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The Rose Garden: A Suspenseful Mystery (Echo Rose Book 1) (affiliate link)
Ten years ago, a woman was taken for ransom and never seen again. Now another woman has been taken.
Grace Kelly Sanderson is living a quiet and mundane life as a call center agent. She lives in her parents’ mansion and away from anything remotely dangerous. When a reporter is found badly beaten in a ditch, Kelly can’t help but take action. Using the alias, Echo Rose, she begins searching for the people responsible for the reporter’s condition. Meanwhile, Detective Skip Malloy is trying to solve the murder of a construction worker. When someone close to Skip is taken hostage, Echo becomes the only person who can help him get her back.
Bitter End (Dr. Beckett Campbell, Medical Examiner) (affiliate link)
Stay out of trouble, they said. Lay low until things blow over, they suggested. Sound advice for Senior Medical Examiner Dr. Beckett Campbell, considering he was found hovering over the body of accused serial killer Craig Sloan, a bloody rock in his hand.
Sound advice, all of it.
Problem is, even a vacation in the Virgin Gorda isn’t far enough for Beckett to escape his demons. It doesn’t help that there’s something strange happening on the island, something that has to do with bitter drinks and bikinis. Something that involves drug smuggling and a secret room full of women… women who are gagged and bound.
Beckett would like nothing more than to heed the sage advice of his colleagues, but he’s not like them; he’s no ordinary Medical Examiner. Beckett has his own set of rules, guiding principles that take him places that the law simply refuses to go.
A Dream of Fire (The Dragon Queen Book 1) (affiliate link)
A vengeful dragon. A forgotten terror. And the one man who is least qualified to stop them.
Nothing is more dear to Griffin than his magic school, but for a man with no magic, life there has its challenges. They laugh at him. They exclude him. And that’s just his fellow teachers.
So when a dragon no one else has seen delivers a chilling warning for Griffin’s ears alone, it’s no surprise that his colleagues don’t take him seriously. Unfortunately, convincing them that the magistery stands at the brink of destruction is only the beginning of his troubles.
As an ancient struggle between dragons and men reignites, Griffin’s only hope lies in deciphering the secrets of a long-dead madman. But the deeper he goes, the less he knows who to trust, on legs or wings.
Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys Book 1) (affiliate link)
Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend six months at home to get my shit together. The cherry on top of my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.
I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.
Head Over Wheels (affiliate link)
The Coffee House Sleuths: A Garden to Die For (Book 1) (affiliate link)
Michael West’s new life in Lana Cove seems perfect, except for one little detail: He’s the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
He just purchased an amazing home facing the ocean in a small North Carolina town, and has finally won over the hearts of the locals. He befriended a beautiful woman named Ellie and her best friend Olivia, owners of the Bitter Sweet Café. And he is finally living his dream, writing his first mystery novel. His past life, his loveless marriage, his backbreaking corporate job, is now a distant memory. What could possibly go wrong?
A body is found in Michael’s backyard, and suddenly he’s the main suspect. His life is turned upside down. He left Boston to get away from the madness. Just as things begin to work themselves out, there’s another murder with all the clues leading back to Michael. His life is in chaos, the locals are turning against him, he’s a murder suspect, and now, he may lose the house of his dreams.
Criss Cross (A Holly Novel Book 1) (affiliate link)
Safety is just an illusion…
An illusion shattered by the whisper of footsteps in the darkness behind her.
Holly has drifted from one place to the next for as long as she can remember, never settling long enough to build a life. It’s the only way she knows how to survive in a world that has no place for someone like her. But when mysterious footsteps follow her home, and she finds a cryptic note taped to her door, she realizes she’s stayed too long.
The man she’s hiding from has found her. But how?
When people start dying and old, forgotten memories begin to surface, Holly finds herself wrapped up in a terrifying mystery with God, a pushy Southern detective, and a killer with one thing on his mind: her.
Walk With Me (affiliate link)
Lacy Thomas wanted to run away. In fact, she tried to. The pain of betrayal was so great. So was the pressure of having to figure out what to do about her engagement to be married. She figured if she hightailed it to her Aunt Velma’s and holed up there for a while maybe all the answers to her troubles would magically appear.
Instead, Micah Perry and his little daughter Naomi appeared. Micah rode in one day to bring his deathly ill daughter to see the doctor. And it took everyone in the house—Doc Mitchell, Aunt Velma, Lacy and Micah—to get Naomi through the night.
There’s no way Mr. Perry—a widower—can care for Naomi alone once he goes home and has all his work keeping up his farm to do, Lacy thought. But what can I do?
When the Grits Hit the Fan (A Country Store Mystery Book 3) (affiliate link)
Despite the bitter winter in South Lick, Indiana, business is still hot at Robbie Jordan’s restaurant. But when another murder rattles the small town, can Robbie defrost the motives of a cold-blooded killer?
Before she started hosting dinners for Indiana University’s Sociology Department at Pans ’N Pancakes, Robbie never imagined scholarly meetings could be so hostile. It’s all due to Professor Charles Stilton, who seems to thrive on heated exchanges with his peers and underlings, and tensions flare one night after he disrespects Robbie’s friend, graduate student Lou. So when Robbie and Lou go snowshoeing the next morning and find the contentious academic frozen under ice, police suspect Lou might have killed him after their public tiff. To prove her friend’s innocence, Robbie is absorbing local gossip about Professor Stilton’s past and developing her own thesis on the homicide—even if that means stirring up terrible danger for herself along the way . . .
Chancellorsville (affiliate link)
The definitive account of the Chancellorsville campaign, from the moment “Fighting Joe” Hooker took command of the Army of the Potomac to the Union’s stinging, albeit temporary, defeat. Along with a vivid description of the experiences of the troops, Stephen Sears provides “a stunning analysis of how terrain, personality, chance, and other factors affect fighting and distort strategic design” (Library Journal).
“Most notable is his use of Union military intelligence reports to show how Gen. Joseph Hooker was fed a stream of accurate information about Robert E. Lee’s troops; conversely, Sears points out the battlefield communications failures that hampered the Union army at critical times . . . A model campaign study, Sears’s account of Chancellorsville is likely to remain the standard for years to come.” —Publishers Weekly
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel in Recipes (affiliate link)
Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. As a child she took every opportunity to learn in her Grandpa Joe’s bakery. Now, with her desk job and her office romance crumbling, Issy seizes the chance to reinvent herself. Or…she will as soon as the drama-induced sugar coma wears off.
With help from new friends, and a disheveled-yet-appetizing bank manager, Issy starts to make the adorable café of her dreams into a reality. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake recipe for a fresh start might be a little more complicated than throwing some sugar and butter together.
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy Book 1) (affiliate link)
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy—a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword. Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. That kinda puts us on the verge of death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Now I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died.
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