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Friday’s Mystery Roundup

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I love mysteries! Suspense, horror, thriller, a book that keeps on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and jumping st every sound is a book I like and can’t seem to put down.

Of course, I usually save those for “dark and stormy nights.” Cliche, I know. Who can resist though?

Cozy, in between, and hardcore, if it’s a mystery I’m sucking it up like a vampire hooked on bloodlust.

Okay…that was REALLY cliche.

Let’s blame it on my post-Vampiric obsession, shall we?

Before I ramble more and get off topic, I have five lovely mysteries for you!

You can find them on Kindle or Kobo, I use both.

Without further ado,

Free

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Ashley Adams is settling back into her life in Seagrass, TX after leaving a broken heart and criminal ex-boyfriend in Paris, France. Her French sweets catering company has finally landed a major job, making Ashley grateful for all that is going right – her business, her work partnership, and reconnecting with an old friend Ryan.

All that changes when Ashley overhears one of the guests arguing with a strange man in the bathroom. Things get worse when the woman is found dead the next day, poisoned by one of Ashley’s cream puffs.

Ashley must solve the mystery to save the reputation of her nascent business. She is thrust into the lives of people from her past who all have something to hide. Is the murderer a jealous lover? An out-of-towner with business interests? A local hero turned criminal? Teaming up with her old friend Ryan and her loyal dog Dizzy, Ashley sets out to solve the crime.

Will she be able to solve the murder before her business reputation is completely ruined?

Kobo bit.ly/2vRz7o3

Kindle amzn.to/2KFNhxC

$ .99

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This much is true: In 1562 Diego de Landa burned all the Mayan codices and began a suppression of the Mayan religion that was brutal even by 16th century conquistador standards. What we don’t know is why.

Excavations at a recently discovered Mayan site near Valladolid in the Yucatan unearth a codex – the first to be discovered in over 50 years. A mangled body is found among the ruins. It belongs to Father Colvin McNeery, an expert on the Gospel of Matthew, the only Gospel to mention the Star of Bethlehem. The local police say he was killed by a jaguar.

Dr. Isabel Reyes, renegade daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Mexico, is called away from her clinic to issue a death certificate. She wonders, when she sees the claw marks, what sort of jaguar is left-handed?

Ex-rabbi and scholar Simon Press has just seen another of his controversial lectures on the spread of Christianity end in violence. He’s back at his hotel nursing a scotch when he gets the new

Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/2vzgTYR

Rakuten Kobo http://bit.ly/2nsY1WZ

$ .99

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From USA Today bestselling author Dionne Lister comes an exciting new paranormal cosy mystery series.

All it takes is one morning for Sydney Photographer Lily Bianchi’s life to go off the rails and over a cliff.

A well-dressed English woman turns up at her door, swearing she’s a witch. If that’s not crazy enough, she explains Lily’s brother, James, has been kidnapped and the Paranormal Investigation Bureau needs Lily’s help finding him.

And the craziest part? The Englishwoman tells Lily she’s a witch too. Before she can say, “Where’s my coffee?” she’s on a plane bound for Westerham, England. Unfortunately, England’s not as welcoming as she hoped–she’s barely arrived before she gets set up, arrested and almost shot.

Things can only get better from here, right? Yeah, right…

Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/2AT0qUF

Rakuten Kobo http://bit.ly/2KF9w7b

Free

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In 1987, the dirty war that will last twelve years and kill thirty thousand Peruvians finally reaches up through the Andean cloud forest for Nina and her family. Nina’s father is shot by soldiers, her mother raped, and her brother lost to the shadowy ranks of Shining Path guerrillas. And when Agustín Malqui, the village pastor, files a legal complaint against the military, it’s no surprise when he disappears in the middle of the night—just another casualty of the military regime.

Twenty-odd years later, Nina, now an officer in Cuzco’s tourist police, comes across a familiar name on the police printer that she scans daily for any trace of her long-lost brother. Agustín Malqui is alive. After spending years in a political prison, the broken pastor has been wandering the country, saving souls and drowning his demons in pisco. Nina tracks him down, only to lose him yet again in a police sweep of political malcontents. But before Malqui disappears, he tells her a drunken tale she can scarcely believe: that her brother Miguel is still alive.

Despite warnings and threats from her chief and the pleadings of her lover, an officer in Peru’s anti-terrorist branch, Nina presses on to find Malqui. Her search takes her through Peru’s underworld, from remote villages high in the Andes to the steaming jungle haunts of the narcotraficantes, and ultimately to a secret political prison in the altiplano, where she learns the truth about Malqui and her own vanished brother.

Listed as one of the top 100 Indie novels of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews

“A vividly described journey through Peru’s underbelly as the narrative gains momentum, hurtling toward a dramatic climax.”…Kirkus Reviews

Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/2AT2SKR

Rakuten Kobo http://bit.ly/2vW3eKK

$ .99

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A Mysterious man…

Feelings of foreboding…

A Creepy murder…

A Cranky kitty…

Fern’s not feeling well and neither is Mazie. Both sisters are under a cloud of fogginess that nothing seems to lift. Combine that with the new stranger in town who likes to frequent the Civil War Battlefield and Amber’s store, the Witches Cauldron, we’ve got trouble. The man even gives Colonel Augustus Monroe the heebee jeebees.

When the odd fellow ends up dead in a creepy manner, the sisters must help a friend in need. But what they discover will rock their world and change it forever.

Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/2Mz6kvw

Which mystery do you plan to read this weekend and why?

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Creator of Bookstanista, a book and book style website, Nicole is a 30-something mom and wife to a Viking. A fan of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast, she lives and breathes books. Her home library now consists of over 300 e-books and 500 paperback and hardback books. When she's not reading or reviewing books, you can find her interacting with authors or dreaming of a world with books and unicorns and toting around her Angora rabbit: Denim-Cyan.

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