Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: A Photographic Death by Judi Culbertson

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

A Mysterious Review of A Photographic Death by Judi Culbertson. A Dehli Laine Mystery.

Review summary: This is a wonderful, poignant novel of a family that has faced devastation, the loss of a child. But it's far more than that, a page-turner to be sure, but also a book that in the end asks the reader to consider all that has happened in the past and ponder how the future may unfold for all involved. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Photographic Death Judi Culbertson

A Photographic Death
Judi Culbertson
A Dehli Laine Mystery
Witness Impulse (July 2014)

Publisher synopsis: Nineteen years ago, Delhi Laine's two-year-old daughter disappeared. After a frantic but inconclusive search, authorities determined that she must have drowned, her body washed away from the picturesque English park in which she had been playing.

Delhi's heart has never healed, yet her family has since soldiered on. But when a mysterious letter arrives containing the ominous words "Your daughter did not drown", their lives are once again thrown into turmoil. With her family torn between fighting for the past and protecting the future, Delhi is caught in the middle. For a mother, the choice to find her daughter seems easy. But for a family left fractured by the mistakes of the past, the consequences, and the reality, may be infinitely more costly.

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Minotaur Mysteries: Backstage Stuff, A Jane Wheel Mystery by Sharon Fiffer

Minotaur Books

Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan and a leading publisher of mystery and suspense books, currently has over 200 books available for $4.99 or less.

Today, we are pleased to feature one of these titles, Backstage Stuff by Sharon Fiffer, now just $1.99. (Price verified on May 31, 2014 as of 5:00 PM ET.)

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Backstage Stuff by Sharon Fiffer

Backstage Stuff by Sharon Fiffer
A Jane Wheel Mystery (7th in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

With a divorce looming, antiques picker and P.I. Jane Wheel has been spinning her wheels, unsure what to do with herself. She could use a good shove in the right direction, and while she may know this, she isn't about to admit it. Luckily, her best friend, Tim Lowry, has her interests at heart, and he has the perfect answer.

Not only does he have a mansion he needs help prepping for an estate sale, but he has unearthed an old play, a murder mystery, that he's dying to put on. The play would be just the thing to get Jane back on track — that is, if it weren't cursed. Thankfully, Tim isn't buying into any curse and pushes forward in spite of the ominous notes that keep showing up in the actors' scripts warning against a performance. It's only when the show's carpenter dies in a suspicious accident that Jane is convinced someone definitely doesn't want the show to go on and might be willing to kill to stop it.

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A New MystereBook: Tundra by Tim Stevens

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 May 2014 priced $4.99 or less …

Tundra by Tim Stevens is the fourth thriller in the John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher series.

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Tundra by Tim Stevens

Tundra by Tim Stevens
A John Purkiss Thriller
Publisher: Tim Stevens
Publication Date: May 29, 2014
Price: $2.99 (as of 05/31/14 4:30 PM ET)

A retired British Intelligence operative, Frank Wyatt, has surfaced as a research scientist at a remote outpost in the bleak, inhospitable tundra of north-eastern Siberia. But there's strong evidence that Wyatt was a double agent working for the Soviet KGB and its successor organisation, the FSB … so what is he doing at Yarkovsky Station? John Purkiss is sent to investigate.

In the guise of a journalist, Purkiss arrives at Yarkovsky Station and finds himself among an eccentric group of personnel, many of whom appear to be harbouring secrets. His attempts to delve more deeply are met with increasing degrees of suspicion, hostility and outright obstruction. And during a field excursion into the tundra, an attempt is made on Purkiss's life.

When a member of the station's personnel is brutally murdered, and the communication links with the outside world are sabotaged, Purkiss and the rest of the staff are trapped hundeds of miles from human contact, in an atmosphere of growing mistrust, intrigue and danger. After more killings, and with a deadly team of Russian military closing in on the station with orders to terminate both its operations and its personnel, Purkiss is forced to confront not only his human enemies, but also the terrible, primal power of the tundra itself …

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Minotaur Mysteries: Roll Over and Play Dead, A Claire Malloy Mystery by Joan Hess

Minotaur Books

Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan and a leading publisher of mystery and suspense books, currently has over 200 books available for $4.99 or less.

Today, we are pleased to feature one of these titles, Roll Over and Play Dead by Joan Hess, now just $2.99. (Price verified on May 31, 2014 as of 4:00 PM ET.)

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Roll Over and Play Dead by Joan Hess

Roll Over and Play Dead by Joan Hess
A Claire Malloy Mystery (6th in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy has donned another hat (or is that a collar?)-as a petsitter extraordinaire. Her furry charges are Miss Emily Parchester's beloved basset hounds, Nick and Nora, and two very good dogs they are. Everything is just ducky … until they vanish. Other neighbors' pets have also disappeared, and no doubt a dognapper is on the prowl.

Switching to her sleuthing chapeau, Claire quickly locates the shabby abode of Newton Churls, who runs a black market in stolen animals. But instead of a pen filled with purloined pooches, Claire finds one very dead Newton-and it appears his own pit bull terriers did him in. Or did they? Claire smells a human rat behind the brutal murder. And mysteriously, Nick and Nora are still missing. Now Claire is doggedly determined to find them … and run a killer to the ground.

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Utopia, A Techno-Thriller by Lincoln Child, Now at a Special Price

Utopia by Lincoln Child

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Utopia by Lincoln Child, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Doubleday.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $2.56 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (05/31/2014 at 3:30 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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Utopia by Lincoln Child

Utopia by Lincoln Child
A Techno-Thriller
Publisher: Doubleday

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park's robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track.

On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia is caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless criminals has infiltrated the park's computerized infrastructure, giving them complete access to all of Utopia's attractions and systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: If their demands are met, none of the 65,000 people in the park that day will ever know they were there; if not, chaos will descend, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. As one of the brains behind Utopia, Warne finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined–trying to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the minutes tick away, Warne's struggle to outsmart his opponents grows ever more urgent, for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowds in the park.

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Minotaur Mysteries: Owls Well that Ends Well, A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

Minotaur Books

Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan and a leading publisher of mystery and suspense books, currently has over 200 books available for $4.99 or less.

Today, we are pleased to feature one of these titles, Owls Well that Ends Well by Donna Andrews, now just $2.99. (Price verified on May 31, 2014 as of 3:00 PM ET.)

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Owls Well that Ends Well by Donna Andrews

Owls Well that Ends Well by Donna Andrews
A Meg Langslow Mystery (6th in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Meg Langslow was actually looking forward to renovating the old Victorian mansion she and her boyfriend Michael bought. But she wasn't thrilled by the lifetime of junk accumulated by the house's eccentric previous owner, Edwina Sprocket. The easiest solution: hold the end-all and be-all of gigantic yard sales. But when the event attracts the late Miss Sprocket's money-hungry heirs, the over-enthusiastic supporters of some endangered barn owls, and customers willing to go to any lengths to uncover a hidden treasure, Meg suspects things have gotten a little out of hand …

Then an antiques dealer is found stuffed in a trunk with his head bashed in — and the yard sale turns into a day's-long media circus. Even worse, the suspect arrested for the crime is the person Michael needs to secure academic tenure. Now, Meg is juggling an ever-growing list of suspects. And she's going to have to outthink and outwit one clever murderer who lives by "everything must go …"

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The Directive by Matthew Quirk, New in Bookstores in May 2014

New Mysteries (

Today's new hardcover mystery title, scheduled to be published during May 2014 by Little, Brown, is The Directive by Matthew Quirk.

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

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The Directive by Matthew Quirk

The Directive
Matthew Quirk
Series: Mike Ford (2nd)

After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game — this time the stakes are even higher.

Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from the little-known but unbelievably influential trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In an effort to help, Mike soon finds himself trapped by the dangerous men in charge — and forced to call on all the skills of his criminal past in order to escape.

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Minotaur Mysteries: Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs, A Dixie Hemingway Mystery by Blaize Clement

Minotaur Books

Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan and a leading publisher of mystery and suspense books, currently has over 200 books available for $4.99 or less.

Today, we are pleased to feature one of these titles, Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs by Blaize Clement, now just $2.99. (Price verified on May 31, 2014 as of 2:00 PM ET.)

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Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs by Blaize Clement

Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs by Blaize Clement
A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (5th in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Curiosity is always a killer for former police officer Dixie Hemingway. Even a trip to pick up her parrot at the veterinarian's office is bound to turn up something … curious … and the teenager Dixie meets in the waiting room is no exception. "Jaz", as she calls herself, is inconsolable after her stepfather ran over a rabbit with his car. Really?

Dixie's animal-like instinct tells her that something's not quite right about this Jaz — and she's going to make it her purrsonal business to find out more. Even if that means going on a wild-goose chase, from the pampered luxury of Siesta Key's exclusive resorts to the gang wars being fought in the back alleys, to ferret out the truth. And not get caught with her tail between her legs in the process …

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New from Harlequin Intrigue: Navy SEAL Surrender by Angi Morgan

Harlequin

Every month Harlequin publishes several new novels of mystery and suspense. We are pleased to present in this post one of its new May, 2014 titles, published in the Harlequin Intrigue series.

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Navy SEAL Surrender by Angi Morgan

Navy SEAL Surrender by Angi Morgan
A Texas Family Reckoning Novel
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Publication Date: May 01, 2014
List Price: $4.99 (ebook), $5.50 (paperback)

A Navy SEAL returns to Texas to find his family in trouble and his high school sweetheart impossible to resist …

Navy SEAL John Sloane thought he'd come home to Texas to save the family ranch and reconnect with his estranged twin brother. He never expected to reunite with the girl whose heart he broke. But when Alicia Adams's daughter is kidnapped, the fearless SEAL jumps into action.

However, the off-book op poses unfamiliar dangers to John, none more risky than his feelings for Alicia. To regain her trust and protect her from the kidnappers, he'll risk his career and even his life. It all hinges on one daring scheme that could prove he's the hero she needs–or break her heart all over again …

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Minotaur Mysteries: A Romantic Way To Die, A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

Minotaur Books

Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan and a leading publisher of mystery and suspense books, currently has over 200 books available for $4.99 or less.

Today, we are pleased to feature one of these titles, A Romantic Way To Die by Bill Crider, now just $2.99. (Price verified on May 31, 2014 as of 1:00 PM ET.)

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A Romantic Way To Die by Bill Crider

A Romantic Way To Die by Bill Crider
A Dan Rhodes Mystery (11th in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Dan Rhodes, the sheriff of Blacklin County, Texas, has seen more than his share of strange events during his time in office-most recently he exorcised a ghost from the county jail and he has always tolerated the banter between his elderly jailer and dispatcher. However, not even Hack and Lawton's friendly word play could have prepared him for the group of writers that have descended upon Blacklin County.

When Vernell Lindsey, Clearview's newly published romance novelist, decides to hold a romance writer's convention, residents think this will finally get their town on the map. They are even more excited when they learn that former Clearview resident Terry Don Coslin will headline the event-Terry Don is now the most sought after male cover model for these very novels.

Rhodes doesn't understand why so many people are interested in writing, but this becomes the least of his concerns when a local aspiring novelist is found dead in her room at the college. Was her death the work of a jealous rival? Or did her new book get a bit too close to certain people's real lives? As he investigates, Rhodes begins to learn more about the publishing industry and some sordid facts Terry Don. Is he at all connected to the murder? When another murder occurs, Rhodes receives the unwelcome aid of two aspiring novelists, eager to switch from romance to mysteries. Their theories are a little too far from the truth, but Rhodes does make some headway on his own.

Relying on his trademark common sense and cunning and the help of his deputy sheriff Ruth Grady, Rhodes is able to solve the murders although he still can't figure out why so many people want to write a novel.

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A New MystereBook: Checkered Crime by Tonya Kappes

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 May 2014 priced $4.99 or less …

Checkered Crime by Tonya Kappes is the first in a new series introducing one tough cookie Laurel London.

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Checkered Crime by Tonya Kappes

Checkered Crime by Tonya Kappes
A Laurel London Mystery
Publisher: Tonya Kappes
Publication Date: May 30, 2014
Price: $2.99 (as of 05/31/14 12:30 PM ET)

Orphaned and with one heckuva checkered past, Laurel London has grown street smart and no one is going to tell her different, even if it means getting tangled up with the wrong side of the law. After terrorizing Walnut Grove, Kentucky all her adolescent life, she's back and she's ready to go on the up and up. Make something of herself. Prove the citizens of Walnut Grove wrong and make them admit she's somebody.

But when mobster Trigger Finger Tony Cardozza jumps in the back of Laurel London's car mistaking it for a taxi, she's up to her ears in no good.

Recently fired and checkbook in the red, when Trigger offers to pay Laurel large wads of cash to drive him where he needs to go and keep her mouth shut, she's all in. That is, until FBI agent Jax Jackson jumps in the back of Laurel London's car threatening to take her to jail for her past crimes if she doesn't cooperate with the FBI by going undercover to help bring down the mob.

Laurel finds herself battling the past and good vs evil and she's not sure which is more deadly.

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New Trailer for the Suspense Thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones (September 2014)

A new trailer has been released by Universal Studios for the suspense thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones (embedded, below).

Ex-NYPD cop Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime … nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

Directed by Scott Frank from his adapted screenplay and based on the novel of the same title by Lawrence Block. A Walk Among the Tombstones opens in theaters September 19, 2014.

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A Conversation with Novelist Luca Pesaro

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Luca Pesaro
with Luca Pesaro

We are delighted to welcome Luca Pesaro to Omnimystery News today.

Luca's debut novel is Zero Alternative (Three Hares Publishing; April 2014 trade paperback and ebook formats), an action-packed thriller.

We recently had the opportunity to talk with Luca about his new book.

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Omnimystery News: When writing a first book, is it difficult to decide whether or not it should be a stand-alone or first in series?

Luca Pesaro
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Luca Pesaro

Luca Pesaro: I've decided to go for stand-alone books at the moment. I had a couple of very different stories, both in terms of plot and structure, that I wanted to explore before undertaking a series. I certainly haven't excluded revisiting some of the characters later on, in particular Scott Walker from Zero Alternative, but it's a little further down the road at the moment.

OMN: How do you categorize your book?

LP: My novels are action thrillers, with an international flavour. Obviously a label is a two-edged sword, helping you to connect to readers that enjoy a particular genre, but as my reading and writing tastes are quite eclectic I would prefer to be considered in the general thriller/suspense category, without any further branding, be it Conspiracy, Finance or else. I intend to explore several modes in my next few books.

OMN: Give us a summary of Zero Alternative in a tweet.

LP: Who can you trust? The world is darker, more dangerous than you think. To cure, sometimes you must destroy first.

OMN: How much of your own personal or professional experience did you include in the book?

LP: Quite a lot in Zero Alternative — I've worked in International Finance for over fifteen years, and many characters in the novel draw something from real people I've encountered throughout my career. The storyline is also inspired by current events and potential near-future developments around the world, so it's very much a fictional extrapolation of our present.

OMN: Describe your writing environment for us.

LP: I write at home, starting as soon as the kids have gone to school, and I have a special room with wonderful views over the Thames, the City of London and its skyscrapers. Staring at water is soothing, and I find it helps me relax when I become entangled in some particularly obscure plot hole, or if I need to sharpen dialogue. Also, maybe because I worked on trading floors for many years, I'm not bothered by noise too much — some of my best scene planning/outlining is done down my local pub (without excessive alcohol, of course; I can't really Hemingway things …).

OMN: How do you go about researching the plot points of your stories?

LP: A little of everything, really. For Zero Alternative, because of my previous profession, I could draw on my own experience for most technical bits. I also have a couple of friends who've been high up in Police/Counterterrorism networks and it's always a delight to pick their brains. The internet is obviously an awesome research and idea magic — well, that can take you down unexpected routes.

OMN: How true are you to the settings of your book?

LP: Though I do take the odd "poetic licence", I try to be accurate about the geography and local environment. My settings are important not just to give the story flavour but because they tend to be places where certain things are more likely to happen, and their history or nature suits the plot/mood of the story and its twists. Often I find unexpected ideas born of the particular place where the action is taking place. Also, since I'm Italian, I tend to use my country and its locations when they fit the story, since I feel Italy can be fascinating and interesting, and I believe I can transmit some of the spirit of the place.

OMN: If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, to research a setting for a book, where would it be?

LP: South America, in particular Argentina and the Andes. It's an area I've never visited, and it feels like a mysterious place, where the world has so many shades of light and darkness one could explore. It's also full of life and madness at the same time, with a twisted history that suits thrillers perfectly.

OMN: What are some of your outside interests? And have any of these found their way into your stories?

LP: Chess is one of my passions, and it will be an important part of the plot in my next thriller. I'm also a sports fan, football and tennis in particular, and I would love to try my hand at a thriller set in the world of professional athletes one day.

OMN: What is the best advice — and harshest criticism — you've received as an author?

LP: The best advice has always been to believe in yourself, and keep trying. You will get better, and there's nothing like learning from your own mistakes. Criticism-wise, nothing too harsh, to be honest. I did suffer a bit when my editor told me my ending for Zero Alternative felt too flat, and not thrillerish enough. It took quite a bit of work to get it right (well, hopefully …). Criticism is always someone else's opinion, and you have to consider it, see if they do have a case and eventually try to internalize it. There's no point in blindly following someone's suggestion — you have to come up with your own solution to the problem in your story. That's after having decided there is indeed a problem with it, which might not always (or even often) be the case. But it's normally a spur to work harder, and think more about issues, in my case.

OMN: Complete this sentence for us: "I am a thriller writer and thus I am also …"

LP: … slightly mad, with a well-developed dark side that's best expressed in writing — as opposed to doing!

OMN: What kind of feedback have you received for Zero Alternative?

LP: I love it when people respond by pointing out that it entertained them, but was a page-turner that made them think a little, and maybe learn something new.

OMN: Tell us more about the book's cover and title.

LP: The designer for my book cover, the excellent Jennie Rawlings, asked me what sort of covers I liked in the thriller genre. I came up with a selection, and it became obvious I liked an uncluttered style, with a few, powerful markers. I also mentioned how much I loved the graphic look of "The Matrix" branding and she did wonders in synthesising it into the final design. The title took a quite a lot of choosing — we wanted something sharp, that underlined the dichotomy and choices made by the hero as he grows through the book, and the underlying sense of menace. We went through so many false starts before we came up with Zero Alternative.

OMN: Action thrillers often make for exciting films. Suppose Zero Alternative were to be adapted for film. Who do you see playing the part of Scott Walker?

LP: Javier Bardem — maybe not with the awful blond hair he sported in Skyfall, but he does have that Latin edginess and depth, and he looks like he could handle himself in a fight if needed.

OMN: What kinds of books did you read when you were young?

LP: I've always been a fairly omnivorous reader, but my first passion as I grew up was Science Fiction and Fantasy and my first great "author love" was Isaac Asimov, followed by Tolkien. After that, Stephen King and the way he spun stories with a minimum of fuss had a big influence. In the thriller genre, I would definitely mention Grisham, Ludlum (for the non-stop action) and more recently Daniel Silva, who's very good at adding great depth to his characters while building intricate plots based around current events, like I attempted in Zero Alternative.

As far as technique and skills: style-wise — but I know I'll never be nearly as good — for thrillers the model has to be le Carré. And if I had to pick a writer to read and reread for his visionary quality, it would be Philip K. Dick. This is all on the commercial side of course; no point in naming all the great classic writers we all love and enjoy, though Hemingway was always a particular favourite of mine.

OMN: What do you pick up today to read for pleasure?

LP: I still read a lot of thrillers, and enjoy Lee Child, Flynn and Baldacci. Fantasy, particularly the epic, multi-POV sagas like "Game of Thrones". But I'm also a sucker for Dan Brownish-type capers, and I'll pick up any airport-type book that intrigues me before a holiday.

OMN: Do you have any favorite literary characters?

LP: Hector from The Iliad, The Mule (Asimov's foundation), Macbeth, Tyrion ("Game of Thrones"), Holden Caulfield, any Philip K Dick heroes, Morgana, Kellus from Scott Bakker's books.

OMN: And what about suspense or thriller series characters?

LP: Hannibal Lecter, Gabriel Allon, Jason Bourne/James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Reacher.

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

LP: Here are three of them:

Top 5 Films: The Silence of the Lambs, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, Forrest Gump, The Godfather Part II.

Top 5 less-known Italian cities you should visit: Ferrara, Parma, Perugia, Lecce, Palermo.

Top 5 weird dishes you should try: Haggis, Culurgiones, Ants, Seadas, Pisarei (you'll need to check the net for some of those!).

OMN: What's next for you?

LP: Another thriller which, as I said before, is inspired by chess — one of my great passions as I was growing up. It's called A Game of Kings and it's a Ludlum-type story where people are being manoeuvred as chess pieces without their knowledge. It will be a little broader in scope than Zero Alternative, with various POV characters. And of course writing full-time is giving me the opportunity to finally spend some time with my children and watch (and hopefully help) them grow up … at a dizzying speed.

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Luca Pesaro was born in northern Italy but he has spent most of his adult life in the US or UK. After long years gaining a degree and masters in Economics he became a derivatives trader in financial markets, and has worked for Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and RBS, and been a regular commentator on Bloomberg TV. He is now writing full-time.

He lives in London, is married and has two children who always manage to annoy, surprise and delight beyond any reasonable expectation.

For more information about the author, please visit his website at LucaPesaro.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Zero Alternative by Luca Pesaro

Zero Alternative
Luca Pesaro
An Action Thriller

Scott Walker is a fugitive from the quicksands of Finance, with one card to play — DeepShare, a silicon oracle coveted by billionaires, hitmen and hackers.

As he fights for survival and vengeance, digging deeper into the dark heart of the global economy, one question torments him: what price will the world have to pay?

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Bogey Nights by Marja McGraw is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

Bogey Nights by Marja McGraw

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Bogey Nights by Marja McGraw as today's free mystery ebook (A Bogey Man Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, May 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM 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.

For a summary of all of today's featured titles, plus any that may have appeared before and are repeat freebies, visit our Free MystereBooks page. This page is updated daily, typically by 8 AM ET.

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Bogey Nights by Marja McGraw

Bogey Nights
Marja McGraw
A Bogey Man Mystery
Publisher: Marja McGraw

When their forties-themed restaurant burns to the ground, Chris and Pamela Cross buy a 1920s brick house to convert into their new restaurant, Bogey Nights. They soon discover a murder that stems from the 1940s.

They uncover the fact that the house they've bought was used as a boarding house during the World War II era — the time of the murder — and most of the suspects are octogenarians plus. At the request of the victim's family, they investigate the old murder.

Lesson learned? Don't underestimate a senior.

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Archetype by M. D. Waters is Today's Romantic Suspense Kindle Daily Deal

Romantic Suspense Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Archetype by M. D. Waters as today's Romantic Suspense Kindle Daily Deal.

The deal price of $2.99 is valid only for today, Saturday, May 31, 2014.

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Archetype by M. D. Waters

Archetype
M. D. Waters
A Novel of Futuristic Suspense
Dutton

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can't believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men — one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which …

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