New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | January 12

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Nick Petrie, P.J. Tracy, Emma Rous, Robert B. Parker, Patricia Cornwell, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | December 29

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Mya O’Malley, Marie Benedict, Tarryn Fisher, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!

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Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Books | December 2020

Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Books | December 2020

There have been some amazing mystery and thriller book releases in December, so we wanted to offer some of our must-read recommendations. Our list includes new novels from bestselling authors Mya O’Malley, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, Gregg Olsen, A. R. Torre, James Patterson, and Cara Reinard. We hope you enjoy your new books.

Matching Miriam

by Mya O’Malley

Release Date: December 22, 2020

What happens when Officer Miriam Marty shields her heart from the past and comes face to face with a serial killer? The plain and simple answer is trouble; but with Miriam Marty, there’s always more to the story and it’s never simple. Miriam bleeds integrity with a tough as nails exterior that permits only a few trusted people inside of her world. After spending years building up the walls that have sheltered Miriam from her past, Jesse, the only man she’s ever loved, makes an unexpected return back to Miriam’s home town.

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Hanging Softly in the Night

by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Release Date: November 8, 2020

New York Police Department’s Sixteenth Precinct in Manhattan is under siege by the flu, and Detective Nick Larson and his partner, Detective Victor Sacco, are up to their armpits with work overload. The captain’s cigar is seriously chewed, and everyone is working around the clock. To complicate matters, on a personal level, things aren’t going smoothly, either. Laura Howard, the woman Nick loves, is also having issues with a psycho twin sister who is doing everything to ruin Laura’s business and her life.

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Silent Ridge

by Gregg Olsen

Release Date: December 4, 2020

The third book in the Detective Megan Carpenter Series by Gregg Olsen… Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to horrifying crime scenes, but when she arrives at the home of a woman whose body has been brutalized, Megan is shocked to discover that she knows the victim. Monique Delmont helped Megan when she was in danger years ago. And the killer has left a disturbing calling card… two laminated photographs of a sixteen-year-old high school girl – Megan. Someone is taunting her in the worst way possible and Megan is convinced she knows who is responsible. She just has to find him.

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Every Last Secret

by A. R. Torre

Release Date: December 1, 2020

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality. Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world.

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NYPD Red 6

by James Patterson

Release Date: December 15, 2020

The sixth book in the NYPD Red Series by James Patterson… Reality star Erin Easton’s “Wedding of the Century” may have a cable crew documenting every extravagant bridal detail, but when “Airhead Easton” disappears from the reception, it’s no diva turn. Her dressing room is empty but for a blood-spattered wedding gown and signs of a struggle.

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Sweet Water

by Cara Reinard

Release Date: January 1, 2021

It’s what Sarah Ellsworth dreamed of. Marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Living in a historic mansion in Pennsylvania’s most exclusive borough. And Finn, a teenage son with so much promise. Until…A call for help in the middle of the night leads Sarah and Martin to the woods, where they find Finn, injured, dazed, and weeping near his girlfriend’s dead body. Convinced he’s innocent, Sarah and Martin agree to protect their son at any cost and not report the crime.

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Interview with Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, Author of Hanging Softly in the Night

What can you tell us about your new release, Hanging Softly in the Night?

My new release is a gritty whodunit set in New York City, where I lived for many years. The crime and the detective who is in charge of the investigation, Detective Nick Larson, is as tough as the city itself. From the moment he steps on scene of a suicide, something doesn’t feel quite right. But when more questionable suicides pop up around NYC, Nick’s instincts rev into overdrive, because the crimes are looking more like staged homicides rather than suicides. And, with the way things have been going lately, it would just be Nick’s luck to have a serial killer on the loose.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Reading other authors inspired me to become a writer, actually. The one who influenced me the most was Mary Stewart. I loved her stories of intrigue and murder, set in exotic places around the world, where a normal woman would find herself in the most horrible situation through no fault of her own. Reading her novels opened a desire to write my own stories, set in places I’ve actually lived in, with characters that find themselves in bad situations and who, ultimately, triumph over evil. I strongly suspect, as well, the fact that I lived through an exile is what also influenced the genre of the stories I write. Then there is Shakespeare, Dante, Dickens, Steinbeck, Asimov, Bradbury, Gaiman…

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Wow. How to choose? Some of these may be obscure to some readers, but they impacted me a lot. The order I’ve placed them does not mean order of importance. And there are many, many more.
Romeo and Juliet — William Shakespeare
The Crystal Cave – Mary Stewart
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Green Darkness – Anya Seton

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Shakespeare. Hands-down. Would love to ask him how he remained so prolific in an era with no writing technology, of political turmoil (and greatness), and where he came up with such wonderful vocabulary choices and his narrative style. Would love to ask his reading lists as well.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The creation of my characters, main and secondary, and how they interact with one another. Love to write dialogue.

What is a typical day like for you?

Typical day: Wake up at six. Pray. Get coffee. Answer emails and do marketing, as necessary. Check sales. By 9 am, I am writing or, at least, in front of my computer. Sometimes the scenes flow. Other times, I struggle to write. Usually, the latter happens when my subconscious is not happy with the way the scene is written. After 2 or 3 days of struggle and utter dissatisfaction, I realize I have to discard what is there and start again. By then, the new scene is right and it works.

What scene from Hanging Softly in the Night was your favorite to write?

Actually, it was the first chapter of Hanging Softly in the Night that was my favorite scene to write. Loved setting up the storyline, the suicide, the presentation of all my main characters (Larson’s team I call them), the first gut suspicion, the red herrings, and the “what is really going on” question.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yes. What my character, Richard Harrison, told Gabriela Martinez, the woman he was protecting, in my first novel, The Coin: “Life is too damn short. In a second, everything could go up in smoke.”
Words to live by.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | December 22

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, P.D. Workman, Reminton Kane, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!

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Buzziest Books of the Year | 2020

Buzziest Books of the Year | 2020

2020 has been an incredibly exciting year for new novels and we wanted to celebrate by sharing our top ten list for the buzziest books of the year! Whether you’re a fan of mystery, romance, literary fiction, science fiction, or memoir, there’s a little something for everyone. Sit back and enjoy our picks for the best books of 2020!

The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past.

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The Guest List

by Lucy Foley

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body… On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

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Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins–aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony–and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse.

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Beach Read

by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 19, 2020

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts.

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Ready Player Two

by Ernest Cline

Release Date: November 24, 2020

Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous—and addictive—than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest—a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants.

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Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Release Date: June 30, 2020

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing.

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A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

Release Date: November 17, 2020

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

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The Boy from the Woods

by Harlan Coben

Release Date: March 17, 2020

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. No one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father — with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde — with whom she shares a tragic connection — to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: May 19, 2020

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

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Deacon King Kong

by James McBride

Release Date: March 3, 2020

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and, in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird

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Interview with N.L. Westaway, Author of Letters From Rachel

What can you tell us about your new release, Letters From Rachel?

The original story was based off a writing prompt for a contest, where if you won, you were granted the opportunity to write a book with an extremely popular traditionally published mystery author. I’d had someone do a quick proofread of the outline and key chapter, prior to my submission, and when they had finished the review, they’d told me, “Please, if you don’t win—you still have to write this story!” The story itself has been brewing for about 5 years and had to be put on the backburner while I finished up my other novels in The Guard Trilogy. It was just this past year that I pulled out the outline for it and began fleshing it out again, with the goal of having it ready for the holiday season.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My path to writing novels was a complicated one, and my love of reading didn’t arrive until my late 30’s, despite my mother and siblings being voracious readers. I have always loved mysteries, real, urban fantasy, paranormal, all types, but the idea of story writing had never sparked in me until I found an old journal of my mother’s along with boxes of old letters to and from my grandmother. Going through the letters and the journal had triggered the ‘what if’ question over the mysteries that I could potentially discover in them. A few story ideas had been born from there, and ‘the rest is history’ as they say.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Trying to nail down my top 5 books would be difficult, though naming my favorite series as part of the list might be a bit easier. Some books I prefer in print while others I prefer in audio—there is something endearing about being read to by a great narrator(s).
1) Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files series with 17 books currently, is probably one of the best urban fantasy series I have ever read.
2) J. R. Ward – The Black Dagger Brotherhood, another urban fantasy series, currently consists of 19 books and several offshoots, and I’m a big fan of the audio versions.
3) Karen Marie Moning – The Fever series has 11 books with the final one coming out next year. I can’t wait for that next book, but it will be very sad to see that series come to an end.
4) Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles, has 13 in total and a few side stories as well, and this was the first urban fantasy series I read, and it was the one that got me to eventually love reading.
5) Diane Setterfield – The Thirteenth Tale is not part of a series, but it was a book that I found myself completely engrossed in while reading and was in the audio version.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

This was an easy question. Reading!!! Interesting enough, I find that as a writer now, I have less and less time to devote to reading other author’s books, so I would very much enjoy a dedicated hour to just uninterrupted reading, for the sheer joy of getting lost in a book and not for any other purpose.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I really enjoy the researching part that I do for my characters, the locations, and the facts that I like to include in my stories. I love plausible fiction stories where the characters could be real or you feel as though you might know them, and the things that happen to them occur in real places or are based on actual history or details you can look up. Using facts combined with the mystical is a fun way to write, and it’s even more enjoyable to hear readers say they feel as though the story I’m telling is real, that they ‘believe’ in the mystical parts because it feels like truth to them. I want my readers to feel as though they are there with the characters, that they might even miss them when they need to put down the book to go back to their real lives. The research I do to evoke this kind of feeling in a reader is the best part.

What is a typical day like for you?

Being an Indie author, my typical day is usually a combination of writing plus doing everything else that is involved in managing my author life. My days start at 5am during the week, 7am on weekends, there is always coffee involved, and I set certain days for writing and certain days for the rest, and all mixed in with the regular parts of my life. I prefer to be organized, so I set schedules for myself that involve doing all the marketing, social media and website maintenance, the creation of all the images used for those posts and advertisements, plus all the interactions required to maintain connections with readers and other authors. Glamorous it is not, but it seems to work for me, and being organized allows for me to make time for fun or relaxing with my hubby, and friends/family—as it was before the pandemic. Having the time to work on my writing these days I consider a luxury that I am beyond grateful for.

What scene from Letters From Rachel was your favorite to write?

The story is a murder mystery so I can’t tell you too much, but there is once scene—the turning point, or so the reader is led to believe, where one of the main characters comes face to face with a character who has been missing throughout most of the story. They don’t realize who they are until the last moment, the literal last second of the chapter. The pace and the dialog and moments within the chapter was fun to write because I knew the reader would feel the excitement and the urgency. It is not a long chapter, but it holds one of those ‘oh my god—oh my god’ moments that readers and authors love so much.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

If you get a chance to review my Bio on my website, you will read about the diversity and convoluted path I took to get to writing. One of the things I did prior to writing, was I ran a wellness business that had an emphasis on healthy living and trauma recovery. As part of the counseling I provided, there was a focus on creating happiness as opposed to chasing or trying to find happiness. Helping people find their joy. So, I guess my philosophy is more a question to you, to everyone, “How do you do joy?” Most people do not know what makes them happy, though they can easily tell you what they hate, but joy—that is much harder. Identify those things that bring you joy and focus on how to bring that into your life daily. Obviously, there is more to it, but that is one of the first steps to having a quality life.

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Guest Post from Lorhainne Eckhart, Author of And Then She Was Gone

By Lorhainne Eckhart

“I’m more important than you.”

How many times, especially as of late, have you felt as if someone else was more important than you, as if you just didn’t matter? Whatever the situation, have you ever noticed someone giving preferential treatment to others? It’s not a good feeling, let me tell you. Rightfully so, it creates strong emotions of anger and resentment. I’m not sure these instances have ever had such a spotlight on them as they do right now. People are actually willing to admit that bias has happened for a long time and is still happening quite blatantly in some communities.

The thing about this pandemic is that it brings out the worst and the best in people.

I remember a situation from back in the early eighties, when I was attending business school. This school was for women—because only women, not men, worked as secretaries. Anyway, in my last class before graduating, the last month was one of tedious work. My classmate was a young woman I knew well. Her father owned many businesses, had money, and was quite prominent in the business community, whereas the rest of the students were from the poorer side of town. Because of that, the owner of the business school, an older woman—yes, a woman—gave her a pass and let her miss the last month of tedious work. The owner actually stated this clearly: She didn’t have to finish because of who her father was, but we did, because we didn’t come from that kind of family.

Now, this was a really long time ago, but it shaped my perspective of how the world works, with different classes of people who have different rights and for whom different laws are enforced. I think most people are of the mind that this kind of bias isn’t okay, because it really builds and enforces an “us versus them” mentality. To be clear, the girl in question was a nice girl, but she didn’t understand that there was anything wrong with what had happened. How many times has this happened to you in the past? Even now, with the pandemic and the restrictions in place, we see those restrictions enforced for some and not for others. We’re seeing some communities come together while others are divided.

Over the past few months, the subject of transparency has come up over and over—or, more specifically, a lack of transparency. These types of issues have gone on forever. Just this past week, my family heard that someone at my daughter’s school had received a positive COVID test. We don’t know the details, because the information came to us from the news, which brought an entirely different outrage, as we should have heard from the school first. That lack of transparency had us questioning a lot of things. My daughter decided, even before the school notified everyone, that she was staying home that day, and then she promptly sent off an email to the administrator questioning the rampant rumors, some of which were pretty wild.

His response convinced her she’d made the right choice in staying home, because he simply said the school would be addressing the matter shortly. They did so in a vague letter the following day that indicated contract tracing had been completed and all those affected had been notified. The letter didn’t address any other facts of the situation. Now, no one needs to know any personal details, such as who tested positive, because that would create a witch hunt. But the reality is that a witch hunt is already happening on social media, where adults are condemning kids with nasty remarks even though it was a school staff member who works at the school and transmitted it to two students.

The problem is that questions aren’t being answered. How many people could be affected? We don’t need names, but we do need to know if the infected student and staff member travelled, if there could be any other hot spots. Who is being infected? Racial minorities, the homeless, the elderly, front line minimum wage workers, the poor? If you’re exposed and you receive that call, it means you can’t work. Depending on where you work, there’s no pay for that situation. For example, my daughter is in high school, but she also works at a restaurant. She really loves her job, and she can’t take the chance of exposing herself by going to school, then either spreading it or being put in quarantine, because the bulk of the restaurant’s customers are elderly. This would affect our entire household, including her two brothers and their jobs. She decided she can’t jeopardize her job, so the wiser choice is to stay home from school and take her classes online for now. The lack of answers and transparency from the school is creating way too much uncertainty, and she doesn’t want a community that is already outraged directing any anger towards her.

What’s happening is creating that “us versus them” mentality I mentioned earlier. While this pandemic is hard on adults, it’s worse for kids, who were never meant to be isolated. Though we want compassion and for our communities to come together, when an incident like this one incites fear because of a lack of transparency, we see either the best or the absolute worst in people.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | December 15

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Lorhainne Eckhart N.L. Westaway, James Patterson, Melissa Marr, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!

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Mystery and Thriller Books For Your Winter Reading List | 2020

Mystery and Thriller Books For Your Winter Reading List | 2020

Now is the perfect time to pick up some exhilarating new mystery and thriller books for your winter reading list. Don’t miss our latest book recommendations from bestselling authors Erica Hilary, Lorhainne Eckhart, N. L. Westaway, John Righten, Willow Rose, and Katie Sise. Enjoy your new books!


by Erica Hilary

Release Date: October 14, 2020

Still reeling from her parents’ deaths and a bitter divorce, TV personality Reilly Anderson is struggling to maintain a thriving career while preparing for the loss of her college-bound daughter. A man was the last thing she needed. But that was before Richard Lynch literally crashed into her life. After Reilly and the charismatic Brit are involved in a fender-bender, she’s unable to resist the exhilarating romantic freefall. The enigmatic Rick is not who she thinks he is, however, and her terrifying new reality is a twisted maze of sordid secrets and devious manipulations.

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And Then She Was Gone

by Lorhainne Eckhart

Release Date: October 31, 2020

The twelfth book in The O’Connells Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart… Six months ago, Brady’s true love, Cassie Arnold, walked into his hometown and his life. Everything was perfect, including their plans for their upcoming wedding—but one night, when he came home, Cassie was gone. How could she just vanish? Brady turns to his sheriff brother, Marcus O’Connell, and is stunned by what he discovers. Not only is there no trace of her, but it’s as if she never existed.

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Letters From Rachel

by N. L. Westaway

Release Date: December 5, 2020

All evidence points to yet another murder by the notorious serial killer known as the ‘Small-Town Strangler’. The unsolved killings had been labeled the Professor Murders, and the case file had become known as the Professor’s Dozen… it has been 6 years since the last killing, and this latest murder is number 13 now, making it a baker’s dozen. Where has the killer been all these years and why have they returned?

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by John Righten

Release Date: November 25, 2020

The second book in The Lenka Trilogy by author John Righten… 1992. Since her parents were murdered when she was a child, Lenka Brett, a young Irish teacher, has been forged by the fires of loss. Loss of her lover and loss of her innocent view of the world. Now, with her fellow Rogues – tough aid workers who deliver medical aid where charities and governments fear to enter – her mission is to deliver medicine to hospitals and orphanages cut-off by the fighting in war-torn Bosnia. With her resilience and quick wits she soon becomes the leader of the convoy, but as the war erupts into a global conflict, she finds herself in the crosshairs of mercenaries from all sides.

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Not Dead Yet

by Willow Rose

Release Date: November 26, 2020

The seventh book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series by Willow Rose… Has former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas finally gotten herself in deeper than she can handle? When the body of Nancy Henry is pulled out of the water of Sykes Creek by two local fishermen, they soon realize she’s not dead. Not yet. Before she disappeared, Nancy Henry appeared to have everything: a successful husband who adored her, two beautiful children, a modeling career, and a charming home in south Merritt Island with a heart wreath on the door. Now that she is back five years later, everything has changed.

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Open House

by Katie Sise

Release Date: December 1, 2020

A decade ago in upstate New York, art student Emma McCullough walked into the woods and was never seen again. It’s a mystery that still haunts her bucolic university town and her broken family, especially her sister, Haley, whose need for closure has become an obsession. But now, finally, the first piece of evidence in the vanishing has been found: Emma’s bracelet, lodged in a frozen piece of earth at the bottom of a gorge.

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