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.

Cleaver Square: Sometimes the dead won’t stay buried. (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 2)

by Sean Campbell


He should be dead. He’s not.

When the body of young Charlie Matthews is found buried in Hackney Marshes, the task of informing his mother falls to DCI David Morton.

But when he gets to Cleaver Square to give her the bad news, he finds Charlie Matthews alive and well.

So, who is the boy in the ice?

More importantly, who put him there?

And who will they kill next?



Cleaver Square is the second stand-alone crime novel in the DCI Morton series. Jump in with this one or search "Dead on Demand" to start with the first book in the award-winning series.

 
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Incidental Inquisitors Complete Series Boxed Set

by Michael Anderle


Being a cop in the only nonhuman city in the world is tough.

You’ve got magical and mundane crimes, standard and supernatural perps, and as always, plenty of paperwork for both.

Can Doughas Ruiridh, an old warhorse from the Dwarven Quarter, and his partner Esselliar VorKluvaith, a hotshot elf investigator, find a way to work together to prevent what is coming down the line and save lives?

Get the complete 6-book series boxed set today to join the Inquisitors on their adventure!

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The different groups don’t often mix. Elves have elvish problems, goblins have goblin problems. Everyone takes care of their own.

But with the rest of the world going to hell, literally in some places, this divided city has to change.

Enter the Inquisitors, the first arm of the integration initiative to make a stronger, better Quadras.

Spearheading the Inquisitor program are two cops who’d rather be anywhere but with each other.

Doughas Ruiridh is an old warhorse from the Dwarven Quarter hoping to retire already. Esselliar VorKluvaith is a hotshot elf investigator looking to bust corruption, unfettered by a partner.

They must find a way to work together and trust each other because something big is coming.

Malicious factions are growing like cancers in the city, and their schemes could cost the lives of thousands.

The Inquisitors will have to make this partnership work if they don’t want the city’s next breath to be its last.

Included in this boxed set:

  1. Last Gasp
  2. Dire Song
  3. Silk Webs
  4. Hard Hand
  5. Shot Dead
  6. Dark Deed

Scroll up and click BUY NOW or READ FOR FREE and settle in for a combined dungeonpunk and fantasy noir series that is just what the apothecary ordered!

 

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Delta-v (A Delta-v Novel Book 1)

by Daniel Suarez


The bestselling author of 
Daemon returns with a near-future technological thriller, in which a charismatic billionaire recruits a team of adventurers to launch the first deep space mining operation--a mission that could alter the trajectory of human civilization.
 
When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid--with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce and the stakes couldn't be higher.
 
Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty-first century adventurers--ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers--must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space. They're determined to transform humanity from an Earth-bound species to a space-faring one--or die trying.

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The Patient: a killer psychological thriller

by Cole Baxter


The things he fears the most are the ones inside his head.


Ten years ago, James Owens was convicted of a murder he couldn’t remember committing. Now, finally released from the mental institution where he’s served his time, he is placed under house arrest in the sprawling family home he has inherited from his father.

Living in isolation, visited only by his therapist, parole officer, and supportive but controlling twin Janet, he at least has something resembling peace. But he is still haunted by hallucinations, nightmares, and bizarre memories which may or may not be real.

Strange sounds in the house, and objects which disappear or are mysteriously damaged all add to his fear that he is sliding into uncontrolled insanity again.

But is he? Or is his fragile mental state being manipulated by someone with a sinister agenda of their own?

When tragedy strikes, James must go on a journey that will force him to confront the past – and the haunted depths of his own tortured soul.


The Patient – the terrifying psychological thriller perfect for fans of Freida McFadden, Daniel Hurst, and K L Slater.

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Don't Trust Her: a psychological thriller with a killer twist

by Cathryn Grant


Parker had the perfect marriage. Then Eden came home.


Twenty years have passed since Dylan’s beloved sister, Celeste, was brutally murdered. Now he plans an anniversary memorial for the sister he misses to this day.

When their childhood friend, Eden, comes home to attend the memorial, Dylan invites her to stay with him and his wife, Parker.

But Parker is apprehensive. She remembers a time when Eden had designs on her husband, and she worries she still carries a torch for him. Her fears seem confirmed when Eden openly flirts with Dylan and captivates their pre-teen daughter.

As Parker desperately tries to hasten Eden’s departure, Dylan resists, fondly remembering the time they spent as childhood friends. And when Eden brings up questions about who murdered Celeste, Parker’s fears only escalate. She thinks her husband’s mental health could suffer if Eden keeps digging.

Can Parker get rid of Eden before she destroys her family? And why has Eden really come back to town? As the two old friends circle each other, past secrets are revealed and they find themselves hurtling into a vortex of unimaginable pain and terror.


Don’t Trust Her - the gripping psychological thriller from the best-selling author of The Other Couple and The Guest.

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A Nose for Mischief (Riverbend K-9s Book 1)

by K.T. Lee


“I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this quick and fun novel. It is the first in a new series and you can bet your bottom that I will be continuing!” – JenJen Reviews


“...if you like stories with romance, revenge, a healthy dose of cunning and some VERY clever dogs then you will love this book and I heartily recommend it!” – Nat, The Pursuit of Bookiness Book Blog

“This was such a great read and I read it in one sitting.” – Leanne Loves Books

“This was a great cosy mystery story with some very likeable lead characters, including the furry ones, with a lot of danger and a touch of romance into the bargain.” – The Word is Now Out Blog

When materials engineer Zoey Butler lands her dream job at Future State Energy, she believes her research in renewable energy will make headlines. Unfortunately for her, she’s right. Zoey is working on her latest experiment when FBI Special Agent Alexis Thompson and her K-9 partner, Waffle, raid Future State and arrest the head of the development for fraud. Zoey helps the FBI find answers in the aftermath, but she soon finds herself jobless and unemployable. Desperate and out of options, she reaches out to Alexis, the one person who knows Zoey was duped like everyone else.

Liam Graham is an FBI special agent and instructor at Riverbend K-9 Academy. When Alexis brings in a new recruit with an unusual background, Liam pairs her up with Tasha, a dog in need of a handler to stay in their competitive program. Zoey is thrilled to put her past behind her and give the mischievous rescue dog her own second chance. However, shortly after she arrives, the FBI realizes the Future State case is far from closed. And Zoey may be the key to solving it.

Zoey offers to go back to Future State to help the FBI end things once and for all. Only this time, she’ll have Liam and Tasha for backup. But, the problems at Future State are more explosive than any of them suspect.

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Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5)

by Kate Atkinson


Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies.


Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It's picturesque, but there's something darker lurking behind the scenes.

Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network -- and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.


"Thank goodness the long Jackson Brodie hiatus is over." --Janet Maslin, 
New York Times

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Search and Destroy (A Tom Rollins Thriller Book 10)

by Paul Heatley


The cartel wants Tom Rollins dead. But he’s got other plans.


Honduran cartel leader, Oscar Zavala, has escaped from the Mexican prison where he’s been serving a life sentence. And now he wants to take revenge on the men who put him there – Tom Rollins and his former black ops unit.

Oscar sends a team to the US. Their mission – to take Rollins alive and bring him back to Honduras where he can be tortured and killed.

This first team fails, but Tom knows Oscar will never give up. There will be other teams and Tom and the people he loves will never be safe.

A fear that is confirmed when Zeke, another member of Tom’s old unit, and his family are drawn into the conflict.

Tom realizes they have no choice, they have to bring the fight to the enemy. By going to Honduras and facing Oscar and his entire cartel in what may be the deadliest battle Tom has ever fought…


Search and Destroy - Book 10 in the superb Tom Rollins action thriller series. Perfect for fans of Lee Child, Jason Kasper & David Archer.

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Death on the West Cliff (A Kipper Cottage Cozy Mystery Book 6)

by Jan Durham


Murder stalks the art world in this seaside town.


The long summer days bring visitors flocking to the little fishing town of Whitby… and the short summer nights bring murder.

When the night watchman at the West Cliff Art Gallery is found dead, everyone in the town is baffled.

All the gallery alarms were disabled, and the thieves had free run of the place. So why didn’t they steal anything? Widow Liz McLuckie is determined to find out.

Her investigation leads her into the murky world of art fraud. To solve the mystery, Liz plans a daring heist of her own. All she needs is a fake Russian oligarch, a pair of unruly ten-year olds, and Nelson, the ugliest (and bravest) dog in Yorkshire. What could possibly go wrong?


Death on the West Cliff — Book 6 in the Kipper Cottage Mystery Series. Perfect for fans of Stella Cameron and Frances Evesham.

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Haunted by the Devil (Soul Salvager Book 1)

by Bill Hiatt


Chris is nothing if not stubborn. The woman he loves is trapped in Hell, and he's determined to free her even though everyone who finds out about his quest thinks he has no hope of success. They could be right. He doesn't have any idea how to rescue someone from Hell. Even worse, his lack of faith robs him of the best methods to combat demons. Can love really conquer all? To find out, Chris will have to risk his life--and maybe his own soul.

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Killer Cruise: A Humorous Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery (Cruise Ship Cozy Mysteries Book 1)

by A.R. Winters


All Adrienne wanted was a fun new job on a cruise ship—instead, she’s dealt three big surprises.

 

"Winters will have you giggling into your book!"


Surprise number one, wonderful: Her best friend Samantha has joined the cruise!
Surprise number two, also quite good: the First Officer is rather handsome.
Surprise number three, definitely not good: Samantha is suspected of murdering a VIP cruise passenger.

Throw in a few more surprises—an over-the-top boss, a potentially homicidal chef, and a blast from Adrienne’s past—and this cruise might end up being Adrienne’s last.

Join Adrienne, her new friend Cece, and First Officer Hot Stuff—er, First Officer Ethan Lee—as they try to uncover the truth before it’s too late…

 

Praise for A.R. Winters:


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

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

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

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

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Innocent in Las Vegas: A Humorous Tiffany Black Mystery (Tiffany Black Mysteries Book 1)

by A.R. Winters


A Cupcakes-And-Crime Caper

"I tell myself every day that I don't hate my job... But there's a reason I'm trying to leave the madness of the casino pit to become a Private Investigator."

"Winters will have you giggling into your book!"


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...

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 1000 Reviewer

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

 
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Magical Mystery Book Club: Box Set Books 1-3

by Elizabeth Pantley


THIS IS NO ORDINARY BOOK CLUB!


"Will blow you away!" ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

What book reviewers & bloggers say about the Magical Mystery Book Club:

~ One of the COOLEST books I've ever had the honor of reading!!!
~ I read 150+ cozy mysteries every year - this is by far the most unique storyline I've read.
~ An absolutely ingenious idea for a paranormal mystery!
~ The concept is nothing short of brilliant!
~ I'm ravenous for the next book!


1 Shifting and Shenanigans
Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves absorbed into the book - smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home.
~ Finalist - 2022 Cozy Mystery Tribe Awards for BOOK OF THE YEAR ~


2 Vampires and Villains
The book club has recovered from their first book journey, and they all agree on their next book which takes place on a cruise ship bound for Hawaii. The problem is, they were so excited about the cruising idea that they didn’t read the entire blurb on the back of the book. (“It was entirely too long,” explains Zell.) Once on the ship, they meet a charming and likeable man who blends seamlessly into their motley group. Too bad they don’t know why he’s so scarce during the day but shows up to join them every evening for dinner, drinks, and a show. When a dead body shows up on board, their new friend is labeled a suspect. Can they help him out by finding the real murderer? Or is he the real murderer? The book club will need to solve the case to get off the ship, out of the book, and back to their home.


3 Cowboys and Chaos
On this book journey, the club chooses a mystery that takes place in a quaint western town – in the old Wild West. That sounds like great fun, until they arrive in the dusty old town in the Arizona desert, among cowboys and saloons. They discover that the outhouse isn’t the worse thing about this trip. The good news is that Paige, Glo, Zell, Frank, and the other members of the club discover plenty of adventures here, and they have a great time visiting a piece of history. Upon their arrival in the book, they even get the best surprise ever. This brave, loyal, and goofy group gets to live through many exciting moments as they unravel this ghostly cozy mystery story.

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Grave Descend

by Michael Crichton


From the creator of Jurassic Park and ER

Leagues below the sparkling blue water of the Caribbean Sea lies the mysterious wreckage of the Grave Descend. Protected by a wall of coral reef and blood-thirsty sharks, the corpse of the sunken yacht has been deemed unrecoverable by every diver in the world. Until James McGregor is offered a shot at it.

For McGregor, a thirty-nine-year-old diver with a long history of unsavory salvage jobs, it’s his last chance at a big payday. But the more he learns about the wreck, the more questions he uncovers—because none of the survivors are telling the same story. How did the ship really sink? What was its cargo? And why is this whole project starting to feel like a suicide mission?

With a new introduction by Sherri Crichton

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The Perfect Date

by Iris Baxter


Sometimes red flags are easy to miss ...

When Sean’s captivating smile greets me on our first date, I know I’ve hit a jackpot by matching with him on Tinder. An hour later, I’m screaming from his locked basement to let me out.

The contrast between Sean and my ex is striking, so when he invites me over to his place, I dismiss the reservations I’ve had up until then and take the plunge. Everything seems to be going perfectly. I find myself drawn deeper into his charm and, when we’re in the bedroom, I allow the fires of passion to blur the boundaries I had set for myself.

However, as the night unfolds, red flags become glaringly obvious. By then, it’s already too late. I’m trapped in the confines of his house and unable to escape the horrifying secrets he hides within.

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Crystal Moth Conspiracy: Ash Born Book One

by Konn Lavery


Fugitive Lola Cabello is hellbent on avenging her mother's death.


She descends into an escalating scheme of reptilian drug lords, led by the fallen angel Mastema, after withholding evidence from the police.

The notorious Crystal Moths are responsible for murdering her loved ones. She needs retribution and allies with the last nymph, Synarion, who is responsible for balancing Mother Nature. Their allegiance is tested due to their differences, is he friend or foe? Lead Detective Iglesias closes in on Lola. His case is jeopardized for he may be the last clean cop all while attempting to be a good single father.

Lola’s vigilante methods unravel the secrets of the Crystal Moth’s new drug, ash. This forces the gangsters to send their fiercest assassin, Scalebane, to silence her.


The power of ash endangers Lola’s wellbeing and threatens to expose the last of a forgotten world filled with demons, vampires, talking plants, and the fantastic.

They control the media.

Detective Iglesias is closing in.

Lola is not prepared for this rabbit hole.



Praise for Crystal Moth Conspiracy

The Crystal Moth Conspiracy is a tight, quick-paced, and deeply developed tale with plenty of twists to keep you guessing.”
★★★★★ Author Chris Patrick Carolan, 
Goodreads

“…unique world building, fast pace, and a 
flawed-yet-captivating protagonist, prepare to be engrossed.”
★★★★★ Author Taija Morgan, 
BookBub

"Loving it so far and how it 
sucks me away from reality. Also love how it takes place in Canada."
★★★★★ Reader Natasha Quantz, 
Goodreads

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Vrooms, Brooms, & Heirlooms: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Witchy Business Mysteries Book 1)

by Maddy Savanna


The last time witchy car mechanic Victoria Fox did magic, she nearly blew up half a street. Oops. No more magic for her, but is a witch who doesn’t do magic still a witch?


Well, she does have a kitty familiar named Professor Studmuffin Salvitore III. She also has a knack for inviting magical trouble to her shop’s doorstep.

Like her business rival who shows up and offers her a deal. A tempting deal, but she shuts the door in his face anyway. Moments later, his star employee drops dead.

All roads lead to Victoria as the murderer. The problem? She didn’t do it. The other problem? Almost no one believes her.

It’s now up to her and her kitty familiar to prove she’s innocent. Tiptoeing closer to the truth could put them both in danger though. And it might just take a lead paw on the gas pedal to get them out.

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Things Unseen: Amateur Detective Murder Mystery with Metaphysical Underpinnings

by David T. Isaak


Can you trust a clue no one else can see?


Emotionally frigid Walker Clayborne has always preferred the stability of the rock formations he studies to the unpredictable people around him. A cold and unaffectionate upbringing allowed him and his siblings to drift — until the murder of his sister, Claire, propels Walker into a volatile world of strong ideals and spiritual mysticism.

Moved to unearth the truth, Walker visits his sister’s community in search of answers. There he discovers knowledge that challenges his scientific viewpoints — but that offers to reveal crucial clues about Claire’s last minutes.

But in the absence of hard evidence, Walker finds himself at odds with the legal system. And when a friend claims she has “seen” the murder, he must make choices about how to know—and believe—in a world of uncertainty.


Things Unseen is a murder mystery that challenges us to cross and recross the intersections between faith and rationality as we navigate the boundaries of the seen and unseen world.

CLICK ‘BUY NOW’ TO DISCOVER WHY SOMETIMES THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ARE THE ONES THE EYE CAN’T SEE

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Trial By Jury (A Rain City Legal Thriller Book 2)

by Stephen Penner


Murder is an art form. And this one is a masterpiece.


Attorney Daniel Raine has recently gone out on his own and now is struggling to make rent. So when he’s invited to a fundraiser gala at a downtown Seattle art gallery, he sees it as a chance to find some new clients among the city’s wealthy elite.

And it works in the most unexpected way – when a young artist is found dead in the women’s restroom.

The assigned detective declares it a suicide and the young woman’s parents promptly sue the gallery owner for driving their daughter to take her own life. Raine is hired to defend the lawsuit and embarks on a mission to exonerate his client.

He soon realizes that the Rain City art world is a hotbed of intrigue, treachery and secret deals and becomes convinced that the young artist was murdered. But why? And by whom?

Raine finds himself navigating an unfamiliar world peopled by rich collectors, starving art students, and the beautiful and beguiling director of a local art school. Can he piece together what really happened on that fateful night and save his client from ruin?


Trial by Jury – the second in the brilliant legal thriller series featuring attorney Daniel Raine.

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Gingerbread Dead (Christmas Cookies)

by Lori L. Robinett


This fun cozy mystery features a “colorful display of Christmas suspense and intrigue” perfect for lovers of true crime and mysteries.


Jessica Barker blogs about true crime for an online magazine. But blogging for others is far from her dream job.

Then, Jess witnesses what appears to be her next-door neighbor in distress and Jess is the only one who seems to care. When the cops dismiss her as a bothersome true crime reporter with an overactive imagination, Jess must delve into the life of her mysterious neighbors, Rory and John Regan – with hints at embezzlement and gambling – before Rory ends up dead.

Lori L. Robinett introduces a new series about the adventures of an aspiring podcaster that will appeal to fans of true crime and cozy mysteries.

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