Sarai (A Sarah Somers Series Book 1) by Lilya Myers

Lurking in the shadows, another set of eyes had been quietly and intently observing, listening with calm fascination. In place of revulsion was pleasure. In place of horror was gratification. The switch had been flipped to evil.

Then, evil slithered furtively into the darkness.

Rising from the dust in the ancient city of Cairo and crossing oceans, a serial killer becomes the impetus that will forever change lives beyond the women he’s brutally torturing and murdering. The Mutilator is cold, calculating, and ambitious. He begins to choose his victims in a way that connects them to a child named Sarai, who was killed in a plane crash decades before. With each killing, a generation of well-kept secrets in the lives of people on two continents will begin to emerge.

This is a novel of power, ambition, jealousy, and revenge. Walking in those mindsets is a psychopathic killer, a master at feeding on the shortfalls of others, and who has eluded capture for decades. It is a story rich with a kaleidoscope of history and culture where the past brings meaning to the present.

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Estranged Lands by Jax E. Garson

Seventeen murders brought Agent Jessica Langlow back to Europa. Europa was her least favorite colony in the solar system.

The moon’s mining workforce had been infused with criminals and indebted poor. Its Upper and Underground City was a corrupt and greedy institution that allowed all kinds of vices like gambling, prostitution, drugs and alcohol. But Europa has something more unique than its supplies of water, mercury and silver; five hundred meters of ice cover a vast ocean of animals.

Jessica had investigated the Upper City before, removing a corrupt entity known as the Circle. But there are old members still about the city complex, which adds another twist to the crimes. They appear to be involved with the permission of Earth.

The Council oversees the operation but there is no love between them and the workers. The murders of the poor don’t bother the Council but the loss of the CATR controls over the cargo shipments draws concern. As she investigates the murders, she learns that Europa had changed.

The Droners and Ropers are even more isolated from each other. Security officers were individually tending to their duties without coordination with each other.

The indebted workers were prospering and yet output was increasing. And a casino had been built and thriving. But Agent Langlow quickly discovered that she wasn’t the first person sent to Europa.

Special operatives were sent to secure cargo labeled as “future weapons.”

Another sinister plot has shaken Europa’s mystery and too many secrets obstruct her ability to carry out her mission.

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Provoked by Angela Ford

Basia Lis felt she had no choice. It was him or her. Her husband, Darek, planned to kill her. She watched him drink the poisoned coffee, and then fall from the cliff. No body. Darek’s death was reported as another tragedy of the Tatras.

As an officer of the law, Lieutenant Lis knows right from wrong. Abused, humiliated, and threatened, left her no choice. His death haunts her.
She swore she’d never love again.

A one night stand goes wrong when Riley turns out to be the lead detective of a case of a missing woman. The same woman Basia is searching for.

Detective Riley Briggs opens doors he’d wished he’d left closed. He’s fallen in love with the woman he may have to arrest. The case unfolds one murder after another, leading back to Basia.

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The Naturalists: A Historic Novel by C. G. Haberman

The Naturalists: A Historic Novel
(The Hayman Saga) (Volume 1) by C. G. Haberman

Where is Nebraska? The measure lies in locating Chicago and Denver, then calculating the midpoint between the two. There exists land called the Rainwater Basin. To find the remains of the best basins requires a calling, the calling to understand the startling dependency of life. In the heart of the United States the last of the Hayman lineage, Chance Hayman, experiences the nibbling erosion and decimation of this North American keystone. The Naturalist begins in the 1820s with a minister full of desire to serve his God. Reverend Abner Hayman is not the normal German Reformed minister. His ministerial sincerity and verve excites his Pennsylvania congregation. As with many successful men he will gain fame and follow a path fraught with temptation, deception, and loss. His path across the rapidly expanding nation leads him to Illinois. There he loses a son to a calling of his own. John Hayman does not scorn the country know as the Great American Desert. Abner Hayman’s son finds a land that fills his spiritual yearning, a land of grass and marshes that is unyielding, but teems with life and promise. It is this young man, the naturalist, who finds love of life, land, and women who is the taproot for the future Hayman families who fight to save the rainwater basins from extinction.

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The Naturalists A Historic Novel of the Hayman Family:
Volume 2 by C. G. Haberman

Gripped by a spiritual call, John Hayman found the land of his dreams. The land tested him, but he learned to live with it and survived to foster a land ethic. In the second volume of The Naturalists, the new era of John’s three sons unfolds and they are as diverse as the land. The youngest, Henry, focuses on what his father dreamed about: a peaceful land covered with grass and marshes. As more people settle the area, Henry faces changing land use that gives little thought to the effects. His life is not without personal heartaches and devastating emotional discoveries. Over the first half of the 20th century, he and his youngest son, Jacob, follow the path recorded in journals that have become the focus for future Hayman naturalists. A deep family unrest threatens to forever change the Haymans and the land on which they thrive. Out of this turmoil, Jacob emerges to face the trying task of altering the path that threatens the Rainwater Basin and his family. Will Jacob’s son inherit a tranquil path to the 21st Century?

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Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) by C. G. Haberman


Lake of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) by C G Haberman

Two teenage boys on a deer hunt in northwest Iowa watch as a trophy buck flees before either can release an arrow. Something in the crumbling cellar frightened the animal. Curious to know what disturbed the deer they open the shelter door and hell erupts. The sudden failure of an outstanding student, his fiancée’s new job opportunities, and a personnel action weigh on CJ Hand. His daughter calls with news of his former wife. A disturbing past leads him back to Lincoln, Nebraska to confront demons. At semester’s end on an icy and snowy morning, his life would change once again. Dr. Trisha Baker becomes the hunter with the intent to destroy a predator. The revenge is for her friends and herself, and to erase the painful memory of losing her fiancé.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: ‘Lake Of Lies’ is just one of four, hard to put down, CJ Hand Mystery Novels written by C. G.Haberman.

Main character CJ Hand uses his love for, comfort of and the serenity of the back roads from Iowa to South Dakota to capture its breathtaking beauty through his camera photo lens which illustrates lessons that he shares with his ecology and botany students.

Intuitive moments and detailed memories have become part of his life since working for the Department of Justice. While forcing himself to move forward, CJ’s past is never far behind. The news hits him hard when the parole board releases Tom Vaughn and he knows someone must warn Tom’s wife Donette to stay alert.

A call from his daughter Meaghan stirs some of the personal demons that haunt him. A trip down memory lane brings him back to the lake where he and his wife Marnie had spent countless, glorious hours together. He sits and stares out across the lake to the shoreline where the shadows still hold remnants of ice and watches as several boys cast their fishing lines into the cold water with hopes of catching a catfish. The ring of his cell phone brings him back to the present.

His life with his fiancée Dee, his many influential friends and co-workers find their world mostly centered on the Mill Creek State University and the surrounding communities. CJ reluctantly confides in psychologist Dr. Adriane Peterson. Like all psychologists she asks a lot of questions, like “You said there were other students, especially female nontraditional students with sudden grade drops, correct?” He nodded. “The question is: why the focus on Tammy Day?”

Two boys brave the frigid temperature at the southern edge of an abandoned farmstead in hopes to “get the biggest damn buck you ever did see.” Hiding in silence they hold their bows taught with arrows when the approaching deer notice something and their heightened awareness and instincts cause them to bolt. Understandably upset the boys strike out on a new hunt for the source of the hunting debacle and what they discover makes them gag.

It is more than Dr. Trisha Baker who works at Mill Creek State University in the Psychology Center can stand. She sets out to seek revenge for her fiancé, friends and most importantly to “destroy a predator”.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse ‘Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel’ by C. G. Haberman. Each book in this crime, fiction, mystery series stand alone. I also have the privilege of reading and reviewing ‘Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1)’. Dead Man’s Run and Mill Creek Malice are a couple more novels in the CJ Hand series.

I encourage you to read these four CJ Hand Novels sold in both print and e-book. Enjoy the written mastery of author C. G Haberman. I purchased ‘Lake Of Lies’ in Kindle and this review was completed on February 25, 2015.

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Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1) by C. G. Haberman


Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1) by Mr. C. G. Haberman

The pall of death hangs over two distinctly different valleys separated by eighteen-hundred miles. One a modest, unknown channel drained by a small cool-water stream and the other a magnificent gorge carved by a roaring river that separates two states. Unknown to a man, tormented by loss and intensifying anger, both valleys hold his fate. A bloody mist suddenly fills a truck cab. It is not the shot but the seconds after that begins change for criminal investigator CJ Hand. Beset with his recent loss and pent-up anger he takes leave from a tangled bureaucratic mess. Trying to find self-worth he agrees to help friends by probing the accidental drowning of a friend’s son. The image of an uncomplicated investigation is quickly shattered. CJ encounters a maze of deadly circles surrounding the death. He begins unwinding hidden tentacles of political power and personal greed gripping Elm Creek valley. Affecting his personal life are two intellectual and intuitive women who help him come to grips with what he has been running from, or toward, for a decade. DEADLY CIRCLES is a fast-paced novel exposing the ugly underbelly of insidious criminal activity.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel is a fast moving fiction crime mystery that enchants the reader with breath taking descriptive beauty with possible environmental struggles within the Great Plains of the USA.

The main character, CJ Hand was born in Hand County, South Dakota. As a criminal investigator CJ Hand takes the reader on a vivid pictorial trip down the winding rural roads of Nebraska into the small towns where life and love among other things thrive with a cast of over 40 characters. The dialog flows very smooth and this reviewer can visualize this book series becoming an excellent made for TV series.

Enjoy the descriptive beauty of the landscapes and relate with the rural folks going about their daily lives. Just keep in mind that nothing is perfect and even here there festers a quiet under tone of mystery, personal and political greed, crime and an unexplained death.

Haberman weaves a tale that keeps the reader turning the pages with descriptive artistry like in this quote: “A breeze whispered through the pine and cedar trees as he entered the small acreage. Colored lichens dotted gravestones and the stately old trees. He moved from grave to grave reading the inscriptions. Several large round, prairie-hay bales rested in the warm autumnal sunshine in the east half of the cemetery, devoid of headstones. CJ squatted down, grasped a handful of loose hay, examined the dried vegetation, and rolled it between his palms. The earthy, redolent grass brought a melancholy rush. The death of a friend’s son brought him here and a tragic farm accident united him with the woman he loved. He stood in the earthly solitude, stillness within him. A wind gust interrupted the moment. An important task lay ahead.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1) and you can follow this book up with Mill Creek Malice (Volume 2) as the series continues to unfold under the mastery of author C. G. Haberman. I purchased ‘Deadly Circles’ in Kindle and this review was completed on December 5, 2014.

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Dead Man’s Run by C. G. Haberman


Dead Man’s Run: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 3) by C. G. Haberman

For CJ Hand, the corral bathed in the morning sunlight is a false sign of the day to come. Minutes after starting his run up Deadman Road, a dense fog shrouds the canyon. In the heavy, gray mist a hushed purr from the road bend behind him forces CJ to take cover in the stand of ponderosa pine and cottonwoods. He waits for the danger to pass. An hour later he stares at a dead man, blood covering the understory of brown pine needles and yellowing cottonwood leaves. The second death lay in front of CJ. The mountain lion is the focus of the first death, but the local County Sheriff realizes something other a mountain lion lurks in Dead Man’s Canyon. CJ Hand and Tom Thies join the county sheriff, investigating the deaths. A Black Hills mining geologist who traveled to the Nebraska Pine Ridge is the key. The first dead man might be the answer. What they find hints at far-reaching impacts for the area and the United States.

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The 100th Meridian Murders (A CJ Hand Novel Book 5) by C. G. Haberman


The 100th Meridian Murders (A CJ Hand Novel Book 5) by C. G. Haberman

After proving his reputation as the top sharpshooter in the world, Ivan Talcott settles in China. Here, he plans to achieve his goal of becoming a multimillionaire by the age of forty. Suddenly, and without warning, he’s told to leave China, and never return. Undaunted, he will aim for his goal in the USA.

While on a hunting trip Nebraska, the sharpshooter agrees to proposal that will fulfill his goal. The hunt becomes his final challenge before he begins a new life. The result of his grisly kills uncovers dark secrets long hidden in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

CJ Hand returns to Lincoln, Nebraska after surviving a brutal attack that left him a battered man. His wife, Dee, encourages him to complete a doctoral degree and form the Great Plains Consulting firm. This new challenge, they hope, will lead him away from a turbulent path to a stable life.

His company gets the boost it needs when he signs a contract for work along the 100th meridian. The study leads him to the deadly path he left years before. The discoveries, while using drones, leads his field and office crew into a threatening, dark world. The people he admires, and to whom he owes his success, return to help. They again face the evil they once thought erased.

The peaceful, rural prairie holds secrets that turns violent. The deadly hunt begins, spilling blood across the western United States.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: For those of us following criminal investigator CJ Hand, this is what we have been waiting for, and you won’t be disappointed with ‘The 100th Meridian Murders: Volume Five by C. G. Haberman.

Realistic characters, descriptive writing that transport you to the Mid-West, USA, and a well-constructed mystery will keep you engaged all the way to the end of the 60th chapter.

Let me begin by telling you that character Ivan Talcott has studied people well for years and blends into each crowd with ease. He is a business man by degree with a life goal of “building an empire of wealth without government interference”. His professional skills as the top sharpshooter in the world help him secure funds to offshore accounts and keep him on track to become a millionaire by age forty. Called back to the US from China, he accepts a proposal.

Investigator CJ Hand who now suffers from PTSD after recovering from being beaten nearly to death and left to die three years ago returns to Lincoln, Nebraska. His wife Dee stands by his side and encourages him to completes his doctoral degree. He is challenged by his entrepreneurial spirit to form his own consulting firm. One of his first consulting contracts leads him into familiar territory that he thought he had left behind when a man in Keya Paha County finds a human skeleton.

An environment activist group that stumbles into the 100th meridian study wants to know who or what group sponsored the study?

Like any good mystery, it is the readers job to relate to one or more of the characters. Join CJ Hand as crime comes in a secretive fury like the tornadoes that thunder across the Great Plains of the US.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse ‘The 100th Meridian Murders’ by C. G. Haberman. I purchased this book in Kindle and this review was completed on August 7, 2017.

I encourage you to read: Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1), Mill Creek Malice: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 2), Dead Man’s Run: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 3), Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) and The 100th Meridian Murders: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 5) by C. G. Haberman

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Mill Creek Malice by C. G. Haberman


Mill Creek Malice: C. G. Haberman (Volume 2) by C. G. Haberman

The animal stench triggers Dawn’s gag reflex. The constant grinding of stone on stone irritably attacks her frayed nerves, and abruptly stops. Odd scratching sounds echo in her half-conscious state. She pulls herself into a sitting position and stares at a cage door. She gasps at the thing peering into her eyes.

A year before CJ Hand arrives as the new instructor at Loess Hills Community College the former professor inexplicably disappears. With the case going cold local law enforcement officers seek help. Investigators run into problems with the strange case involving native plants, and seek CJ’s expertise.

CJ is thrust into a world of pharmaceutical collusion when he finds the rare plant in question, but he also discovers an old ammunition box. When he opens it a nightmare begins. A geocache note inside written in a riddle, places him in the grip of matching wits with a killer. Key to the investigation, and the game, are–a small reptilian creature and the rare plant.

The new General Education Dean adds to CJ’s mental and physical anguish, suggesting the violation of his teaching contract. The summer class begins in two weeks and CJ has a choice to make: stop his part in the investigation or resign from his contract.

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Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web by Mary Burton King

Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web by Mary Burton King

I set the bar high when reading this book because the Author Mary Burton King is a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent with over twenty years of law enforcement experience.

‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ is spell binding. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would care to know anything about a Haitian Vodou (old term voodoo) Priestess. Nor did I know that I could become interested in Vodou Priestess’ herbs (grown all around the world), magic potions, blessings and curses.

Believe me when I say that no matter how you feel about this subject or this Vodou Priestess you will come to admire her level of intelligence (just like the black widow spider). You will begin to see the world from her perspective and no matter what her crimes you will be forced to think about human dignity.

Personally I can’t wait for the sequel to be released.

Theodocia McLean endorses Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web by Mary Burton King. I reviewed this book on July 31, 2014.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime

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The Killing Depths by Martin Roy Hill

A killer lurks beneath the waves of the western Pacific Ocean.

The USS Encinitas, the first attack submarine crewed by both men and women, stalks the Crescent Moon, a renegade Iranian sub armed with nuclear-tipped missiles.

But another predator hides aboard the American sub, a murderer who has already left a trail of dead women behind on shore.

While the crew of the Encinitas plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with the Crescent Moon, NCIS investigator Linus Schag must discover the killer’s identity before his – or her – blood lust leads to the submarine’s total destruction.

“a non-stop thrilling adventure.” (Mallory Hearts Review)

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The Touch Of A Shadow by Cheri Vause

Just as Esther Charlemagne has discovered happiness with her partner and now husband, Aiden ‘Mac’ McManus, a grisly killer from a murder case which the couple worked five years earlier, in 1959, returns to threaten her.

For their own protection, the FBI flies Esther and Mac, together with others involved in the case to a remote safe house and Esther is forced to face what happened on that fateful day, five years ago.

Although it’s the last thing she wants to do, she finds herself recalling every detail of the case, as the US Attorney deposes each witness and, knowing that the murderer has unlimited resources and has vowed to kill his beloved Esther, Mac decides leave his wife in the safe hands of the FBI and to find the killer before he has a chance to reach her.

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Violent Departures by F.M. Meredith

It is serious business for Detective Doug Milligan of the Rocky Bluff P.D. when a student from Santa Barbara College named Veronica Randall disappears from her idling Toyota Prius parked in her grandmother’s driveway. Items left behind along with a new clue emerges when the neighbor Mrs. Doris Jarvis tell officers everything she can about the sedan speeding by the house earlier that morning.

The investigation revs up and the list of possible suspects grow as inquiries into college and work acquaintances begin. The ex-boyfriend Bryan Franklin is an interesting lead and so is a possible stalker from Veronica’s high school days.

Meanwhile Detective Milligan and his wife move their family into a new house that seems to suit their needs, except for the reported resident ghost. He and his new partner Felix Zachary are finding themselves dealing with other criminal activities in the community while the whole department keeps an eye out for Veronica.

A multi-faceted story line with personable characters that could be from your own community. Author F.M. Meredith writes with a charming style that brings the reader into the detectives’ investigation. Here is a small quote. “The woman moved quickly up the spiral wrought iron stairs, and the rest followed. The second floor landing had two door on both side, and an open window. A breeze brought in a mixture of scents, the salt from the ocean, the pungent almost medicinal smell of eucalyptus, and the heavy sweet odor of gardenias. The last set of steps led to a small space in front of a closed door.”

Never a dull moment when a crime mystery and poltergeist activity inhabit the same space.

Theodocia McLean endorses ‘Violent Departures’, book 11 in F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff PD Series. Each book stands on its own merit, so you can enjoy each book even out of sequence. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on April 23, 2015.

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After The Goode (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 3) by Cary Allen Stone

Jake Roberts used excessive tactics, beyond the rules, to capture serial killer Jared Hamilton.

His superiors in Atlanta Homicide gave Jake a choice–retire, or face criminal prosecution. He decided to retire and move in with his high-powered, Hollywood agent girlfriend Caitland in LA, where he writes best-selling crime novels.

Caitland and Jake take a mini-vacation to visit his childhood friend in Phoenix. Fred and Andrea take them to the opening night show of superstar comedian Bobby Goode. During the show, Bobby humiliates a heckler.

Phoenix homicide detectives Wynter Williams and Vince Farina are investigating a murder. Jake happens onto the crime scene. The detectives invite him to consult on the case. Jake and Wynter have growing suspicions about who the killer might be. They arrive to see Bobby’s last show before he leaves for New York City. “Shots fired!”

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Through A Mother’s Eyes: A True Crime Story by Cary Allen Stone

A chilling look at human nature in a context where the lines between right and wrong become sadly blurred.

It’s a compelling account of one woman’s life, and what drove her to take the life of her six-year-old son. How everyday choices shape our perceptions, justifications, and actions.

One must consider how close to the edge we all are. It’s a true story told in layman’s terms, with the hope of preventing another tragic loss.

“This has to be one of the most poignant heart wrenching books I have ever read. A woman so driven to protect her child, she takes his life.” ––Pam Thomas Reviews

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Mind Over Murder (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 2) by Cary Allen Stone

Jake Roberts returns in the thriller Mind Over Murder.

In After the Evil, Lori Powers fled the U.S. after leaving a trail of dead men behind. She is returned to the U.S. to stand trial.

A new serial killer wants to murder Jake. His life is in jeopardy. To stop him, Jake helps Lori to escape from her cell. Will she help Jake, or take his life?

Not your average serial killer story, Mind Over Murder is the perfect serial killer read!

Book Review: Mind Over Murder is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding as you turn the page.

This is the second book in the Jake Roberts murder, mystery, suspense novel series. Although I was glad that I read ‘After The Evil’ first, they really can be enjoyed separately. Once again Author Cary Allen Stone has tapped into the criminal mind of a killer with such precision that you will look at people, no matter what their status is in life differently.

Jake like a lot of police and military who put their life on the line every day, still suffers from post-traumatic stress from a shooting incident that put him into mandatory therapy. Jake like all the brave men and women in blue still go to work every day to fight crime. One of my favorite quotes from this book is “It amazes me how long we can bury, conceal, and ignore the things in life that have hurt us deeply. How that seething pain, without warning, returns in full force at inopportune times. We think of ourselves as great, majestic mountains, sturdy and strong, unconquerable, but even mountains erode into deserts over time. After a while, we begin to realize how puny we are in the universe, and how little we control in our lives. All we really have inside, is what we believe to be true––what we can live with.”

I invite you to join homicide detective Jake Roberts as he battles his feelings for the gorgeous Lori Powers who is in fact a past lover and serial killer who has come back to the US to stand trial, while he is embroiled in a mystery where his name is scrawled in blood at a murder scene and finds himself taunted by the killer. I quote: “Killing is entertaining for me, but you’re right, it’s already boring. What makes it exciting still, is killing someone you want dead, instead of a few by surprise. I will enjoy every second of killing you. If I die, I will rise again, and kill some more.”

The characters and dialog are so realistic your mind will see and experience the action as if you are watching it on the silver screen. Your body will tense as the plot is so unpredictable with detailed graphic violence that is for mature audiences.

I leave you with this quote from the book and wonder if you are reading this from Atlanta, GA? “Atlanta was on fire again. The difference was the boots of law enforcement pounded the ground instead of the boots of Sherman’s army. Police captains shouted orders, instead of military colonels. Command center trucks rumbled past, instead of cannons drawn behind horses. The fear among the population was the same. In such a beautiful city, with a gentle Southern attitude, two infamous serial killers, and a rogue cop, were on the loose. Lives could be taken at any second. The hunted would kill to defend itself, and elude capture. Men, women and children were in extreme danger, in spite of the show of force. Atlanta, the heart of the South, was in complete lockdown.”

Theodocia McLean endorses ‘Mind Over Murder’ (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 2) by Cary Allen Stone. We invite you to also read After The Kill, After The Goode and three standalone books titled Mother’s Day Magic: With Love – Anthology, Stealing Atlanta: A Cyber-crime Thriller and Through A Mother’s Eyes: A True Crime Story. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on May 19, 2016.

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Stealing Atlanta: A Cybercrime Thriller by Cary Allen Stone

Brandyn Wood and his team are professional con men. Their mark is Fed Chairman, Portend Ulysses Buford. “Smooth” is a legend in the business.

“Summer” is the sexy, brilliant PhD. “Mysty” is an ex-Navy Seal. And “Crackhead” is the master machine wizard that hacks the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

After the con is over they escape to Freeland, the island they own and rule with no extradition and they are very, very rich. High-rollers fill the casinos. The fetish club is packed––worshipping room only.

Brandyn is resurrected from the dead and reunites with Mai. It isn’t just an ordinary bank job––it’s the bank job of a lifetime!

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After The Kill (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 4) by Cary Allen Stone

Jake never looks for trouble, but you can bet it’s looking for him in the high-stakes thriller AFTER THE KILL.

A beautiful morning quickly becomes a life and death day. What will the night bring?

Mackenzy earned a doctorate in forensic psychology, specializing in serial killers. She wants to understand them beyond the textbooks. Will a DNA sample give her a clue?

It looks like Oscar night at the house in Malibu as she hosts her A-list clients.

Caitland returns to LA for the party while Jake stays in Phoenix. She is caught totally by surprise when the party’s over. But will Jake get there in time?

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After The Evil (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 1) by Cary Allen Stone

Airline captain Nick Parker has an insatiable sexual appetite and wants sexy flight attendant Megan. On a sexual sabbatical, Fr. Anthony Moralli wants to taste the forbidden fruit. Dr. Thaddeus Abrams married into money, but wants her dead. And Chief of Detectives Ed Fairchild?

He meets a man with information. What do they all have in common? Death by serial killer.

FBI profiler Mika Scott and homicide detective Jake Roberts are obsessed on a cold trail that turns flaming hot. Will they get there in time?

Book Review: ‘After The Evil’ is an extremely well written psychological crime fiction thriller that will not only keep you turning the page, but will lock you into this Jake Roberts series.

Author Cary Allen Stone taps into the criminal mind of his characters with a fresh perspective and clarity of the psychological nuances. His characters are realistic with engaging dialog and the plot is unpredictable with detailed graphic violence that is for mature audiences.

Father Anthony Moralli battles his sexual desires while serving in his parish. “Father Anthony loved the whole religion thing—the ceremonies, hearing confessions, and especially saving lost souls. He planned to start saving his soul right after saving all of the others. After years of religious studies and training, he concluded it was beyond his comprehension to truly understand God, so he simply preached the commandments, and left the rest to God.”

Homicide detective Jake Roberts reports to Dr. Thaddeus Abrams after an on the job shooting incident. Professionals can have issues too as we learn that Dr. Abrams who married into money, secretly wants his wife dead while attempting to help clients in his busy psychiatric practice. Jake wrestles with post-traumatic stress and Dr. Abrams tells him “I can’t erase what happened to you Jake. It will always be in your memory. All I can do is to try and help you find some closure and that’s going to take time.”

Lori Powers is a beautiful, seductive flight attendant who cause men’s heads to turn when she walks into the room. She is a widow and a mother with secret inner demons that drive her to the cemetery where her beloved daughter is buried.

Airline Captain Nick Parker believes his position of authority gives him license over one or more of his flight attendants. In the right circumstances the hunter can become the hunted.

FBI Profiler Mika Scott teams up with Homicide Detective Jake Roberts to solve a crime spree. They look at the statically data surrounding serial killers like Theodore Bundy while Chief of Detectives Ed Fairchild meets with a man that might have some pertinent information.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is “The mind is truly a remarkable creation, the way it operates. What goes on routinely inside of it is nothing less than miraculous. It can add and subtract, multiply and divide, all of what life throws at us. It is responsible for basic functions of the human body and can contemplate abstract concepts. It’s a fascinating thing, the human mind.”

I invite you to read ‘After The Evil’ and don’t take for granted the intensions of those you work, play and live with.

Theodocia McLean endorses ‘After The Evil’ (A Jake Roberts Novel Book 1) by Cary Allen Stone. This is book one in the Jake Roberts series. Also enjoy Mind Over Murder, After The Goode, After The Kill, and three standalone books titled Mother’s Day Magic: With Love – Anthology, Stealing Atlanta: A Cybercrime Thriller and Through A Mother’s Eyes: A True Crime Story. I purchased and reviewed this book in a Kindle format. This review was completed on May 4, 2016.

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Key Witness by Sandra Bolton

Key Witness by Sandra Bolton is gaining mixed reviews which shows that readers are talking about this book.

A cross country trip starting in New Jersey with Patch, his three legged dog, Abe Freeman, an unassuming gentle Jewish man seeks mind and spiritual healing after he successfully assisted in his girlfriend’s death when she was dying with cancer. The trip into the desert of New Mexico goes terribly wrong when he becomes a suspect in the murder of Easy Jackson.

Unsure of his arrest, Abe struggles with these logical questions: Had they linked him to Sharon’s death, where is Patch, and what is the penalty for possession of personal use marijuana in New Mexico?

Strong characters, good dialog and descriptive writing keep readers turning the pages with a plot that involves the incendiary mix of FBI, Navajo Nation Tribal Police, Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia and Kansas City Mafia.

Author Sandra Bolton grew up in northern California’s Sacramento Valley. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she spent 25 years traveling from coast to coast and one country after another during her husband’s Navy career. She received BA’s in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. Perhaps it is her service in the volunteer Peace Corps in Honduras from 1985-87 or her residence in Raton, New Mexico that gives her the inspiration for her descriptive writing, strong characters and complex plot.

I share with you this passage from the book. “Darkness descended on the mountains, carrying with it a sudden influx of cold. Abe shivered and cursed himself for having left his jacket in the Bronco. But the cool air provided clarity to his thoughts as he puzzled over the significance of the key. Abe’s dog ran ahead, sniffing at new intoxicating smells. Without realizing it, he and Patch had walked far from the hunter’s cabin. Deer had recently used the trail, cluttering it with their brown-bead droppings. Now, however, nothing moved in the forest. Even the small gray juncos had given up scratching the ground for seed. They perched in silent groups on pine branches, as if anticipating some unknown danger.”

Theodocia McLean endorses Key Witness by Sandra Bolton. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on December 5, 2015.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime Fiction, Organized Crime, Police Procedurals

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Things Left Behind by James Glass

When Lieutenant Mark Wheeler of the South Carolina Police Department arrives at a possible murder-suicide, he realizes almost immediately things are amiss.

The crime scene is brutal, but upon further investigation, he unveils a sadistic killer at play who will stop at nothing to get away.

As the case unfolds, nothing can prepare Wheeler for the gauntlet of turmoil and trouble.

Relentlessly pursuing a psychopath who has flown under the radar for years, Mark fights to keep control—driven to bring this monster to justice.

Will the sadistic killer finally be caught or will his instincts which have helped him so far see him through to the end?

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Murder and More: Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 14 by Gerald W. Darnell

Murder and More: Carson Reno Mystery Series Book 14 by [Darnell, Gerald]All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order.

Carson’s feud with a local crime reporter continues, and then suddenly the husband of his client is brutally murdered – a husband he’s been hired to investigate. Mysterious characters weave a web of blackmail and suspense, while leaving Carson with more clients than he can handle.

The Memphis police have warned Carson to back off, but an employee of a friend is missing from a murder scene and he’s determined to find her and the killer.

Follow Carson to New Orleans, Humboldt, Memphis and Florida where he chases numerous suspects trying to track down a missing person and the killer he’s been hired to find.

Enjoy this unusual adventure for Carson Reno, as he struggles to solve the case of ‘Murder and More’.

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Dangerous Times by Phillip Frey

DANGEROUS TIMES is a multicultural crime-thriller with the pull of the unpredictable. This book is not for the squeamish.

Psychopath Frank Moore has a diabolical plan. To Finance it he must commit a major robbery. He has now found the key to its success. Using databases, Frank Moore has found his scapegoat, his look-alike, John Kirk, a close-enough double who lives in the harbor city of San Pedro.

John Kirk wants to get out of San Pedro and leave his troublesome relationships behind. His live-in sweetheart is fed-up with his station in life and has become unfaithful, his mother finds solace from the death of Kirk’s father by embracing the bottle, and Kirk’s boss at the auto shop is an overbearing, cheap son of a bitch.

These troubles fall by the wayside when Frank Moore switches their identities and fingerprints in government databases. An act that will send the innocent John Kirk through 48-hours of betrayal, violence and murder.

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Deception in Plain Sight by Vivienne Diane Neal

Christian Bailey comes from a privileged background, always sees the good in people and swiftly falls for the enigmatic and handsome Awesome Petté, who exemplifies charm, intellect, ambition and the gift to incite her sexual inhibitions.

She believes he is her soul mate but will soon discover she has been living in a fool’s paradise because he will slowly draw her into a sinister plot that will leave her asking, “What type of monster did his parents create?”.

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The Monster of Silver Creek by Belinda G. Buchanan

This small town in Prairie County, Montana has been rocked to its very core with the brutal murders of four women. Troubled Police Chief Nathan Sommers is on the hunt for a serial killer who leaves a most unusual calling card – but every road leads to a dead end.

Nathan is also battling his own demons as he tries in vain to cope with the death of his wife. He feels her dying was a direct result of his actions and is consumed with guilt. Nathan’s personal life becomes even more complicated when he meets Katie, the pretty new owner of the bakery. He slowly builds a relationship with her, but still struggles with Jenny’s death.

As Nathan begins closing in on the killer, everything in his life suddenly comes undone – forcing him to face his feelings for Katie, as well as his love for his dead wife.

Despicable Kill by George Wilder Jr.

“ONE OF THE GREATEST CRIME STORIES EVER WRITTEN.”

A man is stalked by his property manager, in a deadly game of twisted morals.

Denver Chase is a good cop, but his many mental breakdowns is causing his co-workers to avoid him like the plague.

Michael Blake wants to change jobs and his current place of residence.

A state senator is dramatically kidnapped in this gritty crime saga.

It all ties in.

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Tragedy at Silver Creek by Belinda G. Buchanan

Guilt is a powerful thing, and former deputy Jack Collins is mired in it. Unable to forget the events that have taken place in the town he was sworn to protect, he feels as if he is slowly drowning as he tries to cope with the aftermath of a serial killer’s reign of terror, as well as his new – and unwanted – job as chief of police.

When the body of a young woman, having the same puncture wounds as the serial killer’s previous victims, is discovered, Jack must determine if this is a copycat crime or the work of a possible accomplice – either of which – could put the killer’s only surviving victim in grave danger.
As Jack delves deeper into the murder, his vow to keep the victim safe, combined with the secret he’s been harboring, begins to take its toll. His sudden inability to confide in his wife, Cheryl, causes their home, which was once a haven for him, to become just another source of tension.
An overzealous news team, a threat from his not so distant past, and a mayor who wants the murder swept under the rug, only add to the pressure surrounding Jack as he struggles to do what’s right on all levels in this riveting, stand-alone sequel to The Monster of Silver Creek.

Medicinal Purposes Only by Peter J. Earle

The power of African medicine is enhanced by the use of human body parts; an evil practice to be stamped out in the modern world. Detective Sergeant Dice Modise of the Botswana CID investigates the disappearance of a surveyor, only to find blood and bones.

The only witness has fled in fear of his life with the Devil on his heels. Then a homeless man is nowhere to be found… The two cases seem to be linked, and as Modise closes in, so does the killer.

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Hunter’s Venom by Peter J. Earle

An English safari client dies in an African hunting tragedy. Or is it an accident?

His daughter flies to the wild Okavango Delta of Botswana to find out, as CID detective Sergeant Dice Modise of the Botswana Police investigates. It is not the only case in his busy schedule: A girl is raped by three men who believe they now have the cure for their AIDS affliction because a powerful witchdoctor with a grudge has told them so.

Lovers in a locked hut are burned to a crisp. Then there is another death that may not be a tragic accident, and when the English girl is kidnapped, it is a desperate race against time by Modise and his game-guide friend, Nick Cahill, to find her alive.

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Purgatory Road by Peter J. Earle

John Stafford is caught in a speed trap late at night by two crooked traffic officers. Their attempted extortion causes him to shoot them down.

On arrival at his farm, he discovers that his wife has left him for another man.

Fleeing to Rhodesia to escape his shattered life, Stafford is caught up in the bush war and a bitter struggle for freedom and survival. After surviving three encounters – the last of which leaves him at death’s door – his friend at home, a policeman, is finding clues to the cop killer…

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The Eagle’s Covenant by Michael Parker

Manfred Schiller is the world’s most powerful and richest citizen.

He controls an enormous industry that covers most aspects of everyday life.

The key to controlling his organization is a week-old baby boy, and Franz Molke—leader of the People’s Party in Germany—aims to control the Schiller empire by kidnapping the infant.

The kidnap fails, but the baby disappears in the process.

Ex IRA terrorist and SAS soldier, Conor Lenihan fights double cross and cyber warfare in an attempt to find the infant.

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Abra Cadaver (Roger and Suzanne Mysteries Book 14) by by Jerold Last

A former client who gave Roger and Suzanne their first German shorthaired pointer, Juliet, mysteriously loses her new husband a few days after their wedding.

The bumbling local sheriff treats the disappearance as a spouse developing buyer’s remorse and running off.

The client, questioning the official nonchalance, hires Roger to find the answers. And we’re off on another complicated murder case involving dangerous wineries, the apocalyptic history of a small rural town, California’s deadly drought, a raging wildfire, corrupt cops, buried cadavers, a critically wounded private eye, and a lurking serial killer.

Juliet, now trained as a cadaver dog, gets her first real test in the field. Dog lovers, mystery and whodunit fans, and the many readers who’ve enjoyed previous books in this series will enjoy this suspenseful thriller set in Northern California’s Central Valley region.

Series fans will reconnect with characters from earlier books, while new readers can enjoy this story as a standalone novel and an introduction to the series. Free for download from Kindle Unlimited.

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You Can Run (A Kramer and Shadow Action Crime Series) (Volume 2) by Greg Smith

U.S. Marines, Capt. Kramer and his dog Sgt. Shadow survive hell in Afghanistan — but worse awaits them back home.

YOU CAN RUN is not your average crime thriller. Full of crime, absolutely! A thrilling ride, most definitely!

But Greg Smith takes it up a couple of notches, pulls you, the reader, into a dangerous, action-packed FBI operation.

You enter the world of 2 U.S. Marines who offer their services to bring down a diabolical kingpin.

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The Pits: A Crime Novel (Volume 1) by Greg Smith

After nearly 20 years serving in the Marine Corps, Captain Kramer thought he’d been prepared for anything life had to throw him.

He returns from deployment to Afghanistan with a new dog, Shadow.

The ugly sport of dog fighting was one experience Kramer wanted to leave behind but back in Oceanside, California he and Shadow are drawn into a struggle to oust local gangs involved in the bloody sport.

Kramer and Shadow’s activities capture the attention of the FBI who quickly enlist their help in an operation to bring down a major crime lord based in Florida.

Captain Kramer, USMC and Corporal Shadow, USMC soon find themselves in their deadliest fight ever.

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Adolph’s Gold by Donan Berg

Mayhem, murder, and mystery enhance and thwart Detective Second Class Adolph Anderson’s ability to earn a coveted gold shield. An absorbing, fast-paced, satisfying major mystery surrounds a skeleton discovered by Adolph’s supervisor and Bridgetown’s Chief of Police.

Author Donan Berg, creator of multiple five-star novels within his Skeleton Series Mystery, spins an addictive tale of secrets, heroic acts, gullibility, and cruelty with an elaborate web of unsuspected turns sprung with gusto. Adolph is joined by an array of memorable characters including Luann, a partner forced on him by The Chief and Adolph’s competition for the one gold shield available; “Ant” Carpenter, bar owner and local underground poker kingpin; and Silas, a riverboat pilot who harbors intense bitterness after losing his son to a barge safety mishap and his pension when the local barge company goes bankrupt.

All join Donan Berg’s showcase of winning characters. As a prior national reviewer has written, Donan Berg offers a style of mystery and suspense where the “clues eventually fit together in clever and significant ways.” Adolph’s Gold continues Author Berg’s tradition of portraying the complexity of everyday relationships that include heroic acts, gullibility, sinister designs, and cruelty hidden within and between characters and flavored with warmth and humor.

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A Child Is Torn by Dawn Kopman Whidden

a-child-is-torn-whitley-keal-mystery-book-1-by-dawn-kopman-whiddenWhen dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario—and he’s covered in blood.

Veteran Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders.

When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and treat the child. A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?

Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

As the layers of truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask yourself, which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we are—NATURE or NURTURE?

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Cold Currents (A Bobby Taylor Mystery/Thriller Book 1) by Byron Suggs

“Thirty years after the shocking murder of Jenny Franklin, followed by the arrest and conviction of his brother Terry, Knoxville Detective Bobby Taylor returns to his North Carolina hometown of Clayton at his aging mother’s request. Reluctant to face his estranged father and make amends after blaming him for not doing more to save his brother, Bobby arrives to discover the head of another young girl has washed up on the banks of the wild Neuse River. Disgusted at the brutality and familiarity of the crime, he realizes the murderous, sadistic monster from his past has returned with a vengeance. His brother’s blood is now on the hands of those who failed to catch the real killer the first time around. Fueled by retribution, and eager to heal his past, Bobby’s determined to bring the true murderer to justice.

Armed with equal parts instinct and desperation, Bobby confronts his broken relationships while chasing a mysterious trail of death that spans thirty years and two continents. Obstacles, lies, and deception face him at every turn as he partners with a tough-as-nails female reporter and a reluctant Chief of Detectives to catch a resurrected killer and vindicate his family’s name. In the end, Bobby finds redemption in a way he could never imagine as the whispers of the river reveal the horrible secrets beneath her swift, cold currents.”

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Stolen (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 3) by Dawn Kopman Whidden

stolen-whitley-keal-mystery-book-3-by-dawn-kopman-whiddenAnother homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, New York.

In a cabin nestled deep in the woods, two male victims are discovered, both gunshot victims.

One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene. One child is quickly identified, but the other, a young boy, remains a mystery.

The only one with possible answers is the man who lays critically wounded and unconscious in the hospital, because the unidentified boy either cannot or will not speak.

What happened in that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on…

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Faceless (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 2) by Dawn Kopman Whidden

Fallsburg, New York has a killer on the loose—one who’s leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims. A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing—and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims being targeted by someone they know?

It’s up to two of Fallsburg’s finest—Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, to find out who’s responsible. When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims-and many of the potential suspects-are classmates of Jean’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Bethany. To make matters worse, Bethany’s behavior has drastically changed. Jean’s sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger. How much does Bethany really know about the victims-and the crimes that are taking place?

Does Bethany’s hunky, new heartthrob have anything to do with the crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish priest? Suddenly deprived of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the lead in this latest investigation while breaking in a new partner. As they dig deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family relationships…and quite possibly to her own daughter’s life. Through it all, Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the unseen villain before anyone else ends up dead…and faceless.

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White Lightning: Murder In The World Of Stock Car Racing by G C Smith

WHITE LIGHTNING is a story of a top notch stock car race-team trying to grab the big prize in stock car racing that will, in turn, make their Southern regional corporation, WHITE LIGHTNING INDUSTRIES (car parts and care products and service stores), a national corporate player.

Bad guys try to take over the corporation.

Their skullduggery ends up with multiple murder.

The book bounces from the South Carolina Lowcountry to the NASCAR race circuit to the Bahamas and back to the race circuit.

It’s got intrigue.

It’s got suspense.

It’s got flirty girls. And it’s got redemption.

It is, I think, a fun read.

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In The Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukerjee

Sheetal Mehra, Hr executive with Crescent Technologies, is found murdered in the toilet of a Kolkata hotel after an office party.

Acp Agni Mitra finds out about her adulterous ways as he starts investigating into the murder. The miffed husband, a lecherous boss, one of her many jilted admirers – anyone could have killed her. The investigation is stuck in myriad perplexing questions when the murder of Meenakshi Menon, a Director with Altius Finance, hits the headlines.

As more murders rock the city, it is not too long before the battle of wits with his unseen adversary turns personal for Agni. A ruthless killer walking the rain-washed streets of Kolkata. A detective battling storms brewing in his private life.

Human relations infested with deceit. A generation struggling to cope with fast-changing ambitions and desires. In the Shadows of Death is a gripping page-turner with a heart-rending emotional core.

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Living In A Lie by Redmond Herring

Sara Blake’s lifelong friend, Darrel Emerson, begins his quest for fame and fortune as a wealthy investment banker.

His first venture, The Red Rover Project, nets him over a million dollars as investors buy into his scheme, a gold extracting machine.

Emerson leverages his profits by building an investment empire that triumphs well established Wall Street firms.

There are many twists and turns of fate leading the reader through suspenseful and gripping escapades that even surprise Redmond Herring. Who will prevail in controlling the small town man’s wealth?

Read carefully as the rule of law is decided.

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The Last Refuge (The Peter Brandt Thrillers Book 2) by Martin Roy Hill

Iraq, 1991:Operation Desert Storm. In a terrible friendly fire incident, a U.S. helicopter massacres a small convoy of American MPs. Among the dead: a mysterious American civilian engineer discovered by the soldiers behind enemy lines.

San Diego, CA, 1993: A freelance journalist is hired to research a story about a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead engineer’s widow against the government and the defense contractor which employed him But the government insists there is no lawsuit, and the contractor claims the engineer did not work for them. And someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Peter Brandt, the war-scarred journalist from Empty Places, returns in this story of greed, betrayal, and government secrets. With federal agents, foreign spies,and shady covert operatives standing in his way, Peter discovers patriotism is often the last refuge for those whose motives are far from patriotic. Can Peter expose the truth without becoming another victim of the wartime tragedy?

“a first class performance from a writer at the very top of his game..” (SHOTS Magazine)

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Deception In Plain Sight by Vivienne Diane Neal

Christian Bailey comes from a privileged background, always sees the good in people and swiftly falls for the enigmatic and handsome Awesome Petté, who exemplifies charm, intellect, ambition and the gift to incite her sexual inhibitions. She believes he is her soul mate but will soon discover she has been living in a fool’s paradise because he will slowly draw her into a sinister plot that will leave her asking, “What type of monster did his parents create?”.

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Trails of Sin by Joyce McCarthy

When Andrew Smith, the head honcho of Tech-Me gets into a steamy affair with Emma Atkins, the new intern in office, his secretary and ex-girlfriend Betty Wilson swears revenge. Soon strategic secrets of the company are leaked out through craftily designed torrid acts of seduction of Tech-Me bosses.

As Tech-Me starts losing ground and there are storms brewing in Andrew’s private life, he realizes there is more to his predicament than professional issues. He is left searching for answers as shadows of a sinful past haunt him. Trails of Sin is an erotic thriller in a corporate setting with a strong element of suspense and a powerful undercurrent of selfless love.

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Murder In Vail by Judy Moore

Sally Braddock lives a serene lifestyle on top of a mountain in Vail, Colorado, with her Scandinavian housekeeper and her two Labradoodles.

A widow who, like her husband, was a world class athlete, she swims, skis, paints watercolors, and helps out local charities. If you didn’t know her background, you’d never guess she was one of the country’s first female billionaires. Her relaxed lifestyle changes drastically once a year when her three spoiled children – and worse their dreadful spouses – visit her and her money each Christmas.

Her children live off their trust funds, and those funds are disappearing quickly. They fly in from Palm Beach, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale and spend most of the holidays bickering with each other and hitting up their mother for money. But this year, Sally makes an announcement that sends her children into a tizzy, an announcement so extreme that it pushes someone in the house to murder. The storm inside the house is matched by a raging blizzard outside, and the family finds themselves snowbound with a killer.

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Sideswiped by Russell F. Moran

Sideswiped will send a chill up your spine the next time you drive on the freeway!

Russell F. Moran’s well developed characters and distinct voice brings reality to the situation from sentence one and draws the reader into the story line with immediate empathy.

Main Character Matt Blake (x-Marine) is an Attorney, Blake & Randolph. Matt’s life changed (quote) “I’d never thought of the Chicago River as a romantic spot, especially during the day. It’s a beautiful waterway that meanders through some of the greatest architectural treasures in the country. It’s just not romantic. Until my lunch with Maggie Pierce.”

Get to know the professional and personal side of Matt Blake (quote) “It was Jimmy Escobedo, an old friend from college. Jimmy was nuts, in a good way. He was the funniest person I ever knew, and just seeing him made me laugh. He walked over to me, more like ran, and gave me a bear hug as I downed my next Scotch, almost spilling it. Jimmy was a character, the kind of guy who was a typical class clown. He was also bright as hell, and had his choice of job offers after Northwestern. He looked good, except he was a lot skinnier than I remembered.”

With flawless writing skills the author creates the stage that brings the reader into the life of Matt Blake and into the ins and outs of personal injury litigation. Do you think that all personal injury lawyers are ambulance chasers?

I invite you to come see for yourself how personal injury law plays out in the courtroom. Follow multiple cases and the drama that will take your mind to places where it has never gone. Sideswiped is a face paced, realistic, suspenseful thriller and romantically touching. Your mind will envision every aspect like you are watching it unfold in a dark movie theater and your impressions of somethings will change forever.

Theodocia McLean endorses Sideswiped: A Matt Blake Novel by Russell F. Moran. The author dedicates this book to the State and Government law enforcement community who dedicate their lives to keep us safe.

Sideswiped is book one in Matt Blake Legal Thrillers (The Reformers-book two is coming soon). Also available The Gray Ship, The Thanksgiving Gang, A Time of Fear, and The Skies of Time (all four books in the Time Magnet series). The Shadows of Terror, The Scent of Revenge (books one and two in the Patterns Series).

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Detour: A Big Rig Thriller by Devorah Fox

It’s February, 1993, and trucker Archie “Super Man” Harlanson is traveling to New York’s Hudson Valley with misgivings. He’s eager to see his girlfriend Debbie, but her elitist parents? Not so much.

When he ends up at the family home, he figures the hardest part will be surviving the onslaught of relatives arriving to celebrate the birth of Debbie’s nephew. That is until the US President announces his plans to hold a campaign event nearby and the town is caught up in the media frenzy.

When Archie stumbles on a deadly plot against the nation’s leader he finds himself butting heads with skeptical local law enforcement, the FBI, and the White House security team, and dodging the would-be assassins who now have him in their sights, all while trying to keep his head down in a household crazy with new-baby fever.

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Unfinished Business by Bob Jordan

When forty-eight-year-old retired sales manager, Trevor Capello props an antique door against his bedroom wall, he has no clue the door possesses magnetic powers that will thrust him through the portals of time and into the past to fulfill a dangerous two-fold mission–to save his fiancee and prevent a coveted orb from falling into the hands of evil men. But, Trevor has only until the stroke of midnight.

In Unfinished Business, the stakes are high when Trevor Capello accepts a risky commission. If he does not act quickly, his fiancee’s death by a hit-and-run driver, will replay. Can Trevor bear the pain of losing Janet again? Nearly three decades earlier, Trevor’s fiancee died from the impact of a head-on collision.

After an old German reveals the link between the antique door and the pulsating orb suspended from Janet’s neck the day she died, Trevor is convinced Janet’s death was no accident. Now he must return to the past to avert the so-called accident that took her life, and protect the coveted orb from malicious men with one goal—world domination.

His schedule is tight. If Trevor does not complete his assignment by midnight, he will forever remain in the past. Trevor’s decision is ripped from him when the same hit-and-run driver slams into him. He slips into a coma, but gradually returns with lapses in his memory. Bits and pieces of scenes flash through Trevor’s mind; but could it be too late for Janet when he fits the pieces together?

Multi-Genre

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