RECOMMENDED: Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan is $2.99. I think this deal is Kindle-only but often the price will be matched elsewhere soon. This is Ryan's first mystery, and it won the Agatha Award. If you like mystery with smart women protagonists, you'll like this. Charlie McNally, the heroine, is a television news reporter.
Could an innocent e-mail offer really result in murder, mayhem and a multimillion-dollar fraud ring? The last person to ask is dead…but that won't keep Charlotte McNally from poking around.
Face it–in the cutthroat world of television journalism, this seasoned reporter knows that she'd better pull out all the stops or kiss her cushy job (and that means her life) goodbye.
But all too soon her investigation leads her straight to Josh Gelston, who is a little “too” “a lot” too handsome. Could she trust a word he said? Charlie might have a nose for news, but men are a whole other story. Which means she is putting her job, life “and” heart on the line.
When a spring storm rolls through Freedom, Ohio, landscape designer Nina Quinn expects to get her hands dirty with the mess left behind. But after high winds uproot a tree, revealing the corpse of a man inside its rotted hollow, Nina quickly realizes that cleaning up after Mother Nature’s fury is the least of her worries.
It soon becomes clear that there is no lack of suspects in the man’s untimely death. As a shady contractor and philanderer, he’d angered a lot of people before he disappeared, including some of Nina’s closest friends. With the help of her police detective ex-husband, a mysterious coroner’s investigator, her formerly-felonious employees and her zany neighbors, Nina sets out to uncover a killer…before another victim ends up planted six feet under.
Now You See Me by SJ Bolton is $2.99. This is a thriller with some violence against women, so be ye warned.
One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name.
If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt. No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically.
However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden.
And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.