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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.
“Murder!” he meowed.
Elderly amateur sleuth Lillian Hardcastle and her clever cat, Saber, are visiting Lillian’s sister to help her after an accident. It’s what sisters do.
Lillian knew they’d argue like they always did. But murder?
She’s shocked to find a dead neighbor in the middle of her sister’s living room. Why did the woman break in? And who killed her?
It’s time for Lillian to pick up her spyglass and Saber to prowl for clues. A killer is on the loose.
It will take one clever cat and one canny older woman to solve the purr-fect murder.
Meowing for Murder is the first novel in A Clever Cat Detective Series. Saber and Lillian first appeared in Bassets and Blackmail (A Dog Detective Series Novel.)
If you like an adorable and smart furry detective with a bit of attitude, you'll love this cozy mystery whodunnit.
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Mary Stewart, one of the great British storytellers of the 20th century, transports her readers to rural Northumberland for this tale of romance, ambition, and deceit - a perfect fit for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym.
'There are few to equal Mary Stewart' Daily Telegraph
'Mary Stewart is magic.' New York Times
Whitescar is a beautiful old house and farm situated in Roman Wall country. It will make a rich inheritance for its heirs, but in order to secure it, they enlist the help of a young woman named Mary who bears remarkable resemblance to missing Whitescar heiress, Annabel Winslow. Their deception will spark a powder-keg of ambition, obsession and long-dead love.
The ivy had reached for the tree and only the tree's upper branches managed to thrust the young gold leaves of early summer through the strangling curtain. Eventually the ivy would kill it . . .
'One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century' Independent
'The Ivy Tree has the ideal thriller blend of plot, suspense, character drawing and good writing' Daily Express
A Christmas mystery where Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY Best-Selling author Amy Vansant has Pineapple Port's "Santa" found dead...wearing a gingerbread man costume...with a shelf-elf stuffed in his mouth... Just another day in Pineapple Port!
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?
"LOL Funny! I loved this book. Charlotte gets to help Frank on a case. Let's just say Gingerbread Men Reindeer and a whole lot of crazy. Oh I forgot the possum!! Read this book Janet Evanovich fan's will love this book." ~ Deborah Kesner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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!
(There is no cliffhanger for the Christmas mystery in this book. There are ongoing story sub-plots that run through the entire series, but all books in the series can be enjoyed as standalone.)
"This is such a witty episode. I actually laughed aloud at the opossum scene. The Christmas theme is an added plus that features heavily in the plot. I loved that the plot held 2 mysteries. Declan's psycho ex draws Charlotte into one of her court cases, and a dead body turns up. By the end of the book, that thread is left open, but doesn't detract from the read. As usual, this is a clean read with no sex and few curse words. It's also well-edited. Highly recommended." ~ Author Felicia Mires ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Oh my, so funny. So mysterious, angsty and funny. I love these mysteries and how all the pieces fall together. Add in a sweet love story (and a serial killer) and it doesn't get any better than this." ~ Marsha Jeanne Thalleen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Such a FUN Series! I have read all of the books in this series and enjoyed each story along the way. However, I have to say this has GOT to be my all time FAVORITE! I actually did LOL! If you're new to the series, start at book one!" ~ Gayle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Vansant's books are pure delight from the wonderful characters to the witty dialogue to her terrific plots. Treat yourself!" ~ Margie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wealth, fame, mistress, he had it all… only to be destroyed in a split second…
Is it fate? Is it karma?
Young Olivia’s car was fished out of the lake… How did it end up there?
Was it an accident, as most, including Sterling Quinn believed, or was it cold-blooded murder?
Armed with the most crucial forensic evidence, Sterling and her partner set out on the quest for truth.
Frustrated with the lack of progress, Olivia’s father takes matters into his own hands… regardless of the law…
That’s when things go seriously wrong…
Who’s the lady behind the mask? Who’s the man?
What’s their relationship with Harrison?
After Harrison’s favorite Maserati has been covered in the garage for weeks, his wife, Renee, discovers a shocking secret.
Everyone is keeping secrets, so dark and so many…
Sterling must get to the bottom of them all, FAST if justice is to be served.
A Best Book of the Year by NPR and Christian Science Monitor
Called “wholly engrossing” by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom, this “fully immersive” (Lisa Wingate, #1 bestselling author of Before We Were Yours) story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.
Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.
She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.
"...[a] beautifully written historical debut explores themes of identity and resistance...their gripping stories will stick with readers long after the last page." –BookLife Reviews - Editors Choice
"A mesmerizing novel, moving and intelligent.”–Kirkus Reviews
Hans believes he and his family are safe from persecution.
Then, he discovers his family's dirty secret: his maternal grandparents were Jews who converted to Christianity.
Driven by the desire to understand who he is and whether his mother's blood is tainted, Hans befriends Rebecca, the only Jewish girl he knows. Perhaps if Jewish blood isn't evil, his mother will be ok.
To be a Jew in Hitler's Germany is dangerous.
But to fall in love with one is unthinkable.
Desperate to keep both his family's true heritage and his love for Rebecca a secret, Hans attempts to navigate this terrifying new world. He's disconsolate when his Jewish mother is kicked out of the Berlin Conservatory. He's disgusted by his Aryan father's aims to acquire Jewish business on the cheap.
Worst, he must watch helplessly as his classmates target Rebecca with increasing violence and malice.
But when his school announces it will expel Jewish students, Hans is determined to fight for Rebecca — and the lives and souls of his family.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A beautifully written and moving historical fiction novel about a young boy coming of age during the beginning of the Nazi regime." -Reader's Choice
The early reader reviews are in - see what fans of Boris Glants' epic WW2 tale have to say:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A wonderful story of bravery, love, and the power of the human spirit. Highly recommend." –B. Evens, Netgalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A well-plotted and paced narrative with emotional themes and unrequited love during war time." –CE Williams, RosePoint Publishing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The characters felt like people that belonged in that time, I was so invested in their development. It was a respectful and beautifully done historical novel." –K. McLeer, Netgalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Hans is a tragic figure caught in a changing world. B.V. Glants provides great insight into the struggles faced by German youth." –D.Viscosi, Goodreads
It’s easy to be a nobody when you’ve got nothing to lose, but with his life and potential redemption on the line, can Monk be a somebody people will remember?
A dead man’s money is just waiting to be had. A band of fools and a nobody named Monk Buttman unwittingly find themselves caught in a web of murder and revenge between two unseen factions using them as bait. After a good day ends in murder, Monk is tasked with finding the killer. Why him? He’s a nobody! Stuck between powerful forces he can neither control or understand, Monk must survive both the fools and those pulling the strings while also dealing with the affections of two very different women, the troubled Agnes and the disaffected Judith, not to mention the irritation of his erstwhile partner, Mr. Jones. A beating forces Monk to question his own motives and to confront the past that led him to hide in LA. With love and life on the line, Monk must use his wits and guile for all of them to survive.
An animal communicator, a dead body, and furry witnesses with a story to tell... I’m Dr. Kallie Collins, a veterinarian who can communicate with animals. No, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Yes, it has landed me smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation. It all starts with a bone. A dog digs up the bone. A detective wants the bone. The dog wants to keep the bone. That’s where I come in. Instead of tranquilizing the dog as the skeptical detective suggests, I use an animal-communication technique and Voila! Tail wagging, the dog drops the bone, then leads me to the location of a complete human skeleton. Sheesh! Now I’m up to my ears in four-legged witnesses and trying to figure out who the killer is before it’s too late and another person disappears. I’m just hoping it won’t be me.
Book two of the critically acclaimed Colorado Skies series, Half-Told Truths weaves multiple mysteries into one seamless plot.
Kim Jackson is starting to get used to life on the run. In Durango, Colorado, she has found work as a part-time bookkeeper and as a live-in housekeeper for Lena Fallon, an ex-cop paralyzed in the line of duty. Kim’s old life as a corporate accountant—when she was framed for murder and forced to go on the run—feels far away until someone from her past spots her in the tourist town. Too soon, danger comes to her doorstep, reminding her that she can’t be safe while the man who set her up remains free.
Kim’s housemate and boss, Lena, is no stranger to the dark side of humanity. Lena is still reeling from the unsolved crime that ended her law enforcement career. She doesn’t give a damn about her latest housekeeper, until she senses Kim is hiding something. When Lena tries to pry out the truth, Kim demands to know why Lena isn’t solving the mystery in her own life: Who shot her, and why?
While Kim and Lena forge an uneasy alliance to investigate Lena’s case, a new face in town is playing a cat-and-mouse game with a dangerous man. As Kim and Lena come closer to finding answers, their paths cross with the newcomer, and they are left to wonder if the price of uncovering the truth is too high.
International #1 bestseller Jeffery Deaver delivers a sensational thriller in which a beautiful young country-pop singer is stalked by an obsessive fan who thinks her big hit song was written just for him, featuring Deaver's popular character California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance.
Kayleigh Towne’s music career is just reaching new heights with her huge hit single “Your Shadow”—but increased fame is also bringing unwanted attention. An innocent exchange with one of her fans, signed with an “XO,” leads Kayleigh into the dangerous and terrifying realm of obsession.
Edwin Sharp thinks Kayleigh’s songs contain messages that speak directly to him. Despite her clear rejection and threats from lawyers and law enforcers, he remains convinced that “Your Shadow” was written just for him, and he announces he’s coming for Kayleigh. Then a potentially fatal accident occurs at the concert hall where Kayleigh is rehearsing for a triumphant hometown performance, and she is convinced that someone—maybe Edwin—was there watching her from the darkness.
Speeding along over just three short days, this nail-biting thriller is filled with terrifying twists that will hold readers in rapt suspense until the final shocking revelation.
Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. 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 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.
Shee McQueen lives in her father’s hotel for ex-military mercenaries. Life is never easy...and never boring.
Bounty hunter Shee and her second-chance love / ex-Navy SEAL, Mason Connolly, are sent to the middle of Florida to protect the family of a retiring small-town drug lord, only to find the man’s dead wife on her way out on a gurney. When the “accident” feels more like murder and the husband is implicated, Shee and Mason remain to protect the man’s teenage son and daughter, neither of whom has any interest in making their job easier.
When a rival gang’s psychotic son kidnaps their client’s daughter, Mason’s expert extraction skills are put to the test as the danger level in tiny Kinache, Florida notches to the boiling point.
It seems their client has more family secrets than Shee and Mason counted on...
"Think Stephanie Plum goes to Florida. With Jack Reacher. Highly recommended.” — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carmen Amato, bestselling author of the Detective Emilia Cruz police series and 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Florida in Miami, Naval Academy graduate and Loggerhead Inn receptionist, Croix, has muscled her way into an FBI-backed art theft case alongside resident con artist, retired Army Captain, Ollie.
Secret family histories and dark obsessions twist both missions until they reach their explosive, gripping conclusions.
Not everyone will survive.
There are beings that live a shadow's breadth from our reality. They are the dreams and nightmares of humanity, the ancient seeds of fairy-tale and superstition.
These are the Immortals, creatures of magic that should live forever... and they are fading.
When a horror two thousand years dead returns to contemporary England, creatures long thought lost to myth and legend collide in a scramble for survival that could tumble civilisation back into the dark ages of blood and death.
If you like urban fantasy, ravening zombies, terrifying shapeshifters, scheming vampires, and vast supernatural worlds, you’ll love Immortals' Requiem!
Immortals' Requiem is a dark urban fantasy in a contemporary setting. The story is a fast paced adventure with strong characters in a vast world and has already won awards. Though there has been a recent trend within the genre towards young adult fiction, Immortals’ Requiem is written for adult audiences (due to scenes of violence, NOT erotica).
Please note, this book is written in the 3rd person from the point of view of various different characters. If your preference is for stories that follow a single character on their adventure then you might want to pass. However, if you are comfortable with multiple character timelines running in parallel that clash together with huge momentum... then you are in the right place!
Content Advisory: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains graphic violence.
Winner Of The Readers Favorite 5* Award
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OnlineBookClub.Org 4/4 Winner
Emily Henderson walks out of the West End Steak House and begins a journey that destroys her marriage, leaves her teetering on the brink of insanity, and may well cost her life.
Three days after Police Officers James Hunter and Philip Barnes kidnap, shoot, and leave Emily for dead, they are brutally murdered. Emily is charged with the crimes.
Coulter McBride has gained the reputation of being the guy to hire if your life is on the line. He swore to never again engage in the courtroom battles he once loved so much, but he agrees to take on the most important battle of his career.
Coulter's investigation brings to light four women, each with a strong motive for the murders. He moves through the labyrinth of the shadow side of these suspects to uncover the truth. The answer to the question which eludes him is why Emily was singled out by the policemen—who obviously meant to kill her.
A witness comes forward whose testimony destroys Emily's defense. Though all the evidence points to her guilt, Coulter still believes in her. Now all he has to do is trap a murderer.
More than 1400 pages of druids, dragons, demigods, and danger fill this modern Arthurian epic boxed set.*
Legacies are forged through sacrifice.
Book 1: Druid’s Dance (newly revised/edited edition)
Elijah Wadsworth lost his parents and twin sister in what he thought was little more than a tragic accident.
Five years later, when Elijah begins manifesting strange abilities—which he neither understands nor can control—he discovers his family has been at the center of a cosmic battle for centuries... and his family's death was likely no accident at all.
A mysterious "girl in black" with dark, magical abilities pursues him, hoping to lure him to her cause. After coming into possession of a mystical stone, which transports Elijah into his deceased father’s ancient memories, Elijah and his closest friends must discover the source of his power together lest his newfound abilities drain his very soul, and open up our world to the blight of Samhuinn.
When a girl he loves, however, is threatened he must make a choice to either save her by joining the sorceress, the "girl in black," or save the world.
Book 2: Bard’s Tale
Book 3: Ovate’s Call
BONUS: Rise of the Morrigan
Readers of Theophilus Monroe’s Voodoo Academy from the Gates of Eden: The Voodoo Legacy series will naturally adore the Druid Legacy. Combined with Celtic mythology and Arthurian lore, this druid urban fantasy is a compelling installment in the Gates of Eden world. With magical fantasy adventure romance, a snarky male hero, and a plethora of characters taken straight from Arthurain lore and the Celtic world of myth, this time travel epic fantasy will keep readers enthralled from start to finish.
Go up and click "READ FOR FREE" or "BUY NOW" to join Elijah, Emilie, and the rest on an adventure that begins a multi-series saga and universe.
*The 1400+ page estimate is based on Amazon's Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) count. The print edition has smaller print in order to make the book less cumbersome.
When a local art shop owner is murdered, Jessica Fletcher is surprised to once again be working alongside her old friend MI-6 agent Michael Haggerty to solve the case in the newest mystery in this USA Today bestselling series.
When Nelson Penzell, co-owner of a local art and treasure store in Cabot Cove, is murdered, the nail tech from Jessica Fletcher's favorite beauty parlor is the main suspect. After all, she's the one who ran out of the store screaming, covered in blood, and holding the murder weapon. Jessica is positive that despite the circumstances, Coreen can't possibly be guilty, and is determined to prove it.
When Michael Haggerty, handsome MI-6 agent and Jessica's old friend, is caught snooping around the victim’s home, it's quickly apparent to her that she was right. Nelson has always had a bit of a reputation for being a rake, but Haggerty is sure his sins go far beyond what anyone in town imagined. If she wants to clear Coreen's name, Jessica will have to work alongside Michael to find out who killed Nelson—and maybe help bust a crime ring in the process.
Some Killers Want More Than Blood
A mysterious man with a strange background, unique abilities, and a dangerous grudge. Three strangers, each of whom has lost a loved one through a series of brutal murders. One peculiar woman whose knowledge and intuition will connect each of them.
With the help of Detectives Daniels and Remalla, can they put the pieces together and expose the secrets of a killer before he seeks his revenge and destroys them all?
Enjoy the Family or Foe Saga, including First Cut, Second Slice, Third Blow and Fourth Strike.
If you love a charismatic partnership and thrillers with a supernatural element that keep you guessing until the end, then it's time to meet Detectives Daniels and Remalla.
Other Books in the Detectives Daniels and Remalla Series
Of Breath and Blood
Of Body and Bone
Of Mind and Madness
Of Power and Pain
Of Love and Loss
They say everybody has a double. What if yours is hunting you?
A cynical detective. A dangerous beauty. Estranged twins, one a recluse, the other a playboy — at least one of them insane.
McBride is an aging Boston private eye. Sylvia is his threatening and seductive partner. Gray hires them to find his brother before his brother finds him. The only clue is an unsourced photo of the twin in the stands at a Bruins game — or is it Gray himself? Increasingly convinced their client is either insane or playing a double game — or both — McBride and Sylvia chase dead-ends across Boston, New York, and hockey — and when Gray's doppelganger finally turns up (with the equally colorful name of Brown), Gray vanishes. The Brown version is every bit as odd as the Gray: but where Gray is paranoid, rootless, and secretive, Brown lives amidst an endless party in a suburban mansion. McBride arranges a meet — and that's when the cat-and-mouse game really gets weird.
In The Brothers Brown & Gray, Gary Glass twists noir fiction into strange new shapes that make for compulsive reading.
Get it — and clear your schedule. You won't want to put it down.
Most days it's manageable. No more than a quiet wondering around the edges of her mind. What has become of the baby she left behind? Smiling through the pain and suffering in silence, Leslie Laudon marches forward. Embracing the life skillfully designed by her husband Paul. Living right could be penance for an impossible choice made with an uneasy heart. Dutiful and anchoring, Leslie poured herself into her other children. Nurturing them through infancy, protecting them as toddlers, guiding them as teens. As her youngest child heads off to college with her suitcases and coordinating dorm room accessories, so goes Leslie’s identity. The chaotic life of a busy working mother threatens to become dangerously quiet. Quiet enough to hear the voices she’s tried to silence for decades.
Gwen Fox was adopted by two perfect people. Noel and Millie have always treated her the same as their two biological sons. Her parents love is strong and unwavering, yet a soul-deep ache still lingers. Plagued by an unnamed, hard to explain, longing Gwen could never shake. Riddled with doubt and dragged down by the undertow of unanswered questions, Leslie and Gwen both find their lives suddenly upended. One seeks the truth about the day she was born. The other seeks herself, the woman she was before motherhood. Before she made a choice to leave a piece of her heart lying asleep in the hospital nursery.
In this complex journey for answers, blame is abundant. Guilt is thick enough to choke on. Marriages are brought to the brink of disaster. As the ripples of the past vibrate through their lives, Gwen and Leslie realize there is no turning back. What they have put into motion cannot be stopped. The road toward the truth will be littered with casualties.
“You will not be disappointed if you take a journey around The Bend in Redwood Road. You will hang on every word wondering if resolution will be possible” Michele, 5 stars
"Stewart has a knack for creating rich, complicated characters. One standout is Leslie's daughter, Kerry, who is defiantly vocal about the issues within her family and laudably supportive of her mother. The author treads carefully around the subject of adoption, respectfully noting systematic issues while preserving the emotional complexities of Gwen's experience. Another intriguing feature is the romantic subplot" - Kirkus Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins, the latest riveting, deeply imaginative thriller in the Sigma Force series, told with his trademark blend of cutting-edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.
It begins in Africa . . .
A United Nations relief team in a small village in the Congo makes an alarming discovery. An unknown force is leveling the evolutionary playing field. Men, women, and children have been reduced to a dull, catatonic state. The environment surrounding them—plants and animals—has grown more cunning and predatory, evolving at an exponential pace. The insidious phenomenon is spreading from a cursed site in the jungle — known to locals as the Kingdom of Bones —and sweeping across Africa, threatening the rest of the world.
What has made the biosphere run amok? Is it a natural event? Or more terrifyingly, did someone engineer it?
Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are prepared for the extraordinary and have kept the world safe, vigilance for which they have paid a tragic personal price. Yet, even these brilliant and seasoned scientific warriors do not understand what is behind this frightening development—or know how to stop it. As they race to find answers, the members of Sigma quickly realize they have become the prey.
To head off global catastrophe, Sigma Force must risk their lives to uncover the shattering secret at the heart of the African continent—a truth that will illuminate who we are as a species and where we may be headed . . . sooner than we know.
Mother Nature—red in tooth and claw—is turning against humankind, propelling the entire world into the Kingdom of Bones.