Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2015

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2015 …

Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis

Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis, A Hayley Powell, Food and Cocktails Mystery (6th in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis, Amazon Kindle format

As the food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Hayley Powell attends a lot of events — but this one will be murder …

On the eve of her high school reunion, Hayley dreads seeing the trio of mean girls who used to torment her: Sabrina Merryweather, Nykki Temple, and former prom queen Ivy Foster. These days Ivy wears a different crown as the cupcake queen — and flaunting her success is just the icing on the cake.

But maybe the prom queen should have been voted Most Likely to Die. At the reunion, Ivy is found murdered, cupcakes scattered around her. Is a killer out to teach the mean girls a lesson? As Hayley tries to get the scoop, she'll have to be careful … or someone may be writing this columnist's obituary next.

Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis

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Resurrecting Midnight, The Gideon Series by Eric Jerome Dickey, Now Available at a Special Price

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Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey

Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey

The Gideon Series (4th in series)

Publisher: NAL

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/27/2015 at 1:00 PM ET).

Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey, Amazon Kindle format

Gideon, a hired gun, trusts no one. But when his former lover resurfaces in need of his skills, Gideon accepts.

The assignment leads to Argentina and a team of international mercenaries who will maim, kill, and torture to achieve victory. One of them has a connection to Gideon that neither assassin is aware of, a secret link that reaches into Gideon's past and plunges him into a double-cross so explosive no one will make it out unscarred.

Resurrecting Midnight by Eric Jerome Dickey

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Disintegration, A Suspense Thriller by Richard Thomas, New This Week from Alibi

Alibi is a digital-only imprint of Random House dedicated to publishing mystery and thriller books.

We've selected one of their recently published titles to feature here today …

Disintegration by Richard Thomas

Disintegration by Richard Thomas

A Suspense Thriller

Publisher: Alibi

Price: $2.99 (as of 05/27/2015 at 12:30 PM ET).

Disintegration by Richard Thomas, Amazon Kindle format

Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos.

But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life — and the lives of everyone around him — to find out.

Disintegration by Richard Thomas

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A Conversation with Mystery Author Linda O. Johnston

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Linda O. Johnston

It's always a pleasure to welcome back author Linda O. Johnston to Omnimystery News, who visits with us today to talk about the first in a new series of cozy mysteries, Bite the Biscuit (Midnight Ink, May 2015 trade paperback and ebook formats), which introduces veterinary technician and amateur sleuth Carrie Kennersly.

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Omnimystery News: Tell us a little more about Carrie Kennersly.

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Linda O. Johnston: My protagonist in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries is Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician who also had aspirations of being her own boss. She succeeds by buying the bakery of a friend who has to sell it to move away and turns half of it into a Barkery, where she sells healthy dog treats she developed as a vet tech.

As a former attorney and now full-time writer, I like the idea of someone with multiple aspirations who tries to make a go at both of them.

OMN: How do you see her changing as you write new books in the series?

LOJ: My preference is to have the characters change over time, especially in their relationships. I enjoy giving them romantic interests and having them develop as the series continues. Most often, things progress well, but not always.

OMN: We called Bite the Biscuit a cozy. Would you agree?

LOJ: Yes, the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries are cozy mysteries. I've been writing cozies for a while now and really love both reading and writing the genre. You really get to know the characters over time, especially, and although I wouldn't want to be in their position and have to solve murders all the time, it's fun coming up with new people and plots. I don't mind keeping the violence and sex off the page. Plus, it's always fun for me to include animals, especially dogs!

OMN: Tell us something about the book that isn't mentioned in the publisher's synopsis.

LOJ: Carrie loves dogs and people. Her own dog, Biscuit, is a toy poodle-terrier mix and is able to hang out at the Barkery half of the two shops while Carrie's working there. Carrie also develops a few romantic interests in Bite the Biscuit — one stronger than the others. She's proud of both her own Barkery treats and the people treats she sells at Icing on the Cake. And, yes, she's willing to do anything to prove she didn't commit murder.

OMN: Have you included any of your own personal or professional experience in the book?

LOJ: I'm not much of a cook these days, so Carrie's baking experiences aren't mine. And though I once wanted to become a veterinarian, that didn't happen, nor did I become a veterinary technician. As a result, Carrie's character in the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries is pretty much based on imagination and admiration.

OMN: You've written several series now. How do you go about starting and writing a new book?

LOJ: I start with ideas, then flesh them out into a fairly detailed synopsis that I tend to follow, at least somewhat — but, yes, the story still develops as I write. Sometimes potential new characters introduce themselves to me as I write. Even my main characters sometimes surprise me with things they do. I'm always willing to listen to them, although I may tell them to get back into the storyline as I planned it.

OMN: Where do you most often find yourself writing?

LOJ: I write in a messy computer room in my home and am at the bark and call of my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who tell me often they want to go outside for a romp and get treats.

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Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 39 romance and mystery novels.

For more information about the author, please visit her website at LindaOJohnston.com and her author page on Goodreads, or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston

Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston

A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery

Publisher: Midnight Ink

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Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery's owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery's opening party, she badmouths Carrie's homemade dog biscuits, insisting she'll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn't do it before she's collared for murder.

Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston

Today's Selection of Daily Deals for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of today's Daily Deals found on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM ET …

Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

A Political Thriller

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Kindle Daily Deal Price: $1.99

Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins, Amazon Kindle format

After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved — who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment — put Reeder at odds with the Service's apolitical nature, making him an outcast.

FBI agent Patti Rogers finds herself paired with the unpopular former agent on a task force investigating the killing of Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter. Reeder — nicknamed "Peep" for his unparalleled skills at reading body language — makes a startling discovery while reviewing a security tape: the shooting was premeditated, not a botched robbery. Even more chilling, the controversial Venter may not be the only justice targeted for death …

Is a mastermind mounting an unprecedented judicial coup aimed at replacing ultra-conservative justices with a new liberal majority? To crack the conspiracy and save the lives of not just the justices but also Reeder's own family, rising star Rogers and legendary investigator Reeder must push their skills — and themselves — to the limit.

Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King

The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King

A Max Freeman Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Open Road

Nook Daily Find Price: $1.99 (price-matched by Amazon)

The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King, Amazon Kindle formatThe Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King, Nook format

Winner of the 2003 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

After a shootout during a convenience store holdup led to the accidental death of a twelve-year-old, Max Freeman left behind the Philadelphia police department for a life in exile in the Florida Everglades. Since then, he has lived in seclusion, haunted by guilt, with the humid night and the nocturnal predators of the swamp as his only company.

But everything changes when Freeman discovers a young girl's body floating in the muddy waters and becomes the prime suspect for her murder. To prove his innocence, Freeman must uncover the real murderer — and confront his own tortured soul — before it's too late.

The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King

Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney

Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney

A Dan Morgan Thriller (1st in series)

Publisher: Pinnacle

Kobo Daily Deal Price: $2.99 (price-matched by Amazon)

Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney, Amazon Kindle formatTermination Orders by Leo J. Maloney, Kobo format

Once a trained killer for the CIA, Dan Morgan has built a new life for himself. But when he receives a desperate plea from his former Black Ops partner — reportedly killed in a foreign battle zone — he flies to help. It should be a routine mission, extracting a human asset from the region. But it's not routine; it's an ambush. Now Morgan is running for his life, holding crucial evidence. With his contacts dead and family in danger, Morgan must take on a full-scale conspiracy in the highest echelons of a vast global network that plays by its own rules — when it suits them.

For Dan Morgan, it's about to come to an end in Washington, D.C., on a national stage, in the crosshairs of a killer …

Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney

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Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:30 AM ET …

Seniors Sleuth by J. J. Chow

Seniors Sleuth by J. J. Chow

A Winston Wong Cozy Mystery

Publisher: J. J. Chow

Price: FREE!

Seniors Sleuth by J. J. Chow, Amazon Kindle format

See Before You Die: Costa Rica by J. E. Leigh

See Before You Die: Costa Rica by J. E. Leigh

An Aurora Night Mystery

Publisher: Places & Spaces

Price: FREE!

See Before You Die: Costa Rica by J. E. Leigh, Amazon Kindle format

Courage Begins by R. Scott Mackey

Courage Begins by R. Scott Mackey

A Ray Courage Mystery Novella

Publisher: Big Hound Publishing

Price: FREE!

Courage Begins by R. Scott Mackey, Amazon Kindle format

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New This Week: Checkered Thief, A Laurel London Mystery by Tonya Kappes

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during May 2015 and priced $4.99 or less …

Checkered Thief by Tonya Kappes

Checkered Thief by Tonya Kappes

A Laurel London Mystery (3rd in series)

Publisher: Tonya Kappes

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/26/2015 at 6:30 PM ET).

Checkered Thief by Tonya Kappes, Amazon Kindle format

Brassy, sassy southern babe Laurel London is back!

Once again, the entire Laurel London crew is in action, including Trixie Turner, and trying to figure out who is the mastermind behind the Glitz and Glam casino heist.

The heist king blackmails Laurel into believing Laurel's long time best friend, Derek Smitherman, will be on the other end of the vigilante gun if she doesn't help in stealing the money using her history of petty crime.

Cursed with a disastrous new task of putting her amateur sleuth skills to work and an increasing sense that it's really time to get a new job, Laurel spirals and tumbles through with all the wisecracks and pace her fans have come to expect.

Checkered Thief by Tonya Kappes

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Review: The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White

Mysterious Reviews: Reviews of New Mysteries, Novels of Suspense, and Thrillers

A Mysterious Review of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White, editor.

Review summary: For those readers that consider the culinary arts to be part and parcel of a mystery, this is an essential addition to their bookshelves. For everyone else, it's still a solid cookbook of "wickedly good recipes" that will serve the reader well, whether for everyday meals, family gatherings or holiday parties. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook Kate White, editor

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook
Kate White, editor
Quirk Books (March 2015)

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Publisher synopsis: Hard-boiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and more — this illustrated cookbook features more than 100 recipes from legendary mystery authors. Whether you're planning a sinister dinner party or whipping up some comfort food perfect for a day of writing, you'll find plenty to savor in this cunning collection. Full-color photography is featured throughout, along with mischievous sidebars revealing the links between food and foul play.

New This Week: Cold Fire, A Suspense Thriller by Dustin Stevens

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during May 2015 and priced $4.99 or less …

Cold Fire by Dustin Stevens

Cold Fire by Dustin Stevens

A Suspense Thriller

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/26/2015 at 5:30 PM ET).

Cold Fire by Dustin Stevens, Amazon Kindle format

This is a new ebook edition of mystery first published in August 2014.

As a DEA agent, Jeremiah "Hawk" Tate was one of the best at taking down drug traffickers. Then the cartels struck back — and destroyed everything he held dear.

Five years later, Hawk has retreated from society and is living a quiet life as a Montana wilderness guide. He's done with the DEA, done with the criminals, and done with the pain left over from his past. But his past isn't done with him.

When a mysterious woman offers him an enormous amount of money to find her lost brother, Hawk knows he should walk away, but, with a flash of gunfire, he gets pulled back in. Surrounded by old enemies and allies, he must face off with a new player planning to flood the market with a lethal drug. This may be the chance for revenge Hawk never thought he'd get.

Cold Fire by Dustin Stevens

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Fly Me to the Morgue, A Rat Pack Mystery by Robert J. Randisi, Now Available at a Special Price

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Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Severn House …

Fly Me to the Morgue by Robert J. Randisi

Fly Me to the Morgue by Robert J. Randisi

A Rat Pack Mystery (6th in series)

Publisher: Severn House

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/26/2015 at 5:00 PM ET).

Fly Me to the Morgue by Robert J. Randisi, Amazon Kindle format

Bing Crosby wants to buy a horse to indulge his other passion — when he' not plasying golf with Bob Hope, that is. But when his trainer fails to show up in Vegas, and when he finds the horse's owner dead, problems begin to mount up. Time for Eddie G and Jerry to come to the rescue, urged on by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, in town to watch the start of Frank Junior's career.

But soon the body count — and temperature — starts to rise …

Fly Me to the Morgue by Robert J. Randisi

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New This Week: Mangrove Bayou, A Troy Adam, Mangrove Bayou Mystery by Stephen Morrill

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during May 2015 and priced $4.99 or less …

Mangrove Bayou by Stephen Morrill

Mangrove Bayou by Stephen Morrill

A Troy Adam, Mangrove Bayou Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Untreed Reads

Price: $4.99 (as of 05/26/2015 at 4:30 PM ET).

Mangrove Bayou by Stephen Morrill, Amazon Kindle format

Troy Adam, mixed-race, ex-Army, and northern-born, is fired from his job as a Tampa cop. Looking for work, Adam finds himself in Mangrove Bayou, a small gulf coast Florida town located south of Naples and in the midst of the Ten Thousand Islands/Everglades National Park region. In short order he's hired, on probation, as Mangrove Bayou's new police chief. Not much of an accomplishment, as there weren't any other serious candidates, but Adam intends to show his worth.

No sooner does he arrive than a prominent citizen is found dead. Although the medical examiner rules the case an accident, Troy believes all signs point to murder. The town council doubts that Adam or his small department can handle the case, but Adam is determined to prove them wrong. As a hurricane arrives, Adam and his team are up to their elbows in storms and suspects, assisted (or hindered) by a collection of residents who redefine the term eclectic.

Mangrove Bayou by Stephen Morrill

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Angel of Darkness, A Dead Detective Mystery by Katy Munger, Now Available at a Special Price

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Angel of Darkness by Katy Munger

Angel of Darkness by Katy Munger

A Dead Detective Mystery (3rd in series)

Publisher: Severn House

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/26/2015 at 4:00 PM ET).

Angel of Darkness by Katy Munger, Amazon Kindle format

Kevin Fahey was a second-rate cop and a lousy father. Following his untimely death, he roams the streets, a lost soul. He feels at home at the Holloway Institute, whose troubled patients also live in their own worlds, so when a girl is found murdered close by — seemingly by a convicted serial killer locked up inside the Institute — he decides to conduct a shadowy investigation.

But as he pieces the clues together, he fears the answers may tip his troubled teenage son over the edge …

Angel of Darkness by Katy Munger

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