Current Recommendations for Booklovers— Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Hunt for Justice: Judge Willa Carson Books 1 & 2 by Diane Capri

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When Judge Willa Carson's "little sister" Carly is in trouble, she's forced to ask Willa for help. When Carly becomes the number one suspect in the murder of a prominent plastic surgeon, Willa risks everything to uncover the conspiracy and keep Carly alive. Can she do it? War hero General Randall Andrews has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court and Willa's husband George Carson leads the fight to defeat him. Until George is arrested for Andrews' murder and Willa pulls out all the stops to free her husband. Can Willa defeat the powerful forces against him or will her beloved George die on death row? Free Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google

The Perfect Neighbor by Blake Pierce

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In an exclusive and wealthy neighborhood in Manhattan Beach, a new neighbor moves into a luxury home—only to be found dead soon thereafter. The case brings Jessie into another wealthy beach town, evoking bad memories of her marriage and forcing her to confront her own demons—while trying to unmask the lies of this seemingly perfect town. Making matters worse, Jessie’s husband is now out of prison—and a potential threat to her once more. $5.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google

The Ghostly Grounds: Murder and Breakfast by Sophie Love

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Marie Fortune, a successful dog groomer, has had enough of catering to the wealthy and their pampered dogs. Realizing it is time to make a change, she quits and heads to a small coastal town where she remembers fond summers as a kid. Marie expects to go for a brief getaway - and is shocked to learn that her great-aunt left her a dilapidated, historic house overlooking the harbor. Marie feels an instant connection and decides to renovate and give it a second life as a B&B. But there is one thing she couldn’t have planned for: the house is haunted. Free Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google

A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

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Assassin Alex works for a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Special Agent Mallory has spent years hunting the monster who abducted her identical twin sister. Now, during an ongoing serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there's a vigilante operating outside the law. As soon as Alex and Mallory meet the two fall in love, but the lies that define Alex threaten to destroy them both-especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target. Free Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple / Google

His Hands were Quiet by P. D. Workman

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He’s better off dead anyway. Hired to investigate the death of an autistic boy in a treatment facility, PI Zachary Goldman is concerned about the therapies he sees there. While he is assured that the children there are not actually being hurt, his investigation leads to the discovery of even deeper institutional abuses. Battling the ghosts of his own past, Zachary fights to uncover the facility’s dark secrets and to get as many children as he can out of harm’s way. $2.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo

Aged for Death by Fiona Grace

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Olivia Glass, 34, turns her back on her life as a high-powered executive in Chicago and relocates to Tuscany, determined to start a new, simpler life—and to grow her own vineyard. Olivia is falling in love with the Tuscan life and the gorgeous Tuscan scenery, especially as she travels to visit Pisa. Yet when the winery she works for auctions off a rare and expensive bottle of wine—and when someone turns up dead—Olivia must draw on her strength as a sommelier to get to the bottom of the murder. $3.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Apple

The Girl Who Caught Fire by Lorna Dounaeva

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They set fire to me and left me for dead. They thought I had perished but I survived. I will never forgot the ones who tried to break me. And when the time is right, I will reveal myself. I will have my revenge. The Girl who Caught Fire is the fourth novel in the McBride Vendetta psychological thriller series. $0.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo


The Gorge by Ronald M. Berger

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Someone who knows every foot of the Adirondack Mountains backcountry is stalking those who are attempting to run the Gorge as the river reaches flood stage. Richard Carlyle, a former raft guide and veteran criminologist working with state and local police, is desperately searching for the person who has murdered two people already. Tracking the killer to a remote cabin in the Gorge, Carlyle confronts an ecoterrorist with a grudge against anyone who dares to invade his territory. $3.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo


The House of Nodens by Sam Gafford

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In 1975, young Bill Simmons is the new kid in New Milford. Bullied and struggling for acceptance, he meets four other boys who form the ‘the Cemetery League,’ a group devoted to the weird, exotic and bizarre in movies, comics and television. Each boy carried his own secrets, which combined to come to a violent and fiery conclusion in a lonely Connecticut forest. Now, nearly forty years later, the events of that night come back to haunt Bill Simmons as, one by one, the members of the Cemetery League are targeted by an unknown force that may have unnatural links to their past. Starting at $8 Kindle / Dark Regions Press

The Bouncer by David Gordon

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Joe Brody is your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mother stuck at a desk manning the hotline. Their storylines intersect over a tip from a cokehead that leads to a crackdown on Gio’s strip joint in Queens and Joe’s arrest. Outside the jailhouse, the Fed and the bouncer lock eyes, as Gordon launches them both headlong into a nonstop plot that goes from back-road gun show intervention to high-stakes perfume heist. Starting at $9.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google

Crescent City Moon: Book 1 in the Crescent City Series by Nola Nash

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In 1820s New Orleans, Zéolie Cheval discovers the body of her father murdered in his bed. When the priest sent to comfort her is killed while the house is swarming with police, Zéolie becomes entangled in a web of mystery. Officer Louis Saucier, who is losing his heart to Zéolie and his grip on reality, helps her find the pieces to her puzzle. After opening the family crypt to find it uninhabited, Zéolie realizes that her father lied about her mother’s death – amongst other things. Zéolie must come to terms with magic she inherited from her grandmother and the price that comes with it. $4.99 Kindle

Some Kind of Monster by Tim Waggoner

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Throughout her life, Angie has lost loved ones to stupid, meaningless deaths. As an adult she begins researching urban legends, hoping to find proof that something exists beyond our mundane world. Is there magic? Is there an existence beyond this life? Is there any kind of meaning to it all even if that meaning is a dark one? In the end, Angie will get her answer, and she'll learn that reality isn't just darker than she thinks: It's some kind of monster. Starting at $2.25 Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google / Apex Book Company

The Jones Men by Vern Smith

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An all-out drug war explodes in 1970s Detroit when a young Vietnam veteran decides to rip off heroin kingpin Willis McDaniel. In the chaos, rival outfits, the Mafia, and even junkies themselves try to step in to fill the void while one lone assassin tries to hunt them all down—and one determined cop tries to stop it all. Starting at $7.49 Rosarium / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / Google

This Darkness Got To Give by Dave Housley

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A vampire determined to fly below the governmental radar, Cain has carefully constructed his life into one of sheep’s blood and self-control. Drugs aren’t really his thing considering the circumstances, but it only takes one dose from a stranger for Cain’s world to collapse around him and end in what he’d been determined to avoid: murder. Bodies mount behind Cain as his control frays ever further, and more than one government agency takes notice. Starting at $2.99 Kindle / Nook / Kobo

The Boke of the Divill by Reggie Oliver

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The ancient city of Morchester with its Dreaming Spires, its gently flowing river Orr, winding through water meadows, its fine old cathedral and close where the rooks caw in immemorial elms as they have done for centuries… A tranquil English scene – but is it? Under the surface dark and terrible things are stirring. A serial killer is on the loose… The Dean is having guilty nightmares… A long dead Bishop of Morchester appears in his choir stall at evensong… A mysterious ring disappears from the cathedral museum… A famous composer is beginning his long descent into Hell… Starting at $8 from Dark Regions / Amazon

Chimera Catalyst: Book One of the Finder Series by Susan Kuchinskas

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When Finder is hired to locate charismatic, green-haired Miraluna Rose, it seems like an easy job. Crack into corporate databases, brew up some biologics to enhance his thinking, and get the job done with the help of the Parrot, a bird/dog chimera with the finest traits of both species. The search takes Finder and the Parrot to the sun-broiled streets of Laxangeles, the canals of Seattle and the weirdly mutated vegetation of the Area. It turns out that it's not a simple missing-person case after all. This exciting adventure is a must read for anyone concerned about where our world and humanity is possibly headed… Starting at $0.99 from Amazon / Kobo

Firefly by Henry Porter

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From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and to safety. Codenamed “Firefly,” he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Starting at $7.66 from Amazon / Kobo / Google Play

The Ramadan Drummer by Randolph Splitter

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In this story about clashing values and the search for connection in a multicultural world, the drummer wakes the faithful during Ramadan in the Muslim neighborhood of Little Mecca, but wakes nonbelievers too. As anti-Muslim activists picket, shots ring out and a child is wounded. During the course of his investigation, police detective Ezra Kaufman meets reporter Aisha Hassan, an observant though liberal-minded Muslim who is covering the story. At a party, the young daughter of a prominent Muslim family initiates a sexual encounter with an older teenage boy. Somebody posts photos of the incident on Facebook, and the girl disappears. Ezra and Aisha get involved. $2.99 from Amazon


Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales of Michael Shea by Michael Shea

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For more than thirty years, Michael Shea has been making his own distinctive contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos devised by H. P. Lovecraft. The much-reprinted “Fat Face” takes us into the seedy underworld of prostitutes and drug dealers in San Francisco, while other tales such as “Dagoniad,” “Copping Squid,” and “Tsathoggua” vividly meld Lovecraftian cosmic horror with the contemporary world of California. The title story, “Demiurge,” is a previously unpublished novella that draws upon Lovecraft’s tales of psychic possession in its chilling portrayal of a nameless monster who may be the harbinger of the overthrow of the entire human race. Starting at $9.00 from Dark Regions Press / Amazon

Evening in the Yellow Wood by Laura Kemp

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Abandoned by an eccentric father on the eve of her twelfth birthday, Justine has lived with unanswered questions. Ten years later she leaves her life in Michigan and heads north to the mysterious town of Lantern Creek after seeing his picture in a local newspaper. When a local girl who looks like Justine is mysteriously murdered, she joins forces with sheriff's deputy Dylan Locke to capture the killer. The more they dig for clues, the closer they come to discovering a secret someone will kill to protect. Justine begins to show signs of supernatural power and eventually must stop an immortal enemy that has hunted her family for generations. $2.99 from Amazon


Nightmare's Realm: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic by S. T. Joshi

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Dreams and nightmares—what Ambrose Bierce called “visions of the night”—are the basis of some of the greatest weird fiction in literary history. The unruly images that torment us in sleep are usually dispelled by the coming of day—but can they be dismissed so easily? Do nightmares have some impalpable reality that can affect our daily lives, the lives of those around us, and perhaps the very fabric of the universe? This volume contains seventeen original stories by some of the leading contemporary writers of weird fiction. Starting at $7.99 from Amazon / Dark Regions Press


The Bath Salts Journals: Volume One by Alisse Lee Goldenberg

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A mysterious virus has infected much of the world's population, turning them into flesh-craving zombies. As people die from what the media call "drug-fuelled Bath Salts attacks" one young mother sees what is truly happening beneath the lies, and with her good friends Xuan and Olivia, takes matters into her own hands to keep her family safe. Day by day, Bath Salts tells of their escape to the arctic tundra, and their desperate attempt to survive the elements, zombie attacks, and armed bandits with their humanity intact. $0.99 from Amazon

The Woman in the Blue Cloak by Deon Meyer

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Early on a May morning in South Africa, a woman’s body is discovered on a stone wall beside a highway outside of Cape Town. The investigation stalls, so the case is referred to Captains Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido. The woman is an American named Alicia Lewis, an expert in old Dutch Masters paintings. Discovering the two men she contacted before coming to South Africa reveals what she was seeking—a rare painting by Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt’s finest student. But how Lewis died, why, and at whose hand shocks even the two veteran detectives, in this compact jewel of a thriller from a multiple award-winning author. Starting at $9.99 from Amazon / Kobo / Google Play / 


The Awful Truth About The Sushing Prize by Marco Ocram

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Author Marco Ocram has a supernaturally reckless way with words. And when a corpse is discovered in the local shipyard, he can’t help but write himself into a true-crime mystery. Frantically scribbling each line to assist his best friend the police chief in solving the case, the hapless author accidentally invites the attention of a dangerous criminal gang. And after he’s abducted and stuffed into a car trunk, he’s horrified to discover his crazy characters have taken on their own homicidal existence. Paralyzed by a terminal bout of writer’s block, he fears hitting a very dead end. Starting at $6.95 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

 

 


The Coronation by Boris Akunin

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After five years abroad building up a business as something of a private investigator, the handsome, stuttering Fandorin is back in Moscow—and on a case that entangles him with the highest echelons of Romanov royalty. When kidnappers take a Grand Duke's son on the eve of the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and demand a large diamond from the royal scepter as ransom, it's up to Fandorin to find the boy before the coronation. Starting at $7.38 from Amazon / Google Play / 
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