Monday, October 29, 2012

Mysterious Monday

With Sandy fast approaching, the east coast going into survival mode, I thought to myself, "What better than mystery." So, enjoy these free tales or murder, mayhem and solving the crimes! As always let me know if there's something specific (genre) you're looking for, and I would be more than happy to find them for you. Share our group with your reading friends, and I hope you all stay safe this week!
Ontario Provincial Police Detective Lincoln Munroe is coming up empty. As a serial killer terrorizes the area surrounding London, Ontario, Canada, Lincoln finds himself at a standstill waiting for the perfect killer to make his first mistake. 

While the body count rises without any leads, Lincoln finds himself haunted by dreams of discovering skeletal remains in the forest beneath a bloody knife. The dreams seem to come true when Lincoln is called to Algonquin Park to assist an old colleague. There he is tasked with overseeing the excavation of human remains buried more than twenty-five years earlier; remains that will bring to the surface cold cases, a painful past and memories Lincoln had long since forgotten.

'A Dream of Death' is the first in a series of character-driven police procedurals written by a Canadian police officer.
Having recently lost his job as a history professor, David Mapstone returns to his boyhood home of Phoenix, Arizona, to find the city dramatically changed. It’s now a haven for wealthy retirees and a seasonal retreat for West Coast “sophisticates.” But pockets of his earlier life—some welcome, some not—remain. Mapstone eagerly accepts a temporary job from his old friend and Maricopa County Chief Deputy Mike Peralta: Look into still-open cases and see if he can close any. He is beginning to settle into his new job when his college sweetheart appears at his door one evening. True to his memory of her, she is there because she wants something. Her sister is missing and she wants Mapstone to look for her. 

Mapstone’s search for the missing woman is quickly resolved when her body is discovered in the desert, but he is stunned to find the dead sister in circumstances identical to a sensational 40-year-old unsolved murder. 

Mapstone’s dogged investigation of both murders bridges the chasm of clashing cultures, meshing his own long-ago memories with the tangled doings of newcomers and their acolytes, young women eager to share the lifestyle of tainted wealth, drugs, and careless violence
Book 1 in the Little Town series. Police officer Tess Fuller has her hands full trying to maintain order in a poorly-resourced small mountain town overrun by the beautiful, arrogant and lawless Bycraft family. And nobody in town has suffered at their hands as much as the Fuller family. But what will her new sergeant, Finn Maguire, a serious by-the-books city cop, think of her renegade policing style? And will they be able to work together to save Tess’ life when her feud with the Bycrafts escalates dangerously, while also trying to solve the intersecting mysteries of possible land fraud, an abandoned suitcase of money and a peeping tom with a preference for older women?
Dead End

They found Henry Gibson shot dead in his abandoned car on a dirt road. DEAD END.

Then George Horner…and Noah Hamberger. Wait a minute…who’s depleting the population of Northeastern Ohio? Are these random murders or a sicko with an agenda? DEAD END.

That was the problem facing homicide detective Al Maharos. He ran out of ideas. DEAD END.

Maharos had never worked with a woman partner until Karen Vandergrift. Attractive, brilliant Vandergrift. Together, they uncovered other bodies, and a pattern unique in the annals of crime. The problem: who was linked to the murders? DEAD END.

They knew their path would converge with that of the killer. They knew when…But where? DEAD END.
Levi Vogue, Chairman of the powerful Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, is gunned down in the driveway of his home as he returns from a late evening tryst with an exotic dancer employed in a Salt Lake City strip club.
Sam Kincaid, Chief of the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) of the Utah Department of Corrections, is assigned to help Salt Lake City Police Department homicide detective Lt. Kate McConnell solve Vogue’s murder. 
The investigation soon leads Kincaid and McConnell into the city’s seedy underbelly. Ultimately, the investigation focuses on Charles (Slick) Watts, a violent ex-convict with a long criminal history and a score to settle with Levi Vogue.

But before Watts can be apprehended, his body is discovered at an abandoned military base in Wendover, Nevada. 

Kincaid and McConnell soon expand their theory of the case and are led inside the Utah state prison....
Soon after an ancient talisman is smuggled out of Hong Kong, a container ship filled with Chinese refugees runs aground on Alcatraz, the crew murdered. 

The Chinese Triads suspect one of their own, a female assassin named Sally known to have a complex relationship with a San Francisco detective named Cape Weathers. But when Sally goes missing, Cape becomes the focus of the Triads’ attention, and soon the police and FBI have him on their radar. Cape quickly realizes he’s screwed if he doesn’t find out what really happened on board the ship. 

He soon seeks the aid of two neurotic cops, a drug lord, an autistic computer genius, a mayoral candidate, and a reporter with sentient hair. 
From there, it all goes to Hell.

Aspen Falls, Colorado.
Secrets within a community.
Secrets within a family.

Detective Chase Waters finds himself working the most interesting case of his career—one that comes closer to home than he could ever imagine. 

Are the mutilated bodies of young men and women the result of cult… or commerce?
One girl shot, another small corpse found, a suicidal maniac and two missing children. A small town police chief has but a limited time to make sense of the events breaking around him. Rental from Laredo is gripping with many twists and turns. From the author of Two Dead Labradors, The Fourth World, Let's Go Play at the Adams 2, The Last Demon, Ice Blue Legs, Dark Red Blood, Dargaville, Dark Grey Smoke and others.
Gene Waller; A small time hustler from New Orleans that gets more than he bargained for, when local authorities accuse him of two murders. Fearing that he may have been set up by prostitute girlfriend Janet; he flees to Thailand, only to find more trouble.  Gene is intended for 18 and +.
t's every parent's worst nightmare: A child fails to return home. As hours turn to days, all they can do is hope. Some children never come back... 
Driven by the need to know why, a mother confronts the man accused of her daughter's murder, he presents a compelling defence, convincing Claire not only that he is innocent of harming her daughter, but that his previous convictions were not what they seemed. 
Teaming up with a second-year psychology student and a fourteen year-old truant schoolboy, Sugar & Spice is the story of a mother's fight to bring one man's reign of terror to an end.
Be warned: In Sugar & Spice not all things are nice...
This is a prequel to "The Peterson Investigarion". In 1977, in the course of his first assigmnent in plainclothes, D.C, Metropolitan Police Detective J.P. Waterman makes a :"routine traffic stop" that involves the son of the most prominent defense attorney in the Washington area and a very intoxicated 15-year-old girl. When the girl dies of an overdose of Quaaludes, the ensuing investigation leads to an orgy club of high schoolers, prescription fraud, and a false ID ring. The investigation expands until it involves agencies from every jurisdiction surrounding Washington D.C. and ultimately the FBI DEA and finally the CIA. Waterman finds out what policing a world capital can mean.


Vulnerable young women let a serial killer into their homes because they trust him.
The killer tortures them, kills them and takes a gruesome trophy. 


Everyone has something to hide. Some of the darkest secrets reside in a parish church. A tip from a prostitute leads New Orleans Detective Frank Renzi to believe the killer may be a priest. 
A ruthless stalker, the serial killer uses his position to snare more women. With Renzi hot on his trail, he persuades a teenaged girl to help him escape. Will Renzi be able to save her? 

Who would YOU trust? A police officer or a priest?
In this fast paced thriller, Iraq's top terrorist makes two promises - a kidnapped American contractor will be executed on a given date, his body dumped in Baghdad's Green Zone and a major attack will occur in seven days. 

Working desperately to find the American and thwart the impending attack is an elite 4-man CIA team which includes an attractive female doctor. But they can only watch helplessly as the terrorist and his masked henchmen behead the American during a live video feed carried on the Internet. 

What they don't know is that one of the masked men is not a terrorist, but completely innocent. He is an Iraqi pharmacist who has infiltrated the group. His only objective - to find his missing fiancée, who the terrorist has also kidnapped. 

After the beheading, he is free to go. But little does he know that his fiancée will bring the deceased American's head to the Green Zone, and inside the dead man's mouth is evidence linking him to the terrorist.

This is the first novel in M.H. Sargent's popular MP-5 CIA series. The other novels include The Shot To Die For, Operation Spider Web, The Yemen Connection and Alliance of Evil. Sargent has also written a murder mystery set during WWII, Toward Night's End.
We know them as humanitarians. Of this we are sure, we are certain, their calling unimpeachable. They have forsaken success in industry and in government that was surely theirs just for the taking. This personal sacrifice is for us. More importantly, for those we love. They are servants of a greater good. In return, we entrust them with our time, our talents and our money -- all we can give. They move the hearts of our children, our friends and our coworkers all of whom enlist sponsors that contribute even more money based on miles hiked or biked along traffic laden thoroughfares. We look to them to lead us from the heartbreak -- the overwhelming emotional devastation that cripples us as our lives derail when someone we love is struck down by a cruel and life-robbing disease. We hold them to a higher standard. They are better. We need them to be. They are the caretakers of our hope.

But is our dream of a cure really their mission? Have we been deceived? Could it be a cruel duplicity, a personal deceit, phenomenal in its audacity, yet nothing more to them than an evil means to a selfish end? A falsehood perpetrated against the trusting, abetting positions of power. Our hope blinding us from the truth. Have the lifestyles, the position and the money become their true motivation? Have they come to see the disease, our enemy, as their benefactor? How far would they go to protect the enemy?

Would they kill?
Jill Corvin lives her life in the fast lane, even dating a notorious drug dealer - but she can kiss it all goodbye when a deal goes unimaginably wrong. Now she's an unwilling participant in a holy war where vampires serve as God's huntsmen, taking down the tainted doppelgangers of mankind and the human slayers who release them from their hellish prison. 

The vampires had been losing their crusade until fate leads them to Jillian, a budding psychic who can help them track down the slayer's ringleaders, but only if she can resist an offer from the ultimate enemy to the vampires' cause: The rogue Vlad Dracula.
A young woman on holiday on Mykonos, the most famous of Greece’s Aegean Cycladic islands, simply disappears off the face of the earth. And no one notices.

When politically incorrect, hot-shot detective Andreas Kaldis is promoted out of Athens to serve as police chief for Greece’s island paradise of Mykonos, he’s certain his homicide days are over. Murders don’t happen in tourist heaven; at least that’s what he’s thinking as he stares at the remains of a young woman found ritually bound and buried on a pile of human bones inside a remote mountain church.

Teamed with the canny, nearly-retired local homicide chief, Andreas tries to find the killer before the media can destroy the island’s fabled reputation with a barrage of world-wide attention on a mystery that’s haunted Mykonos undetected for decades.

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, another young woman disappears and political niceties no longer matter. With the investigation now a rescue operation, Andreas finds himself plunging into ancient myths and forgotten island places, racing against a killer intent on claiming a new victim who is herself determined to outstep him.

**Revised Version published January, 2012**

Dan blamed himself for his wife's untimely death... at first, that is. 

Dan, a newly published bestselling author, has just begun to taste the good life: Money in the bank, house in a quiet neighborhood, beautiful wife. His monster of a fictional character--a wealthy, handsome, womanizing murderer--is the catalyst for Dan's good fortune, intriguing millions of readers. But when Dan sleeps with his agent on a business trip, and then confesses the whole thing to his wife in near tears, he sets off a chain of events that cause him to lose his wife and his grip on everything, including reality.

Fleeing his hometown in an attempt to outrun tormenting memories, Dan lands himself in a nearly forgotten small town in Oklahoma, taking up indefinite refuge in a Bed and Breakfast. While here, Dan's demons begin to prey on his mental instability, and the character that he's thrilled his readers with begins to come off the page and out into the flesh, sending shockwaves through the otherwise peaceful town, and giving Dan some interesting and horrific ideas on how to cope with his pain.
Set in the sleezy underworld clubland of London doormen, gangsters and tough guys, Otherwise Kill Me will take you on a harrowing and surrealistic journey. 
Francis Page is a doorman who is reaching the end of his shelf-life in the bouncing game. He is desperate to make one last big score for his estranged family, but suffers from acute schizophrenia. 

As his life begins to unravel, so does his grip on reality, which sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events of bloody retribution. 

The novel paints a surreal picture, full of strange landscapes, which are alien to most individuals, but which are a very real part of the human condition. 

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