New Releases For The Week of January 6th, 2019–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 6th, 2019.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so 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.



The Alchemist's Illusion (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery Book 4) by [Pandian, Gigi]“Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly

The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Agatha Award

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She’s finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.

A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking—but one that proves far more dangerous.

Includes delicious vegan recipes!


“Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject.”—Foreword Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Marriage Vow Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 9) by [Langtry, Leslie]From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes one former assassin turned suburbanite, a wedding in hilarious peril, and a very dead body…

Wedding Traditions as good as gold…Let’s start out with Something Old…

When this creepy message is found with an elderly, murdered florist in the first pew of a church the day before Merry Wrath’s wedding, her hopes wilt like day old, discount flowers. And when the groom, Rex, vanishes into thin air, she can only assume the worst—and she’s not talking about the ugly, Vegas showgirl-like flower girl dresses her Girl Scout troop have picked out.

Weddings make a family of two…Let’s add in Something New…

The clues come with diabolically difficult puzzles, so Merry enlists the help of her former 4th grade teacher—a champion puzzler—while she turns the town upside down, in a frantic search for her fiancé. Once a surprising past is revealed, it doesn’t take long for the investigation to spin out of control faster than ten fourth-graders high on Pixy Stix on a merry-go-round.

With many suspects, few leads, and the clock ticking, will Merry find her groom in time for a happily ever after?

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8
Marriage Vow Murder – book #9
Mystery Night Murder – book #10

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S’MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Death By Stalking: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery 12 (A humorous cozy with quirky characters and Southern angst) by [Keam, Abigail]If you like female sleuths who are snarky, brassy, and fun, you’ll love Josiah solving murder mysteries along with her quirky friends in the glamorous Bluegrass where Thoroughbreds race, bourbon is oak-cured, and antebellum mansions keep their secrets well.

Josiah, Baby, her mastiff, and Lady Elsmere rush to the rescue of their neighbor, Rosie, who is being harassed by Gage Cagle, a mean, old stump of a man.

Lady Elsmere confronts Gage and has him thrown in jail for trying to extort money from Rosie. Glad to be rid of this loathsome man, Lady Elsmere, Josiah, and Rosie attend the Bluegrass Antique Auction and Ball. To their surprise, Gage shows up and boldly threatens Josiah, Rosie, and even Baby.

Dismissing Gage as nothing more than a loudmouth fussbucket, Josiah enjoys the ball until she stumbles upon Rosie covered in blood and standing over Gage’s near lifeless body. “I didn’t do this,” Rosie swears before fleeing, leaving Josiah trying to save the life of a man they both detest. While Josiah attempts to staunch Gage’s bleeding, she can’t help but wonder, if Rosie didn’t assault Gage, then who?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Desginer Sales and Secrets: Wedding Bells and Magic Spells by [Winters, A.R.]It should’ve been the sale of a lifetime…

Bridal boutique owner (and secret witch) Aria Whitmore has hit the jackpot: dress designer to the rich and famous, Zola Cates, will be holding her first ever sample sale… at Aria’s store!

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

Aria prepares tirelessly for the showing, with the help of her assistant Sarah, and her wise-cracking parrot Kiwi. (Ok, so maybe Kiwi’s “help” isn’t quite so helpful…)

However, when the day of the sale arrives, Aria discovers a nightmare in her normally glamorous store: the shop wrecked, the sale items destroyed, and the dead body of one Carrie Mallory!

Who could benefit from the death of bride-to-be Carrie? The dark witch of the woods, Hazel Crane, whom Aria never quite trusted? Carrie’s former best friend, Brittany, whose wedding Carrie vowed to ruin? Or Brittany’s mother, who defends her daughter at absolutely any cost? Or did Zola sabotage the sample sale herself…?

When her handsome kinda-sorta-boyfriend Detective Jack Bowers can’t break the case, Aria and her cute pal Kiwi take matters into the own hands to save the reputation of Blue Moon Bridal!

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, 

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq,

“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B,

Designer Sales and Secrets is the second book in the Wedding Bells and Magic Spells Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











A Howling Good Time (Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove Book 3) by [Bourgeois, Sara]Awoooooo!!!!

Ginger has always wanted a big, burly shifter man all her own. But, when a werewolf offers her the chance to become a shifter too, the timing couldn’t be worse.

On the night of Ginger’s first experience in human form, a dead body turns up in the woods where she and her new wolf beau were cavorting with nature.

The suspicious townsfolk of Destiny Cove want to put her and her wolfly boyfriend down. Zoe has to solve the crime and clear her familiar’s name. But, is she walking into a killer’s trap?
A Howling Good Time is book three in the Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Let Sleeping Cats Lie (The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4): Cozy Animal Mysteries by [Clark, Louise]“These cat themed mysteries will prove to be enduringly popular . . . unreservedly recommended . . .” ~Midwest Book Review

When a Prominent Canadian Politician Dies Mysteriously, Stormy the Cat and Christy Jamieson Discover the Cause in LET SLEEPING CATS LIE, a Cozy Mystery by Louise Clark

–Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada–

When prominent Canadian politician, Fred Jarvis, dies mysteriously, Detective Patterson solicits the help of Christy Jamieson to investigate the family and friends of the deceased. The police suspect a politically motivated murder but Christy soon finds reason to disagree.

Now working at odds with the police, Christy must rely on Stormy the Cat to discover the truth or risk seeing the man she loves convicted unjustly of murder.

Publisher Note: The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries, while containing some mild profanity, will be enjoyed by mature readers of cozy mysteries. Cat lovers and those fond of all things feline, as well as readers of Amanda Lee, Denise Grover Swank, Rita Mae Brown’s Sneaky Pie Brown Mysteries and Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey Mysteries will not want to miss this series.

The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries
The Cat Came Back
The Cat’s Paw
Cat Got Your Tongue
Let Sleeping Cats Lie
Cat Among the Fishes

About The Author: Louise Clark has been the adopted mom of a number of cats with big personalities. The feline who inspired Stormy, the cat in the 9 Lives books, dominated her household for twenty loving years. During that time, he created a family pecking order that left Louise on top and her youngest child on the bottom (just below the guinea pig), regularly tried to eat all his sister’s food (he was a very large cat), and learned the joys of travel through a cross continent road trip.

The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series—as well as the single title mystery, A Recipe For Trouble, are all set in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










The Secret of Willow Inn (Willow Falls Series Book 1) by [Nichols, Pat]Two women fighting for their dreams—one who’s long lost hers—are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s café. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

General Content (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain content of an inspirational/religious nature.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Arizona Guy: Drummed Out: A Ted White Mystery by [Spitzer, Raymond]

A drug gang is operating in Ajo, Arizona, supplying school kids with contraband. In a weak moment, one of Ted White’s band students becomes a customer, leading to the gang targeting Ted himself.

Thugs chase him, lie in wait for him, and Ted doesn’t know why. He hasn’t done anything! He is friends with Detective Sandy Sandino, but so what? This is the United States of America! Drug cartels don’t run amok here.

Ted teams up with Sandy and the good people of Ajo, along with every law enforcement agency in southwest Arizona to learn why a high school band director is in the crosshairs.
With lizards, camels, rattlesnakes, and tarantula hawks thrown in, get ready for another Arizona Guy rollicking ride, this time to bring a drug gang to justice.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














A Cunning Death (A Rose Beckingham Murder Mystery Book 3) by [Baker, Blythe]


Deceit and death in the country…

When Rose Beckingham receives a threatening message from a shadowy figure of the criminal underworld, she’s forced to face her greatest fear–the exposure of all her secrets.

Forced to do the bidding of the man who calls himself the Chess Master, Rose accompanies Lord and Lady Ashton to their country estate and tries to thwart a murder before it happens.

With the Chess Master watching her every move and the brilliant French detective, Achilles Prideaux, dragging the deeds of her past out of the shadows, can Rose capture a killer in time to protect everyone she loves? Or will a weekend at Ridgewick Hall end the same way it began – with bloodshed?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














A Dead Market (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 2) by [James, CeeCee]Stella O’Neil finally has her first listing! A cute cabin with a gorgeous lake on eighty acres of breathtaking land. There’s just one tiny problem: the body floating in the lake.

If that weren’t unsettling enough, her phone rings off the hook with hundreds of potential buyers. In fact, the property is overrun with them! Stella digs out the truth that the lake is the obscure clue in an old legend that has been solved on the Internet.

But only if her troubles stopped there. She runs into one buyer who won’t take no for an answer. He seems to have way too much personal information about Stella herself, but the police refuse to take him seriously. As things continue to develop, she is certain that she being hunted by someone with some sort of grudge against her.
Stella has to solve the murder and figure out the riddle so she can untangle herself from this legal and personal mess… before things go too far.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle