Lee Driver (a.k.a. S.D. Tooley) tops today’s Buffet with The Good Die Twice, featuring private investigator Chase Dagger. This novel originally appeared in paperback in 2000.
Booklist said: “This is a delightfully nontraditional mystery that should appeal to a wide variety of readers.” Lee blends mystery with fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Chase Dagger isn’t your ordinary detective. He has a shapeshifter for a partner. Nightfall, the 7th in the Chase Dagger series, will be out soon.
Lee was raised in a suburb south of Chicago, Illinois, and she currently resides in Northwest Indiana. She cites Nancy Drew, Stephen King, and James Patterson as her primary influences.
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The Good Die Twice (Chase Dagger Series Book 1)
Chase Dagger is a private detective with no past, a sometime fiancee, a scarlet macaw with a brain and an attitude, and a beautiful assistant named Sara. Sara witnesses the murder of a woman whose identity she doesn’t know, until she see a picture of Rachel Tyler. Only problem is … Rachel died five years ago. Who would want Rachel Tyler dead … again? Robert Tyler had all the money he could want. Or did he? Eric Tyler had a fling with Rachel before she married his father. Now he is happily married to Edie Tyler. Or is he? Nick Tyler has the bulk of the Tyler looks and charisma and could get any woman he wants. He doesn’t have a care in the world. Or does he?
Dagger seems to inherit the most unusual cases. To tackle these unusual cases requires unusual assistants. Einstein is a scarlet macaw with a photographic memory. Sara is a shapeshifter with extraordinary capabilities that allow her to go places and hear things no other human can experience. Together they are either the driving force behind Dagger Investigations or they are going to drive Dagger crazy. The first in the Chase Dagger series combines mystery with urban fantasy.
Goliath (A Ryan Mitchell Thriller Book 1)
In 1931, during its maiden voyage, the British Airship Goliath mysteriously disappears without a trace. Hidden deep inside is a secret that could change the world.
Present day, in The Philippines, an attempted kidnapping draws historian Jennifer March and former soldier Ryan Mitchell into a deadly race to find the Goliath before a mysterious figure who threatens to topple governments and the lives of millions. From Alaska, to West Africa to Iceland the hunt for the truth is on.
Found Innocent (A Madison Knight Novel Book 4)
There’s one code when it comes to the wall of blue…and Madison Knight may have to cross it.
Any good cop knows you never report a brother for mishandling a case or accuse him of misconduct, but in order to find justice, Madison may not have a choice.
Lacy Rose had one goal for her twentieth birthday—to be found innocent of past sins—but her life is cut short.
When Lacy’s remains are found in a garden and the investigation becomes connected to a closed case, Madison must face her past. The lead detective on that case was Madison’s ex-fiancé. At the risk of jeopardizing departmental relationships, and churning up the attention of an old flame at the same time, Madison must push hard before the guilty are found innocent.
Pierced (The Pierced Series Book 1)
Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.
That’s Pierce in a nutshell.
Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks,’ have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.
I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.
Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.
When my three sisters and I start a new event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.
Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy Book 1)
Gemma Hart never knows when her father is going to whisk her back in time. Her toes start tingling and she has a few minutes to find a secret haven where she can disintegrate and appear in another time and place. While “across the line,” her training and skills are put to the test as she completes a mission that will change history for the lucky few her father has selected.
Gemma’s parents are adamant that secrecy is paramount to her family’s safety. If people knew what they were capable of, they could be “used and abused”, as her mother always says. Afraid she might accidentally utter the truth and break the ancient oath of her people, Gemma spends her school days as a loner. Only one thing can throw her sheltered life askew… Harrison Granger.
Harrison never expected to talk to the strange Hart girl, but after a brief encounter he can’t stop thinking about her. He begins a campaign to chisel away her icy veneer and is met with unexpected consequences. As he slowly wins this girl over, he enters a surreal world that has him fighting to keep his newfound love and his life.
Laid to Rest (A Short Story)
On a hot Mississippi night in 1957, Mayor Clifford Earl Stroud, drops dead in Darlene Higginbottom’s bedroom. Unless she can get his body home before his wife finds out, Darlene, a Marilyn Monroe wannabe, knows her rosy future will collapse. She convinces Richie, an unemployed gas station attendant, and Tommy Ray, who’s just plain slow, to help her move the body. That’s when the fun begins.
It’s Bus Stop meets O’ Brother, Where Art Thou in “Laid to Rest,” a Southern comedy that will keep you laughing!
The Start of a Good Thing (A Few Good Men Book 2)
Jonathan Lawrence knows better than to sit up in church and lust over the women on the praise dance team, but apparently Jonathan’s body has forgotten that he is a minister. It’s clearly past time for him to start searching for a wife. He decides to employ technology and finds some promising prospects. Still, he wonders how he will concentrate on finding his soulmate when he’s surrounded by marriages that appear to be falling apart? When an unwelcomed assignment to visit the sick and shut-in members of New Vision Community Church leads him right to the doorstep of a woman with previously questionable morals, Jonathan finds himself wondering whether to run from her or look beyond her past and behold the new woman may be in Christ.
Bria Logan has many regrets, including how she first met Jonathan. She also loathes things she had no control over, like the person God picked to be her mother. Bria’s slow, painful recovery from a car accident lands her on the “home-visit” list of her new church, opening an avenue for her to experience God’s word in a personal setting. But will the ongoing tension with her mother prove too much for Bria to bear? And how long can Bria deny the attraction to this “church boy” who so diligently points her heart to the Father she adores more each day?
Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should knowlike the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.
How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forgetand so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men and women have different brains?
In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rulewhat scientists know for sure about how our brains workand then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.
Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science. You’ll learn why Michael Jordan was no good at baseball. You’ll peer over a surgeon’s shoulder as he proves that most of us have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. You’ll meet a boy who has an amazing memory for music but can’t tie his own shoes.
Stuff You Should Know About Stuff: How to Properly Behave in Certain Situations
What about while in the midst of a profoundly awkward silence?
Have you perfected how to get out of helping your friend move?If you answered no to those questions, fear not. You need Stuff You Should Know About Stuff, the book that future anthropologists will no doubt call “the Rosetta Stone of handling trivial life situations.”From the sketch comedy duo who created the viral videos Sh*t Nobody Says” and Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not in a Pool,” Tripp and Tyler bring you the written word in Stuff You Should Know About Stuff, a guide instructing you how to navigate the treacherous waters of life’s odd quandaries.
There are even photos and illustrations for people who enjoy photos and illustrations and stuff like that. You can read it from cover to cover or you can choose to educate yourself only in conjunction with your bowel movements. Totally your call there.
The Mistress Mistake
Can love come from a sinful beginning?
Jessica Conway is at the end of her rope. She desperately needs a few things that her moral values can’t buy: food, shelter, a chance for a better life.
Connor Montgomery is tortured with guilt from the past and wants only one thing from Jessica, something he’s very willing to pay her for. Setting her up as his mistress seems like the perfect idea. But how long can a situation continue that was a mistake from the very beginning?
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.
Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.
In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)
When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.
Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
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