Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mystery Picks of the Day – May 28, 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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Jake Lassiter

Author: Paul Levine

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Eighteen years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida’s sex trade. Now he traces her steps and runs head-on into a conspiracy of Miami’s rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as silent as the grave. In this tale of redemption and revenge, Edgar-nominated author Paul Levine delivers his most powerful thriller yet.

Jake Lassiter, second-string linebacker turned low-rent lawyer, is cynical about the law, but if you hire him, he’ll take a punch for you . . . and maybe a swing at the prosecutor, too.

Amy Larkin—beautiful, angry, and mysterious—accuses Lassiter of involvement in the disappearance of her sister eighteen years earlier. What does Lassiter know about Krista Larkin, the runaway teen turned porn actress? More than he’s saying.

Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter follows the cold trail of the missing Krista and butts head with the powerful men who also knew her: a former porn king turned philanthropist, a slick Cuban-born prosecutor, and an aging mobster.

The evidence leads to a long-ago night of kinky sex, designer drugs—and possible murder. But before Lassiter can nail the truth, a gun goes off, a suspect falls dead, and Lassiter has a murder trial to defend. Will the verdict disclose what happened to Krista? The answer, buried under years of deceit and corruption, is revealed in an explosive courtroom finale, proving that rough justice is better than no justice at all.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Fiction, Crime

Website: Paul Levine
Twitter: @Jake_Lassiter
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Author Description:
PAUL LEVINE worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. Obviously, he cannot hold a job. Paul claims that writing fiction comes naturally: he told whoppers for many years in his legal briefs. His books have been translated into 23 languages, none of which he can read.

He has won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and has been nominated for an Edgar, a Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize. More info at

What's new? "Lassiter" and "Last Chance Lassiter" are Paul's latest entries on Kindle. "To Speak for the Dead" continues its bestseller status more than 20 years after its hardcover publication.

Writing in USA TODAY, Larry King called the Lassiter series, "Mystery writing at its very, very best."

Uneasy Spirits

A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Author: M. Louisa Locke

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In this sequel to Maids of Misfortune, it is the fall of 1879 and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, has a problem. Despite her growing financial success as the clairvoyant Madam Sibyl, Annie doesn't believe in the astrology and palmistry her clients think are the basis for her advice.

Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels.

Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.

In Uneasy Spirits, this cozy historical mystery of romantic suspense, Annie delves into the intriguing world of 19th century spiritualism, encountering true believers and naïve dupes, clever frauds and unexplained supernatural phenomena. She will soon find there are as many secrets as there are spirits swirling around the Frampton séance table. Some of those secrets will threaten the foundation of her career as Madam Sibyl and the future of her relationship with Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself.

Uneasy Spirits is the second book in M. Louisa Locke's Victorian historical mystery series, followed by Bloody Lessons. There are currently three short stories based on the characters from the novels, Dandy Detects, The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage, and Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Historical Fiction, Romance

Website: M. Louisa Locke - Author of the Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series
Author's Blog: Come On In
Twitter: @mlouisalocke
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Author Description:
M. Louisa Locke is a retired professor of U.S. and Women's History, who has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. The published books in her series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco, Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes.

Her short stories, Dandy Detects and The Miss Moffets Mend a Marriage, give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries. For those of you who have read her work, Locke would love to hear from you at, and she would really appreciate it if you would spend a few minutes writing a review on

Dr. Locke is an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, and a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, and she is currently living in San Diego with her husband and assorted animals and working on the next installment of her series.

No Alibi

Author: Jenny Hilborne

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When an international pilot goes missing and his girlfriend is found murdered, homicide inspector John Doucette is assigned the case. As Doucette digs in and uncovers the dark secrets surrounding the case, he faces difficult moral decisions when his investigation forces him to unearth his own past.

His main suspect, Isabelle Kingsley, unnerves him. Could she be innocent? If she is, how did the murder weapon end up in her possession? Doucette must set aside his own personal fears and follow the clues, even though they may lead him to the one person to whom he owes so much.

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

Website: Jenny Hilborne
Author's Blog: Jfhilborne's Blog
Twitter: @JFHilborne
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Author Description:
I'm a native Brit and the author of psychological thrillers and mysteries, including the Jackson series set in San Francisco. I divide my time between California and England, plotting, researching and writing.

My titles include: MADNESS AND MURDER (Jackson 1), NO ALIBI, HIDE AND SEEK (Jackson 2), STONE COLD, and THE BLACKEST NIGHT (Jackson 3).

My background is in real estate and finance which provides much of the inspiration for my stories, as does my love of travel and ex-pat status. I've practiced martial arts in the form of Shotokan Karate and hold six belts.

A little secret about me: Unlike the fiends wandering through the text in my novels, I'm afraid of the dark.


New America-Book Two

Author: Richard Stephenson

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BOOK TWO in the New America Series. Eighteen months after the Collapse of 2027, the former United States is divided. On one side is the evil and tyrannical Unified American Empire, controlled by President Simon Sterling, the man responsible for the death of the last legitimate president, Malcolm Powers. On the other side, President Howard Beck controls the Pacific States of America, the last hope for democracy and freedom. The two adversaries become embroiled in a bitter game of deception, betrayal, and espionage while battling an even more imposing menace that could easily destroy the very nation they are both desperately fighting to control.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction

Website: Collapse
Twitter: @CollapseNovel
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Author Description:
Richard Stephenson was born in 1975 in Denison, TX and spent his childhood in North Texas. In 1992, he graduated high school after only three years. He then pursued his degree at Oklahoma Christian University, once again accomplishing the task in three years. Richard then married his best friend before going off to basic training to be a military policeman with the US Army. With his new wife joining the adventure, they spent the next four years at Fort Polk, LA and had two children.

Just before his son turned five, Richard and his wife were told that their oldest child had Asperger's Syndrome. Nine years later, Richard's son would become the inspiration for the character of Howard Beck.

After leaving the armed forces, Richard continued his law enforcement career in the federal sector and has been with the Department of Justice for twelve years.

Stealing Liberties

Task Force 125

Author: Lisa Pietsch

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With hefty bounties on Vince, Sarah and Will’s heads the team has to be creative in finding a way to do their job as well as stay one step ahead of the powerful man who wants them dead. The way they choose is creative but it is also deceptive, inconvenient and very dangerous. A new guy who isn’t at all what he seems must be brought into the fold.

What happens when people start Stealing Liberties is likely to turn everyone’s life upside down.

But that may not be such a bad thing after all.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance

Website: Lisa Pietsch
Twitter: @LisaPietsch
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Author Description:
Lisa Pietsch was born Lisa Thibault in Lewiston, Maine. Her father was a carpenter and her mother a homemaker. It was a modest, middle-class world for this 3rd generation American whose family still spoke a mish-mash of French and English at home. Her grandparents were the first of her family born in the U.S. while her Thibault and Gravel forefathers were counted among the early few French settlers in Quebec.

Lisa has enjoyed many adventures in her lifetime and is still racking up more. A significant amount of time in the United States Air Force yielded far more adventures than she'd ever imagined. Though the photo at right is in dress blues, Lisa preferred combat boots, BDUs and a bandana for headgear (see below). She was most happy carrying machine guns and heavy packs of ammunition. But that was a long time ago.

Lisa traded in her combat boots for wedded bliss and motherhood. Little did she know, "Wedded" and "Bliss" didn't always go together. The bliss part would come later though.

Escaping into an alternate future, Lisa wrote several novels based around the character Sarah Stevens. The were well received and her experience in promoting them gave her the confidence to seek a life of her own as a novelist and marketing consultant.

She achieved considerable success in bringing in results for her clients but wondered if she might prefer to write full time. Finally, circumstances allowed her to explore it and she discovered that her passion really was in marketing but would continue to write on the side.
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