A Shot in the Dark by Mackenzie Morgan

The sheriff’s niece, a woman of seemingly impeccable character, is found murdered late Friday night outside her place of employment, apparently the victim of a bungled robbery attempt. Within the hour, the police arrest and charge a local college student. The district attorney’s office is satisfied, the sheriff and his family are grateful, and the case is closed.

When Tracy Forrester wakes up Saturday morning, all she wants to do is finish out the semester and go on vacation with her boyfriend. For the first time in a year, her time will be her own: no phone calls, no students, and best of all, no paperwork. But first she has to make it through the next three weeks.

With that thought in mind, she settles down to grade the term papers that have come in over the past week, but before she can get the first paper graded, the phone rings. The student who was arrested was one of hers, and with that one quick phone call, Tracy is dragged into the middle of his nightmare.

Before the weekend is out, Tracy is drafted to help investigate the crime for the defense. As the defense team takes a closer look at the victim, they uncover a number of motives and multiple suspects. As the investigation deepens, the town closes rank, and soon Tracy’s on the verge of losing everything she’s worked for in Langston.
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Murder Beyond Words by Julie Christensen

During a heat wave in New York City, a literary agent is murdered in her Brooklyn apartment. Across the hall in 3B, aspiring writer Ruby Neptune finds herself sucked into the murder investigation of a neighbor she barely knew and didn’t really like. The agent seems to have known her killer, as there was no forced entry. Ruby slowly discovers that many of her neighbor’s friends had strong reasons to want her dead. Determined to find the killer, Ruby puts her own life on hold, which upsets her closest friends, one of whom suspect that her new boyfriend is capable of the murder. As the list of suspects narrows, it hits uncomfortably close to home and Ruby finds herself lying to friends and even putting aside her writing career to solve the case. But will Ruby be able to identify the killer before she becomes the next victim?
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Thirty Years to Life by Cora Buhlert

Thirty years ago Jimmy Donnelly was sent to prison. Now he’s free again and eager to finally avenge himself on Detective Charles Maryham, the man who put him behind bars. And then there’s Maryham’s beautiful wife Carla, the subject of many of Jimmy’s wet dreams back in prison.
But thirty years is a long time. And sometimes, it’s too late for vengeance. Continue reading

Regulated for Murder: A Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller by Suzanne Adair

For ten years, an execution hid murder. Then Michael Stoddard came to town.

Bearing a dispatch from his commander in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, redcoat Lieutenant Michael Stoddard arrives in Hillsborough in February 1781 in civilian garb. He expects to hand a letter to a courier working for Lord Cornwallis, then ride back to Wilmington the next day. Instead, Michael is greeted by the courier’s freshly murdered corpse, a chilling trail of clues leading back to an execution ten years earlier, and a sheriff with a fondness for framing innocents—and plans to deliver Michael up to his nemesis, a psychopathic British officer. Continue reading

Flights of Madness by Cora Buhlert

Five flights, five stories, five descents into madness

A suicidal banker takes one last flight to end his life in a place where no one knows him. But the lady in the seat next to him might just make his suicide plans obsolete…

Carrie Ragnarok, spy extraordinaire, just wanted to relax on the plane taking her from one assignment to the next. But when a passenger flips out, her special skills are needed once more…

Drunken and rude passengers aboard a plane are a nightmare. But it’s even worse when you happen to be the unlucky person seated right next to a rude drunkard. And once the rude drunkard starts to harass you, it’s easy to lose your temper…

Flight attendant used to be her dream job. But for Tania, that dream has long turned into a nightmare of stressful working hours and rude passengers. Then, one day during a flight taking holidaymakers to Mallorca, Tania decides that she has had enough…

Moorwick South has a reputation as a haunted airport, surrounded by treacherous swamps, a place where strange things happen. But its approach lights have always held a special meaning for Sam. Until the night they lure him to his doom…

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The Great Fraud by Cora Buhlert

Charles William Finchley made his fortune selling novelty products of questionable value via ads in the backpages of pulp magazines.

Finchley is well on his way to becoming a millionaire, until his unscrupulous business practices put him in the crosshairs of the Silencer, a pulp hero come to life to fight crime in the streets of Depression era New York.

And the Silencer is not at all pleased that Finchley uses the crimefighter’s good name to peddle worthless junk… Continue reading

Petectives by Robert Smith

It’s almost Halloween and freewheeling feline private eye Gatsby and his cerebral mentor Yoshi have decided to help a pretty young cat find her missing brother. What starts as a routine missing pet investigation soon pits them against both a gang of vicious criminal pit bulls as well as the neighborhood dog police, who are looking into rumors of dogfights. While Gatsby’s up to his whiskers in danger and romance, Yoshi’s putting together the pieces of a puzzle that could rock their community. Can the boys find a missing cat and shut down a dogfighting operation while staying two steps ahead of the local dog police? It’s all in a night’s work for the Petectives! Continue reading

Tainted Legacy by Amanda Brenner

Sid Langdon, a newly-licensed private investigator who wonders how he is going to pay his rent, gets his first case—complete with a corpse and a million dollars in missing jewels. And he is tapped to find the answers by the very man who may be responsible for both! So who done it? Sid wades through a sordid quagmire of blackmail, adultery, and betrayal to find the answers. It’s Sid’s first case—it might well be his last! Continue reading

Payback Times by Cora Buhlert

Payback Time
You don’t want to owe a favour to the mafia, especially not when the boss himself comes to collect. But what could a simple hairdresser like Joe Martin possibly have to offer to the mob?

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A travelling salesman vanishes, leaving behind a wife, two children, countless lonely housewives and his hat floating in a stream. But what really happened to Jack Bryce? Continue reading

Into The Dark by Stacy Green

IT’S THE MOMENTS FROM OUR PAST THAT BIND US.

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.

HOW WILL IT END?

Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.
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