New Releases For The Week Of May 24th, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 24th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Kept on Ice: A Mika Chalmers Hockey Mystery (The Mika Chalmers Hockey Mystery Series Book 2) by [Heather C. Myers]Private investigator Mika Chalmers has no chance to decide whether or not she wants to start dating Eric Foresburg again with a murder on her desk. Georgie Howie, enforcer of the Irvine Buccaneers and Eric’s teammate is the prime suspect in the murder of cross-town rival Dave Probst. He hires Mika to prove his innocence, but Mika is only after the truth.

She knows three things:

1) Witnesses saw Georgie Howie beat Probst up outside a swanky Newport Beach bar right on Pacific Coast Highway just hours before he died but nobody knows why

2) Probst officially died of poison, not the assault wounds

3) Georgie is hiding something

On top of that, Mika and Eric are dating again, but Mika worries it’s too much too soon. It doesn’t help that arrogant Detective Alex Beech is interjecting himself in the case and her love life. It would be nice to know how she feels, especially with Eric seemingly wanting to get more serious. This is what Mika thinks she wants.

But does she?

Not even her new rescue cat, Catsey Cline, can tell her.

With the hockey season finally underway, Mika must get to the bottom of what really happened to Dave Probst before Georgie’s career is over on someone else’s terms.

With the heated chemistry of Castle and the unpredictable twists and turns of Bones, hockey fans are devouring this new romantic mystery series by a USA Today Best Selling Author.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












The Engineer Wore Venetian Red: Mysterious Devices 4 (Magnificent Devices Book 20) by [Shelley Adina]Book four of the Mysterious Devices series of clockwork cozies set in the Magnificent Devices world!

An earthquake strikes. A prince is missing—a victim of disaster or foul play?

Hot on the trail of their missing father, Daisy and Freddie Linden step off the airship Iris in San Francisco de Asis. At the moment they discover their best clue to Papa’s whereabouts, an earthquake levels the city—and a disaster is the best time for a political coup.

The forces of evil have two targets: May Lin, the river witch, and Carlos, the country’s handsome young ruler. She is sucked alive into a crevasse, having never told the prince she loves him. Carlos is abducted—with Freddie the only witness. The kingdom will descend into chaos unless someone can find them both—and Daisy and Freddie seem to be the only ones left standing.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














A Cold Case In Spell (Ice Witch Mysteries Book 1) by [J. L. Collins]Charming Springs – Where every day is colder than a witch’s kitty!

After ditching her cheating fiancé, Indie Warren hits the road in her trusty old truck, refusing to settle for anyone or anywhere.

But all that changes after Indie gets stuck in the frozen ghost town of Charming Springs, North Carolina.

In the middle of July.

This secret magical town was struck by a curse that brought on eternal winter and cast a barrier around it with no way in or out.

And Indie knows this because the talking owl told her so, obviously.

Suddenly Indie’s thrown into a world of magic, mayhem, and murder. And when she stands accused of the deadly deed, she’ll have to use her wits to prove her innocence… if she can keep her newfound magical powers under control!

Even with the help of her feathered friend and the mysterious reaper with his own secrets, she’ll need to find her own way out of this cursed place—dead or alive.

A Cold Case In Spell (Ice Witch Mysteries, book 1) is a lighthearted paranormal cozy mystery. Find out what happens next!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












BONES IN THE RIVER: an absolutely gripping crime thriller full of twists (CSI Grace McColl & Detective Nick Weston Lakes Trilogy Book 2) by [Zoe Sharp]Driving on a country road late at night,
you hit a child.
There are no witnesses.
You have everything to lose.
What do you do?

The traditional Appleby Horse Fair hosts the largest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Europe.
The sudden influx of more than 40,000 visitors into the small Lakeland town has always caused its share of problems, with strained relations between off-comers and locals.
But it’s also known as a good time to settle old scores.
This year, the Fair brings with it with the discovery of two bodies near the River Eden—one very recent and another a long time buried.
As CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston search for answers, old secrets are revealed, old wounds are reopened, and tensions threaten to erupt into violence.
While someone much closer to home is trying to get away with murder…

The follow-up to DANCING ON THE GRAVE, the first of the Lakes Thriller Trilogy, this is a self-contained story featuring:
CSI Grace McColl. She is forty, amicably divorced from her husband, Max. Born in the Lakes, she was always a keen photographer, who trained as a crime scene investigator after her photographs were used to help a guilty man go free and he later caused a woman’s death. Grace still feels she has much to make amends for. She hides her emotions behind a calm façade that can make her sometimes appear cold. She lives in Orton village, with a Weimaraner called Tallie.

Detective Constable Nick Weston. He is thirty-two, living with his partner, Lisa, a hairdresser, with whom he has a volatile relationship, and a young daughter, Sophie. Nick worked in Firearms in Manchester and then undercover for the Met in London. After he was compromised and almost beaten to death on an undercover op, Lisa persuaded him to transfer up to her native Cumbria, where he is considered an outsider among his colleagues. Nick is still coping with some of the mental and physical after-effects of his experiences.

“Unique characters and superb writing… I highly recommend.”
“Another book from Zoë Sharp with strong female protagonists that is hard to put down.”
“I love all of Ms Sharp’s writing and while Charlie Fox will always be my favourite, the more I read of this pair the more I like them.”
“Zoë Sharp has shown what a versatile writer she is by changing from her blockbuster Charlie Fox series (which you should read if you haven’t), to these books about a CSI.”
“Grace McColl is an endearing, smart and fascinating lead character as well and I look forward to the projected third novel in this trilogy. Grab this one as soon as it comes out—and if you haven’t read Dancing on the Grave, grab that one too.”
“As rich and fascinating as I expected with the added plus of the engaging new (to me) characters of CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick (Weston). They’re intriguing alone and compelling together.”
“Sharp can be counted upon for providing admirable female characters against the backdrops of casual misogyny and domestic abuse and doing so with a light touch.”
“I love the Charlie Fox series by Zoë Sharp, and didn’t think this novel could be as good as those, but now that I have read Bones in the River, I actually like it even better!”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I could not put it down. Zoë Sharp never disappoints.”
“I was instantly hooked.”
“It’s a cracking story, by a gifted author and I can’t wait for more from either series. Highly recommended.”
“I’m an enormous fan of Sharp’s Charlie Fox, the ex-army turned bodyguard, who stars in 13 novels and who is my vote for the best ever female main protagonist in crime fiction! So I was a bit apprehensive that I wouldn’t like this book as much. This was unfounded as Zoë Sharp is an incredibly good writer who is inventive, while remaining credible, in delivering her storyline twists.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback














Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery Book 1) by [Kate Lansing]A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook














A dead federal agent and Lowcountry secrets stir up a hornet’s nest. . .
A Carolina Slade and Callie Morgan crossover!
(A stand-alone mystery)


Carolina Slade’s long awaited engagement is put on hold as Senior Special Agent Wayne Largo leads the manhunt for his missing partner—a naïve fresh recruit, who may have jumped the gun on an investigation from Slade’s case load. When the agent is found dead next door to the jurisdiction of friend and Edisto Beach Police Chief Callie Morgan, Slade calls in a favor to add support for Wayne’s investigation. Soon the two women are hip-deep in the secrets, black water swamp land, and farms of the Salkehatchie region.


And anyone attempting to uncover those secrets gambles with their life.

Author Bio: Author C. Hope Clark, an award-winning writer of two mystery series (Carolina Slade and the Edisto Island mysteries), founded, which Writer’s Digest has recognized in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for almost two decades. Hope is married to a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a private investigator. They live in South Carolina, on the banks of Lake Murray. Hope is ever hard at work on the next novel, and you can visit her at  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback













The Hitwoman and the Exorcism (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman Book 23) by [JB Lynn, JB  Lynn, Parisa Zolfaghari]Maggie Lee will do anything to protect her family…including participating in an exorcism.

When her niece is threatened by an evil spirit, Maggie and her menagerie (with the help of friends Armani and RV) must find a missing skull and rob a graveyard. As if that isn’t enough, they must also go on a quest to collect a list of magical ingredients (including pumpkin spice coffee, because everyone knows that’s some magical stuff right there).

God is being snarkier than usual, as Maggie also contends with the demands of a mob boss, the fallout of a killing, and an offer of a job that could be her most dangerous yet.

Will she figure out a way to exorcise the evil spirit to save her beloved niece Katie or will the cursed cloud Maggie’s always lived under finally get the best of her?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Do No Evil: An Oxford Murder Mystery (Bridget Hart Book 3) by [M S Morris]Old friendships. Dark secrets. Deadly lies.

When Detective Inspector Bridget Hart returns to her old Oxford college for a reunion dinner, she’s hoping for a fun weekend catching up with old friends. But the reunion takes a macabre turn when body parts are served up at the college feast, and one of her friends is found murdered.

With Bridget’s arch rival Inspector Baxter leading the murder enquiry, and herself a potential suspect, Bridget is forbidden from taking part in the investigation. But that doesn’t stop her from carrying out her own private enquiries.

Bridget soon realises that the murderer is someone known to her. And as the weekend continues and more bodies are found, it becomes clear that they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Can Bridget uncover the dark secrets of the past in time to halt the killing, or will she be next on the murderer’s list?

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














The Strongman's Spell: A Marley the Witch Mystery (Marley the Witch Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Amorette Anderson]A magical retreat center. A cranky critic. Eccentric guests aplenty. What could go wrong?

Amateur witch Marley Greene has just opened her magical retreat center.

Her guest speaker, Neil the Strongman,

has lots of wisdom to share with his admirers.

But before the weekend can get started…

one of the guests is found murdered.

Who did it?


And what’s up with the monster in the mud bath?

Follow along with amateur sleuth Marley

as she casts spells, questions suspects, and dances her way through her first case!

This is the first book in the Marley the Witch Mystery series. A full-length witch cozy with a leading female sleuth.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Asbury High and the Parcels of Poison: Asbury High Series Book 2 by [Kelly Brady Channick, Susan Schafer]

Asbury’s fearless foursome is back!
Is their favorite hangout to blame for recent food poisonings? Or is there something more sinister at work?
After an unprecedented first year of high school, the gang is ready for a relaxing summer vacation, although in Asbury, that may be easier said than done. This summer, the Food Network is running a summer special highlighting local hot spots, Carly, Maddie, Pilot and Cornelious are psyched to have the world’s best restaurant featured—their very own Brady’s! In fact, Maddie can almost forget that her arch-nemesis, Alexis Johnson, will also be on TV for winning the logo design for Caulfield’s Candies… almost.
However, after patrons start falling ill, shoobies and locals alike point the finger at Brady’s and rumors of food poisoning. When Brady’s threatens to close its doors, Pilot realizes his mother’s job is in jeopardy, as well as his future in Asbury. With the aid of Cornelious’ wealthy cousin Dane, who spends every summer with the quartet, the gang is once again thrust into an investigation. Unfortunately, they find themselves thwarted by both the local police (who believe their recent success was due to luck, rather than skill), and Cornelious’ father, who has decided to run for Mayor of Asbury and cautions his son on the need to maintain a spotless public image.
With a new pancake house on the boardwalk, Mainlanders invading their beaches, and the Pitbulls sneaking around and terrorizing shoobies (as usual), there’s no shortage of suspects. But can they solve the case before the summer, and Brady’s, are finished?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Wolf in Witch's Clothing: Witch's Brew Cozy Mystery 3 by [CC Dragon]



Claudia’s paranormal world just got a lot weirder. Her parents and her life aren’t what she thought. The man she cared for showed more flaws than one witch could handle…but the powerful warlock isn’t done trying to be in her life.
Then another dead body turns up–someone far too close to Claudia. Plenty of people have a motive. Claudia and her family are all suspects. No matter what group people want to lump her into, Claudia isn’t going to let anyone harm or hang a murder on the Romani family that has always protected her. The para tradition of every group in their place is about to blow up with one witch at the center—you can join her or run.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries Book 4) by [Bree Baker]It’s sink or swim for Everly with her most bizarre case yet!

Everly Swan is busy as a bee running her beachside iced tea shop, and the small island of Charm, North Carolina is abuzz-Mitzi Calgon, an iconic Hollywood actress, is in town! Everly’s great-aunts are making a documentary about beekeeping and Mira has agreed to help. But when the actress turns up dead, reporters and fans swarm the island, muddying the water and disrupting the peaceful lives of the townspeople.

Everly’s never been good at minding her own beeswax, so she starts following her own leads and combing through the evidence. Then there’s the mystery of Detective Hays-ever since their kiss under the mistletoe, he’s been acting distant. And he’s annoyingly determined to keep Everly away from the case. But when she receives a cryptic warning to “Bee Careful”, Everly realizes that she’s gotten herself into a really sticky situation…

The fourth book in Bree Baker’s Seaside Café Mystery series, readers of Joanne Fluke and Kate Carlisle will love A Call for Kelp!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Murder at the Bomb Shelter: a 1950s cozy historical  mystery (A Rosa Reed Mystery Book 3) by [Lee Strauss, Norm Strauss]Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!

Murder’s a blast!

Rosa Reed’s holiday with the Forester Family in Santa Bonita has turned into an extended stay, and Rosa decides to make use of her Metropolitan Police training and sets up a private investigative business ~ just like her mother! But she finds she’s not the only one who keeps business in the family, and when one of the members of the prestigious Gainer family is found dead in his bomb shelter, Rosa is invited to take on the case ~ much to Detective Miguel Belmonte’s chagrin. If Rosa doesn’t find the killer soon, the summer of  ’56 just might be her last.

If you love early rock & roll, poodle skirts, clever who-dun-its, a charming cat and an even more charming detective, you’re going to love this new series!


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



Murder at High Tide (1)

Murder on the Boardwalk (2)

Murder at the Bomb Shelter (3)

Murder on Location (4)

Murder and Rock ‘n Roll (5)


Murder on the SS Rosa (Book 1)

Murder at Hartigan House (Book 2)

Murder at Bray Manor (Book 3)

Murder at Feathers & Flair (Book 4)

Murder at the Mortuary (Book 5)

Murder at Kensington Gardens (Book 6)

Murder at st. George’s Church (Book 7)

The Wedding of Ginger & Basil (Book 7.5)

Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman (Book 8)

Murder at the Boat Club (Book 9)

Murder on Eaton Square (Book 10)

Murder by Plum Pudding (Book 11)

Murder on Fleet Street (Book 12)

Murder on Brighton Beach (Book 13)

~more on the way!

Don’t miss LADY GOLD INVESTIGATES, the short story companion series!

Genre: cat cozy mystery series / historical mystery / women amateur sleuths / female detectives  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












All She Wrote:  A Cat Cozy Mystery: A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery by [Tonya Kappes]Welcome to the southern small town with endearing citizens, adorable animals, a smidgen of gossip with a touch of humor where there are twists and turns around every corner as they solve a local murder.

Mail carrier, Bernadette (Bernie) Butler, along with the Front Porch Ladies, are curious of their new neighbor, Courtney Gaines, who is the niece of Florence Gaines, the wealthiest widow in Sugar Creek Gap. Florence lets it be known that she is seeing Zeke Grey, which doesn’t set well with the Front Porch Ladies. They were all in competition for Zeke’s attention.

Shortly after learning that Florence, who announced it rather loudly, that she and Zeke got married, while delivering the mail, Bernie overhears what could be the first marital spat.

As Bernie is happily awaiting the birth of her first grandchild, her best friend shares a feeling that something isn’t right between Bernie’s son, Grady, and her daughter-in-law, Julia. Grady seems to be very chummy with Courtney, which has Bernie singing high praise of Julia and how there is a new baby on the way.

When Florence turns up dead in mulch, coupled with what Sheriff Angela Hafley mentioned, Bernie can’t help but want to get involved and when Sheriff Angela requests Bernie to be a ‘snoop consultant’, she readily agrees. Bernie’s snooping leads her to information that hits a little too close to home and Bernie enlists her best friend, Iris for help.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


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