Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall is in the Air

Morning fans! It's officially fall! *Picture me doing my happy dance.*
I love fall. Pretty colors, warm days, chilly nights. Hoodies are my favorite piece of clothing, and I rather enjoy a hot cup of coffee, a blanket and my kindle! So, time to stock up on some reading materials. What do you like most about Fall?

Well, I'm thinking today would be a great day for some cozy mystery and thrillers? Some suspense? Yea, well, enjoy!!! 

The Bank Manager and the Bum

When branch manager Giles Macintosh arrives to open up one morning and finds an injured bum and his battered dog lying in the doorway of the bank, he little suspects what lies in store for them all.

Giles does the decent thing and calls for help, then puts the incident out of his mind. However, having been witness to things he cannot explain, he feels drawn to the man and tries to track him down … only to find he has vanished.

But who is the enigmatic, homeless Frank? Why are two very nasty men trying to find him? Why has a prostitute been abducted? And what does the future hold for Giles’s seriously ill son, Jake?

Darren Sant skilfully weaves the various strands to create a compelling story that is as unflinching as it is heart-warming.

As the story unfolds, the tension increases and the true nature of Frank’s amazing secret begins to be revealed. The stakes are high as the criminal and the supernatural come together for a final, inevitable showdown.


A beautiful young woman is brutally murdered on the way home from a bar. The suspects are lined up. Her ex fiancé - brain damaged in a serious car crash. Her current boyfriend - a drug dealer with a somewhat violent past. Her drunken step-father. All prime suspects. But are any of them guilty? Is there a suspect the police are overlooking. A suspect that staring them right in the face?

A fast paced, thrilling murder mystery that sends chills down your spine and keeps the reader guessing at the identity of the killer until the very last chapter.

Blood Spatter -- A Short Story

Logan Jennings is a loving father, husband, and dog-owner. A mild-mannered, freelance photographer, by all appearances, he leads the perfect life.

What's his secret? 

He's an obsessive, ritualistic serial killer...except he doesn't know it.

Logan would like to meet you. Will you oblige him?

Blood Spatter is a 3,000 word short story.

Back on Murder (A Roland March Mystery Book #1)

Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out. But when he's the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he's given one last chance to prove himself. Before he can crack the case, he's transferred to a new one that has grabbed the spotlight--the disappearance of a famous Houston evangelist's teen daughter. 

With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he's still one of Houston's best detectives.

Separate Lives (Tyson Palmer Thriller Series)

Follow Tyson Palmer to the desert of New Mexico as New Your Times bestselling author Dale Roberts, who took you on a heart pounding thrill-ride deep inside a mind controlling cult in The Following, takes you into the very heart of a murder investigation and into the mind of a serial killer in Separate Lives

When journalist-turned-author, Tyson Palmer visits retired FBI profiler Reardon Meeks for research for his next book, a beloved minister is murdered and his dark, secret life is exposed. The two of them are
pulled into the investigation of what is the first in a series of murders of respected, high profile people, each leading a secret, separate life that will cause everyone to question just how well they really know their neighbors...and themselves.

Deadly Secrets (Kelly McWinter P.I., Book One of Three)

Deadly Secrets is the first book in Jude Pittman's Kelly McWinter PI series.  Book two, Deadly Betrayal and Book three, Deadly Consequences complete the series.

A Clint Eastwood, John Wayne type of guy, Kelly McWinter quit the Fort Worth police force following the death of his wife in a trap intended for Kelly.  It's been five years, and gradually Kelly is coming to grips with his personal grief and is once again feeling the pull to law enforcement. That decision escalates when he and Jake, the German Shepherd he adopted when he moved out to Indian Creek, find one of the Hideaway Bar and Barbecue's favourite characters dead on the floor of the flea market.

Coincidences, the emergence of a secret life, a treasure, an heiress searching for her birth mother and the ulterior motives of some of the Creek's own citizens all have Kelly scrambling to uncover the truth before his best friend ends up being convicted of a crime that Kelly is positive he didn't commit.

Really Dead - Part 1 (A Ria Butler Mystery)

Travel writer Ria Butler has to outsmart a killer on the set of a reality TV show. Ria is supposed to be looking at blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos. Instead, she circumnavigates her unsettled relationship with investigative reporter Glenn Cooper and flies to the set of the TV show that her brother is producing in the British Virgin Islands. On location, she learns a production assistant has gone missing — only her tattooed foot has been found. While Ria tries to outwit a killer, Glenn tries to outlast Ria's commitment detour, and a producer tries to outplay the police. When the reality series goes to air, it really does have the most dramatic finale ever — and someone is Really Dead.

Death's Disciple (A Detective Frank Miller Yorkshire Mystery).

For Detective Inspector Frank Miller it starts as just another day in the office.

But then the body of the widowed matriarch of an old Whitby family is discovered. 

Mabel Downing has been brutally murdered.

She has been strangled -- and her mouth filled with cassette tape and a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been left next to her body.

There is one obvious suspect - Charlotte Sanderson who discovered the body.

But Miller has been having a relationship with Charlotte - and refuses to believe she could be guilty of such a terrible crime. 

But if not her, who is the killer?

Is Miller allowing his personal life to interfere with the investigation?

What is the connection to Dracula - the Victorian gothic masterpiece partly set in the Yorkshire coastal town? 

And will the murderer strike again?

Miller has to find out - before it is too late. 

Alone and Afraid (Rocky Mountain Home Series)

Brooke is running from her past and hoping to make a new life in the small Colorado town of Red Cliff in the cottage her late Great Aunt Sophia left her. She wants nothing more than to be left alone. The very handsome ex-forensic specialist, Chase who lives next door, also wants to be left alone, but unfortunately his dog, Digger has other ideas. After Digger uncovers a piece of bloody plastic in Brooke's garden and then later he digs up the body of the woman who lived on the other side of Brooke, Chase and Brooke quickly have to get answers before the person who has already tried to strangle Brooke, comes back to finish the job.

CIA Fall Guy: A Spy Thriller\

When Beth Parsons is summoned to CIA headquarters for the bogus purpose of identifying someone from her past, she realizes she must find out what is really going on. Forced to partner with the man who may have been responsible for her husband's death, she has to unmask the real traitors or end up as the fall guy.

After the CIA driver who brought her to D.C. is shot and killed, Beth escapes her CIA "babysitter" and sets off to discover why she is suddenly once again in the world of spies and double agents. 

Her quest takes her to Europe and then back to the U.S., and pairs her with a mysterious man who may or may not be on her side.

If you like espionage stories and tales of intrigue -- especially ones with a dash of romantic suspense, CIA FALL GUY is for you!

Bone Breakers (A Stanton brothers thriller)

When the Stanton brothers decide to rob Teesside construction magnate, drug dealer, and all-round scumbag, Terry Albright, they think it’s going to be easy. Get in, get out, break a few bones, and make a tidy profit. 

But when the money isn’t where it’s supposed to be, they find themselves holed-up in a high-rise flat, trying to break into the bedroom of a fat Eminem wannabe. And when Albright raises the stakes by bringing in a family of psychotic bone breakers to deal with the mess, the brothers find out that this job isn’t going to be easy at all. 

The Stantons come to realise that if they want to get out of the flat alive they will need to play dirty – very dirty. And the only way to do that is by getting bloody – very bloody. 

Bone Breakers is a crime thriller with the emphasis on thrills. It screams along at a furious pace, mixing fast action, ultra-violence, black comedy, and the Stanton brothers at their bickering, foul-mouthed best.

The Three Days

Morality Ends at Midnight. The psycho holiday begins!

Many call "The Three Days" God's blessing. Peace reigns supreme across the world all year. Except, of course, for three days. As long as you stay in your homes or the specially marked shelters during this time, you will be safe. For those who don't make it to a shelter by the midnight curfew will be locked out. And that means facing off with psychopaths and killers who have been given a free pass to slaughter without consequences. 

This year, Brody Hawkins is one of the unfortunate people. Searching for his missing daughter and girlfriend in the face of danger, Brody learns there is much more than murder being perpetrated during "The Three Days." Things sinister, hideous, and beyond human imagination. 

Can Brody locate his daughter and girlfriend and keep himself alive for these deadly three days, or will they all die courtesy of the psycho holiday?


Meet Steven Hunter. A British policeman, he has been seconded to the FBI. When a corpse is found in Montana with a human femur driven through the top of its skull, it is beyond the capabilities of the local police. Hunter is assigned to the case. But someone doesn’t want him to solve it. 

Hunter faces the deadliest test of his career – how to catch a killer while staying one step ahead of the most powerful forces on earth, and staying alive himself. 

In this enthralling thriller, part conspiracy, part manhunt, and part sci-fi, Tom Kasey has woven a gripping story that takes the reader right into the innermost workings of government – and reveals the dark secrets that lurk within.


Will Pruett is a young magazine journalist with a father who sits on death row, claiming innocence. While his father's execution date looms, capital punishment is under consideration for abolishment by the state government of New York. Will seeks to influence the debate and to speed the abolishment along by framing himself for a murder he had nothing to do with--demonstrating how a simple coincidence or two can cost an innocent man his neck. With assistance from his publisher and a defense attorney, Will succeeds in getting himself arrested for the murder before realizing the actual murderer has arranged for him to take the fall for real . . .

NYPD Homicide detective Samantha "Sam" Ortiz conducts an investigation complicated by a city on edge due to racial tensions inflamed by the murder, by a district attorney anxious to capitalize on the case in time for his reelection, by a thirst for revenge within her own police department, and by the man she'd put behind bars who belatedly insists he'd incriminated himself on purpose.

Sam must not only determine whether Will is telling the truth but also follow unexpected investigative leads involving Nazi-stolen artwork missing since WW II and illicit high-tech genetic engineering. Will she crack the case? Or will there be a family reunion on death row?

Amazon Goodies 

A riveting story of suspense from John Grisham’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Ford County—now available as a standalone eBook short
Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who’s been locked away on death row for eleven years . . . and it could well be their last visit. Going back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, Grisham brings the Graneys and their world to vivid and colorful life, making it abundantly clear why he is our most popular storyteller.

After nearly twenty years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse Damon has been released, a home detention monitor strapped to his ankle. Determined to make it and mindful of his parole restrictions, he struggles with life outside prison. He finds a basement apartment, a job on the overnight shift at a steel fabrication plant and a few people who treat him like anybody else. Especially Kelly, a woman who works in the shipping department. He seems to be making it. Until Mitch, forklift driver on the shift, is found murdered in the warehouse. Investigating detective doesn’t want to look any further than Jesse to close the case He’s not fussy about the methods he uses to gather evidence. If Jesse isn’t going down for this, he will have to be the one to figure out who killed Mitch and why.

Taboo (CSI Reilly Steel #1) $0.99

Forensic investigator Reilly Steel, Quantico-trained and California-born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from bustling San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew.
She's arrived in Ireland to drag the Garda forensics team into the 21st-century plus keep tabs on her Irish-born father who's increasingly seeking solace in the bottle after a past tragedy. 
But a brutal serial killer soon puts paid to that. A young man and woman are found dead in a hotel room, the gunshot wounds on their naked bodies suggesting a suicide pact. But as Reilly and the team dig deeper, and more bodies are discovered, they soon realise that a twisted murderer is at work, one who seeks to upset society's norms in the most sickening way imaginable…

Bad Games: A Novel - A Dark Psychological Thriller (Bad Games Series) $0.99


The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games...

The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games...though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind.  

But it doesn't matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not.

An intense psychological thriller, Bad Games has the dark, mind-bending chills of The Bad Seed combined with the fish-out-of-water dread and suspense ofDeliverance.  

So let Jeff Menapace's highly anticipated thriller keep you up all night as it delves into the mystery of nature versus nurture when comprehending the evil in man, along with the will and determination an innocent family must summon to fight back against horrific odds.

Shooter $0.99

In the dark world of contract killings, Gracie Pryor is respected by her peers; both for her ruthless efficiency and cunning mind. There's one thing she never anticipated:
She's become the target.

The Witch's Cabin $0.99

A group of friends go into the Adirondack wilderness in search of an urban legend. What they find is a nightmare.

Warning: This book contains extreme content and scenes that may be too disturbing or intense for some readers. Your discretion is advised.

The Public Pretender $0.99

Maeven Dayne loves all of her kids and most of them love her, but she must choose between them: the juvenile defendants at work or her sons at home. On her last day at the job, a juvenile probation officer she despises drags a weeping young girl before an irritated judge for an unscheduled hearing. Maeven can't resist the girl's pitiful pleas for help and decides to intervene.

While defending this girl, she discovers people are profiting from imprisoning innocent kids in juvenile placement facilities, but whom? A psychologist who tries to expose the kids-for-cash scheme is murdered, but he's left clues. When her oldest son is arrested and detained on false charges, her husband receives a message proposing an offer: Maeven quits her job and the case or they lose their son. Her husband insists that she choose their son. The problem? Can she sacrifice one for the other?

Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story $1.99

Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking—straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers. The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator’s militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable. That’s where Reacher comes in. His task: infiltrate the top-secret proceedings and smoke out the mole. His target: a quartet of high-powered Army political liaison officers—all of them fast-track women on their way to the top.
According to his bosses, it’s a zero-danger mission. No need to draw a gun . . . just chat over drinks. But Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem. And he’s learned the hard way never to underestimate an opponent. Or four. Lessons that will come in handy when he starts digging for the truth—and gets his hands a lot dirtier than he expected.

Drop Dead Divas $1.99

Welcome to a genteel world of pimento cheese finger sandwiches, tall libations in frosted glasses, stiletto heels, aging southern-belle sisterhood, and murder . . . In Dixie Divas, Trinket Truevine, her pal Bitty and their raucous divas friends in the historic small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi, solved the murder of Bitty's ex-senator husband, Phillip. Now, in Drop Dead Divas, the Divas are sleuthing again. Their pal Naomi Spencer has been accused of murdering her fiance, drag race champion Race Champion. Soon, Naomi turns up dead, too. Talk about a fly in the martini . . . Join the bawdy fun as Trinket, Bitty and the gang unravel another small-town mystery. Virginia Brown is the acclaimed author of more than fifty romance and mystery novels.

Deadly Consequences (Kelly McWinter P.I.) $2.99

Jude Pittman's third Kelly McWinter PI mystery, published by Books We Love, has Kelly McWinter and Gillian Tanner keeping a promise, taking their first vacation as a couple at Bubba’s Paradise Lodge. Of course, the fact that Cam Belscher, the owner of the Hideaway and feisty redhead Stella Davis have picked this particular paradise to tie the knot is the icing on the wedding cake. 

Flash forward to the middle of the night. The sound of Bubba Tate banging the hell out of the cabin door is enough to put a damper on any vacation, and when the reason for Bubba's late night intrusion turns out to be the murder of one of Gillian’s stableboys back at her riding stable in Fort Worth, the wedding trip is over. Paradise is in the rear view mirror of the 747 taking Kelly and Gillian back home to Texas. 

The small community of Indian Creek is rocked by nasty doings at Eagle Mountain Lake: a dirty rotten snake peddling child porn, a psychopath killer and a monster who beat a pretty teenage girl over the head and left her for dead. 

Kelly and his old partner Augustus Graham are hard pressed to discover the truth disguised by the lies and mis-directions hidden in this intricate whodunit. Kelly is desperate to solve these crimes before Gillian sinks in the muck that someone is dumping on her riding stable.

The Hunters (The Stanton brothers series) $2.99

The Stanton brothers have their lives well mapped out. They steal money from villains and give it to… well, themselves. They have it easy. Or they would if it wasn’t for the various scumbags who come at them with fists, knives, guns…

So when a disgruntled woman tells them about a half-million of undeclared cash in her ex-husband’s safe they think they’ve got it made. And when she tells them he runs a regular high-stakes poker game with some of Teesside’s most colourful villains they think they’ve died and gone to Heaven.

But when the job goes wrong, it turns out it’s not Heaven they’re in, but Hell. They’re left hunting the underworld for the money armed only with some well-aimed quips… and knuckledusters… and nailed-spiked baseball bats… oh, and some guns.

It’s time to get back what doesn’t belong to them…

The Hunters is crime fiction with bite. It mixes bone-crunching action with a motley crew of Teesside villains, adds in some healthy doses of bleak black humour and serves it up at a furious pace. It would be criminal to miss it…

The Vengeance Man $3.99

At 34, an SAS soldier's days of active service are over. After risking his life for his country, he is condemned to spend the rest of his days in a dead-end civilian job. 

But one man decides he isn't ready to be put out to pasture. 

The Vengeance Man. 

As the 'operations manager' for a specialist insurance firm, he can still work undercover for clients that include the Government. 

And working behind the scenes, and beyond the law, he can still take up arms on behalf of the weak and the helpless. 

A personal crusade is born. 

And while the public may applaud as 'The Vengeance Man' brings justice to the guilty, very soon the Government has no choice but to bring their most lethal maverick operative under control. 

The hunt begins....and it will end in death. 

Deadly Justice (DS Jack Mackinnon crime series) (DS Jack Mackinnon Series) $4.59

Time to run. Time to hide. Time to die...

A late summer heatwave seems to have triggered an unusually high number of suicides. 
As the dead bodies pile up, DS Jack Mackinnon and the rest of MIT realise things aren't as straightforward as they seem, and when similar letters are found at the scene of each 'suicide,' Mackinnon is convinced they are dealing with a serial killer. 
The killer believes the police aren't doing their job properly and is determined to deliver his own deadly justice.

Deadly Justice is the fourth book in the DS Jack Mackinnon Series.

Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery $4.99

Beautiful. Bright. And possibly, deadly...
This is all Ronnie Lake knows about her potential sister-in-law, Julianna. But she’s determined to find out the truth about her wealthy brother’s new lover before he throws away his happiness, fortune, and quite possibly, his life. Who is this mysterious woman with two lives–and how deep does her deception go? 

As a divorced, downsized, 50-something, Ronnie finds herself becoming an “accidental detective” in order to get to the bottom of things. There are unexplained hang-ups when the phone rings. A disturbing package and sketchy characters appear at her wealthy family’s estate outside New York City. It all pushes Ronnie to step out of her privileged life and into a sinister world where people will do just about anything to escape their past. Is Julianna the most desperate of them all?

What Doesn't Kill Her $4.99

Jordan Rivera was an ordinary kid with an ordinary family. Until a vicious killer took it all away from her, sparing her and leaving her broken. The murders destroyed something inside her and she spent ten long, silent years in an institution. Catching a glimpse of a news report about another ordinary family slain, Jordan breaks her silence. Now she’s out, and she molds herself—body and mind—into an instrument of justice.
While a young detective pursues the case on his own, Jordan teams up with members of her Victims Support Group, people, like her, damaged by violent crime. They have their own stories of pain, heartache, and vengeance denied. With their help, Jordan will track down the killer before he can ravage any more lives. Her own life depends on it.

The Bubble Gum Thief (Dagny Gray) $4.99

Special Agent Dagny Gray is smart, athletic, and fearless. She's also fragile, depressed, and anorexic. If she doesn't get healthy soon, the FBI will drop her--and she'll never have a chance to end the crime spree of the so-called "bubble gum thief."

It all started with the theft of a pack of gum, and the ominous note he left behind: THIS IS MY FIRST CRIME. MY NEXT WILL BE BIGGER. Every two weeks, he delivers on this pledge, committing a bigger crime, and promising that the next will be even worse. When petty theft gives way to bloody murder, the stakes become clear. He may have begun with the smallest crime possible, but he's building toward the biggest crime imaginable.

There's a method to the gum thief's madness, and Special Agent Dagny Gray knows she can figure it out...if the Bureau will let her. But will it be in time to prevent the cataclysmic finale of his escalating spree?

Deadline $11.04

Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws. . .and the secret, startling truth about himself.

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