Death Down Under by Samantha Silver

Death Down Under by Samantha SilverDeath Down Under by Samantha Silver
Series: Ruby Bay Mystery #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 206

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Miki is used to sliding headfirst on a sled at a hundred miles an hour, but this might just be the craziest thing she's ever done...

When World Champion skeleton athlete Miki King fails a doping test after taking the wrong flu medication, she's exiled to Australia, to run her aunt's cafe in a small beachside resort town until all the media attention blows over back home in America.

Expecting a break from her hectic life, Miki never expects to find a body on her second day in Ruby Bay. And to make matters worse, she was seen having an argument with the man the day before.

With the local police chief convinced she's the culprit, Miki - with the help of her new coworker Emily and a rather crazy old woman named Mary - has to find the murderer before she's arrested and makes the headlines again, destroying any chance she might have of reviving her career.

**Includes a recipe for lamingtons, a popular Australian desert***

A World Apart by L.J.K. Oliva

A World Apart by L.J.K. OlivaA World Apart by L.J.K. Oliva
Series: Shades Below #1
Genres: Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 310

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"There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It's my job to bump back."

Jesper MacMillian is sure he's seen it all; when you're a private detective in a city like San Francisco, "strange" is what's for breakfast. Following a long recovery after a horrific accident, his life is finally the way he wants it- or at least, close enough. The only monsters on his radar are the ones that keep him awake at night. When a grief-stricken couple begs him to find their lost son, it seems like just another day at the office.

Lena Alan is your friendly neighborhood medium. She sees ghosts, she talks to ghosts, and when necessary, she keeps them from interfering in the world of the living. San Francisco has more than enough ghosts to keep her busy, but a shocking visitation puts her on a collision course with MacMillian and his newest case.

Before MacMillian can brace for impact, Lena drags him into a world where monsters aren't just real, they're hiding in plain sight. A deadly threat is lurking in San Francisco's dangerous underground, and it will take both of them to put down.

It's magic meets mundane, and when the smoke clears, neither Lena nor MacMillian will ever be the same.

Tempest in the Tea Room by Libi Astaire

Tempest in the Tea Room by Libi AstaireTempest in the Tea Room by Libi Astaire
Series: Jewish Regency Mysteries #1
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Pages: 209

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There’s trouble afoot in Regency London’s Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes—until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair: General Well’ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish pickpockets.

In this first volume of the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, a young Jewish physician is accused of poisoning his wealthy patient, Lady Marblehead, as well as stealing a priceless pearl bracelet from her jewelry box. After more outbreaks of the mysterious ailment occur in the city, an increasingly hysterical Jewish community turns to Mr. Melamed to investigate the case—who in turn enlists the aid of General Well’ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane to find the real culprit.

But there are too few clues and too little time in this humorous mystery story featuring British detectives who are definitely in a class of their own.

No Game For a Dame by M. Ruth Myers

No Game For a Dame by M. Ruth MyersNo Game for a Dame by M. Ruth Myers
Series: Maggie Sullivan Mystery #1
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Pages: 280

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A .38, a nip of gin and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes – until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she’s hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss with connections at City Hall.

Moving through streets where people line up at soup kitchens, Maggie draws information from sources others overlook: The waitress at the dime store lunch counter where she has breakfast; a ragged newsboy; the other career girls at her rooming house.

Her digging gets her chloroformed and left in a ditch behind the wheel of her DeSoto. She makes her way to an upscale bordello and gets tea – and information – from the madam herself.

A gunman puts a bullet through Maggie’s hat. Her shutterbug pal on the evening paper warns her off. A new cop whose presence unsettles her thinks she’s crooked. Before she finds all the answers she needs, she faces a half-crazed man with a gun, and a far more lethal point-blank killer.

If you like Robert B. Parker's hard boiled Spencer series and strong women sleuths, don't miss this one-of-a-kind Ohio detective from a time in United States history when dames wore hats -- but seldom a Smith & Wesson.

314 by A.R. Wise

314 by A.R. Wise314 by A.R. Wise
Series: Widowsfield Trilogy #1
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 304

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WARNING: This book contains graphic content that may be objectionable to some readers.

Alma Harper has been trying to forget what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago. She has a good life as a music teacher now, and might rekindle her relationship with her one true love. However, the number 314 haunts her, and threatens to bring her back to the day that her brother disappeared. When a reporter shows up, just days before March 14th, Alma realizes that her past is coming back to haunt her. What happened on March 14th, at 3:14, 16 years ago? No one but The Skeleton Man can remember.

Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert

Miranda Warning by Heather Day GilbertMiranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert
Series: Murder in the Mountains #1
Genres: Christian, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 377

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Meet Tess Spencer, the married sleuth readers say feels like a friend.

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer...or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains' lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.
This novel is written from a Christian worldview.

The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson

The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara BensonThe Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson
Series: Angela Marchmont Mystery #1
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Pages: 260

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On his return from South Africa, Charles Knox is invited to spend the weekend at the country home of Sir Neville Strickland, whose beautiful wife Rosamund was once Knox's fiancée. But in the dead of night Sir Neville is murdered. Who did it? As suspicion falls on each of the house guests in turn, Knox finds himself faced with deception and betrayal on all sides, and only the enigmatic Angela Marchmont seems to offer a solution to the mystery. This 1920s whodunit will delight all fans of traditional country house murder stories.

What Fate Portends by Clara Coulson

What Fate Portends by Clara CoulsonWhat Fate Portends by Clara Coulson
Series: The Frost Arcana #1
Genres: Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 241

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"Faeries liked to tease the weak, but they loved to annihilate the strong."

Seven years ago, the exposure of the paranormal led to the tumultuous downfall of human society. Now, the legions of the fae rule the broken world, and humanity has nothing left but a handful of protected cities and a heaping helping of regret.

Enter Vincent Whelan. Half fae and former cop, he's become the best-known stretch scavenger in Kinsale, North Carolina, braving the "stretches" outside his city to recover precious items lost in the collapse. He makes good money. Lives the good life. Has a good future in store. As long as he can ignore his traumatic memories of the past.

But when a new job with an odd twist blows onto his doorstep, Vince finds himself unwittingly drawn into a vast conspiracy lurking underneath Kinsale's thin veneer of civilization. Old friends suddenly return to haunt him. New enemies appear at every turn. And Vince fears he isn't prepared to confront either one.

But if he doesn't put his detective hat back on and solve this case on a tight deadline, then what's left of the city he calls home might just crumble to dust.

What Fate Portends is the first novel of The Frost Arcana, an action-packed urban fantasy series set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Last Gasp by Robert F. Barker

Last Gasp by Robert F. BarkerLast Gasp by Robert F. Barker
Series: DCI Jamie Carver #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 457

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The last time Detective Jamie Carver involved a would-be victim in his hunt for a serial killer, it ended badly - VERY badly. Now they want him to do it again, only this time the 'victim' is a Dominatrix. As if he hasn't enough on his plate.
- A brutal killer poised to strike again
- Shadows of the past that still haunt his dreams
- An investigation under mounting pressure to succeed
- A beautiful woman whose fantastical lifestyle may be key to finding a killer
And that's not counting the young girl whose life he's trying to save from ruin, or the ambitious colleague scheming to bring him down.

As the kill-count mounts, signs point to a link with Carver's first serial killer case - that of the notorious Escort Killer, Edmund Hart. But Hart died when he hung himself in prison, so how can that be?
This is just one of the mysteries Carver must solve in this gripping first outing for the detective who knows his reputation as 'The Country's Foremost Serial Sex Crime Investigator" is built on sand. And when the killer strikes at the heart of the investigation, he knows that if he is to protect those he cares about, he must confront what he fears most - his own failings.

Murder on the Mind by L.L. Bartlett

Murder on the Mind by L.L. BartlettMurder on The Mind by L.L. Bartlett
Series: Jeff Resnick Mystery #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 284

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Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.