New Releases For The Week Of July 28th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 28th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 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.



Kiss of Salt by [Bhattacharya, Smita]“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












One Spell of a Time: Blackwood Bay Witches Cozy Mystery Short by [Bane, Misty ]

Drusilla “Granny” Rathmore is a powerful witch who’s busy running her bookstore and contending with her teenage daughter. A routine walk with her dog through the woods ends in typical Blackwood Bay fashion, with Granny stumbling upon the body of a local shapeshifter and reserve police officer. While she’d prefer to forget the day’s events via a few drinks at the local bar with some friends from her coven, she can’t stop thinking about the bizarre circumstances surrounding the case. After a chance encounter with one of the prime suspects, she decides it’s in the best interest of everyone if she gets involved in the investigation. Well, everyone except the killer …
*NOTE: This book is set in the past and can be read at any point. However, it does assume that the reader is familiar with the world of Blackwood Bay and some of the characters that appear throughout the series.

Books in the series include:
Haunted and Hexed, Book 1
Bad Magic and the Big Top, Book 2
Phantoms in High Fidelity, Book 3
Broomsticks and Bones, Book 4
Payback’s a Witch, Book 5 – Coming Soon
On a Witch and a Spell, short story
One Spell of a Time, short story  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












A Slice of Disaster (Bree's Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Lancaster, Jessica]*NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES*

When Bree Dalton moves back home to Cranwell the last thing she expected after taking over her late father’s bakery was to be the centre of a criminal investigation.

Uncovering a secret box filled with jewels, Bree believes they belonged to her father. As John Dalton had always been wary of banks and safety deposit boxes, it’s no surprise the floorboards are filled with heirlooms.

But they’re not his at all. They were stolen. Now Bree’s about to take the fall for it, unless she uncovers the mystery hidden beneath the bakery.

A cozy mystery short story that can be read in two hours. Served perfectly as a light read. Set in a sleepy village and featuring a bakery-owning amateur sleuth and her friends.

Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, or gore.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Lost German Shepherd: A Lost and Found Pets Mystery by [Blair, B. L.]The Lost German Shepherd is the sixth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

Alex’s world has been turned upside down. Her new-found siblings have invaded her life, her boyfriend has mysteriously left town, and someone has been following her. When her own dog disappears, she knows something dangerous is going on.

Alex calls in every favor and uses every resource to gather clues that will lead to her cherished pet. She will break all the rules to solve the mystery of the lost German Shepherd.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Threats and Threads (The Sam and Bump Misadventures Book 3) by [Sasson, N. Gemini]

There’s a serial killer in the neighborhood, and Sam is being stalked. When she turns to her former boyfriend, Clint Chastain, an innocent encounter turns into a case of extortion. Three months ago, sweet little Miley Harper was found suffocated by her own pillow. When reclusive neighbor Grace Hazelton turns up dead from carbon monoxide poisoning, Sam McNamee suspects a serial killer is at large in her neighborhood.Then Sam starts getting fan mail that quickly turns threatening. Someone has figured out her secret identity. The only way to find out who is to infiltrate the ranks of the local book club.When Sam gets the chance of a lifetime and needs a dog sitter for Bump, Clint volunteers. If things with him were complicated before they broke up, they’re doubly so now—his ex-wife has baby plans, and he’s the most likely baby daddy.Then Bump disappears. And Sam is apparently next on the killer’s list. This time, though, if she’s going to survive, she’ll have to save herself.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Finishing the Game (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 15) by [Meadows, Wendy]An innocent game turns sinister… 

Brenda, local amateur sleuth and B&B owner, is planning a special holiday treat for her guests – a Secret Santa. With token gifts spread throughout the bed and breakfast, it is set to be a real hit.

When Olivia receives two Secret Santa’s, she is suspicious and worried. Confiding in her best friend, Molly, she worries that she is being stalked. When she receives threatening notes, she doesn’t know what to do.

Things take a deadly turn…

Olivia is determined to find out who the stalker is before going to the cops, but things go dangerously wrong and Olivia is murdered.

Brenda and her husband, Mac, must work together to find out who killed Olivia and why? Time is running out. Can Brenda find the killer before it’s too late?

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. It can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read.

Read all the Sweetfern Harbor cozy mysteries:

1. Posies and Poison
2. Dead in Bed
3. Captain Dead Man
4. Ghostly Tours
5. Turkey, Pies, and Alibis
6. Mystery, Snow, and Mistletoe
7. Festival Turmoil
8. Scandal at the Gala
9. The Elusive Wampum
10. Chest of Secrets
11. The Bead Seller
12. Fe Fi Fiddle Die
13. Is This Suitcase Taken?
14. Hidden Entity
15. Finishing the Game  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










IMurder at Crossways (A Gilded Newport Mystery Book 7) by [Maxwell, Alyssa]n late August 1898, reporter Emma Cross attends the final fête of the Newport social season and discovers the party’s over for a visiting prince . . .
The days are getting shorter as summer’s end approaches, which means it’s time for the Harvest Festival, the last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire railroad tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand “cottage,” Crossways. The neocolonial mansion is decked out in artificial autumn splendor, and an extravagant scavenger hunt will be held. But the crowning jewel of the evening will be the guest of honor, Prince Otto of Austria.

As acting editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger, Emma had hoped to leave her days as a society reporter behind her. But at the last moment, she must fill in and attend the Harvest Festival. With nearly every eligible daughter of Newport high society in attendance, Emma can almost hear romantic dreams shattering like glass slippers when the prince fails to appear. The next morning, he is found dead in the side garden at Crossways, making it clear a murderer crashed the party.

The prince has been stabbed in the same manner as another man, recently found on nearby Bailey’s Beach—who strongly resembles Emma’s half-brother Brady’s father, presumed dead for nearly thirty years after a yachting mishap. As Emma investigates a connection between the two victims, she is joined on the hunt by Mamie Fish herself. But they must hurry—before the killer slips away like the fading summer . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook










L.A. Woman (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 5) by [Russell, Alan]

LAPD detective Michael Gideon, his K-9 partner, Sirius, and pit bull adoptee Emily try to outmaneuver not one but two serial killers, while investigating the suspicious death of a woman who belonged to a cult.

When a woman in Bel Air dies of a rattlesnake bite, the case doesn’t seem to fit the usual purview of LAPD’s Special Cases Unit. But Carrie Holder was no ordinary LA woman. She was a member of the city’s latest cult, the Church of the Gate, which counts Hollywood’s movers and shakers among its devotees.

Investigating the cult’s secrets takes Detective Michael Gideon, his German shepherd K-9 partner, Sirius, and pit bull adoptee Emily across Los Angeles’s canyons, neighborhoods, and movie studio lots—but all the while, an even darker threat looms closer. The All-In Killer has left a trail of victims across the Southwest, but he’s no longer content to couch his threats in poker clues—the latest crime scene leaves no doubt that he’s coming for Gideon, and Sirius, too. With the FBI pressuring Gideon to visit Ellis Haines, aka the Weatherman, for insights on the case, can Gideon outwit not one but two serial killers?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Inheritance Tracks (A Sloan and Crosby Mystery Book 25) by [Flint, Shamini]

Four strangers arrive at the solicitors’ office of Puckle, Puckle, and Nunnery. They have never met, and have no idea why they have been invited. But they – along with a missing man – are descendants of the late Algernon George Culver Mayton, the inventor of ‘Mayton’s Marvellous Mixture’ and each entitled to a portion of the Mayton Fortune. But before they can split the money, the missing man must be found.

Two months later, Detectives Sloan and Crosby receive a call that one of the legatees has died following an attack of food poisoning. Did the deceased merely ingest a noxious substance by accident, or are the legatees being picked off one-by-one?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook















Witches Get Stitches (Witchless in Seattle Mysteries Book 9) by [Cassidy, Dakota]When last we met, good people, the biggest wish I’ve ever made came to fruition. It didn’t happen without some help—okay, a lot of help. Either way, let’s just say the deed was done.

My outrageously handsome, smart, sometimes persnickety (read mostly persnickety) Spy Guy, Winterbottom, is finally here on earth with me, recuperating from his afterlife jaunt.

And I couldn’t be happier…

Sure, he can be a difficult patient. He’s forever bellowing my name from his sick bed. He likes his socks ironed and his toast cut in triangles, thank you very much. Add in the fact that some of the spells I’ve cast to make this dream a reality have had repercussions (an understatement), and it’s been sheer chaos.

But all tomfoolery aside, Win’s here with us, and I’m thrilled, as you can imagine.

So when it’s decided amongst my favorite men I should take a day for myself and hit Seattle for some much-needed shopping, I hesitantly head out.

And then I die.

As you can imagine, it only goes downhill from there…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Teaberry for Three (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 23) by [Wallace, R. A.]




A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 23
Good things are worth waiting for. A late arrival brings joy in the midst of a deep mystery. Megan gets a lot of help from friends and family to drill down to the clues for this puzzle. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















The Kidnapped Bride: A Patricia Fisher Mystery (Cruise Mysteries Book 2) by [higgs, steve]She’s over fifty, overweight, and in way over her head!

What could be worse than having a gangster onboard the world’s finest cruise liner? Having several of them obviously! 

The Aurelia plays host to an underworld crime boss and his bodyguards, but when the gangster’s reluctant-looking bride-to-be goes missing and a ransom note is left in her place, Patricia puts her sleuthing hat on to help the new deputy captain solve the crime.

With new friend, eccentric socialite Lady Mary Bostihill-Swank, gym-bunny Barbie, and her ever faithful butler by her side, Patricia intends to find out who has the missing woman and discover why so many rival gangs are trying to find her.

However, with no actual skills to call on and a niggling reminder that she was cleaning houses for a living just a few weeks ago, will she find the girl in time or just lead her friends into danger?

Expect the author’s usual blend of humour, mystery, and action as Patricia Fisher gets in too deep again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Dying to Cruise (A Rachel Prince Mystery Book 4) by [Brookes, Dawn]The hotly anticipated release of book 4 in the Rachel Prince Mystery series.

When you spurn a cold-blooded killer, vengeance will someday follow…

Rachel Prince is drawn to investigate when the leader of a Bucket List tour party is discovered in the library on the first day of her Antipodean cruise. Can this seemingly harmless group of elderly people have a killer among them?

Rachel thinks she is living the dream. Taking a cruise around Australia and New Zealand as a guest lecturer and meeting up again with her best friend, cruise ship nurse, Sarah. The scene is set for the holiday of a lifetime!

Difficulties abound for everyone when an interim chief of security causes countless problems and appears to take an intense dislike of Sarah. Not trusting the new chief to get to the bottom of the murder, Rachel investigates on her own, soon discovering that the dead woman from the Bucket List tour party had been receiving anonymous threatening emails. To make matters infinitely worse, Rachel’s ex turns up on board, and things start to go horribly wrong.

The cruise ship sleuth needs to work fast to find out if one of the gentle elders on the bucket list tour is a murderer while avoiding her ex like the plague.

“Dawn Brookes has done it again. I said this about the last one but this is the best yet!” SD
“I absolutely love this series – unputdownable.” RL   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Gone But Not Told (A Nathan Miccoli Mystery Book 8) by [Kennedy, A R]

The finale of The Nathan Miccoli Mystery series.

Lily’s secrets will lead to more than one funeral.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Penne Dreadful (Italian Chef Mysteries Book 1) by [Bruns, Catherine]


Tomato sauce isn’t the only thing that runs red…

Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband’s fatal accident. And when the police knock on Tessa’s door, things just get worse. They’ve discovered Dylan’s death wasn’t an accident after all, and they need Tessa to start filling in the blanks. Who would want her beloved husband dead, and why?

With the investigation running cold, Tessa decides it’s time to save her sanity by reconnecting with her first love-cooking. And maybe the best way back into the kitchen is to infiltrate Dylan’s favorite local pizza parlor, which also happens to be the last place he was seen before he died. But the anchovies aren’t the only thing that stink inside the small family business, and with suspects around every corner, Tessa finds that her husband’s many secrets might land her in hot water.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook


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