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Author: Marsons, Angela
Crime Thriller

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood…

Years later, a headmistress is found strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed.

Detective Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades. As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?

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Author: Ainsley, Emma
Cozy Mystery

Sometimes a life change…
Can toss you into deep water.
Nail salon owner, Lorelei Baker, is more than ready for a change after her divorce. So, when her cousin, Carolina Hart – heroine of the Hart Times Cozy Mysteries series – tells her about a job possibility, she jumps at the chance.

Becoming a kitchen manager on a river cruise boat wasn’t something she’d ever dreamed she’d do, but it couldn’t be much more dramatic than running a nail salon…could it?

Lorelei dives right into the position and gets along with everyone onboard, with one exception. There’s a busybody activities director, who thinks she runs the entire ship, and refuses to see it any other way.

When the busybody goes overboard, the staff doesn’t know if it was accidental or intentional. Unfortunately, knowing the contentious nature of the woman’s relationship with Lorelei, all eyes turn toward the new kid in town.

Feeling like she’s in over her head, Lorelei becomes the next target. Left with no other choice, and fearing for her life, she uses her finely tuned problem-solving skills to try to catch the killer.

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Author: Seabrook, Amanda
Historical Regency Romance

In the stifling confines of her aunt’s neglect, Lady Louise Price yearns for freedom and love. After losing her parents, she finds herself trapped in a life devoid of affection, isolated by her aunt’s controlling nature. Desperate to escape, Louise clings to the hope of finding someone who will cherish her despite her flaws. When fate leads her to the Earl of Chesterfield, she dares to believe that happiness might finally be within reach.

Can she overcome the barriers of society and her own past to embrace this hope?

Charles Simmons, Earl of Chesterfield, burdened by the weight of his wife’s sudden death, never imagined love could find him again. Left to raise his twin children alone, he resigns himself to a life without romance. When he meets Louise though, her warmth and kindness chip away at the walls he has built around his heart. Despite the vast difference in their ages, Charles finds himself drawn to her in ways he never thought possible.

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Author: DeSousa, Carmen
Romantic Suspense

Sam Belgarde never wanted to be the head of his family’s search & rescue team, but when life dumps responsibilities in your lap, you either run away or step up. He stepped up. He also never wanted to be a hero, but he and his search dogs can sense danger a mile away…

So when a bigwig fight promoter needs someone to search for his missing fiancée, Sam’s more than a little reluctant. His family’s company is in financial trouble, though, so if searching for a spoiled socialite will save it, then he’s willing to break the rules — just this once.

After witnessing a murder, Nora Molina needs to get away fast, and her best hope to escape without her passport is Alaska. A native of Argentina, Nora’s accustomed to harsh winters and high elevation, so she gets more than a little irritated when some tracker thinks she needs rescuing. Even if he is get-out sexy. And even if he’s the guy she stood up before leaving town. It’s going to be a long few days.

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Author: Langton, Lucy
Historical Regency Romance
Alone in the world with her only relative being a patronizing sister, Alicia Ramsbury feels trapped in London’s high society. Even though this is her safe, familiar environment, a part of her is missing. While she is desperately trying to find herself in a place far away from home, she ends up in distress, when her carriage is violently wrecked. Thankfully a vigorous man appears to rescue her and she instantly knows that accepting the seductive stranger’s offer for temporary hospitality is her only option. However, little did she know that the most passionate and fulfilling chapter of her life was about to begin…

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Author: Wyatt, Carol
Lesbian Romance

When 29-year-old Heather agrees to spend a weekend posing as her best friend Megan’s girlfriend, she anticipates a light-hearted escape from the relentless pace of New York City. However, the quaint Pennsylvania countryside holds a startling revelation: Megan’s aunt is the captivating 47-year-old Vanessa, the same woman with whom Heather shared an unforgettable night at a city bar.

Engulfed in the festivities of a family vow renewal, Heather is propelled into the role of Megan’s loving partner. Simultaneously, her genuine attraction to Vanessa grows, making each moment an intricate dance of stolen glances and suppressed desires. The age gap between them only heightens the tension, as they navigate the blurred lines of their unexpected reunion.

As Heather finds herself more entangled in the deception, her struggle to maintain loyalty to Megan intensifies her internal conflict. Torn between her burgeoning feelings for Vanessa and her commitment to her friend, Heather faces the challenge of balancing truth and desire.

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Author: Lane, Soraya M.
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Historical Romance

When journalist Ella Franks is unmasked as a woman writing under a male pseudonym, she loses her job. But having risked everything to write, she refuses to be silenced and leaps at the chance to become a correspondent in war-torn France.

Already entrenched in the thoroughly male arena of war reporting is feisty American photojournalist Danni Bradford. Together with her best friend and partner, Andy, she is determined to cover the events unfolding in Normandy. And to discover the whereabouts of Andy’s flighty sister, Vogue model Chloe, who has followed a lover into the French Resistance.

When trailblazing efforts turn to tragedy, Danni, Ella and Chloe are drawn together, and soon form a formidable team. Each woman is determined to follow her dreams “no matter what,” and to make her voice heard over the noise of war.

Europe is a perilous place, with danger at every turn. They’ll need to rely on each other if they are to get their stories back, and themselves out alive. Will the adventure and love they find be worth the journey of their lives?

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Author: Marsh, Ngaio
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International Mystery & Crime

The first three Inspector Roderick Alleyn novels, slightly surreal, English-village comedy-mystery.

A Man Lay Dead: During a country-house party between the two world wars, servants bustle, gin flows, and the host, Sir Hubert Handesley, has invented a new and especially exciting version of that beloved parlor entertainment, The Murder Game . . .

Enter a Murderer: A policeman in the audience sees an all-too-real death scene on a London stage in a mystery “good enough to satisfy the most critical reader of detective stories” (The New York Times).

The Nursing Home Murder: A Member of Parliament has unexpectedly died on a visit the hospital, and any number of people could be suspects, including a sour surgeon, a besotted nurse, a resentful wife, and a cabinet full of political rivals . . .

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Author: Brown, Gary Winston
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Kidnapping Thrillers

Follow the adventures of psychic FBI Special Agent Jordan Quest and her partner, Special Agent Chris Hanover, in this action-packed series as they track down serial killers, kidnappers, and murderers. Part psychic thriller, part police procedural, the Jordan Quest FBI psychic thriller series is full of complex crimes, twists and turns, and page-turning suspense guaranteed to keep you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of FBI and police mystery thriller books and television shows!

Since childhood, Jordan Quest has used her profound abilities to help law enforcement close seemingly unsolvable cases. Now an adult, she must rely on them to solve the most significant case of her life.

The FBI does not believe in the use of psychics to solve crimes, or so they claim. But when the daughters of FBI Director Andrew Dunn disappear without a trace and not even the best agents in the Bureau can find them, Jordan’s name immediately comes to mind. Dunn asks her to lead the investigation, an offer she accepts.

When Jordan uses her special abilities to read the personal effects belonging to Dunn’s daughters, she is met with a disturbing vision. She can see the damp, dark place where the two women are being held and the shackles that bind them.

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Author: Parks, G.K., Archer, Elisa
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Mystery Romance

The morning Detective Michael Riley sauntered into my life with his fitted t-shirt, two days’ worth of stubble, and that shiny badge, I knew he was trouble with a capital T. And trouble always found me.

Officer Lexie Sarconi has spent years working as a decoy for vice. But after helping bust a serial killer, she wants to transfer back to patrol to sort some things out, except Detective Riley needs her help.

A string of robberies and home invasions has the gangs unit stumped. They suspect a motorcycle club is behind the thefts. Unfortunately, without evidence, there’s little the police can do to stop this current crime spree. But when the latest home invasion puts a woman in the hospital, Riley and Lexie come up with a new plan.

However, shifting from defense to offense puts a target on their backs that they can’t easily shake. With an entire gang bearing down on them, Lexie and Riley will have to rely on each other to survive. But can she trust her new partner with her life and her heart?

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Author: Taylor, Stephen
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Historical Mysteries

After two centuries, a Georgian maid’s shocking story has finally come to light…

Historian James Postlethwaite comes across a series of journals started in the 18th century belonging to Lord and Lady Carlisle of Elloughton Park in Nottinghamshire. Among the archives, he is surprised to also find the diaries of Ginny Farmer, a cinder maid.

Excited by the fresh perspectives the documents offer, James immediately acquires them for his university.

As he reads the diaries, it becomes apparent that Ginny was involved in a long-buried scandal. Enthralled by her tragic story and admiring her courage and resourcefulness, he sets about discovering her fate.

The journals take him on a turbulent journey from a Bristol orphanage to the seedy underbelly of Georgian London. And as James delves deeper into Ginny’s shocking testimonies, the past soon begins to chime eerily with the present…

What really happened to Ginny? How did her diaries end up at Elloughton Park?

The Promise of Forever (affiliate link)

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Author: Harris, Brooke
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Sisters Fiction

It’s a celebration, but Dee McKenna’s heart is breaking.

The potatoes for the family lunch are half-peeled and forgotten in the kitchen, and Dee is upstairs, clutching a fragile boat made of folded paper. The tears won’t stop as she thinks about Sean, Fionn and Oisin. The three O’Connell boys who over the last twenty years, changed her life forever.

The one she loved, the one she married, and the one who died…

Be mesmerised by this deep, emotional and completely heartbreaking story about lives intertwined over twenty years. A story about second chances and the strength of love that will have you destroying the tissues. Perfect for fans of Paige Toon, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.

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