Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder Wears A Little Black Dress


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Debra Sennefelder and her new release Murder Wears a Little Black Dress.  This is the first book in her A Resale Boutique Mystery.


Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Lyrical Underground (January 22, 2019)
Paperback: 200 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108965
ISBN-13: 978-1516108961
Digital ASIN: B07CR2CG63


Purchase Links

Amazon   B&N   Kobo    Google Play


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Manhattan fashionista Kelly Quinn thought she’d left her upstate New York town far behind . . . until the Seventh Avenue expat returns home to revamp her grandmother’s consignment shop into an upscale boutique—and unwittingly sets a trend for murder . . .

After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixed feelings about relocating back to Lucky Cove, in spite of her big plans for the soon-to-be-renamed Curated by Kelly Resale Boutique. What’s left of her luck starts running out when a customer puts on a black lace dress that triggers visions of someone being murdered. As if the haunted “Murder Dress” isn’t enough to kill business, the psychic’s doppelganger cousin has just been found bludgeoned to death.

Was Maxine LeMoyne the real target or was it a case of mistaken murder? With some creepy pre-Halloween bargain hunters walking the night and Kelly suddenly a person of interest, a second murder rocks the close-knit town. Now Kelly could be the one who ends up talking to dead people when she’s stalked by a killer determined to take her out in high style . . .






This is the first book in the series and I found it very entertaining.  It had everything that I look for in a cozy: great characters, a charming setting, a complex mystery, a  little paranormal and intrigue.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Kelly is a smart, feisty woman who has had a lot of changes in her life.  She is willing to make a go of keeping her grandmother’s resale shop, but she does not know if she can be successful.  When she is accused of a murder, she know she has to figure out who the real killer is. It was great getting to know Kelly and her friends and I cannot wait to spend more time with them in future books.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I thought that the mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were a lot of clues to sift through and suspects to consider and I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end. I really liked the ending, it totally took me by surprise.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series when it is released.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.




Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.

Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

Author Links:

Website – Facebook – Goodreads 





When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I honestly don’t remember. I’ve always written. Mostly short stories throughout school. My over-active imagination and creativity often spilled out when my girlfriend and I played with our Barbie dolls. Barbie and her friends had quite interesting lives. I think a lot of that was influenced by our sneaking episodes of General Hospital. I don’t think there ever wasn’t a time I was making up stories.


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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I think what will set MURDER WEARS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS apart from others is the characters that populate the book and the series. Kelly Quinn is a (hopefully) likable yet flawed character who is struggling to find her way in this world. In addition to the quirky characters we love in cozy mysteries, there’s some serious things happening in Kelly’s life. She’s grieving, she’s trying to rebuild her relationship with her sister and she’s trying to forgive herself for something in her past. Pepper Donovan loves Kelly like a daughter, feels it’s her responsibility to look out for her yet she’s a little resentful to the changes Kelly is making at the consignment shop. Then there’s Ralph Blake, Kelly’s uncle who pushes for Kelly to sell the business. He’s not please the inheritance went to her and not him and his mother made him the executor of the estate. He’s a blowhard and only concerned with profits.


Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I work from a detailed outline that usually ranges from twenty to twenty-five pages.


Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I try not to read reviews. And if I do, I never respond.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be sure to take time to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

I believe covers play a huge role in getting a reader’s interest. I know I’m first attracted to a cover, then I read the blurb and then I read a sample. My publisher, Kensington, handles the cover art.


Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Kelly Quinn seems to have it all. She’s young, pretty and on a career path in the retail buying world until it all comes crashing down around her. Suddenly unemployed, grieving the unexpected death of her grandmother and now the new owner of a tired, old consignment shop in her hometown she never thought she’d live again, she has to decide what to do with her life while getting caught up in a murder investigation linked to a garment in her shop. I think Kelly’s determination, spirit and her kindness make her pretty special.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’ve learned how determined I really am. Pursuing publication isn’t an easy thing and it’s so easy to give up.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I currently write full-time.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m hoping to continue writing the Resale Boutique series as well as the Food Blogger mystery series. I have many ideas that also do not fit into either series, so I’ll be exploring them.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

Balancing all of the responsibilities that come along with writing. In addition to writing the books, authors juggle numerous other tasks that involve managing a small business to writing newsletters to maintaining social media accounts. While writing is the most important thing I can do as a writer, all of the other work I have to do can be challenging at time because there’s only so much time in a day. I’m always striving to improve my time management skills.


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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read mysteries, from psychological thrillers to suspense to procedurals. I read romance and women’s fiction. I have so many favorite authors. A few of my favorite authors are Katherine Hall Page, Shari Lapena, Alafair Burke, Kristin Hannah and Debbie Macomber. I could go on and on.

What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I love hearing from them.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you! I truly appreciate with all of the books out there to read, you’ve chosen one of mine. And, please connect with me on social media or through email.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?





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January 25 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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New Releases For The Week Of January 27th, 2019–Part 5

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 27th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for this week. Today is the fifth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Living the Vida Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery Book 1) by [Bourbon, Melissa ]Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she’s now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola.

Her first big case? A missing mother who may not want to be found. And to make her already busy life even more complicated, Lola’s helping her cousin plan her quinceañera and battling her family and their old-fashioned views on women and careers. She’s also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.

Lola takes it all in stride, but when the subject of her search ends up dead, she realizes she has a lot more to worry about. Soon she finds herself wrapped up in the possibly shady practices of a tattoo parlor, local politics, and someone with serious—maybe deadly—road rage. To top it all off, her treasured post-coital pictures of Jack are missing!

Still, Lola is well-equipped to handle these challenges. She’s a black-belt in kung fu, and her body isn’t her only weapon. She’s got smarts, sass, and more tenacity than her Mexican mafioso-wannabe grandfather. A few of her famous margaritas don’t hurt, either.

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LIVING THE VIDA LOLA by Melissa Bourbon | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook










Hasta La Vista, Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery Book 2) by [Bourbon, Melissa]When Lola comes home to her parents’ house to find a horde of relatives mourning her death, no one is more surprised than she is. The news had reported that one Lola Cruz, PI was found murdered in an alley, causing great alarm in the Cruz family.

Before Lola can say “boo,” a cop comes to the house. It turns out the dead woman had a driver’s license with Lola’s information.

Between avoiding an unsavory ex-boyfriend, sorting out mixed signals from the very interested but not yet committed Jack Callaghan, and filling in as a waitress at her parents’ Mexican restaurant, Lola tries to find out who the woman was and why she stole her identity. Was the woman hiding from someone who meant her harm, or is there someone out there who wants Lola dead?

This follow-up to Bourbon’s debut novel, Living the Vida Lola, is a red-hot, fun-filled mystery. Lola, a black belt in kung fu who loves to salsa dance, makes for a sexy, unique, and vivacious detective.

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HASTA LA VISTA, LOLA by Melissa Bourbon | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback












Bare-Naked Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery Book 3) by [Bourbon, Melissa]Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort.

Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but a smile?

If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she’s going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps.

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BARE-NAKED LOLA by Melissa Bourbon | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback











Fearful Fortunes and Terrible Tarot: Wonky Inn Book 4 by [Wycherley, Jeannie]There’s a psychic fayre heading to Whittlecombe.

Alf, the witch, didn’t see it coming … perhaps she should have done.

Whittle Inn is up and running and gaining in popularity. Proud owner Alfhild Daemonne can afford to relax, can’t she?
Apparently not.

When her neighbouring inn decides to host the south west region’s largest ever Psychic and Holistic Convention, you’d think that would allow Alf the opportunity to make lots of new friends. Think of it! Dozens and dozens of fortune tellers, mediums, diviners, psychics, rune-tellers, witch doctors, and even a voodoo priestess from New Orleans – all gathered together in one big field.

Not so.

Alf is banned from attending the Fayre and looks set to miss out – until Wizard Shadowmender sends her on an undercover operation that is.

In the meantime, someone is sending Alf death threats and many of her friends in the village of Whittlecombe are subject to fearful fortune tellings and terrible tarot readings at the Fayre.

It appears that dark forces are gathering in Whittlecombe.

Will Alf make it to her 31st birthday?

And just who is it that wishes her harm?

Find out when you read Wonky Inn Book 4 today.

Fearful Fortunes and Terrible Tarot is Book 4 of the Wonky Inn series from Amazon UK bestselling author Jeannie Wycherley.

Praise for The Wonkiest Witch: Wonky Inn Book 1

‘Finally a strong, adventurous fun female witch.’ Amazon Reviewer

‘Emotionally thrilling, action packed, and engaging adventure filled with unknown danger, dark secrets and some seriously wonky magic….. Highly entertaining!’ Amazon Reviewer

‘This book is awesome the characters are amazing, and the writing is out of this world good.’ Amazon Reviewer

‘The characters are so full of life that they jump out of the page.’ Amazon Reviewer

‘I so enjoyed this deliciously quirky (and, yes, wonky!) story. I expected it to be good but it is much better than that. I’m not sure how to slide this entertaining story into a genre ‘slot’ but I also don’t think it’s very important to label it with anything other than “a surprisingly wonderful adventure”. I love it and I highly recommend it and sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.’ Amazon Reviewer  (Amazon)

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Poetic Poison (A Swansneck Village Mystery, # 2) by [Vale, V S]Do you love engaging characters, a puzzling whodunit and captivating settings? Then read on and discover the Swansneck Village Mystery Series!


Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Award for the series: “A delightful cozy mystery that will satisfy the most die-hard amateur-sleuthing murder mystery fan. The essence of the novel is deliciously authentic, and I was enchanted with the genuineness of the town and its inhabitants. Jenny is an exciting new sleuth similar in style and disposition to Agatha Raisin”


She was dying to read poetry—and a poem led to her death…

Having returned to her roots in the North of England, Jenny Bradshaw is settling into her new life in the Victoriana hotspot of Swansneck Village. But while checking a used handbag in her shop, Passion for Vintage Fashion, she discovers a page torn from a book of poetry, emblazoned with a murderous threat. What’s more, the previous owner of the bag, Grace Alty, is now dead…

Although the police say she died of natural causes, Jenny suspects otherwise. Especially when her Grandmother states that Grace was a close friend of Jenny’s dear departed great-uncle. But when Jenny gets accused of losing her uncle’s stamp collection, she resigns herself to many months of her grandmother’s wrath; that is, until Jenny resolves to prove her innocence. Determined to hunt down the missing stamp collection, Jenny must first unravel the mysterious circumstances of Grace’s death—and she has several prime suspects in her sights.

Between supporting her old school friend while he competes at the Founder’s Day Fete, and selling vintage fashions at the Swan Mill Hotel Antiques Fayre, Jenny resorts to desperate measures to find the killer, trace the stamps and clear her name. Not to mention having to juggle her other troubles… Like her father heading into a disastrous liaison with the village floozy, or the Clan of village matriarchs plotting to turn her into a kitten-owning spinster!

Poetic Poison is a puzzling whodunit with a cast of complex, eccentric characters you’ll want to follow. If you like mysteries from the golden era, and a plot that keeps you guessing, then you’ll love V.S. Vale’s second instalment in the Swansneck Village Mysteries. A classic series in the making!

Buy Poetic Poison and become immersed in this page turner of a cozy mystery today!

While each Swansneck Village book is a stand-alone mystery, you may prefer to read the series in order from book one, Murder Most Fowl, so you can follow the characters as they are brought to realistic and unforgettable life!

Please Note; This book is written in British English and contains no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Genre: culinary / hobby cozy mysteries, cozy british mysteries / women amateur sleuth  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Ninth and Nowhere by [Deaver, Jeffery]Seven strangers. Two hours. One tragic moment of violence that changes everything.

In this electrifying short story by New York Times bestselling suspense master Jeffery Deaver, the destinies of seven strangers intersect in ways no one sees coming. It looks like just another gray March morning in the tough urban district nicknamed Nowhere when seven lives converge: a young man intent on buying a gun; the gangbanger who cuts him a deal; a by-the-book police officer on a last patrol; an advertising executive keeping secrets from her husband; a veteran haunted by a combat death; a single dad in a bitter custody battle; and a sharp-looking businessman en route to a new job he desperately needs. Any one of them could have a dark motive. Any one of them could be walking into a trap. When the fog lifts, it will all be much clearer—that a single, shattering act of violence has marked each of them forever.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook














How Perfect You Are (Carlson College Mysteries Book 1) by [Fox, Isabel]

Work. School. Friends. Life is business as usual for Carlson College student Cassie Morgan, which is just the way she likes it. Cassie’s orderly world is turned upside down, though, when she receives a mysterious text message from a secret admirer. Though she tries to brush it off at first, it soon becomes apparent that her admirer has more than just a crush. Strange messages are just the beginning of Cassie’s problems. As her admirer becomes increasingly invasive, Cassie must work with her friends and her roommate’s handsome older brother to identify her stalker before it’s too late.

How Perfect You Are is the debut novel of Isabel Fox and the first in the Carlson College Mystery Series. It deftly blends the new adult, cozy mystery, suspense, and romance genres together in a unique tale that will leave you hungry for more.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery Book 1) by [Lee, R.J.]After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who’s not playing with a full deck . . .

When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.

She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she’s ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.

Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it’s time to up the ante before she’s the next one to go down . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










Hot Fudge Murder (A Lickety Splits Mystery Book 2) by [Baxter, Cynthia]Just six weeks after the grand opening of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, owner Kate McKay has been enlisted to whip up sundaes at the most decadent soiree in the Hudson Valley. If only Kate knew how deadly sticky her sweet deal will turn out . . . 
Once Kate arrives at a glamorous gala hosted by world-famous fashion designer Omar DeVane, she’s instantly intimidated by the mogul’s luxurious mansion and the frosty personalities of his handlers. But the party completely loses its flavor when guests follow screams to a room that’s eerily empty—except for Omar’s freshly murdered body . . .

While the headline-grabbing crime brings a steady stream of journalists to the sleepy village of Wolfert’s Roost, Kate knows things won’t return to normal until Omar’s killer is brought to justice. And with the scandalous case driving customers away from Lickety Splits, she has no choice but to put down the ice cream scooper and expose the culprit on her own . . .

As Kate crashes high-profile photo shoots and mingles with fashion’s biggest influencers in search of clues, the puzzling truth about Omar’s fame and fortune rises to the surface—and with it, the key to his killer’s twisted motive. Kate will have to navigate the celebrity lifestyle to save her fledgling business, but her attempts to freeze cold-hearted criminals in their tracks could lead to a double scoop of deadly trouble . . .

Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook


New Releases For The Week Of January 27th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 27th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



No Escape Claws (Second Chance Cat Mystery Book 6) by [Ryan, Sofie]Sarah Grayson and her feline ally, Elvis, get a chance to see if their sleuthing skills are up to scratch in the sixth installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

It’s fall in North Harbor, Maine, where Sarah owns a charming secondhand shop and sells lovingly refurbished items of all kinds. The shop is always bustling–and not just because a quirky team of senior-citizen detectives works out of it and manages to get in even more trouble than Sarah’s rough-and-tumble rescue cat, Elvis.

A cold case heats up when young Mallory Pearson appears at the shop. Mallory’s father is in prison for negligence after her stepmother’s mysterious death, but Mallory believes he is innocent and asks the in-house detectives to take on the case. With Sarah and Elvis lending a paw, the detectives decide to try to give Mallory’s father a second chance of his own.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook















King Cake and Grave Mistakes (Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery Book 11) by [Crewes, Amber]A spate of muggings. A murdered victim. Can a small town bakery owner solve the case before the killer ending?

Meghan Truman has cornered the desserts market in the Pacific Northwest. With her twin poodles by her side, the once-upon-a-time newbie in town, is set to grow her mini empire. But Meghan has a real-life murder mystery on her hands when a pampering party for a famous painter ends with the demise of a guest.

How could a girly night of fun and laughter with some tasty nibbles end on such a sour note?

As Meghan continues her investigation, she discovers one common denominator links all the suspects on her list: their relationship to the famous painter…plus their consumption of her king cake!

With her boyfriend, handsome detective Jack Irvin out of town, will Meghan discover the mistakes the killer made to link them to the murder?

Book 11 in the Bestselling Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery series, which can be read in one to two hours! Perfect for a lunchtime read or on a commute to/from work. If you want to enjoy a quick light-hearted read, with an amateur female sleuth, mouth-watering culinary desserts and a gripping murder mystery with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Meghan Truman and all the quirky characters in Sandy Bay.

No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 15
When an attempted robbery of the Teaberry Jewelry Store ends in murder, it causes problems for some of Teaberry’s residents. Who can propose without an engagement ring? Can Megan find the puzzle pieces in time to help eternal love? This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.

Buy King Cake and Grave Mistakes to discover how events unfold in this cozy murder mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Headlong (A Bill Slider Mystery Book 21) by [Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia]Bill Slider and his team investigate the death of a prominent literary agent in this intriguing contemporary mystery.

When one of London’s best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, having fallen headlong from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure from the Borough Commander to confirm a case of accidental death. But when the evidence points to murder, Slider and his team find themselves uncovering some decidedly scandalous secrets in the suave and successful Ed Wiseman’s past.

An embittered ex-wife. A discarded mistress. A frustrated would-be author. A disgruntled former employee. Many had reason to hold a grudge against the late lamented literary agent. But who would feel strongly enough to kill him? Any leads in the investigation seem only to result in more questions – not least of which is the identity of the elusive Calliope Hunt. Who is she – and what is her connection to the train of events?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover













Killer Carbs (A Dying to Eat Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Heart, Kodi]Bonnie and her mom face the worst mystery of their lives – how many carbs do they really eat a day? That and the only guy in their diet group has been found dead… by Connie.

While some of the members are worried about the group’s national status in the dieting organization, others – Bonnie and Connie in particular – are worried about Connie being pinned as the killer.

The temptation of rice pudding served at brunch is strong!

Not as strong as the danger of a determined ex-husband who is out to nail Connie as the murderer.

Bonnie and her mom have to use family resources to prove Connie is innocent, because going to jail when you didn’t do anything is worse than death. Or so they’ve heard.

Can this mother and daughter team defeat the demons of dieting as well as discover who the killer is before the handcuffs slip into place?

Titles by Kodi Heart

Dying to Eat Series

Deadly Diet

Killer Carbs

Poisonous Protein

Death By Chocolate

And more…

The Murderous Chapters Cozy Mysteries

Once Upon a Murder

Twists Like a Knife

Under Deadline  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Bowen (Dirty Deeds Series Book 2) by [Pislaan, Penny S.]

As the second of the O’Rourke brothers, Bowen is now tasked with training younger brother, Daly, in the operations of the family business. The trouble with Daly is that he has a scientific explanation for why whatever Bowen tells him to do isn’t going to work and Bowen’s patience is wearing thin. As if dealing with Daly isn’t enough, Bowen is desperate to reunite with his high school sweetheart, a girl whose heart he once broke.
When Bowen comes under attack by an assailant who has already targeted his older brother, Maxon, he realizes that the madman’s methods are accelerating and he doesn’t care who he harms in his attempts to exact revenge against their family. But who is he and what does he ultimately want? And how far will he go to achieve his goal?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Drama Castle: A Nicky and Noah Mystery (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 7) by [Cosentino, Joe]



Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a historical film at a castle in Scotland, co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, and their son Taavi. When historical accuracy disappears along with hunky men in kilts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is pitching residents of Conall Castle off the drawbridge and into the moat, before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining seventh novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, manly men, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Urgent Quest at Pumpkinfest: A Travel Writer Cozy Mystery #2 by [Young, Kelly]



Breakups are never easy. But when a young woman disappears after a very public breakup, leaving everything including her medication behind, a small town’s Pumpkinfest celebration is disrupted. Will travel writer and sleuth Casey find the woman in time? It’s an urgent quest at Pumpkinfest.  (Amazon)

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Murder, She Meowed (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery Book 7) by [Mugavero, Liz] “Stan” Connor loves concocting tasty organic treats for dogs and cats—and she also loves her fiancé, pub owner Jake McGee. But she’s not so enthusiastic about finding a dead body at her own bachelorette party . . .
Stan and Jake’s wedding will soon take place on the town green in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, followed by a reception at their beloved Irish pub filled with friends, family, and their four favorite canine companions. Stan just has to endure the traditional girls’ night out first. Male strippers jumping out of gigantic cakes aren’t her preferred entertainment. But the hired hottie never gets around to taking it all off . . . because someone takes him out first with one of Stan’s kitchen knives. A heartbroken Stan recognizes the victim as one of the delivery men from the local farm—who must have been moonlighting for some extra cash. Now the guest list has turned into a suspect list—and Stan’s making a vow to find the killer . . .

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

Praise for Purring Around the Christmas Tree
“For fans of pet-themed mysteries, Mugavero pens a purrfect New England Christmas cozy, which also includes gourmet pet treat recipes.”
Library Journal  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


New Releases For The Week Of January 27th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 27th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Pruning the Dead (A Garden Squad Mystery Book 1) by [Henry, Julia]Post-retirement aches and pains can’t prevent sixty-five-year-old Lilly Jayne from keeping the most manicured garden in Goosebush, Massachusetts. But as a murder mystery blooms in the sleepy New England town, can a green thumb weed out a killer?

With hundreds flocking to her inaugural garden party, meticulous Lilly Jayne hasn’t left a single petal out of place. But the picture-perfect gathering turns unruly upon the arrival of Merilee Frank, Lily’s ex-husband’s catty third wife. Merilee lives for trouble, so no one is surprised after she drinks too much, shoves a guest into the koi pond, and gets escorted off the property. The real surprise comes days later—when Merilee is found dead in a pile of mulch . . .

Lilly wishes she could stick to pruning roses and forget about Merilee’s murder—until her best friend and ex become suspects in an overgrown homicide case. Now, aided by the Garden Squad, an unlikely group of amateur crime solvers with a knack for planting, Lilly knows she has limited time to identify the true culprit and restore order to Goosebush. Because if the murderer’s plot isn’t nipped in the bud, another victim could be pushing up daisies!  (Amazon)

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Mandrake and a Murder: Mystery (The Witches of Wormwood Mysteries Book 1) by [Loren, Ruby]Not many people move to Wormwood.


The witches aren’t welcoming.


The fortunetellers are frauds.


And the recent murder is only going to make things worse.

Hazel Salem just wanted a story for her magazine. Instead, she finds herself at the centre of an investigation that’s about to turn into a witch hunt.

If someone doesn’t solve this murder, and fast, it will be out of the cauldron and into the fire for Wormwood’s witches.

If you love talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this series. Pick up these page-turning witch mysteries today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The Sleuth's Dilemma (The Librarian Sleuth Book 2) by [Johnson, Kimberly Rose]Anna loves her job as a high school English teacher until everything goes sideways. The one bright spot in her life is Titus Gains, the school counselor, who is there for her at every turn. Titus’ boss complicates his ordered world when she tasks him with running a meeting that changes everything. How had he not noticed Anna earlier? Someone is out to destroy her, and he can’t let that happen.

As the head of the English department, part of Luke Harms’ job is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Things went haywire when Anna was put in charge of the big writing contest. Entries are missing, Anna appears to be in danger, and her job is on the line. Luke is investigating and wants to make things right for this woman he’s starting to care about.

Can a trio of school officials along with Nancy Daley, the town sleuth, stop the saboteur before it’s too late? And will Anna choose the right man, or lose them both?  (Amazon)

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Something Old, Something New, Something Buried & Blue: A Cozy Mystery (Katie Chance Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Bolton, Poppy]Will Katie Chance be able to find her sister before it’s too late or has the murderer already found her?

When Katie Chance thinks she can’t handle one more missing cat case, the most unfortunate mystery unfolds right in front of Katie and Aunt Molly.

Katie’s sister has gone missing, but it isn’t until after her sister’s fiancé winds up dead!

Now with a murderer on the loose, Katie is determined to find her sister and prove her innocence, but with several dead ends and a town already suspicious of the Chance family, will Katie be able to solve the most important case yet?  (Amazon)

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Deadly Receptions: The Debut of Castlewood Manor (My American Almost Royal Cousin Series Book 3) by [Cline Barton, Veronica]The stakes have never been higher for American heiress Gemma Lancaster Phillips, now firmly ensconced as both resident and employee of her ancestral estate, Cherrywood Hall. Together with her cousin Evan, 8th Marquess of Kentshire, and her boyfriend Kyle, the estate manager, Gemma wants nothing more than to pull off the royal wedding of the season while planning the premiere and U.S. tour for the period drama series, Castlewood Manor, and attending the Telly Tiara awards show. But an ex-love threatens Gemma’s and Kyle’s relationship, while the reveal of explosive secrets has the potential to shatter Gemma’s relationship with her cousin and her future at Cherrywood Hall.

Jealousy and revenge mix with royal drama, power plays and scandal as the Tellys grow closer—with deadly results. Will Gemma, with the help of Scotland Yard, be able to put a stop to the mayhem? Or will the wedding, the tour, the Tellys—and Gemma’s life—be ruined?  (Amazon)

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Campion Takes the Stage: Dancers in Mourning, The Fashion in Shrouds, Hide My Eyes by [Allingham, Margery]In this delightful collection of mysteries, Albert Campion takes to the stage as he investigates crimes and murders plaguing in London’s West End.

Dancer’s in Mourning finds Campion working a case of malicious practical jokes against a music hall darling that turn deadly.

In The Fashion in Shrouds, Allingham’s charming sleuth is caught up in a family matter: while the death toll spirals around a femme fatale, Campion’s own sister could be next in line.

And finally, Campion must track down a serial killer in the West End in a race against time in Hide My Eyes.

Reviews for Margery Allingham

Dancer’s in Mourning and The Fashion in Shrouds were published in 1937 and 1938, and are the best examples of Allingham’s capacity to create the atmosphere, and machinery, and ideology, of enclosed worlds – the stage and the musical in Dancer’s in Mourning; the world of haute couture in The Fashion in Shrouds.’ – A S Byatt, The Telegraph

‘Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever’ – Sara Paretsky

‘Allingham’s characters are three-dimensional flesh and blood, especially her villains’ – Times Literary Supplement

‘Always of the elect, Margery Allingham now towers above them’ – Observer  (Amazon)

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Outgrow: Spellslingers Academy of Magic (Keeper of the North Book 2) by [Chase, Annabel]All good things must come to an end…
My final year at Spellslingers Academy of Magic is almost over and, as sad as I am to leave my friends, I’m looking forward to my future as a Keeper of the North–assuming I make it to graduation. When agents and I make a gruesome discovery inside a tree, all bets are off as we investigate the dark magic at work. The more threads I pull, the more the mystery unravels to reveal a plan I never saw coming. The horrifying scheme threatens not only the lives of my loved ones, but our entire existence.

Can I stop the next apocalypse or will my final days at the academy simply be my final days?

Outgrow: Spellslingers Academy of Magic, Keeper of the North (Book 2) is an urban fantasy mystery with humor, action and adventure, a powerful heroine, and a godly hero. 

Other 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
*This trilogy now available in audio

Dani’s trilogy–
Outlier, Sentry of the South, Book 1
Outfox, Sentry of the South, Book 2
Outbreak, Sentry of the South, Book 3

Cerys’s duology–
Outwit, Enforcer of the East, Book 1
Outlaw, Enforcer of the East, Book 2

Mia’s duology–
Outrun, Keeper of the North, Book 1
Outgrow, Keeper of the North, Book 2  (Amazon)

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Dead as a Door Knocker: A House-Flipper Mystery by [Kelly, Diane]The first in a brand-new cozy series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville—where the real estate market is to die for.

Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find—and flip—the home of one’s dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: she can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. But soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune. . .

Sawdust is the name of Whitney’s cat—of course. Whitney’s passion for gut-renovation may be a mystery to him but one thing Sawdust knows for sure is this: Dead bodies don’t belong in flower beds. So why is there one in this new, albeit old, house? Now it’s up to Whitney, along with the help of hot-and-cold Nashville Police Detective Collin Flynn, to find the truth about what happened before the mortgage property forecloses and Whitney loses her investment. . .and maybe her own life.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook




New Releases For The Week Of January 27th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 27th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very 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 Murderous Marriage (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 4) by [Maxwell, Alyssa]Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, are preparing for a wedding, but it may not be the happy occasion everyone hopes for . . .
Since the Great War, some family fortunes have suffered, including those of the Renshaws. Despite being the granddaughter of an earl, Julia Renshaw is under pressure to marry for money—and has settled for Gilbert Townsend, a viscount and a wealthy industrialist. He is decades older than Julia, and it’s clear to her sister Phoebe—and to Eva, who has been like a surrogate mother to the girls—that this is not a love match. Nevertheless, the wedding takes place—and in a hurry.

At the reception aboard the groom’s yacht, there appears to be tension between Gil and several guests: his best man, a fellow veteran of the Boer War; his grouchy spinster sister; and his current heir, a nervous young cousin named Ernest. The bride is also less than pleased when she discovers that her honeymoon will be more crowded than expected—with Gil’s pretty secretary, among others, coming along.

That very night, Julia pounds on her sister’s door, brandishing a bandaged hand and reporting a hot-tempered outburst on her new husband’s part. Julia is feeling doubt and regret about her hasty decision, but returns to the boat. Then the next morning, before the yacht can depart the harbor, Gil’s body is found in the water below—and Phoebe and Eva must discover who pushed him over . . . before the Renshaws’ social standing is irreparably stained by Julia’s arrest for his murder . . .  (Amazon)

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Mrs Pettigrew Sees a Ghost: First in a Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series (Charity Shop Haunted Mystery Book 1) by [Hayton, Katherine]New job. New town. New ghost!

Fifty-two-year-old Emily Curtis wants a job so she can rebuild her shattered life. One year ago, a devastating car accident stole her occupation, her home, and half her mind.

Working in the charity shop of a small town in rural New Zealand seems ideal… until she awakens a ghost! Since the annoying spirit won’t move on until her murderer is found, Emily sets to work. However, the ethereal Mrs Pettigrew doesn’t remember dying, let alone who killed her.

With family remaining close-lipped and old employees keeping secrets, it’ll take more than Emily’s newfound ability to talk to the dead to solve the crime.

Mrs Pettigrew Sees a Ghost is the first book in a new paranormal mystery series. It contains ghosts and murderers but is free of the following evil spirits:

No Swearing
No Gore
No Graphic Scenes

This series is written in New Zealand English, which features mainly British spelling variants.

Scroll up and one-click to solve the haunting mystery today!  (Amazon)

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Crocuses and Crime (Port Danby Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Lovett, London]The new year is off to a smooth start. Pink’s Flowers is doing well and Lacey is growing even closer to her wonderful boyfriend, Detective James Briggs. But when a local man is killed, one of Lacey’s dearest friends is implicated in the murder. Briggs has asked her to step away from the case but Lacey is determined to find the real killer. Will her meddling cause irreparable damage to their relationship? Lacey must risk everything, including her heart, to find the truth.

Book 9 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery series.
Other books in the series:
1. Marigolds and Murder
2. Carnations and Chaos
3. Mistletoe and Mayhem
4. Roses and Revenge
5. Tulips and Trouble
6. Dahlias and Death
7. Peonies and Poison
8. Hyacinths and Homicide
9. Crocuses and Crime
10. TBA

Full-length novel. Series is best read in order.  (Amazon)

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A Flaky Alibi (A Stoneybrook Mystery Book 4) by [Scott, Eryn]



When a contestant of Grande County’s annual baking competition dies after eating a poisoned pie, it’s up to Paul and Hadley to get to the bottom of this flaky mystery.  (Amazon)

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Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery Book 1) by [Morgan, Alexis]When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative’s property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached—one of which is tied to a dead body!

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?  (Amazon)

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Honey Homicide: A Backyard Farming Mystery by [Walton, Vikki]Delve into this cozy mystery that’s buzzing with red herrings!

A series of man-made fires has the small mountain town of Carolan Springs on edge. When drug dealer Ray Lawrence is found murdered in the Bennett’s burned-out greenhouse, all signs lead to someone called The Bull. A mysterious woman’s arrival in town has Anne suspecting that Deputy Ruiz and the newcomer are hiding something. Anne’s determined to find out what is going on between them.

When beekeeper Bill Connor is attacked in his greenhouse, Anne starts to wonder if there’s a connection. After Sheriff Carson is arrested for the fire-bombing of Hope’s Herbal Shoppe, Anne must determine if he’s guilty or innocent. But will Anne’s meddling this time cause more harm than good?

Scroll up and grab a copy today!  (Amazon)

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Death at a Country Mansion: A Daisy Thorne English Murder Mystery by [Innes, Louise. R.]A shocking murder in a sleepy English village featuring hairdresser-turned-sleuth, Daisy Thorne.

Daisy Thorne’s pride and joy is her hair salon, Ooh La La, and because almost everyone in the village has been in it at some point or another, there’s not much that goes on that Daisy doesn’t know about. When her best friend Floria’s mother – the famous opera diva, Dame Serena Levanté – is murdered in her country mansion and a valuable painting is stolen, Floria begs Daisy to investigate.
Assigned to the case is gruff-but-effective DI Paul McGuinness who, at first, is against any involvement by the vivacious hairdresser, but after a while, comes to realize her local knowledge just might hold the key to solving the mystery.
As Daisy and DI McGuinness work their way through the growing suspect list, they have to figure out which clues are relevant and which are not, in their hunt for the killer.

If you love a cozy mystery, especially one set in a quaint English village featuring hairdresser turned sleuth, Daisy Thorne and her glamorous set of friends, then you’ll love this series. Death at a Country Mansion is Book 1 in the Daisy Thorne series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Horsing Around with Murder: A Senior Sleuth Mystery - Book 1 by [Fisher, Maureen]With horses, and goats, and a llama, oh, my!
There’s secrets, and intrigue, and someone must die.

Abby, Dodie, and Clara Foster, three 60-something sisters, are astonished to find they’ve inherited a dude ranch in the Alberta Foothills. Facing financial ruin due to extensive property upgrades, the sisters decide to host a week-long horse breeding symposium to attract more guests during the off-season.

Hours into the symposium, a sudden death appears accidental. When the Mounties dismiss Abby’s suspicion of murder, she convinces Dodie and a hot cowboy to help conduct a covert investigation without alerting their quirky guests.

Problem is, the guests are their main suspects.

Chaos ensues when the senior sleuths tangle with a runaway stud, a hands-on artificial insemination demo, one seriously amorous gelding (yes, it does happen), a llama on the lam, dwarf goats in the swimming pool, a cranky stallion, drug abuse, sabotage, animal rights activism, and more attempted murders. A late-life romance adds to the complications.

Warning: This book may contain inappropriate boomer humor.  (Amazon)

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Cookies & Chance Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. II (Books 4-6) by [Bruns, Catherine]From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a boxed set of the next three exciting mysteries featuring baker turned sleuth Sally Muccio. This boxed set includes three full-length novels—and tasty recipes!—from the #1 bestselling Cookies & Chance series, including:

Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
The some-time amateur sleuth and full-time bakery owner is finally marrying the man of her dreams. But during a last minute taste testing of their wedding cake, Sally and her fiancé are witnesses—and almost victims!—of a random shooting. At least they think it’s random, until an original fortune cookie message proves otherwise. Can Sal make it to the church on time…and alive?

Silenced by Sugar (book #5)
Full-time baker and sometime-sleuth Sally Muccio wishes that sales in her bakery would pick up. So when a popular TV show invites her and best friend, Josie, to be guests, it’s a dream come true. Only it quickly turned into a nightmare when a dead body is discovered on the set, and fingers immediately point to Josie. Now it’s up to Sal to save her friend and tack down a killer!

Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)
In need of some quick dough, full-time baker and sometime sleuth Sally Muccio decides to rent the vacant apartment over the bakery to a friend of her grandmother’s. But when the elderly woman is mowed down in a hit and run, it quickly becomes obvious this was no accident. Grandma Rosa asks for Sal’s help to find the killer, but can she catch a murderer before her world crumbles around her?

The Cookies & Chance Mysteries:
Tastes Like Murder (book #1)
A Spot of Murder (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Baked to Death (book #2)
Burned to a Crisp (book #3)
Frosted With Revenge (book #4)
Silenced by Sugar (book #5)
A Drizzle Before Dying (short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection)
Crumbled to Pieces (book #6)
Sprinkled in Malice (book #7)

“The Cookies and Chance Mystery series is more than just a series….it’s a family !! Once you read the first book, you are hooked and feel like a member of the crazy Muccio family.”
—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“A fantastic cozy mystery!”
—InD’Tale Magazine

“A fast-paced and light hearted whodunit that kept me engaged throughout the telling of this tale.”
—Dru’s Book Musings  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


New Releases For The Week Of January 27th, 2019–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 27th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery Book 2) by [Graves, Sarah]The island fishing village of Eastport, Maine, has plenty of salty local character. It also has a sweet side, thanks to Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, her best friend Ellie, and their waterfront bake shop, The Chocolate Moose. But when island life is disrupted by the occasional killer, Jake and Ellie put their chocolate treats aside to make sure justice is served.

This summer, Eastport’s favorite lovebirds, kindergarten teacher Sharon Sweetwater and Coast Guard Captain Andy Devine, are getting married. The gala reception is sure to be the fête of the season, especially with a wedding-cake-sized whoopie pie courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For Jake and Ellie, the custom-ordered confection will finally reel in some much-needed profits. But the celebratory air, and sweet smell of success, are ruined by foul murder.

When Sharon’s bitter ex-boyfriend Toby is poisoned with an arsenic-laced milkshake, Andy is jailed as the prime suspect and the wedding is cancelled, whoopie pie and all. Then Sharon makes a shocking confession—one that sounds like a fishy attempt to get Andy off the hook. Now both the bride and groom are behind bars. And with the fate of The Chocolate Moose at stake, it’s up to Jake and Ellie to catch a poisonous predator before someone else sips their last dessert.

Includes a Recipe!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook










Death at the Tavern: a cozy historical 1930s mystery (A Higgins & Hawke Mystery Book 1) by [Strauss, Lee]Death by Rum Running. . . 

It’s the hot and humid East Coast summer of 1931 and seven years since Dr. Haley Higgins’ brother Joe was murdered. The case is cold. The Boston Police Department may have given up on finding Joe Higgins’ killer, but Haley never will. She’s serious and savvy and has what it takes to hold up under depressive times. At least she finds some satisfaction doing her part as the city pathologist’s assistant in solving other crimes.

Investigative reporter Samantha Hawke ~ byline Sam Hawke ~ is blond, beautiful and broke, no thanks to her no good husband who’s been on the lam for over six years. Her position at the Boston Daily Record is more than a job ~ it’s payback.

When a man is found dead at the Bell in Hand Tavern on Union Street, Haley and Samantha are both working the case. Haley’s looking for justice and Samantha’s after recognition and a raise. They may want the same thing ~ to catch a killer ~ but it turns out they may need each other to solve this case before becoming the next victims.  (Amazon)

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A Tango Before Dying Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #7 (Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series) by [Burke, Anna Celeste]When trouble waltzes in, it’s not long before Georgie Shaw and Detective Jack Wheeler are compelled to step in and help solve another mystery.

The renowned dancer, Madame Charlotte Carol Chantel, is visiting LA to participate in the World Ballroom Dance Championship. Lunch and a photo op in Arcadia Park with “Mad” Max Marley suddenly go terribly wrong. An angry woman hurls a glass of wine at Madame Chantel along with accusations and threats. Before she can be caught, she runs away and disappears into the crowded theme park.

Carol Ripley, Georgie’s Executive Assistant, is distraught when she finds her godmother and namesake dead a few hours later. There’s no apparent sign of foul play, but Madame Chantel’s death comes as a surprise since the sixty-something dance teacher and performer was in excellent health. It’s even more shocking when the investigators soon discover reasons to treat her death as suspicious, and an autopsy reveals someone murdered Madame Chantel.In the immortal words of Voltaire, “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” Reading maybe, but not dance, apparently. Dressed as she was when Carol found her, with music still playing in the background, was a tango before dying Madame Chantel’s final act?

Carol implores Georgie and Jack to catch her beloved godmother’s killer. Max Marley, instantly smitten with the vibrant, attractive dancer, insists they drop everything else and find out whodunit!

Was Madame Chantel murdered by a jealous romantic partner, an obsessed fan, a rival in the competitive world of Ballroom Dancing or someone else? Is Madame Chantel the only target or are other dancers in danger as well?

Grab your copy, now, to find out who murdered Madame Chantel!

Recipes Included

Free to read with Kindle Unlimited.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


SMOKEY EYES: COLD CREAM MURDERS - BOOK 2 by [Silkstone, Barbara]Olive Peroni put out her family therapy shingle six years ago—never thinking her top client would be Myron Meyers, head of a New York crime family. When Olive’s grandmother dies and leaves her a condo in Florida and a secret recipe for miracle cold cream, she grabs the chance at a new life in Starfish Cove, Florida, making designer creams for ladies who spend far too much time at the beach. Business is brisk at Nonna’s Cold Cream shop and life is good! Olive even makes a wild new best friend and business partner in Lizzy, the real estate agent who handles the transfer of Nonna’s condo.

But when the quiet little community on the Gulf of Mexico soon begins to compete with a certain notorious coastal village in Maine, Olive finds herself solving odd-ball murders as often as she soothes wrinkles. Clean and wholesome!
Each book contains a recipe for homemade cosmetics!

SMOKEY EYES – Book 2 in the COLD CREAM MURDER series

Olive and Lizzy’s Cold Cream shop on the beach is jumping—business couldn’t be better. But when land shark mogul Brent Toast is found floating in the Starfish Cove marina, with his sneer-side up and a knife in his chest, the prime suspect—among his many enemies—is his brassy daughter-in-law. Can Olive & Lizzy save their friend or will this be the end of the Loud Mouth of the South?

Contains a recipe for Olive & Lizzy’s Smokey Eye Shadow

Pre-order now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle




Murder and Bubbly: A Cannoli Cafe Cozy Mystery (Cannoli Cafe Mystery Series Book 4) by [Benton, Lizzie]Ringing in another murder?

Nicole Capula is ringing in the new year at her cousin’s annual New Year’s Eve bash when a party guest is found murdered in the ballroom just after midnight. Despite over a hundred people celebrating in the ballroom at the exact time of the attack, no one actually saw the murderer. What was a fun and festive party turns into an absolute nightmare as everyone begins to suspect one another. Can Nicole, along with the support of her friend Lia, and her new beau Dean, solve the mystery before the town tears itself apart or someone else gets killed?

This is the fourth book in the Cannoli Cafe Mystery Series by Lizzie Benton, set in a quaint town in New Jersey, in close proximity to New York City and its gorgeous skyline.

Please note that this book can be read as a stand-alone!  (Amazon)

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Deadly as the Driven Snow (A Calendar Clan Mystery Book 2) by [Alexander, Agnes]When a mortally wounded man turns up on the back porch of newlyweds June and Jason Striker, they know the honeymoon is definitely over. As Sheriff of Edison County, Jason can’t let a killer snowstorm stop him from trying to find the perpetrator of this crime—and June, a novice private investigator, is determined to help.

But the mystery deepens when other murdered victims are tossed out around the small North Carolina town, and a man tries to break in to the Striker household. What do these dead men have in common—or is some kind of message being sent?

It all becomes dangerously personal when June and Jason’s home is attacked, and they must go into hiding to survive. Can they beat the clock to discover the killer’s motive before he strikes again? Or will their marriage end quickly, as DEADLY AS THE DRIVEN SNOW…  (Amazon)

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A Grim Game (A Rose Beckingham Murder Mystery Book 4) by [Baker, Blythe]


Secrets unraveled…

When Rose Beckingham is hired to investigate a baffling museum robbery, the case leads her into a trap set by her nemesis, the Chess Master. While working to ensnare the mysterious villain once and for all, Rose must finally confront the lies of her own past.

Drawn into a dangerous game by the most elusive criminal in London, Rose risks everything to track down her enemy before time runs out. But with her quarry about  to escape, taking all the answers with him, will Rose and Achilles unravel the final truth before it slips out of reach forever?(Amazon)

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The Heart of Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 15) by [Wallace, R. A.]



A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 15
When an attempted robbery of the Teaberry Jewelry Store ends in murder, it causes problems for some of Teaberry’s residents. Who can propose without an engagement ring? Can Megan find the puzzle pieces in time to help eternal love? This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

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The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery Book 6) by [Harris, Sherry]TO RECOVER A PRICELESS MANUSCRIPT . . .
A wealthy widow has asked Sarah Winston to sell her massive collection of mysteries through her garage sale business. While sorting through piles of books stashed in the woman’s attic, Sarah is amazed to discover a case of lost Hemingway stories, stolen from a train in Paris back in 1922. How did they end up in Belle Winthrop Granville’s attic in Ellington, Massachusetts, almost one hundred years later?

Before Sarah can get any answers, Belle is assaulted, the case is stolen, a maid is killed, and Sarah herself is dodging bullets. And when rumors spread that Belle has a limited edition of The Sun Also Rises in her house, Sarah is soon mixed up with a mobster, the fanatical League of Literary Treasure Hunters, and a hard-to-read rare book dealer. With someone willing to kill for the Hemingway, Sarah has to race to catch the culprit—or the bell may toll for her . . .

Praise for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries
“There’s a lot going on in this charming mystery, and it all works . . . Well written and executed, this is a definite winner.”— RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on All Murders Final!
“Full of garage-sale tips…amusing. A solid choice for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s Josie Prescott Antique Mystery series.”
Library Journal on Tagged for Death

“A slam dunk for those who love antiques and garage sales . . .surprising twists and turns.”— Kirkus Reviews on A Good Day to Buy  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback




Review of The Snowman Killer


This winter cozy mystery series can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read.
Sarah Garland, a retired homicide detective who’s gone through a painful divorce, seems to have found her peace at last, as a coffeeshop owner, in the sleepy (and freezing) small town of Snow Falls, Alaska. What she didn’t expect, was for her past life to catch up with her. Or, for her new life as a mystery writer to inspire a deadly killer to target her.

Yet, when the killer leaves a frightening clue-a creepy snowman, donning a leather jacket and eating a peppermint candy cane, left in front of her cabin-Sarah begins to suspect Conrad Spencer, the new detective in town, who is pursuing a murderer of his own. Soon, it becomes obvious that the sleuths would have to join forces, in order to catch the killer.

Sarah and Conrad must put their tragic pasts behind them and find out who’s after her…before the trail becomes frozen. (Goodreads)




The author is very talented in creating suspense with just the written word. From the very beginning of the book, the tension kept mounting. I wanted to keep swiping pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next but I was afraid to find out.

The author is also very talented in her descriptive writing. I could feel the bone chilling cold and see the grotesque snowmen leering at me. It gave me the chills.

The plot was well written and I thought the premise of the book was unique. I really liked the fact that Sarah was being stalked just like in her books. The characters are well rounded and well developed considering this is the first book in this series.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery that is very suspenseful. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Moon Games


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Shelly Frome, and his book Moon Games  


Moon Games
Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth
Milford House Press (August 6, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1620061848
ISBN-13: 978-1620061848
Digital ASIN: B07G6LN41H


Purchase Link – Amazon




At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing girl hiker on the Q.T, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible as she puts up one smokescreen after another, including a slip of the tongue regarding an incident in Havana. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep and arcane prompts on her e-mail only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to run its course.



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Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, and The Secluded Village Murders.  Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Moon Games is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?

When all the feedback I was given finally made it clear that I was an incurable storyteller.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

Given my background as an actor and playwright, my characters seem to come alive as opposed to being scripted according to some cozy format.


Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

Once I’ve determined the dynamic, I allow the forces that be to work things out.


Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I wait until the smoke clears, pull back and then try to determine the correlation between what I thought I was doing and, in general, readers’ responses.  

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Truly find some way of understanding the demands of the form before simply cranking out what you think is a short story or novel.


Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?

Absolutely. If you don’t get it right, the reader has no clear idea what they may be getting into. I wait until I have a good grasp of the single, uncluttered visual impression the cover conveys and then work with the assigned cover artist until we finally come up with something that works.


Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?

As always, my main characters are highly actable, with all the flaws and contradictions that makes a role playable on stage or on the silver screen.

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What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

If I keep at it and am willing to learn, each of my books becomes a new and special project.


Do you write full-time or part-time?

Though I have more free time of late, I still am a part-time writer.

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What do your plans for future projects include?

Admittedly, I’m still in the throes of polishing my latest work with an editor and will have to see how that turns out before even contemplating a new venture.


What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?

The hardest part of writing is finding the optimum form the story should take. The easiest part is going with that form and letting it ride.


What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Like a good movie, I like to be had. If I can’t find anything new, I go back to novels of some of my favorite authors I haven’t read like Raymond Chandler’s The High Window.


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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I write to discover something worthwhile about life that I didn’t know that I knew.


How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Look at the reviews on Amazon and see if anything strikes a chord.

Moon Games

  Paperback: 264 pages

  Publisher: Milford House Press (August 6, 2018)

  ISBN-10: 1620061848

  ISBN-13: 978-1620061848

Book Genre and Sub-Genres:

Cozy mystery, amateur female sleuth, murder mystery, adventure into the occult, Small-town police procedural, cat-and-mouse chase


Social Media and Website:

Facebook— Twitter– @shelly Frome   Linked in Website and blog–  Amazon Author Central e-mail—


Paperback, Kindle, PDF (so far)

E-mail associated with my PayPal account


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New Releases For The Week Of January 20th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 20th, 2019.  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.



Murder at Larkfield Barn: A totally gripping British cozy mystery (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 7) by [Rowlands, Betty]Bright mornings and brisk walks… spring has arrived in the Cotswolds. But the atmosphere is positively wintery in Upper Benbury after a series of murders shake the close-knit community. 

Since her move to the country, Melissa Craig has become firmly established in village life. So, when one of the older residents fails to show up for a drinks party, Melissa goes to check on her. What she finds chills her to the bone: her dear neighbour has been murdered, and the killer has painted a hideous smile onto her face… 

Melissa soon realises that the death in her village bears the same trademark as a series of recent murders in the Cotswolds. When will The Smiler strike again?

With a dangerous killer on the loose, Melissa realises she needs to solve this case quickly. But as she starts to look closely at the people around her, she realises the killer may be closer to home than she could ever have imagined. What dark secrets are the villagers of Upper Benbury hiding? And can Melissa crack this deadly case before another life is taken? 

Do you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and P.D. James? If so, then you won’t be able to put down this gripping novel! 

This book was previously published as Smiling at Death.

What readers are saying about Murder at Larkfield Barn:

Wow! I loved this book. Can’t wait for her next Melissa Craig mystery to come out. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers everywhere.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I am devouring this series as fast as they’re published. Each book drew me into the story, the mystery and the characters. Highly Highly recommend these books and this author. I am always recommending this series.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent book! Loved the characters and it was a great storyline. I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

Cannot get enough of this author’s novels, absolutely loving the gripping storylines.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Enjoyable, engaging and fast paced… with some really good twists and turns.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Another great story from this author. An easy read with twists and turns to keep you interested to the endCan’t wait to read the next book in this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘These books are getting better and better, the mysteries are more complex, have more layers to them… would recommend it to anyone.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

This one really kept me guessing… These are books to try if you like cozy mysteries.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Very well written and plotted novel… gentle read and the story flows along nicely. I truly enjoyedit… I will certainly be in line to read more.’ Goodreads Reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook









Sylvia Stryker Space Case Mysteries Box Set (Outer Space Mysteries) by [Vallere, Diane]Boldly going where no cozy mystery has gone before! 

National bestselling author Diane Vallere gives a space academy dropout a chance to fit in . . . but it’s what makes her different that changes everything.

When space academy dropout Sylvia Stryker hacks her way into the position of Uniform Inventory Manager aboard Moon Unit 5, she jumps at the chance to leave her small planet behind. Besides, who will find out she faked the results of her physical? But when the ship’s second navigation officer is found dead in the uniform closet shortly after departure, Sylvia’s problems become bigger than falsified test results. And when her supervisor places her on probation for her own uniform infraction, she’s at risk of being dropped off at the nearest substation. Juggling red shirts, white lies, and little green men, Sylvia has to expose a killer before Moon Unit 5 becomes space dust.

When Sylvia Stryker boards Moon Unit 6 as the uniform lieutenant, it’s with an eye on the future. After space pirates destroyed her life, the trek to Venus provides a fresh start. But when the winner of the promotional contest designed to hype the trip is found dead outside the uniform ward, sleuthing takes top priority.

The amorous effect of Venus on the already frisky passengers threaten to compromise the investigation–not to mention the victim’s secret relationship with Sylvia’s boss. Forward thinking, back channels, and distractions on the side lead Sylvia on a pulse-pounding probe that exposes a murderer along with the surprising truth about her past.

When amateur space sleuth Sylvia Stryker discovers details of her defense instructor’s murder hidden inside her robot cat, she sets off on a new adventure that puts her on the wrong side of the rules. Good thing Neptune, the head of security for Moon Unit Corporation, is on her side this time!

With his help she hijacks a space ship, assembles a crew and takes on space pirates. But there’s more to this trek than expected and Sylvia’s focus on solving her friend’s murder might lead her into a trap. Between the truth and the lies is a galaxy of questions that culminate in an unexpected answer.

Buy this box set and blast off into mysteries that are out of this world!  (Amazon)

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Constable on the Prowl (The Constable Files) by [Rhea, Nicholas]No policeman ever forgets those first faltering steps of nights. If there is a time when the public is at its most vulnerable, it is during the hours of darkness.’

PC Nick is still settling into his role at the Ashfordly Section police station, and he’s drawn the short stick of shifts: night duty.

A sleeping village doesn’t mean a simple shift, though. Between the early risers of the farming community, a badger with a sweet tooth, and getting to know his new workmates, there’s no time for Nick to kick his feet up in the station.

Amble into Aidensfield under the cloak of night and tag along with PC Nick as he deals with high-jinks, jokesters, and a few nocturnal creatures in Constable on the Prowl.

Nicholas Rhea’s delightful Constable tales paint an endearing and hilarious picture of police work in the British countryside and were the inspiration for the Heartbeat TV series.

Constable on the Prowl was first published in 1980.  (Amazon)

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A Grave Peril (Bodies of Evidence Book 3) by [Roberts, Wendy]


Sometimes at night, she can hear the dead calling.

Julie Hall’s job is to find bodies. For the sake of her sanity, she’s taking a much-needed break—but the dead don’t wait. With bodies piling up alongside her guilt, she knows she has to dive back in, despite pushback from her FBI boyfriend, Garrett Pierce. But Garrett is working a troubling case of his own and no longer seems like the man she fell in love with.

Despite his warnings—or maybe because of them—when Garrett goes missing, Julie has no choice but to use her skills to find where the cartel buries their victims…before he becomes part of the body count.

Don’t miss books one and two in the Bodies of Evidence series by Wendy Roberts. A Grave Callingand A Grave Search are available now from Carina Press!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback










The Miss Silver Mysteries Volume Seven: Through the Wall, Death at the Deep End, The Watersplash, and Ladies' Bane by [Wentworth, Patricia]Four mysteries featuring governess-turned-sleuth Miss Silver, who “has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot” (Manchester Evening News).

“Marvelous” retired governess and teacher Maud Silver may seem like a kindly old soul. But with her keen mind and spritely demeanor, she’s Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against crime (Manchester Evening News).

Through the Wall: After years of toil caring for her layabout sister, Marian Brand is shocked when her unknown uncle leaves her his entire estate. Now, she can finally be happy. But her uncle made a lot of postmortem enemies when he cut them out of his will, so claiming the riches will make them her enemies, too. Before long someone is dead—and it’s up to Miss Maud Silver to find the killer.

Death at the Deep End: Anna Ball was never one to put down roots. For the past year, she moved from one job as a nanny to another, unable to settle or make friends. Then one day she simply vanished. The only one who noticed she was gone is an old school friend who seeks out Miss Silver for help. A lonely girl has disappeared without a trace, and Miss Silver smells a whiff of murder in the air.

The Watersplash: Edward Random returns to the town of Greenings after years away, trying to start his life anew. But an old family feud stands in his way, and the situation at the Random manor house grows vicious in the wake of under-gardener William Jackson’s death. Did he drown by accident, or was he murdered? Only Miss Silver can say for sure.

Ladies’ Bane: No one has seen Allegra Trent since she got married and moved to the faraway town of Bleake. For years she put off visits from her family again and again, and then stopped writing at all. Then, suddenly, Allegra urges her sister to come visit. At first, Ione is puzzled, but upon her arrival she suspects that ominous forces are at work. When an unexpected death occurs and her worst suspicions are confirmed, Miss Silver is the only one who can uncover the truth.

These charming traditional British mysteries featuring the unstoppable Miss Silver—whose stout figure, fondness for Tennyson, and passion for knitting disguise a keen intellect and a knack for cracking even the toughest cases—are sure to delight readers of Agatha Christie, Ellis Peters, and Dorothy L. Sayers.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








The Miss Silver Mysteries Volume Eight: Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, Vanishing Point, and The Benevent Treasure by [Wentworth, Patricia]The British governess-turned-sleuth cracks the case in four puzzling mysteries from the “timelessly charming” series (Charlotte MacLeod).

Retired governess and teacher Maud Silver has a new profession: private detective. And though she may seem a kindly and demure pensioner, she can solve crimes right alongside the best Scotland Yard has to offer in this charming series from “a first-rate storyteller” (The Daily Telegraph).

Out of the Past: Alan Field is a charming, handsome young man with a predilection for causing trouble and breaking hearts. But when he learns that an author is writing a biography of his late father, it’s up to Alan to go through his father’s letters—where he finds a bundle of scandalous correspondence and forms a plan. It begins as blackmail and ends with a dead body. And that’s where Miss Silver comes in.

The Silent Pool: Actress Adriana Ford is afraid—and with good reason. Someone is trying to kill her. So she goes to Miss Silver for help finding out who wants her dead. It could be anyone: a stalker, an obsessed fan, even her own family. Then, a body is found at Adriana’s estate, and Miss Silver travels to the countryside where she learns that Adriana may not have been telling her the whole truth—and that the truth may get her killed.

Vanishing Point: Jenny Maxwell is a bright, young disabled child who writes stories of fantasy. But they are only barely fictional. Trapped in her room for hours at a time, Jenny hears all. She knows about the young woman who disappeared from town, and about the strange young man who works at the nearby military research center. What sounds like harmless gossip could actually be a grave threat to national security—one which only Miss Silver is capable of unearthing.

Benevent Treasure: As a WWII orphan, Candida Sayle has never considered that she might have a family somewhere. Then she receives a letter from an unheard-of aunt, inviting Candida to rejoin the Benevent family. The young woman ventures to the country, and the environment comforts Candida—as do the attentions of her aunt’s handsome young secretary. But her vacation goes off the rails when death strikes the house, and the brilliant detective Maud Silver joins the party to investigate the possible murder.

These charming traditional British mysteries featuring the unstoppable Miss Silver—whose stout figure, fondness for Tennyson, and passion for knitting disguise a keen intellect and a knack for cracking even the toughest cases—are sure to delight readers of Agatha Christie, Ellis Peters, and Dorothy L. Sayers.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Signed, Sealed and Dead: A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Mystery (The Lily Sprayberry Realtor Mystery Series Book 3) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]Small town folk don’t always take care of their own.

As Bramblett County, Georgia realtor Lily Sprayberry preps for the annual community yard sale fundraiser, she discovers the body of the newly hired lacrosse coach lying in the high school gym.

At first, all signs point to natural causes, but when Lily finds an empty syringe lying under the bleachers, the coroner decides the coach was murdered.

Lily learns the coach wasn’t liked by the lacrosse parents, and when word got out about his murder, the state athletic association suspended the program entirely.

When a few of the lacrosse moms decide to take matters into their own hands, they threaten someone close to Lily—her county sheriff boyfriend and his reelection status–by bullying Lily.

And soon, Lily’s had enough. As she searches for answers, she’s dragged deeper into an angry mob of high school sports parents all seeking revenge and gunning for their kids to sign with the most elite schools offering the best scholarships.

And some of them are willing to do whatever it takes, including murder.

When the killer figures out Lily is close to cracking the case, things take a dangerous turn, and Lily’s life is on the line. Can she save herself, or will she be the next victim in Bramblett County?

Grab your copy of this stand alone book in the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery series today!  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle


New Releases For The Week Of January 20th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 20th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Fleet Street Felony (Piccadilly Ladies Club Mysteries Book 3) by [Jane, Bettie]

Julia Barlow’s reputation for sleuthing is growing by leaps and bounds and her newfound fame brings undesirable attention.

When an evening of celebrating her success culminates with an elite West Ender dead on Fleet Street, she finds herself in the unenviable position of being the prime suspect.

Although Inspector Jacob Gibbs isn’t inclined to suspect Julia, mounting evidence makes proving her innocence markedly more difficult. To complicate an already difficult situation, someone seems to want Julia dead. Is the threat on her life connected with the murder on Fleet Street or a separate matter?  (Amazon)

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Cackles and Cauldrons: A Not-So-Cozy Witch Mystery (Womby's School for Wayward Witches Book 12) by [Dorie, Sarina]Roses are red. Corpses are blue. I want you dead. And your boyfriend too.—Your Secret Enemy

Clarissa Lawrence finally has broken through the emotional fortress of her magical mentor and proven her love to him—and he has reciprocated in return. She would like nothing more to bask in their new love. Yet mysterious forces are at work, trying to keep them apart.If trouble doesn’t come in the form of Clarissa’s wicked roommate, or the school’s new principal hell-bent on upholding the no-dating policy, it’s her own friends, and finally the mysterious spy known as the Princess of Lies and Truth, a.k.a. her secret Fae enemy who threatens to ruin Clarissa’s happy ending.

When Thatch is accused of murder, Clarissa must prove that Thatch has been framed, a difficult task considering all evidence points in his direction. Yet if she uses her forbidden skills of necromancy, she risks exposure of her affinity and her job in the process.  (Amazon)

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Life, Death and Cellos (The Stockwell Park Orchestra Series Book 1) by [Rogers, Isabel]Classical music can be a dangerous pastime…


What with love affairs, their conductor dropping dead, a stolen cello and no money, Stockwell Park Orchestra is having a fraught season.


After Mrs Ford-Hughes is squashed and injured by a dying guest conductor mid-concert, she and her husband withdraw their generous financial backing, leaving the orchestra broke and unsure of its future.


Cellist Erin suggests a recovery plan, but since it involves their unreliable leader, Fenella, playing a priceless Stradivari cello which then goes missing, it’s not a fool-proof one. Joshua, the regular conductor, can’t decide which affair to commit to, while manager David’s nervous tic returns at every doom-laden report from the orchestra’s treasurer.


There is one way to survive, but is letting a tone-deaf diva sing Strauss too high a price to pay? And will Stockwell Park Orchestra live to play another season?


What people are saying about Life, Death and Cellos:


Life, Death and Cellos is a witty and irreverent musical romp, full of characters I’d love to go for a pint with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Stockwell Park Orchestra and can’t wait for the next book in the series.” Claire King, author of The Night Rainbow


Life, Death and Cellos is that rare thing – a funny music book. Rogers knows the world intimately, and portrays it with warmth, accuracy and a poetic turn of phrase. Sharp, witty and richly entertaining.” Lev Parikian, author of Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Tropic of Evil: A Gripping Suspense Thriller (An Inspector Marco Nayal Novel Book 2) by [Ormen, Preben ]Tropic of Evil is the explosive sequel to the award-winning White Jaguar: An Inspector Marco Nayal Novel.

At first annoyed at what he considers a pre-mature missing person’s report from a luxury vacation home on the Yucatan coast,

Inspector Marco Nayal of Mexico’s Federal Police quickly discovers that the family’s six-year-old daughter didn’t just walk off looking for flamingos, she is missing for real.

˃˃˃ But when dead bodies start turning up, Marco and his team realize they are up against something much bigger and far more sinister than simple extortion.

As the investigation goes deeper and deeper, the criminal underworld hits back and now the team must use all their skills and personal resources to stay alive and solve the case

˃˃˃ If you like Law and Order, NCIS and Daniel Silva, you will love Tropic of Evil

Written by former Royal Norwegian Artillery veteran, Preben Ormen, Tropic of Evil is a swirling thrill ride through the labyrinth of a major federal investigation and a conclusion that no one will see coming.

2018 Bronze Medal for Fiction – Mystery – Murder from Readers’ Favorites.

Scroll up and grab a copy of Tropic of Evil today.  (Amazon)

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Mystery at the Manor-House: An Armchair Detective Special Edition (Special Editions) by [Shimwell, Ian]



Manor has endured more mysteries than most over the years.
A missing girl; a manipulative aristocrat; a madcap father and the bubbling Dreadbury Punchbowl.
And six years later: A mystery woman; an absent aristocrat; a hidden menace and the bubbling Dreadbury Punchbowl.
Mystery and the manor-house go together. So read both manor-house mysteries – available for the first time, in this one special volume.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel by [Bradley, Alan]A finger in a wedding cake is only the beginning in this deliciously shocking mystery featuring Flavia de Luce, “the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times).

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister Ophelia is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding,” muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal twelve-year-old girl. An expert in the chemical nature of poisons, she has solved many mysteries, sharpening her considerable detection skills to the point where she had little choice but to turn professional. So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve—not so simple an endeavor with her odious little moon-faced cousin, Undine, constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger.  (Amazon)

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Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery Book 1) by [Sennefelder, Debra]Every woman would kill for one . . . 
Manhattan fashionista Kelly Quinn thought she’d left her upstate New York town far behind . . . until the Seventh Avenue expat returns home to revamp her grandmother’s consignment shop into an upscale boutique—and unwittingly sets a trend for murder . . . 

After her rising career as a Manhattan buyer is derailed, Kelly has mixed feelings about relocating back to Lucky Cove, in spite of her big plans for the soon-to-be-renamed Curated by Kelly Resale Boutique. What’s left of her luck starts running out when a customer puts on a black lace dress that triggers visions of someone being murdered. As if the haunted “Murder Dress” isn’t enough to kill business, the psychic’s doppelganger cousin has just been found bludgeoned to death.

Was Maxine LeMoyne the real target or was it a case of mistaken murder? With some creepy pre-Halloween bargain hunters walking the night and Kelly suddenly a person of interest, a second murder rocks the close-knit town. Now Kelly could be the one who ends up talking to dead people when she’s stalked by a killer determined to take her out in high style . . .  (Amazon)

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