Mystery/Suspense books

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The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean

The Middlemark Mysteries

A Middlemark Mystery

Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford—who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she’s willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.

It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.

Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case—or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work… and one of them is willing to kill to do it.

When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise….

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Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.

While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.

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Suite de Tequila Mockingbird

Série Sinners, tome 4

Ce n’est pas facile d’être un Morgan. Surtout quand les cadavres commencent à s’accumuler et qu’il n’y a rien que vous puissiez faire pour l’empêcher.

Quinn Morgan n’a jamais vraiment correspondu au moule familial. Il rêvait d’une vie avec des livres au lieu de badges et de connaissances au lieu de loi… et d’une vie avec Rafe Andrade, le bad boy, ami de ses frères aînés et l’homme qui a brisé son très jeune cœur.

Rafe Andrade est revenu chez lui pour lécher ses blessures suite à son éjection du groupe qu’il avait aidé à créer. Toxicomane en voie de guérison, Rafe passe son temps à se complaire dans la culpabilité, jusqu’à ce qu’il se retrouve face à sa dépendance initiale : Quinn Morgan… la raison pour laquelle il a fui la ville en premier lieu.

Quand Rafe entend dire que les Sinners sont à la recherche d’un bassiste, c’est une chance de se racheter, cependant qu’un meurtrier fou se rapproche de Quinn et Rafe est prêt à tout sacrifier – y compris lui-même – pour garder son idéaliste Morgan sain et sauf.

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Fire and Granite

Carlisle Deputies

A Carlisle Deputies Novel

The heat is growing from the inside, but danger is building on the outside.

Judge Andrew Phillips runs a tight ship in his courtroom. He’s tough, and when he hands down a sentence, he expects to be obeyed. So when a fugitive named Harper escapes and threatens his life, Andrew isn’t keen on twenty-four/seven protection… especially not from Deputy Clay Brown. They have a past, one that could cause problems in their careers.

But with Clay assigned to Andrew and the two of them together every minute, there’s nowhere to hide from their attraction—or from the fact that there’s much more than chemistry blooming between them. As the threat intensifies, Clay knows he’ll do anything it takes to protect the people who are taking their places in his heart: Andrew and his young niece and nephew.

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Detective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.

Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.

If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.

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The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.

But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.

What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.

Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?

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A ghost of a chance at love.

Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?

Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.

The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., November 2011.

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Sans toi

Tout vient à point...

Suite de À toute épreuve

Jory Harcourt a enfin la vie dont il rêvait. Être marié à l’US Marshal Sam Kage l’a changé. Ils ont fait la paix avec leur passé tumultueux et Sam a transformé Jory : autrefois prêt à fuir à la moindre difficulté, il est désormais capable de rester pour affronter les tempêtes. Sam et lui ont deux enfants, une maison en banlieue et un minivan génial. L’époque où Jory était l’épicentre du désastre est révolue. La vie de famille est agréable.

Ce qui signifie que c’est exactement le bon moment pour un grand remaniement domestique. Mais l’ex de Sam réapparaît à l’endroit le plus inattendu. Un tueur escalade leur balcon lors d’une réunion de famille. Et peut-être que ces deux événements ont quelque chose à voir avec le témoin qui a disparu un an plus tôt. Leur joie conjugale vient d’en prendre un coup, mais Jory ne laissera personne lui retirer sa famille. Avant de savoir ce que c’est d’avoir un foyer, il aurait pris ses jambes à son cou. Mais plus maintenant. Il sait que Sam et lui doivent affronter les choses ensemble, parce que c’est la seule façon dont ils pourront s’en sortir.

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Quand le paléontologue Nick Eisenberg apprend qu’on pense avoir déterré les os d’un vélociraptor dans l’Alberta, au Canada, sa curiosité surpasse son envie de rester vivre à Londres. Après tout, en tant qu’éminent spécialistedes prédateurs préhistoriques, il a toujours voulu découvrir les cousins nord-américains du Velociraptor. Un seul problème se pose : Hunter Joseph, un défenseur de l’environnement. Pendant que Nick supervise la fouille, Hunter rassemble les gens de la région pour s’opposer à la destruction du paysage provoquée par son équipe, dans sa recherche des précieux os de dinosaures.

Impossible pour Nick, l’intello étroit d’esprit, et Hunter, le rabat-joie moralisateur, de s’entendre. Néanmoins, ils devront trouver un moyen de travailler sur le même site sans se sauter à la gorge, d’autant plus que quelqu’un semble bien déterminé à causer à Nick plus de soucis qu’il n’aurait jamais pu imaginer.

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Per cinque minuti in più

Enhanced World (Italiano) | Libro 1

Serie Enhanced World, Libro 1

Fin dal momento della sua trasformazione in un umano potenziato, Talon Valdez sapeva che avrebbe dovuto dire addio alla sua vita e ai suoi sogni. Trattati con diffidenza, insultati, spesso rinchiusi, i potenziati sono visti come mostri, disprezzati dalla società e considerati inadatti a prestare servizio nell’esercito o nelle forze dell’ordine.

Anni più tardi, ha la possibilità di creare una task force di potenziati all’interno dell’FBI, ma a una condizione: ogni potenziato deve fare coppia con un essere umano normale.

Finn Mayer sogna di entrare nell’FBI da quando aveva quattordici anni e ha fatto qualsiasi sacrificio perché ciò avvenisse: ha sopportato di vivere con una madre egoista, con un fratello omofobo e bullo e di non avere un compagno. Soffre però di dislessia non diagnosticata e basta questo a frustrare le sue aspirazioni sul nascere. La sua ultima occasione è fare coppia con Talon, un potenziato con abilità letali, che però non vuole affidare i suoi segreti ai normali e che pertanto vuole vederlo fallire.

Quattro sono le settimane a disposizione di Finn per provare alla squadra quanto vale. Quattro le settimane perché la squadra dimostri al resto del mondo che può funzionare. E quando un altro gruppo minaccia il loro successo – mettendo a rischio le loro vite – sarà per quattro settimane che dovranno sopravvivere.

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Sin and Tonic

Sinners Series | Book Six

Sequel to Absinthe of Malice

Sinners Series: Book Six

Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own.

His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.

It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her.

The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.

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Englishman Christian Hewler travels to 1920s Egypt as the man Friday to an eccentric American millionaire, hoping to make history and establish his name in archaeology. What he doesn’t count on is meeting brash hired gun Eric Lawless, an American cowboy working for a rival team, or the paranormal mystery that draws them in and has them facing down crazy archaeologists, dark entities, and even ancient gods.

From dark tombs to the burning-hot desert of the Egyptian landscape, Christian has to prove his mettle. During this dangerous game of cat and mouse, the reluctant partnership between Christian and Eric blossoms into more—maybe even a love that can last beyond the deception and terror hidden deep in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

 

Second Edition

First Edition published by Torquere Press, October 2006.

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Plummet to Soar

Plummet to Soar

A Plummet to Soar Story

Feckless, luckless, and charming, Mackenzie Detweiller is the author of a self-help book one reviewer calls “the most misbegotten motivational tool since Mein Kampf.” He’s maneuvered himself into a career as a life coach, but more often than not, his advice is bad. Really bad.

It’s even getting people hurt… and Mackenzie sued.

It falls to Mackenzie’s long-suffering acquisitions editor, JD Chambers, to deliver the bad news. He chooses to do so face-to-face—to see if the spark he senses between them is real when they’re together in the flesh. Unfortunately, a snowstorm, a case of nerves, a case of mistaken identity, and finally a murder get in the way of a potential enemies-to-lovers romance.

There are many, many people who have good reason to want Mackenzie dead. JD must find out which one is acting on it before it’s too late for both of them.

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Als seine Mutter krank wurde, hat Doug Heavy Runner das Leben als offen schwuler Polizist in Miami hinter sich gelassen und ist in seine Heimat im Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservat zurückgekehrt. Seit ihrem Tod vor zwei Jahren fristet er ein leeres Dasein als Hilfssheriff in einer Kleinstadt und hält sich mit One-Night-Stands in der nächsten größeren Stadt bei geistiger Gesundheit. Dann begegnet er Detective Christopher Hayes und sie verbringen eine so leidenschaftliche Nacht miteinander, dass Doug seine eigenen Regeln bricht und es zulässt, dass aus dem One-Night-Stand ein ganzes Wochenende wird. 

Als Christopher von San Diego nach Montana reist, um den Selbstmord seines ihm aus sehr guten Gründen entfremdeten älteren Bruders zu regeln, erwartet er nicht, den Mann, mit dem er gerade erst das Wochenende verbracht hat, als Sachbearbeiter des Falles seines Bruders wiederzufinden. Natürlich hat er nichts dagegen, mehr Zeit mit Doug zu verbringen – aber dann zerstört ein Brandstifter das Haus, das Christopher von seinem Bruder geerbt hat und Christopher und Doug finden sich als Hauptverdächtige wieder.

Als sie anfangen zu ermitteln, stellen sie fest, dass Christophers toter Bruder sie auf die Spur eines irren Pädophilen geführt hat, der vor nichts zurückschreckt, um sein jüngstes Opfer zum Schweigen zu bringen. Aber die Suche nach dem Opfer geht entsetzlich schief … 

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Cloister Witte est un homme au sombre passé. Il possède une adorable chienne, et il est toujours heureux quand il peut en parler. Par contre, après avoir grandi dans l’ombre d’un frère disparu, d’un bon à rien de père et d’un beau-père criminel, il préfère laisser le passé dans le Montana. Il est à présent officier de la brigade canine dans le département du shérif du comté de San Diego, où il paye un tribut à ses fantômes en faisant ce que personne n’a pu faire pour son frère : retrouver des personnes disparues pour les ramener chez elles. 

Il excelle à résoudre les énigmes complexes. Sa chienne est encore meilleure que lui. 

Cette fois, la personne disparue est un garçon de dix ans qui est entré dans les bois au milieu de la nuit et n’en est jamais revenu. Malgré l’aide hostile et distrayante du magnifique agent du FBI Javi Merlo, il devient vite évident que Drew Hartley n’a pas fait une fugue. Il a été enlevé et les preuves indiquent qu’il n’est pas la première victime du kidnappeur. Alors que les recherches s’intensifient, de vieilles rancunes et des tragédies sont ramenées à la surface. Malheureusement, à chaque nouvel indice découvert, les probabilités de retrouver Drew en vie diminuent.

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Schooled

Codename: Winger | Book Two

A Harmony Ink Press Title

Codename: Winger: Book Two

Theo Reese is a high school student who’s also a secret agent. Usually those lives are kept separate, but now he must be both at once.

Theo lends his expertise to his school’s computer science club as they gear up for a competition, but his talents are also required by the covert agency he works for. Someone has stolen an encrypted key that can allow them to control the nation’s energy grids. The possibilities are catastrophic unless Theo and his team can reclaim the file.

Theo locates the file in an unexpected place—the computer science competition. As Winger, his secret identity, he must recover the file and keep his teammates safe from the unscrupulous thieves…. But can he do it without revealing his secrets? He can’t blow his cover, especially with so many of his classmates around. 

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Cloister Witte hat eine dunkle Vergangenheit und einen niedlichen Hund. Über den Hund redet er immer gern, doch seine von einem verschwundenen Bruder, einem nichtsnutzigen Vater und einem kriminellen Stiefvater überschattete Kindheit lässt er lieber in Montana. Heute gehört er zur Hundestaffel des San Diego Sheriff’s Department und entrichtet seinen Tribut an die Geister seiner Vergangenheit, indem er tut, was niemand für seinen Bruder tun konnte: Er findet die Vermissten und bringt sie heim.

Er besitzt ein Talent dafür, schwierige Fälle zu lösen. Der Hund erst recht.

Diesmal handelt es sich bei der vermissten Person um einen zehnjährigen Jungen, der mitten in der Nacht in den Wald ging und nicht zurückkehrte. Mit der feindselig angehauchten Hilfe des ablenkend gut aussehenden FBI-Agenten Javi Merlo findet er schnell heraus, dass Drew Hartley nicht einfach fortlief. Er wurde entführt und die Spuren deuten darauf hin, dass er nicht das erste Opfer ist. Als die Suche voranschreitet, werden alte Bitterkeit und Tragödien der Vergangenheit ans Licht gezerrt. Gleichzeitig scheint es mit jedem neuen Hinweis weniger wahrscheinlich, dass Drew lebend gefunden werden kann. 

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Steve Randall und Bob Curry arbeiten als Detectives bei der Culver City Police. Sie kennen sich schon seit ihrer Ausbildung in der Polizeiakademie. Als Team sind sie perfekt – Steve mit seinem Enthusiasmus und seiner Impulsivität, Bob mit seinem kühlen, analytischen Verstand. Während Steve noch damit kämpft, seine plötzliche Zuneigung zu Bob zu verstehen, werden sie als Undercover-Agenten eingesetzt, um die Verbreitung einer neuen, tödlichen Droge zu unterbinden.

Ihr Informant, ein Modefotograf, wird ermordet, bevor er ihnen die Namen der Hintermänner verraten kann. Steve und Bob folgen der Spur zu einem neuen Club – Steps to Heaven. Dort nehmen sie an einer Party teil, um mehr über die Hintermänner zu erfahren und den Fall zu lösen. Als ihr Cover auffliegt, werden aus Jägern plötzlich Gejagte.

Steve findet, jetzt wäre der denkbar schlechteste Zeitpunkt, diese Welt vorzeitig zu verlassen.Er hat nämlich gerade erst erkannt, dass aus seiner Zuneigung zu seinem Partner echte Liebe geworden ist.

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