New Releases For The Week Of October 14th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 14th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle by [Albert, Susan Wittig]It’s Christmas, 1934, and the citizens of Darling, Alabama, are unwrapping a big package of Christmas puzzles. Mildred and Earlynne, members of the Dahlias Garden Club, are planning to open a bakery on the square—if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dickens faces two of the biggest puzzles of his career as an investigative reporter, and one of them involves his wife. Cute little Cupcake’s talent as a singer and dancer makes her a tempting target for an unscrupulous exploiter. Lizzy must enlist the Dahlias to protect her, while she herself is confronted by a romantic puzzle. And Sheriff Norris is forced to reopen a mystery that the town thought was solved and follow a string of clues that lead to a deadly situation at the nearby prison farm.

Once again, Susan Wittig Albert takes us to a place where real people have courage, respect for their neighbors, and the dream of doing their best, even when they’re not sure what that is. She reminds us that Christmas is a celebration of friendship, community, and what’s right with the world. There’s nothing puzzling about that.  (Amazon)

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He thought he was invincible, but he was wrong…

When an old man is found dead inside the ancient hermitage at Warkworth Castle, Northumbria CID are called in to investigate. With no apparent motive, it’s their job to unravel why he was murdered – and this time they’re forced to do it without their star detective…

DCI Ryan is thousands of miles away. He’s tracked a killer across Europe and has sworn not to return until he has his man in custody. Nathan Armstrong is a dangerous psychopath but there’s just one problem – he’s also an international celebrity; a world-famous thriller writer with money and connections.

Ryan is a stranger in a foreign land, but he knows one thing – he’ll never give up.

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular landscapes of Northumberland and Tuscany.

“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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Fatal Bond (Jamie Bond Mysteries Book 5) by [Halliday, Gemma, Fischetto, Jennifer]From #1 Amazon & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Todaybestselling author Jennifer Fischetto comes a kidnapping gone wrong, an heiress undercover, and a Bond Girl torn between two men…

Her name is Bond. Jamie Bond. And this time, the stakes are personal…

Private investigator, Jamie Bond is used to danger–it’s the name of her game. But when one of her past informants, an exotic dancer named Apple, goes missing, Jamie drops everything to find her. At first, Jamie suspects this may be a case of a weekend fling after a wild party at a Hollywood mogul’s home. But it turns into something much more sinister when the movie mogul’s daughter also appears to be kidnapped and a five million dollar ransom demand is made! Are the two missing women related? Which one of the movie mogul’s angry associates is behind it? And can Jamie find Apple…before it’s too late?

With the clock ticking, Jamie rallies her crew of Bond Girls to sort through a slew of suspects including a cagey caterer, a film producer with an axe to grind, and the movie mogul’s former best friend turned worst enemy. To complicate matters, at the kidnapper’s demand of “no law enforcement or she dies,” Jamie can’t breathe a word of her investigation to her on-again off-again love interest, ADA Aiden Prince–just when things are heating up between them, despite Jamie’s complicated feelings for her best friend, Danny Flynn. Torn between two men, racing against time, and tracking a cold-blooded killer, Jaime has the case of her life on her hands–complete with more twists and turns than an LA freeway! The only question is, can she solve it in time…or will it be Apple’s life on the line?

Jamie Bond Mysteries:
Unbreakable Bond (book #1)
Secret Bond (book #2)
Lethal Bond (book #3)
Bond Bombshell (short story)
Dangerous Bond (book #4)

Bond Ambition (short story)

Fatal Bond (book #5)

Here’s what critics are saying about Gemma Halliday’s books:

“A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible.”
Chicago Tribune

“Stylish… nonstop action…guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!”
Publishers’ Weekly, starred review

“Smart, funny and snappy… the perfect beach read!”
Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

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Points of Danger (The Railway Detective series Book 16) by [Marston, Edward]


1861, East Anglia. Alone in a first-class carriage, the Swarbricks are robbed at gunpoint, but when the universally-admired Swarbrick fights back, the train robber takes more than money and jewellery, killing the man working to unify
East Anglia’s tangle of railway networks.

Inspector Colbeck is brought in from London, as the only detective in Britain with enough expertise for the job. But as Swarbrick’s glowing reputation begins to crumble, the line of investigation isn’t clear: Is this the act of a bungling burglar, a business rival, a disgruntled son, or a jealous lover? Whoever it is, they are determined to involve Colbeck in their fight. Is the Railway Detective following
the right track or will he need to switch points to bring the murderer to justice?  (Amazon)

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Pumpkin Spice Sacrifice: A Cozy Mystery (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 3) by [Moore, Addison]*A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore*

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. Okay, so on occasion I see a dearly departed human, too. And, unfortunately for me, that horrible scenario is playing out right this minute. Worse yet, that good-looking ghost just so happens to look just like my friend, Everett, and it refuses to leave his side. I’m petrified of losing Everett, so much so that I too refuse to leave his side, which of course doesn’t exactly bode well with my newly minted boyfriend, Noah Fox, who is just as comely as his surname suggests. After two horrific murders just took place in our small town of Honey Hollow, I’m ready to put the last few months behind me, but when I come across another gruesome discovery, my entire world comes crashing down on me once again.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.

From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore—Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”  (Amazon)

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Witch Undercover in Westerham (Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cosy Mystery Book 3) by [Lister, Dionne]Deciding to have more fun in Westerham, Lily takes up life-drawing classes with her friend Olivia. But trouble isn’t far away; the art teacher goes missing after the second class.

Tracking down the art teacher is proving impossible, and the PIB’s best lead is murdered before they can find out everything he knows. Yet again, Lily’s unique witchy skills are called upon to help. The problem? It’s dangerous for her to reveal her talents. She’s already the target of a secret organisation intent on kidnapping her, and now those closest to her fear a threat inside the PIB itself.

To help solve the case, Lily makes a dangerous choice: to go undercover with no backup. But has she just made a fatal mistake?

So much for witches having it easier. Someone pass Lily a cappuccino, but this time, make it a double.  (Amazon)

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The Corpse at the Carnival (Getaway Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by [York, Grace]The carnival has come to Getaway Bay.

And with it – a murder.

While Addison Lake and her family enjoy an Easter break at the carnival, knife-thrower Frankie Hammond is stabbed in the back with one of his own knives. Detective Wilcox is understaffed and down with the flu, so Addison steps up to help investigate.

Magicians, staff, and the owners of the carnival are all on the suspect list. Even the clowns have a motive for wanting Frankie dead.

Hanley Brothers’ Carnival is a family affair. But as Addison and Wilcox follow the clues, they find this family has a lot to hide.

The show must go on – but at what cost?

The Getaway Bay cozy mysteries have everything you love – suspense to keep you guessing, twists you don’t see coming, and characters you want to have a cup of tea with – plus an added dose of Aussie flavour.  (Amazon)

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Spell Maven from Spell Haven (Spell Maven Mysteries Book 1) by [Marple, Megan]A witch’s work is never done.

Gwendolyn Brady thought escaping to the Human Realm would solve everything. With a baby in her arms, she traded in her exciting life of solving mysteries and magic for one full of diapers and a tiny house in the Georgia mountains. The best part? No magic required. The worst part? No magic allowed.

Fast-forward fourteen years, and all Gwen has to worry about is a sassy teenager, burning dinner (again), and keeping the peace between the cat and dog. Except for the part where she’s terrified her daughter will learn the truth about Gwen being a witch from another realm. Of course when her Aunt Bedelia appears in their living room out of thin air, Gwen knows that her magical past has finally caught up with her. And her aunt doesn’t exactly bring good news…

With her younger brother missing and suspected of murdering a vampire leader, it’s up to the former witch investigator to track him down before anyone else can. It doesn’t help that her uncle is the head of the witch investigators looking for her brother—the very same group that Gwen used to be a part of, in fact.

Taking her wand out of retirement, Gwen has to face the truth. It’s time to pull her daughter into the world she’s determined to protect her from.

*Spell Maven from Spell Haven is a full-length witch cozy mystery full of magic, family, laughs, and even a dose of crazy cat antics!* (Amazon)

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Senoia Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1 - 12 by [Harper, Susan]Senoia is a quiet little town full of friendly folks, movie moguls, and…foul murder

Twelve Cozy Mysteries from #1 Bestselling author Susan Harper
Felicity turned her back on her investigative journalism degree to start a business as a party planner. When her friend is accused of murder, her inquisitive nature is rekindled and she quickly becomes Senoia’s premier super sleuth. She soon finds herself involved in murder mystery after murder mystery. If she is going to save her friends, and herself, she must solve everything from crimes of passion to mass murders. Can Felicity overcome long odds or will it be too much for the young party planner?

This collection includes all twelve books in the Senoia Cozy Mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries with interesting characters and unexpected turns, the Senoia Cozy Mystery series is for you.

Buy the Senoia Cozy Mystery Boxed Set and start solving your next mystery (or twelve) today!

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Included Books
Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all. Be sure to check them all out.

Dying for a Drive – When Felicity gets her first big break as a party planner, a murder turns the event into one that she will never forget. After the police arrest her friend, who she knows is innocent, she is forced find the killer herself.

A Fatal Fall – Felicity’s party planning business is booming after solving her first murder. When she lands her biggest job yet, she finally has a chance to enjoy the fruits of her success . . . until a young girl falls to her death.

Murder in the Morgue – When a haunted house gets an all too real decoration, Felicity is thrust into the middle of another murder investigation.

Horse Drawn Homicide – When someone close to Felicity is killed, she literally gets dragged into the middle of another murder mystery. But after a second murder, things get too real. Can Felicity solve the mystery before she becomes the third?

Framed by Friends – When the past and present collide, Felicity’s friends, old and new, become embroiled in a murder mystery. At a party she organized, no less.

Victims of His Vengeance – When the criminals Felicity put behind bars start dying, she must again solve a perplexing case. Can she catch another killer or will she be the final victim?

Undercover with the Undead – Felicity has landed the dream job of throwing a zombie themed party for the stars of her favorite show. When a dead body shows up, for real, she gets thrown into a celebrity-infused murder mystery.

Homicide at the Hospital – Felicity is preparing for the long-awaited wedding of two friends. When the groom-to-be is fired and his boss winds up dead, the happily ever after is very much in jeopardy.

Murder Mystery Party –A murder mystery party seems to be the perfect way to have fun with her two passions. Until someone turns up dead for real.

Vacations and Victims – Felicity and the crew have graduated to preventing murders. After foiling an attempt on the senator’s life, Felicity takes some time off to enjoy a vacation with her sister. Unfortunately, she soon learns that when you’re a super sleuth, you always seem to be in the right place—or wrong?!?—when dead bodies turn up.

A Death Downtown – Felicity has put her party planner hat back on and is set to host one of the biggest events of the year in Senoia. When old friends get involved, it has the feel of the good old days. Until a dead body shows up.

A Final Fatality – Felicity Overton has put numerous criminals behind bars…and planned a few bang up parties in the process. When one of her deadliest mysteries is resurrected, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.  (Amazon)

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Deck the Hounds: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter Novel Book 18) by [Rosenfelt, David]This Christmas mystery, featuring criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters.

Reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn’t usually stop to help others, but seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires him to give the pair some money to help. It’s just Andy’s luck that things don’t end there. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken.

Andy’s wife Laurie can’t resist helping the duo after learning Andy has met them before… it’s the Christmas season after all. In a matter of days Don and his dog Zoey are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. It’s not until Andy accidentally gives away his guest’s name during an interview that things go awry; turns out Don is wanted for a murder that happened two years ago. Don not only claims he’s innocent, but that he had no idea that he was wanted for a crime he has no knowledge of in the first place. It’s up to Andy to exonerate his new friend, if he doesn’t get pulled into the quagmire first.

David Rosenfelt’s signature wit, charm, and cleverness are back again in this most exciting installment yet.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of October 14th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 14th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Collection by [Pandian, Gigi]A treasure trove of nine locked room mysteries from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian, all set in the Jaya Jones world.

Appearing here for the first time, novelette The Cambodian Curse:

When an ancient and supposedly cursed Cambodian sculpture disappears from an impenetrable museum, and the carving’s owner is killed by an invisible assailant while a witness is a few feet away, historian Jaya Jones and her old nemesis Henry North team up to solve the baffling crime.

Stories included: “The Cambodian Curse,” “The Hindi Houdini,” “The Haunted Room,” “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn,” “The Curse of Cloud Castle,” “Tempest in a Teapot,” “A Dark and Stormy Light,” “The Shadow of the River,” plus bonus novella Fool’s Gold.

With an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King addressing why we love locked rooms, and a Foreword from impossible crime mystery historian Douglas G. Greene, teasing out the tradition of John Dickson Carr that Pandian is following. This collection is filled with ingenious stories of magic, mystery, and history.

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THE CAMBODIAN CURSE AND OTHER STORIES by Gigi Pandian | A Henery Press Mystery Short Story Collection  (Amazon)

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It’s the mid-1950s, and the post-war American dream has come into full focus in Southern California. Suburbia, freeways, fast food, television and nuclear paranoia. James Stone, a career cop in LA, is along for the ride – until he becomes enmeshed in an LAPD scandal that costs him his job, his wife, and his home.

He finds himself exiled to Bakersfield, California, the only place he can still find work as a cop. It’s a mean little town. Hot, flat and dry. Dominated by agribusiness and oil and little else. But it ‘s also brewing the flip side of the American dream, with wild honky-tonks playing the first electric music, motorcycle gangs, the Ku Klux Klan, and test pilots from nearby Edwards air base slumming on the weekends.

Stone works homicide and his first case is a murdered young girl found floating face down in the Kern River. It puts him in touch with Christine Harmon, who contracts as the county’s forensic pathologist and runs a small clinic on the side. At the time, woman doctors are almost non-existent, and Stone finds Harmon’s spirited independence fascinating.

His investigation takes him deep into the local bar scene, where young players like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard are just getting their start. But then a second homicide pops up, a very sticky one for this ultra-conservative, bible-thumping community. A wealthy businessman is found murdered in his home, apparently the victim of a vicious young drifter living at a seedy motel bar on the edge of town.

With the aid of Dr. Harmon, Stone follows a trail of depravity and corruption that reaches into the highest levels of the local business and legal community. And once again he finds himself caught up in a scandal that threatens to ruin him – and this time maybe even kill him.  (Amazon)

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The Hitwoman and the Gold Digger (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman Book 19) by [Lynn, JB]Just when she thinks she may be catching a break, Maggie Lee is saddled with babysitting her psychic friend, Armani, whose spirit guides have suddenly deserted her. They never warned Armani that she’d be robbed while waiting for an online date who stood her up or that someone would break into her home.

But investigating the trouble in her friend’s world isn’t Maggie’s only problem. Someone shoots her avian pal, Mike, and Maggie is determined to find out whom.

Neither task is easy, but Maggie’s difficulties are intensified by trying to keep her unruly household running in the absence of Aunt Susan, who seems to have dropped off the planet.

And oh yeah, Maggie’s ne’er-do-well dad has returned to town.

Can Maggie successfully juggle her investigations, cops, bad guys, a reporter, her menagerie and her crazy family? Or will it all be too much for her?  (Amazon)

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Dancing With The Dead: A Culinary Cozy Mystery With A Delicious Recipe (Return To Milburn Book 2) by [McGovern, Nancy]NOW ON PRE-ORDER FOR JUST 99 CENTS!

This is Book 2 in Nora Newberry’s NEW SERIES, “Return To Milburn”! Be sure to check out the first book, Berry The Dead, as well as Nora’s original series, “A Murder In Milburn”! They are all right here on Amazon and you can read them for FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Or for just 99 cents each!

About Dancing With The Dead:
When Nora’s daughter, Grace, and her boyfriend suddenly decide to get married, Nora can’t help but feel torn. On one hand, she is thrilled that her daughter is in love and wants her to be happy. But the groom’s family is more than a little bit crazy, especially his domineering & intrusive mother. Nora doesn’t even want to imagine that woman as her precious daughter’s mother-in-law!

But she may not be around to interfere for long. After all, she’s the main suspect in a murder case and things don’t look good for her…

Did Nora’s new in-law-to-be do it? Or is she as innocent as she claims? And, if she is, can Nora set aside her personal feelings and help find the real murderer?

Find out in Dancing With The Dead!  (Amazon)

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The Adventures of Gold & Sharpe by [James, Randall]Follow the daring exploits of Inspector Victor Sharpe and MI5 agent Sarah Gold as they team up to get German double-agent Adler and solve fascinating crimes across London.

Case #1 – Get Adler! MI5 agent Sarah Gold has called in Detective Inspector Victor Sharpe to capture double-agent Adler and recover top-secret documents. However, getting the traitor won’t be so easy, as Adler is more sinister than expected.

Case #2 – The Prescott Sisters Harriet has been the faithful daughter putting her life on hold for her sick parents, while her more-loved sister, Margaret, partied her life away. Secrets are revealed when Maggie is fished out of the Thames river.

Case #3 – Diamonds in the Rough is a classic whodunit, as Victor Sharpe and Sarah Gold team up to catch Granny, who has been robbing jewellery shops in London and escaping on her red bicycle.

Case #4 – Adler’s Revenge! Adler has broken out of prison and kidnapped Sarah Gold. Victor is desperate to find her and eliminate his arch nemesis once and for all!

“As readable as racing through a bag of storm chips.”
Elissa Barnard, Arts Writer, The Chronicle-Herald

“Victor Sharpe and Sarah Gold are such delightful characters. They jump right from the pages into your heart.”
Steve Milley, reviewer, Canada

“I enjoyed this book! I loved the last story where it was like watching the characters figure out an escape room puzzle.”
Dan King, The Game Boy Geek, reviewer, USA  (Amazon)

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Disguising Demons (Dusty Kent Mysteries Book 4) by [George, Brigid]From an Amazon bestselling author comes a classic whodunit with twists and turns and secrets that must be revealed…

The dead body of a Buddhist monk is found at the bottom of a cliff early one morning in a small town in Australia’s Far North Queensland. Four months later with the killer still at large, Dusty Kent, investigative journalist renowned for her ability to solve cold cases, is called in.

Dusty’s heart goes out to the humble monk who lived quietly in a forest community, nurturing the garden and volunteering to read books to elderly residents of a retirement village. Why would anyone want to kill such a gentle soul? Is the killer a fellow monk with psychopathic traits? Had small town prejudice against the forest community manifested into violent hatred?

Dusty’s determination to unmask the murderer is spurred on by her sympathy for the dead monk, her determination to bring him justice and her fury at the cold-hearted killer. One by one, secrets are uprooted and motives unearthed. What Dusty discovers in her quest to find the truth shocks and saddens her and has her Irish assistant questioning whether they should continue with the case.

This 4th book in the Dusty Kent murder mysteries following Murder in MurlooA Devious MindandRippling Red is certain to captivate you.

Brigid George is the pen name of JB Rowley, author of Amazon best sellers Whisper My Secretand Mother of Ten.

**It is not necessary to read the Dusty Kent books in sequence. Each one is a different stand-alone story with new characters except for the two main characters who feature in all the stories. In other words, the books constitute a series of stories NOT a serial.  (Amazon)

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Upsetting A Poltergeist Never Ends Well (Diva Delaney Mysteries Book 3) by [Jayde, Anni]Framed for another murder that she didn’t commit, Diva Delaney once again finds herself neck deep in trouble. This time, she knows who is behind the crime, but proving it isn’t going to be easy when the evidence against her is so overwhelming. She will have to rely on the father of her high school nemesis to get her out of jail. Luckily, Roger Mayhew owes her one, thanks to Haydn Creighton’s blackmailing skills.

As if Diva doesn’t already have enough problems, Nina Rivers warns her that she’s in danger. The witch might only have moderate power, but one thing she excels at is hunches. Her intuition is never wrong and she senses Diva is in extreme peril. Someone out there means her harm, but she doesn’t know who it is, or when they’ll strike. Personally, Diva suspects the danger will most likely come from Gillian Farque. Haydn’s fiancé already has it in for her. Thanks to the damage Diva did to her sports car, she’s going to make her pay big time.

Diva’s cousins, Eve and Courtney are having problems of their own. Eve’s is a direct result of accompanying Diva on one of her jobs. Courtney’s is self-inflicted. Her decision to attempt to force the handsome sheriff to fall for her has repercussions she didn’t plan on. There’s a reason why conjurers are forbidden from casting magic on normals. Doing so often backfires on the caster horribly.  (Amazon)

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Twilight, Louisiana (Tinselvania Murders Book 1) by [Brandt, S. R.]At the end of a long, lonely road, halfway
between Louisiana and the land of the dead, lies a
city named Twilight. It’s a place where vampires,
ghosts, and high-functioning zombies can live in
relative peace. Relative, being the operative word.

Someone murdered a vampire in the Hotel Tinselvania,
the biggest hotel in the gambling district. His
curtains were drawn wide to let in the morning sun.
Who could have done it and why? It’s up to Sandra,
the hotel manager, to find out. And she only has till
sundown–that’s when the local police will come and
wipe her memory. Again.

If you like cozy mysteries and spooky towns, come
and visit “Twilight, Louisiana: today.  (Amazon)

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The Craftsman: A Novel by [Bolton, Sharon]Sharon Bolton returns with her creepiest standalone yet, following a young cop trying to trace the disappearances of a small town’s teenagers.

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered., and he spent the rest of his life in prison.

But now, decades later, he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.

In master of suspense Sharon Bolton’s latest thriller, readers will find a page-turner to confirm their deepest fears and the only protagonist who can face them.  (Amazon)

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Patchwork Connections: A Quilting Cozy by [Jones, Carol Dean]



When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a possible love interest. In the fourth installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries, Sarah’s daughter, Martha, begins to play a larger role in her life, bringing a troubled past and impending danger.  (Amazon)

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Death on the River: A gripping and unputdownable English murder mystery (A Tara Thorpe Mystery Book 2) by [Chase, Clare]Meet Tara Thorpe – she’s Cambridge Police’s newest recruit… but her dark past is never far behind her. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story.

Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…

When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!

Readers are completely gripped by Clare Chase…

‘Literally couldn’t put it down!! This was an excellent thriller with well-developed characters and great twists!! From the first page until the end… a great ride of mystery, suspense and murder… Excellent thriller and crime read!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Fast-paced, twisty, and interesting well-developed characters. Oh, and a very interesting setting! I just ripped right through this book. A wonderful balance of what I feel are the essential elements for a crime novel. This appears to be the first in a series… I hope so as I really enjoyed Tara!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I’m excited by this. I think we need a new series of mysteries and murders in Cambridge and the fens… Ooh yes, I liked this one!’ The Book Trail

‘You’ll enjoy her books including this one if you like Joy Ellis, L. J. Ross, and Faith Martin… I absolutely adored the setting here. It reminds a little of the sort of setting in Midsomer Murders – quaint and idyllic with some very shady charactersThe twists in the plot were plentiful and I liked the relationship and dynamic between Thorpe and Blake.’ Goodreads reviewer

A tense, exciting read with plenty of twists… an addictive read.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I now have another procedural investigative series to follow… A whip-smart read that had a good many surprises and twists… I’d definitely recommend this to fans of procedural mysteries. It was like an Inspector Morse & Midsomer layer cake with Christie for the frosting. I’m awaiting my next slice.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘A darned good read.’ Goodreads reviewer  (Amazon)

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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) by [Cudney, James J.]When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.

In the debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mysteries Series, you’ll discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic and nosy residents.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of October 14th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 14th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels) by [Paretsky, Sara]

Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times bestseller Fallout—her most widely read novel in years—with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.  (Amazon)

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The Case of the Tenacious Tibetan (The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries Book 21) by [Snow, B.R.]Thanksgiving is approaching and Suzy and the gang are preparing for their annual dinner at the restaurant as well as dealing with the onset of winter. And when Suzy and the Chief spot what they believe is a bear cub on a local island, they’re drawn into a bizarre and dangerous situation involving a crime ring operating in the area that is smuggling people across the border from Canada. And when the bear cub turns out to be an enormous Tibetan Mastiff, it soon becomes apparent they are dealing with a ‘blast from the past.’

Doing everything she can to remain on her best behavior and keep her mother from going off the planet, Suzy, at first, remains on the periphery of the investigation. But she is increasingly unable to stay on the sidelines as events heat up and become even more bizarre. And when things turn personal, she simply can’t help herself and is determined to help the Chief and the FBI put a stop to the human trafficking ring as well as deliver some well-deserved justice to a dognapper.

With a cast of characters that includes Rooster’s cousin, Walter, a man with bad vision and a propensity to consistently do the wrong thing, and two FBI agents, one who finds Suzy’s ‘snooping’ most annoying, the Case of the Tenacious Tibetan ramps us quickly as the gang tries to solve a complex puzzle while dealing with frigid boat rides and an early winter storm.  (Amazon)

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Peril by Post: Another John Pickett Mystery (John Pickett Mysteries Book 8) by [South, Sheri Cobb]A letter . . . a secret . . . a murder . . .
The eighth book in the series finds John Pickett bound for England’s scenic Lake District, where an unsigned letter has summoned him for an unspecified reason. Posing as a honeymoon couple, Pickett and his wife Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, take a room at the Hart and Hound as the letter instructs him. Once installed there, however, Pickett can do nothing but wait for the anonymous contact to identify himself. A midnight search of the inn’s register seems to identify the innkeeper, Ned Hawkins, as his man, but before Pickett can discover the reason for his summons, Hawkins is pushed from a cliff—surviving the fall only long enough to call Pickett’s attention to the letter in his pocket.
With his contact dead and his only clue a letter containing nothing more than a rambling account of family news, Pickett knows he’s on his own. But that isn’t the worst of his problems: Julia saw the crime being committed, and although she can’t identify the murderer, there is every indication that the killer knows he was seen—and intends to eliminate any possible witnesses.
Amidst a quirky cast of characters including a host of holiday-makers, a bucolic love triangle, an aspiring poet in the Romantic vein, and an old friend of his magistrate, Mr. Colquhoun, Pickett must discover the secret behind that urgent summons before a second, and far more personal, murder is committed.  (Amazon)

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Lark! The Herald Angels Sing: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 24) by [Andrews, Donna]Away in a manger, asleep on the hay, Meg Langslow finds a little gift.

For four previous Christmases, New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews has delighted readers with holiday mysteries, full of Christmas cheer and starring her quirky characters. Now she gives us another hilarious new adventure in her award-winning Meg Langslow series with Lark! The Herald Angels Sing.

It’s Christmastime in Caerphilly and Meg, full of holiday spirit, is helping out with the town’s festivities. While directing a nativity pageant and herding the children participating in it, she finds a surprise in the manger: a live baby.

A note from the mother, attached to the baby girl’s clothes, says that it’s time for her father to take care of her—and implicates Meg’s brother, Rob, as the father. And while a DNA test can reveal whether there’s any truth to the accusation, Rob’s afraid the mere suspicion could derail his plan to propose to the woman he loves. Meg quickly realizes it’s up to her to find the baby’s real identity.

She soon discovers that the baby—named Lark according to the fateful note—may be connected to something much bigger. Something that eventually puts a growing number of Meg’s friends and family in danger. And before long, Meg realizes she can’t fix things single-handedly. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between Caerphilly and its arch-rival Clay County—and it’s not a snowball fight. Can Meg bring everyone together in time for the holidays?

As in her previous Christmas mysteries, Andrews continues to write “firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie’s Christmas books” (Toronto Globe and Mail) with a book that will put cozy lovers everywhere in a holly jolly mood.  (Amazon)

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Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler’s new anthology brings together the most cunning, resourceful, and brilliant female sleuths in mystery fiction. A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original.

For the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the most iconic women of the detective canon over the past 150 years, captivating and surprising readers in equal measure. The 74 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most determined of gumshoe gals, from debutant detectives like Anna Katharine Green’s Violet Strange to spinster sleuths like Mary Roberts Rinehart’s Hilda Adams, from groundbreaking female cops like Baroness Orczy’s Lady Molly to contemporary crime-fighting P.I.s like Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, and include indelible tales from Agatha Christie, Carolyn Wells, Edgar Wallace, L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Laura Lippman, and many more.  (Amazon)

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Bar None: A Murder On The Rocks Mystery by [Stoler, Cathi]


Bar None, set in the heart of New York City, is an edge-of-your-seat mystery that features Jude Dillane, owner of The Corner Lounge on 10th Street and Avenue B.  When Jude finds her friend and landlord Thomas “Sully” Sullivan’s work pal, Ed Molina, dead in a pool of blood in Sully’s apartment, she’s sure it wasn’t suicide as the police suspect.  Jude investigates and adds murder to her plate as she delves into a case of major fraud at the Big City Food Bank.  (Amazon)

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Only The Lonely (A Death Gate Grim Reapers Thriller Book 1) by [Lee, Amanda M.]Isabella “Izzy” Sage spent her formative years on Belle Isle in Detroit, playing next to the gate that separates the living from the dead as her parents drew a paycheck from the grim reaper council.
Then the impossible happened, tragedy struck, and Izzy found herself an orphan. Her grandfather took her away and raised her among the Bruja in New Orleans, although her heart always longed to return to the gate … which felt so much like a part of her.
Now, as an adult, Izzy has worked her way up to gatekeeper status and she’s back in the place her childhood ended. She’s the one in charge now … although things don’t go how she hoped. On her very first day, the gate is breached, and the wraith that crosses over is not only murderous but enhanced.
Izzy wants to be in charge, but the local reaper council needs help so they send back-up in the form of a magical reaping family.
The Grimlocks are loud, boisterous and used to a good fight. The men are also handsome, something Izzy doesn’t want to acknowledge, even when the flirting gets out of control. In addition to all that, they’re also protective, and whether Izzy wants it or not, they’re going to infringe on her territory if they think they can keep her safe.
The past might be haunting Izzy, but she can’t look forward to the future until the danger is behind her. Those around her know more than they’re letting on, and the magic she’s been trying to hide is about to take over.
The fight is on … and Izzy is loaded for bear.  (Amazon)

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To Love and To Perish (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 10) by [Durham, Laura]A diva wedding planner found strangled with a veil. A list of suspects longer than a cathedral-length train. Being a wedding planner has never been so deadly . . .

In the stressful world of wedding planning, Annabelle Archer always keeps her cool. The same can’t be said for Carolyn Crabbe, DC’s grande dame of bridal extravaganzas, who takes the cake in the “Big Day Diva” category. So Annabelle is shocked but not totally surprised when she finds the wedding world’s Queen of Mean dead.

When tragedy befalls more of the city’s wedding planners, Annabelle realizes her colleagues have tangled pasts and motives that stack up higher than a celebrity wedding cake. Can Annabelle unveil the killer before she or her sassy assistant, Kate, are the next on the wedding planner hit list?

To Love and To Perish is the tenth standalone book in the Annabelle Archer cozy mystery series. If you like charming characters, hilarious-yet-deadly whodunits, and fast-paced mysteries, then you’ll love Laura Durham’s Agatha Award-winning series!

Buy To Love and To Perish to unmask the wedding planner killer today!  (Amazon)

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Amid the Winter's Snow: A Lady Emily Christmas Story (Lady Emily Mysteries) by [Alexander, Tasha]In Amid the Winter’s Snow, an uplifting Christmas story in Tasha Alexander’s acclaimed series, Lady Emily and her husband Colin take on a case that proves the enduring power of love.

Emily and Colin Hargreaves are looking forward to nothing more than spending a relaxing Christmas at their country estate, Anglemore Park, eating mince pies and playing with their sons in the falling snow. Their solitude is interrupted by a knock on the door one night, when the villagers of nearby Dunsford Vale come to them with strange tales of a barghest–a mythical black dog with red eyes and enormous teeth and claws–that has been wreaking havoc on the town.

Never ones to be taken in by local superstitions, Colin and Emily team up to find an explanation behind the bizarre events. When a grieving young woman in town receives a mysterious and beautiful gift after a visit from the barghest, Emily and Colin begin to suspect that the beast is more man than monster. Racing through the candlelit streets of Dunsford Vale and the windswept heaths of Anglemore, the couple must follow the clues and uncover the truth to restore Christmas cheer.  (Amazon)

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A Death at Crystal Palace (Euphemia Martins Mysteries Book 11) by [Dunford, Caroline]‘A perilous predicament for the ever-resourceful Euphemia. Highly entertaining.’ – Penny Kline, author of The Sister’s Secret 

With the world hanging on the precipice of war, Euphemia learns that threats also lurk on a far more personal level… 

When Richenda Stapleford accepts what she believes to be an olive branch from her dangerous and scheming brother, Richard, Euphemia can’t help but feel that it’s just another act of treachery waiting to unfold. Buying into this uncommon act of kindness, Richenda goes against the wishes of her husband and takes their children to an event at the Crystal Palace, along with Euphemia, Bertram and Rory. As Euphemia learns that the British spymaster Fitzroy is also there, along with an important German delegation, the pieces fall into place and she realises that the implications are dire, both for the future of the Stapleford line and the world at large.  (Amazon)

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Sandy Day Mystery: College Curse Murder Book 2 (Sandy Day Series) by [O'Donnell, Candy]


Curses can be Murder!

Sandy didn’t realize that curses were real and alive on her college campus. Whatever it takes, she will find out who killed the two girls pulled out of the pond near the campus. Signs point at the Fry family, but she is not so sure once she speaks with Robert Fry. Whoever killed those girls so many decades ago, she delves deeper than she has in her entire life to find the killer.  (Amazon)

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Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective Book 1) by [Rosett, Sara]A high society murder. A spirited lady detective. Can she out-class the killer before an innocent person takes the fall?

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job—looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred.

Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit because a sly murderer is determined to make sure Olive’s first case is her last.

Murder at Archly Manor is the first in the High Society Lady Detective series of charming historical cozy mysteries. If you like witty banter, glamorous settings, and delightful plot twists, you’ll love USA Todaybestselling author Sara Rosett’s series for Anglophiles and mystery lovers alike.

Travel back to the Golden Age of detective fiction with Murder at Archly Manor.  (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Designed For Haunting


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Sybil Johnson and her new release Designed for Haunting.   This is the four book in her Aurora Anderson Mysteries Series.

Designed for Haunting (Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Henery Press (October 9, 2018)
Hardcover: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114055
ISBN-13: 978-1635114058
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114020
ISBN-13: 978-1635114027
Digital ASIN: B07FSYFM8Q



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October brings a message from Beyond The Grave…

Halloween is fast approaching in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Rory Anderson. While her painting chapter prepares to open its annual boutique house, Rory receives an unexpected email from Beyond The Grave, a company that automatically sends out messages when someone dies.

“I think I have a stalker,” the message reads. “If you’re reading this I’m either missing or dead. My life may depend on what you do. Please find out what happened to me.”

Haunted by her friend’s disappearance and possible death, Rory begins her search with the help of best friend and fellow painter, Liz Dexter. Can they discover who has designs on the missing woman and uncover the truth before one of them becomes the stalker’s next victim?






I really liked the premise of the book.  Within the first couple of paragraphs, the words “I think I have a stalker” pulled me right into the story and pulled me right along throughout the entire book.  That was a great opening.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Rory is like a dog with a bone, she cannot let the disappearance or death of her friend go.  She was the right person to send the message to. I like the relationship between her and Liz, you can tell that they are best friends. And Martin is very understanding and seems like a great guy.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I thought the mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough twists and turns to make it interesting and just when you think it is over, think again.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery.  I have not read any of the other books in this series, but I plan on changing that.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Publishing, and  Edelweiss +, which I greatly appreciate.




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Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Very Merry Murder


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Angela and her new book A Very Merry Murder.  This is the third book in her A Professor Prather Mystery Cozy series.


A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Camel Press (October 1, 2018)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816550
ISBN-13: 978-1603816557
Digital ASIN: B07G2VLLCV



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It’s December in Copper Bluff, and from hillside to hallowed hall, everyone is merry—or will be as soon as semester break arrives. Students are studying, professors are grading, and Emmeline Prather is anticipating the university-sponsored holiday concert. Friend and colleague Lenny Jenkins will be accompanying the visiting quartet, Jazz Underground, and Em can’t think of a better way to kick-start the holiday season.

But before she can say “Jingle Bell Rock,” trouble arrives at Candlelight Inn, the bed and breakfast where the quartet is staying. One of the band members dies unexpectedly, and suspicion falls on Em, whose altercation with the man ends with him on the floor. He never recovers, and now she’s worried her reputation might not either. When Emmeline starts to see parallels between an Agatha Christie novel she’s teaching and the victim, Lenny claims she’s read one too many mysteries.

As the clues unravel, so does the murderer’s patience. Em is close to finding the truth, but will the truth—or the murderer—push her over the edge? It will take a Christmas miracle to solve this case, but if there’s one thing in surplus this time of year, it’s faith.




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Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather academic mystery series, which has been called “enjoyable” and “clever” by Publishers Weekly. She is also an educator and has taught English and humanities at South Dakota’s public and private universities for over ten years. When Mary isn’t writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

Honestly, I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until Camel Press published my first book. Until then, I didn’t understand how addicting writing could be or how much I wanted to belong to a community of writers and readers. I’d always written, yes, but not with the idea of publication. I realized when someone reads your writing, your world expands to include them. I love that.


With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I think my books stand out because they’re not overly sweet or cute. I focus heavily on the puzzle of the plot and also the setting. Not many mysteries take place in South Dakota, so they’re unique for that reason, too.


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Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I work from a timeline, but mostly, I let the characters decide their next moves.


Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

My publisher sends out Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) to garner reviews before publication. I read my reviews but don’t respond to them. Each reader brings a unique experience to a book, and I appreciate it. Sometimes, I ask my readers for reviews in a post or in a newsletter. But I realize some readers don’t review, and that’s okay too. Reviews do help writers in many ways, however, like being discovered by new readers.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to travel more. I love to travel, and I’ve only discovered it in the past few years.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

I think covers play crucial roles in purchasing decisions. Some covers are just plain irresistible! But a book is more than its cover. I’ve read really good books with mediocre covers. My publisher creates my covers, and I appreciate their academic themes.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Emmeline and Lenny, the main characters, have unique personalities. Em likes French literature, Lenny American literature. Em takes teaching quite seriously, Lenny not so much. They balance each other that way.  Their dialogue is a blast to write!


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I’ve learned there is a lot more to the writing business than writing. Promotion and networking are aspects of the business I’m just getting comfortable with.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write part-time and teach English part-time at the University of Sioux Falls.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m writing book four of the Professor Prather series, Coming Up Murder, right now. It takes place during the Shakespeare Festival on campus.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part of writing is making time to write every day. With family and work, I find writing early in the morning is best for me. The easiest part of writing is getting new ideas. People wonder where they come from. I have no idea. They just do!


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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I like to read cozy mysteries, physiological thrillers, and historical romances. I also love biographies. Some of my favorite authors are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Peters, and Amanda Quick.


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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I live in South Dakota. I hope they enjoy reading about my state!  


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you! Thank you for taking a chance on a small press author. I feel honored that out of all the choices they could have made, they selected my book. It means a lot.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Crafter Knits A Clue


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Holly Quinn and her new book A Crafter Knits A Clue.  This is the first book in her A Handcrafted Mystery series and I thought it was a very good start to this series.


A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1683317718
ISBN-13: 978-1683317715
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5ZM5



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For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.

Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.

Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.

As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.





I think the thing I liked best about this book is the caring relationships that Sammy has with so many family and friends.  You can tell that the core characters love each other and enjoy spending time with each other. You can tell how much Sammy misses her friend, Kate, who has passed away.  Many things remind her about their friendship and I found this very touching and realistic.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I really felt like I was in Heartsford.  I really loved the concept of the Community Craft. I think it sounds like a great place and I would like to be able to shop there.  Plus it adds to the feeling of the loving community that Sammy lives in (except for the killer).

I think this a great start to a new cozy series and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a well crafted cozy.  I will definitely read the next one when it is published.

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




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Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. Visit her @

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October 9 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

October 10 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

October 11 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

October 11 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 12 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

October 12 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 12 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – RECIPE POST

October 13 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 13 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

October 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 14 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 15 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

October 15 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

October 16 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 17 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

October 17 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 18 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 18 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 18 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

October 19 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW

October 19 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 20 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST

October 20 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 21 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

October 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW


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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Spirit In Question


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Cynthia Kuhn and her new book The Spirit In Question.  This is the third book in her A Lila MacLean Acedemic Mystery series.



The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Henery Press (October 2, 2018)
Trade Paperback | 252 pages
ISBN 9781635114065, 1635114063
Digital ASIN: B07FDL54HG


Purchase Links

Amazon   B&N     Kobo  BookBub


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English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad.

With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?


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Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She teaches in Denver, serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and blogs with Chicks on the Case. For more information, please visit

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Twitter: @cynthiakuhn







When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog! I fell in love with books as a young person (largely due to my parents reading to us—with additional credit to teachers and librarians). Always dreamed of writing a novel, but although I wrote short stories and poems, I didn’t write a mystery until after I’d gone to grad school. An intense “now or never” moment one day pushed me to start the book immediately.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

Readers have said that the school setting helps them stand out a little in the cozy genre, though there are definitely other authors who set their mysteries in academia too—and thank goodness for that because I love to read them. 🙂


Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

It starts with a bare-bones outline, but as I’m writing, the characters often lead me in new directions, which is always a lovely surprise.


Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

In the beginning, I did read them all, but I’m trying to move away from that at the advice of other authors. (Whether positive or negative, it can take up too much real estate in your head.) I was also advised at the outset not to respond, ever–though I did secretly send grateful thoughts toward the writers of kind reviews. And no, I haven’t done anything to get them, though I wish I had the nerve to ask people who have read a book to please please please write a review because they’re so important.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t wait so long—start the book now!

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Yes. Henery Press designs the Lila book covers—I think they do a wonderful job with all of their covers.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Lila is curious, smart, and determined—once she gets her teeth into a mystery, she’s going to stick with it until the end. At work, she’s in a difficult situation because she has to “play the game” in order to get tenure, but she resists it at the same time, which makes for an ongoing tension. Her mother, Violet O, is a famous artist, and she can make choices that surprise even me! There are too many colleagues to go through in detail, but I think they’ve all got interesting personalities and goals for themselves. And I do try to give the criminals real motivations for doing what they do, which requires seeing things from their perspectives…that’s always fascinating (to me, anyway).


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned to trust the writing process—there WILL be the part where you’re excited to begin and the part where you despair because it’s so difficult to translate what you have in your head to the page and the part where you have to delete things you worked so hard to produce and the part where you can see the ending in sight.


Do you write full-time or part-time?

I teach full time and write part-time (but it feels like full-time because I’m always writing).

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What do your plans for future projects include?

Writing more mysteries.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part is getting started when there’s a whole book to be written. It can be daunting. Revising, because I have something to work with, is easier–but it’s not easy, if that makes sense. It’s a different muscle.


What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

Mysteries are at the top, and the list of authors I love is very long. I don’t want to leave anyone out, so I’ll just say that the last book I read was The Other Mother by Carol Goodman—and it was fantastic.

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

That I’m very grateful for them.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for reading!


How can readers discover more about you and your work?



Twitter: @cynthiakuhn


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October 8 – Island Confidential – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT

October 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 9 – Varietats – SPOTLIGHT

October 9 – Handcrafted Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 10 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 11 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 11 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT

October 12 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

October 14 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

October 15 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

October 15 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

October 16 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  

October 16 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 17 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 17 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

October 18 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST

October 18 – A Cozy Experience– REVIEW

October 19 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 19 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 20 – Jane Reads


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New Releases For The Week Of October 7th, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 7th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list of new releases for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Mycroft and Sherlock by [Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, Waterhouse, Anna]The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes.

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes–now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office–has no interest in the killings; however his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft’s frustration.

When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft’s best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain’s coffers.

As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another’s assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover










Designed For Haunting (An Aurora Anderson Mystery Book 4) by [Johnson, Sybil]October brings a message from Beyond The Grave…

Halloween is fast approaching in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Rory Anderson. While her painting chapter prepares to open its annual boutique house, Rory receives an unexpected email from Beyond The Grave, a company that automatically sends out messages when someone dies.

“I think I have a stalker,” the message reads. “If you’re reading this I’m either missing or dead. My life may depend on what you do. Please find out what happened to me.”

Haunted by her friend’s disappearance and possible death, Rory begins her search with the help of best friend and fellow painter, Liz Dexter. Can they discover who has designs on the missing woman and uncover the truth before one of them becomes the stalker’s next victim?

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DESIGNED FOR HAUNTING by Sybil Johnson | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback












Bird, Bath, and Beyond: An Agent to the Paws Mystery by [Copperman, E.J.]The second in this hilarious cozy mystery series features a woman who is a talent agent for show biz animals and discovers that she has a talent herself: solving crimes.

“Admirers of old comedy sketches and anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud mystery should pick up this series launch by Copperman.” —Library Journal (starred) on Dog Dish of Doom

“Readers will root for Kay to be more than pals with Sam Gibson, proprietor of Cool Beans coffee house—and, of course, to keep Bruno as more than a client. [Filled with] resilient, warm, funny supporting players.” —Publishers Weekly on Dog Dish of Doom

“The wry, feisty heroine is a welcome addition to Copperman’s troupe.” Kirkus Reviews on Dog Dish of Doom

Kay Powell, theatrical agent to non-human animals, is babysitting—that is, birdsitting—her client, a parrot named Barney, on the set of his new TV show, Dead City. When the show’s charismatic star is shot in his trailer between scenes, the only eyewitness to the crime is—you guessed it—Barney. And even though Kay keeps explaining that even a “talking” parrot doesn’t actually converse with people, the investigators insist on interrogating the bird for information he clearly can’t communicate.

Suspects accumulate like birdseed, and before long it’s clear the killer believes Barney might actually be able to supply useful evidence. Even Barney can’t fly away from this one.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover











The Question of the Dead Mistress (An Asperger's Mystery) by [Copperman, E. J., Cohen, Jeff]“Readers will delight in watching Copperman’s literal-minded hero grapple not only with unpredictable and nuanced human thinking, but with logic from beyond the grave.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Is my husband having an affair with a dead woman?”

For Samuel Hoenig, the proprietor of a unique agency called Questions Answered, the answer to this most recent question is simple. Since there’s absolutely no evidence that apparitions exist, it would be impossible for Ginny Fontaine’s husband to be having an affair with one.

But Samuel’s associate, Janet Washburn, isn’t so easily convinced.

Wrestling with his complicated feelings for Ms. Washburn, Samuel proposes that she take the lead on the question. As soon as her research begins, the husband in question ends up dead, leaving Janet and Samuel wondering if they stand a ghost of a chance at unraveling this twisted tale of danger and deceit.


“The first-person narration provides insights into the protagonist’s logical, literal thought processes and his perplexity at emotional nuances and social subtleties. Series fans will appreciate the further development of Samuel’s character.”—Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Double Shots, Donuts, and Dead Dudes (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 8) by [Lin, Harper]*~*~*~$2.99 Early Bird Pre-Order Price This Week Only! Regularly $4.99.~*~*~*

From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the 8th cozy mystery in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries. When Fran moves back to her idyllic beach town to take over the family café, she also develops a knack for solving bizarre murders.

In the middle of Fran’s date night with Matt, at Cape Bay’s best Mexican restaurant, Fran’s favorite waiter drops dead. Everyone else thinks Pablo had a stroke, but Fran believes he was murdered because he had been getting strange, threatening notes in his apron at work. As Fran digs deeper into another murder case she shouldn’t be involved in, she learns her beloved waiter had some secrets stewing in his personal life.

Includes 2 donut recipes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Hex Me Not (Wicked Good Mystery Series Book 2) by [May, Lucy]Welcome to Charm Cove, Maine – where the Good are Wicked, and the Wicked are Good… or maybe not.

Moira Wicked is back home for good, no pun intended. She’s settling in to help run Persnickety Potions & Gifts, her family’s store. Even though she’s loath to admit it, she’s a bit relieved to be home. Here in Charm Cove, there’s nothing unusual about the last name Wicked and it’s more uncommon to encounter someone who isn’t a witch, rather than the other way around.

Just when Moira thinks life might be quieting down, there’s a spate of burglaries around town. It’s no accident that the homes and businesses being targeted belong to witches. Once again, the oh-so-charming Charm Cove is all atwitter. Amidst the undercover investigation, tourists are still crowding the streets, seeking the, ahem, magic and charm of the little town.

Moira is smack in the middle of sleuthing out what happened, seeing as Persnickety Potions & Gifts was one of the burglar’s targets. As if she didn’t already have enough going on trying to hold her nosy family at bay.

There’s still that pesky destiny she’s supposed to fulfill—specifically by marrying Liam Good. She might be on the way to falling in love with Liam, but she’s not so sure about marriage yet. A Wicked is fated to fall in love with a Good once every century. No pressure or anything.

Take a visit to Charm Cove, where Wicked meets Good and where you just might find there’s almost always more than meets the eye.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












By Reservation Only (Deerbourne Inn) by [Edwards, Barbara]


It’s the grand opening of The Deerbourne Inn! Award-winning Chef Nathan Harte has worked long and hard to restore this historic property in Willow Spring, Vermont. He’s ready to greet his guests with fine cuisine, comfortable rooms, and maybe even a ghost or two.
He’s escaping the rat-race of the city for a slower more rewarding life, but is he ready to deal with a broken arm, a quirky arsonist, and a long-ago mystery? And what might he find up in the three-hundred-year-old attics?   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery (Book 1) by [Jedel, Marc]Protect his sister. Solve a murder. Get his eye-rolling, pre-teen nieces to school. And that’s just how Marty Golden’s crazy week begins to unravel.

A mysterious crash hospitalizes Marty’s sister and a nearby murder puts her in deadly danger. Too bad Marty isn’t exactly hero material.

Working in Silicon Valley, Marty’s skills lie more in navigating technology and telling dad jokes than playing an amateur sleuth. Armed with special powers of self-delusion and the inability to leave a coherent voicemail message, Marty bumbles through investigating his sister’s zany HR clients, exposing dangerous secrets and suspects, all while becoming attracted to a suspect.

In the process, Marty stumbles into a drug gang, impersonates an IRS agent, tangles with an assassin, dodges a cantankerous school secretary and is frequently outsmarted by his two sly, yet vulnerable, nieces. This quirky, fashion-backward uncle must save his sister, solve the mystery and get his life back to normal — before it’s too late.

As his eight, or maybe nine, year-old niece would say, “Betcha, you’ll like it.”

Perfect for anyone who loves a humorous murder mystery, including fans of Janet Evanovich, Patricia McLinn, and Jana DeLeon. Buy it now and start laughing today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Lily White Lie (Wrenn Grayson Mystery Series Book 3) by [Chappell, Connie]In Lily White Lie, engravings on a pocketwatch, cryptic messages, Easter lilies, and sidelined spy Bret Kilmore combine to thrust historian Wrenn Grayson into the mysterious world of symbolism.

A worried Wrenn connects the messages to her longtime love Gideon and his father.

Contact is impossible.

˃˃˃ Gideon deer hunts deep in the West Virginia wilderness.

His father, a prominent banker, vanished after he uncovered a money-laundering scheme.Bret disagrees with Wrenn’s assessment. He believes the messages threaten her. They both agree on the symbolism behind the lilies:

˃˃˃ Lilies signify death.

But can Wrenn trust Bret, the man who coincidentally arrived in concert with the first message? The symbolism here is less clear: Bret is a man of intricacies, of light and dark, and lingering shadows.The pocketwatch ticks off the time Wrenn doesn’t have. Danger mounts while every viable solution evaporates into mist.

˃˃˃ BEST THRILLERS The Bottom Line: Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy Wrenn Grayson in Lily White Lie and the well-crafted investigation at the core of the book.

INDIE READER Verdict: LILY WHITE LIE is an engagingly written mystery featuring a capable leading lady that mixes a sense of danger with small-town politics and historical intrigue.

Scroll up and grab a copy of Lily White Lie today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Penned (Kate Turner DVM Mysteries Book 4) by [Brady, Eileen]Dr. Kate Turner, DVM, is seven months into her one-year contract to cover for a Hudson Valley vet taking a year-long world cruise. She’s getting used to the hospital and house-call workload but not to the sometimes dangerous, if not deadly, critters – animal and human – she meets.

Eighty-something-year-old Gloria LaGuardia has been installed at an assisted living center by her niece. They bump into Kate at the Oak Falls annual Halloween street bash. And while Gloria’s conversation indicates some mental confusion – she asks a couple dressed as rabbits if they are real or not – she’s still sharp. And she says, “Someone evil is here. I saw him.”

Saw who? Will this chance meeting draw Kate into the path of Carl Wolf, a notorious fugitive twenty-one years on the FBI’s Most Wanted List? Is Wolf hiding in plain sight in or around Oak Falls?

When Gloria, once an artist endowed with a sharp eye, is murdered, Kate doesn’t know what to think. But author Tucker Weinstein approaches her at Gloria’s funeral and indicates he believes the old woman. Further, he’s devoting a chapter in his book to Carl Wolf.

The FBI doesn’t appear interested. Gloria’s family just wants to move on. But publicity-hungry Tucker mentions Kate in a newspaper interview that goes viral. She’s overloaded with new clients like Billy, a Nubian stud goat living penned up with alpaca, llamas, and more goats on a local farm producing milk, wool, and cheese, and a grumpy Chihuahua dressed up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Yet she senses someone is now following her. An undercover FBI agent? Carl Wolf on the prowl?

Determined not to be a victim, Kate digs deep into the arson/murder Wolf committed long ago. Are the clues to unmasking him hidden in the past, or closer than she thinks?  (Amazon)

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Review of Death Said The Gypsy Queen

Death Said The Gypsy Queen
A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery, Book #4
Susan Boles
5 Stars


“Beware the sign of the vampire blood,” said the fortune teller. “It brings madness and turmoil.”

Lily Gayle knows what that means, but, for the life of her, can’t figure out how the fortune teller does.

A quick road trip with Dixie. An unplanned stop at a roadside park. And, an hour later a dead body. Lily

Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna find themselves knee deep in another homicide investigation when the local vet assistant turns up dead behind an outbuilding at the farmers market.

Lily Gayle believes the words of the fortune teller will have a major impact on the investigation but can’t bring herself to tell the other ladies.

To reveal what she believes the words mean might bring trouble to another old friend. And would betray a trust. Only Ben knows and he, as usual, advises Lily Gayle to stay out of his investigation – which she isn’t about to do.

When the secret is revealed, the townspeople go mad and the fortune tellers words come true. Can Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solve the murder before more people are harmed?


The characters are well developed and well rounded. I really enjoy the time I get to spend with Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna. Lily Gayle and Dixie are best friends and you can tell how much they care about each other. And Miss Edna adds some humor to the story. The characters all have southern charm and the gossip gene.

The writing style flows smoothly and defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. I love the southern community that the author has created and I would love to go there for a visit. I thought that the mystery was well plotted and had enough cluse to sift through and suspects to consider. I kept swiping the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next and who the culprit was.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. If you like engaging characters, humor, a great southern setting and a perplexing mystery, then grab this book (and series)

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

New Releases For The Week of October 7th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 7th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



The Affacombe Affair (Pollard & Toye Investigations Book 2) by [Lemarchand, Elizabeth]Cosy crime writing at its best! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M C Beaton, Sophie Hannah and Faith Martin.

Who in the village has a motive for murder…?


1966, Rural England

When a body washes up at the banks of the river in Affacombe village, the residents are thrown into disarray.

It turns out to be the quiet and solitary matron at the local school: Sister Roach.

But when the police start to investigate it appears Roach’s unassuming demeanour hid a much darker secret…

With rumours of blackmail and clandestine affairs, it becomes clear that more than one person may have wanted Roach dead.

Chief Detective Inspector Pollard and Detective Sergeant Toye are called in from Scotland Yard to crack the case.

Who was Roach blackmailing? And why?


And what hidden affairs drove someone to murder…?


The Affacombe Affair is the second cosy village mystery in the Pollard & Toye crime series: an intriguing police procedural set in rural England. 

‘Absolutely fair and enjoyable whodunnit‘ – Sunday Telegraph

‘A superbly told tale of blackmail and terror’ – Manchester Evening News

‘In the best Agatha Christie tradition’ – Argosy

Book One: Death of an Old Girl
Book Two: The Affacombe Affair
Book Three: Alibi for a Corpse
Book Four: Death on Doomsday
Book Five: Cyanide With Compliments
Book Six: No Vacation From Murder
Book Seven: Buried in the Past
Book Eight: Step in the Dark
Book Nine: Unhappy Returns
Book Ten: Suddenly While Gardening
Book Eleven: Change for the Worse
Book Twelve: Nothing to Do with the Case
Book Thirteen: Troubled Waters
Book Fourteen: The Wheel Turns
Book Fifteen: Light Through the Glass
Book Sixteen: Who Goes Home?
Book Seventeen: The Glade Manor Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback












Purrfect Haunt (A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery #7) by [Lynn, Louise]Hazel Hart is being haunted.

As the specter of Halloween hangs heavy in the air, the most notorious property in Cedar Valley opens its doors for ghost hunters and visitors alike. Known as Massacre Mansion, the house has a dark history full of murder and betrayal. While Hazel doesn’t believe in spirits, she’s hired to be the official photographer. Everything goes awry when one of the ghost hunters is murdered while alone in a room—and the only suspect is an evil headless ghost!

Hazel is sure the killer is flesh and blood, but with each new unexplained incident, her certainty wavers. With the help of her black cat, can Hazel separate fact from fiction and find the murderer before another victim is claimed?

A feel-good, cozy mystery series about a quirky photographer and her black cat solving mysteries in Cedar Valley, a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. These books do not contain any cliffhangers, gore, graphic scenes, or foul language. They can be read as standalones or as part of a series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















The Bead Seller (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 11) by [Meadows, Wendy]




Sweetfern Harbor Bed and Breakfast Cozy Mysteries can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Tiaras & Terror: A Kaley Kalua Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Book 13) by [Stoddard, Anne Marie]From USA Today bestselling author Anne Marie Stoddard comes a frighteningly fashionable mystery that asks the question: What do zombies, vampires, and beauty pageants have in common? They’re all about to make Kaley Kalua’s life a waking nightmare…

Happy Hula Boutique manager, Kaley, is excited to celebrate Halloween with her friends at Aloha Lagoon’s upcoming Alohaween Festival—that is, until her Aunt Rikki drags her to a ghoul-themed beauty pageant to cheer on her longtime nemesis, Harmony Kane. The competition is stiff, and things turn deadly when the winner is found staked with her own scepter and stuffed inside a coffin on one of the floats for the annual Halloween parade.

Kaley is even more shocked when she receives a call from Harmony, begging her to prove that she didn’t kill the woman. She reluctantly accepts, and with the help of her pal, Jamie, and the oh-so-tempting resort lifeguard, Noa, Kaley delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the beauty queen’s ghastly murder. Did a scorned pageant contender take out the competition, or does one of the judges have something to hide? It seems nearly everyone has a skeleton in their closet, and someone wants theirs to stay buried. Kaley finds herself in the killer’s cross-hairs, and if she doesn’t uncover the truth soon, she may wind up in a coffin of her own.

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
Tiaras & Terror (book #13)

About Aloha Lagoon:
There’s trouble in paradise…
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii’s hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere…and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we’re certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery by [Holly Quinn]For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.

Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.

When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.

Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.

As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.  (Amazon)

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The Lacemaker's Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) by [Ernst, Kathleen]Greed, Uncertainty, and Death Get Tangled in the Mystery of a Rare Piece of Belgian Lace 

Curator Chloe Ellefson needs distraction from the unsettling family secret she’s just learned. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, has been troubled for weeks and won’t say why. Chloe hopes a consulting job at Green Bay’s Heritage Hill Historical Park, where an old Belgian-American farmhouse is being restored, will be a relaxing escape.

Instead she discovers a body in a century-old bake oven.

Chloe’s research suggests that a rare and valuable piece of lace made its way to nearby Door County, Wisconsin, with the earliest Belgian settlers. More importantly, someone is desperate to find it. Inspired by a courageous Belgian woman who survived cholera, famine, and the Great Fire, Chloe must untangle clues to reveal secrets old and new . . . before the killer strikes again.  (Amazon)



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Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery (Cajun Country Mysteries) by [Ellen Byron]USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is back at it with fan-favorite plantation B&B owner Maggie Crozat in a fourth installment of the Cajun Country mysteries.

Southern charm meets the dark mystery of the bayou as a hundred-year flood, a malicious murder, and a most unusual Mardi Gras converge at the Crozat Plantation B&B.

It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana—and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B—the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler—but there’s beaucoup bad blood on hand this Mardi Gras.

Maggie Crozat is determined to give the stranger a name and find out why he was murdered. The post-flood recovery has delayed the opening of a controversial exhibit about the little-known Louisiana Orphan Train. And when a judge for the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant is shot, Maggie’s convinced the murder is connected to the body on the bayou. Does someone covet the pageant queen crown enough to kill for it? Could the deaths be related to the Orphan Train, which delivered its last charges to Louisiana in 1929? The leads are thin on this Fat Tuesday—and until the killer is unmasked, no one in Pelican is safe.

A simmering gumbo of a humorous whodunit, Mardi Gras Murder is the fourth piquant installment in USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s award-winning Cajun Country mysteries.  (Amazon)

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Down Stairs: An Historical Cozy Mystery (The Hartlepool Mysteries Book 1) by [Weldon, Sarah Jane]




A cozy mystery series set in Hartlepool, England. Can one boy and his pet mouse solve the mysterious deaths taking place in the neighbourhood?  (Amazon)

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Zombie Dog (Zombie Dog Series Book 3) by [Goodman, Doug]Murder has always been there for Angie. He stood loyally by her side in the Colorado wildfires, and he led her to safety in Big Bend National Park. But now they are hunting zombies in the city, joining the City of Houston Zombie Task Force. Their mission is to discover the source of weaponized zombies and prevent gangs from using them. Working with police detectives and curanderos, Angie and Murder work their way through Houston’s criminal underworld, but at what price? Angie must remember, Murder is her responsibility, her loyal friend, and her fur-baby. Can she protect him as well as he has protected her?


-Of the first three books, this one is the “squirmiest.” The first chapter, in particular, ends viscerally. Just a note to the reader.

-Disaster City is a real place. While the training scene that takes place there is different from training that normally occurs there, I have trained in Disaster City with my cadaver dog.

-I learned about the form of brujo’s curse used in the book during research I was doing into curanderismo.

-The large underground system exists in Houston. You can take tours.  (Amazon)

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Missing by the Sea (Haunting By The Sea Book 3) by [Daley, Kathi]


A Halloween tradition, a ghost with amnesia, and a friend in crisis, collide in this haunting small town paranormal mystery set on the picturesque Oregon Coast.

Amanda and the gang stumble upon a ghost who can’t seem to remember who she was in life or where she left her body. Unable to move on until these critical questions are answered, the gang slide into sleuth mode to help the confused specter. When a second girl turns up dead and a third goes missing, Amanda realizes the stakes are much higher than she first thought.  (Amazon)

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