CITY OF SAVIORS by Rachel Howzell Hall • Thriller/Police Procedural • Tor/Forge • Released August 8, 2017
After the critically-acclaimed Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, and Trail of Exhoes, the talented Rachel Howzell Hall returns with another powerful and gripping novel of Los Angeles crime featuring the tough and memorable homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton: CITY OF SAVIORS.
After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable – heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington has was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate. But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church ….
Lou’s partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion. But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews – and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wold in the flock. Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it’s too late.
CITY OF SAVIORS is a riveting tale of suspense that brings a diverse and important voice to the mystery/thriller world. Rachel Howzell Hall has created a memorable heroine in the strong, smart, sexy, and cynical Lou Norton, and she takes the reader deep into the heart of the complex and ever-evolving neighborhoods of L.A.
RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is a writer/Marketing/Communications Manager for Individual Giving of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She is lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at www.rachelhowzell.com.
HEAR ME ROAR / By Joy Smith
Women’s Fiction/Thriller / Released Feb 10, 2017 by The Wild Rose Press
When crime strikes the neighborhood, a husband’s dark side comes to light, and a mother must find the strength to protect her children.
Jan Simmons never expected trouble to move into her quiet Charming Way cul-de-sac. Nor did she expect her husband Jeff’s weakness for fast money to drag their once happy family into danger. When her husband turns to crime, Jan, a people-pleaser with little self-worth, must release the death grip she has on her failing marriage for the sake of her children and draw on her inner strength. As Jan fights to free her family from a web of lies and deceit she also battles to save herself.
Bio: Joy Smith merged a successful career in nonfiction with fiction writing when she discovered making up stories and characters was more fun than sugarcoating facts. In addition to Hear Me Roar, Joy is the author of a romantic suspense and a children’s book, as well as four how-to books and a cookbook. When she is not glued to her computer or contriving plots, she might be out sailing with her handsome captain, at home crocheting shawls and blankets to donate to those in need, or at the gym trying to work off those danged extra pounds. http://www.joysmith.net
MY HUSBAND’S WIFE by Jane Corry / Thriller & Suspense / Released Jan 31, 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books
“It won’t be so bad when you’re there,” says my new husband before kissing me. “I know,” I say before he peels off.
Two lies. Small white ones. Designed to make the other feel better. But that’s how some lies start. Small. Well meaning. Until they get too big to handle.
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.
Climatized / A Max Ford Thriller / by Sally Fernandez
Released Oct 2016 by Dunham Books
Review by Heather Haven
It’s not often one comes across a genre novel which causes the reader to think long and hard about just what’s going on in the world today. However, Climatized is just such a novel. Filled with detailed information about politics, the environment, and global warming, author Sally Fernandez forces us to try to separate fact from fiction, truth from lies, and to consider the ramifications of what the human race faces in going toe-to-toe with Mother Nature. The watch word in that long sentence is ‘try’. Weaving real players in with fictional characters, Ms. Fernandez has created a taut fabric of a thriller.
The protagonist, Max Ford, has just opened her offices as a private investigator. Having recently left the States Intelligence Agency, she takes on her first case, that of investigating the supposed suicide of a U.S. senator. Put your roller skates on at this point in order to keep up. We have murder, chicanery, love, loyalty, deception and honor at every turn. Ultimately, what is introduced within the pages of this book are often mind-blowing. Be prepared.
THE KILL SIGN A Jamie Sinclair Novel #4 by Nichole Christoff
Military Thriller Released Dec 7, 2016 by Alibi
Adam Barrett, Jamie’s love interest, made some not great decisions in the last book that landed his AWOL backside on a base in Mississippi. He’s fortunate he still has a career, although it’s a bit shaky at this point.
Jamie and Adam make plans for a weekend getaway after four months apart. So Jamie boards a plane and goes to the Gulf Coast for a little one-on-one time with Adam and to see her old mentor, Ray Walther.
But when a dirty bomb explodes on a riverboat packed with military, killing dozens Jamie finds herself in a mystery that threatens the people she loves.
To keep things interesting friend and heart-tug Marc Sandoval of the DEA hears about the explosion and shows up to make sure Jamie is okay. Much to Adam’s dismay. So while Adam works officially to hunt down the culprits who took dozens of military lives, Jamie and Marc unofficially investigate on their own.
Another great addition to Ms. Christoff’s series.
A finalist for the 2016 Daphe du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense fiction. THE KILL BOX was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Library Journal, I whole-heartedly recommend the entire series.
WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Mystery/thriller Released Oct 20 by Forge
Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie -who was supposed to be the flower girl-has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there’s a limit to the bond of family-and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan’s got a doozy of a case. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives. Jane and Jake must explore where their loyalties llie – to each other? To their families? To their careers?