Mystery/Gothic Mystery – Eye of the Moon

Eye of the MoonEye of the Moon
By Ivan Obolensky
Publisher: Smith-Obolensky Media
Release Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1947780002
ASIN: B0771WLMXF
Genre: Mystery, Gothic Mystery, Thriller
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Described as a “gothic mystery of the finest order” (IndieReader), an “ingeniously constructed… engrossing tale of mystery and magic” (Kirkus Reviews), “gripping, intense, thorough. Everything I wanted in a thriller, and then some.” (Nick Thacker, author). “In ambiance it rivals ‘Downton Abbey’, but the plot tells a far more intense and shocking story.” (Tom Hyman, author). “Filled with hidden motives, mysterious relics, and sinister unknowns, ‘Eye of the Moon’ evokes the drama of ‘Dynasty’ with the atmosphere of Manderley.” (Jennifer Whitman, professional bookseller, Barnes & Noble).

This debut mystery/thriller follows Percy and Johnny, raised like brothers but fractured from a past business deal gone terribly wrong, as they attend a five-day weekend house party celebrating a notable anniversary of Johnny’s parents. The initial concerns laid out in the first chapter swiftly morph into something far more sinister as they discover Johnny’s aunt Alice may have been murdered, and everyone in their party of family and friends have secrets and high-stakes agendas. Suddenly thrust into the center of the maelstrom, Percy has to face demons (literally and figuratively) and discovers true friendship, redemption, and love.

“… Obolensky conjures a remarkably imaginative tale, seamlessly juxtaposing the quotidian and the magical in a way that renders the latter mesmerizingly plausible. Johnny and Percy’s headlong march into the occult world that may have destroyed Alice is shockingly inadvisable and yet seems to make sense all the same. In addition, the author has a morbid gift for the deion of human turpitude that simultaneously inspires both revulsion and awe… Alice’s complex character powerfully emerges as the plot’s tonal center, a bewitching amalgam of moral strength, intellectual vitality, and a lust for life. Likewise, Stanley is far more than meets the eye, and Obolensky skillfully portrays him with literary restraint, leaving the reader to deliciously wonder if he’s truly a friend or a secret foe… the story as a whole remains a transfixing one, ingeniously constructed. Despite its length, an engrossing tale of mystery and magic.” -Kirkus Reviews

“A gothic mystery set in 1977–involving the occult, stolen treasure, family secrets, and financial sabotage–‘Eye of the Moon’ is sumptuous in its deion of white-tie dinner parties and sexual tensions with baronesses, and sharp in its maneuvering of several secret puzzles at once.

“When Johnny Dodge knocks on Percy’s door and asks him to help uncover whether they’ve accidentally drunk the bottles of ChAteau Lafite 1959 that Johnny’s parents were saving for their anniversary, Percy should have known that more than fine wine would be opened during a weekend in Rhinebeck, the Dodge family estate that always felt a bit peculiar. Soon the best friends are deep in a mystery involving the questionable death of Johnny’s aunt Alice, the occult, hidden paternity, and high-stakes financial risk–all over the course of a weekend party at the unsettling estate.

“The mysteries are finely woven together and readers must think fast on their feet if they hope to keep up with the meticulous minds of the weekend guests. Percy is a capable protagonist for this high-stakes maneuvering, and half of the fun is reading his deions of the five-course meals served by Dagmar and the fine liquors decanted by Stanley, who run the house for the Dodges. The style occasionally sounds better fit for the 1940’s than the 1970’s, but it fits the tone of the book…” -IndieReader, 4.7 stars, IR approved

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Crime Thriller – PREDICTABLE VIOLENCE

PREDICTABLE VIOLENCEPREDICTABLE VIOLENCE
By Gillean Campbell
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 978-1549542886
ASIN: B0747NSC6K
Genre: Crime Thriller / Detective / Mystery / Psychological Thriller
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The plot of Predictable Violence is intelligent and full of twists, with a reveal of whodunit that will shock. If you love gripping detective thrillers with a jaw-dropping ending, this book is a must for you!

Mackenzie Anderson’s husband and two-year old daughter were shot and killed when Mack was only nineteen years old. When the police stopped trying to find the murderer, Mack began working with a private investigator. But, the murderer was a ghost. Mack had no way of knowing then that in a fluke of life she would come face-to-face with the murderer six years later. Now, she must decide if she will risk everything for vengeance.

As a homicide detective with the Idaho State Police, Mack lives her life being a champion for the dead. When she’s called in to lead the investigation of a triple homicide with no physical evidence and a nine-year old witness, the case seems impossible. Who could carry out such brutality? And why?

The debut novel from Gillean Campbell, Predictable Violence, is a new addition to the great police procedural tradition of Robert Bryndza, Robert Dugoni, Patricia Gibney, and Angela Marsons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! WOW!! Just — WOW! Amazing murder mystery! WordsAPlanty – Charla White on Oct 27, 2017
I enjoy mysteries and thrillers, but Campbell has created a complex, likable, respected and realistic character. I started this book and had it finished in two days because I could NOT put it down! It is not a book that one can read whenever – it’s just not possible! You CANNOT put it down once you get started!!!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Ann Purdy on Oct 23, 2017
“Great book! I enjoyed the strong female protagonist, the pace, and the character development. A little romance thrown in didn’t hurt. Great lead up to the surprising ending. Definitely recommend this–had a tough time putting it down.”

5.0 out of 5 stars It was amazing Jessyca Garcia on Oct 18, 2017
“I really enjoyed reading “Predictable Violence” by Gillean Campbell. I loved the characters of Mack and Sigurd. It has been a while since I read a book that I did not want to put down. This book made me lose sleep but it was well worth it. I hope Campbell continues to write because she definitely has talent. So, if you like a good murder mystery, then this is the book for you!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Wonderful!!!! Rebecca Hawkins on Oct 11, 2017
“I could not put this book down. I am finishing up at 2 AM. The story has many twist and turns but are easy to follow because the writer lays things out clearly and believably. The ending is a real shocker. Did not see it coming. I love this book. Wish it could become a series. Not ready for it to end.”

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Military Thriller – The Chief and His Marine

The Chief and His MarineThe Chief and His Marine
By B.A. Sherman
ISBN: 978-1532355103
ASIN: B0776HBM3M
Genre: Military Thriller
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Too many fathers and mothers know the feeling of pride but also the dread that follows a son or daughter going off to war. And along with dread, when the worst you can imagine happens, there is sorrow … and anger. Sometimes there is more.

Based on true events, join author B.A. Sherman at his most stirring and shocking best as he imagines the horror of war from a parent’s view. This is a story of love, hatred and revenge so gripping and so true to life, it’s hard to tell where reality ends and frightening fantasy takes over. Told in both the quiet streets of the U.S. and the explosive sands of Afghanistan, the Chief and His Marine goes where few have gone…and written about the experience.

But war is real and likely here to stay, he will tell you. Worth thinking about, and deciding what you might do if it were your son or daughter out there. Or you.

These are the thoughts to grapple with in this story. They will make you hug your child a little tighter today, as you follow the Chief and Nick his Marine—just out of school and so proud to be serving his country—into the killing fields of hell.

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Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Thriller – The Lerewood

The LerewoodThe Lerewood
By Andrea Churchill
Publisher: Kellan Publishing
ISBN: 978-1514645901
ASIN: B0104XBP1K
Genre: Dark fantasy, fantasy, horror, thriller, paranormal
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Legends speak of a place called Lerewood, an isolated little village set in the middle of an immeasurable, ghostly wood. The townspeople suffer from severe poverty and filth, living more like savage animals than a cultured civilization. However, despite the town’s inhuman conditions, the townspeople never seem to die from disease or starvation, and their numbers only seem to grow with each generation. No one knows the truth of how Lerewood came to be, but many secrets seem to revolve around an ancient, legendary creature that lives in the surrounding forest. They say she’ll hunt anyone who dares trespass onto her land; those who enter the forest never come back.

One middle aged man, Uallas, depressed and tired of abuse from his monstrous wife, decides to commit suicide by entering the wood. But when he steps foot into the mythical dark forest, Uallas finds that everything he ever knew about the town, and himself, were lies. These new discoveries only lead to more questions, where the truth can only be found in the mysterious, undiscovered world.

The Lerewood introduces the topics of natural evil, identity, and judgment, all while moving the reader with detailed personification. It is a tale of darkness, and will appeal to many readers with its rich, moody deions of the eerie, mythological forest.

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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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Dark Comedy/Thriller/Mystery – A Cup of Pending

A Cup of PendingA Cup of Pending
Author Name: Jonah Gibson
Publisher: Aimless Arts
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 978-1533668578
ASIN: B01GPD22S8
Genre: Dark Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
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A delicious tale of vengeance gone so wrong it just feels right!

Down on his luck and homeless, Cliff Trask tries to score a cup of pending coffee in an upscale Miami coffee shop. He and a friend are assaulted by a self-entitled hedge-fund manager. They decide to exact an elaborate bit of revenge, and end up with a pile of money and a lot more trouble than they ever imagined possible. The scheme goes off the rails in weird and wondrous ways. Cliff is soon embroiled with crooked cops, drug cartel assassins, and a gaggle of ex-trophy-wives, all working their own agendas. As if that weren’t enough, the whole thing plays out on a Miami based reality TV show where Cliff manages to become the star of this unfolding disaster.

Will Cliff wind up dead at the hands of the determined forces arrayed against him, or will he and his friends marshal their collective street savvy to escape an awful fate at the last possible instant?

A Cup of Pending is a laugh-stoked romp through the Tropics, from South Beach to the boondocks of Tobago and back, with characters and events that would be unlikely in any other locale, but seem perfectly at home in the sun-drenched, sex-obsessed confines of Florida’s Gold Coast.

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