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.

Whisper Island: An absolutely gripping thriller for 2021 with a twist you won’t see coming!

by Carissa Ann Lynch


Don’t miss the gripping new page-turning thriller from the USA Today bestseller!

It was the perfect escape

Until one by one they vanished…

For friends Riley, Sam, Mia and Scarlett, their trip to Whisper Island, Alaska, was meant to be a once in a lifetime adventure – just four young women, with everything to live for…

But as soon as they arrive things start to go wrong.  First there is the unexpected arrival of Sammy’s drug addict brother and his girlfriend Opal – why are they here? 

And then the deaths begin. 

As the dream trip quickly turns into a nightmare, suspicion is high.  Are they really alone on the island?  Or is there a killer hiding in the shadows? 

And as each of the girls reveals a dark secret of their own, perhaps the truth is the killer is closer than they think…just a whisper away…

Readers can’t stop raving about Whisper Island:

‘This five-star read had my heart pounding…I was completely shocked at the ending’ Norma

‘The girls all had secrets and they twisted around the story perfectly. I loved the creepy, thrilling and murderous plot. The ending was brilliant. Highly recommended’ Zoe

Omg!!!! Love this book…kept me guessing the twist until the end’ Meghan

‘Love love love this book!’ Andrea

‘A thrilling and tense tale that keeps you guessing until the end’ Emma

‘Locked room mysteries are my favorite genre to read and this one did not disappoint’ Ashley

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Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: A Novel

by Benjamin Stevenson


Curl up with this page-turning mystery perfect for fall

Knives Out and Clue meet Agatha Christie and The Thursday Murder Club in this “utterly original” (Jane Harper), “not to be missed” (Karin Slaughter), fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery.

“A witty twist on classic whodunits… Stevenson not only 'plays fair,' he plays the mystery game very, very well.” -- Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post

Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some just unfortunate.

I’m Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I’d killed whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

Have I killed someone? Yes. I have.

Who was it?

Let’s get started.

EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE

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The Operator (Ian Bragg Thriller Book 1)

by Craig Martelle


A hitman with a conscience…

Ian Bragg is paid to kill people. Only bad people and not many, but for a great deal of money.

Case the target. Make the hit. Move on until he meets the woman with sparkling green eyes who changes everything.

Is his newest target deserving of death? Who is Ian to decide if the politician needs to die? He is the one who has to live with the consequences, that’s who.

The contract deadline nears. Too many unknowns, too much to lose. Pull the trigger or not?

Ian makes his own rules to get himself out of a quandary where it’s more than just his life on the line. For the greater good, join Ian Bragg.

 

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Murder on the Geneva Express: A Mac and Millie Mystery (Mac and Millie Mysteries Book 6)

by JB Michaels


Dead body found on Geneva Express!

In a perfect storm of misfortune, Mac O’Malley finds himself embroiled in a whodunnit that has everyone convinced HE has done it. Mac and Millie race against time, flee from authorities both municipal and magical, and attempt to clear Mac and his good reputation from absolute incarceration.


***FIVE STARS*** This realism in character dynamics is the key to the balanced, well-rounded storyline that Michaels understands and executes so well. The writing is clean and tight, the social structure in the magic realm and real world is defined, and the mystery-slash-accusations against Mac that force the duo into a unique situation are flawless. Very highly recommended. - Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

***FIVE STARS*** The captivating plot perfectly balances action with the depth of the characters, and I am unable to fault any aspect of this ingeniously crafted mystery. I highly recommend it to crime fiction, thriller, and fantasy fans.- Olga Markova for Readers' Favorite

***FIVE STARS*** The characters are unique and drive the plot through the search for evidence. My favorite thing about this book is how JB Michaels folded magic into the story and made it work so well. This book is an action-packed thrill ride of a crime story that will entertain readers and leave them wanting more.- Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite

***FIVE STARS*** Murder on the Geneva Express by JB Michaels is a fascinating mystery with shocking twists and gripping scenes that fans of murder mysteries will find enthralling. It is a great addition to the Mac and Millie Mystery series.- Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

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The Patriot Oath

by Lloyd Lofthouse


After 24 years, Special Forces legend Josh Kavanagh has retired from the military. But now that he’s home, he’s finding that everyone has a different understanding of his motivations, and realizes there are some wounds no amount of time can heal.


Josh’s traumatized sister Suki, thinks her big brother is a hero and has come home to punish her rapist, the youngest son of a ruthless, crooked billionaire who lives to get revenge on anyone he sees as a threat to his family, wealth, and power.

Josh’s childhood sweetheart, Rachel, hopes he’s returning for her—the fierce girl he left behind when he joined the military. But Rachel doesn’t know about Mia, the woman in France …

And Josh isn’t coming home alone. The Oath Group, an elite force of private military contractors, is already in Montana waiting for their commander to arrive.

The DOD and CIA don’t want President Trump to know they hired Josh’s Oath Group to examine dangerous white supremacist militias that are threatening the U.S. Constitution. That covert black-ops military operation is starting in Idaho and Montana. Josh and his teams have to get the job done while preserving their anonymity—and their lives.

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The Many Lives of Ivy Wells: A Time Travel Thriller (Ivy Mystery Series Book 1)

by Michelle Files

Dying is simple. Coming back is when things get interesting.

Ivy Wells never wanted to die. When she does, she thinks it's all over. It isn't.

When the 30 year old mother of two wakes up as a 12 year old, she has to navigate her life all over again. And she remembers everything, including the serial killer who is terrorizing her small town.

Over several lifetimes, Ivy battles to save herself, her friends, and even her own children from the vicious killer.

Follow Ivy Wells in a desperate race through time as she tries to outwit the person that is killing her over and over.

What would you do if a serial killer was tracking you through time?

Teens and adults alike will love this mystery, thriller.

Ivy Mystery Series:

The Many Lives of Ivy Wells
The Many Lives of Sam Wells
The Many Lives of Jack Wells
The Many Lives of Georgie Wells

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Zero Day Ghost: An Electrifying Near Future Techno-Thriller of Revenge and Redemption

by Scott Olson


In a Near Future World, Wired for Revenge and Redemption

Emily Hernandez, a reformed hacker turned NSA analyst, is on a relentless mission. As a once rogue hacker, she's now determined to dismantle The Collective, a ruthless cybercriminal syndicate led by the cunning Zahra Kartal. Their deadliest creation, "APRIL," an AI botnet, lurks in the shadows of compromised computers.

Caught between her duty to destroy The Collective and her personal connections within the enemy's ranks, Emily faces heart-wrenching decisions. Tragedy strikes, igniting a fiery fury within her soul.

In an adrenaline-fueled quest through Hong Kong's neon-lit battleground, Emily battles ruthless adversaries and relentless authorities.

"Zero Day Ghost" is an electrifying techno-thriller that plunges into emotions of revenge, redemption, and life-and-death choices. Will Emily triumph and weave her destiny from vengeance and forgiveness, or will she be ensnared in haunting shadows forever?

Embark on a pulse-pounding journey now and experience a riveting tale of courage, sacrifice, and the fight for redemption.

Fans of Dean Koontz and Lee Child will devour this gripping vigilante adventure. Get ready for the edge-of-your-seat ride with "Zero Day Ghost."


Readers are LOVING this fast-paced Techno-Thriller

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This was a fast-paced, action packed thriller…full of secret agents, crime bosses, intrigue, explosions, hit men and underground railroads… a non-stop rollercoaster of action… Well worth the read for fans of thrillers…” –Netgalley review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “…genuinely hard to put down… you believe how urgent everything that is happening is… I recommend it to anyone that loves a good action-packed book that offers great insight…” –Goodreads review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “If you love espionage, intrigue, and AI this is the book for you. Filled with danger, spy vs. spy in cyber space, and unlimited suspense… this book moves along at breakneck speed and will keep you on the edge of your seat.” –Netgalley review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A fast paced techno thriller… This is a really quick read, there is some tech jive but doesn’t distract from the action, I enjoyed every twist and turn and there are a lot.” –Netgalley review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Zero Day Ghost opens with a blast and never lets until the last page and even then it is still hanging on… The suspense kept me hanging on not able to turn the pages fast enough as I tried to figure it all out.” –Netgalley review

 

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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 1)

by Tana French


The debut novel of an astonishing voice in psychological suspense


As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, 
In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.

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Cram Down (3J Legal Thriller)

by Mark Shaiken


Kansas City attorney Josephina Jillian Jones, 3J to her friends, has dealt with people perpetrating online disinformation, white supremacists, and clients hiding assets, so when a couple who heads up a company that builds inner city housing for marginalized communities comes to her for legal help because their longtime banking partner has shut off their funding, the case appears at first blush to be tame by comparison. But when the bank president disappears and his greed-driven brother seems the likely culprit, things heat up. And when it appears the Kansas City mob is involved, the race is on to save both the company and the bank president. Lives are at stake and the clock is ticking. 3J has a reputation for being fierce and determined, but she’s going to need both help and a little luck to save the day this time.

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A Long Time Dead: A D.I. Duncan McAdam Mystery (The Misty Isle Book 1)

by J M Dalgliesh


You can’t stay dead forever…

A group of high school students gather on the Isle of Skye’s remote Coral Beach for a hedonistic night of partying to celebrate the passing of their final exams. The new millennium is on the horizon and the future beckons, promising new hope and a fresh wind of optimism. In the coming days, many will leave the island for work or to study on the mainland, whereas others will remain on Skye and forge a more traditional path much as their families have done for centuries before them.

That is… all but one…

D.I. Duncan McAdam is dispatched home to the Misty Isle. A body has been found buried in a remote location on the Waternish peninsula. Well preserved in the peat, Isla Matheson – missing for the better part of two decades – is revealed to a shocked island community. A teenage runaway is dead… and no one is talking…

Joining a small team of detectives, Duncan is tasked with revisiting those who knew Isla, those who cared for her… and those with the potential to kill her… In a remote community well used to settling scores among themselves, will they trust one of their own when he asks questions or will they persevere with the façade of ignorance?

A Long Time Dead is the first book in the new Misty Isle series of crime thrillers from the Amazon #1 multi-million selling crime writer, J M Dalgliesh, the author of the Hidden Norfolk and Dark Yorkshire books.

 

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The Protocol (A James Acton Thriller, Book #1) (James Acton Thrillers)

by J. Robert Kennedy


THE FINAL SKULL HAS BEEN FOUND. NOW ALL HELL'S BREAKING LOOSE.


For two thousand years, the Triarii have protected us, influencing history from the Crusades to the discovery of America. Descending from the Roman Empire, they pervade every level of society, and are now in a race with our own government to retrieve an ancient artifact thought to have been lost forever.

Caught in the middle is Archaeology Professor James Acton, relentlessly hunted by the elite Delta Force, under orders to stop at nothing to possess what he has found, and the Triarii, equally determined to prevent the discovery from falling into the wrong hands.

With his students and friends dying around him, Acton flees to find the one person who might be able to help him, but little does he know he may actually be racing directly into the hands of an organization he knows nothing about.

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The Only Son: a psychological thriller with a shocking twist

by Brian R. O'Rourke


Sarah loves her only son. She’s pretty sure he could never kill anyone.


When Sarah’s son, Andrew, calls her at work and begs her to come home immediately, she fears he’s being bullied again. But it’s so much worse than that.

Because when Andrew got back from summer camp, he found thirteen-year-old Hal English in their garage.

Dead. With no plausible explanation as to how he got there.

To make matters worse, Hal was one of the kids bullying Andrew at school and just recently they had a fistfight. And Andrew has a reputation for being impulsive and quick to anger.

As much as she loves him, as much as she wants to believe he is innocent, Sarah has to admit that Andrew 
looks guilty.

But she knows one thing for sure – no matter what she has to do, what risks she has to take, she will do 
anything to protect her only son.

The Only Son – the stunning psychological thriller perfect for fans of Freida McFadden, Daniel Hurst, Kiersten Modglin.

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No Safe Place (A Detective Rebecca Ellis Thriller Book 1)

by Robin Mahle


What she discovered will be the death of her.


Detective Rebecca Ellis has some big shoes to fill. Her father was the legendary detective, Hank Ellis, now retired from the Bangor Police Department. Emerging from his shadow hasn’t been easy.

So when she’s assigned to work with new hire, Detective Euan McCallister, Ellis is determined to keep their investigation right on track.

The explosive fire in a church parking lot looks straightforward at first. Claire Allen, a volunteer at the church, burned to death in her car. But then Ellis discovers the seatbelt had been rigged, trapping Claire in the inferno. This was no accident. It was murder.

Why was Claire at the church that night? Who would want her dead? In the race to find the truth, Ellis unearths a horrifying secret that takes the investigation into very dangerous territory.

Soon, Ellis will learn that in the search for this particular killer, there is no safe place.


No Safe Place – the first in the thrilling series featuring Detective Rebecca Ellis.


What readers are saying about 
No Safe Place:

“Well written and beautifully constructed, this is a great read for fans of thrillers. I was 
hooked from start to finish.” -Booksprout Reviewer

“I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for next book. 
5 stars.” -Netgalley Reviewer

“I 
could not put it down. The storyline was so good that I had to find out what would happen. Filled with fast-paced scenes, well-developed characters, and a gripping storyline. A 5 out of 5 stars.” -Goodreads Reviewer

“…so fast paced I 
couldn’t seem to put it down till I found out what happened. Definitely a five star read for me…” -Netgalley Reviewer

“What an 
absolutely amazing book. Definitely enjoyed reading it.” -Netgalley Reviewer

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Today I'll See Her (The Riverview Mysteries)

by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)


Today I'll See Her is a standalone psychological thriller short story in The Riverview Mysteries series by USA Today bestselling author Michele PW (Pariza Wacek). Ideal for fans who love twisty mystery and suspense stories with a touch of supernatural.

Every day, Sissy goes to the same restaurant at the same time and orders the same thing.

No one knows why.

Until the day a stranger from a mysterious, haunted town arrives.

And nothing will be the same.

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Blood Debt (A Rogue Warrior Thriller Book 2)

by Ian Loome


A biker gang, ruthless assassins, a relentless cop. For Bob Singleton, it’s business as usual.


Former black ops assassin Bob Singleton is on the road and on the run, an open CIA contract on his head. He rolls into New Orleans to visit a dead comrade’s mother and finds himself neck-deep in a neighborhood battle.

A biker gang is blockbusting – scaring people from their homes so they’ll be forced to sell them cheap. A casino boss needs the land, and he doesn’t care who his thugs hurt to get it.

Bob isn’t going to stand by while innocent people are victimized. He brings his lethal skills to bear and soon the bikers realize they have a real fight on their hands.

But bikers aren’t the only thing Bob has to worry about. The casino boss has dangerous associates, two brothers from the same deadly background as Bob. And the police are closing in, a relentless detective determined to find the man who has unleashed a firestorm in his town.

Among the flashing lights and bells of the casino slots, a showdown awaits. The bad guys in the Big Easy need to be taught a big lesson … and Bob Singleton’s the man to do it.


Blood Debt — the next installment in a stunning new action thriller series. Perfect for fans of Jason Kasper, Jack Carr, and Lee Child.

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Innocent in Las Vegas Box Set: Tiffany Black Mysteries Books 1-4

by A.R. Winters


Welcome to Las Vegas - and a series of cupcakes-and-crime mysteries!


Cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black tries to solve four murders (and a daring art heist!) in this box set of four bestselling books. Her match-making mother and poker-playing Nanna insist on "helping" her out, as does her new friend and neighbor, Ian Ewanson.

 

"Winters will have you giggling into your book!"


Hilarious hijinks, secretive suspects and many, many desserts - they're all par for the course!

Books include: Innocent in Las Vegas, Green Eyes in Las Vegas, Red Roses in Las Vegas, and Lost Kitten in Las Vegas.

 

Praise for A.R. Winters:


"You fall in love with Tiffany Black from the start, and the mystery starts immediately" - Melissa Greenberg, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer

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

"A great mystery wrapped in humor and surprises." - Amazon Customer


Innocent In Las Vegas
Cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black is determined to leave her job at the casino for good.
She's one small step away from acquiring her Private Investigator license, and has her eye on the prize.
Accepting her first real case - investigating the murder of casino-mogul Ethan Becker - should be exciting. Instead, things spiral out of control and Tiffany finds herself in over her head, as she confronts secretive suspects, corrupt casino henchmen and a bodyguard with a mysterious past.
Tiffany's poker-hustling Nanna and pushy parents want her to find a nice man and settle down, but Tiffany just wants to track down the real murderer before he finds her first...


Green Eyes In Las Vegas
When cupcake-loving croupier and private investigator Tiffany Black witnesses a handsome, green-eyed man making a getaway after a daring art heist, she finds her normally chaotic life becoming even more complicated.
Tiffany flits between two cases: investigating the missing Van Gogh, and the murder of a Hollywood starlet with a secret life. As her investigation takes an intriguing turn and a man with mesmerizing green eyes comes into her life, Tiffany starts to wonder if this man might be the missing link between both crimes...
When her octogenarian friend Glenn starts dating a very inappropriate woman, and Nanna starts calling a twenty-something-year-old her “boyfriend”, Tiffany wonders if being attracted to a potential criminal might not be so crazy after all.


Red Roses In Las Vegas
Just when Tiffany was ready to take a break from being a Private Investigator, she's pushed back into the thick of things.
Nanna is blamed for the murder of hedge fund manager Adam Bitzer - and the clock is ticking.
Can Tiffany prove Nanna's innocence in time?


Lost Kitten In Las Vegas
When cupcake-loving croupier and private investigator Tiffany Black meets an adorable, lost kitten, she never imagines it will lead her straight to a murder investigation, and a group of unpleasant neighbors - who just also happen to be potential murderers.

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Nobody Walks

by Mick Herron


In this standalone spy thriller, Mick Herron, creator of Slough House, introduced Tom Bettany, a man with a violent past and only one thing to live for: Avenging his son's death.


Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail from an Englishwoman he doesn’t know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead—Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking pot.

Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son’s death. Maybe it’s the guilt he feels about losing touch with Liam that’s gnawing at him, or maybe he’s actually put his finger on a labyrinthine plot, but either way he’ll get to the bottom of the tragedy, no matter whose feathers he has to ruffle. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. He might have thought he’d left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody ever really walks away.

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The Homemaker: a spine-tingling psychological thriller

by Miranda Rijks


Maria always wanted a family. Now she’s found one.


Imogen has never been so busy – she’s juggling two jobs, has a young family and now she’s pregnant again.

Enter Maria, the perfect housekeeper. Hard working and capable, she seems like the ideal solution to Imogen's chaotic life. But Maria isn’t at all what she seems – she has a sinister agenda of her own.

Little by little, she installs herself at the heart of Imogen’s family – doing the school run, cooking meals, caring for Imogen’s little girl.

But once she has won the family’s trust, Maria starts to do some digging. And discovers that Imogen has been keeping a terrible secret, a secret which Maria threatens to reveal unless Imogen starts to run this home the way Maria sees fit.

Caught between a rock and a hard place, Imogen has no choice but to comply.

A terrible mistake. Because as the full scale of Maria’s horrifying plan becomes apparent, Imogen realises that everything she holds dear – her marriage, her family, her friends – all may fall victim to The Homemaker.


The Homemaker – the chilling psychological thriller from the best-selling author of The Visitors and What She Knew.

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The Better Mother

by Emily Shiner


Zoe just wanted to help. Now she may have a killer in her home.


Zoe is happily married to Ethan until the day a 13-year-old boy shows up on their doorstep. He says his name is Micah and that Ethan is his father. Distressed because his mother is missing, Micah has come to them for help.

Ethan is wary – he didn’t know anything about Micah - but kind-hearted Zoe feels she can’t possibly turn her back on the boy. She welcomes him into their home and does her best to make him part of the family.


But there’s something off about Micah.

He lies constantly, creeps silently around the house and towers over Zoe, observing her every move. And his growing bond with Anna, Zoe’s young daughter, feels all wrong.

So when his mother's body is found and the police start looking for the murderer, Zoe realizes something terrible…

He might already be in her home.

The Better Mother– the stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Her Husband’s Secret.

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The Case of the Missing Photographer in Las Vegas: A Cozy Tiffany Black Mystery

by A.R. Winters


Cupcake-loving croupier and part-time private investigator Tiffany Black has a strange new case - and her close friends and family are seeking new directions in their lives.


What happened to Monica Galgavan: why did she go missing twenty-five years ago, and is she still alive? Is Tiffany's client correct in thinking that Monica wouldn’t just leave on her own – and if so, is the person behind Monica's disappearance willing to strike again?

Meanwhile, Ian and Sally prepare to leave on their cruise, which means that Tiffany is without an assistant – until the mysterious Rosie shows up and insists on being part of Tiffany’s life.

What secrets is Rosie hiding, and why are strange men following her?

Most worryingly, Stone is still stuck in the hospital, and seemingly getting worse each day - is this a natural consequence of what he's been through, or is there an enemy lurking in the shadows, trying to bring him down?

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