New Releases: Week of April 28

Fatally Haunted
edited by Rachel Howzell Hall, Sheila Lowe, Laurie Stevens
(Down & Out Books / Sisters in Crime Los Angeles)

Haunted. This word lurks within our deepest emotions. It’s a fear we can’t let go of, or that won’t let go of us. It’s a place we dream of going, or a place we can never leave. An LAPD detective is haunted by the case she never solved. A Century City financial advisor is haunted by the greed he cannot escape. A bridge is haunted by ghosts of despair.

In a city of 10 million people, the haunted could be the man waiting to cross the street, or the memory that keeps you awake at night.

Fatally Haunted, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, includes original stories by Julie G. Beers, Julia Bricklin, Roger Cannon, Tony Chiarchiaro, Lisa Ciarfella, Cyndra Gernet, B. J. Graf, Mark Hague, A. P. Jamison, Micheal Kelly, Alison McMahan, Peter Sexton, Gobind Tanaka, and Jennifer Younger.


Lost in Middle America
by Colin Conway
(Down & Out Books)

Sam and Rachel are back and this time they’re in the heart of middle America.

Sam is called to Lima, Ohio to help a former acquaintance, a pimp that helped him early in his career. This colleague wants revenge on the rival pimp who stole his business, his stable of girls, and his reputation. Another man’s redemption holds little interest to Sam, but the promise of a payday gets his attention.

Rachel doesn’t want anything to do with this job. It’s got too many things going against it, starting with the target they’re supposed to con. A pimp with a nasty disposition and a quick temper is not a man to cross. However, she jumps in with Sam when they learn just how that rival pimp has been hiding his ill-gotten gains. To keep his extra cash out of the banking system, he’d been buying and hoarding high-grade comics and gold bars. They’re kept securely in a safety deposit box. All Sam and Rachel must do is figure out how to get into that box and get away clean.

Now, the heat is turned up in mid-western Ohio as an untrusting pimp slowly realizes he’s being played for his fortune.


Demon at the Window
by John Quick
(Sinister Grin Press)

Jack Cochran was actually relieved when he was fired from the TBI 
following one of the strangest cases he’d ever encountered. He decided 
to try his luck as a Private Investigator, and live out a long-time dream.

What he didn’t expect was that his first case would be to track down a 
stalker who may be an actual, birthed-from-Hell demon intent on killing 
his clients off one by one. This isn’t the case he wanted, but it’s the 
one he ended up with, and he can only hope to survive the DEMON AT THE 
WINDOW.


The One Dollar Rip-Off
by Ralph Dennis
(Brash Books)

The ninth adventure in the legendary detective series that inspired some of the best crime and thriller authors of our time
Unlicensed P.I. Jim Hardman’s buddy Hump Evans, a former NFL player, drops a one dollar bet in the friendly, neighborhood football pool for a possible $100 pot…and, against all odds, he wins. But when Hump goes to collect, he discovers he’s been cheated out of his small jackpot. Chasing that hundred bucks leads the two friends into a maze of arson, embezzlement, and murder that will force them into staging a daring con game to snare a master swindler and a desperate killer.

This new edition includes the long-lost Ralph Dennis short story Wind Spirit.


Montecito Heights
by Colin Campbell
(Down & Out Books)

Saving a senator’s daughter from LA’s porn industry is one gig that needs serious discretion. But discretion is not Jim Grant’s specialty.

Los Angeles, California

It’s not long before Grant finds himself on live television busting an armed robbery, spreading his arms wide to show he’s unarmed—the same pose that earned him the nickname “Resurrection Man” in Boston.

The spotlight may be good for Grant’s profile, but it’s bad for his health. The Dominguez drug cartel is looking for him, and his work for the senator has uncovered a ring of dirty cops who want him out of the way. Helped by an ex-cop working on CSI:NY and hindered by a film crew that wants to make him a reality television star, Grant must tread carefully. In the city of angels corruption runs deep, loyalty is fragile, and justice is hard to find.

Praise for Colin Campbell

“Very real. And Very good.” —Lee Child


The Ornery Gene
by Warren C. Embree
(Down & Out Books)

When itinerant ranch hand Buck Ellison took a job with Sarah Watkins at her ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska, he thought he had found the place where he could park his pickup, leave the past behind, and never move again.

On a rainy July night, a dead body at the south end of Sarah’s ranch forces him to become a reluctant detective, digging into the business of cattle breeding for rodeos and digging up events from his past that are linked to the circumstances surrounding the murder of Sam Danielson.

Working with his boss Sarah, her nephew Travis Martin, and the cook Diane Gibbons, Buck unmasks the murderer, but at the cost of learning the reality of past events that he chooses to keep to himself.

Praise for THE ORNERY GENE:

“Beer. Cattle breeding. Land. Jealousy. Oceans of sand dunes and driving rain. What could go wrong in Nebraska? Warren Embree takes us there in The Ornery Gene.” —Carol Leininger, Elm Books author

“This murder mystery takes place in the Nebraska Sandhills and is a genuinely interesting and accurate look into a part of the old West brought into current time. Nicely done.” —J. M. Nicholson, MS, PE


Jaded
by Rob Ashman
(Bloodhound Books)

DI Rosalind Kray is back for the final instalment in the international bestselling series.

A body washes up on a Blackpool beach, tortured and shot through the head.

A man is found in an alleyway with his throat ripped open.

A woman is murdered in a hospital bed.

What connects them?

DI Roz Kray’s private life is in turmoil as she struggles to unravel a baffling case and DCI Dan Bagley is hell-bent on making her working life a misery.

Billy Ellwood is a chameleon. What forced him to disappear eighteen years ago? And what was the promise?

When Kray makes a shattering discovery it rocks her world to the core. The stakes could not be higher. She’s left with no choice.

This time … it’s all or nothing.


The Paramedic’s Daughter
by Tara Lyons
(Bloodhound Books)

Would you lie to your family to protect yourself?

Paramedic Abi Quinn is hailed as a hero by the patients she saves with the London Ambulance Service, but a secret she’s kept since she was a teenager now threatens to shatter that perfect illusion.

When her daughter Rose goes missing while studying at Brighton University, and ghosts from her past return to haunt her, Abi’s caught in a race against time to untangle the web of lies she set in motion over twenty years ago.

Everyone has something to lose.

Everyone is trying to protect themselves.

Everyone is broken.

But what lengths will they go to in order to stop the truth from being exposed?

Tara Lyons is the bestselling author of The DI Hamilton Series. The Paramedic’s Daughter is a shocking, unmissable psychological thriller which is set to be one of 2019’s stand-out reads. Perfect for readers of domestic noir, it will appeal to fans of authors like Louise Jensen, Shalini Boland and Cara Hunter.


Searching for Sylvia
by Joanna Stephen-Ward
(Bloodhound Books)

Sylvia has been missing for thirty years. Will her daughters ever find her?

Tordorrach is 70,000 acres of drought-stricken land in the Australian outback. Why do a group of wealthy people from London want to buy it?

Seamus, the owner of Tordorrach, lives in poverty. His homestead is derelict and he is heavily in debt. The new owners run Outback Experience holidays on Tordorrach. Seamus becomes one of the gardeners, and he and his wife Mary move to a comfortable cabin on the property. Why does he hate the new owners so much that he plans to murder one of them?

The idyllic life of the new owners is shattered when the body of a woman is found buried on Tordorrach. Forensics find a bullet in her body. Who was she? And who murdered her?

Joanna-Stephen Ward is the bestselling author of The Doll Collector. Searching For Sylvia is an unmissable new mystery packed with suspense, which will keep you turning the pages. It will appeal to fans of authors like Linda Green, Dinah Jefferies and Linda Huber.


The Family
by P.R. Black
(Aria)

Becky Morgan’s family were the victims of the ‘crimes of the decade’. The lone survivor of a ritualistic killing, Becky’s been forever haunted by the memories of that night.

Twenty years later, with the killer never found, Becky is ready to hunt them down and exact revenge. But the path to find the murderer is a slippery slope and she finds herself opening up some old wounds that should have been left sealed.

Will Becky avenge her family or join them?


Rocco and the Price of Lies
by Adrian Magson
(Dome Press)

Murder by suicide? Three senior government officials – a judge, a politician, and an ex-police chief – are all dead by their own hands.

Inspector Lucas Rocco finds himself once more working for the Interior Ministry: undertaking an investigation meant to avoid a government scandal and ignoring unpalatable truths. He’s soon convinced that a common denominator must be at play…

Rocco uncovers top-level fraud, theft and deception. And when he narrowly survives an attempt on his life, he realises that he has nothing to lose by bringing the truth out into the open – whatever the risks.


Staging is Murder
by Grace Topping
(Henery Press)

Laura Bishop just nabbed her first decorating commission–staging for sale a 19th-century mansion that hasn’t been updated for decades. But when a body falls from a laundry chute and lands at Laura’s feet, replacing flowered wallpaper becomes the least of her duties.

To clear her young assistant of the murder and save her fledgling business, Laura’s determined to find the killer. Turns out it’s not as easy as renovating a manor home, especially with two handsome men complicating her mission: the police detective assigned to the case and the real estate agent trying to save the manse from foreclosure.

Worse still, the meddling of a horoscope-guided friend, a determined grandmother, and the local funeral director could get them all killed before Laura props the first pillow.


Wed, Read & Dead
by V.M. Burns
(Kensington)

Bookstore owner Samantha Washington sells and solves mysteries in North Harbor, Michigan—including the murder of her mother’s wedding planner . . .
Sam’s mother can’t wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mystery is how they’re going to pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks. Harold’s snobby sister-in-law proposes a solution: engage flamboyant wedding planner Lydia Lighthouse. But their beacon of hope quickly sends everyone into a blind rage, most of all the groom-to-be. So when the maddening micromanager is strangled with her own scarf, it’s a shock, but not a surprise.

It’s a case of art imitating life as Sam pens her next historical mystery set in England between the wars. Lady Daphne Marsh insists on marrying Lord James Browning on Christmas Eve, three weeks hence. But when the fop planning their wedding ends up with a knife in his back, she vows to nab the backstabber before she walks down the aisle.

Meanwhile, when she’s not writing, Sam and her beloved and boisterous Nana Jo rush to shine a light on Lydia’s killer—so her mother’s new husband won’t spend his honeymoon behind bars . . .

Praise for The Plot Is Murder

“Readers of Carolyn Hart and Vicki Delany will appreciate the lively seniors, the humor, and the bookstore environment.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)


Pray for the Girl
by Joseph Souza
(Kensington)

Joseph Souza, acclaimed author of The Neighbor, brings readers into the dark heart of a small town in this riveting, relentlessly twisting new novel . . .
Lucy Abbott never pictured herself coming back to Fawn Grove, Maine. Yet after serving time in Afghanistan, then years spent as a sous chef in New York, she’s realized her only hope of moving on from the past involves facing it again. But Fawn Grove, like Lucy herself, has changed.

Lucy’s sister, Wendy, is eager to help her adapt, almost stifling her with concern. At the local diner, Lucy is an exotic curiosity—much like the refugees who’ve arrived in recent years. When a fifteen-year-old Muslim girl is found murdered along the banks of the river, difficult memories of Lucy’s time overseas come flooding back and she feels an automatic connection. At first glance, the tragedy looks like an honor killing. But the more Lucy learns about her old hometown, the less certain that seems.

There is menace and hostility here, clothed in neighborly smiles and a veneer of comfort. And when another teen is found dead in a cornfield, his throat slit, Lucy—who knows something about hiding secrets—must confront a truth more brutal than she could have imagined, in the last place she expected it . . .

Praise for The Neighbor

“The Couple Next Door meets Gone Girl in this addictive thriller. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop.” –Charlie Donlea, USA Today bestselling author

“The plot is very winding and intriguing, and you will most assuredly hope you never have neighbors like these. Almost every chapter lurches you forward in a twisting sometimes downright scary story.” –The Bangor Daily News

“The Neighbor is like watching a chain-reaction car wreck happening in slow motion. Scary and disturbing with dark psychological twists and turns, it horrifies while it fascinates. I couldn’t turn away!” –Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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