Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 13th, 2017. I am going to divide the list into four days because there are so very many. Here is the first day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
The sixth mystery in Ellen Crosby’s series moves between Virginia wine country and the Napa Valley, as vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery teams up with winemaker, and former flame, Quinn Santori to solve two mysterious deaths.
When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Noble’s murky past. Once a member of the secretive “Mandrake Society,” Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty-years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research.
A seemingly innocent favor for an old friend of her French grandfather’s sends Lucie to California where she teams up with Quinn Santori, who walked out of Lucie’s life months earlier. Soon Lucie and Quinn are embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game that takes them from glittering San Francisco to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and back home to Virginia, as they try to discover whether a killer may be seeking vengeance for the long-ago deaths. As Lucie and Quinn struggle to uncover the mystery, they must also decide whether they have a future together.
Blending an intriguing mystery with an absorbing plot, vivid characters, and a richly evoked setting, The Sauvignon Secretshould be savored like a glass of fine wine. (Goodreads)
Fresh off her ex-boyfriend’s Harley and determined to remake herself, Honey Ingersoll snags a job with handsome Sam Ridley, Eureka Falls’ biggest realtor. She’s thrilled, but her troubles are far from over. During the sale of an abandoned farmhouse, she stumbles over the body of a young woman with big hair, silver stilettos and a bullet hole in her chest. A few days later, she discovers uncut diamonds on neighboring farmland. The owner turns up dead soon after, and once again Honey finds the body. Sheriff Matt Rameros, who’s sweet on Honey, believes the two incidents are unrelated. Honey, now a person of interest in the murders, thinks otherwise. Why else would Sam Ridley, a big Fayetteville financial concern, and a U.S. senator all have an interest in these hardscrabble properties? Honey has to find out, or she may have fled a double-wide only to end up in a jail cell. Or worse. Book 1 in the Listed and Lethal series. (Amazon)
When Fenella Woods decided to cut all of her ties in Buffalo, New York to move to the Isle of Man, she didn’t even give pets a single thought. Not long after she’d settled in, however, she’d found herself with a kitten. Just back from a fortnight of research in London, the last thing she’s expecting is that she’s going to find herself looking after two dogs as well.
When Fenella and her good friend, Shelly Quirk, find a stray dog on Douglas Beach, Shelly quickly recognizes him and knows where he belongs. The problem is, his owner, Harvey, seems to have disappeared. Shelly’s cat won’t let Winston into Shelly’s apartment, but Fenella’s Katie is more welcoming.
When a second neighbor goes missing only a few days later, Fenella finds herself in the middle of two missing person cases, and looking after two dogs. When one of the missing men turns up dead and a third person goes missing, life begins to feel more dangerous for Fenella and Shelly.
Inspector Daniel Robinson is reluctantly on the sidelines as he’s busy getting ready to go away for a two-month training course. Missing persons isn’t really his area of expertise, either. Can Fenella and Shelly help work out what’s going on before anyone else ends up dead? (Amazon)
“Temple Barr, public relations whiz , rocks Las Vegas with her sleuthing grit, wacky friends and sexy guys, cool cat sidekick, fast-paced action and laughs. And Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest hard-boiled PI on the planet!”—JANET EVANOVICH, NYT bestseller
“As her latest hip crime caper to feature Alpha cat Midnight Louie, with his cranky, Columboesque voice shows, Douglas just keeps getting better at juggling mystery, humor and romance. This one unfolds like one of those Russian nesting dolls there’s always one more question to answer…fans will welcome another intriguing piece of the puzzle.”—Publishers Weekly
“The ambitious, alphabetical series finds feline gumshoe Midnight Louie back in the heart of Las Vegas. Series characters leap into a gonzo noir world…and focuses the series frame tale of cloaked conjurors and international intrigue. Amateur sleuth Temple Barr works the strip clubs undercover to clear her rogue fiancé of a series of prostitute slayings; radio shrink/ex-priest Matt Divine battles a femme fatale lured by his virginal virtue; professional sleuths Max Kinsella and hard-boiled Lt. Carmen Molina battle each other, never managing the gender detente of their feline counterparts: streetwise Louie and his probable daughter Louise formalize their relationship as Midnight, Inc., a partnership allied with the alley cats of the 24th Street irregulars. At this pivotal point, one pending case is finally solved, but all characters are “in transition . . . changing emotional models and personal identities like cars”: a Las Vegas Nancy Drew finds Circus-Circus; a Sam Spade, family ties; a Father Brown, sex; a James Bond, monogamy; a V.I., a daughter. Douglas provides a terrific cliffhanger and the wordplay (e.g., “feline fatale” and “martial/marital arts””) is still great fun.—Kirkus Reviews
“Feline PI Midnight Louie prowls the alleys of Las Vegas, solving crimes and romancing runaways like a furry Sam Spade. —People magazine
“Carole Nelson Douglas has taken anthropomorphism to elegant heights.”—Publishers Weekly
“Each new installment in this exuberant series compounds the complexity, leaving us between books with mysterious bodies and looming menace.”—Kirkus Reviews
“You never know what madness and mayhem you’ll find in Douglas’s mysteries, but you can be sure it will be wild, witty and utterly irresistible.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
A new Midnight Louie book is pure catnip, as Ms. Douglas exquisitely crafts a clever puzzler in style noir with striking characterization and rare clarity of vision—not only does she set a scene with vivid precision, but she in turn uses it as an incandescent prism through which she superbly illuminates the human experience. And in the irresistibly witty Louie, she creates a legendary sleuth who ranks right up with the greats—Travis McGee in fur!”—RT Book Reviews
“When it comes to romantic mysteries, Carole Nelson Douglas is the quintessential author.”—Alternate Worlds
“Midnight Louie captured my attention from the very first page!”—SANDRA BROWN, NYT bestseller
“The Midnight Louie series reads like a serial, with each escapade segueing seamlessly into the next as if they were all a part of real life….The streets of Las Vegas were never so treacherous, nor so inviting as in this adventure replete with trademark wordplay, heartstrings and yes, even a murder or two—Mostly Murder, The Best of 1998
“Temple’s tempestuous love life (not to mention her world-class shoe collection) and Max and Matt’s past and present problems are just part of the fun…You never know what madness and mayhem you’ll find in Douglas’s mysteries, but you can be sure it will be wild, witty and utterly irresistible.”—San Francisco Chronicle
The Prime Suspect finds the series offers “everything you might want in a mystery: glitzy Las Vegas, real characters, suspense, a tough puzzle, and…on top of it all, a fine sense of humor and some illuminating social commentary.” (Amazon)
From USA Today bestselling author Tracy D. Comstock comes a boxed set of three full-length Schooled in Murder Mysteries featuring teacher-turned-sleuth Emily Taylor, including:
Murder Is Our Mascot
A murdered coach and a missing counselor has thrown the school into a foreign curriculum of anger, fear, and suspicion. English teacher Emily Taylor is determined to prove that her missing friend is not a murderer. But if she’s not, then who is? And where could her friend be? Emily finds herself scrambling for a new lesson plan to solve the murder…before the killer sets his own deadline!
School’s Out for Murder
Emily has been looking forward to attending Ellington High School’s end-of-the-year carnival fundraiser with her new flame, Tad…that is until she finds the mayor’s body behind the English department’s Whack-a-Mole booth.
Murder Takes Center Stage
A new school year is under way, and English teacher turned reluctant amateur sleuth Emily Taylor has been roped into directing Ellington High’s fall play production of “Clue.” But when a body is found strung up like Mr. Boddy, the play’s victim, was supposed to be, Emily vows to find the person behind this heinous killing. (Goodreads)
In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people, accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder. (Goodreads)
What’s worse than getting dragged into a murder investigation because you tried to help a friend?
Answer: Getting dragged into a murder investigation, drug ring, and criminal syndicate because someone mistakes you for a friend of your most despised coworker.
When Eliza sees the man dead on the floor of Saul’s Diner, she’s more annoyed than scared. Until they all realize the man’s death wasn’t caused by a heart attack and Queen Bee Danielle blames Eliza’s cooking. Fit to be tied, Eliza is determined to let Officer Gordon figure out who really killed the guy and put her energy toward not getting kicked out of culinary school after a reporter prints Danielle’s spiteful accusations.
But Eliza is Eliza, and staying out of things never works out quite the way she expects. When she is somehow mistaken for a friend of Danielle’s by the people who actually killed the guy in the diner, she quickly finds herself up to her eyeballs in creepy fish, a burgeoning drug ring, scary criminals who like to put black bags over people heads before they kidnap them, and baking a three tier birthday cake at the last minute for someone she doesn’t dare refuse.
Eliza has never hated Danielle more, but helping her is the only way to save herself. After that, Danielle is fair game. (Amazon)
A nearly flawless museum robbery, a missing million-dollar necklace, a stalled police investigation. For the victim of the crime, the situation calls for desperate measures.
Penelope Fitzpatrick wasn’t born to wealth. Her grandfather fed the family by selling his small stash of gemstones smuggled from tsarist Russia when the monarchy fell. Now, Pen has done well for herself as a successful novelist. But when the final jewel in her family legacy becomes the target of a cunning band of thieves, and the priceless piece is stolen, the police have many excuses why they can’t solve the crime. Not one to accept defeat, Pen does the only thing she can do—gather a group of friends to help catch the crooks and steal back the necklace.
It becomes apparent the thief is a master con man who is likely working with an international theft ring. The chase takes the Ladies far from home and into elegant European enclaves as they attempt to face him down. Close calls and near misses—it’s never quite certain whether the women will be able to pull their own spectacular heist and see justice done.
Fans of Janet Evanovich and Jana DeLeon will love this daring and spunky group of women friends in their first mystery caper.
Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous novels:
“Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue …” –Albuquerque Journal
“Down to earth and very readable.” –Library Journal
“…a delightfully complex mystery.” –Romantic Times (4 out 5 five stars)
“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review (Goodreads)