Mystery/Suspense books

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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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Kann die Liebe zwischen zwei Männern dafür verantwortlich sein, dass beim Kentucky Derby ein Rennpferd zu Tode gekommen ist? Der Reporter Will Yeats will der alten Geschichte auf den Grund gehen. 

Vor siebzehn Jahren wurde die Welt des Pferderennens von einem Skandal erschüttert – dem tragischen Unfall eines Pferdes auf der Rennbahn und der Affäre zwischen einem Jockey und einem Pferdetrainer. Doch Nic Pithiviers und Louis Meerow haben kein Interesse daran, ihre Seite der Geschichte zu erzählen. Sie verweigern ein Interview und beauftragen ihren Anwalt Francis LeBon damit, Wills Motive infrage zu stellen und seiner Neugier einen Riegel vorzuschieben.

Francis hat Nic und Louis ins Herz geschlossen, denn sie haben ihm einst geholfen, als schwuler Mann stolz auf sich zu sein. Deshalb ist er fest entschlossen, seine Freunde vor dem Klatschreporter in Schutz zu nehmen. Er hat allerdings nicht mit der ehrlichen Entschlossenheit des Reporters gerechnet, die beiden zu unrecht beschuldigten Männer in der Öffentlichkeit zu rehabilitieren. Und auch nicht damit, sich mehr und mehr zu Will hingezogen zu fühlen.

Will besucht Nic und Louis in Frankreich, wo die beiden ein Ausbildungszentrum für Rennpferde betreiben. Dort deckt er ein Netz von Intrigen, Geheimnissen und alten Lügen auf. Er löst damit unbeabsichtigt eine Kette von gefährlichen Vorfällen aus, die nicht nur seine aufkeimende Liebe zu Francis bedrohen, sondern auch Nics und Louis’ jahrzehntealte Beziehung gefährden. 

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Letting love pass them by would be a crime.

Former forensic accountant Cameron has lost nearly everyone he’s ever loved, and now his vintage clothing shop has been broken into and trashed. When town police chief Will Carson asks an out-of-town cop friend of his for help, Cam takes one look at the dark-haired, blue-eyed detective and knows he’s in real trouble—and it has nothing to do with vandalism or murder.

Pete Minchelli is on leave from his job in Philadelphia due to a gunshot wound, but he figures he can help an academy buddy with some light police work. Plus, he’ll have a chance to experience small-town life. He’s tired of the big city and all its corruption. But he quickly discovers that not all the bad stuff happens in cities. What he doesn’t expect to find is death, treachery—or love.

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Staggered Cove Station

Dreamspun Desires | #54
Coast Guard Rescue

A Coast Guard Rescue Novel

Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance.

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner—no-nonsense Alaska-born Karl Radin—and Dan has his hands full.

As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

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Twisted and Tied

Marshals | Book Four

Marshals: Book Four

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he's going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.

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Cowboy in the Crosshairs

Turquoise, New Mexico
Dreamspun Desires | #53

A Turquoise, New Mexico, Story

Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.

Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.

When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.

The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.

But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?

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Panni sporchi

Un'indagine di Cole McGinnis

Seguito di Sporchi segreti

Un'indagine di Cole McGinnis

Per Cole McGinnis, ex poliziotto diventato investigatore privato, ogni giorno presenta una nuova sfida che spesso comporta, purtroppo, sofferenza e morte. Claudia, la segretaria che gli fa da madre, si sta ancora riprendendo da un colpo d’arma da fuoco, mentre il suo ragazzo Kim Jae-Min, non ancora dichiarato, di punto in bianco si trova a dover ospitare la sorella adolescente. Nel frattempo, Cole affronta i suoi problemi di famiglia, in particolare quel misterioso fratellastro giapponese che il suo fratello maggiore, Mike, è deciso ad accogliere a braccia aperte.

Come se i suoi drammi personali non bastassero, Cole viene avvicinato da Madame Sun, un’indovina i cui clienti stanno morendo a una velocità allarmante. Lei è convinta che qualcuno li stia uccidendo e vuole che siano svolte delle indagini al riguardo, ma la polizia pensa che si stia immaginando tutto. Cole accetta il caso nella speranza di tranquillizzarla, ma si trova davanti a un nodo gordiano di menzogne e tradimenti in cui nessuno è chi dovrebbe essere, e la morte sembra l’unica carta presente nel mazzo dell’indovina.

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John Turner has been living a lie most of his life. Growing up in the rural Georgia town of Magnolia Ridge, he’s only ever let one person truly know him: his best friend, Chloe. To the rest of the world, they’re the perfect couple, but just between them, she’s helping John hide in plain sight.

Matt Kinsley, a cop from San Francisco, moves to town looking for a slower pace and to reconnect with his Southern roots. Starting over in Magnolia Ridge means taking a step into the closet, but Matt finds that with John for company, he doesn’t mind so much.

As the two start to explore a possible relationship, a horrific murder rips the town apart but brings John and Matt together in ways neither could’ve imagined. Matt must decide where his loyalties lie while John resists the urge to run again. Together, they have to discover who the real devil is before another life is destroyed.

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Song and Key

The Men from GLEN
Dreamspun Beyond | #11

A Men from GLEN Mission

So-called monsters won’t hold these spies back!

For two secret agents on a mission to a secluded Romanian village, the toughest fight they face may not be against the folktale monsters lurking in the foggy mountains and old ruins, but against their unlikely attraction to each other.

Keller Key is the top operative at the covert Global Law Enforcement Network—and boy does he know it. Sexy half-Ukrainian, half-Korean Sevastyan Song is a close second. When the agents go undercover to investigate an old friend’s suspicious death, it soon becomes clear something sinister is afoot in the ancient forest and decrepit abbey. If an evil organization doesn’t spell the end of them, the angry locals might. But if they’re going to conquer their enemies, they need to keep their hands off each other and their minds on the case, in a rivals-to-lovers paranormal mash-up that gives new meaning to spy-on-spy action.

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Verschleierte Loyalitäten

Die Spürnasen | Buch 2

Fortsetzung zu Der Einbruch in der Royal Street

Buch 2 in der Serie - Die Spürnasen

Halloween ist Beau Bissonets Lieblingsfeiertag, dazu gehört das Aushöhlen von Kürbissen ebenso wie die Dekorationen in seinem Vorgarten und er liebt es, sich in ein Kostüm zu werfen und die Nachbarskinder zu erschrecken. Aber in diesem Jahr nimmt sein Halloween eine andere Wendung; eine, die seine Fähigkeiten als Detektiv und seine Hingabe zu seinem Partner bei der Arbeit und in der Liebe herausfordern wird.

Seit Beau und Tollison vor einem Jahr den Einbruch in der Royal Street gelöst, Liebe gefunden und Bissonet & Cruz gegründet haben, läuft es privat und beruflich gut. Bis Tollisons Ex-Freund, Bastien Andros, aus heiterem Himmel auftaucht. Natürlich ist Beau misstrauisch, aber zwei Tage nach Bastiens Ankunft verschwindet dieser spurlos und Tollison sorgt sich, dass seine Vergangenheit ihn einholen könnte.

Ein mysteriöses Paket zeigt deutlich, wer Bastien entführt hat und was auf dem Spiel steht. Sowohl Bastiens als auch Beaus Leben sind in Gefahr und Tollison hat nur eine Möglichkeit: Er muss nach Zürich in die Schweiz reisen, um das Lösegeld zu beschaffen und abzuliefern, beide Männer außer Gefahr zu bringen und gleichzeitig sich selbst treu zu bleiben.

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Getting His Man

Dreamspun Desires | #48
Getting His Man

Getting His Man

A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.

Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.

August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.

Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.

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Ein Schlamassel kommt selten allein

Verliebte Partner | Buch 2

Buch 2 in der Serie – Verliebte Partner

Die Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones und Ian Doyle sind nun beruflich und privat Partner: Miros Gelassenheit und Professionalität bilden den idealen Ausgleich zu Ians Leidenschaft und hitzigem Temperament. In einem Beruf, in dem ein falscher Schritt den Unterschied zwischen Leben und Tod bedeuten kann, ist Vertrauen alles. Aber jede Beziehung hat anfänglich ihre Schwierigkeiten und manchmal weiß Miro nicht, wo er bei seinem temperamentvollen Partner steht. Sind die Gefühlsbande, die sie erst seit so kurzer Zeit miteinander verbinden, bereits wieder im Begriff, sich aufzulösen? 

Diese neuen Bande sind ständigen Herausforderungen ausgesetzt: Überfälle der Familie, wohlmeinende Freunde, ihre eigenen Unsicherheiten, ihr gefährlicher Beruf – und dann kommt es zur Feuerprobe, als ein alter Fall Miros wieder auftaucht und sie heimsucht. Vielleicht reicht das aus, um Ian seine Entscheidung, sich zu binden, hinterfragen zu lassen und Miro kann nur hoffen, dass die Gefühlsbande, die sie geknüpft haben, stark genug sind, sie beide zu halten.

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Fire and Flint

Carlisle Deputies
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A Carlisle Deputies Novel

Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge after he received threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.

When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself….

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Choix et conséquences

THIRDS (Français) | Tome 6

Suite d'À contre-courant

THIRDS, tome 6

Calvin Summers et Ethan Hobbs sont les meilleurs amis depuis l’enfance, mais quelque part en cours de route, leur amitié s’est transformée en quelque chose de plus. Suite à l’explosion du Centre de Jeunesse Therian, Calvin réalise combien la vie peut être courte et cesse de garder secret les sentiments qu’il ressent pour son ami. Malheureusement, le changement est difficile pour Ethan ; la plupart du temps, il parvient à gérer son mutisme sélectif et son anxiété sociale. Mais la confession de Calvin ajoute une nouvelle difficulté à affronter pour Ethan, une qui, il le craint, pourrait lui coûter l’amitié qui constitue son monde depuis aussi longtemps qu’il se souvienne.

En tant que partenaires et Agents Défense au THIRDS, faire partie de Destructive Delta est ardu dans le meilleur des cas, mais entre les interventions sur le terrain et les situations potentiellement fatales, Calvin et Ethan avancent en affrontant non seulement les défis de leur travail, mais en œuvrant également à un avenir où ils seraient plus que de simples amis.

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Tried & True

THIRDS | Book Ten

Sequel to Darkest Hour Before Dawn

THIRDS Book Ten

When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water….

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À toute épreuve

Tout vient à point...

Suite de Question de temps, tomes 1 et 2

Jory Harcourt n’a pas besoin de chercher des ennuis. Où qu’il aille, ceux-ci semblent le trouver, en particulier quand son partenaire, Sam Kage, travaille sous couverture pour une équipe d’intervention fédérale.

Après avoir été forcé à mettre la clef sous la porte par la récession, Jory est embauché comme entremetteur et organisateur d’événements. Ce n’est plus qu’une question de temps avant que sa grande bouche et son attitude trop franche le jettent entre les pattes d’un riche héritier et d’un magnat de la drogue, qui veulent tous les deux le conquérir. Puis, comme si cette situation n’était pas déjà assez délicate, Jory retrouve la trace de son amant sous couverture, aux ordres du trafiquant.

Entre les hommes qui ont envie de lui et ce qui veulent simplement sa mort, Chicago devient un peu trop dangereux pour Jory, et sur le conseil de son frère, de son petit ami et du FBI, il se rend à Hawaï… où un grave accident menace le restant de ses jours. Est-ce que Sam et Jory garderont la foi et prouveront que leur relation est vraiment à toute épreuve ?

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When his three-year-old daughter is kidnapped, Eric Wilson doesn’t have many options, and time is running out. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to his ex, influential businessman Brock Vencenza, whose money and contacts might be able to save Josie.

Brock never got over Eric’s loss, and he’s more than willing to help when Eric needs him most. Together with law enforcement and private security, they embark on a twisting investigation to find the little girl—and who wants to hurt her and destroy both men in the process. Under the circumstances, confessing he still has feelings for Eric would be inappropriate, but Brock can’t deny what’s in his heart. He doesn’t know if their love can be rekindled or if he can even protect Eric and Josie. But one thing is certain: Brock’s determined to be the hero in reality that he is in Eric’s eyes.

 

Second Edition

First edition published by Top Shelf, an imprint of Torquere Press, September 2009.

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Broken Sun

City to City

A City to City Novel

James Morgan: outlaw in a ruthless biker club, the Bastard Legion. Willing to do whatever he must to claw his way to the top of the club’s hierarchy.

Two things stand in the way of his ambitions: his heroin-addicted brother and his bisexuality. In Morgan’s world, his attraction to men is a death sentence, and he has no desire to pursue it… until he tangles with Luc Sinclair.

Luc Sinclair: fellow Bastard Legion biker. Tattoo artist. Rebel who wants out of a club he’s grown to despise.

Luc has a sister he’s protecting from a Legion ex-boyfriend. Saving her makes him a target. Morgan intervenes, and all bets are off. The sex is as fierce and passionate as it is dangerous. But when Morgan’s junkie brother learns of the relationship, he sees a way to advance in the Legion and take out a brother he hates. Their three worlds collide—one is left for dead, another fighting for life, and the bond between them broken.

In a dark and violent world where it’s every man for himself, finding their way back to each other and the only truth they’ve ever found will be a long, hard fight.

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