Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mystery Picks of the Day - October 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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Size 12 Is Not Fat

Heather Wells Mysteries

Author: Meg Cabot

Price: $ 1.99

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Heather Wells Rocks!

Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two -- and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen -- not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives -- even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong . . .

Author Genre: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Website: Meg Cabot
Twitter: @megcabot
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Author Description:
I write! Books for you, your sister, your best friend, your mother . . . . even for men with good taste!

Most of my time is spent over at my website,, so be sure to stop by!

A Stranger in Wynnedower

Author: Grace Greene

Price: FREE

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Love and suspense with a dash of Southern Gothic... From the author of Beach Rental and Kincaid's Hope

Rachel Sevier, a thirty-two year old inventory specialist, travels to Wynnedower Mansion in Virginia to find her brother who has stopped returning her calls. Instead, she finds Jack Wynne, the mansion’s bad-tempered owner. He isn’t happy to meet her. When her brother took off without notice, he left Jack in a lurch.

Jack has his own plans. He’s tired of being responsible for everyone and everything. He wants to shake those obligations, including the old mansion. The last thing he needs is another complication, but he allows Rachel to stay while she waits for her brother to return.

At Wynnedower, Rachel becomes curious about the house and its owner. If rumors are true, the means to save Wynnedower Mansion from demolition are hidden within its walls, but the other inhabitants of Wynnedower have agendas, too. Not only may Wynnedower’s treasure be stolen, but also the life of its arrogant master.

In letting go of what she has struggled to control and hold onto, will Rachel gain more than she could have dreamed? Or will she lose everything and everyone she cares about?

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

Website: Grace Greene - Love. Suspense. Inspiration.
Author's Blog: Grace Greene
Twitter: @Grace_Greene
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Author Description:
Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration ~ always with a strong heroine at its heart. She's also an artist and photographer. When she's writing, all of these interests show up on the page.

Her award-winning debut release, BEACH RENTAL, and her second novel, KINCAID'S HOPE are published with Turquoise Morning Press. Her Indie adventure began in 2012 with A Stranger in Wynnedower. BEACH WINDS, a sequel to BEACH RENTAL, is scheduled for a November 2013 release.

Grave Situation

Author: Alex MacLean

Price: $ 2.99

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Halifax cop Allan Stanton is a troubled homicide detective who has lost everything, including his family and his sense of justice. When he finally decides to leave the force and start over, he's assigned a string of murders that all bear the signs of a serial killer collecting trophies. As Stanton unravels each grisly crime scene, the mounting evidence points uncomfortably close to him, forcing him to confront a past he'd rather forget--and a dangerous future when the killer targets Stanton himself.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Horror

Twitter: @AlexMacLean3
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Author Description:
Alex MacLean is a writer, martial artist and an avid reader, with a special interest in books dealing with cultural history. He makes his home in Nova Scotia where he has spent many years working in the security industry.

Grave Situation is his first novel. His second, One Kill Away, is due out in 2013.

Artificial Evil

Book 1 of The Techxorcist

Author: Colin F. Barnes

Price: $ 3.99

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Humans are no longer the biggest threat to survival.

In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity survives within a single domed city run by a shadowy benefactor known only as The Family. Each week the death lottery claims more lives and Gerry Cardle, head of the lottery, inexplicably finds himself the next on the list.

Something's wrong with the system. A deadly artificial intelligence has breached security. Gerry has just 7 days to live. Forced off the grid, he must do the unthinkable...willingly leave the city and everything he knows. What will he find in the abandoned lands? How will he survive? What if everything he's ever been told is a lie?

Author Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Thriller

Website: Colin F. Barnes
Author's Blog: Colin F. Barnes
Twitter: @ColinFBarnes
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Author Description:
Colin F. Barnes is a publisher and full-time writer of suspense and techno thrillers and a member of both the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association. He honed his craft with the London School of Journalism and the Open University (BA, English).

Colin has run a number of tech-based businesses, worked in rat-infested workshops, and scoured the back streets of London looking for characters and stories--which he found in abundance. He has a number of publishing credits with stories alongside authors such as: Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, and Graham Masterton.

Fire and Ice

Liam Campbell #1

Author: Dana Stabenow

Price: FREE

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Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell, demoted and reassigned to the remote bush town of Newenham, literally steps off the plane into a murder scene. Dealing with death is never simple, but when the woman leaning over the body proves to be Liam's old flame, it’s evident that his new job is about to become much more complicated. Of course, small town tensions tend to simmer just beneath the surface, and murder, once done, has a tendency to happen again.

“What were you intending to do with Mr. Engebretsen, Bill?”

They both regarded the bound man for a moment. The bar watched and waited in silence. “Well,” Bill said finally, “I was thinking about supergluing his shooting hand to one cheek of his ass and his other hand around a beer bottle.”

Liam stared. She appeared to be absolutely serious. He opened his mouth, and she said, “He drinks too much, does Teddy. I’m not totally unfeeling—the bottle of beer will be a full one, but after it’s gone, that’s it.”

“I like it,” the Old Fart said, and grinned evilly when Teddy’s eyes bulged over the edge of the gag.

“Or we could just shoot him,” she said, and raised the .30-06 to work the action. She gave a satisfied nod. “Plenty of ammunition. Course at this distance I really only need one.”

This is the first novel in the Liam Campbell series.

Author Genre: Crime, Suspense, Science Fiction

Website: Dana Stabenow
Author's Blog: Feast For One
Twitter: @danastabenow
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Author Description:
Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing.

Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace (but has since been resurrected as an e-book), her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, was published February 14, 2012.
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