Jodi Burnett is thrilled to announce the release of Concealed Cargo – Children for Sale the third book in her FBI-K9 Series.
When Special Agent Clay Jennings and his K9 partner, Ranger, take to the streets of Denver to fight human trafficking, he is shocked by the inordinate number of stolen innocents who’ve been forced into the sex trade. With each new face, his resolve to help these children escape their personal horror grows stronger.
El Clark, a social worker who dedicates her life to rescuing exploited kids from the streets, works valiantly to locate their families or find them a safe place to live while they recuperate. She understands the plight of these young victims more than anyone knows.
When these two champions of enslaved children team up, they discover a web of deviant corruption that reaches into the upper echelons of US politics and society. Adding to the nightmare, a vicious serial killer focused on murdering female prostitutes threatens to pull Clay and El away from unearthing the man behind the treacherous, Colorado-based, child prostitution ring.
For Clay, working to solve these crimes is like taking one step forward and three back until El shares her story with him. Inspired by her bravery and fortitude, he is re-committed to the fight for justice. Clay and El battle against a mountain of power and money the height of which they’d never conceived, and end up building a powerful bond with one another along the way. El teaches Clay that every life they change matters—that they must do what they can, even when it’s only one child at a time.
For more information about this series and her other books, visit Jodi at her website @ Jodi-Burnett.com
Margaret Mizushima is pleased to announce the September 8th release of Hanging Falls, the sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery.
In this episode, a deluge floods the high ground near Hanging Falls, but heavy rains aren’t the only menace in Timber Creek. After Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 Robo find a body floating at the edge of a lake, she delays her trip to meet long lost family. As a list of suspects grows, Mattie’s relatives visit, shedding light on her childhood abduction—but darkness threatens another victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.
For more information about the series, visit Margaret on her website at https://margaretmizushima.com/.
Publication date: Aug. 25, 2020
(Viking Books for Young Readers)
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley
Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend’s work.
When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.
Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.
“Agatha Christie references abound, and the hotel setting shines. A quirky, kid-friendly introduction to the murder mystery.” –Kirkus Reviews on Midnight at the Barclay Hotel.
Find out more about Fleur Bradley and her books at http://www.ftbradley.com/.
Body Count (Book 2 in the FBI-K9 Thriller Series)
Abducted and hidden away deep in the Rocky Mountains, Susan Bell is frantic to escape her murderous captor.
Freshman Special Agent Burke Cameron is straight laced, traditionally minded, and comes with a hefty set of old-fashioned values. Burke doesn’t know what to do with the free spirited, progressive woman he’s falling for. He and Susan don’t want any of the same things and he knows he should move on, but he can’t seem to resist her.
Burke and Susan’s world views are polar opposites and a lasting future together is impossible to imagine. But when a group of six women, including Susan, goes missing in the Colorado Rockies, their differences fall away, and all that matters to Burke is finding her. He enlists the help of his friend, Agent Kendra Dean and her FBI-K9 partner, Annie. As soon as they are on the trail, they realize they’re not simply searching for lost women—they are tracking a killer. They discover one body after another. Desperate to rescue Susan, Burke prays that the next body they find isn’t hers.
To read more of Jodi’s work, please visit her website: https://jodi-burnett.com/
Gone to Darkness (Book 4 in the Sydney Parnell Crime Series)
Newly minted homicide detective Sydney Parnell faces a savage killer whose endgame is to capture her. And keep her.
Iraqi war vet and former railway cop Sydney Parnell is now the youngest homicide detective in Denver’s Major Crimes Unit. In the past, gut instinct has served her and her K9 partner well. But it’s not a trait Len Bandoni, her old nemesis turned reluctant mentor, admires. Not until Sydney’s instincts lead to their first case: a man tortured and beaten to death, then left in a refrigerated train car with cryptic messages carved into his body.
The victim is a well-liked member of an elite club called the Superior Gentlemen. At first glance, the club appears harmless. But beneath its refined surface swim darker currents.
As Sydney; her K9 partner, Clyde; and Bandoni investigate the grisly murder, the three develop a bond that carries them through a shocking series of crimes and a horrifying conspiracy that threatens the detectives’ lives and promises to bring their beloved city to its knees.
“Barbara Nickless creates characters who matter—to each other and to the reader, who is fortunate to journey with them. With Gone to Darkness, Nickless expertly crafts a dark tale brightened with heart, humor, and humanity. It’s a tightly woven, always escalating, keeps-you-up-past-your-bedtime novel. And Sydney Parnell is my favorite kind of detective: a relentless empath on a mission to solve herself as well as the crime, navigating her demons to ensure justice for the victims of evil.” —Matt Goldman, Emmy Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of the Nils Shapiro series
For more about the Sydney Parnell novels, visit Barbara at www.barbaranickless.com
Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Berkley
Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery Book 1) by Kate Lansing
A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.
Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.
Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.
To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.
“Lansing’s brisk style and her heroine’s efficient approach make her debut a treat.” —Kirkus
Please join Kate May 26th for a Facebook party (https://www.facebook.com/events/1270643249787820/) and/or May 30th from 4-4:30 MT on Instagram Live (@kmlansing) to celebrate her book launch!
Her website is: Kate Lansing
Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Henery Press
The Study of Secrets (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #5)
There could be nowhere more fitting for English professor Lila Maclean to spend her sabbatical than in a proper Victorian mansion. The whimsical Callahan House seems to have materialized from the pages of the mystery novels she is researching, with its enchanting towers, cozy nooks, and charming library. Unfortunately, it also features a body in the study.
Residents of Larkston have long believed that the Callahan family is cursed—the murder on the estate sets the town buzzing. Wild rumors are fueled by a gossipy blogger who delights in speculation, and further crimes only intensify the whispers and suspicions. A newly discovered manuscript, however, appears to expose startling facts beneath the fictions. When Lila steps in to sort the truth from the lies, it may cost her everything, as someone wants to make dead certain that their secrets stay hidden.
“In The Study of Secrets, award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn once again offers mystery lovers what they crave most: a smart, thoughtful, and fiercely-determined heroine; an intriguing puzzle; an idyllic setting, and a cast of suspects worthy of Agatha Christie–with a charming side of humor.” — Lisa Q. Mathews, author of The Ladies Smythe & Westin Mysteries
Please join us on Facebook May 27 for the launch party of The Study of Secrets and Read or Alive by Nora Page! https://www.facebook.com/events/211758516533192/
For more information on the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.
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Released March 10th:
Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett – first book in a new FBI-K9 Thriller Series.
“Couldn’t put it down! This is Jodi Burnett’s first installment in a brand new series of romantic mysteries, and she’s hit it out of the park again!” Five Star Amazon Review
Sparks fly between hotshot FBI Agent Rick Sanchez and no-holds-barred, FBI-K9 Handler Kendra Dean, as they race to stop a serial killer.
While hiking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, FBI Special Agent Kendra Dean and her K9 partner, Baxter, stumble upon a dead body stashed in the woods. The discovery changes both of their lives forever.
Special Agent Rick Sanchez hunts a serial murderer who is targeting women on a multi-state killing spree. Kendra Dean, an agent Rick met on a joint mission six months ago, has found the most recent victim. Rick and Kendra once shared a tempting chemistry but time and miles made their spark a distant memory.
Now, thrust together to solve a deadly case, Rick and Kendra rekindle their attraction only to find their personal demons are even greater obstacles than their geography. It’s hard for Kendra to see around the chip she carries on her shoulder as she works to prove herself in a man’s world. Rick harbors a debilitating guilt over a past failure that holds his heart prisoner and he’s terrified to love again.
The serial killer sets his sights on Kendra. With her life in the balance, she and Rick must deal with their issues. Will they be able to admit their feelings and embrace their growing intimacy before it’s too late?
You can buy Avenging Adam on Amazon: Avenging Adam
You can visit Jodi at Jodi-Burnett.com.
Author Helen Starbuck will debut her new romantic suspense novel, Legacy of Secrets, on March 25, 2020.
Set in Eastern Colorado, Kirkus Reviews called Legacy of Secrets, “An altogether satisfying romance and whodunit.” IndieReader said, “Starbuck has created memorable characters and writes in a way that shows the reader’s enjoyment is always foremost in her mind.”
There will be a Facebook Live launch party on March 25, 2020 at 5 P.M. MST. Please join her at https://www.facebook.com/helensstarbuck/.
Her website is at https://helenstarbuck.com/.