Review of Going, Going, Ganache

Going, Going, Ganache

Cupcake Bakery Mystery, Book #5

Jenn McKinlay

5 Stars

Synopsis:

A new Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is icing on the cupcake!

After a cupcake-flinging fiasco at a photo shoot for a local magazine, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura agree to make amends by hosting a weeklong corporate boot camp at Fairy Tale Cupcakes.  The idea is the brainchild of billionaire Ian Hannigan, new owner of SWS (Southwest Style), a lifestyle magazine that chronicles the lives of Scottsdale’s rich and famous. He’s assigned his staff to a team-building week of making cupcakes for charity.

It’s clear that the staff would rather be doing just about anything other than frosting baked goods. But when the magazine’s creative director is found murdered outside the bakery, Mel and Angie have a new team-building exercise—find the killer before their business goes AWOL.

INCLUDES SCRUMPTIOUS RECIPES (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  When Mel and Angie get into a cupcake war with their nemesis, Olivia, they agree to a weeklong corporate boot camp for the owner of a magazine.  The staff members were not happy about it, but they are going to do it. When someone from the magazine is killed. Mel and Angie will have to find the killer.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to read about their next adventure. 

New Releases For The Week Of August 7th, 2022–Part 3

It’s the holiday season and Sophie Parker’s life is good. She hung up her Booty Burgo pirate wench waitress uniform and now works full as the library’s children’s program coordinator. She and her great-aunt Rose have settled into a peaceful co-existence, that is until Rose’s nemesis Carl Jackson drops dead from a poisoned pie.

It’s the holiday season and Sophie Parker’s life is good. She hung up her Booty Burgo pirate wench waitress uniform and now works full as the library’s children’s program coordinator. She and her great-aunt Rose have settled into a peaceful co-existence, that is until Rose’s nemesis Carl Jackson drops dead from a poisoned pie. (Amazon)

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Trooper Jim Duncan’s first day with the Criminal Investigation Division starts off with a bang when he is called to a murder scene with a badly decomposed body. After he finds an abused greyhound in the victim’s garage, the simple homicide becomes more complicated. Why would anyone want an unreliable racetrack employee dead, especially when greyhound racing is illegal in Pennsylvania?

Assistant public defender Sally Castle is facing her own career change. When she accepts a position with an old law school friend, her first case seems to be one that is exactly what she wants to do. Then she learns the greyhound adoption group her client may have embezzled from has ties to the shooting victim. What else is her client hiding?
Jim and Sally work their respective investigations, which may or may not be related. Along the way, they learn important lessons about themselves, those they work with, and the people they protect. But can they complete their tasks without falling prey to a killer? (Amazon)

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Genealogists can uncover more than family trees. Johanna Hudson, with her archeologist business partner and astute office assistant take on a client who claims to witness a high-profile murder and wants the reward, but it becomes a race to stay alive to collect. (Amazon)

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The peace and tranquility of the Misty Bay Tearoom is rocked by murder and a long-buried secret hidden in a most unlikely place in bestselling author Kate Kingsbury’s second charming book for fans of Cleo Coyle and Laura Childs.

It seemed like a simple case: the murder of Lewis Trenton, a beachcomber who lived alone in a cabin in the Oregon hills. But the newspaper article piques the interest of Vivian Wainwright, owner of the British-style Misty Bay Tearoom. The photo accompanying the article shows Lewis’s cluttered living room, and on the shelf is a replica of Big Ben. Vivian is sure she sold the clock a week before in her shop. Who could have given the replica to Lewis?
 
Unable to keep from doing a bit of sleuthing, Vivian hunts down the replica in a local thrift shop, noticing that the base is missing, rendering it worthless, but just as Vivian is about to throw it in the trash, a sparkle catches her eye. It’s a diamond, hidden away in a crevice in the clock. Vivian takes the diamond to Detective Tony Messina, who identifies it as part of a jewelry heist in Portland a month earlier. Portland police think Lewis was the fence who sold the jewels, and that he was killed after double-crossing the thieves—but Messina doesn’t believe the story.
 
What was the true motive behind Lewis’s murder? How did he come upon the diamond? And what secrets can the clock tell—before the killer strikes again? (Amazon)

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When one of Julia Morgan’s customers drops dead in her smoothie shop right after drinking her latest concoction, her reputation and her business begin sinking simultaneously.

She quickly becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder, and the handsome detective investigating the crime doesn’t believe her story.

With the help of a parrot who thinks he’s a pirate and her friends from the farmer’s market, Julia sets out to solve the crime and clear her name.

If you’re looking for a suspenseful and engaging read you won’t be able to put down, grab your copy of this cozy mystery today. (Amazon)

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A murder at a BBQ competition. A celebrity judge asking too many questions. Will a second murder be on the menu?

Known better for her romance novels than for her role as a professor of medieval studies, Charlene Montgomery is invited to participate in a BBQ competition as a celebrity judge. Engaged to a Chicago Police Department detective, Charlotte finds it difficult to keep to herself when the nation’s most popular pitmaster is found murdered.

When he’s found dead before the winners are announced Charlotte realizes the suspects include hundreds of his cooking competitors, dozens of judges with grudges and offended event organizers.

When Charlotte begins asking questions she’s met with indifference and hostility. It’s a mystery no one wants solved.

Bring your appetite and your wit and start reading now! (Amazon)

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WEDDINGS, WITH A SIDE OF MURDER

When introverted gardener Cicely Rue loses her job and learns she and her son (along with her dog, cat, and all her chickens) may have to move away from Cricket Creek, wedding planner Sabrina Mattingly—the town’s former bully—tosses her a lifeline by offering a contract to host a wedding in Cicely’s picturesque flower garden.

Cicely’s at first reluctant (host weddings? with people?), but given the choice between losing her home or becoming more sociable, she soon agrees to turn her garden into a wedding venue. Even as Cicely grows increasingly nervous, the small northern California town’s vendors excitedly prepare for the big day. The plans are coming along beautifully . . . until the wedding planner turns up dead and buried in Cicely’s compost heap!

Milo Levine may be a brilliant detective, but he’s dead wrong when he makes Cicely his prime suspect just because her fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. Doesn’t seem to matter that Milo had once been her friend, nor does it matter that Cicely has a blooming suspicion others in town have motive for murder.

Despite Milo ordering her to steer clear of the investigation, Cicely and her dog Otis dig for clues rooted deep in the town’s history to prove she’s not a murderer—and to find out who is before Cicely becomes the murderer’s next victim! (Amazon)

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Catering a big time event in the big city can mean only one thing: a big time murder!

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper.

Darla is off to Atlanta to sell her goods at DragonCon. The annual event is full of comic fans, fun, and famous people. Oh, and a fatality. When an actor is found dead in his hotel room, the week of fun turns into another murder mystery. Can Darla find another killer and put the fun back into Dragon Con?

Death by Dragon is the tenth story in the Darla’s Delectables Food Truck Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, troublesome pets, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Darla’s Delectables Food Truck Cozy Mystery series.

Download Death by Dragon and experience the fun and excitement of running a food truck and solving mysteries!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of August 7th, 2022–Part 2

National bestselling author Lucy Burdette returns to Key West for another delectable dish of secrets, intrigue, and murder.


Peace and quiet are hard to find in bustling Key West, so Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, is taking the afternoon off for a tranquil lunch with a friend outside of town. As they are enjoying the wild beach and the lunch, she realizes that her husband Nathan’s dog, Ziggy, has disappeared. She follows his barking, to find him furiously digging at a shallow grave with a man’s body in it. Davis Jager, a local birdwatcher, identifies him as GG Garcia, a rabble-rousing Key West local and developer. Garcia was famous for over-development on the fragile Keys, womanizing, and refusing to follow city rules—so it’s no wonder he had a few enemies.
 
When Davis is attacked in the parking lot of a local restaurant after talking to Hayley and her dear friend, the octogenarian Miss Gloria, Hayley is slowly but surely drawn into the case. Hayley’s mother, Janet, has been hired to cater GG’s memorial service reception at the local Woman’s Club, using recipes from their vintage Key West cookbook—and Hayley and Miss Gloria sign on to work with her, hoping to cook up some clues by observing the mourners.
 
But the real clues appear when Hayley begins to study the old cookbook, as whispers of old secrets come to life, dragging the past into the present—with murderous results. (Amazon)

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From author Rosalie Spielman comes the perfect summer getaway…

Former socialite Kiki Hepburn is happily settling into life with her new found-family in Aloha Lagoon, Hawaii—working at Aloha Lagoon Dive Shop, living in a cottage in Auntie Akamai’s back yard, and getting to know the hot dive guy Dex a whole lot better.

But all that changes when Dex’s longtime friend and former football teammate, “Tiny” Anelo, comes home to Aloha Lagoon, celebrating being an NFL draft pick. Tiny is surrounded by an entourage, but not all of his hangers-on are admirers—most notably Tiny’s ex-girlfriend, Delany. While no one seems happy to see her, Kiki is still shocked when Delany’s body is found lifeless in the meadow at the top of a jagged cliff.

It’s clear someone has murdered the young woman. And when Kiki unwittingly provides the police with evidence that points to Tiny as the killer, Dex begs her to try to help his friend. It’s a request she can’t ignore, even if the list of people who wanted Delany dead is longer than a late night luau. Between a smarmy sports agent, an obsessed fan-slash-“best friend,” and a former college professor, Kiki finds no shortage of motives. And the plot only thickens when a second dead body shows up, along with a mysterious clue in the form of a Hermes handbag. With the clock ticking and the police closing in, Kiki finds herself in deep water… can she tread water long enough to catch the killer?

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)
Photo Finished (book #14)
Fatal Break (book #15)
Death Under the Sea (book #16)
Tidal Wave (book #17)
Death in a Cliff (book #18)

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)

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In Wendy Sand Eckel’s much-anticipated third book in the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series, Rosalie’s hard-earned organic farm certification is threatened by a toxic neighbor who is about to crop dust his winter wheat. When their impulsive farm hand decides to confront him, she finds his lifeless body inside the door of his home on Windswept Farm.

In the midst of the mayhem, Rosalie’s beloved Day Lily Café hosts a 5-day cooking school. Marco Giovanelli, a celebrated Italian chef, arrives in Cardigan and a sumptuous situation ensues. When one of the students falls ill with the same poison that killed the farmer, Rosalie and her best friend and head waiter, Glenn, take matters, and homemade pasta dough, into their own hands.

With Mystery at Windswept Farm, Eckel once again brings the fictional town of Cardigan to life and delights with suspense, humor, and mouth-watering menus. (Amazon)

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Long Gone, the next installment of Joanna Schaffhausen’s critically acclaimed Detective Annalisa Vega series.

Chicago detective Annalisa Vega shattered her life, personally and professionally, when she turned in her ex-cop father for his role in a murder. Her family can’t forgive her. Her fellow officers no longer trust her. So when detective Leo Hammond turns up dead in a bizarre murder, Annalisa thinks she has nothing to lose by investigating whatever secrets he hid behind the thin blue line.

Annalisa quickly zeroes in on someone who had good reason to want Hammond dead: a wealthy, fast-talking car salesman who’d gotten away with murder once and wasn’t about to let Hammond take a second shot. Moe Bocks remains the number one suspect in his girlfriend’s brutal unsolved death, and now he’s got a new woman in his sights—Annalisa’s best friend.

Annalisa is desperate to protect her friend and force Bocks to pay, either for Hammond’s death or his earlier crime. But when no one else believes the connection, she takes increasingly risky chances to reveal the truth. Because both Hammond and Bocks had secrets to die for, and if she doesn’t untangle them soon, Annalisa will be next. (Amazon)

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It takes a village to bury a child…

September 1st, 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the countryside, but when a little girl vanishes without a trace, the reality of separation becomes more urgent and more deadly for those who love her.

In the chaos and uncertainty of war, Josephine struggles with the prospect of change. As a cloud of suspicion falls across the small Suffolk village she has come to love, the conflict becomes personal, and events take a dark and sinister turn.

Blending a Golden Age mystery with the timeless fears of a child’s abduction, Dear Little Corpses is an atmospheric snapshot of England in the early days of war. (Amazon)

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Vacation with the characters you love from the Hollywood Whodunit series in a top-secret summer spinoff.

Murder in a small town? That’s how the cookie crumbles.
A rise in tourism is icing on the cake.

After riding the coattails of her fellow detectives, Becky Robinson lands her first paying client. A bookstore owner believes her baker ex-husband is trying to kill her and hires Becky to prove it.

Residents of the idyllic coastal town dismiss the claim as a work of fiction until a flour-covered skeleton sparks rumors of a conspiracy.

The bakery can’t sugarcoat this murder – they’re caught bread-handed. Knead not worry, Becky is undercover. Cooking skills? Nah, but she’s an actress, she can fake it until she bakes it.

Can Becky discover whodunit before it’s too late? Or will another victim meet their baker?
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A Patsy & a Pastry is the fourth installment in the Robinson Family Detective cozy mystery series.
If you love best friend shenanigans, quirky suspects, and adorable animals this series is for you!

Recipes Included!

Robinson Family Detective Agency Series Order

  • Book 1: Red Herrings & Pink Flamingos
  • Book 2: McGuffins & Birdies
  • Book 3: A Hoax & a Hex
  • Book 4. A Patsy & a Pastry
  • Book 5: A Trick & a Pony
  • Book 6: A Masterpiece & a Murder (Amazon)
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The tortured spirits of the dead haunt a Regency-era English manor—but the true danger lies in the land of the living in the third installment in the Lily Adler mysteries, perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn.

Regency widow Lily Adler is looking forward to spending the autumn away from the social whirl of London. When she arrives in Hampshire with her friends, the Carroways, she doesn’t expect much more than a quiet country visit and the chance to spend time with her charming new acquaintance, Matthew Spencer.
 
But something odd is afoot in the small country village. A ghost has taken up residence in the Belleford manor, a lady in grey who wanders the halls at night, weeping and wailing. Half the servants have left in terror, but the family seems delighted with the notoriety that their ghost provides. Intrigued by this spectral guest, Lily and her party immediately make plans to visit Belleford.
 
They arrive at the manor the next morning ready to be entertained—only to find that tragedy has struck. The matriarch of the family has just been found killed in her bed.
 
The dead woman’s family is convinced that the ghost is responsible. Lily is determined to learn the truth before another victim turns up—but could she be next in line for the Great Beyond? (Amazon)

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When rival coffee shop owner Delores is discovered dead, Daisy unwittingly finds herself on the suspect list. She can’t deny that she’d argued with the ornery woman, but that doesn’t seem like a good enough motive for murder. To help clear herself, she phones Corey, but suddenly the police sergeant isn’t taking her calls, leaving her more nervous. It looks like she might be solving this crime on her own.

Soon Delores’s customers unexpectedly flock to her cat café, and Daisy finds herself in the midst of chaos. She’s overwhelmed by all the new patrons, leaving her little time to investigate. It seems the best thing to do is help her rival’s family reopen their coffee shop. Unfortunately, doing so makes her a target, too.

Luckily, Daisy recently encountered a rare kind of magic that could solve her problems. Her fellow witches encourage her to use it to find the killer, clear her name, and get back to planning her wedding. It sounds like the perfect solution. Unless of course, she underestimates its power.

Love of My Midlife is the eighth book in the Sweet Mountain Witches Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery series. If you like the thrill of solving a murder, enjoy a sweet romance, and believe that life begins at forty, you’ll love this series.

Grab your copy today!

Note: Does not contain gore, swearing, or adult-situations. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of August 7th, 2022–Part 1

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ From the USA Today bestselling author of Bundle of Trouble ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Diana Orgain’s flare for humor and talent with romance shine in a thoroughly delightful mystery.”–Krista Davis, New York Times Bestselling Author

The only thing harder than solving a murder…giving birth to twins…

Don’t miss Kate’s latest adventure and newest BUNDLES of Joy!

To Do:
1. Buy diapers (double as many as I think necessary).
2. Plan Laurie’s one-year birthday party.
3. Rest.
4. Do NOT get involved in another mystery…
5. Okay…solve said mystery before twins are born!

Family life has never been so exciting, but after Kate launches her own female detective agency, she may just get more than she bargained for.

“Full of suspense, this cozy is unputdownable!”
“Engaging…[A] charming debut thriller.”–Publishers Weekly”

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Genre: humorous cozy mysteries / women amateur sleuth / detective mystery motherhood

MATERNAL INSTINCTS MYSTERIES
Bundle of Trouble (Book 1)
Motherhood is Murder (Book 2)
Formula for Murder (Book 3)
Nursing a Grudge (Book 4)
Pampered to Death (Book 5)
Killer Cravings (Book 6)
A Deathly Rattle (Book 7)
Rockabye Murder (Book 8)
Pram & Poison (Book 9)
Lethal Lullaby (Book 10)
Cereal Killer (Book 11)
Double Trouble (Book 12) (Amazon)

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My name is Zoe Lane, and I see dead people.

For the first time in my adult life, I am in a big city. Los Angeles! It’s everything and nothing like I imagined. There aren’t celebrities on every corner, and the walk of fame smells like urine, but the weather is perfection, the palm trees are plentiful, the beaches are spectacular, and there are a whole lot of dead people.

Dead people with exactly one aim: to catch a killer.

The victim is Franco Hernandez, an aspiring actor killed on the eve of his twentieth birthday. His uncle, my ever-present, ever-grumpy spirit friend, Jose Luis Francisco, was falsely charged, convicted, and sentenced to death for Franco’s murder. It’s been over two decades, and the real killer has never been caught.

Franco and Jose deserve justice, which I plan to give them. If only Jose’s dearly departed relatives didn’t keep popping up, wanting to aid in the investigation. I appreciate the sentiment, but they’re not exactly helpful. There are too many spirits here for one medium to handle and, not to make this about me, but I have my own family drama to deal with.

However, we came to Los Angeles for Jose and Franco and their families. The problem is, the more I dig, the more I learn about dark family secrets and the dangerous individuals who will do anything to protect them. Frankly, I’ve never been more terrified.

I want to go home.
Now.
Big city life may not be compatible with living. (Amazon)

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Stardom fades fast when you’re on the line for murder, in this debut cozy mystery perfect for fans of Richard Osman and Jenn McKinlay.


Jay Allan and Cindy Cooper were soap opera stars in the late ’90s, a wholesome young husband-and-wife duo who combined musical talent with humor and charisma. When the truth about their sexual orientations came to light, their marriage and TV careers ended, but decades later they have remained friends. Together, they open Palm Springs’ chicest movie memorabilia store, Hooray for Hollywood–but no customers and dwindling finances spell trouble.

A Hail Mary arrives in the form of Yana Tosh, a ninety-year-old diva of the silver screen who has amassed a valuable collection of costumes and props and is looking to sell. But first, Jay and Cindy have to beat their competition, a vice president from a mega-auction house with ten times their resources. And when he winds up dead, they become prime suspects in the murder.

With their freedom and livelihoods on the line, Jay and Cindy desperately need to clear their names. There are plenty of other potential suspects, but they’ll have to solve it soon before they’re forced to trade in their vintage costume collection for two orange jumpsuits. (Amazon)

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In the tradition of Kristin Harmel and Elise Hooper, USA Today bestseller Marty Wingate transports us to postwar England’s Suffolk coast in a rich historical drama about love lost—and promise found.

England, 1957. Olive Kersey’s only love never returned from World War II, and now, she’s alone and penniless. Then, the last person she ever expected to see again returns to Southwold. Olive’s childhood friend, Margery Paxton, arrives to claim her inheritance: Mersea House, a stately old home she plans to turn into the town’s only lodging. Olive’s life takes a sunny turn when Margery hires her to run the establishment. But Mersea House holds its own mysteries—and its own dangers.
 
First, rumors begin to fly when two enigmatic lodgers move in: Hugh Hodson, manager of the town cinema, and Mrs. Abigail Claypool, a recluse and war widow. And then, the completely unexpected: Margery is informed she has a new ward, eleven-year-old Juniper Wyckes, the orphaned daughter of Margery’s first love. Mrs. Lucie Pagett, Children’s Officer at the local authority, informs Margery that Juniper was severely stricken with polio as a child, and makes clear that she could be taken away if her welfare is in jeopardy.
 
But the past is never far behind for the inhabitants of Mersea House, and looming secrets may destroy these friendships they’ve created. (Amazon)

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Something isn’t right in this Victorian house…

When Zane’s new client reports strange things happening in his new house, at first they thought it was the product of paranoia. Now, the gang isn’t so sure. Join Brynn and Bernie as they get ready to tackle their strangest case yet! (Amazon)

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At Romano’s Pizza Parlor, there’s only one rule. Dough not murder…

Gina Romano is on the brink of leaving for the big city to chase her wildest dreams. And now that Romano’s Pizza Parlor is running smoothly, she doesn’t have to worry about her uncle faltering when she leaves.

But Gina isn’t sure she’s ready to leave behind new friends, beloved family, and a rather handsome restaurateur.

When a family friend passes away, Uncle Rocco begs for Gina’s help. He’s sure that this is murder with a capital Mozzarella, even if the cops aren’t convinced.

Gina’s got to choose: stay and lose a major career opportunity, or leave and let a killer run loose.Will Gina catch the killer and stay in Lake Basil for good? Find out in the final installment of the Pizza Parlor series, a cozy mystery from USA Today bestseller, Rosie A. Point. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

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A possible serial killer on the loose sends tea maven Theodosia Browning into a whirlwind of investigation in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

It was a dark and stormy night, but that was the least of Theodosia Browning’s troubles. As she approaches St. Philips Graveyard, Theodosia sees two figures locked in a strange embrace. Wiping rain from her eyes, Theodosia realizes she has just witnessed a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the fog.
 
In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim—it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns the Antiquarian Bookshop next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop.
 
Even though this appears to be the work of a serial killer who is stalking the back alleys of Charleston, Lois begs Theodosia for help. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. And quickly discovers that suspects abound with the dead girl’s boyfriend, nefarious real estate developer, private-security man, bumbling reporter, and her own neighbor who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending.
 
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS! (Amazon)

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Tis the season…
To be sleuthing.
It’s holiday time at the Roastery on 33rd, and owner Margaret Hayward has decreed that there shall be no more sleuthing by her staff in the New Year.

But like cream on a rich cappuccino, the New Hampshire snowfall hides many surprises and when a missing person case comes to her attention, barista, philosopher, and amateur sleuth, Paige Palmer, is drawn to the mystery like a moth to a flame.

Margaret and Paige’s significant other, aspiring writer and blogger extraordinaire, Rohan Chowdhury, become ensnared in a playful bet that soon turns bitter, and it’s clear that everyone needs a break.

They all go on retreat to a lodge on the Merrimack River that seems untethered in time. It’s a place where the yuletide is perpetual, and the worn walls of timber percolate with whispers of conspiracy, which suits Paige’s purpose – finding a missing patriarch – perfectly.

With tensions high and macchiatos warm, every passing hour seems to make a Christmas miracle evermore unlikely.

Will the coffeehouse sleuths solve the mystery and rekindle the holiday spirit?
Find out in this deliciously caffeinated Cozy Mystery! (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Corpse and Robbers

Corpse and Robbers: A Male Housekeeper Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – A small town in Michigan
Cozy Cat Press (April 16, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 234 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952579457
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952579455
Digital Cozy Cat Press (May 13, 2022)
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B1BD759B

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Stephen Kaminski and his new book  Corpse and Robbers. It is the second book in his A Male Housekeeper Mystery.

Purchase Link – Amazon 

Corpse and Robbers: A Male Housekeeper Mystery
by Stephen Kaminski

The journey to the mystery’s resolution was filled with twists and turns, making for a satisfying mystery.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

A perfect choice for cozy fans looking for a fast-paced read that would be a little different than the norm. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

This mystery was light and easy to read and very entertaining. I’ve always been fascinated by funeral home storylines and the family who runs Paul Bearer Funeral Home is a pretty fascinating group. This is a good one.
~Books to the Ceiling

Paul Bearer & Sons has two memorial services on the schedule, but three dead bodies. When Rusted Bonnet’s funeral home becomes the site of a murder, Cam Reddick finds himself as a prime suspect. To distance himself from the allegations, Cam must untangle a host of clever cons and mini mysteries, from corpse robbing to a fine art scam to a modern-day treasure hunt. Cam soon discovers that Paul Bearer’s more closely resembles a con artists’ colony than a funeral home. With help from his ex-wife and mother, Cam ultimately unearths the most devious and deadly ploy of all.

Corpse and Robbers in the second installment of Stephen Kaminski’s Male Housekeeper Mystery series.

Kaminski also pens the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mysteries. He is the recipient of the Murder & Mayhem Award for Best Classic Cozy, multiple Reader Views Literary Awards, and was a Chanticleer Media CLUE Award finalist.

Stephen Kaminski is the author of two cozy mystery series: The Male Housekeeper Mysteries and the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series, both published by Cozy Cat Press.

“Corpse & Robbers” (2022) is the latest of Kaminski’s Male Housekeeper Mysteries. The first installment of the series, “An Au Pair to Remember,” was penned in 2019.

Each of Kaminski’s Damon Lassard books — “It Takes Two to Strangle” (2012), “Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk” (2013), and “Murder, She Floats” (2014) — was awarded the Reader Views Literary Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk was named Best Classic Cozy in the 2014 Murder & Mayhem Awards and was a 2013 Chanticleer Media CLUE Award Finalist.

Stephen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School and currently serves as the chief executive officer of a national energy association. He lives with his 120 lb Swissie, Siberian forest cat, rescue kitty, and a gaggle of occasionally tolerable but always loveable humans in Bethesda, MD.

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Review of Death of an Ice Cream Scooper

Death Of An Ice Cream Scooper

Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, Book #15

Lee Hollis 

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is back on the case in Bar Harbor, Maine when her friend and owner of a gourmet ice cream shop finds that her husband may be a cheater and a killer…

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell doesn’t know what to believe when Lydia Partridge, the put-together owner of gourmet Bar Harbor Ice Cream, suddenly reveals fears that her husband may be having an affair. There’s no other way to explain why Jamie, a respected professor, was spotted in a remote part of town with a much younger woman. But instead of learning the truth about the secret meeting, Lydia opens her freezer truck to find another surprise—the dead body of a summer employee…

The shock continues as photographic evidence proves Jamie was spending time off campus with the victim, one of his students. Now, Lydia desperately needs Hayley to discover if Jamie really is a cheater—and, worse, a ruthless killer. With her own complicated family issues to address, can Hayley make sense of a popular college girl’s love life and out the true culprit before the case, or another person, goes cold?  (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Haley has a lot going on in her life right now. She has her restaurant to run, keeping the peace between her two best friends and a visit from her son that really surprises her.  When a body is discovered in her friend’s freezer truck, Hayley has to add finding the killer to her list of things to do.  

The authors are very talented in their descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place and listening in on their conversations.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted, and with enough suspects to consider and clues to sift, it was not easily solved.  I was surprised at who the culprit was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The characters are likable, the setting refreshing and the mystery intriguing and you will really like it.

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

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Something Deadly on Desert Drive

Something Deadly on Desert Drive (The Accidental Detective)
Cozy Mystery – Humorous Amateur Detective Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Arizona
Tule Publishing (June 21, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 209 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QRYQDBY

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kris Bock and her new book  Something Deadly on Desert Drive. It is the second book in her The Accidental Detective Mystery Series.

Something Deadly on Desert Drive (The Accidental Detective)
by Kris Bock

I am delighted to report that I enjoyed Something Deadly on Desert Drive just as much as I did its predecessor. This book and series are the whole package when it comes to a cozy mystery – interesting plots, eclectic characters and good clean fun!
~Reading is my Superpower

Starting over at fifty might be hard, but it shouldn’t be deadly…

Still recovering from an injury that might have permanently derailed her career as an international war correspondent, Kate Tessler is living in her childhood bedroom and pondering her second act when another case lands in her lap. Kate’s father and his coffee group are worried. Their friend Larry married a younger woman who now insists he has dementia and won’t let any of his friends visit. They’re convinced that Larry’s wife and her two adult, dead-beat kids are out to steal his money. Can Kate help?

Soon Kate and her unusual gang of sidekicks are unofficially, officially investigating. But before they can dig out the truth, a murder raises the stakes. Now they need to prove Larry is both mentally competent and not a killer. They’ll have to find the real murderer—without risking their own lives in the process.

“Looks like we’re the last ones to arrive.” Dad raised his hand to acknowledge his friend’s wave.

I followed Dad to the diner table where his friends sat. They greeted me warmly. This was only the second time I’d joined Dad’s twice-weekly coffee group in the month I’d been home. They were nice guys, but since I was living with my father again, I wanted to ensure he had a social life apart from me. This time, however, they had specifically requested my presence.

Which meant they wanted something.

I couldn’t wait to find out what.

I’d gotten through my first week back home, after decades of traveling the world as a war correspondent, by solving a mystery at my mother’s Alzheimer’s care unit and putting away a killer. The next month had been filled with writing articles about those events. I was ready for a new mental challenge.

I already had enough of a physical one with PT and getting used to walking with a cane.

“Thanks for coming, Kate. We need your expert advice.” Joe Washington and his wife had helped with the nursing home investigation. Joe wore his white hair trimmed close to his head, forming a handsome contrast to his dark skin.

“Glad to help,” I said. “What’s up?”

The four men looked at each other. Dad nodded to one of them. “You start, Clarence. You were the first to notice something wrong.”

“We’re worried about our friend, Larry,” Clarence said. “His wife died last year, and he remarried in the spring. We have concerns about his new wife. She is very young, maybe your age.”

While I chuckled at the thought of being “very young” at 49, I had no desire to get involved in someone’s marriage, especially if his friends’ disapproval was only due to the age difference or loyalty to the old wife.

“At first, Larry seemed happy after he married Pamela,” Clarence said. “They went on a month-long honeymoon that must have cost a fortune. After they returned, I reminded Larry to revise his will if he wanted to make sure his children got some of his money. He agreed he would. That was the last time he seemed happy.”

The other men nodded.

“He hasn’t joined our coffee group in over two months,” Dad said. “Pamela says he’s getting dementia. She won’t let him leave the house.”

I could understand being protective of an ill spouse. As a younger wife, she might be embarrassed by her elderly husband’s infirmity. But when someone was old and sick, keeping him away from his friends wasn’t helpful. Was she overprotective and perhaps making bad decisions, or was something more serious happening?

“I’m glad to help if I can,” I said, “but I’m not sure how. You need to know if Larry is really suffering from memory problems, and if so, if he’s getting the right treatments.”

Joe leaned forward. “When you were investigating Sunshine Haven, you pretended to be writing a story so you could talk to the family members.”


Kris Bock writes novels of mystery, suspense, and romance, many with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Get a free Accidental Detective short story and bonus material when you sign up for her newsletter. You’ll also get a free 30-page sweet romance set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café and a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels

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New Releases For The Week Of July 31st, 2022–Part 4

An ancient legend tells of a pirate ship carrying a fortune in Spanish doubloons that once sank off the coast of Shipwreck Point.

While the residents of the town, including lawyer Titus Strong, mostly think it’s just a story, every once in a while the legend surfaces in some way or other, bringing hordes of outside treasure hunters who are sure they’ll be the one to find the gold. Most of these soon leave after discovering it’s not such an easy task.

Some who seek the booty are more persistent. One of these is Addison Slater, a common laborer and acquaintance of Titus’s, who persists in digging into historical records in his dogged search for clues.

Now an academic professor has stirred up the story again with the publication of a new book and a series of lectures, complete with magic lantern slides, given at a luxury hotel. All based on Slater’s research.

When the professor is found murdered, Slater is the primary suspect. But Titus doesn’t believe he did it.

Can Titus Strong prove him innocent?

And will the pirate treasure finally be found? (Amazon)

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Was it an Accident or Murder?

Strange things are happening in Heaven Springs. A man who looks to be covered in blood is mumbling incoherently in the Town Square. At the same time a victim is found within the town’s library. Are the two events connected? Jonathan is experiencing headaches…are they connected to the weird goings on around him?

Mandy knows her grandmother is keeping secrets. Is it to protect her or is she harboring dark mysteries of her own? As Warrior Angels congregate within the town, will the true evil show it’s face? (Amazon)

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Can Presley actually take a real vacation without murder and mayhem ruining her good time?

Presley heads to a remote Wisconsin town for a much-needed vacation. What should be a relaxing walk on the beach quickly turns more sinister when she sees a piece of driftwood – only it’s not driftwood, it’s a dead body.

Presley is adamant that she’s not going to let murder interfere with her R&R so she goes to an engagement party thrown by the neighbors she met on the beach. During the party another dead body turns up and Presley thinks maybe this sleepy town isn’t as quiet as it appears.

Can Presley find the murderer before anyone else turns up dead?

Previously published by Laina Turner. This new edition is reworked with new characters and even more cozy fun. (Amazon)

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There’s nothing like the peaceful rocking of a houseboat on the water to help you relax. And nothing can ruin that faster than a knife in the back!

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Authors Danielle Collins and Susan Harper.

Regina Slim—aka Reggie—inherited a unique marina where dogs and people enjoy houseboat living. As she settles into what she hopes will be a new and peaceful life, everything gets turned upside down by a bloody murder. And Reggie has blood on her hands! With the help of her sister—a cop no less—and her fellow residents at the marina, she must solve the mystery before the marina’s reputation is permanently stained red. Can she find the killer before more bodies start piling up?

Murder at the Marina is the first story in the Dog Leg Cove Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, troublesome pets, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love all the action at the Gone to the Dogs Marina.

Download Murder at the Marina and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited. (Amazon)

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Pressing matters and a trail of deception. Can Alex pick apart the mystery before she’s pinned?

With one misadventure after another, Alex Bailey is determined to iron out her troubles and find the common thread to steer her life back on track. Returning to normalcy is the best way to mend her frayed nerves, and the charity Quilt-A-Thon is the perfect distraction. What Alex doesn’t expect is more of Nona’s ploys.

Mysterious deliveries, unexpected clues, and an old murder have weaved a troublesome web and Alex is tangled in the middle!

The quilters uncover an unexpected secret On Spruce Street—one that can’t be covered up with an artistic motif. While one mystery is solved, another (deadly) pattern emerges.

Can Alex piece together the pattern, or will someone she loves be pinned for the crime?

Pressing Matters is the intriguing third book in a series of Quilting Cozy Mysteries. If you like intriguing whodunits, then you’ll love Kathryn Mykel’s sharply spun tale.

Buy Pressing Matters to untwist a deliberate crime today! (Amazon)

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Ah, it’s an academic conference, with all the egos, the scandals, the terrifyingly petty squabbles on display. Well….perhaps not so petty. Professor Andrew Basnett has returned to his old university for a meeting of the Botanical Association, an event that should be entirely benign, except that he can’t help being just a little curious about Carl Judd, an artist who was murdered here just two years ago. And, of course, about Stephen Sharland, who’s in prison for the murder, only no one thinks he did it, not even Judd’s widow. The rumors are flying, the tongues are wagging, and then the only witness to the crime? He gets murdered, too! It’s all too exciting—no, sorry, too terrible, too terrible for words. Thank heavens Andrew Basnett is on hand to weed out the gossip and dig for the taproot of truth. (Amazon)

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Andrew Basnett does not have very good luck with Christmas. Most recently, visiting friends in Australia for the festive season, he wound up with a front-row seat to some rather extraordinary family strife. And this time around, his plans for a peaceful, English-village holiday get blown up when…well, when his hosts’ neighbor, Sir Lucas Dearden, gets blown up. A bomb, you know. This is England, it’s the 1980s: everyone shudders, blames the IRA, and moves on. Except, of course, for Andrew Basnett. Who knew, he wonders, about Sir Lucas’s last-minute change of plans? Why had Sir Lucas meticulously removed one page of the (rather stunningly dull) memoir he was writing? And could the bomb possibly have been intended for someone else? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 31st, 2022–Part 3

Temp Jobs Can Be Murder!

After losing her dream job as an interior designer, Scarlett Chase is stuck working temp jobs while she tries to figure out her next career move. This week, her undemanding job is handing out food samples in a giant wholesale store. At least her love life seems to be heading in the right direction.

But then—right there in the aisles—bodies start to drop, and it looks like Scarlett’s new boyfriend might be the next target.

Who knew a store where shoppers can pick up king-sized tubs of mayonnaise, mega packs of toilet paper, and gargantuan muffins could be so dangerous?

Can Scarlett uncover the clues and stop the murderer before her boyfriend becomes the next victim?

Murder—unlike her job—isn’t temporary.

Attacked in the Aisles is the second book in the fun and clever Temp Jobs Cozy Mystery Series. (Amazon)

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The play’s the thing… until the thing is murder!

When Bea and Angela lend their ballroom for a local theater production of an old-fashioned whodunnit, it sounds like fun—until the accidents and squabbles and suspicious secrets start. Then when opening night arrives, so does the worst storm to hit the wine country in recent memory.

But the dangerous weather is just the prologue to misfortune. Because before the second act on opening night… somebody has been murdered!

Flooded roads and knocked out phones mean Bea, Angela, the cast, and their VIP guests are trapped at the inn with the killer.

Now it’s up to Bea and Angela, with a little help from their friends, to figure out which one of the eccentric theater types and sophisticated socialites in the audience is a murderer—without putting a target on their own backs.

Of Mice and Murder is book six in the Betty Snickerdoodle Mystery series. It’s an easy-reading, “salty and sweet” cozy mystery with no cursing, gore, or sexual content—but plenty of laughs, friendship, and twists. It can be read as a standalone, but you might enjoy reading the series in order more. (Amazon)

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The inaugural offering of an exciting new cozy mystery series featuring “chocolate whisperer” Hayden Mundy Moore, a luxury consultant who has a nose for chocolate and danger. Fans of JoAnna Carl, Diane Mott Davidson, and Cleo Coyle will eat up this luscious world of high-end chocolate and intrigue. Original.

“Chocoholics and food cozy fans rejoice! With prose as smooth and delicious as its theme, this quality debut cozy by an anonymous best-selling novelist introduces a smart protagonist with an unusual and tasty profession.” —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they’re irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix…

Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It’s thrilling work but rarely dangerous–until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaître resort spa in San Francisco.

Adrienne Dowling’s heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates’ new line. Hayden can’t believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won’t just be satisfying–it might save her life…(Amazon)

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Teaberry Cozy Murder Mysteries Book 4
A friendly gathering grows more interesting when talk turns to a tasty treat and leaves Megan puzzling about the root of the story.

While Erica and Jerry find themselves in a jam with a murder, Megan accepts a plum assignment to cook up a mystery of her own. Their paths cross often as stories of the past blossom into current clues that may bear fruit for more than one investigation.

Megan searches for puzzle pieces offered up by the friendly inhabitants of Teaberry in this light and cozy mystery. This mild cozy mystery series offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational. (Amazon)

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Roger Pyles, forensic specialist crime investigator, needs a break.
He nearly got killed twice on his last caper. A wealthy Southern widow
needs his help. She begs him to find her lost dog, a rascally Pekingese. It
could be just what he needs to refresh his mind. How hard can it be?
What could go wrong? Everything. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The bestselling Connie Cafe series is back!

Connie and the ladies decide to make Connie’s Cafe the scene for some late night treats and bible study.
But someone in town isn’t thrilled with the plan! (Amazon)

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When Hannah Hart goes to the grocery store in the small town where she lives with her eccentric aunt, the last thing she expects to find is a dead body.

Hannah is certain someone had to have witnessed the crime; it’s only a matter of getting them to talk. But when the fingers begin to point in her direction, she knows she needs to watch her back.

With her sweet toy Pomeranian by her side, Hannah takes in a curious corgi, who saw more details to the murder than any human might catch. Hannah knows that if she doesn’t get to the bottom of who murdered Hank, the small-town killer will strike again.

“Corgi Crisis” is an inclusive cozy mystery, filled with layered clues and quirky moments, written by Molly Maple, which is a pen name for a USA Today bestselling author. (Amazon)

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A Masterful Story of Love, Suspense, and Dark SecretsThe Christmas Cookie Caper Mystery: A Tansy & Hank Pet Psychic Cozy Mystery

Join Tansy on a Christmas in Pine Ridge. With caroling, a town-wide Secret Santa, and a Bake Off, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget the sabotage. Sylvia at Sugar & Spice has ruffled someone’s feathers the wrong way and they’re out to make her holiday season a difficult one.

And with the clock ticking down she’s trying to find connections before the Bake Off starts, but it all seems like one dead end after the other.

All the while, it’s not the only mystery on Tansy’s mind… As they race to figure out who’s responsible for the shenanigans, the clock is ticking down on her decision as well.

Is it finally time to let Nathan know how she feels?

With a combination of addictive suspense, laugh-out-loud humor, and sizzling romance, Miranda Rose Barker delivers yet another absolutely gripping mystery story packed with a colorful group of characters and never-ending twists and turns that will keep you up all night.

Will she be the one who ends up making the first move?

Click the “add to cart” button and find out! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of July 30th, 2022–Part 2

From USA Today bestselling author Debra Webb comes the thrilling first installment in the Finley O’Sullivan series, featuring a legal investigator haunted by her past and obsessed with the truth.

Legal investigator Finley O’Sullivan searches for evidence the police overlooked, wading through secrets, lies, and betrayal to find answers. With the unsolved murder of her husband still very much on her mind, Finley must confront her own personal trauma on a daily basis. Lies are part of her livelihood, but they’re also the reason she can’t get justice for the man she loved.

When a man imprisoned for murder recants his confession, claiming he cleaned up the mess for his girlfriend—the victim’s own daughter—Finley takes on the case. She discovers the victim had identical twin daughters…and the sisters have very different accounts of the crime.

As she dives headlong into the twins’ traumatic past, Finley will have to contend with her own demons to get to the truth—before it’s too late. (Amazon)

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Restaurateur Sally Solari has a nose for trouble, but when her sense of smell goes missing, it’s not just her career on the line . . . it’s her life.

Restaurateur Sally Solari is a champion, both in the kitchen and on the case, but after getting mixed up in one too many murders, she’s noticed her nonna‘s friends have now taken to crossing themselves when they see her in the street. Adding to her woes, a sinus infection has knocked out her sense of smell, making cooking on the hot line difficult, indeed. Nevertheless, Sally is determined to stay out of trouble and focus on her work.

But then her old acquaintance Neil Lerici is murdered at the annual Santa Cruz Artichoke Cook-Off, and her powers of investigation are called into action once more. Could Neil have been killed by the local restaurant owner who took his winning spot at the competition? Or maybe by one of his siblings, who were desperate to sell the family farm to a real estate developer?

Sally plunges headfirst into the case, risking alienating everyone she knows – including the dapper Detective Vargas, who finds her sleuthing both infuriating and endearing. And soon it’s not only her restaurant and tentative new relationship that are on the line – it’s her life . . .

The Fragrance of Death is a non-stop fun cozy mystery that will keep your mind buzzing and your mouth watering, and contains a selection of delicious recipes to cook at home. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews first introduced us to Meg Langslow as a crime-solving bridesmaid. In her 31st mystery, Round Up the Usual Peacocks, Meg returns to her roots, juggling cold cases and wedding guests.

Kevin, Meg’s cyber-savvy nephew who lives in the basement, comes to her with a problem. He’s become involved as the techie for a true-crime podcast, one that focuses on Virginia cold cases and unsolved crimes. And he thinks their podcast has hit a nerve with someone . . . one of the podcast team has had a brush with death that Kevin thinks was an attempted murder, not an accident.

Kevin rather sheepishly asks for Meg’s help in checking out the people involved in a couple of the cases. “Given your ability to find out stuff online, why do you need MY help?” she asks. “Um . . . because I’ve already done everything I can online. This’ll take going around and TALKING to people,” he exclaims, with visible horror. “In person!” Not his thing. And no, it can’t wait until after the wedding, because he’s afraid whoever’s after them might take advantage of the chaos of the wedding at Trinity or the reception at Meg and Michael’s house to strike again.

So on top of everything she’s doing to round up vendors and supplies and take care of demanding out-of-town guests, Meg must hunt down the surviving suspects from three relatively local cold cases so she can figure out if they have it in for the podcasters. Could there be a connection to a musician on the brink of stardom who disappeared two decades ago and hasn’t been seen since? (Amazon)

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SoCal surfer Dolphin Smoote just wanted to earn quick dough for a date with the brown-eyed beauty … what he got was G-men (and G-women), ghosts, and a Colt 45.

John Jacobson’s California Fever is the compelling fusion of mystery, crime, and Southern California beach charm. Top surfer Dolphin Smoote gets more than he bargains for when he works up the nerve to ask out the brown-eyed beauty on a date. The search of quick coin without having to work will always lead a surfer to precarious places, and Dolphin is no exception. With the help of his lovable surfer crew who often have more to say about stylishness than anything else, Dolphin finds himself between conmen, ghosts, an impending storm from the coast of Mexico … and still no money for a second date. Along the ride, Dolphin finds in himself capacity for storytelling that would make P. G. Wodehouse himself chortle with laughter.

From the author of All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone comes this thrilling tale where a crime-novel writer becomes caught up in crimes, and an aspiring writer tries to outrun the crime in her bloodline—what could go wrong? Jacobson immerses the reader in the world of California’s casual-radical surf culture, where radical stunts executed with the most casual air is a practiced form of art. In this world, rival surf clans goad each other on, upping the ante on stunts until mayhem looms. It looks like the storm brewing off the coast of Southern California just might disturb the tranquility of the beach. (Amazon)

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A woman’s future is determined by fate and choice in a gripping WWII novel about danger, triumph, and second chances by the New York Times bestselling author of The Venice Sketchbook and The Tuscan Child.

London, 1940. Bombs fall and Josie Banks’s world crumbles around her. Her overbearing husband, Stan, is unreachable, called to service. Her home, a ruin of rubble and ash. Josie’s beloved tearoom boss has been killed, and Josie herself is injured, with nothing left and nowhere to go.

Evacuated to the English countryside, Josie ends up at the estate of the aristocratic Miss Harcourt, a reluctant host to the survivors of the Blitz. Awed as she is by the magnificent landscape, Josie sees opportunity. Josie convinces Miss Harcourt to let her open a humble tea shop, seeing it as a chance for everyone to begin again. When Josie meets Mike Johnson, a handsome Canadian pilot stationed at a neighboring bomber base, a growing intimacy brings her an inner peace she’s never felt before. Then Stan returns from the war.

Now a threat looms larger than anyone imagined. And a dangerous secret is about to upend Josie’s life again. Her newfound courage will be put to the test if she is to emerge, like a survivor, triumphant. (Amazon)

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Writer for Hire Veronica Blackstone’s latest client is writing a memoir with a shocking twist ending, until she’s found dead before finishing it. Can Veronica unravel the clues within the memoir to discover the killer?

As a writer for hire, Veronica Blackstone puts her keyboard to use to help others. That includes writing advertising copy for local businesses or love letters for those with romantic troubles, or helping people publish their memoirs. Maeve Winslow needs the latter.

Maeve is the wife of a famous artist nominated for a prestigious award, and the memoir is to be released ahead of the ceremony. All of Maeve’s notes are given to Veronica but for the final few pages. There’s a huge surprise within those last pages, but Maeve won’t reveal it yet.

When Maeve is found dead at the foot of her stairs it looks like an accident, but Veronica isn’t convinced. Was the scene staged? Was Maeve murdered to keep her silent? Could clues to the surprise, and the identity of the murderer, be hidden within the notes? It’s up to Veronica to figure it out and write the real story. (Amazon)

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Agents Savich and Sherlock are back in the latest installment in Catherine Coulter’s #1 New York Times bestselling FBI Thriller series, and this time both are enlisted to help women with traumatic pasts who are in mortal danger.

When she was twelve years old, Kirra Mandarian’s parents were murdered and she barely escaped with her life. Fourteen years later Kirra is a commonwealth attorney back home in Porte Franklin, Virginia, and her goal is to find out who killed her parents and why. She assumes the identity of E.N.—Eliot Ness—and gathers proof to bring down the man she believes was behind her parents’ deaths. She quickly learns that big-time criminals are very dangerous indeed and realizes she needs Dillon Savich’s help. Savich brings in Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith to work with Lieutenant Jeter Thorpe, the young detective who’d saved Kirra years before.

Emma Hunt, a piano prodigy and the granddaughter of powerful crime boss Mason Lord, was only six years old when she was abducted. Then, she was saved by her adoptive father, San Francisco federal judge Ramsey Hunt. Now a 12-year-old with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she narrowly saves herself from a would-be kidnapper at Davies Hall in San Francisco. Worried for her safety, Emma’s entire family joins her for her next performance, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Sherlock and officers from METRO are assigned to protect her, but things don’t turn out as planned…(Amazon)

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When real life starts mimicking the plot of one of the romance books that line the shelves in her bookstore, it’s up to Lizzie Hale to catch the killer, in this riveting new Love is Murder mystery.

Lizzie Hale thought mail-order brides existed only between the pages of the historical romances she stocks in her bookstore, Love Under the Covers. But when not one, but two local men introduce her to their respective new wives, she’s forced to reevaluate that notion. 

Lizzie is surprised when Al Little, the owner of the local hardware store, asks Lizzie and her aunt Charmaine to help Svetlana, his new bride straight from Russia, to settle into Tinker’s Creek, but they agree. 

Everything is going swimmingly—until a wrench gets thrown into their plans when Svetlana is found drowned in the creek. 

With Al’s suspicious best friend—who has his own mysterious mail-order bride—and the secretive matchmaker who put them together, Lizzie’s got more suspects than she knows what to do with. But she’ll have to nail down who the killer is fast, before someone else winds up dead. (Amazon)

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