Friday’s Mystery eBooks

Return to Tradd Street
by Karen White
Rating: 4.7

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In the fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series, Charleston realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to leave the past behind her. But history has a tendency of catching up with her, whether she likes it or not…

Melanie is only going through the motions of living since refusing Jack Trenholm’s marriage proposal. She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie is completely unprepared for motherhood, and she struggles to complete renovations on her house on Tradd Street before the baby arrives.


Monster of the Asylum
by B.T. Lord, J.S. Stephens
Rating: 5.0

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Sixteen year old Addison Monroe and her friends think they’ve hit the jackpot when they win a contest that will allow them to go on a televised ghost investigation with the nationally renowned TV paranormal investigative team, The Ghost Dudes. With cameras rolling, the two groups arrive at the infamous Meadowlark Asylum. Suddenly shut down nearly a half century before under mysterious circumstances, it’s become shrouded in stories and legends about the darkness, nicknamed Monster of the Asylum, that allegedly stalks its abandoned hallways. It isn’t long before Addison realizes something is terribly wrong.

Things escalate when one of her teammates suddenly disappears while the others, including members of The Ghost Dudes, slowly come to the horrifying realization that the legends about Meadowlark Asylum may actually be true.


All That’s Dead
by Stuart MacBride
Rating: 3.9

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There’s a darkness in the heart of Scotland… The stunning new Logan McRae thriller from No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller Stuart MacBride.

Scream all you want, no one can hear… Inspector Logan McRae is looking forward to a nice simple case – something to ease him back into work after a year off on the sick. But the powers-that-be have other ideas…

The high-profile anti-independence campaigner, Professor Wilson, has gone missing, leaving nothing but bloodstains behind. There’s a war brewing between the factions for and against Scottish Nationalism. Infighting in the police ranks. And it’s all playing out in the merciless glare of the media. Logan’s superiors want results, and they want them now.

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(Logan McRae Mysteries)


TWO HEARTS UNDER FIRE
by Tamara Ferguson, Adriana Hanganu
Rating: 5.0

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While On The Run, Can Two Wounded Hearts Under Fire Survive Love? Three years ago, members of Airman Russ Quinlan’s team were targeted and captured during transport in Iraq. When Russ discovers the only other survivor was left for dead after a brutal assault by insurgents, he realizes his covert mission had resulted in deadly consequences, and someone was trying to frame him.

When Russ decides to enlist help from AFOSI Agent Brand Reardon, he finds Claire Ellis instead. A close friend of Brand’s fiancé Sarah, Claire’s staying at Brand’s Quantico apartment temporarily, hiding out from an abusive ex-husband who she’s sure is trying to kill her. When an assassin attempts to gun them both down, Russ is able to avert the attack, turning the weapon on the killer.

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(Two Hearts Wounded Warrior)


Jane Doe
by Victoria Helen Stone
Rating: 4.5

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Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.


Marathon Man
by William Goldman
Rating: 4.3

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A Nazi conspiracy in the heart of modern-day Manhattan – the blockbuster New York Times bestseller that became the classic film thriller.

At Columbia University, Thomas “Babe” Levy, a postgrad history student and aspiring marathon runner, is working to clear his late father’s name after the scandal of his suicide, triggered by the McCarthy hearings and accusations of Communist affiliations. In Paraguay, Dr. Christian Szell, former Nazi dentist and protégé of Josef Mengele, has been in exile for decades…


Lunacy Lake
by Kathi Daley
Rating: 4.6

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Things go from bad to worse when Zoe and Ellie accompany a group of teens from Zimmerman Academy on a female empowerment retreat while the guys stay home with the kids.When Zoe and Ellie find a counselor dead in the sauna they begin to suspect that the young woman might not have died of natural causes in spite of the fact that there were no signs of foul play and she appeared to be alone at the time of her death. When the camp experiences a series of ‘accidents’ some of which could very well have been fatal, Zoe begins to dig deeper only to find that they might be stuck with a killer on top of a mountain with no means of contacting the outside world.

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(Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries)

Thursday’s Mystery eBooks

One Perfect Lie
by Lisa Scottoline
Rating: 4.2

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On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie. Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.


Michaela McPherson Box Set
by Judith Lucci, Margaret Daly
Rating: 4.6

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From USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author, Judith Lucci! A crime thriller series featuring an Irish retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson, her friend, octogenarian Italian Countess Dorothy Borghase and Michaela’s life-saving, retired police partner, canine Angel. The series is set in Richmond, Virginia. Books are focused on current-day events and social issues that include human trafficking, terrorism, disease outbreaks and biological weapons.

The Case of Dr. Dude
The Case of the Dead Dowager
The Case of the Man Overboard
The Case of the Very Dead Lawyer


Betrayal
by Gregg Olsen
Rating: 4.3

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In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party–and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?

Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel.

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(An Empty Coffin Series)


The Etheric Academy Boxed Set
by Multiple Authors
Rating: Brand New Release

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Building a New Empire is supposed to be dangerous, but training the next generation of leaders? That’s not supposed to be dangerous, right?

Follow us as the people in the Etheric Empire set up a special academy to train the first set of teens on a leadership track. They are supposed to learn about the different groups in the Etheric Empire and areas (including R&D, Weapons, Operations and others). Unfortunately, some of the members of those teaching teams tapped to train the kids don’t realize how … adventurous… the teens can be. Especially if the teachers are Team BMW.

Travel with us as we are introduced to Alpha Class, one of the teams in the new Etheric Academy as they merge human’s and Wechselbalg (Were’s) in a group of five young adults as they learn to become the first cohesive group on their first assignment. With Team BMW as their teachers, nothing could go wrong, right?


Duplicate Death
by Georgette Heyer
Rating: 4.1

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Inspector Hemingway has his work cut out for him when a seemingly civilized game of Duplicate Bridge leads to a double murder. The crimes seem identical, but were they carried out by the same hand? Things become even more complicated when the fiancée of the inspector’s young friend Timothy Kane becomes Hemingway’s prime suspect. Kane is determined to prove the lady’s innocence – but when he begins digging into her past, he finds it’s more than a little bit shady…

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(Inspector Hemingway Mysteries)


Wolfhunter River
by Rachel Caine
Rating: 4.5

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She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season. Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can’t seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn’t an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.

But now, a threatened woman has reached out. Marlene Crockett, from the remote town of Wolfhunter, is panicked for herself and her daughter.

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(Stillhouse Lake Mysteries)


The Labyrinth of the Spirits
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Rating: 4.6

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Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. Weary of her work as an investigator for Spain’s secret police in Madrid, a job she has held for more than a decade, the twenty-nine-year old plans to move on. At the insistence of her boss, Leandro Montalvo, she remains to solve one last case: the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s Minister of Culture, Mauricio Valls.

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(Cemetery of Forgotten)


MISS REDMOND’S DECEPTION
by Sandra Cox
Rating: 4.2

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When Captain Richard Greyston encounters three figures in a graveyard, he takes them for a spectral visitation until he realizes it’s two young ladies – in their nightgowns, no less -and their spinsterish companion. A spinster with slender limbs and an enchantingly velvety voice.

Pembra doesn’t care a whit for the captain’s opinion of her, even after circumstances force them into a sham betrothal. But when a gypsy warns her that his life hangs in the balance, she begins to realize that her heart is not so uninvolved as she might like to pretend.


Tempt Fortune
by Hebby Roman
Rating: 4.4

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Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Angelina Herrera flees to Key West to start a new life and build her own business. But when her past catches up with her, she realizes the only way she can avoid the arranged marriage is to marry another … in name only. Drawn to the fiercely independent Angelina, Cuban revolutionary, Alejandro Estava marries Angelina. Though outwardly he agrees to the platonic relationship because of his secret past, he cannot deny his powerful desire to possess her completely. But tempestuous forces more powerful than the hurricane descending on their island home unleashes their mutual passion while threatening their yearning for a lifelong bond.

Wednesday’s Mystery eBooks

The Saint
by Kristi Belcamino
Rating: 4.6

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Maria was no saint. Maria was no saint. And it had served her well. She had always gotten what she wanted when she wanted it. Until she met Vincenzo Santangelo. He was forbidden. And for the first time in her life, Maria realized that getting what she wanted could lead to a slew of dead bodies in her path. And that one of those bodies could be her own …

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(Gabriella Giovanni Mysteries)


Expose
by Danielle Girard
Rating: 4.5

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Examining the dead will help her solve present crimes and uncover past secrets in this page-turner thriller for fans of Patricia Cornwell and Rizzoli and Isles.

With her vindictive ex-husband out of prison, San Francisco medical examiner Annabelle Schwartzman is trying harder than ever to move on with her life—by focusing on her job to speak for the victims who can’t. Summoned to a homicide in Golden Gate Park, she realizes that she’d seen the victim just hours before, alive and well in a parked Jeep with a small boy. Now, the woman has been stabbed to death and stripped of her burka, and the child is nowhere to be found.

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(Dr. Schwartzman Mysteries)


Jack and Kill
by Diane Capri
Rating: 3.5

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Exciting Short Read! Down deep, Reacher is a wanted man with nothing to lose. He’s here today and gone tomorrow and hunting Jack Reacher is deadly business.

FBI Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar get a lead on Jack Reacher. New Hope, Virginia, welcomed him yesterday. Is he there now? Will Otto and Gaspar finally stand face-to-face with Reacher and learn what they need to know to finish their assignment?

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(The Hunt for Jack Reacher Mysteries)


Virtuality
by H. L. Wegley
Rating: 3.5

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Can Vince, once again, endure being eclipsed by Paul’s larger-than-life shadow, a shadow that cost him the woman he loves?

Jessica (Jess) Jamison is a genius, a beautiful, highly introverted, young woman who can count her friends on her thumbs. Seven years ago, Vince left, shattering her heart. Now Jess has a Computer Science degree and still prays her childhood soulmate will come home. If he’s willing to reconcile their relationship, Jess can help Vince take the reins of Virtuality. But why is someone trying to kill Vince and her? And could Professor Scoggins be right – that, in the wrong hands, Virtuality’s technology could shred the fabric of civilization, and stopping it may literally take an act of Congress?


The Old Man
by Thomas Perry
Rating: 4.5

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To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don’t have multiple driver’s licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, or two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

Thirty-five years ago, as a young army intelligence hotshot, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase acted according to his conscience – and triggered consequences he never could have anticipated.


The Templar’s Relic
by J. Robert Kennedy
Rating: 4.1

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A construction accident leads to a stunning discovery—an ancient tomb containing four Templar Knights, long forgotten, on the grounds of the Vatican. Not knowing whom they can trust, the Vatican requests Archaeology Professors James Acton and Laura Palmer examine the find, but what they discover, a precious Islamic relic lost during the Crusades, triggers a series of events that shake the entire world, pitting the two greatest religions against each other.

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(James Acton Thrillers)

Tuesday’s Mystery eBooks


Backlash
by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 3.2

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Suspicion still swirls about what caused that tragic fire. It created a rift between Denver and the foreman’s daughter, Tessa Kramer. Now Tessa hopes to buy the ranch, if Denver and Colton will agree to sell, but the property is beset by problems. A prized stallion disappears. Other horses start falling sick. Someone seems determined to disrupt—or destroy—the McLean family’s legacy by any means necessary. And finding answers will turn this homecoming into a time of reckoning with enemies past and present…


Don’t Forget to Breathe
by Cathrina Constantine
Rating: 4.4

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Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.

After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse–she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide. When Leo allows her friend, Henry to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother’s murderer. Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim?


The Late Show
by Michael Connelly
Rating: 4.4

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One night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn’t want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

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(Renee Ballard Mysteries)


The World of Cork O’Connor
by William Kent Krueger
Rating: 4.1

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As the author of over fifteen spellbinding novels in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, William Kent Krueger has introduced countless readers to a harsh but magnificent Minnesota landscape and a cast of remarkable characters who call it home. This is the world of Cork O’Connor.

You’ll find a brief description of each book in the series, a concordance of the characters introduced in each book, and a tantalizing excerpt.

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(Cork O’Connor Mysteries)


The Killer Collective
by Barry Eisler
Rating: 4.3

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When a joint FBI–Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry – a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.”

Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. And black ops soldiers Ben Treven and Daniel Larison, along with their former commander, SpecOps legend Colonel Scot “Hort” Horton.


Fool Me Once
by Harlan Coben
Rating: 4.2

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Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe – who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband – and herself.


A Touch of Silver
by Lynne Connolly
Rating: 4.7

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Gerald never wanted to be an earl. He was happier living in seclusion with his sisters. About to become betrothed to the icy daughter of a duke, he meets the vibrant, alluring Annie, who captivates his heart. But if he gives in to his desires, he risks a happy ending for his sisters, and they deserve their chances.

Annie Cathcart is a widow from the City of London. Finally, she has the chance to achieve her dream of creating silverware for the table. But she needs Gerald’s old Shoreditch home to do it. Expecting a stuffy, pompous aristocrat, she meets a man who sees right through her practical exterior to the passionate woman beneath…


A Rancher’s Justice
by Joseph Powell
Rating: 4.8

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Noah Drake wants a simple life free from his burdensome past. Big Horn Ranch is the chance he’s been waiting for. But… the outlaws who have been hunting him aren’t ready to give up. Jake Ford is dangerous. He likes to shoot first and ask questions later. And he’s vowed to take his revenge against Noah for killing his brother.

Noah did what was right. He defended his love. He saved an entire town from destruction. But… justice comes with a price. When the smoke cleared and evil lay dead, Mary was gone. She couldn’t take it. So she left, taking her secrets with her. But Jake’s back, and he’s found her. The more pain he causes Mary, the happier