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Thu
Oct 19 2017 10:00am
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Michael Stanley Excerpt: Dying to Live

Michael Stanley

Dying to Live by Michael Stanley is the sixth crime novel to feature the humble and endearing Detective Kubu, set against the richly beautiful backdrop of Botswana (available October 24, 2014).

A Bushman is discovered dead near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Africa. Although the man looks old enough to have died of natural causes, the police suspect foul play, and the body is sent to Gaborone for an autopsy. Pathologist Ian MacGregor confirms the cause of death as a broken neck, but is greatly puzzled by the man’s physiology. Although he’s obviously very old, his internal organs look remarkably young. He calls in Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu. When the Bushman’s corpse is stolen from the morgue, suddenly the case takes on a new dimension.

[Read an excerpt from Dying to Live...]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 10:00am
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Donna Andrews Excerpt: How the Finch Stole Christmas!

Donna Andrews

How the Finch Stole Christmas! by Donna Andrews is the 22nd Meg Langslow Mystery, which is guaranteed to put the “ho ho hos” into the holidays of cozy lovers everywhere with its gut-bustingly funny mystery (available October 24, 2017).

Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens's A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager.

The show must go on, even if the famous―though slightly over-the-hill―actor who's come to town to play the starring role of Scrooge has brought a sleigh-load of baggage and enemies with him. And why is Caerphilly suddenly overrun with a surplus of beautiful caged finches?

[Read an excerpt from How the Finch Stole Christmas...]

Tue
Oct 17 2017 10:00am
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Iris Johansen Excerpt: Mind Game

Iris Johansen

Mind Game by Iris Johansen is the 22nd book in the Eve Duncan series and a propulsive thriller that’s impossible to put down (available October 24, 2017).

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Scotland holds a treasure that Jane MacGuire has been hunting for years. But as she scours the highlands in search of it, she’s plagued by dreams of a girl in danger―dreams she can’t ignore no matter how hard she tries. Who is this girl, and what is she trying to tell Jane? And will Jane figure it out before it’s too late―for her and the mysterious young woman?

Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into Jane’s life. Their history is volatile to say the least. This time Jane finds herself pulled unexpectedly into his world as she fights to save him. But Caleb isn’t the only person sweeping her up into startling developments. When Eve Duncan surprises Jane with news of her own, Jane comes face to face with stunning changes in the lives of those she loves most.

[Read an excerpt from Mind Game...]

Mon
Oct 16 2017 10:00am
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Christopher J. Yates Excerpt: Grist Mill Road

Christopher J. Yates

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale (available January 9, 2018).

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The year is 1982; the setting, an Edenic hamlet some ninety miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends―Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah―are bound together by a terrible and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves never could have predicted, the three meet again―with even more devastating results.

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Fri
Oct 13 2017 10:00am
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David L. Golemon Excerpt: In the Still of the Night

David L. Golemon

In the Still of the Night by David L. GolemonSet in the world of The Supernaturals, one of Riffle’s Ten Best Haunted House Books of All Time, In the Still of the Night is a supernatural thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Event Group series, David L. Golemon, that will make your Halloween extra spooky this year (available October 17, 2017).

Five years ago, the ghost-hunting Supernaturals disbanded after being accused of faking their footage of the haunting at Summer Place. Now, the eccentric, but brilliant, team of scientists and paranormal experts are being asked to join forces once again— this time to save the President.

Through strenuous investigation and mysterious messages about returning home, the team soon discovers the long lost home of the president: a small town in California called Moreno, a modern ghost town.

When the Supernaturals go to Moreno for answers, they find a presence; something came to Moreno after WWII, something that’s still locked in a steel vault in the basement of the town’s old movie theater.

To make matters worse, the thing in the basement is starting to pull them into its time, Halloween of 1963. With the body count rising, it’ll be up to the Supernaturals to find an explanation for what this paranormal being is and how to defeat it.

[Read an excerpt from In the Still of the Night...]

Thu
Oct 12 2017 10:00am
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Shannon Baker Excerpt: Dark Signal

Shannon Baker

Dark Signal by Shannon BakerDark Signal by Shannon Baker is the second installment in the Kate Fox mystery series, starring a female Longmire in the atmospheric Nebraska Sandhills (available October 17, 2017).

Reeling from her recent divorce, Kate Fox has just been sworn in as Grand County, Nebraska Sheriff when tragedy strikes. A railroad accident has left engineer Chad Mills dead, his conductor Bobby Jenkins in shock. Kate soon realizes that the accident was likely murder.

Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile, his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident?

While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn’t believe it. She may not have the experience, but she’s lived in the Sandhills her whole life and knows the land and the people. Something doesn’t add up—and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again.

[Read an excerpt from Dark Signal...]

Wed
Oct 11 2017 10:00am
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Dana Middleton Excerpt: Open If You Dare

Dana Middleton

Open If You Dare by Dana MiddletonOpen If You Dare by Dana Middleton is a middle-grade mystery novel where three friends work together to solve the mystery of a long-buried box planted by a dead girl 40 years ago (available October 17, 2017).

Like Birdie Adams didn’t have enough problems this summer. But Birdie’s Birdie. And if a long-buried box has “Open if you dare” written on its lid, then Birdie and her best friends, Ally and Rose, are going to open it.

And now, along with everything else that’s going on—Ally’s pitching slump, Rose’s banishment to Britain, and Birdie’s annoying younger sister being, you know, annoying—the best friends are caught up in solving a mystery planted by a dead girl forty years ago.

[Read an excerpt from Open If You Dare...]

Tue
Oct 10 2017 10:00am
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Gregg Hurwitz Excerpt: Last Chance

Gregg Hurwitz

Last ChanceThe Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in Last Chance, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz's YA debut, The Rains (available October 17, 2017).

The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz, returns to Creek's Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings, in this thrilling sequel to The Rains.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

[Read an excerpt from Last Chance...]

Mon
Oct 9 2017 10:00am
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Jay Bonansinga Excerpt: Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury

Jay Bonansinga

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury by Jay Bonansinga is the latest book in the Walking Dead series, following Lilly Caul as she risks everything to return home (available October 17, 2017).

To risk everything...

She has weathered over four years of the apocalypse. She has done things that she would not have dreamt of doing in her darkest nightmares. But she has survived. And now, she has staked a claim in the plague-ravaged city of Atlanta. It is a safe haven for her people, rising high above the walker-ridden streets, a place of warmth and comfort.

But for Lilly Caul, something is missing...

She still dreams of her former home—the quaint little village known as Woodbury—a place of heartache as well as hope. For Lilly, Woodbury, Georgia, has become a symbol of the future, of family, of a return to normal life amidst this hell on earth. The call is so powerful that Lilly decides to risk everything in order to go back... to reclaim that little oasis in the wilderness.

Against all odds, against the wishes of her people, Lilly leads a ragtag group of true believers back across the impossible landscape of walker swarms, flooded rivers, psychotic bands of murderers, and dangers the likes of which she has never known. Along the way, she discovers a disturbing truth about herself. She is willing to go to the darkest place in order to survive, in order to save her people, in order to do the one thing she knows she has to do: Return to Woodbury.

[Read an excerpt from The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury...]

Sat
Oct 7 2017 10:00am
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Steven Cooper Excerpt: Desert Remains

Steven Cooper

Desert Remains by Steven Cooper is the first book in the new Gus Parker and Alex Mills series (available October 10, 2017).

Someone is filling the desert caves around Phoenix with bodies—a madman who, in a taunting ritual, is leaving behind a record of his crimes etched into the stone. With no leads and no suspects, Detective Alex Mills sees a case spinning out of control. City leaders want the case solved yesterday, and another detective wants to elbow Mills out of the way. As the body count rises, Mills turns to Gus Parker, an “intuitive medium” whose murky visions sometimes point to real clues. It's an unorthodox approach, but Mills is desperate.

When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead and that in this vast desert, the next murder could happen anywhere. Nor does it help that he's always been unlucky in love and now finds himself the prey of a lovelorn stalker. She is throwing him off his game.

Someone will win this contest, and both Parker and Mills fear it will be the cunning, ruthless killer, who is able to use the trackless landscape as a cover for his brutal crimes.

[Read an excerpt from Desert Remains...]

Fri
Oct 6 2017 10:00am
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Gregory Dowling Excerpt: The Four Horsemen

Gregory Dowling

The Four Horsemen by Gregory DowlingThe Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling is the second book in the Alvise Marangon Mysteries series (available October 10, 2017).

Tour guide Alvise Marangon thinks he knows Venice better than ever, but now he finds himself ensnared by mysteries as obscure as the city and in many cases just as old.

Certain that he is finally about to have his guide’s license revoked after a tavern brawl, Alvise is instead dragooned into the service of Missier Grande, who has linked the death of one of his agents to a secret society known as the Four Horsemen. Every attempt that Missier Grande makes to investigate the matter is blocked by forces on high, and enlisting Alvise is a move of last resort—one last-ditch effort to uncover the crimes of the present in the secrets of the past before the future claims more lives.

Among the dark arcades and fetid canals of 18th-century Venice, Alvise is the one who finds himself led on a tour, at any turn of which could lie a fresh corpse or an ancient conspiracy.

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Thu
Oct 5 2017 10:00am
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Mandy Morton Excerpt: Cat Among the Pumpkins

Mandy Morton

Cat Among the Pumpkins by Mandy Morton is the second book in the Hettie Bagshot Mystery series (available October 10, 2017).

Cat lovers, rejoice! The second installment in Mandy Morton's cat-driven series has arrived with Cat Among the Pumpkins, where crime-solving is in the capable paws of felines. And these cats haven't been declawed.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, Hettie Bagshot of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency has more than just a ghost and warlock tart on her plate. Along with her faithful sidekick, Tilly, the tabby duo set out to investigate an old crime and a spate of new murders.

Why is Mavis Spitforce dressed as a pumpkin? Can Irene Peggledrip really talk to cats from the spirit world? Did Milky Myers murder his family on Halloween, longer ago than anyone can remember? All questions the pair must answer before the case can be solved. As the November fog closes in, where will the killer strike next—and will there be enough catnip to go around?

[Read an excerpt from Cat Among the Pumpkins...]

Wed
Oct 4 2017 10:00am
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Tasha Alexander Excerpt: Death in St. Petersburg

Tasha Alexander

Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander is the 12th book in the Lady Emily Mysteries series (available October 10, 2017).

After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night’s performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry— “Nemetseva is dead!”

Amongst the theatergoers is Lady Emily, accompanying her dashing husband Colin in Russia on assignment from the Crown. But it soon becomes clear that Colin isn’t the only one with work to do. When the dead ballerina’s aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star’s murderer. Her investigation takes her on a dance across the stage of Tsarist Russia, from the opulence of the Winter Palace, to the modest flats of ex-ballerinas and the locked attics of political radicals. A mysterious dancer in white follows closely behind, making waves through St. Petersburg with her surprise performances and trail of red scarves. Is it the sweet Katenka, Nemetseva’s childhood friend and favorite rival? The ghost of the murdered étoile herself? Or, something even more sinister?

[Read an excerpt from Death in St. Petersburg...]

Mon
Oct 2 2017 10:00am
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James Becker Excerpt: The Templar Brotherhood

James Becker

The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker is the third book in the Lost Treasure of the Templars series—a breakneck thriller that whisks readers into the shadowy secret chambers of the Knights Templar (available October 3, 2017).

Having barely escaped the crosshairs of a deadly cult, Robin Jessop and David Mallory crisscross Europe, seeking to unlock the truth behind a conspiracy unresolved for seven hundred years—the mystery of what has given the enigmatic Templars their unwavering power.

Infiltrating the group’s vast archives, Jessop and Mallory make a startling find. An ancient Templar passport hints at a sacred mission: the transportation of a priceless treasure, an artifact of incomprehensible value. Delving through centuries of clues and deception, the two come face-to-face with a secret that could shake Christendom to its core—and cost their own lives along the way. 

[Read an excerpt from The Templar Brotherhood...]

Sun
Oct 1 2017 12:00pm
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Jake Burt Excerpt: Greetings from Witness Protection!

Jake Burt

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake BurtGreetings from Witness Protection! is a humorous, middle-grade novel about a family in witness protection and the orphan/pickpocket tasked with keeping them safe  (available October 3, 2017).

Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. . . .

The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.

Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.

[Read an excerpt from Greetings from Witness Protection!...]

Sat
Sep 30 2017 10:00am
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Tade Thompson Excerpt: The Murders of Molly Southbourne

Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southborne by Tade ThompsonEvery time she bleeds, a murderer is born. Experience the horror of Tade Thompson's The Murders of Molly Southbourne (available October 3, 2017).

The rule is simple: don’t bleed.

For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.

Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

[Read an excerpt from The Murders of Molly Southborne...]

Fri
Sep 29 2017 10:00am
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Sarah Pinborough Excerpt: 13 Minutes

Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough (available October 3, 2017).

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart.

Natasha doesn't remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn't an accident, and she wasn't suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha's sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn't try to kill her?

[Read an excerpt from 13 Minutes...]

Thu
Sep 28 2017 10:00am
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David Wong Excerpt: What the Hell Did I Just Read

David Wong

What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong is the third book in the John Dies at the End series (available October 3, 2017).

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It's the story “They” don't want you to read. Though, to be fair, “They” are probably right about this one. To quote the Bible, “Learning the truth can be like loosening a necktie, only to realize it was the only thing keeping your head attached.” No, don't put the book back on the shelf — it is now your duty to purchase it to prevent others from reading it. Yes, it works with e-books, too, I don't have time to explain how.

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they—like you—would be better off not knowing.

Your first impulse will be to think that a story this gruesome—and, to be frank, stupid—cannot possibly be true. That is precisely the reaction “They” are hoping for.

[Read an excerpt from What the Hell Did I Just Read...]

Wed
Sep 27 2017 10:00am
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Will Thomas Excerpt: Old Scores

Will Thomas

Old Scores by Will ThomasOld Scores by Will Thomas is the ninth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series (available October 3, 2017).

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries.

Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer.

[Read an excerpt from Old Scores...]

Tue
Sep 26 2017 1:00pm
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Chris Ewan Excerpt: The Good Thief’s Guide to Murder

Chris Ewan

The Good Thief's Guide to Murder by Chris Ewan is a short story in the Good Thief's Guide series featuring master thief Charlie Howard. Read our exclusive excerpt and learn how you can read the entire story for free! 

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Cat burglars are pretty cool, right? I’ve always thought so. They climb in through high windows. They dangle from ropes. They scale rooftops. They’re agile. Added to that, they’re usually suave, sophisticated and cunning, and they always get away with the goods and evade the police.

Well, not me.

I don’t like heights. I’d rather smoke a cigarette than hone my climbing skills. I’m actually allergic to cats.

But we do have something in common because the truth is I like to steal things and I usually get away with it, too. The only difference is I prefer to go in and out the front door.

[Read the full excerpt from A Good Thief's Guide to Murder...]