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The Perfect Murder: Spine-chilling short stories for long summer nights

Spine-chilling short stories for long summer nights...

Featuring short stories from e-book bestsellers Paul Finch, Jacqui Rose and Mark Sennen and highly anticipated stories from Luca Veste and Michael Russell, this FREE short story collection will have you up all night.

Each short story is followed up by exclusive extracts of each of the authors' upcoming titles.

Before Noon by Jacqui Rose: A nail-biting story that focuses on the events prior to a safe deposit robbery.

Time's Up by Luca Veste: Set in Liverpool a grisly tale of being lost and seeking redemption.

Him! by Paul Finch: The darkest things happen at night... A thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from the #1 bestseller Paul Finch.

Wunderland by Mark Sennen: A chilling story based at a writer's retreat in the middle of nowhere.

The Puzzle Behind The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan: A feature that looks at Laurence's fascination with conspiracy theories.

An Act Of Contrition by Michael Russell: when Donal Kerrigan is found dead and the man who shot him has admitted the murder, it seems likes a closed case. Yet, all is not as it first appears as Inspector David Gillespie soon discovers.

Thread of Hope: The Joe Tyler Series, Book 1

If someone took your child, how soon would you stop looking for her? If someone accused your best friend of a terrible crime, when would you stop defending him?

Seven years after Joe Tyler's daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn't stopped looking for answers, and he hasn't forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home, and his career in his search. Now he's been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girl - a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now.

Joe is convinced Chuck Winslow is innocent, but Chuck is in a coma and can't explain what happened. And the more Joe hears about what Chuck's been up to in the years he's been gone, the less Joe recognizes his old friend. To find out the truth, he will have to face his ex-wife, his former bosses, and a hometown full of wealth, lies, and illicit privilege. When Chuck's accuser goes missing, Joe must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

FREE Crime and Thriller preview from J. T Ellison – for fans of Kathy Reichs

Sample for FREE the first in the compelling, page-turning lieutenant Taylor Jackson series by award-winning J. T. Ellison.

'A taut, striking debut' says John Connolly.

'Terrific suspense, terrific twists' says Lee Child.

No, please don't.

Three simple little words.

No, please don't.

The words echoed through his brain as he sawed, their rhythm spurring his own.

The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene - the prior victim's severed hand. Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she's got a scoop that could break the case, but has no idea how close to this story she really is. Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is following his bloody trail... of a killer who's begging to be caught.

He's watching.

He's waiting.


He looks for crimes that fall through the cracks, criminals who do horrible things to those who can't defend themselves and get away with it. His ex-wife was murdered years ago, but until a mysterious young woman magically appears at his apartment, he had no reason to find out who did it or why. Soon the two of them are traveling up and down the length of California in order to bring a killer - and maybe a couple of others who deserve it - to justice.

This short story features an early version of the character who became Logan, the urban vigilante antihero of "Logan's Young Guns."

"This guy is a hell of a writer" - Lee Child

Crime Beat

Crime doesn't pay...but neither does journalism.

When John Moretz takes a job as a reporter in the Appalachian town of Sycamore Shade, a crime wave erupts that boosts circulation and leaves people uneasy. Then a murder victim is discovered, and Moretz is first on the scene.

As more bodies turn up, Moretz comes under police suspicion, but the newspaper's sales are booming due to his coverage of sensational crime. His editor is torn between calling off his newshound and cashing in on the attention, plus the editor is romancing the big-city reporter assigned to cover the suspected serial killer.

And Moretz seems to be one step ahead of the other reporters, the police, and even the killer himself.

Cruel Justice: Volume 1 (Justice Series)

The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case. Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection between the two victims. After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious serial killer is on a rampage...and Lorne has become the killer's fixation. Lorne can't allow her failing marriage or her new boss--a man with whom she shares a sensuous secret--keep her from focusing on her job. She must catch the macabre murderer, or risk becoming the next victim.

Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Mystery Thriller Sampler


USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Presents Licensed to Thrill!

So many books, so little time, right? Which ones will you love?

Open this collection of hefty samples and enjoy great characters, mystery, suspense, thrills, a few laughs, and loads of atmosphere that will have you Thrilled to read more!

"Full of thrills and tension - but smart and human too."

Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers

Dear Friends,

It might be better if I didn't confess this right up front. But I thought you should know....

WARNING: Licensed to Thrill is a nefarious plot.

How so? We want to entice you to read more of my books the way chocolatiers ply me with irresistible morsels and wineries waft swoon-worthy samples under my nose. Like the famous potato chips, we hope you won't be able to stop after reading this collection of special gems not gathered anywhere else.

Fiendishly clever, isn't it? Exactly.

We need to give you enough to whet your appetite and draw you in, but not so much that you'll no longer be hungry for more. A fine line. Tricky. Challenging. Fun!

Here's what we selected for your reading pleasure in Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Sampler

Fatal Enemy, featuring the new heroine I really love--Jess Kimball. A fiery woman, driven by her own past to fight for crime victims the justice system failed. Jess reminds me of Jack Reacher, only female, smaller, and nicer. Jess is alone in the world wherever she goes. But unlike Reacher, Jess's mission is one only she believes in and only she can complete. In Jess's shoes, could you do what she's done? I wonder....

Jess Kimball's story continues in the sample of Fatal Distraction, which opened as the Amazon #3 Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. What a thrill that was for me. (Why? Hang on -- I'm getting to that.)

Behind the Book scoop on my friendship with #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child who calls my work, "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too." Lee gave the Hunt for Reacher series an enthusiastic two thumbs up: "Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her!"

Don't Know Jack garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on the Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. The sample here should whet your appetite to find out what happens when two F.B.I. agents are tasked with the mysterious and confounding task of hunting Jack Reacher.

What does law have to do with justice? We lawyers are an odd bunch and the law is a very strange mixture of the best and the worst of times for heroes and villains alike in my Justice Series of witty legal suspense mysteries. All six of these are set in Florida, so if it's a bit cold where you are right now, take a little trip with me to the Sunshine State where things are a whole lot warmer. Readers and reviewers alike love this series, but when the mystery reviewers at Romantic Times awarded Wasted Justice their coveted "Top Pick" -- well, all I can say is what a rush!

Licensed to Thrill also includes an excerpt from Lee Child's Reacher Report sharing his views on Don't Know Jack; a humorous piece titled "Diane Capri Reveals Lee Child (not Jack Reacher?)"; and finally--remember what I said earlier about John Grisham?

What? I'm out of space? Yikes! Well, you'll just have to see for yourself!

Grab your copy now and start reading today!


Diane Capri

More Raves!

"Expertise shines on every page."

Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President

Readers love Jess Kimball!

"Thrilling read! Makes you sit up and take notice. She knows how to keep readers reading. Capri has a way with words that's both captivating and compelling." C.B.

"Great stuff!" N.

"I was caught at the get go and sailed right through, holding my breath at the end." M.P.

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Tuesday's Child (Book 1 of Psychic Visions, a paranormal romantic suspense)

What she doesn't exactly what he needs.

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can't control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she's tapped into a killer--or rather, his victims. Each woman's murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam's visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam's visions have put her in the killer's line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand...and risk losing his heart in the process.

As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don't dare lose.

Length - 90,000 words.


Agony. Pain. Terror.

A voice whispered through the blackness of her mind, so odd, so different it caught her attention. She strained to hear the words.

"Let go. It's time to let go."

Sam stared through the flames, stunned. Let go of what? She couldn't hear over the roaring fire and could barely see, but knowing that someone was there stirred her survival instinct, and she fought with the seatbelt buckle jammed at her side. She was saved. Just another minute and they'd open the door and pull her free. She'd be fine.

"Please hurry," she cried out.

"Let go. You don't need to be in there. Let it all go, and come with me."

She peered through the golden orange windshield to see a strange male face peering at her through the flames.

He smiled.

"Come with me."

"I want to, damn it. Can't you see I'm trapped?" she screamed, her vocals crisping in the heat.

"Release yourself. Come with me. Say yes."

The pain hit a crescendo. She twisted against it, hearing her spine splinter. The car seat melted into her skin. So much pain, she couldn't breathe. Blackness crowded into her mind, blessed quiet, soothing darkness. She reached for it.

"Let it go. You don't need to go through this. Hurry."

She started. Why wasn't he opening the door or getting others to help? He should be trying to save her. Shouldn't he? Sam, so confused and so tired, she could barely feel the pain overtaking her body. Where had he gone? She tried to concentrate. His face was now only a vague outline that rippled with the heat waves. A soft smile played at the corner of his mouth. The flames burned around him, weird as they centered him in the warm glow. She wanted to be with him. To live.

"Here, take my hand."

Dazed and on the brink of death, Sam focused on the hand reaching for her. She struggled to raise the charred piece of flesh that had been her arm and reached out to grasp his.

She was free.

Overwhelmed, she turned to hug her savior, her head just reaching his shoulder. He stood beside her, the same radiant beaming look on his face. His blond hair glowed, and he had the brightest teeth. She sighed. This beautiful man pointed to her right arm. Confused, Sam glanced down at her burned arm, realizing she could feel none of her injuries. Just like her other one, her broken arm had miraculously healed - whole, smooth and soft. Her skin hadn't looked this good in ten years.

She spun around to find a massive fireball below. What the hell? She had to be dead. But instead of the horror or shock, she expected to feel, she felt good. In fact, she felt great. She turned to the ever-smiling stranger.

"Let's go sweetheart."

Sam didn't know why he'd called her that, but, honestly, she was so damned grateful to be out of the car, she let him get away with it.

Holding hands, they floated higher into the cloudless blue sky. Then when the crash site below had become a tiny speck, Sam felt a hard flick on her arm and the words, "Thanks, but I can take

Cold Dark Fear: Prequel to The Kensington Killers Series

A fast paced thriller with an ending you'll never see coming, Cold Dark Fear is the prequel novella to The Kensington Killers series. Grab this book before you go to bed -- Prepare to stay up all night to finish it!

In Brooklyn's wealthiest zip code, a beat cop responds to a B&E in progress that she expects will be as straightforward as they come. A vacant townhouse. An obvious point of entry. A reliable witness. But when the intruder attacks instead of making a run for it, Officer Danielle Foster has a split second realization: jewelry and silverware aren't the kind of big score he's after, and she'll have to claw her way out of this one if she wants to survive.

One bad night, one false move, that's all it takes to get pulled from duty, forced to relinquish badge and gun, a looming psychological evaluation destined to seal her fate. It doesn't take Danny long to understand that like the night gone wrong, nothing about this case is as it seems.

Reaching a breaking point of frustration, her anguish turns to anger... and she trades victimhood for vengeance.

Now, as she investigates alone and against the warning of the chief of police, the dirty secrets surrounding the case become all too clear, and Danny must risk her career, and life, to expose the face of true deception behind it all.

***Author's note: This book is the prequel novella to The Kensington Killers series and can be read as a stand-alone in under four hours.***

Full-length novels in The Kensington Killers series:




Bed of Bones: Volume 5 (Sloane Monroe Series)

Sometimes even the deepest, darkest secrets find their way to the surface... Summer 1956 Thirteen-year-old Willie Compton and his younger brother Leonard stumble upon a mine shaft while hiking the hills of Park City, Utah. The shaft is unsealed, abandoned. While Leonard stares at the hole in wonderment, a Slinky he's been flipping back and forth between his hands slithers through his fingers, tumbling toward the mouth of the shaft. Leonard bolts forward, reaches out to grab it, but he slips, then he falls. Present Day Up-and-coming filmmaker Melody Sinclair stirs in her chair, nervously awaiting the debut of her film at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on a true story, Bed of Bones tells a tale of murder, shining a big, bold light on Park City's tragic past. A past that's about to revisit the present.

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.

Heartless: (a Derek Cole Thriller): Volume 1 (Derek Cole Suspense Novels)

Revenge is Only a Heartbeat Away Book One of The Derek Cole Thriller Series Alexander Black should not have lived. Born a conjoined twin, he shared one heart with his twin brother. And that heart was in his brother's chest. When doctors, struggling to save at least one baby, separate Alexander from his brother and from the shared heart, they expected him to die. But Alexander refused to die. Smuggled away and hidden in a psychiatric hospital, Alexander is tested by doctors who are desperate to discover the hidden mystery that is keeping a heartless child alive. As he grows, so does the desire for revenge grow in Alexander. And when he escapes and murders three, he sets his sights on completing his plan of terror and exacting his revenge. The family of Alexander Black hires Derek Cole, a private investigator, to protect them from Alexander and to solve the mystery of his life. As a "freelance detective," Derek is accustomed to solving complex mysteries and dealing with dangerous people. But when he discovers that Alexander is not acting alone, he must overcome his personal demons to uncover the truth behind the medical mystery that is the heartless Alexander Black.

Unleashed: A Sydney Rye Novel: Volume 1

"Emily Kimelman is witty and insightful, and writes with a wisdom, care, and diligence beyond her years." -Mark Bowden, best selling author of "Black Hawk Down" The Sydney Rye series of vigilante mysteries feature a strong female lead and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night! UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series of vigilante justice mystery thrillers. When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people. Joy Humbolt is a woman who rather spend her days with dogs than people. But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way. When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival and revenge is to become Sydney Rye. The Sydney Rye Series UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Mystery, # 1) DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #2) INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #3) STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #4) THE DEVIL'S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Mystery, #5) INVITING FIRE (A Sydney Rye

Chained Guilt

True-Life Adventure

The Avenged (Book 1)

Soft Case: (Book 1 in the John Keegan Mystery Series)

Read the book that launched the John Keegan Mystery Series! When New York City's most famous man dies suspiciously, Homicide Detective John Keegan must follow a trail of corruption that may just lead to the top of city government...and the end of his career. Successful, rich people usually don't kill themselves. This is the thought that runs through Keegan's mind when he learns his partner, Rick Calhill, has scored them the Ronald Mullins case. Mullins had it all, money, power, and a beautiful wife. If anyone had a reason to commit suicide, it wasn't Mullins. Despite this, the mayor, a good friend of Mullins, is convinced the one-time tycoon killed himself. So is practically everyone else. Except Keegan's partner. At first, it appears Calhill hopes to use this case to catapult up the NYPD ladder. Then, a case full of corruption and intrigue unravels. So does Keegan's life. Keegan and Calhill investigate further, and find out Mullins was preparing a Senate run. They also discover marital problems, and friction between Mullins and his business partner. All of a sudden they can point a finger at half a dozen people who would want the software mogul dead. There is a pattern of corruption in Mullins' life and in city government, it seems, but before Keegan can make it near an answer, he is in handcuffs, framed, with his whole life falling to pieces around him. Suspended, threatened, and betrayed, Keegan decides to go it alone, armed only with his belief in justice, and a handful of people he has no choice but to trust. He learns truths about the people he respected most, truths he doesn't want to know. In the end, he risks his job, and his life to solve the biggest case the city has seen in decades.

The Blacker Death: An Ebola Thriller

"Only three things in life are guaranteed: you're born, you die, and somewhere in between, if you keep playing the odds, you'll get lucky. What makes me such an expert? Nothing really. My name is Bam Matthews, I'm an FBI agent, and in forty-eight hours, give or take, I'll either be damn lucky or stone-cold dead. Guaranteed." And so it goes for Bam Matthews, an FBI agent at the end of his career, who in his own words "should have retired years ago, but other than my job all I've got is a dog who can beat me at checkers, an old farmhouse in Jersey with a sixteen penny nail I drove into the kitchen wall to hang my piece at night, and this Gremlin that I've kept running for thirty-six years." The story opens when a New York hit man comes to town and whacks a local drug dealer right under the FBI's nose. A complicated case to crack, but nothing compared to what Bam and his partner find lying on the sidewalk bleeding to death after leaving the murder scene: the first-ever case of Ebola to be reported in the city. This gritty first-person thriller follows a breadcrumb trail through murder, panic, fear, and revenge, drawing you inexorably to an unforgettable heart-pounding conclusion. As one reviewer said, "You can't put this book down." (Note: Some language and situations in this book may not be appropriate for children under 18)

Gray Ghost

The Death Box: Part 1 of 3 (Chapters 1–12) (Carson Ryder, Book 10)

This book has been serialized into 3 parts - this is PART 1 of 3. TRY THIS THRILLER FOR FREE. A nail-biting new novel featuring Detective Carson Ryder.

Carson Ryder thought he'd seen everything ...

A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he'd seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he's barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.

Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There's just one problem: Ryder's not the only one chasing the girl.

And the others will kill to keep the secret safe.

Blue-Ringed Octopus Delight (Rider Bradbury Book 1)

The short story that introduced Rider Bradbury.

How do you find a killer who's changed it all?

Tough-as-nails detective, Rider Bradbury is on the hunt for a vicious murderer. A skilled martial artist, Rider is everyone's worst nightmare. However, he may have met his match, searching for a killer as poisonous as the Blue-Ringed Octopus. Harboring secrets that he'd rather die for than reveal, the murderer won't be discovered without a deadly fight.

But this time, Rider's criminal just might be hidden right under his nose. As the action unfolds and danger lurks at every turn, it's up to Rider to solve the case before he becomes the next victim.

Enjoy this first installment of Rider Bradbury's thrilling homicide career.

Only if you dare...

Twisted Minds: A Stacy Green Mystery Thriller Sampler

For fans of Lisa Gardner, J.T. Ellison, and Erica Spindler!

#1 Amazon Bestselling author Stacy Green presents a sampler of her work!

Meet great characters, get invested in twisted plots, and become immersed in unique locations in this collection of samples.

Twisted Minds includes hefty samples from her bestselling Delta Crossroads Trilogy, as well as excerpts from ALL GOOD DEEDS (Lucy Kendall #1) and EXCLUSIVE excerpts to SEE THEM RUN (Lucy Kendall #2) and LIVING VICTIM (Delta Detectives #2). The Sampler also includes excerpts from Into the Devil's Underground and Welcome to Las Vegas.

"Stacy Green has the ability not only to allow the reader to see the scene, but also hear and smell it so there is a sense of total

immersion." --Bestselling Thriller Author Rachel Abbot

Murder 101[MURDER 101][Hardcover]

Title: Murder 101 Binding: Hardcover Author: FayeKellerman Publisher: WilliamMorrow&Company

Violent Unicorn (Cupid Case I)

An atypical detective must solve a series of murders related to love... It's a fantastic world, combining elements from the 20s to 90s. With action, intrigue, adventure, and big doses of violence, dark humor, and erotic love (to put it mildly).

This eclecticism is intended to create laughter, acidity, pleasure, displeasure... something.


Don Nieve is a cat that has studied until third of the Degree of Psychology. He abandoned it, tired of a stupid, expensive, and changing educational system among other things ... But the main reason that led to the derangement, was the fact that his mind refused to study a lot of inconsistencies and ... bullsh ...

You can call him crazy, ladies and gentlemen, but he had understood by science, to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry ... I do not know. I suppose the poor cat is nothing more than a romantic and an idealist ...

I imagine Psychoanalyzing is what he would have really liked ...

The achievements and professional experiences of Don Snow range from works, factories (foundry and refrigerated), warehouses and care.

He's a tough cat. He has almost always focused his energies on surviving ... in a legal and morally accepted way ... of course.

He is an animal self-taught, introspective, critical, cynical, and confident only of his abilities, as long as he has them ...: He is a gentleman! In love with who really can love.

Among the literary influences, very recently, guided by the theme of his thought and writing, Don Nieve has discovered Charles Bukowski and Herman Hesse. This kitten, much to its regret, would be like a mixture of the two. And I say very much to his regret, because he did not imagine becoming something that he intuited to be; that fact displeased him in his tenderest youth. It seems that reality and life chisele more than desires ...

It has satisfied its curiosity more or less superficially with the philosophers of always. He has also enjoyed writers like Marguerite Yourcenar, Jack London, Arturo bandini, Reverte, Isabel Allende, Milan Kundera, Celine ..., etc. They have made him laugh and cry often; being in many moments this company much more real and gratifying than the one of outside.

His manner of writing is direct, that does not leave indifferent ... He tries to write as he would have liked to be told things to him. He does not really care about what particular time a gun is, or a car, and how his engine or landscape works ... He says that if he cared to know that, he would look in an encyclopedia or wherever. So, that documentation, is to write for those who are interested in the document. Better to be brief, and not disconnect at any time ...