Thursday, August 01, 2013

Firsts on the 1st: New Series Characters Being Introduced in August 2013 Mysteries

Mystery Books for August 2013 featuring New Series Characters

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books recently updated its list of August 2013 hardcover mysteries as well as shelved new August paperbacks on The Mystery Bookshelf.

In this series of monthly posts, which we call Firsts on the 1st, we're introducing readers to new series characters who will make their mysterious American debut in print during August.

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Murder on the Rocks by Allyson K. Abbott
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Title: Murder on the Rocks
Author: Allyson K. Abbott
Series Character: Mack's Bar (1st)
Formats: Mass Market Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton is a Milwaukee bar owner.

Her first case: Mack's Bar is one of those nice, friendly places where everybody knows your name. That's great when someone's buying you a round, but not so hot when you find yourself at the top of a list of murder suspects — with your fingerprints on the bloody knife!

Mackenzie 'Mack' Dalton is a Milwaukee bar owner with a nose for trouble — literally. A neurological glitch has left her with extra perceptive senses. So when she stumbles upon a dead body in the alley behind the bar — the same spot where her own father was shot eight months earlier - she can tell right away there's something fishy in the air. The lead detective thinks there's a link between the two deaths, and he'll need Mack's help to sniff out the murderer amid the crowd of eccentric regulars. But when all the evidence points to her as the most likely culprit, it could be an early last call for Mack-and celebratory cocktails for a killer.

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Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
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Title: Death Al Dente
Author: Leslie Budewitz
Series Character: Erin Murphy, Food Lovers' Village (1st)
Formats: Mass Market Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: Erin Murphy is the 32-year-old manager of Glacier Mercantile, aka The Merc, a market specializing in regional foods in Jewel Bay, Montana.

Her first case: Murphy's Mercantile has been a staple in Jewel Bay for over a hundred years. To celebrate their recent makeover as a gourmet food market, Erin has organized a town festival, Festa di Pasta, featuring the culinary goods of Jewel Bay's finest — including her mother Fresca's delicious Italian specialties.

But Erin's sweet success is soured when the shop's former manager, Claudette, is found dead behind the Merc on the Festa's opening night. With rival chef James Angelo stirring up rumors that Fresca's sauce recipes were stolen from Claudette, Erin's mother is under close scrutiny. Now Erin will have to hunt down some new suspects, or both her family and her store might wind up in hot water …

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Jump the Gun by Zoe Burke
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Title: Jump the Gun
Author: Zoe Burke
Series Character: Annabelle Starkey (1st)
Formats: Hardcover and ebook

What we know about the character: Amateur sleuth Annabelle Starkey is a shrewd and sweet and a one-man kind of girl who loves hats and shoes and the movies.

Her first case: Annabelle Starkey loves movies. Why does her own life never match up to her favorite Silver-Screen scenarios? One day, by chance, she meets the charming but slightly mysterious and definitely magnetic Mickey Paxton at a book convention and decides it's time to live one of those Cary Grant films and accept Mickey's invitation to fly to Las Vegas for a holiday. Not so much a hook-up as a test flight for romance.

The script takes a surprise turn when they arrive in Sin City and danger knocks. Suddenly Annabelle and Mickey are on the run — from what? And why? Did Mickey lead Annabelle into this mess? Then the brutal murder of Annabelle's BFF in Annabelle's San Francisco apartment sends the couple winging west to that city where, once again, criminals and cops pursue them.

In two frenetic days of fast driving, fast talking, and fast thinking, Annabelle discovers several truths by learning to trust her own instincts. And the significance of an antique hat pin.

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Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone
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Title: Good As Gone
Author: Douglas Corleone
Series Character: Simon Fisk
Formats: Hardcover and ebook

What we know about the character: Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents.

His first case: Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won't touch stranger abduction cases. He's still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter years ago when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.

Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents' hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail for his actions during a past case, or he can work with them now to find Lindsay Sorkin. So, Simon sets out in pursuit of the missing child and the truth behind her disappearance. But Lindsay's captors did not leave an easy trail, and following it will take Simon across the continent, through the ritziest nightclubs and the seediest back alleys, into a terrifying world of international intrigue and dark corners of his past he'd rather never face again.

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Multiple Exposure by Ellen Crosby
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Title: Multiple Exposure
Author: Ellen Crosby
Series Character: Sophie Medina
Formats: Hardcover and ebook

What we know about the character: Sophie Medina is a photojournalist in Washington DC.

Her first case: When Sophie Medina returns to London from an overseas assignment, she discovers that her husband, Nick, a geologist and covert CIA operative, has been abducted. Three months later she is shocked when a friend in the British government says Nick has been spotted in Moscow and is not only a suspect in his boss's murder but also potentially involved in illicit Russian oil deals. With her every step now closely watched, Sophie moves to Washington, D.C., to be with her family and friends.

There, Sophie is drawn deeper into Nick's shadowy world. While photographing an exhibit of two never-before-seen Fabergé imperial eggs at the National Gallery of Art, Sophie is confronted by a Russian oil tycoon, implicating her husband in an international energy scheme. On the run from Nick's enemies, Sophie plays a high-stakes game of Russian roulette as she tries to determine friend from foe and prove her husband's innocence.

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Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering
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Title: Rules of Murder
Author: Julianna Deering
Series Character: Drew Farthering (1st)
Formats: Trade Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: From his black Homburg hat to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of the well-bred English gentleman of 1932.

His first case: Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer — and trying harder to impress Madeline— Drew must decide how far to take this game.

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Pall in the Family by Dawn Eastman
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Title: Pall in the Family
Author: Dawn Eastman
Series Character: Family Fortune (1st)
Formats: Mass Market Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: In the small western Michigan town of Crystal Haven, everyone knows the Fortune family. Rose is gifted with Tarot card readings. Her sister Vi is a self-proclaimed pet psychic. And her daughter Clyde is a cop on leave from Ann Arbor.

Their first case: A cop. A cop on leave from Ann Arbor, more specifically, who's come home to kooky Crystal Haven to reevaluate her life. Mom and Aunt Vi can't wait for Clyde to finally embrace her own psychic gifts and join the family business. Clyde would prefer the low-stress lifestyle of a dog walker and the low-key company of her nephew, Seth.

But when a local psychic is killed, leaving behind a traumatized Shih Tzu, it seems to be in the cards for Clyde to get involved. With her old flame Mac leading the investigation, that may prove awkward. Whether she uses her skills as a cop or her long-denied psychic abilities, it's up to Clyde to divine a killer's identity before someone else suffers more misfortune.

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Good Girl, Bad Girl by Christopher Finch
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Title: Good Girl, Bad Girl
Author: Christopher Finch
Series Character: Alex Novalis (1st)
Formats: Trade Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: Alex Novalis is a private investigator in late 1960s New York City.

His first case: In May of 1968, New York City is broke and on the skids, and Alex Novalis is hard up for gigs. So when he's offered a case from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, he can't refuse.

Kravitz's eighteen-year-old daughter Lydia has gone missing. Though she's presumed to be with Jerry Pedrosian, the radical middle-aged artist and known womanizer she'd been sleeping with, there are few clues. Information is hard to come by; everyone seems to be hiding something. And then there's Andrea Marshall, Lydia's miniskirted and vinyl-booted best friend, who Novalis is deeply distrustful of … and unfortunately attracted to.

But as Novalis traverses the city, tracking Lydia from scummy artists' lofts in pre-gentrified SoHo to luxury penthouses overlooking Central Park, he'll face threats deadlier than any he signed on for.

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Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay
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Title: Cloche and Dagger
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series Character: Scarlett Parker, Hat Shop (1st)
Formats: Mass Market Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: Cousins Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont own a ladies' hat shop on Portobello Road in London.

Her first case: Not only is Scarlett Parker's love life in the loo — as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say — it's also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims's Whims, a ladies' hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv — who has some whims of her own — seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her — and nothing else. Is Scarlett's cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?

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Murder, She Rode by Holly Menino
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Title: Murder, She Rode
Author: Holly Menino
Series Character: Tink Elledge
Formats: Hardcover and ebook

What we know about the character: Former world-class rider Tink Elledge is a horse trainer and amateur sleuth.

Her first case: Tink Elledge is a woman with a mission: to see her prized horse take home the victory at the prestigious Brandywine Three-Day Event. Tink is whip-smart, headstrong, and used to making her own way — so when an accident forces her onto the sidelines and causes her to forfeit the ride on what may be her last horse to a protégé, she struggles with the realization that her peak days as a horsewoman may be behind her.

Then, before the event can begin, a truck accident kills a respected horseman and a talented colt. And when a young rider disappears, what began as a seemingly freak accident reveals sinister roots that lead directly to the tightly knit equestrian community and that Tink, in her newfound and uneasy role as a spectator, can't help trying to uncover.

During the three-day event, horses will perform with inspiring grace. Their riders will navigate treacherous obstacles. And Tink will unravel a plot that threatens the reputations — and lives — of the very men and women she hopes to defeat on the course.

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She Overheard Murder by Jean Sheldon
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Title: She Overheard Murder
Author: Jean Sheldon
Series Character: Nic Owen and Nora Hahn (1st)
Formats: Trade Paperback and ebook

What we know about the character: Set in post-World War II Chicago, Nic Owen, who played a detective on radio, and her partner Nora Hahn are amateur sleuths.

Their first case: On October 29, 1945, Nic Owen made her debut appearance as a radio detective on the new show, Inez Ingalls, Private Eye. Her career began only a few weeks earlier when she was hired to read ad copy and work as an understudy.

The murder of Carolyn Park propelled Nic to the starring role and a top spot on the list of suspects. Cecil Park, husband of the murdered woman, wants answers. As does Nora Hahn, Carolyn's "special friend" for fourteen years.

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For a list of more hardcover mysteries scheduled for publication during August, please visit our New Mysteries home page. If you're interested in new paperbacks, visit The Mystery Bookshelf, where you can discover a library of new mysteries, also updated with August 2013 releases. See also our regularly updated eBook site for new mysteries, suspense novels and thrillers, MysterEbooks.com.

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

A Conversation with Ron Felber, Author of the Jack Madson Thrillers

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Ron Felber
with Ron Felber

We are delighted to welcome novelist Ron Felber to Omnimystery News today.

Ron's first in a new series of thrillers featuring ex-cop Jack Madson is A Man of Indeterminate Value (Barricade Books; June 2013 trade paperback and ebook formats).

We recently had an opportunity to talk to Ron about the book and what direction he sees the character taking in the future.

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Omnimystery News: What criteria did you use when developing the character of Jack Madson?

Ron Felber
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Ron Felber: The first hurdle for a series character is sustainability. An author has to know that not only is he or she interested in the protagonist but that the audience wants to live with him going forward into multiple books. For this reason, it's important that the series character go through a "character arc" along with his fans like Jack Madson beginning with A Man of Indeterminate Value. The starting point can be whatever you like — obviously, the more engaging the better — but there needs to be growth or decline and certainly internal development or devolution within the protagonist as a unique and interesting individual that the reader can follow and become involved with. A good example I think is Cormac McCarthy's hero John Grady in his Border trilogy. Grady becomes your friend, or you brother, or son, but whatever he is to you, you care about him and root for his finally achieving the just end he deserves.

In terms of plot or character, which comes first in the creation of a series protagonist, I'd say every serious writer has a point he or she is trying to make about life and the way it should/shouldn't be lived. In order to accomplish this, an author needs a vehicle, a character to drive that vision forward. So, I'd say character comes first, followed by plot, because deep inside, whether they know it or not, every writer strives to create a John Grady or a Holden Caulfield. Once he does, the rest takes care of itself. Certainly, my character Jack Madson is one of those.

OMN: Into what genre would you categorize the series?

RF: These days, A Man of Indeterminate Value and its sequel, The Kafka Society, are what I'm up to and very excited about. Clearly, the Madson series falls into the very iconic category of crime fiction thriller along with the works of James Cain, Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly and others. For me, this is a large and exciting genre that gives an author plenty of room to spread his wings and expand on what others have done so successfully. From my side, a taut, thrilling plot is just the beginning. I call Jack Madson an "existential pilgrim finding his way through the rubble of the new America." What readers will see is the development of Madson as a man all the while exploring the darkest corridors of the American dream crowded with sex, corruption, and violence.

OMN: Tell us something about the book that isn't mentioned in the publisher synopsis.

RF: The reviews for this first novel have been stunning in their praise which I can tell you I am ecstatic about. Aside from the usual "gritty, fast-paced, and dynamic" type of critique, one reviewer called the novel "a diary of despair." As some may know, Madson, trapped in a hate-filled marriage and with the walls of Wall Street closing in on him, fakes his death in a boating accident and makes off to Mexico where a Chinese criminal triad he has been working for has stashed a cool $2.5 million away for him. Well, things don't go as planned, but it isn't because Madson is living a life of "despair", it's because he, like so many post-9/11 Americans, is living a life of "desperation." There's a difference. Desperate people do desperate things, and that is what gives A Man of Indeterminate Value an edginess unlike any other crime fiction thriller out there today.

OMN: Did you incorporate any of your own personal or professional experiences into the book?

RF: Like my protagonist, Madson, I have worked as a deputy sheriff transporting federal prisoners and have fought as a semi-professional boxer. I graduated from Georgetown University, but Jack dropped out after sophomore year. Jack works on Wall Street. I am CEO of a major manufacturing company. All of this goes to show, I — like Hemingway or Mailer — use what I know and understand as a backdrop to my work. Yet, on the other hand, unlike Jack, I'm happily married with three great kids. Haven't sold intellectual property to the Chinese and wouldn't entertain doing it for a moment. Don't have millions waiting for me in a Queretaro bank account, and try to avoid both drugs and excessive drinking; hangovers aren't helpful when you're trying to write a best seller!

OMN: Describe your writing process for us.

RF: The process has evolved to where I am today. I never write for less than six hours. For me, anything less is a waste of time. When I write, I compare it to "going under water" or "going to prison" because I want absolutely no distractions. A leaky faucet could mean the end of modern plumbing in our home! Generally, I work from a brief chapter by chapter outline and do the research for that chapter (those scenes) in advance with additional info gleaned along the way as necessary. Unlike, say, Hemingway, who did three pages a day, I work very early in the morning or on long international airplane flights when everyone else is asleep. That way, I don't feel like I'm missing out on all the fun!

OMN: What advice might you offer to new writers?

RF: The best advice I can give an aspiring author is to never give up. Writing is not a job, it's a life. The best way to become a successful author is to live a long life and outlast your critics! In terms of harsh criticism, we all get it, but I don't think there's anything more hurtful to a writer than someone who is high-handed, dismissive, and stupid at the same time. Any criticism is helpful if given in the right spirit. The most helpful comment for me came from three individuals: One, my sixth grade teacher, "No one else writes like you." Two, a Benedictine priest who said, "Son, I'm going to publish your stories in our school literary magazine." Three. The writer William Peter Blatty who said, "Ron, you have the brains and will to be a fine novelist."

OMN: How did you go about choosing the title for the book?

RF: A Man of Indeterminate Value is an unusual title. We had trouble fitting it onto the book cover but insisted that it not be changed. The title has a double meaning in the context of the novel, of course. On the one hand, the insurance investigator tracking down Madson needs to know what value his company places on the life of this man. On the other, Madson, now a fugitive criminal on the run, wonders what his or any man's life is truly worth. In other words, is there value to this existence of ours?

OMN: One of your previous books was optioned for television. What was that like for you?

RF: Il Dottore, recently put out along with A Man of Indeterminate Value and currently at book stores, was turned into the FOX prime time drama The Mob Doctor. Unfortunately, I had little to say about how it was produced, written, or directed, and that was disappointing. I do believe I could have been helpful to the show. Fortunately, it looks like Hollywood has come calling again, this time for a Jack Madson movie franchise. Since this is fiction and the other was non-fiction, I'm pretty sure they'll want to hear what I have to say about this new character which is entirely my own invention. I'm really excited about it!

OMN: Create a Top 5 list on any topic.

RF: Okay, here's my top five favorite boxers of all time: Jack Dempsey, Roberto Duran, Gene Tunney, Sugar Ray Robinson, Manny Pacquiao.

OMN: What's next for you?

RF: That's easy, The Kafka Society! Jack Madson is asked to help an old high school chum who, unlike him, has gravitated to become Assistant Director of the FBI-Eastern Seaboard and a Stanford-educated multi-millionaire. It seems his long lost friend, an Opus Deo Catholic and pillar of the community, is being black mailed by call girl/porn star, Havana Spice. At the same time, Jack wakes up after a night on the town with a ravishing gentlemen's club dancer, with no memory for the past twenty-four hours and the severed head of a fourteen year-old Asian kid hidden away in the trunk of his car.

It gets better from there!

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Ron Felber began his writing career with articles for True Detective and went on to write three books in the Nick Carter series. Many of the themes explored in Felber's new thriller, A Man of Indeterminate Value, are based on his own experiences as CEO of a manufacturing company. For more information about the author and his work, please visit his website at RonFelber.com.

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A Man of Indeterminate Value by Ron Felber

A Man of Indeterminate Value
Ron Felber
A Jack Madson Thriller

Having been forced out of Georgetown University when his scholarship money dries up, Jack Madson spends a few years as a D.C. cop until he's able to land an executive job at NuGeneration Holdings, a hyper-aggressive Wall Street firm that buys and guts American manufacturing companies. Madson quickly grows to detest his firm's hypocrisy. But, he eventually finds himself as jaded as the bosses he scorns when he starts selling the trade secrets of the companies NuGen acquires to the illicit Chinese Triads.

The $2.5 million that he socks away in a secret Mexican bank account becomes Madson's escape route from all that has come to symbolize his miserable life. But when he finally arrives south-of-the-border, he learns that he's been double-crossed by his partner in crime — and his bank account is empty. Madson has no choice but to return to the States and make a last ditch effort to double his ill-begotten payoff. The hitch? He must break into the computer system at NuGen to retrieve highly valuable bio-tech secrets.

As bodies pile up, Madson struggles to stay one step ahead of the laser-focused insurance claims investigator who is determined to prove that his "accidental death" is anything but.

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Killing Time by Joanne Clancy is Today's Fourth Featured Free MystereBook

Killing Time by Joanne Clancy

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Killing Time by Joanne Clancy as today's fourth free mystery ebook (A Charlie Scott Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, August 01, 2013 at 7:40 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.

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Killing Time by Joanne Clancy

Killing Time
Joanne Clancy
A Charlie Scott Mystery
Publisher: Joanne Clancy

Everyone makes choices, but choices have consequences — consequences that may cost Jack Martin his life. Jack is forced to deal with the past, while desperately trying to balance the present, but he is running out of time … killing time.

Eric Martin is murdered in cold blood, while his wife lies sleeping beside him. She is savagely beaten and left for dead. Somehow, she survives the brutal attack. A two million euro inheritance seems to be the motive for the murder, and the finger of suspicion points squarely at Jack.

However, Detective Chief Inspector Charlie Scott gets the feeling that there's more to the crime than money. Her investigation leads her to probe the dark heart of the Martin family, where she uncovers the horrifying story that is at once a bloody murder mystery and a heart-breaking story of the worst kind of betrayal.

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Stuck with a Stiff by D. D. Scott and David Slegg is Today's Third Featured Free MystereBook

Stuck with a Stiff by D. D. Scott and David Slegg

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Stuck with a Stiff by D. D. Scott and David Slegg as today's third free mystery ebook (The "Stuck with a …" Mystery Series; Kindle format only).

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Stuck with a Stiff by D. D. Scott and David Slegg

Stuck with a Stiff
D. D. Scott and David Slegg
The "Stuck with a …" Mystery Series
Publisher: D. D. Scott

There's a lot more than a crazy rooster missing from the chicken coop, a bad ass cow causing a bunch of trouble and a dog looking like a creature out of a storybook. There's a stiff too. A stiff — as in a dead guy — in a snow drift near the chicken coop.

Things aren't lookin' too good for Nicky Blane, who owns the farm. He's used to creating fictional stiffs for his bestselling novels, not defending himself from being framed for murder.

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High Seas Deception by Loucinda McGary is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

High Seas Deception by Loucinda McGary

MystereBooks is pleased to feature High Seas Deception by Loucinda McGary as today's second free mystery ebook (The Adventure Cruise Line Series; Kindle format only).

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High Seas Deception by Loucinda McGary

High Seas Deception
Loucinda McGary
The Adventure Cruise Line Series
Publisher: Loucinda McGary

The Irishman is a ruthless mercenary who performs any task for the right price. His current assignment involves intercepting a dangerous package smuggled aboard the cruise liner Intrepid. If the contents reach Los Angeles, millions will die.

But only if the Irishman fails.

When Adventure Cruise lines' security officer Skylar Davidson finds the stowaway, she recognizes him from a bloody shoot-out she witnessed at LAX airport. But rather than being frightened, she's drawn to the enigmatic Irishman, and quickly becomes embroiled in his desperate scheme.

Can they win this deadly fight? Or will it cost them their lives?

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Concourse by S. J. Rozan is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

Concourse by S. J. Rozan

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Concourse by S. J. Rozan as today's free mystery ebook (A Bill Smith and Lydia Chin Mystery; Kindle format only).

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Concourse by S. J. Rozan

Concourse
S. J. Rozan
A Bill Smith and Lydia Chin Mystery
Publisher: S. J. Rozan

It flows through the Bronx like a river between banks of faded elegance. And at the end of the avenue called the Grand Concourse is the place people go to die, the Bronx Home for the Aged.

The only trouble is the people dying there are going before their time.

Bill Smith has been hired by an old friend to investigate the brutal killing of a young security guard on the Bronx Home grounds.

Going undercover, Smith wades out into a sea of violence and lies washing up against the old brick building. When a second murder is committed, Smith knows that there's a method to the madness.

With the help of bright, young Chinese-American investigator Lydia Chin, Smith uncovers a web of corruption that's found a home in the Bronx. Now he has to figure out who will die next.

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Today's Mystery and Suspense Update from Big Fish Games (130801)

Big Fish Games

Here is today's mystery and suspense update from Big Fish Games …

• The New Release is Night Mysteries: The Amphora Prisoner.

• The current Catch of the Week is Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel, just $2.99 through Sunday, August 04, 2013 only.

Visit the Omnimystery Entertainment Network for more games of mystery and suspense!

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Night Mysteries: The Amphora Prisoner

Today's New Release is Night Mysteries: The Amphora Prisoner

Natalie Cole, a young writer, is late to board the ship that was to take her home to America. Already depressed by a chain of misfortunes, Natalie becomes absolutely despondent. Just when she is about to give up hope of getting home, she meets a captain at the port who is sailing a cargo ship to her very same destination, and he invites her to sail along with him and his crew. Natalie, relieved at her good fortune, agrees. Little does she know, this random stroke of good luck hasn't come without a price. Natalie has unwittingly embarked on a dangerous and exciting journey where she must prevent ancient evil from awakening inside a mysterious antique collection on board the cargo ship! Can Natalie save the crew and its captain from evil spirits and still return home?

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour.

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Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel

The current Catch of the Week is Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel

During a road trip your friend's daughter is kidnapped by a mysterious man at the Penumbra Motel, the scene of murder and strange occurrences 50 years ago. You must head into the heart of madness to not only find the girl, but unravel the mystery haunting the descendants of the Penumbra family and the Motel grounds.

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. You can purchase this game at the special price of $2.99 through Sunday, August 04, 2013.

 

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