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No Game for a Dame by M. Ruth Myers (Free Kindle Download)
a Maggie Sullivan Mystery

Maggie Sullivan is a hard-boiled retro-style private detective, but she still likes to be treated like a lady.  She's tough and honest and has friends at the police station since her father was a cop. She rents a room in a boarding house, like a nice girl should, but she doesn't mind the rough and tumble drinking establishments when she needs to frequent them for an investigation. She's smart and sexy and doesn't know when to quit. When her mild mannered office supply salesman client winds up on the wrong side of some very bad guys, she has to figure out how he got there and what they want with him or die trying. This is a pulp fiction style novel, and Maggie Sullivan is a female Sam Spade. Plenty of action kept me reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely keep an eye on this author. ~Review by Sandy Penny, Founder of 

Death in the Face (Hector Lassiter Novel #9) by Craig McDonald

I loved traveling with author Hector Lassiter, his fellow author friend Ian Fleming, and and his devastating companion along the way, Haven Branch. Felt like I was right there with them on the planes and trains and in the restaurants, cafes and clubs. Combining writing, spying, and secret lives was perfectly executed and totally believable. Returning to Japan to claim his dead wife's final writings, Hector is caught up in a conspiracy he can't avoid. Once more the unlikely hero is called on to save the world, and by god, he'll do it or die trying. He's not quite a James Bond type, but he's cut from a similar cloth. Smart, witty, resourceful and a lady's man, even in his 60s, you have to admire his style. Great dialogue, good plot, and just enough neurotic angst to sound like a real author. Plenty of fast-paced action, dangerous villains, good whiskey, and humorous characters. I haven't read the other Hector Lassiter tomes, but I think I'll have to get started on them now. With Ian Fleming as his muse, Craig McDonald gives us more of the Bond flavor in this period novel without being a parody. Loved it, can't believe now that I've found him, there's only one more novel to come. But then, I've got all the previous ones to enjoy.  
~Review by Sandy Penny, Founder, Five Stars

Victims of the Past by Bill Kenney

Iraq War combat veteran-turned-detective Moe Flynn, who has the improbable real name of Matthew Oliver Emmett Timothy Ambrose Flynn, must overcome emotional scars left over from his war experiences to take on the biggest case so far in his new career as a private eye. The story begins as some children are enjoying an outing at a river beach. Their pleasure quickly turns to tragedy, however, when they suffer severe burns from caustic chemicals that have leaked from an unknown source into Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River. 

A New Jersey oil and gas refinery is accused by state authorities of being the source of the leaked chemicals, so the refinery hires Moe to track down the real source of the chemicals, and to find the persons responsible for the contamination. The detective must dig into old records, and interview potential suspects from many years in the past in order to unravel the complex history of the refinery’s dealings with those who were contracted to rid the refinery of its caustic waste products. 

As he gets closer to digging out the truth, however, his investigations are noticed by the real culprits. As a result, Moe is made to confront his old combat demons, and is forced to decide whether “fight or flight” is in his best interest. Making his decision even more complex is his relationship with beautiful Diane, the love of his life. Moe has fallen in love with his former client, and the only thing keeping the couple from making a lasting commitment is Diane’s uncertainty about Moe’s war-induced nightmares. Moe had already killed once before to protect Diane, and now she fears that as this case escalates into extremely dangerous—even fatal—territory, their history may have to repeat itself. As Moe’s investigation reaches its exciting and action-packed climax, Moe discovers that he can, indeed, put the past behind him—solve the case, and win the heart of the woman he loves. 

Trace by Ike Keen

Springfield-1940’s . To some it might seem like a quiet, easy going southwest Missouri town, but Private Investigator Max Black knows better. When a female is found dead in the river, Max and Pat, the Chief of Detectives at the City PD, team up to investigate. Then Max is hired by two men, who claim to be brothers, to find their missing sister. He suspects she could be the murder victim, but his suspicions run even deeper when he finds out the men aren’t who they say they are. Max is pushed to his limit when his girlfriend Shelly’s life is threatened by the two goons. Mayhem breaks out when he attempts to save her and one of the men loses his life. It becomes clear to Max, and Pat, that someone is trying to tie up loose ends so they won’t be discovered. But, the loose ends of what?

While Max looks for the missing woman, many are wounded, maimed and killed, no one will come forward with information on who is behind the cover up. Who could it be? What Max uncovers turns the trace into an unsavory business, and the missing woman turns out to be more, much more. Will his discovery rock the easy going town to its very core? Join Max as he follows one clue after the other, uncovering the dark side of the city that he knows so well and the nasty enterprise that reaches to the very ones who defend the city itself.  This is book 1, stay tuned for book 2, The Bitch

The Mike Hammer Collection . Volume 1 . by Mickey Spillane

A Triple-Shot Anthology From the Undisputed Master of Detective Fiction.

In Mickey Spillane's classic detective novels, the action exploded in a bone-crunching catharsis. Men and women didn't make love, they collided. Tough brutes used their fists to drive home a message. Tougher broads used guile. And no one's morals were loftier than the gutter. No apologies. Little redemption. They rendered critics powerless, shocked intellectuals, inspired a new wave of pulp mayhem, and left the public hungry for more.

Given their hot, fever-pitch prose and breathless pacing, Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels quickly became one of the most successful series in publishing history—an innovative, no-holds-barred, ultravisceral explosion of sex and violence that made Hammer a literary legend, and Spillane, one of the bestselling authors of all time. After fifty years, neither has lost their power to sucker punch the reader.

Find out for yourself in this first-time ever omnibus featuring the first three Mike Hammer novels by the living master of the hard-boiled mystery.