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.

Enemy in Blue: The Chase (Book 1) (The Cruz Marquez Thrillers)

by Derek Blass


The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.

What if the good guys weren't good?

What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?

"Much like the script of an action-packed movie, Enemy in Blue will buffet you from one hair-raising scene to another -- and will always leave you pondering, who's the real enemy?" -L.Capritta

For anyone that craves an action-packed thriller and can't get their fill of Grisham, Koontz or Patterson...Enemy in Blue is your next escape!

"For action, body-count and digging into the underworld of police politics--this is really a great read.  However, the best asset of the novel is the incredible drawing of the antagonist--the evil Sergeant Shaver really shines."  -P.Weekly
 

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This Alien Shore

by C.S. Friedman


This lauded work of science fiction and New York Times Notable Book of the Year explores a universe where genetic mutations have allowed certain individuals to traverse the stars. 

It is the second stage of human colonization—the first age, humanity's initial attempt to people the stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's original superluminal drive did permanent genetic damage to all who used it—mutating Earth's far-flung colonists in mind and body.

Now, one of Earth's first colonies has given humanity back the stars, but at a high price—a monopoly over all human commerce. And when a satellite in Earth's outer orbit is viciously attacked by corporate raiders, an unusual young woman flees to a ship bound for the Up-and-Out.

But her narrow escape does not mean safety. For speeding across the galaxy pursued by ruthless, but unknown adversaries, this young woman will discover a secret which is buried deep inside her psyche—a revelation the universe may not be ready to face....

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A Grave Misunderstanding: A Simon Grave Mystery

by Len Boswell

 

2018 American Fiction Awards Finalist - Mystery/Humor

2018 PenCraft Awards Winner for Literary Excellence

Murder has come once more to the seaside town of Crab Cove, testing the mettle of “almost handsome” Detective Simon Grave and his “nearly invisible” partner, Sergeant Barry Blunt, who investigate a locked-room mystery with a significant twist: the prime suspects are in the locked room, not the victim, a logic-defying situation that challenges the team at every turn.

As if murder weren’t enough, they must also investigate the simultaneous disappearance of The MacGuffin Trophy from that same locked room, the studio of artist Whitney Waters, famous for her stylized paintings of red herrings.

Who is/are the killer(s)? How did he/she/they get out of the locked room with the trophy, kill the victim, and return unnoticed by others in the room? These and other questions, including the limits of logic and the meaning of life, are posed and perhaps even answered in this quirky, near-future mystery. Yes, there are robots.

"A truly hilarious mystery in the tradition of Janet Evanovich, Thomas Davidson and Rich Leder." –Best Thrillers

 

 
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The Good Daughter: A Novel

by Karin Slaughter


The Good Daughter is like Law and Order meets The Good Wife.” —theSkimm

Instant New York Times Bestseller

theSkimm Book Club Pick!

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author  a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville's notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

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Jake Caldwell Thrillers

by James Weaver


ONCE YOU START RUNNING, IT'S HARD TO STOP.

Mob enforcer, Jake Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become–his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done, so when his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting old ghosts.

While seeking redemption from a violent upbringing Jake learns he can't turn his back on those who need him…it's in his blood. But Jake needs to stay one step ahead of the bad guys if he is to have any future at all.

For fans of Jack Reacher and The Prey Series by John Sanford, this is an intense, complex, and frantic race against time set in the Ozarks.

Jake Caldwell Thrillers includes: Poor Boy Road, Ares Road, Blackbird Road and Asylum Road.

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The Dismal Swamp: A Brandon Hall Mystery

by John Theo Jr.


John Theo Jr. delivers a fast-paced mystery pulled from current news headlines.

Life has drifted back to a quiet routine on the Hall’s Farm in Southern Virginia. New memories are being made, which help to cover past tragedies. However, full-time farmer, and part-time private investigator, Brandon Hall is soon drawn into a new case. This time it’s personal when the daughter of a close friend is abducted at a convention in Richmond, Virginia.

The trail leads Brandon into the depths of Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp as well as the swamp of Washington, D.C. politics. There, he must face down an unimaginable evil in a world he never knew existed.

Follow this unlikely Southern hero on another mystery where he must rely on faith, family, and friends.

*As with all of John Theo’s novels, The Dismal Swamp is devoid of foul language, and gratuitous sex scenes, but does contain the subjects of human trafficking and child abduction.

 

 
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The Mint Julep Murder: A Cozy Mystery (Southern Belle Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

by CC Dragon


FROM EXCITING AUTHOR OF COZY MYSTERIES, CC DRAGON

Book one in the Southern Belle Cozy Mysteries series

Ah, sweet home Tennessee, with the Music City, Dollywood and Murder…

Annabelle ‘Belle’ Baxter returns home to her small southern town after studying catering and hotel management, to help her Gran, the only real family she has. Determined to make their preserves shop a success, Belle expands the menu and boosts business—until the pompous sheriff drops dead, poisoned, after trying one of her signature smoothies.

People looking down on Belle is nothing new, but this time they’re quick to point a finger as well. Now it’s not just her high school rival or the perfect church ladies—the bumbling deputies want to pin it on her too, leaving her no choice but to find the murderer herself. If the preserves shop goes under, she and her gran are ruined.

But it’s scary how many suspects her poking around turns up—the sheriff’s jealous deputy, his pissed-off wife, the girlfriend he was about to dump his wife for, or even the handsome new deputy, Gus Haywood, whose city ways riled the stuffy sheriff. Belle can’t let this handsome stranger distract her, not when she has to clear her name and protect the town she loves, despite its people.

Well, maybe he can distract her a little…

 

 
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Who (Stalker Series Book 1)

by Megan Mitcham


A billionaire in high heels. A relentless stalker. A chance rooftop meeting. Her choices could send everything crashing down.

Billionaire Larkin Ashford is fiercely independent, but even she has to admit her fashion empire was built on the backs of brides. When her company has the opportunity to go public, her board of directors won’t pull the trigger unless she settles down. A series of threatening messages aren’t making her decision any easier. As she retreats to her rooftop hideaway to clear her head, she finds herself imprisoned in the strong arms of a mysterious man who thinks she was about to jump.

Despite her friends’ warnings that her wannabe savior could be her stalker, she can’t get his body off her mind. Determined to find the truth, she searches the city for her mystery man and discovers a dark secret that could bring everything she’s worked for crashing down. With her empire in danger, she’ll have to uncover the truth before her fortune and her life zero out. 

Who is the first standalone novel in a pulse-pounding psychological thriller series. If you like headstrong women, steamy chemistry, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Megan Mitcham’s high-rise romantic thriller. 
 

Buy Who to live the high life with a sleek, sexy billionaire psychological thriller soon! 

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Assault and Batting: A Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mystery

by Tess Rothery


Taylor Quinn is full of love and living it up in the city. But when her mother dies suspiciously and she rushes home to take over the family’s small-town quilt shop, her whole world unravels. Discovering her grieving young sister blames herself, she vows to prove everyone’s innocence.

In way over her head, Taylor’s investigation pulls a thread of quirky suspects, a tight knot of envy, and a patchwork of gossip. But as she weaves the evidence together, she unwittingly reels in the killer’s attention…

Can Taylor sew up the case before everything comes apart at the seams?

Assault and Batting is the first book in the delightful Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop cozy mystery series. If you like classic puzzles, poignant family relationships and heartwarming surprises, then you’ll love Tess Rothery’s newest tale.

Buy Assault and Batting to unpick a wicked knot today!

 
 
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The Corpse Wore Stilettos

by MJ O'Neill


SHE WORE A DONNA KARAN MARKED FOR REPOSSESSION


Since Kat Waters’s father took a trip to the slammer on what she’s sure are trumped-up racketeering charges, life’s been tough. All their assets are frozen, and she’s down to the last few pairs of Jimmy Choos she can swap for rent. To keep her family out of the homeless shelter, the former socialite took a job at the local morgue—a job she’s about to lose when the body of a murder victim goes missing on her watch.

HE WORE A CAPTIVATING SMILE

While Kat’s processing the latest victim in the prostitute serial killings, ex-Special Forces soldier Burns McPhee strolls in with an air of confidence, expecting access to the Jane Doe. While Burns tries to flirt his way into examining the latest victim, whom he thinks is connected to the death of his best friend, someone else steals the body right out from under them.

THE CORPSE WORE STILETTOS

Dodging questions from the cops and kidnapping attempts from a body-snatching psycho, Kat and Burns forge a deal. He’ll clear her name and keep her safe if she gets him information on her peculiar coworkers, one of whom he’s certain is involved with the body heist. But digging up secrets can lead to a lower life expectancy. The unlikely team will need all their talents not to end up as the morgue’s next clients while they hunt for a murderer, the missing corpse, and a pair of diamond-studded stilettos.

 
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A Surgeon’s Knot

by William Lynes


"Heart-pounding tales of a surgical intern that are both terrifying and profound. This medical thriller will stay with you long past the final chapter.” –Best Thrillers

Jackson Cooper. MD will never forget that first day, its stunning conclusion forever etched in his mind. His year as a surgical intern is a story of medical suspense, tragedy, and occasional terror, as a young physician deals with the world of surgery.

The surgeon’s knot is a surgical tie used in the operating room which the intern practices ceaselessly. The knot refers, as well, to the tangled world of the protagonist.

Jackson’s life soon becomes burned-out, resulting from events beyond his control as well as destructive behavior. Physicians, patients, and cases ranging from humorous to tragic are present. A Surgeon’s Knot is a story of the dignity of medicine, the overwhelming duty to man, failure and recovery.

 

 
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A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice Book 1)

by Toni Anderson


She's an FBI agent hunting her sister's killer.
He's an assassin who'll die to keep her safe.
His secret will destroy them both.


With over two-thousand 5-star reviews on Goodreads this Romantic Thriller leaves readers wanting more!

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn't enjoy killing, but he's damn good at it.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the monster who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there's a vigilante operating outside the law.

When Mallory starts asking questions, Alex is ordered to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex's life threaten to destroy them both--especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target.


Start reading this award-winning Romantic Suspense series today! Winner of the New England Readers' Choice Award and the Aspen Gold. Available in digital, print, and audiobook format. From New York Times bestselling author Toni Anderson.

This edition features a brand-new cover.

What readers are saying...
"Spine-tingling suspense and dangerously seductive romance!!"--Ripe For Reader
"The suspense is high and the romance is hot!"--Harlequin Junkie
"The suspense is nonstop and the romance is hot."--Avonna Loves Genres.
"I couldn't find a good stopping point so I gave up trying to sleep and got up in the middle of the night and finished the book." --The Book Nympho.
"I loved this book."--The Voracious Reader.

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Block 46 (Roy & Castells Series Book 1)

by Johana Gustawsson


Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is the first instalment in the addictive Roy & Castells series and a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.

***Winner of Balai de la Découverte and Nouvelle Plume d’Argent Awards***

***International Number One Bestseller***

‘Dark, oppressive and bloody, but it’s also thought-provoking, compelling and very moving’Metro

‘Gustawsson’s writing is so vivid, it’s electrifying. Utterly compelling’ Peter James

‘A bold and intelligent read’ Laura Wilson, Guardian


Evil remembers…

The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina.

Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again.

Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald?

Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French true-crime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

‘A terrific, original duo’ The Times

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Silent Child

by Sarah A. Denzil


In the summer of 2006, 
Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.

His body was never recovered.

Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She's married, pregnant, and in control again...

... until Aiden returns.

Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken.

As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?

It's Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell her the unspeakable.

This dark and disturbing psychological novel is a page-turner you will not be able to put down.

What readers are saying about Silent Child:

"Everyone, buy this book, it's brilliant. I just kept reading it, instead of cleaning. Now I'm sad it's ended."

"A tense, haunting story which I had to finish in one sitting."

"What a fantastic read. Kept me on the edge of my seat 'til the end."

"One of the best books I have read. I stayed up most of the night to read it."

"I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. It's been a long time since a book has captivated me so much to do that. Gripping and full of twists and turns."

 
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Pineapple Mystery Box: A Pineapple Port Mystery: Book Two (Pineapple Port Mysteries 2)

by Amy Vansant


Something funny’s going on in this funny Florida Halloween mystery… and it isn’t just the inflatable witch on the roof!

Book TWO of the laugh-out-loud mystery series from Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY Best-Selling author Amy Vansant. If Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and the Golden Girls had a baby, it would be the Pineapple Port series!

When a giant inflatable Halloween witch goes missing in the Pineapple Port retirement community, amateur sleuth Charlotte Morgan’s eager to nab the culprit. But before she can lift a fingerprint, someone threatens to kill a new neighbor who looks like an adorable Pomeranian but possesses a disturbing talent for revenge. Moments later, a stranger demands the return of a mysterious wooden box… or else. 

Charlotte's romantic interest, Declan, isn't having a great morning either. His calculating ex-girlfriend has returned to claim she's the rightful owner of his pawn shop. She’s livid he’s found a new lady, and she is not the sort of person you want angry at you…

Eh. Things could be worse. At least Charlotte doesn’t know that a mojito-swilling killer is on his way to Pineapple Port…

The wacky retirees of Pineapple Port are eager to help Charlotte solve the mysteries, as long as it doesn’t interrupt their water aerobics schedule.

The Pineapple Port Mystery Series is a cozy mystery with edgy twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you thinking. Fans of Agatha Christie, Lilian Jackson Braun and Rita Mae Brown won’t be able to get enough of this fabulously funny, mysterious world!

 
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Gemini Rising (Mischievous Malamute Mystery Series Book 1)

by Harley Christensen


There's a body in your alley...

Arianna Jackson—AJ to her friends—and her occasionally well-behaved Alaskan Malamute, Nicoh, live a normal, uneventful, admittedly mundane existence, where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens.

Until it does.

Early one morning, AJ stumbles upon a horrifying scene—a girl's body lies broken in the dumpster behind her home, her face beaten and mutilated.

A secret reveals you're living a lie...

As if that weren't enough to upset the balance of normal, things go from bad to worse when she learns of her connection to the murdered girl. Suddenly, AJ realizes her entire life has been filled with secrets and lies.

A killer hunts for you...

Together with her trusty sidekick, Nicoh, and BFF, Leah, AJ must search for answers. But can she, when finding the truth proves to be more deadly than living the lie?

Would you search for the truth if you knew it could kill you?

Join AJ and her pals as they race to unravel the mystery of her past, where the pieces of the puzzle bring more questions than answers and the only certainty is the killer's end game—AJ's life.

Find your truth...

Grab your copy of Gemini Rising TODAY and join others who’ve enjoyed this suspense-filled page-turner that keeps you guessing to the end...and beyond.

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Honor And Blood: The MacLachlan Thrillers

by G. Wayne Tilman


BULLETS FLY AND KEEP YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT IN THREE ACTION-PACKED THRILLERS.

One of the deadliest men alive, Mack MacLachlan is a security contractor for the intelligence community. Mack MacLachlan has spent the past 25 years as the conceivably deniable fixer for the US Intelligence Community. When the US needs something fixed quietly and permanently, somebody calls MacLachlan.

From kidnappings to tearing down business empires, MacLachlan longs to fade away from the danger and into retirement…but that’s not happening anytime soon.

Honor and Blood includes: Honor Above All

 
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The Lafayette Campaign: a Tale of Deception and Elections (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 2)

by Andrew Updegrove

America is rushing headlong into another election year, but something is wrong – the polls don’t match reality. It’s up to cybersecurity super sleuth Frank Adversego to find the Black Hats who are trying to hack the presidential election, and stop them before they do.

The action begins when a nameless government agency recruits Adversego to find out who’s manipulating the polls, but he soon learns that the voting results are at risk as well. From then on, it’s a race against time to see who will stop who as the presidential election – and Adversego’s life – hang in the balance.

In this latest Frank Adversego thriller, you’ll meet a scheming Native American casino manager, a scrum of presidential candidates too incredible to be believed anywhere outside of a real American election, a former Secretary of Defense who will stop at nothing, and an attractive French hitchhiker that Adversego rescues in the middle of a desert, and soon wishes he hadn’t.

The Lafayette Campaign provides a satirical take on American politics and our infatuation with technology that will make readers pause and wonder: could this really happen?

Andrew Updegrove brings a rare combination of drama, satire and technical accuracy to his writing. The result is a book you can't put down that tells you things you might wish you didn't know. - Admiral James G. Stavridis, retired Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and current Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

 
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Murder Most Annoying (A Carolyn Neville Mystery Book 1)

by John Duckworth


Carolyn Neville may not be the world’s greatest detective, but that’s fine. She’s a long-suffering Manhattan book editor, one of those dinosaurs in danger of being replaced by spell check and Netflix.

Carolyn is still trying to edit the world around her. But the world isn’t cooperating, her spiritual life is shaky, and her love life is nonexistent. Unfortunately, her job at a Manhattan publishing house keeps drawing her into more literal dangers, much to her understandable irritation.

Along with her sarcastic sidekick, Stephen Ames, they investigate shocking charges that one of their bestselling authors, Willow Hayly, is a fraud. When the Atlanta blogger who broke the story is murdered, they find themselves chief among the suspects…

For fans of Horace Rumpole, Monk and Stephanie Plum, the Carolyn Neville Mysteries are full of laugh-out-loud suspense.

 

 
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