Read Indies Best Mystery Books

Books selections and recommendations from Read Indies.

(The Mystery book lists are managed by Emma.)
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The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Genre: Mystery

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking, something that changes everything.

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The Cards in the Deck: An NSA Thriller
by Robert Stanek

Enter a world of intrigue and espionage, a world where the most powerful intelligence organizations on earth, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the United States Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean are about to go head to head with terrorists the likes of which the world has never seen. 

In the heart of the Mediterranean, Scott Evers is drawn into a harrowing world centered around one of history's most elite military warrior forces: the Navy SEALs. Facing a chilling, relentless adversary, Evers is pulled into a landscape of Navy strike groups, tactical response teams, and killers willing to do anything it takes to get the job done. 

Drawing from his past experiences as an analyst and operative, Evers races to find answers and decide whom to trust... before the world becomes a place we no longer recognize. 

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Product DetailsTimes of Turmoil by Cliff Ball
Genre: Thriller

The Evans family sets out to destroy Christian influence in the U.S.

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Product DetailsSay Goodbye by Robert Capko
Genre: Military, Action/Adventure Thriller

John Paxton is a man who understands duty. As a highly decorated pararescueman in the Air Force, Paxton is commanded to lead a team on a dangerous mission—supposedly to rescue the pilot of a stealth fighter shot down over Serbia. Yet, nothing is as it seems. As the mission goes from bad to worse, Paxton uncovers a deadly plot that threatens National Security.

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Product DetailsThe Murder Pit by Jeff Shelby
Genre: Mystery

Daisy Savage has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house. What she doesn't want is a dead body. When a frozen pipe in her home leads her and her husband downstairs, they find a hidden coal chute. And a corpse inside. Things become complicated when Daisy realizes she knew the victim and that the body was placed there to make Daisy look like the killer. Against her husband's advice, Daisy sets out to prove she's innocent.

Product DetailsEye of the Storm by Kenneth Hoss
Genre: Crime Fiction/Police Procedural

A Russian prostitute is dumped in a Washington Heights park and Detectives Kelli Storm and Eric Ryder get the call. A note found on the body containing her name and that of a former Russian mobster leads Kelli to an old nemesis, a Russian diplomat and the Russian Brotherhood. With the aid of an FBI contact, they uncover a criminal conspiracy between the Russians, a dangerous Mexican cartel and a notorious New York crime family. Kelli soon finds herself targeted by these organizations, all wanting to eliminate the threat to themselves and their livelihoods.

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Product DetailsFacade by R. M. Webb
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Claire is desperate to remember herself.  When she meets William, his presence demanding attention, she’s overcome by the sense that she knows him. He sweeps into her bitter, colorless little life, unconcerned about hiding his quick movements and cold skin, and starts putting Claire back together piece by piece. William knows Claire and has the answers to questions she’s been asking for seven years. He also knows she has dangerous enemies.

Product DetailsKiller’s Countdown by Wendy H. Jones
Genre: Mystery

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Product DetailsPresidential Crisis: Ebola by Lucas Archer
Genre: Thriller

A short story.  When ebola reaches Washington D.C., the consequences are devastating. No one is safe, and the whole country is at risk. Ebola could change the course of history—forever.

Product Details#Havana62: The Cuban Missile Crisis - To the Brink of Nuclear War by Philip Gibson
Genre: Military Thriller

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Product DetailsComplicated Creatures by Alexi Lawless
Book Genre: Mystery / Thriller

What happens when curiosity becomes obsession? Luck is Jack Roman's middle name — and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he's immediately drawn to her and pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past.

Product DetailsPale Horseman by C. E. Martin
Genre: Supernatural military thriller

Supersoldiers turned to living stone try and stop a demon-possessed centaur rampaging in Los Angeles.

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Product DetailsFire Sign by M. A. Petterson
Genre: Mystery / thriller

A beautiful forensic engineer hiding a tragic past reluctantly teams up with a troubled cop to stop a serial arsonist targeting churches.

Product DetailsA Sense of Duty by Ava Armstrong
Genre: Thriller

Lieutenant Ben Keegan leaves the Navy after a decade of service. He's been shot, captured, tortured, blown up, taken shrapnel, and he suffers from six tours of combat. Ben starts teaching history at a university where he meets mysterious Lara. Lara is immediately intrigued with him. But, more importantly Ben is strongly drawn to her. There is one big problem: he is legally married and has a child. And, Ben is wrestling with problems from his many years in combat.

Product DetailsMisguided by Jason E. Fort
Genre: Christian Thriller

A former Navy SEAL-turned rogue agent carries out his own personal crusade against Islam after discovering his wife and daughter were kidnapped and executed by ISIS. The assassin is pursued by FBI agents and an inspector from Interpol. But can a Christian FBI agent and a Muslim inspector put aside their differences to catch the assassin - before someone else does?

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Product DetailsThe Last Virgin Alive by Stephanie Crosby
Genre: YA Mystery

Symphony is a teenager, and she’s trying to cope with all the trials, tribulations and self-doubt this time of life throws at us. Insecure, she suffers from terrible self-hatred, is very down about herself and is very worried about being ‘The Last Virgin Alive’ at 17.

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Product DetailsHis First His Second by A. D. Davies
Genre: Thriller / Mystery

Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend is too nice to be a police officer, if she’s honest. She is also one of the most respected criminal analysts in the country, and soon finds herself in a cold northern town, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women. But Richard—the father of the latest victim—launches a parallel investigation, utilizing skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him. 

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Product DetailsThe Devil Lies in Couper by R.Marquez
Genre: Mystery

Matty Cruz’s life as a young retiree is finally coming together in Couper, Washington, a city nestled on the banks of the Columbia River—which also happens to have the highest violent-crime rate in the Pacific Northwest. But life is never that simple in Couper. Relationships sour, neighbors become vengeful, and someone even threatens her adorable, little terrier. If that isn't bad enough, a serial killer is loose in the city.

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Product DetailsTracking A Shadow by R Weir
Genre: Mystery/Detective

Never knowing where his next case will come from, Private Detective Jarvis Mann is thrilled when his voicemail is lit up by the sexy tones of a lady looking to hire him. Successful business woman Emily White with girl next door looks, is certain someone is stalking her and wants Jarvis to track down the elusive shadow. Navigating through each twist and turn in the case, and the affections of two desirable women both with an agenda, Jarvis uses dogged determination and razor sharp wit in Tracking a Shadow that moves across the Denver landscape with each shift in the sun.

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Product DetailsPoetic Justice by Lori James
Genre: Mystery/Thriller & Romantic Suspense

When Homicide Detective Mark Stevens receives a phone call to report to a bloody crime scene, he has no idea how his life is about to change. When he finds himself having feelings for the murder victim’s sister, he’s determined to remain professional. The new, ambitious prosecuting attorney can’t wait to sink his teeth into his first murder trial. Seemingly lucky for him, a murder victim’s body is found his first day on the job.

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Product DetailsThe Origin of Murder by Jerold Last
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Roger and Suzanne revisit South America to solve another deadly mystery.  Accompanied by their son Robert and his jack-of-all-trades nanny Bruce, they take a vacation cruise through the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador.  En route, they visit the ancient Incan city and capital of Ecuador, Quito, the highest capital city in the Americas.  Of course, Suzanne finds a dead body floating in the Pacific Ocean.  As Roger and Suzanne retrace the path that Charles Darwin sailed and walked more than 175 years ago, the body count increases almost as fast as the clues. 

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Product DetailsMurder U.A.V. by Charles A. Turek
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

When Charlie’s fianc√©e is arrested for domestic terrorism, striving to prove her innocence draws him into a sadistic nightmare.  Brutal, depraved and dangerous, the sadist’s reach is pervasive and global.  Unwatched, he will rape or kill the most innocent.  Undeterred, he will gather unsuspecting followers by the thousands.  Unstopped, he will destroy the oldest and most powerful of institutions.  When Linda is killed in custody, Charlie navigates a world of sex clubs, covert militias and unimaginable high-tech weapons.  The result is a cascade of sex, action, thrills and death in search of truth that still may not clear her name.

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