Mystery

The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner

By Clea Simon

Down on Primrose Lane lived a strange old man who always wore mittens. Not much was known about him – until he was murdered. Four years later, a true-crime author, David Neff, starts looking into the case. Neff has his own demons: a best-selling author, he is still reeling from his wife’s suicide. And as he begins to investigate the murder, he finds that his own demons may be as dangerous as those in the outside world. Real-life award-winning short-story writer and journalist James Renner took the time to discuss his debut thriller, THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE, which will be published this month by Sarah Crichton Books.
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Silent Witness by Shirley Wells

After his ex-wife bled to death in a bathtub covered in his fingerprints, the case against Aleksander Kaminski seemed open and shut. Though sentenced to life in prison, he swears he’s innocent, a claim supported by his current wife.

Private investigator Dylan Scott finds himself drawn back to dreary Lancashire in a search for justice. The evidence against Kaminski is damning, but having been unjustly jailed himself, Dylan is compelled to pursue the case; if there’s even a small chance the man is innocent, he has to help.

The deeper Dylan digs, the more secrets he unearths. The question remains: If Kaminski didn’t murder his childhood sweetheart, who did?
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The Unseen by Heather Graham

By Milton C. Toby

1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere…but her body was never recovered.

Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies.

All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city’s most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead.
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The Probability of Murder by Ada Madison

By Michael Haskins

Dr. Sophie Knowles is a professor with a way of making even the most complex math problems fun for her students. But when the school’s beloved librarian is found shot to death in the stacks, Sophie learns that her friend was more complex than she ever knew. Now, Sophie must take on some rigorous deduction homework before the chances for another murder on campus increase exponentially…
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Deadly Farce by Jennifer McAndrews

By Michael F. Stewart

Hollywood + Mystery with a nice dash of noir. Meet the author of DEADLY FARCE, Jennifer McAndrews, whose novel will be released in hardback this February through Avalon Books

When Hollywood heavyweight Shepard Brown suspects someone has poisoned his pizza, he calls on long-time friend Lorraine Keys to keep him safe. Newly licensed and eager to prove to her boss she’s capable of guarding more than vacant banks, Lorraine takes the job. Amid the chaos of a film set — where threats against Shepard are escalating — Lorraine has to separate the divas from the dangerous before the killer succeeds in knocking off Shepard and anyone who gets in the way – including Lorraine herself.
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Between the Lines Interview with Reed Farrel Coleman by Brett King

By Brett King

There was a time when the face of crime fiction was a hardscrabble detective—a loner, usually—who solved crime after crime on a shoestring budget and a diet of black coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes. Hardboiled fiction was born during the Jazz Era and came of age during the Great Depression when iconic characters such as Sam Spade, The Continental Op, and Philip Marlowe enthralled readers of pulp magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective.

Almost a century later, the legacy of hardboiled fiction is very much alive in the work of Reed Farrel Coleman. As a student at Brooklyn College, he discovered his calling during a night class in detective fiction, studying grandmasters like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Since that time, Reed has published fourteen books including two stand-alones and three series. His novels have made an impact. National Public Radio’s Maureen Corrigan called him a “hard-boiled poet”and the Huffington Post has named him a “noir poet laureate.”
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The Next One to Fall by Hilary Davidson

By Austin Camacho

If a mysterious murder, an exotic locale and a heroine obsessed with justice sound to you like the ingredients of a great crime novel, then NEXT ONE TO FALL by Hilary Davidson is the book for you.

In the Lost City of the Incas in Peru, travel writer Lily Moore finds a dying woman who names her killer with her last breath.  From that premise Davidson spins a tightly wound tale that will keep you guessing to the end.

Like Lily Moore, author Davidson is a travel journalist.  While she shares some similarities with her fictional character, Davidson says there are also definite differences.
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Dukkha: The Suffering by Loren W. Christensen

By Rick Reed

Loren Christensen is the author of DUKKHA: THE SUFFERING, introducing Sam Reeves, a thirty-four year old martial arts instructor and Portland, Oregon police detective.

Police Detective Sam Reeves, a 34-year-old martial arts instructor, has a solid fifteen-year record as a good police officer with the Portland Police Department. For the first time, Sam is forced to take a life in the line of duty and despite the findings of “good shoot” he struggles to recuperate psychologically from the killing.
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The Leviticus Mission by L.D. Knorr

By Jim Moore

Recently retired homicide detective Hank Moran and his wife Helen buy a new motorhome to travel and see the country, only to become involved in a bizarre and dangerous situation.

I recently had an opportunity to interview L.D Knorr about his upcoming mystery, THE LEVITICUS MISSION. Here’s what he had to say:
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Deadly Campaign by Alan Orloff

By Don Helin

In his novel, DEADLY CAMPAIGN, Alan Orloff does it again, taking the reader on a wild ride so thrilling that NEW YORK TIMES best selling author P.J. Parrish says, “DEADLY CAMPAIGN has it all—political intrigue, family warfare and, best of all, a hero.  If the line between comedy and tragedy is indeed thin, then Alan Orloff is a master tightrope walker.”

In the story, comedy club owner and occasional performer, Channing Hayes, thought the comedy business was tough, but it’s a stroll in the park compared to politics.  When he and his business partner, Arnie, attend a congressional campaign event for Thomas Lee’s nephew, masked thugs storm in and break up Lee’s restaurant with baseball bats.  The candidate’s people insist that the police not be involved, so Lee asks Channing to investigate.  As Channing searches for answers, he finds himself immersed in a corrupt world of payoffs, gangs, illicit affairs, blackmail—and murder.
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The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival and At Speed by Stephanie Osborn

By Jaime Rush

Having foiled sabotage of Project: Tesseract, Sherlock Holmes and Skye Chadwick try to find the spies responsible. But they don’t even know what the spies want! Their relationship complicates matters; both feel strong attraction, but Holmes especially refuses to admit it. Can they work out their relationship? Can they determine why the spies are after the tesseract? And can they stop it?
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Boca Daze by Steve Forman

By Andy Straka

After a long and successful career in business, Steve Forman turned to writing private eye novels. BOCA DAZE is his amusing third mystery featuring retired Boston cop Eddie Perlmutter (after 2010’s BOCA MOURNINGS).

BOCA DAZE finds the 61-year-old bantam weight PI, dubbed “the Boca Knight,” tackling the local “pill mills,” which inappropriately supply people with powerful narcotics. Eddie also looks into the beating of a homeless man called Weary Willie as well as a financial fraud case involving an investment company head, B.I. Grover, who Eddie’s business partner, Lou Dewey, a reformed computer fraudster, suspects is running a Ponzi scheme. When a confrontation with gun-toting hoods leaves innocents dead, Eddie gets some unexpected help from gang leader Mad Dog Walken and a spunky homeless woman known as Three Bag Bailey.
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Royal Pains: Sick Rich by D. P. Lyle

When Dr. Hank Lawson’s conscience cost him his distinguished position in a New York City emergency room, he ended up losing everything he thought he wanted.

Now, as a concierge doctor to the rich and fabulous of the Hamptons, he’s going to get everything he never knew he needed—if he doesn’t lose his patients….
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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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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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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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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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