Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 18 Dec 18

A Side Order Of Murder: The 6th Nikki Hunter Mystery (Nikki Hunter Mysteries)

by Nancy Skopin

Private Investigator Nicoli “Nikki” Hunter can’t seem to stay out of trouble in her sixth mystery, A Side Order Of Murder. A thirty-six-year-old beauty, Nikki lives on the California coast aboard a 46-foot sailboat, and rents an office in the marina complex where her boat is docked. Though she normally specializes in covert restaurant and bar employee surveillance, she seems to have developed a perilous sideline investigating homicides. In A Side Order Of Murder Nikki is hired by a wealthy, if socially stunted, young man named Clifford Montgomery, who is convinced that someone is trying to drive him insane. Because he was referred by Nikki’s friend, Jack “The Cat” McGuire, she agrees to look into Cliff’s case. Nikki quickly discovers that his assumptions are correct. Someone is, indeed, tampering with his sanity.

The author, Nancy Skopin, was a 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award winner for her first novel, Murder On The Menu. She is a native of California currently living on the Oregon coast with her husband and their dogs.

Pulse: A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 10 (The Kate Redman Mysteries)

by Celina Grace

The body of a young man is found in a graveyard the night after a wild, drug-fuelled party. At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything sinister about his death, despite the shock of Detective Inspector Mark Olbeck realising that he once knew him.

Detective Sergeant Kate Redman has other things to worry about, not least her ongoing affair with her superior officer Chief Inspector Anderton. But when a second body is found in suspiciously similar circumstances, Kate, Olbeck and the rest of the Abbeyford police team realise they are up against a devious killer who will stop at nothing to indulge a literal thirst for bloodâ?¦

Praise for Celina Grace from Amazon and Goodreads reviewers:

“The gradual crescendo of action and pace remorselessly increases…”

“Love Kate. She is human, does not always make good choices just like us.”

“At last, a mystery that deliversâ?¦I found this novel superb because I got all I needed to know and none of what I didn’t.”

“â?¦a gripping detective story but the main character engages you, and as well as wanting to know how the mystery turns out you want to learn more about her too.”

“â?¦amazing book, read it front to back in one visit, couldn`t help myselfâ?¦”

“â?¦the most enjoyable Kindle book I have so far read since the ‘low cost electronic revolution’ which has been sweeping my reading habits for the last couple of years! Thoroughly recommended.”

“This was my introduction to the author, and I’m so glad I discovered the book. Well-written and a real page turner.”

“I was awake till the early hours to finish it !! I really enjoyed it and the characters in it so I’m pleased I also have the sequel downloaded to read at some point. I know it should be great.”

“Attention to detail and great character building coupled with a mystery that keeps you guessing are all the ingredients that make me keep reading till the early hours of the morning.”

“Celina Grace has done it again, she compels you from page to page and chapter to chapter, a great, riveting read…”

“I found it difficult to put down and was completely distracted from all the other things I should have been doing with my time.”

“This is a great series that I couldn’t put down and grabbed the next book right away at 1 a.m. to keep reading.”

Provoke: A Dark Captive Mafia Romance Prequel (Protect Book 1)

by Olivia Ryann

A taste of this dark tale of obsession, beauty, and lustâ?¦ FREE! Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestseller Vivian Wood writes dark romance as OLIVIA RYANN.

I meet her in a wedding dress, walking down the aisle towards my sworn enemy.
Our eyes catch from across the room. And monster that I am, I know I have to have her.
Not just because she is precious to my sworn enemyâ?¦ but also because her wide blue eyes tell me things.
That she’s afraid of me.
That she’s even more afraid of my enemy.
That she’ll do almost anything to escape him.
I seize on her fear.
I abduct her, while she’s screaming and fighting me.
And that’s when our story begins.

Reading Order:

Provoke (Protect Series FREE Prequel)
Punish (Protect Series Book 1)
Possess (Protect Series Book 2)
Protect (Protect Series Book 3)

Broken Through: Adam and Grace Book Two

by J.C. Paulson

A true crime. An action-packed fictional twist.Former journalist J.C. Paulson takes fact — an unsolved possible homicide — and turns it into an action-packed fictional exploration of criminal minds in her second novel, Broken Through.A dead dog. A smashed car. A wild storm — and then, a violent death. The quiet streets of a Prairie city have rarely seen such brutality. Tough crime reporter Grace Rampling is covering the case until it suddenly becomes very personal: a close friend is on the front line of danger.

Grace’s lover, Detective Sgt. Adam Davis, is forced to return home from a conference, confront his PTSD and find a murderer before he, or she, kills again. And, as Adam knows, a psychopath never commits just one crime.

J.C. Paulson is a gifted author who brings her characters to life. — International Review of BooksJ.C. Paulson has done it again. A page turner. — Amazon reviewer

Casey Jones Mysteries Vol 1-3 (Casey Jones Mystery Series)

by Katy Munger


“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don’t miss her.”â??Janet Evanovich

“Fast-paced and action-packed…The charm here lies in Munger’s writing, which is silky-smooth and packs a wallop.”
â??I Love a Mystery

“She is smart, tough, and tenaciousâ?¦a wonderfully entertaining read.”
â??Publisher’s Weekly

Big, badass Casey Jones, the smart-mouthed female PI with the thunder thighs and the bunny-soft heart, has everything you could possibly need to be an ace private investigator – except an investigator’s license.
Fifteen years ago, this hard-boiled babe walked out of a Florida prison after serving an eighteen-month sentence, sporting 160 pounds of “nobody kicks my ass” and a couple of inches of dark roots at the base of her bleach job (“simply to confuse people into underestimating me”) and swearing she’d never set foot in a prison or trust a man again. Trust, no. But by no means has she given them up. She can love with the best of them, but when it comes to lust she’s in a class by herself.


Author Munger masterfully blends nail-biting suspense with Casey’s hilarious wisecracking narration as she navigates an unsavory southern stew of crooked politicians, crooked business deals, old grudges, ancient crimes, and everyone’s favorite, dysfunctional families.


The family of a death row inmate just isn’t buying the story that she killed her cop husband, and they’ve hired North Carolina’s mouthiest female sleuth to save her from lethal injectionâ??in a month.


When a favorite client gets killed on her watch, Casey vows to find the killer no matter what killers, arsonists, rapists, and spoiled rotten socialites get in her way. Then, to the cynical sleuth’s chagrinâ??everyone all around her starts falling in loveâ?¦just before Casey herself is smitten.

Always a rip-roaring romp, these will appeal to fans of all female sleuth mysteries
â??private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents. If you ever flipped over Philip Marlowe, Spenser, or of course, the immortal Wolfe and his buddy Archie, you’ll fall in love with their direct descendant, Casey Jones, Private Eye.


by Lindsey Charlie

Her father always said that he wasn’t in the business of starting a revolution; he wanted to end one. In the not too distant future, America finds itself once more mired in civil war. This time, a new weapon has emerged, more powerful than anything we’ve ever seen.

There are no heroes: there are only villains and blackguards who occasionally do good.

The Junkyard Dog (Jimmy Flannery Mysteries Book 1)

by Robert Campbell

***Edgar Award Winner*** – The Junkyard Dog — Chicago is Jimmy Flannery’s kind of town. A tough Irishman with street smarts, he’s part of a political machine that runs on favors and friendships. Flannery’s particular piece of the patronage is the 27th Ward, and anything that happens there is his business. Even murder.

So when an antiabortion demonstration ends with a bomb blast that kills a pretty young girl and an old woman, Flannery takes it personally. But someone’s stonewalling the investigation, and Flannery’s starting to wonder if the bombing was political, or as a cover-up for murder. Something smells rotten — from the Gold Coast to the South Side. And when the killer goes after Flannery’s lady love, Flannery doesn’t just get mad — he gets as mean as a junkyard dog — on the scent of the dirty politics mixed with passion and revenge, a very deadly combination . . .

Party to a Murder (Lainey Quilholt Mysteries Book 1)

by Lorelei Bell

Lainey, a 17-year-old small town girl, has no idea she’s about to be involved in a grisly murder investigation.

After young Arline is murdered, Lainey’s suspicions arise. Why does everyone seem to hate this girl? Digging for clues and trying to understand her friends’ attitude towards Arline, she finds herself in the middle of a cover-up.

Clues lead to several people, including Lainey’s friend Wendy. With Sheriff Weeks’s help, Lainey tries to figure out who had the most to gain by killing Arline.

But can they find the killer before another life is lost?

Laura and The Jaguar Prophecy (Laura Electa Valencia Adventures Book 1)

by Anton Swanepoel

What if you fell in love with the person you were hired to kill?

An ancient secret, with untold power, lies in the heart of a vast jungle; its whereabouts lostâ?¦until now.

For years, international spies, operatives with a taste for blood, have sought a mystical relic, a treasure, and with it knowledge that could destroy the world. As unsolved murders ring the globe, an unsuspecting woman,Laura Electa Valencia, tries desperately to escape her own troubles: the brutal, unexplained death of her parents, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and the loss of her job at the local library.

On a cruise, charted for exotic locations and unknown love, Laura is catapulted to the heart of intrigue, with deadly consequences. The demur librarian, baffled by the turn of events, skirts near-death and descends into a sphere of deceit, where even the dead cannot be trusted. Unbeknownst to Laura, she is the key, and every nation on earth would kill to have her.

From the first to the last page, this is a novel filled with excitement, chicanery, romance, and a body count that puts 007 to shame. Travel to far-away lands, well known to the author, and walk actual ruins in search of riches and awesome power. Adventure awaitsâ?¦explore the road less traveled and discover The Jaguar Prophecy.

If you want a heart pounding adventure full of action and romance, then this book is for you.

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Credible Dagger

by Gregory M. Acuña

In this World War II thriller and prequel to The Balkan Network, it is April 1941. Four Belgrade University students are enjoying the time of their lives. Fresh with a wad full of foreign currency and few worries, their innocence is suddenly shaken when Field Marshal Göring’s Luftwaffe bombers strike the city at daybreak in “Operation Punishment.”

The four students, Josef Kostinic, Celeste Bowman, Dick Vojovoda, and Penelope Mitchell take refuge and flee the city, only to have their rescue hopes dashed as Axis aircraft strafe the Adriatic coastline, sealing off their exit and forcing them in different directions.

Two years later, with the United States formally entered into the war, the four students are unknowingly reunited once again. This time, British and U.S. intelligence services combine forces and infiltrate a team into Yugoslavia to determine the true credibility of Chetnick resistance leader Draza Mihailovich, code named Credible Dagger.

The young companions must not only survive the harsh conditions in the field, but also Partisan guerrilla attacks, Communist double agents, and the ruthless tactics of SS counter-intelligence chief Hans Flosberg, who is constantly on their trail. Despite all these challenges, the operatives uncover information so crucial that the Allies keep it a secret for almost sixty years.

About the Author:
Gregory M. Acuña was a former U.S. Air Force pilot. He grew up in San Diego and now lives in Northern California. This is his second novel and he is currently writing the sequel to The Balkan Network.

Until Death Do Us Tart (A Patty Cakes Bake Shop Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

by Holly Plum

Sometimes weddings can be murder.

Bakery owner Joy Cooke is known around town for her scrumptious cakes, flaky pastries, and her killer chocolate tart. But when Joy’s client, a batty bride-to-be, learns her ex-boyfriend is dead after eating one of Joy’s desserts, the bakery becomes the center of a murder investigation. With the help of a spacy assistant and a fluffy cat named Cheesecake, Joy sets out to find the murderer. Her investigation points to her number one competitor in town, but would Joy’s rival Maple McWayne resort to murder to put her out of business?

Death Dogs (The Lucas Gedge Thrillers Book 2)

by Andy Emery

Murders and robberies. Ghastly nightmares and cryptic messages. Lucas Gedge, ex-soldier and spy, must uncover the truth.

When a mystery involving a cult that worships ancient Egyptian gods becomes personal, Gedge is drawn into a deadly struggle. To find out who murdered his mentor, he must contend with the cult and a criminal gang, while a ghost from the past threatens his friend Polly Rondeau. Again, Gedge must draw on his strength and wits to stay ahead of his enemies.

Death Dogs is the second book in the Lucas Gedge thriller series. If you like fast-paced thrills, troubled heroes, nefarious villains and colorful historical settings, you’ll love the latest in this page-turning series.

Buy Death Dogs to read the latest Lucas Gedge adventure today!

Big Girls Don’t Cry: Sexy Romantic Suspense (The Blonde Barracuda Series Book 1)

by Taylor Lee

*****Praise for “Big Girls Don’t Cry” ****

“Sizzling Romantic Suspense at its best! As the danger rages, their passions flare!” KDR

“Taking down an international drug ring? Solving a vicious murder? All in a day’s work for the sexy special agent. Capturing an irresistible woman as tough as she is beautiful? Now that’s another story!” L. Takamia


-A girl abandoned to the streets.

A brother brutally murdered.

Can she find his killer before the killer finds her?

*****More Praise*****

“She’s an accomplished martial artist as fierce as she is beautiful. He sees the wounded woman beneath her tough exterior and is determined to protect her no matter how hard she resists.” J. John

“The blond haired beauty hits the streets to find her brother’s killer. In the sleazy cesspool of drug dealers, strippers and pimps, she closes in on the killer. But he’s out to get her before she gets him.” Sneaky Romance Reader

“An edgy mystery thriller with pulse pounding action and steamy romance. Unforgettable characters that will steal your heart.” Action Junkie

Love Kaylea Cross’s heart pounding romantic military thrillers? Sylvia Day’s and Maya Banks red hot sexy heroes, feisty heroines and high adrenaline action? Fern Michael’s compelling characters? Grab Big Girls Don’t Cry and prepare to be addicted.


The Blonde Barracuda OMNIBUS Collection Taylor Lee’s Sizzling Hot Romantic Suspense Best Selling Collection. INCLUDES Big Girls Don’t Cry, In the Still of the Night and Every Breath You Take plus FOUR additional EXCLUSIVE NOVELLAS

Ladies of the Night, Taylor Lee’s NEW Sexy Suspense Collection: Sapphire, Book 1; Ruby, Book 2, Topaz Book 3, Diamond, Book 4 . The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”

The Man in the Arena Series: The Courage to Dare; The Courage to Love; The Courage to Triumph is A tribute to the Teddy Roosevelt quoteâ??The Man in the Arena. Taylor Lee introduces her most challenging and complicated hero yet.

The Red Rock Collection Sexy Romantic Suspense. Bestselling in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Mystery Thriller. The Collection INCLUDES: Red Rock Rises, Red Rock’s Revenge, Red Rock’s Redemption: Book 3 PLUS THREE Novellas.

The All Fired Up OMNIBUS Collection, Taylor Lee’s Bestselling #1 Hot New Releaseâ??the ULTIMATE Sizzling Romantic Suspense collector’s edition! INCLUDES Playing With Fire, Trial By Fire and Ring of Fire and the EXCLUSIVE You Light My Fire: Short Story Finale

The Dangerous Affairs Collection Sizzling International Intrigue. Best Selling in both Romantic Suspense and Military Romance and Women’s Sleuths ! INCLUDES: The Moscow Affair, The Bangkok Affair, The Rio Affair PLUS THREE Novellas.

The Grandmaster’s Legacy Collection: If you think Shades of Gray is HOT, snatch up Taylor Lee’s “The Grandmaster’s Legacy,” a four volume Collection of Erotic Historical Suspense. Warning: Intense, Explicit, Steamy HOT!

The Bad Ass Brigade: Bad Guys Beware, The Good Guys Are on the Prowl.” A Sampler of Sizzling Romantic Suspense. Cops, Firefighters, Special Ops, Covert Agents, and Bad Ass Poker Players–HOT Men and HOTTER Women kick up a storm–and heat up the sheets in the process.

Keeping Katerina (The Victorians Book 1)

by Simone Beaudelaire

The 1840s: a time of increasing social awareness, particularly for progressive cotton mill owner Adrian Bennett and his son Christopher.

One social issue Christopher has never considered is violence against women. A Robert Browning poem and a chance encounter with Katerina Valentino change everything.

Katerina fears for her life because of her father’s violent behavior. When Christopher is entranced by the delicate, dark-haired beauty, he decides to rescue her – by marrying her.

But Katerina’s years of abuse have left her physically and emotionally scarred, threatening the newlyweds’ happiness. Is Christopher’s tender affection enough to help heal Katerina’s broken spirit?

Praise for Keeping Katerina:

“I love historical romances, and Keeping Katerina is one of the best I have ever read. Not only was the story line engaging, but it held an air of originality that is sorely lacking in most publications today. “ – Amazon Customer 

“Very well written, with a great theme and well developed characters.” – Amazon Customer

“This book was wonderful. Well written and finished nicely. The author addresses a serious issue in a way that allows you to respect the heroine… Lovely.” – Tiff, Amazon Review

“This book dealt with a subject that has been ignored in any other book I have read. I loved it, and look forward to many more stories by this author. “ – Paul Nichter, Amazon Review

This is a steamy romance and includes graphic sex scenes.

Wilde Christmas (A Cosset Cove Cozy Mystery Book 3) (Cosset Cove Cozy Mystery Series)

by Ruth Rowland

After a year of murder and mayhem in Cosset Cove, Charlotte Wilde is looking forward to a tranquil Christmas. Unfortunately not everyone seems to understand this is the season of goodwill. When the local Chief of Police asks Charlotte to help identify a murder victim, all hopes for a peaceful holiday are about to be shattered.

At least Amy seems to be having a good time. Her role as one of Santa’s helpers at the local department store could even lead to love. That is until another body shows up and the police suspect Amy may be involved. Despite resolving to never be drawn into the deadly world of murder ever again, Charlotte knows she has to help prove her friends innocence.

Join Charlotte, along with Clara, Abigail and Barney, the huge Main Coon cat, as they race against time in an effort to discover the real killers identity. A race that once again leads them to face the ultimate peril. Will the startling climax finally clear Amy’s name? Or will being on the trail of a cold blooded killer finally mean their luck has run out?

“A charming traditional cozy mystery in a modern day setting. Contains plenty of light witty humor and will keep you turning the pages right to the end!”

Owl of Death (Owl the Assassin Book 1)

by W.J. Costello

Joe Bolt.
Code name: Owl.
Assassin for hire.

A Syrian conspiracy. America framed for a barbaric act. Russia on the warpath.

Syrian assassins are sent to America to protect the conspiracy.

The CIA wants to stop them. They want the conspiracy exposed. They hire Owl for the job.

He must act fast. War between America and Russia is imminent. The clock is ticking.

Terror Flower (River Sunday Romance Mysteries Book 5)

by Thomas Hollyday

Amazon finalist!

In the Chesapeake harbor town of River Sunday, Jim Tench enjoys the challenge of designing custom race cars. When his friend, Captain Bob, is found drowned, he assumes along with everyone else that it was a tragic fishing accident.

Bob’s grandson, Smote Rojos, insists that he was murdered and draws Tench into the investigation. Clues seem to implicate Strake, a wealthy oilman and collector of antique automobiles. Tench knows that family from his past – he is still passionately in love with Strake’s talented daughter Julie. Yet she recently disappeared.

When a visiting African author begins to agitate for violent change and a bomb explodes in River Sunday because of her testimony before the United Nations, the search for answers becomes more urgent. Tench races against time to prevent the terror from escalating, with only the wisp of a clue, “Black-Eyed Susan,” to guide him through the darkness.

Terror Flower is the fifth book of the acclaimed River Sunday Romance Mystery series by Thomas Hollyday. The author’s unique Chesapeake voice once again gives us an exciting read about the people, their beliefs and legends, the animals and the grasping mud and black water wetlands of this mysterious American region. His other critically acclaimed novels include Slave Graves, Magnolia Gods, Powerboat Racer, Gold, China Jewel, and Easter Sunday.

Each book, introducing new memorable characters, retains the simple and beautiful lifestyle, history and beauty of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Powerful subjects such as freedom, atomic war, racism, religion, terror, sailing, and family love, are approached. Stories are insightful and well researched with technical expertise, humor, and fast moving action.

River Sunday Romance Mysteries are suitable for teen and older readers. They have no strong language and romantic descriptions are clean and suitable for family reading, discussion and enjoyment.

Thomas Hollyday has spent years working for animals rights. Part of the proceeds of his books goes to financing the research and maintenance of fresh drinking water resources for wildlife.

The Tables Have Turned (Under Suspicion Book 2)

by Lori Power

Lorna Tymchuck finds herself embroiled in yet another criminal investigationâ?¦

A Public Relations Strategist strives to avoid scandal at all costs, so why is Lorna attending a hackers’ convention, and how is she linked to a shady insurance organization? And the biggest unanswered question might be how her car came to be parked at the scene of a murder.

An elderly woman is murdered, and it looks like someone’s framing Lorna for the crimeâ?¦

Lorna tries to get to the bottom of it, but disclosing what she finds to the investigating officerâ??her fiancé, Mitchâ??would require revealing dark secrets from her past. Even worse, if she trusts Mitch with the information, she might end up being arrested by the love of her life.

Undercover police officer Mitch Morgan is investigating a white-collar crime, when a murder happens right next doorâ?¦

Mitch doesn’t believe in coincidences, so when a long-time family friend and neighbor turns up dead, he suspects the murder is related to the insurance fraud case he’s investigating. Lorna, his fiancée, seems to be hiding something, and when clues point to her involvement in the crime, Mitch finds himself facing a potentially devastating dilemma. Would he be willing to turn in the woman he loves? Or would he find it in his heart to defend her?

One thing is certainâ?¦

The tables have turned on Mitch Morgan.

Dear Comrade Novák

by Silvia Hildebrandt

From the author of A Century Divided.

“There is no such thing as a private life in the Socialist Republic. There is no such thing as a homosexual. No such thing as love. Not a single case of AIDS occurred in the East. Those corrupt Western ideas simply don’t exist in a perfect world.”

A story about conspiracy and revolution, love and hate, and the strong power of friendship.

In 1980s communist Romania, three school graduates form an unusual friendship: young Attila, who’s in love with his 45-year-old teacher; Tiberius, son of high class secret police parents; and the gypsy Viorica, who is forced into a marriage arranged when she was four.

When a conspiracy scandal throws their life upside down, all three of them will have to choose their sides: for or against the cruel tyrant Ceausescu.

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