New Releases For The Week Of February 24th, 2019–Part 5

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 24th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so 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.



Murder at Benbury Brook: An absolutely gripping English cozy mystery (A Melissa Craig Mystery Book 9) by [Rowlands, Betty]A babbling brook runs alongside a wooded glade, surrounded by autumn light and birdsong. But next to the stream a young woman lies dead, her once bright blonde hair now limp and lifeless… 

Melissa Craig has settled into a new job in the charming Cotswolds village of Upper Benbury. She is teaching French to several of the local teenagers, which gives her a fascinating insight into the young people’s lives. Material for a new novel perhaps…

Her quiet life is interrupted when she sees her new neighbour running out of the woods in a blind panic. Melissa rushes to help him, but what she finds leaves her breathless: the body of young woman is lying on the bank of the river. 

When suspicion falls on Melissa’s neighbour, a man with a difficult past trying to make a new start, Melissa feels determined to prove his innocence. With the village in turmoil, and the police sure they’ve got their man, she must act quickly.

As she interviews the local residents, she realises there are several sinister characters lurking inside those charming Cotswold cottages… Could one of them have hurt Cissie? Was it the strange old man with a cottage near the river? Or the ailing ex-choirmaster with quite an eye for the ladies?

When Melissa Craig decides to get her teeth into a case, she doesn’t let go – nothing will stop her from solving this murder. Can she prove the innocence of her new friend? And will she unearth the culprit before another young life is taken? 

An absolutely unputdownable murder mystery for fans of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and P.D. James that will have you hooked right from the start. 

This book was previously published as The Man at the Window.

What readers are saying about Murder at Benbury Brook:

Wow! What a pacy, enthralling, page-turner of a story! It definitely had me wanting to read more. The plot is gripping… The tension is built very craftily and the conclusion is perfectNow, I am in love with this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘There are twists and turns which surprise right to the end… would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a cosy mystery with a little bit more bite than some.’ NetGalley Reviewer

‘I love this series of books!… I read this book in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Another great story from Betty Rowlands. Mel Craig does it again, with twists and turns to keep you on your toes, the story unfolds to an unexpected ending. Great easy read from one of the best!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Full of charm… an intriguing plot and the twists and turns throughout make for a satisfying tale… an engaging mystery with a menacing undertone and chilling atmosphere running through it… the conclusion was unexpected and satisfying… fans of Agatha Christie and MC Beaton should enjoy this… A superb and highly entertaining addition to an already popular series, and a perfect readfor those dark, chilly nights.’ A Reader’s Retreat

Getting better and better… a slightly darker storyline than earlier novels but it is just as riveting and another novel unable to be put to one side.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Another winner in the Melissa series by Betty Rowlands.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A quick enjoyable read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘An engaging and fast-paced mystery!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I look forward to reading the Melissa Craig books and have enjoyed every one in the series, this was no exception.’ NetGalley Reviewer

‘A good read, a little cozy but with bite.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Everybody Wants to Rune the World: A Happily Everlasting World Novel (Bewitchingly Ever After Book 2) by [Roth, Mandy M.]Welcome to Hedgewitch Cove, Louisiana, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Sigmund Bails ran from his past straight to a supernatural Louisiana town after coming into his shifting abilities later than most, to dire consequences. With help from the colorful locals, the were-kraken has been working hard to gain some semblance of control. Unfortunately, the dead bodies turning up around tiny Hedgewitch Cove seem to point to the fact his kraken side is running wild again. It’s bad enough he has to hide from a part of himself; since moving down south, he’s also been avoiding the one person every shifter hopes to find—his true mate.

Despite being part witch, part siren and part hunter, Virginia Peugeot has shied away from her supernatural side ever since a frightening childhood incident. Which gives her plenty in common with Sigmund. Their sizzling attraction is just icing on the cake…or would be, if the man didn’t make an Olympic sport out of sprinting in the opposite direction every time he sees Virginia coming. There’s only so long a woman can wait, especially when she’s caught the interest of another eligible alpha male in town.

If Sigmund won’t make the first move, maybe his kraken will. If an old enemy doesn’t claim his mate first…

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Not Peachy, Mate (Sweet Peach Bakery Book 9) by [Meadows, Wendy]Will Momma Peach use her pocketbook and beat the killers into a pulp or will she end up buried alive, baking like a pie under the killing heat of the Australian outback sun?

Momma Peach and Michelle take off for a curious adventure in Australia after an old friend calls Momma Peach and asks for her help. When they arrive in the Northern Territory, their rental car breaks down on a hot, lonely stretch of road. When a dangerous man shows up and drives them to the nearest town, Momma Peach and Michelle become trapped in a strange and deadly murder mystery with villains who aren’t what they seem and an unseen tribe of people who want Momma Peach to become their mystical new Mother.

Trapped in a dangerous land with no way to escape, Michelle and Momma Peach are forced to uncover a hidden truth lurking underneath the Australian heat, while dead bodies keep popping up all around them. And just when they think their day couldn’t get any worse, night falls and the true killers appear. Trapped with no place to run, Momma Peach and Michelle become captives in a mysterious game that deals with the hidden chambers of the heart.

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. 

Read all the Sweet Peach Bakery cozy mysteries:

1. A Dash of Peach
2. A Peachy Mess
3. Peachy Criminals
4. A Peachy Case
5. Peachy Villains
6. A Peachy Plan
7. Not So Peachy Day
8. What a Peachy Night
9. Not Peachy, Mate  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The Great Maple Caper (Wicked Good Mystery Series Book 4) by [May, Lucy]Deep in the heart of winter, all is quiet in Charm Cove. Or so Moira Wicked likes to think. The charming town in Maine is blanketed with snow, and magic is murmuring under the surface, but nothing is amiss.

Until it’s time for maple sugaring season. One of the earliest signs of spring is when the maple trees are ready to tap for sap, which becomes maple sugar, and syrup, and more. Once the first few trees are tapped, Charm Cove residents start reporting missing buckets of maple sap. At first, it’s only a few and then it’s almost all of them.

It’s a maple caper, and Charm Cove residents are riled up.

In the midst of the missing maple sap dustup, Moira finds herself caught in the middle because, of course, everyone she knows is missing maple sap. Maple sugaring is big business, and money is on the line. Who knew money and maple syrup would make people so crazy?

Meanwhile, Charm Cove is still a beacon to the wider world with its magic being bottled up and sold in its charming stores and online.

Take a visit to Charm Cove, where Wicked meets Good and where you just might find there’s almost always more than meets the eye.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Survive or Die by [Dilts, Catherine]“Deliverance” meets “The Office”. In this hilariously suspenseful novel…If you work in corporate America or are contemplating a move into that man-eat-man world, Survive or Die will have you running for the 
Peace Corps. But you’ll be laughing as you go.
—Barbara Nickless, author of the 
award-winning Sydney Parnell series

You think you’re gonna Survive, but you’re gonna Die. Die. Die.
During a team-building exercise at a survivalist camp, once the setting for a popular reality TV show, the owner of a dysfunctional company receives a death threat. Employees aren’t surprised that someone wants their lecherous, hard-drinking boss dead. The surprise is that he’s not the first casualty. An unpopular photographer’s death doesn’t bring an end to a game designed to humiliate. A rabid environmentalist on a secret mission, a middle-aged mom hoping to revive her lackluster marriage, and a lovelorn mountain man navigate increasing danger as unlikely accidents plague the camp. The week deteriorates from mock survival games to cold reality in the Colorado wilderness, where lost and desperate contestants must Survive or Die.  (Amazon)49

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Nothing Familiar (Reluctant Familiar Mysteries Book 3) by [Cheever, Sam]Fighting powerful magical forces that threaten to upend her world, LeeAnn is alone and overwhelmed, and she’s running out of time to save the ones she loves.

LeeAnn’s life is taking a nasty turn. There are forces at work which are determined to expose the magic community to humans. One of LA’s closest allies hovers on the edge of death. Grandmama Celeste has disappeared and, for the first time since LA’s known her, isn’t responding to pleas for help. To make things worse, LA’s best friend, Deg, is attacked by Wraiths and the healers aren’t sure they can cure him.

LA soon finds herself on a journey to Underworld…traveling to Hades in search of a rare flower that’s closely guarded by Wraiths. The journey is long…fraught with danger…and LA must trust someone who hasn’t always been trustworthy for its success.

But her challenges haven’t yet begun. Her world continues to burn.

Will LA be able to dispel the stigma of her own mistakes? Or will her friends pay the ultimate price as she gives herself over to the evil swirling around them all?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The 5K Killer: A Cozy Mystery for Pet Lovers (A Walk in the Bark Book 3) by [Faye, Mel]A car crash in the middle of the road. A dead body in the passenger seat, and a missing driver. Needless to say, the 5K has been cancelled.

Annie Hudson is ready to open her dog boutique to the public in one week. But when a leak in the storage cabinet throws off her whole schedule, Annie can’t imagine things getting any worse.

But that was before a car crash right outside the shop leaves one man dead in the passenger seat and no driver to be found.

Who was driving the car? Why was the victim found in the passenger seat? And why did it all happen hours before the race that would have guaranteed the victim a lucrative sponsorship deal?

The 5K Killer is Book 3 of the light-hearted Walk in the Bark cozy mystery series. It features:

…an amateur detective whose spunk is liable to get her in trouble

…a Doberman who keeps his calm when others are about to lose it

…a small town full of quirky characters

…a mystery that will keep you guessing until you turn that last page

…no foul language, cliffhangers, or gore

Scroll up and buy it now!  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle











Red Velvet and Revenge (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 16) by [Frost, Agatha]-ORDER! Coming February 28th! The 16th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series!

*Kindle Unlimited and paperback will be available on release day!*

When Julia South-Brown is asked to judge the first Peridale Bake Off competition alongside local radio DJ, Tony Bridges, she expects it to be some light village fun while her new husband, Barker Brown, finishes work on his second novel. However, it ends up being anything but when Tony shows he is nothing like his charming radio personality. When someone takes advantage of his severe and well-publicised peanut allergy with a contaminated red velvet cake in the middle of the competition, Julia isn’t surprised to find herself with another murder mystery to solve!

With Tony having mistreated everyone from his wife, ex-wife, assistant, and most people unlucky enough to have crossed his path, Julia isn’t short of suspects. But, what should be a cut and dry investigation turns into something wholly more complicated thanks to Julia suddenly being responsible for her baby brother when her father and step-mother find themselves indefinitely stranded in Ibiza thanks to a banana boat and a broken leg.

While juggling a baby, a complicated case, and a slew of other personal dilemmas, Julia is forced to face tough decisions that will impact the rest of her life. Family proves more important than ever, but can Julia hold hers together? With her sleuthing putting her in increasingly more treacherous situations with each passing day, can Julia stay safe, or will this prove one case too far?

Book 16 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril.

Other books in the series:
1. Pancakes and Corpses
2. Lemonade and Lies
3. Doughnuts and Deception
4. Chocolate Cake and Chaos
5. Shortbread and Sorrow
6. Espresso and Evil
7. Macarons and Mayhem
8. Fruit Cake and Fear
9. Birthday Cake and Bodies
10. Gingerbread and Ghosts
11. Cupcakes and Casualties
12. Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune
13. Ice Cream and Incidents
14. Champagne and Catastrophes
15. Wedding Cake and Woes
16. Red Velvet and Revenge  (Amazon)












Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 3) by [Klein, Libby]Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .

Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.

Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chefsuspect . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback




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