Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 26 Aug 14

Deadly Ties (Waterside Kennels Mystery Series Book 1)

by Susan Holmes

Come to a place haunted by legends … where the search for treasure just might lead to murder.

Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs–a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie has returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she’s plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie’s mother.

More trouble arrives in the shape of anonymous threats and mysterious break-ins. And when a security crisis puts everything she loves at risk, Maggie realizes somebody doesn’t want Waterside back in business.

As the region sizzles in record heat, a ‘Treasure of the Ozarks” campaign disrupts her quest for answers even as it breathes new life into old tales and brings out tourists and treasure hunters alike. With her loyal dogs at her side, Maggie must dig for the truth behind the violence. Along the way, she learns that everyone has something to hide–and some secrets are worth killing for.

Deadly Ties: a tale of family, friendship, and betrayal in a mountain community where ties run deep and grudges can linger for a lifetime.



Thread of Hope (The Joe Tyler Series Book 1)

by Jeff Shelby

This is the FIRST book in the Joe Tyler series.

If someone took your child, how soon would you stop looking for her? If someone accused your best friend of a terrible crime, when would you stop defending him?

Seven years after Joe Tyler’s daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn’t stopped looking for answers, and he hasn’t forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home, and his career in his search. Now he’s been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girlâ??a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now.

Joe is convinced Chuck Winslow is innocent, but Chuck is in a coma and can’t explain what happened. And the more Joe hears about what Chuck’s been up to in the years he’s been gone, the less Joe recognizes his old friend. To find out the truth, he will have to face his ex-wife, his former bosses, and a hometown full of wealth, lies, and illicit privilege. When Chuck’s accuser goes missing, Joe must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Jeff Shelby is the best-selling author of The Noah Braddock series (Killer Swell, Wicked Break and Liquid Smoke) and has been compared by reviewers to Harlan Coben and Robert Crais. In Thread of Hope, he delivers a gut-wrenching tale of painful secrets and even more devastating truths as well as an exploration of how a single thread of hope can keep one man going.



Too Close to Home (The Forensic Files Book 1)

by Tressa Messenger

When the body of a beautiful and popular senior head cheerleader, Melissa Cooley, is found brutally stabbed to death at the local high school it sends the small coastal community in North Carolina into a frenzy.

To make matters worseâ?¦another body is found.

A slacker boy by the name of Ronald Marks is found hanging from the field goal post on the football field only a day later. Pamlico County native Detective Carma Jones and her partner Harold Green set out on a search for this ruthless assailant who is wrecking havoc in a normally peaceful community.

No one is safe and everyone is a suspect.

The twists and turns along the way lead them in a direction Carma would’ve never guessed. One filled with deep secrets that were meant to stay buriedâ?¦



Slave Graves (River Sunday Romance Mysteries Book 1)

by Thomas Hollyday

River Sunday Romance Mysteries series, Book 1: A history professor finds himself head over heels in love with his muddy but beautiful archeology partner in a dangerous dig. Dr. Frank Light, archaeologist, is vastly annoyed. He’s settled into a plush life – cushy department-head job at a university, suave girlfriend, book in the works. Now he’s been ordered into the sludgy, back-water marshes of Maryland to fend off hordes of mosquitoes, all because of an inconsequential find at a bridge construction site. Maggie, the outspoken state archaeologist working the dig, insists the shipwreck has historical significance. Pastor Allingham is even more vehement, insisting the decaying timbers hide a rumored, long-lost slave graveyard.

Real estate tycoon Jake Terment is furious that his construction project is held up by the growing concerns of Frank and his team. Jake cranks up the pressure for a quick resolution. Others passionately feel the archaeology project should either come to a crashing halt or press full speed ahead. An eclectic group of butterfly fanatics, a mysterious waterman of Mexican heritage, a curvaceous movie star, and even ghosts make their presence known.

When several attempts are made on the team members’ lives, Frank draws on lessons from his Vietnam vet past. He has to decide on which side of this battle to stake his claim – and if he is ready to risk his life again for his beliefs.

The River Sunday Romance Mystery Series can be read in any order. Part of the proceeds from the sale of Thomas Hollyday fiction and non-fiction goes to support drinking water resources for wildlife.



Deadly Double: A Jess Kimball Thriller AND A Laura Cardinal Thriller (Mystery Thriller Double Feature)

by Diane Capri

Double Down with this Mystery Thriller Double Feature from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors Diane Capri and J. Carson Black!

Two books, each FIRST IN SERIES!

2 Complete Novels by 2 of Today’s Bestselling Authors who have teamed up to bring you a Deadly Double dose of reading pleasure.

“Intricate and ingenious – make some coffee, because you’ll read all night.”

Lee Child, #1 Worldwide Bestselling author of Jack Reacher thrillers

For fans of Lee Child, John Grisham, Michael Connelly and James W. Hall

More than 110 combined 5-Star Reviews!!

FATAL DISTRACTION introduces relentless victims’ rights advocate Jess Kimball. She and Jack Reacher both deliver justice when the legal system fails. Reacher waits until trouble finds him and then he does whatever it takes. But Jess pursues legal justice and draws lines she will not cross. How can she win against killers who refuse to follow the rules?

Three years ago, beloved Florida Governor Helen Sullivan’s world shattered when her only son died in a senseless car crash, killing his best friend, too. Helen quickly discovered Eric’s crash was no accident and lured the killer to her son’s funeral to be caught.

When the shooting ceased in the small country church, Helen believed her nightmare was over. Instead, she’d unwittingly escalated her duel with a cunning and patient assassin.

Now, investigative journalist Jess Kimball is driven to find the horrifying truth. Is the Central Florida Child Killer guilty? Or is the real killer still out there?

Helen and Jess together face the determined killer in a pitched battle of wit and nerve. Who will survive?

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN features Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Investigates homicides in small towns that have limited resources. Brings justice to murder victims–and to their killers. Laura’s job description: Criminal Investigator with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But maybe it should just say “Troubleshooter.”

Used to be kids played outdoors until time for dinner, now social media’s the new game in town. These days, they play on their smartphones. But with more freedom comes greater danger. Mobile devices are a conduit into a child’s life, not just for friends but for those who intend harm. This is the message of J. Carson Black’s Daphne du Maurier Award-nominated thriller, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

When Laura investigates the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl found in a town’s park bandshell, she knows immediately what she’s up against: a cunning sexual predator. But why is she plagued by the abduction of a schoolmate eighteen years earlier?

In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson estate to the secretive heart of a northern Florida town, she must confront the ghosts of her own past. Then another child goes missingâ??and Laura must race the clock to find her.

“A superb debutâ?¦Welcome to a strong new voice in American Crime Fiction”

â?? T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar Award winner and author of California Girl

“A complex, multi-layered, nail-biting Superthriller”

â?? Michael Prescott, New York Times and Amazon bestselling author of Dangerous Games

BONUS: Eavesdrop on the conversation between Jess Kimball and Laura Cardinal

Double your Deadly reading pleasure! Grab your copy today!



So Say the Waiters book 2

by Justin Sirois

This is book two of a three book series. Book one is free.

Book 2 of Justin Sirois’s So Say the Waiters explores the history of kidnApp long before everyone carried cell phones. While Henry and Dani become accomplished kidnAppers, it’s Glen Haymaker, one of the company’s co-founders, who is stealing the showâ??and maybe more. He is more concerned about the public spectacle and becoming a celebrity within the network than sticking to the company’s ethics. Jess and Kelly see Haymaker’s extreme methods firsthand, and it will dramatically change their relationship. Uly, Jess’s younger brother, might be caught in that crossfire.

If So Say the Waiters Book 1 made you question what you might do with the power of kidnApp, book 2 will scare you into realizing the creators and administrators of these apps live in a world between worlds. Haymaker, through his dazzling manipulation, will push that power to its very limits.

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“So Say the Waiters is dope. It renders the Baltimore scene lovingly, from the ground, while tapping into that contemporary human need to escape through the shifting space where technology and dreams collide. A cyberpunk novel for a corporatized generation.”

Matthew Porterfield

director of Putty Hill, I Used to be Darker, and Hamilton

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“So Say the Waiters could easily be the next Repo Man.”

The Baltimore Chop

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THE VIRON CONSPIRACY (JAKE SCARNE THRILLERS #4)

by Lawrence De Maria

Jake Scarne is asked to investigate a notorious murder in Hawaii the police have already solved. After all, they have fingerprint evidence, witnesses and a confession from the now-dead killer.

Scarne is reluctant to get involved, even when a Chicago law firm that represents the victim’s widow dangles a huge fee in his face. Then he finds out who the widow is!

With strange disease outbreaks occurring across the globe, Scarne’s investigation soon uncovers an international conspiracy fueled by perverted science.

Against the backdrop of his own personal turmoil, Scarne’s hunt for a murderer in THE VIRON CONSPIRACY turns into a race against time, in which thousands, perhaps millions, of lives are at stake.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lawrence De Maria is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who cut his teeth on financial corruption at The New York Times and Forbes. His other thrillers and mysteries in the ALTON RHODE and JAKESCARNE series do not have to be read in order, but he believes to do so will enhance the reader’s experience.

ALTON RHODE MYSTERIES (in order):

Capriati’s Blood

Laura Lee

Siren’s Tears

Sister

Gunner.

JAKE SCARNE THRILLERS (in order):

Sound of Blood

Madman’s Thirst

Killerfest

The Viron Conspiracy.

Another thriller, HURRICANE FATS, features CIA agent/assassin COLE SUDDEN. It is likely we haven’t heard the last of SUDDEN.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

According to John Crudele of the New York Post, Alton Rhode has “a touch of Bourne, a dash of Bond and a sprig of Spenser.”

“While De Maria may have been an award-winning financial reporter, he’s an awfully good fiction writer as well.” (THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS)

“What is really almost beyond belief is how easily De Maria has transitioned from the dry world of financial reporting to the wild and lavish world of novel writing.” (THE COLLIER CITIZEN)

De Maria is “a master of thriller dialogue.” (THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS)



THE SUN KILLER

by Diana Dwayne

Nora Mitchell is a small-time cop on a small-time beat. The quiet, peaceful town of Marion hasn’t seen real crime since Nora was a child, and she’s beginning to grow tired of writing tickets to her neighbors and bringing in the occasional petty-thiefâ?¦ but that’s all about to change.

When a woman is found murdered in her home, Nora gets much more than she bargained for as the ritualistic killing confounds the police and terrifies the town. The people are quietâ?¦ too quiet. Somebody knows something, but nobody will talk. With deceptively simple clues that seem to lead nowhere, the only evidence to be found does nothing but taunt the new detective. The worst part is, this is just the beginning.

The Sun Killer is a look into a world of violence and death where nothing is as it seems. The second series of author Diana Dwayne begins with a bang. The Sun Killer will keep you guessing, and you won’t believe what comes next.



SEVEN WAKINGS

by S.K. McCauley

After Emma Jamesâ?? a widowed mother and child protection agentâ?? is murdered to cover up a kidnapping ring, she reincarnates to solve the crimes.

With SEVEN WAKINGS, Emma finds herself as: a homeless African American man, a sex-crazed lady of means, a morbidly obese Caucasian woman, a dashing lawyer with a hidden agenda, an innocent girl in shackles, a ruthless double-life cop, and an aging billionaire with a

lifetime of secrets.

But, challenging incarnations are nothing compared tonavigating the dark world of crooked cops, pedophile cults, and murderous plotsâ?? with only the help of her best friend, two kids and a rookie cop. Are things as they appear, or could there be help that even the resurrected can’t see?



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