New Releases For The Week Of April 22nd, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 22nd, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Murder in the Locked Library (A Book Retreat Mystery) by [Adams, Ellery]Welcome to Storyton Hall, Virginia, where book lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the singular comforts of the Agatha Christie Tea Room, where they can discuss the merits of their favorite authors no matter how deadly the topic . . . 

With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again—managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort’s latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa’s foundation, something else comes to the surface—a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery—until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions—and suspects—start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue . . .

“Combines clever clues, a smart and courageous heroine and an interesting setting in a whodunit that will inspire readers to make further visits to Storyton Hall.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch on Murder in the Paperback Parlor  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Beatrice takes on a new case, she must solve it before anyone else rests in pieces.

Beatrice and her new husband, Wyatt, have started their life together. Their first big event as man and wife is another wedding: that of Beatrice’s daughter. It’s a happy occasion and a beautiful ceremony–aside from the appearance of the odd and uninvited Ophelia. Ophelia argues with another guest, who is later discovered dead.

Beatrice must piece together the truth before the killer strikes again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodtree River by [Barrie, Sarah]From the author of the bestselling Hunters Ridge series comes this stand-alone twisty rural suspense, this time set against the dark backdrop of Tasmanian mountains.

The highly anticipated new thriller from the author of the Hunters Ridge trilogy…

Indiana O’Meara is no stranger to the forces of evil. Her own past is full of violence. Now a policewoman, Indy is always fighting to redeem herself and defeat the dark. So when girls begin to go missing at a remote cattle station in Tasmania, she is quick to agree to go undercover to investigate chief suspect Logan Atherton, the owner of Calico Mountain Lodge, even though last time she went undercover it came to a bloody end.

But her early encounter with Logan reveals a man full of contradictions. His deep empathy for horses and those he cares for is obvious but he is also taciturn to the point of rudeness, and there is a strange atmosphere at the lodge. It doesn’t add up.

As Indy begins to dig deeper into the secrets at the lodge, she finds herself embroiled in a murderous web more complex and terrifying than she could ever have imagined…one that is linked to her own past.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death of a Cookbook Author (Hayley Powell Mystery) by [Hollis, Lee]Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell will be cooking alongside top chefs at a cookbook author’s party. But a killer plans to ruin her appetite . . . 

When Hayley’s idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn’t be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who’s who of famous chefs whipping up their signature dishes, this holiday weekend has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.

Instead, Hayley gets food poisoning her first night and thinks she overhears two people cooking up a murder plot. The next morning, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Tragic accident or foul play? To solve a real cliffhanger, Hayley will need to uncover some simmering secrets—before a killer boils over again . . .

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!
 
Praise for Death of a Pumpkin Carver

“Well-written . . . the story will keep any reader’s attention. After reading just one and meeting these hysterical characters there is no doubt that you’ll go back.”
Suspense Magazine  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Girl I Used to Be by [Torjussen, Mary]The acclaimed author of Gone Without a Trace delivers another twisting novel of psychological suspense in which a woman is backed against a wall–with nothing left to lose…

The morning after real estate agent Gemma Brogan has dinner with a prospective client, she’s furious at herself for drinking so much. But there will be more to regret than a nasty hangover.

She starts receiving mementos from that night: A photo of a hallway kiss. A video of her complaining about her husband. And worse…much worse. The problem is she doesn’t remember any of it.

As the blackmailing and menace ramp up, Gemma fears for her already shaky marriage. The paranoia, the feeling that her life is spiraling out of control, will take her back to another night–years ago–that changed everything. And Gemma will realize just how far the shadows from her past can reach…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Pickard Presents Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical by [Pickard, Nancy, Rose, Verena , Bracken, Michael , Orloff, Alan , Simmons, Shawn Reilly , Malliet, G. M. , McCormick, William Burton , Robertson, Michael ]The Malice Domestic anthology series returns with a new take on mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition — 30 original tales set around the world! Included are:
The Barrister’s Clerk, by Michael Robertson

The Belle Hope, by Peter DiChellis

Arroyo, by Michael Bracken

Muskeg Man, by Keenan Powell

The End of the World, by Susan Breen

To Protect the Guilty, by Kerry Hammond

Dying in Dokesville, by Alan Orloff

The House in Glamaig’s Shadow, by William Burton McCormick

Summer Smugglers, by Triss Stein

The Jamaican Ice Mystery, by John Gregory Betancourt

Death at the Congressional Cemetery, by Verena Rose

Cabin in the Woods, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Mad About You, by G. M. Malliet

What Goes Around, by Kathryn Johnson

Summer Job, by Judith Green

Death in a Strange and Beautiful Place, by Leslie Wheeler

We Shall Fight Them, by Carla Coupe

Marigold in the Lake, by Susan Thibadeau

Murder on the Northern Lights Express, by Susan Daly

Czech Mate, by Kristin Kisska

Keep Calm and Love Moai, by Eleanor Cawood Jones

Isaac’s Daughters, by Anita Page

A Divination of Death, by Edith Maxwell

Payback With Interest, by Cheryl Marceau

Island Time, by Laura Oles

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Murder, by Josh Pachter

The Breaker Boy, by Harriette Sackler

Death on the Beach, by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Ridgeline, by Peter W. J. Hayes

Ho’oponopono, by Robin Templeton
Also features a new Foreword, by Nancy Pickard  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloody Baubles (Rose Hollow Mysteries Book 7) by [Pennington, E.Z.]Becky Olson has a lot on her plate. Teaching a painting class in the evening after a whole day at managing her antique shop. She has friends, an over bearing mother, and something in town is always happening. Especially murder. And every time there is one, Becky is one of the first people called to solver the murder.

Becky might not be on the Sheriff’s department’s payroll, but she is good at solving the crimes of Rose Hollow. When Riley is found dead, a busy girl who was holding down three jobs to help support her family, Becky is pulled into a puzzle of lies and love. One couple’s secret love affair might have been enough to get Riley in trouble, and perhaps even murdered. The more Becky learns about the real Riley, the more she realizes she herself could be in trouble.  (amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Immovable Mr. Tanner: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (A Meryton Mystery Book 4) by [Joy, Jennifer]She longs to be free from her past. He refuses to let go of his.

Jonathan Tanner, owner of the Meryton Inn, stands on his own. Proud of the life he has carved out, he scorns those of the upper class and keeps those who wish to befriend him at a distance. And then Fitzwilliam Darcy came along like the pesky little brother Tanner never wanted.

When Tanner finally accepts the Darcys’ invitation to visit them in London, he’s forced to answer to Mrs. Annesley — the fine lady he’s tried to forget over the past year. But Tanner’s defensive walls are no match for the gentle beauty.

Arabella Annesley chose to follow her heart … and she’s paid the price for it. Disowned by her family, widowed, and without a protector, she refused to sell her dignity to keep a roof over her head. Finding refuge and friendship with the Darcys, she feels safe … until Mr. Tanner shows up at Darcy House.

When a stranger calls and is murdered in Mr. Darcy’s front parlor, suspicions Arabella thought were long-buried resurface to threaten her and everyone she holds dear, forcing her to choose between the privilege she was born into and a heart she doesn’t trust.

Can Tanner let go of his resentful past to grasp onto a hopeful future with Arabella? Or will her history, riddled with secrets and disguise, deprive them of a happily-ever-after?

The Immovable Mr. Tanner is the fourth novel in Jennifer Joy’s A Meryton Mystery romance series set in England’s captivating Regency era — when a gentleman’s manners were regarded as highly as a lady’s reputation and a happy marriage was the ultimate prize (although a fortune was never frowned upon).

If you like falling in love with Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth as they fall for each other, then you’ll love this sweet romance-mystery variation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.

Read The Immovable Mr. Tanner to satisfy your craving for a fast-paced mystery interwoven with a heartwarming, wholesome romance today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Crime of Passion in the Pool: An Azalea Wang Mystery by [Ai, Lucy]Alex, a popular lifeguard at a local YMCA, is attacked by a masked female swimmer one night. Azalea, a senior member of the Y, volunteers to help Detective Ma solve the crime. Three women whom Alex has had close relationships with, become suspects in the case. Violet, a nurse Alex is seeing, has an unpleasant exchange with Alex right before the incident. Yuki is a housewife who had an ambiguous relationship with him in the past, and Natalie, Alex’s ex-girlfriend, still holds a grudge against him. All of them seem to have the motivation to commit the crime, but who did it?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antiques Wanted (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery) by [Allan, Barbara]Spring lassos small-town Serenity, as Brandy Borne’s crime-bustin’ mama Vivian hatches a harebrained scheme to run for county sheriff—ropin’ in her daughter to join the rodeo as campaign manager. As the two-woman posse tracks down voters at a local assisted-living home, Brandy’s attempts at corralling Mother’s impractical whims make her feel like a tinhorn on a bucking bronco. But sure as shootin’, unhappy trails lie ahead. . . .

Shortly after the Borne gals receive a valuable signed photo of an old-timey cowboy actor from the elderly aunt of Vivian’s political opponent, a massive explosion sends Brandy to the ER and auntie to the grave.

With a string of unexplained deaths turning Sunny Meadow into Boot Hill, the ditzy duo—aided by their clever shih tzu Sushi—must lay down the law on a deadly outlaw . . . before someone’s elected the next victim, with the Bornes headin’ toward their last round-up!

Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on white elephant sales!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

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New Releases For The Week Of April 22nd, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 22nd, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

 

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2) by [Kaye, Kelley]High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch is How Things Had Changed (A Witch P.I. Mystery Book 25) by [Abbott, Adele]

 

 

All work and no play…
Life is now very different for Jill Gooder, P.I. and witch extraordinaire. But some things never change – Winky for example.
…leaves no time for custard creams.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique Blues: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries) by [Cleland, Jane K.]Ever-crafty Josie must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in Antique Blues, the twelfth mystery in Jane K. Cleland’s beloved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series set in New Hampshire.

When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she’s thrilled—until Mo is murdered.

It doesn’t take her long to pinpoint one suspect: Mo’s sister’s manipulative boyfriend, who sold her the print—and has now, conveniently, disappeared. Josie’s antiques know-how and detective skills soon lead her down an increasingly perplexing trail, scattered with gamblers, extramarital affairs, and under-the-table purchases.

Readers will relish a return to Rocky Point with Josie as she works together with her friends—the ambitious young reporter Wes Smith, and Rocky Point’s savvy police chief, Ellis Hunter—to sift through the conflicting stories around them and find Mo’s killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Most Fermented (Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery) by [Blum, Christine E.]Murder and merlot! The ladies of the Rose Avenue Wine Club are back to track down another killer . . .

When New York transplant Annie “Halsey” Hall starts digging for her tiny SoCal dream vineyard off Rose Avenue, the last thing she expects to unearth is an elderly woman. Between decanting chardonnays and rosés, Halsey and the women of the Wine Club pour over the list of suspects. Could the old woman have bottlenecked her great grandson’s latest scheme? Was it a case of super sour grapes with the local historical society? Or did a devious developer close a killer deal?

With the help of the Wine Club and her enthusiastic yellow lab, Bardot, Halsey must untangle the twisted tendrils of the mystery to clear her name and end a murderer’s reign of terroir . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motto for Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 6) by [Langtry, Leslie]From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes another hilarious Merry Wrath Mystery…

For ex-CIA Agent turned Girl Scout troop leader, Merry Wrath, planning a wedding is infinitely more terrifying than the time she was a mole in Carlos the Armadillo’s drug cartel. To make matters worse, while plagued by insomnia (brought on by diabolical details that include bizarre things like “boutonnieres”) Merry and her cat, Philby, witness a midnight murder next door.

Or do they? With her record of sleeplessness, everyone from her fiancé, Rex, to her Girl Scout troop are questioning her sanity. And when strange incidents of arson start popping up all over Who’s There, Iowa and a mysterious woman vanishes, Merry begins to believe her neighbors are foreign spies.

Throw in meeting her fiancé’s odd twin sisters, late night visits with Mr. Fancy Pants—the King Vulture at the zoo—and a scary sleep study, and Merry wonders if she’s in danger of losing her mind…or her life.

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S’MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAM, JELLIES, and JUST DESSERTS: A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery by [Dean, Carolyn L. ]Life in Ravenwood Cove is sweet…until the most hated man in the area’s history moves back to town. Buster Radcliffe’s fortune was made by selling jams and jellies nationwide, but will that be enough to protect him from enemies or just make him a target for murder?

Amanda already has enough on her plate without having to deal with the uproar around Radcliffe’s return. A new house under construction, a thriving bed-and-breakfast that suddenly has disaster after disaster, a handsome husband who’s gone on business a lot of the time, and an estranged father that shows up on her doorstep. When her life suddenly gets tangled up in Radcliffe’s plots, Amanda has to dig up town secrets that could make her a target as well.

This is a clean cozy mystery, rating PG because hey, someone does die in the story.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherlock Holmes and the Werewolf of West End (The Watson Files Book 3) by [Rain, J.R., Smith, Chanel]Something’s stalking the streets of London’s West End. People are dying, and all signs point to a killer of unfathomable strength and brutality. Sherlock Holmes and Watson return in their strangest case yet!

On the night of the full moon, Doctor John Watson is called upon to save a colleague who’s been brutally attacked by what appears to have been a pack of wild dogs. But Watson is too late. His friend succumbs to his wounds, with his dying words implicating a “wolf man.”

Confused, Watson and his good friend, the intrepid Sherlock Holmes, take on this very strange case of murder to track down a bold and vicious killer whose appetite for flesh is straight out of folklore and mythology.

The clock is ticking and Watson and Holmes must stop this heinous creature before any more victims fall prey to its voracious hunger for human flesh. However, the killer’s wiles and weaponry are far more dangerous than its jaws and claws. Indeed, it is a clever enemy who can hide from the likes of these two persistent sleuths. The game is afoot!

Will Holmes and Watson deduce a way to stop this flesh-hungry beast from attacking again on the next full moon? Or will they fall victim to…

…the werewolf of West End?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey Buns, Hexes, and Hanging (Witchy Bakery Book 2) by [Muse, Naomi]

 

Nova Bell is settling into her new life as a bakery owner in a small town. Her attempts at baking lead a lot to be desired. She thought hiring a new baker would be easy until one of the bakers turns up dead!
Now, Nova has to solve the murder and find a replacement. With sinister men on the loose, and a secret baking community of organized crime, will Nova ever get her hands on any sweet honey buns?
Find out in the second Witchy Bakery Book!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Herring Hunt (Mystery Bookshop Mysteries) by [Burns, V.M.]Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is about to find out it’s not so easy to play Monday morning quarterback when it comes to murder. . . 
 
To the town of North Harbor, Michigan, MISU quarterback Dawson Alexander is a local hero. To Samantha Washington, owner of the Market Street Mysteries Bookstore, Dawson is more than a tenant—he’s like an adopted son. But to the police, he is their prime suspect after his ex-girlfriend is found murdered. It’s more than enough real-life drama for Sam to tackle, but her role as a mystery writer also calls. Returning to the English countryside between the wars, she finds Lady Daphne Marsh in quite the quandary. Someone has tried to murder the scandalous American divorcée Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII so recently abdicated his throne. It seems finding a suspect is no small challenge when most of England has a motive . . .

While Sam’s lawyer sister Jenna rushes in to build Dawson’s defense, Sam and her lively grandmother, Nana Jo, huddle up to solve the mystery and blow the whistle on the real killer. With the tenacious members of the Sleuthing Senior Book Club eager to come off the sidelines, Sam and her team just might stop a killer from completing another deadly play . . .

Praise for V.M. Burns and The Plot Is Murder

“You’ll love this delightful debut mystery with its charming and wacky cast of characters and a mystery within a mystery just to keep things interesting.”
—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stalking Steven (Fidelity Investigations Book 2) by [Bennett, Jenna]Fresh from solving her late husband’s murder, Gina Beaufort Kelley is dealing with her first case as a licensed PI: stalking Steven Morton, the husband of Gina’s divorce attorney, Diana Morton.

University professor Steven is spending significant time with a beautiful, blond Russian young enough to be his daughter, which sets all of Gina’s antennae quivering. But what’s supposed to be a simple case of philandering soon turns sinister when the nosy neighbor of the young Russian girl is murdered, and Steven and the young woman are nowhere to be found.
Add in a ransom note for Steven’s return, a bloody attack on Gina’s associate Zachary when he asks questions about the Russian girl, and the newest addition to the firm – a Boston Terrier that used to belong to the murder victim, but that has now attached itself to Gina – and the newly licensed PI has her hands full.
Can Gina find Steven, avenge Zachary, and discover a killer before it’s case closed… for good?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mother's Day Mishap (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Daley, Kathi]If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series.

It’s Mother’s Day in White Eagle Montana and spring has come to the small foothills community. It’s the season for puppies and kittens to be born and rehomed, families to gather for an outdoor picnic and a baseball game, friends to fall in love, and a shocking mystery to filter to the surface after so many years.

Join Tess and Tilly as they sleuth out the truth while delivering the daily mail.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours– Cover Reveal–The Gold Pawn

I’m so excited to be a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the Cover Reveal for The Gold Pawn by L. A. Chandlar.  It is the second book in her Art Deco Mystery series.

 

 

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November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing person case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . 

Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . 

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . 

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

 

Coming September 25 from Kensington Books!  Pre-order your copy today! 

 

 

 

 

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L.A. CHANDLAR is an author and motivational speaker. The Silver Gun, book one of her Art Deco Mystery series is available through Kensington Publishing.

Her Fight To Keep Creativity Alive series focuses on creativity and how it helps us work, play and live more fully. Her novel, The Christmas Journalist, weaves together human interest stories of Christmas traditions into a modern tale. L.A. lives in New York City with her family.

Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.

 

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New Releases For The Week Of April 22nd, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 22nd, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Hide and Sneak (A Savannah Reid Mystery Book 23) by [McKevett, G. A.]As one of nine siblings raised in the Deep South, plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has experienced her share of family drama. But shotgun weddings and snooty in-laws don’t worry her nearly as much as a search for a missing mother and child—especially when it leads to murder . . .

Savannah and her husband have settled back in San Carmelita, California, and life is slowly returning to normal—if “normal” means babysitting newlyweds Tammy and Waycross’s incredibly fussy infant daughter. But soothing a squalling baby is kid’s stuff compared to the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency’s latest case. Handsome up-and-coming actor Ethan Malloy has enlisted the help of Savannah and Co. in a desperate attempt to track down his missing wife and toddler, not long before the beloved family nanny gets murdered.

With the police involved and paparazzi swarming at every turn, the discreet search becomes a sensationalized homicide investigation, leaving Savannah rushing to apprehend the killer and save the missing child. Famous heartthrobs can attract the wrong kind of attention, and some snooping into the complicated private lives of Ethan and his wife tells Savannah that she’s in for a deadly chase. As Savannah dismantles bombshell after bombshell while balancing delicate family matters of her own, she soon finds herself closing in on a terrifying culprit—one who’s willing to do anything for a moment in the spotlight   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by [Duncan, Elizabeth J.]The Marmalade Murders is the ninth book in Elizabeth J. Duncan’s award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.

The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.

Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women’s Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.

A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened—and why.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Different Kind of Reunion (A Gilda Greco Mystery) by [Guidoccio, Joanne]While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cup of Death (A Moonlight Bay Psychic Mystery Book 9) by [Emrick, K.J., De Winter, Kathryn]A Break in at Ragged Rest… A Dead Man at the Door… Another Mystery to Solve…

After returning home from her chaotic weekend away, Miranda Wylder discovers that her home has been burgled. But, the intruder did not steal any of her possessions…

The only thing that was taken were a few pages from an old police report concerning her Aunt Connie’s disappearance.

Clearly, Miranda isn’t the only one interested in what became of her aunt.

But who else could be?

Someone involved in Connie’s disappearance, perhaps?

And as if that isn’t enough…

A strange man turns up on Miranda’s doorstep claiming he has something he wants to confess to her but then drops down dead before he can.

Was he the person who broke into Ragged Rest? Had he known something about Connie’s disappearance?

What could it possibly all mean?

Miranda and Jack must untangle all of the threads in this mystery to find the answer and maybe in the process they will discover what happened to Aunt Connie.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expiration Date (A Cook-Off Mystery) by [Delaney, Devon]After a short-lived marriage, Sherry Frazzelle is living single life to the fullest in her little Connecticut town, accompanied by her Jack Russell terrier, Chutney. Her new passion is competitive cooking—but it turns out that murder is the surprise ingredient . . .

With contestants from Maine to California and a ten-thousand-dollar prize at stake, Sherry’s latest competition, hosted by the CEO of an organic food company, is sure to be heated. But she’s more than ready to step up to the stove. After all, she did win the award for Most Creative Cupcake back in high-school.Today, she’s hoping her flavorful pork tenderloin will sway the judges. Instead, it seems someone’s decided to slay one of the judges . . .

After Chef Birns falls face first into the Seafood Flatbread Pizza, Sherry’s dish is deemed suspicious. Now she’ll have to stir through a stew of rule-breaking, corruption, and gossip to get herself off the chopping block, and find out who turned this food fight fatal . . .

Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death of a Dream Maker (Hubbert & Lil Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by [Gray, Gallagher]THE SECRET LOVES OF SENIOR SLEUTHS–AND A MOST UNTIMELY MURDER…

Skeletons clatter merrily out of closets, in the third witty murder mystery of the delightfully cozy Hubbert and Lil mystery series—not the least of which is the disclosure of 84-year-old Lil’s twenty-year secret love affair.

In this one, everybody’s favorite elderly amateur sleuth and her doting nephew—an unlikely but veritable dynamic duo—take on New York City’s fashionistas and, quite unfortunately, the mob. 

At the tender age of 84, Aunt Lil has no shortage of gentlemen callers. So it’s not exactly a surprise when she interrupts her favorite nephew and sleuthing partner-in-crime T.S. (at yet another failed attempt at making Crème Brulee) to beg for help. This time she needs a hand tidying up her Flushing apartment—which was once likened to Times Square just moments after midnight on New Year’s Eve—in anticipation of a male visitor.

What is surprising is the fact that T.S. has never heard of the guy—a man named Max Rosenbloom, fabled multimillionaire owner of Max Rose Fashions. And it’s a downright shock that Max and Lil been secretly seeing each other—for over twenty years.

But when Max is an hour late, Aunt Lil falls into an uncharacteristic daze. And after she asks T.S. to “leave her alone”—a phrase thus far absent from her vocabulary, a radio bulletin breaks the news of the quarter-century: Max has been killed in a car bomb explosion in Manhattan.

Lil is overtaken with a private grief—which worries T.S., because, quite frankly, she’s never been private about much of anything—until she snaps out of it with the realization that her planned meeting with Max and his untimely death must be connected.Convinced the love of her life has been murdered in cold blood, she resolves to solve the puzzling crime—with trusty T.S. by her side.

Together, Aunt Lil and T.S. investigate the sophisticated trappings of the world of Manhattan fashion—including the lethal underbelly of the mob-controlled rag trade, white collar corporate embezzlement, and family secrets so chilling they leave even Aunt Lil speechless.

Because Max was filthy rich and in proverbial bed with the mob, there’s no end to the list of suspects. But the list becomes one less when Max’s own favorite nephew turns up dead. Could it be murder has become fashionable in the garment district?

A delectable treat for cozy fans, especially if you love Miss Marple, Miss Silver, Miss Seeton, Mrs. Pollifax, Jessica Fletcher, Agatha Raisin, Henrie O, and Hercule Poirot.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Needed Killing (Needed Killing Series Book 6) by [Fitts, Bill]

Asked to help an old lady get her family home back from greedy developers, Crawford reluctantly agrees. Mrs. McGillicuddy is thrilled. “I can’t tell you how excited I was when Frank told me I’d get to meet a real detective. I just love murder mysteries.” When Ms. Mac convinces Crawford to pretend to solve a mystery, he finds himself caught up in the most perplexing case of his career.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book Crook: A Bugle Boy Crime Caper (Duane & Bugle Boy 4) by [Day, Deforest]Someone is selling Shaleville’s library books on eBay!
Duane and Bugle Boy help Miss Mabel Marble track down the book crook!
Another Cozy Crime bestseller from the pen of Deforest Day

Duane Munch, a small-town cop (Number Two on a three-man force, and one is a woman) and his partner Bugle Boy are manning the town’s Revenue Enhancement Location (a speed trap) when they are called to track a missing Alzheimer’s patient. Good thing Duane’s partner is a bloodhound.

The Book Crook is a cozy mystery, and a satire of small town America filled with dog humor and human romance.

When retired professor Miss Mabel Marble returned to Shaleville to care for her aged father she never thought she would embark on a new career as an amateur detective.

She had just spent twenty years teaching college students the literary works of women writers, from Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. She had written several articles for the Journal of Library Science on the famous writer’s most famous character, Miss Jane Marple. Now she had to play the part. Short and stout, gray and opinionated, she was ready for the role.

Miss Marge Defarge , the town’s police radio dispatcher and resident busybody, has appointed herself Head Librarian at the old Earl M. Swarthout school library. When Miss Marble arrives in town after a forty-year absence, the two titans clash, and sparks fly. Feathers are ruffled, apple carts are upset, and fur flies as they battle to control the collection of tattered old books. Soon the rest of the town’s eccentric characters are thrown into the fray, and it is left to Duane and his partner to solve the Mystery of the Missing Little Women.

The mayor, Sonny Cloudy, retired from managing the Newark Sewer Authority, wields the gavel at the Town Council meetings, and futilely attempts to control the other members, including Pastor Alex Dumas, attorney Sherman Menhaden, and Miss Millicent Swarthout. The latter is the granddaughter of the town’s founder, a coal baron, builder of The Mansion, and the Scene of the Crime. Did the Butler do it with the Candlestick in the Library? Or is it a false trail, designed to distract the amateur sleuths? Only Bugle Boy’s educated nose knows in this entertaining book-filled mystery.

Deforest Day graduated from Yale University longer ago than he wishes to contemplate. After a lengthy career as vagabond journeyman and agent provocateur he retired to the safer craft of Novelist. He lives in an old gristmill with a young wife. He can be found mucking about the pond at Deforestday.com.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Resort in Lost Haven (The Lost Haven Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Plume, Penny]Someone in Lost Haven is a cold-blooded killer.

The artsy little town on the coast of Lake Michigan has always been home to Jenna Hooper, owner of The Welcome Shoppe and the unofficial (to everyone but her) town historian. The only excitement she needs is coffee that is a bit too hot while she’s lost in one of her beloved books, but local millionaire Harrison Kavanaugh is dead-set on tearing down the Main Street shops and building a hideous resort that will destroy Lost Haven’s quaint, quiet appeal.

Jenna and her fellow shop-owners are desperate to stop the resort and save their livelihoods, but when one of them turns up dead, they quickly become more concerned about their actual lives. Everyone is a suspect–including Jenna–and it’s up to her to find the killer and save her friends from being framed, killed, or possibly the worst fate of all: finding a real job.

The Last Resort in Lost Haven is the first book in the Lost Haven cozy mystery series. If you love plot twists, wisecracking characters, and a town with endless mysteries in its history, start reading now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bleeding Tarts (A Pie Town Mystery) by [Weiss, Kirsten]Val’s new pies are foolproof—but not bulletproof.
 
Old West ghost towns are as American as apple pie. So what better place to sponsor a pie-eating contest than the Bar X, a fake ghost town available for exclusive private events on the edge of Silicon Valley. Valentine Harris is providing the pies, hoping to boost business for her struggling Pie Town shop and become a regular supplier for the Bar X.

But no sooner does she arrive in town than a stray bullet explodes the cherry pie in her hands. And the delicious dessert is not the only victim. Val finds the Bar X bartender shot dead in an alley. Egged on by her flaky friend and pie crust specialist, Charlene, Val aims to draw out the shooter. But solving a real murder in a fake ghost town won’t be easy as pie. And if Val doesn’t watch her back, her pies won’t be the only thing filled full of lead . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

Double Feature: Blackberry Frosted & Murder and Powdered Grape & Murder

 

39737943Synopsis:

Could a spring break cruise actually result in murder?

“Another satisfying murder mystery” Five Stars

Heather is facing crowds in Key West as spring break tourists come to try her Blackberry Frosted Donuts.

However, spring break is not all fun when a murder occurs on a boat.

Heather is ready to help investigate, but when the case becomes a joint-investigation with the Coastguard, she finds herself with less access to information than usual.

Undeterred Heather looks for clues to determine who would want to kill the college student.

It had to be someone on the boat, but who dealt the deadly blow?

Join Heather as she springs into action to catch the killer!

Praise for Susan Gillard:

“Another yummy sounding donut, family and friends make this a fun series to read.” ★★★★★ sonnysmom

“Susan you have done it again! Another fantastic read!” ★★★★★ Amazon Customer

“Each book is a fun read with lots of new donut flavors, great characters, and celebrating a holiday.” ★★★★★ Sharon Katz

Book 28 in the Oceanside Cozy Mystery series!

Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series.

A light, cozy mystery read with a dog loving and donut shop owning female private investigator, in a small town setting with quirky characters.

  • No cliffhanger!
  • No swearing!
  • No gore!
  • No graphic scenes!

Click the “buy now with 1 click” button at the top of the page! (Amazon)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really like the investigative team that Heather and Amy make. They are thorough and smart and do not give up easily.  I really enjoyed how long winded Special Agent Colton Connors was, I was chuckling while I was reading this book.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was with Heather and Amy, investigating.  The mystery was nicely developed and well paced.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   And if you like donuts, this series is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

39837922Synopsis:

Was this deadly fall actually a murder?

“Another entertaining Oceanside cozy murder mystery” ★★★★★

Heather is excited when two hotels ask her to cater donuts at their breakfast buffets over spring break.

However, when a guest falls to her death from a hotel’s top floor, Heather must switch from caterer to sleuth.

The guest only arrived in town a few days ago.

Did that give her enough time to make enemies?

Was one of her traveling companions planning on adding this murder to their itinerary?

Or is there more to this crime than meets the eye?

Armed with some Powdered Grape Donuts, Heather is determined to solve the case.

Join Heather as she makes the clues fall into place!

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoy Amy’s little quips that she is always spouting out, they make me smile.  Heather is a smart woman and not afraid to ask questions and investigate. The more I get to know them the more I like them.  

The mystery was well plotted and well developed.  I thought of the culprit as a suspect but I was not one hundred percent sure I was right until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a written cozy.  It is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

 

 

Review of Homecoming By The Sea

Homecoming By The Sea

Haunting By The Sea, Book #1

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

38317137Synopsis:

Homecomings can be murder.

When Amanda Parker returns to the small seaside town where she lived for two years while in witness protection she finds that she left a piece of herself behind.

Literally.

A ghost image of her alias, Alyson Prescott, has been living in her house for the past decade waiting rather impatiently for her return. Unsure how to handle this rather alarming and amusing circumstance, Amanda seeks out an old friend to help her reconcile the disjointed situation she finds herself in.

Meanwhile a close friend has been murdered so the entire Scooby gang get back together to dig into the details and track down a killer. The deeper they dig the more certain they are that the roots of what has occured could quite possibly extend centuries into the past.  (Goodreads)

 

Review:

Wow this was a really great book.  I really liked the paranormal aspect of this book and the clever way that the author portrayed Amanda/Alyson.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  It was great to get to spend time with the Scooby gang again.  If you have not read the previous books that this new series is based on, no worries.  The author gives enough background information throughout the book that I do not think anyone would have any trouble catching up.  I have to say that I liked Alyson’s carefree attitude more than I did Amanda’s uptight personality. Amanda has some decisions to make and I cannot wait to see what choices she will make.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  It allowed me to get a clearer picture of all of the characters lives.  She is very talented in her descriptive writing and this helped me to become more engaged in the story.  

The mystery was well plotted and evenly paced.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  The culprit was a surprise to me but very plausible. I have said before in some of my reviews that I would not even care if there was no mystery to solve, I am happy just spending time with the characters that this author creates.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like paranormal cozies, this book is a must read. I cannot wait to read the next book and see what is in store for Amanda/Alyson.  

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Chicken Culprit

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Vikki Walton and her new release Chicken Culprit.  This is the first book in her A Backyard Farming Mystery series.

 

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Colorado
Morewellson, LTD
Print Length: 251 pages
Digital ASIN: B079SS1C4S

 

Purchase Link

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I just have to say that this book is way too cute for its own good. . . This is a wonderful start to a new series . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I liked the main character’s way of looking at things and the cozy town Viki Walton creates. Interesting ending!
~Teresa Trent, Author

This is a first in a new series and I know readers will love the way the story flows and how caught up you can get with the town and its people.
~Texas Book-aholic

Chicken Culprit is uniquely different from other cozy mysteries that I’ve read and I love Vikki Walton’s fresh voice and style.
~The Power of Words

Moving to a new neighborhood can be murder!
From the moment Anne meets her new neighbors, things get very interesting.
~Laura’s Interests

 

 

 

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38567163Check Out the First Book in the New Backyard Farming Mystery Series CHICKEN CULPRIT

Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.

Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.

Yet, before Anne’scompletely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.

However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community’s secrets, she’s also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town’s deputy coroner.

Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?

Cast of Characters Stewart Rogers: Ralph’s nephew who’s always turning up unexpectedly. Hope Boswell: Doctor and herbalist who’s come home to care for her ailing mother. Faith Boswell: Dealing with early onset dementia, she still has what some call second sight. Eliza de French: An Ethiopian woman whose beauty hides an ugly secret. Jeff Jenkins: Kandi’s goal-oriented husband who often travels for work. ˃˃˃ First Book in The Backyard Farming Cozy Mystery Series

Chicken Culprit introduces us to Anne Fremont, a divorcee starting over in the fictional town of Carolan Springs, Colorado. With a diverse cast of characters, the locale isn’t short of personalities and suspects.

With a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor that women of a certain age can relate to, Chicken Culprit takes a look at love, loss and the impact of the past in our lives.

 

My Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoyed the fact that Anne was an older protagonist, being in her forties. Usually the cozies that I read have protagonists that are in their late twenties to early thirties so I found the fact that Anne was older refreshing. Kandi was so funny and I enjoyed getting to meet her.  Between her constantly saying “like” when talking and always making references to how “old” Anne was, I was chuckling through the whole book.  All of the secondary characters added a lot to the story and I liked getting to meet them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author defined all of the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  I was drawn into the book from the very beginning and I was pulled along at a nice pace.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  I really appreciated the fact that Anne did not really do anything to put herself in danger while trying to solve the murder.  There were so many twists and turns sometimes I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride right until the very end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I enjoyed this book a lot and I am looking forward to reading book two.

 

 

 

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Vikki Walton is passionate about helping others get what they really want out of life. She’s helped people launch writing careers, start businesses, pursue passions, and live their dreams. In addition to writing, she’s an engaging speaker, instructor and consultant. If that’s not enough, she’s a suburban homesteader whose bees make the best honey.
Vikki believes that life’s way too short to pursue one thing at a time! She’s a Work Quilter and World Traveler. Her favorite genre is mystery and suspense so she started a backyard farming series. The first book in the series is Chicken Culprit.

 

Author Links:

Website: www.vikkiwalton.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vikkiwaltonauthor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/havensteader

 

 

 

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I’ve always had a very vivid imagination. I loved reading and the idea of putting my thoughts down on paper has grown over the years.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I think my book stands out in that I address some things that other authors may not include. My main character isn’t perfect. In fact, she can be somewhat snarky at times but she’s real and I address some of the reasons for her behavior. I also think that people are longing for a return to a bit of self-sufficiency. Gardens are cropping up in more backyards along with chicken coops and beehives. It’s something I do that I wanted to share and in every book I share some information that the reader may not know.

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

Both. I have an idea of the plot or a scene in the beginning stages. Once I start writing, the characters lead me off in fun directions. With the mystery genre, you do have to plot things out because you need a bunch of red herrings and it can easily become confusing.

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Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I do respond to reviews if I know about them. Like any author, I’d prefer all good reviews but the fact is that not all books will connect with all readers. If someone doesn’t like the book, I’d much rather they contact me personally and share why they didn’t like the book. If I feel it’s something that I really need to address, I will either make the necessary change/s or incorporate their advice in my next book. As for reviews, I reach out to those who like the genre I write and ask for an honest review. I am willing to provide a book (often ebook) for them. I realise that reviews aren’t a given and respect the time it takes to actually write something versus hitting the star review link. I am humbled and honored when I have a person take the time to write me a review. I appreciate them.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

First, start pursuing your dreams earlier. Consider yourself as able as anyone else to make your dreams come true. I’m pretty much living the life I love now and I would have liked to have done it much sooner.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Yes. I had a graphic designer design the cover but I wasn’t happy with it. My awesome book formatter found a terrific illustrator, Erika Parker Rogers. I think my hand-drawn cover stands out from other covers and I had already visualized the houses where Anne and her neighbors lived. I loved seeing it come to life on the cover. She’s already got some ideas for my next cover and I want her to do a map of the community next.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

They’re real. They get irritated with one another, they laugh at their own foibles. They’ve had difficulties in life but they’ve emerged better and not bitter. I’d like to know them. Wait, I do!

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What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

I can write a simple story in simple language that others enjoy. I can write a mystery with a touch of humor. Most of all, I can achieve what I set out to do. That helps when the prospect of the next book seems daunting.

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write full-time as I always am “writing” in my head. I have so many stories that I need to see if there’s a market just for ideas and let others do the writing. I also am the author of nonfiction books and a nonprofit consultant that writes grant proposals, plus do blog posts on travel and #workquilting. So I do a lot of part-time writing fulltime.

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What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m working on my next mystery in the backyard farming series. The next two after that already have some basic outlining done. Considering a couple of stand alone mysteries as well as a possible spin-off mystery series. I want to write a fictional account of my mother’s story. Already have a great title for it. On the nonfiction side, I love travel so my travel book will be coming out soon (if not before this program). I also am contemplating a writing book.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part is sitting down and writing. Last year I took a trip to Agatha Christie’s Greenway and in her bedroom they had a tape playing of her saying how she worked through everything in her head but then the hard part was sitting down and writing. It’s hard when there’s so much distraction. Thus in April and May I’ll be in Mexico where I can focus solely on the next mystery. The easiest is coming up with ideas. I have enough ideas that someone one said “Can I steal a piece of your brain?”

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I love speaking and teaching so if they ever need that, I’m available!

 

What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors? 

I love the mystery genre–No surprise there! Agatha Christie is my favorite author of all time. I love Kerry Greenwood’s Ms. Fisher mysteries, Anne Perry, Louise Penny, Diana Mott Davidson, really, way too many to list. I will say I really enjoyed John Bowen’s Death Stalks Kettle Street. It’s a great book for mystery writers to read on delivering unique characters, plot, storyline, etc.

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Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

 I don’t think you know how very grateful I am that you’ve picked my book to read. There are millions of books out there so I am sincere when I say that it’s a great honor to have you add my book to your reading list or bookshelf.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://www.vikkiwalton.com

    Blog: http://www.vikkiwalton.com

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vikkiwaltonauthor

    Twitter:  @workquilter

     Pinterest: Havensteader and girlswantago

     Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Vikki-Walton/e/B072BFPPH7/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1519426440&sr=8-2

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16795441.Vikki_Walton

 

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Tour Participants

April 16 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

April 16 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

April 16 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE

April 17 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW

April 17 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

April 17 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

April 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

April 18 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

April 18 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

April 18 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

April 19 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW

April 19 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 19 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

April 19 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT

April 20 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW

April 20 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW

April 20 – Varietats – REVIEW

April 21 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

April 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 21 – fundinmental – REVIEW

April 22 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

April 22 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

April 22 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER GUEST POST

 

 

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New Releases For The Week Of April 15th, 2018–Part 5

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the fifth and final day of my list for this week..  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

In Prior's Wood: A Max Tudor Mystery (A Max Tudor Novel) by [Malliet, G. M.]“G. M. Malliet has crafted the English village of our dreams.” —Charlaine Harris

Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers and cozy fans with her critically acclaimed mysteries. In Prior’s Wood, featuring handsome spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor, won’t disappoint.

Newly returned from investigating a murder in Monkslip-super-Mare, handsome Max Tudor wants nothing more than to settle back into his predictable routine as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in the village of Nether Monkslip. But the flow of his sermon on Bathsheba is interrupted when the lady of the local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young lover.

Lady Duxter’s husband rallies quickly from the double tragedy—too quickly, it is murmured in the village. Lord Duxter already has offered his manor house to a motley crew of writers, including Max’s wife Awena, for his writers’ retreat, and he insists the show must go on.

When a young girl goes missing and a crime writer becomes a target, DCI Cotton asks Max to lend his MI5 expertise to the investigation.

Many suspects emerge as the scope of the investigation widens beyond the writers to villagers who had crossed swords with the insufferably smug crime author. But Max begins to wonder: was the attack on the writer only part of a broader conspiracy of silence?  (Amazon)

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Murder in Venice: A Posie Parker Mystery (The Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 6) by [Hathaway, L.B.]WHO DO YOU TRUST WHEN SIMPLY EVERYONE IS WEARING A MASK?

A Winter Wedding, Venice, 1923

Posie Parker, London’s premier female Private Detective, is getting married…

But on arrival in Venice, Posie finds she is walking into a nightmare: her lodgings on the Grand Canal are consumed by fire, her famous fiancé is preoccupied, and most bizarrely of all, her hostess, the Countess Romagnoli, confesses she has a stalker and fears for her life.

Tasked with protecting the Countess, Posie investigates the other house-guests and finds that there are disguises everywhere.

And when a terrible murder is committed, with the prospect of the killer striking yet again, Posie realizes she must separate out the shadows of the past and the realities of the present in order to uncover the murderer before it is too late. In her most dangerous case yet, Posie works alongside both familiar and new colleagues in order to get at the truth.

But will the truth come at a terrible price?

This is a classic Golden Age of Crime murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christieand Downton Abbey. Set against a background of Italian fascism following the Great War, ‘Murder in Venice’ is the sixth book in the delightfully classic English Posie Parker Mystery Series, although the novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right.

If you love an action-packed historical cozy crime with a feisty protagonist, download a sample or buy ‘Murder in Venice’ now.

 

˃˃˃ Other books by L.B. Hathaway available on Amazon:

‘Murder Offstage’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #1)

‘The Tomb of the Honey Bee’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #2)

‘Murder at Maypole Manor’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #3)

‘The Vanishing of Dr Winter’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #4)

‘Murder of a Movie Star’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #5)

To be the first to hear about L.B. Hathaway’s new releases sign up for the newsletter.  (Amazon)

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Tea & Temptation: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth ]Rose is overwhelmed with 2nd Chance Diner’s busy season and needs a break. So, she and Simon decide to get some time to themselves. They’ll visit a little Bed & Breakfast right there in Silver Falls, enjoy some high tea, and romance and still be on time to work.

What they didn’t expect was someone to fall dead in the crumpets. Another murder is afoot and yet again they’re embroiled in the plot. Will they be able to find the killer before they become the next targets? And just what will all this murder do to their relationship?

Though The 2nd Chance Diner mysteries can be enjoyed as stand-alone stories, Beth recommends you read them in order. 

Book 6 in the 2nd Chance Diner Mystery series! For fans of Carolyn Dean, Angela Blackmoore, Agatha Frost, and CeeCee James. A light, cozy mystery with a snarky sidekick, a handsome detective, and fun friendships. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mysteries
Book 1: Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder
Book 2: Cookies & Catastrophe
Book 3: Poison & Pie
Book 4: Double Mocha Murder
Book 5: Cinnamon Rolls and Cyanide
Book 6: Tea & Temptation  (Amazon)

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Miss Seeton Flies High (A Miss Seeton Mystery Book 23) by [Crane, Hamilton, Carvic, Heron]Lucky Miss Seeton! A modest Premium Bond win means a whole week in legendary Glastonbury. She can draw and drink in the surroundings, just what she needs for her scene-painting role in the village production of ‘Camelot’.

By coincidence, the kidnapped Heir to an industrial family may be hidden around there and Chief Superintendent Delphick has asked the ex-art teacher to create some of her famous, insightful sketches. Even he is nonplussed by the resulting images of capering sheep in straitjackets, flashing false teeth!

But the Heir is in danger, a murderer is lurking, and the first victim may not be the last. Then fortune favours Miss Seeton again, her raffle ticket winning her a hot air balloon flight, and well, it’s just amazing what you can see from above . . .

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

What people are saying about Miss Seeton:

“Miss Seeton is a hoot! I was torn between laughter and eye rolling with each page turn. The characters are loveable and thoroughly British. This is a perfect specimen of classic British mystery.“

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

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

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

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

Editorial reviews:

“A most beguiling protagonist!” New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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The Pit List Murders (Barkside of the Moon Mysteries Book 3) by [George, Renee]Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery!

Lily Mason and her adorable pittie Smooshie both have a nose for murder, but this is one cougar-shifter who would give her left paw to never find another dead body. All she wants is to enjoy a simple life in her new town, her fixer-upper house, while working a job she loves. Besides, the mystery of whether Parker Knowles, her boss at the rescue shelter, will or won’t finally ask her out gives Lily plenty to keep her guessing.

But when an abandoned pit bull puppy leads Lily and Smooshie to the corpse of a local philanderer, she is once again drawn into the seedier side of small town living. Even though she’s warned off the case by the local sheriff, Lily is determined to find the killer before one of her dearest friends, the prime suspect, is arrested. It doesn’t help matters that more nasty notes are showing up around town, making Lily wonder if the two things are connected.

Lily and Smooshie need to crack the case of the dead Don Juan, while navigating what it means to live in an all human town, before her secret and the secrets of the people she cares for are exposed.

The PIt List Murders, Book 3 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is a gripping murder mystery that keeps you guessing from beginning to end!   (Amazon)

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Kernel of Doubt: A Neela Durante Mystery by [Avis, Hillary]There’s a body in the cornfield at the Broad Earth research center.

Corn geneticist Neela Durante should feel relieved. The project that plagued her for over a year is finally off her desk, and now she has time to salvage her floundering marriage and reconnect with her family.

But maybe it’s too late—divorce papers arrive on the same day that she learns that her father’s health is failing. Even her dog is miserable. And that’s not the only trouble germinating. When a fellow scientist is found dead in the research center’s test fields, Neela is sure the murder has something to do with their work.

As her friends and colleagues fall under suspicion—and her handsome soon-to-be-ex husband investigates the case—she is drawn back into the project that destroyed her life. But with her job, her marriage, and her family farm at risk, Neela’s sleuthing might come at a cost she can’t afford.

Recipes included!  (Amazon)

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Senoia Cozy Mystery Boxed Set: Books 7 - 9 by [Harper, Susan]Three Cozy Mysteries from #1 Best Selling author Susan Harper

Felicity has become Senoia’s premier party planner and super sleuth. After the death of her fiancé, she has thrown herself into work and that means sleuthing. Follow Felicity as she recovers from tragedy, finds a new love, and puts criminals behind bars.

This collection of cozy mysteries includes books seven through nine in the Senoia Cozy Mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries with interesting characters and unexpected turns, the Senoia Cozy Mystery series is for you.

Buy the Senoia Cozy Mystery Boxed Set and start solving your next mystery (or three) today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of April 15th, 2018–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the fourth day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

The Battered Badge (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) by [Goldsborough, Robert]

A shake-up in the NYPD homicide squad following a high-profile murder is bad for business for private investigator Nero Wolfe.

When wealthy and popular crusader and reformer Lester Pierce is gunned down in front of his Park Avenue residence, the public outcry forces the NYPD to restructure its homicide department. As the deceased was highly critical of Inspector Lionel Cramer, the longtime head of homicide is temporarily relieved of his badge. But it seems Cramer was not just a scapegoat: He was seen dining in Little Italy with mob kingpin Ralph Mars.

All of which amounts to little more than conversational fodder for PI Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. But if Cramer’s provisional replacement, Capt. George Rowcliff, becomes permanent, Wolfe’s future dealings with the force will be much compromised. Loath to depart from his routine, Wolfe makes the unusual decision to take on a case without an actual client.

His investigation quickly points toward Pierce’s organization, Good Government Group, where high-minded idealism is often trampled under the competing ambitions of the staff—several of whom would clearly have benefited from Pierce’s demise. Despite the burgeoning list of suspects, Wolfe hasn’t ruled out the involvement of the underworld and its connection to Cramer. But in order to untangle an abundance of motives and end the inspector’s forced furlough, Wolfe may have to venture out of his comfort zone—and the premises of his brownstone.

Continuing his beloved series—which also includes Archie Meets Nero WolfeMurder in the Ball ParkArchie in the Crosshairs, and Murder, Stage Left—Nero Award–winning author Robert Goldsborough “demonstrates an impressive ability to emulate Rex Stout’s narrative voice” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The Battered Badge is the 60th book in the Nero Wolfe Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.  (Amazon)

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Miz Scarlet and the Acrimonious Attorney (Scarlet Wilson Mystery Book 6) by [Barton, Sara]Scarlet Wilson made a mistake when she quoted Shakespeare. “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Less than an hour later, a lawyer was murdered in a parking garage in Hartford, Connecticut. Not just any lawyer, her lawyer! When she discovers C. Philip Grimshaw’s dead body shortly after their meeting, she’s stunned. While she’s on the phone with the 9-1-1 dispatcher, she unexpectedly comes face-to-face with his killer.

Connecticut State Police homicide investigator Laurencia “Larry” Rivera, Scarlet’s long-time friend, just happens to be in the vicinity as part of a task force, working with the Hartford Police, when the call comes in. Do people really believe Miz Scarlet was involved in the murder?

Challenged by Larry to solve the case before the Hartford cops can make an arrest, the intrepid “arm chair” amateur sleuth is determined to figure out this “whodunit”, lest she lose the bet and be stuck hosting Larry’s opinionated, sharp-tongued mother at the Four Acorns Inn. Scarlet doesn’t believe it was a bungled robbery or an attempted car-jacking gone wrong. She thinks the killer knew C. Philip Grimshaw and came to the parking garage with the intent to murder the acrimonious attorney. That weapon was a dead giveaway!

Miz Scarlet’s “significant other”, Mercer Security private investigator Kenny Tolliver, is hired by the law firm of Martin, Dubinsky, and Moore to uncover what C. Philip Grimshaw was up to just before he was killed. Kenny invites Scarlet to accompany him to the Florida Keys as his assistant, thinking the couple will have time for romance. But that will have to wait. How did the killer find her in Florida?

Islamorada is the fishing capital of the world. With millions of dollars in prize money, the tournaments draw the best anglers. The competition is fierce. The prize money is lucrative. Dirty little secrets, blackmail, and a killer on the loose add up to trouble for Scarlet Wilson and Kenny Tolliver. Can they solve the case before anyone else is murdered?  (Amazon)

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The Oblivious Heiress: A Jane Carter Historical Cozy (Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mysteries Book 4) by [Simpson, Alice]Jane has her hands full getting out the inaugural issue of her very own Carter’s All-Story Weekly Magazine, but she still finds time to investigate the activities of a cagey heiress, an attempted murder, and a band of sailors with mysterious matching tattoos.

About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery Series:

This quirky historical cozy mystery series is set in the fictional American city of Greenville during the 1920s and features Jane Carter, a young widow who returns home to live with her father after the tragic death of her journalist husband.

Jane’s father owns a local newspaper and wants Jane to take it over someday, but Jane is adamant that she has no desire to be a reporter. Instead, she turns her talent for writing to concocting melodramatic romances for fly-by-night rags who almost never pay on time.

Jane claims that she’s holding out for a millionaire before she marries again, but the only man who makes her heart beat faster is Jack, a reporter on her father’s staff. Not only has Jane vowed she will never be a newspaperman herself, she’s doubly insistent on never again marrying one.

While trying to turn out enough column inches of overwrought romantic bilge to keep her old car on the road, and herself in shoes, Jane runs into the most extraordinary circumstances. In Jane’s madcap world, it’s a constant round of kidnappings, curses, stolen jewels, counterfeit paintings, and hidden stashes of gold. There’s plenty of crime to go around, but nary a murder.

Accompanying Jane on her adventures is her best friend, Florence. Jane and Flo may get into one perilous situation after another, but they are never damsels in distress, because, as Jane puts it, “A real lady always carries her own pocket knife.”

All this getting into harm’s way alarms her father’s housekeeper, Mrs. Timms. Mrs. Timms believes it’s her mission in life to turn motherless Jane into a proper lady, but seeing as Jane has just turned twenty-four, Mrs. Timms considerable efforts appear to have been in vain. However, the housekeeper won’t give up trying, just as Jane won’t give up on seeing Mrs. Timms and her father center-aisling it to the altar and saying, “I do.”

This series is adapted from Mildrid Wirt’s Penny Parker mysteries, which have fallen out of copyright. The author has made extensive alterations and additions to both the characters and plots of the original novels, but readers familiar with Ms. Wirt’s stories will notice similarities.

These are murderless mysteries. Despite a constant crime wave, there seem to be no murders in the city of Greenville. There may be plenty of peril in the form of kidnappings, heists, and the occasional assault, but nobody ever dies, and justice is always served.

If you like light-hearted historical mysteries with quirky characters and a bit of zany humor, this may be the series for you!

This series may be of interest to fans of: Lee Strauss (Ginger Gold Mysteries), Jaqueline Winspear (Masie Dobbs Mysteries), Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver Mysteries), Jessica Ellicot (Berl and Edwina Mysteries Series), Clara Benson, L. B. Hathaway (Posie Parker Mysteries), Leighann Dobbs (Hazel Martin Mysteries), T. E. Kinsey (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries), Margarete Addison (Rose Simpson Mysteries), Emily Organ (Penny Green Mysteries), and the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series. Readers who enjoy the works of Alexander McCall Smith, Tarquin Hall, Ashley Weaver, Frances Brody, Maia Chance, Radha Vatsal, Shea MacLeod, Alyssa Maxwell, Sabrina Flynn, Vivian Conroy, and Anita Davison may also enjoy this series of gentle mystery stories set in the roaring twenties.  (Amazon)

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Orcas Intruder (The Chameleon Chronicles Book 2) by [Gayle, Laura]Camille Tate always tells herself to calm down…

…but her instincts always warn her to disappear.

After the fright of her first weeks on Orcas Island, Cam wants a quiet Thanksgiving with her family and a few friends. She’s hoping that time with her foster parents will help her recover from the horror of witnessing a shooting and being kidnapped.

But her employers, the Brixtons, are arriving, along with a few unexpected visitors from Cam’s past. Her peaceful holiday is nowhere to be found. When her neighbor’s home is burglarized and ransacked, Cam’s world is threatened, too. As mysterious intruders haunt her island life, Cam realizes that the intrigue is far from over.  (Amazon)

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Savage Souvenirs (Rose Hollow Mysteries Book 6) by [Pennington, E.Z.]Stress has been the main factor in Becky’s life as of late. Her mother seems to be making the decision to stay with her permanently instead of returning to Ohio. She even got a part-time job at the library and acquired a car that was pink, but would shine almost gold in the sun. Becky isn’t sure what to think of her mother and what she should say to her about staying for so long.

But her mother becomes the last of Becky’s worries as her mother calls to inform Becky that there has been another murder in Rose Hollow. And it was the customer Becky had in her antique shop the day before. As Becky takes on another case and dives into another social group of town, she discovers that everyone is a liar and has something to hide. And the girl that was murdered? The biggest liar of them all.

 

 

Becky doesn’t know when to stop as she starts to interview everyone in the Rose Hollow Book Club, the only group of people that accepted the murdered woman as their own. Becky is forced to not only put the murder pieces together, but several literary pieces will need to be examined in order to find out who murdered Sarah Reese. And was it out of jealousy, or even a longer string of lies?  (Amazon)

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Rip Your Heart Out (A Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery, Book 4) by [Glidewell, Jeanne]Seattle, WA: Philanthropist Murdered, Rapella Ripple Investigates in Rip Your Heart Out, a Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery by Jeanne Glidewell

While celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary on an Alaskan cruise, Rip experiences a serious cardiac event that results in a triple-bypass. Of course, the hospital is just the beginning; the Chartreuse Caboose isn’t the best place to recuperate and heal. His cardiac care nurse, Sydney Combs, has the perfect solution: her recently deceased aunt’s home.

The Ripples move into the ancient Victorian mansion free of charge for the next two months. Mabel Trumbo bequeathed the home to the heart center to be used as temporary housing for heart patients’ families, but it’s not quite up to snuff, which offers a great project to distract Rapella.

When an anonymous tip leads the police to suspect Sydney of murdering her aunt, Rapella’s determined to exonerate Sydney. Despite several individuals with dubious intentions, a mouthy cockatoo and a huge St. Bernard to tend to, along with a house that seems possessed by evil spirits, Rapella can’t help but get wrapped up in this newest mystery.

Don’t miss Rapella’s heart-healthy recipe, Garlic-Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts along with a special dessert, featured at the end of the story. When you make the Salmon & Brussels Sprouts, be sure to heed the warning!

From The Publisher: The Ripple Effect series will be enjoyed by fans of Joanne Fluke, Madison Johns, Ceecee James and readers of cozy mysteries who enjoy light-hearted, clean & wholesome, mysteries featuring female amateur sleuths and senior citizens.

“In a world that views aging and senior citizens obsolete, it is refreshing to read A Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery series by Jeanne Glidewell.” ~Cindy Travis, Reviewer

“It is not often a book makes me laugh aloud but Jeanne Glidewell never disappoints . . .”~Yvonne P., Reviewer

“I hope this series continues. Being Rip and Rapellas’ age I am happy to see them featured in adventures. I can recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, cozy or not.” ~Anna, Reviewer

THE RIPPLE EFFECT MYSTERIES, in series order:
A Rip Roaring Good Time
Rip Tide
Ripped to Shreds
Rip Your Heart Out
Ripped Apart

THE LEXIE STARR MYSTERIES, in series order
Leave No Stone Unturned
The Extinguished Guest
Haunted
With This Ring
Just Ducky
The Spirit of the Season – a holiday novella
Cozy Camping
Marriage & Mayhem  (Amazon)

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A Charming Corpse: :A Cozy Paranormal Mystery (A Magical Cures Mystery Series book 11) by [Kappes, Tonya]Bubble… Bubble…

The quaint and magical shops in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky have been booming with business, with the exception of A Charming Cure. A mortal is selling homemade oils and making unfounded promises, undercutting June’s prices.

Cures and trouble…

When the mortal is found, and spiritualist Leah LeRoy is Sheriff Oscar Park’s number one suspect, Leah begs June to break the number one by-law: No spiritualist is able to read one another. Hesitant and not wanting to go against her Oscar, June does use her gift and uncovers that no matter what the evidence says, Leah didn’t kill the mortal.

Magic stirs…

What’s a witch to do?
June can’t ignore her friend’s plea to help her. June digs deeper into Leah’s life and discovers more reasons why Leah had motive to kill the mortal than not.

And troubles double…

As if June didn’t have enough on her plate, her Great Aunt Helena has a job proposition. Hidden Hall~A Spiritualist University has a teaching position in their Intuition School and June is the perfect candidate. The job has June’s cauldron bubbling. The only catch is that she’ll have to leave Whispering Falls for the semester.

Will June be able to meet the deadline of a killer before they strike again and the deadline of making a decision about the teaching job before she becomes the next victim?  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of April 15th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them this week. Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Newberry Sin (The Carolina Slade Mystery Series Book 4) by [Clark, C. Hope]EPIC Award Winning Series

“Author C. Hope Clark brings to life . . . endearing and strong-minded characters that linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.” —New York Times bestselling author Karen White

Beneath an idyllic veneer of Southern country charm, the town of Newberry hides secrets that may have led to murder.

When a local landowner’s body, with pants down, is found near Tarleton’s Tea Table Rock—a notorious rendezvous spot, federal investigator Carolina Slade senses a chance to get back into the field again. Just as she discovers what might be a nasty pattern of fraud and blackmail, her petty boss reassigns her fledgling case to her close friend and least qualified person in their office.

Forced to coach an investigation from the sidelines, Slade struggles with the twin demons of professional jealousy and unplanned pregnancy. Something is rotten in Newberry. Her personal life is spiraling out of control. She can’t protect her co-worker. And Wayne Largo complicates everything when the feds step in after it becomes clear that Slade is right.

One wrong move and Slade may lose everything. Yet it’s practically out of her hands . . . unless she finds a way to take this case back without getting killed.

Author C. Hope Clark, an award-winning writer of two mystery series (Carolina Slade and the Edisto Island mysteries), founded FundsforWriters.com, which Writer’s Digest has recognized in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for almost two decades. Hope is married to a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a private investigator. They live in South Carolina, on the banks of Lake Murray. Hope is ever hard at work on the next novel, and you can visit her at chopeclark.com.  (Amazon)

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The Mall is Not Enough (Secret Shopper Mom Mystery Book 3) by [McClymer, Kelly]Molly Harbison has decided that being a mystery shopper is the perfect job for a busy mother. But when the family’s vacation plans turn out to be more expensive than expected, Molly turns to entering sweepstakes to earn some extra money. Her simple plan to earn extra cash soon sends James Connery, the annoyingly attractive FBI agent, to Molly’s door once more. Seems someone she knows is running a fraudulent sweepstakes operation, and the FBI wants Molly to help catch the culprit. Molly is happy to help — as long as it doesn’t interfere with the family vacation.  (Amazon)

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Black Diamond Graves (Tawnee Mountain Mysteries Book 6) by [Fallon, Wendy , Mysteries, Tawnee Mountain ]Cali May attends an Artists’ Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in North Jersey. She’s appalled to see a figure fall from the Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself stranded at the top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive, and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.

Black Diamond Graves is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Black Diamond Graves features characters from the Cali May Mystery series.

Each book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can beread in any order.

The Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series includes:
Leona’s Last Resort by Karen M. Bryson
Dark Side of the Mountain by R.J. Rosatte
Deadly Reception by Karen Randau
Black Diamond Graves by Wendy Fallon
Deadly Misfire by Laurie Fagen
Cassidy’s Deadly Exit by Marla J. Hayes
The Quinnipiac Disappearance by Lee Tidball  (Amazon)

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The Task of Auntie Dido: A Cozy Mystery (Poeville Book 1) by [Williams, Ryan M.]C. Auguste Dupin enjoys snacks, cleaning his fur, and sleeping in the Reed Moore Library where his human, Penny Copper, is the librarian. When Penny’s Auntie Dido asks her niece for a favor, Dupin never expected it would turn into a case requiring his considerable deductive skills.

After Penny, Dido is Dupin’s favorite human. She makes the most fantastic savory sardine crackers. At first, the favor sounds simple: return a diamond necklace to Dido’s amorous florist Roderick Allan. It also sounds like the perfect opportunity for more crackers. When Roderick Allan is discovered walled up in his basement, it becomes more than a case of missed naps and forgotten snacks.

Dupin wants his routine back, more crackers, Auntie Dido’s dog Patches out of his hair, and Dido herself safe back at home. Which means helping Penny figure out how a simple task has gone deadly wrong!

In Poeville, weird things happen all the time.   (Amazon)

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The Witch's Strength: (A Cozy Witch Mystery) (One Part Witch Book 6) by [Kincaid, Iris]Gemma Keating would give anything for the strength to hold up her own head, or to lift a spoon to her own lips. Instead, a muscle wasting disease has sapped away every ounce of her strength, and cruelly, left her with an alert mind, perpetually filled with dark hopelessness. She has no illusions that her condition will ever change.

In life, Lilith Hazelwood was the most powerful witch in Oyster Cove. In death, she is determined to find and punish her murderer. Once enraged by the fact that her body parts had been used for organ transplant, she now sees the beneficiaries as the best means of avenging her own death. If they would only stop being sidetracked by silly diversions like solving human murders and finding love.

A tissue graft from the witch’s muscles imparts a physical strength beyond Gemma’s wildest dreams. Her life is transformed beyond recognition, as she simultaneously becomes the hero a young boy has been longing for, a fly in the ointment for the local criminal population, and a dream come true, for a man who had long ago lost his belief in dreams. But too much confidence in her new abilities might make her the target of Oyster Cove’s latest homicidal menace. And as talented as Gemma has become – she is NOT faster than a speeding bullet!  (Amazon)

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The Staveley Suspect (The Lake District Mysteries) by [Tope, Rebecca]Simmy Brown has a lot on her mind. Not just keeping her florist business afloat, her father’s failing health, the challenge of developing a long-term relationship with Christopher, but also the approach of Mother’s Day, a busy and painful day for her.

 

But in taking an order for a retirement party in Staveley, she is pulled into her most challenging investigation yet. When a daughter starts accusing her own mother of murder, Simmy, Ben and Bonnie find themselves taking different sides of the investigation. With her relationships under strain, Simmy has to learn to leave her own concerns behind to discover just who the killer is.  (Amazon)

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Hair Today Gone Tomorrow Murder Cozy Mystery: Golden River Cozy Mystery, Book 2 by [Heffer, Sue]A trio of Golden River Mysteries will be released in the Spring and Summer of 2018.

“Fans of laugh-out-loud cozy mysteries will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Cee Cee James and Summer Prescott.”

The new mayor in town thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips. But not so fast!
He finds out pretty quickly that he can be Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow.

Small towns are famous for lots of things: desserts and recipes for murder, weddings, weather, witches, Corgis, Charm and Coziness, Zany characters, an inept and or attractive sheriff.

Golden River has got a lot of that, but what they are most famous for in their small town is…wait for it – HAIR!
HAIR
There is not a man in Golden River, Ohio who is going bald or who has a receding hair line. If you blow in town on a white horse, acting all high and mighty, up to no good and hiding secrets under your toupee, you will be exposed. You might get killed.

Come along for some clean fun and suspense as Golden River Bed & Breakfast owner Rachel “Honey” Reynolds, her transgender sister Rose, and her niece Ryan show you some hospitality and also help solve a small town murder.
Paperback edition and audio book coming soon
One-click now because everyone enjoys a good cozy mystery with a little light romance sprinkled in  (Amazon)

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Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by [Coyle, Cleo]MYSTERY PICK OF THE MONTH —Library Journal
 “Starred Review: “A gripping and entertaining mystery” —Library Journal
“Penetrating insights” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sure to delight old fans and garner new ones” —Publishers Weekly  

From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the “fun and gripping” (The Huffington Post) Coffeehouse Mysteries.

A new smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hot spot, until one dark night, when a gunshot leaves a dead body behind and the landmark coffeehouse becomes the center of a whole new scene–a crime scene. 

As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi attempts to finalize a date for her wedding, her ex-husband becomes addicted to making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these quickie matchups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one dark night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find.

The corpse is a successful entrepreneur who became notorious for his “hit it and quit it” behavior: prowling for women on dating apps, then devastating his conquests with morning-after insults. Though the NYPD quickly arrests one of his recent victims, Clare finds reason to believe she’s been framed.

Now, with the help of her ex and crew of quirky baristas, Clare starts “swiping” through suspects in her own shop, determined to find the real killer before another shot rings out.

Includes a bang-up menu of tempting recipes.  (Amazon)

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