Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Widower's Two-Step, A Tres Navarre Mystery by Rick Riordan, Now Available at a Special Price

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 Widower's Two-Step by Rick Riordan

The Widower's Two-Step by Rick Riordan

A Tres Navarre Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Bantam

Price: 99¢ (as of 11/01/2016 at 5:00 PM ET).

The Widower's Two-Step by Rick Riordan, Amazon Kindle format

See all seven titles in the Tres Navarre Mystery Series for $7.99 or less each on Kindle.

Tres Navarre has just hours of apprenticeship time to serve before he can go for his P.I. license. Staking out a musician suspected of stealing a demo tape should be a piece of pan dulce. But his attention wanders just long enough for fiddle player Julie Kearnes to be gunned down before his eyes. He should just back away and let the cops investigate, but backing away has never been Tres's strong point.

The missing demo and Julie's murder are just two of the problems besetting Miranda Daniels, a pint-sized singer with Texas-sized talent. She's the prize in a tug-of-war between two music hotshots who want to manage her career. One has a habit of making bad things happen to people he doesn't like. The other has just vanished without a trace. As Tres looks into the dirty dealings surrounding Miranda, it becomes clear he's stepped into a rattlesnakes' nest of greed, double cross, and murder — and he may be the next to be snakebit.

The Widower's Two-Step by Rick Riordan

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New This Week: Who Iced The Snowman?, A Cisco Maloney Mystery by D. Ray Pauwels

Omnimystery News is pleased to present 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 November 2016 and priced $5.99 or less.

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Who Iced The Snowman? by D. Ray Pauwels

Who Iced The Snowman? by D. Ray Pauwels

A Cisco Maloney Mystery

Publisher: Cozy Cat Press

Price: $2.99 (as of 11/01/2016 at 4:30 PM ET).

Who Iced The Snowman? by D. Ray Pauwels, Amazon Kindle format

It's Christmas eve, and business is slow for Cisco Maloney, ex-cop turned private investigator who's staring down a pile of unpaid bills, a dissatisfied client, and a wrathful landlady. When word gets around that millionaire children's entertainer Plotzky the Snowman has been found melted under suspicious circumstances, Cisco and his sidekick Carmine set out to investigate, spurred by the promise of a $1,000 reward for anyone solving the case (hey, money talked louder back in the good ol' days).

The trail leads them through the fantastical underbelly of Wurstburg, USA, populated by roving gangs of underclass snowmen out to avenge their fallen brother, and shadowy figures like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, who run the city's rackets. Everyone's got a motive. Everyone's a suspect. But only one of them knows Who Iced The Snowman?

Who Iced The Snowman? by D. Ray Pauwels

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Side by Side, A Novel of Suspense by John Ramsey Miller, Now Available at a Special Price

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Side by Side by John Ramsey Miller

Side by Side by John Ramsey Miller

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Dell

Price: $1.99 (as of 11/01/2016 at 4:00 PM ET).

Side by Side by John Ramsey Miller, Amazon Kindle format

Winter Massey is a former U.S. marshal who has made too many enemies on both sides of the law. Lucy Dockery is a judge's daughter who's never had to fight for anything in her life. But now Lucy and her young son have been kidnapped and sentenced to die — unless her father agrees to set a vicious criminal free.

Winter Massey is the closest thing to salvation they have, but he doesn't know that the beautiful FBI agent who brought him into the case may be playing a chilling double game — and that a circle of treachery has begun to tighten around him. For Lucy, the time has come to scratch and claw for survival. For Massey, it's time to stop trusting the people he trusts most. Because in a storm of betrayal, there's only one way out.

Side by Side by John Ramsey Miller

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Leadfoot by Eric Beetner, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during November 2016

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during November 2016 …

Leadfoot by Eric Beetner

Leadfoot by Eric Beetner, A Rumrunners Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: 280 Steps

Leadfoot by Eric Beetner, Amazon Kindle format

It's 1971, and outlaw driver Calvin McGraw is grooming his 19-year-old son Webb to uphold the family name. Drugs, money, people — the McGraws drive anything and everything.

When a delivery goes wrong, Calvin steps knee-deep in a turf war between his employer, the Stanleys, and a rival Midwestern crime syndicate, but his week gets a whole lot worse when Webb — on his first solo job — loses the cargo.

Leadfoot by Eric Beetner

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The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders, A Eugenia Potter Mystery by Nancy Pickard, Now Available at a Special Price

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The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders by Nancy Pickard

The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders by Nancy Pickard

A Eugenia Potter Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Dell

Price: $1.99 (as of 11/01/2016 at 3:00 PM ET).

The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders by Nancy Pickard, Amazon Kindle format

See all four mysteries in the Eugenia Potter Series for $5.99 or less each on Kindle.

When a dinner guest of Eugenia Potter is found poisoned, supposedly from Mrs. Potter's famous twenty-seven-ingredient chili, the flabbergasted hostess knows she must act quickly before someone else is murdered.

The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders by Nancy Pickard

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Ash Island by Barry Maitland, New in Bookstores during November 2016

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during November 2016 is …

Ash Island by Barry Maitland

Ash Island by Barry Maitland, a Belltree Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Ash Island by Barry Maitland, Amazon Kindle format

Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree is back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues and his presence has become a departmental embarrassment. Because of what happened, he can't — and doesn't want to — return to his old position with the Sydney Police Department. Instead, he accepts a post with a police department far away and attempts to build a new, quiet life in Newcastle, Australia.

But that quiet life soon eludes him. A corpse has been found buried just offshore on Ash Island and that one body may well just be the first of many. Not only that, Belltree finds himself engaged in some unfinished business from his own past. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. Belltree knows it was no accident, but his own investigations lead him to wonder how well he really knew his own parents.

With his wife Jenny now pregnant, a much longed-for event, it's up to Belltree to decide how he can confront the evil from the past while protecting his loved ones in the present and future.

Ash Island by Barry Maitland

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The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during November 2016

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during November 2016 …

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler, A Josie Callahan, Taste of Texas Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Berkley

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler, Amazon Kindle format

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice …

Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie's best friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame, Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer's guitar strap.

To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to Patti's house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark facedown in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder — before the killer double dips …

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

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Beachhead, A Crime Novel by Jeffery Hess, Now Available at a Special Price

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Today, we're pleased to present the following title, now available at a special price courtesy of the publisher, Down & Out Books …

Beachhead by Jeffery Hess

Beachhead by Jeffery Hess

A Crime Novel

Publisher: Down & Out Books

Price: 99¢ (as of 11/01/2016 at 1:00 PM ET).

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It's 1980 on Florida's Gulf coast. Sun, drugs, gambling debts, and dirty deals push Navy-prison parolee, Scotland Ross, deeper into the life of crime he never wanted.

His sister's life, a potential newfound love, and his own freedom are all on the line as he tangles with a redneck gangster intent on becoming the state's next governor.

Will Scotland make the right choice or the one that keeps him alive?

Beachhead by Jeffery Hess

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New This Week: Pulse, A Kate Redman Mystery by Celina Grace

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Pulse by Celina Grace

Pulse by Celina Grace

A Kate Redman Mystery (10th in series)

Publisher: Isaro Publishing

Price: $5.99 (as of 11/01/2016 at 12:30 PM ET).

Pulse by Celina Grace, Amazon Kindle format

See all ten mysteries in the popular Kate Redman Series for $5.99 or less each on Kindle. The 1st book in the series, Hushabye, is currently FREE!

The body of a young man is found in a graveyard the night after a wild, drug-fuelled party. At first glance, there doesn't appear to be anything sinister about his death, despite the shock of Detective Inspector Mark Olbeck realising that he once knew him.

Detective Sergeant Kate Redman has other things to worry about, not least her ongoing affair with her superior officer Chief Inspector Anderton. But when a second body is found in suspiciously similar circumstances, Kate, Olbeck and the rest of the Abbeyford police team realise they are up against a devious killer who will stop at nothing to indulge a literal thirst for blood …

Pulse by Celina Grace

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An Excerpt from Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Omnimystery News: An Excerpt courtesy of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

We are delighted to welcome back author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro to Omnimystery News today.

Chelsea's second mystery in her historical series featuring Chesterton Holte is published today, Living Spectres (Smoke & Shadow Books; November 2016 hardcover and ebook formats) and we are so pleased that she has agreed to share an excerpt from it with us.

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THE DIMENSION OF GHOSTS WAS MORE active than usual, and it took Chesterton Holte more time than he had anticipated to find Madison Moncrief among the energetic swirls that were ghostly existence. When he finally approached Moncrief, Holte was surprised to find an unfamiliar ghost with him, and so he hesitated as he approached.
  "Moncrief? It's Holte," he said in his non-voice.
  "So it is," said Moncrief, sounding a bit restored by Holte's greeting. "How long are you back for this time?"
  "Not long. I have a few things I'd like to find out."
  Moncrief did what passed for a sigh among ghosts. "Haven't we all?"
  Holte glanced at the newcomer again, and saw that he had the stupefied stare that those just recently dead had when their death had been unanticipated. "Who is this?"
  "This is Julian Eastley," said Moncrief. "He was a hero in the Great War, but it took a lot out of him. He used to do some speaking about the fighting, for civic clubs and the like, and he had an inheritance, so he didn't need to work, which was just as well. After the war, he didn't have a head for business, though he did before it. He used to hang on Louise's leadstrings; if he were a boy, we'd call it puppy love, but in his case, he said it was devotion. Always around the house, and never any worry to me. He hasn't been here very long; I suppose you can tell. He hasn't been able to remember anything of what killed him, not yet, anyway."
  "I can see that," said Holte. "What led up to —?"
  Eastley directed his attention toward Holte. "Do I know you? Can you tell me where I am? I can't seem to recognize it …"
  Moncrief responded before Holte could provide an answer. "I've told him several times, but he's still in shock. You don't have to tell him he's dead if you don't want to. It won't stick."
  Holte signaled his understanding to Moncrief, and asked Eastley, "What are the last things you remember before you arrived here?" The question seemed to confuse Eastley, and he could not bring himself to answer for a short while.
  "It all seems so … remote, like something I dreamed … a long time ago …" He faltered, then steadied himself and went on, "I had been in my house … I share it with my uncle now, you know? A tidy little place with a partial view of Independence Hall … Well, enough of that. I decided to go out for a drive … you know, to restore my equilibrium? I have to do that when the megrims are on me." He did something that implied an apology, then resumed his narrative. "I drove westward out of Philadelphia and had gone through Columbia — dreadful roads they have in that part of the county — and was approaching York. It was late in the afternoon, and I was thinking about turning back after dining at York, you know, as one does. I find driving at night soothing. I had my flask with me, and was taking a nip now and then, I remember that; it helped me to keep steady, and it almost made up for the roads, and it kept the Black Dogs away. Can't drive well when the Black Dogs are on me. Anyway, there was sun at my back, and when the rear-view mirror flashed, I had trouble seeing what lay ahead. There was a bad patch on a curve, I recall that much. It went around a hillock and the curve tightened toward the far end. The rear-view mirror caught a brilliant ray that dazzled me. I think I might have swerved." He stopped abruptly, floundering for a better explanation of what happened. "There might have been someone coming up behind me, too fast, on that curve. I believe I thought I should go faster or pull over and let him pass, and then the mirror flashed …" He stopped again. "And now I'm here, wherever that may be, and I have no remembrance of how that came about."
  "I think you crashed your auto, Eastley, that's what I think," said Moncrief with the patience of frequent repetition.
  "That sounds likely," Holte seconded. "Poor fellow."
  "How do you mean, crashed my auto? That's absurd," said Eastley, offended by the possibility.
  "You'll figure it out, in time," said Holte, trying to console Eastley. "When you do, I'd like to know what you do remember."
  "So would I," said Moncrief, and abruptly changed the subject. "Do you have any new ideas about what's become of Louise, Holte? Eastley hasn't been able to tell me anything about her."
  Before Eastley could summon up an answer, Holte said, "No, I don't."
  "She's still missing?" Moncrief was sounding alarmed now.
  "Yes; I'm sorry," said Holte. "So are Stacy Dritchner and Warren Derrington, for that matter," said Holte. "They haven't cropped up here, have they?"
  "No," said Moncrief, downcast at the lack of information about his wife, now his widow. "Not that I know of."
  "What do you mean, linking Louise's disappearance to Derrington's and Dritchner's? There was disgusting gossip about a connection between them during the summer, the nasty innuendos were sickening. Utter nonsense, I call it," Eastley said, coming staunchly to Louise's defense.
  Now it was Moncrief 's turn to bristle. "You can't deny that they were all close friends. It was Stacy who introduced me to Louise. Can't thank him enough for that. I remember that he said at the time that he thought she would be a perfect wife for me, and that she was already taken with me. I couldn't believe my good fortune — a bang-up girl like that."
  "You were a most fortunate fellow, Moncrief," Eastley declared.
  "I wish I knew where she is. Not to haunt her, you understand nothing like that. But I would like to look in on her, now and again; I miss her. I didn't know what it would be like, not to have her about." Moncrief pondered for a short time. "If you learn anything more about her, Holte, you must tell me. I'll feel better when I know she's all right."
  "If you will tell me what you learn, if you learn anything, about her whereabouts. If you remember." Holte looked around at the swirls and flow of the ghosts. "Any more groups of newcomers?"
  "Just another group of Armenians. I thought we'd seen the last of them, but apparently not. This lot starved to death." Moncrief was disinterested in them. "Have you made any progress in discovering who killed me?"
  Holte answered this carefully. "I may have a lead to follow up. I'll let you know if it goes anywhere."
  "Much appreciated," said Moncrief in a display of automatic good manners.
  Eastley swirled around, staring in the eyeless manner of ghosts. "That's right: you're dead, aren't you? How did I come to forget that?"
  "You'll figure it out, Julian, in time," said Moncrief with ironic sympathy.
  Holte realized that he had gained as much information as he could, so he addressed Moncrief. "When Knott gets back, will you tell him I'd like to speak with him?"
  "If I remember, I will." Moncrief was being drawn back into the maelstrom of ghosts. "You know how that goes, don't you, Holte?"
  "Do you know where he has gone?" Holte persisted, trying to persuade Moncrief to make an effort to bear these things in mind. "I need to talk with him."
  "Not that I'm aware of; he didn't tell me where he was going, the last time I saw him," Moncrief murmured, losing definition.
  Holte became more insistent. "Anything, Moncrief. Anything you can recall."
  "… don't know. Something about a boat …" and saying that, he vanished, Eastley following him into the spiraling grey mist.

Excerpted from Living Spectres © Copyright 2016 by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro;
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A professional writer for more than forty years, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing — in 1961-1962 — was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn't stopped yet. She has two domestic accomplishments: she is a good cook and an experienced seamstress. The rest is catch-as-catch-can. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with two cats: the irrepressible Butterscotch and Crumpet, the Gang of Two. When not busy writing, she enjoys the symphony or opera.

For more information about the author, please visit her website at ChelseaQuinnYarbro.net and her author page on Goodreads, or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

A Chesterton Holte Mystery

Publisher: Smoke & Shadow Books

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Philadelphia, 1924

It's been three months since crime reporter Poppy Thornton was left to die in an abandoned warehouse by her cousin Stacy, chief suspect in a high society murder. Rescued by the quick thinking of Chesterton Holte — her "gentleman haunt" — and Police Inspector J.B. Loring, Poppy is determined to get the real story and see justice done. But Stacy has fled Philadelphia with the widow of the man he is accused of murdering, and now an international manhunt is on for the suspected conspirators. As that search continues, Poppy, Holte, and Loring have a new mystery: the disappearance of GAD Pearce, 18 year-old heir to the Pearce fortune, who has vanished while travelling through Eastern Europe. The suspects range from the young man's jealous siblings to a mysterious cult of Armenian refugees.

Once again Holte uses his ghostly powers to uncover answers and pass on what he learns to Poppy — who must then alert Loring without revealing her otherworldly source.

Is GAD still alive? Can Poppy keep her job despite social convention, the disdain of her male colleagues, and the dangerous attraction she feels to Loring? Will the authorities succeed in tracking Stacy down? What's really going on behind the closed doors of the politicians and bankers who run the city and the state?

And as the search for truth takes Poppy and Holte deeper into a forest of dark secrets and official corruption, who will die next?

Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

A Conversation with Mystery Author Vivian Conroy

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Vivian Conroy

We are delighted to welcome author Vivian Conroy to Omnimystery News today.

Vivian is the author of The Lady Alkmene Mysteries (Carina; September-October-November 2016 ebook formats), three books of which are coming out this Fall. Click on the banner, below, for more information about this series.

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Omnimystery News: Introduce us to the lead characters of your new mystery series.

Vivian Conroy: Set in the roaring twenties, my Lady Alkmene Callender mysteries feature a titled leading lady and a reporter who hates titles and money — or worse, both combined! — who find themselves interested in the same case (the seemingly accidental death of a wealthy art collector that might in reality be murder) and who work as much against as with each other to solve the crime. I came up with Alkmene first, picturing the scene of a woman in evening dress reaching for a lighter to relight her cigarette when she overhears a few whispered words from behind a silk screen that put her on the trail of the murder case. Because she is a woman and raised within the protective confines of her class, I knew she could not go out and contact street informers or find information via police contacts, so I needed her to have a sleuthing partner who would be her entrance into the lower class world. At the same time I wanted her to be able to offer to this partner her particular skills and abilities so — despite their obvious differences — they would still be equal partners, rivals for the winning clue as much as allies for justice and truth. I think with Jake Dubois — a half French, half British reporter with strong opinions on class and privilege, plus some secrets in his past that will come up in the course of the series — I have created a character that is both appealing and intriguing and can go head-to-head with Alkmene, who is herself strongwilled and fearless in the pursuit of the killer.

OMN: How do you expect them to develop over the course of the series?

VC: I hope readers will already see some character development in Book 1, A Proposal to Die For, as Alkmene gets her first eye witness tastes of how people live in less well-to-do neighborhoods and her best intentions of solving some issues have a disastrous effect. I hope to show that Alkmene's supposed privileged position also comes with setbacks and challenges and that she has to struggle to find her place in the world and establish herself as an independent woman, rather than someone's daughter or wife.

In Book 2, Diamonds of Death, to clear a cat burglar of a murder charge, Alkmene goes to stay with some family members she lost touch with as one of them might be the murderer who set the cat burglar up to be wrongly accused. Away from the buzz of London, at a remote manor, digging into family secrets, Alkmene confronts questions about her own childhood and the value of family ties so the reader gets to know Alkmene even better.

As to Jake, the readers will find out more about his past and his motivation in crime solving as the series progresses.

OMN: Suppose Lady Alkmene were to interview you. What would be her opening question? And what would be your answer?

VC: Her opening question would be why I find it necessary to have her risk her life in every book by direct confrontation with the killer. And my answer would be that often there is no other way to prove guilt as the killer has hidden his or her traces so well. Besides, Alkmene would not be Alkmene if she didn't enjoy a little danger, a little risk.

OMN: How would you tweet a summary of Diamonds of Death?

VC: Lady Alkmene Book 2, DIAMONDS OF DEATH: Lord Winters dead, his famous diamonds missing, can Lady Alkmene untangle a web of deceit?

OMN: What advice might you offer to aspiring authors?

VC: For aspiring authors it can be hard hearing so much advice about how to write, and you can actually get quite confused and blocked when you sit down to write, because you are constantly thinking about the right way to do it. I'd like to say two things, from my own experience. 1) Write what you love. I've loved mystery all my life and when I sat down to write Alkmene, she just came to life on the page. I had so much fun creating her world, the suspects, clues, red herrings. Don't try to write to a trend but write a genre you love and know well. 2) Grab the reader right from the start. The opening scene has to bring your world to life at once and pull the reader in. You don't have a lot of time to set it all up, so avoid backstory and focus on giving a taste of the atmosphere and creating an interesting setup. In A Proposal to Die For, I opened with Alkmene overhearing a marriage proposal that also carries a hint of malice. The reader wonders what is behind it all and starts guessing right alongside Alkmene. Backstory etc. can be woven in later. Just grab the reader and don't let go!

OMN: Tell us more about your covers.

VC: I did say to my editor I loved the 1920s' Art Deco posters, but I could never have imagined my covers would look so gorgeous. They reflect the era so well, and the different settings of the books. One reviewer said she'd love to stroke, or frame, the cover and I feel exactly the same way.

OMN: What's next for you?

VC: November will see the publication of Book 3 in the Lady Alkmene series, Deadly Treasures, where Lady Alkmene is invited to visit a childhood friend's excavation site only to find there is more being dug up there than just dry bones and pottery shards. I love books set at archaeological digs so I had a blast developing the fictional castle with the treasure that is at the heart of the mystery. Cornwall formed an atmospheric, mysterious backdrop and one of the suspects was by far my favorite minor character to write to date. Deadly Treasures can already be pre-ordered to arrive first thing on November 21.

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The Lady Alkmene Mysteries by Vivian Conroy

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Having read her first Agatha Christie at thirteen, Vivian Conroy soon devoured all the Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Over time Lord Peter Wimsey and Brother Cadfael joined her favorite sleuths. Even more fun than reading was thinking up her own fog-filled alleys and priceless artifacts so she created the Lady Alkmene Callender 1920s' Mysteries, published by an imprint of HarperCollins. When not writing or plotting, Vivian enjoys hiking, growing her own windowsill herbs and experimenting with felt and clay.

For more information about the author, please follow her on Twitter.

Hell Divers, The Hell Divers Trilogy by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, is a Kindle Daily Deal

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of today's Daily Deals found on Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 7:30 AM ET …

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The Hell Divers Trilogy (1st in series)

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Kindle Daily Deal Price: $1.99

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Amazon Kindle format

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search for a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago.

The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers: men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past — something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET …

Rum and Revenge by Andrew Culver

Rum and Revenge by Andrew Culver

An Aristotle McCreadie Mystery

Publisher: Andrew Culver

Price: FREE!

Rum and Revenge by Andrew Culver, Amazon Kindle format

Forever Road by Catie Rhodes

Forever Road by Catie Rhodes

A Peri Jean Mace Ghost Thriller

Publisher: Long Roads and Dark Ends Press

Price: FREE!

Forever Road by Catie Rhodes, Amazon Kindle format

Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross

Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross

A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller

Publisher: Books on the Green

Price: FREE!

Exit Strategy by Colleen Cross, Amazon Kindle format

Sent To His Account by Eilis Dillon

Sent To His Account by Eilis Dillon

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Endeavour Press

Price: FREE!

Sent To His Account by Eilis Dillon, Amazon Kindle format

Rogue by Rex Nada

Rogue by Rex Nada

The Hard Fall Series

Publisher: Rex Nada

Price: FREE!

Rogue by Rex Nada, Amazon Kindle format

Coming Home To Murder by Norah Deay

Coming Home To Murder by Norah Deay

A Liz Margon Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Norah Deay

Price: FREE!

Coming Home To Murder by Norah Deay, Amazon Kindle format

Java Sea by Stanton Swafford

Java Sea by Stanton Swafford

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: King Harbor Press

Price: FREE!

Java Sea by Stanton Swafford, Amazon Kindle format

Pumpkintown Perils by Aubrey Law

Pumpkintown Perils by Aubrey Law

A Cozy Mystery Collection

Publisher: Aubrey Law

Price: FREE!

Pumpkintown Perils by Aubrey Law, Amazon Kindle format

Heart Stopper and Other Stories by Tamara Narayan

Heart Stopper and Other Stories by Tamara Narayan

A Short Story Collection

Publisher: Twitching Whiskers Press

Price: FREE!

Heart Stopper and Other Stories by Tamara Narayan, Amazon Kindle format

The Sons of Destiny by Summer Lee

The Sons of Destiny by Summer Lee

The Reluctant Hero Trilogy

Publisher: Summer Lee

Price: FREE!

The Sons of Destiny by Summer Lee, Amazon Kindle format

Land of the Hoosier Dawn by Nick Younker

Land of the Hoosier Dawn by Nick Younker

Events From The Hoosier Dawn

Publisher: Fogstow Jamison Press

Price: FREE!

Land of the Hoosier Dawn by Nick Younker, Amazon Kindle format

For a summary of all of today's titles, plus any that may have been added since this post was created, visit our Free MystereBooks page. This page is updated daily, typically by 8 AM ET.

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of the date and time shown. Price(s) are subject to change at any time. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of the purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before purchasing it.

 

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