Fiction Catalog


WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING Ang Pompano (Encircle Publications)

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“Solid, spare and completely terrific…. Pompano honors Robert B. Parker’s legacy of wry, laconic PI’s–smart and engaging detectives with history, honor and heart.”
-Hank Phillippi Ryan,bestselling author of THE MURDER LIST

When his girlfriend dumps him and a dealer rams him off a bridge, Al DeSantis quits the New Haven Police Department. As he plans to head for LA, he learns his father who abandoned him as a kid has deeded him the Blue Palmetto Detective Agency in Georgia. Now fearing bridges, Al drives to Savannah intending to sell fast and go west, but before he can, he discovers a strong and attractive female detective named Maxine, a dead body on the dock—and his father, alive, suffering from Alzheimer’s, and determined to help his “new partner Al” solve the crime.


WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LEAVING, is Ang Pompano’s debut novel. He has stories in the 2019 Malice Domestic Anthology, and BEST NEW ENGLAND CRIME STORIES 2019. His academic pieces include one on teaching detective fiction. A recipient of the Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for a novel in progress, he is on the Crime Bake Planning Committee and is a board member of Sisters in Crime New England. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Annette, and two rescue dogs.

https://www.angpompano.com/

HUSK by Dave Zeltserman (Severn House)

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Classic contemporary horror from the Shamus and Derringer-winning author of Small Crimes.

Charlie is a Husker on the prowl in the New Hampshire wilderness when he falls in love with one of them: a girl named Jill. Loving Jill means leaving the Husk clan, with its gruesome cannibalistic rituals, and that will be far more difficult – and dangerous – than Charlie could have foreseen.

It’s only in New York City that the secret to ending his terrible cravings may reveal itself – if it doesn’t kill him and everything he has grown to love first.

A darkly imagined tale, all the more frightening for its apparent ordinariness and plausibility, Husk is guaranteed to leave readers shaken, stirred – and chilled to the bone.

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“I am a fan of Dave Zeltserman – I really enjoy his writing style and his dark humor. He writes mystery, crime and horror with equal excellence. I was looking forward to HUSK, and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this read!”

– Reader Review
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http://severnhouse.com/book/Husk/8879

Unbroken by Brooklyn Ray

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Full-Length Stand-Alone M/M Paranormal Erotica in the Bestselling Award-Winning Port Lewis Witches Series

Despite the rumors about Port Lewis, Michael Gates doesn’t expect the house he rents with his sister on Foxglove Lane to be haunted. An eerie meeting with Victor Lewellyn, the resident witch-turned-demon who is bound to the property by dark magic, changes his mind.

Michael isn’t looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone someone like Victor, but the intense attraction between them can’t be ignored. As he dives into the world of magical drug rings, demons, witches, and necromancers, Michael also grapples with the complicated past he left behind in Arizona.

A relationship might not be what he wants, but it sparks something in him he didn’t realize he needs—the chance to heal.
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“UNBROKEN is a journey of the self in all its forms, its methods delicate and vicious, its story sexy and emotional. Brooklyn Ray offers readers another beautiful story that tastes like catharsis; once again we fall in love with a damaged hero, and once again Brooklyn makes us stare through the darkness and see light.”

-L.A. Ashton author of Echoes 

https://ninestarpress.com/authors/brooklyn-ray/

When Hell Struck Twelve by James Benn

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In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz travel into the heart of Nazi-occupied Paris on a dangerous mission: ensure a traitor to the French Resistance unwittingly carries out a high-stakes deception campaign.

August 1944: US Army detective Billy Boyle is assigned to track down a French traitor, code-named Atlantik, who is delivering classified Allied plans to German leaders in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also hot on his trail and out for blood, after Atlantik’s previous betrayals led to the death of many of their members. But the plans Atlantik carries were leaked on purpose, a ruse devised to obscure the Allied army’s real intentions to bypass Paris in a race to the German border.

Now Billy and Kaz are assigned to the Resistance with orders to not let them capture the traitor: the deception campaign is too important. Playing a delicate game, the chase must be close enough to spur the traitor on and visible enough to ensure the Germans trust Atlantik. The outcome of the war may well depend on it.
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“A series that just keeps getting better and better. Far more than just a series of mysteries it has become an engrossing combination of history and character development. A great read.” 
– Reader Review

https://sohopress.com/books/when-hell-struck-twelve/

Below the Tree Line by Susan Oleksiw

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In the Massachusetts countryside, family secrets run deep…but an outside threat could uproot them all…

Felicity O’Brien hopes the warning shot fired from her porch is enough to scare off the intruder who’s been snooping around her family’s Massachusetts farm. Days later, when two young women are found dead nearby, Felicity can’t figure out how the deaths are related, and even her inherited healing touch isn’t enough to ease the community’s pain over the tragic loss.

Felicity does know that somebody wants something bad enough to kill for it, but all she has is the neglected property her parents passed down to her. Joining forces with her friend Jeremy Colson, Felicity tries to uncover the truth and save herself and her land from those who are capable of unthinkable harm.


Praise:

“Oleksiw crafts a classic small-town mystery…where a closely-knit cast of characters are forced to wrestle with the unwanted intrusion of the modern world that threatens long-standing traditions.”―Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the County Cork Mystery series

“A woman with healing hands and a rescued dog trap a killer in Susan Oleksiw’s engaging ‘Below the Tree Line’.”―Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of You’ll Never Know, Dear

https://www.susanoleksiw.com/

Dying for Attention by James Shannon

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Dying for Attention is a taut, involving mystery.

Matthew “Chug” O’Malley, a former Boston columnist and television personality, only takes the substitute teacher job at nearby Prescott High so he can write a book about a year in a typical high school. But within a very short time, four of his students are shooting at him, an auburn-haired, green-eyed senior is trying to seduce him, and then the real trouble begins.

First, one student dies. Then a second. Next, a staff member is savagely axed to death. All the while, the killer keeps sending notes to Chug, telling him that he must write about the killings and make the killer famous–a somewhat bitter irony for Chug, who had tried to walk away from fame.
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“In addition to the plot, what I liked most about the story was the tempo. The characters keep moving as the work progresses, and there is plenty of change and challenge to make me want occasionally to refer back to other pages to make sure that I really “got” the inferences that the plot was creating. The “romantic” element was also a plus leading to a very happy ending! I hope Jim is going to give us another book to follow this one!” 

– Reader Review
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The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan

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USA Today Bestseller
ONE OF KIRKUS’ BEST BOOKS OF 2016

“One of those rare thrillers that really will keep you reading all night.”
Kirkus starred review

“In this chilling cat-and-mouse tale… Holahan keeps the action going.”
Publishers Weekly

Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone—leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter—but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten-million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

https://www.cateholahan.com/

Dark Turns by Cate Holahan

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“Outstanding. An engrossing story line and cast of fully developed characters make this debut psychological thriller hard to put down.” 
Publishers Weekly starred review

“With protagonists so well drawn that readers will feel as if they know them intimately, this excellent mystery will appeal to fans of Gillian Roberts and Nicci French.” 
Library Journal starred review

Nia Washington is an incredibly talented ballerina. She fought her way up from the streets and was nearing the pinnacle of her profession when an injury and a broken heart derailed her career. Taking a temporary job at an elite boarding school was supposed to give her time to nurse both body and soul. It was supposed to be a safe place to launch a triumphant comeback. It is anything but.

Shortly after she arrives at the beautiful lakeside campus, she discovers the body of a murdered student, and her life takes a truly dark turn. It’s not long before she is drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a ruthless killer. And Nia isn’t the only target. She must use all of her street smarts to protect her dancers, save a wrongfully accused student, and rescue the man she loves.

A stunning and suspenseful tale of passion and betrayal, Cate Holahan’s Dark Turns will take readers deep into the mind of a murderer and the woman who must put an end to the killing.

https://www.cateholahan.com/

Rich Boys by Heather Leigh Hunt

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Make the decision: kill a loved one, or be killed.

At 21-years-old, Autumn Wright has just returned home for the holiday break before her final semester of dance school in downtown Chicago. Growing up next door to the Van Ettens meant becoming like family to the rich and attractive brothers, Sam and Alex. Few things lure Autumn back home like the boys, Alex in particular. Leaving them behind is also one of her biggest hesitations while planning to move to New York after graduation for a career dancing on stage.

Sam may act as the standoffish brother—six years her senior—quietly watching from the wings. But Alex, the fire of the family, is Autumn’s best friend, and on the verge of becoming something even more. Aware that a life-changing relocation is on the horizon, Autumn knows the time is now if things are going to happen with Alex, and she senses his reciprocal feelings.

So when the Van Etten boys throw together a party at their house, Autumn allows the liquor to warm her lips and shed her inhibitions. Her reserve dissolves more than expected, and she finds herself flirting with both Alex and Sam—swirling in and out of conversations when the tipsy night turns into amnesia-like intoxication. The next day Autumn awakes to find herself on a posh private train line, barreling into the north; realizing she made a rash and inebriated decision of embarrassing proportions. Convinced by one of the brothers that the two of them are just on a little getaway to bond, Autumn attempts to enjoy the ride. But it soon becomes evident that she is not on the trip by choice..


Execution in E by Alexia Gordon

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Romance is in the air. Or on the ’Gram, anyway.

When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff.

Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body.

Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?

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EXECUTION IN E by Alexia Gordon | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

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“I am a fan of Ms. Gordon’s. The series has a great cast of characters and the storyline is always interesting and different. I’ve even Googled the music pieces that are referenced in the books so I can listen to them. Definitely worth following!”  – Reader Review
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https://alexiagordon.net/

Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin

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Maine Sunday Telegram #1 Bestseller * Winner of the Silver Falchion Award for Best Procedural * Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel * Maine Literary Award Nominee for Best Crime Fiction
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“A gripping atmospheric thriller that finds the dark side of Portland, Maine. The Detective Byron mystery series is one of the finest to arrive in a long time.

– #1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

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In this latest enthralling mystery from #1 bestselling author Bruce Robert Coffin, Detective Sergeant John Byron faces the greatest challenge of his career.

When a popular high school senior is shot by police following a late-night robbery, chaos ensues. The actions of the officer are immediately called into question. Amid community protests, political grandstanding, department leaks, and reluctant witnesses, Byron and his team must work quickly to find the missing pieces.

And when an attempt is made on the officer’s life, Byron shifts into overdrive, putting everything on the line. Was the attack merely retribution or something more sinister? The search for the truth may come at a price not even Byron can afford.

http://www.brucerobertcoffin.com/

Everlasting Nora by Melissa de la Cruz

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An uplifting young reader debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shantytown inside the Philippines’ Manila North Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shantytown of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.

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“Heartwarming!”―#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz

“A story of friendship and unrelenting hope.”―Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly
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https://cruzwrites.com/

Shallow Grave by Brian Thiem

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When the Oakland coroner’s office uncovers a body buried in a shallow grave in the outskirts of the city, homicide sergeant Matt Sinclair expects to find a drug dealer caught in the crosshairs of a turf war. Instead, the victim is identified as Phil Roberts, the commander of the police department’s intelligence unit and Sinclair’s former partner.

Police brass want to pin the murder on a dead member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and they want the case closed quickly, but Sinclair and his current partner, Cathy Braddock, aren’t satisfied with that answer. As Sinclair delves into the details of Roberts’s past, secrets from his work and personal life come to the surface—secrets that some people will go to any length to keep buried. But Sinclair won’t stop until he finds the truth, even if it means sacrificing his former partner’s reputation and possibly his own career.

With Shallow Grave, Brian Thiem brings back his beloved detective for a thrilling third adventure in his acclaimed police procedural series.
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“As a former homicide officer, Thiem draws on his experience to build his detailed plot and realistic characters that will be appreciated by fans of authentic police procedurals.”
Library Journal
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https://www.brianthiem.com/

Permanent Sunset by C. Michele Dorsey

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“Outstanding sequel…The ensuing mystery, chockablock with unanticipated plot twists, complex supporting characters, and terrific dialogue, makes for mighty good page-turning fun.”

— Publishers Weekly starred review
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Former television meteorologist Sabrina Salter’s new life in paradise was idyllic, sprinkled with new friendships, romance and a successful villa rental business, which just landed Villa Nirvana, the newest and most opulent villa in the Virgin Islands. But island life isn’t all sun and sand.

During the villa’s opening weekend, Sabrina discovers the body of a bride murdered on the eve of her wedding to the villa owner. The case gives the police a new reason to scrutinize Sabrina and her business, which they suggest provides inadequate security for its guests and should lose its license. Unless Sabrina can show the bride’s murder was unrelated to her or her business, her life on St. John will be over before sundown.

In order to clear her name and salvage her business, Sabrina dives into the deep end of an investigation riddled with infidelity, fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy in Permanent Sunset, the second in C. Michele Dorsey’s riveting mystery series.

http://cmicheledorsey.com/

Bloodroot by Cynthia Riggs

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“This smoothly executed, fun read contrasts the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard with the drama of the unsolved murders. Readers will adore Victoria, a smart and witty sleuth who’s as crafty as she is charismatic.”

– “RT Book Reviews on Paperwhite Narcissus”

“I really enjoy Cynthia Riggs’s books. I have read every one she has out. This was enjoyable like all the rest. Was first introduced to her books when we stayed at her B&B on Martha’s Vineyard in 2015.”

– Reader Review

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It’s just another day at the dentist’s office for Victoria Trumbull when fellow patient, wealthy Mrs. Wilmington, dies. It’s an unfortunate, though seemingly not murderous incident, but the receptionist is hysterical, so one of the dental assistants offers to drive her home. But after making a quick pit stop, he finds her body floating in the harbor.

With the police shorthanded due to an upcoming presidential visit, it’s up to Victoria to take on the case. As she wrestles with her ex-son-in-law, a $3 million will, and a deadly dental clinic, Mrs. Trumbull discovers that nothing in the case is quite what it seems.

Bloodroot is the latest in Cynthia Riggs’ longstanding Martha’s Vineyard mystery series, filled with delightful characters and charming descriptions of the beautiful island.

http://www.cynthiariggs.com/

That’s What Friends Do by Cathleen Barnhart

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A heartfelt and powerful debut novel for fans of Erin Entrada Kelly and John David Anderson, That’s What Friends Do is a book for anyone learning how to have the hard conversations about feelings, boundaries, and what it means to be a true friend. 

Samantha Goldstein and David Fisher have been friends ever since they met on their town’s Little League baseball team. But when a new kid named Luke starts hanging out with them, what was a comfortable pair becomes an awkward trio.

Luke’s comments make Sammie feel uncomfortable—but all David sees is how easily Luke flirts with Sammie, and so David decides to finally make a move on the friend he’s always had a crush on.

Soon things go all wrong and too far, and Sammie and David are both left feeling hurt, confused, and unsure of themselves, without anyone to talk to about what happened.

As rumors start flying around the school, David must try to make things right (if he can) and Sammie must learn to speak up about what’s been done to her.
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“Readers who are beginning to navigate more complicated emotions and personal boundaries will appreciate this story which deftly handles sensitive topics like inappropriate touching and body autonomy.”
– School Library Journal

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https://cathleenbarnhart.com/