Review of Game of Cones

Synopsis:

In Cynthia Baxter’s fourth Lickety Splits Mystery, ice cream shoppe owner and amateur sleuth Kate McKAy doesn’t waffle around scooping up new clientele at a historic hotel, but her hopes of becoming the Hudson Valley’s reigning ice cream queen melt fast when murder checks-in!

From the moment Kate arrives at the imposing Mohawk Mountain Resort, not even luggage brimming with hot fudge can sweeten her stay. Instead of savoring alone time with her on-again boyfriend Jake and leading workshops on whipping together delectable frosty treats, she finds herself stranded at the isolated hotel with a small group of nutty characters–and a dead body.

When the corpse of wealthy cosmetics executive Bethany La Montaigne is suddenly found following a blackout, any of the five strangers trapped with Kate and Jake could be the killer. Chilled to the core, Kate vows to discover whether the victim’s mortal enemy was a smooth-talking playboy, bubbly millennial, mousy librarian, charming Englishman, or the Mohawk’s creepy general manager…

Bethany’s life was chock full of scandals and there’s little doubt that someone refused to endure another taste. With just a sprinkling of clues, it’s up to Kate to bring justice to a culprit who believes that revenge is a dish best served cold… (Goodreads)
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Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. In this book, Kate and Jake head off to a historical hotel, where Kate is supposed to give some demonstrations for ice cream and its history, and spend some alone time with Jake. But when a storm hits and a fallen tree strands them at the hotel, things get a little tense. And when one of the guests is killed, they really have their hands full trying to figure out the murderer. Kate has to try and get close to the remaining guests and see who had the most reason to do the deed. It was good to spend time with Kate and Jake again, they have to figure out where their relationship is headed.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture the ice cream treats in my mind’s eye. The mystery was well plotted, and even though there were a limited number of suspects, I was still surprised at who the culprit was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery. Trying to solve the mystery and trying some of the ice cream recipes is a good way to spend your time.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Game of Cones (A Lickety Splits Mystery Book 4) by [Cynthia Baxter]



New Releases For The Week Of November 29th, 2020–Part 5

Hot Flashes, Sorcery, & Soulmates: A Midlife Paranormal Women's Fiction Mystery (Menopause, Magick, Mystery Book 2) by [JC  Blake]

A lost Grimoire. A menopausal witch. A stolen child.

The menopause hit Liv Carlton hard, but discovering that she was a witch on the same day her marriage ended, turned up the heat on her hot flashes to the point of spontaneous combustion.

Struggling with powers that are as chaotic as her menopausal hormones, and the reappearance of a cursed childhood sweetheart, the future was never going to be easy.

But when bizarre events in the village turn to tragedy, the locals want revenge, and a witch hunt begins.

With the cottage and her aunts in danger, Liv must discover the truth before the fires that haunt her dreams become reality.

But first there is an infestation of fairies to clear up!

If you believe that women grow in power as they age, and hold magic in their hearts, then you’ll love this midlife paranormal women’s fiction mystery with its touch of romance. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle. Paperback

Festively Fatal: A Psychic Cozy Mystery (Lucas Rathbone Mysteries) by [Saffron Amatti]

‘Twas the night before Christmas 1928, and all through the manor…

Laughter echoed, and a rather harassed local newspaper editor is pretending he’s not at the party he’s been hired to report on.

But reluctant psychic Lucas Rathbone gets through the evening somehow…

Which is more than can be said for one of the guests.

And now, Lucas’ Christmas will be far from merry and bright.

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With twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing until the end, Festively Fatal is a traditional murder mystery with added ghosts, an ideal escapist read for fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Agatha Christie, and Carola Dunn.

***

“Another barnstormer from Saffron Amatti.”

“Treat yourself to a trip back to London in the 1920s with Lucas, Clara, and a ghost or two. You’ll be glad you did!”

“A soothing salve for troubled times.”

*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Christmas Spells Are Ringing (The Witches of the Misty Keys Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [E.L. Wilder]

To retire is to expire.

That’s the mantra Violet Frost lived by her entire career. But after years of leading a double life—one as an investigative journalist and the other as a witch—Violet has hung up her press pass and traded deadlines and editorial boards for buffet lines and shuffleboards. At long last, she’s moved to a place where she can finally let her hair down and her witch flag fly: the Misty Keys.

Hidden from the world by powerful enchantments, the Misty Keys are more than your average Floridian islands. They’re a retirement community for the paranormal and supernatural beings of the world. Violet lives in a quiet bungalow with her mother, her twin sister, and an unruly cadre of familiars. Her next-door neighbor is a leprechaun who has misplaced his pot of gold, one of her best friends is a half-succubus who makes a mean shot of espresso, and her arch-nemesis, a money-hungry fugitive werewolf, has just arrived in town.

Now the holidays are coming to the Misty Keys, and for Violet that means putting together the Christmas edition of The Misty Tidings, her semiregular newspaper.

Okay, maybe she’s having a hard time committing fully to this retirement thing.

When her old foe winds up dead—strangled by a length of Christmas lights—Violet finds herself a suspect in the murder. Now she must put her decades of experience as an investigative journalist to use in cracking this case and clearing her name. Fortunately for her, she has a coven of friendly witches at her back, a strong journalistic instinct up her sleeve, and a magic wand in her pocket.

Christmas Spells Are Ringing is the first book in the Witches of the Misty Keys Cozy Mysteries. If you like magic, mystery, and merriment, this whodunnit will leave you guessing–and laughing–till the end, you’ll love this series.

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Gum Drop Dead: Cupcake Truck Mysteries by [Emily James]

While cupcake food truck owner Isabel Addington is baking up sweets, everyone around her seems to be cooking up murder.

Isabel and her business partner Claire are working out of a borrowed truck that’s too small for them, but they couldn’t miss the opportunity to sell their cupcakes at the annual hot air balloon festival. It’s the break they need to expand the business.

But the day goes from bad to worse to murder when a man plummets to his death from one of the hot air balloons.

The operator swears the man jumped out on his own. The man’s family insists he wouldn’t have killed himself.

Isabel finds herself in the middle of the investigation again, but more is at stake than she realized.

Especially when someone places a threat directly into the hands of one of the people Isabel loves the most.
Gum Drop Dead is the third book in Emily James’ Cupcake Truck Mysteries.

Cupcake recipe included!

This book is a “clean” read and contains no swearing, gore, or steamy bedroom scenes. While the series is best enjoyed in order, each book is a complete mystery on its own. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Broom to Be (A Wildes Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Mara Webb]

Nora is looking forward to the festive season more than ever. With a holiday market by the side of the lake getting everyone into the spirit, the whole town is buzzing with excitement. The cherry on top comes in the form of the bachelorette party that Nora’s been invited to. Party games, a huge group of friends and, oh, a dead body.

Well when you insist on partying in a haunted house, what can you expect?

It seems that all was not well in the little town of Sucre, the mayor’s office was littered with blackmail and corruption and now the Christmas market is tied up in it.

A game of twenty questions with a ghost has potential to give them some answers, but Nora needs to hurry. A powerful witch has accused her of theft and is now brazenly making threats in the middle of town. Quin, Nora’s talking cat familiar, is too busy demanding that she make dozens of cuckoo clocks to realize just how serious things have gotten.

Things get heated when the Christmas market opens up. People are suddenly running in all directions and Nora is in the firing line, but who will save her? Hopefully a little sprinkle of holiday magic can save the day but hold on to your broomsticks just in case.

Broom to Be is the eighth book in the Wildes Witches Mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The hotel grand re-opening, a long-awaited family reunion, and a meddling matchmaking mother…

Mistletoe and Misfortune (Treehouse Hotel Mysteries Book 4) by [Sue Hollowell]

Fourth in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series!

Epic plans are underway to celebrate the hotel’s glorious expansion. But the untimely death of a pompous chef right in the middle of the preparations might be what closes down the hotel for good. Ben’s award-winning restaurant and food are legendary, but not as much as his arrogance and unscrupulous dealings.

As Chloe and Max work to salvage the event, they discover secrets about the chef that will crack the case wide open. When Ben’s wife takes the helm of the business with suspiciously no remorse for his death, she jumps to the top of the list of suspects.

The shocking clues that come to light will entangle Chloe’s family, her mother’s livelihood, and culminate with a bombshell that will leave everyone dumbfounded. Can Chloe and Max connect the dots in this culinary conundrum before the hotel doors are shuttered forever?

Mistletoe and Misfortune is Book 4 in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series. A light, cozy mystery in a small town with a puzzle loving, amateur female sleuth, quirky characters (human and canine), and enough flowers and pastries to fill your garden and your belly. No gore, swearing or cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone.

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“I highly recommend this fabulous new series!” 5 Star Review
“A good, clean, entertaining read” 5 Star Review
“A fun cozy to spend the afternoon reading” 5 Star Review (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Airplanes and Alibis (Emmie McAllister Mysteries Book 3) by [Connie B. Dowell]

Murder comes flying in.

Spring 1920: Emmie, Dessa, and Hank are home for Easter break, and the small town of Cora, Georgia is abuzz with excitement for the air show, to be hosted by a famous silent film star.

The festivities go horribly wrong when the host is stabbed during the first day’s events. Hank’s pilot friend from the Great War is a suspect, but could the actor’s glamorous Hollywood girlfriend be involved?

The police think the case is straightforward, but Emmie and Dessa aren’t so sure. This case is twistier than the stunts the pilots perform.

A historical whodunit with LGBT+ characters that will leave you spinning, this book is perfect for a mystery fan looking to be transported to another time… and a place high in the sky.

Preorder now. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Right Royal Revenge: A Scottish Cozy Mystery (The Highland Horse Whisperer Mysteries Book 2) by [R.B. Marshall]

A prize from a princess. Is it worth murder?
When Izzy Paterson–horse trainer and computer geek–gets a last-minute entry to the prestigious Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, she doesn’t expect to be tripping over dead bodies. Literally.

But in the competitive world of show-jumping, it seems that someone is so determined to win a coveted prize, they’ll resort to murder.

As the body count rises, suspicions grow exponentially and the show descends into chaos. Can Izzy track down the killer and halt them in their tracks–or will she be next in their cross-hairs?

:: Readers of Agatha Frost, Steve Higgs or CeeCee James should enjoy this delightful Scottish story, the second book in the Highland Horse Whisperer cozy mystery series. Click the button today, so you don’t miss out on A Right Royal Revenge, and join Izzy and her friends in all the excitement of the county show! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Peril of the Bells: Faith and Foils Cozy Mystery Series Book #3 by [Wendy Heuvel]

Welcome to Christmas in Banford, where sleigh bells are jingling, cookies are scrumptious, and decorations are deadly…

Cassie Bridgestone adores Christmastime in Banford when crowds descend on the cozy village to visit its quaint shops, see the Christmas train, and enjoy the week-long festival. And this year will be extra special now that she’s dating the gorgeous firefighter, Spencer.

But when she decides to help out the local food bank, she runs into her old flame, Daniel, and finds her heart torn in two all over again.

Then, one of the food bank volunteers is murdered. When Cassie is called upon to assist in the investigation, she has a hard time believing any of the kind-hearted workers could be involved.

Yet as she delves further into the mystery, Cassie finds herself embroiled in a far more sinister plot, with a killer willing to silence anyone to keep things secret.

Return to Banford for this Christmas caper in the third book from the Faith and Foils Cozy Mystery Series by Wendy Heuvel. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Baking Magic: The Lindsey Smith Detective Series by [Melinda Craig]

Starry Valley has been anything but calm since Lindsey moved in. She’s tackled thieves walking through walls, and just last month, she faced down a killer. Not to mention, she had a short romance with one of the handsome police officers and an unusual friendship is blossoming with a maybe detective…she’s still trying to figure that one out. It’s all Lindsey can do to stay sane, yet these people, this town, is more home to her than any place she’s ever been.


She’s still getting used to being open with people about her ability. After all, reading memories is no cakewalk, and it’s definitely not conversation for dinner. But Starry Valley isn’t like other places. She can be real with a select few others, and that is heaven…to finally not hide.

So when Felmira asks for Lindsey’s help in finding a friend’s husband, it’s no surprise she says yes. Helping is a given; delivering is another thing. Lindsey promised Sarah she’d find her husband before Christmas…she only hopes he’s still alive. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Mill (Emma Berry Mysteries Book 4) by [Irene  Sauman]

Asking for too much can result in getting nothing – or death.

Two men are dead, and Deelie’s husband is under suspicion. Was it an accident, honour defended, or did sibling rivalry go a step too far? Emma finds herself unwittingly drawn into the family’s drama while needing to step lightly to protect her friend. Who is telling the truth? What is really going on between the Lockwood brothers? The handsome Lieutenant Forrester reaches a conclusion about the deaths, but Emma isn’t sure it’s the right one. And while she tries to placate Mrs. Keogh for the sake of Bea’s future happiness, she finds herself the main attraction in someone else’s matchmaking effort. Then a friendly beagle gets involved and Emma wonders if Daniel will ever allow her back on the Mary B.

Set on the Murray River in the 1870s when the paddle steamers’ whistles could be heard day and night between Echuca and Goolwa. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Tattooed to Death (The Journaling Mysteries Book 2) by [Heather Redmond]

Perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Eva Gates, this action-filled, entertaining cozy featuring dark family secrets, revenge and friendship goals will have you gripped from the start to its shocking conclusion.

How well do you really know your friends?

Journaling blogger Mandy Meadows is determined to clear her friend’s name when she discovers a body by a dumpster.

Single mom, barista and journaling video blogger extraordinaire Mandy Meadows is distracted from her shift in the University of Seattle Hospital coffee bar when her friend – nurse and fellow journaling video blogger Reese O’Leary-Sett – receives a massage from hell at the hands of Coral Le Charme, the hospital’s new massage therapist. But concern over Coral’s dubious skills is the least of Mandy’s worries when she discovers Coral’s lifeless body by a dumpster later that evening.

What dark secrets was Coral hiding? Mandy’s tenant, homicide detective Justin Ahola, is on the case – and he has Reese firmly in his sights. Determined to help her friend, Mandy digs deeper into Coral’s life and makes some alarming discoveries. Can she clear Reese’s name and bring a killer to justice? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Hunting Down the Heiress by [Agatha Parker, Rosie Sams]

Realtor Hannah Barry and her ex-police beagle Mazie are back on the case in Hunting Down the Heiress
FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Hannah and Mazie have cracked two cases and have been hit with the mystery-solving bug. As such, Hannah has decided to quit her realtor job and become a private investigator. Unfortunately, support is thin on the ground where her friends are concerned. They’re worried about her physical and fiscal safety, but little will deter Hannah and super sniffer Mazie.

When Nadine Murphy suspects her rich father is being swindled by a barmaid half his age, she hires Hannah to investigate. Happy to have her first official case as a P.I. Hannah’s eager to get started. It seems an easy case to open with and she is excited to test her new skills.

Things take on a serious note as the case evolves into a murder investigation. Hannah and Mazie have more than enough suspects, but can they hunt out the real killer?

Hannah’s handsome new friend Colin is worried about her safety, but he does agree to help after failing to stop her investigation.

Together, Hannah, Mazie, and Colin are on the hunt. Will they find the killer before someone else dies? Find out in this sweet Cozy Mystery with the cleverest Beagle that ever left the force, grab Hunting Down the Heiress now.

Also available:
Sniffing out the Killer
On the Scent of Murder
And by Rosie Sams:
Cupcakes and Crimes book 1 to 6
Cupcakes and Crimes book 7 to 12 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

What Marks Your Path? by [Carolyn P. Schriber]

Little Sarah Chomsky decided to become a teacher in first grade. Twenty-six years later, she is Dr. Sarah Chomsky, about to start her second year of teaching at Smoky Mountain University. She has a five-year plan for earning tenure as a college history professor, but the world is determined to distract her from her path.

On campus, three of Sarah’s students face serious problems that threaten to drag their sympathetic professor into their private lives. An American-born teenager—a brilliant student but challenged by her social and cultural inexperience—struggles to protect her family of illegal immigrants. A football star suffers a traumatic brain injury and finds himself unable to cope with the changes in his life. Now he stands accused of a crime he did not commit. And a privileged young woman shows signs of being the victim of a psychological, as well as physical, abusive relationship.

In her personal life, Sarah has written a children’s book about her little black cat, and the two of them are much in demand from local bookstores and libraries. Her policeman boyfriend has a distracting new job as district attorney, while his parents cannot understand why he does not settle down and marry that “nice Jewish girl.” A whistle-blower threatens their cozy little town when he warns of toxic chemicals in the local water supply, and someone ends up as a murder victim.

Can Sarah avoid becoming involved in these crises, or will they pull her away from her lifetime goal? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mitzy Moon Mysteries Books 1-3: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Box Set Book 1) by [Trixie Silvertale]

Mitzy Moon is a barista in a latte trouble…

No sooner does she set foot in the quirky village of Pin Cherry Harbor to claim her inheritance, than the handsome sheriff catches her standing over a corpse. Desperate to prove her innocence, she’s forced to accept help from her granny’s entitled cat and a spirit from beyond the grave.

Over 800 pages of sleuthing fun!

The Mitzy Moon Mysteries : Books 1-3 includes the first three books in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, PLUS a never-before-released map of Pin Cherry. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural misfits, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunits.

Find out why readers are so addicted to this series…

Buy this Mitzy Moon Mysteries Box Set to serve up the guilty today!

What Amazon readers are saying:

★★★★★ ‘Fun, witty, entertaining cozy mystery.’

★★★★★ ‘A ghost grandma, a real wild cat, and a girl named after a cheese… What’s not to love?’

★★★★★ ‘Extremely well-written paranormal cozy!’

★★★★★ ‘A perfect book, one that has me craving more…’

★★★★★ ‘Best cozy mystery I’ve read in a long time…won’t disappoint!’

Book 1 – Fries and Alibis: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A gift that’s too good to be true. A murder she didn’t commit. A barista in a latte trouble…

Book 2 – Tattoos and Clues: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A beachside stroll. A deadly discovery. Will this psychic sleuth swim or sink?

Book 3 – Wings and Broken Things: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A crime with no eyewitness. A determined psychic sleuth. Will her search for clues take her where angels fear to tread? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Behind Closed Doors: A Meatball Club Detective Agency Series (The Meatball Club Book 2) by [Cindy  Wong]

While solving burglary and next-door murders, our detectives get themselves tangled with their old and new lovers. While some could be trusted allies, others could be spies…

Welcome to Spring City, where glamour and crime combined never go out of style!

A Coal Way to Die: Nick Rosales, a matinee idol, takes his own life, but his mother is calling out a foul play. His fans are crying out for justice!

The End of a Good Game: Famous computer gamer Kero Lopez is found dead in his lair. Could a notorious kidnapper from Cebu, Van King, have something to do with it? And why does he keep on appearing in Detective Carrie Cheng’s way?

St. John’s Crows: A giant crow takes a middle-aged man’s life every year. This year is no different as it pesters the affluent neighborhood of St. John once again. Will the killing stop this time around with the Meatball Club handling the case? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of November 29, 2020–Part 4

Suspects & Sorting: A Good, Clean Cozy Mystery (Spark & Joy Book 3) by [Nancy McGovern]

Aurora & Joy are back in their 3rd whodunnit…and this one is a doozy!

Recently sober after decades spent numbing his emotions stemming from the premature death of his one true love, Joy’s uncle, Beppe, finally seemed to be in a good place. But life has a way of throwing you a curveball when you least expect it. And Beppe certainly wasn’t expecting to be murdered.

The news is difficult for everyone to hear, especially Joy, who is immediately suspected of committing the crime simply because she was the last person known to be with Beppe. Of course, Joy’s family means everything to her and everyone knows what a ridiculous supposition that is. Everyone, that is, other than the new chief of police.

To Aurora, it is unclear whether Chief Finley truly believes this theory or if he is simply trying to stir up the case and those involved. But, either way, one thing is for certain: his harshness and lack of empathy will not be tolerated. Her best friend should be mourning the loss of her beloved uncle in peace, not having to defend herself against a ridiculous accusation.

So, it looks like Aurora is going to have to step in and get to the bottom of things…again! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Grimoires and Gingerbread: A Sugar Shack Witch Mystery Christmas Novella (Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries) by [Danielle Garrett]

Christmas in Winterspell means ice skating, hot cocoa by the barrel, and frosted gingerbread houses.

I was almost looking forward to it.

The merriment screeches to a halt when two elves show up, claiming to have been sent by Santa himself, on a mission to track down an ancient grimoire.

A grimoire with the power of Christmas itself woven through the pages. Without it, Christmas isn’t happening, and Santa himself is in grave danger.

Could Winterspell hold the key to saving Christmas?

**Grimoires and Gingerbread is a holiday-themed novella in the Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries series by Danielle Garrett. This festive novella falls after the events in the first book, but could also be enjoyed as a standalone.** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Teaberry Cookie Daze (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 33) by [R. A. Wallace]

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 33
Geography can be used for many things including marketing and murder. While Erica and Jerry focus on directions, maps, and blind curves, Megan follows a trail of cookie crumbs to navigate through the puzzle pieces. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Born in a Barn (Clucks and Clues Cozy Mysteries Book 4) by [Hillary Avis]

Last one to solve it is a rotten egg…

It’s Christmas in Honeytree. Leona’s homestead is dusted with snow, her beloved grandchildren are visiting, and her connection with Sheriff Eli Ramirez is sweeter than a cup of hot cocoa.

But when her Grinchy ex-husband shows up on her front porch, all the holiday cheer flies the coop. He’s not just there to ruin her new life. Worse, he wants her back. And he’s counting on a little Christmas magic to help him do it.

Eager to put coal in his stocking, Leona arranges a visit with Santa. But when Old Saint Nick pegs her ex for the naughty list, it more than ruffles his feathers. And when Santa is found “sleighed” after their frosty fistfight, her ex becomes the prime suspect in the killing.

Now Eli’s not just competing against him for Leona’s heart. He’s also investigating him for murder. And Leona’s unwelcome guest is extending his stay—unless she can uncover the truth of what happened there under the mistletoe and send him packing to jail…or at the very least, back to LA.

Can Leona and Eli crack the case in time for Christmas? Or will their holiday goose be cooked?

Born in a Barn, the fourth book in the Clucks and Clues Cozy Mysteries, is a festive whodunnit full of chuckles and chickens. While designed to be read in order, all the books in this series can be enjoyed as standalone mysteries.

No gore or other explicit content, just good, clean murder.

Other books in the Clucks & Clues Cozy Mysteries Series:

A Cop & A Coop (Book 1)

A Flock & A Fluke (Book 2)

A Roost & Arrest (Book 3) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Dead Man Walking: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Visions & Victims Book 2) by [Lily Webb]

Some truths can wake the dead…

Amateur psychic Selena is settling into her new life at the paranormal Kindred Spirits Inn — until a zombie shuffles through the front door to report a murder on the property. Specifically, his own. The only problem? He can’t remember his name or anything about the night he died.

Afraid that news of the attack might bury her establishment’s reputation, Selena uses her psychic powers to wear the dead man’s shoes — and quickly realizes there are many more secrets lying six feet under.

But not everyone is eager to take a walk down memory lane. Who or whatever killed the zombie is still haunting the inn, determined to keep the truth — and their victim — in the ground where they belong.

Will Selena’s psychic shoveling scare up the truth? Or is she digging her own grave?

Dead Man Walking is the second book in the Visions and Victims series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If zesty zombies, undead unrest, and paranormal perps get your wand waving, then you’re sure to fall under the spell of this new spinoff series that expands Lily Webb’s magical universe.

Buy Dead Man Walking to continue conversing with the spirits of Starfall Valley today!
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Witch Way To The Wicked (Witches Of Brimstone Bay Book 3) by [R.K. Dreaming]

Join witch Esme Westbrim on the race to solve a wicked murder in Bewitching Brimstone Bay. This time a certain ridiculously handsome Special Agent is in big trouble when his past catches up with him, and only Esme can help. Can she solve the crime with the help of her psychic cat, ghost aunt and three wild witch cousins before time runs out for Agent Chris Constantine?

Full description coming soon. One click to join Esme on her latest charming and funny witch cozy mystery adventure now!

Books In This Series:
Book 1 – Witch In Charm’s Way
Book 2 – Wands Upon A Time In Brimstone Bay
Book 3 – Witch Way To The Wicked… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Sinister Superyacht: a Provence Cozy Mystery (Julie Cavallo Investigates) by [Ana T. Drew]

French tycoon Jean-Louis Ponsard is having a bad year.
Unwise investments, canceled orders, deals falling through…
In the thick of it, his yacht becomes the scene of a suspicious death, and his year of misfortune hits the bed of the Mediterranean Sea.
To make matters worse, the victim isn’t just anybody.
She’s his much-hated mother-in-law.

Onboard, caterer Julie Cavallo and her quirky grandma Rose do some poking around.
But every luxury cabin hides a secret. 
Every passenger has an alibi or no reason to want the victim dead.
Discretion rules. 
The crew keeps mum. 
So do the marble countertops, gem-incrusted walls, and gold sinks.
When the cops take charge, things go to pieces, and not only for the Ponsard family.

Can Julie dive to the murky bottom of the sea, unravel the case, and come back up still breathing?

“The Sinister Superyacht” is the third Julie Cavallo murder mystery. It stands alone within a series of atmospheric, humorous whodunnits set in Provence. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dashing through the Sand (Beach Christmas Mysteries Book 1) by [Katherine Hayton]

My name is Santa and I’m fed up. The stress of single-day delivery, elf wrangling, and squeezing through chimneys that grow smaller every year is getting me down, so I decide to take a well-deserved holiday on a sun-drenched beach in Australia.

Sure, there’ll be a lot less milk and cookies but according to my cardiologist, that can only be a good thing.

But when I take my towel down to the glorious foreshore of Mission Beach, Queensland, the world has a nasty surprise in store. A dead body washes up among the sand-bubbler crabs and a witness swears the man was last seen in my company.

The Christmas spirit is nowhere in evidence as I work to clear my name. If I can’t hunt down the true killer and get back home in time for the big day, the Mrs will put me at the top of the naughty list!

Beach Christmas Mysteries are quick 1-2 hour reads with plenty of clues and red herrings but no swearing, gore, or graphic scenes. Enjoy! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Town in Fear (A Mountain Mystery Book 5) by [D. R. Shoultz]

LUKE MAXWELL BOOK #2
During construction of Ridgeview County’s controversial highway expansion, a safe is unearthed at the former location of Jill Stevenson’s café. A curious Department of Transportation (DOT) worker hauls the heavy safe to a roadside repair depot to force it open. The skeletal remains of a man, thinly shrouded by decayed clothing, are found inside. A body is not all the DOT worker finds. He secretly pockets three loose diamonds discovered at the feet of the corpse.

The coroner determines the victim had been shot, but it’s unclear how long ago the murder occurred, or how the safe ended up buried behind the café.

Jill Stevenson seeks the counsel of attorney Luke Maxwell after she is summoned for questioning by Sheriff John Harper. She denies all knowledge of the safe and body even though they were uncovered less than twenty-five yards from her former café and home.

Luke Maxwell has his hands full defending a woman he knows is innocent as evidence pointing to her guilt mounts. But when the DOT worker who discovered the body is found murdered, the case explodes, sending Luke down a dark and deadly path. (Amazon)

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Spells and Suspicions: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Charmed and Dangerous Book 3) by [Morgan Vale]

A pumpkin pie to die for…

When the biggest baking competition around comes to Haven, Kat’s cousin Emily is ready to taste sweet victory. But the event turns sour when a judge keels over — seemingly poisoned by her pumpkin pie!

With Emily’s innocence at stake, Kat takes action. Delving deep into the world of competitive baking, she’ll have to use more than a few tricks and treats to get to the bottom of things. Each contestant has something to hide, and any of them could have done it — which baker isn’t as sweet as they seem?

Join Kat, her black cat Albus, and her quirky friends as they embark on this deliciously dangerous adventure. Because this time, the desserts really are to die for.

Spells and Suspicions is the third book in the Charmed and Dangerous paranormal cozy mystery series. These are clean reads with no swearing, gore, or adult situations, so curl up and enjoy! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Team Destiny and Gray's Grave (Team Destiny Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Belinda White]

The Goddess called. Team Destiny answered.

Who is Team Destiny you ask? Well, we’re a rag-tag bunch of witches and werewolves, with a Shaman and a couple of lawmen thrown in for good measure. When the Goddess needs help, we’re there for Her.

Sounds like some kind of science fiction or fantasy movie flick, doesn’t it?

Nope. Just my life as I now know it.

The last month or so had been pretty quiet. No dead bodies showing up in awkward places. No crazy entities out to destroy the world. You know… the kinds of things that had become our usual challenges. The Universe appeared to be giving us a break for once.

Enough so that Mom and Dad convinced my Aunt Opal and her new husband, Ex-Sheriff Orville Taylor, to go on a belated honeymoon. Heaven knows my Aunt was long overdue for some rest and relaxation.

But wouldn’t you just know that the very night after we dropped them off at the airport, all heck broke loose.

Welcome to life as a member of Team Destiny.

We just can’t catch a break for long.

Team Destiny and Gray’s Grave is Book One in the all-new Team Destiny Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series. If you loved the Accidental Familiar series and wondered what the team has been up to since the end, now’s your chance to find out! Amie, Ruby, Arc… the whole team is back in action! Chaos is likely to ensue shortly. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Man Can Die but Once (Double Barrel Mysteries Book 5) by [Barbara Ellen  Brink]

Well-apparel’d April on the heel of limping Winter treads ~ William Shakespeare

Blake and Shelby Gunner are confronted with two unlawful killings in this fifth installment of the Double Barrel Mysteries.
It is spring in Port Scuttlebutt. The icy banks of Lake Superior are thawing, the forest is budding with new growth, and Shelby is overdue to give birth to their first child.

Knowing they need the work, Detective Jackson throws Double Barrel Investigations the bone of a new case. An elderly couple’s guard dog is shot on their own land and the owners want someone to pay. Blake suspects a near-sighted poacher, but after an ongoing feud comes to light between the couple and nearby neighbors, he realizes a whole lot more is going on.

Farley Jones, the self-appointed mayor of Port Scuttlebutt, has made an ever-expanding enemy base. So, it’s not surprising there are suspects aplenty when he turns up dead in a celebrity’s fishing cabin. Getting justice for the most-hated man in town won’t be easy or comfortable for Blake and Shelby, especially when they have to treat everyone like potential murderers. Even their own friends and family. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Witching Place: A Fatal Folio (A Curious Bookstore Cozy Mystery—Book 1) by [Sophie Love]

“The perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It’s a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”
–Midwest Book Review (For Now and Forever)

THE WITCHING PLACE: A FATAL FOLIO is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Sophie Love, author of The Inn at Sunset Harbor series, a #1 Bestseller with over 200 five-star reviews.

When Alexis Blair, 29, is fired from her book publishing job and breaks up with her boyfriend on the same day, she wonders if life is urging her to make a fresh start. She decides it’s time to pursue her lifelong dream of opening a bookstore of her own—even if that means leaving Boston and accepting a job in a curious bookstore in a small seaside town an hour away.

But the odd shop, Alexis soon learns, is from more than just a rare, occult bookstore. Something strange is going on in the shop’s secret back room, with its eccentric owner, and in the small town itself.

And when a dead body appears, Alexis, with her beloved newfound cat, may find herself right in the middle of it all.

A page-turning cozy, rife with the supernatural, mystery, secrets and love—and centered around a small town as odd and endearing as its shop—A CURIOUS BOOKSTORE will make you fall in love and keep you laughing out loud as you turn pages late into the night.

“The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
–Books and Movies Reviews (For Now and Forever)

Books #2 and #3 in the series—MURDER BY MANUSCRIPT and A PERILOUS PAGE—are now also available! (Amazon)

Editions available: Kindle, Audiobook

All Signs Point to Murder (A Zodiac Mystery Book 2) by [Connie di Marco]

“Di Marco crafts an intricate, twisting plot and layers on the astrological details that fans of psychic mysteries so enjoy.”
―Booklist

Rob Ramer was the perfect husband until he committed the ultimate family faux pas—he shot his sister-in-law to death. Believing himself under attack by an intruder in his home, he fired back. But when evidence is discovered that Rob’s wife, Brooke, was plotting his murder, Brooke is charged with conspiracy in her sister’s death. Geneva, a third sister, is desperate for answers and seeks the help of her friend, San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. Geneva’s lost one sister and now it seems she’ll lose the other. Was this a murder plot or just a terrible accident? Julia vows to find the answer in the stars. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Prairie Menace (Doug Fletcher Book 6) by [Dean L.  Hovey]

Doug and Jill Fletcher are dispatched to the Black Hills when a missing camper’s mutilated body is discovered in a remote part of Wind Cave National Park. Jill searches remote portions of Wind Cave for the victim’s missing companion while Doug tries to determine their identities.

The park investigation revelations pull them into a local crime and put their lives at risk. A prairie blizzard brings everything in Western South Dakota to a stop as the pieces of the mysteries start to fall into place.

The stay at Jill’s family ranch takes an unexpected turn when Doug’s mother is invited for Christmas. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder At The Mansion: A Cozy Mystery (Strawberry Shores Mystery Book 5) by [Mak K. Han]

After everything that happened in the wake of Jeannie Smart’s murder, Laura Lane is ready to give up solving mysteries for good. The two previous murders ended up with her in danger, and worse yet the psychic power she possesses seems to be developing a mind of its own: Laura realizes that she doesn’t understand it as well as she thought she did.

When an act of vandalism brings Quinn Farley to Strawberry Shores, Laura does everything in her power to keep from getting involved – even when Quinn claims that spirits are threatening the town, even when Quinn’s activities drive half the town to insanity, even when a young man is murdered.

But when Laura’s friend Emily gets caught up in the mess, Laura discovers that she can’t stay out of the situation. The only way to save Emily is to solve the murder, and together with her other friend Alex Shade, Laura sets out to solve the case – a choice that she might soon regret.

This is a standalone, first book in a new sweet cozy mystery series filled with humor, suspects, and lots of books! It also has some mild paranormal elements, and is suitable for all ages. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


New Releases For The Week Of November 29, 2020–Part 3

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Hush-Hush (The Village Library Mysteries Book 4) by [Elizabeth Spann Craig]

It’s hard keeping secrets in small towns.

At first, librarian Ann Beckett is delighted her director hired another full-time staff member. The Whitby Library is a busy place and another librarian should make life much easier there.

Instead, she soon discovers that the new hire, Ellie, seems to be bent on creating issues instead of solving them. When she’s found dead at the library, no one is as shocked as they might have been.

With time running out and a desperate killer on the loose, Ann starts uncovering all the secrets Ellie was trying to keep hush-hush. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder at the Mayfair Hotel (Cleopatra Fox Mysteries Book 1) by [C.J. Archer]

It was the most fashionable place to stay in London, until murder made a reservation. Solve the puzzle in this new cozy historical mystery from USA Today bestselling author of the Glass and Steele series.

December 1899. After the death of her beloved grandmother, Cleopatra Fox moves into the luxury hotel owned by her estranged uncle in the hopes of putting hardship and loneliness behind her. But the poisoning of a guest throws her new life, and the hotel, into chaos.

Cleo quickly realizes no one can be trusted, not Scotland Yard and especially not the hotel’s charming assistant manager. With the New Year’s Eve ball approaching fast and the hotel’s reputation hanging by a thread, Cleo must find the killer before the ball, and the hotel itself, are ruined. But catching a murderer proves just as difficult as navigating the hotel’s hierarchy and the peculiarities of her family.

Can Cleo find the killer before the new century begins? Or will someone get away with murder? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Witch Is The New Black (A Supernatural Speakeasy Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Lily Harper Hart]

Ofelia Archer has faced demons, evil witches, and freaky zombies, but nothing could prepare her for the horror of meeting her boyfriend’s mother, Madeline Sully. She thinks she’s ready and able, but she’s really not.
For his part, Zacharias “Zach” Sully isn’t any more thrilled by his mother’s visit than his girlfriend. He’s simply better at dealing with Madeline’s brand of madness.
After one meal, a magical barrage of fire rains down on the group as they’re walking down Bourbon Street. When the flames clear, a young woman is left for dead, and the only thing they know about her is that she was part of a multi-level marketing scheme called Hexential Oils.
Before they realize what’s happening, Sully and Ofelia find themselves knee-deep in an odd world that neither of them really understand … and it leads straight to trouble, as usual. It seems New Orleans is teeming with suspects, and they have no idea which one to focus on.
Ofelia and Sully have a bond that can’t be broken. That won’t stop outsiders from trying. When the hierarchy of Hexential Oils leads to long-forgotten magic and a creature of mythical proportions, they realize they’re in over their heads.
They’ll die to protect one another … and someone desperately wants to make that a reality. It will take both of them working together to make sure that doesn’t happen. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

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Book 4 in the BESTSELLING Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery Series!

Rose Petal Revenge (Claire's Candles Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Agatha Frost]

All Claire’s best friend Damon wants for his birthday is to celebrate with his far-flung friends. At a convention for science-fiction fans. With cosplay. But when Damon’s once close-knit group of online friends splinters in the week before the event, threatening to ruin Damon’s birthday and the plans he’s been looking forward to for months, it’s Captain Claire to the rescue – or it will be, just as soon as her mother puts the finishing touches on her costume.

Of course, what Claire doesn’t know (aside from pretty much anything to do with sci-fi) is that amid the hubbub of meet-and-greets, merchandise, and video game tournaments, it’s all fun and games . . . until someone gets stabbed.

Thrown headfirst into a murderous friend group filled with lies and deception, can Claire solve the case before the bodies pile up?

Other books in the series:
1. Vanilla Bean Vengeance
2. Black Cherry Betrayal
3. Coconut Milk Casualty
4. Rose Petal Revenge

Book 4 in the Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed better as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery with a candle-loving British amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Fraying of Schemes (The Dickinson Sisters Mysteries Book 3) by [Blythe Baker]

Forced to stay at a local hotel while their home undergoes repairs, Iris and Lily Dickinson find themselves uncomfortably close to a violent crime. Risking a potential stain upon their reputations, the sisters delve into the deadly secrets of the hotel’s inhabitants.

With the guilty party determined to evade capture, will the Dickinson sisters uncover the truth – or be buried with it? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Ghoulish Midlife: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Witching After Forty Book 1) by [Lia Davis, L.A. Boruff]

Widow and empty nester, Ava Harper, never dreamed of turning forty without the love of her life. Nor did she know she would bury her favorite aunt, who raised her after the death of her mother, a few years later. Then again, she doesn’t have the power of foresight. No, her powers are much darker. Powers she has kept behind lock and key.

With her only son off to college and her life savings depleted, Ava returns home to Shipton Harbor, Maine. She’s only there to clean out, fix up, and sell the family home. But like everything in her life in the last five years, things change. Plans get canceled.

Arriving in Shipton Harbor is like stepping into another world. Her high school rival is married to her best friend and is set on making up for every devious thing she did when they were teens. The magic in the house reawakens, making it impossible to sell. It doesn’t want new owners, apparently. And to top it all, the sheriff looks like he belongs on the cover of a romance novel.

When an old friend of the family turns up dead, Ava must delve deep into the powers she’s repressed all her adult life to find the killer. Only a necromancer could’ve killed her friend.

Now she must open up to her own wells of dark magic to find the murderer while working with the hottie sheriff she’s sure has his own secrets. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Christmas Corpse (A Christmas Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Mona Marple]

Welcome to Candy Cane Hollow, where every day feels like Christmas!

Holly Wood (yes, that’s her real name) is driving home for Christmas and not feeling too happy about the empty house waiting for her. 

When her car skids into a snow bank, she’s rescued by a sweet old lady who promises her name is Mrs Claus. 

Holly is taken to Candy Cane Hollow to recover, and finds herself in a genuine winter wonderland. 

As Christmas Day approaches, the grouchy medical receptionist appears to have been poisoned by a mince pie.

And to Holly’s surprise, Mrs Claus is the prime suspect. 

With Mrs Claus under suspicion, Holly vows to return the woman’s generosity by clearing her name.

Maybe it will impress Mrs Claus’ dimpled dish of a son, too? 

Christmas Corpse is a festive cozy mystery and first in an exciting new series by popular author Mona Marple. This book is a clean read, free from swearing, on-page violence or sexual content.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Knitorious Murder Mysteries Books 4 - 6: A Knitorious Murder Mysteries Collection by [Reagan Davis]

The Knitorious Murder Mystery Collection Books 4 – 6 contains books 4, 5, & 6 in the Knitorious Murder Mystery Series.

If you like your cozy mysteries with a bit of humour, small town Canadian life, a hint of romance, a close circle of quirky, lovable characters that you wish you knew in real life, dogs and cats, and free knitting patterns, there’s something in this series for you.

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Each ebook includes a link to a free knitting pattern at the end of the book.

Included stories: Twisted Stitches, Son of a Stitch, and Crime Skein

Download The Knitorious Murder Mystery Books 4- 6 and start unravelling the mysteries today!

Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)

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Winter Murderland: Psychic Sleuths and Talking Dogs (A Jaz and Luffy Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Max Parrott]

‘Tis the season for murder.

With winter settling into stay and a traveling carnival bringing an extra dose of festivity to the quiet town of Blackwood Cove, Jasmine and her faithful dog Luffy are looking forward to a picturesque winter holiday with sparkling snow and twinkling Christmas lights.

But when rumors of a terrible crime sweep through the town, the carnival’s magic and wonder quickly begin to sour. As the carnival organizers scramble to maintain their joyful façade, Jasmine and Luffy are called on to put the rumors to rest – but this time, as official private detectives.

Struggling for leads in an environment where every snowflake and performer’s smile is meticulously arranged, the pair of sleuths must get to the bottom of the case without upsetting the guests or causing more wild rumors to fly. Can Jasmine and Luffy solve the mystery and save Christmas before the situation spirals out of control? Or will their very first case as official private detectives fall flat?

If you adore the magic of Christmas-themed cozy mysteries with a puzzling case which will keep you guessing to the very end, then you won’t want to miss Jasmine and Luffy’s next adventure in Winter Murderland. Settle down by the Christmas tree and start reading, because murder doesn’t take a holiday. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Halo Effect (Spellbound Ever After Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Annabel Chase]

Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.

Life is good for Emma Hart. She’s married to the love of her life, raising an amazing daughter, surrounded by close friends, and working at a job that makes a difference. When some of her more cantankerous friends start exhibiting signs of sweetness and light against their normal natures, it seems that Emma’s influence has finally taken hold—except their behavior seems off in a way that Emma can’t quite identify.

In the meantime, Spellbound receives a visit from Ember Rose, Starry Hollow’s intrepid reporter who’s in town with her daughter and raccoon familiar seeking information from an unlikely source about her ancestor, the One True Witch. Emma offers to help in any way she can, despite the growing tide of unease in connection with certain residents’ excessive virtue.

Will Emma get to the bottom of the change before the whole town becomes a zombie horde of Stepford paranormals or will her voice of reason be drowned out by a tsunami of sweetness?
Halo Effect is the 8th book in the Spellbound Ever After paranormal cozy mystery series.

Books in the Spellbound Ever After series include:
Crazy For Brew, Book 1
Lost That Coven Feeling, Book 2
Wands Upon A Time, Book 3
Charmed Offensive, Book 4
Poetry in Potion, Book 5
Cloaks and Daggers, Book 6
Ghoul’s Paradise, Book 7
Halo Effect, Book 8

Books in the Spellbound series include:
Curse the Day, Book 1
Doom and Broom, Book 2
Spell’s Bells, Book 3
Lucky Charm, Book 4
Better Than Hex, Book 5
Cast Away, Book 6
A Touch of Magic, Book 7
A Drop in the Potion, Book 8
Hemlocked and Loaded, Book 9
All Spell Breaks Loose, Book 10 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Charmed to Death (A Farmer's Market Witch Mystery Series Book 1) by [Constance Barker]

A Mystical Farmer’s Market, a Charming Witch and a Beagle Familiar

Elle Owens has a booth in the town’s Farmer’s Market where she sells charms, some mundane and others magical, especially if she thinks the buyer needs a lift in their day. Her Beagle familiar Gus teleports and talks, that is, only to those in the supernatural persuasion. Her best buds Percy, the local news reporter and gossip can hear whispers from yards away, and Millie, the local alpaca owner, makes all sorts of clothing from her enchanted animal’s wool. Of course the garments give the buyer the warmth, peace and comfort they need.

While things have been pleasant since the seasonal opening of the Farmer’s Market, a scream breaks through the crowd. A murder of one of their own vendors has occurred. Elle and Gus take matters into their own hands and paws, much to the annoyance of the hot detective Jason, panther-shifter.

Also on hand are some of the regular Farmer’s market vendors with their bevy of delightful goods. Join the community and see what happens in the first Farmer’s Market Witch Mystery Series book. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Villa in Sicily: Olive Oil and Murder (A Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery—Book 1) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. Highly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who appreciates a well-written mystery with twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews (regarding Murder in the Manor)

A VILLA IN SICILY: OLIVE OIL AND MURDER is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor, a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews (and a free download)!

Audrey Smart, 34, is a brilliant vet—yet fed up by her demanding clients who think they know more than her and who don’t care about their animals. Burnt-out with the endless hours, she wonders if the time has come for a new direction. And when her 15th year high school reunion (and her hopes for re-sparking on old flame) end in disaster, Audrey knows the time has come to make a change.

When Audrey sees an ad for a $1 home in Sicily, it captivates her. The only catch is that the house requires renovation, something she knows little about. She wonders if it could be real—and if she may really be crazy enough to go for it.

Can Audrey create a life and career—and the home of her dreams—in a beautiful Sicilian village? And perhaps even find love while she’s there?

Or will an unexpected death—one that only she can solve—put an end to all of her plans?

Are some dreams too good to be true?

A laugh-out-loud cozy packed with mystery, intrigue, renovation, animals, food, wine—and of course, love—A VILLA IN SICILY will capture your heart and keep you glued to the very last page.

“The book had heart and the entire story worked together seamlessly that didn’t sacrifice either intrigue or personality. I loved the characters – so many great characters! I can’t wait to read whatever Fiona Grace writes next!”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“Wow, this book takes off & never stops! I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended for those who love a great mystery with twists, turns, romance, and a long lost family member! I am reading the next book right now!”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Poodle Versus The Fake Santa (Cottage Country Cozy Mysteries Book 6) by [Anne Shillolo]

News flash! It’s the holiday season and Rocco is dashing through the snow on the trail of a Santa-killer.
Zora Flynn, the 50-something publisher of a local newspaper, and Rocco, her pampered prince of a poodle are frantic to solve the crime. Young reporter, Brady Kozak, has received a shocking piece of good news. But in the eyes of the police, it makes him their number one murder suspect.
Everyone knows that Brady is honest, law-abiding, and big-hearted. Zora refuses to believe he has a motive for killing the Williamsport Santa.
It turns out that the late Santa is not who he seems, and Zora and company have to delve into his startling past to try to track down the real killer and exonerate Brady. Between an ice storm, Christmas decorating, the big Santa Claus parade, a surprise discovery, and a very romantic evening at home, Zora is running out of time.
(It probably goes without saying, but the Poodle Versus… series is good, clean fun, except for the occasional suspicious death. No graphic violence, sex or swearing.) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Holiday Heist at Dunhaven Castle: A Cate Kensie Mystery (Cate Kensie Mysteries Book 3) by [Nellie H. Steele]

Cate knew she had seen those jewels before.

As her eyes scanned the newspaper article from 1925, she is shocked to read about the theft of two priceless necklaces from her family’s home. When Cate recognizes one of the stolen necklaces from when she traveled back in time to the year 1856 to solve a murder mystery, Cate knows there’s only one thing left for her to do. Despite the hectic holiday season approaching, complete with two grand holiday events, Cate must travel to 1925 and unravel the mystery surrounding the jewelry theft.


However, things take an unexpected turn when she arrives. As Cate discovers more unanswered questions, she starts to wonder if there’s a piece to the puzzle she has yet to uncover.


While Cate and estate manager, Jack, try to unravel the puzzle in the past, another mystery brews in the present for Cate. Strange and eerie nightmares centered around a bookcase in Dunhaven Castle’s library disrupt Cate’s sleep, rattling her mind even during her waking hours. She wonders if these are connected to the jewelry theft or if something darker lurks in Dunhaven’s halls.


Can Cate solve the mysterious theft of her family’s jewelry? Will the bookcase hold the secrets to the past? If it does, will Cate be able to decipher the clues on its shelves? Or is there something more sinister at work in Dunhaven Castle?


Can Cate solve the mysterious theft of her family’s jewelry? Will the bookcase hold the secrets to the past? If it does, will Cate be able to decipher the clues on its shelves? Or is there something more sinister at work in Dunhaven Castle?


Find out if Cate has what it takes to solve the newest mysteries at Dunhaven Castle in Holiday Heist at Dunhaven Castle, book three of the riveting cozy mystery series Cate Kensie Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

High Tide Homicide: An Enchanted Coast Witch Cozy Mystery (Enchanted Coast Magical Mystery Series Book 4) by [Tegan Maher]

Giants and fairies and murder, oh, my!

Life on the Enchanted Coast just got a whole lot more interesting. With expansions to the resort that include a wing for larger species – giants, to be exact – and a forest complete with fairy pools and cottages to attract woodland species, witch Destiny Maganti is facing a whole new influx of paranormal guests.

When a mysterious woman is murdered during the official grand opening and a fairy loved by all is accused, she has her hands full. For the first time ever, the resort is divided, and it’s all she can do to hold it together.

On top of solving a murder, she’s also tasked with finding a replacement manager for the tiki. From stuffy professor types to lackadaisical surfers, her applicant pool is as frustrating as it entertaining, but something’s gotta give. After all, she’s a witch, not a superhero.

Join Destiny, Tempest, Colin, and the rest of the Enchanted Coast crew on yet another magical, fast-paced adventure full of humor, fruity drinks, and homicide. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Art of Violence: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Mysteries Book 6) by [S. J. Rozan]

In the latest mystery from S. J. Rozan, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin must track down a serial killer stalking women in New York’s contemporary art scene.

Former client Sam Tabor, just out of Greenhaven after a five-year homicide stint, comes to Bill Smith with a strange request. A colossally talented painter whose parole was orchestrated by art world movers and shakers, Sam’s convinced that since he’s been out he’s killed two women. He doesn’t remember the killings but he wants Smith, one of the few people he trusts, to investigate and prove him either innocent or guilty.

NYPD detective Angela Grimaldi thinks Sam’s “a weirdo.” Smith has no argument with that: diagnosed with a number of mental disorders over the years, Sam self-medicates with alcohol, loses focus (except when he’s painting), and has few friends. But Smith doesn’t think that adds up to serial killer. He enlists Lydia Chin to help prove it.

Smith and Chin delve into the world surrounding Sam Tabor, including his brother, two NYPD detectives, and various other artists, dealers, collectors, curators, and art connoisseurs. No answers appear. Evidence is found and lost again. And more bodies turn up.

Sam Tabor might be just a crazy artist. But someone is killing people in his orbit. If not Sam, who? Why? And who will be next? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

New Releases For The Week Of November 29th, 2020–Part 2

In this third and final novella, Julie Sinclair once more puts her investigative skills to the test to halt potential housing development in the sleepy village of Yetts Bank. Will time run out while she trawls through documents and ancient maps, or will she succeed in preventing unwanted expansion of her village?

However, a more serious investigation looms for our inquisitive writer when she discovers a letter which, if followed up, could seriously impact on her quiet life. Should she ignore its contents, or will curiosity and badgering from her friends coerce her into even more investigation?

A Letter for Julie should re-engage readers of A Case for Julie and A Break for Julie with close friends, Liz and Maggie, and the incorrigible postmistress, Jessica Morris. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Shooting Pains (Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery Book 3) by [Mairi Chong]

Do YOU love a good old-fashioned MURDER … but with a rather unhealthy dose of MEDICINE?

When one of Dr Cathy Moreland’s patients attends the surgery with a disturbing story of marital tension, accompanied by a suggestive bruise on her upper arm, the doctor is understandably concerned. The young woman confides that she is afraid of her husband, a local farmhand, but refuses to allow the doctor to help any further.

The following week, Dr Moreland, both overworked and strained, is horrified to hear of a fatal shooting on the local farm estate, and even more so when she realises that the woman and her husband are at the very centre of the tragedy. Was the shooting an accident, or is something more sinister taking place in the sleepy Scottish countryside?

Dr Moreland must draw on all of her courage to uncover the truth, even if it means risking, not only her own mental health but her life.

SHOOTING PAINS is a thrilling murder mystery that will keep the reader guessing, and re-guessing, right up to the end. If you enjoy British Classic Crime, with an unhealthy dose of medicine, then you’ll relish Mairi Chong’s third novel in the Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery series. (Amazon)

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Banking on Murder: A Cosy Mystery (The Parker Sisters Mysteries Book 1) by [J.D Whitelaw]

Martha Parker runs a small private detective agency in Glasgow with her two sisters, Helen and Geri. They specialise in catching cheating partners and those playing away from home. 
The Parkers are hired by the reclusive wife of a wealthy banker she suspects is breaking their vows, but when he shows up murdered, it’s up to Martha, Helen and Geri to prove the wife’s innocence in their most dangerous case yet.

“A sparkling slice of crime fiction from Whitelaw – Goodies, baddies and laughs aplenty” — Marion Todd

“A brilliant, sharply funny read, so refreshing to read a crime novel that also makes you laugh” — Lisa Hall
(Amazon)

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Body in the Woods (Carlos Jacobi Book 1) by [Dawn Brookes]

A peaceful village. A buried secret. A gripping new crime novel for 2020.

“Beyond brilliant as usual from the inimitable Ms Brookes. Highly highly recommended.” Anne, Goodreads.

When private investigator Carlos Jacobi arrives in the Peak District to spend Christmas with his sister, he doesn’t anticipate his ex-police dog unearthing a body in the local woods. Why would someone murder a seemingly harmless old man?
The dead man’s wife hires Carlos to investigate the murder after the police had fobbed her off when she reported him missing. Carlos soon discovers fractured relationships, family secrets and villagers with something to hide.

To top it all, the man in charge of the investigation is someone Carlos had hoped never to meet again. Memories of their time in Afghanistan still haunt him. Bad blood between the two men threatens to cloud the investigation as neither can bury the past. DCI Terry Masters is livid when Carlos is hired, and takes it personally. He orders his sergeant to make sure the private investigator is kept out of the loop or face consequences, not knowing that Carlos and DS Fiona Cook are old friends.

Meanwhile, Carlos unravels lies and motives among the seemingly innocuous village population. When his dog, Lady makes another grisly discovery, the suspense heightens.
Carlos teams up with his old friend to get to the bottom of this frustrating case.

Fans of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, Damien Boyd, Frances Evesham and David Blake will love this new series.

What readers say:
“This is a story that had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. It has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.”
“I could not put this one down. I loved the characters and found this a fast paced book with lots of twists.”
Murder and lies in the Peak District.
Bestselling author, Dawn Brookes does it again. The book is packed with rich characters, a deep and engaging plot that keeps you turning the pages.
A classic crime masterpiece from a gifted author.
Brilliant insight into coercive control. (Amazon)

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The Kensington Kidnap: An absolutely gripping cozy murder mystery (Epiphany Bloom Mysteries Book 1) by [Katie Gayle]

A missing teenager, a mysterious cult and a case of mistaken identity – just another day’s work for Epiphany Bloom.

Epiphany ‘Pip’ Bloom is down on her luck. She can barely afford cat food, and just because Most has three legs doesn’t mean he eats any less. So she absolutely can’t afford to mess up her latest temp job. But when she walks through the door of the private investigation firm, her new boss mistakes her for a missing persons expert. He then charges her with finding Matty Price – the teenage son of two A-list celebrities – who has mysteriously disappeared from his home in Kensington.

It ought to be a disaster, but Pip reckons it’s actually an opportunity. She’s always been curious (nosy, her mother calls it) and has an uncanny knack for being at the wrong place at the right time (she doesn’t want to know what her mother thinks of that). After years of trying to find something she’s good at, has Pip managed to walk straight into the job she was born to do?

She owes it to herself and poor missing Matty to find out.

But searching for Matty takes Pip into the strange, intimidating world of the rich and famous. And it soon becomes clear that some of these people’s love for themselves doesn’t extend to their fellow humans.

As Pip investigates further, she realises the question isn’t whether Matty ran away – it’s whether Pip will find him alive and make it home safely herself…

An absolutely brilliant, light-hearted cozy mystery for fans of M.C. Beaton, T E Kinsey, Lauren Elliott and Joanne Fluke, featuring an irresistible new heroine.

Readers are loving The Kensington Kidnap

‘Epiphany Bloom is my new favourite female sleuth!… What a wonderful character… I am looking forward to more from this author!’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s a giggle a minute joining Pip in her adventures… addictive and amusing… I just loved Epiphany Bloom. She’s a fabulously funny, frivolous character who can make the sun shine even on the most gloomy of days… Fans of cozy mysteries should find this book a sheer delight!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Refreshing when you discover a new series where you can’t decide which character you adore more’ Books ’n Whatnot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘What a great read… [Pip] really grew on me and by the end I was a complete fan. The storyline is totally unbelievable but brilliant all the same…. The writing style was funny and assured and the storyline moved at a great pace. I can’t wait to read more books by them.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really loved this book, and super excited to know it’s book one of a series! Pip is such a likeable character, she is such an accident prone woman but her heart is in the right place… Such a quirky story that keeps you gripped, making you want more and more. I can’t wait for book twoHighly highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had a great time reading this book. Pip is such a quirky character, and her antics made me laugh out loud… I’m looking forward to reading more in this delightful series.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Epiphany “Pip” Bloom is quite a quirky heroine who seems to have a history of poor choices when it comes to jobs and men. Her inner dialogue often made me laugh… A smoothly paced plot kept me turning the pages.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I love British mysteries, they truly take you away for a while and always seem to have quirky characters, like Pip herself. I’m looking forward to the next entry in this series as only Pip can get herself into these kinds of messes and come out smelling like a rose.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

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Mel had explained to me the whole concept of organic gardening, all about nature and balance and natural enemies. So if the Japanese could send us their beetles, why couldn’t they send us a Mothra to eat them? Import quotas?

After decades of marriage, motherhood, and grandmotherhood, Cat Caliban has become Cincinnati’s newest, oldest, funniest detective-in-training. Death does a land office business in Millins County, Tennessee. Everybody knows why, but talking about it can get you killed, too. When a whistleblower is killed on his way to tell what he knows, Cat comes to town to dig up buried secrets at a toxic waste disposal site. Meanwhile, while Cat fights killers in Tennessee, the organic garden behind the Catatonia Arms is fighting its own losing battle with cats, dog, weeds, and insects, and none of the villains is committed to a fair fight. (Amazon)

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When you thought about it, I’d pulled off a miracle getting Franny to attend Fred’s funeral in tears rather than picketing it in Birkies.

After decades of marriage, motherhood, and grandmotherhood, Cat Caliban has become Cincinnati’s newest, oldest, funniest detective-in-training. During the sixties, Cat was too distracted by the war on the home front between her activist daughter and her husband to pay attention to the antiwar movement. But doves, like pigeons, come home to roost, and Franny’s visit to her mother coincides with the murder of a former antiwar activist during a new round of demonstrations. When Cat discovers secrets from the past, someone tries to force her underground – permanently. (Amazon)

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Me, I want it on the record now that I do not want to die hot and sweaty on a gym floor, surrounded by the smell of gym socks and sneakers.”

After decades of marriage, motherhood, and grandmotherhood, Cat Caliban has become Cincinnati’s newest, oldest, funniest detective-in-training. Since no case is too insignificant, Cat takes on a lost kitten challenge for the neighborhood’s preeminent teen entrepreneur. But that leads to a more prominent case: who murdered local high school basketball hero Julius “Juky” Kay, star forward of the Oscar Robertson Rattlesnakes? Soon Cat is crutch-deep in corruption, having sustained her first sports injury while investigating Juky’s death. (Amazon)

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One for the Money (Cat Caliban Series Book 1) by [D. B. Borton]

“Suspicion is second nature to any woman who’s raised three kids.”

Meet Cincinnati’s newest, oldest, funniest detective-in-training. After decades of marriage, motherhood, and grandmotherhood, Cat Caliban is looking for a new career. Detective work seems a logical choice. So, she sells her suburban house, buys an apartment building in a “transitional” neighborhood, and begins her training, only to discover a dead body in an upstairs apartment. What’s the connection between a murdered homeless woman and the Golden Age of Hollywood silent movies? Cat must discover it before the killer can strike again.

In this first book of the popular Cat Caliban series, Cat assembles her colorful cast of helpers and neighborhood hangers-on. This senior sleuth challenges stereotypical portrayals of older women generally and older women detectives in particular. This book is rated PG-13 for language. (Amazon)

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Death and the Singing Birds (A Nell Drury mystery Book 3) by [Amy Myers]

A summer festival ends in disaster for chef sleuth Nell Drury in this gripping historical mystery full of dark secrets, disturbing discoveries and page-turning twists.

1926, Kent. Chef Nell Drury is busy with preparations for Lady Ansley’s luncheon to welcome Wychbourne Court’s new neighbours, Sir Gilbert and Lady Saddler. The couple’s arrival has led to much rumour and intrigue swirling around the village, particularly with regards to the mysterious Lady Saddler.

Sir Gilbert belongs to a new artistic movement, the Artistes de Cler, and is organizing a summer festival in the grounds of Spitalfrith Manor, where the Clerries will gather to reveal their Africa-inspired paintings. The whole village is invited and buzzing with excitement. But at the festival itself, Nell witnesses some strange and disturbing events, and when a terrible discovery is made the following day, she is horrified to learn that Lord Ansley’s valet has been arrested. Can Nell clear his name while also confronting a face from the past? (Amazon)

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Cuthbert's Way: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 17) by [LJ Ross]

FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND AND IMPOSTOR

A SECRET KEPT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS…

After the dramatic theft of a priceless artefact from Durham Cathedral, the rest of the world believes that DCI Ryan and his team were able to recover and return St. Cuthbert’s cross to its rightful home. But Ryan knows the cross he recovered was a fake—far from being over, their problems are only just beginning…

Just as Ryan and his team begin to unravel the truth behind the spate of mysterious thefts, something even more priceless is stolen—something that can never be replaced.

As the nationwide manhunt continues without success, Ryan is thrust into despair—until he realises the answer lies not in modern policing but in an age-old secret known only to a chosen few. To recover what’s been lost, he must first crack ‘Cuthbert’s Code’, following the trail of a long-dead saint across the wild, unpredictable hills and valleys of the borderlands.

Can Ryan find what he’s looking for, before it’s too late?

He’s going to need a miracle…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph (Amazon)

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Action in Little Leaf Creek (A Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Cindy Bell]

Christmastime in Little Leaf Creek is a time for the Christmas fair, festive decorations and another dead body….

Cassie Alberta is settling into her new life in Little Leaf Creek. She is making some good friends and is loving spending time with her next-door neighbor’s cheeky dog and mischievous goats. The small town is abuzz with excitement, not only is Christmas just around the corner but a television show is filming an episode in town. But then a crew member is found murdered.

Cassie joins forces with her grouchy ex-cop next-door neighbor and they decide to do a little investigating of their own. But Cassie is distracted from the task at hand when her new love interest starts acting very suspiciously.

Can Cassie help catch the killer so Christmas can go off without a hitch? Is her new romantic relationship over as fast as it began?

Recipe included: Gingerbread Cookies

Action in Little Leaf Creek is the fast-paced fourth book in the Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Series. If you like unexpected twists and turns, lively personalities, and a never-ending list of suspicious characters, then you’ll love Cindy Bell’s heartwarming whodunnit.

Buy Action in Little Leaf Creek to start solving the murder today! (Amazon)

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Murder on the Ballot (A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery Book 17) by [Elizabeth Spann Craig]

If you can’t beat them, join them.

Octogenarian Myrtle Clover is so annoyed by the infighting at tiny Bradley, North Carolina’s town council meetings that she decides on a radical course of action: she’ll run for the open seat on the council. After all, she taught most of the elected officials—she should be able to enact some order.

But order apparently isn’t in the works. This becomes clear when a fellow candidate is found . . . murdered.

Myrtle and her senior sidekick Miles must uncover the killer before someone else becomes a lame duck. (Amazon)

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The Banshee Brouhaha (A Charlie Rhodes Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Charlie Rhodes has spent her entire life wondering who her birth parents were, why they abandoned her, and where the magic she’s been learning to hone came from.
She’s finally going to get some answers.
With proof that the new member of the Legacy Foundation is really her brother, Charlie sets off to visit Salem with him and her boyfriend Jack Hanson. She’s never been to the city before and finds that the history swirling is only one of the things that has her excited.
Not long after landing, a body is strung up in Salem Common, and witnesses say it was ghosts doing the dirty work. Jack is intrigued enough to call in the rest of the team. Since Charlie’s parents are supposedly taking refuge within the city limits, the investigation makes for a nice cover.
It’s not long before Charlie realizes that there’s more going on in Salem than witches and white magic. Something dark is festering under the surface, and whatever it is seems to be taking aim at her.
Charlie wants answers. She’s also afraid to get them. During the search for what she’s lost, though, she becomes more determined than ever to hold onto what she has.
There’s evil afoot, and a woman who looks like an older version of Charlie is stalking the group. Could the two things be connected? Charlie won’t leave until she knows for certain.
Salem’s history might be coming back to haunt those who venture into the city and it’s up to the Legacy Foundation to figure out why … that is if they survive long enough to uncover the answers.
Hold onto your broomsticks, because it’s going to be a witchy ride. (Amazon)

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Claus for Concern: An Aurora Aspen Magical Holiday Mystery, Book 1 (Aurora Aspen Magical Holiday Mysteries) by [Paula Lester]

It’s Christmastime in Shady Corners, and Aurora “Rory” Aspen is ready to sleigh the season with her fabulous holiday parties.

Rory has known she was a witch since toddlerhood. And it’s been all good—she has a knack for enhancing the natural magic surrounding holidays and uses that to its full advantage to spruce up her parties. She has a great life, with a supportive dad and a sweet but zany best friend.

But then the small-town sheriff keels over into the Christmas tree at one of her events. Rory’s ex-boyfriend, Cam, whom she absolutely has not been pining over . . . much . . . is accused of the murder. Unable to resist his pleas for help, Rory branches out to find the real killer and get Cam released.

As if that wasn’t enough to do, Rory’s absent mom pops up like the ghost of Christmas past. And she’s got news that could change Rory’s life forever. Add to that a strangely knowledgeable Santa with a sack full of dubious advice, a missing corgi, and a sweet but trouble-making German shorthaired pointer, and it looks like Rory’s in a jolly big pile of trouble!

Can Rory keep it together long enough to figure out who’s really on the naughty list? Or will she get run over by a reindeer and left for dead herself?

Claus for Concern is the first book in the delightful and funny new Aurora Aspen Magical Holiday Mysteries series. If you like clean, cozy, small-town holiday murder mysteries with magic and heart, this series is for you. (Amazon)

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Croissants, Crimes & Canines (The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles Book 9) by [Colleen Mooney]

Brandy just wasn’t sure…

…if the wedding would ever happen.

Would this murder ruin it again?

Ava had known Brandy since they were kids. She had a gift for knowing when people lied to her. Brandy never did. When her FBI trained friend transferred back from New York to the New Orleans office, her first call was to her old friend. The ad for the apartment looked promising, so off they went.

It wasn’t the best neighborhood.

They could tell by the two gun shots.

And just like that, there was a murder to solve.

Dante has made Captain of Homicide, but he still can’t seem to keep his old neighbor and childhood sweetheart from meddling in cases. Who killed Carlos and Nina, and more importantly, why was Brandy going to marry Jiff?

The clues, lies, antics, and a Giant Schnauzer, will keep you guessing, because Brandy and Ava can’t be fooled.

Get it now. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 29th, 2020–Part 1

Premeditated Mortar (A Fixer-Upper Mystery Book 8) by [Kate Carlisle]

Contractor Shannon Hammer gets tangled up in murder at a spooky old asylum in the latest Fixer-Upper Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle. . . .

Shannon Hammer is about to embark on one of the biggest projects of her career. Her best friend Jane Hennessey has purchased one wing of the Gables, formerly the old state insane asylum, located on a bucolic hillside two miles northeast of Lighthouse Cove. Jane plans to turn her section into a small luxury hotel complete with twenty ocean-view rooms, a spa, and a restaurant.

Shannon is raring to get started on the enormous project and is shocked when a group of unruly protesters shows up at the groundbreaking ceremony and wreaks havoc. She’s even more freaked-out when someone pushes her into a pit of bricks in a closed-off room of the asylum. Despite her close call, Shannon wants nothing more than to get back to work . . . until she finds a body not far from where she was pushed. Now Shannon is determined to get to the bottom of the goings-on at the Gables even if it kills her. . . . (Amazon)

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A Whisker of a Doubt: A Cat Cafe Mystery (Cat Cafe Mystery Series Book 4) by [Cate Conte]

It’s promising to be a picture-purrfect Christmas at New England’s favorite cat cafe . . . but instead of jolly old St. Nick, residents are being visited by murder. The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime.

The holiday season on Daybreak Island is a mixed bag for Maddie James. On the one hand, her Christmas spirit is in the doghouse after a break-up. On the other, she’s busy enough that she doesn’t have to pretend to be merry. Business at her cat café is booming, and Maddie’s care-taking of a feral cat colony in one of the area’s wealthiest communities only helps her bottom line.

But tensions between the homeowners and animal activists are escalating to catastrophic levels. . .and before long a body is found dead in a snowbank. To prove that her accused friend is innocent of the crime, Maddie will have to prowl the island for clues to the real killer before everyone on the island goes completely hiss-terical―and more than nine lives are lost. (Amazon)

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The Fatal Flying Affair (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 7) by [T E Kinsey]

August 1911. Emily Hardcastle and her inimitable lady’s maid Florence Armstrong are enjoying a fine summer until Harry, Lady H’s brother, turns up out of the blue with a mystery for them to solve.

A routine parachute test at a local aeroplane factory has gone horribly wrong—with pilot Dickie Dupree plummeting to his death. Harry is certain there is more to this ‘tragic accident’ than meets the eye, having discovered that someone at the airfield is leaking top secret intelligence to foreign rivals.

In between strolls to the Dog & Duck and planning for the annual village show, the daring duo dust off the Crime Board and go undercover at Bristol Aviation. With international powers investing heavily in aeronautics, the stakes are high—sky high—and the suspects soon mount up.

Can Lady Hardcastle find the culprit before someone else falls down dead? (Amazon)

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Murder on a Midnight Clear: A 1920s Christmas Mystery (High Society Lady Detective Book 6) by [Sara Rosett]

A snowbound country mansion, a missing butler, and a Christmas case . . .

Olive and Jasper have never been closer—except in one area. Jasper is still reticent about his frequent disappearances from polite society. With the holidays approaching and no paying client on the books, Olive decides to shadow Jasper when he’s unexpectedly called away. Her search brings her to Holly Hill Lodge where an eclectic group has gathered to celebrate an old-fashioned English Christmas.

The guest list includes a celebrated lawn tennis champion, a fussy scientist studying snowflakes, a persuasive luggage salesman, a famous lady explorer, and the family’s eccentric aunt who has a fondness for the newfangled drinks called cocktails.

When the butler goes missing, Olive and Jasper must work together to solve the Christmas crime—as well as the secret Jasper hides. Murder on a Midnight Clear is the latest installment in USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett’s popular High Society Lady Detective series.

Unwrap this 1920s Christmas mystery with all the trimmings—carols, a Yule log, plum pudding . . . and murder. (Amazon)

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Courting Can Be Killer (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery Book 2) by [Amanda Flower]

“The Amish Miss Marple strikes again…exciting.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Refreshing…Flower combines quirky characters, close-knit community, and first-class sleuthing to great effect. Fans of Amish mysteries will love this.”
Publishers Weekly

“There is nothing cozier than the second ‘Amish Matchmaker Mystery.’”
Library Journal


Between minding a pair of rambunctious goats, meetings with her quilting circle, and matchmaking, Millie Fisher has plenty to keep her busy through her golden years. But the witty widow always makes time to solve the odd murder . . .

 
Some Amish men don’t know what’s good for them. That’s what Millie Fisher told herself when young Ben Baughman set his heart on marrying Tess Lieb. With Tess’s father refusing to give his blessing and Tess’s ex-boyfriend being a wet blanket, the hapless couple was bound to butt heads more than Millie’s Boer goats. But when Ben tragically dies in a mysterious fire, Millie wonders if someone in her hometown of Harvest, Ohio, wanted Ben out of the wedding picture altogether . . .
 
With the help of her quilting buddies, and her outspoken Englischer friend Lois, Millie is determined to patch together all the clues without even dropping a stitch. She only hopes it won’t be the death of her . . .

Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies

“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”
USA Today

“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”
RT Book Reviews

“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”
Library Journal (Amazon)

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“You’ll love this character so much, you’ll want her as your best friend.”—Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries and a Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries

Poppy Redfern is back on the case when two female fighter pilots take a fatal dive in an all-new Woman of World War II Mystery by Tessa Arlen.

It is the late autumn of 1942. Our indomitable heroine Poppy Redfern is thoroughly immersed in her new job as a scriptwriter at the London Crown Film Unit, which produces short films featuring British civilians who perform acts of valor and heroism in wartime. After weeks of typing copy and sharpening pencils, Poppy is thrilled to receive her first solo script project: a fifteen-minute film about the Air Transport Auxiliary, known as Attagirls, a group of female civilians who have been trained to pilot planes from factories to military airfields all over Britain.

Poppy could not be more excited to spend time with these amazing ladies, but she never expects to see one of the best pilots die in what is being labeled an accident. When another Attagirl meets a similar fate, Poppy and her American fighter-pilot boyfriend, Griff, believe foul play may be at work. They soon realize that a murderer with a desire for revenge is dead set on grounding the Attagirls for good. . . . (Amazon)

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series returns with the second installment in her new Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series starring single mom Athena Spencer, who returns to Michigan to work at her family’s garden center, raise a pet raccoon, and dig up the dirt on suspects when a wedding rehearsal ends up with the murder of a groom…

The entire family has been put to work when a big fat Greek wedding rehearsal is booked at the Parthenon. All hands are needed for rolling grape leaves, layering moussaka, and keeping the bride calm. But then the groom goes M.I.A. and there’s far more to worry about than just whether Yiayia’s lemon rice soup has gone cold.

No matter how tangy the tzatziki, everyone’s appetite is ruined when the groom is found dead, a pair of scissors planted in his back. When the bride accuses Athena’s sister Selene, a hairstylist, of seducing and stabbing her fiancé, it’s all-out war–and it’s up to Athena to dig up the dirt on the suspects and nip these suspicions in the bud… (Amazon)

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Heather and Homicide: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series: Book 4 by [Molly MacRae]

The new novel in the acclaimed Highland Bookshop mystery series finds a true-crime author murdered in the charming seacoast town of Inversgail—can the women of Yon Bonnie Books discover the killer’s identity before he or she strikes again?

True crime writer Heather Kilbride arrives in the seacoast town of Inversgail, Scotland, to research a recent murder for her new book. But if that’s true, why does she seem more interested in William Clark, a shadowy lawyer with no connection to the murder? Her nosy questions arouse the suspicions of Constable Hobbs, the members of a local writers’ group, and Janet Marsh and her crew of amateur sleuths at Yon Bonnie Books.

Heather’s unconventional research methods prove deadly when Janet discovers her lifeless body. Except the “body” turns out to be a dummy dressed-up to look like Heather. Meanwhile, Heather is sitting at a safe distance observing Janet’s reactions.

Then Heather is found dead—again—sprawled at the base of an ancient standing stone; and this time it’s for real. Clutched in her hand is a valuable miniature book last seen at Yon Bonnie Books, and now the police want to know how Heather, the miniature book, and Janet are all connected. But Janet and her group of sleuths have two questions of their own: Who else is interested in knowing that connection—and is that person a cold-blooded killer? (Amazon)

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Wine Tastings Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 5) by [Libby Klein]

It’s vintage Poppy McAllister when the gluten-free baker and B&B owner tries to solve a murder at a Cape May winery . . .
 
When Poppy and Aunt Ginny agreed to host a Wine and Cheese Happy Hour for a tour group at their Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast on the Jersey Shore, they never anticipated such a sour bunch. Grumpy guest Vince Baker should be in a better mood—he’s filthy rich and on his honeymoon with his much younger wife Sunny, who seems to dote on him almost as much as her high-spirited teacup Pomeranian, Tammy Faye Baker.
 
But the honeymoon is over when Vince drops dead the next day touring the Laughing Gull Winery. Turns out he’s been poisoned, and it seems like everybody on the tour is hiding something. Now Poppy has to put her gluten-free baking on the back burner and bottle up her feelings for the two men in her life while she charges after a bitter killer with a lethal case of sour grapes . . . 
 
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
 
“Fans of Chopped will have fun juggling the complicated set of suspects and following a romantic triangle that has yet to be resolved.”
Kirkus Reviews on Restaurant Weeks  (Amazon)

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Murder Is a Must (A First Edition Library Mystery Book 2) by [Marty Wingate]

Determined to make the First Edition Library a success, Hayley Burke wasn’t expecting to have to solve an old friend’s murder in this all-new mystery from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate.

Hayley Burke, curator of Lady Fowling’s collection of first edition mysteries, is settling into her position at the First Edition Library in Middlebank House. She’s even made progress with Lady Fowling’s former secretary, the ornery Miss Woolgar. The women are busily preparing for an exhibition that will showcase Lady Fowling’s life and letters. Hayley knows the exhibition is a huge undertaking and decides, against her better judgement, to hire Oona Atherton, her former boss from the Jane Austen Centre to help with the planning.
 
     Oona is known for being difficult, but all seems to be going swimmingly until she and Hayley uncover a one-page letter that alludes to a priceless edition of MURDER MUST ADVERTISE signed by several Golden Age of Mystery authors. Oona feels this book could be the focal point of the exhibition and becomes obsessed with finding it.
 
     When they find clues that appear to point to the book being somewhere in the First Edition Library, Oona is certain she’s unraveled the mystery and texts Hayley the good news, but upon arriving back at Middlebank, Hayley finds her old boss dead at the bottom of the stairs. Did her discovery of the rare book get her killed or was it some angry shadow from her past? Hayley must read between the lines to catch a malicious murderer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Shed No Tears: A Novel (Cat Kinsella Book 3) by [Caz Frear]

Acclaimed and internationally bestselling crime novelist Caz Frear returns with her third superb novel featuring Cat Kinsella, a cop “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus Reviews).

Four victims. Killer caught. Case closed . . .  or is it? 

Growing up in a London family with ties to organized crime, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella knows the criminal world better than most cops do. As a member of the city’s Metropolitan Police, she’s made efforts to distinguish herself from her relatives. But leading an upstanding life isn’t always easy, and Cat has come close to crossing the line, a fact she keeps well hidden from her superiors.

Working their latest case, Cat and her partner Luigi Parnell discover a connection to a notorious criminal: serial killer Christopher Masters, who abducted and killed several women in 2012. Though the cops eventually apprehended him, his final victim, Holly Kemp, was never found and he never confessed to her murder, despite the solid eyewitness testimony against him. Now, six years later, the discovery of Holly’s remains near Cambridge seems to be the definitive proof needed to close the case.

Still, a few key items of evidence don’t quite line up. As Cat and Parnell look closer, they find discrepancies that raise troubling questions. But someone will do anything to keep past secrets hidden—and as they inch closer to the truth, they may be putting themselves in jeopardy . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Murder at Veronica's Diner (A Ferrara Family Mystery Book 4) by [J.D. Griffo]

Alberta Scaglione thinks her cooking is better than anyone’s in Tranquility, New Jersey—but she doesn’t mind an occasional visit to Veronica’s Diner. Too bad today’s special is murder . . .

During the breakfast rush, waitress Teri Jo seems stressed out. Not surprising on a busy morning, though Alberta, her sister Helen, and her granddaughter Jinx find it odd when Teri Jo asks them to deliver a package for her “just in case.”
 
Minutes later, Teri Jo rushes back to their table—not with a check in her hand but with a knife in her back. Veronica is upset but says she knows virtually nothing about her employee’s past, and the ladies aren’t sure whether to view her with sympathy or suspicion. Then they find an unusual figurine on the ground while snooping in the vicinity, and it becomes clear that this is a case for the Ferrara Family. With such a crowd at the crime scene, there are plenty of potential murderers on the menu, and the Ferraras will travel everywhere to figure out exactly where that figurine fits in . . .
 
Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!

Praise for Murder at Tranquility Park

“Imagine the Golden Girls starting a detective agency and you’ll get the general idea of J.D. Griffo’s charming Ferrara Family mystery series.”
Criminal Element (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Hosting a friendly competition reality cooking show could be the perfect career boost for Chef Courtney Archer–but when her co-host is found murdered, Courtney must work through layers of deception to find the real culprit.

Despite a few early hiccups, Courtney is thrilled with her starring role on The American Baking Battle, filmed at a grand resort in the Pocono Mountains. The icing on the cake? The new season has a wedding theme–complete with formalwear. But the first day on set, the producer seems to care more about profits than pastry–and the topper comes when her cohost Skylar falls ill. Little does she know things are about to end in tiers…

When a barely coherent, blood-covered Skylar is discovered at the doorway of his room, Courtney is horrified to walk inside and find a towering wedding cake–thoroughly smashed by the body of a woman in a bridal gown. Now suspicion is filling the studio and falling on Skylar, and Courtney has to look at coworkers and contestants, working through layers of deception to find the real culprit… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Death at a Country Mansion: A Smart British Mystery with a Surprising Twist (A Daisy Thorne Mystery Book 1) by [Louise R. Innes]

“First in a new series…this lively cozy has glamour, intrigue, and romance.”
Booklist

Fans of Agatha Christie won’t want to miss this delightful new mystery set in the charming village of Edgemead in Surrey, England, where you’ll find the latest styles, the juiciest gossip—and the most tantalizing murder clues…

No one would ever accuse famous opera star Dame Serena Levanté of lacking a flare for the dramatic. Unfortunately, it’s curtains down on the dysfunctional diva when she’s found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her elegant home. Solving an opera singer’s murder may not be the typical hairdresser’s aria of expertise. But Dame Serena was the mother of Daisy’s best friend Floria, so Daisy must do-or-dye her best to get to the roots of the case.

When a priceless Modigliani painting in the house is reported missing, the mystery gets even more tangled. Even though the gruff but handsome Detective Inspector Paul McGuinness tells the stylist to stay out of his hair, Daisy is determined to make sure the killer faces a stern makeover—behind bars.

“A promising debut with scads of interesting characters, a spirited heroine, and a hint of romance.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Enjoyable…will appeal to readers of Elizabeth J. Duncan’s ‘Penny Brannigan’ mysteries.”
Library Journal

Death at a Country Mansion has more twists than a French braid.”
—Sherry Harris

“If you enjoy British manor houses, a touch of budding romance, and a good mystery (like I do), I highly recommend Death at a Country Mansion.”
—Vikki Walton

A little romance, a little art history, and a gorgeous mansion . . . a page-turner that is fun and intriguing.”
—ACF Bookens (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Death by Gravity by [Sharon Linnea]

Nobody talks to the cops. Everybody talks to the bartender.
And Avalon Nash is a hell of a bartender.
On a cool June night at the Battened Hatch, Avalon is the last to see an Olympic medalist before his mysterious demise. Her superpower is collecting people’s stories, and she soon discovers that the medalist’s death connects to an unsolved kidnap/murder of a teenager 20 years before—and the perp is looking to silence anyone getting close to the truth.
As Avalon settles into her new home in the Olympic village of Tranquility, New York, can she solve the devastating murders, figure out who is worth trusting, and start to be vulnerable again—while tracking and outwitting a murderer?
The second book in the Bartender’s Guide to Murder series offers scares, humor, and 30 more of the best drink recipes ever imbibed. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mainely Fear (A Goff Langdon Mainely Mystery Book 2) by [Matt Cost]

“I want you to find out who is responsible for ruining his life and I want them to pay for it.”
This is the desire of Latricia Jones as she hires Goff Langdon to investigate her son’s arrest for burglary, vandalism, and possibly hate crimes.
Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work, friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To complement his income in Brunswick’s scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.
He was on the fast track to success. And then something happened.
Jamal Jones is an eighteen-year-old rising star attending a post-grad prep school in central Maine to bring his grades up so he can play college basketball at the D1 level. Then he is arrested for crimes that his mother knows he committed, but not why. She’s sure someone has put him up to it, the behavior so unlike him as to be unthinkable, especially since Jamal was on the verge of beginning a better life. Latricia wants Langdon to track down those responsible for her son’s sudden turn from grace, and she wants them to pay. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–On Deadly Tides

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On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2020)
237 pages
ISBN-10: 1643854682
ISBN-13: 978-1643854687
Kindle ASIN: B084V85BT8

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author  Elizabeth J Duncan and her new book  On Deadly Tides.  This is the eleventh book in her A Penny Brannigan Cozy Mystery Series.

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Word on the Street

On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
by Elizabeth J. Duncan

. . . a great trip to the British world of history mixed with interesting characters that will keep you hooked as the mystery unfolds. Truly a delightful adventure with a heartwarming ending. Sure to delight fans of cozy mysteries.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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With a picturesque black and white lighthouse, pebble beaches and stunning views of sea and mountains, the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales is the perfect place for an idyllic mid-summer painting holiday.

And watercolour artist, businesswoman, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is enjoying the retreat enormously – until she discovers the body of a New Zealand journalist on a secluded beach just as the tide is going out, threatening to take the body with it.

The post mortem reveals the victim died from injuries “consistent with a fall from a great height,” and the death is ruled accidental. But Penny thinks there’s more to the story. Curious how the victim came to such an untimely end at this most inhospitable spot, she uncovers a link to a mysterious disappearance several years earlier.

And as her holiday romance with a wildlife photographer turns to love, she learns some truths about herself, too, that surprise her.

As the winds of change blow through Penny’s own life, she sets sail on a friendly tide for a future she never dreamed possible, in a beautiful place she never imagined.

Book-Lover ***: May 2015

A two-time winner of the Bloody Words (Bony Blithe) Award for Canada’s best light mystery, Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of two series: the Penny Brannigan mysteries set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer Charlotte Fairfax. A former journalist, public relations practioner, and college professor, Elizabeth is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. She divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Llandudno, North Wales.

Author Links

Website: www.elizabethjduncan.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabethjduncan

Twitter: @elizabethduncan

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Review of Courting Can Be Killer

Courting Can Be Killer
An Amish Matchmaker Mystery, Book #2
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

Synopsis:

In the second Amish Matchmaker Mystery by USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower, Millie Fisher has plenty to keep her busy through her golden years, whether it’s minding a pair of rambunctious goats, meetings with her quilting circle, and matchmaking. But the witty widow always makes time to solve the odd murder…

Some Amish men don’t know what’s good for them. That’s what Millie Fisher told herself when young Ben Baughman set his heart on marrying Tess Lieb. With Tess’s father refusing to give his blessing and Tess’s ex-boyfriend being a wet blanket, the hapless couple was bound to butt heads more than Millie’s Boer goats. But when Ben tragically dies in a mysterious fire, Millie wonders if someone in her hometown of Harvest, Ohio, wanted Ben out of the wedding picture altogether…

With the help of her quilting buddies, and her outspoken Englischer friend Lois, Millie is determined to patch together all the clues without even dropping a stitch. She only hopes it won’t be the death of her… (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. I love the relationship between Millie and Lois. They are so different but they get along great and care about each other a lot. They spend a lot of time together, especially when they are sleuthing, which they seem to do a lot. When an Amish man is killed in a fire, the circumstances are suspicious. Millie and Lois decide to do some sleuthing to try to help law enforcement solve the case. I really enjoyed seeing some of the characters from the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series, that was a lot of fun.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it added to my enjoyment. I felt like I was right there with Millie and her goats, seeing what mischief they would get into. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. When I have a book to read by this author, I know I am in for a real treat.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Courting Can Be Killer (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery Book 2) by [Amanda Flower]






New Releases For the Week Of November 22, 2020–Part 4

Killer in the Outback (A Diana Daniels Mystery Book 2) by [Diane Demetre]

The Dreamtime and a Deadly Kiss

She’s a widowed, city-slicker businesswoman. He’s an enigmatic Aboriginal elder. Will they find the killer in the Outback before another murder is committed or will they be too late?

Traveling to the timeless Australian outback has long been on Diana Daniels’ bucket list. With her husband’s death now two years behind her, she heads off on a well-earned vacation to the ancient Kimberley region in northern Western Australia. Accompanied by Mimi, her zany, artistic sister-in-law, Diana plans to trek the imposing gorges, relax in her luxury cliffside retreat, and experience the enchantment of the Aboriginal Dreamtime.

But her plans are soon shattered when a young Aboriginal girl goes missing under suspicious circumstances. As if by design, Diana is commissioned by the girl’s grandfather, Tommy George to solve the mystery under the skeptical watch of the local police headed by Senior Constable Mitchell. Against the lavish backdrop of an international art festival and surrounded by a group of secretive guests, Diana finds herself running out of time. She knows a killer lurks among them, and it’s up to her to solve the mystery before more guests are murdered.

Killer in the Outback is the second installment in the Diana Daniels Mysteries. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie-style ‘whodunnits’ and page-turning plots, then you’ll love this clever, cocktail mystery by award winning author, Diane Demetre

PUBLISHER NOTE: A Cozy Murder Mystery of 75,500 words. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Fragile Condition (Sadie Hayes Mysteries Book 3) by [J A Hinds]

Would Sadie Hayes and her family ever be safe?
After Carter’s latest betrayal and their breakup, Sadie feels ready to break herself. But she can’t. She’s a single mother and has a business to run.
When the crime leader Xavier Gallagher shows up at her salon, she realizes how great a danger she faces. People who oppose him die or disappear. How can she refuse to help him when his offer includes a blatant threat against those she loves?
After she ended their engagement, she doesn’t trust Carter to protect her and her family. She’s also afraid that anyone she asks for help will be targeted by Gallagher.
Her only hope is to gather evidence against Gallagher and pray she can do it before she becomes his next victim.
With the news that her friend Donetta eloped, she feels alone and on her own, but soon discovers she has true friends who will never desert her, including one who helps her from beyond the grave. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Potions and Playing Cards (A Spooky Games Club Mystery Book 3) by [Amy McNulty]

Fixated on researching ways to break her curse once and for all, jinxed witch and do-gooder Dahlia Poplar doesn’t know how well she’ll do in the upcoming Euchre Tournament, the Luna Lane Spooky Games Club’s first sponsored event. With visiting professor Cable Woodward due to depart to spend more of his sabbatical on the road, Dahlia can’t admit that he may be the reason she’s so determined to finally leave behind the cozy comforts of home.

Unfortunately, her efforts stir up unwanted attention from the one who cursed Dahlia to begin with, the evil witch whose shadow has loomed over all of the dreadful events in Luna Lane. When the tournament ends prematurely, there’s a body charred to ashes, and Dahlia takes it upon herself to figure out if the wicked witch is behind the disaster. Somehow, she needs to brew the right potion to break her curse while solving the paranormal message encoded in the club’s playing cards, all while keeping her loved ones safe.

Her very life may be the ante she risks to get to the bottom of everything that’s been plaguing her since birth—and if she can’t bluff her way to winning, Dahlia Poplar may prove to be the dead card that’s no longer in play. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Vexed Vendors (A Witch's Thrift Shop Mystery Book 5) by [Astoria Wright]

After the damage done by a hurricane, the vendors of Magic Row are cleaning up. With the worry of a warlock in the wind some of them are considering clearing out of Urbana for good. The highest ranking witches and wizards have come to the city to catch the criminal warlock, O’Crowly, whose secret plans have the community speculating about end of the world prophecies. The Seer is nowhere in sight to set the record straight, so when a wizard in witness protection goes missing and a witch is found dead, the vexed vendors demand the council choose a new leader – someone who will ensure O’Crowly is caught.
For the first time since she discovered the magical community, Alice Adelcraft believes she has powers of her own to help her new friends. But Alice is showing no signs of talent in her lessons with the handsome wizard Sebastian Delvaux, and her genie, Naveed, is no longer there to protect her. Naveed has ventured off with his newfound sister to find his missing family members. He’s no longer answering Alice’s wishes, which makes things all the worse when she discovers O’Crowly is after her and the last of her family’s magic. Will Alice Adelcraft unleash her inner witch in time to save her magical friends from the warlock’s evil plans? Or will it truly be the end of the world –at least as Alice knows it? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Witch's Thrift Shop Mystery: Complete Series Set by [Astoria Wright]

Black Cats, Magic Lamps, Witches, and Thrift Shops: What more could you want in a cozy?
Book 1: Mysterious Merchandise
When Alice Adelcraft follows a black cat down an alley, she finds a street that wasn’t there yesterday. The sign reads “Magic Row,” and the stores have names like “Spellbinders” and “A Witch’s Thrift Shop.” Most intriguing of all is the dead body Alice finds behind a dumpster. She’s seen enough of the world to know that if she doesn’t stand up for the teen wizard orphan accused of the murder, no one will help prove his innocence. But, stepping into the Magic Row means posing as a witch, and being found out means facing a terrifying hex. Will Alice’s choice become the biggest mistake of her life or the best discovery of her lifetime?
Book 2: Bewitching Bargains
Alice Adelcraft is pretending to be a witch on Magic Row, a street full of shops for those with magic. She has befriended the owner of A Witch’s Thrift Shop, where a saleswoman has quit without notice. While the open position is good news for the teen witch, Hazel, whom Alice has recommended for the job, Alice can’t help but wonder what happened to the employee, Mara Blest. Hazel and her twin brother, Zade, are sure Mara is missing. When Hazel and Zade’s mother gets a hazy vision of a kidnapping and odd incidences begin to occur at the thrift shop, Alice worries she’s placed Hazel in a dangerous position. Can she keep the twins safe? Or will uncovering the truth to Mara’s disappearance unveil other secrets in Magic Row – including Alice’s identity as an impostor?
Book 3: Wicked Wishlists
When ordinary Alice Adelcraft met wizard Sebastian (Baz) Delvaux, he nearly hexed her for wandering into Magic Row. But, now that she’s pretending to be a witch, Alice has gotten to know him and the rest of the magical community. She’s even starting to like Baz, maybe more than she should considering he’s engaged to a witch from a prominent magical family. Rich and powerful wizards like Baz live in their own social circles, but he’s shown himself to be different. That’s why she can’t believe it when he is accused of murdering his uncle for his fortune. Can she prove his innocence without exposing her lack of magic? Or will she discover that on Magic Row, secrets are everywhere?
Book 4: Spellbinding Sales
While the witches and wizards of Magic Row are preparing for a storm, Alice Adelcraft is searching for a warlock threatening her city. When a witness to the warlock’s crimes turns up dead, Alice believes Urbana is about to be hit by more than a hurricane. Her worst fears are realized when she is receives a warning: Surrender your magic or die.
Alice has come to love the magical community, especially a certain wizard who hasn’t yet shown signs of returning the feeling, but she has no magic of her own. If only Alice’s genie could turn her into a witch, then she might be able to protect the community. What’s more, Alice might understand why a seer says she is the key to saving Urbana—or destroying it.
Book 5: Vexed Vendors
After a hurricane, the vendors of Magic Row are cleaning up. But with a warlock in the wind, some of them are considering clearing out of Urbana for good. The elite witches and wizards have come to catch the criminal warlock, O’Crowly, whose secret plans have the community gossiping about end of the world prophecies.
For the first time since she entered Magic Row, Alice Adelcraft believes she has magic of her own to help her new friends. But Alice is showing no signs of talent in her lessons with the wizard Sebastian Delvaux, and her genie, Naveed, is no longer around. He’s ventured off with his newfound sister to find his missing family members. Naveed is no longer answering Alice’s wishes, which makes things all the worse when she discovers O’Crowly is after her family’s magic. Will Alice unleash her inner witch in time to save her magical friends from the warlock’s evil plans? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Rebel Mind (AKA Simon Lee Book 6) by [P.D. Atkerson]

The United States is falling further under Predator’s control with every passing day, and time is running out to stop them. Separated and forced to trust those that have betrayed them, Lee and Winfield must find a way to fight back. But when the enemy is everywhere and knows everything, there is nowhere you can hide. With Winfield hunted by Predator and the Secret Service, Lee remains imprisoned by Lever, who has plans for him and pushes him to the edge of breaking. Loyalties will be broken, secrets learned, and beliefs tested. And in the end, Lee’s mind may hold the key to Predator’s destruction, though to do so might cost him everything.Join Lee, Winfield, and many other familiar faces in the sixth and final installment in the AKA Simon Lee series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Family Ties, Missing Organs, & Champagne (An Anna Romano Mystery Series Book 3) by [Cheryl Denise Bannerman]

Award-winning author Cheryl Denise Bannerman delivers another helping of tasty Italian dishes, adorable cats, and a side of murder.

In book three of this cozy culinary series, mystery author and part-time meddler, Anna Romano, opens her home to her detective boyfriend’s troubled brother, Scott. But the happy family reunion was over before it began when a body is found in her home, and Scott subsequently disappears.

Was Scott somehow involved in the murder? While her boyfriend, John, and his partner investigate, Anna is mysteriously snatched. No one knows how or why Anna is kidnapped, except that it must have something to do with Scott.

Will the detectives reach Anna in time or will John’s brother have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her?  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

What the Cluck? It's Murder (A Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic Mystery Book 4) by [Jacqueline Vick]

A broody hen. A dead body. The ultimate test of a relationship.

Pet psychic Frankie Chandler finally (and reluctantly) agrees to meet Detective Martin Bower’s family. All she has to do is impress the pack of sisters who raised him. Not difficult, right? The only thing at stake is her relationship with the man she loves.

The weekend at his eldest sibling’s farm surpasses her worst nightmares. His former guardians excel at finding her faults. Even the chickens have it in for her. Then her first moment alone with Bowers on a romantic stroll ends with the discovery of a murdered farmhand.

Now the marshal is fixed on Bowers’ sister Dymphna as the chief suspect. On a homestead overrun with animals, there must be a witness. The broody hen? The carrot-obsessed horses? The suspect’s self-involved dog? As she wrangles information from animals both furry and feathered, the case against Dymphna worsens. Should Frankie’s loyalty be to the truth? Or to Bowers’ family?

Join Frankie and Bowers on their most personal case yet. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Deadly Cross (Alex Cross Book 28) by [James Patterson]

The murder of a glamorous DC socialite becomes Alex Cross’s deadliest case since Along Came a Spider.
Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public-she was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers — and across Alex Cross’s mind. Kay had been his patient once. And maybe more.

While John Sampson of DC Metro Police investigates the last movements of Christopher Randall, the educator killed along with Kay Willingham, detective Alex Cross and FBI special agent Ned Mahoney find unanswered questions from Willingham’s past, before she arrived in DC and became known in DC society as someone who could make things happen. They travel to Alabama to investigate Kay’s early years. There they find a world of trouble, corruption, and secrets, all of them closed to outsiders like Cross and Mahoney.

Kay had many enemies, but all of them seemed to need her alive. The harder the investigators push, the more resistance they find when they leave behind the polite law offices and doctors’ quarters of the state capital. Alex Cross will need to use all his skills as a doctor, a detective, and a family man to prevent that resistance from turning lethal…again. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover. Paperback, Audiobook

A riveting debut thriller by Andrea J. Johnson, and the first in the VICTORIA JUSTICE series. Twenty-five year old Victoria Justice has never really gotten over a near drowning at the hands of a high school bully, but has attempted to build her confidence and career as a court stenographer under the mentorship of The Honorable Frederica Scott Wannamaker, the county’s first African-American Superior Court judge. But when her old nemesis appears on the court docket, Victoria’s carefully crafted world implodes―evidence goes missing, a potential mistrial abounds, and the judge winds up drowned in the courthouse bathroom. Victoria realizes her transcript of the proceedings unlocks everyone’s secrets…including the murderer’s. Plagued with guilt for failing to protect her mentor, Victoria teams up with Ashton North, the handsome state trooper accused of mishandling trial evidence, and starts to untangle the conspiracy surrounding the case. Meanwhile, the deputy attorney general hangs himself during the Post-Election Festival. Everyone is quick to accept his suicide note as a sign of guilt, but Victoria is convinced the truth behind her mentor’s death lies in the trial transcript. Can she suppress her fears long enough to crack the code, find her voice, and avoid the crosshairs of the killer? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Hardcover