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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

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