World Book Day – Our Mystery Selection For You!

Hannah Jenkins

We thought we would celebrate World Book Day with some good reads!

Below is a list of mystery books that might be of interest to you..

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Alone (Masson Murder Mystery Series Book 5) by Laura Burke

The killer is terrified that everyone they meet will somehow know what happened, will know their shame. And so, they pave the nation’s seminars with the corpses of physicians, believing only the deaths of their tormentors will finally set them free of their debilitating fear of humiliation.

Detective Masson and Tara finally find themselves alone together for a long deserved vacation in sunny Miami. During their first night, they cross paths with a physician attending a seminar in their hotel who feared she was being stalked. Her fear weighs on their minds and tarnishes their efforts to enjoy their vacation.

 

 

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No Brakes: On the Wing by Ellen Ann Callahan


Lucy Prestipino has only minutes to deliver a lawsuit to the Baltimore City courthouse. She’s a twenty-one-year-old bicycle messenger on a mission—saving a crying lawyer from missing the statute of limitations. She’s promised to file the lawsuit before the court closes, no matter what.

No matter what propels Lucy into a horrific crash with handsome and charismatic Romero Sanchez. She becomes romantically entangled with Sanchez until Rick McCormick, the chief of the new gang unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, warns her of the depth of Sanchez’s criminality. Her relationship with Sanchez violently disintegrates….

 

 

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Killer’s Countdown (DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries Book 1) by Wendy H.Jones

Dead Women. A Ruthless Killer. A Detective with something to prove. Newly promoted Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie struggles to cope with her new job, the respect of her colleagues, and the need to solve the hardest case of her life. Will she succeed?

A killer stalks the streets of Dundee, Scotland. Shona,having recently returned to Scotland, relies on the local knowledge of Sgt Peter Johnston and the rest of her team to help her track down the killer. However, this is no ordinary killer. Shona needs to use every trick in and out of the book to bring them to justice

 

 

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Dead Before Morning (Rafferty & Llewellyn Book 1) by Geraldine Evans

Freshly-promoted cop Joe Rafferty has one ambition; To prove to his new boss that he has the ability to lead an investigation.

But, right from the start, things go wrong. To say the case of ‘The Faceless Lady’ is a challenge is putting it mildly. Not only is Rafferty’s main suspect for the murder a man who brings out his prejudices to the full. He can’t even rely on his family for support—as usual, they bring their own challenges for a hard-pressed detective. And he discovers the adage that trouble comes in threes is all too true. Even his new partner is a high-moral-ground kind of guy; not the best match for Rafferty. Or his ne’er-do-well family…

 

 

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Twenty-Four Shadows by Tanya J. Peterson

In her eye-opening and heartrending fourth novel, award winning author Tanya J. Peterson takes us inside the anguished mind of Isaac Bittman-an average family man whose mysterious and progressively violent mood swings, many of which he cannot remember, begin to unravel the lives of those closest to him. After a series of bizarre encounters, including losing his job and waking up half-dead in the wilds of Idaho, he begins treatment at a revolutionary mental health facility, where the childhood trauma he’s repressed for decades leads to revelations that his personality has splintered into twenty-four shadows, or “alters.”

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Corruption of Power by G W Eccles

Against a backdrop of political corruption, state sponsored terrorism, and increased Taliban insurgency, Independent troubleshooter, Alex Leksin, is asked by President Karpev to report on a planned pipeline to take Russian oil through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Karpev’s strategy is to reduce Russia’s reliance on the West by shifting his country’s vast energy resources to the East. Failure would be catastrophic to his presidency.

Leksin’s investigation takes him from Moscow to one of the world’s most sinister countries right at the heart of central Asia.

Initially, his enquiries reveal nothing to cause alarm. Yet, wherever Leksin goes, someone tries to kill him; people who may be able to help him are assassinated; and information turns to misinformation.

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If Truth Be Told by Ronald Feldman

Not everything is at it seems for NYC Detective Karl Dieter.
Lindsay Riccardi, PhD and Detective Karl Dieter are reunited in a murder case that began on the NYC street adjoining The Twin Towers at the moment of the attack on September 11th. One traumatic event in the life of the victim causes dominoes to fall creating a trail of deceit, extortion, and murder that makes innocent lives crumble.
They step into a world that is covered by curtains of secrecy. As each curtain is removed another hides the truth leading to darker, murkier circumstances.
Will the truth ever be uncovered? Will the truth be told? What are the consequences if truth be told?

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Her Other Family by Edward Dreyfus

HER OTHER FAMILY tells the story of Marianna Bolton, a young, married, LA woman who, after learning that she was adopted by the man she thought to be her father, sets out to find her birth father. She discovers that he is the son of a mafia capo and has a large family on the east coast.

She is caught in a moral and psychological dilemma: should she leave her husband of five years and the comfortable life they created, to become a part of the exciting, though immoral life of la famiglia? Why after living a law-and-order life, would she even consider giving it all up to become a member of an organized crime family?

 

 

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The Merlon Murders: A Duncan Dewar Mystery by Victoria Benchley

When hot shot investigator and math genius Duncan Dewar decides to head a life insurance inquiry, he has no idea what he’s soon to encounter. Hoping to learn more about his ancestry, Duncan is drawn to the village of Taye, Scotland, where his past and future are about to collide, altering the trajectory of his life forever. Was the laird of Castle Taye accidently crushed by a merlon from his own battlement, or are more sinister forces at work? Is the alluring widow and beneficiary of eleven million pounds to blame, or innocent? Is a ghost seeking vengeance against members of Clan MacNab for the slaughter of her loved one hundreds of years ago? Will Duncan be the next victim of the merlon murders? Follow Duncan on a culinary tour of breathtaking Scotland as he navigates through relationships with the villagers of Taye in his quest for answers.

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Murder is Such Sweet Revenge by Tony Piazza

Who says honeymoons aren’t dangerous? This one was murder!

Private investigator Tom Logan and his girlfriend Rita finally tie the knot, choosing a turn-of-the-century beach resort on Coronado Island as their ideal honeymoon escape. Unfortunately what begins as a romantic getaway, ends suddenly with murder. A bestselling author is brutally killed on the night of a mystery writers’ convention, and Logan is forced to postpone their plans when drawn reluctantly into the case. During the course of the investigation, Logan meets an odd assortment of suspects that include: a soon-to-be ex-wife seeking monetary compensation, a jealous husband whose wife may be having an affair with the author, the writer’s male secretary who’s subservience to his boss was wearing thin, a lady mystery author with an agenda all her own, and a pair of publishers whom the writer accuses of plagiarism. A famous actor who plays a detective on the screen also makes a surprise appearance, as does a hotel ghost who just refuses to check out…

 

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The Planck Factor by Debbi Mack

On a dare, grad student Jessica Evans writes a thriller, creating a nightmare scenario based upon the theory that the speed of light is not a constant—one that has a dark application. Her protagonist (the fiancé of a scientist killed in a car crash) is pursued by those who want to use the theory to create the world’s most powerful weapon.

However, Jessica is soon running for her life when events mimic that of her protagonist. She’s threatened by terrorist conspirators who intend to use the knowledge to create an event that causes mass destruction. As the clock ticks down, Jessica must put the pieces together and avert a global catastrophe.

 

 

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Within the Dark Places by Duncan Thompson

There is a faceless danger lurking in the shadows — or are the shadows themselves the real threat…?

Within the Dark Places is a rollercoaster ride of blood, sweat and tears, a novella that pays homage to horror movies of the late seventies and early eighties.

The story follows a stag-party who find themselves stalked by a malevolent force that hides within the dark shadows of the forest. What the party hoped would be one hell of a night soon turns into a night from Hell…

 

 

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The Sins of Our Mothers: Book one of the Arina Perry series by Kitty Boyes

Arina returns from the city to a town she fears hates her. Her mother’s secrets have become vicious rumours and Arina is determined to quell them coupled with a vision to restore her inherited motel. She meets Matt, a handsome stranger on her journey and falls in love. But it’s not easy facing lies, secrets and an ultimate deceit. She can’t tell who her enemies are from her family and friends, she finds out. The hard way.

The old motel holds its own secrets including a deep dark cellar in the gardeners’ flat that reveals another darker, more sinister secret; a secret that a few are willing to do anything to get their hands on. Including murder.

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The Child on the Terrace by Virginia Winters

Anne McPhail, retired pediatrician, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain, hoping to reconcile what she learned about herself and Thomas after the gunfire in that dark room on the island.

But she sees a child on the terrace of the local cafe who doesn’t seem to belong to her minders and then Ari, the Mossad agent who saved Anne’s life, seeks her out with a plan to rescue the child from kidnappers. Should she trust him? Three days later, she is on the run with Ari and the little girl, with killers Esti and Sergio on their trail. She glimpses a man she thinks is Thomas. Is he, too in Spain?And why?
How far will Anne go to save Naomi?
From Spain to France to Italy, this is Anne’s most dangerous journey.

 

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Invasion 2020: A Christian Suspense Novel by Jeanne Harrington

What if there is a specific plan to transform America into an Islamic country by the year 2020?
Combine Christian fiction, facts on Islamic terrorism, political intrigue, suspense, and even romance, and add compelling characters caught in a web of media and government deception, and you’ve got Invasion 2020!

In Colorado an intrepid investigative reporter and a photojournalist battle political correctness, a rigid editor, and a White House media representative who will silence anyone that doesn’t comply with his standards. A Muslim doctor from Gaza dreams of America and leaves Islam for the God of the Bible. In Washington, DC, a naïve White House intern discovers dangerous and powerful men have infiltrated the media office and the administration for the purpose of controlling information. Chatter from ISIS and al-Qaeda alert military intelligence of pending threats. The Joint Terrorism Task Force struggles to prevent lone-wolf terrorists from striking out on their own with the goal of wreaking havoc on our freedoms, our fears, and our way of life.

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Black Tiger: The Adventures of John L. Steelhard – Book One by James B. Riverton

The Adventures of John L. Steelhard, “A ripping saga of tantalizing adventure!” From the special secret military operations in the jungles of Laos, during the Vietnam War, to air combat in the soaring skies over North Vietnam. The dreaded Chinese Death Pit, where P.O.W.’s must fight to the death in elimination combat, to the underground shadows of New York City. John L. Steelhard, Navy SEAL, battles the foes of America, mankind, and eventually the Earth itself.

The first fantastic novel of an epic series; the legend of a young man’s destiny to contest the vicious treachery of powerful forces desiring to control the free will of all beings. A man of many talents, especially with women, must seek the answer to a special hidden gene housed within his DNA, one that will lead to the journey of discovery in the origins of creation itself.

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The Rainbow Horizon: A Tale of Goofy Chaos

This book concerns the insane, healthy, inebriated, satirical adventures of a group of four young friends who meet in the wilds of Washington State. Set in the little town of Rama, the antics of three people of color and one overbearing white Montanan reverberate with the love of life and the apolitical, incorrect universe of those who cannot stay within the rational boundaries of ordinary writing. Tongue in cheek, acerbic and ruthless in its skewering of the literature of people of color, white people and feminism, the book covers stories, romantic tales and cartoon idealism – without letting up for one second. It’s a comic farce steeped in the charms of the Pacific Northwest, full of poetry, science fiction, and flurries of bombastic charm mingling with the splendor of how far you can go in life without getting anywhere else.

 

 

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Angel in Blue Jeans by Richard L.Coles

Dana and Tony have found romance and they couldn’t be happier with one another. Strolling home one icy evening, the young couple sees a police car pulling up in front of Tony’s family home. Tony’s brother along with Dana’s brother had been drinking and driving that evening. And they’re both dead.

Elsewhere in the neighbourhood, Dave suddenly finds himself unemployed and scotch seems to do the trick of filling the void. He finds distraction in his pretty new neighbour, but he’d never hurt his wife—intentionally, that is.
Angel in Blue Jeans follows the extraordinary lives of the ordinary people in a typical suburban neighbourhood grappling with the challenges of the modern day. Alcohol addictions, danger, and heartbreak are countered by strength, determination, and love. But do Dana, Tony, and Dave have the strength to endure?

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Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely

Have you ever tried to be the perfect mother? Isabel, a DC lawyer, does everything she can to keep Phoebe from harm, but fails when the mysterious Shane appears on Facebook and flirts with her teenage daughter.

A story about the timeless struggle between mothers and their teen daughters with a razor-sharp 21st century twist. This heart-wrenching, harrowing debut novel for fans of Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) and Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight) will make you question what’s needed to keep your children from harm. Phoebe’s mother, Isabel, is precariously balancing her career and her family.

Hard-working and caring, worried but supportive, all Isabel wants, in a world of bullies and temptations, is to keep her daughter Phoebe safe. With her busy schedule, though, she fails to recognize another mother’s mounting fury and the danger Phoebe faces by flirting with a mysterious boy on Facebook. A cyber-bullying episode aimed at Phoebe pushes her to the edge with horrific consequences. In her search for justice, Isabel, a DC lawyer, sets out to find the culprit behind this cruel incident.

 

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Like I Used To Dance by Barbara Frances

Texas, 1951. The Wolanskys—Grace, Bud and their three grown children—are a close-knit clan, deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise.

But under the surface, it’s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and nameless fears that she keeps secret even from Bud. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, fallen in love with a big-city Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband. Even “perfect” daughter Angela’s decision to become a nun takes an unforeseen turn.

And then Ceil Dollard breezes into town…

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Bottom Line Focus: Take your business from surviving to thriving in 18 proven steps by Martin Harshberger

If you’re a CEO, owner, or other top executive who wants to improve the bottom line of your small to mid-size businesses, you need to read Bottom Line Focus!

What’s in this book? 18 proven, practical steps you can use to
– Dramatically boost your company’s revenues
– Improve your organization’s focus, momentum, and teamwork
– Cut your costs and increase your profit margins
– Make better decisions faster
– Reduce your personal stress

What’s not in this book? Fads, hype, gimmicks, and B.S.

 

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Secrets to Shine Through the Noise: GPS to Amplify Your Brand and Find the Path to the Life You Want by Akasha Garnier

Author Akasha Lin Garnier presents Secrets to Shine through the Noise, A compelling journey from starving artist to mentorship, world travel, award-winning branding and a travel thriller series. In this cinematic guide, the author shares how to create an actionable plan and how to make a brand distinctive to rise above the noise.

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Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student by Loren Mayshark

“Well written, Academic Betrayal is a cautionary tale shedding light on the darker side of higher education, the hubris of some educators, and the ‘big business’ focus of universities that have little regard for their most important constituent: the student.”

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