Havlin — The Bait Man

THE BAIT MAN

by DL Havlin

the bait man“Wild child” Chessie Partin had enough of being branded a woman who never finishes what she starts, so when she stumbles on murder evidence implicating the local “bait man” (and her tormentor), she sets her jaw and enlists the help of her suspended policeman brother, Reading, to catch the man she’s sure is a killer. Huston there’s a problem! Not enough proof. She decides to gather enough facts on her own to convict bait man, Rooster Cocker, and to prove he is the despicable villain she believes him to be. Chessie finds she’s only partly right when she shoves her nose into a sinister enterprise that has corrupt officials protecting it and that may end up slicing and dicing her to be sold as “replacement parts” by Harlan Mengelberg, its evil owner.

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Escaping Skeletons
(Chessie Parton, Archeologist, Mysteries) 

by DL Havlin

escaping skeletonsEver hear of Operation Paperclip? Our heroine, Chessie Partin, had not. She soon found that its unintended consequences would threaten her life and many of her associates. Before it became the CIA, the United States’ clandestine service was the OSS or Office of Strategic Services. It was a desperate organization born in WWII’s desperate times. One desperate plan was the highly secret operation called, “Paperclip.” It was concocted to beat the Soviets in the race to grab as many German scientists as possible at the end of the war. Mistakes made to expedite this operation were carefully hidden but did, and still do, haunt the US government. The danger rises as Chessie and her crew, begin unearthing 70-year-old dirty laundry. Accompany her as she narrowly escapes death and unearths secrets NO one is supposed to know. Escaping Skeletons is the second of the series of Chrissie Partin, Archaeologist adventures. The first is The Bait Man.

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Havlin — Turtle Point

Turtle Point: Featuring Harper Sturgis In The Iron Lady Mystery/Suspense Series

by DL Havlin

turtle pointIt’s ironic that the portion of their lives sea turtles go to the most pains to keep secret is the part we humans know most about. It’s equally ironic that humans and sea turtles share a trait…they bury things they wish to remain undiscovered. It’s this common “burying” instinct that allows me to introduce my mystery novel, Turtle Point. DL Havlin’s new mystery/suspense novel, Turtle Point, explores this possibility. Benny Dupree, the main character, lives with the constant threat of the exposure of a deed committed thirty years in the past. Living in a paradise of white sand beaches and warm tropical waters, Benny is enjoying his senior year in college when a beautiful co-ed turns his world upside-down. Her dedication to ecology and saving sea turtles becomes his. They encounter poachers. Benny finds his new love being buried by the two criminals. Benny kills and buries them in island sands. The threat of having his crime discovered fades during the next thirty years, but suddenly is forcefully revived by two mysterious “treasure” hunting men who threaten to penetrate all the defenses he’s erected to protect his secret. As they snoop and get close to exposing him, Benny becomes frantic and seeks help from a friend. Enter Harper Sturgis! A friend refers Benny to this lawyer/private investigator who specializes in tough cases. A retired Marine Intelligence Officer, Harper takes no prisoners. Benny finds “she” is as tough as any “he” he’s ever met. Harper takes the case and exhumes secrets and surprises that Benny isn’t even aware. Is Harper able to save Benny from spending the rest of his life in jail? Read and find out. Set in the beautiful Sanibel-Captiva, Pine Island area in Southwest Florida, Turtle Point will captivate the mystery/suspense reader who craves differences in characters, plot, and story resolution.

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Deadly Sacrifices: A Marguerite Montez Mystery
by Bridges DelPonte

You always remember your first time….Monty’s first happened in St. Stephen’s church, directly beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary, right after morning mass. A local soccer mom is bludgeoned to death in her suburban parish chapel outside of Boston. In her first homicide case, prosecutor Marguerite “Monty” Montez endangers her life digging up evidence that shows police nabbed the wrong man. Moonlighting as a Portuguese fados (blues) singer, Monty’s investigation also uncovers disturbing memories and fresh leads in an unsolved murder of her childhood friend in her close-knit Portuguese community.  Her dauntless search for the real killer is a wild thrill ride into a dangerous world of lethal secrets. Action, humor and romance collide in this first book in a new Marguerite Montez mystery series.

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Mangrove Madness: Who Are You?
By J.C. Ferguson (aka Judy Loose)

who are you?An Ernestine “Ernie” Pratt Novel #2

How do you find the family of a girl raised in foster care whose early records have disappeared into a black hole?

The body of a PI found in the Everglades, a stolen car, an illegal children’s group home, kidnapping in the Miccosukee village—are they all related? Erie tries to find the birth parents of a young woman whose life traces back to a group home shut down for child trafficking.

Ernestine “Ernie” Pratt, an almost thirty, independent, computer geek turned PI lives with her mother, Jessica, on an island in Florida. She tries to connect the dots and find the answers with the help of Sherriff’s Detective Jeremy Thorpe and a cast of unruly characters.

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Pullen — Naked Ambition

Naked Ambition
by Rick Pullen

Naked AmbitionWhen newspaper reporter Beck Rikki receives an unsolicited call from a high-ranking government official sending him off to investigate a candidate for President of the United States, he doesn’t realize he’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As he digs deeper, he follows a trail of murder, bribery, infidelity and deceit that runs from Canada to the Caribbean–but all signs point to the White House.

Beck finds nothing is quite as it appears–not his sources, not his curious new love interest and especially not the story he’s pursuing. In the confusion, he suspects the motives of everyone–including his new love. He must figure out the truth or forces waiting in the wings will covertly grab the reins of power and take over the government.

For the first time in his career, Beck may have stumbled onto a story too dangerous to handle–but too important to walk away from. And with only days before the election, just when he thinks he’s solved the puzzle, he realizes he hasn’t.

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