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Author: Smith, Julie
Police Procedurals

Follow bodacious New Orleans cop Skip Langdon as she leaves her rookie days behind and evolves into a seasoned homicide detective, ever tough and quick-witted, but something more—sensitive and tender-hearted as well.

As Skip’s career takes off, her cases pull her into increasingly dark, gritty, twisted corners of the Crescent City: she must save New Orleans from a psychopath who’s running for mayor, solve the murder of an honest police chief (a rarity in a city famous for corruption), and unravel the puzzling disappearance of a politician’s husband.

In the last two tales, Skip faces a showdown with her arch-nemesis, an embodiment of evil who would make Hannibal Lecter blush; and she searches frantically for a plucky, resourceful teen on the run from a serial killer, all protective instincts on high alert.

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Author: Point, Rosie A.
Cozy Culinary Mystery

When Sunny arrives in Parfait, Florida, she’s set on sun, sand, and rejuvenation after a messy divorce. She’s done dealing with her flaky ex, and the criminals he worked with. But when Sunny arrives at her quirky Aunt Rita’s cottage, all she finds is a grumpy cat and a note waiting for her…

Sunny’s expected to take over her aunt’s Sunny Side Up Café while Rita’s on vacation, and Sunny’s never managed a mood swing let alone a restaurant.

Before she knows it, she’s up to her neck in trouble, fielding complaints from a snobby food vlogger, serving cold chicken noodle soup, handling the eccentricities of the local baker’s club and… dealing with murder cases?

The mysteries are mounting, and they all revolve around her according to the local detective.

With so much to lose, her aunt’s café included, Sunny has to figure out whodunit before it’s too late.

Anonymously Yours (affiliate link)

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Author: McCann, Shirley
Amateur Sleuth Mysteries
Denise tries to do the right thing. She returns a lost wallet and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. To make things worse she needs to solve the crime and stroke the ego of an inept private investigator who happens to be her Uncle Bob. Don’t miss the fun.
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Author: Sehgal, Megha
Japanese Cooking
Are you a fan of Japanese cuisine but don’t want to spend a lot of money eating at a pricey, high-end restaurant?
Would you like to make yourself joyful every day without spending a lot of time in the kitchen?
Ramen is a type of Japanese noodle dish that is made with wheat-based noodles in broth, usually flavored with soy sauce or miso. Ramen can be served hot or cold and is typically topped with a variety of ingredients such as sliced pork, seaweed, boiled egg, and green onions. There are many different types of ramen dishes that vary by region and taste preferences.
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Author: Fayman, Corey Lynn
Private Investigator Mysteries

Rolly Waters has many reasons to regret going out for Mexican food at 2:30 in the morning. Not least because then he would never have met dance-club DJ Macy Starr – possibly the most infuriating and secretive client he has ever taken on.

Macy Starr wants Rolly to find out what happened to the young woman she knew as Aunt Betty, the woman who rescued her as a child and then disappeared without trace. The only clue she has to go on is a curious one-stringed guitar.

Rolly’s investigation leads to a weird world of alien-obsessed cults, a strange desert hideaway known as Slab City – and to a 20-year-old unsolved murder case. But how can he solve the mystery if he can’t even trust his own client?

The Pact (affiliate link)

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Author: Bolton, Sharon
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Psychological Thrillers

A golden summer, and six talented teenagers are looking forward to the brightest of futures – until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, leaving three strangers dead.

18-year-old Megan takes the blame for the crime, leaving her friends to get on with their lives. In return, they each agree to a ‘favour’, payable on her release from prison.

Twenty years later Megan is free.
It is payback time.
And her friends start disappearing, one by one . . .

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Author: Hale, Jenny
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Contemporary Women’s Fiction

All that Meghan Gray has left of her beloved Pappy is his cottage on the edge of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Longing to feel close to her grandfather, she returns to the golden sands of Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks for the summer, clutching the manilla envelope he gifted her tightly in her hand.

On her first night on the sun-drenched island, she meets brooding Toby Meyers, a local businessman. She might feel lost without Pappy, but looking into Toby’s sparkling blue eyes feels like coming home.

The beach house where she spent her childhood is just how she remembers: a shingled bungalow with two rocking chairs on the porch and shutters on the windows. As Meghan strolls along the sand with Toby, breathing in the salty air, she realizes she is making new memories…

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Author: Shea, Brian
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Hard-Boiled Mysteries

The crime sent shockwaves through the entire city.

But for Boston homicide detective Michael Kelly, the case hits particularly close to home.

Kelly was born and raised only a few blocks from where the girl’s body was found. He still has friends living in the old neighborhood.

Some are cops.

Others run the Irish mob.

And when Kelly’s investigation uncovers a shocking conspiracy, he realizes that he’ll need to use all of his unique connections to solve the case.

Because Kelly is determined to bring the killer to justice.

Whatever the cost…

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Author: Deaver, Jeffery
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

When justice is on the line, the courtroom becomes a battleground for a prosecutor obsessed with victory, a defense attorney hired to thwart it and a wily defendant making a bid for freedom.

Steven Ross, a family man from a small midwestern town, has been arrested for murder. Evidence suggests he’s an accomplice of the sadistic killer Paul Offenbach. County district attorney Evan Quill believes in his heart that Ross is guilty, but as the trial unfolds, doubts emerge. He presses forward anyway, in a legal fencing match against a brilliant big-city defense attorney. Will Quill’s uncompromising beliefs put an innocent man in jail? Or will a misstep let a killer go free?

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Author: Jenoff, Pam
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Historical Mystery

Ten years ago, U.S. State Department intelligence officer Jordan Weiss’s idyllic experience as a graduate student at Cambridge was shattered when her boyfriend Jared drowned in the River Cam. She swore she’d never go back—until a terminally ill friend asks her to return. Jordan attempts to settle into her new life, taking on an urgent mission beside rakish agent Sebastian Hodges. Just when she thinks there’s hope for a fresh start, a former college classmate tells her that Jared’s death was not an accident—he was murdered.

Jordan quickly learns that Jared’s research into World War II had uncovered a shameful secret, but powerful forces with everything to lose will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Soon, Jordan finds herself in grave peril as she struggles to find the answers that lie treacherously close to home, the truth that threatens to change her life forever, and the love that makes it all worth fighting for. Fast-paced and impossible to put down, Almost Home establishes Pam Jenoff as one of the best new writers in the genre.

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Author: Coates, Darcy
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Horror Suspense

Homeless, hunted, and desperate to escape a bitter storm, Keira takes refuge in an abandoned groundskeeper’s cottage. Her new home is tucked away at the edge of a cemetery, surrounded on all sides by gravestones: some recent, some hundreds of years old, all suffering from neglect.

And in the darkness, she can hear the unquiet dead whispering.

The cemetery is alive with faint, spectral shapes, led by a woman who died before her time…and Keira, the only person who can see her, has become her new target. Determined to help put the ghost to rest, Keira digs into the spirit’s past life with the help of unlikely new friends, and discovers a history of deception, ill-fated love, and murder.

But the past is not as simple as it seems, and Keira’s time is running out. Tangled in a dangerous web, she has to find a way to free the spirit…even if it means offering her own life in return.

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