Cupcakes and Conspiracies by Katherine Hayton

Cupcakes

Welcome to Hanmer Springs. Small town. Big secrets.

With a divorce pending and her career hanging in the balance, Holly Waterston returns to her hometown of Hanmer Springs to lick her wounds. According to her accountant, she also needs to sell the cupcake bakery owned and operated by her family for three generations. The bakery is the only place Holly’s younger sister Crystal has ever worked.

But when their mortgage holder suffers anaphylactic shock after eating a cupcake, Crystal is chief suspect for the attempted murder. Despite being labeled allergy-free, the cake was chock full of peanuts.

Holly must dig in her heels and don an apron if she’s to clear her sister’s name, uncover the real culprit, and find out why their booming business is hemorrhaging money. If she can’t, then Holly might lose Crystal to prison and lose the one place she can truly call home.

This Sweet Baked Mystery is certified allergy-free of the following ingredients:
No Swearing
No Gore
No Graphic Scenes
and absolutely No Cliffhangers!

Warning: May contain traces of danger and good humor.

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Breathe and Release by Katherine Hayton

Breathe

If she can’t remember, the woman will die.

When Elisabet wakes in a hospital, the victim of a single-vehicle accident, her mind is empty of all memories and images except for one—the tangled dream of a woman starving to death.

As Elisabet’s husband morphs from a loving caregiver into an abusive opponent and her stepdaughter refuses all attempts to connect, Elisabet learns to navigate her malevolent new world on her own. With no other point of reference, she attempts to piece together evidence to confirm whether the woman in her dreams is real or a tortured figment of her imagination.

And when danger encroaches from all sides, Elisabet must draw on the last strands of her strained courage to survive the depraved truth hidden deep within her erased brain.

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Skeletal by Katherine Hayton

Skeletal

 

Self-Publishing Review Favorite Indie Book of 2015 & Ajoobacats Blog Top Ten Books of 2015

Three months before she died Daina Harrow faced a bully at school.
Six weeks before she died Daina Harrow suffered an assault in the park.
One week before she died Daina Harrow stole a secret people had killed to hide.

That was ten years ago. Ten long years.

Now, her bones have been found on a building site. A coroner’s inquest has been reopened. A parade of witnesses is about to start.
And Daina’s here. Watching every day as her mother cries in the courtroom. Watching every day as her friends, and her enemies, and her killers lie about her on the stand.
Watching, and making sure that no matter what the coroner hears, you know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

So help you God.

If you’re a fan of Thirteen Reasons Why, this brutal and poignant portrayal of mental illness and teenage bullying is for you. Scroll up to purchase now.

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Found, Near Water by Katherine Hayton

Found near water

Her most terrifying fear is now a shocking reality.

Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a horrifying nightmare. Following a car accident, Rena’s vulnerable young daughter Chloe has disappeared but no one cares, no one’s noticed. NO ONE HAS BEEN SEARCHING.

When victim support officer Christine Emmett takes on Rena as a client, she must guide her through the confusion and destructive despair of Chloe’s disappearance. As anxiety and evidence mount, fears for the girl’s safety grow larger with each tick of the clock.

While accusing fingers point at a frustrated ex-husband and a psychic’s arrival throws Rena into a panic of devastating hope, a murderous pedophile roams free in the community. Amid the mounting confusion, Christine must expose the truth if she is to save Chloe from a remorseless fate.

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All I Want for Christmas by Katherine Hayton

All I want

A Ngaire Blakes Short Story
The Christchurch Police are on the hunt for a runaway toddler on a heatstruck Christmas morning. Fears for young Emily’s safety are well-placed – her parent’s home is situated between a fast-flowing river and a row of earthquake abandoned houses.
When an eye-witness reports a man walking a young girl away from the scene, a new specter raises its head. Can Detective Ngaire Blakes beat the ticking time-bomb and rescue Emily before Christmas Day turns from a celebration into a nightmare?

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The Only Secret Left to Keep by Katherine Hayton

The only secret

Sometimes a secret is all you have left.

Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered—a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of 1981. A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors.

When the victim is identified as Sam Andie, a young African American man, Ngaire must investigate whether racial motives were behind the death. Meanwhile the forensic pathologist asserts that a police baton could easily have been the murder weapon. Or could Sam’s death be connected to his girlfriend—a young woman convicted of a savage double homicide in the same week he disappeared?

With files missing, memories hazy, and a strident false confession muddying the waters, Ngaire must sift through the detritus if she hopes to find the truth hiding deep beneath the lies.

The Only Secret Left to Keep is the third mystery in a series set in the darkest shadows of New Zealand. If you enjoy puzzling mysteries, strong female leads, and the thrill of psychological suspense, then you’ll enjoy the latest story in the Ngaire Blakes trilogy.

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The Second Stage of Grief by Katherine Hayton

Second Stage

A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her?

Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her.

When the body count climbs, Ngaire flees to the cold comfort of her estranged father’s hometown. In danger and not knowing who to trust, she severs contact with her closest allies and must learn to rely on herself if she’s going to catch the killer before it’s too late.

The Second Stage of Grief is the second book in a series of mystery novels set in the dark shadows of New Zealand. If you enjoy gritty mysteries, strong women who rise to the challenge, and thrilling psychological suspense, then you’ll love Katherine Hayton’s latest installment in the Ngaire Blakes trilogy.

Buy The Second Stage of Grief to crack the case today.

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The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton

Three Deaths

Twists, turns, and surprises . . .

Magdalene Lynton died forty years ago: a vivacious teenager who fell victim to an obscene, accidental drowning. The coroner’s office issued a verdict of death by misadventure and filed her case. The farming commune she’d lived within, splintered apart. Her body was left behind in a small, private cemetery encircled by acres of fallow ground.

Until Paul Worthington confessed to her murder.

Magdalene’s case lands with Ngaire Blakes, a Maori detective recovering from a brutal stabbing. After fighting for the resources to investigate, Ngaire discovers that Paul’s confession doesn’t fit with the facts of Magdalene’s death. The trouble is, neither does the original verdict.

Together with her partner, Deb, Ngaire digs deeper into the case to uncover inconsistencies, lies, and mortal danger.

The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton is the first book in a new series of mystery novels set in the deep shadows of New Zealand. If you savor tightly raveled mysteries, strong female leads, and psychologically unsettled minds, then you’ll enjoy Katherine Hayton’s opening story in a compelling new trilogy.

Buy The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton to unravel the mystery today.

 

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Tempted by Sabre Rose

Tempted

– Lauren –
Despite a rocky start to our relationship, we were making it work.
Even if my family couldn’t stand him.
Young, gorgeous and carefree, Gabe was everything I never knew I wanted.

Then I met his brother.

I knew it was wrong to feel the way I did. To think the things I thought.

But even though I was dating Gabe, Tyler was coming for me.

I just needed to resist . . .

– Gabe –
We were happy. I guess that’s why I allowed myself to be sucked back in.
I never wanted to be part of my family again.
Returning home spilled secrets I wanted to keep.
I didn’t want her to know what I had done. That I was to blame.

But he told her the truth.

I saw the way he looked at her. It was the same way he looked at most of the things he wanted. Like he already owned her.

Maybe it was karma . . .

Will Lauren give in to temptation, or is she simply a pawn caught in a feud between the two brothers?

The Thornton Brothers follows Lauren Greer and her entanglement with two of the Thornton men, pitting brother against brother.

It features mature content, sexual situations and adult language, recommended for readers 18+.