Monday, February 25, 2013

Morning Mysteries

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Matanzas Bay (A Quint Mitchell Mystery)
UK Link When PI Quint Mitchell volunteered to help with an archaeological survey in St. Augustine, he didn’t count on digging up a murder victim. In the nation’s oldest city, Mitchell discovers links to ancient sins, comes face to face with his own past, and unleashes powerful forces that will do anything to keep their secrets—even if it means taking his life. In this award-winning debut mystery, author Parker Francis taps into an undercurrent of violence hidden behind the sleepy façade of the historic town. When Mitchell’s friend, the City Archaeologist, is charged with a brutal murder, he must find the true killer while fighting inner demons and the corrosive residue of racial violence dating back to the Civil Rights Movement. As he learns, St. Augustine was birthed in blood—Matanzas means “place of slaughter” in Spanish—and violence is never far from the surface.

The Angry Woman Suite
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Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There's his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian. For years, Francis plays a tricky game of duck and cover with the women, turning to music to stay sane. He finds a friend and mentor in Aidan Madsen, schoolmaster, local Revolutionary War historian, musician and keeper of the Grayson women's darkest secrets. In a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three different people--Aidan, Francis and Francis'stepdaughter, Elyse--adding layers of eloquent complexity to a story as powerful as it is troubling. While Francis realizes his dream of forming his own big band in the 1940s, his success is tempered by the inner monster of his childhood, one that roars to life when he marries Elyse's mother. Elyse becomes her stepfather's favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson. For Aidan's part, his involvement with the Grayson family only deepens, and secrets carried for a lifetime begin to coalesce as he seeks to enlighten Francis--and subsequently Elyse--of why the events of so many years ago matter now. The ugliness of deceit, betrayal and resentment permeates the narrative, yet there are shining moments of hope, especially in the relationship between Elyse and her grandfather. Ultimately, as more of the past filters into the present, the question becomes: What is the truth, and whose version of the truth is correct? 

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A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration - and death.
Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.

Whatever it is, it's spreading. Fast. 
As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna's searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.
But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.
Because after today, extinct no longer means forever.

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For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dreamscape over the rolling green hills. But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents. The county sheriff remains under intense pressure to track down the predator, yet all leads come up cold and the officers are sickened when a horrific act at the Devil’s Den challenges them all to act quickly. To solve the crime before the Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show, sleuths Quinn McSpain and Louisa Hawke are drawn into the mystery and head into the hills and hollows of the southwestern Virginia mountains. 

Quinn is an ex-corporate security operative, and until recently, Louisa headed the FBI criminal division. The athletic, hard-bodied sexagenarian twosome has been experiencing a blossoming romance on kayaking trips and mountain climbing excursions as well as hard mountain bike rides. Now their sleuthing skills and physical prowess will be put to the test as they must capture the killer before the unthinkable takes place.

An adrenaline-producing adventure to capture a demented killer through the Blue Ridge Mountains, C. David Gelly’s mystery thriller is steeped in the lore and legends of Virginia’s upland country. It is the first in a series of five “Gap” novels that will take the reader through the vistas and hairpin turns of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway and mountains.

Shot of Tequila
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Several million bucks, stolen from the mob...

All caught on video, with no chance of redemption...

Now one man must face the entire Chicago Outfit, a group of hardened Mafia enforcers, a psychotic bookie, the most dangerous hitman on earth, and Detective Jacqueline Daniels...

His name is Tequila. And he likes those odds.

If Angels Fall
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Tom Reed is a crime reporter with The San Francisco Star, whose superb journalistic skills earned him a Pulitzer nomination. But years later Reed’s life is coming apart. His editor wants him fired. His wife has left him to wrestle with his demons. Alone, Reed is tormented by the fear he may have caused the suicide of an innocent man suspected of murdering a two-year-old girl.

Reed’s friend on the case is legendary San Francisco Homicide Inspector, Walt Sydowski, who has one of California’s highest clearance rates. He is also a lonely widower haunted by the fact he cannot solve the girl's heartbreaking death.

Both men grapple with the past while they race the clock to learn the truth behind a several new abductions that have anguished the Bay Area, in this acclaimed thriller set in the late 1990s.

Shadow Kill (Nick Teffinger Thriller)
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In this edgy thriller from acclaimed author R.J. Jagger, Denver homicide detective Nick Teffinger finds his life shaken to the core as he negotiates the deadly undercurrents between two criss-crossing assassins, one of which may be targeting his lover, and the other of which may be in a unique position to help him. In the world of shadow kills, however, nothing is free. Everything comes with a price; most of all, help.(385 pages)

Invisible (Ivy Malone Series #1) B&N Only
She's not your average crime fighter!
Meet Ivy Malone, an inconspicuous older woman who has a mutant curiosity gene that often lands her in trouble. Unlike most women her age, she snoops and pries her gray-haired self into one hilarious escapade after another. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, Ivy can't help but put her snooping eyes to work as she launches her own unofficial investigation.
Despite her unconventional sleuthing, 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 her out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow Ivy down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, spunky sleuth threaten her very safety?

Final Justice
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Vietnam war hero Luke Ballard thought his miserable childhood, ridiculed as a bastard in a small Alabama town, was behind him. Then his beloved mother, with her dying breath, reveals how she was raped by three men the night he was conceived, and he secretly vows to avenge her.

Luke runs for town sheriff and wins. It's the 60's, and his sights are not only on debasing the monsters who violated his mother, but he must confront corruption, gambling, prostitution and the KKK, rendering his own brand of justice.

Along the way, Luke meets Emma Jean, the much-abused wife of his old high-school nemesis, and falls in love.

As secret, passionate rendezvous and deadly determination turn into a maelstrom of retribution, Luke and Emma must unravel the truth to create their own final justice.

If Looks Could Kill (B&N Only)
When Vancouver photographer Tom McCall’s former lover walks back into his life, he knows trouble can’t be far behind.

Black Woods
Avid mushroom hunters and volunteers with the local Search and Rescue Department, Laura and Julie, who are in their sixties, remember that first encounter in the woods years ago.

Four young men, who are fun by nature, travel to the woods with high hopes of a hunt they won't forget.

A call to the Search and Rescue Department will bring them shockingly together in the...
Black Woods.

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.

All Lexi wants to do is get through the day at her boring temp job with Green Hand Insurance. That’s until she discovers the vice president, Martin Dean, in a pool of blood and herself at the center of an investigation into insurance fraud.

Millions of dollars are missing, the chief suspect is dead and her mysterious, sexy, new boss is not what he seems.

Recruited by the joint task force working on the case, all Lexi has to do is work out who killed Dean and where the missing millions are. That’s easier said than done when her sister insists upon the baby shower to end all baby showers, her wise-ass cop family just wants to keep her safe, someone keeps leaving her creepy gifts, and all the clues point to a seedy sex club on the wrong side of town.

As the bodies start to pile up, Lexi is on a race against time to find the killer and the money, before she’s the next one in the murderer’s sights.

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. 

Beneath the Cracks (B&N Only)
Helen Eriksson's desperation grows to keep her secrets buried while trying to help local police solve a series of unexplained deaths.

Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1
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This book begins with a young and naive Elaine Brogan as she initially pursues her dream of a career as a photomodel. After becoming entangled with a sleazy modeling agency, she decides to become a Secret Service agent, struggling through the arduous training academy. After her first disastrous assignment, she is transferred to Bulgaria. There, she meets Nick LaGrange, the love of her life.

Blue Light
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Lights... Camera... Murder...

Haunted by the guilt of watching his best friend self-destruct on a cocktail of drink and drugs, Matthew Gray turns his back on a highly successful but now unfulfilling career playing action-hero cop, Saul Brogan, to seek out Graeme’s killer and bring them to justice. But as they lay his fellow thespian to rest, yet another actor disappears in ever more suspicious circumstances. Matt calls upon the expertise of the brilliant but understated criminologist and conspiracy theorist, Iain Callaghan, to join him in a journey across borders and into the dark and dangerous world of a sadistic serial killer. With time ticking away, can they crack the case and save any more souls from the promise of a horrific fate?

Gray Justice (Tom Gray #1)
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Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim's father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.
Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster ride with an ending you'll never forget!

The Vivisectionist
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The boys have the perfect summer planned. They'll camp out in the backyard for their last vacation before high school. There's only one problem — even though they're just a hundred feet from the safety of the house, they're being hunted by a serial killer. 

Join Jack, Ben, and Stephen as they strap on their backpacks and go out looking for adventure. The woods behind Jack's house contain endless trails to explore, and the boys have weeks to investigate them all. Their neighborhood finally seems at peace again, now that the man who snatched the kid from down the street has been caught. But there's still danger in those woods, and the boys are about to stumble into it...

For Nothing (An Upstate New York Mafia Tale)
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Undercover cop Alex Vaughn goes deeper than ever into the organized crime family of Buffalo, NY. Motivated by justice and revenge, he seeks out the assassin that laid his friend Jack low.

Professional killer Rafael Rontego traverses the deadly politics of Buffalo’s mafia underbelly. In a city whose winter can be just as deadly as those wielding power, Rontego tries to stay ahead of the game.

Their two worlds collide in this epic thriller that takes the reader on a search for self, justice, and truth.

Shards of Summer
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Shards of Summer takes you on a trip to the beach that you won't soon forget. Flashing back to the mid-1940s--the perfect decade for a gritty noir--Shards immerses you in that era's prevailing feeling of postwar disillusionment, a sense of female dominance, and a sultry atmosphere. Shards of Summer invokes the great pulp dramatists of the day, like James M. Cain, but Kelly Jameson brings a fresh perspective to a well-worn, male-dominated genre, going beyond character archetypes and revealing layer upon layer of female (and male) desires and fears. Sexy and smart, Shards of Summer shows flashes of brilliance.

Flesh and Blood (a John Jordan Mystery)
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John Jordan is back—investigating eternal mysteries woven into the fabric of everyday life. Within the confines of seemingly ordinary cases, John explores the ineffable and inexplicable, the profoundly mysterious within the mundane. 

In this diverse collection of cases, John investigates the Shroud of Turin, a pregnant virgin, a daring prison break, a Hurricane Katrina orphan who might just be the Second Coming, a desperate woman who sleeps with one too many men, a bloody body on the rec yard, a mystery that turns on a single observation, and a murder in which John himself is the prime suspect—all this as he deals with depression and battles alcoholism. 

These stories are puzzles, whodunits, and enigmas, but they are much more. John Jordan doesn't just solve crime, he investigates the hidden heart of humanity and the mysterious world in which we live. Here are temporal answers and eternal questions, and at the center of it all, a conflicted man of faith and doubt, flawed, but faithful, who ministers mercy even as he thirsts for justice.

The Devil's Pitchfork (Derek Stillwater thrillers)
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It is called Chimera M13.

It is the most dangerous biological weapon on the planet.

It is locked away in a vault.

Terrorists calling themselves The Fallen Angels steal it.

They intend to use it.

Only one man stands between The Fallen Angels and Armageddon.

Dr. Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security is that man.

All hell is about to break loose...

From Manhattan with Love: A Novella (The Fifth Avenue Series)
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An outcast billionaire's daughter is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. 

An international assassin questions her sanity when she falls in love with the very assassin she's charged to assassinate.

What happens when each collide? Chaos. Murder. Love. Revenge.

And redemption.

In this taut, 35,000-word novella, which is a prequel to the upcoming third novel in the Fifth Avenue series, "Park Avenue," both women come together for the first time in an explosive story that threatens each of their lives, particularly when one woman breaks her own rules and dares to fall in love. 

Game 7: Dead Ball (Marshall Connors Series)
Secrets, lies, and revenge provide the sparks that ignite a fiery collision between past and present…

A puzzle takes shape as baseball’s World Series unfolds, but the pieces don’t fit: a string of missing women, strange threats, gambling problems, kidnappings, and relationships long dormant are all somehow connected, but Marshall Connors--major league umpire--may run out of time before he can solve the mystery.

Marshall’s season has ended and he is looking forward to post-season plans that include time in Florida, first helping his mentor teach an umpire training class, followed by a lot of sun. Those plans are cut short when Marshall is given a surprise assignment to work the World Series as crew chief, but the real reason is not discovered until he is neck-deep in trouble.

The sudden change in plans rekindles a relationship with the O’Hara family--Terry, major league pitcher and Game 1 starter in the Series, Michael, Terry’s father and former major leaguer, and Samantha, Terry’s mother and Michael's ex-wife--but Marshall quickly realizes some things truly are better left alone.

As the Series plays out, so does the truth behind long-buried O’Hara family secrets and Marshall is caught in a storm that threatens to destroy him and those he loves. With the help of his best friend, Thomas Hillsborough--ex-CIA spy--Marshall fights to solve the puzzle before the Series reaches its climax in GAME 7: DEAD BALL, the ultimate contest of survival.

Never Buried (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series, Book 1)
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The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer's grave... Too bad his body didn't!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn't pack heat--just a few extra pounds. And she doesn't go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara's refurbished Victorian house, she wasn't planning on discovering a corpse--certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin's house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house--someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn't know Leigh's impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

Deadly Letters
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Cindy Royster always chose the wrong men, only this time her choice brings about her death. Letters she and three of her former roommates have been writing to each other causes her killer to seek his revenge on the other women, for what he considers their involvement in Cindy's ultimate betrayal. Sheriff Robert Collins gets involved and is hot on the trail of the murderer, trying to save the other women from this madman's wrath. But when Robert falls in love with one of the intended victims, he soon discovers that it's not easy to stop a killer and keep someone you love safe from harm. DEADLY LETTERS explores the far reaching effects domestic violence can have beyond the perpetrator and the victim's boundaries.

Dead Upon Dead (A Shaun Riker Investigation) (Dimestorenovels#001) 
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Brooklyn North Homicide Detective Shaun Riker hasn't seen his brother in fifteen years. An out of the blue phone call from Australia finds him airborne on the case of his life. Against a Sydney Harbour backdrop Riker shakes hands with big business, street criminals, and a manipulative psychopath. While he unravels his brother's mysterious disappearance he finds friends, makes enemies, and becomes intimate with Australia.

The Damage (Lucky Lucas)
Diane Berger is missing from her wealthy parents' San Francisco home and Lucky Lucas goes hunting. In this rapid paced follow up to Scar Tissue, Lucas finds the girl in L.A., but also finds a corpse in the apartment where she’s been staying. What began as a favor for a friend spins out of control and has Lucas caught in a world damaged by corporate crime, marital infidelity,and murder.

Clearwater Journals (Clearwater Series)
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Joe Holiday, an ex Metro cop, finds himself dragged into an investigation by Mia, an IHOP waitress. The probing they do into the murder of Mia's sister years earlier turns into a deadly manhunt with Joe and Mia suddenly becoming targets of a vicious plot.

North End
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As teenage student Tom Murray makes his way home in the wet and windy late night, he is looking forward to a lazy week off from his studies. But after he falls asleep on an empty tube train, the piercing screams of a young female wake him up. He stumbles into a dark tunnel towards the source of the screams. But when he finds them he cannot believe what he is seeing. He faces difficult choices and surprises, and his life will never be the same again.

Death's Imperfect Witness
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In this Midwest Book Award Finalist, Zoe Lawrence, a physician and former cop, finds herself drawn into the hunt for a serial killer.  It's a journey that forces Zoe to navigate her uniquely porous boundaries separating right from wrong and into a reckless relationship with a man who should have been off-limits.  In the process, her own violent past looms.  And while it causes her to question her own goodness, it also comes with a keen understanding of the killer's mind -- and an irresistible pull.  Ultimately, Zoe's troubled past and present collide against a backdrop of sleep deprivation, hospital liaisons, and murder.

A Chunk of Hell
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After serving in the Pacific, Rick Conner returned from the war and opened a detective agency. He finds things, and his services don’t come cheap. An old buddy from the Corps points him toward a job. But his new client, the eccentric millionaire Lazlo Belzoni, puts Conner immediately on guard.

Belzoni claims to be a doctor but seems more of a mystic. He’s looking for a stone that was stolen from him. It’s supposed to be some kind of relic. Conner is skeptical, but what’s it to him as long as the good doctor pays top dollar. Rick finds the stone. And the moment he lays his hands on it, the game changes. He goes from hunting a thief to being hunted himself.

What’s stalking him is far worse than he ever could’ve imagined

The Loyal Servant (Degrees of Separation)
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It's late. In Westminster a well-respected government minister lies dead in the Department for Education, scattered pills and whiskey bottle on his desk.

Low ranking civil servant Caroline Barber discovers his body, but is convinced the minister wouldn’t take his own life. When Martin Fox’s death is quickly forgotten by the press, Caroline fears the real reason for his death will be buried with him. 

She embarks on a mission to uncover the truth, recruiting hard-nosed investigative journalist Angela Tate. But Tate only agrees to help in exchange for confidential government information.

Torn between her quest for justice and her loyalty to the department, Caroline reluctantly turns whistleblower, putting not just her career at risk, but the safety of her family.

As her enemies close in, she unearths a scandal powerful enough to bring down the government. But will she get the chance to expose the corruption before she is silenced permanently?

Headcount: A Thriller
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Management consultant Frank Stein gets blackmailed by his boss Monica "Mo" Hussein into joining a secretive group of vigilante killers. The group is called the Network, and its members target civilians that use corporate influence to enable and support genocide, hate-crime, and anti-democratic activity. 

As Frank is forced to turn himself into a murderer, he struggles with his conscience at first. But when he begins to understand Monica's reasons for doing what she does, he finds a way to justify his own actions. 

Soon Frank comes to the awful realization that he's actually beginning to enjoy his new lifestyle, and not least because he's falling in love with the woman who's blackmailing him.

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Book 1 in the Heller series. Despite having no experience or skills, Tilly Chalmers can’t believe her luck when she lands a dream job in a security and surveillance business owned by the dangerously attractive Heller. But she soon discovers her new boss is a man of many secrets. And what is she to make of the strange group of people who live with him? After her first two assignments go disastrously wrong, and with a ruthless competitor on the scene, Tilly must decide if she has what it takes to survive the rough world of security work.

Doctor Watson's Bout
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In this masterly follow-up to Patrick Mercer's best-selling 'Dr Watson's War', the back pages have become front-page news. 

The British boxing champion Ezekial Shaw has been knifed to death. Yet the world's greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, seems indifferent towards the case.
Doctor Watson is intrigued, however, and starts an investigation of his own.
But his line of questioning soon causes him to cross paths with a certain Colonel Moriarty.

And it leads him into an affair with a possible suspect - Amelia, the sensual and seductive wife of Ezekial Shaw.
Yet as he gets closer to the mysterious truth, the boxing underworld stands in his way. And to keep the truth hidden, plans are made to murder the investigator.
Before the case is solved, Watson will have to fight his way out of tighter corner than any he ever found himself in with Holmes. 

Extreme Malice
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She was found with a guitar string still wrapped tightly around her soft neck. Eighteen year old Josh Anderson, the college boy from next door, is charged with her murder. It was his guitar string around her neck. His footprints are found inside her house. Her earring found under his bed. Donna Gardner's husband Jack was hundreds of miles away on business. Was it the perfect Murder 

Identity Issues (The Samantha Series)
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I teach.
I raise a gaggle of kids.
And my husband's out of town . . . most of the time.
This is my normal, and I'm used to it. 
I can handle the missing passport . . . the threatening letter . . . the late night phone calls . . . even the potential stalker. 
No problem. I've got it. 
Then my life takes a sharp left turn, and I'm speeding down a one way street to hell. No longer sure who is friend and who is foe, one truth remains--I've placed myself and my family in mortal jeopardy. Trust me, I'll do whatever it takes to save my family.

Relative Danger
Picture a Singapore hotel room in 1948. Picture a dispute between black marketer and thief Russell Pearce and an associate­—one who opens fire and murders Russell Pearce.

Fast forward to present-day Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Young Doug Pearce, just fired from his steady job in the brewery, has never strayed far from home. But he’s always found stories of his Uncle Russ, the family black sheep, fascinating. In comes a letter from an old friend of his dead uncle inviting him up to Toronto. Doug, at loose ends and bored with killing time, accepts. On arrival, he learns that wealthy and glamorous Edna wants Doug to solve the murder of Russell Pearce and exonerate the chief suspect. And what about the legendary red diamond he was thought to be smuggling?

Doug, nervous but game, agrees to play detective. How bad can it be to jet off to a glamour spot or two and have an adventure? Whoa! By the end of his first day in Casablanca, Doug knows he’s made a mistake. And while he meets people eager to help—a retired museum curator, a beautiful and self-absorbed heiress, and her elderly grandfather, a colleague of Russell Pearce—it becomes clear that someone else is interested in Doug and his quest.

From Morocco to Egypt to Bahrain to Singapore, Doug stumbles on. And whether he’s escaping across Cairo rooftops, ducking bullets in a high-speed desert chase, or killing time in a crowded Egyptian jail cell, Doug is sure of one thing: He has no clue what he’s doing. But surely he’ll think of something as he’s propelled full circle back to Singapore and the famed Raffles Hotel. He’s definitely not 007...but will he prove to be a zero?

The Easy Inside
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An elusive killer is stalking the inmates of HMP Foxbrook…

Imprisoned for a crime she swears she did not commit, all that Linsey Tate wants is to be reunited with her young son.

When DI Luke Burnett is sent to investigate the slayings at the prison, he encounters a wall of silence.

Will he help her to prove her innocence? Can she help him catch the brutal killer?

As the body count rises the stakes get higher. Secrets are uncovered, passion explodes and violence erupts...

Silent Mercy
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Recently returned from training at Quantico, FBI agent Mercy Gunderson stirs up trouble and uses her rarely seen feminine side to seduce her unsuspecting boyfriend, sexy-as-sin Sheriff Mason Dawson. When she revs up her Viper to get his attention while he’s on patrol, tempers and sparks fly—but their rendezvous is interrupted by a disturbing cry for help. The pair rush to the scene, where Mercy discovers that even though she can’t always save the day, she doesn’t have to be silent about it…

Dying to Get Published
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Judy Fitzwater's comic mystery tour de force, originally published by Ballantine Books, is finally available in electronic format.

Jennifer Marsh is a mystery writer with a stack of eight unpublished manuscripts and rejection letters to match filling her closet. She's sure that if she can just get famous for something, someone will have to publish her books. Why not murder?

She'll find a target so mean that she'd actually be doing the world a favor by bumping him or her off. And she knows just the person:
Penney Richmond, a high-powered literary agent who's made it her job to ruin people's lives. All Jennifer has to do is frame herself, do the deed, and come out with an iron-clad alibi, and she'll be well on her way to getting a three book deal. So what if she chickens out at the last minute? A vegetarian good girl who rescued a greyhound could never actually kill someone. But when Penney is found murdered and the police think Jennifer did it, she’d better find the real murderer before she goes away... for life.

Along with her eccentric writer's group, spunky old ladies with a nose for sleuthing, her neurotic greyhound, and a sexy, sarcastic reporter named Sam, Jennifer embarks on a journey filled with danger, deception, and disguises that could leave her Dying to Get Published...

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