How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It by KJ Parker

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It by K.J. Parker

This is the story of how the City was saved, by Notker the professional liar, written down because eventually the truth always seeps through. The City may be under siege, but everyone still has to make a living. Take Notker, the acclaimed playwright, actor and impresario. Nobody works harder, even when he’s not working. Thankfully, the good citizens of Classis appreciate an evening at the theatre even when there are large rocks falling out of the sky. But Notker is a man of many talents, and all the world is, apparently, a stage. It seems that the Empire needs him or some… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Genocide
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
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Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay

Everything’s changing for our friendly neighbourhood serial killer. As if getting married wasn’t enough to complete his nice-guy persona, Dexter is now the proud father of a baby girl. And disconcertingly, he actually seems to care. But even if fatherhood is distracting Dexter from his midnight excursions to rid Miami of a few more lowlifes, there’s no let-up at work. Two young girls are missing – and it’s not long before one of the bodies turns up, partially eaten. But as Dexter and Miami PD’s finest investigate, Dexter can’t shake the feeling that somebody’s watching him…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Antiziganism
  • Rape
  • Drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Cannibalism
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
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Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years: blood spatter analyst, husband, father, serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything – including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime, ironically, he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism & racial profiling
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Police brutality
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Dexter By Design by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter By Design by Jeff Lindsay

The macabre, witty New York Times bestselling series (and inspiration for the #1 Showtime series, Dexter) continues as our darkly lovable killer matches wits with a sadistic artiste–who is creating bizarre murder tableaux of his own all over Miami. After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan. Married life seems to agree with him: he’s devoted to his bride, his stomach is full, and his homicidal hobbies are nicely under control. But old habits die hard–and Dexter’s work as a blood spatter analyst never fails to offer new temptations that appeal to his offbeat sense of justice… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dismemberment
  • Murder
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Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

A witness. Such a simple concept – and yet for Dexter Morgan, the perfectly well-disguised monster, the possibility of a witness is unthinkable. But when Dexter is on a very private, very satisfying excursion one evening with a wretchedly deserving playmate, the unthinkable happens: someone sees him. Dexter is not at all pleased. As an upstanding blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he has always managed to keep the darker side of his life out of the spotlight…the fun part, where he finds truly bad people – murderers who have escaped the reach of the justice system – and quietly gives them his very… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Victim blaming
  • Child sexual abuse mentioned
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Death from a shark attack
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Bite Marks by Jenika Snow

Bite Marks by Jenika Snow

I was ruthless, brutal. A sociopath by all accounts. The leader of the American Vampire Clan, a male who all feared because I was merciless. And then I found my mate. Kayla. So fragile. Breakable. So human. I’d make her mine, and she’d hate me for it. I wanted to give her pain with pleasure, wanted to break her skin and lick up the blood I spilled… take Kayla into me like she’d take me into her. I’d have her surrendering to my needs. I’d give her my body but wouldn’t be able to give her my heart. How could I when it wasn’t something I had to offer, when I was nothing but a cold… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood play & blood-drinking
  • Murder
  • Stalking
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The Danger Dance by Caro Soles

The Danger Dance by Caro Soles

A startling command from the dreaded Praetan brings chaos into the tranquil lives of hermaphrodites Eulio and his lover Orosin. Using the tour of the Merculian National Dance Company where Eulio is a star as cover, they board the Wellington, a militaristic starship that values nothing they believe in. Someone is passing secrets about fleet movements and weaponry to the enemies in the Troia, but the efforts of the two Merculians to unmask the spy only stir up a toxic mix of hatred and violence. Who will have to die before the Praetan is satisfied? The Danger Dance is… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Racism
  • Rape
  • Child abuse mentioned
  • Drugging & drug use
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Abortion
  • Nonconsensual body modifications (piercings)
  • Death of a parent mentioned
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Organised crime
  • Kidnapping
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That Weekend by Kara Thomas

That Weekend by Kara Thomas

Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip – what could go wrong? It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Three went up the mountain, but only one came back. Now everyone wants answers – most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that… nothing. And now Kat and Jesse – her best friends – are missing. That weekend changes everything Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Incest
  • Domestic abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Memory loss
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Nonconsensual drugging resulting in overdose
  • Emesis
  • Death of a friend
  • Murder
  • Physical assault
  • Car accident
  • Doxing
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The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly

The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly

I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Things have been busy lately. While the near-constant attempts on my life have ceased, I now have a vampire gentleman caller. I’ve been living with Clive and the rest of his vampires for a few weeks while the Slaughtered Lamb is being rebuilt. It’s going about as well as you’d expect. My mother was a wicche and long dormant abilities are starting to make themselves known. If I’d had a choice, necromancy wouldn’t have been my top pick, but it’s starting to come in handy. A ghost warns me someone is coming to kill Clive. When I rush back to… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault mentioned
  • Panic attacks
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Decapitation
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Lynching
  • Whipping
  • Home invasion
  • Captivity & confinement
  • Hostage situation
  • Blackmail
  • Loss of autonomy
  • Grave desecration
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The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

Judith Potts is seventy-seven years old and blissfully happy. She lives on her own in a faded mansion just outside Marlow, there’s no man in her life to tell her what to do or how much whisky to drink, and to keep herself busy she sets crosswords for The Times newspaper. One evening, while out swimming in the Thames, Judith witnesses a brutal murder. The local police don’t believe her story, so she decides to investigate for herself, and is soon joined in her quest by Suzie, a salt-of-the-earth dog-walker, and Becks, the prim and proper wife of the local Vicar… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Murder by gun violence
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