Mystery Book Recommendations!

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Do you like reading a good mystery? Check out these  mystery books by self-published/small press authors!

Room 119 – The Whitby Trader

High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the London penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed. Following the advice of a frail stranger,

Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes?

As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves.

It’s a promise he may have to keep.

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Funicular – What is truth when the past is a lie

After his life is threatened, DI Bob Dixon leaves London hoping for the quiet life in the northern village of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. But when he takes on the case of young Lizzy Scraggs, missing since a huge tide hit Saltburn six years earlier, he embarks on an investigation that will push him to the very edge of reason.

Out on the beat, Bob learns the legend of the funicular car that left the top of Saltburn’s famous cliff lift many years ago carrying two passengers, and arrived at the bottom empty save for an abandoned ticket. And every big tide since has seen another local child disappear.

Feeling increasingly manipulated by a shadowy nemesis, Bob struggles to make sense of the seemingly impossible clues before him. How can the dead live again? Who is the tortured man haunting the churchyard in nearby Marske? And with the next massive tide just hours away, can Bob solve the puzzle and bring an end to the tragedy of Saltburn’s missing children?

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As a serial killer terrorizes the city, Detective Danny Roberts finds himself facing a nightmare of his own when he is thrown into a secret, macabre world of vampires and dark forces.

Awakening with an unquenchable thirst, Detective Roberts turns to the bottle, but discovers that now only blood will satisfy him. When a mysterious text message arrives, Danny finds himself face-to-face with Mistress, a vampire investigator known as a Wolf Hunter.

As her thrall, Danny is bound by blood to serve this enigmatic protector of humanity. Singular in his ability to maintain freewill despite the vampire's hold over him, Danny is offered a unique proposition— join Mistress in hunting down the serial killers of the world and keep humanity safe from these wolves that prey upon the vampire's flock.

But there are even darker forces at work who would threaten the ancient peace between humans and vampires. With time growing short, can these unlikely partners uncover the threat lurking in the shadows, or will the truce between humans and vampires be broken, leading to the extinction of them all?

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"An extravagantly imagined and beautifully written Holmes story” Lee Child

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them. In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later. For fans of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, the great detective has never encountered an adversary quite like the one with whom he crosses swords in "The Vatican Cameos.."






January 1888: Dr. John H. Watson has returned to 221b Baker Street, just weeks after a personal tragedy has left him bereaved and bereft. Feeling like a broken man, his plans and dreams lying in ruin, he slowly tries to make his way forward, with the help of Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson. Unexpectedly, he finds himself standing in the path of a madman - who suddenly and irrationally blames Watson for his apparent defeat.


Meanwhile, Holmes has tried to distract his grief-stricken friend by telling stories of his past cases, including how, a decade before, he recovered a mysterious relic - The Eye of Heka - stolen from the British Museum. But Holmes's plan to show Watson this unique and ancient idol goes suddenly and terribly wrong as both are swept into a series of events, one tumbling rapidly upon another, that lead to thefts, murders, and possibly a war that might quickly escalate to draw in nations from most of the world. And always there is the madman in the shadows - waiting for his next chance to attack . . . .

From The Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson comes another story by Sherlockian David Marcum, author of over eighty traditional Holmes pastiches, including those collected in The Papers of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt, and Sherlock Holmes - Tangled Skeins.

Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the man described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known."

The game is afoot!


Jill Andersen is one of Baltimore's best and brightest detectives, but she harbors a dark secret -- a secret that threatens to come out when the body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Roberts' connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in Iraq, a secretive cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy that involves a native son.

Can Jill solve the case while still keeping her secret? Will her partners at the Seventh Precinct find out what she's so desperate to hide? What was Dr. Roberts looking into that led to his murder? And perhaps the biggest question of all...

Who is Bounty?


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GOLD MEDAL winner in the HORROR category of the New York City Book Awards.

"conflicted characters and shocking twists [...] leave the reader guessing until the intensity filled ending."

"The horrors promised in the book’s description had no way of preparing me for what I was about to read."

Scotland, 1924 - After a man gets arrested with an unconscious boy in his car, detectives Gow and McKenzie unexpectedly find themselves at odds with each other. McKenzie makes a leap and wants to investigate the link with a nearby abandoned village, while Gow tries to cut off the investigation. But things turn ugly quickly when they discover the involvement of a child that doesn’t appear to be entirely natural.

Child of the Moon is a gripping mystery, hiding an unspeakable horror that will alter the lives of everyone involved.




When Briony Campbell confesses to killing her boyfriend, an apparently straightforward crime soon turns into a baffling mystery. Haunted by demons from his past, lawyer S.J. Robin is assigned to the case. But as confusion – and the body count – rises, he’s forced to question who is guilty and who is innocent. Can he see justice served and hold on to the woman he loves?













A boy trained to be a spy and a thief
A crippled girl who is a stranger to mercy
A former bodyguard in search of purpose

When Logan Svenson joins the mysterious TABLE as newest recruit, he has a hard time shaking his suspicions. A secret organization working for the greater good, employing sustainable means? Ending slave trafficking, returning stolen goods to the owner without being known? It sounds too good to be true. His wariness increases when he meets Jack and Ada, the prodigies who grew up inside the organization – even though they are both rolling their eyes at his questions.
But then the TABLE is attacked, and suddenly, all bets are off.
Who is gunning for them – and why?
And what game are the people at the TABLE truly playing?

Base means is the first part of a complete duology about the story of Jack and Ada, part spy novel, part psychological/medical mystery, part New Adult with a dash of M/F, M/M romance.

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When a pastor's daughter is pursued by a stalker, she must hold tightly to her faith as the menacing presence closes in.

Raylee, a pastor's daughter, just wants to get through the last two years of high school. But it's not easy when you're an outsider. Or when the most popular girl in school's goal is to make your life miserable.

Or when someone starts to STALK you. . .

When classmate Paul befriends Raylee, she is determined to ignore Crystal's ploys. And when new student Billy arrives, Raylee finds herself drawn to his mysterious side. But Crystal is determined too, and she will do whatever it takes to keep him from Raylee and to ensure that the rest of Raylee's high school years remain angst-ridden.

Raylee must cling to her FAITH in God more than ever, because someone lurks in the shadows, watching her, leaving scary clues, someone who wants to set her on edge. But why? Is it Crystal and her clique, or worse, someone she trusts?

Exclusive Edition: Over 60 pages of deleted scenes!

Book #1 is a clean mystery suspense appropriate for young adult and up.


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