Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 25th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between four days. Here is the third day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Never judge a book by its cover…
Sophie Phee Kimball is not a cop. She s a divorced, middle-aged mom who works as an account clerk for the police department in a small city in Minnesota. But her retired mother, Harriet Plunkett, is convinced Phee is the only one who can solve the mystery of a cursed book. According to Harriet, four members of her book club have already succumbed to the deadly curse. Harriet insists Phee catch the next plane to her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona, to investigate.
Is her mother just bored and lonely? She does have a new pet a long-haired chiweenie (half Chihuahua, half Dachshund) for company and a host of pals (although that number is admittedly dwindling). Phee is certain that their book club selection isn t cursed, but is somebody really knocking off the ladies? As Phee starts to uncover dark secrets hidden in plain sight under the blazing Arizona sun, she ll need to read between the lines before it s someone else s final chapter….
You ll chuckle all the way through this delightful romp through Sun City West, as Phee and her mother unravel the mystery behind the sudden deaths of several book club members. It s so cleverly written, you won t guess the perpetrators until the very end. Mary Marks, award-winning author of the Quilting Mystery series” (Goodreads)
Rosemary and Detective Dave are tying the knot at the Resort by the Sea! But when Rosemary vanishes (along with her wedding dress) after the rehearsal, her sisters know this isn’t a case of cold feet.
Was she snatched by someone with a grudge? Or could the mysterious couple staying in one of the cottages be involved? Or was it the stranger who’s been nosing around? Sage and Thyme become bridesmaids on a mission: to find the bride and return her, unscathed, before anyone realizes she’s missing.
The Field Sisters return in another rollicking, romantic comedic mystery by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Melissa F. Miller. (Goodreads)
Roxy Drew arrives back in her Pajaro Bay hometown after spending ten years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. But she soon discovers she has to solve the mystery that put her behind bars before her own daughter ends up the next victim in Dashing Through the Surf.
The Pajaro Bay stories are filled with light and breezy, heartwarming fun, and always leave you with a happy ending. Collect them all:
Pajaro Bay Mysteries:
1. The Honeymoon Cottage
2. Under the Boardwalk
3. In Deep Water (previously published as “Shadow’s Lady”)
4. Driving Ms. Maisy
5. Dashing Through the Surf
Pajaro Bay Short Stories:
1. My Funny Valentine
2. A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay
3. Home Improvement
4. Halloween Hullabaloo
5. A Winter Wedding in Pajaro Bay
6. Beach Blanket Bijou (Amazon)
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Gunned down during an attempted robbery, Mister Polinski was a kind old man who ran the local shop that never closed. With the police understaffed, Lauren Corrigan launches an investigation of her own. Without training, Lauren feels she has picked up enough knowledge of the job from her detective ex-lover to stand a chance of solving the murder. The deeper she delves into the mystery, the more suspects she uncovers, but Lauren would prefer to confront the gunman face-to-face than admit her ex-lover may just have been right after all.
The Murder of Snowman Joe:
A terrible snowstorm sees the small rural village of Barrowville cut off from the rest of the country. When local children discover a corpse hidden within the body of a snowman it becomes clear the storm has trapped a murderer in the village. Forced to deal with a crime she has never before faced, Detective Felicity Hart calls in the services of big city detective John Stoker, now living out his retirement in the small community. With his own daughter murdered years earlier, Stoker fears Hart will become yet another young woman to die due to his own inability to look after the people he loves.
Also includes Murder While You Wait and One-Way Ticket to Murder (Goodreads)
When bakery owner Lexy Baker and her posse of iPad-toting grandmas find a dead body under Ruth’s late model Oldsmobile, it opens an investigation into a decades-old crime. It seems Ruth’s reformed crime-boss boyfriend stashed something of immense value away before he died. Too bad word is out in the criminal underworld and a dangerous killer has come to town to find it.
Armed with only their iPads, gigantic patent leather purses and a box of baked goods, the ladies must use their wit and cunning to unmask the killer before he hits too close to home. (Goodreads)
It’s the start of summer, and Suzy is on a mission to figure out exactly what is going on with Josie’s estranged boyfriend, Summerman. Suzy’s determined to learn more about the man with a mysterious past and what seems to be his rather unique life, but her plans are impacted when a body is discovered buried in a shallow grave in the woods behind the Doggy Inn. The dead man turns out to be the uncle of Sammy, one of the people who works at the Inn, and Suzy soon finds herself involved in an illegal crystal meth operation that’s working on both sides of the River.
As she and Chief Abrams begin their work, a variety of questions surface, and as Suzy tries to make sense of the situation and uncover clues that will help them solve the case, another set of questions emerge that soon has Suzy doing some very deep thinking of a personal nature about choices and consequences and the wonder of life.
As events play out, Suzy and Josie begin a battle of their own that quickly escalates, and her mother announces plans for a grand-scale project that immediately piques their interest and has the potential to dramatically alter their lives. Dozens of questions swirl and uncertainty abounds, but it remains business as usual around the Inn. In the end, all it takes to remind Suzy about what is truly important to her, as well as help her answer some of the big questions about priorities and choices, is an Ibizan that has constantly been on the move and a severely malnourished Lab who are both in desperate need of new homes.
The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries features two of the smartest and funniest lead female protagonists to hit the cozy mystery scene in a very long time, and Suzy and Josie’s affection for food and their boundless love and devotion to their dogs puts this series in the don’t miss category. The Case of the Itinerant Ibizan is the latest installment in this fast-paced and funny series that affectionately focuses on dogs, food, and the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands region. (Amazon)
Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought working for a knock-off reality show in the tropics would be paradise. But when she and her kitty Prozac find themselves trapped between a dimwitted leading man, catty contestants, and a cold-blooded murderer, the splashy gig becomes one deadly nightmare…
Jaine’s life has been a royal pain since she started penning dialogue for Some Day My Prince Will Come–a cheesy dating show that features bachelorettes competing for the heart of Spencer Dalworth VII, a very distant heir to the British throne. As if fending off golf ball-sized bugs on a sweltering island wasn’t tough enough, Jaine must test her patience against an irritable production crew and fierce contestants who will do anything to get their prince…
But Jaine never expected murder to enter the script. When one of the finalists dies in a freak accident, it’s clear someone wanted the woman out of the race for good–and the police won’t allow a soul off the island until they seize the culprit. Terrified of existing another day without air conditioning and eager to return home, Jaine is throwing herself into the investigation. And she better pounce on clues quickly–or there won’t be any survivors left…
OUTSTANDING PRAISE FOR LAURA LEVINE’S JAINE AUSTEN MYSTERIES
MURDER HAS NINE LIVES
“Enjoyable . . . This outing will keep cozy readers amused and wondering what absurdity will happen next.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jaine’s flair for the well-turned phrase puts her in the top tier of do-it-yourself detectives.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Jaine pursues justice and sanity in her usual hilarious yet smart way, with Levine infusing wit into her heroine’s every thought. A thoroughly fun read that will interest Evanovich fans.” —Booklist
“Another expertly conceived whodunit.” —Fresh Fiction
“Jaine is absolutely hysterical . . . this author continues to write the best cozies.” —Suspense Magazine
DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD WITCH
“Levine’s latest finds her at her witty and wacky best.” —Kirkus Reviews
THIS PEN FOR HIRE
“Laura Levine’s hilarious debut mystery, This Pen for Hire, is a laugh a page (or two or three) as well as a crafty puzzle. Sleuth Jaine Austen’s amused take on life, love, sex and L.A. will delight readers. Sheer fun!” –Carolyn Hart (Goodreads)
How could you not love Miss Seeton?
Retired art teacher Miss Seeton steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles. Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and at every turn the most unlikely and lovable master of detection.
The Miss Seeton Series: Books 1-3 includes the first three stories in this classic series of humorous cozy mysteries:
Picture Miss Seeton – a night at the opera strikes a chord of danger when Miss Seeton witnesses a murder . . . and paints a portrait of the killer.
Miss Seeton Draws the Line – Miss Seeton is enlisted by Scotland Yard when her paintings of a little girl turn the young subject into a model for murder.
Witch Miss Seeton – double, double, toil and trouble sweep through the village when Miss Seeton goes undercover . . . to investigate a local witches’ coven.
250+ five-star reviews for the first three books alone. Get this starter box set now, and find out why the world can’t get enough of Miss Seeton! (Amazon)
Til death do they part…
When Rita lands a job catering the desserts for a Southern socialite’s wedding two towns over in Harbor Heights, she thinks she’s found a way to knock the Pie Ladies’ Paradise to a whole new level. But when the snooty bride goes missing just hours before the vows are set to be exchanged, it’s obvious that foul play is afoot.
With Harbor Heights’ police force chasing dead leads and dodging the media, it’s up to Rita to get to the bottom of wedding day whodunit.
Is this the ‘work’ she needs to do in order to finally move on?
Does this case have a connection to whoever pushed her down the steps that fateful night two years ago?
And will all this wedding talk spark a different sort of unfinished business with Aiden or will having Darrin around to help send things in a completely unexpected direction?
Might come sooner than they think (Goodreads)