Thursday’s Mystery eBooks

Little Bookshop of Murder
by Maggie Blackburn
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Summer Merriweather’s career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder’s thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper’s pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that, with any luck, will finally get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. But her English idyll ends when her mother, Hildy, shuffles off her mortal coil from an apparent heart attack.

Returning to Brigid’s Island, NC, for the funeral, Summer is impatient to settle the estate, sell her mom’s embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and go home. But as she drops by Beach Reads, Summer finds threatening notes addressed to Hildy: “Sell the bookstore or die.”


The Promotion
by Daniel Hurst
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What if your worst enemy discovered your darkest secret? Imogen should be enjoying her life – she is happily married with a high-powered career that could see her rise to the very highest levels of management.

But that’s never going to happen. Because Imogen’s boss Michael has discovered she has a secret, something she has hidden from everyone, even her devoted husband. And if it’s ever revealed, her life will be destroyed.

Which means Imogen is completely and utterly in Michael’s power.


Where The Lost Go
by Glynn James
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A new supernatural mystery series by the author of Thrown Away, Diary of the Displaced, Arisen, and Dustfall.

Jake Adler was only supposed to be in hospital for a few days to have his appendix removed, then he was should have been home, recovering, and ready to go back to work at the burger restaurant in a couple of weeks. It should have been that simple, but things didn’t turn out that way.

What Jake thought were nightmares have turned out to be real, and the ghostly man talking to him in his dreams hasn’t gone away.


Murder at the Mena House
by Erica Ruth Neubauer
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A 2020 Agatha Award Nominee

Egypt, 1926.Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won’t be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie’s best efforts, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza than into the eyes of a dashing stranger. Yet Jane’s plans to remain cool and indifferent become ancient history in the company of Mr. Redvers, a roguish banker she can’t quite figure out…

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Restore the Honor
by Jesse Storm
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At the ripe age of twenty-six, Texas Ranger Beau Knight decided to settle down. But before he can put up his guns and badge for good, he’s tasked with one last assignment.

Ransom Falls is a thriving town on the wrong side of the Pecos River. Boasting seven large ranches, bustling markets, a church, and the prettiest maiden in all of Texas, Beau finds Ransom Falls the ideal place to pitch his tent in permanently. But nightly raids by a nearby Indian settlement hound the town and leave its people vulnerable.

With the help of local law enforcement, Beau goes to eliminate the ‘threat’. But he ends up realizing he also needs to restore the honor of the natives.


Midnight Obsession
by Melinda Leigh
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In Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s edgy new thriller, Louisa Hancock thought she was safe…but there’s a new killer in town.

When a mysterious package lands on Louisa Hancock’s doorstep, the Philadelphia museum curator can hardly anticipate the nightmare that’s about to envelop her. The package is addressed to her father—an expert in Viking culture—and inside is a ninth-century sword, a chilling thank-you note, and photos of two dead bodies in a tableau evoking a Nordic funeral. The gruesome images match a recent crime scene. But before the police can investigate the killer’s connection to Louisa’s father, Ward Hancock vanishes.


Shadows Unveiled
by Amanda Berthault
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Heavy metal singer Shadow McKinley has faked his death to leave behind what he considers a torturous life. While disguised under his new identity as Shanley, a traveling pool hustler, he meets Macy, a teenage runaway and fan of his former band. Her plan to find her father in Los Angeles has fallen apart, and together they begin a cross-country road trip to get there.

But Shanley makes one huge mistake, and their adventure turns into a desperate escape from the police and a struggle to stay alive. And with Macy unknowingly tormenting him with flashes of his past, Shanley must fight to keep his secret—not only from her, but from a world that is determined to find him.


America’s First Female Serial Killer
by Mary Kay McBrayer
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America’s First Female Serial Killer novelizes the true story of first-generation Irish-American nurse Jane Toppan, born as Honora Kelley. Although all the facts are intact, books about her life and her crimes are all facts and no story. Jane Toppan was absolutely a monster, but she did not start out that way.

When Jane was a young child, her father abandoned her and her sister to the Boston Female Asylum. From there, Jane was indentured to a wealthy family who changed her name, never adopted her, wrote her out of the will, and essentially taught her how to hate herself. Jilted at the altar, Jane became a nurse and took control of her life—and the lives of her victims.

Wednesday’s Mystery eBooks

Choose Me
by Tess Gerritsen, Gary Braver
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Taryn Moore is young, beautiful, and brilliant…so why would she kill herself?

When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the girl’s fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there’s more to the story. Her instincts are confirmed when surprise information is revealed that could have been reason enough for Taryn’s suicide – or a motive for her murder.


Autumn’s Chaos
by Mary Stone
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Guilt is a powerful motivator… Less than twenty-four hours after yet another near-death experience, forensic and criminal psychologist Dr. Autumn Trent should be resting and recovering, not back at work. But she has no choice. Her best friend, Special Agent Winter Black, is missing.

So is Winter’s baby brother, Justin…a brutal serial killer.

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Zechariah and the Fallen
by Matthew Newson
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If you could catch a glimpse of heaven, how would earth ever look the same again?

Career-driven reporter, Rebecca Sims, would like nothing more than to forget her past mistakes. Self-absorbed and consumed with work, she’s driven away her husband and has abandoned her faith—until her editor orders her to interview a man of God named Zechariah.

Zechariah seems like a joke to a hurting Rebecca. His claims of being an angel—sent from God to share the story of the fall of Lucifer—are too ridiculous to believe, let alone honestly report. But Zechariah exposes secrets only Rebecca holds in her heart, and he claims to have the answers to long-held questions about her waning faith.


Choice Cut
by Arnold Eslava-Grünwaldt
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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As events unfold, Detective Sergeant Hamilcar “Ham” Hitchcock and his general assignment squad—down two members following an unexpected shooting—doubles downs and meets the latest challenge head on. A promising lead eventually emerges. But, will it be enough to point them in the right direction?

Jerome Samuels was a well-known and highly respected muralist. Before he hit the big time and switched mediums, he was a tattoo artist with a rumored secret or two. His untimely death has triggered a race to find his former ink work and unlock the alleged clues they hold.

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Nightmare in Pink
by John D. MacDonald, Lee Child
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The damsel in question is his old friend’s kid sister, whose fiancé has just been murdered in what the authorities claim was a standard Manhattan mugging. But Nina knows better. Her soon-to-be husband had been digging around, finding scum and scandal at his real estate investment firm. And this scum will go to any lengths to make sure their secrets don’t get out.

Travis is determined to get to the bottom of things, but just as he’s closing in on the truth, he finds himself drugged and taken captive.

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(A Travis McGee Mysteries)


The Locked Door
by Freida McFadden
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Some doors are locked for a reason… While eleven-year-old Nora Davis was up in her bedroom doing homework, she had no idea her father was killing women in the basement. Until the day the police arrived at their front door.

Decades later, Nora’s father is spending his life behind bars, and Nora is a successful surgeon with a quiet, solitary existence. Nobody knows her father was a notorious serial killer. And she intends to keep it that way.


An Alien Crush
by Calla Zae
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When a heroic star-being saves Sasha from horrific beasts, she develops a crush on him, sparking hope in her heart. But then he disappears. Taking matters into her own hands, Sasha tracks him down.
Maeson, a remarkable soldier who values his word, is attracted to Sasha, but a promise keeps him from her. In order to return to her, he must first fulfill his obligation to someone else and stop a dire threat from destroying them both.

Can Maeson offer Sasha what she needs? Or will he crush her heart?

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The World’s Most Traveled Man’s Top 60 Travel Tips
by Ian Boudreault
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To all future globetrotters! Learn the secrets of traveling the world through this spoon-fed, all-you-can-eat collection of the best travel tips and hacks compiled by the world’s most traveled man, Ian Boudreault. Commonly known by his blogger name “The Digital Globetrotter,” Ian has spent more than half of his life as a full-time digital nomad—almost 20 uninterrupted years on the road as a pioneer digital nomad. The young Canadian committed to sharing his most innovative travel tips learned on the road once he finished his international travels. He has now fulfilled his promise, revealing to the world his most sought-after travel secrets in this book.

Tuesday’s Mystery eBooks

Botched Butterscotch
by Amanda Flower
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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A slice of intrigue. . . Mother’s Day is a sweet and busy time at the candy shop Bailey King runs with her Amish grandmother. This year is extra special, because Bailey’s parents are visiting Harvest, Ohio. Bailey’s father has rarely returned since leaving the Amish faith over thirty years ago, but Bailey is confident that the right treats can help sugarcoat any awkwardness. For Mother’s Day Tea at the local church, she’s whipping up her mom’s favorite: butterscotch fudge. All’s going well, until a sticky-fingered thief makes off with the money raised for a local women’s support group.


Cold Fire
by Dean Koontz
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In Portland, he saved a young boy from a drunk driver. In Boston, he rescued a child from an underground explosion. In Houston, he disarmed a man who was trying to shoot his own wife. Reporter Holly Thorne was intrigued by this strange quiet savior named Jim Ironheart. She was even falling in love with him.

But what power compelled an ordinary man to save twelve lives in three months? What visions haunted his dreams?


Journey to Bongary Spring
by Kasey Stockton
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He only has eyes for revenge, and she only has eyes for him. Isobel McEwan has been beholden to her chief for eight years—ever since he took her in and gave her a home after her parents died. So when he asks her to marry a rival laird to aid the clans in finding peace, she has little choice but to agree to his request. The only problem: she’s desperately in love with another man.

To free herself from the burden of unrequited love before entering into a marriage of convenience, Isobel devises a plan to journey to the healing well that has helped so many others, certain that if she can drink from its spring, she will be healed from her lovesickness for Kieran and prepared to marry the rival laird.


The Silversmith
by Jeff Carson
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Wolf is given an offer he doesn’t want. But refusing will prove deadly.

Deputy David Wolf has waited sixteen years to follow in his father’s footsteps and be appointed Sheriff of the Sluice County sheriff’s department, headquartered in the ski resort town of Rocky Points, Colorado. But instead of the dream job, he’s offered something else.

When Wolf refuses, and a dead body shows up with clues pointing to Wolf as the culprit, he soon finds himself chased by his own department, along with a special forces hunter with a lust for blood.

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Scorched Earth
by George Galdorisi
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General Bob Underwood is en route to Syria when a rocket-propelled grenade strikes the side of his Humvee and the heavily armored convoy comes under attack. His bodyguard is brutally murdered, and Underwood himself is kidnapped. Hours later, the president and top officials watch in horror from the Oval Office as the general is viciously beheaded by an ISIS leader—broadcast live on the Al Jazeera television network.

The world is stunned by the bloody scene, but even more so that this supposedly loose-knit terrorist organization was able to orchestrate a lethal attack on the world’s most powerful military. American forces goes into high gear on land and sea to retaliate.


They Came with the Rain
by Christopher Coleman
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It hadn’t rained in months in the isolated quiet town of Garmella, Arizona where cell phones are forbidden. And rain wasn’t in the forecast. Then one June night, a day after the opening of a massive sinkhole at the town’s edge, torrential rain descends on Garmella.

The rain brings relief to the town, but that’s not all that comes with the rain. By morning, an ancient evil has consumed the town. An evil responsible for countless deaths and disappearances over the centuries.


Within and Without Time
by D. I. Hennessey
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Experience the Origin of a Prophet … When a sixteen-year-old boy is suddenly caught up in a series of miraculous encounters, it heralds an adventure that will transform his life, rock his town, and trigger events that will ultimately change the world!

Befriended by a powerful angelic warrior, Jimmy finds himself in the center of God’s plan for Earth’s final Great Revival. The beginning of God’s amazing harvest at the End of the Age. Like an intense roller coaster, the journey he experiences is exciting and unpredictable. Heartwarming, as well as heart-rending. God prepares him for a mission more extraordinary than anything he could have imagined, placing him in the rare company of ancient prophets and apostles alike.


Under the Maui Sky
by Kellie Coates Gilbert
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Aloha! Welcome to the Maui Island Series where the dramas of everyday life keep the Briscoe family and their friends laughing, crying and falling in love.

Set against the lush backdrop of a tropical island, Under the Maui Sky captures the emotionally charged, complex dynamics that come with being part of a family. Readers will laugh and shed a few tears as Ava Briscoe and her children discover what it means to be loved, supported and accepted by the people who mean the most…even in the face of deep betrayal.

Monday’s Mystery eBooks

Murder at Marble House
by Alyssa Maxwell
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With the dawn of the twentieth century on the horizon, the fortunes of the venerable Vanderbilt family still shine brightly in the glittering high society of Newport, Rhode Island. But when a potential scandal strikes, the Vanderbilts turn to cousin and society page reporter Emma Cross to solve a murder and a disappearance. . .

Responding to a frantic call on her newfangled telephone from her eighteen-year-old cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Emma Cross arrives at the Marble House mansion and learns the cause of her distress–Consuelo’s mother, Alva, is forcing her into marriage with the Duke of Marlborough.

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Winter’s Malice
by Belinda G. Buchanan
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Three bodies in the span of twenty-four hours…

In Weeping Rock, South Dakota – a small town crippled by racism, drugs, and violence – Sheriff’s Deputy Liam Matthews has his work cut out for him when he steps in to take over the duties of sheriff from his father, who for far too long has turned a blind eye to certain crimes for what he says is the overall good of the town.

Coming under scrutiny for hiring a Lakota to fill his position as deputy, things quickly go from bad to worse for Liam when the body of retired pro-baseball player Hector Ramirez, who had recently returned home to coach ball at his high school alma mater, is found floating in Crow’s Foot Lake.


Preacher on the Run
by Jayna Baas
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STANDING FOR TRUTH COULD COST HIM HIS FREEDOM. It’s 1771, and Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators against North Carolina’s corrupt British government. All he wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God. But the established church wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead.

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE. Being an unlicensed dissenter preacher has already made Robert a target. Then Colonel Charles Drake comes to town with one ambition: winning the governor’s favor, no matter what it takes. And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance.

YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE.


The Lies She Sold
by Kyla Sharp
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She’s caught in an MLM pyramid scheme. And now her first customer is dead.

Camila Brady ran from her past for 13 years, but she’s finally ready to let it rest in peace. What better way than with a new business opportunity from an old friend? Camila is promised new friends, limitless profits, and all the essential oil hair accessories she could want. But then her first customer ends up dead.

Caught in a pyramid scheme and hiding from police, Camila must separate enemies from allies. Her only chance to escape prison… or worse… is to find the truth buried within the Multi-Level-Marketing scheme.


The Last Sketch
by Gosia Nealon
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They both hold tight to a terrible secret. When they cross paths in war-torn Europe, will their destinies lead to ruin… or victory over evil?

Poland, 1944. Wanda Odwaga will never stop resisting. As the Nazis occupy her beloved homeland, the twenty-three-year-old artist vows to do whatever it takes to help the underground movement mobilize against Hitler’s forces. But she’s devastated when the Gestapo storms her house in search of rebel leaders, killing her heroic father and leaving the face of his murderer forever etched in her mind.

New York. Finn Keller longs to balance the scales. Having escaped Germany with his mother as a teen, he’s disgusted his estranged twin brother has become a ruthless Nazi henchman with a vicious reputation.


HIDDEN CREED
by Alex Kava
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During a training exercise, Creed’s scent dog, Grace, is drawn off course and discovers a shallow grave. The body was never meant to be found, hidden deep in an isolated part of Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. The remote area has no easy access in or out. The killer obviously hoped his secret would be scattered and swallowed up by the forces of nature. When Creed’s dogs continue to find more remains, investigators quickly realize they’re dealing with someone who knows the forest intimately and has been using it to hide his handiwork for years. Soon they’ll also discover just how far he’s willing to go to stop them and keep his secrets hidden forever.


Confessions on the 7:45
by Lisa Unger
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From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies.

Selena Murphy is commuting home on the train when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat. The woman introduces herself as Martha and soon confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

Then the nanny disappears.