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New Release: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED by Mick Herron

4143PjZqMzLTHIS IS WHAT HAPPENED by Mick Herron / Mystery Thriller / Released Jan 30, 2018 by Penguin

From CWA Gold & Steel Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of thrilling suspense about one woman’s attempt to be better than ordinary.

Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.

Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero—if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.

New Release: BLOOD SISTERS by Jane Corry

61smc-SSIuL._SY346_BLOOD SISTERS by Jane Corry / Mystery / Released Jan 30, 2018 by Penguin Group

Three little girls. One accident. A lifetime of lies. From the bestselling author of MY HUSBAND’S WIFE.

Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead.

Fifteen years later, Kitty can’t speak and has no memory of the accident that’s to blame. She lives in an institution, unlikely ever to leave. But that doesn’t keep her from being frightened when she encounters an eerily familiar face.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. She’s struggling to make ends meet and to forget the past. When a teaching job at a prison opens up, she takes it, despite her fears. Maybe this is her chance to set things right. Then she starts to receive alarming notes; next, her classroom erupts in violence.

Meanwhile, someone is watching both Kitty and Alison. Someone who never forgot what happened that day. Someone who wants revenge. And only another life will do. . .

New Release: INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE by Meg Gardiner

51EH80c54VLINTO THE BLACK NOWHERE by Meg Gardiner / Mystery Thriller / Released Jan 30, 2018 by Penguin Group

In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer.

In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.

Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

New Release: DARK IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

51cNYlX3nNLDARK IN DEATH by J. D. Robb / Eve Dallas Mystery / Released Jan 30, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in Dark in Death, by J.D. Robb, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, and takes on a case of death imitating art…

It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

From the author of Echoes in Death, this is the latest of the edgy, phenomenally popular police procedurals that Publishers Weekly calls “inventive, entertaining, and clever.”

 

Release: BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough

9781250111197BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough / Psychological thriller / Released in paperback Jan 30, 2018 by Flatiron Books

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
“You should read Behind Her Eyes…It’s bloody brilliant.” —Stephen King

“An eerie thriller…Pinborough keeps us guessing about just who’s manipulating whom – until the ending reveals that we’ve been wholly complicit in this terrifying mind game.” —The New York Times Book Review

Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong—and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.

Review: THE TUSCAN CHILD by Rhys Bowen

516RInLmgQLTHE TUSCAN CHILD by Rhys Bowen / Mystery, Historical / Released Feb 20, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…

REVIEW:

From the compelling cover to the opening lines, this book drew me in. Part historical romance, part mystery the story of downed flyer Hugo, Sofia and Joanna unfolds beautifully on the page crossing the boundaries of time. The attention to detail was stunning. I highly recommend this story of survival, love and courage.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you NetGalley.

Book Excerpt: OUT OF SPLINTERS AND ASHES by Colleen Donnelly

thumbnail_OutofSplintersandAshes_w11919_300 (2)OUT OF SPLINTERS AND ASHES by Colleen Donnelly / Historical Romance / Releasing Soon

She couldn’t love her enemy, because he did.

OUT OF SPLINTERS AND ASHES is a pre-World War II story of the disrupted love affair between a German romance author and a US runner in Hitler’s Olympics. She wrote for him and he carved for her until their world exploded, sending him back home to the US, separating them forever…except in her stories and the wood he carved, enough evidence to the families each went on to have that someone else lay in their backgrounds.

The hints, the indications, and the awareness of an absence that family members could sense brought out the worst in everyone, and eventually brought Dietrich from Berlin to the US to discover if the man in his grandmother’s novels was real.

Cate’s grandmother keeps an old mirror on her New York City bookstore’s wall that resembles one in a pre-World War II German woman’s love stories. Both mirrors have been burned, and both hold carved flowers on their frames. Her grandmother believes, but Cate sets out to disprove, that neither the mirror nor the stories mean a thing…and that Cate’s grandfather isn’t the man in the book who at one time carved flowers and attached them to a mirror for someone else.

Dietrich and Cate find themselves the generation called to resolve and experience what it is to love an enemy, but even more so, what it is to become the enemy of the one you love.

EXCERPT

Grandma was impossible to stop. She charged around me, into the room, flipping on a light as she did.

“You can go now,” she barked at the soldier still holding the door. “This won’t take long.”

He nodded at Grandpa, then shut us in, us and the mirror.

I saw Amabile’s story all over again as Grandpa spotted the mirror, the deep down flicker I’d noticed before, but brighter now. Grandma and I disappeared as time took him backwards, his face transforming from old and haggard to young and alive—then to terrified, and lastly to nothing, except guilt. Grandma didn’t raise the mirror as I expected her to, and shake it in his face. She let it hang in front of her, between them, the charred frame and lone lily all he could see.

I stared at the trembling finger that stretched and touched the blackened wood, scars this man probably deserved exposed at the cuff of his sleeve.

“I believe this is yours.” Grandma’s voice was low. I’d never seen them this close together before, never seen them face each other. But I’d seen the mirror between them forever without knowing it was there.

 

thumbnail_me (160x160) (160x160)AUTHOR BIO

Colleen L Donnelly is a US Midwestern author whose first published novel set her on a new course in life by making the Amazon number one bestseller list. Sticking close to historical fiction as her preferred genre, she has broadened her story base to include romance, western, and a little bit of mystery. When not writing, Colleen is outdoors, hiking through the woods, searching for rocks, or observing wildlife.

Colleen’s other books can be purchased through The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Mine to Tell http://amzn.to/1PNJo4S

Asked For   http://amzn.to/1TyflEu

Love on a Train   http://amzn.to/1m9eYCx

The Lady’s Arrangement   http://amzn.to/2qj7DE2

Out of Splinters and Ashes – Soon to be released

 

Contact Colleen at:

Website: http://www.colleenldonnelly.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColleenLDonnell

Goodreads: http://www.Goodreads.com/colleenldonnelly

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