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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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As quickly as he’d come, the shooter disappears into the dark woods…but he’ll be back.

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The bullet came from nowhere, just missing Shelby’s head.

As quickly as he’d come, the shooter disappears into the dark woods…

…but he’ll be back.

Now Shelby, an ex-boxer and retired fixer, must find out who is trying to kill him, all the while connecting the dots in an underworld of drugs and violence that may prove to be his undoing.

You’ll love this thriller because it never stops to take a breath. Fast-paced action full of larger-than-characters who jump off the page.

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

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

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

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

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

The tale unfolds into an action-packed finale.

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

all very worrying.” Janet Brookman

“How can anybody have so many 

worries on a paradise beach?” Tim Mellish

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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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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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When thieves fall in love, can they trust each other?

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Liar One: Sam Webb is released from prison after serving two years for burglary and wants to go straight. Unfortunately, his old crime boss, Paul Barnes, still wants the half-million dollars that disappeared when Sam got arrested in the middle of his last safe-cracking job.

Liar Two: Kath Battaglia was a punk runaway when Paul Barnes found her on the streets years ago, and he transformed her into a professional thief. Now she wants to escape the criminal life, but Paul won’t cut her loose until she pays back all the money she owes him.

Paul Barnes forces them to commit burglaries together to pay off their debts. But when they fall in love they see they may have a chance for happiness — unless one betrays the other.

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A Murder Mystery unfolds as Cyclone Tracy destroys Darwin

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Mercenaries, 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.

“Aedan and Eva are well-developed characters, strong, and knowledgable. The storyline is well written and has lots of suspense, drama, action, violence, murder, and mystery.” Amazon Reviewer

A murder mystery with a real outback Australian flavour.

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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.

Download Death of a Hero to dive deep into turbulent Fiji waters today!

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When fear stands between you and your enemy, what do YOU do? Riddle solving artifact hunting, courage and danger is at the core of the Alex Hunt series where the pages turn themselves!

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Two thousand years ago, Rhapta was the thriving metropolis of Africa. But, at the peak of its existence, the entire city suspiciously disappeared.

Now, Alex Hunt, an archaeological researcher and recluse, battles her worst fears as she’s forced to follow the trail of her prominent archaeologist father who mysteriously went missing in search of the fabled lost city.

Tasked to go with her, the inexperienced Sam Quinn joins her on an action-packed adventure through the treacherous African savannah. Confronted with an abundance of danger, fear, and heartache, they come face to face with sabotage, crime, and betrayal that will test their inner strength and will to survive. 

Will she find her father and the infamous lost city of Rhapta, or is there something far more sinister behind his disappearance?

Join the adventure and travel from the luxury of your favorite armchair to Tanzania, Africa!

Jam-packed action inspired by actual historical facts, it’s a fast-paced adventure thriller that will, without a doubt, have you pick up the next book in the series!

*Includes Bonus digital copy of the series Prequel

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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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Do missing dogs hold a clue to the disappearance of Max’s Wife?

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Max Boucher, a former Seattle detective turned P.I. has just been handed a puzzling case. Dozens of dogs are disappearing all over the city, and no one knows why. The stretched Seattle police department can’t dedicate the resources needed, and Max may be the pet owner’s only hope. For the missing dogs, time is running out.

But Max is dealing with his own demons. Three years ago, his wife disappeared and his daughter was murdered. The police presume she is dead, but Max knows better. He’s still paying for the house they lived in together, terrified that he will sell the one place that holds the clues he needs to find his wife.

Will Max be able to find the dogs in time? Does this case hold an unknown clue to his wife’s disappearance? Once you start reading this astounding crime thriller, you won’t be able to stop until the very last page.

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A Thrilling Suspense with a Mind-Blowing Ending!

A Thrilling Romantic Suspense

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Her memories are coming back, but why don’t they match the life she’s been living? 

Mia is not surprised to find herself crawling out of a lake in the middle of the night. 

She’s been sleepwalking a lot lately, and although it just started, she’s by no means a stranger to new things. 

It’s been four months since Mia woke up with no memory—no recollection of any of the 24-years of her life. She doesn’t remember getting married, or even moving to the southern town of Cooper Creek. But what bothers her the most is not knowing why she keeps having the same recurring nightmare about the Chinese tattoo on her ring finger. 

When Mia discovers how to trigger back her memories, she’s taken aback by the fact that they don’t match the life she’s been living? 

But that’s not the worst part… 

She soon learns that any further triggers could cause permanent damage to her brain. 

On the edge of her doubts, will she risk her mental stability to find out the truth about her past? 

You’ll love this thrilling romantic suspense because its fast-pace will keep the pages turning and you won’t be able to put it down. 

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A missing letter. A deadly mystery. An award winning story.

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Gold Medal winner of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association’s 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Fiction. Jake Travis is contracted by his ex-Army colonel to retrieve a missing fifty-year-old Cold War letter. He quickly finds himself entwined in a world where the line between good and evil becomes increasingly blurred. The letter, written in 1961 by a CIA operative who met a mysterious demise, has ended up in the possession of Raydel Escobar. As Jake relentlessly pursues the enigmatic Escobar, he soon discovers that Escobar is involved in far more than simply blackmailing the IRS in exchange for the letter.   

Assisted by his partner Garrett and neighbor Morgan, Jake turns up the heat on Escobar. Fascinated with the letter’s origins and the fate of those who first touched the document, Jake will stop at no end to complete his assigned task. Taunt, humorous and poignant, The Second Letter is an entertaining novel that will leave you eager to experience more of the captivating world of Jake Travis.

“Jake Travis is one of the best leading men to take the thriller stage in years.” Florida Weekly

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She married her enemy… 

When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire to gather enough money to disappear forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.

He never quit loving her. 

Rae’s first love, Brady Thomas, discovers she’s home and in trouble. She won’t tell him what’s going on, but he’s a detective. He’ll figure it out. He’s going to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not. 

Her enemy nears.

Rae would love nothing more than to fall into Brady’s arms, to allow him to protect her and her son, but getting involved with him will only put Brady on harm’s way. When Rae’s husband closes in, she has to decide what—and whom—she’ll sacrifice to save her son. 

Download Convenient Lies today, and binge read all night. 

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A betrayed assassin. A girl he swore to protect. The best-selling Thomas Caine series starts here…

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“If you’re looking for a great new author… check out Andrew Warren.” – The Real Book Spy

Former CIA assassin Thomas Caine was burned, betrayed, and left for dead. Now, he struggles to stay off the grid, and hides from his dark past in the seedy underworld of Pattaya, Thailand. 

But when human traffickers target the one person Caine swore he would protect, the vengeful former assassin must wage a bloody one-man war to get her back. He soon finds himself taking on the Russian mafia, and an insane criminal warlord who believes he is the devil himself… 

Can Caine use his deadly skills to defeat these new enemies, and save a group of kidnapped girls before the clock runs out?

Find out in this explosive introduction to the Thomas Caine thriller series. Fans of Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher will love Thomas Caine! Reviews say: “The next Jason Bourne, or James Bond! A burning page turner, swift and intense! If you love ACTION… Caine and Warren are your team!”

Devil’s Due is a lightning fast thriller, packed with action and suspense. Download your copy and meet the CIA’s deadliest killer today…

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A gripping crime, mystery thriller full of unexpected twists.

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Would you commit a felony to save someone you love?

Get the cash. Save his wife.

. . . at least that’s the plan.

To rob the bank, Jack needs to enlist the help of his estranged childhood friends who owe him. They’d never forget Jack. Not after the sacrifice he’d made. At least, that’s what he’s banking on.

Trouble is, someone is watching every move Jack makes.

Detective Steel receives the tip-off of his thirty-year career. Despite his suspicions, he devises a radical plan that puts his entire career is on the line. To catch the bank robbers he must let the heist happen. What could possibly go wrong?

Will Jack succeed in saving the woman he loves? And if he does, will the sacrifice be worth it?

Download this stand-alone crime thriller today and the twists and conspiracies will have you burning through the pages right up to the final unpredictable ending.

What readers are saying about DOUBLE TAKE:

“This story is so well planned and well written, it was as if it had actually happened! I was riveted to my chair while reading the twists and turns. If I could give it 6 stars, I would.”  Multi-Mystery fan. 

“Double Take by Aussie author Kendall Talbot is an extremely different take on criminals, a crime and the consequences of what was done when it seemed there were no other options.”  Brenda Telford.

 “An engaging and entertaining read that offers a fantastic and unique insight into the criminal mind whilst maintaining all the elements of suspense, adventure, and action that you expect from Talbot.”  AusRom Today.

“Kendall has a great talent for creating vibrant, sympathetic and entirely likable characters who aren’t who you’d expect. Double Take is engaging and beautifully paced, with perfect measures of tension, emotion, humor and drama. Well worth losing sleep to!”  My written romance. 

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A story of Massachusetts greed: the Big Dig, the Mob, politicians and sex — living together at Serpent Point

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Inside the Big Dig tunnel beneath the streets of Boston, a roof collapse kills an innocent motorist and suddenly questions are being asked: Was the construction shoddy? Did the unions cut corners? Were Boston’s politicians all paid off to look the other way?

Tom Pyle, owner of the huge construction firm that built the tunnel, knows he’s in trouble. So he hires a rough-and-tumble, no-nonsense manager in Jack Dunne to come in and try to save the company.

The threads Dunne begins to pull all seem to lead right back to Pyle’s own exclusive Cape Cod oceanfront neighborhood, a place called Serpent Point. Living there, in gated luxury, are several who had some kind of role in the Big Dig project: the famous senator gearing up for his own presidential run; a wealthy retired musician and impresario with strange tastes; and the head of one of New England’s most powerful crime families whose main concern is keeping tabs on his own sixteen-year-old daughter. And is Dunne trying to save the company, or take it over for himself?

Author Caleb Clarke has created a story for our time, and it’s located on Serpent Point.

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Who says oil and water don’t mix?

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Get the prequel to the 10-volume Raja Williams Mystery Thriller Series and find out how it all started.

Before Vinny, Raja worked solo. His unique connection to people and his intuitive brilliance was all he needed to solve crimes. Having a partner never crossed his mind. When he met Vinny that changed.

The death of a prominent banker takes Oxford-educated private investigator Raja Williams on a case to his home turf, the Caribbean. Vinny Moore, a hipster hacker who got caught with her hand in the government’s cookie jar, is pressed into service helping a CIA task force stop a prolific cocaine smuggling operation in the Caribbean.

When the two cases cross, Raja and Vinny meet with explosive results. They are as different as night and day, but together they form a powerfully effective crime-fighting team.

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Family holidays can be deadly…

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It was meant to be a nice family holiday… but family holidays can be deadly…

Jake Hawkins wants nothing more than a week away with his family. Their destination, the Elk Lake Cabins Resort, nestled amongst the magnificent Texan wilderness.

That was, until his sister’s new boyfriend, Garret Watts, tags along for the trip.

But Garret has a dark past and even darker cause. A cause he will kill for.

In the space of an evening, the Hawkins’ family holiday is transformed from tranquil to nightmare, where they must confront peril at every turn and find themselves in a desperate fight for survival.

Elk Lake Cabins is the fast paced, unputdownable page turner sure to keep you up at night and get your insides churning…

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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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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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High School Syllabus: Shakespeare, Geometry, Murder.

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A high school teacher is not your typical murder victim, and with two P.I. Vinnie Briggs intends to find the connection. And dangerous enough that he hires Rita Light, a martial arts champion, as a co-investigator.

Vinnie seeks clues in standard crime data while Rita looks to the bedroom. The evidence suggests vengeance the motive. The data follows a pattern. With one exception.

 Bullying, team sports, beautiful men and women, and martial arts for unconventional sex brings an investigation like no other. Outlier Man is a tale of vigilantism and its consequences. A modern morality twist that awards an F to school rules intended to protect students and don’t.

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