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.

Field of Prey (The Prey Series Book 24)

by John Sandford


#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford continues his phenomenal Prey series—and “for those who think they know everything they need to know about Lucas Davenport, [Field of Prey] proves them wrong…” (Huffington Post)

On the night of the fifth of July, in Red Wing, Minnesota, a boy smelled death in a cornfield off an abandoned farm. When the county deputy took a look, he found a body stuffed in a cistern. Then another. And another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, it was fifteen and counting, the victims killed over just as many summers, regular as clockwork.

How could this happen in a town so small without anyone noticing? And with the latest victim only two weeks dead, Davenport knows the killer is still at work, still close by. Most likely someone the folks of Red Wing see every day. Won’t they be surprised.

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The Sins of Others

by Florian Schneider


1993. The war-torn Bosnian countryside. Jane Abbott, a seasoned English conflict zone photographer who is no longer easily surprised, is surprised. Stunned, in fact, to’ve come across the son of THE notorious Ingrid Heimlich—who, until her traceless disappearance twenty years ago, had been the world’s most infamous leftist terrorist. Ben Heimlich, the stranded German kid and wannabe reporter she has picked up by the roadside, is either fearless or incredibly naïve—though probably naïve—and were it not for the platoon of Serbian partisans who intercept them on their way, she’d pestered him incessantly with questions of his mother’s whereabouts.


1994. Still reeling from the horror he had seen in Bosnia—and, as ever, wondering where in the world his mother is—Ben Heimlich moves to the United States and settles in the sparkling local neighborhood and global allegory known as Hollywood. As he gets older and, eventually, more affluent, Ben realizes that, no matter how ostensibly successful he’s become, he can’t escape his lingering despair. When he meets Isabel, who’s left her own traumatic early life in Mexico behind to make a new beginning in Los Angeles, his life takes a dramatic upward turn.

Chapter after chapter, Ben and his mother’s backgrounds and personae are illuminated from a multitude of angles by, among others, a former student activist aboard a hijacked airplane on a dusty stretch of tarmac in the capital of Libya in 1971; an aging homeless actor in Los Angeles still waiting for his break in 1994; a young girl who stumbles through the smoldering ruins of Berlin in 1945; a US State Department operative who interferes with sovereign states all over South America; the involuntary teenage wife of an imperious Sinaloan drug lord who attempts to flee her gilded cage; and the ninety-something-year-old son of German immigrants who’d fought for the United States against his parents’ onetime countrymen in World War II.

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Once Upon a Halloween: A wicked and wild cozy anthology

by Ryan Rivers


Once Upon a hallowed eve...
Halloween, the day where the veil between the normal and the paranormal is as thin as a whisker on a witch's chin...

Twenty-three original cozy mysteries cook up tales of fun, mayhem, and murder!

With a sprinkle of seniors with sharp minds and smart mouths, a dash of witches with familiars and more sass than sense, and a pinch of whodunits in quaint little towns.

Once Upon a Halloween has your next favorite author. Who will it be?

Nearly Departed by Patti Larsen
A String of Perils by Penelope Cress
The Clown, The Witch & The Cat by Steven Higgs
Witch’s First Zombie by Valia Lind
Costumes & Cadavers by Katherine H. Brown
Aos si by Tommy Ueland
Pumpkins and Premonitions by Martina Dalton
Bait and Click by Kari Ganske
Candy Korn Killer by Brittany E. Brinegar
A Witchy Spookfest by Rhonda Hopkins
Sweet Scary Deal by Judith A. Barrett
The Black Rose by Louise R. Innes
Murder and the Showgirl by Lynda Brunelle
Murder at the Pawstume Party: A Pupcakes and Pawtries Cozy Mystery by Daphne McLean
Halloween Cat Crimes by Julia Koty
Tea is for Tricks by Karen Sue Walker
Take Your Pixie by Willow Mason
A Shaman's Samhain by Belinda White
Scandal at Samhain by Carly Reid
The Mystery of Alice by K.E. O'Connor
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow-Point by Linda M. Au
Hunting Witches by Annie Whittaker
Halloween Hoedowns Can Be Deadly by Ryan Rivers

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The Memory Bell

by Kat Flannery


"A naïve small-town girl and a disillusioned big-city cop, drawn together by an unsolved crime that is itself only the tip of the iceberg, The Memory Bell serves up the perfect steamy summer read." –Jenny Jaeckel, author of House of Rougeaux

Grace Penner's safe haven crumbles when a body is found outside of town. Gifted the memory bell, a family heirloom, from her grandfather's will, Grace's excitement is soon squashed when the bell gets broken right after she receives it. While gluing the pieces back in place, she discovers three are still missing.

Determined to find them, she is halted when the new detective, Bennet James, investigates her family. Grace is intent on showing the detective her family isn't capable of murder, but as the investigation deepens, and pieces of the bell show up with ominous notes, Grace soon realizes the Penners are not what they seem. Amidst the tightly knit family; dark secrets, deception, and possibly even murder unfold. Will Grace be able to save the family she loves more than anything without losing herself forever?

 

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Paper Roses (Serenity's Plain Secrets Book 5)

by Karen Ann Hopkins

Praise for Lamb to the Slaughter, book one of Serenity’s Plain Secrets: “A well-crafted tale of murder begotten by the collision of two incompatible worlds…” –Kirkus Reviews

Some Amish communities aren’t so cozy.

Paper Roses is the electrifying new addition to the Serenity’s Plain Secrets’ mystery/crime thriller series.

While an archeological team digs up Blood Rock’s sinister past, a forbidden romance begins, and Serenity races to stop a serial killer before he strikes again.

When the mutilated corpse of a young Amish woman is discovered in Blood Rock, Sheriff Serenity Adams embarks on her most terrifying case yet, facing a killer unlike anything she’s seen before. Law enforcement and the Amish join forces to unravel the truth and find the person terrorizing the community, and just when Serenity thinks she’s solved the case, she finds out that the nightmare is far from over.

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The Death Mask Murders: A gripping mystery crime thriller (The Jack Rogan Mysteries Book 7)

by Gabriel Farago


Seven brutal murders. A cursed Inca burial mask. A lost treasure. One deadly game.

Drawn into a web of hidden clues pointing to an ancient mystery, celebrated author Jack Rogan decides to investigate.
When convicted killer Maurice Landru reaches out from a Paris prison and asks for help to prove his innocence, Jack cannot resist. Joining forces with Francesca Bartolli, a glamorous criminal profiler, Mademoiselle Darrieux, an eccentric Paris socialite, and Claude Dupree, a retired French police officer, Jack enters a dangerous world of depraved cyber-gambling where the stakes are high, and the players will stop at nothing to satisfy their dark desires.

Following his ‘breadcrumbs of destiny’, Jack soon comes up against an evil genius who terminates his enemies without mercy and is prepared to risk all to win.

On a perilous journey littered with violence and death, Jack uncovers dark secrets of a murky past of ruthless conquistadors, bloodthirsty pirates and shipwrecked priests, all pointing to a fabulous Inca treasure, waiting to be discovered.

Can Jack expose the mastermind behind the horrific murders and retrieve the legendary burial mask before it falls into the wrong hands, or will the forces of darkness overwhelm him and destroy everything he believes in?

The Death Mask Murders is Book 7 in the Jack Rogan Mysteries Series for the thinking reader and culturally curious, and can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

 
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X (Kinsey Millhone Book 24)

by Sue Grafton


“An inventive plot and incisive character studies elevate MWA Grand Master Grafton’s twenty-fourth Kinsey Millhone novel...This superior outing will remind readers why this much-loved series will be missed as the end of the alphabet approaches.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss...

Perhaps Sue Grafton’s darkest and most chilling novel, X features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this deadly sociopath. The test is whether private investigator Kinsey Millhone can prove her case against him—before she becomes his next victim.

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Jane Kills John

by Cassidy Brash


When Jane's grandfather dies and leaves her a fortune in stolen goods, she starts to dream of a better life for her and her chronically ill mother.
 
She will move out of the rotten town where she lives and her mother will get the care she needs. But temptation starts to drive her stepfather, John, to take matters into his own hands.
Soon, Jane will have to take extreme actions if she wants to fulfill her ambitions and prevent this opportunity from spiralling into disaster. Even the unthinkable.
 
Will a single act be all Jane needs to set her new life in motion? Or will death reach out and pull her into a desperate race for survival?
 
The must-read YA Thriller from Cassidy Brash, Jane Kills John is a gripping and raw exploration of ambition and the value of life.

 
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Maddie O'Brien's Christmas Donkey

by Gary McCarthy


“Creative, fun and sure to make you smile.”

 

Another difficult Christmas season is approaching for the O’Brien family.

This year, Maddie O’Brien is hoping for something special to bring joy into the lives of her family. Unexpectedly, one snowy night all her dreams might be answered when a small band of abandoned and hungry donkeys appears at the barn door braying for food.

 

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Academy of Necessary Magic Complete Series Boxed Set

by Michael Anderle


Do you want to be a Bounty Hunter? Class is now in session at the Academy of Necessary Magic. Founded by Johnny Walker, Leira Berens and James Brownstone, students will learn how to go after magical creatures that need to be subdued while being the best bounty hunters in the country... if they survive the course work.

This school is gonna be legendary. Enroll at your own risk…

Get the complete urban fantasy series boxed set - all 8 books - to join Amanda Coulier, Summer Flannerty, and the rest of their classmates on their journey through the Academy of Necessary Magic!

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Amanda Coulier is a young shifter and ward of one of the greatest bounty hunters of all time.

But Johnny Walker is better with hound dogs than young girls. Especially the kind who can grow fur and fangs and rip out your throat in the middle of teenage angst.

Where to send Amanda for an education that won’t leave anyone in tears… or dead?

Time to start a new school with two more legends. James Brownstone and Leira Berens.

Mix in Summer Flannerty, a young Witch who’s got a thing for breaking rules and just landed in Amanda’s room.

Trouble leads the girls to a relic hidden away for good reasons.

Can Amanda quell the angry spirit that’s on an angry rampage to destroy the campus?

 

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Holiday Heist (A Wayfair Witches' Side Story)

by A.A. Albright


This is a standalone cozy mystery novel, set in the Wayfair Witches world. It can be enjoyed without having read the Wayfair Witches series.


A holiday heist, a powerful child, and a parolee Melissa can’t stand the sight of? It sounds like a recipe for a very Merry Solstice.

The Nemo Foundation’s kids are planning some Solstice shenanigans, but Melissa has no idea what their hijinks might entail. She’s far too busy figuring out why an emaciated wizard was drained by a harpy, and trying to keep a young weredog out of jail. Plus, the Queen of the Faeries has promised three miracles this holiday season – and in order for those three miracles to pass, Melissa must learn to trust someone she hates …

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Wrath (The Lieutenant Harrington Series Book 1)

by E.H. Reinhard


Wrath - The Lieutenant Harrington Series, Book 1

Miami homicide lieutenant Nash Harrington has seen countless murders. Blood and bodies are nothing to lose sleep over.

Yet what seems to be a run-of-the-mill murder stemming from infidelity turns into a full-blown killing spree.
For this killer, taking the lives of his wife and her lover is merely the beginning. He’ll take the deceit no more. His decision has been made. All the women who've wronged him in the past will die.

Harrington quickly finds the case turning personal when the killer's focus inches closer and closer to home.

Unknown to the lieutenant, one of his loved ones has a history with the killer. And that history is etched in the killer’s mind.

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The Inconvenient Corpse (A Maggie & Jasper Caper Book 1)

by Barbara Cool Lee


A handsome movie star in her kitchen, and a corpse in the swimming pool. Just your typical Monday morning….

Maggie McJasper is starting over in a little California beach town. She has a bead shop, a nice circle of friends, and a handsome movie star who keeps flirting with her. Life would be pretty great if she could just stop stumbling over dead bodies….


Do you like dogs, crafts, quirky friends, a slow-building romance between grownups who genuinely like each other, and a twisty little mystery with red herrings galore? Then this is for you.


The Maggie & Jasper Capers are fun and flirty cozies, with no swearing or love scenes, and no gruesome violence to keep you up at night. Collect them all:

  1. The Inconvenient Corpse
  2. The Mourning Beads
  3. The Empty Noose
  4. The Hidden Homicide
  5. The Whiskered Witness
  6. The Serpentine Script
  7. The Rattled Rake
  8. Bonus Prequel: The Black-Tie Affair


This book was originally published as "Maggie and the Inconvenient Corpse" in the Carita Cove Cozy series.

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A Slow Ruin: An edge-of-your-seat domestic thriller

by Pamela Crane


April 1910. Women's rights activist Alvera Fields mysteriously vanishes from her home one night, leaving her newborn baby and husband behind, the case never solved.

April 2021. On the anniversary of her great-great-grandmother's disappearance, Alvera's namesake Vera Portman vanishes in an eerily similar manner.

Six months later, the police recover a girl's body. While the family waits in the horror of finding out if it's Vera, Felicity Portman clings to hope that her missing teenage daughter is still alive. Despite all odds, Felicity senses a link between the decades-apart cases--a mother feels such things in her bones. But all suspicion points to the last person who saw Vera alive: Felicity's sister-in-law, Marin.

Marin, with her troubled past.
Marin, the poor woman who married into the rich family.
Marin, the only one who knows Felicity's darkest secret.

As Felicity makes a shocking discovery in Vera's journal, she questions who her daughter really is. The deeper she digs, the more she's ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed their ancestor in a terribly slow ruin.

From USA TODAY bestselling author of Pretty Ugly Lies and Little Deadly Secrets comes a highly anticipated psychological thriller that weaves history and family drama into a taut page-turner. Perfect for fans of Riley Sager, Lucy Foley, Lisa Jewell, and Ruth Ware.

"An emotionally charged mystery of how a mother must lose her daughter to find herself. Chilling from the first page. Gripping until the last." - reader review

 
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The Vow

by Debbie Howells


**Pre-order The Secret now – the new edge-of-your-seat thriller from Debbie Howells, coming soon!**

Everything was perfect. And then her fiancé disappeared…

‘Dazzling’ DAILY MAIL
‘A terrific new talent’ PETER JAMES

Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.

Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Matt’s description, who was about to leave his fiancée for her.  He was supposed to be moving in with her – but instead, he’s vanished.

Amy refuses to believe Fiona’s lover can be her Matt – but photos prove otherwise, and it soon becomes clear that Matt has been leading a double life. As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly have never met.

The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might.

Real readers are hooked by No.1 eBook bestseller The Vow

‘A breathtaking, suspenseful thriller with more plot twists and turns than you can imagine’ *****

Couldn’t stop reading … Superb story and twisty ending’ *****

OMG what a brilliant book, full of twists and turns’ *****

Mesmerising from the start’ *****

Lies, deceptions and red herrings galore’ *****

‘Truly a roller coaster of a read’ *****

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One Dark Night (Harry Starke Genesis Book 6)

by Blair Howard


Two dead teens. A case gone cold. A twisted tangle of clues and dead ends.

One Dark Night… Geeze, was that ever a doozy of a case? It was April 1st, 1998 when the bodies of two teenagers, a young fella and his girlfriend, both high school seniors, were found among the trees on a lonely road just inside the city limits. The bodies had been stripped and left for the wild animals to… well, you get the idea.

The cops had a good idea who the killer was, but they never could prove it, so the case went cold… until April 1st, 2012 when local DA, Larry Spruce, asked me to take a look at it.

Right from the get-go, I knew it was going to be a bad one, and it was. My name is Harry Starke. I’m a private investigator. You want to know how bad it was? Read on.

Order your copy of One Dark Night today and save.

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Requital

by E. W. Johnson M.D.


A courier for a major drug cartel has an offer. If his pregnant wife and three year old daughter can be rescued from Mexico, he will supply all the information he has on the smuggling operation. With corrupt officials involved on both sides of the border he reaches out to Dr. Sean Nolan for help.

To Dr. Nolan it seems like a simple request and well worth the risk.

Uh... or not.

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Death on the Line: The MacKay Mysteries, Book 1

by Carol Amorosi


1763… a contentious border… an astronomer and a surveyor sent by the king…

After eighty years of border skirmishes, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon are sent to define the controversial boundary between the American colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland. What if they hired an apprentice on their ground-breaking expedition?

Angus MacKay is a young Scotsman attempting to leave his demons behind and start fresh in the new world. On his quest, Angus makes new friends and discovers life in the unknown wilderness populated by different cultures.
His hopes of proving himself are shattered when he trips over a dead body and faces a sheriff who would like nothing more than to arrest him for the murder.

Will Angus's logical mind help him make sense of the seemingly random events? Will he learn the truth and, along the way, find acceptance for himself?

Death on the Line is a murder mystery in the style of a classic cozy. Amateur sleuth, Angus MacKay, is thrown into the midst of historical events and real people living in 18th-century colonial America. Interesting characters abound, each with their own agenda, including a rifle-toting minister convinced the natives are behind it all.

Book 1 of the MacKay Mystery series provides entertainment plus a puzzle to solve.

"History buffs are going to love this one, but they’re not the only ones. Amorosi combines factual inspiration with her own inventive storytelling to create this thrilling historical murder mystery." - Independent Book Review

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Her Deluxe Dragon Detective: A Romantic Paranormal Mystery (Lone Dragons Book 4)

by Alice Summerfield


An accountant by day and a soccer enthusiast by choice, Gabriela Alves is nothing if not unlucky at love, and her ex-fiancé is the worst of the bunch. But her obsessive ex-fiancé turning up brutally murdered in her kitchen is beyond mere bad luck even for her.


Lone dragons don’t have soul mates, but police detective Derek da Luz thinks that he might have found his. The problem? She’s practically a soccer hooligan. And also, she’s just been accused of murder. There’s that too. At least she roots for the right team?

Accused of murder, pursued by a detective with an electric smile, and on the trail of a ruthless murderer, Gabriela is up to her eyeballs in trouble. She doesn’t know the first thing about investigating a murder, but as the police’s prime suspect – and also, their only suspect – Gabriela is going to have to wise up and fast. That is, if investigating this murder isn’t going to be the death of her.

Can Gabriela solve her ex-fiance's murder? And will she find love along the way? Or are she and Derek out of luck?

A sizzling, full length romantic paranormal mystery featuring a curvy, soccer-obsessed Brazilian accountant and a fast-talking police detective, Her Deluxe Dragon Detective is #4 in the Lone Dragon Series. Every book in the series is a complete and standalone novel, and they can be read in any order. If you enjoy cozy paranormal mysteries or dragon shifter romances don’t miss this exciting read! Scroll up and one click today!

 
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Eve Lloyd's A Deadline Cozy Mystery - Books 1 to 5

by Sonia Parin


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.

Snuffed Out
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.

 
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