296 pages, 133 of 171 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he’s been looking for, and the romance that he hasn’t.
Simon and Elizabeth’s developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city’s speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.
279 pages, 33 of 40 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Dangerous Harbor is a seriously dangerous romantic suspense novel that will keep you up well past your bedtime! The heroine, Katy, is a beautiful and appealing San Francisco cop, whose solo sailing vacation down to Ensenada turns into a busman’s holiday, complete with a dead body, ex-boyfriend, sleazy business tycoon, drug Cartels, and a seriously sexy Mexican lawman.
243 pages, 38 of 44 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Sometimes publicity stunts go bad…Real Bad!
Starving author Eddie Barrow, Jr., will do anything to get a book deal with a NYC publisher. Even if it means getting caught by the media while engaging in S&M with a female celebrity as a publicity stunt. What Eddie gets instead are details of a billion dollar fraud scheme from a suicidal client who’s fatally shot minutes later. Now on the run from the law and the killers, Eddie seeks help from two unlikely friends–an alcoholic and a dominatrix. With few resources, Eddie races to clear his name, unveil the fraud scheme, and expose the killers before he becomes their next victim.
233 pages, 7 of 7 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
IT’S MOTORCYCLE WEEK. THE SERIES CONTINUES…
I was beginning to question a lot, including my sanity for trying to find something I didn’t know anyone would steal in the first place. How did I end up in another complicated mystery involving a motorcycle rally, horses, a hidden collection, antique books, unexpected alliances, extortion, and threats upon my life? And how did I become a target? It was “A Lethal Time” and my time was running out. What secrets were they all afraid of me discovering?
241 pages, 21 of 24 reviews are 4 or 5-star
Theda Krakow is in a funk. Her sometime boyfriend’s gone for good. The death of her beloved cat opened a bigger void. And the career leap she’s made from copy editor to freelance writer has left her finances—and her spirit—flat. She desperately needs a headline to get her life back on track.
One day, out for a stroll in her Cambridge neighborhood, Theda spies an adorable stray kitten. This charmer leads Theda to an old woman holed up in a decrepit house full of cats. Is this one of those “crazy cat ladies,” a classic hoarder, or is the old woman a neighborhood do-gooder? More important: is this the story to catapult Theda out of the dumps? But when she returns to interview Lillian Helmhold, Theda finds her fascinating subject dead of an apparent accident. The neighbors are celebrating, the police aren’t interested, and the cats are removed to a shelter. End of story? Not for Theda—one or two things don’t compute. So Theda marshals her investigative journalism skills to turn gumshoe.
Why is the purple-haired punk Violet, a barista at Theda’s favorite coffee house, hanging around Lillian’s home? Then there’s Lillian’s neighbor who’s only too anxious to clean up an eyesore. What’s the story on Lillian’s disturbed son? Theda’s inquiries lead her from a halfway house in the hills of Western Massachusetts back to Boston’s happening rock scene. Enter a music-loving artist, the one who jumpstarts Theda’s pulse. He’s handsome, he’s interested—but is he a bit too mysterious? Theda’s quiet life, her heart, and her bank account are about to be shaken to the core.
281 pages, 9 of 12 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Charlie has no idea, when she begins organizing storage space for her fiance’s move-in, that simply moving boxes in the attic will throw her back in time to the events leading up to her parents’ fatal plane crash. Drake will arrive in a few days and Charlie is making room to combine their two households.
But the dusty attic holds more than just memories. In her father’s small leather notebook is a cryptic message that translates into danger for Charlie as she discovers that his top secret work as a scientist at Sandia Labs during the Cold War years still has certain people worried. And Charlie’s poking about in dark secrets may well lead to disaster.
306 pages, 9 of 10 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Pursuit And Persuasion, (a 2001 Mystery Writers Of America Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist) revolves around the secrets unearthed by Georgina Fletcher – a private, self-contained, contemplative Scotswoman, a widow, and an English professor at Aberdeen University. The day before she dies, she writes an alarming letter to her heir (the American daughter of her oldest friend) and arranges to have it posted in the event of her death.
“…I have reason to believe that my death was desired, planned and perpetrated with great care and deliberation. Even if I am right, the circumstances of my death will appear to have been brought about by natural causes…”
Georgina is anything but a fool, and it happens just as she’d feared. She’s also punctilious and ethical, and won’t name the person she suspects. Her assumptions are based on speculation, and she refuses to risk condemning any innocent person. She asks instead that her heir, Ellen Winter, hire a detective to investigate her death, free of her own prejudices.
323 pages, 9 of 9 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Ruth Reid thinks her old life is dead. She’s abandoned her crappy career, her unavailable boyfriend, and her hopeless idealism. But just as she’s settling into her new life, which involves a bottle of scotch, her cat, and her Brooklyn couch, she learns that her former colleague, the famed Victoria Shales, has been murdered in the middle of a major union organizing campaign.
Against her better judgment, Ruth agrees to take Victoria’s place and rescue the campaign — if she can. With the election clock ticking loudly, Ruth scrambles to pull together a ragtag group of workers who can help her outgun the company and outrun a pair of deadly thugs who also want her to take Victoria’s place — in the cemetery.
480 pages, 6 of 9 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Andre Lemoine, one of the world’s leading geneticists, is on the verge of the medical breakthrough of the century: a link with rare primates that could unlock a vital key in the search for a cure for AIDS and cancer.
But part of Andre’s quest is driven by a pressing medical threat within his own family, and when his breakthrough brings him into conflict with two ambitious ruthless rivals – it plunges Andre into the race of his life; a race which takes Andre from the dark jungles of Africa and Brazil to the seamy backstreets of Paris and Philadelphia. A nightmare world of thieves, hookers and pimps, lab bombers and FBI agents – far removed from the safety of his lab bench.
For Andre the stakes have never been higher. Because, as the threat to those Andre loves looms stronger, it becomes a race through the shadows of his family’s dark past to, ultimately, face death head-on.
352 pages, 3 of 3 reviews are 4 or 5-star
After switching places with his identical twin to catch a criminal, Mitch is the one who’s hooked – on his brother’s girl!
Grant “Mitch” Mitchell is a cop accustomed to bailing out his charming, irresponsible twin, but his brother’s never been mixed up with a criminal before. The plan to get his twin out of trouble is a simple bait and switch.
Mitch will go undercover as his brother to gather enough evidence to put the bad guy in jail. It seems easy enough until a blond knockout shows up on his brother’s doorstep. She’s not only gorgeous, she’s spitting mad. Before Mitch knows it, he’s trying to keep his hands to himself while winning back his brother’s girl!
Meanwhile, his twin is living it up while attempting to impress a woman who thinks he’s Mitch. Which leaves a doozy of a question: Are the women falling for them or their mirror images?
164 pages, 86 of 137 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free
School teacher and advocate of abused children Hannah Cassidy invades a private retreat in the N. Nevada wilderness. Ignoring posted No Trespassing signs and the property’s angry owner, she dismisses his threats and demands that he reveal her missing brother’s location.
Nicholas Benteen, ex-mercenary and former CIA covert operative, assumes she is yet another adversary intent on exacting lethal revenge for his past deeds.
He will fight to the death to protect the sanctuary he has created for himself and those from his past he has vowed to safeguard. Even as Hannah penetrates Nicholas’s isolation and melts the ice that encases his weary heart, she is seduced by the sensual, battle scarred veteran and the dark secrets of his past.
286 pages, no reviews, Lending Enabled
Third book in the Detective Trevor Joseph series.
Jubilee Street – the haunt of addicts and vagrants is a part of town to avoid at all costs, especially when it becomes the stalking ground of a brutal and ruthless murderer.
A drunken down and out is the first casualty, mutilated and burned alive but his grisly death raises even more problems for the investigating officers, Sergeants Trevor Joseph and Peter Collins.
They discover that their victim died two years earlier. So who is the dead man? And what was the motive for the bizarre crime? While they seek a killer in the dark urban underworld, the tally of corpses grows and the only certainty is that they can trust no man’s face as his own.
176 pages, no reviews, Lending Enabled
Rebecca Schwartz, nice Jewish lawyer with a few too many fantasies, is happily playing the piano in a whorehouse when she suddenly finds herself assigned to make sure a near-naked state senator escapes a police raid. That dirty job done, a lovely evening turns even more delightful when she’s picked up by the cops and spends the next two hours at the Hall of Justice. Could this day get any worse? Of Course! Guess who arrives home to find a dead hooker on her living room floor?
Handsome Parker Phillips, Rebecca’s new beau and the most attractive man she’s met in ages, is arrested for the murder. (Worse, she suspects he might actually have done it.)
On the plus side, another very attractive man is following the case–reporter Rob Burns of the San Francisco Chronicle, a possible ally. And there are other possibilities.
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