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Left To Die (An Adele Sharp Mystery—Book One) (paid link)
FBI special agent Adele Sharp is a German-and-French raised American with triple citizenship—and an invaluable asset in bringing criminals to justice as they cross American and European borders.
When a serial killer case spanning three U.S. states goes cold, Adele returns to San Francisco and to the man she hopes to marry. But after a shocking twist, a new lead surfaces and Adele is dispatched to Paris, to lead an international manhunt.
Adele returns to the Europe of her childhood, where familiar Parisian streets, old friends from the DGSI and her estranged father reignite her dormant obsession with solving her own mother’s murder.
The Sweet Taste of Murder: An Angel Lake Mystery (paid link)
What could possibly be worse than a string of calls from a telemarketer?
Elise Pepper is about to find out. Her return to her southern hometown after a scandalous divorce is stressful enough, but when she trips over the body of the town playboy, her stress meter hits an all-time high.
Between bizarre phone calls and more, the victim has left behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers. Add in a growing list of suspects and Elise is neck deep trouble. Stuck in the middle of her personal drama and the small town rumor mill, there’s no shortage of theories. But when she discovers her best friend, Lavina is the number one suspect, she knows what she has to do. The question is will it help or hurt?
Fresh Doubt (An Ingrid Skyberg Mystery Book 1) (paid link)
The coroner rules it’s an accidental death caused by overdose, but Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg doesn’t buy it. The girl was a top student, beautiful, happy, no history of substance abuse. Why would she OD? It doesn’t make sense.
Ingrid investigates and finds her hunch is right – this was a diabolically clever murder. And now she’s up against a killer with an IQ that’s off the charts.
The deeper she digs, the deadlier the case gets. And when she uncovers a sinister group inside the university’s psychology department, Ingrid’s own life may be on the line.
Passport to Murder: Murder International (paid link)
Six spectacular international mysteries from best-selling booksBnimble authors! Those who love international mysteries will enjoy vivid scenes in Italy, India, Provence, Berlin, Paris, Spain, and London. Your tour guides? Adventurous female protagonists, kickass dudes, and an architect who see auras that predict death.
Volume 1: VENETIAN MASK by Michaela Thompson
AT CARNIVAL IN THE FLOATING CITY—AN ARTLESS YOUNG AMERICAN, A MYSTERIOUS MASKED COUNT, AND MURDER
The surreal splendor of Venice glitters and mesmerizes as six so-called friends who, it turns out, barely know each other, meet at Carnival to play a malignant game that quickly turns murderous.
Rebellion: A suspenseful romantic thriller (paid link)
But he breaks down my walls. He forces himself into my heart and drives me crazy with need. Want. Desire. Our passion is fueled by destruction. Our chemistry interferes with my every move. But there is one secret I don’t tell. One truth I keep hidden.
I never let myself get distracted. Until now, when I show up for my next job and find out the man I thought I’d escaped is suddenly my new partner. And hell if I can avoid the pull he has on me. But there is one problem, he’s just as broken as me. And together, we might just meet our end.
A Little Murder: Angie Deacon Mysteries (paid link)
There has been a murder on Lake Winnipesaukee.
The fishing charter boat carried seven people—six people and the murdered boat captain.
Angie Deacon was the last to see Nolan Little alive. Which makes her a prime suspect in his death. Sure, he was gruff and insensitive. Treated his wife like dirt. But besides Valerie, why would any of the five strangers on board want him dead? None of them knew him before today.
Or did they?
Romeo Moon, a detective of The Poe Detective Agency, must, with the help of his zombie girlfriend, undertaker best friend, and a famous three-headed dog, defeat a robber baron nicknamed The Emperor who wants to conquer Romeo’s home town. The Emperor has an army of the dead, the undead, and the living, all looking forward to putting an end to Romeo and his friends and anyone who gets in their way.
But there’s more. Romeo has a past that has been hidden from him all his life. It turns out his mother and father are not who he thinks they are. In fact, his birth father happens to be a former god of the Underworld who is dead set on sending Romeo on a one way trip to the afterlife.
Tattered (Lark Cove Book 1) (paid link)
Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.
So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.
Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.
Summer Frost (Forward collection) (paid link)
A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion.
Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision—veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. When the curious Riley extracts her code for closer examination, an emotional relationship develops between them. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own?
Raising Jake (paid link)
In Charlie Carillo’s funny, insightful novel, a divorced man gets to know his seventeen-year-old son in a tale that rewrites the book on quality time together. . .
Sammy Sullivan is working his way down the ladder of success. Divorced and pushing fifty, his relationships have the longevity of a fruit fly. But how many men can get themselves fired and have their only son expelled from prep school all in one day? Now, after almost eighteen years, he and Jake may finally get to know each other. (That’s if his ex-wife–the super-achiever Sammy can only dream of being–doesn’t find out.) Jake knows virtually nothing about his roots.
The Sweeney Sisters: A Novel (paid link)
Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.
But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.
I Am Dust (paid link)
A haunted theatre
A murdered actress
Three cursed teenagers
A secret that devastates them all…
The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…
Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?
Helen in Egypt: Poetry (New Directions Books) (paid link)
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