New Releases For The Week Of December 10th, 2017–Part 3


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 10th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them.  Today is the third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.




A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery by [Nancy J. Parra]Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic Sonoma county to discover some of the county’s outdoor gardens. It’s all running as smooth as can be until Laura, the leader of the group of yoga instructors she’s leading, is found dead. And it’s Taylor’s corkscrew that’s found buried in Laura’s neck.

She’s not sure who to trust, and everyone around suddenly seems suspect. Only two weeks after the murder, her very own administrative assistant, Amy, marries Laura’s husband, Dan, who doesn’t seem very bereaved about being widowed, and the three yoga masters who were also out on the tour begin to seem shady. Taylor can’t afford to jump ship from her new business endeavor, but just as she begins her investigation, another dead body surfaces. This time, it’s Dan’s sister. And the killer is coming for Taylor next.

Now it’s up to Taylor to uncork this open-bottle mystery, before more blood is spilled. For fans of Laura Childs and Ellen Crosby, A Case of Syrah, Syrah is the charming first in bestselling author Nancy J. Parra’s Wine Country mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover








Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series) by [Oust, Gail]Murder comes well-seasoned in Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust’s newest novel in the charming, “must-read” (Publishers Weekly) Spice Shop mystery series.

Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.

Shirley, the town’s Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt’s suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.

Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper’s shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth, and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover








Louisiana Crawfish Caper (Menu for Murder Book 1) by [Crow, Carole]Professor Stanley H. Parker was predatory as a Louisiana gator as he trolled the university waters for vulnerable female students, but someone ended his exploitation with arsenic-laced wine at a school crawfish boil. Fingerprints from economics teacher Faye Winters were found on the bottle, but she claims never to have handled it. Detective Grant is determined to prove her guilty while she tries to find the real killer amid a rich gumbo of suspects.
With friends Jack and Clare, Faye investigates clues and cuisine in Louisiana’s bayou country. From Parker’s downhome funeral and potluck in Ferriday to a haunted bed and breakfast in Natchitoches to a séance in New Orleans, they sample regional specialties and trap a killer in the process.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Witch One Murdered the Brownie? (The Luna Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Sabino, Hazelynne]At the age of four Luna is kidnapped by a man and a woman who rear her as their own child.

Twenty years later a woman suddenly appears in Luna’s apartment. She says she’s Luna’s Aunt Mattie and that back on Mysticland Luna’s parents have also been kidnapped.

Luna has only vague memories of living in another “place”.

Mattie says Luna’s parents desperately wanted to get her back but couldn’t because every ten years, for little more than a week, Earth and Mysticland merge. Only then is travel possible between the worlds.

Luna finally agrees to go with Mattie. Back in Mysticland Luna and Mattie find that a brownie named Tawn has been murdered. He was the cousin of Mattie’s dear friend and employee Sandy.
Why were Luna’s parents kidnpped? Why was Tawn murdered? That’s what Luna and Mattie have to find out.
Helping to investigate are Sisi, a highly intelligent, pun-loving cat; Lon, a mummy whose linen strips are constantly coming undone, and Iz ,a siren who became tired of luring sailors and is now a secretary.

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Editions Available:  Kindle








Unnatural Causes: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery by [Dawn Eastman]Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to find a place she can call home, and a small town outside of Ann Arbor seemed perfect.

Katie quickly gets to work in building a life for herself in Baxter, and beyond reviving her love life, she also finds a pair of business partners in a team of father and son family practitioners. But that idyllic dream is immediately shattered when one of her patients is found dead. That wouldn’t be the worst thing, except the death is ruled a suicide, and as evidence has it, the suicide was a result of the medication Katie had prescribed. But she doesn’t remember writing it.

When a closer investigation reveals it was murder, Katie is catapulted into an off-the-books investigation that leads her down a dark path of past secrets. But someone is willing to kill to keep part of the town’s history in the shadows, and Katie must race to find out who before it’s too late in nationally bestselling author Dawn Eastman’s riveting series debut Unnatural Causes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, hardcover, Audiobook









Devil's Claw: Logan Book 3 (The Logan Series) by [Davisson, Valerie]Two half-siblings lay claim to the same piece of coastal property. Other players have their own ideas for Lot 429. Some of them lead to murder.

In the third book of her Logan McKenna Mystery/Thriller series, Amazon Best Selling author, Valerie Davisson, brings Logan back home, to the laid-back, Southern California coastal town of Jasper. It’s summer, and with a new job, a new love, and plenty of time for her music, life couldn’t be better.

Logan and her daughter, Amy, home from Africa, even rescue an orphaned sea otter pup and help nurse it back to health at the Southern Sea Otter Center. But powerful storm clouds soon swirl around the center, threatening the lives of all who touch it. More than one person lays claim to the property. Each wants it badly, and for very different reasons.

With no resolution in sight, death soon dominates the calendar, exposing deep layers of deceit, greed, and painful, personal loss. The sharks in the water are dangerous, but the predators on land, more numerous and deadly. Only love, trust, and community have any hope of stopping the killing, before more lives, including her own, are lost. DEVIL’S CLAW: Logan Book 3 is an emotional ride illuminating what we value and for what we’re willing to fight.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback








Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery (Emma Lord Returns) by [Daheim, Mary]Emma Lord is back and better than ever! This time around, the amateur detective partners up with a rookie sleuth to investigate a string of murders in her beloved Alpine, Washington.

For a small town nestled in the Cascade Mountains’ foothills, picturesque Alpine provides more than enough headlines to fill the pages of editor and publisher Emma Lord’s Alpine Advocate. The Labor Day edition’s lead story features controversial timber baron Jack Blackwell’s scheme to become Skykomish county manager. But the recent strangling deaths of two young women are all anyone can talk about.

After a third body is found, Emma’s husband, Sheriff Milo Dodge, suspects there’s a serial killer in their midst. The latest victim is the sister of a dashing newcomer rumored to be working for Blackwell. “Black Jack,” as he’s known to his non-admirers, has a long-standing rivalry with Milo. To discover if there’s any connection between the mogul and the murders, Emma recruits the Advocate’s receptionist, Alison Lindahl, to do a little digging.

Still recovering from a recent breakup, Alison welcomes the distraction. But when the investigation puts the eager protégé in the line of fire, Emma worries that the cub reporter’s career will be over before it even begins.

Praise for Mary Daheim and her Emma Lord mysteries

“Always entertaining.”The Seattle Times

“Mary Daheim writes with wit, wisdom, and a big heart. I love her books.”—Carolyn Hart

“Daheim writes . . . with dry wit, a butter-smooth style, and obvious wicked enjoyment.”The Oregonian  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook









A Painting To Die For: A Jenna Scali Mystery by [C. Curtis, Joan]Jenna’s quiet weekend turns upside down when she returns home to find her house totally ransacked, and the police uncover a dead body with her name in its possession. Meanwhile her long-lost cousins show up on her doorstep with stories about stolen paintings, hidden masterpieces—worth millions, Mafia friends, and much more.

While Jenna questions the motives of her dead father in connection to the stolen art, the police find a second body with Jenna’s name in its possession, and she becomes the primary suspect in two murder inquiries. Sidestepping the police and dodging the mob, she and her best friend, Quentin, embark on their own investigation to save themselves and Jenna’s lying, double-crossing cousins from untimely deaths.

A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian family.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery Book 1) by [McEwen, Madeline]An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Big mysteries often come in small packages…

When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?

As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?

Editorial Reviews:

“To call TIED UP WITH STRINGS a ‘mystery’ in the conventional sense would be to do the story a disservice: while elements of investigation and mystery are here, they are only some of the facets of a story about relationships which are tied up in the trappings of English culture and American perceptions…Readers of fiction about British/American encounters will delight in a tale about carefully buried secrets that come alive to possibly endanger Catia in a story that sets its stage slowly and quietly, then injects unexpected twists and turns for a delightfully thought-provoking read.” —Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“McEwen transports the reader to an enchanting English village, complete with sinister characters, a nosy American and a problematic romance. A delightful read.” —Terry Shames, author of An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock

“Christmas in a quaint English village. Charmed, an American visitor steps inside the picture postcard—only to find the reality more twisted than she could have imagined. The reader is immediately immersed in the mystery as British author McEwen weaves her plot threads with knowledge and affection.” —Diana Chambers, author of Stinger

“TIED UP WITH STRINGS by Madeline McEwen is a deceptively puzzling mystery that well-captures many familiar trappings of an old-fashioned British cozy, including a sleepy village, its requisite pub, and young lovers at odds with themselves.” —Andrew MacRae, author of Murder Misdirected  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Ravensdene Court by [Fletcher, J. S.]The murder of two brothers at the same time. though six hundred miles apart, is only the first of many mysteries surrounding Ravensdene Court. How could the two brothers have been murdered when they were both on a ship that went down with all hands off the coast of China three years earlier? What was the significance of the etching on the tobacco box that disappeared from the inquest? Why was someone looking for the Chinaman Chuh Fen who supposedly went down on the same ship as the two murdered brothers? Find the answers in this tale of intrigue, mystery, and buried treasure within the pages of … Ravensdene Court.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback













First Thing ~ Kill the Lawyers by [Gentry, J. E.]Attorney Clara Quillen is stunned when she reads about the murders of three San Francisco lawyers and realizes her former boss, Bernard Kahn, is one of the victims. The lawyers were killed on the same night, in the same manner, each holding a copy of an often-misunderstood Shakespearean quote from Henry VI, Part II: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” When SFPD Detective Roy Travis questions members of Kahn’s law firm, he recruits Clara to aid his investigation since she has access to confidential client information that may shed light on potential suspects. As a long-time mystery fan, Clara jumps at the opportunity and agrees to become an amateur sleuth, working with Travis. During the course of the investigation, the murderer strikes again. And as the list of suspects continues to grow and Clara unearths information regarding elaborate blackmail schemes that incriminate both friends and colleagues, she receives a threat that she, herself, may the next victim unless she abandons her pursuit of the cold-blooded killer… (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










The Trouble with Murder (A Gourmet Cat Mystery) by [Krevat, Kathy]Single mom and gourmet cat food entrepreneur Colbie Summers thought she’d escaped her tiny California hometown forever. But when her father needs her, she packs up her adolescent son, their finicky feline, Trouble, and her budding business. She knows change is tough—but she doesn’t expect it to be murder . . .
Between dealing with her newly rural life, her grumpy, sports-obsessed father, and preparing to showcase her products in the local Sunnyside Power Mom’s trade show, Colbie has more on her plate than she bargained for. Luckily, she has her official taste-tester, Trouble, by her side to vet her
Meow-io Batali Gourmet Cat Food line. Things look promising—until one of the Power Moms is found dead—with an engraved Meow-io specialty knife buried in her chest.

As the prime suspect, Colbie needs paws on the ground to smoke out who had means, motive, and opportunity among the networking mothers—including a husband-stealing Sofia Vergara lookalike. And the cat’s still not out of the bag when a second violent death rocks the bucolic community. Trouble may have nine lives, but Colbie’s only got one to clear her name and stop a killer from pulling off the purr-fect crime . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











2 thoughts on “New Releases For The Week Of December 10th, 2017–Part 3

  1. I read 3 of them. Trouble has join my list of favorite cats. I love the cover. It is adorable. TROUBLE WITH MURDER.
    Mary Daheim addition to her Alpine series is a great addition to that series ALPHA ALPINE.
    A new series by Nancy J Parra A CASE OF SYRAH, SYRAH is another one I enjoyed.

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