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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.
"I've been married so many times, they should revoke my license," says NY model, and reluctant pilot Lalla Bains.
Running her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.
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Follow the remarkably bold, smart, and refreshingly human New Orleans detective Skip Langdon through the twists and turns of New Orleans--from raucous Mardi Gras to the swampy summertime--at she navigates deadly family secrets, tracks down a serial killer, and delves deep into the mastermind of a psychopath unlike any you've ever encountered...
“Gritty, witty, & mesmerizing! Langdon is a splendid female heroine.” –People Magazine
"Like a good Grisham: taut, fast, and thrilling. But with a lot more heart and soul.” -The Clarion-Ledger
NEW ORLEANS MOURNING
It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and civic leader and socialite Chauncy St. Amant has been crowned Rex, King of Carnival. But his day of glory comes to an abrupt and bloody end when a parade-goer dressed as Dolly Parton guns him down.
What's the perfect killing field for a murderer? A place where he (or maybe she) can learn your secrets from your own mouth and then make friends over coffee. A supposedly "safe" place where anonymity is the norm. The horror who calls himself The Axeman has figured it out and claimed his territory—he's cherry-picking his victims in the 12-Step programs of New Orleans.
Skip Langdon just happens to be on hand when Ham Brocato, director if New Orleans Jazzfest, is discovered dead on the kitchen floor in the middle of his own party the evening before the Fest. To complicate the already murky case, the victim's sixteen-year-old blues musician sister has disappeared, and Skip suspects that if the young woman isn't the murderer, she's in mortal danger from the person who is.
DEATH BEFORE FACEBOOK
It’s a chilly November in 1994, and thirty-one-year-old Geoff Kavanagh surreptitiously splits his time between science fiction novels and cyberspace in his parents’ dilapidated, overgrown, uptown New Orleans mansion. Until his mother finds him dead from a suspicious fall off a ladder. Maybe he should never have posted about seeing his father murdered …
HOUSE OF BLUES
Sugar Hebert arrives home from a ten-minute errand to find her husband shot to death and the rest of her family missing—including her daughter Reed, heir apparent to the Hebert restaurant dynasty, and Reed's eleven-month-old daughter.
THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
Politics makes the strangest bedfellows of all and in New Orleans, a psychopath’s running for mayor. Not just the usual harmless megalomaniac—a murderer and a monster.
CRESCENT CITY CONNECTION
Sure, New Orleans is known for corruption, but suddenly the good guys get a break—an honest police chief. And then someone guns him down. When a terrifying organization called The Jury takes out the cop-killer, Detective Skip Langdon’s on the case. And she suspects The Jury’s the brainchild of her old nemesis, self-described preacher Errol Jacomine
It seems Councilwoman Bebe Fortier has misplaced her equally prominent husband, United Oil VP Russell Fortier. Across town, part-time detective/poet Talba Wallis has a simple wish--to find out what Russell Fortier's disappearance has to do with her. NOPD Detective Skip Langdon soon senses something big starting to unfold, something a lot bigger than a missing husband. Something rooted in corruption, resulting in violence—and motivated by that old demon . . . desire.
MEAN WOMAN BLUES
The Rev. Errol Jacomine is crazy as a fox that just ate a loon and more dangerous than a cell full of serial killers. He's trying to off Detective Skip Langdon, the New Orleans cop who’s twice smashed his criminal endeavors, yet each time he’s managed to slip away. Now he’s mad. In both senses of the word. And he has the connections to have her killed—or worse, those she loves.
Even after getting ousted from the CIA, Black managed to land on his feet. And while his government may have quit on him, he’s not about to quit on it … even when he’s falsely accused of murder …
When black ops agent Titus Black embarks on a rescue mission, he comes back with more than just a left-for-dead pilot—he comes back with questions about an alleged secret operation that threatens to shatter trust in the U.S. military. As Black and the clandestine organization he works for start to unravel the mystery, he finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a plot to silence him.
But if Black intends on getting justice and exposing the corruption, he must avoid capture and save the one man who wants him dead more than anything … the President of the United States.
If you like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne or Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger, you’ll love Titus Black.
Small towns have secrets. The dark mysteries of Emma's life are ready to be told.
It has been more than a year since Emma Griffin stumbled upon a clue behind the dangerous secrets of her past.
Now, she has the answers at her fingertips.
The only question is will she survive long enough to find them?
As Greg struggles to recover, Emma keeps watch over him.
She's desperate for answers, answers locked inside him.
And she will do whatever it takes to keep him safe.
Her dangerous cat and mouse game with Catch Me, leads her to discover more about Dean and how their pasts truly collide.
Is she who she has always believed? Or does her uncle know more about her than she would ever want to know?
One thing is for certain, a small town full of deadly secrets still has more to tell.
The Girl and the Deadly End is the seventh book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series.
Torched finds Sam Ransom at his first pastoral appointment in Holmes County, Mississippi, in the summer of ’64. At a civil rights rally, he is reunited with two friends from his childhood. His decision to join their efforts to rebuild a black church torched by nightriders sets all three on a collision course with the Klan and two grisly murders. The story is about interracial friendship and romance, the ultimate sacrifice, atonement and redemption.
She’ll care for you. Until you’re dead.
When Maureen falls and injures her ankle, her daughter Alva is convinced she can no longer take care of herself and is determined to get her some help – which comes in the shape of local caregiver, Dolores.
Maureen tries to say no, she’s fine on her own, but it’s not so easy to get rid of Dolores. She seems to be everywhere, poking her nose into every corner of Maureen’s life, implying to Alva that her mother will soon need constant care.
Maureen feels as if she’s under siege 24/7. And she knows in her heart that there’s something not right about Dolores… But no one will listen.
Then one of Dolores’s other charges dies in mysterious circumstances and Maureen realises she may be fighting for a lot more than her independence.
Because once Dolores has you in her care, death may seem like a sweet release.
The stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll, and Andrew Hart.
From New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox
Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.
Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her…or stalking her.
Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?
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5 Stars! “I could not put this down.”
5 Stars! “The setting was in a fabulous mansion with glamorous characters, the story was complex, and as usual Verity and Frankie were up to their ears in suspects.”
5 Stars! “I had such a difficult time holding back the tears. It hit me to the core and felt like I was sitting there witnessing it all myself instead of reading about it. I went back and re-read the ending over and over!”
5 Stars! “One of the best series I've ever read.”
Rating: Clean and Wholesome
Paranormal Cozy Mystery Romance (with a cute pet skunk!)
Buckle up for a double dose of suspense and action in this two-book thriller set from USA Today bestselling author Melissa F. Miller!
CRITICAL VULNERABILITY (Book 1):
Government records, medical equipment, elevators, security alarms … they’re all remotely controlled and monitored by computerized industrial control systems. It’s convenient, efficient, and potentially deadly.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aroostine Higgins has put her personal life on hold to join the Department of Justice’s elite Criminal Division. She’s about to prosecute a major bribery trial—one that could make or break her career.
But everything’s going wrong.
Her pretrial motion vanishes from the federal court’s electronic docketing system. Her apartment catches fire. Routine dental surgery turns into a near-death experience. By the time Aroostine realizes her string of bad luck is anything but random, the stakes are greater than the outcome of a high-profile court case.
Determined to win at any cost, a hidden enemy threatens to destroy her—and the only man she’s ever loved—unless she can stop him. Now, it’s personal.
CHILLING EFFECT (Book 2):
Rumors of money skimming, murder, and stolen military weapons swirl around a Central Oregon reservation.
Aroostine is sent to investigate in the hopes that her Native American roots will help her win trust in a community wary of outsiders.
She arrives to find her would-be informant executed in his home. As she digs deeper into rumors and the murder, she butts heads with tribal authorities bent on solving the crime and doling out punishment on their own terms.
After she and her husband Joe narrowly escape a deadly ambush on the reservation, she has no idea whom to trust … and who wants to kill her.
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"Just how I like my thrillers." –San Francisco Book Review
An explosion in the heart of Paris launches a French-American investigation that propels Doyle O’Gara, a computer scientist at a technology supplier to the CIA, from the periphery of the war on terrorism into its moral nerve center and toward a disastrous miscalculation that transforms his life. As the suspense-filled investigation leaps from one surprising clue to the next, Doyle O’Gara hurtles toward a dilemma of conscience that defines him and the country he serves.
"This series is perfect for fans of historical crime!" –Anne Bonny Book Reviews
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.
Can Presley crack the case of her murdered co-worker before she ends up in jail?
Presley Thurman, the Human Resources manager at her company, is up for a big promotion and the only thing standing in her way is co-worker Gladys, who is also a candidate.
Presley and Gladys aren't the best of friends, so when Gladys turns up murdered Presley is the logical suspect.
It’s no secret she didn't like Gladys, but she certainly didn't kill her. Presley has to clear her name before not only does she lose out on this big promotion, but even worse - she ends up in jail!
Do you love cozy mysteries with a quirky, strong female lead that just can’t keep her nose out of police business? Do you enjoy a touch of romance with your cozies? Then the Presley Thurman series is for you!
The Presley Thurman Cozy Mystery Series
Prequel: Promotions & Poisons (listed as Book 14)
Book 1: Stilettos & Scoundrels
Book 2: Necklaces & Nooses
Book 3: Handbags & Hooligans
Book 4: Mistletoe & Murder
Book 5: Gems & Gunshots
Book 6: Tiaras & Texans
Book 7: Cupids & Crooks
Book 8: Vows & Victims
Book 9: Romance & Revenge
Book 10: Accessories & Alibis
Book 11: Bats & Bling
Book 12: Weddings & Weapons
Book 13: Diamond & Disguises
Book 15: Keys & Kidnappers
Book 16: Icicles & Icepicks
Other cozy mystery series by Laina Turner:
The Spencer University Cozy Mystery Series
The Read Wine Bookstore Cozy Mystery Series
Eve Lloyd's A Deadline Cozy Mystery Series
(Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language)
Sunny Side Up
With her bitter divorce behind her, Eve Lloyd wants to relax and think about her next step. Paying her aunt, Mira Lloyd, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lloyd, renowned historical romance author, a long overdue visit, she plans on spending a month on Rock-Maine Island lounging around and plotting the launch of her new life. Her ex-husband, however, has other ideas. As for her aunt… she’s gone missing. And now there’s a dead body to contend with and a murder weapon with her fingerprints on it. A mantle of suspicion hangs over Eve and everyone she encounters has a reason to want her out of the way. Unwilling to leave matters in the hands of swoon worthy Detective Jack Bradford… only because it’s her civic duty to provide a new perspective, Eve Lloyd engages the assistance of her new friend and fellow suspect, Jill Saunders. They both stumble their way through a long list of possible motives and suspects in a race to find the killer before either one turns into the next victim.
Eve Lloyd, a death knell? Eve refuses to believe her choice of words had something to do with inviting a killer to the island, but just to be on the safe side, she agrees to avoid all use of any and all words related to killing. However, it might already be too late… Her run in with a local artist, Reginald Bryant Burns, has put her in an awkward position.
Trying to make amends, Eve resorts to bribery, but that only makes matters worse and now…She’s a prime suspect in a murder investigation. The timing couldn’t be worse. She has a date with Detective Jack Bradford and the killer is threatening to ruin it for her.
All Tied Up
It’s no accident. Eve Lloyd is a magnet for trouble. On the brink of settling into an uneventful existence, Eve Lloyd turns her attention to a new venture. She’s going to open an inn and she thinks she’s found the perfect house. It should all be smooth sailing from there, but she’s developed a knack for landing right in the thick of it. This time, she stumbles on a body in the least likely place and her fingerprints are all over the handcuffs found on the murder victim. As the suspects list grows, and the dream of running an inn evaporates, she becomes a target of the killer’s rage.Despite trying to keep her nose out of other people’s business, it seems the only way she can get her life back on track is if she sets a trap for the killer.
The Last Bite
Eve Lloyd’s childhood nemesis, Charlotte McLain, is getting married. Nothing will induce Eve to attend. Nothing except… blackmail.From the start, everything about this wedding rings alarm bells for Eve. The location, the groom, the guests. The bride. But that’s nothing unusual. The odds of everything going right are stacked in the bride’s favor. There have already been several deaths on the island. Lighting surely wouldn’t strike again…When the groom suddenly dies, all fingers of blame are pointed directly at Eve. After all, she had opportunity and plenty of motives.She’s been framed and despite trying to keep her nose out of trouble, she’s now been dragged right back into the thick of it. The list of suspects is extensive, but she’s sure she can narrow it down to… at least a half dozen people.
The Final Cut
“…What sort of business person would I be if I start killing off my guests?”
Eve Lloyd has settled into her new life in Rock-Maine Island and is about to open up an inn - a costly venture now that she has her heart set on getting an expensive custom made stove. Leasing her new house to a film director takes care of the extravagant expense. It should now be all smooth sailing. However, the director and movie star’s endless arguing gives her a taste of what she might be in for when she opens the doors to the public. What if she gets an inn full of squabbling couples who use arguing as foreplay? But that is the least of her concerns.
"With Cold Blooded, the talented Toni Anderson has penned yet another nail-biter. From beginning to end, the pages sizzle with thrilling suspense and romantic tension.” —Melinda Leigh, Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
A journalist searching for the truth about her best friend’s death—and the FBI agent who needs her to stop.
Disgraced investigative journalist Pip West is devastated when she discovers her best friend’s body face-down in a tranquil lake. When cops and federal agents determine that her friend overdosed then drowned, Pip knows they’re mistaken and intends to prove it.
Special Agent Hunt Kincaid doesn’t trust journalists and has no patience for Pip’s delusions, especially since her meddling could reveal why the FBI is interested in her friend’s last days. The dead scientist worked at the cutting edge of vaccine research and might have a connection to a new, weaponized, vaccine-resistant anthrax strain that just hit the black market.
The more Pip digs, the closer she gets to both the sexy FBI agent, and to a bioweapons terrorist who’s more than capable of cold-bloodedly sacrificing anyone who gets in his way.
A finalist in the New England Readers’ Choice Contest for Romantic Suspense!
When Professor Meg Adams’s literature assignment results in the murder of her favorite student, Meg decides to help solve the mystery. Heather had been researching John Greenleaf Whittier, poet of a ballad about the historical figure, Barbara Fritchie. The poem honors Fritchie for shaming Stonewall Jackson by flying a Union flag as he marches through Frederick, MD to the Battle of Antietam.
But was it really Fritchie who waved the flag? Heather discovers a letter written by Fritchie herself that will overturn this interpretation. However, Heather is murdered, and the letter is stolen. Whoever possesses the letter could sell it for profit, or an academic could exploit it to further academic aspirations.
Meg feels honor-bound to investigate, much to the dismay of the cop assigned to the case. Meanwhile, Meg’s best friend observes their growing attraction and tells Meg to make a play for Lieutenant Tall, Dark and Handcuffs.
“With its tight, staccato chapters and cast of dangerous wraiths lurking everywhere, The Sandman is a nonstop fright.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.
Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek's capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael's sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it's too late--and before he gets inside her head.
While walking their dogs, Brandy and Jiff stumble upon an alligator who might be an accomplice to murder! There's no limit to the number of suspects with all the festivals and events going on in the area where the body was found. Their wedding is only four weeks away when surprise issues cause problems for the happy couple. Will Brandy accept help from Frank and Julia, or her great aunt who has Voodooeinne for a housekeeper? Can she manage to solve the murder for the victim and handle all the problems with her upcoming wedding?
There's no place like New Orleans to have a good crime!
Titus uncovers a plot to attack the nation’s capital with chemical weapons.
Reviewers call Book III in the Titus Ray Thriller Series “a well-written espionage thriller with heart-stopping action.”
Encountering a Shooter . . .
CIA intelligence operative, Titus Ray, arrives in Washington, D.C. on the day a terrorist enters the Washington Navy Yard and murders five people. Convinced the incident is connected to a Hezbollah plot to use chemical weapons on an American city, Titus jeopardizes his own career to interrogate the killer and learn the truth.
Exposing a General . . .
After the shooter reveals the identity of an Iranian deep-cover operative living in Washington, D.C., Titus embarks on an intelligence operation spanning two continents and exposing an Iranian general obsessed with destroying America.
Engaging an Enemy . . .
As time runs out, Titus engages the enemy in a treacherous game of cat and mouse to save the lives of thousands and defeat the terrorists. Can his faith sustain him as he faces his greatest challenge yet? Is he willing to lose Nikki to save his country?
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Sam Pope was one of the UK’s finest soldiers, serving over a decade as an elite sniper. After a near fatal shooting brings an end to his career, Sam returns home to his family and a potential new career in the Metropolitan Police. When disaster strikes and his bond with his family is broken, Sam takes a job as an archive officer within the Met, hunting down criminals that have beaten the system and delivering his own brand of justice.
When a terrorist attack at the London Marathon shakes the city to its core, Sam decides to open his own line of investigation. Venturing into the world of organised crime and police corruption, Sam soon finds himself as the number one target…and faces a race against time to expose the truth.
Fans of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, Robert Ludlum and Vince Flynn who are looking for their next action hero, will be thrilled by The Night Shift, the first book in the International Best Selling Series.
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"A ghost mystery for readers who don't usually enjoy the paranormal."
Pebble Cove is not the sleepy coastal town Rosemary remembers from her childhood. Ghosts are everywhere, and only she can see them.
When Rosemary Woodmere inherits her estranged grandmother's Victorian teahouse, she doesn't expect to also inherit a ghost named Asher from the 1920s.
Things get weirder for Rosemary.
Her grandma was supposedly murdered.
A body washes up on the beach, and the police suspect her of the man's murder.
She's trying to navigate her newfound ability to talk to ghosts.
And she doesn't even know the first thing about tea.
Rosemary's experience as a librarian hasn't prepared her to solve a murder, but everyone around her is steeped in suspicion, and she has to find the truth before someone else ends up dead.
Readers, this is the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Eryn Scott. These books are all clean with no gore and no swearing. The ghosts are the only paranormal aspect in the series. And there are definitely cats because ... well, there has to be. :)
From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping twenty-first installment in the electrifying FBI Thriller series.
After Agent Dillon Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wristband marked E 2. Did this John Doe escape from a mental hospital? And why was he at the pregnant woman's house? When her newborn baby is kidnapped from the hospital, Savich realizes there's a connection between the kidnapping and the unconscious John Doe. DNA tests uncover a startling fact: his cells are unlike any other—he's an Enigma.
Savich, Sherlock, and an FBI team of experts must find the kidnapped baby, uncover the link, and determine what bizarre drug was used on John Doe and, most importantly, why.
Meanwhile, Liam Hennessey, aka Manta Ray, a convicted bank robber, escapes from the Federal Marshals on his transport to a federal penitentiary. He and his "handlers" are seen going into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Savich sends Agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot after them.
Why break out this violent criminal? Or did the safe deposit box he stole and hid before he was captured contain something critically dangerous to somone? Wittier and Cabot are in hot pursuit. What they discover turns the case sideways.
Coulter's latest dual-plot thriller will keep you guessing as Savich, Sherlock, Cabot, and Wittier uncover surprise after surprise in this race against the clock until the shocking conclusions.