‘A darkly intriguing debut.’ Val McDermid. Someone’s getting away with murder… and they’ll do anything to keep it that way. The skull hunter’s rotting spot hides a secret, while the families on the sea-lashed Northumbrian headland hide several more. When Lucy Seaton goes missing, her friend Erica Bruce is convinced there’s a link to the disappearance of Lucy’s cousin years before. At first, Inspector Will Bennett’s sceptical of Erica’s homeopathic symbols and love of William Blake’s prophecies, so she begins her own investigation, contending with Lucy’s steely mother and religious aunt - and the doubtful assistance of excess-loving Stacey. ‘Valerie Laws is a fresh and talented new voice in crime-writing. The Rotting Spot takes the established form of the rural detective novel, but brings it bang up to date. Here we have practitioners of complementary medicine and a binge-drinking pregnant young Geordie; we consider the relationship between women and food and the delights of skull collecting. And all within the framework of a well-structured plot.’ Ann Cleeves. ‘Opens with a bang…and interweaves a suspenseful story with graphic extracts from the Skull Hunter’s blog. As Erica crosses paths with DI Will Bennett, he of the blue, blue eyes, and skeletons rattle loudly in closets, Laws brings her locations vibrantly to life.’ Time Out London. Winner of a Northern Writer’s Award, shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize.
WHEN YOU FIND YOUR BOSS PUSHING UP DAISIES. . .
Life in full bloom, landscape designer, Paige Turner, scores her first landscaping contract to spruce up the park, her radio talk show shoots to number one, and her retail shop is simply blossoming. Yes, her life is a bed of roses. Until she finds City Manager, Bud Picklemann served up on the blade of her favorite shovel mere hours after she’s threatened to have his head on a platter, then the thorns come out. And there is none thornier than the local police chief declaring Paige the one and only suspect and threatening to plow her under.
YOU’VE GOT TO FORMULATE A PLANT OF ATTACK . . .
Paige teams up with dashing attorney, Adam Hayes to weed through the list of suspects, and clear her soiled reputation. A bigmouthed Parrot who often spouts Mr. T-isms, and a giant pickle mascot join in quirky Paige’s quest to once again cultivate control of her life.
"Billie Sue Mosiman's novels are edge-of-the-seat all the way!" Ed Gorman, award winning author of BAD MOON RISING.
"There are only a handful of authors in the world who can craft true suspense, and Billie Sue Mosiman is one of the best." C. Terry Cline, Jr., author of REAPER
The killer in the night.
He waited in the shadows, a dark and deadly presence. He was no novice at this terrible trade--he had struck before and he would strike again. And with each new killing he became less human...and more vicious.
He stood patiently, a wire garrote in his strong hands, ready to claim yet another victim. Soon he would have one more to add to his growing list unless they could stop him. But how could they when they didn't know who he was? What he was? To a terrified city he was known only as the Wireman.
Set in the 1970s, two brothers return from the Vietnam war with blood on their hands. Learning to kill the enemy wasn't something that would go away when they returned home to Houston, Texas. Could one of them be the serial killer, Wireman? Could the other stop him?
Loosely based on true crimes which occurred in Houston, Texas in 1978-80.
A suspense thriller by Edgar-Nominated author, Billie Sue Mosiman.
“Money, morals, and scruples are what it comes down to; Go figure!” is what James Anthony Fratino tells his wife Annette as the reason to form their own investigation firm, Fratino Investigations, and go after the bad guys that are out to rip off Jimmy’s place of employment, Seven Rivers Casino for ‘large money,’ as street wise Jimmy would say.
Jimmy and Annette Fratino live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, in the city of Port Angeles. Jimmy commutes to the small town of Sequim every day and has skyrocketed his way up from blackjack dealer, to pit boss, and is now being groomed for the next manager’s position by his mentor and rabbi, Big Darryl Galuchia.
With hints at a somewhat colorful past that stretches from coast to coast, Jimmy has a secret; once a year he’s a thief and he has to come clean with Annette when he needs her to help him escape from the closet he’s trapped in. Jimmy overhears part of the bad guy’s plans to electronically steal from his employer and when they put him in the hospital and in a coma, Jimmy’s out for justice in Punishing A Good Deed since no one plays in what Jimmy considers ‘his’ backyard.