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Sharpe Edge

by Lisa B. Thomas

GenreCozy Mystery

Series: Maycroft Mystery (Book 2)

Narrator: Kelley Hazen

Publisher: Cozy Stuff and Such, LLC⎮May 11, 2016

Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

Buoyed by a new job and a spirit for the holidays, Deena Sharpe didn’t know she’d be investigating the town matriarch’s death at her own Christmas party. Everyone assumes it was an accident— everyone but her daughter, Estelle. Now Deena must rely on her craftiness to dig out the truth before anyone else gets hurt.

A little romance, some snarky suburban competition, and a lot of mystery will keep readers guessing in this cozy whodunit.

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Pegsus

by Ken Cressman

 GenreScience Fiction

Narrator: Theo Holland

Publisher: Ken Cressman⎮April 5, 2016

Length: 4 hours 18 minutes

When Captain Justin Thorn is hired to transport equipment and supplies to a mining colony on the moon, he knows it could be dangerous. He doesn't expect that someone will try to kill him. When they arrive on the moon, Thorn and his crew discover a shocking secret that could jeopardize all life on earth. On their return trip they find that their ship has been sabotaged, leaving them unable to return to Earth without burning up in the atmosphere. Trapped in orbit and with time and air running out, they attempt a daring maneuver that could save their lives, if it doesn't get them all killed.

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French Quarter Vendetta

by Gary Graybill

 GenreMystery/Thriller (Modern Detective)

Narrator: Theo Holland

Publisher: Gary Graybill⎮May 4, 2016

Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

French Quarter Vendetta is an old fashioned whodunit. Set in historic, fun loving New Orleans, the plot untangles a tale of murder, mystery, betrayal and jealousy. Follow along as Lieutenant James "Gator" McNeal and his team wade through a list of suspects that include a union president, a state senator's wife, a jealous mistress, a spoiled stepson, an ambitious assistant, a union thug and even a street kid and two-bit drug dealer. Along the way you'll run into a strange, cryptic vision, the power of a gris-gris bag and even a voodoo curse. You won't be able to put it down until the very end when Gator brings everyone together and reveals the murderer.

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The Goodall Mutiny

by Gretchen Rix

 GenreScience Fiction

Narrator: Alexandra Haag

Publisher: Gretchen Rix⎮December 23, 2016

Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

Series: The Goodall Mysteries, Book 1

All the normal sounds usually reaching the lower decks of the USS Goodall during routine subspace flight have just been cut off. As if someone at the controls suddenly wants the crew isolated. No loudly arguing male voices, no deliberately mishandled supplies tumbling down the corridor, no nothing. Has the impossible happened? Is this the Goodall mutiny everyone expected? Or is it something even worse? Marooned, with failing systems and inexperienced officers, the dangerously dysfunctional crew must fight to survive. Could surviving be a fate worse than death? The Goodall Mutiny. First in the Goodall series of science fiction mysteries.

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The Watchman

by V.B. Tenery

 GenreMystery

Narrator: Theo Holland

Publisher: Pelican Book Group⎮March 21, 2017

Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

When Detective Noah Adams meets the abused son of a powerful judge, he knows he must intervene—and fast. The violence is escalating, and even Noah’s special gifts may not prevent the unthinkable from happening.

Relentlessly pursuing two cases, Noah receives a chilling message: Cody’s deranged father has taken his son and it’s up to Noah to follow the judge’s twisted trail to find the boy before it’s too late.

Corrupt city officials, a missing socialite, an attempted murder, and a rescue in the middle of a blizzard entangle Noah in the most complicated case of his career. A case that will mean his ultimate redemption or will take him back into the dark history that haunts him.

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Hound's Bite

by E.J. Stevens

 GenreEpic Fantasy

Narrator: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony A. Bowlin

Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press⎮May 4, 2017

Length: 7 hours

Series: Ivy Granger, Book 5

PRG Reviewer's Choice Award finalist for Best Urban Fantasy series.

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force - The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

Hound's Bite is the fifth full-length novel in the award-winning, best-selling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series and Hunters' Guild series, is filled with action, mystery, magic, dark humor, quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, flirtatious demons, sarcastic gargoyles, sexy shifters, temperamental witches, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

The Ivy Granger series has won numerous awards, including the BTS Red Carpet Award for Best Novel, the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Urban Fantasy Series.

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Malaise Falchion: The Spade Case Files

by Paul Barrett

 GenreMystery/Thriller, Comedy

Narrator: Jack Wayne

PublisherPaul Barrett⎮April 25, 2017

Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

The dwarf private investigator Spade Kundarik drinks a bunch of grog, solves a mystery, and saves the world! Not necessarily in that order…

Disgraced during the Demon War, Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (Spade to his friends) wants nothing more than a desk to sleep on, a bottle of grog to drink, and the occasional easy case for quick pay.

Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?

He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.

Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?

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Medicine for the Dead

by Ambrose Ibsen

GenreHorror

NarratorJake Urry

PublisherAmbrose Ibsen⎮July 13, 2016

Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

Series: The Ulrich Files, Book 2

Some Places Should Stay Abandoned....

The Spirits of Exeter House are Restless

Facing tough times, private investigator Harlan Ulrich takes a job looking after a historic downtown building as a favor to an old acquaintance who's out on business. Settling into the elegant Exeter House for a week-long stay, Ulrich's apartment is beautifully furnished and situated on the top floor, giving him a great view of the city. At first, he thinks it a wonderful opportunity. He's got plenty of coffee, good books to read and the whole building to himself.

At least, that's what he's been told.

It turns out there are others there, in the seemingly empty building. Dark entities that lurk in its shadowed corners.

During his first night, strange things begin to occur. As he makes his nightly rounds, ensuring that the old building is free of intruders, Ulrich finds the place transformed. By day, Exeter House is a treasured local institution. By night, it crawls with the frightening souls of the hateful dead. Tormented nightly by a number of mysterious specters, it's all the investigator can do to hold onto his sanity.

Can Harlan Ulrich tap into the building's dreadful past and quell the spirits that walk its halls, or will he lose his mind trying? Join him as he seeks answers in Medicine for the Dead, a full-length novel of supernatural terror and suspense.

Medicine for the Dead is the second book in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.

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The Sick House

by Ambrose Ibsen

GenreHorror

NarratorJake Urry

PublisherAmbrose Ibsen⎮April 4, 2016

Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

Series: The Ulrich Files, Book 1

Some Places Should Stay Abandoned....

Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.

Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.

When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary's sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life?

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Daughter of the Sun

by Barbara Wood

GenreHistorical Fiction

NarratorRebecca Roberts

PublisherCherry Hill Publishers⎮February 28, 2017

Length: 15 hours 24 minutes

Seventeen-year-old Hoshi'tiwa had a simple life. The daughter of a humble corn grower, she planned to marry a storyteller's apprentice. But her world is turned upside down when she is captured by the powerful and violent ruler of an infamous city with legends of untold wealth and unspeakable acts of violence to its name. Hoshi'tiwa is suddenly thrown into the court of the Dark Lord, and as she struggles for power, she begins an illicit affair with the one man who has the ability to destroy her.
Best-selling author Barbara Wood has crafted a sweeping saga of one woman's struggle to survive within the dangerous and exotic world of the Toltec court. Set against the backdrop of Chaco Canyon and the mysterious Anasazi people, Daughter of the Sun is an unforgettable novel of power, seduction, murder, and betrayal.

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Off the Grid: Living Blind Without the Internet

by Robert Kingett

GenreScience & Technology

Narrator: T. David Rutherford

Publisher: Robert Kingett⎮August 6, 2015

Length: 3 hours 26 minutes

Journalist Robert Kingett accepts a dare, one that at first seems simple: to adapt to his blindness without the Internet. This account is a cozy diary of battling with an FM radio, hooking up a landline phone, and the journey of adapting to a brand new way of living from someone who has never disconnected from the World Wide Web.

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Sharpe Shooter

by Lisa B. Thomas

GenreCozy Mystery

Series: Maycroft Mystery (Book 1)

Narrator: Madeleine Mroezek

PublisherLisa B. Thomas⎮August 30, 2016

Length: 5 hours 18 minutes

Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She’s burned out and tired of teaching. Little does she know that an old family mystery is about to turn her life upside down and inside out!

A Texas sheriff’s office has just found a skeleton in their closet…literally. After the body is identified, Deena’s family turns to her to uncover the truth about the murder before a conspiracy theory-nut implicates the victim in his latest book.

Deena must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother, she takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers.

Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth.

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River City Blues

by Ward Howarth

GenreCrime Fiction

Narrator: Ward Paxton

PublisherWard Howarth⎮February 15, 2017

Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

It's early 1944 and Richmond, Virginia is a devil's paradise. Ration scams and police corruption are rampant while the inflated black market commands top dollar.
Detective Sergeant Bennie Sherwood, fresh off a soul-scarring tour of duty with the Marines, couldn't care less. His old man was recently murdered under suspect circumstances and he's on a hunt for the truth.
But then an old friend is killed during a botched black market raid and Bennie is thrust onto a hellride through Richmond's underworld. Suddenly, he's at the front lines of a new kind of war, one that's played out in gentlemen's clubs and back alleys between tobacco kingpins and numbers runners.
It's a dark, twisted journey that will test Bennie's every limit, even as it gets him closer to the truth about his father...

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The To-Do List

by JC Miller

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Narrator: Sara K. Sheckells

Publisher: JC Miller⎮February 8, 2017

Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

Who is Ginny Cooper? She is every woman who knows the exact number of calories in a Snickers bar, every woman who has ever struggled with her weight. She is every woman who has grappled with the gray areas, every woman who has wanted to escape her own life. At times the listener will want to shake her and talk some sense into her. But Ginny will have to navigate her own road. And through it all, we root for her. Ginny's childhood memories of her fading hometown provide a bittersweet backdrop for The To-Do List.

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Jester

by Lilly Atlas

GenreContemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense

Series: No Prisoners (Book 2)

Narrator: Noah Michael Levine & Erin deWard

PublisherLilly Atlas Books⎮February 15, 2017

Length: 8 hours 07 minutes

Thrust into a world of danger and fear, first grade teacher Emily is forced to comply with a terrifying MC president's demands in order to save her brother's life. Her only port in the storm is Jester, a member of a rival MC she's supposed to use and betray. Jester proves to be the opposite of everything Emily expects, and before long she's in his bed, and he's in her heart.

Jester would give life and limb for the No Prisoners Motorcycle Club. His sole focus needs to be on the impending attack against their enemies, the Grimm Brothers. Meeting sweet and innocent Emily wasn't part of his plan, and falling for her is out of the question.

Can Emily save her brother's life without destroying the man who opens her eyes and heart to an amazing world of pleasure? She'll do anything in her power to help her brother while protecting Jester, but when Jester finds out she was sent by his enemy, she may lose everything she's trying to preserve.

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Buried Secrets

by Elizabeth Meyette

Genre: Mysteries/Thrillers

Series: The Cavanaugh House (Book 2)

Narrator: Amy McFadden

PublisherBoris Publishing,⎮November 1, 2016

Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

When Jesse Graham almost runs over a "body" in the road one night, she is plunged into a labyrinth of secrets, lies, and murder. All Jesse wants is a simple life teaching at St. Bart's and a chance at love with Joe Riley. She realizes that plan has been thwarted when puzzling occurrences at St. Bartholomew Academy for Girls get increasingly dangerous. The danger doesn't just spring from the ghost who haunts the grounds of St. Bart's, but from a sinister presence that is not ghostly at all. As she digs into the mystery, threats on her life and the life of her student escalate.Which danger threatens her life the most? The ghost haunting her student or the secrets buried in the school?

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Taking On Water

by David Rawding

GenrePsycholgical Crime Thriller 

Narrator: Curt Simmons

PublisherRed Adept Publishing, L.L.C.⎮December 7, 2016

Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

When James Morrow, a social worker, first meets Kevin Flynn, he suspects the teen is being abused. To learn more about Kevin's home life, he gets to know the boy's father, Tucker, who's a lobsterman. James is able to put his suspicions to rest, and the two families begin to form a friendship.

When a kid at the local recreation center dies of an overdose, detective Maya Morrow adds the case to the long list related to the drug problem plaguing the small New Hampshire coastal town of Newborough. But her investigation gets her much too close to the dangerous players.

Both the Morrows and the Flynns are holding dark secrets, and when their lives collide, tragedy is inevitable.

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His Trophy Wife

by Leigh Michaels

61wso61vbzl-_sl300_GenreContemporary Romance 

Narrator: Paula Slade

Publisher: Leigh Michaels⎮August 26, 2016

Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

 

From best-selling international author of Harlequin Romances, Leigh Michaels, comes her classic, sumptuous and character-driven novel, HIS TROPHY WIFE.

When Morganna Ashworth's father died, leaving her his debts, Sloan Montgomery realized he could finally achieve his two lifelong ambitions: the acquisition of a socially acceptable wife, and revenge on the Ashworth family!
In return for him paying off the debts, Morganna became Mrs. Sloan Montgomery. But once they were wed, Sloan didn't bargain on falling deeply in love with his trophy wife! Especially considering all the secrets and lies between them….

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Keep on Believing: A Cinderella Story

by Marie Higgins

51mcogtwnwl-_sl300_GenreRomantic Fantasy 

Narrator: Paula Slade

Publisher: Marie Higgins⎮November 14, 2016

Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Series: Where Dreams Come True # 4

 

"Keep On Believing," written by best-selling romance author Marie Higgins, is a delightfully charming, clever re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.

Taking some of the family's jewels, Ella Spencer and her brother left the kingdom in the dead of night, escaping the clutches of their evil stepmother. Ella realized they need a different life than one of a servant. Now living in a new kingdom, Ella believes this is where they can start over again. So far, it's working - until her brother's school teacher starts poking his nose into their business. Ella cannot tell him the truth, yet deep down inside, she feels that he might be her Prince Charming after all, and be the one who will save her from danger.
Christopher Morgan is hiding secrets that he never plans to divulge. The sister of one of his students intrigues him, and he can't keep from wanting to know more about her. When a man comes around asking questions, Chris fears Ella is not safe and he needs to protect her. But he finds that he is the one in need of a dream-come-true. Can he hope that Ella will be the one to rescue him out of his life before these secrets destroy him?

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Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass

by Annita Perez Sawyer

61lsn43u5wl-_sl300_Genre: Memoir

Narrator: Annita Perez Sawyer

PublisherSanta Fe Writers Project⎮September 05, 2016

Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

Annita Sawyer's memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transferred, labeled as "unimproved". The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. That is, until 2001, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 1950s and 1960s, Revisiting scenes from her childhood and assembling the pieces of a lost puzzle, her autobiography is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today. It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it's a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness.

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Occupied

by Joss Sheldon

61vnmgtt6ll-_sl300_Genre: Magical Realism

Narrator: Jack Wynters

Publisher: Joss Sheldon⎮September 16, 2016

Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

SOME PEOPLE LIVE UNDER OCCUPATION.

SOME PEOPLE OCCUPY THEMSELVES.

NO ONE IS FREE.

Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real. Walk side-by-side with a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. And watch on as the world around you transforms from a halcyon past into a dystopian future.

Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, ‘Occupied’ is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort. It truly is a unique piece of literary fiction…

"A unique piece of literary fiction" - The Examiner 

"Darker than George Orwell's 1984" - AXS 

"Candid and disquieting" - Free Tibet 

"Genre-busting" - Pak Asia Times 

"A must read" - Buzzfeed

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