Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 19th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Meet Melissa: cat lover, caring mother… daring detective?
Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner.
But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home.
Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed?
Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit…
The discovery of a tatty old photograph in a drawer is the final piece of the puzzle she needs, but as a newcomer in this close-knit community, does Melissa have what it takes to get to the bottom of this extraordinary murder mystery alone?
A joy to read! An absolutely unputdownable whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, P.D. James and Faith Martin.
This book was previously published as A Little Gentle Sleuthing.
What readers are saying about Murder at Hawthorn Cottage:
‘An entertaining book… fluently written… In the same league as Agatha Christie.’ B for Book Review
‘Captivated… very well-written… a terrific beginning to the series… a very quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed the danger and surprising twists in this story, as well as the unexpected humour.’ Robin Loves Reading
‘Absolutely charming!… A good old-fashioned who-dunnit with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and humour. Would definitely recommend!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘A gripping cozy mystery… encapsulated village life to a T!’ A Knight’s Reads
‘Absolutely perfect… very easy reading… Melissa Craig is such a good character… swept along for the ride… I am very much looking forward delving into the others – I can’t wait! Broadbean’s Books, 4 stars
‘I really liked this book… I could picture everything in my mind clearly. I enjoyed the storyline and it kept me intrigued. I loved the mystery and how we got to the end and I didn’t guess what was going to happen.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
IF YOU LOVED “A MURDER IN MILBURN”, THEN THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU!
We first met Nora Newberry as a determined & talented young baker with a nose for sniffing out murderers in Death At A Diner, the first book in her original series, “A Murder In Milburn”. Now, after a twenty-five year hiatus, she is back! And there’s a lot to catch up on! So much so that we just had to “Return To Milburn”!
About Berry The Dead:
Busy planning for her 55th birthday celebration, Nora is thankful for the wonderful friends & family with whom she has been blessed. She’s also grateful for how long it has been since finding herself knee-deep in a murder mystery. For years, her days have been filled with delicious baking & fantastic times with loved ones. Life is good!
Then her housekeeper is found dead, poisoned by berries…
To make things worse, the new sheriff seems determined to brush her death off and move on. But Nora knows this wasn’t an accident. And, if she wants to see the killer brought to justice, she alsoknows it’s time for her to spring into action.
So, with the help of her friends, Tina & Simone, Nora jumps headlong back into the murder game. And this time she’s older, wiser and in more danger than ever!
Join Nora Newberry in this first book of her new series, “Return To Milburn”, and find out what we’ve all been missing since we saw her last!
NOTE: If you have not read Nora’s first series, “A Murder In Milburn”, you do not have to do so to enjoy this book/series! You can jump right in! But, if you’d like to catch up on the past, you can get ALL 12 BOOKS from the previous series in a big box set right here on Amazon! And for a hugely discounted price!
And please sign up for Nancy McGovern’s newsletter using the link inside this book! When you do, you’ll receive behind-the-scenes info about her (and Emma Lee’s) stories, updates on future releases and a FREE PREQUEL to “A Murder In Milburn” as a Thank You for joining the family! You’ll love it! (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Book two of the Mysterious Devices series of clockwork cozies set in the Magnificent Devices world!
Daisy Linden and her sister Frederica arrive by airship in Santa Fe, capital of the Texican Territories, determined to search for their missing father. But two surprises await them–the authorities’ baffling refusal to help, and a not-so-chance meeting with snake-oil salesman William Barnicott.
To their joy, the Lindens find that their father has indeed been seen in Santa Fe. To their horror, it was an assignation with a cancan dancer in the dead of night. Now the dancer is missing–and their father seems to be the only suspect. There is nothing for it–Daisy and Freddie must find the girl, for only she can clear his name, and tell them where he might be now.
But there are forces arrayed against them in Santa Fe … men in the shadows who have bet too much on a dancer’s disappearance to let two young ladies interfere and raise the stakes …
“Shelley Adina adds murder to her steampunk world for a mysteriously delicious brew! You’ll love watching her intrepid heroine (and unexpected friends) bring justice to the Wild West while pursuing a quest of her own.” —Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in the Bowery, on The Bride Wore Constant White (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Welcome to Charm Cove, Maine – where the Good are Wicked, and the Wicked are Good… or maybe not.
Nothing is ever as it seems, at least not in Charm Cove, Maine. Moira Wicked—yes, that’s actually her name—moves away in the hopes she can escape her fate, or destiny, or something along those lines. She yearns to lead a normal life.
A few years away teaches her one glaring lesson. It’s incredibly difficult to be normal when your first name means destiny, your last name is Wicked, and you actually do come from a family legendary for its witchy ways.
Trying to keep her powers under wraps in the real world is a tad tricky. A love spell gone sideways sets in motion her return to Charm Cove for a spell. As bad luck would have it, or fate if you’d rather, she’s home for one single day when a body turns up floating in the town fountain. The oh-so-charming Charm Cove is turned upside down. Meanwhile, tourists are crowding its picturesque streets, and magic is being bottled up and sold as health remedies.
Moira finds herself in the thick of the murder investigation, all the while trying to hold her nosy family and destiny at bay. Destiny comes in the form of Liam Good. A Wicked is fated to fall in love with a Good once every century. No pressure or anything.
Take a visit to Charm Cove, where Wicked meets Good and where you just might find there’s almost always more than meets the eye. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
“Goal! A record-equalling goal!”
Watched by Margaret and Trench, ‘Strike’em in Staunton’ scores for the ninth game in a row, equalling Stokeham United’s all-time goal scoring record.
But then striker Staunton suffers from a series of suspicious mishaps. Could someone at the club be attempting to stop Staunton from breaking the goal record by using foul play?
Old Tom suggests delving deep into the club’s historical records, but soon realises that this footballing mystery is becoming more complicated than the off-side trap… (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Welcome to The Berry Home: where the food is to-die-for!
Life is looking sweeter than ever for Kylie Berry, owner-operator of The Berry Home café. She’s even booked a gig hosting a weekend-long conference for some major players in the East Coast shipping industry, with one minor snag: she has no idea how to cater such a big event all by herself.
“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”
When an old friend visits Kentucky, the stars align. Chef John Radde, head chef at the swanky Chicago-based Smoulder, graciously offers to cater the entire event using Kylie’s café kitchen. The up-and-coming culinary whiz Chef John can’t resist the free publicity—and Chef Plus Amateur Sleuth Kylie can’t resist the chance to learn a thing or two!
While Kylie runs the storefront and John manages the catering team in the kitchen, disaster strikes the small country town yet again. The dead body of packaging magnate Oliver “Ollie” Drysdale is discovered beneath a dumpster during the conference, and the police suspect murder most foul.
Who stood to benefit from the death of a powerful businessman with piles of cash and still more clout to wield in the business world? Was it his stunning young fiancée Lara Tiggs, who Kylie remembers from her years living in Chicago? Or Lara’s younger brother, Larry, who’s short on sense but loves his big sis to the point of doing anything she asks? Could it have been rival Robert Cornish, who stood toe-to-toe with Oliver in the packaging industry? Or was it his jet-setting youngest son Sebastian, who stood first-in-line to inherit his father’s massively successful business?
Complicating matters further, Kylie’s best friend Zoey rushes to defend Sebastian, who she met and schmoozed with a year ago at the same conference. Kylie has to juggle her business, yet another murder investigation, and brace for a firefight with her best friend when all fingers point straight to Zoey’s crush!
Praise for A.R. Winters:
“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, Amazon.com
“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq, Amazon.com
“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B, Amazon.com
A Berry Home Catastrophe is the sixth book in the Kylie Berry Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.
This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
As spring beckons, winter chill remains …
In television, a cold open sometimes rolls before the opening credits, often a teaser to news or a feature to follow. For TV journalist Elizabeth Margaret “E.M.” Danniher, a nippy March and April are just a tease for spring after a long Wyoming winter. In her short time in Sherman, she’s learned that winter starts in October and might not end until June. Since last June, a series of murders have tested her and her KWMT-TV colleagues’ reporting – and amateur sleuth — skills. And the small town’s rumor mill is churning about her relationship with handsome sports reporter Mike Paycik – or is it rugged rancher Tom Burrell?
As winter winds down, Elizabeth is ready for spring and looking for a place of her own. Ah, a little peace and quiet as she begins to settle in Cottonwood County. That is, until she discovers homicide at her front door.
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Cold Open, Book 7 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s Caught Dead in Wyoming series, is a smart, surprising, fast-paced cozy mystery series with humor and a touch of romance that will entertain fans of Craig Johnson, Sue Grafton and J.D. Robb.
“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” — Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author
Don’t miss any of Elizabeth Danniher’s Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:
Hot Roll, coming in 2019
What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:
“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”
“A terrific series with a western flair. . . . Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect.”
“Hoping this series lasts forever!”
“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”
If you like mystery/suspense with a hint of romance, try also:
Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (which includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)
Proof of Innocence (set in Virginia)
Price of Innocence, coming in 2019 (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
“”A killer wants Lilly Echosby to roll over and play dead . . .
Lilly may be losing a husband but she’s gaining a toy poodle. That could be seen as a win-win, since her new adopted pooch Aggie (named after Agatha Christie) is cute and adorable, and Lilly’s dirty dog of a spouse is cheating on her with a blond bimboexcept for one problem: Albert Echosbys just been murdered, and Lilly is the number-one suspect.
With the cops barking up the wrong tree, it’s a good thing her best friend Scarlett “”””Dixie”””” Jefferson from Chattanooga, Tennessee, decided to take a break from the dog club circuit to pay a visit, along with her own prize pair of poodles. With help from Dixie, her defense attorney daughter, and a blue-eyed man in blue with a K-9 partner, Lilly is determined to collar the real killer. But when a second murder occurs, it’s clear they’re dealing with one sick puppy . . . “” (Amazon)
Editions Available: Paperback