The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.
He is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that.
The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. If you enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and want to jump into further mystery, check these indies out!
Resurrecting Charlie’s Girl by Debra Kayn
Abused and a former shell of herself, Charlise wants more than anything to find the strong, confident woman she was before meeting the elusive Jared Blatwell. However, when her ex-husband catches up with her at The Ridge,
she learns Jared will stop at nothing to have her back…including murder.
When private investigator, Tom Brannet, sees a man trying to kidnap the beautiful woman who works at the hunting lodge, he jumps into the fray. Pledging to work with Charlise to stay ahead of her ex-husband, Tom takes her on the run as the passion between them explodes.
USA Today Bestseller Sara’s Game by Ernie Lindsey
Two years ago, Sara’s husband left for the gym one morning…and never came back. His car was found. He wasn’t.
Unbelievably, the police report said, “No foul play suspected.” There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else. Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.
And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?
No Remorse by Ian Walkley (the 2013 IRDA winner in the mystery/thriller category)
Author Ian Walkley skillfully weaves together an action-packed plot filled with gritty, credible details and a cast of well-rounded male and female characters possessing complex psychological profiles and strong motives. Plot twists and turns keep the pace of the story moving quickly, while Walkley creates a disconcerting edginess and tone by contrasting the descriptive narrative of exotic places with the stark, grisly realities of the criminal activity.
The Dark Before Dawn (A Gabriel McRay Novel) by Laurie Stevens
High in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles, grisly murders are taking place. On each of the victim’s bodies a note is left for L.A. Sheriff’s detective, Gabriel McRay. The killer’s identity is locked in the suppressed memory of a horrifying trauma from Gabriel’s own childhood. Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and his psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second, the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel… than he knows himself.
Murder Has Consequences (Friendship & Honor, Book 2) by Giacomo Giammatteo
The story of two childhood friends with a history of violence that reunite in tragedy after very divergent life choices. They, and everyone close to them, learn that sometimes even righteous actions taken in the name of friendship, family and true redemption have dire and unknowable consequences. Donovan is a respected New York cop drawn home to Delaware by a family tragedy. As the situation there explodes and he becomes a murder suspect, he reunites with the second leading man, his best friend and recently released from prison Nicky Fusco. Their friendship has been tumultuous and complicated, but it lies unquestioned in this time of need. When Frankie must leave to return to his partner in New York and the search for a demented serial killer, Nicky continues the investigation at home to vindicate both himself and Frankie in local crimes that could put him back into jail for life. Enjoy this one? You guessed it, there’s a book 1 (Murder Takes Time) with lots more pulse pounding narrative.
The Romanov Stone by Robert C. Yeager (Second place 2013 IRDA Winner)
Just before she dies from injuries from what looks to be an accident, Kate Gavrill’s mother, Irina, whispers something to Kate that sets her on a journey delving into the secrets of past generations.
In order to locate and claim a treasure that was bequeathed to Kate’s great-grandmother by Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas Romanov, Kate has to claim her fortune, whilst also restoring her family’s rightful place in history.
Loosely based on actual events and characters, the book seamlessly weaves past and present together relating the story behind Kate’s family, how they came to be in possession of the stone, and why Kate’s mother ends up as a victim of a hit-and-run. The plot moves quickly in this mystery-turned-thriller as Kate finds herself fighting for survival in her effort to fulfill her promise to her dying mother.
If you enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling, feed your craving for more intrigue with these terrific indie titles. Grabbing a latte to bring on the thrill ride? Consider decaf and enjoy the readerly rush!