Sick of Christmas? Have a Suspenseful Season With These Books!

It’s so secret that we love holiday romances at Harlequin — but if you’re ready for a break from all things festive, we have plenty of thrillers, mysteries and suspense stories to get your heart pumping on cold winter nights…with no reindeer in sight! 🙂

What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison

Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author J. T. Ellison delivers another riveting novel featuring the incomparable Dr. Samantha Owens. Waking to sirens in the night is hardly unusual for Samantha Owens. She’s no longer a medical examiner, but a routine police investigation in her neighborhood has her curious. When her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials indicates that something much more sinister is at play… It’s up to Sam and Fletch to uncover what lies behind deception as the threat of bioterrorism is exposed, and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.


The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

Musicians are being murdered in New Orleans. But Arnie Watson apparently died by his own hand. When Tyler Anderson plays the saxophone he inherited from Arnie, a soldier and musician who died soon after his return, he believes he sees visions of his friend’s life—and death. He becomes convinced Arnie was murdered and that the instrument had something to do with whatever happened, and with whatever’s happening all over the city… Tyler knows his theory sounds crazy to the police, so he approaches Danni Cafferty, hoping she and Michael Quinn will find out what the cops couldn’t. Or wouldn’t. After all, Cafferty and Quinn have become famous for solving unusual crimes.


The Silence That Speaks by Andrea Kane

Who wants Madeline Westfield dead? And why? The Forensic Instincts team needs to find out who’s targeting their client. Under the leadership of Casey Woods, the investigators have the resources to do just that, working inside the law—and outside it. Casey’s associate, former navy SEAL Marc Devereaux, is a man who’s equal to any situation. Except maybe this one… Because Madeline is the only woman Marc’s ever loved—and his only weakness. With a growing list of suspects, Forensic Instincts will have to figure out who has the greatest motive to silence Madeline. And they’ll have to do it fast.


Lucky Shot by B.J. Daniels

When hotshot reporter Max Malone gets a rare shot of Buckmaster Hamilton with a blonde woman near Beartooth, Montana, he chases down one of the senator’s daughters to verify that the woman is his supposedly long-dead first wife. But Kat Hamilton won’t give him the time of day, let alone any information about her mother. Kat can just tell Max isn’t used to female sources denying him anything. But when her own life is put in jeopardy, it’s Max who comes to her rescue. Seems someone is prepared to kill to keep the past in the past. Kat can’t deny she needs Max to find out what happened to her mother, but will getting closer and closer to each other lead them to the truth… or to danger?


Risk It All by Anna Perrin

When a routine case goes bad, private investigator Brooke Rogers is seconds away from death. Until Jared Nash comes to her rescue. The rogue FBI agent is tracking his estranged missing brother when it leads him to the ruthless Russian mobster Brooke’s stumbled upon. Now in the arms of her sexy protector, Brooke is on the run for her life… The woman who thinks herself unlovable has awakened desires in Jared he buried long ago. Nothing can deny their passion. But when the firepower of the mob rains down on them, Jared must choose: follow his duty and save his brother…or follow his heart and save his woman.


No Room for Error by Julie Moffett

Trouble follows me, Lexi Carmichael, like a little black cloud. At least according to my boyfriend, Slash: brilliant hacker, national treasure and vault of secrets. After a series of high-profile cases at my cyberintelligence firm, I was looking forward to a simple job. All I had to do was deliver a revolutionary microchip to a manufacturing plant in Indonesia. Easy, right? Wrong. Someone else wants the design and is willing to kill to get it. A failed hijacking attempt lands me, my best friend Basia and our boss, Finn, in the middle of the jungle. Our mission is clear: protect the microchip design from the hijackers on our tail…and survive.

 

Do you ever feel the need to take a break from the holidays? What do you like to read to escape ?

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