Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 23rd, 2017. I am going to divide the list into four days because there were so many new releases this week. Here is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’ bestselling, beloved mystery series.
Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—”Murder”—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: “Judas.” Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.
It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin—someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for Emerson—Where were you?”—pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.
But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun.
For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last. (Goodreads)
In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…
While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry’s home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it’s a miracle they get a show produced at all.
It all goes from bad to worse when the show’s psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry’s property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES! (Goodreads)
Mack Dalton has named plenty of murderers since she and her barstool detectives began cracking cold cases. But as a new year looms, time is ticking on the hunt for her craftiest villain yet . . .
As Milwaukee counts down to New Year’s Eve, bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton has but one resolution—unmask the dangerous mastermind who has been taunting her and killed bouncer Gary Gunderson. Mack and her fellow barflies have fleshed out a suspect and arranged an invite-only party to put a cork in the murderer’s game for good. But when the clock strikes midnight and their suspect is found cold and stiff on the basement stairs, it seems the celebration may have come too soon. Now Mack must rely on her special talents to find the real criminal among the crowd of revelers—or someone won’t survive until last call . . . (Goodreads)
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Soon-to-be-bride Amanda Meyer can’t wait to walk down the aisle with her fiancé Rick Rowling. Everything is falling into place for their long-awaited nuptials until Mandy’s BFF bridesmaid Fiona reveals that according to a cryptic message from her grandmother’s ghost, Fiona is soon-to-be-dead.
So before the happy couple can say I do, they’re off to Fiona’s family estate to find the murderer-to-be amid a bevy of paranormal ghost tour guests. Hidden affairs, family secrets and meddling spirits will keep the future Mr. and Mrs. Rowling tied in knots before they tie the knot in this seventh hair raising adventure in the Manhattan Mystery Series. (Goodreads)
NOTE TO READERS: Although the pre-order is for ebook only, Capital Obsession will be available in paperback upon release!
Home isn’t always sweet…
With all the murder investigations Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes has been involved in since leaving her career as a criminal defense attorney, she’s looking forward to a short vacation back to her hometown of Washington, DC.
The trip turns out to be anything but restful.
Her dog-sitter keeps calling with problems, her parents are up to some scheme that Nicole is sure she won’t like, and someone is sending her best friend messages that are both threatening and intimate. He knows things no stranger could possibly know.
With her best friend’s life on the line, the stakes for Nicole have never been higher. Can she put all the clues together in time? Or will the case that matters the most to her be the one she’s finally unable to solve?
Capital Obsession is the sixth book in Emily James’ Maple Syrup Mysteries. The series is full of small-town settings, quirky characters, and a touch of romance!
This book is a “clean” read and contains no swearing, gore, or steamy bedroom scenes. While the series is best enjoyed in order, each book is a complete mystery on its own. (Amazon)
Covering a polo match for the Observer, Emma s job is to take note of the real players off the field Newport s well-bred elite. But the fashionable facade is breached when a woman in gaudy clothing creates a scene demanding to speak to the wife of Senator George Wetmore until she is escorted off the grounds by the police.
The next morning, police detective Jesse Whyte asks Emma to meet him at the Wetmores Bellevue Avenue home, Chateau sur Mer, where the senator s wife, Edith, has mysteriously asked to see her. Upon entering the mansion, Emma is confronted with a crime scene the intruder from the polo match lies dead at the foot of a grand staircase.
To avoid scandal, Edith Wetmore implores Emma to use her reporter skills and her discretion to investigate. When Emma learns the victim was a prostitute and pregnant she wonders if the senator was being blackmailed. As Emma peels back layers of deception and family secrets, she may have met her match in a desperate killer who will trample anyone who gets in the way…
Praise for Alyssa Maxwell and her Gilded Newport Mysteries!
MURDER AT ROUGH POINT
Pleasantly twisty . . . will appeal to lovers of atmospheric country house mysteries. Publishers Weekly
Emma is an interesting, independent career woman in this satisfying first-person account that includes well-drawn characters. Booklist
The characters are fun, the dialogue is both charming and intelligent, but the scenery that makes up that extravagant time period in New England really is the gem in these glorious tales. Suspense Magazine
MURDER AT BEECHWOOD
Another entertaining entry in this cozy series. Library Journal
Several cuts above the usual feisty heroine tale; it provides a good picture of life among the privileged and not-so-privileged classes in Gilded Newport. San Jose Mercury News
MURDER AT MARBLE HOUSE
Maxwell s second entry has a credible mystery, solved by a female detective who s likeable. Kirkus Reviews
Maxwell again deftly weaves fictional and real-life characters into her story. Publishers Weekly
MURDER AT THE BREAKERS
A promising start to an engaging mystery series filled with smart observations. Library Journal
Sorry to see the conclusion of Downton Abbey Season 4? Well, here is a morsel to get you through a long afternoon.Brew some Earl Grey and settle down with a scone with this one. Washington Independent Review of Books
Will keep you guessing. Historical Novels Reviews“ (Goodreads)
Who would want to kill and honest man….
In the town of Sea Oak, Jerry Barton was a nice average guy who never hurt anyone. He was intelligent, but a true introvert which made him socially awkward. A financial setback meant he had to work two or three jobs to pay off his debts.
But then, why was he targeted and murdered?
Investigative reporter, April Longmont, was a classmate of Barton’s and is stunned and angered by his death. Though there are few clues, she is determined to find his killer. Private Investigator, Clay Augustine, an acquaintance of Barton’s, shares her outrage. He joins her in the hunt and, while searching for a killer, they are increasingly attracted to each other.
Barton had no known enemies. He had no dark secrets in his life. At times, he worked 60 hours a week to pay his bills. What possibly could be the motive for killing an average and honest man?
The trail takes surprising twists and turns but ultimately leads to corruption in high places. April and Clay know time is running out. They must quickly figure out the few clues they have, or the unidentified killer will get away with murder…and millions of dollars.
Barton was a man of faith who believed in ultimate justice. April and Clay are determined that justice will be done… and their friend will rest in peace. (Goodreads)