Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mystery Picks of the Day – January 11, 2017

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

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Trouble at the Animal Shelter

A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery

Author: Dianne Harman

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When Maggie Ryan, a retired schoolteacher, is murdered, and over thirty dogs are discovered living in her home, the Cedar Bay Animal Shelter is stretched beyond its meager resources. What to do with the dogs and finding the murderer becomes a challenge.

But who would have wanted the elderly spinster dead, and what was the killer's motive? Was it the local reverend who desperately needed money to pay off his gambling debts? Or the neighbor who was kept awake by Maggie's barking dogs? Was it the disgruntled father of a boy Maggie had wanted to hold back a year in school? Or even the director of the animal shelter?

Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly's Koffee Shop, and her husband Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, along with a bulldog puppy named Max, and Sanyu, an Akita guard dog, as they literally have to sniff out the murderer before they become the next victims.

Author Genre: Romance and Literary Fiction

Website: Dianne Harman Author
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Twitter: @DianneDHarman
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Author Description:
Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She's traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking and playing with her new puppy, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn't resist writing about food and dogs. She is the author of three cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, and her newest, High Desert. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. She is also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.

A number of books in her cozy mystery series have been designated by Amazon as All-Stars because of their sales, and Dianne has been named by Amazon seven times as one of their most popular authors.

She invites you to visit her web site at: and sign up for her newletters. You'll receive a free book and have a weekly chance to win an autographed boxed set of the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series.

Bluewater Ice

Bluewater Thrillers Book 4

Author: Charles Dougherty

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Dani Berger and Liz Chirac's new charter guest is hiding something. Connie Barrera brought more aboard Vengeance than just her luggage, but they don't know that. Connie's on the run.

Connie booked Vengeance under an assumed name to escape the Bahamas. She's not sure who's chasing her, but she knows what they want. She's determined that they won't get it.

Connie couldn't have picked better people to fight her corner than Dani and Liz. The three quickly become friends, but Dani and Liz are puzzled by Connie’s occasional moments of paranoia.

Why is Connie on the run? Who's chasing her as they sail through the Caribbean islands?

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Nonfiction

Website: C.L.R. Dougherty
Twitter: @clrdougherty
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Author Description:
Charles Dougherty wrote quite a bit of fiction before publishing Deception in Savannah, his first novel. Most of his earlier fiction works took the form of business plans, written to secure funding for projects and startup ventures during his corporate and consulting work, but he put all that behind him when he wrote Deception in Savannah, a tongue-in-cheek crime novel.

Since Deception in Savannah was published, he has written a number of other books. The Bluewater Thrillers are set in the yachting world of the Caribbean and chronicle the adventures of two young women running a luxury charter yacht in a rough-and-tumble environment. The Connie Barrera Thrillers are also set in the Caribbean and feature some of the same characters from a slightly more romantic perspective. Besides the Bluewater Thrillers and the Connie Barrera Thrillers, he wrote The Redemption of Becky Jones, a psycho-thriller, and The Lost Tourist Franchise, a short story about one of the characters from Deception in Savannah.

He has also written two non-fiction books. Life's a Ditch is the story of how he and his wife moved aboard their sailboat, Play Actor, and their adventures along the east coast of the U.S. Dungda de Islan' relates their experiences while cruising the Caribbean.

He resides with his wife aboard Play Actor, sailing wherever their fancy and the trade winds take them.

Murder at the Mansion

A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery Book 2

Author: Alison Golden

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Murder. Mayhem. A madcap lady vicar.

Reverend Annabelle Dixon is the charming, slightly gauche, very tall, thirty-something vicar of St. Mary’s Church located in the picturesque village of Upton St. Mary in Cornwall, England.

Recently appointed to her rural church position, Annabelle is beloved by her parishioners for dispensing good advice and godly wisdom with humor and charm while zipping her Mini Cooper around the country lanes and attempting to build a relationship with her church cat, Biscuit, who, quite frankly, couldn’t care less.

Trouble arises when Annabelle faithfully welcomes a new resident to her quaint parish. Her visit to the latest newcomer, Sir John Cartwright, is two-fold: to greet him and to dispel rumors of shady doings at the manor. This time, however, instead of tea and cakes, Annabelle is served a heaping plate of murder and a fine helping of handsome Inspector Mike Nicholls!

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and cake and pastry recipes, this humorous, cozy mystery is an excellent introduction to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series.

Author Genre: Mystery, Psychology, Paleo Diet & Lifestyle

Website: Cozy Mysteries
Author's Blog: Alison Golden - the secret life of a warrior woman
Twitter: @alisonjgolden
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Author Description:
Alison Golden was born and raised in Bedfordshire, England. She writes cozy mysteries and suspense novels, along with the occasional witty blog post, all of which are designed to entertain, amuse, and calm. Her approach is to combine creative ideas with excellent writing and edit, edit, edit.

She is the creator of the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mysteries, a charming, fun series featuring a female vicar ministering in the beautiful county of Cornwall, England. She also produces a Jersey-based detective series featuring Inspector David Graham and the Diana Hunter series, set in Vancouver.

Her books' themes range from the humorous and sweet to harder hitting suspense. They are recommended for readers who like to relax and unwind with their books, who enjoy getting to know the characters, and who prefer the tougher side of life implied.

She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and twin sons. She splits her time traveling between London and San Francisco.


A Love, California Series Novel, Book 1

Author: Jan Moran

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Verena Valent is at the helm of her family’s legendary Swiss skincare company in Beverly Hills. After her parents’ deaths, she becomes the sole provider for her younger twin sisters and her grandmother, rising to the challenge to guide and expand her family's business. She is in the midst of a critical international expansion into Asia when her carefully organized life begins to unravel.

While she struggles to save the business that means everything to her, she meets Lance, an executive chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She encounters this intriguing man again on a business trip to Paris, and soon gains a new perspective on life.

When the unthinkable occurs and Verena’s world collapses, her friends rally around her. Ultimately, Verena learns that truth, family, friendship, and love are the unshakable pillars of life. But will she get a second chance in business, or in love?

Flawless is the first book in the Love, California series. Follow a group of smart, stylish, entrepreneurial friends as they navigate the turbulences of modern life. Set in Beverly Hills with action flung across the globe, this engaging series features gutsy, determined best friends, and how they manage to live the lives of their dreams.

Author Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit

Website: Author Jan Moran
Author's Blog: Author Jan Moran
Twitter: @janmoran
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Author Description:
Jan Moran is a Rizzoli bestselling and award-winning author. She writes historical women's fiction for St. Martin's Press, a contemporary women's fiction series, and nonfiction books. Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth. Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details. The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She blogs for ProjectEve and at

Her books are sold around the world, having been translated into Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, and other languages. Jan has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Women's Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Costco Connection, and Porthole Cruise. Clients have included Sephora, DFS, JCPenney, and Nordstrom.

Jan speaks before many groups, including Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She has represented brands and retailers in media on behalf of several public relations companies, including Edelman and DeVries. Jan is available for speaking engagements.

Jan enjoys receiving letters and emails from readers, and she is available to speak to book clubs about her writing and entrepreneurship. Visit her personal website or blog to contact her.

The 9th Hour

The Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 1

Author: Claire Stibbe

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Everyone has secrets. Some more deadly than others.

When the ninth young girl falls into the clutches of a serial killer, maverick detective, David Temeke, faces a race against time to save her life.

The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders, but this new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number 9. The suspect is incarcerated in the state's high security penitentiary but Unit Commander Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl goes missing.

Detective Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve a baffling crime in the dense forests of New Mexico's Cimarron State Park. But time is running out. Can they unravel the mysteries of Norse legends and thwart the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his next victim?

Author Genre: Crime, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Website: Claire Stibbe
Author's Blog: Claire Stibbe, Author
Twitter: @CMTStibbe
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Author Description:
Claire Stibbe is a graduate of the Albuquerque 50th Citizen Police Academy, Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and a volunteer for Stand True 4 Blue. She will be participating in the Bernalillo County Sheriffs CPA classes in February.

Claire writes crime fiction books set in New Mexico, USA. She has written three books in the Detective Temeke Crime series. The 9th Hour, published in 2015, is a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona 2016 Book Awards for Fiction - Mystery/Suspense. The second in the series, Night Eyes was published in 2016 and the third, Past Rites was also published in 2016. She is now working on the fourth.

AWARDS: In 2012, Claire Stibbe published her first novel, Chasing Pharaohs: A novel of ancient Egypt, after visiting archaeological digs in Luxor, Egypt. Chasing Pharaohs was a gold medal recipient at Harper Collins Publishers showcase website, Authonomy. The second in the series, The Fowler's Snare was published in 2013 and found its way to the Harper Collins Editor’s desk and was listed as One To Watch.

Stibbe has also written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books Publishing. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words.

Stibbe was born in England and now lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

MEMBERSHIPS: APD Citizens Police Academy, The Alliance of Independent Authors, Southwest Writers, Crime Writers, Historical Novel Society, International Crime Writers Association, Netgalley, Croak & Dagger, and The New Mexico Book Co-op.

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