Mystery

Howard Michael Gould and Adam Walker Phillips

Howard Michael Gould & Adam Walker Phillips
(photo credit: Terri Yenko Gould)

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Last Looks Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524742492
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Published: Dutton Books - August 14th, 2018

A razor-sharp, exquisitely paced, madly fun debut thriller that gleefully lampoons Hollywood culture and introduces the highly eccentric yet brilliant ex-detective gone rogue: Charlie Waldo.

There are run-of-the-mill eccentric Californians, and then there's former detective Charlie Waldo.

Waldo, a onetime LAPD superstar, now lives in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than one hundred possessions. He has left behind his career and his girlfriend, Lorena, to pay self-imposed penance for an awful misstep on an old murder case. But the old ghosts are about to come roaring back.

There are plenty of difficult actors in Hollywood, and then there's Alastair Pinch.

Alastair is a onetime Royal Shakespeare Company thespian who now slums it as the "wise" Southern judge on a tacky network show. He's absurdly rich, often belligerent, and typically drunk--a damning combination when Alastair's wife is found dead on their living room floor and he can't remember what happened.

Waldo's old flame Lorena, hiding peril of her own, draws him toward the case, and Alastair's greedy network convinces Waldo to take it on. But after such a long time away from both civilization and sleuthing--and plagued by a confounding array of assailants who want him gone--Waldo must navigate complicated webs of ego and deceit to clear Alastair's name . . . or confirm his guilt.


The Big Con: A Chuck Restic Mystery (Chuck Restic Mysteries #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945551260
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Published: Prospect Park Books - July 17th, 2018

Chuck Restic, HR manager and part-time private investigator, has a problem: the consultant guru Julie St. Jean is the bane of his existence. Over his twenty-year HR career, he's been forced to partner with her on inane employee engagement programs whose only value has been to Julie's sizable bank account. When Julie is suddenly wanted for the murder of an associate, Chuck sees his chance to rid himself of her forever, until the corporate tables are turned on him and he must find the elusive figure or risk losing his job. The search uncovers a dark past of murder and stolen identity. And what begins as a search to save his corporate neck soon turns into one a lot more literal.


The Silent Second: A Chuck Restic Mystery (Chuck Restic Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945551048
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Published: Prospect Park Books - August 15th, 2017

The Perpetual Summer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945551123
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Published: Prospect Park Books - January 9th, 2018

Matt Coyle signs Wrong Light

Matt Coyle

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Wrong Light (Rick Cahill #5) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608093168
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - December 4th, 2018

Perfect for hard-boiled PI and Noir fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code.

Naomi Hendrix's sexy voice hovering over the radio waves isn't the only thing haunting the Southern California nights. A demented soul is stalking Naomi, hiding in the shadows of the night, waiting for the right moment to snatch her and fulfill a twisted fantasy.

When Naomi's radio station hires PI Rick Cahill to protect Naomi and track down the stalker, he discovers that Naomi is hiding secrets about her past that could help unmask the man. However, before Rick can extract the truth from Naomi, he is thrust into a missing person's case--an abduction he may have unwittingly caused. The investigating detective questions Rick's motives for getting involved and pressures him to stop meddling.

While Rick pursues Naomi's stalker and battles the police, evil ricochets from his own past and embroils Rick in a race to find the truth about an old nemesis. Is settling the score worth losing everything?


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Blood Truth (Rick Cahill Series #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608092871
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - December 5th, 2017

Dark Fissures (Rick Cahill #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608092680
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - November 21st, 2017

Night Tremors (Rick Cahill Thrillers #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608092208
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - July 12th, 2016

Yesterday's Echo (Rick Cahill #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608091737
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - January 19th, 2016

Peter Blauner signs Sunrise Highway

Peter Blauner

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Sunrise Highway (Lourdes Robles Novels #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250117410
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 4th, 2018

From Peter Blauner, the writer Dennis Lehane calls "one of the most consistently bracing and interesting voices in American crime literature," comes a new thriller about a lone young cop on the trail of a powerful killer determined not just to stop her, but to make her pay.

In the summer of Star Wars and Son of Sam, a Long Island schoolgirl is found gruesomely murdered. A local prosecutor turns a troubled teenager known as JT from a suspect to a star witness in the case, putting away a high school football star who claimed to be innocent. Forty years later, JT has risen to chief of police, but there's a trail of a dozen dead women that reaches from Brooklyn across Long Island, along the Sunrise Highway, and it's possible that his actions actually enabled a killer.

That's when Lourdes Robles, a relentless young Latina detective for the NYPD, steps in to track the serial killer. She discovers a deep and sinister web of connections between the victims and some of the most powerful political figures in the region, including JT himself. Now Lourdes not only has to catch a killer, but maybe dismantle an entire system that's protected him, possibly at the cost of her own life.


Proving Ground (Lourdes Robles Novels #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250117465
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 6th, 2018

Joe & Kasey Lansdale sign Terror is Our Business

Joe & Kasey Lansdale

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ISBN: 9781732009004
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Published: Cutting Block Books - May 29th, 2018

Award-winning author and "Champion Mojo Storyteller" Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & LeonardBubba Ho Tep, Paradise Sky) and his daughter, author / country singer Kasey Lansdale, have joined forces to bring you a short story collection showcasing the new dynamic duo of supernatural sleuthing, Dana Roberts and her sidekick Jana!

Terror is Our Business gathers together all of Dana's and Jana's previous cases in a single volume, and features an all-new adventure, "The Case of the Ragman's Anguish," written exclusively for this collection.

Join Dana and Jana as they investigate--and battle--angry jinns, malevolent shadows, ancient travelers, and soul-sucking shapeshifters. With two tough, resourceful women on the case, the specters from "the other side" won't know what hit them!


Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316311588
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Published: Mulholland Books - March 27th, 2018

Paradise Sky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316329347
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 26th, 2017

Honky Tonk Samurai (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Novels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316329415
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 14th, 2017

T. Jefferson Parker signs Swift Vengeance

T Jefferson Parker

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Swift Vengeance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212695
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 21st, 2018

Swift Vengeance is a riveting thriller involving a killer who targets a team of military drone operators. San Diego private investigator Roland Ford becomes involved when one of the fliers asks for his help after receiving a chilling death threat in the mail. Ford contacts local FBI terrorism specialist Joan Taucher, and things get serious fast when one of the drone operators is beheaded. A note left at the murder site promises more vengeance killings, and an urgent hunt for the killer begins. The vagaries of the war on terror and the soul-crushing work of drone fliers are vividly portrayed in this engrossing story, and guilt, justice, and retribution are prominent themes. World-weary and kind-hearted Ford is a sympathetic narrator with a heart-breaking backstory, and readers who enjoyed Parker’s The Room of White Fire will welcome him back. Highly recommended for fans of cat-and-mouse suspense, geopolitical thrillers, and San Diego-based detective fiction. -Kim
 


The Room of White Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212671
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 3rd, 2018

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Crazy Blood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250119865
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 4th, 2017

Full Measure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250070388
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Published: Griffin - December 1st, 2015

Michael Brandman and Eva Montealegre signing

Michael Brandman & Eva Montealegre

Mysterious Galaxy is pleased to present authors Michael Brandman and Eva Montealegre.

One on One (Buddy Steel Mysteries #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781464210273
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - August 7th, 2018

When legendary Sheriff Burton Steel summoned his son Buddy home from LAPD Homicide, a reluctant Buddy agreed. Burton is debilitated by ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. While Buddy is to cover his back, not an assignment he wants, the clincher is it's his last chance to connect with his proud, overbearing parent.

What Buddy didn't expect was to encounter crime in Freedom, a privileged coastal community a hundred miles north of Los Angeles, as vicious and challenging as that of the city.

One spring morning, the latest challenge erupts. The brutal murder of a prominent Freedom High School sports coach leads Buddy into a clandestine universe of sexual deception, play parties, unwitting athletes, over-privileged youths, treacherous bullies, and shocking malfeasance.

At the same time, a sudden scourge of graffiti is disfiguring both public and private property, despoiling the beauty and serenity of Freedom's unassuming landscape. Outraged, knowing he has few legal weapons to wield, Buddy is forced to find new and challenging ways to thwart the street artist, or artists, responsible. Irreverent and imaginative, not to say manipulative, Buddy is just the man for the job.

Buddy's plate is soon full and the stakes are enormous as he sets about bringing resolution to a glut of seemingly irresolute occurrences.

One on One follows Missing Persons, Buddy's first investigation in Freedom.


Missing Persons (Buddy Steel Mysteries #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781464208041
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 5th, 2017

Body on the Backlot (Red Carpet Noir) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945572883
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - May 15th, 2018

Detective Joan Lambert works within the fabric of the LA landscape, solving cases with a combined tapestry of plodding police work, bang-on perceptions of the human psyche and guts.

 

For the last five years, media madness has created fresh hell for LAPD's imminent Homicide investigator, Joan Lambert. She thinks she's seen everything until the victim in her latest case gets up and walks out of the morgue. Ten missing women, a small boy, and a fanatical voodoo cult thrust Joan into an investigation that will put her life and her career on the line. She has got to shut it all down before eleven people are sacrificed for the film and music career of a young starlet. When a connection is made to a private pharmaceutical experiment that suspends the very essence of life, creating real-life zombies, Joan avails every resource she has--black dog hairs, a posh transvestite, a psychic who offers dubious insights and the clues given to her by Hector, a dying pimp whose specialty is runaways. To make it work, Joan takes matters into her own hands, proving her grit as one of LA's elite investigators. 


James Ziskin, Eric Beetner, & Caroline Kepnes

A Stone's Throw: An Ellie Stone Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633884199
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Published: Seventh Street Books - June 5th, 2018

Ellie Stone, a young newspaper reporter in 1960s' upstate New York, investigates a double murder at an abandoned stud farm near glamorous Saratoga Springs.

August 1962. A suspicious fire claims a tumbledown foaling barn on the grounds of the once-proud Tempesta Stud Farm, halfway between New Holland and Saratoga Springs, NY. The blaze, one of several in recent years at the abandoned farm, barely prompts a shrug from the local sheriff. That is until "girl reporter" Ellie Stone, first on the scene, uncovers a singed length of racing silk in the rubble of the barn. And it's wrapped around the neck of one of two charred bodies buried in the ashes. A bullet between the eyes of one of the victims confirms it's murder, and the police suspect gamblers. Ellie digs deeper.

The double murder, committed on a ghostly stud farm in the dead of night, leads Ellie down a haunted path, just a stone's throw from the glamour of Saratoga Springs, to a place where dangerous men don't like to lose. Unraveling secrets from the past--crushing failure and heartless betrayal--she's learning that arson can be cold revenge.


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By Eric Beetner (Editor), Sara Paretsky (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781946502599
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Published: Down & Out Books - July 16th, 2018

The Anthony-nominated collection of crime stories without guns--the collection we didn't want to be necessary--is back for Volume 2.

Two dozen more crime writers have come together to raise their voices and take pen in hand to call for a sensible and reasoned debate about guns in America. As the mass shootings continue, the avoidable accidents, the suicides, the gun violence that consumes our country rolls on unabated and unaddressed by our leadership other than to say, "Now is not the time to discuss it," these crime writers have chosen to start the dialogue.

In stories of crime, mystery and suspense these authors have left the guns out to show for a short while that we can do without them and the plot doesn't fall apart. Maybe, in a small way, we can show that the American way of life doesn't cease to be, either.

Not anti-gun, Unloaded Vol. 2 is pro-reason. These authors comprise gun owners and non-owners, voters on both sides of the political aisle. The cause that unites us all is the desire to see the senseless killing stop and to be able to have the discussion without the divisive language, vitriol and name calling that too often accompanies this debate.

The top priority in these stories is to entertain with thrilling action and suspense that readers know and love about a crime story. To do so without guns leads to some creative leaps from writers who spin tales of simians on the loose, androids with buried secrets, punk rock shows and tattoo shops.

Bestselling authors like Chris Holm, Lori Rader-Day, Bill Crider, Laura McHugh, James Ziskin and John Rector along with many more join together to call for an end to the needless violence and a start to a reasoned debate. With a forward by legendary Sara Paretsky, Unloaded Vol. 2 is a book we wish wasn't needed. But staying silent is no longer an option.

Proceeds go to the non-profit States United To Prevent Gun Violence.


Providence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399591433
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Published: Lenny - June 19th, 2018

Providence, a novel for the Stranger Thingsaudience, is a fun and interesting blend of light fantasy and soft horror themes. I am a huge Lovecraft fan and devour fan fiction or books that reference Lovecraft, and author Caroline Kepnes does a nice job creating a weird and entertaining ride while explaining Lovecraft and The Dunwich Horror to those who may not be familiar. Overall, I found this book to be exactly what I needed: a nice escape from the confines of the horror genre. I’m also happy to see more female writers bringing their own voices to horror in new and interesting ways.” 
— Guy Lopez, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA


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Cast the First Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery (Ellie Stone Mysteries #5) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633882812
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Published: Seventh Street Books - June 6th, 2017

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Heart of Stone (Ellie Stone Mysteries #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633881839
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Published: Seventh Street Books - June 7th, 2016

The Devil at Your Door (Lars and Shaine Crime Novel #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781946502438
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Published: Down & Out Books - February 12th, 2018

You: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476785608
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - June 16th, 2015

Hidden Bodies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476785639
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2016

Rhys Bowen Presented by Sisters in Crime SD

Rhys Bowen

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Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Royal Spyness Mystery #12) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425283523
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Published: Berkley Books - August 7th, 2018

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife...

House hunting turns out to be a pretty grim affair. Just as we start to lose hope, my globetrotting godfather offers us his fully staffed country estate. Mistress of Eynsleigh I shall be! With Darcy off in parts unknown, I head to Eynsleigh alone, only to have my hopes dashed. The grounds are in disarray and the small staff is suspiciously incompetent. Not to mention the gas tap leak in my bedroom, which I can only imagine was an attempt on my life. Something rotten is afoot--and bringing the place up to snuff may put me six feet under before I even get a chance to walk down the aisle...


On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Royal Spyness Mystery #11) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425283516
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Published: Berkley Books - June 26th, 2018

Crowned and Dangerous (Royal Spyness Mystery #10) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425283493
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Published: Berkley Books - August 1st, 2017

Malice at the Palace (Berkley Prime Crime) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425260449
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Published: Berkley Books - August 2nd, 2016

Queen of Hearts (Royal Spyness Mystery #8) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425260647
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Published: Berkley Books - August 4th, 2015

Daryl Wood Gerber, Presented by Sisters in Crime SD

Daryl Wood Gerber

A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683315865
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - July 10th, 2018

The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille's sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef's kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse--in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley's world-renowned grapes and all the town's businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area's top talents.

Chef Camille's sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef's kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.


A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683316046
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - June 12th, 2018

Lisa Brackmann signs Black Swan Rising, with Sisters In Crime SD

Lisa Brackmann

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Black Swan Rising Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738759470
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Published: Midnight Ink - September 8th, 2018

Sarah Price wants a career in politics. But she has a secret past that won't stay past, threatening her job on a San Diego congressman's reelection campaign.

Casey Cheng wants a story. An ambitious local television reporter, Casey needs to get her career back on track after being seriously injured in a mass shooting. When she investigates the man who nearly killed her, she finds a connection to a group of online harassers called #TrueMen--and realizes her shooter may not be the only killer they have inspired.

Casey's investigation and Sarah's secret put them both in the crosshairs of a hate group that targets anyone they've deemed to be against their cause, including Sarah's boss, the congressman. Now Sarah and Casey have a choice to make--do they hide? Or do they fight back?


Go-Between Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616958305
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Published: Soho Crime - July 11th, 2017

Dragon Day (Ellie McEnroe Novel #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616956622
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Published: Soho Crime - June 7th, 2016

Rock Paper Tiger (Ellie McEnroe Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616952587
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Published: Soho Crime - July 7th, 2015

Hour of the Rat (Ellie McEnroe Novel #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616953713
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Published: Soho Crime - June 3rd, 2014

Getaway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616950712
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Published: Soho Crime - May 1st, 2012

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