Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New releases 3/18: Four backlist mysteries and a hilarious coming-of-age

Anthony Bruno, author of the Bad series, is back with five more backlist titles, all available in eBook edition, to add to your #readmore2014 lists!

Devil's Food: A Loretta Kovacs Novel (Book 1)

“Bruno’s characters are more than just quirky dressing for the plot… it moves fast and furious, but along the way his characters’ struggles with their own doubts and failings anchor the reader to them.” – The Nashville Banner
In Devil’s Food, the first book in the Loretta Kovacs thriller series, it’s make-it-or-break-it time for zaftig Loretta when she’s assigned to the ragtag Parole Violators Search Unit, a.k.a. the Jump Squad. All her buttons are pushed when she goes undercover as a desperate dieter at a Florida fat farm in order to nab an embezzler who’s a perfect size 2.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, & the iBookstore.

Double Espresso: A Loretta Kovacs Novel (Book 2)

“A cast of kooky, dangerous characters worthy of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiassen… A funny, often harrowing crime novel.” —Booklist
In Double Espresso, the second book in the Loretta Kovacs thriller series, Loretta races to keep one hitman from killing another. The intended victim is a valuable government witness against the mob, and a dirty FBI agent is helping the bad guys. Loretta must fend off the advances of an amorous mob boss while babysitting the cantankerous witness in Seattle—Java City—as she desperately struggles to kick her caffeine habit.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, & the iBookstore.

Hot Fudge: A Loretta Kovacs Novel (Book 3)

“A divertingly comic entertainment with a bittersweet bite… Fine escapist fare from a pro.” —Kirkus Reviews
In Hot Fudge, the third book in the Loretta Kovacs thriller series, parole officer Loretta falls for her partner, Frank Marvelli. A sexy fellow parole officer “borrows” Marvelli for an assignment in San Francisco, and jealous Loretta tails them. Marvelli is kidnapped, and the women team up to find him and nab the fugitive in question, a successful ice-cream entrepreneur. Loretta encounters a cast of kinky characters and stumbles onto the sinful secret ingredient that has made Elmer Fudge Whirl impossible to resist.
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, & the iBookstore.


FBI profiler Trisha McCleery has been on a twenty-year personal search for the person who brutally murdered her mother. At the same time serial killer Gene Lassiter has been on an obsessive twenty-year search for the daughter of his first kill. If she finds him, justice can at last be served. If he finds her, one man’s reign of terror can continue unabated. In a stunning life-or-death final act, the hunter and the hunted go head-to-head, with a shocking ending that bleeds justice dry.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, & the iBookstore.

The Temptations of St. Frank

In this hilarious and biting coming-of-age novel, seventeen-year-old Frank Grimaldi wants one thing more than anything else—to have sex before he graduates. Too bad his crazy teachers, insane parents, the Catholic Church, and the Mafia are all standing in the way.

Imagine Catch-22’s Captain Yossarian in high school. Imagine Prep written by a guy. Imagine the narrator of Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus as a Catholic. Imagine J.P. Donleavy’s The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. set in New Jersey in 1970. Imagine The Temptations of St. Frank.  

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, & the iBookstore.