Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday Mystery


Good Morning Fans! Our Weekend Romantic/Erotic blast was a huge success. I want to thank the 8 authors who donated books as our prizes. Please stop by and show their pages some "like" loving!

Harper Bliss
Rachel A Olson
Ava Lore
R.K. Lilley
Aubrianna Hunter
Cambria Hebert
Mandy Harbin
Milly Taiden

First, the winner of our Steen Langstrup giveaway is Brenda Larocque. Brenda, please make sure to check your "other" messages on Facebook for details in claiming your prize! 

Now, I'm sure you're all anxious to see the winners of the 10 prizes! Well, we'll get there! First, check out these Mystery books available for free today! Then the winners will be posted at the bottom ;)




The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen: A Dix Dodd Mystery (Dix Dodd Mysteries)
Tired of getting no respect at the big P.I. firm where she's worked for years, Dix Dodd has hung out her own shingle at the ripe age of 40. There are plenty of cheating husbands to go around, and Dix has a knack for busting them. Problem is, it doesn't always pay so well. Conscious that the guys back at the old firm are laying bets about how soon she'll come crawling back, she figures she's got six months to make a go of it. The going gets even tougher when she hires Dylan Foreman. But when he told her about getting fired from his law firm and disbarred for putting common decency before the firm's interests, she hired him on the spot. In addition to being smart, he's gorgeous enough to remind her she's a woman. And at 28, young enough to make her feel like a total cougar. Things start looking up when Dix gets hired by millionaire businessman Ned Weatherby's wife Jennifer Weatherby, to tail Ned 24/7 for a week, for a cool ten grand. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong! The job lands Dix in the middle of a murder investigation - with her as the prime suspect and her arch-enemy Detective Richard Head (a.k.a., Dickhead, one of the cheating husbands she'd nailed) gunning for her. Dix will need all her ingenuity, as well as the help of Dylan and her oddball cast of supporters to extricate herself from this one

Where's My Son? (Detective Jason Strong Novellas, #1)
What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?

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Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he won't stop.

Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael's son and has become his friend. But as Michael's darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him.

It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it's too late.



Sugar & Spice (When you think the unthinkable, where do you turn?)

Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter's killer? Claire did...



Inspired by a news story of a man who begged a Judge to give him a longer sentence, because he knew he would harm another child if released without treatment, Sugar & Spice is meticulously researched, asking the questions society prefers not to have answered. At once disquieting and challenging, Sugar & Spice is car-crash reading.
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It'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.
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Be warned: In Sugar & Spice not all things are nice...




Last Call (A Ridley Brone Mystery)
Running a karaoke bar is no way for an ex-PI to make a living.

Just ask Ridley Brone, a California private investigator who returns to his Michigan hometown when he inherits his estranged parents' multimillion dollar estate. The songs his mom and dad wrote made them rich, but their popular karaoke bar, the High Note, made them famous. Now Ridley owns a bar he doesn't have a clue how to manage, and his every effort seems only to further tarnish his parents' legacy.

Then Ridley's high school love, Autumn, shows up asking for help. She suspects her husband of having an affair and wants Ridley to find the truth. Itching to do the kind of work he knows, Ridley takes her case. But after he finds her husband murdered, the karaoke bar feels like vacation compared to the hard job of proving Autumn's innocence.


Train to Anywhere

Eddie Griffin, a 23-year-old ex-con, is working to put his life back together. Late one evening he witnesses a local businessman committing a murder. His life is spared, but he will be killed if he talks to the police. Everything he has worked for falls apart as he becomes caught between rival criminal and legal organizations.







Murder in the Wind

The authors of Second Wind's first Mystery/Crime anthology, including the winner of our Mystery in in the Wind contest Sheila Deeth.










Concrete Underground

An idealistic journalist sets out to expose corruption among the city's elite and soon finds himself immersed in a conspiracy of murder, blackmail, espionage, and human trafficking. Pitted against the enigmatic CEO of one of the world's largest tech companies, he must play a deadly game that threatens to unearth its players' darkest secrets.

CONCRETE UNDERGROUND is postmodern pulp fiction - a gritty, labyrinthine murder mystery about identity and alienation in the digital age.


The Variant Effect

VARION was a popular medication that could cure anything from Anxiety and Depression to Schizophrenia and Zoophagia. Everybody took it back in the day, because there were no side effects... ...AT FIRST. By the time they learned about the Variant Effect it was too late.

The old building in a rundown part of Metro was a perfect place to find a body, but they wouldn't have dragged Joe Borland out of retirement if it still had its skin. It's been 20 years since Borland battled the Variant Effect, and 20 since he let his partner get skinned alive. Now both of them are ordered back into action to meet a terrifying new threat.

This eBook is also available in the Official Variant Effect Collector Pack.

The Value of Life

A 12 year-old boy is kidnapped - but the ransom price is left to his parents! Before he is returned (safely) another boy is taken. Then another. Rookie detective Joseph Lindahl is a psychology graduate and thinks he knows what the kidnapper wants - but colleagues are skeptical. The solution might please the press and embarrass a judge, but it it gets Joseph into trouble at Longmarsh Police HQ.






Punishing A Good Deed (A James Anthony Fratino Series)

“Money, morals, and scruples are what it comes down to; Go figure!” is what James Anthony Fratino tells his wife Annette as the reason to form their own investigation firm, Fratino Investigations, and go after the bad guys that are out to rip-off Jimmy’s place of employment, Seven Rivers Casino for ‘large money,’ as streetwise Jimmy would say.

Jimmy and Annette Fratino live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, in the city of Port Angeles. Jimmy commutes to the small town of Sequim every day and has skyrocketed his way up from blackjack dealer, to pit boss, and is now being groomed for the next manager’s position by his mentor and rabbi, Big Darryl Galuchia. 

With hints at a somewhat colorful past that stretches from coast to coast, Jimmy has a secret; once a year he’s a thief and he has to come clean with Annette when he needs her to help him escape from the closet he’s trapped in. Jimmy overhears part of the bad guy’s plans to electronically steal from his employer and when they put him in the hospital; in a coma along with multiple broken bones, Jimmy’s out for justice in Punishing A Good Deed since no one plays in what Jimmy considers ‘his’ backyard. 

Of Mice and Murderers (Z-Detective Series - Book #1)

Meet Big Bob Zapolska (Z for short), an unlicensed private eye who reads detective fiction for self improvement. 

Low-rent private eye that he is, Z does not usually get cases that turn into murder, to say nothing of multiple murder. Nor is he often called upon to help solve "classy" cases like the theft of a painting from Kansas City's Nelson Art Gallery. And never before has he run into something as spooky as the Bateman College "ghost light,' the light seeming, in some way, to be the key to these other crimes.

Big Bob Zapolska may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you --- if someone is crowding you --- it's good to have the Z-man on your side!

Of further help to him are his personal beliefs:

- Never break the law --- unless you have to.
- Tell the truth when possible --- it's hard to remember lies.
- If you blackjack a man correctly, he will rarely suffer permanent brain damage.
- In the right hands [Z's], fire is an excellent motivator.
- To avoid temptation --- give in to it immediately.

Harm's Way

A private investigator searches for the runaway daughter of an aspiring politician, only to become embroiled in a plot of corruption, decadence, greed and murder. Although violence endangers everyone dear to him, his selfless sense of duty drives him onward to a twisted resolution.

Lee Harms, investigator-for-hire, is on the cusp of an on-and-off-again love affair with confidante and astrologer Celeste when fate serves up a witch’s brew of trouble.

Start with a broth of sexual intrigue, toss in a troubled redhead, stir in two kilos of cocaine, dissolve a few pages from a psychiatrist’s notebook, and bring to a boil the fury of a crime family whose son dies in a midnight bacchanal. Money ignites the fire under this cauldron, but sex, violence and the darker forces of human nature keep it bubbling.

As dangerous as it gets, Harms must rely on his own wits to out-maneuver crack-crazed thugs, libidinous porn stars, and a deranged young woman with a troubled past. But when criminals kidnap his own ten-year-old daughter, he plunges into their underworld to rescue her from harm’s way.

A Plunder By Pilgrims (A Garrison Gage Mystery)

It starts with a knock at the door “ something reclusive ex-detective Garrison Gage hates. When it's his teenage neighbor, whose girlfriend has gone missing just before Thanksgiving, Gage gets reluctantly pulled back into his old line of work - and ends up facing some fears of his own in Oregon's dark woods.

A short story introducing Garrison Gage, who also appears in THE GRAY AND GUILTY SEA.




Bon App├ętit (a Jim Money Story)

Jim Money just wants his money back from Chuck. Chuck refuses to pay it back, and when Chuck's hardened brothers show up, Jim is forced to back down as shots are fired as he narrowly escaped danger.
Jim calls his best friend Steve to go collect from Chuck. Meanwhile, Jessica explains to Jim that although she loves the money he makes from illegal gambling and hustling, she wants a normal life free of the dangers associated with his lifestyle. After spending years building his gambling empire, Jim is reluctant at first, but he thinks about it awhile and decides to take a gamble. Besides, he would have a loving wife, and a stable family life free of the criminal elements that haunt him. He realizes that he could have that with Jessica. But before Jim could tell her, she receives a phone call and shuts Jim out.

THE NEXT DAY... 
Jim receives a phone call from Carla, Steve's wife. She insists that her husband and Jessica are having a fling. Jim denies that Jessica or Steve would do that to him, but he humors Carla. He picks her up and they go to Jessica's house. But when they arrive, they are greeted with a more sinister truth. Will Jim Money get the wife and family life that he wants, or is he biting off more than he can chew? 


A young woman searches for her missing twin sister in a foreign country called America. On the road, she encounters a series of strangers who help her navigate its topography, including a cowboy in a pink Cadillac, a sadistic law enforcement agent, a pulp fiction novelist, the regulars at a nuclear bomb-themed dive bar, and a man who befriends mannequins.






Scar Tissue

Ex-Con Ray Rhodes’ claim he was framed on weapons and drug charges is only the beginning when former cop Lucky Lucas is reluctantly dragged into an investigation as a family favor. Lucas quickly finds himself in a world thick with crooked cops, Chinese assassins, and a broken family with a disturbing and dangerous history that leads to blackmail and murder. A fast moving crime novel set in the alleys hourly motels, and streets of San Francisco not frequented by tourists or safe for anyone.




Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery

Mystery, romance and adventure...

Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

Simon and Elizabeth's developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city's speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.


Sherlock Holmes Investigates. The Pink Jewel Conundrum

In this 7,400+ word story, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the disappearance of a jewel which was left in a locked room, on the desk of the Mayor of Portsmouth.
Holmes displays his deductive skills and wide ranging knowledge of science and the natural world.







Murder at Zero Hour
From the safety of America, William Grant watches as the Great War rages in Europe. Desperate for adventure, he travels to Britain to join the army. After a harrowing journey, Grant is accepted as an officer into a newly formed regiment. He is soon posted to France, where he must learn to survive the horrors of life in the trenches. A popular captain is killed, and all the evidence points to murder. With the help of his comrades, Grant must survive the Battle of the Somme and the evil intentions of an unknown murderer, all while trying to earn the love of a beautiful nurse.


Humbug on the Hudson (A Harry Reese Mystery)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.
Shadows in the Night: An Aurelia Marcella Roman Mystery (Aurelia Marcella Roman Series)
Roman Britain in 91 AD is a troublesome part of the mighty Empire ruled by Domitian Caesar. Tension is especially high in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young innkeeper from Italy, runs the Oak Tree Mansion on the road to York. A string of savage murders disrupts her peaceful life, and she and her Roman friends find themselves under attack from a secret native war-band, the Shadow-men, whose aim is to expel all Romans out. A traveler, Quintus, is nearly killed close to the inn. Soon he and Aurelia team up to track down the rebel warriors and identify their mysterious masked leader, the Shadow of Death. 


Secret Murder: Who Shall Judge?
What if, in the middle ages, North America had been settled by Europeans? The Americas would have developed very differently. Settlers from an eleventh-century Europe would have been on a relatively even footing with the local people. We could end up with an Anglo-French empire along the Mississippi up to the head of navigation at Saint Anthony Falls. North of that would be Norse, settling on the Iron Range; and north of the Norse, Finns. Large areas of North America would still belong to the indigenous peoples. Traders would travel about, by land and by river, as traders always have. At trade fairs, men and women of different lands, laws, and customs would come together. As always, jackals would gather to prey upon them …

A Dead Red Cadillac"I've been married so many times, they should revoke my license," says NY model, and reluctant pilot Lalla Bains. 

Running her dad's Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California she's hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red '58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn't possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver's seat. 

Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman's hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.



Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1)

She's not your average crime fighter!

Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it's only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.

Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can't resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities' attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?


Deadly Gamble: The First Charlie Parker Mystery (Charlie Parker Mystery Series)

In this debut mystery series novel, Charlie Parker, accountant and partner in an Albuquerque private investigation firm, is visited by her old school friend, Stacy North. Stacy's Rolex watch is missing and she begs Charlie to help locate it before her husband finds out. Things are complicated by the fact that Stacy had been seeing another man, Gary Detweiller, and he's the one she suspects of having stolen the watch. With a little detective work, Charlie retrieves the missing watch and all should be well. But three days later, Detweiller is murdered. All eyes turn to Stacy as the prime suspect. 

Once again, Stacy begs Charlie's help in proving her innocence. As she begins to ask questions, Charlie learns that Detweiller's life was not as simple as first perceived and that any number of people had grievances against him. And before she can pinpoint the killer, her own life is in danger as well.

Killer Twist (A Ghostwriter Mystery)

No one bats an eyelid when a bag lady washes up on the shores of Sydney, minus five fingers and decked out in designer couture; nor is anyone too perturbed when socialite Beatrice Musgrave plunges to her death soon after. No one, that is, except ghostwriter and Merlot-lover Roxy Parker. She’s been writing Beattie’s 'autobiography' and has just stumbled on a secret that’s worth killing for. 

With slick black hair, tortoise-shell glasses and a penchant for cheap plonk, Roxy Parker is a sassy new female detective … except she’s not strictly a detective. Rather, she’s a writer with a taste for the morbid and mysterious—and this time her little sideline may get her in way over her head …

In the first book of the Ghostwriter Mystery series, Roxy is hired to ghostwrite the life story of department store heiress Beatrice Musgrave. Beatrice has promised Roxy a secret worth writing about, but before she gets the chance to tell all, the socialite is found ripped to shreds at the bottom of a cliff. The police say it's suicide but Roxy knows better—there are too many people looking way too relieved. 

And so she embarks on an investigation of her own. From the posh suburbs of inner-city Sydney to remote outback Australia, Roxy finds herself lured into a web of deceit where time has healed no wounds and no one is who they appear to be. One thing, however, is crystal clear: chasing headlines can be a deadly occupation. Roxy must also act fast—there's a menacing stranger threatening her life, a handsome best friend growing increasingly impatient, and her mother is really starting to get on her nerves. 


The Bluejay Shaman (Alix Thorssen Mystery Series)
Traveling the back roads of Montana, not-quite-fearless art gallery owner Alix Thorssen is far from home and up to her Ray-bans in shaman’s secrets, mysterious deaths, madness, and – ah yes – passion among the pine needles. Whoever killed Shiloh Merkin hated her and wanted her dead. But did Wade Fraser, Alix’s brother-in-law and University of Montana anthropology professor, do the deed? What happened to the petroglyph of the bluejay shaman? Alix follows a trail of sex, moonlit rituals, and legendary artifacts as another murder leads her to a chilling confrontation with the killer. In this first novel of the Jackson Hole series about Alix Thorssen, Lise McClendon weaves a gripping tale of suspense, blending Indian lore, the timeless clash of western values, and the magnificent landscape of the Rockies. 
"Reminiscent of Tony Hillerman at his best," says James Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss.

Diary of Murder ( A Logan & Cafferty Mystery/Suspense Novel ) Dana Logan & Sarah Cafferty are vacationing in their motorhome in Colorado when Dana learns of her sister's death. The mystery writer's husband says it's suicide but Dana knows her sister would never take her own life. When they arrive in Wyoming, they discover more than Georgi's diary which tells of her harrowing life in her mansion. Placing their own lives in danger and that of Dana's journalist daughter Kerrie, they seek out the killer and stumble over more bodies as well as a vicious drug ring. 











AND NOW, THE MOMENT YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! THE WINNERS!!! 




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