On The Trail Of A Killer

On The Trail Of A Killer

Fairmont Finds, Book #1

Cate Lawley

5 Stars


On the Trail of a Killer (Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Cate Lawley]



A hound with a nose for trouble and a heart for romance stirs up both in this small-town cozy mystery.

Fairmont has a murky history, but none of that matters now that he’s started his new life with Zella. A fluffy dog bed, great meals, and even better company – what more could a dog want? Everything’s grand, until he sniffs out a dead body.

Zella’s new life began when she adopted Fairmont, but he was just the start. The changes kept coming: a new home, a new town, a new name. A lovely beginning, spoiled only by the corpse in her otherwise perfect backyard.

Can Zella, Fairmont, and all their new friends in White Sage find the murderer before Zella’s fresh new start turns deadly?   (Goodreads)



The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Zella and Fairmont are starting a new life in White Sage.  They are moving into a smaller house and hope that things will be simpler and easier.  They do not get to really check that situation out because on their first trip to their new house, Fairmont finds a dead body.  Zella feels like she has to find out who the dead body is and who killed them because they were found on her property.  Zella is a smart inquisitive lady and Fairmont is her adorable smart inquisitive dog.  The neighbors in the small town are nosy and opinionated and it is going to take some time for Zella to get used to this.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the book from the very beginning.  I really liked how fast news travels in White Sage, at times it seemed faster than the internet.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider, and it was not easily solved.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading more adventures by Zella and Fairmont.


New Releases For The Week Of August 16, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 16th, 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.


Pie a la Poison (Taste of Magic Mysteries Book 2) by [Kat McGee]

A contest judge takes an eternal nap in the middle of the pie entries. As a fledgling witch, Harper Dade discovers living in Willow Hollow can be murder.

The shifter sheriff of the magical town pulls Harper into the investigation. With more than the pie contest in jeopardy, the success of the town’s businesses is on the line.

A defective witch, she can’t face the truth about her heritage. Let alone cast successful spells or bake an edible pie.

Yet she must, for the sake of Willow Hollow, investigate to make sure a murderer gets his or her just desserts.

Pie a la Poison is book two in the Taste of Magic cozy mystery series. The series features clean, quirky magic, mystery and mayhem.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Mazed (A Remembered Classics Romance Book 7) by [J L Wilson]



Lilith Griffen survived an attack that left her scarred and disfigured. She’s now a successful landscape designer with a shot at winning a competition that could give her a financial boost . She just needs a landscape crew. Her father hires Dillan Lyall—a man with a past that’s as complicated as hers. She reluctantly accepts Dillan’s help. When a body is found in the middle of her labyrinth, she’s glad for his presence. Will she learn to trust again, or will time run out for both of them?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback




















County Fair Murder: A Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery by [Linnea West]A murdered country music star. A surprise proposal teetering on the edge. Who said a small-town county fair was boring?

The county fair is about to start and Tessa can’t wait! The Six Best Days of Summer are always the highlight of August and this year she is sure her boyfriend Max is going to surprise her with an engagement ring. But then an up-and-coming country music star is murdered and Tessa finds herself roped into the mess.

Instead of eating fried food and people watching, Tessa is spending all of her time at the fair investigating. After her cop boyfriend asks her to butt out, she is determined to show him that she calls the shots in her own life, even if his proposal hangs in the balance. But when a dying suspect begs her to help, Tessa knows it is up to her to find the murderer.

Can Tessa find the killer without ruining her upcoming engagement?

Buy County Fair Murder and ride the thrill ride of murder today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














The Prima Donna: A Wing and a Prayer Mystery Featuring Gertrude, Gumshoe (Wing and a Prayer Mysteries Book 4) by [Robin Merrill]


To snoop or not to snoop … that is the question.

When Sandra finds a body in her daughter’s dance studio, she wonders if she should sit this one out. Motherhood and soccer have her busy enough. But then she gets a special request from the heavenly realm.

Could one of these dancing divas be a killer? Or is it the creepy stalker in the parking lot? And how far will Sandra have to go to find out?

Things get more complicated when an eccentric woman with a walker shows up and announces that she’s a gumshoe. Is there such a thing as too many sleuths in the kitchen?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback















A Dangerous Goodbye: An absolutely gripping historical mystery (A Fen Churche Mystery Book 1) by [Fliss Chester]Your lost love never came home after the war. Would you risk everything to find out what happened to him?

1944. While war rages in Europe, Fenella Churche is doing her bit in the green fields of England. But when she finds a letter addressed to her on the scrubbed farmhouse table, she knows the news won’t be good. She hasn’t heard from her fiancé Arthur since he was posted to France on a dangerous undercover mission, and from his very first words she knows he may not be coming back.

I fear this may be my last letter to you, my darling, Arthur writes. Fen won’t give up hope and calls the war office, wanting to know if Arthur is still alive; they refuse to tell her anything. Searching for answers, she returns to his letter, but parts of it just don’t make sense. Through her tears Fen realises that her darling Arthur is giving her all the clues she needs to find out what happened to him.

1945. With the war behind them and nothing left for her in England, Fen travels to the deceptively pretty French village where she thinks Arthur might be, but there’s no sign of him. She’s close to giving up when she finds his silver cigarette case and another letter full of clues. But when the local priest is killed, it’s clear someone wants to keep wartime secrets buried. If Arthur, a brilliant spy, was outwitted and betrayed, can Fen stay alive long enough to find out what happened to the man she loves?

A gripping story of war, mystery, espionage and murder. Fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd and Rhys Bowen will absolutely adore this unputdownable World War Two murder mystery.

Readers absolutely adore A Dangerous Goodbye!

I was totally captivated from the very beginning and as the book progressed, the most amazing story evolved. There were so many times I was holding my breath. Fen was such an amazing character: a strong, no nonsense type, but amazing with her cryptic clues. It’s been a sheer joy and pleasure to read this outstanding bookI can’t praise this book enough.’

An enthralling murder mystery story set in France in 1945. Well written, with characters you believe in and root for, fab setting descriptions and a mystery to solve, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read.’ Goodreads Reviewer

A perfect historical mystery! What a beginning!… I could not put this book down and look forward to more from Ms. Chester.’ Goodreads Reviewer

A wonderful historical mystery and a fantastic start to a new series… A satisfying conclusion. I admit to having difficulty putting this book down and I look forward to the next in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘The plot is intriguing and filled with mystery, spies, lies, romance, murder and more!!!… I didn’t guess who the murderer was so bonus points there! A light-hearted read and I enjoyed the lovely descriptions and the feeling it gave me of being in France… A very well-written, post-war crime novel that was easy to read and kept me guessing throughout.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘This elegant crime debut is full of spies, codes, murder and intrigue… But what makes this novel especially winning is the courageous protagonist… I read raptly to the end, unaware that a summer storm poured outside. Can’t wait ’til book two!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Really loved this book, a wonderful story that drew me in from the first pages… Kept me engrossed.’ NetGalley Reviewer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook












Down and Dirty (Witches Be Crazy Cozy Witch Mystery Series Book 4) by [Constance Barker]

Helga is called on to identify some rare artifacts at a museum in New Orleans. Dr. Whitman fancies himself the next Indiana Jones, but someone doesn’t care for his way of collecting and displaying certain archeological finds. The adventurer finds himself on the wrong end of someone’s wrath and now Helga and Jason are tasked to find who had it in for Dr. Whitman.

Several folks didn’t like the way Dr. Whitman scoured and pillaged through sacred Indian remains, including the head of the Chitimacha tribe. A fellow archeologist and chief rival is also on the suspect list. But could the killer be something more supernatural? Such as a disgruntled spirit who doesn’t care for the mishandling of ancient remains?

***Find out in the 4th installment of the Witches Be Crazy Cozy Witch Mystery Series***  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















HIDDEN CREED: (Book 6 Ryder Creed K-9 Mystery Series) by [Alex Kava]“It’s impossible not to care about and root for the human and canine heroes in Kava’s series.” —Tracie Hotchner, the Radio Pet Lady Network™

“Every time an Alex Kava novel ends, I can’t wait for the next one.” —Jathan & Heather.com™

Secrets are exposed and Ryder Creed’s life hangs in the balance in the riveting sixth installment of the award-winning Alex Kava Ryder Creed K-9 mysteries


During a training exercise, Creed’s scent dog, Grace, is drawn off course and discovers a shallow grave. The body was never meant to be found, hidden deep in an isolated part of Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. The remote area has no easy access in or out. The killer obviously hoped his secret would be scattered and swallowed up by the forces of nature.

When Creed’s dogs continue to find more remains, investigators quickly realize they’re dealing with someone who knows the forest intimately and has been using it to hide his handiwork for years. Soon they’ll also discover just how far he’s willing to go to stop them and keep his secrets hidden forever.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover















An Old Money Murder in Mayfair (High Society Lady Detective Book 5) by [Sara Rosett]Midnight treasure hunts, fancy-dress parties, and a blue-blooded murder . . .

November, 1923. Olive’s school chum, Gigi, invites Olive to London because Gigi’s dotty grandmother fears for her life—or so she’s said to Gigi. However Olive is surprised to find that the dowager is far from muddled. The sharp and imperious matriarch refuses to admit to her worries and sends Olive on her way.

Without a client or case, Olive is swept into the glittering lifestyle of the “fast set,” and their decadent excess. But then among the cocktails and champagne, a murderer strikes during a frivolous party game, and Olive realizes the dowager’s fears were well-founded. 

Can Olive unmask the upper crust culprit before the party’s over for a bright young person?

An Old Money Murder in Mayfair is the fifth installment in the popular High Society Lady Detective series from USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett. Join Olive and her dapper sleuthing partner Jasper as they navigate the extravagant parties of the Bright Young People as well as their own budding relationship . . .   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback













An aged photograph of a dead man hanging from a tree…

Deaths in a nursing home that may not be as natural as they appear…

Clues showing a 70-year-old suicide could be murder…

Sinister small town secrets, decades old, finally revealed…

Feisty Livy Crowe, single-and-loving-it owner of the nostalgia shop, Better Days, has to deal with all of these and more, including her mother’s slow deterioration in a senior residence that might be a crime scene, a very awkward romantic triangle, and murders old and new that threaten even Livy herself…


I was so engaged in this slick, clever mystery, I nearly burned the house down, having forgotten I had something cooking on the stove. Murder Old and New by Laurie and Chet Williamson is so riveting and swiftly paced you almost hate to arrive at the solution because you hate to lose the narrator’s voice.

Sharp writing, excellent characterization and a satisfying conclusion should put this at the top of your reading list. – Joe R. Lansdale  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback













Dish Best Served Cold (Corporate Chaos Series Book 5) by [Leighann Dobbs, Lisa Fenwick]A hilarious rom-com cozy mystery!

Working for restauranteur Raffe Washburn hasn’t been all that chef Sarah Thomas had hoped it would be. The two have conflicting philosophies on how to run the kitchen and it’s put a big strain on their personal relationship. When Sarah quits to work for O’Rourke Enterprises and decide what to do about the Raffe situation among friends, she gets more than she bargained for. Someone is trying to sabotage an important upcoming event and figuring out who is behind it is certainly a good way to keep her mind off her love life. 

Until… it turns out her biggest suspect is Raffe. 

Raffe Washburn has no clue what he’s done to make Sarah so mad. All he knows is that he wants her back and he’ll do anything to get her. Too bad he really has no idea what women actually want. 

A surprising event causes Raffe to join Sarah in her search for the culprit, and they soon discover that differing philosophies can sometimes come in handy. 

But is it too late to stop the threat from their past who harbors a festering grudge against almost everyone at O’Rourke Enterprises? (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















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














Till the Cat Lady Sings (Bought-the-Farm Mystery 4) by [Ellen Riggs]Join hobby farmer Ivy Galloway and her brilliant sheepdog, Keats, as they wrangle feisty rescue animals and ruthless killers in rustic Clover Grove.

Are there some mysteries only a clever cat can solve?

There’s a handsome new guy at Runaway Farm and Keats isn’t happy about the competition. The bossy border collie wants to be Ivy’s one-and-only partner in crime-solving. Cats are unwelcome here.

When a curmudgeonly cat-sitter targets Ivy with slanderous claims, however, a curious cat may be exactly what’s needed to help sort out the truth from the lies. And when a Clover Grove resident gets their final cut of all in her family’s new salon, Ivy needs all hands—and paws—on deck to defend the Galloway name.

The ginger feline won’t take no for an answer anyway. Not from Ivy, not from Keats. He’s determined to join the murder investigation and it turns out there are people to see and places to go that elude even the most ambitious canine. Can the furry rivals make peace in time to save Ivy from another stinking murderer in farm country?

The next book in the Bought-the-Farm Mystery Series is a perfect page-turner for lovers of dogs, cats, cozy murder mysteries and funny, spunky aspiring sleuths.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback