MYSTERIES/SUSPENSE (Alphabetical by Author)

The Obsession

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BY DAWN BROTHERTON

When the phone calls began in the dead of the night, Jackie chalked them up to a prank caller.  She had had her share of harassment coming up the ranks of the Air Force and shrugged them off.  Then she began noticing changes in her home that she had not made, unsigned love letters began arriving, and she knew she needed to worry.  Was she paranoid, going crazy, or were men at work not getting the message that she wasn’t interested?

In the neighboring town of Sedalia, a more ominous situation was afoot.  The unexplained death of yet another young, single woman had the police on alert.  Same MO, different small town.  It was only a matter of time before the killer found his next victim.

Dawn Brotherton‘s The Obsession plunges the reader into a tale of suspense and mystery.  Brotherton’s military career as a missile crew member and officer provides the backdrop for her book…resulting in an intimate and authentic portrait of a strong heroine determined to find and stop her stalker.  The Obsession is a compelling read that pits the hunter versus the hunted and page by page leads to a riveting finale.” –Tj O’Connor, Author of the Gumshoe Ghost series.

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Wind the Clock

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BY DAWN BROTHERTON
LAWRENCE STUTZRIEM


Bathed in the beauty of Germany on a storybook assignment, Major Jackie Austin is revered across Spangdahlem Air Base as an officer and leader. The Air Force is looking to promote her ahead of the pack. From the outside, she’s got it all, to include a fighter pilot husband, the handsome and popular Stan “Mace” Mason. In truth, things are fraying behind the scenes, as the compromises of a two-career military marriage take their toll. All of it factors into the greatest tragedy Jackie will ever experience, yet she’ll have no time to heal. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ lead investigator Chris Marquette has her locked in his sights. Only Jackie Austin can save herself, even if it means walking straight into a den of terrorists.

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A Knife in the Fog

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By Bradley Harper

Jack the Ripper meets Sherlock Holmes’ Arthur Conan Doyle Crime/Mystery Fiction

Physician Arthur Conan Doyle is invited to take a break from his practice to assist London police in tracking down Jack the Ripper. Doyle agrees, with the stipulation his old professor of surgery, Dr. Joseph Bell––Doyle’s inspiration for Sherlock Holmes––agrees to work with him. Soon the two are joined by Margaret Harkness, an author who knows how to use a Derringer as well as she knows the dank alleys and courtyards of the East End where she resides. Pursuing leads through London and Whitechapel becomes infinitely more dangerous for the trio when the hunters become the hunted in this adventurous debut novel and series starter.

WINNER – 2019 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion for Best Mystery Novel FINALIST – 2019 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Wards for Best First Novel by an American Author

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https://www.fountainbookstore.com/bradleyharper
 

Queens Gambit

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By Bradley Harper

The adventure continues with Margaret Harkness racing to save the Queen of England herself.

Spring, 1897. London. A letter arrives from Margaret Harkness from her old friend Professor Bell, her old comrade in the hunt for Jack the Ripper and the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Homes. Bell invites her to join him in Germany on a mysterious mission for the German government involving the loss of state secrets to Anarchists. The resolution of this commission leads to Margaret being stalked through the streets of London by a vengeful man armed with a powerful and nearly silent air rifle who has both Margaret and Queen Victoria in his sights. The hunt is on, but who is the hunter, and who the hunted as the day approaches for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


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The Rising Tide – A Lake lowcountry mystery

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By Tim Holland

Midsummer in the lowcountry of South Carolina is a dreamy, quiet time. Professor Sidney Lake uses this respite for literary research and planning his next semester, but his Gullah housekeeper, Tillie James, has other plans for him. She needs his help in dealing with a touchy subject: the death of George Reed and the suspicions it aroused that his wife Becky was involved, even though the coroner and the police chief declared Reed’s death an unfortunate accident. As the police are in the business of catching the guilty and have no interest in proving someone innocent, it’s up to Sidney Lake and Tillie, along with his graduate assistant, the local minister and a retired policeman, to save Becky Reeds reputation. The proof of her innocence seems to rest on the quirks of the rising and falling tide in the marsh where George died. But the search for truth turns out to be more than Sidney bargained for and, suddenly, his life and those of his friends are on the line.
Available at Barnes and Noble.

What the Mirror Doesn't See

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By Tim Holland

It is 1993, the banking world is in turmoil, and in New Jersey there is outright panic. The big New York banks and emerging regionals are gobbling up everything in the state. Every financial institution is now both predator and prey. The Fed has opened the floodgates, and traditional banking ethics are disappearing. At a used book sale, Jim Fairmont, a career banker having worked for First State Bank for more than twenty-five years, finds a blank, signed invoice belonging to an auto parts supplier. The document is contained in a box of books donated by Larry McBride, a new-breed, brash, thirty-three-year-old former New York banker. McBride had been hired by First State Bank to give it credibility in its defensive entry into international banking and who, like Jim, is an avid book collector. Alerted by McBride’s strange behavior at the book sale as he searched for something, which Jim suspects was the invoice, Jim begins to investigate McBride’s relationships with some of First States customers. What he uncovers is much bigger than he ever imagined, involving clearly unethical conduct and questionable international asset movements. His discoveries put him in the sights of New Jersey’s underworld who are determined to protect McBride and his clients, placing not only Jim’s life in danger, but those of his close associates as well.

Available at Barnes and Noble.

Elegance and Simplicity

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By Ronald Munro

Book 1, Southjoy Mission Series

Elegance and Simplicity is a romantic allegory told in the manner of a Jane Austen discovery of love story.  Miss Ariana Atwood, of uncommon sensibility and unexceptional station, and Mr. Cedric Stacey, of exceptional station and uncommon pride, are destined to be admirable foes, but foes who discover within themselves an ardent wish to be admired, each by the other. Between them stands a divisive social barrier sustained by an imposing superstition, a multitude of mysteries, and one insidious betrayal. In their struggle to disperse those impediments and surmount the prevailing class prejudice, they discover love and the intrinsic grandeur of life's true Elegance and Simplicity.
Ronald Munro Books

A Formidable Comfort

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By Ronald Munro

Book 2, Southjoy Mission Series

A Formidable Comfort by R. G. Munro is a story of gallantry and guile, of fortitude and lamentation.  Set in the unsettled times of England's early 1800s, this sequel to Elegance and Simplicity relates the fulfillment of one love, the discovery of another, and a challenge to both that is fostered in the disturbing shadows of vengeance and retribution.  Together, Miss Ariana Atwood and Mr. Cedric Stacey will be drawn into a convoluted series of schemes and counter schemes intertwined with the most devious intrigue yet fomented by Mr. Gavin Raith.  In a journey that will stretch from Bath to London and onto the high seas, two loves will be immersed in one trial of endurance, testing love's persistence against the abject odds of conflict, counterpoint, and survival, all resolving in an acclamation of the human spirit and a harmony of love tenaciously fostered, tested, and proven in the unyielding glory of life.

Lingering Missives

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By Ronald Munro

Book 3, Southjoy Mission Series
Lingering Missives is a murder mystery novel set in the present time, but utilizing the legendary estate of Southjoy Mission created in two previous romance novels which were set in the 1800s (Elegance and Simplicity, and A Formidable Comfort).Young American, Catlyn Stacey, is the sole surviving descendant of the Stacey lineage. Alone, she must contend with powerful forces who crave the influence and prestige that the Southjoy Mission estate would bring them. Lured by the fumes of fortune perceived in a document that has clung to existence some 1300 years, they're deterred neither by the desperate petition issued some 800 years later, nor by the passionate plea carefully cultivated in poignant and pointed words in the 200 year old diary of Ariana Stacey. Beginning like a romance novel, the story shifts into a murder mystery, and finally concludes with a brief, but intense, psychological drama dealing with grief and loss.

Embers and Echoes

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By Ronald Munro

Book 4, Southjoy Mission Series
In the wake of her best friend’s murder, the death of the man who loved her, and the torment of her own kidnapping (Lingering Missives, 2014), the serenity of Catlyn Stacey’s personal world has been torn apart and left in shambles. Now a sociopath intends to destroy the rest of it. Plagued with nightmares and burdened with the guilt of being a victim, Catlyn perceives a future in the person of an orphaned child, the support of an ad hoc family, and the inspiring words of the two hundred year old diary of a distant ancestor. In a harrowing confrontation with her tormentor, Catlyn discovers her deepest inner strength, a will to live, and love.

Dangerous Hearts

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By Mary Montague Sikes

Novella - Her life in jeopardy, Caroline escapes from Richmond, Virginia and heads to a house she owns in South Carolina that is the secret hiding place for the royal cross necklace. But danger follows her home and so does Rob. When he appears, the necklace disappears making Caroline suspect Rob. Still, with no one else to turn to, she must trust him. Is that trust a mistake? Together, can they retrieve her precious family heirloom? Can Caroline escape the stalker who has followed her to South Carolina?

Jungle Jeopardy

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By Mary Montague Sikes

When Dana Sinclair realizes Clifton Wilder is missing, she takes off for Costa Rica to search for him. An apparent kidnapping turns into a jungle adventure that leads Dana and Clifton into the wilds of Guatemala where they discover an unexplored Maya cave and find pottery and walls covered with glyphs. Tyler Hunter wants to save Dana’s sister, Rebecca, from prison, and to do so, he needs for them to find her grandfather’s hidden treasure. An archaeologist on sabbatical in the Caribbean, Tyler intrigues Dana with his knowledge of the Maya. Dana has never doubted her sister’s guilt in the murder of their grandfather on the island of Antigua, but now an element of doubt begins to creep in.

Secrets by the Sea

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By Mary Montague Sikes

"Passenger to Paradise" gothic mystery/romance set on the island of Antigua.

Dead on the Trail

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BY SUSAN WILLIAMSON
 
 Molly Lewis has just finished a grueling day at the barn with no help when a trail ride along the Broad River brings her to a body in the woods.  --One that was trouble alive and bound to be more trouble dead--for Molly and everyone concerned.
 
Available from Amazon, Indigo Sea Press  and susanwilliamsonnc@gmail.com

Desert Tail

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BY SUSAN WILLIAMSON
 
Madelaine Jones is still reeling from her husband's death in Afghanistan when her house explodes and a mysterious letter indicates her husband might not have been a war casualty. Her desire to know the truth puts Madelaine and her loved ones in danger as she searches three continents for answers.
 
Available from Amazon and susanwilliamsonnc@gmail.com

 

Tangled Tail

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By Susan Williamson

Madelaine Jones is trying to reorder her life after discovering the truth of her husband’s death overseas. She is remodeling a home and working to foster a young victim of human trafficking when her friend Irish Garda Commander Peter Simon asks for her help in a case of smuggling via horse. The smuggling is just beginning of this case of international intrigue and news planting.


Available at Amazon.