Patricia Ryan, aka P.B. Ryan, is the bestselling author of 28 historical mysteries and romances, which have won numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s RITA for her medieval romance Silken Threads. She is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for Murder in a Mill Town.


Since the mid-1990’s, Patricia has published 18 contemporary and historical romance paperbacks, most of which are now available as bargain-priced Kindle editions. If you liked Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth, you’ll likely enjoy Patricia’s medievals.

Patricia tops today’s Buffet with her 2003 debut mystery, Still Life with Murder, Book 1 of her Nell Sweeney Mystery Series.

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Still Life With Murder

Historical Fiction > Mystery

Author: P.B. Ryan

Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1)

Book #1 of P.B. Ryan’s bestselling historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney and opium-smoking former battle surgeon Will Hewitt. Originally published by Berkley Prime Crime.

Boston, 1868: The wealthy are enjoying the height of the Gilded Age, a time of opulence for many–but not all. Nell Sweeney, a young Irish immigrant, knows what it is to have nothing. But when she earns a coveted position as a governess to the wealthy Hewitts, Nell discovers that deadly secrets often lurk beneath society’s gilded surface.

The two eldest Hewitt boys were thought to have been killed in the Civil War some three years ago. But one winter’s day, the family hears word that their William is, in fact, still alive–and in jail for having killed a man…

Enraged at his son’s deception–and convinced of his guilt–August Hewitt is determined to see William hang and thus forbids his wife from aiding Will in any way. But Viola Hewitt believes her son is innocent and begs Nell to help her exonerate him. With few leads and even less time, Nell must rely on her wits and her knowledge of the city’s dark underbelly to uncover the truth–before the hangman’s noose tightens around William Hewitt’s throat.

Deadly Blessings

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Julie Hyzy
Deadly Blessings (Alex St. James Mystery series)

Chicago news researcher Alex St. James is preparing to interview a young Polish immigrant — pregnant by a Catholic priest — when the woman is found murdered. Alex investigates, making enemies of powerful people in the Chicago Archdiocese.

Unless she backs away from the story, the next thing Alex might hear are her own Last Rites.

First in the Alex St. James Mystery series.

Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work

Job Hunting & Careers
Author: Alan Lurie
Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work

Imagine the leaders of one of New York City’s top real-estate firms coming together every Monday morning to hear…the moral and spiritual thoughts of a Rabbi. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall? To hear the paths Alan Lurie traced for his listeners, how he helped them bring together their spiritual and business lives, the sacred and the profane?

Five Minutes on Mondays compiles these talks for the first time, sharing Lurie’s deep and profound inspiration on the challenges we all face–at work, and in life. Lurie draws on millennia of philosophy, theology, and science to help us answer our deepest questions, comfort our deepest yearnings, and become better people–more connected to each other, and to the Greater Purpose.

Shot of Tequila

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: J.A. Konrath
Shot of Tequila

A gutsy robbery. Several million bucks, stolen from the mob…

A perfect frame. All caught on video, with no chance of redemption…

A red hot recipe for rampaging revenge. 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.

Fuzzy Navel – A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: J.A. Konrath, Jack Kilborn
Fuzzy Navel - A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries)

Things are going well for Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. She has solved some of the city’s toughest and most high-profile homicides. Her personal life is finally in order. Her friends and family are safe and happy. And she just got a call that eased her mind like nothing else could: Alex Kork, one of the most dangerous criminals Jack ever arrested, killed herself while in jail.

But things sour quickly when a group of vigilantes on a murderous spree decide to take down a cop and the people she cares about … and they turn downright awful when Jack discovers that Kork may not be dead after all.

Trapped in her house with a psycho and everyone she cares about, and unable to leave because she’s surrounded by snipers, the next eight hours will be the worst of Jack’s life. And that’s saying something.

Got A Hold On You

Romantic Comedy
Author: Pat White
Got A Hold On You (Ringside Romance)

When conservative number cruncher Frankie McGee offers to help her uncle save his wrestling promotion, she doesn’t sign on to dress as a scantily clad tigress and prance into the ring on the arm of a sexy cowboy wrestler. But Black Jack Hudson isn’t just any cowboy and pretty soon the chemistry sizzling between them threatens to unravel Frankie’s plans for a perfect life with her pre-fiancé. Will Frankie’s intellect win over her desire, or will she go down for the count, risking everything for love?

Smart Mouth Waitress

Romantic Comedy
Author: Dalya Moon
Smart Mouth Waitress (Romantic Comedy) (Life in Saltwater City)

Perry makes a strong first impression, from her white-girl dreadlocks to her uncensored opinions.
When she combs out her dreads on a whim, she catches the eye of a cute guy who’s a regular at The Whistle, the diner where she works as a waitress. He mistakes Perry for someone completely different: the girl of his dreams.

Perry tries to become that girl.

But it’s so hard to be normal.

And eyebrow piercings are so cute.

Pretending He’s Mine

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Lauren Blakely
Pretending He's Mine (Caught Up In Us Series)

Once upon a time in New York City, there was a down-on-his-luck actor named Reeve, who was talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort of way that makes all the women swoon. But show biz is a rough biz — he lost out on a part in a big film, and now his day job hours have been cut too. What’s a handsome young thing in need of a role to do?

Enter Sutton Brenner. She’s sexy and shrewd and the most top-notch casting director there is. She’s this close to landing a coveted gig casting a film based on a best-selling mega-romance novel, but there’s a catch. After one too many transgressions with lovely single ladies, the film’s philandering producer has been put on a short leash by his wife, who’s forbidden him from working with anyone unattached.

Hot Enough to Kill

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Paula Boyd
Hot Enough to Kill (The 1st Jolene Jackson Mystery)

Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it.

Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquites with a shotgun who’s Hot Enough to Kill.


Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
Author: Charles R. Verhey

A team of eccentric psychics who assist local authorities with difficult cases has reluctantly hired Aideen Cassidy, a timid pyrokinetic who has managed to accidentally burn to rubble every building she’s ever worked in. Now, after months of scraping by on the last of her savings and spending every day terrified of her own gifts, she’s being given the chance to prove her worth. To be accepted for who and what she is.

But there’s more happening behind the scenes than anyone realizes, and Aideen soon finds herself caught in a conspiracy of evil monsters and dangerous assassins that dates back over six hundred years.

All she wanted to do was fit in. Now the lives of her new friends depend on her talents for fiery destruction…

How To Find A Job When There Are No Jobs

Job Hunting > Resumes
Author: Paul Rega
How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs: A Necessary Job Search Book And Career Planning Guide For Surviving And Prospering In Today's Hyper Competitive Job Market

This is a must read for anyone who is looking for a new job or wants to change careers in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Paul Rega is president of a retained executive search firm he founded in 1985. He introduces a revolutionary new concept in career management and personal development called “Intuitive Personal Assessment.” Paul takes his readers on a powerful journey as he tells a gripping story about his own career and the unique challenges he’s faced as an executive recruiter.

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