Friday’s Mystery eBooks

Pineapple Mystery Box
by Amy Vansant
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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When a giant inflatable Halloween witch goes missing in the Pineapple Port retirement community, amateur sleuth Charlotte Morgan’s eager to nab the culprit. But before she can lift a fingerprint, someone threatens to kill a new neighbor who looks like an adorable Pomeranian but possesses a disturbing talent for revenge. Moments later, a stranger demands the return of a mysterious wooden box… or else.

Charlotte’s romantic interest, Declan, isn’t having a great morning either. His calculating ex-girlfriend has returned to claim she’s the rightful owner of his pawn shop. She’s livid he’s found a new lady, and she is not the sort of person you want angry at you…

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When We Were Worthy
by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Rating: 4.2 #ad

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“Evoking Emmy limited-series winner Big Little Lies, Whalen’s novel is about a Georgia town ripped apart when an outcast boy kills three cheerleaders in a car accident, bringing secrets and simmering tensions to the surface.”The Hollywood Reporter

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.


Life Expectancy
by Dean Koontz
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy—a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers’ waiting room and his dying father’s bedside. It’s a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm’s fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.


Crimson Death
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder…

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.

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(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Mysteries)


High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread
by Joyce Carol Oates
Rating: 4.2 #ad

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Eight stories from the author of A Book of American Martyrs that display her “mastery of imagery and stream of consciousness” (Kirkus Reviews).

Joyce Carol Oates is an unparalleled investigator of human personality. In these eight stories, she deftly tests the bonds between damaged individuals—brother and sister. teacher and student, two lonesome strangers on a subway—in the beautiful, bracing prose that has become her signature.

In the title story, a white, aspiring professor in Detroit tries to shake a black, male shadow during the summer of the city’s 1967 race riots. In “The Rescuer,” a promising graduate student detours to inner-city Trenton, New Jersey, to save her brother from a downward spiral, only to find herself entranced by his dangerous new world.


Descent: The Demon Chronicles
by Diana Miller
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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Demons, murderous Arch Angels: the end of the world? Serafina is human; or so she thought.

Recruited by a dark, alluring young man, she is thrust into the secret underworld of demon hierarchy at St. Michael’s Academy, where one must fight to survive. Adjusting to life with her aunt after the death of her family, she struggles to find her own identity while living up to high standards.

Struggling to fit in, she is plagued by strange dreams about an old man who claims she can’t trust anything her new friends tell her. And why does the headmaster’s grandson find her so interesting? Sera finds herself quickly entangled in a scheme to travel back in time to bring the demons more power, but who is really benefiting?


Play Hard to Get
by Lorhainne Eckhart
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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From a Readers’ Favorite award—winning author and “queen of the family saga” (Aherman) comes The Parker Sisters a new spinoff series of the Married in Montana series.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi Parker is interning as a journalist. Until she stumbles onto a big story about a ruthless man and a destroyer of women. So, with two objectives in mind: be the best she can be and not let him see who she really is. Naomi is convinced she’ll uncover everything he’s been trying to hide. The only problem: the man she set her sights on isn’t anything as rumoured and what she believes him to be.

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Thursday’s Mystery eBooks

Drive Thru Murder
by Colleen Mooney
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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A Murder Scene Where Nothing Is As It Seems. Brandy witnesses a murder at a drive thru joint with the unlikely name of CLUCK IT: CHICKEN BY THE BUCKET. And then it turns out nothing at the scene’s what it seems, or at any rate nobody’s who they seem. Seems CLUCK IT is not just a place to clog your arteries, but also a transgender hangout. And with that discovery, you know you’re in New Orleans.

The local, New Orleans Color Never Stops Brandy’s complex Irish Channel family develops the kind of problem that is a lot more fun on the page than in real life. What to do when your sister gets pregnant with one of the next-door twins, but she doesn’t know which twin?

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(The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles)


Time’s Convert
by Deborah Harkness
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches – now a hit TV series on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder – comes a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.


The Third to Die
by Allison Brennan
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again.


Animus Omnibus #1
by Joshua Anderle, Michael Anderle
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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The time has come, the Animus has arrived! Grab your copy of the first 9 books in this elite collection of Scifi Academy/GameLit books today!

It was just one fight, but it changed Kaiden Jericho’s life forever. He was in a gang but was trying to change his future when a board member of the elite advanced academy NEXUS made a snap decision and offered him a chance.

Then fate, or an unbalanced genius, offered him another. The Nexus Academy is for the elite trainees from Earth, and now trials from our alien allies, as they teach the future generation how to fight, lead, hack, spy, and many other talents and tactics. Hired by companies, governments and NGOs, these graduates work to pay off the massive debt their training at the academy accumulates.


Don’t Let the Devil Know Your Name
by Amy Cross
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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A girl goes missing. Her body is later found dumped in the forest. Soon a video starts circulating, showing her agonizing death in great detail. It’s an old story, but this time one man is determined to set things right.

When he realizes that the police are moving too slowly, retired cop Merrick Richards decides to take matters into his own hands. He knows who’s behind a series of killing in Bridgeford, and he’s determined to make sure that justice is done, even if that means that he has to cross over to the dark side. Soon he has the culprit in chains, trapped in an isolated basement. The tables have been turned, but how far is Merrick willing to go in order to extract a confession?


Woe to Live On
by Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, Woe to Live On explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws.

Wednesday’s Mystery eBooks

Who Moved My Goat Cheese?
by Lynn Cahoon
Rating: 4.5 #ad

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Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep . . .

With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors—from the farmer’s market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious. So when Angie hears the bloodcurdling news of foul play at the dairy farm, she jumps in to mind the man’s livestock and help solve the murder. One thing’s for sure, there’s no whey Angie’s going to let some killer get her goat . . .

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(A Farm-to-Fork Cozy Mysteries)


Daughter of War
by Brad Taylor
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury.

Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces, and blame the attack on terrorists, causing western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war.

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(A Pike Logan Mysteries)


No Hesitation
by Kirk Russell
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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The world is on edge, threat chatter is way up, and enemies are on the move in Kirk Russell’s powerful third installment in the Paul Grale thriller series.

FBI bomb tech Paul Grale isn’t a computer expert, but he knows trouble when he sees it. Independence Base, a new top-secret military facility north of Las Vegas, houses a breakthrough artificial intelligence that has US enemies worried and on the move. Threat chatter is already way up when a known terrorist bomber—and Grale’s archnemesis—slips past border security. Then two of Independence Base’s star computer coders go missing. Were they kidnapped as part of a terror plot? Or did they quit in protest, taking their vast knowledge of the potentially dangerous AI code with them?

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The Long Lavender Look
by John D. MacDonald, Lee Child
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

A lovely young girl steps in front of Travis McGee’s headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in ten feet of swamp water. As he’s limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain, the intrepid Travis McGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder. And he can’t help but ask himself, is this what they call southern hospitality…?

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(A Travis McGee Mysteries)


Call of the Dark
by Michelle Miles
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Angels. Demons. Holy relics. And a whole lot of trouble in between. Can Anna accept her destiny or will she stand back and watch the forces of good and evil destroy mankind?

Anna Walker has the unique ability to step into people’s dreams. When a catatonic woman is brought to the hospital where she works, her curiosity overrides her common sense and she “walks” inside the girl’s head.

Worst mistake ever. Now she’s on the radar of a fallen angel, Azriel, and her calm, quiet world is turned upside down. Azriel demands she use her walking talent to find the Horn of Gabriel, one of five Holy Relics, or lose everything dear to her. Even worse? His Heavenly counterpart, a messenger angel, insists on hiring her for the same job.


I Invited Her In
by Adele Parks
Rating: 4.0 #ad

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Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do. This is worse.

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do. After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?


The Munich Girl
by Phyllis Edgerly Ring
Rating: 4.3

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Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did–that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante–and a tyrant’s lover–Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers… #ad

Tuesday’s Mystery eBooks

MURDER?
by Christer Tholin, Maiwenn Kafka
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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Christina’s idyllic existence with her husband Patrik comes to an abrupt end when Patrik suddenly vanishes from their suburban home in Stockholm. Christina is precipitated into a hellishly desperate and anguished search for Patrik – which after six weeks turns up nary a trace of him.

At her wits end, she contacts local sleuths Lars and Elin, who, after a brief investigation, reach the conclusion that Patrik simply decided to abandon his cushy existence to embark on a new life –without Christina.

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(Stockholm Sleuth Cozy Mysteries)


The Braintrust Complete Series Omnibus
by Marc Stiegler, Michael Anderle
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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Does real life emulate fiction? Or does fiction emulate real life?

All five books of the BrainTrust examine topics ripped from today’s headlines: Pandemic, Global Economic Meltdown, Deportation. How closely will the world follow the BrainTrust script?

Long ago, the President for Life expelled all foreign engineers from Silicon Valley. They moved to…

The Braintrust, Crescendo of Fire, Rhapsody for the Tempest, Ode to Defiance, Requiem


A Deadly Partner
by Peter Ralph
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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When a prestigious stockbroking firm gets into financial trouble, it’s bailed out by a sinister and mysterious figure … a silent and deadly partner. Soon he is using the firm to do dirty deals and rip-off the public.

An irresistible suspense thriller. Fatal accidents follow those who oppose or challenge him How many will have to die before he is satisfied? Endless twists and turns will have you gripping the edge of your seat.


Night Moves
by Jonathan Kellerman
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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There’s no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim’s missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family’s home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. Despite that, their cooperation seems guarded. And that’s more than Milo and Alex can elicit from the Corvins’ creepy next-door neighbor—a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude.

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(An Alex Delaware Mysteries)


Fair Warning
by Michael Connelly
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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Brand New Release. Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he’s ever encountered.

Jack investigates–against the warnings of the police and his own editor–and makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets.

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(Jack McEvoy Mysteries)


Down a Dark Road
by Linda Castillo
Rating: 4.8 #ad

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“Murder in Amish country has a certain added frisson, and Castillo’s the master of the genre.” People magazine

Two years ago, Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire, putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. But this is personal for Kate. She grew up with Joseph King. As a thirteen year old Amish girl, she’d worshipped the ground he walked on.

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(A Kate Burkholder Mysteries)


Arifureta: Volume 4
by Multiple Authors
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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With their business in Ur concluded, Hajime and his party return to Fuhren. After getting Yue, Shea, and Tio their Status Plates, Hajime decides to rest in the city for a while. But as always, if he doesn’t go to trouble, it manages to find him. During a date with Shea, he runs afoul of a shady underground organization. There he rescues a girl named Myuu and becomes… her father!?

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