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About The Gay Detective:
The premier of Nick Scott’s TV talk show, The Gay Detective, appears to be a big hit until his first guest ends up murdered. Nick, also a gay detective with the Chicago Police Department, and his older, straight partner Detective Norm Malone hunt this heinous serial killer tagged The Reaper. This odd couple encounters both personal and professional conflict as this suspenseful noir thriller races to a surprise conclusion that leaves Nick and Norm battling for their lives.
“Readers will smile (and shiver) right to the end.”-Kirkus Reviews
“…not just geared for a homosexual audience.–Reader Views
“…loved this book”–MJ Magazine
” …truly a new voice in the genre.”-Word for Word Services
“…has heart and humor tied up in a neat and well-written little package, and it’s most highly recommended.”-Readers Favorite
About Happy Homicides: 13 Cozy Holiday Mysteries:
A huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors.
About Family Matters:
Think your family’s dysfunctional? Meet Gracie Andersen’s and the peaceful farming community of Deer Creek. Gracie has her hands full–a new business and trying to get her life on track after the loss of her husband and unborn child. When an odd gift from her troubled uncle thrusts her into an investigation of a cousin’s tragic death 20 years ago, Gracie meets with opposition from family and friends. What really happened that rainy, October night when her cousin was killed by a hit-and-run driver? As pieces of the truth are wrenched from the past, her new business, Milky Way Kennels teeters on the edge of disaster. And then death strikes again. Someone is determined Gracie won’t find the truth. With Haley, her black Labrador by her side, Gracie doggedly pursues the trail of clues to unravel the mystery of her cousin Charlotte’s untimely death.
A TALE OF MURDER, MADNESS AND POLITICAL INTRIGUE . . .
Spring of 2003. After spending eleven months at the Vandenberg Psychiatric Hospital of Massachusetts, Josh Ingram, once a decorated FBI profiler is released back into society.
Present day. While out learning to noodle for catfish in the Louisiana Bayou, Ingram gets notice the FBI is looking for him. O’Henry, a serial killer who once plagued New York City, has resurfaced.
Recently promoted (against the wishes of her new boss) to head an FBI Special Crimes Unit in Lower East Side Manhattan, Rachael Tanner, driven, focused and willful, is given the O’Henry file.
Ingram has no way of knowing his journey will put his closest of friends in harm’s way, forcing him to confront his innermost fear. All while O’Henry has set the wheels in motion to satisfy his all-consuming fixation…
About Deadly Dating Games:
Innocent “critiquing” at a local book club soon turns into something menacing – blackmail and murder – and several of the women are unwilling participants, unable to get out from under the web of deceit and sinister plans. Good friends Julianna and Bess find themselves too deep in the crime spree to go to the police and they end up running for their lives.
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite:
Deadly Dating Games is a romantic thriller written by Joanie Chevalier. Julianna is determined to get back in the dating game. She’s been out of college for a few years now and has gotten over her husband walking out on her, and taking her savings to boot. That’s why she’s on her way to a Reading Club meeting she heard about online. The first book they’ll be reading is about dating, and Julianna loves to read, so it seemed perfect. The hostess, Traci, lives in a grand house in a great neighborhood in San Francisco, and she ushers Julianna into the living room where women are gathered and socializing. Traci seems open and friendly, and Alyssa, a slightly older but very sexy blonde, is a bit overwhelming, but Julianna feels an instant affinity for Bess, an irreverent and funny woman with a penchant for straight vodka. Julianna and Bess soon find themselves unwitting participants in a dark, criminal enterprise.
Deadly Dating Games, is fast-paced and filled with suspense. The book is set in San Francisco and the Bay Area, and the reader gets to experience some of the unspoiled natural beauty of the area through Julianna’s eyes. Chevalier’s characters are well-defined and realistic, especially Julianna, Bess, Judy and Aaron. There’s a psychological thriller aspect to this tale that helps create and sustain the suspense as the reader’s frame of reference is that of the somewhat naive Julianna, who is simply seeking romance and finds herself drawn into something sinister and scary. Her burgeoning romance with Aaron keeps the darkness from totally overwhelming both Julianna and the reader. Deadly Dating Games is intriguing and very enjoyable.
About The Hard Way:
New York Private Investigator HELEN MCCORKENDALE’S childhood friend, JIMMY SCANLAN, has just opened January, the most lavish casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip. January is designed to resemble an ice palace in the middle of the desert and is filled with poolside ski slopes, ice rinks and an ice bar formed entirely of glacial-looking ice. Planned to bring a new level of drama to casino gambling, it’s attracting the rich and famous from all over the world.
After attending the gala grand opening, Helen returns to New York City and encourages her friend, LAUREL IMPERIOLE, Senior Editor at Women Now magazine, to create a get-away contest for readers offering a weekend at the hotel as the grand prize. The winner, DAWN CHAPMAN, a jewelry store employee from Cincinnati, Ohio, declares she has no knowledge of the contest and initially refuses the trip. Eventually persuaded by Laurel to accept, she arrives at the hotel and nearly faints on her way to her suite after passing the hotel’s elite meeting rooms where the International Diamond Dealers Consortium is having their annual meeting. She demands to be left alone and insists on returning home.
Jimmy finds her behavior suspicious and visits her in her suite to encourage her to participate in the main activity of the weekend: the Saturday afternoon pool party, after which he promises she can leave for Cincinnati on his private jet the next morning.
Later in the afternoon, when Jimmy arrives at a private area by the pool, near where Chapman is waiting for him, he discovers her dead body. She’s been murdered—an unusual double poisoning by Cyanide and diamond dust.
Suspicion falls on him when the police learn of the woman’s reluctance to accept the trip to January. Jimmy is desperate to protect his reputation and that of his hotel. Before the police arrive, he has Chapman’s suite searched and finds a diary that indicates she may not be who she says she is. It is written in the form of letters to a lover named Pieter and indicates she accepted the trip after she realized her good-meaning employer, Florence Ligeti, whose suspicions Chapman was afraid of arousing, entered her in the contest. It also details other aspects of her life in London as DEIRDRE THORNHILL and veiled threats to get even with Hendrik DeGrout, head of an Intrnational diamond company who is planning to unveil the world’s largest red diamond, the DeGrout Rouge, at the convention.
Hoping to find the real killer and avoid a scandal that could ruin his fledgling business—something his biggest competitor, CLIVE DRUMMOND, would love to see—Jimmy calls Helen who returns to Las Vegas to investigate the crime privately.
Helen is suspicious of Drummond, a Namibian and English entrepreneur, who has ties not only to the hotel business but also to the international diamond trade. He is accompanied everywhere by his associate and bodyguard, DIRK KRUGER, an Afrikaner whom Helen distrusts immediately. Drummond and Jimmy, fought over the land on which January sits and Helen learns Jimmy, who called in a favor to win the diamond convention, is now concerned Drummond has discovered this and will use it against him.
Helen asks Laurel to contact Chapman’s employers in Cincinnati to find out more about her. When her employer searches her apartment, she finds photos and a passport in the Thornhill name and turns them over to Laurel.
At the same time, Helen asks AARON GERRARD, a New York City Detective, and Laurel’s former boyfriend, to use his contacts with Interpol to try to establish Thornhill’s true identity. Laurel passes on her information to Aaron. He and Interpol Inspector, RICHARD BELLERT, connect Thornhill to PIETER de BRUIN, her secret lover and the head of an international ring of jewelry thieves wanted all over Europe. Evidence suggests they were planning to steal the DeGrout Rouge diamond on the first stop of its worldwide tour at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
Helen is attacked and warned off the case but persists in her investigation. She discovers Kruger and de Bruin ran rival gangs in Europe and Kruger killed Thornhill when he recognized her as she checked into the hotel. When de Bruin learns of her death, he kills Kruger for revenge then disappears after leaving a note for Helen, who finds the body, warning her to stay out of his way.
Helen attends the closing dinner of the IDDC convention where Hendrik DeGrout presents the DeGrout Rouge publicly for the first time. As he is showing it, he trips and knocks it off its pedestal. Only the quick action of Vanden-jager, DeGrout’s second in command, who steps in just in time, saves it from hitting the ground.
Helen, Aaron and Bellert believe the plot to steal the DeGrout Rouge is still on target for the Museum of Natural History event. She agrees to serve as “bait” for de Bruin, who has warned her off. They are sure he will show up.
While mingling among the guests, she encounters a waiter who reeks of the same cigarette smoke and has the same scar on his hand as the man who attacked her. Even though he is disguised, she recognizes de Bruin and decides to pursue him. She allerts Bellert and tells him to find Aaron then persues deBruin.
He taunts her by fleeing through a service exit that leads to a back corridor of the museum. Alone in this dark passage, de Bruin accosts Helen and forces her to leave the museum with him. They enter Central Park, where he reveals he’s in possession of the real DeGrout Rouge and shows her the diamond.
Helen then realizes it was switched at dinner by Vanden-jager when it fell to the ground. He was trying to protect it. de Bruin explains he has managed to obtain it from Vanden-jager and now the precious stone is his. As he reveals this, Bellert, who secretely followed them, shows himself and demands the diamond. He shoots at deBruin to make his point. Just as deBruin is about to hand it over, Aaron, who was searching for Helen, enters the park and attempts to stop Bellert. He shoots Aaron giving him a flesh wound in his arm and in the ensuing confusion, both he and deBruin vanish into the night.
Afterwards Helen and Aaron learn that Bellert had huge gambling debts and took the opportunity to steal the diamond to change his life. Who actually has the diamond is anyone’s guess.
About Show Up Dead:
When people call her a control freak, Peri Milano takes it as a compliment. As the preferred go-to special assistant to Philadelphia’s rich and almost famous, having everything under control is part of her job description. With the organizational skills of a data processing program, the discretion of the CIA, and the creativity of an Ikea research and design engineer, Peri fulfills whatever whim her customers fancy and finds whatever methods needed for their madness.
Never has she received a request she couldn’t complete nor a problem she couldn’t solve.
So when Mr. Wooley asked her to plan a funeral-themed coming-out party to say farewell to his “old” self, Peri has it under control. When he actually shows up dead, she’s still got it under control.
But as the murder investigation swirls around her and another client receives blackmail letters, her grip on the world starts to loosen. And when her son winds up in the hospital, her cousin winds up on the missing person’s list, and she winds up being responsible for an orphaned, adult soap-star wannabe, Peri’s not sure she wants to be in control of anything ever again.
But someone needs to figure it all out. And since she’s so good at it, what other choice does she have but to save everyone in her little corner of the world?
Hopefully she’ll have time to save herself.
About The Enemy We Know:
Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty’s life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets. Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty’s deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and threatening to expose her to the state licensing board.
And then–good news–Wayne is murdered. The bad news? The police suspect Letty. Worse yet, the sonnets and bloody souvenirs keep coming. Someone else has been watching Letty. Someone eager to drop bodies at her feet like a cat offering dead mole trophies to his mistress.
Someone willing to kill again.
Johanna Parks is a 30 something woman who has suffered from night terrors her entire life and struggles to form lasting relationships. From visions of death as they happen to ghostly visitors in the middle of the night, Jo must discern the difference between reality and something potentially beyond our realm. Trying desperately to function in a world that marches to a different time clock, Jo’s life begins to spiral out of control.