Category: Suspense/Thriller

A Justified Murder – Jude Deveraux

DORA FOUND THE BODY—and all she felt was annoyance. Now she’d have to find someone else to clean for to fill out the week. Mrs. Beeson—as she insisted on being called even though there was no evidence that she’d ever had a husband—had been a good employer. She always left a hundreddollar bill, always said […]

A Girl to Die For – Lucy Wild

HE’D LOWERED THE LIGHTS and closed the curtains before he began. The cruel wind outside howled as loudly as it could but inside the bedroom, it could barely be heard, the thickness of the glass keeping the winter out and the warm in. The roaring fire helped, not that Karen could see it through her […]

A Field Guide to Homicide – Lynn Cahoon

Late October can be the best or worst time to schedule a hike. Right now, the jury was out on Sunday’s activity for the participants of this month’s Warm Springs Writers’ Retreat. Seth Howard— Cat Latimer’s boyfriend, retreat driver, and, for this retreat, hiking guide—sat glued to his laptop. Cat watched him over her coffee […]

A Face in the Crowd – Kerry Wilkinson

Ben pats the breast pocket of his suit jacket, then his trouser pocket, his backside and his wrist. Keys, wallet, phone and watch. It’s the new head, shoulders, knees and toes. ‘Got everything?’ I ask, unable to come up with anything better to say. He checks his trouser pocket once more, removing his phone to […]

A Divided Loyalty – Charles Todd

London and Wiltshire February 1921 Ian Rutledge was walking down the stairs at Scotland Yard when he met Chief Inspector Leslie coming up them two at a time. “Markham in?” Leslie asked, pausing on the landing. “He was just stepping into his office as I came out of mine.” Rutledge didn’t add that he’d heard […]

A Dirty Job – Liliana Hart

“Where did the screams come from, ma’am?” Deputy Tessa Black stood under the porch overhang. The night wind whipped dead leaves around her boots. “Over there.” In the open doorway, Mrs. Driver lifted one hand from her walker and pointed behind Tessa. Tessa glanced over her shoulder. On the other side of a quarter-acre field, […]

A Bone to Pick – Melinda Leigh

“Where did the screams come from, ma’am?” Deputy Tessa Black stood under the porch overhang. The night wind whipped dead leaves around her boots. “Over there.” In the open doorway, Mrs. Driver lifted one hand from her walker and pointed behind Tessa. Tessa glanced over her shoulder. On the other side of a quarter-acre field, […]

A Better Man – Louise Penny

What’s happened to Clara Morrow? She used to be a great artist. #MorrowSucks Are you kidding me? They let him back into the Sûreté? #SûretéSux “Merde.” “Merde?” Myrna Landers looked over her bowl of café au lait at her friend. “I’m sorry,” said Clara Morrow. “I meant to say fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck.” “That’s my […]

9 Bodies Rolling – Stephanie Bond

“AND THIS PHONE has a dual aperture camera,” the sales guy said. Carlotta Wren squinted, thinking the smart phone he held looked pretty much like the other six sitting on the counter. In hindsight, she should’ve brought along her tech-nerd brother Wesley to help her choose. “Um… what’s a dual aperture?” Priscilla Wren lifted on […]

#Murdertrending – Gretchen McNeil

THE INSTANT DEE GUERRERA peeled open her eyelids and gazed around the dimly lit warehouse, she knew she was screwed. Fifty million people are about to watch me die. She lay on the concrete floor, its chill permeating her clothes, and recalled the insanity that had landed her here. Three weeks ago, the most important […]

A Deeper Darkness – J.T. Ellison

Eddie Donovan didn’t like crowds. Crowds were unpredictable, dangerous. Crowds held a multitude of malcontents, any one of which could be the death of him, in the most literal way. He was surrounded by people, and sweating. Despite the aviator-style Ray-Bans perched on his nose, the sun shone brightly in his eyes, making it harder […]

A Breath After Drowning – Alice Blanchard

KATE WOLFE’S 3 PM appointment stood in the doorway wearing a jaw-dropping miniskirt, a light blue tee, plaid knee socks, and chunky platform heels. Fifteen-year-old Nikki McCormack suffered from bipolar disorder. She believed that she was the center of the universe. She lived in a world of her own creation. “Hello, Nikki,” Kate said warmly. […]

A Darkness Absolute – Kelley Armstrong

We’ve been tracking Shawn Sutherland for almost two hours when the blizzard strikes. That’s the common phrasing. A storm hits. A blizzard strikes. Like a left hook out of nowhere. Except that’s not how it usually happens. There’s always warning. The wind picks up. The sky darkens. At the very least, you sense a weight […]

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