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

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


Cast a Spell (Private Eye Witch Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Stacey Alabaster]Ever taken a killer exam? This one is deadly, literally.

A paranormal cozy mystery from USA Today Bestselling Author Stacey Alabaster

Ruby is headed back to school so she can keep her private investigator license. When the teacher turns up dead, the lessons go from academic to deadly serious. Can Ruby learn the truth or will her dreams of being a top-notch detective be cast aside?

Cast a Spell is part of the Private Eye Witch Cozy Mystery series. If you like fun paranormal mysteries, you will love Ruby Swift and her magical adventures.

Get Cast a Spell and start solving your next supernatural mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













You Only Live Nine Times (Homer Whodunit Book 1) by [Gwen Cooper]


Curiosity can’t kill a cat with eight lives to spare…

Tight-knit small towns hold plenty of gossip and even more secrets. Coacoochee, Florida is a typical small town—if somewhat more sundrenched than most—until its secrets explode into murder. Local bookstore owner Gwen Cooper has one blind cat (Homer), two sighted cats, a recently broken heart, and curiosity to rival that of her beloved felines. When Coacoochee’s most glamorous denizens start turning up murdered, what initially seemed like a crime of passion and a robbery gone awry turn out to be deeper mysteries with ties to Miami’s white-hot contemporary art scene. Homer, aided by his trusty four-legged sidekicks, begins using his enhanced senses to scent out clues. Meanwhile, Gwen is conducting her own investigation, unaware that her fearless feline is one step ahead of her. If only Homer could let her know—before Gwen finds herself next on the killer’s list.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Coffee & Corpses (Connie Cafe Mystery Series Book 1) by [Maisy Marple]God. Coffee. Small Town Murder?

My name’s Connie Cafe (yes, that’s my real name), and for as long as I can remember I’ve lived just outside of Coffee Creek, dreaming of the day when I could finally open up my own little cafe.

In the meantime, I work for the Coffee Creek Gazette, covering the most mundane of small town stories. I also sling coffee at the local branch of the big box coffee chain that’s about as inviting and sterile as a hospital operating room.

I always thought Coffee Creek was the quietest little town around. To be perfectly honest, it bordered on boring most days.

That was, until I got the assignment of covering Coffee Creek’s Big Spring Golf Tournament and found a dead body on the fifteenth hole.

This is the first book in The Connie Cafe Mystery Series, a perfect series for lovers of clean small town mysteries that feature coffee and an amateur sleuth who’s in way over her head.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Ligature & Latte (Connie Cafe Mystery Series Book 2) by [Maisy Marple]Faith, Foam, and More Small Town Murders

My name’s Connie Cafe (yes, that’s my real name), and for as long as I can remember I’ve lived just outside of Coffee Creek, dreaming of the day when I could finally open up my own little cafe.

I always thought Coffee Creek was the quietest little town around. To be perfectly honest, it bordered on boring most days – until I found a dead body on the fifteenth hole of the Coffee Creek Golf Club.

Now, it seems like someone’s opened up the flood gates and the small town of Coffee Creek is full of murderers.

Will things ever get back to normal in the small town I know and love?

This is the second book in The Connie Cafe Mystery Series, a perfect series for lovers of clean small town mysteries that feature coffee and an amateur sleuth who’s in way over her head.

Pick up books 1 & 2 in the series (Coffee & Death and Ligature & Latte) at special pre-order pricing when you buy now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Bloodmages and Blackmail: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Magic & Mystery Book 10) by [Lily Webb]Someone is out for blood…

For Head Witch Zoe Clarke, everything has led to this moment. Since defeating a deadly organization of warlocks, Zoe has been enjoying some much-needed time off with her fiancé, Beau, and their newborn babies.

But after one of Zoe’s colleagues is found drained dry, Zoe’s blood boils. And when she receives an anonymous letter threatening more attacks, Zoe realizes her enemies aren’t done with her yet.

From a new band of red-robed mages spreading propaganda to the growing rifts among her colleagues, Zoe’s convinced more blood will be spilled before it’s over — especially when another powerful witch is found siphoned.

Will Zoe catch the killer red handed? Or will her efforts be like squeezing blood from a stone?

Bloodmages and Blackmail is the tenth book in the Magic and Mystery series of witch cozy mysteries. If you like meddling mages, blistering blackmail, and magical murder mysteries, then you’ll love this lighthearted tenth entry in Lily Webb’s spellbinding series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Hollywood Yesterday: A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller (The Hollywood Alphabet Series Book 25) by [M.Z. Kelly]


Homicide Detective Kate Sexton is running on empty. Her fiancé is missing. The life of the father she has never known is at risk. And, the world’s most wanted terrorist is coming for her. As Kate considers walking away from the city and the job she loves, there’s a homicide case to solve and there’s an end game in play.

Can Kate outwit a deranged killer the press has dubbed The Reaper and stop a terrorist that has haunted her life and destroyed her family? She knows it will take every bit of skill and cunning she has left. This is the end game; a poker hand where the death card is in play. It’s all in, win or die!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














A Treasured Little Murder: A Violet Carlyle Cozy Historical Mystery (The Violet Carlyle Mysteries Book 23) by [Beth Byers]


August 1926

Jack and Ham are pulled into their first solo case when a priceless treasure is stolen from Ham’s home and a body is left behind. As the case progresses, Vi and Rita dive in, and somehow it becomes a competition.

Book TWENTY-THREE in the Violet Carlyle Mysteries. Are you ready for the roaring twenties? You’ll love Vi, her patient husband Jack, her indulgent twin Vic, and their friends. For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss. A light, cozy mystery with a fun peek into life in the life of a bright young thing. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Potions and Predicaments: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Charmed and Dangerous Book 1) by [Morgan Vale]

Kat Sullivan has a “potion for every problem” — except this one.

When a competing shop opens in town, Kat knows she’s in for some toil and trouble. The arrogant new girl Starla has it out for her and her mom’s more interested in her (lack of) love life. Things go from bad to worse when Kat finds her shop ransacked and rarest items stolen.

Oh, and one more thing: Starla turns up dead.

Suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, will Kat and her magic be enough to clear her name? Or will she have to enlist the town’s most notorious (and handsome) informant to uncover the truth?

Joined by her bubbly best friend Pepper and her familiar Albus, she’ll have to use every trick and tincture at her disposal. There’s a killer on the loose, and she might be next.

If you like humorous paranormal cozy mysteries full of snarky cats and sassy witches, then you’ll devour Potions and Predicaments, the first full-length novel in a fun new series. These are clean reads with no swearing, gore, or adult situations, so curl up and enjoy!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Deadly Justice: A Legal Thriller (Tex Hunter Book 4) by [Peter O'Mahoney]The clock is ticking…

Night club owner Rick Cowan approaches criminal defense attorney Tex Hunter, and presents an offer that Hunter can’t refuse. But Rick Cowan isn’t a regular client. He isn’t faultless, he isn’t friendly, and he isn’t clean—his past is littered with violence, agony, and decades of fraudulent behavior. Cowan claims he’s innocent of the felony drug charges, claims he’s been set-up from the inside, but the evidence against him continues to mount.

Determined to smash a corruption racket involving convicted felons, business owners, and the Chicago Police Department, Hunter works the case, treading closer to the threats with each step, closer to danger with each day. The corruption racket was built on violence and deception, bribery and exploitation, and the members would continue to protect their reputations, even if it cost a defense lawyer his life.

Digging through years of testimonies and decades of criminal activity, the evidence twists into Hunter’s own past, uncovering information about his family that he never knew.

But to uncover the evidence, to reveal the truth about his family’s past, Tex Hunter must face his own demons, and risk his own life to expose it all…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Baker's Burden (The Donut Mysteries Book 50) by [Jessica Beck]


When a wicked landlord is murdered during a going-out-of-business sale in April Springs, everyone who runs a business in the strip mall he owns is a suspect, including one of Suzanne’s good friends. Not only that, but there are even more folks from town who are under scrutiny as well. As Suzanne and Grace dig into the murder, they must do their best not to be the killer’s next victims, too.

Jessica Beck is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Donut Mysteries, the Cast Iron Cooking Mysteries, the Classic Diner Mysteries, the Ghost Cat Cozy Mysteries, and more.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle














Murder with Honey Ham Biscuits (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery Book 4) by [A.L. Herbert]As the owner of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, Halia Watkins is famous in Maryland’s Prince George’s County for her down-home cuisine. But when she has the chance to showcase her talents on national TV, she becomes the star of a murder mystery that’s too hot to handle! 

When Halia is invited to serve as a guest judge on the popular cooking competition show Elite Chef, she’s delighted to add some extra flavor to the mix. But as filming ramps up in Washington D.C., there are too many fiery personalities in the kitchen. Halia discovers that pulling off her small screen debut unscathed means contending with a longtime competing restaurant owner, an infamously crass hospitality mogul, and a group of cutthroat contestants vying for culinary glory . . .

The competition sizzles with only a few finalists left standing—and goes cold when the gorgeous young frontrunner is found dead. As murder accusations are slathered over a recently eliminated contestant, Halia, with some bungling assistance from her wise-cracking cousin Wavonne slides into an investigation of their own. A little snooping reveals the victim burned lots of bridges, leaving a slew of alleged affairs and stolen recipes in her wake. With a fast-rising list of potential suspects, Halia must sort through mindboggling clues to fry the flaky culprit before someone else gets baked to a crisp . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover













The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) (Isabel Dalhousie Series) by [Alexander McCall Smith]


One of the author’s most beloved characters is back–and once again she will have to call upon her powers of deduction and her unflappable moral code to unravel a new philosophical mystery.

In Edinburgh, rumors and gossip abound. But Isabel well knows that such things can’t be taken at face value. Still, the latest whispers hint at mysterious goings-on, and who but Isabel can be trusted to get to the bottom of them? At the same time, she must deal with the demands of her two small children, her husband, and her rather tempestuous niece, Cat, whose latest romantic entanglement comes–to no one’s surprise–with complications. Still, even with so much going on, Isabel, through the application of good sense, logic, and ethics, will, as ever, triumph.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook















Murder without Mercy: A Southern Witch Cozy Mystery (Witches of Keyhole Lake Southern Mysteries Book 12) by [Tegan Maher]What’s a fall festival without a murder?

For a hundred years, Keyhole Lake’s Fourth of July Festival and Barbecue Cook-Off has drawn people from all over the south, and this year’s no exception. Historically, though, some have been better than others for Noelle and crew.

This year, she’s hoping for the best. She and Hunter are newly engaged, her powers are leveling out, and life is good – at least until a woman turns up murdered in the fortune teller’s tent. The case takes a turn for the strange when Hunter discovers she’s an heiress that was reported missing three years ago.

Once word gets out, “beloved” family members start crawling out of the woodwork, and the situation goes from strange to downright nerve-wracking when the woman’s ghost shows up and starts pointing fingers.

If you like funny, small-town humor, Southern snark, and good, old-fashioned murder, then you’ll love this witch cozy mystery!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Daffodils and Poisonous Pills (Fern Grove Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Abby Reede]The latest book in the Bestselling Fern Grove Cozy Mystery series will soon be available on your kindle!

Tracy likes minding her business.

Looking after the customers at In Season flower shop gives her fulfilment.

Her budding romance with Detective Copeland is keeping the butterflies in her stomach busy.

Caring for her Abyssinian cat, Mr. Sydney, gives her great joy.

Life is good and Tracy likes it that way but a mysterious text out of the blue introduces her to a distant relative in a care home in the sleepy coastal town of Fern Grove. Her aunt advises her not to get too close to this relative. But Tracy finds herself drawn to this relative and the quirky characters at the care home. She regrets getting too close when she discovers the shady practices at this establishment and one of its obnoxious residents is found dead.

She is confused and fearful for the lives of the other residents as she smells something foul in the air.

Everyone seems eager to sweep this murder under the carpet but not Tracy. She cannot unsee what she’s seen and she cannot unhear what she’s heard. Tracy believes a killer is on the loose and she’s determined to make it her business to find the murderer. Will she be successful or become the killer’s next victim?

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

No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!

Get your preorder copy of Daffodils and Poisonous Pills to discover how events unfold in this cozy murder mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Dotty Deals with a Dilemma (Dotty Drinkwater Mystery series Book 5) by [Diane Ezzard]


Things don’t go according to plan for Dotty when she starts a new job working at the hair and beauty salon. There is one disaster after another.
Things go downhill fast when Dotty’s boss, Sasha and her son, Watson disappear while taking Dotty’s dog for a walk.
When a ransom demand comes through, things turn more sinister. Then the man suspected of kidnapping them is found murdered.
Can Dotty get to the truth before it’s too late?
Join Dotty and her friends as they try to unravel another great madcap cozy mystery.
This is book 5 in the Dotty Drinkwater Mystery series but can be read as a standalone.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















The Murder Mystery Cruise: Book Three: The Cozy Cruise Mysteries by [Lizzie Josephson]



Adrianne Chrisander has been head of Cosmos Cruise Lines for a year now, and it’s time to expand her fleet. Another luxury line is for sale so she and her boyfriend, Captain Keith Knowles decide to take a cruise and see if she’d like to buy it. Of course, best friend Carol Conway and her new boyfriend Jared Edwards want to come along and share the fun.


How much fun can it be when Adrianne’s cousin Stavros is on board, being his usual obnoxious self?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Piece by Piece by [Laura Bradford]A grieving mother learns to heal in Amish country, in this heartfelt, beautifully told novel from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Danielle Parker is a gold-medal mom—the kind who volunteers in her children’s classrooms, shuttles them between activities, throws legendary birthday parties, and has a remedy on hand for any emergency. Whatever her husband, Jeff, and their children need, Dani is there, always.
Except for one day.

On that day—the day that Dani reluctantly takes some “me time” while her mom and Jeff drive the children to the park—the unthinkable happens. The car crash leaves no survivors. Somehow, Dani gets through the funerals and visits, accepting neighbors’ sympathy and dropped-off meals. All the while, guilt and grief make her wish the accident had claimed her life too. Then a call comes from Lydia Schlabach, an Amish woman Dani befriended in childhood. In addition to condolences, Lydia offers Dani something more: a place to escape to.

In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Dani’s days take on a new rhythm, marked by the clip-clop of buggies and the bustle of chores. Lydia gives Dani space to mourn, to think, and to realize how long it’s been since she felt like a person in her own right. And with the help of friendships old and new, Dani learns about the ways life continues to surprise us—even after the deepest loss—with joy, love, and second chances. . . .

Praise for Portrait of a Sister
“Laura Bradford is a master storyteller; this book will stay with you for a long, long time.” —New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander
 “A charming, well-told story of love and devotion between sisters.”
—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook


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