Review of Blind Search

Blind Search
Mercy & Elvis Mystery, Book #2
Paula Munier
5+ Stars


Former Army MP Mercy Carr and her retired bomb-sniffing dog Elvis are back in Blind Search, the sequel to the page-turning, critically acclaimed A Borrowing of Bones

It’s October, hunting season in the Green Mountains–and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who’s lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.

Now there’s a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest–and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer–before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.

Inspired by the true search-and-rescue case of an autistic boy who got lost in the Vermont wilderness, Paula Munier’s mystery is a compelling roller coaster ride through the worst of winter–and human nature. (Goodreads)



Search and Rescue books are one of my favorite genres to read, and this book and series are as good as any that I have read. I have always been fascinated with this subject and I am always looking for good books revolving around this. I am happy to say that I found a great series in the Mercy and Elvis series.

The characters are well wounded and well developed. Mercy is a no-nonsense type of woman, she is tough as nails and she has a keen sense of right and wrong. But she also has a soft side, which we see when she is interacting with her grandmother, Patience, and Elvis. Then we see a caring loving Mercy.

Elvis and Susie Bear, Troy’s search and rescue dog, are such an integral part of the book. They know when they have a job to do, and they are eagerly looking forward to doing that job. But they also love to act like dogs, and they enjoy spending time with each other and any human they can find.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place. The mystery was well plotted and had me riveted until I found out who the culprit was.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


Review of Much Ado About Nutmeg

Much Ado About Nutmeg
Pancake House Mystery, Book #6
Sarah Fox
5 Stars

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Wedding bells are in the air—along with the aroma of maple syrup—in the latest Pancake House Mystery. But a series of murders threatens to spoil everyone’s appetite. . .

Between tourist season, planning her beach wedding, and running her pancake house, the Flip Side, Marley McKinney is busier than ever. On top of that, one of her regulars is competing in Wildwood Cove’s Golden Oldies Games—a sporting event for athletes 50 and over—and Marley wants to cheer her on. Everything’s running as smooth as batter—until sports reporter Yvonne Pritchard stirs up a triple batch of trouble . . .

Yvonne has one admirer in town—Ed Herman—but she has many more enemies, from a disgruntled coach to an athlete she once shamed on social media. So when a body washes up on shore, and it’s no accident, it’s not a complete surprise Yvonne is the victim. And when Ed asks Marley to use her sleuthing skills to solve the crime, she’ll have to squeeze in time between squeezing into wedding dresses. Then a second victim turns up, and Marley will have to work at high speed to stop a killer from piling up bodies faster than she can whip up a tall stack . . .

Includes pancake recipes right from the Flip Side menu!

Praise for Sarah Fox’s Wine and Punishment

“Readers will cheer this brisk, literate addition to the world of small-town cozies.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Hits all the right notes—a unique setting, friends and family, an intriguing mystery, and even the promise of romance.”
—Sofie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of the Second Chance Cat mysteries.

“Draws readers into the fold of suspects in Shady Creek and doesn’t let go until the culprit is uncovered. There are laugh-out-loud moments, hold-your-breath moments, and moments when you’ll think you have the mystery figured out, but the surprises keep coming!”
—USA Today bestselling author Amy M. Reade


The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she makes her words come alive in my mind.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. I like the way the staff at The Flip Side treat each other like family, they are much more than coworkers. I am liking Ivan more with each book I read, he is like a gentle giant.

I really enjoyed the Golden Oldies Games and the fact that older people can still be active and compete if they want to. People in real life should remember that.

The mysteries were well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and there were some red herrings thrown in just for fun. I was surprised at who the culprit was, which I think is great.

I would recommend this book. and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you have not already checked these books out, what are you waiting for?

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


New Releases For The Week of January 26th, 2020–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 26th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Mudflaps and Murder: A Southern Witch Cozy Mystery (Witches of Keyhole Lake Mysteries Book 11) by [Maher, Tegan]

With her little sister off to college and her powers all over the map, Noelle’s struggling to find her footing. When her friends decide to treat her to a relaxing, fun-filled weekend of camping, truck pulls, and grilled food, she’s all in.
Just when it appears as if her friend Sarah has the mud bogging contest buttoned down, her main competitor turns up dead right after accusing Sarah of cheating.
With Sarah accused of murder, a magical object demanding her attention, and her friends leaning on her to move her relationship forward, Noelle’s gonna need a vacation from her vacation – IF she can survive with her sanity intact.

This is the 11th paranormal cozy mystery in the Witches of Keyhole Lake series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Death in Dubrovnik (Starling and Swift Book 9) by [Hathaway, Mary Jane]You know nothing, Kitty Swift.

When a fellow tour guide is forced to drop out, Kitty and Chica are drafted to lead a fancy cosplay cruise to the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Despite a week of binge-watching, Kitty struggles to keep straight all the kings, queens, traitors, dragons and dire wolves. Add in the way some members never step out of character and Kitty is feeling more lost by the hour. By the time the luxury liner docks in King’s Landing, Kitty decides to call her fiancé for help.

Love, war, loyalty, betrayal…murder.

But when a tour member is found dead, Kitty wonders if their fun little cosplay cruise has taken a gruesome turn. Has someone has been patiently―so patiently― waiting for the chance to take revenge? Kitty, Chica, and Leander race to catch the killer before anyone else meets the same fate!
A full clean cozy mystery at 250 pages. Includes recipes.

Book One, Murder at the Mayan Temple, is always free here!
Don’t miss the second book, Death on the Wind! Who needs enemies when you’ve got friends like these?
Book Three, Danger at the Dive Shop is a deep sea game of cat and mouse.
If you’re like Kitty and have always wanted to explore Old Town Havana, don’t miss the Fourth Book, Chaos in Cuba.
Book Five, Sabotage on Solitude Bay, is a special edition Christmas mystery set at Leander’s family home in the Florida Keys.
Book Six takes you on a Catalán adventure that ends in a shocking twist: A Scandal in Spain.
Prepare for an ice cold killer in Book Seven, Nightmare Under the Northern Lights.
Big changes―and mortal danger―are in store for Starling and Swift in Book Eight, Terror at the Turtle Sanctuary
A literary cosplay turns deadly in Book Nine, Death in Dubrovnik!

Mary Jane Hathaway lives with her husband and six homeschooled children in a small Oregon town. This is her first cozy mystery series. Contrary to popular belief, the best part of writing a mystery is not thinking up gruesome ways to murder people― but if you irritate an author, don’t be surprised if you find yourself with a ceremonial knife in your literary heart. You can avoid this fate by delivering coffee, chocolate, and raspberry sorbet.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Mortal Music (Silver Rush Mysteries Book 7) by [Parker, Ann]In this new adventure in the award-winning Silver Rush mystery series, pianist Inez Stannert must track down a murderer before he silences a famous vocalist—forever…

All Inez Stannert wants for Christmas is for the struggling music store she owns in San Francisco to be a success. When diva Theia Carrington Drake asks Inez to be her accompanist for several high-profile personal appearances, Inez is thrilled. This is the chance she was waiting for—a way to make some extra money and bring her store into the limelight of the city’s polite society to enhance her business.

But things are far from pitch perfect. An unknown threat is stalking Theia; her pet bird is found slain, and her signature gown is destroyed. Soon, Inez realizes that a murderer is stalking the city’s opera halls, and that it’s only a matter of time before Theia is his next victim. She’ll have to enlist the help of private investigator Wolter Roeland de Bruijn and uncover the killer before Theia’s celebrated voice is silenced—permanently.

Other Titles in the Silver Rush Mysteries Series:
Silver Lies
Iron Ties
Leaden Skies
What Gold Buys
A Dying Note  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback












CatNip & Cadavers (Psychic Cat Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by [Kuhl, Lucia]He’s a Talking Psychic Cat
….He’s a hard-nosed only believes what he can see fundamentalist kind of guy.

She’s been kidnaped.

Pampered, arrogant, flamboyant cat and nothing-fancy cop need each other. Can’t stand each other. War against each other. And race to find the truth while a cast of crazy characters struggle to keep them from killing one another.

Can cat and cop overcome their prejudices before it’s too late or will the ghosts of the past replace flowers with weeds?

This Paranormal Cozy Mystery will keep you guessing until the last page.

Get it now.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle














Drama Faerie: A Nicky and Noah Mystery (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 9) by [Cosentino, Joe]

It’s summer at Treemeadow College’s new Globe Theatre, where theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a musical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, their son Taavi, and their best friend and department head, Martin Anderson. With an all-male, skimpily dressed cast and a love potion gone wild, romance is in the starry night air. When hunky students and faculty in the production drop faster than their tunics and tights, Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is taking swordplay to the extreme before Nicky and Noah end up foiled in the forest. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining ninth novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on star-crossed young lovers, a faerie queen, an ass who is a great Bottom, and murder!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Death Comes to the Nursery (A Kurland St. Mary Mystery Book 7) by [Lloyd, Catherine]Delighted by the quiet uproar of raising their newborn, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland could not be more pleased at the prospect of welcoming another into their home. But their preparations are soon overshadowed by a baffling case of murder . . .

Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother herself—to a wonderful eighteen-month-old son, Ned. Upon discovering that she is expecting a second child, Lucy and Robert are delighted. In anticipation of the new arrival, Lucy is set on expanding her nursery staff. When Agnes, her current nurse, recommends her cousin, it seems like the perfect solution.

But trouble arrives along with the new nursery maid from London. Polly’s flirtations provoke fisticuffs in the servants’ hall and tumult in the village tavern, and on her afternoon off, she fails to return to the Kurland Estate. When a farmer finds her lifeless body in a drainage ditch, Lucy and Robert fear foul play.

To their consternation, they learn their new nursery maid was not who they thought. As Lucy’s sister Anna leaves the rectory and moves in to watch over Ned, the couple’s search for the truth leads them to the London theater world, where aristocrats purchase their mistresses, and into danger. But the real threat strikes all too close to home . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook











Murder Bites (Country Cottage Mysteries Book 5) by [Moore, Addison, Bloom, Bellamy]An innkeeper who reads minds. An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premiere destination for murder.

My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Valentine’s Day is coming right up and the Country Cottage Inn is playing host to a bevy of romantic shenanigans. The very first love-inspired event on the agenda is a night for singles to mingle. But that mass blind date with cupid goes horribly awry when one of the hosts ends up dead as a heart-shaped doornail. It certainly doesn’t make things better when I’m found holding the murder weapon—because as any good homicide detective knows, that puts me right at the top of the suspect list.

The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder.
Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer.

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY Bestseller Bellamy Bloom.

Cider Cove, Maine is the premiere destination for fun and relaxation. But when a body turns up, it’s the premiere destination for murder.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Death of a Bean Counter (A Maggy Thorsen Mystery Book 12) by [Balzo, Sandra]Trouble is brewing for coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen when her barista’s wealthy beau is murdered.

Maggy Thorsen’s head is spinning thanks to partner Sarah Kingston’s latest idea – selling luxe espresso machines in their Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds. But Maggy soon faces a far bigger problem when her fiancé, sheriff Jake Pavlik, makes an official call on the coffeehouse’s star barista, Amy Caprese.

Amy’s wealthy new beau, investment adviser Kip Fargo, has been shot dead in his bed – and Amy is the last known person to see him alive. Kip had just proposed to Amy, but she turned him down, triggering a terrible argument and making Amy the prime suspect. Determined to prove her barista’s innocence, Maggy soon makes a number of disturbing discoveries. Can she untangle lies, jealousy and Kip’s shady dealings in time to avert the disaster that’s brewing?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover














Lipstick and Lies (Murder In Style Book 2) by [LaManna, Gina]

Jenna McGovern is dressed to kill for Blueberry Lake’s annual firefighter charity auction. But when she finds her attractive fireman neighbor, Matt Bridges, standing over the body of a local hair stylist—and his ex-girlfriend—it’s not exactly the romantic ambiance Jenna had in mind.

While the handsome chief of police, Cooper Dear, sets out to investigate Matt, Jenna finds herself sucked into another murder case in which an innocent man seems to have been framed. Cooper isn’t especially thrilled when Jenna takes Matt’s side, and he’s even less thrilled when it appears the murderer has turned his or her sights on Jenna.

Unfortunately, Jenna’s in far too deep to back out. She’s got a new car, freshly waxed eyebrows, and a manicure that can be seen from space… but if Jenna doesn’t stop the murderer before it’s too late, she’ll be picking out clothes for her very own funeral.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook














Dusted Discoveries (The Donut Mysteries Book 45) by [Beck, Jessica]



Donut Mystery #45, Dusted Discoveries!

From Jessica Beck, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Donut Mysteries, the Cast Iron Cooking Mysteries, the Classic Diner Mysteries, the Ghost Cat Mysteries, and more!

When former Chief of Police Phillip Martin finds a clue to a missing treasure while researching a cold case, he, Momma, Jake, and Suzanne go off in search of a valuable relic missing since the Civil War. The only problem is that they aren’t the only ones looking for the prize, and when word gets out that they are on the hunt as well, things turn ugly, and fast!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













A Tisket A Tasket Who's in the Casket: A Small Town Cozy Mystery (Katie Chance Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by [Bolton, Poppy, Bolton, Karice]Katie Chance’s pet detective agency is bustling with new cases, and she finally feels like she belongs in her hometown of Apple Grove.

But when a pup turns up at the agency’s doorsteps with a note attached, she begins to wonder if the message is being sent to her. And it seems someone wants her out of this town!

Katie is determined to find the pup’s owner and confront the person, but Katie never expects to find him six feet under.

It isn’t until she starts investigating the man’s death that she realizes something far more sinister is invading her beloved Apple Grove, and she’s determined to stop it before anyone else winds up dead.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Scimitar (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 12): The Kate Redman Mysteries by [Grace, Celina]A terrorist atrocity rips through London the day before the body of a young Asian man is found in the grounds of a stately home, near the West Country town of Abbeyford. DI Kate Redman and her team take on the case, but are hampered by a lack of identification on the body, not to mention the odd location of the crime scene.

Eventually, they identify the young man as a certain Ibrahim Bashir, but this only leads to more confusion – because it seems that Ibrahim Bashir died fifty years ago…

Scimitar is the twelfth in the Kate Redman Mysteries series, by USA Today bestselling author Celina Grace.

Praise for the Kate Redman Mysteries, from Amazon and Goodreads reviewers:

“One of the best I have read this year. I read about a fourth of the book early in the day, then at bedtime, I thought I would read a bit more before sleep. I finished the book at 5:20 AM. Just could not put it down.”

“At last, a mystery that delivers…I found this novel superb because I got all I needed to know and none of what I didn’t.”

“…a gripping detective story but the main character engages you, and as well as wanting to know how the mystery turns out you want to learn more about her too.”

“…amazing book, read it front to back in one visit, couldn`t help myself…”   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Claw Enforcement (Second Chance Cat Mystery Book 7) by [Ryan, Sofie]Sarah Grayson and her feline ally, Elvis, are hot on the tail of a crafty killer in the newest installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.

Sarah Grayson owns a delightful secondhand shop in the small town of North Harbor, Maine, where she and her rescue cat, Elvis, are always finding themselves up to their whiskers in trouble. With the help of a quirky group of senior citizens—who call themselves Charlotte’s Angels and work out of the store—they solve crimes both new and vintage.

Local squabbles about property development have the town in quite a state of drama—and it seems like someone may even be upset enough to kill. When a local man involved in the real estate quagmire falls over dead at a reception to celebrate the harbor front’s redevelopment, Sarah gets roped in to investigate by her own IT expert, Mr. P., who has long known the victim’s stepfather. Between Sarah, Elvis and Charlotte’s Angels, the killer is sure to have claws for concern.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook















Marriage, Merlot & Murder (Wine & Dine Mysteries Book 4) by [Halliday, Gemma]From #1 Amazon & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes the next deliciously deadly mystery in wine country in the USA Today bestselling Wine & Dine mysteries!

Emmy Oak is hosting her first wedding at her family’s Oak Valley Vineyards, and she’s worked hard to make sure it goes smoothly. And why wouldn’t it? The blushing bride is beautiful, the groom is charming, and the parents-of-the-bride are paying Emmy a tidy fee that may just put her struggling winery in the black next month. Only all her best laid plans fizzle faster than flat champagne when the groom goes missing just moments before the ceremony…and Emmy finds him bludgeoned to death on her terrace! Suddenly Emmy’s dream wedding turns into a crime scene, and when the entirely-too-enticing Detective Christopher Grant sets his sights on the wrong suspect, Emmy knows it’s up to her to find out who committed the matrimonial murder. Was it the overprotective father-of-the-bride who seems to be harboring secrets of his own? The jealous ex-boyfriend with a violent streak? The victim’s calloused and cunning cousin? Or was the groom charming women other than his fiancée…and his philandering ways finally caught up to him? Emmy isn’t sure, but the deeper she digs, the more she realizes the victim wasn’t exactly innocent…and his killer may threaten to strike again!

**Simple and delicious recipes & affordable wine pairings included!**

“Ms. Halliday is the undisputed queen of the genre: she knows how to blend fashion, suspense, laughter, and romance in all the right doses.”
Fresh Fiction

” I rank A Sip Before Dying as one of my favorite fun reads. I say to Gemma Halliday, well done!”
The Book Breeze

“The Wine & Dine Mystery series is a definite to read and keep an eye out for more to follow.”
Cozy Mystery Book Review

Wine & Dine Mysteries:
A Sip Before Dying – book #1
Chocolate Covered Death – book #2
Victim in the Vineyard – book #3
Marriage, Merlot & Murder – book #4
Death in Wine Country – book #5
Fashion, Rosé & Foul Play – book #6

Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 or what you would find on a Hallmark Channel movie or TV series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Whiteout (Survival Instincts Book 1) by [Anders, Adriana]“Scorching hot and beautifully emotional.”—Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author

With a storm coming and a killer on the loose, every step could be their last…

Angel Smith is finally ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her last day, the remote research station she’s been calling home is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and irritatingly gorgeous glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives…only to realize that in a place this remote, there’s nowhere left to run.

Isolated with no power, no way to contact the outside world, and a madman on their heels, Angel and Ford must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But what starts as a partnership born of necessity quickly turns into an urgent connection that burns bright and hot. They both know there’s little chance of making it out alive, and yet they are determined to weather the coming storm—no matter the cost.

Survival Instincts Series:
Deep Blue (novella—featured in Turn the Tide)
Whiteout (Book 1)

Praise for Whiteout:
“Adriana Anders brings twisted intrigue and sizzling passion hot enough to melt the ice in WHITEOUT!  Sexy, smart and tough characters in a beautifully ice-cold landscape will grab you from the first line and keep you along for a wild ride to the very end.”—REBECCA ZANETTINew York Times Bestselling author

“Strong heroines, sizzling tension. Heart and heat abound!”—MOLLY O’KEEFEUSA Today Bestselling Author
“The gripping characters, fresh writing, unique setting, and a villain as cold as the Antarctic itself, make this a fiercely enjoyable story.”—TONI ANDERSONNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

“Whiteout is an exhilarating story of survival and love against all the odds. I couldn’t put it down!”—KATEE ROBERTNew York Times Bestselling Author

“What a thrill ride! The action is nonstop—I don’t think I took a breath until I finished.”—KATIE RUGGLE

“A thrilling chase across the desolate and changeable beauty of Antarctica. Adriana Anders is a master.”—MARIA VALE  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle,  Paperback, Audiobook


New Releases For The Week Of January 26th, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 26th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Buried to the Brim (A Hat Shop Mystery Book 6) by [McKinlay, Jenn]


New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s beloved Hat Shop duo Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont return to don their sleuthing caps and solve a murder that’s death in show.

London’s most refined canines and their humans are gearing up for the Pets and Wellness Society’s annual dog show–and Betty Wentworth, favorite aunt to Scarlett’s fiancé Harrison and proud owner of corgi front-runner Freddy, knows that this could be their year with the right edge. Never one to turn away a corgi in need, Scarlett convinces her milliner cousin, Vivian, to design matching hats for dream team Betty and Freddy as they compete for Best in Show.

It’s a tail wagging good time until the dog-food sponsor of the event is found dead and Betty is the prime suspect. Vivian and Scarlett agree to enter the competition in Betty’s place and help Harrison catch the real killer before Betty is collared for a crime she didn’t commit.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook














The Killer Knight and the Murderous Chairleg-Book 1: A Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery by [Ethan, Kelly]There’s a murder in the library, a killer knight stalking victims and a nosy librarian turned sleuth. Let the mayhem begin…

Xandie Meyers thought all her troubles were over when she moved to Point Muse, Maine. Instead, she inherited her great-aunt’s supernatural library and a snarky, talking cat. Not to mention a family of chaos-causing witches, furry law enforcement and a card-carrying demon from hell…and a dead body.

Xandie Myers is suspect number one and she has no clue who’s targeting her. Sherlock librarian needs to swing into action and sniff the real killer out before she becomes the next victim—or ends up in jail for murders she didn’t commit.

Can Xandie survive long enough to navigate her freaky new world? Or will things that go bump in the night have her for a midnight snack?

If you like snarky dialogue, murder and mayhem, then you’ll love book one in Kelly Ethan’s Point Muse Mysteries, a new cozy paranormal mystery series.

Unlock the mayhem of The Killer Knight and the Murderous Chairleg today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Natter of Knitters: Tales from Wendlebury Barrow by [Young, Debbie]In the first of a new series of fun short novellas, a charity knitting project in a remote Cotswold village – what could possibly go wrong? When that village is Wendlebury Barrow, the setting of the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries, anything might happen – such as the only yarnbombing event ever to include a real explosion.

Fortunately Sophie Sayers is on hand to create order out of the ensuing smoke-filled chaos and to uncover a few surprises along the way.

This gentle, quick read (about 25% the length of a novel) includes favourite characters from the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and also introduces a new one – the mysterious Ariel Fey, self-appointed protector of sheep and unlikely adversary of the village knitting fraternity.

This first short novella in the new Tales of Wendlebury Barrow series will make you laugh out loud at the antics of this lively village community, touch your heart with poignant matters of friendship, love, and loss, and lift your spirits with a guaranteed happy ending for all concerned.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Missing in the Mountains (Fortress Defense Book 2) by [Lindsey, Julie Anne]


To protect her family

she’ll need to trust a man from her past…

When Emma Hart witnesses her sister being kidnapped, the only person she can trust to keep her and her baby safe is army vet turned security expert Sawyer Lance. He immediately offers his help but is shocked to meet her young son—a boy who looks a lot like him. To protect their reunited family, Emma and Sawyer will have to find the kidnapper before he strikes again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















Murder on the SS Mystique (An SS Mystique Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [West, Shelly]After Audrey Hughes’s long contract working security aboard a booze cruise ends, she’s craving something different. And what would be a greater change in scenery than a renovated 1940s ocean liner called the SS Mystique?

Audrey eagerly signs up, thinking all she’ll have to do is tend to wealthy passengers and their pets on a quaint old liner. Instead, she boards a ship shrouded in odd superstitions and deadly mysteries.

First she must gain favor with Captain Truffles, the ship’s cat, then she needs to learn the ropes in three days flat before the SS Mystique takes on hundreds of more passengers.

It wouldn’t be so bad—if not for the two bodies appearing right after the ship sets sail. Spitfire Audrey has a few ideas about who might be to blame, but a handsome Officer Gerald is determined to keep her off the trail.

The SS Mystique Cozy Mystery series is fun, quirky, and exciting! If you’re a fan of ocean liners, lovable pets, or grand adventures, this series offers all three!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Places We Hide (Bar Harbor Rose Mysteries) by [Jones, Carrie]Rosie Jones, small town reporter and single mom, is looking forward to her first quiet Maine winter with her young daughter, Lily. After a disastrous first marriage, she’s made a whole new life and new identities for her and her little girl. Rosie is more than ready for a winter of cookies, sledding, stories about planning board meetings, and trying not to fall in like with the local police sergeant, Seamus Kelley.

But after her car is tampered with and crashes into Sgt. Kelley’s cruiser during a blizzard, her quiet new world spirals out of control and back into the danger she thought she’d left behind. One of her new friends is murdered. She herself has been poisoned and she finds a list of anagrams on her dead friend’s floor.
As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that the women of Bar Harbor aren’t safe. Despite the blizzard and her struggle to keep her new identity a secret, Rosie sets out to make sure no more women die. With the help of the handsome but injured Sgt. Kelley and the town’s firefighters, it’s up to Rosie to stop the murderer before he strikes again.

From New York Times and internationally bestselling author, artist, and podcaster Carrie Jones, this first book in the Bar Harbor Rose mystery series combines the charm of Bridget Jones, quirkiness of Maine life and harsh reality of a New England mystery.  (Amazon)

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Cursed Peaches (Sweet Peach Bakery Book 11) by [Meadows, Wendy]Will Momma Peach become lost in the whispering halls of a cursed manor? Or will she manage, with the help of Michelle and Sam, to capture a series of killers who all want one thing: money?

All Momma Peach wants to do is bake her some peach pies. Yes sir and yes ma’am. But when a mysterious woman shows up asking for her help, Momma Peach knows that her hope of baking peach pies has come to an end. Traveling to a remote North Georgia manor located deep in the mountains, she, Michelle, and Sam become trapped in a deadly mystery filled with a whole bunch of “Unseen People” that are determined to either kill her or drive her insane.

To make matters worse, the mysterious woman who asked for Momma Peach’s help is the daughter of an eccentric man whom Momma Peach despises. Then, to add fuel to the fire, the man falls in love with Momma Peach and begs her to marry him. But Momma Peach doesn’t have time to fool around with some turkey. No sir and no ma’am. She has a mystery to solve and killers to catch—a whole bunch of killers, in fact, who trap her in the spooky manor with no way out.

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. 

Read all the Sweet Peach Bakery cozy mysteries:

1. A Dash of Peach
2. A Peachy Mess
3. Peachy Criminals
4. A Peachy Case
5. Peachy Villains
6. A Peachy Plan
7. Not So Peachy Day
8. What a Peachy Night
9. Not Peachy, Mate
10. Out of Peach
11. Cursed Peaches   (Amazon)

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Gossip and Gorgons (Manners and Monsters Book 3) by [Wallace, Tilly]One look could turn you to stone…

The newly married Lord and Lady Wycliff are cordially invited to a house party–to be mocked and ridiculed as entertainment. Wycliff insists on attending to discuss business with the host, while Hannah longs to hide in the library with its rare volumes on the Fae.

Bound to Wycliff even beyond death, Hannah wonders how she will survive the week–when a guest unexpectedly expires. A notorious cad is discovered turned into a statue in the garden. The dead lord had many enemies, including Lord Wycliff.

Hannah’s accord with her husband is tested when a trail of footprints leads to their window. What secret is Wycliff hiding and does he know more about the magical death than he admits? Someone among the house guests has murder on their mind and the newlyweds need to determine who, before anyone else is immortalised as stone…  (Amazon)

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Mistletoe and Deadly Kisses (Fern Grove Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Reede, Abby]A murdered heartbreaker. A trail of broken hearts. A small town florist eager to find true love and a killer on the loose.

When Tracy and her colleagues set up a challenge to raise money for a good cause, the town of Fern Grove is happy to offer their support. They never expected that it would attract the attention of some crooked characters.

When one such character, a shameless heartbreaker, is found dead, it seems the town is happy to turn a blind eye .

Tracy feels a sense of responsibility and pity towards the family of the deceased. But who killed them?

Should a person’s past determine if they’re given a fair trial in the court of public opinion?

Was his murder accidental or a calculated undertaking?

Christmas is the season of sharing and caring but did the deceased share a kiss that turned deadly?

With Christmas just around the corner…

And a murder investigation growing cold…

Will Tracy’s curiosity help to find the killer and possibly love, under the mistletoe?

If you want to enjoy a light-hearted read, with an amateur female sleuth and a gripping murder mystery with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Tracy Adams and all the friendly and not-so-friendly characters in Fern Grove.

No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!

Buy Mistletoe and Deadly Kisses to discover how events unfold in this cozy murder mystery.  (Amazon)

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Sparks and Landmarks: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 4) by [Silvertale, Trixie]A suspicious fire. A Valentine’s Day discovery. Will this psychic sleuth gamble—and lose?

Mitzy Moon’s clairvoyant abilities are growing, but she never predicted arson. After waking to a towering inferno and loading her mentor into an ambulance, she thought things couldn’t get worse. But when the sheriff links her father to the blaze, she’s forced to take the case.

Coming up empty on love and leads pushes Mitzy to unnecessary risks. Now her otherworldly helpers, a nosy Ghost-ma and a fiendish feline, are the only ones who can save her bacon. But with break-ins, Bingo, and big storms stalling out her investigation, she may not be able to keep her dad out of jail.

Can Mitzy dig up the right clues, or will she fall for a sinister plot that puts her six feet under?

Sparks and Landmarks is the fourth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunits.

Buy Sparks and Landmarks to light the fuse on a mystery today!  (Amazon)

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Relic (A Folly Beach Mystery Book 17) by [Noel, Bill]On an early-morning walk through the nature preserve on the east end of Folly Beach on their way to photograph the iconic Morris Island Lighthouse, Chris Landrum and his friend Charles Fowler’s peaceful morning takes an abrupt turn. They encounter a woman who tells them she got separated from her husband during a storm, then claims they’d been relic hunting. Her husband can’t verify what he and his wife were doing. He’s dead—murdered.

With the horrific death on everyone’s mind, Theo Stoll, another of Chris’s friends learns his recently widowed daughter-in-law is moving to Folly saying she wants to be near her only living relative. But, what does the woman Theo has never met really want? A family connection or to con the wealthy retiree.

Lies, contradictions, stories of ghosts, pirates, Civil War relics, and buried treasure, combine with no shortage of murder suspects to challenge Chris and his friends to solve the crime that’s stumped the police. Not only solve it but solve it before more are killed.  (Amazon)

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Cruises Can Be Deadly (Sage Gardens Cozy Mystery Book 14) by [Bell, Cindy]Samantha, Jo, Eddy and Walt are finally taking a cruise they won at a murder mystery weekend. However, not all of them are excited to be going on the upcoming trip and would prefer to stay in their familiar surroundings at Sage Gardens. But with a little persuading the four retirees agree to go on the cruise and are expecting to escape the cool weather, and enjoy a vacation filled with sun, sea and relaxation.

But it’s not all smooth sailing when only some of the friends land up boarding the cruise ship and a passenger goes missing. Then things go from bad to dire when not only does the missing passenger turn up dead, but they are in the path of a ferocious storm and they are stuck on the ship with the murderer. They find themselves caught in a high-stakes murder mystery. Instead of enjoying a relaxing cruise, they must use their diverse experiences to find the murderer.

They head straight into tumultuous waters and find themselves in serious danger. Will the ‘Sage Garden Sleuths’ find the murderer before there are more victims, possibly themselves? Or will this be their final voyage?

Join the ‘Sage Gardens Sleuths’ for a page-turning, adrenaline-filled, fun cozy mystery by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Cindy Bell.  (Amazon)

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Killer at the Castle (A Cornish Witch Mystery Book 2) by [Berry, Stella]

Portmage castle holds many ghosts, but only one of them just died…

When Will Bailey returns to the village to collect his inheritance, less than a day passes before he’s murdered. But who’d want him dead?

Morgana Emrys had the misfortune to witness his fall from the ruins of the castle tower to the sea below, and she’s far from sure that he was alone up there. Her need to know the truth leads her into an investigation that she might only survive if she can grapple her returning powers into submission before they overwhelm her.

Finding a killer is her first priority, but the ghosts don’t want to rest in peace!  (Amazon)

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Retriever Ransom (Pet Whisperer P.I. Book 10) by [Fitz, Molly, Bay, Blueberry]

A new year means a new mayor in the sleepy seaside town of Glendale. Unfortunately, not everyone’s happy about his election. In fact, someone’s so unhappy that they kidnap his beloved Golden Retriever and leave a ransom note claiming they’ll only return the dog when the man resigns his position.

Enter Angie and Octo-Cat with their first official paying case. Little does the mayor know that while they work to safely recover his ransomed retriever, they’ll also be investigating his past to figure out why someone would go so far to keep him out of office.

Can a talking cat find a missing dog? Will he even want to? Find out in the latest adventure of Pet Whisperer P.I.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of January 26th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 26th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Book 13) by [Dunnett, Kaitlyn]A series of blizzards have kept tourists away from Moosetookalook, Maine, and shoppers out of Liss MacCrimmon’s Scottish Emporium. But as warmer weather brings promises of tartan sales and new faces, melting snow reveals cold-blooded murder . . .
Liss has suddenly found herself in charge of the March Madness Mud Season Sale, a town-wide celebration created to boost the local economy during the slushy weeks of early spring. With businesses ailing after a rough winter, the pressure is on to make this year’s effort the can’t-miss-event of the season. But before Liss can get her hands dirty, her husband makes a horrifying discovery. There’s a dead man on their property, and he didn’t die of natural causes . . .

Stunned by the murder mystery developing in her own backyard, Liss receives another shock. The victim is identified as Charlie MacCrimmon, an uncle believed to have died eleven years before Liss was born. No one has seen or heard from Charlie since he went off to fight in Vietnam. What secrets could he have been hiding for so many years, and who would want to kill a man long thought to be dead?

Enlisting the help of her family, Liss uncovers more questions than answers as she delves into her uncle’s murky past. One thing is clear—before he met his end, Uncle Charlie was desperately trying to warn her about something sinister. And unless Liss can soon track down a maniacal criminal as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, she just might be the next MacCrimmon to disappear . . .  (Amazon)

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Witch, Don't be Hexed Mad (Witch's Guide to Haunted Properties: Los Angeles: Mystery Book 4) by [Smith, Lotta]Never set your foot in a hexed property—especially, when the land has a resident zombie ready to strike you!

FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

If Fio Valentine has learned one thing working for Quest Realty, it’s that dealing with haunted and hexed properties can be a real nightmare.

When her friend Suze asks her to investigate an abandoned home in LA, she can’t refuse, so with Andy Russel from the Property Management Department and her spirit animal Champ, Fio takes on the case of a zombie-like ghost who may be what remains of the former owner’s estranged son.

After an encounter with the restless specter leaves Andy in a coma, Fio’s boss Jack takes over the investigation. They follow clues to an abandoned school in the Arizona desert, the headquarters of a now defunct cult where a host of unruly ghosts conspire to trap Fio. Can she free herself and the imprisoned spirit or will she join Andy in the sleep of the dead? Find out in Book Four of the Witches Guide to Haunted Properties.

Buy Witch, Don’t be Hexed Mad and start solving your next mystery today!

Witch’s Guide to Haunted Properties: Los Angeles
Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all.  (Amazon)

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Death Comes to Cornwall by [Johnson, Kate]



The perfect holiday destination. The perfect place for murder…

Molly Higgins never expected to be caught up in a murder investigation. All she’d hoped for this year was to work hard, save enough money to open her very own café on the Cornish coast and avoid her ex, Conor Blackstone, who has just arrived back in the village.

But when she and Conor discover a body on the cliffside in Port Trevan they are thrown once more together. Molly is keen to leave the mystery to the police, but when she finds herself their top suspect, Molly has no choice but to catch the killer herself – before it is too late.  (Amazon)

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Seven Shadows (A Dana Hargrove Legal Mystery) by [Kemanis, V.S.]A criminal prosecutor is bound to make a few enemies over a decades-long career, and Dana Hargrove is no exception. Who has it in for her?

In 2015, the former prosecutor is in her second year as a trial judge in Manhattan. It’s a new world. Dana cut her baby teeth in the DA’s office during the crack epidemic, the ’80s and early ’90s. Now, the murder rate is a fraction of what it was, and public opinion about incarceration is softening. So is Dana. As a judge, she agonizes over every sentencing decision before her.

Midlife has also hit Dana hard on a personal level. She misses her children and adjusts to the empty nest by immersing herself in work. Instead of growing closer to her husband Evan, their relationship becomes strained. What is happening to them?

Tension builds as Judge Hargrove presides over two high-stakes media cases. The defendants: a glamorous dot-com millionaire who killed her business partner, and an orthopedist who runs a deadly pill mill. In the public mail bag, the judge receives a message from an anonymous crank. Then her family starts getting letters that sound all too personal. Someone with an agenda is harassing and shadowing Dana and her loved ones.

In Seven Shadows, the judge and her pursuer are on a collision course meant to teach Dana the meaning of empathy and the value of the people she cherishes most.  (Amazon)

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Knot in Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 28) by [Wallace, R. A.]



A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 28
Murder interrupts plans for four busy friends to meet. When the clues lead police in different directions, Megan tackles a new puzzle with a lot of loose threads. With luck, she will tie them together correctly and help to solve the mystery. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

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Cherringham - Murder under the Sun: A Cosy Crime Series (Cherringham: Mystery Shorts Book 36) by [Costello, Matthew, Richards, Neil]As the day of Grace’s wedding approaches, it seems nothing can get in the way of the happy Cherringham event. But just days before, her father Len is suddenly arrested on suspicion of murder – a murder committed 30 years ago, and a thousand miles away. Could Len actually have committed the crime? And can Jack and Sarah unearth the truth in time for him to walk his daughter down the aisle?

Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid-90s, creating innovative content and working on major projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and the best-selling mystery series Cherringham. Their latest series project is called Mydworth Mysteries.  (Amazon)

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A baffling murder. A master criminal. Have the world’s greatest detective and his intrepid American daughter finally met their match?

Seven short stories published in one volume for the first time, featuring Sherlock Holmes and his long-lost daughter.

Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James have become a formidable family crime-fighting team. But one murderous woman has evaded their grasp. And when they’re called to London’s Olympia Theatre to investigate the strange death of a circus clown, they quickly discover their cunning foe has struck again.

Tracking the enigmatic killer through London Zoo, a fancy-dress ball, and a sinister occult organization, the erudite duo stays hot on her heels. Each time they close in, a powerful criminal mastermind intervenes, and she slips through their fingers. But failing to bring their enemies to justice may cost them the one thing they both hold dear…

Can Holmes and Lucy catch a monster, or is this the evildoer who will defeat them at last?

The Collected Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Short Stories: Volume One takes the reader on a breathless journey through five connected tales, plus two Christmas bonus cases. If you like Victorian intrigue, stunning surprises, and old-fashioned page-turners, you’ll love Anna Elliott and Charles Veley’s exciting mysteries.

Buy The Collected Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Short Stories: Volume One to battle a worthy opponent today!  (Amazon)

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Hi Five (An IQ Novel Book 4) by [Ide, Joe]


One woman. Five personalities. Private investigator IQ is back to piece together a Newport Beach murder with an eyewitness who gives “people person” a whole new meaning.
Christiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealer on the West Coast, Angus Byrne. She’s also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, found dead in her Newport Beach boutique. Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence. If he can’t, Angus will harm the brilliant PI’s new girlfriend, ending her career.
The catch: Christiana has multiple personalities. Among them, a naïve, beautiful shopkeeper, an obnoxious drummer in a rock band, and a wanton seductress.
Isaiah’s dilemma: no one personality saw the entire incident. To find out what really happened the night of the murder, Isaiah must piece together clues from each of the personalities . . . before the cops close in on him.  (Amazon)

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Mystery on Hidden Lane: An utterly gripping cozy mystery novel (An Eve Mallow Mystery Book 1) by [Chase, Clare]Meet Eve Mallow: an American far from home, a professional busybody… and an amateur detective?

Seasoned obituary writer Eve Mallow has a new assignment: to tell the life story of famed musician Bernard Fitzpatrick. A chance to spend a few days in the sweet little village of Saxford St Peter, walking the country lanes with her beloved dachshund Gus and meeting new people sounds like a dream. But it turns out that Bernard’s life was much less interesting than his death. On the day she arrives, news breaks that the charismatic cellist was the victim of a grisly murder. Could this quaint English village be hiding a dark secret?

As Eve starts to interview Bernard’s friends and colleagues, she finds that he’d ruffled a few feathers. In fact, from the keepers of the Cross Keys Inn to his own staff at High House, there’s barely a person in town who doesn’t have some reason to hate him… is one of the friendly villagers a cold-blooded killer?

Eve hoped Saxford St Peter would be the perfect escape from her busy city life. But there is darkness even in the most sunlit of settings. And when a second body is found, Eve becomes certain that one of the people she’s met must be the murderer. She has never done any detective work before… but is there something in her notes that can crack the case?

An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.

What readers are saying about Mystery on Hidden Lane:

‘I really enjoyed reading this! Loved the typical English village location and the very Jessica Fletcher-type protagonist… I am anxious to read more of this character soon!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Kept me hooked from the start… I’d like to live in Eve’s temporary new home please!… loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Thoroughly enjoyed it… lovely twists and turns’ Goodreads Reviewer

A wonderful beginning to a new mystery series!… I love that the main character’s job is an obituary writer – how unique and creative’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I thoroughly enjoyed it… loved the setting… I was reminded of a modern-day Miss Marple.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Stunning loved the story and the pacing and just everything about it… a great story that I couldn’t put down… I can’t wait for the next one.’ Crossroad Reviews

Loved it… a very good whodunnit… And she has a long-haired dachshund ;)’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A satisfyingly twisty murder mystery which kept me guessing to the end!’ NetGalley Reviewer

Excellent… Looking forward to the next instalment!’ Goodreads Reviewer

Very enjoyable… gripping… leaves you looking forward to the next’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

Very entertaining and well written… Great plot and setting… Mystery fans will love this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Excellent cozy mystery. A real page turner. Kept me entertained all the way through’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Hits the ground running… I loved it!… And of course Gus is an excellent side-kick!… A cracking series opener which I thoroughly enjoyed and which has left me hankering for more’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars  (Amazon)

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The Case of the Happiness Spell: A Hillcrest Witch Mystery (Hillcrest Witch Cozy Mystery Book 13) by [Anderson, Amorette ]



Penny Banks and her witch coven friends are getting to the end of their 13 cycle spell book. Only one spell remains — the Happiness Spell. Penny is eager to master this one, but her role in the local drama club’s production of Romeo and Juliet is keeping her super busy.

Things get even more hectic when one of the Hillcrest Players is found dead. Can Penny catch the killer, memorize her lines, and master a new spell all at once?  (Amazon)

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Justine and the Midnight Catechism (Cat Clues Book 3) by [Hay, Ruth]



Justine returns to familiar territory and a new work assignment. She will be in the midst of a difficult situation with asylum seekers that she could never have imagined before. This time she has with her a small companion who must prove her worth. Will a partner she left behind years ago provide the extra support Justine needs, or will she find herself at the point of exhaustion?  (Amazon)

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Bound and Deceased: A Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mystery (The Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mysteries Book 2) by [Rothery, Tess]Taylor Quinn thought she was done with murder.

She’d finally settled into her life as owner of Flour Sax Quilt Shop in Comfort, Oregon. It wasn’t exciting, but there were compensations, like spending time with handsome Hudson the handyman, and being close to her Grandpa Ernie.

But when her new friend Sissy Dorney’s favorite aunt dies under mysterious circumstances, Taylor is the first person she turns to for help.

The deceased, a celebrated quilter and newlywed might have been killed for her money, but then again, it could have been plain old romantic jealousy too.

With no shortage of suspects or motives, Taylor has her work cut out for her, but she’s up for the task. After all, Comfort is a small town, and townies look out for each other.  (Amazon)

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Scones and Spells (The Matchmaker's Grimoire Book 2) by [Pease, Rosie]Heartwood Hollow is full of secrets… from the living and the ghosts.

Matchmaking baker Joanie Sunevall thought ghosts coming between her last couple was a one-time situation. But the spirits are interfering again, and her current match proves to be more complicated and even a little dangerous when a stranger enters her shop holding a knife.

But nothing is quite what it seems. As both halves of her match are revealed to have connections to a forest where six townspeople disappeared, Joanie must uncover the truth of what happened there to help the couple and heal the town.

Joanie is desperate for the truth to help heal Heartwood Hollow and make her match, but is she ready to accept she’s a witch and turn to magic to get it?

But is she ready to accept she’s a witch and turn to magic to get answers?

There’s more to Heartwood Hollow and its residents than meets the eye.

Scones and Spells is the second full novel in the Matchmaker’s Grimoire series. It is best enjoyed after reading Cookies and Curses.  (Amazon)

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Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery Book 1) by [Collins, Kate]In this delightful new series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mysteries, Athena Spencer comes back home to work with her crazy big Greek family at their garden center. But she never expected a return to her roots would mean protecting her family from murder . . .

After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family’s garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family’s annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale.

But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappoús bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street’s “Little Greece” to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family’s patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it’s clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . .

“Kate Collins delivers an entertaining, amusing, and deliciously suspenseful mystery.”
—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of January 26th, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 26th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Rags To Witches (Southern Relics Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Falls, Bella]


A little sweet tea and a whole lot of spells won’t always put out the fire…

Ruby Mae Jewell’s talents to pick the best bargains for her family’s business are hotter than the hinges on the gates of Hades! But when she discovers a special object that might be possessed by the devil himself, she risks exposing the ones she loves to its powerful temptation. After the person she trusts to guard the secret comes to a bitter end, Rue finds herself in a dead heat to sew the murder up as quickly as she can before she loses anyone else.

Will Ruby Mae’s five-alarm fire powers help her find the murderer or will they disappear in a puff of smoke?

Find out in Rags To Witches: Book 2 of Southern Relics Cozy Mysteries!  (Amazon)

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No Place Like Home: Patricia Fisher Mysteries (A Humorous Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 10) by [higgs, steve]Fifty-three-year-old Patricia Fisher is a trouble magnet like no other, a sad fact she has come to accept during her three month around the world cruise. Wherever she goes, bodies just appear, or someone gets kidnapped, or she accidentally uncovers a plot to overthrow a government.

Life certainly isn’t dull for Patricia.

But when she arrives home in England, she plans to start a new chapter of her life. Of course, she has a case waiting for her: the murder of her former BFF, successful business owner Maggie Jeffries. It’s not the straightforward investigation she expected though. Maggie’s office manager has vanished, anomalous sums are missing from the business accounts, and there’s a mysterious giant following her.

Could her past cases be coming back to get revenge?

With a potential gangland connection to the murder, cops telling her to leave the case alone, and her dog, Anna, about to give birth to royal puppies, Patricia is in for one heck of a homecoming week.

Oh, and she has nowhere to live, her car is on the fritz, her soon-to-be ex-husband is lying to her, and someone definitely wants her dead.

She’s going to need a lot of gin and tonic to get through this case alive.

This book includes Under a Blue Moon, a free additional full-length bonus novel from the Blue Moon series.  (Amazon)

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Thief River Falls by [Freeman, Brian]Harrowing loss, psychological trauma, and a deadly mystery test the human will to survive in this electrifying novel from award-winning author Brian Freeman.

Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. The author of a bestselling thriller called Thief River Falls, named after her rural Minnesota hometown, Lisa is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the “Dark Star.”

Then a nameless runaway boy shows up at her door with a terrifying story: he’s just escaped death after witnessing a brutal murder—a crime the police want to cover up. Obsessed with the boy’s safety, Lisa resolves to expose this crime, but powerful men in Thief River Falls are desperate to get the boy back, and now they want her too.

Lisa and her young visitor have nowhere to go as the trap closes around them. Still under the strange, unforgiving threat of the Dark Star, Lisa must find a way to save them both, or they’ll become the victims of another shocking tragedy she can’t foresee.  (Amazon)

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A Flock and a Fluke (Clucks and Clues Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Avis, Hillary]The plot chickens…

It’s springtime in Honeytree, and Leona’s pullets are finally laying. Customers are flocking to buy her farm-fresh eggs.

But during the town’s Easter Egg Scramble, Leona finds more than hidden treasure when she stumbles on the dead body of the pastor’s wife. And the death isn’t a fluke—it was poison.

After Leona’s eggs are blamed for delivering the fatal dose, her customers fly the coop along with her reputation. With her nest egg dwindling, she doesn’t have time to brood. Her only hope to rise back to the top of the pecking order? Figure out who held a grudge against Honeytree’s golden girl—and why.

But things get tricky. Her two leading suspects also happen to be running for mayor. And neither one of them is crowing when Leona fowls up their campaigns with her clucking around.

Can Leona take the heat of small-town politics? Or will she be forced out of the frying pan with egg on her face?

A Flock and a Fluke is the second book in the clever, irreverent Lucky Cluck Cozy Mysteries series that will keep you chuckling and guessing until the end.

No gore, swears, or other yucky stuff. Just good, clean murder.  (Amazon)

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Drop Dead Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery Book 5) by [Bourbon, Melissa]Things are topsy-turvy in Lola Cruz’s world.

Lola’s cousin is getting married, and Lola’s in the wedding, dressed like a throwback from a John Hughes movie; her biological clock has started ticking; and the bachelorette party to beat all bachelorette parties is in the works. The evening’s events will push all the women past their boundaries—including Lola.

But all that pales compared to the new case at Camacho & Associates. Not everyone is convinced that Jack Callaghan’s childhood friend, Philip, committed suicide, least of all the man’s mother, Marnie. Marnie hires the P.I. firm—and specifically Lola—to get to the bottom of her son’s death. There’s not much to go on, but Lola would rather drop dead than leave a case unsolved.

When a second attack happens against Marnie herself, Lola knows she’s on the right track. Now her biological clock isn’t the only thing ticking. She has to stop a murderer before he—or she—strikes again.

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DROP DEAD LOLA by Melissa Bourbon | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

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Reporter and bridge player Wendy Winchester once again plays ace detective when a country club member is murdered in a hot tub . . .

Now an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen in the Mississippi River port of Rosalie, Wendy still likes to unwind over a game of cards. Following the demise of the Rosalie Bridge Club, she’s started her own group at the Rosalie Country Club. During the first meeting of the Country Club Bridge Players, the dummy has barely been laid down when another dummy gets in a scuffle at the bar across the room. Bridge player Carly Ogle’s husband Brent is at it again.

After the club’s new female golf pro breaks up the fight, Brent storms off to soak in a hot tub. But Carly soon finds the bullying Brent dead in the water, clubbed over the head with the pestle the barkeep uses to crush leaves for mint juleps.

Racist, sexist, homophobic, and an all-around lout, Brent made enough enemies to fill a bridge tournament. So Wendy has to play her cards right to get the story—and stay out of hot water long enough to put the squeeze on the killer . . .  (Amazon)

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The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society 3) by [Adams, Ellery]In the new Secret, Book, and Scone Society novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams, the rain in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, has been relentless—and a flood of trouble is about to be unleashed . . .
As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is at least good for business. The local inns are packed with stranded travelers, and among them Nora finds both new customers and a new friend, the sixtysomething Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store.

Since a little rain never hurt anyone, Nora rides her bike over to the flea market one sodden day and buys a bowl from Danny, a Cherokee potter. It’ll make a great present for Nora’s EMT boyfriend, but the next day, a little rain turns into a lot of rain, and the Miracle River overflows it banks. Amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, a body lies within the churning water.

Nora and the sheriff both doubt the ruling of accidental drowning, and Nora decides it’s time for the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to spring into action. When another body turns up, it becomes clearer that Danny’s death can’t be blamed on a natural disaster. A crucial clue may lie within the stone walls of the Inn of Mist and Roses: a diary, over a century old and spattered with candle wax, that leads Nora and her friends through a maze of intrigue—and onto the trail of a murderer . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook











A Curse, a Coven and a Canine: A Paranormal Animal Cozy Mystery (Spellbound Hound Magic and Mystery Book 2) by [Wycherley, Jeannie]Toby dog can smell death.

When someone assaults his elderly neighbour and leaves her for dead, Spellbound Hound Toby is devastated.

For one thing, he’s worried who’ll keep him in cheesy dog treats now, but more than that, all indications are that Miranda Dervish—also known as The Pointy Woman—is behind this latest atrocity.

The woman who murdered Old Joe AND hexed Toby is back!

Together with his human, the journalist Clarissa Page, Toby sets out to investigate Miranda.

What is it she wanted from the neighbour?

Scarily, as they begin to uncover Miranda’s mysterious past, her evil behaviour begins to escalate and Clarissa finds her own existence under attack.

In a race against time, Toby and Clarissa have the odds stacked against them, but assistance comes from some rather eccentric allies in the form of The Blackdown Hills Squirrel Community, and a witch… who lives in a hedge.

A Curse, a Coven and a Canine is Book Two of this brand new paranormal cozy dog mystery series from the bestselling author of the beloved Wonky Inn books. Readers are loving these fantastic feel-good, warm hearted and humorous stories about a hexed dog and his witchy best friend.

The first three of the Spellbound Hound Magic and Mystery series are best read in order.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Twelve Deadly Days of Christmas by [Weldon, Sarah Jane]A fallen Santa Claus. An orchard under threat. Can the owner of Partridge’s Perry and Cider Orchard catch a killer before the estate is turned to a pulp?

Stephen dreams of planting pears for his heirs. With the help of his recently deceased wife and an unexpected new flame, he vows to save the orchard from the clutches of a greedy housing development. But when one apple goes bad, it starts to spoil the whole crop.

While the ghosts of his Christmas past, present, and future warn him not to trust anyone, his fear of losing the orchard makes him the pear-fict target for a poisoned apple. He’s got one chance to solve the mystery before things go pear-shaped.

Will Stephen save the orchard before it is too late?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree is the first book in the Twelve Deadly Days of Christmas cozy mystery series. If you like ghostly characters, mulled cider mysteries, and traditional English countryside settings, then you’ll love Sarah Jane Weldon’s scrumptious Christmas vintage.  (Amazon)

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The Burning Bowl: A Dark Paranormal Cozy Mystery Novel (Mystic California Cozies Book 3) by [Ruth, Dovie]When Gianna Petrillo came home from college with a teaching credential in hand, there were plenty of ghosts to greet her in that Central California oil town — both old and new. Her old flame, who was the son of an oil baron, had married … but he certainly hadn’t settled down. In fact, something had gone terribly wrong for Harvard Knottingham. He was even threatening to blow up his family’s oil wells.

Esther Grim, a peculiar electrical engineer, moved into town about the same time. She got a heck of a deal on Miss Toadvine’s pink cottage. So what if the previous owner had been murdered there? Oh, it mattered. That house seemed to wear an aura of misfortune like a funeral hat.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Miss Toadvine’s murderer was still on the lam. Some folks swore they’d seen Bucky Dobbs around town, but perhaps that was just a fabrication. There was a rumor that he’d run off to Texas.

Gianna did her best to keep a level head by keeping busy with her new job. And a bit of good fortune came her way. Her old friend Sylvia offered her an Appaloosa mare to trail ride in the foothills that surrounded their town.

Sergeant Rodney Gullett warned Gianna about riding alone on the outskirts of town, especially after dark. Interesting, since it had always been safe in the past. Did Sergeant Gullett know something? Or did he have something to hide?  (Amazon)

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The Willow Marsh Murder (The Detective Lavender Mysteries Book 6) by [Charlton, Karen]

Cambridgeshire, September 1813: Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods are lured to an isolated estate in the deadly marshland surrounding Ely, to investigate a murder.

But nothing is as it seems at the mysterious Willow Marsh Manor. They soon realise they’ve come across this feuding family before – in the direst of circumstances. With no dead body and no sign of the woman who summoned them, Woods fears someone has planned a murderous revenge.

Meanwhile, Lavender dreads the disclosure of his greatest secret. A secret that, if revealed, will destroy both his career – and his relationship with Woods. Haunted by ghosts from the past, Lavender and Woods must tread a careful path through this watery and dangerous terrain in order to solve one of the most perplexing mysteries of their career.  (Amazon)

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Black Coffee, Biscotti & Murder (Dying for a Coffee Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Bourgeois, Sara, Marlake, Savannah]


When a killer strikes close to home in Mills Township, the Sweet sisters get dragged into another murder mystery.

The murderer cut down a man on what should have been the best night of his life. But by whom? Not everyone is what they appear to be.

Will the Kari and Kasi resist the temptation to get involved? No. Not a chance.
Black Coffee, Biscotti & Murder is the fourth book in the Dying for a Coffee Cozy Mystery series. It contains no adult language, situations, or gore and is suitable for mystery lovers of all ages.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














The Cupcake Conspiracy (A Chalkin' It Up Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Bourgeois, Sara]Another body in the park?

At least it wasn’t Cathy and Gracie, her lovable rescue pup, who found it this time.

But once again, Cathy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.

She just can’t seem to keep her fingers out of all the pies.

The suspects start piling up, and Cathy realizes she’s in quite the stew.

Will the murderer catch her in his twisted snare?

Can Cathy and her friends restore law and order to her beloved small town?
The Cupcake Conspiracy is the second book in the A Chalkin’ It Up Cozy Mystery series. It contains no swearing, gore, or adult situations and is sweet fun for readers of all ages.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery Book 6) by [Cahoon, Lynn]Cat Latimer and her writer’s retreat group go on a hiking trip—but a murderer has been lurking off the beaten path . . .
Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains—for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down.

To his surprise, Seth recognizes the victim from his military days—and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now Cat has to solve this mystery before the killer takes a hike . . .
Praise for Lynn Cahoon

“Better get your flashlight handy, A Story to Kill will keep you reading all night.”
—Laura Bradford, author of the Amish Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”
Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook





Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Survival Can Be Deadly



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Charlotte Stuart and her new book Survival Can Be Deadly.  This is the first book in her Discount Detective Mystery series.


Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Walrus Publishing (September 10, 2019)
An imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group
Paperback: 308 pages
ISBN-10: 1940442265
ISBN-13: 978-1940442266
Digital ASIN: B07Q8TKP7T


Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – IndieBound


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I really enjoyed this story . . . The mystery itself was quite interesting . . . I will definitely watch for more by this author.
~Carla Loves to Read

This book is so funny, it reminds me of the early Stephanie Plum mysteries, but not as wacky. The mystery was well-paced.
~Diane Reviews Books

The whole book is filled with so much humor that you won’t be able to put this down. It’s a madcap mystery, and I highly recommend it! Hurry up and get book two done, please!!


When single mom and recent widow Cameron Chandler takes a much-needed job at Penny-wise Investigations, a detective agency conveniently located in a suburban shopping mall, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Her first case is to locate a runaway girl, something her predecessor had been pursuing before he disappeared. Following in his footsteps, the trail leads to a survivalist camp on a remote island in northern Puget Sound. Armed with only a Swiss Army Knife and her quirky on-the-job training as a suburban sleuth, Cameron uncovers more than she bargained for. She soon finds herself in a fight for her own survival in this lighthearted mystery set in Seattle and the San Juan Islands to the north.




The theme of this book was unique and I really enjoyed that.  A discount detective agency at a mall, that grabbed my attention right away.

The characters are well written and well developed.  The cast of characters are quirky and unusual and they all have their own special area of expertise.  Combined as a whole, they make a great detective team. Cameron is smart and gutsy and she will do whatever it takes to provide for her kids.  I enjoyed the fact that she was older and has a family, that was refreshing.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me in from the very beginning of the book.  There was enough mystery and suspense and, even though I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, I was wrong, and that was okay.

I would recommend this book to anyone enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This book contained a full price mystery at a discount price.  

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



In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in communication, gone commercial fishing in Alaska, and was the VP of HR and Training for a large credit union. Her current passion is for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.

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Review of Southern Ghost Hunter Series:5th Anniversary Special Edition

Southern Ghost Hunter Series:5th Anniversary Special Edition
Storied 1-3
Angie Fox
5 Stars

Southern Ghost Hunter Series: 5th Anniversary Special Edition: Stories 1-3 by [Fox, Angie]Synopsis:

New York Times bestseller Angie Fox celebrates 5 years of the Southern Ghost Hunter series with a limited edition boxed set of the first three stories in the series, along with never-before-seen additional content, including deleted scenes, original art, an inside look at the characters, and a behind-the-scenes peek at how the series came together.

Southern Spirits
When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

A Ghostly Gift
Verity Long doesn’t want to see ghosts, and she’d rather not let anyone know her little secret, either. But when a restless spirit stirs up trouble in her friend’s resale shop, Verity and her very new, very dead gangster friend team up to learn what is really happening.

The Skeleton in the Closet
A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone…even a dead someone…must have witnessed the crime.

*This edition contains never-before-seen material and will be available for a limited time. (Goodreads)


I have read this series from the very first book, and it is one of my favorite series. I love the characters,the setting and the mystery.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Verity is one strong woman, she has to be to be able to deal with all of the things going on in her life. Frankie is one stubborn, gruff ghost but you can tell that he has a soft spot for Verity, but he would never admit it. And Lucy, the skunk, is one of my all time favorite cozy animals.

The writing style flows smoothly and the stories are an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the book right away. She is also very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word.

This anniversary edition contains the first 2 books and a novella in the series. It also includes deleted scenes, which I found very interesting and had me wondering why they were deleted. There is also a little insight into a few of the characters, which I enjoyed. There were examples of illustrations of the book cover for first book and it was like I was getting a look at the process first hand, which was great.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy series. This anniversary edition has enough special treats to make it worth your buying.

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


Review of Last Licks

Last Licks
A Lickety Splits Mystery, Book #3
Cynthia Baxter
5 Stars

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It’s autumn in the Hudson Valley, and Kate McKay has some tricks up her sleeve for a deliciously spooky season at her Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe. But with a cold-blooded murderer thrown into the mix, the scares are about to become a little too real . . .

Kate receives the shock of a lifetime when she’s blindsided by an offer she can’t refuse. An assistant movie director desperately wants to shoot a key scene at Lickety Splits and she’s willing to pay big bucks to sweeten the last-minute deal. All Kate has to do is tolerate a bustling film crew for a few hours and provide one important prop–a scoop of handmade ice cream . . .

But when up-and-coming actress Savannah Crane drops dead after spooning down some chocolate almond fudge, Kate’s first taste of Hollywood might be her last. Someone poisoned the leading lady, and with Lickety Splits draped in yellow crime scene tape, detectives are ready to cast Kate as the leading suspect . . .

Determined to clear her name, Kate finds herself churning through a long list of unsavory characters to catch the real killer lurking around town. As she uncovers the truth about the jealous rivals and obsessive stalkers who haunted Savannah’s life, Kate soon realizes that tangling with the late starlet’s “fans” could make this her most terrifying fall yet . . .

Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe! (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really enjoy getting to spend time with Kate and her family, friends and coworkers. They all get along great and care about each other. The relationship between Kate and her Grams is heartfelt, you can feel the love between them.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I enjoyed the Halloween setting and all of the decorations that were described as part of Lickety Split’s Halloween theme. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. Throw in some red herrings and it was not easily solved. I was surprised at who the killer was,which is great.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This book is a sweet treat, just like all of the ice cream that Kate serves.

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


New Releases For The Week Of January 19th, 2020–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of January 19th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



The Last Minute Murder: A 1920s Mystery Romance (Lola Rose Mysteries Book Five) by [Reid, C. Jane]Newly returned to London after settling family affairs in West Texas, Lola is looking forward to the second annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Regal Rose Hotel. She has the perfect dress, but she needs the perfect date. When she finds that the handsome Detective Inspector Arthur Blythe is not available, she turns to his older brother, Harry, who is happy to escort her. But when Harry stumbles during the final dance before midnight, it isn’t from too much champagne. He’s been stabbed.

Who would want to harm the amiable Lord Harry Blythe? As Lola attempts to help solve the mystery, the Blythe family suddenly circle the wagons and not even Arthur will let her in. Lola, however, has come to care too much for the Blythes to watch from afar. Fortunately she finds an accomplice willing to defy the family. Can Lola and her friends uncover the secrets the Blythe family wants to keep buried so they can find the culprit who wants Harry dead?

Check into the Regal Rose Hotel, the posh and elegant hotel catering to the rich, famous, and eccentric in Jazz Age London. Get a manicure at the salon, have a soak at the Turkish bath, and join Lola Rose and her companions as they indulge in jazz, cocktails, romance, and mysteries.  (Amazon)

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The Somerset Case (A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery Novella Book 19) by [Xarissa, Diana]Everyone enjoys getting flowers, especially around Valentine’s Day, but Stacey, the waitress at the local café, is less than happy with the ones she’s been getting. Someone has been sending her flowers anonymously every day since the first of February, and she’s had enough.

The cards with the flowers have been getting increasingly sinister, but Stacey is reluctant to bother the local police constable with her problem. Instead, she shares her thoughts about the flowers and some possible senders with Janet and Joan Markham. The sisters own the local bed and breakfast, and Janet helped Stacey in the past when she was out of work.

Once the Markhams hear Stacey’s story, they insist on ringing the police. Constable Robert Parsons takes the matter very seriously, suggesting that Stacey quit working and find somewhere else to stay until after Valentine’s Day.

Can the sisters help Robert work out who is sending the flowers? Can they keep Stacey safe if she comes to stay in one of their guest rooms? And why is Michael Donaldson, Joan’s boyfriend, seemingly avoiding her?  (Amazon)

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Crepes and Crimes (Mad Batter Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Barker, Constance]The Best Man is a Dead Man

Coco is trying to get her Mad Batter Bakery off the ground by catering the engagement party of one of the wealthy families in town. But when the best man ends up dead on the bottom of one of her catering carts, Coco wonders if she’ll ever be free of the taint of discovering the dearly departed.

Stella and Vivian are ready to help, but these old girls might be more trouble than Coco bargained for.

And when Coco attempts sleuthing on her own, will she be next on the victim list?

Not if handsome deputy Logan has anything to say about it. Coco can be infuriating with her amateur detective skills, but Logan can’t stay mad at her for long. Is a blooming romance in the cards for Coco?

Coco finds herself in a sticky situation when two men in her life are in danger. Can she save the day or make more trouble for them?

***Find out in the 2nd book in the Mad Batter Bakery Cozy Mystery Series***  (Amazon)

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Her Deadly Defender (Securitech Inc. Series Book 2) by [Shuey, Kari]You can leave this world behind through the pages of a book, but what do you do when reality has become so deadly there’s no escaping it?

Emily Hart owns a boutique bookstore, and her life is far from exciting. As she struggles to keep the floundering business afloat, she soon finds herself immersed within a mystery that could only be found in story books.

What starts with a dead body in her hotel room spins out of control as Emily discovers she’s being watched. Multiple attempts on her life push her to her limit and she must learn to trust the one person who appears more dangerous than those after her—Max Locke.

Max is a highly skilled bodyguard who does what it takes to keep his clients safe- even if it means taking a few lives in the process. The task of surveilling Emily was a simple request, all he had to do was report her activity to his boss. His strategy of keeping his distance is thrown out the window when his assignment morphs into protective services. Additionally, no one will tell him the reason she needed supervision in the first place which only adds to his frustration.

When Max finds himself developing feelings for Emily, keeping her safe becomes more than just a job. Will he unearth the source of her threats before it’s too late?

Will he ever become more than just her deadly defender?  (Amazon)

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Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery (Ronin Flash Fiction Book 12) by [Higgins, Kristie Lynn]Type: flash fiction about 700 words
Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery is a free Kindle Unlimited cozy mystery book and part of the Ronin Flash Fiction series. Maji… a world fusing East and West cultures, during an era before the emergence of the steam engine. The sword was the ultimate weapon and brought order to the planet under the Emperor. Enter this alternate reality and see a fusing of two cultures. Travel through the world of ‘Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel’ and see a glimpse of the age of the samurai full of intrigue and suspense.

Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel Mystery Series:
1. The Missing Japanese Chin Mystery ( A Dog Gone Missing )

Ronin Flash Fiction Series:
1. The Tea Set Mystery ( Craft Of Tea, Not Brewing Coffee )
2. The Koi Pond Murder Mystery ( Fish Of Intrigue )
3. A Bit Of Sweet Spice Mystery ( Baking Mystery Into Cooking )
4. The Rice Paddy Murder Mystery ( Food, Baking, And Cooking With Oil Of Mystery )
5. Midnight Blue Valerian Murder Mystery ( A Flower And A Strawberry Of Suspense )
6. Killer Azure Hornet Murder Mystery ( Bug Of A Thriller And An Insect Mystery )
7. Calico Japanese Bobtail Cat Mystery ( Catnap! Kitty Missing! Kitten in trouble mysteries with cats)
8. Ivory Jade Cat Statue Mystery ( Stolen kitty-cat statue )
9. Scarlet Ibis Fever Murder Mystery ( infectious contagion )
10. Scarlet Lovers Murder Mystery ( death of a merchant )
11. I Spy With My Little Cat’s Eye Mystery ( a stray cat is a witness to a crime )
12. Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery ( rare feline coins cat mystery)

The ronin must solve a mystery surrounding the thief of rare gold coins. Very quick reads, so sit back and enjoy this free kindle unlimited mysteries story. Meet the mysterious ronin detective who with sword in hand solves mysteries and helps those in need.

The Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel Mystery book series is action mixed with mystery with a slash of thriller thrown in. Be immersed in an alternate reality of the Japanese culture of the samurai mixed with a steampunk era of the American Wild West. Action-adventure thriller in a parallel world. An alternate history of Japan. An alternate reality with action adventure mysteries.

New to Flash Fiction? Flash Fiction are very very short books to tickle your fancy. They are a great way to see a writer’s style and be introduced to the worlds they create and envision. These flash fiction pieces are part of a kindle unlimited mystery series so check them all out. Samurai detective and ronin gumshoe all rolled into one. Enjoy female sleuths mysteries then check out this crime thriller series.  (Amazon)

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The Hammer And The Egg Murder Mystery (Ronin Flash Fiction Book 13) by [Higgins, Kristie Lynn]

Type: flash fiction about 615 words
The Hammer And The Egg Murder Mystery is a free Kindle Unlimited cozy mystery book and part of the Ronin Flash Fiction series. A recipe for murder. Maji… a world fusing East and West cultures, during an era before the emergence of the steam engine. The sword was the ultimate weapon and brought order to the planet under the Emperor. Enter this alternate reality and see a fusing of two cultures. Travel through the world of ‘Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel’ and see a glimpse of the age of the samurai full of intrigue and suspense.

Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel Mystery Series:
1. The Missing Japanese Chin Mystery ( A Dog Gone Missing )

Ronin Flash Fiction Series:
1. The Tea Set Mystery ( Craft Of Tea, Not Brewing Coffee )
2. The Koi Pond Murder Mystery ( Fish Of Intrigue )
3. A Bit Of Sweet Spice Mystery ( Baking Mystery Into Cooking )
4. The Rice Paddy Murder Mystery ( Food, Baking, And Cooking With Oil Of Mystery )
5. Midnight Blue Valerian Murder Mystery ( A Flower And A Strawberry Of Suspense )
6. Killer Azure Hornet Murder Mystery ( Bug Of A Thriller And An Insect Mystery )
7. Calico Japanese Bobtail Cat Mystery ( Catnap! Kitty Missing! Kitten in trouble mysteries with cats)
8. Ivory Jade Cat Statue Mystery ( Stolen kitty-cat statue )
9. Scarlet Ibis Fever Murder Mystery ( infectious contagion )
10. Scarlet Lovers Murder Mystery ( death of a merchant )
11. I Spy With My Little Cat’s Eye Mystery ( a stray cat is a witness to a crime )
12. Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery ( rare feline coins cat mystery)
13. The Hammer And The Egg Murder Mystery ( man dead beside poached egg cooking up some murder )
14. Who Is Guilty? The Kitten Or The Puppy Murder Mystery ( young cat and dog stand accused )

The ronin must solve the murder of a man beside a poached egg. Cooking up some murder. Very quick reads, so sit back and enjoy this free kindle unlimited mysteries story. Meet the mysterious ronin detective who with sword in hand solves mysteries and helps those in need.

The Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel Mystery book series is action mixed with mystery with a slash of thriller thrown in. Be immersed in an alternate reality of the Japanese culture of the samurai mixed with a steampunk era of the American Wild West. Action-adventure thriller in a parallel world. An alternate history of Japan. An alternate reality with action adventure mysteries.

New to Flash Fiction? Flash Fiction are very very short books to tickle your fancy. They are a great way to see a writer’s style and be introduced to the worlds they create and envision. These flash fiction pieces are part of a kindle unlimited mystery series so check them all out. Samurai detective and ronin gumshoe all rolled into one. Enjoy female sleuths mysteries then check out this crime thriller series.  (Amazon)

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The Medium's Tale (A Lost Souls Lane Mystery Book 5) by [Huss, Erin]My name is Zoe Lane, and I see dead people.

At least…I used to.

Communications with the “other side” are down, and I have no idea why. This couldn’t have come at a worst time because the town’s pharmacist, Mr. Sanders, has just been murdered. Police have all but closed the case because the evidence overwhelmingly points to one person. Problem is, my medium senses are telling me there’s more to the story.  I may not know for sure who pulled the trigger, but I do know things aren’t lining up and there are plenty of people who wanted the victim dead. Of course, no one is listening to me because I’m the town’s resident nut job.

Looks like I’ll have to find the killer myself, which would be a heck of a lot easier if my paranormal gifts weren’t on the fritz. This has never happened to me before, and thanks to extensive research (fine, I Googled it) I do have a few theories as to what might be going on. And if any of my theories pan out, Mr. Sanders could be the last spirit I ever help.  (Amazon)

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The House on the Lake: Read the new spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of Day of the Accident by [Ellwood, Nuala]No matter how far you run . . .


He’s never far behind


‘Gripping, poignant’ Rosamund Lupton

‘Eerily haunting’ Jane Corry

‘I literally couldn’t put it down’ Emma Curtis


Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secrets have Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?





‘Rivals The Girl on the Train (and beats it for style)’ Observer

‘From start to finish this exciting thriller kept you guessing. What a page turner with all the unexpected twists right until the end…A thoroughly good read’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!’ Claire Douglas

‘Ellwood instantly creates a creepy, intense atmosphere…it is utter perfection’ Netgalley Reader

‘Makes you question everything you thought you knew’ Emma Kavanagh

‘What a great book! It’s got everything a good thriller needs, a creepy old house, a remote location, some great complex characters and lots of perfectly timed twists and turns’ Netgalley Reader

‘You won’t see the big twist coming in this haunting thriller’ Daily Express

‘Compelling characters and an often heart wrenching narrative’ Netgalley Reader

‘Creepy and deliciously atmospheric, this page-turner has it all – twists and turns and a powerful emotional punch’ Teresa Driscoll

‘Perfectly paced, Nuala takes the reader down a mysterious and gripping path of intrigue and builds the characters with such beautiful depth’ Netgalley Reader  (Amazon)

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Careless Whiskers (Cat in the Stacks Mystery Book 12) by [James, Miranda]When librarian Charlie Harris’ daughter is falsely accused of murder, he and his faithful feline Diesel must leap forward to crack the case in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.  

Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem after a recent close call. Instead, he’s delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura, who’s starring in a production of Careless Whispers. The theater department at Athena College is debuting the play written by a fledgling playwright with local connections and Charlie’s son-in-law, Frank Salisbury, will be calling the directorial shots.

Laura is upset to learn that Luke Lombardi, an overbearing actor she knew from her time in Hollywood will also be taking part in the production as a guest artist. Lombardi arrives with an entourage in tow and promptly proceeds to annoy everyone involved with the production. When he collapses and dies on stage, after drinking from a glass Laura handed him, she becomes the chief suspect in his murder.

Charlie knows his daughter is innocent, and  he’s not going to let anyone railroad his little girl. So,  despite his intentions to put his amateur sleuthing days behind him, Charlie has to take center stage, and with Diesel’s help, shine a  spotlight on the real killer.  (Amazon)

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Murder at the Manor: A Northwest Cozy Mystery (Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 12) by [Harman, Dianne]Cecil Boatwright-Jones was the epitome of a crotchety old man
So crotchety he was murdered
After all, when you’re worth millions
And you won’t spend a dime
On your run-down English manor, Little Dockery
Or your family
Or anything else
Maybe murder is the answer
But it’s never acceptable

DeeDee and Jake wish they’d never left Seattle to accept a case in the village of Finchingfield , England. What started out as a wonderful excuse to spend some time in Europe quickly becomes a nightmare. Staying in a manor that has over one hundred rooms and a lot of secrets doesn’t make for pleasant dreams.

When everyone hates a man, finding people with a motive is not a problem. What is a problem is too many suspects with very good reasons to commit murder. DeeDee and Jake have another problem. If they don’t find the murderer, there’s a good chance they’ll be the next victims.

This is the 12th book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author.  (Amazon)

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Dicing Up Disaster (Little Dog Diner Book 6) by [Lyn, Emmie, Bay, Blueberry]Another day, another murder. At least that’s what it’s beginning to feel like in the small coastal town of Misty Harbor.

Who’d have ever guessed that owning the Little Dog Diner would put me right in the middle of deadly plot after deadly plot? No sooner had I put the last big mystery to bed, then another shows up at the diner’s doorstep—literally.

Soaking wet and shaking with fright, this peculiar stranger tells me she and her enormous Newfoundland companion leapt overboard to escape a killer. Helping her stay safe will put me directly in the line of fire, but it’s also the right thing to do. Can my Jack Russell terrier, Pip, and I save our two newest visitors from the already rolling wheels of fate and manage to keep the diner afloat?

We’ve never failed before, but then again we’ve never quite faced a case like this…  (Amazon)

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