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The Upstaged Coroner

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy this pulse-pounding hardboiled mystery novel set in a modern-day Shakespeare troupe--from USA TODAY bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin "There's nothing better than a well-plotted mystery investigated by a witty, wonderfully clever (and flawed) heroine. A well-paced and suspenseful piece of crime fiction not to be missed!" --Gabriella Messina, author of The Kate Gardener Mysteries The local university's Shakespeare troupe already had plenty of drama. Then their manager was murdered. The morning after the coroner election, Fenway Stevenson finds herself in the middle of another emotionally charged case. The manager of a renowned Shakespeare group is killed — and there's no shortage of suspects. Uncovering secret affairs and ties to a deep conspiracy, she gets stonewalled by actors, accountants, and even the university president — who all seem to know more than they admit. Can Fenway solve the murder before she becomes the next victim? ------------ The Upstaged Coroner is the fourth book in the bestselling edge-of-your-seat Fenway Stevenson Mysteries series. KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, female coroner, medical examiner, medical thriller, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, hard boiled mystery, brozy, theater murder, Shakespeare murder, strong woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, political thriller, conspiracy murder, Santa Barbara crime fiction, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones

The Clandestine Coroner

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy this edge-of-your-seat hardboiled mystery novella from USA TODAY Bestselling author Paul Austin Ardoin—the long-awaited next book in the bestselling Fenway Stevenson series! A secret society. A missing body. A town torn in two. This story takes place between the events of The Accused Coroner (Book Seven of The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries) and The Offside Coroner (Book Eight). When a member of a secret society is found dead in the local temple, Coroner Fenway Stevenson finds herself embroiled in an underground world where no one plays by the rules. The society leader turns hostile, the dead body goes missing, and an embezzlement scheme threatens disaster for the local economy. Can Fenway find allies to uncover the truth before the killer gets away? ____________ "Curl up in your favorite chair with a cup of joe, because you won’t be able to stop reading this fast-paced, clever murder mystery." —C.B. Samet, bestselling author of The Dr. Lillian Whyte Adventures "A brilliant whodunit with plenty of twists—and a great cast of characters that made me want to read the whole series!" —Angela C. Nurse, author of The Rowan MacFarlane Mysteries KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, female coroner, medical examiner, medical thriller, former nurse solves murders, secret society mystery, hard boiled mystery, strong woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, medical thriller, conspiracy murder, Santa Barbara crime fiction, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones

The Offside Coroner

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy the eighth novel in this hardboiled coroner series by USA TODAY bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin “The Offside Coroner kept me guessing right up to the end—the perfect balance of tension and rich detail that makes it impossible to put down. I simply loved it!” —L.J. Regan, author of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead ____________________ A coach, a protégé—and a scandal that turns deadly. A fancy dinner date turns into Coroner Fenway Stevenson's worst nightmare. Sucked into investigating a wife accused of adultery, Fenway finds herself caught in the crossfire when the head coach for a professional soccer team ends up with his skull bashed in. As a sex scandal engulfs the team, Fenway tries to protect the prime suspect. Can Fenway unmask the killer before the body count rises? __________________ The Offside Coroner is the eighth novel in the acclaimed hard boiled Fenway Stevenson Mystery series. KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, biracial female coroner investigator, soccer scandal, women's football mystery, NWSL scandal, medical examiner thriller, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, hard boiled mystery, strong Black woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, BWWM detective romance, California beach black detective mystery whodunit crime fiction, Santa Barbara mystery, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones

The Watchful Coroner

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy this pulse-pounding hard-boiled novel from USA TODAY bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin "A taut, compelling mystery with a likeable, feisty protagonist. I devoured it." --Ian W. Sainsbury, winner of the 2019 Kindle Storyteller Award "This is as good a mystery series as you will find in print. You do not want to miss a single one of these books." --David Marvin, Scintilla Book Reviews (scintilla.info) A murder in the city’s most exclusive hotel. The main suspect? Her boyfriend’s ex-wife. There’s another killing in the cozy beach town of Estancia. This time, Coroner Fenway Stevenson needs to solve the murder of one of the most prominent businessmen in town. But everyone has ulterior motives. The new mayor is pressuring her to make a quick arrest. Is he eager for justice or does he have something to hide? Fenway’s relationship with her boyfriend is strained when the investigation threatens to unearth a terrible secret and tear his family apart. Her father lies comatose after being shot by a bullet meant for Fenway. His company is on the brink of disaster. The investigation quickly turns into a political and personal battleground. Her friends, colleagues, and family get caught in the web of complicated relationships and contradictory evidence—and as the mayor turns the screws on Fenway, her emotions reach the boiling point. When the main suspect's alibi changes, Fenway knows something isn't right. Is she trying to hide a bigger secret or is she playing a more nefarious game? Will Fenway arrest an innocent woman to save herself? Can she uncover the truth before it’s too late? ---------------- Grab your copy of the sixth book in this bestselling hard-boiled mystery series today! "The Watchful Coroner will captivate readers from the first page." —C.B. Samet, EVVY Award-Winning Author "With characters you love to hate, complex relationships, and a compelling central mystery, you won't be able to put The Watchful Coroner down. Ardoin's most polished work to date delivers an ending that's both touching and laugh-out-loud. A joy to read from start to finish."--Jamie Thornton, New York Times Bestselling Author KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, biracial female coroner investigator, medical examiner thriller, hotel murder, private investigator sleuth, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, hard boiled mystery, strong Black woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, BWWM detective romance, California beach black detective mystery whodunit crime fiction, Santa Barbara mystery, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones

The Courtroom Coroner

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy this locked-room thriller from USA TODAY Bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin "A suspenseful closed-room murder mystery. Ardoin masterfully crafts an edge-of-your-seat novel with the perfect balance of intrigue, drama, and humor." --C.B. Samet, four-time award-winning author A dead defendant. A court in lockdown. And a murderer in the room. Coroner Fenway Stevenson is distraught. Not only is her father on trial for murder, but a huge conspiracy is wrecking the coastal town she calls home. And with two gunshots in a crowded courtroom, everything changes. A dead body. Thirteen people. A set of locked doors. As the hours tick by, one thing becomes clear: the killer is still in the courtroom and will stop at nothing to ensure the truth never comes out. With nothing but a fingerprint kit, an Ethernet cable, and her wits, can Fenway catch the killer before becoming a victim herself? ------------------ The Courtroom Coroner is the fifth book in the bestselling hard-boiled Fenway Stevenson Mysteries series. KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, female coroner, medical examiner, medical thriller, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, hard boiled mystery, brozy, courthouse murder, locked room mystery, legal thriller, strong woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, political thriller, conspiracy murder, Santa Barbara crime fiction, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones

The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Collection Two Books 4 6

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy the second set of three novels in this hardboiled coroner series by bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin! "If you love page-turning, unputdownable mysteries, then Ardoin is the real deal." --Mark Stay, host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved! The collection includes the Books 4-6 of The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries: The Upstaged Coroner: The local university's Shakespeare troupe already had plenty of drama—then their manager was murdered. The morning after the coroner election, Fenway Stevenson finds herself in the middle of another emotionally charged case. The manager of a renowned Shakespeare group is killed—and there's no shortage of suspects. Uncovering secret affairs and ties to a deep conspiracy, she gets stonewalled by actors, accountants, and even the university president—who all seem to know more than they admit. Can Fenway solve the murder before she becomes the next victim? The Courtroom Coroner: A dead defendant. A court in lockdown. And a murderer in the room. Coroner Fenway Stevenson is distraught. Not only is her father on trial for murder, but a huge conspiracy is wrecking the coastal town she calls home. And with two gunshots in a crowded courtroom, everything changes. A dead body. Thirteen people. A set of locked doors. As the hours tick by, one thing becomes clear: the killer is still in the courtroom and will stop at nothing to ensure the truth never comes out. With only a fingerprint kit, an Ethernet cable, and her wits, can Fenway catch the killer before becoming a victim herself? The Watchful Coroner: A murder in the city’s most exclusive hotel. The main suspect? Her boyfriend’s ex-wife. There’s another killing in the cozy beach town of Estancia. This time, Coroner Fenway Stevenson needs to solve the murder of one of the most prominent businessmen in town. But everyone has ulterior motives. The new mayor is pressuring her to make a quick arrest. Is he eager for justice or does he have something to hide? Fenway’s relationship with her boyfriend is strained when the investigation threatens to unearth a terrible secret and tear his family apart. Her father lies comatose after being shot by a bullet meant for Fenway. His company is on the brink of disaster. The investigation quickly turns into a political and personal battleground. Her friends, colleagues, and family get caught in the web of complicated relationships and contradictory evidence—and as the mayor turns the screws on Fenway, her emotions reach the boiling point. When the main suspect's alibi changes, Fenway knows something isn't right. Is she trying to hide a bigger secret or is she playing a more nefarious game? _______________________ Mixing murder, small-town politics, and hidden conspiracies, The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries follow the newly-elected coroner as she tries to get to the bottom of the high-profile murders in her town—while juggling the politics of the coroner's office, the whims of her rich, powerful father, and a romance with the county sheriff. The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries, Collection Two is a boxset of the second three books of the hardboiled murder mystery series. KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, female coroner, medical examiner, medical thriller, courtroom thriller, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, mystery book boxset, hard boiled mystery, strong woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, legal thriller, conspiracy murder, crime fiction box set, Santa Barbara mystery omnibus

The Bridegroom Murder

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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This book was originally published under the title Everything’s Gone Green in March 2022. _________ Enjoy this pulse-pounding murder mystery novel from USA TODAY bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin --------------- “An intelligent and immersive thrill ride reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell and John Sandford, Everything’s Gone Green is the type of thought-provoking mystery that will keep you turning pages. You don’t want to miss this one!” —Meghan O’Flynn, author of the Ash Park series ---------------- A con man’s death two weeks before his wedding holds only one clue—a peculiar green discoloration in his mouth. Federal investigators Bernadette Becker and Dr. Kep Woodhead must join forces again to untangle the baffling evidence. Only they find their search for justice muddied by an old crime and complicated by a local cop with his own agenda. When the victim’s fiancée is arrested for the murder, Becker and Woodhead are positive she's innocent, just another complication in an already twisted game of cat and mouse with a murderer. Tracking down the strange green substance leads them to a slaughterhouse with a dark secret, a stalker fresh out of prison, and a locked room in the Oregon high desert. All hold dangerous secrets… But does one hold the truth Becker and Woodhead seek, or will the killer strike again? ----------- KEYWORDS: Oregon high desert murder, female federal investigator, FBI thriller, poisoning thriller, investigator sleuth, hard boiled mystery, interracial romance mystery, detective mystery whodunit crime fiction, Bend Oregon mystery, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones

The Winterstone Murder

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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This book was originally published under the title Ceremony in August 2021. Dr. Kep Woodhead is a brilliant, irascible forensic toxicologist with a dark past. Bernadette Becker is a disgraced federal investigator with one last chance. They're both assigned to a strange poisoning case: a graduate student has been found dead in a 15th-century chapel, a needle filled with a controversial hallucinogen sticking out of his arm. The priest, the professor, the piscary president, the protégé, the protestor— all emerge with a motive to stop the victim's research. Can Becker and Woodhead find the truth before more fall victim to the killer?

The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Collection One

Author : Paul Austin Ardoin
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Enjoy this hardboiled coroner series by bestselling mystery author Paul Austin Ardoin! "If you love page-turning, unputdownable mysteries, then Ardoin is the real deal." --Mark Stay, host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved! The collection includes the first three books of The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries: The Reluctant Coroner: Fenway Stevenson doesn't want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home--and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father's oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly? The Incumbent Coroner: The bizarre circumstances of Fenway Stevenson’s latest case as county coroner drag her to the center of one very dangerous game. With one suspect in custody, an attempt on the life of the key witness leads to her disappearance and more unanswered questions. Fenway must race to solve the mystery before anyone else dies while also juggling an upcoming election and her overbearing father’s meddling. As summer temperatures rise, so do the stakes. What will Fenway have to sacrifice to ensure the safety of everyone in her idyllic coastal town? The Candidate Coroner: In the midst of Acting Coroner Fenway Stevenson’s reelection campaign, the body of a successful business owner is found in a pedestrian underpass—and she discovers that her young, hated stepmother is the prime suspect. As if that’s not bad enough, further digging only exposes a money-laundering scheme that could implicate dozens of residents in the coastal town she calls home. Each clue she uncovers puts her in more danger. After an attempt on her life, and with more bodies piling up, how will Fenway solve the mystery, win the election—or simply save her own life? Mixing murder, small-town politics, and hidden conspiracies, The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries follow the acting coroner as she tries to get to the bottom of the high-profile murders in her town—while juggling the politics of the coroner's office, the whims of her rich, powerful father, and a budding romance with the county sheriff. The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries, Collection One is a boxset of the first three books of the hardboiled murder mystery series. KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, female coroner, medical examiner, medical thriller, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, mystery book boxset, hard boiled mystery, strong woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, political thriller, conspiracy murder, crime fiction box set, Santa Barbara mystery omnibus

The Witch Hunter

Author : Bernard Knight
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Coroner Sir John investigates an alleged murder by witchcraft in this page-turning instalment in the Crowner John medieval mystery series, set in twelfth-century England. Exeter, 1195. When a prominent guild-master falls dead across his horse, county coroner Sir John de Wolfe declines to hold an inquest. The man had been complaining of chest pains, and Sir John believes it a clear-cut case of death from natural causes. But events take a sinister turn when a straw doll is discovered hidden under the dead man’s saddle, a thin metal spike piercing its heart. Convinced her husband’s death was caused by an evil spell, the victim’s strident widow begins a campaign against witchcraft and the so-called ‘cunning women’ who practise it. Soon Exeter is in turmoil, a hysterical mob has formed and several local women are in danger. Still the coroner refuses to get involved – until his mistress is accused of witchcraft. If Crowner John can’t discover the real cause of the merchant’s death and unearth the culprit quickly, his beloved Nesta may soon swing from the hangman’s noose . . .