Archive for December 2017

Sunday’s Mystery Kindle Books: Early Reads

Red Rain: Clouds Gathering
by David Beers


What would you do if you couldn’t stop killing? John Hilt lives The American Dream. His corner office looks out on Dallas’s beautiful skyline. His amazing wife and children love him. His father and sister adore him. John has it all. Except every few years, when Harry shows back up. Harry wants John to kill people. Harry wants to watch the world burn. Murderous thoughts take hold of John, and as flames ignite across his life, the sky doesn’t send cool rain water, but blood to feed their hunger.

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(Red Rain Mysteries)

Murder à la Carte
by Susan Kiernan-Lewis


Murder a la Carte brings Atlanta copywriter Maggie Newberry to the brink of two connected murders – both committed in her home – and both poised to threaten everything she holds dear. When Maggie agrees to move to France with her boyfriend – a French ex-confidence man who has just inherited a house and vineyard – she doesn’t expect her year of French market shopping and weekend trips to Paris to be interrupted by a vicious murder in her living room.

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(The Maggie Newberry Mysteries)

The President’s Daughter
by John Locke


Kidnapping is a hinky business, fraught with pitfalls. Under normal circumstances, Donovan Creed wouldn’t kidnap a family pet, much less a high-profile target. But Creed’s billion-dollar Swiss bank account has been cleaned out by an unknown hacker, leaving him virtually broke for the first time in his adult life. For this reason, against his better judgment, he accepts $8 million to kidnap the President’s daughter. The good news is the client wants her killed immediately after the kidnapping. Except…what if keeping her alive is the key to getting his money back?

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(Donovan Creed)

End Game
by David Baldacci


Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They’re the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man.

But now, Blue Man is missing. Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid. With no communications since, the team can’t help but fear the worst.

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(Will Robie Mysteries)

Friday’s Mystery Kindle Books: Early Reads

Striding Folly
by Dorothy L. Sayers


In his final 3 stories, Lord Peter confronts the greatest mystery of all – fatherhood For decades, Lord Peter Wimsey has made life tough for England’s criminal class. In town and country he solved some of the most baffling mysteries of the Jazz Age, facing down killers armed only with wit, charm, and a keen nose for deception. His work brought him 1 great reward: the love of beautiful mystery novelist Harriet Vane. After years of pleading, he has finally convinced her to marry him. Now the real adventure begins.

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(The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)

by Patrick Logan


The swamp is a living and breathing entity, and once you enter, it will do everything it can to keep you there… dead or alive.

Kendra Wilson has seen her share of heinous crimes during her 12 year career as an FBI Agent, everything from brutal murders to the macabre. So at first glance, her newest case doesn’t strike her as anything out of the ordinary—an apparent murder/suicide… a man who killed both his wife and their four-year old daughter, on the eve of her birthday. To most, an unthinkable crime. To Kendra, however, it seemed old hat.

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(Family Values Trilogy)

Ribbons of Death
by Edita A. Petrick


A career soldier who survived a deadly riot in Cairo, and a reclusive mythology expert from Montana, race against time to find the product of legends that’s cutting a bloody path across the continent.

One snowy evening, a stranger with a horribly scarred face stomps on the porch of Stella Hunter’s house, holding her latest book of myths and legends. He points to the bloody fingerprints of the book’s now deceased owner, marking a passage of the Peacetaker myth.

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(Peacetaker Mysteries)

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti


Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents’ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career.

Thursday’s Mystery Kindle Books: Early Reads

Death Come Quickly
by Susan Wittig Albert


In this thrilling mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles finds herself on the trail of a nearly fifteen-year-old cold case…

When China and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the almost fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?

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(China Bayles Mysteries)

Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine


Gina Royal is the definition of average – a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor – the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

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(Stillhouse Lake Mysteries)

One Perfect Lie
by Lisa Scottoline


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.

by Krista D. Ball


Thousands are dead. Lady Champion Bethany’s Magic tainted sister is slain. Her home lost forever. Yet, Magic survived. Bethany thought she’d given everything in the fight against Magic. She was wrong. When the deaths of those closest to her shake her already crumbled world, she doesn’t wilt and die. She still has one thing left to gain even now: Revenge.

Prophecy or no, half-goddess or not, Bethany vows to bring order back to the world by the edge of her blade…

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(Tranquility Series)

Wednesday’s Mystery Kindle Books: Early Reads

Seeing the Light
by E. C. Bell


Marie Jenner has never had much luck. Her job sucks. Her apartment – the one with the unbreakable lease – has a ghost. And worst of all, her mother won’t let up about her joining the “family business.” Since that business is moving the spirits of the dead on to the next plane of existence and doesn’t pay at all, Marie’s not interested. She wants a normal job – a normal life. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Apparently, it is. Even when she applies for the job of her dreams, Marie doesn’t get what she wants. Well, not entirely.

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(A Marie Jenner Mysteries)

Two Kinds of Truth
by Michael Connelly


Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it.

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(A Harry Bosch Mysteries)

The Eight
by Katherine Neville


A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.

Lies She Told
by Cate Holahan


The truth can be darker than fiction. Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.

Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn.