This week Best of Indie spotlights crime fiction from bestselling author Cheryl Bradshaw, a romantic suspense novel, a quirky murder mystery set in Provence, hunky professors, fantasy (but not about hunky professors), sci-fi and the first in a blockbuser vampire series.
All titles range from free to $2.99. And our Indie Film of the Week is “Late Night,” a charming new release starring Emma Thompson, John Lithgow and Mindy Kaling, who doubles as the screenwriter.
This week’s curated picks of quality ebooks at bargain prices:
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Crime fiction: Three years ago, PI Sloane Monroe’s sister was brutally murdered. And when another woman is found dead in a parking lot with the killer’s signature trademark carved into her wrist, Sloane will be drawn into a terrifying nightmare once again. A winner from one of my favorite crime authors.
Romantic suspense: What would you do if your brother was accused of a horrible crime, and you knew he was innocent? Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas gets entwined in a nightmare reaching deep into her own family in this fourth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series. It can be read as a standalone.
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Thriller: When fourteen members of the Senate are abducted on live television, signs point to the Jani, a mysterious Order. Doctor Dan Kotler and Agent Roland Denzel are called in to help find the Congress members and to uncover the plans of this hidden Order before they can use their influence to take dominion over the world. From the author of The Atlantis Riddle — and a friend.
Thriller: A drifter looking for direction. A beautiful temptress with an offer. Will lady luck bring Ben fortune, or a bullet to the back of the head? Filled with complex heroes, shocking surprises and edge-of-your-seat action, The Lethal Bones is the third book in the gripping Harvey Bennett prequel thriller trilogy. The authors are talented friends whom I’ll be seeing next month at an authors conference in Vegas.
Crime fiction: Sheriff’s deputy Cage discovers a skeleton in a basement — and more bodies soon turn up. Can Cage and Dani, the house’s new owner, solve the mysteries of this antebellum mansion? “Will keep you guessing to the end,” writes USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel.
Cozy mystery: Expat Maggie Newberry is finally getting used to life in Provence. There’s good food, great wine, irresistible Frenchmen and … murder? Maggie investigates the countryside’s crimes with the help of a hunky detective and some scrumptious cooking.
Paranormal: Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. You know how busy moms are? Trying being a mother, wife, private investigator … vampire. Book 1 in the multimillion-copy bestselling Vampire for Hire series.
New adult romance: Juliet needs some financial help to get through law school, so she strikes up a steamy deal with billionaire Weston. A two-week arrangement will satisfy both of their needs — but their off-the-charts chemistry is too hot to stay temporary.
New adult romance: Rose is studying to be a sex therapist and Cole is her hunky professor in this small town but down and dirty romantic comedy.
Contemporary romance: When pregnant Lindsey’s car breaks down after she returns home to Cape Cod, she’s rescued by Damien, the Marine vet who left her behind long ago. Can the two of them seize a second chance at true love? A heartfelt contemporary romance!
Fantasy: When two former rivals — warrior-king Cade and princess Rhiann — are unexpectedly brought together, they pair up to fight … and maybe lose their hearts. Legends come to life in this fast-paced series that combines romance and magic in ancient Wales!
Science fiction: In the distant future, a restless former soldier named Jonas leads a daring mission to explore the galaxy and reunite humanity. An action-packed trilogy with more than 2,200 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
Medical thriller: When a number of nameless patients vanish soon after they arrive, Dr. Zora Smyth scrambles for answers. There’s a dark secret at the heart of this mystery, and someone intends to make sure she never finds it.
Indie Film Watch
Emma Thompson in “Late Night” (2019).
A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show in this touching dramady starrring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling and John Lithgow with a screenplay by Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra. The film “smartly sends up not just the cloistered world of late night television, but a current cultural climate struggling to evolve in a changing world,” writes IndieWire.
Coming soon to Netflix and other streaming and DVD services.