From the author of the suspense thriller, VARIED TRAITS, comes the sequel, HEAVY HOUR!? ? Four teenagers form a bond during a hot Atlanta summer. Ten years later, a tragic event takes place during a swanky Midtown wedding reception. When the police come up empty in the search for a vicious killer, Salem Reid is summoned to investigate by a stripper whom he has recently saved from a murderous group of thugs. Reid can?t say no to a friend in need, so he puts his business on hold while he plunges into the case.? ? As Reid looks into the victim?s past, the motivation for the brutal murder and the identity of the predator are slowly revealed. But the killer remains elusive. As the story unfolds, a cast of characters emerges?from a beautiful young widow to a bevy of streetwalkers, from young professionals to a mentally challenged boy?all who assist Salem Reid in his search for the killer.? ? HEAVY HOUR leads us on a journey into an urban underworld of prostitution, pornography, and sexual deviance that author Patrick Brown describes in graphic detail. Following up from the prequel, VARIED TRAITS, we are rocketed i
When Sergeant Roger Downey, a Road Traffic Police Officer, sets off in high speed pursuit of what appears to be a stolen Bentley, he has no idea how that single, routine event is going to turn his world upside down and thrust him into a whirlpool of psychological trauma. A witnessed suicide reactivates a suppressed memory and becomes the catalyst for a quest to identify and engage the powerful forces at work in his fragmented subconscious experience. An unofficial investigation into an attempted suicide leads Downey to a na?ve young man named Paul Munnelly whose own experience makes him an unlikely ally in a shared agenda to expose the spiritual forces that inhabit every "get rich quick" ambition. Munnelly had been enticed into the ranks of a discrete exclusive community populated by wealthy and influential people - a community of ruthless hustlers where there are, no permanent friends, only permanent interests, and where human life is a disposable commodity. Through Munnelly's eyes the outer layers of secrecy are unravelled to reveal an agenda hiding in plain sight backed by societal respectability and pro
A Deadly New YearEllie Rocca and her boyfriend, Detective Sam Kinali are off to a cozy inn with Sam?s friends. He?s planned the perfect get-away?a murder mystery weekend. But romance takes a back seat when a real body turns up to spoil the fun.?A Malicious MidwinterA surprise blizzard traps Ellie Rocca with unexpected guests, including an alcoholic author and her cowering assistant. As the storm worsens, secrets start spilling out, and an uncomfortable situation becomes murder.?A Fatal April ShowerEllie has planned a grand party for her mother?s 75th birthday. Too bad the party is spoiled when a guest turns up dead. Enza Biondi, the party planner, thinks she can sniff out the killer. Ellie has sworn off snooping, but will Enza draw her back into murder?
?He had his tea as usual; when I knocked at the door with the tray (he always had afternoon tea), I found him?like this.? Dr Roger Lavington is dreading his debut performance with the village amateur dramatic society. But real-world drama takes over when Lavington?s neighbour, a reclusive artist, is found murdered in his own sitting room. Also found on the scene are a lady?s glove, a diamond ring, and a mysterious young woman who begs Lavington for his protection. Her safety will depend on her ability to take a role in the forthcoming village play?but is Lavington sheltering a wronged woman or a clever murderess? The Bungalow Mystery (1923) was the first of Annie Haynes?s golden age crime novels, and announced a major talent. This new edition, the first in over eighty years, features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. ?The ingredients in this story are skilfully mixed.? Times ?Contrived and worked out with considerable craftsmanship?drawn with sympathy and power.??Sunday Times ?Contains many cunning devices.? Outlook ?The mystery is a real mystery.? Guardian ?Plenty of mystery an
?There?s no dirty trick he wouldn?t play?it?s my belief that he wouldn?t even stop at murder!? Her husband unmasked as a scoundrel, Lady Cynthia Letchingham seeks refuge at her cousin Hannah?s north-country home Greylands. But on Cynthia?s arrival, she finds Hannah an invalid, having recently suffered a mysterious paralysis; the house is devoid of servants, and Hannah?s husband, charming and sinister by turns, keeps watch over everything and everyone. Only the presence of charming Sybil Hammond and a darkly handsome neighbour relieve the atmosphere for Cynthia ? but then a dark red stain appears mysteriously on the sleeve of her coat? What has really happened to Hannah, and the other entangled mysteries along the way, make The Secret of Greylands (1924) an absorbing golden age crime novel matching Wilkie Collins? high Victorian gothic to the agility of early jazz age fiction. This new edition, the first in over eighty years, features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. ?Not only a crime story of merit, but also a novel which will interest readers to whom mystery for its own sake has l
?I?ll have breakfast ready before you?re dressed,? Olive said, her mind full of bacon and eggs, tea, toast. ?Can?t stop,? Bobby told her. ?I?ve to be at Castle Wych at once.? ?What?s happened there?? ?Murder,? Bobby answered as he made for the door. Bobby Owen has left London and is now a policeman in the bucolic county of Wychshire. The local community is stunned when a missing heir returns to Castle Wych, determined to claim his inheritance. But following the ensuing dispute over his identity, Castle Wych plays host to murder. There are ten ?star clues? investigated by the resourceful Bobby, with help from his wife Olive, in this delightful and classic example of the golden age mystery novel. Ten Star Clues, originally published in 1941, is the fifteenth novel in the Bobby Owen mystery series. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. ?Mr E.R. Punshon is one of the most entertaining and readable of our sensational novelists because his characters really live and are not merely pegs from which a mystery depends.? Punch
When a disgraced businessman is nearly decapitated in a seedy restaurant, the blood trail leads reporter Luke Murphy to a series of dark secrets, concealed for decades in the New Mexico desert. ?Luke Murphy returned to Farmington, New Mexico to care for his ailing father, but a year later, his old man is dead, and Luke has stuck around. Working for the local newspaper, he's quickly learning that reporting the news in his old hometown often means reading between the lines of what people are willing to share with him on the record and off. But there's nothing like a murder to get people talking...?While covering a crime scene on the outskirts of town, Luke unwittingly stumbles onto a story forty years in the making. Whispered secrets suggest a cover-up spearheaded by the town's former mayor, a conspiracy involving a hometown hero, and a growing scandal known to just a handful of people - including Luke's late father. The farther Luke drills down, the harder the town's power-players fight to conceal the truth. It's a story as old as print, a tale of politics, greed, and murder, simmering under the hot sun in th
Alguien camina angustiado por el largo pasillo de una casa. Su familia le espera para comer. Es el día de Navidad. Entra en el salón y se tira por la ventana. A partir de ahí la narración retrocede veinticuatro horas para dar a conocer a los protagonistas de esta historia. Gabriel, un saxofonista recién salido de un manicomio. Don Jesús, un viejo anarquista con debilidad por las bombas caseras. José, un director de banco que lleva meses ocultando su despido. Y María, una jugadora de póquer que debe una importante suma de dinero a un mafioso de la Europa del Este. Navidades suicidas es un cruce de caminos repleto de humor, giros inesperados y situaciones extremas que llevarán a sus cuatro perdedores hasta una ventana abierta al vacío en plena comida de Navidad.