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Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller

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1) J.M. Redmann - Ill Will ()

Very much enjoyed this one, which is saying a lot because I don't really enjoy mysteries. I had several other books I’d been waiting to read, but I couldn't put this one down. Lovely soft touch and slow burn but still excellent pacing. –Heidi C.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826579
ISBN-13: 978-1602826571
Amazon: Ill Will (Micky Knight Mystery)

First, do no harm. But as New Orleans PI Micky Knight discovers, not every health care provider follows that dictum. She stumbles into a tangle of the true believers to the criminally callous, who use the suffering of others for their twisted ends. In a city slowly rebuilding after Katrina, one of the most devastated areas is health care, and the gaps in service are wide enough for the snake oil salesmen—and the snakes themselves—to crawl through. First, her investigation is driven by anger, but then it becomes personal as someone very close to Micky uses her cancer diagnosis to go where Micky cannot, into the heart of the evil where only the ill are allowed. Micky is her only lifeline out. Can Micky save her in time to get to the medical treatment she desperately needs to survive? The seventh Micky Knight mystery.

2) A.C. Henley - McKee, Unabridged

This one was a delight to read. The characters were engaging, the pacing believable, and the plot twists satisfyingly unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed it. –Cherie

Paperback: 446 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934889644
ISBN-13: 978-1934889640
Amazon: McKee, Unabridged

Private investigator Quinlan McKee has returned to Los Angeles after a three-year absence, only to find herself embroiled in a world of child slavery and police corruption. Chaos ensues as she finds an unlikely ally in a savvy police detective Vivian Walsh, who lives by the letter of the law. Quin unwittingly becomes engulfed in the lives of new friends and old acquaintances during her journey through the seedier sides of two cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. Risking her sanity and her heart, she will search for the truth about a buried past and soon be pulled into a web of deceit and intrigue...putting everything she thought to be true in doubt. Quin searches for her happy ending where the lines blur between good and evil, friend and foe.

3) Trin Denise - She Left Me Breathless

Loved this book. Great angst between the MC's. The author knows how to tell a story and hold the reader's interest! –Tammy

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ragz Books; 1 edition (April 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908822120
ISBN-13: 978-1908822123
Amazon: She Left Me Breathless

Sydney Welsh is a self-made millionaire. She is successful, confident, and seems to have the world at her feet but something is missing. Her life is a catastrophic mess and the reality of her situation sets in when she arrives home from a business trip and finds her lover in bed with a female executive from her company. She realizes that the only woman she has ever loved was Rachel Ashburn and that ended thirteen years ago when Rachel made a choice, a life-changing choice that did not include Sydney. Sydney knew she could compete with another woman, or even a man for Rachel’s love, but how can anyone compete with God. Now with more money than she knows what to do with, she puts an elaborate plan in motion to bring Rachel back into her life. She tells herself that she is doing it for revenge, and hiring business wiz-kid Caitlyn—Rachel’s nineteen-year-old daughter for an internship with her company is a key part of that plan. She learns that it’s okay to make plans as long as you don’t plan the outcome and when an embezzler is suspected inside her company, she makes several miscalculations and unknowingly puts Rachel and Caitlyn’s lives in danger. As with all best laid plans, things can go wrong and once again, Sydney finds herself falling head over heels in love with Rachel, the only woman who had the power to leave her breathless.

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4) Cari Hunter – Snowbound

The plot development kept me on the end of my seat. The settings almost took on a life all their own. I also found the emotions both women experienced to be realistic given the plot development. Ms. Hunter's writing style kept my interest. –April O.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825815
ISBN-13: 978-1602825819
Amazon: Snowbound

5) Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou - Demons are Forever

Behind closed doors, everyone suffers from some kind of demon. Veteran Elite Operative Landis “Chase” Coolidge’s latest mission requires every bit of her considerable tracking skills because she has to locate a colleague kidnapped by a brilliant scientist responsible for the deaths of millions. Former op Phantom is along for the ride, desperate to find her missing lover.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282648X
ISBN-13: 978-1602826489
Amazon: Demons are Forever (Elite Operatives)

6) Robin Silverman - Lemon Reef ()

Very compelling and tragic story wrapped in prose that tugs at your heart strings and keeps you turning page after page. Well done. –Julie W.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826765
ISBN-13: 978-1602826762
Amazon: Lemon Reef

7) Isabella - American Yakuza ()

Book that has everything: a good plot, a good writing style, characters really interesting. I have really liked it, and also if this is only the first book of a series, it does exactly what it have to do, it has kept my attention and has now in me a reader for the next one. –Fernanda

Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982860838
ISBN-13: 978-0982860830
Amazon: American Yakuza

8) P.J. Trebelhorn – Missing

Good thriller, interesting twists and turns, strong characters. –Julie W.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826684
ISBN-13: 978-1602826687
Amazon: Missing

9) Kelly Sinclair - In the Now

A very intriguing storyline--past lives, identity, courage and a bit of romance. This fits nicely into speculative fiction. Well written. –Julie W.

This book have a plot development fantastic and really new. –Fernanda


Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (May 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627856
ISBN-13: 978-1935627852
Amazon: In the Now

10) Lynn Kear - Tighter, Tighter

Eighteen year old Kath Branch disappeared from St. James, Illinois in 1975. That same night, local sandwich shop owner Billy Carlson was gunned down and dumped in the St. James River. This cold case is personal for prosecutor Meredith Carlson. Billy was her husband's father.

Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468089412
ISBN-13: 978-1468089417
Amazon: Tighter, Tighter

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