Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dead and Buried, A Cooper & Fry Mystery by Stephen Booth, Now Available at a Special Price

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Dead and Buried by Stephen Booth

Dead and Buried by Stephen Booth

A Cooper & Fry Mystery (12th in series)

Publisher: Witness Impulse

Price: 99¢ (as of 05/31/2016 at 8:00 PM ET).

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As wildfires ravage the Peak District's idyllic national park, hundreds of firefighters and park rangers fight to keep the blaze from reaching a historic inn, a landmark that has been boarded up for years.

For weeks now, acts of arson have destroyed miles of land, and once the flames die down, a grim surprise awaits detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry — a body, dead for years.

Dead and Buried by Stephen Booth

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Three Bags Full, A Sheep Detective Mystery by Leonie Swann, Now Available at a Special Price

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Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

A Sheep Detective Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Broadway Books

Price: $1.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 7:00 PM ET).

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On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George's killer.

The A-team of investigators includes Othello, the "bad-boy" black ram; Mopple the Whale, a merino who eats a lot and remembers everything; and Zora, a pensive black-faced ewe with a weakness for abysses. Joined by other members of the richly talented flock, they engage in nightlong discussions about the crime and wild metaphysical speculations, and they embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. There's Ham, the terrifying butcher; Rebecca, a village newcomer with a secret and a scheme; Gabriel, the shady shepherd of a very odd flock; and Father Will, a sinister priest. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love.

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

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New This Week: Missing, A Craig Hunter Thriller by Ed James

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Missing by Ed James

Missing by Ed James

A Craig Hunter Thriller (1st in series)

Publisher: Ed James

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 6:30 PM ET).

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Meet PC Craig Hunter of Edinburgh's Local Policing Unit. Ex-Army. Ex-CID. Back in uniform.

A straightforward domestic call out twists out of control when 16-year-old schoolgirl Stephanie Ferguson alleges her stepfather, Doug Ferguson, has been abusing her. Hunter is soon working with DS Chantal Jain of Police Scotland's Sexual Offences Unit to kick off the prosecution. But before a full statement can be taken, Stephanie disappears from hospital.

Now, Hunter must hunt the girl down before anyone else can. Where has Stephanie gone? Did she run? Or did someone take her? Will he get to the truth before it gets beaten into lies? Or before Stephanie is silenced for good … ? And why does this case keep throwing up old enemies from Hunter's past?

Missing by Ed James

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Death of a Red Heroine, A Chen Cao Mystery by Qiu Xiaolong, Now Available at a Special Price

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Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

A Chen Cao Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Soho Crime

Price: $1.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 6:00 PM ET).

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A young "national model worker," renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal.

As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career — perhaps even his life — to see justice done.

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

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New This Week: Be First or Be Dead, An International Thriller by Nik Krasno

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Be First or Be Dead by Nik Krasno

Be First or Be Dead by Nik Krasno

An International Thriller

Publisher: Neplokho Publishing

Price: $3.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 5:30 PM ET).

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Michael, the Oligarch, has dealt with most of his enemies in his own harsh way, and with the help of an unexpected and mysterious ally, fulfilled his long-coveted ambition of topping Forbes billionaire's list. Rich, still young and victorious, Michael knows how to indulge in all the pleasures this world can offer.

However, those who have helped him have their own plans, where Michael's and his country's role is very different from his expectations. Soon enough, he finds out that those who really dominate the global economy rule illicitly and stay away from public eye. He needs to confront the ancient cabal in order to survive and to save his country … For better or worse, it's a transgressive, radical, uncompromising, grotesque, action-packed and philosophical read.

Be First or Be Dead by Nik Krasno

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Death of a Secret, A Barbara O'Grady Mystery by Sharon Rowse, Now Available at a Special Price

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Death of a Secret by Sharon Rowse

Death of a Secret by Sharon Rowse

A Barbara O'Grady Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Three Cedars Press

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Recovering artist-turned-P.I. Barbara O'Grady takes on a seemingly straightforward case — a cheating husband — and finds herself chasing a killer …

Investigating the lawyer husband of noted art collector Cassie Stewart is risky enough. But Cassie is hiding something. And when her husband's lunch date turns up dead — all bets are off.

With an influential client she doesn't trust, the unexpected appeal of her client's all too attractive husband, and her own long-renounced artistic dreams unexpectedly pulling at her, nothing is as it seems. Barbara must search for answers that have their roots buried in the past.

As she digs deeper, Barbara uncovers long forgotten scandals and secrets — and a killer who's been waiting for her.

Death of a Secret by Sharon Rowse

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New This Week: The Attorney Conspiracy, A Novel of Suspense by C. Terry Cline, Jr.

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The Attorney Conspiracy by C. Terry Cline, Jr.

The Attorney Conspiracy by C. Terry Cline, Jr.

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: River's Edge Media

Price: $4.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 4:30 PM ET).

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The richest man in America in 1967 is shot down in cold blood in his mansion in Georgia. His wife is present. The shooter is no ordinary assassin or murderer. He is the esteemed Deputy Director of the CIA.

Meanwhile, ex-Army intelligence officer and local attorney, Troy Bacon attempts to foil an assassination plot that originates at the highest national level.

The Attorney Conspiracy by C. Terry Cline, Jr.

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The Dead Will Tell, A Kate Burkholder Mystery by Linda Castillo, Now Available at a Special Price

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The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

A Kate Burkholder Mystery (6th in series)

Publisher: Minotaur Books

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Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time — and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide — an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead — also seemingly by his own hand — Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished — and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows — the past never truly dies …

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

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Wedding Bel Blues by Maggie McConnon, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2016

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2016 …

Wedding Bel Blues by Maggie McConnon

Wedding Bel Blues by Maggie McConnon, A Bel McGrath Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Are they tying the knot? Or the noose?

Belfast McGrath has spent the last fifteen years avoiding her big, bustling, brash Irish family. But when her five-star culinary career goes up in flames, she retreats to Foster's Landing — where she's immediately tapped as her cousin Caleigh's maid-of-honor. It's a perfect recipe for disaster … especially when Bel learns that the wedding preparations included Caleigh having one last one-night stand.

When Caleigh's lover plunges from the second-floor balcony during the reception, Bel can't help but think his death was no accident. Soon Detective Kevin Hanson, who just happens to be Bel's long-ago love, arrives on the scene — looking hotter than ever. Heartbreak and homicide hardly help Bel to feel more at home, but if she is going to make a new beginning for herself, including putting the past behind her, she must first steer clear of a cold-hearted killer.

Wedding Bel Blues by Maggie McConnon

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Hounded, An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt, Now Available at a Special Price

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Hounded by David Rosenfelt

Hounded by David Rosenfelt

An Andy Carpenter Mystery (12th in series)

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Price: $2.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 3:00 PM ET).

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Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene.

But that's exactly where he arrives — at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Diza. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned eight-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene — Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system." This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him … and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.

Hounded by David Rosenfelt

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Murder Most Fowl by Edith Maxwell, New in Bookstores during May 2016

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Murder Most Fowl by Edith Maxwell

Murder Most Fowl by Edith Maxwell, a Cameron Flaherty, Local Foods Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Kensington

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Spring may be just around the corner, but a cold-blooded killer has put the big chill on the residents of Westbury, Massachusetts. It looks like organic farmer-turned-sleuth Cam Flaherty will have to set aside her seedlings for the time being as she tills the soil for clues in the mysterious death of a local poultry maven.

With the weather getting warmer, Cam should be spending her days pruning blueberry bushes and taking care of the new batch of chicks that just hatched. But murder knows no season. So when her fellow fowl-raiser Wayne Laitinen is found dead at his breakfast table one morning, Cam must put down her trimming shears and put on her crime-solving hat.

The kind-hearted chicken farmer didn't have any enemies — or did he? A wealthy financier has been working hard to convince him to sell her his land, while a group of animal rights activists recently vandalized his property. Money troubles were threatening to sink his marriage. And a thirty-year-old scandal was driving a wedge between him and one of his oldest friends.

Murder, blackmail, cover-ups. There's a fox in the hen house. But where? With some help from her off-again, on-again flame, police detective Pete Pappas, Cam will have to crack this case before Wayne's killer flies the coop forever.

Murder Most Fowl by Edith Maxwell

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Murder Frames the Scene by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2016

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during May 2016 …

Murder Frames the Scene by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

Murder Frames the Scene by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, A Mina Beckwith and Ned Manusia Mystery (3rd in series)

Publisher: Univ. of Hawaii Press

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The pair of unlikely sleuths — part-Hawaiian Mina Beckwith and her fiancĂ©, part-Samoan Ned Manusia — find themselves unraveling a deadly web of espionage and murder …

As the story opens, Ned is in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, where he has been sent to rescue his friend Nigel, a British spy being ruthlessly hunted by the Japanese police. The action moves to Honolulu where Mina is embroiled with a group of eccentric artists whose numbers are being depleted in a series of dramatically staged murders. While Mina looks into the murders of the artists, Ned and Nigel attempt to ferret out a spy sending reports on the activities of the Navy at Pearl Harbor to the Japanese government.

The two plot lines become intertwined as Ned and Mina are enmeshed in a dangerous net of international intrigue.

Murder Frames the Scene by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

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The Lost Women of Lost Lake, A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart, Now Available at a Special Price

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The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart

The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart

A Jane Lawless Mystery (19th in series)

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Price: $2.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 1:00 PM ET).

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Restaurateur and part-time P.I. Jane Lawless is taking some much-needed time off at her family's lodge when her best friend, Cordelia, arrives with news that Tess, one of their good friends, has taken a nasty fall and needs their help with rehearsals for a play that is set to open in a week. When Tess isn't on crutches, she helps run the Thunderhook Lodge, the premier resort on Lost Lake. And while she clearly needs Jane and Cordelia's assistance, she isn't exactly acting all that grateful.

A man who claims to be a journalist has arrived in Lost Lake with an old photograph and some questions for Tess that go back decades. His questions have put her on edge, and when he shows up peeking through her kitchen window, everyone else is right there with her. As beloved as Tess is, there are plenty of people who don't care about any so-called journalist and are happy to protect her, but how far are they willing to take it? And when will they need answers to questions that that only Tess can provide?

The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart

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New This Week: Cajun Fire, A Manny Williams Thriller by Rick Murcer

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Cajun Fire by Rick Murcer

Cajun Fire by Rick Murcer

A Manny Williams Thriller (9th in series)

Publisher: Murcer Press

Price: $4.99 (as of 05/31/2016 at 12:30 PM ET).

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Manny Williams was out. No More FBI. No more BAU. Sophie Lee, his close friend and long time partner had lost her husband during the last case in Miami. It left him a changed man. Enough is enough. It was time to do something else.

But, Josh Corner, his friend and former boss, had something different in mind. He was starting a new super unit focusing on potential terrorism suspects and their profiles. Manny's answer was still no, yet, can anyone escape who they are? Even Manny?

A bizarre murder scene in New Orleans helped convince Manny and Sophie, and the rest of his former team to take the leap onto Josh's new team, at least for now. Only time would tell if that decision was the right one. After landing in New Orleans, Manny was convinced of only one thing. Death was around the corner unless his team did their job. Worse, even if they did.

Cajun Fire by Rick Murcer

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A Naim Butler Romance Suspense
Author: R. Jerome Brooks
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About First Kill Wonder

Naim Butler, a rainmaker, has perfected the art of sentencing mitigation, as a partner with Manhattan power-firm, Baker and Keefe. He's the kind of captivating and accomplished man that therapists vent to. His bachelorhood is turned upside down when an old flame, Sinia Love, drops a seventeen-year-old son into his lap forcing him to balance this revelation and his budding romance with Brandy Scott.

Professionally, Naim's assigned to prove a man's innocence of murder is filthy work itself, but catastrophic when an envious lover of Sinia Love's sets out to kill him while hiding amongst the glitterati of Manhattan's upper crust.

A Conversation with Mystery Author Darin W. Fortner

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Darin W. Fortner

We are delighted to welcome author Darin W. Fortner to Omnimystery News today.

Darin's first in a new series mystery is Bring the Judgement (February 2016 trade paperback and ebook formats) and we recently had the chance to spend some time with him talking about the book.

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Omnimystery News: Tell us a little more about your new series character. What is it about him that appeals to you as a writer?

Darin W. Fortner
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Darin W. Fortner: My character, Major Booth Sommerlott, was inspired by aristocratic series characters such as Lord Peter Wimsey and Philo Vance, and in the process of plotting the novel he became a landowner from South Carolina. I suppose, coming from my particular background, that I find the idea of a cultured and gentlemanly sleuth attractive. At the same time, I seem to be drawn to the trope of the talented amateur who is not always bound by police procedure.

OMN: How do you expect him to develop over the course of a series?

DWF: In the classic mode, the detective changes little from book to book, and this will be true of Major Sommerlott, although time will advance with each novel. Which means that I will need to address the personal choices which would result in his remaining as he currently is.

OMN: Into which genre would you place this series?

DWF: Primarily the Major Sommerlott series could be described as cozy, or as traditional puzzle mysteries. I find that due to my setting the book several decades in the past it could also be described as a historical mystery. The greatest risk with labelling the book "historical" is that knowledgeable readers may discover that I know less about life in the past than I've convinced myself I do!

OMN: When starting a new book, which comes first: the cast of characters or the storyline?

DWF: Most of the time I find that the germ of the story starts with the identity of the murderer. Some authors go into a story without knowing the ending, but I find that I need to have the core situation (X kills Y in such-and-such a manner) firmly in mind before I can begin the actual plotting of the book.

OMN: Describe your writing process for us.

DWF: There seem, for me, to be a series of steps: first the core idea, then a very brief outline, then choosing the main characters and naming them (I find that the process of settling on names for the characters helps me to give them individual personalities, so that they become vivid in my mind), then a VERY rough draft/synopsis, which will eventually become the finished novel. I've described writing to my wife as very similar to sculpting marble: an idea becoming a general shape, then being progressively whittled at and polished until it at last feels like a finished product.

OMN: How true are you to the setting of the stories?

DWF: The series takes place in a fictional small town in 1930s South Carolina. While the town and its surrounding county are products of my imagination, I try to research that general locale and use what I uncover as much as possible. My protagonist exists solidly in that time and place, and knowing how the social pressures and customs of the era would affect his speech, personality, and actions is important. Without that particular background, he would be a different character altogether.

OMN: How did Bring the Judgement come to be titled?

DWF: I was looking for a title that would relate to the Bible-Belt setting of the novel while also giving some indication of the plot. One story that I enjoyed reading some years ago was a novelette by Ward Moore called Bring the Jubilee (which asked the question, What if the Confederacy had won the Civil War?) Aha. So very Biblical, so very Southern. So I tweaked that title to Bring the Judgement — which still sounds Biblical, and also gives a hint of the murderer's motivations and eventual outcome.

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

DWF: I remember reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift Jr — and quite a few other books — but with those as a starting point, I think it was almost a foregone conclusion that I would write mystery novels myself.

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Darin Fortner lives with his wife in a tidy little house in west central Indiana, where the two share a fondness for puzzles and mysteries of all kinds. A volunteer minister who works in customer service, he is currently at work on the second novel in the Major Sommerlott series.

For more information about the author, please visit his author page on Goodreads.

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Bring the Judgement by Darin W. Fortner

Bring the Judgement by Darin W. Fortner

A Mystery Novel of the Old South

Publisher: Darin Fortner

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Bishop's Hill, South Carolina … the sort of quiet, sleepy town where everyone knows everyone else, and little of importance ever seems to happen.

And then the dead body of a recently-returned village son is found abandoned along the roadside.

To Sheriff Talmadge, the solution is obvious. The deceased was a bully and a blackmailer, and it was only a matter of time before one of his victims turned on him. When the attacks continue, however, and the death toll begins to rise, the town council insists on enlisting help from an unexpected source: Major Booth Sommerlott, a veteran and local landowner known for his analytic mind and keen powers of observation. Together the two men will follow the evidence to a startling confrontation with a ruthless killer.

Bring the Judgement by Darin W. Fortner. Click here to take a Look Inside the book.

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The Widow File by S. G. Redling

The Widow File by S. G. Redling

A Dani Britton Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Kindle Daily Deal Price: $1.99

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Dani, a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out.

Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes. Whoever ordered the strike thinks Dani has vital information and they put a hit man named Booker on her trail.

Armed with only her wits and a bag of random investigation materials, Dani must figure out who the enemy really is while playing a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the cunning hit man who has an agenda of his own.

The Widow File by S. G. Redling

Redemption Key by S. G. Redling

Redemption Key by S. G. Redling

A Dani Britton Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

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Her narrow escape from blue-eyed assassin Tom Booker has made former data analyst Dani Britton question all of her choices — like trusting "good guys" who carry badges. On the run and haunted by the government-sanctioned massacre of her coworkers, Dani finally settles in remote Redemption Key, Florida, at a bar where strong drinks and shady deals are the norm.

The bar owner, a local operator with a past of his own, gives Dani a job, no questions asked, and soon Dani's ability to "read" the sketchy characters doing business at the bar proves invaluable. The libations flow, and the Key's laid-back vibe and warm waters start doing their therapeutic work. But as the mercury rises, a twisted deal starts to go down — threatening to take Dani with it. Like sharks smelling blood, players on both sides of the law circle for the kill. And when charming apex predator Booker joins the frenzy, he may turn out to be the only one on Dani's side.

Redemption Key by S. G. Redling

A Cold War by Alan Russell

A Cold War by Alan Russell

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

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Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Nina's getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell.

Taken by a mountain man who calls himself Baer and then transported to a remote cabin surrounded by nothing but frozen wilderness, Nina descends into a nightmare of terror, privation, and bitter cold. Nina's privileged life did not prepare her for imprisonment at the hands of this survivalist trapper. If she is to live — and to escape — Nina realizes she must do it on her own.

Undaunted and with startling determination, Nina pits herself against her captor, her fear, and nature itself in a battle for her life — but can she win against such deadly opponents?

A Cold War by Alan Russell

Justice Redeemed by Scott Pratt

Justice Redeemed by Scott Pratt

A Legal Thriller

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

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Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again — this time, accused of murder.

Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case. To ensure his lawyer's cooperation and silence, Jordan threatened to make Street's son the next victim. Shortly after, Jordan's own body turned up with a bullet hole in his chest.

Now Street is on trial for his life, and the enemy he made in the DA's office is clearly out for blood. It's one lawyer out to frame another. Can a desperate father escape punishment for a crime he didn't commit?

Justice Redeemed by Scott Pratt

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Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET …

A Turbulent Priest by J. M. Gregson

A Turbulent Priest by J. M. Gregson

An Inspector Peach Mystery

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Price: FREE!

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Life Line by Andrew Clark

Life Line by Andrew Clark

The Books of Fate Series

Publisher: Andrew Clark

Price: FREE!

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Winds of Deception by Tierney James

Winds of Deception by Tierney James

The Enigma Series

Publisher: e-Book Press Publishing

Price: FREE!

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Murder & Mystery by Stacie Orion

Murder & Mystery by Stacie Orion

The Restless Desires Series

Publisher: Stacie Orion

Price: FREE!

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Illusions by Jean Saunders

Illusions by Jean Saunders

An Alexandra Best Mystery

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Price: FREE!

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My Dear Otto by Saul Stier

My Dear Otto by Saul Stier

A Historical Thriller

Publisher: Saul Stier

Price: FREE!

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Envious Eyes by Kenneth P. Whittaker and Keith Argyle

Envious Eyes by Kenneth P. Whittaker and Keith Argyle

The Denbar Mysteries

Publisher: Kenneth P. Whittaker and Keith Argyle

Price: FREE!

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The Orange Crystal Crisis by Paula Berinstein

The Orange Crystal Crisis by Paula Berinstein

An Amanda Lester Mystery

Publisher: Paula Berinstein

Price: FREE!

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