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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.
Not since Dorothy L. Sayers’ Murder Must Advertise has there been a more perfect cozy office murder--and not since Agatha Christie’s immortal Miss Marple has a more loveable geriatric sleuth been spawned. Gallagher Gray’s first Hubbert and Lil mystery’s got it all—a stuffy old firm with stuffy old routines disturbed by a few unaccustomed murders, a hilariously apoplectic boss, the indispensable brace of cats, and a clever amateur sleuths of a certain age.
Break out the tea and cookies to welcome T.S. Hubbert and his unforgettable Auntie Lil! T.S. tells the story (and very wittily too), but it's Lil who steals the show—she’s eighty-four years young, with a taste for bloody Marys at any time of day, a fine-tuned appreciation of life’s other pleasures, and a remarkable talent for detecting.
It begins, as so many things do, with a phone call: T.S. (Theodore to Auntie Lil) has been retired about eight hours when he’s summoned back to Sterling & Sterling, the bank where he served as personnel manager for most of his adult life. One of the bigwigs is lying stabbed to death in the Partner’s Room and his demanding former boss, forgetting he’s no longer boss, is demanding a favor—damage control.
Well, that’s certainly more interesting, thinks Theodore, than “interviewing the slack-jawed sons of clients.” And besides, now he can talk back to the brass. He can even dress like it’s casual Friday and no one can say a word. Although they do. A big part of the fun’s watching him shock his former colleagues with his sudden assertiveness. Because who can boss around a person who’s doing a favor?
What starts out as damage control quickly evolves into full-scale detecting as more and more partners bite the big one in unexpected ways. Aunt Lil’s all over it from the first, demonstrating not only the necessary smarts, street savvy, and moxie, but also a feminine way of looking at things that leads to a surprisingly contemporary conclusion.
Fans of Golden Age mysteries will eat this irrepressible amateur detective team with a spoon, along with readers who just get a kick out of watching senior sleuths kick butt. If you like Miss Marple, Miss Silver, Miss Seeton, Mrs. Pollifax, Jessica Fletcher, Agatha Raisin, Henrie O, Hercule Poirot, and their many distinguished silver-haired colleagues, you’ll want to grab this one now. Aficionados of cozy authors like Dorothy Cannell, Carolyn Hart, M.C. Beaton, Joanne Fluke, Jana DeLeon, and Alexander McCall Smith will be equally captivated!
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"Can’t wait for the next Evanovich? Louisiana Hotshot's Stephanie Plum with Tabasco, dawlin’.” -The Clarion Ledger
The FIRST book in the Talba Wallis series by Edgar-Award winning author Julie Smith
WANTED: HOTSHOT P.I. WITH NEAR SUPER-HUMAN SKILLS.
Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad. Hotshot twenty-something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it.
And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives—one cynical, sixty-five-year-old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright-eyed, Twenty-First century African-American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire. Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.
In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who's molested the fourteen-year-old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has more powerful allies than a Cabinet member.
But both detectives have unfinished business from the past—in Eddie's case, something he deeply regrets; in Talba's, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate. But she knows she won't sleep till she solves it—and the truth will change her forever.
"Smith generates plenty of tension as the savvy veteran and the eager novice combine their talents. But it is Smith's evocation of her beloved New Orleans and her deft exploration of her characters' intimate relationships that will lure readers to this series." -Publishers Weekly
A criminal hiding in plain sight on campus. A professor caught in the middle. Can Dr. Ree Ryland help the FBI stop a killer before it's too late?
Dr. Ree Ryland is an engineering professor who loves her job and plays by the rules. Her life is reassuringly predictable – until an enemy hiding in plain sight decides her squeaky-clean reputation is the perfect cover to commit a crime.
When Agent Parker Landon and his FBI team discover that someone at the university has been procuring military-grade hardware by disguising it as test equipment, all evidence points to Ree. After the FBI intercepts a shipment that puts Ree in the clear, Parker is forced to tell her that she’s being used as a pawn by an unseen enemy. And now she’s in that enemy’s crosshairs. Ree turns down the protective detail offered by the FBI and insists on using her inside knowledge to help with the investigation. Parker is leery of bringing a civilian on to the team, but he’s surprised at how much fun he has working with Ree, even as he tries to keep her out of harm’s way.
Parker, Ree and the FBI team find increasingly worrying evidence that someone is quietly acquiring everything they need to cause destruction on a massive scale. Now, they must uncover the motive and identity of the killer hiding among Ree’s friends and colleagues before it’s too late.
Calculated Deception is Book 1 in The Calculated Series. All books in The Calculated Series may be enjoyed as standalone novels or as a series.
"Newton is the real deal. I'll read anything he writes." --New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
"Privateers rocks from beginning to explosive end." --Robert Dugoni, #1 Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series
"Not a stone left unturned, or a word wasted, or a dull page to be found. A wonderful story from a master storyteller." --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series
"A spellbinding tale of three strong women fighting to survive in the hunt for a lost treasure in the deadly swamps and jungles of the Corazon Santo, the holy heart of the Caribbean triangle between Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica. Charlie Newton is a wordsmith extraordinaire who writes like a poet." --Todd Merer, author of The Extraditionist
Three fierce women. A ghost ship's treasure. And a bone-chilling Caribbean warlord.
World War I rages. US marines storm Haiti's Banque Nationale, loot $26 million in gold, then vanish. A century later, clues surface during the demolition of a Chicago racetrack, pointing to the Corazón Santo--the notorious triangle of Havana, Kingston, and Port-au-Prince. Three fierce, vibrant women reunite to hunt the treasure, hoping it will buy their survival from a long-buried, catastrophic misjudgment. They conscript a streetwise Chicago horseplayer's help, then risk a return into the Caribbean's mangrove jungles and mountains that have tried to kill them before. The uneasy partners are quickly swallowed in a terrifying labyrinth of shadow government and modern-day piracy where a final choice will be forced upon them: gold, survival, or redemption?
Shocking evidence hits close to home for Miami PD’s Detective Harry Hunter as Willow Rose’s bestselling series continues.
Three women went on a road trip to Key West. Only two returned. When asked what happened, their stories don’t completely match.
Who is telling the truth?
What are they hiding?
Detective Harry Hunter of the Miami PD is in church on a peaceful Sunday morning when a young teenager pulls out a gun and shoots his own father.
Once the shock is gone, Harry starts to ask himself the question no one else seems to care about: What makes a young boy want to kill his own father?
When more blood is shed, Harry suspects there’s a secret buried in this town that no one wants unearthed. What are the people around him not telling him?
NO OTHER WAY is the third book in the bestselling Harry Hunter Mystery Series.
Lucas Davenport tracks a prolific serial killer in the newest nail-biter by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.
Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don't much care about a low-level guy--it's his boss they want--but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation.
Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese's rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves.
Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and--as Davenport will come to find--full of surprises . . .
If life begins at 40, then hers might just end at 45. She’s got herself a stalker and he’s everywhere she turns. Minor accidents and coincidences have Hana terrified. He’s playing games and she’s running out of places to hide.
And then there’s her disastrous love life. At the start of the school year, accident prone Hana drops the contents of her handbag at the feet of the new Head of English. She can’t believe her luck when the attractive Māori seems interested in her. Logan could be her perfect hero, but his past is hazy and he’s hiding something. When it looks like he's betrayed her, Hana's forced to make her hardest decisions alone.
So, which came first, Logan or the stalker? Hana needs to stay alive long enough to work it out.
Start reading About Hana today and lose yourself in this 10 book series set in stunning Aotearoa New Zealand.
Awarded a 5 star review by Readers' Favorite.
"Superb storytelling." Leanne
"I couldn't put this series down." Amazon Customer
"This series should be banned! I've done nothing but read all week!" Pintorider
Abby Maguire's first day in a new town and new job could be her last. Instead of writing about the weekend bake sale, she has to give a statement to the police. It seems the small town of Eden is not the idyllic place she'd imagined it to be. There's a killer on the loose but the finger of suspicion is pointed at Abby.
Sheriff Frank asks newly-minted private detective Charlotte to help him crack the case, but she has no idea those darn gingerbread men will start showing up everywhere. What did Santa do that made them so angry? And what's the secret in his colorful Christmas-themed bureau?
Charlotte is forced to split her time between searching for Santa's killer and helping Declan's crazy ex-Stephanie stop a corrupt district attorney in exchange for a book that could help solve more crimes in the future. She never thought she'd help calculating Stephanie with anything...but as this story comes to it's shocking ending, you'll find it could be Stephanie who's finally bitten off more cookie than she can chew...
If Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and the Golden Girls had a baby, it would be the Pineapple Port series. Fans of Lilian Jackson Braun, Jana DeLeon and Rita Mae Brown won’t be able to get enough of this wild, funny, thrilling corner of Florida!
(this one has a bit of a cliff-hanger, but don't kill me - #8 will be out soon!)
Madison Vickers is the prime suspect in the deaths of two men, one of whom is her abusive husband.
When the local sheriff brings in Detectives Daniels and Remalla to help with the case, Madison has to trust their investigation will go beyond her as the only suspect.
As troubled friends, a sad wife, and financially strapped husbands become potential murderers, Madison relies on her handsome attorney to see her through, but she must also confront the stranger who watches her from the woods and in her dreams, sending her strange messages.
Her survival depends on the two detectives, and a quirky woman with chunky jewelry who gives her long needed advice, and suggests the rabbit hole may be deeper than Madison realizes.
Will Madison crumble under the pressure and end up in prison for crimes she didn’t commit? Or will she find the strength to confront her demons, discover the truth, and bring a killer to justice?
Second Slice is book two in the Detectives Daniels and Remalla series. It can be read on its own but is best read after the first book in the series, First Cut.
Second Slice is a novel of suspense with unexpected twists, intriguing characters, and fast-paced action. If you love a book (and series) that keeps you reading late into the night, then pick up Second Slice today.
Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.
Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets—and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise—arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.
Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.
Revised edition: This edition of Mortom includes editorial revisions.
New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the cutting-edge world of gene-modification in this pulse-pounding new medical thriller.
When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses suddenly on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemic. Fearful of a repeat on the one hundredth anniversary of the nightmarish contagion, Jack autopsies the woman within hours of her demise and discovers some striking anomalies: first, that she has had a heart transplant, and second, that, against all odds, her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.
Although the facts don't add up to influenza, Jack must race against the clock to identify the woman and determine what kind of virus could wreak such havoc--a task made more urgent when two other victims succumb to a similar rapid death. But nothing makes sense until his investigation leads him into the fascinating realm of CRISPR/CAS9, a gene-editing biotechnology that's captured the imagination of the medical community. . . and the attention of its most unethical members. Drawn into the dark underbelly of the organ transplant market, Jack will come face-to-face with a megalomaniacal businessman willing to risk human lives in order to conquer a lucrative new frontier in medicine--and if Jack's not careful, the next life lost might be his own.
"A fast-paced noir thriller. The Ice Maiden deserves a spot at or near the top of your reading list.” –Best Thrillers
A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. Hiding in plain sight, the killer is clearly from the local community and plays a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman. He seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders.
“Casey Jones joins the ranks of smart and gutsy heroines. The South will never be the same. Don't miss her.”—Janet Evanovich
"Fast-paced and action-packed...The charm here lies in Munger's writing, which is silky-smooth and packs a wallop.”—I Love a Mystery
“She is smart, tough, and tenacious…a wonderfully entertaining read.”—Publisher’s Weekly
Big, badass Casey Jones, the smart-mouthed female PI with the thunder thighs and the bunny-soft heart, has everything you could possibly need to be an ace private investigator – except an investigator’s license.
Fifteen years ago, this hard-boiled babe walked out of a Florida prison after serving an eighteen-month sentence, sporting 160 pounds of “nobody kicks my ass” and a couple of inches of dark roots at the base of her bleach job (“simply to confuse people into underestimating me”) and swearing she’d never set foot in a prison or trust a man again. Trust, no. But by no means has she given them up. She can love with the best of them, but when it comes to lust she’s in a class by herself.
LEGWORK, Vol. 1
Author Munger masterfully blends nail-biting suspense with Casey’s hilarious wisecracking narration as she navigates an unsavory southern stew of crooked politicians, crooked business deals, old grudges, ancient crimes, and everyone’s favorite, dysfunctional families.
OUT OF TIME, Vol. 2
The family of a death row inmate just isn’t buying the story that she killed her cop husband, and they’ve hired North Carolina’s mouthiest female sleuth to save her from lethal injection—in a month.
MONEY TO BURN, Vol. 3
When a favorite client gets killed on her watch, Casey vows to find the killer no matter what killers, arsonists, rapists, and spoiled rotten socialites get in her way. Then, to the cynical sleuth’s chagrin—everyone all around her starts falling in love…just before Casey herself is smitten.
Always a rip-roaring romp, these will appeal to fans of all female sleuth mysteries—private eyes like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, as well as their tough and witty male antecedents. If you ever flipped over Philip Marlowe, Spenser, or of course, the immortal Wolfe and his buddy Archie, you’ll fall in love with their direct descendant, Casey Jones, Private Eye.
Be careful what you go looking for…
When troubled nurse Alina vanishes one night, it’s assumed she ran away from her violent husband. Until disgraced ex-teacher Emily Swanson moves into the couple’s former home.
Emily’s life is in ruins and she’s meant to be making a fresh start. But when she learns about the missing nurse, she sees a chance for redemption. Because finding Alina could help right the wrongs of Emily’s past. It could even mark the start of a new career in private investigation.
But what Emily doesn’t know is that Alina had a horrifying secret. One about the care foundation where she worked. And the closer Emily gets to uncovering the truth, the closer she gets to terrible danger.
Inspired by a shocking true crime, Next To Disappear introduces a thrilling, twist-filled series and a refreshingly different take on the private investigator genre.
Revised edition: Previously published as Lost Lives.
It’s been thirty years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house in upstate New York. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret.
Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, and alone since Molly died of cancer, suddenly begins getting strange and anonymous text messages—the first with just her name. Is Molly trying to communicate with her? Not possible, thinks Rebecca, who’s never believed in God or an afterlife.
And it couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was imprisoned for a similar crime at about that same time. Surely he’d still be in jail or dead by now—wouldn’t he?
But things get stranger. Rebecca’s art student Francis, an autistic savant, gives her a series of paintings he’s done. Rebecca, with increasing dread, realizes the sequence of scenes depicted in the paintings match the nightmares she’s had every night since the horrific ordeal three decades earlier. How could Franny know? Is it a ghostly warning of some kind?
Unnerved, Rebecca spills the whole frightening account of the abduction to her ex-husband and friend, Michael, who, dismayed by the story, vows to help sort out the mysterious texts and disturbing series of paintings.
What happens next is a frightening rollercoaster ride that builds up to a soul-shattering climax that will leave the reader checking the locks on their doors and windows…
Sherwood is a sleepy little town. A town full of friendly faces, and even friendlier neighbors.
Which is why FBI agent Emma Griffin isn't surprised when her new neighbor starts stopping by to chat.
Turns out her neighbor has a dark past and secrets that made her run.
As much as Emma wished it wasn’t true, dark past and secrets are things that she is far too familiar with, especially now more than ever.
A chilling unknown filled the air of Sherwood, Virginia.
Strange things are happening around Emma.
Things that no one can explain, and many don't believe.
And when Emma witnesses two figures hidden by sheer curtains, strangling a smaller figure.
A figure she can only assume to be Ruby's.
She becomes a witness to the murder of the girl next door.
But what do you do when no one believes that the girl even existed?
Emma’s world starts to spin, and she begins to wonder…
Is someone taunting her and taking lives to torment her? Or has she truly gone crazy?
The Girl Next Door is the fourth book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone.
Enjoy this box set containing 6 Whodunit stories full of humor and mystery from 5 USA Today and bestselling authors who have a clue. The set contains the following stories:
Who Shot the Serif? - Daisy Robyns
When hand letterer Jamie Lang's nemesis turns up dead, Jamie becomes the main suspect. She's prepared to go out with a flourish if that's what it takes to catch the real murderer. She's desperate to save her hand lettering business, but will her quest lead her right into a killer's snare?
The Secret of Seaside - Agatha Ball
Welcome to Seaside! A sleepy island village filled with sweet summer romance, colorful characters... and MURDER. When the town's founder washes up on the beach and her new flame is wrongly accused, aspiring baker Paige Comber must figure out whodunnit.
Vangie Vale & the Murdered Macaron - R.L. Syme
In a quaint mountain village, with its alpine architecture and sleepy, snowy streets, Vangie Vale thinks that starting a bakery will be a nice, quiet life. Making macarons and baking bundt cakes seems harmless, right? But when a movie star comes to town and his mysterious local connections tag Vangie's curiosity... what else can a girl do but get involved?
A Murder at the Country Club (A Canterbury Golf Club Mystery) -- Jessa Archer
On the night of the Canterbury Golf Club's First Annual Glow-ball Golf Tournament, Lady Captain Beatrice Yates argues with Ruddy Agani in front of all the members and invited guests because Ruddy can't get along with anyone. When he is found murdered on the golf club's seventeenth hole soon after, Beatrice becomes the prime suspect.
Stamped Out -- Tonya Kappes
Mail Carrier Bernadette Butler knows her customers better than their inner circle. From family secrets to hush hobbies and when one of Bernadette's customers shows up dead, a neighbor is the prime suspect. Bernadette knows that's not the killer...but other customers on her mail route have motive and she's putting her sleuthing skills to rip those southern secrets out from under the rug.
Peril in Pensacola - Lucy Quinn
Dora Winslow is having a tough day. Not only does she stumble upon a money laundering scheme, but the next thing she knows her boss is dead and she's the prime suspect. Fortunately, her best friend Evie is in her corner. With help from a hot chef, a friendly mailman, and a little white dog, Dora and Evie must balance the scales to save their bottom line.
Will Pollitt is broke. His marriage is over. His business is failing. And now his father and neighbors are turning up dead. WTF!
“A top-shelf crime thriller.” – BestThrillers.com
“I didn’t want to stop.” – Mystery Suspense Reviews
Gambling tore my marriage and family apart. All I have left is my marketing agency and my friend and business partner Robbie. He drinks too much.
If we don’t win this deal, a whole lotta bad is going to happen.
But I just found out my dad died. And his friends are dropping like flies! Sleepy Sandusky, Ohio is hiding a deep, dark secret.
I think everyone is in on it. But am I the one that’s crazy? Some people are trying to kill me! Am I going insane…or am I about to die?
50,000+ downloads and 90% recommended (Apple/Goodreads).
"…an entertaining and enjoyable read with many references to current events.” –IndieReader
Law enforcement agencies have chosen to ignore rather than investigate dozens of political figures and defectors who have died under mysterious circumstances. When a Democratic National Committee staff member is murdered before the presidential election, Washington, D.C. police is also uninterested in investigating the crime.
The President is well behind in the polls. Some powerful people want assurances that the President will never take the oath of office if he unexpectedly wins.
On Election Day, the Central Intelligence Agency Director uncovers treachery at the highest levels of his organization. A rogue group of senior intelligence officers may have exposed themselves for who they really are before disappearing with a secret experimental weapon. Mounting evidence suggests the President may be in peril but the Secret Service isn’t interested in conspiracy theories or implausible weapons with impossible capabilities.
Will CIA pilot Duncan Hunter save the President from a group of assassins?