Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mystery Picks of the Day - September 4, 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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Killer's Draw

The Circuit Rider

Author: Dani Amore

Price: $ 3.99

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This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains five episodes out of an estimated six total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every week.

In the follow-up to The Circuit Rider, award-winning writer Dani Amore brings us back into the dusty, dangerous world of enigmatic itinerant preacher Mike Tower and his trusty right-hand woman, the hard-drinking, gun-slinging Bird Hitchcock.

Tower is sent to the Wyoming boomtown of Big River, where a young preacher has been viciously murdered, his crucified body left in a small valley known as Killer’s Draw. When Tower and Bird arrive in town, it quickly becomes obvious that no one wants to talk about the preacher—not about his life or his death. Tower is disturbed by the townspeople’s silence, and Bird’s no help—she disappeared into the nearest saloon as soon as they got off the train. Tower promptly finds himself in need of Bird’s quick reflexes as locals begin dying at an unnatural rate, and the circuit rider and his companion become the prime targets in the mysterious killer’s sights.

A fast-paced tale of two mismatched vigilantes with a taste for justice, Killer’s Draw is a booze-soaked, blood-splattered Wild West adventure.

Episode List
An additional episode will be delivered every week until the book is complete. New episodes will be added to the same book on your Kindle, keeping your place and retaining your notes and highlights. You'll be notified via email when a new episode has been delivered.

Episode 1: July 30, 2013. 40 pages. Tower and Hitchcock are sent to Big River, Wyoming to investigate the violent murder of a young preacher. While Bird quickly finds her way to the nearest saloon, Tower discovers this will be anything but a straightforward investigation.

Episode 2: August 6, 2013. 41 pages. While Tower discovers new evidence that may shed light on why Bertram Egans was murdered, Bird shoots it out with a hired gunfighter and finds evidence of another heinous crime at Killer's Draw.

Episode 3: August 13, 2013. 40 pages. A mysterious woman with ties to the murdered preacher arrives in Big River as Bird picks up the trail of the town's reporter, but she is targeted by men who hope to end her investigation once and for all.

Episode 4: August 20, 2013. 40 pages. While Mike Tower confronts Big River cattle baron Joseph Parker, Bird hunts down a man who tried to sabotage their investigation, and what she discovers leads the case in a new and even more dangerous direction.

Episode 5: August 27, 2013. 40 pages. While Tower is brutally tortured for information he doesn’t have, Bird employs a daring ruse in hopes that it will lead to his rescue.

Episode 6: September 3, 2013. 38 pages. In the final, explosive episode, Bird and Tower confront the evil that has been running through Big River for far too long, and find themselves in a race to save the life of an innocent girl who holds the key to the bloody mystery behind Killer's Draw.


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Author Description:
Dani is a award-winning mystery novelist living in Los Angeles. Her latest book is THE CIRCUIT RIDER, an Amazon Kindle Serial, which is high on the Amazon list.Dani first novel, DEATH BY SARCASM, cracked the Top 100 Mysteries on

She says, 'I take a great deal of pride in writing the kind of books I like to read: incredibly fast-paced, a lot of humor, and real people in real relationships usually trying to do the right thing. My readers are the best people in the world, I love to hear from them and I answer all emails.'

Plain Jane

Harbinger Murder Mystery Series

Author: Carolyn McCray

Price: $ 0.99

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Did you know that James Rollins Recommends...

Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware, a Top 10 bestseller in both Hard-Boiled Mysteries and Police Procedurals.

Let's see why…

"Wickedly macabre and blisteringly paced, PLAIN JANE marks the debut of a thriller for the new millennium. Brash, funny, terrifying, and shocking, here is a story best enjoyed with all the lights on. Don't say I didn't warn you!"
James Rollins

"This book is so creepy. I made the mistake of starting in one night before bed. Not only did the story line keep me turning pages, it freaked me out to the point that I didn't want to turn off my light."
The Book Goddess

"This one had me flipping pages until 2 in the morning. I knew when I saw the quote from James Rollins (one of my favorites) that I would get at least my money's worth out of the book, but I had NO idea what laid in store for me."
Mimi - Novel Ideas

Overview: Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware
A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal…

A city paralyzed by a serial killer stalking the night, taking a most gruesome trophy.

The only standing in the murderer's way is an FBI profiler…recently released from a mental institution.

Plain Jane combines the swift action of Patterson with the macabre of Harris.

Just remember to keep the lights on when reading this one!

More Praise for Plain Jane…
"When I read on the author's blog that Plain Jane was a "Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal" I knew right away that I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed and in my honest opinion this book is incredible!"
A. Harris

"Right out of the gate this book creeped me out. Being a brunette myself, the title alone was enough to scare me! This was a seriously good book. Words like unhinged, grotesque, shocking, intriguing, and macabre were spinning through my head as I read the stunning and suspenseful pages."
Brighter Scribe

Anyone who enjoys mystery/thrillers such as James Patterson, Lee Child, and Patricia Cornwell, Plain Jane will definitely satisfy your need for suspense!

Author Genre:

Website: Carolyn McCray
Author's Blog: Writing Without The Drama
Twitter: @craftycmc
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Author Description:
Carolyn has had a long and extremely interesting road to become a bestseller.

When she head to veterinary school those many years ago she had no idea decades later she would be writing controversial historical thrillers, gut wrenching mysteries and roller coaster-style action/adventure tales!

Born in San Francisco and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Carolyn always had an overactive imagination. As a child you could usually find her dragging the neighborhood children out to the haunted barn to make her Nancy Drew-style audio tapes. Oh and did she mention, there was an entire life-sized recreation of the nativity scene in the rafters? Yeah, that wasn't just a little creepy.

Which of course was great practice for writing such blockbusters as Plain Jane: A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal and 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller.

Carolyn is honored to have a seven book contract with Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer along with being one of the eight books during the inaugural launch of Amazon's new Serial program (9th Circle).

With over 250,000 books sold, Carolyn now lives on a beautiful lake in the Pacific Northwest where the fog rolls in over the water, snuffing out all signs of life around her. Yep, she still loves the creepy!

The Murder at Astaire Castle

A Mac Faraday Mystery

Author: Lauren Carr

Price: $ 0.99

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Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something. Carr1 Spencer's police chief, David O'Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer's mountaintop--even though he owns the property. It doesn't take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out! Carr1 Topping the list of the ten top haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago--and Mac Faraday owns it! Carr1 In spite of David's warning, Mac can't resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn't seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels. Carr1 What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet--including a wolf man. No, we're not talking about Gnarly.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Website: Lauren Carr Mystery Writer
Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie
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Author Description:
Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It's Murder, My Son, Old Loves Die Hard, Shades of Murder, and Blast from the Past have all been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. The Murders at Astaire Castle is the fifth Mac Faraday Mystery. The Lady Who Cried Murder, the sixth installment in the series will be released October 2013.

Dead on Ice introduces a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, in which Joshua Thornton will join forces with homicide detective Cameron Gates. Lauren is currently working on the next Lovers in Crime Mystery, Real Murder (coming January 2014).

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, fifteen books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

Hostile Witness

The Witness Series,#1

Author: Rebecca Forster

Price: FREE

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When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.

"This story was inspired by a case my husband handled. As a superior court judge he had to sentence a minor to life in prison. It made me wonder how I felt about minors arrested for violent crimes. Are they most vulnerable among us - capable or horrible violence, perceived as adults and yet emotionally still children?"
Rebecca Forster

"An enthralling read, with colorful, well-developed characters and the unique atmosphere of the California beach communities."
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

"Blending complex psychological character portraits with spot-on accurage courtroom drmaa, Forster's riveting legal thriller keeps the plot twists coming until the last, satisfying page."
- Alafair Burke

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction, Romance

Website: Rebecca Forster Writes!
Author's Blog: Rebecca Forster Writes! - The Blog
Twitter: @Rebecca_Forster
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Author Description:
I marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym and did business in China before there were western toilettes at the Great Wall. Then I wrote a book on a crazy dare and found my passion.

Now, I am a USA Today best selling author with more than 20 books to my name - and if you ask me where all those words came from I'd be hard pressed to tell you. All I know is that I wake up with a story in my head and go to bed the same way.

My specialty is legal thrillers and The Witness Series, featuring my beach-rat, volleyball playing attorney Josie Bates and her teenage ward, Hannah, have really captured readers' imaginations. But I also like to stretch the thriller genre a bit. Before Her Eyes, for instance, has a fantasy element intertwined with a murder mystery. Wilde's Gamble is a romantic suspense.

I teach at UCLA Writers Program and work with The Young Writers Conference, a program that helps motivate middle school children to explore the power of words. I am particularly drawn to kids who want to write because both my sons have always had a passion for it. Eric is a playwright and Alex is in film.

When I'm not writing I'm traveling, on a tennis court, working a sewing machine or reading. Thank you so much for taking a look at my author page. You can find out more about me - and leave me a note - at

Deadly Stillwater

McRyan Mystery Series

Author: Roger Stelljes

Price: FREE

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Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers a mystery that is the second book in the McRyan Mystery Series (FIRST CASE - prequel novella, THE ST. PAUL CONSPIRACY - #1 McRyan Series). Stelljes' vivid characters, his gift for GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE (slang/jargon/behind the scenes dialog), as well as his uncanny sense of place and time, will put you in the middle of the action allowing you to feel the desperation of Mac McRyan and his fellow detectives.

Vince Flynn has described Roger Stelljes as "A powerful new thriller voice." Fans of John Sandford, David Baldacci and James Patterson will enjoy this fast-moving story of murder, greed, and treason, the cast of colorful characters, and its setting in and around historic St. Paul, Minnesota.


"Deadly Stillwater" was named the Midwest Book Awards Winner - Genre Fiction for the Midwest Independent Publishers (MIPA) Book Awards. "On the edge of your seat reading... holds you captive until till you reach the very end."
NYBrat on Amazon - FIVE STARS

"Chock full of suspense, a great quick read! Don't start if you cannot finish it!"
KDP on Amazon - FIVE STARS

"Well conceived thriller... I enjoyed the book enough to read it twice."
Cutfade on Amazon - FIVE STARS

"Pleasantly surprised! The characters were interesting and the suspense kept increasing as I progressed into the book. I look forward to more books by this author... well done!"
Rebap on Amazon - FIVE STARS


Deadly Stillwater delivers...
GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE... behind the scenes banter & slang of the detectives.

VIVID YET QUIRKY CHARACTERS... likeable characters faults and all.
A STORY THAT BUILDS…with clues that puts you in the middle of the action.

An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department.The ruggedly handsome Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a complicated brazen daytime kidnapping, a media storm surrounding the case, and political scrutiny. It is a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. From the searing streets of St. Paul to the murky waters of the St. Croix River, DEADLY STILLWATER is a book you won't be able to put down until its last gripping minute.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Short Stories

Website: Roger Stelljes
Twitter: @rogerstelljes
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Author Description:
Ruthless killers...grizzly deaths...escalating stakes... A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER.

*** Get the first 3 books - FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY - Beach Reads box set sale $3.99 USD ***

I'm about 25 chapters in on the next book in the McRyan Mystery Series. You can keep up to date or ask book questions by following me on Twitter @RogerStelljes or visit my website at

My author picture is in front of the historic Stillwater, MN lift bridge. This is one of the major locations in the book DEADLY STILLWATER (my gift as a free download). This bridge raises on a set schedule to allow larger boats to travel up and down the St. Croix River. Stillwater is considered the birthplace of Minnesota and it is also a frequent tourist destination with its river bluffs, amazing scenery, paddle wheel boats, and historic buildings which made it an ideal location for the book. It was at least 90 degrees the day of the photo shoot with hundreds of people milling around wondering -- why a guy would have a suit on in such hot weather…
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