While you are staying home and practicing self-isolation you may be looking for something to do besides binge-watching Netflix and Hulu. If you’re a reader and own a Kindle here’s a suggestion. I’m offering one of my books FREE weekly on Amazon Kindle during the Covid-19 crisis.
April 20th – April 24th “Stolen Gypsy”
April 27th – May 1st “Burned Toast”
May 4th – May 8th “Driven”
May 11th – May 15th “Ain’t She Sweet?”
May 18th – May 22nd “Carved Wooden Heart”
Perhaps you’re looking for a new series to start. Here are a few I highly recommend. I’ve listed the first book in each series so you can start at the beginning!
THESE BOOKS ARE NOT FREE
“The Trusted Thriller Series” by Michelle Medhat Book One:
He’s a husband, a killer, and the only man who can save the world…
Sam Noor keeps his double lives separate with expert precision. But when the MI6 agent’s wife discovers the lie, he fears that both his worlds may shatter. Distraught and conflicted, Noor concentrates on his latest mission and discovers a weapon that could cause a global catastrophe…
Drawn into the fight against a sinister terrorist group with powerful connections, Noor must uncover the faction’s secrets by any means necessary. Even if it puts the woman he loves in the line of fire.
But Noor has no way of knowing that another unearthly war rages. And the winner could take charge of humanity’s very soul.
Against forces that defy his reality, can Noor protect millions of innocents from a bloody end?
The Trusted is part one of a riveting political spy thriller series with a dash of supernatural suspense. If you like dark action, gritty heroes, and intricately-woven plots, then you’ll love this mind-blowing series.
Fans of political spy, sci-fi and supernatural fiction will adore this fast-moving, unpredictable thriller.
“Fatal Decision: The Freeman Files Series – Book 1” by Ted Tayler
Gus Freeman is a retired Detective Inspector who has spent the past three years alone.
Freeman’s wife, Tess, died from a brain aneurysm six months to the day after his retirement.
He is still coming to terms with his enforced solitary existence.
His old boss wants Gus to head up a Crime Review Team investigating cold cases. Old witness statements and fresh clues would cloud his thoughts. The hunt would be on. Freeman wonders whether his superiors need his old-style methods. Is the request out of pity; to occupy his mind with fruitless digging into cases their best young brains failed to crack? Gus can’t resist the chance to enter the fray for one last hurrah.
In this first case, the team tackle the brutal murder of Daphne Tolliver in June 2008. The sixty-eight-year-old widow was walking her dog, Bobby in woodland close to her home. Despite the efforts of detectives at the time they never identified a single suspect. A reconstruction of Daphne’s last known moments on TV five years later yielded nothing. Gus Freeman and his new team appear to have a tough nut to crack for their first case.
“Queen of the Warrior Bees”: (Natural Forces Book 1) by Jean Gill
Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards 2019
Epic eco-fantasy from the award-winning author of The Troubadours Quartet
One misfit girl and 50,000 bees. Together they must change the world. As the Mages of the Citadel fight amongst themselves and prepare for war against the Forest, Mielitta, a despised servant, has her own battle to face. Bastien and Jannlou, the boys who terrorised her as a child, have grown into their status as Mages and she cannot escape them forever.
In desperation, she flees to the forbidden Forest and its dangerous attractions. Her scent angers thousands of bees and, although she survives their attack, she has changed. A strange bee symbol glows on her thigh and her senses are altered. She learns that her connection with bees enables her to summon their aid and gives her the power to shift shape.
This new-found bond works both ways and the bees need Mielitta’s help as the rift widens between Forest and Citadel. Can one girl and a colony of bees reunite Man and Nature, or is the split irreversible?
Block Nature out and she’ll force a way in.
‘Gill’s work stands apart through its strikingly inventive concept, distinctive sense of place, and masterful use of imagery.’ The Booklife Prize
‘A brilliantly imagined fantasy with a strong environmental message.’ Ashley Dyer
“Revenge Is Sweet” (Vintage Sweets Mysteries Book 1) by Kaye George
In the picturesque tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, Tally Holt has opened a new candy store with a vintage twist . . .but there’s no sugar-coating a nasty case of murder . . .
Tally Holt has poured her heart, soul, and bank account into Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets, specializing in her grandmother’s delicious recipes. Tally’s homemade Mallomars, Twinkies, fudges, and taffy are a hit with visiting tourists—and with Yolanda Bella, the flamboyant owner of Bella’s Baskets next door. But both shops encounter a sour surprise when local handyman Gene Faust is found dead in Tally’s kitchen, stabbed with Yolanda’s scissors.
The mayor’s adopted son, Gene was a handsome Casanova with a bad habit of borrowing money from the women he wooed. It’s a sticky situation for Yolanda, who was one of his marks. There are plenty of other likely culprits among Fredericksburg’s female population, and even among Gene’s family. But unless Tally can figure out who finally had their fill of Gene’s sweet-talking ways, Yolanda—and both their fledgling businesses—may be destined for a bitter end . . .
“Murder on Bedford Island: Alex Trotter Mystery #1” by Cheryl Peyton
Tour operator Alex Trotter has had misgivings about taking a group of tourists to the old Grover Inn on remote Bedford island. Besides the fact that the island is cut off from the mainland without communication, a few of the tourists may be troublemakers. Soon after arrival, Alex must probe into the causes of mysterious accidents, followed by the need to intercede with a hostile family reunion, a poisonous love triangle, and a curiously surly hotel staff.
When one of the group is found murdered, Detective Arlie Tate is summoned from the mainland to investigate. Having doubts that the rumpled, deliberate policeman is up to the task, Alex follows clues to confront who she thinks is the murderer. But has Alex misjudged the skill of Arlie Tate to her peril? There are many surprises for both Alex and the reader at the climax of this cozy mystery.
“The Cutting: A McCabe and Savage Thriller” (McCabe and Savage Thrillers Book 1) by James Hayman
The first novel in the nationally bestselling McCabe and Savage series—perfect for fans of John Sandford and CJ Box.
Someone is stealing the hearts of beautiful women…
Detective Mike McCabe moved from a top homicide job with the NYPD to Portland, Maine to leave his failed marriage and suspicions of wrongdoing behind, and to find a more peaceful life for himself and his 13-year-old daughter.
But the small New England city is not nearly as safe as he thought.
On a warm September night, a missing high-school athlete is found dead in a scrap metal yard, her heart removed from her body with surgical precision. As outrage over the killing spreads, a young business woman disappears while out on a morning jog.
McCabe is certain both crimes are the work of one man—a murderer skilled in cardiac surgery who is using his scalpel to target young women. With the clock ticking, McCabe and his partner Maggie Savage find themselves in a desperate race against time to find and rescue the missing woman before she becomes the next victim of the sadistic killer’s blade.
The 9th Hour: A gripping serial killer thriller (The Detective Temeke Crime Series Book 1)
by Claire Stibbe
Albuquerque’s finest detective and New Mexico/Arizona Book Award winning series.
Everyone has secrets. Some more deadly than others.
When the ninth young girl falls into the clutches of a serial killer, Detective David Temeke faces a race against time to save her life.
The Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico is no stranger to gruesome murders, but this new serial killer on their block keeps the body parts of his eight young victims as trophies and has a worrying obsession with the number 9. The suspect is incarcerated in the state’s high security penitentiary but Unit Commander Hackett is faced with a dilemma when another teenage girl goes missing.
Detective Temeke and his new partner, Malin Santiago, are sent to solve a baffling crime in the dense forests of New Mexico’s Cimarron State Park. But time is running out. Can they unravel the mysteries of Norse legends and thwart the 9th Hour killer before he dismembers his next victim?
This is the first in the Detective Temeke Crime series. A unique noiresque modern detective novel.
Watch out for more from Detective Temeke and Malin Santiago
1. THE 9TH HOUR
2. NIGHT EYES
3. PAST RITES
4. DEAD COLD
5. EASY PREY
6. SILENT ADMIRER
The Gangster’s Son – A Shig Sato Mystery (The Shig Sato Mysteries Book 1) by Joseph Mark Brewer
Investigating a young woman’s murder is exactly what Tokyo police Inspector Shig Sato needs to take his mind off his wife’s terminal illness.
He’s soon in a race against time before word gets out that an American G.I. is a suspect and demonstrations derail his hard work.
But Sato soon discovers his long-held secret ties to a criminal dynasty could compromise the case.
Sato must choose between duty and obligation – will his debt to a yakuza boss set a killer free?
Find out why readers say: ‘This is how you write the perfect murder mystery set in Japan.
In the Shadow of the Glacier: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery (Constable Molly Smith Novels Book 1) by Vicki Delany
Trouble is brewing in the small, bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. An American who came to Trafalgar as a Vietnam War draft dodger has left land and money to the town. But thereA[a¬a[s a catch. The money must be used to build a garden to honor draft dodgers.
People of the Morning Star: A People of Cahokia Novel (Book One of the Morning Star Series) (North America’s Forgotten Past 21)
by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Award-winning archaeologists and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear begin the stunning saga of the North American equivalent of ancient Rome in People of the Morning Star.
The city of Cahokia, at its height, covered more than six square miles around what is now St. Louis and included structures more than ten stories high. Cahokian warriors and traders roamed from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. What force on earth would motivate hundreds of thousands of people to pick up, move hundreds of miles, and once plopped down amidst a polyglot of strangers, build an incredible city?
A religious miracle: the Cahokians believed that the divine hero Morning Star had been resurrected in the flesh. But not all is fine and stable in glorious Cahokia. To the astonishment of the ruling clan, an attempt is made on the living god’s life. Now it is up to Morning Star’s aunt, Matron Blue Heron, to keep it quiet until she can uncover the plot and bring the culprits to justice. If she fails, Cahokia will be torn asunder in warfare, rage, and blood as civil war consumes them all.