DEATH INVESTOR

AN AUSTRALIAN MURDER MYSTERY OF A TECH STARTUP GENIUS TAKES THE READER ON AN INVESTIGATION WITH TWO DETECTIVES THROUGH THE STREETS OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. THIS CRIME NOVEL TRACKS THE KILLER THROUGH THE TECH STARTUP SCENE, EXPOSING OLD GRUDGES AND A LEVEL OF GREED THAT CAN BE FATAL.

“With plenty of action, twists and turns, Death Investor is authentic, with a real sense of place.” LA Naylor

5 Stars!!! “The pace was quick and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next.” – Amazon US review

Brilliant web developer Peter Maher developed a million-dollar idea, using anyone’s private and intimate information-and was murdered one sweltering summer night in Sydney.

Experienced and instinctive Detective Mark Kidman, with developing and skilful Detective Rebecca Reid, investigate the death of the talented technology genius. 

Maybe it was the property developer, with political ties, and a dubious past. He has the most to lose, and behind his smile lies a tiger in waiting. 

Or what is Peter’s connection to an old decrepit pub, run by an underworld heavyweight past their prime?

Around the harbour city the detectives and their team chase down the leads, as witnesses, connections and violence reach a deadly climax for one detective.

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Madam Tulip

“…a fabulous new amateur sleuth!”nightowlreviews

“…a cast of delightful eccentrics flailing their way through a gripping adventure that culminates in a satisfyingly cataclysmic conclusion.”The New Podler reviews

Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madam Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig – a celebrity charity weekend in an Irish castle – a rap artist pop star dies.

As Derry is drawn deep into a seedy world of celebrities, supermodels and millionaires, she finds herself trapped in a maze of intrigue, money and drugs. Derry’s attempts at amateur detective could soon destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.

Madam Tulip is the first in a series of Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

What readers say about Madam Tulip –

“I absolutely loved it! Madam Tulip has just the right amount of mystery, humor, suspense, and all around great writing!carrieksbookreviews

“…the most fun I have had since reading Harry Potter eight times over. So very well written, entertaining, intelligent, excellent character development and story development with no waste of words…. just good fun story telling. Wow!Amazon Customer Review

“…a book that you really need to bring along next time you hit the beach!”behindthewillows

“A quirky character driven plot told with an underlying dark humour…couldn’t put it down!” – mychestnutreadingtree

“Ahern keeps the laughs coming from beginning to end…”the bandwagon

“Derry is a brilliant and authentic character.” [Madam Tulip] is so original and engaging and has so many laugh-out-loud moments.”aoibhreads

“A wonderful read for a raining Sunday afternoon curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and cuddlethrow.”theaddictionofbooks

“The excitement of the conclusion kept me riveted. A well balanced tale that twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing.”mikestheaterofthemind

“Madam Tulip by David Ahern will have you laughing and playing detective at the same time.” – booksofallkinds

“Cosy down with a hot chocolate and a packet of digestive biscuits”booksfromdusktilldawn

“Ahhhh what a lot of fun that was!”caroleraesrandomramblings

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Roseland: Volume One

Secret Societies, Serial Killers, and a Seriously Snarky PI.

When Ginger Mitchell finds out her mother committed suicide, she packs up her life as a Vegas “dancer” (hey, somebody’s gotta do it) and drives her cherry-red SUV straight home to Portland. Without a disapproving mom to rebel against, what was the point?

When she arrives back in her hometown, she finds a lot more going on than fancy food trucks and put-a-bird-on-it hipsters. 

Murders are being passed off as suicides. 

College-aged women keep going missing. 

And then there’s the troubling spate of mobsters who keep inviting her out to eat. 

With a pile of cash saved from her last job and no one around to tell her not to, Ginger decides to become a private investigator, to find out exactly what’s gone wrong in the City of Roses. First up: Her mother’s “suicide.”

Included in this omnibus are the first six novellas in the series:

  1. Home Is Where the Start Is
  2. The Ruth Is Out There
  3. The Body in the Pool
  4. Amber Alert
  5. Jane Dead
  6. Welcome to Roseland

Praise for The Roseland Series:

“This heart-racing mystery is just dripping with snark. Ginger Mitchell is one of the best private investigators to hang up a shingle in years.” 

“Ginger is a little bit Veronica Mars with daddy issues, fewer moral hang-ups, and a mom who is a not-so friendly ghost.”

“A slice of yummy cake. Quickly devoured and highly enjoyed.”

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ONE STEP AHEAD

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An embittered and disillusioned policeman takes revenge on society in this unputdownable serial killer thriller.

Retired from the force, Detective Superintendent Jeffrey Brandt goes native. He stabs a woman but holds back from killing her. Frustrated that no one takes any notice, he ups his game. Next time, he’ll kill.

Brandt fully knows how the police work. He’ll use this knowledge to win a sick game; after all, he’s chosen the rules.

The crime scenes are spotless, Brandt’s covered his tracks. There is no forensic evidence. Yet each killing has his unmistakable print.

Faced with the challenge of discovering his identity is DCI Stella Johnson. Quick-witted and uncompromising, she rises to Brandt’s macabre challenge. But if she finds the killer, what will she do given that he is always one step ahead?

Who will win this mortal battle of wits between hunter and hunted?

ONE STEP AHEAD is the first book in a trilogy featuring DSI Brandt and DCI Johnson. It is set in Nottingham and further afield in England.

Look out for the two other books HIDE AND SEEK and SMOKE AND MIRRORS, both FREE with Kindle Unlimited and available in paperback.

If you like thrillers with meat on the bones, get stuck in to this binge-worthy series now!

Lurking Below the Surface

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Her dreams were stolen in the tide pool where she took her last breath…

Unfortunate accident or foul play? Either way, a luxury singles tour ends in tragedy for a woman who’d come to Oahu for a fresh start.

The other tourists say Vanessa was secretive or desperate for excitement. She must have been alone when she snuck out to the treacherous tide pool in the moonlight. But when objects mysteriously wash ashore, including a luminous bracelet made of rare shells, it becomes clearer that her death was no accident.

It’s up to private investigator Pari Malik to uncover the truth. She’ll dig up clandestine relationships, concealed motives, and hidden agendas. It’s a race against time to solve the perplexing mystery before an unknown killer strikes again or gets away with murder.

The intriguing characters and thrilling mystery of Lurking Below The Surface will keep you guessing until the very end.  It is the fifth novel in the Pari Malik Mystery Series and it can be read as a stand-alone book.

The Murder of Shakespeare’s Ghost

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Miriam Webster and the Grand Old Lady Detectives [G.O.L.D.] take on their first case when the tenant in Shakespeare’s Cottage swears the Bard of Avon’s ghost is on the prowl.

Miriam’s not a believer in ghosts, but when she and her companions catch a glimpse of a hazy figure that bears Shakespeare’s unmistakable likeness, she’s no longer sure what to think. When the ghostly apparition suddenly disappears, it leaves them mystified.

Their investigation soon takes an even more bizarre twist when the ghost, to borrow a phrase from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “shuffles off this mortal coil.” A murdered ghost means the G.O.L.D. team have no choice but to involve homicide detective Henry “Hank” Miller who complicates matters, especially for Miriam.

A dead ghost is just one of many surprises for Miriam Webster and her sleuthing pals. Poking into the past, they soon discover the cottage’s previous occupants had a few skeletons in their closets. Do those old bones hold the key to uncovering the motive for a new murder?

As Shakespeare’s Cottage gives up its secrets, can they figure out who murdered Shakespeare’s ghost before there’s another victim?

Grab your copy of this delightful cozy mystery by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke to find out!

Recipes included.

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

The Cavelli Angel Saga

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Provenance: The family saga begins…
An exclusive prequel to the Cavelli Legacy

An Angel’s Redemption
Michael Vincente Cavelli would have been happy as a farmer. Instead, he has a lot on his plate. For starters, he’s the only rational Cavelli male, the one who inherited the mantle of patriarch at a young age, not only running the family’s successful dairy, but overseeing the lives of his large and unruly family. If that isn’t enough, someone is out to cripple his business. So when a redheaded siren appears at his door the morning of his sister’s wedding, he wonders about the deity’s sense of humor.

As one of the few female doctors in Chicago in 1925, Faith Truitt has something to prove, and she can’t afford to make a mistake that would destroy her career, like getting married. Everything was looking jake until Michael Cavelli opens his door that fateful morning and pulls her into the crosshairs of lies and treachery reaching back a generation—and into the whirlwind of a desire she cannot deny.

An Angel Healed
Archaeologist Raphael Cavelli wonders why he isn’t in some watering hole in Peru drinking a lukewarm cerveza next to a bosomy blonde. Instead, he’s one step ahead of the law for stealing the archaeological find of the century, where he bumps, literally, into the reason he left seven years ago—the girl he traveled halfway around the globe to forget. Hope Macklin, sob sister for The Spectator, is on the lam so she can’t afford to draw attention to herself, even for a carelessly handsome man. Fate throws Rafe and Hope together again just in time to square off with the faceless opponent doggedly threatening them. Will they risk everything for what matters most?

Angel Lost, Angel Found
Gabriel Cavelli makes a deathbed promise to his friend, Big Mike O’Malley, to look out for his young, educated-out-east daughter. Little Charity O’Malley turns out to be a beautiful and feisty twenty-three-year-old about to support herself by becoming a “whisper sister” for her father’s speakeasy. Gabe must decide whether to honor his promise or strangle her. Charity has secrets, and Gabe doesn’t like surprises. He’s not the marrying kind and should be running for cover, but her mean streak intrigues him. His brothers tell him it must be like looking in the mirror. When a crooked Prohibition Man comes into the picture, Charity needs help. Unfortunately, Gabe never could resist a damsel in distress, especially a pretty one. But this one could end up getting him killed. Still, a promise is a promise…

Angel Boy
Private Investigator, Meg Cavelli, wonders why her traitorous family has trotted out the fatted calf for Seth Truitt, the boy who left her flat eight years ago. Now he’s back, sexier than she remembers, and needs her help. How can Meg accept Seth’s no-strings-attached-deal in return for bringing a deranged predator to justice when their steamy attraction to each other might very well get in the way?

Army Air Corps pilot, Seth Truitt needs help to erase his dark-stained past, but soon realizes helping Meg Cavelli solve a dogged criminal case in return for salvaging his military career might be more dangerous than flying P-26 fighters for USAAC. But since Seth has no intention of letting Meg go again, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe from the twisted, unnatural threat they dubbed “the monster” as kids.

As the mystery unfolds, joining their minds and hearts might be the only way to stay alive.

The Dream Horse Mysteries Boxed Set

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Jump in the saddle for a fun but bumpy ride!

Few will hire competitive rider, Viola Parker, since the famous jumper, Wastrel, crashed to his death with her aboard. Not only that, her attitude just landed her out of work…again. She can barely afford her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction.

Now, before she’s thirty, she must keep a job for one year and receive a glowing letter of recommendation to get a surprise trust fund set up by her absentee parents. A trust fund that could represent freedom and independence—or might be worth nothing.

Vi accepts a position and moves from Long Island to Missouri thinking that keeping her mouth shut and her head down for one year will be easy.

But when Wastrel begins haunting her dreams and dead bodies start piling up, the question isn’t whether she can earn a reference from her hunky boss, Malcolm, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.

A Life for a Life: A Mystery Novel

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One mysterious death. One lazy sheriff. Two seekers of the truth.

Della Kincaid escaped to the mountains of N.C. to get away from it all.

Didn’t work.

When she and her dog, Jake, discover a woman dead in the wilderness, Della realizes she can’t escape her past and gets embroiled in the investigation. The sheriff says suicide. Della says murder, and as a former crime reporter in Washington, D.C., she knows how to chase the truth. Without her usual sources, she turns to an interesting cast of characters—friends, forger, former husband, and new neighbor Abit Bradshaw, a boy who’s spent the first 16 years of his life plagued by small-town bullies and family lies. They team up to search for answers to the possible murder—but things don’t turn out the way they planned.

FANS OF To Kill a Mockingbird, Where the Crawdads Sing, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell will also enjoy this book.

A Life for a Life is the first book in Lynda McDaniel’s internationally acclaimed Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series. Reviewers have compared her work to To Kill a Mockingbird and her storytelling style to that of Fannie Flagg. If you like page-turning mysteries without over-the-top violence—but packed with suspense and character-driven stories—you’ll love this series.

BUYA LIFE FOR A LIFE TODAY AND DISCOVER ALL THAT HAPPENS WHEN A STRANGER MOVES TO TOWN.

GREAT !! BOOK  A good mystery that reads like a literary piece.”  —Wooley, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer

A LIFE FOR A LIFE IS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR. A strong message of forgiveness, redemption and acceptance.”  —Ana  Manwaring, writer, creative writing instructor

“McDANIEL DELIVERS A PAIR OF UNFORGETTABLE CRIME-SOLVING CHARACTERS. She lured me into her story and kept me there.” —Virginia McCullough, award-winning author of Amber Light and Greta’s Grace