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Must-Read Thrills and Chills: The Best Mystery and Thriller Book Deals for October 2019

Prices so low, they're criminal.

Hoping to find a new read that keeps you on the edge of your seat? As your trusty partner in crime, we've done the sleuthing for you. From gripping thrillers to mysteries by award-winning authors, our investigations have uncovered the best in ebook deals this month. But act fast! Like the most successful killers, they'll be gone before you know it ...

Note: These deals were last updated on 10/1/19. Check back soon to get debriefed on next month's best discounted books.

Buy Waiting for Willa at Amazon

Waiting for Willa

By Dorothy Eden

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$6.99

A woman vanishes into thin air and nothing is as it seems in bestselling author Dorothy Eden’s novel of romantic suspense and international intrigue set in Sweden
A situation has developed . . . I’ve made a decision . . . There is simply no other way.Wilhelmina.

The envelope is postmarked from Stockholm. But it’s the signature on the note inside that strikes fear into the heart of novelist Grace Asherton. As teenagers, she and her cousin Willa Bedford made a secret pact: If Willa were ever in trouble, she’d send a letter, signing it with her given name.

When Grace responds by telegram and receives no reply, she grows concerned and travels to Stockholm, where romance, suspense, and stunning revelations await her. As she uncovers answers to the questions about Willa’s plight, Grace becomes desperate to extricate herself from a twisted world of deceit and violence waiting to claim another life.  

Waiting for Willa

By Dorothy Eden

Buy Quantico Rules at Amazon

Quantico Rules

By Gene Riehl

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$7.99

This thriller by an ex-FBI agent about a Supreme Court nominee and a high-level cover-up is “a must-read” (Harlan Coben).

FBI agent Puller Monk and his Special Inquiries (SPIN) squad figure their latest assignment—a background check on the 1st African American female Supreme Court nominee—will be a routine investigation. But when verifying information about Federal Judge Brenda Thompson, it becomes clear that she’s lying about a 3-week gap in her past that occurred between college and law school. Her old roommate could provide answers, but she’s missing.

Soon, Monk has a dead body on his hands, and he and Special Agent Lisa Sands are plunged into a maelstrom of deceit, corruption, and murder that reaches the highest levels of government. Monk is determined to blow the lid off a massive cover-up, but he may not be able to contain the fallout as the truth starts to emerge. Amid escalating violence, the FBI agent orchestrates a sting that will force a killer from the shadows—a cunning adversary who has his own plan for taking out Monk.

Quantico Rules

By Gene Riehl

Buy Detective at Amazon

Detective

By Arthur Hailey

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$19.99

A death row confession propels a homicide detective into an investigation that will tear Miami apart in #1 New York Times–bestselling author Arthur Hailey’s electrifying thriller

Detective-Sergeant Malcolm Ainslie, a former Catholic priest, is about to start his vacation when a call comes in from death row. Before serial killer Elroy Doil is taken to the electric chair, he wants to make a full confession to the cop who put him away. To close the books on additional murder cases in which Doil is a suspect, Ainslie drives four hundred miles to Florida State Prison.

Although Doil confesses to ten other homicides, he insists that he didn’t commit the crime for which he will be executed the following day: the grisly slaying of a city commissioner and his wife. In his search for the real killer, Ainslie will discover that the upper levels of Miami’s government—including some of his closest colleagues—are more corrupt and dangerous than he ever imagined.

Detective

By Arthur Hailey

Buy A Spot of Folly at Amazon

A Spot of Folly

By Ruth Rendell

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$17.99

A spine-tingling anthology by the New York Times–bestselling author and master of “psychological insight . . . and, not infrequently, teeth-chattering terror” (The New York Times).

These never-before-collected stories by Ruth Rendell—the three-time Edgar Award–winning mistress of dark suspense and one of the most celebrated thriller writers of the twentieth century—are “deliciously riveting, all the more so because Rendell’s extraordinary ability to delve coolly and forensically into the dustiest nooks of the human psyche is amplified, not diminished, by the short story form. . . . Often the reader is taken by the throat” (The Guardian).

In “The Thief,” a chance encounter with a stranger triggers the most destructive impulses in a vindictive pathological liar. A family shares an unnamable feeling of dread and a necessary denial to make it through the night in “Trebuchet.” In the title story, a caddish boor can’t help but boast of his infidelities. A historic murder weighs heavy on the unholy reputation of a quaint local landmark in “The Haunting of Shawley Rectory.” And in “Never Sleep in a Bed Facing a Mirror,” Rendell delivers a masterstroke of gasp-inducing brevity.

A Spot of Folly

By Ruth Rendell

Buy The Ninja at Amazon

The Ninja

By Eric Van Lustbader

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$11.99

In this New York Times–bestselling thriller, a martial artist’s past returns to haunt him—in the form of a murderous ninja.

Raised in Japan by a British father and a Chinese mother, young Nicholas Linnear felt at home only in the dojo, where he gave himself over to mastering ninjutsuthe ancient art of the ninja. Over years of training, he ascended to the highest ranks imaginable—until a confrontation over the very meaning of ninjutsu changed his approach to martial arts forever, sending him on a journey that would take him across the globe.

Now, after years of success in the advertising business, Linnear quits his job abruptly when he feels himself yearning for the life he led in Japan. Searching for direction, he meets a striking beauty named Justine, but just as he is beginning to fall in love, something chilling draws him back into his past: the corpse of a coworker, murdered by a Japanese throwing star. There is a ninja loose in New York City, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear that people close to Linnear are being targeted. Only he has the skill to stop a twisted killer with a personal vendetta.

The Ninja

By Eric Van Lustbader

Buy Death and Taxes at Amazon

Death and Taxes

By David Dodge

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$7.99

A CPA in 1940s San Francisco searches for his partner’s killer in this witty and “hard-hitting” mystery by the author of the classic To Catch a Thief (Time).

The first in the series of noir mysteries starring hard-drinking accountant Whit Whitney, Death and Taxes follows the calculating amateur detective as he looks into the murder of George MacLeod—a top tax consultant who was a close colleague of Whitney’s, at least until his body was stuffed into a bank vault.

A fast-paced, sharp-witted tale involving everything from pretty blondes to bootleggers to tangles with the Treasury Department, Death and Taxes “winds up at a lightning pace . . . Fast and easy to read” (New York Herald Tribune).

Death and Taxes

By David Dodge

Buy The Joy of Killing at Amazon

The Joy of Killing

By Harry N. MacLean

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2.99

$15.99

Don’t miss this “fascinating and frightening” psychological thriller “if you were a fan of HBO’s The Jinx or Netflix’s Making a Murderer” (The Huffington Post).

On a stormy fall night in the northern woods of Minnesota, a writer returns to the lake house where he spent his childhood summers. There, he locks himself in the attic, intent on writing the final story of his life. Playing on a continuous loop in his mind are key moments in his past: his childhood in small-town Iowa, where he and his best friend befriended a local drifter; the summer a local boy drowned in a storm; and the central fixation of his erotic meeting with a girl on a train bound for Chicago. All of these threads weave together as the writer tries to piece together the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up one human life.

The Joy of Killing

By Harry N. MacLean

Buy The Eagle Has Landed at Amazon

The Eagle Has Landed

By Jack Higgins

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$9.99

New York Times Bestseller: An audacious Nazi plan to kidnap Winston Churchill threatens to tip the scales of World War II.

In November of 1943, an elite team of Nazi paratroopers descends on British soil with a diabolical goal: to abduct Winston Churchill and cripple the Allied war effort. The mission, ordered by Hitler himself and planned by Heinrich Himmler, is led by ace agent Kurt Steiner and aided on the ground by IRA gunman Liam Devlin.

As the deadly duo executes Hitler’s harrowing plot, only the quiet town of Studley Constable stands in their way. Its residents are the lone souls aware of the impending Nazi plan, and they must become the most unlikely of heroes as the fate of the war hangs in the balance.

The Eagle Has Landed

By Jack Higgins

Buy Blood Relations at Amazon

Blood Relations

By Barbara Parker

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$9.99

The New York Times–bestselling author of the Suspicion series delivers an electrifying thriller of one man’s fight for justice that “may be her best yet” (Chicago Tribune).

In his many years as a prosecutor in Miami, Sam Hagen has seen every kind of violence—and yet he still tries to make a difference. But his latest case is like nothing he’s dealt with before.

A seventeen-year-old model claims she was raped in a South Beach nightclub VIP room by three of the city’s most influential men. Almost immediately, Sam is pressured to dismiss the case, and is soon trapped in a maelstrom of political influence, public opinion, and his desire to see justice done despite his own misgivings.

But when Sam decides to prosecute, one of the accused is murdered. As he begins to crack under the strain of holding together both his case and his own family, Sam will have to confront a conspiracy of money, power, and final judgment.

Blood Relations

By Barbara Parker

Buy An Afternoon to Kill at Amazon

An Afternoon to Kill

By Shelley Smith

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2.99

$9.99

This Victorian mystery with twists and turns will keep you gripped until the very last page: “Prim and petticoated and poisonous” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Lancelot Jones was on his way to his first job—as tutor to an Indian Rajah’s son. But the Rajah’s ancient plane and incompetent pilot dropped him in the middle of a desert. The wrong desert, at that.

Seeking shade, he finds the only dwelling of any size within miles and its curious owner, an old Englishwoman named Alva Hine. Taking him into her home, Alva begins to tell Lancelot an incredible tale. She tells him a strange story of a summer fifty years ago, of love and hate and murder in a respectable middle-class Victorian household . . .

And as the afternoon wears on, Alva’s story begins to take on an increasingly sinister note for the weary Mr. Jones. Soon, he has more than one reason to want to hear the end of the story . . .

An Afternoon to Kill

By Shelley Smith

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Published on 01 May 2019

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