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Posted on Mar 31, 2012 3:48:55 PM PDT
RE Donald says:
My mysteries have been described as hard boiled (I guess there are some hard boiled characters in them) but my main character is kind of a Roy Rogers of the '90s. He's a former RCMP detective (Mountie) who left a job he loved and excelled at for personal reasons, and has embarked on the solitary life of a long distance truck driver. If you like a complex whodunnit with realistic characters, check out the Hunter Rayne highway mystery series.

"Those were the best mysteries I've read in a long time!! As soon as I finished the first one I bought the second and felt empty when I finished it! The characters were awesome and so there that I somehow think they are in my life and I should be bumping into them at IGA or Gibson's Building Supplies! Yesterday I was driving home up our road and there was a huge yellow excavator motoring slowly up the road and then stopped in the middle of the road When I passed it this hefty woman who was driving it gave me a big scowl and I instantly thought of big mother trucker! I can hardly wait for the next one." Judi H., Roberts Creek, BC

Ice on the Grapevine (Hunter Rayne highway mysteries)

Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (A Hunter Rayne highway mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 6:39:43 AM PDT
Louise Wise says:
Goodness me, Mira Kolar-Brown, your book is set where I live!

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 9:33:18 AM PDT
SarahMac says:
From the opening page of
Summer Is Murder .99

I used to watch Mary and Steven with the kind of single-minded absorption that only a pre-teen with too little to do and a penchant for latching onto the unsuitable for hero-worship could find fascinating. On some long, hot summer days, when there were endless hours stretching ahead and nothing to fill them with, I would slip through our back pasture, sneak up on their farmhouse, climb the oak tree, settle on the tree house platform that Mary and Steven had abandoned the use of years earlier, and watch.

I was in training. One of the networks was showing reruns of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that summer and my career path was set. I was going to be a spy when I grew up, so I had to practice. I practiced on the Shipleys, concentrating on brother and sister because the twins were the most interesting, certainly more interesting than their farmer parents.

That was thirty years ago, when protests were at their height, drugs were all the rage, and Mary and Steven, college students home for the summer, were unabashed hippies.

It was thirty years ago that the elder Shipleys died and to this day I'm not quite certain what I saw that night. But I was only ten, and half asleep in the backseat of a car, somewhere I shouldn't have been, with someone I shouldn't have been with.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 9:51:17 AM PDT
Hi Louise,

Really?!
How exciting!

I've never met anyone from Northamptonshire around here before.

We lived in Brixworth between '79 and '85. Then my late husband moved north with work and I've lived in the Greater Manchester area ever since.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 11:00:52 AM PDT
Louise Wise says:
I know Brixworth well! Small world, eh? Gotta buy your book now, haven't I? :0

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 11:07:22 AM PDT
Most certainly, Louise.
We're practically related. :-)

Seriously though, read the reviews first, please. They're all absolutely and totally genuine, warts and all.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 11:37:02 AM PDT
Louise Wise says:
I will. But I'd like to read it to see if I can recognise northants.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2012 12:11:33 PM PDT
Hi,
I'm Johnnie Mitchell, author of a pair of hard-boiled type mystery and detective novels on Kindle; 88 Ways to Die and The Kilo Connection.
More about 88 Ways to Die.

In the year 1988, black private detective Ellis Mason finds himself swept into a wave of big time trouble. What started as a routine case of tailing an ex-con's wayward girl friend turns into something much more sinister.
When the girl friend is murdered, and the ex-con is charged, Ellis reluctantly sets out to clear him. Ellis soon finds himself investigating a young and sexy executive secretary that's having an affair with a married congressman running for re-election, and is living far beyond her means. He creates an uneasy alliance with Brad Royce, the son of the owner of a top flight detective agency.
Ellis targets Andrea Newsome, a clever and alluring political consultant that knows a lot more about shady business deals and political corruption than she'll ever admit. Ellis and Royce must sniff out the right clues, and dodge the last bullets before the case is solved.
88 Ways to Die is a complex case, steamy sexuality, and sudden violence that brings things to a boil.
88 Ways to Die

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 12:35:06 PM PDT
J. Ward says:
On the Rocks: A Novel (Death, Disaster, Deceit) a modern thriller.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 8:55:40 PM PDT
Motherless Children is my first novel. It was a top-ten finalist in the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.

From Publishers Weekly:

The decline of a grand Southern family-the Southworths of the Mississippi Delta- forms the backdrop of a rich, complicated mystery that succeeds at nearly every level. In August of 1946, Sam Swain, Chief of Police of Williams Point, investigates the murders of Adelia "Auntie" Southworth and her niece, Madeleine, both poisoned with arsenic in their morning tea. The plot unfolds over a hot, nervous week, but the author, in absolute control of the material, weaves a nearly fifty-year family saga into the narrative, brilliantly delineating the corroding nature of racism. The vivid language elevates the story, and the solution to the mystery ends up both unexpected and satisfying. Most impressive, though, is investigator Swain's emotional discovery that justice transcends both race and class.

$2.99 for your Kindle. It's also available in paperback.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 10:06:06 AM PDT
Rustin Smith says:
Thanks for the opportunity to post.

Take a look at my latest book, The Wrong Side of Paradise - a compelling mystery set in the San Francisco Bay Area. Burr Rollins is a private investigator who is thrust into an increasingly dangerous investigation into the disappearance of a childhood friend, Tyler Cohane. His investigation quickly leads him to another childhood friend, Claire Henderson, whose brother was killed in a police drug raid a year before the story starts. Beautiful, seemingly lost by her brother's death, Claire is an enigma, and Burr can't shake the feeling that she has something to do with Ty's disappearance. Trying to sort out the mystery, his growing feelings for Claire, Burr is viciously beaten and then framed for murder. On the run, he scrambles for answers. Can he find Ty before the others do who mean him harm? Can he rescue Claire from her demons? Can he save himself? The Wrong Side of Paradise races to a thrilling and emotional climax on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as Burr confronts an evil as close to Burr as his own life.

A great value at .99 cents.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 8:54:09 AM PDT
ROLL CALL ~ A Prison List (True Prison Story) Upon Release From Prison (Roll Call) Roll Call is a drug war novel with a good vs bad detective theme set in Orange County California. The sequel, Upon Release follows the same theme with a redemptive twist. Here is what people are saying and the blurb- "Locked up for a decade on drugs charges and immersed in both philosophical tomes and modern pulp thrillers, Langohr penned Roll Call, a story of his troubled life. The author was not content to tell the story through the protaganist perspective, instead he toggled the angle like a master director. A vivid, clamorous account of the U.S. War on Drugs."

~ Kirkus Discoveries Nielson Media

"Three intricate plots tell three separate stories that ultimately intersect in a not-for-Hollywood ending. The story is replete with drug culture and prison culture and police culture. Instead of some fictionalized or romanticized version of any of the cultures, there are just 'been there done that' accounts that leave no doubt that this is a world none of us ever want to encounter. There are no heroes in this book, there are only real people who face real problems and deal with them in real ways the only way they know how. The social and political commentary is delivered the same way as the fights, and the loving; full-on, live or die. This is a binary book, you are going to love it, or you are going to hate it."

~ JT Kalnay
Product Description
The author, Glenn Langohr takes you on a journey from a runaway childhood, to addict and drug dealer, into the drug war for an inside look at Mexican cartel wars, corrupt narcotic detectives and a California Prison Union bent on breeding bigger criminals.

Sequel To Roll Call: Upon Release from Pelican Bay Prison, B.J struggles not to look back at the Criminal Justice System that tried to kill him. Inspired to help prisoners turn their lives around through art, he tries to work for the church. Running into judgment, the church doesn't tell the shelter he lives at he was volunteering his time helping orphans and B.J is on the run again. Add a beautiful ballerina, a good cop squeezed out of the loop by overzealous detectives, a prison protest to help the voiceless, and the temptation to do a massive drug run from Mexico, and you have the perfect recipe for a Spiritual revolution, where compassion is missing, all leaving the reader wondering; who are the real criminals?

Thanks for the opportunity to post. Roll Call is available in paperback, both are 2.99 with kindle.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 3:03:42 PM PDT
Miss Marlowe says:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lily-Branch-ebook/dp/B007PBERH4/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332936096&sr=1-1-spe

Murder in the fashion business.

Elizabeth stared at Jerome. Even in death, she appeared to be posing for the camera.

In the midst of tackling her personal problems, DI Elizabeth Jewell investigates her biggest case, the murder of top fashion model Lily Jerome.
After a second body turns up on an isolated farm, Jewell searches for a link between the crimes, aided by newspaper editor Nick Calbrain.
For Jewell, pursuing the killer will change her life forever. With her career in jeopardy for breaking too many rules, she has nothing to lose, except maybe her life.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 3:12:24 PM PDT
EASTER BREAK SALE.

The No.1 'top rated' mystery on both sides of the Atlantic, In the Blood (A Genealogical Crime Mystery), is only .99c until Monday (inclusive).

54 five star reviews. A dark secret locked in the past - a family historian trying against the odds to unlock it.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 3:07:58 PM PDT
Thanks, Shannon, for this thread. It's a very good idea.

Laying Ghosts (Dolly Games), the sequel to my novel, Dolly Games, is now available in the Kindle Store. Dolly Games and others of my novels, is also available the weekend of 4-13 thru 4-15 as a free promotion.

Another adventure of the Shepherd, Tanner and Decker Detective Agency in the fictitious city of Port Morgan. Carl Tanner is still dealing with the aftermath of the 'Dolly Dagger' case when he finds himself thrown into another dangerous case with his partners. To make matters worse, he is sure that his former lover, reported dead, is reaching out to him.

Thank you,
Derek A. Murphy

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 4:00:39 PM PDT
Jerry says:
From a review of The Surreal Killer: "....kept me on the edge of my seat while throwing in fascinating facts about South American culture and history. His descriptive ability paints a picture of surrounding beauty and unique people. It's hard not to plan my next vacation to visit the places he writes about, minus the killer of course. ...... Procedurally the book is brilliant." Buy yourself a copy for $2.99 or borrow FREE from Amazon Prime. Five 5* reviews.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 4:17:12 PM PDT
The Love Songs Murders is featured on my blog today. Author Kelly Marshall answers questions about the book, and even offers a chance to win a free copy. Here's the link: http://iousex (dot) blogspot (dot) com
While you're there, take a moment to check out my book too: I.O.U. Sex. The genre is women's fiction / romance (NOT erotica).
Thanks!
Sandy

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 3:59:44 PM PDT
Mary Bale says:
British Detective:
Smoke Shadows (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
Water Weal (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
Twisting Tide (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 3:51:28 PM PDT
Max Connelly says:
Spy Hunt in Dixie

Henry Galloway is a seasoned MI6 officer who finally returns home, from India, on the eve of WW II. Galloway, who is in his retiring days, starts picking on his old acquaintances when he surprisingly finds that his protégé and friend, Michael Aniston, had fled arrest after charges of treason. However, Galloway believes in his innocence without any doubt. After all, he was one who relayed the orders in one of those incriminating missions. Believing that the Directorate is infiltrated and that he cannot start a search from within, he recruits the services of Zach Taylor, a fellow WW I veteran, who excels as a detective journalist.

Suddenly the novel shifts gear and jumps back in time tracing the unbelievable adventure of Idris, a Sudanese soldier in the army of the Egyptian Khedive, who joins the French invasion of Mexico in 1863. With a twist of fate, Idris crosses the Northern borders, into the United States, in the midst of the American Civil war, where he encounters a major battle, the result of which he bears witness to a terrible secret. He encodes his secret onto a parchment and leaves it in safe hands before returning back home and gets himself engulfed into obscurity.

A bunch of Confederate aristocracy, a British Governor-General and a discrete organization are on his track and are just about to strike gold when Zach Taylor jumps into action miraculously once again.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 7:26:18 PM PDT
Ian Fraser says:
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No Man's Land

Nothing is ever what it seems in Hollywood. A private investigator with a troubled past suspects that someone is trying to set him up. As he follows the bloody trail of evidence, he is led into a violent and unexpected No Man's Land.

"...defies categorization...well written and impeccably edited...it isn't for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. It pulls no punches."

No Man's Land: a brutal love story.

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Posted on Apr 16, 2012 2:04:04 AM PDT
Bookaholic76 says:
Guilty secrets. A gruesome murder. A DEADLY MOTIVE

Deadly motive is the first book in a new British detective series. Set in London and Oxford.

The poison
It was a vicious, calculated murder using the deadly toxin aconite.

The victim
Rich and powerful, John Weston had plenty of enemies, but DS Mackinnon and the Major Investigation Team need to find out who hated Weston enough to subject him to such an excruciating death.

The suspects
Even when the source of the poison has been tracked down to a laboratory at the University of Oxford, the deadly threat remains. The staff and students at the university all seem to have something to hide.

The arrest
After an arrest is made, his colleagues believe the case is all but closed but Mackinnon's nightmare is only just beginning.

Deadly Motive (DS Jack Mackinnon series)

This British police procedural has 5 and 4 star reviews on amazon.co.uk.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 1:14:09 PM PDT
Blackie Noir says:
Requiem For The Widowmaker

A jolting, uncompromising, noir trip to the darkside, undertaken over an ever widening gyre of homeless enclaves, industrial badlands, crank-fueled strip-joints, and dirtwater trailer-parks. A savage landscape populated by the most depraved, ruthless, murderous denizens of society's underbelly.
*
James Lee Burke meets Boston Teran. Crime fiction at its brutal best.
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BN / NS

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 2:28:09 PM PDT
SarahMac says:
Two mysteries, with excerpts from the openings.

Summer Is Murder .99

I used to watch Mary and Steven with the kind of single-minded absorption that only a pre-teen with too little to do and a penchant for latching onto the unsuitable for hero-worship could find fascinating. On some long, hot summer days, when there were endless hours stretching ahead and nothing to fill them with, I would slip through our back pasture, sneak up on their farmhouse, climb the oak tree, settle on the tree house platform that Mary and Steven had abandoned the use of years earlier, and watch.

I was in training. One of the networks was showing reruns of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that summer and my career path was set. I was going to be a spy when I grew up, so I had to practice. I practiced on the Shipleys, concentrating on brother and sister because the twins were the most interesting, certainly more interesting than their farmer parents.

To Go To Sleep In The Dark .99

I used to think that if I worked at night and slept during the day I'd never have another nightmare. After all, isn't it in the darkness that fear starts? The unknown, the hidden; don't they find refuge in the darkness?

It didn't happen that way, of course. I still had nightmares; the difference was that they were easier to dispel if I woke to light instead of to a darkened room, because switching on a lamp was never enough; the darkness was still outside, still a threat. But if daylight was streaming in my windows the nightmare instantly receded and I could close my eyes again, and drift back into sleep with scarcely a thought for what had awakened me.

More often than not, my nightmares were about a woman I'd never known, a house I barely remembered, a town I left the day I graduated high school.

Carrie. She was twenty-three when she disappeared, the age I am now. Maybe that's why I've thought about her so much in the past few weeks. Our ages have intersected, because in our parents' minds she ceased to age that day, twenty-two years ago, when I was only a baby, and she, my sister, vanished from our lives, leaving such an imprint that everything that came after was shaped and molded, not by her personality, but by her absence.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 3:09:17 PM PDT
Miss Marlowe says:
Set in Cheltenham UK, the murder of a famous fashion model is investigated by Gloucestershire CID. First in the series.
The Lily Branch (DI Elizabeth Jewell)

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 10:50:33 AM PDT
Jerry says:
Kindle Freebie. Copies of The Surreal Killer will be available for free download from Amazon as part of the Kindle Direct Promotional Program on Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th. Click on the title and enjoy your free copy of this 5-Star mystery Novel. While you are downloading the novel, please "like" the book. Book reviews are always welcome.
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