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You will not want to put it down. Hopefully, this is the first of many books to come. A series of grisly murders of women who in one way or another are connected to a fancy hotel in Bermuda owned by Lord Phillips, a wealthy and influential businessman. Then, the police get a break. The police close the case, but Richard isn't so certain. After the Scotland Yard man disappears, he's certain the killer is still at large.

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His continued digging uncovers a connection to a drug operation of immense scale involving powerful people, putting his own life in great peril. Colin Duerden has assembled a terrific cast of characters to be your guide. The pages fly by, and Duerden keeps us guessing as the tension builds, driven by an intriguing cast of characters whose island paradise has suddenly become a dark and dangerous world. As only a native can, Duerden has an amazing ability to evoke the sights, sounds and smells of Bermuda in all her beauty, mystery and intrigue.

The locals, who are as colourful as their nicknames, struggle to link the homicides and stem the rising body count. A well-crafted novel that's hard to put down. The Bermuda references are a refreshing mix of spot on accuracy and empirical fiction. Short chapters allow for engaging pacing and you are compelled to keep reading. Tough to put down yet a treat to pick up from where you left off. The diabolical plot will keep you turning the pages.

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FBI agent Peters says to raise the money and they will get it back. The Bureau seems to be on top of it but the crooks outwit them and disappear. With no leads to follow, the FBI is at a loss. Then a small town detective investigating an unrelated murder case discovers a possible link. Twists and turns as the good guys struggle to deal with the crisis It will make you think twice next time you consider going out for dinner.

Most of the Earth's population is annihilated during the initial attack, and the few survivors find that nothing electrical will work. With time, remnants of the military began to organize resistance to what everyone thinks was an alien invasion, but no one is sure until a spaceship is discovered in the Midwest. Defended by giant flying insects with energy weapons controlled by a master intelligence, the aliens carry out their harvest collections by setting massive fires over the entire Earth. Combat veteran Joel Birchard fights a merciless enemy intent on the extinction of humanity.

Once you meet Joel, learn of his miraculous survival, see him clinging to threads of life along with others like him, you will have to follow him to the end of the conflict against the machine and those who mistakenly created it. Andrews, author of Sky Fishing and other novels.

An action-packed story that you won't be able to put down. To keep up with Dennis Herrick latest projects, visit his website. Charleston Ob-Gyn Declan Murphy is spiraling down a dark path of apathy and anger following the tragic death of his wife Helene. Declan's clinical performance has been questioned and a rootless and ruthless couple have accused him of malpractice in the death of their new born. Certain of his innocence, Declan undertakes a quest to discover the truth behind these two drifters and to defend his fading reputation.

Declan Murphy, the world's only gynecologist superhero set a loose in another medical thriller. Roger Newman serves up a super-rich gumbo of voodoo intrigue and incest from Charleston to Lake Charles. I couldn't put it down. Faced with a crisis that could destroy his medical career, Dr. Declan Murphy must find answers to save not only his career but also his life. Get plenty of rest before you start reading Two Drifters. Who would have thought an Obstetrician-Gynecologist would make such an effective hero for a novel. With much of the book set in the delicious and alluring city of Charleston, Two Drifters is a most worthy read.

Declan Murphy must find answers that could save his career. As the author skillfully peels back the layers, we find only darkness, and danger, but Murphy pushes through the barricades. It almost costs him his life. Newman nailed this one, a page-turner throughout, crafted by a natural storyteller. Mike Fitzgerald is an ex-jewel thief trying to go straight, but since his release from prison someone has been committing robberies and making it look like he did them. To add to his misery, two San Diego Sherriff detectives are determined to send Mike back to prison and are willing to break the law to do it.

Yet, Mike finally gets a break when a wealthy couple hire him to draw a mural at their mansion. He believes he has finally found vindication as an artist, but his dreams of success soon dissolve when the wife is murdered in a botched robbery of jewels worth ten million dollars and Mike is the primary suspect. This leaves Mike with only two choices, find the real killer, or spend the rest of his life on the run. As they search, Mike discovers that he has been a puppet on a string ever since his release from prison, and the puppet master is about to cut the strings. Mike Fitzgerald would make an interesting series character.

Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a tense and haunting version of rehabilitation Contrary to popular lore, the author, a successful freelance writer, shows readers that an English degree can be both a practical and profitable gateway to earning a six-figure income. It details numerous avenues for increasing your profits as a writer and English degree holder. Included are hard lessons others have already learned, such as which niche industries are most lucrative and why writers should never settle for an hourly or salary wage.

Jessica's unveiled the 'secrets' that should be taught in every English department around the country. This book is not based on some empty promise — whether you want to make a living full time writing or do it for extra side income, you will benefit immensely from the tips, strategies and solid advice Jessica offers. This book is brilliant — from accepting the lack of stability to understanding taxes, job searching every single day to self-care — it should be on every writer's bookshelf.

Cleary, independent publisher and author of A Book is Born. You can make a comfortable living as a writer. In this highly practical little book, Jessica Mehta shows you how to use your words for maximum profit. Stories and Screaming Divas. When Patrolman Wayland North finds a homeless man rifling the already empty pockets of a corpse in an alley, luckless lawyer Hamish O ' Halloran is appointed to represent him.

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The strange saga that follows portrays the squalid underbelly of the idyllic little town of Pine Ridge, North Carolina as two more murdered corpses are discovered. Once you start reading it you will not want to put it down or stop laughing. You feel like you are very familiar with the town of Pine Ridge and the strange denizens who make it come alive and intriguing. Here's To The Crazy Ones is a book about ghostwriting by a ghostwriter and the strange but gifted clients he serves. It describes how to find prospective clients, how to sell them ghostwriting services, how to write their books, and how to get those books published.

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The Business Doctor , owner and president, Business Works. As a young boy he witnessed the murder of his mother at the hands of a Mexican gangster. Nate knows this same violent desperado also murdered his father, a border patrol agent. Dealing daily with the most horrendous abuse and defilement mankind can handout, Nate must do battle with a fiendish killer, a psychopath who wants to become the worst ghoul humanity has ever seen.

Nate also keeps a running chronicle on his personal nemesis, the man who killed his parents, now head of the Sonoran cartel. Time is running out. Five women have been kidnapped and tortured. Can Nate find a way to stop the brutality before they all die? His mettle and valor meet up with assaults, physical and psychological, as he leads the charge to destroy this evil once and for all in a battle to survive the worst odds possible. A gritty and relevant roller coaster of a ride.

Author Sadler's fresh voice is sure to enthrall. A tale of two lives, so psychologically thrilling and action packed that readers will be turning the pages, unsure of the outcome to the very end. Captivating, suspenseful, brilliant writing with accurate detail. You'll forget you're reading. A prostitute with no idea why Detective-Inspector Nathaniel Duarte is her guardian angel.

A serial killer who murders his female victims in the most fiendish way imaginable. A nun who holds the key to unlocking the secrets of Duarte's past. These are only a few of the spicy ingredients Sadler has stirred into Kettle of Vulture, his new novel set in what the author describes as the sordid underbelly of Tucson, Arizona. Sadler takes the reader on a wild ride that ranges from the Mexican border to the creepy desert community of Three Points. Duarte must put aside his investigation of his own murky origins to solve a missing women case and finds himself in a race to prevent more hideous deaths at the hands of the most fiendish killer since Hannibal Lecter.

Reserve Your Copy Now: Poll results from the past two decades demonstrate that nearly two-thirds of Americans, Canadians, and Europeans believe that John Kennedy was murdered as a result of a conspiracy in November of If true, could one of the assassins still be alive, perhaps living in the United States? Set in Washington D.

Kennedy Assassination expert Mark Kemble finds himself caught up in a series of violent events that eventually lead him to Dallas and a confrontation with the assassin. Among the novel's other characters are a former member of the Warren Commission who in the years since has become one of Washington's power brokers; a medical technician who assisted at Kennedy's autopsy; and three significant women characters-one being a United States Senator and daughter of a powerful Congressman during Kennedy's administration.

Here, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its continuing investigation by a dogged journalist some forty years after that murderous event, prove that old secrets are never dead, buried, forgotten, or forgiven Vance skillfully weaves vivid character portrayals with details of the Kennedy assassination and autopsy that have always troubled experts A compellingly chilling read. What is John Vance Working on Now? Forty-nine-year-old Southern society belle Ladell Allen commits suicide on Christmas night in the wake of yet another failed love affair.

The dead Ladell spends the next six decades revisiting the past, as well as watching the world change within and beyond her home. She interacts with other ghosts including her beloved papa, who coaxes her to ride in his ghostly black Cadillac into the unknown, a ride she is unwilling to take until she has answers to her questions about the meaning of her life and death. Spencer is a masterful story-teller … Lyrical prose … leaves you with much more empathy for the broken-hearted.

You will absolutely love this book. Williams, author of The Naming of Girl. Few novels have moved me as deeply … go experience the life and death of Ladell Allen Bonner. You won't regret it. It feels fresh, like great fiction though a surprising lot is truth. A Southern Gothic Tale. What to Know more about the ghost of the Allen House? Salloum's writing sparkles and her story is compelling. Pristine prose and vivid characters Unable to bear the burden of the boy's murder on her conscience, she embarks on a crusade to save the boy, first alerting the boy's father then confronting her brothers and, finally, seeking help from a New Orleans cop.

When all efforts fail, she steals a handgun and surprises her brothers during their rendezvous with the boy at the meth lab, Candyland, unleashing consequences she never expected or could ever have imagined. Noir at its darkest, set against the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother's death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus' journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

Revenants will not fade quickly as less substantial novels do but will resonate in the reader's heart and mind for years to come. This is a book you must read to see the truth of war. Our behavior, the decisions we make and the actions we take, are nothing more than cellular responses. How our cells interpret their immediate environment dictates how we respond to our environment.

Studies of behavior show that often we are unaware of why we make the decisions we do, and that these decisions can be easily manipulated and influenced by subtle environmental cues. What may seem like a free will decision may indeed not be so. The behavior of the organism is determined by how its cells respond to the stimuli being received.

Any notion then that our will is free is an illusion. Decisions we make are completely determined by how our cells respond, which in part is determined by experiences, perception, genetics. The book examines how environmental conditions influence cell behavior, how human behavior is a manifestation of cellular responses, and how this eliminates free-will decision making.

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Why do people do what they do? This wonderful book explains the science and shows why it matters. We are our cells and this book helps explain the diversity of the human experience by starting with the cell. Zak, author, The Moral Molecule. Insightfully drawing upon discoveries in molecular biology, his compelling case merges biology and philosophy to a new level Biology, Glendale Community College.

Robin Hayes always has a lot of interesting material on his web site for the book: What if a lawyer were so unethical, so morally bankrupt, so determined to win at any costs, that he would provide his client, a murderer, with an alibi just to win a case? Jake Livingstone, an unscrupulous thirty-eight year old attorney, has no respect for rules. He is unfaithful to his wife, unprincipled in business, and seems invested in living a hedonistic lifestyle.

Quite possibly, his only redeeming character attribute is that he refuses to represent pedophiles. Then, Jake receives an anonymous phone call threatening his life and, in the process of investigating the death threat against him, discovers that he wants to change his ways. He begins a remarkable transformation by attempting to right all the wrongs and hurts that he has caused. But the death threats continue. Is it too late for Jake to save himself? From the first page through the last page, this book captivated me.

The plot twisted and turned, leading to one surprise after another The way the narrator speaks … to the reader … reminds me of Catcher in the Rye In the early morning hours in the middle of a secluded Creek County road in rural Alabama, a jon boat is found upside down. Nearby is an apparent murder victim with his head bashed in.

What they found was no anchor for the boat. The victim is the abusive husband of a woman who escaped to Creek County several months earlier. She is the obvious suspect with more ties to Creek County than anyone knew. However, something about her makes Sugar Bear doubt her guilt. In addition to solving a murder, Sugar Bear and his deputies must deal with a sophisticated theft ring that has moved into the county. To complicate matters, a former nemesis returns and manages to get Sugar Bear relieved of his duties but he has his own plan to solve all these crimes.

Make this on your must-read list! He takes his time describing location, movement, and introducing characters. This is where Zeanah excels. His prose is wondrous in its clarity and richness in detail. Markland, in his 40s, leaves his wife and two children in Omaha, Neb. Visit Abe Aamidor's Web Site to see what he's working on now.

Discover this little-known corner of WWII history: While her wanderlust and volunteer spirit got her to the Pacific, her intelligence and attention to detail got her hand-picked for an all women select cryptologic field unit. Billie Jean struggles to decipher enemy secrets while confronting all the dangers of love and war. The selfless service and contribution of U. Much of the highly secretive work was done by women back home and in the field. I was also struck how your mom matured over her experiences. She was lucky because many WACS during that time were not treated fairly and were ostracized for being in the military during that time.

I thought it was engaging and thought provoking. This is more than just a history, however. Visit her web site to keep up with the latest news about Barbara Nicodemus. Rachel Masterson, an aggressive investigative reporter from the city who's interested only in facts, takes a temporary mission to track down Neville Peterson, a colleague who failed to return from the same assignment and seems somehow to be involved with mysterious explosions at a remote Wyoming ranch.

At the ranch, she finds that Neville has become obsessed with fighting aliens and UFOs that he insists are terrorizing the place. She steadfastly holds on to her skepticism after seeing strange artifacts, lights in the sky, threats from ominous government agents in black SUVs and even after seeing a mysterious craft fly across the ranch. The fast-paced suspense keeps readers guessing until a final showdown goes up in flames. Rachel Masterson, a hard-nosed journalist who cares only about facts, is suddenly propelled into a situation where the line between fact and fiction is blurred and survival is questionable.

Craig Andrews has written a sci-fi tale that will capture your imagination and keep you turning the page. A book best not read if you're trying to go to sleep! This is a book whose intrigue will carry you along from the hint of trouble on page four to the fiery climactic scene at the end. And the mourning doves are a nice touch. Taller, author of Daffodils and Fireflies. A Psychological Thriller that Really Delivers. Tom Wallace is born from communal coupling during the Great Depression of the s. He endures physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a sadistic cult and bonds with Calvin, Luke and Ben, staunch allies who look out for each other, until they finally escape.

As an adult, Tom experiences time lapses, sometimes lasting for hours, with no memory of what he was doing. He searches for the friends of his youth to see if they are experiencing similar problems. His search takes him to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane and eventually a tranquil coastal community, where his college sweetheart Becky, now a police officer, happens to live.

Soon after he arrives, a grisly series of murders start. Tom's black-outs continue and he's tormented not knowing if he's the killer. The police are hot on the trail of the murderer and when Becky's little daughter disappears, events come to a head. Relentless, raw — and utterly riveting. An intriguing and chilling read. Noon lll, Independent literary critic. More about Brian J. Rogers at his website. Follow Morgan Westphal's latest case in Vol. Donato Sanchez was convicted and hanged for the brutal murder of Carlotta Ridgefield.

Set in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico in , Seal of Confession is a multi-layered plot with seemingly unrelated threads connected to the murder, the execution, the legacy of the early Spanish Land Grants and railroad expansion. The characters are vividly portrayed, and the realism of both time and location indicate serious research by the author. But the strongest part of this excellent story is the plot.

It will keep you intrigued from start to finish. Morgan Westphal must negotiate a maze of twists and turns on his way to a jawdropping truth. Holtry excels at melding a complex plot with equally complex characters Joshua Stiles was lost. He quit the Marine Corps to search, but failed to find his estranged wife and son. Now rudderless and alone, his search for meaning brought him back to the hills of Kentucky where he hoped to discover his family legacy. Instead of a peaceful Mayberry R. Could he be the peacemaker to end their century-old blood feud?

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    Growing up in small-town North Carolina, Resa Goldberg shared the dreams of pre-pubescent girls everywhere — dreams of love, of happiness, of being carried away by her very own Prince Charming. The physical and emotional traumas the fifteen-year-old suffered at the hands of this first boyfriend would mark her for life. Somehow, and despite considerable evidence to the contrary, she never abandons her abiding belief that not only does Mr.

    Along the way she encounters a Rogues Gallery of boys and men who exhibit every conceivable male virtue and pathology, but never in a combination that adds up to her cherished ideal. The payoff at the end of the journey is an epiphany that provides the author an understanding of the past—why she habitually makes such bad choices—and a way forward into a happier future. For readers it is a satisfying coda to a trip that is as rewarding as it is emotionally demanding. Resa Goldberg takes us on a heartfelt adventure as she searches for meaning in both life and, more importantly, in love. If you're looking for a great religious thriller, this one is for you: An unknown painting is discovered in an obscure art gallery in the Middle East.

    Marcus Po, reclusive book reviewer for the Burlington Times, uncovers evidence that the painting was altered to hide its suggestion that the Virgin Mary wrote an account of her life after the crucifixion. If true, its revelations would forever change the role of women in the Catholic Church. Others are just as determined to keep the secret forever buried. The fate of the Church and the life of a pope hang in the balance. Pat Pope, Clinical Psychologist. Well-chosen words, dense description, interesting dialogue, mystery, and romance create an intriguing story that begins with a secret scroll and an unknown painting.

    I was blown away by the richness of the words and the cliff-hanging chapter endings. The book is a great entertaining escape. Rexroth, a Manhattan private detective whose business isn't exactly thriving, knows next to nothing about the three-trillion dollar hedge fund industry. But when Samantha Little, wife of a hedge fund manager, comes to his office worried about threatening phone calls and refusing to tell him who referred her, he has his doubts but takes the case. He soon finds embezzlement and murder, but that's just for starters. Lee Slonimsky has created a sleuth who's smart, resourceful, and very, very human.

    Sughrue as a melancholy P. A child is snatched from the Anchorage bus station. Clues developed during the search suggest she's being held by a pedophile and his ex-con buddy, and that they are hatching a plot to blow up the trans-Alaska pipeline. Then Detective Gomez learns that the pedophile murdered his last victim. The cops are baffled as the killer seems to know all their moves. Strong characterizations and clearly detailed scenes made me want to be the one chasing the bad guy!

    If you like your murder mysteries raw and honest, this is one you'll find hard to put down. The plot twists will keep readers awake late into the night as they follow each development. The well-written prose gripped me early and remained fascinating. Covering Crime, Courage and Characters. Wright crafts the minds and motivations of all his characters artfully that grow in significance and depth as he carries the reader through the novel exploring each of his complex characters.

    A quartet of unlikely characters pursue the serial killer and along the way discover insights to themselves as well as solve other heinous crimes. We can only hope we see them together again. The Lusitania sailed with close to passengers and crew, over half of whom would die. Germany's warnings to passengers were largely ignored. Hidden on board were munitions and war supplies for the British army. How did Germany know about this contraband? The book offers a human tale of courage and conflict, lives shattered and rebuilt, loves formed and lost amid war's debris. So real are Len Abram's characters, so intertwined are their lives and their parts in the grand scheme of things, they are all wholly believable.

    The attention to detail is astounding. One minute you are aboard a German U-Boat, hearing all the creaks and groans of a submarine, feeling the tension as the boat lurks unseen, stalking its prey; the next you are in the Ukraine, among communist revolutionaries, and then in America, among capitalists. The descriptions aboard the grand liner Lusitania are a vision of the shipboard life. You may feel that you ought to check your ticket. Instead of cold steel, Len Abram brings to life the warm lives and tragic loves of the spies, who sealed the fate of the Lusitania and the passengers to an ocean grave.

    It is a terrific read, filled with breathtaking suspense and painstaking historical detail. Debris combines fiction and history to make the past and the people who lived it alive again. A thoroughly engaging read. When her mother is dying, Betsy Kramer makes the uncharacteristic decision to return to her home at Windy Hill to work on her tattered relationships and spend time gathering driftwood with her mother Margaret. Lingering at Windy Hill, Betsy finds letters from her estranged father hidden in a hatbox and realizes the enormity of the lie perpetrated by her mother.

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    Joey's Place takes us inside the minds of our then police officers who may have been as sickened as I was at Las Vegas' transition from a safe town for all, into a burgeoning city with all its attendant sins exposed. Nelson has captured the flavor of old Las Vegas, when the Rat Pack ruled the Strip, the money flowed fast and free, and cheaters soon found themselves hustled out the back doors of casinos Add greed, betrayal and a maverick cop who refuses to take the easy path into the mixture, stir it all together with Nelson's storytelling ability, and you're in for one hell of a ride!

    In addition to a full load of crime, intrigue, paranoia, double dealing mafia characters, crooked cops, and wild women, there's plenty of violence here, but it's not gratuitous. Complete with slick, upbeat dialogue and a thousand clever turns of phrase, "Joey's Place" is an intriguing, fascinating yarn both believable and entertaining With impeccable timing, Nelson serves up a powerful tale of an outcast detective vs. Pompano, author of Sand Bar: It's a tough-talking tale that dramatically revisits the world of s Las Vegas when the glitz and glamour have gone and Sin City really earned its notorious nickname!

    To keep up with author JW Nelson, visit his web page. In the town of Hollow Creek, South Carolina, two separate murders, fifteen years apart, unite fifteen-year-old Pleasant Day and sixty-year-old Clarissa Blackwell. As Pleasant Day struggles with her mother's distance, her father's infidelity and the death of her best friend, she draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with the secrets to heal her.

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    Everyone dismisses the claim that Fran is alive, but when people start dying there is no denying that something is horribly wrong. Kastel's imaginative cast of characters Kastel's story is minor league in setting only. It's a major league yarn that puts the reader deep inside the inner workings of small town, professional baseball. Forced out of his job at the 44th Precinct in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx, Sam escapes his troubles and moves his family to the suburbs, only to discover that his troubled past from the Bronx comes back to haunt him.

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    Have you tried the tricks other memory books teach and given up? Can you actually improve your memory? What does science say? Memory researcher Jeremy Genovese knows there's good news - science offers real help. A growing body of research has given us tools and techniques for REAL memory improvement. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the science of peak memory. Genovese's book bridges that gap.

    The Science of Peak Memory introduces a number of ideas accepted by memory scientists, but largely unknown outside the laboratory. In easy-to-understand language, Dr. Genovese explains how you can harness these ideas to dramatically improve your memory. What would a better memory mean for you? Not forgetting someone's name? Remembering where you parked? What would a mind like Google mean to you? Keep up with the latest from Memory Researcher Dr. Genovese at his website. Summer, , Rusty loses his job as a Lake Erie tugboat deckhand and can no longer afford his charter boat business.

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    But getting out is not easy. Hunted by a sadistic renegade Coast Guard captain, Rusty soon finds himself in the captain's crosshair, forcing him to challenge not only his principles, but his perception of good and evil. The s roar to life as Rusty's rum running legend grows. Durkee holds readers on course and breezing through this engaging tale of love, wickedness, revenge and morality. It's all these elements, wound into a satisfying and realistic story line backed by historical fact, that make Rum Run a winning account.

    Written by a licensed psychotherapist, Shrink Wrapped is a collection of a dozen short stories with a common theme running through each, unifying them as a whole. These stories attempt to tug at the reader, raising questions, asking the reader to consider a perspective on human suffering outside trite, contemporary notions of sanity and insanity. For instance, there is the story of Sara, in "Finding Cannon," whose grief over the loss of her grandmother results in a stigmatizing label of depression and jeopardizes her standing as a medical student.

    In "Seeing Red," Donald lays on the street, injured, believing he is about to die. He hopes to grab hold of a peaceful memory for solace. Instead, his life's regret comes into focus. There's Mary Lee and Teddy who seek out Dr. Cutter, a renowned marriage therapist, for his services in "Blowback. As well, there is Jerry in "'For it is just this question of pain that parts us,'" who is forced to explore his psychosis, although he may be ill prepared to do so. Poignant and thought provoking Sigmund Freud meets the Twilight Zone Gutsy yet refined, nerve-wracking and intense.

    Katie Nelson, a program officer at Atlanta's largest charitable foundation, has the job everyone wants: But when her latest grant recommendation literally goes up in flames, killing an unknown Latina woman in the process, everyone becomes a suspect. Was it a hate crime, an inside job or something more insidious? Even her new romance with a foundation trustee leaves her questioning his potential involvement.

    Following her hunches, headstrong Katie unwittingly places herself in mortal danger. Who's looking out for her and who's trying to do her in? There is an honesty and humanness about these characters which is enormously refreshing. For most Americans, with the end of the Cold War and the seeming beginning of an era of peace, was a year of hope. Trapped in a basement with misfit soldiers, Bean receives a phone call from a mystery man identifying himself only as "Gus. You start throwing in with the hapless, feckless speaker and rooting for him, as you do with bent, failed detectives. You have a good time seeing someone have a bad time.

    A robust page-turner, ample proof that fiction still has the power to surprise, delight and inform. Sheppard stakes out his territory with the risky yet unimpeachable flair that has become his trademark. It's a real page-turner, but also dazzling writing throughout. Sheppard is the missing link between so many writers, from Nelson Algren to Charles Willeford. The year is when Morgan Westphal, a private investigator, is asked to investigate the rape and attempted murder of Sophia Parmenter, the wife of an army major assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

    As a civilian, Morgan at first has no wish to become involved in what he believes is a purely army affair until he is told LeCroix is the man who saved his life in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Morgan's investigation has barely started when the regiment is suddenly deployed to Mexico as part of the Punitive Expedition in pursuit of Pancho Villa. By the time Morgan solves the crime, he will make a long, solitary, and dangerous horseback ride deep into a turbulent Mexico, risk his life during a deadly encounter with Mexican bandits, and re-examine his own feelings concerning racial equality.

    A Troublesome Affair is a mystery with intricately connected characters caught up in a turbulent current of racial tension and armed conflict between the United States and Mexico. Military, but America writ large. An engaging plot, with multiple twists and turns, moves along at a crisp pace and keeps readers guessing until the last few pages. It is an interesting story with strong characters and held my attention from beginning to end. Not only will it "keep you guessing" until the end but "keep you thinking" long after you turn the last page.

    An imaginative tale of a man who didn't just see the future-he lived it. College student Paul Vance has no idea what he's letting himself in for when he signs up for extra help in his physics class with the mysterious professor Nazar Trobik, a man who seems to be a genus but with skeletons in his closet. The story line was fast paced with a great twist. He amazes me with the number of characters he creates without losing you. This book will be interesting for anyone, science oriented or not.

    Nice romance, along with some intrigue. Buckner has written an engaging science fiction novel which could have happened. He has done similes numerous and humorous while keeping the reader anticipating and guessing with a sense of urgency. All around good read. Volume 3 in the Edward Ware Thriller Series When little Thomasina Ware visits him as a red-haired, fair-cheeked baby, Adolf Hitler puts in effect his master plan to take the ideal Aryan baby girl and remake her as his own, raising her to think like him, sound like him, and look like him as much as a girl can. He hires a spy to steal the baby away from her parents when they aren't looking and deliver her to Hitler's mountain retreat.

    He tells Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that she's just visiting. The Prime Minister thinks it's charming so her real parents back in England can't protest. The farce goes on and on and when the Second World War starts it's too late to get her back. But Major General Ware, the child's father, vows to free his daughter or else.

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    Second only to defeating Germany, it becomes his most important goal "Best historical novel I've read in years. I learned a lot about the Third Reich that I never suspected. Three cheers for the Cargills! It's so exciting that it's getting published. I can't wait to buy a copy. I'll be first in line. So will my friends. I want to read the sequel. I'm a World War II nut. I've even been on a Band of Brothers tour for D-Day.

    But the picture of Hitler in "Hitler's Daughter" is really unique. Instead of being a two-dimensional villian, the authors really explore his motives for kidnapping the little girl. My father was in the U. The stories are among the best in the genre, but also educate the reader about the development of the criminal as hero, or anti-hero, subgenre from its earliest examples to its most recent.

    It is a volume that will draw most readers back into its pages again and again. Benn, Cara Black, Peter Lovesey, and if you are counting 13 more. A sheriff who has mindfully followed the law his entire career is faced with a new dilemma: A Belfast tale without hope or joy is a genuine Christmas treat. Author Joan Hess has died. A pioneer in the mystery genre and a much loved fixture at mystery conventions for decades, she was the author of forty-three books, over more than thirty years. Her works include the Claire Malloy mystery series and the Arly Hanks mystery series set in the fictional town of Maggody, Arkansas , the later of which was made into a TV movie starring Kate Jackson.

    A long-time resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, she passed away in Austin, Texas, where her daughter and her grandchildren lived. A pioneer in the mystery genre and a much loved fixture at mystery conventions for decades, she was the author of forty-three books, over more than thirty yea. My parents believed it was important for them to have time on their own so every Friday night I stayed with my grandparents.

    My grandfather was a miner and they rented their two-roomed flat from the coal board. It had no hot running water and my grandparents slept in the living room where the fire was always burning. Cheap coal, and no central heating. I slept in the other room, lulled to sleep by the steam trains puffing down the line from the mine to the railhead with their loads of coal, only yards away from my narrow bed. My grandparents were not readers. There were two books in the house, sitting primly on the blanket chest at the bottom of my bed.

    But what I got was the allure of a mystery nestled around with subplots galore, where everything worked out in the end. I was already a voracious reader, but The Murder at the Vicarage set me on the reading journey that led me to this life. Thirty years of continuous publication, thirty-one novels and another half-dozen assorted books, all from that moment when I picked up my first Agatha Christie. Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Val has created many notable characters such as journalist, Lindsay Gordon; the private investigator, Kate Brannigan; and psychologist, Tony Hill.

    For more special content available first to our enewsletter subscribers, sign up here. The socioeconomic tension between rich and poor is a vein Disher adroitly mines throughout the Challis novels. In Kittyhawk Down and Snapshot themes of racism and immigration are personified with a for-profit detention centre that is more prison than temporary housing facility. Chain of Evidence examines, through a pedophile ring and an organized burglary gang, how the law is applied differently to those with means than it is for those without.

    The poverty can lead to crime, which can lead to problems for an under-resourced police force. All of them have developed and grown from book to book in organic ways. I see greater depths to them, and hidden reasons for some of their character traits. Indeed, Disher writes particularly vibrant female characters, with alluring strengths, and a willingness to tackle a male-dominated world, but balanced by very real human weaknesses, both personal and professional. Destry, for example, has an odd proclivity for sticky fingers when a stray dollar is at a crime scene, a quirk that is as surprising as it is embarrassing.

    Disher admits that he finds Ellen Destry and Pam Murphy more interesting than his male characters. Disher, who lived in the United States while attending Stanford University on a creative writing Stegner Fellowship in the academic year, admits to an affinity for American crime television, both good and bad. Wyatt is stark and brutal, without humor, and very much a villain. Challis, in contrast, is a flawed, unassuming police inspector who skillfully fills the role of literary hero. Down to the Nepean Highway where, hanging gingerly above the toxins, there was the faint briny odour of the sea.

    The motel was one block back from the beach, faded-looking. Ground down by years of sunlight and salt. And readers, just like police officers returning to the scene of the crime, will return to the Inspector Hal Challis police procedural novels again and again. Disher lives on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne. Six Murderous Tales , features a half-dozen previously uncollected and very unordinary short stories by the late P.

    A crime both reader and narrator can easily rationalize. A young girl, sent to live with an uncle and aunt in East London after her father and grandmother die from influenza, has a tenuous grasp on her past. The tales wander from, and play with, traditional genre tropes in surprising and satisfying ways. The widely published year-old author informed his blog followers recently that he had been given a few months—or even weeks—to live.

    Prostate cancer had spread. Facing a finite number of days, at home in hospice care and surrounded by his books and his family—daughter Angela and son Allen—Crider was too ill to get out for his weekly Sunday School class. Characteristically, the prolific writer was still thinking about books, fellow writers, and readers. For many years, Crider also reviewed short stories for Mystery Scene magazine. We were very lucky to have him as a contributor.

    Characteristically generous with his reviews and fellowship, Crider has high praise for fellow members of organizations like the Mystery Writers of America, and the smaller Western Fictioneers. Young Billy Crider had no inkling that he would grow up to be an author.

    His Mexia, Texas boyhood dream and that of many of his peers was to to find gold on the diamond as a major league ball player. All the degrees were in English. Crider taught first at Corsicana High School while his wife Judy finished her college, then at Howard Payne University and finally, 19 years at Alvin Community College, where he was chair of the English department and chair of arts and humanities.

    That collaboration, The Coyote Connection , was the first novel he sold. He started his first Sheriff Dan Rhodes novel, with an eye to making it a short story. A string of successes—many of them collaborations—followed. Between those written in his name, a pen name, and house names he really has no firm numbers. More than , probably.

    That kind of literary longevity simply comes from doing what works and long repetition, Crider said. His advice for would-be writers? Still mourning his wife Judy after her death from cancer in , Crider found himself writing another chapter, in the form of an unexpected find in a drainage ditch across from his house. Returning to his Alvin, Texas home after a jog in , he saw a tiny kitten wrapped in a dirty old towel.

    He picked the gray-striped tabby up and brought her in. Besides, everybody needs a cat. So from three superfluous kittens, a new family sprang up with Bill Crider as the pater familias. Frustrating as only kittens can be, the tiny trio were hard to wrangle. People adored the three photogenic, naughty-but-nice orphans. Draped over his knees. Synchronized lounging on cat platforms.

    Napping on window sills. Around the one year mark, the mature cats grew up and settled down. The more of that the better, he said. I grew up with dogs, and I would recommend that, too. She credits the three felines for helping her dad find new meaning after her mother died in I think it was a good thing.

    A lot of people say my mom sent them to him. The two worked together on several projects. When Goldberg launched Brash Books, Crider was one of his first calls for recommendations. Who better to advise me than Bill Crider? On the way to Bouchercon in New Orleans in , Goldberg decided to drop in and see his old friend at his home near Houston.

    The courage with which Bill Crider supported his wife through her battle with cancer—and with which he faces his own approaching death—exemplifies grace under the severest of all pressures, his long-time friend said. But I've had a great life, and my readers have been a big part of it. Bill Crider is a man with three cats, many books, even more friends, and few regrets.

    The author told blog followers recently that he has a few months — or even weeks — to live. Sue Grafton died Dec. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name.

    Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y. Mystery Scene offers our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and readers. And none of us wanted to end this way. The Kinsey Millhone novels were true touchstones, cultural icons and, in some way, life changing. It began with these opening lines: I am a private investigator, licensed by the state of California.

    I am thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind. I had been a lifetime mystery reader since I was about nine years old. But at the time I had stopped reading mysteries because no new author was speaking to me. Here was Kinsey, who could easily have been a friend I hung out with. Like me, she was independent, unmarried, no children, supporting herself. I may have had more clothes than she, and more than just that one black dress. But I had been known to, at times, trim my bangs with manicure scissors.

    The big differences were that I had a dog, owned my own home, had a few plants, and had a close relationship with my parents. Like all of us, Kinsey changed through the years, though Grafton almost imperceptibly allowed her to grow. Kinsey was still the single, cranky-minded private detective as she was in the beginning. She had a close relationship to her landlord, Henry, who became her surrogate father. But she also began to open herself up, just a bit. Y Is for Yesterday actually found Kinsey embracing, almost, a cat and a dog. That was a huge start for her. Not every plot worked. But around M Is for Malice, the novels took another sea change and became a bit deeper and even richer.

    We just wanted to see what Kinsey was up to. What scrapes she got herself into. Would she ever date again? Would she ever splurge on clothing or a good handbag? Her success, as well as that of Paretsky and Muller, opened the door for other strong female private detectives, cops and amateur sleuths. These authors also showed publishers that mystery readers would follow characters anywhere and opened the way for detectives of color as well as gay and lesbian detectives.

    Grafton received many awards during her career. The Kinsey novels were generally released two years apart. In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal , Humphrey said his late wife had not yet started writing her last book in the series. But apparently she did know the title. Would she have remarried—third time the charm? Would she have become the guardian of a relative, as she was when her Aunt Ginny took her in when she was four years old? That would bring her life full circle. I hope the family keeps its promise and allows the alphabet to end at Y, forcing us all to use our imagination.

    Rest in peace, Sue Grafton. You and Kinsey will be missed.

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    • Respectfully submitted, Oline Cogdill. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband, Steve. The Kinsey Millhone novels were true touchstones, cultural icons, and, in some way, life changing. But beginning in , with A Is for Alibi, and through the 25th letter of the alphabet with her final adventure, Y Is for Yesterday , published in August , Kinsey was there for me. But around M Is for Malice , the novels underwent a sea change and became a bit deeper and even richer. Her success, as well as that of Paretsky and Muller, opened the door for other strong female private detectives, cops, and amateur sleuths.

      A Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief, Brenda was known as a closer who could solve crimes but also get confessions that stood up in court. Her interrogations lead to convictions. Sedgwick played Brenda as a fully realized person, with many flaws, so many flaws, making her all the more human. I also loved that Sedgwick, who is a beautiful woman, sometimes looked a little frumpy and plain, as do all women at some point during the day.

      Sharon faced myriad challenges, in addition to bringing criminals to justice. And she also had to earn the trust and respect of those loyal Closer viewers. While The Closer was about the confession, Major Crimes is about the art of the deal. The ever-reliable McDonnell shows how a soft-spoken woman can also be a force of nature—strong, insightful, taking no nonsense from criminals, and, yes, closing those high-profile cases.

      McDonnell played Sharon as a realistic person, who has her own flaws. Sharon is not Brenda; she is her own unique person. McDonnell showed how a person of deep faith—Sharon is a devout Catholic—also can use that faith in her job. Nor would that faith stop her from investigating a church if necessary. So I am as sad as anybody that after six seasons, Major Crimes' finale airs at 9 p.