25 Chilling Summer Thrillers

Beat the heat and cool down with this collection of chilling summer thrillers at cool prices! From private investigators, to special agents, to amateur sleuths, from the supernatural, to international crime sprees, go ahead and just try to guess each twisty ending. 
Explore the collection and find a new favorite today!

What Lies Beneath by Adam Croft

A peaceful Sunday morning in Rutland is shattered when a dead body is discovered on the rocks at Normanton Church. The victim has been laid out in a crucifixion pose, facing the altar. DI Caroline Hills is certain there’s a religious connection — one which threatens the tranquility of life in the area.

The killer has gone to extraordinary lengths to make the symbolism clear. And the deaths will continue until Caroline and DS Dexter Antoine uncover the truth behind the dark secret — and what lies beneath.

Cold Light of Day by Toni Anderson

Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the man considered to be the most notorious Russian agent in FBI history. With her father dying in prison she’s determined to prove he’s innocent, but time is running out. FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is tasked with tracking down Scarlett. But as agents involved in her father’s investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst? As Scarlett and Matt dig for the truth, the real spy isn’t about to let anyone uncover hidden secrets, no matter the cost to life.

Qualified Immunity by Aime Austin

Sheila Harrison Grant is the first African American woman ever nominated to the federal bench in Cleveland. But when her teenage daughter shares a family secret at school, it sets the wheels in motion to feed a partisan senate’s opposition, threatening her mother’s position…and both of their lives. Once an ambitious young law student with promise, Casey Cort made the mistake of crossing a classmate from a prominent and influential family. Now she works as an unfulfilled, faceless cog in a broken legal system. When fate gives Casey a second chance, she has to set aside her lack of faith in justice and find the strength to fight for those with nowhere else to turn.

Left to Die by Blake Pierce

FBI special agent Adele Sharp is an invaluable asset in bringing criminals to justice as they cross American and European borders. When a serial killer case spanning three U.S. states goes cold, a new lead surfaces and Adele is dispatched to Paris to lead an international manhunt. Adele returns to the Europe of her childhood, where familiar Parisian streets, old friends and an estranged father reignite her dormant obsession with solving her own mother’s murder. To solve the case and her past,  Adele must discover where the killer will strike next—or lose another victim and her own mind.

Servant by J.S. Bailey

Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn’t. Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others’ lives. What Bobby doesn’t foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire. He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman’s plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God. When Bobby falls under spiritual attack following the encounter, he must choose between saving others and saving himself.

The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell 

Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public, but is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. Taking refuge in the tunnels under Grand Central Terminal, Joe discovers corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion, and a mysterious bricked-up 1940s presidential train car. Along with his service dog, Edison, Joe is soon pursued by villains and police alike. And Joe’s only salvation now is to unearth the mystery that started it all: a deadly, contagious madness on the brink of escaping The World Beneath.

Primary Command by Jack Mars

Elite Delta Force veteran Luke Stone must lead the FBI’s Special Response Team on a nail-biting mission to save American hostages from a nuclear submarine. But when all goes wrong, and when the President shocks the world with his reaction, it may fall on Luke’s shoulders to save not only the hostages–but the world.

The Cove by Malcolm Richards

Cornwall is the home to blue skies, sandy beaches…and bloody murder. Nestled between two cliffs on the west coast of Cornwall is an idyllic seaside town. It’s the type of place tourists flock to in the height of summer for ice cream and sunshine. But not this year. A young boy has vanished while playing in his backyard. A teenager long thought to be dead is about to give a local resident the shock of her life. And hiding behind a familiar face within the town’s frightened community, a serial killer is plotting a terrible act of retribution.

Welcome to Devil’s Cove…

The Blood of Angels by David Bradwell

Former investigative journalist Clare Woodbrook committed the perfect crime. But it came at a terrible personal price. So, when she’s offered a chance at redemption, she grabs it. Except it means joining an organisation rooted in the espionage and secret police of the old East Germany. It’s a world of secrets and lies, and everyone seems to have their own sinister hidden agenda. Worse still, she’s being hunted by a psychopath, intent on bloody revenge. As Clare embarks on her first mission in London, Paris and Frankfurt, the bullets begin to fly, and she has to face up to a stark yet terrifying truth.

The Cylon Curse by J. Robert Kennedy

When the Oracle of Delphi urges Olympic hero Cylon to stage a coup and seize control of Athens, he immediately attempts to fulfill her prophecy, but as history has recorded, not all went according to plan. Almost three thousand years later, Archaeology Professor James Acton and his wife, Laura Palmer, are invited to one of the greatest discoveries in decades, an ancient burial mound outside Athens, Greece. But their invitation is issued under false pretenses, and they soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery that quickly erupts into catastrophic violence, leaving an even deeper puzzle that must be solved before more innocent lives are lost.

After Me by Deborah Coonts

Twenty million in diamonds missing. Kate Sawyer, a cop in witness protection, holds the key. Her early-onset Alzheimer’s clouds the past. Stem cell therapy is working to clear it. But time is running out for Kate. Then, one night she finds a dead man in her bathtub with a note stuck in his pocket. Her cover blown, Kate runs and the clock is ticking. People close to her are being killed. Shadowy memories tease her. Some she recognizes. Others don’t seem familiar at all. Running from people she can’t remember, dogged by a past lost in the haze, Kate discovers no one is who they appear to be, perhaps not even herself.

A Cry in the Dark by Denise Grover Swank

A woman is on the run with no one to trust. With the ink barely dry on her new identity, Carly Moore just wants to disappear…but fate has other plans. Broken down car, next to nothing in her bank account, Carly is stuck in a Smoky Mountain town that time has forgotten. Drum is riddled with secrets and outsiders are eyed with distrust. Still, it isn’t until she witnesses a cold-blooded murder in a darkened parking lot, that Carly realizes she’s escaped one nightmare, only to land in another. As the clock ticks down and more bodies pile up, Carly doesn’t know who to trust. If she doesn’t stop the killers, they just might stop her…permanently.

Perplexity by Bill Briscoe

Jim Pepperman is about to lose everything for a long-held secret. Nightmares are stealing Jim’s sanity, guilt is carving out pieces of his soul, and his silence is driving a wedge between he and his wife. But then Jim is almost shot and letters threatening his life show up. Now, he begins to wonder if someone has finally discovered what happened that fateful night. Ex-Air Force Colonel Sean Halpin is assigned to the case. But, as the threats to Jim escalate, Halpin is put on a countdown to uncover the real story before it’s too late. Except his top two suspects have iron-clad alibis, and Jim may be covering up the crucial evidence Halpin needs to save his life.

A House by the Sea by Ambrose Ibsen

After his book becomes a best-seller, novelist Jack Ripley moves to a house on the edge of Cutler Harbor with his wife and two daughters. Nearly a century old, Winthrop House is newly-restored, but everything is not what it seems. Though picturesque, Jack learns that the house has been shunned for decades by the locals, owing to a number of mysterious disappearances and inexplicable deaths on the grounds. What was once a dream home quickly becomes a nightmare for the family as they encounter the terrifying presence that has existed there since times immemorial.

The Inside Man by M.A. Rothman 

As a member of a New York Mafia family, Levi Yoder’s role is unique. He’s a fixer, a solver of problems, a man whose code puts loyalty above all else, yet he’s a man with a conscience. When Levi is tasked with searching for the kidnapped grandchild of a Japanese mob boss, the assignment plunges him into a world filled with chaos. Then he’s falsely accused of a heinous series of crimes and the FBI makes Levi an offer he can’t refuse. With the threat of incarceration hanging over his head and the life of a child at stake, Levi finds himself tracking a serial killer who he fears might lead him to suspects that are very close to home.

Protocol by Kathleen Valenti

Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty as people end up dead. With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.

The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski

When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands? The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.

Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy 

In a flash of lightning, photojournalist Alicia Monroe sees what appears to be a murder. But when she gets to the scene, there is no body. All that’s left is a military tag belonging to a woman who has been missing for two months. While the police try to jump-start their stalled investigation, Alicia sets off on her own to find the missing woman. Her search takes her into the heart of Miami’s Cuban-American community. There, she meets Michael Cordero, who has his own demons to vanquish. Soon Alicia and Michael are not just trying to save Liliana’s life but also their own. And someone will do anything to protect a dark secret…

Chasing Shadows by Jason Richards

When concerned single-mother Bonnie Ross hires private investigator, Drew Patrick, it’s because she fears a boy is leading her daughter down the wrong path. But the truth is much worse. The boyfriend works for a notorious crime boss whose brutal henchmen are leaving dead bodies in their wake. As the danger intensifies, Drew must race against the clock before his client becomes the next murder victim.

Contract: Snatch by Ty Hutchinson 

They used her daughter as bait. They messed with the wrong mother.

Meet Sei. She abandoned her life as a deadly assassin to try and find peace. But when contacted by a source claiming to have information about the daughter she thought she’d lost, Sei finds herself taking on one last mission. Can she unravel the truth before time runs out?

Fan Mail by Daryl Woods Gerber

Local celebrity news anchor Gloria Morning is used to receiving declarations of love and praise in her weekly fan letters. But when a Lake Tahoe doctor is murdered, Gloria gets an anonymous note that it was done for her glory. Now, her appreciation turns to panic. Unsure of where else to turn, she enlists the help of novice private investigator Aspen Adams. No sooner does Aspen begin digging than another murder occurs. Followed by another note. And she soon realizes she’s up against a ruthless and deranged killer. As the body count grows, Aspen discovers she’s gotten closer to the killer. She must risk everything she holds dear to stop the killings, including her own life . . .

Hidden Path by Melissa F. Miller

All Bodhi King wants is a little peace and quiet. After all, that is why he traveled to a Buddhist monastery in rural Illinois in the first place.  But after he finds the corpse of an unidentified man, all hope of quiet contemplation is lost. He rolls up his sleeves to identify the murder victim and determine who killed him and why. A pair of federal agents insist the crime has national security implications. But, as far-reaching international financial and political consequences come into play, loyalties shift. Bodhi’s not sure who he can trust. And the wrong choice could cost him his life.

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

When Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from a party, she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation. As the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented. With the help of an old flame and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy. But she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in this killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder…who can she trust?

Bad Penny by John D. Brown

Frank is an Army Special Forces veteran. But he screwed up, went to prison, and is now out, living in small-town Wyoming. He’s just trying to go straight. Then some old “friends” from the big house come to collect on a favor. Everything goes totally nuts, forcing Frank outside the law to save the one thing he cherishes most.

Look Closer by Rachel Amphlett 

Will Fletcher seems to have it all – perfect job, perfect life. Then in one act of extreme violence, his world turns upside down. A bungled assassination attempt on a London street uncovers a disturbing conspiracy fueled by organised crime and political ambition. Now, Will finds himself on the run. And he’s pursued by a dangerous enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his employer’s past. With the killer closing in on him, Will is running out of time. As the web of lies and deceit unravels, Will knows the answer’s out there. All he has to do is look closer.

 

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