Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today's Selection of New or Newly Released Indie MystereBooks

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a selection of newly published and recently released mystery, suspense and thriller titles — mostly from independent publishers — for Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Murder or Bust by Constance Barker

Murder or Bust by Constance Barker

A We're Not Dead Yet Club Mystery (3rd in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by Constance Barker

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: 99¢

Murder or Bust by Constance Barker

Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt

Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt

The Worst Detective Ever Mystery Series (3rd in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by River Heights

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $2.99

Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt

Blu Heat by David Burnsworth

Blu Heat by David Burnsworth

A Blu Carraway Mystery Novella

Published: 03/28/17 by Henery Press

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: 99¢

Blu Heat by David Burnsworth

A Body under the Christmas Tree  by Steve Demaree

A Body under the Christmas Tree by Steve Demaree

A Dekker Cozy Mystery (12th in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by Steve Demaree

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $3.99

A Body under the Christmas Tree  by Steve Demaree

The Denali Deception by Ernest Dempsey

The Denali Deception by Ernest Dempsey

A Sean Wyatt Adventure Thriller (12th in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by Enclave Publishing

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $2.99

The Denali Deception by Ernest Dempsey

Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond

Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond

An O'Connor and Kincaid Mystery (1st in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by Avon Books

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $4.99

Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond

After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

A Killer Instinct Novel of Romantic Suspense (1st in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by HQN Books

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

Murder at the Edge of Nowhere by Jackie King

Murder at the Edge of Nowhere by Jackie King

A Novel of Suspense

Published: 03/28/17 by Jackie King

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $3.99

Murder at the Edge of Nowhere by Jackie King

Constable Over the Stile by Nicholas Rhea

Constable Over the Stile by Nicholas Rhea

A Constable Nick Mystery (21st in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by Endeavour Press

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $3.99

Constable Over the Stile by Nicholas Rhea

The Murder in Maine by Andrew Stautz

The Murder in Maine by Andrew Stautz

A Cecily Henderson Mystery (2nd in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by Andrew Stautz

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $4.99

The Murder in Maine by Andrew Stautz

Justified by C. M. Sutter

Justified by C. M. Sutter

A Jade Monroe FBI Thriller (2nd in series)

Published: 03/28/17 by C. M. Sutter

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $4.99

Justified by C. M. Sutter

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of 03/30/17 4:30 PM ET. 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.

Plain Missing by Emma Miller, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during March 2017

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during March 2017 …

Plain Missing by Emma Miller

Plain Missing by Emma Miller, An Amish Mystery (4th in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Plain Missing by Emma Miller, Amazon Kindle format

Inn owner Rachel Mast is no longer a devout member of the Amish community of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, but she still cares deeply for them. So she's staying at her family's farm to help her mother through an illness — and at the same time, trying to track down two missing people …

When the young gather to sing, it's usually an evening of wholesome fun — but this time, the event has stirred whispers of scandal. Elsie Hostetler and her sweetheart, Dathan Bender, never came home afterward. There's not even a trace of their horse and wagon, leading some to suspect that they've run off to marry and join the Englisch world.

But Rachel fears there's more to the story than a rebellious elopement. Her fiancĂ©, a state trooper, is out of town, so she starts investigating herself, using her Amish background to pry information from the tight-lipped community. It turns out things were not so peaceful between Elsie and Dathan — and there was also a confrontation at the singing with a short-tempered ex-Marine. Among the simple houses and quiet country roads of Stone Mill, Rachel must find out just what kind of sins have been committed — and who is need of forgiveness …

Plain Missing by Emma Miller

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for March 2017. For new hardcover titles, visit New Mysteries where for a list of March 2017 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett, New in Bookstores during March 2017

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during March 2017 is …

Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett

Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett, an Ellie Avery, Mom Zone Mystery (10th in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett, Amazon Kindle format

With summer approaching, Ellie Avery's schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids' school — and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?

As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother's Day breakfast — even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren't exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there's only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town.

But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she's a mess. It looks like Gabrielle's seen a ghost — or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes … only to mysteriously reappear later at the school.

Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal's identity. Because if she doesn't, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder …

Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett

For a list of more new hardcover titles to be published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for March 2017. For new paperback titles, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of March 2017 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott, New on the Mystery Bookshelf during March 2017

New on the Mystery Bookshelf during March 2017 …

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott, A Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase Mystery (12th in series)

Publisher: Dell

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott, Amazon Kindle format

For Nina Wilde and her ex-SAS husband Eddie Chase, locating the legendary lost city of Atlantis was just the beginning of an even greater quest: to discover what mysterious treasure drew an ancient Atlantean explorer to the Himalayas. But they're unaware of the risks they face, the secrets gathering around them, and the powerful forces desperate to possess history's greatest prize.

High in the snowbound peaks, Nina and Eddie uncover a cave guarded by Buddhist monks. There, a shadowy enemy awaits them. And after a vicious battle, Nina finds herself with a fragment of a millennia-old puzzle — and questions only one person can answer: her long-lost grandmother. Drawing on her family's painful secrets, Nina gains knowledge that will lead her and Eddie from a remote Icelandic retreat to the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea — and expose the shocking truth about the mythical King Midas and a terrifying plot that could doom all humankind.

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott

To see more new paperback titles scheduled to be published this month, visit The Mystery Bookshelf for March 2017. For new hardcover titles, visit New Mysteries where for a list of March 2017 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers is provided.

Today's Selection of Newly Discounted MystereBooks

Here is a selection of the recently discounted mystery, suspense and thriller titles found on Thursday, March 30, 2017 …

Be Afraid by Mary Burton

Be Afraid by Mary Burton

The Morgans of Nashville Series (2nd in series)

Publisher: Zebra

Price: $1.99

Be Afraid by Mary Burton

This title is included in the Kindle Daily Deal and is available at this price today only.

Don't Look Down by Suzanne Enoch

Don't Look Down by Suzanne Enoch

A Samantha Jellicoe Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: $3.99

Don't Look Down by Suzanne Enoch

The Awakening by Heather Graham

The Awakening by Heather Graham

The Alliance Vampires Series

Publisher: Zebra

Price: $1.99

The Awakening by Heather Graham

Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

The Pine Deep Trilogy (1st in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Price: $2.99

Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

This title is included in the Kindle Daily Deal and is available at this price today only.

Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier

Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier

A Lucy Stone Mystery (11th in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Price: $3.99

Star Spangled Murder by Leslie Meier

A Biscuit, a Casket by Liz Mugavero

A Biscuit, a Casket by Liz Mugavero

A Pawsitively Organic Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Kensington

Price: $3.99

A Biscuit, a Casket by Liz Mugavero

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

A Lillian Frost and Edith Head Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Forge Books

Price: $2.99

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of 03/30/17 8:51 AM. 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.

A Conversation with Suspense Novelist Philip Cioffari

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Philip Cioffari

We are delighted to welcome author Philip Cioffari to Omnimystery News today.

Philip's new novel of suspense is The Bronx Kill (Livingston Press; March 2017 hardcover and trade paperback formats) and we recently had the chance to catch up with him to talk more about the book.

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Omnimystery News: Introduce us to the lead character of The Bronx Kill. What is it about him that appeals to you as the author?

Philip Cioffari
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Philip Cioffari

Philip Cioffari: The lead character in my novel is Danny Baker, a 24-year-old man who returns to his hometown, the Bronx, after a self-imposed exile of five years. The event that drove him away was an attempt by Danny and four of his friends to swim the East River. One of his friends drowns and another one’s body is never found. Those who survived agree never to speak about the incident again.

What appeals to me about Danny is that, five years later, he is still struggling to find himself; he is trying to understand the degree to which he is responsible for what went wrong that night. I appreciate his determination to find the truth in what happened that night, no matter how much that truth will hurt him and his friends. I appreciate the journey Danny takes, as all of us must, to find out who we really are, to take responsibility for our actions and the consequences of those actions. And lastly I admire the way he stands up to the NYPD detective who is now accusing him and his friends of murder in the drowning death of the detective’s younger brother.

OMN: Why did you choose to write this book as a stand-alone?

PC: I prefer the challenge of creating an entirely new world with new people each time I begin a book. I don’t like to feel I’m repeating myself in any way, although of course there is usually some overlapping of themes or motifs. When I create a character I like to feel I’ve done that character justice in the book that he or she appears. I like to think I’ve captured the essence of that character. Hence in fiction, as in real life, I’m ready to move on to meet new people and the challenge of capturing their essence on the page.

OMN: How would you categorize your books?

PC: My books have a strong element of suspense. That is very important to me, to create and sustain an enduring tension throughout the book. The Bronx Kill, I think, has that tension from the opening page. There is also a mystery at the center of it, and there is plenty of thriller-like action. So I might say The Bronx Kill is a suspenseful mystery thriller.

OMN: Summarize The Bronx Kill in a tweet.

PC: An obsessed detective seeks revenge upon three men for his brother’s drowning death.

OMN: When starting a new novel, which comes first: the storyline or the cast of characters?

PC: In this particular book, the characters came to me first. I saw these three men: one, bold and aggressive, an alpha male; one timid and shy; and one in between those extremes. I saw them as representatives of a male dynamic — how men relate to one another, and what draws certain men together as friends. What are the psychological underpinnings of those friendships? That was what I wanted to explore. I tried out several different story lines before I found the love triangle and the drowning incident which become the center that brings all the characters in conflict with one another.

OMN: Tell us a little more about your writing process.

PC: I don’t work from an outline. I may begin with a few notes. As the novel develops, I keep making more notes as the story and the characters become clearer to me. Essentially, I begin with an impulse. Something is driving me to start this particular story. As I write, I discover the full story, the fuller dimensions of it. I don’t want to sound too metaphysical about it, but it’s as if the story was already somewhere inside me, waiting for me to dig it out.

OMN: How much of your own personal or professional experience have you included in the book?

PC: Even though the incidents in the book are fictional, my aim as a writer is to make what happens sound real, as if it did in fact happen. So to that end I draw heavily on what I’ve seen and heard, the people I’ve met. As in a dream, my characters are composites of people I’ve known. And, of course, the setting is something I’ve experienced firsthand. The setting is real.

OMN: How important is the setting to the story?

PC: Setting, and its attendant mood and atmosphere, are extremely important to my work. I think place anchors a story, helps elucidate character, becomes — as many have said before me — a character in its own right. I try to depict it accurately. I write only about places I’ve been to, experienced firsthand. I grew up in the Bronx, so I knew the setting for this novel intimately. I may move the setting around a bit, bring elements of it closer or farther away to suit the story, but the essentials of place are as literal as I can make them. An important rule for me, though, is that capturing the feel of the place is as important as the literal physical details.

OMN: How did you come up with the title for the book?

PC: On the most literal level the title comes from a channel of water that runs between the Harlem River and the East River, what the Dutch named the Bronx kill. Of course, as soon as I came across that name, I knew it would become the title of a book of mine someday. It serves several levels of meaning in the book. Most obviously the drowning death, and whether or not it was a killing in the legal sense as the obsessed detective is trying to prove. The other levels I’ll leave for the reader to discover.

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

PC: As a child I read a lot of mysteries, including the Hardy Boys, the Green Hornet, the Shadow, and I read a lot of westerns. I liked adventure and excitement and the puzzle of the unknown — all qualities that I try to embrace in my own writing.

OMN: What's next for you?

PC: Not sure what’s next for me. But that’s what so exciting about the writing life. Waiting for, looking for, that next impulse which will lead to who knows what or where.

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Philip Cioffari is the author of five books of fiction. His short stories have appeared widely in both commercial and literary magazines, including Playboy, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, etc. He is the writer/director of the Independent feature film, Love in the Age of DIon.

For more information about the author, please visit his website at PhilipCioffari.com.

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The Bronx Kill by Philip Cioffari

The Bronx Kill by Philip Cioffari

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Livingston Press

Amazon.com Print/Kindle Format(s)

On a hot August night, five teenage friends challenge each other to swim the East River from the Bronx to Queens. In the attempt, one boy drowns and the body of the only girl among them is never found. The three survivors take a vow never again to speak about the incident.

When they reunite five years later, they find themselves at the mercy of the drowned boy's brother, an NYPD detective, who holds them responsible for his brother's death and vows to bring them to justice by any means possible. Now, Danny, one of the three survivors, must fight not only to preserve his childhood friendships but to save himself and his friends from the detective's brand of vigilante justice.

The Bronx Kill by Philip Cioffari

Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Thursday, March 30, 2017

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM ET …

The Spider's Banquet by Julius Falconer

The Spider's Banquet by Julius Falconer

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing

Price: FREE!

The Spider's Banquet by Julius Falconer, Amazon Kindle format

Cotton Candy Fluff Murder by Susan Gillard

Cotton Candy Fluff Murder by Susan Gillard

A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Guardian Publishing

Price: FREE!

Cotton Candy Fluff Murder by Susan Gillard, Amazon Kindle format

Elder Shepherd by Dominic Green

Elder Shepherd by Dominic Green

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Spatchcock

Price: FREE!

Elder Shepherd by Dominic Green, Amazon Kindle format

Reversion by Amy Rogers

Reversion by Amy Rogers

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: ScienceThrillers Media

Price: FREE!

Reversion by Amy Rogers, Amazon Kindle format

Nessus by Herb Scribner

Nessus by Herb Scribner

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Herb Scribner

Price: FREE!

Nessus by Herb Scribner, Amazon Kindle format

Bubblegum Blonde by Anna Snow

Bubblegum Blonde by Anna Snow

A Barb Jackson Mystery

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing

Price: FREE!

Bubblegum Blonde by Anna Snow, Amazon Kindle format

Jeopardy in July by Barbara Venkataraman

Jeopardy in July by Barbara Venkataraman

A Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Barbara Venkataraman

Price: FREE!

Jeopardy in July by Barbara Venkataraman, 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.

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