New Releases For The Week of June 13th, 2021–Part 3

Kid-Napped (Country Girl in the Big City Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Susan Harper]

Friends come and go, but goats are forever. Or not.

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Bonnie and Katie Lou are suddenly dealing with internet fame and money because of their pet goat. Their newfound fame and fortune seems to be temporary, though, when Sylvester the Goat disappears. Can they use their much practiced mystery solving skills to save worlds most famous pet goat or has Sylvester moved on to greener pastures forever?

Kid-Napped is the sixth story in the Country Girl in the Big City Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, troublesome pets, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Country Girl in the Big City Cozy Mystery series.

Download Kid-Napped and see how a couple country girls, and a goat, get by in the big city!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Love and Money, Another Murder by [Christa Nardi]

No one wants to believe murder can happen in their neighborhood.

Murder is nothing new for Sheridan Hendley, amateur sleuth, or her husband, Detective Brett McMann. Still, shots fired add a layer of tension to babysitting and being neighborly. This time the murder is too close for comfort. There are no witnesses and no verified identification of the victim, not to mention the car accident prompting Sheridan to be next door. Questions are raised about an investment company and business practices. Could a kitten have the key to the motive and killer?

As Sheridan works with the police to identify the murdered victim, she discovers investment scams that target the elderly with fake promises and visits a towering conglomerate in the middle of nowhere. What kind of company requires employees to sign a nondisclosure agreement, arranges for them to live in a designated subdivision, and plants listening devices in their homes? Was the victim killed because of what she discovered? As more information is revealed, Sheridan is in danger. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Case of the Tangled Maypole (A Cunning Woman Mystery Book 2) by [Anna Castle]

It’s May Day, a time of joyful song and dance. But Jane Moone is called at sunrise to view a sorrowful sight — Lucy Quirk, strangled in the maypole’s tangled ribbons. Lucy came to Ayreford to re-unite with her long-lost father. The prominent cunning man is delighted to welcome her into his work, as well as his life. But Lucy has her own agenda and soon starts spilling secrets from his confidential patient notebooks.

Jane and John Greenslade, local barrister, find plenty of conflict around Lucy’s death. The local Puritans wanted to stop May Day once and for all. Quirk wanted to stop his daughter’s gossip. Any number of townsfolk might have confided things to the cunning man worth killing to conceal. Worse, Jane’s every step is shadowed by troublesome fairies, especially the old river goddess protecting Roger Quirk. But is she trying to help the investigation or hinder it?

Jane risks her life to peel back the glamours confusing the case. She’s rescued in the end by the last person she ever expected to meet. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Case of the Miscast Curse (A Cunning Woman Mystery Book 3) by [Anna Castle]

Jane Moone is hired to identify the witch who cursed a sheep. But her client, Kate Grazier, has already decided who did it — Dorcas Whiting, the hedge witch who happens to be Jane’s father’s sweetheart. Dorcas would never harm an innocent sheep and everyone knows it, but she’s arrested before Jane can credit the accusation. Now she has to persuade the poorest farmers in the district — Dorcas’s patients — to stand before the magistrate in Greenslade Hall and testify on the witch’s behalf.

As if that weren’t enough trouble for one week, Jane hears stories about another old witch. She’s begging at kitchen doors and walking away angry as often as not. She flings curses everywhere she goes, most of them missing their mark. But some are truly dangerous.

Jane and her father, a powerful wizard, must peer into the heart of a near-fatal curse and find the wandering witch before an innocent dies. (Amazon)

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The Scrying Game: A Paranormal Mystery (Witching Hour: Psychics Book 1) by [Christine Zane Thomas]

Plagued with visions…

When Willow Brown was seven, she had her first vision. Her death played out like a movie. Her second vision came along shortly after that when she predicted her father’s cancer diagnosis.

Her mother always wanted her to hide her gift away. That’s what she called it, a gift. To Willow, it was never a gift.

When her great aunt leaves Willow a house and a cat, she’s forced back to her hometown to sort out the affairs. But it turns out Aunt Cora is a little less dead than anyone thought. The old psychic inhabits the body and mind of the cat—and she’s hellbent on teaching Willow how to properly use her psychic abilities.

But that’s not the only trouble she encounters in Mossy Pointe, Florida.

Willow isn’t in town ten minutes before she’s thrust in the middle of a murder investigation—an investigation that puts her on a collision course with the vision she’s been running away from all her life.The Scrying Game is the first in an all-new paranormal mystery series, Witching Hour: Psychics. Great for fans of cozy mystery and Paranormal Women’s Fiction.

For more about the wider supernatural world, and to learn some of Willow’s backstory, read Midlife Curses: Witching Hour Book One. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Troubles In Tahiti: Book Seven:: The Cozy Cruise Mysteries by [Lizzie Josephson]

When the newly created French Polynesian Tourist Board announced The First Annual Gold Cup Cruise Competition several cruise lines jumped at the chance to enter.

Cosmos Cruise Lines sent the Calypso, and they knew if they did their best, they might win. After all, they were the only 6 star ship in the contest.

But somebody else had his eye on the prize, somebody who had an ax to grind with Adrianne Chrisander and her fiance, Captain Keith Knowles. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Riders Club by [Dennis  Nagel]

Tom is tired of being burglarized. After the fourth assault on his outdoor sports equipment store, he is ready to take action and solve the mystery. So, when his longtime friends and riding buddies, Mark and Brett, suggest solving the mystery and busting the criminals, it is easy for Tom to jump in the saddle.

But they get mixed up in something much bigger than the three of them can handle. Is this a chance for the boys to get some vigilante justice, or are they bound to get caught up in an organized crime ring that can take down these good ol’ boys?

The Riders Club is sure to get you turning pages to solve a mystery that is full of action and adventure. You will be cheering these friends on while they are on a crime busting adventure in the Boise foothills and rustic Idaho mountains. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Goodbye's a Witch: A Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Book 12) by [Danielle Garrett]

The danger is rising, but this time, Holly is ready.

It’s a nightmare as old as time, creepy wraiths swirling in the shadows, waiting to strike unsuspecting humans. Following a disruption of their power, the vampires are more restless than ever and looking for one more fight.

When a young witch in need of asylum shows up at the Beechwood Manor, Holly can’t turn her away. But when the trouble nipping at the witch’s heels follows her through the manor’s front door, she might be the last guest Holly and Adam ever check in.

Will the battle between the vampires and the Haven Council prove to be the undoing of the magical world, or can Holly and her friends rise up and stop the vampires once and for all?

Find out in the final book of the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Inn at Holiday Bay Books 10 - 12 by [Kathi Daley]

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 10 in the series, Abby works with Lonnie and Lacy to uncover secrets long buried in the mansion on the bluff Lonnie is refurbishing, Georgia meets a mysterious woman with a secret of her own, and a new group of guests check into the inn each with a story of their own.

In book 11 in the series, there is a new murder to investigate when a friend of Nikki’s turns up dead. It seems that the death might be tied in with ghostly happenings at a new art gallery in town but there are problems with that theory as well. Meanwhile, a whole new group of guests check in including a man in town to investigate a century old murder and a woman seeking answers to her past.

In book 12 in the series, Lacy takes over as director for the local Thanksgiving Pageant after the director they had appointed is bitten by a snake. The pageant seems to have met with bad luck from the beginning but when the star is found dead in the trap-room Abby becomes convinced the entire production is cursed. Meanwhile new guests check into the inn including three half sisters, all the same age, who never even knew of the existence of their half siblings prior to the reading of their grandmother’s will. Their grandmother left each granddaughter a third of her extensive fortune but in order to collect the inheritance the sisters must work together to find answers and make decisions in the ten days allotted them to do so. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

The Witching Place: A Vanished Volume (A Curious Bookstore Cozy Mystery—Book 4) by [Sophie Love]

The perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It’s a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”
–Midwest Book Review (For Now and Forever)

THE WITCHING PLACE: A VANISHED VOLUME is book #4 in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Sophie Love, author of The Inn at Sunset Harbor series, a #1 Bestseller with over 200 five-star reviews.

When Alexis Blair, 29, is fired from her book publishing job and breaks up with her boyfriend on the same day, she wonders if life is urging her to make a fresh start. She decides it’s time to pursue her lifelong dream of opening a bookstore of her own—even if that means leaving Boston and accepting a job in a curious bookstore in a small seaside town an hour away.

When a mysterious stranger brings one of the rarest occult books in history into the shop, Montgomery is excited to acquire it—while Alexis wonders if it is too good to be true.

And when someone soon thereafter turns up dead, leaving Alexis framed for the crime, she quickly realizes that either this book is cursed—or someone is up to foul play.

Is this book what it seems to be? And why would someone kill for it?

A page-turning cozy, rife with the supernatural, mystery, secrets and love—and centered around a small town as odd and endearing as its shop—A VANISHED VOLUME will make you fall in love and keep you laughing out loud as you turn pages late into the night.

“The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
–Books and Movies Reviews (For Now and Forever)

Book #5 in the series—A TAINTED TOME—is also available! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Cursed Lantern: A Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mystery (Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Tegan Maher]

Carl Emerson was stubborn, rude, and ungrateful, but he didn’t deserve to die for it. Much, anyway.

Carl Emerson was one of the most contrary people the gods ever stretched hide over. He had it all – a great wife, a nice house, a corner office in a building he owned – but he took it all for granted. And then he turned up dead amid some bizarre circumstances. He’d reported his wife missing while she was standing right beside him, and claimed his grandfather’s watch had been stolen even though it was right there on his wrist. His partner said he wandered around the parking lot of their office building but never came inside.

That’s a little nuts even by our standards, so I decide to take a closer look. Why me? Because through an impressively confounded set of circumstances, I set a trunkful of cursed objects loose on the unwitting non-magicals in our town. Now I have to figure out which of the pieces in his collection killed him before somebody else dies and his wife goes to prison.

Just another Tuesday in Marauder’s Cove. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Suspicious Small Print (Old Bookstore Two-Hour Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Isabella Bassett]

Life in Switzerland is picture-perfect until someone gets murdered.

Old Bookstore Cozy Mystery #3

In the town of Bellinzona, a sleepy backwater in Southern Switzerland, three medieval castles stand overlooking the small provincial town. Their function as sentinels of the valley–long obsolete. But they guard a secret that someone is willing to kill for.

Bellinzona is frothing with excitement over rumors of long-forgotten treasure. And when the old bookstore where Anne works, in nearby Ascona, a town famous in Switzerland for its Mediterranean flair, supplies a crucial piece to the treasure puzzle, even the store’s peculiar black cat struts about with its head held high.

But when a world-famous archaeologist, specializing in Roman history, arrives from England, heads begin to roll, literally. Is this a simple case of treasure hunting greed, or is something more sinister going on?

With the bookstore implicated, Anne once again gets caught up in the mystery. But the excavated treasure brings buried private issues to the surface, and if Anne is not careful, she might just end up as a small print footnote in the book of life.

Suspicious Small Print is the third installment in the Old Bookstore series of cozy murder mysteries you can read in about 2 hours. Join a page-turning treasure hunt through the historic towns of Ascona and Bellinzona, in Southern Switzerland, on the trail of a forgotten secret.

About the series:

If you love atmospheric cozy mysteries that lead you on escapades through charming European hamlets, this is the series for you. Follow American Anne as she solves murder mysteries centered around a slightly-peculiar old bookstore in the pretty town of Ascona–a picturesque town in Switzerland’s exotic south, nestled between the foothills of the Alps and Italy, bathed in sunshine, steeped in Italian dolce vita, and enveloped in Mediterranean charm.

Out now:

Book #1 – Out of Print

Book #2 – Murderous Misprint

Available for pre-order:

Book #3 – Suspicious Small Print – release date June 14, 2021

Book #4 – Reckless Reprint – release date July 30, 2021

Upcoming releases:

Book #5 – Incriminating Imprint – September, 2021

Book #6 – Blackmail Blueprint – October, 2021

Book #7 – Counterfeit Carbon Print – December, 2021 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Fourth and Long: A Flannigan Sisters Mystery by [Amanda Reid]

As far as Sunny Flannigan’s considered, a relaxing three-day weekend at one of the best bed and breakfasts in the state is just what the doctor ordered. That it’s also during the town’s local festival couldn’t have made the escape more perfect—a little music, a little pie, a little sleeping in, and a lot of time with her man Cace is all Sunny has on her agenda.
But when a prominent college football coach staying at the same B&B is killed, Sunny and Cace are thrust into a deadly game of murder, where all the guests may have a motive, including a former star player, his sister, an assistant coach, and even his wife. And danged if Sunny’s paranormal penchant for finding clues doesn’t draw her and Cace right onto the suspect list.
As Sunny and Cace scramble to put the clues together, the murder is lurking in the backfield to blindside the couple. They better solve the case before the killer grounds them permanently.
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Follow the Flannigan sisters, a trio of smart, sassy Texas woman endowed with psychic gifts, as they solve crimes in their small communities. They never go looking for trouble, but boy-howdy does it ever find them! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Heavy Whip Misto Murder: Calamity Coffee Cafe Murder Mystery Series - Book 1 by [Angel Darkraven]

Calamity Jones is lives and works in a non-supernatural town, but she actually is a witch. When her customers start to be murdered, she has to stay one step ahead of the murder to protect her customers and not let the town sheriff Griffin Winters know that she is a witch. As he warns her to stay out of police business, the murderer seems to be taunting her and drawing her out. Will she be able to save the day?

Heavy Whip Misto Murder is book one in a new cozy mystery series by Author Angel Darkraven. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of June 13th, 2021–Part 2

Corpse of Discovery (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries Book 9) by [Karen Nortman]

Over two hundred years ago, famed explorer Meriwether Lewis died on the Natchez Trace under mysterious circumstances. Historians still argue whether it was suicide or murder. That shouldn’t affect a weekend campout in present day for Frannie Shoemaker and her friends, but it does. They meet interesting characters at a mountain man rendezvous and get mixed up as usual with the strange goings on. Because camping can be murder! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder in England: A Midwest Cozy Mystery by [Dianne Harman]

BOOK #1 in the series, Murdered by Words, is FREE June 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15

When an employee of the English pub where you’re staying during your vacation is murdered, and it happens on the first night you’re there, it’s definitely not the way to start a vacation!

A vacation in Northern England with three friends is a dream come true for Kat. Many famous authors lived and worked there, and Kat, who is an author, was looking forward to learning more about them. But the ugly hand of murder upset her plans when Sam, a popular employee at the pub, is murdered on his way home from work.

Kat’s been involved in several successful murder investigations at her home back in Kansas (her husband is the local District Attorney), and she feels she has to help investigate his murder. And even though she’d promised her husband she wouldn’t become involved in any more murder investigations, she can’t turn her back on Sam’s uncle, the owner of the pub, who has no idea what to do. She can see that he desperately needs her help.

Kat can’t get rid of the thought that Bailey, Sam’s Belgian Malinois dog, must have known who the murderer was because he didn’t try to protect Sam from the killer. After all, he’d come to Sam’s rescue before, so why didn’t he protect Sam on the night the murder took place? Had he recognized the murderer? Was it someone Sam knew and was on friendly terms with?

Join Kat and her friends as they explore the Northern England countryside while they help the local authorities solve a murder.

This is the 10th book in the Midwest Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. Plenty of dogs and recipes! Download now and start reading! (Amazon)

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Davenport Designs (Life On Victoria Square Book 10) by [Lorraine Bartlett]

Former Sheriff’s Office detective Ray Davenport now owns the Wood U gift shop on Victoria Square, but it’s his talented younger daughters who steal the show with their displays and packaging designs. The girls believe they can earn money by their window dressing skills for the other businesses on the Square, but the only merchant who hires them conspires to reap the rewards of their labor without paying a cent. Will they have to swallow their pride and ask Katie Bonner for help to get what’s owed them? (Amazon)

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A Cream of Passion: The Great Witches Baking Show by [Nancy Warren]

Tempers are fraying and the cream is melting as summer temperatures hit the competition tent at Broomewode in the UK just in time for patisserie week. With only four contestants left, the pressure is mounting in the race to be chosen the best amateur baker in the UK. Poppy’s working hard to find out who her parents were and what happened to them even as she’s trying to become a more accomplished witch, so she definitely doesn’t have time for romance. Then someone dies and it looks like a crime of passion. Can she unmask a killer before she’s the one who gets creamed? (Amazon)

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The Blake Assignment (A Janet Markham Bennett Cozy Thriller Book 2) by [Diana Xarissa]

Getting a man from London to Edinburgh doesn’t sound as if it’s going to be a very difficult assignment for Janet and Edward Bennett, not even if the man is somewhat particular about how he gets from one place to another. They are surprised and not happy when the man in question invites his new girlfriend to come along on the journey.


As the assignment gets both more convoluted and increasingly dangerous, Janet starts to wonder if anyone can be trusted. Edward doesn’t wonder. He simply stops sharing their plans with everyone until he can make some plans of his own.


Can Janet and Edward get Maxwell Blake and his laptop to Edinburgh safely? Is Maxwell’s new girlfriend, Cressida, working for the enemy or is she truly just crazy in love with Maxwell? And who is the mysterious American stranger who seems to be following them wherever they go? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Merlin Kills a Zombie (Merlin the Magical Fluff Book 3) by [Molly Fitz]

When my cat brought me a dead bird as a present, I cringed.

When that dead bird suddenly flitted back to life, I screamed.

At first, I shrugged it off as one of the random things that happens when your roommate is a magical cat, but then it kept happening.

Turns out a familiar foe is creating an army of undead creatures with the goal of forcing us to surrender. But Merlin and I refuse to let dark magic prevail—not when the entire existence of magic is now at stake.

And if magic dies, so too will all who wield it.

Oh no, my cat will NOT become a casualty in this unholy war. I’m ready to fight my way through a million zombies and then take out the big bad, too. Nothing can come between this witchy cat and his familiar—and I’m ready to prove it. (Amazon)

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Murder Most Fowl (A Wildwood Witch Mystery Book 2) by [Elle Adams]

Against everyone’s expectations – including her own – Robin Wildwood has gained the coveted title of Head Witch. But not everyone is thrilled at that outcome…

With her squirrel familiar, Tansy, at her side, Robin determines to make the best of her unexpected position, but the Wildwood Coven isn’t inclined to let the family’s black sheep barge in and shake everything up. Even her grandmother’s ghost and her cantankerous cat familiar have their own opinions on how things should be run, while her scheming aunt is less than thrilled at losing out to the family screw-up.

Helping to judge the local familiar contest ought to be a welcome relief, but when one of the contenders drops dead, Robin finds herself tasked with looking after a traumatised chicken familiar as well as preventing herself from becoming the killer’s next target.

Can Robin solve the mystery before her new title ends up etched on her tombstone? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Racing Murder: A brand new gripping murder mystery from bestseller Frances Evesham for 2021 (The Ham Hill Murder Mysteries Book 2) by [Frances Evesham]

The next thrilling Ham-Hill Murder Mystery from bestselling cosy crime author Frances Evesham.

A winning horse. A fierce rivalry. A sudden death.

Belinda Sandford thrills to the cheers of the crowd as her beautiful grey racehorse, ‘Butterfly Charm’, thunders past the finishing post first at Wincanton Racecourse. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world.

But joy soon turns to despair as a stewards’ enquiry overturns the result and awards the race to her long-time rival, Alexandra Deacon.

When Alex is found dead in suspicious circumstances, a host of accusing eyes turn to Belinda and her distraught mother begs Adam Hennessy, her neighbour, retired police officer and publican, to help clear her daughter’s name.

As Adam, and local hotelier Imogen Bishop, dig deep into the murky and powerful undercurrents of the horse racing world, they lay bare the lives and loves of local jockeys, grooms, trainers and owners.

They soon uncover a web of secrets hidden within the spectacular Somerset countryside as they strive to find the killer in time to prevent more murders.

A brand new cosy mystery series from the bestselling author of A Village Murder, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Betty Rowlands and M.C. Beaton. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

A Circle of Crows by [Kelsey Kingsley]

Nothing ever happens in Fort Crow, Scotland, or so Inspector Alec Brodie thinks. But when the body of a tourist is found in the woods, the detective begins to see that things aren’t all that they seem in the sleepy little town, especially when the murder is ruled as an accident. With raised suspicion, Alec now has to wonder, who is trying to cover up the killing of Grace Allan?

Realizing he can’t trust anybody, Inspector Brodie sets out to solve the mystery on his own, until he meets Rosie Allan, a woman determined to help catch her sister’s killer. Stubborn and set in his ways, Alec is reluctant to accept her assistance, but Rosie is persistent, not to mention beautiful, and he finds her impossible to refuse.

Together, they begin to uncover the dark secrets hidden within the small Scottish town, and with those secrets, they find answers. But can they solve the mystery without getting themselves killed—or worse, falling in love? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Chase of Darkness (The Haunted Bakery Witch Mystery Series Book 3) by [Constance Barker]

A Nail Salon Murder and a Suspicious Nana

Cora is up to her eyeballs in cake dough as the annual baking competition is ready to start. But she is sidelined when a nail tech at the local salon is murdered. Cora and friends were just there the day before, and what she witnessed has several people on the suspect list.Nana has been acting strange toward Sophie for a while now and Cora is over it. She doesn’t understand what Nana has against her. Is it because she fears Sophie will steal Cody away from Cora…or is there more going on? Ben has gone on vacation so she can’t get answers from him. Or is he somewhere he doesn’t want Cora to know about?***Find out in the third installment of the Haunted Bakery Witch Mystery Series*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Not So Purrfect Hex (A Cotswold Cat Familiar Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [D. Watts]

Now, it seems her foes are more fur-midable than ever…Felicity Knight always tries to mind her own business, but coming to grips with being a witch makes total neutrality quite the trick…and that’s not to mention her untimely penchant for stumbling onto crime scenes.

When Felicity and her father, George, discover the body of a woman (whose local witch tour was followed by true horror), resistance is futile. It’s a case that must be cracked.

As if a new murder mystery isn’t enough for Felicity and her feline familiar, Atticus, something strange is brewing at The River Inn and needs attention. Spirits, however, prove stubborn, and addressing a haunting is daunting.

Meanwhile, the fae are closing in, and danger lurks at every turn, but what could be Felicity’s connection to the Fae Queen, Cordelia? Then, there’s Mason Reed, a handsome, wholly charming wizard. If Felicity stands to trust again, this man may light the way.

Ready for another tail of intrigue, and sorcery? It’s time to be enchanted!

A Not So Purrfect Hex is the third installment of D. Watts’ Cotswold Cat Familiar Cozy Mystery Series. (Amazon)

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The Murders at Foxglove Close: A Neighbourhood Watch Mystery by [Rose Temple]

The sleepy village of Little Cote was meant to be a quieter pace of life for ex-Met PC Jemima Cotton. But she soon discovers, here a petty rivalry can erupt into full-blown murder . . .

Police Officer Jemima Cotton expected Little Cote to be a quieter pace of life. But, unlike London, everyone knows everyone, and beyond the cake sales and coffee mornings, tea parties and village fetes, the neighbours aren’t all the best of friends . . .

When Jemima is unpacking her mugs and teabags in her new home on Foxglove Close, she’s called to attend her first murder investigation. She’s excited, until she discovers it’s only a few doors down from her. And she hasn’t even met her new neighbours yet! As she steps out of her house in full uniform, Jemima can feel the eyes on the back of her neck, and she can see the curtains and blinds twitching.

But the crucial question is why did the lonely gentleman at the end of the road get murdered, eating dinner alone at his garden table, tucking into a new bottle of Chablis? As she digs deeper into the murder, Jemima discovers that here in Little Cote, underneath the surface, tensions bubble away . . . and the smallest vendetta can erupt into full blown murder.

Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Helen Cox, Betty Rowlands, and the Midsomer Murders series by Caroline Graham. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Never Trifle with Murder (Fresh-Baked Mystery Book 15) by [Livia J. Washburn]

It’s early summer in Weatherford, Texas, and retired teacher/amateur sleuth Phyllis Newsom and fellow retiree Carolyn Wilbarger are taking British cooking classes at the local senior center in this suspenseful Fresh-Baked mystery.

In the latest from Livia J. Washburn, the nationally bestselling author of the Fresh Baked Mystery Series, Phyllis Newsom learns to make a trifle that’s to die for…

While Sam Fletcher is playing dominoes with the guys, Eve Turner is busy flirting with the English chef since she has a fascination for English accents and handsome men who can cook. This puts her in competition with a couple of other ladies from the senior center, who also have their caps set for Chef Alfred Dorrington.

The third and final class features desserts, and more than the stove heats up when the trifle is poisoned! Once again Phyllis finds herself involved in a murder case filled with hidden motives and colorful characters.

Includes recipes! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Paranormal Talent Agency Episodes 1-6 by [Heather Silvio]

The entire 6-book Paranormal Talent Agency first season comes together in one fun, flirty, fantasy collection. Join the ladies of the Las Vegas entertainment industry as they find love while solving paranormal mysteries.

Lights, Camera, Action (Episode 1)
An empath talent agent risks her life – and her heart – when she teams up with her not-quite-human client to prove him innocent of murder.

Reset to One (Episode 2)
Drawn together in the search for a killer, a 1920s vampire actress and the murder suspect’s human best friend fight her pretentious vampire ex – and their mutual attraction.

That’s a Wrap (Episode 3)
A (sort of) water spirit movie producer antagonizes and attracts a human detective when she inserts herself into his investigation of an actor’s murder by an invisible killer.

An Unexpected Sequel (Episode 4)
With the reluctant help of the Paranormal Talent Agency, a demon’s minion risks her life to save the supernatural being she’s been ordered to kill.

Jumping the Shark (Episode 5)
When a demon with precognitive abilities on the fritz finds herself unjustly accused of murder, she risks her heart to join with her angel ex-boyfriend to stop the real killer.

The Season Finale (Episode 6)
A Las Vegas television reporter will let nothing stop her investigation into the supernatural story of a lifetime, not even a murderous time-traveling ghost or a sexy were-panther. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of June 13th, 2021–Part 1

Murder at the Fair: An utterly gripping historical murder mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 6) by [Verity Bright]

Summer flowers, warm sunshine, a maypole dance and… is that another murder? A tricky case is afoot for Lady Swift!

Summer, 1921Lady Eleanor Swift, the best amateur sleuth in the country, is delighted to be in charge of the prize-giving at her village summer fair. But the traditional homemade raft race takes a tragic turn when the local undertaker, Solemn Jon, turns up dead amongst the ducks. Jon was the life of any party and loved by the entire village. Surely this was simply an awful accident?

But when a spiteful obituary is printed in the local paper, Eleanor realises there may be more to Jon’s death than first thought. Despite handsome Detective Seldon giving her strict instructions not to interfere, Eleanor owes it to Jon’s good name to root out the truth. So with her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, Eleanor starts digging for clues…

When another local dies in a riding accident, the police refuse to believe he was murdered. But a second vindictive death notice convinces Eleanor of foul play. Solemn Jon’s assistant, a bullish banker and a majestic marquess make her suspect list, but it isn’t until she finds a dusty old photograph that she knows the true culprit behind both crimes. Then another obituary appears – her own! Can Eleanor nail the killer before she too turns up dead among the ducks?

An utterly compelling and charming cozy mystery! Pure delight for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Readers are totally addicted to Verity Bright!

What a great cozy mystery! I am hooked! This is the best book, bar none, that I have read this year… An extremely witty, fast-paced mystery… I love the heroine, intrepid adventuress… A most enjoyable read!’ Reviews by Carol in Tallahassee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Can I give it six stars please?… Pretty much perfect… Bright has the amazing gift of bringing the reader into that world where the characters are alive.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a wild ride it is!… Gripping… This book is what would happen if Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie had a babyFun, fast-paced read with lots of charm!’ The Literary Wife

I was literally on the edge of my seat until the last page trying to figure out the mystery. It’s an adorablecaptivating book.’ Washington Life Magazine

OMG! What an incredible read!… When I devour a book this quickly it only means one thing: I was so enraptured that I couldn’t put it down!’ Celebrating Authors ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Oooh I loved this book… I wanted a book which would be absolutely soothing to read with a murder in it and this was it. The book was everything I wanted in these troubling times. I loved it.’ Book Reviews by Shalini

A sparkling heroine and perfect partner-in-crime Every bit as compelling a couple as Bertie Wooster and Jeeves and the series is both entertaining and eminently readable… The perfect light reading for a summer day. An added bonus is the delightful dog Gladstone who is indolent, gluttonous and totally adorable.’ Goodreads reviewer

I am head over heels for Lady Swift and her investigative adventures. This book is perfect for Sunday afternoon reading to escape into a fabulously written English mystery story. Cannot wait for more Lady Swift.’ Sarah in Readerland ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Where There's a Will (The Village Library Mysteries Book 5) by [Elizabeth Spann Craig]

No good deed goes unpunished.

The Whitby Library is a hive of activity. The basement of the old building is under construction and there are smaller projects on the main floor, too. The work is being done practically pro-bono by Cornelius, a Friends of the Library member who’s a local real estate investor and builder and now a philanthropist.

Then Cornelius is found dead in an elevator shaft under mysterious circumstances. The focus falls on his family after his will is read and the amount of his fortune is realized.

 Can Ann track down the killer before he strikes again? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Act of Negligence: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 4) by [John Bishop]

Something unusual is going on with the dementia patients at Pleasant View Nursing Home.

Dr. Jim Bob Brady, Houston orthopedic surgeon and amateur sleuth, finds himself in the midst of a different type of medical mystery. His friend and colleague, Dr. James Morgenstern, refers him a series of dementia patients with orthopedic problems from Pleasant View Nursing Home. Each patient dies, irrespective of the treatment, a situation that Doc Brady is unaccustomed to.

Each death prompts an autopsy, performed by another Brady colleague, Dr. Jeff Clarke, who discovers unusual brain pathology in each patient. Some of the tissue samples show nerve regeneration, a finding unheard of in dementia patients.

Doc Brady, enraged by the loss of his patients and obsessively curious about the pathologic findings, begins to investigate the nursing home, as well as its owner and CEO, Dr. Theodore Frazier. This leads Brady and Clarke on an adventure to discover the happenings at Pleasant View—an adventure that sees them running for their lives. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Unravelled Knots: The Teahouse Detective: Volume 3 (Pushkin Vertigo Book 33) by [Orczy]

Another classic collection of mysteries from the Golden Age of British crime writing, by the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel

It has been twenty years since Polly Burton last saw the Teahouse Detective, but one foggy afternoon she stumbles into a Fleet Street café and chances upon the cantankerous sleuth again. The years have not softened his manner, nor dulled his appetite for unravelling the most tortuous of conspiracies, shedding light on mysteries that have confounded the finest minds of the police.
How did Prince Orsoff disappear from his railway carriage in-between stations? How could the Ingres masterpiece be seen in two places at once? And what is the truth behind the story of the blood-stained tunic that exonerated its owner?
From the comfort of his seat by the fire, the Teahouse Detective sets his brilliant mind to work once more. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Cluttered Corpse (A Charlotte Adams Professional Organizer Mystery Book 2) by [Mary Jane Maffini]

Fans of Marie Kondo and mysteries will love this series!

Professional organizer Charlotte Adams is reminded that appearances can be deceiving, and disorder can be deadly . . .

On her first visit to her new client’s immaculate home, professional organizer Charlotte Adams can’t imagine why she’s been called in to help—until the woman reveals her outrageously large collection of stuffed animals. But before Charlotte can even begin to tame the plush menagerie, a nasty neighbor who’s been making her client a nervous wreck is found murdered, and her client has confessed to the crime!

Certain that the frazzled woman couldn’t have committed the deed, Charlotte can’t help snooping to learn why she confessed and who the real culprit might be. No sooner does she begin investigating, though, than her car tires are slashed, her home is broken into, and a close friend is nearly run over. Charlotte knows she’s on the right track, but she’ll have to act fast before the killer decides to straighten her out for good . . .

Organizing Tips Included!

Praise for the Books of Mary Jane Maffini:

“A comedic, murderous romp . . . Maffini is a relaxed, accomplished, and wickedly funny writer.” —The Montreal Gazette

“Mary Jane Maffini provides a first-rate, well-organized whodunit . . . A new series that is fun to read.” —Midwest Book Review

“Maffini’s new series . . . is off to a brilliant start with this fast-paced mystery!” —Romantic Times

“Deserves top marks for creating an entertaining, fast-paced thriller filled with witty one-liners, snappy dialogue and crackling suspense.” —The Strand Magazine

“I’ll look forward to a long life for this series.” —Deadly Pleasures

“Plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages until the last sentence.” —Dru’s Book Musings

“Maffini is a relaxed, accomplished and wickedly funny writer . . .” —The Times Colonist

About the Author:

Agatha and RT Award winner Mary Jane Maffini is the author of three and a half mystery series and two dozen short stories. Along with the Charlotte Adams professional organizer mysteries, she’s the author of the Camilla MacPhee Mysteries and the Fiona Silk comic capers. As Victoria Abbott, she collaborated on five collector mysteries with her daughter, Victoria. Mary Jane lives and plots in Manotick, Ontario, with a cluster of mischievous dachshunds at her feet. You can read more about her books and sign up for her newsletter at maryjanemaffini.com. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

One Little Lie: A Thrilling Suspense Novel by [Christopher Greyson]

A LIE IS A WELCOME MAT FOR THE DEVIL…

Kate had high hopes when she moved to her husband‘s hometown, but her domestic bliss was short-lived. Blindsided by her spouse’s public affair with his high school sweetheart, Kate’s determined to hold onto custody of her kids and pull herself together. When Kate’s struck in the head by a drone at her son’s soccer game and face-plants in the grass, it’s more than her self-esteem that’s shattered. The drone’s footage reveals that someone is stalking her. And though the handsome detective she’s falling for vows to protect her, Kate knows to be wary of any man making vows.

With things spiraling out of control, she tells a lie. It was only One Little Lie, but her grandmother always said, a lie is a welcome mat for the devil, and with the one she told, Kate just rolled out the red carpet. Everything she worked for begins to unravel, along with her sanity. Confused, alone, and afraid, can Kate untangle the web of lies and unmask her stalker, or will she lose everything—including her life?

Grab your copy of One Little Lie today!

Power-packed with love, greed, and betrayal, One Little Lie is a riveting suspense novel set in an idyllic town where money talks, gossip flows, and the court of public opinion rules. Jump on for a fun, fast-paced ride with a book you can’t put down. From multi-award-winning Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson comes this spellbinding tale with jaw-dropping secrets, a colorful ensemble of characters, and a female protagonist you’ll root for from the first page to the last.

Christopher Greyson’s novels have been read by millions of readers and counting. Look for other standalone novels by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

The Girl Who Lived
And Then She Was Gone (Prequel)
Girl Jacked
Jack Knifed
Jacks Are Wild
Jack and the Giant Killer
Data Jack
Jack of Hearts
Jack Frost
Jack of Diamonds
Pure of Heart

Christopher Greyson’s novels weave tales full of mystery, action and suspense with laugh-out-loud humor and sizzling romance. His unique stories and no-nonsense style of writing will take you on a page-turning roller coaster ride of emotions right to the very end. Visit ChristopherGreyson.com to find out more about your favorite characters, giveaways, and updates on new book releases.
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder On A Yacht: A Violet Carlyle Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 30) by [Beth Byers]

August 1926

After a long slog of dark days, Vi and friends buy a yacht and go for some time on the sea. It’s what they need. Their nightmares come to an end along with the gray days too many of them have been fighting. They stop in at Monaco and, to their surprise, find old school friends. A few days of revelry, an evening party, and–of course—a body.

Once again, they’re pulled into another round of questions and investigations. This time, they’re the suspects. Forced into working to solve another murder, will they lose the peace they’ve found? Or will they find a way to navigate the murder and maintain a level of happiness? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Vengeance in Vienna (A Year in Europe—Book 3) by [Blake Pierce]

“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
–Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone)

VENGEANCE IN VIENNAis book #3 in a charming new cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone has received 1,500 five-star reviews. The series (A YEAR IN EUROPE) begins with book #1 (A MURDER IN PARIS).

Diana Hope, 55, is still adjusting to her recent separation when she discovers her ex-husband has just proposed to a woman 30 years younger. Secretly hoping they would reunite, Diana is devastated. She realizes the time has come to reimagine life without him—in fact, to reimagine her life, period.

Devoting the last 30 years of her life to being a dutiful wife and mother and to climbing the corporate ladder, Diana has been relentlessly driven, and has not taken a moment to do anything for herself. Now, the time has come.

Diana never forgot her first boyfriend, who begged her to join him for a year in Europe after college. She had wanted to go so badly, but it had seemed like a wild, romantic idea, and a gap year, she’d thought, would hinder her resume and career. But now, with her daughters grown, her husband gone, and her career no longer fulfilling, Diana realizes it’s time for herself—and to take that romantic year in Europe she’d always dreamed of.

Diana prepares to embark on the year of her life, finally turning to her bucket list, hoping to tour the most beautiful sights and sample the most scrumptious cuisines—and maybe, even, to fall in love again. But a year in Europe may have different plans in store for her. Can A-type Diana learn to go with the flow, to be spontaneous, to let down her guard and to learn to truly enjoy life again?

In VENGEANCE IN VIENNA (Book #3), Diana travels to Vienna, hoping to fulfill her bucket list dream of being moved to tears by music. She is overwhelmed by the beauty, history and culture of the city and wonders if she’s finally settling into her trip in Europe—when an unforeseen catastrophe turns her plans upside down. Can Diana investigate her way out of this one?

A YEAR IN EUROPE is a charming and laugh-out-loud cozy mystery series, packed with food and travel, with mysteries that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and with experiences that will leave you with a sense of wonder. As Diana embarks on her quixotic quest for love and meaning, you will find yourself falling in love and rooting for her. You will be in shock at the twists and turns her journey takes as she somehow finds herself at the center of a mystery, and must play amateur sleuth to solve it. Fans of books like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun have finally found the cozy mystery series they’ve been hoping for!

Books #4-#9 are also available! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dublin Moon (Jack Dillon Dublin Tales Book 10) by [Mike Faricy]

US Marshal Jack Dillon, assigned to An Garda Síochána, Special Branch is just about to settle into an enjoyable evening with his neighbor Tara when his phone rings. Against his better judgment, he answers… Good thing he does. It’s his boss, Detective Chief Inspector McCabe. There’s been a shooting in Dublin and it’s all hands on deck. Turns out two police officers have been murdered. US Marshal Jack Dillon and Detective Inspector Paddy Suel begin an investigation that seems to be going nowhere— and yet…  It’s bad enough two officers have been murdered, but apparently, that’s just the beginning. The bodies begin to pile up and Dillon and Suel can’t seem to get ahead of the game or find out who is responsible.

The Jack Dillon Dublin Tales series is written by Mike Faricy and was originally released under the pseudonym, Patrick Emmett. Faricy also writes The award-winning Dev Haskell series, the award-winning Corridor Man series, and the Hotshot series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Something Old, Something New (Psychic Consignment Mystery Book 4) by [JB Lynn, Parisa Zolfaghari]

Love is in the salty, sea air of Sarasota, Florida.

But so is murder.

The Concordia sisters, owners of the One Woman’s Junk consignment shop are up to their eyeballs in trouble as they try to help their friends, solve a murder and plan a wedding. All while managing not to kill each other, offend any of their wacky clientele, or wreck their own love lives. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Castaways and Longer Days: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 14) by [Trixie Silvertale]

A dangerous tornado. A clever crime. Can this psychic sleuth sift through the rubble to find a murder?

Mitzy Moon longs to embrace the warmth of summer at a community-wide celebration. Enjoying a midsummer sailboat regatta, strawberry cake, and bonfires on the beach sounds divine. But when dark skies unleash a superstorm, the festivities turn deadly…

While everyone pitches in to rescue stranded friends and neighbors from the wreckage, Mitzy senses evil in the debris. Her entitled feline is missing and the handsome sheriff is in no mood for her hunches. But she refuses to buy into his black cloud of skepticism, because she’s sure one of the bodies didn’t die of natural causes.

Can Mitzy catch a killer before the clues are washed away?

Castaways and Longer Days is the fourteenth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural misfits, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

Buy Castaways and Longer Days to sink an assassin today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

First Time at St Morrigan's: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Chronicles of St Morrigan's 1) by [Rosie Adams]

A rookie teacher and her ditzy dog.
A school for young supernaturals.
A dead body in the wardrobe.
Will Hecate Jones solve the mystery, or will her first days at St Morrigan’s turn out to be her last?

Ever wondered where supernatural kids go to school before they get those letters? Welcome to St Morrigan’s Preparatory School for the Arcane, and meet its new teacher, Hecate Jones. She’s a human, by the way.

Hecate’s been in the doldrums since her boyfriend left her, but she hopes for better when she finds the Humanities teaching post advertised for a private school in Nohallows, a village in the back of beyond. Setting off to St Morrigan’s with her dog Diva, her fresh start is thrown into chaos when she learns that she’s replacing Bernie Prendergast, and he’s dead. Dead and in her wardrobe, in fact.

On top of that, she’s got a job as a human teacher in a school for supernaturals. Fellow human teacher Toby could be a potential new friend ( if he didn’t have secrets), and Cam would make a great cure for her broken heart ( if he wasn’t such a grouch) but are they both what they seem? Hecate’s not sure that all the questions have been answered. She’s convinced that someone is covering up a murder, and she wants to know why. Drawn into her first investigation by plain and simple curiosity, it’s obvious that if Hecate doesn’t figure out who killed Bernie before too long, she might be the next body in her wardrobe.

For fans for Adele Abbott, Annabel Chase, A.A Albright and Kennedy Layne, comes the first in a new series of paranormal mysteries to cozy up with! Join Hecate, Diva and a cast of quirky characters when you start your first time at St Morrigan’s today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Peril at the Party: Missteps of Murder by [Aubrey Elle]

Once grand and gorgeous, the castle-like Baycourt Hall is now on the brink of closing. If business stays steady for the party venue, newly hired event manager Anna Glenn might be able to help the owners—handsome handyman Sean and his bubbly grandma Ruby—save it from failure.

A wedding reception starts on a rocky note, but when the party wraps up, it turns downright deadly. Before the guests can depart, Anna discovers Father Asher stabbed in the foyer. Baycourt isn’t only crumbling, it’s a hotbed of peril.

Asher won’t be missed, not with his habit of stealing church funds. But with the fresh scandal of his death, the townsfolk recall previous trouble Baycourt has weathered—typical drama that comes with idiots gathering. Despite the current unsolved murder, Anna and her aunt Pru are focused on another Glenn sister, Josie, who disappeared after attending a funeral there many years ago. When Anna learns Josie wore a family heirloom Aunt Pru wishes to have back, Anna attempts to search for clues at Baycourt.

Just as she finds a clue that suggests Josie’s locket might have gone missing at the hall, another reception begins. Hopefully, nothing further puts anyone in peril, or there’s no chance of saving Baycourt Hall—and Anna won’t be able to solve the mystery buried in her family history. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

One Perfect Line (Ellie Baye Mystery Series Book 2) by [Christine Roney]

Who killed Alice Nells?

Ollie Ivers is on a book tour and Ellie Baye is excited that he’s coming to her bookstore to read from his newest book. He’s a popular author and draws big crowds. But things go terribly wrong at the book signing when the police burst in and arrest Ollie for murder.

Ellie agrees to help him, but when she digs into Alice’s murder she starts to uncover a web of secrets and lies.

As she begins to untangle the web, Ellie is drawn into her own nightmare when she finds herself the target of a stalker. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Time For Murder Is Meow

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The Time for Murder is Meow: Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (June 9, 2021)
Paperback
ISBN-10: 1954717199
ISBN-13: 978-1954717190
Digital ASIN: B0937H1KTT

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author T. C. Lotempio and her new book The Time For Murder is Meow  It is the first book in her An Urban Tails Pet Shop Cozy Mystery Series. 

Purchase Link – Amazon – Preorder Price is $3.99 Price will go up to $4.99 on Release Date.

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The Time for Murder is Meow: Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries
by T. C. LoTempio

The world created by the author is described well and I was able to visualize the setting, characters, and scenes. I enjoyed the characters, setting, and path taken for the reveal.
~Sapphyria’s Books

With interesting characters and plenty of suspects, this is a study of motivation and opportunity . . . This series has potential to be a lot of fun.
~Laura’s Interests

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Shell McMillan and her furry sidekicks aren’t kitten around when they set out to catch a killer . . .

When her TV series is canceled, struggling actress Shell McMillan considers it a blessing in disguise. A beloved aunt who recently died left her a pet shop in her will, and she sees it as the perfect chance to walk away from Hollywood and make a fresh start in the sleepy town of Fox Hollow.

But adjusting to small-town life won’t be easy, as Shell realizes when the head of the museum board is found murdered not long after Shell had a very public argument with her. And when the new kid in town is fingered for the crime, she’ll have to rely on her own wit and pluck and the kindness of strangers to get herself off the hook.

Desperate to exonerate herself and catch the real culprit, Shell begins digging into the lives of the local residents, and she quickly discovers that the victim had no shortage of enemies. As the suspect list grows and time runs short, Shell and her cats will have to claw their way out of danger—and it’s meow or never . . .

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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 her cat pen the Nick and Nora mystery series originally from Berkley Prime Crime and now with Beyond the Page Publishing.  They also write the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane and the Pet Shop series, originally published by Midnight Ink and rebranded in June of this year as “Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries.”  Book 1 will be re-released in June with a brand new cover!   The series is continued in 2022 with book two, KILLERS OF A FEATHER, from Beyond the Page. Catch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or her website, www.tclotempio.net

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Exactly fifty-five minutes later I parked my car in the lot of the Fox Hollow Museum. I climbed out, locked it, and took a quick look around. There was a big black Caddy parked at the far end of the lot, and I figured that must be Amelia’s car. There were no others around that I could see.

The museum was a handsome, L-shaped brick building that took up most of the block. I walked around to the side door and pulled on it. Locked. I frowned. Amelia had distinctly said she’d leave it open, hadn’t she? Or maybe I’d misunderstood, and she’d said the back door? I walked around the building and over to a brown door marked Service. I pulled on the door handle and it swung out on squeaky hinges.

In between my two television series, I’d done a low-budget horror film called Night of the Stalker. In it, an axe murderer targeted a group of teens who’d violated what he considered his home, a shack in the woods. I’d played the gang leader’s girlfriend, and I’d had exactly twenty minutes onscreen, fifteen of them trying to avoid being axed in a deserted building. As I stood uncertainly in the museum hallway, I was reminded of that movie. And how I’d screamed when I’d found the body of Jasmine, my BFF, right before the axe landed in my back. I shivered.

“Amelia,” I called, my voice just a shade above a whisper. “It’s Crishell McMillan. I’m here for our meeting, as you requested.”

I glanced at my watch. Of course, it was possible the Caddy wasn’t her car, and she wasn’t here yet, but . . . Amelia somehow didn’t strike me as the tardy type. I moved cautiously down the long hallway, peering this way and that, looking for some sign of life. I rounded a corner and saw a door straight ahead, slightly ajar. I bit back a sigh and quickened my steps. The placard on the door read Library. I gave the door a push and it swung gently inward. I stood for a minute, letting my eyes adjust to the dim lighting. I had an impression of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in front of me, and some low-slung display cases off to my right. The room appeared deserted, and I started to turn away when I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye.

An arm. A very still arm. And a hand that clutched what looked like a photograph.

For the next few seconds, I couldn’t think, couldn’t breathe. The room spun before my eyes, and when it stopped I opened my mouth and let out a long, bloodcurdling scream that movie director would have been proud of.

Amelia Witherspoon lay on her back in the far corner of the room, in front of a large bust of William Shakespeare. Her eyes were wide open, her white hair fanned out like a flag around her head and shoulders, and her thick lips formed a perfect O of surprise. Judging from the red stain that spread halfway across the front of her white shirt, she was also quite, quite dead.

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June 8 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

June 8 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

June 8 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews  – REVIEW

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June 10 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

June 11 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 12 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

June 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 13 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

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June 14 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  

June 14 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

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Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond
Cozy Mystery
53rd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0593333594
ISBN-13: 978-0593333594
Digital ASIN: B08FH8NM6R

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for authors Jessica Fletcher & Terry Farley Moran and their new book Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond.  It is the fifty third book in the A Murder, She Wrote Mystery Series. 

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Penguin Random House – Kobo – Google Play – IndieBound 

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond
by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

Ms. Moran did a fantastic job capturing Jessica and maybe two other people from the show that we fans truly adore.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Jessica Fletcher is a legend when it comes to solving a mystery. From the moment I picked up this book, I knew I was in for another interesting, mesmerizing, fun mystery. Terrie Farley Moran captured the essence of the series perfectly.
~The Editing Pen

The characters in Killing in a Koi Pond are well written and many of them will endear themselves to you. I especially love “the help” because of their kindness and willingness to go out of their way to make others feel at home.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

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When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.

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About the Authors

Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels.

Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond, the latest in the long-running Jessica Fletcher series, to be followed in autumn 2021 by Murder She Wrote: Debonair in Death. She has also written the beachside Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series and is co-author of Laura Childs’ New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards.

Terrie’s Links

 Website: http://www.terriefarleymoran.com  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terriefarleymoran

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Review of Dogged By Death

Synopsis:  

In Laura Scott’s Furry Friends series debut, veterinarian Ally Winter must collar the killer of a shifty lawyer. Does the dead man’s dog know who committed the arf-ul crime?

Ally Winter is going through a ruff patch. The thirty-something veterinarian lost her fiance, her clinic, and her savings in rapid succession. So when Ally’s grandfather undergoes hip replacement surgery, she moves back to Willow Bluff, Wisconsin, to care for him. She arrives home, tail between her legs, only to find sleazy lawyer Marty Shawlin murdered in his home office. And the only witness was Marty’s faithful boxer, Roxy.

Quick as a greyhound, Noah Jorgensen is on the case. The good news is, he’s the best detective around. The bad news, at least the way Ally sees it, is that Noah is still just as fetching as he was back in high school. He also just happens to have witnessed every embarrassing incident that befell accident-prone Ally–including the fire-ant attack that set tongues wagging and won her the unshakable nickname Hot Pants.

Meanwhile, true-crime aficionado Gramps fancies himself a sleuth, and he is doggedly determined to sniff out the culprit himself…with Ally’s reluctant help, of course. Ally has no choice but to team up with Noah–and the irrepressible Roxy–to solve the case while keeping Gramps on a short leash.

Ally had better learn some new tricks, lickety-split. Because if she can’t bring the killer to heel, she won’t just be playing dead.   (Goodreads)

Review:  

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I enjoyed getting to meet all of the characters.  You can tell how much Ally and her grandpa love each other and care for each other.  We also got to meet the Willow Bluff Widows, the three elderly widows with whom her grandpa lives.  The dynamics between them all was very funny.  And Roxy was a cute addition to the story.  After a while I got a little tired of hearing about how much Grandpa enjoyed mysteries and could not wait to investigate.  Murder is nothing to play games with.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  And the fact that Ally was a vet held my interest and added another layer to the story.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy read.  The mystery was well developed and there were enough clues and suspects to consider.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series.  

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

Dogged by Death: A Furry Friends Mystery by [Laura Scott]

Review of Truth Or Dare

Truth or Dare

Resort At Castaway Bay, Book 1

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Sydney Whitmore, a forensic psychologist living in San Francisco, moves home to Shipwreck Island, and the resort owned and operated by her family, after tragedy strikes leaving her struggling for a way to make sense of things. After finding out about the assault of an old friend, which has left him comatose, she renews her relationship with Ezra Reinhold, a reclusive billionaire who enjoys poking around in cold cases and has the means to hire the best people to find the answers no one else has been able to.

In book 1 in the series a group of ten high school students go camping but only eight return. The statements those who’ve made their way back have told to Sheriff Sam Stone are so different as to be completely useless. Syd has experience getting the truth out of people so she agrees to help Sam weed though the witness statements to find the truth both are certain exists beneath the lies. Meanwhile Syd’s middle sister Emily has started a new lifestyle blog, her youngest sister Rory is fostering kittens, and Syd renews her relationship with Kelly Green, an FBI analyst she first met while working for the FBI on the East Coast.

Bonus Material: Text and photos for Emily by the Sea and Emily’s Kitchen contributed by Christy Turner  

Review:  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Sydney and her sisters are all together for their Aunt Charlie’s birthday.  Sydney also has to work through a tragic situation with her last job, where one of her best friends was killed.  She is taking a break but her boss asks her to look into missing teenagers.  What happened the night the teens disappeared is something that her and her friend, Kelly, will have to try and figure out.  They also have to try and figure out what happened to one of Sydney’s friends who was attacked and is now in a coma.  That is a lot to work on while she is on vacation.  I enjoyed getting to meet all of the characters and see how they all interact with each other.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions helped pull me into the story from the very beginning.  I could picture Castaway Bay in my mind’s eye and all of the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  

This is a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to finding out what other mysteries Sydney has to solve.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.        

Resort at Castaway Bay: Truth or Dare by [Kathi Daley]

New Releases For The Week Of June 6th, 2021–Part 3

Reviewing the Murder (Dog Detective - The Beagle Mysteries Book 11) by [Rosie Sams, Agatha Parker]

P.I. Hannah and Dog Detective Mazie must solve a murder before someone they care about lands in the line of fire.
FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Private Investigator Hannah is all about supporting her nervous boyfriend Colin when famous food reviewer Wyatt Flynn comes to eat at Troughton’s Trough. However, after a little research, she learns that this reviewer is notorious for scathing reviews and destroying careers. What can she do to save Colin?

On a night where the food should be the star, it was Mr. Flynn’s past cruelties that steal the show. A chef from a local restaurant and an ambitious food blogger take the spotlight as they share what they really think of Wyatt Flynn.

After all his hard work, Colin never gets the opportunity to learn what Flynn thought of his food as the reviewer is found dead the next day.

With plenty of suspects to choose from Hannah and Mazie are on the case.

Will this detective duo find the killer before they strike again? Can Mazie sniff out the murderer or will she and Hannah lose someone they hold dear?

Find out in Reviewing the Murder a sweet and family-friendly cozy mystery.

Also by Rosie:
The Beagle Mysteries 6 Book Box Set
The Bakers and Bulldogs Mystery Collection 20 Book Box Set (Amazon)

Editions Available> Kindle, Paperback

Dying for Summer: Mystery Novel Collection by [Leslie Langtry, Kelly Rey, Catherine Bruns, Christina A.  Burke, Kathleen Bacus, Jennifer Fischetto, Anne Marie Stoddard, Beth Prentice, Melissa Baldwin, Stephanie Caffrey]

Are you dying for a good read this summer? Enjoy this bingeable 10 book collection of summer-themed mystery novels by USA Today bestselling and award winning authors! Mystery, murder, laughs, romance, and tons of fun beach reads!

This bargain priced collection is available for a limited time only, so don’t delay!
Includes the full-length novels:

Map Skills Murder (a Merry Wrath Mystery)
by Leslie Langtry

Bikinis & Bloodshed (an Aloha Lagoon Mystery)
by Anne Marie Stoddard

Killing in the Caribbean (a standalone summer mystery)
by Jennifer Fischetto

Calamity Jayne and the Fowl Play at the Fair (a Calamity Jayne Mystery)
by Kathleen Bacus

Queenie Baby: On Tour (a Queenie Baby Mystery)
by Christina A. Burke

Burned to a Crisp (a Cookies & Chance Mystery)
by Catherine Bruns

Poison in Paradise (a standalone summer mystery)
by Melissa Baldwin

A Playboy in Peril (a Jamie Winters Mystery)
by Kelly Rey

Diva Las Vegas (a Raven McShane Mystery)
by Stephanie Caffrey

Killer Unleashed (an Unleashed Mystery)
by Beth Prentice (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Swim for the Dying: An Ellie Pincrest Cozy Mystery by [Todd Rhoda]

A clever graphic designer unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend.

An escape to her grandmother’s estate on the shores of Long Island.

A body washes ashore near the estate.

The body of the person she spoke to briefly on the seaplane.

WELCOME TO …

A Swim for the Dying

As Ellie Pincrest, logo designer, escapes Manhattan on a four-seater seaplane to her grandmother’s estate in a quaint seaside village on Long Island, she speaks briefly with a rude young man.  Less than 24 hours later, he washes ashore with an initial medical examiner’s assessment of “It looks like he just swam himself to death.”  It’s what’s in the dead man’s pockets, the company he kept, and the proximity to her grandmother’s estate that gets Ellie involved in this unique mystery.  As the misdirection, chicanery, threats, and intrigue pile up, can Ellie get out of her predicament alive?

Fast-paced with wonderful character development and a blindside climax, you’re invited to start this marvelous new cozy mystery series.
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Tainted Blood: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Meredith Bale Mysteries Book 2) by [DC Malone]

The only thing more troublesome than the dead is the living…

So, yeah, I’m an investigator for the Congregation now. Not that it’s all that different from being a burglar—I still get paid to invade people’s privacy. Well, that’s not entirely true. I am getting paid but not to do much more than sit on my hands and take workaday cases from the Norms.

But despite the Congregation’s best efforts—or total lack of effort, maybe—a case still manages to fall into my lap. A real case. One full of murder, kidnapping, and horrific things that go bump in the night—and day. The thing is, I can’t tell which is worse this time, the nightmarish murder machines I’m up against or the shadowy organization I supposedly work for… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death by Sample Size (Holly Swimsuit Mystery Book 1) by [Susie Black]

Everyone wanted her dead…but who actually killed her?

The last thing swimwear sales exec Holly Schlivnik expected was to discover ruthless buying office big wig Bunny Frank’s corpse trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey with a bikini stuffed down her throat. When Holly’s colleague is arrested for Bunny’s murder, the wise-cracking, irreverent amateur sleuth jumps into action to find the real killer.

Nothing turns out the way Holly thinks it will as she matches wits with a wily murderer hellbent for revenge. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Phantom In The Family Room: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (Designer to the Dead Book 2) by [Katie O'Keene]

Grief, insanity … or spirits?

When a client begins acting strangely after the loss of her best friend, the woman’s husband assumes she’s suffering from mental illness. Lindsey’s not so sure. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cupcakes, Collusion, and Casualties (Paradise Beach Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Eloise Brightly]

Daisy Elliot comes home from vacation to find a body buried in her backyard. She’s the prime suspect, but she knows she didn’t do it. Now she has to find out who wanted the woman dead and how they did it before the police arrest her.

Time and evidence are against Daisy, but she’s got a secret weapon or more like a hope. She knows she can track down the killer and bring them to justice, but life isn’t lining up like she expected.

Can Daisy catch the killer before the tables are turned on her? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Every Witch and Granny: The Hill Cozy Mystery (Cozy Hill Mystery Series Book 2) by [Catherine Waltan]

Nothing disrupts a lazy weekend afternoon like a line of cop cars infiltrating a serene neighborhood, with lights and sirens. When a body is found in a quaint town in an exclusive neighborhood, every neighbor in the Town of Green has their nose in the investigation.

But only one citizen interests the lead cop, Dooly Morris. The lovely Gwendolyn Paris. Gwen lives with her white magic practicing grandmother and her talking cat, Ammie, not but a few doors down from where the body is discovered.

Can Gwen get in touch with her own source of power to help solve the case hoping to save her friend from wrongful accusations? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Apparition in the Attic: A Soul Seeker Cozy Mystery #1 (Soul Seeker Cozy Mystery Series) by [Courtney McFarlin]

Professional home stager Brynn Sullivan is known as the person to call if you can’t sell a home. Little do her clients know that she has a secret!

When a beautiful Victorian sits on the market for too long, the desperate realtor reaches out for help. But this time, Brynn may be in over her head as a ghostly mystery from the past collides with a present-day murder. Will she be able to solve both cases in time?

If you like paranormal cozies, funny spirits, and amateur sleuths, you’ll love this delightful new series from Courtney McFarlin. Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

First Time at St Morrigan's: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Chronicles of St Morrigan's 1) by [Rosie Adams]

A rookie teacher and her ditzy dog.
A school for young supernaturals.
A dead body in the wardrobe.
Will Hecate Jones solve the mystery, or will her first days at St Morrigan’s turn out to be her last?

Ever wondered where supernatural kids go to school before they get those letters? Welcome to St Morrigan’s Preparatory School for the Arcane, and meet its new teacher, Hecate Jones. She’s a human, by the way.

Hecate’s been in the doldrums since her boyfriend left her, but she hopes for recovery when she finds the Humanities teaching post advertised for a private school in Nohallows, a village in the back of beyond. Setting off to St Morrigan’s with her dog Diva, her fresh start is thrown into chaos when she learns that she’s replacing Bernie Prendergast, and he’s dead. Dead and in her wardrobe, in fact.

On top of that, she’s a human teacher in a school for supernaturals. Fellow human teacher Toby could be a potential new friend ( if he didn’t keep disappearing), and Cam would make a great cure for her broken heart ( if he wasn’t such a grouch) but are they both what they seem? Hecate’s not sure that all the questions have been answered. She’s convinced that someone is covering up a murder, and she wants to know why. Drawn into her first investigation by plain and simple curiosity, it’s obvious that if Hecate doesn’t figure out who killed Bernie before too long, she might be the next body left hanging in her wardrobe.

For fans for Adele Abbott, Annabel Chase, A.A Albright and Kennedy Layne, comes the first in a new series of paranormal mysteries to cozy up with! Join Hecate, Diva and a cast of quirky characters when you start your first time at St Morrigan’s today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Raspberry Tart Revenge (Olivia Faulkner Mysteries Book 3) by [Kathryn Lin]

Olivia Faulkner’s life is Grand Arbor is finally looking up. Cheesecakes are flying out of her online store faster than she can bake them and her daughter, Vi is one step closer to her dreams of going to Harvard.

When an admissions officer at Vi’s new school winds up dead, all of Olivia’s plans begin to unravel. To complicate things further, while investigating the murder, Olivia makes a startling discovery about the disappearance of her sister.

Can Olivia solve the murder and find the truth behind the decades old family mystery, or will she become the next victim? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Armchair Detective and the Dolls' House Mystery: Finding Eleanor 3 of 5 (The Armchair Detective The Final Series) by [Ian Shimwell]

A mystery in miniature…

Ralph, Gardner and Buttercup are three wooden dolls who are also old friends of Trench.
The dolls ‘decide’ to visit Trench for a while and soon become involved in a mysterious Victorian dolls’ house situated inside Stokeham Museum.
The dolls explore the dolls’ house, but Buttercup senses something very bad happened there a long, long time ago.
Buttercup sees that Trench and Old Tom are struggling, and decides that the three wooden dolls must help out once again… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of June 6th, 2021, Part 2

Caramel Apple Murder (A Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 19) by [Rosie A. Point]

Murder is best served sticky, sweet, and covered in caramel…

When Ruby and Bee, amateur sleuth and baking duo, decide to take a tray of their delicious apple caramel slices to the opening of a local hardware store in small-town, Yesterday, they’re happy to contribute. Until they find the body of the store owner lying across the front counter, clutching Bee’s top-secret recipe for Delightful Donuts.

It’s murder, and with a new detective in Yesterday, Ruby and Bee are due trouble for their sleuthing endeavors. The local sheriff can’t protect them, the townsfolk have become decidedly unfriendly, and with Bee as the prime suspect, things are getting sticky for the girls.

Can they figure out whodunit before Bee’s arrested for murder? Find out in the latest installment of this cozy series. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at Elm House: A totally unputdownable historical cozy mystery (A Miss Underhay Mystery Book 6) by [Helena Dixon]

Kitty Underhay feels the touch… of death.

1934. Accidental amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay is being escorted by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant on an errand of mercy, as she takes a basket of grapes to her nemesis Mrs Craven, who is recuperating from a recent operation. But their arrival at Elm House Nursing Home coincides with the mysterious death of Lady Wellings, a long-term resident.

The woman was known to be ill, so when the police turn a disinterested ear to Mrs Craven’s suspicion that Lady Wellings was poisoned, Kitty decides to look into the case herself. And when another invalid, the gentle Mrs Pearson, collapses fatally in the breakfast room, it seems her suspicions are well-founded. For an institution promising health and rejuvenation, there seems to be a very low survival rate amongst the guests!

When the nurse Eloise Hibbert hints at sinister goings on among the staff, Kitty arranges to meet her away from the home to uncover how deep the treachery lies. However, before she can make the rendezvous, Eloise meets an unfortunate end falling from the top of the building. Was she pushed by the hand of fate, or a cold-blooded killer?

Meanwhile, Matt has been following an entirely different trail of evidence, and what he finds out chills him to the bone. When Kitty fails to return from her unsuccessful meeting, it is clear she has stumbled onto a plot far more devious than they could have imagined, and into a trap laid by an unscrupulous killer…

An utterly sensational and addictive Golden Age murder mystery. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Readers love the Miss Underhay mysteries:

‘This was excellent and I read it in one sitting, a page-turner I couldn’t put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Fast, fun and utterly unputdownable… perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.’ Robin Loves Reading

What can I say? I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Oh how I love this series!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent cosy mystery! The story was gripping… I loved the character development with the little hint of romance and cannot wait for the next book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I love this series… The murder mystery itself was engrossing… It kept me guessing right until the final scene, which is unusual for me.’ Roberta Reads5 stars

‘I felt right at home the moment I started reading… It was a joy.’ Goodreads reviewer

This murder mystery is perfect… This story has it all. An absolute page-turner with characters to care about.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘One of my favourite cosy mystery series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A page-turner that will keep you guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Do yourself a favour, cozy up with a blanket, a cup of something warm and dig into this cozy mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Great story with a perfect mixture of mystery, suspense, romance and family to make this a wonderful cozy mystery book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A wonderful book, I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent read! I really enjoyed both Kitty and Matt and found that the combination of them working together was wonderful!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Loved this book!… I can’t wait for more adventures of Kitty in the near future!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘The characters are relatable, the storyline is exciting, and the author kept me guessing about the ending.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Improbable Magic: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (A Magical Sleuth Mystery Book 1) by [J A  Whiting, May  Stenmark]

This is book 1 in the Magical Sleuth Paranormal Women’s Cozy Mystery series.
Forty-two-year-old Mackie Fleming’s life is unraveling. Two years ago, she lost her husband and now, she’s lost her job. Heading over to her friend’s house to feed his cat, she finds him unconscious on the living room floor. One thing leads to another until Mackie becomes a suspect in the man’s death. Unmoored and adrift in a life she never planned, she decides to take control and investigate the crime hoping to clear herself from suspicion, except Mackie doesn’t know the first thing about how to solve a murder or how to use her improbable magic. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Secrets of Thistle Cottage: A gripping and emotional historical novel for 2021 by [Kerry Barrett]

The truth can be dangerous in the wrong hands…

1661, North Berwick
One stormy night, healer Honor Seton and her daughter Alice are summoned to save the town lord’s wife – but they’re too late. A vengeful crusade against the Seton women leads to whispers of witchcraft all over town. Honor hopes her connections can protect them from unproven rumours and dangerous accusations – but is the truth finally catching up with them?

Present day, North Berwick
After an explosive scandal lands her husband in prison, Tess Blyth flees Edinburgh to start afresh in Thistle Cottage. As she hides from the media’s unforgiving glare, Tess is intrigued by the shadowy stories of witchcraft surrounding the women who lived in the cottage centuries ago. But she quickly discovers modern-day witch hunts can be just as vicious: someone in town knows her secret – and they won’t let Tess forget it…

A hauntingly compelling timeslip novel from the author of The Girl in the Picture, perfect for fans of The Forgotten Village and The Witchfinder’s Sister.

Readers LOVE The Secrets of Thistle Cottage!

‘This is a beautifully written book and a gripping tale, frightening at times, funny at times, but a most enjoyable read.’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

I loved this book! Historical fiction and a thriller to boot!’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘Great stories of witchcraft… unexpected turns along the way… This has everything.’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

The Secrets of Thistle Cottage offers the reader a trip to a lovely coastal location and then pulls you in to a time warp… a great book… but be prepared to read it in one go.’ – NetGalley Reviewer

‘I enjoyed the different timelines. This has some witchcraft added in the mix and was so dang good!’ – NetGalley Reviewer

‘This was an enjoyable read… The author sets the scene with eerie and atmospheric detail.’ – NetGalley Reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Raining Cats and Killers: Cozy Mystery (Country Cottage Mysteries Book 17) by [Addison Moore, Bellamy Bloom]

An innkeeper who reads minds. An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premier destination for murder.
***Includes RECIPE
My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
It’s proving to be a boiling hot summer in Cider Cove and the inn is hosting Emmie’s wedding and a touch of murder, too. A local resident dies and leaves millions to her cats. Emmie’s wedding dress is rumored to be cursed, and everything that can go wrong for her big day does.

Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer.

The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder.

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY Bestseller Bellamy Bloom. — Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”

Cider Cove, Maine is the premier destination for fun and relaxation. But when a body turns up, it’s the premier destination for murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Pot Thief Who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing (The Pot Thief Mysteries Book 9) by [J. Michael Orenduff]

A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly).

Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discovers a body outside his pottery shop, it appears the victim was stabbed in the back with something resembling a screwdriver. But the story gets a lot more mysterious when a video turns up showing the man collapsing with no one else nearby. Furthermore, a slip of paper is found in his pocket, with Hubie’s name and address on it, suggesting there may be a connection between the two men—though Hubie has no idea what it could be.

Now, the professor and pottery expert must put his sleuthing skills to work—while simultaneously managing his new role running the university’s art department—to piece together the shards of a baffling crime in this “breezy” novel from a winner of the Left Award for Best Humorous Mystery starring a “witty” amateur detective (Albuquerque Journal).

“[A] winning series.” —Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times–bestselling author of the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Thistles and the Unthinkable (Port Danby Cozy Mystery Series Book 16) by [London Lovett]

It’s wedding week in Port Danby! Lacey is busy helping Lola get ready for the big day. Nerves, tensions, and jitters are in the air. And so are parents, literally. Everyone is arriving soon in the small town to help Ryder and Lola celebrate their nuptials. All is running smoothly until a member of the wedding band winds up dead. Now, Lola needs to look for another band and Lacey must toss aside some of the wedding preparations for a murder investigation.

Book 16 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery series

More in the series:
1. Marigolds and Murder
2. Carnations and Chaos
3. Mistletoe and Mayhem
4. Roses and Revenge
5. Tulips and Trouble
6. Dahlias and Death
7. Peonies and Poison
8. Hyacinths and Homicide
9. Crocuses and Crime
10. Sunflowers and Sabotage
11. Lavender and Lies
12. Freesias and Foul Play
13. Cornflowers and Corpses
14. Jasmine and Jealousy
15. Shamrocks and Shenanigans
16. Thistles and the Unthinkable
17. Holly and Horror
18. TBA (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Gentlemen Prefer Broomsticks: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Accidentally Magical at Midlife? Book 3) by [Melinda Chase]

The third installment in the fabulously snarky Accidentally Magical at Midlife? Series, featuring your favorite kind of seasoned characters, talking fur babies and magic! – Full blurb coming soon! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Double Exposure (Callie Cassidy Mysteries Book 2) by [Lori Roberts Herbst]

It’s summertime in Rock Creek Village, Colorado, where the blooming wildflowers and colorful sunsets make life feel picture perfect. But inside Sundance Studio, a murder has developed…
Former big-city photojournalist Callie Cassidy is finally feeling at home again in the mountainside village where she grew up. She’s bought her own townhouse, made friends, and rebooted a romantic relationship with her long-ago boyfriend. She even entered her lovable golden retriever and cantankerous tabby cat into the upcoming Fireweed Festival pet pageant. Best of all, her new photography business is poised on the precipice of success. So when a group of journalists from her old newspaper come to town for a retreat, she can’t wait to show off the gallery. The happy hour she throws goes off without a hitch—at least, that’s what Callie believes.

Then one of the reporters turns up dead—in Callie’s darkroom. Callie is certain she locked the place tight, especially in light of the recent vandalism. The murder thrusts the village’s shop owners into a tizzy. How can this be happening…again? They want the crime solved pronto—before the Chamber of Commerce cancels the festival and deprives them of a big chunk of seasonal income. Detective Raul Sanchez is on the case, but that doesn’t mean Callie won’t do a little snooping of her own. Meanwhile, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her…Will Callie be able to expose the true killer—before time runs out? (Amazon)

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The Ghostly Grounds: Disaster and Dessert (A Canine Casper Cozy Mystery—Book 6) by [Sophie Love]

The perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It’s a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”
–Midwest Book Review (For Now and Forever)

THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS: DISASTER AND DESSERT is Book #6—and the finale!—in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Sophie Love, author of The Inn at Sunset Harbor series, a #1 Bestseller with over 200 five-star reviews!

Marie Fortune, 39, a successful dog groomer in Boston, leaves the stressful life behind and heads to a small town in coastal Maine to create a new life. She remains intent on renovating the old, historic house her great-aunt left her and giving it a new life as a B&B. Yet there was one thing she couldn’t plan for: the house is haunted. Two things, actually: her great-aunt also left her a dog—and he is far from a typical dog.

In the series finale, Marie finds her own future on the line as a murder occurs near her premises, and she is forced to solve it or else be implicated. With her rival innkeeper involved, it could hardly get any worse.

As if that is not enough, this series finale brings to a head many questions: will Marie finally find her mother and what will happen between them? Will Marie end up with Robbie? With Brendan? Will she finally be able to claim her gifts, without Boo’s help? And will she decide to stay and run the B&B—or be forced to leave this small town that has become her life?

A page-turning cozy, packed with mystery, love, hauntings, travel, pets and food—anchored around a small town and a B&B in need of renovation that will capture your heart—THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS is an un-putdownable cozy series that will keep you turning pages (and laughing out loud) late into the night.

“The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
–Books and Movies Reviews (For Now and Forever)

Don’t forget to check out Sophie Love’s other cozy mystery series, A CURIOUS BOOKSTORE, which begins with A FATAL FOLIO (Book #1), a bestseller with over 50 five-star reviews! (Amazon)

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Bottoms Up (A Top Shelf Mystery) (Top Shelf Mysteries Book 5) by [Lolli Powell]

Small town council meetings are usually boring, but not when Ricki and murder are involved!

When Waterton councilman and local pharmacist, Ralph Waites, takes a wrong turn after a council meeting and ends up face down in the Ohio River, the Waterton police at first think it was an accident. The meeting had been held in the newly renovated warehouse between the Top Shelf and the river to introduce the townspeople to what will become a town museum, craft shop, and meeting rooms. The Top Shelf catered the event, and Ricki and the victim got into a shouting match by the end of it.

When the Waterton police chief starts accusing Ricki of contributing to Ralph’s death by serving him too much wine, Ricki starts investigating. She soon finds the councilman/pharmacist was not the upstanding citizen he seemed to be.

Between playing host to her mother and stepfather, who have come to town to meddle in her love life, and investigating murder, Ricki is a busy woman. And that’s not even counting the catering business she’s trying to get off the ground.

It’s almost enough to drive a bar owner to drink! (Amazon)

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Strictly Murder (Whitstable Pearl Mysteries Book 8) by [Julie Wassmer]

The Whitstable Pearl series is now coming to TV on 24th May!
Discover the Whitstable Pearl mysteries: a combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the coast of Kent . . . Soon to be a television series!

It really is murder on the dance floor…

A new dance school opens in Whitstable run by celebrity tango champions – Tony and Tanya Ballard.

Pearl Nolan knows herself to be an ace cook and a sharp private eye but has always left the dancing to her mother, Dolly, a former member of the town’s infamous Fish Slappers dance troupe. But Pearl becomes intrigued by the Ballards when they visit The Whitstable Pearl restaurant, and she realises that dance classes could provide the perfect cover for her clandestine relationship with DCI Mike McGuire…

McGuire is the only man Pearl has ever considered partnering – and not just for tango – but the pair soon find themselves with more than steps to master when death joins them on the dance floor and a brutal killer stalks the school.

Praise for Julie Wassmer’s Whitstable Pearl mysteries:

‘A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read’ Daily Mail

‘My new favourite author in the genre’ George Galloway

Thoroughly enjoyable with a host of wonderful characters– I adore Dolly! – and evocative descriptions of Whitstable. Perfect for foodies too. Pearl is great and the ongoing will they/won’t they love story with McGuire is compelling. Comforting, cosy and entertaining with excellent Agatha Christie-style reveals. I love these books!nt>’ Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Mum in the Middle

‘While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl’ Daily Mail

‘Come to Whitstable without actually coming to Whitstable. A good read!’ Anthony Jemmett
(Amazon)

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A Death on Stage (Euphemia Martins Mystery 16): A dramatic tale of theatrical mystery (Euphemia Martins Mysteries) by [Caroline Dunford]

‘A sparkling and witty crime debut with a female protagonist to challenge Miss Marple’ LIN ANDERSON, Award winning Scottish crime author

A Death on Stage – the sixteenth edition of the nail-bitingEuphemia Martin Mysteries! Riddled with adventure, espionage and suspense
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It is 1914.
War is underway.
A group of French actors has become trapped in Britain and some of them are seeking political asylum, among these is a mathematician with whom Euphemia’s friend, Mary, has been corresponding. He joined the troupe with the express intention of making it to Britain and to Mary before the war began.

Euphemia’s new commander sends her undercover to the theatre where the company is finishing its run, and he instructs Fitzroy to remain on medical leave. But Fitzroy has never been one to obey orders. Meanwhile, Euphemia’s husband, Bertram, lies critically ill in hospital and Euphemia must employ all her strength to stay focussed on her mission. With actors and agents playing roles both on and off stage, the toughest challenge is knowing who to trust…
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Readers LOVE Caroline Dunford’s compelling crime novels!
‘Impeccable historical detail with a light touch’ Lesley Cookman, The Libby Serjeant Series

‘Euphemia Martins is feisty, funny and completely adorable’ Colette McCormick, Ribbons in Her Hair

‘A rattlingly good dose of Edwardian country house intrigue with plenty of twist and turns and clues to puzzle through along with the heroine of the book, Euphemia Martins’ Booklore.co.uk (Amazon)

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Shooting at the Shore: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 3) by [K.L. Montgomery]

There hasn’t been a murder in Bryce Beach since 1878, and librarian/amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker wants to know what happened to her quiet, charming town along the Eastern Seaboard.

The town has been abuzz with new tourists, and now a developer wants to come in and take over a whole city block with new restaurants, shops, and even swanky condos. One citizen has been rather vocal about trying to keep the big city developer out, and when the body washes up on shore, everyone suspects the sweeping changes Bryce Beach has been undergoing are related to the murder.

It doesn’t take Sunshine long to figure out that something much more sinister is afoot. She only needs to look deep into the past to figure out who has the motive, means, and opportunity…

If she gets that far before meeting the same fate as the victim.

Shooting at the Shore is the third book in the Dangerous Curves cozy Christian mystery series, set in the fictional small town of Bryce Beach. YA librarian and amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker, who hates her name and can’t even bake an edible muffin, always manages to put the puzzle together just in time to avoid disaster! Join this curvy redheaded librarian on her quest to keep Bryce Beach safe…and well-read, of course. These cozy mysteries can be read in any order, but this is the order of publication:

Book 1: Betrayal at the Beach

Book 2: Mystery at the Marina

Book 3: Shooting at the Shore

Book 4: Poisoned at the Pier (Amazon)

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Bait & Witch (Familiar Curses Mysteries Book 8) by [Corrine Winters]

Zoe Cross feels fed up with family. She’s training sister Lissie to run her bakery. She’s hosting sister Chloe’s baby and bridal showers. She’s navigating a new relationship with absent mom Zora.

And now she has to prove herself to her magical family, the Witch Council, through a series of supernatural challenges, when all she really wants to do is plan her own wedding to hunky detective Sean.

Give a witch a break! As her sassy familiar Snow would say, “Pass the Pinot, it’s going to be a bumpy month.”

Then, amidst the cupcakes and party decorations, a corpse. Somebody poisons Mary Bella, owner of the best bridal boutique in Sweetwater Falls. Zoe and Sean team up to crack the case, but the unknown killer fights back with purple smoke demons and poisoned jello. When Sean loses a fistfight with an evil wolf-beast, Zoe must solve the mystery alone with a handful of clues and a scarcity of suspects.

Can Zoe summon enough witchy willpower to wrestle the wrongdoer to the ground? Or will the pressures of family, detection, and magical trials prove too much for this tough cookie? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of June 6th, 2021–Part 1

Castle Shade: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by [Laurie R. King]

A queen, a castle, a dark and ageless threat—all await Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes in this chilling new adventure.

The queen is Marie of Roumania: the doubly royal granddaughter of Victoria, Empress of the British Empire, and Alexander II, Tsar of Russia. A famous beauty who was married at seventeen into Roumania’s young dynasty, Marie had beguiled the Paris Peace Conference into returning her adopted country’s long-lost provinces, singlehandedly transforming Roumania from a backwater into a force.

The castle is Bran: a tall, quirky, ancient structure perched on high rocks overlooking the border between Roumania and its newly regained territory of Transylvania. The castle was a gift to Queen Marie, a thank-you from her people, and she loves it as she loves her own children.

The threat is . . . well, that is less clear. Shadowy figures, vague whispers, the fears of girls, dangers that may be only accidents. But this is a land of long memory and hidden corners, a land that had known Vlad the Impaler, a land from whose churchyards the shades creep.

When Queen Marie calls, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are as dubious as they are reluctant. But a young girl is involved, and a beautiful queen. Surely it won’t take long to shine light on this unlikely case of what would seem to be strigoi?

Or, as they are known in the West . . . vampires. (Amazon)

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Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond (Murder She Wrote Book 53) by [Jessica Fletcher, Terrie Farley Moran]

When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom. (Amazon)

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Reserved for Murder: A Book Lover's B&B Mystery by [Victoria Gilbert]

More bloodshed at a bibliophiles’ bed-and-breakfast as Victoria Gilbert’s delightful series continues.

Meeting your favorite author in the flesh can be the chance of a lifetime. But for one unlucky fan, her plum place in line at a book signing will lead to her untimely demise.
Beaufort, North Carolina, is home to Chapters Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed. This historic 18th-century inn draws in voracious readers from far and wide with its lovingly curated special events celebrating a host of genres and authors.
On this sunny July weekend, a visit by one of the biggest names in romantic fantasy attracts throngs of admirers to the quaint coastal village. That’s not ideal, as the author retreated to Chapters to get away from it all for a while. No matter–she’ll appease her fans with a “Tea and Talk” meet-and-greet at the B&B celebrating her bestselling series (starring a devilishly dashing, time-traveling pirate), follow that up with a quick book signing at Bookwaves, the hip indie bookstore across town, and spend the remainder of the weekend in delightful repose.
But when the president of the reclusive writer’s fan club is found dead in the harbor by the Beaufort docks–done in by a blunt-force blow to the head–it’s up to Charlotte Reed, her neighbor Ellen, and Ellen’s trusty Yorkshire terrier to sniff out the killer. Because if they can’t, a spectacularly successful book series–and its author–may come to a sudden, lethal conclusion. (Amazon)

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A Rogue's Company: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery by [Allison Montclair]

In Allison Montclair’s A Rogue’s Company, business becomes personal for the Right Sort Marriage Bureau when a new client, a brutal murder, two kidnappings, and the recently returned from Africa Lord Bainbridge threatens everything that one of the principals holds dear.

In London, 1946, the Right Sort Marriage Bureau is getting on its feet and expanding. Miss Iris Sparks and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge are making a go of it. That is until Lord Bainbridge—the widowed Gwen’s father-in-law and legal guardian—returns from a business trip to Africa and threatens to undo everything important to her, even sending her six-year-old son away to a boarding school.

But there’s more going on than that. A new client shows up at the agency, one whom Sparks and Bainbridge begin to suspect really has a secret agenda, somehow involving the Bainbridge family. A murder and a subsequent kidnapping sends Sparks to seek help from a dangerous quarter—and now their very survival is at stake. (Amazon)

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The Art of Betrayal: A Kate Hamilton Mystery by [Connie Berry]

In Connie Berry’s third Kate Hamilton mystery, American antique dealer Kate Hamilton’s spring is cut short when a body turns up at the May Fair pageant.

Spring is a magical time in England–bluebells massing along the woodland paths, primrose and wild thyme dotting the meadows. Antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is spending the month of May in the Suffolk village of Long Barston, enjoying precious time with Detective Inspector Tom Mallory. While attending the May Fair, the annual pageant based on a well-known Anglo-Saxon folktale, a body turns up in the middle of the festivities.

Kate is even more shocked when she learns the murder took place in antiquity shop owner Ivor Tweedy’s stockroom and a valuable Chinese pottery jar that she had been tasked with finding a buyer for has been stolen. Ivor may be ruined. Insurance won’t cover a fraction of the loss.

As Tom leads the investigation, Kate begins to see puzzling parallels between the murder and local legends. The more she learns, the more convinced she is that the solution to both crimes lies in the misty depths of Anglo-Saxon history and a generations-old pattern of betrayal. It’s up to Kate to unravel this Celtic knot of lies and deception to save Ivor’s business. (Amazon)

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The Listening House by [Mabel Seeley]

Down and out in the Depression, Gwynne Dacres moves into a seedy and sinister boarding house, where she exposes deadly secrets in this classic mystery by Mabel Seeley

After losing her copywriting job, young Gwynne Dacres seeks a place to live when she stumbles upon Mrs. Garr’s old boarding house. Despite the gruff landlady and an assortment of shifty tenants, Gwynne rents a room for herself. She spends her first few nights at 593 Trent Street tensely awake, the house creaking and groaning as if listening to everything that happens behind its closed doors.

A chain of chilling events leads to the gruesome discovery of a mutilated body in the basement kitchen, dead of unknown circumstances. Was it an accident or murder? Under the red-black brick façade of the old house on Trent Street, Gwynne uncovers a myriad of secrets, blackmail, corruption, and clues of a wicked past. As she closes in on the truth, the cold, pale hands of death reach for Gwynne in the night… (Amazon)

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Ruby Red Herring: An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery by [Tracy Gardner]

In this Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series debut, perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jane K. Cleland, an antiques appraiser hunts a missing gem while probing her parents’ deaths.

After her parents’ deaths, Avery Ayers takes over the family business, Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised, from the home office in Lilac Grove and a branch in Manhattan. Now living back at home with her younger sister Tilly and their newly moved-in, eccentric Aunt Midge and her Afghan hound, Avery’s life is filled with jewels, tapestries, paintings, and rare finds. But their world is rocked when Avery learns that the theft of a priceless ruby may be connected to her parents’ demise.

The trouble starts when the Museum of Antiquities hires Avery to appraise a rare, resplendent ruby. It bears a striking similarity to a solitary stone in the museum’s prized Xiang Dynasty bejeweled dragon medallion exhibit, which has long been missing one of its ruby eyes. Now, Avery and her colleagues–ostentatious Sir Robert Lane and fatherly Micah Abbott–suspect they may have the missing gem. But facets of the case remain cloudy. Security guard Art Smith is always underfoot but is not what he appears. Another body turns up connected to the appraisal. And Avery receives mysterious notes that begin to put her life in danger.

Avery enlists possible ally Art’s help in cutting the list of suspects who might have polished off her parents and swiped the jewel. Was it art collector Oliver Renell? Curator Nate Brennan? Acquisitions Liaison Francesca Giolitti? Actor Tyler Chadwick? Was the crime impersonal or perpetrated by someone all too close to Avery? If she can’t find the culprit, lovely Lilac Grove may be the setting for Avery’s own death. (Amazon)

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Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery by [Laura Jensen Walker]

In Laura Jensen Walker’s second Bookish Baker mystery, Teddie St. John enters a pie-baking contest. But her chances of winning plummet when she’s suspected of killing one of the judges!

August in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, always means one thing: the annual baking contest. Picture The Great British Baking Show, writ Midwestern. It’s a huge draw for the upper crust of Wisconsin pastry aficionados. And, of course, bon vivant baker-turned-mystery writer Teddie St. John has a pie in the ring. The white vinyl baking tent boasts an array of folding tables housing each entrant’s daily baked good. And at one of those tables sits the corpse of the head judge, his face half-buried in a delectable coconut cream pie.

The body in question belonged to notorious Les Morris. Les may have been getting on in years, but he hadn’t outgrown his well-earned reputation for lechery. Now, Les is no more. But unfortunately, by his side lies Teddie’s distinctive embossed rolling pin…covered with blood.

It’s out of the baking pan, into the oven. A life sentence behind a lattice of prison bars and a tangle of rhu-barbed wire will never do, and Teddie’s quick wit and bohemian charm won’t save her from the long spatula of the law. So, with the help of her friends, she’ll concoct a recipe to clear her name–if the real killer doesn’t ice her first. (Amazon)

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Music is Murder by [J. Bowen, B.]

When a symphony musician is murdered, bashed with her own bassoon, flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect. To save herself and secure justice for her murdered friend, she must find the killer. (Amazon)

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The Time for Murder Is Meow (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries Book 1) by [T. C. LoTempio]

Shell McMillan and her furry sidekicks aren’t kitten around when they set out to catch a killer . . .

When her TV series is canceled, struggling actress Shell McMillan considers it a blessing in disguise. A beloved aunt who recently died left her a pet shop in her will, and she sees it as the perfect chance to walk away from Hollywood and make a fresh start in the sleepy town of Fox Hollow.

But adjusting to small-town life won’t be easy, as Shell realizes when the head of the museum board is found murdered not long after Shell had a very public argument with her. And when the new kid in town is fingered for the crime, she’ll have to rely on her own wit and pluck and the kindness of strangers to get herself off the hook.

Desperate to exonerate herself and catch the real culprit, Shell begins digging into the lives of the local residents, and she quickly discovers that the victim had no shortage of enemies. As the suspect list grows and time runs short, Shell and her cats will have to claw their way out of danger—and it’s meow or never . . .

“A buoyant start to a new series . . . Fans of feline mysteries will relish The Time for Murder Is Meow’s pet shop framework in this story of finding one’s second act.” —Foreword Reviews

“An entertaining series debut . . . Feline-loving cozy fans will be satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

T. C. LoTempio is the national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries, the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries, and the Cat Rescue Mysteries. For more information, check out her and her cat Rocco’s blog at http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com and visit her website at http://www.tclotempio.net. (Amazon)

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Hexing the Ex: Paranormal Mystery (House of Magic Book 1) by [Susanna Shore]

I didn’t expect to be evicted the first thing I returned from a holiday, but thanks to my flatmate Nick, that’s what I was facing.

It’s not exactly easy to find a new place to live in London, so when Phoebe Thorpe spots a room-to-let sign at the window of a magic shop, she doesn’t hesitate. The room is perfect, even if chores are part of the rent. There is only one thing odd about her new landladies. They seem to believe magic exists.

Phoebe doesn’t believe in magic, but unfortunately magic believes in her. A mysterious statuette is sent to her boss, Archibald Kane, and she accidentally triggers a curse meant for him. Naturally, the first person she curses is her ex-boyfriend. But why would anyone want to curse her boss, a perfectly ordinary antiques dealer? Or is he?

Phoebe sets out to break the curse with the help of her new housemates. But it isn’t easy trying to solve a mystery she doesn’t even believe is real. Then again, that hellhound chasing her seemed pretty solid… Maybe there’s more to magic than hexing one’s ex.

This is the first book in House of Magic, a new series by Susanna Shore blending mystery and magic, with a resourceful heroine and plenty of action. (Amazon)

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Meat is Murder: A modern cosy mystery with a classic crime heart (The Stonebridge Mysteries Book 3) by [Chris McDonald]

Stonebridge is a small town on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Most of its inhabitants are friendly, happy people. Most of them… Because bad things happen even in the happiest of places. It’s a good thing, then, that Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin call Stonebridge home.

Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of detective shows, a misplaced sense of confidence and a keen desire to see justice done, these two are the closest thing the town has to saviours. Which isn’t that reassuring…

Meat Is Murder

McNulty’s Meats, one of Stonebridge’s oldest businesses, is about to be taken over in a lucrative deal that would make brothers Ron and Kevin very rich men indeed. Unfortunately for them, local activist Tyler Love has other ideas. Convinced that the deal would be bad for the town, he burns the business to the ground and inadvertently kills himself in the process.
As least, that’s what the police think.
Tyler’s mum disagrees, and pleads with amateur sleuths Adam and Colin to investigate. Although, going up against the psychopathic McNulty brothers, a rival businessman, a group of hippies, and a girlfriend with secrets of her own might not be such a good idea… Someone has something to hide, and will go to great lengths to keep that secret buried.

Meat is Murder is the third book in The Stonebridge Mysteries series of Cosy Crime novellas. (Amazon)

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Murder in the Grave: A Redmond and Haze Mystery Book 5 (Redmond and Haze Mysteries) by [Irina Shapiro]

When the body of a newly appointed curate is found in a freshly dug grave, Inspector Haze and Lord Redmond are called to investigate. According to friends and family, the unfortunate man was a veritable saint who’d wanted nothing more than to dedicate his life to God and good works, but the savagery of his murder and the attempt to hide his corpse tell a different story.

Facing increasing pressure to solve the case of the “Cleaved Curate,” Daniel and Jason must delve deeper into the life of Sebastian Slade, only to discover that even men of God have their secrets and that the reckoning can be biblical in its scope.

Perfect for fans of C.S. Harris and Anne Perry (Amazon)

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Found a Secret (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 23) by [Wendy Meadows]

A perfect distraction. An untimely death. And a long-lost sister who doesn’t seem to exist…

With the festivities and fireworks of Independence Day right around the corner, spirits are high in the Sheffield Bed and Breakfast. Brenda Rivers eagerly looks forward to welcoming her guests to the celebration – but not everybody is in a cheerful mood.

On the hunt for her elusive missing sister, Colleen Sullivan’s fruitless search has brought her to the small town of Sweetfern Harbor. Despite the lack of clues, she’s determined to find the family she only recently learned she had. But after Colleen is found dead in the midst of the celebration, Brenda finds herself drawn into a puzzling case that will push her sleuthing skills to the limit.

Tasked with unravelling the mystery behind Colleen’s missing – and seemingly non-existent – sister, Brenda and head detective Mac must discover the truth behind Coleen’s past… along with the real reason that brought her to Sweetfern Harbor. Can Brenda solve this seemingly impossible case? Or will the killer slip through their fingers?

Packed with plenty of puzzling clues and tons of twists that will keep you guessing, Brenda River’s latest murder mystery is a short and cozy read that will delight fans of the Sweetfern Harbor series. Scroll up and grab your copy today! (Amazon)

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Bourbon Street Ghosts: A Harper Harlow and Ofelia Archer Mystery by [Lily Harper Hart]

Harper Harlow-Monroe and Zander Pritchett have been excited for their upcoming ghost conference in New Orleans for years, since before they were involved with their significant others. What was once a trip for two has now become a trip for four … but that doesn’t make them any less excited.
Ofelia Archer has just found out that her bar Krewe is about to be inundated with ghost hunters … and she’s beyond excited. She’s looking forward to a good week, which means more money to funnel into her next business venture.
Two worlds collide when Harper and Ofelia meet in Jackson Square, a ghost catching their attention. Before they realize what’s happening, they’re embroiled in a huge mystery … one that involves New Orleans’ colorful past and worry for the future.
Harper and Ofelia have a lot in common and they bond quickly. That adds a colorful edge to their friendship. Add Zander to the mix and the Big Easy is in for big trouble.
Hang on because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Between ghosts, Zander’s attitude, and Ofelia’s mother … it’s going to be a very strange trip. It could also be deadly.

Note: This is a crossover book between Harper Harlow and Ofelia Archer. It’s set after Ghostly Travels and Hex, Drugs & Rock and Roll. (Amazon)

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