Monday, January 13, 2014

Mystery Picks of the Day – January 13, 2014

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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A Beautiful Lie

Playing with Fire, #1

Author: Tara Sivec

Price: $ 0.99

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He saw her first, but his friend made the move.

She settled for the safer choice, but her heart knew the truth.

They love, they crave, they lie.

Garrett McCarthy, Annabelle Parker, and Milo Roberts were as close as friends could get. They shared in each other's joy during graduations, promotions, and engagements. They consoled one another through heartache and loss.

When one of the friend's life is tragically cut short, it's up to the two left behind to pick up the pieces and find out the truth - no matter the cost. As they slowly start to uncover the nature of his deception, and the very powerful people behind it, they begin to question everyone and everything, even themselves.

Everyone has secrets - some do it for love while others do it for power. Those secrets can change perceptions, alter reality and sometimes destroy lives.

What do you do when you find out your whole life has been a lie?

"There is no doubt in my mind that this author nailed this genre! This book had it all. It was intriguing, romantic, suspenseful and not only that but this felt like more than a story, this book was like an adventure on pages and it was a journey I was on all the way!" - Totally Booked Blog

"I did not love A Beautiful Lie. Nope…I more than loved it! I fell so hard I hit something I didn't see coming. I hit something great. T.E. Sivec is able to exist on both ends of the spectrum and she does this flawlessly. " - Tough Critic Book Reviews

Author Genre: Romance/Suspense, Humor, Chick Lit

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Author Description:
Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and the funniest person she's ever met. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes to write and make people spit Diet Coke out of their nose. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

The Inner Movement

Complete trilogy

Author: Brandt Legg

Price: FREE

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The complete best selling Inner Movement trilogy OUTVIEW - OUTIN - OUTMOVE - 1080 pages!

There is a secret so powerful that, once known, the world will never be the same. For centuries they have died to protect it. Nate found it. They know he did. Across time and dimension they are after him . . .

Four years ago, his father died. Two years ago, Nate's mother locked his brother in a mental institution. One year ago, horrific visions began to torture him. Now, a clandestine group, wielding overwhelming power, wants him silenced. Nate is only sixteen.

Nothing is what it appears and the tragedies of his life are all connected to the secret. A secret so unimaginable, that it will decide whether our modern society becomes a utopian or dystopian world.

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father's death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when, along with three school friends, he encounters mystics who teach forgotten skills and lost wisdom and reveal an extraordinary destiny.

As Nate grows older, the journey continues . . . Time and dimensions collide. If he can keep his friends alive, avoid Lightyear, and unravel crucial mysteries from the past . . . The Movement just might have a chance to change everything.

Eventually, Nate leads the Movement. But the revolution is crumbling and their adversaries are wreaking havoc in multiple dimensions. He must save the Jadeo and find the Dark Mystic. The time has come to reveal the secret . . . But time's a funny thing.

The Inner Movement trilogy is primarily set in the modern day western United States and across extraordinary realms. It will appeal to more than young adult fans as the three books combine mystics, metaphysical magic, psychics and reincarnation, to push this new age conspiracy beyond the realm of the Celestine Prophecy and the Alchemist.

Author Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Website: Brandt Legg
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Author Description:
Brandt Legg is a former child prodigy who turned an interest in stamp collecting into a multi-million dollar empire. At eight, Legg's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while suffering from crippling migraines, he started in business. National media dubbed him the "Teen Tycoon," but by the time he reached his twenties, the high-flying Legg became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties, lost his entire fortune... and ended up serving time in federal prison for financial improprieties. Legg emerged, chastened and wiser, one year later and began anew in retail and real estate. From there his life adventures have led him through magazine publishing, a newspaper column, photography, FM radio, CD production and concert promotion.

Killing Mum

Author: Allan Guthrie

Price: FREE

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Receiving ten grand as down payment on a hit isn't that much of a surprise to Carlos Morales. After all, arranging contract killings is his business. But he never expected that someone might want his mother dead! What's equally troubling is the fact that the anonymous package arrived addressed to 'Charlie'. Only two people call him by that name: his wife and his mother. Has his wife just hired him to whack her mother-in-law? Or is his mother just looking for some help to put an end to her misery? Or maybe there's another answer entirely. One thing's for sure: Carlos is about to find out.

Author Genre: Crime Fiction

Website: Allan Guthrie
Author's Blog: Noir Zine
Twitter: @allanguthrie
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Author Description:
I was born on Orkney, a small island group off the north coast of Scotland. I went to school in Kirkwall, where my primary five teacher allowed me to write during art classes, given my woeful lack of talent for visual art. I was, however, not too bad a musician, playing piano and bassoon to a half-decent standard. I became a founder member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland when I was twelve, and was whisked off to music school in Manchester as a fourteen-year-old.

After leaving school, I attended university in Aberdeen, where my plan to support my studies by playing piano in a posh restaurant took a nosedive when I was sacked on my second night because my hair was too long. After a year, I left Aberdeen, degreeless, and moved to Edinburgh.

Having lots of spare time on my hands, I taught myself how to program computers and spent the following twelve years working in IT. It was good while it lasted, but I started to feel the pinch and found a part-time job in a bookshop, where I was so happy I would have worked for free. For a while, at least!

Before long, I was employed full-time in the book trade, and over the nine years that followed I worked in various jobs, from stockroom supervisor to IT trainer, moving between exotic locales such as Brussels, Cork and Stirling, before giving up my day job in 2006 to work as a writer, editor and literary agent.

I'd married in 2000 and it was my wife, Donna, who was instrumental in encouraging me to take my writing seriously. After being short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger for a book called Blithe Psychopaths in 2001 (renamed Two-way Split for later release), I started to think she might have a point. Three years and hundreds of rejection slips later, I wasn't so sure!

Eventually Two-way Split and Kiss Her Goodbye were picked up (within weeks of one another, oddly enough) by two independent small US presses. In 2006 Kiss Her Goodbye was nominated for an MWA Edgar Award, an Anthony Award and a Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award. Two-Way Split went on to win the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year in 2007.

Since then I've published another three novels, most recently, Slammer, which describes the descent into hell of a young prison officer. I've also published three novellas, including Bye Bye Baby, a police thriller and a Kindle top ten bestseller in the UK.

Rose Gardner MysteryBox Set

Author: Denise Grover Swank

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Box set of the first three books and novella in the USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

When Rose Gardner decides she's done frittering her days away at the DMV, she turns Henryetta, Arkansas upside down as she navigates life, love and the investigation of a murder every now and then.

TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES: When Rose sees a vision of her murder, she’s done frittering her life away and makes a list. Her sexy neighbor Joe offers to help yet refuses to cooperate with #15-- do more with a man. But time’s running out and suddenly dying a virgin in the county jail becomes the least of her worries.--winner of the Write Touch Readers' Award 2012

TWENTY-NINE AND A HALF REASONS: Rose thinks a jury summons means a morning off from work, until she sees a vision of the murderer in the men’s restroom: a huge problem since the murderer isn’t the one on trial. If that weren’t enough, Rose is caught between her sister Violet and her new boyfriend Joe. Henryetta, Arkansas just got messier. --USA Today Bestseller

THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES: While Rose and Violet open their nursery, an elderly woman on Rose’s street dies. The police rule her death from natural causes, but Rose and her cranky neighbor Mildred disagree. --iBooks Best of 2013

FALLING TO PIECES: (novella) Rose struggles with heartbreak with the support of her new friends while Joe gets support from someone in his past.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, Young Adult

Website: Denise Grover Swank
Author's Blog: Denise Grover Swank
Twitter: @DeniseMSwank
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Author Description:
Denise Grover Swank is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She writes urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, romantic comedy mysteries set in the south, and sexy new adult contemporary romances. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.


A Tangleheart Romantic Suspense

Author: Carey Baldwin

Price: FREE

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A romantic suspense novella from award winner, Carey Baldwin:

Anna Kincaid was the turned-down page corner in the book of Charlie Drexler's life. When the reformed bad boy returns to his hometown of Tangleheart, Texas to make peace with his dark past and make amends to those he's wronged, he's also hoping for a second chance at love with the girl he left behind.

Charlie "Drex" Drexler was the love of Anna's life but she never found the courage to tell him. Not surprising, since silence was a way of life for Anna. When her mother left town, abandoning seven-year old Anna and her big sister Simone, Anna didn't speak above a whisper for years. Now Charlie's back looking to reconnect and Anna's big sister and infant nephew have suddenly gone missing.

Will Anna find her voice in time to save her beloved sister? And can Drex and Anna mend their broken hearts while dodging bullets and racing to bring mother and baby home safely? Coming home has never been this sexy...or this dangerous.

A romantic suspense novella from award winning author Carey Baldwin.

Author Genre: Romance, Thriller, Suspense

Website: Let Me Thrill you - Carey Baldwin
Author's Blog: Kiss and Thrill
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Author Description:
Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award-winning author of edgy suspense by night. What's a nice girl like Carey doing writing gritty suspense with romantic elements? When you are a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes easily, and when you are a hopeless romantic, well, you do the math! Carey's first manuscript won the Golden Gateway award for best single title romance.

Carey's debut novel, FIRST DO NO EVIL, is now available from Samhain Publishing. HUSH, a romantic suspense novella, is also currently available. Be on the look out for her next full-length suspense novels: CONFESSION and LABYRINTH from Harper Collins/ Witness Impulse in 2014.
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