Thrillers

Thrillers

Has the need for thrills lead you to our page to download free and discounted thriller ebooks? You’ve come to the right place. Satisfy your thrill seeking bones for bestselling thrillers in this category, and never pay more than what you should. We routinely feature the best authors of thriller ebooks, and they always promote their ebooks to you--for free or for a discount. 

 

Definition of "Thriller Genre": The thriller genre is very broad and can be difficult to define.  However, the focus of a thriller ebook is typically on action, danger and suspense.  The genre can be broken into an almost infinite number of sub-genres, including action thrillers (think Clive Cussler ebooks), romance thrillers, psychological thrillers (think Psycho by Hitchcock), science fiction thrillers, and spy thrillers, just to name a few.  Common elements can include car chases, gun shoot outs, explosions, or in the case of psychological thrillers, the elements of danger can be related to the mental manipulation of characters by other characters.  It is an expansive genre, and one of the most popular at eBookHounds.

 

Some examples of the best thriller authors and ebooks of all time: Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), Robert Ludlum (The Bourne Identity), Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain), John Grisham (Time to Kill), John D. MacDonald (Cape Fear); James Patterson (Kiss the Girls).  As you can see, ebooks in the thriller category vary widely in their substance, and the sub-genres can almost be considered genres of their own!

No Name Key

by Jessica Argyle


All Elle wants is a little land to call her own. And she has earned it, finding a measure of peace on a lonely isle near the bottom of the Florida Keys. But others have their own designs, especially Billy, her deadbeat, absent husband who could show up any time to claim her or maliciously destroy what he cannot have.


In 1935, as Labor Day approaches, a storm is brewing that will alter Elle’s life and the landscape of the Florida Keys forever. How far will Elle go to protect the little that she has? And if she does the unimaginable, can she keep her freedom?

In the great depression of the 1930’s, No Name Key is still unconnected to the mainland; wild weather, desperate characters and treacherous swamp, a woman has got to use all her strength just to survive.

Set against the backdrop of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the Florida Keys, a desperate Elle puts Billy on the last ferry out, on the morning of the storm.

Or did she?

Mrs. Rowlands, Billy’s wealthy paramour believes that Billy may have suffered an even worse fate. But just what did she see, and what will she find out?
And who else remained with Elle on that small island, shut in while the hurricane raged?

Praise for No Name Key
T.D. Allman, award winning author of Finding Florida says "In this book you learn trees as well as mean men and hurricanes can kill you. Elle, the book's protagonist, is as tough and amoral as the crabs that crawl and consume their way through Jessica Argyle's narrative. As one particularly startling gustatory scene demonstrates, that's not all she has in common with the crustaceans. One blustery night in France, I read No Name Key cover to cover, glad I'd locked the door and closed the shutters."


REVIEW BY C.S. GILBERT for KONK LIFE, Key West

Beyond the historical, the book is a hymn to survival, particularly through the eyes of Elle Woodman, whose will to live is tested even before the hurricane, a Category Five monster recently deemed the most destructive hurricane in the history of the United States. Counterpoint to this monster is the much smaller monstrosity of Billy Woodman, Elle's husband.
For the contemporary survivor, Elle is a heroine to look up to, even if the view be divided equally between horror, awe and admiration.
It is in the aftermath of the storm that the tension builds; No Name Key becomes peopled by spirits, benign and not, and returning visitors with muddy motives. The mix of Christian and pagan – or certainly homely superstition --- is the defining spice of the dish; they come to serve as Elle's primary motivation.
Argyle's narrative is strong and sometimes lovely; doubting herself, Elle identifies with the cat that is “all swagger and little substance.” With little dialogue, Elle's story moves forward as a small, sturdy boat in a choppy sea, becoming more and more compelling as the journey continues.

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The Practical Navigator

by Chris Crowley


Perfect for fans of Scott Turow and John Lescroart, The Practical Navigator is a smart, fast-moving legal thriller where everyone’s motives—and desires—are in question.

Membership in the Great Arcadia, an exclusive East Coast yacht club, is pretty much limited to the rich and powerful in 1980s business, finance, and politics. But the sexually charged murder of Greek billionaire George Minot during their annual regatta off the coast of Maine opens a door into a secret world of addictive sexuality and excess beneath the starched sheets of the East Coast establishment.

Tim Bigelow is looking forward to spending a week at sea with the magical Cassie Sears, who has suddenly appeared in his life. He’s also there to celebrate his older brother, Harry—the retiring commodore of the Great Arcadia who’s on course for a major role in the White House. That prospect slips away when Minot is murdered and details start to come out, including the alarming fact that Minot saw himself as a latter-day embodiment of the Minotaur—the half-man, half-bull creature who lurked in the Labyrinth beneath the ancient city of Knossos in one of the oldest myths in the Western canon.

From the decks of the world’s finest yachts to the beds and boardrooms of some of the most powerful people in America to an electrifying courtroom trial in a dying coastal town, The Practical Navigator steers a course through its own labyrinth . . . a whirlpool of obsessive sexuality, murder, and despair.

 

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Missions

by Marc McGuire


"Just how I like my thrillers." –San Francisco Book Review

An explosion in the heart of Paris launches a French-American investigation that propels Doyle O’Gara, a computer scientist at a technology supplier to the CIA, from the periphery of the war on terrorism into its moral nerve center and toward a disastrous miscalculation that transforms his life. As the suspense-filled investigation leaps from one surprising clue to the next, Doyle O’Gara hurtles toward a dilemma of conscience that defines him and the country he serves.

 

 
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A Friend Like That: A Gripping Psychological Thriller

by Marissa Finch


I should wonder why I feel so comfortable with Taylor. Why I’m so enamored with a stranger I met at a bar.

I should, but I don’t.


Alice Brewster is at a low point. After being let go from her job at the ritzy Grant Hotel, she’s taken to hiding out at a dingy Manhattan pub just so that she won’t have to tell anyone the shameful truth.

So when blonde, beautiful Taylor waltzes in one sunny afternoon, Alice is ready for the distraction of an unpredictable new friend.

As Alice and Taylor get closer, Alice confesses the real reason she lost her job — a hotel guest, the wealthy real estate mogul Weston Chambers, assaulted her.

But while Alice wants sympathy, Taylor’s rage is white hot.

We could kill him, she says.

Alice thinks she’s joking. Of course she’s joking.

But then Weston Chambers turns up dead.

And Taylor is nowhere to be found.

Now Alice is the prime suspect in the murder. But can she track down Taylor — and unravel the truth about her new friend’s real motives — before it’s too late?

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Malevolent (Shaye Archer Series Book 1)

by Jana DeLeon


From New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the first in a new thriller series.

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer’s past. Including Shaye.

Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any.

And maybe someday, answers for herself.

Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma…playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind.

To kill Emma.

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Red Storm Rising: A Suspense Thriller

by Tom Clancy


From the author of the Jack Ryan series comes an electrifying #1 New York Times bestseller—a standalone military thriller that envisions World War 3...

A chillingly authentic vision of modern war, Red Storm Rising is as powerful as it is ambitious. Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle on land, sea, and air for ultimate global control. It is a story you will never forget. Hard-hitting. Suspenseful. And frighteningly real.

“Harrowing...tense...a chilling ring of truth.”—TIME

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Sweet Southern Magic: Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Books 1-3

by Amy Boyles


Three full-length novels.
600 pages of reading.
Sweet Southern Magic
 includes the first three books in the Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries series--SOUTHERN MAGIC, SOUTHERN SPELLS & SOUTHERN MYTHS.

SOUTHERN MAGIC
It only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket!
In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home.
It's the worst day of her life.

But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud.
Too bad the shop is a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn’t like animals—not even a teensy bit. Determined to sell the shop and get the heck out of town, Pepper’s plans go haywire when a local storeowner winds up dead and Pepper gets accused of murder.
Thrust into a magical mystery, Pepper teams up with a mysterious private detective and a cat so traumatized by the murder that she’s not talking—and that cat could hold the key to Pepper’s innocence.

Now Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict ten p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun.
Sounds like a simple day in the life—as if. Can Pepper solve the mystery or will she become the next victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer? And most importantly, will Pepper learn to love the animals she’s in charge of?

SOUTHERN SPELLS
All Pepper Dunn wants is a quiet life in the witchy town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama. But when the Cotton and Cobwebs Festival arrives, her dream goes up in smoke. This year, grandmother Betty is determined to win the award for best magical creature against Melbalean Mayes, the contest matron. To win, Betty needs Pepper’s help.

But when Melbalean winds up dead and Betty is accused of the murder, Pepper is thrust into one role she never expected—she must complete a list of chores that keeps her town running.

Pepper has her hands full—she must ensure the safety of her town, try to clear Betty’s name, and make sure no one else winds up a victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer. Can she do it? Or will she become the next victim?

SOUTHERN MYTHS
Just when Pepper Dunn starts accepting her ability to communicate with animals she’s thrown for a loop—an egg containing a baby dragon winds up on her doorstep.

Convinced the creature will grow up to become a destructive force of nature, Pepper gives the dragon to the first person interested in buying—a traveling magician named Mysterio, who claims he can communicate with the dead.

Relieved to be free of the creature, Pepper’s world turns upside down when Mysterio reveals that he has a message for Pepper—from her dead mother. Pepper can’t wait to discover what it is. But before she has a chance to find out, Mysterio is murdered.

Left with a set of clues, Pepper is determined to discover the information her mother wanted her to know. But will untangling the mess of clues lead Pepper on the right path, or will it lead her straight into the hands of the murderer?

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Kings and Killers

by E.J. Liston


If you mess with a Devil, there will be hell to pay…

Mike Monroe’s Marine Corps platoon are more than just fellow Devils. They’re family. Rowdy, tough, and tight-knit, despite their differences, they have each other’s backs no matter what. After all, they’ve trained together, fought together, killed together, and celebrated many a drunken night together. Nothing can come between them.

Until a double date turns into an ambush, one with dire consequences for all involved. But who attacked them, and why?

Family and friends of the Devils rush to their side. Bonds and ties are relied on. As the hidden motives behind the incident are slowly revealed, long-buried secrets are exposed that put the lives of everyone involved at risk . . . and threaten the very fabric of the brotherhood itself.

Book One of the Scarlet and Gold Series. Debut novel.
www.ejliston.com

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Bolder Blindsided: A Zack Bolder Supernatural Thriller (Book 1) (Zack Bolder Series)

by Janice Tremayne


An Australian alpine ghost town. A priest turned supernatural detective. A missing persons cold case. Will Bolder track down the voracious demon?

When Detective Wellock hushers in Zack Bolder to investigate a missing person case in the Australian ghost town of Walhalla, they form a formidable tag team of supernatural crime investigators, working for the police branch for unexplained crimes. Perched amongst the alpine area, this tourist backed ghost town is renowned for its gold mining past and stories of hardship, deprivation, and death. It becomes a perfect setting for an unexplained missing person's cold case.

When Bolder realizes every demon has a weakness—it’s blindside, he confronts the demonic presence, head on for an ultimate encounter to save the town. As this evil entity is sly as a fox with more turns that a two-mile racetrack, Bolder must be at his best to overcome the devil that has cursed the town since 1876.

Can Bolder uncover the curse that strangleholds the town and thrust out the evil entity before more innocent people go missing and suffer an imminent fate?

Bolder Blindsided is the first book of the Zack Bolder Supernatural Thriller Series. If you like a fast-moving, energetic, and nail-biting supernatural thriller guaranteed to raise your heartbeat, then you will love this story by 2020 USA Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Finalist in Supernatural Fiction, Janice Tremayne.

Pick up your copy today and meet Zack Bolder!

 

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The Finn Files: The First Three Mr. Finn Cases

by Trace Conger


When finding criminals is your business, it's easy to make a killing. 

This collection contains the first three books in The Finn Files series by the award-winning author Trace Conger. 

Finn Harding (Mr. Finn to his clients) specializes in finding people who don't want to be found. Stripped of his P.I. license, Finn begins working for the type of clientele who operate in the shadows, pay in cash, and don't care if he's licensed or not.

Finn takes on challenging cases and soon finds out that while working with criminals has its advantages, staying alive isn't one of them. Trace Conger delivers sharp-edged and gritty tales of crime, murder, and family. These are fast-paced crime thrillers that hold nothing back.

The Finn Files include:

1. The Shadow Broker (WINNER of a Shamus Award for Best Indie P.I. Novel)

2. Scar Tissue

3. The Prison Guard's Son

"Dark, twisted, and remarkably clever. Trace Conger is establishing himself as one of the most original voices in crime fiction." - Gregory Petersen, author of Open Mike. 

"The Mr. Finn series breathes new life into the P.I. genre...These are some of the most fully realized characters I've encountered in a long time, and this is one of the best detective series I've ever read." - Gumshoes, Gats and Gams 

"Conger's writing is direct. It moves clearly and quickly, perfect for thrillers... With Finn, Conger has created a distinctive and most likely enduring main character..." - Ronald Tierney, author of the Deets Shanahan Mysteries.

 
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Cop or Killer? (A Luca Mystery Book 6)

by Dan Petrosini


Breaking the law to protect your family seems reasonable...until its not.

Detective Luca’s life is shattered when he’s accused of a revenge killing.

A corpse turns up and it doesn’t look good for Luca. The body belongs to someone who harassed his precious Mary Ann, and the circumstances of death point a grisly finger at Luca. Suspicion spreads quickly that he has morphed into a killer and he's black balled.

But Luca's problems don’t end there. While he scrambles to prove his innocence in the murder case, a mortal enemy is on the loose and has him in his cross hairs. Its a vicious serial killer he once put behind bars, a psychopath hell-bent on revenge.

Luca has nowhere to turn for help. With the department closing in one side and an escaped serial killer on the other, Luca is left on his own to clear his name and capture the escapee before he gets to Luca.

Failure means he loses his freedom – or his life.           

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Girl Under Water

by Tim McBain


Her numb fingers scrabble over upholstery, over metal, over glass, searching for a way out. Water stings her eyes as she’s dragged downward, clinging to her last breath as she’s absorbed into the cold dark below…

When Gloria Carmichael’s body is found broken and bleeding on the sidewalk just days after knocking on Detective Charlie Winters’ door begging for help to locate her father’s will, Charlie’s instinct is confirmed: her latest case is about more than just a simple family feud.

The Carmichaels are famous in Salem Island for their large family and charitable work, but, moments before she died, beautiful, trustworthy eldest daughter Gloria called Charlie to say she had uncovered a terrible secret that would break the mystery of her father’s death wide open.

With the voice of her murdered sister ringing in her ears—pushing her to risk everything to bring justice to the innocent—Charlie takes matters into her own hands. She won’t let another family break apart like her own, and she knows the answers she needs are hidden somewhere inside the Carmichael home.

But as Charlie races to confront her main suspect—a file containing evidence that will devastate the Carmichael family on the car seat beside her—she’s rammed off the road and over the edge of a nearby cliff. Fighting for breath in a sinking car, Charlie has to survive or other innocent lives will be taken. Everyone involved is keeping secrets, but only one twisted soul is prepared to kill to keep theirs…

An addictive crime thriller with twists at every turn, you won’t know what hit you after you’ve finished Girl Under Water. A perfect read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster ride for anyone who adores Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Mary Burton.
 

Readers love Girl Under Water:


WOW!!!… I absolutely loved this book… So many twists, turns and shocking revelations revealed!... Mind blown and totally shocked with the ending that I would have not guessed in a million years!!… Loved the twist!’ Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews

A thrill-a-minute ride which left me guessing right to the conclusion… I totally loved and can highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Full of suspenseful twists and turns that kept me glued to my kindle…’ @lianareadsblog

Completely addicted… I literally haven't been able to put it down… devoured this entire book in just one sitting… had me on the edge of my seat and I literally feel as though I have been on a rollercoaster made me hold my breath and feel completely on edge.’ Little Miss Book Lover 87, 5 stars

A hell of a twist… completely captivating… I just could not put it down!’ Goodreads reviewer

Totally had me gripped a nail-biting crime thriller that well and truly had me hooked.’ @Juliel476, 5 stars

Awesome!... Wow!! It grabbed me from the very beginning.1, 2, 3... Homerun!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Elevated Madness and Other Stories

by John D. Ottini


The real world is filled with people who live quiet, productive, uneventful lives. These are not the characters you’ll meet in author John D. Ottini’s world of twisted fiction.


Elevated Madness & Other Stories consists of 11 short stories that will amuse, shock, and enlighten you. The twists and turns in each story will keep you guessing until the conclusion, where you’ll be left shaking your head and wondering, “Why didn’t I see that coming?”

Stories Include:

Find out why a casual meeting in the elevator of a downtown office building turns into “Elevated Madness.”

In “A Brotherly Game of Chess,” two brothers use a game of chess to settle a deadly score.

The simple and seemly idyllic farm life of Abe and Dell masks a dark secret in “Life among the Fireflies.”

In “Late Night Killer,” a mysterious object and a late night visitor with deadly intentions turns one man’s life into a living hell.

A mystery author discovers in “Smoke & Mirror” that she’s not the only one who can craft a heart stopping surprise of an ending.

In “Professor Homeless,” a teenager discovers that a chance meeting is not what it appears to be.


And much more!

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The Widow (Serenity's Plain Secrets Book 9)

by Karen Ann Hopkins


Some Amish communities aren’t so cozy.


The Widow is the next installment to the Serenity’s Plain Secrets’ mystery/crime thriller series.

Is it suicide or murder?

A young Amish widow turns up dead in Blood Rock and Sheriff Serenity Adams investigates in this gripping new whodunit mystery.

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ShadowCast

by V.P. Morris


Dakota Kilroy, a 28-year-old investigative journalist, is haunted by the unsolved disappearance of her best friend, Maddy Montgomery who went missing at the age of fifteen. When financial difficulties force her to move back home to Santa Monica, CA, she cannot take the unanswered questions anymore. Determined to find out what happened to Maddy, Dakota starts ShadowCast, a true crime podcast to publicize the case. But little does she know the man responsible for Maddy’s disappearance all those years ago is listening in and tampering with her investigation.

ShadowCast is a psychological thriller with page- turning suspense, a story that praises the value of friendship and the fearless pursuit of justice.

 

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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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Behind Picketwire

by M. Day Hampton


Behind Picketwire is the book readers are calling “one of the best books I've read,” and raving, “this book draws you in and doesn't let go.”

Red Johnson is a cantankerous sixty-eight-year-old man. After suffering a fall, he wakes to find himself alone in the world with no evidence of human existence other than his house and his dog, Jake. Desperate to find a way back to his family and the world he knew, Red journeys across the country in hopes of finding someone, anyone to help him. As he searches the vast wilderness and struggles for survival, he reflects on the life he took for granted. Meanwhile, his own history begins to unfold before him in the form of strange memories and hauntingly vivid dreams. They make him yearn for what he had, and fall in love with his wife all over again. As Red struggles alone through the wilderness, he comes face to face with a hidden family history that completely changes his past...and his future.

We are all on a journey to find meaning, and Behind Picketwire is one man’s struggle through the wilderness to know himself and to finally see his life in stunning clarity.

 

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Maniacal: A Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Book 1

by C.M. Sutter


A page-turning debut in the fashion of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, Maniacal is a police procedural thriller fueled by the drive of Detective Jade Monroe to apprehend the bad guy and bring him to justice—no matter what the cost.

Dime reached into his pocket and felt the cold steel. He thumbed the release on the switchblade as he pulled it out. He reached from behind and, with a hand on Morris’s forehead and a quick, silent swipe, it was over. Dime breathed a deep sigh and shrugged. “Sorry, man, it wasn’t personal. I just needed the practice—it’s been a while. You’re a means to an end, I guess one would say.”

Sleepy little North Bend just woke up.

The newly promoted Sergeant Jade Monroe, and her partner, Detective Jack Steele, have just been informed of an unidentified male body found at a local lake. The town is in an uproar. The victim was nearly decapitated, and murder simply doesn’t happen in North Bend.

As more bodies turn up, the single connection between all of the victims becomes clear—it’s Jade, herself.
With each new victim getting one step closer to Jade, time begins to tick away. She must find the person responsible before her loved ones, or herself, are targeted next.

Note: All Jade Monroe books are standalone stories but since characters carry over, they are best read in chronological order.

Series One - Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series
#1 Maniacal
#2 Captive
#3 Fallacy
#4 Premonition
#5 Exposed

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Victim of a Delusional Mind: A Dark and Disturbing Thriller

by K. J. North


Tragedy enters the quaint coastal town of New Haven, Oregon when the recently released convict,

Ross Conrad, vows to make good on a ten-year-old threat.
Private Investigators, Troy and Eva Winters take on the case when they realize their good friend, Jasmine, is the object of his delusional obsession.

When the threat becomes deadly and Jasmine turns up missing, Troy and Eva go on the hunt for Ross and his captive.
The chase leads them from the Oregon coast to the dense forest of Puget Sound, Washington. Following clues and evidence of bodies left behind, Troy and Eva must find Jasmine before her time runs out.


Private Investigators Troy and Eva Winters Thriller Series books are listed in chronological order below
#1 Victim of a Delusional Mind
#2 Dead Man's Money
#3 Every Last Drop



Editorial Review
“Husband-and-wife private investigators Troy and Eva Winters split their time between their investigation work and their more leisurely pursuit as innkeepers on the coast of Oregon. They befriend a new guest, Jasmine, and when they learn she’s on the hit list of a newly released criminal, the tension soars. Well-drawn, immensely likable characters and an outstanding sense of place mark this intriguing, fast-paced thriller.” Angela M., Line Editor, Red Adept Editing

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Scavenger Hunt

by Charles Welch


On the morning of Rachel’s wedding anniversary, she finds her husband gone, and an envelope on his pillow. She is to solve the clue in the envelope to find the next clue. Each clue will lead to another until she finds her husband and her anniversary surprise. Excited to celebrate their day, she solves the first riddle and finds the next clue. As one clue leads to another, the tasks become harder and the clues hint at a more devious plan. A terrible reality dawns on her as she realizes she must complete the game to its end to save her marriage and possibly her life. Rachel’s adventure is not the celebration she imagined, and the creator of the game has a different prize in mind. At the end of the game, he waits for her to complete his revenge. But who created the game? Why does he seek revenge? And who will be waiting for her at the end of her Scavenger Hunt?

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