New Releases For The Week Of October 22nd, 2017–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 22nd, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

Gin and Panic: A Mystery (Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries) by [Chance, Maia]“Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets—and has a high old time doing it! So will you.”—Ann B. Ross, New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Julia series

Former socialite Lola Woodby is now struggling to make ends meet as a not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibtion-era New York City, along with her stern Swedish sidekick, Berta. When they’re offered a piece-of-cake job—retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery—it seems like a no-brainer. After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be plentiful and free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead.

When the police arrive to examine the scene, they conclude that Rudy had actually committed suicide. But Lord Sudley can’t believe his friend would have done that, and there’s a houseful of suspicious characters standing by. So Lord Sudley ups the ante for Lola and Berta, and suddenly, their easy retrieval job has turned into a murder investigation. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and plenty of suspects who know their way around a safari rifle.

Gin and Panic is the next jaunty, compelling Discreet Retrieval Agency mystery from beloved crime writer Maia Chance.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover






Spring into Murder (Alaska Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Meadows, Wendy]Detective Sarah Garland is happy that a harsh winter in Alaska has ended and spring has arrived. The joy of spring, she hopes, will take away the difficult battles she faced during the winter months. What could go wrong with fresh, warm air dancing around her small town, waking up sleeping animals and beautiful flowers? Surely all of the criminals would remain frozen in the winter, right, allowing spring to sing and hope to rinse the cold off itself and begin anew.
But while shopping for clothes at the local merchant store with her best friend Amanda, Sarah is approached by Andrew, the new Chief of Police, and is told a hunter was found dead on an old hiking trail north of town. The hunter, it seems, died of exposure to the elements and no foul was suspected. Sarah is simply asked to help deal with the hunter’s family who was on their way up to Alaska from Los Angeles. She agrees, thinking that the case would be simple to manage.
But when hidden answers begin to surface, Sarah is soon thrust into a dangerous case filled with a deadly enemy determined to destroy the lives of two innocent people. Will Sarah be able to put back on her detective hat and outwit and clever adversary, or will she become victim to a poison plot that involves murder for power?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







The Red Carnelian by [Whitney, Phyllis A.]A Chicago department store is the scene of gruesome crime in this mystery by a New York Times–bestselling Edgar Award winner.

Linell Wynn, copywriter for Chicago department store Cunningham’s, knows how to put a clever spin on everything. But she’s at a loss for words when, after closing time, she finds a corpse in a window display. There he is, as cold and lifeless as a mannequin, his skull pulverized with a golf club: valued store manager Michael “Monty” Montgomery. And while red might be the color for the new spring season, Linell never expected to see quite so much of it . . .

Linell had a history with the too-charming-to-be-believed victim—and being intimately acquainted with his cruel side has made her a suspect in his murder. But as everyone at Cunningham’s knows, finding someone who didn’t want Monty dead would be tough. When a second murder throws the store detective off track, Linell is plunged into the investigation. Now, she’s working after hours to find a killer, and she has more to lose than her job.

The recipient of an Agatha Award for Lifetime Achievement, “Phyllis Whitney is, and always will be, the Grand Master of her craft” (Barbara Michaels).

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Phyllis A. Whitney including rare images from the author’s estate.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback







A Christmas Case: A Posie Parker Novella (The Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 6) by [Hathaway, L.B.]WHO SAYS CHRISTMAS HAS TO BE COZY?

Christmas Eve, 1923

Prepare for tales of unexplained murders, long-concealed mysteries, strange visitors in the night, and a secret in Posie’s own past which haunts her to this very day…

Join Posie Parker, London’s premier female Private Detective, and Chief Inspector Lovelace of New Scotland Yard as they spend Christmas Eve at Rebburn Abbey, home of the Earl and Countess of Cardigeon. Each house guest is invited to share a personal mystery, but what unfolds turns out to be less a cozy cornucopia of fire-side Christmas cheer than a series of curiously interlinked and unsettling mysteries.

But then, who promised that any of the tales had to be cozy?

And could it be, even at Rebburn Abbey on Christmas Eve, that the past can overshadow the present, casting dangerous shadows on those who don’t suspect? Does danger and the presence of evil lurk here?

This is a stylish Golden Age of Crime mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. ‘A Christmas Case’ is a novella in the Posie Parker Mystery Series, and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right.

If you love an action-packed historical cozy crime with a feisty protagonist, download a sample or buy ‘A Christmas Case’ now.


˃˃˃ Other books by L.B. Hathaway available on Amazon:

‘Murder Offstage’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #1)

‘The Tomb of the Honey Bee’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #2)

‘Murder at Maypole Manor’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #3)

‘The Vanishing of Dr Winter’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #4)

‘Murder of a Movie Star’ (A Posie Parker Mystery #5)

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Editions Available:  Kindle






A Side Order of Deception (Old School Diner Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Barker, Constance]Old Bones, a Mangy Mongrel, and a Fortune Teller

What do a mangy mutt, a fortune teller/masseuse, and old bones have in common? More than you think in this next installment of the Old School Diner Series. There’s odd goings on in the city of Paint Creek as a dead body is unearthed, incriminating evidence lost for over 100 years is discovered, and to top it all off, Mercy might lose her beloved diner. Find out how all the pieces fall into place.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










Negative Exposure (Killer Shots Mysteries Book 1) by [Thomas, Lisa B.]SHE THOUGHT SHE HAD HIT ROCK BOTTOM. THEN SHE FELL FURTHER.

After losing her fiancé, friends, and job, Wendy Fairmont moves back to her hometown in New Mexico to lick her wounds and start over. But when she discovers the man next door may have been murdered, she’s sucked into an investigation that isn’t making her too popular with the new neighbors.

Soon she encounters a former classmate who’s transformed from nearly invisible to totally irresistible, making it difficult to stay focused on setting up her new photography business. Not only that, but her old school nemesis is now married to the small town’s sheriff, and she’s determined to make Wendy’s life miserable. All this, as well as a stray cat channeling the spirit of her grandmother, makes Wendy’s fresh start more like a dead end.

Will she be able to return to her former life, or will old demons resurface to destroy her future?

“Negative Exposure” is the first book in the Killer Shots Mysteries. Part “Gilmore Girls,” part “Nancy Drew,” this series has plenty of wit, flirtation, and intrigue to please mystery and romance fans alike.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead: Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mysteries Book 5 (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery) by [Dragon, CC]Grave robbers? Dead bodies exposed and pieces removed…
Deanna has seen a lot of wild paranormal and supernatural things in New Orleans—but that.
Who would do that?
Could it be cannibals? Are these hate crimes? Mentally ill criminals? Or is it an elaborate hoax staged by Walking Dead fans?
The Day of the Dead and Halloween are a big deal in the Big Easy. Ghost and cemetery tours mean major business from tons of tourists.
When the monsters turn out to be real and the dead are being disrespected, the supernatural balance is thrown into chaos. It’s up to Deanna and friends to lock down the paranormal crazy before the veil between the living and the dead is destroyed.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Dark Magic: Witches Underground by [Ashe, Kendra]Friday is a witch with a bounty on her head and an arranged marriage she’ll do anything to get out of.

Today the sun didn’t come up. Now, this might seem unusual to most people but in the world of dark magic, it’s only a little weird.
The world has been plunged into perpetual darkness, and that’s just the start of Friday’s troubles. She’s being stalked by a murderer and has just discovered that she is engaged to the son of Lucifer.
Here’s hoping Lucien isn’t anywhere near as unattractive as the rest of the demons from Hell.
If that isn’t bad enough, Aunt Lena and the Underground Congress have decided to hold a press conference. They are bringing the Supernaturals out of the closet. This is going to mean big trouble for everyone, including Friday and her black market artifacts business.

Lucien has no interest in a wayward witch from the backwoods of Louisiana. She’s sarcastic and has no respect for royalty, especially not the Prince of Darkness. Like Friday, Lucien will do anything to get out of the pesky marriage contract, but marriage might be the better option. As long as the contract remains unfulfilled their fates are tied together and someone is trying to kill the troublesome witch.

Also by Kendra Ashe
The Undertaker Series
The Izzy Cooper Series  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle


Bones To Pick (A Brie Hooker Mystery Book 1) by [Lovely, Linda]“Once you start reading Bones to Pick, you won’t be able to put it down. Between the four-legged farmyard shenanigans, the two men vying for Brie Hooker’s favor, the formidable task of proving her aunt’s innocence, plus the villain’s attempts to end her life, this book is a thrill-a-minute read.” – Cindy Sample, National Bestselling Author of Dying for a Donut

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.

Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.

“Bones to Pick grabbed me at chapter one and refused to let go until the very last page. I want to spend more time hanging out with Brie Hooker and all her quirky family and friends. Linda Lovely offers up a charming setting that’s so real you can almost smell the hay, a story that’s laugh-out-loud funny, and a mystery that will keep you up past your bedtime.” – Annette Dashofy, USA Today Bestselling Author of Uneasy Prey

“How vegan Brie Hooker balances cheese loving carnivores, more than one romantic interest, and murder in Linda Lovely’s Bones to Pick is a humorous delight. A well-crafted series debut.” — Debra H. Goldstein, IPPY Award-Winning Author of Maze in Blue

“Linda Lovely’s newest mystery series is packed with suspense and action and some spicy romance. Its excitement wasn’t the only thing that kept me flipping pages. The characters are funny and sweet and I look forward to getting to know them better in future books. I ate up every morsel.” — Dorothy St. James, Author of the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries

“An entertaining mystery with a cast of colorful characters, a delightful Southern setting, and plenty of action. Spend time with Linda Lovely’s Brie Hooker—a gutsy, smart heroine with a sharp eye and refreshing sense of humor—and you’ll want to return to Ardon County and the Udderly Kidding goat farm again and again.” – Wendy Tyson, Author of A Muddied Murder

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, small town.

Books in the Brie Hooker Mystery Series:


Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback