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)

Editions Available:  Kindle










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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback










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