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SYDNEY RYE SERIES
by Emily Kimelman
Books 1-3, The complete Series Box Set (Value Pack)
The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
This box set includes all three of the Sydney Rye Books.
UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)
When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller’s dog-walking business on Manhattan’s exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.
But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim–and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.
When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit–cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan’s elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.
DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)
At the beginning of Death in the Dark we find Joy Humbolt hiding, not only from the law, but also from her past and the mistakes she’s made. Living this isolated life doesn’t last long though when a visit from Mulberry brings Joy to accept her new identity as the Private Detective, Sydney Rye. To complete the transformation, Joy must learn to control her emotions as well as her giant aggressive dog, Blue. With the help of an expert trainer, Joy learns to fight with her mind as well as her body. However, when the daughter of a close friend is brutally murdered in the desert, Rye turns away from her mentor to seek revenge. Sydney’s quick temper and deadly intentions lead her into a trap that she will need all of her new skills to survive.
INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)
The third book in the series begins with private detective Sydney Rye living a simple, disciplined life in London, but when a dangerous man from her past calls, Rye finds she cannot turn him away. Robert Maxim explains that the daughter of a powerful friend has gone missing and he wants Rye to find her. In exchange he offers her something she had given up hope of ever having; freedom from her past.
With her dog, Blue, at her side, Rye meets up with her new partner, a handsome man she’s not sure she can trust. Heading for Mexico City, they go undercover, posing as husband and wife. After meeting with the bereaved parents, Rye starts to sense that there is more going on than just a missing girl. But it isn’t until they arrive in the Yucatan Peninsula, hot on the girl’s trail in Paradise, that all hell breaks loose. Sydney has to reach out for help from old friends and deal with the consequences of her past, if she’s going to find the girl and keep them all alive.
New release! STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)
STRINGS OF GLASS is the fourth novel in Emily Kimelman’s Sydney Rye Series of dark murder mystery novels. This series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
Sydney Rye is hanging out in India with her boyfriend, Dan, reading paperbacks and sipping beer. No violence and no reminders of her past. But when she and Blue, are attacked by a pact of wild dogs, Sydney starts to feel that old itch again; to do good by being bad.
Trouble finds Rye when she stops the attempted rape and murder of Anita, a reporter working on a story of corruption and human trafficking. The atrocities Anita describes send Sydney, Blue and Dan on a quest that takes them across India after a dangerous and, up until now, untouchable, figure. While Sydney struggles to accept her true nature she realizes that it is the only way to end decades of abuse and exploitation. But Rye fears that she will lose herself, becoming no better than the monster she fights against.
From UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)
I packed the few items of clothing I had and put a leash on Blue. I picked up a bottle of tequila at the liquor store and then hopped on the subway acting like it was legal to bring a giant dog on the train.
Halfway there I opened the bottle of tequila and took a painful swig. A child watched me with big, glistening eyes. Her mother, without looking at me, distracted him with a colorful stuffed toy that had lots of legs.
I stumbled on the steps on my way out of the subway, scraping my knee on the filthy cement. Blue whined and licked my face. I picked myself up and walked to the Excelsior. The man behind the desk didn’t move as I walked by him to the elevator.
Once in my room I placed the bottle of tequila on the coffee table. I pulled my gun out of my bag and put it next to the tequila. I found my bullets and spilled them onto the coffee table. A couple of them rolled onto the floor. They were gold and pretty looking. I ran my hands over their smooth surfaces, pushing them around.
I woke up naked in bed with a big hangover. I walked barefoot into the living room and grabbed a $7 beer out of the mini bar and opened it on the bottle opener attached to my bathroom wall. I didn’t look in the mirror.
From DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novel, #2)
It was pouring rain, and my headlights barely cut the darkness when I rolled across the border between Arizona and Mexico. No one ventured out of the warmly lit hut serving as border control to check my I.D. They waved from the window at my RV to just keep driving. So I did. My relief was so intense that once the lights were no longer visible in my rearview mirror, I had to pull over. I climbed out into the storm, held my arms out to the side, and cried out into the void, “I made it!”
“What the fuck are you doing?” Mulberry yelled. He was pulled alongside me, leaning out of his open window, scowling. “Get back in the fucking RV. We’re not there, yet.” He rolled up his window and waited, looking straight ahead into the darkness. I climbed back into the sturdy old RV, and, soaked to the bone, started to drive again.
For three hours, we continued on the same road. Florescent-lit low buildings slid by in the darkness, advertising gas and tacos. My night vision made shadows into monsters, and the empty desert filled with motion. Part of it was the rain, so rare to that region that it seemed to delight in all the open space. Drops fell thick and straight, and then they came from the left, and suddenly from the right. My headlights, like a stagnant spotlight on a troupe of dancers, caught the movements in brief glimpses.
From INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)
Within 24 hours I was at the airport waiting for a man. We were flying to Mexico pretending to be husband and wife. The missing girl, Ana Maria Hernandez Vargas, was the daughter of a senator and a very successful businessman. They didn’t want anyone knowing they’d lost their precious little bundle so my new partner and I were playing a game of sorts.
People moved between the rows of seats under a soaring ceiling of metal beams and glass. Outside, planes taxied, took off and landed. The bright sun glinted off their wings making me squint.
Several times I saw tall men with sandy blonde hair and sat forward, but as they approached I realized it wasn’t my new partner. Blue sat on the floor, his head hovering above my knee. He kept his one blue eye and one brown focused on me. Every move I made he calculated if it was a request of him.
“Hello, darling,” a man said behind me. A light kiss brushed my neck. Blue stood and raised his hackles. With a small wave I told him to lie down. What kind of a wife has a dog that doesn’t trust her husband’s touch?
“I missed you, Peter,” I said, and smiled as the man stepped to my side.
“I missed you, too, Melanie,” he smiled at the alias. Peter Franks was really Blane Nichols, head of all operations in Mexico for Fortress Global Investigations. Blane was tall and well-built, his eyes were a murky green, the same shade as well-worn money. He was young for his position and I wondered what working with such an ambitious man would be like. I crossed my legs and he watched the slit in my skirt open and close.
From STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)
Mulberry laughed. “Come on, what are you doing here?”
“What do you mean? I’m living here.”
“I can see that,” he said, then looked around the cabin. I saw his jaw clench and then he asked quietly, “With Dan?”
“Yes, with Dan.”
“And that’s what you want to do?” He looked over at me again, glints of yellow in his eyes sparkled in the sunlight that streamed through a nearby window.
“What do you mean?”
“You want to stay here, not have any more adventures with me?”
“Your adventures usually involve Bobby Maxim, lies, and almost getting me killed,” I said, an edge of anger in my voice.
Mulberry frowned. “What are you going to do?” He stood up and stepped toward me, his broad shoulders blocking out the sun’s rays. “Stay here and marry Dan? Become a homemaker?” I felt anger rolling off of him like a wave of heat surges over blacktop in the desert.
His rage struck me like an unexpected blow and I yelled at him. “Why not Mulberry? Why wouldn’t I marry Dan? Because that might make me happy. Shouldn’t I be happy!”
His face paled and he shrunk away from me. I felt like a bull, huffing air out my nose, ready to charge. He shook his head. “I’m sorry, Sydney. Of course you should be happy.” The word seemed to die in his mouth. He ran a hand through his dark hair, the silver that peppered it shining in the light.
I squeezed my eyes shut and rubbed at them with my free hand. “God Mulberry, what are you doing here?”
“I don’t know,” he said, not looking at me. A moment passed as we stood there, the steam from my shower and heat of our emotions filling the room with a wet and heavy silence.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.
Her “Sydney Rye Series” are dark murder mystery novels which features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
The first three books in Kimelman’s series, UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, and INSATIABLE are available in the Kindle store individually and in a box set. The fourth book in the Sydney Rye series STRINGS OF GLASS is due out Mid-Summer 2013.
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