Melonie Byars is found murdered in the flower shop where she worked. Unfortunately for authorities, there are no witnesses and no clues. The murderer did, though, leave a calling card: a carefully arranged bouquet of flowers. Seattle’s best homicide detective, Sgt. Arthur Washington, is called to duty.
Washington prides himself on his case closure rate, but this is one case he can’t crack. He is completely baffled, and the murder of Ms. Byars remains unsolved. A year and a half later, another murder occurs in the same grizzly manner. Washington is back on the case, but even the top brass of the Seattle Police Department are stumped.
Detective Washington will not let this killer get away twice. He’s determined to put a stop to the mysterious flower murders. Bodies start to pile up with the same common link. It’s not long before the city is in a panic. Paired with a new partner, Washington must catch a killer who’s made Seattle his personal bloody playground.
Admired by almost the entire hospital staff, it is believed Dr. Edgar Green has no professional equals. His success as a psychiatrist is viewed as a feather in the hospital’s cap as well as in his own. But what no one knows is that he is not as perfect as they think.
During a routine mental health meeting at the hospital, Dr. Green learns that an outbreak of suspicious fires that have plagued the city over the past year have now become lethal. As a serial arsonist continues to evade the authorities, the psychiatrist receives a strange, nondescript letter from a woman locked in a self-imposed prison who requests his help in a very unorthodox way in a desperate attempt to save herself. While Dr. Green immerses himself in Edyth Verte’s case, the alleged arsonist is arrested. But when a local psychologist is assigned to evaluate the pyromaniac in prison, she cannot shake the feeling that something does not feel right.
In this psychological thriller, a tormented soul battles dark voices as a murderous arsonist terrorizes a city desperate to escape a fiery wrath.
Emerson Sinclare is a detective of the Holy City—Charleston, South Carolina, known as one of the first cities in America. It is steeped in tradition, with family names that go back before the Revolutionary War. Even today, the markers of history can still be found on every street corner. But hidden beneath the city’s southern roots and hospitality lies a different story—one of crime, as might be found in any other twenty-first-century city in America.
Sinclare is never lacking in cases. Recently a young girl jumped off the city’s famous bridge. Another young man was found with his throat slit. And then there’s the still unsolved murder of Sinclare’s own wife. This last one haunts him, but he continues to hunt the criminals of his city with no mercy, following his own rules and using instinct to understand the criminal mind.
For Sinclare, there is no class distinction; everyone is suspect when it comes to murder. He’ll need all his knowledge of human nature to solve this newest murder. But things get personal as Sinclare suspects a recent death is somehow related to his wife’s cold case. Even in the Holy City, evil abounds. Power and greed will shake Charleston to its core.
When dealing with the death of a loved one, many find great comfort in the company of others who are experiencing the same sense of loss and fear. The seven mourners and three facilitators of the new support group at the Grief Clinic are about to embark on their own journeys of discovery, help, and healing.
But a story in the local paper shakes the clinic staff with news of the death of an ex-client, Mr. Sorenson, who had just completed his sessions six months earlier. Following the tragic drowning death of his wife, he and his daughter were overwhelmed, confused, and unable to move beyond their sorrow. Now Mr. Sorenson has also drowned, and his death is ruled suspicious after questions arise during his autopsy.
The story also catches the attention of the family of another of the clinic’s former clients, who died a year earlier. Mr. Marcus, another widower, was found at the bottom of a cliff, and while his death was considered an accident, his family always suspected foul play. This new situation motivates them to contact the clinic to request another look at these deaths.
Fear, concern, and suspicion become bedfellows for all connected with the clinic. Are the support-group participants being targeted by a killer—or killers? Only time will tell.
Ryan Frankovic and his best friend, eight-foot-nine giant Luther Brightwell, live in a small midwestern town in the late fifties, surrounded by basketball enthusiasts. In the otherwise ordinary summer of 1956, Ryan and Luther witness the discordant relationship of Ryan’s neighbors, Sidney and Claire McMillan, but think nothing of it.
But several weeks later, Mrs. McMillan goes missing, and her disappearance leads to months of speculation and even suspicion of murder. About to begin their senior year, the boys soon forget about her in order to prepare for the upcoming sports season—while, Luther struggles with his gargantuan height and strength.
As the sports season commences, however, the boys start to realize women in other nearby cities have gone missing as well. Despite the distractions of school and college prep, they put together the pieces that soon point to murder—and possibly to the killer. What’s more, they are shocked to realize that these missing women have something to do with their basketball team.
Former Navy JAG officer Charlotte Morris is hit by tragedy when her English grandmother, who is her closest friend, dies unexpectedly. Now, Charley must travel to Britain and sort out the details of her grandmother’s estate. But what begins as a routine trip soon takes a dangerous turn when Charley uncovers startling new information.
Her grandmother held a secret that Charley now claims as her own—one that points to a centuries-old mystery that could rewrite American history. Charley’s mundane life as a government attorney is turned upside-down when she and two friends embark on the pursuit for a fortune in missing gold.
Charley has become a treasure hunter, and her adventure takes her from London to New York and even to her quaint childhood home in Connecticut. Soon the three friends find themselves in serious danger and the victims of a treacherous and sinister twist. Will they find the gold—or become victims of its cursed past?