Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Historical Books

A One Horse Open Sleigh (A Town Called Horse Short Mystery Book 1)

A mother. A child. Separated at Christmas.

When a toddler goes missing, Constable Jack Merrick answers the call for help. Tagging along, Julia Thom, schoolteacher and part-time sleuth, finds herself pressed into service to help solve the mystery of the missing boy. As winter darkness and cold descend, little Henry's family becomes more frantic about his whereabouts, and Julia knows time is running out to find the boy. Who in the seemingly close-knit family wanted the child to disappear?

A One Horse Open Sleigh is part of a new series of short historical mysteries from award-winning author Alexandra Amor. If you like mysteries with a strong female lead, that put you on the edge of your seat, and focus on the relationships as much as the plot, then you'll love this heartfelt examination of life in frontier British Columbia.

What Amazon reviewers are saying about The Town Called Horse mysteries:

????? "Exquisite character development delivered in a straight forward but witty style. The more I read the more I appreciated this writer's ability to paint colorful characters with a simple but pure pallete."

????? "What a great read, historical fiction with a modern twist!"

????? "Loved it. I enjoyed the sassy, independent character of Julia and her courage to follow her instincts."

????? "What a great series! I couldn't put it down!"

????? "I am in love with the town called Horse, the characters were well written and the mystery moved along at a nice pace. Looking forward to more."

The Last Post: a haunting novella (May Keaps Book 1)

It is April 1918. May Keaps is a twenty-year-old ambulance driver stationed at The Front. As if transporting hideously wounded soldiers, sleep deprivation and constant shell bombardment weren't enough, she becomes unwittingly entangled in the untimely death of a young captain, Tobias Fairfax.

Newly-arrived in Northern France he was found with a discharged pistol by his side; rumours on the battlefield were that it wasn't an accident and he had taken the coward's way out, committing suicide.

Whatever the explanation, Tobias left a dangerous legacy that puts May in the line of fire. But she is not the only one with a reason to want to uncover the truth. And in a world where life can be extinguished in the blink of an eye, May might regret her search for answers...

The Last Post is the haunting introduction to the May Keaps series.

The Last Post was previously published as Faith's RewardWhat readers are saying:"Keaps is an intriguing character. Feisty, but likeable. I'm looking forward to catching up with her again." Kerry Parsons - Chat About Books

"The writing style is great and I do love a drama set during the war period so this one is right up my street being a massive fan of historical fiction." Donna Maguire - Donnas Book Blog

"The Last Post can be read in a coffee break but the contents will stay in your heart a lot longer. Fabulous writing style and a recommended read." Alison Daughtrey - Drew - Ali - The Dragon Slayer

"This is a cracking way to get to know a little about the main character in a new series." Susan Hampson - Books From Dusk Till Dawn

"It's really hard to write a review about a story this short without giving anything away but suffice to say this packs quite the punch and really sets the tone for what promises to be a rather exciting new series." Eva Mercx - Novel Delights

"I can't wait to read more of May's adventures and I'm excited to follow her in future novels. This a great introduction and a tempting treat." Susan Corcoran - Booksaremycwtches

"The Last Post is a quick and captivating read that has left me looking forward to future books in the series." Sarah Hardy - By The letter Book Reviews

"I liked May and can see great potential for her in future books, including the upcoming Foul Trade." Nicola Smith - Short Book And Scribes

"The author has really managed to capture the feeling of war in the few short chapters, giving the reader a real sense of time and place." Jen Lucas - Jen Med's Book Reviews

"The Last Post is fast paced and filled with action. The writing is so vivid that I could picture the bombs dropping and the ground shaking." Christen Moore - Murder And Moore

A New Journal (A Most Dangerous Woman Season 1 Episode 1)

This is the 1st episode in the first season of A Most Dangerous Woman, a 9-episode serial from Serial Box.

Marian's sister Laura has always seemed to know her better than Marian knows herself, so when she gives Marian a new journal and urges her to find her own joy in life, Marian doesn't intentionally ignore her advice. It's just that she's so comfortable, and she truly does love her sister's family. But when change walks into her life unexpectedly, she finds that she might just be ready to embrace it, after all.

In Brenda Clough's deliciously authentic sequel to Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White, Marian Halcolmbe finds and marries her true love, Theo Camlet. But when Theo's first wife, who everyone believed to be dead, reappears, Marian and her brother in law Walter must delve into the darkest and most dangerous corners of London to save Theo from accusations of bigamy and murder, as well as the hangman's noose.

The Castro '76: An Israel Wren Mystery

San Francisco 1976: Harvey Milk leaves his friend Israel Wren to look after his apartment. On his first night, Israel is dismayed to discover a movie star in the lounge room nervously smoking cigarettes. The celebrity has just escaped the clutches of a serial killer. 'The Doodler' haunts gay bars and sketches his victims before seducing and then knifing them. He has already killed fourteen gay men this way. The police don't seem too interested in protecting the gay community, so Israel takes on the task of tracking down the killer who sketches his victims before he kills them.

Murder At Zero Hour

1916. From the safety of America, William Grant watches helplessly as World War One rages in Europe. Desperate for adventure, the young man travels to Britain to try and join the army. After a harrowing journey, Grant is accepted into a newly-formed infantry regiment. He is posted to the front lines of France, where he must learn to survive the horrors of war. A popular captain is brutally killed, and all the evidence points to murder. Who in the regiment did the deed? With the help of his comrades, Grant must survive the Battle of the Somme and the evil intentions of an unknown murderer, all while trying to earn the love of a beautiful aristocratic nurse.

A Hanging Job (Foxy's War Book 1)

Don't kill a copper cos it's a hanging job.

The tale is set in London on the eve of World War 2 at a time when hanging was the penalty for murder and the cut-throat razor, the weapon of choice for settling differences within the criminal fraternity.

It's 1939 and Hitler is about to invade Poland and kick off the Second World War, but Foxy has more important things on his mind. One the best in getaway drivers in the business, he'd got out of the business before Detective Inspector Hawker had managed to nab him, but having been pressured into taking part in a bungled bank robbery, he now finds himself at risk of a formal introduction to the hangman if caught. For Foxy comedy and tragedy have always gone hand in hand, and this day is no exception as he plays hide and seek with the forces of law and order in the streets of London and the leafy lanes of Hertfordshire, doggedly keeping one step ahead thanks to his driving skills.

Conductor of Light (Free Short Story) (Herringford and Watts Mysteries)

It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the BaskervillesToronto, 1912

A seemingly forgettable evening of second-rate vaudeville entertainment proves lethal when Constable Jasper Forth and reporter Ray DeLuca witness the onstage death of the actor Stephano. Was this the performance of a lifetime or merely opening night of the next intriguing case for Jem DeLuca and Merinda Herringford?

Hiding from Toronto's dreaded Morality Squad in the back alleyway of the theater, Jem and Merinda encounter a mysterious musician who steps out of the shadows to tell them a murder has occurred inside.

Jasper and Ray join the detective duo backstage and begin to interview the rest of the troupe, a veritable casting call of possible suspects, every one of them with more motives than talent. Can Jem and Merinda foil this plot before a fatal encore ensues?

This Herringford and Watts adventure in four acts will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final curtain closes on yet another enthralling whodunit.

Morbus Dei: The Arrival: Novel (Morbus Dei (English) Book 1)

VOLUME 1 OF THE HIGHLY GRIPPING MORBUS DEI-TRILOGY

Getting caught in a snowstorm, deserter Johann List ends up in a secluded mountain village ridden by fear and superstition. Soon he realises that there is something wrong with this village, that it lies beneath a grim shadow - animals get killed, people disappear, hooded shapes lurk in the dark woods. When Johann falls in love with the daughter of a farmer, they decide to leave the village together. But even before they are able to elope, the situation escalates - a life and death struggle begins.

Authentically and vividly the author duo tells a story full of tragedy and emotion and allows you to travel back 300 years in time.

Morbus Dei: The Arrival - a brilliant combination of mystery thriller and historical novel.

***New translation: more than 300 reviews on Amazon.de (avg. 4.4) for the German edition!***

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THE MORBUS DEI-TRILOGY

Vol. 1: Morbus Dei: The Arrival

Vol. 2: Morbus Dei: Inferno

Vol. 3: Morbus Dei: The Sign of Aries

The Moonstone

Fires of Alexandria

Tempest in the Tea Room: An Ezra Melamed Mystery: Volume 3

There's trouble afoot in Regency London's Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes-until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair: General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish pickpockets. In this first volume of the Jewish Regency Mystery Series, a young Jewish physician is accused of poisoning his wealthy patient, Lady Marblehead, as well as stealing a priceless pearl bracelet from her jewelry box. After more outbreaks of the mysterious ailment occur in the city, an increasingly hysterical Jewish community turns to Mr. Melamed to investigate the case-who in turn enlists the aid of General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane to find the real culprit. But there are too few clues and too little time in this humorous mystery story featuring British detectives who are definitely in a class of their own.

No Game for A Dame

Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest: The Azadi Series Book 1: Volume 1

Book I of The Azadi Series of historical fiction set during India's struggle for freedom-Azadi-from the British Raj. The Books weave a tale of international intrigue, conflict, and poignant love between interesting characters of that era. In 1965 an over 100-year-old sea chest, believed to be that of an American doctor, Margaret, is discovered in the storage room of a hospital in Delhi. Another American doctor, Sharif, who originally hails from Delhi and is on contract at the hospital, is entrusted with the task of locating the mysterious woman's relatives and returning her trunk. Sharif tracks down Margaret's descendants in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. Her diaries, and other artefacts-such as the Kingdom of Jhansi's crown-are found in the coffer. Margaret, born in New Jersey to a Scottish Presbyterian clerical family, achieves her heart's desire, in 1850, to become one of the first North American women doctors. She marries her Canadian cousin, Robert, and travels with him to serve in the Crimean war of 1854. In Crimea, they have to not only face hardships of battles, but also endure other conflicts. From events leading to and after the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, Margaret meets a Russian officer, Count Nicholai. The surprise ending of Book I, leaves Margaret in a quandary, whether to seek vengeance or to continue on with her journey to India. In the end, she believes she has made the right decision

Every Able Body

It's 1943, and Mobile, Alabama, is a wartime boomtown filled with bedlam and intrigue. The Old South coastal city is under siege by thousands who have left the backwoods and overworked cotton fields to seek their fortune in the city's new Army air field and its bustling shipyards. Shantytowns and tent cities are erected to shelter those who aren't crammed into every available room and boarding house. Schools work in shifts but can't meet the demand; garbage and sewage problems trigger rumors of typhoid, and out on the streets, young women are disappearing. In the absence of success by the city's undermanned and overworked police force to get leads on a white slavery ring, the fate of the missing women depends on the efforts of three people with different motives: private investigator Frank Lundy, a football legend who's 4-F and sensitive about it; police reporter Valerie Gilbreath, a former debutante and Mardi Gras queen just beginning her newspaper career; and Alfred Page, an AWOL black soldier targeted for murder by manic swamp dweller, Claude Gagnon. Mobile's growing assortment of thieves, thugs, prostitutes and pimps are solid citizens compared to Gagnon (called "A genuinely creepy villain" by Publishers Weekly), who comes to town looking for Page and supports himself by doing dirty work for a white slavery ring operating out of a waterfront bar. One thing they all agree on is that Sally McGinn never should have gone down to the neon district on a school night.

Forevermore: Volume 1 (Pat O'Malley Mysteries)

"Musgrave mixes accurate history with a spell-binding plot to create an amazing who-done-it! Watch for more Pat O'Malley Mysteries." In post Civil War New York City, Detective Pat O'Malley is living inside Poe's Cottage in the Bronx. O'Malley is haunted by Poe one night, and the detective finds a strange note. As a result, O'Malley decides to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore from an alcoholic binge but was, instead, murdered. O'Malley quickly becomes embroiled in a "cold case" that thrusts him into the lair of one of the most sinister and ruthless killers in 1865 New York City. Jim Musgrave's "Forevermore" is a quick read in four acts that will keep your mind razor sharp trying to solve the mystery of Poe's murder. Pat O'Malley must first find out how to become intimate with females before he can discover the final clue in this puzzle of wits, murder and romance.

Love Lies Bleeding

When a hiker near Ithaca stumbles across an old skeleton buried with a rusty buttonhook and a locket full of pictures, Senior Investigator Frank Conley of the New York State Police knows he's looking at a tough case. What he doesn't expect is having to solve his own aunt's murder. In 1916, when high-society debutante Libbie Morgan decided to balance her time between Ithaca's rich-but-dull golden boy and a heart-poundingly handsome farm boy, she unknowingly launched an ever-widening web of deception and jealousy. Frank must peel away layers of history as he deals with his own demons and races against time to find the answer before his mother goes to the grave never knowing the truth about her sister. With the help of the town historian and an attractive aspiring writer, can he piece together a seventy-year-old mystery and discover how love ended up bleeding in a shallow grave?

Mandarin Yellow

The Ennin Mysteries: Collected Stories 6-10

Ennin investigates another five full-length cases, assisted by his faithful servant (and narrator) Kukai...

'Wonderful... Like a Japanese room arrangement with clean lines keeping clutter to a minimum...' AcerAcer

'The Sensei is a brilliant detective. Ben Stevens, as always rocks. He's one heck of a storyteller...' Lisa

'Atmospheric, intriguing and entertaining... feels as if it is both contemporary and traditional. A rare achievement...' Kenny51

THE SIXTH BUDDHA

Two monks have been sentenced to death, convicted of the murder of a Chinese priest within a temple mausoleum. Their only explanation for what happened - that one of the demon-guardian statues, positioned either side of a large golden statue of the Buddha, came to life and struck the fatal blow with its sword.

Certain that the monks are innocent - yet refusing to believe that a statue could have been responsible for the murder - Ennin begins his investigations. But with the scheduled date of execution just a few days away, can Ennin unravel the complicated strands of this mystery in time...?

THE PICTURE OF DEATH

An infamous painting of hell carries a hideous curse - that whoever sees it will perish within seven days. In the midst of a dark and freezing winter, Ennin investigates - and then demands to see this painting for himself...

BUDDHA'S HAMMER

A Chinese merchant lies dead, his face completely destroyed. The local magistrate is inclined to believe that the merchant's horse delivered the fatal blow with its hoof; an unfortunate accident...

Ennin, however, is not so sure. For a mysterious man has recently been seen in the neighborhood - a man who appears not to have any hands...

Soon, Ennin uncovers a remarkable tale, and ultimately discovers just what is meant by 'Buddha's Hammer'...

THE INVISIBLE ASSASSIN

Two successive 'daimyo' have been found dead, their bodies lying in exactly the same place. One survived long enough to claim that he'd been stabbed - and yet there was absolutely no mark upon his body.

The new daimyo (the son and also grandson of the previous victims) requests Ennin's help. But who is this mysterious 'invisible assassin' - and how, exactly, does he kill his victims...?

THE BLACK DEATH

Ennin - the 'Sherlock Holmes' of Japan's feudal era - investigates another case, assisted by his faithful servant (and narrator) Kukai.

Japan - indeed, the entire known world - is in the grip of a terrible plague. Whole villages are dying, while there are rumors that in some other countries, there is no longer anyone even left alive.

In desperation, at the behest of the Empress herself, Ennin and Kukai travel to the far-north of Japan. There it is rumored that the Au tribe have somehow managed to entirely escape this so-called 'Black Death'.

Perhaps they have some advice to offer...

But within the Au settlement, Ennin uncovers a terrible secret - and finally discovers just 'what' is behind the Black Death itself...

This time, the annihilation of Ennin and Kukai seems certain...

Cover image: In a Fit of Jealousy Arai Tokichi Hurls a Rock at Ohana / Public Domain

The Engagement Party

It's 1925 and change is everywhere, even in rural Australia - but is Flora ready? Includes bonus material from Kimberley Freeman's captivating new Jazz age novel, Evergreen Falls. Flora Honeychurch-Black awakens on the day of her engagement party excited yet somehow unsettled. Throughout the day, despite the well-meaning attention of her friend Liberty and the distraction of the household's many preparations for the night's celebration, Flora's unease grows. Her much-loved, erratic brother Sam unwittingly adds to the tension, behaving oddly and drawing mirth from her suave fiance Tony and derision from some of his sophisticated coterie of friends. As the storm clouds gather outside and the engagement party begins, Flora realises that something is amiss. Where is Sam? What secret is he hiding? The answers may be more than Flora - and her new relationships and loyalties - can bear.

Author Biography

Kimberley Freeman was born in London and grew up in Brisbane. She is the author of Duet (2007), winner of the Ruby Award, Gold Dust (2008), Wildflower Hill (2010), Lighthouse Bay (2012), Ember Island (2013) and Evergreen Falls (2014). Her bestselling books have been translated into over twelve languages.

For more information visit facebook.com/KimberleyFreemanAuthor, read her blog on kimberleyfreeman.com or follow her on twitter.com/KimberleyTweets.

The Hunt

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hunt by Oscar de Muriel, a Christmas tale from the world of Frey and McGray, read by Andy Secombe.

Christmas, 1888. After a thoroughly trying time in Edinburgh, Inspector Ian Frey looks forward to a Christmas break at his family's country estate back in England. But the welcome respite of home cooking, hunting trips and brandy by the fire is ruined by the arrival of an unwelcome guest....

Features an exclusive extract from A Fever of the Blood - the brilliant new Case for Frey and McGray, which publishes in February 2016.

Belle of Charleston: Southern Legacy, Book 1

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon, here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country's most turbulent times.



Belle of Charleston, Book One



In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been Antebellum Charleston for over 100 years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned - loyalty, honor, duty to one's country, God, and family. It was the tie that binds until their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman - Josephine Buchanan Wright.



Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomery cousins until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?