Mysteries

Mysteries

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Definition of "Mystery Genre": Fiction in which a detective resolves a crime or series of crimes.  This genre can also be referred to as detective or crime novels.  The plot of a mystery ebook focuses on the crime that needs to be solved, and the detective that will solve it.  Typical elements include the detective being in danger, a host of suspects with their own motives, and clues, motives and alibis.  The genre can vary greatly dependent on the time in which the mystery is set, as that will drive what tools the detective has at his/her disposal.

 

Some examples of the best mysteries of all-time include Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon), Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express), Caleb Carr (The Alienist), Lyndsay Faye (Dust and Shadow), James Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice).  Of course, many of these are the best mystery ebooks of all time, as well as classics.  We try to bring you free and discounted mystery ebooks on their way to being the tops in their genre.

Something I Keep Upstairs

by Philip Crawford


"An assured mystery with an engaging narrator and a distinctive cast." -- Kirkus Reviews

Coleman Cooper is a troubled young man who can never get anything right—not even his own suicide.

When he is sent to an open-door mental health facility in a small New England village to get his life back on track, his journey darkens even further: someone starts killing the psychiatrists, one by one.

After taking a job tending bar at a local country inn—the social heart of the quirky little town where everyone knows everyone and grudges can last for decades—Coleman unwittingly finds himself at the center of the investigation, even a suspect.

Yet as villagers dread news of more victims and the police come up empty-handed, it is Coleman, and he alone, who discovers the twisted path to the killer’s identity—and the door to a new life for himself.

 

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Dead Silent: A Box Set Collection

by Jay Newton


The secrets must be kept, or the body count will rise...

Are you ready for the eighteen deadly crime thrillers that will keep you up all night?


Shrouded in mystery, these thrillers by eighteen Wall Street Journal, USA Today and International Best-selling authors, will keep you turning the pages for weeks. It’s a limited time collection that will introduce you to your new favorite writers.
What made the art thieves kill? Why does the old case haunt the detective? Can the assassins be stopped?
From Los Angeles to Scotland to Prague, the twists and turns will leave you in a cold sweat, needing to know what happens next with page after page of the deadliest crimes you can imagine.
This mystery, thriller, and suspense boxset is perfect for fans of David Baldacci, James Patterson, Chris Collett, Angela Marsons, and Lisa Gray.
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Books by:
Judith Lucci
Fiona Quinn
Sandra Woffington
Michelle Medhat
Dan Petrosini
Greta Boris
David Berens
J.D. Weston
Tom Fowler
Chris Patchell
L.K. Hill
Gavin Reese
K.C. Sivils
Tom Schneider
Elleby Harper
Dwayne Gill
James Harper
Jay Tinsiano & Jay Newton

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Too Many Women, Too Little Time: A Monk Buttman Mystery

by David William Pearce


Monk finds life is nice and simple when you don’t think too hard about what you’re doing or the lies you tell yourself. Believing his relationship with Judith is over, and a happy content life with Agnes is his to enjoy, Monk is shocked to find, tragically, that's not true. While dealing with a dying lover, Monk is dogged by family, business, gangsters, cranky widows, and a mystery woman who claims Monk has stolen her money.

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The Little Grave: A completely heart-stopping crime thriller (Detective Amanda Steele Book 1)

by Carolyn Arnold


Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…

It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.

Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.

But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…

A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.
 

Readers love The Little Grave:


“I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Amanda Steele is one heck of a detective, and I cannot wait to see where Ms. Arnold takes her next!” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Your jaw will drop. I loved this book!… I couldn’t catch my breath. The ending will blow you away. I adored Amanda’s character and her new partner as well. This book had me turning pages unable to put it down. What an intense ride… A must-read.” Goodreads reviewer

I LOVED this book, fabulous characters and a great plot and storyline made this an engrossing page-turner and that ending, phew I didn't see that coming at all!!! Can’t wait for the next in the series.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Before Her Eyes

by Rebecca Forster


READERS CHOICE AWARD – BEST MYSTERY

 

In a remote mountain community, the execution of a grocer and the abduction of a world-renowned model leave Sheriff Dove Connolley searching for a connection, two killers and a woman who is running for her life. Obsessed with finding Tessa Bradley before it's too late, Dove's investigation leads him into a shadowy world where nothing is as it seems, hope is bought and paid for and death has many faces.

She runs, death follows.

“This is one of the most haunting stories I have read…”

 

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Tall Tails Secret Book Club (The Secret Library Cozy Mysteries 1)

by CeeCee James


A mysterious mansion, a suspicious death, and a cat too smart for its own good…


When Laura Lee took the summer job as a housekeeper at the old Thornberry Estate, she knew it was a creepy place, but she had no idea how creepy. Mrs. Fitzwater warned her to keep her mind on her work and her nose in her own business, but one thing after another leads her astray, between the mansion giving up its puzzles as she goes about her work, fun secrets to share with the clever ladies in her book club who are always up for a mystery, and a cat that seems to know more than she does.

The death of a chauffeur just outside the estate gates changes everything and suddenly creepy turns to deadly as Laura Lee finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. When the police seem unable to solve the crime, can Laura Lee and her intrepid club find the killer before the killer finds Laura Lee?

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The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 1)

by Andrew Updegrove


"Thank you for your contribution to the Alexandria Project" is the message cyber attackers leave behind as they delete crucial data from computer networks across America. It's not long before the nation is on the verge of collapse as Wall Street, the transportation system, government agencies, and the rest of our internet-based economy all fall victim to the attacks of unknown assailants. As the public outcry builds, Frank Adversego, a brilliant but conflicted cyber security expert, finds himself under suspicion as well as trapped in a power play between the FBI and the CIA. Only by tracing the Alexandria Project back to the source can he clear himself.

What follows is a fast-paced, satirical tale of cyber sleuthing, international espionage, and nuclear brinksmanship that accurately portrays our increasing vulnerability to cyber attack. The surprise ending will leave readers both ready for the next Frank Adversego thriller, as well as concerned about where our headlong rush onto the Internet may be leading us.

"THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT is fiction that cuts close to the bone. But where George Orwell envisioned 1984 from the safety of thirty-five years out, the future that Updegrove describes may already be upon us. That's what makes it dangerous, and that's what makes THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT an important as well as riveting read."

- Dan Geer, CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER, In-Q-Tel

 
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Miss Seeton Sings (A Miss Seeton Mystery Book 4)

by Heron Carvic

It’s ‘set an artist to catch an artist’ . . .

 

When a flood of perfectly faked banknotes hits the market, retired art teacher Miss Emily Seeton, the Yard’s famed ‘MissEss’, is chosen to investigate a respected Geneva bank. Somehow, the forger is also mixed up in the theft of valuable paintings.

 

But Miss S. is new to air travel – surely the names Geneva and ‘Genova’ must be the same place? Bamboozling both the crooks and the police who vainly try to keep tabs on her, innocently humming the fraudsters’ musical password, she trips gaily along the dangerous trail.

 

Serene amidst every kind of skullduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!

 

What people are saying about Miss Seeton:

 

“Miss Seeton is a hoot! I was torn between laughter and eye rolling with each page turn. The characters are loveable and thoroughly British. This is a perfect specimen of classic British mystery.“

 

What a joy Miss Seeton is. Why did I wait so long to read them? Splashy characters, lovely setting, and just plain funny.”

 

“I've become a Miss Ess addict. Great characters that get better with each book. A must for anyone who loves a good British cozy with a twist, and surprising revelations of what a good brollie can do in a pinch.”

 

“What a great series. This is one of the best in English light reading mysteries.”

 

“Miss Seeton is a delightful sendup of the amateur sleuth. If your doctor has prescribed laughter as the best medicine, run and buy the entire series as fast as you can.”

 

Editorial reviews:

“A most beguiling protagonist!” New York Times

“Miss Seeton gets into wild drama with fine touches of farce . . . This is a lovely mixture of the funny and the exciting.” San Francisco Chronicle

“This is not so much black comedy as black-currant comedy . . . You can’t stop reading. Or laughing.” The Sun

Depth of description and lively characters bring this English village to life.” Publishers Weekly

“Fun to be had with a full cast of endearingly zany villagers . . . and the ever gently intuitive Miss Seeton.” Kirkus Reviews

“Miss Seeton is the most delightfully satisfactory character since Miss Marple.” Ogden Nash

“I think, on the whole, Miss Seeton is the most loveable and entertaining of any of today’s fiction detectives. May she live forever.” London Mystery Selection

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The Levee District Three: Crimes of the Levee, The Wrath of Moses, and Degrees of Evil

by John Sturgeon


"This series is perfect for fans of historical crime!" –Anne Bonny Book Reviews

***This box set includes the first three crime mysteries in the Levee District Series. Book #4, Taming Evil, releases April 8, 2021.

CRIMES OF THE LEVEE (Book One)

It is 1905, and Chicago is an open town. The most accessible part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that's hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice's dollar. With the hanging of serial killer, Simon Kluge, police Detective Patrick Moses is suddenly without a case. Before Moses can relax, he is approached by an aging retail mogul who asks him to investigate the mysterious shooting of his son.

As Moses gets deeper into both cases, he realizes that in the Levee there are a lot of people who don't want the two cases solved, including the police and the Ward Aldermen.

THE WRATH OF MOSES (Book Two)

After the shocking murder of his father, Patrick Moses is forced back into duty in the crime-plagued Levee District. The mysterious, blonde-haired mute, a man Moses believes to be responsible for four murders, continues to elude the police. Tracking him is an endless task, but Moses and his new partner, Sam Walker, are asked to step up their investigation of the "Prostitute Murders" after the head of a courtesan is found impaled on the tip of a sword in front of the precinct building. When the twin daughters of a successful elevator manufacturer are kidnapped, Moses and Walker are asked to prioritize this new case. As the pressure mounts and the cases get darker, Moses begins to unravel. The trips to the opium den and his drinking take over. Moses knows he is slowly becoming one of the Levee District animals he usually tracks.

DEGREES OF EVIL (Book Three)

After a shocking kidnapping case in New York City, Patrick Moses is summoned back to Chicago to help on an equally disturbing matter. Someone is murdering older women, using their own bed sheets to tie and bind them while suffocating them with their pillow stuffings. Other than similarities in the cases, there are no hard clues. What Patrick does find is that his old nemesis Christian Hanson is back in Chicago, operating around the Levee District. To complicate matters, an overzealous Police Captain is trying to pin two murders on Moses. Patrick also seems to be falling for his beautiful, new neighbor, until he finds that her ex-husband has mysteriously disappeared.

 

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The Worried Man: A Q.C. Davis Mystery

by Lisa M. Lilly

A new beginning. A terrible ending. Unearthing the facts may prove fatal…

Quille C. Davis looks forward to growing her Chicago law firm and living with the man of her dreams. But the buried heartache from her sister’s unsolved murder comes flooding back when she finds her lover dead. Driven by a lingering mistrust of the police and convinced their finding of suicide is wrong, she vows to uncover the truth no matter what.

With the help of her late boyfriend’s teenage son, Quille follows the clues into a tangled web of malpractice suits and scandalous business dealings. But the deeper she digs into the man’s past, the more she fears someone wants her silenced.

Can Quille catch a killer and clear her beloved’s name before she becomes the next victim?

The Worried Man is the page-turning first book in the snappy Q.C. Davis mystery series. If you like clever amateur sleuths, fast-paced action, and psychological suspense, then you’ll love Lisa M. Lilly’s gripping novel.

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Halo of Fires: A Supernatural Revenge Thriller (The Dark Harbour Tales Book 1)

by Joseph Kiel


A missing child. His family brutally murdered. The vigilante on the hunt for revenge...

Dark Harbour can be a treacherous place to live. Take the case of the six-year-old boy who fled from a savage murderer. For over two decades, the youngster’s fate has remained a mystery, but some people refuse to forget what happened, not least the local vigilante ring. As Vladimir, maverick agent of Halo of Fires, employs his unique abilities in the obsessive pursuit of the killer, a rookie journalist determines to uncover the truth of what became of the missing child.

Their investigations send them further within the murky underground of this secluded seaside town, unearthing even more intrigue, illumination, and nefarious characters lurking in the shadows.

Halo of Fires is the first book in Joseph Kiel’s supernatural thriller series, The Dark Harbour Tales. Step into a new world steeped in seaside noir, romance and enchantment, and the age-old folklore that still haunts us today.

If you love the books of Dean Koontz or Neil Gaiman, then pick up Joseph Kiel’s Halo of Fires to discover this exciting new series today.

 
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Cake Tastings and Killers: A Bed and Breakfast Cozy Mystery

by A.R. Winters


A Bed and Breakfast Mystery

Wedding photographer Laura Fisher is back in the Florida Keys to help her sister manage the Paradise Bed and Breakfast. Business has been slow, but when a guest is poisoned at a cake tasting, they’re in danger of going under.

It doesn’t help that Laura confronted the victim, her high school boyfriend Charlie Porter, in front of the entire wedding party, declaring he’d answer for his actions one day. Charlie taunts her and laughs off the entire exchange, but the joke’s over when Laura becomes the prime suspect for his murder.

With her sister Danielle and Granny Margaret on her side, Laura’s prepared to confront her past to catch the real killer and prove she’s innocent. If she can’t, not only will she be branded a murderer, the struggling Paradise B&B’s reputation will be ruined and her family will be forced to sell the property.

Laura soon learns how many secrets islands can hide—and if she’s not careful, she may find herself the next victim...

 

Praise for A.R. Winters:


"The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery." - Jaycie D, Amazon.com

"A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters" - lq, Amazon.com

"For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery." - Clara B, Amazon.com

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.

 
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She Told a Lie (Zachary Goldman Mysteries Book 8)

by P.D. Workman


From USA Today Bestselling Author, P.D. Workman!

A missing girl.

Her confused family and friends don’t know what to think about her disappearance.

The police will only put so many resources into the search for a missing teen. They don’t have time and money to spend on runaways and voluntaries. But that doesn’t mean no one cares.

Zachary Goldman is on the case, and he is determined to find out what happened to Madison Miller and to bring her home safely.

If she’s still alive, he’s going to find her.

No matter what danger he might face personally.

Don't miss this intriguing mystery!

Buy it today

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Ransom Road (A Liars Island Suspense Book 1)

by Anya Mora


My husband was everything I wanted in a partner. Then his business took off and we had Rosie — the most colic-y baby our pediatrician had ever met.

Shadows from my past crept closer.

So I locked us away, safe inside the gates of our island home. Or so I thought.


I knew it was a bad idea to let anyone in, but I needed help. And Nanny Bexley was a dream come true: an excellent resume and tons of energy. But just one week after she came into our lives, the dream turned into a nightmare.


And there was no one I could trust.

If I wanted to see my daughter again, I would need to step outside and find her myself.


Welcome to Liar’s Island… a stand-alone series of interconnected domestic thrillers set in the picture-perfect community of Liars Island. Here, nothing is quite as it seems.
On this island, families and friendships are more than meets the eye … secrets, deceptions, and jealousies threaten to ruin everything these influential people have built. But it isn’t only the rich that live here … and power comes in all shapes and sizes.
Everyone here is a liar … just how far would you go to get what you want?

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The Fog Ladies (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery Book 1)

by Susan McCormick


Young, overworked, overtired, overstressed medical intern Sarah James has no time for sleuthing. Her elderly neighbors, the spunky Fog Ladies, have nothing but time. When, one by one, old ladies die in their elegant apartment building in San Francisco, Sarah assumes it is the natural consequence of growing old. The Fog Ladies assume murder.


Mrs. Bridge falls off a stool cleaning bugs out of her kitchen light. Mrs. Talwin hits her head in the bathtub and drowns. Suddenly, the Pacific Heights building is turning over tenants faster than the fog rolls in on a cool San Francisco evening.

Sarah resists the Fog Ladies' perseverations. But when one of them falls down the stairs and tells Sarah she was pushed, even Sarah believes evil lurks in their building. Can they find the killer before they fall victim themselves?

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In For A Penny (The Granny Series Book 1)

by Nancy Naigle et al


Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot mess. While Lil was busy being a proper Southern lady, Harlan squandered dang near the whole family fortune on lottery tickets. To keep her financial skeletons in the closet and give him a decent burial, Lil made a deal that has now landed her in prison.

Desperate to keep her troubles a secret and the family estate from falling down while she pays her debt to society, Lil entrusts Summer Haven’s care to her best friend, Maggie, who recruits two more over-fifty ladies to live at Summer Haven and help keep it afloat.

But when Maggie discovers that Lil’s restitution is ten times the amount she “borrowed” from the federal government, she’s convinced Lil has taken the fall for someone else’s crime. And these gals will use every trick in their little-old-lady bags to prove it.

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The Shaman Sings: The First Charlie Moon Novel (Charlie Moon Mysteries Book 1)

by James D. Doss


The shocking death of a female physics student has shattered the peaceful community of Granite Creek, Colorado—and police chief Scott Parrish has a hunch he can't even begin to explain. He 
saw the killing…in his dreams.

Daisy Perika experienced the same visions. An aged Ute shaman who lives in a trailer on the lonesome highlands, hers is the realm of the Native American spirit. But Daisy doesn't need scientific proof to know that the student's breakthrough discovery was to kill for. And it isn't over yet.

Parrish wants to believe that Daisy can unleash the truth. But will her visions of Coyote and fire make for evidence in a court of law? Now it's up to Parrish and Daisy's nephew, Tribal Police investigator Charlie Moon, to summon the supernatural and seize the killer—before he strikes again…in James D. Doss's The Shaman Sings.

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The Isabel Fielding Series: The Complete Trilogy

by Sarah A. Denzil


A chilling crime series by the million-copy bestselling author of Silent Child.

Who really killed Maisie Earnshaw?

Within the walls of the high-security psychiatric facility, Crowmont Hospital, reside many violent offenders. To nurse Leah Smith, no matter what, all offenders are patients first and foremost. When Leah is appointed as nurse to Isabel Fielding, she is determined to remain professional despite the shocking crime Isabel allegedly committed in her past.

Years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found face down in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel--at age fourteen, found covered in Maisie's blood--was convicted of murder.

As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she's not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent too.

Is Leah allowing her own dark past to taint her judgement as she grows closer to her patient? Or has a young woman been unjustly robbed of her childhood?

Read the complete series now!

Praise for the Isabel Fielding series:

"I can't praise this book enough...it was one of the best books I've read this year!"

"Without giving too much away the characters had me fooled! Nothing is what it seems, you need to keep reading ...just one more chapter...."

"One For Sorrow is such a fabulously dark and twisted read. I knew from the opening pages it was going to be good but by heck I didn't forsee the twists and turns as they happened. It's one of those stories that you will be constantly second-guessing and jumping at conclusions only to be totally wrong."

"This dark, twisty psychological thriller was totally riveting."

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Take Me Out the Back

by Carolyn Geduld


“A truly unique and chilling account of a mass killing as seen through the eyes of many.” –Sublime Book Review

A mass shooting in a nursing home rocks a southern Indiana town. The ripple effects afflict emergency workers, the nursing home staff, town officials, and the friends and families of the victims—both immediately and for weeks and months thereafter. Chillingly, those murdered often appear as ghosts, plaguing their family members with dangerous and surprising urges. Will a copycat shooter emerge from among them to kill again?

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Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series Book 5)

by Jennifer S. Alderson


Rome—the city of churches, marble, … and murder? For one American tourist, a famous fountain will become her final resting place.

Wedding bells are ringing, and Lana Hansen could not be happier! Wanderlust Tours guide Randy Wright and his Italian girlfriend are tying the knot in Tuscany, right after he and Lana finish leading a Christmas-themed tour around Rome.

Unfortunately for Randy, his ex-girlfriend is still convinced they are meant to be together. When she shows up at his hotel, they have a nasty fight, and Randy threatens to harm her if she doesn’t leave him be.

After her body is found in the Trevi Fountain, Randy is immediately arrested. Lana is convinced he didn’t do it, yet none of her other guests seemed to have wished the young women ill.

With a shortage of suspects, Lana must dig deep in order to sleuth out who really killed Randy’s ex-girlfriend—before his visit to the Eternal City becomes permanent.

The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are fun stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.

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