New Releases For The Week Of February 28th, 2021–Part 4

Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1-3 by [Kelly Ethan]

There’s a murder or two in Point Muse, killers stalking victims and a nosy librarian turned sleuth. Let the mayhem begin.

Xandie Meyers thought all her troubles were over when she moved to Point Muse. Instead, she inherited a supernatural library and a snarky talking cat. In books 1-3 of Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery Series, join Xandie and her family of chaos-causing and mayhem-loving witches as they dodge furry law enforcement while solving mysteries and murder.

If you like snarky dialogue, murder and a touch of mayhem, then you’ll love Kelly Ethan’s cozy paranormal mystery series.

This boxed set includes the first three books in the Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery series:

Book 1: The Killer Knight and the Murderous Chairleg.
Book 2: The Dastardly Dragon Killer and the Poisoned Breath.
Book 3: The Murderous Monster and the Stony Gaze.

Unlock the Mayhem now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cupcakes and Catastrophe (A Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Sue Hollowell]

Questionable cupcakes, a snooty bookstore owner, and the annual kite competition gone awry…

First in the Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery series!

Tilly Griffin did everything by the book. Everyone else’s book. Now it was her turn to write a new chapter, three thousand miles from her former life. Her dream of opening a bakery like her grandma Luna was now becoming a reality.

No sooner does she arrive in the charming beach town, when she and her quirky uncle are tangled up in a mysterious death. When a kite competition judge is found murdered in the bookstore next to her uncle’s Checkered Past Antiques shop, Tilly questions her decision to move to Belle Harbor, and everything about her new life.

As the clues emerge, and the small-town secrets are revealed, Tilly’s uncle finds himself smack dab in the middle of the investigation, and surrounded by suspects. Will the murderer be nabbed in time for the bakery’s grand opening or will this close the book on Tilly’s dreams?

Cupcakes and Catastrophe is Book 1 in the Belle Harbor Cozy Mystery series. A light, cozy mystery in a quaint beach town with a fun loving, amateur female sleuth, her quirky uncle, and enough antiques and pastries to fill your home and your belly. No gore, swearing or cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS: A gripping UK Murder Mystery (DCI Garrick Crime Thrillers Book 1) by [M.G. Cole]


DCI David Garrick is recovering from the tragic murder of his estranged sister – an event that happened halfway across the world… 

Working for the Major Investigations Team, in Kent, he is immediately drawn into a new case: a murdered illegal immigrant. 

And she’s not the first…

Garrick begins to uncover the work of a serial killer. One with a grudge and passion for taking souvenirs off his victims. Tensions between the locals and the ‘unwelcome’ visitors are thinly concealed in the Garden of England’s quaint villages. But the resentment is there… 

And so is a disturbing connection to his sister’s murder across the Atlantic…

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS is the explosive debut crime thriller novel from M.G. Cole – the first in a thrilling British crime series! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

TAGGED BY DEATH (RILEY MALLOY MYSTERY SERIES Book 1) by [Judith A. Barrett, Judith Euen Davis]

NEW RELEASE! Riley Malloy has a remarkable talent for understanding her veterinary patients. Unknowingly, she’s also the only one who can identify a serial killer.
As one murder follows another, the evidence she discovers may lead her to expose the murderer’s scheme.
When she gets too close, Riley finds herself in the crosshairs of the desperate killer as he escalates to a final murder. Can Riley escape his deadly intentions? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death at First Night: A Deadly Paradise Mystery (The Deadly Paradise Mystery Series Book 3) by [Kimberly Griggs]

A blast from Mallory’s past has arrived in tranquil Key West, and she’s not at all thrilled about it.

Andrew Mercer, her former boyfriend and reason number one for her move to the Southernmost part of the US, is staking his claim. He wants her back, and he will stop at nothing to make that happen. Or is there a more nefarious reason he’s lurking about?

Mallory’s blonde, bombshell nemesis is found toes up with a scarf around her neck at the Hemingway Home Bookstore, and Andrew is suspect numero uno. Only, he claims he’s innocent and wants Mallory to find her killer or else. Spurred on by the desire to have her life back, Mallory employs the help of her quirky best friend, Juniper Jones, as well as newest gal pal, Ernesta Castro, a pot-laced-cigar-smoking hippie with a penchant for motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing giants.

With the hunky Huck Jameson MIA, Mallory turns to sexy Detective Luke Beckett for assistance, but it seems Beckett is after more than just a killer—he’s after her heart. Huck’s return could be problematic for their budding romance, but is he too late? Who will win her heart? And will the killer get to her before she can explore her own Happily Ever After? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Escape From Hiding: An Escape from Reality Cozy Mystery #3 by [Courtney McFarlin]

The infamous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing, and Shay Reynolds and the gang are knee-deep in the chaos. A priceless bike goes missing on Garrett’s watch and Shay jumps in to help track it down.

Along the way, she discovers a missing girl who may not want to be found and crosses paths with a notorious motorcycle club. Jared gets his chance to go undercover and hilarity ensues.

Will Shay be able to find the bike, the missing girl, and uncover the links that tie everything together before it’s too late? The motorcycle club is on her heels and time is running out! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Poisoned Pink Punch: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch's Cove Mystery Book 10) by [Vella Day]

Death by poison is not a good way to go–unless the punch tastes good.

My ten-year high school reunion was supposed to be fun–seeing old friends and maybe even making a few new ones. And I was really looking forward to spending an evening with Jaxson’s brother, Drake, again. Too bad, when we entered the dance, one of Drake’s friends was lying dead on the floor covered in pink punch.

Sure Kyle Covington was a very rich investor who’d made his share of enemies, but had any of them been at the reunion?

Considering Drake’s connection with the deceased, what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t do some investigating? After all, I knew most of the suspects. Out of the blue, an unexpected arrival joins forces with Drake–one with magic. Was she involved in the murder or would she help solve the case?

If you want to check up on the status of our crime solving, I’ll either be slurping down a chocolate shake at the Spellbound Diner or chatting with my aunt at the Tiki Hut Grill. Don’t worry–Jaxson and Iggy will also be on the case. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Who Killed Charlie Birch?: A Murder Tour Novel by [M K  Turner]

Who Killed Charlie Birch?
Charlie Birch is dead. A knife, thrust into his chest, has effortlessly sliced through his right ventricle, quite literally breaking his heart, which given his past behaviour was perhaps a fitting end.
An unexpected chain of events had placed a desperate Charlie and many of the Middle Mound villagers in the White Hart pub that morning. Then Charlie decided to hold them all hostage. That was his last mistake.
DS Sally Carter had been sent to Middle Mound to investigate an abandoned bus and several missing villagers but instead finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Having grown up in the village, she knows many of the suspects from her youth. All the clues are there but will she catch the killer?

Who killed Charlie Birch? is the first in the Murder Tour series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Fated Witch: A Paranormal Romantic Cozy Mystery (The Imperfect Witch series Book 3) by [Amelia Hopegood]

Jenny Sinclair has been enjoying the quiet life…… But no matter how hard she tries to lead a quiet life, it seems Jenny Sinclair can’t help being drawn into the mayhem that surrounds her……..

The main suspect in a murder case, Jenny is thrown into the underworld of organised crime and fraud. Challenged by an enemy she’s never faced before and the witching community, her skills are once more tested to their limits.

A choice she makes to save a colleague will start a sequence of events which could change her forever and lose her family and vampire boyfriend in the process. Yup, just another day in Jenny Sinclair’s complicated life.

Will she have the skill to protect everything she cares for most? Will her family ever stop interfering? Will she survive the danger she faces? Will she ever get the upper-hand with her all-too-clever familiar? (Okay, we know that’s a ‘no’, but we’re trying to build the tension here!)

Strong characters with complex histories and magical abilities work together in this paranormal romantic cozy mystery.

The Fated Witch has a generous dose of humour, action and romance.

The stakes are high in this powerful new installment of the Imperfect Witch Series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Zolton's Revenge: A Paranormal Genie Cozy: Wish Upon a Mystery Series by [Rachel Rivers]

A runaway genie turned P.I.
Murder at a well-known landmark.
But is it murder? Or a warning from the Almighty Zolton.

Dick and Hayley Jane are at it again. They may have found true love but they’ve also found real murder. Master Dick opens up his PI Investigations Agency just in time, to be hired by the island police to help solve the mystery around a body discovered at the famed Jacobean Great House. The occupants there are frightfully scared it might happened again. Meanwhile, Hayley Jane is afraid she might know who did it. Is this another warning strike across the bow of the great almighty Zolton?

.Zolton’s Revenge (Wish Upon A Mystery Series, Book 2 in the series) is a humorous full-length paranormal romantic cozy mystery.Like a little romance with your mystery? This is the ticket.

Wish Upon A Mystery Mysteries:
Bottled Up, Book 1
Zolton’s Revenge, Book 2
Master O’ Disaster, Book 3
Pre Order Today.
For readers of Adele Abbott, Belinda White, Constance Barker, Amy Boyles and Annabel Chase.

Editions Available: Kindle

Wool Over Your Eyes: A Desert Oasis Cozy Mystery by [Violet Patton, Mariah Sinclair]

Can you believe it? I don’t know the difference between knitting needles or fiddlesticks, but my sweet neighbor ladies invited me on their yarn crawl. They even coerced me into signing up for knitting class, even though I don’t work well with Others. I voted for best afghan, but turns out I made another big Oasis mistake. Next thing I know, I’m accused of murdering the knitting instructor, even though I cannot knit or crochet. Lemme tell ya, the inside of the Pima County Jail needs a professional decorator.
I must’ve done something wrong in my past lives, and now karma is paying me back. Giselle, the dead, mummified, former owner of our metal shed/park model, returns sharing words of wisdom. Last thing I need is a guardian angel instructing me on how to survive living behind the Oasis’ Pearly Gate.
Philly decides he wants to buy a brand-spanking new car, but I wasn’t having it. Showing him what I thought about his spendthrift ways, I left him in the dealership and found myself shopping in Huey’s Pawn & Swap. You won’t believe what happened there.
Follow this ol’ Texas gal and my Sweetie Bastard as we traverse the wild streets of Tucson. If you stick around long enough, I might read your palm, but first I finish reading the instruction book. Download Wool Over Your Eyes today. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Pie in the Hand (Pacific Pies Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Violet McCloud]

Pacific Cliffs is the place to be if you like beaches, breathtaking views, hand pies, the best burritos in town, all served with a side of murder.

Young widow Chloe Cotton moved into town to get away from her past, a past that seemed to haunt her every move. Her husband’s death was a shock and very hard to move on from. Pacific Cliffs holds both the home she inherited from her aunt and, since they never visited together, no memories of Erik. Her high school sweetheart was smart enough to take out a life insurance policy even when she scoffed that they would have many decades together. His foresight has allowed her to set up shop, and by shop, she means a beachside hand cart where she can sell her hand pies in every flavor imaginable. She will never forget him, but Erik would want her to move forward, so she’s trying!

Life is on the upswing…except one thing…

Richard Beckham won’t leave her alone. He nags her day and night to sell the house her aunt left her, but Chloe’s not budging, not for all the chai lattes in the world.

When she goes at the beginning of the tourist season to retrieve her handcart from storage, she stumbles onto something she didn’t bargain for. Richard’s cold, dead body on the floor.

And every finger is pointed at Chloe.

She has to solve the murder and get herself out of trouble all while keeping her tiny business afloat. This is not quite the cliffside getaway she imagined.

Not even close.

If you like clean, cozy mysteries with a quirky but strong sleuth, sweet pets, delicious food, and tons of red herrings, the Pacific Pies Cozy Mysteries series is for you. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dragging Down the Culprit by [Rosie Sams, Agatha Parker]

The stakes have never been higher for P.I. Hannah and her dog detective Mazie when they’re embroiled in a murder mystery involving a mysterious quilt, ginger and one cunning family out to get what they want at any cost.
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A garage sale purchase lands PI Hannah and her clever little beagle, Mazie in hot water. It turns out Eugene Meyer wasn’t completely honest when he shared the history of the quilt Hannah purchased. It hides a secret that could be deadly. Someone is so determined to have the quilt for themselves they’re willing to break into Hannah’s home and commit murder.

Hannah’s steadfast in her decision to discover who violated her home and murdered Eugene Meyer. There are many suspects and they happen to be Eugene’s siblings. Now, Hannah and Mazie must delve into a much larger mystery surrounding the quilt and what was held inside.

Can Hannah and Mazie solve the mystery and find the killer before it’s too late?

Also by Rosie Sams:
The Bakers and Bulldogs Mysteries Collection: 20 Book Box Set

Editions Available: Kindle

K-9 MYSTERY SERIES: Books 1-2 by [Bev Pettersen]

“Bev Pettersen packs a lot of tension into this fast-paced story. Awesome! Five stars!” T.R. Ragan, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

“Diving into a new Bev Pettersen book is always a delicious treat!” Lori Ryan, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author


Belated justice can be most satisfying.

For almost ten years, Nikki Drake struggled to deal with her sister’s mysterious disappearance. When another teen vanishes from the same riding stable, the details are too eerily similar to ignore, and she vows to uncover the truth.

No longer a child but a newly minted private investigator, she now has additional weapons in her arsenal, including a re-homed police dog and an enigmatic detective with ties to the horse stable. However, digging into her sister’s case erodes old trusts and brings dark secrets bubbling to the surface.

And this time they could be fatal…for her.

REPENT  (Book 2)

Sometimes the isolated countryside isn’t as peaceful as it first appears…

Local police aren’t very concerned when fourteen-year-old Billy Tanner doesn’t show up for his community service at their stable. Tossing a firebomb at a police horse isn’t something they can easily forgive.

Yet when the boy’s frantic grandmother begs PI Nikki Drake to hunt for her missing grandson, it’s a call for help Nikki can’t ignore. Her search takes her to the backwoods of California where a serial killer is pursuing his own brand of justice.

But time is not on her side…or Billy’s. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Hollyday Spirit: A Dandelion Ponds Mystery by [Beth Prentice]

How many Santa’s does it take to commit a murder?

Daisy Montgomery is stuck somewhere between life and death, leaving her spirit roaming Dandelion Ponds. One of the few people who can see her is super sexy Charlie O’Sullivan, a silver lining in an otherwise disarming existence.
When Mrs. Baker, Daisy’s neighbor, and faux grandmother, turns up in the morgue screaming she was murdered by Santa, Daisy is determined to find the killer, so Mrs. Baker can rest in peace. Convincing Charlie to help her find out whodunit isn’t difficult. Finding the murderous Santa amongst the town’s resident Saint Nicks is!
With Christmas Eve approaching and the annual Santa Contest about to bring more wannabe Santa’s into Dandelion Ponds, time is running out for Daisy and Charlie to find the killer and reveal who was behind the beard before another body drops. This time, it could be Charlie’s neck on the chopping board.

The only thing Daisy is certain of is that Santa is definitely not on the ‘nice’ list.

The Hollyday Spirit is a stand-alone novella in a new cozy paranormal mystery series (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of February 28th, 2021–Part 3

The Witch Is Back (Wicked Witches of Vanish Valley Book 5) by [Mara Webb]

Just when Morgan Jones thinks her week can’t get any worse, it does.

Since the earthquake hit, it seems that everyone in Vanish Valley needs her help to repair damage. When a friendly old woman comes to request Morgan’s assistance at the estate of a local millionaire, she thinks nothing of it. She had no idea how messy things would become.

In addition to dealing with the potential proposal of her boyfriend, Luca, Morgan has to deal with the fall out of discovering a skeleton. The past is coming back to haunt the residents of the Long Fox estate, can they hide their secrets for much longer?

With her aunt Rue trying to bust someone out of jail, her best friend Birdie disappearing and an author pleading for protection, it seems like Morgan’s hands are full. Can she get to the bottom of the crimes from the past that have brought so much danger to the present?

The Witch Is Back is the fifth book in the Wicked Witches of Vanish Valley series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Whole Llama Snow (Friendship Harbor Mysteries Book 5) by [Erin  McCarthy, Kathy Love ]

You know what they say…when it rains, it pours. But in Friendship Harbor, Maine, when it snows, it blizzards, and when there’s a white-out, anything can happen… even murder.

Sophie is thrilled her life is going so well. Her pub is (mostly) financially secure. She’s dating her hunky pub manager. Her best friend, Oliver, is visiting from California and she’s rented out her macabre guesthouse to a group of skiers on holiday. She’s even handling the cold weather with aplomb.

That is, until they are hit by an unexpectedly bad Nor’ Easter. Three feet of snow overnight is no joke. Now, the skiers, along with most of her staff, are stuck at Steamys pub. Sophie is creative, so she’s confident she can make the most of a bad situation. Charades, anyone? Then one of the skiers is found dead, frozen outside her llama, Jack’s, barn.

Accidents happen, right? Except this doesn’t exactly look like an accident. And now everyone trapped at Steamy’s could be a suspect. Or the next victim… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Tempting Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 34) by [R. A. Wallace]

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 34
Lady love springs into Teaberry but will murder end a relationship before it has a chance to bloom? Megan tracks flower petals and other clues to help solve the puzzle. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Temptation, Trouble & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery Book 6) by [Christa Nardi]

Caffeine à la corpse, anyone?
The last thing Stacie Maroni expected to find in the break room was a dead guy. And even worse, a dead guy with her name, phone number, and office location in his pocket. If that’s not bad enough, a fellow member of the foundation she spearheads seems to be missing in action. Although these events don’t seem to be linked, Stacie is in the thick of things. At least the two mysteries distract her from the attention of, and her attraction to, a handsome detective. Mystery, suspense, and romance. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Sapphire Library (The Lady Diviner series Book 3) by [Rosalie Oaks]

Magics, murder, and mermaid tears…

An uncivilised vampiri has stolen the Moria Pearls! Miss Elinor Avely and her tiny companion, Aldreda, are determined to chase the rascal to London – despite warnings to keep Elinor’s Gift a secret, and the perturbing news that a royal advisor is dead.

As the ladies investigate, they have other problems to occupy them. Elinor is unsure if she will be welcomed back into high society, and worse, Beresford is being a bit too overbearing in his attempts to protect her. Meanwhile Perry seems to have his own romantic troubles, this time with the devastatingly gorgeous Jaq.

Then a vampiri goes missing, and Elinor’s inquisitiveness leads her closer to a killer. This time, it will take all her friends’ ingenuity to save her from death.

Who killed the royal advisor? What is the Sapphire Library? And who would like mermaid tears with their tea?

Enjoy the third magical book in the Lady Diviner series, set in Regency England with generous servings of magic, manners, and romance. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Ghost Detective Books 1-3 Special Boxed Edition: Three Fun Cozy Mysteries With Bonus Holiday Story (The Ghost Detective Collection Book 1) by [Jane Hinchey]

Can you imagine waking up to find your best friend sleeping on your couch? Not so unusual, right? But what if it’s his ghost?

Audrey Fitzgerald may be clumsy, but she’s also smart, inquisitive, and down to earth. Her whole world changes when her best friend, Ben, turns up dead. The silver lining? He is now a ghost that only Audrey can see and hear, and he wants her to solve his murder.

This is just the beginning of Audrey’s adventures as a ghost detective!

Now she’s up to her neck in ghostly chatter, has multiple cases to solve, PI exams to sit, a talking cat that possibly requires dietary intervention, and it’s very likely she’s fallen for Captain Cowboy Hot Pants, or, as he likes to be called, Detective Kade Galloway. But the biggest dilemma of all? What on earth does she put on her business card without scaring off the townsfolk? Amateur sleuth, PI in training, ghost whisperer, or ghost detective?

To say that Audrey’s life is complicated would be an understatement, but if anyone can handle it, it’s Audrey Fitzgerald.

This special edition collection contains:

Book 1: Ghost Mortem

Book 2: Give up the Ghost

Book 3: The Ghost is Clear

And a bonus holiday edition novella: Ghost the Halls (not available separately) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Body Politic: Caroline Jordan Series Book 1 by [Geraldine Moorkens Byrne]

Caroline has a dead minister of state, a new job to manage, a fledgling PR company to save – the last thing she needs are rumours of murder and a strange policeman dogging her steps. Can she outwit the murderer, save her company, impress her new VIP client and most importantly, survive? She’s not sure but fueled by vodka, rage and steely determination, she’s going to give it a good try!When Minister Damien Fitzpatrick is found dead at his desk, everyone assumes it was natural causes. Caroline Jordan has spent 4 years keeping the Minister on track, hiding his volatile personality and building his public image as a good family man and serious politician. Now she’s facing social Siberia and a serious setback for her PR firm. This is, she thinks, the worst thing that could happen.Meanwhile DS Doyle is faced with the unwelcome news that Minister has been murdered and the prime suspects include the leader of the country, another Minister, several high ranking officials and Ireland’s most brazen gangster turned property developer. When Caroline finds herself dragged into the mess, one thing becomes clear. She is going to fight to the bitter end for Jordan PR, her employees and her new VIP client. And if she can manage a romance with the gorgeous but elusive Rory Fitzpatrick at the same time, why not! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Seashore Magic (A Nautical Seascape Mystery Series Book 1) by [Constance Barker, Corrine Winters]

Murder at the Aquarium

Quinn is not your ordinary witch. She uses and manipulates water, communicates with marine animals and can breathe underwater for long periods. When she returns to her hometown of King’s Tide, to take over operations at the local aquarium, she doesn’t expect murder to be the order of business. The victim was a donor to the aquarium and he’s pulling his donations. That makes Quinn suspect number one.

Apollo is a member of the Coast Guard and a shapeshifting eagle. He and Quinn were high school friends, but their stars never aligned. Perhaps there’s a chance now that both are older, or has life jaded them into thinking they are destined to be loners?

Robin, Quinn’s friend and resident fairy, is a surfer dude who entertains along the Coney Island like setting near the pier. And Nora, a Selkie, loves to explore old ship wrecks. Could this get her into trouble?

Ridley is Quinn’s turtle familiar. What he lacks in speed he makes up for with snark.

***Don’t miss this hilarious and thrilling new series*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cufflinks in the Cappuccino: Coffee House Clairvoyant: Book 4 by [Kelty Kells]

These antiques have a story to tell—one filled with deceit and murder. Trouble is, that murder happened almost forty years ago.

Solve a murder that took place before I was even born? Easy-peasy for the town psychic! Or it should be. These cufflinks have a story to tell, and it’s one filled with grisly crime, bloodshed, envy, and… my great uncle?

Oh boy.

The last three crimes I was involved in were open-and-shut cases (for the most part, anyway), but this one involves my Great Uncle Angus, one of my best friends and the only man in town who knows what it’s like being burdened with a psychic secret. He couldn’t possibly be involved.

Yet these cufflinks say otherwise. No matter how many times I sift through their memories, the evidence points to him—and only him.

I may have no choice but to confront Uncle Angus and get him to confess, even if I believe with my whole heart that he’s innocent.

Well, no one said this would be easy.

I just didn’t realize how impossibly hard it would be. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cake and Corruption (A Sweetwater Springs Southern Mystery Book 6) by [S.C. Merritt]

As mother of the bride, Glory wants her daughter’s wedding to be a day she’ll never forget. But when Glory’s address is found in the pocket of an unidentified body in a car crash, her biggest nightmare becomes reality. The past has followed her to Sweetwater Springs and it’s not going away without a fight. Can she solve the mystery and maybe even her husband’s two-year-old cold case murder in the process? Glory, Momma, a few of the new in-laws are working against the clock to discover the truth before wedding bells toll. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Villa in Sicily: Vino and Death (A Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery—Book 3) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. Highly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who appreciates a well-written mystery with twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews (regarding Murder in the Manor)

A VILLA IN SICILY: VINO AND DEATH is book #3 in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor, a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews (and a free download)!

Audrey Smart, 34, has made a major life change, walking away from her life as a vet (and from a string of failed romance) and moving to Sicily to buy a $1 home—and embark on a mandatory renovation she knows nothing about.

Audrey is busy working to open the town’s new shelter, while also renovating her own problematic home—and dating again. With the help of friends, she begins taking in sick strays. But not everyone in town is grateful for her services, and she soon makes unexpected enemies.

Audrey’s small Sicilian town hires a new building inspector to deal with the influx of $1 home owners—and he sets about making Audrey’s idyllic Sicilian life utterly miserable. Just when things can’t get any worse, the inspector turns up dead—leaving Audrey as the main suspect.

Audrey, without an alibi, is under more pressure than she’s ever been to solve the crime. But the inspectors list of enemies was long.

Very, very long.

Can she solve this impossible case?

A laugh-out-loud cozy packed with mystery, intrigue, renovation, animals, food, wine—and of course, love—A VILLA IN SICILY will capture your heart and keep you glued to the very last page.

“The book had heart and the entire story worked together seamlessly that didn’t sacrifice either intrigue or personality. I loved the characters – so many great characters! I can’t wait to read whatever Fiona Grace writes next!”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“Wow, this book takes off & never stops! I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended for those who love a great mystery with twists, turns, romance, and a long lost family member! I am reading the next book right now!”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“This book is rather fast paced. It has the right blend of characters, place, and emotions. It was hard to put down and I hope to read the next book in the series.”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

More books in the series will be available soon! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Eternal Investigator: An Oxford Key Mysteries Novella by [Lynn Morrison]

May 1941 – Money is missing from the coffers of St Margaret College.

Bartholomew Kingston is on the cusp of figuring out who is siphoning funds from St Margaret College when his friend Clark reminds him of their evening plans. He sets his work aside and travels to London for a night out on the town.

When he returns to work he makes a startling discovery: he’s dead. Even worse, Bartie is horrified to learn he is being blamed for the theft.

As Oxford’s newest Eternal, Bartie has some new tricks up his sleeve. With the help of the other Eternals, can Bartie find the real culprit? Or will his name be tarnished forever?

(This book is a standalone novella featuring one of the characters from the Oxford Key Mysteries. You do not need to read the other books to enjoy this one and it does not contain any spoilers.) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Wedding Cake Blues (Cupid's Catering Company Book 1) by [M K Scott]

Della always dreamed of owning a bakery and catering service. But the fate of her dream come true rests on how well her business, Cupid’s Catering Company, pulls off the wedding of the decade.

As she and her team work their magic in the kitchen, the lavish affair takes a troubling turn. The bridegroom has vanished, but in a strange twist of events, she’s the only one who’s concerned about his disappearance.

As rumors that the groom-to-be caught a case of cold feet and whisperings about his ties to unsavory characters swirling, Della trades in her chef’s hat for a sleuth fedora and follows the clues.

Can she find the bridegroom, save her bakery, and fend off her mother’s matchmaking attempts before it’s too late? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Twisted Riposte: A Witchy Faerie Cozy Mystery (Pixie Twist Mysteries Book 1) by [Alyn Troy]

A town of wonky magic. A fencer stabbed by her own blade. Can Twizzie untangle the twisted mystery?

Twizzle Twist isn’t your normal real estate pixie. Nor is St. Maurice your normal Southern California town. The magic in the valley belches at the worst time. The faerock vein in St. Mo marks the local fae in uncomfortable ways. Twizzie’s mismatched wings and bum leg are the least of her worries when a showing becomes deadly.

The house-hunting lunges off-target when the first showing comes with more than she bargained for. The owner is dead, stabbed in the back with her own sword.

The seaside town of St. Maurice’s has one of the few remaining amusement piers on the west coast. And someone is twisting the town council to tear it down. If that happens, it will be the end of Twizzle’s home above the carousel.

With a murderer on the loose, a cute vampire she needs to sell a home to, and the imminent demise of her home on the pier, Twizzie has too many strikes to dodge all at once.

Will Twizzie and her friends pull the right cord to untangle the twisted knot of intrigue in their sleepy village? Can they do so before the killer lunges again? If you love mysteries with a dash of quirky characters, a dose of warped magic, and snarky humor, you’ll love Alyn Troy’s new Paranormal Cozy Mystery series.

Preorder your copy of A Twisted Riposte today to lunge into this mystery. (Amazon)

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Tricks and Trials: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Charmed and Dangerous Book 4) by [Morgan Vale]

Is someone hunting paranormals in Haven? And will Kat be next?.
When the Sheriff confronts earth witch Kat Sullivan with a strange letter, it’s just another day in Haven. Until she finds out her partner-in-solving-crime, Chance Wilder, is missing. He’s no stranger to bending the law and has more than a few secrets up his sleeve, but are they bad enough for someone to take him out…permanently?.
Kat’s stuck with only a handful of leads and a human police department that doesn’t even know the half of it. In the background, a secret organization is hunting down people of unusual supernatural heritage. People like Chance.
She’ll have to team up with not only the police but the Wilder siblings to track Chance down and bring him home. But with a bigger plot boiling just below the surface, can they rescue him before it’s too late — and without revealing their magic?
If you like humorous paranormal cozy mysteries full of snarky cats and sassy witches, then grab a cuppa and curl up with Tricks and Trials, book four in this action-packed series. These are clean reads with no swearing, gore, or adult situations, so curl up and enjoy! (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 28th, 2021–Part 2

Wicked Honeymoon (An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 19) by [Lily Harper Hart]

Jack Harker and his new wife Ivy have beaten the odds, and with that comes a little rest and relaxation. They have a two-week honeymoon planned, and the first leg involves a glamping trip down the river.
Jack has never been one for camping, and the truth is, he would’ve preferred anything but what they’ve got planned. Ivy, however, is desperate to prove that camping can be fun. What Jack wants most is for Ivy to have everything, so he gives in.
He may live to regret it. That is if he doesn’t die first.
What should’ve been an idyllic kayaking trip down the river, complete with gourmet meals and glamorous tents, turns into a mystery when one of the other guests finds blood on the ground on the second day. Jack and Ivy are instantly suspicious … but they seem to be the only ones.
There’s no body, so no reason to worry, and yet Ivy’s dreams won’t let her rest. Can you prove murder when there’s no body and nobody is missing? That’s the plan for Ivy and Jack, although the trip will have them questioning more than their fellow travel-goers. It will have them questioning their instincts, too.
Strap in. Just because it’s a honeymoon, that doesn’t mean the ride won’t be bumpy. (Amazon)

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A Design of Deceit (The Dickinson Sisters Mysteries Book 5) by [Blythe Baker]

Upon hearing rumors of “dark” goings on at a nearby country estate, Iris Dickinson cannot resist the pull to become involved. When a sudden storm traps her on the property, she must navigate the dangerous waters of a family mystery she does not fully understand, without the help of her sister Lily.

But there is more than one mystery haunting Iris, as shadowy childhood memories resurface. Can she survive one “storm” before being overtaken by another? (Amazon)

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The Uncountable Cost of Mystery: A Severine DuNoir Historical Cozy Adventure (The Mysteries of Severine DuNoir Book 6) by [Beth Byers]

January 1926

Severine DuNoir and friends have left New Orleans and started on the trail to just what happened to Jane Oliver.

Things are confused and emotions are intense as they find Jane. The relief of finding their missing loved one fades as they have to face what they’ve found? Will their friendship survive? Where do they go from here?

Book FIVE in the Mysteries of Severine DuNoir. These historical adventures are playful with a lightly spooky edge. In the coming stories, Severine will discover more than she expected, and begin to finally decide her future. (Amazon)

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Captains, Lies, and Murder: Victoria Parker Regency Mysteries Book Two by [Jennifer Monroe]

A month after solving the murder of the Duke of Everton, Miss Victoria Parker is ready to indulge in a week of leisure. And what better setting than the quiet solitude of the farm belonging to the brother of her assistant, James Kensington? Although the getaway sounds promising, it does come with two caveats: Victoria and James must keep quiet their budding romance, and they must play guardian to James’s eighteen-year-old niece, Dinah, a task to which Vicky readily agrees.

And a decision she will soon regret.

On their first morning on the Kensington Farm, Captain Walter Rummings is found murdered. Worse still, the local constable has cast suspicion on Dinah, causing James to fret. After all, if Dinah’s name is ruined, no worthy suitor will every come to call. Not to mention the likelihood of a sojourn to the gallows.

With the Kensington name – and Dinah’s life – on the line, Victoria sets out to solve the murder of the captain, a task far more difficult than she first believed. The man had more enemies than friends, and finding buried treasure may prove easier than learning “whodunit”.

As Victoria delves deeper into the mystery, she also finds herself struggling to navigate her increasingly complex feelings for a despondent James. As the clock ticks faster, Victoria races to save not only her heart, but also the family name of the man for whom she cares deeply.

A cozy, romantic Regency murder mystery that will keep you guessing til the end. (Amazon)

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Resurrected Bumpkin: Page-Turning Cozy With Fun and Fabulous Fur Babies (Country Cousin Mysteries Book 7) by [Sam  Cheever]

Meanwhile, in a local support group for people with control issues…

Hi! I’m Joey, and I’m learning to cope with not having control over any aspect of my life.

Really, I am.

So what if my boyfriend’s parents are here for a visit. I can deal with that, right? They probably won’t completely hate me. I’m sure they won’t judge me for being an unrepentant bumpkin.

Oh, and somebody’s trying to kill my mom. There’s no way that can end badly.

But, surely I can find the villain before he accomplishes his deadly task, right?

At least Hal’s parents are here to watch me completely meltdown and lose my mind. Sooo, that’s cool.

Sigh… Stick a pitchfork in me. I’m dung. (Amazon)

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A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1) 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)

A MURDER IN PARIS is the debut novel 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.

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 A MURDER IN PARIS (Book #1), Diana hopes to kick off her journey, and find new love, with an unforgettable night at the Versailles ball. But when the dramatic night takes a harrowing turn she could never expect, Diana realizes she will have to solve the crime—or else have her trip end in disaster.

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!

Book #2 (DEATH IN FLORENCE) and book #3 (VENGEANCE IN VIENNA) in the series are now also available! (Amazon)

Caught Off Guard : A Samantha True Mystery (The Samantha True Mysteries Book 4) by [Kristi Rose]

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There’s no rule book for this deadly game

When Samantha’s friend and sometimes boss AJ Gunn is accused of murdering the star quarterback for the Oregon pro-team she knows three things:

  1. No way is AJ guilty even if he doesn’t have a solid alibi
  2. This is not a one gal PI gig, she’s going to need help
  3. Rich people are crazy

If Samantha thought she was out of her element in Wind River, investigating in a new town is like working in a foreign land. Looking for a real suspect, Samantha meets a host of powerful characters with deep pockets and dark secrets. They’re dangerous and strike fast. And Samantha knows too much. She’ll have to watch her back.

If not, AJ will go to jail for life and Samantha could end up paying the ultimate penalty.

Warning: May cause spontaneous laughter. This mystery offers witty banter, characters you’ll want to be friends with, and is a perfect escape to the Pacific Northwest. Laughing out loud in public may cause curious glances from strangers.

Read more novels from USA Today Bestselling author Kristi Rose

Samantha True Mysteries
One Hit Wonder
All Bets Are Off

The No Strings Series:
The Girl He Knows
The Girl He Needs
The Girl He Wants

The Wyoming Matchmaker Series:
The Cowboy Takes A Bride
The Cowboy’s Make Believe Bride
The Cowboy’s Runaway Bride

The Meryton Brides Series (Formerly Meryton Matchmakers)
Book 1: To Have and To Hold
Book 2: With This Ring
Book 3: I Do
Book 4: Promise Me This
Book 5: Marry Me, Matchmaker
Book 6: Honeymoon Postponed

The Coming Home Series: (Amazon)

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A Fairway to Arms in Hemingway Hills Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery #4 by [Anna Celeste Burke]

There’s big trouble at The Blue Haven Resort & Spa. It’s time to go for the G.O.L.D. again!

One of Marty Monroe’s old contacts at the resort begs the Grand Old Lady Detective [G.O.L.D.] agency for help. There’s been a serious mishap on the golf course at the exclusive Hemingway Hills Country Club. During a brazen heist, a cache of arms is stolen from the guards who patrol the private enclave. A man is found dead on the fairway, but it’s not clear if he was in on the heist or not. When the members of G.O.L.D. learn the identity of the murdered man, how can they say no to the request to investigate another dangerous crime?

Grab your copy book 4 in the delightful Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke. Join G.O.L.D. and Charly’s Angels as they try to unravel the mystery.

Absolutely delicious recipes included.

Free to read with Kindle Unlimited. (Amazon)

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Aroma With A View: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (A Nora Black Midlife Psychic Mystery Book 4) by [Renee George]

My name is Nora Black. I’m over fifty and loving it. I’ve embraced the aches and pains, the failing vision, and the new slightly odoriferous physic gift that seems to keep on giving.

My latest smell-o-vision adventure includes a deadly snake, a high-drama baby shower, sibling secrets, and—surprise—a murder.

With my two BFFs, my sweetie cop, and a whole bunch of nutty Garden Covians by my side, we’ll sniff out the killer. But if we’re not careful, we’ll come out smelling like…manure.

Forget roses, honey. This aroma with a view is starting to stink. (Amazon)

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Double Fudge Felony: A Small Town Cupcake Cozy Mystery (Cupcake Crimes Series Book 3) by [Molly Maple]

When Charlotte McKay’s new friend is accused of murder, she will do anything to solve the crime.

When Charlotte befriends Lisa Swanson, her dreams of owning a cupcake bakery finally begin to come true. But when a body is discovered and all signs point to Lisa being the guilty one, Charlotte doesn’t know what to believe.

Murder isn’t the only crime that Charlotte uncovers in her quest to clear Lisa’s name. When secret sins come to light, soon the plucky citizens in the small town of Sweetwater Falls don’t seem quite so innocent anymore.

“Double Fudge Felony” is filled with layered clues and cozy moments, written by Molly Maple, which is a pen name for a USA Today bestselling author. (Amazon)

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Purled and Poisoned: (A Humorous & Heart-warming Cozy Mystery) (A Knitty Kitties Mystery Book 2) by [Tracey Drew]

Wanted: Cat mum to manage a yarn store, corral two curious cats, all the while being tangled up in murderous mayhem and mystery.

A smart woman would dump her cheating ex, move from the city, and give herself a chance for a well-deserved do-over. A smarter woman—smarter than me, anyway—wouldn’t jump out of that same frying pan and return to Cape Discovery, a seaside village where her family is the nuttiest of all the nut-ball residents.

I’m a former high school counsellor, middle-child peacemaker, and curator of lots of squishy/fuzzy goodness at my granddad’s little yarn store. The Serial Knitters and Happy Hookers in the store’s Craft for Calmness group have been busy creating booties and baby blankets for a christening fit for a prince. But when I stumble onto the little prince’s fatally poisoned mother, a right royal mess ensues. The kid’s paternity is in question and I’m tasked to sniff out the baby daddy as a favour for a frenemy—don’t ask. I did, and now the bodies are piling up and a killer just might use my cupcake addiction against me.

Tessa Wakefield has her hands full juggling a cozy craft store, her crazy family, and two men who’d rather poke out their eyes than describe themselves as cute. Which they totally are. Cute, charismatic, and occasionally on her mind when she’s not stumbling over dead bodies and using her newfound sleuthing skills to track down murderers. Lucky she’s an excellent multi-tasker because digging beneath Cape Discovery’s surface can unearth secrets that kill. (Amazon)

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The Puzzle Maker (Abby Kane FBI Thriller Book 13) by [Ty Hutchinson]

The locals refer to it as the Smothering.

Six months out of the year, dense fog settles into Yuba City, blinding residents as they stumble through their days with zero visibility.

But for a killer, it’s the perfect cover. It hides his tracks and the bodies.

Agent Abby Kane is tasked with catching a sicko who’s learned to capitalize on nature’s camouflage for his insidious plan. It won’t be easy. She’s operating in the dark during the day, and her window of opportunity will close in six months when the murderer goes back underground. And here’s the catch: All clues indicate her suspect may be blind.

Can she track down a killer before the fog lifts, or will the blind psycho rack up another string of murders during the Smothering?

Abby Kane is the agent with one directive: solve the FBI’s most baffling cases. The Puzzle Maker is a gripping thriller that’ll have you turning the pages and looking over your shoulder. (Amazon)

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All Tricked Out (A Wayfair Witches' Cozy Mystery #13) by [A.A. Albright]

When a white rabbit asks for Wanda’s help, she’s hoping for an easy case. It’s just a missing magician, after all. But things in the magic club aren’t all that they seem … (Amazon)

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Extra Dirty (A Ruby Steele Cozy Mystery—Book 2) by [Mia Gold]

EXTRA DIRTY is book #2 in the Ruby Steele Cozy Mystery, which begins with ON THE ROCKS (Book #1).

Ruby Steele, 30, beautiful, fit, seems just like any other ex-pat hiding out in the Bahamas and playing local bartender. But unruly patrons find out the hard way: Ruby is a mixed-martial-arts pro, and not one you’d want to cross.

A 40-something female tourist seeks out Ruby, desperate for her help. She was out partying all night with her friend, both of them drinking way too much and doing things they don’t want their husbands to know about.

The problem is, as of 12 hours ago, her friend is missing.

Their husbands can’t know.

The cops can’t know.

She needs Ruby’s help. And she’s running out of time.

Ruby, though, has enough problems of her own. Shadowy figures from her old life are getting close. Way too close.

Can Ruby really pay detective and take on someone else’s problems? Who is this woman, anyway? And what isn’t she telling her?

Ruby can’t keep away from a bad decision.

And this time, it looks like, there won’t be any exception….

Welcome to the Bahamian world of Ruby Steele, replete with her local dive bar, her wily pet monkey, her major drinking problem, her (way) too many fights, her inability to get herself out of trouble, and her fists made of stone. Ruby’s life is a complete wreck. But there’s one thing she’s good at: capturing your heart.

EXTRA DIRTY (A RUBY STEELE COZY MYSTERY) is book #2 in a page-turning cozy mystery/thriller series, one that will linger with you long after the last page is read.

Book #3 (FULL-BODIED) in the series is also available. (Amazon)

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A Fatal Affair: From bestselling author Faith Martin, an utterly gripping cozy mystery novel for 2021, perfect for all crime thriller fans (Ryder and Loveday, Book 6) by [Faith Martin]

Don’t miss the next gripping mystery from million-copy bestseller Faith Martin!

She was dressed in a long white gown, embroidered with tiny flowers. Her body was wrapped in colourful ribbons that floated in the breeze. But underneath the swathe of golden hair, a string of darkly smudged bruises ringed her neck.

As May Day dawns in the peaceful village of Middle Fenton, a young woman is found brutally strangled, her body tied up with ribbons in the middle of the green. A week later, her boyfriend is found hanged in a local barn, and the police assume guilt over murdering his beloved has driven him to suicide – but not everyone is convinced.

WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are sent to investigate, and quickly realise that there’s a double murderer on the loose.
But the killer has already shown willingness to remove anyone who threatens to discover their identity… As Trudy and Clement circle in on the culprit, can they crack the case before they too come to a nasty end?
Perfect for fans of Betty Rowlands, LJ Ross and Val McDermid, this is one murder mystery you won’t be able to put down!

Readers LOVE A Fatal Affair!

‘This is a rollercoaster of a story… Once you start it, you will not want a break and that is what a good read is all about.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘You can’t beat Faith Martin for a bit of highly enjoyable light relief… First class and a joy to read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘The sixth of the series, and they keep getting better and better.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘Ryder and Loveday are a fab crime fighting odd couple… More please.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

Martin’s books never disappoint. This is another very good simple mystery “whodunnit” that will keep you guessing until the very end.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘Having read and enjoyed all of the books in the series so far, I sat down looking forward to another story filled with mystery and intrigue. I was not disappointed… I can thoroughly recommend this book to lovers of thrilling mystery stories.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

The Ryder and Loveday Series
Book 6: A FATAL AFFAIR (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 28th, 2021–Part 1

Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery Book 22) by [Laura Childs]

Tea maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is the week before Halloween and Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her tea sommelier, Drayton, are ghosting through the dusk of a cool Charleston evening on their way to the old Bouchard Mansion. Known as the Gray Ghost, this dilapidated place was recently bequeathed to the Heritage Society, and tonight heralds the grand opening of their literary and historical themed haunted house.

Though Timothy Neville, the patriarch of the Heritage Society, is not thrilled with the fund-raising idea, it is the perfect venue for his grandniece, Willow French, to sign copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers.

But amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, Willow’s body is suddenly tossed from the third-floor tower room and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Police come screaming in and Theodosia’s boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, is sent to Willow’s apartment to investigate. But minutes later, he is shot and wounded by a shadowy intruder.

Timothy begs Theodosia to investigate, and shaken by Riley’s assault, she readily agrees. Now, she questions members of the Heritage Society and a man who claims the mansion is rightfully his, as well as Willow’s book publisher and her fiancé, all while hosting a Sherlock Holmes tea and catering several others.

But the Gray Ghost holds many secrets, as do several other key suspects, while this murder mystery plays out on the eve of Halloween.


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The Postscript Murders by [Elly Griffiths]

Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally best-selling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.

The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.

And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes . . . (Amazon)

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Marriage and Murder (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Book 2) by [Penny Reid]

The Devil is in the details . . .

Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over.

On the night of Cletus and Jenn’s long-awaited engagement party, just when the surly schemer is of a mind to take matters into his own hands, a shocking event upends everyone’s best laid plans and sends the small hamlet of Green Valley into complete disarray. The final months leading up to Cletus and Jenn’s matrimonial bliss are plagued with chaos and uncertainty. Will Cletus and Jenn finally make it to the altar? Or will murder and mayhem derail their happily-ever-after?
And most importantly, who done it?

‘Marriage and Murder’ is the second book in the cozy mystery series Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. It is best read after Winston Brothers #3, ‘Beard Science’ (which can be read as a standalone) and Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1, ‘Engagement and Espionage.’ (Amazon)

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The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds (A Dizzy Heights Mystery Book 1) by [T E Kinsey]

Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz.

London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn.

Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamonds as he fled the war is a member of the Aristippus private members’ club in Mayfair—where the Dizzy Heights have a residency. And the thief is planning to steal a hoard of jewels hidden there under the cover of a dance contest.

As mutual pal Lady Hardcastle has suggested, Skins and Dunn are perfectly placed to be Sunderland’s eyes and ears—and Skins’s wife Ellie soon lends a hand with a bit of light snooping. But the stakes change dramatically when a mysterious death at the club brings a sinister note to the investigation.

With the dance contest fast approaching, the trio must solve the mystery of the missing diamonds, unmask the murderer, and prevent more deadly crimes—all without missing a beat. (Amazon)

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In this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!

Bronwyn Crewse is delighted that Crewse Creamery, the ice cream shop her family has owned for decades, is restored to its former glory and serving sweet frozen treats to happy customers in the picturesque small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. But when a big city developer comes to town intent on building a mall, a killer with a frozen heart takes him out.

 After literally stumbling across the body, one of Win’s closest friends becomes the prime suspect, and to make things worse, Win’s aunt has come to town with the intention of taking command of Crewse Creamery. Even though Win has a rocky road ahead to help her friend and keep her ice cream shop, it’ll take more than a sprinkle of murder to stop her from solving the crime and saving the day. (Amazon)

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The Body in the Beauty Parlor (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery Book 6) by [Judi Lynn]

In addition to her house-flipping talents, Jazzi Zanders is breaking ground as a sleuth. But she’s going to need every tool at her disposal to solve two crimes . . .
In their hair salon, Jazzi’s sister Olivia and mother are savvy businesswomen whose creativity brings fashion and flair to the folks of Rivers Bluff, Indiana. So when their newest hairstylist Misty is caught scamming clients’ debit cards and selling beauty products during off hours to pocket the profits, Olivia fires her. But Misty retaliates by hitting back with a defamation lawsuit—which she is more than happy to drop if Olivia pays her ten grand.
But neither blackmail nor courtroom fees are accrued after Misty’s body is discovered in the salon with Olivia’s scissors stuck in her chest. Olivia may be the number one suspect, but her murdered employee had a reputation for making enemies.
Then Jazzi’s ex Chad appears, asking for help with his marital strife. This already awkward situation worsens when Chad’s wife vanishes and the police investigate him. Now, it’s up to Jazzi to clear both her sister’s and ex’s names while the killer—or killers—could be a mere hair breadth’s away . . . (Amazon)

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Welcome to the Punkhorns (Shepard & Kelly Book 1) by [Benjamin Bradley]

Welcome to the Punkhorns gives the old forest adage of “Leave No Trace” a whole new meaning!”

“A twisty thriller! I was hooked from start to finish.”

When three people vanish from the same patch of forest, it looks unlike any case that Detective Delaney Shepard has ever seen in the sleepy beachside village of Brewster, Massachusetts. As she investigates, she soon learns that the scene of their disappearance has been the source of urban legends for centuries. After all, whether they’re true or not, the whole town fears The Punkhorns.

When the case stalls, the town hires Casper Kelly, an out-of-town private investigator, to bring some order to the chaos that has erupted in the town. Delaney reluctantly teams up with the outsider and prays that he’ll wrap this up quickly. But even Casper has no explanation for this puzzling case.

As they work together to unravel the cryptic evidence left behind, the case takes a sudden twist. Then another. Soon, Casper and Delaney suspect that the truth may be far more sinister than any urban legend… (Amazon)

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Let Sleeping Murder Lie: A cozy mystery by [Carmen Radtke]

‘A wildly entertaining read for lovers of cosy mystery and romance alike’ Fiona Leitch, author of ‘The Nosey Parker mysteries’

Love can be the death of you …

American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal.

But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve’s new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five
years ago, and he was the only suspect. Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer, is determined to solve the case and clear Ben’s name, even if it’s against his will.

Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray that her romantic notions won’t be the end of her … (Amazon)

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Vanished into Plein Air (A Fine Art Mystery Book 2) by [Paula  Darnell]

Who wouldn’t want to make a living from her favorite pastime?

Although sometimes self-doubt creeps in along the way, artist Amanda Trent has been striving to do just that, ever since her ex-husband dumped her for a younger woman and she moved to Lonesome Valley, Arizona, to start a new life. So when her friends from the Roadrunner Gallery urge her to join them and world-renown artist Ulysses Durand in a plein air paint-out, she hesitates, fearing that she might not be able to complete a painting in the four-hour time limit.

But everything goes smoothly at the public open-air event—until Ulysses’s wife goes missing and he asks Amanda for her help. Has his past come back to haunt the famous artist? With a little help from her nemesis, cranky Lieutenant Belmont, the support of her friends, and the companionship of her furry feline Mona Lisa and her lovable golden retriever Laddie, Amanda tracks a killer who’s determined to strike again unless Amanda can save the day. (Amazon)

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An Artful Corpse (Art of Murder Mysteries Book 3) by [Helen A. Harrison]

One artist. One student. One deadly mystery.

When Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton’s corpse is discovered behind the easels of Manhattan’s famed art school, whispers in the art community say he had it coming. As Benton’s list of enemies lengthens to include League instructors, Vietnam War protesters, and members of Andy Warhol’s entourage, one art student is ultimately pinned for the crime. The only problem: the suspect has vanished.

Why would an art student murder Benton? And if he were innocent, why would he run?

When TJ Fitzgerald, son of Detective Juanita Diaz and Captain Brian Fitzgerald of the NYPD, discovers his classmate is the prime suspect, he uses his investigative skills to try and clear his name. But as TJ and his girlfriend work to unravel the clues, he begins to wonder if the police got it wrong and one secret may be the key to it all… (Amazon)

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Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4 by [Avery Daniels]

It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.
During a heat wave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile business man who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.
Arrowed is the fourth book in Avery Daniel’s Resort to Murder series and is an exciting contemporary cozy mystery. If you like Cleo Coyle, Maddy Hunter, Duffy Brown, Lynn Cahoon, and Annette Dashofy, then you’ll love this series with a strong intelligent sleuth, lavish settings, and tantalizing mysteries.
Buy this spunky clean cozy mystery and start enjoying Julienne’s adventures today! (Amazon)

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Tumultuous Time to Tulips: A Madis Harrah Mystery by [Aubrey Elle]

Spring is just around the corner, and Madis is back with more business than she might be able to handle. But she’s hired a couple of new faces to add to her small crew, and it seems like it’ll be a productive start to the season of landscaping. Properly staffed and rested after the winter break, it should be all systems go.

Not quite. Before her employees can really get busy, Madis encounters a dead man lying in a bed of ivy and tulip sprouts. Her entire crew is questioned since they’ve visited the scene, but they’re not the only ones under suspicion. The victim had enemies aplenty, from an angry former lover, a nosy neighbor, and a competitive rival.

While there’s no such thing as bad publicity, finding a corpse at a jobsite isn’t ideal. Can she figure out who the killer is before things get muddier? (Amazon)

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Romancing the Crone (A Spell's Angels Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Scout Randall has lived her life in the shadows, always wondering who abandoned her when she was a child and where the magic she boasts came from. Finally, she is about to get some answers.
It won’t be easy, though.
After a wild fight that saw shifters and vampires joining together to battle under an eclipse, things in Hawthorne Hollow are relatively quiet. Scout’s newly-found sister is locked in a cell, her grandfather is laying low, and the enemy appears to be regrouping.
That allows Scout and her boyfriend Gunner to make a trip to her childhood home. Upon their return, a shifter attacks and throws their world into a tailspin. He’s easily dispatched but appears to be suffering from a magical infection that has his body wasting and his mind collapsing.
It’s up to Spell’s Angels to figure out what’s going on, and because nothing is ever easy for Scout, the investigation is going to be harder than she imagined.
It seems there’s a new top vampire in town, and his powers are extensive for a creature who wasn’t born into his legacy. On top of that, he’s crossed paths with Scout before and knows exactly how to push her buttons.
Scout is a fighter but the world is closing in on her. She’s going to need her new co-workers and the family she doesn’t know to help her out on this one … and even then nothing is a given.
The road before her is winding but answers are finally here. Scout will finally know what she is. Whether she survives long enough to benefit from the knowledge is completely up in the air. (Amazon)

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Tipping Point (A Folly Beach Mystery) by [Bill Noel]

A peaceful kayak trip through the marsh suddenly turns terrifying for Chris Landrum and his friend, Charles Fowler, when a single-engine airplane plummets toward their watercraft. After coming inches from certain death, the kayakers’ heroic efforts save two of the plane’s occupants but failed to save the other two passengers. Learning the pilot had been poisoned and three of the plane’s passengers live on Folly Beach, site of Chris and Charles’s retirement homes, Charles, the self-proclaimed private detective, decides it’s up to the two retirees to catch the killer. While no simple task, it’s made more difficult when they realize they don’t know the identity of the intended victim or victims. Further complicating their undertaking, Chris is detracted when he learns another of his friends comes face-to-face with a life-altering secret going back a half-century.

Once again, Chris and his cast of quirky characters are challenged to solve a crime the police are unable to unravel before lives are lost, possibly their own.  (Amazon)

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A Mayhem of Murderous Monks (The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 21) by [Howard of Warwick]

It’s Brother Hermitage, it’s new and it’s nearly a thousand years old.

From Best Selling Howard of Warwick comes yet more mysterious nonsense…

In what should be a straightforward investigation, Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances, (look him up), sends Hermitage, Wat and Cwen to find out who murdered one Brother Egeus.

Or does he?

It quickly becomes apparent that the bishop has more ulterior motives than a conclave of liars.

If they can find out who killed Egeus that would be nice, but there are far more important matters to resolve. Matters that virtually everyone seems to have a hand in.

And the more they find out about Brother Egeus, the more surprised they are that he stayed alive as long as he did. There isn’t enough woodwork in the world for all his trouble to come out of.

There are big Normans and little Normans, abbots, monks, butchers and bakers but no candlestick makers. And they all have an interest in what Egeus was up to and might have wanted him dead.

If Hermitage can work his way through this mess, he’ll be very surprised. Perhaps just hoping something occurs to him at the last moment is the only way to go with this one…

Comment on Howard of Warwick continues unabated:

5* Laugh a minute
5* Howard of Warwick writes incredibly funny stories of Brother Hermitage
5* This, like all the rest, is a great laugh and laughter is incredibly valuable at present
5* Oh joy, oh rapture! (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Deadly Darkness

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Deadly Darkness: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (February 26, 2021)
310 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08P58VKPY

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kate Parker and her new book Deadly Darkness. It is the sixth book in her A World War II Mystery Series.

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As Britain prepares for an imminent invasion, the murder of a celebrated Arctic explorer leads to the discovery of a web of Nazi spies on the south coast.

July, 1939. Newlywed Olivia Denis Redmond plans to spend a peaceful honeymoon in the country before war rips her soldier husband away. But when she finds a dead body in the midst of a blackout, Olivia is drawn into the investigation.

Since the police inspector isn’t interested in clues pointing to espionage and blackmail, Olivia must unlock secrets hidden for years in this idyllic village and face the wrath of an unseen enemy.

As danger stalks her, can Olivia expose a cunning killer before she becomes the next victim?

Deadly Darkness, the sixth book in the Deadly Series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classic cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.

Start exploring this journey or mystery and intrigue today as Britain and Germany draw dangerously close to war.

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Kate Parker caught the reading bug early, and the writing bug soon followed. She’s always lived in a house surrounded by books and dust bunnies. After spending a dozen years in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but she’d developed a love of wide rivers, warmer and wetter weather, and fast-growing greenery that sent her hurrying back to North Carolina.

Deadly Travel is the fifth book in the Deadly Series, and Kate’s plan is to follow it quickly with Deadly Darkness, both set in 1939 in the days leading up to war. There are at least three more of the Deadly Series coming that will bring the beginning of the war to Olivia’s doorstep. Kate reports that she is having fun creating new stories to entertain readers and chaos to challenge her characters.

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Review of Farm To Trouble

Farm To Trouble

Farm To Table Mysteries, Book #1

Amanda Flower

5 Stars


First in a new series!

Shiloh Bellamy cashed in her big city job and 401K to return home to Michigan to save the family farm, but turning Bellamy Farms into a sustainable, organic operation is no small feat. Especially when her new investor is found dead at the farmers market not long after the contract is signed, a contract that the whole town knows her father was wholeheartedly against.

Now, Shiloh must clear her family’s name and track down the real killer before her farm dreams wilt before her very eyes. But with her father trying to stop any progress on his land, her cousin belittling her every effort, and the whole town believing her family at fault, Shiloh has to carry the investigation on her shoulders or risk all her dreams drying up before they begin.


Shilo has a big challenge ahead of her, turning her failing family farm into a successful organic operation.  She also has to get her father on board with her plan, which will not be easy.  And when her investor is found dead, the task seems insurmountable.  She has her work cut out for her if she is ever going to get the farm up and running.  She will need the help of her father, her cousin and her neighbors to find the killer.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I felt like I was right there on the farm, watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  You know when you pick up a book to read by this author, you are in for a real treat.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Farm to Trouble (Farm to Table Mysteries Book 1) by [Amanda Flower]

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Smothered

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Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: D. X. Varos, Ltd. (February 16, 2021)
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1941072879
ISBN-13: 978-1941072875
Digital ASIN: B08HX7TWNH

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author G. P. Gottlieb and her new book Smothered. It is the second book in her A Whipped and Sipped Mystery Series.

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Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery
by G. P. Gottlieb

I think my favorite character might be Cal, Alene’s father. He is suffering from a debilitating disease but has such a great outlook on life and what he is going through.
~Storeybook Reviews

The list of characters at the front makes it easy to keep track of who is who which brings the story to life. Add in the cute town and you feel like you are there with her. Thanks to plenty of the little clues along with the multiple suspects will keep the reader guessing until the final reveal.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

The way the story is written, I had already concluded in my head how it was going to end, so this ending seemed to come out of nowhere for me. The book is full of surprises that way.
~Literary Gold

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Alene Baron doesn’t go looking for mysteries, they find her. When the highly disliked owner of a business neighboring the Whipped and Sipped Cafe turns up dead, the list of potential suspects is pretty long, including all of the members of his quarrelsome family. Missing wills, convenient accidents, and enough red herring to feed the lunch crowd spice up this tantalizing tale. As always, while pondering the evidence, Alene also comes up with creative vegan dishes to serve her customers and share with you.

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G.P. Gottlieb has worked as a musician, a teacher, and an administrator, but she’s happiest when writing recipe-laced murder mysteries. Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery and Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery take place in the spring and summer of 2019 and a third book in the series will center on a murder that occurs during the city of Chicago’s lockdown in May 2020. G.P. Gottlieb has always experimented in the kitchen and created her delicious vegan cookies and cakes in direct opposition to what she learned in courses at Chicago’s French Pastry School. She is host for New Books in Literature, a podcast channel on the New Books Network, the mother of three grown children, and lives with her husband in a Chicago high-rise that is strikingly similar to the building portrayed in the Whipped and Sipped Mystery series.

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New Releases For The Week Of February 21st, 2021–Part 5

Murder on Masaya (Kea Wright Mysteries Book 3) by [RJ  Corgan]

Known as the Gateway to Hell, natives once threw children into Masaya’s throat to appease the goddess living inside.

Geologist Kea Wright is leading an expedition into Masaya to discover the volcano’s secrets. Despite careful planning, Masaya devours a member of their team. As the rest scramble to escape, they can’t shake the feeling that they’re being hunted. Meanwhile, across Nicaragua, revolution starts to spread…

For Kea, life will never be the same. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Threats of Death (The Reluctant Detective Book 3) by [T M Goble]

Released criminals. A gun. Real or a toy?

Josh is smitten with his new scatty girlfriend. But her best friend is scared by a threatening unexplained incident. He discovers no criminal activity. Asking questions to satisfy himself, the answers are superficial. Secrets abound. Another dubious incident takes place and Josh cannot shake the scared face from his mind. Signs of duplicity arise as he asks more questions. Are the events leading to a serious crime? A prisoners’ charity has arranged a masked ball. Many who attend will have tainted backgrounds. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Rocky Death (The Reluctant Detective Book 2) by [T M Goble]

Two powerful families united, then split apart.

Josh is despondent. The allocation of a rubbish case, involving a perpetual criminal, does not lift his spirits. The defending solicitor, an intriguing and beautiful woman, captures his attention in her desire for unusual meetings. On the edge of losing her licence to practice law, she needs help. But involvement with her stretches good police practice and he is heavily criticised. On the surface, it appears an open and shut case. But after an unexpected incident, Josh suspects the solicitor is lying. But why? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Gambling to Kill (The Reluctant Detective Book 1) by [T M  Goble]

He didn’t deserve promotion. He didn’t want to return to Blackford. Bad memories and lies.

Josh is apprehensive as he plans to start his newly promoted role of Detective Sergeant on return to his home town, the scene of his delinquent youth. His new boss will be harsh with him. An overbearing and precise man, his approach is anathema to Josh’s style. His tension escalates as an incident in Blackford shopping centre involves his beloved sister. Never has crime touched his family. The crime escalates to murder and closes on his family. Thrown into a new and difficult police environment, he struggles to cope with the pressure as criticism of him mounts. He is hoping for a breakthrough, but the clues do not join together. (Amazon)

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Blind Man's Bluff (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries) by [Baynard Kendrick]

A blind detective rises to the occasion following the suspicious death of a blind financier in this mystery by the author of Odor of Violets.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

The Miners Title and Trust is typically dead quiet, having gone bankrupt. Then, late one evening, the bank’s blind president, Blake Hadfield, plummets eight stories to his death in the building’s lobby. The only witnesses are the security guard and Blake’s estranged wife, who were both on the first floor. Blake’s son, Seth, is found drunk and dazed on the eighth floor, making him the prime suspect in what the police believe to be murder.

That’s when Harold Lawson and Sybella Ford call upon Captain Maclain for help. Maclain doesn’t think the banker’s death was a suicide or an accident. He believes someone else was in the building. Now, with the help of his two German Shepherds, Maclain must begin investigating the complicated life of the senior Hadfield. But if the sightless sleuth isn’t careful, he could meet a similar end . . .

Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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Death Knell (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 5) by [Baynard Kendrick]

A blind detective separates fact from fiction to save an innocent writer in this mystery by the author of Blind Man’s Bluff.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

Acclaimed novelist Larmar Jordan and his wife, Lucia, are throwing a cocktail party in their luxury Fifth Avenue apartment. Among the guests are their friend Sybella Ford and her fiancé, Duncan Maclain. Everyone is in high spirits until the arrival of Larmar’s mistress, Troy Singleton. Maclain may be unable to see, but even he can tell that certain partygoers are far from pleased by her presence.

However, the real drama unfolds when Troy returns the following day—only to wind up dead on the terrace. The police are certain Larmar pulled the trigger. He was the only person home at the time, and the murder weapon came from his extensive gun collection—but he didn’t do it. At Lucia’s request, Maclain takes the case. Now, the sightless sleuth must quickly unravel this twisted tale of murder, before the judge throws the book at Larmar . . .Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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Out of Control (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 6) by [Baynard Kendrick]

Murder disrupts a blind PI’s honeymoon in this mix of detective novel and psychological thriller from the author of Death Knell.

The wife of a wealthy Tennessee mining tycoon, Marcia Fillmore has worked hard to get to where she is in life. She’s also a woman with a dark past, one she’s put behind her . . . until a man walks into the Black Pigeon in Gatlinburg and takes a seat beside her at the bar. Marcia doesn’t take kindly to him threatening her with blackmail, following her home—or seeing her kiss a man who isn’t her husband. Everything could fall apart. No, something must be done . . .

A former intelligence officer in the army, Capt. Duncan Maclain lost his sight in World War I. Since then, he’s honed his other senses and become a successful private detective whose unique skills are sought after frequently. So it’s no surprise when he arrives in the Smoky Mountains with his new bride and the sheriff asks him for help investigating a suspicious car wreck. With evidence that points to foul play, the sheriff and Maclain know they’ve got a killer to catch—but she’s not going to go down without a fight . . .

“Ingenious.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The most completely evil and yet interesting woman you’ve read about in a long time . . . Superlative!” —Chicago Daily News Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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You Die Today! (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 7) by [Baynard Kendrick]

A shooting outside a Manhattan bar leads a blind detective to a health spa with a dark secret in this mystery by the author of Make Mine Maclain.

Late one summer night, Tubby Severn is enjoying a drink at the bar of the Broadway Palace Hotel when a bullet sails past his head—only six inches away. Lots of people might want Tubby dead, but he’s not sure why the cops have arrested his best friend, Ted Yates, a blind army veteran. It seems the gun involved in the shooting was Ted’s service pistol, which was also used in a murder two years ago—and then vanished. Now, with Ted sporting a straitjacket in Bellevue, Tubby turns to Duncan Maclain for help.

Maclain agrees to take the case but soon discovers he’s dealing with more than one suspicious death and a peculiar place called Hardesty’s Health Farm, where they help clients shed pounds. As Maclain begins making connections in this twisted puzzle, he and his partner, Spud Savage, must quickly nab the killer before someone else is dropped like dead weight . . .

“Suspense! . . . Corking climax!” —Omaha World-Herald

“Novel murder device, unique fabric of alibis, deeply knotted puzzle, and engaging detection technique.” —Chicago TribuneBaynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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Blind Allies (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 8) by [Baynard Kendrick]

A blind detective may be walking into a trap—but he’s not the one who should be scared—in this mystery by the author of You Die Today!

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

A party in celebration of Maclain’s seventh wedding anniversary is in full swing at his Manhattan penthouse when a wealthy potential client stops by. The president and treasurer of Markham Oil, Claude Markham offers Maclain a hefty sum to help him collect some papers from a safe in his father’s office. The numbers on the combination dial are in braille, and Markham’s late mother was the only person who could read them.

The sightless sleuth can sense something is off about this mysterious tycoon, but his curiosity won’t let him say no. Even though Markham may not be who he says he is, Maclain accepts the job. With his trusty two German Shepherds at his side, Captain Maclain heads to the Markham mansion—and that’s when the real fun begins . . .Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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Reservations for Death (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 9) by [Baynard Kendrick]

A blind detective helps authorities nab a killer no one’s ever seen in this explosive mystery by the author of Blind Allies.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

Captain Maclain is playing a card game when he receives a phone call from Los Angeles. It’s his old army buddy Belden Clark. The head of Clark Precision Tool Company is coming to town the next day for a quick business trip and would like to speak to the blind detective about a tycoon named Hugo Breitmeyer he’d like him to investigate. The captain is happy to make time for his friend, but Clark’s plane fails to reach its destination thanks to a bomb tucked away in its cargo hold.

Clark wasn’t the only person interested in Breitmeyer. The FBI would like to get their hands on him as well. Although no one knows what the man looks like, the Feds have a series of wiretap recordings that could lead them to the dangerous millionaire if the right person is listening. Enter Maclain and his talented senses. But identifying a criminal who lives in the shadows can be hazardous to a PI’s health . . .Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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Frankincense and Murder (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 12) by [Baynard Kendrick]

When a party is spoiled by murder, a blind detective must sniff out a killer, in this mystery by the author of The Aluminum Turtle.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

There’s a swinging cocktail party at the Upper West Side apartment of brothers Herb and Andy Bolin. The two accountants have invited plenty of guests, including their dear friend Captain Maclain. But not everyone is in good spirits when the detective arrives. Herb is in a financial jam and has been using alcohol and sleeping pills to cope. He picks a fight and is carried to his bedroom to sleep it off—only to never wake again . . .

Herb’s doctor declares it was the pills and booze that did him in. But Maclain’s powerful nose knows better: he smells cyanide. Certain of foul play, Maclain must attempt to solve the case. The trouble is Herb has a long list of enemies, and picking up the killer’s scent won’t be easy . . .Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award (Amazon)

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A blind detective deals with murder, drugs, and buried treasure in sunny Florida in this mystery by the author of Clear and Present Danger.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

Maclain used to visit his godson, Ronald Dayland Sr., and his family in Tampa every winter—until Ronald’s murder. The local police never had any luck finding the culprit. But seven years later, Maclain is finally able to tackle the case himself. Unfortunately, another Dayland needs Maclain’s help as well.

Ronald Jr. is nineteen and should feel as though he has his entire life ahead of him, but he has a secret. While on a fishing excursion with Maclain, Ronnie wants to confess everything, but then he makes a surprising discovery in the water—one that could mean a lot of money in his future. But a spear gun prevents Ronnie from ever seeing that future.

Now, with the help of his partner, Spud, and his two German Shepherds, Captain Maclain must uncover clues for two murders—and he better hurry. Maclain may be blind, but even he can tell when he’s being watched . . .

Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

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Review of Frothy Foul Play

Frothy Foul Play

Killer Coffee, Book #9

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


Welcome to the Bean Hive Coffeehouse where the coffee is as hot as the gossip!

“Fabulous fun and fantastic fried food! Kappes nails small town mystery with another must-read hit. Don’t miss this one!”

– Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author of Eighth Grave After Dark

Welcome to Honey Springs where the gossip flows as freely as the coffee. and The Bean Hive Coffee shop was usually the magnet to where it all occurred.

Honey Springs, Kentucky is abuzz with the opening of a new holistic health spa. There are all sorts of outsiders in town to visit and participate in the opening. A reviewer from a famous magazine is there, but he has the bad habit of writing scathing reviews of everywhere he visits.

Could this be trouble for the grand opening?

Add to the mix Loretta Bebe (the town socialite) wants her granddaughter, Birdie, to work for Roxy, so what if she has a bad reputation that’s a mile long?

Things get a little frothy after the famous magazine reviewer turns up dead and the weapon is found on Birdie.

Do you think Loretta is going to let anyone but Roxy Bloom use her lawyering skills to solve the murder?

You’re darn-tootin’ she aint!

Grab your coffee and hold on to your hat, this southern mystery is full of red-herrings with all sorts of snorts that’ll having you wanting to stay for bit longer at the Bean Hive! (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Roxy is a hard worker and she wants her coffee shop, the Bean Hive, to succeed.  She has friends and family that are very willing to help her with that goal.  When someone is killed and her new employee is a person of interest, she knows she has to find the killer.  Hopefully, she will succeed.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it took me for a ride in Honey Spring, Kentucky.  If it was a real place to visit I would be going there on vacation.  

The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  There were enough clues to sift through, suspects to consider and twists and turns to navigate through.  You will need to be on top of your game to solve this one.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  You can never go wrong reading a book by this author.

Frothy Foul Play: A Killer Coffee Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Book 9) by [Tonya Kappes]

New Releases For The Week Of February 21st, 2021–Part 4

Mystery at the Masquerade: An M/M Cozy Mystery (Secrets and Scrabble Book 3) by [Josh Lanyon]

Ellery Page, aspiring screenwriter, reigning Scrabble champion, and occasionally clueless owner of the village’s only mystery bookstore, the Crow’s Nest, is both flattered and bemused when he’s invited to the annual Marauder’s Masquerade, the best and biggest social event of the season in the quaint seaside village of Pirate’s Cove, Rhode Island. The event is hosted by the wealthy Marguerite Bloodworth-Ainsley—a descendant of the famed pirate Tom Blood.

Ellery doesn’t even know Mrs. Bloodworth-Ainsley—nor, it turns out—does Mrs. Bloodworth-Ainsley know him. But Marguerite’s son, Julian wants to know Ellery. Julian, handsome, rich and engaging, is a huge mystery buff. In fact, he’s bought quite a few books at the Crow’s Nest bookstore, but never quite worked up the nerve to ask Ellery out.

As his relationship with Police Chief Carson seems to be dead in the water, Ellery is grateful for a little flattering attention from the village’s most eligible bachelor, but any hopes of romance hit the shoals when Julian is accused of murdering his mother’s unlikable second husband during the Masquerade’s annual ghost hunt in the family’s spooky cemetery (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cocoa Blend (A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Book 17) by [Kennedy Layne]

Delicious chocolates and mysterious gifts are leaving quite a deathly impression in the next installment of the Paramour Bay Mysteries by USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne…

Someone seems to want the local librarian—who just happens to be the town’s friendly neighborhood werewolf—erased from Paramour Bay’s history!

After some strange turn of events, it’s concluded that regifting a box of heart-shaped chocolates might not have been such a great idea. The recipient ends up dead and a puzzling whodunit ensues, while Raven and the gang must band together to protect one of their own.

You’ll want to brew up your own cup of tea before reading this quirky murder mystery…just to be safe! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Werebear Scare: An Eastwind Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Ruby True Magical Mystery Book 1) by [Nova Nelson]

To solve a case so strange, this witch could use a stronger cup of tea.

Fifth Wind witch Ruby True has spent seventeen years wrangling stubborn spirits in the magical town of Eastwind. Now in her mid-forties, she’s starting to feel like she’s seen it all.

But that’s about to change.

When a simple case of a missing werebear takes an unexpected turn, Eastwind’s angel sheriff enlists Ruby’s psychic gifts to help find the culprit. But a string of suspicious attacks and rumblings of an old sinister legend lead Ruby True and Sheriff Bloom into uncharted territory.

Will they find the one responsible for the carnage before it finds them?

Werebear Scare: An Eastwind Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery is the first book of the Ruby True Magical Mystery series that takes place 30 years before the Eastwind Witches Cozy Mysteries. If you like strong female friendships, gossipy quaint towns, and lighthearted humor, you will love Nova Nelson’s delightful tale!

Buy Werebear Scare to solve the mystery today!

Note: This is a second edition and was previously published under the series True & Bloom. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder in the Vineyard: A Mallory Beck Cozy Culinary Caper by [Denise Jaden]

Reviewers are giving this new mystery series five stars! Perfect for fans of Christy Barritt and Molly Fitz.

A heated religious argument. A murder that’s not as obvious as it seems. A first date gone very, very wrong.

Mallory Beck didn’t expect to start dating her detective friend and childhood crush, Alex Martinez. At the very least, after her husband’s recent death, she didn’t expect to date someone she really likes so soon. But this isn’t a real date anyway. It’s a Bible study, and she has some questions about God, not to mention the pressing need to escape her recently freeloading father for an evening. Besides, how heated could things get at a Bible study?

The heat, it turns out, burns between two other attendees with opposing opinions on alcohol. When one storms out of the meeting early and then later turns up dead, Alex and Mallory find themselves at the heart of another murder investigation.

Can they uncover the secrets simmering through their cozy community town to get to the truth? Download this new mystery now to find out! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder on the Island: a gripping murder mystery by [Daisy White]

Death is on the horizon…

When recently divorced Chloe Canton is gifted her grandmother’s house in Bermuda in her will, it seems a perfect time for a fresh start.

Her chance at paradise comes with a rundown business, a neighbour who is putting pressure on her to sell up for development, and another who quickly makes herself comfortable in Chloe’s house.

If that wasn’t enough, Chloe discovers a dead body on the local riding trail soon after she arrives and finds herself dragged into a murder investigation.

With tensions rising and island gossip to contend with, as well as a murder in their midst, has Chloe bitten off more than she can chew?

Will Chloe stick it out and help solve the case or will paradise turn out to be too hot to handle?

Murder on the Island is the first book in the gripping Chloe Canton Mystery Series.

Set on beautiful Bermuda, Murder On The Island is perfect escapism. It will appeal to readers of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club as well as fans of authors like LJ Ross and Faith Martin. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Cyanide Ghost (Mina Scarletti Mystery Book 6) by [Linda Stratmann]

More puzzling apparitions mystify Mina Scarletti in her next investigation! Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Antonia Hodgson…

Someone from Mina’s past has returned to plague her…

Brighton, 1872


Mina Scarletti is helping prepare for her brother Edward’s imminent wedding when she finds out Mr Beckler – a man who previously courted her under false pretences – is once more on the scene.

Mr Beckler claims to be able to capture spirits when taking photographs, and with her brother Richard now working for him, Mina is curious to see his pictures for herself.

She is shocked when the ghost of her father does indeed seem to appear in a photo taken of her family, yet certain it must be a fraud.

Mina soon realises that Beckler is targeting the families of the deceased whose spirits appear in his photographs, many of whom have died in mysterious circumstances.

And before long, Beckler’s claims attract her worst enemy back to Brighton…

Is Mr Beckler genuine in his claims to be able to photograph the dead? What connects the families he is targeting?

And is he determined once again to try and ruin Mina’s reputation…?

THE CYANIDE GHOST is the sixth cosy mystery in Linda Stratmann’s intriguing historical series, the Mina Scarletti investigations, a traditional British detective series with a feisty woman sleuth set in Victorian Brighton.

‘Linda Stratmann has provided an indomitable heroine in Mina Scarletti’ – Promoting Crime Blog

‘Linda Stratmann is happily feeding the unquenchable thirst for Victorian crime fiction’ – Crime Fiction Lover

Book One: Mr Scarletti’s Ghost
Book Two: The Royal Ghost
Book Three: An Unquiet Ghost
Book Four: The Ghost of Hollow House
Book Five: His Father’s Ghost
Book Six: The Cyanide Ghost (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Maggie and the Rattled Rake (A Carita Cove Mystery Book 8) by [Barbara Cool Lee]

Maggie’s friend Nora is charged with trying to murder her younger boy toy husband, and Maggie is sure it’s a bum rap. But to clear her friend’s name, she’s going to have to break a few laws herself….

Maggie McJasper is starting over in a little California beach town. She has a craft shop, a nice circle of friends, and a handsome movie star who keeps flirting with her. Life would be pretty great if she could just stop stumbling over dead bodies….

The Carita Cove romantic mysteries are fun and heartwarming reads, with no swearing or love scenes, and no gruesome violence to keep you up at night. Collect them all:

1. Maggie and the Black-Tie Affair
2. Maggie and the Inconvenient Corpse
3. Maggie and the Mourning Beads
4. Maggie and the Empty Noose
5. Maggie and the Hidden Homicide
6. Maggie and the Whiskered Witness
7. Maggie and the Serpentine Script
8. Maggie and the Rattled Rake (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Pinot and Pumpkins (Barossa Valley Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Daisy  Linh]

It’s autumn and to Jasmine Mai that means happiness.

No more scorching hot days, or sweltering nights. It’s the time for comfort food and hot drinks and sitting on her patio watching the leaves turn the landscape into glorious shades of red, yellow and orange.

It’s undoubtedly her favourite time of the year.

That is, until Jasmine finds an unwanted guest on her precious pumpkin patch.

An unwanted, un-moving, un-breathing, un-alive guest.

Her least favourite kind.

Now with a pumpkin patch covered in shattered pumpkins and a town of shattered pumpkin growers’ hearts turning to her for answers, Jasmine finds herself looking around at the people she’s known her whole life wondering who could be the culprit of such a callous act.

Now if only she could focus on finding the killer instead of having to field the questions about what will happen to the inaugural Pinot and Pumpkins festival.

Join Jasmine in Pinot and Pumpkins, the third book in the Barossa Valley Cozy Mystery series. It’s a rollicking good time on the rolling hills of the beautiful Barossa Valley with the usual band of big-heart, big-mouthed inhabitants of South Australia’s premier wine country. That is, if you don’t mind the appearance of a corpse or two. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Whistling Hangman (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 2) by [Baynard Kendrick]

What seems like an unfortunate fall turns out to be far more disturbing, as a blind detective discovers, in this mystery from the author of The Last Express.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

Wealthy businessman Dryden Winslow spent over twenty years self-exiled in Australia, but he’s recently returned to the United States. He’s staying at Doncaster House, a luxury hotel in Manhattan, where he’s rented out six suites for himself and his estranged family. Given Winslow’s weakened heart has him on the verge of death, the hotel staff are on high alert, knowing he could drop at any moment. Of course, no one expects him to drop from his balcony . . .

Captain Maclain is playing chess with the hotel manager when a startled housekeeper reports her account of Winslow’s accident, claiming she heard whistling before the fall. Stranger yet, when Maclain examines the body, he declares Winslow was hanged. Now, with his seeing eye dog at his side and a hotel full of secrets, Maclain sets out to prove his case. It’s a lofty goal and, with a lunatic killer still roaming the hotel, a dangerous one too.Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Loveda Brown Sings the Blues: The Idyllwild Mystery Series, Book Three by [Jolie Tunnell]

When opera singer André Bernardi arrives in the tiny mountainside town of Idyllwild, California, as yet the Wild West of 1912, mysterious accidents follow him. Can Loveda Brown prevent his murder while dealing with the advances of a passionate artist, and will a zealous paleontologist dig up more than he expected? A shocking package on the stagecoach might hold all the answers. (Amazon)\

Editions Available: Kindle

Black Water Witch: Dark Side Mysteries by [Kendra Ashe]

Pepper Boucher is a witch running for her life.

Haunted by dreams of murder and witch burnings, Pepper wants nothing more than a normal life but everything changes when she meets Leon. Will he kill her or save her from a fate worse than death.

The murders of the Graves Parish witches are just the beginning. Someone wants pepper dead and they will stop at nothing to see it happen. Her only chance is a rogue vampire and a long-dead witch. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Make Mine Maclain (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries) by [Baynard Kendrick]

Three mystery novelettes featuring a blind detective and his two trusty German Shepherds by the author of Out of Control.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City. These are some of his adventures . . .

In “The Silent Whistle,” the captain heads west to California with his seeing eye dog Schnucke to advise on a television series about a blind man, but things go south when he discovers the studio head’s secretary with a knife in his back . . .

In “Melody in Death,” the captain is visiting a friend at the Knickerbocker Opera Company with Schnucke when he finds the body of a wealthy benefactor backstage . . .

In “The Murderer Who Wanted More,” a young artist is on edge after she’s attacked in her Manhattan apartment building and almost shot near her aunt’s Staten Island mansion. Fortunately, she has one friend whose unique powers of detection come in handy in times like these: Captain Maclain!Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Clear and Present Danger (The Duncan Maclain Mysteries Book 10) by [Baynard Kendrick]

A blind PI’s latest case involves two impostors, one uranium mine, and murder in this mystery by the author of Reservations for Death.

Following the loss of his sight in World War I, ex–intelligence officer Capt. Duncan Maclain honed his other senses and became one of the most successful and well-known private investigators in New York City . . .

The man following Captain Maclain home from the Marshall Chess Club is only the beginning of the detective’s troubles. Later that day, Maclain has an appointment with Pat Ashley and Henry Wilkins, the two operators of New York state’s only uranium mine, but the wintery weather causes a car crash that sends Ashley to an early grave and Wilkins to the emergency room. Hoping to speak with Wilkins the moment he comes to, Maclain rushes to his bedside, but a clever assassin prevents Wilkins from ever uttering another word.

The next morning, the FBI takes Maclain across town for a rude awakening: the two dead men were not Ashley and Wilkins—and Maclain needs to stay away from this case. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, considering who’s waiting for him back home . . .Baynard Kendrick was the first American to enlist in the Canadian Army during World War I. While in London, he met a blind English soldier whose observational skills inspired the character of Capt. Duncan Maclain. Kendrick was also a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the organization’s Grand Master Award (Amazon)

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Bleu Pops & Razzlebaums: A Soda Shop Series Novella (Soda Shop Series books from Crazy Ink) by [Stephanie Ayers]

Carmen Bleu and Hester Razzlebaum have been best friends since preschool. When tragedy strikes the Bleu Pop Shop, Hester invites Carmen to set up her soda shop in a small corner of Razzlebaums, a wildly popular 1950’s style diner. Trouble follows Carmen, though, and before long Hester finds her own business in jeopardy. Through Hester’s uncanny ability to speak with the dead, she discovers that there’s something more than carbonic acid and high fructose corn syrup behind Carmen’s signature BleuRazz soda pop.

Hester must figure out Carmen’s secret before Razzlebaums fizzles out, and they both end up bankrupt, maybe even dead…or worse. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Deadly Little Angel: A Silver City Cozy Mystery (Kris Freeman Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Dana Kilpatrick]

It’s just a little wooden angel…

… or is it?

Kris is sure it’s the key to a murder.

Thrilled by her new journalist gig, Kris’s first story blows up when a source turns up dead. Now she’s after the big scoop, even when her boss says to drop it. Aided by the most eligible bartender in town and a sidekick who talks to ghosts, she follows a trail that leads to the past.

Is someone killing today…

… to hide a decades-old secret?

There’s a murderer on the streets of Silver City, and Kris is in way over her head. But if she doesn’t stop them, nobody will.

A horrific message makes one thing clear…

… Kris is next on the list.

You’ll love this cozy mystery because the past won’t stay buried, and enthusiastic reporters get into so much trouble.

Get it now. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

An Appraisal To Die For: A Parker Photography Cozy Mystery by [Suzanne Bolden]

An antique marketplace is coming to Harmony! Everyone in the village is excited about the big event, whether wanting their antiques appraised or finding some to buy. Also eager for this weekend event are those who operate at the fringe of the antique world. Con artists offering questionable wares. Scammers claiming knowledge they don’t possess. Grifters working in teams to trick the unwary. When a body is discovered and a local antique dealer falls under suspicion as the murderer, Jackie agrees to help prove his innocence. But is she defending a guilty man?
An Appraisal to Die For is fourth in the Parker Photography Cozy Mystery Series. Enjoy this fun cozy mystery set in the village of Harmony on the banks of the Wisconsin River. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle