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The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon

by on Apr.03, 2010, under New Releases

The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon

Title The Dark Tide
#5 Adrien English Mystery Series
Author Josh Lanyon
ISBN# 978-1-60820-123-5 (print) $14.99
Release Date February 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Paperback: 212 pages
Available At: (paperback)

When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan — now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective. Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien’s past than either one of them expects — and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake’s own heart.


Chapter One

It began, as a lot of things do, in bed.

Or to be precise, on the living-room sofa where I was uncomfortably dozing.

Somewhere in the distance of a very weird dream about me and a certain ex-LAPD police lieutenant came a faint, persistent scratching. The scratching worked itself into my dream, and I deduced with the vague logic of the unconscious that the cat was sharpening his claws on the antique half-moon table in the hall. Again.

Except…that boneless ball of heat on my abdomen was the cat. And he was sound asleep… (continue reading…)

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Deadly Slumber by Victor J. Banis

by on Aug.19, 2009, under New Releases

Deadly Slumber by Victor J. Banis

Title Deadly Slumber
#4 in the Deadly Mystery Series
Author Victor J. Banis
ISBN# 978-1-60820-090-0 (print)  $14.99
978-1-60820-091-7 (ebook) $5.99
Release Date August 2009
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz

The House of the Dead: a mortuary whose directors are drop dead gorgeous and terminally horny-and one of them up to mischief. Stanley and Tom try to separate the naturally dead from the murdered dead and find themselves awash with coffins-until they come to the one Stanley’s name on it.   Deadly Slumber indeed.


Chapter ONE

The House of the Dead.

He hadn’t known, when he made the appointment, how appropriate that old sobriquet would be before the day, before the hour, even, was out.

That’s what they had called Bartholomew’s Mortuary when David Solomon was growing up just a few blocks from here—never dreaming that one day he would be standing outside like this, looking up at the pseudo-Italian palazzo, and summoning his courage to go inside for a job interview.

“You’re going to work at the House of the Dead?” his sister Rose had asked, laughing.

“I hope. And live there too, if I get the internship.”

“Won’t you feel, you know, icky? All those dead people?”

“Dead people are just dead, Rosie. You want icky, I’ll take you to a gay dinner party or two. You’ll come to welcome a non-bitchy corpse.” (continue reading…)

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Deadly Dreams by Victor J. Banis

by on May.04, 2009, under New Releases

Deadly Dreams by Victor J Banis

Title Deadly Dreams
#3 in the Deadly Mystery Series
Author Victor J. Banis
ISBN# 978-1-60820-038-2 (print)
978-1-60820-039-9 (ebook)
Release Date May 2009
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Paperback: 248 pages
Available at: All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble (paperback)

A painful past. A mysterious stranger. Footsteps vanishing in the fog. All Stanley wants is just to hear Tom say, “I love you.” All Tom wants is Stanley safe. And the stranger? Ah, there’s the rub–what exactly is it that he wants? Be careful what you wish for, fellows. You may get it. Dreams can be deadly.



“Gone?” Her voice went up on an ascending scale, like an opera diva’s in full song. “What do you mean, gone? They took him?”

He shook his head, trying to get his mind clear. Too much pot, and he was pretty sure the last joint had been laced with something, PCP maybe. His thoughts refused to settle, drifting like the acrid clouds of smoke that swirled in the room’s cold drafts.

“It must have been them. The baby was right there when I went into the john.” He pointed at the crib. You could see, or certainly imagine, the indentation where the baby had been. “And when I came back, they were gone, and the baby too. I ran outside but their taillights were clear down to the crossing, and then they disappeared. Just…” he shrugged, and finished lamely, “gone.”

She stared at the crib, empty now of even the blankets the child had been wrapped in, and lifted a hand to the bottom of her throat, as if choking off the anguish rising up in her. “The woman,” she said. “Delia, her name was. She said what a sweet baby he was.” (continue reading…)

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