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The Night Shift (A Short Story): A gripping and realistic police action thriller

Thursday, 17th August. Ten years before...

When a fly-on-the-wall documentary crew drops in on a night shift in Bath city centre, PC Ellie Grange and her team are fuelled with anticipation at the thought of becoming TV reality stars.

They need it real. They want it uncensored - and they crave a true-to-life experience of the demands faced by Britain's cops on our streets.

It's a beautiful evening - the first night shift of a set in the historic Georgian city... what could possibly go wrong?

The exhilarating prequel to the first Detective Deans novel, STORM LOG-0505.

POOR JACK Part 1 of a DI Crosier Mystery: Calling at Despair, Suicide & Burial (Railway Detective)

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ONE TRAGEDY ... FOR THE MOMENT

When DI Crosier's office rang him at 5am on his day off, he instinctively knew he would not be spending the rest of Sunday with Sergeant Claire Cardin in her bed, as they'd both hoped. It was more likely they'd be investigating yet another tragedy.

What the officers couldn't foresee, once they'd reached the crime scene, was that eleven-year-old Jack - now made homeless through his deranged mother's despair and suicide - would be exposed to abuse from an assumed pillar of society.

Could finding where the boy's father was living save poor Jack?

But that wasn't Crosier's only problem: he felt sure the letter from his wife, lurking unopened in his pocket now for days, would not make easy reading.

Questions to the Author

Why did you write this novel?

I've always been interested in why rail accidents occur and investigating them can make a good story, especially when based on a real event, as in my first novel Harrowing.

Is a lot of research needed?

A moderate amount is needed, particularly when real events are used as in part 2 of Poor Jack.

Why are your railway detective books set in the 1960s?

There are two reasons. First, there is an excellent series of railway detective novels by Edward Marston set in the 19th century, the century in which the railway police was formed and from which all police forces grew. The second reason is that I grew up near the railway in the days of steam, so I write about what I know.

Will there be more railway detective books from you?

Yes. Checkout edwintipple.com for more updates.

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The Bluebell Informant (DS Evelyn Giles Series Book 1)

How do you catch a killer who is already dead?

One year ago, the Bluebell Killer killed his last victim. He was shot and killed, leaving behind a legacy of twenty corpses and a name that people will fear for years to come...

A year later, a man is shot in the back of the head and left in a field of bluebells.

Is it a mugging gone wrong? A copycat killer? Or is the Bluebell Killer still out there, waiting to pounce on his next victim?

For DS Evelyn Giles the solution is simple - it's just another dirty politician caught committing an unforgiveable crime. But with the evidence stacking up against him, Giles' suspect has one more surprise in store for her...

And his words will throw everything she knows into question...

'It's not over yet.'

The past is coming back to haunt DS Giles. She's already sacrificed much for the lie. The only question is how much more will she suffer for the truth?

An ingeniously, gripping thriller, The Bluebell Informant is a dark, unexpected and emotionally charged debut.

Nick on The Bluebell Informant:

'DS Giles is a strong female protagonist pitted against an extreme right-wing and corrupt politician who doesn't take kindly to having his life resting in the hands of an asian detective. But with the suspicion of murdering a man near an old World War Two pillbox hanging over his head, he doesn't have much of a choice but to trust her. Set in the peaceful countryside of Edenbridge and the bustling streets of London, sparks will fly when the two have to work together in order to uncover a web of police corruption, dodgy dealings and gangster politics...'

Christmas, Corpses, and Clockwork Kittens

A short Christmas mystery set in the world of the Cassie Pengear Mysteries. While preparing their tinkering/ haberdashery shop for the Christmas season, Kate and Ada find a body on their doorstep. When Inspector Wainwright is sent to investigate, they start looking into the crime themselves before he can scare away all of their Christmas patrons. A short Christmas mystery of approx. 5000 words

Virtually Scared To Death (Julia Blake Cozy Mystery Book 1)

A Short Murder Mystery

Julia Blake's First Murder Mystery. You can get free copies of the next two stories in this series by signing up to my newsletter at www.gillianlarkin.co.uk

Julia Blake runs her own cleaning business.

The first time she sees a dead body is when she discovers one of her clients, Mark Castle, lying dead on the floor of his luxury apartment.

She remembers things that Mark mentioned to her a few days before his death, things he was worried about.

A bottle of pills is lying open at Mark's side, but they're not his usual ones.

And why is his computer playing a continuous game?

Julia soon suspects that Mark was murdered. He was a good friend and she is determined to find out who killed him.

Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle: Volume 1 (Chef Maurice Mysteries)

"They say one should never trust a thin chef. By this measure, Chef Maurice was very trustworthy indeed." ----- Take one sleepy Cotswold village, mix in one Poirot-esque murder mystery, add a larger-than-life French chef with an appetite for solving crime, and season with clues and red herrings galore ...----- It's autumn in the Cotswolds, and Chef Maurice is facing a problem of mushrooming proportion. Not only has his wild herb and mushroom supplier, Ollie Meadows, missed his weekly delivery-he's missing vital signs too, when he turns up dead in the woods near Beakley village. Soon, Chef Maurice is up to his nose in some seriously rotten business-complete with threatening notes, a pignapping, and an extremely well-catered stake-out. Can he solve Ollie's murder before his home-made investigation brings the killer out for second helpings?

Devil's Kitchen: An Inspector Drake Prequel Novella

A tragic accident?

When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it's believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed a suicide. But something doesn't feel right to DI Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.



Or murder on a mountain?

Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple and why? This might be Drake's first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing - every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace.

Lost Cause: A Daisy Dunlop Mystery, Book 1

Daisy Dunlop thinks "heir hunting" is a perfect career. Too bad she has to work with her husband's best mate, Irish PI Solomon Liffey. They've barely spoken since he took her husband Paul's request to keep her safe far too literally and handcuffed her to the kitchen sink.

Solomon has no interest in babysitting a new partner, especially this one. The woman's a bleedin' liability. She has no concept of danger and could flirt for England at the next Olympics. As if that isn't bad enough, she has a habit of sticking her nose where it's not wanted, including into Solomon's very private life.

Determined to keep Daisy safely out of his way, Solomon sets her the task of finding a missing lord. Her investigations land her in the middle of his case. Bullets fly, bombs explode, and the body count rises. When Solomon goes missing, the tables are turned. Now it's his life that is in Daisy's hands, and she has two missing men to find before it's too late.

Ice Blue: Volume 1 (Lord & Lady Hetheridge)

"What made this ebook such pleasurable reading was not the murder or even the Police procedure, but the rather wonderful cast of characters that the author, Emma Jameson, has created to populate her world. In the space of about 184 pages, Emma has managed to give us a whole collection of individuals, each very nicely rounded out and real. Even very minor players - such as the tall PC who finds the pistol seems to be alive and obviously has a life outside the book." -- Tony Cole, eBookanoid.com *** Anthony Hetheridge, ninth Baron of Wellegrave, Chief Superintendent for New Scotland Yard, never married, no children, no pets, no hobbies, and not even an interesting vice, will turn sixty in three weeks. With the exception of his chosen career, too sordid for his blue-blooded family to condone, his life has been safe and predictable. But then he meets Detective Sergeant Kate Wakefield - beautiful, willful, and nearly half his age. When Hetheridge saves the outspoken, impetuous young detective from getting the sack, siding with her against Scotland Yard's powerful male hierarchy, his cold, elegantly balanced world spins out of control. Summoned to London's fashionable Belgravia to investigate the brutal murder of a financier, Hetheridge must catch the killer while coping with his growing attraction to Kate, the reappearance of an old flame, and the secret that emerges from his own past.

Harrowing

October 1952: England's worst train crash stuns Britain. 112 people were killed and 340 injured when the sleeping-car express from Perth ploughed into the London bound commuter service standing at Harrow & Wealdstone station. Within seconds, a northbound express smashed into the wreckage. The Ministry of Transport's investigation into the crash posthumously blamed the experienced crew of the Perth express. But why several danger signals were passed remains unanswered. What went so dreadfully wrong on the footplate of the Perth express? Lorna survived the carnage, but seven years on she still suffers terrible nightmares and daytime traumas. She hopes DI Crosier, of Crewe's Railway Police, will know something to help her come to terms with her terrors and the tragic loss of her sister, brother and niece. Crosier's investigation of British Railways' first serial killer, leads him to suspect that he is linked to the Harrow and Wealdstone crash. His daughter is targeted by the killer, and his wife's refusal to move to Crewe, only add to Crosier's problems, and his love life.

Before Holmes Met Watson (John + Sherlock Book 1)

It is nearing the turn of the 22nd century, and government-mandated social networking has virtually eliminated privacy and made detective work nearly obsolete. Much to his dismay and shame, Sherlock Holmes never has any cases to solve. He distracts himself from his professional failings with bare-knuckle boxing at an underground fight club and vials of cocaine and morphine. John Watson spends his days in an operating theatre on an Army base in Afghanistan, doing his best to patch up the wounded and failing more often than he'd like. The dark, violent worlds in which both men choose to live complicate their romantic lives and cause them terrible suffering but set them on paths that are destined to cross.



BEFORE HOLMES MET WATSON is the prequel to the novel, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE PAPER JOURNAL, an action-packed adventure and love story set in an eerily dystopian near future.

Northanger Abbey: free sampler

A sample of queen of crime, Val McDermid's modern re-telling of the Austen classic. Get ready for a very different Northanger Abbey.

Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry.

Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat's imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts...and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic?

But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within...

The Rome Express

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The Case of the Hidden Flame: An Inspector David Graham Cozy Mystery: Volume 2 (Inspector David Graham Cozy Mystery Series)

Detective Inspector David Graham has just arrived on the island of Jersey, taking over a rag tag team of questionable commitment and skill at the Gorey Constabulary, a team that he is supposed to lead and develop into a cohesive investigative unit. Within minutes, his first challenge presents itself when ex-soldier, Colonel Graves, finds a dead body on the beach. As the military man kneels down, he discovers it is his soon-to-be fiance half buried in the sand. In a small resort like Gorey, this event is monumental, and almost unheard of. The rumors swirl yet it is the new Detective Inspector's job, with a bag still packed and travel dust on his shoes, to ferret out the clues and solve the case...while bringing his team along to assist. With a Sherlock soul, "The Case of the Hidden Flame" packs humor and intrigue onto a small island of eccentric characters, roiling sea undercurrents, and deceptive coincidences - all accompanied by a fine cup of tea. Interview with the Creator of the Series Q - So, what makes the Inspector David Graham series special? A - When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create something that played like a movie in the reader's mind. They are books with action, but also soul. They are ensemble pieces containing regular characters that are well drawn with strong personalities, humor and some tragedy. The Inspector David Graham books feel, to me, like good friends that never let me down. Every time we sit down to plan the books, I love to find out what the characters are going to get up to next! The Inspector David Graham books are a great mix of genres. They sit firmly in the cozy mystery category and are set on the beautiful island of Jersey in the English Channel between Britain and France. They feature a British detective who is part-Sherlock Holmes, part-Poirot, and, of course, uniquely himself. Q - In what order should I read the books? A - The Inspector David Graham cozy mysteries can be read, and enjoyed, in any order. "The Case

Ethan Justice: Origins: Volume 1 (Ethan Justice Books)

In the morning, he's struggling to remember. By the evening, he's struggling to survive. John Smith's risk avoidance policy just expired! Waking up beside the gorgeous Savannah Jones, John is shocked to learn she was for hire, and he can't pay the price - a thousand pounds or broken legs. In desperation, he turns to best friend, Mark, for the money. Only one problem - Mark has a dagger in his back. John and Savannah are plunged into a dangerous world where wits and adrenaline are their only weapons and trust in each other their only certainty. As the body count mounts, they discover Mark wasn't the person John thought, and his terrifying invention may well end up killing thousands, John and Savannah included. A race to recover the missing invention pits the unlikely pairing against ex-SAS psychopath, Gregory Fisher, a man who will stop at nothing and kill anyone in his way to wreak revenge against the Government who stole his livelihood. When Smith and Jones team up, the result is explosive. Ethan Justice: Origins is a fast-paced, action-packed, character-driven thriller, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, cringe, cry and cheer. "This book contains a few violent scenes, a dash of sex and the odd bit of bad language, so please don't buy it if you are easily offended."

A Questionable Hero

He was a ruthless yardie, so why did he save the life of a policewoman? Liston Pearce is a gangster, a drug-dealing gang-boss. In a split-second decision he starts a series of life-changing events that he could not have foreseen even in his wildest imagination. This crime thriller is set in The St.Paul's area of The City of Bristol in 1989 a few years after the Bristol riots. With an exciting twisting plot Pearce battles, which path to take? Contains Strong Language.

Crime in the Community

Out With A Bang - Long Time Dying Private Investigator Crime Thriller series, bo: Volume 1

A suspense-filled, page-turning action thriller introducing troubled lovers and private detectives Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley in book 1 of the Long Time Dying series. Plus get an extra free story at solomoncarter.net It all begins with a request to find a missing brother... The search begins, and the path gets messy- sexual attraction, lies and deceit make the manhunt a mean murky business. Dan and Eva are about to step into a nightmare of crime, sleaze and dark mystery. In what starts of as a favour to help a suffering family ends up as a case which could destroy Dan and Eva's relationship, their business - even their lives... Is the dangerous game being played by the South London set about something much more sinister than just easy sex? A simple case becomes anything but as Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley are embroiled in a fiendish sex plot ready to destroy the lives of all those it touches - including the private detectives themselves... Out With A Bang is the first novel in The Long Time Dying Crime Thriller series... Thrilling adventures featuring Eva Roberts & Dan Bradley, private detectives Series list - in reading order 1.Out With A Bang 2.One Mile Deep 3.Long Time Dying 4.Never Back Down 5.Crossing The Line 6. Divide & Rule 7. Better The Devil Subscribe to the Long Time Dying Newsletter at www.solomoncarter.net for exclusive entertainment, advance dates, free stories and special information on the latest adventures in the Long Time Dying series

Jack of All Trades: Volume 1

A standalone novel in the Jack of All Trades crime series (#1). It seems a dream job for Jack, a small builder in Forest Gate, when he gets the contract to repair the summerhouse of a millionaire couple in Chigwell. The two months' work will pay his debts, and give him space to sort out his personal demons. Except the couple are at war, both having affairs, their marriage beyond salvage. The husband fires Jack, she takes him back on - and suddenly he is too involved with their scheming. Complicated further when he falls for her secretary. And when there's a murder, using his tools as the weapon, Jack is prime suspect.

The Actuary: Volume 1 (From Russia, With Love)

Emma is a young mother raising her son in terrible poverty, when she runs into her former Russian lover. The gorgeous Rohan Andreyev is determined to pursue her but the spiteful women who surround him, conspire to make Emma's life unbearable. When Rohan's work as an actuary spills over into his personal life, Emma finds herself at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy that will leave her in the hands of ruthless men. Into the intrigue comes Rohan's business partner, Christopher Dolan. Irish, handsome and with an agenda of his own, Emma struggles to understand whether he is friend or foe as the men in her life seem determined to win or destroy her. Emma has a choice to make; whether to stay in the sleepy town of Market Harborough or disappear with her son forever. Whatever she decides, there is one good reason why her fate will be linked to Rohan Andreyev's until the end of time; she loves him. But he is the Actuary and his job isn't quite what he led her to believe.

Dead Before Morning

Hunters

First in series of 6. Stain on front cover and wear to edges of jacket.

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Altered Life

"I wish I could say that the first time I met Rory Brand I knew he was a dead man walking. But I can't..." Private Investigator Sam Dyke is hired by Rory Brand to find out what's happening to his business. He knows that someone is trying to steal it from him. He thinks it's someone close to him. Very close. Sam won't get involved because no crime has been committed. But that changes when Brand is found dead in his office, with a taunting clue left on his computer screen. Now Sam is determined to find out who killed Brand, and makes a discovery that takes him back twenty years into his own past. And into a secret that had been kept from him by the prime suspect for Brand's murder ... In the first of a series of books featuring Sam Dyke, Altered Life transplants the attitude and pace of the American private eye story into a contemporary English setting.

Shaded Light: The Case of the Tactless Trophy Wife: A Paul Manziuk & Jacquie Ryan Mystery (Classic Police Procedural Series of Traditional Whodunits Se)

A muggy July weekend in Toronto. A house party with a disparate assortment of guests. A tired police inspector and his rookie partner. And murder. Reminiscent of the best Agatha Christie had to offer Humor, complications, and characters so real that you can just about touch them and smell their sweat. Midwest Book Review The second in a classic police procedural series of traditional whodunits set in contemporary Toronto. Homicide inspector Paul Manziuk wants nothing more than a few days R and R to recharge his brain. Constable Jacqueline Ryan believes she owes her promotion to the Homicide Squad to being a black woman, and that she ll do a better job of proving she belongs there if she can avoid working with the no-nonsense, intimidating Manziuk. Senior corporate lawyer George Brodie and his wife Ellen want their son to marry a nice girl and settle down. To that end, Ellen invited the auburn-haired daughter of a distant relative for the July long weekend. But her plans go sadly awry when George invites his junior partners and their wives, and their son brings along his roommate a ladies man. Jillian Martin, the spoiled young wife of one of George s partners, looks forward to being the center of attention at the house party. But first her husband insists they take along her disgusting older sister; then an old flame seems to be more interested by a boring religious do-gooder and an experienced older man makes fun of her. The last straw is when the jealous wife of another partner dares to challenge her. After Jillian's lifeless body is found in one of the gardens on the estate, chaos ensues. Manziuk and Ryan are given the case, and it isn t long before Manziuk feels he s been thrust into an Agatha Christie novel where everyone has a motive and it s necessary to sort through numerous baffling clues and conflicting alibis to find the truth. However, he s no Hercule Poirot, and Ryan is definitely not Miss Marple. The Manziuk and Ryan Mysteries in order: Shaded Light: Th

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