Friday, May 30, 2014

Kindle Freebie: Parabellum by Mitch Goth

Jimmy Brigio has spent a decade avoiding his home town of Chicago and his mafia kingpin brothers who inhabit it. But when he gets the call that his sister has been kidnapped and is presumed dead, Jimmy returns to the Windy City to try and find her. But after an altercation with another powerful local mob, he finds he's too late. So now, with a bounty on his head and revenge on his mind, Jimmy is hell bent on bringing down the men who took his sister's life, and the lives of many others...even if he has to do it alone.

Parabellum is the first installment of the Brigio Series.

File Size: 1771 KB
Print Length: 276 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482669528
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00BX0223O


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bargain Book: The Moonglow Cafe by Deborah Garner

New York reporter Paige MacKenzie has a hidden motive when she heads to the small town of Timberton, Montana. Assigned to research the area's unique Yogo sapphires for the Manhattan Post, she hopes to reconnect romantically with handsome cowboy Jake Norris. The local gem gallery offers the material needed for the article, but the discovery of an old diary, hidden inside the wall of a historic hotel, soon sends her on a detour into the underworld of art and deception.

Each of the town's residents holds a key to untangling more than one long-buried secret, from the hippie chick owner of a new age café to the mute homeless man in the town park. As the worlds of western art and sapphire mining collide, Paige finds herself juggling research, romance and danger. With stolen sapphires and shady characters thrown into the mix, will Paige escape the consequences of her own curiosity?

File Size: 1850 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
Publisher: Cranberry Cove Press (April 21, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bargain Book: Jack Knifed by Christopher Greyson

“Why do I keep doing this…thinking about her? It was so long ago, but I can’t get what happened out of my head. I shouldn’t let any of that junk define me, but I still do. I’m driving in circles, caught in some loop that I can’t break out of. I want to know why she abandoned me… but some things, I guess, I’ll never know…”

This best-selling novel is on sale for a limited-time to introduce you to up-and-coming author, Christopher Greyson. We hope you enjoy!

Jack Knifed is part of the Jack Stratton mystery collection that has 200+ Five-Star reviews with over 100,000 eBooks and paperbacks in distribution. If you are looking for a great story with romance, action and mystery, try Jack Knifed today.

Handsome Police Officer Jack Stratton is the “hometown hero cop with a heart of gold.” Constant nightmares have forced him to seek answers about his rough childhood, and the dark secrets that lay hidden there. With Replacement by his side, Jack travels to Hope Falls to solve a murder that occurred before he was born.

Everyone in the small town remembers the unsolved murder of Steven Ritter, but after 27 years, no one thought that someone would look into it – They don’t know Jack.

A heart-rending mystery-thriller about lost love, betrayal, and murder, Jack Knifed will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a stand-alone novel featuring rogue hero Jack Stratton. Look for other books in the Jack Stratton Collection including “Girl Jacked” and "Jacks are Wild". They can be read in any order.

Christopher Greyson’s novel weaves a tale full of mystery and action with humor and suspense. His unique stories and no-nonsense style of writing will take you on a page turning rollercoaster ride of emotions right up until the end. Please go to and sign-up for periodic updates on new book releases.

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File Size: 429 KB
Print Length: 269 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00H4E568Q


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kindle Freebie: Deadly Arrangements by Annie Adams

All florist Quincy McKay wants is success in business, a happy family and the perfect romance with Alex Cooper, the hottest cop in the state. Not necessarily in that order, of course. Is that so much to ask?

The trouble is, between Alex’s job and planning weddings, it’s getting harder and harder for Quincy and Alex to find any time to themselves. Every time the flames of passion ignite between them, someone or something shows up to fizzle the fire, including her meddling mother, her formerly absent father and even Elma, the handsiest waitress in the West.

Wedded bliss is contagious in small town Hillside. Should be great news for Quincy, except that one groom is missing and another is the prime suspect. Hard for a florist to make a living that way, and even harder for her to stay out of the investigation, especially when the suspect is her sidekick, K.C.’s fiancĂ©.

Just when she thinks nothing else could go wrong, a ghost from Alex’s past comes back to haunt them both, which could keep them apart forever, if someone doesn’t kill Quincy first. She’s stumbled into the clues to solve the case of the missing groom and finds a corpse as well, proving that planning a wedding can literally be murder.

File Size: 2130 KB
Print Length: 222 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Annie Whittaker (April 28, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kindle Freebie: The Enemy by Charlie Higson

A sickness has afflicted everyone over the age of 16; anyone who is a "grown-up" has become a decomposing, brainless creature that survives by feeding on children. The children and teens have barricaded themselves in fortified buildings, fighting off attacks from the grown-ups who travel in packs, like hungry dogs. Before long, the young survivors are promised a safe haven in Buckingham Palace and make their way to it, crossing London on a perilous journey that will test them in harrowing ways. But their fight to stay alive is far from over—the threat from within is as real as the one on the outside.

File Size: 3426 KB
Print Length: 449 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423131754
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (June 16, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kindle Freebie: Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

Things are going great for Lexy Baker. She's finally opened her dream bakery, gotten rid of her cheating boyfriend and settled into her grandmothers house with her perky dog Sprinkles at her side.

But her blissful life doesn't last long. When her ex boyfriend is found poisoned with cupcakes from her bakery, Lexy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation headed up by her hunky neighbor detective Jack Perillo.

With the help of a gang of iPad toting, would-be detective grandmothers, Lexy decides to take it upon herself to find the real murderer in order to clear her name and get her bakery back in business.

As things heat up on the murder trail, in the kitchen and between Lexy and the hunky detective, it's a race against time to put the real murderer behind bars and get back to baking.

Will Lexy get her man?

Includes the recipe for Lexy's famous cupcake tops!

(This is book 1 in the Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery Series, but you don't have to read them in order if you don't want to!)

File Size: 197 KB
Print Length: 146 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kindle Freebie: Lady Blues: forget-me-not by Aaron Paul Lazar

Past and present collide when an Alzheimer’s patient’s fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II—including a long lost secret love affair.

Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient dubbed “the music man” or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man’s mind.

Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn’t know his own name—but he speaks Gus’s language, spouting jazz terms like “cadence” and “interlude” and “riff.” He’s also obsessed with “his Bella,” but nobody knows who she is.

When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip’s first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?

Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before all the memories disappear?

File Size: 443 KB
Print Length: 261 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Aaron Paul Lazar; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English


Spirit Me Away by Aaron Paul Lazar Book Release Facebook Party

The latest Gus LeGarde Mystery releases today. Author Aaron Paul Lazar is celebrating with a Facebook party from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. where he's giving away some great prizes.

You can join in the fun at 

Bargain Kindle Book: Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery by Carolyn Jourdan

All of Jourdan's books are #1 bestsellers. This is her first work of fiction. It was the #1 Cozy Mystery and #2 Medical Fiction behind "Silver Linings Playbook."

Reviewers describe this cozy, scientific, medical mystery as "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of the Great Smoky Mountains", "CSI Meets Animal Planet", and "An Appalachian Michael Crichton."

In "Out on a Limb" Phoebe McFarland has just moved back to her hometown of White Oak, Tennessee, a sleepy rural community nestled in the mist-shrouded ridges and isolated hollows of the Smoky Mountains.

Now she spends her days working as a rural home health care nurse, making calls on a quirky roster of housebound characters she’s determined to take care of whether they cooperate or not.

She applies this same optimism to her love life, despite the fact that she’s been dating for 38 years without locating any husband material. When she runs into her childhood sweetheart, Henry Matthews, a wildlife ranger for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it looks like she might’ve found her man.

But Phoebe and Henry’s chance for romance has to be put on hold while they undertake a desperate search for a young woman who mysteriously vanished from the park during a gathering of world famous biologists and botanists, including a charismatic Frog Whisperer.

Carolyn's previous book "Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring" reached #1 in the entire Amazon Kindle free store twice - Jan. and Apr.2013! It was also the #1 Bestseller in Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Medicine, Science, and Doctor-Patient Relations.

Her first book "Heart in the Right Place" is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller (#7 in the nation) and the #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Biography, Memoir, Medicine, and Science. It is on hundreds of lists of best books of the year, best book club books, and funniest books. It was chosen as Family Circle magazine's first ever Book of the Month and won the Elle magazine Reader's Prize.

File Size: 445 KB
Print Length: 262 pages
Publisher: Athenaeus Media (December 28, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enab


Friday, May 9, 2014

Looking for Authors Who Write Mysteries, Suspense Novels, and Thrillers for Children

I decided it's time to start planning my first big author event here at Books Can Be Deadly. This blog focuses on mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers for adults. But there are youngsters who enjoy these genres too. The month of August will be dedicated to books in these genres for people under the age of 18. I might even run a giveaway or two. Authors who are interested in participating can contact me at ccmal(at)charter(dot)net. Please put "Books Can Be Deadly Kid Event" in the subject line.

Please help me spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Thanks!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bargain Book: Double Agents by Ethan Jones

DOUBLE AGENTS is an explosive spy thriller from #1 Amazon’s Bestselling Writer, Ethan Jones, and the fourth novel in his popular Justin Hall series.

The CIA learns that a powerful Chechen terrorist group is plotting a major attack on US soil just as the same group assassinates Russia’s Minister of Defense in Moscow. The CIA and the FSB, Russia’s internal security service, deeply distrust each other, crippling any CIA efforts to unravel this plot.

Justin Hall and his partner, Carrie O’Conner—two of the Canadian Intelligence Service best operatives—are dispatched to Moscow to secure the FSB’s intelligence, which will allow them to discover the plotters. But an FSB spy and a CIA double agent are dead set against this mission.

Justin and Carrie find themselves on the run on treacherous Moscow grounds and are forced to form a shifty alliance with rogue operatives. As loyalties change in the blink of an eye, Justin and Carrie hunt down Chechen militants in their stronghold in Dagestan, to uncover the truth, and to stop the terrorist attack in the US.

This cutting-edge thriller is the hottest page-turner of the winter. Fans of David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor will love this tensely plotted novel.

The bonus content includes the first two chapters of The Diplomat, the newest adventure in the Justin Hall spy thriller series, which came out on February 26, 2014.

File Size: 2531 KB
Print Length: 291 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992006228
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bargain Books: Mortal Crimes by J. Carson Black et al


Mystery, danger and suspense lurk in these 7 full-length, stand-alone novels by 7 award-winning, USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Authors.

550 reviews for the individual books with an overall 4.2 star rating


THE DEVIL'S HOUR (A Laura Cardinal Novel) - J Carson Black
When one of three Arizona girls missing for eleven years turns up alive, Laura Cardinal is called in to work this cold case that warms up fast. After the bones of a second child are found, Laura knows the fiery death of someone close to her isn't coincidence. The perp is near -- and watching.

CRITICAL VULNERABILITY (An Aroostine Higgins Novel) - Melissa F Miller
Everything's going wrong for Assistant U.S. Attorney Aroostine Higgins. A pretrial motion vanishes from the docketing system. Her apartment catches fire. Routine dental surgery nearly kills her. Someone is out to destroy her -- along with the only man she's ever loved. Now she's out to find them first.

SOLE INTENTION (Intention Series Book #1) - M A Comley
Ex-cops-turned-missing-persons-investigators Ellen Brazil and Brian Lynx are contracted to find the wife of a bodybuilder. With more women in the Worcester area gone missing, Ellen and Brian suspect a serial kidnapper. If the women are still alive, Ellen and Brian will need to find them -- fast.

NIGHT PREY (A Night Series Novel) - Carol Davis Luce
Roberta Paxton had had premonitions of threats before, but this time no one was listening. But deep in the Tahoe forest, emerging only to stalk his prey, a vicious killer watched. Each glimpse of Roberta fired his need, yet still he waited. Until he saw Roberta's 13-year-old sister, Tobie...

IMPLANT - Michael Wallace & Jeffrey Anderson, MD
Neurosurgeon Julia Nolan uses brain implants to record visual and auditory data from field operatives. When Ian Westhelle suffers a psychotic break and kills his handler, Julia tracks him to a CIA asylum for "security risks" -- a costly discovery when agents target her for elimination.

LITTLE GIRL GONE (A Logan Harper Thriller) - Brett Battles
Logan Harper isn't looking for redemption. But the attempted murder of a friend whose granddaughter goes missing leads to a sinister plot connected to corporate USA. As the odds stack against him, Logan falls back on old skills from the life he'd rather forget to bring the girl home alive.

TRIAL JUNKIES (A Trial Junkies Thriller) - Robert Gregory Browne
A pal from Ethan Hutchinson's college days is wrongly accused of a brutal murder. When Hutch and his old college gang go searching for the real killer, what they find shatters every notion they have about friendship, loss and redemption ... and jeopardizes the lives of Hutch and the woman he loves.

File Size: 2554 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (April 24, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Book Spotlight: Contempt of Court by Ken Malovos

Title:  Contempt of Court
Author: Ken Malovos
Genre: Legal thriller/mystery
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1484159454
ISBN-13: 978-1484159453
Kindle: B00GJXAY4Y

Sacramento trial lawyer, Mike Zorich, is finally coming to grips with the death of his wife from cancer five years ago. There is a new woman in his life.  His son is making his way in the business world. His law practice is going well. And he has a new case that promises to be very demanding.  Members of the Darnoff wine family are at odds with each other, amidst a divorce and partnership dissolution.

Then things go wrong. Mike becomes the target of some unexplained personal attacks.  He is mugged on the bike trail and his house is ransacked. Is it someone connected to the Darnoff case?  Is it an old client from his years in the Public Defender's Office?  Is it some disgruntled witness from a trial? To top it off, Mike is held in contempt of court and remanded to jail.  The attacks continue and only get worse. The authorities don't have a clue. Can Mike figure it all out before someone is killed?


The first thing he would later recall was the sharp blow to his right shoulder.  A very sharp blow.  It instantly took him to his knees. It felt like a karate chop.  He struggled to gain his bearings. At once, he was on the ground in the low-growing bushes and someone was on top of him.  The man was big and sweaty.  Beyond that Mike could not see much as he was face down. He felt the sharp pressure of a large rock as the weight of the man bore down on him and his knee and into the rock.  The man whispered into his ear that he wanted his wallet and keys.  But then he heard the same man say something entirely different.

Ken Malovos is a mediator and arbitrator in Sacramento, CA. Previously, he was a trial lawyer, a public defender for 12 years and a business litigator for 25 years. He is a graduate of Stanford University (philosophy) and UC Hastings College of the Law. Ken is a past president of the Sacramento County Bar Association and Legal Services of Northern California. He is a panel member for the American Arbitration Association, a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and a member of the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Contempt of Court is his first novel. He lives in Sacramento with his wife. You can visit Ken Malovos’ website at

Contempt of Court Virtual Book Tour Schedule

May 5
First chapter review at The Book Connection
Book spotlight at Books Can Be Deadly

May 6

Guest post at Authors and Appetizers

May 9

First chapter reveal at Rebecca’s Writing Services

May 13

Spotlight and giveaway at Lori’s Reading Corner

May 15

May 16

Book spotlight at My Devotional Thoughts
Guest post at Murder By 4

May 19

Book review at Vic’s Media Room

May 20

Interview at Blogcritics

May 21

Guest post at Marilyn’s Musings

May 22

Character interview at Beyond the Books

May 27

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Kindle Freebie: Seven Patients by Atul Kumar

NOTE: This is a work of fiction. It is not intended for the faint of heart. The stories are extreme and the descriptions graphic.

Patients come and go, but some leave behind a memory so intense that it cannot be erased.

Third year medical student Raj Mok quickly learns that patients don’t behave like his beloved medical texts led him to believe.

The seven most outrageous patients of his first year in clinical medicine teach Raj that medicine isn’t always about healing and that killing isn’t always murder.

File Size: 471 KB
Print Length: 258 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193738764X
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (May 23, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Follower Giveaway

Thanks to all who participated in our 100 Facebook Follower Giveaway. We didn't reach our goal so we aren't giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, but I certainly don't want our followers to be disappointed. Using, I selected a name from those who entered our giveaway. We'll give away a $5 Amazon gift card. Congratulations goes out to Rima. We will be contacting the winner via email. Rima has 72 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is selected.

Thanks again to all who participated. I hope you'll visit again soon.