Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Police Procedurals Books

The Forgotten Girls (Book #1 in The Suburban Murder Series)

In an elite suburb of New York City, girls are dying. That doesn't happen in Greenvale, with its immaculate lawns, exclusive yacht clubs and multi-million dollar mansions. But behind its perfect facade, its trimmed hedges and luxury cars, a darkness lies. Girls, dependent on Adderall, outmaneuver each other to get into top colleges, while the mothers' need to live vicariously only makes it worse.

Bella DeFranco is one of the Bronx's top SVU detectives. At only 37, she disarms everyone with her stunning good looks, yet she is as tough as most men--and a lot smarter, too. Yet when is summoned to Greenvale, she finds herself getting lost in a case that even she can't comprehend. She stumbles into a land of secrets, a place where husbands hide their pasts from their wives, where friends are not what they seem, and where no one wants to know too much. As she digs deeper into layers of suburban dysfunction, she comes to learn that, behind all the fake smiles, there is a subtle violence--rivaling even her crime-ridden streets of the Bronx.

With a killer on the loose, time running out, and a new partner who never recovered from his washed-up alcoholic days, the odds are stacked against Bella. She is determined, though, to save these girls, whatever the cost. Yet as she gets close, the depth of psychosis she discovers shocks even her....

THE LOST GIRLS (BOOK #2 IN THE SUBURBAN MURDER SERIES) is now available!

Killer Christmas (A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller)

'UNMISSABLE' - LEE CHILD 'A RARE TALENT' - DAILY MAIL 'BRILLIANT' - JEFFERY DEAVER

A standalone short story featuring Detective Geraldine Steel

HAVE YOURSELF A DEADLY LITTLE CHRISTMAS...

It's Christmas Eve but not all is merry and bright for Detective Geraldine Steel. With her family abroad and her friends booked up, she finds herself alone in York for the holidays. But when a man collapses at the local fair, it's clear that this isn't a case of winter flu. There's a killer in the crowds. Can Geraldine find the culprit before another life is taken?

For fans of Peter James, Angela Marsons and Robert Bryndza

Look out for more DI Geraldine Steel investigations in Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring , Deadly Alibi and Class Murder

Don't miss the DI Ian Peterson series: Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death and Blood Axe

Abby & Sei Thriller Starter (Abby Kane FBI Thriller/Sei Assassin Thriller)

Russian Hill - 4.3 Stars

A serial killer. An elaborate game of death. Who's ready to play?

A killer is loose in San Francisco, and he's collecting body parts. FBI Agent Abby Kane believes a dead hiker found ten miles north of the city is the key to solving those crimes.

The more Abby digs, the more she begins to think the killer is playing an elaborate game and there's an audience cheering him on. But to catch the monster, she'll have to join in his twisted game.

Contract: Snatch - 4.3 Stars

They used her daughter to pull her out of retirement. They messed with the wrong mother.

Sei abandoned her life as an assassin to try to find peace--but when contacted by a source claiming to have information about the daughter she thought she'd lost, Sei finds herself taking on one last mission. Can she unravel the truth before time runs out?

Grab these two series starters for a fast-moving, action-packed thrill ride.

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

The exhilarating short story prequel to the DETECTIVE DEANS SERIES.



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

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

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

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



PRAISE FROM READERS

"A fast-paced and gripping 'fly-on-the-wall' policing story. Emotional, true to reality, and interesting." FIVE STARS Mike Anderson AMAZON TOP 50 REVIEWER

"I loved it, so realistic I could have been there." FIVE STARS Jackiey

"This short story had me from the first chapter" FIVE STARS Kindle customer

"After serving 30 years in the police force this has brought back the feelings and memories of working a set of night shifts in a city centre beat." FIVE STARS Terry Palmer

ALSO BY JAMES D MORTAIN

STORM LOG-0505 Detective Deans Book One.

DEAD BY DESIGN Detective Deans Book Two.



The Identity Thief (Stella Bruno Investigates Book 1)

Murder, mystery, and a little intrigue.

Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the murder of 'nice guy' Bob Cunningham, and discovers he wasn't who he claimed to be.

To solve this one, Stella not only has to work out who the victim was, she also needs to find out why he was pretending to be someone else.

And, there's the distraction of Shaun Porter, the new man from Public Prosecutions, who walks into her life.

If you enjoy a good murder mystery with a little intrigue, you'll love The Identity Thief, the first book in Peter Mulraney's Stella Bruno Investigates series of quick reads.

Rope Enough (The Romney and Marsh Files Book 1)

Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Joy Marsh is shipped out to Dover on the Kent coast to work under Detective Inspector Romney, a copper with a reputation as a cantankerous man but good at his job.

On her first night as his sergeant, a brutal crime in the town starts a chain of events that will test the mettle, the resolve and the detective in both of them.

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The Romney and Marsh Files now number six (nearly seven). They don't have to be read in order; they do all work as stand-alone novels. However, to get the most out of each it is recommended that they are consumed in the order in which they were prepared, a bit like the courses of a good meal. (Who wants to eat ice-cream before a bowl of soup?)

Here are the books of the series in order:

#1 Rope Enough

#2 Making a Killing

#3 Joint Enterprise

#4 A Dog's Life

#5 Particular Stupidities

#6 Unhappy Families

#7 A White-Knuckle Christmas (In production.)

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Wrath (The Lieutenant Harrington Series Book 1)

Wrath - The Lieutenant Harrington Series, Book 1

Miami homicide lieutenant Nash Harrington has seen countless murders. Blood and bodies are nothing to lose sleep over.

Yet what seems to be a run-of-the-mill murder stemming from infidelity turns into a full-blown killing spree.

For this killer, taking the lives of his wife and her lover is merely the beginning. He'll take the deceit no more. His decision has been made. All the women who've wronged him in the past will die.

Harrington quickly finds the case turning personal when the killer's focus inches closer and closer to home.

Unknown to the lieutenant, one of his loved ones has a history with the killer. And that history is etched in the killer's mind.

Blake Pierce: Mystery Bundle (Before He Kills, Cause to Kill, Once Gone and A Trace of Death)

Here is a bundle of the first books in four Blake Pierce series--the Mackenzie White, the Avery Black, the Riley Paige, and the Keri Locke series--all here in one convenient place. This bundle offers a great introduction to Blake Pierce's series with over 200,000 words of reading.

In BEFORE HE KILLS, a woman is found murdered in the cornfields of Nebraska, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn't take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose--and that his spree has just begun. Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she--and the local force--have ever seen. With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind.

In CAUSE TO KILL, Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off--only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her. Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her.Yet even they cannot deny Avery's brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery's chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.

In ONCE GONE, women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige. Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer's mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined.

In A TRACE OF DEATH, Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles. A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be ignored. Yet something about the mother's voice strikes a chord, and Keri decides to investigate. What she finds shocks her. The missing daughter--of a prominent senator--was hiding secrets no one knew. When all evidence points to a runaway, Keri is ordered off the case. And yet, despite pressure from her superiors, from the media, despite all trails going cold, the brilliant and obsessed Keri refuses to let it go. She knows she has but 48 hours if she has any chance of bringing this girl back alive.

A Deadly Blessing (LAPD Detective Maddie Divine Book 1)

The daughter of the governor of California is kidnapped, and LAPD Detective Maddie Divine is under the gun to find the critically ill teen before time runs out. With Maddie's marriage hanging by a thread, she follows the trail from the glamorous governor's mansion to the darkest heart of the city where gangs and organized prostitution thrive. She discovers her high-profile case comes with secrets on every side: cops, politicians, even the innocent. The only question is whether she can uncover the truth in time and whether or not her marriage can survive the investigation.

Retired LAPD Officer Kathy Bennett tells a lightning-paced story of suspense that will keep readers on edge from beginning to end.

Author's Note: This book contains mature situations and language.

South Street Mob - Book One: Payback's A Bitch

Installment one of four. This South Street Mob series is based on a successful FBI mob investigation in Philadelphia led by Charles "Bud" Warner, (Frank Murray) which drew national media attention and a personal commendation from Attorney General, Janet Reno. In this installment Mafia Kingpin, Scarponi, returns from prison and puts Frank Murray squarely in his cross hairs.

New Harry Hole Thriller: The Thirst Free Ebook Sampler

HARRY HOLE IS BACK! READ THE OPENING CHAPTERS OF THE BLISTERING NEW THRILLER FROM THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SNOWMAN AND POLICE AHEAD OF PUBLICATION.

THERE'S A NEW KILLER ON THE STREETS...

A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

HE'S IN YOUR HOUSE... HE'S IN YOUR ROOM

Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

HE'S OUT FOR BLOOD

When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he's to finally catch the one who got away.

'An expertly plotted, compelling and gripping white-knuckle ride... Nesbo deserves to be crowned the king of all crime thriller writers' Sunday Express on THE SON

'Nesbo deploys all the key ingredients of a cracking good thriller with expertise and verve. The ticking clock, the tension expertly ratcheted ever upwards, the changing scenery, the constantly shifting goalposts and the effortless, triumphant outpacing of the reader's ability to guess what's going to happen will keep you gripped to the last page' Guardian on THE LEOPARD

'The undisputed king of Scandinavian crime fiction' The Times

'Scandinavian crime thrillers don't come much darker or more tense than the best-selling Harry Hole series, and this tenth outing for the Norwegian detective is the best yet' Sunday Mirror on POLICE

Dying Eyes: Volume 1 (DS Brian McDone)

What secrets hide behind dying eyes? With the Christmas and New Year chaos out of the way, it's time for the Preston Police Department to put their feet up and return to normality. But for DS Brian McDone, there is no respite from the frenzy. An unidentified young woman is found brutally murdered in a seedy section of the city, her body laced with bruises, her sharp fingernails digging into her palms. Her eyes are staring up at something in pure fear. Nobody knows who she is. As Brian and his team begin to piece together the clues, the answers lead him to places he would least expect. The further Brian digs, one question soon becomes apparent: who can he trust? The answer, it seems, may be life-threatening. The first in a new series from bestselling author Ryan Casey, Dying Eyes is a dark detective mystery with complex characters and a twisting, turning plot that is sure to please fans of the genre. If you enjoy hit Danish TV phenomenon, The Killing, you'll love Dying Eyes.

Dead on Demand

He had the perfect life. Now he'll kill to get it back.

Night

The NightShade Forensic Files: Under Dark Skies (Book 1): Volume 1

Eleri Eames didn't think she'd ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her. When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth? Thrown together on their first case, Eleri and Donovan must deal with a charismatic cult leader and his true-believers. The cult is mixed up with several decade-old kidnapping cases and the missing daughter of a prominent FBI Agent. As Eleri and Donovan dig deeper, they discover that NightShade's mysteries aren't coincidence. Their secrets will save them . . . or destroy them.

A New Prospect

The Haunting of Low Fennel

The Wife of a Lesser Man: Volume 1

Mark is chief of police for the Los Angeles police department. He's a strong family man, used to being pulled in all directions, and loves it that way. Life with Shelley and his daughters could not be better, until fate delivers a hammer blow and he suffers a heart attack. Timing could not be worse, a serial killer strikes just as Mark is released from hospital. Juggling work and ignoring concerns for his health, the chief of police finds himself paying attention to little other than the case. When the murderer leaves a clue too close to home, Mark finds himself tracking down a serial killer who seems to know more about him than his wife of twenty years. This is book one in a suspense trilogy. Readers can enjoy the books in any order as there are no cliff hangers. Each novel is a stand-alone story with simply the characters in common. Book two is called 'Don't Mess with Daddy's Girl' and is Book three 'The Wheels of Change' is coming soon.

Rage

Tough Justice: Exposed (Part 1 of 8)

A new job. A new case. A new criminal....

Special Agent Lara Grant would do anything to get her mark - until her last undercover case, infiltrating the notorious Moretti crime ring, forced her to get close to the top. Way. Too. Close....

Now, starting a new job in New York City, all Lara wants is to leave the ghosts of her past behind. Until a dramatic sniper attack leaves Lara's face - and real name - all over the media. In the blink of an eye, her cover is blown, her identity exposed.

Then a woman's body is found, branded with the ritual Moretti tattoo. Someone knows who Lara is...and exactly how to make her pay....

Part 1 of 8 in a chilling, high-octane FBI thriller: Tough Justice from New York Times best-selling author Carla Cassidy and Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson, and Gail Barrett.