Review of Letters In The Library

The Inn at Holiday Bay: Letters in the Library

The Inn At Holiday Bay, Book #2

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

The Inn at Holiday Bay: Letters in the Library by [Daley, Kathi]Synopsis:

A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

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 2 of the series, Abby finds a bundle of letters which had been written in 1954 in the wall of the library after Lonnie tears it down as part of the remodel. Intrigued by the secret revealed in the letters, Abby and Georgia set out to find the rest of the story.

Meanwhile, Chief Colt Wilder uncovers a new clue relating to the death of a local girl the previous summer. In spite of her vow to focus her time on her writing, Abby finds herself pulled into the tangled web of half truths that may tell a different story than was first believed true.

Join Abby, Georgia, Rufus, and Ramos, as they continue with the remodel on the old mansion, prepare for a busy summer season, and continue to find a new meaning for their lives in the charming small town of Holiday Bay. (Goodreads)


The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and no matter what setting she creates, it is a warm and inviting place.  The characters are well developed and well rounded, and they are people that I would like to visit.

The author is also very talented in creating multiple storylines in her books and then weaving them together perfectly, which she did in this book.  The mysteries are captivating and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing throughout the book. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   You cannot go wrong picking up a book to read by this author.




New Releases For The Week Of February 17th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 17th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so 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.



The Watch on the Fencepost by [DiBianca, Kay]A Watch that Tells More than the Time . . .

In a deserted park on a cold winter day, 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier is training for a marathon when she discovers a gold watch on a fencepost. Sensing that it was deliberately left for her to find, she sets out to solve the mystery behind the watch, but her orderly life is turned upside-down when it leads her to a dark family secret and a suspicion that her parents’ recent deaths may not have been an accident.

Thrown into the hunt for a possible killer, Kathryn peels back layer after layer of cryptic clues, and encounters an extraordinary cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a secret of his own, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn.

But is the search for the truth worth risking her own life?  (Amazon)

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Chili con Carnage: A Death du Jour Mystery #3 by [Avis, Hillary]Chefs will compete to win—and someone will lose their life.


The nation’s hottest new reality show—the Ultimate Freakin’ Cook-off—is coming to town, and Newbridge’s chefs are champing at the bit to demonstrate their best chili recipes in a televised showdown.

With a huge cash prize and a front-page feature in the local newspaper up for grabs, Bethany decides to put her skills to the test. It’ll be good for her business, and face it, she needs the prize money to pay the rent while her soup kiosk is closed during the train station renovation.

But when one person is hospitalized and another dies after tasting entries in the contest, Bethany and the other chefs are the prime suspects in a murder investigation. The ultimate showdown is about more than who has the best recipe—it’s about who has the best motive.

Will Bethany catch the killer before another unsuspecting diner is poisoned? Or will the rogue murderer’s rampage close all the restaurants in town?

Includes delicious recipes!

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.

Chili con Carnage is the third 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.


Crime Chowder (Book 1)
Risky Bisqueness (short story, Book 1.5)
Rest in Split Peas (Book 2)
Chili con Carnage (Book 3)
Lentil Death Do Us Part (Book 4)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The Case of the Ice Man: A Laurel Private Eye Novel by [Wells, Shannon D.]A missing rich man. A brassy lady Pinkerton with a lot to prove. Can she find him before it’s too late?

November, 1932

Laurel is dreading the upcoming Thanksgiving drama in Mississippi. Alone and bored in the Pinkerton office, she answers a call for help that sets her off in a race across the city.

Gerald Eymann owns an ice factory and ice houses all over Dallas. When he turns up missing one morning, his wife makes a desperate call to the Pinkerton office.

Laurel barely gets a grasp on the facts before they start to twist and turn on her. Who is the mystery girl Gerald was so taken with at a night club? Where is his strangely absent step-son? What about the doctor, an “old friend” of his wife’s, who is keeping her supplied with nerve pills?

Laurel barrels through Dallas, looking high and low for the missing man, ever-mindful of her angry Pinkerton boss and the ticking clock.

The Case of the Ice Man is the second of the Laurel Private Eye series of cozy historical mysteries. If you like witty repartee, surprising turns, and colorful characters, you’ll love this fresh take on the classic detective fiction from a woman’s perspective.

Enjoy the ride through the golden age of mysteries with The Case of the Ice Man.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Betwixt: A Beechwood Harbor Collection (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries) by [Garrett, Danielle]Don’t miss a single magic moment!

Betwixt is a collection of the in-between. Catch up with Holly and Scarlet in these stories of the mischief and mayhem they get themselves into while you wait for the next full-length novel.

Stories included:
~A Witch of a Day
~Cats, Bats, and Talking Hats
~Good Gravy! Thanksgiving at Beechwood Manor
~Along Came a Ghost
~The Ghost Hunter Who Saved Christmas
~A Witch’s Best Friend (brand new and exclusive to this collection)
~Undercover Wolf (brand new and exclusive to this collection)

Each story has a special note from Danielle that helps navigate where the story or novella fits in the timeline and special background information.

One town. Two leading ladies.
More magic than you can shake a wand at.
Welcome back to Beechwood Harbor.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook












Killer Cruise: A Humorous Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery (Cruise Ship Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Winters, A.R.]All Adrienne wanted was a fun new job on a cruise ship—instead, she’s dealt three big surprises.

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

Surprise number one, wonderful: Her best friend Samantha has joined the cruise!
Surprise number two, also quite good: the First Officer is rather handsome.
Surprise number three, definitely not good: Samantha is suspected of murdering a VIP cruise passenger.

Throw in a few more surprises—an over-the-top boss, a potentially homicidal chef, and a blast from Adrienne’s past—and this cruise might end up being Adrienne’s last.

Join Adrienne, her new friend Cece, and First Officer Hot Stuff—er, First Officer Ethan Lee—as they try to uncover the truth before it’s too late…

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, 

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq,

“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B,

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and co-workers, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











That Old Scoundrel Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries Book 25) by [Crider, Bill]Beloved Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back with his final murder case in That Old Scoundrel Death

When a man is run off the road by a thug with a snake tattooed around his neck, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it’s his duty to stop and help out. The grateful victim gives his name as Cal Stinson, on his way to the nearby town of Thurston to take a look at the old school building before the city tears it down.

The next day, Cal Stinson turns up again. Only this time, he’s dead.

His body is found in the dilapidated school that’s about to be razed, and the woman who let Cal onto the premises claims he gave his name as Bruce Wayne. Whoever is he is, he was shot in the back of the head, and a piece of chalk lies inches away from his hand, under a lone line on the chalkboard, his last words unfinished.

Between not-so-bright hoodlums who can’t seem to stay on the right side of the law, powerful families in town who are ready to go to battle over whether the old school should come down, and trying futilely to get private detective Seepy Benton to stop making mountains of mole hills, Sheriff Rhodes is beginning to wonder if retirement might be as good as it sounds.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover











Last Chance: A twisty, fun PI Mystery (The Janet Black Mystery Series Book 3) by [Kirsch, Libby]A missing girl, a sleuth in training, and family secrets with deadly consequences.

Janet Black, the feisty bar owner and apprentice PI in Knoxville, Tennessee, is back, and she’s taken a job her mentor told her to run from: finding a missing teenage girl.

But with her computer-expert boyfriend, and an ear fine-tuned for gossip from her years as a bartender, she figures she’s just the right person to make a difference.

As she dives into the case, though, she finds that the mother’s not telling the whole story, setting Janet up for a dangerous discovery. And trouble never comes alone. Her bar is flagged for liquor-code violations, a construction project gets out of hand, and she uncovers weird, possibly criminal, obsessions in her new chef.

Janet refuses to acknowledge she’s out of her depth—and thinks she just needs more time to put the puzzle pieces together and find the girl. But when a dead body surfaces, her world view is shaken. Suddenly, finding the missing girl is more than just an altruistic act. Her very life depends on it. As the sinister plot twists ever closer to her own life, Janet is faced with a dilemma. When it comes to the ones you love, how many chances are too many?

Last Chance is the third book in the Janet Black Mystery Series. Devour it today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











WValentine's Blizzard Murder: A Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery by [West, Linnea]hen a minor celebrity staying at the Shady Lake Bed and Breakfast dies of an allergic reaction during a blizzard, it doesn’t seem like it could get much worse. But was it really an accident?

Jake Crawford is a D list celebrity who loves to come back to Shady Lake to be the big fish in a small pond. This time, he brought his new wife back to Shady Lake for his honeymoon and they are staying at the bed and breakfast that Tessa Schmidt helps her family run. Jake is kind of a jerk, but then a blizzard hits and he dies of an allergic reaction. It seems like things couldn’t get any worse for a Valentine’s Day weekend. But Tessa is starting to suspect that the allergic reaction isn’t the horrible accident she had assumed.

As the blizzard stretches on and on, secrets keep coming out. It seems like almost everyone has a motive to kill Jake. Can Tessa figure out who wanted to kill Jake Crawford before the killer strikes again?

Read Valentine’s Blizzard Murder today and find out before you follow Tessa Schmidt through her other seasonal escapades in the Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






New Releases For The Week of February 17th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 17th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  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.



Root Cause by [Laine, Steven]Can you imagine a world without wine?

Corvina Guerra is a flying winemaker who dreams of one day settling down in her native Italy on her family’s vineyard. On a visit to a vineyard in Italy, Corvina makes a startling discovery: Phylloxera, a menacing plant louse that devastated vineyards in Europe more than a hundred years ago, has infested the vines.

The deeper Corvina and Brian search, the more they become convinced that Universal Wines holds the answer to everything, and the harder they pursue their investigation the more surprises pile up for both of them.

In spite of devastating consequences, Corvina and Brian vow to continue their investigation and do what they can to contain the spread of the infestation – but time is running short and they always seem to be a step behind. Unless they can find a way to stop the Philomena – vineyards around the world will be ruined for decades; potentially causing the collapse of the wine industry. Can Corvina and Brian get to the root cause and save the international wine industry from ruin?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback











Charms & Chapters (A Library Witch Mystery Book 2) by [Adams, Elle]Rory Hawthorn is adjusting to her new life as a witch working at her family’s enchanted library in the coastal town of Ivory Beach. Between the library’s bewildering magic and her eccentric new family, life is never dull.

When Rory and her cousin find the body of a local wizard on the beach, all the signs suggest he was killed by a vampire. Rory already has very good reason to fear the undead… even if she is developing inconvenient feelings for the local reaper.

But it’s not long before her friendship with Xavier draws them both into the investigation, and this time, even the all-knowing library might not have the answers.

Can Rory face her fears and figure out the truth, or will she be the next to fall victim to the killer?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Foul Play in Vouvray (The Winemaker Detective Book 14) by [Alaux, Jean-Pierre, Balen, Noël]When the lines between love, betrayal and jealously blur, the Winemaker Detective and his dashing assistant return to sniff out the difference be illusion and reality. This French mystery is set in the Loire Valley, home to castles, history, movie stars, and luscious wines. Wine expert Benjamin Cooker and his handsome sidekick Virgile, are shooting a documentary in the region, tasting the ebullient flowery wines, noting their boisterous acidity. When a beguiling actress meets with foul play, they rush to the rescue of a dear friend only to find that everyone is a suspect. What intrigue is playing out behind the scenes?In another satisfying wine novel with a French flair, authors Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen give readers a perfectly intoxicating combination French wine, gourmet meals, and mystery in Vouvray, one of the most diverse wine regions in the world. This light, fun mystery combines amateur sleuths with all the scenery, scents, and sounds of France, resulting in a wonderfully French culinary mystery novel that doubles as a travel guide. Like the other books in the series, it holds a special place on the international mystery and crime scene: a pitch-perfect, wine-infused, French-style cozy mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Death in Provence: A Novel (Penelope Kite Book 1) by [Kent, Serena]The first entry in a clever, lighthearted mystery series set in modern Provence—a delightful blend of Agatha Christie and Peter Mayle—featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies.

It’s love at first sight when Penelope Kite sees Le Chant d’Eau—The Song of Water—the stone farmhouse tucked high in the hills above the Luberon valley, complete with a garden, swimming pool, and sweeping mountain vistas. For years, Penelope put her unfaithful ex-husband and her ungrateful stepchildren first. Since taking early retirement from her job in forensics at the Home Office in England, she’s been an unpaid babysitter and chauffeur for her grandchildren. Now, she’s going to start living for herself. Though her dream house needs major renovations, Penelope impulsively buys the property and moves to St. Merlot.

But Penelope’s daydreams of an adventurous life in Provence didn’t include finding a corpse floating face down in her swimming pool. The discovery of the dead man plunges her headlong into a Provençal stew of intrigue and lingering resentments simmering beneath the deceptively sunny village. Having worked in the forensics office, Penelope knows a thing or two about murder investigations. To find answers, she must carefully navigate between her seemingly ubiquitous, supercilious (and enviably chic) estate agent, the disdainful chief of police, and the devilishly handsome mayor—even as she finds herself tempted by all the delicacies the region has to offer. Thank goodness her old friend Frankie is just a flight away . . . and that Penelope is not quite as naïve as her new neighbors in St. Merlot believe.

Set against the exquisite backdrop of Provence, steeped in history, atmosphere, and secrets, Death in Provence introduces an irresistible heroine and a delightful new mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook











Murder Under A Green Sea by [Hunter, Phillip]There’s a murder on the streets of London, a plot that threatens the country and a dinner party to arrange. Only one man can help. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible hangover…

‘Phillip Hunter has produced a fun, fast-paced crime thriller with enough larger-than-life characters to make a whole series’ NetGalley reviewer

‘A marvellous murder mystery thriller’ NetGalley reviewer

Set in 1936, Murder Under a Green Sea is the story of Max and Martha Dalton, a young couple who seem to live a carefree life of luxury and dinner parties, far removed from the increasingly brutal world.

When an old army friend is murdered, Max finds himself drawn into the crime and back to his own past.

As the police suspect Max guilty of the murder, he believes there must be a connection with a tragic crime committed in the muddy hell of the Western Front.

Police suspicions grow along with a body count featuring one too many of Max’s former comrades.

With Martha, he sets out to unravel a knotted series of events, motivations and lies, while being pursued by a police force convinced that he’s the murderer, and with unknown assassins hot on his trail.

With the slightly dubious help of Martha, their maid, Flora, Flora’s sweetheart, Eric, and a very confused solicitor, Max manages to uncover a plot that threatens the safety of the whole country.

This is an action-packed caper, cleverly plotted with engaging characters.

The ideal read for fans of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence and Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












A Witch Too Late (Crystal Springs Cozy Witch Mystery Series Book 1) by [Lester, Paula, Harmon, M.E.]A Deadly Curse in the Making . . .

For Cascade Lorne, getting out of a messy marriage was supposed to be the ticket to starting over.

On the brink of her big five-oh birthday, a special delivery transforms everything she knows and plunges Cascade into a bewitching world of unexpected delights, phenomenal power, and legendary creatures turned real.

But before she has time to adjust, Cascade becomes the number one suspect in the murder of a powerful figure in this strange new world.
With only a sarcastic talking cat and a mysterious but totally hot neighbor to help, Cascade must unravel a decades old mystery even as the killer plots to use her as the last piece in a lethal puzzle.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series (Charles Lenox Mysteries Book 12) by [Finch, Charles]From the critically acclaimed and USA Today bestselling author Charles Finch comes The Vanishing Man, a prequel to his Charles Lenox Victorian series, in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind.

London, 1853: Having earned some renown by solving a case that baffled Scotland Yard, young Charles Lenox is called upon by the Duke of Dorset, one of England’s most revered noblemen, for help. A painting of the Duke’s great-grandfather has been stolen from his private study. But the Duke’s concern is not for his ancestor’s portrait; hiding in plain sight nearby is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s most famous and best-kept secrets.

Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error—and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must act quickly to unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again. As the Dorset family closes ranks to protect its reputation, Lenox uncovers a dark secret that could expose them to unimaginable scandal—and reveals the existence of an artifact, priceless beyond measure, for which the family is willing to risk anything to keep hidden.

In this intricately plotted prequel to the Charles Lenox mysteries, the young detective risks his potential career—and his reputation in high society—as he hunts for a criminal mastermind.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook











A Foreboding Felony (The Dreamer Trilogy Book 3) by [Barker, Constance]



Charli’s on the hunt to discover more about her heritage and why her dreams are becoming desperate. When Charli finds her grandmother, however, Elle needs her for another murder case. Charli’s heritage will have to wait as the pair are led on a wild goose chase that includes a Mexican witch. Will Charlie and Elle find themselves in a mystical world that is beyond their imagination? And will Charli finally discover the true meaning behind her dreams?

Find out in the last book of The Dreamer Trilogy  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Death at the Dog Show (Getaway Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) by [York, Grace]Dog show people take their competition seriously.

This year the Riverwood and Getaway Bay Dog Show is held in Getaway Bay, and the whole town is excited by the event. Mrs Jones has even entered Bella in the Toy Dog category. But things go pear-shaped at the gala dinner – the organiser loses control, the dogs run riot, and someone ends up dead.

In their new capacity as police volunteers, Addison and Adam are itching to help Detective Wilcox and his team uncover the truth. The suspect list soon includes disgruntled dog owners, judges, and even a few Getaway Bay locals.

So who did it?

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

Getaway Bay: Come for the murder, stay for the cake!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







New Releases For The Week Of February 17th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 17th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  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.



Deadly Heritage (Georgia Rae Winston Mysteries Book 3) by [Shrock, Marissa]Georgia’s life has finally settled down. Or so she thought. She couldn’t be more wrong.

Georgia Rae Winston’s life in the farming community of Wildcat Springs, Indiana, has found a nice, quiet rhythm. She’s dating Detective Cal Perkins, and everyone predicts wedding bells—if only Cal weren’t so consumed with work.

But then Clara Alspaugh, the town prodigal comes home after thirty-eight years. Clara, the woman who broke the heart of Georgia’s dad back in high school.

The night she returns, Clara’s mother is killed during a break in gone wrong. The scenario is eerily similar to Georgia’s father’s death nine and a half years earlier, and Georgia suspects there are lies from the past someone doesn’t want unearthed.

Georgia can’t get a straight answer from Clara about what really happened back in high school and why she left for so many years. When Georgia digs deeper and starts asking questions around town, she discovers people will do anything to keep their dark secrets buried. Even murder.

And Georgia has risen to the top of the hit list.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Forget Me Knot ((A Wayfair Witches' Cozy Mystery #10) by [Albright, A.A.]All is well in Riddler’s Cove. There’s no crime, no illness, and Wanda Wayfair is engaged to Will Berry, the greatest Minister for Magical Law that the world has ever known.

Hey, wait a minute … that doesn’t sound quite right, does it? Maybe things aren’t going so well in Riddler’s Cove, after all. And if something strange is afoot, well, Wanda sure can’t be the one to solve it, because she doesn’t have an ounce of magic to her name.

When some healers are murdered, and their familiars ask Wanda for help, she begins to wonder: is she really the unempowered witch she believes herself to be? Or is someone changing the world to suit themselves?

The dead healers aren’t the only ones who need help. Two busloads of weredogs have gone missing, on their way to the holiday of a lifetime.

With her coven by her side, can Wanda regain her power? And when she does, will this strange new world finally begin to make sense?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Read Between the Crimes (Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. Book 2) by [Hashway, Kelly]

Finding a missing bride shouldn’t be too much for psychic P.I. Piper Ashwell. But something about this new case has her thrown. Her visions don’t line up at all, and soon she realizes she’s seeing more than one case at a time.

There are two missing women, and one might already be dead. The visions are piling up, and Piper can’t sort through them quickly enough. When the only connection the two women had—the man they both loved—suddenly goes missing as well, Piper uncovers the most psychotic killer she’s ever met.

The death count is increasing, and Piper may be next.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Murder with Jammin’T (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 16) by [Wallace, R. A.]




A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 16
When a series of odd events involving The Jammin’T Diner ends in murder, Megan helps the police search for puzzle pieces. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Vervain and a Victim: Mystery (The Witches of Wormwood Mysteries Book 2) by [Loren, Ruby]A cauldron, a coin, and a corpse.


Three things that don’t belong in the woods.

The man standing over the body shouldn’t be there either, but when Hazel finds him with the victim, she suspects she’s already found the killer.

The only thing that keeps the prime suspect from being arrested is the absence of a murder weapon and a motive.

But in a town as weird as Wormwood, a motive for murder is only one dark secret away.

If you like talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this magical mystery series.

Get it now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Sedentary by nature, Octavius Bear is not a big Sports enthusiast. So, it is a bit out of character for him to pack his investigative team plus the Cubs and their governess onto the luxurious Ursa Minor helicopter and head for New York City. His assignment: investigate the killing of Ozzie Ostrich, a professional basketball player. The primary suspect is Joe Jeau, star member of the Gotham Giraffes pro ball team. The Giraffe’s Head Coach, an old schoolmate of the Great Bear, wants him to clear his top performer’s name and if possible, find the true killer.

The team gets tangled up with professional gamblers, possible personal rivalries and even love interests. Once again, the detectives are assisted by Chita and the near-miraculous Artificial Intelligence Unit, Ursula 8. Needless to say, the Cubs have a spectacular time in the Big Apple. New York will never be the same. Oh yes, the real killer is discovered.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback













The Chef by [Patterson, James, DiLallo, Max]
The new stand-alone thriller from the World’s Bestselling Author
Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted.
In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty–as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook


Great Balls of Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Chase, Annabel]Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight…

Annoying but loving family? Check.

Picturesque small town with a hot police chief? Check.

A rescue hellhound, a black cat with attitude, and a pet python that thinks he’s a puppy? Triple check.

My story has all the hallmarks of a sweet and cozy supernatural tale, but there’s a twist—

I am evil.

Well, I’m supposed to be evil thanks to both nature and nurture, but I fight it with every fiber of my being. I just want to live a normal life. I even joined the FBI instead of the Federal Bureau of Magic, until my powers reared their ugly head and the agency sent me packing back to my hometown to fight magical crimes instead.

Now I’m back in Chipping Cheddar, living with my evil family, with a new job and all my old baggage.

Oh, and there’s a dead body, which was definitely not an accident.

So there you have it. Welcome to my world.

Great Balls of Fury is the first book in the Federal Bureau of Magic paranormal cozy mystery series.

Other books in the series include–
Fury Godmother, Book 2
No Guts, No Fury, Book 3  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Divine Secrets: A Divine Cozy Mystery (Divine Christian Cozy Mysteries Series Book 2) by [Callaghan, Hope]Hoping to build trust with the Divine locals, Joanna Pepperdine and the Second Chance residents host an open house to get to know the townsfolk better. The event is a huge success…that is until a guest finds a wallet belonging to a man who is now missing.

“If you like clean cozy mysteries that keep you guessing until the end, you’ll love Hope Callaghan’s Books!”

“Divine Secrets,” is Book 2 in the Divine Cozy Mystery Series

BONUS: Recipe Included! 


Joanna Pepperdine has decided to host an open house at her place to give the Divine, Kansas locals a chance to meet not only her, but also the residents of the halfway house she’s opened for former female convicts.

Despite her fears the event will blow up in her face, it goes off without a hitch…until one of the guests finds a wallet, belonging to a local man who is missing.

Soon after, the missing man’s body is found near the farm, which leads the authorities to Jo’s place. They uncover more clues, all pointing toward someone who lives at the farm.

On a mission to clear their names, Jo discovers someone in the charming small town of Divine may be willing to kill to keep their secrets. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 17th, 2019–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 17th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  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.



Watch the Wall, Miss Seeton (A Miss Seeton Mystery Book 24) by [Crane, Hamilton, Carvic, Heron]Have the smugglers made a grave mistake?

Customs & Excise are tracking a gang of cigar-smugglers who operate on the quiet Kent coast near Plummergen, home to retired art teacher Miss Emily Seeton. Their attempt at a midnight ambush goes wrong, and a man is found dead.

As Miss Seeton sketches the most notorious tomb in Plummergen churchyard – the one built for 19th-century smuggler Abraham Voller – she meets a young American tourist. He claims to be a descendant of the Voller family, but is he a truly innocent ancestor-hunter, or do smugglers inherit their trade?

When the school concert includes a performance of Kipling’s “A Smuggler’s Song” it begins to seem that everyone is at it … but we can rely on Miss Seeton to ensure that the police will get their man, and the smugglers’ dreams will go up in smoke!

Serene amidst every kind of skulduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella.

What people are saying about Miss Seeton:

What a joy Miss Seeton is. Why did I wait so long to read them? Splashy characters, lovely setting, and just plain funny.”

“I’ve become a Miss Ess addict. Great characters that get better with each book. A must for anyone who loves a good British cozy with a twist, and surprising revelations of what a good brollie can do in a pinch.”

“What a great series. This is one of the best in English light reading mysteries.”

“Miss Seeton is a delightful sendup of the amateur sleuth. If your doctor has prescribed laughter as the best medicine, run and buy the entire series as fast as you can.”

Editorial reviews:

“A most beguiling protagonist!” New York Times

“Miss Seeton gets into wild drama with fine touches of farce . . . This is a lovely mixture of the funny and the exciting.” San Francisco Chronicle

“This is not so much black comedy as black-currant comedy . . . You can’t stop reading. Or laughing.” The Sun

Depth of description and lively characters bring this English village to life.” Publishers Weekly

“Fun to be had with a full cast of endearingly zany villagers . . . and the ever gently intuitive Miss Seeton.” Kirkus Reviews

“Miss Seeton is the most delightfully satisfactory character since Miss Marple.” Ogden Nash

“I think, on the whole, Miss Seeton is the most loveable and entertaining of any of today’s fiction detectives. May she live forever.” London Mystery Selection  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Whack The Mole (Whispering Bay Mystery Book 2) by [Geraci, Maria]A fun, quirky chick-lit mystery series featuring Lucy McGuffin, world’s best muffin maker and amateur sleuth.

Joey “The Weasel” Frizzone has been deep undercover with one of the country’s largest organized crime families and the time has come for him to testify against them. The trial isn’t for a couple of weeks, and the feds need him to lay low, so they hide him in a place no one would ever think to look—a sleepy little town in Florida called Whispering Bay.

Lucy McGuffin bakes the best muffins in town. She’s also a human lie detector, a talent that hasn’t always been easy to live with, because, c’mon, how many times can a girl hear “It’s me, not you” and keep a straight face?

Lucy’s ability to sniff out a lie has given her a reputation for solving crime, so when an attempt is made on Joey’s life, local police officer Travis Fontaine reluctantly seeks Lucy’s help. But Lucy and Travis have a wobbly relationship. The arrogant cop thinks he’s God’s gift to womankind, and Lucy isn’t about to become President of his fan club.

Someone in the FBI must have a big mouth because soon there are enough hitmen in town to make Whispering Bay look like a reunion site for The Sopranos. Then someone starts whacking the hitmen. As the body count begins to rise, Lucy realizes she has to step up to the plate. Travis needs Joey to stay alive long enough to testify, and Lucy wants her quaint little town back, minus the mobsters.

With the help of her best friend, Will, and her rescue dog, Paco, Lucy and Travis set out to discover who’s behind all the hits, because if they don’t, Whispering Bay may never be the same again. Ba-da-Bing. Ba-da-Boom.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









The Great Maple Caper (Wicked Good Mystery Series Book 4) by [May, Lucy]Deep in the heart of winter, all is quiet in Charm Cove. Or so Moira Wicked likes to think. The charming town in Maine is blanketed with snow, and magic is murmuring under the surface, but nothing is amiss.

Until it’s time for maple sugaring season. One of the earliest signs of spring is when the maple trees are ready to tap for sap, which becomes maple sugar, and syrup, and more. Once the first few trees are tapped, Charm Cove residents start reporting missing buckets of maple sap. At first, it’s only a few and then it’s almost all of them.

It’s a maple caper, and Charm Cove residents are riled up.

In the midst of the missing maple sap dustup, Moira finds herself caught in the middle because, of course, everyone she knows is missing maple sap. Maple sugaring is big business, and money is on the line. Who knew money and maple syrup would make people so crazy?

Meanwhile, Charm Cove is still a beacon to the wider world with its magic being bottled up and sold in its charming stores and online.

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)

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A Testament to Murder: A 1920s murder mystery to keep you guessing until the final page (A Murder Will Follow Mystery Book 1) by [Conroy, Vivian]Suspenseful from the first page to the last, A Testament to Murder is perfect for fans of And Then There Were NoneMurder on the Orient Express, and Crooked House

A dying billionaire. Nine would-be heirs. But only one will take the prize…

At the lush Villa Calypso on the French Riviera, a dying billionaire launches a devious plan: at midnight each day he appoints a new heir to his vast fortune. If he dies within 24 hours, that person takes it all. If not, their chance is gone forever.

Yet these are no ordinary beneficiaries, these men who crossed him, women who deceived him, and distant relations intent on reclaiming the family fortune. All are determined to lend death a hand and outwit their rivals in pursuit of the prize.

As tensions mount with every passing second, retired Scotland Yard investigator Jasper must stay two steps ahead of every player if he hopes to prevent the billionaire’s devious game from becoming a testament to murder…

Praise for A Testament to Murder:

‘Written along the same lines as traditional Agatha Christie novels, this fast paced cozy mystery is worth the time’ 4* Reader review

‘A great story line with brilliant main characters… I read this book in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down’ 4* Reader review

‘An unusual and intriguing murder mystery. An easy read and a compulsive page turner! Will be looking out for more from Vivían Conroy’ 4* Reader review

‘Wow, what a ride this book gives – full of red herrings and false leads, that you don’t know which way is up’ 5* Reader review

‘Characters are brilliantly defined, setting is absolutely gorgeous and even a scorching summer sun can’t warm up the evil that lurks beneath’ 4* reader review  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Found Dead in the Red Head (A Bathhouse Row Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Patton, Violet]Scrooge got it right, overwhelmed with work Patti develops a big case of bah humbug.
Ally hasn’t contacted her in weeks, and she’s worried sick about her daughter’s whereabouts.
Fanny adores the holidays and continues to make trouble for Patti.
Sandy plans an open house during the Rotary Club Annual Christmas parade. Myra insists a decadent two-person antique bathtub Teddy discovered in the building’s basement would be a perfect float for the Row.
At the last minute, Patti and Muriel decorate the bathtub, assigning Etta to toss soap samples instead of candy to the parade goers.
Belly Walker volunteers to pull the Row’s cute float with his famous MINI Cooper—the Red Head.
Unfortunately, after the parade and Sandy’s party, someone turns up dead in the Red Head.
Once again, Teddy steps in to help Patti solve a crime with Fanny’s help they hunt for another killer in Hot Springs.
Download Found Dead in the Red Head today. Who was killed in the Red Head and why?  (Amazon)

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Poisonous Protein (A Dying to Eat Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Heart, Kodi]A diet challenge with a $2500 pot and a killer out to win.

When Bonnie and Connie trip over the dead cleaning lady, they finally realize no one is safe. But even that fear isn’t enough to get in their way of attending meetings.

There’s more at stake than just losing the challenge or gaining weight – Bonnie could lose her life.

With a humiliated ex-husband working the new case and fingers pointing toward family, Bonnie and Connie don’t have a choice. They have to find out who did it before the next one is them.

Titles by Kodi Heart

The Dying 2 Eat Cozy Mysteries

Deadly Diet

Killer Carbs

Poisonous Protein

Death by Chocolate

Keto Me This

…and more!

The Murderous Chapters Cozy Mysteries

Once Upon a Murder

Twists Like a Knife  (Amazon)

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Murder So Heartless: A Merry March Mystery (Merry March Mysteries Book 3) by [Curley Hammond, Eileen]


Nothing spoils Valentine’s Day in a small town like a murdered florist.

The First Gulf War lasted less than a year. Now, nearly three decades later, the local florist is murdered in Hopeful. Merry’s pulled in once again, as her daughter begs her to save her boyfriend’s father from prison. When Merry investigates, she realizes that secrets kept during that War are beginning to unravel. Wine and cats keep her sane while her boyfriend, Rob, and best friend, Patty, pitch in to help her solve the mystery before the murderer kills again.  (Amazon)

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FA Devil of a Time (A Witch In Time Book 2) by [Marple, Mona]elicity must choose…

…live a normal life and be cut off…

…Or embrace her powers. 

Her decision gets harder when her Grandmother arranges for her to marry a powerful wizard. If she’s going to avoid that disaster, she’ll need to find a job…and that’s where everything changes.

At the Agency of Paranormal Peculiarities, they need investigators. Felicity is perfect for the job, but there’s just one catch, she’ll need to use the powers she’s been trying to avoid. Is giving up her dream of a normal life worth it?

Can she learn to embrace who she is?

Will the decision get her in over her head?

Sent back in time to 1999, she must solve a murder at the Old Bailey. This one will be a challenge and there’s a catch, she’s got just seven days to solve it.

You’ll love this story because of the struggle and the twists.

Get it now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Frost sparkles on the bare winter branches, as night falls over the quiet country lanes bordering the fens. But nestled beneath an ivy-covered bough, a body lies pale in the bright moonlight…

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?

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

Readers are completely gripped by Clare Chase…

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

There’s so much to love about this book… a mouth-watering, Michelin 5 star read.’ Jenny O’Brien,5 stars

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

Editions Available:  Paperback






Review of Dead As A Door Knocker

Dead As A Door Knocker
House-Flipper Mystery, Book #1
Diane Kelly
5 Stars


The first in a brand-new cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.

Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find—and flip—the home of one’s dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. But soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune. . .

Sawdust is the name of Whitney’s cat—of course. Whitney’s passion for gut-renovation may be a mystery to him but one thing Sawdust knows for sure is this: Dead bodies don’t belong in flower beds. So why is there one in this new, albeit old, house? Now it’s up to Whitney, along with the help of hot-and-cold Nashville Police Detective Collin Flynn, to find the truth about what happened before the mortgage property forecloses and Whitney loses her investment. . .and maybe her own life. (Goodreads)



The characters are well rounded and well developed. Whitney is a strong smart woman and she is very talented in carpentry. So when the opportunity to buy a house and flip it presents itself, she jumps at the chance. Her cousin Buck helps her and together they go into the house-flipping business. There was a lot of action contained within the pages of the book. I would have been discouraged by the mishaps that befall the house, but Whitney did not give up. I enjoyed getting to know Whitney and Buck and I enjoyed their relationship, with its bickering and banter. I also enjoyed getting to know, Collette, Whitney’s friend. She may be a love interest for Buck, we will have to wait and see. And Whitney’s cat, Sawdust, is adorable and adds to the story.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick, easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching the house come to life. I really enjoyed reading the chapters that were written from Sawdust’s point of view. I thought that was really clever and added humor to the book.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. With twists and turns and a few red herrings thrown in, it was not an easy one to solve.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book, when it is published.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death By A Whisker

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author T. C. LoTempio and her wonderful book Death by a Whisker.  This is the second book in her A Cat Rescue Mystery series.  This is such a great book and series.

Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1683319494
ISBN-13: 978-1683319498
Digital ASIN: B072395VJN


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Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.




The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Sydney is a likable, hard working woman. She gets along well with her sister, Kat, and all of the other workers at the animal shelter.  Her roommate Leila is an investigative reporter and they make a good team when it comes to sleuthing. And that is exactly what they will have to do when another dead body turns up.  Toby, her rescue cat, is also very helpful when it comes to solving crimes. All of the characters and secondary characters were engaging and I was happy to be able to visit with them again.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, involved in the story personally.  The community that she has created, Deer Park, North Carolina, is a place I would definitely like to visit.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through, and enough twists and turns that it was not an easy mystery to solve.  

I would recommend this well crafted cozy mystery to anyone who likes animals with their mysteries.  The characters are great, the setting is great, the mystery is great and the book is great. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.  

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in the hopes of receiving a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.


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While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER,debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, was released in December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at and

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Puppy Who Knew Too Much


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author V.M. Burns and her new release The Puppy Who Knew Too Much.  This is the second book in her A Dog Club Mystery series.  This is a really good series and I enjoyed both of the books.


The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (A Dog Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (February 12, 2019)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-10: 1516107918
ISBN-13: 978-1516107919
Digital ASIN: B07D233MVK


Purchase Links – Amazon –  Barnes & Noble – IndieBound:  – Books-A-Million – Kobo


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Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder . . .

Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly’s left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer.

But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it’s up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer . . .




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This is such a great book and series.  It has everything that I look for in a cozy: relatable characters, an inviting setting, humor, intrigue and adorable animals (just look at the cover).  

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Lilly is older and more mature and she did not just forget about her safety while investigating another murder.  The relationship between her and Dixie, a long time friend, was sincere and heartwarming. They would do anything for each other.  We should all have a friend like that. Dixie is very funny and I laughed a lot while reading this book.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and made the setting so inviting that I want to go to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a visit.  I would love to spend a week with Lilly and Dixie.

The mystery held my interest throughout the entire book.  With two murders to solve, you better put your thinking cap on.  There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through with plenty of suspense to keep the reader engaged.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I would not change a thing about this book, I thought it was perfect just the way it was.  

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

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V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of  Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at

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New Releases For The Week Of February 10th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 10th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  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.



Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by [Amanda Flower]USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower is back with the third in her more-charming-than-ever Magical Bookshop mystery. Fans of Sofie Kelly and Heather Blake, prepare your bookshelves!

Niagara region booksellers Violet Waverly and Grandma Daisy sleuth the slaying of a sommelier whose book signing turned into her sayonara.

January means ice wine season in the Niagara Falls region, but the festivities leave Charming Books owner Violet Waverly cold, still reeling from a past heartbreak. A past heartbreak who will be present at the annual midnight grape-harvest festival, and no magic in the world or incantation powerful enough could get Violet to attend. But Grandma Daisy, an omniscient force all on her own, informs Violet that she’s already arranged for the mystical Charming Books to host celebrity sommelier Belinda Perkins’s book signing at the party. Little do either Waverly women know, the ice wine festival will turn colder still when Violet finds Belinda in the middle of the frozen vineyard—with a grape harvest knife protruding from her chest.

Belinda grew up in Cascade Springs, but she left town years ago after a huge falling-out with her three sisters. One of those sisters, Violet’s high school friend Lacey Dupont, attends the book signing in the hope of making amends with her sister, but Belinda and Lacey end up disrupting the signing with a very public shouting match and Lacey quickly becomes the prime suspect in the sommelier’s murder.

Violet is sure Lacey is innocent, and to keep her friend out of prison, Violet asks for guidance from her magical bookshop. The shop’s ethereal essence points her to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but what have the four March sisters to do with the four Perkins sisters? If she can’t figure it out, Violet, herself, may turn as cold as ice. Violet, Grandma Daisy, Emerson the tuxedo cat, and resident crow Faulkner are back on the case in Murders and MetaphorsUSA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting third Magical Bookshop mystery.  (Amazon)

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Is This Suitcase Taken? (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 13) by [Meadows, Wendy]An amateur sleuth B&B owner, a weekend wedding, and a dead body in a suitcase. Another murder mystery in the cozy beach town of Sweetfern Harbor…

Brenda Rivers welcomes guests to Sheffield Bed and Breakfast with her Reservationist, Allie Williams. In the meantime, everyone is excited for the wedding of Brenda’s father and her Chef scheduled for that afternoon. Allie greets the booked guests and takes note of one who hits her the wrong way. Patrick Anderson is outspoken and rude. Few, if any in his life, like him.

Most of the weekenders decide to attend the wedding except for Patrick, Rick Dawson, Carrie Porter and Daniel Swift. Each voice courteous reasons and they leave to pursue interests along the shoreline below the bed and breakfast or in Sweetfern Harbor shops. As the wedding celebrations begin after the ceremony, Detective Mac Rivers is called to the Precinct. A dead body has been left at the back door of the Police Station. Inside the over-sized footlocker are the remains of Patrick Anderson.

It doesn’t take Brenda long to discover one of her guests, Alexandra Cornell, possesses fleeting personalities. Alexandra finally admits she witnessed Patrick’s murder from her perch on the seawall during the celebrations. Brenda decides that Alexandra’s changeable moods is the culprit of Brenda’s doubts about her story. When Daniel Swift is fingered in the crime, he must prove his vowed innocence against someone who vouches seeing him commit the murder. Just as Brenda and Mac begin to hone in on the true killer, they discover one guest is missing. Alexandra mentions he is running away but gives no reason.

Brenda must decide who killed Patrick and who assisted in the deed. Rick Dawson is missing, Daniel swears he is innocent, and Alexandra is too fragile to win against an athletic man like Patrick Anderson. Above all, the questions become who to believe and where will the evidence lead them in solving this crime.

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. It can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read.

Read all the Sweetfern Harbor cozy mysteries:

1. Posies and Poison
2. Dead in Bed
3. Captain Dead Man
4. Ghostly Tours
5. Turkey, Pies, and Alibis
6. Mystery, Snow, and Mistletoe
7. Festival Turmoil
8. Scandal at the Gala
9. The Elusive Wampum
10. Chest of Secrets
11. The Bead Seller
12. Fe Fi Fiddle Die
13. Is This Suitcase Taken?  (Amazon)

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Killer Thriller (Ian Ludlow Thrillers Book 2) by [Goldberg, Lee]In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg’s action-packed sequel to the Washington Post bestseller True Fiction, a hapless writer is pitted against an enemy nation mounting a treacherous plot lifted from one of his thrillers.

Everybody loves Ian Ludlow’s action novels—especially the CIA—because the spies know something the public doesn’t: his fictional plots have a frightening tendency to come true. Ian is in Hong Kong with his resourceful assistant Margo French to research his wildest story yet—a deadly global conspiracy by Chinese intelligence to topple the United States.

What Ian doesn’t know is that his horrifying scenario is happening and that the Chinese mistakenly believe he’s an undercover superspy assigned to foil their scheme. Now Ian is trapped in his own terrifying thriller, on the run from assassins, and racing against time to prevent an epic disaster. He’s written himself into a corner that could cost his life…and his country.  (Amazon)

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Gin & Murder: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 8) by [Byers, Beth]September 1924. 

When Violet and Victor are called home to account for their actions, only one course of action is possible. They pack a liberal amount of alcohol and call on their friends to rally round.

They’ve been outed as writers of sensational fiction! Of falling in love with unapproved individuals! They’ve bought houses while drunk and had the gall to get sucked into murder investigations! And, it was Violet who was credited with helping to find the killers! The explosion is a story for the ages.

To say that no one expected a body soaked in gin is a stretch after what these friends have been through. The real shocker is when the earl asks Jack, Violet, Victor, and their friends to solve the murder and save what remains of the family’s good name.

Book SEVEN in The Violet Carlyle Mysteries. Are you ready for the roaring twenties? For a spunky young woman determined to craft her own life? If so, you’ll love Vi, her indulgent twin Vic, and their friends. You might even find your imagination caught by the detective Jack Wakefield. For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, Leighann Dobbs, and Lee Strauss.

A light, cozy mystery with a fun peek into life in the life of a bright young thing. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The Violet Carlyle Mysteries
Book 1: Murder & the Heir
Book 2: Kennington House Murder
Book 3: Murder & The Folly
Book 4: A Merry Little Murder
Book 5: Murder Among the Roses
Book 6: Murder in the Shallows
Book 7: Gin & Murder
Book 8: Obsidian Murder
Book 9: Murder at the Ladies Club
Book 10: Wedding Vows & Murder  (Amazon)

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Valentine's Madness: A 1920s Historical Mystery Anthology (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 11) by [Welsh, Pamela, Byers, Beth, Jane, Bettie, Queen, Emily, Dean, Carolyn L.]Note: This is a collection of short stories including a Valentine’s Day story that falls between A Merry Little Murder and Murder Among the Roses.

Welcome to a very flapper Valentine’s Day!

Are you ready for the roaring twenties? For spunky young women crafting their own lives? If so, you’ll love Violet, Julia, Abigail, Evelyn, and Rosemary.

Inside, you’ll find four short Valentine’s day adventures, 1920s style including roses, chocolates, kisses, and cocktails. With stories from The Violet Carlyle Mysteries, the Piccadilly Ladies Club Mysteries, the Abigail Dutcher Mysteries, the Jazz & Gin Cozy Mysteries, and The Lillywhite Mysteries.

For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss. A light, cozy mystery with a fun peek into a Valentine’s celebration of a bright young thing.  (Amazon)

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In Hot Fudge And Cold Blood: Wedding Bells and Magic Spells by [Winters, A.R.]It should’ve been such fun…

Aria Whitmore has enough on her plate: Hazel’s sudden revelation, her mother’s romantic obsession with Mayor Donovan, and, of course, Kiwi’s latest food obsession – fudge.

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

When her mother is found hovering over the dead body of Sandra Webb, Aria knows the craziness is just beginning – especially since Sandra was the creator of Kiwi’s beloved fudge.

Although Sandra was loved by many for the delicious fudge she baked, she had just as many enemies. Including Molly Anderson, a neighbor who hated Sandra with a vengeance; Randi Blake, the long-suffering owner of the “real” fudge store in town; and Walnut Wendy, who almost died after eating Sandra’s fudge.

And, of course, there’s Annabel Whitmore, who not only “discovered” Sandra’s dead body, but was also publicly jealous of Sandra’s relationship with Mayor Donovan… but was she jealous enough to kill?

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, 

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq,

“A cute light read with a final twist at the end.” – Stacey Puleio,

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist who just happens to be a witch, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

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Stay Tuned For Murder (Talk Radio Mysteries Book 3) by [Kennedy, Mary]



Dr. Maggie Walsh’s radio show has been getting a boost in ratings ever since Madame Chantal, who claims to talk to dead people, started her regular guest appearances. But when two women are killed after a séance, it’s up to Maggie to catch the culprit before she winds up on the other side….  (Amazon)

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Christie Ryan Romantic Mysteries Boxed Set: The complete series by [Clark, Phillipa Nefri]Visit the seaside town of River’s End and you’ll want to stay. Mystery, romance, and a dog called Randall will delight and move you. With a bonus alternative prologue to the first book, this collection is the perfect read for lovers of old fashioned romance, family secrets, mysteries, and warm characters you’ll grow to love.

THE STATIONMASTER’S COTTAGE: Christie Ryan inherits a rundown old cottage in a small town she’s never heard of. Hidden inside are old love letters and unworn wedding rings. With her own life at a crossroads, she meets reclusive artist, Martin Blake, and his golden retriever, Randall. The dog adores her, but his owner refuses to help Christie discover the truth. With time against her, will solving the mystery bring her happiness, or heartache? Award winner, Amazon bestseller.

JASMINE SEA: As Christie settles into her new home, the newfound peace is disturbed by a troubling series of crimes in the normally sleepy town. As pressure builds for her to sell the cottage, Christie’s future plans are threatened by a mysterious woman who commissions a painting from Martin. In a heart-stopping series of events, Christie comes face to face with her greatest fear… and there is no going around it. With only one chance to save those she loves, will her life be the price?

THE SECRETS OF PALMERSTON HOUSE: In 1853, Palmerston House was lost in a game of poker. Now, someone wants it back. Christie finds herself in the middle of a new mystery, trying to discover what do a nineteenth century diary, a grandfather clock, and an old key have in common. As a dangerous plot unfolds, long hidden secrets threaten to change everything held dear to the town.

THE CHRISTMAS KEY: A heartwarming novella rounding off the Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery series with the last of the secrets revealed, and delightful Christmas magic to touch the favourite residents of River’s End.

Dorothy MW: Once again Phillipa has brought sweet joy to those who read her books. Thank you for all the love you share with us in your books.

AJ Reads: The Christmas Key by Phillipa Nefri Clark wraps up the River’s End series. This book put context to the events of the past and brings closure for the residences of River’s End. A great finish to a great series. Highly recommend all the books in the series.

Gladys: I just love these books. Thank you Phillipa  (Amazon)

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Careless Love: A DCI Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels Book 25) by [Robinson, Peter]His fans include Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Ian Rankin, and Louise Penney. He has won acclaim and numerous international prizes and awards, including the Edgar. Now, Peter Robinson, one of the world’s greatest suspense writers, returns with a powerful mystery in which his legendary Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must solve two perplexing crimes.

Two suspicious deaths challenge DS Alan Banks and his crack investigative team.

A young local student’s body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. The death looks like suicide, but there are too many open questions for Banks and his team to rule out foul play. The victim didn’t own a car. She didn’t even drive. How did she get there? Where—and when—did she die? Did someone move her, and if so, why?

A man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post mortem findings indicate that he died from injuries sustained during a fall. Was it an accident—did he slip and fall? Or was he pushed? Why was he up there? And why are there no signs of a vehicle near where he fell?

As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries surrounding these two cases proliferate, a source close to Annie reveals a piece of information that shocks the team and impacts the investigations. An old enemy has returned in a new guise—a nefarious foe who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.

With the stakes raised, the hunt is on. But will Banks be able to find the evidence to stop him in time?  (Amazon)

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The Mapleton Mystery Novellas (Mapleton Mysteries Book 8) by [Odell, Terry]Three Mapleton Mystery Novellas, a blend of police procedurals and cozy mysteries, now available in one volume.

Deadly Places
Life is a balancing act. When you’re a cop, the choices can be deadly.
Ed Solomon, long-time police officer in the small town of Mapleton, Colorado, has been ribbed for thinking there’s a ring of assassins out killing deadbeat dads. However, he’s convinced these killers exist and they’re doing their dirty work from behind an innocuous-looking travel blog. Proving the ring exists has been a sideline investigation for him, but it’s shoved further onto the back burner when Ed is forced to assume the duties of Chief.

Ed loves being a cop, but the Chief Stuff is getting him down. He’s juggling his own police duties, mounds of paperwork, and keeping the mayor happy. With all the extra hours, family tensions are on the rise as well. But when someone leaves an anonymous message for him at the station, handing him a new clue, he’s determined to prove these assassins exist. Setting up a sting operation by posing as a deadbeat dad makes Ed a target. Will he catch the assassins before he becomes their next victim?

Deadly Engagement – International Digital Award for “Best Short Suspense” 2018 from the Oklahoma RWA
If you’re with a cop, there’s no escaping mystery and crime, even on a Caribbean cruise.
Angie Mead thinks time away from Gordon’s “Cop Stuff” is what he needs to distract him from being suspended as Mapleton’s Chief of Police and get over killing a man. A Caribbean cruise, where Gordon has no jurisdiction, seems the perfect solution—and Angie is looking forward to some fun in the sun.

Communication mishaps and Gordon’s apparent lack of interest in their getaway create second thoughts for Angie. That is, until a series of petty thefts give Gordon a new bone to chew on. When he includes Angie in his investigative way of thinking, the two of them switch to sleuthing mode, and their real adventure begins.

Deadly Assumptions
Will a string of mysterious trespassing incidents give Rookie Officer Ed Solomon his chance at being a big-time detective?

Gordon Hepler and Ed Solomon are reminiscing at Finnegan’s bar one snowy night, about a case that turned Gordon’s career path around and had Solomon rethinking his desires to be a big-city detective. Back then, Gordon had no intentions of being a cop, and Ed was a greener-than-green rookie police officer being trained by Arch Hepler, Gordon’s father.

In most places, people breaking into garden and storage sheds might not be a big deal, but in the small town of Mapleton, Colorado, it’s a veritable crime wave, at least according to Chief Dixon. Kids playing pranks? Or something more serious? Could these trespassers have something to do with a much bigger, big-city crime? What starts out as a perfunctory investigation soon escalates. Will Dixon, Arch Hepler, and new rookie Solomon discover the truth before Mapleton sees its first homicide in decades?  (Amazon)

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Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Kappes, Tonya]Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder
Book Five
A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series

You don’t want to miss out on book 5 of this hilarious and very popular cozy mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes.

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky, where nothing is . . . NORMAL!

Mae West, owner of Happy Trails Campground, never thought she would become an actress like her namesake. Calling herself an actress might be far stretch as she plays a minor role in the local Civil War reenactment BATTLE AT CAMP WILDCAT.

When the reenactment doesn’t go as planned, not one but two of the town’s folks aren’t playing dead. . .they were MURDERED!
Come to find out there was a prison break and the serial killer is believed to be in Normal and someone has stolen a motorhome from Happy Trails Campground.

Are these connected?

Mae lets boyfriend and hunky detective, Hank Sharp, follow all the leads about the murders and on the trail of the serial killer because she’s got bigger s’mores in the fire.

The motorhome owners have filed a lawsuit and suing her for the deed to Happy Trails Campground. Mae has embraced Normal and there’s nothing or no one going to take her campground. She’s determined to find the motorhome and return it to the owners before she hands over any deed to anyone.

Mae just might find out that tapping into her namesake just might come in handy when coming face to face with a serial killer.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 10th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 10th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  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.



Murder in Langley Woods: A completely addictive cozy mystery novel (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 8) by [Rowlands, Betty]A body is found near a picture-perfect Cotswolds village… but the upstanding local residents couldn’t possibly be involved, could they? 

Murder is the very last thing on Melissa Craig’s mind when one of her neighbours pops in to complain loudly about a minor local robbery. She’s far too busy thinking about her next book…

But when the evening paper lands, there is a shocking headline. A young woman’s body has been found in the nearby woods, and it seems the local robbery may offer a crucial clue. Suddenly the whole village is talking about the murder, but none of Melissa’s neighbours have come forward to say they know who the victim is. 

Convinced that the police have got the wrong end of the stick, Melissa can’t resist doing some more digging. When she finds a photograph of the dead girl at her former family home, she realises this is the clue she needs, if only she can find out who took the picture…

Melissa finds an exciting new lead and rushes to follow it. But might she be walking into a trap? Can she work out the truth before she puts herself in harm’s way? 

If you love novels by Joy Ellis, Faith Martin or Agatha Christie, you won’t be able to put down this twisty murder mystery! 

This book was previously published as The Cherry Pickers.

What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:

Hooked from the first pages… wonderful… fascinating, full of twists and turns kept me guessing till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Brilliant I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

An absolutely addictive, wonderful story. Loved it from start to finish. Great pace and a delightful setting, colourful characters and thrilling mystery. This was a brilliant story and I cannot wait for more!’ Renita D’Silva, author of The Forgotten Daughter5 stars

Perfect for lovers of COZY CRIME!… I loved this book… This is an easily read book but it will keep you on your toes.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down as it was entertaining and enthralling… The mystery was interesting and it kept me guessing till the end… Highly recommended!’ Scrapping and Playing5 stars

The quintessential cozy mystery… the storyline is fast-paced and engaging… builds to an adrenaline fuelled ending, full of action and powerful imagery. An enjoyable, escapist read that I suspect may become my secret addiction.’ Jane Hunt’s Blog5 stars

An enjoyable read, with lots of twists and turns… the mystery is one that keeps you reading well into the night. I will certainly look out for more books in this series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A page turner and one that kept me up late.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A lovely, peaceful and funny cozy mystery novel… plenty of very good laugh-out-loud moments… reminded me of Agatha Raisin… I’ll be definitely in the search of other books from this author in future. A perfect cozy mystery!’ Licence to Read, 5 stars

Absolutely charming!… A good old-fashioned who-dunnit with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and humour. Would definitely recommend!’ Stardust Book Reviews5 stars  (Amazon)

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Newly Wed and Slightly Dead: A Touch of Magic Mystery (A Touch of Magic Mysteries Book 1) by [Garrett, Danielle]Nothing ruins a rehearsal dinner quite like a passive-aggressive toast from the unhappy mother of the groom. Things go from bad to yikes when she’s found reduced to a pile of ashes and couture and the bride is pegged as the one wielding the wooden stake.

When a vampire marries a human, things are bound to get messy…

After years spent working the birthday party and baby shower circuit, Anastasia Winters finally has a corner office and a host of supernatural clients all begging her to plan their special day. But following a brush of bad luck, she finds herself on the brink of losing it all. With an ultimatum from her boss on the table, her next wedding has to be perfect.

When the vampy mother of the groom is found dead, the bride goes on the run, and Anastasia is forced head-first into the murder investigation if she has any chance of getting the wedding back on track and keeping her job.

Unfortunately, this is one wedding crisis that requires more than a strategically placed bobby pin or double-sided sticky tape.

Can there be a fairy tale ending, or will it be Happily Ever Never?


Newly Wed and Slightly Dead is the first novel in a new series of paranormal mysteries by Danielle Garrett. Step inside the magical world of the Seattle Haven and see what happens when the magic and wedding worlds collide! Packed full of laughs, magic, mystery, and a little romance, this series is sure to have something for everyone.  (Amazon)

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Death on Torrid Ave. (Secret Sleuth Book 2) by [McLinn, Patricia]Paws for a murder
Far from the publishing world that once defined her, Sheila Mackey has found a new life, a new home, and a new love. The love has four legs, a plumey tail, and a lot of fur. Meet Gracie the rescue collie. Too smart for her own good – certainly too smart for Sheila’s good, when Gracie discovers a dead body during a dog park gambol.
Especially since Sheila delves into mysteries surrounding this dead body … only to discover the new guy at the Torrid Avenue dog park is a barely retired cop. Not good for an amateur sleuth with a big secret of her own that she intends to keep. She’s not exactly who she says she is. At least, she’s not who she pretended to be for 15 years.
Will Sheila untangle the murder mystery before her secrets are untied, exposing her previous identity to her new small-town neighbors?
And will Gracie ever learn the “Quiet!” command?
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This whodunit with humor is the second book in USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s new cozy mystery series, Secret Sleuth, which begins with a murder on a transatlantic cruise in Death on the Diversion. In Death on Torrid Ave. and later books, accidental investigator Sheila Mackey returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.
On the spectrum of McLinn’s mystery novels, the Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy series is in the middle, Proof of Innocence is 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)

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IA Case of Bier: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Book 31) by [Daheim, Mary]n this charming madcap entry in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Bed-and-Breakfast series, innkeeper and amateur sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn’s plans for a relaxing vacation go awry when she realizes her fellow guests have a different kind of getaway planned.

Vacations can be murder. No one knows that better than Judith McMonigle Flynn, owner of Seattle’s popular Hillside Manor B&B. After a busy summer, she desperately needs some R&R. Leave it to her thoughtful husband, Joe, to surprise her with a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Thrilled to be getting away, Judith’s overjoyed when Cousin Renie and Bill agree to join them. Though the husbands have made the arrangements, how bad can a short time away in the beautiful mountains be? Judith and Renie are about to find out!

While the accommodations certainly leave something to be desired, the other guests are the real prize. They’ve gathered on the mountainside to give a relative a proper and permanent send-off—a nice gesture, until Judith realizes that paying their respects might be a little premature . . . without some very sinister assistance. Now, it’s up to her and Renie to save a would-be corpse from an early date with the undertaker.  (Amazon)

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Lethal Lemon Bars (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 9) by [Moore, Addison]This is a standalone novel. *A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times bestseller Addison Moore* Each book in the series can be enjoyed on its own but for maximum enjoyment you might want to read them 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.

A divorce party. Of all the asinine things I’ve been asked to cater, this is at the top of the list. And the guests are some of the wealthiest people I’ve ever met. Everything seems to be going well, but right after the ex-bride and groom make a bonfire out of their legal documents, disaster strikes, and one of my lemon bars just so happens to be in the thick of it. A socialite is murdered right before our eyes, and the blame is quickly pinned on my bakery. I’m going to get to the bottom of this before it ruins me. And while I’m at it, I’m hoping to repair things between Noah and Everett. Lord knows I’ve already ruined things in that department—perhaps forever.

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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A Psychic with Catitude (Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective Book 2) by [Workman, P.D.]


Reg Rawlins is back in business, asked by Detective Jessup to consult on a missing persons case.

Little does she know that it’s not your average teen runaway or kidnapping. There is something strange going on.

Reg is dealing with her own personal issues with her health, an overly-interested warlock, and a furry psychic partner with definite attitude.

Time is running short for the teen and Reg needs to act now.  (Amazon)

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Trigger Yappy: A Mystery (Roundup Crew Mystery Series Book 2) by [Orgain, Diana]Although still not quite a dog lover, Maggie Patterson meets with her new group of dog-loving friends for “Yappy Hour” every Friday night in the sleepy seaside town of Pacific Cove, CA. Both she and her sister Rachel have put the past murderous summer behind them, with Rachel even securing a headline feature for the Wine & Bark in the famous Doggie Day magazine. But when her sister comes down with a case of salmonella poisoning, Maggie is left to run the business in her absence. Even worse, Maggie overhears an argument between her friend Yolanda and Bonnie, who runs the Chic Chickie shop. Then poor Bonnie turns up dead.

With evidence pilling up against Yolanda, the Roundup Crew is desperate to find the real killer and convince Maggie to investigate. With the help of charming detective Officer Brad Brooks, Maggie finds that everyone has a motive, even some of her beloved Roundup Crew friends. Maggie must put her new job as a purser on hold while she tracks down a murderer. Will Maggie’s investigation kill her budding romance with Officer Brooks? Sometimes getting to the truth is not for the faint of bark…er…heart. Between running the bar, managing her love life, and solving a murder in time for the editorial spread, things are about to get a little hairy in this laugh-out-loud cozy mystery.  (Amazon)

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Spirited Quest (Deerbourne Inn) by [Howard, Julie]



Paige Norman believes in a tangible, explainable world. When her ghost-hunting niece comes for a visit, she tries not to scoff. But someone, or something, is stirring up trouble at the Deerbourne Inn and her niece, Jillian, is at the center of the mystery.

Paige is certain the handsome Aussie photographer is behind the unexplained disturbances, and she warns her niece to stay clear. Meanwhile, Jillian gets to know the otherworldly Lady of the Deerbourne, who foretells an encounter with “two men.” Then the pranks turn dangerous. Has her niece attracted a stalker or has she conjured an evil presence? Can the culprit be the man who has captured her heart?  (Amazon)

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Murder Unexpected: a gripping murder mystery (Kat and Mouse Book 2) by [Waller, Anita] Kat and Mouse are back.

Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.

Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.

When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow’s husband. But when it becomes clear that the widow isn’t telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Kat’s husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.

Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?

This time they might just be out of their depth…

Also available in the bestselling Kat and Mouse Murder Mystery series:

Murder Undeniable

Anita Waller is the bestselling author of multiple thrillers including 34 Days, Malignant and Captor. Murder Unexpected is a gripping Kat and Mouse mystery which will appeal to fans of authors like Faith Martin, J.R. Ellis, LJ Ross and Betty Rowlands.  (Amazon)

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Here and Gone (Regan Harris Series Book 2) by [Wood, Kelly]

Las Vegas. Family Friendly or Sin City?

Regan Harris wants life to return to normal after her whirlwind Chicago stop. What starts as a quick work trip to Las Vegas turns into a never-ending nightmare of close calls, salon mishaps, and bombs. Will Regan find her way through with Gray at her side?

Here and Gone is the second book in Kelly Wood’s Regan Harris Series, a romantic cozy mystery. If you like Sara Rosett, Fern Michaels, and Nora Roberts, then you’ll love a series that combines all of their best traits in a humorous, light-hearted, romantic mystery.

Buy this book to follow Regan on her crime fighting journey of love!  (Amazon)

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Murder at the Palace (A Movie Palace Mystery Book 1) by [Dumas, Margaret]Welcome to the Palace movie theater! Now Showing: Philandering husbands, ghostly sidekicks, and a murder or two.

When Nora Paige’s movie-star husband leaves her for his latest co-star, she flees Hollywood to take refuge in San Francisco at the Palace, a historic movie theater that shows the classic films she loves. There she finds a band of misfit film buffs who care about movies (almost) as much as she does.

She also finds some shady financial dealings and the body of a murdered stranger.

Oh, and then there’s Trixie, the lively ghost of a 1930’s usherette who appears only to Nora and has a lot to catch up on. With the help of her new ghostly friend, can Nora catch the killer before there’s another murder at the Palace?

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MURDER AT THE PALACE by Margaret Dumas | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

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The Inn at Holiday Bay: Letters in the Library by [Daley, Kathi]A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

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 2 of the series, Abby finds a bundle of letters which had been written in 1954 in the wall of the library after Lonnie tears it down as part of the remodel. Intrigued by the secret revealed in the letters, Abby and Georgia set out to find the rest of the story.

Meanwhile, Chief Colt Wilder uncovers a new clue relating to the death of a local girl the previous summer. In spite of her vow to focus her time on her writing, Abby finds herself pulled into the tangled web of half truths that may tell a different story than was first believed true.

Join Abby, Georgia, Rufus, and Ramos, as they continue with the remodel on the old mansion, prepare for a busy summer season, and continue to find a new meaning for their lives in the charming small town of Holiday Bay.  (Amazon)

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