New Releases For The Week Of August 11th, 2019–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 11th, 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 next week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Death under the Apple Tree: An unputdownable cozy murder mystery (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 7) by [Rowlands, Betty]A summer garden party is in full swing at a grand old house, but under a gorgeous apple tree laden with ripe fruit… a body is discovered.

Sukey Reynolds is treasuring the late summer sun, taking long walks in the countryside, and enjoying the golden views across the Cotswold hills. But when she is called to photograph a crumbling manor, the day suddenly turns cold.

In the charming garden, Sukey finds the body of the beautiful estate manager Una May. All fingers are pointed at the tempestuous owner of the house, a rich lord who was overheard arguing with Una that morning…

Is this wealthy man truly the rotten apple in this beautiful orchard?

The party was supposed to celebrate a painting of the residents and staff. When the picture is found slashed, the police close in on the owner, but Sukey is sure they are barking up the wrong tree, and she decides to do a bit of snooping. Which of the smiling faces in the new painting hides a villain: the lustful lord, the aloof artist or perhaps the heartbroken housekeeper?

Despite her sleuthing, Sukey is no closer to catching Una May’s killer, until she finds a pair of shoes covered in mud from the orchard. With the police convinced they’ve caught the right man, Sukey must solve this baffling case alone. But to find the killer holding the poisonous fruit, she may have to delve deep into the garden…

If books by Agatha Christie, P.D. James or Faith Martin have you hooked, then you will love this murder mystery by the queen of cozy crime!

This book was previously published as Party to Murder.

What readers are saying about Death under the Apple Tree:

‘Betty Rowlands is the mistress of cozy whodunits… I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released… A fantastic series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Extremely well-written. The characters have depth as well as great personalities (both good and bad)… I recommend this book to those that enjoy cozy mysteries and I look forward to reading more of this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer

I am running out of ways to say how much I am enjoying this series. Not that that is going to stop me from writing these reviews or reading the books for that matter… So enjoyable.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Love this series, devour each book as soon as I get it. This was the perfect holiday read for me: cozy, interesting and exciting. I’m already looking forward to next book in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Addictive perfect cozy mystery with satisfying resolution… Looking forward to reading more of Sukey’s crime solving successes’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘This story has an interesting twist… Another excellent story in a great series by a wonderful author. Highly recommend this one, as I found it hard to put down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I truly enjoyed it!… There’s a lot of twists and deliberate red herrings, especially those involving deceptions by the principals in the case. Well written!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Well written and plotted. Betty Rowlands has obviously thought carefully about the story. Her stories are entertaining and read quickly.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘This series keeps getting better and better with each book… the story never lets me down.’ Spooky’s Maze of Books  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Homicide detective Sam Nahoe takes a bullet in his spine in the line of duty. Disabled, his career with the Honolulu Police Department shattered, what now? Jobless, lonely, and unwillingly divorced, Sam becomes a Checker Cab driver. Seeking a partner, he adopts a rescue golden retriever—with a touch of Doberman, and trains her to perform neat tricks like growling at a fare who doesn’t tip. He and Goldie cruise O‘ahu for kidnappers, and vengeful wives. Even killers, compelling Sam to get his private investigator license.
His Sunday visitations with his daughter, Peggy, can turn a magical park day into a hair-raising crime scene, but his shrewd little kid becomes a miniature sleuth in her own right.
Sam’s Hawai‘ian heritage provides him with spunk and street smarts. He hobbles around on two canes, named Cane and Able, as he orders Goldie to chase bad guys. His favorite snitch, card-sharp Sophie, asks him: “You still walkin’ with them giant chopsticks?”

Thirteen individual and complete Hawai‘ian detective mysteries featuring a disabled ex-cop turned cab driver, who, with his golden retriever sidekick, takes on the criminal side of Honolulu.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback













Wishful Wisteria (Wisteria Witches Mysteries - Daybreak Book 3) by [Pepper, Angela]What goes around comes around, so be careful who you bite.

It’s September, which is a rainy month in Wisteria, and a storm is brewing.

When a magic mechanic takes The Big Nap in a comfy chair at the library, suspicion turns to the local librarian witch. What has Zara Riddle done now? Poisoned the guy for talking too loud? She shrugs off the accusations, as usual, and tries to help with the investigation, also as usual.

But this time around, the local vampire detective isn’t swinging by Zara’s house to take her along for the ride. He may be Zara’s boyfriend after hours, but when it comes to solving crimes, he has a new partner. For Zara, dealing with “that girl” is like getting turned into a cat, then being petted backward, from tail to nose. It’s just wrong!

Worst of all, the town’s new ghost is becoming an international celebrity, attracting outsiders and media attention.

Once the library is overrun by a horde of ghost hunters, Zara and her coven attempt to resolve the haunting. Can the motley crew of witches actually cooperate in the face of imminent danger? Or will they succumb to dark forces?

In the end, Zara will find herself caught in the middle of a battle she never expected, much less wanted.

Friends turn to foes, and foes turn to frenemies in book 10 of the hit Wisteria Witches Mysteries series, WISHFUL WISTERIA.

Wishful Wisteria is book 3 in the Daybreak mini-series trilogy (Wardens of Wisteria, Wisteria Warned, Wishful Wisteria), and the 10th book set in the world of the Wisteria Witches Mysteries. The main character is Zara Riddle, and, as of publication, it is the latest on the world’s timeline!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Razor Rocks (Paradise Crime Mysteries Book 13) by [Neal, Toby]Paradise is plundered by pirates.

Someone is attacking and robbing luxury yachts as they sail the Hawaiian Islands leaving their passengers missing and presumed dead. Sergeant Lei Texeira, with her typical leap first look later style, dives into a case with the Coast Guard to find answers that lie as deep as Davy Jones’ locker.

He’s taking back what was stolen.

The Pirate King has a hidden agenda that’s bigger than the pillage of luxury yachts, and he’ll stop at nothing to reign on the sea.

Lei is back, solving crime! Grab this fast-paced mystery with a twist of romance, and take a trip to Hawaii with the series that’s sold more than a million copies!

“This series is persistently riveting.” ~Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Millie on a Mission: A Charlie Rhodes Cozy Mystery Short by [Lee, Amanda M.]Millie Watson doesn’t often take initiative when it comes to work but when an old friend – or, rather, acquaintance she can’t stand – wants to hire her to solve a potential haunting at her upscale home, Millie jumps at the chance.
In truth, Millie doesn’t care about finding a ghost. She does have a specific form of payment in mind, though, and it’s something she’s itching to collect on.
Since Millie can’t actually see ghosts, she calls in the only person she knows who can … Charlie Rhodes. Unfortunately for Millie, Charlie is a bit distracted with relationship issues of her own. Still, the gregarious psychic volunteers to pitch in.
Before she found freedom, Millie was in a high-class world full of snooty and entitled people. That’s full on display now when she tries to track down the source of the ghostly disturbances … and comes up with a litany of human transgressions instead.
Millie is determined to find answers, although not because she wants to help a friend. She wants payment, and she’s not going to stop until she gets it. She just needs to avoid trouble – which is easier said than done – while she’s searching for answers.

Note: This is a 30,000-word short set in the Charlie Rhodes Universe. It is set between The Undead Uproar and The Incubus Impasse.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Deadly Intent (DS Jack Mackinnon Crime Series Book 8) by [Butler, D. S.]


A young woman’s body is discovered, propped up against a bin, discarded like a piece of rubbish, outside a Chinese Takeaway in the City of London.

DS Jack Mackinnon’s first outing as acting SIO on a prominent case is not for the faint-hearted. The young woman’s arms are covered with odd marks, and he is convinced they provide a clue to the killer’s identity.

But the pieces of the puzzle are slow to come together, and when another woman is abducted, the stakes are raised. There’s a method to the killer’s madness – but can Jack get to the truth before another life is lost?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Murder to Spare (The Mystic Eye Bookshop Files Book 1) by [Woods, Tamara]

Isa loved two things above all else–her family and books.

Which is probably why she came running when her aunt asked her to move back home and keep the bookstore afloat.

But between a new kitty, a struggling bookstore, and a whiskey-swilling aunt who rules the town with a tarot deck, Isa feels like she might end up in the gutter.

When an innocent girls’ night out leads to the discovery of a body behind the bowling alley, the police take the wrong man into custody—her high school sweetheart, her ex-everything.

But can she push past the resentment to help clear his name?

The more she looks into Whisper Valley secrets, the more entangled they become. Can she untangle the web of lies or will she strike out?

Murder to Spare is book one in the Mystic Eye Bookshop cozy mystery series. Join Isa on her adventures solving crimes in her hometown and making her little part of the world a better place. Download your copy today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The Case of the Disappearing Diamond: A Mini Mystery Series (The Adventures of Finn and Annie Book 5) by [Greyson, Christopher]Each installment of these mini-mysteries is a sweet, bite-sized read, something you can easily get through in half an hour. Every book in the series will go FREE on Amazon for a limited time every 90 days, so keep your eyes open for these deals! They’re also FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited!

When an expensive diamond and pearl earrings go missing, was the new maid responsible? Join Finn and Annie as they try to solve the case and discover what really happened!

In this heartwarming short story by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson, join Finn and Annie as they work together to solve The Case of the Disappearing Diamond!

Finnian Church is trying to piece his life back together. After losing his leg serving in the Army, he is starting a new career as an insurance investigator. Joining him is newly hired videographer Annie Summers— a woman who lost her hearing and is trying to make it as a single mother of two. The world might see them as broken and battered souls, but as they come together to solve mysteries, they discover that they make a great team. Join this unlikely duo as they investigate their way through murder, arson, theft, embezzlement, and maybe even love, seeking to distinguish between truth and lies, scammers and victims.

Buy The Case of the Disappearing Diamond now and enjoy The Adventures of Finn and Annie — A MiniMystery Series that will touch your heart and leave you craving for more!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Wine, Dine and Christmas Crimes (Baker Girls Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Swan, Maria Grazia]


Some Christmas surprises don’t come from Santa. At a gathering atop the tallest building in Phoenix, Arizona, to celebrate Monica Baker’s newest listing, the body of a mysterious young woman is found floating in the pool. But why do fingers point to Monica? Is it the victim’s missing clothing that links Monica to the crime?
As if being alone during the holidays and in love with someone else’s husband wasn’t depressing enough, Monica now needs to convince the cops, her real estate broker, and her friends, that she really, really isn’t a Christmas killer. And she better be quick if she wants to make midnight mass instead of prison roll call.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The Chicken Burger Murder (A Burger Bar Mystery Book 3) by [Point, Rosie A.]


What’s a Spring Food Fair without a murder?

Christie Watson, the homicide detective on a break, never thought she could get enough of murder investigations. That was until she arrived in Sleepy Creek.

When the owner of the local pizzeria, Sal, drops dead after sampling his own pizza, everyone is sure it’s just a case of cholesterol and bad timing. Until his wife dies the very next day. With two bodies and the pressure mounting to keep her head down, Christie must choose:

Solve the case or watch Sleepy Creek turn to murder town.

Figure out the mystery before Christie does. Purchase your copy now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery by [Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli]Zoe Zola is one of ten invitees to an Agatha Christie symposium. Tempers flare…and then there are nine. Can Jenny Weston save Zoe from murder on the Upper Peninsula?

Little Person author Zoe Zola believes that one of the unluckiest things in life is to receive an invitation—in the form of a letter edged in black—to an Agatha Christie symposium at an old Upper Peninsula hunting lodge. Her reluctance dissipates when she learns that the organizer is named Emily Brent—the name of a character poisoned by cyanide in Christie’s And Then There Were None.

As a dreary rain soaks the U.P., Zoe and nine other Christie scholars—each of whom bears a vague resemblance to one of the classic mystery novel’s characters—arrive at the lodge. At the opening night dinner, arguments flare over the experts’ discordant theories about Christie. Next morning, the guests find one particularly odious man has gone—whereabouts and reasons unknown. Such a coincidental resemblance to a work of fiction is surely impossible; therefore, it appears to be possible.

As the guests disappear, one by one, Zoe resolves to beat a hasty retreat—but her car won’t start. She calls her friend, amateur sleuth/little librarian Jenny Weston, but Jenny will have to wait out a storm off Lake Superior before she can come to the rescue. If Zoe’s to stay alive to greet Jenny when she eventually arrives, she’ll have to draw on everything she knows about Agatha Christie’s devilish plots in Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli’s fourth tantalizing Little Library mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover












Death Lends a Hand (A Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery Book 26) by [Emrick, K.J.]A grisly discovery thrusts Darcy Sweet right into the middle of a mystery once again!

At the end of an unseasonably warm summer Darcy, along with Cha Cha the dog, take relaxing stroll through nature.

Along the way they stop by a peaceful river when Cha Cha begins barking madly.

Curious as to what has got her canine friend upset, Darcy investigates.

What does she find?

A desiccated, severed human hand!

So, the question is, if there is a hand, where is the body?

Why must trouble constantly find its way to her?

If that’s not enough there’s a new person in town with a bandaged hand that seems oddly familiar to her.

Could he have something do to with this latest mystery that she’s stumbled upon?

Pick up Darcy’s latest adventure to find out!

Death Lends a Hand is the twenty-sixth book in the Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery series. If you love cozy mysteries with paranormal, and a touch of romance you’ll love the Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












A Killer Edition (A Booktown Mystery Book 13) by [Barrett, Lorna]Murder’s in the mix for mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Tricia Miles, in the latest entry to Lorna Barret’s New York Times bestselling Booktown series.
With her assistant, Pixie, picking up more responsibility around the shop, Tricia Miles suddenly has a lot more time on her hands. Tricia decides to join the local animal-rescue board and enter the Great Stoneham Bake-Off, but neither pans out as smoothly as she’d hoped.

Balancing a bake-off that’s heating up with a frosty reception from the board, Tricia stops by Joyce Whitman’s romance bookstore looking for a book to get her fired up. She stumbles on something hot, but it’s an argument between Joyce and her neighbor Vera Olson instead of a steamy read. When Vera turns up dead in Joyce’s garden hours later, Tricia has to wonder—could Joyce be the killer? Or is the culprit still lurking in town?

One thing is for sure, someone in Stoneham is stirring up something more sinister than sweet. Tricia is determined to win the cutthroat cooking contest, but first she will have to make sure no one else is in danger of getting burned….  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook