New Releases For The Week Of November 15th, 2020–Part 4

Murder at the Shopping Channel: A Belinda Luper Mystery (Belinda Luper Murder Mystery Book 2) by [Scott Kelly]

THE SECOND EXCITING VOLUME IN THE BELINDA LUPER MURDER MYSTERY SERIES!

Death at bargain prices…

When celebrity baker Belinda Luper agreed to visit the Perfect World shopping channel in Peterborough to promote her new line of kitchenware she had no idea that murder was on the schedule. But when her co-presenter suddenly dies on-air she fears foul play may be involved. With the worst storm in over thirty years raging outside and all the possible suspects trapped in the building overnight, she attempts to track the murderer down before the police finally arrive.

But is Belinda the hunter or the hunted?

The second in the Belinda Luper series comprises the same recipe of murder, baking and humour as ‘Baking can be Fatal.’ Perfect for all fans of cosy mysteries and female detectives. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Witching Hour Dead: A Westwick Witches Cozy Mystery (Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Colleen Cross]

Merlot, Magic, and Murder…The Westwick Corners Wine Festival is a time for the popping of corks and, Cendrine, hopes, time for Tyler to pop the question and propose marriage.But when a festival goer turns up dead, it’s clear that merlot, magic, and murder don’t mix! Witching Hour Dead is book 5 in the Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries series. It can be read as a standalone but for maximum fun, start with book 1 in the series, Witch You Well. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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Vangie Vale and the Dismembered Donut (The Matchbaker Mysteries Book 5) by [R.L. Syme]

Just when you think you’re turning over a new leaf… surprise! It’s the old leaf.

Yeah, I can’t help myself. Even when I’m on vacation in the Outer Banks, if there’s even a sniff of a crime… even the whiff of a murder… I can’t help but get drawn into it.

In another life, I should have been a cop.

Instead, I’m gonna follow this tattooed guy with a gun all the way down this beachy road because he said something weird in the bakery once. Yeah, it’s like I’ll never learn…

(RECIPE INCLUDED: The Dismembered Donut!) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cellini's Revenge: The Mystery of the Silver Cups, Book 2 by [Wendy Bartlett]

This second volume in the Cellini’s Revenge series focuses on how Peter Evans’ life and the Cellini curse from over 400 years before intertwine, and how the fight between two brothers over the Cellini cups haunts the story throughout.

Calamities happen, accidents continue, and Peter’s existence leads into unforeseen catastrophes. Peter hunts for his father and experiences endless disappointment, while his mother, Angela, keeps her secrets.

Peter finds Jeannie exciting but the beginning of the Women’s Movement comes between them, nearly causing Peter’s undoing.

And in spite of his being a detective and looking outwards to find society’s culprits, Peter must cope with his own family’s secrets and lies, while his fatherhood is tested by his three schoolchildren.

What really happened with Jeannie? Who is his father and why won’t Angela tell him? Is his family cursed?

Look for Book 3 of Cellini’s Revenge in Spring, 2021. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Silent Bluebird by [Elle M. Holmes]

The stories we read have the power to change our lives.

Sadie Smith lives an ordinary life, unlike the extraordinary ones of the characters in the books where she finds an escape.

Until one story changes it all.

The story of the impetuous Killian Quinn: an agent for the Zeta Defense Agency, determined to avenge his fallen partner. As she follows him further down the rabbit hole, worlds collide when she awakens with her hands tied to a chair in the face of armed men. Sadie finds herself dropped in the middle of a battle between secret agencies she didn’t even know existed, but maybe where she’s belonged all along. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mystery of the Holiday Hustle: A Mallory Beck Cozy Holiday Mystery (A Mallory Beck Cozy Culinary Caper) by [Denise Jaden]

A short mystery novella, perfect to round out your Mallory Beck Cozy Culinary Collection… or an ideal way to get into the new series that one reader called “a page-turner with loveable characters and unexpected twists and turns.”

A secret social media account, a novelist with a hunch, and the sleuth who unravels the mystery…
When newlywed Mallory Beck helps her bestselling-mystery-novelist husband get his sea legs on social media, she’s surprised to find @CooperBeckAuthor already pumping up his writing and offering a secret new Christmas story to paying subscribers. Is Cooper lying to her about his inexperience and aversion to social media? And if not, where is this imitator getting photos and videos of Cooper that even Mallory has never seen? When she investigates further, and the clues she uncovers hit—quite literally—too close to home, she is determined to get to the truth.

Download it now and help Mallory get to the bottom of this mystery! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Fallen Angel: An utterly gripping crime thriller packed with mystery and suspense for 2020 (Detective Gaby Darin, Book 3) by [Jenny O’Brien]

‘Wow, wow, wow!! This series is fast becoming one of my favourite police procedurals… Highly recommended.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Gripping, original, with a great storyline. I especially love the relationship between Gaby and her colleagues.’ B A Paris, bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Dilemma

She looked like she’d drifted off to sleep, curled up in her white dress, blonde hair floating in the breeze. They called it the Angel Murder.

Eighteen-year-old Angelica Brock is found dead at a local beauty spot, dressed in a pure white nightgown, her white-blonde hair arranged around her. For years her death is a mystery, her killer the one who got away for a whole generation of police.

For DS Gaby Darin, it’s not just any cold case – the victim is intimately linked to someone close to her, and emotions are high. But just as the team finds a breakthrough clue on Angelica’s nightdress, another case crashes into the station. Could they be linked? After all this time, can Gaby finally discover what really happened to Angelica?

This gripping and emotional thriller will have you flying through the pages and on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, LJ Ross and D. S. Butler.

Readers LOVE Fallen Angel!

Gripping right through… I just couldn’t leave this book, reading chapter after chapter… Another fantastic read.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Completely absorbs you… This is a series that I like and enjoy more and more.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Gripped me with lots of twists and turns… Five stars for definite.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Who Murdered the Elf? by [Ellie Oberth]

Hazel Cartbell is back in her third mystery in the Who Murdered? series. It’s the Christmas season in Andover, New Hampshire and Hazel and Chief Rasmussen must investigate the death of Santa’s helper. The elf has been killed, the Christmas presents stolen and Sister Marie Catherine is breathing down their necks. The elf’s identity leads to more questions. He’s a career criminal who’s been wreaking havoc on the town and its surrounding communities, but sleazy lawyer, Victor Kendall, is determined to keep him out of jail.
As the cops begin to unravel the puzzle, lots of unexpected Christmas miracles occur. Goodwill toward men and all… Of course, what would a murder investigation be without the interference—uh, help—of the good citizens of Andover? Will Hazel and the chief solve the mystery and save Christmas?

The story is just over 31,000 words. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Christmas Cookie Chaos: Book Two: The Christmas Baking Challenge by [M'Lissa Moorecroft]

Once again, The Dockside Cooking School is being used to film a Christmas Baking Challenge for the Epicure Network, and once again somebody wants to mess it all up… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Pender's Death by [Justin Haines]

Adam Pender’s living the life as the sole heir to his family’s fortune and corporate empire until his mother’s shocking death potentially ruins everything.

While the police think it’s an accident, Adam can’t ignore the many nagging questions surrounding her death.

To make matters worse, he’s entering the fight of his life to protect his family’s company, while wanting to expand it and leave his mark on the family legacy.

Now he’s risking it all to hunt for answers to his mother’s questionable death, regardless of the impact on his personal life.

Can Adam keep his life together as everything falls around him, or will he and Pender Industries be added to the list of casualties? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle. Paperback

The Lucky Baby (The Lucky Series Book 3) by [Tomi Farrell, Matt McAvoy]

Having managed to put behind her the extraordinary ordeals around the hundred-million dollars her mother won three years earlier, Ella continues her studies in Psychology, and finally seems to be living some sort of normal life.

But the peace is to be short lived…

She has suddenly received a message from her best friend, now a nationwide fugitive, along with her brother, delivering two pieces of news: first, that Ella now has a baby niece, and second, the baby has been kidnapped. If she reports it to the police, the baby will be killed.

Put in an impossible situation, Ella is conflicted between doing the right thing and her baby niece’s life. Unable to tell her “boyfriend-or-not” police detective, she decides to go rogue, and face the perpetrator all on her own, to save her baby niece from the hands of evil. (Amazon)

Editions Available” Kindle

A Final Regret: A Pembrokeshire Murder Mystery by [Jeff Warren]

A MISSING MOTHER. HER BABY’S FATHER A SUSPECT

Promiscuous young mother Rianna fails to return from her cliff-top run. Did she have an accident, or did someone want her dead?

Neighbourhood Sergeant Alys Carey and Detective Inspector Matt Vincent are thrown together when Matt returns to Pembrokeshire and takes on the case. There’s no shortage of suspects: Rianna’s blackmail victims; the men she seduced; the women who loved them; the father of little baby Meg.

Can Alys and Matt unravel the complex web of relationships within the local community and ensure justice prevails? Will Matt’s embittered detective sergeant, Beth Francis, derail the investigation? And what will become of Rianna’s baby daughter, Meg?A Final Regret is a murder mystery set on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, with romance, humour and no graphic violence, sex or swearing. It should appeal to fans of LJ Ross and Peter Robinson. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death Gets Cozy by [J.R. Ripley]

New from bestselling author JR Ripley!

Anthony Mulish believes he’s the world’s greatest author. Unfortunately, the world and his long-suffering agent disagree. Out of frustration, he’s written a cozy mystery novel under a pen name. To everyone’s surprise (especially his agent’s) and his chagrin, it’s a bestseller.

Now Anthony is being toasted as the special guest of honor at a mystery conference. Anthony being Anthony, he rubs everyone the wrong way, especially the other authors – anyone of whom would probably love to see him dead. Then one of the attendees is brutally murdered. Anthony vows to find the killer. He’s already successfully solved a murder mystery in a bestselling novel so how hard can it be?

AUTHOR INTRO:
Death Gets Cozy is an affectionate spoof/satire/sendup? of mysteries in general and cozies in particular. I wrote a novel many years ago called SKULLS OF SEDONA of which Library Journal wrote: Readers who enjoyed Sharon McCrumb’s Bimbos of the Death Sun will also get a kick out of this.

The second thing happened at a recent Malice Domestic banquet whereat one of my tablemates brought up Sharon’s book. This got the old gears turning. I had not yet read the Bimbos book and made it a point to do so when I returned home.
I decided to write this story, the story of the most pompous, annoying, blowhard, takes-himself-too-seriously author that I could devise. Okay, maybe I just looked in the mirror and wrote what I saw…I’ll let you, the readers, decide. Remember, I am a cozy writer too. That fun I’m poking, I’m poking at myself.

A sense of humor, especially directed at oneself, I believe is essential. In fact, I also believe Amazon Essentials has them for sale at only $2.99/yard. So, if you haven’t decided to bolt (there’s a bad pun in here somewhere—dig around, you’ll find it), read on! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mulled Wine and Murder: A Charleton House Mystery by [Kate P Adams]

The winter bears a berry,
As red as any blood…

As December casts its chilly eye over Derbyshire towns bedecked in festive cheer, the skeletal remains of a forgotten man lie hidden in the cellar of the historic Black Swan pub.

The glow of a million fairy lights and the hauntingly familiar melodies of Christmas carols fill the vast halls of Charleton House, but when a group of volunteers fall ill after drinking mulled wine laced with poisonous berries, Catering Manager and part-time sleuth Sophie Lockwood wonders who’s failing to embrace the goodwill of the season. Despite DS Harnby warning her to leave the mystery of the mulled wine to the police, Sophie can’t resist making a few enquiries alongside her quest to piece together the tragic sequence of events that led to the century-old skeleton being abandoned in the pub cellar.

Then an anonymous gift of poisoned cookies is left on her desk, and her delve into the past threatens to uncover a secret that will shock her well-respected employers, the Duke and Duchess of Ravensbury, to the core. Has Sophie’s sleuthing finally gone too far?

Raise a glass of Christmas cheer as Sophie faces an unwelcome blast from the past, while her best friend Mark’s historical knowledge proves invaluable, and self-appointed sidekick Joyce makes her own unique and hilarious contribution. With these three around, this festive adventure can only come to a delightfully heart-warming close.

Buy Mulled Wine and Murder today, you won’t be able to put it down.

Book 5 in The Charleton House Mysteries series. A light, entertaining mystery with a coffee loving amateur sleuth who works at one of England’s finest stately homes, and is ruled by her domineering tabby cat.

Written in British English. Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. No strong language, gore, sex, or violence!

The Charleton House Mysteries
1. Death by Dark Roast
2. A Killer Wedding
3. Sleep Like the Dead
4. A Deadly Ride
5. Mulled Wine and Murder (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Piece of My Heart (Under Suspicion) by [Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke]

In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding.

Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancée, Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-summer wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. A search party begins and witnesses recall Johnny playing in the water and collecting shells behind the beach shack, but no one remembers seeing him after the morning. As the sun sets, Johnny’s skim board washes up to shore, and everyone realizes that he could be anywhere, even under water.

A ticking clock, a sinister stalker, and fresh romance combine in this exhilarating follow up to the bestselling You Don’t Own Me—another riveting page-turner from the “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover. Paperback, Audiobook

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