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They say you shouldn’t meet trouble halfway, but Inspector Danny Quirke never has to worry about that. Trouble always finds him.

When a house fire rocks his small town of Kildevil Cove, Danny’s inquiries into the house’s mysterious inhabitants prompt the dispatch of Inspecteur Blaise Pascal from Quebec.

Pascal arrives in perpetual ill humor, but he’s an expert on this particular family. If anyone can determine whether this is a missing persons case or something more sinister, it’s Pascal. 

Pity he doesn’t want to share.

Danny’s cop instincts say Pascal’s secrets are the key to solving this case. But before he can untangle that mystery, a local fishing trawler hauls up a dead body, and a murder victim is found eviscerated on his bed, a grisly message painted on the wall in his own blood. Are these deaths related to the house fire? Who is the message for? And can Danny find the culprit before they carry out the last act of their sinister plan?

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The Girl Whose Luck Ran Out

Ben Ames Case Files | Book One

Can a disillusioned former cop track down a missing girl before it’s too late?

Seven years ago, criminologist Ben Ames thought he’d change a big city police force from the inside. He failed. Now he’s a private detective trailing insurance frauds and cheating spouses through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Like police work, the job would be easier if he didn’t have a conscience.

When university student Kimberly Moy goes missing, her sister begs Ben to take the case. But before Ben can follow up on any leads—What does the Fibonacci series have to do with Kim’s disappearance? What do her disaffected friends know? And where is her car?—chance and bad timing drop his unexpected ex, Jesse, into the mix.

Ben doesn’t have time to train Jesse into the junior PI he seems determined to become. Amateur sleuths are always trouble. Unfortunately, this is turning out to be the kind of case that requires backup, and his intuition is telling him Kim’s story may not have a happy ending....

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Dirty Deeds (Deutsch)

Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi

Fortsetzung zu Dirty Laundry
Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi

Sheila Pinelli muss unschädlich gemacht werden. Nie zuvor hätte der zum Privatdetektiv gewordene ehemalige Polizist Cole McGinnis daran gedacht, einen Mord zu begehen. Doch vor sechs Monaten, als Jae-Mins Blut über seine Hände rann und der Tod an die Tür seines Liebsten klopfte, wurde die Ermordung von Sheila Pinelli deutlich weniger abwegig.


Während sich Sheila in einem verborgenen Winkel von Los Angeles versteckt, teilen Jae und Cole ein Bett, ein Haus und vor allem ihr Glück. Dass Jae von seiner traditionellen koreanischen Familie verstoßen wurde, hat ihre Beziehung überstanden und nun planen sie, sich ein neues Leben aufzubauen – vorzugsweise ohne die ständige Bedrohung durch Sheila im Hintergrund.

Obwohl die Polizei von Santa Monica Sheila nach einer Verhaftung irrtümlich auf freien Fuß setzt, hat Cole nun einen Hinweis auf ihren Aufenthaltsort. Bis die Spur ihn in ein verrücktes Netz aus Drogen, exotischen Frauen und Tod führt. Doch auch als alles schiefgeht, ist Cole entschlossen, die Frau zu finden, die er einst wie eine Schwester liebte, und sie endgültig aus ihrem Leben zu verbannen.

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Dark Souls

Kildevil Cove Murder Mysteries | Book Four

There’s trouble brewing in the cold waters of Kildevil Cove, and this time Danny Quirke may be hard put to stop it.

Due to his suspected association with his former boss’s human trafficking organization, Danny has been demoted and is no longer in charge. To make matters worse, he’s broken up with his partner, Tadhg... who may be in serious hot water himself. But then a faceless killer begins targeting Kildevil Cove’s most vulnerable, and Danny can’t refuse when his new boss asks him to take the case.

When Danny pulls a hypothermic young woman out of a small boat in the middle of a blizzard, she whispers a cryptic phrase about a man with no face. But who is he? What is his connection to the murders? And how is Danny going to solve the mystery while he’s the subject of an investigation that could end his career?

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Toby Kipton’s life is disintegrating. First he loses his job. Then, forced to leave the big city, he must return to his small hometown to bury his father.

It only gets stranger and more dangerous from there.

Toby becomes obsessed with his father’s mistress, a woman with whom his dad carried on a secret twenty-year affair. Unraveling the truth leads him deep into the nest of intrigue and vengeful gossip that plagues any small town, and soon Toby uncovers evidence that may tie his father to a local swingers’ club—and murder.

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A vampire succubus created during the Black Plague, Godfrey works as a Boston paramedic and battles loneliness and exhaustion as he fights to keep humanity safe from twin COVID and opioid epidemics.

He has always pursued that which provides him hope—medicine, the cello… love. But yielding to his feelings for his work partner, Trevor, would conflict with Godfrey’s complicated moral code. Instead he feeds on sexual energy when he must and investigates a drug ring in his spare time.

But even a vampire can’t ignore his feelings forever.

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Dead Woman's Revenge

Nearly Departed | Book Two

Flynn Dalton doesn’t want to be a hero. But for Genesis, she’ll do whatever it takes.

After her first, deadly brush with the paranormal, Flynn just wants to get back to her life: construction work, semiprofessional bowling, and her fiancée, Genesis. Unfortunately, Flynn’s abilities have caught the attention of the National Psychic Registry, and they have their own agenda. Wherever Flynn goes, the registry follows, setting up tests of her abilities, hounding her to attend the conference in Atlantic City for evaluation and training.

Flynn can handle the registry’s heavy-handed tactics, threats, and guilt trips. She’s even convinced herself she can deal with her own growing—and increasingly dangerous—powers. But the offer to heal the wounds she sustained in Dead Woman’s Pond, wounds that are making it almost impossible to do the work she loves, is much more tempting.

And if the registry learns of Gen’s addiction to dark magic, agreeing to do whatever the registry wants might be the only bargaining chip Flynn has left.

Unfortunately, the registry’s plans for her are much deadlier than a simple series of tests….

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Eruca

Arthropoda

There is no crime without witnesses

When Detective George Donovan and his eccentric partner, Detective Andi Hayes, need a break from their gruesome job, a hike seems like just the thing.

Unfortunately, the job catches up with them when they find three dead men in a lake.

When the promising clues dry up, George and Andi turn once more to Andi’s “gift”—but this time things aren’t so easy. Andi’s mysterious talents are growing stronger, making it harder to block out the barrage of information and taking a toll on his physical and mental health. The cryptic clues his informants offer are even more bizarre than the case itself. And the more they discover about the victims, the more uncomfortable the investigation becomes.

Torn between catching a killer and serving justice, between George’s career and Andi’s sanity, the detectives have their work cut out for them if they’re going to solve these murders.

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Dark Tide

Kildevil Cove Murder Mysteries | Book Three

A Kildevil Cove Murder Mystery

They say it never rains but it pours. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Inspector Danny Quirke would have to agree.

First someone murders a vulnerable Kildevil Cove man and dumps him in an abandoned well. Then the body of a sex-trafficking victim washes up on a nearby beach. Danny has to get to the bottom of both deaths, but with few leads and little support from his superiors, he’s spinning his wheels in a mud pit of a case. Vital resources go missing, witnesses disappear, and suspects proliferate.

Each step toward the truth brings him two steps back. Help comes in the form of Scottish investigator Martin Belshawe, but he may not be who he says he is, and someone in the highest echelons of the Newfoundland Constabulary is lying to Danny. Even Danny’s lover, Tadhg Heaney, whom he looks to for emotional support, seems to know more than he should about the shady characters who keep popping up in the investigation.

With time running out, Danny must decide who, if anyone, he can trust—before the sex traffickers claim their next victims. But on an island, there's no escaping the tide.

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Cole-McGinnis Krimi : Band 1 bis 3

Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi

Als der ehemalige Polizist und Privatdetektiv Cole McGinnis den Selbstmord des Sohnes eines erfolgreichen koreanischen Geschäftsmannes untersucht, führt ihn das in die Welt reicher, traditioneller Familien, die ein schmutziges Geheimnis der Art geheimhalten, mit dem sich Cole bestens auskennt. Es führt ihn auch in die Arme von Kim Jae-Min, dem Cousin des Opfers, und das könnte zu einem Problem werden, denn dessen Tod sieht mehr und mehr wie ein Mord aus, während Jae-Min das nächste Ziel zu sein scheint.

Kim Jae-Min zu lieben ist nicht immer leicht: Jae fürchtet sich davor, als offen schwuler Mann zu leben, während der zum Privatdetektiv gewordene ehemalige Polizist Cole McGinnis es nicht anders kennt. Als er damit beauftragt wird, einen schwulen Koreaner zu finden, der seit beinahe zwei Jahrzehnten verschwunden ist, segnet eine Person nach der anderen das Zeitliche – und ein geliebter Mensch könnte als Nächstes auf der Liste des Mörders stehen.

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The Rules of War

Gods of War | Book V

Gods of War: Book V

The final war is on the horizon.

Years ago Renaldo would have said all is fair in love and war. Now he’s sure nothing is. His husband, Casto, has left him, and without his touchstone, Renaldo cannot control his powers.

The loss could not come at a worse time. The Good Mother and her followers are stretching out in a power grab, dividing the forces of the Gods of War and putting their victory in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Casto has reached the ancient city of Quell’renar, where raw magic has been burned so deeply into the fabric of creation that no one can stay for any length of time. Delving into the past the city reveals to him shows Casto that he and Renaldo are not so different. But even if he accepts his role as Renaldo’s heart, there’s a long way to go before he’ll find any peace. Because Quell’renar itself is speaking to him, driving him to the brink of insanity….

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Dead Woman's Pond

Nearly Departed | Book One

2022 Goldie Award Finalist - Paranormal/Occult/Horror

No matter how Flynn Dalton tries to avoid it, the supernatural finds her.

At first it’s not so bad. Flynn’s girlfriend, Genesis, is a nationally known psychic, which makes Flynn uncomfortable for both paranormal and financial reasons, but she can handle it. As long as no one makes her talk about it.

Then, on her way home from her construction job, Flynn almost ends up the latest casualty of Festivity’s infamous Dead Man’s Pond. And when her ex-lover’s ghost appears to warn her away, things get a whole lot weirder.

Flynn might not like it, but the pond has fixated on her to be its next victim. If she wants to survive, she’ll have to swallow her pride, accept Gen’s help, and get much closer to the psychic realm—and her own latent psychic abilities—than she ever wanted.

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Dirty Laundry (Deutsch)

Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi

Fortsetzung zu Dirty Secret
Ein Cole-McGinnis-Krimi

Für den zum Privatdetektiv gewordenen ehemaligen Polizisten Cole McGinnis bringt jeder Tag eine neue Herausforderung mit sich. Leider sind die meisten davon mit Schmerz und Tod verbunden. Seine Büroleiterin und Ersatzmutter Claudia erholt sich noch von einer Schussverletzung, als sein heimlich schwuler Freund Kim Jae-Min sich plötzlich um seine jüngere Schwester kümmern muss. Währenddessen hat Cole eigene Geschwisterprobleme – vor allem einen geheimnisvollen Halbbruder aus Japan, den sein älterer Bruder Mike unbedingt mit offenen Armen willkommen heißen möchte.

Als wäre sein Privatleben nicht dramatisch genug, taucht Madame Sun in seinem Büro auf – eine Wahrsagerin, deren Kunden besorgniserregend häufig ums Leben kommen. Da die Polizei ihre Vermutung, dass es jemand auf ihre Kunden abgesehen hat, nicht ernst nimmt, möchte sie Cole beauftragen. Nachdem er ursprünglich nur zustimmt, um sie zu beruhigen, findet sich Cole bald in einem gordischen Knoten aus Lug und Trug wieder, in dem nichts ist wie vermutet und Madame Suns einzige Karte der Tod zu sein scheint.

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Quando l’ex poliziotto Cole McGinnis indaga sull’apparente suicidio del figlio di un importante uomo d’affari coreano, si ritrova nel mondo delle ricche famiglie tradizionaliste che nascondono il tipo di segreto che Cole conosce bene da tutta la vita. Si ritrova anche tra le braccia di Kim Jae-Min, cugino della vittima. Potrebbe diventare un problema, perché la morte dell’uomo assomiglia sempre meno a un suicidio, e Jae-Min assomiglia sempre più al prossimo obiettivo.

Amare un uomo non dichiarato non è sempre facile, ma Cole non ha tempo di dedicarsi alle questioni personali irrisolte di Jae-Min. Quando viene incaricato di ritrovare un uomo gay coreano scomparso vent’anni prima, i cadaveri cominciano ad ammucchiarsi attorno a lui. Una persona che Cole ama rischia di essere il prossimo bersaglio dell’assassino.

Forse Cole riuscirà a risolvere il mistero, ma c’è sempre un nuovo caso…

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Sin and Tonic (Français)

Sinners (Français) | Tome 6
Série Sinners (Français)

Suite d'Absinthe of Malice
Série Sinners Tome 6

Miki St John croyait que les fins heureuses n’existaient que dans les contes de fées jusqu’à ce que sa vie prenne quelques virages inattendus… et désormais il a trouvé la sienne.

Son meilleur ami, Damien, est de retour d’entre les morts, et leur nouveau groupe, Crossroads Gin, grimpe en flèche dans les charts. Miki peut compter sur un compagnon solide et affectueux nommé Kane Morgan – un inspecteur de la police de San Francisco, doté d’une grande famille irlandaise qui le considère comme l’un des leurs – et son chien Mec se tient à ses côtés.

Hélas, quelqu’un essaye de le tuer.

De vieilles loyautés et d’anciennes rancunes émergent du sombre et mystérieux passé de Chinatown. Miki lutte pour faire face à l’abandon de sa mère décédée, aux secrets et au meurtre brutal de cette dernière, alors qu’il est traqué par un meurtrier énigmatique qui pourrait avoir des liens avec elle.

L’affaire atterrit entre les mains de Kane. Miki et lui sont entraînés dans un jeu mortel du chat et de la souris. Quand Miki est forcé d’affronter ses démons personnels et les horreurs de son enfance, une seule chose est certaine : la rock star et son flic sont déterminés à se battre pour leur avenir et à survivre aux démons menaçants du passé de Miki.

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The Cutie-Pie Murders

BJ Vinson Mysteries

A BJ Vinson Mystery

When BJ Vinson agrees to investigate the murder of young Mateo Zapata, he knows it will be a tough case. Not only is the victim’s uncle Zancon the mob underboss BJ took down six years earlier, but Matt seems to be the third victim of a depraved serial killer who debauches his victims before strangling them.

BJ and his team—including his lover, journalist Paul Barton—start down a long and tangled road while the killer strikes again and again with seeming impunity. His sterile semen offers no DNA for identification, nor is it clear how he finds his victims.

Park House, a new near-downtown apartment high-rise, could be the key to the mystery, but BJ can’t find the lock it fits. However, his search stirs up old resentments and new dangers. At any moment Zancon, impatiently waiting in the New Mexico State Penitentiary to exact his revenge, could decide to take matters into his own hands. And poking around in the case has excited the killer’s lust for Paul, whose eagerness to help stop the killings puts him in the path of certain death—unless BJ can reach him in time….

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Dark Mire

Kildevil Cove Murder Mysteries | Book Two

A Kildevil Cove Murder Mystery

You never know what trouble will rise from the bog.

When the body of an unidentified woman is found in a Newfoundland bog, Inspector Danny Quirke must scramble his team of investigators to find her killer. But what initially seems like a straightforward case soon becomes mired in a tangled web of lies and deliberate obfuscation.

With the strange mutilation of the body—one eye gouged out completely—evidence seems to lead to a fringe religious group with bizarre beliefs. But while the pathologist indicates mushroom poisoning as the cause of death, Danny thinks circumstances point to something more sinister—especially when he begins to receive anonymous messages with links to horrific pictures of damaged human eyes.

Three more bodies join the first, with seemingly nothing to link them but a little girl in a yellow party dress who flits in and out of the mystery like a creature from the old legends. Then an old friend from his childhood reappears, and Danny is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about his own nearest and dearest.

On an island, everyone is a suspect…

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Dark Water

Kildevil Cove Murder Mysteries | Book One

A Kildevil Cove Murder Mystery

They say trouble comes in threes. Detective Danny Quirke is already mourning his wife and mired in an internal investigation that will likely spell the end of his career. Now he must return to the Newfoundland fishing village of his youth to bury his abusive grandfather. At least his three are up. Right?

Then the bones of local boy Llewellyn Single, drowned thirty years before, wash up on the beach, and secrets Danny thought were buried forever rise violently to the surface. Only two people know what really happened: Danny Quirke and his former best friend, millionaire Tadhg Heaney.

Danny and Tadhg have been bitter enemies for years. But when Danny is accused of Llewellyn’s murder, he needs Tadhg’s help exposing the truth—before those who believe he is responsible get their revenge.

After all, on an island, nothing stays secret forever….

 

Previously published by Dreamspinner Press as Wind and Dark Water, March 2020.

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