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His Hand In the Storm (Chief Inspector Gray James Detective Murder Mystery Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Chief Inspector Gray James is sculpting the remembered likeness of his small son when he receives the call – a faceless corpse is found hanging by the choppy river, swirls of snow and sand rolling like tumbleweeds.
Montreal glitters: the cobbled streets slippery with ice, and the mighty St. Lawrence jetting eastward past the city. One by one, someone is killing the founders of a booming medical tech startup – propelling Gray into a downward spiral that shatters his hard-earned peace, that risks his very life, that threatens to force him to care and face what he has shunned all along: his hand in the storm.
From the prize-winning author comes a psychological, page-turning mystery with all the elements one needs on a rainy night: a complex murder, a noble yet haunted detective, and an evocative setting to sink into.
The Awakened Fate Series Starter Box Set (Books 1-3.5) (affiliate link)
Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.
But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.
Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own. It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.
Michelle Bishop has spent most of her life hating her nemesis, Georgia Beauregard. When the town beauty queen herself suddenly dies, Michelle is the only one who isn’t mourning. But Michelle has just discovered there is something far worse than a living, breathing bully. Try being haunted by a dead one.
As Michelle and Georgia try to figure out their newfound supernatural connection, a murder rocks the peaceful community of Carder Bluff, Arkansas. Now, the ghost of the victim is also appearing to Michelle. It seems she and Georgia are the only ones who can help send this poor, annoying soul on his way. Can these two enemies learn to put aside their differences to solve a murder in their hometown?
The Dark Inside: A Gripping Detective Mystery (The DI Hogarth Dark Inside Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
A WOMAN IS FOUND DEAD IN A SEASIDE HOLIDAY APARTMENT. SHE WAS LEFT NAKED – STABBED THROUGH THE HEART.
Witnesses say Vicki Braithwaite’s recent behaviour was wild and dangerous, but Detective Joe Hogarth doesn’t trust the testimonies or the evidence. Something doesn’t add up – and Hogarth is determined to find the truth.
The nature of the victim’s recent relationships are enough to suggest that she was responsible for her own demise. But Hogarth doesn’t believe it – because everything he learns about the woman’s way of life contradicts her final actions.
This Knight of the Crown is driven by a painful past and a patient fury… and his entire life is a lie.
Sir Carlton Morley is famously possessed of extraordinary will, singular focus, and a merciless sense of justice. As a man, he secured his fortune and his preeminence as Scotland Yard’s ruthless Chief Inspector. As a decorated soldier, he was legend for his unflinching trigger finger, his precision in battle, and his imperturbable strength. But as a boy, he was someone else. A twin, a thief, and a murderer, until tragedy reshaped him.
Now he stalks the night, in search of redemption and retribution, vowing to never give into temptation, as it’s just another form of weakness.
Until temptation lands—quite literally—in his lap, taking the form of Prudence Goode.
Tying the Knot (A Wedding Crashers Mystery Book 2) (affiliate link)
The show must go on, but when a killer grabs the spotlight, can she solve the puzzle before her best friend takes center stage in the slammer?
Glory Wells is back in Flat Falls and ready to turn her fledgling wedding planning business into a smashing success. Her first job? To create a dream wedding for a new reality show that takes disgraced celebrities from trashy tabloid fodder to “I do” divas.
But when a finalist gets killed by a sabotaged chandelier on set, police focus their investigation on Glory’s best friend, who had more than a few reasons to want the celebri-groom dead.
With a demanding producer turning the television nuptials into an epic spectacle, a cast of prima donnas with eye-popping secrets, and a killer ready for an on-camera encore, will Glory’s debut be her last starring role?
Vortex Chronicles: The Complete Series (affiliate link)
They should’ve never met. She’s the crown princess. He’s a mysterious sorcerer. But the unexpected happens when the world is ending.
When Crown Princess Vi Solaris finds out she has a rare and deadly power, she must make a choice:
Her magic or her throne.
But the choice isn’t as simple as it appears, because her magic is the key to saving the world. As her Empire falters from political infighting and a deadly plague, Vi trains in secret under a deadly sorcerer from a distant land. From his pointed ears to enchanting eyes and silver tongue, he’s nothing like anyone she’s ever met before. Vi knows she should fear him and his shadowed past, but he may just be the only one who really knows what’s happening to her.
A Tale of Ambition and Power
A soul from Earth awakens as Seventh Princess Adelheid of the Vuldar Empire. With a weak body but a monstrous reservoir of mana that threatens her very life, Adelheid engraves an oath into her very soul. She shall seize the throne at all costs, but with ambitious cousins and discontent nobles, her father and brother are far from her only rivals.
Experience Adelheid’s journey through victory and loss to achieve her deepest desires.
Solitary (affiliate link)
Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement—in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, twenty-three hours a day, in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison—all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived at all was a feat of extraordinary endurance. That he emerged whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit.
While behind bars in his early twenties, Albert was inspired to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living. He was serving a fifty-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when, on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and immediately put in solitary confinement. Without a shred of evidence against them, their trial was a sham of justice. Decades passed before Albert was finally released in February 2016.
Wartime at Bletchley Park (The Bletchley Park Girls, Book 1) (affiliate link)
September 1939. London is in blackout, war has been declared, but Dulcie Treadwell can think only of her heartbreak over American broadcaster, Glenn Reeves, who didn’t say goodbye before leaving for Berlin.
Posted to Bletchley Park, Dulcie must concentrate on helping the war effort by cracking the German Enigma codes. The hours are long and the conditions tough, with little recognition from above. Until she breaks her first code…
Dulcie finally settles into something she was born to do. But just as she’s proving her worth, a shocking betrayal leads to Dulcie’s brutal dismissal. Is it too late for Dulcie to prove her innocence and keep helping to save innocent lives?
The Devil Wears Tartan: An Enemies to Lovers Romance (affiliate link)
Some couples are a match made in heaven.
Moira and Kenzie are convinced the only place they’re a match is in hell.
Raised as the shining prodigies of warring highland dance schools, the two grew up with blaring bagpipes as the backing track for a feud that took them all the way to the world championships.
Moira could never keep Kenzie’s icy glares from getting under her skin, and Kenzie could never hold back an eye-roll as she watched the crowds fawn over her rival’s happy-go-lucky charm.
Starting college has forced both women to hang up their kilts, but when their local highland dance association announces a scholarship for a life-changing amount of money, they find themselves back onstage for one last season.
Magnolia Nights (affiliate link)
Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childhood. She’s baffled and more than a little intrigued when the grandmother she hasn’t seen in thirty-four years dies and leaves her a fortune. The time has come to face her past in person. Still reeling from a recent breakup of a long-term relationship, and with nothing to keep her in San Francisco, Ellie packs her meager belongings and boards a plane for the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Standing in the entryway of her grandmother’s antebellum home on South Battery Street in Charleston, Ellie faces the first of many ghosts who will soon haunt her. On her first night in the creepy, creaking mansion, as she’s perusing the titles in a dusty bookcase, she comes across her deceased mother’s leather-bound journal. Her mother’s words create more unanswered questions and send her on a quest to find more journals. As Hurricane Lorene bears down on the South Carolina coast, Ellie encounters Juan Hagood, a handsome architect who has the talent to restore her dilapidated mansion and the charm to mend her broken heart.
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