Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

City of Light


It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of the nation’s attention as a place of immense wealth and sophistication. The massive hydroelectric power development at nearby Niagara Falls and the grand Pan-American Exposition promise to bring the Great Lakes “city of light” even more repute.

Against this rich historical backdrop lives Louisa Barrett, the attractive, articulate headmistress of the Macaulay School for Girls. Protected by its powerful all-male board, “Miss Barrett” is treated as an equal by the men who control the life of the city. Lulled by her unique relationship with these titans of business, Louisa feels secure in her position, until a mysterious death at the power plant triggers a sequence of events that forces her to return to a past she has struggled to conceal, and to question everything and everyone she holds dear.

Both observer and participant, Louisa Barrett guides the reader through the culture and conflicts of a time and place where immigrant factory workers and nature conservationists protest violently against industrialists, where presidents broker politics, where wealthy “Negroes” fight for recognition and equality, and where women struggle to thrive in a system that allows them little freedom.

Wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, City of Light remains a work completely of its own era, and of ours as well. A stirring literary accomplishment, Lauren Belfer’s first novel marks the debut of a fresh voice for the new millennium and heralds a major publishing event.

The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels)


In a breathtaking blend of scientific intrigue and historical mystery, #1 New York Times bestselling mastermind, James Rollins, reveals an ancient threat hidden within the pages of the Bible, one that threatens the modern world in

The Seventh Plague

If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened–could they happen again–on a global scale?

Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor’s body–while he was still alive.

His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man’s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.

Are those plagues starting again?

Before Director Crowe can investigate, a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. With the professor’s body incinerated, his home firebombed, Sigma Force must turn to the archaeologist’s only daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. While sifting through what’s left of her father’s work, she discovers a puzzling connection, tying the current threat to a shocking historical mystery, one involving the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of famous explorer, Henry Morgan Stanley.

To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. One will search for the truth, traveling from the plague-ridden streets of Cairo to a vast ancient tomb buried under the burning sands of the Sudan; the other will struggle to stop a mad genius locked within a remote Arctic engineering complex, risking the lives of all those he holds dear.

As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science–a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world’s children . . . decimating mankind forever.

The Writer (San Juan Islands Mystery Book 1)


“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
-Oscar Wilde

College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writer’s remote, private-island home in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and there begins a journey of dangerous discovery that will have her scrambling to unravel a mystery far more shocking and deadly than she could have ever imagined.

 

 

American Hercules: The Hind of Keryn: A Crime Serial


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In the tradition of NBC’s The Blacklist and Blackout, Space Buggy Press is proud to present AMERICAN HERCULES, a modern reimagining of the strongman’s classic Labors!

A Lernean Hydra is found ritualistically murdered in Keryn, Oregon, and Nathan Hercules and Catherine Meda are on the scene to investigate. What soon becomes clear to the members of Labor Division is that Henry Echidna’s reasons for being in Keryn are not what they initially appear, and that these reasons connect the town’s founder, Diana Artemis, to the missing Washington Zeus and a mysterious group known only as the Phorcydes Collective.

Back in D.C., Director Landon Eurystheus employs Persephone to spy on one member of his team, concerned there might be a traitor in their midst.

And in flashback action, delve into the history of Catherine Meda and her connection with the Midas Corporation!

Under the Pines


under-pines-227x344Eight-year-old Josie Banks is plagued with nightmares about murder, while her father, a forensic scientist, obsessively investigates bodies found in the damp earth of Michigan’s forests. Just after her psychic grandmother passes away from cancer, Josie discovers she has inherited her “gift.” As Josie and her father mourn the loss of an extraordinarily powerful figure in their lives, they both become tangled in a series of murders too close to home.

In Bisbing’s debut novel, interwoven within the fictitious plot, she reveals childhood memories of a life lived with a renowned forensic scientist. She takes you back in time to a Michigan with landlines, pet rocks, rust colored carpets, and before the advent of DNA testing. Bisbing’s love of the written word drew her to a career in freelance writing, book editing, and web content management. She also dabbles in photography — taking after her grandfather, who loved documenting America on Kodachrome. When she’s not behind a viewfinder or working with words, she’s hiking in the woods.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

“The novel rides a deep conflict between young Josie’s paranormal abilities and the “adult” world of murder and its associated personal, emotional, and social ripples which give the story its spark and draws the reader on as it follows the clues seen and intuited by Josie. The various relationships create a second level of tension between Josie and her parents and between Josie and her father’s law enforcement colleagues. In other words, in this novel either you can’t trust anybody or you don’t know who you can trust, all of which combines to produce a slightly unsettling, but always interesting read.”   — Timothy W. Drescher, Ph.D

About the Author

In Bisbing’s debut novel, interwoven within the fictitious plot, she reveals childhood memories of a life lived with a renowned forensic scientist. She takes you back in time to a Michigan with landlines, pet rocks, rust colored carpets, and before the advent of DNA testing. Bisbing’s love of the written word drew her to a career in freelance writing, book editing, and web content management. She also dabbles in photography — taking after her grandfather, who loved documenting America on Kodachrome. When she’s not behind a viewfinder or working with words, she’s hiking in the woods.

Featured Novel (8/3/2016): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


American Hercules: The Hind of Keryn: A Crime Serial

In the tradition of NBC’s The Blacklist and Blackout, Space Buggy Press is proud to present AMERICAN HERCULES, a modern reimagining of the strongman’s classic Labors!

A Lernean Hydra is found ritualistically murdered in Keryn, Oregon, and Nathan Hercules and Catherine Meda are on the scene to investigate. What soon becomes clear to the members of Labor Division is that Henry Echidna’s reasons for being in Keryn are not what they initially appear, and that these reasons connect the town’s founder, Diana Artemis, to the missing Washington Zeus and a mysterious group known only as the Phorcydes Collective.

Back in D.C., Director Landon Eurystheus employs Persephone to spy on one member of his team, concerned there might be a traitor in their midst.

And in flashback action, delve into the history of Catherine Meda and her connection with the Midas Corporation!

THE HIND OF KERYN is part 3 of a 6-part crime serial with the following release schedule:

Season 1: The Hunt for Zeus

Episode: Available
#1: The Lion of Nemea: Now
#2: The Hydra of Lerna: Now
#3: The Hind of Keryn: Now
#4: The Boar of Acadia: December 20, 2016
#5: The Stables of Augea: January 5, 2016
#6: The Birds of Stymph: January 20, 2016

All single episodes will only be available in ebook format. The Collected Edition of Season 1: The Hunt for Zeus will be available in ebook and paperback formats on February 5, 2016. The price of the collected ebook edition will be the same price as purchasing the six individual episodes.

Featured Novel (8/2/2016): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Ballistic (The Gray Man #3)

“Bourne for the new millennium.” -James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author. Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust-and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried.

Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court’s life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted. But in this war, there are no sides- only survivors…

Featured Novel (8/2/2016): Action & Adventure


Clear by Fire: A Search and Destroy Thriller

Inspired by the experiences of a decorated combat veteran and a former member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Clear by Fire is a blistering debut military thriller about an American hero who, in order to clear his name, must take down a team of black ops soldiers that have gone murderously rogue.

Mason Kane was once a loyal American soldier and a proud member of the elite, off-the-books Anvil Program—a group of black ops soldiers who wage war from the shadows. But all that changed when his commander, as a part of a twisted scheme to force America’s continued involvement in the Middle East, ordered an innocent Afghan family murdered. Refusing the direct order, Mason now finds himself on the run, hunted by his former comrades and labeled a terrorist by the country he faithfully served. Relying only on his survival skills and the help of Special Operations agent Renee Hart, Mason must embark on his gravest mission yet: unraveling a conspiracy that reaches all way to the President’s inner circle, and stopping the world’s most dangerous soldiers from completing their treacherous plan.