Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Mystery Books

Gone With The Ghost (Murder By Design Book 1)

Bailey Burke has had a rough six months--it's not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that's exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn't cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is...



Ryan claims he didn't commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan's counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.



An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan's former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day... and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.

Murder By Design Series

Book 1- Gone With The Ghost

Book 2- Silence of The Ghost

Book 3- Once Upon a Ghost

Bestselling author Erin McCarthy offers her signature humor in this fun series about an uptight fashion-conscious home stager who finds herself stiletto-deep in murder...

Dev Haskell Box Set 8-14 (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator)

Would you enjoy seven entertaining reads?



Check out these works of genius in the best selling Dev Haskell series:

Crickett, Bulldog, Double Trouble, Yellow Ribbon, Dog Gone, Scam Man, and Foiled.

Think of James Patterson's Alex Cross series or John Sanford's Prey series and toss in a lot of laughs.

Do you know Dev Haskell? He's a Private Investigator with a foot on both sides of the law. A back slapping, fun loving, ladies man, but best not to cross him. He's not always right. He's not going to save the world from terrorists, or protect the stock market from international manipulators. Dev Haskell deals in day to day problems and situations that result from people making bad decisions. But then, bad decisions can make for interesting tales . . .

At the end of the day Dev get's the job done and there's usually a gorgeous woman who says, "Please, don't ever call me again. Ever!"

Dev Haskell, you're about to be throughly entertained.

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"Faricy is America's hottest new mystery writer." The Dirty Lowdown

"Even now I can't believe the way this guy can weave a tale. Just when things were about to get too grim there's a laugh out loud scene that kept me turning the pages. Run! Don't walk, to pick up your copy." The Irish Gazette

What Amazon readers are saying:***** "Faricy is a strong writer and takes care of the reader."***** "I throughly enjoyed the book. I had a hard time putting it down."***** "This action driven thriller will keep you turning the pages."***** "You can tell by the number of stars I gave that I liked it a lot."***** "A fantastic novel that kept me hooked from the first page."***** "I recommend this book, a detective story with a likable rogue hero."***** "Good character development, good editing, and a believable story line makes this a great book! Loved the book and I highly recommend it!"***** "I only wish I could give this more than five stars."***** "I highly recommend this book. It gets five stars from me."***** "Only one question . . . When is the movie coming out?"

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Greed: An Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Book 1

Washburn County Deputy Amber Monroe is following in the footsteps of her sister, Jade. She devours everything she can during her detective training in hopes of being promoted soon.

Living in small-town USA has its advantages, like a sense of security, and disadvantages, like being close to Milwaukee and its crime. Washburn County has become the dumping ground of murder victims, courtesy of its neighboring county to the south.

When two men are discovered on the outskirts of North Bend, each with a bullet to the head, Amber's team, led by Lieutenant Jack Steele, hits the highway in search of a killer.

Assisted by the Milwaukee PD, they go deep into Brew City's underbelly, which reveals far more than anyone ever expected. Crimes involving murder and counterfeiting keep the team running in every direction, but it's Amber's attraction to a new man in North Bend that puts her front and center on the killer's short list.

She doesn't get far before the entire case turns upside down.

Note: All Amber Monroe books are standalone stories but since characters carry over, they are best read in chronological order.

Series One - Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series

#1 Greed

#2 Avenged

#3 Vendetta

#4 Atrocity

#5 Travesty

The Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series follows on the heels of the conclusion of Malice, Book 5 in the Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Series.

Editorial Review:

"Fans of C. M. Sutter's Jade Monroe crime thrillers will be pleased to learn that Jade's younger sister, Amber Monroe, is about to make detective and kicking off her own law enforcement career in small-town North Bend, Wisconsin. Amber is determined to succeed in law enforcement and eager to prove her investigative chops--along with another deputy who happens to have psychic abilities--and she gets the chance when two dead bodies are dumped in North Bend. There's also the intrigue of a possible counterfeiting ring turning up in town, making this fast-paced tale a terrific kickoff to the new series." Angela M., Editor, Red Adept Editing

Start at the beginning of the Monroe Sisters' saga with Maniacal. Find all of the books leading up to the Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series below.

Series One - Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series

#1 Maniacal

#2 Captive

#3 Fallacy

#4 Premonition

#5 Exposed

Note: The Jade Monroe FBI Thriller books follow on the heels of the conclusion of Exposed, Book 5 in the Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series.



Series Two - Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Series

#1 Snapped

#2 Justified

#3 Donors

#4 Leverage

#5 Malice

The First Cases: The Roberts and Bradley PI Crime Thriller Collection Mega Boxed Set

Could you risk it all to protect the innocent? Would you put your life on the line for justice?

These two detectives do - every single time...

Meet Private Investigators Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley as they risk it all in six thrilling cases...



Over one and half thousand pages of thrilling mystery and action with twists, turns and shocks across six pulsating books. Join the action as PIs Roberts and Bradley take on all comers, outwitting cunning enemies and unpicking devilish mysteries in an epic fight to survive...

Dangerous cases pit them against ruthless gangsters, murderers, thieves and villains of all stripes. And the trouble doesn't stop there. Eva and Dan are lovers stuck in a turbulent affair. But Dan is also head-over-heels for himself and Eva has a not-so-secret crush on the bottle...

If you enjoy page-turning mysteries and thrillers with snappy dialogue, flawed heroes, and a hint of romance then you are in for a real treat.

This giant set comprises six roller-coaster mystery-thrillers:

1. Out With A Bang

2. One Mile Deep

3. Long Time Dying (ends with a stunning cliffhanger)

4. Luck and Judgment

5. Rite to Silence

6. The Final Trick.

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The Ice Maiden: FREE crime thriller mystery set in the sixties (Detective Inspector Jack Gilbert)

FREE READ! Number One Best Seller in CRIME FICTION FREE READ! Crime thriller mystery series set in the sixties. Simply waiting for a bus why should Anne ever dream of dying? He was an opportunist driven by lust, needing to climax while looking into her eyes as she died. Found two months later she will be like all the others - frozen in time. Hunting the killer down is Detective Inspector Jack Gilbert, a dinosaur of the old school, a fish out of water in the swinging sixties, but with a reputation second to none. What is Jack's sad secret? What does the future hold for him?

Read the ICE MAIDEN and there's a link at the end allowing you to download for FREE, number one in the Jack Gilbert Series - THE CHOCOLATE KILLER. For you, chocolate will never taste the same again!

"Gripping storyline that keeps you guessing to the end."

"Excellent book, gripping story about girls who immediately trust a man when they're in need of a Samaritan; how they meet their demise and how the detective hunts the man down. The book was so gripping I downloaded the follow on book by this author."

The Note

A thrilling novella introducing Eddie Collins, CSI

Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no ones there?

I have.

It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I'd listened to that feeling, if I'd thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.

Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.

I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me.

But I was about to find out.

I'm Eddie Collins, a CSI, and this is my story.



Andrew Barrett is the best-selling author of The End of Lies. This novella serves as a thrilling introduction to his Eddie Collins Series. It will appeal to fans of authors like Ian Rankin, Robert Bryndza and Kathy Reichs.

Stealing Power: A gripping crime thriller full of suspense (Detectives Kane and Colt Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

Stealing women's power is easy ... restoring it is deadly.

Detective Chief Inspector AJ Colt lives his life in the limelight. The charismatic star of New Scotland Yard is public relations gold. Everyone loves him. Well, almost everyone. For three years a vicious serial rapist has been taunting and tormenting him, sending him recordings of every sickening crime he commits. But with no DNA from the devastated victims the trail is stone cold dead, until a familiar landmark leads Colt back to his hometown - the last place on earth he wants to be.

It's also the last place on earth Detective India Kane wants him. The obsessively private local keeps her head down, works hard, and doesn't bother anybody. She likes life that way. When people bother her, things have a tendency to get messy. She's just landed a career changing case - a brutal drug-facilitated rape investigation - and doesn't take kindly to the arrogant newcomer parachuted in to snatch it from her.

The hunt is on.

But Colt and Kane's twisted prey is just warming up. As he escalates, so does his power. And he won't stop until he's stolen it all ... even if it means bringing his own brand of terror directly to those who hunt him.

When their lives collide - it won't just be the victims' worlds that are torn apart.

Stealing Power is the first in a series of gripping psychological crime thrillers featuring British Detectives India Kane and AJ Colt. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Caroline Mitchell, Carol Wyer and Patricia Gibney.

The Final Trick: Final Trick Private Investigator Crime Thriller Series Book 1

"A great book!"

"A must read ***** 5 star all the way"

Private Investigators Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley are hired to track down young single mother Willow Jackson. But when a body is found on the outskirts of town, all seems lost. The body is naked, riddled with drugs and shows strange signs of water damage. But Willow Jackson's body is discovered miles inland and had never taken drugs in her life. The girl's mother is determined to discover what happened... and so a missing persons case becomes a murder hunt.

When another young woman goes missing, she must fight to get free before her time runs out. The hunt to save her is joined by a mysterious rival - a man who will not stop until he has revenge.

Who will find the killer before they strike again? DI Hogarth and the police? The PIs? Or the mysterious hunter?

Welcome to Metropolis-on-sea. A town burning through the ambition of its leaders, a place infected by a wicked lust, preying on the weakness of those it has seduced.

Welcome to The Final Trick...

Full of dramatic tension, with snappy dialogue, mystery, twists, thrilling action, humour and a hint of romance, this full-length novel should satisfy fans of all great mysteries and crime thrillers. If you love Lee Child, Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin, and the Long Time Dying series then you will love The Final Trick.

Eva Roberts & Dan Bradley - London Calling Private Investigator Crime Thriller Series

THE FINAL TRICK - Book 1

TASTE OF DEATH - Book 2

THE DANGER ROOM- Book 3

BOOK FOUR COMING SOON!

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WAGES OF SIN: The Private Investigator Crime Thriller Series Boxed Set

"Outstanding!"

A triple shot of high-octane excitement and dark mystery - three full-length action packed mystery thrillers in one page-turning boxed set!

Book 1: Luck and Judgment.

Gail Everett is determined to get justice from the corporation that destroyed her father's life - but no courtroom has ever found against them. She hires private investigators Roberts and Bradley - but real justice won't come easy.

Friends are divided. Young women are murdered on the streets. Private detectives Roberts and Bradley are snared in the dark heart of a thirty-year-old nightmare...

Book 2: Rite To Silence

A young loner drops dead on a public street. Dressed in a white gown, with black paint daubed across his eyes, the victim was killed by knife with devilish precision - and a plastic token is hidden in the fatal wound.

Roberts and Bradley are hired to honour a young man's memory and to prevent another bloodbath. And they must outwit a sinister killer and free his next victim before he strikes again...

Book 3: The Final Trick

Eva and Dan are hired to track down young single mother Willow Jackson. When a body is found on the outskirts of town, all seems lost. The body is naked, riddled with drugs and shows strange signs of water damage. But Willow Jackson's body is discovered miles inland and had never taken drugs in her life. Willow's mother is determined to discover what happened to her daughter... and a missing persons case becomes a murder hunt.

But the hunt is joined by a mysterious rival - a man who will stop at nothing until he has revenge. He too must be stopped...

Three gripping noir thrillers which can be enjoyed as standalone stories, or be as part of the thrilling series of Roberts and Bradley adventures. Discover why fans love Roberts and Bradley. Join the adventure today!

Full of dramatic tension, with snappy dialogue, mystery, twists, thrilling action, humour and a hint of romance, this full-length novel should satisfy fans of all great mysteries and crime thrillers. If you love Lee Child, Robert Crais, Harlan Coben, Ian Rankin, and the Long Time Dying series then you will love The Final Trick.

Eva Roberts & Dan Bradley - Join the adventure today!

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Tell Him He's Dead

From the Number One Bestselling Crime Author, a brilliant new SHORT STORY featuring murder detective Max Wolfe who is haunted by a nightmare of his own making ...

As detective Max Wolfe recovers from the injuries sustained in The Murder Bag, a figure from his past comes back into his life: his childhood sweetheart, now stalked and threatened by her violent ex-partner.

As Max attempts to protect her, he is haunted by a nightmare of his own: the reappearance of the terrorist he killed with his car at the start of The Murder Bag.

Are they visions brought on by the medication Max is taking? Or is he going mad?

Or do some people just have to be killed twice?

Praise for the DC Max Wolfe series

'Tense and human, fast and authentic' Lee Child

'A relentless plot, evocative prose and compelling characters conspire to make this a must read' Jeffery Deaver

'Great plotting, great characters and at least two eye-widening twists I didn't see coming' Sophie Hannah

'I've long been a fan of Tony Parsons' writing. This is brilliant stuff!' Peter James

Only the Strongest Survive

The novel opens with a hair-tingling scene, as two men kidnap Emely Donnovan, one of the wealthiest women in America, and bury her alive. What is behind this horrific crime?

Raised in a strict religious institution, Emely never knew her parents. Fearing a life of poverty, she starts up a small business that deals mainly with buying and selling stocks. Thanks to her extreme dedication and knowledge, the company grows over time into a major conglomerate. In her desire for ever greater financial security, this beautiful, ambitious CEO has accumulated a number of enemies.

But now she finds herself locked in the basement of a remote house in the middle of a forest, watched over by one of her captors who makes her buy and sell stocks for him so he can get rich. Her challenge to survive becomes even more complicated when Emely's captor falls in love with her. ...

Check out the great review I got from the independent Midwest Book Review:



Another intriguing opening marks Ian Fox's style, which is to grab the reader's attention from the first paragraph of description: "Emely Donnovan, the CEO of Donnovan Corporation, slipped out of her black Porsche Carrera GT sports car and hurried to the entrance of the office building. "Here are the keys, Mr. Kruger," she said to the porter. "The usual space, please."

The day proves anything but usual for fast-paced CEO Emely, one of the wealthiest women in America, when she is kidnapped and buried alive; and the story that evolves will delight mystery and thriller readers who would initially predict quite a different outcome from the initial events.

As Emely and her kidnapper evolve some unusual bonds, a strange dilemma comes to unfold: what happens when terrorism and a plot for financial gain changes to unexpected romance which is experienced on both sides?

There has been much written about emotional connections between victims and captors that evolve as a response to a struggle for survival on the victim's part - but none hold the depth and dilemma of ONLY THE STRONGEST SURVIVE, where the captor himself is drawn to his victim. At first the two are separated by their different objectives: hers to survive, his to reap financial gain: "When she lay on the bed or sat at the desk, she replayed the memory of what had happened to her. She thought about it so much that it gave her a headache. When she wasn't thinking she was crying, and when she wasn't crying, she was asleep.

John was not thinking of her. His thoughts revolved around the money that would soon be in his account. Every morning he rang his bank to check the balance. He knew that a transfer from abroad took at least three days, but still hoped that things would perhaps happen sooner."

Add to the budding romance other protagonists who have different interests in the changing situation plus swiftly changing motives and treachery and you have a story that follows no predictable path ... and herein lies its delight.

Ian Fox's writings will prove compelling to readers who seek complexity and difference in plots. ONLY THE STRONGEST SURVIVE is especially recommended for readers who, in the past, have read many thrillers with too few real surprises. Those who seek the thrill of the unexpected will

find Ian Fox's works satisfying on many levels: filled with the depth, detail and turns that you just don't find in too many novels nowadays.

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The First Shot (Lieutenant Kane - Dedicated to Death Series Book 1)

The First Shot: Book One in The Lieutenant Kane Dedicated to Death Series

For Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane, death is his life. If a single award existed for sinking himself into his work, he'd have two.

But the latest crime scene he's called to, an old abandoned factory, leaves him with more bodies than leads. Three drug dealers are found shot to death--not an uncommon sight in the least. The problem lies with the pair of middle-aged women--bound, gagged, and executed--found at the same location.

Before he can sink his teeth into the initial investigation, Kane is called out to another multiple homicide. He comes up with only more questions when the second group of murders appears connected to the first.

As the lieutenant tracks down the few leads, he begins to get a clearer picture of those he seeks. That picture quickly turns crystal clear when Kane finds himself face-to-face with someone that "armed and dangerous" doesn't even begin to describe.

Last Gasp

Trouble in Mudbug: Volume 1 (Ghost-in-Law Series)

Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

Cleaver Square

The bleakest winter on record and a gruesome discovery bring DCI David Morton to the Hackney Marshes in search of a clue, any clue, as to the identity of a dead child found near the Old River Lea. Meanwhile, closer to home, Morton's long suffering wife Sarah comes to the conclusion that her man has been doing more than work during his late nights at the office. As he closes in on the mystery of the boy's identity his life begins to crumble and a terrible wrong is done to someone he loves. With all of London watching, Morton's impeccable ethics will be tested to their limit as he is forced to choose between doing what is right and what is legal. Cleaver Square is a stand-alone Police Procedural featuring DCI David Morton.

His First His Second (An Alicia Friend Investigation)

Meet Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend. She's nice. Too nice to be a copper if she's honest. She is also one of the most respected criminal analysts in the country, and finds herself assigned to DI Murphy's team in a cold northern city, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women, both of similar appearance. But Richard-the father of latest girl to be taken-believes the police are not moving quickly enough. He launches a parallel investigation, utilising skills learned a long time ago, in a dark past that is about to catch up with him. As his secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact with Richard, and even starts to fall for him, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.

The Lion's Courtship (Anna Kronberg Thrillers)

London, 1885. Anna Kronberg hides in the city's most notorious slum, offering medical treatment to prostitutes, beggars, and criminals of all kinds. None of her neighbours knows her true identity, and she makes sure it stays that way. When the Irish thief Garret O'Hare breaks into her home in the dead of the night, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound and collapsing on her bed, her life begins to take a deadly turn. Prequel to the bestselling Anna Kronberg Thriller series. This book is not for the faint-hearted. Explicit language, explicit medical scenes, violence, poverty, and prostitution are depicted without prettifying.

Buried: Volume 1 (Twisted Cedar Mysteries)

Justice is overdue in the coastal town of Twisted Cedars where two unsolved mysteries lay buried in the past. Over thirty years ago a series of murders targeting Oregon librarians was never solved. Now someone with inside knowledge is feeding clues to true crime writer Dougal Lachlan, promising him the best story of his career. Pursuing the leads means returning to Twisted Cedars, where his sister Jamie is about to marry a man he deeply dislikes. Local Twisted Cedars librarian Charlotte Hammond prefers her mysteries-and her romances-between the covers of a good book, especially since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago. But then the dark and tortured soul who is Dougal Lachlan walks into the Twisted Cedars Library asking for her help. Before long Charlotte realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries...and especially not in Twisted Cedars. "One of my favorite elements of Carmichael's books is her gripping portrayal of family dynamics." Kathy Altman, USA Today "Carmichael's dialogue sparkles..." Romantic Times Reviews "When I tally up the books I've read at the end of the year this book will stick out on the keeper shelf..." Debbie K. Gilbert, Amazon, on The Fourth Child "C.J. Carmichael's The Dad Next Door is remarkably well written. Her characters have depth...and her depiction of their emotions is spot-on..." Romantic Times "Really good book with great characters....I didn't want to put it down-" Ladyacct, Goodreads, on The Fourth Child

Kill Game: Volume 1 (Cold Poker Gang)

USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith takes you into the world of his acclaimed novel Dead Money with a brand new series focused around a group of retired Las Vegas Police detectives playing poker and solving cold cases. Retired Detective Bayard Lott hosts the weekly poker games at his home. The group calls themselves the Cold Poker Gang. And they have proven very successful in closing old cases. Lott's very first homicide case as a brand-new detective had gone cold more than twenty years earlier. But retired Reno detective Julia Rogers, new to the Cold Poker Gang, suggests they look at that case again for personal reasons. From that simple suggestion spins one of the strangest and most complicated murder mystery puzzles the gang has ever seen. "Dean Wesley Smith does for poker what James Patterson does for serial killers." -Sheldon McArthur, former owner of Mysterious Books in Los Angeles "[An] exhilarating political poker thriller." -Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews

Cooking Spirits: An Angie & Friends Food & Spirits Mystery (The Angie & Friends Food & Spirits Mysteries Book 1): Volume 15 (Angie Amalfi Mysteries)

Culinary queen Angie Amalfi has put aside her gourmet utensils to concentrate on planning her upcoming wedding to San Francisco homicide detective Paavo Smith. What could possibly go wrong? Instead of the answer to her heart's dreams, she scrambles to deal with wedding planners with bizarre ideas, wedding dresses that don't flatter, squabbling relatives with hurt feelings, a long-suffering groom, and worries over where she and Paavo will live after the wedding. But all of that pales when Angie finds the perfect house for them, except for one little problem-the house may be haunted. Many years ago, the newlyweds who lived in the house were murdered, and the case was never solved. While Angie pursues what happened to the couple who now may be haunting the house, Paavo obsesses over his own case involving the murder of unlikely lovers. The trail leads to ghosts, murders, unhappy families, and enough obnoxious wedding buttinskis to fill a graveyard. But when eerie happenings turn deadly, Angie fears she may be spirited away for good! "Pence's tongue-in-cheek humor keeps us grinning." -San Francisco Chronicle "A tasty treat for all mystery and suspense lovers who like food for thought, murder and a stab at romance." -The Armchair Detective

Stronger Than Magic: House of Xannon Book One: Volume 1

Tarian Xannon fights demons like the rest of us. This time, the demon just happens to be real. When Tarian Xannon is blindsided by a demon-like creature who steals her blood it launches a chain of events that unravels her life. She has no idea who he is or why he attacked, but it becomes increasingly clear that he'll stop at nothing to steal her power, and her life. And somewhere in the shadows, another enemy plans to take advantage of the situation. Tarian works to unravel the plot, while trying to save her family, her life, and her magic. But will her own power be enough? Or are some things Stronger than Magic?

Moon Signs

Alive

For fans of Val McDermid, Elly Griffiths and Peter May, prepare to delve into the dark world of the Craftsman with Alive, the ghostly short story thriller by Sunday Times best seller Sharon Bolton.



A dark moon is rising. A perfect black circle, barely visible in the night sky, the dark moon casts its void over the wind-scorched moor, over the soaring mass of a great limestone hill, and over the town that cowers in its shadow. The dark moon is the absence of moon before the slender silver crescent of the new moon appears again and people can breathe a little easier. The month is March, and the night is clear and cold, black as pitch. The full moon in March is known as the Worm Moon, welcome despite its ominous name, marking as it does the end of winter and the emergence of earthworms from the thawing ground. Dark moons have never been named, although they are sometimes called the dead moons. The dark moons reign over nights when people stoke up their fires, draw their curtains tighter and try to think happy thoughts.



In the town of Sabden at the foot of Pendle Hill in Lancashire, they usually fail. In Sabden's soot-blackened terraced houses, the sleepers' dreams darken when the moon leaves the sky. Infants wake up cold, mothers tremble with elusive fears for their children and old folks slip a little closer to death. Only the Craftsman welcomes the dark moon. Alone in the town, he is awake and ready to start work.



Alive is a nail-biting, heart-racing, exhilarating thriller that will have you up all night and includes an extract of Sharon's upcoming novel The Craftsman. Alive is the perfect appetiser to whet your appetite for Sharon's crime-fiction listens - a gripping tale that will leave you terrified to turn the lights off!



Read by Nathalie Buscombe.