Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mystery Picks of the Day - August 18, 2013

Today the HBS Mystery Reader’s Circle features our Mystery Novels Picks of the Day. These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Mystery Authors for the Kindle at Amazon.

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Scorpion Betrayal


Price: $ 1.99

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"Kaplan has written one of the smartest, swiftest and most compelling spy novels I've read in years."

—Harlan Coben, author of Live Wire

"Wow! Scorpion Betrayal…delivers more heart-thumping twists and turns, beliefs and betrayals, than The Day of the Jackal and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold rolled into one."

—Katherine Neville, author of The Eight

A breakneck-paced international espionage thriller in the Robert Ludlum and Daniel Silva vein, Andrew Kaplan's phenomenal Scorpion Betrayal is a relentlessly exciting page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Featuring one of the most intriguing protagonists in spy fiction—an ex-CIA agent code-named Scorpion—on a breathtaking chase across the capitals of Europe in pursuit of a frighteningly elusive terrorist known as "the Palestinian," this is a novel that Alex Berenson, Ted Bell, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Barry Eisler fans are going to love.

And don't miss Andrew's new novel, Homeland: Carrie's Run, available September 3rd, the official prequel novel to the hit Showtime series, Homeland, featuring CIA Intelligence Officer Carrie Mathison on a mission in the Middle East prior to Season 1. This riveting, original thriller reveals the compelling untold backstories of the series' main characters and takes fans deeper into the life and mind of the brilliant female spy. Find out how it all began in Homeland: Carrie's Run.

Author Genre: Writing, Mysteries and thriller novels, travel

Website: Andrew Kaplan
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Author Description:
ANDREW KAPLAN is best-known as the author of the bestselling Scorpion spy thriller series. A former journalist and war correspondent, he covered events around the world and served in both the U.S. Army and the Israeli Army. The CIA has tried on several occasions to recruit him. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and in addition to the worldwide hit Scorpion series, he is also the author of the novels: "Hour of the Assassins," "Dragonfire," and "War of the Raven". His film career includes being one of the writers of the James Bond classic, "Goldeneye". "Scorpion Deception", the next book in the Scorpion series, is scheduled for publication by HarperCollins in May 2013. In addition, he is the author of the highly-anticipated, "Homeland: Carrie's Run," an original prequel novel based on the award-winning hit television series, "Homeland," due out September 3, 2013.

Garda – Welcome to The Realm

Author: Stacy Eaton

Price: 3.29

Book Trailer: Garda – Welcome to The Realm

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“He is my destiny." There is a place that lies between heaven and Earth, it is called The Realm. Within this place, the Guards of Peace, known as Garda Síochána, learn to guide and protect the ones that live below until they are called home. Officer Corey Hamilton is dedicated to being the best that she can be, in uniform and out. Her loving nature, compassionate thoughts, and warrior strength make her the perfect candidate to join the Garda Síochána and spend her eternity protecting and guiding others. Just before Corey dies in a line-of-duty accident, she meets Officer Mitchell O’Reilly. Her feelings for him may change her destiny, but not for the better, as she falls in love with this married man. Brock, Corey’s personal Garda, will bring her home to The Realm and attempt to train her for her future, even while she still fights for her past. Will Brock be able to direct Corey down the right path, or will she cross the line and fall from grace? Join Corey, Mitchell, and Brock for an emotional and heart-pounding adventure that is sure to make you wonder if angels are really guiding us in our everyday lives.

Author Genre: Crime, Thriller and Mystery

Website: Stacy Eaton
Author's Blog: Stacy Eaton, Author
Twitter: @StacySEaton
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Author Description:
Stacy is a full-time Police Officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else. She also owns a business that deals with helping people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two and her husband is also in law enforcement. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. She also has two Shiloh Shepherd dogs and loves to play catch with them.

Stacy uses her experience at work to make the stories more believable. Weaving bits of crime solving knowledge into her stories of fiction to make them more lifelike. She writes using a unique style that keeps you in the minds of all the important characters.

Switching back and forth from mind to mind to keep the readers aware of what each character is feeling and why they do the things they do.

Her first book, My Blood Runs Blue was the start of her writing career. It brings the world of law enforcement into the paranormal world of vampires. It is a suspenseful adult series that will keep you guessing from chapter to chapter.

It's Just a Little Crush: A Lizzie Hart Mystery


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The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century. Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists. After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.

Author Genre: Mystery, Romance, Chick Lit

Website: Caroline Fardig
Twitter: @carolinefardig
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Author Description:
CAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom. Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline has completed her first novel, IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, and is currently hard at work churning out a second novel in the series. She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Murder Has Consequences

Author: Giacomo Giammatteo

Price: $ 0.99

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A Thriller about Murder, Mystery, and Family.

It's easy to give your life for someone you love. It's much harder to kill for them.
~Nicky Fusco

For a select few people, friendship lasts forever. Nicky Fusco and Frankie Donovan were friends like that, but that was years ago. Now Frankie's a detective in Brooklyn's Homicide department, and Nicky is a reformed hit man. But when Frankie gets in trouble--and the law can't help him--he turns to Nicky.

The problem is that Nicky promised his family, and God, that he'd go straight.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Non Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Website: Giacomo Giammatteo
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Author Description:
I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I've had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world's best companies--Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies.

During that time I've completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I've learned what companies want to see on a resume--and, perhaps more importantly--what they don't. You'll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio--when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals--11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy--and very large--wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

Just Add Water

Author: Jinx Schwartz

Price: FREE

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Winner: International EPPIE Award for Best Mystery. Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht and and she's not afraid to use it. She's a globe-trotting civil engineer with swath of failed multi-national affairs in her jet stream. Plying the San Francisco waterfront, trolling for triceps, her attention is snagged by a parade of passing yachts--especially their predominantly male skippers--and experiences a champagne-induced epiphany: If she had a boat, she could get a man. In spite of a spectacular ignorance of all things nautical, Hetta buys her dream boat, but shadowy stalker, an inconvenient body, and Hetta's own self-destructive foibles, give a whole new meaning to the phrase "sink or swim!"

Author Genre: Chicklit, Mystery & Thrillers, Young Adult/tweens

Website: Jinx Schwartz
Author's Blog: Jinx Schwartz's Water Writes
Twitter: @jinxschwartz
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Author Description:
Jinx Schwartz is the author of eight books, including the award-winning Hetta Coffey series. Hetta is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht and not afraid to use it! A ninth-generation Texan, Jinx has lived and worked all over the globe, and much like the protagonist in her Hetta Coffey mystery series, she's a woman with a yacht and not afraid to use it.
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