Young widow Rose Larabee tells herself life goes on each day, as she has to be both mother and father to her two young children, a task that leaves little time for new romance. That’s why she’s surprised to find the simple, homemade valentine in her mailbox, a paper heart with no signature. It could be a sweet reminder, but for Rose, the red heart has special significance,a link to a secret she shares with two other women.A secret that has just gotten one of them brutally murdered.Now, as the phone rings in the night, playing a song that sends chills down Rose’s spine, and more heart-shaped gifts arrive mysteriously, the young mother is determined to protect her family from a threat she cannot see but knows is out there watching. And as another woman is killed, it becomes clear that each valentine is not the gift of a secret admirer but a warning from a twisted madman who’s getting closer to the very heart of her deepest fears.
AUTHOR: WENDY CORSI STAUB
TITLE: SHE LOVES ME NOT
Jack Noble is an Assassin for hire,a Thief and a Spy. Described by his associates as a man who has no feelings, passes no judgement, and feels no remorse. So why the hell did he stop to help a lost child moments before he was to meet with one of the top crime bosses on the East coast. A simple decision that now places Jack in unfamiliar territory where he has become the hunted.
AUTHOR: L.T. RYAN
TITLE: NOBLE INTENTIONS
Detective Chief Inspector Victor Moyes and his second in command Sergeant Victoria Morgan. Their love of dancing is in stark contrast to their everyday working relationship and their arrangement of spending the occasional night of passion together. Neither was in love with the other but they used each other’s bodies in order to satisfy their own needs. Spending the odd night with Victoria was Victor’s only weakness but his mistrust in women didn’t allow
AUTHOR: PETER KIRBY
TITLE: MURDER BY POST
Japanese-American Ellie Rush is a rookie LAPD bicycle cop with aspirations to be a detective. Ellie’s inspiration is her aunt, who’s the highest-ranking Asian officer in the LAPD. Assigned to porta-potty street patrol during the Chinese New Year parade, Ellie is close to the alley where a dead body is discovered. Ellie fears the murdered woman may be a former classmate who’s been reported missing and she’s right.Assigned to work on the case by her aunt, who seems to have ulterior motives, Ellie starts contacting Jenny’s friends for answers including Ellie’s ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Choi, proved useful. Jenny’s boyfriend, controversial artist Tuan Le, becomes a prime suspect and he asks Ellie for help. Ellie finds herself navigating a personal and professional minefield when she’s assigned to work on the case with handsome Det. Cortez Williams. But the deeper she probes, the more questions arise. And the closer she comes to the truth, the closer she is to becoming a victim of the killer.
AUTHOR: NAOMI HIRAHARA
TITLE: MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE
According to legend, Mary Jane was hanged as a witch and still haunts her grave. But when a teenage girl is found brutally murdered there, locals insist it’s the ghost of Mary Jane out for revenge. But CeeCee is determined to find the real human killer. It’s up to her to hunt down the very real killer before he strikes again. Her investigation will take her across the country and land her deep in the middle of a secret so shocking the locals have kept it hidden for a hundred years. With her career and her life on the line, CeeCee will have to face her darkest fears if she wants to uncover the truth about Mary Jane’s Grave.
AUTHOR: STACY DITTRICH
TITLE: MARY JANE’S GRAVE
GENRE: Thriller,Conspiracy cover-Ups
Piper Donovan, is a struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement. Reluctantly, she moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. Piper steps tentatively into the family bakery business, and finds herself agreeing to create the wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon deadly things start happening around the bride-to-be and it seems that somebody is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding.With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. As she narrows in on a suspect, Piper realizes that it’s hotter in the kitchen than she may be able to handle.
AUTHOR: MARY JANE CLARK
TITLE: TO HAVE AND TO KILL
The morning after Halloween the city of St. Paul awakens to find that a serial killer terrorizing the blue-collar working women of University Avenue has struck for the fifth time. The citizens of St. Paul are on edge.
Thirty-two-year-old fourth-generation St. Paul Homicide Detective Michael “Mac” McRyan thought his day was going to be less stressful. His day would involve paper work, coffee, and maybe even an early trip to the pub. Then his cell phone tells him his day is about to change. A body has been found in a high-end condominium between Summit and Grand Avenues; and it’s not just anyone. “Your day just got worse,” Mac tells his captain.The victim is Claire Daniels, the Twin Cities’ most prominent political and investigative reporter. Claire was stunningly attractive. She had blonde hair, blue eyes and a curvaceous body she worked on relentlessly. Claire was the desire of every man in town.With the Daniels murder on top of the latest serial killer attack, the political and media pressure on the St. Paul Police Department only builds and places Mac in the middle of a dangerous and high-stakes murder investigation that will ultimately have national political and security implications.
AUTHOR: ROGER STELLJES
TITLE: THE ST.PAUL CONSPIRACY
Following his showdown with”Officer Jones,” JP Warner hopes to settle into the life he’s always dreamed of, in his hometown with the love-of-his-life Gwen Delaney. But his past keeps tugging at him, unable to shake the need to get justice for his friend Byron Jasper, who was paralyzed during their final assignment for GNZ News. At the same time, a group calling itself Huddled Masses has begun terrorizing the US, targeting its wealthiest citizens in response to economic inequality. For JP, both elements come together like a perfect storm that he finds himself in the middle of. He must battle the past and present, all while putting his future with Gwen at risk.
AUTHOR: DEREK CICCONE
TITLE: HUDDLED MASSES
In the midst of a Swedish winter, a young mother is found murdered behind her son’s nursery.She is the fourth victim with the same characteristics: a young mother, stabbed from behind. Meanwhile, her husband Thomas is attending an international conference in Nairobi, Kenya. As a journalist, Annika Bengtzon is often on the frontline, witness to the darkness humans are capable of. But this time it’s different. It’s personal.The official held to ransom is her husband and she must meet the extreme demands of his kidnappers if she is to bring him home.And what of the Swedish mother slain in the snow? As the murder spree in Stockholm continues, Annika is dragged into a violent hostage situation that shakes both Europe and East Africa. When their unreasonable demands are rejected, the kidnappers begin to execute the hostages, one by one. Until her killer is found, no one is safe.
AUTHOR: LIZA MARKLUND
The sheriff’s department arrested a man for a possible double homicide when an accident happened in the rural Wyoming, but further investigations suggested a much more horrifying discovery a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing, and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years.The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception but can he be believed? The FBI took over the case, but this time they’re forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behavior psychologist and lead detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD Robert Hunter is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man.These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could have foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed until now.
AUTHOR: CHRIS CARTER
TITLE: AN EVIL MIND