New Releases For The Week Of December 9th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 9th, 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.



A Spell of Murder (Witch Cats of Cambridge Book 1) by [Simon, Clea]

“It’s Harriet’s fault. It’s always her fault, not that she’ll ever admit it.” So begins A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery, the first in a new cozy series that mixes feline fiction with a touch of the paranormal, and a little romance as well.

Becca, newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic powers. With nothing but time – and a desire for empowerment – she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that her three cats – Harriet, Laurel, and Clara – are the ones with the real power. And when Harriet – “a cream-colored longhair with more fur than commonsense” – conjures a pillow for her own comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws her aside to share a secret – a confidence that may lead to murder?  (Amazon)

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A Suspicion of Silver (Sir Robert Carey Series Book 9) by [Chisholm, P F]Sir Robert Carey has just foiled a double plot against King James. He rides for Leith hunting the would-be assassin now identified as Joachim Hochstetter, also known as Jonathan Hepburn. Has he taken ship for the Continent, or ridden nearly 130 miles south and west into England? There at Keswick, his family, originally from Augsburg, runs a mining operation that pays a royalty to Queen Elizabeth in gold. It’s ruled by the widow Radagunda Hochstetter, his mother.


Sir Robert’s other problem? His dour, difficult, and now treasonous henchman, Sergeant Henry Dodd, has disappeared somewhere on the snowy moors. Why can’t anyone find Dodd’s body?


Before going after Hochstetter, Carey must escort Dodd’s widow back to her home at Gilsland. It’s a complex operation involving a cart, Widow Ridley and Skinabake Armstrong. That’s the man who sold Janet Dodd to Wee Colin, the Elliot headman, on her way to Edinburgh before Dodd disappeared.


If Hochstetter goes to ground in Keswick, how far will the colony of German miners go to protect Radagunda’s favourite child? He may be an outlaw in Scotland, and King James certainly wants his head, but Carey has no official authorization to kill the man in England.


Predictably, the Hochstetter family is politely obstructive. But something else is going on. What in the name of everything unholy is that well-known reiver, Wattie Graham of Netherby, doing so far over the border in peaceful Keswick?


Sir Robert is tested to the utmost in chasing the traitor (underground), solving a murder, arranging a duel – and then his courtship of another man’s wife takes a deadly turn.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback











Death on the Diversion (Secret Sleuth Book 1) by [McLinn, Patricia]Final resting place? Deck chair
Death on the Diversion is the start of a brand-new cozy mystery series from a USA Today bestselling author.
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Sheila Mackey has a secret. To the world, she’s author of a blockbuster book. Her wily great-aunt, the actual author, orchestrated this mutually beneficial masquerade. Now the aunt’s retiring and Sheila must draft Act Two of her own life. This cruise is supposed to be the perfect time to do that.
Crossing the Atlantic on the Diversion, Sheila finds a dead body on deck.
She realizes she knows a whole lot more about the interactions of the victim and suspects than the ship’s officials do. She’s drawn into sleuthing, but finds herself hampered by a well-meaning but overprotective would-be Dr. Watson.

This murder mystery with humor is the first book in a new series, Secret Sleuth. In later books, amateur sleuth Sheila returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.

If you like mysteries about the inner world of writers, set among the insular cruise ship community, where even the sleuth has secrets she’s hiding (and a dog to come in book two), then you’ll love award-winning Patricia McLinn’s newest whodunit with humor.
Get on board to sail away with crime, clues and memorable characters.
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On the spectrum of McLinn’s mysteries, the Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy mysteries are in the middle, Proof of Innocence is a edgier (and has more romance), and Secret Sleuth is a bit less edgy.

Secret Sleuth series
Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Ave.
Look for more Secret Sleuth mysteries to come!
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:

Caught Dead in Wyoming
Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll (2019)

“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” — Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author

If you like mystery with romance and a bit of humor, try also:

Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence (2019)

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (romantic suspense; includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

Bardville, Wyoming series (romance with a little mystery)
A Stranger in the Family
A Stranger to Love
The Rancher Meets His Match

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
McLinn is the author of more than 45 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.
She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.
Now living in northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle







Under the Cheaters Table (A Ghosts of Landover Mystery Book 4) by [Faire, Etta]Things are changing in Landover County. And not for the normal.

There are plenty of signs in Landover County, just none of Shelby’s missing fiancé or his brothers. And Carly still doesn’t know very much about what’s going on, until a ghost follows her home one day with a sob story:

During a snowy weekend in 1923, after a private poker game among lifelong friends, Feldman Winehouse was discovered with his throat slit, under his own poker table at his speakeasy. He wants Carly’s help to figure out which one of his best friends murdered him.

There’s only one problem. He needs to hurry. His energy is changing from a ghost into what most people commonly refer to as a demon, so he doesn’t have much time.

Carly wants nothing to do with him, or so she tells everyone. She’s seen The Exorcist. Channeling with a possible demon is not a good idea.

But when the entity proves he knows about the signs and why Potter Grove itself is changing, is it more than the strong medium can resist?

Find out by reading Under the Cheater’s Table, the fourth book in the paranormal mystery series, The Ghosts Of Landover Mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Murder In The Dark: a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [Reavley, Betsy]“Thoroughly entertaining, tense, suspenseful, and so well-written. Don’t miss this one. Highly recommended reading!” – John Nicholl – bestselling author

“A triumph of a mystery, a good cosy crime to entertain everyone – Betsy Reavley has done it again!” – Anita Waller bestselling author

Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?

Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.

But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and the key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.

But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…

What everyone is saying about Murder in the Dark:

“Another great cozy crime from Ms Reavley. Perfect for those dark winter evenings…” – J.A. Baker bestselling author

“Once again this author has written a thrilling read with a totally unexpected outcome!” – Susan Hunter reviewer

“An amazing twisted story that sends chills down your spine” – Sarah Hodgson reviewer

Betsy Reavley is the international best-selling author of multiple thrillers, including The Optician’s Wife and Frailty.Murder in the Dark is the follow-on to Murder at the Book Club, though can equally be read as a stand-alone. It’s a gripping mystery thriller which will appeal to fans of authors like Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and LJ Ross. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Murder at the Mission (Texas-Sized Mysteries Book 1) by [Martin, Pamela, Press, Sweet Promise]


Eager to come to terms with her friend’s substance abuse, Norah decides to distract herself by writing the story of her great-grandparents. As Norah becomes caught up in the tales of her sleuthing great-grandparents and their adventures solving mysteries, the present starts to overlap.

Soon Norah is caught up in a real-life mystery that could lead her to discover the truth behind her friend, Mariette’s, addiction. As the pieces fall into place, the evidence points to the possibility of Mariette being drugged without her knowledge. As past and present collide, will Norah find the true culprit and will she be in time to prevent anyone else being hurt?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by [Maymee Bell]For fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier comes the second in Maymee Bell’s delectable Southern Cake Baker mysteries.

Sophia Cummings may be unlucky in love, but she knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his sweet tooth. This evening, she plans to use that knowledge—and her skills as a New York City-trained pastry chef—to open the hearts and wallets of Rumford, Kentucky’s richest men. Sophia, proprietress of For Goodness Cakes, has been commissioned to cater the Heart of the Town Library charity fundraiser at Grape Valley Winery. She’s spent all her dough to make this a successful event, raise her profile, and win more plum catering jobs.

At first, the going is as smooth as an elegant chocolate ganache. After nibbling Sophia’s tasty treats, Ray Peel, the winery’s landlord, announces he will pay off Rumford’s library loan. But the evening soon turns decidedly frosty when Ray is murdered—before he can make good on his promise, and before he can pay Sophia for her catering services.

For Goodness Cakes will collapse if Sophia can’t collect what she’s owed. So Sophia once again puts on her sleuthing apron to figure out who iced Ray. A glass of your favorite red or white is the perfect accompaniment to Maymee Bell’s scrumptious Batter Off Dead―with authentic Southern recipes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover




New Releases For The Week Of December 9th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 9th, 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.



IWicked Seas: A Rowan Gray and Ivy Morgan Mystery by [Hart, Lily Harper]vy Morgan has never been on a vacation. Her fiancé Jack Harker is happy to be the one to provide the experience. With that in mind, the couple embarks on a sea adventure on The Bounding Storm, a cruise ship where sun and fun are the order of the day.
Ship photographer Rowan Gray is drawn to Ivy from the moment they meet. There’s something different about the woman, although Rowan can’t figure out what that “something” is. Quinn Davenport is too busy with the murder of a high-profile woman who was drawing a lot of negative attention to give much thought to Rowan’s distraction, but he encourages her to delve deep if she’s that desperate for answers.
When Margaret Adkins – the leader of a political group that wants to limit certain movies, books, and television shows – is found dead in her room, Jack is drawn to the mystery while Quinn tries to keep him at arm’s length.
Since Ivy is distracted by visions of death and Rowan is caught up in figuring out the secret Ivy is keeping, it seems multiple people on The Bounding Storm are in danger of tripping over one another to find answers.
It’s a tangled web of intrigue and magic as Rowan and Ivy come face to face with some carefully concealed secrets. They’re going to have to work together if they expect to survive the murderer running free on The Bounding Storm.
This fearsome foursome is about to discover just how strong they can be … together.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Osborne Case (A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery Novella Book 15) by [Xarissa, Diana]

Janet Markham has been trying to track down Gretchen Falkirk for months. She’s eager to learn more about Alberta Montgomery, one of the previous residents of the bed and breakfast she now owns with her sister, Joan. When her friends from the Isle of Man, Bessie Cubbon and Doona Moore, come for a short stay, it seems the perfect time to try visiting the elusive woman.
Unfortunately for Janet, instead of finding Gretchen, she finds herself and her friends caught up in the hunt for a missing person. She and Joan want to show Bessie and Doona the sights around Derbyshire, but Janet wants to find Gretchen at least as much.
What does Gretchen’s downstairs neighbour really know? Can Janet help Robert Parsons, the local police constable, work out what happened to the missing woman? Will she and Joan get to take Bessie and Doona to some of their favourite historical sites or is this case going to turn into a murder investigation?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Chasing Summer (A Summer O'Dare Mystery) (The Summer O'Dare Mysteries Book 1) by [Claire, Nicola]When Big Wig moves to the beach, Big Trouble comes with him.

Doubtless Bay’s resident private investigator has a dilemma on her hands. With the arrival of a new detective in her small, beachside town, Summer O’Dare has a decision to make: Let him think she’s merely a little kooky or open up the doors to her skeleton-harbouring closet and invite him in.

Trust, though, has to be earned. And Detective Douche is walking on the wrong side of that equation. Three days in and he’s already dating the realtor next door; Summer’s high school nemesis.

Add in a missing biker, a murdered man, stolen intellectual property, and the surfer staying in her spare bedroom, and Summer’s summer looks like it might heat up to scorching.

Just as well she’s got a few tricks up her sleeve. And a penchant for donuts. But will the detective welcome them? The tricks, not the donuts. Or will he think Summer strange like everyone else does?

A fast-paced cozy mystery set in Northland, New Zealand from Amazon Bestselling Author Nicola Claire.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Scent of Fear by [Park, Tony]Scent of Fear by Tony Park, the author of Captive and The Cull, is an action-packed thriller that will engross fans of Clive Cussler, Scott Mariani and Andy McDermott.

On a routine anti-poaching patrol, Sean and his tracker dog Benny watch in horror as over-eager rookie Tumi Mabasa is almost killed and her dog gravely injured in the explosion.

Along with Tumi and best mate Craig Hoddy, Sean is determined to hunt down the elusive bombmaker who has introduced this destructive weapon to the war on poaching.

But Sean is his own worst enemy. Haunted by nightmares of the war and wracked with guilt from driving away his ex-wife, Christine, he soon discovers she and Craig are in the midst of an intense affair.
And there’s another enemy at play . . .

As bombs target Sean’s team, can he get himself back on track and win the fight for Africa’s wildlife – and Christine – before it’s too late?  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook














A Jo Durbin Mystery Series (Jo Durbin Mysteries Book 3) by [Huss, Norma]


3-book volume

Jo Durbin, frustrated business writer, cat believer, and accidental amateur sleuth wants to up her game—parlaying temporary lifestyle into a bestseller. She tries real estate promotion, the baglady life, and reenacting an 1813 woman at war. But the byline she scores, instead of “a killer caught,” might be “DOA.”

This collection includes the complete series: Hidden Body, a prequel novelette, Yesterday’s Body, Book 1, and Forgotten Body, Book 2. Jo is helped, or hindered, by her sister Kaye, by Mel, the man who wants to be more than a friend, and other characters, not the least of which are the police who seem to always be on her case.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Revenge of the Killer Flamingos: A! D! H! D! Oh! Look! A mystery! by [Burroughs, Patricia]A-D-H-D! Oh! Look! A Mystery!

Meet MJ O’Malley. She’s impulsive, easily distractible, and even more easily bored. But when a hot lawyer hires her to create a flash mob and people start dropping dead–by flamingo?–well, murder in Pisgah Cove, North Carolina is the brightest, shiniest object to capture her attention ever!

But can she actually solve the crime before she becomes the final victim? Hop aboard for the zany romp and stick around for deadly murder.

With the help of Miss Taz, her Chihuahua guard dog, Fluffy the feral attack cat, a reluctant lawyer as sidekick, and her fierce intellect?

[Yes, I said fierce intellect.]

[Yes. Really.]

[Don’t diss the dys-brain, dude.]

[Where were we?]

{Oh, right!]

With the help of Miss Taz, Fluffy, Ben, and her fierce intellect, MJ’s got this case covered.

Because MJ has finally found her place in life.

Meet MJ O’Malley.

She solves murders.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













A Stay With Reservations (A Hotel Inspector Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Hayton, Katherine]Flower Power takes a nasty turn when a teenage girl goes missing

Diana Halcomb is looking forward to the first vacation from her new job until a run-in at the post office puts a damper on the day. Determined to have a nice time anyway, her plans turn sour when she discovers her purse stolen.

With no money or friends nearby, she must rely on the local policeman to solve her plight. But his helpful attitude takes an ominous turn when they travel out to the local hippie commune.

With strange and horrifying events compounding, Diana calls on an old reporter friend for assistance. When disturbing leads drag them into new puzzles, it’s natural to have reservations.

Hotel Inspector Cozy Mysteries are quick 1-2 hour reads perfect for filling in time waiting for appointments, commuting to work, or when your significant other insists on watching the TV show that makes you roll your eyes.

Scroll up to secure your place in the seventies murder mystery today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Carrion Comfort (DI Kelso Strang Book 2) by [Templeton, Aline]Gabrielle, daughter of a brilliant and charismatic local businessman, thinks she’s losing her mind. Recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by her father’s death and the loss of her unborn child, her sanity is pushed to the brink when she starts suffering memory lapses. Knowing that the other major shareholder of her father’s business is looking for any excuse to squeeze her out, Gabrielle can’t trust anyone.

When a man’s body is found in dilapidated cottage, DCI Kelso Strang is drafted in from Edinburgh to take charge of the investigation. Still grieving the loss of his wife, battlescarred Strang finds himself burdened with an over-eager detective constable and a lazy, obtuse detective sergeant. With inadequate resources at his fingertips, and his boss breathing down his neck to wrap up the case quickly and without embarrassment to the force, Strang must pick his way through the minefield of the local relationships and resentments of the sleepy village community. But will he be able to put this case to rest before more lives are destroyed?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover













Crime Chowder: A Death du Jour Mystery #1 by [Avis, Hillary]She’s serving up soup—with a side of gunpowder.

Aspiring chef Bethany Bradstreet dreams of opening her own restaurant, but she knows she has to work her way up from her current job as a fry cook. So when her real estate developer boyfriend offers her a sweet catering gig, she jumps at the chance to cook for his gala and rub elbows with the town’s elite.

The problem? That fancy gala is only happening because her best friend’s home was burned down by an arsonist. And the more Bethany learns about her boyfriend’s planned development, the more she suspects that he might have had something to do with the crime.

Determined to uncover the arsonist’s identity, Bethany cooks her way through the gala, listening to the secrets, lies, and gossip swirling around the neighborhood.

But when someone close to her is killed during the party—and the murder weapon is found in her pot of clam chowder—Bethany finds herself in more than a little hot water.

If you like smart culinary mysteries with quirky characters and quaint seaside towns, you’ll love the Death du Jour series that follows Bethany Bradstreet as she builds her culinary career and solves crimes with the help of her friends.

Crime Chowder is the first book in the Death du Jour series.

This book has clean language and mild suspense with no cliffhangers. It contains depictions of an LGBT relationship.

P.S. – There’s a dog in it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Foliage and Fatality (The Mystery Sisters Book 2) by [Nortman, Karen Musser]



Seventy-something sisters, Max and Lil, visit western Pennsylvania, partly to see Lil’s son Terry and his family, and partly to enjoy to colorful fall foliage. The sisters volunteer to help staff a fund-raiser haunted house. The house has amazing special effects and a haunted garden. It is hugely popular and should bring in a lot of money for the new school auditorium. What could go wrong?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle




Review of Batter Off Dead

Batter Off Dead
A Southern Cake Baker Mystery, Book #2
Maymee Bell
5 Stars


For fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier comes the second in Maymee Bell’s delectable Southern Cake Baker mysteries.

Vanquishing the villain who vitiated a village vintner vexes vaunted pastry chef Sophia Cummings in this sweetly sinister second Southern Cake Baker mystery.

Sophia Cummings may be unlucky in love, but she knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his sweet tooth. This evening, she plans to use that knowledge—and her skills as a New York City-trained pastry chef—to open the hearts and wallets of Rumford, Kentucky’s richest men. Sophia, proprietress of For Goodness Cakes, has been commissioned to cater the Heart of the Town Library charity fundraiser at Grape Valley Winery. She’s spent all her dough to make this a successful event, raise her profile, and win more plum catering jobs.

At first, the going is as smooth as an elegant chocolate ganache. After nibbling Sophia’s tasty treats, Ray Peel, the winery’s landlord, announces he will pay off Rumford’s library loan. But the evening soon turns decidedly frosty when Ray is murdered—before he can make good on his promise, and before he can pay Sophia for her catering services.

For Goodness Cakes will collapse if Sophia can’t collect what she’s owed. So Sophia once again puts on her sleuthing apron to figure out who iced Ray. A glass of your favorite red or white is the perfect accompaniment to Maymee Bell’s scrumptious Batter Off Dead―with authentic Southern recipes! (Goodreads)


The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author’s descriptive writing drew me into the story and carried me along until the end of the book. Rumford, Kentucky, came to life in my mind and it is a place i want to visit.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Sophia is a hard working loyal friend and she loves her business, For Goodness Cakes. When her business is threatened she will do whatever it takes to save it, including finding a murderer.

The mystery was well plotted and moves along at a nice pace. There are plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through, with a few red herrings to thrown in, making it a difficult mystery to solve.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With plenty of humor, great characters and a homey setting, this book is a winner.

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

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Eggs On Ice

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Laura Childs and her new book Eggs On Ice.  This is the eighth book in her A Cackleberry Club Mystery Series.

Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Berkley (December 4, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425281728
ISBN-13: 978-0425281727
Kindle ASIN: B07BD23MV9



Purchase Links

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Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred’s favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.

As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.




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Praise for the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club Mysteries
“Tasty and fun.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune“With a plot that holds interest and characters who are well-envisioned and well-executed, Childs will have readers planning another trip to the Cackleberry Club and its treats.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch“Childs excels at creating comforting settings in which to put her characters, and the Cackleberry Club is a place you’d like to visit.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Along with toothsome recipes, Childs dishes up plenty of small-town charm.”—Publishers Weekly




Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

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Facebook –


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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–NC-17


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Larissa Reinhart and her new book NC-17.  This is the third book in her Maizie Albright Star Detectives Mystery Series.

NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
Cozy Mystery/Women’s Detective Fiction
3rd in Series
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018)
Paperback, 370 pages
ISBN13 – 9781732351660
Digital ASIN: B07HFVV7V7

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As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.

Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.

Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.

While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.




Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman’s World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews.

Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website,, and join her newsletter for a free short story.

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

When I was in elementary school, sometimes I fantasized about becoming an author because I liked to read and write stories. But I was from a small farm town, and people I knew didn’t do things like that as a career. An author was as much of a fantasy as becoming a famous singer or actress (other things I considered). In high school, I looked at writing as a career through journalism. I had a column in our local paper and worked at the newspaper office on Saturday’s. But I didn’t like talking to people — a big part of journalism — so I gave up on that.

Ironically, I ended up in teaching where you also have to talk to people. But talking to students was less of a challenge.

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

I have three different series — A Cherry Tucker Mystery, Maizie Albright Star Detective, and Finley Goodhart Crime Capers — and I think my voice stands out in all three. They’re humorous, as cozies tend to be, but the mysteries tend to be complicated, intertwined with several subplots. They’re also a bit lengthier than most cozies because I spend time building up the mystery and subplots. I also think my country roots show through in my writing, which is why mine were called “hick lit” for a while. 😉


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

I’ve tried working from a synopsis or outline, but the characters always veer off course. I begin with character development and having a good idea why the initial crime occurred, then let the characters guide me. They each have their own way of sleuthing and I want the mystery to unfold naturally. When I try to force it, I think the pacing becomes too predictable.


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

I don’t read my Amazon or Goodreads reviews unless a reader specifically tags me or sends them to me. I do read blog and professional reviews. If I’m on a blog tour, I always comment on the blog, thanking them for the review. I feel like the product reviews (Amazon, Goodreads, etc) are for readers, not me.

I do have a review team, and they get access to Advanced Reader Copies. Of course, I read those sent to me. I really appreciate anyone taking the time to review after reading.  


What advice would you give to your younger self?

A little lipstick wouldn’t have killed you.

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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?

Definitely! As a voracious reader, I judge books by their cover all the time. Kim Killion of The Killion Group does many of my Past Perfect Press covers. Henery Press has had various artists for my covers.  


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

The Maize Albright series is more than just a mystery. As in Women’s Fiction, the stories are focused on the character arc of the protagonist. As an ex-teen TV and reality star, Maizie Albright, returned home to Black Pine, Georgia, determined to start a new career as a private investigator, modeled after her childhood starring role as a “Julie Pinkerton, Teen Detective.” Unfortunately, Maizie’s chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher and her learning curve includes becoming her own person after spending a life under the thumb of managers, directors, and producers, particularly her stage-monster mother. 

In each of the books, Maizie is learning more about herself after a lifetime (she’s 25) of being “directed.” And in this third novel (and fourth story), Maizie finds herself in charge of the business, a major crime, a missing person’s case, and some personal issues that have suddenly cropped up in a week that begins with Wyatt Nash getting blown up in a bank bombing heist.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’m a lot more right-brained than I ever realized. I’ve never been a math person, and I’ve always dabbled in various “arts” (music, fine art, and creative writing). But I didn’t realize how right-brained I was until I had to look at the business side of writing. And now some of my personality quirks make sense!

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Sort-of both. I’m a stay-at-home mom and I have a book formatting side business, so I fit in writing when I’m not busy with the other two jobs. 🙂


What do your plans for future projects include?

I have a passion project I’m going to work on in 2019 that may slow some of my mystery writing. A women’s fiction/romantic comedy trilogy that have been on my back-burner for several years. I feel called to write it, so I’m going to spend time on the trilogy this year. But I also plan to release another Maizie Albright (18 Caliber) in 2019 and hopefully another Finley Goodhart Crime Caper. I’d really like to write another Cherry Tucker, but because of contract issues, I’m kind of sitting on that.


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

For me, the hardest is sitting in a chair and not getting distracted by other things. I’m one of those people who have no focus or utter focus. There’s no in-between. So I can forget to eat or I’m constantly getting up to look for snacks.

The easiest (and this is probably true of a lot of writers) is coming up with new projects and new characters. Because that’s the fun part of writing.

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

I read all kinds of genres, it really depends on my mood. The only thing I don’t read much of is non-fiction and when I do, it’s to learn or research something specifically and then I generally don’t finish the book. As long as a book has compelling characters and the pacing and story keep me interested, I’ll read it. I don’t care if it’s YA, science fiction, romance, literary fiction, mysteries, etc.

As for writers, Elmore Leonard is probably my favorite.


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

I’m thinking about my readers and what they would like when I’m planning on what to write. Even when it’s a new series. 🙂 And I love hearing from them. I always write back when someone sends me an email.

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

Thank you for supporting me! I wouldn’t be an author if it wasn’t for my readers.


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New Releases For The Week Of December 2nd, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 2nd, 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 for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Bloodbaths and Banana Cake (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 7) by [Moore, Addison]*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually but are best enjoyed in order.

My name is Lottie Lemon and I see dead pets. On occasion I see a once-upon a human too but mostly it’s just cute little furry beasts who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owners impending doom. 
It turns out, everything I thought I knew about my relationship with the man of my dreams was a lie, so when I’m asked to cater sweet treats to a party honoring a very important judge, of course, I dive right in to get my mind off of things. But when I set up the dessert buffet and spot the ghost of a girl I was accused of killing just last month, I realize this night isn’t going to go off without a homicide in its giddy-up. Try as I might to stop it, another murder strikes our community, and not only am I determined to solve this crime, but I’m determined to heal my broken heart, too. In both cases, it seems I’ve bitten off far more cookie than I can chew.

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.  (Amazon)

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Hyde Park Heist (Piccadilly Ladies Club Mysteries Book 1) by [Jane, Bettie] A city recovering from war. A generation of lost youth. An elite women’s group determined to find their place in the world.

Welcome to Piccadilly Ladies Club.

Julia Barlow is an elite member of this all-female club for writers, illustrators, and daughters of accomplished gentleman. She is caught between her desire to prove herself as a respectable journalist in male-dominated 1920’s London and a carefree existence as one of the Bright Young People living life on her terms.

When a scavenger hunt at Hyde Park goes badly and her dear friend Jimmie is accused of a heinous crime, Julia finds herself and her friends in the middle of a high-society scandal that could destroy their charmed way of life. Can she clear Jimmie’s name or will her stubborn determination to find her place in the world get her and her friends into even more trouble?

Hyde Park Heist is the first book in Piccadilly Ladies Club Mysteries. Join Julia and her best friend Edith on rowdy treasure hunts, at exclusive, often garish house parties, and at speakeasies and jazz clubs where they dance and drink the nights away, challenging the standards of their birthright at every turn.  (Amazon)

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Cat Heist: A Marmalade Cat Mystery #1 (Marmalade Cat Mysteries) by [O'Donnell, Candy]


Kidnapped Kitty

My name is Marmalade and I’m an orange tabby who’s on the case of the missing cat, Ruffles, a feverish gray kitty belonging to Mrs. Wiggins. I soon discover a few clues with Midnight, the other clinic cat who lives with me. Together, we discover clues leading to who took Ruffles. Will we find Ruffles and the culprit or are we just chasing our tails?  (Amazon)

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The Boy Who Lived With The Dead by [Ellis, Kate]The second historical thriller in the Albert Lincoln series by acclaimed crime writer Kate Ellis.

A child haunted by the past . . . A village troubled by secrets . . .

It is 1920 and Scotland Yard detective DI Albert Lincoln is still reeling from the disturbing events of the previous year. Trapped in a loveless marriage and tired of his life in London, he’s pleased when he’s called to a new case in the North West of England.

Before the War, he led the unsuccessful investigation into the murder of little Jimmy Rudyard in the village of Mabley Ridge. Now a woman has been murdered there and another child is missing, the sole witness being a traumatised boy who lives in a cemetery lodge. Albert’s first investigation was a failure but this time he is determined to find the truth . . . and the missing child.

As Albert delves into the lives of the village residents he uncovers shocking secrets and obsessions. With the help of a village schoolmistress with her own secret past, Albert closes in on Jimmy’s killer. Then, as more bodies are discovered, he realises that his young witness from the cemetery lodge is in grave danger, from somebody he calls ‘the Shadow Man’. As Albert discovers more about the victims he finds information that might bring him a step closer to solving a mystery of his own: the whereabouts of his lost son.


Praise for the Albert Lincoln novels:

‘A powerful story of loss, malice and deception’ Ann Cleeves

‘Fascinating, with a characteristically clever twist’ Martin Edwards

‘This could be an instant classic’ L. C. Tyler

‘Extraordinarily powerful’ Peter Lovesey

‘A splendidly macabre thriller’ Andrew Taylor  (Amazon)

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Fire is Nice (A Sable Chisholm Mystery Book 1) by [Anderson, Rolynn]


Bone poachers pillaging Sequoia National Park will stop at nothing…even murder. Can two rangers, at cross purposes, smoke out the thieves?Sable Chisholm suffered an on-duty brain injury, which eliminated her sense of fear and made her a pariah at the FBI. In Sequoia, her assigned partner is Carter Glass, a loner of a ranger, successful at solving park problems with statistical analysis. The miss-matched pair must collar criminals stealing Pleistocene era bones from park caves.The murder of a ranger and evidence of staff treachery ramps up the investigation, further challenging Sable and Carter’s partnership. She’s blazing with ideas, hell-bent on solving the mystery, while he calculates strategies, tormented by her risk-taking. The stakes are sky-high. If they don’t catch the poachers, they reduce their reputations to ashes…or die trying.  (Amazon)itions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Murder in the Meadow (Pippa Parker Mysteries Book 4) by [Hedgecock, Liz]When Tony Green returns to his home village of Much Gadding, not everyone is happy – especially when he proposes a new housing development right in the middle of it. The village is divided, but that’s no reason to murder the poor man.

Or is it?

Pippa Parker has enough on her plate already, with a concert series to organise and the additional task of finding a suitable primary school for her son Freddie. She doesn’t have the time or the inclination to investigate a murder. But with the village in disarray and her business in danger, does she have a choice?

Murder in the Meadow is the fourth book in the Pippa Parker cozy mystery series, set in and around the English village of Much Gadding.  (Amazon)

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Payback's a Witch - (A Paranormal Cozy Mystery): The Mystic Shallows Book 3 by [Sams, Sabrina]


A world between worlds; the Shallows are a place only those touched by evil can survive. Saving her parents will take them through trials that could cripple her relationship with Jenson and Red. They could even cost her the powers she never wanted but now need to survive. With Red’s empathy abilities, Victoria’s powers, and a host of new and unique friends though, the pair might just having a fighting chance.

As the path unfolds, there is no doubt that they can make it there. But can they make it back?  (Amazon)

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Enhanced Michele Box Set: A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery Box Set by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]A family in danger. A missing love-child. A deadly new strain of murder.


All three full-length Michele novels PLUS the fast-paced prequel mystery featuring all the smart, sassy What Doesn’t Kill You female sleuths. Over 4000 reviews and 4.5-star average on the trilogy.


Act One: It’s five years before Katie runs away to the islands, and this time her travels take her closer to home: back to her law school reunion. With Emily as her plus-one and Michele rounding out the party, their evening at a murder mystery dinner theater goes awry with weird former classmates, too many cocktails, and a real murder onstage before the end of Act One. Meanwhile, fallen-star Maggie loses out on her chance at redemption, Ava gleefully fills in, and Laura has a ringside view to the circus. The women’s paths crisscross and backtrack over each other in ways that will resonate for years to come.


Going for Kona (Michele #1): When Michele Lopez Hanson quit her law practice to become an author, she was looking forward to spending more time at home with her triathlete husband and her teen kids. But when a tragic biking accident claims her husband’s life, she finds herself with nothing but free time and painful memories. Drowning in grief, she pledges to honor his memory by competing in the Ironman he’ll never finish. Her single-minded focus on the race leaves little time for her children, but when her teenage son is accused of murder, she has no choice but to get off the bike seat long enough to track down the real killer. With the Ironman fast approaching and the charges against her son heating up, can she cross the finish line and hold her family together or will everything she loves crash and burn? 2014 Finalist USA Best Book Awards, Cross Genre Fiction


Fighting for Anna (Michele #2): With her kids away for the summer, widow Michele Lopez Hanson struggles with her newfound solitude. When her unmarried retired neighbor Gidget asks her to document her career in the art world, she’s eager for the company. But their trek down memory lane turns into a missing person search when Gidget dies and leaves behind a will that tasks Michele with finding her long-lost love child. Before the casket lid closes, she feels a wave of sympathy for the endless stream of mourners from Gidget’s days as a high-powered art dealer. But when she learns the murderous truth behind Gidget’s death and she’s named the prime suspect, Michele realizes any one of the grieving artists and collectors could be the love child’s mystery father or her neighbor’s killer. To complete the memoir and clear her name, Michele must discover the ugly motives behind the picture-perfect murder before she joins her friend six-feet-under. 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery


Searching for Dime Box (Michele #3): After lonely months spent writing her true crime novel, Michele Lopez Hanson reconnects with her community by offering pro-bono legal counsel. When an open-and-closed drug case takes an unexpected turn, she’s determined to shake off the rust and hit the books. But after a mysterious sickness sends her infant grandson to the hospital, she worries she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Searching for the source of his sickness, she discovers strange parallels between her legal case and the baby’s suspected poisoning. When Michelle’s investigative attempts are blocked at every turn, she realizes the sinister cover-up goes far deeper than she had ever imagined. To save her grandson, she must connect the dots and expose the culprits before the deadly sickness claims another victim.


Buy the Enhanced Michele Box Set to get your next fix of this adrenaline pumping mystery series today!  (Amazon)

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Catch Me if Yukon (A Passport to Peril Mystery Book 12) by [Hunter, Maddy]Emily and her traveling seniors must solve yeti nother mystery as they trek through the Alaskan wilderness

As tour escort Emily Andrew-Miceli leads her globetrotting band of Iowa seniors into the wilds of Alaska, she discovers that whales aren’t the only killers on the prowl. When a tour member turns up dead on a mountainous hiking trail, Emily blames herself for the mishap—until she learns that something far hairier might be the cause.

One of the seniors snaps a photo of what looks like Bigfoot, raising questions about what happened to the victim. But the elusive sasquatch is just a legend, isn’t it? Between whale watching in the glacial waters near Seward and ziplining in the primal forests of Denali, Emily finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse with a killer who may or may not be mere myth.

Praise for Catch Me If Yukon:
“Hunter’s mystery provides all the surprises to make this entry one of the best in her series.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for the Passport to Peril Mystery series

Say No Moor

“The eleventh book in the Passport to Peril Mystery series is solid proof that this series just keeps getting better and better.”—RT Book Reviews

From Bad to Wurst
“Despite the chaos that continually surrounds Emily and her irrepressible explorers, she remains a constant beacon of intelligence, practicality, and amiability. The humor is always spot-on and will surprise readers with its deft wit, originality, and satire.”—Cynthia Chow,

Fleur de Lies
“Don’t miss the ninth trip in this always entertaining series.”—Library Journal

Bonnie of Evidence
“A delightfully deadly eighth Passport to Peril mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

Dutch Me Deadly
Dutch Me Deadly, the latest adventure of [Hunter’s] endearing heroine and zany Iowan seniors, offers nonstop humor and an engaging plot woven so well into its setting that it could take place only in Holland. Despite the danger, I want to travel with Emily!”—Carrie Bebris, award-winning author of the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series

“The cast of characters is highly entertaining and the murder mystery mixed with good humor!”—Suspense Magazine

“A bit of humor, a bit of travel information, and a bit of mystery add up to some pleasant light reading.”—Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of December 2nd, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 2nd, 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.


NC-17: A Maizie Albright Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective Book 3) by [Reinhart, Larissa]A missing Youtube star. A bank heist gone wrong. A mysterious health retreat for celebrities. Too many ex-fiancés. A growing body count. Oh…and possibly Bigfoot. Just another week in the life of Maizie Albright, Star Detective.

From The Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart, the third book in the “sassy, sexy, and fun” Maizie Albright Star Detective series.
“Larissa writes a delightful book. Suspense, romance, and some funny situations. Maizie’s a teen star grown up to new possibilities.” — Sharon Salituro, Fresh Fiction

#StillDetectiveing As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the teen Youtube stars of Bigfoot Trackers who want to hire her to look into the disappearance and possible murder of their producer. A murder the police find as likely as Bigfoot.

Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat where their missing person was last seen. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.

Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.

While Maizie’s looking for a missing Youtube star, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, humorous women’s fiction, chick lit, former child stars, romantic comedies, and small town humor
Books in the Maizie Albright Star Detective series:
15 MINUTES (#1)
NC-17 (#4)
Other mystery series by Larissa Reinhart:
A Cherry Tucker Mystery series
A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series  (Amazon)

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Dangerous Seas (A Rowan Gray Mystery Book 7) by [Hart, Lily Harper]Ten years ago, Rowan Gray’s father didn’t return from a routine day at work. The police believed he accidentally drove into a nearby lake thanks to inclement weather, but no sign of him or the car he was driving was ever found.
Now, Rowan Gray is a photographer on a cruise ship. She’s in love with the head of security Quinn Davenport, and living a life she never thought possible. Things are going well … and her father is back.
Paul Gray is going by another name but he’s a guest on The Bounding Storm, which happens to be hosting a group of high-profile authors from across the world. And, yes, Rowan’s father is among them.
The reunion process doesn’t exactly go smoothly, especially when the most famous author in the bunch turns up dead.
Julia West wasn’t a pleasant woman, but she had a legion of fans. The problem facing Rowan and Quinn is they can’t figure out who’s to blame. Was it one of the other authors? An errant fan who somehow snuck on board? Or the diabolical enemy that forced Paul Gray to abandon his only daughter a decade before?
The stakes are high as the truth comes out. The only thing that’s absolutely certain is that Rowan and Quinn’s lives will never be the same again … if they can hold onto their lives, that. Nothing is a given in this brave new world.  (Amazon)

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A Humbug Holiday (Firefly Junction Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Lovett, London]It’s holiday time in Firefly Junction but not everything is sweet sugarplums and glittery tinsel.

Sunni Taylor has been too busy to get into the holiday spirit, even with her mom coming to town for a visit. Her festive spirit gets a spark when Detective Brady Jackson asks her to attend the town’s production of A Christmas Carol. But when the holiday classic takes a grim turn, Sunni’s date night turns into a murder investigation. And in the middle of a winter festival, Sunni and Jackson must figure out who killed Ebenezer Scrooge.

Book 4 of the Firefly Junction Cozy Mystery series.
A cozy mystery with a fun paranormal twist!

1. Death in the Park
2. Killer Bridal Party
3. Murder at the Inn
4. A Humbug Holiday
5. TBA  (Amazon)

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Enchanting Blend (A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Book 3) by [Layne, Kennedy]Shenanigans are brewing up once more in Paramour Bay as USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne continues her cozy paranormal mystery series…

New Year’s Eve is just a week away, and Raven Marigold knows exactly how she wants to spend the remainder of her holiday break before the glittery ball drops—solving a fifty-three-year-old murder and clearing her grandmother’s reputation!

Raven doesn’t have a lot of time between memorizing enchanting spells, creating magical tea blends, and finally going out on her first date in months, but she’s willing to combine all three if it means eliminating the shadow of guilt that has loomed over her family’s surname for over five decades.

Grab your pointy party hats, bring your mystical noisemakers, and ring in the New Year with the quirky characters of Paramour Bay!  (Amazon)

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The Second Goodbye (A Pacific Homicide Book 3) by [Smiley, Patricia]Assume nothing—that’s the touchstone for every homicide investigation Detective Davie Richards undertakes. She approaches her latest case the same way, determined to learn as much about the victim as she does about the killer. But there’s nothing about thirty-four-year-old Sara Montaine or her death that makes sense.

Was Sara a saint caring for her dying husband or a gold-digger with a sketchy background? Did she commit suicide or was she murdered? Before her marriage, Sara lived comfortably without any obvious source of income, unusual for an orphan raised in foster care. As Davie digs deeper, she unearths Sara’s troubled past and a viper’s nest of villains who are willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden.

“Sassy and analytical, L.A. Detective Davie Richards utilizes ‘shoe leather and minutiae’ to unravel a brilliantly staged fake suicide. Seamless prose, tightly crafted clues, and surprising twists make The Second Goodbye a memorable police procedural. Brew the coffee for the graveyard shift, as you’ll be up all night reading.”—K.J. Howe, best-selling author of The Freedom Broker and Skyjack

“Patricia Smiley tackles Michael Connelly territory and succeeds with a realistic, compelling police procedural in the badlands of contemporary Los Angeles. Detective Davie Richards is a smart, no-nonsense heroine, and the storytelling had me turning the pages at the expense of mundane activities like sleeping. The Second Goodbye is an intriguing mystery laced with well-researched law enforcement practices.” —Raymond Benson, author of In the Hush of the Night and The Black Stiletto Serial

The Second Goodbye is a straight ahead jolt of police procedural adrenaline! Like Michael Connelly, Patricia Smiley grabs a hold of you and pulls you into the story without tricks or gimmicks. Just a great story told by a great storyteller. The Second Goodbye catapults Smiley onto the top tier of crime writers!”— Matt Coyle, Anthony Award-winning author of the Rick Cahill crime series  (Amazon)

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Mourning Crisis: A Good Clean Fun Cozy Mystery (The Funeral Fakers Book 6) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn, Press, Sweet Promise]Restrained Crying: $50
Banshee Wailing: $100
Crying & Rolling on the Ground: $150
Threatening to Jump in the Grave: $250
Uncovering a Murder Mystery: PRICELESS

Nothing will bring your acting career to a crashing halt like literally crashing through the stage floor. But that’s exactly what happened to Mayme Buckley. Now she just wishes she could turn back time. Unfortunately, doing so means moving back home with her 90stastic parents and taking whatever bit part the town of Asheville is willing to throw her way. Hopefully without any injuries this time!

First up, the role of Professional Mourner, and this time her leading man is a dead guy. Despite a performance worthy of a Tony, Mayme’s captive audience have…. questions. Like how could the cantankerous supervisor of the town’s moving company land a hot fiancee like Mayme while he was alive? And was his death really an accident?

Mayme’s not too sure, and It’s up to her to find out. Otherwise, her newest role of a lifetime just may lead her six feet under. Find out whodunit in this hilarious mystery series filled with fake tears and a very real body count… Order your copy and start reading today!

Mourning Crisis is book six in The Funeral Fakers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you’ll have more fun if you read them all together!  (Amazon)

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The Brief Haunting of Raspberry Hill: A Crabapple Yarns Mystery by [Marsman, Jaime]Is Raspberry Hill haunted by more than old regrets and lost chances?

Natalie Wolcott, one third potential beneficiary, is about to find out.

When Grandma Rose passes away, she leaves her magnificent, if slightly sinister, mansion on the edge of town to her three estranged relatives who, according to the terms of the will, must live on site for one year, three months and four days for before they can inherit. It is obvious that Raspberry Hill, although given, still comes at a high price. Whispers of murder and a town with a long memory have Natalie wondering one thing… Who was Grandma Rose?… because it’s all too apparent that someone doesn’t want them there.

When things start to go bump in the night, Natalie is convinced that someone from town, or perhaps even one of her co-inheritors, is trying to force her out. That is, until she meets the ghost in the basement.

Her only comfort is her new job at Crabapple Yarns. Unfortunately, the shadows of the past are knitted together with the present and before she has a chance to fit in disaster strikes the sweet little yarn shop. The plan to save Crabapple Yarns unwittingly sets into motion a chain of events that just might end with another murder at Raspberry Hill.  (Amazon)

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The Arly Hanks Mysteries Volume Two: Madness in Maggody, Mortal Remains in Maggody, and Maggody in Manhattan by [Hess, Joan]Three cozy mysteries set in a small, eccentric Arkansas town where a divorcée is getting a fresh start as police chief.

With her career and marriage gone bust, Arly Hanks leaves Manhattan behind for her small hometown of Maggody, Arkansas. She thought not much would happen after she became the town’s first female police chief, but Maggody is full of surprises . . .

Madness in Maggody: The mayor’s supermarket opening gala is ruined when tainted tamales give twenty-three people food poisoning—and kill another. Now Arly must discover who messed with the Mexican food before someone else eats their last meal.

Mortal Remains in Maggody: Arly’s too busy to care about the Hollywood production crew in town—until an actors is found dead. Now Arly must catch the killer while the citizens of Maggody vie for their fifteen minutes of fame—even as the town burns down around them.

Maggody in Manhattan: Arly returns to the Big Apple to accompany her mother to a baking contest. But when a man is found dead in her mother’s hotel room, Arly is out to solve the case herself, facing down killers, bakers, and most frightening of all: her ex-husband.  (Amazon)

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Finding Christmas (A Rescue Alaska Mystery Book 4) by [Daley, Kathi]Christmas arrives early in Rescue Alaska as the search and rescue team are tasked with finding a missing Santa. With a new mystery to solve, and a holiday decorating contest to bring light to the long days of winter, the town is steeped in holiday cheer until a surprising murder puts a damper on the annual festivities.

Meanwhile, Harmony tries to help Houston find the Christmas spirit, while Harley is surprised by a visitor from the north.

Rescue Alaska is the eighth series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kathi Daley. It is a fast moving mystery series with a paranormal twist which takes place in a small town in northern Alaska where visitors come to hike and ski. Harmony Carson is a lifelong resident who volunteers as a member of the local search and rescue team. Harmony has a unique gift which she often considers a curse. She is able to ‘see’ the individuals she is meant to help rescue, and more often than not she can feel their fear and their pain as well. When she isn’t aiding in a rescue, Harmony works at Neverland – the bar owned by her brother in law Jake, and volunteers at the local animal shelter. Harmony lives in a rustic cabin with six dogs, four cats, six kittens, eight rabbits, and a blind mule named Homer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


Review of Slay In Character

Slay In Character
Cat Latimer Mystery, Book #4
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars


Staying in character can be murder when Cat Latimer and the members of her writers’ retreat head for a ghost town . . .

Cat and the members of her writers’ retreat have just arrived in Outlaw, Colorado, an “Old West” tourist town complete with inhabitants dressed up as famous figures from history. But this authentic slice of Americana takes a murderous turn when a college student masquerading as a 19th-century saloon girl becomes history herself.

Was she the intended target? Or did she take a hit meant for someone else? With a cast of suspects to choose from–including some notorious gunslingers and the sleazy town founders–Cat must unhorse the real culprit before a real-life ghost story is given a killer twist . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon

“Better get your flashlight handy, A Story to Kill will keep you reading all night.”
–Laura Bradford, author of the Amish Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”
–Fresh Fiction (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Cat is a smart hardworking woman and she is making a go of her writer’s retreat events. It is something that she enjoys doing and she is good with it. But she has got to find a way to get rid of all these murders!!
Shauna is a good friend and she is a big help in running the retreats. I enjoy getting to spend time with them and reading about their interactions. You can tell that Cat really cares about her and wants Shauna to be happy. Her relationship with Seth, her handyman, is moving along nicely.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she brought Outlaw, Colorado, alive in my mind. I could see the old west setting very clear in and it is somewhere I would like to visit. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book. I had an idea who the killer was but I was not entirely sure until the reveal at the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. There is a lot contained within the pages of this book and I am sure you will enjoy this one.

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


Review of The Inn At Holiday Bay

The Inn At Holiday Bay
Boxes In The Basement, Book #1
Kathi Daley
5+ Stars


After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn’t seem to convince to leave, and a new family she’d never be able to live without.

In book 1 of this series, a local girl has been murdered and the small seaside community is up in arms. When Abby finds boxes in the basement of her new home, which seem to provide a clue as to who might have killed the girl, Abby plants herself firmly in the middle of what has turned out to be a complicated investigation. Although Abby isn’t a cop, or even a private detective, she isn’t unfamiliar with the investigative process. As a New York Times Bestselling mystery writer she knows how to conduct research. As the widow of a homicide detective, she knows the questions to ask.

Join Abby, Georgia, Rufus, and Ramos, as they help Officer Colt Wilder track down a killer before kills the next victim in what looks to be a annual spree. (Goodreads)



This is such a great new series, and I was drawn in from the first page. I liked the characters, the history of those characters, the storyline and the mystery.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Abby has had her share of heartbreak and tragedy, but she is trying to climb out of her sorrow and become whole again. Georgie has also had a rough life but she has not given up. Not only are the two of them becoming friends, they are helping each other rebuild their lives. It made me feel good to see that they have each other. Between the two of them and their animals,Rufus the cat, and Ramos, the gentle giant of a dog, I think they will be okay.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt I was right there, seeing the rundown mansion and watching all of the action taking place. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The mystery was fast paced and had a few different layers to it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery. It had a different feel than other cozies, (I think because of Abby’s back story) and I thought it was really good.

New Releases For The Week Of December 2nd, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 2nd, 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.



Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by [Fowler, Christopher]London, 1969. With the Swinging Sixties under way, Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves caught in the middle of a good, old-fashioned manor house murder mystery.

Hard to believe, but even positively ancient sleuths like Bryant and May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit were young once . . . or at least younger. Flashback to London 1969: mods and dolly birds, sunburst minidresses—but how long would the party last?

After accidentally sinking a barge painted like the Yellow Submarine, Bryant and May are relegated to babysitting one Monty Hatton-Jones, the star prosecution witness in the trial of a disreputable developer whose prefabs are prone to collapse. The job for the demoted detectives? Keep the whistle-blower safe for one weekend.

The task proves unexpectedly challenging when their unruly charge insists on attending a party at the vast estate Tavistock Hall. With falling stone gryphons, secret passageways, rumors of a mythical beast, and an all-too-real dismembered corpse, the bedeviled policemen soon find themselves with “a proper country house murder” on their hands.

Trapped for the weekend, Bryant and May must sort the victims from the suspects, including a hippie heir, a blond nightclub singer, and Monty himself—and nobody is quite who he or she seems to be.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover











Murder at the Mill: A Mystery (The Iris Grey Mysteries Book 1) by [Shaw, M. B.]Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw is a great sweeping adventure. Ideal for holiday reading.” —M. C. Beaton, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“a rich, mystery debut” Kirkus Starred Review

A picture hides a thousand lies… And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth.

Iris Grey rents a quaint cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighboring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer.

At the Wetherby’s Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow – but so are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime?

With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets, and murder.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook













Two's Company, Three's a Coven (The Triplet Witch Sisters Mystery Series Book 1) by [Barker, Constance]

Triplet Witches…Born 5 Years Apart

When three sisters reunite, their powers become weapons against evil. Never meeting their mother, and a very absent father, the girls are raised by a grandmother and great aunt who have hidden their parentage. But when a serial murder case is reopened, their adolescent cousin is discovered with bruises, and townspeople begin to act ominous, can the triplet witch sisters fight an evil with gifts they don’t even know they have?

Find out in this new series: The Triplet Witch Sisters Mystery Series  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















A Body on Fitzgerald's Bluff Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery #1 by [Burke, Anna Celeste]Miriam Webster’s a woman with a few secrets—can she keep them after she and her spirited Dalmatian, Domino, find a body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff?

When Miriam Webster moves into the Seaview Cottages active adult community, the last thing she expects is to find a body on the bluffs nearby. The mystery takes a quick detour when Miriam and her friends return to Fitzgerald’s Bluff with the Deputy Sheriff. The dead woman’s gone, but not for long. Where the body turns up is only one of the surprising twists the mystery takes for Miriam and her friends.

Convinced that the local deputy isn’t up to the task of finding a killer on the loose, Miriam and her gang of Grand Old Lady Detectives [G.O.L.D.] set out to discover the truth about a body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff. Can they solve the mystery without becoming the killer’s next victim?

To find out, grab your copy of book 1 in this new cozy mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke. Recipes included.

Free to read with Kindle Unlimted

The surprises keep coming in book 2 when the Grand Old Lady Detectives take on their first client and investigate the mystery behind The Murder of Shakespeare’s Ghost. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Purrfect Slaying: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Book Eight by [Lynn, Louise]Hazel Hart is having a horrible holiday.

Not only does she have to contend with meeting her boyfriend’s parents for the first time, but she’s also hired as the photographer of the Christmas Fair and the local production of A Christmas Carol. Besides being stuck in the cold all day, she’s trapped between the men playing Santa and Scrooge and their petty rivalry.

When the rivalry turns deadly, Hazel and her feline sidekick are there to solve the case. But the deeper Hazel digs, the larger the list of suspects grows, including some of the most prominent and powerful people in Cedar Valley.

Can Hazel finish her Christmas shopping and stop a killer before time runs out?

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 Fifth Victory by [Neill, Lael R.]


Sam Swift and his partner, Jose Martin, run a fixed base operation at a small regional airport in central Texas. They specialize in the restoration of antique aircraft, and they own a P-51D Mustang and a Mitchell B-25 medium bomber, both from WWII.
When they contract to restore a German Messerschmitt BF-109 fighter of the same era, strange things begin to happen. At first it is only misplaced tools and small items, aircraft mysteriously moved, and the arrival of Messerschmitt parts they had not ordered.
Is it possible that having mortal enemies in the same hangar has roused the ghosts of their wartime pilots, one with a goal of making ace with his all-important fifth victory?  (Amazon)

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The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery by [Wells, Shannon D.]Dallas, 1932
Steel magnolia Laurel just had the worst day of her marriage and career in the Pinkerton office. Fixing either seems unlikely, without a miracle.

In Rome, Texas, the not-yet-famous duo of Bonnie and Clyde have robbed a bank in broad daylight, kidnapping the manager. A mother’s determination to find her son ends up cracking the door for Laurel’s miracle.

Given a second chance, she must team up with a husband she can’t quite trust and his too-quiet Pinkerton partner to find the kidnapped man before the apathetic sheriff does.

As they go on a wild chase through the raucous belly of good time Dallas and quiet little Rome, the trail tangles and the lies pile up. Life, love and livelihood hang on the line, and nothing is as it seems…(Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Scarlett (A Very British Witch Book 1) by [Crowley, Isobella, Clarke, Ell Leigh]Paranormal Cozy Mystery.

Vampire Diaries meets Murder She Wrote. Brilliant humor, specially designed for the avid Anglophile.”

So exciting. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

**Set in Bicester (near Oxford) in England, UK, this paranormal cozy mystery is a little darker than most. It’s also more of a thriller than one normally expects from this genre.

Plus, it is also contains the occasional swear word.

And British expressions.

(But don’t fret about the British, there is a glossary at the front to help you out!)**


When Scarlett is (seemingly randomly) accused of murder, she has no choice but to take up sleuthing and find a way to clear herself of suspicion.

Her only choice is to find the killer before she is arrested.

Her efforts are further thwarted by having no recollection of the night in question, and to make matters worse, weird things keep happening around her.

Meanwhile, the military police are closing in on her, and what she discovers in her own investigation is far more sinister than she could ever have imagined.

Can Scarlett figure out what’s going on before the charming, emotionally distant soldier Tim takes her into custody?

Read it now, to find out…

If you like your protagonists quirky and hilarious, your mysteries confounding, your vampires secretive, and weres dashing, you’re going to love everything in the Very British Witch series!

Get it now.


Not all paranormal cozy mysteries are made of sugar and spice and all things light.
Some are made of snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails.

You have been warned… mwhahahhaha.

Seriously though, it’s not that dark.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









The Rescue Quilt: 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. The seventh installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries centers on Sarah’s friend Sophie, as she encounters several major life changes, including two new family members and a job working with abandoned animals.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Killer Classics (A Book Barn Mystery 5) by [Roberts, Kym]Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .  

Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in
small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar . . . who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank.

With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name—literally—when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly . . .

“A well written, fast-paced cozy mystery that has well developed and likable characters with good humor and a bit of romance.” —Fresh Fiction on Perilous Poetry

“An electrifying tale.”—Fresh Fiction on A Reference to Murder (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback