Monday, September 30, 2013

Two Charles Lenox Mysteries by Charles Finch, Now at a Special Price

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

MystereBooks is pleased to feature the first two mysteries in the Charles Lenox series by Charles  Finch, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Minotaur Books.

The ebook format of these titles was priced at $2.99 each from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (09/30/2013 at 1:00 PM ET). Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch
A Charles Lenox Mystery (1st in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, wants to do is relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist another chance to unravel a mystery, even if it means trudging through the snow to her townhouse next door.

One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead — an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by an elusive lack of motive in the girl's death.

When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was it something else entirely, something that Lenox alone can uncover before the killer strikes again — disturbingly close to home?

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The September Society by Charles Finch

The September Society by Charles Finch
A Charles Lenox Mystery (2nd in series)
Publisher: Minotaur Books

Read our review of The September Society by Charles Finch

In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle's problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to the September Society.

Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play.

What could the September Society have to do with it? What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of his devoted friends in London's upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home.

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A New MystereBook: Cold Day in Hell by Jerrie Alexander

New MystereBooks (Mystery eBooks)

Here is a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers …

Cold Day in Hell by Jerrie Alexander is the first entry in this new series from the author of dark, gritty, and emotionally-packed romantic suspense.

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Cold Day in Hell by Jerrie Alexander

Cold Day in Hell by Jerrie Alexander
A Lost and Found Romantic Suspense Thriller
Publisher: Jerrie Alexander
Publication Date: September 29, 2013

Ex-Army Ranger Tyrell Castillo's first mission for Lost and Found, Inc. goes awry when his contact is kidnapped, and he's left scrambling for weapons and explosives. He'll have to blow up a drug cartel's compound, rescue the woman, and keep her safe while they cross the sweltering hot Colombian jungle.

Driven by the need for revenge, Ana Maria Vega Cisneros doesn't want to be rescued. She wants revenge. She'll risk her life to ensure the drug lord who killed her family suffers the same fate.

The cartel leaves a trail of blood on their hunt for Ty and Ana. When Ty receives the order to kill the drug lord with extreme prejudice, he and Ana will face the enemy head on. Can Ty protect the woman who's hell bent on vengeance? The woman he's grown to love?

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Telemystery: Cagney & Lacey, Diagnosis Murder, Jack Irish, The Mod Squad, and Poirot, New This Week on DVD

Telemystery, the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD

Telemystery, your source for one of the most comprehensive listings of crime drama, amateur sleuth, private investigator, mystery and suspense television series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available on or coming soon to DVD, Blu-ray disc, or Video-on-Demand, is profiling five series from our site being released this week.

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Cagney & Lacey: Season Four

Cagney & Lacey
Season Four

Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly star as Chris Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, two NYPD homicide detectives in this CBS crime drama. With contrasting personalities, each have a different perspective on both personal and professional situations.

This fourth "volume" is actually the fifth season of the series. The true first season stars Meg Foster as Chris Cagney, but these episodes tend to be overlooked when talking about the series as a whole.

Cagney & Lacey: Season Four on DVD  Cagney & Lacey: Season Four on Amazon Instant VOD  Cagney & Lacey: Season Four on iTunes

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Diagnosis Murder: Season Five

Diagnosis Murder
Season Five

In this season of the series, Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) puts his stethoscope aside once again to take on political conspirators and fellow doctors and in the course almost loses Steve … then ends up on death row, charged with the attempted murder of his own son. It's Code Red at County General Hospital.

This fifth season originally aired from September 1997 to May 1998 on CBS.

Diagnosis Murder: Season Five on DVD

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Jack Irish: Season One

Jack Irish
Season One

Guy Pearce is Jack Irish, the brooding antihero of Australian writer Peter Temple's award-winning novels. Reeling in the wake of his wife's murder, the former lawyer has reinvented himself as a part-time private investigator and full-time alcoholic, intent on drowning his demons.

When an old client dies after leaving Jack several frantic voicemails, the PI realizes he can't outrun or outdrink his past. Jack returns to the world that took everything away from him — a seedy place of lowlifes, corruption, violence, and retribution. As much as he tries to break away, the underworld is where he thrives—and the only place he can find redemption.

This DVD set includes two feature-length mysteries, "Bad Debts" and "Black Tide", adapted from the first two books in Temple's series featuring the character.

Jack Irish: Season One on DVD  Jack Irish: Season One on Blu-ray Disc

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The Mod Squad: Season Four (V1)

The Mod Squad
Season Four

The Mod Squad are three hipper-than-hip undercover cops with a touch of menace and plenty of attitude, and stars Michael Cole as Pete Cochren, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes.

Younger looking than they were, these three police officers were able to earn the confidence of the bad guys, infiltrate their domain, and then bust their backsides while still looking good.

This penultimate fourth season, which originally aired on ABC from September 1971 through March 1972, is being released in two DVD sets:

Season Four, Volume 1: The Mod Squad: Season Four (V1) on DVD

Season Four, Volume 2:  The Mod Squad: Season Four (V2) on DVD

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Poirot: Series Seven and Eight

Poirot
Series Seven and Eight

Agatha Christie's beloved detective solves complex cases with flair and finesse in these four feature-length mysteries from the hit series.

Set amid the unparalleled elegance of the Art Deco era, these beautifully remastered adaptations star David Suchet as Poirot, Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.

The episodes are:

"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd": Poirot's much-needed retreat to the countryside is interrupted by the murder of a prosperous industrialist.

"Lord Edgware Dies": Following the death of a loathsome aristocrat, Poirot is stymied by his suspects' ironclad alibis.

"Murder in Mesopotamia": The detective travels to Iraq and finds himself embroiled in a web of rivalries, jealousy, and murder at an archaeological dig.

"Evil Under the Sun": A sojourn in Devon turns into an investigation for Poirot after the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the beach.

Poirot: Series Seven and Eight on DVD  Poirot: Series Seven and Eight on Blu-ray Disc

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Visit the Telemystery website to discover more television mystery series currently available on and coming soon to DVD, Blu-ray disc, or video on demand.

Please Welcome 2013 Shamus Award Winning Author Paul D. Marks

Omnimystery News: Guest Post by Paul D. Marks
with Paul D. Marks

We are delighted to welcome back novelist Paul D. Marks to Omnimystery News today. Paul last visited with us in May 2012 just after his mystery White Heat (Timeless Skies Publishing; May 2012 trade paperback and ebook formats) was published … and subsequently won for a Shamus Award earlier this month from the Private Eye Writers of America for Best Indie PI Novel. Congratulations Paul!

Paul writes today about the next book in the series, an article he titles, "Thoughts on the B Story and Sequels".

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Paul D. Marks
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Paul D. Marks

Since I'm getting ready to release Broken Windows, the sequel to White Heat, and as I'm working on the third book in the series, I've started thinking a lot about what I feel worked and didn't work in the first book. Also what I could have done better and what I want to achieve in future books. One thing that stands out is the way the B story integrates with the main story, as well as how the first book influences and improves the second.

I tried to do a lot of things in White Heat. I think most worked and some could have worked better. Often in mysteries we see a private eye working one case and only that one case, as if his job life is lived in a vacuum. So, one of the things I wanted to show is that a private eye works on more than one case at a time. To that end, I have Duke Rogers and his partner Jack Riggs work on the main case of Teddie Matson, an upcoming actress who is murdered and whose murder Duke has inadvertently contributed to. At the same time, Duke and Jack work a stalking case for a woman named Laurie Hoffman. Both cases run simultaneously in alternating chapters, though the main focus is on the Teddie Matson case.

The chapters that deal with Teddie are in Duke's first person point of view, while the Laurie Hoffman chapters are in third person. This doesn't seem to bother most people. But there was one reviewer on Amazon who mentioned that she didn't like it. I didn't think it would be a problem as the POV only changes in different chapters, not within them, so I didn't think it would be confusing or an issue. But each to his/her own taste.

In White Heat, the two stories or cases aren't really connected, except in the sense that through the Laurie Hoffman case, Duke gains insight into why the Weasel, as Duke refers to the bad guy in Teddie's case, stalked Teddie. Duke gains this insight through confronting Laurie's stalker and applying those insights to the Teddie Matson case, but otherwise the two stories don't really interconnect. My original intention was not necessarily to have them interconnect, but to show a private eye working multiple cases at one time and from one case he gleans insight into the other.

I liked and still like the idea of having more than one thing going on at the same time. So in Broken Windows, the sequel, I have Duke cashing in on his new-found notoriety and fame as he handles new clients. However, there is a B story in alternating chapters again. This time the B story is about Eric, a young lawyer who's lost his job because of an ethics violation. He's now living in a crummy Venice walk-up and is desperate for money. Instead of him being a client of Duke's, which would make it parallel to the B story in White Heat, Eric's story initially seems unrelated to Duke, his case or anything to do with him.

But if that were all, I'd be writing two separate novels under one cover. So, eventually, as the novel progresses, Eric's story and Duke's investigation come together on a collision course where their meeting is inevitable.

The problem here is trying to keep the reader interested in both stories at the same time, especially as we know that Duke and Jack are the main characters. So in the beginning one might wonder who the hell this Eric dude is and why is he here? However, because readers have read plenty of stories and have certain expectations, they will assume that somehow these "stories" will interconnect at some point. But my job as the writer is to keep both interesting and exciting enough to keep the reader interested until the inevitable clash comes. And I hope I've done that. Time will tell when Broken Windows is released.

Even though White Heat is my first published novel, I am an experienced writer in other areas. But one never stops learning or trying to hone their craft. If I were to reread White Heat today I'm sure I'd find a hundred things I'd want to change. One tries to take those things and improve them the next time around.

So that's where I am now as I work on book three in the series. It will be interesting to see how readers respond to Broken Windows and that will probably influence how I write book three. And I will be just as interested as readers to find out more about Duke and Jack along the way.

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Paul D. Marks is the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety genres, ranging from noir to straight mystery, satire to serious fiction. He has also published numerous magazine/periodical articles as well as having done film work. In a former life, Paul was a script doctor, making his living from optioning screenplays of his own and rewriting other people's scripts or developing their ideas. He holds the distinction of being the last person to have shot on the fabled MGM backlot before it was torn down to make way for housing.

For more information about Paul and his work, please visit his website at PaulDMarks.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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White Heat by Paul D. Marks

White Heat
Paul D. Marks
A Duke Rogers Mystery

Private investigator Duke Rogers finds an old "friend" for a client. The client's "friend," an up and coming black actress, ends up dead. Duke knows his client did it. Now, feeling guilty, he wants to find the client/killer. He starts his mission by going to the dead actress' family in South Central L.A. — and while there the Rodney King riots ignite.

And while he tries to track down the killer he must also deal with the racism of his partner, Jack, and from the dead woman's brother, Warren. He must also confront his own possible latent racism — even as he's in an interracial relationship with the murder victim's dead woman's sister.

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Tampa Star by T. S. O'Neil is Today's Third Featured Free MystereBook

Tampa Star by T. S. O'Neil

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Tampa Star by T. S. O'Neil as today's third free mystery ebook (The Blackfox Chronicles; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, September 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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

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Tampa Star by T. S. O'Neil

Tampa Star
T. S. O'Neil
The Blackfox Chronicles
Publisher: T. S. O'Neil

In 1974, Char Blackfox heads to Florida in to rebuild a life shattered by the war in Viet Nam. He's a Seminole Indian and former Green Beret who leaves the army and moves to Tampa Bay with the vain hope of a new beginning.

He gets a job, meets a beautiful woman and life seems to finally be going his way; until reality smacks him in the face. He throws in with the wrong crowd; a small time Irish-American hoodlum, a corrupt cop and an exiled Mafia Capo and his life spirals out of control.

In 2004, a combat hardened Force Recon Marine is released from active duty and returns to Florida to find his estranged father; a guy no one can find but everyone is looking for.

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The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens

MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens as today's second free mystery ebook (A Gabriel McRay Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, September 30, 2013 at 7:20 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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

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The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens

The Dark Before Dawn
Laurie Stevens
A Gabriel McRay Mystery
Publisher: Follow Your Dreams Productions

High in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles, grisly murders are taking place. On each of the victim's bodies a note is left for L.A. Sheriff's detective, Gabriel McRay. The killer's identity is locked in the suppressed memory of a horrifying trauma from Gabriel's own childhood.

Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and his psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second: the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel  … than he knows himself.

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Designer Dirty Laundry by Diana Vallere is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

Designer Dirty Laundry by Diana Vallere

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Designer Dirty Laundry by Diana Vallere as today's free mystery ebook (A Samantha Kidd, Style and Error Mystery; Kindle format only).

This title was listed for free as of the date and time of this post, September 30, 2013 at 7:10 AM ET. Prices are subject to change without notice. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before completing your transaction.

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

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Designer Dirty Laundry by Diana Vallere

Designer Dirty Laundry
Diana Vallere
A Samantha Kidd, Style and Error Mystery
Publisher: Polyester Press

Samantha Kidd, ex-buyer turned Trend Specialist, designed her future with couture precision, but finding the Fashion Director's corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread.

When the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, her new life begins to unravel — with humorous results. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now this flatfoot in heels must keep pace with a diabolical designer before she gets marked down for murder.

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for September 30, 2013

Mystery Godoku

A new has been created by the editors of the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and is now available on our website.

Godoku is similar to Sudoku, but uses letters instead of numbers. To give you a headstart, we provide you a mystery clue to fill in a complete row or column (if you choose to use it!).

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Mystery Godoku Puzzle for September 30, 2013

This week's letters and mystery clue:

A D E F O R S T W

"W is" this in a title by Sue Grafton (9 letters).

We now have two weeks of our puzzles on one page in PDF format for easier printing. Print this week's puzzle here.

Previous puzzles are stored in the Mystery Godoku Archives.

Enjoy the weekly Mystery Godoku Puzzle from the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, and Thanks for visiting our website!

Today's Mystery and Suspense Update from Big Fish Games (130930)

Big Fish Games

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

• The New Release is Sea of Lies: Mutiny of the Heart.

• The Daily Deal is Guardians of Magic: Amanda's Awakening, just $2.99 today only!

• The current Catch of the Week is Royal Detective: The Lord of Statues, just $2.99 through Sunday, October 06, 2013 only.

• Today's Special Deal — It is Bonus Punch Monday! Receive a BONUS PUNCH with every game purchase, only on Mondays.

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

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Sea of Lies: Mutiny of the Heart

Today's New Release is Sea of Lies: Mutiny of the Heart

A pirate's been executed, and the Baron takes a hostage to ensure you'll help him track down the treasure he left behind. Only it's not the plunder he's looking for …Based on the true story of a famous pirate, this game takes you on a rollicking adventure as you track down a pirate's treasure and find out what really happened between him and the Baroness.

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

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Guardians of Magic: Amanda's Awakening

Today's Daily Deal is Guardians of Magic: Amanda's Awakening

Join Amanda on this astounding journey between scientific and magical realms! Explore 27 wondrous scenes and solve masterful puzzles to find the balance. Cast spells with your wand, build magical devices, and use technological savvy to stop Dr. Magus. With impressive mini-games, an engaging story, and an amazing ending, this game is a wonderful escape that's certain to please.

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. You can purchase this game today only — Monday, September 30, 2013 — for $2.99.

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Royal Detective: The Lord of Statues

The current Catch of the Week is Royal Detective: The Lord of Statues

You have been summoned to save the alpine village of Martlet, which has been taken over by statues! What made these statues come alive, and how can you stop them from destroying Martlet? The answer lays in the story of Princess, a young girl who was left on the statue maker's doorstep at birth. Find out who enchanted the statues and why in this charming game set in a small European town.

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, October 06, 2013.

 

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