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Death’s Door: A gripping, free short story for crime thriller fans from the Sunday Times bestseller

A new short story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalkers, with an exclusive first look at the newest book, Kiss of Death!Obsession makes the heart grow fonder . . .

When a stalking case lands on DS 'Heck' Heckenburg's desk it seems pretty straightforward.

But when Heck discovers that the victim lives in the same house that a young woman was brutally murdered in six years earlier, instinct tells him that it's not so simple after all.

Before long Heck is entangled in something far more dangerous than he had expected. In a race against the clock, can Heck and Gemma stop history from repeating itself - or will they end up getting caught in the crossfire?

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with a heart pounding short story that fans of M.J. Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won't be able to put down.

The Bluebell Informant (DS Evelyn Giles: Crime and Thriller 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...'

WALKING INTO MURDER (The Professor Laura Morland Mystery Series)

Who would believe that an innocent walking trip in the English Cotswolds would include not just one murder but three, and even more hair-raising adventures? The intrepid American heroine of WALKING INTO MURDER, professor Laura Morland, would have scoffed at the idea. All she wanted was a few days of peace to recover from a humiliating (if not entirely unwelcome) divorce and a chance to test her new independence. That she certainly does; peace is another matter.

WALKING INTO MURDER is a light-hearted mystery with a delightful setting, an intriguing plot and distinctive characters headed by Laura Morland, a wonderfully appealing new amateur detective. It is part traditional English mystery, part middle-aged female sleuth of independent spirit who solves mysteries that confound the experts, part primer on the the battle between the sexes since Laura is an expert on gender, part rousing adventure. Laura is hardly Miss Marple - she is younger, more active, attractive, even romantically inclined, but the settings and characters are very British indeed.

It's a wonderful read: spine-tingling escapes and confrontations on deserted moors contrast with peaceful interludes in England's quaintest villages and most verdant countryside - and with some near-comic scenes of Laura's inept but ultimately successful efforts to track down the villains even as she eludes their clutches. Mask-making, amateur theatrics, underground tunnels and an escape from a boarded-up cottage are all part of the action.



The adventure begins when Laura is invited to teach a seminar on gender issues in London. First she decides to embark on a solo walking trip on the Cotswold Way. The walk soon takes stormy turns. A man plummets out of the thick mist, hauls her into an embrace and begs her to masquerade as his wife. Escorted at gunpoint by an aristocratic Englishman to an ancient manor house, she is confronted by a roomful of eccentrics, any of whom could be the killer of the body she finds in a bedroom - a body that perversely keeps changing its identity. In fact, everyone in in this bizarre household seems to have multiple identities and multiple motivations, making it exceedingly difficult to determine who is telling the truth and even harder to ascertain who is on Laura's side.

Curiosity is Laura's dominant trait and she delves into the mystery with possibly unwise abandon. She is determined to unmask the murderer - and to get the best of her alternately charming and irritating would-be husband, to whom she is undeniably attracted. She soon discovers that her fund of scholarly knowledge about male/female relationships is of little help in dealing with a man who refuses to answer her questions, appears to be having a steamy affair with the titled Lady of the house, and who increasingly seems the most likely candidate for murderer. Complicating matters further is his fraught relationship with Laura's able assistant in crime-detection, a fiery, free-spirited runaway who lives in the woods.

As Laura probes deeper, the efforts of the villains to silence her become more frantic and her strategies to evade them more ingenious. With total disregard for the escalating danger, she vows to outwit them all. And she does. In a final dramatic - and totally unexpected - scene, she zeroes in on the killer, or it might be more accurate to say the murderer zeroes in on her.

Joan Dahr Lambert is the author of CIRCLES OF STONE, a prehistoric novel told through the eyes of three women who became leaders of their tribes, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1997 & 1999. Lambert has written two other prehistoric novels, a novel about wolves for children and a novella, as well as the first two books in the Laura Morland series. The second, BABES IN THE BATHS, will be out soon. Like may published authors, she has decided to try self-publishing. All of her books will soon appear on Kindle and on other on-line venues.

Nothing Done in Secret (Alexander Moffat Mysteries Book 1)

An overbearing realtor is dead at the church she planned to convert to condominiums. A man in a ski mask attacks a young woman revealing a pattern of unsolved crimes going back three decades. Captain Alexander Moffat must conduct two very different investigations. Nothing Done in Secret is a British-style mystery set in the small towns and vineyards of California's picturesque Gold Country.

The Missing Gun (Hawker of the Yard Book 1)

London in the autumn of 1939: the early months of World War 2. Hitler has just conquered Poland, but life in London continues much as it did in peacetime, albeit a little more restricted since the introduction of petrol rationing. No bombs have been dropped on the city as yet, but the population go about their daily business under the constant threat of German air raids, and a blackout remains in force at night.

For Scotland Yard and the criminal fraternity, however, it is business as usual. When a pawnbroker's assistant is wounded by a gunman wearing a gasmask, it appears to be a straightforward case of a bungled armed robbery, but as Hawker proceeds with his investigation, the more facts he uncovers the more confusing the affair becomes. A red-headed soldier, a missing gun, a dead cat, an empty violin case and a damaged violin are only a few of the threads that have to be unravelled before he can wrap up the case - with a little help from Sherlock Holmes.

Demon’s Night: A Jason Dark Mystery (Jason Dark - Ghost Hunter Book 1)

The London fog had eyes tonight. Ugly, yellow eyes with slits for pupils...

A series of bizarre deaths in Victorian London leaves the victims unnaturally desiccated and decaying, sending occult detective Jason Dark into the dangerous world of the London dockyards in search of a supernatural murderer. But is the paranormal investigator prepared to duel a full-fledged demon on a Hell-bent mission to create chaos and catastrophe throughout the earth, a fiend determined to wreak more death and destruction than his even more ominous Father?

This is the first volume in a series of supernatural mysteries where Jason Dark, a fearless and resourceful ghost hunter in Victorian Britain, faces off against creatures from other dimensions and the forces of evil that feed on our fears.

This series is filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister, fog-shrouded streets of gaslit London. Your encounter with the extraordinary awaits!

Who Killed Bob?

Bob is dead. He appears to have died in his study, alone and with the doors locked. On his desk are a pen and a photograph of his family and these items are usually there.

What are not usually there are the ice pick, claw hammer, kitchen knife and bottle of prussic acid that have been arranged in a line neatly on his desk.

A lot of questions need to be answered. The main one is WHO KILLED BOB?

From the author of the successful mystery, A COLD WIND BLOWS, Stephen Craig presents the first book in The Dr. Jacobs Mysteries.

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

The Cedar Face: DI Jewell book 3 (DI Elizabeth Jewell)

When Keith Wilson, an art teacher at Grasmere Academy is murdered, DI Elizabeth Jewell expects to lead the investigation. Within hours, her new boss DCI Liam Yeats takes over and excludes both her and Sergeant Patterson from the case without giving a valid reason. However, Yeats's policy is short lived when he realises alienating Jewell and her team is counterproductive.

Jacob Morven, a Canadian citizen from a remote area of North-Western British Columbia is the prime suspect. Although the evidence against him points to his guilt, DI Jewell has doubts. Keith Wilson, the victim, had boasted of a change in his fortune, implying he was about to receive a substantial amount of money. With this in mind, Jewell looks further afield for other suspects. As the mystery deepens, Jewell and Patterson look back almost three hundred years to the origins of a lost artefact.

Amidst escalating dissent at Park Road HQ, Elizabeth tackles yet another problem. Where is her previous boss, DCS Daly and is his unexpected disappearance connected to the current situation?

Hilda Hopkins, Murder, She Knit (Hilda Hopkins, Machine Knitting Serial Killer Book 1)

A fast paced crime thriller with a twist, then pearl, then loop two and drop. Hilda Hopkins, the machine knitting murderess is on the run! Slipping mickey finns and strangling her gentleman guests with a knitted garrotte, Hilda has been bounced by the local 'Sweeney'. Her knitted dolls of each victim the most damning of evidence. Can she escape the long arm of the law before Scotland Yarn, er... Scotland Yard's finest find their fiend?

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 Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes Book 7)

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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.

Death of a Nurse - EXTENDED FREE PREVIEW (first 3 chapters) (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Book 31)

M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman.

James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again....

Death Visits The Hair Salon: (Cozy Mysteries Book 1) (The Mysteries Of Marion)

If you like mysteries with a hint of romance...

When Marion and Ruth open their salon, just as they do every morning, they're horrified to discover a corpse seated in a styling chair. The police determine that the cause of death is strangulation. The murderer has to be someone from Chippingville, someone who knows Marion and Ruth.

In their quest to discover the truth, they receive the unexpected help of their hair salon's clients, and that of the attractive village doctor, Glenn Steel, who has a secret.

If you like short mystery stories, get hooked with the first book in the Marion Fox mystery series. Marion is a character that will amaze you with her ingenuity and tenacity.

The Cross: The first prequel in the Parliament House Books Series

On a night when old Glasgow caught fire, through the gang violence and the terrors gripping the city, two blood brothers went on a special mission.Their world would end that night. What remained grew in to a force of nature that would change Scotland and the wider world for the better. That force had a name: Brogan McLane. The first prequel in The Parliament House Books series.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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."

The Murder Diaries - Seven Times Over

A Preacher is run down on the by-pass, a Right Reverend falls under the London Express; a fisherman drowns in the canal. Accident suicide, or murder? Inspector Walter Darriteau of Chester police doesn't believe in coincidences. His doubts are confirmed with another killing. Maggie O'Brien on a bench in the forest, dew dripping from her nose, a cobweb from her hat to the bench, death by carbon monoxide poisoning, yet no car in the damp car park. There's a killer at large, a random killer, a serial killer, a ruthless killer who'll stop at nothing. Why? What's the purpose behind these unrelated deaths? It's a race against time; he or she must be stopped before they kill again. The Murder Diaries is set in the City of Chester. Darriteau is an adopted Cestrian, he's nearing retirement, and his oppo Sergeant Karen Greenwood covets his job. Walter isn't ready to end things on a sour note. He knows this case will define his career. He determines to trap the killer, putting his own life on the line.

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.

Hunters

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

Dead Before Morning

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

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.

Frozen Heart (Burning Love Book 1)

Richard and Laura are on their honeymoon as they pass through London and enjoy visiting their friend Arthur;

But no one would have imagined that the best New York police detectives would be there to help solve the problem.

With the blessing of your majesty granted they leave to discover the motive and who has been causing the murders...