Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 14th, 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 second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
A treasure trove of nine locked room mysteries from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian, all set in the Jaya Jones world.
Appearing here for the first time, novelette The Cambodian Curse:
When an ancient and supposedly cursed Cambodian sculpture disappears from an impenetrable museum, and the carving’s owner is killed by an invisible assailant while a witness is a few feet away, historian Jaya Jones and her old nemesis Henry North team up to solve the baffling crime.
Stories included: “The Cambodian Curse,” “The Hindi Houdini,” “The Haunted Room,” “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn,” “The Curse of Cloud Castle,” “Tempest in a Teapot,” “A Dark and Stormy Light,” “The Shadow of the River,” plus bonus novella Fool’s Gold.
With an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King addressing why we love locked rooms, and a Foreword from impossible crime mystery historian Douglas G. Greene, teasing out the tradition of John Dickson Carr that Pandian is following. This collection is filled with ingenious stories of magic, mystery, and history.
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THE CAMBODIAN CURSE AND OTHER STORIES by Gigi Pandian | A Henery Press Mystery Short Story Collection (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
It’s the mid-1950s, and the post-war American dream has come into full focus in Southern California. Suburbia, freeways, fast food, television and nuclear paranoia. James Stone, a career cop in LA, is along for the ride – until he becomes enmeshed in an LAPD scandal that costs him his job, his wife, and his home.
He finds himself exiled to Bakersfield, California, the only place he can still find work as a cop. It’s a mean little town. Hot, flat and dry. Dominated by agribusiness and oil and little else. But it ‘s also brewing the flip side of the American dream, with wild honky-tonks playing the first electric music, motorcycle gangs, the Ku Klux Klan, and test pilots from nearby Edwards air base slumming on the weekends.
Stone works homicide and his first case is a murdered young girl found floating face down in the Kern River. It puts him in touch with Christine Harmon, who contracts as the county’s forensic pathologist and runs a small clinic on the side. At the time, woman doctors are almost non-existent, and Stone finds Harmon’s spirited independence fascinating.
His investigation takes him deep into the local bar scene, where young players like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard are just getting their start. But then a second homicide pops up, a very sticky one for this ultra-conservative, bible-thumping community. A wealthy businessman is found murdered in his home, apparently the victim of a vicious young drifter living at a seedy motel bar on the edge of town.
With the aid of Dr. Harmon, Stone follows a trail of depravity and corruption that reaches into the highest levels of the local business and legal community. And once again he finds himself caught up in a scandal that threatens to ruin him – and this time maybe even kill him. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Paperback
Just when she thinks she may be catching a break, Maggie Lee is saddled with babysitting her psychic friend, Armani, whose spirit guides have suddenly deserted her. They never warned Armani that she’d be robbed while waiting for an online date who stood her up or that someone would break into her home.
But investigating the trouble in her friend’s world isn’t Maggie’s only problem. Someone shoots her avian pal, Mike, and Maggie is determined to find out whom.
Neither task is easy, but Maggie’s difficulties are intensified by trying to keep her unruly household running in the absence of Aunt Susan, who seems to have dropped off the planet.
And oh yeah, Maggie’s ne’er-do-well dad has returned to town.
Can Maggie successfully juggle her investigations, cops, bad guys, a reporter, her menagerie and her crazy family? Or will it all be too much for her? (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
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This is Book 2 in Nora Newberry’s NEW SERIES, “Return To Milburn”! Be sure to check out the first book, Berry The Dead, as well as Nora’s original series, “A Murder In Milburn”! They are all right here on Amazon and you can read them for FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Or for just 99 cents each!
About Dancing With The Dead:
When Nora’s daughter, Grace, and her boyfriend suddenly decide to get married, Nora can’t help but feel torn. On one hand, she is thrilled that her daughter is in love and wants her to be happy. But the groom’s family is more than a little bit crazy, especially his domineering & intrusive mother. Nora doesn’t even want to imagine that woman as her precious daughter’s mother-in-law!
But she may not be around to interfere for long. After all, she’s the main suspect in a murder case and things don’t look good for her…
Did Nora’s new in-law-to-be do it? Or is she as innocent as she claims? And, if she is, can Nora set aside her personal feelings and help find the real murderer?
Find out in Dancing With The Dead! (Amazon)
Follow the daring exploits of Inspector Victor Sharpe and MI5 agent Sarah Gold as they team up to get German double-agent Adler and solve fascinating crimes across London.
Case #1 – Get Adler! MI5 agent Sarah Gold has called in Detective Inspector Victor Sharpe to capture double-agent Adler and recover top-secret documents. However, getting the traitor won’t be so easy, as Adler is more sinister than expected.
Case #2 – The Prescott Sisters Harriet has been the faithful daughter putting her life on hold for her sick parents, while her more-loved sister, Margaret, partied her life away. Secrets are revealed when Maggie is fished out of the Thames river.
Case #3 – Diamonds in the Rough is a classic whodunit, as Victor Sharpe and Sarah Gold team up to catch Granny, who has been robbing jewellery shops in London and escaping on her red bicycle.
Case #4 – Adler’s Revenge! Adler has broken out of prison and kidnapped Sarah Gold. Victor is desperate to find her and eliminate his arch nemesis once and for all!
“As readable as racing through a bag of storm chips.”
Elissa Barnard, Arts Writer, The Chronicle-Herald
“Victor Sharpe and Sarah Gold are such delightful characters. They jump right from the pages into your heart.”
Steve Milley, reviewer, Canada
“I enjoyed this book! I loved the last story where it was like watching the characters figure out an escape room puzzle.”
Dan King, The Game Boy Geek, reviewer, USA (Amazon)
From an Amazon bestselling author comes a classic whodunit with twists and turns and secrets that must be revealed…
The dead body of a Buddhist monk is found at the bottom of a cliff early one morning in a small town in Australia’s Far North Queensland. Four months later with the killer still at large, Dusty Kent, investigative journalist renowned for her ability to solve cold cases, is called in.
Dusty’s heart goes out to the humble monk who lived quietly in a forest community, nurturing the garden and volunteering to read books to elderly residents of a retirement village. Why would anyone want to kill such a gentle soul? Is the killer a fellow monk with psychopathic traits? Had small town prejudice against the forest community manifested into violent hatred?
Dusty’s determination to unmask the murderer is spurred on by her sympathy for the dead monk, her determination to bring him justice and her fury at the cold-hearted killer. One by one, secrets are uprooted and motives unearthed. What Dusty discovers in her quest to find the truth shocks and saddens her and has her Irish assistant questioning whether they should continue with the case.
This 4th book in the Dusty Kent murder mysteries following Murder in Murloo, A Devious MindandRippling Red is certain to captivate you.
Brigid George is the pen name of JB Rowley, author of Amazon best sellers Whisper My Secretand Mother of Ten.
**It is not necessary to read the Dusty Kent books in sequence. Each one is a different stand-alone story with new characters except for the two main characters who feature in all the stories. In other words, the books constitute a series of stories NOT a serial. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
Framed for another murder that she didn’t commit, Diva Delaney once again finds herself neck deep in trouble. This time, she knows who is behind the crime, but proving it isn’t going to be easy when the evidence against her is so overwhelming. She will have to rely on the father of her high school nemesis to get her out of jail. Luckily, Roger Mayhew owes her one, thanks to Haydn Creighton’s blackmailing skills.
As if Diva doesn’t already have enough problems, Nina Rivers warns her that she’s in danger. The witch might only have moderate power, but one thing she excels at is hunches. Her intuition is never wrong and she senses Diva is in extreme peril. Someone out there means her harm, but she doesn’t know who it is, or when they’ll strike. Personally, Diva suspects the danger will most likely come from Gillian Farque. Haydn’s fiancé already has it in for her. Thanks to the damage Diva did to her sports car, she’s going to make her pay big time.
Diva’s cousins, Eve and Courtney are having problems of their own. Eve’s is a direct result of accompanying Diva on one of her jobs. Courtney’s is self-inflicted. Her decision to attempt to force the handsome sheriff to fall for her has repercussions she didn’t plan on. There’s a reason why conjurers are forbidden from casting magic on normals. Doing so often backfires on the caster horribly. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
At the end of a long, lonely road, halfway
between Louisiana and the land of the dead, lies a
city named Twilight. It’s a place where vampires,
ghosts, and high-functioning zombies can live in
relative peace. Relative, being the operative word.
Someone murdered a vampire in the Hotel Tinselvania,
the biggest hotel in the gambling district. His
curtains were drawn wide to let in the morning sun.
Who could have done it and why? It’s up to Sandra,
the hotel manager, to find out. And she only has till
sundown–that’s when the local police will come and
wipe her memory. Again.
If you like cozy mysteries and spooky towns, come
and visit “Twilight, Louisiana: today. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Sharon Bolton returns with her creepiest standalone yet, following a young cop trying to trace the disappearances of a small town’s teenagers.
Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence was able to solve the mystery and get a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered., and he spent the rest of his life in prison.
But now, decades later, he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did she get it wrong all those years ago? When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.
In master of suspense Sharon Bolton’s latest thriller, readers will find a page-turner to confirm their deepest fears and the only protagonist who can face them. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a possible love interest. In the fourth installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries, Sarah’s daughter, Martha, begins to play a larger role in her life, bringing a troubled past and impending danger. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
Meet Tara Thorpe – she’s Cambridge Police’s newest recruit… but her dark past is never far behind her. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.
When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story.
Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…
When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?
An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!
Readers are completely gripped by Clare Chase…
‘Literally couldn’t put it down!! This was an excellent thriller with well-developed characters and great twists!! From the first page until the end… a great ride of mystery, suspense and murder… Excellent thriller and crime read!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Fast-paced, twisty, and interesting well-developed characters. Oh, and a very interesting setting! I just ripped right through this book. A wonderful balance of what I feel are the essential elements for a crime novel. This appears to be the first in a series… I hope so as I really enjoyed Tara!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I’m excited by this. I think we need a new series of mysteries and murders in Cambridge and the fens… Ooh yes, I liked this one!’ The Book Trail
‘You’ll enjoy her books including this one if you like Joy Ellis, L. J. Ross, and Faith Martin… I absolutely adored the setting here. It reminds a little of the sort of setting in Midsomer Murders – quaint and idyllic with some very shady characters. The twists in the plot were plentiful and I liked the relationship and dynamic between Thorpe and Blake.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘A tense, exciting read with plenty of twists… an addictive read.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I now have another procedural investigative series to follow… A whip-smart read that had a good many surprises and twists… I’d definitely recommend this to fans of procedural mysteries. It was like an Inspector Morse & Midsomer layer cake with Christie for the frosting. I’m awaiting my next slice.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘A darned good read.’ Goodreads reviewer (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.
Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.
Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.
In the debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mysteries Series, you’ll discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic and nosy residents. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle