Here's our award-winning curator Kristine Kathryn Rusch on the The Dark Crimes Bundle: "I have only a handful of requirements of crime fiction—innovative characters, twisty plots, concrete settings, and great voice. Not many mystery writers manage to hit each requirement. I've read so much crime fiction that I'm hard to surprise. I get irritated when I can't "see" the setting. I don't want to hang out with the same kind of characters who show up on TV. And I really want to hear someone whisper in my ear as I'm reading.

"Every writer in this bundle hits all my crime fiction requirements. In fact, every writer here exceeds them—always surprising me, always entertaining me. I love the work of each writer in this bundle. In one way or another, I've worked with each one of them. I'm not the only one who recognizes their quality either. We have New York Times bestsellers, Macavity winners, Shamus winners, Derringer winners, ITW Thriller Writer award winners, and international bestsellers."

"If you like mystery and crime fiction as much as I do, you'll love this bundle. And if you're new to the genre, this bundle will introduce you to enough authors to influence your reading for years to come."

You can click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews, a preview and a personal note from our curator!



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A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell

"Bold narrator and chilling historical unusually vivid context, [lets] Hannah report on the decadence of her world without losing her life –or her mind."

– New York Times

Grim Reaper by O'Neil De Noux

"O'Neil De Noux tells marvelous, compelling lies adrench with the presence and personality of a very particular place … New Orleans."

– James Sallis

Notorious D.O.C. by Melissa Yi

In her second outing, Dr. Hope Sze fights a losing battle with her twin lusts for sleuthing and men, driven by her concern for others to investigate the death of another young doctor who bears her a strong resemblance. An entertaining cast of secondary characters spices up both her detective work and her love life. An off-beat glance at the medical profession adds to the fun. A solid addition to this intriguing series.

– Amazon Review

Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann

"There's a new no-nonsense female private detective in town: Georgia Davis, a former cop who is tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money."

– Chicago Tribune

Spree by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

"Rusch is a great storyteller—easily the equal of Patterson or Koontz."

– Analog

Desecration by J.F. Penn

"One of the most original mystery/thrillers that I've read in a long while. Its topic of life and death, soul and body is harrowing and poignant, shocking and profound."

– David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of ‘Murder as a Fine Art’ and author of over 40 novels

Fiction River Special: Crime by Fiction River

"This entertaining Fiction River Special Edition anthology contains sixteen new crime tales that mostly focus on felonious behavior rather than solving the case. . . . With no clunkers, the fabulous collection runs the genre gamut and more . . ."

– Midwest Book Review

Pretty Little Horses by Annie Reed

"In Private Investigator Abby Maxon, Annie Reed has created a believable, sympathetic character readers can relate to. I can't wait to read Abby's next adventure!"

– Marcelle Dubé, author of The Weeping Woman, a Mendenhall Mystery.



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Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $15, you get A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell, Notorious D.O.C. by Melissa Yi, Year's Best Crime & Mystery Stories 2016 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and John Helfers, Desecration by J.F. Penn and Kill Game - A Cold Poker Gang Mystery by Dean Wesley Smith!

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