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“The Traveling Man (The Travelers Book 1)” by Michael P. King

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The Traveling Man (The Travelers Book 1)

by Michael P. King

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Crime/Pulp

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“King’s uncommonly solid debut is a must-read.” —Kirkus Reviews

A con artist couple. A botched scheme. Their latest double-cross could cost them their marriage… and their lives…

Even in the company of backstabbing crooks, Tom and Patty Brown can always count on each other. The husband and wife duo have built a life for themselves conning criminals and getting away scot-free. When their latest scheme to sell contaminated land to a gangster goes south, Patty worries that Tom might be losing his nerve…

After Tom senses a double-cross, he suppresses the urge to run. After all, he’d rather stand with his wife than leave himself open to the impressive list of enemies they’ve collected over the years…

As Tom and Patty fight to keep one step ahead of the jilted gangster, they narrow down their lists of suspects. By hook or by crook, they’ll make sure whoever ratted them out never crosses them again…

The Traveling Man is the first book in a series of suspenseful crime thrillers. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, shady criminal worlds, and nail-biting plot twists, then you’ll love Michael King’s dizzying whodunnit.

Buy The Traveling Man today to arm yourself for an explosive thrill-ride.

 

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“Lie in Wait (Canaan Crime Novels)” by Eric Rickstad

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Lie in Wait (Canaan Crime Novels)

by Eric Rickstad

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Crime

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Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.

In the remote pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.

So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl’s murder and the divisive case must be linked.

However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades, and learns that behind the town’s idyllic façade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.

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“Another One: Book 1 of the Parker Trilogy” by Tony Faggioli

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Another One: Book 1 of the Parker Trilogy

by Tony Faggioli

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Supernatural/Paranormal/Crime

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Detective Evan Parker is being haunted by the past. After two tours in the Afghanistan War, he thought the horrors that he witnessed there were behind him. But the death of his partner has now opened a dark hole of memories that are threatening to swallow Parker alive. Desperate to maintain his grip, he focuses on the last unsolved case his partner left behind: the brutal murder of Hymie Villarosa.

Father Bernardino Soltera is being destroyed by the present. After ministering to the gang-ridden streets of East L.A. for over twenty years, he’s unable to see past the pain and suffering that drugs and violence have wreaked on his neighborhood; he’s ready to give up. But when a young girl confesses that she’s pregnant and her boyfriend will hurt her if she doesn’t get an abortion? Father Soltera decides to make one more stand.

Hector Villarosa is being mocked by the future. After being released from jail he discovers the love of his life is with another man. As the leader of his gang, losing face could mean losing his life, and the fact that detectives are now asking questions about the death of Hector’s cousin, Hymie, isn’t helping. But Hector’s bigger problem is the demon that has followed him out of jail and on to the mean streets of East L.A.

Three men, one neighborhood. All about to discover that the veil between this world and the next is razor thin.

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#Review “The Hanging Women” by John Mead

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4/5 Stars!

The Hanging Women opens with former lawman and now wealthy businessman, Jack Stevens, discovering the gruesome murder scene of two women, one white, one black. The murder scene is staged to send a message, but what and from whom?

Though it’s obvious from Jack’s astute observations of the scene he has a keen mind, sharp intellect and knowledge of the seedier parts of life, Jack also has a problem with the bottle, drinking to excess to drown out demons from his past. Unable to account for the last day and a half, Jack is, at least temporarily, a suspect in the murders of the women he so conveniently ‘found.’

Not waiting to be ruled out as a suspect, Stevens begins his own investigation into the murders, much to the consternation of local authorities and the collaborating Pinkertons.

Jack Stevens is a messy protagonist… perfectly messy. Aging not-gracefully, he’s rude, ill-tempered, and has no problem delivering his own version of the truth. Shaped by the events and circumstances of his life, Jack is unapologetic. He has regrets but he does not dwell on them. He just wants the nightmares to stop.

The story moves slowly at first as the two young women must be identified to move the case forward, and Jack tries to retrace his steps over the last thirty-six to forty-eight hours to find out where he was and what he did.

The Hanging Women has a large cast of characters, memorable as much for their nicknames as their part in this suspenseful whodunit. Names like Pug, Pinky, Banjo, Boat, and Cage flow from the pages… and those are just a few of the good guys!

However, there is a fine line between good and bad as there seems to be little anyone is not willing to do to achieve their goals. This being 1880s Chicago, it’s a battle of manpower and egos as labor groups, ethnic street gangs and corrupt officials jockey for power and control of the city.

Much time and many lives could have been saved had the women been in charge. (Okay, maybe not the lives. HA!)

Kudos to the author for not just delivering strong female characters, but women of substance who are to be reckoned with… if you live.

Two of these women are Martha Stevens and Kathleen ‘Kitty’ McGuire Tipwell… Jack’s wife and mistress. Don’t judge them or their situations. Both women play pivotal roles and are involved in plot twists I did not see coming!

Desperate to be independent and live as she chooses, the savvy Kitty moves in and among areas of the city and society a woman of her status should know nothing about.

Though well-respected by most who know her, wife and grandmother, Martha, is anything but matronly. She helps her lover plan a robbery then helps her husband cover it up. But it’s when she forms an alliance with Kitty that even Jack shuts up!

Clues as to who killed Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh are piling up… but so are more bodies. Are all the murders connected? Is there a serial killer or is it just bizarre coincidence? Is Nina O’Shea the most ruthless person in Chicago?

The suspense level of The Hanging Women is high. But I believe it’s outdone by its own intrigue. Some of the most minute details and even tedious mentions foreshadow events and connections to come. Readers of thrillers and suspense will enjoy this well-written read. Mystery lovers will get a kick out of the plot twists. There’s even something here for women’s fiction and romance readers. As Martha Stevens said, “It is odd that there should be so much love at the center of all these horrific acts.”

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A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the powerhouse of America, a sink of corruption and vice which is haunted by riotscover and gangland killings.  A story of weak men and strong women.

Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation.

As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremist factions of the worker’s movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim.

With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.

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#BlogTour “The Hanging Women” by John Mead

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A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the power house of America, a sink of corruption and vice which is haunted by riotscover and gangland killings.  A story of weak men and strong women.

Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation.

As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremist factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim.

With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.

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Author Bio

John MeadJohn was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes.

His inspiration for his debut novel came whilst attending a lecture in Denver about the history of the American Midwest, describing a time and place that was very different from that espoused by popular culture, which started him thinking this would make a excellent period in which to set a crime story.

His book describes how Chicago was a prototype of much that we consider both good and bad in the current age, it had a vibrancy and decadence that allowed a few enterprising individuals to prosper whilst violence and intolerance held back many others. The situation for some African Americans and women was improving but it was still a time when to be anything other than white and male made you a second class citizen.  The city was the manufacturing and transport hub of America, the vast influx of immigrants swelling its already booming population brought great wealth but also corruption and criminality. The Midwest and Chicago typified a way of life, the ‘gun culture’ which is a euphemism for individualism, from which much of modern American social values have grown.

John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city: a Whitechapel noir.

 

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“Black Valley: A Novel” by Charlotte Williams

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Black Valley

by Charlotte Williams

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Women’s Fiction/Mothers & Daughter/Detective/Crime

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Therapist-turned-reluctant detective Jessica Mayhew is on the trail once again in this smart, fast-paced novel of suspense from Charlotte Williams—author of the debut The House on the Cliff—a tautly written psychological thriller that ventures deep into the recesses of the mind.

Jessica Mayhew has enough problems without getting wrapped up in her patients’ drama. Her separation from her husband doesn’t seem as amicable as she once thought, and her daughters are drifting away as fast as they’re growing up. But her new client—chic, moody, obsessive painter Elinor Powell—has a way of drawing people in and soon Jessica’s getting involved with what seems to be a most artful murder.

Elinor presents a rare professional challenge. She blames herself for keeping a valuable portrait in her studio, where her mother was killed in an unsolved robbery. An attack of claustrophobia is interfering with her work, as is her deepening paranoia about her twin sister, Isobel, and her brother-in-law, Blake, a ruthless art dealer. But when Jessica meets the entire unhappy family at the debut show of Blake’s protégé—a reclusive ex-miner producing gloomy canvases in the Black Mountains of southeast Wales—she starts to wonder whether Elinor might be on to something. Might there be more to her mother’s death? Could Blake have been involved? And just what’s going on in those lonely hills?

Set against the otherworldly Welsh countryside, Black Valley is a novel rich in character, intrigue, and harrowing dangers.

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“Five (Count to Ten Book 5)” by Jane Blythe

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Five (Count to Ten Book 5)

by Jane Blythe

Genre: Mystery & Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Kidnapping/Crime

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Innocent victim or crazy liar?

At the hospital Laura Xander bumps into a teenager who claims that she and three other girls were kidnapped five years ago. The man whom she alleges abducted her maintains that he is her father and that his daughter is mentally unbalanced. A race against time ensues to prove the girls are kidnap victims before the man who says he’s their father takes them home never to be seen again.

Detective Paige Hood was nearly killed by her stalker four years ago, he stole something from her she can never get back and she’s still trying to come to terms with the ramifications. Now the stalker is back and determined that she will not live to see the morning.

** Warning: Graphic violence and themes of sexual assault/abuse **

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