The Gray and Guilty Sea: An Oregon Coast Mystery (Garrison Gage Series Book 1) by Scott William Carter and Jack Nolte

“Carter’s writing is on target.” – Publishers WeeklyA curmudgeon. An iconoclast. A loner. That’s how people describe Garrison Gage, and that’s when they’re being charitable.After his wife’s brutal murder in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled private investigator retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon. He spends the next five years in a convalescent stupor, content to bide his time filling out crossword puzzles and trying to forget that his wife’s death is his fault. But all that changes when he discovers the body of a young woman washed up on the beach, and his conscience draws him back into his old occupation – forcing him to confront the demons of his own guilt before he can hope to solve the girl’s murder.

Author: Scott William Carter and Jack Nolte

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
1147 reviews

When Butterflies Cry: A Novel by Ninie Hammon

What could possibly be sad enough to make butterflies cry?

Just so you know going in—that dam holding back a 300-million-gallon lake on the mountainside above the little coal camp town of Saddler Hollow—that dam’s going to blow.
Grayson Addington comes home to Saddler Hollow, West Virginia, from Vietnam a broken man, ravaged by post traumatic stress syndrome, a chaplain who left his faith in the jungle mud with his massacred unit. His wife, Piper, doesn’t know her husband anymore. In his absence, she turned to his brother Carter for support. Now, she must choose between them—and Carter will stop at nothing to have her.

And into this family torn apart by jealousy, deceit and clan loyalties comes a mysterious little girl. Maggie, a battered child with amnesia, shows up on the Addington’s front porch and instantly bonds to Sadie, Piper and Grayson’s cripplingly shy toddler. When Maggie runs away and takes Sadie with her, the warring brothers must team up to search for them.

But something more than chance has brought the child called Maggie to this wounded family. And nothing less than destiny will be fulfilled by her incredible act of love–on the foggy morning when the coal slag dam at the top of the hollow explodes.

Interview with the author:

Q. What’s so special about When Butterflies Cry?

A. It’s real life on paper. It’s been a Kindle bestseller because the characters in the novel come to life on the page—like the family next door in a small town. The story is gripping, the action nail-biting.

Q. Is this a Christian book?

A. There’s no religion in it. But there is spirituality–themes of love and sacrifice that touch the soul of readers of any faith—or no faith at all.

Q. Why should readers give this book a try?

A. Because it’s a book that will break your heart, and then put it back together again.

Goodreads and Amazon Reader Reviews

Wow. I have found a new favourite author. She is so good and I’ve been burned a lot lately by really bad free books, written poorly and full of mistakes. This is the kind of contemporary women’s fiction I want but usually don’t find in a free book. A (no spoilers) sacrifice makes the book inspirational, but its filled with suspense too. Even though its during the 60’s or 70s war in Vietnam, the story itself felt timeless and contemporary and so real I forgot it was fiction and it kept me in suspense way past my bedtime to find out what happened. Sarah Bridges

I’m a city girl and I never thought my heart would break over a story about a small town in West Virginia. Not what I expected from a typical paranormal thriller–its a mystery with lots of suspense, like other reviewers said, it was unique. But it is during the Viet Nam war times, and not contemporary fiction like it said. You should read it, but have lots of tissues handy. It was inspirational to me how the chaplain kept hanging on and “doin’ the necessary” and then got home and found his brother with his wife—but I won’t spoil the suspense. I think the mystery about the butterflies landing on her was she was paranormal. Cassandra

You’ll find other Ninie Hammon suspense, thriller, inspirational and psychological suspense novels in these categories in the AMAZON KINDLE STORE
Literature and Fiction> Religious & Inspirational Fiction> Inspirational
Literature and Fiction> Religious & Inspirational Fiction> Contemporary
Literature and Fiction> Women’s Fiction> Psychological
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense> Thrillers> Psychological
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense> Thrillers> Paranormal> Psychic

Author: Ninie Hammon

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
86 reviews

A Cereal Killer (A Sibyl Potts Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by Morgana Best

From #1 Best-selling Cozy Mystery author Morgana Best.
A Cereal Killer (A Sibyl Potts Cozy Mystery, Book ONE)

Sybil Potts has moved to the pleasant Australian town of Little Tatterford, eager to find a life of peace and quiet after her stressful divorce.
With minutes of arriving in town, she sees a dead body and finds she is surrounded by eccentric people: the English gentleman, Mr. Buttons, who serves everyone tea and cucumber sandwiches, and her landlord, Cressida Upthorpe, who is convinced that her fat cat, Lord Farringdon, speaks to her. Yet Sibyl herself has a secret to keep.
How will Sybil’s secret put her at odds with Blake Wessley, the exasperated police officer who is trying to solve the murder?

In This Series:
1) A Cereal Killer
2) Murder Most Fowl
3) Never Say Dye

All Morgana Best’s books are clean reads. The mystery in this book is solved.
There are no cliffhangers in Morgana Best books.

Please note: This book has low level paranormal elements. The book is not about ghosts or haunted houses.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
#1 Best-selling Cozy Mystery author, Morgana Best, lives in a small, historic, former gold mining town in Australia. She is owned by one highly demanding, rescued cat who is half Chinchilla, and two less demanding dogs, a chocolate Labrador and a rescued Dingo.
Morgana is a former college professor who now writes full time. Her subject was grammar. Morgana was a published author of dry academic books under a pen name, but abandoned that to write cozy mysteries.
Morgana runs an animal rescue not-for-profit.
In her spare time, Morgana loves to read cozy mysteries, repurpose furniture, and renovate her old house. She tries to be vegan but has no will power when it comes to ice cream and chocolate.
Likes: animals, coffee, ice cream, grammar, chalk paint, upcycling and repurposing, renovating.
Dislikes: injustice, intolerance, calling animals “it”.

Author: Morgana Best

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
215 reviews

Too Quiet In Brooklyn (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 1) by Susan Russo Anderson

Private Investigator Fina Fitzgibbons stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina. This is the first book in the Fina Fitzgibbons mystery series. **** Note: Some scenes contain adult-only content.

Author: Susan Russo Anderson

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
220 reviews

The Jailer’s Son: The Legend Begins by S. A. Ferkey

A boy becomes a man before his time …

The Jailer’s Son: The Legend Begins is Book #1 of The Jailer’s Son series of action adventure westerns.

Maxwell Beck is no average boy. Thanks to his Pas insistence, hes a sharpshooter, sleight of hand artist, acrobat, and cardsharp. These are handy, yet highly unusual skills for the son of a traveling salesman. Even so, Max thinks he’s living a normal life, until one fateful day when he inadvertently sets a chain of monumental events in motion.

Just days after his Ma dies, Max accidentally shoots his Pa. It’s then that Max learns a secret about his past that will change his life forever, and maybe even chase him to the ends of the earth.

Max’s Pa might be dying, but he’s insistent that they reach the Old West town of Deadwood before he leaves this earth. Max does as he asks only to find himself face to face with an uncle he never knew existed. Uncle Chase “Turtle” Beck, the sheriff of Deadwood, is not pleased to see his dying “no good” brother, nor his son. Turtle’s displeasure seems to linger even after Max’s Pa dies.

However, as Max rides out of Deadwood, his uncle intercepts him and offers him a job at his ranch. It isn’t clear what Turtle’s intentions are — Max saved him from being shot in the back by two outlaw brothers shortly after riding into Deadwood, or maybe it’s because he’s kin — but Max decides to give ranch life a try. His uncle has only one request: that Max keeps his special skill set to himself.

It’s an easy adjustment for Max. He enjoys the company of the other cowboys, and meets Patience, a sassy-mouthed blond who he believes is destined to be his wife. It turns out this happy time in Max’s life is only the quiet before the storm.

When an outlaw gang savagely attacks Turtle and threatens to strip Max of all he holds dear, he is forced to break his promise to his uncle. As Max sets out to stop the evil that has the power to destroy all he loves, he tries to put the events his birth mother predicted for him out of his mind — even as they come true, one by one.

The ensuing battle of good against evil gives birth to a legend for the ages: the legend of the jailers son.

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Author: S. A. Ferkey

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
221 reviews

Child of Silence (Bo Bradley Series Book 1) by Abigail Padgett

In Child of Silence, the first award-winning Bo Bradley Mystery, a wise old Paiute woman finds a four-year-old boy tied to a mattress in an abandoned shack in the hills above San Diego. Child abuse investigator Bo Bradley gets the case. Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children assume the boy is mentally impaired because he cannot talk, but Bo remembers a little sister named Laurie. She knows that the boy, like Laurie, is deaf.

Complicating things is Bo’s manic depressive disorder, a troubling but occasionally valuable problem for which she always, well sometimes, takes her meds. The prime directive in Bo’s job is “Don’t become emotionally involved with the child!” But the little boy is so bright inside his silence, and so alone. Bo feels the ominous first ripples of an oncoming manic episode and grabs her meds, but they won’t have much effect for weeks and the child is in danger now!

Risking her job and ultimately her life in a perhaps-delusional race to protect a four-year-old whose only word is his own name – “Weppo” – Bo finds herself alone with the child in a desert night fraught with terrors as she tries to reach an imagined safety among the Paiute. But political intrigue, desperate secrets and a relentless evil lurk in every shadow of a moonlit landscape in which Bo has only her own intense and uncanny perceptions as guide. She knows she’s “crazy,” but sometimes crazy sees what rational cannot. And “crazy” is now Weppo’s only chance for a life!

“A sensationally fine first novel… breathtakingly well-told…”The Los Angeles Times

Author: Abigail Padgett

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
225 reviews

The Thin Wall: A POW/MIA Truth Novel by R. Cyril West

A character-driven portrayal of the 1968 Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, brought to life through the conflict between an intriguingly cultured, yet conniving KGB colonel and the people of a small village who courageously (and sometimes timidly) try to resist oppression. Midnight, August 20, 1968: the sirens of Prague are sounding. Without warning, Russian tanks have crossed the frontier and are pouring into the city. The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia has begun. Arriving with the troops is Colonel Grigori Dal, a seasoned KGB officer and coldblooded killer. While the country slips into chaos, Dal uses the fighting as cover to apprehend an American Prisoner of War from a military prison in Prague. Within days, only a cursed woman and a troubled war hero will stand between him and protecting the Cold War’s darkest secret: proof U.S. servicemen were secretly transferred to the Soviet Union. R. Cyril West’s unforgettable novel of tragic love, suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart—The Thin Wall. Watch book trailer video and learn more at: www.rcyrilwest.com

Author: R. Cyril West

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
227 reviews

Murder on the Page (Cozy Murder Mystery) (Harley Hill Mysteries Book 2) by Kennedy Chase

“Full of humor, mystery, and great characters. I love the Notting Hill setting and Monty the cat!

Murder on the Page: A Harley Hill cozy mystery.
London’s newest sleuth, Harley Hill, has found a new identity. Where once she was an orphan and a rogue, now she’s a partner in the Silvers & Hill Finding Agency, and her first full case will test her to her limits.

When Harley and her partner Cordelia are tasked to find a rare diary belonging to Queen Elizabeth’s closet confident, John Dee, they think it will be a routine case. But before they start their investigation into this ‘Doomsday Diary’ they discover a murder!

And worse: the victim was the key to finding this book whose secrets threaten to bring down the monarchy and the establishment. Harley, along with Cordelia and Monty the cat, will have to go to the very root of power in London if they’re to find the murderer—and the Doomsday Diary. But as they dig deeper, they risk becoming the next victims.

The prequel book, Murder on the Hill, is available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OL1FQVW

(These books can be read in any order as each is a standalone although readers will see more of an arc of the characters over the course of the series but it’s not critical to read them in order.)

“Fast paced, gripping, entertaining… I’m finding it hard to find more superlatives for this wonderful women sleuth murder mystery story. Harley Hill is the new Stephanie Plum.”

File Under: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Romantic Mystery, Murder Mystery

Author: Kennedy Chase

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
79 reviews

A Military Thriller: MAC WALKER’S 40,000 FEET: A sniper elite terrorist in the sky military thrillers novel by D.W. Ulsterman and Military Thrillers

MAC WALKER’S RULES OF ENGAGEMENT:

SHOOT FIRST.
KICK THE BODY.
REPEAT.

A plane hijacked by fanatics, and a plot to use a horrific biological weapon against the Vatican.

Former Navy SEAL Mac Walker finds himself in an uneasy alliance with the beautiful and mysterious Vatican operative Stasia as they fight to save the plane’s passengers, and defeat the would be terrorists and their plot to kill tens of thousands.

Mac Walker’s 40,000 feet is a “taught, suspenseful drama that will keep any fan of the suspense/thriller genre on the edge of their seats.” -Marlow

D.W. Ulsterman is the author of the bestselling Mac Walker and Bennington P.I. series.

“Best new writer of 2013!” -Lyn Toney

“Love the Mac Walker story-line” -kamenc

“Another Mac Walker winner.” -Big Jim

Author: D.W. Ulsterman and Military Thrillers

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
196 reviews

The Friday Edition (A Samantha Church Mystery, Book 1) by Betta Ferrendelli

A beautiful, young district attorney tumbles to her death on Christmas Eve.
Police suspect suicide, but the DA’s sister, newspaper reporter Samantha Church, isn’t buying it.
Samantha discovers evidence linking her sister to a drug smuggling case and quickly learns she has stumbled onto a major news story. She must summon the courage to not only face a cartel of criminals, but her own fears and shortcomings when she is confronted by the inescapable specter of a far greater enemy—her addiction to alcohol. Samantha’s dependency has not only cost her job at a major metropolitan daily, but, worse, custody of her daughter, April.
Samantha pursues her sister’s killers, maneuvering through a minefield of intrigue deliberately set out to divert her from the truth. Despite being betrayed, physically beaten and facing the possibility of sharing her sister’s fate, Samantha refuses to stop her investigation. However, when the killers threaten to harm April, Samantha realizes that, for her daughter’s sake, she can no longer continue the investigation on her own. She knows she must swallow her pride and turn to her ex-husband and police detective, Jonathan Church, for help.
Can Samantha ultimately prevail—find her sister’s killer, write the story of her career, confront her drinking problem, and finally begin to change her life, or will she and April become the killer’s next victims?

Author: Betta Ferrendelli

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
403 reviews