Although we at City Lights Press love a good romance novel, there’s nothing like the chills and thrills of a good mystery to get us in the mood for Halloween. Whether it’s horror, paranormal, or just a bit of mystery, we have a book you’ll love to dive into this time of year. So grab a flashlight, lock the doors, and get ready to be spooked!

Draculas Mistress by Carmen StefanescuDracula’s Mistress by Carmen Stefanescu

Nothing is more Halloween than the infamous vampire Dracula. Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction. “Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night. Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?”

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The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon by M. Glenn GravesThe Dish Ran Away With The Spoon by M. Glenn Graves

Step into a world of mystery in the ninth Clancy Evans Mystery novel by M. Glenn Graves. This cozy mystery is just what you need on a nice Fall day. “Clancy Evans has been summoned back to McAdams County in the western North Carolina mountains by her friend, Starnes Carver to help locate a missing fourteen year old girl named Laurel Storm Shelton. This is the same forthright and independent young girl who helped Clancy a few years back hide her friend Rosey Washington in the forest of the Blue Ridge. Old now, and more independent, Laurel believes that her mother’s latest boyfriend has evil on his mind after he made suggestive advances towards Laurel, her mother wouldn’t believe her, and Laurel left via the mountain trails she knows so well. Clancy and Starnes have the task of finding Laurel before those who are after her get there first. ”

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Demon Soul by Christine AshworthDemon Soul by Christine Ashworth

Demons, vampires, werewolves and people brought back from the dead – have you heard of anything more Halloween than that? Christine Ashworth brings the paranormal world to life in the first book of her Caine Brothers Series, Demon Soul. “Gabriel Caine stands on the edge of the abyss. A vampire has stolen his soul and if he doesn’t get it back soon, his next step will be into Hell. Only the mysterious Rose can help him retrieve it. Without her, he really will become the devil himself. Rose Walters has been sent back from the dead to complete one task-save Gabriel Caine. She’s drawn to Gabriel on the most basic level, but restoring his soul may cost Rose her life. Rose has touched the whole of Gabriel, making him yearn for a love he believes he can never have. Her willingness to put her humanity on the line for him forces him to bring all three parts of himself – demon, human, and Fae bloodlines, and the strengths of each – into harmony, and into the fight that decides their fate.”

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Onio by Linell JeppsenOnio by Linell Jeppsen

For those of you not looking to get spooked this season, step inside this urban fantasy that Linell Jeppsen created in Onio. “Driving home late one night, Melody Carver, bereft and grieving after the death of her mother, sees a strange creature standing on the lonely road. This being will change her world-view forever, and open her eyes to a reality beyond her imagination. Melody’s chance encounter on that dark and snowy road will mark the beginning of a journey of discovery and wonder that will bring two worlds together in hope and despair. Can one person bridge the gap between the ancient and the modern, the mundane and the magical? ”

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Flesh And The Devil by Devyn QuinnFlesh and The Devil by Devyn Quinn

Dive into the sensual and seductive side of the holiday with Flesh and The Devil by one of erotica’s rising stars, Devyn Quinn. “Vice cop Brenden Wallace has walked on the dark side for too many years. Now, newly divorced, he’s smoking too much and sleeping too little, and the empty darkness in his soul is the blackest part of any night—until he’s assigned to investigate an escort service called Exotic Jewels and meets Líadán Niamh. Lushly beautiful, she is the embodiment of seduction and thrilling control. She arouses Brenden’s most feral desires—fierce, bone-deep needs they explore together, mouth to mouth and skin to skin. But Líadán’s hungry kiss is more dangerous than Brenden could have imagined. Women are turning up dead, and every clue leads Brenden back to Líadán—and a raw, brutal passion that could cost him his life…”

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Pretty Peaks by Margaret CioffiPretty Peaks by Margaret Cioffi

It might look pretty on the outside, but Pretty Peaks is not what it seems. Walk into the town of strange mystery. “Welcome to Pretty Peaks, a quaint little town with breathtaking scenery, delightful shops, townspeople that are kind but quirky chatterboxes, an above the national average number of identical twins and a death rate of zero. Pretty Peaks may be pretty as a picture but it’s loaded to the teeth with mysteries. Not the scary kind, but the strange ‘what the heck is that’ kind. Thirteen-year-old Scarlet Sackville and her two best friends set out on a quest to find answers to some of the towns more obvious town mysteries like: why no one ever dies in Pretty Peaks, why there are some many identical twins, and why absolutely nothing ever gets old… including its citizens.”

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