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A compelling mystery/thriller by Nick Chiarkas If it moves away from you, it*s food; if it moves toward you, you*re food. The 1957 murder of an undercover cop in a New York City housing project has unexpected ties to the unsolved disappearance of a young father walking home in those same projects with his son, Angelo, on Christmas Eve six years before. The only witness to the cop killing is Angelo, now 13, while on his way to seek his own revenge in the early morning hours. The killers know he saw them. A series of gripping events forge a…

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A Scaly Tail of Murder

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A new fiancé, an old boyfriend, and a murder that will change everything. Frankie Chandler is finally at peace with her life. She’s engaged to Detective Martin Bowers, her pet psychic business is booming, and she’s overcome the emotional residue of a past relationship that destroyed her self-respect. Just when everything’s going swell, trouble strolls through her front door. Jeffrey Ross, the ex-boyfriend who betrayed her, needs Frankie’s help. To get rid of him, she agrees to retrieve the keys he left with yet another hostile ex-girlfriend, a masseuse. Unfortunately, when Frankie shows up early at Friendly Fingers Spa, Jeff’s…

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Iconoclast: A Sean McPherson Novel

Book #2 - A Sean McPherson Novel: Burdened by the pressing weight of survivor’s guilt, Sean McPherson, an ex-cop, is desperate for redemption. At Pines & Quill, a writer’s retreat in the Pacific Northwest, he and his fiancée, Emma Benton, are planning their lives together. He wants to go back into law enforcement. She plans to walk again. Georgio “The Bull” Gambino, head of a Seattle-based crime family, has a long reach. Like cockroaches, his minions infiltrate the most inaccessible places to do his bidding. With Seattle to the south, the Canadian border a stone’s throw to the north, and…

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Walnut Street: Phantom Rider

Book #3 of The Botanic Hill Detectives Mystery Series: Objects of value have been disappearing from the Mayfield family’s rural California horse ranch. The Botanic Hill Detectives—Moki Kalani, Rani Kumar, and twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt—are hired to come for a week to investigate. Legend has it somewhere on the Mayfields’ forty-acre property is a long-lost gold mine. It was supposedly staked by thirteen-year-old Ben Mayfield’s five-time great-grandfather, “Papa” Mayfield, in 1875. Adding to the excitement, a nervous Ben reveals a frightening secret to the detectives. At the ranch, he alone has seen a threatening black-clad figure on horseback whom…

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The Mask of Midnight

Book #3 - A Gabriel McRay Novel: "A taut thriller with complex characters and an unforgettable villain" -Kirkus Reviews Troubled homicide detective Gabriel McRay confronts his nemesis Victor Archwood at the killer's trial. A surprise twist during the proceedings sets a course for Archwood to claim the ultimate revenge on Gabriel, whom he blames for ruining his life. In a trap that combines Archwood's theatrical skills and criminal genius, Gabriel is forced to face his fears and play a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous opponent who will stop at nothing to achieve the detective's total destruction.

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Deep into Dusk

Book #2 - A Gabriel McRay Novel: "Stevens has once again brought us to the edge of our seats with her gift for psychological suspense" -Suspense Magazine From the enclaves of the super rich to the kinky underbelly of Los Angeles, women are turning up dead. Detective Gabriel McRay is determined to hunt down the sadistic killer. His one and only witness is the beautiful Tara Samuels. Blinded by sympathy and desire for Tara, Gabriel soon realizes she is not the fragile victim he thinks she is.

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Deadly Decorum

Book #3 in the Harlow Brothers Mystery Series: Mistaken identities, romantic rivals, and a host of misunderstandings. When Edward Harlow, ghost writer of the Aunt Civility etiquette books, is guest of honor at a costume ball for charity, the fun ends when his Zorro sword is discovered buried in the back of an obnoxious guest. While Nicholas Harlow scrambles to clear his brother's name, he comes up against suspects and motives he’d rather not reveal. Then he discovers a secret that could mean the end of Aunt Civility.

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Bad Behavior

Book #2 in the Harlow Brothers Mystery Series: Be careful what you wish for. It drives Nicholas Harlow nuts that his brother and employer, Edward, refuses to promote his Aunt Civility etiquette books to the public, instead opting to give lectures to like-minded societies. When Nicholas tricks him into a speaking event at a popular bookstore, the attendees include Edward’s former college English professor – a smarmy Lothario with his own book to hawk. Then the professor dies in a spectacularly public manner, and his last act is to point an accusatory finger at his former student.

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Civility Rules

Book #1 in the Harlow Brothers Mystery Series: Everybody loves Aunt Civility's etiquette books. However, no one but her secretary, Nicholas Harlow, has ever met the author. That's because the genteel, grandmotherly Aunt Civility is in reality his short-tempered older brother, Edward, who gives lectures as the official representative of the allegedly agoraphobic author. One such event is scheduled to take place at the isolated Inglenook Resort. The guests are snowed in before the attendees arrive. Then a dead body turns up in the room next door, and Edward is in danger of losing his manners. Nicholas convinces him they…

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What the Cluck? It’s Murder

Book #4 in the Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic Mystery Series: A broody hen. A dead body. The ultimate test of a relationship. Pet psychic Frankie Chandler finally (and reluctantly) agrees to meet Detective Martin Bower’s sisters. The weekend at his eldest sibling’s farm surpasses her worst nightmares. Then her first moment alone with Bowers on a romantic stroll ends with the discovery of a murdered farmhand. Now the marshal is fixed on Bowers’ sister Dymphna as the chief suspect. On a homestead overrun with animals, there must be a witness. As Frankie wrangles information from animals both furry and feathered,…

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