Sunday, May 15, 2016

Show the Books Showcase #10, May 15th

There are a ton of books out there! So here's a chance to organize some books and show them off in various ways!

So this week's theme is A Genre! I chose to do Mystery & Thriller novels!

Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker
Publisher: Henery Press
Published: July 4th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

What's Interesting: All the different cases and degrees of silliness to horrible! An incredible case including a tip from a Mafia boss! Her life being in danger!

The Girl Who Cried Wolf by by Robert Ferringo
Publisher: DiMedici Press
Published: February 19th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Three knucklehead environmentalists had a plan: ransom the girl and free the trees, but things didn't quite work out that way. Her father is unreachable, dodging subpoenas about his hedge fund. Her badass boyfriend is on the hunt. One of the environmentalists secretly prefers a Ferrari over a Prius. Then there's the heiress herself, held prisoner deep in a dense forest near Seattle. She's tougher, smarter and more tenacious than anyone expected, demanding freshly brewed espresso, flirtatiously pitting her kidnappers against each other and making maps of the area on a dog-eared Greenpeace flyer. When she makes her break for freedom, the green dream turns into a nightmare.

What's Interesting: Kidnapping a girl and things not going according to plan! A girl with a complicated family and who isn't what she seems! One of the environmentalists not totally committed to the cause!

The Geneva Decision by Seeley James
Publisher: Seeley James
Published: March 1st, 2013
From Goodreads:
Pia Sabel plays to win.

Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she's taken the helm of her billionaire father's private security company, and she's playing against a whole new set of opponents: the kind who shoot to kill.

On her first day on the job, Pia's client is assassinated in front of her. There's no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money laundering and piracy that will take her from Swiss mansions to the jungles of Cameroon.

Her battle-hardened employees suspect she's just a spoiled rich girl with a mean corner kick. But Pia's got some unexpected moves of her own. Will they be enough to bring her team through its mission? 

What's Interesting: Going from soccer player to private security company! An assassinated client which happened right in front of her!

What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Published: March 5th, 2013
From Goodreads:
The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.

Regency England, September 1812: After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer.

For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler’s clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets—including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler’s death. As Sebastian traces the diamond’s ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution.

When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth--that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife. 

What's Interesting: Complicated politics and relationships and a horrible world of lies and cruelty! Dealing with the diamond market! A desperate killer and a connection to the dark days to French Revolution! That his ex-lover is keeping secrets and that he has been, too!   

Seven Kinds of Hell by Dana Cameron
Publisher: 47North
Published: March 12th, 2016
From Goodreads:
When archaeologist Zoe Miller's cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She's a werewolf and a daughter of the "Fangborn," a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles.

Zoe's attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts—including Pandora's Box, an object of world-ending power. With the fate of humanity in the balance, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against a dark and nefarious fo.

At once captivation, deftly worded, and character-rich Seven Kinds of Hell expands vampire legend and werewolf noir in both intensity and charismatic bite.

What's Interesting: Having her cousin kidnapping! Being a Fangborn! A quest for Pandora's Box! The fate of humanity in danger! 

A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: March 18th, 2013
From Goodreads:
"When life is murder, who can you trust?"

One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor's office. The next minute she hears a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.

Mia's a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days it's all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less--and working Colleen's case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So Mia reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold--even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after "her."

Lis Wiehl's signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut . . . with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series.

What's Interesting: Heading up the investigate into her friend's death! That her life is falling apart! That someone might try to kill her, too!

Children of No One by Nicole Cushing
Publisher: DarkFuse
Published: March 26th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Sadism, nihilism, poverty, wealth, screams, whimpers, sanity and madness collide in Nowhere, Indiana

For Thomas Krieg, Nowhere is a miles-long, pitch-black underground maze in which he's imprisoned dozens of boys for the past ten years -- all in the name of art.

For two brothers, Nowhere is the only place they clearly remember living. A world unto itself, in which they must stay alert to stay alive. A world from which the only escape is death.

But for an English occultist known only as Mr. No One, Nowhere is much more...and much less: the perfect place in which to perform a ritual to unleash the grandest of eldritch deities, the God of Nothingness, the Great Dark Mouth.

What's Interesting: Imprisoning dozens of boys in an underground maze for art! Having grown up there! A plan to unleash The God of Nothingness!

Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Published: April 2nd, 2013
From Goodreads:
Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England’s Lake District, each time on Hallowe’en. Just before the First World War, a young woman’s corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost – the Faceless Woman – is said to walk through Ravenbank on Hallowe-en. Five years ago, another woman, Shenagh Moss, was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries.

Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder, becomes fascinated by the old cases, and wonders whether the obvious suspects really did commit the crimes. He spends Hallowe’en at a party in Ravenbank – only to find death returning to this beautiful but isolated spot. Once more, the victim is a woman, once more her damaged face is shrouded from view.

The latest horrifying murder presents DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Case Review Team, with the toughest challenge of her career. Is the case linked to the two earlier killings, and if so, what is the connection? Hannah has never had such a huge personal stake in solving a case, and it comes at a time when her private life is thrown into turmoil.

Hannah and Daniel join forces as they try to discover who killed the Faceless Women. But before the shocking puzzle is solved, both of them must confront ghosts from their own past, as well as the ghosts of lonely and mysterious Ravenbank.

What's Interesting: Having two murders around the time of World War One! Investigating the crimes and having them occur in the present time! More investigations! 

Angel Wings by Howard Kaminsky
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: April 2nd, 2013
From Goodreads:
A serial killer is on the loose in Providence, Rhode Island, and he’s killing women who, in life, were anything but angels. Yet when homicide detective Danny Martell arrives on the scene, he finds the victims have been elaborately made up, with fabric wings attached to their lifeless bodies. The papers have dubbed the killings “the Angel Murders”—but it isn’t long before the crime wave drags Danny into his own personal hell.

Soon after the killings begin, Danny’s wife, Linda, abruptly disappears. And when his worst fears are realized, a grief-stricken Danny doubles down on his hunt for the deranged serial killer. But was Linda just a random “angel”? Or was she targeted by a copycat killer with a vendetta against Danny? He vows to uncover the truth, no matter the cost. After all, he has nothing left to lose. 

What's Interesting: A serial killer after women who aren't angels but he dresses them up as such! Having his wife killed by him! Looking for the truth! 

The Killing Hour by Paul Cleave
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: April 23rd, 2013
From Goodreads:
'They come for me as I sleep. Their pale faces stare at me, their soft voices tell me to wake, to wake. They come to remind me of the night, to remind me of what I have done.'Only Charlie doesn't know what he has done. His shorts are covered in blood, there's a bump on his forehead and on the news it says the two young women he was with the night before were brutally murdered. Charlie knows Cyris is the murderer - except the police don't believe Cyris exists. Nor does Jo, Charlie's ex-wife, to whom he goes for help. He desperately wants her to believe in him, and when she doesn't, he knows he must force her. As Charlie goes on the run with Jo bound and gagged in the car boot, he tries to figure out whether Cyris is real or imagined, while the killing hour approaches yet again...As gripping as his first powerful novel, THE CLEANER, this fantastic story keeps you guessing until the last page. 

What's Interesting: Being covered with blood! Believing that Cyris is the killer, but everyone else thinking that Charlie is! Kidnapping his ex-wife! Figuring out if Cyris is real or not!

Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Published: April 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight--someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. It began when a near-impossible case fell into Rachel's lap, the suspectless homicide of a homeless man. In the face of courthouse backbiting and a gauzy web of clues, Rachel is determined to deliver justice. She's got back-up: tough-as-nails Detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey stir things up, they're shocked to uncover a connection with the vicious murder of an LAPD cop a year earlier. Something tells Rachel someone knows the truth, someone who'd kill to keep it secret.

Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, GUILT BY DEGREES is a thrilling ride through the world of LA courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.

What's Interesting: Someone watching her with malicious intent! A difficult case! A connection of a cop death!

Girls & Monsters by Anne Michaud
Publisher: DarkFuse
Published: April 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
This dark but uplifting collection of five Young Adult novellas includes:

Death Song: Liz is in love with Joe, but the monster of the lake has other plans for them.

Black Dog: Scarlet is engaged in a struggle for her sanity, but according to the voice in her head, she may be too late.

A Blue Story: When Katherine's beloved dog goes missing, she fears her strange new neighbor might be involved.

Dust Bunnies: Christiane faces her childhood arachnophobia and ends up confronting even greater fears in this test of sisterhood.

We Left at Night: Brooke and her family must abandon their home and their lives to make it out of a disease-plagued town overrun by zombies.

Girls & Monsters is for everyone who has ever been brave enough to confront their childhood fears...and lived to tell about it. 

What's Interesting: A collection of YA novellas! Various monsters and girls and mysteries!

Not by Sight by Kathy Herman
Publisher: David C. Cook
Published: May 1st, 2013
From Goodreads:
Her Sister Couldn’t Be Alive … Could She? It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn’t she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he’s telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough. . .especially considering what the truth might be?

What's Interesting: Seeing her sister who's been missing with her dad for years! Investigating the case! What the truth is!

Ready to Die by Lisa Jackson
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: July 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:

His blood quickens as he stares at the photographs. Six faces, all guilty--and detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez are at the top of his list. One by one, he'll stalk them, then he'll squeeze the trigger, savoring the way each lifeless body crumples to the reddening snow. One down already. And then there were five. . .

Can Prepare You

Sheriff Dan Grayson lies near death after a shooting, and the police department of Grizzly Falls, Montana, is in shock. Alvarez, torn between a new relationship and her loyalty to Grayson, works with Pescoli to whittle down the list of suspects. The deeper they go, the more personal and dangerous the case becomes. Then a prominent judge's body is found and the killer sends a sinister warning to the press: "Who's Next?"

To Face A Killer

Pescoli isn't waiting to find out. Headstrong and eager for justice, she'll track the scant clues on her own if she has to. But her search leads her straight to a monster who has had her in his sights all along. And when hunter meets prey, both must be willing to kill--and ready to die. . .

What's Interesting: A serial killer! A sheriff almost killed! Tracking the clues to find the bad guy!

Cold Sacrifice by Leigh Russell
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Published: April 29th, 2014
From Goodreads:
When three dead bodies are discovered in Detective Ian Peterson's hometown of Kent, it becomes clear that a vicious killer is on the loose. And without his trusted colleague, Detective Geraldine Steel, by his side, Ian's left to take the lead on a complex murder case with few clues.

The first victim is a middle-aged woman named Martha, brutally stabbed to death in the local park. Her husband, who did not report her missing, is the prime suspect until a young prostitute, Della, reveals his whereabouts the night Martha was murdered. But then she is strangled to death in her apartment. While the police are frantically gathering evidence and looking for a connection, a second prostitute is suffocated.

With nothing but the timing of the murders to tie the three women to one another, Ian and his new partner, Polly Mortimer, struggle to make sense of the case and find the elusive killer before he strikes again. But by the time Ian realizes the truth, it may be too late to save Polly. 

What's Interesting: Taking lead on a complex case with few clues by himself! Victims that aren't tied together except for the circumstances and the timing! A killer and a truth that could end up killing Ian's new partner!

First Impression by Pauline Creeden
Publisher: All Night Reads
Published: March 24th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben. 

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her? 

What's Interesting: Living outcast without anyone because of an bad rumor, besides her best friend! And when that best friend gets her to join a group investigating the scary house! That the scary house is haunted by a malevolent spirit who targets the group and ruins their lives! And Ben, who sees the truth but they still have to face this threat! 

And next week's theme is going to be Covers!


  1. I'm not a huge thriller fan, but I saw a ton of people lining up for Marcia Clark at BEA to get her to sign books, so she must be doing something right! Thanks for highlighting all these!

    1. Yeah for her :) Hope there was a good time to be had at BEA! And thanks :) Happy reading!


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