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Murder never takes a holiday DEADLY SEASON by Alison Bruce #amreading #mystery #cozy

coverTODAY’S REVOLVING BOOK is the mystery DEADLY SEASON by Alison Bruce. A Carmedy and Garett Mini-Mystery #1

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ABOUT THE STORY:

Last month Kate Garrett was a Police Detective. Now she’s a Pet P.I.?

Kate recently inherited half her father’s private investigation company and a partner who is as irritating as he is attractive. Kate has been avoiding Jake Carmedy for years, but now her life might depend on him.

Kate and Jake are on the hunt for a serial cat killer who has mysterious connections to her father’s last police case. Kate’s father had been forced to retire when he was shot investigating a domestic disturbance. Is the shooter back for revenge? And is Kate or Jake next?

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December 16

Violent death was never pleasant. The cold hadn’t diminished the smell of blood, piss and stool—or if it had, I didn’t want to think about it.

A dart, the kind animal control officers use in their rifles, was sticking into the ribs. Instead of delivering a tranquillizer, its payload was poison. The feathery stabilizer at the end was red and green. Very seasonal.

“Do we know what the poison is, Chief?”

“Looks like cyanide. Samples were taken from the last victim. I’ll let you know when the latest batch have been processed and compared.”

Igor Thorsen, Chief of Detectives and my godfather, bent down and offered me his hand. I let him pull me out of the crouch I had been sustaining for several minutes while I examined the body. I didn’t need the help, but it was a warm gesture on a cold night.

“I could use your help on this, Kathleen. People are getting nervous but I can hardly free up a detective for a serial cat-killer. I can authorize support services for a week and the East Hills Neighbourhood Group will pay your fees.”

I stripped off my gloves and ran my fingers through my hair, pushing back the auburn strands that had blown into my face. Time for a cut. Or maybe not. I didn’t have to keep up the uniform code for keeping hair short or worn up.

I looked up at the Chief. Way up. And I’m not short. Or particularly tall.

I nodded.

My name is Kate Garrett. Up until recently, I had been a rookie detective in the violent crimes unit. The chief was my boss. Almost one month ago my father, the Joe Garrett of Garrett Investigations, was killed in a pedestrian-vehicle incident. Now I was the Garrett of Carmedy and Garrett Investigations.

Last month I was a homicide detective. Now I was a pet P.I.?

ABOUT ALISON BRUCE:

Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical western romance novels. Three of her novels have been finalists for genre awards.

Alison Bruce is also a regular contributor to thepopculturedivas blog and cowboy kisses.

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DEATH IS A HABIT by DeAnn Smallwood writing as D.M. Woods (suspense thriller)

DeathIsAHabit_850Tuesday’s Revolving Book is the suspense thriller DEATH IS A HABIT by DeANN SMALLWOOD writing as D.M. WOODS.
PRICE: $2.99    Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQW3F52/          
PUBLISHER   SoulMate Publishing

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Back Cover Blurb:  Carrie and Tom join together again to track a serial killer bent on eliminating selected petite blondes. A serial killer that is filled with anger, remorse and pain. Pain that is methodically inflicted on those chosen. Death that comes in a take-out cup of deliciously brewed latte. A killer dubbed Latte Lover by detectives desperately trying to unravel the identity of this bitterly focused person. The clues are meager—a cup of latte, a missing lock of hair, and an unidentifiable poison.  What is the link between the murdered women? Carrie and Tom fight against a time-table known only to the killer.

Homicide detective, Tom Watts, isn’t beyond exploiting Carrie’s particular talent as he lures her back into helping him, needing her gift of perceiving what isn’t there, feeling what others refuse to see or acknowledge, and his desire to have her back into his life. He senses Carrie is ready to do combat again after her last brush with a serial killer dubbed The Jock. A harrowing brush with death that left her healing in a hospital bed.  Carrie stops fighting Tom’s request and joins this man who holds a piece of her heart. What will stop the Latte Lover from deciding that although neither Tom nor Carrie meets the criteria, they could be the next victims?

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AUTHOR BIO 

I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I’ve lived several years in Wyoming and Montana.  My historical romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, and Wyoming Heather.  Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods, my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, came out January 8th, this year. I am currently working on the third book of this series, Death Walks C Dock.  Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written.

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Some secrets can come back to haunt you #Freebook #TheBridgeman #EmilyTaylorMystery #amreading

THE BRIDGEMANMonday’s Revolving Book is THE BRIDGEMAN by award-winning author CATHERINE ASTOLFO. GET IT FREE ON AMAZONhttp://amzn.to/1TljXhT

THE BRIDGEMAN: BOOK 1 An Emily Taylor Mystery

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SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: ***Somewhere in this book is a hidden “Easter Egg,” a bold text link to 3 FREE Qwickie novellas by 3 bestselling authors. This is a time limited offer, so happy reading and hunting!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Some secrets can come back to haunt you . . .

School principal Emily Taylor feels safe in the friendly little town of Burchill—until she finds a body in her school. The murder of caretaker Nathaniel Ryeburn brings back memories she’d rather forget and plunges Emily into a mystery that involves a secret diary, an illegal puppy mill and a murderer cleverly disguised as an ordinary citizen.

As fear rips through the traumatized town, Emily’s investigation inadvertently leads the police to her door, and to her husband Langford, who is hiding a secret of his own. It becomes clear to Emily that many of Burchill’s residents are merely wearing masks. And it’s time for those masks to be ripped away . . . and for a killer’s identity to be revealed.

PUBLISHER: Imajin Books http://www.imajinbooks.com/the-bridgeman

REVIEWS:
“You won’t catch your breath until the last page turns.”
—Lou Allin, author of She Felt No Pain

“A story rich in detail with unexpected twists and turns that keep you involved right through to the shocking end.”
—Meredith Henderson, actress, film producer, poet

“Love and depravity, rebirth and rot, veneer and the real wood underneath—Astolfo brings these opposing forces into play as she creates the complex community that is Burchill.”
—Garry Ryan, author of the Detective Lane Mysteries

“After reading The Bridgeman, you’ll want to go home, lock the doors, and hug your pet.”
-Anthony Bidulka, Author of the Russell Quant Mystery Series

ABOUT CATHERINE ASTOLFO:

Catherine is a past President of Crime Writers of Canada and a Derrick Murdoch Award winner (2012). She was a Zonta Club 2012 Nominee for Women of Achievement.
Writing is Catherine’s passion. She can recall inventing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of literary Canadian presses. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010. She won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Best Short Crime Story Award in 2012.

Catherine’s novel series, The Emily Taylor Mysteries, are published by Imajin Books and are optioned for film by Sisbro & Co. Inc. Visit Catherine at www.catherineastolfo.com.

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THE HAT by BABETTE HUGHES (murder/mystery)

Friday’s Revolving Book is the mystery THE HAT by BABETTE HUGHES.
GENRE: Murder/Mystery/Romance/Historical

Boardwalk Empire Era Novel Takes First Prize in Historical Fiction!

The Hat received first prize for Historical Fiction from the Texas Association of Authors.
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PUBLISHER: Sunstone Press http://www.sunstonepress.com/
SYNOPSIS: “The Hat” has its roots in personal history. What lends this novel its authenticity is that its author, Babette Hughes, is the daughter of a bootlegger who was murdered by the Mafia when she was an infant. Hughes (née Rosen) spent years piecing together her father’s bootlegging career and murder, despite her mother’s attempt to hide the truth. “The Hat” draws directly on the drama of Hughes’s search for the truth, as told in her acclaimed memoir, Lost And Found. The novel begins in 1931 with the brief, chilling murder of the godfather of the Jewish bootlegging world, Ben Gold. The killer disappears without a trace and Chapter Two, in flashback, introduces Kate Brady, who has just been fired from her Depression-era job working at Shapiro’s Bakery. She has little hope of a future until she meets the magnetic, wealthy Ben Gold, who immediately identifies her as his future wife. They marry in a brilliantly described wedding.

The charged love affair between Kate and Gold’s employee, Bobby Keane, and their struggle to escape the dangerous Gold, is revealed later in the book. Ultimately, “The Hat” is the story of Kate’s struggle for lost innocence, selfhood, and freedom. Of courage in the struggle with evil. Of bravery in the face of danger. And of being led into daylight
by the restoring power of love.

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER: http://www.babettehughes.com/media.html

READ AN EXCERPT: http://www.babettehughes.com/excerpt.html

REVIEWS:
“Riveting…. The book sizzles with sex…. Its harrowing conclusion left me breathless. Hughes is a gifted writer”.
—-Violet Spevack, Cavalcade columnist, Cleveland Jewish News

“For Babette Hughes, writing has been her lifeline. The words that spill forth during her daily writing practice turn her past trauma and heartaches into art. Hughes’ latest work, “The Hat” is no exception.”
—- The Jewish Outlook

”This is a terrific story that chronicles the beginning of the Mafia and its revelations that profoundly changed lives forever.”
—-Jewish Book World

AUTHOR BIO:
Babette Hughes, author of “The Hat” and “Lost And Found”, and co-author of “Why College Students Fail”, has also been published in the Saturday Review; she’s been Contributing Editor of Cleveland Magazine; a twice-weekly columnist for the Cleveland Press; and has published articles and book reviews in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Sunday Magazine. She has also written, produced and appeared in television documentaries and news and feature stories for Cleveland television stations WKYC-NBC and WNBK-UHF.

In addition to her writing career she was National Director of Women’s Political Action for Hubert Humphrey in his 1972 Presidential campaign, as well as founder and President of Discover Yourself, Inc., a motivation and self realization program for women. She was also Director of Public Relations for Revco D.S., Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Account Executive with Frazier Associates, in Washington, DC. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, and are the parents and step-parents of eight children.

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