Author: Nancy Mehl
Series: Ryland & St. Clair #1
Publisher: Bethany House
Ex-FBI profiler River Ryland still suffers from PTSD after a case went horribly wrong. Needing a fresh start, she moves to St. Louis to be near her ailing mother and opens a private investigation firm with her friend and former FBI partner, Tony St. Clair. They're soon approached by a grieving mother who wants them to find out what happened to her teenaged son, who disappeared four years ago. River knows there's almost no hope the boy is still alive, but his mother needs closure, and River and Tony need a case, no matter how cold it might be.
But as they follow the boy's trail, which gets more complicated at every turn, they find themselves in the path of a murderer determined to punish anyone who gets in his way. As River and Tony race to stop him before he kills again, an even more dangerous threat emerges, stirring up the past that haunts River and plotting an end to her future.
Author: Patricia Bradley
Series: Pearl River #1
Release Date: May 16, 2023
Her next move just might be her last
No sooner has Alexis Stone been sworn in as the interim chief deputy for Russell County, Tennessee, than a serial killer dubbed the Queen's Gambit Killer strikes again--this time in her hometown. Pearl Springs is just supposed to be a temporary stop along the way to Alex's real dream: becoming the first female police chief of Chattanooga. But the killer's calling card--a white pawn and a note with a chess move printed on it--cannot be ignored.
Pearl Springs chief of police Nathan Landry can't believe that his high school sweetheart Alexis (he refuses to call her Alex) is back in town, and he can't help wanting to protect the woman he never stopped loving. But as the danger mounts and the killer closes in, can Nathan come through on the promise he makes to himself to bring a killer to justice before it's too late?
Author: Natalie Walters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Snap Agency #3
Release Date: April 11, 2023
She's risking her life. He's risking his heart. It's unclear which is more dangerous.
Lyla Fox knows she has a reputation at the SNAP Agency for being impulsive, but when she receives a threatening letter from a man she helped put in prison, she can't stop herself from going all in to find out why he's coming after her. Unfortunately, she's going to need the help of the one person who questions her choices more than anyone else.
Explosives and weapons specialist Nicolás Garcia agrees to help Lyla in order to keep her safe, but her recklessness continues to be a major concern, especially when her investigation into a conspiracy puts a target on her back. Dealing with bombs is dangerous. Working with Lyla is proving to be just as treacherous--to both the mission and his heart.
The Vanishing at Castle Moreau
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Genre: Dual-time Suspense
Release Date: April 4, 2023
Publisher: Bethany House
A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.
In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to escape the horrors of her past life. There she finds a reclusive and eccentric Gothic authoress who hides tales more harrowing than the ones in her novels. As women disappear from the area and the eerie circumstances seem to parallel a local legend, Daisy is thrust into a web that could ultimately steal her sanity, if not her life.
In the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the grandson of an American aristocratic family to help his grandmother face her hoarding in the dilapidated Castle Moreau. But when Cleo uncovers more than just the woman's stash of collectibles, a century-old mystery and the dust of the old castle's curse threaten to rise again . . . this time to leave no one alive to tell the sordid tale.
Award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly weaves a dual-time tale of two women who must do all they can to seek the light amid the darkness shrouding Castle Moreau.
Queen of the Bay
Author: J. Clare
Series: King's Ransom #1
Release Date: February 11, 2023
Publisher: Old Dominion Press
The secret history of America’s founding revealed in the lives of those who carry on the perilous responsibility to preserve a noble tradition.
Too strange to believe? Too real to forget!
Jeb Carter, owner of the Shop, has settled in Virginia’s Northern Neck to rebuild his life after the death of his wife. A lawyer by training, he’s come to small town America to raise his daughters and build a lifestyle business as a paddleboard eco-tour guide along the beautiful creeks and bays of the Chesapeake’s western shore. Just when life seems to be getting back on track, his life is upended with the arrival of a quirky visitor who befriends his daughters.
Amanda West, estranged from her father, is trapped in a career she dreads as a CIA logistics officer. Learning that her father has become engaged, she begins a quest to locate her mother’s wedding ring, a family heirloom with unusual maritime etchings. Abetted by two of her co-workers, she returns incognito to her hometown with the tradecraft of a pro.
No man has ever touched her heart, but in Jeb, she’s found her alter-ego—in so many mysterious ways—and a man that seems able to quell her impetuous nature. Get ready for a wild ride as the two suspect each other of ulterior motives. Although Amanda senses foul play in the death of Jeb’s wife, they work together to unravel the unusual history of the ring and other pre-colonial artifacts tied to Captain John Smith and the founding of Jamestown.
Will their discoveries cause them to turn on each other? … or possibly ... miraculously, bring them together?
Author: Lynn H. Blackburn
Series: Defend and Protect #3
Release Date: March 7, 2023
They'll protect the president at any cost--but who will protect their hearts?
USSS Special Agent Zane Thacker has landed his dream assignment protecting the president of the United States. When the president plans a fundraiser at the exclusive estate of a political supporter in Raleigh, Zane is thrilled to be working again with Special Agent Tessa Reed, his best friend--and the woman he desperately wishes could be more.
Though Tessa almost lost everything, she battled her demons and came out on the other side healthy and healed. But when her role as the liaison between the Raleigh office and the president's protective detail wrenches her past back into the present, her greatest failure threatens to come to light.
Zane refuses to let Tessa go through this alone. But can he stand by the woman he loves and protect the president from a mounting threat at the same time?
Author: Lisa Phillips
Series: Last Chance Fire and Rescue #1
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Working together might cost them everything.
Veterinary tech Pepper Miller knows she broke the heart of the man she loves...and there's no going back, especially when the secret that tore them apart is still hidden. Now, she's focused on watching her niece, Victory, until her mother's return. But when her sister goes missing, she'll have to turn to the one man she can't face in order to find-and save-her family.
Allen Frees' life blew up the night that Pepper left him. Not just because she broke his heart, but because a raid went south-and he ended up in a wheelchair. Now, as the liaison between the Fire Department and City Hall, he's determined to help the leaderless FD's truck crew and rescue squad work together, even if he can't fix his broken heart.
When Victory is nearly kidnapped at a community event, Allen helps Pepper protect her niece. But there's a new drug in town, and Pepper's sister is embroiled in a dangerous bargain. When her secret is discovered, and danger closes in, what will it cost her to save the people they love? And can Allen put aside the past to fight for a new future?
Cold Light of Day
Author: Elizabeth Goddard
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Missing in Alaska #1
Release Date: February 7, 2023
Police Chief Autumn Long is fighting to keep her job in the quiet Alaska town of Shadow Gap when an unexpected string of criminal activity leaves her with a wounded officer, unexplained murders, and an attack on her own father. Despite her mistrust of outsiders, she turns to Grier Brenner, a newcomer who seems to have the skills and training Autumn needs to face this threat to her community.
Grier is in Alaska for the same reason many others are--to disappear--when Chief Long enlists his help. He emerges from the shadows and proves his mettle, but his presence in her life could be a deadly trap for them both. If his secret is exposed, all will be lost. And he's not sure even Autumn could save him.
Every Flower of the Field
Author: Sara Davison
Series: Two Sparrows for a Penny #2
Release Date: February 15, 2023
Safe is the most dangerous feeling of all.
For as long as she can remember, Rose Galway has been a captive, controlled by one man or another. To her, though, God is the one holding the keys, refusing to set her free despite the desperate pleas she has sent heavenward.
Detective Laken Jones has known hardship too, including the daily trauma of racism. Still, nothing he has gone through compares to what Rose has endured. He wants nothing more than for her to experience hope and healing and maybe even happiness in her life.
But first he has to find her.
Laken is willing to risk everything to set Rose free. And to help her find her way to God. Even if that means letting go of her—and the future he envisions for the two of them—forever.
Author: Lynette Eason
Genre: Romantic Mystery/Suspense
Series: Extreme Measures #3
Release Date: January 3, 2023
Working with the son of a serial killer? That's a first.
FBI Special Agent Grace Billingsley tracks serial killers, using her skills as a psychiatrist and behavioral analyst to get dangerous people off the street and safely behind bars. But prison psychiatrist Sam Monroe knows that just because a killer is incarcerated doesn't mean they're not a threat. His own father, Peter, is a serial killer--in prison but certainly not out of Sam's life, as much as he wishes he was.
When bodies start showing up with startling similarities to Peter's MO, Sam and Grace are both called in to consult. They've met before, and though Grace thought they'd made a real connection, Sam ghosted her. They'll have to get past the awkwardness and mistrust to solve this case--especially because it's about to get personal.
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