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Incidental Hero: International Conspiracy Thriller

Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy (Author)

Beautiful Storm 

 Forever Entangled by Kathleen Brooks (Author)

Forever Entangled

All the Pretty Faces by Rita Herron (Author)

All the Pretty Faces 

Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh (Author)

Hour of Need

Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott (Author)

Only The Innocent

The Sculthorpe Murder by Karen Charlton (Author)

The Sculthorpe Murder 

Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh (Author)

Hour of Need

A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall (Author)

A Death in Sweden

 The Hidden Child: A Novel by Camilla Lackberg (Author)

The Hidden Child: A Novel 

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Author)

Dead Girls Don’t Lie

Play Dead by Anne Frasier (Author)

Play Dead

Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law Mystery/Romance Book 1) by Jana DeLeon (Author)

Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law Mystery/Romance Book 1)

Atlantis- A Dane Maddock Adventure by David Wood (Author)

Atlantis- A Dane Maddock Adventure

GIRL JACKED: Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series by Christopher Greyson (Author

GIRL JACKED: Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series 

The Grandfather Clock by Jonathan Kile (Author)

The Grandfather Clock

Walk Into Silence (Jo Larsen Book 1) by Susan McBride (Author)

Walk Into Silence (Jo Larsen Book 1)

The Buried Book by D. M. Pulley (Author)

The Buried Book

When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he’s left on his uncle’s farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.

It’s 1952, and Jasper isn’t allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He’s lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle’s good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she’s coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

As he’s drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother—and now it’s chasing him too.

Review

“An evocative, deeply felt story of innocence lost that glows with the slow burn of suspense.” —Lou Berney, Edgar Award–winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

“A beguiling family drama that sucks you in and never lets go.” —Simon Wood, author The One That Got Away

“With a remarkable protagonist, a fully rendered setting, and plenty of surprises, D.M. Pulley weaves an enthralling mystery while also showing the power of a child’s love for his mother.” —Ann Howard Creel, bestselling author of While You Were Mine

“A well-crafted, unflinching tale of a tenacious young boy’s desperate search for his missing mother—a harrowing quest that builds toward a powerful and heartrending conclusion.” —A.J. Banner, Amazon #1 bestselling author of The Good Neighbor

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To the Grave

A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun.

In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted. Instead, he uncovers the tale of a young girl and an American serviceman from the US 82nd Airborne, and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.

With To the Grave, Steve Robinson confirms his status as a master of the taut and delicately constructed historical thriller.

This is the second book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series, which begins with In the Bloodbut can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

Revised edition: Previously published as part of the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, this edition of To the Grave includes editorial revisions.

Reviews

‘Steve Robinson’s books just keep getting better. What I found exceptionally well done was Mena’s story. Robinson made that era come to life.’ —Cathy Cole, Kittling Books

‘For me, this was more than a crime mystery novel; it was a piece of fiction every bit as good as Ian McEwan’s Atonement.’ —George Hamilton, author

‘Family historians who enjoy crime thrillers will find this yet another gripping read, bringing an exciting edge to the research skills we are familiar with. A gripping return for genealogist/detective Jefferson Tayte.’ —Your Family Tree magazine

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Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection (Illustrated)

Arthur Conan Doyle’s master criminologist Sherlock Holmes continues to delight readers around the world more than a century after he first appeared in print (in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet). The digital age has only increased his popularity: amid the onslaught of contemporary crime fiction there is something reassuring about the classic one volume set of the complete Sherlock Holmes. In Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection you will find all four Sherlock Holmes novels – A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear – as well as the short story collections The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and His Last Bow – Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.

Kindle edition includes a selection of illustrations, first edition covers and other Sherlockiana.

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A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Short Story Collections

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
His Last Bow – Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Spending so much of my day plugged into the internet, peering at my iPhone, staring at Excel spreadsheets, it has been an absolute pleasure reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(on my Kindle, I must admit). I am reminded, in adventure after adventure, that there is no substitute for a sharp mind and astute observation. As I watch the master investigator calmly solve the most “singular” of mysteries through the eyes of Dr. James Watson, I almost want to myself be transported back to 19th century London.

If you haven’t read any of Conan Doyle’s stories, they are worth perusing. I only read a dozen of Holmes’ adventures. But in those stories, I grew intimately close with both the detective and his trusty sidekick and doctor-cum-biographer, Watson. I came to admire Holmes’ heroic stoicism, encyclopedic memory, and sharp wit.

Each of the adventures follows a somewhat similar plot structure. The adventure opens with a shot into Watson’s or Holmes’ personal life. You might hear briefly about Watson’s life as a doctor, or get a glimpse of Holmes’ tobacco, alcohol, or cocaine habits (yes, the rumors are true–Holmes does cocaine). At some point, Watson ends up at Holmes’ pad on Baker Street. Both men are then found lounging, Holmes in his “dressing gown,” both men likely smoking, drinking, and enjoying a fine meal, usually arms’ length from a cozy fire.

Watson, the narrator, will then tell us how, in all of his time with Holmes, the case he is about to elucidate is the most “singular” one yet. Then one of them will see or hear someone approaching their home base; inevitably, the bell will ring and in will enter yet another all-but-hopeless client. We’ll get a detailed description of the client’s physical appearance, from the clothes on his or her back to the flushness of the face. We’ll also always get an idea of what class the client falls into; most regularly, the clients are from higher classes. The client will give us a detailed account of his or her problems as Holmes and Watson listen intently. It is here that the reader is supposed to do the detective work to piece together clues to solve the case. Of course, most of what the client tells us seems unrelated and inane; Holmes will remind us that the simplest cases are the hardest ones, and the smallest of details often the most important.

In most cases, the client has a suspicion that the police’s conclusions on the case were flawed. In almost every case, the police were consulted and ended up being wrong indeed. Holmes generally requires a trip to the crime scene, sometimes in costume, and the readers have the privilege to join him with Watson. But most trips are simply chances for Holmes to confirm what he already suspected. Guns may be drawn, extreme danger is almost always encountered, and Holmes emerges the hero. Holmes has a penchant for withholding his conclusions from us until the very end of the story, however, so as the reader follows Holmes’ movements at the crime scenes, the reader must do some sleuthing as well.

Holmes will finally tell us what actually happened, and the seemingly innocuous clues from earlier in the chapter prove to be essential to the weaving of the truth. Holmes prefers to strike a deal with the crimes’ perpetrators rather than offering them to the police. The clients offer to give Holmes unlimited reward for a job well done, and Holmes calmly requests only that which will defer the cost of his work. He gets enough pleasure out of a job professionally well-done.

Because of the similarities between stories, I recommend taking Holmes in limited doses. But his is a very powerful medicine, one that rejuvenates the mind and strengthens the character. As an example of someone who betters the world by doing what he loves, Sherlock Holmes is a timeless hero.

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City of Echoes

On Detective Matt Jones’s first night working Homicide in LA, he’s called to investigate a particularly violent murder case: a man has been gunned down in a parking lot off Hollywood Boulevard, his bullet-riddled body immediately pegged as the work of a serial robber who has been haunting the Strip for months. Driven by the grisliness of the killing, Jones and his hot-tempered partner, Denny Cabrera, jump headfirst into the investigation. But as Jones uncovers evidence that links the crime to a brutal, ritualized murder that occurred eighteen months prior, he begins to suspect that there’s more going on beneath the surface. When Jones discovers shocking, deep-seated corruption; a high-level cover-up; and his own personal ties to the rising body count, he’s no longer sure he can trust anyone, even himself.

Reviews

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2015

“It is to Ellis’s credit that he takes readers deep inside Jones’s mind and behavior, so that when he acts out, readers understand why he’s doing it.” Mystery Scene

City of Echoes is full of surprises. You may guess some of them but not all. Ellis’s trademark plotting is on full display here. Think of a cube of C4 detonated in a closet, and you’ll be close to what he does with his numerous twists and turns.” —Bookreporter

Praise for Robert Ellis

“Los Angeles, under a cloud of acrid smoke…Robert Ellis’s City of Fire is a gripping, spooky crime novel.” The New York Times

City of Fire is my kind of crime novel. Gritty, tight and assured.” —Michael Connelly

“Within the space of a few books, Ellis has demonstrated that rare ability to skillfully navigate his readers through a complex plot filled with interesting, dangerous, and surprising characters.” —Bookreporter

“Ellis vividly evokes Hollywood as a place of burning desires, where the boundaries between good and evil are blurred beyond distinction. Ellis’s prose is crisp, and his plot moves at a good clip. His characters are credible and complex.” Booklist

“Robert Ellis is a master of suspense.” Mystery Scene

“Ellis excels at vivid writing and the expert plotting keeps the reader off-kilter.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“A writer who knows the seamy L.A. underworld well.” Toronto Sun

“Ellis is a master plotter who keeps triggering surprises at regular intervals.” Connecticut Post

“A name to watch.” The Evening Telegraph

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The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. A frame of microfilm has been surgically implanted in his hip. Even his name is a mystery. Marked for death, he is racing for survival through a bizarre world of murderous conspirators—led by Carlos, the world’s most dangerous assassin. Who is Jason Bourne? The answer may kill him.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Supremacy.

I bought “The Bourne identity” mostly because I didn’t want to lose the opportunity of reading Ludlum’s book before the release of a film based on it. I really wasn’t a fan of the author (and I am not one now), but I loved this book.

To start with, the plot is remarkably good. “The Bourne identity” is the story of a man without a past, rescued from the Mediterranean Sea by some fishermen. He is very ill, and his body has suffered the impact of many bullets. The man is taken by the fishermen to a doctor in a nearby island, who helps him to recover physically and mentally. Our protagonist doesn’t remember who he is, but with the help of the doctor he finds some clues he doesn’t like too much. He only knows for certain some things, for instance that his face has been altered by plastic surgery, that he knows a lot about firearms and that he carried on him a microfilm that contains the code to an account of four million dollars.

In the Swiss bank where the account is he also finds a name: Jason Bourne. But… is he Jason Bourne?. He cannot remember, and if it were for quite a few people, he won’t. From the moment he leaves the island onwards, our man without a past will be followed, and attacked. He doesn’t understand why, but he reacts in order to stay alive. Add to this already interesting mixture a woman he takes as a hostage, Marie, a number of assasins (including the most famous assassin in the world, Carlos), and the possibility that he is, as a matter of fact, also an assassin, and you will understand why this book is so good. The main character will be hunted all throughout the book not only by the “bad guys”, but also by the “good” ones (mainly agents from the USA Government). You won’t be able to stop reading this book, and you will find yourself asking aloud to nobody in particular “who on earth is this man?” and “what started this whole mess”?.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to those who appreciate a good thriller, and to those who don’t usually read this kind of book but are open to new experiences. I belong to the last category, as I only read “The Bourne identity” because I was interested in watching the movie of the same name.

By the way, I also recommend the movie (the 2002 version, with Matt Damon), that ended up bearing only a limited resemblance to the book. If I had to choose, I would choose the book without hesitation, but if you have the possibility not only of reading the book but also of watching the movie, do both things… You won’t regret it, and you will probably have fun trying to compare the movie to the book !!

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Unbreakable Bonds

“Be careful what you wish for because karma has a way of biting you in the butt.” That’s what Angela Panther’s mother always said.

And boy was she was right.

When Angela first discovered her gift to gab with ghosts, she fought it tooth and nail. But the second she decided it wasn’t so bad, tragedy hit and the universe decided to teach her a lesson.
Now she’s unable to chat with the other side and is crying out for a re-do.
When her best friend Mel suspects her husband of cheating, she asks Angela to help her prove it. They concoct the perfect plan to get the goods on him, but to make it work they’ll need help from Angela’s mother, Fran.
There’s just one tiny little problem–Fran’s dead.
As the two best friends set out on a cheater-catching adventure, they hope Fran can use her celestial super powers to help, and prove that the bond between those who’ve crossed over with the ones they’ve left behind is never broken.

In UNBREAKABLE BONDS, AN ANGELA PANTHER MYSTERY, AMAZON and Barnes & Noble bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s snarky dialog and hilarious banter between psychic medium Angela and her best friend Mel will leave you laughing in tears, and the touching scenes between the living dead will tug at your heart strings.

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This is a funny novel that takes readers on the ups and downs of marriage, parenting, and dealing with the loss of a loved one. I found the story well written, and addictive to read. The family life was so real I couldn’t believe I was reading a fiction novel. The author has a fresh raw talent that is fun, exciting, and takes you on an inspirational journey as the mysteries unfold. The characters were more than believable. I highly recommend reading this novel and rate it five out of five stars. —Danielle UrbanReader’s Favorite 

Unbreakable Bonds was one of those books I couldn’t put down. The dialogue was snappy, the characters were real, and the plot was perfectly crafted.

I LOVE this series. The author makes the paranormal element so incredibly believable in her writing. The ghosts aren’t presented as chilling or scary–they’re real people who need to make one last contact with the living.

This novel made me laugh and cry–and the little twist at the end has me excited for where the author is going to take the series! Can’t wait to read more. —Caroline Fardig, Best Selling Author of It’s Just a Little Crush 

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The Night Crew

Lieutenant Colonel Sean Drummond, a cocky US Army lawyer who’s not afraid to be blunt, finds himself up to his neck in a case he didn’t ask to take.

Five US soldiers, tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners, stand accused of committing depraved atrocities against their charges. Drummond is assigned to defend one of them: a hardscrabble young woman who is either incredibly naive or deceptively evil…and whose incriminating photos made the case an international scandal.

Drummond and his cocounsel, the fiercely antiwar Katherine Carlson, have a complicated and combative history, but they can’t afford to get distracted now. They must determine what drove five young patriots to fall so far to the dark side of human nature. As Drummond uncovers evidence that his client has been used as a pawn in a secret strategy involving torture, he realizes that he’s caught up in a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of government. Breaking down the US military’s formidable stonewalling could destabilize the government and put his life at risk—but Drummond’s not the type to back away from a good fight.

LTC Sean Drummond has been in the U.S. Army for 17 years, is an Army attorney, and is now on loan to the Office of Special Projects of the CIA. An old acquaintance, civilian attorney Katherine Carlson, wrangles him into being cocounsel on the Al Basari military prison scandal.

Five soldiers, three women and two men, have been charged with doing atrocities towards the prisoners. One of the women, an unattractive low mentality soldier, is Drummond’s and Carlson’s client.

This military/political thriller was fast paced and raised some major ethical questions. Drummond, the main protagonist, has his own way of doing things and that’s not necessarily by the book.

I liked that a good part of the book took place at or near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an area I am familiar with and admire.

Murder, torture, kinkiness, incest – all kinds of hardcore subjects are brought up in this book so be forewarned.

THE NIGHT CREW is a hard book to read. It very vividly describes the torture and atrocities against Arab prisoners of war in a vastly overcrowded, understaffed prison.

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INNOCENT BLOOD

A stunning first case. A mentor he’ll never forget: Harry Bosch. New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lister’s unique thriller is “another great ride with a very assured driver behind the wheel” (Michael Connelly).

John Jordan’s first case is also his most heartbreaking. And one that will haunt him for the rest of his life!

When John Jordan was twelve years old, he came face-to-face with the man who went to prison for the Atlanta Child Murders. Six years later, John returns to Atlanta to discover the truth.

As he battles his demons and embarks on his first murder investigation, Jordan learns the ropes from the one and only Harry Bosch.

Witness the beginning of one of crime fiction’s most fascinating detectives. Every great character has a past, and ex-cop turned prison chaplain turned cop again John Jordan’s is equal doses tragedy and inspiration.

Innocent Blood is both a standalone thriller and the true first book in an electrifying series that features a special introduction by Michael Connelly. If you like top-notch whodunits, complicated characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, then you’ll love Michael Lister’s shocking thrill-ride.

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Lister provides a plausible backstory for his unusual clergyman sleuth in the seventh John Jordan mystery (after 2014’s Rivers to Blood), a prequel. When Jordan was 12, in 1980, he encountered Wayne Williams, the man who would be publicly identified as the Atlanta Child Murderer. After high school, Jordan moves to Atlanta, where he focuses on the murder of a boy who wasn’t on the official list of Williams’s victims. Lister gives fair clues for the surprise solution, thus combining a compelling account of his hero’s spiritual struggle with a top-notch whodunit.

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The Lost Empress

 

From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a bold new Jefferson Tayte mystery.

On a foggy night in 1914, the ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank en route between Canada and England. The disaster saw a loss of life comparable to the Titanic and the Lusitania, and yet her tragedy has been forgotten.

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress’s victims, a British admiral’s daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.

Tayte is expert in tracking killers across centuries. In The Lost Empress, his unique talents draw him to one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history as he unravels the truth behind Alice’s death amidst a backdrop of pre-WWI espionage.

This is the fourth book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

‘Chances are excellent that this is one series you’re going to want to continue following.’ —Cathy Cole, Kittling Books

‘The story intrigued me and didn’t let go. I read well into the night and the ending put a sleepy smile on my face.’ —FictionZeal.com

‘Robinson writes great stories that weave the present and the past together to tell a wonderful genealogical tale. If you like a good mystery with a genealogy twist, I highly recommend this series.’ —Julie Cahill, Genealogy & History Hub

‘You can’t help loving the somewhat overweight and uncoordinated Jefferson with his love of chocolate bars and his timidity of aggressive women. Enjoyed this read and look forward to the next Tayte book.’ —Liz K, author, travel writer, book reviewer and family historian

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Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel

In New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s latest thriller, Ali Reynolds faces her most controversial mystery yet, solving the murder of a man whose Ponzi scheme bankrupted hundreds of people, and left them seeking justice…or revenge.

When Ali’s parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his long-time friend and financial advisor, only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father’s name, while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme’s other suddenly impoverished victims, one of whom is a stone cold killer.

Praise for Cold Betrayal:

“Well-drawn characters, brisk prose, and skillful plotting.” (Booklist)

“Incredible . . . This is a gem by a winning author. . . . Yet another terrific book by Jance that fans and readers will absolutely cheer about.” (Suspense Magazine)

“The prolific Jance knows how to tell a story…fans won’t be disappointed.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Ali’s good heart and sense of justice combine with well-paced suspense to create a satisfying whole.” –Kirkus Reviews

Praise for J.A Jance:

“Jance skillfully avoids the predictable. . . . Her crisp plotting, sharp characters and realistic dialogue carry Moving Target through its many surprising twists.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel, on Moving Target)

“Lots of action, and the book is fast-paced and technology-savvy.” (Tuscon Weekly, on Moving Target)

“The story, on two continents, is complicated and interesting, but the best thing is the characters, rich and deep and believable.” (San Jose Mercury News, on Moving Target)

“Jance adroitly combines well-rounded characterizations and brisk storytelling with high-tech exploits, arson, kidnappings, and a shootout for an entertaining and suspenseful addition to this solid series.” (Booklist, on Moving Target)

“Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.” (People)

“Jance starts her books fast . . . and keeps things moving with cinematic panache. . . . You want an accessible thriller? Jance is your gal . . . Engaging and entertaining.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Unfinished Business

In UNFINISHED BUSINESS AN ANGELA PANTHER NOVEL, #1 AMAZON bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson introduces her now trademark blend of witty dialog and hilarious banter in the first book of her paranormal cozy mystery series. Filled with romance and friendships reminiscent of Chick-Lit novels, Unfinished Business is a humorous and heartwarming adventure.

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home–crazy or not–Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence.

It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

This book was a finalist in the 2014 RONE Awards from InD’Tale Magazine.

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An entertaining story of a woman discovering she has a gift for seeing the dead & talking to them.  The dialog is witty and Angela’s running commentary with her mother is so realistic it will remind readers of their own mothers! InD’Tale Magazine
If you like Janet Evanovich & Sophia Kinsella, you’ll love Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. Unfinished Business is a mixture of romance, cozy mystery and chick lit with a fun paranormal element. This book perfect for all readers. —Stephanie Konat, Booktrope Editions
I’ve read a lot of paranormal books, but this was by far the cutest I’ve read in a long time. Fran had the attitude of Grandma Mazur from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, and the paranormal element was very cute..definitely an entertaining read to take you away from the stress of the day for a hot second. Katelyn Hensel Readers Favorite 
Carolyn combines the perfect amount of grief, hilarity, romance, and paranormal to make this quite an interesting read. — Bottles & Books Reviews It had the snarky dialogue, spunky BFF and adorable love interest (in this case, husband) associated with chick lit along with ghosts, spirits or celestial beings. (If you read the book, you will know the difference between the three.)
This story had its funny moments but it was also very sad at points – kind of like real life, but with ghosts. The ending made me cry a little. Looking forward to the second installment.–Bestselling author Meredith Schorr

I laughed and I cried and laughed and cried throughout the entire book! This book was so real (yes even with the heroine seeing her mother’s ghost) and the emotion in it will stay with me for a long, long time!–Joe Cool Review

I loved the way the author told this story. The underlying subject matter was serious, but her funny, snarky tone lightened the mood to make it a very enjoyable read. The author has a great sense of humor, even about death, but when the story called for it, she was reverent and empathetic in the way her characters handled each other.–Bestselling author Caroline Fardig

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Only The Innocent

Every moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s life has been chronicled in the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity work to end human trafficking—even his two marriages. But when the billionaire philanthropist is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her husband dead and her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Especially when Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. Laura always knew she wasn’t the only woman in Hugo’s life. And she knows she wasn’t the only one with a motive to kill.

The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice—or destroy an innocent life forever.

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“Rachel Abbott has proved with this debut that she is a cracking writer. The book is a complex layered web, every chapter adding more and more layers of intrigue that pull you in further. I love thrillers and have read many of them, and this one stands out as one of the best. Amazing stuff.” – Rachel Dove, The Kindle Book Review

“Abbott carefully constructed a world of mystery, depravity, sex, violence, manipulation and intrigue on so many different levels that I can honestly say you truly have to read until the last page to understand and appreciate the complexity of the story.”  – Karen DeLabar: Writing on the Rocks

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In the Blood 

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte’s research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.

In the Blood is the first book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.

Revised edition: Previously published as part of the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, this edition of In the Blood includes editorial revisions.

‘This series is a page-turner and keeps getting better and better.’—Old Bones Genealogy

‘The mystery surrounding the Fairborne Family was excellent. By book’s end I hadn’t figured it out.’ —Cathy Cole, Kittling Books

‘Do you remember Stieg Larsson’s first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Yep it was that good and if you liked the Millennium series then you’ll like this series too…In the Blood also reminded me of a Sherlock Homes adventure.’ —LifeInMichigan.com

‘I couldn’t put this book down, and I read it in a couple of days.’ —GenealogyUK.com

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Midnight Betrayal

 

Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found—the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart—Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation—and their growing desire—as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.

“Suspense master Melinda Leigh’s Midnight Betrayal is a non-stop thrill ride with a twist you don’t see coming.” —Tiffany Snow, bestselling author of the Kathleen Turner series

“Fans of suspense will get a kick out of Leigh’s latest, guaranteed to produce tingles down the spine and a rapid pulse, which will accelerate for the duration of this engaging novel…The numerous plot twists will surprise readers and have them trying to untangle the mystery.” —RT Book Reviews

“Any time you see Melinda Leigh’s name on a book cover, you know you’re in for a sexy, sinister, twist-ridden read.” —Kathy Altman, USA Today‘s Happy Ever After

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The Heiress of Linn Hagh 

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.

The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.

The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren’t talking; Helen’s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.

Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search for the missing heiress.

Taut, wry and delightful, The Heiress of Linn Hagh is a rollicking tale featuring Lavender and Woods—a double act worthy of Holmes and Watson.

Revised edition: This edition of The Heiress of Linn Hagh includes editorial revisions.

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‘Worthy of Agatha Christie.’ —Sandra Mangan, crimefictionlover.com

‘Fabulous, rollicking tale of intrigue and family secrets.’ —B.A. Morton, author of The Wildewood Chronicles

‘Charlton hooked me with her eerie, suspenseful tale and I didn’t want to be pulled away from it for a second.’ —Cathy G. Cole, Kittling Books

‘A romp of a whodunit.’ —Moonyeen Blakey, author of The Assassin’s Wife

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The Samurai Cipher

At the end of World War II, the greatest Samurai sword of all time vanished without a trace.

Rumors abound as to its whereabouts.

Some historians claim it was destroyed with the rest of Japan’s weapons. Others believe it is hidden somewhere.

Theories about its location vary from intricate cave systems to monks protecting the blade in a shrine deep in the mountains.

When Sean Wyatt and his longtime friend Tommy Schultz try to help a troubled Japanese woman, they find themselves right in the thick of a power struggle between some of the most dangerous gangsters in the world.

Now Sean and company must race across Japan, unravel clues that were left decades before, and discover the true location of a blade made by the greatest sword maker of all time: Honjo Masamune.

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review, but I also bought the book. I do this with every book that Ernest Dempsey writes, because they are so-o-o-o good! Like another reviewer said, I also believe in supporting my favorite authors, and I often go back and re-read books in the Sean Wyatt series. This book follows Sean Wyatt and his friend, Tommy, as they race to find a valuable sword in Japan, and as they try to stay ahead of the Yakuza and keep themselves alive. There are exciting twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as jaw-dropping surprises that you will not see coming. Treat yourself to a wonderful adventure, and then go back and read the rest of the Sean Wyatt adventures, if you are new to this series. You will be very glad you did. Thank you, Ernest, for another fabulous book!!

I was hooked on the Sean Wyatt series immediately after reading the first book, The Secret of the Stones. When I finished that book I emailed the author to express about how much I enjoyed reading it. He quickly replied and after a few emails I began getting advanced copies of new books for review. I enjoy his writing so much that even though I get a free advanced copy, I always buy the published copy for my collection.

I am not a professional writer, I’m not trained as a critic, author or novelist. My only qualification to review a book is whether I like it or not. The latest in the series, The Samurai Cipher, lived up to my expectations. I read a lot of these type of books, some much darker, some with more outlandish villains and some with characters that don’t ever develop a real personality. Sean Wyatt books are one of my favorite because they are well written, fast paced, never boring and filled with puzzles and clues as to what will happen next. The hero and his buddy Tommy are written in the same light as Butch & Sundance, always in turmoil but never losing their humanity and sense of humor.

The Samurai Cipher leads the two on a quest thru Japan to help recover an artifact that is also sought by other factions of the Japanese underworld that want the artifact, believing it will help them gain power and control over their rivals. The book tells a story, throws in a little history, a few laughs and provides hours of enjoyable reading. You don’t have to read Mr. Dempsey’s previous books to enjoy The Samurai Cipher but I bet that once you finish it you will looking at reading the earlier books in the series.

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