Amateur Sleuth

  • Bahama Burnout
    Bahama Burnout by Don Bruns
    For rock and roll writer Mick Sever, another story, another deadly island paradise is all in a day’s work. This time, Mick heads to Nassau, Bahamas, home of the legendary Highland Studio. Known for pumping out hits that burn up the charts, Highland is where the magic happens or rather, ...

    Bruns’s laid-back fifth mystery to feature Mick Sever (after 2008’s St. Bart’s Breakdown) takes the ...Publishers Weekly
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  • Beyond the Bridge
    Beyond the Bridge by Tom MacDonald
    Dermot Sparhawk, a former all-American football star at Boston College, returns in Beyond the Bridge, the sequel to Tom MacDonald’s award-winning debut novel, The Charlestown Connection.In Beyond the Bridge, Sparhawk, a struggling alcoholic, agrees to help find the killer of an accused pedophile priest. When two more priests are slain ...

    Someone is crucifying Boston area priests in MacDonald’s unsuspenseful prequel to his promising debut, 2011’s ...Publishers Weekly
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  • Bitter Legacy: Matt Royal Mystery #5
    Bitter Legacy: Matt Royal Mystery #5 by H Terrell Griffin
    Matt Royal has gotten himself into a royal mess.After a week away, Matt Royal’s ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to bad news: while he was away, a sniper tried to kill ...

    H. Terrell Griffin continues with his successfully humorous and exciting mystery series. I anxiously wait ...Fresh Fiction
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  • Black Stiletto Saga
    The Black Stiletto Saga by Raymond Benson
    This five-book saga tells the entire amazing story of Judy Cooper, the famed Black Stiletto of vigilante fame. The story is told by Martin Talbot, the Stiletto’s son, in the words of the Stiletto herself through her diaries. Martin does not discover these diaries until his mother, suffering from Alzheimer ...

  • Blood Island: Matt Royal Mystery #3
    Blood Island: Matt Royal Mystery #3 by H Terrell Griffin
    What’s happening on this island will make your blood run cold. Matt Royal never has to look far for excitement. Excitement and sometimes trouble has a way of finding him first. But for this fun-loving lawyer turned beach bum, things are about to get serious. Dead serious. When his ex-wife ...

    Terry Griffin has done it again. Griffin’s third book promises to be another bookshelf staple. The Longboat Observer
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  • Book of Nathan
    Book of Nathan by Curt Weeden & Richard Marek
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Rick Bullock is about to learn just how true that is. Rick Bullock takes the road less traveled when he quits his job as an advertising executive to become director of a homeless shelter. Trading in a six-figure salary for ...

    Dan Brown meets Janet Evanovich in this incredibly intriguing and often hilarious mystery that wraps ...Roxanne Black, author of Unexpected Blessings: Stories of Hope and Healing
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  • Charlestown Connection
    The Charlestown Connection by Tom MacDonald
    Dermot Sparhawk, a former All American Boston College football hero, is stacking cans in a parish food pantry in Boston’s Charlestown, when his godfather, Jeepster Hennessey, shows up with a knife in his back and dies at Dermot’s feet. Once slated for a professional football career, now a recovering alcoholic, ...

    The Charlestown Connection is a crackling good read, finely paced and full of surprising twists.  Fast, ...Michael Palmer, New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away
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  • Child's Play (Elle Harrison Novel #3)
    Child's Play (Elle Harrison Novel #3) by Merry Jones
    Since her husband’s murder two years earlier, life hasn’t been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She’s selling her house and delving into new experiences—like learning trapeze. Just before the first day of school, Elle ...

    Surprising, dark, and even disturbing. A fragile and vulnerable young teacher faces a terrifying first day of school–and that ...Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Say No More
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  • Collateral Damage: Matt Royal Mystery #6
    Collateral Damage: Matt Royal Mystery #6 by H Terrell Griffin
    The quiet beauty of Longboat Key is shattered when a young groom is shot to death on the beach the day after his wedding.  His father is an old army buddy of Matt Royal, and Matt tries to soften the anguish of his friend by finding his son’s murderer. Matt’s search ...

    Terry Griffin’s latest entry in the Matt Royal set-in-Florida mysteries is a perfect blend of ...David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter
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  • Dead Air
    Dead Air by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid
    Talk is cheap, but when this radio host takes action, she may pay the ultimate price.An outspoken, brash, native New Yorker, Sammy Greene isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers at Ellsford University, her ultra-conservative New England college.  The host of The Hot Line,a talk radio show on campus station ...

    Set in Vermont in the mid-1990s, this uneven thriller from physicians Shlian (Rabbit in the ...Publishers Weekly
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  • December Boys (Jay Porter Novel #2)
    December Boys (Jay Porter Novel #2) by Joe Clifford
    Jay Porter, the newest employee at NorthEastern Insurance in New Hampshire, is investigating an accident claim when he learns the teenager behind the wheel was arrested for minor drug possession and sentenced to a hardcore behavioral modification center. At the county courthouse, Jay meets Nicki, a young college intern, who ...

    Taut, breathless, stark and powerful, December Boys yanks you along like a raft on a ...Sara J. Henry, award-winning author of A Cold and Lonely Place
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  • Deep Six (Jake Longly Thriller #1)
    Deep Six (Jake Longly Thriller #1) by D. P. Lyle
    Ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly adamantly refuses to work for his father, wanting no part of Ray’s PI world. He prefers to hang out at his beachfront bar and chase bikinis along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But Ray could be persuasive, so Jake finds himself staking out ...

    Corruption, vendettas, cartel killers, oh my!  Deep Six puts the fun back into late night ...Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author of Find Her
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  • Devil Wind
    Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid
    Fired from her job as a TV producer, Sammy Greene gets a second chance when she lands an after-midnight show at a small radio station in LA. It’s December 1999, days before the dawn of the new millennium. With Y2K looming and the Santa Ana winds threatening to turn the ...

    Bristling with suspense, Devil Wind sizzles with the heat of high-level corruption, lowdown murder, and ...Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies
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  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Don Bruns
    It’s official: stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. Now, that’s some scary stuff. It could take time to get More or Less Investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has a dubious reputation, having had ...

    A terrific brew of romp, mystery, and death, with character insights laden throughout. What a ...Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Spies
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  • Fatal Decree: Matt Royal Mystery #7
    Fatal Decree: Matt Royal Mystery #7 by H Terrell Griffin
    When a serial killer shows up on Longboat Key, Florida after a twelve year absence, Matt Royal is stymied. The first woman killed on Longboat Key has ties to a secretive government agency for which Matt’s best friend Jock Algren works. Was this a coincidence or was she a targeted ...

    Truly an action lover’s delight, this terrific sixth series entry radiates energy as intense as ...Library Journal
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  • Fifth Reflection (Dot Meyerhoff Mystery #3)
    The Fifth Reflection (Dot Meyerhoff Mystery #3) by Ellen Kirschman
    Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and ...

    It’s clear that police psychologist Ellen Kirschman knows her stuff. Blunt insights about the blind ...Katherine Ramsland, best-selling author of CONFESSION OF A SERIAL KILLER: Inside the Mind of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
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  • Found: Matt Royal Mystery #8
    Found: Matt Royal Mystery #8 by H Terrell Griffin
    When the serenity of beautiful Longboat Key, Florida, is shattered by a murder, and an elderly resident goes missing, Detective Jennifer Diane (J.D.) Duncan leaps into action.  Her investigation is temporarily interrupted when she receives a text message with a current photo of a college friend she thought dead. ...

    Witty, smart and highly entertaining. An intriguing mix of hopes and fears that combine into ...Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The King’s Deception
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  • Give Up the Dead (Jay Porter Novel #3)
    Give Up the Dead (Jay Porter Novel #3) by Joe Clifford
    Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. The ...

    Joe Clifford is an underground star. Give Up The Dead should finally expose his star ...Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times best-selling author of What You Break
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  • Hot Stuff
    Hot Stuff by Don Bruns
    An attractive sous chef at the famous restaurant L’Elfe is murdered and half the employees are suspect. The lack of police progress toward solving the murder leads Chef Jean Bouvier to seek a quicker solution. He hires private eyes James Lessor and Skip Moore to go undercover and discreetly investigate ...

    Shake The Big LeBowski up in a bag with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, ...Les Standiford, award winning author of Last Train to Paradise
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  • Lamentation (Jay Porter Novel #1)
    Lamentation (Jay Porter Novel #1) by Joe Clifford
    In a frigid New Hampshire winter, Jay Porter is trying to eke out a living and maintain some semblance of a relationship with his former girlfriend and their two-year-old son.  When he receives an urgent call that Chris, his drug-addicted and chronically drunk brother, is being questioned by the sheriff ...

    Lamentation is a noir saga of the America that isn’t in TV commercials, wrenching, yet ...James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
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  • Last Girl
    The Last Girl by Danny Lopez
    After being laid off from his job as a newspaper reporter in a coastal Florida town, Dexter Vega meets a wealthy retiree who hires him to find his daughter who is supposed to be attending the local college. When Vega visits his client to inform him that his daughter is ...

    The Last Girl features a masterful mix of murder; mystery, and mayhem as hot as ...Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author of Strong Cold Dead
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  • Little Lamb Lost
    Little Lamb Lost by Margaret Fenton
    Social worker Clare Conover is about to be thrust into her worst nightmare. She just never dreamed it would be this case Claire Conover honestly believed she could make a difference in the world until she gets the phone call she’s dreaded her entire career. One of her young clients, ...

    Fenton puts her experiences as a social worker to good use in her promising debut. ...Publishers Weekly
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  • Night Tremors
    Night Tremors by Matt Coyle
    Nightmares of the man he killed two years ago still chase Rick Cahill through his sleep. The memory of his murdered wife haunts him during waking hours. His private investigative work, secretly photographing adulterers, paid for his new house but stains his soul. When an old nemesis asks for his help ...

    A terrific new take on classic noir! A P.I. with a conscience grapples with his past, then plots his own ...Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author
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  • Reel Stuff
    Reel Stuff by Don Bruns
    Is it suicide or murder when Academy Award winning actor Jason Londell leaps to his death during the filming of a TV show in Miami? Londell’s actress girlfriend hires private investigators James Lessor and Skip Moore to investigate. They uncover a plot loaded with twists and fueled by money and ...

    …Such deductive leaps are what makes this book such fun to read. This is the ...San Francisco / Sacramento Book Review
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  • Right Wrong Thing (Dot Meyerhoff Mystery #2)
    The Right Wrong Thing (Dot Meyerhoff Mystery #2) by Ellen Kirschman
    Officer Randy Spelling had always wanted to be a police officer, to follow in the footsteps of her brothers and her father. Not long after joining the force, she mistakenly shoots and kills Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager. The community is outraged; Lakeisha’s family is vocal and vicious in their attacks ...

    Ellen Kirschman’s richly nuanced The Right Wrong Thing rings with authenticity. This fiction is so ...Hallie Ephron, New York Times best-selling author of Night Night, Sleep Tight
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  • Seven Suspects
    Seven Suspects by Renee James
    Bobbi Logan is a successful businesswoman and a celebrated hairdresser. She is a witty, articulate woman who has survived rape, gender transition, a murder investigation, and countless acts of bullying and bigotry to get where she is—and she has made enemies along the way. Now one of them is stalking ...

    I inhaled the book! If you love Bobbi Logan – and I do – SEVEN SUSPECTS ...Catriona McPherson, Lefty Winning and Agatha Award Nominee for The Reek of Red Herrings
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  • Someone's Watching
    Someone's Watching by Sharon Potts
    Twenty-something Robbie Ivy wants to keep her life as simple and commitment-free as possible. Who needs a high-pressure career, a relationship, or a family anyway? But Robbie’s life gets inextricably complicated when her estranged father shows up with a shocking revelation about two teenage girls who disappeared in South Beach. ...

    Following her spell-binding debut, Sharon Potts delivers another fast-paced domestic drama of betrayal and redemption. ...PJ Parrish, New York Times bestselling author of Little Death
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  • South Beach Shakedown
    South Beach Shakedown by Don Bruns
    Someone is about to make a killing in the music industry. Why would songwriting legend Gideon Pike mysteriously disappear just when he is about to turn a 30-year career into a multi-million dollar profit? Music columnist Mick Sever is back in Don Brun’s third suspense masterpiece.This time he’s looking for ...

    South Beach Shakedown is a glitzy high speed run from the back alleys to the ...New York Times Best-selling author Michael Connelly
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  • Southside
    Southside by Michael Krikorian
    Los Angeles Times gang reporter Michael Lyons has just left his favorite downtown saloon when he is shot and wounded on the sidewalk two blocks from City Hall.  After the initial shock, fellow reporters put together a betting pool. The bet? “Who Shot Mike?” There are a lot of contenders. When ...

    The debut novel from Krikorian, a Los Angeles Times crime reporter, is a grim thriller ...Publishers Weekly
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  • St. Barts Breakdown
    St. Barts Breakdown by Don Bruns
    Rock and roll journalist Mick Sever is back with a new assignment: interview music legend Danny Murtz. Murtz’s walls are lined with platinum records, but his closet is full of skeletons. Known for producing an unbelievable string of hits, Murtz is also tied to a string of disappearances. Seems a ...

    a Caribbean thriller with a ring tone amazingly like the near-Caribbean thrillers of Tim Dorsey ...Booklist
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  • Stuff Dreams Are Made Of
    Stuff Dreams Are Made Of by Don Bruns
    James Lessor and Skip Moore, (and their white box truck) are back. When Reverend Preston Cashdollar and his traveling tent revival come to town, James and Skip reinvent themselves–as holy rollers. But these two aren’t seeking salvation; they’re seeking the Almighty dollar. After all, Cashdollar’s prosperity gospel draws thousands of ...

    At the start of Bruns’s talky second mystery to feature best friends Skip Moore and ...Publishers Weekly
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  • Stuff Series Collection
    Stuff Series Collection by Don Bruns
    For those who love humor as well as fast-paced mysteries,  the “Stuff” series seven book collection has it all.  Combining the stumbling shenanigans of James Lessor and Skip More, two twenty-something ne’er-do-wells trying to succeed as crime solvers produces laugh-out-loud moments while delivering a great mystery.  For any fans of ...

    “We just love Floridian crime tales, and Don Bruns, is a perfect example of why.  ...Jeffrey Deaver, New York Times best-selling author of The Sleeping Doll
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  • Stuff to Die For
    Stuff to Die For by Don Bruns
    Best friends James Lessor and Skip Moore are hardly on the fast track. While James works as a line cook at Cap’n Crab, Skip spends his days selling or rather, attempting to sell  security systems to people who (a) have no money, and (b) have nothing they care to protect. ...

    Set in South Florida, this middling thriller from Bruns (Barbados Heat) never quite manages to ...Publishers Weekly
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  • Stuff to Spy For
    Stuff to Spy For by Don Bruns
    Best friends James Lessor and Skip Moore are still stuck in dead-end jobs, still living in their ratty apartment in Carol City, Florida but still dreaming of hitting the big time. It seems those dreams are finally within reach when Skip lands a job to install a state-of-the-art security system ...

    This is the stuff of side-aching laughs: Hiaasen meets grown-up Spy Kids. With another winner ...Tim Dorsey, Author of Nuclear Jellyfish
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  • Terminal Life
    Terminal Life by Richard Torregrossa
    Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been mysteriously murdered and his son has disappeared. These tragedies, in addition to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, push him over the edge. He has also been diagnosed with an ...

    Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel is the first in a fascinating series of planned ...New York Journal of Books
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  • Too Much Stuff
    Too Much Stuff by Don Bruns
    It took Henry Flagler years to build a railroad to Key West. It took thirty seconds for a hurricane and a twenty-foot tidal wave to destroy it. Five hundred people were killed in that violent 1935 storm, and many more were missing. Among the unaccounted for was a finance director ...

    Shake The Big Lebowski up in a bag with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, ...Les Standiford, author of Last Train to Paradise and Bringing Adam Home.
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  • Wyatt's Revenge: Matt Royal Mystery #4
    Wyatt's Revenge: Matt Royal Mystery #4 by H Terrell Griffin
    On balance, retired trial lawyer turned beach bum Matt Royal is a pretty laid back fellow. But when Laurence Wyatt, one of Matt’s best friends, is murdered, Matt trades in his easygoing ways for a hard-hitting quest for revenge.  Matt knows the Longboat Key police will do their job in ...

    “Griffin writes with economy and energy.” Booklist
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  • Yesterday's Echo
    Yesterday's Echo by Matt Coyle
    Murderer: the label that stains forever. Can Rick Cahill find redemption by rescuing another accused? A woman with a past, darker than his own. Chandler–esque —A hard edge with a heart Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife’s murder, but he was never exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by ...

    “A sharp, compelling read, Coyle’sYesterday’s Echo conjures images of Chandler’s California, while reverberating with an ...Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times best-selling author of Boulevard and Beat
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