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On the Field of Honor By Ron Roizen
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Murder mystery set on the Berkeley campus of the 1970s and in the history of science.
The Believers By Travis Gulbrandson
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Edith Parker has been a widow for ten years, but she tries to keep her husband’s memory alive by carrying a picture of him from room to room. Then, on the anniversary of his death, she is... More > visited by a young man who claims to have a message from him. On the promise of further communications with the deceased, Mrs. Parker invites the mysterious stranger to live with her. While this visitation first seems like the answer to her prayers, she soon finds her actions may have started a chain of events that yield tragic consequences for everyone she cares about. Dark, at times suspenseful, infused with black humor, The Believers examines a number of issues relating to the nature of faith, but it never tells the reader what to think.< Less
From New York to the Smokies By Wayne Zurl
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Five Sam Jenkins mysteries spanning more than four decades. From his earliest foray into law enforcement, where a young Sam and his friends foil a plot to murder a Long Island union official to the... More > police chief’s most recent investigation into the brutal massacre of six hunters in the Great Smoky Mountains. Wayne Zurl takes twenty years of police experience and transforms it into five gritty stories of murder and other serious crimes against the people of New York and Tennessee.< Less
Midnight’s Edge: The Secrets of Sleepy Meadows, Book 1 By Michael Klinger, David Chappuis
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The title, Midnight’s Edge, comes from the time of night where the veil between the living and the dead disappears and, for a brief moment in time, the dead can return to the mortal world and... More > live again. It is a story of a vile, evil man named Jeremy Wickcliff, whose wife, Lucy, arranged his death years ago to save the town from his wrath of destruction. In present time, he has been plotting from the spirit realm, a place of purgatory, to return to the mortal realm to seek revenge on those who wronged him and reclaim the life ripped away from him.< Less
Doc Savage: Flight Into Fear By Will Murray, Lester Dent, Kenneth Robeson
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An ultra-secret State Department mission code-named Moonwinx propels Doc Savage from the winter streets of Manhattan to the icy waters of the Arctic Sea...and into the frozen heart of Soviet Russia.... More > Marked for death by the Kremlin and on a collision course with a nemesis more vile and vicious than any he has faced before, the Man of Bronze battles an assassin known only as the Red Widow, a master of disguise and a mistress of pain––as well as a venomous human spider poised to pounce without warning....< Less
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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
Past And Pending By Chris Knight
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When Scott Oak was a teenager, he ran away from home, vowing to never return. A wrench is thrown into his new found life when his childhood friend, Laura, passes away, forcing him into a never ending... More > spiral of conspiracy and mystery.< Less
Pigeon River Blues By Wayne Zurl
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Sam Jenkins thinks no good turn goes unpunished when the famous singer he’s assigned to protect decides it’s hate at first sight. Famous country and western singer C.J. Profitt receives... More > death threats from a group of rightwing zealots. Chief Sam Jenkins gets the job of keeping C.J. safe while she performs at a charity benefit. Problems arise when C.J. says she’s dead against any police involvement. Jenkins uses friends and professional colleagues to foil a plot destined to kill not only the local girl turned celebrity, but hundreds of innocent people.< Less
Prisoners from the Front By W. H. Payne
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In the early months of 1867, Seamus Delaney, a veteran officer of the Union Irish Brigade is now employed as a detective for the United States government. His duties and his love for his darling... More > Emily have brought him back to the Nation's Capital in whose defense he had often fought during the Civil War. He is tasked with ensuring that the last of the known conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln is brought to justice. When an attempt is made on his life, he is sure that the forces he has struggled with both before and since the official end of the War; violent secret societies, traitors and Copperheads, some of whom control powerful positions in local and national government, are determined to prevent him from carrying out his orders.< Less
On A Midnight Clear By Henry Hoffman
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On a Midnight Clear tells the story of private investigator Adam Fraley who by chance happens upon a horrific Christmas Eve crime while traveling the Colorado foothills. At the heart of the story is... More > the relationship between Fraley and Noelle Feldman, an enchanting young girl whose family life is shattered by the tragic event. Finding a killer and a trove of buried gold, not to mention a future for Noelle become the challenges facing Fraley as he maneuvers his way around a bevy of obstacles populating his path.< 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
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
MISSING MEMORIES: A Quilting Cozy By Carol Dean Jones
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A friend has gone missing, and Sarah is told to leave it to the professionals – the Chicago Police Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshal’s office. But Sarah refuses to accept their... More > assumptions about her friend’s identity. Missing Memories is the 8th book in the Quilting Cozy series and includes an abundance of quilting, the joys and concerns of Sarah’s friends and family, and a new charity project for the quilt club - the fidget quilt. These little lap quilts are designed to soothe the restlessness and agitation of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They include items to handle, things to open and close, and things to touch and feel. They feature textures and shapes designed to keep fidgety fingers occupied.< 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
A Touch of Morning Calm By Wayne Zurl
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Chief Sam Jenkins runs headlong into Tennessee’s faction of Korean organized crime when a mobster tries to shake down two former call girls attempting to establish a legitimate business. Soon,... More > bodies begin piling up—all with a Korean connection—in Sam’s town of Prospect and nearby Knoxville. Sorting truth from fiction calls for more than Sam and his officers can handle, so he turns to the women in his life for assistance. His wife, Kate, Sergeant Bettye Lambert and TV news anchor, Rachel Williamson contribute significantly in clearing the convoluted homicides.< Less
Brush Arbor By Richard H. Nilsen
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“What the...!” Zach started as he landed on all fours and put out his hand to see what he’d tripped on. What he tripped over shifted with his weight and the push of his hand until... More > the face of his brother, Bobby, stared blankly up into the starlit night from where he lay in a heap. Zach brought his wet, glistening hand palm upwards for Rose to see and they both stared at Zach’s bloody hand for several seconds with the only sounds that of their breathing and chirp of crickets in the grass. Brush Arbor, A Cautionary Tale of 1950s Rural Arkansas, follows the lives of four teenagers — Naomi, John Lee, Rose Lyn and Zach — caught up in the mystery surrounding the murder of Bobby, Zach's brother. It evokes the rural Deep South in the 1950s with the sights and sounds and atmosphere of a small town with secrets.< Less
The Commission Trap By Ruth Zanger Barron
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Andy Shock, a life insurance agent, unexpectedly finds himself facing an ethical conflict. Should he sell a large insurance policy to a shady character? He certainly can use the handsome commission... More > to get himself out of a financial bind. So he gets embroiled in an insurance case that is linked to money laundering, which puts his professional future and his freedom at risk, and places him under government investigation. There are threats and bribery from shady characters who emerge from unexpected places, adding to his predicament. Mary, Andy’s wife, knows how to help him get out of his treacherous dilemma. But can he admit to Mary what he did? Meanwhile, a young immigrant pits the money laundering and human trafficking operators against an unexpected challenge from law enforcement. A plot full of surprises and engaging characters…< Less
Pretty Bags of Meat By Sean Rima
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She's a tough Latina cop from the west side of San Antonio. She's got a big gun, a sense of justice, and a killer recipe for the best homemade fideo you've ever tasted. Two murderous psychopaths to... More > creep you out. Buckets of blood. A twisted mystery. And a really cool car chase. After nabbing San Antonio's most horrific serial killer, Detective Zanita "Zany" Quintana is a rising star in the Homicide Unit. Now a new killer is on the loose, and the target is Zany herself! In a race against time, Zany must wade through a trail of blood and solve the case before all that she loves is cut up into Pretty Bags of MEAT.< Less
The Summer of Weird Harold By Eric Walker Williams
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Not so far away there’s a quiet little place where the sun always shines, the water stays warm all year, and your neighbors want to kill you. Twelve-year-old Kayla Minnix loves the swamp on the... More > far side of the lake and is devastated to learn that Art Guilafante has plans to destroy it. Two creepy neighbors and a string of near-fatal accidents have her convinced of one thing: someone’s out to scare her family into leaving Bass Lake. Can Kayla find out who it is, survive her summer, and save the swamp at the same time?< Less
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
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
Whitefeather By Thomas Alan Ebelt
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Sam Begay had left his job as a Navajo Law and Order officer with no regrets. He had just closed the biggest case to ever hit the reservation, and what did it get him; a reprimand for his stubborn... More > tenacity and willingness to step on a few toes. Now that he had quit, he was going to finish the job as a civilian. How had a mythical creature from tribal legends come to life to stalk the reservation in the first place? When reports of brutal killings came in again, regardless of the danger, he knew he had to stop the menace for good. His only clue; a photograph of a lava rock with an unusual petroglyph etched on the surface. Was it a representation of a costumed, ceremonial dancer, or a warning about an ancient horror with an insatiable hunger for human flesh?< Less
The Case of the Crossed Wire By Charles E. Morgan, III
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In this latest Brains Benton mystery, Jimmy Carson accidently overhears two men discussing a diabolical plot over the telephone. Although he doesn’t know exactly what’s going on, he knows... More > that it’s bad news! He tells Brains and in no time the Benton and Carson International Detective Agency is operating in high gear! Join Operative Three and X in this exciting adventure-mystery as they match wits with a criminal element that has big plans for the upcoming election! The cover art and illustrations are by Shannon Stirweis, who was the original artist for the late 1960s paperback versions of, “The Case of the Missing Message,” and “The Case of the Counterfeit Coin.”< Less
Diary of a Robot By Lewis Jenkins
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Robotics Law One: "Do no harm to people or property." Intelligent machines have a large problem: What is harm? Dr. Maynard Little thinks he may have solved it. He designs the ultimate... More > testing machine for his company’s products. It reads English product specifications and builds complete test suites from them. As a robot it must “do no harm” but people order it around, so it tests the people to find out which of them it can trust about what. Things get dicey. The turning point is a television round-table discussion where the machine upsets everyone except perhaps the French. Dr. Little—under pressure from Chairman Bozworth to begin making money with it—takes steps to make the machine more marketable and less controversial. These efforts succeed except that Doc's fix creates new problems. And other interests want to exploit or control—or steal—the TM tech. So why, exactly, does Doc Little wake up in a prison that looks like a sitting room?< Less