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THE CZECH FILES By Ryan Anderson
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When the residents of Orange Beach, Alabama, wake up one morning to the brutal murders of a well known family in their community, the sleepy beachside fishing village quickly realizes that they have... More > a much bigger problem than just recovering from the aftermath of a constant barrage of hurricanes; they have a diabolical killer lurking in the shadows of their dunes. The only survivor and witness to the murders is Anna, a nine year old child who is traumatized beyond belief by the bloodshed that she witnessed the night her family was slain in front of her. Hank Jordan, the lead detective in the case, follows clues left mistakenly by the killers and is led to an unimaginable network of international crime and destruction that has for years thrived and lived undetected or ignored in his small town. While Anna struggles to recover, Hank chases the criminals all over Alabama and into the Southeast, racing against time to stop even more murders from taking place.< Less
The Artist By Ryan Anderson
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HE KILLS FOR THE LOVE OF ART. For too many years Roy Fontaine murdered at will on the streets of New Orleans. One by one, women drew their last breath in his presence; painted pictures of their faces... More > and bodies joined countless others in murals on the walls inside his house. But when Hurricane Katrina unleashed her power and fury upon the Gulf Coast, Roy was forced to abandon his flooded home and relocate to a new city. His search for a new killing ground led him to Orange Beach, AL, a small fishing village nestled snugly between Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. When the body of tourist Jillian Brannon is found in the sand dunes, Detective Hank Jordan begins an investigation that leads to the unimaginable in his small town. Join Detective Jordan in his hunt for the killer, the faceless man who calls himself THE ARTIST< Less
Murder in Pleasant Grove By J Russell Rose
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Murder has been committed in Pleasant Grove, VA, a typical bedroom community, where middle class working Americans have fled to escape the problems and crime of city life. The victim - a young wife... More > and mother of two. The only suspect - a homeless person seen fleeing the area. This is a story of what happens when two different worlds collide and there is Murder in Pleasant Grove.< Less
Death on Red Oak Lake By J Russell Rose
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Marilee Taylor, having fled a failed marriage, seeks refuge at an isolated cabin on Red Oak Lake. She needs time to think, time to reflect and time to plan her future. When a late night intruder... More > disrupts her plans for solitude and reflection, she finds herself trapped and threatened in a battle for her very life. Sheriff’s Deputy Jonah Day, who answers the call for police assistance at Red Oak Lake, has no way of knowing how his life is about to change, how his world will be turned upside down – even being dismissed from the police department, when he becomes involved with the woman accused of murder. Ryan Howard, charming and witty, can have most any woman he wants – except for the one woman, he realizes too late, that he wants most. Life will never be the same for any of these people when the irreversible chain of events is set in motion and there is Death on Red Oak Lake.< Less
MURDER AT THE FESTIVAL A P J BARNES MYSTERY By J Russell Rose
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Murder at the Festival is a P J Barnes (series) Mystery. A local author is murdered at the Virginia Highlands Festival. The suspect Jo Bowling was observed in a heated discussion with the author just... More > hours before he was killed.< Less
P J Barnes, P I By J Russell Rose
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Polly Jean Davis, born to a rural Appalachian farm family, marries her high school sweetheart, Doug Barnes, after graduation, ending her dream of attending the University of Virginia. After enduring... More > twelve years of marriage to an unfaithful husband, she seizes an opportunity to reclaim her dream and redefine her life. Upon arrival in Charlottesville, hoping to earn money to help pay for college, she takes a job working with Rick Beeson, a Private Investigator. Polly soon finds herself engulfed in the underworld of drug dealers, assassins and corporate greed. More than once Polly longs for the shelter and the safety of her Appalachian Mountain home – but the life she has found and the love of a kind and gentle man are stronger than the pull of her mountain roots.< Less
The Stone Throwers By Leanne Lippincott
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The year is 1957. The small town of Bountyville, Wisconsin, is known for its law-abiding, God-fearing folks. After a stranger from Texas moves to the peaceful community, all hell breaks loose. Police... More > Officer Hank Broadman has the daunting task of trying to untangle the growing web of tragic events. Are they merely accidents, or is a murdering madman on the prowl? Hank is determined to solve the mystery before more lives are destroyed.< Less
GOLD WATCH By C. Raymond Taylor
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What if a powerful ruthless American corporate C.E.O. joined forces with a radical Islamic group to accelerate their mutual blood-thirsty interests? Could this unholy alliance represent a potential... More > backdoor opportunity for terrorists to gain access to America's heartland? If so, could a young vibrant woman within that same corporation possibly hold the keys to limiting the destruction caused by the radicals and their corporate benefactor? Will she live long enough to see her efforts succeed? These are questions asked by the debut novel Gold Watch by C Raymond Taylor, a fast-paced thriller that builds suspense and intrigue from its opening pages. Pharmacor, a Cleveland, Ohio based pharmaceutical company, is the setting for a deadly undeclared chess match of wits between the omnipotent and arrogant CEO Jonas Trina, and Holland Brittany Matthews, a human resources employee who attempts to stop his horrific plot.< Less
Veteran In A New Field By W. H. Payne
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In 1866, after service with the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, Seamus Delaney arrives at a famous and luxurious Catskill Mountain resort. He is under orders from his employer, the shadowy... More > Secretary, to "rest." He soon finds that far from enjoying a rest, he is immersed in the murderous conflict that gave rise to the War and which persists in a tortured Nation.< Less
The Truth About Hannah White By Mason Pratt
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The body of Hannah White, a flirtatious seventeen-year-old, is found in a shallow grave outside a small town in Maine. There are no suspects and very little evidence. Still, game warden Sam Morse... More > searches for her killer with the help of his college chum, who’s making a reality TV show about the Maine Warden’s Service. Their trail leads them to Dynamite MacKenzie, a fearless female logger, who apparently recruited Hannah to join an eco-terrorist group called “Save the Forest.” Dynamite is the first lead Morse has had, so he’s not letting her out of his sight anytime soon. However, the better he gets to know her, the more he doubts she’s the killer. Carve out some time because you are not going to be able to put this down! The characters will feel like friends by the time you finish. —Dr. Jennifer Gray, Associate Professor of English, Director, Writing Center, College of Coastal Georgia< Less
Murder At The Gala By Joshiah Warbaum
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Sometimes, just when you think your life can't get any better, life throws you a bit of a curve ball. As the guest of honor at this year's Brookfield Gala, you feel like you're on top of the world,... More > but the annual event at the Hotel Chalet is off to a rocky start, to say the least, when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the banquet hall. As a distinguished guest, you're one of the prime suspects in their murder, and only your wit and the choices you make can keep you from jail, the hospital, or even an early grave... Will you survive your stay at the Hotel Chalet?< Less
Reason of Insanity By Adrian Eissler, Winfred Ward
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Tyler Harrison, Jr., Esq. is in a bit of an awkward spot. His friend and fellow patient in a frontotemporal dementia (FTD) drug trial has just tumbled seven stories from the balcony of an expensive... More > Richmond condominium wearing nothing but his grandmother’s cross. The conventional wisdom says adverse drug reaction, but the substance Tyler stole from the trial seems to be working wonders for him. Friends, enemies, and bedsheets all get tangled as Tyler stumbles along this journey to understand his friend's tragic demise. Ultimately, aided by his brother, an FBI friend, a past adversary and medical experts, Tyler is led to a deadly confrontation with one of his inner circle, who was further down the path of FTD than any had imagined.< Less
Thrills In The Night By Oliver P. Samora
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Tomas a man haunted by his past, looking for answers. Will he find them or will they destroy him?
A Solitary Awakening: Book One of the Warren Files By Kevin Cady
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Elijah Warren’s world has always been one haunted by murderers. His personal life is non-existent: work consumes him, and he’s buried himself in the FBI’s exhaustive demands.... More > There’s no time for romance with killers to track—that is, until the beautiful and erudite Aurelia Blanc is thrown into his life, along with the so-called “Poetic Murderer.” The Poetic Murderer makes murder an art form, each crime scene an exhibit. To catch him, Elijah and Aurelia must decipher cryptic poems and study imaginative death scenes. They traverse the United States, into the uncharted past of a killer most twisted, whose brutal violence evokes not only empathy for the victims, but an interest in the killer himself. The Poetic Murderer will change their lives forever. First, they must understand him. Then, they must stop him, but will a romantic liaison make the killings more personal? If Elijah and Aurelia don’t stay focused, one could end up dead at the hand of a Poetic Murderer.< Less
"Dying To Be Beautiful" Mysteries: Without A Head By M. Glenda Rosen
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“Dying To Be Beautiful,” is about the billion-dollar world of beauty. The mystery series takes place in The Hamptons, where the murdered and suspected murderers are often arrogant and... More > obnoxious with a sense of entitlement. Private Investigator Jenna Preston and her long-time friend, Detective Troy Johnson, work together to solve these murders and other crimes. However, the intriguing series is about much more than murders and mysteries. “Dying To Be Beautiful” explores the beauty—or lack of it—in humanity. It’s about insights into human behavior, people’s life choices and the impact of their choices on themselves and others. The first book in the series, “Dying to be Beautiful: Without a Head,” begins with an ordinary occurrence transformed into a gruesome scene. “The head in the sink stared up at her. Darcy Monroe, the owner of a popular, chic hair salon was used to this. Only this time, the head was there without a body.”< Less
Stocking Cap Bandits: Book Two By Major Tinsley
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Stocking Cap Bandits Book 2 follows the adventures and daily life of brothers Peter and Paul Parker as they live their lives on the edge of the law in their Brooklyn neighborhood. A story of real... More > life grit and redemption on the streets.< Less
“Dying To Be Beautiful” Mystery Series: Book 2: FASHION QUEEN By M. Glenda Rosen
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“DYING TO BE BEAUTIFUL is a fascinating look into the multi-million dollar world of beauty and the things people will do to attain it. [Rosen is] a fun and engaging storyteller who clearly... More > knows her way around a plot twist or two. Jenna manages to be both tough and glamorous in her role as a private investigator.” --New York Publishing Agent The second book in the “Dying to be Beautiful” mystery series, “Fashion Queen,” begins with another murder on Eastern Long Island: The mystery series takes place in The Hamptons, where the murdered and suspected murderers are often arrogant and obnoxious with a sense of entitlement. Private Investigator Jenna Preston and her longtime friend, Detective Troy Johnson, work together to solve these murders and other crimes. Apparently, in the billion-dollar world of beauty—especially on the East End of Long Island—there are those who are literally… dying to be beautiful!< Less
Phantoms and Gemstones By Milton Grasle
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In Bracken City, nothing is ever as it seems… Mike Falco is a Restorative Justice Specialist, a present day private eye with 1940’s methods of seeking justice for his clients when the... More > system fails to do so. He’ll take on anything, until vivacious Victoria Lindsey walks into his office and requests he do murder to remove a curse placed on her. Mike doesn’t want the job, but doesn’t get to refuse. Victoria drops dead in his office, leaving behind a paper with cryptic symbols and a small black gemstone. Mike finds himself thrust into a world filled with strange homicidal characters, who now believe he was Victoria’s accomplice. Will he be the curse’s next victim? Mike’s tackled some tough assignments, and he’s used to the odds being stacked against him, but this might prove to be too much of a challenge. Even for Mike Falco.< Less
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Kill the Witness By Joe McCormick
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The crime boss had a chilling look in his eye as he spoke. “There had better not be any slipups this time, he said. Make sure it’s a clean job, not a vestige of evidence left. I... More > don’t care if you use quicklime or a wood chipper…leave nothing that can be traced back to us!” With these orders a manhunt was set in motion that led from the bayous of the Gulf Coast to the river bottoms of West Tennessee. With no clue of why they are being hunted by the Southern Mafia, software developer James Lyman and his wife Jane survive by using their knowledge of wilderness terrain to hold off their pursuers until answers can be found. This is a story of ordinary people finding extraordinary faith and strength in a time of crisis to overcome seemingly insurmountable difficulties.< Less
Doc Savage: Glare of the Gorgon By Will Murray, Lester Dent, Kenneth Robeson
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Why did a desperate man shave his head before visiting Doc Savage headquarters, only to be struck down, his pulsing brain turned to inert stone? What sinister secret did his strange slaying silence?... More > And how was a lizard-green shadow resembling Medusa branded on Doc’s office wall? These are only some of the questions confronting the Man of Bronze as he pursues a grisly trail of petrified corpses to post-Prohibition Chicago, whose criminal underworld is being terrorized by a serpent-haired demon engaged in a seemingly senseless slaughter spree whose ultimate target will shake Doc Savage’s men to their core. Suspects are many, clues baffling. Death and danger lurks everywhere they turn—symbolized by the silhouette of a faceless Gorgon. From the concrete canyons of Manhattan to the coal fields of Illinois, Doc Savage tracks a phantom fiend the likes of which he has never before hunted. Or is he the one being hunted?< Less
The Herod Mosaic By Sander Diamond
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The Herod Mosaic is set in two worlds, the period of the Second Temple to the destruction of Judea in 70C.E. and today’s Middle East. The two main characters are leading authorities on the... More > artifacts and history of the first century C.E., Father Michelangelo Urban Lorenzo, a Jesuit priest-scholar and Dr. Paolo Pisa, who holds both Italian and Israeli citizenship. Both men, in their 60s, know each other professionally. Each is suspicious of the others’ motives. Over the years, they have been invited by the Israeli government to examine artifacts and render their professional judgments. In 2008, they are invited to the Israeli Department of Antiquities to examine artifacts from an extant Roman theater on a hill above Tiberias. The first Passion Play, the Gospel According to Matthew has been uncovered, staged as a Greek tragedy and along with it, a coded map disguised as a poem. In a few days, the two find themselves in a thriller-adventure involving the Israeli elite, the Iranians, Palestinians, and the Vatican.< Less
My Soul's Decay By Josh Blundell
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“My Soul's Decay” will take you on a high rise of suspense and thrill. An FBI team was put together to hunt down one person, a serial killer known as the Isotope Killer, who targets... More > American children who are in the system. Agent Bret Williams, second in command of the FBI team, is the killer’s first victim and only survivor. Teresa, Bret Williams’s high school sweetheart, calls Bret in the middle of the most important case of his life, with news that will tip the scales and change Bret. Teresa refuses to leave matters into Bret’s hands and finds herself in the middle of the case and in grave danger. Bret now finding hope and feeling love never experienced before in his life forces himself to his feet and runs out of the flames. Bret now at the hospital, waits at his daughter’s bedside for her to wake up, thinks about the nightmares that haunt him praying they don’t torture his daughter now too. Bret awakens from a nightmare, performs his first fatherly act, still knowing his life will never be the same.< Less
Courageous Cain By DJ Davis
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Josie Shepherd loves running free, with no one and nothing to tie her down—until a new job at a kennel introduces her to both an unexpected friend and a vicious, abused dog named Cain. When... More > Josie stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman, she runs to Deputy Gordon Wolfe, a disfigured man hiding behind his badge. His shy smile and affection for dogs make her reconsider what she’s running from. Now she’s on the run from a serial killer and her own heart. But when her friend is abducted and Cain appears to be the murder weapon, Josie’s attempt to save them both lands her in the killer’s lair. Josie’s strength and Cain’s loyalty are tested to the limit as they fight for their lives. Facing a killer is one thing, but facing her love for Gordon is Josie’s greatest challenge.< Less