New Releases For The Week Of July 29th, 2018–Part 4


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 29th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (12) (Isabel Dalhousie Series) by [McCall Smith, Alexander]Isabel Dalhousie grapples with complex matters of the heart as she tries to juggle her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community.

With two small boys to raise, a mountain or articles to edit for the Review of Applied Ethics and the ever-increasing demands of her niece, Cat, who always seems to need a helping hand at the deli. Isabel barely has any time for herself. Her husband, Jamie, suggests acquiring extra help, and she reluctantly agrees. In no time at all, Isabel and Jamie have a new au pair, and Isabel hires an intelligent assistant editor to share her workload. Both women, though, have romantic entanglements that threaten to interfere with their work, and Isabel must decide how best to navigate this tricky domestic situation. Should an employer ever inject herself into her employees’ affairs?

Meanwhile, Isabel makes the acquaintance of Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s friend Basil. Isabel tries to be supportive, especially given that Patricia is raising her son on her own, without the help of his father, a well-known Edinburgh organist also named Basil. But when Isabel sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man, she begins to rethink her assumptions. Isabel must once again call on her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action, at home, at work, and in the schoolyard.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook









Against the Claw: A Lobster Shack Mystery by [Randall, Shari]Finger-licking delicious, Shari Randall’s Against the Claw is the second in the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack series.

Welcome back to the seaside village of Mystic Bay, where someone’s been found sleeping with the fishes. . .

Ballerina Allie Larkin is still back home, healing up from a broken ankle and lending a hand at her aunt’s Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. But now that the famed restaurant is branching out into the world of catering, Allie’s help is needed more than ever—even on the lobster boat. The last thing she expects to find once she’s out on the bay, however, is the dead body of a beautiful young woman.

When days pass and not even the police can ID the corpse, Allie takes it upon herself to learn the truth about what happened. Her investigation leads her all the way from the local piers to the secluded estates of Mystic Bay’s posh elite. But how can she crack this case when everyone seems dead-set on keeping their secrets beneath the surface?

“Suspenseful and entertaining—left me longing to visit the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack!”
—Donna Andrews on Curses, Boiled Again!

“Delightful…Full of New England coastal charm…and clever sleuthing [that] will keep you turning the pages.”—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva mysteries  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback








Fight or Flight (The September Day Series Book 4) by [Shojai, Amy]A dog trainer with special abilities. A dead body with hidden secrets. Solving the case will take more than animal instincts. 

Lia Corazon pours her heart and soul into her kennel. So when a storm destroys her business, she’ll do anything to get back to training dogs… even if it means making a deal with the strict grandparents who want to put an end to her lifelong search for the father she’s never known.

Determined to prove she deserves a second chance, she starts training a scrappy young Rottweiler named Karma. After the would-be police pup sniffs out a dead body, Lia teams up with a detective who could hold the missing link to her Hawaiian heritage and the mysterious bond she shares with her four-legged friends. But her special connection will be pushed to its limits when the twisted trail of clues leads to a horrific black market operation.

With innocent lives on the line, can Lia solve the mystery of her legacy before the deadly crime syndicate claims another victim?

Fight or Flight is the fourth book in the action-packed September & Shadow thriller series. If you like complex characters, canine companions, and captivating twists and turns, then you’ll love Amy Shojai’s gritty page-turner.

Buy Fight or Flight to unleash a hair-raising thrill ride today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










IDeath Spins the Wheel (The Inspector Littlejohn Mysteries) by [Bellairs, George]nspector Littlejohn is back on August 2, 2018.

‘Word had got around that something queer was afoot.’

When Madame Garnier arrives at the casino on the Isle of Man, everyone is interested. She has a paper of cheats, bets on all the right numbers, and is on a solid winning streak. That is until she’s found dead on the beach.

As theories about her murder run amok, Inspector Littlejohn is called in to get to the bottom of her mysterious demise. Following leads sending him off to France and Switzerland, Littlejohn must untangle a conspiracy from the French Resistance in order to solve the case.

With one woman murdered, and a man on the run, can Littlejohn dredge through years of family secrets and wartime betrayal before anyone else gets hurt?

“Superintendent Littlejohn is one of the most attractive sleuths in fiction.” – Francis Iles of The Guardian

“One of the subtlest and wittiest practitioners of the simon-pure British detective story” – New York Times

,b>“Mr Bellairs always gives good value” – The Sunday Times 

“Bellairs works in a comic tradition that extends from Ben Jonson… Each character has a particular trait exaggerated to the point of obsession or caricature.” – Susan B. MacDougall  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Murder Slightly Scrambled (Curvy Soul Mysteries Book 4) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]Gia and Tony are back for another savory mystery! This time, with a stack of pancakes on the side. Since having their relationship outed—much to Gia’s dislike—the couple has been summoned by Mama Rizzo to the family’s breakfast diner for a Sunday morning brunch.

A mouthwatering spread is expected from Gia’s culinary-genius parents. But serve up a rebellious older brother, a furry bacon thief, and a wealthy businessman bludgeoned to death, and it makes for a very unappetizing event.

*Authors’ note: This is a legally modified version of Book Four in the bestselling Josie Rizzo mysteries, with more in the series coming!*

Editions Available:  Kindle















Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Box Set 2: (Books 4-6) by [Marple, Mona]Welcome to Waterfell Tweed, where things aren’t as cozy as they seem…

Sandy Shaw was happy with her life running the village cafe and bookstore, until a series of murders in the sleepy village cause everyone to second-guess just how peaceful things are.

Join Sandy as she sets out to solve the killers, and get peace restored, in this box set collection of the fourth, fifth and sixth books in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series.


Each novella is around 30,000 words long and is a cozy mystery, meaning they are safe from swearing, sex, violence and cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone but the series is best enjoyed if read in order.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












November Hunt: Humor and Hijinks (A Mira James Mystery Book 7) by [Lourey, Jess]“It’s not easy to make people laugh while they’re on the edge of their seats, but Lourey pulls it off, while her vivid descriptions of a brutal Minnesota winter will make readers shiver in the seventh book in her very clever series.”—Booklist, (starred review)

November in Battle Lake, Minnesota, is cold enough to freeze the balls off a pool table. lt’s also deer hunting season. When Tom Kicker is killed in a hunting accident, Mira James is hired to investigate—a job that brings her closer to her P.I. license.

Braving subzero temps and shrieking blizzards, Mira uncovers a decades-old scandal that has never quite died, unlike the cold stiffs who are piling up in the town morgue. As she pieces together the clues, Mira discovers that Battle Lake’s good-old boys have been up to some bad business. But with threats and enemies around every icy corner, she may not live long enough to expose the truth.

Part of a ten-book series, November Hunt is perfect for readers who love to escape into the humorous mysteries of Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Margaret Lashley, Amy Vansant, Rose Pressley, Carl Hiaasen, and Stephanie Bond. Or, if you love to belly-laugh while reading a heart-pounding mystery, then this series is for you!

November Hunt is the seventh in a series of laugh-out-loud-funny, romantic, comic caper mysteries featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books do not need to be read in order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today!

May Day
June Bug
Knee High by the Fourth of July
August Moon
September Mourn
October Fest
November Hunt
December Dread
January Thaw
February Fever

Or, if you love a good binge read, check out the bundles (Free on KU)!

Mira James Mysteries Summer Bundle, Books 1-4 (May, June, July, and August)
Mira James Mysteries Fall Bundle, Books 5-7 (September, October, November)
Mira James Mysteries Winter Bundle, Books 8-10 (December, January, February)


“Lourey has a knack for wholesome sexual innuendo, and she gets plenty of mileage out of Minnesota.”— The Boston Globe

“Lourey’s seventh cozy featuring PI wannabe Mira James successfully combines humor, an intriguing mystery, and quirky small-town characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“A good story told well, with solid writing.”―Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“Lourey has successfully created an independent, relatable heroine in Mira James. Mira’s wit and fearlessness enable her to overcome the many challenges she faces as she tries to unravel the murder.”―Crimespree Magazine

“Clever, quirky and completely original!―Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award-winning author

“A masterful mix of mayhem and mirth.”―Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of Hurt Machine   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












December Dread: Humor and Hijnks (A Mira James Mystery Book 8) by [Lourey, Jess]Finalist for The Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery!

Silent Night, Deadly Night

With Christmas just over a week away, ’tis the season for grinning elves, maddeningly jolly Muzak, and a guilty Nut Goodie addiction. But the holidays are marred by something far worse–a serial killer leaving candy canes as his calling card.

His target? Thirty-something brunettes who look just like Mira James. When a woman from her high school graduating class becomes his latest victim, Mira plows through a case of online dating turned deadly with Mrs. Berns at her side.

Will she earn her detective stripes . . . or end up deader than the Ghost of Christmas Past?Part of a ten-book series, December Dread is perfect for readers who love to escape into the humorous mysteries of Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Margaret Lashley, Amy Vansant, Rose Pressley, Carl Hiaasen, and Stephanie Bond. Or, if you love to belly-laugh while reading a heart-pounding mystery, then this series is for you!

December Dread is the eighth in a series of laugh-out-loud-funny, romantic, comic caper mysteries featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots. The books do not need to be read in order; each novel stands alone. Get all the Mira James mysteries today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback




Outfox: Spellslingers Academy of Magic (Sentry of the South Book 2) by [Chase, Annabel]No good deed goes unpunished…

For years, my family was in possession of the top half of an ancient sword. Now this dangerous artifact has been stolen and it’s up to me to recover it. With the help of my friends, I must follow the trail of clues to find both halves of the sword before they can be reforged. When my investigation leads me to an Elvis-impersonating vampire, a magic carpet lizard, and a homicidal banshee with no regard for the Fountains of Bellagio, I know I’m in for a rough ride.

My magic is the only thing that stands between absolute power and preservation. Can I prevent history from recurring or are we doomed to repeat it?

Outfox: Spellslingers Academy of Magic, Sentry of the South (Book 2) is an urban fantasy mystery with humor, action and adventure, a powerful heroine, and a charming yet unlikely hero. 

Books in the Spellslingers world include:
Bryn’s trilogy—
Outcast, Warden of the West, Book 1
Outclassed, Warden of the West, Book 2
Outlast, Warden of the West, Book 3

Outlier, Sentry of the South, Book 1
Outfox, Sentry of the South, Book 2
Outbreak, Sentry of the South, Book 3  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery) by [Klein, Libby]When her sleepwalking aunt is accused of committing murder, Poppy McAllister finds out there’s no rest for the weary . . .

Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, “Mayday!” And now Aunt Ginny—who’s a handful wide-awake—is sleepwalking on her new sleeping pill prescription and helping herself to neighbors’ snacks and knickknacks.

Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the “Snack Bandit.” Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest—before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B & B for a bunk bed behind bars . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback