Review of Dead End Detective

Dead-End Detective
Piper & Porter, Book #1
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

52017586Synopsis:

They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead,
and the other is suspected of murder.

Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby.

Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town.

Tate is no P.I. He’s a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job. Will the agency have a future…even if Darby can prove her innocence in time?



Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Darby is hardworking and wants to see justice done. And when her partner is killed in a car accident, she really wants to see it served. It does not look as if it was an accident, it looks as if it was cold blooded murder. Tate, her partner’s nephew, does not belong in the PI business, but he is going to give it a shot and help Darby figure things out. Can Darby and him learn to get along and work together and figure out the killer?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The author is also very talented in creating a cozy setting, and this helped the story have a comfortable down-home feeling.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. You will really need to put your detective’s hat on to solve this one, which is how I like my mysteries.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it is released.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Hallmark Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

New Releases For The Week Of September 6th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 6th, 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 second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Fairy Witch: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [January Daphne]Until death do us part. Literally. 

It’s summertime on Wolf Mountain, and Natalie and her friends are getting ready to celebrate the wedding of the century—a royal wedding!

Nope, these aren’t the royals from across the pond. These are the ones who live UNDER the pond in a magical realm known as fairyland! 

This notable marriage between a beloved fairy prince and a powerful witch was believed to be the key to uniting the magical residents of Wolf Mountain and ending an ancient feud. So when the prince winds up dead at his own wedding reception, Natalie suspects foul play. 

Old family secrets come to light as Natalie investigates the murder. Was it the fairy queen, the sketchy ogre, the jealous ex, or the bride herself? Natalie will push the limits of her magic to as she ventures deep into fairyland to solve this colorful mystery. 

Fairy Witch is a fun whodoneit with lots of twists and turns, a healthy dose of suspense, a touch of romance, and tons laugh-out-loud humor!

If you love small town settings, fast-talking familiars, fun-loving werewolves, handsome vampires, and sassy female amateur sleuths, you’ll love January Daphne’s fourth book in this supernatural cozy mystery series, Fairy Witch: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery.

Order the fourth book in the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series today!

And don’t miss out on the other stories in this paranormal cozy mystery series full of supernatural thrills and chills, best enjoyed in order. 

◆ Carolina Witch (Book One of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)

◆ Snow Witch (Book Two of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadows in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel by [J. D. Robb]In the new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series, Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past…

While Eve examines a fresh body in Washington Square Park, her husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he’s known since his younger days on the streets of Dublin. A man who claims to be his half brother. A man who kills for a living—and who burns with hatred for him.

Eve is quick to suspect that the victim’s spouse—resentful over his wife’s affair and poised to inherit her fortune—would have happily paid an assassin to do his dirty work. Roarke is just as quick to warn her that if Lorcan Cobbe is the hitman, she needs to be careful. Law enforcement agencies worldwide have pursued this cold-hearted killer for years, to no avail. And his lazy smirk when he looked Roarke’s way indicates that he will target anyone who matters to Roarke…and is confident he’ll get away with it.

Eve is desperate to protect Roarke. Roarke is desperate to protect Eve. And together, they’re determined to find Cobbe before he finds them—even if it takes them across the Atlantic, far outside Eve’s usual jurisdiction…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






A Deception at Thornecrest: An Amory Ames Mystery by [Ashley Weaver]
A Deception at Thornecrest: An Amory Ames Mystery by [Ashley Weaver]The stylish, charming next novel in Ashley Weaver’s Edgar-nominated Amory Ames mystery series, set in 1930s England, A Deception at Thornecrest.

“Thornecrest looked beautiful in the evening light. One would never imagine the turmoil that had just occurred within its walls.”

Amory Ames is alone at her country house Thornecrest, enjoying her last few weeks of peace and quiet as she prepares for the imminent arrival of her baby. Her husband, Milo, is in London on business, and Amory is content to catch up on her correspondence, organize the nursery, and avoid the well-meaning if rather overbearing company of the ladies in the village as they prepare for the Springtide Festival. But then a woman appears on her doorstep, claiming to be another Mrs. Ames, Milo’s wife.

Amory’s marriage has had its ups and downs in the past, but her faith in her husband has been restored, and Milo has been nothing but thrilled about becoming a father. Though the alleged second Mrs. Ames seems earnest, Amory is convinced she must be mistaken, a belief that Milo confirms upon his homecoming. However, when another unexpected visitor arrives at Thornecrest, secret identities and whirlwind romances appear to be becoming par for the course.

It’s not until the day of the festival, when Milo’s stable hand Bertie is found dead, that the strange characters appearing in town begin to seem more sinister, and Amory is determined to uncover the killer in the crowd. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Sins of the Mother: A Caitlin Bergman Novel by [August Norman]August Norman returns with the second thrilling Caitlin Bergman novel, perfect for fans of Julia Keller, Tess Gerritsen, and Michael Koryta.

Caitlin went in search of her mother…but what she found may set the world on fire.

Caitlin Bergman’s mother is dead. That’s what the award-winning journalist has told everyone for the past forty years. Easier to lie than explain how Maya abandoned her only daughter before dropping off the map forever.

But when a rural sheriff invites Caitlin to the woods of coastal Oregon to identify her mother’s remains, Caitlin drops everything to face the woman she’s spent a lifetime hating. Unfortunately, the body–abandoned on the land of a reclusive cult, the Daughters of God–was left faceless. Instead, Caitlin finds the diary of a woman obsessed with the end of the world, one that hints the cult’s spiritual leader knows the identity of Caitlin’s real father. She’s not the only one looking for clues in her mother’s writing. Johnny Larsen, a violent white supremacist whose family runs the county, thinks the Daughters of God kidnapped his teen-aged daughter–and will do anything to get her back.

At the top of a hill, an army of women wait for the end of days. In the town below, the Larsens plot to purify their county. Caught in the middle, Caitlin must decide which is more important–learning the truth about her past, or saving Mama Maya’s chosen daughters from the end of the world. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover. Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky Spice Cake Curse: Cozy Mystery (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 26) by [Addison Moore]A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.


*A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* Each book in the series can be read individually so dive on in! ***Includes RECIPE***

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

It’s October in Honey Hollow. Halloween is at hand and there’s a horror around every corner. And then there’s that curse—and that body… What do a haunted house, a headless horseman, and a chainsaw have in common? They all culminate in the very worst way on the most haunted night of the year. Nell has warned me emphatically to steer clear of this homicide investigation, but never has there been such a case, such a fright, such a nightmare to come to our cozy little town. No, this killer has to be stopped in their tracks—that is, if their tracks are human at all.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see the dead—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore— Cosmopolitan Magazinecalls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-Eyed Nick: A Gothic Victorian Murder Mystery (Agatha Aston Book 1) by [Jack Murray]Black-eyed Nick

played a trick

and poor old Fred

lost his head.

It’s 1876 and a headless corpse is found near the mansion of Lady Agatha Aston in Grosvenor Square, London.

The newly formed Detective Branch at Scotland Yard is baffled by the series of grisly murders that seem to come straight from the pages of a ‘penny dreadful’. Who is the demon stalking the streets of London? 

Lady Agatha takes matters in hand, ably supported by golf fanatic friend, Betty Stevens, former school hockey captain, ‘Sausage’ Gossage and Talleyrand, her unlucky-in-love Basset hound.

The first Agatha Aston murder mystery is full of laughs, twists and truly abysmal verse. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and historical mysteries featuring real life detectives from the period: Jack Whicher, ‘Paddington’ Pollaky and Dolly Williamson.

What reviewers are saying about Jack Murray’s Kit Aston series:

“…well written with very appealing characters, good plots and just a nice touch of romance. Very little overt violence and no sex.”

“A delightful return to the ‘golden age’ mysteries: gallantry displayed, love interest satisfied, red herrings all round…”

”Sly humour contrasted with thoughtful insights…”

No graphic violence. No cliff hanger ending. This is a clean read with no swearing or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act of Revenge: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 3) by [John Bishop]Plastic surgeon Lou Edwards’s life is complicated by two major issues.

One, his wife has lupus, possibly due to leaking silicone from breast implants Edwards himself inserted. And two, his malpractice insurance has been canceled, as it has been for many other plastic surgeons, due to the burgeoning breast implant problem.

But it gets worse.

Shortly after Edwards threatens an insurance company president on national TV, the president is found murdered in his penthouse.

Dr. Jim Bob Brady once again finds himself doing a bit of investigating, this time on behalf of a colleague. But how well does he know this colleague? Is the investigation worth the threat to Jim Bob’s own life? Will he discover that it was a burglary gone bad? A lover’s quarrel? Or is this an act of revenge?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery by [Ellen Byron]
Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery by [Ellen Byron]Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder at the Carnival: A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery (Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 12) by [Dianne Harman]There’s so much to see and do at a carnival!
There’s the smell of carnival treats like funnel cakes and cotton candy.
Games that give you a chance to dunk the sheriff or win a stuffed teddy bear.
Don’t forget the Ferris wheel ride.
And yes, there’s that unpleasant business about the murdered man lying on the ground in the parking lot.

When Linc and Brigid agree to host a chili booth at the Summer Carnival, they never thought the day would end in discovering one of their B & B guests, the popular host of the online travel show, “Take Five,” murdered in the parking lot.

But was Micha really all that popular? Someone, actually a lot of people, certainly didn’t think so, and it’s up to Brigid and Sheriff Davis to figure out which one them hated Micha enough to kill him.

And it never hurts to have a huge Newfoundland dog help you track down a murderer, particularly when they can’t be found!

This is the 12th book in the Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author and Amazon All-Star.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Not to Wear to a Graveyard (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by [Debra Sennefelder]After trading her Manhattan digs for her upstate hometown, fashionista Kelly Quinn has big plans for her grandmother’s consignment shop. But this All Hallow’s Eve someone is already dressed to kill . . .
 
A socialite’s missing dog has made front page news in Lucky Cove—complete with a hefty reward. But between renovating the consignment shop, planning her costume for a 1970s themed Halloween party, and scouting a location for a fashion shoot, Kelly doesn’t have time to search. Yet a visit to the local colonial-era cemetery—ideal for the moody atmosphere she’s after—soon turns up the precious pooch. Kelly’s looking forward to collecting the check—until she makes a gruesome discovery in an abandoned farmhouse: The dog’s owner, stabbed through the heart.
 
Kelly can’t help wondering why Constance Lane was traipsing around the farmhouse in stilettos. But as Kelly gets decked out in a vintage disco caftan, that isn’t the only fashion misstatement spooking her. Hidden in the dead woman’s past is a secret that could be the motive for the murder. And as the Halloween party gets started, even a menacing clown and a threatening bearded lady can’t keep Kelly from trick or treating for the truth—even if it means her last dance . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:   Kindle