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 fourth day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
A quaint cottage in a pretty Victorian terrace with a neatly tended garden stands quiet and still… but inside the bedroom a woman lies dead upon the floor.
Sukey Reynolds is enjoying a quiet period at work, taking time to get her garden in hand, catch up on some cooking and spend time with her son. Murder is the last thing on her mind…
But when she is called to the charming Ivy House to photograph the dead body of a young woman, Sukey feels compelled to drop everything and do all she can to shed light on this baffling mystery. And whilst collecting evidence at a nearby hotel which had a break-in around the same time as the murder, she starts to wonder if the two cases might be linked.
The manager just happened to let slip that one of her guests went white as a sheet after reading about the death and disappeared shortly afterwards. The very same guest whose room was broken into… Sukey has a shrewd suspicion about who this man might be, and she fears he too could be in danger.
Although she voices her theories, her detective colleagues are in no mood for any more of her amateur sleuthing. Sukey realises that if she wants to pursue her lead, she’ll have to do it alone. When Sukey agrees to a secret meeting by a remote river, has she made a terrible mistake? Has the killer lured her into the woods and into a trap?
If you love novels by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this addictive mystery from the bestselling queen of cozy crime will have you hooked from the very first page!
This book was previously published as Dirty Work.
What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:
‘Riveting, can’t put it down! I love this story… a wonderfully twisted tale of a crime that has more twists than I thought possible… fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘It was unwise of me to begin this book in late afternoon because it held me to the pages until I finished it!… diabolical twists and red herrings… addictive!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG I loved this book! A proper whodunnit with great characters and a fabulousplot. This reminded me of the Agatha Christie mysteries I used to read as a child… Excited for the next in the series!’ Mrs Roadley Reads, 5 stars
‘BRILLIANT!… Having read and enjoyed the Melissa Craig series as well, I find the Sukey Reynolds even more engaging and I can’t wait to ready more in this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Yay, a new series by Betty Rowlands and a new heroine to cheer for in Sukey Reynolds. I am a huge fan of this author’s books and this one with all its twists and turns is another delicious book and series to follow.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars (Amazon)
Editions Available: Paperback
Available for the first time as a box set, the first four books in this popular series of mysteries set in 1930s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) will provide hours of entertaining and absorbing reading.
What some Amazon reviewers have said about the series:
“Write Faster! Ok so I am addicted. I have made three trips to Sri Lanka and loved reading this series on the train to Nuara Eliya. I have read them all and love the characters. Write more soon!” S.Smith
“I’m having a lazy summer, and doing lots of reading. I don’t remember how, exactly, I came upon the Nuala books, but just an hour ago I finished a binge read of all four of them. I love a well-written mystery,” Julie A Drew
“I have really enjoyed all the books in this series! It is fascinating to experience another country and culture, while getting to read a good mystery as well. Keep them coming!” Jenny
“This is an unexpected treasure. Set in 1930s Ceylon. It is an interesting look at colonialism from the colonial side. I was engaged from the first page and kept in thrall until the end. Inspector de Silva and Jane are well drawn characters and I plan on following them through further adventures.” Anna
“The sweltering heat and dazzling light of Ceylon in the 1930s pour out from the pages of “Trouble in Nuala”. Shanti de Silva, Nuala’s police inspector, navigates the complexities of colonial society under British Imperial rule even as he unpicks the threads of a classic murder mystery. First-class entertainment, with a memorable mix of characters.” P. Bristow
“A captivating, relaxed read which was thoroughly enjoyable to the last page, set in a charming era, with an endearing lead character and in an interesting location.” Amazon Customer (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
Hannah a former retired FBI agent uses her gift to solve mysteries and crimes. Her nickname is “Sherlock” because she solves the most difficult cases.
Hannah arrives at a gourmet convention where she will lecture. Seeking out a fellow speaker, she arrives at his hotel alarmed to find him lying on the street. Police say he fell from his room balcony.Noticing he is in a state of confusion and helplessness, she kneels to speak to him. He opens his eyes and says one word – ‘Dahlia‘.
- The police tell her this case is off-limits to her.
- Her gut tells her some black-market thugs came after his mushrooms he calls diamonds.
- A mysterious man is involved and is not who he claims to be?
As for her problems, she must deal with her grandparents, juggle the obstacles of a new romantic relationship meet her at the event, keep her hospitalized friend alive, all while avoiding getting herself killed.
Now she must find the answers to two questions:
- Who is behind the attempt on Elias’ life? And more importantly…
- Why did the gourmet keep his diamonds in the kitchen.
Enjoy three delightful cozy historical mysteries set in the 1930s.
#1 Murder at the Manor House
#2 Danger on the Downs
#3 The Body in Bloomsbury
Murder at the Manor House
When Cora Clarke’s best friend and fellow actress elopes with an English earl, Cora visits England to help her friend brave the aristocratic disapproval of her new husband’s family. Unfortunately, the holiday turns nightmarish when a chandelier crashes down and kills somebody. When suspicion falls on her friend, Cora vows to figure out the identity of the murderer. After all, blizzards have a habit of preventing the police from arriving, and body counts have a dreadful habit of growing.
Danger on the Downs
When former Hollywood starlet Cora Clarke’s great aunt’s employer insists someone is trying to murder her husband, Cora is whisked off to a house party. When someone turns up dead, Cora discovers Sussex might possess scandals that exceed anything a Hollywood director might conjure for the silver screen…
The Body in Bloomsbury
Cora Clarke is eager to move into a flat in Bloomsbury. Unfortunately, when she enters her new bedroom, a man is already there. And he’s dead. Someone in Cora’s building is a murderer. Can she discover who it is before she becomes the next victim?
Indulge in this cozy historical mystery collection! (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
A PERFECT FAMILY OR A PERFECT LIE?
When Jo’s teenage daughter goes missing, she feels like the world is collapsing around her. Has Grace been taken or have recent tensions between mother and daughter driven her away?
The police believe Grace is just an angry teenager, punishing her parents by hiding out at a friend’s house, but Jo is terrified that her daughter is in danger. With so little urgency from the police, Jo decides to take matters into her own hands.
But as Jo gets closer to discovering what has happened to Grace, it looks like her family’s deepest, darkest secret is about to be uncovered . . . and the devastating fallout could destroy everything Jo holds dear.
A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Louise Jensen, Rachel Abbott and CL Taylor.
SEE WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT KAREN COLE, THE HOTTEST NEW NAME IN PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS!
‘This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Gripped me from page one’
Sue, Amazon reviewer
‘If you like Karin Slaughter you will love this!’
Cath, Amazon reviewer
‘Oh my word, what a book!! I thought I knew what happened to Abby but Karen Cole proved me wrong’
Adele, Amazon reviewer
‘Even though my heart was pounding throughout and the whole read gave me spine-chilling Goosebumps, I just couldn’t put it down! And that reveal?!? I was constantly guessing throughout and I still didn’t see that ending coming even though the clues are there!’
Chanel, Amazon reviewer
‘This book is stunning – I was completely hooked from start to finish’
Donna, Amazon reviewer (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
“A gripping, intense page-turner.” – Vineet Bajpai, Author of the Bestselling Harappa Trilogy.
“An amazing thriller.” – Vishakha Singh, Actor, producer.
“A brilliant, brilliant mystery.” – Tanvir Gill, Anchor, CNBC.
*Heliconia Lane was a spot of heaven until you discover the secrets that lay behind its closed doors.*
It was crazy really, for Darya to think she could have some peace and quiet at Heliconia Lane. Yes, it was located in a beautiful corner of south Goa—by the beach, no less—but after her Aunt Farideh disappeared twenty years ago—from this very place—nothing has been the same again. And now her uncle was dead under bizarre circumstances as were two of the neighbours on his street.
What was happening? Was there a murderer on the loose? Why were people dying? Was it connected to her aunt’s disappearance in some way?
And most importantly, was Darya going to be next?
A cozy, Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, Kiss of Salt introduces Darya Nandkarni, an amateur, and accidental detective, who is clever, spirited, resourceful, yet troubled and vulnerable. Her adventures will make you laugh, cry, gape, and marvel, and you won’t be able to put down the book until you’ve solved the mystery along with her in the beautiful side-streets of Goa. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
It’s all paws on deck as a librarian and her rescue cat track down a killer in the newest book in the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat mystery series.
Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, cruise around lovely Chilson, Michigan delivering happiness and good reads in their bookmobile. But the feisty librarian is worried that the bookmobile’s future could be uncertain when a new library board chair arrives and doesn’t seem too friendly to her pet project.
Still, she has to put her personal worries aside when she and Eddie are out on their regular route and one of their favorite customers doesn’t turn up to collect her books. Minnie, at Eddie’s prodding, checks on the woman and finds her lying dead in her snow-covered driveway. Now it’s up to Minnie and her friends–feline and otherwise–to find the perpetrator and give them their due. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook
Book #2 in The Hurley Beach Mystery Series
What could keep a promoter quiet?
The Reluctant Promoter takes place in the small tourist town of Hurley Beach. A gang killing, a foul energy drink, a growing collection of tag signs and a scared promoter combine to stir up the paranoid residents of the small beach town.
The matriarch of the family, Velma, runs a successful beauty salon, is active in her church, and occasionally asks too many questions. She’s accompanied by her overfed pug, Henry.
Her son Bernie is a retired police detective adjusting to life in the small beach town.
Sandy, Velma’s niece, is a new Deputy making waves in the male-dominated sheriff’s department.
In book two of The Hurley Beach Mystery Series, an energy drink promoter is implicated in a murder when a body is found in his burnt-out car. The stranger refuses to cooperate as gang tag signs appear around town. Is the promoter in on the escalating attacks or is he a naive pawn?
Is the town itself at war and who can the amateur detectives trust?
The Hurley Beach Mystery Series is an entertaining cozy mystery series with quirky characters throughout.
Read The Reluctant Promoter and solve the mystery. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle
In the new Merry Muffin Mystery from the author of Muffin to Fear, baker Merry Wynter must confront a spiritual guru who may be up to something far from heavenly . . .
With plans for a new performing arts center at Wynter Castle taking up all her time, baker Merry Wynter has been all but unaware of the fringe group compound near her small town—until a street preacher accosts her with taunts of doom and damnation. Worried that some of her close friends may have been lured in by the group and its charismatic leader, Merry begins digging into the ministry—and soon suspects they may have ties to the recent death of a young woman and the disappearance of many others.
With her rebellious teen friend Lizzie at her side, Merry steps in to confront the eerily submissive community and its misguided members, skeptical of their supposed spiritual leanings. When another young woman vanishes and Merry realizes the lives of people close to her are at stake, she will stop at nothing to uncover the group’s sinister secrets before the murderous ministry can strike again . . .
Includes tasty baking recipes!
Praise for the Merry Muffin Mysteries:
“[Has] the ingredients for a wonderful cozy mystery series.” —New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton
“A great cozy with varied and interesting characters, nice plot with a few twists, and a good main character . . . Loved it!” —Mysteries and My Musings
“Merry Wynter’s character is extremely well-developed . . . This is a great start to a promising new series for cozy mystery fans. Five Stars!” —Goodreads
About the Author:
Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. She is the bestselling author of the Lady Anne Addison Mysteries, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, the Merry Muffin Mysteries, and a Regency-set historical mystery series, starting with A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder. She blogs at Killer Characters. Visit her website at victoriahamiltonmysteries.com. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle