Drop Dead Crime
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
with stories by Lisa Regan, Leslie Wolfe, Colleen Helme, Amy Vansant, Julie Smith
Five women. Five sublime authors of crime fiction. One stunning book.
Gripping thrillers, packed with deviously executed crimes and in-depth investigations are some of the most popular reads available on traditional and virtual
Now, you can sample some of the best female writers of crime fiction, in Drop Dead Crime, a collection of novellas packed with the twisted plotlines and memorable characters that excite readers and leave them demanding more.
Lisa Regan, Leslie Wolfe, Colleen Helme, Amy Vansant, and Julie Smith are among the most skilled and prolific writers of the genre today, and each one knows exactly how to tease a story to maximum effect. Their use of strong female leads, combined with delicately balanced plots, means suspense is always kept at a fever pitch—ready to boil over at any second.
Lisa Regan’s Over The Edge is guaranteed to keep you up at night. When P.I. Jocelyn Rush witnesses a young mother jump from a bridge, she is determined to solve the mystery of why, and what she finds is a complex web of secrets and lies so shocking it could destroy the people left behind.
Leslie Wolfe introduces FBI Agent Tess Winnett in Not Really Dead, a fast-paced, intense thriller about a serial killer who makes a terrible mistake.
Colleen Helme stuns with Behind Blue Eyes. A grisly murder along with a new client hiding a deadly secret is just the beginning for Shelby Nichols, mind reader extraordinaire. Don’t miss this exciting thriller!
In Amy Vansant’s exclusive novella Parental Kilt, the stars of her “Kilty” romantic suspense series, Catriona Phoenix and Brochan the Highlander, find themselves trapped in a serial killer’s maze during a movie wrap-party gone wrong. The serial killer was supposed to be dead, but the bodies are piling up…
Julie Smith brings a dazzling story of suspense, The Big Crazy. Detective Skip Langdon, NOPD, while navigating a world of chaos and betrayal after Hurricane Katrina, takes on a gang of rogue cops who may be acting as self-appointed executioners.
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Excerpt From Over the Edge
A Jocelyn Rush Story
Five Years Ago
My feet pound along the packed-earth Wissahickon Creek trail. Sweat drips from the
nape of my neck, down the length of my spine, and into the back of my shorts. It beads on my
nose, falling as I run, and turns my hair, pulled tightly into a ponytail, slick and heavy on the
back of my neck.
I’ve been running along this path four times a week for six months, and once every few
times out, I manage to overtake him on the trail. I tried not to notice him, but all that lean muscle
called out to me. I knew he saw me too. Then one day, as I ran past him, I turned and met his
eyes. Blue fire. He smiled. I smiled back. I ran ahead. He followed.
From then on, it’s been a game we play.
This section of the creek trail is called Forbidden Drive. The irony isn’t lost on me the
day something finally happens. The morning is fresh and dewy, sunlight slipping through the
canopy of trees overhead, dappling everything around me. I see his back. Today he is shirtless,
and every muscle in his back and shoulders ripple, glistening with sweat. I run up beside him,
closer this time. When I turn to catch his eye, there is something there that wasn’t before. An
acknowledgment. I see you, those fiery blue eyes seem to say. I know what you want. I run ahead.
Far ahead but not so far that he loses sight of me. I veer off the trail at a break in the trees, my
feet crushing the brush beneath them. I hear a snapping twig behind me, and I know he’s there.
I stop when I reach a kind of clearing. It’s big enough, private enough. I put my hands
against a tree trunk, leaning over, my breath coming fast and hard from the slightly uphill run
through uneven terrain. He doesn’t talk. Hands grip my hips, digging into the flesh. Hot breath
slides down the nape of my neck. It doesn’t take long. We’re not wearing much to begin with,
and our bodies are already shiny and wet with sweat. Once we’ve both shuddered with
satisfaction, we part ways, wordless.
It happens a few more times after that. No words. No names. Then the winter sets in, and
I turn to the treadmill for my daily jog. Sometimes at night, lying in bed, I close my eyes and
remember how he felt, the way his blue eyes caught me in their snare. I remember the way my
body reacted to the things he did. The risks I took.
I’m glad it’s over. It was only a dream. A kinky fantasy. Fleeting. Gone forever.
I think I won’t ever see him again.
Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.
Colleen Helme is the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, a wildly entertaining and highly humorous series about Shelby Nichols, a woman with the ability to read minds. When asked if reading minds is something Colleen wishes she could do she says, “No way! It gets Shelby into so much trouble that I would never want that ability.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. Besides writing, she loves reading, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.
Amy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident-prone, easily distracted women with questionable tastes in men.
So, autobiographies, mostly. Ha! But seriously… She writes happy, occasionally slightly twisted, thrilling, romantic comedies, mysteries, and urban fantasies.
Edgar-winner Julie Smith is the author of more than twenty mysteries, most set in New Orleans and starring one or the other of her detective heroes, a cop named Skip Langdon, and a PI named Talba Wallis. (Both female, both tough and wily.) She also has two series set in San Francisco.
Her novel, NEW ORLEANS MOURNING, won the Edgar Allan Poe award for best novel.
She changed direction in 2010, with her start-up digital publishing company, booksBnimble (www.booksBnimble.com), beginning with four books by friends. She later added other authors and got the rights back to her own books, Then in 2015 booksBnimble spun off
(www.bbnmarketing.com), with the aim of helping self-published authors find their audience and backlist print authors find their way back into the game.
Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina; Skip Langdon returned last year in MURDER ON MAGAZINE. But so many readers have asked–what did she do when Katrina struck? That story’s THE BIG CRAZY.
Break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen
first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
A complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at http://wolfenovels.com/titles.
Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.
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