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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie

One of the clerical undertakings that Sidney least enjoyed was the abstinence of Lent. The rejection of alcohol between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday had always been a tradition amongst the clergy of Cambridge but Sidney noticed that it neither improved their spirituality nor their patience. In fact, it made some of them positively murderous. James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death First published in 2012, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is the first collection in an ongoing series of mysteries starring the compassionate and engaging Canon Sidney Chambers. Inspired by author James Runcie’s father, Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, the series captures all the charm of religious life in the English country – with a side of mystery as only the British can conjure. As the first page of the book reads, “Canon Sidney Chambers had never intended to become a detective.” A quiet but spirited Anglican priest, Sidney enjoys tending to the flock of his congregation in the quaint hamlet of Grantchester in Cambridgeshire. He knows his congregants by …

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Strong Light of Day by Jon Land

“I think the Cold War suddenly got red hot to the touch.” Strong Light of Day by Jon Land In her newest adventure, fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong takes on Russian terrorists with a mission born of history and a new kind of weapon that could completely change the future of the United States. When Caitlin is called to a bayou where a bus full of local teens has gone missing and a cattle ranch where a full herd of cattle has been reduced to skeletons, she never dreams that the mysterious occurrences could possibly be linked. With help from Mexican gunslinger Guillermo Paz and her love interest Cort Wesley, whose youngest son is among the missing, Caitlin works to make sense of the scenarios, uncovering a plot linked back to Afghanistan in 2003 and the ghost of a villain who challenged the Texas Rangers, namely her father, in the ‘80s. Strong Light of Day, the seventh book in Jon Land’s series, boasts explosive action, heart-pounding drama, and a mystery steeped in history that will …

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The Seven Sins and Black Scorpion by Jon Land

With his 2008 novel, The Seven Sins, and his newest release, Black Scorpion, author Jon Land brings Fabrizio Boccardi’s inimitable Las Vegas hero Michael “The Tyrant” Tiranno to life in a series of pulse-pounding adventures. Michael Tiranno, also known as The Tyrant, is the imposing force behind The Seven Sins, the most luxurious resort and casino in Las Vegas. Born into poverty in rural Italy, Michael – then Michele Nunziato – was taken under the wing of mafia powerhouse Don Lucciano after the murder of his family, and from there he became Michael Tiranno: Italian for “tyrant”. A larger-than-life persona across the pages, the character first appeared in Jon Land’s The Seven Sins in collaboration with The Tyrant’s creator, Italian investor Fabrizio Boccardi. While “The Tyrant” is in some ways Boccardi’s alter-ego, he’s also something of a superhero for the Vegas set – James Bond meets Tony Stark with a Sin City vibe. Boccardi’s creation comes to literary life through author Jon Land’s timeless skill, resulting in a high-octane thriller that keeps readers on the …

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Swindle Town by Molly Greene

Sassy, spunky private eye Gen Delacourt is back in a new mystery from Molly Greene that finds the amateur detective up to her ears in secrets, lies – and wine. Molly Greene’s Gen Delacourt mysteries have been among my favorites since the series began several years ago. Over the course of four novels readers have followed Gen on her adventures in San Francisco as she works to uncover truths, catch bad guys, and keep herself alive in the process. In her fifth outing, Swindle Town, Gen is hired to track a series of disappearing empty wine bottles that ultimately leads her into the employment – or maybe the clutches – of a secret high-society wine club where membership fees are in the thousands and a good vintage may be worth killing over. Working the case becomes complicated for Gen when she uncovers connections that hit close to home for her boyfriend, SFPD detective Mack Hackett. Charged with keeping her investigation a secret, she’ll have to put her all into unraveling a mysterious series of threats …

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Damaged Goods by Jack Everett and David Coles

Having penned five novels together, authors David Coles and Jack Everett are back with the first in their new Inspector White series. Damaged Goods intertwines the stories of a tortured American soldier on a rampage and the crafty British cop on his trail, two very different men whose paths cross in the ultimate test of will. DI Stewart White, newly arrived in Leeds to head up the area police office, is investigating a string of murders that seemed to have been committed by a preternaturally skilled warrior. Robert Cleghorn, a former Special Forces operative governed by severe mental and emotional trauma, is determined to reunite with the British woman who stole his heart – whatever, or whomever, the cost. As Cleghorn tears his way through the country, the clock is counting down for White to figure out his motive, his identity, and his ultimate end-game. Damaged Goods is a superb start to a promising new series, with a consistently engaging story from beginning to end. The authors write from several different angles in this novel: …

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Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen

In Murphy’s Law Rhys Bowen introduces readers to amateur sleuth Molly Murphy and a colorful reimagining of turn-of-the-century New York City where mystery, romance, and murder await. Molly Murphy is a smart and quick-witted Irish woman on the run from the police in her home country. With a stroke of luck, she befriends a woman who helps gain her passage across the Atlantic. Once arrived at Ellis Island, Molly finds the New York of 1901 more challenging than her dreams suggested – especially when a murder is committed before her party even sets foot on Manhattan. Now the prime suspect, Molly will have to track the real murderer across this strange new world in order to clear her name. When one first reads Murphy’s Law it’s easy to see how the book paved the way for a beloved series. It’s a novel filled with charm, wit, and suspense; Bowen’s titular creation seems to jump off the page and directly into the hearts of her readers with all her honest gumption and mischievous curiosity – not …

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A Thousand Tombs by Molly Greene

Molly Greene’s latest story, A Thousand Tombs, is the fourth mystery involving sassy private investigator Gen Delacourt, and this time Gen is up to her eyebrows in intrigue when she and her boyfriend, San Francisco cop Mack Hackett, quite literally stumble upon a teenage boy on the run for his life. Young Luca barrels into their world with a mysterious ancient coin – a priceless Italian artifact of dubious provenance – and a gang of ruthless goons on his trail. Luca is evasive about his situation, but Gen and Mack are determined to help in any way they can; which, for Gen, means getting down to business and unraveling the mystery of the coin. As she hunts for the truth, Gen will be left to question everyone around her, from the sketchy Carabinieri officers determined to cut her off to the kindly old man who reminds her of her dear grand-père, and even secretive Luca, whose plight has won Mack’s pity and left Gen in a limbo of suspicion. Greene is on an upward trajectory …

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Crane (Legends Saga #1) by Stacey Rourke

In the first book of her Legends saga, Crane, Stacey Rourke takes on Washington Irving’s unforgettable tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s a story we’ve all seen retold many times – through animation, on the silver screen, and, most recently, for television . It would be easy for anyone handling the story to fall into issues of over-familiarity, but Stacey Rourke manages to bust through that obstacle without a hitch. Instead, she gives readers a mystifying and vastly entertaining reimagining that stays devoted to the nuances of the original characters while taking the legend we thought we knew in a pulse-pounding new direction. Meet Ireland Crane: smart, sassy, and refreshingly original. Newly arrived in Sleepy Hollow, she’s determined to leave her past mistakes behind her and start fresh as a guidance counselor at the local high school – that is, until bodies start piling up and whispers abound that the legendary Headless Horseman has made his return. The situation worsens when a scraggily old hobo shows up in Ireland’s life claiming to be Rip …