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Private Detective Thriller

A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes been viciously poked out?

Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn’t know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems.

Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders?

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Author: Mayer, Bob
Historical Thrillers

The 4th of July 1826. As Thomas Jefferson lies dying, he gives his part of his Jefferson Cipher to Edgar Allen Poe, with instructions to take the disks to West Point. In Massachusetts, John Adams entrusts his part of the Cipher to Colonel Thayer, the superintendent of the Military Academy. As Thayer rides away, Adams utters his final words: “Thomas Jefferson survives.”

In the present, Green Beret Paul Ducharme has been recalled from Afghanistan after the ‘accidental’ death of his best friend, the son of one of the Philosophers. While Ducharme is visiting his friend’s gravesite in Arlington, an old man is executed by a member from the Society of Cincinnati known as the Surgeon, who is seeking to gather all the pieces of the cipher. In a nearby restaurant, former CIA and now Curator at Monticello, Evie Tolliver, waits anxiously for her mentor to arrive, but he’s killed by the same assassin at the Zero Milestone. His heart and the Philosopher’s head are displayed as a grisly message on top of the stone, echoing Jefferson’s famous head-heart letter.

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Author: Anslinger, Kate
Crime Thrillers

Detective Grace McKenna has a gift. When she looks into the eyes of criminals, she is inundated with glimpses of their crimes.

Grace finds herself face to face with a school principal holding on to a haunting past. When Grace makes eye contact with Principal Jack Whittaker on a routine visit to an elementary school, she is confronted with visions of a disturbed woman who is struggling to convey a message. In Never Tell, flashes of a heavily made-up face, a red rope that seems to lead to nowhere, and a rainy night in a familiar field, take Grace to places outside of Bridgeton to solve a crime that she hopes will help heal the town. Armed with the few clues that she has from a missing person case in the eighties, Grace untangles the mystery alongside a questionable witness.

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Author: Quinn, Victoria
Romantic Suspense

Diesel Hunt.

I’ve seen his name in Forbes. Seen his face on NBC.

A handsome billionaire who always gets what he wants.

God, what a cliche…

But then he sets his sights on my business, a failing publishing house that he can flip with his magic fingers.

I won’t sell. I have my reasons…mostly personal.

But this man doesn’t understand the word no…doesn’t know how to look up the definition on, apparently.

So he decides to destroy me instead.

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Author: Fullmer, Kirsten
Cozy Mystery

A cozy mountain town, a sweet romance, and a secret society of sneaky women.

The sleepy hamlet of Sugar Mountain harbors a secret society of women. Don’t misunderstand—the society itself is not secret—it’s the true nature of the group that is hush-hush.

Sugar Mountain is the kind of charming village that tourists adore. If you like small-town charm, quirky shops, and local art, this is the place for you. But when a blood smeared package shows up at the post office and it appears to be linked to a scheme that threatens Heidi Collinsworth’s historic home, the town takes on a sinister vibe. Heidi would lay odds that slimy Mayor Winslow is involved, but even with the enquiring skills of The Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society at work, proof is scarce.

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Author: Newton, Jessie
Women’s Sagas

These five best friends made a Summer Sand Pact as teens and have only kept it once or twice—until they reunite decades later and renew their agreement to meet in Five Island Cove every summer.

Alice Kelton’s marriage is in shambles, and while she’s always thought she’d stay with her husband, after her last visit to the cove, she went back to the Hamptons and filed for divorce. She and her twins are moving to Rocky Ridge in Five Island Cove permanently, but she’s not telling anyone.

Robin’s husband is in Alaska for the summer, and she’s pretending she’s okay.

Eloise comes back to the cove every couple of weeks so she can see her new boyfriend, though she’s growing tired of the distance between them.

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Yorkshire Crime Thrillers

Devoted wife and mother-of-two Sue Cuttersby has been brutally hacked to death in her garden with a claw hammer. The following day, a second body is found. Dumped on the premises of the local vet. Detective Carol Wren finds herself on the trail of a depraved serial killer — and it’s the last person you’d expect . . .

Local fisherman Ortun Bevan is found tethered to the railings at the end of the pier — dead. The local fishing community are unwilling to talk to outsiders and it’s proving impossible for Detective Carol Wren to make any headway. Until she discovers her new neighbour’s been burgled — and there’s a connection between the theft and Ortun’s murder. But as Carol delves further, she uncovers another unsolved killing and a series of sinister secrets stretching back more than fifty years. Will old crimes lead to new murder . . . ?

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Author: Clark, Mary Higgins
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Private Investigator Mysteries

At a party in Manhattan, Maggie Holloway—one of the fashion world’s most successful photographers—is thrilled to be reunited with her beloved stepmother. A widow now, Nuala Moore is equally delighted to see her long-lost stepdaughter, and she invites Maggie to spend a few weeks at her home in Newport, Rhode Island. But when Maggie arrives, she finds Nuala murdered, apparently by a burglar.

Heartbroken, Maggie is stunned to learn she had inherited Nuala’s stunning Victorian home…and horrified when she begins to suspect that Nuala’s death was not random but part of a diabolical plot conceived by a twisted mind. When Nuala’s dear old friend, Greta Shipley, dies suddenly of supposedly natural causes, Maggie is convinced that there is a link between these two and other recent deaths among the older women of Newport. What she doesn’t realize is that she has now become a target for the killer as well, and that each clue she uncovers brings her closer to an unimaginable fate.

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Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
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Enemies to Lovers Romance

Independent and strong-willed Philadelphia Fox recently inherited shares in a family-run business. But she is not a member of the powerful Lightfoot clan and they want those shares back. When it becomes clear that Philadelphia can’t be bought the Lightfoots move on to Plan B — they send Nick, the dangerously sexy heir, to convince her to give up the shares. But Phila has plans of her own and she has no intention of allowing herself to be charmed out of her inheritance.

Sparks will smolder and fly but these two opposites may find they have more in common than they think.

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Author: Raymond, Andrew
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Scottish Detective Mystery

A stolen child. A killer stalking the streets of Glasgow. A troubled detective running out of time.

Five years ago, DCI John Lomond led the search for notorious Glasgow child-killer ‘The Sandman’, until personal tragedy forced him off the case.

In Lomond’s absence, the killer was never found.

Now, with nothing but work left in his life, Lomond remains obsessed with the case – despite the nightmares it brings.

When a child is abducted in similar Sandman fashion from an affluent Glasgow suburb, Lomond is brought in to find them before it’s too late.

But the only forensic evidence belongs to a little girl who was abducted and murdered twenty years ago.

Could the Sandman’s identity lie buried in the coldest of cold cases? Or is a new killer about to claim their first victim?

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Author: Kinsley, Erin
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Police Procedurals

When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare.
Especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers. But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again.

DI Naylor knows that unless those who took Evan are caught, other children are in danger. And with Evan silent, she must race against time to find those responsible…

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Author: Glatte, Chris
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Historical World War II Fiction

As World War II begins, the Cooper family is thrust headlong into the fray, where they must face the ultimate test of courage—from the home front to the battlefield.

It’s 1941. Clyde and Abigail Cooper are happy newlyweds. She’s from Seattle’s upper crust, and he’s from the wrong side of the tracks. Yet the two are deeply in love. All Clyde wants is to give Abby the life she deserves.

But his plans are dashed with the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

However much he loves his new wife, Clyde can’t ignore his duty to serve. His cousin Shawn Cooper enlisted months before, anticipating the coming war. He regales Clyde with his experiences with a fledgling, experimental US Army unit known as the paratroopers. Soon Clyde enlists with plans for the Airborne, hoping the longer training cycle will outlast the war…

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