Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New from Endeavour Press: Making a Killing by J. M. Gregson

Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher, promoting and selling ebook editions of works by new authors as well as bringing out ebook editions of out of print books.

We've selected one of their recently published mystery, suspense, thriller or crime titles to feature here today …

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Making a Killing by J. M. Gregson

Making a Killing by J. M. Gregson
A Lambert and Hook Mystery
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Price: $3.99 (as of 04/30/14 5:30 PM ET)

Lydon Hall is, as the estate agent's brochure puts it, a house full of character. But its many interesting features should surely not include a corpse in the elegant drawing-room? Is this death the suicide it appears to be?

Superintendent John Lambert and Sergeant Bert Hook are brought in to investigate the tight-knit village community which houses Lydon hall. And everyone one they meet seems suspicious.

From the glamorous French widow of the deceased to the man living rough on the moor they all seem to know more about this death than is at first apparent. Moreover, it gradually emerges that the staff of the estate agency he owned all had their different reasons for disliking the dead man …

First published by Collins Crime in 1991, this book's original title is For Sale — With Corpse.

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Borderlands, A Benedict Devlin Mystery by Brian McGilloway, Now at a Special Price

Borderlands by Brian McGilloway

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Borderlands by Brian McGilloway, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Minotaur Books.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (04/30/2014 at 5:00 PM ET). Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Borderlands by Brian McGilloway

Borderlands by Brian McGilloway
A Benedict Devlin Mystery (1st in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Winter 2002. The corpse of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone-Donegal border, between the North and South of Ireland, in an area known as the Borderlands. Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin heads the investigation. The only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl's finger and an old photograph, left where she died.

While Devlin searches for the girl's killer, her father has his own ideas about who is responsible — and his own ideas about how to make them pay. Meanwhile, Devlin becomes reacquainted with an old flame eager to rekindle their affair.

Then another teenager is murdered, and Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute twenty-five years earlier — a case in which he fears one of his own colleagues is implicated. As a thickening snow storm blurs the border between North and South, Devlin finds the distinction between right and wrong, vengeance and justice, and even police officer and criminal becoming equally unclear.

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A New MystereBook: Deadly Arrangements by Annie Adams

New MystereBooks (Mystery eBooks)

Here is 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 April 2014 priced $4.99 or less …

Deadly Arrangements by Annie Adams is the second mystery in this cozy Flower Shop series featuring florist Quincy McKay.

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Deadly Arrangements by Annie Adams

Deadly Arrangements by Annie Adams
A Quincy McKay, Flower Shop Mystery
Publisher: Annie Whittaker
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Price: $3.99 (as of 04/30/14 4:30 PM ET)

Planning a wedding can be murder …

All florist Quincy McKay wants is success in business, a happy family and the perfect romance with Alex Cooper, the hottest cop in the state. Not necessarily in that order, of course. Is that so much to ask?

The trouble is, between Alex's job and planning weddings, it's getting harder and harder for Quincy and Alex to find any time to themselves. Every time the flames of passion ignite between them, someone or something shows up to fizzle the fire, including her meddling mother, her formerly absent father and even Elma, the handsiest waitress in the West.

Wedded bliss is contagious in small town Hillside. Should be great news for Quincy, except that one groom is missing and another is the prime suspect. Hard for a florist to make a living that way, and even harder for her to stay out of the investigation, especially when the suspect is her sidekick, K.C.'s fiancé.

Just when she thinks nothing else could go wrong, a ghost from Alex's past comes back to haunt them both, which could keep them apart forever, if someone doesn't kill Quincy first. She's stumbled into the clues to solve the case of the missing groom and finds a corpse as well, proving that planning a wedding can literally be murder.

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The Case of the Perjured Parrot, A Perry Mason Novel by Erle Stanley Gardner: Amazon's The Big Deal Promotion

The Case of the Perjured Parrot by Erle Stanley Gardner

Every so often Amazon releases a new selection of Kindle books priced up to 85% off as part of The Big Deal Promotion.

Today's featured mystery, suspense, or thriller title is The Case of the Perjured Parrot by Erle Stanley Gardner. This Kindle book was listed at $0.99 as of the date and time of this post, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM ET, and should be available at this price through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

More information about the book is below; if other vendors have priced-matched this title, links to their sites are also shown.

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The Case of the Perjured Parrot by Erle Stanley Gardner

The Case of the Perjured Parrot by Erle Stanley Gardner
A Perry Mason Novel
Publisher: Della Street Press

Did Wealthy Fremont Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That's the multimillion-dollar question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the deal man's angry son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin's will — and murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring to whom the affable eccentric intended to leave his fortune, Perry Mason faces a prickly puzzle.

Even more puzzling, however, is the talking parrot. Casanova was Fremon Sabin's beloved pet. But the bird found at the crime scene proves to be a foul-mouthed impostor. Suffice it to say that more than a few feathers will be ruffled as Mason sets out to clip a clever killer's wings.

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A New The Hardy Boys: The Secret Files Mystery: Fossil Frenzy by Franklin W. Dixon

Fossil Frenzy by Franklin W. Dixon, a First Clues Mystery for Kids

We are pleased to present you with one of this month's new First Clues: Mysteries for Kids books: Fossil Frenzy by Franklin W. Dixon, a The Hardy Boys: The Secret Files Mystery.

For more information about the book, which is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9, see a synopsis, below.

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Fossil Frenzy by Franklin W. Dixon

Fossil Frenzy by Franklin W. Dixon
Series: The Hardy Boys: The Secret Files
Publisher: Aladdin
Format(s): Paperback, eBook

A missing dinosaur tooth makes for a massive investigation …

Frank and Joe are excited for their field trip to the Bayport Museum of Natural History with their science club. Not only will they get to see some awesome dinosaur skeletons on display, but they also get to go on their very own fossil dig on the museum grounds.

At the dig, fellow classmate Tico uncovers an old dinosaur tooth — even though Tico's biggest competition in the club, Aisha, claims she found it first. And when Tico realizes his tooth is missing — a tooth that turns out to be immensely valuable — all signs point to Aisha. But is she really the culprit? It's up to Frank and Joe to dig deep for the answers in a case that is bigger than they ever imagined!

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New from Endeavour Press: Unfaithful Servant by Timothy Harris

Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher, promoting and selling ebook editions of works by new authors as well as bringing out ebook editions of out of print books.

We've selected one of their recently published mystery, suspense, thriller or crime titles to feature here today …

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Unfaithful Servant by Timothy Harris

Unfaithful Servant by Timothy Harris
A Thomas Kyd Thriller
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Price: $3.99 (as of 04/30/14 3:00 PM ET)

In twenty-first century L.A, the truth is always more interesting than tabloid gossip. But when 14-year-old Hugo Vine tries to hire private-eye Thomas Kyd, Thomas is not sure he wants know the truth about the famous Vine family.

A recovering alcoholic still haunted by a terrible crime he committed in Vietnam involving a child, Kyd refuses to work for a minor who is apparently mentally unbalanced. Months later, Hugo's mother, Sally, hires Kyd against his will to keep a close watch on Hugo. Thrown together with the boy on a daily basis, Kyd discovers Hugo's life is haunted by the possibility his real father was murdered by the man who replaced him. Even worse, Hugo's own mother may have played a role in his death.

Kyd must test the limits of his own courage and humanity to save Hugo from the deadly web in which he's been caught. And he must resolve to be an unfaithful servant.

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Desperate by Daniel Palmer, New in Bookstores in April 2014

New Mysteries (

Today's new hardcover mystery title, scheduled to be published during April 2014 by Kensington, is Desperate by Daniel Palmer.

For a list of more new hardcover mysteries published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for April 2014. For new paperback mysteries, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of April 2014 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

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Desperate by Daniel Palmer

Desperate
Daniel Palmer

Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married, his career is thriving, and both feel ready to become parents once more.

After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. It's the perfect arrangement for everyone. Seeing his wife's happiness and optimism for their new life and child, Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he'd lost forever.

But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives. At work and at home, Gage is being sabotaged, first in subtle ways, then things take a more sinister turn. Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna. Even as he's propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job, Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come …

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Sleep Tight, A Suspense Thriller by Rachel Abbott: Amazon's The Big Deal Promotion

Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott

Every so often Amazon releases a new selection of Kindle books priced up to 85% off as part of The Big Deal Promotion.

Today's featured mystery, suspense, or thriller title is Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott. This Kindle book was listed at $0.99 as of the date and time of this post, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET, and should be available at this price through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

More information about the book is below; if other vendors have priced-matched this title, links to their sites are also shown.

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Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott

Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
A Suspense Thriller
Publisher: Rachel Abbott

When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn't the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it's Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning.

But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag — on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood. Has the past caught up with Olivia?

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New from Endeavour Press: The Secret Houses by John Gardner

Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher, promoting and selling ebook editions of works by new authors as well as bringing out ebook editions of out of print books.

We've selected one of their recently published mystery, suspense, thriller or crime titles to feature here today …

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The Secret Houses by John Gardner

The Secret Houses by John Gardner
A Spy Thriller
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Price: $3.99 (as of 04/30/14 1:30 PM ET)

Two families — the Railtons in Britain and the Farthings in America — are at the heart of a titanic political struggle, their fates intertwined in the secret world of Intelligence by blood, love, loyalty and betrayal.

The British Secret Intelligence Service and the American Office of Strategic Services are locked in a desperate struggle to destroy the war machine that threatens the future of the world — and once again the Railtons and the Farthings are drawn into the secret struggle.

Both families are intimately concerned in the fate of the Tarot resistance network, operated by Caspar Railton under the nose of the ruthless SS officer Hans-Dieter Klaubert, known as the Devil of Orléans. Caspar has recruited his nieces Caroline and Jo-Jo as undercover agents in France, and their disappearance coincided with the break-up of Tarot.

This sequel to The Secret Generations was first published in 1987.

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Hunt the Wolf, A SEAL Team Six Thriller by Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo, Now at a Special Price

Hunt the Wolf by Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Hunt the Wolf by Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Mulholland Books.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (04/30/2014 at 1:00 PM ET). Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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Hunt the Wolf by Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo

Hunt the Wolf by Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo
A SEAL Team Six Thriller (1st in series)
Publisher: Mulholland Books

In the midst of a grueling training exercise, Thomas Crocker, USN, unearths a pocket of terrorism that leads straight from the slopes of K2 to the cities of Europe and the Middle East.

Crocker and his team, who are trained for the most intense kinds of combat in the most extreme environments, must blaze through a perilous web of terrorist cells to track down a ruthless sheikh who is running an international kidnapping ring before his captives pay the ultimate price.

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A New MystereBook: Dying Before I Do by Judy Fitzwater

New MystereBooks (Mystery eBooks)

Here is 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 April 2014 priced $4.99 or less …

Dying Before I Do by Judy Fitzwater is the seventh mystery in this series. All of Jennifer Marsh's writer friends — Leigh Ann, Teri, April, and Monique — plus Emmie Walker and Muffy are back to help Jennifer plan her wedding and solve the mystery as bullets, arrows, and poison threaten to derail it.

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Dying Before I Do by Judy Fitzwater

Dying Before I Do by Judy Fitzwater
A Jennifer Marsh Mystery
Publisher: Judy Fitzwater
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Price: $3.99 (as of 04/30/14 12:30 PM ET)

Love and murder: two words that should never go together. But when Jennifer and long-time beau Sam Culpepper finally decide to tie the knot, murder rears its ugly head to intervene.

Now Jennifer has more to contend with than choosing colors and flowers for the most important day of her life. She and Sam must thwart whoever is bent on keeping the secrets of an old kidnapping case. One man is dead, and young reporter Teague McAfee is next in line.

Jennifer finds herself embroiled in a twisty tale of love gone wrong, while dodging her friends who are determined to give Jennifer and Sam the perfect wedding.

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Cinemystery News: Tomas Alfredson to Adapt, Direct Jo Nesbø's The Snowman

Cinemystery News

Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is on board to direct an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's seventh Harry Hole mystery The Snowman, which he will co-write with Søren Sveistrup. (More about the book, below.)

Working Title, which optioned the book, will produce for Universal Studios. (News via Variety.)

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
A Harry Hole Mystery (7th in series)
Publisher: Vintage

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother's pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he's received and the disappearance of Jonas's mother — and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised — and constantly revised — by the killer.

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An Excerpt from Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Omnimystery News: An Excerpt courtesy of Christopher J. Yates
Black Chalk
by Christopher J. Yates

We are delighted to welcome back thriller writer Christopher J. Yates to Omnimystery News.

Christopher first visited with us earlier this month, when we discussed his new thriller Black Chalk (Random House; April 2014 trade paperback and ebook formats), and today we're pleased to feature an excerpt from it, the opening paragraphs.

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Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

I(I) HE PHONES EARLY. ENGLAND GREETS the world five hours ahead of us and I answer before my day has gained its groove.
  Before long I have agreed to everything he says.
  Don't worry, he says. I promise you, it'll be fun.
  It'll be fun. Pause. Click.
  Yes, that's what we said about the Game all those years ago. It'll be so much fun!
  I hold the phone to my chest for some time after the call has ended. And then, crossing the room, I open my curtains for the first time in three years. Because now he has found me, tracked me down, and there remains no good reason to stay hidden any longer. For three cloistral years the quantity of time I have spent inside this apartment has averaged twenty-tree hours and fifty-nine minutes each day. I am a hermit, as pale as my bones, as hairy as sackcloth. But now I intend to grow stronger. I must ready myself for the impending visit of the ancient friend.
  Because the timing of the call was of course no coincidence. In five weeks' time, fourteen years to the day since last we saw each other, this hermit turns thirty-four. And let me state from the outset that, whether I win or lose, I hope this story will serve as my warning to the world. A cautionary tale. My confession.

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Christopher J. Yates
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Christopher J. Yates

Christopher J. Yates was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a puzzle editor in London. He now lives in New York City with his wife and dog.

To learn more about the author and his work, please visit his website at ChristopherJYates.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Black Chalk
Christopher J. Yates
A Psychological Thriller

One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University; a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results.

Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you?

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