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Shot to Pieces: A Novel By Michael O'Keefe
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SHOT TO PIECES is the story of NYPD 1st Grade Detective Padraig Joseph Durr. Durr is tasked with solving a particularly grisly gang related homicide in Brooklyn. When Paddy catches the squeal, he is... More > also on the verge of an emotional and psychological breakdown. Because of his penchant for self-destruction, fueled by a childhood of abuse and sexual exploitation, coupled with an ingrained sense of worthlessness and abandonment, Durr has brought his entire life to the brink of ruin. Can he hold it together long enough to solve this murder? Can he fix himself enough to be re-united with the one true love of his life and his family? Or will he implode, irrevocably destroying his career, his family and himself?< Less
The Poughkeepsie Mystery By James Bennett
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A story of buried treasure—a map—hidden coded messages—a secret society—kidnapping—murder—danger! This suspenseful thriller is set in Poughkeepsie, NY where Kari... More > Ingram, a young teacher, discovers an antique scrapbook of drawings that contains hidden clues to the location of a legendary treasure. She must decipher coded messages, follow clues which lead her to numerous locations in and around the city, and thwart the efforts of a secret society that is pledged to stop her as she risks her safety searching for the hidden treasure. Several noteworthy people and historical sites are mentioned in this novel including Adriance Library, Amrita Club, Bardavon Theater, College Hill, Eastman Park, Hudson River State Hospital, Marist College, Poughkeepsie Post Office (murals), Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, FDR, the Seer of Poughkeepsie, Smith Brothers, Soldiers Memorial Fountain, Vassar College, Walkway Over the Hudson. Included are discount coupons to local businesses, many of which are mentioned in the story.< Less
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The Whole She-Bang 3 By Janet Costello
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The Whole She-Bang 3 introduces 22 short stories of mystery and suspense by Canadian members of Sisters in Crime. Edited by Janet Costello, this third entry in the She-Bang series, has stories by... More > both new authors and those previously published, Cathy Ace, Anne Barton, Miriam Clavir, Susan Daly Lisa de Nicolits, Alice Fitzpatrick, Valerie Hauch Elizabeth Hosang, H. MacDonald-Archer, J.A. Menzies, Lynne Murphy, Helen Nelson, Ed Piwowarczyk, Andre Ramshaw, Darlene Ryan, Judy Penz Shluk and Coleen Steele< Less
Country Ken/ Deadly Memories By Gary Childs
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Detective series featuring Chicago Police Department. These are the memories and stories of a time long gone from the American landscape.
The Black Arts By E W Farnsworth
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The stories in this collection portray dark and exciting clandestine operations in the post-Cold War world. Although fictitious, the stories are loosely conceived as operations whose details have... More > been re-factored to protect sources and methods. Each portrays the “look and feel”, but not the classified substance, of the clandestine universe from a wide range of perspectives. E. W. Farnsworth, an Arizona writer, has published over two hundred short stories worldwide in the last two years. Two collections of his stories - “DarkFire at the Edge of Time” concerns a space odyssey and “Nightworld”, about virtual reality - were published by Audio Arcadia in 2016. "Black Secrets", also published by Audio Arcadia in 2016, contains E.W. Farnsworth's dark stories. These explore a range of disturbing secrets, especially about organizations which have traditions of secrets which often compete with the secrecy of governments.< Less
The Power of VI By John A. Guercio
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The Power of VI is a story of loyalty, trust, and respect between six boyhood friends in an era where the thin line between good and evil was repeatedly blurred. Often, good and evil appeared as one.... More > In the Bronx Italian neighborhoods of the 1950s Fordham, Allerton Avenue, Burke Avenue, Tremont Avenue, White Plains, and Gunhill, six friends struggled to right the wrong done to one of them by a renegade Mafioso. Together- through the collected power of six friends- they planned to take down their common enemy by coming together and fighting as one.< Less
By the Sound of Silence: A Novella on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 By Collin Cheng
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On March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 left Malaysia on its way to China and never arrived. Radar contact was lost by both air traffic control and the Malaysian military. The plane never... More > reached its destination. In fact, it seemed as though the passenger jet had simply vanished, but how does a massive plane just disappear? Insurance investigator Angeline Herman is soon pulled into the investigation as answers are obsessively sought, the lives of hundreds presumed lost with no one to blame. CIA Agent Chris Channing joins forces with her, and their destinies are soon entwined as they seek answers to a mystery that holds the fate of nations—but will they find the truth?< Less
It's In Us All By Tony Gunn Jr.
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Have you ever wondered if you were sitting next to a murderer? Maybe you have. But, here’s a more intriguing question. Have you ever wondered if you had it in you to kill? Like a lion in the... More > wild, humans have an innate sense to fight or flight. When seriously stressful situations leave us with only those two options, many of us choose to take flight. We choose to remove ourselves from the stress, the pain, or the fear before the urge to fight is only a hairsbreadth away. Still doubting your ability to be a murderer? Okay, question: Have any of your primal instincts ever kicked in? Your palms start to sweat, your muscles start to tense, maybe a little shortness of breath, or, the most conscious, the hair on the back of your neck start to stand. I figured you had. Then you, my friend, have it in you to murder. This is what I like to call the “Rustling in the Grass Effect”. Does this make you a bad person, or mean you will ever kill in your lifetime? No. IT MAKES YOU HUMAN< Less
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Blind River Saw It All By F Jay Pearson
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While enjoying a sunbaked and alcohol-soaked run down the Blind River, a Louisiana State Senator and his friend, the chairman of the National Defense Budget Reduction Committee, are gunned down by... More > professional hitmen. It is up to FBI consultant Kevin Kinchen to piece together the puzzle of these murders even as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his broken relationship with his grown daughter. The trail of blood runs from Louisiana to Indiana and Wyoming. What was behind these assassinations? One thing for sure: Blind River saw it all.< Less
Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions By Will Murray, Lester Dent, Kenneth Robeson
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Patricia Savage is Doc Savage's cousin and only living relative. Born in British Columbia, she came to New York City in 1934 after the death of her father and opened up a beauty salon on Park Avenue.... More > But her real goal was to join Doc Savage’s intrepid crew of adventurers. Sometimes Pat succeeded, but usually the Man of Bronze kept her out of his exploits. But the tawny tigress never stopped trying. Nicknamed “Tarzana” by her editor, Pat was the inspiration for Superman's cousin Supergirl, who debuted 1959. Armed with her grandfather’s frontier Colt revolver, Pat finally strikes out on her own in a new series of exploits set in the 1930s and ’40s.< Less
TATTERED & TORN: A Quilting Cozy By Carol Dean Jones
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…Sarah took a deep breath and began. “I’m not sure how to explain this, Ruth. I feel,” she hesitated, searching for the right words. “I feel very drawn to this quilt or... More > perhaps to the woman who made it. I feel as though this quilt needs something from me….” A tattered quilt found in a thrift shop, an exhaustive search through the past, a murder suspect, a grand jury hearing – all interwoven as the Cunningham Village folks return in this ninth book of A Quilting Cozy series promising mystery, friendship, and lots of quilting.< Less
Compelling Evidence By David Dougherty
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Compelling Evidence: New Detective Stories is an excellent homage to more than a century of great detective fiction tradition from both sides of the Atlantic, but with a contemporary edge and... More > urgency, capturing the mystery and existential uncertainty of everyday life.< Less
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Border Games: A Novel By Tom Russell
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Career Army Sergeant Sterling Archer is a respected military man who suddenly finds himself out of a job, out of luck, and penniless on the mean streets of Las Vegas. When an old Army buddy presents... More > him with an opportunity to make more money than he ever imagined, Archer jumps at the chance, unaware of incoming catastrophe. Soon, the pyramid scheme goes sour, and Archer ends up behind bars in federal prison. His only way out is to turn government informant. As if things could get any worse, his new partnership with the FBI places him square in the sights of a Mexican drug cartel, and Archer’s life is turned upside down as he fights to stay alive, no matter the cost. He must now desperately weave his way through the dark underworld of gunrunning, human trafficking, and the illegal narcotics trade. But Archer’s troubles don’t end there as the investigative trail leads him across international borders and into the high stakes world of espionage and political intrigue.< Less
Burnt Offering By Sean Wiegand
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Alexander George hunts the people responsible for bombing a church in a wealthy Massachusetts suburb, and murdering his fiancee, her aunt and her uncle in the third installment of the Knightsbridge... More > Knights series, Burnt Offering. He teams up with the widow of a murdered FBI agent, a police lieutenant and two retired FBI agents reactivated for this assignment.< Less
Hunter/Hunted By Stewart Goodwin
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Revenge is best served cold; at least in Skylar Topping’s eyes. Three unsuspecting victims are found coldly murdered at their front doors, three thousand miles apart. Their only connection is... More > Skylar. The hunter becomes the hunted in a bi-coastal cat and mouse game, not only by detectives but also someone in her own backyard.< Less
Death at the Doorstep By Linda W. Fitzgerald
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It’s fall in Ann Arbor and the locals are focused on their favorite blood sport: politics. Everyone is buzzing about the highly suspect mid-term elections. Everyone, that is, except freelance... More > writer and recent widow Karin Niemi. All she wants is to be left alone with her cat, her work and her seemingly endless grief. But her best friend, Bixie, has other plans for her, plans that include a session with renowned psychic Dana Lewis. Problem is, when Karin arrives for her appointment, she stumbles onto a murder scene. Soon, suspicion falls on Dana’s daughter—also a close friend of Bixie’s. And before she knows it, Karin is drawn into a do-it-yourself murder investigation that leads her into the heart of a Big 10 University. Within a short time, Karin, Bixie and their friend Paul are getting close to the truth. In the process, they disrupt the lives of senior faculty, local politicos, social divas, no-nonsense cops, a prominent surgeon and--somewhere among them--a 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
Parker Johnston and The Case of Red Lightning By Stan Milkowski
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The Case of Red Lightning, what does it mean? What mysterious ramifications does it hold for CIA Agent Parker James Johnston, the visiting President of the Soviet Union, and ultimately mankind? ... More > Where did the dead KGB agent come from and why isn’t there any record of his existence? Why does the KGB agent have a photo of Agent Johnston posing together with the Presidents of the United States and Soviet Union, a photo that Agent Johnston has no memory of ever being taken? Who is the mysterious man following Agent Johnston? What is his connection to Agent Johnston’s assignment, in Seattle, to assist the Secret Service and the KGB in the protection of the Soviet Union President at the 1990 Economic Conference? These are some of the questions Agent Johnston must solve and solve quickly during this high profile assignment. Come join Agent Parker Johnston as he comes face to face with the mysterious man on a fast paced, dangerous and deadly adventure to uncover the secrets of the Case of Red Lightning.< Less
Voyage: Spirit of the Annako By Luis J. Cui
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In the shadow of a rugged mountain range in the Philippines, lies San Ysidro, a rice farming community of tradition-bound residents determined to maintain their way of life that includes telling... More > folklore tales around the campfire. More than two decades after a violent crime transforms San Ysidro forever, events begin to unfold as an ancient ritual, the Annako, demands revenge for the victims’ souls. As the spirits stir, a mother, her daughter, and a newspaper reporter are drawn into the dark past and into a world where the line between reality and the supernatural is blurred. As all three are led on circuitous paths of mystery made worse by violent threats and political scandals, now only time will tell whether they will find answers and peace for the victims’ souls. Voyage: Spirit of the Annako shares a mysterious tale about a horrific crime in a rural Filipino community and a vengeful ancient ritual with the power to reveal the truth.< Less
The Bones at Ivanhoe: A Ghost Story By David Richard Miller
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Who has disturbed the dead near Ivanhoe, Iowa? Can a skeptic-turned-accidental-member-of-a-witches-coven cope with living in the shadows of a home that’s been a hotel, church, brothel and... More > mortuary? Join Ceres Capri, new owner of Ivanhoe Manor, as she reluctantly walks the haunted hallways and staircases. But if you go into the basement, whatever you do, don’t move any of the antiques—especially the child’s coffin.< Less