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Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

Forge Books
June 10, 2014

Along the ever changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen year old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton’s new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation.

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou’s missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical. Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

Crescendo…A Lou Crasher Mystery



Paperback
April 7, 2013
Crescendo is my debut action suspense novel. Take a journeyman drummer, toss in hot dames, wisecracks and a little booze and what do you get? Lou Crasher; the greatest drumming private eye that may not live to see another day!

Lou works at rehearsal studio in Hollywood. It’s business as usual until she, Angela walks in. Lou’s cool goes out the window. When Angela’s musical equipment gets stolen Lou volunteers to get it back. Get the gear, get the girl, Lou thinks. Before he knows it Lou is up to his ears in the P.I. business. An innocent search for equipment leads Lou into a world of armed robberies, vicious jack russell terriers, seductive retired exotic dancers and more.

Crescendo is climatic piece of a song in music and it is also the first rock n’ roll romp in the Lou Crasher series. It is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online, Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach and Eso Won Books in Leimert Park Los Angeles.

Crescendo by Jonathan J. Brown

Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross




Touchstone
9/4/12
A brilliant crime novel and prequel to the acclaimed BBC series by the show’s creator and sole writer

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective with an extraordinary case-clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad—not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. After years of chasing the most depraved criminals in London’s gritty underworld, he seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things any other detective wouldn’t and shouldn’t do.

Luther: The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther’s past and into his mind. It is the story of the serial killer case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice—beyond fury, beyond vengeance, all the way to the other side of the law. Is Luther a force for good or a man hell-bent on self-destruction? Edgar Award–winning writer Neil Cross has created one of the most compelling characters in modern crime fiction. Luther: The Calling is a compulsively readable novel by the writer hailed by The Guardian as “Britain’s own Stephen King.”

Black Pulp

BLACK PULP is a collection of stories featuring characters of African origin, or descent, in stories that run the gamut of genre fiction! A concept developed by noted crime novelist Gary Phillips, BLACK PULP brings bestselling authors Walter Mosley and Joe R. Lansdale, Gary Phillips, Charles R. Saunders, Derrick Ferguson, D. Alan Lewis, Christopher Chambers, Mel Odom, Kimberly Richardson, Ron Fortier, Michael A. Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, and Tommy Hancock together to craft adventure tales, mysteries, and more, all with black characters at the forefront!

“Literature for the masses kindled the imagination and used our reading skills so that we could regale ourselves in the cold chambers of alienation and poverty. We could become Doc Savage or The Shadow, Conan the Barbarian or the brooding King Kull and make a difference in a world definitely gone wrong.”
Walter Mosley from his introduction.

Between these covers are 12 tales of action, adventure, and thrills featuring heroes and heroines of darker hues that will appeal to audiences everywhere! BLACK PULP! From Pro Se Productions!

Black Pulp
Walter Mosley (Author), Christopher Chambers (Author), Michael Gonzales (Author), Gar Anthony Haywood (Author), Ron Fortier (Author), Joe R. Lansdale (Author), Gary Phillips (Author), Mel Odom (Author), Tommy Hancock (Author), D. Alan Lewis (Author), Derrick Ferguson (Author), Kimberly Richardson (Author), Charles R. Saunders (Author)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
April 17, 2013
Paperback

Laws of Depravity by Eriq La Salle

In a 30-year murder spree, the Martyr Maker has left behind a legacy of torture and fear: 36 clergymen butchered in twisted scenes reflecting the martyrdom of the twelve Apostles. The same M.O. — Twelve murders. Every ten years. All of the victims preachers and priests. And now, the Martyr Maker is back.

The recent murder of a local priest signals the beginning of another three-week kill cycle. It falls to NYPD detectives Quincy Cavanaugh and Phee Freeman and FBI agent Janet Maclin to catch the killer even though dark family secrets, the need for revenge, and hidden agendas frustrate the team at every turn. If they stand any chance of stopping the relentless serial killer, they each must first confront their own depravities that threaten to destroy them as readily as the monster they are chasing.

This is the first in a trilogy.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Available June 1, 2012 in Paperback

Cathexis by Christopher L. Dockens

This is a story about a psychopath who terrorizes a small town. This is a story about the woman who this psychopath terrorizes. This is the story about the woman who is in love with this psychopath. This is story about 3 damaged people who desperately try to survive one another. This is a story about courage and the will to survive. Who will survive the horror, the horror?

Monkology: 15 Stories from the World of Private Eye Ivan Monk by Gary Phillips

In this collection you’ll encounter starry-eyed sinners, street corner revolutionaries, Hollywood hustlers, over-heated politicians, right-wing a**holes, a ghost or two, cavorting cops, architects with issues, and a little old lady with a popgun — all out to make their mark in the city of dreams and despair.

Monkology: 15 Stories from the World of Private Eye Ivan Monk
Gary Phillips
Rare Bird Books
August 14, 2012
Paperback

Blood & Tacos #1

There was a time when paperback racks were full of men’s adventure series. Next to the Louis L’Amours, one could find the adventures of The Executioner, the Destroyer, the Death Merchant, and many more action heroes that were hell-bent on bringing America back from the brink. That time was the 1970s & ’80s. A bygone era filled with wide-eyed innocence and mustaches.

Those stories are back! The new quarterly magazine Blood & Tacos is bringing back the action, the fun, and the adventure. Also, the mustaches.

In each issue of Blood & Tacos, some of today’s hottest crime writers will choose an era and create a new pulp hero and deliver a brand-new adventure. Each issue will include 5-6 stories featuring action-packed mayhem written in the style of that bygone era. The stories might not always be politically correct, but whether satire or homage, they will deliver on every page. Fast and fun, action and adventure, Blood & Tacos.

Featuring stories by Gary Phillips (“The Silencer Strikes”, with a nod to Holloway House), Matthew C. Funk, Johnny Shaw, Cameron Ashley and other talented writers.

If the stories weren’t enough, Blood & Tacos will also feature fine pulpy art, reviews of some of the fine (and not so fine) novels from the same period, and maybe even a recipe or two.

So enjoy this serving of Blood & Tacos. And remember, if it’s too cheesy, it’s a quesadilla.

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Blood & Tacos is the brainchild of Johnny Shaw, screenwriter and author of the novel Dove Season: A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco. When he’s not writing or teaching, he is usually in an undisclosed warzone working as the demolitions expert in the mercenary group, The Bushmasters. He also enjoys badminton. His website can be found at Johnnyshaw.net. Or follow him on Twitter at @BloodandTacos.

Blood & Tacos is published by Creative Guy Publishing, the company that brought you such fine books as Amityville House of Pancakes (Vols 1-3), Stays Crunchy in Milk, Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, Brine, and many others with odd titles but excellent stories.

Kitty-Kitty, Bang-Bang: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Cairo

With murder, mayhem and hot sex, Kitty-Kitty, Bang-Bang is a wickedly delicious sequel to The Kat Trap.

It was her cutthroat ambition and ruthlessness that got Katrina — or Kat for short, out of the hood and on top of her game. Once a murderer on a seductive prowl with two missions in mind — satisfying her insatiable libido and killing unsuspecting marks — Katrina has lain down her guns. Having once used her alluring charm and exotic beauty to lure men to their deaths, Katrina has had a change of heart.

She’s settled for a simpler life and traveling, partying, and shopping have become her only guilty pleasures. In addition, she’s avoiding relationships and men like the plague. For her, life couldn’t be any sweeter — at least that’s what she wants to believe.

But, when drama rears its ugly head, Katrina returns with a vengeance. There’s the issue of confronting her ex-friend who she learned had slept with an old boyfriend. Then there are her three aunts — who are angry with how she treated her mother. And now she has to face her family, her demons, and the woman behind them — reopening old wounds, trying to mend new ones. Ultimately Kat has a new mission: to find the man behind her mother’s death and serve him up a dish of her own justice the only way she knows how — with a bullet to his head.

Kitty-Kitty, Bang-Bang: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Cairo
Strebor Books
November 1, 2011 Paperback

In this sexy, raw debut novel, a vivacious young murderess seduces her unsuspecting victims to their own deaths. . . .

Katrina is a self-proclaimed hood goddess. With her razor-sharp attitude, alluring charm, and exotic beauty, she is willing to do whatever it takes to climb — or kill — her way out of the hood. With two bodies already on her hands by the age of twenty, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a mysterious man invites her to be the first female killer on his multimillion-dollar team of professional assassins.

Kat tempts her victims with her irresistible charm, but she cannot resist the rush that satisfies her hungry libido with each murder and makes her crave more and more power. Disturbingly witty and devilishly enticing, The Kat Trap lures readers into a deliciously cutthroat criminal world of money, glamour, and ultimate self-destruction.

The Kat Trap: A Novel (Zane Presents) by Cairo
Strebor Books
July 26, 2011
Mass Market Paperback

Blair Walker’s Darryl Billups Mystery Series

 

Up Jumped the Devil (Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
A five-year veteran of the Baltimore Herald’s police beat, Darryl Billups is one of the paper’s top reporters. He earned the distinction the hard way, combining a nose for news, innate writing ability, and the timeless art of persuasion. Never one to shy away from the dangers of the job, he has chronicled the trajectories of some of Baltimore’s most compelling — and lethal — characters. So when an anonymous source tips him off to a domestic terrorist plot to bomb the NAACP’s national headquarters, Darryl knows this story could be the biggest of his career. But what he soon comes to realize is that though his dogged pursuit of the truth may make his name, it could also cost him his life. Complicating matters is Darryl’s deepening affection for Yolanda and Jamal, a young mother and son he has taken under his wing to shield them from domestic abuse. As a veteran journalist, he knows better than to insert himself into a story, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. Up Jumped the Devil weaves a thrilling mixture of suspense, romance, and comedy, expertly juggled by a memorable new hero for fans of contemporary detective fiction.
 
Hidden in Plain View (Darryl Billups Mysteries) by Blair S. Walker
In the second installment of Blair S. Walker‘s Darryl Billups series, the intrepid reporter has left his blue-collar Baltimore roots for a new gig in New York. But life in the big city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Luckily for Darryl, the Baltimore Herald is only too happy to welcome its star reporter back home, as are Darryl’s girlfriend Yolanda and her young son Jamal. Darryl is promoted to editor, but before long is itching to return to his former crime beat. He gets his chance when the nude bodies of African-American professionals begin turning up around town, their faces ominously marked with Confederate-flag decals. At a loss for suspects, homicide detective Phillip Gardner calls on his old friend Darryl for help unraveling the case. Darryl eagerly reconnects with Baltimore’s seedy underbelly and is soon hot on the trail of a killer who will transform his notions about gender, race, and the workings of the criminal mind. To break this story, Darryl must learn to look at the world in a totally different way — or become the killer’s most high-profile victim yet!
 
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes (A Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes is the third outing for intrepid African-American newspaper reporter Darryl Billups, whose previous escapades found him foiling a domestic terrorism plot and unmasking a cunning serial killer. In what just may be his biggest story yet, Darryl is called to cover a multiple homicide at a Baltimore storage facility. Authorities suspect the carnage is somehow linked to the contents of storage unit 25, where a young woman’s mummified body — clad in bloodstained lingerie and opulent platinum-and-diamond jewelry — was recently discovered. The fact that someone was willing to risk the lives of five innocent people following the corpse’s discovery tells Darryl that he’s on to something big — and that’s before the body mysteriously disappears from the medical examiner’s office. Determined to find the truth, he joins forces with a hard-nosed female detective. Together they uncover a decades-old rivalry that reaches the highest levels of Baltimore politics. Novelist Blair S. Walker has been praised by USA Today for his “keen knack for entertaining,” and Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes doesn’t disappoint!

Nettie Parker’s Backyard

Ask anyone who knows Nettie Parker, and they’ll say that she’s an amazing, mystical woman…what else would you call someone who receives supernatural signs sent just to them? And being able to live longer than anyone else? That alone is pretty amazing! Nettie’s been through many hardships in her life, and she’s learned first-hand that prejudice can be a multi-headed dragon. but her courage and determination show others that differences in skin color or in physical abilities don’t matter. In fact, as Nettie and her fighter-pilot husband both get caught up in World War II, survival becomes what matters most-not just for them, but also for the eight Jewish refugee children she comes to care for. Now Nettie faces her toughest struggle yet: uncovering the mystery of her supernatural signs and the purpose of her unusually long life. Do the strange statues that suddenly appear in her backyard point to any clues? Halley, Nettie’s young friend, plays detective as she re-visits Nettie’s past, a journey that takes the reader from South Carolina to England and back again. Can Halley put all the pieces together and solve the puzzle?

Nettie Parker’s Backyard is the story of a mystical, wonderful African-American Gullah woman and the supernatural signs she receives, which guide her to care for eight Jewish child refugees in WWII London. The special bonds they form are so strong, nothing can break them: neither time nor distance, proving love is the greatest force of all in a surprise twist ending. Important themes of anti-bullying and tolerance toward all, regardless of race, religion or physical challenges are woven into this historical-fiction mystery, and contains something to which every child, ages 9-13, can relate.

Bullying has become a global problem for today’s youth, and hate-crime rates continue to skyrocket. The characters in my book have little in common: they are from various countries, cultures and religious backgrounds…yet it all works! My book inspires the reader to see that what matters is the “core” of each person, and that acceptance of others and their differences truly means enriching themselves.

A Good Excuse To Be Bad by Miranda Parker

Smart, gorgeous, and too tough for her own good, bail recovery agent and single mom Evangeline Crawford moved to the burbs for a quiet life. Fortunately, it’s not turning out that way…

Angel has to admit she’s feeling restless. The only excitement in her new life is her schoolgirl crush on the town’s new pastor, Justus-too-Hot-to-be-Holy Morgan. But a fateful encounter and a job gone wrong at Club Night Candy in underground Atlanta is about to change all that… Soon, Angel’s trying to save her divazilla twin sister from her big mouth and a scandalous murder charge, and probing a church cover-up–with none other than Justus by her side. But Angel has one more pressing concern: will Bella be ready for kindergarten? Only time will tell for this bad girl gone good whose days are once again far from boring–and hopefully far from numbered…

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Press Release: National Bestselling Author John A. Andrews Will Release 3 Hard Hitting Novels in 2012

PR Newswire

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Known for his gritty, and twisted writing style in his diabolically encapsulating bestselling novel Rude Buay … The Unstoppable, prolific, national bestselling author John A. Andrews is not only poised to release its sequel Rude Buay … The Untouchable in Spring 2012, but will release two additional mystery, suspense, action thrillers consecutively, one in the summer and the other in the fall next year.

This follow-up title Rude Buay … The Untouchableis geared towards taking readers deeper into the mindset and philosophy of the Dragon Drug Cartel. This page turner unravels the mystery, deceit, corruption, deception, and inequities of all kinds behind the biggest and “baddest” drug cartel ever assembled. With its roots set in Jamaica, Miamiand Colombia, this organization has now expanded its operation into Mexico, Asia, and most recently the American Canadian border.

The international setting for this chronicle has placed the Rude Buay Series amongst some of the elite action thrillers ever etched including the James Bond Series. Officially released on Independence Day 2010, Rude Buay … The Unstoppable has since been translated in Spanish asChico Rudo … El Imparable, and most recently a Chinese edition was added to the mix. This 16th title for the author is still being requested at book signing events across the U.S. John A. Andrews has so far not only laid a foundation for this upcoming film to be shot in Puerto Rico, Jamaica andHawaii, but has set the basis for an action adventure series like Ian Fleming created in the 80s with the Bond Series.

The Caribbean has been without a hero since “Ivanhoe Martin” played by Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come back in 1973. Rude Buay emerges as a new brandish hero with a no holds barred mindset. His wittiness and tenacity makes him into a character not only possessing grit, international pizzazz but longevity as well.

This original series is a “drug prevention” action thriller chronicle, sending a strong message to teens and adults alike. Andrews, not only delivers it with grit and gumption but allows it pound at your heart while tugging at your flesh. Its twists and turns are guaranteed to deliver your roller coaster experience.

According to Andrews, “I always wanted to become a cop while growing up in the Caribbean, and took it to another level by praying to become one. Even so, witnessing firsthand the corruption involving some of the finest, I had a change of mind.”

Currently on a Multiple Titles Book Tour in the U.S., he has released over 30 titles in various genres including, personal development, relationships, success, teen empowerment, biography, and fiction. The author sees next year as the year of mystery, action, and suspense thrillers for his portfolio, according to Books That Will Enhance Your Life.

The author/producer who just released his memoir: When The Dust Settles I am Still Standing – A True Hollywood Story, and is working on moving the first installment of Rude Buay into pre-production.

Andrews will release these two additional novels next year: Cross Atlantic Fiasco, an action adventure featuring 3 ex-police officers caught on the wrong side of the law, and Who Shot The Sherriff, a whodunit chronicle. The first will be released in the summer and the latter in fall.

Rude Buay … The Untouchable will be released in hardcover and could be made available for purchase as early as March 16th 2012 according to publishing sources for the Rude Buay series.

An A L I project. Visit: www.AndrewsLeadershipInternational.com

SOURCE Books That Will Enhance Your Life

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Bestselling African American Mysteries in 2011

The top-selling mysteries featuring African American characters or by African Americans for 2011 (as of July 2011).

  1. Dutch III: International Gangster by Teri Woods
    (Grand Central Publishing, 2011-05-25, Paperback)
    It’s one month before Dutch’s trial for what the media has deemed “the Month of Murder,” Roc and Angel are locked up, and Craze is now the commander in charge. After coming into contact with Joseph Odouwo, Kazami’s very rich and powerful relative, Craze is immediately on alert. However, Odouwo has other plans that may put all of their lives at risk. Craze can’t resist a stake in Odouwo’s very successful billion-dollar diamond trade, and reluctantly takes Odouwo up on his offer, hoping that he didn’t make a decision he will soon regret.

     

  2. Heartbreak of a Hustler’s Wife: A Novel by Nikki Turner
    (One World/Ballantine, 2011-04-05, Paperback)
    Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than for her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin’ ways and commit to his life as a pastor — especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn’t ready to abandon his old habits just yet. He has to find out who is behind the murder attempt, and he wonders if the brazen robbery that took place during one of his church services is related in any way. But before he or Yarni can regain their footing, a young woman shows up on their doorstep — Desember Day, the eighteen-year-old daughter Des never knew he had. And, unfortunately, she takes after her father, so trouble isn’t far behind. With their lives on the line, Yarni must sacrifice everything and take it out of the office and back to the streets to save her husband and her family from their checkered but intricately connected pasts.

     

  3. Known to Evil: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley
    (NAL Trade, 2011-02-01, Paperback)
    When New York private eye Leonid McGill is hired to check up on a vulnerable young woman, all he discovers is a bloody crime scene-and the woman gone missing. His client doesn’t want her found. The reason will put everything McGill cherishes in harm’s way: his family, his friends, and his very soul.

     

  4. Karma III (Triple Crown Publications Presents) by Sabrina A. Eubanks
    (Triple Crown Publications, 2011-02-15, Paperback)
    In the third installment of Sabrina Eubanks’ fiery bestselling Karma series, life has been a little rough for narcotics detective Lucas Cain. After his perfect love Justine is tragically taken away from him by a devious femme fatale, Lucas and his trusty partner Noah are assigned to take down the notorious Trinidad brothers. While Lucas attempts to reclaim his life with Nichole, a fellow detective with an unhinged ex-boyfriend – the crooked cop Keith Childs – Noah is gravely wounded in a fight to bring down the Draco Empire. Now inspector Butch Harper is looking for dirty cops and Lucas and Noah are on the hunt for Keith. But things are not what they seem in this tangled tale of love, greed, and treachery. Who will be left standing when the smoke clears? Who will learn that you can t hide from yourself…that KARMA is always just around the cover?

     

  5. Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey
    (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2011-07-12, Paperback)
    In the slums of Accra, Ghana’s fast-moving, cosmopolitan capital, teenagers are turning up dead. Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes, but this latest string of murders — in which all the young victims bear a chilling signature — is the most unsettling of his career. Are these heinous acts a form of ritual killing or the work of a lone, cold-blooded monster? With time running out, Dawson embarks on a harrowing journey through the city’s underbelly and confronts the brutal world of the urban poor, where street children are forced to fight for their very survival — and a cunning killer seems just out of reach.

     

  6. Dead and Buried (A Benjamin January Mystery) by Barbara Hambly
    (Severn House Publishers, 2011-02-01, Paperback)
    The new ‘Benjamin January’ novel from the best-selling author – New Orleans, 1836. When free black musician and surgeon Benjamin January attends the funeral of a friend, an accident tips the dead man out of his coffin – only to reveal an unexpected inhabitant. Just one person recognises the corpse of the white man: Hannibal Sefton, fiddle-player and one of January’s closest friends. But he seems unwilling to talk about his connection to the dead man . . .

     

  7. Queen of Thieves (Triple Crown Publications Presents) by Kimathi Khama
    (Triple Crown Publlcations, 2011-03-15, Paperback)
    Liaka Sikes is having a hard time. When the love of her life reveals to her a ghastly secret about who he really is, Liaka suddenly finds herself plunged into a life of bank robberies and terrifying visions. Luckily, she has her girls there for support. Asia and Lianna have Liaka’s back through thick and thin as they enter the thrilling and lucrative world of stick-up crime without ever looking back: a world where one slip-up is enough to end it all. As the friends navigate through violence, good and bad cops, revenge and unexpected romance, will they be able to stay on top and reign supreme?

     

  8. Beneath The Surface by Roy Glenn
    (Escapism Entertainment, 2011-04-18, Paperback)
    Now that he has taken care of all of the people responsible for the murder of his wife, Cassandra, Mike Black faces his toughest opponent, Carmen Taylor, an old girl friend who has recently returned to the city. Carmen is an entertainment reporter for a local television station, who wants to do bigger things. Her opportunity comes while she is covering the opening of an art exhibition. A woman is found murdered, and Carmen is the only reporter on the scene. The police say that the victim, a known call girl named Tangela House appears to have been strangled during sex. Anxious to prove she can do more than just fluff stories, Carmen begins her own investigation into the victim s past, and quickly finds that there is more to the case than just rough sex gone wrong. Now with the help of Mike Black, Carmen must stay alive long enough to uncover what secrets lay beneath the surface.

     

  9. Lies In Disguise (Indigo) by Bernice Layton
    (Genesis Press, 2011-03-01, Paperback)
    Charlene’s identical twin, Corrine, is dead, and Charlene has been terribly injured. After awakening from a coma, Charlene decides to assume her dead sister’s identity in a desparetate attempt to uncover a murderer. Her plan becomes more complicated when she finds herself developing feelings for her sister Corrine’s estranged husband. Can Charlene discover the truth before her deception is unraveled… or before the killer strikes again?

     

  10. Mystify (Kimani Tru) by Artist Arthur
    (Kimani, 2011-01-18, Paperback)
    Sasha Carrington has grown up feeling like an outsider, and her parents are too concerned with scaling the Lincoln, Connecticut, social ladder to even notice her. They’d be really horrified to know about the supernatural abilities Sasha and her friends Krystal and Jake possess. But as part of the Mystyx, Sasha has found her place.Now her parents have suddenly taken an interest in everything she does, and their timing couldn’t be worse. Sasha’s father wants her to become BFFs with snooty Alyssa Turner, who hates Krystal for stealing her boyfriend. Then there’s Antoine Watson, the boy Sasha has liked forever, the boy her parents would never approve of. But with the dark side getting more dangerous by the day, and the Mystyx’s own powers growing in unexpected ways, Sasha is facing choices that could affect her friends, her love life — and even her destiny….

     

  11. Playing Dirty by Kiki Swinson
    (Dafina, 2011-03-01, Paperback)
    Playing dirty is a skill that Yoshi Lomax has perfected. By bribing cops and officials, sleeping with her boss, and convincing her friend in the DEA to make evidence disappear, Yoshi has become a top criminal defense attorney. And she has the multi-million dollar Miami pad and Aston Martin to prove it. But when she takes the case of badass Haitian mob boss Sheldon Chisholm, her usual way of doing business–by any means necessary–doesn’t work. Someone has gotten to the people on her payroll and her funds are beginning to dwindle. Now she has no choice but to defend a dangerous murderer with nothing but her brains and the law. And while an unknown enemy keeps trying to sabotage her, Sheldon makes it very clear what’s at stake. Either Yoshi wins the case. . .or loses her life.

     

  12. Obsessed by Devon Scott
    (Dafina, 2011-06-01, Paperback)
    In this sensual, unforgettable novel, a husband and wife face the worst crisis of their marriage–and learn that no matter what twists life throws at you, holding on to the one you love is the only way to survive. . . After five fulfilling years of marriage, Michael and Kennedy are the envy of their tight circle of friends. Michael is even more passionate about his stunning, successful wife than he was when they first met, and he is everything Kennedy has ever wanted in a man. Life is going pretty well. But everything changes when the couple starts getting mysterious phone calls and threatening emails. Michael and Kennedy are being stalked–and the stress has their once rock-solid marriage unraveling. Who could want to hurt Michael and Kennedy? Plenty of people, it seems. For the couple is hiding an intimate secret few people know about. . .and when it’s revealed, nothing will ever be the same. . .

     

  13. Exposed by Naomi Chase
    (Dafina, 2011-02-01, Paperback)
    Her past is back to haunt her–and it’s hotter than ever. . . On the brink of a major promotion, Tamia Luke is within reach of the glitzy life she’s always dreamed of–until her client, Dominic “Nico” Archer, blackmails her into becoming his mistress, threatening to reveal her scandalous past. Tamia has no choice but to submit to his demands. But the tables turn when her hostility towards Nico is replaced with insatiable lust. No man–including her boyfriend–has ever satisfied her the way he does. And as her infatuation grows, the closer she comes to losing everything–including her life.

     

  14. Cry Me A River by Ernest Hill
    (Dafina, 2011-01-01, Paperback)
    An absentee father from a “no good” family, Tyrone Stokes was imprisoned for shooting a man in a convenience store. His wife saw her chance to end their marriage and raise their son, Marcus, on her own. Now Tyrone has returned to Brownsville, Louisiana, to discover that his boy needs help–help that Tyrone is desperate to give, if he can only figure out how. Marcus has been convicted of the rape and murder of a young white girl. An execution date is set, and it’s rumored that the Governor will refuse clemency. Tyrone is convinced Marcus is innocent, despite a stack of evidence against him–but he is also wracked by knowledge of all the ways he has failed his son. Against all odds, Tyrone sets out to keep Marcus alive–and perhaps put his family back together again.

     

  15. Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker
    (Akashic Books, 2011-03-22, Paperback)
    Lanie Price, a 1920s Harlem society columnist, witnesses the brutal nightclub kidnapping of the “Black Orchid,” a sultry, seductive singer with a mysterious past. Price, a female 1920s version of Dominick Dunne, soon finds herself elbows-deep in a story in which everyone seems to be either lying or keeping a secret to die for. When hours pass without word from the kidnapper, puzzlement grows as to his motive. Then a gruesome package arrives at Price’s doorstep and the questions change. Just what does this kidnapper want–and how many people is he willing to kill in order to get it?Evil hides behind the genteel façades of affluent Strivers’ Row and stalks the ballroom of one of Harlem’s most famous gay parties. In a complex plot that keeps you tied to the page, Black Orchid Blues explores the depths of human depravity and the desperation of its victims.”I fell in love with this book when I saw the cover. The gorgeous black dame with the gat in her hand harks back to the best of pulp fiction, but Black Orchid Blues, a historical novel set in 1920s Harlem, is better than any pulp I ever read. This is the (second) in the series starring journalist/society reporter Lanie Price and it’s simply terrific.” –The Globe and Mail

     

  16. Deadly Intentions by Candice Poarch
    (Dafina, 2011-05-01, Paperback)
    She’s Hot On The Trail Of A Thief. . .When Lisa Claxton starts her own cleaning business on Paradise Island, she may finally profit from her talent for whipping a house into shape–in more ways than one. A valuable Claxton heirloom, a golden bowl, is missing, and Lisa has tracked it down to a local home, which she quickly gets herself hired to clean. But when she arrives she finds a dead body–and flees right into the safe arms of an irresistibly handsome man. . .But She’s About To Find So Much More. . .Injured Navy SEAL Brian Knight came to his grandfather’s house to recuperate. He didn’t expect to be greeted by a frightened beauty–or to get mixed up in her scheme. But Brian has to pursue the killer who invaded the house–and he’s determined to pursue Lisa as well. Soon, the two are up against ruthless thieves whose intentions are more than deadly.

     

  17. L.A. Blues by Maxine Thompson
    (Urban Books, 2011-07-01, Paperback)
    Growing up in foster care, Zipporah Saldano never dreamed of becoming a police officer, but after she’s rescued from a hostage situation during the LA Riots, she chooses a career in law enforcement. After ten good years on the force, Z is involved in a domestic homicide case gone awry. Her partner is killed, and Z is fired when alcohol is detected in her system. It’s two long years before she gets sober and opens her own private investigation firm. Now Shirley, her former foster mother, is in need of Z’s help. Someone has murdered her grandson, a high school basketball star, and she wants Z to find out who did it. Z soon finds herself in deeper trouble than when she was kicked out of the LAPD. What she discovers is a conspiracy much deeper than anyone would believe, and she finds her own life is in danger.

     

  18. The Buried Bones Mystery (Clubhouse Mysteries) by Sharon M. Draper
    (Aladdin, 2011-07-12, Paperback)
    In simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions, the first book in the Clubhouse Mysteries. Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs, and share exciting adventures. In The Buried Bones Mystery, the boys build a clubhouse in Ziggy’s backyard, where they uncover a box of bones while digging to bury their secret treasures. But when the boys try to hide their treasures, they’re swept up in a mystery more intriguing — and scary — than anything they could have imagined. Who could have buried a box of bones behind their clubhouse?

     

  19. From Cape Town with Love: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel by Blair Underwood
    (Atria Books, 2011-05-17, Paperback)
    Actor-turned-detective Tennyson Hardwick has solved two high-profile deaths in Hollywood, but nothing has prepared him for a race to save a child’s life. Tennyson’s past in the sex game cost him his new girlfriend, and he brings her to Cape Town, South Africa — a scenic film destination and playground for the rich — to try to win her back. There Tennyson is hired as a bodyguard by superstar Sofia Maitlin when she visits an orphanage to adopt an African child. Months later, Maitlin offers Tennyson one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets — a job as a bodyguard at adopted daughter Nandi’s A-list celebrity birthday party. But the party is over before it begins. When Nandi’s birthday goes dreadfully wrong, it’s up to a guilt-ridden Tennyson to save a child’s life and reunite a Hollywood family. But how? He can’t go to the police, the FBI has threatened to arrest him, and Big Brother is monitoring his telephone calls. To find Nandi, Tennyson will have to rely on tips from his father — a retired LAPD captain — and a mysterious woman from his past, Marsha, who has already proven she can’t be trusted. His strongest lead is a deadly knife fighter known only as Spider. When his search for the missing child crosses Marsha’s covert investigation into a criminal gang with ties to South Africa, Tennyson knows that finding Nandi might cost him his freedom — or his life. Watch exclusive scenes from From Cape Town with Love starring Blair Underwood by snapping the Microsoft tags found inside the book.

     

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SHAKEN: Stories for Japan

One hundred percent of the royalties from this new collection of original stories will go directly to the 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California. The 2011 Japan Relief Fund was created on March 11, 2011 to aid victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami waves. With the funds that have been raised so far, $750,000 has been committed to nonprofit organizations that are on the front lines of relief and recovery work in northeastern Japan.

This collection was born out of the writers’ concern for the people in the disaster zone. SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is an attempt by writers to pool their talents to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.

The book contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and Jeri Westerson. As a group, these authors have won every mystery award there is and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They’re all working at the top of their games in this volume. SHAKEN; STORIES FROM JAPAN is art for heart’s sake, and the purchase price will help those who are struggling to repair, or at least soothe, these terrible losses.

Not all the stories are mysteries; the consensus was simply that all writers should submit something that touches on Japan. Linking the stories are haiku by the 17th-century master Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold, and Issa, translated by David Lanoue. Both translators donated their work, as did the cover designer, writer Gar Anthony Haywood, and the e-book producer, Kimberly Hitchens.

Japan American Society of Southern California
Available June 7, 2011 as a Kindle Edition

Chocolate Ain’t Always Sweet

Handsome, Mr. Ervin Cecil McNair, owner of Software Plus, a computer software company located in Santa Monica, California couldn’t resist the luscious, dark chocolate, Sarah Prescott, an employee, who he inadvertently encountered at a company’s party. In spite of the fact, that Mr. McNair was a married man with children, he had always been a womanizer. But, this one-night affair, gave him more than he bargained for. Not only was this his first time having sex with a black woman, but this one night changed his life forever.

Twenty-three year old Sarah Prescott had fled from Missouri to Los Angeles to get away from an abusive relationship and start life anew. She moved in with her only living relative, Auntie Etta, who she didn’t know very well. Sarah’s life seemed to have taken on new meaning until that dreadful evening after she left work. In this fictional story you will see how two people paths crossed and how one night complicated matters to the point of death.

Chocolate Ain’t Always Sweet is about life: sex, lies, family, secrets, murder and regrets.

AuthorHouse
Available April 8, 2008 in Paperback

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander Mccall Smith

Readers will agree that this touching and dramatic new installment in Alexander McCall Smith‘s beloved and best-selling series is the finest yet. In this story, Precious Ramotswe deals with issues of mistaken identity and great fortune against the beautiful backdrop of Botswana’s remote and striking Okavango Delta.

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi head to a safari camp to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest who has left one of the guides a large sum of money. But once they find their man, Precious begins to sense that something is not right. To make matters worse, shortly before their departure Mma Makutsi’s fiance, Phuti Radiphuti, suffers a debilitating accident, and when his aunt moves in to take care of him, she also pushes Mma Makutsi out of the picture. Could she be trying to break up the relationship? Finally, a local priest and his wife independently approach Mma Ramotswe with concerns of infidelity, creating a rather unusual and tricky situation. Nevertheless, Precious is confident that with a little patience, kindness and good sense things will work out for the best, something that will delight her many fans.

The Double Comfort Safari Club
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
by Alexander Mccall Smith

Pantheon
Available April 20, 2010 in Hardcover

When the Thrill Is Gone by Walter Mosley

Leonid McGill is back, in the third-and most enthralling and ambitious-installment in Walter Mosley‘s latest New York Times- bestselling series.

The economy has hit the private-investigator business hard, even for the detective designated as “a more than worthy successor to Philip Marlowe” (The Boston Globe) and “the perfect heir to Easy Rawlins” (Toronto Globe and Mail). Lately, Leonid McGill is getting job offers only from the criminals he’s worked so hard to leave behind. Meanwhile, his life grows ever more complicated: his favorite stepson, Twill, drops out of school for mysteriously lucrative pursuits; his best friend, Gordo, is diagnosed with cancer and is living on Leonid’s couch; his wife takes a new lover, infuriating the old one and endangering the McGill family; and Leonid’s girlfriend, Aura, is back but intent on some serious conversations…

So how can he say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She’s an artist, she tells him, who’s escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid’s help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe every word, this isn’t a job he can afford to turn away, even as he senses that-if his family’s misadventures don’t kill him first-sorting out the woman’s crooked tale will bring him straight to death’s door.

When the Thrill Is Gone (Leonid McGill)
by Walter Mosley

Riverhead Hardcover
Available March 8, 2011 in Hardcover

From Cape Town with Love: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel

From Cape Town with Love: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel
Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes

Actor-turned-detective Tennyson Hardwick has solved two high-profile deaths in Hollywood, but nothing has prepared him for a race to save a child’s life. Tennyson’s past in the sex game cost him his new girlfriend, and he brings her to Cape Town, South Africa — a scenic film destination and playground for the rich — to try to win her back. There Tennyson is hired as a bodyguard by superstar Sofia Maitlin when she visits an orphanage to adopt an African child.

Months later, Maitlin offers Tennyson one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets — a job as a bodyguard at adopted daughter Nandi’s A-list celebrity birthday party. But the party is over before it begins. When Nandi’s birthday goes dreadfully wrong, it’s up to a guilt-ridden Tennyson to save a child’s life and reunite a Hollywood family.

But how? He can’t go to the police, the FBI has threatened to arrest him, and Big Brother is monitoring his telephone calls. To find Nandi, Tennyson will have to rely on tips from his father — a retired LAPD captain — and a mysterious woman from his past, Marsha, who has already proven she can’t be trusted. His strongest lead is a deadly knife fighter known only as Spider.

When his search for the missing child crosses Marsha’s covert investigation into a criminal gang with ties to South Africa, Tennyson knows that finding Nandi might cost him his freedom — or his life.

Atria
Available April 28, 2010 in Kindle Edition