The best mysteries to get your blood pumping

Who am I?

After spending nearly two decades working in technology and Intelligence—working with law enforcement from all different agenciesI developed an appreciation and understanding of the worst that humans can do to each other. My specialty was domestic counterterrorism and foreign policyand I did everything from developing software for chem/bio work to White House briefings. I have studied profiling and analysis in academic and real world settings – I have two Masters degrees Strategic Intelligence & Criminal Justice from American Military University, both with a minor in Terrorism Studies. While the academic background is great, the real-life experiences are what taught me the most – and find their way into my stories.


I wrote...

Dead & Buried

By TK Eldridge,

Book cover of Dead & Buried

What is my book about?

Detectives Kennedy and Donovan were partners for years. Then one of them died. And yet, they're still partners. Kennedy has to solve Donovan's death while his partner's ghost helps him. Sort of. How do you explain where you got the tips? How do you avoid showing them that you're speaking to thin air and no, you haven't lost your mind? 

Kennedy has to hide how he's figuring it all out so he can keep his badge and solve the murder—before he ends up dead and buried too.

The books I picked & why

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Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller

By LynDee Walker,

Book cover of Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller

Why this book?

This book has intrigue, drama, romance, good cops, corrupt cops/politicians, and so much more. Believable fight scenes, intricate relationships, mystery, and mayhem are all high points in LynDee Walker’s first book in the Nichelle Clark series. 

Nichelle is a reporter in Richmond, Virginia who covers the crime beat and has great shoes – and some amazing adventures. My enjoyment came from the believable scenarios even when in the middle of some wild times.

There’s good story resolution and a satisfactory outcome that leaves you interested enough in the characters to want to read the next book.

Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller

By LynDee Walker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Front Page Fatality as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

**Amazon Charts Bestseller**

A SUSPICIOUS ACCIDENT. A DETERMINED REPORTER. AND A RUTHLESS CRIMINAL WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO TIE UP LOOSE ENDS.

"...five stars out of five." —Hot Mystery Reviews

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When two rookie cops are killed in a fiery crash near Richmond, Virginia, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke is sent in to investigate.

But as Nichelle digs deeper into the case, she discovers this was no ordinary accident.

People and evidence soon begin to disappear. Someone is one step ahead of her. A master criminal with a deadly secret, covering their tracks with ruthless efficiency.

The killer will stop…


Cross Her Heart

By Melinda Leigh,

Book cover of Cross Her Heart

Why this book?

Cross Her Heart starts with a truly gripping opening – and the story doesn’t slow down from there. 

Family, fear, love, duty, and what happens when you’re willing to risk it all to do the right thing are the main components of this story. 

Bree finds herself restructuring her life and learning a lot about herself in the process. The whole story carries you through some rough patches in Bree’s life and ends with a completely satisfactory finish. There are so many threads to follow into the next book because you really want to see what happens to the characters. It ends well and yet you still want more.

Cross Her Heart

By Melinda Leigh,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Cross Her Heart as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A homicide detective's violent family history repeats itself in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh's novel of murder, secrets, and retribution.

For more than twenty-five years, Philadelphia homicide detective Bree Taggert has tucked away the nightmarish childhood memories of her parents' murder-suicide...Until her younger sister, Erin, is killed in a crime that echoes that tragic night: innocent witnesses and a stormy marriage that ended in gunfire. There's just one chilling difference. Erin's husband, Justin, has vanished.

Bree knows how explosive the line between love and hate can be, yet the evidence against her troubled brother-in-law…


Chaser

By Dharma Kelleher,

Book cover of Chaser

Why this book?

Jinx Ballou is a serious bada$$. Transgender, ex-cop, skilled bounty hunter – she learns to deal with unexpected notoriety and some people that really need their a$$es kicked. 

The story deals with some difficult topics with sensitivity, humor, and grace. 

Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down – it kept me captivated from beginning to end. 

I’m already on the third book in the series and have enjoyed every minute of getting to know Jinx and her world.

Chaser

By Dharma Kelleher,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Chaser as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A shocking murder. A suspect on the run. Can a maligned young bounty hunter finally bring the killer in?

Jinx Ballou’s career hangs by a thread. Outed as transgender and blackballed, the tough-as-nails bounty hunter is determined to prove herself. She convinces a desperate bail agent to hire her, but the fugitive she’s assigned has already eluded some of the best in the business.

Jinx takes the job and uncovers a horrifying truth that calls everything into question. As the danger rises, Jinx pushes her skills, her body, and her luck to the limit to apprehend the fugitive murder suspect…


Naked in Death

By J.D. Robb,

Book cover of Naked in Death

Why this book?

In this, the first of fifty-six books in the series, we’re introduced to a New York City detective, Eve Dallas, in the year 2058. Eve lives for her job – until she meets Roarke, a suspect in her murder investigation. Each book takes place in about a month’s time, so we get to watch the relationships develop from book to book – and we get to see the evolution of Eve—and Roarke—in each subsequent story.

The mysteries are intricate and well-written, the side characters are as captivating as the main ones, and each ends with a satisfying finish. 

I spent a month reading every book in this series and making notes about how characters were introduced and the pace of their growth, how the stories were developed and completed, and how the mysteries were handled and solved. JD Robb – a pen name for Nora Roberts – shows her mastery in every book. 

I’ve found I prefer the JD Robb stories over the Nora Roberts stories – I feel the quality is better in the Robb tales.

Naked in Death

By J.D. Robb,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Naked in Death as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Crime and punishment is Lieutenant Eve Dallas's business. Murder her speciality. Named by the social worker who found her when she was a mere child roaming that city's streets, Eve Dallas is a New York police detective who lives for her job. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows her survival depends on her instincts. But she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, a charismatic Irish billionaire - and a suspect in Eve's latest murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's…


Hidden

By Kendra Elliot,

Book cover of Hidden

Why this book?

When Lacey Campbell escapes a serial killer as a co-ed, she helped send him to prison for life. Years later, she’s a forensic scientist, working for the Medical Examiner and the case comes back to haunt her. 

Elliot’s skill with writing chilling suspense and steamy romance – combined with a knowledge of forensics – leaves the reader always wanting more. Luckily, there are five books in the Bone Secrets series, so there’s a lot more to enjoy. 

What drew me to Kendra Elliot’s work was a review someone else wrote where they said her accuracy and penchant for realism were so good that they (a forensic scientist in real life) didn’t get pulled out of the story by any errors. 

That reviewer was right. The accuracy, combined with the twists and turns in the stories, have you reading with the lights on. (My favorite kind of book!)

Hidden

By Kendra Elliot,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Hidden as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Hidden is the first book in Bone Secrets, the multimillion-copy bestselling series.

Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.

Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friend's.

The remains are discovered on the land of…


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