Crime Drama

 

Annie Rose Alexander

Retribution

ISBN: 9781940758008

Trade Paperback

No. of Pages: 261

Police Procedural, Thriller

An NFL Linebacker, Brian Williams, is found dead in the middle of the street in the nation’s capital. In the following weeks more famous athletes are found murdered, each in a different way. The police and FBI are stumped. Homicide detectives Ariel Summers and Paul Costello are brought in to investigate. Ariel’s private investigator boyfriend, Jason Steel, is hired by William’s wife to find answers and is soon clashing with Ariel over the investigation and her arrest of his new client. But as the death toll continues to rise, the citizens of DC panic. When Ariel and Jason’s close friends and family members are threatened, they are forced to work together on a plan to trap the nation’s most dangerous and cold-blooded assassin.

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Penny Clover Petersen

Roses Are Dead My Love

ISBN: 9781940758039

Trade Paperback

No. of Pages: 216

Cozy mystery

Blackmail is an ugly word, but an even uglier deed. And dragging Mickey Mantle into it is just plain un-American, not to mention deadly. Things are going well for the Forrest sisters. Business is thriving. They have a handsome, slightly mysterious, new neighbor. And, best of all, they haven’t found a dead body in over six months. But under the spell of an early summer heatwave, Old Towne seems to be cursed. A dog house goes up in flames. The town has acquired an elusive jogger whose rather obscene indiscretions are frequent and obnoxious. Worst of all, there’s an extortionist at work. Suddenly, Daisy and Rose Forrest find themselves knee deep in the middle of a sinister blackmail scheme. When the post mistress turns up bludgeoned to death, Rose is attacked in her own home, and their beloved dog is brutally duct taped the sisters know they have to get to the bottom of it. With their extraordinary mother, Angela, at their side, the ladies take on the hunt for an invaluable baseball card, a malicious prankster, and a blackmailing killer.

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Penny Clover Petersen

Roses and Daisies and Death, Oh My!

ISBN: 0989369617

Trade Paperback

No. of Pages: 232

Cozy mystery

Nothing ruins a peaceful morning walk like finding a blood-spattered body. And Daisy Greene and Rose Forrest, sisters and co-owners of Champagne Taste, really need a peaceful morning walk. They have enough on their minds already. Christmas is right around the corner, business is brisk, and their little antiques district of Old Towne is being plagued with petty thievery and vandalism. Murder is just not in the game plan. And if finding bodies lying around walking trails isn’t enough to destroy a perfectly good day, Daisy’s ex-husband, state trooper Bill Greene, shows up to investigate the murder. Nosy by nature anyway, Daisy takes Bill’s presence as a challenge to find the murderer. When Daisy and Rose start asking questions things get hairier. Someone begins stalking them. Daisy receives threatening letters and is brutally attacked. Their determination grows when clues lead to a missing priceless diamond and the man Daisy is dating becomes the next victim. With the help of their eccentric mother, Angela, and their hormonally-exuberant dog, Malcolm, they follow the clues to catch a killer.

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Austin S. Camacho

Beyond Blue

ISBN: 9781940758909

Trade Paperback

No. of Pages: 282

Mystery & Detective/Private Investigators

Beyond Blue features a team of unique and intriguing detectives whose only purpose is to help police officers in trouble. The story follows four of the agency’s cases, which overlap and intersect: An undercover officer is in danger of really being drawn into a life of crime; a crooked lawyer is destroying police careers by making arresting officers appear to have violated criminals’ rights; a cop’s wife accuses him of abusing their daughter; and a retired police detective could lose his job in airport security because of drugs being smuggled in through JFK International. Pursuing these cases is a team of unique and intriguing detectives. The agency’s director, the enigmatic Paul Gorman, sits at the center of the action, pulling the strings to direct his team to solve their cases and cover each other.

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Jeff Markowitz

Death and White Diamonds

ISBN: 9781940758015

Trade Paperback 

No. of Pages: 254

Suspense, Thriller

Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right? Richie’s girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. So why can’t he remember what happened, when he finds her lifeless body on the beach? Richie is fairly certain he didn’t kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is clear. When Lorraine’s body is found, he’s going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. If her body is found. Disposing of the body turns out to be harder than Richie could have imagined. Losing it, however, is easy. Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven’t even gotten to the bad part yet.

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D.B. Corey

Chain of Evidence

ISBN: 9780989369602

Trade Paperback 

No. of Pages: 350

Police Procedural/thriller 

Chain of Evidence is the tale of Moby Truax, an aging cop working a serial killer case. The problem is, his career is over. Financially strapped, Truax struggles with the toll the years have taken as his new captain looks to justify replacing him. Truax recognizes that the MO has changed, and recent victims are suddenly younger, prettier. He disregards his captain’s orders and questions the evidence that points to a lone killer. He suspects a copycat, but to keep his job, he must convince his new commander by overcoming the only flaw in his theory–the evidence itself.

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Austin S. Camacho

Blood and Bone

ISBN: 0976218100

No. of Pages: 286

Mystery/Detective

An eighteen-year-old boy lies dying of leukemia. Kyle’s only hope is a bone marrow transplant, but no one in his wealthy Virginia family can safely supply it. His last chance lies in finding his father, a man who disappeared before he was born. Police and private investigators can find nothing on a trail eighteen years cold. Kyle’s family has nowhere to turn until they learn of a certain troubleshooter, a self-styled knight errant in dark glasses named Hannibal Jones. He has two weeks to find the missing man, but his search turns up much more: A woman who might be Kyle’s illegitimate sister, the woman who could be her mother, and the man who may have killed Kyle’s father. Hannibal follows a twisting, winding path of deception, conspiracy and greed, from Washington to Mexico, pursuing the truth. But with each step closer to it he gets, the danger grows.

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Austin S. Camacho

The Lost Art Assignment

ISBN: 1940758912

No. of Pages: 256

Mystery/Detective

An eighteen-year-old boy lies dying of leukemia. Kyle’s only hope is a bone marrow transplant, but no one in his wealthy Virginia family can safely supply it. His last chance lies in finding his father, a man who disappeared before he was born. Police and private investigators can find nothing on a trail eighteen years cold. Kyle’s family has nowhere to turn until they learn of a certain troubleshooter, a self-styled knight errant in dark glasses named Hannibal Jones. He has two weeks to find the missing man, but his search turns up much more: A woman who might be Kyle’s illegitimate sister, the woman who could be her mother, and the man who may have killed Kyle’s father. Hannibal follows a twisting, winding path of deception, conspiracy and greed, from Washington to Mexico, pursuing the truth. But with each step closer to it he gets, the danger grows.

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Patricia Hale

The Church of the Holy Child

ISBN: 1940758599

No. of Pages: 259

Mystery

A woman with a history of domestic abuse is reported missing and her husband is pulled in for questioning. A relationship of too little too late with the local police prompts her sister to contact a private investigator and the team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan take the case. When the woman is later found dead, her husband is charged as the likely killer. But with the discovery of a second body exhibiting the same lethal wounds and ties to a nearby women’s shelter, questions arise and what looked like a slam-dunk becomes anyone’s guess. The case goes to John Stark, head of the Criminal Investigations Department, a veteran cop and a close friend of Griff Cole. While bodies continue to surface, one person knows where the killer is. Father Francis, a priest at The Church of the Holy Child, listens to the killer’s disturbed account of each murder and wrestles with the vows that bind him to secrecy. When Cole’s ex-wife goes missing, the case takes an unexpected and personal turn and a connection to his past and the women’s shelter points to the killer.

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Patricia Hale

Durable Goods

ISBN: 

No. of Pages: 

Mystery

Detective John Stark approaches the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan with a postcard he’s sure is from his estranged daughter, Kira. She’s been listed as a runaway for three years by Portland, Maine police but John isn’t convinced that her continued absence is by choice. As Stark’s long-time friends, Cole and Callahan agree to look into the postcard marked only with the letters OK.

The postmark leads them to Oracles of the Kingdom, a farm where women sell fresh produce in return for a fresh start with God. But nothing smells right about the town so Britt goes undercover to look for Kira but once inside she realizes that Oracles of the Kingdom is not the refuge it appears. Forced to pose as a member of a prostitution ring and spirited across the Canadian border, Britt is suddenly on her own.

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Michael A. Black

Blood Trails

ISBN: 1940758564

No. of Pages: 394

Thriller

An eighteen-year-old boy lies dying of leukemia. Kyle’s only hope is a bone marrow transplant, but no one in his wealthy Virginia family can safely supply it. His last chance lies in finding his father, a man who disappeared before he was born. Police and private investigators can find nothing on a trail eighteen years cold. Kyle’s family has nowhere to turn until they learn of a certain troubleshooter, a self-styled knight errant in dark glasses named Hannibal Jones. He has two weeks to find the missing man, but his search turns up much more: A woman who might be Kyle’s illegitimate sister, the woman who could be her mother, and the man who may have killed Kyle’s father. Hannibal follows a twisting, winding path of deception, conspiracy and greed, from Washington to Mexico, pursuing the truth. But with each step closer to it he gets, the danger grows.

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Chris Bauer

Jane’s Baby

ISBN: 978-1940758770

No. of Pages: 298

Mystery

Whatever happened to Jane Roe’s baby? Norma McCorvey, of Caddo-Comanche heritage, did not terminate the pregnancy that led her to become the anonymous plaintiff of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court women’s rights case Roe v Wade because in 1971, when the motion was first argued, abortion in the U.S. was illegal. The Jane Roe real-life child would now be a woman in her late forties, the potential of her polarizing celebrity unknown to her. A religious rights splinter group has blackmailed its way into learning the identity of the Roe baby, the product of a closed adoption. To what end, only a new Supreme Court case will reveal. Tourette’s-afflicted K9 bounty hunter Judge Drury, a Marine, stands in the way of the splinter group’s attempt at stacking the Supreme Court via blackmail, murder, arson, sleight of hand, and secret identities.

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Patricia Hale

Scar Tissue

ISBN:978-1940758855

No. of Pages: 194

Mystery

Ashley Lambert jumped eighteen stories to her death. It’s a clear-cut suicide. And Ashley’s parents want to know why their flawless daughter would take her life. They’ve hired the PI team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan to find the answers. When the investigation leads to performance enhancing drugs and blackmail, Ashley’s coaches, peers and even her parents come into question. The disturbing truth is testimony to the lines that are crossed, and risks taken…in the name of love. Meanwhile, when Britt sees the bruising on her neighbor’s arm she can’t let it go, and is working overtime to bring to light the violent behavior next door. The neighbor, Rhea McKenzie, has a secret. Bruises aren’t the only thing she’s hiding. When an off-hand comment discloses a connection to Ashley Lambert the two cases become entwined, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Britt is sucked into an alliance with Rhea and forced to make decisions that challenge her ethics, threaten her relationship and in the end, may cost her everything.

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Lanny Larcinese

I Detest All My Sins

ISBN: 978-1940758800

No. of Pages: 254

Mystery

Bill Conlon’s Jesuit vocation got trumped by his lust for a high school girl. It caught him a stretch at Graterford Prison and led to his kid brother’s suicide. When Bill saw his young friend Mikey get shanked in the yard of Graterford, Bill’s guilt came into high relief. Getting Mikey’s killer would make everything right. Or would it? After his release, Bill stalks Deadly Eddie, a former fellow inmate Bill suspects of killing Mikey. But like a late afternoon shadow, trouble is glued to Bill’s shoes. Bodies piling up, and the discovery of a prison food scam, get Detective Sam Lanza’s attention. Lanza puts the heat on Bill for the murders while Bill is tracking Deadly Eddie and trying to find his missing girlfriend, Louise. But Eddie knows who’s behind the scam and the killings. He snatches Louise and tortures her to get Bill’s help with his scheme to blackmail the perps. Can Bill find Louise before she is damaged beyond repair, and finger the real killers before Lanza takes him down for crimes he didn’t commit?

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S.A. Cosby

My Darkest Prayer

ISBN:1940758866

No. of Pages: 224

Mystery

Whether it’s working at his cousin’s funeral home or tossing around the local riff raff at his favorite bar, Nathan Waymaker is a man who knows how to handle the bodies. A former Marine and Sheriff’s deputy, Nathan has built a reputation in his small Southern town as a man who can help when all other avenues have been exhausted. When a local minister with grandiose ambitions is found dead, Nathan is approached by his parishioners who feel the local police are dragging their feet with the investigation. What starts out as an easy payday soon descends into a maze of mayhem filled with wannabe gangsters, vicious crime lords, porn stars, crooked police officers and a particularly treacherous preacher and his mysterious wife. Nathan must use all his varied skills and some of his wit to navigate the murky waters of small town corruption even as dark secrets of his own threaten to come to the surface.

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David Siegel Bernstein

Poisoned Pawn

ISBN:1733779345

No. of Pages: 276

Thriller

Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday. During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer. He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same. He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock. Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.

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