New Releases For The Week Of May 20th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 20th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.




Ryan’s most explosive case yet…

It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good.

But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences.

Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan’s team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won’t stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Fur-boding Shadows (A Wonder Cats Mystery Book 8) by [Lin, Harper]*** $2.99 Special Pre-Order price. Regularly $4.99 *** From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: A Paranormal Mystery Series about Magic Cats and Modern-day Witches


When Marie Elderflower, a distant cousin of Aunt Astrid, passes away from natural causes at only age fifty-four, the Greenstone women suspect foul play.


Strange disturbances occur in the Elderflower home, and all signs point to daughter Evelyn, a seventeen-year-old Goth, as the perpetrator. Cath, however, believes in her innocence. Before another Elderflower is murdered, the Greenstones must figure out the motive, while dodging the mysterious and frightening shadows that follow them everywhere. Can they discover who the killer is without getting murdered themselves?


The 8th novel in this popular paranormal mystery series featuring modern-day witches and their magic cats.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Donuts & Danger: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]Rosemary Baldwin has somehow gotten sucked into running a charity event for the local animal shelter. Donuts for dogs is starting soon and the shelter manager is nowhere to be found. She never wanted to be in charge in the first place and when she finds herself alone on the big day, she gets overhead saying a lot of things she doesn’t really mean.

Rose might have been able to smooth things over, but before she can, her missing partner ends up dead. Now Rose has to prove she wasn’t the murderer while also protecting the dogs in the shelter’s care. Good thing Rose can count on her friends Zee and Simon to help her out.

Book 7 in the 2nd Chance Diner Mystery series! For fans of Carolyn Dean, Angela Blackmoore, and Agatha Frost. A light, cozy mystery with a snarky sidekick, a handsome detective, and fun friendships. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mysteries

Book 1: Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder

Book 2: Cookies & Catastrophe

Book 3: Poison & Pie

Book 4: Double Mocha Murder

Book 5: Cinnamon Rolls & Cyanide

Book 6: Tea & Temptation

Book 7: Donuts & Danger

Book 8: Scones & Scandal (Coming soon!)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Drama Fraternity: A Nicky and Noah Mystery (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 6) by [Cosentino, Joe]Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing Tight End Scream Queen, a slasher movie filmed at Treemeadow College’s football fraternity house, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague, Noah Oliver. When young hunky cast members begin fading out with their scenes, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is sending the quarterback, jammer, wide receiver, and more to the cutting room floor before Nicky and Noah hit the final reel. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining sixth novel in this delightful series. Lights, camera, action, frat house murders!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Murder Most Fowl: A Swansneck Village Mystery (Swansneck Village Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Vale, V S]Returning home may not be in fashion, but solving a murder never goes out of style…

Despite the Swan family now promoting Swansneck village as a nostalgic Victorian tourist attraction for Lancashire’s cotton mill heritage, Jenny Bradshaw had never wanted to set foot in the place again. But a failed marriage and the conditions of her uncle’s legacy left her no other choice.

Forced to abandon her P.A. job in London, Jenny dreads the years of drudgery ahead. Working at the family bakery and caring for her uncle’s pigeons was not exactly the future she’d envisioned. But when a hat shop is offered for sale within the classy, recently transformed Swan Mill Hotel, Jenny thinks her luck may finally be changing. At least, until she unwittingly implicates a beloved childhood friend in murder…

Between attending the biggest wedding Swansneck had ever witnessed, juggling her new business and relaunching the Swansneck Messenger newsletter, Jenny seeks to clear her friend’s name. By establishing new links in the village and deciphering cryptic notes left in the pigeon coop, Jenny builds her list of suspects. But uncovering generations of secrets and lies from a roster of quirky Swansneck residents, only seems to prove everyone has a motive for murder.

Unable to reveal her multitude of suspicions to urbane new neighbour, DI Kenon, without appearing to have totally lost her wits, Jenny’s quest for the truth threatens to turn her hometown into her final resting place.

Murder Most Fowl is an absorbing cozy mystery set in a charming Victorian British village. If you like amusing, engaging characters and true-to-life settings, then you’ll love V.S. Vale’s riveting whodunit.

Buy Murder Most Fowl to fly into an intriguing village mystery today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









From Now On by [Packard, Frank]A tale of gambling and mystery.


A wild and prolonged roar came from every quarter of the race track. It swelled in volume. It came again and again. Pandemonium itself seemed loosed. Outside the enclosure, a squat, fat man, the perspiration rolling in streams down his face, tugged at his collar with frantic, nervous jerks, as he leaned in over the side of a high-powered car, and with his other hand gripped at the arm of the young man in the driver’s seat. “Dave, listen to ’em! My God, listen to ’em!” snarled the fat man. Dave Henderson, with the toe of his boot, moved the little black satchel that the other had dropped on the floor of the car farther to one side; and, by way of excuse for disengaging his arm, reached into his pocket for his cigarettes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available,  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback








Pawned by [Packard, Frank]A hansom cab, somewhat woebegone in appearance, threaded its way in a curiously dejected manner through the heart of New York’s East Side. A fine drizzle fell, through which the street lamps showed as through a mist; and, with the pavements slippery, the emaciated looking horse, the shafts jerking and lifting up at intervals around its ears, appeared hard put to it to preserve its footing. The cabman on his perch drove with his coat collar turned up and his chin on his breast. He held the reins listlessly, permitting the horse to choose its own gait. At times he lifted the little trap door in the roof of the cab and peered into the interior; occasionally his hand, tentatively, hesitantly, edged toward a bulge in his coat pocket–only to be drawn back again in a sort of panic haste.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









Twice Hexed: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 2) by [Stark, Cindy]Forbidden magic.

Stolen jewels.

And cherry macaroons!

When a sneaky thief steals historic pearls from one of Hazel’s best customers, her urge to sleuth can’t be tamed. She swears it’s because she loves solving mysteries and has nothing to do with a certain police chief. Though she’s not complaining about the eye candy…

After the death of his wife, Chief Peter Parrish hasn’t bothered with women. But Hazel’s put him under her spell with her beautiful smile and witty charm. If letting her poke around his investigation gives him another chance to see her, he’s all for it. He might even convince her to say yes to a date.

Together, they search for the thief, and it could be anyone including the suave Italian art collector who loves to flirt with Hazel. Peter hopes it’s the Italian.

With her grandmother’s ghost slightly off her rocker, an orange tabby who sasses her relentlessly, and her inability to properly do a spell, Hazel would be crazy to stay in Stonebridge where her heritage might be discovered. But she never claimed to be sensible.

Buy Twice Hexed today to immerse yourself in murder, magic and mayhem!

Twice Hexed is the second book in the Teas and Temptations Cozy Mystery series. If you like lighthearted paranormal mysteries with a fun romance like Amanda M. Lee and Zoe Arden write, then you’ll love Cindy Stark’s mystical adventures!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







Crazy Fox Ranch by [Garner, Deborah]When NY reporter Paige MacKenzie leaves Manhattan for Jackson Hole, she has only two things on her mind: enjoy life with Wyoming’s breathtaking Grand Tetons as the backdrop, and spend more time with handsome cowboy Jake Norris as he prepares to open his guest ranch.


As Paige begins to settle in, a stranger’s odd behavior leads her to research western filming in the area – in particular, the movie, Shane. Will digging into Hollywood’s movie connection with Jackson Hole simply lead to a freelance article for the Manhattan Post, or will it lead to a dangerous hidden secret?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







39 Winks (A Maggie O'Malley Mystery Book 2) by [Valenti, Kathleen]Former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is losing sleep. Constantine’s aunt is a multitasking sleepwalker who, in addition to wandering her stately home, prepares meals, folds laundry and, one winter night, stumbles across her husband with his throat slit.

It’s a rude and gruesome awakening that’s upsetting to Aunt Polly. And interesting to the police.

Maggie and Constantine work to uncover who killed the cosmetic surgery mogul and why. As they dig into the lives of those who knew him best, they discover that the truth is only skin deep and doctoring perception is a treatment with deadly side effects.

A gripping page-turner with more twists than a surgeon’s suture, 39 Winks is a tale of lies, betrayals and greed that will keep you up at night. And looking over your shoulder.

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39 WINKS by Kathleen Valenti | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback



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