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The Hill: A Mystery Novel (The Judge Series Book 1)

by Davis MacDonald

The Palos Verdes Peninsula, hidden away on a spectacular coastline just outside the confines of Los Angeles proper, is a sedate and quiet community, and one of the wealthiest in America. Its denizens call it “THE HILL”. The Judge, asked to investigate the death of teenage girl, didn’t expect to find himself caught up in a web of greed, corruption, drugs and illicit sex reaching to the very pillars of Peninsula Society.

What started as a favor for the girl’s mother quickly becomes a duel with powerful forces which threaten his reputation, his freedom, and even his life. In this same crucible the Judge finds new purpose, burning away his comfortable solitary existence and forging an extraordinary relationship with a younger woman also put at risk by the investigation.



A Dangerous Road: A Smokey Dalton Novel

by Kris Nelscott

Herodotus Award winner for Best Historical Mystery

“Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author.” â??Salon

Who is Smokey Dalton?

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why.

So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

Set against the backdrop of the strike and protests that will end with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, A Dangerous Road combines the politics of race, betrayal, unexpected love, and the terrible cost of trust.

It’s a story so memorable the Mystery Writers of America chose it as one of the top five novels of the year and the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society honored it as the winner of the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery.

What the critics say:

“Powerful stuff, with a role for every major black actor in Hollywood.”â??Kirkus Reviews

“More than just offering a puzzle, this novel encourages self-examination about identity, responsibility and the consequences of choices. Smokey proves himself a man of conscience able to make tough choices.” â??Publishers Weekly

“Nelscott’s series setting, in the turbulent late ’60s, gives her books layers of issues of racism, class, and war, all of which still seem to remain sadly timely today.” â??Oregonian

“It’s not hard to draw parallels between Nelscott’s PI Smokey Dalton and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins, another secretive, canny black man trying to solve mysteries while circumspectly navigating the white world. But Dalton’s no knock-off. (Would you label the hundreds of hard-boiled detectives who’ve appeared in Raymond Chandler’s wake mere Marlow Xeroxes because they’re white?)” â??Entertainment Weekly

The Smokey Dalton books are “a high-class crime series.” â??Booklist

Read the whole series of gripping novels:

A Dangerous Road

Smoke-Filled Rooms

Thin Walls

Stone Cribs

War at Home

Days of Rage

Street Justice

Awards for the series:

The first Smokey Dalton novel, A Dangerous Road, won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery and was short-listed for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; the second, Smoke-Filled Rooms, was a PNBA Book Award finalist; and the third, Thin Walls, was one of the Chicago Tribune’s best mysteries of the year. Kirkus chose Days of Rage as one of the top ten mysteries of the year and it was also nominated for a Shamus award for the Best Private Eye Hardcover Novel of the Year. Street Justice was nominated for a Shamus award for the Best Original Paperback P.I. Novel.

Kris Nelscott is an open pen name used by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch. 



I Like ‘Em Pretty N’awlins Exotica Book One

by Michael Mandrake

New Orleans is supposed to be the big easy. One night changes everything for Frankie Choteau.

New Orleans. A city rich in tradition, diversity, and on the comeback trail from hurricane Katrina. Francois “Frankie” Choteau, a resident of this town, a cop with a hot temper and low tolerance for bs. Kajika Fortier, a transplant from Oklahoma came here looking for a dream and unfortunately it’s turned into a nightmare. On a hot summer night, they meet and cross paths during a very difficult situation. Despite this, the attraction between them is evident and loneliness for both men is a fate worse than death. They’d both like a chance at happiness but will the circumstances and Frankie’s uneasiness prevent their happy ever after?



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