New Releases For The Week Of October 1st, 2017–Part 4



Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 1st, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today 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.




33837779A new witch and her feline familiar get their fifteen minutes of fame in this enchanting mystery in the national bestselling series…
After learning that she comes from a family of witches–and adopting a familiar named Alistair–artist Annabelle Britton has made beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her home. Together with her coven, this good witch is trying to put a stop to magic and murder most foul.
When Anna takes Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead, and Ruby goes missing. It seems like the murderer used magical means, so it’s up to Anna and Alistair to catch a killer and cat-napper as only a canny cat can.  (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback








Spellbooks and Sleepovers: A Mystic Cove Short Story (Mystic Cove Mysteries Book 4) by [Allen, Amanda A.]A SINGLE MOTHER, TRICK OR TREATING, AND SPELLS GONE WRONG

It’s Halloween, and Scarlett and her daughters have struggled since their return to Mystic Cove. Scarlett’s best friend is not answering her calls. Something shady is going on with the man she’s started to date. And now…her druid senses are flaring in alarm. Is something wicked coming? Or perhaps Scarlett is just borrowing trouble?

For fans of Zoe Arden, Adele Abbott, and Annabel Chase. A special holiday short in the Mystic Cove Mystery series! A light, fun mystery with a bakery owning mommy, two adorable little girls, and a sarcastic grandma. This female amateur sleuth will leave you with a craving for holiday candy and a desire to visit a quirky East Coast town. No swearing, gore or graphic scenes!
The Mystic Cove Mommy Paranormal Mysteries
Book 1: Bedtimes and Broomsticks
Book 2: Runes and Rollerskates
Book 2.5 Costumes and Cauldrons (Found in the anthology Witch or Treat)
Book 3: Banshees and Babysitters
Book 4: Spellbooks and Sleepovers, A special edition holiday short story
Book 5: Hobgoblins and Homework (coming in October)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






33969263Bailey Ruth Raeburn is back, racing against the Heavenly clock in an all-new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Times Two.

Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she’s sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit.

While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss’s money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan’s boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man’s closest confidants be behind the abduction?

Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond… (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover







Murky Passions and Scandals (A Raina Sun Mystery Book 6) by [Tan, Anne R.]Murky weather in store… with a chance of fatal storms.

After private investigator in training, Raina Sun witnesses a kidnapping, the victim shows up unharmed and claims nothing happened. She insists she was at a day spa the entire time.

The case grows even murkier when Raina’s client, the husband of the supposed victim, is found dead at the old pumpkin patch, the site for a contentious new mall development. Raina’s new boss seems more worried about collecting their fee than seeking justice for the deceased.

To make matters worse, her sister plans a getaway weekend in Lake Tahoe to revive her marriage, landing Raina with a tornado of a three-year-old. As if that’s not enough, her grandma is jealous of the time Raina spends with her new fiancé.

A kidnapping, a dead client, and a energetic preschooler–Raina’s weekend goes from bad to worse. Can Raina see her way clear to the end, or will a storm come crashing down when the murderer realizes she’s hot on the trail?

Grab your flashlight and come along –get your copy of “Murky Passions and Scandals” today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





Hollywood Hang Ten by [Goldberg, Eve]“Hollywood Hang Ten is reminiscent of Ross MacDonald at his best. The novel evokes the atmosphere of LA, and the seediness of Hollywood. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”

“A good read. Four stars.”
Nancy Witt – Reviewer

“This did invoke some classic Ross MacDonald, which I love. Good job by Goldberg and I look forward to her future titles.”
Lisa Hoffman – Librarian

“1963 was a very good year. That said, Eve Goldberg can bring it alive for those of you who cannot remember/have never been exposed to 1963 Southern California. She has the music, the films, the highways, the cars, the crimes. And a sweet young protagonist, attempting to keep his Uncle Lou’s PI business up and running through an extended hospitalization. Ryan has worked with his uncle for the five years since high school graduation, but his heart and mind has been committed to his surfboard. But when push comes to shove, he knuckles down to protect the client and solve the mystery. An excellent read.”
Bonnye Reed Fry – Reviewer

“The case of a missing boy leads to stolen photographs, blackmail, and murder–with tentacles reaching back to the 1950s. Hollywood Hang Ten adeptly places the reader in time and place. I liked the way Ryan’s character is forced into growth by the circumstances he encounters. It is particularly interesting to see the cultural differences that have occurred since 1963.”
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Los Angeles, 1963. John F. Kennedy is President, and Jan & Dean’s “Surf City” is at the top of the charts.

Ryan Zorn, a 23-year-old Venice Beach surfer working in his uncle’s detective agency, lands his first solo case when a divorced mother with plenty to hide hires him to find her missing son. The investigation turns into a case of blackmail and murder as Ryan is drawn deep into Hollywood’s hidden past — a past that involves the anti-Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s, and closeted gay stars.

From the decaying piers of Santa Monica bay, to the posh mansions of Beverly Hills, to a mysterious rustic retreat, Ryan navigates a city on the brink of change. The conservative era of blacklisting and conformity is in its dying days, and a new culture of experimentation and openness is just emerging. To solve the case, Ryan must confront his own personal demons, preconceptions, and homophobia as he untangles a deadly web of behind-the-scenes movie secrets.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback





36329988Maisie Swenson was thrilled to host the premiere party for the hottest new movie release in Hollywood at the five-star Oceanside Hotel, but she had no idea how difficult Hollywood types could be. Dramatic and demanding, she could handle but… murder? She needs to charge more for these events.

Everyone assumed it was an accident when the stunt went wrong, until they saw the body wasn’t the stuntman. Now everyone is a suspect – the stuntman who despised the victim, ex-lovers, actors–the list goes on and on.

None of this is Maisie’s business until her friend Kristi Bentley, the police officer in charge of security that night, gets suspended for not providing adequate protection. As the circumstantial evidence grows against Kristi, Maisie can’t help getting involved to clear her best friend.

The more she digs, the more dirt she finds. Did anyone NOT want this person dead? (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


Fatal Masquerade (A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery, Book 4) by [Conroy, Vivian]Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger…

Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…

This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





The Case of the Unfortunate Village: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]“It was some sort of sudden death?”

Travers made a face. “It certainly was sudden. I’ll say it’s ten to one it was murder.”

Ludovic Travers is asked by an old school friend, Henry Dryden, to investigate the cause of the agitation in the formerly placid village of Bableigh – not to mention the gunshot death, ruled an accident, of Dryden’s friend Tom Yeoman, the local impoverished squire. Even after Travers and ex-CID associate John Franklin arrive in Bableigh, however, the spell of unfortunate village “accidents” continues. And now there are rumours of a witches’ coven, right in the heart of the community… Can Ludo and Franklin solve the mystery of the strange malaise that has afflicted the unfortunate Bableigh, and return the community to its previous state of pastoral grace?

The Case of the Unfortunate Village was originally published in 1932. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback






Cut Throat: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]Travers looked down at the face. On the collar was a red patch and a long streak. Across the throat was a gash.

Two rival London newspaper tycoons are at daggers drawn. But when Sir William Griffith’s corpse turns up in a hamper, his throat cut from ear to ear, the enmity appears to turned deadly. Or is it instead a case of domestic terrorism? Superintendent Wharton of the Yard brings Ludovic Travers into the case and together they investigate a gallery of additional suspects: explorer Tim Griffiths; Sir William’s financial secretary, Bland, and his wife; local vicar Reverend Cross; an archetypally sinister butler … and an intrusive crime reporter, who always seems to find himself in the thick of a crime scene. Wharton and Travers come to believe they have identified their murderer – but how can they break a cast-iron alibi?

Cut Throat was originally published in 1932. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback







Murder at Fenwold: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]“And that’s not all. Somers is dead too … He poisoned himself … in the lounge!”

When the wealthy Cosmo Revere is killed by a falling tree, ex-CID officer John Franklin and Ludovic Travers chance to be staying in the vicinity. After examining the scene Franklin determines it was no accident. At the family lawyer’s request Franklin and Travers go undercover at Fenwold Hall, where the dramatis personae, among others, include a bewitching niece, a blustering colonel, and a vicar with a passion for amateur theatricals. Fenwold is a country house beset by secrets … and devious murder.

Murder at Fenwold was originally published in 1930. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

“A cleverly plotted tale of murder … in rural England.” Dashiell Hammett

“It is always a pleasure to read a really complicated detective story and Murder at Fenwold fully deserves a place in this category.” Spectator  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback







The Perfect Murder Case: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]I am going to commit a murder. I offer no apology for the curtness of the statement.

An individual taking the name ‘Marius’ boasts in a series of letters that he will commit the Perfect Murder, daring Scotland Yard detectives to catch him if they can. Ex-CID officer John Franklin and the amateur but astute detective Ludovic Travers will need to draw conclusons from a soiled letter, a locked room murder, four cast-iron alibis, and trips to France, in a feverish search for the killer and proof of his misdeeds—before ‘Marius’ can strike again.

The Perfect Murder Case was originally published in 1929. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

“All the points of the good detective story are here … excitement, ingenuity, suspense, crescendo, and a satisfactory conclusion.” Observer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback







Miss Frost Cracks A Caper: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 4) by [Painter, Kristen]Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.
Finally at peace with where things stand between her and Lark, Jayne thinks everything’s cool until a chilling event at the Black and Orange Ball shatters that peace and puts Jayne at odds with the powers that be. She knows she’s on thin ice, but she’s determined to crack the caper.
Can Jayne find a way to right the wrongs she might have caused or will she forever bear the guilt of allowing herself to be snowed again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle








33837783Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max’s friend, is acting suspicious… Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend’s innocence. To make matters worse, Jake’s snooty ex-fiancee shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she’ll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max. (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback