New Releases For The Week Of June 30th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 30th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the 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.



A Juicy Murder (A Stoneybrook Mystery Book 5) by [Scott, Eryn]They’ll squeeze out every last clue…

A new juice bar in Stoneybrook has the town on a delicious health kick. When a woman is found strangled outside the shop, the townspeople swear they’ve never seen her before.
But someone among the locals is lying. They not only recognize the woman but had motive to silence her.

Hadley and her twin have three mysteries to solve. Who is the mysterious woman? Why did someone want her dead? And will finding these answers put their lives at risk too?Recipes from Food in Jars creator, Marisa McClellan, included: gingery rhubarb jam and quick pickled snap peas!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
Murder at the Masquerade: Piccadilly Ladies Club Mysteries by [Jane, Bettie]
Julia Barlow continues her adventures solving mysteries in 1920s London with the help of her love interest, Inspector Jacob Gibbs. When a high-society masquerade ball becomes the scene of a murder, Julia is in the unique position to interview the aristocrats in attendance. Instead of rebelling against and rejecting outright the culture she was raised in, she begins to recognize the benefits of living in two different worlds.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle

Ghosts, Lies, and Videotape (A Ravenmist Whodunit Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Jaymes, Olivia]It’s time for another Ravenmist Whodunit! A tiny Midwestern town with charming covered bridges, quirky residents, delightful antique shops, and more than their share of haunted activity.

When Tedi and her mother – plus a few friendly ghosts – attend the annual Ravenmist film festival, all they want to do is see a movie and rub elbows with a few stars. They get more than they bargained for, however, when the handsome lead stumbles down the theater aisle with a gunshot wound to the chest. When one of the actresses becomes a suspect, Tedi doesn’t hesitate to start digging into the victim’s personal life to help clear her friend’s name.

And then there’s the whole paranormal energy issue that she and her best friend Missy have been investigating. It turns out that Ravenmist could have a big problem with no solution in sight. Evil has come to their little town and everyone could be in peril – human and spirit alike. Murder might be the least of their problems.

Don’t miss spooktime in Ravenmist as Tedi talks to a medium, has a girls’ and ghouls’ night out, and attends the nuptials of a ghost couple. It’s a hauntingly good time and you’re invited to the wedding too. A spirited evening is a sure thing.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





Bake, Eat, and Be Buried (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery Book 3) by [Brown, Katherine H.]

Piper and Sam are flooded with ideas to help Flo’s Flowers next door to have a spectacular 4th of July sale. However, plans get interrupted when the friends must prepare Piper to testify in court.

There is one major problem: Piper’s fear of public speaking has her passing out!
Soon, a crowded room isn’t the only thing Piper has to worry about.
Will she escape the tattooed man determined to shut her up permanently? Will the sheriff be able to help catch him after he hospitalizes one of her friends?

And, the biggest question of all, what is in the giant paper sack of “emergency supplies” that Gladys brings to the bakery?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Buckle Bunny: A What Doesn't Kill You Prequel Novella by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds.

“Hutchins’ Maggie is an irresistible train wreck—you can’t help but turn the page to see what trouble she’ll get herself into next.” Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister’s Grave

Every cowboy at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo is hot for rising music star Maggie Killian. But Maggie is laser focused on her songs, her next show, and her future. She’s not going to be any cowboy’s buckle bunny. Down-and-out bull rider Hank Sibley needs big money fast, so he strikes a deal with the devil to lose in Cheyenne for cash. When Hank reneges to get Maggie to go out with him, the only thing standing between him and deadly payback is a pissed-off, buckle-wearing Maggie.

Buckle Bunny is the USA Today best-selling prequel novella to the trilogy featuring sharp-tongued protagonist Maggie Killian from the addictive What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series. If you like nerve-racking suspense, electric characters and relationships, and juicy plot twists, then you’ll love USA Today best seller Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ Silver Falchion Award-winning series.

˃˃˃ See why Pamela wins contests and makes best seller lists.

    • USA Today Best Seller
    • #1 Amazon Best Seller
    • Top 50 Amazon Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author
    • Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
    • USA Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
    • Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist

˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an “up-and-coming powerhouse writer.”

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming.

˃˃˃ The reviews are in, and they’re good. Very, very good.

“Murder has never been so much fun!” — Christie Craig, New York Times Best Seller

“Maggie’s gonna break your heart—one way or another.” — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club

“Hutchins nails that Wyoming scenery and captures the atmosphere of the people there.” — Ken Oder, author of The Judas Murders

“You’re guaranteed to love the ride!” — Kay Kendall, Silver Falchion Best Mystery Winner

˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Maggie and her friends in the What Doesn’t Kill Youromantic mysteries.

Scroll up and grab your copy of Buckle Bunny today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Stir Up (Lark Davis Mysteries Book 2) by [Hunter, Annabelle]Peace and quiet is underrated.

After her last brush with murder, Larklyn Davis is relieved to be spending her time with the talented new horse at her stables instead of tripping over body parts. While she’s trying to figure out why her newest horse has lost his mojo, she’s also puzzling over her relationship with the brooding, uncommunicative Detective Brecken Wilson.

But then, disaster strikes, and both Lark’s reputation and business are on the line. Once again she finds herself pulled into a murder case and in close proximity to the handsome Detective. Throw in a dashing veterinarian plus a matchmaking town and Lark’s life spins out of control. As clues pile up and all evidence leads back to her barn, Lark gets saddled up to solve another mystery.

Who knew life in Barrow Bay would stir up so much trouble?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 5) by [Silvio, Heather]The Penultimate Episode of the Paranormal Talent Agency

Demon Barbara Knollman enjoys her reign as the head of Las Vegas and barely tolerates the necessity of running for office. But when her precognitive abilities save her from an attack on the candidates, she becomes both target and suspect.

Uncertain of her next steps, Barbara agrees to help angel Liam Collins stop a supernatural being hellbent on taking control of the paranormal world by whatever means necessary. And wonders if she’s heading down a path of no return.

Accused of murder and with her demonic powers on the fritz, Barbara allows Liam to convince her to team with the Paranormal Talent Agency. Can Barbara clear her name, stop a killer… and open her dark heart to true love?

Short & Sweet Paranormal Romance with Supernatural Suspense

This is the fifth book in the Paranormal Talent Agency series. Much like on television, each episode contains a complete sweet paranormal romance and supernatural murder mystery. But the crossover characters and larger story suggest reading these in order.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Libraries and Larceny (Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Collins, Danielle]Murder, by the book.

A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins

Henrietta is expanding her horizons and getting involved in the literary world. When a biographer approaches her for help recovering a rare book, she gets a chance to mix her two loves. After a book shop owner turns up dead, she’s in for another murder mystery. Can she solve the case, find the book, and help tell the story of a long lost manuscript?

Libraries and Larceny is the third book in the Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with interesting characters, you don’t want to miss the Hearts Grove Cozy Mysteries.

Download Libraries and Larceny and start solving your next mystery today!

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Scone Cold Dead (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries Book 9) by [MacInerney, Karen]


The ninth book in the bestselling Gray Whale Inn mysteries is coming soon! 

Innkeeper Natalie Barnes is living her dream life, creating scrumptious scone recipes and relishing cool summer days on quaint Cranberry Island, Maine… until she stumbles across a dead body tucked under the blueberry bushes.

Could the killer be one of her artsy out-of-town guests?

Or will the murderer turn out to be uncomfortably close to home?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Heart of Barkness (A Chet & Bernie Mystery Book 9) by [Quinn, Spencer]Spencer Quinn’s Heart of Barkness is the latest in the New York Times bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called “nothing short of masterful”…

Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much worse in the world of country music. They’re both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses – even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing – and before the night is over, it’s stolen again.

Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each other.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Mystery


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Jodi Rath and her new book Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Murder.  This is the second book in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series.

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in the Series
MYS ED LLC (June 21, 2019)
Print Length – 185 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07Q1K4DN3



Purchase Links – Amazon –

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Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.

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

I’ve always loved to read and to write. I was a kid who was checking things out of the library at an early age and reading poetry and autobiographies. I’d spend my summers reading and writing as a teen. I’d rather write than go to parties or be with friends. I’m still that way now.


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

My series is a culinary cozy mystery series. The theme is cast iron skillet cooking with recipes at the end of each book. I only know of one other cast iron skillet mystery series out there right now. Plus, my series is based off the village I live and grew up in and the inner city where I was born and spent the first six years of my life—not to mention friends and family of the protagonist all have quirks that my family and friends have.

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

A little of everything—I have a loose outline to start with—then I move to using my murder board which is a dry erase board to plot. I have a bulletin board too where I keep the key points to the book up at all times. But the story changes from first draft to last. So, a little of everything.


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

I don’t believe in pushing for reviews (not for myself but I don’t look down on any author who does it—we all have to have our own strategies). Reviews are important to me—not that I get “good” reviews. I’m an educator and I’m always learning. I have a specific notebook where I take notes of all reviews I get on all platforms—including comments from blogs. I reflect over these and use them as I continue to grow as a writer. I will never be a perfect writer—nor do I want to be. I want to continue to get better and grow—writing is a journey—not a race to be won. I appreciate all comments, reviews, emails, text, phone calls, meetings, critiques about my writing—good, bad, or ugly—even the “trolls” as I’ve heard other writers call them have insight…I mean, hey, they gave enough of a care to spit on me—so, that’s something!


What advice would you give to your younger self?

To realize that who I am is enough and not to allow other people to dictate who I am or to allow society to dictate what is a “norm.”

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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?

Karen Phillips does my covers. She did the first cover 90% on her own without me weighing in too much. I was naive to the business.  Yet, she has an amazing eye for it—I gave her all kinds of info on the characters, the village, the story, the plot, the twists and she went with it. For the covers of book two and three, I’ve become a lot more vocal weighing in more at like 60 to 70% and we have gone back and forth in discussions and drafts until they look exactly like I want them to look. I’m getting more confident and understanding my vision more as I continue the series.


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

My editors and readers tell me that my characters are fleshed out well. They sound like people talk; they have quirks like we all do; they struggle with a lot of internal issues from the past—you know we all have demons and baggage. Mostly, what I love about my characters and what I find special about this series is that I work really hard to include diversity in the setting and in the characters—having the main setting take part in a small, cozy village but having a near-by city (like my life growing up) where the people from the village and city have to learn to work together and have to explore and find tolerance and open-mindedness within themselves. The village people (LOL—just saw that pun) think of themselves as open-minded and tolerant but by the Thanksgiving holiday book Turkey Basted to Death, coming out this November 2019—they will begin to realize their tolerance is for those within their inner circle—not outside of the village and they will all (including people from the city) have to re-evaluate their morals, ethics, and values to reassess who they are and who they want to become as a community.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I’m feisty, fiery, and a bit of risk-taker and a bad ass. I bet on myself and I’ve won. What I mean by winning is I work REALLY hard—like seven days a week 16 to 18-hour days—all hours of the day to make this work—to make enough money to pay the bills. It’s fun but not easy by any means. It’s frightening at times too. Yet, here I am at 46 years old doing it and making it work in spite of the fear and in spite of lack of support from some—BUT I have a TON of support by a lot of family, my husband especially, and friends.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full time baby—full time!


What do your plans for future projects include?

Thanksgiving holiday book is in the first draft stages and comes out 11/18/19 called Turkey Basted to Death.  Four books come out in 2020. Two of the four are spin-off series to The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. One is a series called Peggy’s Purse Boutique Mystery Series and the second is Gemma’s Bohemian Gems Boutique Mystery Series. Both Gemma and Peggy will show up in Leavensport, Ohio and likewise—Jolie and Ava will show up in Tri-City for Peggy and Gemma’s series too.


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

I love it all. I taught HS English, so I’m used to teaching the writing process. I don’t always love when my editor tells me, “You need to rewrite this entire book.” But who would love that? It’s part of the journey and learning process though—so I’ll take it.

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

Cozy mysteries, literature, poetry, thrillers—Sara Paretsky, Arthur Golden, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O’Rourke, Agatha Christie, Donna Leon, Sue Grafton, Emily Dickinson, Flannery O’Connor, Elaine Viets, Shakespeare—yeah, I really love to read and re-read the Bard’s work, Homer, Plato, Janet Evanovich.


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

I’m brutally honest and expect honesty in return.


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

Honestly, one thing I was prepared for when writing was that some people would be mean for no good reason. I may be jinxing myself here—but that has not happened yet after a year. So, I’m thankful for that. I’ve met in person and met through email, newsletter correspondence, FB pages, messenger, and beyond SO many wonderfully nice people who are extremely loving and supportive and honest all at the same time. I’m learning from each one of them!



How can readers discover more about you and your work?



    Facebook:   @authorjodirath

    Twitter:   @jodirath


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Review of A Ghostly Suspect

A Ghostly Suspect
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It’s all in a day’s work for Emma Lee Raines . . .

especially when the ghost turns out to be someone very dear to her heart. Debbie Dually, psychic and friend who has guided Emma Lee since she was bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” (Amazon)


The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the start. I felt like I was right there in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, visiting with Emma Lee and her friends. I always feel like I should be sipping a glass of sweet tea while I am reading this series.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Granny is a real pistol and she is so funny, Emma Lee has her hands full with her. Jack Henry is a great boyfriend and he is really trying to accept Emma Lee’s “ability”.

The mystery is well written and moved along at a nice even pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery. If you enjoy paranormal with your cozy, like I do, then you definitely want to read this book and series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Strangled Eggs And Ham




I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Maddie Day and her new release Strangled Eggs And Ham.  This is the sixth book in her A Country Store Mystery series.  I have read them all and the series is great.


Strangled Eggs and Ham (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711254
ISBN-13: 978-1496711250
Digital ASIN: B07HW1D15K


Purchase Links

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This series is totally fantastic!!!
Robbie runs the cutest store and I really wish I could eat there.

~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day is a wonderfully woven tale of politics, development, mystery, and murder in small-town Indiana.
~Baroness’ Book Trove





Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!

While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .

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The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the very start.  South Lick, Indiana, seems like a fun place to visit, even with all of the murders.

The characters are well developed and well developed.  Robbie is a strong character with lots of great qualities.  She loves her family and friends and she is not afraid of putting herself out there when she sees an injustice.  I enjoyed spending time with her and her Aunt Adele, you can tell they care a lot about each other. Aunt Adele is a real firecracker.  The secondary characters added a lot to the story.

The mystery was well developed and carried on well throughout the book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and the mystery was not easily solved.

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  When I spend time with Robbie, I know I am in for a great time.

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




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Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.



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New Releases For The Week Of June 23rd, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 23rd, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.



Dead Ringer (The Journals of Octavia Hollows Book 5) by [Rourke, Stacey]With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

Belle Chasse, Louisiana: a suburb within stumbling distance to New Orleans.

Hell-bent on uncovering the identity of her mysterious stalker, and what he wants with her former coven, Octavia rides into town in a frenzy. What she finds instead is a young boxer who can’t die, no matter how hard he tries. Will she help break the family curse tethering him to a life of pain, even if it means losing the only lead she has on the man hunting her?  (Amazon)

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Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. IV (Books 10-12) by [Prentic, Beth, Smith, Sally J., Steffens, Jean, Stoddard, Anne Marie]From USA Today bestselling authors, enjoy a vacation in the deadliest little spot in Hawaii, the Aloha Lagoon Resort! This “killer” beach read includes three full-length novels in the Aloha Lagoon romantic mystery series, including:

Lethal Tide
by Beth Prentice
When a body is found in the rain forest near Aloha Lagoon, Samantha Reynolds’ life in paradise becomes anything but. With the police looking squarely at her boyfriend as their number one suspect, it’s up to Samantha to find the real killer, decipher clues to a long-lost treasure, and find out just what skeletons are lurking in her suddenly secretive boyfriend’s closet…

Beachboy Murder
by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Just as travel agent turned reluctant sleuth Gabby LeClair is starting to gain some of the Aloha spirit, she finds a dead body in her very own backyard! Now Gabby must find the truth about this former beachboy’s shady past before his killer strikes again.

Handbags & Homicide
by Anne Marie Stoddard
Kaley Kalua is excited to help her best friend celebrate her wedding in paradise… until Kaley’s ex-husband shows up with his new girlfriend! But things become downright deadly when the girlfriend is found dead and the police suspect Kaley. Now Kaley must do a little investigating of her own if she wants to live to see her friend walk down the aisle.

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
Tiaras & Terror (book #13)
Photo Finished (book #14)
Fatal Break (book #15)

“If you like your mysteries on the fun side this is definitely one for you.”
—Night Owl Reviews

“Engaging and enjoyable…and the killer was a huge surprise!”
—StoreyBook Reviews

About Aloha Lagoon:
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii’s hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere…and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we’re certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Frugal Lissa Finds a Body (Frugal Lissa Mysteries Book 1) by [Ames, Ritter]Specially priced during preorder!

Melissa Eller looks for ways to save people money. She never wanted to find a dead body…
Especially since she and the victim argued in public the previous evening. And she kind of threatened him (all a big misunderstanding – really).

When would she learn to keep her big mouth shut?

Now, she’s suspect number one in the guy’s murder. Worse, the detective in charge of the case is someone Lissa made fun of in high school—because he made fun of her—and he holds more leverage than just the threat of getting her sent to detention. Her boys don’t need a mom in prison!

She should never have moved back home.

Who said small towns were safer?

Frugal Lissa Finds a Body is the first title in the new cozy Frugal Lissa Mysteries series from USA TODAY bestselling author Ritter Ames.

BONUS: Along with solving the crime, Lissa finds ways to save her blog subscribers money and shares those methods with readers. Also included are terrific family-friendly recipes.

This is a NEW cozy mystery series: 
Book 1: Frugal Lissa Finds a Body
Book 2: Frugal Lissa Digs Up a Body (preorder soon)
Book 3: Frugal Lissa Hunts for a Body (coming soon)
And more to follow!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Medium Things (A Lost Souls Lane Mystery Book 3) by [Huss, Erin]My name is Zoe Lane, and I see dead people.

I’m not your typical medium. The kind portrayed on your favorite television shows. The spirits who visit me aren’t interested in reuniting with loved ones. Nope. The spirits I connect with have sought me out for one thing and one thing only: justice. A task that would be easier if I were a homicide detective instead of a twenty-three-year-old wannabe journalist with a love of hot romance novels.

Now, the spirit of Andrew “Drew” Foster is here, and he’s desperate for my help. Drew was convicted sixteen years ago for the murder of real estate agent, Margo Stolper. A crime I’m not so sure he committed. It turns out Margo may not have been completely honest in her dealings, and even worse, I think she was a medium just like me. Was she killed because people knew about her gift?

With a possible medium murderer on the loose, I need to be extra cautious. But justice must be served, and if Drew wants to rest in peace, then we need to clear his name. The problem is I’ve made a lot of enemies over the last few months. Well, just one. Sheriff Vance, the most powerful man in Fernn Valley. He’s not about to let me unravel the only murder case he’s ever solved. Not without a fight. I’m ready, though. At least I thought I was. There’s a twist to this case even I didn’t see coming.

If I’m not careful, exonerating Drew just might be the last thing I do.   (Amazon)

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The Cumbrian County Lines: Latest stand-alone mystery in the Cumbrian cozy contemporary crime series (The Lakeland Murders Book 12) by [Salkeld, J J]

There’s a fresh young face at Kendal nick, bearing a striking resemblance to DI Andy Hall. Together they tackle a case involving the online exploitation of vulnerable citizens, in this case the peddling of illegal diet drugs. Meanwhile DS Ian Mann has to confront both a county lines drug operation and a half-remembered name from his past – with potentially explosive consequences.

Featuring the usual powerful cast of characters, including new arrival DC Ben Crowley, DC Abla Khan and forensics supremo Sandy Smith, this stand-alone novella in the hit Lakeland Murders series combines J J Salkeld’s enduring interest in current social and policing issues, but told with an emphasis on humour and a strong, ensemble cast of coppers. There’s some fruity language, plenty of banter, a smattering of Lake District dialect, copious quantities of tea, but no extreme violence.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery Book 2) by [Freeman, Dianne]How far will some go to safeguard a secret? In the latest novel in Dianne Freeman’s witty and delightful historical mystery series, the adventurous Countess Harleigh finds out . . .
Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper class retire to their country estates for grouse-shooting season. Frances has little interest in hunting—for birds or a second husband—and is expecting to spend a quiet few months in London with her almost-engaged sister, Lily, until the throng returns.

Instead, she’s immersed in a shocking mystery when a friend, Mary Archer, is found murdered. Frances had hoped Mary might make a suitable bride for her cousin, Charles, but their courtship recently fizzled out. Unfortunately, this puts Charles in the spotlight—along with dozens of others. It seems Mary had countless notes hidden in her home, detailing the private indiscretions of society’s elite. Frances can hardly believe that the genteel and genial Mary was a blackmailer, yet why else would she horde such juicy tidbits?

Aided by her gallant friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, Frances begins assisting the police in this highly sensitive case, learning more about her peers than she ever wished to know. Too many suspects may be worse than none at all—but even more worrying is that the number of victims is increasing too. And unless Frances takes care, she’ll soon find herself among them . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook












Dog-Eared Delinquent (Pet Whisperer P.I. Book 4) by [Fitz, Molly, Press, Sweet Promise]Apparently I’ve been slacking on the job as a paralegal, even though the firm doesn’t know that I’m secretly working as the area’s premier Pet Whisperer P.I. to solve our toughest cases behind the scenes. Now they’ve hired an intern to “help” me manage my workload…

But what the partners don’t realize is that they’ve let a nefarious criminal into our offices. Trust me, Octo-Cat can smell this guy’s stink from a mile away. The worst part? I’m pretty sure he can talk to animals too… and he most definitely isn’t using his talents to solve crimes and defend the innocent.

I’ve always wondered how that zap from an old coffeemaker landed me with supernatural abilities. Now it’s time to find out once and for all. Otherwise I fear I may wind up losing them–and my trusty talking feline sidekick–for good.


“Need a quick pick me up with an adorable talking cat who helps solve crimes? It’s here! Molly Fitz does not disappoint in this cute start to a brand new series. I’m already hooked and picking up the next book. Do yourself a favor and spend some time in Blueberry Bay. It’s so fun and cute you’ll wish you had a talking cat of your own.” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author, Addison Moore

“Molly Fitz’s debut novel, KITTY CONFIDENTIAL, is a fantastic start to a new series. Molly has not only provided a fun, fast-paced mystery, she’s also brought great characters to life. I enjoyed spending time in her world, and I look forward to future books in the series!” ~ Misty Bane, Author of the Blackwood Bay Witches Cozy Mysteries

“KITTY CONFIDENTIAL is such a fun escape that leaves the reader completely satisfied but craving more. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Octo-Cat, and I look forward to Angie’s next curious adventure… A must-read for cozy lovers and mystery lovers alike!” ~ Poppy Bolton, Author of the Katie Chance Cozy Mysteries

“Molly Fitz hits her first cozy mystery out of the park. KITTY CONFIDENTIAL is a great read – fast and fun and is the promising first book in what should be a terrific series.” ~ Ronnie Roberts, Author of The Complete Bootcamp for Fiction Writers

“Oh, my whiskers. This was. So. Much. Fun!!! I am a big fan of cozy mysteries, especially quirky ones with pets. And this one was a gooood one! I doted on Octo-Cat! I adored Angie! The book has a very light-hearted tone that I loved. I loveloveloved it!” ~ Nadine V

“Amazing cozy mystery! I would give it six stars if I could! I absolutely loved this book… and I loved the voice of Octo-Cat! I’m not sure I really want to know what cats think, but I am pretty sure they would say things like Octo-Cat!” ~ Candace  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Murder's No Votive Confidence (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery Book 1) by [Brecher, Christin]Nantucket candle store owner Stella Wright specializes in creating unique candles for every occasion. But someone sets the stage for murder when a Memorial Day celebration becomes a wedding to die for . . . 

Jessica Sterling’s candlelight-themed nuptials promises to be the perfect kick-off to the summer’s first official holiday weekend. Stella’s thrilled to have been chosen to provide the decorative centerpiece for the wedding ceremony: a two-foot-tall scented unity candle—a symbol of the happy couple’s love. But it looks like the bride-to-be’s uncle won’t be walking his niece down the aisle after he’s found dead. The murder weapon is Stella’s seemingly indestructible candle, now split in two.

When a beloved local bartender is arrested, Stella’s sure a visiting police captain running the case made a rush to justice. With superstitious brides-to-be canceling orders and sales waxing and waning at her store, the Wick & Flame owner decides to do some sleuthing of her own. Abetted by a charming reporter and challenged by the town’s sexiest cop, Stella’s determined to shine a light on the truth and uncover a killer who’s snuffing out her own flame.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Guilty as Charred (A Cook-Off Mystery Book 3) by [Delaney, Devon]Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . .

Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s community garden. Sherry was supposed to be taking questions about her win in the national cooking competition, but instead the callers start dishing dirt.

Poppy and Sherry were both involved in the vegetable garden, and while Poppy may have been a bit priggish, it wasn’t anything that called for a shovel to the back of the head. There was already trouble brewing, with the owner of the land threatening to renege on their agreement, and this murder has taken tensions to a new level. Now while Sherry’s organizing a Fourth of July cook-off event, she’s also got a murder investigation on her plate . . .

Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















A Ghostly Suspect : A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) by [Kappes, Tonya]A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It’s all in a day’s work for Emma Lee Raines . . .
especially when the ghost turns out to be someone very dear to her heart. Debbie Dually, psychic and friend who has guided Emma Lee since the she was bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.”

Debbie Dually is the one who informed Emma Lee that she wasn’t crazy, she was a Betweener, someone who can communicate with ghosts with the not-so-dearly departed. In fact, she told Emma Lee how she was the only one that could help solve their murder to help them rest in eternal peace.

This time Debbie Dually finds herself needing Emma’s help. This means solving her own murder.
Emma goes deep undercover as a fake psychic in order to see into the past and help Debbie cross over. Emma Lee doesn’t realize this opens up a whole can of new Betweener clients that refuse to leave her alone.

When Emma Lee is tagged as the number one suspect in Debbie Dually’s death, her handsome state trooper boyfriend, Jack Henry, has no choice but to come back to Whispering Falls and get to the bottom of what is going on before it’s too late and Emma Lee goes to the state pen for a very long time.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of June 23rd, 2019–Part 3


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 23rd, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.


Witch Haunted in Westerham (Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cosy Mystery Book 7) by [Lister, Dionne]The latest installment in a bestselling, fun, paranormal cozy mystery series.

When Lily’s neighbour, Mrs Soames, knocks on Lily’s door in the dead of night upset about a violent ghost in her home, Lily is sceptical. Her doubt disappears when she’s chased from the property by a terrifying apparition. But that’s not the worst part: now Mrs Soames and her pet cockatoo are moving in, and the only way to get rid of the annoying guests is to banish the ghost… but that’s easier said than done.

Mrs Soames isn’t the only one with a haunting problem. Angelica asks Lily to assist in a PIB investigation: Westerham residents are selling their homes in droves, at less than market prices. When previous owners of the houses start dying, Angelica ramps up the investigation. Whoever’s behind the scheme is not afraid to kill, and Lily and her friends may be next.

Then Will turns up at one of the crime scenes after being mysteriously MIA for a few weeks… but it’s not a happy reunion. His callous disregard for the law and her safety is very un-Will like, and Lily worries he’s turned rogue.

Can Lily figure out what’s going on before Mrs Soames and her cockatoo drive her crazy and more innocent people are murdered? And can she get to Will in time, or is he lost to her forever?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Nuts and a Choking Corpse (Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery Book 14) by [Crewes, Amber]

The 14th book in the bestselling Sandy Bay Cozy Mystery series!

“This series is quickly becoming a favorite. Looking forward to the next books as they come out.”

Full blurb to come shortly.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


















Murder at the Boat Club: a cozy 1920s murder mystery (A Ginger Gold Mystery Book 9) by [Strauss, Lee]“Clever and entertaining, you’ll love this charming Golden Age mystery series. And the fashion is to die for!” – Molly C. Quinn, actress, Castle

Murder’s a Bad Stroke of Luck!

River Thames boat races between the London University colleges are popular events, and Mrs. Ginger Reed is excited to attend for the first time, especially since the son of a good friend of her new husband, Chief Inspector Basil Reed, is racing.

When a very unusual murder presents itself at the boat club,  Lady Gold’s Investigations is hired to take on the case. Ginger’s determined to solve the mystery before someone else dies, but can she manage it without ruining another pair of Italian leather T-strap shoes?


Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Genre: dog cozy mystery series / historical mystery / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery


Murder on the SS Rosa (Book 1)

Murder at Hartigan House (Book 2)

Murder at Bray Manor (Book 3)

Murder at Feathers & Flair (Book 4)

Murder at the Mortuary (Book 5)

Murder at Kensington Gardens (Book 6)

Murder at st. George’s Church (Book 7)

The Wedding of Ginger & Basil (Book 7.5)

Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman (Book 8)

Murder at the Boat Club (Book 9)

Murder on Eaton Square (Book 10)

~more coming soon!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












When the body of twenty-year-old Julie Cooper is found – her pockets stuffed full of wilting flowers – in an iron-age hill fort on the edge of the fens, Detective Tara Thorpe and her team are called in to investigate. The evidence points to an illicit affair gone wrong… but is there more to the story?

As always at the Cambridge Constabulary, the case turns personal. Detective Blake is exhausted after the arrival of a new baby with wayward wife Babette, and Tara is keen to put as much distance between herself and Blake as she can – both at the station and on the hunt for the killer. Charming rookie officer Jez is the perfect distraction… but is he a little too good to be true?

Then Tara makes a startling breakthrough when she finds an unsettling family heirloom hidden in the late victim’s bedroom – a golden statue of a sinister-looking cat with emerald eyes. As she traces its origins, Tara begins to realise that Julie’s murder is no one-off crime, but a sinister plot with its roots in a terrible secret that was covered up decades earlier.

An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Joy Ellis. Can be read as a standalone.

The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:
Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes
Book 2 – Death on the River
Book 3 – Death Comes to Call
Book 4 – Murder in the Fens

Readers absolutely love Clare Chase:
Literally couldn’t put it down!! This was an excellent thriller with well-developed characters and great twists!! From the first page until the end… a great ride of mystery, suspense and murder… Excellent thriller and crime read!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow what a book! One of the best mysteries I have read! Loved it from start to finish and couldn’t put it down! A masterpiece! Plotting perfection! The writing is brilliant and flows off the page, the characters stay with you. A thoroughly satisfying, absolutely stunning book! I cannot wait to read more by this amazing author!’ Renita D’Silva

Fast-paced, twisty… I just ripped right through this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I have to say that I loved this book.’Jen Med’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book… grabbed me by the throat from the opening chapter and refused to let go until the very end… The story was a fantastic puzzle… all set against the beautiful backdrop of Cambridge and the menacing emptiness of the surrounding Cambridgeshire fens.’ A Little Book Problem5 stars

Clever, twisty stories, with great characters.’ Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay

You’ll enjoy her books including this one if you like Joy Ellis, L. J. Ross, and Faith Martin… I absolutely adored the setting here. It reminds a little of the sort of setting in Midsomer Murders – quaint and idyllic with some very shady characters. The twists in the plot were plentiful and I liked the relationship and dynamic between Thorpe and Blake.’ Goodreads reviewer

A tense, exciting read with plenty of twists… an addictive read.’ Goodreads reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback













Down in Flames (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Book 6) by [Hollon, Cheryl]A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb’s glass shop proves to be no accident . . .

A highlight of Savannah’s new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students’ safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.

The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen’s Head Pub, owned by Savannah’s boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver—before someone else meets a dead end . . .

Praise for the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series

“Hollon hits a home run.” —RT Book Reviews 

“Will keep you guessing to the end!”
—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Bunburry - Drop Dead, Gorgeous: A Cosy Mystery Series (Countryside Mysteries: A Cosy Shorts Series Book 5) by [Marchmont, Helena]Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry.

In “Drop Dead, Gorgeous,” the fifth Bunburry book, Deb’s Beauty Salon becomes the last resting place for merry widow and property magnate Eve Mosby, whose passions include haute couture and a young lover. Plenty of people disliked Mrs Mosby, but enough to kill her? And what really baffles amateur sleuth Alfie McAlister and his friends Liz and Marge is that the body is found in a locked room – how did the murderer get in and out?

Helena Marchmont is a pseudonym of Olga Wojtas, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher, Iona M. Cameron. Olga won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015, has had more than 30 short stories published in magazines and anthologies and recently published her first mystery Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The Case of the Water Spell: A Hillcrest Witch Mystery (Hillcrest Witch Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Anderson, Amorette]Would you choose to live forever, if you could? 

Penny Banks, PI and amateur witch, is feeling a bit overwhelmed. She’s studying magic along with her knitting circle, and the Water Spell proves difficult to master. The spell directions don’t make sense, she’s not sure where to get a chalice, and her cauldron is filled with moldy bananas.

On top of that, things with her boyfriend, vampire Max Shire, are not going great. He wants her to become a vampire, but is she ready for that? Living forever seems like a lot of work…

It’s a good thing she has a case to distract her from her personal troubles! A teen in town has gone missing, and his mother is sure he was kidnapped. Penny’s happy to take the case…. Can she solve it?   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Murder at Maple House (Silver Lake Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [King, Hugo James]Book Three in the Silver Lake Cozy Mystery series.

A prestigious event hosting wealthy businesspeople,
And fuelled by free-flowing champagne arrives in Briarbury.

But when a dead man becomes the centrepiece,
The fun festivities go south, and the champagne turns sour.

With the identity of the body revealed,
People speculate it could’ve been anyone.

The race is on to prove your innocence,
Or let people think you committed murder.

A cozy murder mystery novel set a fictional Cotswolds village, following female amateur sleuth, her rescue dog, and an entire ensemble of quirky small-town characters. Written in British English.

Book One: Murder on Silver Lake
Book Two: Murder on Red Rose Drive  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The Paper Bark Tree Mystery by [Yu, Ovidia]Simply glorious. Every nook and cranny of 1930s Singapore is brought richly to life’ CATRIONA MCPHERSON

‘Charming’ RHYS BOWEN

‘One of the most likeable heroines in modern literature’ SCOTSMAN

Su Lin is doing her dream job: assistant at Singapore’s brand new detective agency. Until Bald Bernie decides a ‘local girl’ can’t be trusted with private investigations, and replaces her with a new secretary – pretty, privileged, and white. So Su Lin’s not the only person finding it hard to mourn Bernie after he’s found dead in the filing room. And when her best friend’s dad is accused, she gets up to some sleuthing work of her own in a bid to clear his name.

Su Lin finds out that Bernie may have been working undercover, trading stolen diamonds for explosives from enemy troops. Was he really the upright English citizen he claimed to be?

Meanwhile, a famous assassin commits his worst crime yet, and disappears into thin air. Rumours spread that he may be dangerously close to home.

Beneath the stifling, cloudless Singaporean summer, earthquakes of chaos and political unrest are breaking out. When a tragic loss shakes Su Lin’s personal world to its core, she becomes determined to find the truth. But in dark, hate-filled times, truth has a price – and Su Lin must decide how much she’s willing to pay for it.

Praise for Ovidia Yu:

‘One of Singapore’s finest living authors’ South China Morning Post

‘Chen Su Lin is a true gem. Her slyly witty voice and her admirable, sometimes heartbreaking, practicality make her the most beguiling narrator heroine I’ve met in a long while Catriona McPherson

Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. Ovidia Yu’s teenage Chinese sleuth gives us an insight into a very different culture and time. This book is exactly why I love historical novels‘ Rhys Bowen

‘A wonderful detective novel . . . a book that introduces one of the most likeable heroines in modern literature and should be on everyone’s Must Read list’ Scotsman

‘Unassuming, brilliantly observant’ SCMP  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook










Hex at a House Party (Sonoma Witches Book 2) by [Galway, Gretchen]Sometimes it takes a magic touch to solve a murder.

Twenty-six-year-old witch Alma may be a failed demon hunter, but she’s never lacked magical ability—just an Incurable Inability to kill. Recovering from defending her small town from a recent supernatural attack, Alma has sworn off working for the Protectorate, the witch governing body, to devote herself to learning and teaching the old ways of magic—without hurting anyone.

But soon she’s drawn out of her cozy house in the redwoods to investigate a high-society witch at a week-long house party on the remote coast north of San Francisco. When the party turns deadly, she’s forced to summon old powers and new, make allies she might not be able to trust, and face a shocking truth about her own identity. And maybe—if she can survive long enough—unmask a killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery Book 1) by [Griffin, J.M.]On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she’ll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children’s party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook














Strangled Eggs and Ham (A Country Store Mystery Book 6) by [Day, Maddie]Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!

While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders for her expanding clientele at Pans ‘N Pancakes, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat in South Lick, Indiana. Real-estate developer Fiona Closs plans to build a towering luxury resort at one of the most scenic hilltops in Brown County, and not everyone can see the sunny side of the imposing proposition—including Robbie’s furious Aunt Adele, who doesn’t waste a minute concocting protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next . . .

Includes Recipes for You to Try!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook


New Releases For The Week Of June 23rd, 2019–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 23rd, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.


Bewitched and Betrothed (Witchcraft Mystery Book 10) by [Blackwell, Juliet]

A supernatural force on the loose in San Francisco and a family reunion keeps witch and vintage storeowner Lily Ivory on her toes as she prepares to walk down the aisle…

When Lily Ivory stumbles on the uniform of a former prisoner from Alcatraz and SFPD inspector Carlos Romero’s cousin is kidnapped, Lily suspects something dangerous has been unleashed on the ghost-ridden island of Alcatraz. She’ll have to sleuth out the culprit—when she’s not busy entertaining her visiting relatives and resolving romantic conflicts as her wedding date approaches. Could recent omens be pointing to the magical threat in her adopted city? If so, she’ll have to line up her allies to change the fate of the Bay Area. Because no matter what, Lily’s determined to celebrate her marriage with her friends by her side—even if it means battling a demonic foe before she can make it to the altar.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Better Off Dead (Cori Sloane Witchy Werewolf Mysteries Book 4) by [Maher, Tegan ]


When her childhood best friend turns up alive years after her supposed death, Cori is elated. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that Candice isn’t quite the same person—or werewolf—she was though. When the body count starts rising and all the evidence points to her friend, Cori’s forced to take a second look at the woman who was like a sister to her.
Fortunately, Noelle Flynn, a witch from Keyhole Lake, Georgia, happens to be vacationing there and may be just the witch Cori needs to solve the murders … and hopefully absolve her friend before Candice is sentenced to death. The only problem is that Cori isn’t so sure her friend is innocent.

This is Book 4 in the Cori Sloane, Witchy Werewolf Cozy Mysteries series. If you like murder, magic, and laugh-out-loud southern humor, then this is the series for you!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Lemon Chiffon Lies (The Drunken Pie Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [DuMont, Diana]While most scavenger hunts end with a prize, this one ends with murder.

Amateur sleuth Isabelle “Izzy” James thinks life in Sunshine Springs has finally settled down. Her boozy pie café is running smoothly, and she has a whole new circle of friends…

But nothing stirs up a quiet week like a man being pushed from a rooftop to his death.

The unlucky man had been participating in a scavenger hunt when he met his demise, and Izzy goes on a scavenger hunt of her own—looking for clues about who the murderer might be. But even with her trusty Dalmatian, Sprinkles, by her side, Izzy struggles to solve the case.

To make matters worse, the mysterious killer threatens Izzy herself…

Can she solve this case before her scavenger hunt for clues ends in her own murder? 

You will love this cozy mystery, because it features unexpected twists and a town full of interesting characters!

Read it today!  (Amazon)

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A Deadly Tonic: Eliza Thomson Investigates (Book 1) by [McBeath, VL]A stranger lies dead in her hallway… A mysterious note in his pocket.

It looks like Eliza’s day out will have to wait…

March 1900: Eliza Thomson loves solving murder investigations from the comfort of her drawing room. But things become real when a stranger turns up on her doorstep. After mumbling a few cryptic words he promptly drops dead!

What did he mean?

And who wrote the mysterious note found in his pocket?

Determined to find answers, Eliza has no time to waste. Working with the police, and with the help of her friend Connie, she travels London in search of answers. But can she identify the killer before they strike again?

This is the first story in the Eliza Thomson Investigates series. If you like murder mysteries and historical heroines with attitude, you’ll love this introductory novella.

Get your copy today!

NB. This series is written in UK English  (Amazon)

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Murky Waters: A Mermaid Cozy Mystery (Mermaid Mystery Novella Book 2) by [Vallere, Diane]MURKY WATERS

Bad boys can catch you, hook, line, and sinker . . . 

Kyra had always been the baby. Third mermaid daughter of three, she had been overprotected since birth. More interested in boys and makeup than adventures like sister Zoe or inheriting command of Sirenia like Ava, she studies underwater dance at the academy and spends her spare time flirting with mermen. But when she catches a member of Poseidon’s security team dismantling the safe that protects the mermaid treasures, she fears the worst. The problem? Thanks to her practiced naiveite, nobody takes her warning seriously.

What happens when a sweet mermaid suspects corruption in the ranks? 

If you’re that mermaid, you might have to grow up fast. 

Kyra embarks on a double life: Lolita by day, Mata Hari by night. Navigating cloudy waters tainted by the ink of squid intended to hide the merman’s trail, she leaves the safety of Sirenia and follows his path . . . until that path leads to his dead body. With an unknown killer inside Sirenia, Kyra knows no one is safe. Lacking the drive and bravery of her two older sisters, she uses her purity to discover the truth, but what happens when her childlike charm hooks a dangerous killer? Hidden reserves of courage could save her life . . . or leave her dangling on the line.

You’ll love frolicking in the virtual world of Sirenia, because mermaid mysteries are fantastically fabulous.

Get it now!  (Amazon)

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Death Treads the Boards (The Alexandrians Book 3) by [Cookman, Lesley]The third Edwardian mystery in this historical fiction series by Lesley Cookman


Summer 1908


The Alexandria introduces an unconventional male impersonator to the stage. Played by the very well known Jessie James, this entertainer is very much in the vein of Vesta Tilley.


Chased from her home by her strict Baptist father, Jessie has been sent to Dorinda by Amy, the former Lady Washington, now Mrs Jeremy Coutts, who has said that The Alexandria is a good place to hide.


But when your act is so controversial, you can’t stay hidden forever.  (Amazon)

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Manor of Dying (A Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery Book 4) by [Bridge, Kathleen]In a new Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery, Meg Barrett will have to uncover the truth about a long-ago murder before a killer decides she’s history . . .

When decorator Meg Barrett travels to a remote mansion to help select period pieces for a new 1930s-style television mystery series, she’s chilled to learn that the manor was once a mental asylum and the site of a mysterious decades-old murder. And when a fierce blizzard knocks out the power and strands Meg and her cohorts in the home’s rickety old elevator, they emerge to discover that another person has been murdered—in the same macabre manner as the original victim.

With a suspect list limited to those who were also stranded at the manor, Meg begins digging through their backgrounds for clues to both the old and new murder, trying to discover a connection that will lead her to the culprit’s identity. But the more she learns, the more clear it becomes that someone wants to keep the secrets of the past buried, and Meg knows she’ll have to watch her back before a ruthless killer decides to commit her to a grisly fate . . .

Includes scrumptious recipes and vintage decorating tips!

Praise for the Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries:

“A delightful sneak peek into life in the Hamptons, with intricate plotting and a likeable, down-to-earth protagonist. A promising start to a promising series.”
Suspense Magazine on Better Homes and Corpses

“An excellent read.”
RT Book Reviews on Hearse and Gardens

Ghostal Living is a marvelously entertaining tale of revenge, murder, quirky characters—and disappearing books! With a clever protagonist, wonderful details of life in the Hamptons, and plot twists on top of plot twists, Kathleen Bridge will have mystery readers clamoring for more.”
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Kathleen Bridge is the national bestselling author of the Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery series and the By the Sea Mystery series. A member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, she is also the author and photographer of an antiques reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games. Kathleen teaches creative writing in addition to working as an antiques and vintage dealer, and blissfully lives on a barrier island in Florida. Readers can visit her on the web at  (Amazon)

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Frosted Donuts and Fatal Falls (A Donut Truck Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Bell, Cindy]Joyce and Brenda walk a tightrope of danger as they race to find the truth before the circus moves on and the murderer disappears! 

The circus is in town and Joyce and Brenda are excited that Donuts on the Move will be one of the vendors at the event. The circus has a close-knit, fun, eclectic bunch of performers and crew, and Joyce and Brenda are looking forward to getting to know them and to watch them in action.

But when one of the performers falls to his death, Joyce and Brenda find themselves right in the middle of a murder mystery. They land up juggling a long list of suspects and clues in order to help uncover the truth. But will they drop the ball before the murderer is caught?

It is a race against time for Joyce and Brenda to find the murderer before the circus moves to its next destination.

Recipe Included: Vanilla Frosted Donuts  (Amazon)

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A highly effective police officer, albeit one who keeps her past carefully hidden, Eve West is suspended from duty after a police operation goes catastrophically wrong. Receiving help from an unexpected quarter – a criminal she put away many years before – Eve feels she has no choice but to agree to his request to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice in return. But why is a hardened criminal like John Duran so keen to help a fellow-inmate convicted of the murder of a stable-girl? And why has he chosen Eve to look into the case? Teaming up with crusading journalist Dan Cooper, Eve begins to uncover disturbing flaws in the original investigation. But as her past is dragged to the surface, she comes to realize she has been plunged into a case more complex and sinister than she ever imagined.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Hardcover















Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass (An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery Book 1) by [Gilbert, Heather Day]When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .  
Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .

“A humorous series debut with exotic pets and a zany cast of characters. Gilbert’s cozy will make you smile.”
—Amanda Flower, USA Today bestselling author of Premeditated Peppermint
“Cozy fans will root for pet-sitter Belinda Blake as she unravels this cleverly-crafted mystery in a delightfully-deadly new series by Heather Day Gilbert.”
—Elizabeth Spann Craig, author of the bestselling Myrtle Clover Mysteries
“Smart and fresh, with a compelling mystery at its heart, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is an enchanting cozy that will hook you from page one. As will amateur sleuth Belinda Blake, a delightfully original heroine you’ll want to meet again and again.”
—Karin Kaufman, author of the bestselling Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery Series
“Snakes rank only slightly more favorably with me than spiders, leeches, and ticks. So you can imagine my surprise when, by the end of this book, the snake was my second favorite character after Belinda herself. On top of being a great book for animal-lovers (trust me, you’ll love even the snake), this was a fun read with a smart sleuth. I can’t wait to see what Belinda does next, where both pets and perps are concerned.”
—Emily James, award-winning and bestselling cozy mystery author  (Amazon)

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The Haunted Past (A Lin Coffin Mystery Book 11) by [Whiting, J A]This is book 11 in the Lin Coffin series by USA Today Bestselling Author J A Whiting.

It is spring on Nantucket and time for the Daffodil Festival. When Lin and her family and friends are enjoying a picnic by the ocean in Siasconset , Robert Snow asks a favor of her. He has a friend whose son has moved to the island to an antique Colonial house where there is an unusual piece of furniture and Robert would like Lin to come and see it. Using a parlor game from the mid-1800s to investigate the old table, Lin and her cousin, Viv, discover a ghost is using it to send messages, and as usual, the ghost’s communication is difficult to understand.

Can Lin and her cousin, Viv, discover the links between two ghosts who are trying to find each other while attempting to help two new island residents uncover what they’re looking for? Will the Nantucket sleuths be able to figure out what the spirits of the living and the dead need before it is too late?

This story has ghosts and some mild paranormal elements.  (Amazon)

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Doing It To Death: A Kendra Clayton Mystery (Kendra Clayton Series Book 6) by [Henry, Angela]Just when Kendra Clayton’s life has finally calmed down, trouble finds her once again. A case of mistaken identity lands her smack in the middle of a beef between an ex-con named Dibb Bentley and Lewis Watts—her least favorite person on the planet. Dibb hid something in Lewis’s house before he went to prison three decades ago. Now he’s out. And he wants it back. Only Lewis claims he doesn’t know what it is let alone where it could be. Then Dibb’s dead body turns up in Lewis’s trunk and he’s promptly arrested. Lewis begs Kendra to help him. But she’d love nothing more than to walk away. Unfortunately, Kendra can’t turn a blind eye when the evidence against Lewis just doesn’t add up. And to make matters worse, she’s become a target herself. To figure out what the killer wants, Kendra must dig into a thirty-year-old murder case revealing the seedy side of her beloved hometown. Helping Lewis also puts her at odds with sexy and infuriating homicide detective Blake Mason. When the threats against her life escalate, Mason insists she stay with him. But Kendra can’t decide what she’s more afraid of, a killer lurking in the shadows or her growing attraction to Mason.  (Amazon)

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Clause & Effect (Deadly Edits Book 2) by [Dunnett, Kaitlyn]As a professional editor, Mikki Lincoln is used to crimes against the English language. As an amateur sleuth, she’s finding catching criminals a lot more dangerous than catching 
typos . . .
Nestled in the picturesque Catskills, the village of Lenape Hollow prepares to celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding. Freelance book editor Mikki Lincoln has been drafted to update and correct the script, left over from the town’s bicentennial, which is housed at the historical society.

The building is being renovated for the first time since that last celebration. But when construction reveals a shocking discovery—human remains walled up in a fireplace—Mikki shifts focus from cold-reading to solving a cold case.

Just as her investigation seems to have hit a brick wall, a new murder rattles the townspeople. Clearly, someone is hiding a few skeletons in the closet. Now Mikki will need to go off script to make a connection between the bicentennial bones and the current homicide. But if this book editor isn’t careful, she may be the next one sentenced to death . . .  (Amazon)

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Toxic Toffee (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 4) by [Flower, Amanda]A sweet tooth for murder . . .  

Bailey King’s in New York wrapping up a six-week shoot on her first cable TV show, Bailey’s Amish Sweets, when she gets a call from her Ohio town’s resident busybody. With Easter around the corner, Bailey’s been recruited to create a giant toffee bunny for the weeklong springtime festival that will also feature live white rabbits. But back home in Harvest, death becomes the main attraction when Stephen Raber keels over from an apparent heart attack—with Bailey and Raber’s pet bunny as witnesses.
Except it wasn’t Raber’s heart that suddenly gave out—a lethal dose of lily of the valley was mixed into a tasty piece of toffee. Who’d want to poison a jovial rabbit farmer who reminded Bailey of an Amish Santa Claus? To solve the murder, she and her sheriff deputy boyfriend Aiden must uncover a twenty-year-old secret. She’ll need to pull a rabbit out of a hat to keep a healthy distance from toxic people, including one venomous killer . . .
Recipe Included!
Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies
“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”USA Today 
“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”RT Book Reviews
“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”Library Journal  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook


New Releases For The Week Of June 23rd, 2019–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 23rd, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.



Poisoned by the Pier (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 3) by [Jacobson, Ellen]What would you do if your hubby signed the two of you up for an extreme diet?

Life without chocolate and junk food—completely miserable. Finding someone poisoned by a cake—even worse.

Mollie thought she had enough problems to deal with when her husband threw out all of her chocolate and junk food. But when someone is poisoned during a cake baking competition, she’s thrust into another murder investigation.

While she tries to identify the killer, Coconut Cove’s annual boating festival is in full swing. In between getting ready for her first sailing race and cheating on her diet, Mollie and her cat, Mrs. Moto, uncover clues, interview suspects, and do their best to avoid rutabagas.

Can Mollie nab the murderer before someone else is poisoned?

Poisoned by the Pier is the third book in the light, humorous, and original Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery series. If you like kooky characters, adorable cats, and plenty of chocolate, you’ll love this cozy mystery. Buy Poisoned by the Pier today and laugh out loud from the first page to the last.

Spoiler Alert: You’ll never look at rutabagas the same way again after you finish reading this book!

Poisoned by the Pier can be read as a standalone book, but you’ll have more fun if you start at the beginning of the series with Murder at the Marina.

Book #1—Murder at the Marina

Book #2—Bodies in the Boatyard

Book #3—Poisoned by the Pier

Book #4—Dead in the Dinghy (late 2019)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Killer Focus (Mrs. Avery's Adventures Book 1) by [Williams, Victoria LK]A pink slip, a birthday card, new neighbors…Piper Avery thought her week was bad-then she found the body on the beach!

Piper had no intentions of getting involved, but undercover cop Joel Stevenson, inadvertently challenged her. And, well, she had no choice, did she?

Piper and the spaniel Daisy, a surprise birthday gift and a bit of a diva, begin to investigate and are soon caught up in more than they are prepared for. Joining forces with Joel and his K-9 partner, Scout, they work to solve the murder-before Piper becomes the next victim.

And while Piper is looking for the murderer, she is also adjusting to her mother and mother-in-law as neighbors while getting her photography gallery ready to open. It might turn out to be more of an adventure than Piper is prepared for.

Grab a copy and find out if Piper makes it through her first adventure!  (Amazon)

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The Tell Tail Heart (Cat Cafe Mystery Series Book 3) by [Conte, Cate]Welcome back to the charming New England coast, where Maddie James’s cat café is at risk of becoming a crime scene for the purrfect murder. . .

Maddie is hoping to have some downtime during Daybreak Island’s off-season to tackle her to-do list. Her grandfather’s house-turned-cat-café is under construction and she’s also scoping out places to open a juice bar on the island. On top of that, her relationship with adorable dog groomer Lucas has taken a pawsitive turn.

But easy is getting harder every day for Maddie, especially when a big-name writer who’s on the island working on a new project winds up floating in the canal. This, on the exact same day an eccentric woman shows up at the cafe claiming Maddie’s cat, JJ, is hers.

As the investigation into the dead writer picks up, Maddie realizes that even the neighbors she’s known all her life might be keeping secrets that go deep into the heart of this small seaside town. Meanwhile, a killer remains at-large…and on the prowl.  (Amazon)

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Nightwing by [Smith, Martin Cruz]From Martin Cruz Smith, the internationally bestselling author of Gorky Park, comes a reissue of Nightwingthe million-copy bestseller that Stephen King called “one of the best horror novels in the last twenty years.”

As darkness gathers, the sky is filled with frantic motion and maddening murmurs. In an effort to end the world, an unhappy, aging Native American shaman invokes the Hopi god of death. Those around him remain skeptical, dismissing him as crazy old man. Then they discover his mutilated, bloody body and soon other similarly disfigured bodies begin to appear. Horses, sheep, cattle—no living thing is safe. But what is causing the horrible deaths? Deputy Sheriff Duran is called back to the reservation to investigate. Immediately, Duran recognizes the significance of the shaman’s spell and, with the help of two scientists, he works to combat the supernatural scourge—before there’s nothing left to save.

Written “in the tradition of Stephen King” (Kirkus Reviews), Nightwing is part love triangle, part Native American case study, part supernatural thriller…and “genuinely horrifying” (The Washington Post Book World).  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook














IPotions, Tells, & Deadly Spells (A Romaine Wilder Mystery Book 3) by [Vandiver, Abby L.]t’s another murder in the little town of Roble. But not to worry, Romaine and Auntie Zanne are on it!

It’s the 100th Boule of the Distinguished Ladies’ Society of Voodoo Herbalists. They’ve gotten together to eat, drink, be merry and vote for the next Lesser Mambo, a lifetime appointment second only to the Most High (bet you’ll never guess who holds that position). But the second in command spot keeps becoming vacant—that’s because the women who fill it keep dying off. This time though, it looks like murder.

During an alcohol-infused dinner and a tall glass full of absinth, a seemingly innocent drink is spilled in the lap of Mrs. Eugenia Elder, the Lesser Mambo Elect. A quick drying off and change of clothes were thought to be all that was necessary, that is, until Miss Eugenia turns up dead.

And while the server seems remorseful for her “accident,” it’s soon discovered that the whole thing was planned.

Vivienne “Miss Vivee” Pennywell, Logan and Mac from Yasamee, Georgia (and the Logan Dickerson cozy mystery series) make an appearance and help get the murder investigation underway, one that Romaine and Auntie Zanne have decided to figure out together.

It’s fun and mayhem, as the Voodoo herbalists of the distinguished society go on a mad romp all around town to figure out whodunit!

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POTIONS, TELLS, AND DEADLY SPELLS by Abby L. Vandiver | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback












The Great Witchy Cake Off: Wonky Inn Book 7 by [Wycherley, Jeannie]When a soggy bottom is the least of your worries…

The producers of Witchflix TV favourite The Great Witchy Cake Off are searching for somewhere new to base the filming of their next series, so Alfhild Daemonne invites them to Whittle Inn.

But what seemed like a great opportunity for a little harmless Wonky Inn self-promotion backfires when, at dawn on the first day of filming, one of the contestants is found toes-up outside the famous marquee.

Alf can’t believe her rotten luck.

But it’s not all bad news. The producers need a fresh contestant and Florence the ghost, Alf’s long-dead housekeeper, is in the right place at the right time. Not so much to reap the benefits of instant fame and fortune you understand, because wouldn’t that be nice? But more because she’s an insider who quickly becomes party to all the gossip and the rumours.

Who knew the baking world could be so deadly? But never mind, solving this mystery should be a piece of cake.

Shouldn’t it?

Chaos, catastrophe, ghosts and giggles in this warm and wonky clean and cozy witch series of mysteries.

The Great Witchy Cake Off is a standalone but complements the series as a whole.

Best served with a huge Devonshire Cream Tea!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Honey Trap: A European Crime Mystery (The Beatrice Stubbs Series Book 8) by [Marsh, JJ]A half truth is a whole lie.

Ecco, the world-famous Michelin-starred restaurant in Naples, has a problem. A chef is dead and there’s a spy in the kitchen, selling their secrets to competitors. What they need is a food-loving detective to go undercover. Isabella Lopez knows just the person.

Over Holy Week in Italy, Beatrice Stubbs takes on her first paid job as a private investigator, accompanied by family and friends. Posing as a wannabe pastry chef, her job is to hook the worm out of the apple.

Meanwhile, her men folk explore the city, the volcano and the ruins of Pompeii, followed by a man in a black beret. Who or what does he want?

At the restaurant, kitchen staff are scared and mistrustful, the head chef is explosive and Beatrice’s culinary skills lack finesse. The pressure is on. She sets a trap for the mole before anyone else gets killed.

The Neapolitan family network and business links grow increasingly tangled, dragging in everyone Beatrice loves. This catch is bigger than she thought and she can’t handle it alone.
Has PI Stubbs bitten off more than she can chew?

Honey Trap can be read as a stand-alone novel, like every book in The Beatrice Stubbs European Mystery Series.

“A thrilling new direction for Beatrice Stubbs amidst the chaos, beauty and gastronomy of historical Naples.”– Liza Perrat, author of The Bone Angel Series

“I thoroughly enjoyed Jill Marsh’s presentation of a hot and flustered Beatrice Stubbs amidst Italian pots, pans and flans, who at the flick of a whisk, manages to regain her cool and resolve a tricky Neapolitan intrigue and murder.” – Janys Hyde, owner at Creative Retreats, Italy  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Murder on the Mountain: A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery (Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 6) by [Harman, Dianne]A broken tree branch.
A dead body.
An ambitious personal assistant.
An unfaithful husband.

Was it murder or simply an unfortunate accident?

A lot of people resented Amelia Prescott, the grande dame of marketing agencies, because of her success. But did someone resent her enough to murder her?

That becomes the job of Sheriff Davis and Brigid – to find out if Amelia’s death was an accident or a carefully thought out murder.

Confrontations can get dicey. Good thing Brigid has a 125-pound Newfoundland to help her.

This is the sixth book in the popular Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author.  (Amazon)

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The Murder Next Door (Mrs. Lillywhite Investigates Book 2) by [Queen, Emily]


Rosemary Lillywhite was looking forward to getting away from London. She had hoped a holiday abroad with her best friend Vera would help erase the images of murder that invaded her dreams. But before she can even finish packing her suitcase, Rose finds herself embroiled in another mystery, this one even closer to home than the last.

It’s no holiday when Mrs. Lillywhite investigates the murder next door.  (Amazon)

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The Witches of Mystic Springs (A Mystic Springs Paranormal Cozy Mystery) by [Marple, Mona]It’s a school reunion to die for.

Welcome to St Winifred’s, a magic school with an unpopular headmaster who won’t survive the night.

With a storm raging over the choppy waters, and the Magick Squad too worried about Health & Safety to come out and investigate, it’s down to the guest of honour to investigate the murder.

Violet Warren has no idea that the evening is a celebration of her achievements. Not that it matters, since a dead body takes centre stage before she’s given her award.

She and Ellie Bean form an unlikely amateur sleuth duo, with three clues to help them solve the case… or not.

One of their fellow guests is a murderer, and it’s down to them to find out who in this closed room cozy mystery.

The Witches of Mystic Springs is book five in the Mystic Springs paranormal cozy mystery series. These titles can be read in any order and this book especially is an ideal place to start the series. Mystic Springs books are clean, fun and safe from swearing, sexual scenes, and violence. Play detective alongside the characters and see if you can work out whodunnit.

What Readers Are Saying About Mystic Springs:

“I like the town and the characters – I definitely want to read more.” – darcysmom

“A dream team of mystery solvers!” – Linda Allison

“A fun story with likable characters” – leta

“I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these Mystic Springs books!!” – Kindle Customer

“Great fun and a good entry into the world of Mystic Springs” – Dave Horton

“Perfect for the fun mystery genre” – Hmmmmm

“Fun ghostly mystery” – Kindle Customer

“One of those ‘hit the ground running’ type of tales. Captured my imagination right off, and refused to let go or even budge until the last page. Can’t wait for more!” – Dennis Moore

“Mona Marple does not disappoint” – Sandra Schlichter

Scroll up and Buy Now to join the fun in Mystic Springs.  (Amazon)

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A Royal Witch: A Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Book 7) by [Garrett, Danielle]The Beechwood Manor is filling up fast and Holly’s feeling the pinch.

There are several new roommates in the Beechwood Manor, and one of them is a royal witch.

Literally and figuratively.

Unrest in a haven-ally magical kingdom leads a foreign princess into hiding and the Supernatural Protection Agency deems the Beechwood Manor as the perfect safe house—and Holly, her perfect guardian.

But with Holly’s business taking off and a new apprentice under her wing, a royal babysitting detail is the last thing she needs. Besides, the spoiled princess is adamant she can take care of herself. So who could blame her if her supervision is a little lax?

When tragedy strikes, the bratty royal’s problems land at the manor’s front door and it’s going to take all hands on deck if the paranormal roomies hope to make it out alive.


A Royal Witch is the seventh book in Danielle Garrett’s popular Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries series.

Come join the fun in Beechwood Harbor, the little beachside town where witches, shifters, ghosts, and vamps all live, work, play—and mostly—get along!  (Amazon)

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Dying for Tea Time (Beach Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Hengerer, Linda Gordon]

Jean Powell was ready to retire from running her tea shop. She wants her granddaughters Dani, Chelsea, and Alex to take over the family business, but two live out of state. She has an offer on the tea table from a developer who wants to buy her tea shop, tear it down, and rebuild. Her sudden death isn’t as shocking as the revelation that Jean was murdered.

When Alex is the main suspect in Jean’s death, she and her sisters must find the killer to clear her name. With help from BevAnne Wexler, their grandmother’s best friend, they start looking for a killer.

Will they find a killer, or will their search land them in hot water?  (Amazon)

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Peril in Pensacola (Accidentally Undercover Book 1) by [Quinn, Lucy]




Meet Dora and Evie, two best friends who are suddenly thrown into the world of life undercover as they fight to prove Dora’s innocence in the death of her money-laundering boss.  (Amazon)

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Bite Club (A Melanie Travis Mystery Book 23) by [Berenson, Laurien]Melanie Travis’s new book club caters to readers craving fiction—with bite! But when a real-life murder case bares its fangs, she’ll need to swap dog-eared novels for a lengthy suspect list . . . 

Thanks to Aunt Peg and her enthusiastic pedigree dog show pals, Melanie’s aptly named Bite Club reading group has book lovers all over town burying their noses in thrilling murder mysteries. But another pet project surfaces when Melanie reluctantly agrees to train a Bulldog puppy for elusive member Evan Major. Between the unusual bruise on his face and a bizarre run-in with an unknown dog show attendee, introverted Evan can’t dodge trouble. It even sends him to an early grave—while landing Melanie in the hot seat for homicide . . .

Caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, Melanie delves into the victim’s shady past to prove her innocence. As she uncovers a juicy scandal that cost Evan his marriage and, possibly, his life, Melanie realizes that booking the real culprit comes down to gathering her pack of suspects together at the next Bite Club meeting. What she doesn’t know is Aunt Peg has been hiding some explosive secrets of her own—secrets that, once unleashed, could pit Melanie against an unpredictable killer bent on bringing this story to an abrupt end . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover



Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death By Dissertation



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kelly Brakenhoof and her new release Death By Dissertation.  This is the first book in her A Cassandra Sato Mystery series.


Death by Dissertation (Cassandra Sato)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Nebraska
Emerald Prairie Press (April 17, 2019)
Paperback: 355 pages
ISBN-10: 1733742409
ISBN-13: 978-1733742405
Digital ASIN: B07PKRD658

Purchase Link – Amazon  June 22 – 30 – Just $0.99!!


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Death by Dissertation is a great start for a debut author and I can’t wait to see what other adventures await Cassandra Sato.
~Only By Grace Reviews

Death by Dissertation was so great!!! I love cozies but I’m always looking for something different that stands out. Death by Dissertation didn’t disappoint in any sense.
~The Layaway Dragon




Ambitious Cassandra Sato traded her life in Hawai’i for a dream position as Student Affairs VP at Morton College in tiny Carson, Nebraska. She expected the Midwestern church casseroles, land-locked cornfields, and face-freezing winters would be her biggest challenges, but it’s her job that’s rapidly becoming a nightmare.

A deaf student is dead and the investigation reveals a complicated trail of connections between campus food service, a local farmer’s beef, and the science lab’s cancer research. Together with her few allies, Cassandra must protect the students caught up in the entanglement.

Dealing with homesickness, vandalism, and a stalker, Cassandra is trapped in a public relations disaster that could cost her job, or more. No one said college was easy.





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Kelly Brakenhoff is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. As an American Sign Language Interpreter with more than twenty years of experience, Kelly’s worked in college classrooms for fifteen different majors. From traipsing across muddy farm fields to stomach-churning medical procedures, and stage interpreting for famous figures, Kelly’s community interpreting interactions number in the thousands. Unfortunately, once she’s stepped away from the job, she usually forgets 90% of what happened. Which helps her keep confidential information safe, but also makes it really hard to grocery shop for more than 5 items without a written list.

Kelly wants to live in a world filled with peace, love, and joy, where people who can hear learn enough sign language to include deaf people in everyday conversations and work. Where every deaf child has early access to language and books with characters like them, and dark chocolate is cheap and plentiful.

When she’s not interpreting or writing, you can find Kelly cheering for her favorite Husker teams or training for half-marathons because she really likes dessert.

Her first mystery, Death by Dissertation, released April 22, 2019.

Author Links

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Amazon – Https://

Instagram –  @kellybrak




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

I don’t remember not wanting to be an author. My mother’s basement is lined with crates of scribbled journals and notebooks from elementary all the way through high school. Please don’t tell Mom! She’d make me clear out my stuff, but my own basement is full of my kids’ junk. Where would I put those precious artifacts? Because no one wants to read my eleven-year-old angst.

Growing up, teachers told me I was a good writer and nurtured that longing in me. However, just because the people on my Christmas Card list look forward to my amusing letters, that does not necessarily lead to completing an 80,000 word novel. Only hard work and determination does that.

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

A young woman from Hawai’i moves to rural Nebraska, and finds her dream job at a small private college. The college has a vibrant Deaf Studies department with professors and students learning ASL and Deaf Culture. Their biology lab is doing cutting edge cancer research using an enzyme produced by beef from a local cattle farm. I think I’ve managed to throw together a wide variety of topics that you wouldn’t expect to see in the same book. Fun characters with a compelling mystery make the whole mixture hang together. Somewhere in there, I want you to recognize a character like someone you know in your own life.


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

My outline is quite long before I begin writing. However, once I’m halfway through the story, I things change as I follow the characters around and write what they say or do. Then in later revisions, I add layers of clues, red herrings and extra twisty turns to keep the readers guessing.


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

This is a great question! I just posted a reminder today on my Facebook page begging people who have read the book to please post a review. This is my first book so, yes every review is precious. I appreciate when people take the time to write a review even if it’s only a few sentences. I’ve always been an avid reader, but it wasn’t until I became an author that I realized reviews are very important to the business. I think readers feel like we’ve bought the book, and we don’t owe the author anything else. But it’s such a kind gesture to take the time to let other readers know when you like a book.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter how long it takes to reach them. I’m fifty-one years old and I think that’s exactly how long I needed to be ready to publish my book. Some people are ready when they’re seventeen. It took me longer, but I did it!

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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?

As a reader myself, I choose books by their covers, although I dislike admitting that. Michelle Argyle of Melissa Williams Design does my covers and she kindly held my hand through the process. As a complete newbie, I was awed by her ability to take my synopsis and make a cover that includes hints and clues about the story. It’s a work of art.


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

Cassandra Sato is a fish out of water. She’s grown up in paradise where most of the people look like her. She’s ambitious and takes this job in Nowhere-ville, Nebraska to get the experience she needs to become a university president. She’s a workaholic on one hand, but kind, caring and witty as well. She’s a bit overwhelmed in this story by how different life is surrounded by miles of cornfields and mostly Caucasian students who have had a very different upbringing than she has. In addition, you get to learn about Lance the deaf student and what life is like attending a college where people feel somewhat uncomfortable approaching you because they don’t use the same language. Many people are fascinated by American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, and this book will give you insights into what it’s like to struggle to fit in.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

For many years I put off my dreams to help raise my four children who are now young adults. If I ever doubted my passion for writing, I am now certain that this is what I want to be when I grow up. I have no regrets for how long it took. I truly enjoy every aspect of being an author.


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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I absolutely love my day job as an ASL Interpreter. I’m self-employed, and I squeeze in writing part-time around my interpreting assignments. Some day I want to write more hours per week, but can’t give up being with deaf folks every day.

What do your plans for future projects include?

The second book in the Cassandra Sato series will release the beginning of August, and I have plans for at least three more. In September, I’ll launch a children’s picture book series featured the adventures of Duke, the deaf dog. The stories are like the Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer, only from the perspective of a deaf child. I can’t wait to get them out into the world. I want deaf children to be able to relate to books with characters like them.


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

Beginnings are fun because I love brainstorming opening lines and opening pages. Usually I know where the story begins and ends. I struggle with connecting the middle to the ending. I don’t want a reader to guess the ending too early and I spend a lot of time trying to make the mystery complicated enough that it’s not easy to solve.

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

I like Janet Evanovich’s characters that make me laugh out loud, Sue Grafton (I finally found an All-Purpose Black Dress!), John Grisham, Mary Kay Andrews, Hank Phillipi Ryan. Through my work becoming an author, I’ve met many authors. Now my to-be-read list is longer than my arm.

I’ve been in a Book Club for 19 years, and we read any genre. We take turns  monthly choosing the book and the restaurant. Without them, I wouldn’t have opened many books that ended up being my favorites. I encourage people to read a wide variety of topics and time periods.


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

While many authors are introverts who hide in their writing lairs, I’m very extroverted. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by receiving photos of readers enjoying my book while lounging at the beach or watching their child’s softball games. This is all so new to me! I love getting messages about what readers’ favorite scenes were, or how they couldn’t put the book down. Please feel free to comment or contact me if you want to chat. I’m really enjoying getting to know my readers.

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

Thanks so much for reading this interview and being so interested in books. I read for escape and entertainment, and I hope you’ll come along with me throughout this story and many more. I’m just getting started!


How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Facebook: Kelly Brakenhoff (personal page)
Twitter: @inBrakenville
Pinterest; @kellybrak
Amazon Author Page:


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Review of Bite Club

Bite Club
A Melanie Travis Mystery, Book #22
Laurien Berenson
5 Stars

Bite Club (A Melanie Travis Mystery Book 23) by [Berenson, Laurien]Synopsis:

Melanie Travis’s new book club caters to readers craving fiction–with bite! But when a real-life murder case bares its fangs, she’ll need to swap dog-eared novels for a lengthy suspect list . . .

Thanks to Aunt Peg and her enthusiastic pedigree dog show pals, Melanie’s aptly named Bite Club reading group has book lovers all over town burying their noses in thrilling murder mysteries. But another pet project surfaces when Melanie reluctantly agrees to train a Bulldog puppy for elusive member Evan Major. Between the unusual bruise on his face and a bizarre run-in with an unknown dog show attendee, introverted Evan can’t dodge trouble. It even sends him to an early grave–while landing Melanie in the hot seat for homicide . . .

Caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, Melanie delves into the victim’s shady past to prove her innocence. As she uncovers a juicy scandal that cost Evan his marriage and, possibly, his life, Melanie realizes that booking the real culprit comes down to gathering her pack of suspects together at the next Bite Club meeting. What she doesn’t know is Aunt Peg has been hiding some explosive secrets of her own–secrets that, once unleashed, could pit Melanie against an unpredictable killer bent on bringing this story to an abrupt end . . . (Goodreads)


The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The descriptive writing of the author had me feeling like I was in Connecticut, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations. And the descriptions from the dog shows had me feeling like I was right there, watching the behind-the-scenes action. I watch dog show on television whenever they are on, and it was fun to get some insight into their world.

The characters are well rounded and well rounded. Melanie is a funny, caring hardworking mom who has a lot going on in her life. But somehow she is able to juggle everything. I enjoyed getting to spend time with Melanie and her family and friends. I enjoy when the protagonist has a family, to me it makes them see more realistic. Aunt Peg is a real pill, but in her own way, she loves Melanie and her family.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved. And there was another mystery to solve involving her friend Terry, which I enjoyed reading about.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy animals in your cozy and you like dog shows, this is definitely for you.

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