Claudia Broadstad, born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, has always had a knack for looking for problems to solve. She hoped to follow in her father’s footsteps and join him in putting away the bad guys; Bernie Broadstad was well known for his crime-fighting knowledge and dedication to protect. When he mysteriously disappears, however, Claudia is left all alone.
Four years later, she is now an amateur private investigator and is still engaged in the search for her father when a letter arrives for him, begging for help in a strange string of murders in Victoria, Maryland. Claudia is snarky and self-made; she’s not the ideal candidate to solve a multiple murder, but she takes the case on anyway, with the help of her friends, Patrick and Bonnie. Even so, she might be in over her head.
As they search for the killer, they also continue the search for Claudia’s missing father, but nothing is easy. This killer is good, and there’s no sign of Bernie. Using leads “borrowed” from local police, Claudia is on the hunt. This is her first case on her own, and if she isn’t careful, Victoria could become a town full of victims.
Kansas City is the home of an annual ritual now known as “Blood Week.” For the past four years, a vigilante has killed seven criminals over seven days and displayed their mutilated bodies as artwork for the masses. As the fifth anniversary approaches, the public debates whether murder can be justified.
Detective Alexander Saint is a playboy with a trust fund, but he takes his job seriously. He and his recently transferred partner, Marcus Delgado, have been assigned to find the Blood Week killer. The only evidence is the word reus—Latin for “accused”—that has been carved into the bodies of each victim.
The detectives search for the killer in an investigation that forces them to deal with the morality of the killer’s actions. The vigilante is doing them a favor by cleaning up the streets, but, in the process, he has declared himself judge, jury, and executioner. Saint and his partner must decide where they stand—and where they draw the line between justice and murder.
It has been fifteen years since Dorothy Adams has been in her hometown of Redwood. When she left, it wasn’t exactly on the best terms. Her father didn’t want anything to do with her, and everyone in town thought she was a liar and troublemaker. Now that she’s back, she’s worried about how her father is going to react. As soon as she rolls into town on her motorcycle, she finds herself right back in trouble. A bully at the gas station and then a smart aleck teen at the hotel café try to tangle with her, but Dorothy has no problems handling them. Her years in the military taught her how to take care of thugs like them. But when she goes back to her hotel room, she finds a threatening note and the place ransacked. Things go from bad to worse. Her father dies unexpectedly, and the chief of police suspects foul play. Dorothy’s stormy relationship with her father is well known, and she becomes a prime suspect. With the evidence mounting, Dorothy has to find the murderer before her past and the secret she has been keeping all these years catches up with her. She is about to discover, however, that you can run from your past, but you can never really hide from it.
Heather Samuelson has always loved puzzles, but her next one may be more challenging than the rest. Heather and her sisters have inherited a letter and a package full of cards from their recently deceased mother. The letter itself contains a rather creepy fairy tale, and the cards were all sent after their father died. What, exactly, was their mother trying to tell them?
Heather also discovers a scrapbook with a collection of obituaries and details of a murder trial in her mother’s things, further deepening the puzzle. Does it have something to do with one of their father’s former clients? After all, as a witness, he helped put away some pretty hardened criminals.
As Heather dives deeper into the mystery, the danger becomes all too real. Events in Heather’s neighborhood—a burglarized home, a mysterious neighbor, and her sister’s near-fatal run-in with a car—are seemingly unrelated to solving the riddle of her parents’ past. But it soon becomes all too clear that nothing is as it seems.
As the highest ranking female officer in her division, situated in a small town just north of London, Detective Inspector Ann Treadwell is usually the first person called when a case involves rape. One such horrific event rears its ugly head when a young woman is found in a cage in an abandoned mine on the outskirts of town. Ann learns little from the traumatized victim but soon determines that she was kidnapped and held captive for an indeterminate amount of time and was quite possibly tortured. One look at the victim tells Ann that she must find who did this before he strikes again. However, Ann’s investigation is impeded by an eccentric boss and a host of misfit temporary partners that she has to deal with when layoffs thin the number of experienced officers. As Ann digs deeper into the victim’s past, she uncovers shocking evidence that stretches back twenty years. Her case now points to high-ranking men of wealth and power. How are these men involved with the victim? What does the victim have to do with them? Ann will put her life on the line to find out and, in the process, come face-to-face with some of her most disturbing memories. Only time will tell if she’ll emerge a victor - or a victim.
Nineteen-year-old Kate Flanagan has already endured entirely too much in her young life. Two years earlier, her kid sister, Angie, and her best friend, Sandra, were kidnapped from a San Diego amusement park, and Kate’s guilt over the part she played in the tragedy is beyond measure. Believing herself undeserving of a normal life, Kate avoids relationships, feels estranged from her parents, and has no social life. When she begins receiving increasingly chilling anonymous notes on her windshield, she dismisses them as the work of a random stalker.
The fifth note, however, claims that the writer has information about her sister. Hopeful that Angie and Sandra are still alive, distrustful of the police, and frightened by the escalating threat of the notes, Kate nevertheless decides to smoke out the source of the notes. With the help of an amateur private investigator, Kate sets out on a mission to find her sister and best friend—a hunt that leads her straight to her deranged stalker.
In this intriguing mystery tale, a woman desperate to atone for the past mistakes that have cost her nearly everything puts her life on the line in a desperate attempt to right a terrible wrong and catch a determined criminal.