Monday, October 14, 2013

Mystery Picks of the Day - October 14, 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 Vine

Lei Crime Series 5

Author: Toby Neal

Price: $ 0.99

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The island of Oahu is skyscrapers and rainforests, beaches and boutiques—but Special Agent Lei Texeira is drawn into a shadow world connected by death and the Internet.

Mysterious suicides draw Lei and her team, including tech specialist Sophie Ang, to hunt a criminal who plays with the thin gray line between right and wrong. Lei stirs up a hornet’s nest on the investigation as her past reaches out in a twisted vine of old loves, new technologies and dark vendettas.

“Toby Neal scores a royal flush in this fifth of an unmissable crime series for mystery fans!”
J.C. Martin, author of Oracle

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense

Website: Toby Neal
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Author Description:
Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age 5 and has been published in magazines and won several writing contests. After initially majoring in Journalism, she eventually settled on mental health as a career and loves her work, saying, "I'm endlessly fascinated with people's stories."

She enjoys many outdoor sports including bodyboarding, scuba diving, beach walking, gardening and hiking. She lives in Hawaii with her family and dogs.

Toby credits her counseling background in adding depth to her characters-from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous and vulnerable heroine in the Lei Crime Series.

Ghost in the Machine

Scott Cullen Mysteries

Author: Ed James

Price: FREE

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Detective Constable Scott Cullen of Lothian and Borders has only been three months in CID as a full DC. He is assigned a Missing Persons case which has stretched his uniform colleagues. Caroline Adamson - a young, recently divorced mother from Edinburgh - has disappeared whilst on a date.

The more Cullen digs into her disappearance, the more he unravels her private life. Who was she on a date with? What happened during her divorce from Rob Thomson? As Cullen's own private life gets messier and the relationship with his DI deteriorates, Caroline's body turns up and he finds himself hunting for a ghost in the machine.

Book one of the Scott Cullen series.

Author Genre: Crime, Ebooks, Thriller

Website: ed james crime fiction author
Twitter: @EdJamesAuthor
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Author Description:
Ed James writes crime fiction novels, predominantly the Scott Cullen series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians. The first in the series, GHOST IN THE MACHINE is FREE has been downloaded over 33,000 times. Books two and three are available now and book four will be released in late June.

Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, with his girlfriend, six rescue moggies, two retired greyhounds, a flock of ex-battery chickens and rescued ducks across two breeds and two genders (though the boys don't lay eggs). He works in IT, but doesn't wear sandals or have a beard.

His blog - - is a log of his work, his thoughts on his writing, and a place for his word count OCD to express itself. His music tastes will creep in now and again.


Author: Joe Conlan

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Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.

Author Genre: Mystery

Website: Joe Conlan
Twitter: @conlan_joe
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Author Description:
Joe Conlan was born and raised on Long Island, New York, but has lived the great majority of his life in the state of Florida. He obtained his JD degree from the University of Florida in 1983. He practiced law as a trial attorney for 15 years, three of those as a prosecutor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nameless, his debut novel, reached the #1 spot on the Amazon UK Thriller Bestsellers list shortly after its release. In his free time, Joe loves to read, travel and spend time with his family which includes two gorgeous female Rhodesian Ridgebacks.


Author: Eric Drouant

Price: $ 1.99

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New Orleans, 1973 - The CIA uncovers two young kids with uncanny psychic ability. A renegade agent wants them for his own. When Ronnie Gilmore and Cassie Reynold fight back, things get deadly fast.

The ability to Remote View makes Cassie and Ronnie high value assets in the Cold War contest playing out in the early 1970's. The discovery of their power sets off a battle that ultimately means full scale war between factions within the government.

Backs against the wall the two young psychics must face overwhelming odds to maintain their freedom and control of their own lives. When push comes to shove, Cassie Reynold proves to be the deadliest 13-year old girl you'll ever meet.

Author Genre: Mystery

Website: Eric Drouant
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Twitter: @Saintshotspot
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Author Description:
I began writing in a roundabout way. I was 44 years old and had just sold a business. Being unemployed I spent a lot of time piddling around with this or that. One night I sat down and wrote up a quick little piece on my involvement with Little League Baseball with my kids. On a whim I sent it off to the local paper and forgot about it.

About a week later the editor called me up and asked if I was applying for the part-time sports reporters job. I wasn't, but he asked me to give it a try. Man, that was a fun job. Paid next to nothing but I had a great time with it. The sports editor was also brand new and we became friends. I not only did games but feature pieces and eventually turned out a weekly column that a lot of fun to write. I was pretty much given a free hand and each week became a challenge to write the goofiest things I could think up.

From there the sports editor and I began writing for websites as a team, providing news and preseason reports on sports teams, concert reviews, and other such stuff. That work has continued on a limited basis over the last few years as I've deployed overseas to do work for a defense company.

The short stories I write I see as a training ground as I prepare myself for a longer work sometime in the future. What form it will take I have no clue and very little concern. I think things just come to you.

When I begin a short story I usually just have a picture in my mind of a scene and the question becomes "How did this scene come to be?" or "Where does this go from here?" Then it's off to the races.While I eventually would like to do a full length book, and I will, right now I'm having fun with the short stories. But stay tuned because this scene could very well lead to something unexpected.

Blast from the Past

A Mac Faraday Mystery

Author: Lauren Carr

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In this fourth mystery on Deep Creek Lake; Mac Faraday finds himself up to his eyeballs in mobsters and federal agents.

After an attempted hit ends badly with two of his men dead, mobster Tommy Cruze arrives in Spencer, Maryland, to personally supervise the execution of the witness responsible for putting him behind bars—Archie Monday!

Mac Faraday believes he has his work cut out for him in protecting his lady love from one of the most dangerous leaders in organized crime; but when bodies start dropping in his lakeshore resort town, things may be hotter than even he can handle.

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.
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