Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 9th, 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.
“It’s Harriet’s fault. It’s always her fault, not that she’ll ever admit it.” So begins A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery, the first in a new cozy series that mixes feline fiction with a touch of the paranormal, and a little romance as well.
Becca, newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic powers. With nothing but time – and a desire for empowerment – she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that her three cats – Harriet, Laurel, and Clara – are the ones with the real power. And when Harriet – “a cream-colored longhair with more fur than commonsense” – conjures a pillow for her own comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws her aside to share a secret – a confidence that may lead to murder? (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover
Sir Robert Carey has just foiled a double plot against King James. He rides for Leith hunting the would-be assassin now identified as Joachim Hochstetter, also known as Jonathan Hepburn. Has he taken ship for the Continent, or ridden nearly 130 miles south and west into England? There at Keswick, his family, originally from Augsburg, runs a mining operation that pays a royalty to Queen Elizabeth in gold. It’s ruled by the widow Radagunda Hochstetter, his mother.
Sir Robert’s other problem? His dour, difficult, and now treasonous henchman, Sergeant Henry Dodd, has disappeared somewhere on the snowy moors. Why can’t anyone find Dodd’s body?
Before going after Hochstetter, Carey must escort Dodd’s widow back to her home at Gilsland. It’s a complex operation involving a cart, Widow Ridley and Skinabake Armstrong. That’s the man who sold Janet Dodd to Wee Colin, the Elliot headman, on her way to Edinburgh before Dodd disappeared.
If Hochstetter goes to ground in Keswick, how far will the colony of German miners go to protect Radagunda’s favourite child? He may be an outlaw in Scotland, and King James certainly wants his head, but Carey has no official authorization to kill the man in England.
Predictably, the Hochstetter family is politely obstructive. But something else is going on. What in the name of everything unholy is that well-known reiver, Wattie Graham of Netherby, doing so far over the border in peaceful Keswick?
Sir Robert is tested to the utmost in chasing the traitor (underground), solving a murder, arranging a duel – and then his courtship of another man’s wife takes a deadly turn. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
Final resting place? Deck chair
Death on the Diversion is the start of a brand-new cozy mystery series from a USA Today bestselling author.
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Sheila Mackey has a secret. To the world, she’s author of a blockbuster book. Her wily great-aunt, the actual author, orchestrated this mutually beneficial masquerade. Now the aunt’s retiring and Sheila must draft Act Two of her own life. This cruise is supposed to be the perfect time to do that.
Crossing the Atlantic on the Diversion, Sheila finds a dead body on deck.
She realizes she knows a whole lot more about the interactions of the victim and suspects than the ship’s officials do. She’s drawn into sleuthing, but finds herself hampered by a well-meaning but overprotective would-be Dr. Watson.
This murder mystery with humor is the first book in a new series, Secret Sleuth. In later books, amateur sleuth Sheila returns to dry land in the Midwest, where mysteries abound in her new small-town home.
If you like mysteries about the inner world of writers, set among the insular cruise ship community, where even the sleuth has secrets she’s hiding (and a dog to come in book two), then you’ll love award-winning Patricia McLinn’s newest whodunit with humor.
Get on board to sail away with crime, clues and memorable characters.
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On the spectrum of McLinn’s mysteries, the Caught Dead in Wyoming cozy mysteries are in the middle, Proof of Innocence is a edgier (and has more romance), and Secret Sleuth is a bit less edgy.
Secret Sleuth series
Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Ave.
Look for more Secret Sleuth mysteries to come!
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle
More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:
Caught Dead in Wyoming
Hot Roll (2019)
“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” — Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author
If you like mystery with romance and a bit of humor, try also:
Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence (2019)
Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (romantic suspense; includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)
Bardville, Wyoming series (romance with a little mystery)
A Stranger in the Family
A Stranger to Love
The Rancher Meets His Match
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
McLinn is the author of more than 45 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards.
She has spoken about writing from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.
Now living in northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter. (Amazon)
Editions available: Kindle
Things are changing in Landover County. And not for the normal.
There are plenty of signs in Landover County, just none of Shelby’s missing fiancé or his brothers. And Carly still doesn’t know very much about what’s going on, until a ghost follows her home one day with a sob story:
During a snowy weekend in 1923, after a private poker game among lifelong friends, Feldman Winehouse was discovered with his throat slit, under his own poker table at his speakeasy. He wants Carly’s help to figure out which one of his best friends murdered him.
There’s only one problem. He needs to hurry. His energy is changing from a ghost into what most people commonly refer to as a demon, so he doesn’t have much time.
Carly wants nothing to do with him, or so she tells everyone. She’s seen The Exorcist. Channeling with a possible demon is not a good idea.
But when the entity proves he knows about the signs and why Potter Grove itself is changing, is it more than the strong medium can resist?
Find out by reading Under the Cheater’s Table, the fourth book in the paranormal mystery series, The Ghosts Of Landover Mysteries. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
“Thoroughly entertaining, tense, suspenseful, and so well-written. Don’t miss this one. Highly recommended reading!” – John Nicholl – bestselling author
“A triumph of a mystery, a good cosy crime to entertain everyone – Betsy Reavley has done it again!” – Anita Waller bestselling author
Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?
Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?
When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.
DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.
But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…
Who is behind the killings and why?
The police have their work cut out and the key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.
But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…
What everyone is saying about Murder in the Dark:
“Another great cozy crime from Ms Reavley. Perfect for those dark winter evenings…” – J.A. Baker bestselling author
“Once again this author has written a thrilling read with a totally unexpected outcome!” – Susan Hunter reviewer
“An amazing twisted story that sends chills down your spine” – Sarah Hodgson reviewer
Betsy Reavley is the international best-selling author of multiple thrillers, including The Optician’s Wife and Frailty.Murder in the Dark is the follow-on to Murder at the Book Club, though can equally be read as a stand-alone. It’s a gripping mystery thriller which will appeal to fans of authors like Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and LJ Ross. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
Eager to come to terms with her friend’s substance abuse, Norah decides to distract herself by writing the story of her great-grandparents. As Norah becomes caught up in the tales of her sleuthing great-grandparents and their adventures solving mysteries, the present starts to overlap.
Soon Norah is caught up in a real-life mystery that could lead her to discover the truth behind her friend, Mariette’s, addiction. As the pieces fall into place, the evidence points to the possibility of Mariette being drugged without her knowledge. As past and present collide, will Norah find the true culprit and will she be in time to prevent anyone else being hurt? (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
For fans of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier comes the second in Maymee Bell’s delectable Southern Cake Baker mysteries.
Sophia Cummings may be unlucky in love, but she knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his sweet tooth. This evening, she plans to use that knowledge—and her skills as a New York City-trained pastry chef—to open the hearts and wallets of Rumford, Kentucky’s richest men. Sophia, proprietress of For Goodness Cakes, has been commissioned to cater the Heart of the Town Library charity fundraiser at Grape Valley Winery. She’s spent all her dough to make this a successful event, raise her profile, and win more plum catering jobs.
At first, the going is as smooth as an elegant chocolate ganache. After nibbling Sophia’s tasty treats, Ray Peel, the winery’s landlord, announces he will pay off Rumford’s library loan. But the evening soon turns decidedly frosty when Ray is murdered—before he can make good on his promise, and before he can pay Sophia for her catering services.
For Goodness Cakes will collapse if Sophia can’t collect what she’s owed. So Sophia once again puts on her sleuthing apron to figure out who iced Ray. A glass of your favorite red or white is the perfect accompaniment to Maymee Bell’s scrumptious Batter Off Dead―with authentic Southern recipes! (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover