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Deadly Dozen: 12 Mystery/Thriller Novels by Bestselling Imajin Books Authors

The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle contains 12 complete mystery/thriller novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catherine Astolfo, Alison Bruce, Melodie Campbell/Cynthia St-Pierre, Gloria Ferris, Donna Galanti, Kat Flannery, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Rosemary McCracken, Susan J. McLeod, C. S. Lakin and Linda Merlino.

1. THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo
2. DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce
3. A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre
4. CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris
5. A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti
6. LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery
7. PELICAN BAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen
8. SAFE HARBOR by Rosemary McCracken
9. SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod
11. ROOM OF TEARS by Linda Merlino
12. DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

With an individual list price total of more than $45.00 and over 640 reviews collectively on, the DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle is a value-packed, rollercoaster thrill ride that takes you from amateur sleuth to detective to paranormal to ancient mysteries set in intriguing worlds and so much more.

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Out of tragedies come heroes and miracles…

At 9:59 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Diane O’Connor’s life as a firefighter’s wife changes forever shattering her faith. She writes daily of her sadness and four decades later she still keeps a note she wrote on 9/11 to her husband, Billy, hanging on her kitchen cabinet in Queens, the paper yellowed with age. 

 In the summer of 2041, Diane invites Friar Antonio Ortiz to her home. He is a man destined to become counsel to the first American pope—her son, Peter. Antonio asks no questions and arrives in secret, promising to wait nineteen years until Peter’s papal election before passing Diane's journal to him. Only then will Billy’s story be told, along with answers to Peter’s questions about his father’s last days.

First Edition ebook ISBN:978-1-927792-08-7

First Edition trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-927792-10-0

Publisher: Imajin Books

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Voted "Best Fiction of 2014" by the Connecticut Press Club


"I've just put down Room of Tears, Linda Merlino's second novel, and I am still sitting in that pool of shimmering light that a good book tosses over us, a translucent mantle that momentarily suspends the reader in time and space and life as we know it. A little something like being caught in a drop of suddenly solidified amber, I imagine. Merlino's writing is that gorgeous, and her skill at telling a story that transports the reader from disbelief to a state of astounded belief is matched by few, perhaps not any. Room of Tears does all of these things to us, its readers. It requires courage and extraordinary skill to build a story on the backdrop of the nation's tragedy of 9/11, but Merlino has built an original story that moves us through the still-fresh pain to a place of hope in the future. She makes us believe. She makes us believe in miracles."  Zinta Aistars, founder and editor-in-chief of The Smoking Poet

For more than a decade writers have struggled to come to terms with the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and most have missed the mark—sentimental, tasteless, tone deaf. Linda Merlino’s Room of Tears takes on that horrific day in an entirely original way, combining Vatican politics, natural disasters, even the mysteries of Santeria to examine how the ripples from one brave firefighter’s demise grow into a tidal wave of world-changing consequences. Meditative, almost prayer-like, Room of Tears illuminates the search for meaning in tragedy, and comforts with the sense that, even in calamity, there is always a plan. Chris Belden, author of Shriver 


A complex book with lots of heart, a story in which every reader can find something that is tangible and relatable. The exquisite language and gripping narrative gets under your skin and into your heart. It is a timeless love story, with spiritual undertones, that explores the human condition and how it is affected by loss, longing and undying faith. I loved every word. —Lauren Salkin, Priming Pamela - Shroud Magazine


“Fascinating…Just wait till you meet Diane O'Connor…You'll fall in love—I guarantee it.” —Jack Schmidt, two-time winner of International Hemingway Competition


“Beautiful and gut incredible ending I didn’t see coming.” —Rachel Van Dyken ,#1 New York Times Bestselling Author


Room of Tears is multi-faceted—part suspense thriller, part ghost story, part futuristic novel. A powerful and moving story of love and loss, hope in the face of despair, and faith in a higher power that will overcome the unspeakable horrors of tragedy.” —Patricia F. D'Ascoli, Connecticut Muse


“Room of Tears draws the reader in from the moment Father Antonio steps into Diane O'Connor's house.” —Lisa Quintela, former Entertainment Weekly writer


(Previously published as Belly of the Whale)

Voted "Runner-Up Best Fiction of 2009" by the Connecticut Press Club

One day has the power to change a life forever… 

During a Nor'easter that pounds Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Hudson Catalina—wife, mother and breast cancer victim—makes her regular chemotherapy treatment despite a loss of hope, then sets off in the family's old pickup to find all-occasion decorations for her daughter's fifth birthday party.

But fate has other plans for Hudson.

At Whales Market, she meets Willy Wu, an autistic grocery cart collector, and Ruby Desmond, the storeowner. Destiny has brought the three together to be taken hostage by a killer more brutal than any form of cancer.

Now Hudson Catalina must face her darkest fear—her demon…death.

Publisher: Imajin Books

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Hudson Catalina is ready to give up and die, thanks to a disease that took her breasts and her will to live, but fate has something else in store: a murderer takes her hostage, and after a night of terror that leaves four people dead, Hudson vows to survive.

Living with the ravages of cancer—the mutilation of having both breats removed, the pain, weakness, nausea, depression—Hudson Catalina is in a place where nothing seems to matter any more. As she drags herself through a blizzard to her chemotherapy session in Boston, she makes a decision: this will be her final treatment. She can’t do it any more. Death appears imminent and she has lost the will to live.

Her final meaningful act will be to celebrate her five-year-old daughter’s birthday the following day, and it is her intention to do this that brings her to a truly life-altering crossroads. A night of story-telling and wisdom at the Whales Market turns deadly when the wrecked-by-life young Buddy Baker arrives, bent on murder. Before the night is over, four people will be dead, and Hudson Catalina will find strength she thought had abandoned her.

Linda Merlino’s harrowing, touching story of despair, abuse, murder and survival takes you on a journey through the darkest places of the human mind and spirit, and in the end leads you back out of “the belly of the whale” enriched by the experience.


My hand stopped mid-air and my eyes went wide. I was a pillar of salt, a paralyzed fly. He stared at me for a few seconds, snow caught up in his cap and melting down his jacket. Buddy’s hands were bare and bright red from the cold; he held them to his mouth and blew into the tunnel made by his fingers. No one spoke. Those few seconds were like our future; unsure.


"A riveting story, both powerful and poignant in its telling.  Merlino's immense talent shines on every page." —Howard Roughan, New York Times bestselling author of "The Promise of a Lie."

"A Novel way to regain the will to live. Ridgefield author, Linda Merlino has a powerful tale to tell in her second novel." —Carole Goldberg, The Hartford Courant

"In a day and age of a struggling publishing industry just when you are about to lose hope in the literati, this kind of writing makes you find new hope yet again." —Zinta Aistars, writer and editor for The Smoking Poet Magazine

"From the very first page, author Linda Merlino tugged at my heartstrings, luring me in like a lost fish.  I admit I put up little resistance, eagerly devouring each word…hook, line and sinker…" —Betty Dravis, author of 1106 Grand Boulevard

"This is easily the best mystery I have read in many a moon.  I hope Ms. Merlino has another one as good out very soon." —Robert Parks, author of Convoy 


Swan Boat Souvenir is a story of abduction and murder, a story of twin souls and dreams. The book is unique in its approach to the painful subject of a child's kidnapping. Readers will explore the Boston Public Garden, the back roads of Connecticut and the Pacific Coast highway as they travel with one soul on its incredible journey. The unsolved 1975 disappearance, in Boston, of a six-year-old boy, changes the lives of families and strangers forever. Sixteen years after Shamus Thomas Carney's abduction a plane lands at Logan Airport with a man named Angus T. Roarke on board. He is a businessman impatient to be done with a family celebration, a man who is about to become an unwitting player in a lost child's rebirth. Angus T. Roarke will spend one night at the exclusive Charles River Plaza Hotel over looking the Boston Public Garden. The consequences of his actions, on an October evening in 1991, sets off a seven-year chain of events which will lead a handful of characters through a labyrinth of paradox. The web of fate will be flung across their lives, drawing them all into a blind bargain with destiny.

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