Five of the 100 Indie Books You Should Read Before You Die

Great works of literature are being produced by wonderful independent authors who are breaking the mold in the literary world of fiction.

Too many literary sources completely omit or overlook Indie Books when compiling their lists of the 100 books you should read before you die. They showcase the legends, the classics.

Yet, we are fortunate to have a lot of outstanding books by outstanding indie authors in today’s literary marketplace. We are continuing our series featuring great indie books you should definitely read in your lifetime, knowing that the list will always change with the passing years and with the release of new books.

Here, in no particular order, are the five books we are featuring today.

When Darkness Falls

By Kathleen Harryman

Follow the amazing journey of Tracy Bennett, an average middle of the road girl working on a make-up counter in a York department store with her close female friends. Or is Tracy quite what she seems…

Kathleen Harryman’s When Darkness Falls is a gripping account of a psychopathic killer. Written from the killer’s perspective, the intent and desire is perfectly compelling and holds the reader enthralled. Make assumptions, draw your own conclusions and then find your theories debunked as the story unfolds.

When Darkness Falls is a book that you will not be able to put down until the last page is turned, testament to the human fascination with the criminal mind and the debate over whether serial killers are either evil or mad.

The Enigma Factor

By Charles V. Breakfield and Roxanne E. Burkey

Rogue cyber-criminals want Jacob Michaels, a brilliant young programmer, to join them. He just doesn’t know it yet. Jacob has the brains, expertise, and programming methods to get them what they want without discovery.

With his best friend, Buzz, and a distractingly beautiful encryptionist in tow, Jacob enters the world of the Dark Internet here in the 21st Century where the computer is the weapon of choice! With the cyber criminals engaged in international hacking, it’s easy to have your identity slip through your fingers. No one, including Jacob, believes it when he learns he has been targeted. Jacob finds the space between cyber good and cyber evil difficult to navigate as well as highly deadly.

Jacob has settled into a quiet routine of a techno geek after his mother dies. The plans he made are disrupted when he discovers his life is in danger. He sets off on a mission that takes him into new technology views and exposes to him the inner-workings of unknown global technologists. Jacob learns that safeguards for technology are always evolving and being exploited. His challenge becomes how to keep ahead of the criminals and identify who to trust.

Book 1 of The Enigma Series brings relevant technology elements of programming, encryption, crypto-currency, and hacking to highlight the professional excellence of Jacob, more so perhaps due to his sheltered upbringing. Explore the horrific damage cyber criminals can inflict as the authors, Breakfield and Burkey, weave a complex tale of danger, intrigue, and international cyber combat in their debut thriller, The Enigma Factor.

A Dead Red Cadillac

By RP Dahlke

Twice divorced NY model, Lalla Bains, now runs her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California where she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party.

But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, was found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case.

Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough roadblocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year-old murder only she can solve.

A Dead Husband

By Anna Celeste Burke

USA Today bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke, brings you an unconventional sleuth hot on the heels of high-living lowlifes in book 1 of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. Even in a desert paradise, life is full of surprises like A Dead Husband.

“My first day as a sleuth was more Stephanie Plum than Miss Marple.”

Meet Jessica Huntington, an amateur sleuth with a shopping jones and a black AMEX card. She soon finds out that money can’t buy happiness or save your neck. Her well-planned life in shambles, she’s hiding out near Palm Springs, California.

When her best friend’s husband is murdered, Jessica and her friends are soon stalked by scoundrels in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Maglis, and Armani suits. Roger Stone had something that got him killed. What was it and what will they do to get it back?

The Green Room

By Faith Mortimer

The Green Room by Faith Mortimer Ella, a thirty-five-year-old nurse, believes she has a good life: no money worries, a job she enjoys, a gorgeous apartment and an undemanding boyfriend…until one fateful evening when everything changes.

A young woman is found raped and strangled near Ella’s home. The latest victim in a serial killer’s rampage across Surrey. Ella’s boyfriend Michael, a police constable on the team conducting the investigations of the crime, pleads with Ella to be vigilant at all times…the killer is bound to strike again.

When a handsome, enigmatic stranger rents the empty apartment above Ella, the brutal death toll rises…but against her better judgment, Ella doesn’t listen to her boyfriend’s warnings about strangers until it is far too late… She is convinced that there must be a connection between the murdered women, and for some reason, it is all linked to the Green Room…

Previous Books Selected:

Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson, Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta, Blood Orchids by Toby Neal, The Girl Who Watched Over Dreams by Jeff Russell, Blood Land by R. S. Guthrie, Deadly Chocolate Addiction by Sally Berneathy, Circle of Hurt by Jim H. Ainsworth, Dancing on Air by Uvi Poznansky, Army of Worn Soles by Scott Bury, Trouble in Glamour Town by S. R. Mallery, Mateguas Island by Linda WatkinsKiss the Girls and Make Them Die by Kelly Marshall, The Compost Pile by Stephen Woodfin, The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis, Avengers of Blood by Gae-Lynn Woods, Tabula Rasa by Gordon Bickerstaff, A Silver Medallion by James R. Callan, The Girl in the Window by Jake Needham.

 

Dead Storm by Helen Hanson, Remains by Marjorie Swift Doering, The Last Victim by Jordan Dane, Vigilante by Claude Bouchard, Ludwika by Christoph FischerStranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee, Stutter Creek by Ann Swann, A Change of Hate by Joe Broadmeadow, When the Sun Was Mine by Darlene Jones, Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann, The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox, That One Moment by Patty Wiseman, Mail Order Groom by Dana Wayne, The House of Lies by Debra Burroughs, Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner, Pride’s Children: Purgatory by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt, Cold Justice by Rick Polad, Each Day I Wake by Seb Kirby, The Bridge to Caracas by Stephen Douglass, No Sweat Pants Allowed by Jan Romes, In the Attic by Garry Rodgers, A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr, My Brother’s Keeper by S. S. Bazinet, The Undernet by J. S. Frankel, Pearseus: Rise of the Prince by Nicholas C. Rossis.

 

The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow, The Dead Game by Susanne Leist, Deadly Dominoes by Linda Pirtle, The Desolate Garden by Daniel Kemp, The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands, Mai Lin: Another New Beginning by Gay Ingram, Murder a la Christie by Marilyn Levinson, The Long Shooters by Daniel C. Chamberlain, The Back Road by Rachel Abbott, Broken Wings by D. G Torrens, Scalp Mountain by Julia Robb, Heaven to Betsy by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Flawed Gods by Angela B. Mortimer, Moment by Moment by Laura Taylor, Deadly Secrets by Angel Sefer, The Girl in the Dark by Susan Willis, Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak, The Girl in the Time Machineby Debra Chapoton, Closed Heartsby Regina Puckett, Letters to Gabriellaby Patricia Paris.

 

Cassidy Jones and the Eternal Flame by Elise Stokes, The Crazy Girl’s Handbook by DelSheree Gladden, In Sheep’s Clothing by Emily Kimelman, Touching the Wire by Rebecca Bryn, The Luminary by Elle J Rossi. Everyone Burnsby John Dolan, Finding Homeby Jackie Weger, Lie Catchers by Paul Bishop, Stealing Timeby K. J. Waters, The Beauty Shopby Suzy Henderson, The Drowned PhoenicianSailor by Lesley Hayes, The Bloodstone Reckoningby Michael Wigington, Swerveby Mike Markel, The Curious Miss Fortuneby Tina-Marie Miller, Moments in the Moonlightby Deborah J Hughes, Weight of Shadowsby Karl Holton, The Manhunterby Gene Shelton, A Cold Tomorrow by Mae Clair, The Nam Withinby Leonard Reese, Tissue of Liesby Carole Parkes, Guardian of Secretsby Janet Petken, The Treasure Hunt Clubby Michael Scott Clifton, Coffee, Tea, The Chef, & Meby Caroline James, Annieby Cynthia Woolf, A Hundred Tiny Threadsby Judith Barrow.

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  • anna burke

    thank you so much, Caleb & Linda for including A DEAD HUSBAND on the list. I’m so grateful for your support for the first book in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series. Jessica, my calamity magnet thanks you too!! LOL!

  • Rihan taz

    There has huge number of indie books where you may have to find out the best of some and these collection would be very useful for different purposes.

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Rihan: You are correct. There are a lot of wonderful indie books on the marketplace. None of us has discovered them all.

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