Thursday’s Mystery eBooks

Murder in a Cape Cottage
by Maddie Day
Rating: 4.5 #ad


From Agatha-awarding winning author Maddie Day comes the latest novel in her Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery series set in a picturesque Cape Cod town, where resourceful bike-shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida” tackles a cold case with the help of her fellow book club sleuths – a treat for fans of fresh, clever, cozy mysteries and those who love Lorna Barrett’s Booktown series.

ʼTis the day after Christmas, following a wicked-busy time of year for Mac’s bike shop. It’s just as well her Cozy Capers Book Group’s new pick is a nerve-soothing coloring book mystery, especially when she has last-minute wedding planning to do. But all pre-wedding jitters fade into the background when Mac and her fiancé, Tim, begin a cottage renovation project and open up a wall to find a skeleton—sitting on a stool, dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown . . .

by Rachel Newhouse
Rating: 4.7 #ad


The year is 2076. Earth is ruled by a one-world government. In order to maintain unity, all citizens must deny their national, racial, and religious identities—or suffer the consequences.

After destroying the government’s superweapon, seventeen-year-old Philadelphia Smyrna leaps off a train in a desperate attempt to escape from prison. She survives, only to be kidnapped and held hostage by a politician from her past. He offers to set her free in exchange for a favor, but his terms seem too good to be true. Philadelphia soon realizes that her patronizing captor also has a deadly secret that puts them all at risk. With her former enemy Nic as her only ally, Philadelphia races to find out who’s really in charge—before her captor uses her to start a war.

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Forget Me
by Lisa Sherman
Rating: 4.1 #ad


How can you know who you really are if you can’t remember your past?

Wanda Dellas is living someone else’s life: that’s the sense she’s had since a mysterious accident robbed her of her long-term memory. Lost and barely scraping by, Wanda cleans offices at night in order to support her young daughter.

Then Wanda sees a news report about a presumed dead businesswoman, Claire Stanbrick. Bad enough that Claire bears an uncanny resemblance to Wanda. But it turns out Claire went missing around the same time as Wanda’s accident, too.

The Case of William Smith
by Patricia Wentworth
Rating: 4.4 #ad


Governess-turned-sleuth Miss Silver looks into the case of a Holocaust survivor who may have enemies to elude.

William Smith isn’t sure what his name is, but he knows it isn’t William Smith. That was the name the Nazis gave him in 1942, when he was herded, along with so many others, into one of their nightmarish camps. They did their best to kill him, but he survived.

Now the war is over and he’s back in England, ready to start over. But even a man with no past can’t escape history. William may yet learn his real name—but it could cost him his life in this suspenseful mystery starring an investigator who “has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot”

The House on the Hill
by Irina Shapiro
Rating: 4.5 #ad


Still grieving the death of her husband, Lauren leaves the hubbub of Boston for the peaceful shores of Cape Cod, where she hopes to come to terms with her loss and devote herself to her writing. Historic Holland House, isolated on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, seems like the perfect refuge, until Lauren discovers that she’s not alone, and her ghostly roommate might be none other than Sophie Holland, the mysterious first mistress of the house. With the help of a handsome doctor with an interest in local history, Lauren is soon drawn out of her self-imposed exile as she sets out to learn what happened to Sophie and stumbles onto a story worth writing about.

Variation on a Theme
by Thomas Watson
Rating: 4.3 #ad


On a bitterly cold night under the stars, an old man willingly embraces the end of his life. Illness and a revelation of betrayal have convinced him that the time has come. But in dying, Gregory Williamson discovers that time is not what he believes it to be, and neither are life and death. Granted a new awareness of the true complexity of existence, he is offered the chance to live another life. A life that will show him the powerful truth of love. A life that could make the world a better place.

Niergel Chronicles – Last Hope
by D. I. Hennessey
Rating: 4.7 #ad


An ancient mystery… A skeptical genius… Powerful evil ancestors… A dangerous underworld Crime Syndicate… A horde of disembodied offspring of fallen angels who threaten the entire world!

A renowned scientist was orphaned at age eight and has grown to adulthood with no knowledge of his own ancestry. When he is awakened by an unusual visitor with an extremely urgent message, it leads to events that topple everything he has believed about reality.

Niergel Chronicles – Last Hope tells of a journey of discovery, danger, and extraordinary mysteries. It follows the fantastic adventure of a young man with a surprising heritage as he uncovers the astonishing truth about his family history and the earth’s past. He finds himself facing dangerous perils and shocking supernatural threats.

Pocketful of Rainbows
by Adam Ramos
Rating: 5.0 #ad


Did this really happen?

Travel back in time to the psychedelic sixties and experience a world of innocence completely shaken by a subterranean reality too shocking to believe.

Being a young hippie in late 1960s Southern California, life itself was nothing less than a nonstop party of exotic exploration, lurid nightclubs, carefree romance and sunshine. And for Avery Brisbane, he was the unofficial ringleader of the whole scene. His life was so bound up and entrenched within the loose setting that it would have been unimaginable to not have him around. But very soon, a drastic turn of events leads him and his wild bohemian friends into a perilous web that unveils secrets and situations so mind-boggling that one would have to doubt if it were all even possible.

True Justice
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Rating: 4.3 #ad


For Butch Karp, chief assistant district attorney for New York County, the nightmare begins when a shocking act of negligence results in homicide. Goaded by the media’s sensational publicity, the public is screaming for blood, and Karp’s boss, D.A. Jack Keegan, is listening. He has ordered the prosecution of a fifteen-year-old for murder, intent on making a very public example of the girl. A Hispanic from a poor neighborhood, she’s an easy mark for big-city bureaucracy and bigotry. It is Butch Karp’s unpleasant job to see that the prosecution gives the public what it wants: a quick and thorough administration of hard-line justice.