Mystery

The Silence: A Viennese Mystery by J.Sydney Jones

By Gary Kriss

First, I’m going to let J. Sydney Jones use his own words to give you the nitty-gritty about his just-published novel, THE SILENCE (Severn House), the third of his Viennese Mysteries:

Vienna, 1900. Lawyer and private inquiries agent Karl Werthen is puzzling over the high-profile suicide of a city councilman–former client, next in line to Vienna’s powerful Mayor Karl Lueger, and the last man Werthen would think capable of suicide. Werthen, however, has little time to ponder, as he is summoned by wealthy industrialist Karl Wittgenstein (father of the future philosopher Ludwig) to find his oldest son, Hans, who has gone missing. Werthen soon discovers the whereabouts of the musically-minded Hans, and the case appears to be solved. But appearances are deceiving, and a simple missing person’s case soon leads back to the councilman’s suicide. Werthen—once again ably assisted by his wife, Berthe, and real-life father of criminology, Dr. Hanns Gross—journeys into a sinister web of deceit and violence that threatens not only his life, but also the very heart of the city and the empire.”
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Eddie the Kid by Steven M. Forman

By Michael Haskins

Steven M. Forman is the author of two well-received Eddie Perlmutter novels, BOCA KNIGHTS and BOCA MOURNINGS. Much like Perlmutter, Forman is a Boston native and now spends much of his time in Boca Raton, Fl. Unlike Perlmutter, Forman is a semi-retired businessman who remains involved in his business and not a decorated ex cop. EDDIE THE KID is Forman’s first e-Book and novella. His writing uses the Florida landscape like Carl Hiaasen at his best and has the open humor equal to that of Dave Barry. Forman’s writing can be as serious and thrilling as any thriller out there, and his use of humor—both dark and light—makes him stand-alone in his field.
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Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane Kelly

By Austin Camacho

What’s so funny about trying to catch tax cheats?  The best way to find out is by reading Diane Kelly’s new novel, DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE.  You’ll also learn what’s exciting about tax cases, thanks to a cool new character named Tara Holloway.

Tara is a CPA who is also a newly-hired special agent for the Treasury Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.  Good fiction is driven by good characters and, as her creator explains, Tara Holloway is a lady you’ll be happy to meet.

“Tara is smart and spunky, with a strong sense of justice,” Kelly says.  “If you met her at a cocktail party, you’d be intrigued. She’s pretty and petite, but looks can be deceiving.  Underneath the benign exterior is a tough-as-nails federal agent with the marksman skills of Annie Oakley.”
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Blind Traveler’s Blues by Robert P. Bennett

You wouldn’t think taking a vacation would be a dangerous endeavor, but for Douglas Abledan it is. Getting mixed up in a murder is the last thing this blind computer technologist expects when he travels to Chicago. But, as an ancient corn plague is reborn in Mexico, and a group of scientists meet to discuss a cure…one of them is about to die.

The year is 2021. Natural forces have changed our world. As the Earth’s magnetic poles have shifted, pressure on the planet’s mantle layer is building. The bottom line…earthquakes now wreak havoc in areas they have never occurred before.
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Mercury’s Rise by Ann Parker

By Karen Harper

In summer 1880, many come to the fast-rising health resort of Manitou, Colorado, at the foot of Pike’s Peak to “chase the cure” for tuberculosis. But Inez Stannert, part-owner of the Silver Queen Saloon in Leadville, travels for a different reason—to reunite with her young son, William, and her beloved sister, Harmony. However, the stagecoach journey to Manitou turns lethal when East Coast businessman Edward Pace mysteriously dies under the horrified gaze of Inez and Pace’s wife and children. As Inez digs deeper into the businessman’s sudden demise, she uncovers shady business dealings by those hoping to profit from the coming bonanza in medicinal waters and miracle remedies, medical practitioners who kindle false hopes in the desperate and the dying, and deception that predates the Civil War. Pace’s death is not the only event that tarnishes Inez’s hopes of a happy reunion with her son and sister: Inez’s husband, Mark Stannert, has reappeared after a year-and-a-half absence, after Inez has made other plans for her future.

Even as she fights to hold on to her child and the life she has built for herself, Inez comes to realize there is no “cure” for murder….
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Another Colorado Kill by Bob Doerr

Jim West’s plans for a relaxing golf trip to Colorado Springs fall apart when he and friend Edward “Perry” Mason discover a dead body in a men’s room at a rest stop just outside their destination. A heart attack and two more dead bodies put West squarely in the DA’s sights. Worse yet, he has become an annoyance to the killer, and this guy is someone no one should annoy!
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Playing the Hand She’s Dealt by David Fingerman

Louise Miller is an ex-cop whose life could not be more of a mess. Unemployed and addicted to gambling, she comes home from the casino to find her front door unlocked and a corpse sitting on her sofa. Even worse, the dead man is Walter Farkos, a man she arrested shortly before resigning from the Minneapolis PD.

Now Farkos’ murderer is obsessed with a sadistic game of cat and mouse. The ultimate goal: to destroy Miller piece by piece. If Miller doesn’t stop this madman she may not only forfeit her own life, but the lives of everyone she cares about.
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Bad Moon by Todd Ritter

By Derek Gunn

On the same night that Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, ten-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if there was some way he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him. After Perry Hollow Police Chief Jim Campbell found Charlie’s bike caught in the water above Sunset Falls, he assumed the worst. Everyone did—except Charlie’s mother.

Todd Ritter’s next book in the Kat Campbell begins in 1969 when Charlie Olmstead disappears on the night Neil Armstrong steps out onto the moon and continues into the present day as China launches its own mission to the Moon. The past and present continue to be closely interlinked throughout the novel as Kat and Nick Donnelly reopen the investigation into the boy’s disappearance long after everyone had forgotten. Cold Case stories are popular at the moment but this stands above anything I have read before. The writing is crisp, the characters are strong and the story tight. Everything you want in a thriller.
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Zillionaire by Gary Alexander

By Virna DePaul

In ZILLIONAIRE, the richest man in the world dies and apparently took it with him. To the tune of $100 billion…

“Grandiloquently goofy, with mapcap riffs on cultural inanities and a plethora of lawyer jokes. Come on, aren’t you ready for a good laugh?” — Kirkus

Recently, I interviewed Mr. Alexander.  Here’s what Mr. Alexander had to say about his writing journey, his story, and his upcoming release.
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Miss McGuire is Missing by Eileen Robertson

When Ben Hammond reluctantly embarks on a seniors’ coach tour, he is surprised to find he has met one of his fellow passengers before. It’s Miss McGuire, his former math teacher…and she is acting strangely. On the journey home Ben realizes Miss McGuire is not on the coach, but when he is told she stopped to visit her sister, alarm bells start to ring. Miss McGuire has no sister.

Ben feels compelled to investigate and when he does he unearths dark secrets. Suspicious characters lurk in the gloom of the Full Moon Inn and, at a nursing home nearby, elderly people are disappearing..Ben finally wins through and rescues Miss McGuire, only to find nothing is as it seems.
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Ionshaker by Felix Timothy

When a cutting edge nuclear software called Ionshaker is stolen by terrorists called Al Fakir from an underground government laboratory, people with information about Ionshaker start mysteriously disappearing and dying, and the president is forced to send two fugitives wanted for the murdered to steal back the software.
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Murder by Music: The Wedding Quilt by Barbara Graham

Autumn brings cooler temperatures to the Smoky Mountains. The weather may be cooling down in tiny Park County, Tennessee, but crime is heating up. Weevil Beasley, the county’s loan shark, dies and the body count begins. Sheriff Tony Abernathy is soon up to the top of his bald head in murder and mayhem.

Tony’s wife, Theo, is in the thick of it. Not even the members of her quilting group are immune when she leads them on a thread-filled retreat up at The Lodge. Arriving early for one of the upcoming weddings, a member of their group is murdered.

While dealing with cranky quilters, distraught hotel keepers and unfinished projects, Theo has to keep track of gossip for her husband and barely has time to hand out the pattern for her new mystery quilt (pattern included).

As if Tony didn’t have enough to deal with in his search for answers, murder is not the only crime. Mischief abounds in Park County guerillas, bullet-riddled signs, petty theft, rotting catfish. Heavily armed crackpots are running loose in the county. More crackpots are spying on them. Even the senior citizens can’t be trusted to behave. Tony’s groupie, Blossom Flowers, is almost too busy with her love life to bake him a pie.

“Murder by Music is a contemporary small-town mystery filled with oddball characters.”

*****

Barbara was always a daydreamer.  Her early literary efforts centered around her saving the world.  Thank goodness it didn’t all fall on her shoulders.  She’s a bit of a flake. Born in the Texas Panhandle and unable to remain still, she has lived in places as diverse as Denver, New Orleans and East Tennessee. A former travel agent, mom, and ballet teacher, she  resides in Wyoming with her long suffering husband and two dogs.

To learn more about Barbara, please visit her website.

 
 

Revenge by Michael Haskins

When journalist Mick Murphy runs into his love fantasy in a wintry Harvard Yard, he is soon dragged into a web of brutal killings that began in Boston and end in Southern California. Trying to protect his dream girl, a Filipina named Michelle, Murphy runs afoul of a police friend and his nemesis, a Cuban-American cop, as well as Los Angeles County sheriffs, before he is beaten by a gang of Ameriasians and his Jeep is blown up. Holding onto his romantic dream, Murphy faces loss of friends and his life before the finale.
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Did Not Finish by Simon Wood

By Simon Wood

Did Not Finish is a book that is very close to my heart as it’s a mystery centering on the world of motorsport.  Twenty years ago, I raced open-wheel cars motorsport in the UK.

In the book, a death threat is circulating around the pits.  Derek Deacon says he’ll kill his championship rival, Alex Fanning, unless Alex throws the championship deciding race.  Rookie driver, Adrian ‘Aidy’ Westlake, doesn’t put too much stock in the threat.  He figures Derek is just playing mind games.  That changes when Alex dies on the track after banging wheels with Derek.  A cover-up ensues.  The police wrap up their investigation without following up on the death threat, TV coverage omits the crash and the racing community seems happy to ignore what they heard.  Aidy is the exception.  He feels obligated to expose the truth and finds himself dragged into a much larger conspiracy.
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Pirate King by Laurie R. King

By Jamie Rush

I sat down with author Laurie R. King to talk about her career, her life, and her new offering in her Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series.

Laurie, I LOVE the cover of PIRATE KING! It’s fabulous and eye-catching and really captures the book’s feel. But of course, we want to know what’s in between the covers. What’s PIRATE KING about and why do you love it?

The cover’s great, isn’t it?   It’s always satisfying when a cover catches the book’s essence, and this one does, a combination of drama, color, and silliness.

As the blurb of the “movie poster” says, PIRATE KING is “A Swashbuckling Tale of Love, Murder, Detection, Poetry, Musical Interludes, & Thirteen Blonde Actresses—starring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.”
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Under the Dog Star by Sandra Parshall

By Diane Holmes

Sandra Parshall’s latest thriller begins with a feral dog pack under the silver moonlight and half-hidden by dark shadow.  They seem to warn that there are some acts even good people cannot control.  And there are some things that bad people must pay for.

Under the Dog Star, this fourth book in Sandra’s series featuring Veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, is superb at doing what thrillers do so well: showing how good people can and do risk their lives to stop innocents from being hurt.
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Half-Past Dawn by Richard Doetsch

By Gary Kriss

Half-Past Dawn on September 29.

That’s when, despite all efforts to head it off, fate catches up with The Thieves of Legend.

It’s a dark tale that best-selling author Richard Doetsch relates, but that’s because he’s sitting lightless in his New York suburban home, which had its power stolen by Tropical Storm Irene. No problem for Doetsch: he relishes challenges and thrives on the unexpected. Half-Past Dawn, his new stand-alone thriller, is proof of that.

Half-Past Dawn was originally slated to come out this month, and The Thieves of Legend, the fourth book in Doetsch’s uber-popular series featuring former thief, Michael St. Pierre, next year. Atria, Doetsch’s publisher, wanted to alternate his Thieves stories with his stand-alone books. But when 2010’s The Thieves of Darkness became an international success, Atria decided to immediately follow up with another Thieves novel.
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Dandy Gliver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson

By Cathy Clamp

Dandelion Gliver, known to her friends as Dandy, has all the benefits of an upper middle class existence in 1920s Scotland—a loving, but conservative husband, a faithful Dalmatian, and a comfortable life. But not all of Edinburgh is as quiet. Strikes and riots have turned the city into a war zone and Dandy finds herself being contacted by Walburga Balfour, who writes that her husband is going to kill her and “I would rather he didn’t.” Dandy is persuaded to take a position in Walburga’s home as a downstairs maid. She writes to her friend Alec Osborne (the Watson to her Sherlock) to joke about it, saying “Guess who is setting her virgin shoulder to its very first wheel? I am dressed in serge and sensible footwear, sleeping in an iron bed and dining off pickled tongue at six o’clock.” Fortunately, her old police friend, Superintendent Hardy, recognizes her disguise and begins to rely on Dandy to help solve a murder that happens shortly after she arrives.
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The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison

By Kira Peikoff

Author Ada Madison, a.k.a. Camille Minichino and Margaret Grace, debuts a brand-new series this July with The Square Root of Murder (Berkley), starring math professor Sophie Knowles. In this first installment, Sophie’s colleague—the most disliked professor on campus—turns up dead after a party, and Sophie’s own assistant is suspected of the murder. Sophie is confident that her assistant is innocent, and is determined to get to the bottom of the crime, using her talent for solving puzzles to arrive at the truth.

Madison is an expert in her genre: The Square Root of Murder is her fourteenth published mystery. Her other books include eight novels in the Periodic Table Mysteries series and five novels in the Miniatures Mysteries series. As if that weren’t enough accomplishments for one career, Madison also holds a doctorate in physics; is on the faculty at Golden Gate University, San Francisco; and is a science editor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
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Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta by Carole Nelson Douglas

By Rick Reed

The newest Midnight Louie mystery novel from Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, revolves around amateur sleuth Temple Barr when she gets her first official private investigator assignment: investigate the death of a rich, dying “cat lady’s” yardman.  While murderously greedy heirs and killers circle the human crime-solvers, Temple Barr’s secret weapon—hard-boiled feline PI, Midnight Louie—is working overtime to tip off and protect his humans.

While Temple investigates the death of the yardman, a serial killer known as the Barbie Doll killer threatens homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina’s teenage daughter.   When both cases collide, many burning questions find surprising answers . . . and Temple lands dead center in a fiery finale that will unmask the crazed killers.  Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta will be released by Forge Books in August, 2011.
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Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman

by Ian Walkley

Willis Gidney needs money because he’s found a girl.

No, no, not that kind of girl. This is an abandoned baby girl.

So he hands the girl to the cops, right? Wrong, because Gidney started life the same way—abandoned. But unmarried private eyes aren’t usually thought of as ideal parents. So now Gidney needs a lawyer, and that means money.
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Cowboys by Gary Phillips

By Rick Reed

The newest graphic novel from mystery and crime writer Gary Phillips revolves around what is believed to be a racially-motivated shooting inside a fancy restaurant/nightclub.  The victim is a young black man named Deke Kotto.  The suspect is white undercover FBI Agent Tim Brady, and the meeting of the two men is the formula for a heart-stopping race to find the truth.  Cowboys will be released by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics on July 13th.

Gary Phillips is best known for Ivan Monk Mystery series and the Nate Hollis Investigations series set in Los Angeles.  He is also the author of the Martha Chainey Mystery series.
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Bones of a Feather by Carolyn Haines

Mississippi Delta P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney is called to verify the theft of a priceless necklace for an insurance claim, but before she can file her report, Monica Levert, Natchez, heiress is kidnapped. The ransom is the $4 million from the insurance claim. Sarah Booth and her partner Tinkie are caught up in the Levert family history, which is filled with blackguards, pirates, and murder. Now the past deeds are coming home to roost. Not even Jitty can bully Sarah Booth out of harms way.
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The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson

by Derek Gunn

People still write letters to Sherlock Holmes every day. What if you had to answer them?

This one was easy. I contacted the author about this piece and within a day a beautifully hardbound edition arrived in the post. Presentation is everything and, as you will see above, the cover is striking. It tells so much about the story in one picture; a man alone, Baker Street and the small note enticing you with the words ‘A Mystery’. This is the second book in this series and, while there are references and updates on what happened in the first book, it is not necessary to have read it, advisable – but not strictly necessary.
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County Line by Bill Cameron

by George Ebey

Bill Cameron is the author of the dark, Portland-based mystery series featuring ex-cop Skin Kadash.  His latest book, County Line, puts Skin in one of his toughest situations yet.

When the steadfast Ruby Jane Whittaker drops out of sight, Skin sets out to discover what drove her to leave her life behind so suddenly and without explanation.
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Mr. Monk on the Couch by Lee Goldberg

by Paula Tutman

Another person dead on arrival.  Another mystery to be solved.  But for Adrian Monk, the finicky gumshoe consultant who never gets it wrong, it’s a no-brainer.  Monk’s critical eye is like a calculator adding up everything that fits, and most importantly absolutely everything that doesn’t.  Monk announces it’s a wrap.  Case closed.  The guy died of natural causes, let’s wash our hands and get outta here.  But not so fast, according to Monk’s ever faithful, ever present assistant.  There’s more to this cold body than meets his cold calculating eye and she wants a crack at solving the unknown.  And that’s the first twist in Lee Goldberg’s newest Monk novel, Mr. Monk On The Couch (Penguin/Putam June 2011).
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Dance of the Dead by Ines Eberl

By John T. Cullen

Art expert Hans Bosch’s mentor, Prof. Arnulf Salchenegger, dies myseriously of mushroom poisoning. Famous gallery owner Tobias Tappeiner lies dead in the fish pond at Castle Hellbrunn. Bosch rules out accidental death in both cases, and suspects murder. His investigation takes him to a wealthy art collector’s villa, where he comes upon a faked Medieval Madonna. As his involvement deepens, he blends into the shadowy and dangerous  underworld of the art trade—filled with fascinating personalities, including both genuine artists and talented forgers. Hans Bosch’s dramatic and dangerous investigation leads to a harrowing climax.
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Concrete Pearl by Vincent Zandri

Ava “Spike” Harrison might be a beautiful, classically schooled woman, but the single, 38 year old construction business owner is also plenty ballsy. Her late father taught her long ago how to handle the rough boys in an industry that’s almost entirely filled with hard-boiled men on the make. But now, with “the business dad built” from the ground up failing due to an unusual series of job-site injuries and just plain bad luck, Spike has no choice but to take on one last project she believes can pull the fledgling commercial firm from the depths of almost certain bankruptcy and family shame: The Renovation of Albany PS 20.
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Hunter’s World by Fred Lichtenberg

By J. H. Bogran

The Village of Eastpoint, Long Island is suddenly in turmoil after John Hunter, a celebrity romance columnist resident is murdered. But murder is only the beginning of the town’s troubles. Hunter, an outsider, left dark secrets that have surfaced after the chief of police discovers paintings of Hunter and local women in compromising positions. Hank Reed, the chief of police is torn between his allegiance to protect his beloved town and the honor of his shield. As that balance bends toward justice, the townspeople rise against him, including his wife, who Reed suspects might be Hunter’s killer. As the emotional walls begin to crumble, Reed forges ahead without compromise, risking his job, his wife, and the townspeople he so desperately wants to save from the outside world.
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The Last of the Good Guys by Ernesto Patino

by J. H. Bográn

When an ex-cop commits suicide in Miami, his widow turns to her husband’s best friend P.I. Alec Santana for assistance. Soon after, two more ex-cops commit suicide and Santana knows it’s not a coincidence. Alec hits one dead end after another in his search for answers until he discovers a shocking secret from the past…
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