Roger and Suzanne have to solve a cold, but still hazardous, case in a hot climate. Roger’s newest client was fired after leading a disastrous tour to Cuba during which a tourist died in a devastating accident.
Our detective couple joins a subsequent identical tour of Cuba to seek evidence the catastrophe was murder, not an accident. There’s no shortage of suspects in this perilous case, including the Cuban Intelligence Services, the CIA, a sprinkling of additional spies waiting for them in Havana, and several suspicious characters traveling on their tour.
Danger lurks as they investigate the nightmare scenario that the victim was targeted by a deadly terrorist conspiracy. The author recently visited Cuba on a similar person-to-person tour, so all of the details about locations are authentic and the background is real.
A deadly storm is brewing over the sleepy little town of Wattsville, Maine. Mystery and intrigue creep into the village like a fetid fog blown by an ill wind. The untimely deaths of two young men shake the quiet peace of the small community, and threaten to destroy the life of a revered religious leader. The spirits of those slain cry out for justice from their graves, while restless ghosts walk the hallways and grounds of the old monastery; silent victims of the horrors that took place by the pond.
Faith, forensics and falsehood mix together to thicken the plot of this elaborate murder mystery. The twists and turns of the case will lead the team into the darkest heart of evil, and the mind of a serial killer. Follow the determined team of investigators in the first book of the Monastery Murder Series, as they begin their efforts to pit science and religion in a battle for the truth. Haunted by ghosts and stalked by a killer, will the team become victims themselves, or will they discover the ‘Secrets in the Shallows’?
(NOTE: NEW 4th edition has been re-released as of April, 2016.)
The first four years of the 1960s have been filled with tragedy and violence for Esther Charlemagne; divorce from her abusive, alcoholic husband, the death of her thirteen year-old son, the assassination of President Kennedy, and her battle with breast cancer. None of these events, however, have prepared her for the investigation of her life, into the circumstantial death of a talented young ballet dancer, killed in a mysterious fire. Teamed with her former partner on the New York City Police, Aiden “Mac” McManus, the case will be the first that their fledgling private investigation firm will take on, engaging all the skills learned while detectives on the elite homicide squad of the NYPD. Amid the deception and danger, Esther and Mac are thrown together and forced to face their own demons and their long-buried feelings for each other.
“From the first page, The Night Shadow grabs you with instant fascination, as a serial killer’s work pulls you into this journey of intrigue, adding surprise at every turn. Just when you think you’ve solved the mystery, the author cleverly throws another curve. The story is rife with psychological elements, putting you inside each character’s mind, the motives for suspicious behaviors, misinformation, and murder. As the journey progresses, characters change their masks. Good? Bad? Innocent? Guilty? Suspense rises. And the story takes on new tones along the way.
The road to discovery is traveled by two private investigators, former police officers, pursuing the crafty and illusive killer. Esther and Mac are in their familiar realm of activity, but now with more latitude to cut corners and surpass accepted methods of pursuit. They encounter many clues, lies, and dead ends, but are driven by any means to expose the devious killer and stop the seemingly senseless murders. As they attempt to unravel the pieces, their romantic relationship struggles to survive, each with their own inner pain to deal with. Esther’s over-involvement with the case becomes a reflection of her personal inner turmoil brought to the surface, and plays an important part in the ongoing turn of events.
As the story unfolds, the author guides you from one character, one suspenseful event, one emotional experience to another… and another… and another, changing lives in the process. In places, the story seems to approach resolution, but then takes an unexpected turn, and the journey moves on. And everything might be a clue. But many clues are misleading, and you will finally be brought to a most astounding ending.
In this book, the author presents a fascinating chain of events and, given the many characters involved, you will need to get to know them, for they will turn up again with meaning in the story. Final resolution on this intriguing journey will invite your re-assessment of where you’ve been, the clues, the surprises, the struggles, the emotional ups and downs you’ve experienced. And you will re-live much of it before you can put the book down. And you will feel very satisfied and gratified. A read you won’t forget.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.