Dirty Sex

By Ashley Bartlett

Dirty Plays | Book 1
Enemies to Lovers Romance
Friends & Community
Gangsters
Close Quarters
California

Vivian Cooper and Reese DiGiovanni have hated each other since the second grade. Too bad Reese's twin brother, Ryan, is Cooper's best friend.

Cooper and Ryan will do anything for each other, even when it's illegal, suicidal, or just plain stupid. Which is why, when Cooper and the twins stumble upon millions of dollars in gold bars, they take it and head for Las Vegas. Soon they find themselves running from some very angry and very organized criminals. Which turns out to be not nearly as sexy as it looks in the movies.

Even if they manage to survive the pissed off guys who are chasing them, Cooper and Reese might kill each other for the hell of it. Or hook up. It really could go either way.

First in the Dirty Trilogy.

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Slingshot

By Carsen Taite

The Luca Bennett Series | Book 1
Lawyers
Friends to Lovers Romance
Friends & Community
Good girls/Bad girls
Private Investigator

Who says crime doesn't pay?

Luca Bennett makes her living looking for people, but her sights aren't set on lost children separated from their parents at a busy mall or elderly Alzheimer's patients who wandered from the nursing home. She's a bounty hunter paid to apprehend fugitives on the lam.

Luca caught her latest job from new-in-town, criminal defense attorney, Veronica Ronnie Moreno. Ronnie's client, seedy local businessman Jed Quitman, failed to show up for court, and Ronnie wants him found right away. With Jed's mug smiling from dozens of billboards and low-budget, late-night television commercials, Luca figures finding him will be a breeze.

It doesn't take long for Luca to realize there's nothing simple about this job, from a stranger threatening her to stay away, to the fiery hot woman who has Luca looking for more than the usual one-night stand. The hunt for Jed quickly turns complicated, and the pursuit is fraught with danger, as is her attraction to the elusive Ronnie Moreno. In a case loaded with twists and turns, can Luca find everything she's looking for?

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Dark Wings Descending

By Lesley Davis

Wings Paranormal Mystery | Book 1
Magic
Private Investigator
Police
Big City

Goodness may appear in many forms; evil need only take one.

The Chicago PD Deviant Data Unit specializes in the dark and cruel aspects of criminal behavior. When a serial killer who leaves his victims oddly posed starts terrorizing the city, Detective Rafe Douglas leads the team tasked to find this sadistic killer. Still recovering from severe injuries sustained in the line of duty, Rafe's tenuous hold on what is real is further tested by someone who wants in on the case and won't take no for an answer.

Private Investigator Ashley Scott experiences the world through unveiled eyes. She alone can see that Hell's inhabitants are breaking free from their confines and are bringing their evil to Earth. She believes the killer isn't human and knows she has to convince Rafe there are more things happening in the Windy City than anyone could possibly realize. Only together can they solve the secrets revealed in the killer's brutal slayings.

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Ill Will

By J.M. Redmann

Psychological Thriller
Private Investigator
Multicultural 
Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 7
Big City

First, do no harm. But as New Orleans PI Micky Knight discovers, not every health care provider follows that dictum. She stumbles into a tangle of the true believers to the criminally callous, who use the suffering of others for their twisted ends. In a city slowly rebuilding after Katrina, one of the most devastated areas is health care, and the gaps in service are wide enough for the snake oil salesmenand the snakes themselvesto crawl through.

The seventh Micky Knight mystery.

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Women of the Mean Streets

By J.M. Redmann

Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners.

These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an anthology of some of the top, tough women crime writers today, noir stories with a lesbian twist.

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Retirement Plan

By Martha Miller

Coming Out
Private Investigator
Psychological Thriller
Police

What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits?

Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois's sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice.

When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life. But as she grows increasingly solitary—coping with an Alzheimer's-plagued mother who refuses to be confined to a nursing home, and a police partner counting the days to retirement—she comes to realize that these murders may cut close to home.

A modern morality tale of justice, retribution, and women who refuse to be politely invisible.

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Water Mark

By J.M. Redmann

Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 6
Psychological Thriller
Multicultural 
Private Investigator
New Orleans 

It's just one more body in one more destroyed house. In New Orleans, after Katrina, there are thousands of destroyed houses and hundreds of body yet to be found. Can one more matter? It does to Micky Knight as she takes on the search to find out who the woman was and why she might have died there. But is Micky searching for justice or just doing anything to avoid confronting the ways Katrina destroyed everything that had tied her to New Orleans?

Micky's investigation leads to a tangle of greed and deceit that stretches back generations. Someone is using the destruction wrought by the flooding to finish what was started a hundred years ago. To stop them Micky will have to risk not just her life, but any chance to reconnect with Cordelia and rebuild the life she had before Katrina. But if she doesn't stop them, a young teen whose only crime was wanting to help the destroyed city, will be the next body left in an abandoned house.

The sixth book in the Micky Knight mystery series.

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Death by the Riverside

By J.M. Redmann

Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 1
Private Investigator
Multicultural 
Big City
Psychological Thriller
New Orleans 

Among the moss-covered trees and wrought-iron balustrades of southern Louisiana, Detective Michele Knight (Micky to her friends) takes on the seemingly simple job of shooting a few photos for a client, but the going gets rough as Micky finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps in an attempt to expose a dangerous drug ring. The trail leads to the Hundred Oaks Plantation, a transvestite named Eddie, a beautiful doctor named Cordelia, and memories Micky thought she had buried twenty years ago.

Hard-hitting prose in the style of Sam Spade and Mike Hammer with a lesbian twist.

The First Micky Knight Mystery

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Kiss of Noir

By Clara Nipper

A Nora Delany Mystery
Amateur Sleuths
Good girls/Bad girls
Multicultural 
Sports
People of Color
New Orleans 

"I was forty-six when I left the big city for the Big Easy. They say New Orleans is like a woman, beautiful, deceitful, and deadly. All I know is, I had to leave Los Angeles on the run and The Crescent City beckoned like a broad on her back."

In the sequel to Femme Noir, Nora Delaney has returned to her job as a college basketball coach in Los Angeles. When she beats up a rival coach on national television, she is fired and flees to a tiny town outside New Orleans to take refuge with her cousin Ellis Delaney and his wife. Working at Ellis' pawn shop, Nora meets Cleo Sweetleaf, who becomes a mentor and a second father. While Nora takes stock of her life, her everlasting hunger for strange women causes trouble from sunup to sundown. When Cleo is murdered, Nora, spurred on by revenge, is drawn into solving the crime. But after being beaten and left bleeding in an alley, Nora might not solve the mystery alive.

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In Pursuit of Justice

By Radclyffe

Justice Series | Book 2

In the dynamic double sequel to Shield of Justice and A Matter of Trust, Det. Sgt. Rebecca Frye struggles to return to duty after a near fatal shooting. Joining forces with enigmatic computer consultant J.T. Sloan, Rebecca accepts a temporary assignment with a Federal task force investigating an Internet child pornography ring. Rebecca's obsession with finding her partner's killer and her involvement in the multi-jurisdictional investigation threaten both her life and her new relationship with Doctor Catherine Rawlings. When Catherine becomes professionally involved and an attempt on the life of a task force member ensues, the pursuit of justice becomes a deadly race against time.

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Veritas

By Anne Laughlin

Small Town Romances
Police

When the hallowed halls of academia become the stage for murder, newly appointed Dean Beth Ellis's search for the truth leads her to unexpected discoveries about her own heart.

For Beth Ellis, Grafton College and its faculty and students are her home and family. But the president of the college rubs everyone the wrong way, the new English professor on campus isn't much more popular, and Beth has her hands full trying to keep the peace as various campus factions quarrel. Still, she didn't expect a tenure battle to end in murder.

Sally Sullivan left the Chicago police homicide division and returned to her hometown where, as chief of police, she expected her greatest challenges to be dealing with car accidents and drunk drivers. But faced with a murder investigation with more motives than evidence and an inexperienced staff, Sally finds small-town policing isn't as simple as she thought. Neither are her growing feelings for Beth Ellis.

As Sally and Beth's different worlds collide, their desire to solve the murder is complicated by their unexpected attraction. A second murder on campus places the survival of the college itself, their tenuous relationship, and even their lives in jeopardy.

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Femme Noir

By Clara Nipper

A Nora Delany Mystery
Amateur Sleuths
Multicultural 
Sports
People of Color
Good girls/Bad girls

Womanizing tough broad Nora Delaney meets her match in Max Abbott, a sex-crazed dame who may or may not have the information Nora needs to solve a murderbut can she contain her lust for Max long enough to find out?

Dames, booze, and murder is the oldest story in the book, but this time, it happens too fast to Nora Delaney, who is a notorious womanizing college basketball coach. After her ex is found murdered, Nora chases the scent all the way from Los Angeles to Tulsa to find some right angles in this nasty business, only to be waylaid by a gorgeous, gin-swilling skirt who has information as well as an appetite for women like Nora.

Filled with cock-eyed optimism, vivid sexual fantasy, tough broads, and big babes who know their ways around drinks, trash talk, and murder, Femme Noir is a wry homage to retro outlooks of a bygone tough guy/femme fatale age. If you like sex and humor, this book is for you.

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Death of a Dying Man

By J.M. Redmann

Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 5
Private Investigator
Multicultural 
Psychological Thriller
Big City
New Orleans 

New Orleans PI Micky Knight just had to get into a butch pissing contest with the journalist partner of a famous doctor working with her lover, Cordelia James. Micky's insistence that the skills of a reporter are of no use to a PI backfires, and now she's stuck with a drop-dead gorgeous assistant and the case of a dying gay man looking for a child he might have fathered. These chains of events--and an act of nature--will tear Micky's life apart in ways that may never be put back together. Fifth in the Lambda Award-winning Micky Knight mystery series.

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Justice for All

By Radclyffe

Justice Series | Book 5

While Detective Lt. Rebecca Frye's elite unit attempts to uncover the connection between the local organized crime syndicate and a human trafficking ring, she and her team, and those they love, unwittingly become targets. As part of the operation, Dellon Mitchell goes undercover with a young woman posing as her lover—a woman with a secret agenda who puts Mitchell's personal and professional life at risk. Before long, the hunters and the hunted are caught in a complex web of double-crosses and desire where the lines between good and evil blur, and justice may be the ultimate victim.

Fifth in Radclyffe's Justice Series

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Lost Daughters

By J.M. Redmann

Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 4
Psychological Thriller
Private Investigator
Multicultural 
Big City
New Orleans 

Micky Knight, a bayou-bred and out-of-the-closet New Orleans private investigator, takes on the cases of a widowed mother looking for her daughter and a tough gay boy hunting for his biological mother. When a young woman patient is murdered at Dr. Cordelia James's clinic, it seems to be just a bizarre coincidence. But when another woman, also a patient, is murdered, these events reveal the frightening possibility that the crimes are more than just random chances. Even more alarming, the killer seems to know too much about the victims. As the killer circles ever closer to Micky--and the lost daughter she is trying to find--the coincidences become a grisly reality: the one characteristic all the victims share is that they dare to love other women. Reprint

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The Intersection of Law & Desire

By J.M. Redmann

Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 3
New Orleans 
Multicultural 
Private Investigator
Big City

It is fall in the steamy underworld of New Orleans, the seasons are changing, and so is tough detective Micky Knight's life. Micky takes on the case of the daughter of a friend, who is believed to be sexually abused, not knowing that the investigation will lead her on a dangerous sexual odyssey. In Cissy's sleepless nights, Micky sees echoes of her own past, and she becomes caught up in a world where young girls are treated as commodities. While doing battle with seedy thugs and struggling to hold on to her rocky relationship with Dr. Cordelia James, Micky travels between the uptown opulence of the Sans Parel Club, one of New Orleans's exclusive private clubs, and a tawdry hole of a bar near the Desire Projects. Evil exists in both places, and the mystery culminates where law and desire intersect. Reprint

The Lambda Literary Award winning Third Micky Knight Mystery.

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Deaths of Jocasta

By J.M. Redmann

Micky Knight Mysteries | Book 2
Private Investigator
Multicultural 
Psychological Thriller
Big City
New Orleans 

Micky Knight, a hard-hitting, tough-talking dyke detective, has been hired to provide security for a party at an old country mansion. It should be easy--a perfect spring evening, mild weather, and women everywhere. Suddenly another woman shows up--brutally murdered, left to die in the surrounding woods. The police find a prime suspect when the body of yet another victim is found in the clinic of Dr. Cordelia James, a woman whom Micky has a very personal reason to defend. Micky struggles against demons, past and present, in her death-defying search for the murderer. (reprint)

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Blind Faith

By Jacob Anderson-Minshall and Others

A Blind Eye Mystery | Book 3
Amateur Sleuths
Celebrity
Friends & Community
Private Investigator
Multicultural 
New Orleans 
People of Color
California
Workplace Romance

In the detective business, the ordinary can quickly become deadly.

When private investigator Yoshi Yakamota and the Blind Eye Detective Agency are hired to find a woman's missing sister, the assignment seems fairly mundane. Then two teens fall to their death from a rocky oceanside cliff in what appears to be a tragic accident. Although the events seem unrelated, they have one thing in common: the controversial Pioneer Institute, a residential ex-gay youth program. Will sending a Blind Eye team member undercover reveal what's behind the school's terrible safety record, or will it just put the spy in harm's way?

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