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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
Sabrina Carlson hasn’t been back to Treasure Cove in three years.
As she returns to her former hometown to visit her daughter, she just wants some peaceful family time.
When a murder occurs shortly after Sabrina’s arrival, her trip is turned upside down.
At first, Sabrina is determined to stay far away from this case.
As the investigation stretches on, Sabrina gets drawn in.
But will Sabrina’s involvement result in deadly consequences?
ARISEN : Genesis (affiliate link)
Author:Fuchs, Michael StephenFREE
Dystopian Science Fiction
Tucked away in a high-tech Tactical Operations Center, inside an isolated safehouse in the Horn of Africa, sits Agency analyst Zack Altringham. He is Kenyan-born, Princeton-educated, badly burnt-out – and condemned by his language and cultural skills to a lifetime of fighting America’s shadow counter-terror wars.
But when another mystery epidemic breaks out, terrifying quickly it reaches a tipping point and chaos descends – and Zack and his team (including two former Team Six SEALs) are trapped between the millstones of the sick and the dying on one side, and heavily armed militias on the other.
Holiday Terminal (The Warren Family Holidays Book 1) (affiliate link)
Author:McNamee, Gwyn, Anderson, ChristyFREE
Swirling snow may have stranded me at this tiny airport in the middle of nowhere on Christmas Eve, but it has nothing on the storm raging inside me when he walks into the terminal.
My first love and the man who shattered my world.
I thought I locked my feelings for him safely away in the past, but one look is all it takes for me to drown in his icy blue eyes again.
So much time has passed.
I’m no longer that naïve teenager standing on a beach, wishing the boy would choose me.
Now, I’m hiding a secret that could unravel both our lives.
The Spy Game (A Tanner Novel Book 21) (affiliate link)
After someone he loves is threatened, Tanner agrees to go on a mission for the CIA, although he fully intends to deliver payback for the treachery they employed in enlisting his aid.
Meanwhile, Sara is on a mission of her own with the help of a friend. It’s espionage, Tanner-style.
Miss Spelled: Cozy Mystery (The Kitchen Witch Book 1) (affiliate link)
Amateur Sleuth Mysteries
Amelia Spelled believes in baking it til you make it . . . But when her boyfriend dumps her, her boss fires her, and she’s evicted from her rental thanks to one too many cooking mishaps, Amelia finds herself all dressed up with nowhere to dough. Amelia is just about ready to pie for help when a handwritten letter is slipped under her door.
Now she is off to country Australia, where a mysterious house is not the only thing that awaits — there is also the revelation that her ancestors were witches. But if Amelia thinks she’ll have time to process these new developments, she’s dead wrong. There is a murder, and she’s the number one suspect.
Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm (affiliate link)
Imagine you could give an essay entitled How to Make Me Come to a past, present or future sex partner, free of judgment or repercussion. In this book inspired by Emma Koenig’s wildly popular website, a diverse collective of women do just that.
Emma Koenig was inspired to answer this question after a truly frustrating sexual experience with a partner. As she says, “The simplest version of this story devoid of all identifying details: He thought I had an orgasm. I hadn’t.” She knew she couldn’t be the only woman to have been mystified by an experience such as this, and so her Tumblr, How to Make Me Come, was born as a safe space for women to talk honestly and openly.
Author:Eden, CynthiaRegularly $6.99, Today $3.99
Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha’s career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI’s failure on the complex case, Samantha left Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama.
Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the cunning assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more.
Author:Worthington, AlliRegularly $3.99, Today $1.99
Women’s Christian Living
Stop the cycle of worry and stress with Fierce Faith, which offers real strategies, biblical truths, and woman-to-woman encouragement for coping with life’s big fears and little everyday worries.
Sometimes Jesus’s call to “fear not” seems like the hardest instruction to follow.
Some days you faultlessly juggle everything that is your life–kids, husband, house, job, church, friendships, school, pets, appointments, and on and on. Other days the very thought of which ball you’re going to drop puts your anxiety level through the roof. You’re afraid you’re forgetting something. And you are: God’s advice to fear not.
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic (affiliate link)
Young Adult LGBTQ+ Fiction Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but its pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town. Fantastic. When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch.
Cold Ridge: An Anthology (affiliate link)
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Award-winning photographer Carine Winter does whatever it takes to get the perfect shot. So she accepts the job of photographing Sterling Rancourt’s historic Boston home knowing she’s taking a risk—she could run into Tyler North, the pararescuer who all but left her at the altar a year ago. Then Carine finds a body in Rancourt’s house—and the prime suspect in the murder is Tyler North’s best friend.
When Tyler hears about the murder, he rushes to see his friend Manny, expecting him to ask for help. Instead, Manny urges Tyler to protect Carine, to take her back to Cold Ridge and away from the temptation to meddle in a murder investigation.
Our Riches (affiliate link)
Author:Adimi, KaoutherRegularly $15.95, Today $1.99
Historical French Fiction
Our Riches celebrates quixotic devotion and the love of books in the person of Edmond Charlot, who at the age of twenty founded Les Vraies Richesses (Our True Wealth), the famous Algerian bookstore/publishing house/lending library. He more than fulfilled its motto “by the young, for the young,” discovering the twenty-four-year-old Albert Camus in 1937. His entire archive was twice destroyed by the French colonial forces, but despite financial difficulties (he was hopelessly generous) and the vicissitudes of wars and revolutions, Charlot (often compared to the legendary bookseller Sylvia Beach) carried forward Les Vraies Richesses as a cultural hub of Algiers.
Author:Blechman, Andrew D.Regularly $15.99, Today $1.99
Social & Cultural History
Domesticated since the dawn of man, pigeons have been used as crucial communicators in war by every major historical superpower from ancient Egypt to the United States and are credited with saving thousands of lives. They have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of peace. Charles Darwin relied heavily on pigeons to help formulate and support his theory of evolution. Yet today they are reviled as “rats with wings.”
To research this lively history of the humble pigeon, the author traveled across the United States and Europe to meet with pigeon fanciers and pigeon haters in a quest to find out how we came to misunderstand one of mankind’s most helpful and steadfast companions.