Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 9th, 2017. I am going to divide the list into three days. Here is the second day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Fun, food, cats, and mystery–a second chance romance, too! Read the first three novellas in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series. Here’s a message for you from Georgie:
“Welcome to my world–Marvelous Marley World! It’s not always so marvelous at the ‘cat factory,’ an entertainment empire founded on the incredible success of Catmmando Tom, a cartoon cat. There’s never a dull moment ‘working for the cat,’ as we like to say around here. Sometimes that’s because of my boss, ‘Mad’ Max Marley who can’t always curb his enthusiasm or his blustery temper. He knows that. I’ve told him enough times. I have to give him credit, though, Max always goes for the gold, aiming for five-star entertainment, hotels, and cuisine. Trained as a chef, I’m there to back him up about the food, even now that I’m a member of management.
A creative genius, Max Marley is Walt Disney, and Dr. Seuss rolled into one. Catmmando Tom is only one of the fantastical characters that inhabit Marvelous Marley World. Life is often stranger than fiction, though, isn’t it? Some of the most outrageous characters around here are the real ones. The most intriguing stories aren’t always the ones created by our movie studios.
Come! Join me for all the mayhem, mystery, and even murder. Get to know Jack Wheeler, the handsome detective who walks into my life under the most unusual circumstances. Meet my Siamese cats, Miles and Ella. Food, too! Recipes included. Cheers! Georgie Shaw”
What’s in this box set?
Murder at Catmmando Mountain Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #1
Love Notes in the Key of Sea Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #2
All Hallows’ Eve Heist Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #3
RECIPES INCLUDED, TOO! (Goodreads)
This book is temporarily priced at $0.99 and that special deal will only last 48 hours after release!
Scarlett Oaken has settled into life in Mystic Cove. Her girls are going to school, she’s baking full-time, her sister has moved in down the hall, and Scarlett is flirting with finally letting go of all she had before.
When Scarlett’s daughter Ella turns 8 and the two of them go roller-skating, enjoying the town they’ve come to call home. Only Ella spots a body and a new investigation is underway. The worst of it being there’s a missing child and Scarlett feels compelled to find that little girl. Now it’s a race to discover and save the child before the killer finds her first. (Goodreads)
“The captivating southwestern Irish countryside adds a delightful element to this paranormal series launch. Gethsemane is an appealing protagonist who is doing the best she can against overwhelming odds.” – Library Journal (starred review on Murder in G Major)
Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and her brother-in-law is coming for a visit—with one day’s notice.
She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from certain destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with a garda investigator to go undercover as a musician at a charity ball and snoop for evidence linking antiques to a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the investigator’s help clearing her brother-in-law. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. With the captain’s help, she races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself and her brother-in-law. Then the killer targets her. Will she save herself and bring a thief and murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?
Books in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery Series:
MURDER IN G MAJOR (#1)
DEATH IN D MINOR (#2)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… (Goodreads)
The Mayflower Society is about to hold its annual meeting at Washington D.C.’s swanky gathering place for the elite, the Continental Club. That means Kit Marshall’s upper-crust future in-laws, Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, are coming for a visit. Annoyed that Kit has not set a date to marry Doug, Buffy wants her to commit to a high society wedding at the club. Kit, though chief of staff for a congresswoman, feels uncomfortable with Buffy and Winston’s crowd.
Kit receives an unexpected reprieve in the form of murder. En route to her morning jog, she encounters the corpse of the leader of the Mayflower Society, conservative multimedia tycoon Grayson Bancroft. On the security cameras, no one was seen entering or leaving the club, which means the culprit had to be an overnight guest. Little love was lost on Bancroft, but the police have their prime suspect: Doug’s father.
Buffy and Winston, formerly disdainful of Kit’s sleuthing, urge her to investigate. With her future in-laws’ freedom and reputations at stake, Kit sets out once again to solve a murder mystery, this time aided by her fiancé Doug in addition to her friends Meg and Trevor and her dog Clarence. Her search for clues will take her from the club to the Smithsonian Museum, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon.
Book 3 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate and continued with Homicide in the House. (Goodreads)
Bostonian foodie Chloe Carter is after the perfect meal and the perfect man—but death keeps finding her at the dinner table—in these three mysteries.
Grad student and food connoisseur Chloe Carter has had more success navigating the gastronomic treasures of Boston than finding love. And when murders are linked to upscale restaurants, she must use all her culinary and investigative expertise to solve the cases.
Steamed: Chloe meets Eric, her online match, at a five-star restaurant. But before dessert is even served he’s found dead in the men’s room. Suddenly, Chloe is plunged into the cutthroat world of trendy restaurants and murder investigations. Along the way she connects with a sexy chef—but is he Eric’s killer?
Simmer Down: Chloe’s dishy boyfriend, Josh Driscoll, has just landed his dream job as executive chef at the new restaurant Simmer. As he preps for a New Year’s Eve grand opening, Chloe hooks him up with Food for Thought, an annual charity fundraiser. Everything is going perfectly—until murder makes a late addition to the menu.
Turn Up the Heat: Having an executive chef boyfriend guarantees Chloe the best table at Simmer, Boston’s hottest new restaurant, any night of the week. So when the body of one of Simmer’s waitresses is found dead in a seafood delivery truck and expensive cooking equipment goes missing, Chloe is on the case. (Goodreads)
Retirement isn’t all tennis, golf, and Mahjong. After Packi Walsh finds a stranger stretched out on the tennis court with a hole in his chest, the ladies’ tennis team uncovers a seamy side to their tropical paradise.
Hidden in the woods near Paradise Palms and with nowhere else to go, a group of homeless men and sex offenders live in a secret tent village. Packi’s friend Mark, once homeless himself, befriends the men and asks the tennis team to collect blankets.
Packi and Curtis, a neighborhood teen, arrive with donations, but are ignored until the camp is trashed by a gang of thugs. She is shocked by the threat to her young friend and the connection to the tennis court murder.
In spite of Deputy Teig’s warnings, Packi and the team track down muggers and murderers. They discover the woods isn’t the only hiding place for sex offenders. (Goodreads)
A food journalist must stop a series of murders in France’s gourmet capital of Lyon before it endangers the city’s long-standing culinary tradition. Laure Grenadier heads to Lyon, France’s traditional capital of gourmet food, with her photographer Paco Alvarez to review the city’s traditional bistros, interview the town’s best chefs, and uncover the top local food producers. Everything changes when a restaurant owner is found dead. A wave of panic follows with the second murder, and the food writer sets out to find the truth. (Goodreads)
After a disastrous Halloween party at the Wisteria Tearoom, Ellen Rosings seeks to draw some understanding out of the chaos.
While trying to support her grieving Goth office manager, Ellen ponders the mysterious flashes of light she saw in another part of Santa Fe, wondering if they are related to Captain Dusenberry, the tearoom’s resident ghost. She asks for help from the local spirit-tour guide, Willow Lane, who takes curiosity about the captain’s unsolved murder to a new level, where Ellen finds herself exploring the very meaning of spirit.
Will a séance in the tearoom finally provide the answers to her questions?
(This is a novella, a short companion story to the Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries series. It is recommended that you read A Masquerade of Muertos before reading this story.) (Amazon)
To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .
When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.
To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again. (Goodreads)