Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…
Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.
“This is another delightful entry into the cozy mystery genre, an easy read and a wonderful collection of characters solving murders in a small tourist town.”
Meet Eliot Cross, Columbus-based P.I. in 1988.
A series of serious crimes: Kidnapping. Murder. Art Thief. Blackmail. Comic Books?
Never before published, CROSS EXAMINATIONS sets the stage for an exciting new novel coming from pop-culture author, John Hegenberger.
Private Investigator Eliot Cross faces heartache, headache, backache, and a royal pain in the neck in these rollicking noir stories from the heart of the Heartland.
Cross Examinations, Inc. established in 1988
On August 18, 1882, Joe La Fleur discovered a gold-bearing quartz vein near the headwaters of War Creek, high in the Cascade Range of Washington State. Later the same day . . . he lost it. One hundred and thirty years later, geologist Trace Brandon re-discovers the vein, guarded by a skeleton with a flint arrowhead imbedded in a femur, and a carved wooden owl—admonitions not to desecrate hallowed ground.
Ignoring the warnings, Brandon stakes a number of mining claims and begins drilling—only to see two of his men murdered in a grisly, ritualistic manner. The situation soon goes from bad to worse when Brandon’s old nemesis, Mafia don Peter Pantelli, learns of the discovery and devises a ruthless plan to eliminate Brandon and take control of the mining claims.
Brandon is caught between forces he can’t comprehend and treachery he understands all too well . . .
L.A. Times journalist Whit McKenna is recovering from a harrowing assignment in Afghanistan. Seeking refuge she moves with her two daughters to a small Southern Oregon town and works as a crime reporter for the local newspaper.
A month on the job and she’s assigned to cover the murder of a famous actress. Thrust into the media firestorm, Whit’s PTSD kicks in full force with disturbing flashbacks, each one exposing repressed memories of her nightmare in Afghanistan. Years of journalistic instincts strengthen her resolve and with dogged determination she pursues the sensational story.
When two more high profile members of the community end up in the morgue with the same gruesome detail, Whit joins forces with medical examiner detective Katie Riggs. Quid pro quo they follow a trail of deception.
Medical science has played a twisted part in this deadly drama and each front page article she writes brings her closer to a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to silence his victims.
Founded at the turn of the ninth century by the Lotus-Born Second Buddha and inspired by the most powerful immortal warrior who has ever lived, the Order of the Three Spears has kept the existence of the immortals a secret from the eyes of ordinary humans and maintained peace between the races for nearly twelve hundred years.
When news of an ancient enemy reaches them from the West, the Order sends its best and most unorthodox field agent to investigate.
In the course of his mission, Brother Yonten crosses paths with a remarkable immortal operative also tasked with hunting the enemy. What he uncovers will determine not just his own fate, but that of the Order, the immortal societies, and the human race.
The Warrior Monk is a short story linked to King’s Crusade, the second novel in AD Starrling’s award-winning action thriller series Seventeen.
Why would one NSA agent attempt to kill Robert Milligan, a fellow NSA officer, and Addie Buford, an attractive woman he met only hours before? A traitor in the NSA has tricked the agency into believing that Addie has lured Milligan into a honey trap. And since Milligan knows too many secrets about the agency’s Witness Security program, he and Addie have become the targets of multiple assassins.
Already emotionally damaged from a recent personal tragedy, Milligan no longer knows whom he can trust at the agency. Soon, he and Addie go into hiding, but the close proximity and growing peril forge a bond between them, even as Milligan struggles to keep his distance from her.
And all the while, Milligan also has to wonder—can he completely believe Addie? Is the woman who’s slowly working her way into his damaged heart really as innocent as she claims in this deadly game of cat and mouse? He knows he must protect Addie from the escalating danger, but can he protect himself from her?
It’s the week of Rachel’s best friend’s wedding. Her fiancé is a mysterious man named Jack, who seems to have no family or friends. After a night of drinking goes awry, Rachel is forced to face a dark part of herself she didn’t know existed. What started as a horrible mistake turns into a dark mystery as pieces of Jack’s past start falling into place, and Rachel’s life hangs in the balance.
Told from three unique perspectives and set against the backdrop of Austin, Texas, Rachel’s Folly is a fast-paced thriller that explores profound loss, morality, and the lengths to which we will go to keep our darkest secrets.
Betrayal. Deception. Retribution.
How far would you go to hide a secret?
“A psychological thriller [that] takes a serious, thoughtful look at the consequences of adultery. This is a book you can immerse yourself in fully. When the big moments, the twists and revelations do come, they are genuinely stunning. Highly recommended.” – Walter Conley, Back Again and Gone
When a small town home invasion results in a tragic death, retired Marine Master Sergeant James “Johnny” Johansen agonizes over questions whose answers threaten his loved ones, his career, and his company. The most serious question of all—is Johnny’s family linked to Islamic extremists in the United States?
Johnny turns to Willie, Corey, and Josh—his former brothers-in-arms. Relying on their skills as highly-trained Marines, the team uncovers a treacherous plot involving a renegade defense contractor and the highest levels of a U.S. intelligence network.
Risking their lives to reveal the shocking details of the operation, Johnny and his friends discover that hundreds of terrorists are poised to launch a coast-to-coast attack on American soil. Time is running out! Who can Johnny trust?
From internationally-acclaimed author Raymond Benson, “12 + 1” is a collection of previously published mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, all told with wry humor and in the spirit of The Twilight Zone–plus some unpublished works such as “The Heart of Erzulie,” “Fortunata-697,” and the stage play “Second Chance.” Spies and detectives, rock ‘n’ roll crime, time travel, androids, alternate history, an encounter with St. Peter, and even The Black Stiletto, all in one compact anthology.
RAYMOND BENSON is the author of 35 published books. His most recent thriller series is THE BLACK STILETTO; the fifth and final installment, THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS, was published in November 2014. Raymond was the fourth—and first American—official author of James Bond novels, and his works are collected in the anthologies CHOICE OF WEAPONS and THE UNION TRILOGY. Raymond also teaches film history and is a working musician. www.raymondbenson.com
Family Matters is like early episodes of the TV drama Dallas. The plot is fueled by rivalry, jealously, greed and, ultimately, murder. The setting is a stuffy New England town with an economic caste system. Good guys; bad guys.
In this family saga, the first Adam Kingston builds a clothing manufacturing company from scratch. In his sixties he commits suicide and his son takes over the business. Adam II continues to build Kingston Industries until his reckless life style results in dementia. The courts turn the father’s estate and control of the business over to his son and he is interned in the West Wing of Kingston Manor while his son Adam Kingston III ruthlessly expands the business.
The destinies of five townspeople in the quiet community of Old Pebscott, Connecticut are transformed as they converge with the Kingstons. The interplay between Adam Kingston III and the townspeople provides a fast moving drama as each of the main characters vies for position.
Paris. The City of Lights. The City of Love.
Not to mention the food. Gourmet dining. Fine wines. Exquisite French pastries. Especially the ones covered in dark chocolate and crafted by the best chefs in the city.
But when a dear friend goes missing and Miranda and Parker hop a plane to France to find him, they soon learn the city of romance can also be—a City of Death.
THE MIRANDA’S RIGHTS MYSTERY SERIES
Someone Else’s Daughter
When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?
Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.
Quincy Harker is back, and the stakes are higher than ever. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a swearing, drinking, misanthropic half-vampire with a bad attitude and an itchy trigger finger. Harker and his team of misfits have just a few days to prevent the actual end of the world, as a group of fanatics have kidnapped a young man thought to possess the power to open the Seven Seals.
The thrilling sequel to Raising Hell brings even more action, more explosions, and more Renfield to readers.
“The story is fast paced with a ton of action squeezed into this novella, which makes for a quick and fun read. I really enjoy the voice the author gives Quincy Harker. Like I mentioned in my review of book 1, it has an action/ horror comic book feel to the story.” – I Smell Sheep
When Nina O’Brien returns to the small town of Mistake Creek after ten years, she’s in a race against time to protect her father’s business from an incoming storm so it can be sold to pay for his urgent medical treatment.
As flood warnings echo over the radio and the storm breaks with enormous force across the tiny Californian community, Nina is joined by others seeking shelter from the onslaught.
Her life is changed forever when a stranger appears at her door, bloodied and incoherent.
With a ruthless killer exposed among the small group, Nina is thrust into a deadly conspiracy involving a military veteran seeking revenge and an FBI agent desperate to prevent a catastrophic terrorism threat.
Late 1960s Roma Nova, the last Roman colony that has survived into the 20th century. Aurelia Mitela is alone – her partner gone, her child sickly and her mother dead – and forced to give up her beloved career as a Praetorian officer.
But her country needs her unique skills. Somebody is smuggling silver – Roma Nova’s lifeblood – on an industrial scale. Sent to Berlin to investigate, she encounters the mysterious and attractive Miklós, a known smuggler who knows too much and Caius Tellus, a Roma Novan she has despised and feared since childhood.
Barely escaping a trap set by a gang boss intent on terminating her, she discovers that her old enemy is at the heart of all her troubles and pursues him back home to Roma Nova…
BOOK 2 IN THE AWARD-WINNING SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE SCIENCE FICTION SERIES
To save himself, his friends, and his mission, a fugitive must put his fate in the hands of the last women he should trust—the same woman who sent him to prison four months ago.
Last year, galactic translator Holden Sinclair had a great life. He was traveling the nexus with his friends, seeing new worlds, making money, and generally having a good time. The only cloud on his horizon was his unrequited crush on the captain’s girlfriend, but that matter resolved itself when she betrayed them to the Rhenians and they were shipped to the prison camp on the moon Marica-3.
Since then, Holden’s only thoughts about Josie have revolved around getting even. Or so he thinks, until he runs into her again, in a brothel in Calvados. She’s disillusioned, contrite, and still as desirable as ever. And all too soon Holden finds himself right back where he started: torn between his loyalty to Quinn and the crew of the Good Fortune, and his feelings for Josie.
But with prices on all their heads, their mechanic scheduled for public execution in the Calvados town square two days hence, and the Rhenian military drawing the net ever tighter around them… can he justify putting his trust in a woman who’s already betrayed them once?
Two young women find themselves entangled in a deadly game with an ancient creature determined to wipe out all human life. Tristan and Blessing are demon-hunting drifters destined to protect mankind from evil, but to do so they must exist on the fringes of society. Feeding their own bloodlust by murdering local criminals, they begin a dangerous hunt for a resurrected demon named Anasztaizia. But when Tristan meets a beautiful dancer named Mira, she is willing to abandon her calling for her one chance at a normal life.
Believing Tristan has betrayed her, Blessing finds solace in her natural talent for witchcraft. Anasztaizia, able to corrupt Blessing by exploiting her jealousies and personal tragedies as well as her power, next turns her attention to Mira. Mira has been keeping a secret from Tristan, and she is willing to do anything to escape her agonizing fate. Even if it means abandoning her humanity. Even if it means Tristan must choose between Mira’s life and her own.
“Who am I searching for?”
The Voice laughs. That strange, dangerous laugh. “Me, of course.”
It was supposed to be just one more ridealong, a night when high schooler Melissa Latham accompanies her father on his patrol. But when a psychotic killer targets them for a wicked game, the night turns into a high-speed chase where there is no prize for second place.
They have to find a killer before he murders the next one of their friends.
They have to find a killer before they are caught and charged for the murder of the men he’s already killed.
They have to find a killer… before he finds them.
Mystically powered terrorists unleash volatile magic on the world, turning Washington, D.C., into a politically charged fantasyland ripe for human sacrifice.
A trio of suicide attackers with magical abilities bring down a 747 by summoning a dragon to rip it from the sky, using the hundreds of lives lost as a sacrifice to initiate the Change. The country morphs into a new landscape of swords and sorcery. Now computers and other machines are coming to life, and regular people have started to turn into mythical creatures and forgotten deities, creating a chaotic world easily seized by whoever—or whatever—set this shift into motion. Hope appears in the nation’s capital where, along with transforming Democrats into potbellied elves, Republicans into cantankerous dwarves, and Tea Party members into trolls, the Change has granted struggling freelance journalist Steve Rowan the abilities of the Tarot Arcana’s Fool card, making him a powerful, yet unreliable, wizard. Realizing his potential, he is “hired” by the trivia-obsessed sentient computer Barnaby and coupled with the attractive, no-nonsense female Navy SEAL Ace Morningstar to uncover the puppet masters behind the plane crash. Irving (Courier, 2014, etc.), a producer of Emmy Award–winning news television and a journalist well-acquainted with the Beltway, makes good use of clichéd Washington stereotypes by mashing them together with fantasy tropes, breathing new life into political satire. …Like many first books in a genre series, the novel foreshadows a greater enemy behind all this madness while barely hinting at its identity, offering a wonderfully bizarre consolation prize as its denouement.
Ronin Robot Press has released 2014 Debut Author Terry Irving’s first novel, the political thriller “Courier” on Kindle after the closing of Irving’s original publisher, Exhibit A Books, in June 2014. Exhibit A discontinued the ebook 45 days early but the new edition was up online in only two days.
“An action-packed tale of murder and political intrigue set in the politically turbulent 1970s…. Irving portrays [courier Rick Putnam] as a classic pulp-fiction hero: a chiseled, chain-smoking ex-soldier who’s always ready with snappy quips. … Irving’s story is relentlessly paced, punctuated by bursts of action and violence, and driven by artfully unfolding suspense…. An exciting and gritty… thriller.” –Kirkus Reviews.
“In his debut novel, Courier, author Terry Irving weaves an exhilarating and fast paced political thriller with a historical twist.” –Jersey Girl Reviews
11 crime novels from 11 authors such as Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Sean Black, Clive Barker and David Morrell. Pay what you want. Help support 3 worthy causes. Easy access to all eReaders, tablets, Kindle, Smartphones.
David Morrell, Brotherhood of the Rose
Ed Gorman, Serpent’s Kiss
Clive Barker, Cabal
Bill Pronzini, Carmody’s Run
Tony Black, Truth Lies Bleeding
Sean Black, Innocent
David Niall Wilson, Sins of the Flash
Steven Savile, Laughing Boy’s Shadow
Tom Piccirilli, Nightjack
Maynard Sims, Falling Apart at the Edges
Stephen Gallagher, Down River
In the innocent pre-war days, an invitation to stay at the stately country home of a family friend means a new case for amateur sleuths Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith. In fact, with two apparently unrelated suicides to investigate there, a double chase is on.
But things never run smoothly for the Cambridge fellows. In an era when their love dare not speak its name, the risk of discovery and disgrace is ever present. How, for example, does one explain oneself when discovered by a servant during a midnight run along the corridor?
Things get even rougher for Orlando when the case brings back memories of his father’s suicide and the search for the identity of his grandfather. Worse, when they work out who the murderer is, they are confronted with one of the most difficult moral decisions they’ve ever had to make.
Campus security guard and cop wannabe Jonelle Sweet has a problem. Her recently deceased husband is missing from the cemetery plot where she buried him. Married less than two years to Delbert Sweet, Jonelle knows she can find the answers to why someone removed his body and where he was taken.
Refusing to give up or be stonewalled, Jonelle’s persistence pays off. As her demand for answers escalates, Jonelle methodically tracks down a body snatcher and uncovers a conspiracy where cadavers are sold for profit. Jonelle learns that if she doesn’t watch her step, the grave robber may just turn into a killer. And she will be his first victim.
Mystery readers will love R. Lanier Clemon’s gustsy wannabe-cop, Jonelle Sweet. The first in a series, this novel starts out with intrigue and suspense when Jonelle’s deceased husband goes missing from his eternal resting place. Her natural detective instincts serve her well as she gathers clues, questions witnesses and puts the pieces together that lead her to an unlikely and dangerous conspiracy.
The wartime flight and subsequent incarceration of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, remains one of the greatest mysteries of the Second World War. There seems little doubt that Hess flew out of Germany in a ME110, and that someone crash-landed a few miles outside Glasgow several hours later. But the airman pulled out of the wrecked fighter claimed his name was Alfred Horn, and Frank Foley, long recognised as one of Britain’s greatest secret agents, said after interviewing the flyer in the Tower of London ‘that man is not Rudolf Hess.’
The government, however, insisted that it was. The man was moved from the Tower to a prison where he attempted suicide, and later to a mental hospital. Tried at Nuremberg, where Goering once taunted him ‘are you going to tell us all your big secret today?’ he was sentenced to life imprisonment and died at Spandau prison at the age of ninety-three.
Tight, taut and shocking, these stories all have warped love as the source of violence. Belgian/Flemish author, Bob Van Laerhoven, winner of the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category “Mystery/Suspense” and the Hercule Poirot Prize with his controversial novel, Baudelaire’s Revenge, connects the fate of individuals with profound social changes. Van Laerhoven has been a travel writer in conflict-zones from 1990 until 2003 and echos of his experiences trickle through these confronting and thrilling tales, set in civil war-torn Algeria in the fifties, in a gypsy populated concentration-camp during WWII, in a Peruvian border-town where stealing is a deadly art, in Liberia during the civil war in the nineties, and in Belgian Congo during the bloody uproar in the sixties. Omnia vincit amor—Love conquers all—the saying goes. But not our Dangerous Obsessions.
A Kangaroo’s Pouch is a humorous, rhyming book of colorful illustrations for beginning and young readers by bestselling children’s book author R. Barri Flowers. It is about the female kangaroo and what her pouch is for. The book should delight young audiences with the many playful things that could be kept in the kangaroo’s pouch, before finally getting to what the pouch is actually for.
ABC’S of Earth’s Creatures is a fun alphabet and rhyming book of illustrations for early and beginning readers to learn about some amazing animals on land, in the water, and way up in the sky. It is the first in an exciting new children’s picture book series from R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of teen and young adult fiction, which is sure to engage your preschoolers and young children.
St. James Pastor Mary Beth is beginning to heal from the loss of her husband when the charming son of a recently departed parishioner asks for her help. She finds he wants more from her than help as she watches her life spiral out of control.
HEATER is available from Amazon.
Katherine Thomas began her career in Good Housekeeping’s promotion department. She moved into editorial at McCall’s You-Do-It Home Decorating and Industrial Photography magazines, and later sold her soul to work in public relations for large international and regional companies.
She’s currently at work on her second mystery, Plum Heights, and her flash fiction “Bang” appeared in Issue #14 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest repository of Shakespeareana and English Renaissance books, manuscripts, and objects d’art. Nobody alive knows the library better than Special Police Officer Lt. Norman Blalock; he’s been guarding it for 25 years. That’s why he is the perfect candidate to pull off an inside job and heist from the library’s underground bank vault a priceless artifact that can rock the foundation of English Literature…
“In the time-honored tradition of noir fiction, Quintin Peterson doesn’t shy away from exploring the lengths to which people will go to feed their greed. In his world, things are seldom what they seem. They’re generally much, much worse – but a heck of a lot of fun to read.” –Karen Lyon, The Hill Rag
“Peterson’s novel is a lush tale of noir fiction in the spirit of the appealing thief utilizing all his wits against almost insurmountable odds.” –Literary Fiction Book Review
The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns is a collection of gritty, violent and blackly comic short stories and flash fiction from Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton.
The Gumshoe itself is the short, sharp story of Peter Ord, a divorced teacher who decides to become a private detective in fading ‘one-whore-town’ somewhere in the north-east of England. Dark farce and tragicomedy ensue.
‘packed with jokes, puns and whiplash humour, whether it is spawned by character, setting, dialogue or just because a word can become entertaining with a simple twist in a sentence’
‘as dark as it is funny’