The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Police:
‘Matt shivered at the odd mix of images. It was almost as if they had the copper’s nightmare to deal with - a child’s murder. Except this was no innocent child but a young woman, he would guess around twenty-two and with everything to live for. Though it was obvious she was a woman, the bows in her hair, her pink party dress and white ankle socks said she was a little girl.’
Detective Inspector Matt Turrell returns from honeymoon to face the most bizarre and dangerous case of his career after the body of a woman is found at a luxury spa near Stratford-upon-Avon. However, struggling within the confines of his new marriage, and haunted by a past mistake, Matt finds it difficult to concentrate.
Killer, Clive Draper, is a clever, ambiguous character whose motives and personality is not beyond empathy. Empowered by his first kill, Clive uses his charm to draw further victims into his net. Seeing Matt as his mortal enemy, he uses his charisma to lure Matt’s new wife into his snare.
With the danger coming ever closer to home, Matt finds himself drawn into a deadly duel, where he must put his own life on the line and where the stakes have never been higher.
Urge to Kill is the first in a series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a rich psychological thriller with great character development of both the detective and the serial killer. The reader quickly becomes engaged in the epic battle between the two men. The book is set within the historic district of Stratford-upon-Avon.
An urban legal/crime novel set in the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh.
Part I of The Parliament House book series - 2nd Edition
When Glaswegian Brogan McLane completes many years of university education and legal training he crosses that great divide from Glasgow to Edinburgh. 'Called' to the Bar of the Scottish Supreme Court, he becomes a member of the most prestigious club in Scotland; The Faculty of Advocates in Parliament House.When High Court Judge, Lord Aldounhill, is found dead after a transvestite party in his sumptuous home, those who know the killer close ranks and need a scapegoat – who better than 'outsider' Brogan McLane?Out on bail with his career on hold, McLane and his band of blood brothers in the Calton Bar in Glasgow need to get ahead of their enemies or McLane will go down for life after Trial. But every time they discover a piece of evidence, it seems there is a mirror image to contradict it.Through the murky world of Russian controlled transvestite hotels and with some unexpected police and judicial help, McLane battles against 'Low Life in High Places in the Old Town' until the killer is found.But well protected and knowing all the tricks, will the killer ever stand trial in Parliament House
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Are you sure you could tell the difference between murder and suicide?
Having had more than enough of the big city, Detective Charlie McClung moves to a small town looking for a simpler life. Turns out his first case is the most complicated of his career.
A young woman is found shot and while everyone is telling him suicide, his gut, and the dead woman’s beautiful neighbor, are telling him something quite different.
How far can he dig before he uncovers secrets never meant to be unearthed? Throw in a shady police chief and an unexpected love interest and McClung quickly finds himself with more trouble than he ever imagined.
What people are saying about Brilliant Disguise.
“This is a story of a cop and a widow, real people, flawed and relatable, living day to day as best they can, who find love despite being thrown into the middle of a juicy murder mystery. I say that's my kind of story.” ~Tracy Rud~ Author of SEA BEGGAR.
“Brilliant Disguise is a first-rate mystery that harkens you back to the days of Agatha Christie. You’ll feel a sense of nostalgia as you immerse yourself in the story, investigating alongside Det. McClung and eagerly awaiting clues at every turn. It’s an edge-of-your-seat whodunit!” ~Monique Michelle Mason ~Author of Moving at the Speed of Single
Criminal justice fails. The street takes over. Heinous crime. Brutal and barbaric perpetrators. Overworked police and forensics investigators. The criminal justice system stretched and unable to cope. A residential neighbourhood where vigilante justice replaces the institutions of law and order. As things fall apart, Detective 'Nights' Mashego investigates. But he carries his own dark burden...
This is a thriller of the “How&Why’d they do it?” category and the book stands alone with its intriguing trail of catch-up between the police and the criminals. It's in the "Columbo style" of a mystery where you see the crime committed then watch all of the recriminations unfold around it while detective Shantra pieces clues together and tracks down the felons.
A crime that goes badly wrong in its execution, and goes on to tragically affect the local school community, produces a trail of chaos. It’s a winding trail that the reader must try to follow and which two ex-pupils from the school, one a detective and the other his violent quarry, take around Britain only to end at its shocking conclusion.
In So What Do I Do?, the third novel in the So What! series, we see the return of a few of readers' favourite characters from the previous books. Constable Nigel Shantra returns as a detective, determined to bring to justice Kyle Crabbe, the psychotic adversary of his from the first So What! novel. And just what does a class of cheeky chimps, and a large black spider monkey, have to do with the traumatic events surrounding Hodgson's Hide - the legacy of retired Technology teacher Gil Hodgson?
Molly is back also, now as an experienced teacher and a new mum. She's trying to come to terms with the major changes planned for Birch Green High School, while she and Oliver have dramatic plans of their own that could seriously affect both their careers. Still anxious to save the natural environment and its wildlife, Molly is also troubled by the plight of the neglected children of the world and climate change. Is she ever going to settle down to a blissful life of domesticity with her family when so many problems insist on grabbing her attention?
When a conspiracy to defraud the local populace, devised by two apparently respectable but unscrupulous pillars of the community, goes disastrously wrong it results in an intriguing case for detective constable Shantra to solve. The traumatic events that ensue will prove to affect the haplessly incompetent pair of criminal perpetrators, hired by the swindling conspirators, as well as the teachers and pupils of Birch Green High School.
Recently promoted Molly discovers that the pressures of helping newly qualified teachers, like James Gibborn, to cope with unruly classes bear no comparison to the eventual strain that she and her colleagues experience when an ex-pupil of the school decides it’s time for payback. This bullying past enemy of Nigel Shantra and his brother, Adam, will prove to be far more ruthless and cruel than anyone could have imagined in order to achieve his criminal ambitions. But he is just as likely to turn his attention towards anyone who upsets his plans, with terrifying consequences for those who won’t comply with his wishes.
For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family.
“Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma”
Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life, revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.
Praises for “A Good Girl”
“Is there anything more fun to read than a book that’s equal parts captivating mystery and charming romance? A GOOD GIRL will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing and will warm you to your bones as Marian and Charlie, meant for each other, race to the end. I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Gretchen Archer ~ USA Today Bestselling Author of the Davis Way Crime Capers
“This fast-paced mystery is so captivating and well written it draws you in from the beginning! Strong, vibrant characters and a gripping plot, will keep you wanting more and reading until the very end. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this terrific series.” ~ Shelley’s Book Case
“A heart-tugging thriller laced with suspense, mystery, and romance all packed into one. Edwards masterfully entwines a murder mystery in a remote small town. With its chilling tale of a surprising twist, turns and loads of humor that will delight you to the end. A real page-turner, this book was hard to put down.” ~ Tabitha Jones ~ A Closet Full of Books
“A Good Girl should go at the top of your reading list. An intriguing whodunit with a warm romance running through it, A Good Girl features memorable characters and a charming setting, with enough clues to keep you guessing until the end. Get to know Detective Charlie McClung, his Irish clan, and Marion, his true love – you’ll be happy to make their acquaintance.”
~ Tina Whittle ~ Author of the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver Mysteries
“A Good Girl is the element of an Irish treasure trove. The Charlie McClung Mystery series is a twist of romance, mystery, suspenseful "whodunit" pot of gold.” ~ Marie Nicoll ~ Destinys Book
A top police investigative unit breaks an illegal gambling operation in the context of rampant police corruption and drug-fuelled gangster violence in the city. Lead detective Jeremy Ryder is a physically powerful, quiet and meticulous investigator. His partner Navi Pillay is a small and exceptionally strong Tamil martial arts instructor, and she provides the speed and physical power to complement Ryder's incisive sleuthing abilities. Together with their other detective colleagues Ryder and Pillay crack open two interwoven criminal operations. There are two key villains. One is a corrupt murderous senior police officer at the heart of the illegal gambling operation and the other is a sinister and violent gangster dealing in drugs and murder. Each of them presides over lesser criminals and each of them controls separate domains of corruption until their paths cross in a spectacular climax.
Manchester-based Serena, now eighteen and pregnant, discovers the shocking reason why Tile X has befriended her. She doesn’t like what she hears. Mayhem ensues, with a retired Irish police superintendent becoming more involved than perhaps he should have. The Hostile Game is the third book in The Hostile series of gripping paranormal crime thrillers. Each book in this unusual series can be read as a standalone.
Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
Four hot crime thrillers in a single boxset - a series that was ranked #1 in Crime Thrillers, #2 in Assassination Thrillers, and #3 in Police Procedurals in a free promotion on Amazon in December 2018. Each volume is also separately available in paperback, on Kindle or as an audiobook. Although they each stand as independent stories, together they form an overall cohesive narrative. Detective Jeremy Ryder and his colleagues pursue heinous criminals into the depths of the criminal underworld. Readers of the individual volumes have hailed them as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.
When Kathy Wylde sets out to take revenge on the gang of youths who kicked her son, Jack, to death, she finds herself on the wrong side of a vicious and dangerous criminal...
As Detective Inspector Matt Turrell, of the Warwickshire Police, investigates the first gang member's death, another is brutally murdered. DI Turrell and his team must move fast to protect anyone connected to Jack's murder - including Kathy.
Unaware that she is now the hunted and in grave danger, Kathy selects Harry as her next victim but soon finds herself growing fond of the young man. With the killer drawing close, will the unlikely pair be able to work together in an attempt to survive? Can DI Turrell stop the killer before he strikes again? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save them?
Echoes of Justice is the second in the series of novels featuring DI Matt Turrell of the Warwickshire Police. It is a psychological thriller/police procedural set in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.
Where can you hide when you’re trapped on a cruise ship with a killer?
Detective Charlie McClung had planned on a relaxing honeymoon cruise with his new bride. Finding a dead woman in the cabin next door was not on the itinerary.
Like it or not, McClung is pulled into an investigation that has plenty of suspects and a murder weapon he’s never seen before.
To make matters even worse, it looks as though the killer may have identified McClung’s new bride as his next target.
Trapped together on the high seas, it’s now a matter of survival and a race against time.
What people are saying about “Criminal Kind.”
“Marian and Charlie McClung are the best crime-fighting couple since Jennifer and Jonathan Hart. CRIMINAL KIND, the third in this wonderful series, is like taking a vacation. A vacation with murder. The setting is gorgeous, the mystery masterful, and if you think you know whodunit, you'll never guess how. I'm a huge fan.” ~ Gretchen Archer ~ Author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Caper Series
"Oh, the shenanigans! Charlie and Marian's honeymoon with a touch of murder kept me entertained to the very last page. Kick back, pour an umbrella drink, and tag along with the delightful McClungs as they track down an ingenious cruise ship killer." ~ Alice Loweecey ~ Author of the Giulia Driscoll mysteries
“The story leads you through a maze not of who done it, but of who would have. Marian and Charlie do it again ... balancing their love for each other while hunting down a truly creative and diabolical killer.” ~ Marlene Patterson ~ A Cozy Girl Reads
After shooting and killing his nephew, a gunman runs wild in a London park. What drives Edward to commit such heinous acts? Who will survive yet another of his moments of madness? The action takes place in Jersey, Cornwall, Manchester, London and other places not of this world. Set in 2015, Random Bullets is a crime thriller with a paranormal twist.
If I tell you that I was disinherited by my crazy father, you might understand why I feel a degree of sympathy for Edward. I was interviewed in February 2016 by two BBC Radio 4 producers as part of their Analysis programme on the subject of Inheritance. They’d heard that my book, Random Bullets, deals with the subject of disinheritance and its aftermath.
"Action-packed, thought-provoking, a real ride. I couldn't put it down," "crime with a twist," "An insightful look behind the many faces we wear, and how burning resentments can take you into madness and murder," "Kinetic... really zips along at a pace, I was really drawn in" are just a few of the reader reviews that Random Bullets has received.
Random Bullets is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook editions.
"The third instalment of the Roy Groves story sees Ray Green also continue his impressive evolution as an established author. This particular episode includes the usual business-like themes featured in the first two books, but with an added injection of adrenaline-pumping, thrilling adventure ... "
Chuck Kabel is on a business trip to China, visiting the factory to which his UK-based company subcontracts the manufacture of its products. He unexpectedly collapses and dies at the airport before he is able to report on his visit. When the Chinese authorities are evasive about the exact cause of death, the suspicions of his boss, Roy Groves, are raised.
Roy decides to investigate further; it soon becomes clear that there are serious financial irregularities within the Chinese company, and that dark forces are in play, intent on ensuring that these do not come to light. When Roy edges closer to uncovering the truth, he is warned off but refuses to back down, unaware that he is about to confront the Chinese Mafia, who will stop at nothing to achieve their objectives.
When his own family are targeted by his opponents, Roy embarks on a desperate battle to protect them, now well aware that if he should turn to the police their lives will be in even greater danger.
Chinese Whispers is a frightening tale of organised crime and the way in which it uses and abuses legitimate business for its own illegal purposes, relentlessly destroying the lives of anyone who stands in the way.
Holiday for The Hostile, the second book in The Hostile series, is probably even stranger than the first. It can be read as a stand-alone. Serena, plus her unusual friend and partner in crime, Tile X, reluctantly find themselves suffering a family holiday at her eccentric grandfather’s hovel in Ireland. Who will escape intact from their dramatic holiday from Hell? A gripping paranormal crime thriller with a splash of horror. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
After midnight on a moonlit beach six policemen led by a top detective execute four criminals who have perpetrated the most heinous rape, mutilation and murder of a young woman. The police are unaware that there is a witness to the executions. The action that follows is set against dubious tactical, ethical and sometimes criminal choices faced by the central characters. The reader is left with a stark image of moral ambiguity as the police struggle to maintain courageous and precarious control of the crime that engulfs them, and the work of ‘plain dealing’ cops comes under scrutiny. The third book in The Ryder Quartet takes the reader on an emotional and action-packed journey through the choices made by police in their day-to-day confrontation with rampant and brutal crime in contemporary South Africa.
Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good ole family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland’s case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain is one can't run from sin for karma is much faster.
This sequel to the action-packed ‘Devil Dealing’ depicts the ongoing search by detectives Jeremy Ryder and Navi Pillay for the evil gangster Skhura Thabethe, dealer in stolen weapons, drugs and murder. The secondary plot shows the detectives uncovering a link between stolen weapons and the local trade in drugs. The two main plots unfold in strictly-organised chronological sequence over ten days until a climactic ending when the two narrative-lines coalesce in a spectacular confrontation between the detectives and the two main villains. Against a background of delicate emotional exchanges between victims of crime and the police, 'Gun Dealing', like its predecessor, explores the moral and ethical choices made by the detectives in their day-to-day confrontation with rampant and brutal crime in contemporary South Africa.
A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Novel
The Sequel to Father of Lies
Following the hypnosis of violently disturbed psychiatric patient, Ruby Dean, an unholy dark force was unleashed on the medical staff who tried to help her. Now only one of the original team remains - Ward Sister, Becky.
Despite her fiancé, D.I. Ross, being unconscious and many of her colleagues either dead or critically ill, Becky is determined to rescue Ruby's twelve year old daughter from a similar fate to her mother. But no one asking questions in the desolate mining village Ruby descends from ever comes to a good end. And as the diabolical history of the area is gradually revealed, it seems the evil invoked is now both real and contagious.
Don't turn the lights out yet!
You can run from your past, but what do you do when your past tries to kill you?
Detective Charlie McClung finds his wife’s best friend standing over a dead body, bloody knife clutched in her hand. He can’t believe she’s guilty but it’s hard to believe she’s innocent with the victim’s blood dripping on her shoes.
Torn between his sense of duty and his devotion to his wife, each road he travels down seems to fork into ten directions.
Praises for Sins of My Youth.
"What do you do when the evidence points to your best friend? You drop everything. Newlywed Marion McClung’s search for the truth follows the twisted branches of a tortured family tree in Sins of My Youth. A must-read.” — Gretchen Archer, author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Capers
“Sins of My Youth is a wonderful crime story tied up with family and friends everyone wants to protect. The kind of story that makes you dive into the pages and not come out until all the threads are pulled together at the end. A first-rate mystery and a superb ending that will have you remembering all the clues you should have caught along the way.” — Ritter Ames, author of the USA Today Bestselling Organized Mysteries and the Bodies of Art Mysteries
"Edwards deftly reveals layers of secrets and lies in this page-turner. Charlie McClung fans will gobble it up." — LynDee Walker, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of Cover Shot
“Mary Anne Edwards manages to captivate the reader in her latest book, Sins of My Youth, written in painstakingly intricate detail, helping the reader clearly envision the various settings and the characters involved. Edwards has a gift for taming the written word into works of literary genius that play on human emotions while inserting a sense of humor, combined with realism. Readers are strung along like puppets as new twists and turns are infused into the storyline, culminating in an ending that will leave you breathless!” — Jennifer L. Roche, author of the bestselling book Healing Ties Book One in the Ties Series & CEO of Rainbows of Happiness LLC
The Charlie McClung Mysteries have another heart-racing, page-turning, I can't stop reading this book with Sins of My Youth. I look forward to reading the next book with Charlie and Marian and the McClung clan. — Shelby Culbertson, Book Reviewer
Do you know what it’s like to feel someone stalking you, shadowing every move you make?
For months now, Detective Charlie McClung and his wife have been tormented by an elusive figure, toying with them, almost daring the detective to catch him.
Any hopes that this is the work of a harmless prankster vanish when an innocent man is found brutally murdered.
McClung will go to any lengths to protect his family, but how far is too far?
What people are saying about Flirting With Time
“Haunting, but in a good way. Twisty, turny, and full of heart."
~Gretchen Archer - author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Capers
“Fans of Nick and Nora, fans of Tracy and Hepburn—rejoice. You’ll love Marian and Charlie. The talented Mary Anne Edwards weaves a charming, entertaining and delightfully romantic tale of small-town deceit. It’s as if Agatha Christie wrote Hart to Hart—and happy readers will eagerly await the next page-turning puzzle.”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan - Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity winning mystery author. Emmy-winning journalist.
“Mary Anne Edwards has written a classic whodunit, but the deeper mystery at its heart is who and how we love. Tender, fast-paced, and rich in character, Flirting With Time delivers malice and warmth in equal measure.”
~Tina Whittle – Bestselling author of the Tai Randolph Mysteries
Brogan McLane QC uncovers the despicable deeds of The Earl of Marchion who owes £7.8m in Death Duties and who thought he could kidnap an 11 year old African girl and use her to smuggle and cheat his way out of paying those taxes. Hiding in his world of privilege, he didn't reckon on the strongest ties of all: the love of a new mother and the legal skills of her husband Brogan McLane in Parliament House.
The story begins in an African forest with a desperate father trying to save his children from being butchered. When faced with no other choice, he sells the children to a diamond smuggler.
Through dark days of prostitution and slavery in Edinburgh one of those children comes under the protective wings of Mr and Mrs McLane. The battle between justice and injustice rages for months until, finally faced with deportation of the child they've come to love, McLane has an idea of how to play a legal Ace card.
Tina is young, her four children all in foster care. Charged with attempting to murder the youngest,her baby,she swears her innocence, and that of her boyfriend, Smiddy. Trouble is,he's a heroin dealer and she was one of his regular customers. Will they receive justice in the High Court of Parliament House in Edinburgh ? Can Brogan McLane find his way through the chaos of his clients' lives, and political cover ups to discover the truth of what really happened to Baby Luke ??
More Low Life in High Places in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
The third novel in the Parliament House Books series featuring Brogan McLane.
"Mediterranean Noir with a comic twist."
Roy Groves has led a colourful career in business, during which he battled with corporate politics, deception, and even vicious criminals. But now Roy has retired and he is looking forward to a quieter life. He and his wife, Donna, have bought an apartment in an exclusive development on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
He soon learns, however, that there are financial problems: the community is, in effect, bankrupt. Roy is persuaded to take on the role of president of the community, confident that, with his extensive business experience, he should easily be able to sort things out. It soon becomes clear, however, that nothing is as simple as it seems.
As he tries to come up with a rescue plan, Roy discovers that a poorly-constructed retaining wall has begun to collapse, threatening the development with a landslide. And this is just the start …
As the problems mount up, one after the other, Roy becomes entangled with an astonishingly diverse cast of characters: the devious building developer; the vengeful former President; the Russian prostitute, and her mafia minders; the deranged Middle-Eastern doctor; the devastatingly glamorous French girl who moves in next door; and many more ...
Horizontal Living is an illuminating insight into the shenanigans which pervade an ex-pat community abroad: sometimes hilarious, sometimes hard to believe, but sometimes darkly disturbing.
A humorous, animal detective story for 7-12 year-olds
When Mrs Canary’s eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Mole’s hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon PI, who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services – after all, isn’t he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owl’s Court, where Leon springs his final surprise…
Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuire’s illustrations capture the story’s humour, while portraying the animals as they really are.
The Trouble With Liam is a powerful psychological thriller set in Ireland and Sheffield. It tells the life story of Liam O’Sullivan in all its twisted glory. It begins with tales of his challenging childhood in Dublin and follows him through the tragic events which change him into a misogynistic, controlling, ultimately lethal bully living in Sheffield. Liam thought he could do as he pleased until he was taught otherwise. Prepare to be shocked in different ways throughout the book. If you enjoy lashings of dark humour, situations to make your eyes pop out, thrills of every kind, all wrapped up in a gripping, dramatic storyline, please read on.
A humorous, animal detective story for 7-12 year-olds.
When Mr Woodland Mouse mysteriously disappears, Constable Mole is quick to enlist the help of Leon Chameleon, Private Investigator, whose expertise enabled the Pigeon Valley Police to solve the case of the missing canary eggs.
After organising a search, Leon realises that there is only one creature in the valley who can spring the captured mouse from his prison. But just when he thinks Mr Woodland Mouse is safely on his way home, the plan goes horribly wrong..."
All the animal details of food, habits, and lifestyle are true to nature (apart from Constable Mole’s sunglasses!) and the animals solve the crimes using their own natural abilities. Children will absorb much knowledge of the small creatures of Africa without being aware of it.
A section of interesting facts has been added to this second detective story in the Leon Chameleon PI series. It provides valuable and little-known information on chameleons, moles and other creatures featured in the story.
'The woman’s cries floated down the passage and bubbled out through the front door in helpless, anguished, tortured spasms. For Ryder it was a sound that echoed down the ages. The horror of mothers from any species that might ever have lived on the planet: a parent trying to deal with the impossible. The death of her young ones: it was a sound to chill the blood.'
After three months in prison a notorious killer escapes. Detectives Jeremy Ryder and Navi Pillay are on his tail for the final showdown. The fourth volume of The Ryder Quartet contains heart-rending scenes as readers discover the kinds of trauma faced every day by victims of crime. These scenes take place against a tapestry of courage and heroism in the daily clashes between the forces of law and order on the one hand and brutal drug-fuelled crime on the other.
A retired Irish superintendent and his former colleague, a handsome DCI from Liverpool, attempt to rid themselves and the world of their lethal tile masters. Will they succeed in reclaiming their freedom, or will the bizarre killing games continue? Set in Manchester, Liverpool, and Ireland. Confronting The Hostile is book 4 in The Hostile series of unusual paranormal crime thrillers.
Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
Trust me, I'm a lawyer. That thread which holds the fabric of society together is broken here in so many ways. McLane witnesses a suicide. The Faculty of Advocates and the University of Edinburgh are both hacked. Now his wife is convinced he's having an affair. Who sent incriminating photos to his home and are these events connected ? Career and happy family life crash into misery and confusion.Who can he trust to help him discover whoever is behind all this ?
Low Life in High places in the Old Town of Edinburgh
Murder on the Sky Ride, Fiction/Mystery
This novel is full of action and good detective work. It also gives a picture of the diverse ethnic and cultural makeup of Texas. It gives a private view of two Texas families, one whose members range from dope smuggler to successful attorney-politician, and the other ranging from a hot-head Chicano activist to a Texas Ranger.
Some of the characters: Gar Garcia, Texas Ranger under special orders of the governor; Steve Pearce, 21, ex-convict, trying to stay out of trouble but not succeeding; Johnny Diaz, almost, but not quite, bad to the bone; Burke Masters, big man with big money; and Hawknose, career criminal.
The story is set in San Marcos, Texas, at an amusement park located where the San Marcos River, as a giant spring, wells up out of the ground cool and clear. San Marcos is a real city but events and characters portrayed there are fictional. Real people are mentioned, such as Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, but are not characters.
Historical notes about the Texas Rangers are accurate. The mammalian diving reflex described in the novel is accurate, as well as the homicide exclusion in insurance policies, and oil field technicalities, but events surrounding them are fictional.
The story takes place in 1978 when detectives had to work harder than now. They had two-way radios, telephone beepers, but no cell phones or personal computers. Most police departments had no computers at all. Police reports were laboriously typed out by hand over several carbon copies, the last of which were barely legible. Police work was real work. Go along with Texas Ranger Gar Garcia as he works through clues, diversions, and deception.
Murder on the Sky Ride, 6X9, 300 Pages, ISBN 978 098 4989 706, paperback or e-book.
The Hostile Series Box Set is a collection of books 1-4 in The Hostile series of unusual contemporary British paranormal crime thrillers. Book 1 is The Hostile, Book 2 is Holiday for The Hostile, Book 3 is The Hostile Game, and Book 4 is Confronting The Hostile. This ‘refreshingly original’ series is set mainly in Manchester, Liverpool, and Ireland. Get it before it gets you.
There are many ways to die. Plague is only one.
Work on a London tube line is halted by the discovery of an ancient plague pit and in it, a very recent corpse. A day later another body is found, also in a plague pit. This victim is linked to the Palace of Westminster, where rumours swirl around the Prime Minister and his rivals.
As the number of deaths climbs, the media stokes fear. Government assurances are disbelieved. Everyone feels threatened. This has to be resolved and fast.
A disgraced civil servant and a policeman must find the answer before Westminster closes for recess. Power, money and love curdle into a deadly brew that could bring down the Mother of Parliaments.
Time is running out. And it’s not clear what – or who – will survive.
Mystery of the Vanished Gold, Fiction/Mystery
Three robbers wearing Alfred E. Newman rubber masks rob a Dallas bank of $20 million and several safe deposit boxes containing gold. During the robbery a killer handcuffs two men together to a barred gate and executes them with a .22 bullet to the head. He invasion robbers move with military precision and vanish with the money and gold.
A newly-commissioned Texas Ranger, Hank Garcia, chases the gold and money to Spain, South Africa, Panama. Not only is the vanished gold a mystery, but also the motive for murder.
FBI Agent Naomi Robertson works with Hank and becomes a love interest.
Some of the other characters that lend color to the story include, Emo Etto a Nigerian soldier of fortune; Wan Ol Key, a 130-pound martial arts expert using a Mongolian passport; Sheikha Eisha ben Ali, wife of a mysterious Arab of questionable existence, who can charm the gold out of men’s pockets; Handsome Jòrge Sanchez, a Panamanian lover of women and gold; Nurse Alberta Shehzad whom Hank covets; Emile Deutchmann, South African soldier of fortune; and two beautiful young women, Gayle and Katie, who are involved more than they know.
Regardless of numerous suspects and possibilities, Hank’s excellent detective work triumphs.
If you like mysteries, action, interesting characters, frequent changes of scenes, an adventure story with romance, but no gutter language, you will like this novel.
6X9, 236 Pages, ISBN 13:9781491063705, Paperback or e-book.
These three Prequels introduce the two worlds of Brogan McLane,his place and community in Glasgow,The Calton and the place where he becomes an Advocate in the Supreme Courts of Scotland in Parliament House, Edinburgh. The series is set chronologically. The first prequel 'The Cross' is about the turbulent night of McLane's birth in Glasgow. The second 'The Cycle' is about McLane's coming of age in the Calton Bar. The third prequel 'The Boots' is about McLane's first case in Parliament House in Edinburgh.
THE TROUBLE WITH TROUBLE is a powerful erotic thriller set in a Sheffield police station. The story follows on from The Trouble With Liam but can be read as a standalone. When a forensic scientist invents a potent sexual arousal cream called Trouble, it causes huge problems for DCI Jeremy Cosgrove, his beautiful, sex-addicted liaison officer, Kate Pendleton, and two other women who also work at the station. It’s a tale of blackmail, lust, secrets, hidden identities, and murder. The Trouble With Trouble is like Line of Duty but with explicit sex.
Be warned. As with book 1 in the Trouble series, The Trouble with Trouble isn’t a book for the faint-hearted or easily shocked. I’ve written two more books in the Trouble series which can also be read as standalones. I hope to publish books 3 and 4, Trouble In Cornwall and Troubled in late 2020.
Temple, Texas Police Detective, Barry Marshall hunts for a hardened serial killer with the ultimate endgame, one intended to strip Marshall of everything he holds dear—his career, his wife Erin, and his reputation. Unbeknownst to Marshall, the killer had dated Erin years ago, and seeing Marshall with her pushes him over the edge. Determined to punish Marshall for stealing his beloved, the killer plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game of murder. As the body count rises, Marshall is forced to face his worst nightmare.
Charlie McClung has always known about darkness, it’s part of being a police chief.
But now it’s spreading throughout the town and creeping into his life.
With each body found, the killer deepens the darkness and McClung must put an end to it. Now.
What people are saying about How Deep is the Darkness
“Nefarious crimes lurk under the most genteel of surfaces in Edwards' sixth mystery, which continues the story of Chief Charlie McClung. Smartly plotted and filled with characters worth rooting for, How Deep is the Darkness is a police procedural for readers who like their mystery seasoned with a heart.”
~Tina Whittle, Derringer-nominated author of the Tai Randolph/Trey Seaver series
“You’ll love Marian and Charlie. The talented Edwards weaves an entertaining tale of small-town deceit. Happy readers will eagerly await the next page-turning puzzle.”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity winning mystery author. Emmy-winning journalist.
“With twists and turns, you'll never see coming, How Deep is the Darkness shines. An edge-of-your-seat mystery.”
~Gretchen Archer, Bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers
The Ryder Quartet comprises four crime thrillers. Each of them is also separately available as an independent book. In this collection they form an overall cohesive narrative. Detective Jeremy Ryder and his colleagues pursue heinous criminals into the depths of the criminal underworld. The action takes place in Durban, South Africa, but the confrontation between the forces of law and justice on the one hand and criminal machinations on the other make these four stories relevant to any major city in the world. The author's field work involved detective-guided tours through forensic analysis, to the front line of drug dealing, and into the private pain of victims of crime. Readers of the individual volumes have hailed the work as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.
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