Friday, August 3, 2012

With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet Parker is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for a two-act, murder-suicide tragedy. But someone--or something--in the house wants Violet stopped...dead.

Bounty hunter Jack Keller and his girlfriend, deputy Marie Jones, team up when a few misfits out for fame and revenge start a merciless killing spree at a local church. When it becomes clear that they're led by a media-savvy killer who knows all the tricks for spreading panic, Keller, Marie, and every other peace officer in North Carolina must admit just what they don't want to believe: three viciously angry people with firepower to spare are ready to strike again at any time.

With edge-of-your-seat suspense and non-stop action from the first paragraph to the final page, J.D. Rhoades' Good Day in Hell is even better than his critically acclaimed debut.

In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. 

Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now.

There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer. But with a second shot at the killer--and a first chance at redemption--Marty's just found A Reason to Live.

Maggie Newberry is sheltered, privileged but also a whip-smart advertising copywriter who’s fast on her feet and a little stunned to realize that she’s 34 years old and still hasn’t found “the one.” When her long-missing sister ends up dead in Maggie’s trendy Atlanta condo, Maggie finds herself flying to the south of France to find the little niece that up until then no one in the family even knew existed. Along the way, she finds handsome Laurent Dernier, a sexy if nefarious Frenchman who it’s not clear is there to help or hinder Maggie’s search for the girl. Meanwhile, her sister’s murderer sets his sights on the little girl—and Maggie. The first book of the Maggie Newberry Mystery Series, Murder on the Côte d’Azure won 3rd prize in the National Writer’s Competition in 2001 in manuscript.

In the third book in this series, US Grant and his wife visit Cincinnati, just down the road from Georgetown and Bethel. At a gala political function, Grant thinks that he sees an apparition. When the ghost disappears and a reporter stumbles on the scene, Grant knows that he has to solve the mystery of the ghost and why it would appear to him. Taking on the issues of 19th century spiritualism and the recently freed slave, this book looks at the ways the nation changed in the months following the end of the Civil War.

For rock and roll writer Mick Sever, another story, another deadly island paradise is all in a day’s work. This time, Mick heads to Nassau, Bahamas, home of the legendary Highland Studio.

Known for pumping out hits that burn up the charts, Highland is where the magic happens—or rather, where the magic happened until a devastating fire destroyed the entire studio. No one knows how the fire started, who started it—or whose body was found among the charred remains.

Sent to get the inside story on the opening of the new Highland Studio, Mick finds this is hardly the Phoenix-rising-out-of-the-ashes story he expected.

Some say the studio’s haunted, some say it’s cursed, but one thing is for sure: someone—or something—wants to stop the music. A smashed guitar and erased tracks send a subtle warning, but murder? That’s an entirely different tune.

If Mick doesn’t act fast, Highland Studio, along with everything and everyone in its path, could go up in smoke.

It’s not always better to burn out than to fade away.

Amateur sleuth Cleopatra Jones of rural Hogan’s Glen, Maryland faces an unwanted hazard when she skulls her golf ball across the number six green and it lands in the inseam of a very dead banker. Though the victim is a longtime friend of Cleo’s, his ongoing dispute with Cleo’s best friend and golfing partner, Jonette, is public knowledge. When the police key in on Jonette as the prime suspect, Cleo sets out to find the real killer.

Amidst the fun of wacky meals, dueling daughters, Mama’s heart problem, lovesick Saint Bernards, a sexy golf pro, a repentant ex-husband and a host of murder suspects, Cleo does what she does best. With her trusty spreadsheets and logical accountant’s brain, she organizes the information and ferrets out a crazed killer. 

Set against the lush splendor of mid-Atlantic springtime, this fun-packed mystery with a dash of romance will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. 

"an amusing addition to the cozy ranks" Kirkus

"reading a Cleopatra Jones mystery is a nice way to spend the afternoon" Romantic Times

Always a Cold Deck is the first Harry Reese Mystery. Harry is an insurance investigator with a wry sense of humor who never takes life too seriously. In July 1900, he is sent to Buffalo, New York, to look into a fire that has destroyed a grain elevator. But when Harry uncovers a smuggling operation, the case morphs into something more serious. Trains and steamships feature prominently as he crosses into Canada and back, accompanied by a curious young woman who seems to be conducting an investigation of her own. But Harry can never be sure of anyone’s loyalties, least of all those who’ve hired him.

Join us on a high-octane thrill ride as former Navy SEAL Thomas Highway sets out to kill the man who murdered his wife while simultaneously negotiating a pair of covert government agencies. One is trying to stop him. One wants to help. But both have their own hidden agendas. 

Highway's search leads to a former drug lord turned terrorist who's looking to smuggle a WMD under the porous Mexico border. But that's not going to happen. Not if Highway can help it.

From the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego to the crime-ridden streets of Tijuana, HIGHWAY TO VENGEANCE combines a hard-boiled, neo-noir, first-person POV with modern thriller elements and a highly accurate account of real-life SEAL training to create a twisting novel that explores the darkness within us all, the lengths one man will go to avenge his lost love, and the difference between vengeance and justice.

Humbug on the Hudson, a short story, is the second Harry Reese Mystery. Harry is an insurance investigator with a wry sense of humor who never takes life too seriously. In August 1900, he is sent to Glens Falls, New York, to investigate a fire. But he is also instructed to make sure the investigation doesn’t uncover any shady doings that “the right people” would prefer be kept quiet. Harry encounters a variety of surprises, not the least of which involves his wife, Emmie. But that the chief arson suspect is found dead in a canal comes as no surprise at all.

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