Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 26 Dec 13

Trust No One (Vista Security)

by Diana Layne

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A 2013 Mystery/Thriller Semi-Finalist The Kindle Book Review Book Awards!

Nominated for the RWA® Golden Heart® Award

“Layne has star power in spades.” ~Diane Morasco RT Book Reviews for The Good Daughter

When reality is a web of lies and the truth endangers all you hold dear . . .Trust No One.

Drafted into the nebulous underworld of a secret agent right out of college, MJ Thornberg survived betrayal and attempted murder at the hands of her trusted partner.  Instead of returning to the deadly realm of espionage, she chose to retire to a small Texas town and work as a mechanic while raising her soon-to-be-adopted baby daughter.

Ben Walker is a man with his own secrets.  An agent with MJ’s former employer, Vista Security, Ben is clawing his way out of a downward spiral from a job gone wrong when Vista sends him after MJ, with orders to use the threat of halting her baby’s adoption to ensure her cooperation.

Furious and trusting no one, MJ intends on working the job solo until a sniper’s bullet alters her plans.  With no choice but to work with Ben, MJ must confront ghosts from her past, discover truths of her present, and trust that the future she deserves is in her hands to create.


“Who you working for, Keith?”

“No need for you to know,” the man behind her said.  He poked his revolver into her back. “You’re gonna be dead.”

She ignored him and focused on Keith. “How much money?  Who’s the target?”

“Stalling, MJ?  Afraid to die?”

“I knew the risks going in.  So did you.  But what about the innocent people who’ll die if you sell that information?”

“Sorry, baby, but I don’t have time to debate philosophy.”  The sound of a distant engine made Keith pause and tilt his head to listen. “That would be the extraction team,” he said.

MJ tightened every muscle, ready to spring.  It well could be his team, but it could as easily be hers.  Even if she wasn’t in position for the original pick-up, she’d sewed a small tracking device in that backpack.  

“No time for long good-byes.”  He raised the gun.

Now or never.(Publisher note: an updated, newly copy-edited and formatted version has been uploaded on May 6, 2013.)

Urge to Kill (1)

by JJ Franklin

â??Matt shivered at the odd mix of images. It was almost as if they had the copper’s nightmare to deal with – a child’s murder. Except this was no innocent child but a young woman, he would guess around twenty-two and with everything to live for. Though it was obvious she was a woman, the bows in her hair, her pink party dress and white ankle socks said she was a little girl.’

Detective Inspector Matt Turrell returns from honeymoon to face the most bizarre and dangerous case of his career after the body of a woman is found at a luxury spa near Stratford-upon-Avon. However, struggling within the confines of his new marriage, and haunted by a past mistake, Matt finds it difficult to concentrate.

Killer, Clive Draper, is a clever, ambiguous character whose motives and personality is not beyond empathy. Empowered by his first kill, Clive uses his charm to draw further victims into his net. Seeing Matt as his mortal enemy, he uses his charisma to lure Matt’s new wife into his snare.

With the danger coming ever closer to home, Matt finds himself drawn into a deadly duel, where he must put his own life on the line and where the stakes have never been higher.

Urge to Kill is the first in a series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a rich psychological thriller with great character development of both the detective and the serial killer. The reader quickly becomes engaged in the epic battle between the two men. The book is set within the historic district of Stratford-upon-Avon.


by Jerry Hatchett

HE HAS SOMETHING PEOPLE WILL KILL FOR. HE JUST DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT IS.Would you give killers what they want to get them to leave you and your family alone? Gray Bolton might, if he knew what “it” was. Life as a Mississippi pawnbroker is good, with a beautiful family and a bright future. Then he kills an armed robber and trouble cascades upon Bolton from everywhere. They all appear to be after the same thing and they will all do anything to get it. Unfortunately, Bolton has no idea what that thing is; but its discovery will test him in ways he couldn’t have imagined, and the stakes are simple: Everything.
WARNING:  Hatchett writes books that you can’t put down. Be careful!
Read the reviews for Hatchett’s work, and you’ll quickly see a pattern:  He’s a master storyteller with an uncanny ability to craft tales that keep you turning pages long into the night. Richly drawn characters will steal your heart, make your blood boil, and occasionally send a shiver up your spine. His plots are filled with twists and turns that you don’t see coming; just when you think you have it figured out, you don’t.This author is one of the finest thriller writers working today.Scroll up and grab a copy today. You won’t be sorry.

A Penny Found (Detective Joe Denali Series)

by Barbara Leachman

The lives of Albuquerque homicide detective Joe Denali and accused murderer Penny Murphy come together in A PENNY FOUND, a novel that includes bank fraud, a Mexican mafia connection and one woman’s desire to break free of a life of abuse.
When Joe’s fellow detective undergoes critical heart surgery, he comes face-to-face with his own mortality and failures. His assignment to find the killer of a man tied to a bed in his own basement is hampered by his friend’s illness and his own personal problems.
Sold by her father at age fifteen, Penny Murphy spends ten years imprisoned by fifty-year old banker Gabe Russo. Never completely broken by her imprisonment, when the opportunity arises, Penny leaves a drunken and injured Russo tied to a bed in his own basement and escapes with his car, his money and his gun.
Mercy Smith and Billy Clause come into Penny’s life and appear to be her answer to freedom. She goes to work in Clause’s bar, but when Clause learns of Russo’s death, he takes Penny’s car from her. Once again she is trapped in a different type of prison.

Reflexive Fire (A Deckard Novel)

by Jack Murphy

An assassin who is in over his head.
A cabal that wants him to lead a secret army.
A conspiracy decades in the making.

A military thriller from New York Times best selling author and Special Operations veteran, Jack Murphy.

“The hero is everything you could hope for in an
action-adventure–intelligent, charismatic, honorable, a combat veteran
from an elite unit, and just slopping over with badassity.”
-Hank Brown, author of Hell and Gone.

a freelance assassin, Deckard is no stranger to the shadow world of
covert operations, but when he is summoned to Bohemian Grove and hired
to train and lead a battalion of Kazakh mercenaries, he soon discovers
his employer’s real agenda: a doomsday plot decades in the making.

Now, free humanity’s only chance for survival rests with
Deckard’s renegade Private Military Company. From Afghanistan, to Burma,
and beyond, the clock is ticking down to global extinction.

“A military novel, written by a true expert on the subject, just takes
the story to another, higher level, compared to books made up by
“civilian” authors with vivid imaginations.”
-Frank Jones, 15-year military veteran and private security contractor.

“With Jack Murphy, you know he’s been there and done that, so you wonder
where the line is between the made up stuff and where he’s drawing upon
his real-life experiences.”
-Dan Eldredge

I wrote this book
for those of you who are ready for this genre to go to the next level,
beyond superficial political messages and stereotypical terrorists
wearing turbans on their heads, I hope this book connects with a
different breed of reader and action-adventure fan. -Jack Murphy, author
and Special Forces veteran.

Merkaba (Walk the Right Road, Danger ~ Deception ~ Devotion)

by Lorhainne Eckhart

From Lorhainne Eckhart, the #1 Bestselling kindle author in Romance Series, Mystery Series and Westerns, comes MERKABA next in Walk the Right Road Series  following the “2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist” LOST AND FOUND

Lorhainne has a way of making you crazy about her characters, whether it’s hating them or loving them…on the edge of my seat for both and can’t wait for the next.
Amazon Reviewer ~ Skybabe

Everyone thought he was dead and that’s exactly how he needs it to stay. Until one day he stumbles across a mysterious dark haired beauty. Only, there is nothing average or ordinary about this secretive woman, and she knows exactly what and who he is.

He tries to get close to her, to figure her out and what she’s really doing in the field of the state park. But when trouble finds her, he’s the only one who can save her; even though she’s the one woman who could ultimately be his undoing.

If you love intrigue, mystery and suspense then curl up for the afternoon with the next installment of Walk the Right Road Series, MERKABA.

***Romantic Suspense ~ Mystery Series***
Walk the Right Road Series in order:
Book 1 – THE CHOICE…One Woman. Two Men…and a choice that could kill her.
Book 2 – LOST AND FOUND…From Romance Junkies “The best romantic suspense I’ve read this year!” A Hit and Run. A deserted country road. A parents worst nightmare.
Book 3 – MERKABA
Book 4 – BOUNTY – Most cops have a past. A past they can speak of. A past they can share. But not Diane…

The Saved Series – Military Romantic Suspense

  • SAVED – Growing up I had dreams that one day I’d fall in love, get married and start a  family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped and I was saved. Eric didn’t see  me as damaged. He didn’t see my   baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe … he saved me.
  • VANISHED She thought her nightmare was over…

Other Romantic Novels from Lorhainne Eckhart:
Finding Love ~ THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order:

  • THE FORGOTTEN CHILD – #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER in Western Romance ~ How do you tell a man there is something wrong this his child?
  • A BABY AND A WEDDINGGetting married and having a baby …  for Emily and Brad everything was perfect, or so they thought until an unexpected surprise threatens to derail their happy day.
  • FALLEN HERO – A cowboy who walked away from his families fortune. A woman who returned for justice. What they didn’t expect was to find love.
  • THE SEARCH (A short story) – When her husband goes missing she’s forced to call the one man she shouldn’t.
  • THE AWAKENING  – Can a sexy rancher give a young woman’s hope?
  • SECRETS – “Jed always told me he’d take care of everything. And I believed him, I trusted him, I loved  him.”
  • RUNAWAY  – Andy sets out to bring his runaway bride home. But when he finds her he’s in for a big surprise.
  • THE UNEXPECTED STORM – He can have any woman, except the one he wants.

The Good Girl (The Reluctant Detective Mysteries)

by Sinclair Macleod

Craig Campbell leaves his native city to investigate the disappearance of a young woman from St  Andrews. Initially, it appears to be a simple case of a girl escaping to start a new life but it soon becomes apparent that there are ominous undertones.
When a woman’s body is found on a nearby beach the case takes an even darker turn. Craig focuses his attention on the seedy world of escorts and their clients. A pimp with a violent history and a number of witnesses with their own secrets to protect block his investigation.
He finally breaks through the wall of lies and discovers a gruesome truth that leads to a dramatic and explosive climax.

Decisions, Decisions

by J. Buchanan

Infidelity in itself is irresponsibility. We all grasp this concept, but why does it still occur? Decisions, Decisions is a remarkable and compelling probe into the deep-rooted intuitions of the human psyche.

Join in on this unique and thrilling adventure as a college student inadvertently ventures down the wrong road into a dead end of crucial circumstances. Rolando Reynolds’ picture perfect life unravels like a cheap sweater on the eve of the biggest day of his life. He is forced to endure clobbering circumstances as a result of taking chances. By the grace of fate he overcomes a devastating and daunting demise, and is hit with infinite insight like a beacon of light in the darkness.

Emphasizing the idea that one’s actions may carry formidable consequences, this narrative is a stunning suspense with a provocative and universal theme: success or failure in life revolves around making careful decisions.

At God’s Mercy (a suspense thriller)

by Liron Fine

Poland, World War II


A desperate young Jewish woman sacrifices her life to save her baby twins. Decades later, in New York, Rabbi Jeremiah Neumann discovers the existence of his long lost twin. He rushes headlong to meet him – but is shocked to discover that his identical twin is a priest.

The two brothers travel to Poland to find out who they truly are. Page by page they uncover the terrible secret of their bloodcurdling heritage. A long-dormant evil is resurrected, and once again threatens to take the twins’ lives. Will they survive the new storm?

At God’s Mercy is a captivating book that is hard to put down. It will take you deep behind the frontiers of human atrocity, where cruelty meets courage, and faith meets fate. Its chilling storyline bites hard at religious establishment and raises hard questions regarding human nature, faith and existence.


by Davis Lee

A high ranking Washington DC police officer, Buck Klock, retires and along with his wife, Shelly, moves to a fifties and over community in southeastern Virgina. After they are settled in, their marriage experiences difficulties and Shelly moves out of their home and goes to live with a female friend. Buck’s best friend and former partner, Honey Underwood, comes to visit him for an extended stay. While they are working on Buck’s flower beds, they discover a human head hiden in the mulch that was dilivered and dumped in the driveway. The two of them are enlisted by the State Police to help solve the crime and apprehend the perpetrator. The local Sheriff’s Office and the FBI become involed in the investigation. Along the way the is much interaction between the competing law inforcement agencies. Some is humorous and some is not so funny.

The Arrow Catcher

by Jim Mather

1948. Young Jonathan Lusk’s life was perfect. Big Boston house. Swimming pool. Summers on the Cape. His father a Nobel Prize winning Harvard professor; his mother the beautiful only child of Boston socialites. When his parents get caught between rival Arab and Jewish faculty over the creation of the State of Israel, Jonathan’s life is turned upside down. He soon finds himself in Japan, living with his grandfather, former American Ambassador and a judge on the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals. American opulence and comfort is abruptly replaced by subtle Japanese elegance and traditional austerity. The boy is thrust into a life among strangers and forced to navigate his way through a new country, foreign customs, unfamiliar language, and ultimately political intrigue that will threaten his life. This suspenseful story, one of personal survival, is a testament to a young boy’s perseverance and to human courage and loyalty that are sometimes found in unexpected places.

These Final Hours

by John Campbell

Colonel Neil Mattox and his love, Chon Li Su, are trapped in Pyongyang, North Korea, awaiting the destruction of the city by the United States. A B-2 bomber will deliver a nuclear weapon, which will vaporize the city and all who remain in it.
The U.S. and South Korea have joined forces, developed and delivered a biological agent, which will lower crop yields in an attempt to starve North Korea into submission. The North Koreans have discovered this secret and in revenge have detonated a nuclear weapon on U.S. soil. The U.S. in turn has vowed to destroy Pyongyang the same way, with a nuclear weapon.
When North Korea takes hostages to prevent the destruction of Pyongyang, Col. Neil Mattox leads a rescue team composed of Army Rangers, Recon Marines, Navy Seals, a CIA paramilitary group and the U.K.’s Special Air Service into Pyongyang to evacuate the hostages.
In Pyongyang Mattox discovers a hospital full of people, including over five hundred children, too sick to move – the U.S. will vaporize them along with the city if the attack is carried out. He also discovers a long-lost love, Chon Li Su, once a Korean CIA agent sent into the North to distribute the biological agent causing famine, who had elected to stay in the North to somehow make up for what the U.S. and South Korea had done to cause the starvation in the North. Mattox also finds their son who he never knew existed.
Mattox is determined to stay with his love and their son while they and the rest of the allied forces desperately struggle to evacuate the sick Koreans from the doomed city. The allied forces finally come up with a plan, which will sacrifice themselves to save their enemy’s children.

The Dart Murders (suspense crime thriller)

by James Kipling

Close to London, the tiny and fanciful town of Dvina is shaken by a sudden spate of homicides. The first to meet her unfortunate fate is a young woman named Jane Ferrier, murdered by a poisonous dart while walking home from work on the evening of June 15th. While on a holiday with her beau, Sarah Parker was killed in a motel room on July 15th, also the victim of a venomous dart. On August 15th, a young attorney named Michelle Pearson was found dead on a local park bench as the result of a toxic dart. As seemingly different as all three victims lived their lives, they did have something in common. In addition to having green eyes and blonde hair, the ill-fated individuals had a history of turbulent love affairs.

With Chief Inspector Patrick Campbell in charge of the case, can he and trusty colleagues Inspector Geoffrey and Constable Tim put a stop to the mysterious serial dart killings? Much to his dismay, the investigator soon discovers that the men involved in the case all have secrets of their own that, once unraveled, don’t make them as innocent as they would appear. What do the admirable Eric, suave Neil, apprehensive Jeremy, modest Wilbur, calm Philip, passionate Victor and vibrant Tony possibly have to hide?

As the murderous riddle unfolds we meet numerous intriguing characters like chatty school teacher Carla Carson, Sarah’s mother Celia Parker, jovial Gladys and assistive Harold Mason.

With Patrick following a trail of leads at an alarmingly fast rate that lies in a bed of deadly twists and turns, will he finally end the trail of blood…or add to it with his own?

The Boat House

by Stephen Gallagher

A dark love story, and a disturbing tale of a divided soul. In the days leading to the fall of the Soviet empire, a young woman with a deadly secret slips unnoticed into the West. And when Alina Petrovna first appears in Three Oaks Bay it’s clear that her frail, luminous beauty is likely to cause some ripples in the surface calm of the peaceful resort town.

For Pete McCarthy, the boatyard worker who gives her shelter, she’s an enigma. A complex, well-meaning young woman with a difficult past. Someone whose mystery deepens as the season gets under way, and the deaths by drowning begin…

“Gallagher handles the balance between mundane reality and stomach-turning horror with reassurance and offers a nicely twisted ending to boot. Highly recommended.” Nigel Kendall, Time Out

“A master of pace and suspense, Gallagher has the dark, neon-splashed imagination of a true original.” Glasgow Evening Times

“Perhaps the finest contemporary British thriller writer.” GQ

“Stephen Gallagher has carved a highly individual niche with his distinctly psychological approach to the genre… THE BOAT HOUSE is a richly layered and absorbing story.” Yorkshire Evening Post

“The finest British writer of bestselling popular fiction since le Carre… Gallagher, like le Carre, is a novelist whose themes seem to reflect something of the essence of our times, and a novelist whose skill lies in embedding those themes in accessible plots.” The Independent


by Stephen Gallagher

Lucy Ashdown is a girl with a mission – to find the driver who ran down and killed her sister Christine. Now she has a lead and she’s off to London.

Disgraced Detective Joe Lucas is as dedicated as Lucy. HIs aim is to bring her home. By any means necessary.

Stepping into her sister’s shoes, this small-town girl is thrust into a terrifying night journey of deceit, danger, and degradation. By recreating her sister’s journey, she unwittingly heads toward her sister’s fate; and even as she believes that she’s closing in on the murderer, the murderer is closing in on her.

“This is the sort of tension that one could savour for more than 244 pagesâ?¦ a tense, nerve-racking taleâ?¦ I’d be surprised if a better London novel hits the bookshops this year.” Anne Billson, Time Out

“Hard to put down, impossible to forgetâ?¦ subtle and disturbing.” Today

“Gallagher’s descriptions pin down London’s underbelly with deadly accuracy… a razor-sharp sense of place.” The Times

“Unquestionably Gallagher’s finest novel yet.” Vector

“A strange, powerful story of love and vengeance.” Mail on Sunday

“Gallagher has become Britain’s finest popular novelist, working a dark seam between horror and the psychological thriller.” Arena

“Perhaps the finest contemporary British thriller writer.” GQ Magazine

“The finest British writer of bestselling popular fiction since le Carre.” The Independent

“Gallagher is a master of abnormal psychology and he just gets better and better.” Mystery Scene

Tropical Knights (Jack Steven’s Adventures)

by John Beckman

Jack Stevens is living the simple life as a charter boat Captain in south Miami; no complications, and no consequences. He has left behind the Vietnam War, the SEC, the IRS, and a scheming ex-wife. Life is good. And then he meets Amy, the half Cuban beauty who invites him on the adventure of a lifetime. The Latin lovely offers Jack the opportunity to save the eastern U.S. from annihilation by a dying Castro, the dictator of Cuba. Jack wants nothing to do with this woman or her mission. But before he knows it Jack is involved with the Cuban Mafia, the CIA, and duplicitous politicians. When his brother is kidnapped Jack is torn between saving America or saving his only benefactor. Jack has an impossible decision to make. Sail along with Jack and Amy on the life or death voyage which makes Jack’s existence more complicated than he ever dreamed possible.

Robbery, Murder and Cups of Tea: A Novella

by Phil Church

In a small English village, Ray, the supermarket manager, wishes he was a private detective. When one of his neighbours is brutally murdered, he gets the chance to investigate a real crime. Unfortunately, the hunt for the killer is far from simple, as winter sets in and he struggles to deal with his wife’s disinterest, his friend’s bungling enthusiasm, a village that will happily implicate anyone and everyone, and a rising body count.

Hidden Sun

by John Campbell

Treasure hunter, Steve Hendrick dives on the sunken Japanese ship Awa Maru, which was sunk by mistake by the U.S. Navy in 1945. This was a real incident – the U.S. Navy submarine commander was court martialed, and the United States apologized for this terrible event.

Steve’s quest for sunken treasure has cost him dearly. His brother was murdered by other divers who were also diving on the wreck. Steve doggedly continues his search but is confronted by pirates, the Chinese Navy, Russian SVR agents, and a Japanese terrorist who thinks he’s a reincarnated Samurai warrior. In the process he meets a mysterious woman, Maggie Ramsey, who was a captive of the pirates.

Steve finds a mysterious cylinder on the wreck of the Awa Maru, containing a message from Joseph Stalin, the head of the Soviet Union at that time, to the Prime Minister of Japan urging the Japanese to remain in the war against the United States. Stalin promises nuclear weapons to use against the Americans even though the Soviet Union didn’t have any such weapons at that time.

What is the significance of the message and why are the terrorists, and especially Maggie, so interested in it? Who is she working for?

This leads to the desperate confrontation with the Japanese terrorists who intend to obliterate Tokyo and kill the heads of state at a G8 economic conference, which are the heads of state of the United States, Japan. United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Russia, and the European Union.

Steve and Maggie race to stop the Japanese terrorists from destroying Tokyo and plunging the world into a devastating crisis.

The First Choice (Choices – An End-Times Series)

by G.D. Wood

The next few days look to be nothing out of the ordinary for experienced sailor David Lawrence; a chartered cruise on crystal clear Caribbean waters, his only passengers the well-known television evangelist Stephen Andrews, and his family.

But Stephen has a secret; he’s in deep trouble, and his desperate plan to escape from his criminal associates will put David in the gravest of peril.

Complications soon arise, which David could not foresee. His attraction to the beautiful and self-assured Toni, the evangelist’s twenty-one year old daughter, is not unwelcome, as complications go. Her younger brother Kevin, on the cusp of adulthood, looks to David as the positive father figure he’s never known, while an unexpected tropical storm threatens the safety of all on board.

And behind the scenes, Stephen continues to plot.

Ultimately, they will all discover that God’s plan is bigger than any conceived by man.

Facing the end of the world as he’s known it, what path will David choose?

Red Dog Saloon

by R.D. Sherrill

“For some acts there is no redemption, for some sins no forgiveness, no matter the sum of a man’s works” – Those were the last words of Gina Porter penned in the institution where she spent her last years living in madness. The scribble found on a hastily drawn note would prove prophetic as the two secrets she kept buried deep inside her soul most of her life would collide.

Meanwhile, the secret the six conspirators thought they had buried more than twenty years ago was not buried deep enough as someone has returned to seek vengeance from the ashes of the long-forgotten tavern. One by one the keepers of the secret sin are being killed in brutal fashion, the words Red Dog written in their own blood at the scenes of the macabre crimes. For the conspirators, the words are like writing on the wall, forewarning them of their fate, reminding them of the atrocities they committed long ago. The time for restitution is gone, payment now demanded for the tab they ran up at the long gone honkytonk, a tab for which each of them is equally responsible.

For Sheriff Sam Delaney the words are the only clue to solving who or what has turned the normally peaceful Castle County into a killing field, the body count rising nightly. The veteran lawman seems to stay one step behind the force which the press dubs the Red Dog Killer, the community losing faith in the sheriff in light of the homicidal rampage which seems to have no end. To stop the killing spree the sheriff must first solve a crime that is two decades old, a cold case which is getting colder by the day. Even as he races against time to solve the puzzle, forces will stop at nothing to make sure the secret of the Red Dog stays hidden. Making his challenge even tougher is the fact the witnesses to the crime are the ones dying, each falling victim to the mysterious reaper as the sheriff gets tantalizingly close to exposing the long-kept secret.

Faced with their own mortality, the conspirators become their own worst enemy as they struggle to not only keep the secret but to avoid becoming the killer’s next victim, each ready to do anything to avoid their fate even if it means sacrificing an old friend. The question begs, when everything is exposed to the world in the end, which is worse, their secret sin or the one who has come to exact vengeance for their horrific evil?

Vengence is Healthy for the Soul

by Tracey Lee Graves

What would you do if you witnessed a terrifying crime and your only way out was to run? Enter Tracey, a woman who goes out late one night searching for a fix of icecream. What she witnesses and endures will leave you wanting more. You may not want her as your friend, but being her enemy might be worse.

Twisted (The Vera Bentley Mysteries)

by Lindsay V. Sabbarton

Pippa doubts she’ll ever have the strength or courage to leave Rod, her abusive husband.
Rod believes that his violent behaviour towards everyone in his life is justified.
Vera, Rod’s ex-wife, feels her life is of no value to anyone.
Ali, the younger of Rod’s two daughters thinks she’s in love.
Lucy, Ali’s older sister has a terrible secret she knows can never be told.
And the police are convinced Rod is a murderer.

There is one truth that connects them all. They are all wrong. Life is about to change dramatically…for every one of them.

Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story

by Shelley Terrell

He’s discovered her secret and he wants to kill her. Callie has no money, no family and nowhere to go. Guided by her unique ability to â??feel’ other people’s emotions, she tries to make her escape. She knows that she can’t afford to lose this deadly game of hide and seek; he’s following her and he’s getting close. She can feel his hatred and rage. Her only hope is to hide in the woods, but she’s afraid. She’s been warned about the hermit who lives there. Propelled by her terror, she runs into the most dangerous part of the woods; the part where the hermit lives.


by jt kalnay

In 1897, the Cold Spring Harbor whaler Stella Maris was lost in Long Island Sound when she foundered on the rocks just offshore of Caumsett. For nearly 100 years her captain has been imprisoned in his home on West Neck Road in Lloyd Harbor. Imprisoned until Bill Jones sees the Stella Maris founder during a coma-induced dream. Now the captain may have found the way to break free from the prison, by stealing Bill’s mind, and then his body. Only the true love of Jane Jones stands in his way.

Follow along as the captain and Jane struggle for Bill’s mind, for his body, and for his soul….

Caumsett was written on location in Caumsett State Park on Long Island. JT fell and hit his head on a rock once while running in the park. During his convalesence JT became intensely interested in the whaling history of the north coast. That interest (obsession?) turned into this ghost story.

The Dead Lie Down

by Graham Tulloch

Fran Lennox is killed in a hit-and-run incident in the City of London. Three years later her husband Adam receives a phone call that causes his world to
disintegrate. Now he’s determined to find out what actually happened. As he digs into the past he starts to uncover truths that desperate people will do anything to keep hidden. Can he get to them before they get to him? With his life in danger he has to decide whether the truth is worth the risk.

Too Many Coins: An Ezra Melamed Mystery

by Libi Astaire

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes when a crime wave sweeps through Regency London’s Jewish community and the adventures of wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Ezra Melamed are recorded for posterity by Miss Rebecca Lyon, a young lady not quite at the marriageable age.

In this short story, an ancient coin from the Land of Israel goes missing during a dinner party hosted by the Lyon family. The most likely suspect is Judah Birnbaum, a young man from the Holy Land who has come to England to raise funds for his community in Safed. But why would the young man jeopardize his mission by stealing the coin? For once, Mr. Melamed has too many cluesâ??which makes the matter of the missing coin one of the most wholly baffling cases of his career.

The ebook edition includes both the short story Too Many Coins and sample chapters for the fourth volume in the Ezra Melamed Mystery Series, The Doppelganger’s Dance.

The Last Demon

by Peter Francis

A scary murder mystery thriller with more than a hint of ghost story as a band of people flee the worst night in creation. The small cast includes a priest, a stranger, an old woman, a dying mother and her two young daughters now in the care of a self-confessed and haunted paedophile. So who does what to whom? You’ll find out in real time as events of the night play out. A real chiller, relentless and compelling. You won’t stop to take breath. This is what readers have said about other Peter Francis novels. You can contact the author at [email protected] If you enjoy this book there is a sequel – Ziggurat.

Let’s Go Play at the Adams 2 was originally published under the title Visiting the Adams on the writersfreebooks website. The following are comments posted on that site.

Scream wrote
This was awesome! Spent the last four nights at my computer reading this, and was barely able to tear myself away. I have waited so long for a sequel to Lets Go Play at the Adams’! Thank you!

Ray Girvan wrote
Brilliant work! I’ve seen attempts at sequels (one a naff S&M adventure, the other a highly lumpen police procedural – both with revisionist happy endings) – but yours is the sequel as I’ve always felt it should be done, picking up and
running with the very precise suggestions and future characterisations MJ left at the end of LGPATA.
The style is reminds me of James Patterson with even a touch of Chandler and I love the characterisation of the world-weary but humane Anders (and extremely clever in how his character interacts with the plot – how his liking for women, which seems irrelevant, suddenly becomes horribly relevant in blinding him to the possibility of a woman being involved in the crimes). It’s a very worthy successor to Johnson in the way it weaves landscape and more than a little philosophy into the story just as he does, but pinned on the cultural angsts of the USA – government power, and war and its relation to torture – a generation later.

A Run Up The Coast – 3rd edition

by Gene Lewis

In 2018 people revolt against the Concern – a powerful secret international organization who is the true supremacy behind the industrial governments. The Regional Wars follow when power grids and technology shut down all over the globe. World order disintegrates into chaos and anarchy.

In San Francisco a ruthless group – the Guardians – seize power and turn the city into a feudal state where you either serve or die. JC – a Vietnam veteran biker – decides to attempt a perilous motorcycle run for freedom up the coast road to join the New Society in Northern California.

How will he avoid the Guardian patrols?

Can he keep his old Harley running?

Will the people he meets on his risky journey be friend or foe?

Is freedom worth dying for?

Can he kill again to protect his own life?

Is freedom just an illusion…?

Wander Home

by Karen A. Wyle

Death is what you make it. . . .

Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The overpowering urge to wander — to search, without knowing what she sought — drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family’s loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home.

Now, they are all reunited, in an afterlife where nothing is truly lost. Places once loved may be revisited, memories relived and even shared. One may be any age suitable to the mood and moment. Surely this is a place where Eleanor and her family can understand and heal. But some of the memories haunting Eleanor are of dreams she had tried to forget.

Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life — or none of them will be at peace.

The Device

by Patrick Skelton

A troubled man’s quest to uncover the secrets of his past leads to a chilling discovery.


Tormented by guilt after the death of his fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog, retreating to his mountain cabin after work. While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a small object sitting on a log in a nearby river. After a torturous journey down a ravine, he retrieves the object. It is mostly unremarkable but is engraved with the strange phrase “Project Daf Yasfhat”. From this moment forward, John’s life and those around him are never the same.

Patrick Skelton’s “The Device” is a gripping tale that captivates readers with very subtle science fiction elements. Like all good directors or story tellers, it is what Skelton doesn’t tell you in the narrative that keeps the reader guessing where it is all leading. Who is the mysterious man that appears throughout all of John’s life like a guardian angel? What really happened to John’s biological parents? What is the unnatural affliction to sound John has? Most of all, what is the device?


The Device is the debut novel by author Patrick Skelton, a dystopian/science fiction novel that I just couldn’t put down. I am usually not a big science fiction fan because all too frequently the sci-fi aspects become the entire focus, overpowering the characters and their humanity, as well as overwhelming the story line. In The Device, the science fiction aspect enhances, rather than overpowers, the incredibly intriguing story.

NOTE: The publisher has edited and revised this edition. Formatting and grammatical issues have been corrected. Customer reviews citing issues with formatting and/or editing issues most likely reflect original edition copies which have since been revised.

Dragon’s Moon

by Rebecca Stroud

Jonathan King, billionaire CEO of Dragon Enterprises, had an appalling childhood. Sexually abused, emotionally neglected and ignored, King had vowed early on to rise above those dreadful years no matter what it took. And he had succeeded.

James Drake, the President of the United States, had a storybook childhood. Sexually satisfied, emotionally adored and idolized, Drake had vowed early on to continue his happy life no matter what it took. And he had succeeded.

Jonathan King and James Drake are brothers…


…In 1982, seven very intelligent young men attending Harvard Law School discovered they had quite a lot in common. That discovery occurred in a small Boston book shop where they furtively saw each other on a regular basis.

Trying to hide their disgusting habit from prying eyes, they nevertheless pried into the dark netherworld of child pornography.

Eventually, a cohesive group was formed. One that met weekly to share photos and stories…and sexual gratification. They called themselves ‘The 7-Up Club’…”up” being the operative word.

Thirty years later, six of them worked for the President of the United States. The seventh? He was the President…


by A. Nobody

Ben may have believed he had thought of the perfect crime, but in the end, did he? Native Texan is an entertaining look at the power of media, the fallacy of stereotypical labels including prejudice and racism and the consequences there of. Humbling consequences of an apparent perfect crime, fueled by ego, prejudice, and stereotype. A shocking example of taking responsibility for ones actions, then having the fortitude to right wrongs.
A thriller with a touch of who done it woven in with between the line statements addressing the shortcomings of our society. With today’s society having it share of issues, Native Texan offers an example of commitment second to none.

The Co-pilot (The Story of Chance)

by Kenny Miller

Do you enjoy following a character through a series of books? Then, follow pilot Chance Mikelson. The Co-pilot is the first book and is the adventure story about his flying mission to Africa.

Chance thought this trip would be a sure way to build his jet time resume and return to the US as a top candidate to become an airline pilot.

But he needs flying experience.

Only one thing stands in his way. His captain doesn’t like him and has no plans to help Chance become a better pilot.

This captain is only interested in money and when the opportunity to make a lot of money by smuggling diamonds into the US comes along, the captain is all in. Are there diamonds in that big box in the back of the plane or has the captain been duped into smuggling a suitcase nuke into the US?

Will Chance do anything to stop it?

Enter this tension-filled cockpit and watch a thriller story unfold. Pilot and author Kenny Miller explains what is going on in that plane and spins an adventure story along the way. The only way you will ever know more about flying a plane is to take flying lessons.

If you have ever wondered it is like to be in the cockpit of a modern business jet, The Co-pilot will take you there. It is a great thriller story that will keep you turning the pages all night long.

If you are an adventure book series fan, The Co-pilot is the first book in a series of three books about the adventures of Chance Mikelson. Be sure to check out the second book: The Rooming House Murder. just published.

Wounded Warriors

by jt kalnay

Wounded warriors Lieutenant Jesse and Sergeant James return direct to Ohio from a deadly ambush in Afghanistan that has killed four of their closest friends. Friends that they decide to bring back to Ohio with them directly from the battlefield. Jesse will lose her arm, and James will lose his leg, but they will fulfill their self-proclaimed duty to return the bodies of their fallen comrades to their Ohio homes. Jesse and James have no way of knowing the chain of events their heroism will set in motion. From denials and persecution from Washington, to assassination attempts from the military/industrial complex. While James is ready to descend into vigilantism, Jesse will not allow them to take matters into their own hands, at least not right away. But as events and people conspire against them, and as the Administration and the military/industrial complex push them too far, Jesse finally agrees to act, and neither Ohio nor America will ever be the same.

ARIA: Left Luggage

by Nelder Geoff

“You must buy ARIA because it is the ONLY book with infectious amnesia. You need this book to solve the question what is the most important thing we treasure in our minds? See the fictional infectious amnesia before it happens to you!”

ARIA: Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia

Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks in the desert town of Rosamond, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack had caught an amnesia bug, and it’s infectious.

Imagine the ramifications:

The passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route infecting everyone they meet. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. All shut down in weeks.

One man, Ryder Nape, realizes what’s going on, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded valley, hiding from the amnesia bug?

“Geoff Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.”
â?? Jon Courtenay Grimwood

“Geoff Nelder’s ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.”
â??Brad Linaweaver

Robert J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”

“ARIA has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.”
â??Mike Resnick

Captured in Khaishi

by Daniel Morgans

â??Captured in Khaishi’ is a tense industrial-espionage action-thriller for 9-14 year olds, set in the former Soviet Union.

14 year-old British surf-kid Peter travels thousands of miles to visit his father Tony, a troubled British oil-boss, living in the ramshackle village of Khaishi. Peter learns of his father’s project – a controversial oil-pipeline being built through Georgia.

In such a poor country it’s not just the downtrodden villagers of Khaishi who want a slice of the massive â??British-Fuel’ profits, and the Mayor proves to be exactly the crook that Tony fears. He deceives the Town and makes British Fuel a despised enemy, whipping-up a dangerous revolt in the process. However, Tony is prepared, and his team of ex-SAS â??intelligence experts’ help him stay one step ahead.

We start the book with a thrilling insight into the craft of spying as we follow an ex-SAS team into the town hall to plant a listening-device in the Mayor’s office. The rest of the book is scattered with â??Secret reports’ from this and other intense operations.

Peter thought this would be a summer of sun and adventure. However the adventure turned very dark, very quickly.

Restoring Hope (Jack Tyler Series)

by Valerie Knupp

What Readers are saying – “Just finished “Restoring Hope”……AWESOME…..hurry up with book 2!!!!!!!” “I have had nightmares the last 2 nights in a row. It was a creepy, sadistic, a nail-biterâ?¦I couldn’t put it down.”

This debut author does a remarkable job of grabbing hold of you and not letting you go until the last page!!! When Dr. Jack Tyler loses his wife and daughter in a tragic car accident his world unravels. A well-respected Los Angeles surgeon falls into the darkness that had plagued him as a child. With his world upside down he decides there is only one way to regain the happy life he had before the accident. With the darkness no longer in control he is driven to do the unspeakable.

Fast on his trail are Detective Nichols and Officer Cortez from the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI Agent Mark Wells. With six bodies already in the count they race against the clock to stop him before more lives are lost.

Devil’s Crevice

by Thomas Riley

The tortuous journeys of the living and the ghost’s of lovers and enemies pass through Devil’s Crevice. The stone chambers of the massive rock formation have recorded the agonies of the first explorers massacred in America’s heartland. The cliffs project visions of the bittersweet love between a star-crossed French youth and Shaleoh, the daughter of a Shawnee chief. A spark of the youth’s spirit lives in Roy Peilor, a man who has innocently stepped into the time machine of the haunted stone passage. Devil’s Crevice blasts the power of the past into the present lives of Roy and Irene Peilor. Can supernatural powers displace the souls of the living? Evil shaman, Pumatekal seeks to enter the present through the terrifying force of Konrasch, his warrior henchman. Dahlia Bryce, psychic guardian, is a gifted inventor of devices that destroy supernatural menaces. This time, however, Devil’s Crevice threatens to overwhelm Bryce’s powers to protect the lives of her clients. Ancient talismans, spirit jewelry, a reluctant fortune-teller, historic cultural clashes, an amateur archaeologist, a ghost twin’s letters from the grave, and a bartender’s weird archive of family histories thunder through the stone curtain between the living and dead.

The Happiness of Madeleine Bell

by A. Anonymous

The Happiness of Madeleine Bell is the story of a conflict within one woman as mental battles and life tragedies force her struggle between survival and going mad.

Fifty-Fifty (Short Story)

by Bill Bernico

“Come on, Eddie,” the big goon said, opening the back door of the Lincoln Town Car. “Get in. We’re goin’ for a ride.”

“Now wait,” Eddie said. “We can talk about this, can’t we? Hey, we’re friends. We’re comrades. For cryin’ out loud, Art, you’ve known me for years. You’re godfather to my kid.”

Art grabbed Eddie’s left arm, while his partner, Gordo took the other arm. They hurried Eddie along the sidewalk and nearly threw him into the back seat. Eddie quickly scooted across the seat and cowered in the corner near the opposite door. Gordo crawled in next to him while Art slid in behind the wheel. The car squealed away from the curb and headed out of town on the Old Plank Road.

Eddie has a fifty-fifty chance of coming out of this alive.

Vengeance is Hell

by Tracey Graves

Having survived a fateful night in the woods with 2 would be rapists, Tracey once again finds herself in the crosshairs of 2 killers. Hoping to help a friend, Tracey is kidnapped and taken to the “Tall House” where she will have to prove once again that she is the one to beat. With the killers tortuous plan in place will Tracey survive? Or will the “Tall House” be the one to beat her? Tracey is a serial killer with a conscience, that has gotten her into trouble. But the trouble is just beginning.

Obsession For Vengeance

by jt kalnay

After being dismissed from the Army, the only family Hank Adams has ever known, Hank embraces his demons. Follow Hank as his obsession with Kate, as his obsession with hate, and his obsession with vengeance collide in gruesome detail in and around New York City. Serving as a shadow warrior, both sanctioned and unsanctioned, all over the world has given Hank access to every weapon system imagined. And he is about to loose this arsenal on New York, all in attempt to win back Kate.

Kate. Kate. Kate. Kate.

She is his obsession. Perhaps Hank will become yours.

Author’s Note…
On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb came perilously close to dropping the World Trade Center. I was knocked out of my chair by the blast. Less than ten months later, on December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson shot 26 people on the Long Island Rail Road. I will never forget the blood on the windows.

Obsession for Vengeance was written during these dark and tense days in New York that many predicted foretold the end of the world. The seed of the story was “what could one truly deranged man with skills and resources do to New York City? Unfortunately, on 9/11, we all witnessed a real life version.

In the Wash (The Rona Shively Stories)

by Rebecca Benston

Rona Shively has seen a lot of things in her day, but nothing like the case brought to her by Gilbert Delvecchio. He is looking for his ex-wife, and she’s definitely not the woman he married. Before she knows what is happening, Rona is swept into a web of deception where everyone is both a target and a suspect. A couple of romances and a shootout later, can she find the missing ex-wife before the bull’s-eye finds her again? Or is it too late?

Payback (formerly Separate Rooms)

by Richard Burke

After Ben’s brother Jake is killed in an accident, Ben is faced with the challenge of finding the millions of pounds Jake claimed to have stashed away to support his wife and disabled son.

Instead of money, Ben finds a mystery. His brother was murdered.

And now it looks like he will be next.

The Deed Room

by Michael R D Smith

Toby Malkin, a young and talented lawyer, expects everything in life to go his way. Maria Cracolicci, a hapless secretary, has learned to expect far less. But when a set-back to Malkin’s progress unleashes the full, destructive force of his ambition, Maria feels compelled to stand up to him, however dangerous this may be. She confides in attractive colleague Tom Elliott, but her stubborn tenacity puts their new friendship to the test.
Maria must expose the truth about Malkin before she is crushed like everyone else in his path but she needs to reconcile her differences with Tom to achieve this.
Stylish, simmering and sexy, The Deed Room is a story of intrigue, murder, deception and romance. Set in Nottingham in the world of corporate law, this compelling novel builds to a dramatic and unexpected climax.

Body of Evidence

by J.P. Hunt

The story of a man’s accidental investigation into his own death. A look at one story from Shadows: A Collection of Poetry and Stories.

END My World

by Fanny Barnes Thornton

END My World includes two novels that are interrelated:

â??Earth’s New Dawn (END)’ is a horrific, yet humorous glimpse into 2043, and is set in Saxonia County, England State.

Becky, in desperation to help both Mavis and Isobel to overcome house invaders, gets involved in group-netting. Here she meets Bigswingingdick who is not the leader, or even a member, of Domiciliary Unity as she hopes, but is one of the brain-diseased. While the Earth President, Tossa bin Abed, and his Earth Unity Prime Ministers plot against the masses, Becky and Dick are trying to solve a murder.

â??My World’ is a present day psychological thriller.

Laura’s memory of the unsolved murder of her sister, and her mother’s suicide, is roused at her brother’s funeral. She is convinced that â??Earth’s New Dawn’, which she receives anonymously, is based on her family background and her life, both past and present, as there are too many coincidences. With the aid of a guest, at her B&B in the Lake District, whom she finds both attractive and suspicious, she meets the author, Howard Brenstone, but still has more questions than answers. Her suspicions deepen when one of her guests is murdered. She is drawn into a frenzied attempt to stop the killer when she discovers who the suspect may be.


by Dominic Dirnberger

â??Jump The Gun’ is a romantic cops and robbers crime story, set in modern day London City, two months after the 2011 August riots. Two fresh faced teenage lovers, Kai and Zailey are reunited in unforeseen circumstances. Due to their total lack of respect for the law, in one way or another the duo are forced to go on the run and are thrown into a whirlwind of police chases, violence, explosions, armed robbery and fraud.

It is fast paced action, where love prevails over every obstacle that is hurled in their direction.

As the carnage, destruction and death toll increases the bond between them gets stronger.

Nothing stops their pursuit for happiness.

Contains; strong language, sex, violence, drug abuse.

Marjory’s Hobby

by Howard Dempsey

Marjory is a prostitute who sometimes murders her clients. She has a unique method of carrying out this cruel act, and has devised an ingenious way of disposing of their bodies so that they are never seen again. But when she kills a sales representative for a prestigious manufacturing company, things begin to unravel. A variety of small clues discovered by the victim’s friend, and the dedication of two CID officers begin to point to Marjory as the likely culprit for this criminal act. Almost too late, Marjory realises the game is up, and undertakes the one final, desperate journey to avoid capture and the inevitable trial and imprisonment that would follow her arrest.

Eigengrau (The Fire Fleetwood Series)

by Royce Christyn

Sex slavery. A government coverup. Mind control. A Secret Brotherhood. Human Trafficking. Ritualistic murder. A horrific secret in place since the beginning of America’s formation… and it all surrounds one man. Who is Fire Fleetwood?. One unusually cold summer morning in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a distraught male prostitute brings a severely beaten and unconscious young man to the hospital and quickly flees, terrified for his life.

From the moment the mystery man is through the emergency room’s front doors, it is obvious to his nurse, Jennifer Collins, that something is severely wrong with the situation – and everyone from the LAPD to unofficial “government” doctors are all racing each other to get the man to talk. The only problems? The mysterious man is in a coma and the only identification found on his severely beaten body was a fake ID where his name is listed as “Fire”. Even worse… When he finally wakes up, his entire memory has been erased by amnesia.

Having nowhere to go, Fire accepts an invitation by the head detective on his case, Jake Spears, to stay with him until he can get his life together. Nothing is what it seems as Jennifer begins in earnest to help Fire put the pieces together of who he is, where he came from, and why so many people seem to want him to never remember the life he had before. What they discover is a secret so well hidden and so severe, it’s very existence could change the course of humanity forever.

Now, in a race against time, Jennifer and Fire must form an alliance and descend into some of the darkest, horrific, and awful parts of not only Hollywood, but humanity in hopes it will make him remember before it’s too late… or does he already know something he isn’t telling anyone?

In a thrilling, chilling, and mile-a-minute paced story, â??Eigengrau’ lives up to it’s namesake – taking your mind to a place where the seemingly impossible exists: perfect darkness. Can you find the light?

The Dance of Murder (The World of Murder)

by Trisha Sugarek

In Book 2 of the World of Murder series, Detectives O’Roarke and Garcia are chasing a serial killer and time is running out. Strippers have been found with their throats cut and the killer’s rage is escalating. To make things worse they have over a hundred potential suspects. Is the killer an ex-boyfriend? An Internet stalker? A tattoo artist? Or the neighborhood priest? A cook, a cabbie, or one of the many customers who frequent the strip joints?

Now the press has gotten hold of the story dubbing the murderer, â??The Glitter Slasher’. City Hall is breathing down the necks of the Homicide Squad and insisting that they â??get this thing solved!’ Before there are more dead bodies. Finally the two murder cops make an arrest. But, do they have the right person in custody?

Space For Sale

by Jeff Pollard

Kingsley Pretorius, a South African dot-com-billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist is a man with a plan: to retire on Mars. When the thirty-year-old starts his own space program, he’s laughed at and dismissed as a pipe-dreamer. Kingsley believes he can make access to space cheaper, and is willing to take on that challenge against all odds. His lofty ideas put him in the cross-hairs of massive corporations that are hell-bent on protecting their turf as well as rival eccentric billionaires with cosmic dreams of their own. He must win an uphill battle against corporate espionage, hostile takeovers, corrupt politicians, and his own playboy lifestyle if he can ever make Space For Sale.

Book 1 of 3. To be followed by Moon For Sale in 2014.

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