and women will suffer the same fate unless they can rise above their fear.

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Nick’s just a photographer. But when he notices something out of place in a photo, he just has to speak up.

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Nick is a freelance photographer on a one-year assignment to take photos of every single state Capitol Building for a book for Travel USA Magazine. At his first stop, Olympia, Washington, there have been two overdoses in one of the local hospitals in a single week. 

Noticing some inconsistencies between the photos in the newspaper and the stories in the media, Nick decides to give investigators a hand. He soon gets sucked in deeper than he could have imagined. Were these really overdoses, or do the pictures tell a different story?

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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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DCI Bex Wynter may be his only salvation…

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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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She looks like she’s your new best friend, but is she really a deadly enemy?

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Isabel knows her stalker. Waif-like Alicia pops up everywhere she goes. All her friends love her. Everyone wants to help her. Only Isabel is left with a bad case of the creeps.

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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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A South American travel adventure. A trip to die for. A true story.

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It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. If he doesn’t think fast, it’ll be a cab ride to murder…

Colombia, 1994. Mark Playne longed for adventure in Latin America. Accompanied by his South American girlfriend, the street-wise and experienced British backpacker spent six months on a spectacular cross-continent travel adventure soaking up the lively culture that would culminate in Bogotá. But on their way from the airport, the dream excursion is about to descend into a terrifying nightmare.

Held at knife-point in a taxi, Playne knows he has only seconds to take action that will save both their lives. And somewhere in his history of travelling the world’s most treacherous regions, he’s sure he has the answer. But the clock is ticking and the killers are opening the vehicle’s doors…

Can Playne escape his deadly one-way fare?

3 Seconds in Bogotá is a true story with a time-bending twist in the gripping World Wild Travel Tales memoir series. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, real-life accounts from dangerous countries, and darkly humorous observations, then you’ll love Mark Playne’s riveting read.

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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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Suspense. Action. Mystery.

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This electric thriller keeps you page turning all the way to the heart-stopping ending.

Rookie Reece Cannon is driving down an old-town road, wishing for some action on another uneventful patrol. You know what they say about being careful what you wish for.

Suddenly, the rookie is forced to save a woman from her fiancé.

Reece races to find the truth and bring the liars to justice. Caught in a web of deceit, she has to stay one step ahead of the double agents, the abductors, and the man who will stop at nothing to shut her down.

There’s every reason to fail.

Ill-equipped and unprepared, will Reece stay alive long enough to solve this twisted investigation and find a killer? Can she sort the unbelievable truth from…blatant lies?

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

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What Readers are saying about Patterson’s newest Serial Killer Thriller: “Graphic and relentless!”…”Great from start to finish!”…”Dexter Fortune is my new book crush!”…”I was on the edge of my seat!”…”So many delicious plot twists kept me on my toes!”…”I couldn’t put it down…kept me wondering what next!”

It’s a slow Monday at Manhattan’s Midtown North Precinct when NYPD Detective Dexter Fortune answers the phone. Recently returned to active duty, the restless cop is willing enough to be amused by what he thinks is a crank call. After listening to the man describe how he’s already killed two women and promising more to come, Fortune soon realizes the call is no joke. Reunited with his partner, Detective Gabriella Fernandez, the two race to stop a devious serial killer terrorizing New York City and intent on adding to his body count. Taunted by late-night phone calls from the man they call The Chatterbox, a sleep-deprived Fortune is seduced by the killer into making the chase personal. Coming face-to-face with a predator he realizes he’s seriously underestimated, Fortune is lured into a violent confrontation that could leave him, The Chatterbox, or both men dead!

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Always lock your doors.

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Everyone has nightmares but the silent girl from Tatum’s is crossing over to reality and when she does, someone dies. In a quiet little neighbourhood, murders are about to rock the community’s happy existence but only Tatum can make the connection between seeing the girl from her nightmare and the deaths that are occurring. The second time it happens another person dies.By the third time Tatum is left needing answers.She has to ask, is she next? “Twisted and dark, Tatum will leave you wanting more. “ – Toni Cox, Author of the Elemental Saga. Book 1 of The Butcher Book Series.

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Credo’s Hope

A fresh, funny, tough cop who skates on the edge of the law in her quest for justice

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Elizabeth woke up with a splitting headache. The last thing she remembered was talking to the quirky guy she met at the club before she went out to receive a phone call.She tried to reach into her bag, but she saw that she was tied to a chair. She tried in vain to escape for about an hour before quirky guy returns.


He introduced himself as Chris, and he would not hurt her. The things she saw were contrary to Chris’ promise to not hurt her. There were embalmed severed heads and bowels on a work table where Liz thought he used to dismember his victims.


The police bust the joint and rescue Liz before Chris could hurt her, but he escaped. He had only cut her hair at that point. They promise to find him, but in the meantime, she could return to her old life and she would be monitored from a safe distance. Nothing happened until about three weeks later when she received her hair in the mail.

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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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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A thrilling crime novel with a twist you won’t see coming!

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A spy-hole between two rooms.
A handsome stranger falls to his death.
Letters found between two mysterious lovers written 30 years before.

Dellwood, Missouri 1981
Detective John Malone investigates the residents at Beaumont House, a mansion once owned by opulent mogul, Red Beaumont, to uncover the truth of what really happened the night the handsome stranger fell from the room nine window. As he digs deeper, he discovers an alarming connection between a writer, patients and staff of a War Veteran’s Home opened in 1951 and the mining accident of 1948.

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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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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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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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Dare to enter a killer’s mind

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Dare to enter a killer’s mind.

“The heart-pounding serial killer thriller that will leave you breathless.”

A teenage girl is brutally murdered in an idyllic lake community. In over his head, the local sheriff calls upon the Behavior Analysis Unit’s best profiler, Scarlett Bell, to find the murderer. 

Is a serial killer stalking Coral Lake?

Now Scarlett faces a killer unlike any she’s encountered. Bloodthirsty. Cunning. Insane. 

Another girl goes missing, and the special agent must stop the killer before time runs out. But the killer is a ghost, a phantom hiding in plain sight, and Scarlett must untangle a confusing web of evidence if she hopes to track him down. 

If she fails, the girl dies. The body count will grow.

Scarlett should beware. The killer is coming for her now. 

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Short Scary Stories to play with your mind…

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From Amazon`s bestselling Author!

Horrors Next Door is a collection of Short Scary Stories which will arouse your senses and puzzle your mind. 
Some of the stories are inspired by true events. Find out which ones inside this scary collection.

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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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