Thursday’s Mystery eBooks

Cremas, Christmas Cookies, and Crooks
by Harper Lin
Rating: 4.5

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It’s almost Christmastime in Cape Bay, and another murder has everyone in town talking. A despised new drama teacher at the local high school is killed in the school’s parking lot. The police arrest a beloved teacher, Mrs. Crowsdale, but everyone else thinks she is too nice to murder anyone. Mike, however, says they have solid evidence that proves she did it.

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(A Cape Bay Cafe Cozy Mysteries)


Miss Claus and the Secret Santa
by J.L. Hendricks
Rating: 4.5

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Santa Claus isn’t who, or what, you think he is! Santa Claus is an Arctic Wolf Shifter, and the mantle has always passed down to his sons. But this Santa didn’t have any boys, he has 4 girls!

His eldest daughter is supposed to marry the son of the pack’s Beta wolf, Rock. But she has refused. Lizzy wants to marry for love, not pack standing. Lizzy is pulled to Los Angeles by the Christmas Magic looking for adventure and possibly her future Santa. What she finds instead shocks her and her family…

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(A Shifter Christmas)


The Pilo Family Circus
by Will Elliott, Katherine Dunn
Rating: 4.1

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“You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?” Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place — peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous — where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself.


Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America
by John Egenes
Rating: 4.7

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In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent.

Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that’s as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse‘s ears.


Hunting Hour
by Margaret Mizushima
Rating: 4.7

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Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner, Robo, get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing—and this time it’s one of Cole’s daughters.


Family Is Not Everything
by Anita Washington
Rating: 4.8

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Are people constantly dumping their negative energy on you? Do you find yourself bombarded with painful thoughts from your past? What if with seven simple steps you could minimize their mess and maximize your happiness? Interested? Read on…

In Family Is Not Everything: How To Minimize Their Mess, Maximize Your Happiness and Enjoy Emotional Baggage Breakthroughs, author Anita Washington details personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a neglectful mother and an emotionally and physically abusive brother to show you how childhood trauma turns into adult dysfunctional behavior. She includes lessons to learn from her abuse and her life-altering mistakes…


Mother, It’s Hard to Forgive You
by Nancy Richards
Rating: 4.3

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What happens when the mother-daughter bond is broken by betrayal? After a childhood plagued with physical and emotional violence and a fourteen-year estrangement from her entire family, Nancy Richards discovers herself at a crossroads. The mother she had both loved and feared as a child reached her by telephone to offer an apology for her abuse and to express a desire for reconciliation.

As she looks into the rearview mirror of her life and at the horrors inflicted by her mother, Nancy must decide whether to risk the safety of her present life or remain an orphan of circumstances. Is there really any reason to go back for more?

Wednesday’s Mystery eBooks

Murder With Peacocks
by Donna Andrews
Rating: 4.3

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Three Weddings…And a Murder. So far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones–each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town’s drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.

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(Meg Langslow Mysteries)


Of Dust and Tides
by A.G. Russo
Rating: 4.7

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Chance encounters, voices from the past, or challenging choices can change the course of a life. In this short story collection, told in different genres, young people starting on their journey to full adulthood find themselves on unexpected paths.

“Each very different tale presents stories of survival, confrontation and change; and each follows characters that grow from their encounters…” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


Murder on the Links
by Agatha Christie
Rating: 4.4

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An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing his son’s overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse . . .

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(Hercule Poirot Mysteries)


Black Notice
by Patricia Cornwell
Rating: 4.1

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Remains were all that was left of the stowaway. He arrived in Richmond’s Deep Water Terminal—the ghastly cargo of a ship from Belgium. The decomposed body gives Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta no clues to its identity – or the cause of death. But an odd tattoo soon leads her on an international search to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France – and towards a confrontation with one of the most savage killers of her career…

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(Kay Scarpetta Mysteries)


Susanna of Beaver Lodge
by Beth Livingston
Rating: 4.8

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Thump. Bump. Crash. Something rolled in the kitchen below. Susanna was terrified. The drunk tramp who had rescued them from the blizzard was ruining Beaver Lodge. And Christmas was only one week away.

Prohibition whiskey is still in the cellar when Susanna’s family moves into Beaver Lodge in 1939. Her plan to get rid of it as a Christmas surprise for her parents is spoiled by a blizzard, one-year-old twin sisters, and a tramp loose in the house.


Five Families
by Selwyn Raab
Rating: 4.5

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Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals and generational changes that produced violent and unreliable leaders and recruits.


In the Family
by Lorhainne Eckhart
Rating: 4.8

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Those we love always come home. Christmas has always been a happy affair for the Friessens, but this year, as the family returns home, they are faced with more than a few challenges–from the crazy whirlwind of an on-again, off-again romance to a fairytale marriage now on the rocks, with more secrets than the family knows what to do with. Can the Friessens pull together this holiday season, and will the gift of love be all they need?

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(The Friessens Series)


Hope Returns
by Carolyn Digh Griffin
Rating: 4.1

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On the heels of her mother’s death, Hope Logan reluctantly returns to her grandparents’ home place for a journal that reveals the explosive crimes and atrocities of the past that have haunted her grandma for nearly sixty-five years. The dark, evil secret that is contained in the journal only deepens her resentment of God.

In a small town in the foothills of the mountains of North Carolina, Hope’s bitterness, unforgiveness, and anger slowly fade in the light of the strong faith displayed by a young pastor and three senior citizens. Because of them, she discover the true meaning of faith and hope in Christ in the midst of adversity.


The Chain You Forge
by Kathryn J. Bain
Rating: 4.9

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Inspired by Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.”

Benita Holden has more money than she’ll ever spend. As a personal injury attorney, her bank account grows in large sums. What does she spend her money on? Nothing. What does she do for fun? Work. Her life is one of routine, from the moment she wakes until she goes to bed at night. That all changes one night when she gets a visit from her father, a man who’s been dead seven years now…

Tuesday’s Mystery eBooks

Biscuits and Slashed Browns
by Maddie Day
Rating: 4.5

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As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife.

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(A Country Store Cozy Mysteries)


We Have Lost The Chihuahuas
by Paul Mathews
Rating: 4.2

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London, 2046. The British Republic has a new First Lady. She’s Californian, ‘in-your-face, for sure’ and she’s got big plans for a Buckingham Palace refurb. When her three Chihuahuas go missing, one man is determined to avoid getting dragged into it all. His name is Pond. Howie Pond – presidential spokesperson, retired secret agent and cat lover.

Meanwhile, Howie’s wife Britt is handed her first assignment as a National Security and Intelligence Service rookie – to solve the mystery of the missing canine trio. Will Howie manage to slope off to the pub before he can be roped into help?


I Can See You Now
by Michal Shraga, Ayelet Shraga
Rating: 4.7

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What dark secrets are your children hiding from you? This book takes you on a courageous journey into the souls of a mother and a daughter. A unique text, written by them in tandem, exposes what all of us are afraid to discover. Do we really know what is happening with our children? Are we perhaps at times asleep in our relationships?

Encounter a mother and daughter’s true journey of healing, faith, and hope Slowly, with great patience and caring, the mother succeeds in unraveling the entanglement in their lives, eventually bringing them to the peaceful shores of healing and love.


Metro Girl
by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4.0

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Engaged in a deadly race, Bill has “borrowed” Hooker’s sixty-five-foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset…just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he’ll attach himself to Barney and maybe run into scumbag Bill. And better yet, maybe he’ll get lucky in love with Bill’s sweetie pie sister.

The pedal will have to go to metal if Barney and Hooker want to be the first to cross the finish line, save Bill, Hooker’s boat…and maybe the world.

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(Alexandra Barnaby Mysteries)


Innocent In Death
by J. D. Robb
Rating: 4.7

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Eve Dallas doesn’t like to see innocent people murdered. And the death of history teacher Craig Foster is clearly a murder case. The lunch that his wife lovingly packed was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster’s colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to get a feel for all the potential suspects – and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant…so innocent.

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(In Death Mysteries)


Eichmann in My Hands
by Peter Z. Malkin, Harry Stein
Rating: 4.7

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The true story behind “one of history’s great manhunts” and the film Operation Finale by the Mossad legend who caught the most wanted Nazi in the world (The New York Times).

The young spy who tackled Eichmann on a Buenos Aires street—and fought every compulsion to strangle the Obersturmführer then and there—was Peter Z. Malkin. For decades Malkin’s identity as Eichmann’s captor was kept secret. Here he reveals the entire breathtaking story—from the genesis of the top-secret surveillance operation to the dramatic public capture and smuggling of Eichmann to Israel to stand trial.


The Body at Auercliff
by Amy Cross
Rating: 4.7

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When Rebecca Wallace arrives at Auercliff to check on her aged aunt, she’s in for a shock. Her aunt’s mind is crumbling, and the old woman refuses to let Rebecca stay overnight. And just as she thinks she’s starting to understand the truth, Rebecca makes a horrifying discovery in one of the house’s many spare rooms.

A dead body. A woman. Old and rotten. And her aunt insists she has no idea where it came from.

Monday’s Mystery eBooks

The Meek
by Laura J. Marshall, Amos Wyse
Rating: 4.9

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For the English, it was the end of the world as they knew it. For the Amish, it was Tuesday.

Jedediah Wenger lost his family to an Englishe drunk driver. He has yet to put his life back together including the long-forgotten courting of the Bishop’s daughter, Felicity Troyer. When he’s suddenly faced with the task of helping the fading mid-western town of Prosperity survive, he realizes the task is greater than the town or the District can overcome.


Treacherous Is the Night
by Anna Lee Huber
Rating: 4.6

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At a friend’s behest, Verity attends a séance, where she encounters the man who still looms between her and Sidney—and a medium who channels a woman Verity once worked with in the Secret Service. Refusing to believe her former fellow spy is dead, Verity is determined to uncover the source of the spiritualist’s top secret revelation.

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(A Verity Kent Mysteries)


Miss Marple’s B&B
by Glenda Manus
Rating: 4.5

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Park Place, South Carolina is all spruced up for the Christmas holidays. Storefronts are competing for the coveted “Best Window Display” award given out each holiday season. Christmas music is blasting out of the town square’s speaker system, and everyone in town has the spirit. Everyone, that is, except for Agatha O’Malley in the large Victorian house at the end of Main Street. The death of her husband, Charlie, two year earlier, has caused a bah, humbug feeling every Christmas since.

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(Southern Grace Series)


ODETTE’S SONG
by A. G. Russo
Rating: 5.0

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A story about the love that binds people together, finding a way back from grief, and the true nature of “family.”

What’s going to happen to six-year-old Hunter? His parents are dead, and his grandmother is dying. He’s left with a family legacy of addiction, depression, and suicide. Hunter’s mother, Odette, wanted the husband she left for another man, to raise him, but Nico, alcoholic, depressed, and full of rage, wants no part of the child. He cannot accept that Odette, his wife and songwriting partner, left him.


The Sinner
by Tess Gerritsen
Rating: 4.5

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This ebook edition contains a special preview of Tess Gerritsen’s I Know a Secret.

Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the cloistered convent lie two nuns–one dead, one critically injured–victims of an unspeakably savage attacker. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise.

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(A Rizzoli & Isles)


A Christmas Tree Named Greenie
by Lori Lapekes, Edwin James
Rating: 4.8

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“A wonderful Christmas story, but could be read at any time of the year, as the story begins the day after Christmas and continues on for many years. There are magical elements, the wonder of a child’s belief and love, and the special relationships that only a child’s faith can bring about. A complete story told in a compact format that is sure to delight children of all ages. It is a rare ability to be able to see the world through the eyes of a child. Thank you Lori Lapekes for reminding us of how clearly children see the world and allowing us to share in the wonder.”  by Wanda Tillman


BARRIE HILL REUNION
by Lisette Brodey
Rating: 4.7

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Eight people. One weekend. Eight lives forever changed. In the mid-1960s, at an elite college in the quaint town of Barrie Hill, Connecticut, a group of literary-minded students met regularly off-campus at the Vanessa Grand Hotel. Twenty years after graduation, in 1986, the group’s founder, Clare Dreyser, organizes a weekend reunion.  Seven former Barrie Hillers and one guest get together, eager to re-create an extraordinary time in their lives and reunite with old friends.

As the reunion progresses, the Barrie Hillers strive to enjoy their time together as they become enmeshed in personal dramas, struggle with matters of ethics, and weather escalating uncertainties that threaten to destroy their lives.


You’re Not Safe
by Mary Burton
Rating: 4.4

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He Will Never Forget. The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning. . .

Never Forgive. One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton’s life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer’s nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec’s case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.  And Never Let Them Live. . .

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(Texas Rangers Mysteries)