Thursday, December 03, 2009

Press Release: Mystery Scene Welcomes Lawrence Block as New Columnist

Mystery Scene Magazine

Press Release (New York, NY): Mystery Scene Magazine is pleased to announce a new column by Lawrence Block, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master and four-time winner of the and . One of the most celebrated mystery writers of all time, Block has written over 60 novels, including the bestselling Matt Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr series, as well as numerous short stories and screenplays such as Wong Kar-Wai's My Blueberry Nights. He will bring a treasure trove of memories, anecdotes, and insights from a literary lifetime to his Mystery Scene column "The Murders in Memory Lane."

In his typical direct style, Block's debut column in the 2009 Holiday Issue relates how the writer Stanley Ellin once put one over on Simon & Schuster editor Lee Wright. Funny, clever, and riotously inappropriate, the cast of characters also includes fellow jokester and writer Donald Westlake: "[Ellin, Westlake, and Wright] are all gone now, and it struck me that, if I wasn't the only person around who knew the story, I was probably the only one at all likely to tell it. And was it worth the telling? I decided it was," says Block.

Future columns promise more intimate stories, including drinks and sobriety with Edgar Award-winning writer Ross Thomas. "Larry is a gifted raconteur," said Mystery Scene Editor-in-Chief Kate Stine, "and he's also a perceptive critic of his fellow writers' work. 'The Murders in Memory Lane' offers a true insider's look at the mystery genre over the last 50 years. We're absolutely delighted to have one of the all-time greats of mystery fiction contributing to Mystery Scene."

"The Murders in Memory Lane" continues the lively, must-read coverage of the mystery world that the award-winning Mystery Scene has provided since 1985. With each anecdote, Block shares insights and life lessons that will inspire and amuse readers, while offering a rare glimpse into the life and times of one of America's most prominent crime writers.

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First Clues Review: A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

is delighted to introduce a new feature for our website, book reviews written by students. These students offer their unique perspective on the book in their review and provide a valuable resource to parents looking for new mystery adventures for their kids to read.

A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder

A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder
The Grk Mysteries

Yearling (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-440-42147-0 (0440421470)
ISBN-13: 978-0-440-42147-4 (9780440421474)
Publication Date: March 2008
List Price: $6.50

Review written by Karan, Grade 6. Date of review: December 2009.

Review: Suspense, action, dilemma, and perplexity are all words that describe the book, A Dog Called Grk, written by Joshua Doder. This book is the first in the “Grk” series that will blow people’s minds away. One chilly day, a boy named Tim is followed by this small black and white dog. Tim knows that his parents will kill him if he lets a stray dog indoors because Tim’s mom is allergic to dogs. Though his parents will say no, he still decides to ask if he can keep the dog, but of course, they say no way, never. After finding out who the dog belongs to, Tim goes on a top secret mission that his parents wouldn’t approve of, and, if they found out, they would ground him forever. Now Tim is faced with the challenge of getting the dog back to its owners. He will have to maneuver through a high-security prison without alarming anybody, he will have to pilot a real life helicopter with the only help of some piloting skills he earned while playing some video games and he will have to make a hair-raising run to the border with a few friends. And his only companion for doing all these mind-boggling things, is a brave little dog named Grk.

I loved the book, it was very intense, and I think my heart skipped a beat when I found out that Tim really flew the real life helicopter. My favorite part though, was the part when Tim, Natascha and Max escaped from the high-security prison, with the only cover of a few hundred criminals who were making a getaway from all the prison guards who were trying to stop the criminals from running away and causing even more havoc. When I was reading this part in the astonishing story, I almost fell of my chair that I was sitting on. That was how suspenseful the part in the story was. I also liked the part where Tim, Natascha, Max and Miranda confused and out-smarted the border guards so that they could make a run for it, without letting anybody know where they went. On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best I would rate this book as a 5! This was one of the most breath-taking books that I have read before in my life. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes to read suspenseful book with just a hint or two of action. No wonder this book got a compliment from, Time Out New York Kids. This is what Time Out said, “This first entry in the series crackles with Doder’s crisp prose and absurdist sensibility.” I can’t wait to read the next in the series, the next book is called, Grk and the Pelotti Gang, to me the next book in the series sounds like even more action and suspense combined to make the perfect 2nd book in the “Grk” series.

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Authors on Tour: Joanna Challis Visits Lesa's Book Critiques and The Friendly Book Nook

Author Book Tour

Mystery Books News is pleased to be coordinating this week's online book tour for author , whose new mystery Murder on the Cliffs (St. Martin's Minotaur, November 2009) introduces series character Daphne du Maurier.

Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis

Today, Thursday Wednesday December 3rd, Joanna will be visiting the following site(s):

Lesa's Book Critiques where Joanna Challis is interviewed; and
The Friendly Book Nook where Joanna Challis is the guest blogger.

We're also thrilled to announce that Joanna is giving away a signed copy of her new book to one lucky tour visitor. Visit each tour site on the day indicated and pick up a unique PIN to be used to enter the giveaway on that day. The entry form can be found on Joanna's tour page, .

We hope you have the opportunity to stop by each of the tour sites this week to learn more about Joanna, her new series character Daphne du Maurier, and the challenges an author faces when writing about a real person.

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Games of Mystery: Real Crimes - Jack the Ripper, New from Big Fish Games

Games of Mystery

, your source for mystery-themed electronic and board games, parties for kids and adults, and murder mystery weekends and mystery getaway vacations, is pleased to announce the availability of a new mystery game from Big Fish Games released today. You can find out more about these games by visiting our page or by clicking on the links provided below.

Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper
Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper

A serial killer is on the loose and the body count is rising as young, innocent victims are found ... mutilated by the mark of the legendary Jack the Ripper. Journey back to 1888 as Assistant Chief Constable of London's Scotland Yard, and join Professor Francis Galton and Sir Melville Magnaghten as they explore London’s East End on a manhunt to stop the brutal slayings. Use the most revolutionary technology of the era, like fingerprinting and blood tests, and search through criime scenes to gather evidence and stop the infamous criminal!

See also the first game in this series, Real Crimes: The Unicorn Killer.

Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper may be downloaded and purchased for $6.99 with a Big Fish Game Club membership. A demonstration version (130.94 MB) may be downloaded and played for free for one hour.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Press Release: VA, DC, and NC Book Club Special Offer

The Legal Limit by Martin Clark

Press Release: To celebrate Martin Clark's The Legal Limit winning the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award on October 17, Regal Literary is reaching out to book clubs across Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina with a special offer. Participating book clubs will be entered into a lottery for one of two sets of 12 signed paperback copies of The Legal Limit. That means two book clubs will win!

Three other book clubs will have the opportunity to have Martin “visit” with their clubs on the phone to discuss The Legal Limit and answer questions.

If you’d like your book club to be considered, please send Regal Literary (see address below) a letter with the names, email addresses, and signatures of all the club’s members. They’ll have a random drawing and announce the winners on Martin Clark’s Facebook page on December 31.

The Legal Limit Special Offer
Regal Literary
Penthouse
1140 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

About The Legal Limit: Gates Hunt is a compulsive felon, serving a stiff penitentiary sentence for selling cocaine. His brother, Mason, however, has escaped their bitter, impoverished upbringing to become the commonwealth's attorney for their rural hometown in Virginia, where he enjoys a contented life with his wife and spitfire daughter. But Mason's idyll is abruptly pierced by a wicked tragedy, and soon afterward trouble finds him again when he is forced to confront a brutal secret he and his brother had both sworn to take with them to the grave, a secret that threatens everyone and everything he holds dear.

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Authors on Tour: Joanna Challis Visits Melissa's Bookshelf and Shhh I'm Reading

Author Book Tour

Mystery Books News is pleased to be coordinating this week's online book tour for author , whose new mystery Murder on the Cliffs (St. Martin's Minotaur, November 2009) introduces series character Daphne du Maurier.

Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis

Today, Wednesday December 2nd, Joanna will be visiting the following site(s):

Melissa's Bookshelf: where Murder on the Cliffs will be reviewed; and
Shhh I'm Reading where Joanna Challis is the guest blogger.

We're also thrilled to announce that Joanna is giving away a signed copy of her new book to one lucky tour visitor. Visit each tour site on the day indicated and pick up a unique PIN to be used to enter the giveaway on that day. The entry form can be found on Joanna's tour page, .

We hope you have the opportunity to stop by each of the tour sites this week to learn more about Joanna, her new series character Daphne du Maurier, and the challenges an author faces when writing about a real person.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Mystery Book Review: Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill by John H. Vibber

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill by John H. Vibber. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill by John H. Vibber

by
Non-series

Dog Ear Publishing (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1-60844-108-3 (1608441083)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60844-108-2 (9781608441082)
Publication Date: September 2009
List Price: $15.95

Review: Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill, John H. Vibber's debut novel, is much more than a mystery (though all the requisite elements are present): it is a tale of love and the power of incredibly close friendships.

Set in a remote village in northeast Vermont (the so-called "Northeast Kingdom"), tragedy strikes a group of friends who call themselves "The Gang". Reilly Bostwich, a high school teacher and divorced single parent of 8-year-old Amy, is arrested for the murder of his ex-wife Klarissa. Just the day before the discovery of her frozen body, found tied to a cant-dog on Reilly's property, someone had tried, but ultimately failed, to abduct Amy. The evidence against Reilly is more than circumstantial: blood stains and the rifle used to kill Klarissa are found in Reilly's basement. There's motive as well: after their divorce, Reilly was given custody of Amy after Klarissa tried, contrary to court orders, to move her to England. The police believe Klarissa returned to Vermont to take her daughter, Reilly found out, and killed her.

But Reilly has the "gang" on his side, in particular, Adele Clayton. Adele, also the single parent of an 8-year-old girl, and Reilly were planning a live together as a family. Her love for Reilly, and belief in his innocence, is what drives her, together with the gang, to prove that despite the overwhelming evidence someone else killed Klarissa.

Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill is truly a remarkable novel. The murder mystery plot is well developed and the setting appropriately descriptive, but what sets the story apart is the relationships between the characters. This is a group of people who are serious about the task they face, realistic in their expectations of achieving it, but committed to seeing it through, all the while acting with devotion and good humor. Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill is highly recommended.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill and to John H. Vibber for providing a copy of the book for this review.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved

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Synopsis (from the publisher): The story is set in the corner of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where Canaan village is forty five miles from the nearest stoplight and sometimes equally removed from the law. It is mid-January, 1982. Single parents Adele Clayton and Reilly Bostwick are in love. Nothing prevents them from forming a new family except a murder and a kidnapping.

Two days ago Reilly found a woman shot faceless on a snowy hillside. Yesterday the state medical examiner identified the victim as his ex-wife and police discovered matching blood in his cellar. Today Reilly sits in jail believing that nothing worse could happen to him and his eight-year-old daughter Amy. He’s wrong. The true killers are looking for her. Fortunately their intricate plan didn’t anticipate the talents of young widow Adele Clayton.

These are the dynamics of an intricate and exciting novel with an uplifting outcome: a mystery that stands in contrast to most police procedurals and PI stories. This detective’s motivation isn’t justice or money; it’s love.

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Firsts on the 1st: New Series Characters Being Introduced in December 2009 Mysteries

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books recently updated its list of as well shelved new December paperbacks on The Mystery Bookshelf. In this post, which we're calling Firsts on the 1st, we're introducing readers to new series characters who will make their debut during December.

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The Disappeared by M. R. Hall

Title: The Disappeared
Author: M. R. Hall
Series Character: Jenny Cooper
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Jenny Cooper is a coroner for the Severn Vale (Gloucestershire).

Her first case: Two young Muslim students vanished without a trace seven years ago. The police had concluded that the boys, under surveillance for some time for suspicion of terrorism, had fled to Pakistan to traffic in the atrocities of Islamic fanaticism. Now, sufficient time has passed for the law to declare the boys legally dead. A final declaration is left up to a coroner, Jenny Cooper. As Jenny's official inquest progresses, the stench of corruption is unmistakable. Not only does it appear that British Security Services played a role, but the involvement of an American intelligence agent soon makes it clear that a vast conspiracy is in play. As Jenny builds an ever-strengthening case implicating a shocking collection of power and influence, she meets with a determined and increasingly menacing resistance. When she links the students' "vanishing" to the unidentified corpse of a beautiful young woman and the fate of a missing nuclear scientist, Jenny is forced into an arena in which she is pushed to the breaking point and beyond.

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Silent Screams by C. E. Lawrence

Title: Silent Screams
Author: C. E. Lawrence
Series Character: Lee Campbell
Format: Mass Market Paperback

What we know about the character: Lee Campbell is a profiler for the New York Police Department.

His first case: In the streets of New York City, the Slasher chooses his victim -- and makes his move. As he wraps his fingers around the girl's pretty throat, his power increases. As he carves into her skin, his words become flesh. As he arranges her lifeless body in a loving tableau, his fantasies demand new, more violent sacrifices. At first, NYPD detectives suspect a jealous boyfriend. But criminal profiler Lee Campbell senses something darker, even ritualistic, about the murder. More chilling, he's convinced he's witnessing the genesis of a full-blown serial killer. But time is running out. A new victim has been chosen. Campbell must search the most terrifying recesses of the human mind -- and his own past -- before the screaming starts again.

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The Good Son by Russel D. McLean

Title: The Good Son
Author: Russel D. McLean
Series Character: J. McNee
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: J. McNee is a private investigator in Scotland.

His first case: There is something rotten behind the apparent sucide of Daniel Robertson and it’s about to come bursting into the life of J. McNee. James Robertson, a local farmer, finds his estranged brother’s corpse hanging from a tree. The police claim suicide. But McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London thugs on the move in the Scottish countryside, it’s only a matter of time before people start dying. As the body count rises, McNee finds himself on a collision course with his own demons and an increasing array of brutal killers in a violent, bloody showdown that threatens to leave none involved alive.

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Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks

Title: Faces of the Gone
Author: Brad Parks
Series Character: Carter Ross
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Carter Ross is an investigative reporter in Newart (New Jersey).

His first case: Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That’s the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims—an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama’s boy—came from different parts of the city and didn’t seem to know one another. The police, eager to calm jittery residents, leak a theory that the murders are revenge for a bar stickup, and Carter’s paper, hungry for a scoop, hastily prints it. Carter doesn’t come from the streets, but he understands a thing or two about Newark’s neighborhoods. And he knows there are no quick answers when dealing with a crime like this.

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Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

Title: Dead Air
Author: Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid
Series Character: Sammy Greene
Format: Hardcover

What we know about the character: Sammy Greene is the host of a talk-radio show on her New England college campus.

Her first case: An outspoken, brash, native New Yorker, Sammy Greene isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers at Ellsford University, her ultraconservative New England college. Host of "The Hot Line", a talk-radio show on campus station WELL, Sammy tackles the toughest, most controversial issues facing Ellsford's students. When Sammy discovers the body of Dr. Burton Conrad, one of Ellsford's most esteemed professors, her journalistic drive kicks in and she sets out to discover what happened to the beloved professor. But when several Ellsford students mysteriously disappear, Sammy realizes she's uncovered the seamy, terrifying underbelly of this prestigious institute of higher education. With the entire campus in peril, and demons from her past close behind, Sammy Greene must race to find answers. Along the way, she'll discover some unlikely allies-and even more unlikely enemies. If Sammy isn't careful, someone is going to make sure that she signs off -- for good.

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Stirring Up Strife by Jennifer Stanley

Title: Stirring Up Strife
Author: Jennifer Stanley
Series Characters: Hope Street Church
Format: Mass Market Paperback

What we know about the characters: Cooper Lee and the Sunrise Gang are a Bible study group at the Hope Street Church in Richmond (Virginia).

Their first case: Cooper Lee can repair a copy machine—but can she repair her life? That’s one of the many Big Questions that lead this newly single Richmond girl to Sunrise Bible Study at the Hope Street Church. Cooper hasn’t attended church in ages, but after getting dumped by her long-time boyfriend—and moving in with her family—she could use some new friends, and a new outlook on life. Happily, the members of the Bible group are anything but cookie-cutter, which suits Cooper just fine. There’s a blind folk artist, a playboy meteorologist, an investment banker with a sweet tooth, an ambitious realtor, and a cute shy web designer who just might be “the one” for Cooper. But the member of Hope Street Church who invited Cooper to join this motley crew—an office worker who got her wedding ring stuck in a copier—is something else altogether: she’s dead and her husband is suspected of murder! The Sunrise gang jumps into action, vowing to solve this unholy mess—with God’s guidance—and Cooper’s snooping.

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For a list of more mysteries scheduled for publication during December, please visit our home page. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with December 2009 releases.

Please visit the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books where we are committed to providing readers and collectors of with the best and most current information about their favorite authors, titles, and series.

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Authors on Tour: Joanna Challis Visits In Reference to Murder

Author Book Tour

Mystery Books News is pleased to be coordinating this week's online book tour for author , whose new mystery Murder on the Cliffs (St. Martin's Minotaur, November 2009) introduces series character Daphne du Maurier.

Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis

Today, Tuesday December 1st, Joanna will be visiting the following site(s):

In Reference to Murder where Joanna is interviewed.

We're also thrilled to announce that Joanna is giving away a signed copy of her new book to one lucky tour visitor. Visit each tour site on the day indicated and pick up a unique PIN to be used to enter the giveaway on that day. The entry form can be found on Joanna's tour page, .

We hope you have the opportunity to stop by each of the tour sites this week to learn more about Joanna, her new series character Daphne du Maurier, and the challenges an author faces when writing about a real person.

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Harlequin Worldwide Mystery Titles for December 2009

eHarlequin.com has announced the December 2009 titles for their Worldwide imprint, your partner in crime. Amateur sleuths, traditional cozies, police procedurals and private-eye fiction, written by award-winning authors. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

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Murder on the Ghost Walk by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter

Murder on the Ghost Walk by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
An Ashley Wilkes Mystery (3rd in series)

Home to some of the Old South's most famous ghost walks, historic Wilmington's "haunted" mansions delight thrill seekers and the curious alike. For Ashley Wilkes, newly commissioned to work as historic preservationist on one of Orange Street's stunning antebellum homes, it's not ghosts she tangles with, but actual dead bodies.

Two skeletons—possibly the remains of owners believed to have left town suddenly and under strange circumstances—have added more spice to the season. Ashley starts poking around, suspecting there is more to the grisly discovery than meets the eye. As she digs into the walls and the mystery, she finds shocking clues that tell her a killer is poised and ready to strike … before she uncovers the scandalous truth at the heart of the crime.

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Living With Your Kids Is Murder by Mike Befeler

Living With Your Kids Is Murder by Mike Befeler
A Paul Jacobson Mystery (2nd in series)

Octogenarian Paul Jacobson trades his retirement community for a new life in Denver, Colorado, with his son, Denny. Still cantankerous, trouble-prone and short-term-memory challenged, Paul is now a "person of interest" in two murders—mostly because he happened to be the only person around when the bodies were found. The first victim, a real-estate salesman, was slumped dead next to Paul on the flight to Denver. Paul stumbles over the second body in a local community center's parking lot.

Both victims were related to a big developer in the area, and both had the bad luck to be involved in something dangerous. Despite the due diligence of detectives, it's Paul and his intrepid granddaughter, Jennifer, who uncover the true motive and close in on a killer about to get away with murder.

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Probable Claws by Clea Simon

Probable Claws by Clea Simon
A Theda Krakow Mystery (4th in series)

A reporter for the Boston music scene, Theda Krakow has another serious passion—all things feline. So when her good friend Violet, owner of a shelter for stray cats, tells her someone has contaminated the pet food, Theda digs into the matter. The crime turns murderous—and incriminating—when the shelter vet is found stabbed with a scalpel, and Theda is discovered next to the woman's body. Accused of murder, Theda is out on bail, out of a job and racing to clear her name.

Convinced animal-shelter politics and recent threats may have played a role in the kibble poisoning, Theda can't help but suspect the vet's murder was related to a more personal human drama. But with the law closing in—and a killer stalking the streets—her game of cat and mouse is poised to take a deadly turn.

 Read our review of Probable Claws by Clea Simon.

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Harlequin Mira Mystery and Suspense Titles for December 2009

eHarlequin.com has announced the December 2009 titles for their Mira imprint, the brightest stars in women's fiction. From all titles available, we've only listed those that are mystery, thriller, or suspense on this page. To purchase any of the books below, click on the book title or the book cover. (Previous months titles can be found on the backlist page.)

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Cold River by Carla Neggers

Cold River by Carla Neggers
A Black Falls Mystery (2nd in series)

Hannah Shay has finally shown the town of Black Falls what she's worth. Her Three Sisters Café is a success, and she's soon to become a prosecutor. When the café becomes an epicenter for investigators trying to pierce a violent crime ring that's leaving bloody trails on nearby Cameron Mountain, Hannah suspects a man from her past is involved.

Sean Cameron returns to the snowy cold of his Vermont hometown to unmask his father's killer. Sean has the skills and resources to mount his own search, but he must convince the resistant Hannah to cooperate—because the killer is ready to strike again…and closer than anyone ever imagined.

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The Darkness by Jason Pinter

The Darkness by Jason Pinter
A Henry Parker Mystery (5th in series)

A young man is found murdered, his bones crushed nearly to dust before his body was dumped into New York's East River.

In New York there are hundreds of murders a year, but this one is different. Somebody is sending a message. And shockingly, the victim has ties to my brother, Stephen Gaines, recently murdered by an elusive drug lord known only as the Fury.

For years this kingpin has been shrouded in darkness. Stephen was executed just as he was about to shed some light. Working alongside my mentor, Jack O'Donnell, I'm going to find the truth behind this blood-soaked curtain. But the more we reveal, the more we realize just how dark the Fury's plans are. And that no matter how brutal the violence has been, we haven't seen anything yet …

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In Silence by Erica Spindler

In Silence by Erica Spindler
Non-Series

Journalist Avery Chauvin is devastated when she receives word of her father's suicide. How could her father, a dedicated physician, have taken his own life? That he set himself on fire is unfathomable.

Returning to her hometown of Cypress Springs, Louisiana, Avery desperately searches for answers. Instead she hears whispered rumors of strange happenings, of neighbors who go missing in the night. She discovers a box of old newspaper articles in her father's house, all covering the horrific murder of a local woman. Why had her father kept them?

Then the past and present collide. A woman is found brutally slain. An outsider passing through town vanishes. And Avery begins to wonder, could her father have been the victim of foul play?

As each step closer to the truth exposes yet another layer of deceit, Avery must face the fact that in this peaceful Southern town a terrible evil resides, protected—until now—by the power of silence.

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