Thrill with mysteries

Bestselling author A.J. Banner returns with a new thriller, “The Poison Garden.”

Elise seems to have a perfect life with a lovely home, perfect marriage to a handsome doctor named Kieran, and a dream job running her late mother’s boutique. And then on the eve of her first wedding anniversary, she discovers her husband in bed with another woman. The only person that seems to be there for her now is Chantal, her friend. But is Chantal really her friend? Why did her ex-husband Brandon show up in town? And when something happens to Kieran, is she a suspect? And can she trust anyone?

This is a story that will keep you second-guessing throughout the whole thing, unsure of who to believe.

“The Poison Garden” is published by Lake Union Publishing. It is $24.95.


#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford returns to his 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series with “Bloody Genius.”

This time Virgil is sent into a local state university which has become the site of murder. Could two feuding departments caused someone to murder a controversial scholar? While controversy might breed contempt, would that actually lead to murder? As the stage is set between science and medicine, ideologies come to a head, and Virgil could be sitting right in the middle of some danger. Will he find the killer before its too late?

With a gripping storyline and a great character in Flowers, this is a heady mystery that will get readers thinking.

“Bloody Genius” is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. It is $29.


When her job as a crime scene photographer is taking too much a toll on her psyche, Harper changes her job and finds even more danger in “Always Look Twice” by Elizabeth Goddard.

Now a nature photographer, Harper thinks she may find serenity, but instead finds murder amongst the woods. Fleeing in fear, she loses her camera, and finds herself in a killer’s web. Enter former Green Beret Heath, now a reserve deputy called out to help his childhood friend from the danger she finds herself in. While no one can find her pictures, someone is lurking in the shadows, and Heath must keep Harper protected from harm.

This is a gripping romance and mystery that will keep readers turning pages.

“Always Look Twice” is published by Revell. It is $15.99.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.