Friday, February 28, 2014

A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine is Today's Kindle Daily Deal

Kindle Daily Deal

MystereBooks is pleased to feature A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine as today's Kindle Daily Deal.

The deal price of $1.99 is valid only for today, Friday, February 28, 2014.

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A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine

A Dark-Adapted Eye
Barbara Vine
A Novel of Suspense
Open Road

Winner of the 1987 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Faith Severn has never understood why the willful matriarch of her high-society family, aunt Vera Hillyard, snapped and murdered her own beloved sister.

But long after Vera is condemned to hang, a journalist's startling discoveries allow Faith to perceive her family's story in a new light.

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Mystery Bestsellers for the Week Ending February 28, 2014

Bestselling Crime Fiction: Hardcover Mysteries, Suspense Novels and Thrillers

A list of the top 15 Mystery Hardcover Bestsellers for the week ending February 28th, 2014 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.

No change at the top — and little change within the top 10 — with Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn retaining the number one position for yet another week.

Two new titles enter the list this week (rank in [brackets]).

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The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

[10]: The Chase
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
— Nicolas Fox and Kate O'Hare (2nd)

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted — and untouchable — criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar — and against the clock — to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove's elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate's dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it'll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty's priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O'Hare.

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Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

[13]: Blackberry Pie Murder
Joanne Fluke
— Hannah Swensen (17th)

It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body — a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery … or can she?

Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck while driving down a winding country road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she's arrested … for murder! But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn't hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust — and get herself to the church on time.

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Today's Mystery and Suspense Update from Big Fish Games (140228)

Big Fish Games

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

• The New Release is Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Collector's Edition).

• The Daily Deal is Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign, just $2.99 today only!

• The current Catch of the Week is Zodiac Prophecies: The Serpent Bearer, just $2.99 through Sunday, March 02, 2014 only.

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

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Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Collector's Edition)

The New Release today is Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Collector's Edition)

Within the shadow of an ancient forest, on the bottom of the foggy valley, stands the lonely village of Ravenbrook. Its perimeter is protected by the villagers' charms, but beyond the legends and the magic, the gloomy forests and wailing wind, lies a chasm so deep and feared, it is known by the villagers only as The Abyss. No one knows what lies within, but when a strange visitor arrives in Ravenbrook just before a young bride is kidnapped, the villagers find justification for their superstitions …

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won't find in the standard version, including: Two bonus story chapters; Enhanced gameplay features; 30 Spirits of the Forest for your Faerie Meadow collection; The Book of Elusive Objects to give life to local legends; Achievements, wallpapers, soundtracks, concept art, and more!

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

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Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign

Today's Daily Deal is Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign

Help out James Voodoo as he investigates a mysterious attack and goes on an incredible adventure! Explore the forsaken hamlet of Ravenhill, then travel the world’s wealthiest city, Richtown, and uncover the secret of a lost tribe in this challenging Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game. Can you save the city from the terrifying monster?

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. You can purchase this game today only — Friday, February 28, 2014 — for $2.99.

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Zodiac Prophecies: The Serpent Bearer

The current Catch of the Week is Zodiac Prophecies: The Serpent Bearer

Born under the rare 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, Amy had no idea she was destined to save a magical world. Having already trapped children of the other 12 zodiac signs, the Dark Lord now has his sights on conquering our world as well. Amy must gather her courage to free the children's souls and finally bring the Dark Lord's tyranny to an end.

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, March 02, 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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

A Mysterious Review of The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. A Nicholas Fox and Kate O'Hare Mystery.

Review summary: This second book in the series is generally harmless (and mindless) entertainment. There is an overall story arc, but the storyline itself reads like a series of short, loosely connected and thinly developed novellas strung together, more superficial action than intellectual substance. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Chase Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Chase
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
A Nicholas Fox and Kate O'Hare Mystery
Bantam (February 2014)

Publisher synopsis: Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted — and untouchable — criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar — and against the clock — to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove's elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate's dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it'll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty's priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O'Hare.

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A New MystereBook: Murder at the Tremont House by Judy Alter

New MystereBooks (Mystery eBooks)

Here is a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during February 2014 priced $4.99 or less …

Murder at the Tremont House by Judy Alter is the second mystery in this series, in which a journalist comes to Wheeler, Texas, intent on revealing the town's secrets. Instead she finds a stubborn advocate of the town in Kate Chambers, and the tangled story leads to murder, kidnapping and a high-speed chase.

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Murder at the Tremont House by Judy Alter

Murder at the Tremont House by Judy Alter
A Blue Plate Café Mystery
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Publication Date: February 26, 2014
Price: $3.99 (as of 02/27/14 05:00 PM ET)

When free-lance journalist Sara Jo Cavanaugh comes to Wheeler to do an in-depth study of Kate's town for a feature on small-town America, Kate senses she will be trouble. Sara Jo stays at her sister Donna's B&B, The Tremont House, and unwittingly drives a further wedge into Donna's marriage to Wheeler's mayor Tom Bryson. And soon she's spending way too much time interviewing high school students, one young athlete in particular. Police chief Rick Samuels ignores Kate's instinct, but lawyer David Clinkscales, her former boss from Dallas, takes it more seriously.

Sara Jo arouses animosity in Wheeler with the personal, intrusive questions she asks, and when she is found murdered, the list of suspects is long. But Kate heads the list, and she must clear her name, with the help of David and Rick. A second murder confirms that someone is desperate, and now Rick is convinced Kate is in danger.

There's a love triangle, a cooking school, a kidnapping, a broken marriage, and a lot of adventure before the threads of this mystery are untangled and Wheeler can go back to being a peaceful small town. If it ever does.

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Non-Stop in Theaters February 28, 2014

Non-Stop. Opens in theaters February 28, 2014.

Non-Stop (2014)

During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from an original screenplay by John W. Richardson & Chris Roach and Ryan Engle.

Running time: 106 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

A New MystereBook: Kickback by Damien Boyd

New MystereBooks (Mystery eBooks)

Here is a mystery, suspense, or thriller ebook that we recently found by sleuthing (as it were) through new or recently reissued titles from independent publishers during February 2014 priced $4.99 or less …

Kickback by Damien Boyd is the third mystery in this series with Detective Inspector Nick Dixon. (The first book, As the Crow Flies, is currently free, as of the date and time of this post.)

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Kickback by Damien Boyd

Kickback by Damien Boyd
A Nick Dixon Crime Novel
Publisher: Cox Publishing
Publication Date: February 26, 2014
Price: $2.99 (as of 02/27/14 04:00 PM ET)

Trainee jockey Noel Woodman has been kicked to death by an aggressive stallion at a horse racing stables near Bridgwater. Everyone is convinced it was an accident, except his brother Jon, home on leave from Afghanistan.

Still recovering from the physical and mental scars of his last case, DI Nick Dixon is drawn into the investigation at the point of a gun and soon begins peeling away the layers of secrets and lies.

With the pressure mounting, his determination to unlock the case is tested to the limit, and, as the hunt for the killer gathers pace, Dixon finds himself fighting for his life in the dead of night.

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A New Geronimo Stilton Adventure: Thea Stilton and the Great Tulip Heist by Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton and the Great Tulip Heist by Thea Stilton, a First Clues Mystery for Kids

We are pleased to present you with one of this month's new First Clues: Mysteries for Kids books: Thea Stilton and the Great Tulip Heist by Thea Stilton, a Geronimo Stilton Adventure.

For more information about the book, which is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9, see a synopsis, below.

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Thea Stilton and the Great Tulip Heist by Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton and the Great Tulip Heist by Thea Stilton
Series: Geronimo Stilton
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Format(s): Paperback, eBook

While Violet is taking an art class in the Netherlands, her friend's father mysteriously disappears!

The missing mouse is a renowned botanist — and his disappearance is linked to the rare black tulip. The Thea Sisters are eager to help find him.

It's an adventure through the windmills, flowers, and canals of Holland!

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Behind the Walls, A Jolie Gentil Mystery by Elaine Orr, Now at a Special Price

Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr

MystereBooks is pleased to feature Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr, now available at a special price, courtesy of the publisher, Lifelong Dreams.

The ebook format of this title was priced at $0.99 from the listed vendors (below) as of the date and time of this post (02/27/2014 at 3:00 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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Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr

Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr
A Jolie Gentil Mystery (6th in series)
Publisher: Lifelong Dreams

Someone will kill for what's hidden behind the walls of the hurricane-damaged house Jolie bought. After Jolie and Scoobie find a small sack of jewelry as they do a mold attack on her bungalow, Jolie is pursued by a purse thief and a burglar. But the guy she's most worried about is the one who left an elderly auctioneer dead on her porch swing. In between appraising houses and planning a fundraiser for the food pantry (can you say liquid string contest?), Jolie tries to figure out if there is more stolen bounty in her New Jersey beach town. Is the feared killer the same person who burned some vacant houses, or the as-yet unmasked Peeping Tom? And are they willing to kill again to get to the hidden riches?

Her friends and local police warn her to butt out, but that's just encouragement for a woman who likes to get to the bottom of things. Jolie wrestles with fear as she tries to get her cat, Jazz, to feel at home in the new house. Maybe an unexpected visitor can be a substitute for Aunt Madge's golden retrievers.

And then there's her love life. Jolie also needs to decide if she really wants to get back with her former boyfriend, Ocean Alley Press reporter George Winters. Or are feelings for someone else trying to get her attention?

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The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari, New in Bookstores in February 2014

New Mysteries (

Today's new hardcover mystery title, scheduled to be published during February 2014 by Mulholland Books, is The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari.

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

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The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari

The Stolen Ones
Richard Montanari
Series: Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano (5th)

Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe's most prolific serial killer of the 20th century.

A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.

As the detectives investigate, more bodies are found at Priory Park, and they're drawn closer and closer to the doors of Luther's devious maze and the dark secrets of Cold River.

The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari, Amazon Kindle format  The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari, Nook format  The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari, iTune iBook format  The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari, Kobo format

New Poster for Game of Thrones Season 4

Game of Thrones (April 2014)

A new, visually arresting poster has been released by HBO for the fourth season of Game of Thrones (right; click for larger image). The tagline: "All men must die".

Premiering on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 9 PM ET/PT, the 10-episode season storyline is based (in part) on the second half of the third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin.

Sandstorm, A SIGMA Force Thriller by James Rollins, at a Special Price during February 2014

Sandstorm by James Rollins

Every month Amazon releases a new selection of Kindle books priced $3.99 or less.

Today's featured title from the Mystery & Thrillers category is Sandstorm by James Rollins. This Kindle book was listed at $1.99 as of the date and time of this post, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET, and should be available at this price through the end of the month.

More information about the book is below; if other vendors have priced-matched this title, links to their sites are also shown.

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Sandstorm by James Rollins

Sandstorm by James Rollins
A SIGMA Force Thriller (1st in series)
Publisher: William Morrow

A freak explosion in the British museum in London ignites a perilous race for an earth-shaking power source buried deep beneath the sands of history. Painter Crowe is an agent for Sigma Force, a covert arm of the Defense Department tasked with keeping dangerous scientific discoveries out of enemy hands. When an ancient artifact points the way toward the legendary "Atlantis of the Sands", Painter must travel across the world in search of the lost city-and a destructive power beyond imagining.

But Painter has competition. A band of ruthless mercenaries, led by a former friend and ally, are also intent on claiming the prize, and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way.

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