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release date: Sep 25, 2017
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The Kolney Hatch Series (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: Danger. Greed. Lust. Murder. Lies.
Set in one of the most alluring time periods in history, the 1920s,
The Secret of Kolney Hatch tantalizes readers until the very last page.

Paul Watson has longed for peace of mind ever since his mother was shot dead in Green Park, her murderer never found.
Six years later, when London police find Louisa Stilwell’s bloody body near the Thames, they discover her murderer used the same rare pistol that killed Paul's mother. To escape the horrifying memory of his mother's death and finally put the past behind him, Paul leaves London to become the resident physician of Kolney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.
Meanwhile, Petunia Pennyworth, Paul's gossip neighbor, takes an interest in Louisa’s murder and turns detective to uncover the details. As she comes across the disturbing reality of the murder, she realizes her life will never be the same.
At Kolney Hatch, Paul’s grip on reality wanes as he realizes his only refuge has become his worst nightmare. Will Paul ever escape the deadly clutches of Kolney Hatch? And if he does, what will he face when he returns to London?
Find out in book one of this fast-paced suspense-filled mystery series.
release date: Sep 25, 2017
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The Dr Adam Bascom Mysteries (4 Book Series)
From Book 1: A gripping historical murder mystery involving Dr Adam Bascom, a young physician who, one morning in 1791, trips over a body in a local churchyard. He sees at once that the dead man is a gentleman, well dressed and prosperous. The local vicar, summoned to bring help, recognises the victim at once. It is the Archdeacon of Norwich! Subsequent examination shows the man was not robbed or subjected to obvious violence. What brought him to such a remote and unlikely spot? Who might he have met? How did he die? Adam’s mind is full of questions, but when an inquest is held, it soon becomes clear the authorities are intent on accepting the death as a bizarre accident to prevent further investigation.

Adam’s curiosity and sense of justice cannot accept this. He has no standing that would allow him to become involved formally, so he uses friends, old and new, unexpected contacts and even his own mother to help him get to the truth. As he does so, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of espionage and extremism.

“An Unlamented Death” is the first book in a series following the career of Dr. Adam Bascom in the often surprising world of late-Georgian England. As the country slides into war with Revolutionary France and the future looks ever darker, Adam must find his way into a new life and a most unexpected set of talents.

“I could imagine myself walking in the country towns of Norfolk by the inquisitive doctor.”

“Entering ‘An Unlamented Death’ is like stepping into an 18th-century drawing room.”

“...a fascinating visit into the past, combined with an intriguing mystery solved by an empathetic hero...”
release date: Sep 25, 2017
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The DS Lasser Series (15 Book Series)
From Book 1: Sometimes the most picturesque of places can hide the cruellest killer.
Young Billy Jones comes from a notorious family of drunks and thieves. So, when he fails to return home it's hardly a surprise.
However, when mutilated remains are found it becomes apparent that a savage executioner is stalking the untamed windswept moorland that surround this northern town.
The clues lead DS Lasser directly to the poverty-stricken Radfield family who once owned great swathes of local land.
When another body is discovered, Lasser's convictions are thrown into turmoil. Someone is playing a vicious game, someone with a burning hatred for the Radfield family.
The body count rises and Lasser finds himself enmeshed in a tangled web of deceit as he tries to unravel the dark, twisted secrets that bind two families. Secrets stretching back over four decades, blackmail and murder reaching out to ensnare the innocent as well as the guilty.
release date: Sep 25, 2017
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Cassie Pengear Mysteries (7 Book Series)
From Book 1: Cassie Pengear thought a visit to the carnival would be fun: see some shows, eat some sweets, help her landlady’s nephew decide if the cowboy was real or an actor. But then the cowboy shot the volunteer, and he didn’t get up. Now Cassie has a ten-year-old boy insisting the cowboy isn’t a killer and a landlady insisting she help solve the killing at the carnival. A cozy mystery with a steampunk setting 29,000 words, includes sample of book 2, print version 154 pages This book is also available as part of a bundle.

In a Victorian England that almost existed, a steampunk London where tinkerers and clockwork devices exist alongside handsome cabs and corsets, murder is still solved by traditional observation and intuition. This is the London where American typist Cassandra Pengear finds herself stumbling over corpses and helping Scotland Yard detectives solve murders (although they inexplicably prefer to call it interfering). Follow her adventures in the Cassie Pengear Mystery series, beginning with The Killing at the Carnival.
release date: Sep 25, 2017
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A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery (11 Book Series)
From Book 1: Please note that this is a novella length story (around 25,000 words). The story is complete, no cliffhanger ending.

Janet Markham enjoyed meeting Bessie Cubbon on the Isle of Man when she and her sister, Joan, were on holiday there. (See Aunt Bessie Decides.) Janet especially enjoyed hearing about the different investigations Bessie had been involved with over the previous months.

Now back in Derbyshire, Janet and Joan have just purchased a small bed and breakfast, Doveby House, but Janet finds herself doing her own investigating. Just how did the previous owner, Margaret Appleton, die? Margaret's son isn't happy that he was left out of his mother's will, but what's he so desperate to get inside Doveby House to find? And are there really ghosts in Janet's bedroom, the library and the coach house?

This new series of novella length stories will be quick reads with lighter story lines (and a lot fewer bodies) than the Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Series by the same author. This is the first novella in the series. They are best read in alphabetical order, like the Isle of Man Cozy books. You do not have to read that series to enjoy this one.
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release date: Sep 25, 2017
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DI Angus Henderson (6 Book Series)
From Book 1: University has just become a dangerous place
The body of a young woman is found on a golf course. Clues are few until Sussex Police discover she was a student, and a model on a porn website run by two of her tutors.
Detective Inspector Angus Henderson was born in Fort William and while he wouldn’t describe himself as a moral crusader, he abhors the fact that the owners of this website are doing nothing illegal.
It’s a difficult case for the DI as he is forced to face his own prejudices, and to confront two animals - but only one of them is human.

Amazon reviews:
‘From the outset, I was engrossed and powered through it in just a few days.'
‘Top read, good character build up, hooks you to follow the series.’
‘I enjoyed the book all the way through.’

Check out other books in the DI Angus Henderson series:
Driving into Darkness
Fear the Silence
Hunting for Crows

Revised edition: This edition of One Last Lesson includes editorial revisions.
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British Mystery Multipack (15 Book Series)
From Book 1: Fans of traditional British Mysteries are in for a treat with three novels from Wilkie Collins, A. A. Milne and Ford Madox Ford!

Included in Volume 1 of British Mystery Multipacks:

THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford paved the way for over a century of thriller writers and film-makers who would go on to use the idea of the unreliable narrator to create mystery and suspense. Events chronicle the tragedy of Edward Ashburnham, the soldier to whom the title refers, and his own seemingly perfect marriage and that of two American friends. The novel opens with the famous line, “This is the saddest story I have ever heard.” The narrator explains that for nine years he, his wife Florence and their friends Ashburnham and his wife Leonora had an ostensibly normal friendship while Edward and Florence sought treatment for their heart ailments at a spa in Nauheim, Germany. As it turns out, nothing in the relationships or in the characters is as it first seems. Florence’s heart ailment is a fiction she perpetrated on John to force them to stay in Europe so that she could continue her affair with an American thug named Jimmy. Edward and Leonora have a loveless, imbalanced marriage broken by his constant infidelities (both of body and heart) and Leonora’s attempts to control Edward’s affairs (both financial and romantic). Dowell is a fool and is coming to realize how much of a fool he is, as Florence and Edward had an affair under his nose for nine years without John knowing until Florence was dead.

The Good Soldier is a masterpiece of early twentieth-century fiction.

''One of the finest novels of our century.'' --Graham Greene

HAUNTED HOTEL by Wilkie Collins

The ghost of Lord Montberry haunts the Palace Hotel in Venice --- or does it? Montberry's beautiful-yet-terrifying wife, the Countess Narona, and her erstwhile brother are the center of the terror that fills the Palace Hotel. Are their malefactions at the root of the haunting -- or is there something darker, something much more unknowable at work?

Wilkie Collins's little known horror-ghost story of 1878 recalls his two prior triumphs The Woman in White and The Moonstone with its use of detective procedures and mystery-genre plot twists that made those two earlier novels so popular with Victorian readers.


'The Red House Mystery' is a "locked room" whodunnit by A. A. Milne, published in 1922. It was Milne's only mystery novel.

Mark Ablett has disappeared, so Tony Gillingham, a stranger who has just arrived to call on his friend Bill, decides to investigate. Gillingham plays Sherlock Holmes to his younger counterpart's Doctor Watson; they progress almost playfully through the novel while the clues mount up and the theories abound. In his introduction to the 1926 UK edition, A. A. Milne said he had "a passion" for detective stories, having "all sorts of curious preferences" about them: though in real life the best detectives and criminals are professionals, Milne demanded that the detective be an unscientific amateur, accompanied by a likeable Watson, rubbing shoulders with an amateur villain against whom dossiers and fingerprints are of no avail.

This was Milne's first and final venture into the detective and mystery genre, despite its immediate success and an offer of two thousand pounds for his next mystery novel.
release date: Sep 25, 2017
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A Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron Mystery (7 Book Series)
From Book 1: "The Flowers o' the Forest are a' wede awa'."

Death in the Highlands. It came by claymore and cannon fire in 1745, when Bonnie Prince Charlie's men died at Culloden, and the last Stuart fled back to France, leaving his followers to death by noose and firing squad, and his gold hidden in the heather for others to find. After a thousand years of bloody history, death in the Highlands is nothing new. But it should not be happening now.

Jean Fairbairn has a coin from Prince Charlie's hoard, and a story, she thinks. Until the story comes to murder, up close and personal, and Jean isn't just a reporter, she's a prime suspect. Nose to nose with Chief Inspector Alasdair Cameron, whose forebears led Charlie's rising, and Rick MacLyon, who thinks being a millionaire makes him an expert on Charlie's life, Jean finds herself entangled in a story that's getting grimmer than the Dark Mile by Loch Arkaig and twistier than Stuart politics. And it's all too likely to end with Jean trapped by a murderer, on her way to becoming the MacLyon mansion's newest ghost.

Mystery, history and sexual tension blend with a taste of the wild beauty of the Highlands: an enjoyable tale.

Kirkus Reviews

In pursuit of information about Bonnie Prince Charlie's legendary lost gold, reporter Jean Fairbairn discovers a new corpse instead. Before all is said and done, she tangles with a nouveau-riche Stuart aficionado and Inspector Cameron. An entertaining blend of policing and sleuthing.

Library Journal

Carl's skillful story telling, Scotland's history, and the discussion of how conspiracy theories and genealogies effect the past and the present make The Secret Portrait a mystery worth reading. Her story and her characters had me reading every spare moment I had. MacLyon's conspiracy theory moments had me laughing out loud. She had me guessing until the end.

Christine McCreedy, Christine's Book-list

An excellent book with a bit of woo-woo and a lot of painlessly delivered culture and history. Throw in a gold coin from the Bonnie Prince Charlie’s missing horde and a couple of men who look fine in kilts, a dash of bagpipes, and descriptions of Edinburgh so vivid you can almost taste the haggis and you have a most enjoyable read.

Shirley Wetzel, Over My Dead

The Secret Portrait is a terrific tale that mixes Scottish lore and legend with murder, madness and the paranormal. The author's characters are richly drawn and authentic. Jean’s natural curiosity from academic research makes her the perfect amateur sleuth. The pacing is perfect for an entertaining read. The dialog is sharp and witty.

Roberta Austin, Murder and Mayhem Book Club

As always, Lillian Stewart Carl crafts an exceptionally well-written and tightly plotted tale. And as always, her characters draw you into her stories until you find yourself standing in Jean's shoes on the staircase of Glendessary House while ghostly footsteps clump closer and closer. Engaging, absorbing, rousingly good and finally -- highly recommended. I very much look forward to more adventures with Jean and Alasdair.

Teri Smith, Crescent Blues Book Review
release date: Sep 25, 2017
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D.I. Dylan (8 Book Series)
From Book 1:

A DI Dylan novel from the consultants to BBC's Happy Valley and ITV's Scott & Bailey

Be prepared to experience the sense of emotion, tension and intrigue through the eyes of a man who has taken charge of many real life murder enquiries and his co-author wife, to make this fictional tale believable in every way.

Deadly Focus is a fast moving, gripping thriller in which the reader travels with DI Jack Dylan throughout his enquiries, living and breathing the pursuit of the sadistic murderer, through his eyes.

A schoolgirl vanishes; everyone becomes a suspect. Murder is chilling and full of mystery; nobody’s child is safe. It is the ultimate and relentless test for the man in charge of the enquiry and his team but the killer is one step ahead and another body is found. Will it prove too much as both Dylan’s health and private life begins to suffer?

DI Dylan is under the microscope and struggles to find a balance between his passion for his job and his love for his partner Jen.

Will he be able to maintain the impetus to bring the perpetrator to justice and secure justice for the victims’ families?

‘A Cracking Story’

Natasha Harding ‘The Sun Newspaper’

release date: Sep 25, 2017
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A Miss Seeton Mystery (22 Book Series)
"Actually-" Oh, dear, this was most embarrassing. It sounded so-so aggressive. But she must be exact. "Actually I was a little angry-at his rudeness, you know-so I poked him in the back..."

When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer?

Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she's fated to be a sitting duck . . . for murder most foul!

Meet Miss Emily D. Seeton: retired art teacher Miss Seeton steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles. Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and the most lovable and unlikely master of detection.

What people are saying about Miss Seeton:

"Miss Seeton is a hoot! I was torn between laughter and eye rolling with each page turn. The characters are loveable and thoroughly British. This is a perfect specimen of classic British mystery."

"What a joy Miss Seeton is. Why did I wait so long to read them? Splashy characters, lovely setting, and just plain funny."

"I've become a Miss Ess addict. Great characters that get better with each book. A must for anyone who loves a good British cozy with a twist, and surprising revelations of what a good brollie can do in a pinch."

"What a great series. This is one of the best in English light reading mysteries."

"All of the Miss Seeton books are a delight. Just fun reading."

"LOVED this - the writing style is clever and unfolds much like a wonderful farce or a comedy of errors. You'll just fall in love with Miss Seeton - she's now my favorite British maiden aunt, and the supporting cast is a lot of fun too."

"Very entertaining. Better than Miss Marple. Can't wait to read more."

"Heron Carvic's inspired gentle satire of such elderly lady detectives as Miss Marple and Miss Silver is simply hilarious. Miss Seeton floats blithely through life, oblivious to the fact that she and her trusty umbrella are foiling bad guys at every turn."

"Miss Seeton is a delightful sendup of the amateur sleuth. If your doctor has prescribed laughter as the best medicine, run and buy the entire series as fast as you can."

"I fell in love with the character of Miss Seeton. It was a breath of fresh air compared to what is being written today."

"How could you not love Miss Seeton?? So innocent, and kind. But, don't mess with her and her trusty umbrella!!"

"She drove me crazy then and she drives me crazy now, and yet, I will probably read the whole series again on my Kindle. There is something absolutely mesmerizing about this delightful lady . . . Will she ever wake up to the world? "

Editorial reviews:

"A most beguiling protagonist! " New York Times

"Miss Seeton gets into wild drama with fine touches of farce . . . This is a lovely mixture of the funny and the exciting." San Francisco Chronicle

"This is not so much black comedy as black-currant comedy . . . You can't stop reading. Or laughing." The Sun

"Depth of description and lively characters bring this English village to life." Publishers Weekly

"Fun to be had with a full cast of endearingly zany villagers. . . and the ever gently intuitive Miss Seeton.
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