Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 25th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is first day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color!
By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There’s plenty of inspiration in her new apartment—a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition—she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.
When the professor’s nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It’s not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery—there’s a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn’t so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines . . . before death makes his mark again.
Digital edition contains a link to the downloadable color-it-yourself cover art! (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook
There’s a new witch-hunt in Salem, Massachusetts . . .
When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree—one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community . . .
With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces—or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment . . .
Praise for the Witch City Mysteries
“This rewarding paranormal cozy series debut will have Victoria Laurie fans lining up to follow.”
—Library Journal on Caught Dead Handed
“Perfectly relaxing and readable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Look Both Ways (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
Fans of Jane Lawless new and old will be fascinated by newly minted Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s latest intricate puzzle in A Whisper of Bones.
Britt Ickles doesn’t remember much from her only visit to her mother’s childhood home when she was a kid, except for playing with her cousin Timmy and the eruption of a sudden family feud. That’s why, when she drops by unannounced after years of silence, she’s shocked when her aunts tell her Timmy never existed, that she must be confusing him with someone else. But Britt can’t shake the feeling that Timmy did exist…and that something horrible has happened to him. Something her aunts want to cover up.
Britt hires Jane Lawless, hoping the private investigator can figure out what really happened to her cousin. When a fire in the family’s garage leads to the discovery of buried bones and one of the aunts dies suddenly and suspiciously, Jane can’t help but be pulled into the case. Do the bones belong to Timmy? Was the aunt’s death an accident, suicide, or homicide? What dark secret has this family been hiding for decades? It all depends on Jane Lawless to unravel. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook
Interior decorator Madison Night is no stranger to the occasional odd inheritance. But when an octogenarian friend dies and leaves her a pajama factory, the bounty is bittersweet. Once a thriving business, Sweet Dreams closed decades ago after a tragic accident took the life of a young model. Or was that simply a cover up?
Between her friend’s death and her own stagnant life, Madison is tempted to hide under a blanket of willful ignorance. But when family members and special interest groups lobby to expose the secrets of the factory, Madison gets caught in a tangle of secrets and lies and discovers that sometimes, the bed you make is not your own.
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The Madison Night Mystery Series:
#0: Midnight Ice (prequel novella)
#1: PILLOW STALK
#2: THAT TOUCH OF INK
#3: WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL
#4: THE DECORATOR WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
#5: THE PAJAMA FRAME
THE PAJAMA FRAME by Diane Vallere | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
A horse is a horse, right? Maybe in most places, but not in Keyhole, because nothing is ever that simple. Just when Noelle thinks she has her ducks in a row, a woman brings her horse to Flynn Farm for boarding. At first, everything is just peachy keen: the woman is wonderful and the horse is mannerly and full of personality. Then, par for the course and much to Noe’s chagrin, things start to go sideways. Mysterious men start showing up in town looking for a woman matching the boarder’s description, trinkets start missing from her shop, and someone close to her gets some shocking news.
Is it going to be murder and mayhem in Keyhole Lake again, or is Noelle finally going to enjoy some R&R? It’s likely a safe bet to put your money on the mayhem. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Three catastrophes and a funeral.
When Holly Waterston is asked to cater for a wake, she believes the job will be straightforward although a little sad. Instead, the funeral service has been designed by the deceased to drop a bombshell on his grieving family.
With Holly embroiled in the family’s dirty laundry, she finds herself pulled into the web of distrust and dark secrets. A situation that grows even murkier when one of the siblings is attacked and murder raises its ugly head.
As suspicions shines a spotlight in all directions, Holly must keep her wits about her if she’s to unveil the truth and uncover a killer. Not to mention baking up a swathe of blueberry cupcakes!
This Sweet Baked Mystery contains none of these ingredients:
No Graphic Scenes
and absolutely No Cliffhangers!
Scroll up and one-click to solve the murder mystery today! (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
From the author of The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, comes an intriguing new book series, the Spirits of Texas Cozy Mysteries.
When the tiny hamlet of Hannah, Texas goes up for auction, Hannah Duncan’s fun-loving uncle sees it as the perfect gift for her thirtieth birthday. After all, what’s more fun than a town bearing your own name?
Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the ‘town’ isn’t much — a dozen or less buildings in various stages of disrepair—but it comes with a dedicated pair of caretakers, a menagerie of farm animals, a surprisingly generous trust fund, enough stipulations to make her head spin, and a handsome but maddening attorney to oversee the handling of the estate.
Originally a stagecoach stop, Hannah, Texas resolves around the historic and rather charming Spirits of Texas Inn. The old inn comes with a colorful past, the mystique of hidden treasure, loyal guests who still book summer vacations there, and three surprise residents: true spirits of the past, who didn’t cross over as expected.
Now Hannah has her hands full, coming to terms with her unexpected status as an innkeeper, adjusting to life in the country, fighting her attraction to attorney Walker Jacoby, plus dealing with ghosts!
To top it off, two fortune hunters arrive to search for the hidden treasure, and they don’t care who stands in their way. They’ll stoop to any means—including murder—to get their hands on the legendary stash of gold.
Don’t miss out on the excitement, right from the beginning. Book your visit to Hannah, Texas today! (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Princeton Wyatt is dead. Vivica Meadows, the new owner of The Black Orchid Flower Shop is the one who found him. In a panic, Vivica doesn’t realize she is the primary suspect. If she didn’t have sleuthing skills before, Vivica will need them to get herself out of the mess she finds herself in. With the help of Aunt Mildred, best friend Winifred and her ever faithful hound Maximus, Vivica fight to find out who the real killer is. Being back in her hometown of Dahlonega Georgia has proven to be more than bittersweet. Will the Black Orchid shop be derailed before it even starts? Will Vivica find herself behind bars? Find out in Venom and Violets, Book two in the Black Orchid Mystery Series. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
The honeymoon will have to wait for newlyweds Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley . . .
As deputy medical examiner and homicide detective respectively, the couple are dispatched to a grisly crime scene at the Grizzly Motel, a seedy joint for illicit liaisons on the outskirts of Sorenson, Wisconsin. A man and woman are found dead next to each other in bed in what initially appears to be a grim but straightforward murder-suicide. An affair gone sour?
But as the forensic evidence is gathered and autopsies are performed, Mattie and Hurley realize the scene has been staged. They have a double murder on their hands. The spurned spouses of both victims top the list of suspects, but as more is revealed, the case becomes increasingly complex. Dividing their time and resources between the double homicide and an ongoing investigation involving Mattie’s father, as well as caring for their toddler, Matthew, and Hurley’s teenaged daughter, Emily, the two are stretched to their limits.
After another victim turns up dead, there’s no room for error as Mattie and Hurley stage a scene of their own to back the killer into a corner . . . (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover