Christian Murder Mystery – The Actress

The ActressThe Actress–A Christian Murder Mystery
By Michael Hicks Thompson
Publisher: Shepherd King Publishing
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 978-0984528240
ASIN: B01N1O18CH
Genre: Christian Murder Mystery
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Early 1960s. The most famous actress in America, Talllulah Ivey, is in the Mississippi Delta to film a controversial move. A prominent local citizen is shot and killed outside her bedroom window. A note is found clenched in the dead man’s hand. The note holds the key to Ivey’s guilt or innocence. Was it self-defense? Murder? Or something else? Martha investigates the who, what, and why in this twisty, suspenseful murder mystery, embedded with a Paulinian allegory.

This story could be told only by me—Martha McRae. I’m the publisher and sole writer for the Bethel County Gazette.

I also run a boarding house in Solo, Mississippi. We’re just a dot on a map in the center of the Delta. Land so level and wide you could see the sun rise in the east and set in the west. Cotton and cornfields stretched as far as our eyes could see.

We’d always been a speck of a town–too small for any stop signs, much less a stoplight.

Somehow, Solo seemed to maintain a constant 310 souls. Births replacing deaths.

Deaths. We had more than our fair share three years ago when Satan paid us a visit. You can read about those murders in The Rector.

Here we are again, though, in the land of rich stories and good dirt.

Only this time, there’s a celebrity in our midst.

The Solo series reads like Agatha Christie and C.S. Lewis collaborated on a series of murder mysteries that include theology and an allegory. Think of Aslan in Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Aslan represents Jesus. Biblical characters in the Solo series are Jesus, Martha, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, and Satan.

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Mystery, Detective, Thriller – Lights Out Summer

Lights Out SummerLights Out Summer
By Rich Zahradnik
Publisher: Camel Press
Release Date: October 2017
ISBN: 978-1603812139
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Thriller
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In March 1977, ballistics link murders going back six months to the same Charter Arms Bulldog .44. A serial killer, Son of Sam, is on the loose. But Coleridge Taylor can’t compete with the armies of reporters fighting New York’s tabloid war—only rewrite what they get. Constantly on the lookout for victims who need their stories told, he uncovers other killings being ignored because of the media circus. He goes after one, the story of a young Black woman gunned down in her apartment building the same night Son of Sam struck elsewhere in Queens.

The story entangles Taylor with a wealthy Park Avenue family at war with itself. Just as he’s closing in on the killer and his scoop, the July 13-14 blackout sends New York into a 24-hour orgy of looting and destruction. Taylor and his PI girlfriend Samantha Callahan head out into the darkness, where a steamy night of mob violence awaits them.

In the midst of the chaos, a suspect in Taylor’s story goes missing. Desperate, he races to a confrontation that will either break the story—or Taylor.

Book 4 in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series.

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Sci-fi Murder Mystery – Quantum Murder

Quantum MurderQuantum Murder
By Lesley L. Smith
Publisher: Quarky Media
ISBN: 978-0986135040 (print)
ISBN: 978-0986135057 (ebook)
ASIN: B01GZ8YDPS
Genre: Science Fiction, Sci-fi Murder Mystery
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Can Quantum Mechanics kill?

When someone’s murdered, seemingly via her discovery, physicist Madison Martin knows it’s her responsibility to bring the killer to justice.

Madison resumes her quantum cop role to help the local cops and the F. B. I. investigate everything from quantum panty raids to impossible heists and increasingly bizarre murders. As the q-crimes increase, she worries that reality itself is a goner.

When Madison’s nearly obliterated in a quantum duel she realizes she can’t handle it by herself. But this leads to another problem: does her overworked task force include the very criminal she’s trying to catch? And if so, can she take him down before it’s too late?

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Murder/Suspense – Murder Without Pity

Murder Without PityMurder Without Pity
By Steve Haberman
ISBN: 978-1483598666
ASIN: B0080UM456
Genre: Murder, Suspense
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Paris, France: dark with fog, riots of police killings, and Far Right demagogues.

Here state criminal investigator Stanislas Cassel, grandson of a French propagandist for the Nazis during World War II, works at the Palace of Justice. Ashamed of his family’s notoriety he avoids anything political. Instead he absorbs himself solving small crimes. Little does he suspect the shock awaiting him when he looks into the bizarre murder of a pensioner, who seemed to have lived an uneventful life. “Murder Without Pity”…a novel for today’s turbulent times.

Praise for Murder Without Pity”
“…an unusual and gripping novel, superbly written and a thought-provoking pleasure to read.” Stephanie D.,  Readers Favorite

“…a page turner…” Annabel Hart, Lonely Planet’s Paris Travel Guide

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Murder Mystery/Thriller – The Butcher’s Bill

The Butcher's BillThe Butcher’s Bill
By Martin Roy Hill
ISBN: 0692802932
Genre: murder mystery, thriller, crime
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In Iraq, a shipment of $9 billion in cash goes missing. Each effort to find it ends in death. In Southern California, a mercenary’s murder, a severed head, and a bloody hand-written message spark a massive manhunt.

The man connecting these two events is William Butcher, aka The Butcher. Those who stole the money want him dead. The cops want him for murder. Butcher’s only hope is his former NCIS colleague and closest friend, Linus Schag.

Torn between loyalties, Schag walks the thin line between doing his job or betraying his friend. Working from opposite ends, Schag and Butcher peel back the layers of conspiracy, revealing a criminal enterprise reaching into the highest levels of government.

Torn from today’s headlines, the plot of The Butcher’s Bill ranges from the California mountains to the waters of the Pacific, and will keep readers on edge until its final, explosive climax.

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Mystery – A French Quarter Violet

A French Quarter VioletA French Quarter Violet
By E.J. Findorff
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 978-1520816456
ASIN: B01MRANDHD
Pages: 274
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Psychological
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Officer Violet Babineaux is called to the scene of a suicide where she finds her childhood friend Charlotte Labarre lying on a blood-soaked couch with a gun in her hand. Violet believes she could have prevented her suicide with a simple call. While placed on administrative leave, guilt drives her to investigate on her own, starting with Psychology Professor Daniel Russo who had an inappropriate relationship with Charlotte, his student. Violet portrays a vulnerable facade to entice his interest, however she falls for his charms. And Dr. Russo’s news of Charlotte’s secret diary threatens to blow the case wide open.

Unsure about Dr. Russo’s involvement, Violet presents a bold conspiracy theory involving cops to her partner Lenny Blake, but he and Homicide Detective Walter Wild dismiss her despite the evidence. When Violet finally acquires an elusive piece to the puzzle, the answers are far worse than not knowing.

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