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The Last Post: a haunting novella (May Keaps Book 1)

It is April 1918. May Keaps is a twenty-year-old ambulance driver stationed at The Front. As if transporting hideously wounded soldiers, sleep deprivation and constant shell bombardment weren't enough, she becomes unwittingly entangled in the untimely death of a young captain, Tobias Fairfax.

Newly-arrived in Northern France he was found with a discharged pistol by his side; rumours on the battlefield were that it wasn't an accident and he had taken the coward's way out, committing suicide.

Whatever the explanation, Tobias left a dangerous legacy that puts May in the line of fire. But she is not the only one with a reason to want to uncover the truth. And in a world where life can be extinguished in the blink of an eye, May might regret her search for answers...

The Last Post is the haunting introduction to the May Keaps series.

The Last Post was previously published as Faith's RewardWhat readers are saying:"Keaps is an intriguing character. Feisty, but likeable. I'm looking forward to catching up with her again." Kerry Parsons - Chat About Books

"The writing style is great and I do love a drama set during the war period so this one is right up my street being a massive fan of historical fiction." Donna Maguire - Donnas Book Blog

"The Last Post can be read in a coffee break but the contents will stay in your heart a lot longer. Fabulous writing style and a recommended read." Alison Daughtrey - Drew - Ali - The Dragon Slayer

"This is a cracking way to get to know a little about the main character in a new series." Susan Hampson - Books From Dusk Till Dawn

"It's really hard to write a review about a story this short without giving anything away but suffice to say this packs quite the punch and really sets the tone for what promises to be a rather exciting new series." Eva Mercx - Novel Delights

"I can't wait to read more of May's adventures and I'm excited to follow her in future novels. This a great introduction and a tempting treat." Susan Corcoran - Booksaremycwtches

"The Last Post is a quick and captivating read that has left me looking forward to future books in the series." Sarah Hardy - By The letter Book Reviews

"I liked May and can see great potential for her in future books, including the upcoming Foul Trade." Nicola Smith - Short Book And Scribes

"The author has really managed to capture the feeling of war in the few short chapters, giving the reader a real sense of time and place." Jen Lucas - Jen Med's Book Reviews

"The Last Post is fast paced and filled with action. The writing is so vivid that I could picture the bombs dropping and the ground shaking." Christen Moore - Murder And Moore

Death's Confessor: A Civil War Murder Mystery

A fast paced, gritty murder mystery through the wilds of territorial New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley with the feel of a Tony Hillerman novel and the complexity of a Ngaio Marsh mystery. Pueblos, Apache, former Mexican citizens and the US Army collide in a tale of greed and murder. A new civil war mystery series by best selling author Phillip and Jennifer Bryant.

Peter Thomas Smith's days on the post of Fort Craig, New Mexico territory, are spent fighting boredom, keeping cool, and giving the spiritual state of the 5th California Mounted Infantry volunteers a ready ear. As chaplain, he isn't asked to do much in the way of fighting Apaches and there have been no wounded in battle to tend to from fighting Confederates.

He is content to let this state of affairs continue, that is until the Piro scout, Tafoya, brings in a soldier half dead with no name, no unit, and no reason for being there. Like his preferred namesake before him, Thomas the doubter, there are too many questions to ignore.

Like historical murder mysteries? Find more civil war mysteries and historical fiction by searching Phillip Bryant or P.J. Bryant. If you like civil war fiction, be sure to hunt up The Shiloh Series by Phillip Bryant, a four novel set.

Good Investigations: A David Good P.I. novel

She's Blonde. She's clever. She's in his office. London based PI David Good doesn't stand a chance.

South London. The 1980s. David Good, a morally confused and womanising private investigator, is hired by a ridiculously beautiful blonde to help her fend off the attentions of a serial blackmailer. But he's barely got to grips with the woman's keen sense of self-interest when he stumbles on to something far more unsavoury.

Never one to run a mile when a woman needs help, Good finds himself up to his neck in trouble, upsetting some unpleasant people with short fuses and their own self-interest to protect. This time his trade mark sense of humour might not be enough to see him safely out the other side, but the clock's ticking, so for once he ignores the obvious risk to his own carelessly maintained health and starts to unmask an illicit trade that's been causing a great deal of suffering.

Join David Good as he seeks to simultaneously unravel both the crime and the woman.

"Westerham's writing is tight, smooth to read, carries great descriptions and all with a dry wit and wry humor." Amazon USA review of 'Good Girl Gone Bad'.

This book is part of the David Good, private investigator series, which can be read in any order you like.

The Good Knight (A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery)

The Good Knight Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales... The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride's brother tasks his two best detectives-Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard-with bringing the kill... Full description

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Maids of Misfortune It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt. Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Franc... Full description

Tempest in the Tea Room: An Ezra Melamed Mystery: Volume 3

There's trouble afoot in Regency London's Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes-until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair: General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish pickpockets. In this first volume of the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, a young Jewish physician is accused of poisoning his wealthy patient, Lady Marblehead, as well as stealing a priceless pearl bracelet from her jewelry box. After more outbreaks of the mysterious ailment occur in the city, an increasingly hysterical Jewish community turns to Mr. Melamed to investigate the case-who in turn enlists the aid of General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane to find the real culprit. But there are too few clues and too little time in this humorous mystery story featuring British detectives who are definitely in a class of their own.

Temple of the Grail (Rosicrucian Quintet Series)

A SMOULDERING, MENACINGLY DELIGHTFUL WHODUNNIT WITH INTELLIGENCE; A PHILOSOPHICAL TOUR DE FORCE FOR HISTORY BUFFS. CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED #1 BEST SELLER TRANSLATED INTO FOUR LANGUAGES. Heresy, Hypocrisy, Murder... France, 1254 High on a mountain in the Pyrenees, the monastery of St Lazarus is a forbidding place. Behind its ramparts and battlements heretical acts are said to take place and there is the rumour of a secret - a secret so dangerous that its keepers will kill to keep it hidden. At the end of a bitter winter, a delegation headed by the ambitious Inquisitor Rainiero Sacconi arrives to investigate the monks of St Lazarus. Andre, a Knight of the Templar Order, and his young scribe, Christian de St Armand, have been sent by the King of France to oversee the investigation. When monks begin to die, one by one, under strange circumstances, Andre and Christian try to unravel the mystery while being hampered at every turn by the inquisitor. By the time they stumble upon the secret of St Lazarus hypocrisy and violence will be exposed. And for Andre and Christian it will turn into a fight, not only for their lives, but also for their souls.

Shunned No More: A Lady Forsaken, Book One: Volume 1

A Lady Shunned by All... Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father's country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn't expect is to come face to face with her past. A Lord Betrayed by One... Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, only wants vengeance. Recently returned from his military service to the King, his plans include repairing his family estate, finding a bride, and destroying the girl responsible for the untimely death of his twin brothers. What he doesn't anticipate is falling in love with the only woman who should never be part of his future. An Impossible Match, Destined to Be...

No Game for A Dame

Who Killed Alfie? (Hawker of the Yard Book 4)

The tale is set in London in 1940

All manner of strange and exotic objects float into Bow Creek on the tide, and when Alfie's body washes up between the barges moored under the shadow of Canning Town's Iron Bridge everyone in Docklands is convinced that he was garrotted by a Chinaman with his pigtail.

As a member of the Flying Squad, the investigation of a murder does not fall within Detective Inspector Hawker's remit, but Alfie being a wanted criminal, his main interest in the case is to make absolutely sure that the body is Alfie's and then mark the file closed, but why is he so certain that Alfie's killer is not Chinese? And what has an old photograph of a group of children got to do with it?

All the books in the Hawker series are complete self contained stories and may be read in any order, only the events of World War 2, which form a backdrop to the tales, are chronological.

The Home Guard Raiders (Hawker of the Yard Book 8)

The London blitz grinds on, but in spite of the bombs raining down on the city every night and the threat of a German invasion hanging over England like a big black cloud, it's business as usual for the criminal fraternity. When a gang in Home Guard uniform raid a jeweller's shop in Putney, Inspector Hawker is drawn into a weird and wonderful world of enthusiastic amateur soldiers building their own armoured cars and mounting machine guns on trailers to tow behind the family car as he pursues his investigation. But are the robbers really members of the Home Guard, or will it just be a case of rounding up the usual suspects, and if so, which ones - and where do the Edgware watchmaker or the overweight drag queen fit into the scheme of things?

In common with all Hawker books, this is a complete self-contained story and may be read independently of the others. The sequence of historical events forming the backdrop to the series are in chronological order, with Hawker number eight taking the war up to December 1940.

Forevermore: Volume 1 (Pat O'Malley Mysteries)

"Musgrave mixes accurate history with a spell-binding plot to create an amazing who-done-it! Watch for more Pat O'Malley Mysteries." In post Civil War New York City, Detective Pat O'Malley is living inside Poe's Cottage in the Bronx. O'Malley is haunted by Poe one night, and the detective finds a strange note. As a result, O'Malley decides to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore from an alcoholic binge but was, instead, murdered. O'Malley quickly becomes embroiled in a "cold case" that thrusts him into the lair of one of the most sinister and ruthless killers in 1865 New York City. Jim Musgrave's "Forevermore" is a quick read in four acts that will keep your mind razor sharp trying to solve the mystery of Poe's murder. Pat O'Malley must first find out how to become intimate with females before he can discover the final clue in this puzzle of wits, murder and romance.


Mandarin Yellow

The Hunt

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hunt by Oscar de Muriel, a Christmas tale from the world of Frey and McGray, read by Andy Secombe.

Christmas, 1888. After a thoroughly trying time in Edinburgh, Inspector Ian Frey looks forward to a Christmas break at his family's country estate back in England. But the welcome respite of home cooking, hunting trips and brandy by the fire is ruined by the arrival of an unwelcome guest....

Features an exclusive extract from A Fever of the Blood - the brilliant new Case for Frey and McGray, which publishes in February 2016.

Belle of Charleston: Southern Legacy, Book 1

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon, here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country's most turbulent times.

Belle of Charleston, Book One

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been Antebellum Charleston for over 100 years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned - loyalty, honor, duty to one's country, God, and family. It was the tie that binds until their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman - Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomery cousins until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

Mail Order Bride 4 Book Box Set: Sweet Clean Historical Western Mail Order Bride Mystery Romance

Critics describe these books as a very sweet invigorating set of books which are heart-warming, full of love, mystery, hope, and the true meaning of friendship.

Includes 4 series starter books (Faith Creek Brides #1, Sun River Brides #1, Silver River Brides #1, Ruby Springs Brides #1)

A One Horse Open Sleigh (A Town Called Horse Short Mystery Book 1)

A mother. A child. Separated at Christmas.

When a toddler goes missing, Constable Jack Merrick answers the call for help. Tagging along, Julia Thom, schoolteacher and part-time sleuth, finds herself pressed into service to help solve the mystery of the missing boy. As winter darkness and cold descend, little Henry's family becomes more frantic about his whereabouts, and Julia knows time is running out to find the boy. Who in the seemingly close-knit family wanted the child to disappear?

A One Horse Open Sleigh is part of a new series of short historical mysteries from award-winning author Alexandra Amor. If you like mysteries with a strong female lead, that put you on the edge of your seat, and focus on the relationships as much as the plot, then you'll love this heartfelt examination of life in frontier British Columbia.

What Amazon reviewers are saying about The Town Called Horse mysteries:

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