The Reluctant Coroner

by Paul Austin Ardoin

“Be warned: to read one Fenway mystery is to want to read them all. If you love page-turning, unputdownable mysteries, then Ardoin is the real deal.” —Mark Stay, host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast

Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved.

Fenway Stevenson doesn’t want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home—and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father’s oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly?

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Category: Mystery – Hard-Boiled


Straight Shot

by Jack Lively

Keeler arrives in Alencourt, France, where his mother spent her summers as a kid. Maybe he’ll meet a relative, or someone who knew his mom. It doesn’t work out like that, he’s in town for less than an hour and three men try to kill him.

Keeler’s not bothered by the attack he’s interested in his mom’s cousin Simone, taking care of her husband Gilles, who hasn’t recovered from being attacked by local delinquents.

A sad story, but not Keeler’s business. He could walk away, get back on the train. But he’s drawn him back in. Perhaps it’s the pretty French policewoman, who informs Keeler that the attack on him was a case of mistaken identity. Or maybe it’s the connection Keeler finds between these attacks and reports of asylum seeking girls going missing in the area.

Whatever the reason, Tom Keeler becomes interested, which isn’t great news for the bad people preying on the weak and defenseless. They thought they could get away with it, but they never counted on coming up against Keeler.

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Category: Thrillers – Conspiracies


Melody, Music and Murder

by Constance Barker

A Fiery Murder, a Magical Musical Family and a Singing Skunk

Jasmine Mazurski has her hands full with two daughters, Ally and Penze, an ornery Father-in-law Eddie, and his eccentric sister Zelda. Jasmine, aka Jazz, is a widow who runs the Mazurski Music store along with her family in Ohio. Besides taking care of everyone’s musical needs, the local high school band included, the family also brushes up on their musical magic as well. The family’s musical ability makes their magic stronger…and that could get them into trouble if they can’t figure out how to manage it. The singing skunk, Alfonzo, is just one of those musical problems when folks come to visit. Burt, the poodle, is a little more normal, although he is a familiar, just not the feline kind. However, Cousin Madge is stranger than the animals. She’s come to visit, but her odd demeanor and out of the blue appearance has some scratching their heads.

When a stranger enters their store telling the family to find another hobby as his business is going to take over their little family run store, the hackles come out. Eddie turns the man out on his ear, but not before customers get an earful. Then when a fiery death is uncovered, will the Mazurski’s be on the top of the suspect list? Something strange is happening at the high school too. Numbers aren’t adding up. Is it all connected or is there an unrelated situation at hand?

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Category: Mystery – Cozy


The Silent Christmas

by M J Lee

In a time of war, they discovered peace.

When David Wright finds a label, a silver button and a lump of old leather in a chest in the attic, it opens up a window onto the true of joy of Christmas.

Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, has just a few days to unravel the mystery and discover the truth of what happened on December 25, 1914.

Why did her client’s great grandfather keep these objects hidden for so long? What did they mean to him? And will they help bring the joy of Christmas to a young boy stuck in hospital?

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Category: Mystery – Historical


Murder in the Atchafalaya

by Jim Riley

Author Riley does a first-rate job of steeping the reader in the milieu of South Louisiana and Cajun mores. From murders at mudbug fests to menacing mosquito swarms to monumentally malevolent snake pits, he puts the heat and humidity on every page. He’s also adept at weaving a spider-webbed plot that is both intricate and credible. There’s action, suspense, humor, and even a dash of romance in this gumbo of a novel that promises to start a series of adventures for Kristi and Hawk.

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Category: Mystery – Cozy