Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Bonbon Voyage

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Katherine H. Brown and her new book Bonbon Voyage.  This is the first book in her An Adventure Of Gladys Mystery series.

Bonbon Voyage (Adventures of Gladys)
Cozy Mystery Novella
1st in Series
Independently published (December 31, 2019)
Paperback: 213 pages
ISBN-10: 1653633166
ISBN-13: 978-1653633166
Digital Print Length: 129 pages
ASIN: B083BZLF22

 

Purchase Link:  Amazon 

 

 

Gladys gets more than she bargains for when she climbs aboard her first cruise and witnesses a murder. Armed with wigs and wits alone, she determines to get to the bottom of things.

This cozy mystery is a spinoff from the Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery series.

 

 

 

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Katherine H. Brown is from the tiny community of New York, Texas. Booklover (some might say book addict) and weaver of words, Katherine desired to be a writer from childhood, embarked on her first publishing adventure in 2017, and in 2019 said audios to her cozy office job to leap into a career as an author full-time.

When not found between the pages of a book or tapping keys on her laptop, Katherine loves to watch baking shows with her stepdaughter or cuddle up with her husband Patrick. Katherine and family prepare to welcome a new baby girl into the family in March 2020.

Author Links 

Facebook Author Page

Website

Instagram

Goodreads

BookBub

Amazon Author Page

 

 

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

February 21 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

February 21 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

February 22 – This Is My Truth Now – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST

February 23 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 24 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT

February 25 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

February 25 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 26 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST

February 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 27 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

February 27 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT

February 28 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW

February 28 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

February 29 – Laura`s Interests – REVIEW

February 29 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

March 1 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder At The Marlowe Club

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kate Parker and her new book Murder At The Marlowe Club.  This is the second book in her The Milliner Mystery series.

 

Murder at the Marlowe Club (The Milliner Mysteries)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (February 24, 2020)
Print Length: 209 pages
Digital ASIN: B083M97VWP

 

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

 

A corpse in a corset. A dangerous gambling den. A perilous path between safety and peril.

London, 1905. Leading milliner Emily Gates’ illegal shortcut through a private park in the rain brought her straight to a scantily clothed corpse. Then her route took her straight into the hands of the indefatigable Lady Kaldaire, who recognized the body as a relative of her longtime friend, the Duchess of Wallingford. Lady Kaldaire blackmailed Emily before to find Lord Kaldaire’s killer. Why not this murderer, too?

Emily has plenty of reasons why not, but finding links between her father’s nefarious family of crooks and conmen and the debauchery of the secretive Marlowe Club involves her in the investigation led by the handsome Inspector Russell of Scotland Yard. Emily discovers more than she expects about the licentious world of the corpse through her aristocratic customers, including Georgia, heroine of the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, now the Duchess of Blackford.

Are the scandal rags correct, or has the victim been maligned by a mastermind who’ll stop at nothing to gain everything?

This is a historical cozy mystery with no graphic violence, sex, or foul language. Just exciting action, mysterious events, and surprising endings.

 

 

 

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Kate Parker grew up reading her mother’s collection of mystery books and her father’s library of history and biography books. Now she can’t write a story that isn’t set in the past with a few decent corpses littered about.

Author Links

Website – www.KateParkerbooks.com,

Facebook – www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker

BookBub – www.bookbub.com/authors/kate-parker

 

 

 

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I’ve always wanted to write, to create worlds in stories. My father was a journalist and our house was full of books. I was always reading. It wasn’t until my youngest graduated from college and went out on her own at the same time my husband fell ill that I began to write in earnest as a way to maintain my sanity.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

I write historicals, something that many cozy writers don’t do. I lack any interest in crafts or cooking, which many cozies revolve around. In fact, if I ever include a recipe, don’t try it. My husband always sounded surprised when something tasted good.

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I know the setting and a few characters and the victim, and I just see where they take me.

 

Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I read my reviews, but I don’t respond to them. I feel that reviews are the reader’s chance to say what they think and I don’t want to influence that. However, I have responded to a few English readers who have corrected my Americanisms. They have been very kind and I have learned from them.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would have become serious about a writing career decades earlier if I’d known then how much enjoyment I get from my work.

 

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

I think a cover is very important. Lyndsey Lewellen of Lewellen Designs has done my Milliner Series covers so far.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

In Murder at the Marlowe Club, family takes a big place in the story. The tensions, the joys, the conflict that arise from a large extended family show up center stage. Emily, my main character, has a love/hate relationship with her father’s family and how they earn their money. They are crooks and she is basically law-abiding. Her love interest is a Scotland Yard inspector. This creates conflict and tension, in addition to the conflict of finding a murder victim.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I love being an author. My imagination can lead the way, and the commute is the best I’ve ever had.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full time.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I am partway through the fifth book in the Deadly Series, Deadly Travels, set in 1939. I have 2 more Deadly books planned, plus I’d like to try my hand at a contemporary mystery set in the US.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part is the first draft. It seems to go on forever. It’s where my characters speak to me, where I find out what happened, and where I fall into plot holes. Everything after that is easy.

 

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I love mysteries. I love reading older traditional mysteries from Robert Barnard, Margaret Frazer, Emma Lathen, Colin Dexter, and of course, Agatha Christie.

 

What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

That my fondest wish is that when you read one of my stories, you enjoy yourself.

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Keep reading. My writing has no meaning without readers reading.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website:  http://www.KateParkerbooks.com

    Blog:

    Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parke

    Twitter:   

     Pinterest;

     Amazon Author Page:  amazon.com/author/kateparkerbooks

     Goodreads:   http://www.Goodreads.com/Kate.Parker

      www.Bookbub.com/authors/kate-parker

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

February 24 – My Journey Back – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 24 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

February 25 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

February 25 – Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

February 26 – The Book Diva’s Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 26 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

February 27 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 28 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 29 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

March 1 – The Editing Pen – GUEST POST

March 2 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

March 3 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 3 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

March 4 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 5 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

March 6 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW

March 6 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT

March 7 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

March 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

March 8 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

March 8 – Gimme The Scoop Reviews – REVIEW

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Here Come The Body

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Maria DiRico and her new book Here Comes the Body.  This is the first book in her A Catering Hall Mystery series.  I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next one.

 

Here Comes the Body (A Catering Hall Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 page
ISBN-10: 1496725344
ISBN-13: 978-1496725349
Digital ASIN: B07R8WYLSC

 

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

 

 

 

After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her Nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . .

Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more—despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon she’s planning a bachelor party for a less-than-gentlemanly groom. But it goes awry when the gigantic cake is wheeled in and a deadly surprise is revealed . . .

Since some of her family’s associates are on the shady side, the NYPD wastes no time in casting suspicion on Mia’s father. Now, Mia’s going to have to use all her street smarts to keep him out of Rikers Island . . .

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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mia is smart, feisty and loyal and she cares a lot about her family and friends.  You can tell how much Mia loves her dad and wants him to be on the straight and narrow.  She knows he has been part of the “Family” but she wants him to be successful with his new venture.   I enjoyed getting to meet the whole cast of characters introduced in this book and cannot wait to spend more time with them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I thought the mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  With charming characters, and inviting setting, humor and an intriguing mystery, it is a great start to the series.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series.  

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

 

 

 

 

Maria DiRico was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Queens and Westchester County. She is a first-generation Italian-American on her mother’s side. On her father’s side, her grandfather was a low-level Jewish mobster who disappeared in 1933 under mysterious circumstances. She also writes the award-winning, bestselling Cajun Country Mystery series under the name Ellen Byron.

Website – https://www.ellenbyron.com/catering-hall-mysteries

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CateringHallMysteries/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ellenbyronla

 

 

 

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision? 

I’ve been a professional writer since I was 26, when my first play was produced and then published. After that, I transitioned into writing for television. Then a friend started a writers’ group. To challenge myself, I decided to take a stab at writing something I’d never written before, a mystery. I soon learned that I absolutely loved writing novels.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

The Catering Hall Mysteries feature the daughter of a mob lieutenant as a protagonist. Mia is trying to help her father go straight. Meanwhile, her brother is in jail and her mother is married to a deported criminal. These are characters you don’t generally see in humorous cozies.

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you? 

I work from an outline. I love knowing where I’m going when I sit down to write a draft, but I always leave room to write in surprises that occur when I move from outline to manuscript.

 

Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews? 

I read reviews when people make a point of sending them to me. Honestly, I’m so busy writing that I rarely have time to seek them out to read, although I appreciate them and need them! If you write one and want me to see it, absolutely email it to me through my website contact page. I don’t really do anything special to get them, although I do encourage readers to share their thoughts. Our publishers love reviews, as does Amazon!

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Stop second-guessing and criticizing yourself so much. It’s okay to appreciate your talents and believe in yourself.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Absolutely! I think covers can make a sale. They convey the mood and mystery of a book. Lou Malcangi at Kensington is the brains behind the cover of Here Comes the Body.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special? 

Mia is a feisty Italian-American thirtysomething who just got out of a bad marriage. She’s insecure on one level because she didn’t go to college. But she’s loaded with street smarts, passion, and a wry sense of humor that powers her through life. Her father Ravello is a giant of a man, but with a gentle demeanor. He’s done things he’ll never tell his daughter and would be happy if he never had to return to Mob life. Elisabetta, Mia’s eightysomething nonna, is a spitfire of a tiny thing. Her family nickname is The Little Mussolini. And Mia’s brother Posi is a handsome, affable con who’s the first to admit he’s totally self-involved.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

That I absolutely love writing mysteries – and I’m pretty darn good at it!

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full-time. 

 

What do your plans for future projects include? 

I write a second series, the Cajun Country Mysteries, under my actual name, Ellen Byron.  Murder in the Bayou Boneyard comes out September 8, and there will be a 7th book in 2021. And I’ll be writing at least two more Catering Hall Mysteries.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is? 

Writing!!

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What is the easiest?

Doing research via reading and Internet searches.

 

What type of books do you like to read?

I’m a huge fan of mysteries. I’m writing what I love to read. But I also love non-fiction.

 

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Who are some of your favorite authors?

For non-fiction, Erik Larson. For mysteries, Agatha Christie, Jacqueline Winspear, and so, so many others I honestly can’t even list them. For classics, Louisa May Alcott, and all the Brontes.

 

What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I LOVE them! Without readers, it’s not a book, it’s a file collecting e-dust in my computer.

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

In this day and age, when there are so many distractions in the world, thank you for still prescribing to the noble art of reading. And… see above!

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

   

http://www.ellenbyron.com/

https://www.ellenbyron.com/catering-hall-mysteries

https://www.facebook.com/ellenbyronauthor/

https://www.facebook.com/CateringHallMysteries/

https://twitter.com/ellenbyronla

https://www.instagram.com/cajuncountrymysteries/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ellen-byron

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/maria-dirico

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

February 24 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, EXCERPT

February 24 – This Is My Truth Now – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 24 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

February 25 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 25 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST  

February 25 – Gimme The Scoop Reviews – REVIEW

February 26 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

February 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

February 26 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

February 27 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

February 27 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 27 – Jane Reads– GUEST POST

February 28 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 28 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

February 29 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 29 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW  

March 1 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

March 1 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

March 2 – That’s What She’s Reading – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

March 2 – TBR Book Blog – REVIEW, EXCERPT

March 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, RECIPE

March 3 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

March 4 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 4 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

 

 

 

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New Releases For The Week Of February 23rd, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 23rd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Playing Tricks on Murder (A Sullivan Sisters Mystery Book 6) by [St. James, Jenna]

 

 

What should be a fun time setting up for the annual Halloween festival turns into yet another murder scene when Jaycee Sullivan and her sister, Jax, stumble over a dead body. No surprise the Sullivan sisters had witnessed myriad people arguing with the recently deceased right before they died. With only two days left before the big Halloween event, Jaycee, Jax, Heidi, and Bridget are determined to track down the killer before they strike again. Between singles speed dating and eluding fiance Mike, Jaycee has to be extra careful this time around. But when something goes deadly wrong, can Jaycee keep her head in the game and put the pieces together…or will the corpses just keep piling up?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Comes the Body (A Catering Hall Mystery Book 1) by [DiRico, Maria]After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . .
 
Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more—despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon she’s planning a bachelor party for a less-than-gentlemanly groom. But it goes awry when the gigantic cake is wheeled in and a deadly surprise is revealed . . .

Since some of her family’s associates are on the shady side, the NYPD wastes no time in casting suspicion on Mia’s father. Now, Mia’s going to have to use all her street smarts to keep him out of Rikers Island . . .

Italian recipes included!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in an Irish Cottage (An Irish Village Mystery Book 5) by [O'Connor, Carlene]In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O’Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .

Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi’s Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the two of them for a little longer.

But Macdara is her family, which is why when his cousin Jane frantically calls for his help, Siobhán is at his side as the two garda rush from Kilbane to the rural village where Jane and her mother have recently moved. Unfortunately, tragedy awaits them. They find Jane, who is blind, outside the cottage, in a state. Inside, Aunt Ellen lies on her bed in a fancy red dress, no longer breathing. A pillow on the floor and a nearby teacup suggest the mode of death to their trained eyes: the woman has been poisoned and smothered. Someone wanted to make sure she was dead. But who?

Devout believers in Irish folklore, the villagers insist the cottage is cursed—built on a fairy path. It turns out Ellen Delaney was not the first to die mysteriously in this cottage. Although the townsfolk blame malevolent fairies, Siobhán and Macdara must follow the path of a murderer all too human—but just as evil . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killing by Numbers: An Oxford Murder Mystery (Bridget Hart Book 2) by [Morris, M S]A work of art. A mysterious number. A secret worth killing for.

When reclusive artist, Gabriel Quinn, is gunned down outside a gallery on Oxford High Street, Detective Inspector Bridget Hart investigates the world of contemporary art, where paintings can change hands for millions in the auction room.

Bridget is convinced that the last words spoken by the artist – a mysterious code of 8 digits and a letter – are key to unravelling the mystery of his death.

But when her ex-husband, Ben, now a senior detective with the Metropolitan Police in London shows up with new information about the murdered man, Bridget’s personal and professional lives are brought crashing together with dramatic consequences.

Set amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford University, the Bridget Hart series is perfect for fans of Elly Griffiths, JR Ellis, Faith Martin and classic British murder mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who's Dead, Doc? (A Jules & Bun Mystery Book 2) by [Griffin, J.M.]

Things get pretty hare-y when rabbit rescue and rehab expert Jules Bridge and her brilliant bunny go undercover to catch a murderer hiding in plain sight . . .

When Juliette “Jules” Bridge began caring for rabbits on her beloved Fur Bridge Farm in rural New Hampshire, she never imagined she’d be solving murders with one of them. Not only can her
black-and-white rabbit, Bun, communicate with her telepathically, he happens to be a pretty sharp sleuth. Bun comes along as part of a petting pen for a birthday celebration—but for one of the guests, the fun is soon over. Evelyn Montgomery is found lying in the bushes with a knife in her chest, and the distraught hostess begs Jules to help . . .

To her surprise, so does Sheriff Jack Carver—who usually discourages Jules from getting involved in criminal investigations. But now she’s drafted at the last minute to fill in for Evelyn as a judge at a rabbit show, and Jack wants her to go undercover. Yet as she and Bun expose the dark—albeit fluffy—underbelly of the world of rabbit competition, a killer is ready to act as judge, jury, and executioner . . .

Visit us at http://www.kensingtonbooks.com  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death by Diamonds (Jamie Winters Mysteries Book 6) by [Rey, Kelly]From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a hilarious mystery with a sparkling twist …

Diamonds are not always a girl’s best friend.

At least that’s what legal secretary turned reluctant sleuth Jamie Winters realizes when a dead body shows up on her boyfriend, Curt’s, patio…with a pocket full of diamonds! The dead woman was Amber Freeling, an old college friend of Curt’s, and the deeper Jamie digs into her death, the more it appears someone was out to get Amber. With the help of her teenage sidekick, Maizy, Jamie tries to determine if Amber was an innocent victim or a jewel thief. And as the case leads them to a shady pawnshop and its shadier staff, Jamie realizes no one is whom they appear to be and everyone is a suspect. Was it the wannabe-mobster owner, his long-suffering wife, his spoiled daughter, the gold-obsessed clerk, or the inscrutable security guard? Or possibly it was the owner’s hired muscle nicknamed the Disposer…who just may dispose of Jamie and Maizy! One thing is for sure: the killer will stop at nothing to reclaim those diamonds, and if she isn’t careful, Jamie could just be the next target in the way!

Jamie Winters Mysteries:
Motion for Murder – book #1
Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story
Death of a Diva – book #2
Motion for Misfits (short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
The Sassy Suspect – book #3
Verdicts & Vixens – book #4
A Playboy in Peril – book #5

“Move over Stephanie Plum—there’s a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer’s office could be so funny?”
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

“Rey delivers an impressive, well-plotted and well-written… treat that leaves readers eager to whet their appetite with all of Jamie Winters’ wacky investigations!”
~ Diane Morasco, Long Island Book Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pies before Guys (A Pie Town Mystery Book 4) by [Weiss, Kirsten]

 

Val’s crime-solving club digs into a piping hot new case!

A poetry slam at a bakery? Why not! Even though Pie Town proprietor Val Harris would rather be spending time with her newfound half-brother, she knows her employee Abril is beyond excited to be hosting the event. Especially since it stars the apple pie of Abril’s eye, poet and professor Michael Starke. But the evening ends on a sour note when Professor Starke is found murdered mere moments after being accused of plagiarism.

Just like that, Pie Town is at the center of another criminal inquiry. At Abril’s request—and much to Detective Carmichael’s consternation—Val and Charlene decide to investigate Starke’s death. But the case is as tough as an overworked crust and the Baker Street Bakers are only coming up with scraps. If they don’t pinch the cultured killer soon, Pie Town’s reputation could crumble.  (Amazon)

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Ghostly Serenade: A Shelby Nichols Mystery Adventure (Shelby Nichols Adventure Book 13) by [Helme, Colleen]An unsolved murder, a mob boss out for revenge, and a message from a ghost? Just another day in the life of Shelby Nichols.

Shelby’s family trip to meet the New York Manettos is not turning out to be the enjoyable break she’d hoped for.

Being recruited by the NYPD to help with a murder case doesn’t seem so bad, but threats from a rival mob, against Uncle Joey and the whole Manetto family, take things to a whole new level.

How can she reason with a mob boss out for revenge? Even her mind reading skills might not be enough to save the day this time.

Join Shelby in her best adventure yet!

USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Colleen Helme offers a clever mix of mystery, laugh-out-loud humor, and page-turning adventure in the highly acclaimed Shelby Nichols Adventure Series.

PRAISE FOR THE SHELBY NICHOLS SERIES

“The author has such a quirky sense of humor partnered with such creative talent it that really shines on every page!” ~ Amazon Reviewer

“Every Shelby Nichols Adventure is better than the last! The characters are dynamic and the stories are full of twists and turns. Can’t wait for the next one!” ~Amazon Reviewer

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Lyndee Walker, Denise Grover Swank, and Lisa Regan  (Amazon)

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Murder at Pirate's Cove: An M/M Cozy Mystery (Secrets and Scrabble Book 1) by [Lanyon, Josh]First in an adorable new cozy series!

Ellery Page, aspiring screenwriter, Scrabble champion and guy-with-worst-luck-in-the-world-when-it-comes-to-dating, is ready to make a change. So when he learns he’s inherited both a failing bookstore and a falling-down mansion in the quaint seaside village of Pirate’s Cove on Buck Island, Rhode Island, it’s full steam ahead!

Sure enough, the village is charming, its residents amusingly eccentric, and widowed police chief Jack Carson is decidedly yummy (though probably as straight as he is stern). However, the bookstore is failing, the mansion is falling down, and there’s that little drawback of finding rival bookseller–and head of the unwelcoming-committee–Trevor Maples dead during the annual Buccaneer Days celebration.

Still, it could be worse. And once Police Chief Carson learns Trevor was killed with the cutlass hanging over the door of Ellery’s bookstore, it is.

**This story contains NO on-screen sex or violence.  (Amazon)

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Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery Book 6) by [Eaton, J.C.]

Last one standing is the winner  . . .
 
The holiday season has arrived and bookkeeper/amateur sleuth, Sophie “Phee” Kimball, would love nothing more than to enjoy the comforts of her new home with her detective boyfriend near Arizona’s Sun City West. Instead, her mother Harriet wants to showcase her chiweenie-chihuahua-dachshund Streetman in the Precious Pooches Holiday Extravaganza costume events. The festivities begin in October and end on St. Patrick’s Day—with the winner starring in the St. Pat’s Day parade. But things quickly turn an awful shade of green when Streetman uncovers a dead body under a tarp-covered grill in the neighbor’s yard.

The victim is Cameron Tully, a seafood distributor working out of Phoenix, who died from ingesting a toxic sago palm leaf. Before the police can even find a motive and suspect, another Precious Pooch owner nearly dies from the same poison. With Harriet believing someone’s targeting her and Streetman because of the costume contests, Phee will need a potful of Irish luck to sniff out a killer . . .

Praise for the Sophie Kimball Mysteries

“An eclectic cast of entertaining characters that will keep you wondering whodunit!”
USA Today Bestselling Author Nicole Leiren, on Staged 4 Murder  
“A thoroughly entertaining series debut, with enjoyable, yet realistic characters and enough plot twists—and dead ends—to appeal from beginning to end.”
Booklist STARRED REVIEW on Booked 4 Murder  (Amazon)

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Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery Book 2) by [Brecher, Christin]

Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.

After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . .

Praise for Murder’s No Votive Confidence

“A charming mystery with believable, likeable characters. Check it out.”
—Suspense Magazine  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder at Poodle Place (Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [Bell, Cindy]A dog-walking sleuth. A puzzling murder. Will Nikki, Sonia and their lovable pooches follow the scent and find the murderer before the trail goes cold?

Nikki Green loves animals, and she wants to spend her days with them and help as many as possible. Her dream is to have a large piece of land with an animal rescue shelter, training and boarding facilities. But until she has enough money, she is loving her job as a pet sitter and dog walker, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. When her friend, Sonia Whitter, sees an opportunity that might lead to Nikki’s dreams coming to fruition sooner than anticipated, Nikki goes to check it out.

However, their plans are put on hold when they come across a dead body. Nikki and Sonia decide to help move the investigation along, with their furry friends by their side. But they land up chasing their tails when it turns out that the victim has more enemies than friends.

The sleuths head straight towards danger. Will they find they have been barking up the wrong tree the whole time?

Buy Murder at Poodle Place by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Cindy Bell to unleash a gripping, page-turning cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.  (Amazon)

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A Dog Day's Night: Dog Days Mystery #6, A humorous cozy mystery by [Blair, Jamie]When a motorcycle club rolls into town and the leader opens a biker bar, it stirs up more than dust in Metamora.

The little canal town is known for its grist mill, antique shops, and bed and breakfasts, not for hosting a parade of noisy motorcycles. Cameron Cripps Hayman’s neighbors are up in arms about the Night Hounds Motorcycle Club and even start a petition to get the mayor to ban the new establishment. But the mayor says he doesn’t have the power to kick a business owner out and there’s nothing in the town statutes against opening a bar.

When the Night Hound’s leader is run off the road and left for dead, his wife comes to Cam and her Action Agency to track down the hit and run suspect. With her team down to two members, will they be able to solve the case as they’ve always done in the past? They’ll give it their best rip-roaring try!  (Amazon)

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On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery Book 4) by [Kashian, Tina]

Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.

When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .

Recipes included!
 
Praise for Tina Kashian’s Hummus and Homicide

“Clever and charming. . . . A culinary delight.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

 
“Likable characters and a colorful kebab restaurant setting.”
Library Journal

 
“A delectable read.”
—Shelley Freydont  (Amazon)

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The King's Justice: A Maggie Hope Mystery by [MacNeal, Susan Elia]Can a stolen violin lead secret agent and spy Maggie Hope to a new serial killer terrorizing London? Find out as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues.

Maggie Hope started out as Winston Churchill’s secretary, but now she’s a secret agent—and the only one who can figure out how the missing instrument ties into the murders.

London, December 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope takes a much-needed break from spying to defuse bombs in London. But Maggie herself is an explosion waiting to happen. Traumatized by her past, she finds herself living dangerously—taking huge risks, smoking, drinking, and speeding through the city streets on a motorbike. The last thing she wants is to get entangled in another crime.

But when she’s called upon to look into the theft of a Stradivarius, one of the finest violins ever made, Maggie can’t resist. Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer on the loose in London, targeting conscientious objectors. Little does she know that investigating this dangerous predator will pit her against a new evil—and old enemies. Only Maggie can uncover the connection between the robbery, the murders, and a link to her past.  (Amazon)

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The Puppy Project: A Cozy Mystery (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Daley, Kathi]

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

Tony has decided to donate a hundred percent of the proceeds from the video game he developed with his friend Shaggy to the White Eagle Animal Shelter. Tess and Brady plan to use the generous donation to expand the facility. Permanent housing for elderly, sick, and other hard to place animals, is their main focus, but then Brady decides to go all in on the new state of the art service dog and search and rescue training facility, and Tess makes a major decision that will affect the rest of her life.

Meanwhile, Tess has her feeling hurt when her dad contacts Tony directly to ask for help tracking down someone from his past, but as they dig deeper into the correspondence they begin to wonder if the email even really is from her dad. Could someone other than Tess’s dad be using Tony to find the women Grant Tucker helped decades ago?  (Amazon)

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The King’s Justice

 

 

Could a stolen violin be linked to a serial killer terrorizing London during World War II? Only secret agent extraordinaire Maggie Hope knows in this riveting mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.

London. December, 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope, secret agent and spy, takes a break from the Special Operations Executive division to defuse bombs in London. But Maggie herself is like an explosion waiting to happen. Shaken by a recent case, she finds herself living more dangerously–taking more risks than usual, smoking again, drinking gin and riding a motorcycle–and the last thing she wants is to get entangled in another crime. But when she’s called upon to look into a stolen Stradivarius, one of the finest violins ever made, Maggie finds the case too alluring to resist.

Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer on the loose in London and Maggie’s skills are in demand. Little does she know that in the process of investigating this dangerous predator, she will come face to face with a new sort of evil…and discover a link between the precious violin and the murders no one could ever have expected.  (Goodreads)

 

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Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY, which is now in its 23nd printing. THE KING’S JUSTICE is coming out on February 25, 2020 and she is working on the next book in the series, THE HOLLYWOOD SPY.

Her books include: PRINCESS ELIZABETH’S SPY, HIS MAJESTY’S HOPE, THE PRIME MINISTER’S SECRET AGENT, MRS. ROOSEVELT’S CONFIDANTE, THE QUEEN’S ACCOMPLICE, and THE PARIS SPY. The Maggie Hope novels have been nominated for the Edgar, the Macavity, the ITW Thriller, the Barry, the Dilys, the Sue Federer Historical Fiction, and the Bruce Alexander Historical Fiction awards. The Maggie Hope series is sold world-wide in English, and has also been translated into Czech, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Turkish. The actress Daisy Ridley (Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express) has bought the film and television rights to the series.

Susan graduated from Nardin Academy in Buffalo New York, and also cum laude and with honors in English from Wellesley College. She cross-registered for courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University.

Her first job was as the assistant to novelist John Irving in Vermont. She then worked as an editorial assistant at Random House, assistant editor at Viking Penguin, and associate editor and staff writer at Dance Magazine in New York City. As a freelance writer, she wrote two non-fiction books and for the publications of New York City Ballet.

Susan is married and lives with her husband, Noel MacNeal, a television performer, writer and director, and their son in Park Slope, Brooklyn.   (Goodreads)

Susan Elia MacNeal
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What inspired you to write your first book? 

I was in London with my husband, who was performing the Jim Henson Company’s Bear in the Big Blue House for Disney Channel UK,and I went to the Churchill War Rooms. (It’s the underground bunker not far from Downing Street, where Winston Churchill and his colleagues ran World War II, protected from the Blitz.) Walking the same corridors as Churchill (and his secretaries, of course) was the catalyst to write MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY.

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Please give us an insight into your main character, Maggie.  What do you think makes her special?

I think Maggie is special because she’s one of us. She’s a regular person (ok, maybe smarter in math than most of us—including me). But she’s an ordinary Briton, who rose to meet extraordinary circumstances, as so many real-life people did during the war.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I’d pick Daisy Ridley to play Maggie Hope and Kit Harrington to play John. David would be Jack Whitehall. Sarah, Lily Collins (who has a background in ballet). Maggie’s mother, Uma Thurman. And Winston Churchill played by Toby Jones.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

I find beginning so, so, so hard. In fact, I think I sort of stretch out my research, so I can put off starting the actual writing sometimes. But usually once I begin, I’m all right. And definitely by page 100, I’m having fun.

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Do you ever experience writer’s block? 

I’ve never really had writer’s block, per se, but I have experienced some pretty extreme burnout (after caring for very sick parents as well as being a mom and working and blogging). It was horrible, absolutely horrible. I began to take better care of myself. Healing took a while, but eventually I bounced back. Now I’m a lot more careful and protective of my energy.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Can I go over it one more time, please? Seriously, I could go over manuscripts endlessly. There’s always more to change and improve and fix. But books are like hatched birds and at some point they need to jump out of the nest and fly off into the world, perfectly imperfect.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

One of my favorite authors is Gillian Flynn. I love all her books, but perhaps Sharp Objects most of all. I love how she portrayed Camille Preaker, a damaged, traumatized woman. She didn’t make Camille “likeable.” She let her be herself—and that’s why I love her so much. 

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Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Read a lot. Write a lot. Remind yourself it’s fun! If you can, take a writing retreat to focus on your story and characters. Even a few days of uninterrupted obsession, makes everything seem so much more real.

What advice would you give to your younger self?   

Take better care of yourself! And don’t wait so long to do it!      

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Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading! THE KING’S JUSTICE is probably my most personal book yet. I loved writing it and hope you love it, too.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website http://www.susaneliamacneal.com

Blog http://www.susaneliamacneal.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MrChurchillsSecretary

Twitter @susanmacneal

 Instagram http://www.instagram.com/susaneliamacneal

 Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/susanmacneal

 Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Elia-MacNeal

 Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/517286.Susan_Elia_MacNeal  

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I would like to thank Susan Elia MacNeal and Ballantine/Bantam Books for letting me do a Spotlight for this book and author.  

New Releases For The Week Of February 23rd, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 23rd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 3 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.

 

 

Egg Drop Dead: A Noodle Shop Mystery by [Chien, Vivien]In the fifth in Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop delectable mystery series, Egg Drop Dead, the Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level—only to end up in hot water.

It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana—whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau—must find out.

Before the police arrived at the crime scene, Donna had entrusted an odd piece of evidence to Lana: a thumb drive shaped like a terra-cotta soldier. Now it’s up to Lana to lead her own investigation, digitally and in real life, into a world of secrets involving Donna’s earlier life in China, whether the victim had a dark agenda, and if the killer is still out there. . .and plans to strike again.

“Endearing…will appeal to fans of Chris Cavender’s Pizza Lovers mysteries.”—Booklist  (Amazon)

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Pretty as a Picture: A Novel by [Little, Elizabeth]A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2020

An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder–the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

Some girl dies.

It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction.  (Amazon)

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Embroidering the Truth (A Southern Quilting Mystery Book 12) by [Craig, Elizabeth]

 

Little white lies can add up to big trouble.

Felton Billows is known around the small town of Dappled Hills as something of a show-off. She’s always dressed-up. She drives a luxurious car.  And she has a quite spectacular diamond ring that she’s fond of waving around.

Felton, unfortunately, has other issues, too. She’s not particularly kind to the people who work in her yard and run errands for her. Aside from that, Felton complacently alludes to the fact that she knows a few secrets.

When Felton is discovered dead, it’s still a shock—this is Dappled Hills, after all.  But it may not be easy to unravel the mystery when quite a few suspects come to light.  Can Beatrice uncover the murderer before he strikes again?  (Amazon)

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The War Hero's Welcome: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 18) by [Harman, Dianne]

The war hero returns home
With his dog, Wicked
Both have been injured
Their welcome should be pretty straightforward
But not everyone likes a war hero
Maybe Kelly’s son, Cash, should have stayed in Afghanistan
At least there he knew who the enemy was!

All Kelly and Mike want to do is help Cash recuperate from his injuries

They never planned on becoming involved with a kidnapping

Good to have guard dogs when you need them

This is the 18th book in the bestselling Cedar May Cozy Mystery Series by two-time USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Harman.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchestrated Murder (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 17) by [Meadows, Wendy]A secret. A promise. A cold-blooded murder no one could foresee.

The orchestra is coming to town, and Brenda Sheffield’s Victorian mansion will soon play host to some of the world’s most revered musicians. It’s a huge opportunity for the small community of Sweetfern Harbor, and Brenda’s beloved B&B. Every detail must be perfect.

But for all Brenda’s scrupulous planning, the most dramatic performances occur offstage and away from the bright lights and scrutiny. Romantic intrigues and bitter betrayals plague the group, often revolving around the enigmatic flutist headlining the tour, Charlotte De Grey.

Tensions culminate in an act so foul it leaves the entire community quaking. But if Brenda and her husband Detective Mac Rivers are to restore peace and ensure justice is served, they will have to dig deep into the twisted motives and dangerous secrets of the guests living under their roof.

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

Read all the Sweetfern Harbor cozy mysteries:

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

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Cake Pop Casualties (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 22) by [Moore, Addison]A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually but are best enjoyed in order.***Includes RECIPE***

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, aka dead pets, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

My best friend, Keelie, is getting married and there are still so many things to do—like procure a dress for the bride. But when a body turns up at the bridal shop, and my best friend is pegged as the killer, the wedding takes a back seat to murder.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.  (Amazon)

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Sweet Avengers (A Sweet Cove Mystery Book 18) by [Whiting, J A]

 

This is book 18 in the Sweet Cove Mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J. A. Whiting.

It is early June in Sweet Cove and Angie and Jenna Roseland’s babies are growing and delighting the family. Something else is developing as well and will be sorely needed as members of the family and two friends travel to Boston on an important mission. The Roseland sisters lost their mother, Elizabeth, several years ago and they’ve recently suspected that her death was not an accident.

Learning some things about the past as they delve into the incident, will the sisters, Mr. Finch, Orla Abel, and the two fine felines find the person responsible for the murder or are they wading into something too deep and dangerous to escape from?

A cozy mystery with recipes !
This story has some mild paranormal elements.  (Amazon)

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British Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery) by [Meier, Leslie]

Lucy Stone’s hometown of Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is where her heart is. But traveling to merry old England brings delightful adventure—along with a helping or two or murder—in these beloved mysteries . . .
 
ENGLISH TEA MURDER
A trip to England, sponsored by Winchester College, sounds practically perfect to Lucy Stone—until the tour leader suffers a fatal asthma attack mid-flight. Lucy suspects some very unnatural causes, but luckily, she packed her sleuthing skills. Between stops for afternoon tea, visits to historic sites, and catching up with an old flame, she’s ensnared in a daring scheme. But will it lead her to a criminal mastermind—or ensure that she’s the next victim?

BRITISH MANOR MURDER
Lucy can’t wait to join her friend Sue for a gala hat show at the English country house owned by the Earl of Wickham. But at Moreton Manor, there are secrets—and some unpleasant relatives—lurking among the elaborate chapeausWhen a bludgeoned body is found in a hidden room, Lucy must sift through friends and family foes to find the low-down killer stalking the upper crust, before more blue blood runs red . . .  (Amazon)

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Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut (A Death by Chocolate Mystery Book 3) by [Graves, Sarah]When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . .

Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, The Chocolate Moose, especially now that the annual Pirate Festival is dropping anchor in their quaint island village of Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are ready for the bounty of tourists sure to flood their shop. But their plans quickly sink when the body of celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is discovered in the Moose’s basement.

Jake and Ellie are horrified, but their shock turns to dismay when Jake is pegged for the murder. Now, to clear Jake’s name and save the shop, Jake and Ellie must swashbuckle down and figure out who among Henry’s numerous enemies scuttled him in the cellar. Was it a long-ago jilted sweetheart’s vengeful relative? His long-suffering personal assistant? Or perhaps some bitter-as-dark-chocolate unknown enemy, now aboard the mysterious ship lurking in Eastport’s harbor?

Alas, dead men tell no tales, so Jake and Ellie will have to get to the bottom of the case on their own and find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank . . .

Includes a Recipe!  (Amazon)

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Coconut Layer Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery Book 25) by [Fluke, Joanne]Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder . . .
 
When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport.

Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie’s innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn’t recall anything else until he woke up on her couch the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead.

Hannah doesn’t know what to believe—only that exonerating a suspect who can’t remember is almost impossible, especially since Lonnie’s brother, Detective Rick Murphy, and Lonnie’s partner, Chief Detective Mike Kingston, have been taken off the case. Before everything comes crashing down on Lonnie like a heaping slice of coconut layer cake, it’ll be up to Hannah to rack up enough clues to toast a flaky killer . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover. Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Orphan of Hell's Kitchen (A Louise Faulk Mystery Book 3) by [Freeland, Liz]In 1914, Hell’s Kitchen is an apt name for New York City’s grittiest neighborhood, as one of the city’s first policewomen, Louise Faulk, is about to discover when the death of a young prostitute leads her on a grim journey through the district’s darkest corners . . .
 
Filthy, dangerous, and deadly—Hell’s Kitchen is no place for a lady, but Louise Faulk is no ordinary woman. The amateur investigator turned rookie policewoman is investigating the death of young prostitute, Ruthie, who leaves behind a baby boy. Although detectives are quick to declare it a suicide, Louise is less certain after she discovers clues implying murder while attempting to find a caretaker for Ruthie’s orphaned son.
 
Uncovering the truth won’t be easy, especially since Louise is struggling to make a name for herself amid the boys’ club of the New York City Police Department. But Ruthie’s case keeps tugging at Louise, luring her beyond the slums’ drawn curtains and tenement doors, into an undercover investigation that often seems to conceal more than it reveals. Louise is convinced Ruthie’s secrets got her killed, but can she prove it before they catch up to her too?  (Amazon)

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A Formidable Potion (The Happy Blendings Witch Cozy Mystery Series Book 6) by [Barker, Constance]Two Deaths…One is Real, the Other Isn’t

Sam and the gang are back in Goodsprings with new guests, Cassandra and Paula the Parrot. However, strange things are occurring. Phineas is not ordering his usual wheatgrass juice, Chuckles isn’t looking too well, and David has started a new venture. Phineas’ strange friend remains in town as well. But is he more enemy than friend?

A new biker shop has opened up and one of the owners is sweet on Sam. And Tessa has decided glamour spells is just what she needed to spice up her life. But has she bit off more trouble than she can handle? And why are Cassandra and Paula experimenting with Sam’s grandmother’s spells. Are they searching for something?

When a murder occurs, one of the townspeople is accused of murder, but nothing is as it seems.

***Find out what happens in the sixth book in the Happy Blendings Cozy Witch Mystery Series***  (Amazon)

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Gently Used, Still Works (A Psychic Consignment Mystery Book 2) by [Lynn, JB]Are the Concordia sisters about to get burned?

Running One Woman’s Junk consignment shop, with its constant stream of quirky characters stopping in, is a lot for Winnie and her sisters Bea and Amanda to contend with. So is dealing with each other.

Are their psychic powers a curse or a gift?

Wrestling with the psychic compulsion to sketch people and things she’s never even seen, Winnie goes head-to-head with the fire inspector who wants to shut down the store. And that’s before she stumbles into an arson case and finds herself cozying up to a hot neighbor who leads a secret life of his own.

Will Winnie and her sisters discover who killed their beloved godmother, or will their new life go up in flames?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer in the Dead: A Hog Wild Mystery (A Chelsea Lawson Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [James, CeeCee]

 

 

Trouble seems to follow Chelsea like baby ducks follow their mama. This time around, Chelsea’s best friend Tilly has been accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Adam. When Adam’s fiancé points the finger at Tilly, the police dig up a secret motivation that make things look really bad for Tilly.. and she has no alibi.

There has to be a way to clear her friend, but Chelsea is running out of ideas.

Meanwhile, Chelsea is chasing her own demons as a mystery surrounding her family comes to light. The more she learns about her past, the less sure she is of the future. Has everything in her life been a lie?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bite the Dust: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery (Low Country Dog Walker Mystery Series Book 1) by [Layton, Jackie]

“Andi Grace is adorable, resilient, and has a doggedly curious need to solve a murder. A pleasure to read.” –C. Hope Clark, award winning author of Edisto Tidings

Secrets can be deadly.

One steamy South Carolina morning, Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott discovers a client’s dead body. Police quickly decide she’s the prime suspect. Horrified, she knows she’ll have to turn detective if she’s going to convince them they’re barking up the wrong tree.

Proving her innocence could be a tall order. The local police never solved the hit-and-run that killed her parents; Andi Grace isn’t sure they’ll solve this crime either…not when they have a convenient suspect—one caught with the possible murder weapon in her hand. She’ll have to follow every clue and call in every favor, even if that puts her in danger.

If you love strong heroines, coastal small-town life, and dogs, you’ll love Bite the Dust.

Author Bio: Former Kentucky pharmacist JACKIE LAYTON loves her new life in the Low Country. Walks on the beach and collecting shells are a few of her hobbies when she’s not writing.

Bite the Dust is the first book in Jackie’s new Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series. Jackie also enjoys hearing from readers. Be sure to follow her on Facebook.  (Amazon)

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Under the Radar (A Zoe Chambers Mystery Book 9) by [Dashofy, Annette ]

Paramedic and deputy coroner Zoe Chambers responds to a shooting and discovers her longtime friend, Horace Pavelka, has gunned down a man who’d bullied him mercilessly for decades. Ruled self-defense, no charges are filed. When another of his tormentors turns up dead in Horace’s kitchen, Police Chief Pete Adams questions the man’s innocence in both cases…especially after Horace and his girlfriend go into hiding.

While fighting to clear her friend, Zoe is handed the opportunity to finally learn what really happened to her long-lost sibling. What starts out as a quick road trip on a quest for answers leads her to an unfamiliar city in the middle of a November blizzard, where she finds way more trouble than she bargained for.

Pete’s own search for his missing fiancée and a missing murderer ultimately traps him in a web of deception. Face-to-face with one of the most cunning and deadly killers of his law enforcement career, Pete realizes too late that this confrontation may well be his last.

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UNDER THE RADAR by Annette Dashofy | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

New Releases For The Week Of February 23rd, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 23rd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 3 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.

 

Writer’s apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends….

Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she’s got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancé, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. They seem to be intent on gobbling up prime real estate and changing the landscape of Lena’s lovely adopted home.

When she and Sam get a call from their good friend (and Blue Lake detective) Doug saying that his girlfriend–and Lena’s pal Belinda–isn’t answering her phone and missed a date with him, they all head out to her home. The trio is shocked to discover that Belinda’s purse and phone are at her house, along with a single red rose on her countertop–but Belinda herself is missing. Has she been abucted? Could the strange new corporation play a role in her disappearance? Lena is determined to find out and rescue her friend because she knows that the truth can be stranger and much more deadly than fiction….  (Amazon)

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Murder in the Jazz Band: A Golden Age Mystery (The Catherine Tregowyn Mysteries Book 2) by [Vandagriff, G.G.]The anticipated sequel to Amazon Bestseller, An Oxford Murder, hailed as a “wonderfully stylish and delightful mystery romance” (Amazon Five Star Review)

When Catherine’s brother’s girlfriend, Emily, is arrested for the murder of an Oxford jazz saxophonist, he pleads with her to help find the real culprit. Though she is a newly hired tutor at Somerville College, Catherine has some past success at unmasking criminals and allows herself to be persuaded. She starts by going “undercover” as a weekend jazz singer with the murdered man’s band. Assisted by her beau, Dr. Harry Bascombe, she soon finds herself swimming in motives for the saxophonist’s death.

Could the murderer be the Communist band leader? The black American trombone sensation? The drummer with a secret lover? Or maybe the severely introverted math whiz? What if it’s not a member of the band at all?

While she tussles with her first year of teaching and worries over a troubled student, Catherine is also juggling her complex relationship with Dr. Harry and the fallout from an earlier relationship. When Emily is released and the police arrest her brother, Catherine is forced to dig deeper into her investigation uncovering new facts and unsuspected motives.

What other secrets can she find in the rarefied atmosphere of 1930s Oxford? And will Catherine
survive the peril she encounters from an unexpected quarter?  (Amazon)

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Magic and Missives (Blackwood Bay Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Bane, Misty]An unsolved murder
A missing necklace
A brash fairy who also happens to be a detective …

One night six friends went into the woods, but only five returned home.

Spring has finally delivered us from the rainy, gray days of winter in Blackwood Bay, but that’s not the only reason I’ve got an extra pep in my step. An unexpected issue at Harper’s house means I have a special houseguest, and the idea of making it a permanent arrangement is all I have on my mind.
That is, until an unexpected visitor arrives with a possible clue to solving a gruesome murder that rocked Blackwood Bay nearly thirty years ago. Now, not only am I trying to decide if my relationship is ready for the next step, but I’m helping Harper solve a cold case, trying to keep Maui from offing Harper’s lazy old bulldog, and wrangling Granny who’s recently started haunting her friends for sport.

As we dig into the case, it quickly becomes obvious that everyone involved has a secret. And sometimes the worst monsters hide in plain sight.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Cobbler Blackmail (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 3) by [Rath, Jodi]

 

Welcome to Leaven—oh wait—Santo Domingo, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

Family bombshells, sibling rivalries, blackmail, and a trip that could be deadly…and the new year has only just begun! After a disastrous Thanksgiving, Jolie Tucker is beside herself and feeling the walls closing in around her. She feels like she needs to escape Leavensport before she loses her mind. She unexpectedly gets her wish when her best friend and co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, Ava Martinez, gets a terrifying email revealing that her papa, Thiago, is in danger in Santo Domingo. The girls are off on a dangerous adventure in new territory. Will they be able to save the day before danger finds them?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Fun (Mapleton Mystery Book 9) by [Odell, Terry]This 9th book in Terry Odell’s Mapleton Mystery series pits Gordon against a cat-and-mouse killer.

Someone is playing a game with Mapleton’s Chief of Police … and it’s deadly.

For Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler, life has become predictably boring—despite being a newlywed. Being a husband is great. Dealing with nothing but parking violations, speeders, and the occasional disorderly complaint is monotonous. Gordon wonders if he’s been so busy dealing with “Chief Stuff” that he’s lost his edge as a street cop. Especially when his biggest challenges are handling the penny-pinching mayor and deciding what goes into the station’s vending machines. A few anonymous prank letters are about the only ‘non-normal’ things to hit his desk, but they’re a puzzle, not a threat.

When a tragic car accident kills a friend, Gordon soon learns it was no accident. Determined this is the case meant to pull him out of his workplace rut, Gordon delves into the investigation. He and his colleagues uncover a string of similar murders all across the country over the last 20-odd years. Then, going through a victim’s personal effects, Gordon discovers the same type of anonymous letters that he’s been receiving. Now it’s a race against the clock to find the killer before another victim is chosen.

Or is Gordon the next casualty on the killer’s list?  (Amazon)

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Murder in the Secret Maze (A Tory Benning Mystery Book 1) by [Gonda, Judith]

First in a new series featuring California landscape architect Tory Benning!

Landscape architect Tory Benning knows the lay of the land, but she’ll have to dig through the clues to unearth a killer . . .

After a whirlwind romance and a glorious wedding at the luxurious Hotel Santa Sofia, Tory Benning is ready to let down her hair, slip into her dancing shoes, and celebrate—until she discovers that her newly minted husband has vanished. The police suspect cold feet and second thoughts are behind Milo’s disappearance, but Tory’s certain he’s met with foul play. And since she designed the plush resort, she knows every nook and cranny of the grounds and adjoining secret maze, and wastes no time delving into her search.

As clues begin to emerge that Milo may have taken his last breath in the maze, Tory steps up her sleuthing, even as she learns she’s the prime suspect of a cop with a chip on his shoulder and is squarely in the sights of a menacing stalker. And when a second body is found on the grounds, Tory fears she’s up against a killer determined to silence any and all who get in the way.

Not to be deterred, Tory forges ahead, navigating a case with more twists and turns than the maze itself, until the labyrinth of clues leads her to shocking revelations about her husband, her family, and the identity of a killer who’s dead set on making her the next victim . . .

About the Author:

Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and Ph.D. psychologist with a penchant for Pomeranians and puns, so it’s not surprising that psychology, Poms, and puns pop up in her amateur sleuth mysteries featuring landscape architect Tory Benning.  (Amazon)

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Stayin' Alive (The Country Club Murders Book 10) by [Mulhern, Julie]

Springtime. Love is in the air. So is murder.

When Ellison Russell, reluctant finder of bodies, chairs a gala in conjunction with the museum’s Chinese funerary exhibit, she expects disaster. So, she’s not remotely surprised when a body turns up.

Ellison is willing to leave the investigation to the police till an attempt is made on her life.

Now she’s juggling evading a killer, her aunt’s overly-amorous beau, her dog’s new love interest, and Mother’s displeasure.

With bodies piling up, if Ellison’s not careful, staying alive might be impossible.  (Amazon)

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A Silent Stabbing (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 5) by [Maxwell, Alyssa]As England recovers from its costly involvement in the Great War, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, find the steady comforts of their lives unsettled by a local case of murder . . .
 
Eva is excited for a visit from her sister Alice, who lives in Suffolk with her husband and three children. But when Alice arrives alone, desiring a break from her family, Eva becomes concerned. Her dismay deepens as Alice starts spending time with a former beau, Keenan Ripley, who owns the nearby pear orchard. At the same time, Phoebe’s sister Julia, now a widow and pregnant, is in a fretful state, and Phoebe struggles to be helpful to her.

When Keenan’s brother Stephen, the new head gardener at the Renshaw estate, Foxwood Hall, is found impaled by a pair of hedge clippers, the police—including Eva’s beau, Constable Miles Brannock—suspect his closest kin. Stephen had been eager to sell their orchard to an American developer, but Keenan had fiercely resisted. A table set with two teacups and scones suggests Keenan had company the morning of the murder—and Eva fears her sister was with him.

If Alice were to provide Keenan with an alibi, her reputation and marriage would be ruined. She denies being there but is clearly withholding secrets, much to Eva’s consternation. Now, to protect her sister, Eva and Phoebe set off to expose the gardener’s real killer, putting their own lives at risk . . .  (Amazon)

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Sprinkles, Spelled, and Slayed (An Allegra Darling Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Bourgeois, Sara]

 

A dead psychic is an excellent way to ruin your day. A dead psychic that was involved in a confrontation with your shop manager the day before? Well, that’s enough to land Allegra in the middle of another murder mystery.
Sprinkles, Spelled, and Slayed is book 3 in the An Allegra Darling Cozy Mystery series. It is a clean read suitable for all ages.  (Amazon)

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Murder at the Marlowe Club (The Milliner Mysteries Book 2) by [Parker, Kate]A corpse in a corset. A dangerous gambling den. A perilous path between safety and evil.

London, 1905. Leading milliner Emily Gates’ illegal shortcut through a private park in the rain brought her straight to a scantily clothed corpse. Then her route took her straight into the hands of the indefatigable Lady Kaldaire, who recognized the body as a relative of her longtime friend, the Duchess of Wallingford. Lady Kaldaire blackmailed Emily before to find Lord Kaldaire’s killer. Why not this murderer, too?

Emily has plenty of reasons why not, but finding links between her father’s nefarious family of crooks and conmen and the debauchery of the secretive Marlowe Club involves her in the investigation led by the handsome Inspector Russell of Scotland Yard. Emily discovers more than she expects about the licentious world of the corpse through her aristocratic customers, including Georgia, heroine of the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries, now the Duchess of Blackford.

Are the scandal rags correct, or has the victim been maligned by a mastermind who’ll stop at nothing to gain everything?

This is a historical cozy mystery with no graphic violence, sex, or foul language. Just exciting action, mysterious events, and surprising endings.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchored Inn (The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries Book 10) by [MacInerney, Karen]

Tea, scones, and old bones…

It may be autumn on Cranberry Island, Maine, but things are heating up for innkeeper Natalie Barnes—and not just because of the cranberry scones in the oven. When a research team discovers the remains of a long-missing German U-Boat just offshore, the Gray Whale Inn becomes the center of operations for the eccentric multimillionaire funding the team. But the excitement over the discovery is soon dampened when something else turns up next to the long-lost sunken vessel: the body of a young woman who went missing twenty years ago, tied to an antique anchor that vanished at the same time. Soon, a second, more recent body, that of a local handyman, turns up next to the inn, a knife from friend and island selectman Tom Lockhart’s kitchen in his back.

Natalie is dismayed to learn that several people close to her—including her husband, John, best friend, Charlene, and Tom himself—were connected with the missing girl, and may now be suspects in her long-ago disappearance. When Charlene’s young niece Tania disappears without a trace, Natalie fears that history is about to repeat itself.

Can she find the culprit—and the missing young woman—before tragedy strikes Cranberry island again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lupine Lies: A Gray Whale Inn Story by [MacInerney, Karen]

 

 

 

The lupines aren’t the only thing coming up on Cranberry Island this spring. You won’t be able to put this seaside cozy mystery story down!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al Dente's Inferno (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery Book 1) by [Cole, Stephanie]

An American chef will have to serve up more than good eats if she wants to establish a successful farm-to-table cooking school in Tuscany, in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in Italy. 

When Nell Valenti is offered a chance to move to Tuscany to help transform an aging villa into a farm-to-table cooking school, she eagerly accepts. After all, both her job and her love life in America have been feeling stale. Plus, she’ll get the chance to work under the acclaimed Italian Chef Claudio Orlandini.

But Nell gets more than she bargained for when she arrives. With only a day to go until the launch dinner for the cooking school, the villa is in shambles, and Chef O is blissfully oblivious of the work that needs to be done before a group of local dignitaries arrive, along with a filmmaker sent to showcase and advertise the new school. The situation only worsens when Nell discovers that the filmmaker is an ex-boyfriend, and he’s found murdered later that night. Even worse, Chef O has disappeared, and accusations of murder could shut the school down for good.

As tensions reach a boiling point at the villa, Nell must throw her chef’s hat into the ring, and investigate the murder herself. Because if she fails to solve the case, her career, or even her life, could be next on the chopping block.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunburry - Sweet Revenge: A Cosy Mystery Series (Countryside Mysteries: A Cosy Shorts Series Book 7) by [Marchmont, Helena]Miss Marple meets Oscar Wilde in this new series of cosy mysteries set in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Bunburry.

In “Sweet Revenge”, the seventh Bunburry book, Alfie is back in London, trying to pick up his old life there. But even a wild social whirl with his best friend Oscar can’t disguise the fact that he misses Bunburry. And then a cry for help reaches him – Liz and Marge are in trouble, and Alfie races back. But as he and Police Constable Emma Hollis join forces to clear the ladies’ names, he has to confront a growing suspicion. Has Liz made a mistake while making her celebrated fudge, or have the ladies been up to something more sinister?

Helena Marchmont is a pseudonym of Olga Wojtas, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher, Iona M. Cameron. Olga won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015 and recently published her second book in the Miss Blaine mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ain't Seen Muffin Yet (Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery Series Book 15) by [Dobbs, Leighann]

The Brook Ridge Falls Retirement Center is still reeling over the death of one of their own when Lexy and her senior detective friends are asked to investigate another murder. Muriel Maguire insists that her grandson, Henry, has been framed for the murder of his wife, but the clues all point to Henry, and the police already have him in custody.

The suspect list is long, including members of the victim’s family who have a very unusual and suspicious profession. Too bad the husband had motive and his alibi is flimsy. Is he guilty, or is he being framed?

When the investigation leads them to a mysterious woman, the case takes a curious twist, and a contact inside the prison reveals stunning information that turns the case on its head. Plus, there is one odd clue the police have overlooked—a corn muffin.
  (Amazon)

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Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery Book 11) by [Ryan, Annelise]

A new murder victim with an old M.O. puts Mattie Winston on the trail of a killer who gives a grim new meaning to flower power . . .
 
Spring is beginning to brighten Sorenson, Wisconsin, for Mattie and Steve Hurley and their family. While their son Matthew may be in his terrible twos and Steve’s daughter Emily a moody teenager, the kids bring light to their lives when their work is dark by its nature—Steve is a homicide detective and Mattie is a medicolegal death investigator, aka medical examiner. They deal in corpses.

The latest corpse, a Jane Doe, was clearly an addict, but drugs didn’t kill her, at least not directly. She’s been stabbed multiple times in a pattern that is disturbingly familiar to Mattie. When she discovers flower petals from yellow carnations stuffed into the stab wounds, she recognizes a very specific M.O.—belonging to a convicted serial killer who’s currently serving a life sentence.

The details of the flower petals were never made public in the last case, so it can’t be a copycat crime. It looks like the wrong man is in prison, and the murderer is still at large. Now it’s up to Mattie and Steve to get the case reopened—and catch the real carnation killer . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Under The Radar

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Annette Dashofy and her new book Under The Radar.  This is the ninth book in her A Zoe Chambers Mystery series.  This is one of my favorite series and this book did not disappoint.

 

Under the Radar (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (February 25, 2020)
Trade Paperback – 288 pages
ISBN-13: 9781635115758
ISBN-10: 1635115752
Digital ASIN: B08289PJ97

 

Paramedic and deputy coroner Zoe Chambers responds to a shooting and discovers her longtime friend, Horace Pavelka, has gunned down a man who’d bullied him mercilessly for decades. Ruled self-defense, no charges are filed. When another of his tormentors turns up dead in Horace’s kitchen, Police Chief Pete Adams questions the man’s innocence in both cases…especially after Horace and his girlfriend go into hiding.

While fighting to clear her friend, Zoe is handed the opportunity to finally learn what really happened to her long-lost sibling. What starts out as a quick road trip on a quest for answers leads her to an unfamiliar city in the middle of a November blizzard, where she finds way more trouble than she bargained for.

Pete’s own search for his missing fiancée and a missing murderer ultimately traps him in a web of deception. Face-to-face with one of the most cunning and deadly killers of his law enforcement career, Pete realizes too late that this confrontation may well be his last.

 

 

 

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I felt like I was in the middle of a blizzard, watching the snow swirling all around me. The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Zoe and Pete make such a great couple and I look forward to spending time with them.  They will do anything for each other and you can tell their love is genuine. The supporting cast of characters add a lot to the story.  We got to spend more time with Zoe’s mom, and although most of the time she was a pain in the butt, a few times she felt more likable and human.   I will say that I missed getting to spend time with Pete’s dad, Harry, he is one of my favorite characters.  

The mystery in this book is well paced and well plotted.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through, and there were enough red herrings thrown to make the mystery challenging.  And we got to learn a little more about Zoe’s brother, which added to the story.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With fantastic characters, engaging settings and an intriguing mystery, this is a must read series.

 I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and Edelweiss, which I greatly appreciate.

  

 

 

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. A former EMT and lifelong resident of the area about which she writes, Annette lives with her husband and one very spoiled cat on what was once her grandfather’s dairy farm. UNDER THE RADAR (February 2020) is the ninth in her series.

Author Links

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Blog– http://annettedashofy.blogspot.com/ 

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I think I’ve known since I was old enough to form letters on a page with a crayon. I’ve always written. I thought everyone wrote stories. Life carried me off in different directions for a while, but I kept trying to come back to it until finally I put my foot down and decided to get serious and DO IT.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

Mine are a little darker, a little grittier than some. Zoe Chambers is a paramedic and a deputy coroner, not careers you usually see in cozies. 

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

Both. My process on outlining varies from book to book but I always know who the killer is and his/her motivation before I begin. I know a few major plot points along the way. And I try to at least outline a chapter or two ahead. My outline is always more of a roadmap, allowing me to wander off as my characters see fit, but giving me an idea of how to get to my final destination should I get lost.

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Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I tend to read the first few that come out just to make sure they’re more positive than negative, but after that I rarely look at them. And I rarely respond, never to bad ones for sure. I have a review crew who has access to advanced copies in exchange for honest reviews and I do these blog tours in order to gain some early reviews. One thing about authors and reviews—you can have 150 five-star reviews out there, but that ONE scathing one-star review will bring you to your knees!

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Take time to enjoy family and friends more, celebrate the small victories more, and work smarter, not harder.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Absolutely. That cover image is what catches a reader’s eye before anything else. My publisher does my covers and has done a fabulous job of branding my series with vibrant original artwork.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Zoe has a history of making bad choices but is a caregiver above all. She fights to protect her friends even when she shouldn’t. That’s why she became a paramedic. She hates sitting back and watching from the sidelines. She’d rather be hands-on about making things better. Police Chief Pete Adams shares Zoe’s desire to protect not only his friends but the residents of his township. They’re both professionals with the same goals but they come at situations from different angles, see people in a different light, so they tend to butt heads at times. 

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

That I’m able to overcome my natural introverted tendencies and get out in front of crowds and actually enjoy it! I’ve also learned how much I love research. Tracking down and talking to experts in different fields wasn’t something that came easily to me at first. Now, I love immersing myself in topics I know nothing about.

 

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Full-time, although that encompasses a lot more than “just” writing. 

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have one more Zoe Chambers mystery (after Under the Radar) in the pipeline and then I’m taking a break from Vance Township—or more accurately, giving Zoe a break from the torture I put her through. I have an old unpublished series I want to dust off and indy publish. And I have characters for a new series yammering inside my head. I want to start getting their story down on the page. 

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

The hardest part is the next blank page. The easiest part is what’s already done! 

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What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I love traditional mysteries or thrillers with strong characters and vivid locations. My favorites are Julia Spencer-Fleming and Craig Johnson. When they have something new out, I block off a weekend to just read, and then regret I didn’t take more time so I could stay longer in that world. 

 

What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I’m writing as fast as I can! 

 

Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

I truly love my readers. I love chatting with them. So if you see me at a convention or festival, PLEASE stop and introduce yourself to me! If your book club is reading one of my books, I’d love to join in the discussion. If not in person, then by Skype or Zoom or any of those video platforms. Don’t be afraid to ask!

 

 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: https://www.annettedashofy.com/

    Blog: https://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/ (every other Sunday)

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Annette_Dashofy  

     Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AnnetteDashofy/

     Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/annette.dashofy

     Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/annettedashofy

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/annette-dashofy

 

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Review of The Case of the Cupid Caper

The Case of the Cupid Caper
Cat in the Attic, Book #3
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

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Synopsis:

How is one to start again after losing the one thing that speaks to your heart and fuels your passion?

After a serious accident leaves Calliope Rose Collins unable to continue with the career that has owned her soul for most of her life, she returns to Foxtail Lake, Hollister House, Great Aunt Gracie, and childhood friend, Officer Cass Wylander, where she begins to rebuild her life from the ashes of what she once had.

In book 3 of The Cat in the Attic series – It’s Valentine’s Day and Callie has finally been made a full time reporter for the local newspaper. Her first assignment as a full time reporter is to cover the case of a local cupid, a matchmaker who seems intent on coupling up all the single residents in the area. Things are going well for Callie and her story until one of the men she is sent to interview turns up dead. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

Review:

The writing style flows smoothly and defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there in Foxtail Lake, watching all of the action taking place. The mystery is well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. I love the relationship between Callie and her Great Aunt Gracie. You can tell how much they love each other and how close they are. And her and Cass are getting along well and developing a strong relationship. I enjoyed the Cupid aspect of the book, that added an extra layer, in my opinion. And I love all the animals that appear in this book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It has everything that you would want in a cozy.

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Playing The Devil

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author R. J. Lee and his new book Playing The Devil.  This is the second book in his A Bridge to Death Mystery series.

 

Playing the Devil (A Bridge to Death Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719166
ISBN-13: 978-1496719164
Digital ASIN: B07R7M378R

 

Purchase Links

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There are a variety of quirky characters in the small Southern town of Rosalie, Mississippi. I thought the author captured the feel of the south. Playing the Devil is a blithe cozy mystery with a loathsome lout, a mystifying murder, a surfeit of suspects, a dreamy detective, and a nosy newsperson.
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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 Carey 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 . . .

 

 

 

Then Deedah got in on the act. “Mr. Ogle, I’m well aware that you went out of your way to oppose my directorship, but now that I’m running things, I’m going to have to insist that you conduct yourself properly when you come to the club. It doesn’t belong exclusively to you.”

“It ought to,” he told her, turning up his nose. “I’ve forked over enough money all these years to keep it in the black. All a’ you . . . seem to forget that. Hell . . . I’ve been successful at everything I’ve done . . . from football to lawyering. You can’t be a wimp like your Little Miss Hollis here, Miz La Deedah, and get anywhere in life, you know.” He corrected his slumping posture and cleared his throat, trying to enunciate a bit better. “Anyway, I don’t have to keep contributing, ya know. Not if this is the way it’s gonna be. I need some respect around here.”

Hollis bristled at the insult directed his way. “Don’t threaten Mother like that, and I am not a Miss.”

“And you’ll do what about it, Nancy?” Brent added.

“Never mind these threats you’re making,” Carly said. “So Tip and Connor beat you on the front nine. Was there more to this playground fight?”

Brent continued his cackling. “You asked for it. I told ’em that Daddy had paid Claude Ingalls, the clock operator of The Four-Second Game . . . and all the other officials . . . to do anything they could to make sure that RHS won the game. I told them that Claude really did put his thumb on the clock or whatever . . . to keep it from running out. I told ’em RHS cheated to win the game . . . thanks to my dear old dad, who was loaded as y’all well know. I told ’em . . . I said there were coaches in the stands from both LSU and Ole Miss that night . . . and a football scholarship was on the line for me. Hey, and as everybody knows . . . I got that scholarship. Money well spent. All due to a stolen extra second.”

Carly exchanged flabbergasted looks with the others and said, “You told me you were going to take that bribery story to your grave, Brent David Ogle, and you swore me to secrecy.”

“Looks like I changed my mind, doesn’t it?” He surveyed the gathering around him and rolled his eyes. “Because now, all of you know. Hey, why shouldn’t I have a little fun at everybody’s expense now and then? Ah, the secrets to my success.”

“Are you proud of yourself for causing all this trouble?” Carly said, bearing down upon him.

He ignored her comment and waved her off. “Proud, schmoud. I have decided that I need to . . . I’m gonna jump in the hot tub out on the back deck for a while and relax. Listen, all you losers—that is the deal . . . so all y’all can go back to your silly women’s card game . . . and, you, Missy, can go back to pretending you’re a man.” He pointed in Carlos’s direction once again. “And, hey, I’ll want you to bring me another bourbon out there on the decko, Chico. If you don’t, I’ll have your jobbo pronto . . . you understand me?”

“You’ve had enough,” Deedah insisted, while Carly nodded vigorously.

Brent managed to get to his feet, even if he had to hold on to his chair during and afterward. “Let me put it to you straight then. I know for a fact that you need my money . . . Miz Deedah Director. I’ll cut you off cold turkey if that wetback over there doesn’t do what I just told him to.”

Deedah threw her hands up in the air. “I give up. Ladies and Hollis, let’s all go into my office and talk this over. We can’t go on like this another minute.”

“Yeah . . . that’s right . . . you do that,” Brent said. Then he snapped his fingers at Carlos. “You in the penguin suit . . . another bourbon . . . out on the deck pronto. I mean it. Vámanos.”

And as everyone headed toward Deedah’s office and Brent managed to make his way unsteadily toward the hot tub on the deck, Carlos busied himself making yet another drink for a man who had thoroughly disrupted everyone’s afternoon and thrown the RCC into chaos once again.

 

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R. J. Lee follows in the mystery-writing footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, publishers of WINGS Magazine and other ‘pulp fiction’ periodicals in the late ’40’s and ’50’s. Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez but also spent thirty years living in the Crescent City of New Orleans. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) where he studied creative writing under Sewanee Review editor, Andrew Lytle, Lee now resides in Oxford, Mississippi.

Author Link – Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bridgetodeathmysteries/

 

 

 

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