Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless

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

A Mysterious Review of Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless. A Sydney Rose Parnell Thriller.

Review summary: The plot of this debut thriller twists and drifts between flashbacks to Sydney Rose’s time in Iraq to the present until it all comes together neatly at the end. Her interactions with her K-9 partner Clyde ring true; indeed, he may well end up being the real star of this series. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blood on the Tracks Barbara Nickless

Blood on the Tracks
Barbara Nickless
A Sydney Rose Parnell Thriller
Thomas & Mercer (October 2016)

Available from Amazon.com

Publisher synopsis: A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancĂ©, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can't shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

Today's Selection of New or Newly Released Indie MystereBooks

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a selection of newly published and recently released mystery, suspense and thriller titles — mostly from independent publishers — for Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

A Death on the Island by Blythe Baker

A Death on the Island by Blythe Baker

A Sunrise Island Mystery (2nd in series)

Published: 02/18/18 by Blythe Baker

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $2.99

A Death on the Island by Blythe Baker

Long Islands and Larceny by Sara Bourgeois

Long Islands and Larceny by Sara Bourgeois

A Tropical Witch Mystery (2nd in series)

Published: 02/18/18 by Sara Bourgeois

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: 99¢

Long Islands and Larceny by Sara Bourgeois

Coyote Alibi by J. & D. Burges

Coyote Alibi by J. & D. Burges

A Naomi Manymules Mystery (1st in series)

Published: 02/18/18 by Naaltsoos Press

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $4.99

Coyote Alibi by J. & D. Burges

The Sharps Unleashed by Amy DeMeritt

The Sharps Unleashed by Amy DeMeritt

A Homegrown Terrorism Action Thriller

Published: 02/18/18 by Amy DeMeritt

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $3.99

The Sharps Unleashed by Amy DeMeritt

Death in the Park by London Lovett

Death in the Park by London Lovett

A Firefly Junction Mystery (1st in series)

Published: 02/18/18 by Wild Fox Press

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: 99¢

Death in the Park by London Lovett

The Death of a Falcon by Susan McDuffie

The Death of a Falcon by Susan McDuffie

A Muirteach MacPhee Mystery

Published: 02/18/18 by Liafinn Press

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $3.99

The Death of a Falcon by Susan McDuffie

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of 02/20/18 4:30 PM ET. Price(s) are subject to change at any time. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of the purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before purchasing it.

Today's Selection of Newly Discounted MystereBooks

Here is a selection of the recently discounted mystery, suspense and thriller titles found on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 …

A Body on the Beach by Blythe Baker

A Body on the Beach by Blythe Baker

A Sunrise Island Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Blythe Baker

Price: 99¢

A Body on the Beach by Blythe Baker

Blood Trade by John A. Daly

Blood Trade by John A. Daly

A Sean Coleman Thriller (2nd in series)

Publisher: BQB Publishing

Price: 99¢

Blood Trade by John A. Daly

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

A Thursday Next Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Price: $1.99

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

Fatal Threat by Marie Force

Fatal Threat by Marie Force

The Fatal Series

Publisher: HQN Books

Price: $1.99

Fatal Threat by Marie Force

This title is included in the Kindle Daily Deal and is available at this price today only.

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones

A Nathan Active Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Soho Crime

Price: $2.99

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones

Forgotten Secrets by Robin Perini

Forgotten Secrets by Robin Perini

A Novel of Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Price: $1.99

Forgotten Secrets by Robin Perini

This title is included in the Kindle Daily Deal and is available at this price today only.

Road Rage by Ruth Rendell

Road Rage by Ruth Rendell

An Inspector Wexford Mystery (17th in series)

Publisher: Dell

Price: $1.99

Road Rage by Ruth Rendell

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of 02/20/18 7:33 AM. Price(s) are subject to change at any time. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of the purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before purchasing it.

A Conversation with Mystery author Saralyn Richard

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Saralyn Richards

We are delighted to welcome author Saralyn Richards to Omnimystery News today.

Saralyn's new mystery, Murder in the One Percent (Black Opal Books; February 2018` trade paperback and ebook formats), is published this week and we recently had a chance to catch up with her to talk more about it.

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Omnimystery News: Suppose the detective lead in Murder in the One Percent were interviewing you; what would be his opening question … and your response?

Saralyn Richards
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Saralyn Richards

Saralyn Richards: Detective Oliver Parrott: Good to meet the author of Murder in the One Percent, and I especially like the way you portrayed the dashing young detective. My question, though, has to do with the twists and turns, the ups and downs of the Phillips case. In my work, I know all about those, but how does a nice lady like you come to know them so well?

Saralyn Richard (smiling): It’s nice to meet you, too, Detective, though it feels as if we have known each other for ages, and I’m a big admirer of you and your work. To answer your question, I read a lot and I did a lot of research into police procedures, but—and this may come as a huge surprise—I actually tagged along with you every step of the way as you solved the Phillips crime. I was with you in the station, when you met with the medical examiner, when you interviewed the suspects, and when you staked out the Dakota. I saw and heard it all! Just think of me as the fairy godmother perched on your shoulder, a bit like Horace the cockatiel.

OMN: How did the book come to be titled?

SR: As I wrote the book, I thought of it as The One Percent, since the ensemble cast of characters represent variations of ultra-rich people whose wealth puts them in the top one percent of the nation. The book’s milieu is quite exclusive, one that few regular people get to experience in their lifetimes. When the manuscript was completed, and I was preparing to pitch it, I realized that I needed the word, “murder” in the title, so readers would realize it was a mystery novel. I wanted prospective readers to get the sense that this was not an ordinary murder, because the people involved were not ordinary people. I played around with murder-related terms like “premeditated murder,” “murder in the first degree,” “murder one,” and, bingo! Murder in the One Percent. It has an official-sounding ring to it, doesn’t it?

OMN: Suppose the book were to be adapted for television or film. Who do you see playing the key roles?

SR: Preston Phillips, the sixty-seven year-old playboy who brings his trophy wife (wife number four) to the party, is still stunningly handsome. He’s led a charmed life as a scholar, an athlete, a billionaire financial analyst, and former Secretary of the Treasury. Unfortunately, he’s made a lot of enemies along the way, so it’s no surprise that his presence at the Campbell birthday party sparks trouble. Part of the problem is Preston is just as much Prince Charming as he is Darth Vader. It turns out Preston is the guy everyone loves to hate. And, oh, those dimples! Brad Pitt would make an enigmatic Preston Phillips. Aside from his boyish good looks, Brad would have the aristocratic swagger down pat. The movie audience would definitely feel the catharsis when Brad bit the dust—or would they?

Detective Oliver Parrott is a mid-twenties African-American, former college football hero, tall, and with a deep voice. He’s smart and well-educated, and he has a strong moral compass. He goes into law enforcement because he wants to right wrongs; he believes in justice. Parrott is an organized thinker. In fact, everything about him is organized, including his clothes, his home—even the birdcage where his cockatiel, Horace, lives. Parrott’s star is on the rise. As the novel begins, he is missing his fiancée, a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, and his cousin has been killed in a senseless crime involving police. The actor who plays him has to have enough talent to carry him through a broad range of emotions. There are a number of accomplished African-American actors who could portray Parrott. Some who come to mind are Mahershala Ali, Anthony Mackie, Brandon T. Jackson, and Columbus Short. I would love to be there for the auditions!

OMN: What kinds of feedback have you received from readers?

SR: Most people tell me they enjoy the characters in Murder in the One Percent, especially Detective Parrott. That thrills me, because Parrott, although extremely skillful, well-organized, and hard-working, is also quite human. He has moments of sadness, yearning, and self-doubt, and sometimes he lets his emotions get away from him. I’m glad readers connect with him, despite his flaws.

Another comment I enjoy hearing is that the reader is held in suspense until the very end of the book, that the twists and turns in the plot make it an enjoyable read. One reader even says, “Combining mystery and humor, with an ending that probably surprises even the author, this is one you won’t want to miss.” What better compliment can a mystery writer receive than this?

OMN: Create a Top 5 list for us on any topic.

SR: Here are two. The Top 5 designers in Caro Campbell's closet …

• Valentino
• Hermes
• Versace
• Chanel
• Diro

And the Top 5 designers in Saralyn Richard's closet …

• Chico's Black Label
• Ellen Tracy
• Ralph Lauren
• Chaus
• Calvin Klein

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Mystery and children’s book author Saralyn Richard is a writer who teaches on the side. Some of her poems and essays have won awards and contests from the time she was in high school. A member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, Saralyn is revising her second mystery.

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

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Murder in the One Percent by Saralyn Richards

Murder in the One Percent by Saralyn Richards

A Mystery Novel

Publisher: Black Opal Books

Amazon.com Print/Kindle Format(s)BN.com Print/Nook Format(s)Kobo eBook Format

A powerful and rich playboy, a rare and naturally-occurring poison, a newly divorced woman with an ax to grind, and pressure from the former President of the US are just a few of the challenges facing Detective Oliver Parrott.

African-American and a former college football hero making a name for himself in the criminal justice system, Parrott answers a routine call for back-up when someone dies at a country estate the morning after an elaborate birthday party. When he learns the deceased is the wealthy former Secretary of the Treasury, Preston Phillips and just about everyone at the party has a motive to kill him, Parrot realizes this will be the investigation to make—or break—his career.

Murder in the One Percent by Saralyn Richards

Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM ET …

In Plain Sight by M. A. Comley

In Plain Sight by M. A. Comley

A Hero Series Novel

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Price: FREE!

In Plain Sight by M. A. Comley, Amazon Kindle format

A Body on the Porch by Steve Demaree

A Body on the Porch by Steve Demaree

A Dekker Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Steve Demaree

Price: FREE!

A Body on the Porch by Steve Demaree, Amazon Kindle format

Foul Trade by B. K. Duncan

Foul Trade by B. K. Duncan

A May Keaps Mystery

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Price: FREE!

Foul Trade by B. K. Duncan, Amazon Kindle format

A Fatal Wedding by April Fernsby

A Fatal Wedding by April Fernsby

A Psychic Café Mystery

Publisher: April Fernsby

Price: FREE!

A Fatal Wedding by April Fernsby, Amazon Kindle format

Murder & Marble Cake by Nancy McGovern

Murder & Marble Cake by Nancy McGovern

A Comfort Cakes Cozy Mystery

Publisher: McGovern Books

Price: FREE!

Murder & Marble Cake by Nancy McGovern, Amazon Kindle format

Keep You Near by Robin Roughley

Keep You Near by Robin Roughley

A Marnie Hammond Mystery

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Price: FREE!

Keep You Near by Robin Roughley, Amazon Kindle format

For a summary of all of today's titles, plus any that may have been added since this post was created, visit our Free MystereBooks page. This page is updated daily, typically by 8 AM ET.

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of the date and time shown. Price(s) are subject to change at any time. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of the purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before purchasing it.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens

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

A Mysterious Review of The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens. A Crime Novel.

Review summary: The story surrounding the murder investigation and the trial make for a fascinating read. There is a considerable amount of insider information on how the facts of a case are presented in court. This is a great whodunit that keeps the pages turning until the shocking end. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Heavens May Fall Allen Eskens

The Heavens May Fall
Allen Eskens
A Crime Novel
Seventh Street Books (October 2016)

Available from Amazon.comAvailable from Barnes & NobleAvailable from iTunesAvailable from Kobo

Publisher synopsis: Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

Max is still struggling with the death of his wife four years earlier, and the Pruitt case stirs up old memories. Boady hasn’t taken on a defense case since the death of an innocent client, a man Boady believes he could have saved but didn’t. Now he is back in court, with student Lila Nash at his side, and he’s determined to redeem himself for having failed in the past.

 

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