Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up! I read this really long and boring article last night how no one has time to read anymore. No matter how much I disagree with that article, I know what it’s like to struggle to read in my spare time. So, I went onto Amazon and checked out their Best Sellers in 90-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads. Some great stories on there and most of them are only 99 cents. Here are my favorites:
When Rebecca Lehman, a pretty young Amish girl, goes missing the whole Amish community draw together to try to find her.
When Dana, the police detective brings tragic news the next morning, Sadie Zook, the mother of Rebecca’s best friend, becomes drawn into the investigation to find the murderer.
Sadie finds that Rebecca lived in a secret world of Englisch friends and possibly Englisch boyfriends. She also knows that Eli, Rebecca’s father, is very controlling and would not understand why Rebecca would be interested in the world outside the Amish community. Then there is the matter of Mark, a young jealous Amish boy, who wanted nothing more than to court Rebecca.
As Sadie investigates further she finds herself drawn deeper into a pool of potential suspects and personal danger.
It started with a haunting image: a Ford Explorer, iridescent in the moonlight and alone on a desolate stretch of beach. Its owner, Melissa Gibbons, has gone missing. Her husband says she flew the coop. But Los Angeles Deputy DA Rachel Knight is convinced otherwise: Melissa Gibbons has been murdered.
So begins the confounding case that Rachel must present before a disbelieving jury. A dissatisfied heiress and her philandering husband– what really happened? The husband has a fiendishly convincing case that Melissa faked her own death and fled. But with the support of her trusty sidekick, Detective Bailey Keller, Rachel pieces together a much more sinister truth.
In this short, standalone Rachel Knight thriller, readers follow our savvy and riotously entertaining heroine through the surprising world of LA crime.
In Lisa Gardner’s second short story, after the New York Times bestseller The 7th Month, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases—a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution . . . and a severed leg.
With Gardner’s trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.’s storied career. Includes an early look at Lisa Gardner’s next novel of suspense, Find Her, coming February 9, 2016.
I love the shadows. They keep me safe and secure as I wait to ambush animals like Altheas.
Altheas was a real piece of work. He likes to play with his food before he eats and he never leaves them alive after he feeds. His predilections are starting to draw attention. At his age you’d think he’d know better. It was a simple matter to feed after all. Some eye contact and a little mesmerization, a quick lick to seal the wounds and you both went about your night, your meal ticket none the wiser.
Well, speak of the devil, here he comes now. A pretty girl is tucked under his arm. Altheas is tall and very good looking. Really, he is pretty much standard for one of our kind. The girl has gorgeous blond hair that made me envious as hell. She’s got some nice curves too and was trying to press every one of them into his side.
He only has eyes for the human juice box in his arms as he passed my hidden position. Stepping out of the shadows behind him, I thrust my stake at the center of his back. He was more aware of his surroundings than I anticipated. Whipping around like a coiled viper on speed, he tried to interpose the innocent girl between the descending stake and his body. My eyes grew wide as I tried to divert the strike.
There are psychopaths in every group. Human, Vampire, Lycan. Kaitlyn Strong was forcibly turned, but managed to escape the clutches of a twisted vampire named Darius. Now, with her forty five pound Savannah Cat, Fangs, she hunts the shadows and kills the monsters, hoping one day to cross paths with the one that changed her life forever.
I Love the Shadows is the first book in a new series by Art DeForest. The Kaitlyn Strong Series follows Kaitlyn’s life, loves and adventures as she cleanses the shadows of monsters.
It’s just another normal, peaceful Sunday in Harbor Cove for Skyler Avery, her mom Mary Beth, and Skyler’s friend Nichole. The trio are at Momma Avery’s house preparing Sunday dinner. But that peace is suddenly shattered with the delivery of shocking news via phone call. Momma Avery answers and it’s one of her book club friends Teresa Klark. Teresa’s voice is shaken on the other end because she’s in jail. Seems local librarian Arnold Watson was murdered recently and Teresa is a prime suspect! She calls upon Momma Avery and her daughter to find the real culprit before it’s too late.
The Mother/Daughter tandem jump into action and soon learn of more suspects in play. While the dark truth lies with one of these suspects, finding out who is behind this will lead to justice. Time is ticking since Teresa’s very freedom depends on the real killer’s identity being revealed!
Elize arrives in Mogadishu with instructions to assassinate a Russian embassy official. She has tactical command of a US kill-team, CIA operatives, rookies and veterans of a dozen war zones. It should be a straightforward hit but her luck is about to run out. She will soon find herself trapped in a city gone to hell, struggling to complete her mission in the face of betrayal, a spreading pandemic and a population hungry for flesh…
Set within the same world as Baker’s bestselling OUTPOST, JUGGERNAUT, TERMINUS and IMPACT, KILLCHAIN will appeal to fans of zombie horror and high-octane thrillers.
Praise for Adam Baker’s previous work:
‘JUGGERNAUT is hugely entertaining and as unstoppable as its namesake.’ (Financial Times)
‘There’s no denying the strength of Baker’s prose.’ (SFX Magazine)
‘An original and pacy debut.’ (Daily Mail)
‘It had me on the edge of my seat from page one.’ (Stephen Leather on OUTPOST)
‘A lock-and-load adventure of the highest calibre.’ (Adam Nevill on JUGGERNAUT)
Erin Palmer was trying to make a fresh start in a new town. The last thing she wanted to do on moving day was take time out to stop at a Valentine’s Day festival. She only did it to make the move more enjoyable for her precious little girl.
Her intentions were to get in and out as quickly as possible. She wasn’t expecting it to be an all day affair, and she certainly wasn’t prepared for a run-in with Cupid.
War veteran, Tabitha Masters, expected to live out the rest of her days with the debilitating scars of battle. But, after her crew made a deal with the devil (Smuggler’s Dilemma, Privateer Tales Book 6), she’s been given a second chance. A month in a medical tank and Tabby’s injuries are repaired, replaced and even upgraded.
Within hours of being discharged from the hospital, Tabby hears from Shri Ganguly – a fellow veteran and survivor of the Red Houzi war. Shri is convinced she’s being targeted and hopes that Tabby can help.
It will take everything Tabby has to recover, while facing down the danger that threatens her friend.
Karma has finally chased down Brandon. With Tracy walking into the bar catching one of his sidepieces; all hell was about to break loose. Cash made it her mission to make Brandon’s life miserable for denying their child. Untold secrets, lies, and karma are ready to explode on everyone. Author Marques Lewis delivers his last book. Drama, sex, and fight scenes deliver one of winter’s books of the year.
Months after 9/11, a covert arm of the CIA summons young Lieutenant Eric Ritter to Pakistan. Al Qaeda holds an American operative, and Ritter’s history with the kidnapper is key to rescuing the operative before it’s too late.
While the CIA need Ritter’s help, they consider him an expendable asset and throw him into a battle he isn’t ready for. Deep inside a hostile city, Ritter will learn what it takes to fight the cloak and dagger war against a merciless enemy, or die trying.
Contains an excerpt from INTO DARKNESS, the first full length novel of the Eric Ritter Spy Thriller series.
Eric Ritter novels in order:
- The Caliban Program amazon.com/dp/B00HUUBZXE
- Into Darkness amazon.com/dp/B00HW4497C
- The Socotra Incident amazon.com/B00T0WO8ZC
- The Beltway Assassin amazon.com/dp/B00WQBKBR8
Have you read any outstanding short reads/stories lately? Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below.
MRS N, Book Addict