- Mystery and Thrillers
"Crown Deception" by Howard Lufburrow begins in the little town of Triumph, Texas where Jake Patterson DDS is called to the county morgue to consult on a dental anomaly discovered during a recent autopsy. Although he expresses his distaste for the morgue, he is eager to help his friend Paul Baker, Triumph Police chief. The coroner shows Jake a strange symbol on a deceased male's crowned tooth. The next day, as he is preparing to leave for a visit to The Netherlands to attend a dental conference and to visit his Dutch grandparents, he sees the same symbol on a new patient’s crowned tooth.
"Toxic Relationship" is written by Richard Hacker. After a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in Houston, Nick Sibelius sets up a private investigation business in a small Texas town hoping to findsome peace and maybe, himself. When a couple disappears and a bass fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of toxic relationships: MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past; Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body; Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with visions of grandeur. When the felon who killed his partner in Houston joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either save him or kill him — whichever comes first.