New Releases For The Week Of May 13th, 2018–Part 3


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 13th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. 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 Howl of Wolves: A Mystery (Sam Clair) by [Flanders, Judith]Whip-smart” (Louise Penny) amateur sleuth Samantha Clair returns in A Howl of Wolves, a mystery from Judith Flanders, the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of A Murder of Magpies.

Sam Clair figures she’ll be a good sport and spend a night out at the theater in support of her upstairs neighbors, who have small parts in a play in the West End. Boyfriend (a Scotland Yard detective) and all-round good sport Jake Field agrees to tag along to what is apparently an extra-bloody play filled with dramatic, gory deaths galore. So Sam expects an evening filled with faux fatalities. Until, that is, the curtain opens to the second act, revealing a dummy hanging from the rafters, who’s been made up to look suspiciously like Campbell Davison, the director of the production.

When Sam sees the horrified faces of the actors onstage, she realizes that this is indeed not a dummy, but Davison himself—and this death is not part of the show. Now everyone wants to know: who killed Campbell Davison? As Sam learns more about the murdered man, she discovers that he wasn’t all that well-liked amongst the cast and crew, so the suspect list grows. The show must go on—but Sam knows a murderer must be apprehended, so she sets out to find out what happened, and why.

New York Times bestselling author, Judith Flanders once again brilliantly fuses mystery with humor in the fourth installment of her critically acclaimed ­Sam Clair series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover









Before the words “white supremacy” filled the airways, before we learned of American Nazis and the alt-right, before there was a Muslim ban, before we considered building a wall or knew what DACA stands for, there was eugenics–a pseudo-science that promoted the belief that a race could be improved by controlling who was allowed to mate with whom.
It was eugenics that compelled white doctors to attempt to murder Baby John. It was compassion that led to his kidnapping. And it is the cruelest of circumstances–the murder of Jennifer Rice–that fifty years later leads Shep Harrington to search for Baby John.

As Shep soon learns,  the quest brings him to the top of a slippery slope with an ill-defined edge. Question begets question, and the slide down the slope proves inevitable: What happened to the baby? Who took it? Why was he taken? And who killed Jennifer Rice?

When Shep learns that Baby John was born at a hospital run by Alton Nichols, a famous Virginia eugenicist, he is drawn into the dark history of the American eugenics movement and its proponents–the so-called “gene police.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Hardcover










Fowl of the House of Usher (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by [Ripley, J.R.]It really is the dead of winter in Ruby Lake when a party becomes an invitation to murder for Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms . . .

No one ruffles Amy’s feathers like Craig “The Gigolo” Bigelow. Not only has the two-timer returned to town, but his new girlfriend has invited Amy to a dinner party. And at Usher House of all places—legendary home to ghosts, freak accidents, and now, most horrifying of all, an ex-boyfriend and his fiancé. Regrettably, there are also sick ducks on the property that need attention. For a bird lover like Amy, it’s fowl before pride.

When everyone becomes snowbound, Amy can’t imagine the evening getting worse. Until a guest is found with a carving knife stuck in his chest. And he’s not the first to call it a night. Now Amy’s got till dawn to go hunting for a killer—before someone else ends up a dead duck . . .

Praise for J.R. Ripley’s Beignets, Brides and Bodies

“Appealing . . . A clever, amusing cozy.”
Publishers Weekly

“Ripley’s entertaining second series outing is a tasty option for foodie mystery fans.”
Library Journal  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Smoke & Lies: A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery (Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery Book 4) by [Penrose, Andrea]Now that peace reigns in Europe and Napoleon has been exiled to the island of Elba, Lady Arianna and her husband, the Earl of Saybrook, are determined to put government sleuthing aside. But the head of British security has other ideas . . .

Rumors are rife that Napoleon may be plotting to take back the French throne and plunge the Continent into another war. So when Saybrook learns that his Spanish cousin has gone missing on the island under mysterious circumstances, he and Arianna feel they have no choice but to undertake a secret mission to Elba for the government and unravel the serpentine tangle of truth and lies.

Friend or Foe? From the start, they find themselves up against treachery and deceptions. And for Arianna, things become even more difficult when she encounters ghosts from her past, forcing her to make fundamental choices about love, loyalty, family and friendship. Once on Elba, she and Saybrook—along with some unexpected allies—must match wits with a deadly enemy and the great Napoleon himself. And with the clock ticking, all the last-minute machinations come down to a question of Luck . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Guests and Guilt (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 7) by [Xarissa, Diana]Fenella Woods is less than excited when her brother James announces that he’s coming to visit her.
She’s starting to feel truly settled in her new home on the Isle of Man, but James made it clear when she inherited their Aunt Mona’s fortune that he didn’t think it was fair. She can only hope that he’s just coming for a visit and not for a fight about the estate.
When he arrives with a girlfriend Fenella knew nothing about in tow, she’s even less excited about the three-week visit. But James’s girlfriend, Stephanie, grew up on the island and she has her own reasons for wanting to be there.
When Stephanie turns up dead, is it just an unfortunate accident or was someone unhappy to see the woman back on the island?
Police Inspector Mark Hammersmith is on the case, and he’s quick to consider James as a suspect.
When James recounts a story from Stephanie’s past that sounds impossible, Mark seems inclined to discount it as fiction. When someone tries to kill James, though, Fenella is convinced that it’s true.
Can she persuade Mark to see things her way? And can she keep her big brother safe from a killer who might just try again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle










A Literary Scandal (Locust Point Mystery Book 5) by [Howard, Libby]When the red on the page isn’t spilled ink…

Bestselling author Luanne Trainor has come to Locust Point to speak. The writer’s arrival has the small town a-buzz with excitement but Ms. Trainor isn’t what the bio on her book’s dust jacket proclaims.

What should have been an elegant affair turns ugly with accusations and threats and there is no lack of suspects when the author is found dead following the meet-and-greet, Could the murderer be another author? Her agent? A disgruntled fan? Or was Luanne Trainor hiding a secret that shadowed her success? Kay and a surprisingly helpful spirit are on the case!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Case of the Desperate Doctor (Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries Book 3) by [Diamond, Jacqueline]Two women are dead. A doctor desperately seeks justice for them both.

Haunted by the loss of his wife, Dr. Eric Darcy discovers she was linked to another woman, a female obstetrician, who has just died. Was it suicide or murder? His inquiry sets him at cross purposes with his sister-in-law, a private investigator, and his close friend, a homicide detective.

The pursuit of truth drives Eric on a quest to Israel, and back to his small town in California. There he uncovers shocking secrets that lead to a stunning climax.

USA Today bestselling novelist Jacqueline Diamond explores the deadly effects of hidden trauma in the third Safe Harbor Medical Mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Stunner: A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery (Ava Book 2) by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]A nationwide tour. A popstar in the crosshairs. Touring with the band just got deadly.

After battling breast cancer, island pop singer and single mom Ava thought she could handle anything her concert tour threw her way. But when tragedy strikes her album launch party, she realizes she may have underestimated the price she’ll have to pay for fame. And the cost skyrockets when someone attempts to murder her headlining act.

Still shaken by the alarming attack, Ava has little time to process the traumatic event before she’s caught up in a scandal worthy of the tabloids. Someone in her staff is leaking secrets to the paparazzi, and the fallout is wreaking havoc on her love life. When a second pop singer is targeted, Ava doubles down on her search for clues. But with music careers and multi-million-dollar contracts on the line, she could pack a stadium with potential suspects.

Knowing her future hinges on staying in the spotlight, Ava must track down the murderous stalker before the final curtain drops.

Stunner is the second book in Ava’s trilogy within the What Doesn’t Kill You series of romantic mysteries. If you like sexy pop stars, backstage scandals, and edge-of-your-seat mysteries, then you’ll love Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ award-winning series.

Buy Stunner to go on the road with a show-stopping murder mystery today!!

˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest.

  • 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
  • 2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
  • 2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
  • 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Witchiest Circus on Earth (Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Series Book 1) by [Leeds, Leanne]Magic under the big top.

Murder under investigation.

Can a non-practicing witch save the family business and live to see the encore?

Charlotte never had the choice to follow in her family’s magical footsteps. Her parents decided decades ago to live amongst the humans and leave the mystical circus far behind. But when her ringmaster uncle is murdered and wills her the family’s magical business, she feels the pull to step back under the big top. As she harnesses the awesome powers of the enchanted performance, she vows to bring her uncle’s killer to justice.

In the midst of juggling her investigation, running the show, and navigating rival groups of carnies, the human-phobic Witches Council schemes to replace her faster than a flying trapeze. With threats coming from both sides of the tent, Charlotte must unmask her uncle’s murderer before the legendary circus takes its final bow.

Witchiest Circus on Earth is the first book in the spellbinding Magical Midway paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like colorful characters, supernatural circuses, and twisty mysteries, then you’ll love Leanne Leeds’ show-stopping whodunit.

Buy Witchiest Circus on Earth to step right up for a razzle-dazzle cozy paranormal today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Sweet as Clover (Lucky Charm Book 1) by [Bishop, Mia]Six weeks ago, Madeleine Carver’s life changed forever. Her one-night stand with the mysterious Nick Castle was supposed to be just that: a one-night stand. Instead, he is bound to her, and neither of them knows why.

Now Maddie finds herself living in the mansion of her dead aunt, taking care of a graveyard, communicating with ghosts, and dealing with the trials and tribulations of living side by side with Nick.

When a friend asks Maddie to communicate with the spirit of the woman’s teenage daughter, Maddie can’t say no. Dark secrets come to light and the abuses that everyone tried to turn a blind eye to over the years can no longer be ignored.

Maddie and Nick team up to help the young spirit find peace before it is too late.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Finders Keepers: A Grace Darby Animal Law Mystery (Grace Darby Animal Law Mysteries Book 1) by [Schaefer, Nicole]


Grace Darby is a Family Law attorney in Portland, Oregon. After her beloved dog Maggie is taken, Grace becomes embroiled in a plot much deeper than she had anticipated. Armed with her amateur detective skills and her intense desire to get her dog back, Grace sets off to solve the mystery of why dogs are disappearing in Portland.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Mischievous (A Missy Rae Mystery Book 3) by [Mallory, Ava ]Welcome to Poppy County, where over-zealous witches, small-town gossip, curious coincidences, and a revolving door of cantankerous sheriffs run amok!

A pair of wealthy real estate developers have cast a wide net in their search for the next hot market and think they’ve found a goldmine in the quaint hillside town of Poppy County, but their offers ring too good to be true for local witches Lola Rae and her granddaughter, Missy. When their salvage shop is ransacked, Lola is convinced the wealthy duo want more than their historical properties. Proving that, however, proves difficult when the crime spree takes an unexpected turn.

Everyone fears their business will be next, but no one feels the pressure more than Interim Sheriff Colby Friar. It doesn’t take him long to realize the burglars might be the least of his problems.

Can Lola, Missy, and their reluctant cohort root out the brazen thieves and bring an end to their criminal empire before it’s too late?

Find out what happens in the third installment of the Missy Rae Cozy Mystery Series, where a family of well-meaning but hapless witches and a town full of quirky residents don’t often see eye-to-eye, but always band together to keep the peace!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










First Come, First Kill (The Captain Heimrich Mysteries) by [Lockridge, Frances, Lockridge, Richard]Murder follows Captain Heimrich home in this classic mystery from the authors of the “excellent” Mr. and Mrs. North series (The New Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there’s no lead the intrepid investigator won’t follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

A police captain’s driveway is the last place anyone would expect to find a dead body. But when a man who’s been shot collapses in front of Captain Heimrich’s wife, it seems murder has landed directly on the detective’s doorstep.

The victim turns out to be Old Tom, a vagabond who did odd jobs around the town of Van Brunt, New York. Then, a shocking truth emerges: Old Tom was T. Lyman Mitchell, a justice of the New York Supreme Court who’s been missing for six years.

Heimrich needs to figure out the reason for the justice’s sudden reappearance in order to determine who shot him. Maybe it has to do with a criminal he once convicted. Or maybe it involves his wife, who wants to move on with a new husband. With so many avenues to investigate, Heimrich must race to find the ruthless killer before anyone else bites the bullet . . .

First Come, First Kill is the 14th book in the Captain Heimrich Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 5) by [Kappes, Tonya]Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

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DEAD AS A DOORNAIL by Tonya Kappes | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook




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