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Mystery > Police Procedurals
Author: Carolyn Arnold
The hunt for a serial killer begins…
Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is found in a park killed with the same brand of neckties, she realizes they’re dealing with something more serious.
Despite mounting pressure from the sergeant and the chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if the murderer is going to be stopped.
Thrillers > Crime
Author: Peter Bartram
Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside…
Don’t you just hate it when you get the afternoon off – and then find yourself chasing a train robber with his loot?
Join ace crime reporter Colin Crampton and his feisty Australian girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith as they embark on a new adventure.
It all starts when Colin spends a lazy afternoon by the beach with Shirley. But when a daring robbery takes place before their very eyes, Colin reckons he’s on the trail of a big story.
But nothing about the robbery is what it seems. And before long Colin and Shirley are drawn deeper into danger.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Sibella Giorello
On a scenic riverbank outside Seattle, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon accidentally digs up evidence linked to the local FBI’s most famous unsolved mystery—D. B. Cooper’s airplane hijacking and sudden disappearance.
But when the Bureau hires Raleigh to help solve its legendary cold case, her life starts to fall apart. The state crime lab’s already asked her to identify geology linked to a young girl’s murder—a murder that could send an innocent man to death row.
Juggling two urgent cases, Raleigh digs deeper into both and triggers a dangerous series of events. She also fractures her fresh romance with agent Jack Stephanson.
Literature & Fiction
Author: Steven Jay Griffel
THE DEADLINE is the story of David Grossman, a Baby Boomer approaching sixty who loses his high-paying corporate job, forcing him to review his options and priorities. Desperate for a last chance at personal fulfillment, David makes a one-year deal with his wife. If he fails, his life-long dream is likely over and he must return to the corporate grind, “a life lived under the steady lash.” At first, one year seems like ample time, but David had not counted on having to deal with a moody culinary genius from the Amazon, a high priestess of the dark arts, a dying mother, and sinister thugs from the Mob. With each passing day, Grossman feels the pressure of time slipping away and the likely end to his dream.
Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Carolyn McCray
Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware
A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal…
A city paralyzed by a serial killer stalking the night, taking a most gruesome trophy.
The only standing in the murderer’s way is an FBI profiler…recently released from a mental institution.
Plain Jane combines the swift action of Patterson with the macabre of Harris.
Just remember to keep the lights on when reading this one!
Thrillers > Pulp
Author: Dusty Sharp
The notorious Rattlers motorcycle club didn’t have an official exit policy. So Austin Conrad wrote his own when he decided to get the hell out. Now he’s the target of the MC’s ruthless president, who’s hell-bent to silence Austin to keep his own dark secrets buried. Set along the back roads of southern California’s Mojave Desert, the story comes to its thrilling climax among the abandoned ghost town of Amboy. When Austin is waylaid by a crew of murderous thugs from a rogue faction of the club, the hunters become the hunted, and learn the hard way that there’s more to Austin than motorcycles and petty crime.
Mystery > Cozy
Author: Melanie Jackson
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Chloe Boston, meter maid and unofficial sleuth of the Hope Falls Police Department, is on the trail of the Halloween Killer and a second troublesome criminal, the Pumpkin Thief, who has robbed every pumpkin patch in town. Aided by her dog, Blue, and new boyfriend, Alex, Chloe is closing in on Hope Falls public enemies 1 and 2.
“I fell in love with Chloe Boston; she’s an enormous spirit in a tiny package, and endearingly human. Go Chloe!”
–Lisa Cach, author of “Wake Unto Me”
The Chloe Boston cozy mysteries are light airy reads filled with plenty of quirky characters and fast moving plot elements. And the best part is that if you become hooked on the books, as I’m sure you will, there are 21 more of them in the series for you to enjoy.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Terry Maggert
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.
Working at the town diner isn’t her only job, for Carlie is also a good witch who will do bad things to protect her town. Trained by her Gran, she’ll be asked to follow a handsome stranger into the deepest forest to find a grove of sacred trees, but there are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years: Come find me.
With the help of a vampire who’s been marooned for a thousand years, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.
Historical Fiction > Fantasy
Author: John Shirley
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
It’s the end of World War II. FDR’s New Deal has redefined American politics. Taxes are at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has brought a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business has many watching their backs. America’s sense of freedom is diminishing . . . and many are desperate to take that freedom back.
Among them is a great dreamer, an immigrant who pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and admired men in the world. That man is Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserve better. And so he set out to create the impossible, a utopia free from government, censorship, and moral restrictions on science–where what you give is what you get. He created Rapture—the shining city below the sea.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Leslie Langtry
Regularly $8.99, Today $2.99
‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy – book #1
Death by Chocolate is her favorite dessert. And those knitting needles aren’t just for craft projects. To most people, Gin Bombay is an ordinary single mom. Then again, they don’t know she’s from a family of top secret assassins. Somewhere between leading a Girl Scout troop for her kindergartner—would nooses count for a knot badge?—and Gin now has to take out a new target.
Guns Will Keep Us Together – book #2
Dakota Bombay prided himself on his Bond-like image—bad-guy killer by day, lady-killer by night. But his life gets both shaken and stirred by an irate grandmother demanding a marketing plan for the family assassination business, a precocious six-year-old son he never knew he had, and a mysterious redheaded funeral director who’s got him intrigued in more ways than one.
Horror > Dark Fantasy
Author: Seanan McGuire
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.
Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
Author: Alice Hoffman
Regularly $17.99, Today $3.99
Elizabeth Renny has only made two decisions of consequence in her seventy-plus years. While the first, marrying her husband, had adequate results, the second—deciding she could fly from her bedroom window—is less successful. But her flight sets in motion a series of events that will forever change the lives of six residents of Martha’s Vineyard: a young boy who refuses to grow, a wife stifled by her irrational anxiety, a husband tempted by the unknown, a girl flirting with disaster, a gentle giant tortured by his size, and an old woman with nothing to lose.
Romance > Contemporary
Author: Brenda Novak
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Welcome to Whiskey Creek— Heart of the Gold Country!
Simon O’Neal’s causing trouble again.
And it’s up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.
Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all— sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.
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