Larceny in the Library by Colleen Shogan Book Six in the Washington Whodunit Series

After a high-profile theft and murder at the Library of Congress, congressional staffer and amateur sleuth Kit Marshall swings into high gear to solve the crimes and clear her husband’s name as a prime suspect.

Congressional chief of staff Kit Marshall is finally figuring out what it takes to work for a newly minted committee chair in the House of Representatives. After a swanky evening soiree at the Library of Congress, Kit’s husband Doug discovers the body of a high-ranking librarian inside a ceremonial office. In addition to a murder, there’s also a major theft to complicate the situation. The contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets the night he was assassinated have gone missing.

Kit’s political boss and the Librarian of Congress ask Kit to investigate, and she’s released into a world of intrigue populated by a frisky donor, an ambitious congressional relations specialist, a cagey rare books curator, an overly curious congressman, and a baseball-loving lawyer. Kit must solve the crime before Doug’s career is tanked by suspicion.

The case takes her to the inner bowels of the Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, the National Portrait Gallery, and the D.C. Public Library.  In the end, Kit must put her own life on the line to retrieve her most valuable possession, which goes unexpectedly missing as she hunts down the killer and thief.

 

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208 Pages | Publication Date 7.14.2020

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Colleen Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at several universities and previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate, the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service, and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She is currently the Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association and Director of the David Rubenstein Center for White House History. A member of Sisters in Crime, she lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and rescued beagle mutt Conan. www.colleenshogan.com

Other titles by Colleen include: Stabbing in the Senate, Homicide in the House, Calamity at the Continental Club, K Street Killing, and Gore in the Garden.

 

Praise for Book #5 in the Washington Whodunit Series, Gore in the Garden


“The mystery, the writing and story development is simply superb. I really enjoyed reading Gore in the Garden and I hope you will too.” The Book Decoder

 “Engaging characters, a captivating story, set in an awesome place, will have readers rapidly flipping the pages. The twists are exquisite and our protag has guts, knows how to think on her feet and doesn’t back down.” Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

 “With plenty of suspects and a few red herrings, Kit had her work cut out for her. The story was very well-written with all the sub-plots coming together nicely at the end.” Carla Loves To Read 

 “Another edge of your seat Cozy. Colleen Shogan continues in Book 5 of the series to give the reader a page-turning Cozy Murder Mystery.” My Reading Journeys

 “Altogether this is an enjoyable read with an authentic touch that comes from the author’s experience on Capitol Hill . . . It definitely is not your normal cozy mystery, more like a cozy thriller. And the final scene at a little known place in DC is creepy-suspenseful.” Here’s How It Happened

 

Derailed A P.I. Kelly Pruett Mystery by Mary Keliikoa

Her late father’s request to help a grieving client puts single mom PI on a crash course with her complicated family and a killer determined to keep the truth hidden.

You haven’t heard of private detective Kelly Pruett yet, but she’s about to join ranks of mystery’s most clever and crafty female sleuths, such as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum or Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe.

Pruett reflects the real dilemmas of modern women. Pruett must balance between being a single mother to her deaf daughter and following in her father’s footsteps as a private investigator.

After years of being her father’s apprentice, Pruett has inherited the family private detective agency. Dad never trained her for a major murder investigation; serving divorce papers and long stakeouts with her basset hound are more her speed. Her ex-husband—and his mother—think her work is too risky. But detective work is in her blood; puzzles are her passion. When a grieving mother begs her to investigate her daughter’s death, how can she refuse?

As Kelly sets out o prove herself and find something to call her own outside of marriage and motherhood, she realizes she is being stalked. Taking a frying pan to the face jars her into the realization that she is stronger than anyone believes—even herself. Dad wasn’t the only Pruett with pit bull tendencies when it comes to solving a case, including one with ties to Portland’s BDSM subculture. As sordid secrets emerge, she must decide: is justice worth it?

 

“It’s that perfect blend of personal and professional that makes Derailed a welcome addition to the genre. I can’t wait to follow both Kelly and Keliikoa’s careers.” Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Award-winning author Hollywood Homicide 

“Derailed has it all: an engaging heroine, a twisty, twisted crime, and plenty of food for thought about families and their secrets. I loved this debut and can’t wait to read about Kelly Pruett’s next case”. Kristen Lepionka, Shamus Award-winning author, the Roxane Weary mystery series

Mary Keliikoa’s debut novel is an important addition to the PI genre – strong with voice, a compelling protagonist in Kelly Pruett, and unforgettable family secrets. Derailed was hard to put down – and I can’t wait to read the next book in this crackling new series.”   Alex Segura, author, Blackout and Miami Midnight

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236 Pages | Trade Paperback | Price $15.95 | eBook $5.95 | ISBN-13: 978-1-60381-706-6

 

Mary Keliikoa spent the first 18 years of her adult life working around lawyers. Combining her love of all things legal and books, she dove into mystery creating twisting mysteries where justice prevails. A Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys the area in all its beauty. When she’s not there, you can find Mary on a beach on the Big Island where she and her husband recharge. But even under the palm trees and blazing sun she’s plotting her next murder—novel that is.

“Years spent around the legal profession made me realize you have to write your own story to make sure justice prevails.” Mary Keliikoa

Parkinson Pete On Living and Dying with Parkinson’s Disease by Peter G. Beidler

An award-winning professor shares the wisdom gained from fifteen years with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson Pete on Living and Dying with Parkinson’s Disease is a direct, honest, and sometimes funny assessment of what it can be like to face a life and a death with a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s. Most of the writers of the books Pete reviewed in Parkinson Pete’s Bookshelves dealt exclusively with the easy early stages of the disease. Then they mumbled something about the need to keep hoping that a cure is just around the corner. Pete shares that hope, of course, while advising readers how to take charge of their own futures, cure or no cure.During his forty years as a university professor, Peter G. Beidler won all sorts of local and national teaching awards. Yet in all his years of teaching, he never confronted a task as challenging as this one: to convey the wisdom gained from fifteen years living with an incurable, progressive, debilitating disease.


In a touching letter to his wife and children about his wishes regarding end-of-life choices, Pete writes:“I do not fear too soon a death so much as I fear too long a life.”  Then he explains why.

“One of the most powerful books I’ve read. Every chapter, every word has stuck with me. Pete’s honesty and openness captivated me.—Jean Allenbach, Executive Director, Northwest Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association

“I want everyone I know with Parkinson’s disease, along with those who are living with other terminal illnesses, to read this book.—Trudy James, chaplain and film producer of Speaking of Dying

“Pete demonstrates how the fear of death is greatly diminished when we plan, as best we can, with honesty and love.” Phyllis Shacter, author of Choosing to Die, A Personal Story: Elective Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) in the Face of Degenerative Disease

“[Pete’s] book offers wisdom and wit to people living with Parkinson’s disease. His honesty and sense of generosity and gratitude reveal a man with courage and an ongoing commitment to the value of communication and connection.”Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director, Northwest Center for Creative Aging

 

Available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition e-book for $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-60381-562-8 | $12.95 6 x 9 Trade Paperback | Kindle e-book $9.95 | 188 Pages 

 

Peter G. Beidler had just retired after forty years as an award-winning professor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A vigorous do-it-yourselfer who had witnessed his sister’s decline from the same disease, he was devastated. Not for long. Fifteen years later, he shares the coping strategies he devised to make the most of the rest of his life.

The Hidden Key by David E. Grogan

Book #3 in the Steve Stillwell Series, The Hidden Key, by author David E Grogan.

When Navy veteran Kevin Jones smuggles an ancient map out of Iraq, he pays with his life. A wealthy Indian businessman seeks it next until he cries out in anguish he’s sold his soul. It’s up to attorney Steve Stilwell to uncover why before the map’s secrets consume him too.

The Hidden Key is the third book in the Steve Stillwell series.

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With a billionaire new client and a half-million dollar retainer, attorney Steve Stilwell should be happy. Instead, tragedy strikes, pushing him to the breaking point and causing him to question many of the choices he’s made throughout his life. He realizes he’s unwittingly traded family and friends for professional success, always defaulting to the excuse that he had no ethical choice other than the one he’d chosen. Now he’s not so sure. The Key explores whether Steve has waited too long to change, or better yet, whether he wants to.

 

“A tautly written, puzzle-driven thriller that kept me turning pages. Fans of Dan Brown are sure to love Grogan’s The Hidden Key.” Susan Furlong, bestselling author of the Bone Gap Travellers novels.

“David Grogan writes a fast-paced legal thriller with international scope that kept me turning pages deep into the night. The surprises kept coming as victims were revealed to be villains and villains to be heroes. Mr. Grogan knows his subject matter cold and delivers it with fire and passion.” Michael Sears, Shamus-Award winning author of Saving Jason

The Hidden Key is a globe-hopping thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. The plot weaves together modern criminals and ancient beliefs with spellbinding action that leads to a scary climax. Steve Stilwell is a likable protagonist supported by Casey, his competent partner. The antagonists are varied and scary in each of their ways. An exciting read.“ Michael Niemann, author of No Right Way

“David Grogan’s Sapphire Pavilion is a page turner with twists and turns on just about every page. From a sleepy law practice in Southern Virginia to the streets and back alleys of Ho Chi Minh City to the corridors of the U.S. State Department, Grogan’s protagonist – retired Navy JAG Captain Steve Stilwell, manages to piece together a long-buried truth that threatens to destroy him and others.” Gene Pell, Host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Veterans Chronicles”

 

David E. Grogan is the author of  The Siegel Dispositions and the Sapphire Pavillion. He plans to hold book signings at military bases. Learn more at www.davidgrogan.com.

Price: $15.95 US #18.95 CAD | 6″x9″ Trade Paperback | Kindle e-Book $5.95 | 254 Pages | ISBN 139-781-60381-586-4

Squatter’s Rights by Kevin R. Doyle

A one-time wrestler and current private investigator comes to the aid of a friend mixed up in a stranger’s murder, only to find himself the target of competing mob factions at war in his city.

Squatter’s Rights is the first book in the Sam Quinton series.

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When private detective Sam Quinton sets out to solve the murders of a stripper and small-time gambler, he ends up in the middle of an organized crime war, testing Quinton’s loyalty to an old friend and making him the killers’ next target. While working to stay one step ahead of the killers, Quinton also has to safeguard the life of an elderly couple, who unwittingly hold the key to solving the murders and ending the war.

Lowlife Nicky LeBow made a habit of hiding out in strangers’ homes. No one noticed him until the day he entered the wrong house and found himself targeted by both cops and crooks. Sam Quinton, private investigator and former professional wrestler, didn’t care much about Nicky either, until the squatter ended up dead, and an elderly couple quietly living out their golden years became the killers’ next targets.

“This fast paced mystery is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Sam is a lovable tough guy and makes a great protagonist. It is believable that he gets himself into the situations that he does. Although he has a tough exterior, he fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. I enjoyed reading, not only the mystery, but also watching how Sam develops as a character. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next!” A Cozy Experience

A high school teacher, former college instructor and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle’s stories, mainly in the horror and suspense genres, have appeared in over twenty-five small press magazines. In 2012, Vagabondage Press released his first e-book, a rock fiction novelette titled  One Helluva Gig. Since then, he’s released three novels – The Group, The Litter and When You Have to Go There. In 2018,  Coffeetown Press acquired the rights to Squatter’s Rights, a private eye novel. Doyle has a BA in English and an MA in communications and teaches English at a small high school in Missouri.

Mystery $15.95 USD | 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback, 213 pages | ISBN 139-781-60381-778-3

Hazards in Hampshire by Emma Dakin

Moving to a quiet English village and starting a British Mystery Tour company should have been tranquil, but Claire Barclay learns that even an invitation to tea can be deadly. The motive for killing Mrs. Paulson, the president of the local Mystery Book Club is obscure. It could be in the archives of the book club as members might have reason to want Mrs. Paulson out of the way. She had lived in the village all her life, been involved in many organizations and societies and knew many secrets of the villagers. Was one secret too dangerous for her to keep?

Unlikely Spy Catchers, by Carla Kelly

The Unlikely Spy Catchers (230 pp, ISBN: 978-1603811088, $15.95), by award-winning romance novelist Carla Kelly, is a novel about friendship and love, an unusual school for workhouse boys training for the Royal Navy, and the ever-present danger of life in a seafaring town at a time of grave national emergency, as Napoleon considers taking his war to England itself. Book 2 in the St. Brendan Series.

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Murder in Plane Sight, by Julie Holmes

Murder in Plane Sight (240 pp, ISBN: 978-1603817547, $15.95) is the first book in the Sierra Bauer Mystery Series.

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As an aircraft mechanic, Sierra Bauer is a woman in a man’s world. There are few things more satisfying to her than the challenge of working on multimillion-dollar turboprops at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, especially now that her life has returned to normal after losing her brother in a plane crash, and almost losing her career in the FAA investigation that followed.

Normal is pitched into a tailspin when she finds a frozen body in a plane she is inspecting.

Detective Quinn Moore is certain Sierra’s discovery is happenstance until he learns the victim, Tori Hjelle, is the woman Sierra blames for her brother’s death. Despite his attraction to her, he must consider Sierra a prime suspect.

Efforts to prove her own innocence are jeopardized when Rune, her ex-boyfriend, returns after a five-year stint in state prison for stalking and attempting to kill Sierra. Things get complicated when Quinn finds evidence linking Rune and Sierra to Tori’s murder, not to mention the counterfeit aircraft part discovered in her possession. He starts to doubt his belief that Sierra is innocent.

When Sierra figures out Tori discovered the key to unraveling a tangled web of conspiracy that threatens the aviation world, she’s forced to change everything she thought she knew about her brother’s death. That knowledge comes with a price. She and Quinn must expose a network of money, deceit, and murder before Sierra becomes the next casualty.

A fiction writer since elementary school and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, Julie Holmes been published in small press magazines such as “Fighting Chance” and “The Galactic Citizen”. She writes adult mystery with a dash of suspense and a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, and some flavor of fantasy when she wants to write something a little different. She is represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services.

Julie works full-time as a technical writer and lives in south-central Minnesota on a small hobby farm with her husband, their two college-aged children, one cat (what writer doesn’t have cats??), two dogs, three chickens, and an abundance of chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. When she isn’t writing, she likes to read, go for walks, or tend her vegetable garden. She is working on the next Sierra Bauer mystery.

Primary Source, by Sharon St. George

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Primary Source ($15.95, 320 pages, 8×5 Trade Paperback, ISBN: 9781603815482) is Sharon St. George’s fifth novel in the Aimee Machado Mystery series. The series follows Aimee Machado, Timbergate Medical Center’s forensic librarian, who discovers an outrageous black-market scheme involving organ donation and risks her life to save innocent patients.

Aimee Machado is a health sciences librarian and facilitator for Timbergate Medical Center’s Ethics Committee, a board who is responsible for monitoring organ transplant protocols and procedures, as well as keeping strict records of every donated organ that is harvested from a TMC patient. However, ethics seems to take a turn when Aimee finds the new chairman of the committee, Dr. Heath MacAllister, brain dead from a fall in a hospital stairwell. Mysterious circumstances surround his death, making Aimee believe that this was no accident and as she investigates MacAllister’s death, an incredible plot involving organ donations becomes unveiled with her life at risk.

Sharon St. George’s writing credits include three plays, several years writing advertising copy, a book on NASA’s space food project, and feature stories too numerous to count. She holds dual degrees in English and Theatre Arts, and occasionally acts in, or directs, one of her local community theater productions. Sharon is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and she serves as program director for Writers Forum, a nonprofit organization for writers in northern California. For more information, go to sharonstgeorge.com.

A Sneeze to Die For, by Teresa Trent

A Sneeze to Die For ($15.95, 218 pages, 8×5 Trade Paperback, ISBN: 9781603812726), is the second book in Teresa Trent’s Piney Woods Cozy Mystery Series, which began with Murder of a Good Man. With an inheritance sunk into her new hotel, a cat lovers’ convention as her first major booking, and a pushy reported found dead in her elevator, Nora Alexander has to deal with more than the problems just posed by her feline guests.

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“Small town Texas charm and a fabulous eye for detail.” — Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series

Nora Alexander has sunk her inheritance into the Tunie Hotel, in Piney Woods, Texas. Now there is a chance that her first major booking, a national cat lovers’ conference called Meow Meet-Up, will help her bottom line. It also presents increasing risk for its financial demise.

Pushy reporter Alan Shaw shows up the day before the event, making trouble for Nora and the conference. When Shaw is later found dead in the bottom of the hotel’s faulty elevator shaft, Nora depends upon boyfriend and police officer, Tuck Watson, to investigate and save the Tunie Hotel’s reputation. Nora also has to deal with a surprise health inspection and a conference organizer bent on getting steep discounts for conference attendees.

Things spin further out of Nora’s control when she discovers she has a cat dander allergy setting off unpredictable sneezing episodes at inopportune times. The featured feline guest, grand champion show cat, Catpurnicas, escapes and disappears, leading to a town-wide search.

Surrounded by members of the Meow Meet-Up convention, Nora must sort through a list of suspects that include a beloved cozy mystery writer.

Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas, where she writes lighthearted cozy mysteries filled with small-town wisdom and plenty of quirky characters. She has won awards for her short stories with several Texas writers groups and is always in search of that next unusual character or plot. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, singing, doing crafts, shopping with her daughter, and watching old mystery movies on television. For more information, go to teresatrent.com.