Where I am today, it’s rainy and dark. Just the right kind of weather to curl up with a nice cozy mystery (speaking of, mine is almost ready for its debut, but more on that later). This one’s set in Portland, which, I think, is also rainy, though I admit a lot of what I know about Portland comes from “Portlandia,” and I’m pretty sure it’s not completely accurate.
Foreclosed: A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery by Traci Tyne Hilton. FREE from Smashwords.com
Mitzy Neuhaus is the top selling Realtor in Portland, but even her office is dead. Determined to save one incredible mansion on her street from foreclosure she finds herself up against an owner with something to hide and a dangerously attractive rival investor. If Mitzy isn’t careful the economy won’t be the only thing dead.
How about a little spooky to get us over the Wednesday slump? Take a little trip to the Ghost House, a creepy place that might hold the key to murders…
The Ghost House by Helen Phifer. Amazon for $0.99. There’s not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force.
When she agrees to look after her brother’s farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more.
What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town?
Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim – but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.
At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.
Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.
Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.
Speaking of travel, you don’t have to leave the space-time continuum to visit distant worlds, we’ve got plenty right here on our own planet. You can go to Ghana in the space of a download, and help solve a mystery with this first book in the . Book three of Kwei Quartey’s Soho Crime series,Murder at Cape Three Points, just came out, so if you enjoy it, there are more books ahead.
Wife of the Gods: A Novel by Kwei Quartey. Amazon for $9.99.Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field—and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, he’s been ordered by his cantankerous boss to leave behind his loving wife and young son in Ghana’s capital city to lead a murder investigation: In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman—a promising medical student—has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Dawson is fluent in Ketanu’s indigenous language, so he’s the right man for the job, but the local police are less than thrilled with an outsider’s interference. For Dawson, this sleepy corner of Ghana is rife with emotional land mines: an estranged relationship with the family he left behind twenty-five years earlier and the painful memory of his own mother’s inexplicable disappearance. Armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, Dawson soon finds his cosmopolitan sensibilities clashing with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered to fetish priests as trokosi, or Wives of the Gods. Delving deeper into the student’s haunting death, Dawson will uncover long-buried secrets that, to his surprise, hit much too close to home.
This is a bonus day, because in addition to Therin Knite’s book “Echoes,” you also get the Knight Writes Awesome Indie Roundup blog post. There you’ll find a a whole slew of great indie reads organized by genre. Check it out, and check out this sci-fi thriller while you’re at it.
Echoes by Therin Knite. Amazon for $3.99. Twenty-three-year-old Adem Adamend has it rough. His name is ludicrous. His friends are few. And the only thing his “kid genius” status has gotten him at the Interdistrict Bureau of Intelligence is a boatload of extra work with no credit in sight.
Then hotshot lawyer Victor Manson is burned to death in his own back yard, and Adem finds himself using his unique skills to piece together the strangest crime he’s ever seen. Strange because the only possible suspect Adem can pin the murder on…is a mythical beast. A dragon.
Before Adem can unravel the mystery of Manson’s death, the Bureau loses jurisdiction to the secretive EDPA, an organization that investigates weird and deadly events. But Adem isn’t one for giving up, so he takes it upon himself to delve deeper into EDPA’s machinations, into the series of unfortunate events that led to Manson’s demise.
And what he finds may change the way he views the world — and himself — forever.
What do you do when a killer can hide behind his dreams?
What do you do when a murder weapon ceases to exist?
And how do you stop a villain who can conjure up nightmares and burn you from the Earth in the blink of an eye?
It’s still Free Book Friday, and if you can’t laugh at the week that just took the tinsel from your branches, then at least you can laugh at this book. And it occurs to me that’s a seasonal reference, quite out of season. Well, no matter, this one looks funny, and you can’t beat free.
Bubba and the Dead Woman by C.L. Bevill. FREE from Smashwords.com
Bubba is a good old boy with lots of problems. His ex-fiancee is deader than a door nail and everyone thinks he dun did it. His house is haunted. His mother is running an illegal gambling ring. His dog likes to bite people too much. And he’s got to find out who really did it before the sheriff throws him in jail…again.
Get your weekend, and Free Book Friday, of to a heart-pounding start with this thriller. Though I wouldn’t envy the setting of St. Paul this time of year. Then again, given our weather right now, I probably wouldn’t notice the difference.
Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes. FREE from Smashwords.com
NYT & USA Today bestselling author, Roger Stelljes delivers an action packed, pulse pounding thriller that is the 2nd book in the McRyan Mystery Series. An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. Also available: FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY – 3 book box set and Newest Release – ELECTING TO MURDER.
This week’s Free Book Friday starts with a ghostly mystery. I don’t think this is what they meant by “Fake it ’till you make it.”
Nearly Departed by Max Patrick Schlienger. FREE from Smashwords.com
Con artists are a notoriously skeptical bunch, and Dennis Gufehautt is no exception. His scheme of masquerading as a paranormal investigator seems foolproof, until he encounters an actual ghost.
Now, having unwittingly become a witness to a decades-old murder, Dennis finds himself stumbling headfirst into bizarre and often hilarious situations as he tries to solve a legitimate paranormal mystery.