Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 23rd, 2017. Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days. Here is day two of that list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
“You have to help me. She’s going to kill my father.”
Perry reluctantly gets embroiled in a murder investigation when a young girl begs him for help. But Rose is not the only one seeking his legendary lockpicking skills.
Shadowy characters from his past also have a bargain for him: will Perry accept their terms for Rose’s sake?
With their reality TV series, “Antiques Sleuths,” Brandy Borne and her quaintly kooky mother, Vivian, have a real hit on their hands. But another hit enters the picture, after a rival bidder becomes a one-woman show at their televised auctions and it s the estranged wife of Brandy s police-chief beau, Tony! Soon the fine art of murder colors the scene, fitting Brandy for an ornately elaborate frame.
But when you re inside a frame, it s difficult to make out the picture. That s why Brandy s mom her daughter now wearing basic jailhouse orange must sort through a rogue s gallery of suspects including a too-friendly farmer s wife, a ratings-happy TV producer, a questionable husband-and-wife auctioneer team, and even the chief of police himself.
Brandy and Vivian race to determine how an empty antique frame can hold a deadly portrait, a picture worth a thousand dangerous words. Aided only by Sushi, their loyal shih tzu, and police dog Rocky, the wacky mother-and-daughter sleuthing team must learn the killer s identity before they become the subjects of another masterpiece of murder.
Don t miss Brandy Borne s tips on investing in antiques! PRAISE FOR BARBARA ALLAN S TRASH N TREASURES MYSTERIES!
Well-drawn characters . . . fun to read. “Booklist”
This fun, fast mystery shows Allan at the top of her game. “RT Book Reviews,” 41/2 stars
Brandy and Vivian are engaging characters, and their first-person narration is fun to read. Quirky secondary characters add to the appeal of this humorous cozy mystery. “Booklist”
Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog make this essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths. “Library Journal”
Genuinely funny . . . The Trash n Treasures books have to be the funniest mystery series going.” “Somebody Dies”
ANTIQUES FLEE MARKET
Lively . . . this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cozy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe. “Publishers Weekly”” (Goodreads)
“Burnsworth nails the voice of new Southern noir. This talented author will win you over with his engaging and multi-faceted hero, then keep you turning pages with his suspense, Southern-voiced wit and sharp insight into the not-so-pleasant side of a fascinating city.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author of Say No More
Lowcountry bar owner and ex-Marine Brack Pelton heads to Atlanta in the wake of a panicked 3 AM phone call. A woman is missing and Brack’s friend Mutt is in danger. Brack’s old flame, investigative news correspondent Darcy Wells, now lives there and is set to marry another man. If Brack was honest with himself, and he usually wasn’t, he’d realize that the missing woman isn’t the reason for his visit. His Semper Fi buddy Mutt can handle himself just fine.
When Brack and Mutt team up to find the woman, the Atlanta underworld revolts, the two biggest players target them, and people start dying. Most people would size up the situation, call it impossible, and walk away. But most people are not Brack Pelton. Impossible situations are his specialty. He made it through Afghanistan and when the military commanders mistook suicidal tendencies for leadership qualities they promoted him. Can Brack succeed at finding the woman, protecting his friend, and winning the girl without destroying the Capital of the South? Not since Sherman’s march across Georgia has the city of Atlanta been in this much danger.
“Hop on board for a hard-edged debut that’s fully loaded with car chases (particularly Mustangs), war veterans, old grudges, and abundant greed. A choppy start belies a well-executed plotline enhanced by the atmospheric Palmetto State setting.” – Library Journal (on Southern Heat)
“This second case for Brack is marked by a challenging mystery, quirky characters, and nonstop action.” ―Kirkus Reviews (on Burning Heat)
“In Brack Pelton, Burnsworth introduces a jaded yet empathetic character I hope to visit again and again.” – Susan M. Boyer, Agatha Award-Winning Author of Lowcountry Book Club
“What could be more fun than sitting down with a David Burnsworth novel about Brack Pelton and his colorful life in Charleston?…Burnsworth is outstanding as he brings out the heat, the smells, the colors, and the history of Charleston during Pelton’s mission to bring the killer to justice.” – John Carenen, Author of A Far Gone Night
“If you have always suspected that there is more to Charleston than quaint Southern charm and ghost stories, then David Burnsworth’s noir series, featuring ex-soldier, tiki bar owner, and part time beach bum, Brack Pelton may just be the antidote to a surfeit of sweet tea.” – Michael Sears, Shamus Award-Winning Author of Black Fridays
Related subjects include: Private investigator books, suspense, whodunit mysteries whodunnit, murder mystery series, Southern fiction.
Books in the Brack Pelton Mystery Series:
SOUTHERN HEAT (#1)
BURNING HEAT (#2)
BIG CITY HEAT (#3)
Books in the Blu Carraway Mystery Series:
BLU HEAT (Prequel Novella)
IN IT FOR THE MONEY (#1)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… (Goodreads)
Shona Green is fed up with her life as a pole dancer and wants to use her hands to make a new career for herself as a chef instead.
Local journalist Michael Black is trying to help her succeed.
Someone else, however, doesn’t want Shona to become a high-flier in the business world and is doing all they can to stop her from being successful and ruin her life.
DCI Graham Laws and his team, with the help of CIA agent Joseph Johnson, are trying to solve the many crimes suddenly taking place withing a short space of time in and around Worcester.
The West Mercia police force is used to dealing with incidents of drugs, sex, and violence every week. Does it now have to add murder and terrorism to this list?
Set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this is a fast-paced story with many twists and turns and an exciting conclusion. (Amazon)
It’s back to the 1920s with socialite author Freddie Little and his editor and not-so-blushing bride Kathy Briscow. In fact, Freddie and Kathy are happily enjoying their newly-married bliss when Freddie’s sister, Honoria, finds a dead body in her apartment. Honoria had taken the young woman in as a favor to a friend but it soon becomes clear that the favor caught up. Honoria goes into hiding and Freddie and Kathy take up a chase that will lead all three of them across the country and into a conspiracy that, no matter how unbelievable, could get them all killed. (Amazon)
From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next dangerously delicious Cookies Chance Mystery…
Sally Muccio’s walk down the aisle might be her last.
The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancé are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Is someone after Sally? And why does the mysterious shooter want to ice the baker? Sal tries to proceed with caution, but when someone close to her is attacked, all bets are off. She’ll do whatever it takes to bring this monster to justice, even if it means sacrificing herself in the process.
Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?
The Cookies Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
Baked to Death (book #2)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
What critics are saying:
“Catherine Bruns has whipped up another delicious treat with this delightful cozy. If you like your mysteries to taste sweet this one is a good choice.”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!
“I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!”
“The delightful whodunit kept me guessing until the end, and the tasty treats had my mouthwatering from start to finish! A fantastic culinary mystery in the vein of Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson!”
—Gemma Halliday, New York Times USA Today bestselling mystery author (Goodreads)