New Releases For The Week Of December 1st, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 1st, 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.



Ladies Lunch Club Murders, a Jack McCall Mystery by [Bishop, David]Introductory price $2.99

Someone is murdering the retired ladies of the lunch club. Jack McCall, ably assisted by Nora Burke and Max Logan, is hired by the governor—the brother of one of the victims. At the start it seems a cushy job: Nice weather, good pay, and an attractive Florida State cop is assigned to assist Jack. But, in typical Jack McCall fashion, this murder case quickly turns screwy.

Other Books in the series:
The Third Coincidence, a Jack McCall Mystery
The Blackmail Club, a Jack McCall Mystery
Game of Masks, a Jack McCall Mystery  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Maggie and the Mourning Beads (A Carita Cove Mystery Book 3) by [Lee, Barbara Cool]Can Maggie find the real killer when her teenage student threatens to strangle her mother with a jet-black necklace… hours before the woman is found dead? And what deep, dark secret is movie star Reese Stevens hiding from the world? Can Maggie help him face the truth?

Maggie McJasper is starting over in a little California beach town. She has a craft shop, a nice circle of friends, and a handsome movie star who keeps flirting with her. Life would be pretty great if she could just stop stumbling over dead bodies….

Carita Cove romantic mysteries are fun and flirty reads, with no swearing or love scenes, and no gruesome violence to keep you up at night. Collect them all:

Books by Barbara Cool Lee


1. Maggie and the Black-Tie Affair
2. Maggie and the Inconvenient Corpse
3. Maggie and the Mourning Beads
4. Maggie and the Empty Noose
5. Maggie and the Huichol Homicide
6. Maggie and the Whiskered Witness


1. Honeymoon Cottage
2. Boardwalk Cottage
3. Lighthouse Cottage
4. Little Fox Cottage
5. Rum Cake Cottage
6. Songbird Cottage
7. Sunshine Cottage  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Maggie and the Empty Noose (A Carita Cove Mystery Book 4) by [Lee, Barbara Cool]When the movie star renting Maggie’s house is accused of murder, she’s the only one who believes he’s innocent. Now all she has to do is prove it.

Maggie McJasper is starting over in a little California beach town. She has a craft shop, a nice circle of friends, and a handsome movie star who keeps flirting with her. Life would be pretty great if she could just stop stumbling over dead bodies….

Carita Cove romantic mysteries are fun and flirty reads, with no swearing or love scenes, and no gruesome violence to keep you up at night. Collect them all:

Books by Barbara Cool Lee


1. Maggie and the Black-Tie Affair
2. Maggie and the Inconvenient Corpse
3. Maggie and the Mourning Beads
4. Maggie and the Empty Noose
5. Maggie and the Huichol Homicide
6. Maggie and the Whiskered Witness


1. Honeymoon Cottage
2. Boardwalk Cottage
3. Lighthouse Cottage
4. Little Fox Cottage
5. Rum Cake Cottage
6. Songbird Cottage
7. Sunshine Cottage  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Grandma Got Run Over By A Demon (A Ravenmist Whodunit Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 4) 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.

Everyone in town is in the holiday mood – decking halls and trimming trees – as they prepare for the annual play to recreate the first Christmas in Ravenmist. The cast is barely done taking their bows when Tedi finds out that the town founder’s diaries have been stolen during the performance. Legend says that they contain a secret code to a treasure, but she isn’t so sure. All she knows is that Jack is asking her friends a lot of questions and not getting many answers.

In the meantime, they’ve finally found a spell to unmask the demon. There’s one slight hitch though…the demon will know when they cast the spell. That might make them angry. Very angry. It’s a risk, but one they’re willing to take.

Don’t miss the holiday season in Ravenmist as Tedi goes on a date, sends a letter to Santa, and hunts down a demon. With the lively spirits in town, you just know that it’s going to be a stupendous Ghoultide adventure.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival (A Cleo Mack Mystery Book 3) by [Gardner, G.P.]It’s late March in Fairhope, Alabama, and artists from around the country are flocking to the bayside town’s Arts & Crafts Festival. The annual tradition has something for everyone, only this year, the main attraction is murder . . .

Cleo Mack’s life has been a whirlwind since she inadvertently became the executive director of Harbor Village, a retirement community bustling with energetic seniors. Juggling apartment sales, quirky residents, and a fast-moving romance is tricky business. But on-the-job stress develops a new meaning when Twinkle Thaw, a portrait artist known to ruffle a few feathers, arrives unannounced for the weekend’s festival and drops dead hours later—mysteriously poisoned . . .

Twinkle’s bizarre death doesn’t seem like an accident. Not with a sketchy newcomer slinking around town and a gallery of suspects who may have wanted her out of the picture for good. As Cleo brushes with the truth, she soon finds that solving the crime could mean connecting the dots between a decades-old art heist and an unpredictable killer who refuses to color inside the lines . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Now You See Them (Magic Men Mysteries) by [Griffiths, Elly]

The fifth book in the Magic Men series, Now You See Them is a wild mystery with detective Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto, as they investigate a string of presumed kidnappings in the swinging 1960s.

The new decade is going well for Edgar Stephens and his good friend the magician Max Mephisto. Edgar is happily married, with children, and promoted to Superintendent. Max has found fame and stardom in America, though is now back in England for a funeral, and a prospective movie job. Edgar’s new wife, though—former detective Emma—is restless and frustrated at home, knowing she was the best detective on the team.

But when an investigation into a string of disappearing girls begins, Emma sees her chance to get back in the action. She begins her own hunt, determined to prove, once and for all that she’s better than the boys. Though she’s not the only one working toward that goal—there’s a new woman on the force, and she’s determined to make detective. When two more girls go missing, both with ties to the group, the stakes climb ever higher, and Max finds himself drawn into his own search.

Who will find the girls first? And will they get there in time?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook













Miss Frost Says I Do: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 7) by [Painter, Kristen]Welcome to the North Pole, the town where Christmas is everyone’s job.

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and soon to be newlywed.

Now that she and fiancé Sinclair (and their cats, Spider and Sugar) have moved back to the North Pole, they’re firmly entrenched in planning their wedding. With Jayne’s royal heritage, it’s a major undertaking.
And while Jayne is trying to organize the myriad details, Sinclair is taking the necessary classes to learn how to be a royal and adjust to his impending new life as Prince Consort. But with too much assistance from her well-meaning mother and aunt, Jayne quickly gets overwhelmed.
Sinclair suggests calling a friend to help, the ever-resourceful Birdie Caruthers. Jayne does, and Birdie is thrilled to pitch in. Not long after she arrives, however, the trio discovers the most terrible thing in the wedding carriage.
Will this dreadful discovery derail the wedding? Or can they solve the problem in time to make it to the altar unscathed? Make no bones about it, this is some serious trouble.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












A Merry Little Death: A Short Christmas Novel: A 1930s Murder Mystery (Poison Ink Mysteries Book 7) by [Byers, Beth]Christmas 1937

Georgette Dorothy Aaron has found her dream home, her dream village, and her dream husband. She and Charles are ready to dive into their holidays and create their own ideal traditions. When they’re drawn into an unexpected mystery, they little expect what follows. Except for one thing, the reliable goodness of their friends and family.

Join Georgette and those she loves as they dive into the intrigue working around an excess of time next to the fire, milky tea, and Christmas treats.

Book SEVEN in The Poison Ink Mysteries. Georgette Dorothy Aaron might have been a quiet wallflower once upon a time, but those days are over. Are you ready to journey with her as she crafts her life? For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss.

A light, cozy historical mystery. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The Poison Ink Mysteries
1- Death By the Book
2- Death Witnessed
3- Death by Blackmail
4- Death Misconstrued
5- Deathly Ever After
6- Death in the Mirror
7- A Merry Little Death: A Christmas Story  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Case of The Slippery Dog: A Mini Mystery Series (The Adventures of Finn and Annie Book 9) by [Greyson, Christopher]When a woman claims to have slipped in a department store, Finn and Annie are brought in to investigate. Did the woman really fall or is her tale a slick con job?

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 Slippery Dog!

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 Slippery Dog 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











Magic & Misdeeds (Starry Hollow Witches Book 11) by [Chase, Annabel]Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken.

When a new case leads to an old crime, Sheriff Nash is confronted with a ghost from his past. Meanwhile, Ember takes another step closer to unlocking her ancestor’s mystery and the Rose family is dealing with a surprise visit from an old relative who gets under Aunt Hyacinth’s skin, which means everybody’s tip-toeing on eggshells to avoid her wrath.

As buried secrets are slowly uncovered, will they lead to deliverance–or death?

Magic & Misdeeds is the eleventh book in the Starry Hollow Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.

Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6
Magic & Malice, Book 7
Magic & Mythos, Book 8
Magic & Mishaps, Book 9
Magic & Maladies, Book 10
Magic & Misdeeds, Book 11  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The McGowan Tea Party: A Luxe Mystery (The Luxe Mysteries Book 1) by [Ernst, Dee]Meet Enza Biondi—the ballsy, quick-thinking owner of Luxe Affairs. Armed with a pink notebook and killer curves, she’s a party planner with no time for fools and a nose for murder.

Finding a dead body was not the way Enza wanted the McGowan Tea Party to end. She’s been hoping for a quick and easy clean-up so she could spend more time with the tall, dark and sexy guitar player who arrived with the entertainment. Instead, Enza and her partners find themselves in the middle of a crime scene, complete with a grieving client, shaken guests, and a seemingly unflappable guest of honor.

As Enza looks closer at the murder, she starts peeling away the layers of a seemingly perfect marriage and finds that nothing —and no one—is what they first seemed to be, including that sexy guitar player, Connor Ives. Further complicating the situation is a sly Irish ex-mobster, a cold-hearted sister-in-law, and the skeptical detectives in charge of the investigation.

The police may be doing their job, but Enza has more faith in her own instincts, and as she gets closer to the truth, the more her instincts are telling her that the killer may be hiding in plain sight.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












IA Sleuth and her Dachshund in Athens: Patricia Fisher Mysteries (A Humorous Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [higgs, steve]f you like clean and funny cozy mysteries by authors such as Hope Callaghan, AR Winters, Ivy Dawson, Cee Cee James and others, then you will love Patricia Fisher!

As the Aurelia nears Athens, a new member of the crew is found dead in his cabin. Next to a gun and slumped over a suicide note, it appears tragic but unsuspicious. However, he’s the captain’s nephew, Julien, onboard for only six days and something about the suicide note makes Patricia’s nose twitch.

With disobedient dog, Anna, loyal butler, Jermaine, and all her friends in support, your favourite amateur sleuth soon uncovers a web of lies and deceit in the bursary. There’s a mystery to solve alright but a second body muddies the water.
Is there more than one killer? Had Julien uncovered something that made him a target?

In her toughest challenge yet, it will be her Dachshund that provides the vital clue, but can Patricia solve the case before the killer escapes?

This series of books follows Patricia Fisher, a fifty-something woman from England, as she flees her unfulfilling marriage and becomes the person she always should have been. They are light-hearted, fast-paced, and unlike any other cozy mysteries you have ever read. There is no bad language, sex or graphic descriptions of violence.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Assault and Batting: A Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mystery: free quilt block pattern included (The Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mysteries Book 1) by [Rothery, Tess]Bonus Flour Sax Quilt Shop Row Pattern–Home Sweet Home theme!

Taylor Quinn has it all—at least by millennial standards. A good job, a home in the city, and someone she loves to share life with.

But when her mom dies unexpectedly, she doesn’t hesitate to drop everything for her family. With a baby sister, eldery grandfather and family quilt shop waiting for her in the small town of Comfort, Oregon she knows where she needs to be.

Belle, Taylor’s sister, fears their mom’s death is her fault. She thinks her birth mom may just have wanted her back badly enough to kill.

To lay Belle’s fear to rest, the Quinn girls search out exactly what happened the night of the accident. But in doing so, Taylor finds herself tangled in a mess of secrets, envy, and small town gossip that threatens to unravel the family she loves.

Ripping out the stitches that hold her family together may be the only way to keep their lives from falling apart.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










The Callie's Kitchen Mysteries Cookbook by [Kales, Jenny]You’re invited to Callie’s Kitchen, where Greek food meets Midwest comfort cooking…

The Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries Cookbook is filled with Mediterranean-meets-Midwest comfort food recipes! You’ll find every delicious recipe from each one of the books in the popular culinary cozy mystery series, plus many new bonus recipes. Also included are book excerpts, brand-new scenes, family lore and kitchen tips from Callie “Calliope” Costas herself, Greek-American foodie, business owner and amateur sleuth.

Now you can share Callie’s Greek specialties with your family and friends, including:

George’s Spanakopita (Spinach-Feta Pie with Phyllo)
Kourabiethes (Greek snowball cookies)
New Year’s Meat-Leek Pie with Phyllo
Zucchini Fritters with Greek Yogurt Sauce
My Big (Low) Fat Greek Salad

You’ll also find Callie’s Midwestern favorites, such as:

Wisconsin Supper Club Cheese Spread
Callie’s Sour Cherry Pie
Pumpkin Spice Scones

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Callie’s fictional Wisconsin eatery, this cookbook is the next best thing. Bring the scrumptious flavors of Callie’s Kitchen right into your own home by ordering today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Ghost of Paintings Past



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Sybil Johnson and her new book Ghosts of Painting Past.  This is the fifth book in her An Aurora Anderson Mystery series.


Ghosts of Painting Past (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Henery Press (November 19, 2019)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115590
ISBN-13: 978-1635115598
Digital ASIN: B07XC3DXGN

Purchase Links – Amazon Kindle – Amazon Paperback – Kobo 


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It’s Christmastime in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The magic of the season fills the air as residents enjoy school concerts, a pier lighting ceremony and the annual sand-snowman contest.

During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Rory plans on painting ornaments to sell at the local craft fair and joining in on the holiday fun. But she finds the season anything but jolly after the house across the street is torn down, revealing a decades old crime. Past meets present when her father is implicated in the murder.

Fearing for her father’s future, Rory launches her own investigation, intent on discovering the truth and clearing his name.




The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace.  There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  There were enough twists and turns and red herrings thrown in, and it was not easily solved.  The past and the present were woven together very nicely and it made the mystery more intriguing.

The  characters are well developed and well rounded.  I enjoyed spending time with Rory and her friends and family.  The writing style flows smoothly and it defines those characters very clearly  by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This would be a great addition to you holiday reading list.

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



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Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.
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Review of Holiday Roast Mortem

Holiday Roast Mortem
A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book #7
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


Holiday Roast Mortem: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Book Seven) by [Kappes, Tonya]


Christmas is right around the corner.

Fresh off the Christmas Pawrade and Central Park tree lightening, Honey Springs is buzzing with the excitement of the season.

Roxy Bloom and Patrick Cane are hosting the ultimate Christmas Day Diner for all of their friends and family at The Bean Hive. Roxy has been so busy with her Jingle Bells Lattes and planning the party that Patrick whisks her off for a romantic dinner at the Watershed for some alone time.

Their dinner turns out to be a headache. They were seated next to Ryan and Yvonne Moore, who fought the entire time.

After dinner, Roxy and Patrick see the couple drive off the road into Lake Honey Springs, Patrick dives into the frigid lake to save the couple only to find Ryan was already dead.

After a preliminary autopsy, Ryan Moore’s death was not an accident, leaving Yvonne Moore the number one suspect.

When Yvonne asks Roxy Bloom to help her figure out who killed her husband, Roxy jumps at the chance to put her Jingle Bell Lattes and holiday planning aside to help out a friend.

One problem, Roxy starts to wonder if Yvonne is really the killer and using Roxy to get away with murder after Kirk, Roxy’s ex-husband and defending lawyer for the deceased Ryan Moore, lets her know a big secret that would change the entire investigation. (Goodreads)



The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. There is a lot of action going on in this book, and that is a great thing. The author is very talented in creating a believable southern setting and I can picture it so vividly in my mind.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Roxy and Patrick are a great couple and I enjoyed getting to spend time with them. Aunt Maxi can be a pistol but she loves Roxy completely. Getting to spend time with Roxi and her family and friends is time well spent.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you are looking for a great holiday read that is funny and has great characters, grab a copy of this book.

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


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

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 24th, 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 fifth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop Book 5) by [Burns, V.M.]Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .
After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it’s a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver’s seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .

Praise for V.M. Burns and The Plot is Murder

“A promising debut with a satisfying conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly
“Cozy mystery readers and historical novel aficionados will adore this warm-hearted,
cleverly plotted new series.”Kings River Life  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Hollywood X: A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller (The Hollywood Alphabet Series Book 24) by [Kelly, M.Z.]MURDER…TRUTH…LOVE…TERROR…FAMILY

LAPD Detective Kate Sexton is back and all the elements that have made this series an instant success come together in one explosive ending. A killer who calls herself the Red Queen, the world’s most wanted terrorist, a simmering love story, and Kate’s long-lost father all come into play.

The series, with over 1,600 five-star reviews, is about to get even better, MUCH BETTER!
Here’s what readers are saying about the Hollywood Alphabet Series…

Kelly succeeds at keeping the reader enthralled…
I love these books…so much fun to read!
Funny, well-written, with an amazing cast of characters!

Grab your copy of Hollywood X and prepare for a thrill ride that will keep you turning pages until the final blockbuster ending!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Death at Sandy Bay: An absolutely unputdownable cozy mystery novel (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 13) by [Rowlands, Betty]A manor house hotel, a musical weekend… and a mysterious murder?

Spring has arrived in the Bristol countryside and Sukey Reynolds is enjoying the fine weather and lovely views from her quaint apartment. She has found love with an intrepid crime reporter, and they are busy planning a romantic weekend in London. During her time away she is determined to avoid any more amateur sleuthing.

But life is never quiet for Sukey and one night before her holiday she is summoned to the charming Dallington Manor, a country house hotel nestled on the coast in Sandy Bay. She arrives at the starlit grounds to find a terrible tragedy has occurred. Lance Rainbird, a guest at a weekend gathering, has been discovered murdered in the lake.

Her superiors close in on a suspect, the man who hosted the party, but Sukey can’t shake the feeling that they’ve got this case completely wrong. During her weekend in the city, she follows a hunch, pokes around Rainbird’s house and finds an address book that might just be the golden ticket to clearing an innocent man and nailing the true villain.

As Sukey examines Rainbird’s acquaintances, she finds old flames, combative colleagues and an estranged brother, but no one with an obvious motive for murder. He had a reputation for being difficult, but who could have wanted him dead? Then Sukey finds a name in the address book that shouldn’t be there. Suddenly she knows who the killer is, but can she convince her boss he’s got the wrong suspect before it’s too late?

If murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis have you gripped, then you’ll love this twisty whodunnit from the queen of cozy crime!

This book was previously published as The Scent of Death.

Readers love Death at Sandy Bay!

A great cozy series and this was the best… The plot is engrossing and entertaining and it kept me guessingStrongly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A truly twisty mystery that kept my nose to the page!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Betty Rowlands has done it again! Great combination of mystery, excitement, romance, and laughter… Truly love this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Love this series… Another delicious read with a twisty plot that kept me guessing.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sukey’s stories just keep getting better and better… Red herrings and a lot of twists and turns leads the reader on a merry chase. I have read the series in order, but could easily be a standalone… Great author, great characters and stories. Highly recommend.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘The last Sukey Reynolds book, what am I going to do now?!… Lots of twists and turns… a fantastic series and one that I’ve really enjoyed. You don’t need to have read the other books, but I would encourage you to.’ Goodreads Reviewer

I have adored the Sukey Reynolds series and the writing of the talented Betty Rowlands. While I was hooked by the mysteries, I also enjoyed watching Sukey’s life and career evolve over the course of the books.’ Goodreads Reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Blue Medusa: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Curious Beach Cozy Mysteries Series Book 1) by [Westing, Trapper]


Stella Fox hopes no one notices her, but she notices everything.

When Stella inherits her dead Uncle Beau’s food truck and a bungalow on Curious Beach, she is shocked to find that the locals aren’t investigating his murder. She enlists the help of Charlie, an unlicensed private investigator, to talk to people so she can snoop in relative peace. Soon she finds the folks of Curious Beach are more friendly, quirky, and deadly than she ever could have guessed.

Will Stella and Charlie get to the bottom of Uncle Beau’s murder before there are more deaths in paradise?

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

Pick up this page-turner today!  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle














Out of the frying pan, into the fire . . .
Courtney Archer is known for hosting the show Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter . . . despite the fact that she’s actually a pediatrician’s daughter. Now she’s signed on for a role on The American Baking Battle. On this reality show, she can start developing a more authentic image for herself—and as a bonus, the usual backstabbing and manufactured drama isn’t part of the Baking Battle script. But genuine drama is heating up behind the scenes . . .
During a film shoot in the scenic Pocono Mountains, Courtney has to juggle career commitments like pots on a six-burner stove. Adding to the stress is Mick, a contestant who finds out about her fake farm-girl story. Determined to succeed at her new gig, she whips up a cherry cobbler in a cast-iron fry pan one evening and leaves it out to cool. But the next morning, it’s Mick’s body that’s cooling—right next to Courtney’s pan, now classified as a murder weapon . . .

Includes recipes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Secrets in the Wool (Nettie's Knit Shop Book 1) by [Landy, CB]

Recently retrenched, Nanette Sanderson’s life has come to a standstill. Before she gets a chance to try and figure out what to do, her life is thrown into a whirl of mystery and murder. It starts when she inherits a wool shop in an up and coming village in the South Wairarapa, not far from her home in the Hutt Valley, when her ex-husband, Alex is killed in a car crash.
When Nettie goes to visit the shop, it’s discovered that the original owner disappeared at the same time. Encouraged by her family, Nettie sees the shop as a new beginning.
Before she even starts there is a break in, what is in the shop that is so important? When the previous owner’s husband is found dead at the back door, the police investigation takes a new turn.
Has she made the right decision moving to the village of Thornbury? With the help of the part time shop worker, Mags, and retired workmate, Bob, they set about finding some answers, only to find themselves embroiled in drug trafficking, money laundering and dodgy dealings in real estate.  (Amazon)

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Under the Guise of Death: A gripping 1920s cosy crime novel (Murder Will Follow Book 3) by [Conroy, Vivian]In the City of Masks, deadly secrets are about to be revealed…

While attending a lavish masked ball in Venice, retired Scotland Yard detective Jasper has a shock when, at the midnight demasqué, he spots a woman whose accidental death he investigated in England three years ago.

Even more stunned than Jasper is the woman’s husband, Lord Bantham, who has since remarried, not to mention his new wife who sees her acquired position and wealth slip away. Then there are her old friends who all seem to have known more about the ‘accident’ than they ever let on.

When the resurrected lady is found dead the next morning on one of Venice’s many bridges, the question is: who wanted Lady Bantham to die, again?

The third book in the Murder Will Follow series, this is a gripping mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Robert Thorogood.

Praise for Under the Guise of Death

‘This series is so entertaining and this one was exceptionally well written. Looking forward to #4!’ 5* Reader review

‘This was a fun murder mystery that I didn’t know the answer to before the denouement – unusual for me.’ Reader review

‘Absolutely satisfaying murder mystery in a beautiful setting (special mention to the beautiful cover) and with a main character that’s fast becoming one of my favorite detectives in today’s mystery fiction.’ Reader review  (Amazon)

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Sharpe Wit (Second Act Snoop Mysteries Book 8) by [Thomas, Lisa B.]


According to Deena Sharpe’s editor, someone in Maycroft is trying to steal a body from the funeral home, and it’s her story to investigate. But the body isn’t who they think it is, leaving the authorities with some explaining to do. The plot twists will have reader’s dizzy as Deena’s neighbor spins the wheel and watches his fortune run out.

Not only is Deena wrestling with a strange case, Gary has started a new business and wants more of his wife’s attention. Can she juggle her work and his needs as well?

Sharpe Wit is book 8 in the Second Act Snoop Mysteries. If you like your mysteries cozy, heart-warming, and humorous, you’ll love this story of mischief and murder. Get your copy now.  (Amazon)

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Ghosts Like it Hot (Murder By Design Book 6) by [McCarthy, Erin]

Bailey Burke, reluctant spiritual medium, escapes the frozen winter with her boyfriend, Detective Jake Marner, and heads south. But in a city like Key West, murder and ghosts don’t take a vacation.

A romantic sunset cruise turns not-so-romantic when a body floats by, followed by an abandoned yacht–the passengers missing. So much for searching for her lost shaker of salt. Instead she’s tracking down a killer who has left no clues.

With ghosts harassing her at every turn, can Bailey solve the mystery of the floater and get back to sipping a piña colada and soaking up the sun?

Book 6 in the Murder By Design series continues with Bailey’s hilarious adventures in mystery solving!  (Amazon)

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Inspired by the true story of a kleptomaniac cat who stole his way into America’s heart . . .
As a tabby cat with criminal tendencies, MacGyver is always a whisker away from trouble. But when he stumbles upon a litter of four motherless kittens, he really has his paws full. It’s clear Mac has to take care of the cuddly little furballs, at least until he finds them each a human. That’s not going to be easy though. Not when Mac’s the prime suspect in a series of thefts at Storybook Court—and his loving but concerned owners, Jamie and David, have put him under house arrest. As if that could stop a clever cat like Mac . . .

With four hungry little mouths to feed—and two local detectives on his tail—MacGyver has his work clawed out for him. He’s determined to sniff out the real thief. But when he gets a whiff of romance in the air, he can’t resist a little matchmaking, too. One of the detectives seems awfully fond of the aspiring actress who moved into the neighborhood. And his partner looks like she could use a hug, too. With a little help from those adorable kittens, Mac is sure that love will save the day. Because when it comes to stealing hearts, this cat’s out of the bag . . .

“Filled with romance and adorable kitty antics . . . a light and cozy read!”
Modern Cat

“Surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.”
Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

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Deadly Vintage by [Varadan, Elizabeth]Carla Bass, an interior decorator and wannabe sleuth, moves to Braga, Portugal, for her husband’s career.

When a nervous wine seller accidentally slips a bottle of Port into Carla’s bag, she later attempts to return it to him – only to find his body slumped behind the counter. The last person to see him alive, she’s forced to remain in the country and decides to do a little investigating on her own.

Discovering that the bottle was a family heirloom stolen from a retired banker, she realises it may be the key that unlocks the case – and falls headfirst into a conspiracy. In way over her head and with her own life in peril, Carla refuses to give in before the mystery is solved.

Will she discover exactly how and why the wine seller died? And more importantly, will she escape with her life?

Elizabeth Varadan is an American author and former teacher. She has written children’s fiction as
well as adult flash fiction, fantasy and poetry. She lives with her husband in Sacramento, California.  (Amazon)

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Holiday Roast Mortem: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Book Seven) by [Kappes, Tonya]Christmas is right around the corner.

Fresh off the Christmas Pawrade and Central Park tree lightening, Honey Springs is buzzing with the excitement of the season.

Roxy Bloom and Patrick Cane are hosting the ultimate Christmas Day Diner for all of their friends and family at The Bean Hive. Roxy has been so busy with her Jingle Bells Lattes and planning the party that Patrick whisks her off for a romantic dinner at the Watershed for some alone time.

Their dinner turns out to be a headache. They were seated next to Ryan and Yvonne Moore, who fought the entire time.

After dinner, Roxy and Patrick see the couple drive off the road into Lake Honey Springs, Patrick dives into the frigid lake to save the couple only to find Ryan was already dead.

After a preliminary autopsy, Ryan Moore’s death was not an accident, leaving Yvonne Moore the number one suspect.

When Yvonne asks Roxy Bloom to help her figure out who killed her husband, Roxy jumps at the chance to put her Jingle Bell Lattes and holiday planning aside to help out a friend.

One problem, Roxy starts to wonder if Yvonne is really the killer and using Roxy to get away with murder after Kirk, Roxy’s ex-husband and defending lawyer for the deceased Ryan Moore, lets her know a big secret that would change the entire investigation.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 24th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 24th, 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.



The Dog Who Knew Too Much (A Paws & Claws Mystery Book 6) by [Davis, Krista]


When a famous pooch comes to Wagtail for some downtime, inn owner Holly Miller learns that murder never rests in this all-new Paws & Claws mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

America’s favorite dog comes to pet-friendly Wagtail for some rest and relaxation, but Holly quickly discovers that this perfect pup is a total scamp who takes every opportunity to run off and misbehave. During an outdoor treasure-hunting game, the star dog and Trixie, Holly’s beloved Jack Russell terrier, stumble across a dead body.

Holly has more than murder to worry about, though, when a man shows up after reading an article featuring Trixie in a magazine and claims that he is the dog’s rightful owner. Holly will need to prove that she is her pup’s only parent and catch a killer to restore peace to her pet-loving happy place.  (Amazon)

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A Jolly Little Murder: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Christmas Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 17) by [Byers, Beth]December 1925

Violet Wakefield is determined to dive into the holiday and enjoy every occasion. She’s going to see the live nativity, listen to Handel’s Messiah, and attend the Nutcracker ballet. She’ll cover her house in all the holly and lights. In fact, Vi wants nothing more than to put up the largest Christmas tree she can locate and stuff it with gifts. 

She little expects, however, to stumble across a crime in action. When she gets pulled into the madness, her biggest concern isn’t the crime, it’s keeping Jack from committing a holiday homicide.

Book SEVENTEEN in the Violet Carlyle Mysteries. Are you ready for the roaring twenties? You’ll love Vi, her patient husband Jack, her indulgent twin Vic, and their friends. For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss. A light, cozy mystery with a fun peek into life in the life of a bright young thing. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The Violet Carlyle Mysteries
1- Murder & The Heir
2- Kennington House Murder
3- Murder at the Folly
4- A Merry Little Murder*
5- Murder Among the Roses
6- Murder in the Shallows
7- Gin & Murder
8- Obsidian Murder
9- Murder at the Ladies Club
10- Wedding Vows & Murder
11- A Jazzy Little Murder
12- Murder by Chocolate
13- A Friendly Little Murder
14- Murder by the Sea
15- Murder on All Hallows
16- Murder in the Shadows
17- A Jolly Little Murder

*There are two short stories that fall between A Merry Little Murder and Murder Among the Roses. They are: New Year’s Madness and Valentine’s Madness. There is also a short story that falls between Murder by Chocolate and A Friendly Little Murder found in Candlelit Madness.  (Amazon)

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Trouble at the New Dawn B & B: A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery (Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 8) by [Harman, Dianne]Days away from a grand opening
A long-awaited vision about to come true
Is thwarted by a computer hacker
When it works, modern technology is miraculous
When someone knows how to abuse it
It can mean the end of a dream

Brigid and Linc are clueless when it comes to computers. Good thing their daughter knows a thing or two about them. Now if they can just find out who hacked the magnificent website she built and get it up and running again before it’s too late and their beautiful B & B becomes nothing more than a vacant building with no visitors.

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

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Trash Day Tragedy : Dog Days Mystery #4, A humorous cozy mystery by [Blair, Jamie]

When the Dogs are Away, the Trash Pandas Play!

Things are always odd and strange in Metamora, but when the proprietor of the curiosity shop, Odd and Strange Metamora, hosts a spring carnival showing off his collection of oddities, the day goes right in the garbage—or rather, out of the garbage when a raccoon overturns a trash can in the middle of town scattering human bones around the park.

When it’s discovered that the remains date back over a century, rumors start to run as rampant as the pack of furry bandits taking over the town at night.

Cameron Cripps Hayman thought she’d have a quiet week with her canine crew away at dog training, but her relaxation is short lived when another possible murder in town needs solving. With her team, the Metamora Action Agency, on the case, they’ll piece the mystery together bone-by-bone and lead-by-lead, and maybe even find a way to get rid of the trash pandas in the process!  (Amazon)

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Courier to the Stars: Thistlewood Star Mysteries #4 by [Walker, C. Rysa]LIGHTS, CAMERA,…MURDER?

Thistlewood is all decked out as a picture-perfect Christmas village and the ideal backdrop for a holiday movie. The entire town is abuzz with excitement until one of the actors, Oscar-winner Audrey Shaw, turns up dead in her trailer on the set.

Ms. Shaw’s star faded decades ago, and her failure to show up for filming has put the production several days behind, at a time when the cast and crew would prefer to be home with their families. Rumor has it that Shaw was hitting the bottle again, as well.

The local sheriff, the mayor, and the film’s producer all insist that Shaw’s death was accidental. Ruth and Cassie are certain it was murder, but can they prove it–and locate the town Santa’s missing reindeer–before the suspects pack up and head home to California on Christmas Eve?  (Amazon)

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Australian Witch Box Set: Prequels to Miss Spelled: Two Witch Cozy Mysteries by [Best, Morgana]2 novella prequels to Miss Spelled (the Kitchen Witch series).

Set in 1936-7, these 2 witch cozy mystery novellas feature Amelia Spelled’s aunt.
1: Witch Christmas (20,000 words) (Formerly appeared in an anthology as A Chemistree of Witches)
It’s Christmas Day, 1936. Newlyweds, Thelma and Wolff Spelled, are enjoying their gifts to one another, two cute kittens, when a neighbour comes to seek their help. Mavis’s husband has been missing for a year, and police have just now found his body.
When Thelma attempts to solve the case with magic, all she brews up is trouble.
With rival witch, Jasmine Walters, making eyes at Wolff, can Thelma keep Jasmine at bay, solve the murder, and be home in time for Christmas dinner?

2: A Witch in Time (10,000 words)
Thelma Spelled finds a body in her garden. The detective who attends the scene asks her to make a statement at the police station. When she arrives, the desk sergeant informs her the crime happened many years earlier. Thelma soon finds herself in the midst of Indigenous Australian magic.
Can Thelma solve the crime while holding onto her sanity, and her husband?
Can she thwart the evil intentions of rival witch Jasmine, or will she remain a witch in time?  (Amazon)

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A Ginger Gold Mysteries Bundle: 1920s Cozy Historical Mysteries Books 6 & 7 by [Strauss, Lee]2 Mysteries – 1 Great Price!

She’s clever! She’s Sassy! She’s Ginger Gold! Don’t miss out on this acclaimed 1920s cozy mystery series.


Murder isn’t a walk in the park…

War widow fashionista, Ginger Gold, makes a gruesome discovery while walking her Boston terrier, Boss, through Kensington Gardens. A woman of ill-repute is dead.

When Chief Inspector Basil Reed becomes a suspect, the blustery and often times pigheaded Superintendent Morris pulls him off the case. Ginger’s not about to be pushed around by the superintendent despite his warnings: if she doesn’t butt out, she’ll be arrested for impeding a police investigation. She soon finds herself undercover in the spicy world of burlesque dancing—much to Basil’s chagrin.

Ginger and Basil’s agree to work together off the record to find the killer. It’s a proposition their strained friendship may not survive—even if they do.


Weddings can be murder.

Romance is in the air for the delightful Reverend Oliver Hill. Unfortunately, the choir rehearsal for the wedding ends abruptly with the sudden and disturbing appearance of a body.

War widow fashionista Ginger Gold is determined to find the killer even if it means working with the dashing, yet exasperating Chief Inspector Basil Reed, but only in her professional capacity as a private investigator. Like they say: once burnt, twice shy.

Basil has his work cut out for him if he wants to solve this case and win back Ginger’s heart.

He’s up for the challenge.  (Amazon)

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Sifted Sentences (The Donut Mysteries Book 44) by [Beck, Jessica]The First Time Ever Published!

The 44th Donut Mystery, Sifted Sentences.

When Suzanne’s mother gets a threatening note, no one but Suzanne and Grace seems to take it seriously. After all, several other folks around town have gotten them, too. The police think it’s all just one big prank, but Suzanne knows better. As she and her best friend begin to dig into the case, things suddenly turn fatal in April Springs when someone is murdered, and Suzanne must figure out whether the threat against Momma is a separate incident or if it’s tied into the same goal of getting rid of her mother once and for all!

Jessica Beck is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Donut Mysteries, the Cast Iron Cooking Mysteries, the Classic Diner Mysteries, the Ghost Cat Cozy Mysteries, and more.  (Amazon)

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Heels Dug In (A Sassy Sleuth's Mystery Book 3) by [Wright, Astoria]



Want a quick read for a cozy afternoon? Try this novella series!

Mondragon Cruises Under Investigation for Disappearances

Mondragon Cruises has a spotless reputation—until a vacation spot en route routinely leaves the ship with missing persons. Desperate for answers, Lizzy, the new heir of the cruise line, hires Kaitlynn Sasse and her boss, P.I. Aeson “Ace” East, to investigate. They agree, and go undercover, posing as husband and wife. But, as they embark on new territory, will Aeson and Kait find more than a professional partnership in their future? Or will Kait end up the next missing person on the cruise line?  (Amazon)

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Potions Are for Pushovers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery Book 2) by [Berry, Tamara]It may have been a ghost that led Eleanor Wilde to set up shop in a quaint English village. But now that she’s established herself as the town witch, Ellie’s contentedly casting spells on anyone desperate enough—or gullible enough—to request her mysterious potions…
Selling mystical elixirs and tantalizing tonics is a pretty good way for a fake medium to earn a living. Or at least it’s Ellie’s main source of income—until a villager turns up dead. The cause? Murder by poisoning.  And though Ellie’s concoctions don’t include anything worthy of a skull and crossbones, suddenly she’s the prime suspect. Her only recourse is to find the culprit who did do away with Sarah Blackthorne. No one liked the mean old battle-axe. But did anyone hate her enough to kill her?

It’s enough of a mystery to make Ellie hang up her witch’s hat and take millionaire beau Nicholas Hartford up on his offer to keep her afloat.  Except Ellie is not the kind of woman to lean on a man—least of all a man she adores but whose place in her life is uncertain. Besides, Ellie’s taken on two young witches-in-training—apprentices if you will—and both of them are convinced a werewolf is the murderer.

Just as Ellie’s wondering if there really is something otherworldly going on, animals suddenly begin to disappear—including her beloved cat, Beast. Now Ellie’s on the warpath to uncover the wicked truth about the people and the place she’s only just begun to call home…  (Amazon)

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An Ale of Two Cities (A Literary Pub Mystery Book 2) by [Fox, Sarah]In this intoxicating mystery by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox, a winter carnival becomes a recipe for disaster when a Shady Creek celebrity gets iced.

The Winter Carnival always brings holiday cheer, Christmas joy—and tourists with cash—to picturesque Shady Creek, Vermont. At the center of the glittering decorations and twinkling lights is booklover and pub owner Sadie Coleman, creating original cocktails, hosting a literary trivia evening, and cheering on her loyal employee Melanie “Mel” Costas as she competes in the ice carving competition.

But holiday cheer can’t compete with former resident and renowned chef Freddy Mancini, who arrives with his nose in the air, showing off his ice-sculpting skills like a modern-day Michelangelo. During the artists’ break in the night-long contest, Mel’s tools disappear . . . and Freddy is found dead with her missing pick in his chest.

Although the police turn their attention to Mel, it seems everyone in town had a grudge against Freddy, including his assistant, his mentor, his former flame, and even his half-brother.

Faster than she can fling a Huckleberry Gin, Sadie finds herself racing to make sure the police don’t arrest the wrong suspect—all while sharing a flirtation with local brewery owner Grayson Blake. Their chemistry leads to a heated rivalry at the hockey rink—and to the hot pursuit of a killer.  (Amazon)

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The Christmas Clause: A Cozy Mystery (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Daley, Kathi]


If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this cozy mystery series.

With just two weeks until the highly anticipated Christmas on Main event, the tiny town of White Eagle Montana is all decked out for the season. With the annual tree lighting just around the corner, Tess and Tony are busy with their own holiday preparations, until someone close to Tess is shot and killed in front of her own home.

Tess jumps in to help Mike track down the killer, believing the gunman to have been connected to the mystery surrounding her own father’s disappearance. Her theory seems plausible, and even probable, until Santa is found dead an hour before the annual Santa parade, messing up Tess’s theory and complicating things even further.  (Amazon)

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Review of The Mystery Before Christmas

The Mystery Before Christmas
Cat In The Attic, Book #2
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

A Cat in the Attic Mystery: The Mystery Before Christmas by [Daley, Kathi]Synopsis:

In book 2 of The Cat in the Attic series – In addition to the time she spends at the animal shelter Callie has a new sideline writing human interest stories for the regional newspaper, there is a Secret Santa in town committing random acts of kindness, Cass has a new murder to solve, and Naomi’s friend Hancock comes to town.


The characters are well rounded and well developed. The relationship between Callie and Cass is developing nicely and you can tell that they mean a lot to each other. The author is very talented in her character development and these characters are people you would want to be friends with.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. I really liked the theme of this book and the moral dilemma that Callie was faced with. I thought that gave an extra heartfelt feeling to this book, one I really enjoyed. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This author has another hit series, and I look forward to reading the next one.


New Releases For The Week Of November 24th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 24th, 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 third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


A Murderous Tangle (Seaside Knitters Society Book 3) by [Goldenbaum, Sally]Birdie, Nell, Cass, and Izzy are prepping their coziest handiwork for a holiday gathering in Sea Harbor, Massachusetts. But as murder makes waves in their tightly knit coastal village, can the Seaside Knitters prevent a deadly trend from catching on?
While the Seaside Knitters get ready to showcase their new Danish-inspired event, locals can’t stop talking about Tess Bean—a bright-eyed environmental activist with a way of charming both animals and humans alike. Birdie’s granddaughter is mesmerized by ethereal Tess’s passion for saving the earth and ocean, and even Izzy’s old Irish setter becomes attached to the young woman’s gentle touch . . .

Except not everyone is a fan of Tess and her strong opinions, especially after she starts questioning the “clean” practices of small-business owners. So when a popular bar owner whom Tess publicly calls out for bad practices is found dead from a fall off his club’s deck, it’s not long before she tops the suspect list for murder . . .

In addition to a murderer walking their streets, the knitters are also grappling with an unusual wave of thefts up and down Harbor Road. Now, as Birdie’s granddaughter struggles to protect her mentor’s reputation, the Seaside Knitters must solve a dangerous mystery that not only threatens to unravel the fabric of their community and the approaching holiday, but also the lives of those they care about the most . . .  (Amazon)

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Death Brings a Shadow (A Gilded Age Mystery Book 4) by [Simpson, Rosemary]

Investigators Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter discover all that glitters is not gold in the Gilded Age, whether on the island of Manhattan or an island off the coast of Georgia …
In spring 1889, Prudence and Geoffrey set sail from New York Harbor on a private yacht bound for Bradford Island, where her friend Eleanor Dickson is to be wed. The Sea Islands along the Georgia coast serve as a winter playground for the likes of the Carnegies, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Dicksons. Despite her Yankee pedigree, Eleanor is marrying a Southern gentleman, Teddy Bennett, and Prudence is thrilled to be the maid of honor.
But days before the wedding, the bride is nowhere to be found. A frantic search of the island turns up her drowned corpse in an alligator-infested swamp. Prudence is devastated, but as they prepare the body for burial, she and Geoffrey discover evidence of bruising that indicates Eleanor was held under—most dishonorably murdered.

Determined to seek justice for her beloved friend, Prudence begins to investigate with Geoffrey’s help and is quickly led into a morass of voodoo spells and dark deeds from the days of slavery. As Prudence and Geoffrey pursue a killer, they soon discover that Eleanor will not be the last to die on Bradford Island …  (Amazon)

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Deadly Silence (Kylie Hatfield Series Book 5) by [Stone, Mary, Cross, Bella]Silence can kill…

Babies are going missing. Mothers are being killed. Because these women are poor and alone, no one seems to care.

Now that Kylie Hatfield’s dreams have come true—she’s married to Linc, the man of her dreams, and she’s a real PI with her own business—everything should be smooth sailing.

Just as she’s settling into married life and getting a foothold in the business, a pregnancy test and its little plus sign throws a wrench into her plans.

They were going to put a hold on kids, and for good reason. With ten puppies and a business that needs to turn a profit, this isn’t the time for the added pressure of a baby. Plus, Kylie’s work can be so dangerous.

But when a big case comes across Kylie’s desk, one she simply can’t turn her back on, Kylie has to decide what is most important to her. And just how far she’ll go to protect the things she holds dearest.

Deadly Silence, the fifth and final book in the captivating Kylie Hatfield Series, is a pulse pounding emotional roller coaster of a ride.

Scroll up to one-click your copy today!  (Amazon)

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The Ghost and the Baby (Haunting Danielle Book 21) by [Holmes, Bobbi, McIntyre, Anna J.]


While the residents on Beach Drive prepare for the welcomed arrival of a new baby, they are blindsided by the newest resident’s plans to close down Marlow House.

No one is prepared for the deadly secrets the new neighbor unwittingly conceals.

Walt knows more than he realizes. If he can just remember.  (Amazon)

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Christmas Calamity at the Vicarage - a Christmas novella (Churchill and Pemberley Series) by [Organ, Emily]Celebrate Christmas with Churchill and Pemberley! (and Oswald)

The event of Compton Poppleford’s festive season has arrived: the Vicarage Christmas Party. With sherry, mince pies and Christmas carols, the festivities are going well. But events take a turn when the choirmaster is found dead in the parlour. Which of the guests could possibly commit murder at Christmas time?

With everyone detained at the vicarage, elderly sleuths Churchill and Pemberley find themselves in all the wrong places at all the wrong times. Inspector Mappin is certain they’re his suspects and the vicar is convinced too. How can the two old ladies prove their innocence? With the net closing in, the detective duo must find the culprit to avoid spending Christmas in Compton Poppleford’s police cells.

Christmas Calamity at the Vicarage is a novella for fans of light-hearted mysteries and sharp-witted elderly sleuths.

Books in the main Churchill & Pemberley cozy mystery series:
Book 1: Tragedy at Piddleton Hotel
Book 2: Murder in Cold Mud
Book 3: Puzzle in Poppleford Wood  (Amazon)

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WhCouture and Curses: A Touch of Magic Mystery (A Touch of Magic Mysteries Book 2) by [Garrett, Danielle]en sparks and curses fly, more than just high-profile weddings are thrown into danger.

Every wedding-planning witch worth her wand knows that the dress must be an Aurelia custom creation. The magical fashion designer to the who’s who of the Seattle Haven is in high demand with a waiting list that would make most wedding planner’s eyes water.

Luckily for her clients, witch wedding-planner extraordinaire Anastasia Winters has inside access to the famed fashion designer and a knack for making deals. However, on an after-hours errand to pick up a dress, Anastasia finds herself walking into a battleground. When the dust settles, Aurelia is locked in the grips of a powerful – and seemingly unbreakable – curse, and Anastasia is the only one who witnessed the vicious magical attack.

When she starts having visions and nightmares, she knows she has to act soon or risk losing her friend and haven fashion icon, forever.


Couture and Curses is the second novel in a new series of paranormal mysteries by Danielle Garrett. Step inside the magical world of the Seattle Haven and see what happens when the magic and wedding worlds collide! Packed full of laughs, magic, mystery, and a little romance, this series is sure to have something for everyone.  (Amazon)

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A Touch of Madness (Bree's Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Lancaster, Jessica]

A man, claiming to be Bree’s husband arrives at the bakery, distraught and demanding to see his wife. But Bree was never married… or so she claimed, and now everything she said is being questioned.

Ten years ago, Bree had a different life altogether. Now past mistakes are coming back to haunt her, and they’re bringing out all the skeletons. She’s the talk of the village, and everyone wants to know what Bree did all those years ago.

Will Bree manage to help the mystery man? Or will he stay and cause chaos?

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)

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Fallen Angels (A Mercy Allcutt Mystery, Book 3): Historical Cozy Mystery by [Duncan, Alice]Angelica Gospel Hall Member Murdered, Local P.I. Suspected in Fallen Angels, a Historical Cozy Mystery from Alice Duncan

–1926, Los Angeles, CA–

Mercy Allcutt has had exciting times as secretary to private investigator, Ernie Templeton. While it’s true she’s been in what she considers a wee bit of trouble–Ernie considers out-and-out danger–a time or two, she’s determined to continue learning the ways of the “real” world.

However, when she sets out to find her wandering boss, Ernie, one hot September afternoon, she not only discovers a corpse, she also finds Ernie, bound and gagged. Even worse, when the police arrive to investigate the crime, they peg Ernie as the killer.

Mercy isn’t about to let the police get away with that, no matter how many times Ernie tells her to butt out of the case. The only question is whether she’ll survive her investigatory efforts before she becomes one more “Fallen Angel.”

Publisher Note: Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries in historical settings are sure to appreciate the Mercy Allcutt series set in 1920s Los Angeles, California. No vulgarity or explicit sex for those who appreciate a clean and wholesome read.

Winner of:The 2012 NM/AZ book of the year award for mystery

“Mercy Allcutt is a delight.” ~Carola Dunn

The Mercy Allcutt Mystery Series
Lost Among the Angels
Angels Flight
Fallen Angels
Angels of Mercy
Thanksgiving Angels  (Amazon)

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Invitation Only Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery Book 26) by [Meier, Leslie]With family tensions intensifying in Tinker’s Cove, part-time reporter Lucy Stone could really use some time off the grid. But after she RSVPs to an unconventional celebration on remote Holiday Island, Lucy realizes that disconnecting from reality comes at a deadly price . . .
Lucy doesn’t know what to expect as she arrives on a private Maine island owned by eccentric billionaire Scott Newman, only that the exclusive experience should make for a very intriguing feature story. An avid environmentalist, Scott has stripped the isolated property of modern conveniences in favor of an extreme eco-friendly lifestyle. A trip to Holiday Island is like traveling back to the nineteenth Century, and it turns out other residents aren’t exactly enthusiastic about living without cell service and electricity . . .

Before Lucy can get the full scoop on Scott, she is horrified to find one of his daughters dead at the bottom of a seaside cliff. The young woman’s tragic end gets pinned as an accident, but a sinister plot unfolds when there’s a sudden disappearance . . .

Stuck on a clammy island with murder suspects aplenty, the simple life isn’t so idyllic after all. Now, Lucy must tap into the limited resources around her to outwit a cold-blooded killer—before it’s lights out for her next!  (Amazon)

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Seasoned Italian-American Alberta Scaglione can whip up a traditional dish for any occasion. But when an impromptu vacation turns deadly, can she sift out the deadly ingredient?
When her granddaughter lands a reporting gig at the grand opening of the luxurious Icicle Lodge, Alberta and friends tag along for a week of much-needed R&R amid the snowcapped hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. But the idyllic winter getaway becomes a nightmare after the gang discovers blood on the ice—and the dead body of celebrity guest Pamela Gregory, a frosty Olympic gold medal figure skater who won herself more enemies than fans . . .

With a killer on the loose, multiple suspects, and a blizzard on the way, Alberta must now race to crack a bone-chilling case . . . before the outspoken Ferrara ladies get served murder: family style!

Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!
Praise for Murder on Memory Lake
“Griffo launches a series with something for everyone: eager young newshounds, well-seasoned sleuths, and a stash of Italian recipes (some gluten-free) to boot.”
Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

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Huckleberries and Homicide: A Hillbilly Hexes Cozy Mystery (Hillbilly Hexes Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Moses, Ellie] Haw, Y’all! Get hexed and happy with the hillbilly hijinks of Devil’s Elbow!

The Appalachian Baking Championship is under way in Louisville and Jolene’s Aunt Dixie is implicated in the murder of one of the judges.

Just so happens, the victim is Dixie’s long-time nemesis and threats are made the day before the judge keels over from tasting Aunt Dixie’s huckleberry pie. Joseph Mack, Dixie’s big brother and Jolene’s favorite uncle, makes an appearance while some supernatural folks make finding the real murderer anything but a cake walk.

Jolene will have to save her aunt from a wrongful conviction to take home the blue ribbon.

Set for a spell and have a heaping helping of hospitality and murder in this Appalachian flavored cozy mystery series starting with Huckleberries and Homicide.  (Amazon)

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Paw of the Jungle (A Paw Enforcement Novel Book 8) by [Kelly, Diane]Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner in crime, Brigit, are on all fours as they try to solve their latest Lone Star mystery.

The weather is beautiful, work is slow, and her canine colleague could use a walk. What better day for Megan to take Brigit to the Fort Worth Zoo, where they can let loose and witness the law and order of nature unfold? But what begins as a fun field trip turns serious when a pair of rare hyacinth macaws named Fabiana and Fernando goes missing. Is the new custodian, a gentle soul who happens to be an ex-convict, to blame? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The birds are worth thousands of dollars, and the list of people on the premises who might have stolen them is long. Soon other animals start disappearing. . .and Megan and Brigit have their hands and paws full of suspects. But when a rare black rhino is taken from the zoo, presumably for its black-market-friendly horn, time is of the essence. Can Megan and Brigit find out who’s behind the mystery—before they too become prey?

“Funny and acerbic… perfect for lovers of Janet Evanovich.” —Librarian and Reviewer  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 24th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 24th, 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 second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Scarlet Fever: A Novel ("Sister" Jane Book 12) by [Brown, Rita Mae]Winter blizzards bring a flurry of cases to solve in this riveting new foxhunting mystery featuring “Sister” Jane Arnold and her incorrigible hounds from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.

Frigid February air has settled into the bones of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making for a slow foxhunting season, though “Sister” Jane Arnold’s enthusiasm is not so easily deterred. With the winter chill come tweed coats, blazing fireplaces—and perhaps another to share the warmth with, as the bold hunting scarlets worn by the men in Sister Jane’s hunting club make the hearts of women flutter—until someone’s stops entirely.

Harry Dunbar, a member of the Jefferson Hunt club with a penchant for antique furniture, is found with his skull cracked at the bottom of the stairs to a local store. There are no telltale signs of foul play—save for the priceless (and stolen) Erté fox ring in his pocket. Sister and her hounds set out to uncover the truth: was this simply an accident—a case of bad luck—or something much more sinister?

Steeped in the deep traditions of Virginia horse country and featuring a colorful cast of characters both two- and four-legged, Scarlet Fever is another spirited mystery from Rita Mae Brown.  (Amazon)

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No Man's Land (An F.B.I. K-9 Novel Book 4) by [Driscoll, Sara]Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog are on the trail of a killer hiding where others fear to tread…

For Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building is an exciting way to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team. But deep in the echoing rooms of an abandoned asylum, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim couldn’t have made her way into the derelict building on her own. Before forty-eight hours pass, Meg learns of more cases of elders found dead in neglected urban structures.

There’s not enough evidence to link the deaths—yet. But Meg scents a pattern, and when she gets word of another senior gone missing, she and Hawk don’t hesitate. Meg is sure a murderer is hunting the elderly, and she can prove it if she can just find a connection. It will take the expert coordination of her whole team, along with help from Clay McCord and Todd Webb, to uncover the means, let alone a motive. And to stop someone who has operated in the dark for so long, Meg will need to risk more than she has to give . . .  (Amazon)

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Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But even in this idyllic spot, crime is never far away…

Luckily, the young and adventurous Sir Harry Mortimer has returned to Mydworth from his diplomatic post in Cairo with his unconventional American wife, Kat. And between them they are a match for anything – even murder.


When a prominent family’s daughter flees sleepy Sussex to seek a career on the stages of a glittering West End, Harry and Kat are asked to check in on the young woman. But the two of them soon discover that there is a much bigger danger to the woman and her family than mere acting dreams being crushed.


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A Simple Country Deception: A 1940s Cotswolds Mystery (The Helen Lightholder Murder Mysteries Book 6) by [Baker, Blythe]


The violent death of a friend plunges Helen Lightholder into another case of danger and deceit as she struggles to unravel the truth behind the grisly killing. With her own past continuing to haunt her, Helen works to uncover the ultimate answer behind the mystery that has plagued her since the beginning.

Return to the quaint – and deadly – village of Brookminster a final time for the dramatic conclusion to Helen’s adventures.  (Amazon)

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The Case of the Freedom Spell: A Hillcrest Witch Mystery (Hillcrest Witch Cozy Mystery Book 12) by [Anderson, Amorette]



Sun, sand, and surf. What could be better?

Penny Banks, amateur PI, is on vacation! She’s all ready to relax and soak up the sun, but it seems the magical universe has other plans for her. A local woman goes missing, and Penny takes the case…  (Amazon)

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Christmas at Baskerville Hall: A Sherlock and Lucy Short Story (The Sherlock and Lucy Mystery Series Book 15) by [Elliott, Anna, Veley, Charles]



A heartwarming Christmas adventure with a touch of suspense.
“A new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries.” — The Santa Barbara Independent
When Sir Henry Baskerville, now happily married, invites Sherlock Holmes to that infamous baronial mansion in darkest Devonshire for a family holiday, the entire Baker Street team accepts his invitation. But Sir Henry has an ulterior motive and the powers of evil are at work. This visit will not proceed as Sherlock and Lucy expected. Get it now!  (Amazon)

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The Thief of St Martins: Dottie Manderson mysteries: Book 5 by [Allan, Caron]

Reviewers said: “Five stars! Delightfully entertaining, rich characters, suspenseful, charming all in one; anxiously awaiting the next one!”
“a fascinating tale set in England in the 1930s. This ‘cosy crime’ novel, with its measure of burgeoning romance, is a good read; something to entertain and satisfy in front of a burning log fire in the dark days of winter. The settings and period detail are excellent…The denouement is swift, tense and satisfying…”
“I received this on a Friday and could not put it down – goodbye housework – not for too long though as I was so enthralled I finished it Saturday evening.”
“I was worried to read this as I didn’t think it would be as good as the Criss Cross series… but I needn’t have fussed as it was again simply brilliant.”
“Dottie Manderson is a gorgeous character…A great read and I’m looking forward to catching up with more of Dottie.”

The Thief of St Martins: Dottie Manderson mysteries book 5

We last saw Dottie in the Summer of 1934, discovering that her mother was in fact really her aunt, and that she was the shameful daughter of her mother’s sister, her ‘aunt’ Cecilia Cowdrey. Some months later, to help herself to come to terms with this revelation, Dottie accepts an invitation to spend a few days with Cecilia and Lewis Cowdrey over New Year, although she’s not too sure what to expect.

Introducing a new 1930s female sleuth in a traditional, cozy mystery series set in Britain between the two World Wars, from Caron Allan, the writer of Criss Cross, Cross Check, and Check Mate, a murderous contemporary trilogy.

Buy The Thief of St Martins: Dottie Manderson mysteries book 5 for a romantic, suspenseful read in the traditional amateur detective sleuth genre.

search terms: Rhys Bowen, Lee Strauss, Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, Celina Grace, Kerry Greenwood, cozy traditional mystery, British Golden Age detective, romantic suspense, female sleuth protagonist, vintage pre-war,  (Amazon)

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Thread and Buried (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Book 9) by [Wait, Lea]


Haven Harbor is an authentic coastal Maine town—which makes it the perfect location for a new film production. But now it’s become the scene of a crime . . .
Needlepointers Angie and Sarah are helping with set design for the movie being shot in their little New England hometown—but as the lighthouse and the wharves bustle with activity, a real-life drama is about to unfold. The director, Marv Mason, has been harassing the pretty young female lead, and the two exchanged heated words at a lobster bake. Now someone’s lowered the boom on him . . .

After a wayward piece of sound equipment sends him to his death, theories fly about who went off-script. Meanwhile, a local woman’s tragic story about a true love lost at sea, which originally inspired the film, may lead to murderous revelations from long ago. Angie’s got to unravel these mysteries, and may need to give more than one killer the hook . . .  (Amazon)

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In the Heart of Windy Pines: a Mystery Novella by [Tierney-Bedord, Holly]From the author of Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women comes a new novella featuring characters from Murder at Mistletoe Manor, Carnage at the Christmas Party, and The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club!

Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of Mistletoe Manor in beautiful, remote, Windy Pines, Idaho, where she brings her unique brand of hospitality to the tiny mountain town.

When she finds her inn unexpectedly fully booked on a snowy Tuesday night in November, it brings back memories of a tragedy years before. Before she knows what hit her, she and her trusty team of employees (Myrtle, Pierre, and her new night manager, Josephine), have found themselves back at the task of solving another mystery at Mistletoe Manor!

While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novella, if you plan to read the books in the Windy Pines Mystery series or The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, it’s highly recommended you read those first, as this book contains spoilers that could affect your ability to enjoy them.  (Amazon)

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Publishable By Death (St. Marin's Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Bookens, ACF]A bookstore, a grumpy newspaper woman, and a murder. Quiet St. Marin’s has just gotten a little more lively . . . and a little less alive.

All Harvey Beckett wants to do is read books, help the residents of St. Marin’s find the perfect book for that moment, and snuggle with her hound dog Mayhem.  But when the small, waterside town’s newest resident discovers the body of the community’s persnickety reporter in her bookshop storeroom on opening day, Harvey finds herself bound and determined to figure out the crime. Her task won’t be easy, though, since the town is flooded with visitors for the first annual Harriet Tubman Festival to honor the community’s most famous resident. Plus, a quiet but charming mechanic named Daniel  isn’t helping with her concentration at all.

Publishable By Death is the first book in the St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery Series by ACF. Bookens.  (Amazon)

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The Case of Too Many Clues (The Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper Book 5) by [Vincent, Cindy]Holy Catnip! With business booming, Cat Detectives, Buckley and Bogey, have their paws full when it comes to running the BBCDA — the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency. But just when they’re ready to take a little break, someone leaves them a clue . . . right on their own front porch! Naturally, the boys are suspicious, since they usually have to hunt long and hard to find any clues on a case. And things get even more odd when the clues just keep on coming — all in little glass jars with shiny black lids. Especially when one of those jars holds a bunch of sparkly diamonds. Holy Mackerel!

But clues aren’t the only things that land on the boys’ front doorstep. Soon their family takes in a few foster cats, including an energetic kitten with an overactive imagination. One who is determined to follow Buckley wherever he goes, even as the boys track clues all over town! And when clues just lead to more clues and yet more clues, it isn’t long before Buckley and Bogey realize there is something sinister going on in their little city of St. Gertrude. From creepy mansions to angry bees, and from rescue operations to midnight visitors, this case has way more danger than the boys ever bargained for. And before long, they learn the stakes could not be higher, especially when their family is framed for a crime. That’s when the boys have no choice but to add up all those clues in a hurry and crack the case . . . or else! Holy Catnip!  (Amazon)

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YThe Slay of the Santas: The Jennifer Hunter Mysteries (The Jennifer Hunter Series Book 1) by [Gene, Kacey]ou better watch out…you better not cry…or you might be the next to die.

It’s Christmas time in the snowy, quaint town of Middlebridge, Wisconsin, and Jennifer Hunter — a sweet, organized second-grade teacher who has a mind for sleuthing — is ready to spend her Christmas break crocheting, baking, and relaxing. But before the school bell can ring for Christmas break, her best friend and Middlebridge’s Lieutenant, Jake Hollow, shows up in her classroom, but he’s not there to bring a cup of Christmas cheer. There’s a murder in town, and he needs Jennifer’s help solving the crime.

Jennifer soon discovers that not only is the killer targeting retired Santa Clauses, but he’s also staging his victims like scenes from the Charles Dickens novel A CHRISTMAS CAROL. As Jake and Jennifer follow the clues, more questions than answers start to arise: What is this Society of Santas they keep hearing about? Why is the killer leaving behind empty pudding packages at each crime scene? And what in the world does the book A CHRISTMAS CAROL have to do with the victims?

Add to that a tight-lipped orphan boy who’s housing a pack of puppies in one of the victim’s buildings, a quirky book store owner who lies about ever having sold a copy of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Jennifer’s date with a fellow school teacher that ends in total disaster. In between holiday parties, family obligations, baking, and creating handmade Christmas presents, Jennifer must craft together an investigation that catches the killer and saves the Santa Clauses in town. Otherwise, the night before Christmas might be their last.

This clean, cozy mystery will captivate readers with Jennifer’s amateur sleuthing that entangles her in snow-deep shenanigans, cryptic car chases, and more chocolate pudding than she ever imagined. Readers will fall in love with the quick-witted and craft-loving Jennifer Hunter, who is down-to-earth and has a heart as warm as a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. The charming friendship between Jennifer and Lieutenant Jake Hollow epitomizes the quaint, familial feel that lives in small towns, especially those sleepy hamlets with snow-capped houses and a love for Christmas. THE SLAY OF THE SANTAS is an exhilarating page-turner with cliffhangers around every corner, and it will bring the joy of the holiday season all year round.

Readers who love cozy mysteries like Jessica Beck’s PUMPKIN PLEAS, Betty Hechtman’s BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, and Joanna Campbell Slan’s KIKI LOWENSTEIN SERIES and readers who have holiday favorites like Charles Dickens’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Louisa May Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN, and O’Henry’s “THE GIFT OF THE MAGI,” will be enchanted by Kacey Gene’s THE SLAY OF THE SANTAS.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 24th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 24th, 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 Christmas Mystery (Cambridge Murder Mysteries Book 4) by [King, Charlot]What could be better than a Christmas murder mystery! One to read on the sofa in front of a fire, or for the stocking!

A page-turning whodunnit in the tradition of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, and a murder mystery fuelled by poison in the dark alleys of Cambridge …

Review on the series:
Amazon review “I always like finding a new author with something a little bit different in the crime genre, and Charlot King is certainly that.”

“A wonderful murder mystery, deftly handled by Charlot and brought bang up to date with twists and subplots that entice the reader”

Captivating Whodunnit Murder Mystery!

Professor Elizabeth Green, a professor of poisons, has travelled to Oxford to deliver a keynote speech at Catte College when Father Christmas bursts into a formal supper, leaving a woman dead. It is not long before Elizabeth herself is in the firing line with the local Oxford Inspector, as more bodies start to fall. Will she solve the puzzle before Christmas?

And what of Professor Elizabeth Green?…
In her fifties, this female protagonist is quintessentially English. An eccentric professor in her ivory tower, she maintains a sharp wit, yet is flawed by her inability to connect well with people, instead giving off a cold, opinionated and sometimes acerbic air. Though very kind to all animals (dogs, cats and the rest!) – a vegan – and a great gardener, in truth she keeps her friends close, and only lets a few dear people into her world.

This latest murder mystery from Charlot is Bk4 of the Cambridge Murder Mysteries and can be read as a stand-alone novel  (Amazon)

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Lawyers and Liars (A Read Wine Bookstore Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Turner, Laina] Macie Mitchell recently moved to Romero and became friends with Trixie, Sally, and Cora.

She’s enjoying her life in the small town of Romero and a quiet career as an attorney.

Until her boyfriend, Ethan is arrested for embezzlement and claims he only did it because he had no choice.

Ethan wants Macie to be his lawyer, and while she’s not sure she’s ready for such a high profile criminal case in the city, she feels she owes it to him.

But when his story doesn’t add up, it leaves Macie wondering if he’s really telling the truth.

Can she find out before it’s too late?  (Amazon)

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Candy Slain (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Thomas, Chelsea]“Killed by a Candy Cane”

That’s the scariest headline ever written in the Pine Grove Gazette. But this holiday season, it’s all too true…

This killer had a sweet tooth. So the December air is crisp and just a bit creepy this year.

Red-faced children throw snowballs. Elderly couples drink hot chocolate in the cold. Chelsea and Miss May speed through town in their VW Bus, hunting yet another killer.

Miss May is a sharp former lawyer, determined to make candy canes sweet again. Chelsea, Miss May’s Watson, just wants to solve the mystery without changing out of her fuzzy red Santa slippers.

Toss in Christmas tree drama, a missing Santa Claus, and buttery holiday cookies?

That’s the recipe for a holiday cozy you’ll want to read twice.

You’ll love this cozy because everyone loves a holiday mystery with smart, funny sleuths and a conniving killer.

Get it now.  (Amazon)

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Murder, She Wrote: A Time for Murder (Murder She Wrote Book 50) by [Fletcher, Jessica, Land, Jon]In the fiftieth entry in this USA Today bestselling series, two timelines converge as Jessica Fletcher returns to high school to investigate the murder of an old colleague, while we meet Jessica as a young teacher solving her very first murder…

Young Jessica Fletcher’s life couldn’t be more ordinary. She teaches at the local high school while she and her loving husband, Frank, are raising their nephew Grady together. But when the beloved principal dies under mysterious circumstances, Jessica knows something is off and, for the very first time, investigates a death.

Present-day Jessica returns to high school for a colleague’s retirement party and has fun seeing familiar faces. That is, until the colleague winds up dead–and his death has mysterious links to Jessica’s very first murder case.

With nothing but her own instincts to guide her, Jessica embarks on a quest to find out what really happened all those years ago and who’s behind these murders. Because time is running out to catch this killer….  (Amazon)

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In PennsylvMurder with Cherry Tarts (A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery Book 4) by [Smith, Karen Rose]ania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson has a tea shop to run, a daughter to marry off—and a murder to solve . . .

Daisy’s worried one of her employees at Daisy’s Tea Garden may be in a spot of trouble. Lately Karina’s been loading up on soup and second-day baked goods at the end of her shift—and while the shop’s scrumptious treats may be hard to resist, Daisy suspects there’s more going on, especially since Karina has been seen hanging out in a rundown part of Willow Creek.

Planning her own daughter’s wedding is enough to keep her busy, but Daisy can’t help feeling a protective maternal instinct—and an instict to investigate. It turns out Karina has been helping a down-on-his luck single dad who’s been making ends meet—barely—by selling antiques at a place called Pirated Treasures.

But when an employee at the antiques store is bludgeoned to death with a marble rolling pin, Karina’s new friend is suspect number one. Though the motives are muddy and steeped in intrigue, Daisy is more than determined to flush the real killer out.

Includes delicious recipes!  (Amazon)

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Lady Takes the Case (Manor Cat Mystery Book 1) by [Casey, Eliza]When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new historical-mystery series.

England 1912. Danby Hall is the only home Lady Cecilia Bates has ever known. Despite the rigid rules of etiquette and her mother the Countess of Avebury’s fervent desire to see her married off, Lady Cecilia can’t imagine life anywhere else. But now, with an agricultural depression sweeping the countryside, the Bates family’s possession of the hall is suddenly in peril.

A possible solution arrives in the form of the imperious American heiress Annabel Clarke. The Earl and Countess of Avebury are determined that Cecilia’s brother, Patrick, will win Annabel’s hand in marriage—and her fortune along with it. To help the lackluster Patrick in this pursuit, the Bates and their staff arrange a grand house party upon the heiress’s arrival.

When a guest dies after sipping from a glass meant for Annabel, it’s clear the Bates have a more poisonous problem on their hands than a lack of chemistry. As the scandal seizes Danby, Cecilia sets out to find the culprit, with help from Annabel’s maid, Jane, and Jane’s curiously intelligent cat, Jack.

After the poison that someone had stashed away inside the manor is discovered, Cecilia is left with two possibilities: Either a resident of Danby snapped and tried to kill the arrogant heiress, or the threat is coming from one of their guests, who would love to see the Bates family’s decline become permanent.  (Amazon)

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NDeath Spoke (A Harry Przewalski Novel Book 2) by [Krishtalka, Leonard]ew Hard-Boiled Detective Series Uncovers Bones, Murder & History.

Paleontologist turned private investigator, Harry Przewalski, excavates the dirty underbelly of people’s lives, unearthing sexual betrayals, treachery, fraud and murder buried beneath the science of petrified shards, skin and bones.  Ultimately, he must face a brutal killing in his own past, when he fled to a desert war and came back with a gun and a license to detect.

In his second case, Death Spoke, the murder of an expert on prehistoric cave art immerses Przewalski in a famous painted cavern in France, a World War II atrocity, an archaeological fraud, and a diabolical act of revenge. Przewalski excavates the deadly archaeological layers of the case finding lives torn by deceit, vendetta and redemption.

The second installment in the Harry Przewalski series. The third book in the series is The Camel Driver.  (Amazon)

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No zen in sight as Sheila untangles a yoga instructor’s murder.
Sheila Mackey is settling into life in Haines Tavern, Kentucky. Sure, she has secrets to keep, but things are rolling along nicely. Trips to the dog park with her rescue collie Gracie, meeting her friend Clara and Gracie’s friend LuLu. Preparing for more work on her house by another dog park acquaintance, former cop Teague O’Donnell. And regular, relaxing yoga classes at the Beguiling Way studio … until Sheila and Clara encounter a new twist when someone murders their instructor.
Law enforcement says the killer was a passing-through stranger now long gone. Sheila and Clara have their doubts.  (Amazon)

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Haunting in a Winter Wonderland: A Ghost Hunter Cozy Mystery Short Story (A Ghostly Haunted Tour Guide Mystery) by [Pressey, Rose]


Spooky ghosts are you haunting? In the lane where I am walking?

As the guide for a haunted walking tour, Ripley Van Raden has seen a lot of ghosts, but never a ghost from Christmas past. Someone or something wants to stop Rip from having a haunted Christmas tour around the town of Devil’s Moon. She won’t let this bam, humbug put a damper on her holiday spirits though. Rip has to stop this scary scrooge before things take a deadly detour.  (Amazon)

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Mission for the Maharajah: Patricia Fisher Mysteries (A Humorous Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [higgs, steve]When Patricia returned the missing sapphire of Zangrabar she had no idea the Maharaja would consider himself eternally in her debt. Hardly surprising then that she has been invited to his son’s coronation as the new Maharaja.

There’s intrigue and mystery afoot though; the Marahaja’s invite suggested he had a mystery for her to solve, but in true Patricia style, it’s nowhere near that simple. Someone in Zangrabar wants her dead but they didn’t count on the tenacity of her friends and the loyalty of her butler. Beware wrongdoers, Patricia is getting used to ruining nefarious plans.

However, with her friends going missing, secretive servants, lies and unexplained events, it’s soon time for Patricia to ditch the willing smiles and go full sleuth-mode.

Get ready for adventure in the dessert as Patricia and her entourage take on a secret mission that will place them in the middle of a perilous conspiracy and may cost them more than they want to pay.  (Amazon)

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A Christmas Murder: An Eliza Thomson Investigates Murder Mystery by [McBeath, VL]Eliza is hoping for a peaceful Christmas. She doesn’t expect to be in the company of a killer when a parlour game goes terribly wrong…December 1901: After arriving in Richmond-on-Thames Eliza is surprised to be the guest of honour at a neighbour’s luncheon party.The hostess is keen to hear about Eliza’s sleuthing and sets up a game to hone her own investigative skills.But not everyone is keen on the idea…When Connie trips over a body in the drawing room, things take a turn for the worse. It looks like murder … and the killer must be in the house!With Connie high on the list of suspects, Eliza sets out to clear her name. But the guests refuse to answer her questions, and the police don’t want her help. As the secret lives of the guests are revealed, Eliza is determined the police arrest the right person … and get them behind bars in time for Christmas.This is a standalone story in the Eliza Thomson Investigates series. If you like Miss Marple-style murder mysteries, and historical heroines with attitude, you’ll love this step-back-in-time cozy Christmas novella.Get your copy today!NB. This series is written in UK English  (Amazon)

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From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series

Southern girl Verity Long needs a Christmas miracle…

Verity is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid she’ll hit them over the head with it.

But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt, Verity finds herself with a big decision to make. And if that’s not enough, there’s an unexpected guest at her door. It’s the ghost of the woman who helped rescue Verity’s pet skunk three years ago that very night. And now she’s there to change Verity’s life as well.

*A “between the books” holiday story you don’t want to miss!

Rating: Clean and Wholesome

Paranormal Cozy Mystery Romance  (Amazon)

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