Monday’s Mystery eBooks

The Pyramid Collection
by Henning Mankell
Rating: 4.3

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“Wallander’s First Case“ introduces us to the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first homicide case: his next-door neighbor, seemingly dead by his own hand. In “The Man with the Mask”, Wallander is a young father confronting an unexpected threat on Christmas Eve. On the brink of middle age, he is troubled by a distant wife as he unravels the poisoning of a lonely vacationer in “The Man on the Beach.” Newly separated in “The Death of the Photographer,” Wallander investigates the brutal murder—and the well-concealed secrets—of the local studio photographer. In the title story, he is a veteran detective uncovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of elderly sisters.


OFFENBUNKER
by A.G. Russo
Rating: 4.3

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A top secret bunker deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A silo housing a ballistic missile. Cold War super powers the United States and the Soviet Union are engaged in an intense “arms race” build up of nuclear weapons and face off for control as the fate of the free world hangs in the balance.

The CIA, U.S. military intelligence, spies, double agents, the KGB, Stasi secret police, and assassins engage in a dangerous contest of espionage as Russia wants to spread communism and take control of Europe, and the United States wants to stop them. What is the personal cost to those who devote their lives to preventing nuclear war?


There Be Demons
by M. K. Theodoratus
Rating: 4.3

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When Britt first moved to the St. Edmund’s projects after her parent’s divorce, she just wanted to get good enough grades to escape. Little did she know that hordes of evil demons had set up a secret base in Trebridge to use as a breeding ground for a larger demon invasion. The spunky 14-year-old heroine and several of her teenage friends are drafted to become demon hunters, working with an indomitable squad of Gargoyle guardians to develop the magical powers capable of thwarting the demons’ evil plans.

In an action-packed series of events, the demon fighters battle both the enemy… and their everyday struggles as normal teenagers – lack of attention to detail, problems with authority, and the occasional teenage crush.


Lethal Guardian
by M. William Phelps
Rating: 4.2

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“A dark, true account of obsession.” – Gregg Olsen

Smart, gorgeous redhead Beth Carpenter was a successful attorney in Connecticut’s upscale coastal towns. Her brother-in-law, Anson “Buzz” Clinton, was a former exotic dancer–and, Beth decided, unsuitable to be her precious niece’s guardian. On a cold spring night, when passing motorists discovered Clinton’s bullet-riddled body along an interstate’s exit ramp, detectives began to unravel a twisted trail of…


The Shadow of Death
by Philip E. Ginsburg
Rating: 4.2

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The Hunt for the Connecticut River Valley Killer.

In the mid-1980s, someone stabbed six women to death in the Connecticut River Valley on the border between New Hampshire and Vermont. The murderer remains at large and the total number of his victims is unknown. In this brilliant work of true crime reportage, New York Times–bestselling author Philip E. Ginsburg provides fascinating insights into the groundbreaking forensic methods used to track the killer and paints indelible portraits of the lives he cut so tragically short.


Winter Kisses: The Christmas Collection
by Michele Gorman
Rating: 4.5

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“Gave me the warm and fuzzies. Definitely one for you to put by for your Christmas reading.” -BrizzleLass Books

Like snuggling under a woolly blanket to sip hot chocolate, this 3-book box set will take all the stress out of Christmas

Get all three delicious, hilarious, feel-good Christmas novellas (each one is 100+ pages) from the USA Today and Sunday Times bestseller Michele Gorman! This set includes: Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse, Christmas Carol, Twelve Days to Christmas. CLICK to read the full descriptions!

Sunday’s Mystery eBooks

A Killing by the Sea
by Kathleen Bridge
Rating: 4.2

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The breathtaking barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida, is every tourist’s fantasy—until murder washes ashore…

Trading the urban sprawl of Manhattan for the tranquility and exotic beauty of a Florida barrier island was the best decision author Liz Holt ever made. What could be more ideal for relaxing, regrouping, and getting a writer’s creative juices flowing than observing life at the unconventional hotel that has been in Liz’s family for generations? But it’s death that grips the island when a body sweeps in on the tide…


The Immanent World: Cluichi
by Clive Reznor
Rating: 4.5

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Omar Snellings had no idea that on this day – the final day of his life – that he’d be introduced to the ethereal forces of Heaven and Hell engaged in a series of card games, or cluichi, that used human souls as currency.

Clive Reznor’s newest horror anthology book will test your limits. Told in six short stories ranging from gothic horror to social commentary to dark comedy, The Immanent World: Cluichi – A Horror Anthology Series is a thrill ride through the darkest hidden corners of the human mind.


The Return of the Dancing Master
by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson
Rating: 4.3

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Stefan Lindman is a young police officer who has just been diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. When he reads about the murder of his former colleague, he decides to travel north and find out what happened. Soon he is enmeshed in a puzzling investigation with no witnesses and no discernible motives. Terrified of the illness that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he uncovers the links between Molin’s death, World War II, and an underground neo-Nazi network.


A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas
by Lorhainne Eckhart
Rating: 4.6

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“Loved this so much! Neil and Candy have such a special love that has touched me and even more so now. This book is a must read!” -Susan, Amazon Reviewer

Thirteen days before Christmas, a letter arrives in the mail–a letter that was never meant for Candy Friessen. When she opens it, she discovers a lie that rocks her world, and she begins to question everything she and Neil have created together, including his love for her and their family…

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The Judge
by Steve Martini
Rating: 4.3

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Lawyer Paul Madriani tackles another thrilling case in this explosive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini.

When Judge Armando Acosta is charged with soliciting a prostitute, attorney Paul Madriani is less than sympathetic. Nevertheless, Madriani is forced to defend his old nemesis. And when the policewoman who snared Acosta is brutally murdered, Madriani wonders if the judge is also the executioner.

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The Panther and The Pearl
by Doreen Owens Malek
Rating: 4.1

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The American Beauty: When an innocent excursion to Constantinople took an unexpected twist, Sarah Woolcott found herself a prisoner in the harem of young and virile Kalid Shah. Headstrong and courageous, Sarah was determined to resist the handsome foreigner whose arrogance outraged her–even as his tantalizing touch promised exotic nights of fiery sensuality.

The Turkish Prince: Never had he encountered a woman who inflamed his desire like the blonde Westerner with the independent spirit. Although she spurned his passionate overtures, Kalid vowed to tempt her with his masterful skills until she became a willing companion on their journey of exquisite ecstasy!

Saturday’s Mystery eBooks

Santa Clawed
by Rita Mae Brown
Rating: 4.7

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As Harry well knows, there’s hardly a place on earth cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. The snowflakes drifting lazily down, the soft glow of the winter light, the sound of old carols in the streets…even cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter get into the spirit batting ornaments and climbing the holiday tree. In fact, it’s this year’s tree that Harry and her husband, Fair, have gone to fetch when they find the one they’ve chosen grimly decorated with a dead body.

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Quantrall
by Carolina Mac
Rating: 4.4

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“This is a good read. The kind that is very, very hard to put down. Can’t wait to read the next one.”Go Jesse, Amazon Reviewer

Jesse Quantrall, Texas oil magnate and renowned horse breeder, takes stock of his life after the death of his father. When his on-again, off-again, love is kidnapped, Jesse risks his life to discover the startling truth behind her disappearance. Battling the chaos of guns and violence, Jesse finds new strength and purpose.


No True Justice
by H. L. Wegley
Rating: 4.7

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They forced her into witness protection, not to protect her, but to silence her. After testifying in a high-profile case, Gemma Saint, a young intern at an influential media outlet, is forced into WITSEC by corrupt DOJ officials to silence her. When Gemma’s testimony at a retrial threatens their elaborate conspiracy to control the upcoming presidential election, Gemma learns from her WITSEC Inspector that her identity was compromised and someone in the DOJ has sent a team to kill her…

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Buried on Avenue B
by Peter De Jonge
Rating: 4.7

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An edgy and suspenseful noir thriller, Buried on Avenue B traverses the gritty landscape of New York’s Lower East Side and the more sordid corners of Sarasota, Florida, as a gruesome and unexpected discovery in a makeshift Alphabet City grave heats up a 17-year-old cold case.

James Patterson calls Darlene O’Hara “one of the freshest, hippest detective creations in many a year,” and the New York Times has described Peter de Jonge’s writing as “in the noirish, character-driven vein of Dennis Lehane or Michael Connelly.”


Trying To Be Good
by Weston Parker
Rating: 4.7

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Every time I start to fall in love, my past gets in the way. But a new beauty in my life threatens to wake up a hot passion deep inside of me. One I’ve stifled for years. She needs my help, so things start as they always do – innocent and simple.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Love has a way of bringing out the best and worst in people. Good or bad, a casual fling will never do. She’d be the one that got away, and I can’t let that happen. It would haunt me forever. Being a bad boy is easy. This time I’m working hard on trying to be good.


The Ceiling Man
by Patricia Lillie
Rating: 4.7

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A novel of slow burn horror. Carole knows there can be no tie between her autistic daughter and the strange events in Port Massasauga. It’s not logical. It’s not possible.

The Ceiling Man has picked up other watchers in his travels, but they all dismissed him as a nightmare. The girl is different. She knows he’s real.


Infernal Glory
by Morgan Chalfant
Rating: 2.4

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The action never stops in this fast-paced, urban fantasy, laced with a heavy dose of dark humor.

Jersey “The Brawler” Romero was a washed-up, old, street fighter who spent more time behind bars than outside of them–until he was granted his youth, immortality, and the powers of a god by the Twilight Goddess, the mother he never knew.

The only catch: Jersey has to protect his home city, Glory, from the dark forces that plague her at every turn. Already he’s battled his own brother, a succession of underworld demons determined to make Glory their home, and even the vengeful goddess, Athena. When can a brawler catch a break?

Friday’s Mystery eBooks

Lethal Literature
by Kym Roberts
Rating: 4.1

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Sponsoring the literacy drive to benefit the foster care system should be a feel-good endeavor, but one of Charli’s helpers is definitely on another page. Charli’s dad is distracted and keeping something secret, which Charli suspects is a harmless flirtation with an attractive county clerk who offered to lend them a hand. It’s nothing to worry about—until the same clerk winds up dead…

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The Guardians of Illusion
by Edita A. Petrick
Rating: 3.8

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From the swell of the surf arises an incredible adventure thousands of years in the making…

Ambrosia Severn has it all: accolades, success, prestige, and privilege. A renowned surgeon with a sharp mind and the recognition of her peers, she finds herself at the peak of success when a mysterious, dangerous figure enters her life and confronts her with a terrifying ultimatum—give it all up, or die.

Niven is bound by duty and honor. His mission: protect Ambrosia Severn at all costs. Standing between Amy and a violent death at the hands of an unknown assassin, he must seek out her would-be killer and fulfill his ancient oath.


Fear Nothing
by Dean Koontz
Rating: 4.3

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Fear, compassion, evil, courage, hope, wonder, the exquisite terror of not knowing what will happen on the next page to characters you care about deeply…

For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can—the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night—for it is only at night that he is free.

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Merry, Merry Ghost
by Carolyn Hart
Rating: 4.5

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Merry, Merry Ghost by Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award winner Carolyn Hart, is the spirited second appearance of spectral sleuth, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who would never let a little thing like being dead keep her from enjoying the Yuletide holiday or solving a dastardly crime. The light and funny follow up to Hart’s critically acclaimed Ghost At Work—which Publishers Weekly named One of the Best Books of 2008—Merry, Merry Ghost is a true Christmas treat…


Ranger Protection
by Lynn Shannon
Rating: 4.7

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New release from Lynn Shannon. Untangling a web of secrets makes them the target of a madman, and it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again…

When Dr. Tara Sims is robbed, she fights back to protect her daughter and nearly pays with her life. She’s rescued by Texas Ranger Grady West. Her childhood friend is now a handsome lawman, but Tara refuses to acknowledge the chemistry sparking between them. With a little girl to raise and a growing medical practice, she has no room in her life for romance. Grady suspects the vicious assault wasn’t a random act. What he can’t figure out is why anyone would attack the single mother.


All Things Cease to Appear
by Elizabeth Brundage
Rating: 4.1

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A dark, riveting, beautifully written book – by “a brilliant novelist,” according to Richard Bausch—that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder.

Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife killed and their three-year-old daughter alone – for how many hours? – in her room across the hall. He had recently, begrudgingly, taken a position at a nearby private college…


Music and Mistletoe
by Sahara Kelly
Rating: New Release

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Sometimes, it takes a nudge from Fate to unite a couple and awake the realization that they’re perfectly suited to each other.
In the case of the self-conscious Grace Chaney and the intellectual Sir Peregrine Hawkesbury, the nudge Fate produces is an ice storm, trapping them in a house that doesn’t belong to either of them, and with a family they’ve never met.

Lively children, horrid weather and unusual circumstances aside, Perry and Grace manage to capture some Christmas spirit of their own, with the help of a piano and Grace’s musical brilliance. But whether it will last or not–well that’s a decision they’ll make on Christmas Eve – if they can find each other, that is…