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A Byrd & Crowe Mystery

A young woman with a questionable past…

A family struggling to find common ground…

A murder victim wi th no known enemies…

Determined to overcome the dark secrets she helped reveal three years ago when she rescued a baby from a locked car and ran away, Xandra Byrd is now a student in criminology at the local community college and an accepted part of her biological family. Still, she struggles to escape the demons of her dysfunctional childhood. But when the woman who helped put her family back together is murdered, and she and her brother implicated in the crime, Xandra must return to the dark side of human nature in search of a killer. Will she solve the mystery and clear her name, or will she become the next victim?

This sequel to The Dark Side of the Rainbow is a haunting exploration of the long-term effects of trauma and a sizzling murder mystery with page-turning suspense.

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Jilted by her long-time lover and jobless after budget cuts at the school where she teaches, Riley Marie Finn heads to the Adirondacks in search of summer employment and a place to nurse her broken heart. Lost in the backwoods, she is rescued by Josh Waylon, a forest ranger haunted by the ghost of his wife, who was murdered one year ago. Waylon has sworn off women until Riley invades his territory, but when a second woman is killed both become suspects. Despite misgivings, the two join forces to flush out the “Wilderness Strangler’ and clear their names. Can their growing feelings for each other heal the damage of their pasts? Can they solve the dual murders before one of them becomes the next victim?

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A Principle of Light

A Principle of Light is the sweeping tale of strangers caught in the turbulent spring and summer of 2016 in Turkey. Nilesen Yilmaz, a widowed Turkish poet, and Jeannie Maurillac, an American photographer, are thrown together when they witness a bombing in Istanbul. Convinced their knowledge of the crime puts them in danger, they go on the run, unaware of the secrets they are about to uncover and the life-changing decisions they will face. As their friendship grows, so do the dangers they face, forcing each woman to decide how much she is willing to risk for her art, for the truth, and for love.

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The Strange Disappearance of Rose Stone

Ten days after Rose Stone disappears, her brother Peter receives a note and a package containing their most treasured childhood possession. Now he must re-visit the landscape of their traumatic childhood, searching for clues that will help solve the mystery of her vanishing. Aided by fellow detective Tuck Cornell and wife Kelly, Peter confronts the ghosts of the past and the ones still waiting to be found.

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Rules of the Game

When teacher Cammie Rose finds an old photograph hidden in her father’s den, she begins to question her family history and the truth about all the men in her life, including the one who is stalking her. Soon, she begins a deadly game of cat and mouse with the mystery figure. As the ghosts of the past rise, Cammie races to discover the identity of her tormentor before she becomes his next victim. In this return to Hopewell, the setting of her award-winning The Dark End of the Rainbow, J. E. Irvin introduces a compelling new cast of characters, a decades-old secret, and a killer who threatens to break all the rules.

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The Dark End of the Rainbow

Teenager Xandra Byrd plans one final drug drop to finance her budding skateboard career. High school principal Leah Davis returns to work after maternity leave, so stressed by the change in routine that she forgets her infant is in the car. Then both Xandra and the baby vanish. Now Detective Joe Zetts, whose own career is on the line, must solve the puzzle of the twin disappearances before the baby’s mother is indicted for murder. This emotionally powerful tale examines the corrosive effect of keeping secrets and the healing power of love, uniting the protagonists in a race to save themselves from falling into the dark end of the rainbow.

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