Tuesday, December 30, 2014

White Sky, Black Ice, A Nathan Active Mystery by Stan Jones, Now Available at a Special Price

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones

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White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones

A Nathan Active Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Soho Crime

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/30/2014 at 1:00 PM ET).

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Trooper Nathan Active, child of a fifteen-year-old unmarried Inupiat Eskimo girl, was given up for adoption and raised in Anchorage, where he graduated from the university. Now that he has been posted to his remote birth village, Chukchi, he longs to return to civilization. Before that happens, he is confronted with atypical suicides. Eskimos are notoriously at risk for self-slaughter, but never has one man after another shot himself in the Adam's apple. Can a shaman's curse really be at work?

Lucy Generous is a beautiful villager who is enlivening Nathan's tour of duty. Nathan's mother tells him to beware; she wants him to find a girl who went to college and has a good job. But with Lucy's help, the nalauqmiiyaak (almost white) state trooper begins to understand his Eskimo heritage, which provides him with the solution to the crimes that he is confronted with.

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones

Murder at Castle Rock, An Amelia Grace, Rock 'n' Roll Mystery by Anne Marie Stoddard, New This Week from Gemma Halliday

Murder at Castle Rock by Anne Marie Stoddard

Gemma Halliday Publishing is a boutique publisher of light-hearted mystery, romantic suspense and romantic comedy novels, perfect for popping into your beach bag for a weekend away or cozying up beside a warm fire for a quiet night in.

We've selected one of their recently published titles to feature here today …

Murder at Castle Rock by Anne Marie Stoddard

An Amelia Grace, Rock 'n' Roll Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Presents

Price: $0.99 (as of 12/30/2014 at 12:30 PM ET).

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As the manager and booking agent for Atlanta's famous Castle Rock concert venue, Amelia "Ame" Grace is ready for the most exciting week of her career: she's booked three shows and a live DVD-filming for the comeback tour of none other than the Pop Rock Prince himself, Bobby Glitter!

Before the rock star can take a bow on the first night, however, trouble steals the show as Castle Rock's owner takes a deadly tumble from atop the venue's tower. To make matters worse, the police suspect foul play — and all signs point to two of Castle Rock's own employees.

Ame soon finds herself in a race against time to clear the names of her friends and uncover the truth before the killer decides it's curtains for her too!

Murder at Castle Rock by Anne Marie Stoddard

A Conversation with Mystery Authors Rosemary and Larry Mild

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Rosemary and Larry Mild
with Rosemary
and Larry Mild

We are delighted to welcome mystery authors Rosemary and Larry Mild to Omnimystery News today.

Rosemary and Larry write two series, and their most recent book in the second of these, Death Takes a Mistress (Magic Island Literary Works; August 2014 trade paperback and ebook formats), featuring booksellers Dan and Rivka Sherman, was recently published.

We recently had the chance to catch up with the busy duo to talk a little more about their books.

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Omnimystery News: Tell us more about your series mysteries.

Rosemary and Larry Mild
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Rosemary and Larry Mild

Rosemary Mild (with Larry chiming in): We have two novel series. In both, the protagonists are very individual and very human. They're not static from book to book. They deepen in character and decision-making — and their foibles — because they are affected by the dangers, conflicts, and emotions that come with pursuing villains and solving cases.

Let's start with our first series, the Paco and Molly Mysteries: Locks and Cream Cheese, Hot Grudge Sunday, and Boston Scream Pie. Paco and Molly are drawn from real life. The real Molly was my psychoanalyst father's housekeeper/gourmet cook. My father kept a secret list of all her clever sayings, which we call "Mollyprops." She says "I have to take my calcium so I don't get osteoferocious." She was a born snoop, who knew the secrets of every family member and friend. The fictional Molly's snooping skills prove to be of great help to Paco. In Locks and Cream Cheese she overwaters all the plants (leaving white rings) and overfeeds Dr. Avi Kepple's golden retriever, who lunches on filet mignon and scalloped potatoes. All of this is true to the real-life Molly. Both she and my father have passed away, but we're delighted to have immortalized them.

The real-life Paco was Inspector Garcia Garcia Garcia, a guest aboard a U.S. Navy ship in Barcelona, Spain. Larry was a field engineer for RCA aboard that ship, and he engaged the inspector in a long, lively conversation, which brought out many anecdotes of the man's work as a police detective. In Locks and Cream Cheese, Larry turned him into Paco LeSoto, a semi-retired Baltimore police detective.

Our passion is bringing our characters to life. In Locks and Cream Cheese, Paco and Molly fall in love. She woos him with her divine cooking. In Hot Grudge Sunday they're married and on their honeymoon at the national parks out West. They'd rather smooch than sleuth, but conspirators and thieves on the tour bus change all that. In Boston Scream Pie, a shocking tale of twins, Molly is thrust into her most life-threatening confrontation. Paco begins to feel his age when he tries to heft roly-poly Molly out of a car.

Our brand-new series introduces the Dan and Rivka Sherman Mysteries: Death Goes Postal and Death Takes A Mistress. (Death Steals A Holy Book will come out next year.) Dan and Rivka leave their professional careers: he as an engineer, she as an editor, to buy The Olde Victorian Bookstore in historic Annapolis, Maryland. They anticipate a safe, normal life. Instead, they're embroiled in the fallout of a mugging, burglary, kidnapping — and murder. But every day they cuddle, analyze, argue, and investigate on their way to exposing imposters and criminals. Dan and Rivka's personalities are very much like Larry's and mine. The review in Bitten by Books said: "They're a great couple, as well as dedicated crime solvers. Their relationship with one another is adorable and realistic, two things I think a lot of novels miss."

We also published a series of short stories with the same main character in Mysterical-E mystery magazine on-line. Now we've published the eight stories in one fetching little volume: The Misadventures of Slim O. Wittz, Soft-Boiled Detective. He's a spoof on the hard-boiled male detectives of the 1930s and '40s; always getting into himself trouble and still catching the crooks.

OMN: When developing a story for a new book, how do you decide (a) if it will be a series mystery, and (b) which characters to feature?

LM: The series decision always rests with the reception a character has received in the first book. I write our first drafts after extensive back and forth discussions with Rosemary. These discussions end with my writing a five- to ten-page statement of work and a character list. My first-draft characters are skeletal and the scenes are sketchy. This is where Rosemary re-enters the picture, personalizes both people and places, and makes everything come alive.

RM: When I met Larry twenty-eight years ago, I had no idea how to write fiction. Here I was, divorced, out on a blind date. As he was driving me home, he announced: "When I retire, I'm going to write a novel and I want you to help me." Now neither of us had ever written a word of fiction, and I had only known this man for four hours! So I chirped, "Okay!" We married the following year, but it was seven years later that we started writing together. Larry retired and, with his typical gusto, wrote the first draft of the novel he'd dreamed about, a suspense-thriller set in Hawaii called Cry Ohana, ohana meaning "family". Then he handed me his 450-page manuscript and said, "Okay, your turn." Yikes! We cut our fiction teeth on this stand-alone novel. We were actually in a good place, literally, to write it. We spent twenty years as winter "snowbirds" in Honolulu, where we have family. It took us years to write Cry Ohana and during that time we became quite local. All the settings are authentic and familiar. Fresh Fiction for Today's Reader said: "You can almost feel the island breezes. This is an uplifting tale of family and love."

OMN: Larry explained a bit about your writing process. How would you describe writing together?

RM: Sometimes I throw a new trait into a character. And that can have consequences: like derailing the plot line. So I have to watch out. Larry's very romantic, so in Cry Ohana the teenage sister, Leilani, has a sweet, uncomplicated romance. I thought it was icky sweet, so I made her feisty and independent — but still lovable. And occasionally I'll change a character's name. When we "negotiate" (sometimes with sleeves rolled up!) Larry says "Who dat?"

OMN: As a couple, do you believe you have an advantage in writing both male and female characters?

RM: Being a husband-and-wife writing team gives us an advantage. We can not only choose to write about either gender, we can choose to make a couple our protagonists, which we have done in both of our murder mystery series. Though the detective (Sam) in the Copper and Goldie short story series is male, his exceptional golden retriever is female and very story-relevant — another couple, you might say.

OMN: Where do you usually find yourselves writing?

RM: We write back to back on our dueling computers in our "office": the second bedroom of our Honolulu apartment.

OMN: Into which mystery subgenre do you place your series?

RM: Our two novel series are cozies: following the Agatha Christie, "Murder, She Wrote" tradition of intrigue, puzzles, and humor. No explicit sex, torture, or gory murder scenes. Cry Ohana has a prostitute who plays a major role in the plot, and we do include a steamy sex scene. And regarding torture in fiction (and on TV): I consider it disgusting! (Larry is only slightly more tolerant. But he does like macho books and is more tough-minded by far than I am.)

OMN: Tell us something about Death Takes a Mistress that isn't mentioned in the synopsis.

RM: Lainee — age twenty-three, naïve, and vulnerable — has a long, sensual affair in London with a married man. He pays for her apartment, showers her with gifts, and visits her four or five times a week, never on weekends. Logic should tell her he's a dead end. She never learns his real name or where he lives and works; or even if he has children. But passion drives her to accept him as the love of her life, revealing all in her diary. When she gets pregnant, she's murdered.

OMN: How do you go about researching the plot points of your stories? Have you come across any particularly exciting or challenging topics?

RM: Hawaii is the most exciting topic because we're living it. We've consulted the police in two states; used the Internet for details; and collected dozens of Honolulu newspaper articles for descriptions of festivals, ethnic traditions, crimes, etc. Larry did extensive research for Death Goes Postal, about rare printing relics dating back to Gutenberg. In Locks and Cream Cheese he made up a beautiful historical subplot about star-crossed lovers, just drawn from all the historical novels he'd ever read.

OMN: How true would you say you are to the settings of your books?

RM: In Hot Grudge Sunday, we took the same bus tour as Paco and Molly out West, but we reversed the itinerary so the most dramatic scene is at the most thrilling locale. We used our memories, maps, tour books to make every locale authentic. We also consulted a Yellowstone park ranger.

We lived in Severna Park, Maryland, north of Annapolis, for many years. Black Rain Corners is fictional, on the Chesapeake Bay, but both our series combined fictional and real setting details, such as a chase scene in historic Annapolis.

OMN: If we could send you anywhere in the world to research the setting for a book, where would it be?

RM: We have already traveled extensively throughout North America, Asia, the South Pacific, Western Europe, and the Middle East. That research has found its way into many of our short stories. We would love to take one of the Rhine cruises for pleasure. Who knows what might wind up in a future story.

OMN: What are some of your outside interests?

RM: I've been going to Jazzercise for 26 years; it satisfies my suppressed desire to be a Rockette! Our other interests? Swimming, reading, movies, the theater and opera; Sunday night dinners at a restaurant with our family. We love walking at Magic Island — overlooking Diamond Head, the skyline, and ocean; it's the small peninsula off Ala Moana Beach Park. That's why we call our ourselves Magic Island Literary Works.

OMN: What is the best advice you've received as authors?

LM: "Write! Write! Write! And get on with it." "Get with the program." Excuse the clichés, please.

RM: Larry's advice is based on the course we taught at a Maryland community college in Continuing Education, "Advice for Wannabe Writers":

1. Above all, get something, anything, down on paper. Your story is the primary concern. Save the rules for writing it until you have a complete draft.
2. Don't be intimidated, first drafts are never perfect.
3. Fear of the blank page is something to be skirted. Don't give up, go on to the next scene, and come back later.
4. Write regularly, at least an hour per sitting, if possible. Schedule a time and place to write, a spot where you won't be distracted or disturbed.
5. Write about what you are comfortable with, even if it's about vampires in paradise.
6. Think about writing even when you're not at the keyboard.
7. Establish the strongest sense of the plot in your head:
 a. How many ways and reasons are there to kill a victim?
 b. What kind of story moves, turns, and twists can I create?
8. Try visualizing the scenes in your head.
9. Develop clear mental images of your central characters.
10. Become more aware of people and places:
 a. Carry a notebook or recorder with you and accumulate notes.
 b. Tune into both the unusual and the commonplace.

OMN: Tell us more about your clever book titles. And do you design your own covers?

RM: Larry makes up all our titles. As you can see from the Paco and Mollys, he's an incorrigible punster! We have a wonderful graphic designer in Annapolis, who does our covers. We're still working with her via email and phone.

OMN: What kind of feedback have you received from readers?

RM: We're always thrilled to hear that so many have liked our writing style, plots, locales, and characters, but we're super-thrilled when our readers tell us the puzzles we've posed have kept them guessing.

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

LM: My grandfather influenced my reading the most. Whenever he caught me reading comics, he'd haul me down to the public library and introduce me to another classic: Alexander Dumas, Charles Dickens and so many others. I think Conan Doyle's concept of deduction, putting together the subtle bits and pieces of the puzzle and making sense out of them, fascinated me from the start. I believe he knew all the real makings of the mystery. It made me extra-conscious of plotting and aware of detailing in my current writing.

OMN: And what do you read today for pleasure?

LM: Adventure-thrillers and dramas, especially those with historical narratives, e.g., anything by Ken Follett. Brad Meltzer's Washington conspiracies also intrigue me. M. Connelly, Wilbur Smith, M. Crichton, S. Larsson, F. Forsyth, R. Ludlum, P.D. James, E. George, K. Reichs, and T. Hoag make my list as well. As you can see, I'm more fascinated by author style, locale, and plot than any particular series character within.

OMN: Have any specific books or authors influenced how and what you write today?

RM: My favorite book of all time is Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It's my friend. I especially love how it gives the origin of every word in brackets.

I just re-read Anna Karenina. Tolstoy's characters truly come alive. He can also be satiric: in his portrait of Anna's husband, the pompous bureaucratic; and the parasitic ladies of society. Tolstoy excels in detail. As Levin runs his vast farm, we pitch hay with a scythe, sweat with the peasants. When Anna's lover rides in a dangerous steeplechase, we hold our breath. Tolstoy expertly paces his two main plot lines, building suspense in every chapter.

OMN: Do you have any favorite contemporary authors?

RM: My current favorite mystery author is Louise Penny. She's Canadian; her setting is the Quebec/Montreal environs. Her books are in a class by themselves because they get deep into character; very psychological, yet suspenseful.

Among other books I admire: Ken Follett's historical novels beginning with The Pillars of the Earth; Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson); the novels of Tom Wolfe; A Patchwork Planet (Anne Tyler); A Separate Peace (John Knowles); The Pearl (John Steinbeck); Life of Pi (Yann Martel); Saving Fish From Drowning (Amy Tan); "Brokeback Mountain" in Annie Proulx's collection Close Range; Original Sin (P.D. James); The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields); and the scholarly Chocolate Lab in A Dog About Town (J. Englert).

OMN: What's next for each of you?

LM: My current thinking is to publish Exploring the Mystery (Eighteen Valuable Lessons on Mystery Writing); and Murder, Fantasy, and Weird Tales (seventeen of our short stories). I'm also expanding our new short story series, The Perilous Adventures of Copper and Goldie. It features Sam Nahoe, a disabled Hawaiian ex-detective, who drives a cab with his (mostly) golden retriever beside him. When Sam is out of the cab, she sits in the driver's seat, front paws on the steering wheel, wearing his peaked cap. Goldie sheds a lot, eats a lot, and helps him catch bad guys.

RM: Coauthoring with Larry sometimes drives him crazy, because I'm the tortoise, he's the hare. I take forever because I have my own personal writing life: memoirs and essays. I've written three memoirs: a) Miriam's Gift: A Mother's Blessings — Then and Now (1999); b) Miriam's World — and Mine (2012). Both are tributes to our beloved 20-year-old daughter Miriam Wolfe, whom we lost in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. And c) Love! Laugh! Panic! Life With My Mother (2014). Growing up in Milwaukee with a mother whose huge expectations for us kids didn't always match our talents.

On our website you'll find my new blog, "Rosemary's World." The second entry is: "In My Next Life I'll Get It Right." Yes, many of my essays are filled with wry humor. My newest one, entitled "My Best Move" (really my worst one), is coming soon in Chess Life magazine. You'll also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn, etc. I'm on Twitter, but haven't the faintest idea of how to use it.

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Rosemary and Larry Mild are cheerful partners in crime. They coauthor the Dan and Rivka Sherman Mysteries and the Paco and Molly Mysteries. In 2013 they moved from Severna Park, Maryland to Honolulu, Hawaii, where they are close (but not too close) to their delightful children and grandchildren. They're members of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, both the Chesapeake and Hawaii chapters.

For more information about the author, please visit their website at Magicile.com.

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Death Takes a Mistress by Rosemary and Larry Mild

Death Takes a Mistress
Rosemary and Larry Mild
A Dan and Rivka Sherman Mystery

After twenty-three years, the daughter of a mistress seeks revenge from the murderous lover who killed her mother and deserted her at age three months. Ivy, the daughter, follows the cold case clues from London, England to Annapolis, Maryland where she discovers her father and killer belong to one of four families. But which one?

Ivy seeks employment as a clerk at The Olde Victorian Bookstore where she finds friendship, advice, love, and caution from Dan and Rivka Sherman, the booksellers. The Shermans use their old connections at Scotland Yard to obtain Ivy's mother's diary, but it is soon stolen. Will they get it back? Does it contain the clues they need? Will Ivy cause fear and havoc in the four families — enough to put her own life in jeopardy?

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Did Anyone Die? by Stella Stafford is Today's Second Featured Free MystereBook

Did Anyone Die? by Stella Stafford

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Did Anyone Die? by Stella Stafford

A Little Wychwell Mystery

Publisher: Stella Stafford

… as today's second free mystery ebook.

Did Anyone Die? by Stella Stafford, Amazon Kindle format

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A gunfight with no bodies, a missing wheelie bin, abandoned groceries, can they possibly all be connected? Is Elodea suffering from over active imagination and if not did anyone die?

Some are born detectives, some become detectives and some have detectiveship thrust upon them. In this last category are Priscilla, dedicated classicist and Oxford academic, and Barnabus, her un-nephew, who are left to solve the mystery and to discover that dog sitting can be dangerous.

Did Anyone Die? by Stella Stafford

Fallen Palm by Wayne Stinnett is Today's First Featured Free MystereBook

Fallen Palm by Wayne Stinnett

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Fallen Palm by Wayne Stinnett

A Jesse McDermitt Mystery

Publisher: Down Island Press

… as today's first free mystery ebook.

Fallen Palm by Wayne Stinnett, Amazon Kindle format

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Jesse McDermitt lives alone on an isolated island in the Florida Keys where he runs a charter fishing business. Retired from the Marine Corps for six years, he wanted nothing more than to relax, fish, dive and enjoy the laid back lifestyle of the islands.

Russ, his former Platoon Sergeant and old friend, dies unexpectedly in a mysterious scuba diving accident and Jesse becomes suspicious. When his friend's son comes to south Florida to ask Jesse if he would take him to a remote reef to spread his father's ashes, the two men discover that Russ was murdered and agree to hunt down the psychotic killer together, unaware that their manhunt will lead them to a Caribbean terrorist cell.

Meanwhile, a beautiful woman has returned to the Keys on a manhunt of her own, distracting Jesse with the idea that he could finally leave his warrior past behind. The prospect of finding lost Confederate gold, several high speed boat chases and dodging demented killers, won't stop Jesse from revenge. Surviving a powerful hurricane puts everything on hold as a top secret government agency tries to recruit him into their fold.

When the sun comes back out, will Jesse be ready?

Fallen Palm by Wayne Stinnett

The Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben H. Winters is Today's Kindle Daily Deal

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature The Last Policeman Trilogy by Ben H. Winters as today's Kindle Daily Deal.

The deal price of $2.99 or less is valid only for today, Tuesday, December 30, 2014. We're highlighting the first book in the trilogy in this post.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman Trilogy (1st in series)

Publisher: Quirk Books

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/30/2014 at 6:20 AM ET).

Winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original Mystery.

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What's the point in solving murders if we're all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There's no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job — but not Hank Palace. He's investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week — except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

20 Popular Fiction Books is Today's Kindle Daily Deal

Hidden by Kendra Elliot

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature 20 Popular Fiction Books as today's Kindle Daily Deal.

The deal price of $1.99 or less each is valid only for today, Tuesday, December 30, 2014. We're highlighting one of the romantic suspense titles available in this post.

Hidden by Kendra Elliot

A Bone Secrets Novel of Romantic Suspense (1st in series)

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/30/2014 at 6:10 AM ET).

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Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.

Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friend's.

The remains are discovered on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Sparks fly between him and Lacey, even as they realize that the prosecution's witnesses from a decade ago are now being murdered one by one. All the evidence points to the Co-ed Slayer as the culprit — only, he's long since dead. So who's the new killer? And is Lacey next in line to die?

Hidden by Kendra Elliot

Today's Mystery and Suspense Update from Big Fish Games (141230)

Big Fish Games

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

• Our Featured Title is Haunted Halls: Fears from Childhood.

• The Daily Deal is Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers, just $2.99 today only!

• The current Catch of the Week is The Secret Order: Masked Intent, just $2.99 through Sunday, January 04, 2015 only.

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

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Haunted Halls: Fears from Childhood

Our Featured Title is Haunted Halls: Fears from Childhood

Explore the evil Dr. Blackmores latest experiment in this terrifying Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! After dragging Tim through a mysterious portal, Dr. Blackmore reveals his newest atrocity: a world that makes the fears of children a reality. Help the hapless victims confront their fears and return home. Track Dr. Blackmore to his lair and save the day!

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

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Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers

Today's Daily Deal is Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers

The night started out like any other. A local collector was complaining about paranormal activity in her mansion, and the authorities called you to get to the bottom of things. But it turns out that the pit of bizarre activity was bottomless. Now you find yourself lost in a living nightmare brimming with strange creatures, comatose colleagues, and mysterious tentacles reaching out around every corner! Can you find the source of the happenings and destroy it before it's too late? Race to uncover an ancient secret in this thrilling Hidden Object adventure game!

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

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The Secret Order: Masked Intent

The current Catch of the Week is The Secret Order: Masked Intent

Sarah receives shocking news from her father. One of the newest members in the Order of the Griffins has turned traitor, murdering one of the Secret Five, the heads of the Order. What's worse is that very traitor is about to join the Secret Five, and he's wearing a mask that gives him supernatural abilities. Sarah has to race back through time and search for the one artifact that can subdue the mask: a magical scepter. Hop aboard the Royal Griffin and help Sarah unmask the traitor before he destroys the Order in this exhilarating Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure Game.

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

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Bourne Identity, A Jason Bourne Thriller by Robert Ludlum, Now Available at a Special Price

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Omnimystery News is always searching for newly discounted mystery, suspense, thriller and crime novels for our readers to enjoy. Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Bantam …

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

A Jason Bourne Thriller (1st in series)

Publisher: Bantam

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/29/2014 at 5:00 PM ET).

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His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. A frame of microfilm has been surgically implanted in his hip. Even his name is a mystery. Marked for death, he is racing for survival through a bizarre world of murderous conspirators — led by Carlos, the world's most dangerous assassin.

Who is Jason Bourne? The answer may kill him.

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, A Hannah Swensen Mystery by Joanne Fluke, Now Available at a Special Price

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Omnimystery News is always searching for newly discounted mystery, suspense, thriller and crime novels for our readers to enjoy. Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Kensington …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

A Hannah Swensen Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/29/2014 at 4:00 PM ET).

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No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke's dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes — one delicious clue at a time — has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies. Featuring a bonus short story and brand new, mouthwatering recipes, this new edition of the very first Hannah Swensen mystery is sure to have readers coming back for seconds …

Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn't watch her back, Hannah's sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

1st To Die, A Women's Murder Club Mystery by James Patterson, Now Available at a Special Price

1st To Die by James Patterson

Omnimystery News is always searching for newly discounted mystery, suspense, thriller and crime novels for our readers to enjoy. Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Little, Brown …

1st To Die by James Patterson

A Women's Murder Club Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Little, Brown

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/29/2014 at 3:30 PM ET).

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Four women — four friends — share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered — before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.

1st To Die by James Patterson

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley, Now Available at a Special Price

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Omnimystery News is always searching for newly discounted mystery, suspense, thriller and crime novels for our readers to enjoy. Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Delacorte Press …

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

A Flavia de Luce Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Price: $1.99 (as of 12/29/2014 at 3:00 PM ET).

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It is the summer of 1950 — and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life."

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

A String of Beads by Thomas Perry, New in Bookstores during December 2014

A String of Beads by Thomas Perry

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during December 2014 is …

A String of Beads by Thomas Perry, a Jane Whitefield Mystery (8th in series)

Publisher: Mysterious Press

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

More about our featured title, below …

After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, née Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York — or so she thinks.

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it.

A String of Beads by Thomas Perry

Telemystery: Banshee, 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 one series from our site being released this week.

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Banshee: Season Two

Banshee
Season Two

Anthony Starr stars as Lucas Hood, an ex-convict who improbably assumes the identity of sheriff of the rural, Amish-area town of Banshee, where his former lover and partner-in-crime (Ivana Milicevic) lives under her own alias, Carrie Hopewell … in this original Cinemax drama.

This second season takes up immediately after the first season finale, when Carrie’s father, gang kingpin Rabbit (Ben Cross) was left for dead after a climactic warehouse shootout. Carrie, now exposed and estranged from her husband and kids, is torn between her devotion to her family and her connection to Lucas, who had given himself up in order to save her years earlier.

The new season finds Lucas, having escaped detection after being interrogated by FBI agent Jim Racine (guest star Zeljko Ivanek), with his hands fuller than ever as sheriff, dealing with (among other things) the murder of a Kinaho tribe girl, the continuing escalation of tensions between Amish overlord Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and Kinaho tribe leader Alex Longshadow (Anthony Ruivivar), and the unwelcome appearance of a surprise visitor: the reprobate son of the real (dead) Lucas Hood.

Banshee: Season Two on DVD  Banshee: Season Two on Blu-ray Disc

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The Lincoln Lawyer, A Mickey Haller Mystery by Michael Connelly, Now Available at a Special Price

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

A Mickey Haller Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Little, Brown

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Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers — they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney's dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal — this time to save his own life.

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

 

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