Friday, October 11, 2013

Mystery Picks of the Day - October 11, 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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Twisted Vengeance

A Supernatural Thriller

Author: Jeff Bennington

Price: $ 0.99

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"From the clean streets of Circle City to the darkest corners of the human heart... A brutal, emotional thriller that earns its stripes." ~ Kirkus Reviews

•#1 Amazon Bestselling Supernatural Thriller
•Top 100 Barnes & Noble Bestseller
"Conflict! Suspense! Tension! Super Creepy!" ~ Wendy Oconnell

While investigating a rash of unsolved murders, Rick Burns stumbles across a mysterious boy (if you want to call him that) who knows the killer. The ghostly kid reveals a dark underworld Rick never thought possible--a supernatural world where murder is extremely twisted.

The boy comes and goes, invading Rick's already complicated life, eventually leading him on a heart-pounding chase to the killer's lair. Rick doesn't know who to trust and eventually begins to question his own sanity. What Rick discovers is a maniac bent on vengeance that is unbelievably TWISTED. Twisted Vengeance is intense, frightening, and suspenseful. If you enjoy ghosts, poltergeists, mystery and the supernatural, this book is for YOU!.

I dare you to guess who the killer is...

Is the killer the unscrupulous wife? The Priest hiding in the shadows? A Poltergeist? The boy? An abusive father? Or is Rick something he never imagined he'd become, his own worst nightmare?

On top of the already complicated case, Rick insists on keeping a promise he made to his dead brother. The promise? Prevent Stella from marrying another cop. The problem? Rick's in love with Stella and she's waiting for him to make his move. Unfortunately, Rick's mysterious past is haunting him, preventing him from dishonoring his hero. But could it be that his brother's death is related to the murders and that freakish boy? Are the answers hiding somewhere in Rick's childhood? He may never know until he releases his demons, and discovers who he truly is. And he'll never accomplish that or find the killer until he learns to trust Stella and the creepy kid that's tormenting his life.

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

Author's Blog: The Writing Bomb
Twitter: @TweetTheBook
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Author Description:
If you're reading this, I can't express how thankful I am that you've chosen to investigate my world of books. I'm the author of Reunion, an Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Twisted Vengeance, and Creepy: A collection of scary stories. I live in Central Indiana with my wife, four children and two stray cats. I obsess over details, dream strange dreams and teach a creative writing course for a homeschool co-op.

I grew up in Saginaw Michigan, moved to Aurora, Ohio in 78' and finally settled in Central Indiana where I met my wife and graduated from Indiana University. I'm an occasional runner, life long drummer, and household handyman. Over the years, I've done everything from working on an assembly line, installing HVAC units, teaching Sunday school, to running my own business. But through it all, I've always loved to write.

In 2006, something finally clicked when I heard the calling to begin writing novels - and write I did.

Like many writers, I have a book or two that the world may never read, so don't ask about those. It is my hope, however, that the ones you do read will be good, inspiring you to think about life in a way that perhaps you hadn't before reading my work. Killing the Giants was my first novel, a political thriller, self-published in 2009. I went on to write Reunion, The Rumblin', Murdoch's Eyes, Twisted Vengeance and Creepy. I blog weekly about the world of writing and indie publishing. That doesn't mean I wouldn't sign a book deal, it just means I've never been one to stand still and wait for something to happen. I have lots of stories to tell, and I'm ready to tell them now.

Armed & Outrageous

An Agnes Barton Mystery

Author: Madison Johns

Price: $ 0.99

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Senior sleuth — Grandma Mazur meets Murder She Wrote — cozy mystery.
Agnes Barton is not your typical senior citizen living in Tadium, MI, on the shores of Lake Huron. She drives a red hot Mustang, shops at Victoria's Secret, rankles local police officials, and has a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong.
What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes makes it her personal mission to find out, and she's not letting the fact she's seventy-two get in the way. Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she's accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance.

Agnes’ partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes. Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone—male or female—and gossiping! She's incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times.

Life for Agnes and Eleanor is shaken up when Agnes' former boss and secret crush comes to Tadium. Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly.

Adult content.

Author Genre: Sleuth Mystery,Cozy Mystery,Romance

Website: Author Madison Johns
Twitter: @madisonjohns11
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Author Description:
Amazon bestseller ~ Agnes Barton mysteries.

Madison Johns burst onto the writing scene in 2012 and writes quirky books featuring a zany cast of characters, writing in both the mystery and romance genres.

She's best known for her Agnes Barton senior sleuth mystery series featuring Agnes' larger than life sidekick, Eleanor Mason. The series depicts two elderly ladies digging up clues with enough laugh aloud antics to make James Bond blush.

Madison Johns is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Agnes Barton mysteries in order: (1) Armed and Outrageous, (2) Grannies, Guns and Ghosts, (3) Senior Snoops.

A Death Displaced

Lansin Island 1

Author: Andrew Butcher

Price: FREE

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A woman fated to die. A vision that could save her ... (Grab a FREE Halloween read; usually $3.99!)

????? - "Tantalizing beginning to interesting series ... a pleasure to read ... leaves you wanting more!" ~ TABITHA, ETERNALLYLEARNING

???? - "This book had it all, suspense, romance, spirits, witches, and murder ..." ~ PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD

????? - "Have you ever picked up a book wanting to read a few pages before you started your day just to find that day is now night and you finished the book? Be warned, A Death Displaced is one of those stories ..." ~ SUE in CT, REVIEWER ON AMAZON & GOODREADS

A Death Displaced

After Nick has a disturbing daydream of a woman's death, he tries to forget it, returning to his life of broken relationships and a traumatic past that hangs over him. But when events mimic the daydream, he realises it was a vision of the future. To save a life, he must act fast.

Escaping death and defying fate leaves Juliet displaced in this world. All she wants is to return to her day-to-day routine, successfully running her own business, but it seems that her 'displacement' comes with an unexpected ability.

Set on an island with a dark past of its own, Nick and Juliet must use their newfound abilities and work together to unravel a mystery more connected to Nick than he could ever have imagined.

Readers "can't wait" for the next in the series. And now they don't have to ... A Body Displaced is out!

????? - "The writing is simply marvelous ... I can see this as a TV series ..." ~ Doctor Dee, TOP 1000 REVIEWER ON AMAZON

???? - "... such an interesting premise! ... a wonderful blend of fantasy and the paranormal " ~ CHARLENE, BOOKISH WHIMSY

????? - "A solid debut work" ~ Oleg Medvedkov, TOP 500 REVIEWER ON AMAZON

Author Genre:

Website: Andrew Butcher
Author's Blog: Andrew Butcher
Twitter: @Andybutch13
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Author Description:
Hi. I was born in Northampton, England. As a kid, I didn't read much. I recall being attracted to the Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events books, but probably more for the cover illustration than anything else. I started to read them but didn't get past book three.

My passion for reading arose when I was sixteen and I discovered Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles; I ploughed through the series. Later I moved on to other books, some standalone novels, but my preference is for series, such as Charlaine Harris's The Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Although I love to read, I enjoy watching TV series just as much. Some of my favourites are Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, True Blood, Chuck, Dexter, and The 4400. Anything with a compelling story and unpredictable twists!

I began writing while at college as a hobby in my spare time. It turned out that I was unconsciously writing a depressing autobiography, so I scrapped this first piece of work and didn't write for a couple of years.

The reason I came back to writing was that I realised it's the only hobby I enjoy enough to stick at it. Writing a novel is like a project that I feel the need to complete. I write for myself mainly but love the idea of other people enjoying my work.

I came up with the premise for A Death Displaced a few years ago but only acted on it in 2011. Plans for a series are in place and I expect to release Book Two in 2013.

Lost and Found

Walk the Right Road Series, Book 2

Author: Lorhainne Eckhart

Price: $ 0.99

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From the bestselling author in Mystery Series and Police Procedural comes LOST AND FOUND "2013 Readers' Favorite Award Finalist" and sequel to THE CHOICE.

*Warning* This series is filled with sexual tension, rough language and steamy romantic suspense.

"There was not a human emotion I did not go through while reading this book. I will forewarn you, you will need a box of tissues and a punching bag while reading this dynamic tale." - Romance Junkies

Overview•A hit and run on a deserted country road.
•A woman over the edge, a husband with secrets.
•And a 911 caller with a murder no one saw coming.
More Praise for LOST AND FOUND...

Lost and Found is a gritty family drama of love, loss, and danger. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading stories with strong family values prevailing against tough odds.
Dorothy Johnson

Absolutely 5 stars! This book kept me awake far too late so I could find out how this poor woman survives…
Mimi Barbour Author, His Devious Angel

If you love the steamy murder mysteries of Lisa Jackson and couldn't get enough of the irresistible crime thriller Gone Girl, then you'll love LOST AND FOUND, Book 2 in this sizzling new suspense series.

Author Genre: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Young Adult

Website: Lorhainne Eckhart
Twitter: @Leckhart
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Author Description:
2012 was an amazing year in the publishing world for me, and it started with The Forgotten Child, which landed on the Amazon bestseller list for western romance and romance series. 2013 has seen me posted in the top 100 authors on Amazon for romantic suspense, mystery/thrillers, and police procedural.

Where did it all begin? In 2008, I published my first novel, The Captain’s Lady, a contemporary military romance, through The Wild Rose Press. I've since received the rights back from my publisher and I rewrote the book and republished it with a brand new title, SAVED.

I write edgy romantic suspense (Walk the Right Road Series), western romance (Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series), and young adult mystery, and I warn my readers to expect the unexpected. I’m a mother of three children and we live on a small Island in the Pacific Northwest. I encourage you to contact me by email; I do answer every email I receive.

Stay tuned. There is more to come from the Walk the Right Road Series and Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series, as well as a brand new western romance series coming later this fall, THE ONE.

And to my readers and all of you who have shared my stories with your family and friends, a big heartfelt thank you.


A Ron Ketchum Mystery

Author: Joseph Flynn

Price: FREE

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Ron Ketchum saw his share of the dark side of life as a cop in Los Angeles. Then he left L.A. to become the chief of police in the Sierra Nevada resort town of Goldstrike. One sunny morning in the mountains, though, he comes upon a crime unlike anything he’s ever seen before.

He finds the body of an African American man nailed to a tree.

The victim is a highly respected minister, and his father is the nationally known televangelist Jimmy Thunder. Ron, on the other hand, has described himself in court as a recovering bigot.

Goldstrike’s mayor for life and movie icon, Clay Steadman, wants Ron to catch the killer fast. Adding to the pressure, the victim’s grandmother comes to town. She tells the media mob that has descended on Goldstrike that God will curse the town until the killer is caught.

That’s when a rogue mountain lion begins attacking people. At first, the attacks happen on the wilderness outskirts of Goldstrike. Then the predator moves into town, leaping a fence into a family’s backyard. Finally, it turns the tables on one of the hunters sent out to bring it down.

Looking for a killer, hunting a lion and defending his own integrity — makes being a cop in L.A. seem like the good old days.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Humor

Author's Blog: Committing Fiction
Twitter: @jflynnbooks
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Author Description:
Joseph Flynn has been published both traditionally -- Signet Books, Bantam Books and Variance Publishing -- and through his own imprint, Stray Dog Press, Inc. Both major media reviews and reader reviews have praised his work. Booklist said, "Flynn is an excellent storyteller." The Chicago Tribune said, "Flynn [is] a master of high-octane plotting." The most repeated reader comment is: Write faster, we want more.
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