Review of Missing By The Sea

Missing By The Sea
Haunting By The Sea, Book #3
Kathi Daley
5 Stars




A Halloween tradition, a ghost with amnesia, and a friend in crisis, collide in this haunting small town paranormal mystery set on the picturesque Oregon Coast. Amanda and the gang stumble upon a ghost who can’t seem to remember who she was in life or where she left her body. Unable to move on until these critical questions are answered, the gang slide into sleuth mode to help the confused specter. When a second girl turns up dead and a third goes missing, Amanda realizes the stakes are much higher than she first thought. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. I love spending time with Amanda and her friends (and her inner self Alyson). They all get along well and they are very good at solving mysteries. Amanda is such a caring person and you can tell that she really wants to help the ghosts that appear to her and she feels deeply saddened. I love the paranormal aspect to this series.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she pulls you right into the story from the start and drags the reader along on a great journey. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery is well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. Grab a copy of this book and enjoy yourself.


New Releases For The Week Of October 14th, 2018–Part 4

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 fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Ask Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery by [Noble, Shelley]From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble, Ask Me No Questions is the first in the Lady Dunbridge Mystery series featuring a widow turned sleuth in turn-of-the-twentieth century New York City.

A modern woman in 1907, Lady Dunbridge is not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm.

From the decadence of high society balls to the underbelly of Belmont horse racing, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook















Murder on the Clifftops: An utterly addictive cozy mystery novel (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 3) by [Rowlands, Betty]French cheese, fine wine and… a mystifying murder?

A delightful afternoon stroll turns to disaster when the guests of an artists’ retreat in the French mountains spot the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff.

Amongst them is Melissa Craig who, binoculars at the ready, suddenly finds herself at the centre of a very puzzling mystery. Was it an accident, or was he pushed?

Her suspicions are confirmed when another body is found days later in almost exactly the same spot. It can’t be a coincidence; someone in this idyllic French village is up to no good, and it’s up to her to find out who.

Between the eccentric locals and mischievous guests, Melissa finds herself with no shortage of potential suspects: was it the surly handyman with a dark past, or perhaps the short-sighted widow with an excellent golf swing? But the real question is: how close to the edge will Melissa have to tread to find the culprit…?

An absolutely unputdownable murder mystery you’ll read in one sitting. Perfect for anyone who loves Agatha Christie, P.D. James or Faith Martin. 

This book was previously published as Over the Edge.

What readers are saying about Murder on the Clifftops:

A page turner and one that kept me up late.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really loved the main characters and the brilliant plot. I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘This book hits the spot as an easy to read cosy mystery and I found myself lost in its pages almost immediately… Fascinating… I didn’t guess the killer and was surprised by the identity of the culprit… there was a wealth of red herrings to keep me guessing.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘A great murder mystery story with some humour thrown in, ideal for Agatha Christie and MC Beaton fans! I shall look forward to reading the next book in the series!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

A delightful whimsical read from the pen of Betty Rowlands… The writing flows, flitting from scene to scene as the body count rises. There’s a touch of the Barbara Pym here, Pym crossed with dear old Agatha. A book to be savoured.’ Jenny O’Brien Writer, 5 stars

‘You just become immersed in the narrative… and if you like a cosy murder mystery this is for you. I look forward to the next one.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

A quirky cast of characters makes this an enthralling mystery… Another fascinating, quick read from the pen of Betty Rowlands.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Melissa and her friend Iris are fabulous… A well-written good old fashioned whodunnit. I look forward to reading more in this series.’ Goodreads reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Aunt Bessie Solves (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Book 19) by [Xarissa, Diana]Aunt Bessie solves murders with alarming regularity.

Elizabeth Cubbon, known as Bessie to nearly everyone, has been caught up in far too many murder investigations lately. When a friend from the UK, police inspector Andrew Cheatham, comes to visit, she can’t help but take an interest in a cold case he mentions, however.

Aunt Bessie solves his case, or at least presents him with an intriguing new avenue to investigate.

Andrew is excited about the possible solution to the thirty-year-old case, but he’s also eager to spend some time working on a cold case that is puzzling Inspector John Rockwell.

Can Aunt Bessie solve both cases and still find time to show Andrew around the island she loves?   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

all the lies (BREAKDOWN Book 3) by [Webb, Peggy]THE BREAKDOWN BROADENS…

Julia Ford is hidden in plain sight in Shutter Lake, her local newspaper column, The Good Life, belying the fact that she was once famous globally for investigative journalism…and for the unthinkable act that put her on the run. But her past shows up in the form of FBI agent “Rick” Richards, looking for a partner last seen in the area. Their search draws them into the hunt for Sylvia Cole’s killer, exposes Julia’s demons and unearths another deadly secret in a once-perfect town built on lies.

The novel, all the lies, is part of a groundbreaking, fast paced 4-book suspense series that will keep you turning pages until the end. Advance reviews describe BREAKDOWN as “unique,” “brilliant” and “the best series of the year.” The complete series includes the dead girl by Debra Webb, so many secrets by Vicki Hinze, all the lies by Peggy Webb and what she knew by Regan Black. You’ll want all four books of the thrilling BREAKDOWN series!   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

Dead in the Shop: A Romantic Cosy Mystery (Grasmere Cottage Mystery Book 3) by [Donovan, Dahlia]Join bestselling author Dahlia Donovan in the final book of her cosy mystery adventure in Grasmere Cottage Mystery book three. With love, wit, and a murder to solve, Valor and Bishan really need to stop life being so bloody complicated in this sweet gay romance.

Deadly fire? Check.

Fear-induced heart attack imminent? Check.

Time running out on them? Not good.

Valor Scott wants nothing more than to enjoy life in his little cottage with his boyfriend. The shadows of a serial killer continue to haunt him, though. He only wants the living nightmare to end. He battles one catastrophic event after the other, intent on bringing his loved ones through to the other side safely.

As their killer finally comes out into the open, Valor finds himself face-to-face with an obsessed murderer intent on destroying everyone in their path.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


French Quarter Clues (The Mystery House Book 3) by [Pohler, Eva]


When Ellen and Sue discover that a demon is attached to Tanya, the three friends fly to New Orleans to enlist the help of a Voodoo high priestess. Soon they learn that Tanya’s life depends on them finding and consecrating the remains of a “Devil Child,” cared for by Delphine LaLaurie and Marie Laveau. The key to finding the remains is hidden in a secret diary buried somewhere in a vacant Creole mansion in the French Quarter. It’s time for the three friends to renovate and solve another mystery and hopefully live to tell the tale.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

















Murder Served Cold by [Williams, Paula]A quiet English village where nothing ever happens. Until…

After her boyfriend runs out on her with the contents of their joint bank account, Kat Latcham has no choice but to return to the tiny Somerset village of Much Winchmoor, where she grew up. A place, she reckons, that is not so much sleepy as comatose, and she longs for something exciting to happen to lessen the boredom of living with her parents.

But when she and her childhood friend, Will Manning, discover a body, and Will’s father, John, is arrested for the murder, Kat suddenly realises she should have heeded the saying “be careful what you wish for”.

Much Winchmoor is a hotbed of gossip, and everyone is convinced John Manning is guilty. Only Kat and Will believe he’s innocent. When there’s a second murder, Kat is sure she knows the identity of the murderer – and sets out to prove it. But in doing so, she almost becomes the murderer’s third victim.

Readers of Sue Grafton might enjoy the Much Winchmoor series of cosy murder mysteries spiked with humour and sprinkled with romance.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death by [Vincent, M B]‘This is the most cheerful book about murder I’ve ever read. If the writings of Agatha Christie and Peter Kay ever had a baby, I like to think it would read something like this’ The Bookbag

Welcome to Castle Kidbury – a pretty town in a green West Country valley. It’s home to all sorts of people, with all the stresses and joys of modern life, but with a town square and a proper butcher’s. It also has, for our purposes, a rash of gory murders …
***Fast-paced and funny, this is a must-read for all fans of a classic murder mystery – think The Vicar of Dibley meets Midsomer Murders ***

Jess Castle is running away. Again. This time she’s running back home, like she swore she never would.

Castle Kidbury, like all small towns, hums with gossip but now it’s plagued with murder of the most gruesome kind. Jess instinctively believes that the hippyish cult camped out on the edge of town are not responsible for the spate of crucifixions that blights the pretty landscape. Her father, a respected judge, despairs of Jess as she infiltrates the cult and manages, not for the first time, to get herself arrested.

Rupert Lawson, a schooldays crush who’s now a barrister, bails her out. Jess ropes in a reluctant Rupert as she gatecrashes the murder investigation of DS Eden. A by-the-book copper, Eden has to admit that intuitive, eccentric Jess has the nose of a detective.

As the gory murders pile up, there’s nothing to connect the victims. And yet, the clues are there if you look hard enough.

Perfect for fans of MC Beaton, this is cosy crime at its most entertaining and enthralling.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook













Murder on Stilettos (A Detective Joe Ezell Mystery, Book 4): Private Investigator Cozy Mystery by [Conn, P.J.]“This is a wonderful series. The period facts are correct, the plots interesting and the characters believable.” ~Lori Biever Launder

Famed Cellist Dies a Fashionable Death in Murder on Stilettos by P.J. Conn

— Los Angeles, 1947 –-

Constance Remson, a wealthy young society woman, hires Joe Ezell to follow the man she is dating, Matteo de Milano–a famed cellist known for his brief but torrid affairs. Joe finds the amorous musician dead, the victim of a savage assault with a stiletto heel.

Now, Constance wants Joe to solve the mystery surrounding her former lover’s death.

But, with a long list of beautiful jilted lovers—of which any one could have spun rejection into murder—an unexpected insight brings the murderer to justice and earns Joe some much needed respect.

Publisher Note: The Detective Joe Ezell Mystery Series is a “clean and wholesome” read with no sex or vulgar language and will be enjoyed by readers of cozy mysteries and classic detective “whodunit” mysteries in the spirit of Sam Spade and Humphrey Bogart. While not a true noir or hard-boiled mystery, this series captures the charm of film noir without the drugs, sex and beatings.

“. . . solid characters, set back in the 1940’s where times seemed simpler . . .” ~C. Weber, eBook Discovery Reviewer

The Detective Joe Ezell Mystery Series, in order
Murder Me Twice
Stairway to Murder
Murder on Ice
Murder on Stilettos
Eye for Murder

About the Author: Always a passionate lover of books, this New York Times bestselling author first answered a call to write in the 1980s and swiftly embarked on her own mythic journey. MURDER ON STILETTOS, the fourth book in her Joe Ezell Mystery series, written as P. J., is her forty-sixth release. With more than seven million copies in print of her historical, contemporary and futuristic books written under her own name as well as her pseudonyms, Cinnamon Burke, and P. J. Conn, she is as enthusiastic as ever about writing.

A native Californian, Phoebe attended the University of Arizona and California State University at Los Angeles where she earned a BA in Art History and an MA in Education. Her books have won Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards and a nomination for Storyteller of the Year. Her futuristic, STARFIRE RISING, won a RomCom award as best Futuristic Romance of the year. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc. and Sisters in Crime.

She is the proud mother of two grown sons and two adorable grandchildren, who love to have her read to them.

Phoebe loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












A Gift of Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by [Haines, Carolyn]Christmas comes to Zinnia, Mississippi—Sarah Booth Delaney must solve a case as the holiday approaches, in this new cozy mystery from Carolyn Haines.

Christmas is just around the corner and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are preparing for a festive holiday season. After a turbulent season of solving cases, they’re ready for some holiday cheer. Sarah Booth and Sheriff Coleman Peters have finally gotten together, and this is the first holiday they’re celebrating as a couple. Sarah Booth busies herself with decking the halls and daydreaming about romantic Christmas nights with Coleman.

Then her friend Cece Dee Falcon shows up needing Sarah Booth’s help—right now. She shows Sarah Booth a box that was delivered by courier and left at Cece’s front porch. It contains a lock of hair, a photograph of a pretty young woman, very pregnant, and a note demanding ransom for the return of the teen. Cece reveals that this is her cousin’s daughter, Eve Falcon, and that she’d lost touch with this part of her family years ago. Eve and Cece had been close, until the family had a terrible falling out, and banished Cece from their lives. The countdown begins as the kidnapper pushes for payment—or else, he threatens, Eve will meet her maker. It’s up to Sarah Booth and her friends to find the girl before something terrible happens on what should be the merriest day of the year.

Carolyn Haines’s trademark humor and lovable characters are back, in a heartwarming Christmas story that will enchant and delight readers looking for a suspenseful mystery wrapped in joyful holiday merriment.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook