New Releases For The Week If February 2nd, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of February 2, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


The Secret Letter: A gripping and emotional page turner perfect for fans of Emily Gunnis by [Barrett, Kerry]I signed the letter with a flourish. I wouldn’t send it. There was no need. But I wanted to keep it somewhere safe, somewhere I could find it if I ever needed to remember why I’d done what I’d done. The fight goes on, I told myself. The fight goes on…

London, 1910. Twenty-one-year-old Esther Watkins would do anything for the Suffragette cause. Imprisoned, force-fed and beaten, she is determined to fight for what she believes is right – no matter what it costs her. With new love Joseph by her side, will she get the better future she dreams of?

Kent, 2019. With her marriage in tatters, school teacher Lizzie Armstrong moves to sleepy Elm Heath for a fresh start, and her pupils and the community soon steal her heart. So when the school is threatened with closure Lizzie knows she has to fight, and she looks to the school’s founder for inspiration.

What makes Esther, born and bred in London, a proud Suffragette, suddenly leave the city and escape to Elm Heath? And when Lizzie uncovers Esther’s heartbreaking secret, could it give her the strength she needs to save not just the school, but her new beginning too?

A heart-wrenching and uplifting novel for fans of Emily Gunnis, Kathleen McGurl and Kathryn Hughes. 

Readers LOVE Kerry Barrett!

‘All Kerry Barrett’s books are brilliant.’

‘Will definitely read more from this author.’

‘Kerry Barrett is a new-to-me author, and trust me when I say I will be looking up her books… Any lovers of women’s fiction with a dash of suspense will absolutely love this too!’

‘Truly emotional and heartfelt… I just could not put it down. I’ll definitely be looking to read more by this author in the future.’

‘This is the first book I’ve read by Kerry Barrett, and I’m so excited that I have no found another fabulous author!… Honestly, I cannot tell you just how good this really is… I find myself at times thinking about it and being drawn back in, even now.’

‘I am kicking myself for not reading this book months earlier.’

‘Fans of Kate Morton would love.’

‘I couldn’t put it down… Beautifully written, perfectly paced… The best time slip novel I have read in a long time.’  (Amazon)

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Exposed in Edinburgh: The House Sitters Cozy Mysteries by [Moss, Scarlett]Can a retired sheriff with shattered confidence ever trust his gut instincts again?

Expectations of castles, kilts, and bagpipes turn into undercover crime-solving where even the English language is a mystery.

Alen and Joan Arny happily left law enforcement behind in exchange for traveling and new adventures. They never expected their new job as house and pet sitters to lead them back to crime and intrigue.

Ian Bennett has a secret. He’s in big trouble if it’s exposed and someone is threatening to do just that. The American couple house sitting next door might be the answer to his prayers.

Alen and Joan question if it’s possible to solve a mystery and capture a criminal with no police department, authority, jurisdiction, crime scene analysis, forensics, or modern crime-solving technology.

Will Alen be able to trust his intuition through his self-doubt, will Joan consider crime-solving a bucket list-worthy adventure, and can a canine named Sherlock Holmes help at all?

Read it today, because we love a cozy mystery where the good guys prevail and dogs help save the day.

Exposed in Edinburgh is the first book in the series.

A clean cozy mystery. No graphic violence, sex, or strong language. Available in Large Print.

The House Sitters Cozy Mysteries will take you on adventures and land you in the middle of crimes in different international cities in each book. Enjoy travel photos and recipes from each destination along with charming dogs in each country. Look for corresponding journals. Each book can be read as a standalone and you can read them in any order.  (Amazon)

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The Murderous Macaron: a Provence Cozy Mystery (Julie Cavallo Investigates Book 1) by [Drew, Ana T.]Julie has her freedom, a dream job as a pastry chef, and a corpse growing cold on her floor…

Welcome to Beldoc, a small town in the heart of Provence, imbued with lavender and fresh baked bread! You can idle around, or you can puzzle out a murder mystery.

When a man dies on her watch in her pâtisserie, newly divorced chef Julie Cavallo is dismayed.
Usually, she can bake her way out of the blues. But not this time. It isn’t that she’s a suspect. The local gendarmerie captain signs off Maurice Sauve’s death as a natural event. A heart attack.

But for a reason she won’t discuss, Julie suspects Maurice was poisoned.

What’s a girl to do? She’ll ignore the risk and seek justice for Maurice on her own!

Well, not quite on her own. Julie’s eccentric grandmother, her snarky sister and her geeky sous chef are keen to help.

The team’s amateurism is a challenge. But there’s also the pesky matter of no evidence, no clues, and soon, no body. The murder—if it was a murder—was planned and executed flawlessly.

Can a small-town baker solve the perfect crime?  (Amazon)

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A Deceptive Potion (The Happy Blendings Witch Cozy Mystery Series Book 5) by [Barker, Constance]


After all the stress Sam has endured, she’s excited to go and relax on the beach. However, her vacation doesn’t last long before there’s a murder at the resort she’s staying in. When one of Sam’s items is discovered in a suspicious area, it links her to the crime. Now Tessa, Mara and the rest of the gang must travel to help Sam out of her predicament. But will the killer strike again before they can solve the crime? Is magic involved or will Sam and her friends expose themselves trying to locate the killer?

***Find Out in the Fifth Book in the Happy Blendings Cozy Witch Mystery Series***  (Amazon)

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Famed Director and Producer, Milton Halsey Gosset, Shot Dead in Angels of Mercy, a Cozy Historical Mystery from Alice Duncan

–1926, Los Angeles, CA–

Former Boston Brahmin Mercy Allcutt is excited to be renting suites of rooms to deserving working women in her new



Bunker Hill home. She considers it an act of good-heartedness, no matter how skeptical her boss, private investigator Ernie Templeton, is about her endeavor.

When her housekeeper’s son is arrested for the murder of a Hollywood big-wig, Mercy presses Ernie to solve the case. She’s positive Calvin Buck is innocent. Ernie tells her he’ll do his best but she’s not entirely convinced he means it, so she does some snooping on her own.

In the meantime, Mercy not only takes driving lessons from Ernie, she discovers there’s more to being a landlady than meets the eye. One of her “Angels of Mercy” may not be what she appears. Only time, and Mercy and Ernie, will tell.

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

Winner HOLT Medallion, Romantic Times tip pick
Two-time RT KISS Award Winner
New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year finalist
New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year Award winner
Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Nominee

“Mercy Allcutt is a delight.” Carola Dunn

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

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook















Cozy Up Sampler: Three Cozy Mysteries (Cozy Beginnings Book 1) by [Whiting, J A]This collection by USA TODAY Bestselling Author, J. A. Whiting, contains book 1 in the Sweet Cove series, book 1 in the Lin Coffin – Nantucket series, and book 1 in the Claire Rollins series.

The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop:
Angie Roseland runs The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop in the seacoast town of Sweet Cove, Massachusetts. The building’s new owners are not renewing the bake shop’s lease and Angie is running out of time to find a new location. When one of the town’s long-time residents is murdered, Angie finds herself on the suspect list. With the help of her three sisters and a huge orange cat, Angie works to uncover the killer’s identity.
A cozy mystery with recipes !
This story has some mild paranormal elements.

A Haunted Murder:
After the death of her grandfather, Lin Coffin returns to the island of her birth, Nantucket, Massachusetts, to make a new start in life, but things don’t begin smoothly. After not seeing one for twenty years, a ghost appears in her back yard and her cousin, Viv, becomes a suspect in a murder. Lin and Viv, with the help of several others, work to solve the crime before the killer strikes again.
This story has ghosts and some mild paranormal elements.

Good Fortunes:
After the death of her husband, Claire Rollins moves to Boston, Massachusetts to start a new life. After living in the city for a year and working in a chocolate shop, she begins to develop some “special” skills and when she and a friend just miss getting shot while walking along a city street at night, she taps her new abilities to try to solve the mystery that is swirling around her.
This story has some mild paranormal elements.
This collection is approximately 757 pages in length.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













A Rare Interest In Corpses: A gripping Victorian crime mystery (Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries Book 1) by [Granger, Ann]The first thrilling instalment in the Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries.

It is 1864 when young Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to a wealthy widow who is also a slum landlord. Lizzie is intrigued to learn that her predecessor as companion had mysteriously disappeared, supposedly having run off with an unknown man.

But when the girl’s body is found in the rubble of one of the recently demolished slums around the prestigious new railway station at St Pancras, Lizzie begins to wonder exactly what has been going on.

With the help of an old childhood friend, now Inspector Benjamin Ross, she starts to investigate, risking her life to unearth the truth about the death of a girl whose fate seems interlinked with her own.

A spellbinding Victorian crime mystery, perfect for fans of M. R. C. Kasasian and Susanna Calkins.  (Amazon)

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The Murderer's Apprentice: A gripping Victorian crime mystery (Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries Book 7) by [Granger, Ann]Ann Granger’s seventh thrilling Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie.

It is March 1870. London is in the grip of fog and ice. But Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ben Ross has more than the weather to worry about when the body of a young woman is found in a dustbin at the back of a Piccadilly restaurant.

Ben must establish who the victim is before he can find out how and why she came to be there. His enquiries lead him first to a bootmaker in Salisbury and then to a landowner in Yorkshire. Meanwhile, Ben’s wife, Lizzie, aided by their eagle-eyed maid, Bessie, is investigating the mystery of a girl who is apparently being kept a prisoner in her own home.

As Ben pursues an increasingly complex case, Lizzie reveals a vital piece of evidence that brings him one step closer to solving the crime…

A spellbinding Victorian crime mystery, perfect for fans of M. R. C. Kasasian and Susanna Calkins.  (Amazon)

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A Better Quality of Murder: A gripping Victorian crime mystery (Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries Book 3) by [Granger, Ann]Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie must probe into the private life of murdered Allegra Benedict to solve another grisly crime, in the third novel in this riveting Victorian crime series.

As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night in late October 1867, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. By the time it has lifted next morning, a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer in Piccadilly. But what had she been doing in London that afternoon, and why had she been selling her brooch in the Burlington Arcade just hours before her death?

As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie – with the help of their maid Bessie – looks into Allegra’s private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead…

This spellbinding tale is the perfect read for fans of Anne Perry and Susanna Calkins.  (Amazon)

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A Particular Eye for Villainy: A gripping Victorian crime mystery (Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries Book 4) by [Granger, Ann]The fourth thrilling crime novel in the Inspector Ben Ross series, and a brutal killing that brings the murder very close to home…

When Mr Thomas Tapley is found bludgeoned to death in his sitting room, his neighbour Inspector Benjamin Ross of Scotland Yard is immediately summoned.

Little is known about the elusive gentleman until Mr Jonathan Tapley, QC, hears of the news and the truth about his cousin’s tragic past slowly begins to emerge. Meanwhile, Ben’s wife Lizzie is convinced she saw someone following Thomas Tapley on the day he died and she discovers that he received a mysterious visitor a few days before his death.

As the list of suspects begins to mount, Ben must unearth who would benefit most from Tapley’s unfortunate demise.

A spellbinding Victorian crime mystery, perfect for fans of M. R. C. Kasasian and Susanna Calkins.  (Amazon)

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The Dead Woman of Deptford: A gripping Victorian crime mystery (Inspector Ben Ross Mysteries Book 6) by [Granger, Ann]The sixth gripping Victorian crime mystery in Ann Granger’s Inspector Ben Ross series.

On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he’s seen nothing.

Meanwhile, Ben’s wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and no means of repaying his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector’s house in Deptford, but when she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question.

Edgar was the last man to see Mrs Clifford alive and he has good reason to want her dead, but Ben and Lizzie both know that a case like this is rarely as simple as it appears…

A spellbinding Victorian crime mystery, perfect for fans of M. R. C. Kasasian and Susanna Calkins.  (Amazon)

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Handcuffs in the Heather (Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 8) by [Mayer, Dale]A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and mostly lovable cat, dog, and parrot—as they catch murderers and solve crimes in lovely Kelowna, British Columbia.

Riches to rags. … Everything is under control, … until it isn’t. And Doreen’s in the middle of it!

The four boxes of files Doreen inherited from journalist Bridgeman Solomon have already helped her solve one crime, and Doreen hopes they’ll continue to assist her as she sticks her nose into future cases. But, when she stumbles over a pair of pink satin handcuffs in her standoffish neighbor Richard de Genaro’s heather patch, it’s hard to believe that those reporter’s files could have anything useful to offer regarding that.

Doreen takes a look though, and soon she’s headed down a merry trail of prostitution, embezzlement, and, of course, murder. But the minute the files suggest a connection to Doreen’s specialty, a cold case, her beau and partner in crime, Corporal Mack Moreau, starts breathing down her neck.

With her trusty animals leading the way, Doreen sets out to find the connection between the reputable banker who died in an unsolved hit-and-run and the prostitute who owned the pink satin handcuffs. As Doreen puts it all together, even she is surprised at the outcome of her latest investigation.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle