Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Death, Lies & Duct Tape Box Set by A.J. Carella ETAL

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A.J. Carella, D.F. Bailey, Mark Dawson, Molly Greene,  Helen Hanson, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Seeley James, Catherine Lee, Mark McKay, Joe McNally, John Mefford, Kerry Donovan, Ian Sutherland, A.J. Stewart


14 writers at the top of their game. 14 best-selling books. 14 ways to keep you awake at night.

Rip in to killer fiction with this fantastic collection of 14 critically acclaimed books by some of the best thriller writers around today. This library of best-selling books is only 99c! Don’t miss out, order your copy today!


When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Will Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?


A dead wife. An underworld organization. A secret that threatens them all.

The death of his wife leaves Michael reeling but a terrifying discovery could be fatal as he searches for the truth. Struggling to cope, he revisits his past and triggers a sequence of events that lead to one shocking conclusion.


John Milton finds himself in the East End of London. A young mother needs his help to rescue her son from a life on the street. But the gang who has taken the boy in, and the charismatic rapper who leads it, is not about to cooperate with him. As London burns through summer riots, Milton finds himself in unfamiliar territory, dealing with an unfamiliar foe.


Veteran cop, DCI David Jones, is tough and uncompromising. His Serious Crime Unit has the best arrest record the Midlands Police Service has ever seen.

Locksmith turned jewel thief, Sean Freeman, is the best in the UK. He’s never been caught—the police have never even come close.


Madison Boone is keen to buy a fabulous stone cottage in the country, and she nixes her budding relationship with Coleman Welles to do it. But once the renovation begins, the property’s long-buried secret threatens to derail her dream. Can her friends help solve the mystery?


When Clint’s sick girlfriend goes missing, no one cares except the man in the balaclava.  Elsewhere, the CIA notices an internal breach.   As Langley searches for their system hacker, innocent lives dangle in peril.  With no help from the authorities, can Clint find Beth before her kidney’s fail?


Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Among her 13 novels is HAVANA LOST, a stand-alone historical thriller which spans 3 generations of the same Mafia family in Cuba.


The origin story of the bestselling Sabel Security Thriller series! Can retired soccer star and new CEO Pia Sabel turn around her sinking security firm and track down oil pirates before everything falls apart? “I fell in love with the characters and can’t get enough of them” –BookFanatic


Transplant patient Eva Matthews receives the ultimate gift, but this one comes with a heavy burden – it’s the heart of a serial killer. Will the nightmares that now plague her lead police to the killer’s final victim before it’s too late?


Why would an archaelogical researcher just back from India be gunned down on a London street? That’s the question facing DCI Nick Severance as he investigates his latest murder case. When the answers threaten to destroy everything he cares about, he makes a choice that will change his life forever. Is there life after terror?


Danny Deever, “The Slaughterman”, hates the world. Sweeney McGrath is the most feared gangster in Dublin. Trip Healy knows he’ll die at 37 and Jess Wainwright might not see her 20th birthday. Trip is doomed and only the unravelling of a tortuous mystery can save Jess.


As FBI agent Alex Troutt slowly plugs the gaps of her memory, a series of ritualistic murders steals her mind away from the inadequacy she feels at home, as a mom and a wife. But when the twisted killer is within her grasp, her world implodes…and her life will never be the same.


First in the hit series: The prize trophy of former football hero and full-time blowhard BJ Baker has been stolen, and only one guy can find it. Miami Jones. Problem is, Baker can’t stand Jones. And the feeling is mutual. Can Jones find the thief before he graduates to something more deadly?


Brody Taylor loves hacking humans. After all, people are the weakest link in all computer systems. If he’s hired to break in to your network, he will find and exploit the weak point. You.

But there’s one major problem with always manipulating people. Even those closest to you don’t trust you.

A.J. Carella, D.F. Bailey, Mark Dawson, Molly Greene,  Helen Hanson, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Seeley James, Catherine Lee, Mark McKay, Joe McNally, John Mefford, Kerry Donovan, Ian Sutherland, A.J. Stewart

True Deceit by A.J. Carella

The dim bulb barely reached the dark recesses of the room as one by one the men took their seats.

Once the eight men were seated around the weathered wooden oval table, the figure at one end spoke. “Thank you all for coming.” He looked around the table, looking each man in the eye. Each of these people had been handpicked to take a seat at this table.

“Why did you call us here? I had to cancel a meeting at the White House for this,” the man on his immediate right complained.

“I have a new target gentlemen.” He gestured at the folders on the table in front of each of the chairs.

“Wait a minute, this goes against the rules,” another one of the men spoke up. “They are very clear; no more than one target every six months.”

“Don’t tell me the rules,” he snapped. “I wrote the damn rules.”

“So what is this then?” Another man held up his folder. “You don’t have to abide by them, is that it? The rules are in place for our own protection, to minimize our risk.”

He nodded, acknowledging the point. “Yes. But this case is unusual. This is personal. This is about Michael.”

He watched the glances pass between them all and knew that he had won. Not one of them would dare to vote against him now. This is why he had called them here: to vote. No action could be taken by any one member without the others. There was only one outcome if they agreed. “So, are we ready to vote? Who is in agreement?” He smiled to himself as everyone raised their hands. “Good. It’s decided then.”

He stood up from the table. “Don’t forget to shred your files before leaving the room.”

All the men picked up their file. With the exception of one, they made their way over to the shredder in the corner of the room. The one who remained stood and came over to him.

“Can I have a quick word?”

He turned to face the man who had complained about cancelling his meeting. “Of course.”

“Seeing as I’m already here, I thought I might stay awhile if that’s ok.”

He smiled. “Of course,” he said again, reaching for the keychain on his belt. “Any particular choice?”

“The redhead.”

The man reached for the key as he held it out but he pulled it out of reach. “I don’t want a repeat of last time. She was out of action for weeks after you finished with her and she hasn’t outlived her usefulness yet.”

“I’ll be careful.” The man was visibly struggling to contain his excitement as he looked longingly at the key. “I promise.”

“Make sure you are,” he said, handing it over.

He watched as the man quickly went and shredded his file before letting himself out of the room. He waited until everyone had left before opening his own copy and looking at the pictures inside. He knew that Michael would thank him for this one day.

Meticulous about security, he shredded it before leaving the room and locking the door behind him. Once outside, he paused. He should leave, he had work to do, but the temptation was so close and he was feeling very pleased with himself. I deserve a reward. Instead of taking the stairs that would take him back upstairs, he turned left.

The tunnel had been hewn out of rock a long time ago and he’d come across it quite by accident. He’d bought this property when he’d first known that he needed somewhere private to go. Somewhere out of the way, remote. This abandoned farm had fit the bill perfectly, miles from anywhere on the outskirts of a town that was dying a little bit more with each passing year. The discovery of the tunnel system had been an unexpected bonus and one he had made full use of and improved upon.

At first the rudimentary lighting system showed nothing more than bare walls as he made his way deeper into the tunnel but after a few hundred feet, he started passing heavy wooden doors built into the rock. He’d passed several before he heard the sound of a woman screaming out in pain and chuckled to himself. It sounded like he was having a good time. The sound got louder as he got closer until he was right outside the door. He paused for a moment, tempted to slide open the small viewing panel built into the door at eye level, but decided against it. He had his own entertainment to get to and he didn’t want to deny himself any longer.

The screams faded once more as he carried on walking until he could no longer hear them and before long he found himself at his destination. The door was the same as all the other doors along the tunnel but this one was his favorite. Behind it was the one he’d selected for himself, the one no one else was allowed access to.

Taking a key off his belt he slid it into the lock and turned, the metallic groan as the bold slid free alerting the occupant to his arrival. She scampered off the dirty mattress on the floor where she’d been sitting and pressed herself against the far wall. He smiled. He loved to see their fear.

“Missed me?” He asked as he closed the door behind him.

Meet Author A.J. Carella...

AJ grew up in Switzerland but now lives by the sea on the South Coast of England. She has a son who is still young enough to make her feel wanted and two fluffy hounds that cause trouble wherever they go.

If you haven’t read any of my books, I am happy to offer you the first two books in the McKays series, completely free. Just visit www.ajcarella.com for details.

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5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Death, Lies & Duct Tape Box Set by A.J. Carella ETAL”

  1. Good morning, A.J.,and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. What a wonderful box set. Loved all of the blurbs and had to pick up my copy. Thanks for stopping by to share your books!

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