Finding the murderer against this backdrop of characters, while at the same time not ruffling feathers, is a fine line Moran must walk. This, and dealing with a gravely ill wife and his own personal issues, all add up to what seems to be an insurmountable task for the detective.
About the Author
Joseph Steven, the author of several novels, is a former New York trial defense attorney and listed in the Who's Who of America. He resides in Southern California with his wife and is working on his next novel.
Crime consultant Scott Drayco is in the middle of a thorny case in Washington, D.C. involving murder victims who were all wheelchair-bound. Then, out of the blue, he gets a worried call from a friend on Virginia's Eastern Shore about an attack on an innocent disabled girl.
Working once again with Sheriff Sailor and Deputy Nelia Tyler, Drayco discovers almost everyone believes the girl's attack was an accident. But he begins to suspect otherwise when he crosses paths with a badly disfigured man and the man's enigmatic Goth son, as well as one of the smoothest and most dangerous figures Drayco has encountered in his career.
Meanwhile, his conflicted feelings toward the soon-to-be-divorced town councilman's wife, Darcie Squier, continue to simmer under the surface and threaten to undermine his focus and cloud his judgement. But he's well aware he needs to keep his faculties razor-sharp if he's to solve the riddle of whether the cases in D.C. and the Eastern Shore are linked - or is he dealing with not one monster, but two?
PRAISE FOR BV LAWSON'S SCOTT DRAYCO SERIES
"Lawson uses the gothic features of the abandoned Opera House to great effect, creating an atmospheric background for the crimes and the solving of them, all of it accompanied with music that's almost like another character. The pace never sagged and it kept me enthralled." - Long and Short Reviews
"Lawson's book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end...The citizens of Cape Unity are as diverse and multi-layered as any person living in the large cities, and Lawson portrayed them splendidly." - Reader's Favorite Reviews
"The storyline here is nicely structured, and creatively ties together two murder mysteries, which occurred decades apart. The small town setting is ideal, the lead character engaging, and the supporting cast interesting and diverse. Overall, a solid start to this series." - Omnimystery News
"A nice tight mystery in a realistic setting. Totally enjoyable." - Terrie Farley Moran, national bestselling author of the Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series
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On the surface, Michael Violet is a legitimate San Francisco car dealer. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, he’s a talented pickpocket, lifting the keys to the city’s most luxurious cars.
He’s kept his criminal life secret from his journalist brother, Jon, who’s made a career out of exposing corruption. But when Jon is killed, Michael uses his talents to track down his brother’s killer.
Driven by guilt and revenge, Michael finds himself being forced into the role of the hero, whether he likes it or not.
But turning from thief to hero isn’t going to be as easy as he’d hoped...
One day, at the end of Beaumont and Pickles's shift, a stop at the Doghouse restaurant quickly turns deadly. Not feeling well, Pickles steps out into the parking lot for a breath of fresh air and stumbles into a crime in progress. Suffering from a heart attack, he is found unconscious, with a dead woman on the ground nearby and the murder weapon in his hand.
With Pickles under investigation from Internal Affairs, it's up to the new kid on the block, J. P. Beaumont, and his friends on the force to find out the truth.
The country town of Majic is about to celebrate a milestone. It's been 150 years since the founding father, Petar Majic, rode into the bush after a liquid lunch, vowing to build a house at whatever spot he reached by sunset. However, what happened next isn't quite what town legend would have you believe. A minor act of cemetery vandalism lands local columnist and amateur detective Nell Forrest right in the path of historical inevitability. An apparent murder-suicide leads to the unveiling of a century-old scandal and a trail left by a trio of long-dead women.
Nell's investigations are hampered both by the arrival of the handsome district detective and by her family. With directionless daughters, unplanned pregnancies, a spot or two of adultery and an ex-husband who wants her house, Nell barely has time for the case, let alone the energy to keep her wits about her. And Nell will need her wits as the mystery of Majic begins casting its shadow, putting Nell and her family in grave danger. In the end, Nell must decide whether it is a tale of epic fortitude, or treachery and ill-gotten gains, before the past catches up with her.
Ill-Gotten Gains is the second book in Ilsa Evans' Nell Forrest Mystery series. Nefarious Doings is the first.
A gripping serial killer thriller, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons.
Leonard Lawson was a respected professor of medieval art. He lived a quiet life in a suburb of Liverpool with his grown-up daughter. He had no enemies.
Louise Lawson witnessed her father's murder. Before she blacked out, she saw his body mutilated and deformed, twisted into a parody of the artworks he loved.
DCI Eve Clay must overcome her own demons to decode a message written in blood – before another life is taken.
Returning to Exeter CID after his son’s unsolved disappearance Detective Sergeant Peter Gayle’s first day back was supposed to be gentle. Until a young girl is reported missing and the clock begins to tick.
Rosie Whitlock has been abducted from outside her school that morning. There are no clues, but Peter isn’t letting another child disappear.
When the body of another young victim appears, the hunt escalates. Someone is abducting young girls and now they have a murderer on their hands. Time is running out for Rosie, but when evidence in the case relating to his own son’s disappearance is discovered the stakes are even higher...
Looking for more from DS Peter Gayle? Don’t miss his next case in:No Place to Hide What reviewers are saying about NOWHERE TO RUN
‘a lot of suspense and tension as the story twists and turns.’ - Carol (Goodreads)
It's Christmas, but Detective Inspector Kerry Cox is not celebrating. The holiday season is usually tough for Cox, but this year she's preparing to face down the ramifications of her most recent investigation: a fumbled child trafficking case.
Distraction comes when the body of a retired ex-policeman is found, and DI Cox refuses to buy that it's a suicide. Despite warnings and pressures, she follows the trail stubbornly.
Teaming up with the journalist, and ex-lover, who almost ruined her career, their investigations uncover a sinister network of paedophiles operating many years before. The killer they are hunting is desperate for revenge, revenge against those who evaded punishment all those years before.
And as the bodies and historical evidence mount up, DI Cox's focus is torn between tracking down the serial killer, and bringing the upper echelons of British society to justice . . .
DCI Michael Lambert thought he’d closed his last case...
Yet when he’s passed a file detailing a particularly gruesome murder, Michael knows that this is no ordinary killer at work.
The removal of the victim’s eyes and the Latin inscription carved into the chest is the chilling calling-card of the ‘soul jacker’: a cold-blooded murderer who struck close to Michael once before, twenty-five years ago.
Now the long-buried case is being re-opened, and Michael is determined to use his inside knowledge to finally bring the killer to justice. But as the body count rises, Michael realises that his own links to the victims could mean that he is next on the killer’s list...
The gripping first novel in a thrilling new crime series by Matt Brolly. Perfect for fans of Tony Parsons, Lee Child and Angela Marsons.Praise for Matt Brolly
‘I would never have guessed that this is a debut novel...Dead Eyed is such an enjoyable read. Tense, dark and with quite a grip, I can't wait for the next.’ For Winter Nights – A Bookish Blog (Top 500 Amazon Reviewer)
‘Matt Brolly is a new star in the making...a very polished first novel and definitely deserves a wide audience.’ Elaine (Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer)
'Dead Eyed is a very engaging and absorbing read... I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by this promising, talented author.’ Relax and Read Reviews
‘Action packed, dramatic and addictive...an unputdownable read.’ Portybelle
‘WOW – what a brilliant debut novel! A tense crime thriller with a fast paced plot that is full of twists, turns and surprises – a story that keeps the reader engrossed to the very end.’ Splashes Into Books
‘One word for this – riveting. Fast paced, full of twisty goodness, a well-drawn and intriguing main protagonist and a well-constructed and horrifically addictive storyline.’ Liz Loves Books
In a secluded cove just outside the reaches of the city of Cork, a woman wakes up into a nightmare. She is buried in the sand, unable to escape. The gulls wheel silently overhead. Nobody could imagine the cruelty of her fate...
Katie Maguire of the Cork Garda is soon on the trail of a terrifying gang of torturers calling themselves the High Kings of Erin. She'll do anything to stop them before they can claim their next victim – but somehow they are always one step ahead.
Is Detective Katie Maguire losing her touch? Or is somebody close to her less trustworthy than they seem?
When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realise it’s the mistake that will kill her…
The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later - dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?
As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.
In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?
A gripping page-turner that will have you completely hooked until the utterly jaw-dropping twist. Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter will love this crime series, featuring unforgettable Detective Rachel Prince.
Why readers are gripped by Perfect Girls:
‘Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read all year! It was so full of mystery and suspense!! Lots of twists and turns! I loved it!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Full of suspense, it was gritty and you didn’t know what was coming next… had a hard time putting it down and read late into the night and finished it in a day… you really don’t want to miss this one it’s one of my favourites so far of 2018!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars
‘A gripping page-turner that will have you hooked until the twist at the end. I stayed up late just to be able to finish it…. I found myself on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It was just that good! Goodreads reviewer
‘Gripping and entertaining… pulls you in from the very beginning… fast paced… The author has you in her grip and won't let you go…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘So gripping you forget about everything else around you.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Fast-paced and gritty thriller… the pages pretty much turned themselves... An excellent thriller.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Jam packed with twists and turns. It kept me hooked… Equal parts police procedural, crime drama and suspenseful thriller… What more can you want from a book of this genre??... LOVED it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW... a brilliant book… an excellent read... gripping...’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Chilling… kept me glued to the pages… highly recommend the series to any fans of this genre.’ The Book Nurse, 5 stars
‘Brilliant… I was gripped from the start…. a heart-stopping conclusion… captivating and enthralling.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Cracking crime drama, tantalising suspense thriller and engrossing police procedural novel… The story is full on all the way through, keeping you turning the pages again and again. There are twists and turns, red herrings and blind alleyways to keep you guessing… a jaw dropping twist.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘So good!... I loved this book… I was on the edge of my seat… Rachel is still one of my favourite detectives… fast-paced, unnerving and very addictive. There are twists and turns throughout, left me breathless… within the first few pages I’m hooked and I know I’m settled down for the night…. will have your heart beating and your mouth dry.’ Katie’s Book Cave
‘Fast paced… I honestly didn’t work out who the killer was until it was revealed and loved the twist with it… I literally cheered at one certain point (if you’ve read it, you’ll know exactly when I did!!) as it was so unexpected…’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘My fav detective in a series, I love her attitude and the way she tackles cases ‘head on’ and never lets anything stop her until the case is solved… an exciting tense story…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘What a fast-paced and thrilling read!... I was kept on the edge of my seat while reading this book!... This is an excellent series. Alison James is a stunning writer.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars
‘Gripping and addictive. I was up reading way past my bedtime…’ Star Crossed Reviews, 5 stars
‘A gripping crime thriller… I did wonder how this book would end and it was a real edge of your seat situation!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Sure to keep you enthralled from the first page until the last… plenty of twists and turns to keep you wanting more. I read this one until 2 am before I finally stopped for bed. I highly recommend this book… I give 5 stars out of 5.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
The last thing Nell Forrest expected when she tried to plant a tree was to unearth the skeletal remains of a former resident. Now her new backyard is swarming with police, there's a television news crew camped next door, and once again she is smack in the middle of a murder investigation. And the timing is dreadful. Two of Nell's daughters are about to give birth and she is surrounded by new in-laws with agendas of their own.
But it soon becomes clear that this time the investigation is personal – so personal that enquiries bring her long-estranged father back into the family fold, and the answers shed some very uncomfortable light about the proclivities of her parents when they were young. Who would have thought that the little country town of Majic had ever been such a swinging place to live?
Forbidden Fruit is the third book in Ilsa Evans' Nell Forrest Mystery series. Nefarious Doings is the first and Ill-Gotten Gains is the second.
When a body is found in a house fire DS Peter Gayle is called to the scene. It looks like an accidental death, but the evidence just doesn’t add up.
With only one murder victim they can’t make any calls, but it looks like a serial killer is operating in Exeter and it’s up to Pete to track him down.
But with his wife still desperate for news on their missing son and his boss watching his every move, the pressure is on for Pete to bring the murderer to justice before it is too late.
NOWHERE TO RUN is out now, but if you’re looking for more from DS Peter Gayle, then don’t miss this gripping new case.
Obsession makes the heart grow fonder . . .
When a stalking case lands on DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg’s desk it seems pretty straightforward.
But when Heck discovers that the victim lives in the same house that a young woman was brutally murdered in six years earlier, instinct tells him that it’s not so simple after all.
Before long Heck is entangled in something far more dangerous than he had expected. In a race against the clock, can Heck and Gemma stop history from repeating itself – or will they end up getting caught in the crossfire?
The Sunday Times bestseller returns with a heart pounding short story that fans of M.J. Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won’t be able to put down.
‘Set my HEART BEATING so hard.’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘WOW WOW WOW… kept me guessing till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘GRIPPING… brilliant.’ Waggy Tales
‘The suspense is AMAZING.’ Cloud of Thoughts
‘A read you CANNOT MISS.’ Goodreads reviewer
When sixteen-year-old Kimberley Williams’ body is found on the rocks below Southerndown Cliff on a cold autumn day, her parents go into shock. A dog-walker says she saw Kimberley jump, but Kimberley’s parents can’t believe their happy little girl would take her own life.
Detective Anna Gwynne is called in when threatening messages are found on Kimberley’s phone from an unknown number:
Everyone will know your secrets – your weaknesses. Being different is a curse. No one will understand.
Anna and her team suspect Kimberley’s death is linked to one of her cold cases – another teenage girl who threw herself under a train one Christmas morning.
Someone made these girls jump, and Anna will stop at nothing to find them. Even if she has to confront the demons of her past; the lies she’s told about her own childhood.
And then another body is found...
What is the secret they’re all dying for?
Can Anna find out before another innocent life is lost?
An absolutely gripping thriller that will hook you from beginning to end. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni, you won’t be able to put down Before She Falls.
What readers are saying about Before She Falls:
‘WOW WOW WOW I give this book 5 out of 5 stars… I didn’t want to put it down, and when I did I couldn’t wait to start reading again. Definitely one of my new favourite authors.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Everything I could want of a thriller: a creepy serial killer, a clever plot, suspense, plot twists, interesting characters, an original touch... All blended together into a perfect detective thriller smoothie. Before She Falls is creepy, dark and disturbing with a lightning fast pace and a few heart-stopping moments.’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars
‘I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying, and I’m losing control ’cause the power, Dylan Young is supplying….is electrifying!!!!... a slow-burning bundle of goodness!… I did find my body coming out in goosebumps.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars
‘Set my heart beating so hard I thought it was going to jump out of my chest… I didn’t know whether to jump for joy or hide behind the cushion… I was completely hooked… A dark and disturbing thriller which had me captivated until the early hours.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Brilliant and very addictive… Don't start to read it before you go to bed - You will not want to put it down… The ending of this book was just brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Compulsive reading… A spine-chilling plot, lots of action, and it’s so thrilling I couldn’t stop reading… Full of suspense… Breath-taking… Writing at the highest level.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This is certainly a read you cannot miss. The reader goes back and forth as to who is REALLY the mastermind… Just when you think that you have it figured out, a giant twist occurs. Indeed, one read that is sure to satisfy any suspense/thriller reader!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I knocked this one off in two sessions of four hours it was that good! Dylan Young is rapidly becoming a fantastic new author on the scene.’ The Laughing Librarian Book Reviews
‘I loved this book so much that I bought the first two as well… perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni… full of surprises and twists that keep the reader guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I just had to drop everything and begin reading. Wow oh wow I absolutely loved it… [my kindle] came everywhere with me. I was like an addict in desperate need of her next fix. I would only intend to read a couple of chapters at a time but that intention went out of the window as I was enjoying the book so much I couldn’t stop reading.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
‘Another gripping instalment in the Gwynne series. Fast-paced, dark and twisted as always.’ Humble Tart Kitchen
Each Detective Anna Gwynne thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order.
‘I honestly can't give this book enough praise… without doubt being added to my top ten of 2018… an absolute must read… I couldn't put it down.’ A Booking Good Read, 5 stars
As he watches his daughter turn the corner and out of sight, he hears the shots. He’d know that sound anywhere. He shouts her name. Silence. All he can do is run.
It’s been five years since Zac’s daughter was murdered. Her killer was never found. Now he’s back working as a detective for the Metropolitan Police, and he’s more determined than ever to bring the city’s killers to justice.
When a man is found brutally murdered in a rundown south London shop, all fingers point to the highly intelligent and manipulative Darian Wallace. He’s just been released, and two years ago the victim helped send him to prison.
Still grieving, Zac knows it will take everything he’s got to catch this dangerously clever killer. But just as he feels he’s getting closer, he realises all is not quite as it seems and makes a devastating personal discovery.
Zac has a choice to make – risk letting this killer escape or watch his daughter’s murderer get away again…
An absolutely gripping thriller for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Lee Child. Bring Her Back is one fast-paced thriller you won’t be able to put down.
This book was previously published as The Murder List
What readers are saying about Bring Her Back:
‘Wow… What a brilliant debut. A fast paced, captivating thriller that will have you hooked throughout. What an opening to this story! Poor Zac! … made me keep reading, kept me intrigued.’ Between the Pages Book Club
‘A fast-paced, action packed and exciting novel … if you like Tania Carver, Stuart MacBride or Jane Casey then you must read this!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Exhilarating… a pacy and tense ride... hugely gripping and exciting… If you enjoy dark crime thrillers with plenty of suspense and intrigue then I highly recommend this book.’ Hooked From Page One
‘Brilliant... I absolutely loved… Addictive reading… You can’t tear your eyes away … I was totally gripped… Absolutely blew me away… One of my top reads of 2018.’ Ginger Book Geek
‘Amazing! Gripping from start to finish, with spectacular writing, pacy and tense, this book is nothing short of a masterpiece, carefully crafted to transport and mesmerise. A sublime story from one of the best new crime writers of today.’ Renita D’Silva
‘A very cleverly written police procedural novel with lots of twists and turns to keep you gripped, reaching an explosive finale! I look forward to the next book of the series!’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘This book had me from the opening pages, it kicks off with you holding your breath, by the time you finish it, you needed an oxygen tank. OMG. Wow. I can see this becoming another of my must-read detective series. I love discovering new authors, and this is certainly one that's been added to my 'must read any future books' list.’ I Love Reading
‘A very gripping book indeed and there are a heap of twists and turns in this story. I very much enjoyed the relationship that Zac had with his wife and I found myself wanting to try West African cooking as well. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘An exciting read with plenty of twists and turns. I like a good police procedural so I loved those aspects of the novel where the search for Darian marries modern policing with instinct and experience. They don't always get it right but it makes for fascinating reading as it seems a very realistic portrayal of modern policing.’ Goodreads Reviewer