New Releases For The Week Of November 22nd, 2020–Part 1

How to Raise an Elephant: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (21) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series) by [Alexander McCall Smith]

Ramotswe must balance family obligations with the growing needs of one of Charlie’s pet projects in this latest installment in the cherished No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

Precious Ramotswe loves her dependable old van. Yes, sometimes it takes a bit longer to get going now, and it has developed some quirks over the years, but it has always gotten the job done. This time, though, the world–and Charlie–may be asking too much of it, for when he borrows the beloved vehicle he returns it damaged. And, to make matters worse, the interior seems to have acquired an earthy smell that even Precious can’t identify.

But the olfactory issue is not the only mystery that needs solving. Mma Ramotswe is confronted by a distant relative, Blessing, who asks for help with an ailing cousin. The help requested is of a distinctly pecuniary nature, which makes both Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Mma Makutsi suspicious. And there is no peace at home, either, as the new neighbors are airing their marital grievances rather loudly. Still, Mma Ramotswe is confident that there are solutions to all of these difficulties, there to be discovered as long as she is led by kindness, grace, and logic, and can rely on the counsel of her friends and loved ones. (Amazon)

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Christmas has come to Cabot Cove, but a peaceful holiday season is not in the cards after Jessica Fletcher is pulled into a centuries-old mystery in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series.

With work on the reconstruction of her beloved home almost complete, Jessica Fletcher is in high holiday spirits, spearheading the annual Christmas parade and preparing for her nephew Grady and his family to come to town. The only thing dampening the holiday cheer is the discovery of two sets of bones on Jessica’s property: one set ancient, the other only about a year old. It’s concluded that they were both placed there during the reconstruction, and Jessica suspects that, despite the centuries between them, the remains might be connected. 

Soon tabloid reporter Tad Hollenbeck arrives in Cabot Cove to write a story about what he calls “the murder capital of the country.” But when Tad himself is murdered, Jessica speculates that his arrival, his death, and the discovery of the bones are all somehow linked.

As Jessica digs deeper to find the connection between the bones and Tad’s murder, everything seems to come back to a mystery that has long plagued Cabot Cove. If she wants to solve the case, she’ll need to delve into her beloved town’s dark history, or else this holiday season may be her last…. (Amazon)

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When librarian Charlie Harris’ daughter is falsely accused of murder, he and his faithful feline Diesel must leap forward to crack the case in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.  

Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem after a recent close call. Instead, he’s delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura, who’s starring in a production of Careless Whispers. The theater department at Athena College is debuting the play written by a fledgling playwright with local connections and Charlie’s son-in-law, Frank Salisbury, will be calling the directorial shots.  

Laura is upset to learn that Luke Lombardi, an overbearing actor she knew from her time in Hollywood will also be taking part in the production as a guest artist. Lombardi arrives with an entourage in tow and promptly proceeds to annoy everyone involved with the production. When he collapses and dies on stage, after drinking from a glass Laura handed him, she becomes the chief suspect in his murder.  

Charlie knows his daughter is innocent, and  he’s not going to let anyone railroad his little girl. So,  despite his intentions to put his amateur sleuthing days behind him, Charlie has to take center stage, and with Diesel’s help, shine a  spotlight on the real killer. (Amazon)

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Second book in the Main Street Book Club mysteries!You won’t be able to stop turning the pages of this small town mystery, which is:Perfect for Fans of Ellery Adams and Lorna BarrettA riveting book club cozy mysteryFor readers of club mysteries and small-town cozy mysteries

This murder will have to be solved by the book…

It was only a few months ago that the ladies of Arlo’s Friday Night Book Club―Fern, Camille, and Helen―solved the murder of the renowned author, Wally Harrison. So when they select Wally’s bestseller, Missing Girl, for their next discussion, Arlo is hopeful it will be the end of their mystery hunt.

But since their recent success as sleuths the crew officially see themselves as a women’s mystery club, and they’re convinced Missing Girl was inspired by a 50-year-old cold case. It’s a case from their own Sugar Springs, Mississippi―the disappearance of Mary Kennedy―and Arlo can do little to stop the book club ladies from investigating.

But what starts out as a fun hunch quickly turns into a very real cold case murder mystery when a young girl is murdered in the exact place the women believe Mary went missing all those years ago. It’s clear the two cases are connected―and the mystery book club is determined to find answers. With Arlo’s help, they may just be able to crack the case. (Amazon)

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A Lady Compromised (Rosalind Thorne Mystery Book 4) by [Darcie Wilde]

“Complex social networks spark an equally complex puzzle.”
Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

Fans of Jane Austen have fallen in love with Darcie Wilde’s mystery series featuring Rosalind Thorne, a young woman adept at helping ladies of the ton navigate the darker corners of Regency England—while revealing Society’s most shocking secrets…

Rosalind is pleased when she’s invited to Cassel House to help her friend, Louisa, prepare for her upcoming wedding. But that’s not the only event on her agenda. The trip will also afford Rosalind the chance to see Devon Winterbourne, the newly minted Duke of Casselmaine. Devon and Rosalind were on the verge of betrothal before the infamous Thorne family scandal derailed their courtship. Now Rosalind wonders if there’s a chance their love might reignite.

Devon is as handsome as Rosalind remembers and it’s clear the attraction they once shared hasn’t waned. But their time together is interrupted by one crisis after another—not the least of which is an awkwardly timed request for help from Louisa’s friend, Helen Corbyn.

Not long ago, the untimely death of Helen’s brother, William, was ruled a suicide, but few people truly believe he took his own life. Helen needs to know what really happened—especially since she’s engaged to the man some suspect of secretly killing William.

While Rosalind desperately wants to help, she fears her efforts might cast a pall over Louisa’s nuptials, not to mention her reunion with Devon. But when another untimely death rocks the ton, Rosalind has no choice but to uncover the truth before more people die…even if her actions threaten her future with Devon. (Amazon)

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Death, Diamonds, and Deception (A Gilded Age Mystery Book 5) by [Rosemary Simpson]

The pursuit of stolen diamonds once belonging to Marie Antionette leads heiress Prudence MacKenzie and ex-Pinkerton Geoffrey Hunter down a twisted maze through Gilded Age New York City from Fifth Avenue to Five Points . . .

DEATH, DIAMONDS, AND DECEPTION

Fall 1889: Lady Rotherton has arrived from London intent on chaperoning her niece Prudence through a New York social season to find a suitable husband. It’s certainly not her niece’s devilishly handsome partner in Hunter and MacKenzie Investigative Law. Aunt Gillian’s eye for eligible suitors is surpassed only by her ability to discern genuine gems from nearly flawless fakes. At the Assembly Ball at Delmonico’s, she effortlessly determines that the stones in the spectacular diamond waterfall necklace adorning the neck of the wife of banker William De Vries are fake.

Insisting on absolute discretion to avoid scandal, the banker employs Prudence and Geoffrey to recover the stolen diamonds pried out of their settings—priceless stones acquired by Tiffany, originally purchased for Marie Antoinette. Their search for a possible fence rapidly leads to a dead end: a jeweler brutally killed in his shop during an apparent theft.
 
The jeweler’s murder is only the first in a string of mysterious deaths, as Prudence and Geoffrey pursue their elusive quarry. But the clues keep leading back to duplicity on the part of the De Vries family, who, it turns out, have a great deal to hide . . . (Amazon)

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Something fishy is going on at a local seafood processing plant, and Charlie Cooke is on the hook to solve the case in this new Alaskan Diner Mystery.

Summer has come to Elkview, Alaska, bringing twenty hours of sunlight every day, not to mention a surge of tourists and seasonal workers. Chef Charlie Cooke is eager for a busy yet relaxing season, but when a young man working a summer job at the local fish processing plant dies moments after walking into the Bear Claw Diner, she’s quickly swept into the investigation.

Soon, through her best friend Annie Jensen, Charlie learns that another student worker at J and M Processing has disappeared, leaving more questions and fewer answers. The near-endless sunlight gives plenty of time to search for clues, but Charlie will have to work with Annie and local reporter Chris Doucette to net the killer before anyone else gets hurt. (Amazon)

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Meet Isabel Puddles (A Mitten State Mystery Book 1) by [M.V. Byrne]

“Fans of Garrison Keillor’s tales of Lake Wobegon will be enchanted.”
Publishers Weekly


The only thing widow Isabel Puddles loves as much as her hometown of Gull Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is cozying up to a good mystery—but she never expected to be caught in the middle of one . . .


To the tourists and summer residents, Kentwater County is a picturesque community of small-town charm, fruitful farmland, and gorgeous freshwater beaches. To middle-aged widow Isabel Puddles, it’s where she enjoys breakfast every morning at a local café with her childhood best friend and spends her evenings cozying up with a good book and her devoted Jack Terrier, Jackpot. In between, Isabel makes ends meet through a variety of trades—preserving pickles, baking pies, working the counter at her cousin’s hardware shop, and occasionally helping “fix-up” the hair of corpses at the local funeral parlor.
 
When Isabel discovers a two-inch nail embedded in the skull of Earl Jonasson, it seems the octogenarian may not have died of a stroke. His son is quickly arrested when his alibi doesn’t check out. But Isabel has known Earl Jr. since they were kids and can’t believe he’d murder his own father, regardless of his financial difficulties. As gossip about Earl Sr.’s land and insurance policy money starts to spread around the county, Isabel finds herself conducting her own investigation to clear her friend’s name. But real detective work isn’t like what she sees on TV, and she’s meeting dangerous suspects who don’t like Isabel poking around in their business . .(Amazon)

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Murder in First Position: An On Pointe Mystery by [Lori Robbins]

Ballerina Leah Siderova knows the career of a professional dancer is short. But rarely is it as brief as that of her rival, Arianna Bonneville, whose rise to stardom ends when she is stabbed in the back.

New York City police detective Jonah Sobol fixes upon Leah as the prime suspect. After all, she was the one who found the body, she had the most to gain from Arianna’s death, and it was her name Arianna whispered, just before she died.

Leah is desperate to clear her name, and she begins her own investigation, collaborating with her best friend and her ballet coach. As the three dancers sort through backstage intrigues, attempted blackmail, and a tangle of romantic liaisons, the noose around Leah’s neck grows tighter.

Ballet, with its merciless discipline, is all Leah has ever known. Is that enough to keep her one step ahead of the police—and the killer? (Amazon)

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The Malt in Our Stars (A Literary Pub Mystery Book 3) by [Sarah Fox]

There’s some shady business in Shady Creek, Vermont, this spring—in the third mystery by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox featuring pub owner and amateur sleuth Sadie Coleman . . .
 
Sadie is delighted to have booked famous romantic suspense novelist Linnea Bliss for an event at The Inkwell, her literary-themed pub, housed in a renovated grist mill. The author and her personal assistant Marcie are staying at Shady Creek Manor, a grand historical hotel that was once a private mansion and is rumored to still hold hidden treasure somewhere within its walls. 
 
But the hotel’s storied past is nothing compared to its tragic present when Marcie plummets to her death from an open window on the third floor. After Sadie discovers signs of a struggle in the room, it’s clear that someone assisted the assistant out the window. But Marcie is new in town—who would have a motive to kill her?
 
In between pulling pints and naming literary-themed cocktails, Sadie takes it on herself to solve the case, wondering if the crime is connected to the vandalized vehicles of a film crew in town to do a feature on local brewer Grayson Blake, with whom Sadie shares a strong flirtation. Or could the poor woman’s defenestration have anything to do with the legendary treasure? As Shady Creek Manor prepares for a May Day masquerade ball, Sadie is determined to unmask the killer—but when she uncorks a whole lot of trouble, will she meet a bitter end? (Amazon)

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Game of Cones (A Lickety Splits Mystery Book 4) by [Cynthia Baxter]

As stormy weather puts a freeze on business at Lickety Splits, Kate McKay doesn’t waffle around scooping up new clientele at a historic hotel. But her hopes of becoming the Hudson Valley’s reigning ice cream queen melt fast when murder checks in . . .
 
From the moment Kate arrives at the imposing Mohawk Mountain Resort, not even luggage brimming with hot fudge can sweeten her stay. Instead of savoring alone time with her on-again boyfriend Jake and leading workshops on whipping together delectable frosty treats, she finds herself stranded at the isolated hotel with a small group of nutty characters—and a dead body.
 
When the corpse of wealthy cosmetics executive Bethany La Montaigne is suddenly found following a blackout, any of the five strangers trapped with Kate and Jake could be the killer. Chilled to the core, Kate vows to discover whether the victim’s mortal enemy was a smooth-talking playboy, bubbly millennial, mousy librarian, charming Englishman, or the Mohawk’s creepy general manager . . .
 
Bethany’s life was chock full of scandals and there’s little doubt that someone refused to endure another taste. With just a sprinkling of clues, it’s up to Kate to bring justice to a culprit who believes that revenge is a dish best served cold . . .

Includes mouthwatering ice cream recipes from the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe! (Amazon)

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Open for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery Book 1) by [Mary Angela]

Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, former journalist Zo Jones runs the Happy Camper gift shop, where she sells everything from locally made souvenirs to memorabilia. She even rents out mountain bikes, and dabbles in the adventure industry—and sleuthing . . .
 
It’s Memorial Day weekend in Spirit Canyon, and for Zo that means the return of summer shoppers. It also means the return of her good friend Beth, who’s moved back to the area to reopen her family’s premier hotel, Spirit Canyon Lodge. Beth and Zo spent many childhood summers there and Zo can’t wait to reconnect and celebrate the Grand Opening. But the festivities go from bad to worse when a power outage knocks out the lights—and morning reveals a competitor’s dead body found on the premises . . .
 
Soon enough, Beth is the prime suspect in the suspicious death. Fortunately, Zo isn’t afraid to put her investigative skills to work and prove her friend’s innocence. To start digging for information, she appeals to Max Harrington, a local Forest Ranger and unlikely ally. Though they’ve argued about Happy Camper’s tours, in this case they agree on one thing: Beth isn’t a murderer. Stranger things have happened than their collaboration. After all, this is Spirit Canyon. But as the list of suspects grows, Zo will have to keep her guard up if she doesn’t want to be the next lodge guest to check out . . .(Amazon)

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How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery Book 3) by [Debra Sennefelder]

Applying her Manhattan fashion sense to the sensibilities of a Long Island clientele, Kelly Quinn is setting new trends with second-hand name brand apparel—and finding killers with a deadly sense of style . . .

The fortunes of Kelly’s Lucky Cove Resale Boutique are sinking fast—literally, as the weathered roof of her grandmother’s old consignment shop springs a new leak with every rain. She hopes her latest client, overnight fitness and social media sensation Tawny Nicole, has enough valued and wanted items she can sell fast enough to keep her roof from crumbling down. 
 
When Kelly arrives at Tawny’s home to appraise her attire, she’s stunned to find Serena Dawson, “the Dragonista of Seventh Avenue,” there. The last time she saw her ex-boss was when Serena humiliatingly and publicly fired her from her New York City job. Now Tawny is married to Serena’s ex-husband and is caught in the crossfire of some unfinished divorce settlements.  
 
But when Kelly returns to Tawny’s the following day, she discovers her dead body—and Serena standing over it. Her former employer may be nasty and unrepentant, but she’s no killer—prompting Kelly to pick up the threads to try and find the real culprit . . . (Amazon)

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There are two things Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham can’t resist―carbs and an unsolved murder!

Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved.

And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia’s world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort.

Join Antonia for this gripping new installment in the Hamptons Murder Mystery series from Carrie Doyle! Death on West End Road is an entertaining mystery that will keep you guessing right up until the end. (Amazon)

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Root of All Evil (Andrew Basnett Book 2) by [E.X. Ferrars]

Andrew Basnett’s cousin Felicity is old, rich, and the owner of a swanky Berkshire estate (among other craveable items). If Basnett were a savvy mystery reader rather than a retired professor of botany, he would know that an invitation to spend the weekend at such an estate is all but guaranteed to involve at least one murder. But Felicity is all about an embarrassment of riches, so this trip delivers not only a death threat but also an imminent disinheritance, the theft of a fortune in diamonds, some spectacular intrigue involving the servants, and not one but two corpses. It’s a good thing the mild-mannered professor is around to suss out the family’s secrets! (Amazon)

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Review of Talk To The Hoof

Talk To The Hoof

Kate Collins, Book #2

Lisa Shay

5 Stars

Synopsis:  

A missing woman, a dead body, and two horses with a chilling story…

Kallie Collins, veterinarian and animal communicator, hopes to enjoy a day of riding with friends until a bay mare shows her a vision of a terrified woman. A second horse adds his images of cloaked figures walking through shadow-filled passages.

The visions the two horses share lead to the discovery of a shallow grave near the stable, plunging Kallie into a deadly mystery.

With the suspects multiplying, can Kallie expose the killer before it’s too late and there’s another murder… maybe her own?   (Amazon)

Review:  

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions brought the book to life in my mind’s eye.  I could picture the stables and horses as I was reading about them, which is great.  The mystery was well plotted  and kept me engaged throughout the entire book.  There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Kallie and her two friends, Sam and Gracie, are very close and they really care about each other.  When Kallie and Gracie go to check out Sam’s latest boyfriend at Shady Maple Stables, Kallie gets visions from one of the horses that are at the stable.  I forgot to mention that Kallie is a veterinarian that gets visions from animals.  The vision involves a missing woman and no one knows what happened to her, except maybe her horse.  With the help of Sam and Gracie, Kallie will try to solve the mystery of the missing woman and also a murder.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you like a twist to that cozy, then this is a must read book.  I really like the premise of the book, a vet that gets visions from animals that she encounters.  I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.       

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Review of Paws For Murder

Paws For Murder
Pet Boutique, Book #1
Annie Knox
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Izzy McHale wants her new Trendy Tails Pet Boutique in Merryville, Minnesota, to be the height of canine couture and feline fashions. But at the store’s opening, it turns out it’s a human who’s dressed to kill…

Izzy’s own beloved pets are dressed to the nines for the grand opening of Trendy Tails. Feisty feline Jinx is large and in charge, and happy mutt Packer is lapping up the attention. Izzy and her best friend Rena have their hands full meeting Merryville’s menagerie and serving tasty pupcakes and kitty canapes from their “barkery.” The last thing they need is the town’s local activist, Sherry Harper, scaring off customers and getting tongues wagging by picketing the event.

The two manage to stop Sherry’s protest in its tracks, but the trouble for Trendy Tails is just beginning. Sherry is found murdered in back of the shop, and Rena is immediately named as the lead suspect. Now Izzy and her furry friends have a new pet project—collaring a killer.

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Izzy has opened her new business, Trendy Tails Pet Boutique. When her plans for a happily-ever-after falls apart, she decides to make pet clothes and tasty treats. With the help of her friend, Rena, and the financial backing of her Aunt, she is open for business. But before the treats are baked, there is a murder in her alley and Rena is the prime suspect. With the help of Sean, an old boyfriend who is now a lawyer, she knows she has to find the killer before it is too late. The characters were engaging and they brought a lot to the story. I enjoyed all of the animals too, they had their own story to tell.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions brought the story to life in my mind. The writing style flowed smoothly and the book was a quick easy read. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is how I like my mysteries.

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

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Review of Eggnog, Extortion & Evergreens

Eggnog, Extortion & Evergreens
A Camper & Criminals Cozy, Book #14
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!

Review:

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions added a lot to the story. I could feel Hank’s worry and angst over Mae being in the hospital and I could also feel the excitement over a new relationship that is happening. The mystery is well plotted and moved along at a steady pace, and it was not easily solved.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Mae has such good friends and they will always help each other, no matter what. We should all be so fortunate to have friends like the Laundry Club Ladies. And her and Hank are getting really well, even though she continues to stick her nose in where it does not belong.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I wonder what Mae will find herself into next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

New Releases For The Week Of November 15th, 2020–Part 3

Wraiths & Writers (A Library Witch Mystery Book 7) by [Elle Adams]

When Aunt Candace is nominated for a literary award, Rory and her family are thrilled that the library is chosen to host the ceremony. But the night ends in disaster when the organiser of the event turns up dead.

Needless to say, since the group of suspects all write about murders for a living, finding the culprit will be tricky. With her best friend also dealing with her newfound vampire nature and her dad’s secrets on the brink of coming to the surface, Rory has her work cut out. Can she find the culprit among the guests before another victim is claimed? (Amazon)

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Murder (and Baklava) (A European Voyage Cozy Mystery—Book 1) by [Blake Pierce]

“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
–Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone)

MURDER (AND BAKLAVA) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose Once Gone has over 1,500 five-star reviews.

When London Rose, 33, is proposed to by her long-time boyfriend, she realizes she is facing a stable, predictable, pre-determined (and passionless) life. She freaks out and runs the other way—accepting instead a job across the Atlantic, as a tour-guide on a high-end European cruise line that travels through a country a day. London is searching for a more romantic, unscripted and exciting life that she feels sure exists out there somewhere.

London is elated: the European river towns are small, historic and charming. She gets to see a new port every night, gets to sample an endless array of new cuisine and meet a stream of interesting people. It is a traveler’s dream, and it is anything but predictable.

But when a wealthy, high-maintenance passenger suddenly turns up dead outside of Budapest, the cruise has become a bit too unpredictable. Even worse: as the last person to see her alive, suspicion falls on London, leaving her no choice but to solve the crime (with her new sidekick, an orphaned dog), and save her cruise line and herself.

Laugh-out-loud funny, romantic, endearing, rife with new sights, culture and food, MURDER (AND BAKLAVA) offers a fun and suspenseful trip through the heart of Europe, anchored in an intriguing mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very last page.

Book #2 (DEATH AND APPLE STRUDEL) and book #3 (CRIME AND LAGER) in the series are now also available. (Amazon)

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Murder At The Wedding: An Intricate Murder Within A Murder You Will Never Forget (A Sri Lankan Mystery Book 2) by [Nadishka  Aloysius]

15 guests… 1 victim…
What do you do when a Murder Mystery Party Game goes tragically wrong?
When the guests are due to depart in 48 hours?
When a killer is lurking in the background?
This is the dilemma faced by amateur sleuths Kiyama Fernando and Vinodhini Dias.
Three months after the initial events of Book 1, Kiyama Fernando, an English teacher from Colombo, has settled in to small-town life with her best friend while attempting to escape a failed marriage. Hoping to enjoy a short vacation, they participate in an event that turns out to be more than they bargained for…
Set in rural in Sri Lanka, this story follows the efforts of two female sleuths as they race against the clock to unearth another killer.
Embodying all the elements of a cozy mystery this tale will appeal to those who enjoy a light-hearted, fast-paced read with contemporary social issues, memorable characters and a unique setting.

Praise for Book 1

“The story is as much about solving the mystery as it is about self actualisation and empowerment.”
” I liked the intimate feel of a small, conservative, Sri Lankan village with its quirky denizens.”
“This whodunnit story had me reading late into the night! I just couldn’t put it down! As each suspect was slowly eliminated, I was surprised to find an unexpected villain.”

Shelve under
Women Sleuths
Asian Literature
World Literature
Detective Story
Cozy Mystery
Small Town Murder
Murder Mystery
Women’s Fiction (Amazon)

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A Death At First Night (The Southernmost Mystery Book 3) by [David F. Berens, Kimberly Griggs]

A blast from Mallory’s past has arrived in tranquil Key West, and she’s not at all thrilled about it.

Andrew Mercer, her former boyfriend and reason number one for her move to the Southernmost part of the US, is staking his claim. He wants her back, and he will stop at nothing to make that happen. Or is there a more nefarious reason he’s lurking about?

Mallory’s blonde, bombshell nemesis is found toes up with a scarf around her neck at the Hemingway Home Bookstore, and Andrew is suspect numero uno. Only, he claims he’s innocent and wants Mallory to find her killer or else. Spurred on by the desire to have her life back, Mallory employs the help of her quirky best friend, Juniper Jones, as well as newest gal pal, Ernesta Castro, a pot-laced-cigar-smoking hippie with a penchant for motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing giants.

With the hunky Huck Jameson MIA, Mallory turns to sexy Detective Luke Beckett for assistance, but it seems Beckett is after more than just a killer—he’s after her heart. Huck’s return could be problematic for their budding romance, but is he too late? Who will win her heart? And will the killer get to her before she can explore her own Happily Ever After?

Put on some tea or grab an ice cold lemonade, because you won’t be able to put this one down until you get to the end!

The Southernmost Mystery Series

  1. A Death in the Afternoon
  2. A Farewell to Murder
  3. A Death at First Night (Amazon)

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Murder on Holiday Lane (Starfire Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [London Lovett]

It’s a warm and sunny Christmas season in Los Angeles. Things are slow at the Starfire Detective Agency, but Poppy is sure things will pick up after the holidays. When a pretty young starlet who works part-time as an elf at Santa’s Workshop on Holiday Lane is murdered, Poppy’s close friend, the up and coming director, Wyatt Blaze, becomes a prime suspect. Wyatt needs Poppy’s help to find the real killer. Gossip travels fast in Tinseltown and an arrest, even a false arrest, will destroy Wyatt’s career for good.

Now Poppy must start from the very beginning to find out just who had it out for the elf. Is it possible Santa himself is behind the diabolical deed?

Book 4 of the Starfire Cozy Mystery Series.
Other books in the series:

1. Murder on Lot B
2. Murder at the Ostrich Farm
3. Murder on the Angels Flight Trolley
4. Murder on Holiday Lane
5. TBA
(Amazon)

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Tricky Paws (Kitten Witch Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Corrine Winters]

Ding Dong the witch is dead!
And now the whole town is filled with dread…

This was not how Ember McNair imagined spending the days leading up to her wedding. It should have been the happiest time of her life. Instead, her tiny town was host to yet another unexplained death. This time, it’s the dark witch and perpetual thorn in everyone’s side, Cassandra.

At first everything thinks it’s a suicide, but the more Ember investigates with her feline familiar and her friends, the more she’s convinced it’s a murder.

Which means the murderer is out there, trying to cover their tracks. It could be anyone. Even her long lost sister, Ash, who somehow managed to have her memories wiped from Ember’s brain. She can’t be sure, but Ember can’t help thinking there’s a connection with Ash showing up and Cassandra croaking.

But with Ember’s wedding coming up and jealousy running high, will this sassy witch solve the crime and discover the secrets that Cassandra left behind? Or will those secrets spill out and take the whole town with it?

Read on to find out! (Amazon)

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Murder at the Church Picnic (A Mallory Beck Cozy Culinary Caper Book 2) by [Denise Jaden]

Perfect for fans of Molly Fitz and Christy Barritt…

Murder has such a sting!

If anyone had told Mallory Beck she would become Honeysuckle Grove’s next amateur sleuth, she would have thought they were ten walnuts short of a brownie. Her late husband had been the mystery novelist with a penchant for the suspicious. She was born for the muffin pan, not the binoculars, and yet here she was, having just solved her first murder case. It had all started with delivering a casserole to a grieving family and finished with the help of a sarcastic teenager, a cop with kind-hearted green eyes, and a cat with a hunch.

Maybe she should have thought twice about delivering another casserole. But this one was for the potluck at the annual church picnic, and what could possibly go wrong at a picnic?

Find out when you order this cozy culinary caper now! (Amazon)

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Cleopatra's Tomb: A Maggie Edwards Adventure (Maggie Edwards Adventures Book 1) by [Nellie H. Steele]

Why in the world would her uncle send her a bejeweled golden scarab?

When Maggie Edwards opened the mysterious package from her archeologist uncle, Oliver Keene, she had no clue what it was for. At first, she couldn’t understand why he had sent her something so obviously valuable when he had never done so before. Then, she read the cryptic note hinting that he was in trouble, and urging her to protect this vital artifact.

Arriving to help, her uncle’s associate, Henry Turner, takes Maggie on the run for her own protection. Maggie and Henry traverse the globe searching for Ollie while playing a deadly cat-and-mouse game with his kidnappers.

Join Maggie on an exhilarating journey from small-town America to London, Cairo and the sands of the Egyptian desert. Will she find Cleopatra’s tomb? And can she do it in time to save her uncle and herself?

Discover the mystery surrounding the bejeweled golden scarab in Cleopatra’s Tomb! Book one in the new, page-turning A Maggie Edwards Adventure series by beloved author Nellie H. Steele. (Amazon)

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Last Call: A Murder on the Rocks Mystery by [Cathi Stoler]

It’s New Year’s Day and Jude Dillane, owner of The Corner Lounge, is cleaning up after last night’s celebration when she discovers the body of a man with a knife through his heart in the dumpster out back. She recognizes the victim immediately—it’s Michael Bevins, younger brother of her customer and neighbor, Art Bevins. Devastated, Jude becomes even more horrified when she learns that Michael is the latest victim of the New Year’s Eve Serial Killer whose horrible crimes stretch back more than twenty years. Determined to find this monster, Jude risks her life as she gathers evidence that leads her closer and closer to the killer and the staggering truth that he may be someone very close to home. (Amazon)

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The Sinister Superyacht: a Provence Cozy Mystery (Julie Cavallo Investigates Book 3) by [Ana T. Drew]

French tycoon Jean-Louis Ponsard is having a bad year.
Unwise investments, canceled orders, deals falling through…
In the thick of it, his yacht becomes the scene of a suspicious death, and his year of misfortune hits the bed of the Mediterranean Sea.
To make matters worse, the victim isn’t just anybody.
She’s his much-hated mother-in-law.

Onboard, caterer Julie Cavallo and her quirky grandma Rose do some poking around.
But every luxury cabin hides a secret. 
Every passenger has an alibi or no reason to want the victim dead.
Discretion rules. 
The crew keeps mum. 
So do the marble countertops, gem-incrusted walls, and gold sinks.
When the cops take charge, things go to pieces, and not only for the Ponsard family.

Can Julie dive to the murky bottom of the sea, unravel the case, and come back up still breathing?

“The Sinister Superyacht” is the third novel in Ana T. Drew’s highly entertaining series of cozy mysteries set in Provence. (Amazon)

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Fit Girls: Pet Shows are Murder: Book 3 (Fit Girls Cozy Mystery) by [Ann Audree]

PET SHOWS ARE MURDER… especially when someone tries to steal your dog!

Paisley Summerhill has two problems going into her next job at a pet show convention in San Diego. One: her travel companion, Ellie Cruz, wants to adopt a dog—and they are surrounded by adorable puppies. Two: their hotel suite is already occupied—by a dead body! Before they know it, the clever fitness trainer and her young sidekick are pulled into another mystery.

The fun, thrilling short read, delivers several gripping twists:

• A Dog Twist: Paisley and Ellie take in a cute miniature schnauzer puppy, who’s stalked by a killer!
• A Brother Twist: Ellie’s brother Dolan Cruz plans to join the Fit Girls at the end of the convention for a little R&R. But the U.S. Marshal shows up early when things get dicey to save the day—which does not go over well.
• A Fit Girls Twist: Paisley & Ellie meet up with an old foe, complicating everything!

Every book in the Fit Girls Series is a short read, which means they are novella length. However, they are all complete mysteries, with a beginning, middle and end. The main characters carry over to the next story, but each book is one mystery. You can read them in any order, although the author likes readers to start with book one. If you do read them out of order, no worries. If there’s something you should know about the characters from prior books, it will be included. Just be assured that every book is a full story about the mysteries that arise as the main character, Paisley Summerhill, travels for her fitness training work and stumbles into a mystery to solve.

*** “Fit Girls: Pet Shows are Murder (A Fit Girls Cozy Mystery)” is a novella, but a complete short mystery book. It throws you into a thrilling and humorous mystery! It’s a fun, fast read! *** (Amazon)

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Deadly Steps: A 1940s Historical Cozy Mystery (A Riverton Library Mystery Book 1) by [K. Pinkley]

September, 1945

What do you do when what you’ve previously only imagined unfolds right in front of you?

With World War II over, librarian and aspiring mystery author Pauline Jameson is stunned to discover a dead body on the library steps on her second day on the job. If she’d had her druthers, she’d have skipped the library and concentrated on her writing. And if it were up to her parents, she would have skipped the writing and the library and pursued a more traditional path, like marriage. But Pauline is a thoroughly modern woman, and when a murder victim lands on the library steps, she’ll try her hand at solving the crime.

Henry, her new friend and co-worker, comes along to ensure her safety, while the other librarians put in their two-cents worth. The two soon discover swing dancing is a hobby they have common. Will Pauline and Henry become more than co-workers? Or will it be all business between the two of them?

And then there’s the issue of the victim. Was he really as kind and innocent as some portray him, or did he have secrets he would rather not have gotten out? Can Pauline catch a killer, or will she put her life at risk in the pursuit of justice? The truth lies within all of us, including the dead. (Amazon)

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Shear Holiday Mayhem (A Melanie Hogan Mystery Book 5) by [Rhonda Blackhurst]

A joyous Christmas festival. Two best friends. What could go wrong?

Melanie Hogan, owner of A Cut Above hair salon, discovers the holidays aren’t always jolly when she receives an unexpected gift at the Birch Haven Christmas Festival. A dead body.

Best friend and salon co-owner, Claire Davis, lands herself as the lead suspect. When Melanie’s boyfriend, Homicide Detective Levi Wescott, is booted off the case due to a conflict of interest, Melanie is compelled to find the real killer herself.

With only days left to go until Christmas, Melanie races to give Claire the perfect gift—her freedom. But as she begins unwrapping secrets of some unsavory characters, the looming deadline leads to unusual reckless and impulsive decisions, and she finds herself in a bit of a quandary. Can she catch the real killer before Birch Haven PD is forced to solve her own murder? (Amazon)

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Gone Witching (Witches of Runesbury Book 1) by [Mirren Hogan]

Scarlett Oliver is running late for a job interview.

If that wasn’t bad enough, she discovers there is no job. Instead, she’s offered a place at a secret university. For witches.

One thing’s for sure, there’s nothing normal about Runesbury. Rivalry is rife, runes and potions bring inanimate objects to life, and a missing teacher haunts the halls.

Are the bonds Scarlett forms with other students and a cat named Rufus strong enough to survive, or will a rival witch send her back to the real world?

Get it now. (Amazon)

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Double Booked (The Magical Bookshop Book 3) by [Liz Hedgecock]

A bookshop of one’s own…

Jemma’s dream of running her own bookshop is turning into a nightmare. She has plenty of ideas, but her assistant Maddy is resistant to the slightest change. Come to that, so are the customers. She’d turn to boyfriend Carl for support, but he’s wrapped up in an exciting new project.

To distract herself, Jemma gets involved in Raphael’s attempt to recruit a new member of staff — but that doesn’t go entirely to plan either, as his wider team turns against him.

Despite their best efforts, Jemma and Raphael are both struggling to cope. Can they work out what’s going on and get their lives back to normal before they run out of time?

Double Booked is the third in the Magical Bookshop humorous mystery series, set in modern London. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

New Releases For The Week Of November 15th, 2020–Part 2

Lies and Pumpkin Pies: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 10) by [Trixie Silvertale]

When a broomball rivalry turns deadly, can this psychic sleuth save the man she loves?

Mitzy Moon doesn’t do sports, but girlfriends are supposed to try new things. And watching her handsome sheriff’s team strut their stuff across the ice has its perks. But the thrill fades faster than cheap lipstick when the opponent’s captain is found murdered, and her boyfriend is the prime suspect.

With no alibi, her main squeeze quickly loses his badge and gets tossed off the case—and the harder Mitzy digs for the truth, the guiltier he looks. She’ll need the help of her interfering Ghost-ma and a spoiled feline to clear her beau and still have time to make a special pie for the holiday potluck!

Can Mitzy score a win for the home team, or will her dreams of a clean sweep be forever frozen?

Lies and Pumpkin Pies is the tenth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

Buy Lies and Pumpkin Pies to serve up a Thanksgiving caper today! (Amazon)

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Witches are from Venus: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Fairy Falls Mystery Book 3) by [Samantha Silver]

Welcome to magical Fairy Falls, where love is in the air and killers are on the loose.

Just when Mina’s life seems to be settling down a bit – she’s got a new job that she loves, and no one’s been murdered in two whole weeks! – she gets thrown yet another curve ball when an arsonist strikes in town and the Chief Enforcer is nowhere to be found.

Between trying to stop more fires from being set, and looking for the Chief Enforcer, Mina has her hands full. Add to it her overly dramatic cat familiar, and Scarlett discovering a new opportunity – even more exciting than catching a cool new Pokemon – and Mina’s wondering if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Will she be able to solve the case and find the Chief Enforcer before her whole life goes up in smoke?

Witches are from Venus is the third book in a humorous paranormal witch cozy mystery series by Samantha Silver. (Amazon)

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Brewing Up the Wrong Tree (Ivy's Botany Shop Witch Cozy Mystery Series Book 5) by [Constance Barker]

When a psychic ends up dead, people wonder why he couldn’t predict his own demise. Perhaps he didn’t have the power after all. Ivy and the biddie committee can spy charlatans from a mile away. But is something more powerful at work? (Amazon)

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Dead Broke: A Cozy Mystery (Agatha's Amish B&B Book 2) by [Vannetta Chapman]

Why would someone kill Nathan King?
The peace of a perfect November afternoon is shattered when Agatha hears the frantic bleating of goats across the river from her B&B. Agatha kayaks over with retired detective Tony and two guests–Bishop Henry and his wife Emma. They find the goats huddled together in a terrified group and Nathan lying face up beneath the Live Oak trees, lifeless eyes staring at the Texas sky.
Then one of Agatha’s guests goes missing. She delves into Joey’s past and learns he was Dead Broke, so what was he doing vacationing at her B&B? And why was he pretending to be Amish when in fact his permanent address was Dallas, Texas? Most importantly, did Joey have anything to do with Nathan’s death? Agatha and Tony are at a dead end before the investigation has properly begun, but this time they receive help from unexpected places. Bishop Henry has a gift, and he’s no longer afraid to use it, even if doing so may put them all in danger as they work together to catch a killer.
Dead Broke is a story about family secrets, rare gifts, and the joy of unexpected friendships. (Amazon)

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Lady Gold Investigates Volume 4 ~ Christmas Edition: a Short Read cozy historical 1920s mystery collection by [Lee Strauss, Norm Strauss]

Lady Gold Takes The Case in this 4th volume of Ginger Gold’s popular short story mystery series! Join Mrs. Ginger Reed~aka Lady Gold, as she adventures with her husband Basil, her sister-in-law Felicia, and her curious dog Boss, to unravel these puzzling Christmas themed mysteries. 

Lady Gold Investigates Volume Four presents The Case of Haunted Castle and The Case of the Missing Christmas Goose. 

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

Genre: dog cozy mystery series / historical mystery / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery

Hop aboard the 1920s! 

THE GINGER GOLD MYSTERY SERIES

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 at Brighton Beach (Book 13)

Murder at The Royal Albert Hall (Book 14)

~more on the way!

A brand new 1950s series! 

THE ROSA REED MYSTERY SERIES

Murder at High Tide (Book 1)

Murder on the Boardwalk (Book 2)

Murder at the Bomb Shelter (Book 3)

Murder on Location (Book 4)

Murder and Rock ‘n Roll (Book 5) (Amazon)

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Cozy Christmas Capers by [Jenna St. James]

A Pinch of Mystery

A Dash of Romantic Comedy

A Whole Lot of Christmas Joy

Room at the Christmas Commune: When Jenessa Jones stumbled upon a mugging in a New York City alleyway, she didn’t stop to think about the consequences of helping…she only wanted to save the woman being threatened. Little did she know her actions would cause her to be whisked away two days before Christmas to the victim’s house in Woodstock for protection. But what did she expect when the victim’s son was a New York City police detective? Can Jenessa survive a trip to Woodstock with a woman who still lives in the 70s, her tough-as-nails, but oh-so-cute detective son, and a mess of wild animals who roam both inside and out? Oh, and let’s not talk about the gang of bad guys heading straight for her. Someone pass the Christmas kale cookies…it’s gonna be a wild ride.

A Stolen Christmas Miracle: When a wad of cash is stolen from the Christmas bake sale, director Charlotte Randalls and Colonel Jack Saunders pair up to figure out who the thief is. With only three suspects on their list, they assume it won’t take too long. But they soon realize there is more at stake than just retrieving the stolen money. There is a need for true healing. And can one boy, desperate for a new home and a new toy, receive his Christmas wish?

A Murderous Christmas: Who knew going door to door to pick up canned goods would lead to a murder? Certainly not Gwen Lipscomb or Grandma Gertie. But that’s exactly what happened! Good thing Brody Harper, the hunky policeman who lives next door to Grandma Gertie, was home and came over to secure the scene. As Gwen informs Brody of the two arguments she overheard regarding the murdered victim, she starts to unravel even more clues as to who might have killed the wealthy Mr. Yanezz. Can Gwen and Grandma Gertie figure out who the killer is before one or both of them end up being next?  (Amazon)

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'Twas the Knight Before Christmas: A Cozy Witch Mystery (The Avalon Café Book 5) by [Hermione Moon, Serenity Woods]

Not a creature is stirring, not even a dog!

After a quiet six months, Gwen, Arthur, and Merlin are in the middle of preparing for their first Yule and Christmas together when an old friend appears to announce she needs their help. Morgana’s Sisters and their new allies are summoning the Saxon god Woden to gather up all the lost souls in his Wild Hunt on the night of the winter solstice, and the ghost who knows the truth about the Paladin’s Prophecy is destined to be one of them. Can Gwen and the others rescue him and stop the summoning in time for Christmas?

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Cozy witch mysteries with a sprinkle of romance, by USA Today bestselling author Serenity Woods writing as Hermione Moon.

Contains British English spelling and usage. The Avalon Café stories are clean reads with no graphic violence, strong language, or sex. (Amazon)

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Murder at the Gorge: Brand NEW in the bestselling Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries for 2020 (The Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries Book 7) by [Frances Evesham]

A joke? A prank? Or something more sinister?

When the Exham-on-Sea residents are targeted by anonymous emails containing apparently harmless nursery rhymes, no one knows whether to laugh or shudder until an unexplained death touches the town.

Libby Forest, baker, chocolatier and Exham’s very own resident private investigator, alongside her partner Max Ramshore, set out to solve the puzzle before more people die. But when Max’s ex-wife arrives on the scene, ahead of Max and Libby’s long-awaited nuptials, things go from bad to worse.

With the town and their relationship under threat, Max and Libby need the help of the Exham History Society if they’re going to find the nursery rhyme killer in time.

Murder at the Gorge is the seventh in a series of Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set at the small English seaside town full of quirky characters, sea air, and gossip.

If you love Agatha Christie-style mysteries, cosy crime, clever dogs and cake, then you’ll love these intriguing whodunnits.

THE EXHAM-ON-SEA MURDER MYSTERIES:

1. Murder at the Lighthouse
2. Murder on the Levels:
3. Murder on the Tor:
4. Murder at the Cathedral
5. Murder at the Bridge
6. Murder at the Castle
7. Murder at the Gorge (Amazon)

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Pecans And Potions (Witch Hazel Lane Mysteries Book 6) by [J. L.  Collins]

Welcome to Witch Hazel Lane…

A beautiful southern fall isn’t the only thing changing in Birdie Devaine’s neck of the woods. Determined to make her brand new business a success, Birdie refuses to turn away any potential clientele… like the hoity-toity photographer from the city who does nothing but insult her, her home, and thumb his nose at her good-old fashioned hospitality.

After a mean hurricane churns their way, the ladies of Witch Hazel Lane find the stuck-up photographer mysteriously dead inside Birdie’s house, her new roof half caved-in, and her devilishly handsome ex Lucifer edging his way back into her life.

Can she play detective and still manage to keep her head and her heart above the flood waters?

What’s a witch to do?

This book contains plenty of southern sass, friendship, some delicious comfort food, and a little bit of magic along the way!
Collect your free recipe inside.
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Weevil Spirits (Freaky Florida Mystery Adventures Book 5) by [Margaret Lashley]

Things that Go “Cheap” in the Night …

When Grayson and Bobbie head to the Florida Panhandle to witness a spectacle of nature, they take a wrong turn and quickly find themselves up to their armpits in arthropods.

And that’s the good part of their vacation.

Campers are disappearing without a trace from nearby Torreya State Park. Whatever’s stalking them soon sets its eyes on Bobbie and Grayson, too.

Toadsicles. Bugaboos. Entomophagous BBQ.

It’s enough to make anyone lose their appetite!

Have Bobbie and Grayson bitten off more than they can chew? Or will they swallow their fears and capture the creature that’s been bugging them?

Only one thing’s for sure. Either way, they’re gonna need a bigger can of Raid.

Like Carl Hiassen? Tim Dorsey? Dorian Box? You’ll probably love Freaky Florida Mystery Adventures, too! The weirdness of The X-Files and the unwashed insanity of My Name is Earl collide to form this deliciously snarky, totally abnormal mystery series. New from the author of the best-selling Val Fremden Mystery Series!

What Readers are Saying about the Series:

“This series cracks me up!” Amazon Review

“I have read Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasen, and Randy Wayne White. Those writers are funny but they need to watch out for you.” J. Heinrich

“I’ve heard the expression “I laughed so hard I cried” but I never experienced it until I read this book.” Moth Busters Amazon Review

“I read a lot, and Kindle suggested this book. Moth Busters is laugh out loud funny. Is everyone in Florida crazy?” Facebook Review

“Not a scary or over the top paranormal book. I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning reading it. It was just that good! I’m a real scaredy-cat, just not into reading about things that go bump in the night. It is filled with quirky characters, mystery and a lot of humor. So if you want to be truly entertained, READ THIS BOOK.” Amazon Review

“Plenty of mysteries and slap stick humor with a backwoods redneck cousin thrown in the mix. I almost felt like I was reading a cross between Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony.” Amazon Review

“Full of wacky characters, amazing descriptions, and lots of theories of the unknown, this book makes for a funny mystery.” Amazon Review

“Rampant with humorous banter and fun interpersonal relationships over a solidly bizarre mystery and great characterization.” Amazon Review

“This is a rollicking ride from the very beginning with laugh-out-loud prose, rednecks, weirdos and Tootsie Pops…oh my!” Amazon Review
(Amazon)

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The Ghostly Grounds: Malice and Lunch (A Canine Casper Cozy Mystery—Book 3) by [Sophie Love]

“The perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It’s a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”
–Midwest Book Review (For Now and Forever)

THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS: MALICE AND LUNCH is Book #3 in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Sophie Love, author of The Inn at Sunset Harbor series, a #1 Bestseller with over 200 five-star reviews!

Marie Fortune, 39, a successful dog groomer in Boston, leaves the stressful life behind and heads to a small town in coastal Maine to create a new life. She remains intent on renovating the old, historic house her great-aunt left her and giving it a new life as a B&B. Yet there was one thing she couldn’t plan for: the house is haunted. Two things, actually: her great-aunt also left her a dog—and he is far from a typical dog.

When Marie, her reputation for ghost-cleansing growing, is summoned to exorcise an old manor house, she finds more than she bargained for: an unexpected death occurs.

Worse, her trusted dog gets so sick, he is sent to the vet indefinitely.

Marie, on her own, must solve the murder and expel the ghosts all by herself.

Is she up to the task?

A page-turning cozy, packed with mystery, love, hauntings, travel, pets and food—anchored around a small town and a B&B in need of renovation that will capture your heart—THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS: MALICE AND LUNCH is an un-putdownable cozy that will keep you turning pages (and laughing out loud) late into the night.

“The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
–Books and Movies Reviews (For Now and Forever) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Marsala Maroon: A Private Investigator Comedy Mystery (Franki Amato Mysteries Book 6) by [Traci Andrighetti]

Jazz Fest is in full swing in The Big Easy, but PI Franki Amato is singing the blues. The owner of an historic Italian grocery and deli is murdered in a manner eerily reminiscent of the Axeman of New Orleans, a notorious serial killer who hasn’t struck in over a century, and someone Franki knows has been arrested for the crime. Adding to her distress, Franki, her mom, and her meddling Sicilian nonna finally meet her fiancé’s family, but the tone of their encounter is decidedly downbeat. And just as her personal life strikes a sour note, the killer jazzes up his techniques. The pressure is on Franki to decipher an odd assortment of clues—an old gramophone record, a stolen trumpet, and a bottle of marsala wine. If she doesn’t, she could be the next one to get the ax.

Marsala Maroon is book 6 in the Franki Amato Mysteries. If you like zany characters and laugh-out-loud humor with a splash of suspense, then you’ll drink up this fun series by USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Andrighetti. Cheers!

“Andrighetti’s dialogue is genuine yet uproarious, and her glowing characters animatedly leap off the page. Her sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment.”
—Long Island Book Reviews

“Traci Andrighetti’s Franki Amato Mysteries have me tickled pink! Her smart, sassy heroine, wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to the page. I can’t wait to read more from this author!”
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

“Traci’s writing is sharp and funny; the world she paints leaps off the page and makes the reader laugh out loud…. A thoroughly enjoyable voice in fiction!”
~ Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling novelist (The Sweetness of Forgetting) (Amazon)

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A Corpse for Christmas: A Warm and Witty Standalone Christmas Mystery (An Izzy Palmer Mystery Book 5) by [Benedict Brown]

Snowy mountains, a picture-perfect Christmas village and… Wait! Who’s that dead among the pine trees?

Hired to protect a mysterious client on a festive family holiday in the Scottish Highlands, private detective Izzy Palmer poses as a nanny to investigate a string of threatening letters. To solve the case she’ll have to deal with a pack of feuding aristocrats and uncover the truth about a decades’ old rivalry, all while caring for a distractingly adorable baby girl. It’s enough to make even the most dogged detective despair.

When the exclusive winter resort is snowed in, tempers flare and a fake Father Christmas turns up dead in the snow. With a lord, an admiral, a professor and a celebrated artist among the suspects, Izzy will need the help of her eccentric sidekick (turned undercover chef) and a makeshift princess to find the killer and stop her white Christmas turning red…

“A Corpse for Christmas” is a classic, Agatha-Christie-style murder mystery with humour, intrigue and a little bit of ‘Home Alone’ thrown in for good measure. As a standalone novel in the Izzy Palmer Mystery series, you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this delicious but hilariously deadly Christmas tale. If you love whodunits featuring outrageous characters, Machiavellian suspects, baked goods, warring relatives and genuine, Christmassy warmth, then this is the book for you. (Amazon)

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Chai, Chai Again (A Pebble Cove Teahouse Mystery Book 4) by [Eryn  Scott]

Pebble Cove is known for giving tourists the cold shoulder, but a frozen body is something new.

The people of Pebble Cove are thrown into a forced hibernation when the worst snowstorm in a decade hits the Oregon Coast. They expect to find damages once the snow thaws, but a frozen body down by the pier comes as a terrible surprise.

Rosemary is keeping warm with an abundance of chai tea, wooly sweaters, and further research into Asher’s past. But when a second body is found, she can’t deny the chilling thoughts that the two deaths might be connected. Or that this might not be the end.

Readers, this is the fourth book in a new cozy mystery series by Eryn Scott. These books are all clean with no gore and no swearing. Starting from the beginning with this series will provide the best reading experience. The ghosts are the only paranormal aspect in the series. And there are definitely cats because … well, there has to be. 🙂 (Amazon)

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Perils Portrait: A Stone Boat Cozy Mystery by [Timothy Peterson]

Welcome to the Stone Boat Art Studio. Where cheerful creativity shares a palette with murder.

Playing piano for the painting classes at the Stone Boat Art Studio, Violet has seen a killer portrait or two. Though when an oversized paint brush is stabbed into master artist, grumpy uncle Edmund, Violet realizes that someone in MooiKill has a talent for murder. Yet they are surely no lover of the arts.

Violet must race to connect the dots and reveal the killer’s web of lies, betrayal and revenge. All the while, Gus and Willow, Edmund’s faithful cat and dog, are inspired to make bold strokes to sniff out those responsible, and avenge his murder.

The hues of mystery swirl, as Violet must also prove that Benjamin, her on again, off again love, is being framed by officials eager to draw conclusions. And if that’s not enough, a darker dab with a half century old vendetta by a nun with a mother superiority complex. With so many clues erased to time, this is no easy paint by numbers.

Who killed uncle Edmund? And who might be next!

Join Violet and the Stone Boat gang in their first-ever sleuthing adventure, as they race to uncover the murder and save the Stone Boat itself, before their canvas is wiped clean forever.

Read this heartwarming cozy today.

Book One of the Stone Boat Cozy Mystery series. (Amazon)

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The Silver Shooter: A Rose Gallagher Mystery by [Erin Lindsey]

Erin Lindsey’s third historical mystery The Silver Shooter follows Rose Gallagher as she tracks a monster and searches for treasure in the wilds of the Dakota Territory.

It’s the spring of 1887, and Rose Gallagher is finally coming into her own. She’s the proud owner of a lovely little home near Washington Square, where she lives with her mother and friend Pietro, and she’s making a name for herself as a Pinkerton agent with a specialty in things . . . otherworldly. She and her partner Thomas are working together better than ever, and mostly managing to push aside romantic feelings for one another. Mostly.

Things are almost too good to be true—so Rose is hardly surprised when Theodore Roosevelt descends on them like a storm cloud, hiring them for a mysterious job out west. A series of strange occurrences in the Badlands surrounding his ranch has Roosevelt convinced something supernatural is afoot.

It began with livestock disappearing from the range, their bodies later discovered torn apart by something monstrously powerful. Now people are dying, too. Meanwhile, a successful prospector has gone missing, and rumors about his lost stash of gold have attracted treasure hunters from far and wide – but they keep disappearing, too. To top it all off, this past winter, a mysterious weather phenomenon devastated the land, leaving the locals hungry, broke, and looking for someone to blame.

With tensions mounting and the body count rising, Roosevelt fears a single spark will be all it takes to set the Badlands aflame. It’s up to Rose and Thomas to get to the bottom of it, but they’re against the clock and an unknown enemy, and the west will prove wilder than they could possibly imagine… (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of November 15th, 2020–Part 1

Hot to Trot: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 31) by [M. C. Beaton, Rod Greene]

Beloved New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton’s cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit T.V. show—is back on the case again in Hot to Trot.

When Private Detective Agatha Raisin learns that her friend and one-time lover Charles Fraith is to be married to a mysterious socialite, Miss Mary Brown-Field, she sees it as her duty to find out what she can about the woman. Coming up empty, Agatha—out of selfless concern for Charles, of course—does the only sensible thing she can think of: she crashes their wedding, which ends in a public altercation. Nursing a hangover the next morning, she gets a phone call from Charles, with even more disturbing news: Mary has been murdered.

Agatha takes on the case, and quickly becomes entrenched in the competitive equestrian world, in which Mary had been enmeshed—as well as the victim’s surprisingly violent past. Agatha finds no shortage of motives among a wide range of characters, from Mary’s old riding competitors, to enemies from her schoolgirl days, to her surly father, who threatens Agatha to mind her own business. Meanwhile, the police department has its money on another suspect: Agatha. Will she track down the criminal in time, or end up behind bars herself? (Amazon)

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Berried Motives (A Cranberry Cove Mystery Book 6) by [Peg Cochran]

An ambitious TV personality takes a star turn in murder in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery from USA Today bestselling author Peg Cochran!

With the cranberry farm in full harvest mode, Monica is thrilled to learn that they’ll be the featured guests on a local TV news show. Certain the exposure will give her bakery products and the farm’s store a welcome boost, she’s also nervous about how she’ll come across on-screen. But her real worries begin when the show’s ruthless star is found bludgeoned to death on a side road of the farm—and Monica’s own brother heads up the list of suspects.

Launching an investigation to find the real killer and clear her brother, Monica discovers there was no love lost between the victim and those closest to her. From the dead woman’s husband, a calculating politician with his sights set on more lucrative pastures, to the timid cameraperson she repeatedly bullied, there’s no shortage of suspects or motives. And when Monica unearths a compromising secret that turns the spotlight on one of them, she suddenly realizes the solution has been staring her in the face. As she closes in on the killer, she’ll need sharp wits and steely nerves to avoid taking her final bow . . .

Includes tasty recipes!

Praise for Berried Secrets:

“Cozy fans and foodies rejoice—there’s a place just for you and it’s called Cranberry Cove.” —New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams

“A fun whodunnit with quirky characters and a satisfying mystery. This new series is as sweet and sharp as the heroine’s cranberry salsa.” —New York Times bestselling author Sofie Kelly

About the Author:

Peg Cochran is the USA Today bestselling author of the Lucille Mysteries, the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries, the Cranberry Cove Mysteries, and also, writing as Meg London, the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series. She has two daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson, a beautiful granddaughter, and a Westhighland white terrier named Reggie. You can read more at http://www.pegcochran.com and http://www.meglondon.com. (Amazon)

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Murder in the Snow: A gripping 1920s historical cozy mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 4) by [Verity  Bright]

An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree… and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene!

Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games and gingerbread. She’s also purchased perfect presents for each of her household – not forgetting the biggest bone in the butcher’s shop for her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog – and is looking forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas.

As snowflakes fall, Eleanor is cheering on contestants in the traditional Christmas fun run in the grounds of the Hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the runners drops dead at the finish line. Dashing Detective Seldon is convinced it’s just a heart attack, but Eleanor isn’t so sure. When she finds a rather distinctive key where the man fell, Eleanor knows she’ll never rest until she finds out the truth about what happened in her own home.

Next the vicar is taken ill with what looks like poison and Eleanor starts to wonder if the two cases are linked. When someone tries to frame her by planting poisoned berries in her own kitchen, she knows speed is of the essence. But the entire village was at Henley Hall for the festivities and Eleanor has enough suspects to stuff a town full of turkeys. Can she nail the true killer and clear her name in time for Christmas?

Christmas won’t be complete without it! A festive treat for fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Readers are utterly addicted to Murder in the Snow!

Can I give it six stars please?… Pretty much perfect… Bright has the amazing gift of bringing the reader into that world where the characters are alive.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Such fun! As usual!… It’s Christmas time so, what more could you ask for?… Ellie’s character just keeps getting better and better. She’s strong, intelligent, helpful, down to earth and with a clever sense of humour… The murder mystery was a good one… Lovely series with a cast of endearing characters you can’t help but love.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘The Lady Eleanor Swift books are such a delight to read, and this one is no different!… I love how the book leads you in many directions and just when you think you’ve uncovered the killer, you find that you’ve got it all wrong! The twists add the right amount of mystery to this great read. Looking forward to more books in this entertaining series.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Put your feet up, take a sip of parsnip perry or chestnut liqueur, a slice of Christmas cake, a mince pie or a morsel of Stilton and transport yourself back to Christmas 1920… Oh the sheer joy of escaping these dark times in the company of these wonderful characters… A twisty mystery… A delightful, fun and entertaining read but try not to read when you’re hungry as I guarantee you’ll want to reach for the cake tin! If you like Christie or Dorothy Sayers then I think it’s well worth giving this novel a go.’ Goodreads Reviewer

An old-fashioned, festive whodunnit, a fabulous cozy Christmas read!… I absolutely adored this book! it reminded me a of a cozy Christmas TV special. If you are a fan of such things as Poirot, Miss Marple and Downton Abbey then this book is definitely for you! I loved all the characters especially the elderly, mischievous and very humorous bulldog named Gladstone… It kept me guessing right up to the very end. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series now.’ My Reading Narnia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Amazon)

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Murder in the Christmas Tree Lot (A Tory Benning Mystery Book 2) by [Judith Gonda]

Landscape architect Tory Benning returns in a holiday mystery tied up with a bow!

Still struggling with the death of her husband, Tory Benning is doing her best to get into the festive spirit of the holiday season, but when her landscaping company’s email is hacked and there’s a break-in at the office, it’s enough to make her see red. And then the unthinkable happens, when the owner of a specialty food truck is brutally slain at the company’s Christmas tree lot, and Tory finds herself mired in murder once again.

With a long list of suspects—including an untold number of revelers disguised in Santa suits, seasonal employees handling tree sales, and even a vengeful jilted suitor—the police investigation grinds along slowly and methodically. But as Tory begins piecing together clues on her own, she finds she’s the target of a menacing stalker who may be out to do more than just scare her. Refusing to be intimidated, Tory vows to nab the culprit, even if it means that catching a Christmas killer has become her lot in life . . .

About the Author:

Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and Ph.D. psychologist with a penchant for Pomeranians and puns, so it’s not surprising that psychology, Poms, and puns pop up in her amateur sleuth mysteries featuring landscape architect Tory Benning. (Amazon)

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Lowcountry Boughs of Holly (A Liz Talbot Mystery Book 10) by [Susan M.  Boyer]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but Private Investigator Liz Talbot is struggling to feel festive. She hasn’t seen her best friend, Colleen, in weeks and fears she may never see her again in this life. Meanwhile Nate, Liz’s husband and partner, is spending money like he prints it in the attic on a mysterious family Christmas celebration. Liz’s nerves are shot, and she hasn’t even decked a single hall. But there’s simply no time to fret.

On a morning beach run, Liz spots a wooden rowboat run aground with Santa inside. Did Old Saint Nick have too much eggnog at the boat parade? No indeedy—Santa’s been shot. And he’s none other than C.C. Bounetheau, patriarch of one of Charleston’s wealthiest families.

Liz and Nate already unwrapped quite a few family secrets while searching for the Bounetheau’s missing granddaughter last year—enough to make them swear to steer forever clear of the entire clan. But as Mr. Bounetheau’s body is found in Stella Maris, and Liz and Nate are the police chief’s on-call detectives, they’re on the case.

With no shortage of suspects, Liz and Nate dash to find a killer who may be working his or her way down a naughty list.

Spend Christmas in the Lowcountry with the Talbot family and their friends in Susan M. Boyer’s latest Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boughs of Holly. Tis the season for merry mayhem!

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LOWCOUNTRY BOUGHS OF HOLLY by Susan M. Boyer | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Amazon)

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Fiction. Cozy mystery fans rejoice, The Reverend Tom “Father” Christmas is at it again. Brimming with wit, full of cunning, and featuring one of the most memorable (and unlikely) detectives in mystery fiction, C. C. Benison’s latest Father Christmas mystery will delight readers with twists that are sure to astound readers. THE UNPLEASANTNESS OF THE BATTLE OF THORNFORD shows the detective Tom Christmas at his best and marks yet another brilliant entry in the Father Christmas annuls. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

June Wright had already published three popular mysteries by the time she created her most memorable detective, the Reverend Mother Mary St Paul of the Cross. The kindly Mother Paul may seem vague and otherwordly, but little escapes her attention―she has a shrewd grasp of everything that’s going on beneath the surface. In Reservation for Murder, the first of three Mother Paul novels (originally published in 1958), she is in charge of a residential hostel for young women who work in offices and shops in Melbourne. A tense atmosphere pervades the house―many of the residents have received unpleasant anonymous letters, and there is much speculation as to their author. When Mary Allen finds a stranger stabbed in the garden, who dies after uttering a mysterious name, and a few days later one of the residents is found drowned, an apparent suicide, the tension reaches fever pitch. Is there a connection between these two deaths? Or between them and the letters? The police investigation, abetted by the resourceful Mary Allen, proceeds in fits and starts, but meanwhile Mother Paul pursues her own enquiries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery Book 3) by [Kelly Brakenhoff]

It’s beginning to look a lot like murder . . .
And Cassandra is knee deep in . . .

Suspects.
Her boss is dead, and the police are calling it burglary gone wrong. But when the killer comes after her, it’s going to take more than a pair of furry boots to keep the smart, witty Morton College administrator, Cassandra Sato, out of the deep. . .

Snow.
Her first Christmas in Nebraska could be her last unless her friends help unravel the mystery and housebreak her dog.

Buy now for a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit.

Dead of Winter Break is the third book in Kelly Brakenhoff’s popular Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. Death by Dissertation was a 2020 RONE Award Finalist. Publishers Weekly called Dead Week, “a diverting whodunit.” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Gooseberry Christmas by [Kathi Daley]

USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley brings you a heartwarming mystery series about finding answers and fostering hope while building friendships and embracing the magic of life by the sea and small town holidays.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.

It’s a series about family and friendship.

It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.

It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.

And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 3 in the series, Ainsley decides to set aside her search for answers to her past and enjoy her first Gooseberry Christmas by volunteering along with the rest of the gang for the Christmas Festival on the boardwalk. Normally Ainsley didn’t bother much with Christmas and all its trappings but this year she is excited to join in as most of the locals are prone to do. Of course it does put a bit of a damper on the festivities when a body is found in the tree lot where the gang had offered to help out, but that doesn’t stop Ainsley from making the most of the season in spite of the crazy investigation she can’t help but get pulled into. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Reunions and Revelations in Las Vegas: A Humorous Tiffany Black Mystery (Tiffany Black Mysteries Book 24) by [A.R. Winters]

When Tiffany and Ian go to Uncle Joe’s family reunion party, they don’t expect to run into a killer…

A Cupcakes-and-Crime Caper

But that’s exactly what happens when Uncle Joe’s ex-wife Beryl is found dead!

Trapped inside Beryl’s creepy old house by an avalanche, Tiffany and Ian must work quickly to uncover who among the other houseguests is the killer.

As Beryl’s unsavory past starts coming to light, Tiffany realizes that quite a few people staying in the house have secrets of their own, and good reason to want Beryl dead. From disgruntled family members to secret lovers, to grudge-harboring staff and swindled business partners…

As the body count increases, Tiffany and Ian wonder if they might be outwitted – until help shows up in the form of an unexpected friend.

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“You fall in love with Tiffany Black from the start, and the mystery starts immediately” – Melissa Greenberg, Amazon.com Top 1000 Reviewer

“Fans of Stephanie Plum, meet Tiffany Black, A.R. Winters’s new heroine.” – Rea, Amazon.com

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, Amazon.com

Dinners and Disasters in Las Vegas is the twenty-fourth book in The Tiffany Black in Las Vegas Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.

This is a lighthearted cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Eggnog, Extortion, and Evergreen: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series Book 14 (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series) by [Tonya Kappes]

Romance, a lovable bunch of eccentrics, and a collection of recipes with murder most foul.”
–Kirkus

“Scrumptious… Fans of culinary cozies will have fun.”
–Publishers Weekly

“A sweet Southern mystery with a delightful plot and quirky characters who quickly make you feel at home.”
–San Francisco Book Review

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!

Mae West is busy this Christmas season. She’s running around Normal getting the town ready for the first Winter Festival, which she hopes will become an annual event for the tourist town.

The freshly fallen snow sure does make the Daniel Boone National Park beautiful and ready for Santa’s arrival, but it also makes the curvy roads through the forest very slick. Unfortunately, Mae finds out just how slick the roads are after her car slides off the road and hits a tree, putting Mae into a deep coma.

Mae is one of the lucky patients who does wake up and happy to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.

One of the patients in the emergency room with Mae didn’t die that night of natural causes, and Hank Sharp has himself a new homicide case on his hands.

Mae starts having memories about the fire that took her family and a memory of a murder plot that she thinks happened when she was in her coma. Only, she’s having a hard time distinguishing between the two memories and the clues seem to have blurred lines. There’s one thing she does know for sure, both incidents come with clues that neither were accidents.

Once again, Mae West with the help of the Laundry Club Ladies put on their ameatur sleuth cap to help solve the mystery of the murders before the killer sends her Christmas gift she can’t return. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Yule Logs and Murder (A Chocolate Centered Cozy Mystery Book 19) by [Cindy Bell]

It is almost Christmas and Charlotte and Ally Sweet are excited to be making delicious chocolate creations, planning for the upcoming Christmas celebrations and Ally and Detective Luke Elm’s impending wedding.

But… their plans come to a grinding halt when someone is murdered. With Christmas just around the corner everyone wants the murderer caught so that Christmas can go off without a hitch. So, Ally and Charlotte decide to lend a helping hand. Along with their adorable pot-bellied pig, Arnold, and mischievous feline-friend, Peaches, they do a little snooping. But they uncover more than they anticipated and have to unravel a perplexing mixture of clues and suspects in order to get to the truth.

Will the murderer be revealed before there is another victim? Or will their Christmas celebrations need to be put on hold?

Recipe Included: Chocolate Yule Log

Join Charlotte, Ally, Arnold and Peaches for a fun, puzzling, Christmas-themed cozy mystery by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Cindy Bell. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Slay Bells Ring: A humorous holiday cozy mystery novella by [Laura Durham]

Snowed in for Christmas—with her entire wedding team. And a dead body.

Wedding planner Annabelle Archer was looking forward to her first Christmas with her new husband. She wasn’t expecting a blizzard to hit DC or to get snowed in with all her wedding colleagues in her one-bedroom apartment. And she really wasn’t expecting to find one of her neighbors…dead.

While caterer Richard Gerard attempts to keep holiday spirits bright, her detective husband Mike Reese sets out to find out who murdered their neighbor. The problem? There aren’t many residents in the small apartment building and most of them are stuck in her apartment. Will Annabelle’s first Christmas as a newlywed be spent with a killer?

Slay Bells Ring, a novella, is the 17th book in the Agatha Award-winning Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Series. If you like hilarious-yet-deadly whodunits, charming characters, and delightfully witty tales, you’ll love Laura Durham’s cozy mystery series.

Buy Slay Bells Ring today for a Christmas you’ll never forget! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Crime Skein: A Knitorious Murder Mystery Book 6 by [Reagan Davis]

The 6th book in the Knitorious Murder Mystery series!

*Paperback and Kindle Unlimited available from November 16th, 2020*

When the most hated man in Harmony Lake runs for mayor and turns up dead on election night, two of the people closest to me are suspects in his murder. 

But needling out the real culprit isn’t easy when everyone in town has a motive and an alibi.

Someone has to dig deep into the lives of the residents of this tight-knit community and unravel their secrets.

That someone is me.

My name is Megan and I solve murders.

People have a knack of dying where I happen to be, and evidence has a way of finding its way into my hands. 

I know this town and its residents like the back of my hand. With some help from my friends, I’ll figure out who’s telling the truth, and who’s spinning a yarn of lies.

Can I stitch together the clues and find the real killer before the wrong person is charged with murder?

If you like your cozy mysteries with a bit of humour, small town Canadian life, a hint of romance, a close circle of quirky, lovable characters that you wish you knew in real life, dogs and cats, and free knitting patterns, there’s something in this series for you

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

Other books in the series:

  • Knit One Murder Two
  • Killer Cables
  • Murder & Merino
  • Twisted Stitches
  • Son of a Stitch
  • Crime Skein

Each book in the Knitorious murder mystery series is a standalone mystery that is solved by the end of the book. The books can be read in any order, however the characters lives and relationships evolve and change over time. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Sweets Assessment (Sweet Shop Mystery Book 9) by [Wendy Meadows]

Margaret is planning a promotion while someone else is planning a murder.

Excited about spring being just around the corner, Margaret comes up with the perfect new promotion: milkshakes! Just a few days later, she notices that a new ice cream parlor is going to open in West End.

And just a few days after that, a woman is murdered in her own home. Margaret now has another case to solve, along with dealing with milkshake flavors and flagging spirits.

When the unthinkable happens and Margaret’s loved ones are fighting for their lives, realization dawns. But will Margaret be able to solve the crime and save lives? Or will this be her last case?

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Spawning Suspicion

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Spawning Suspicion (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Muddle House Publishing (November 9, 2020)
Paperback: 293 pages
ISBN-10: 0999705423
ISBN-13: 978-0999705421
Kindle ASIN: B08J2R9FLG

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author  Maggie Toussaint and her new book  Spawning Suspician.  This is the second book in her A Seafood Capet Cozy Mystery Series.

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Spawning Suspicion (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

Ms. Toussaint has wrapped her characters into quite a whodunit. . . . Spawning Suspicion is a very entertaining cozy mystery. I like these characters and am excited to visit them again soon.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

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The death of island playboy Curtis Marlin doesn’t register on busy caterer River Holloway’s radar…that is, until her brother and his girlfriend are arrested for the former athlete’s murder. Certain of the pair’s innocence, the amateur sleuth sets out to investigate. Suspicion on the island spreads like chocolate sauce when River questions the victim’s teammates. The suspects don’t appreciate her stirring up trouble, but she won’t let an election-hungry sheriff make her brother a sacrificial lamb.

But there’s more than murder on River’s to-do list. A missing groom, catered banquets, and River’s own wedding plans keep her hopping like a short order cook. And as the cherry on the sundae, she has a wild kitty to tame. Under mossy oaks and rustling palmettoes, fact and fiction blend in a mouthwatering romp of good eatin’ and yummy recipes. Spawning Suspicion is the second in Toussaint’s Seafood Capers Mystery Series.

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Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels published. A multi-year finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/

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Review of Games Of Cone

Synopsis:

In Cynthia Baxter’s fourth Lickety Splits Mystery, ice cream shoppe owner and amateur sleuth Kate McKAy doesn’t waffle around scooping up new clientele at a historic hotel, but her hopes of becoming the Hudson Valley’s reigning ice cream queen melt fast when murder checks-in!

From the moment Kate arrives at the imposing Mohawk Mountain Resort, not even luggage brimming with hot fudge can sweeten her stay. Instead of savoring alone time with her on-again boyfriend Jake and leading workshops on whipping together delectable frosty treats, she finds herself stranded at the isolated hotel with a small group of nutty characters–and a dead body.

When the corpse of wealthy cosmetics executive Bethany La Montaigne is suddenly found following a blackout, any of the five strangers trapped with Kate and Jake could be the killer. Chilled to the core, Kate vows to discover whether the victim’s mortal enemy was a smooth-talking playboy, bubbly millennial, mousy librarian, charming Englishman, or the Mohawk’s creepy general manager…

Bethany’s life was chock full of scandals and there’s little doubt that someone refused to endure another taste. With just a sprinkling of clues, it’s up to Kate to bring justice to a culprit who believes that revenge is a dish best served cold… (Goodreads)
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Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. In this book, Kate and Jake head off to a historical hotel, where Kate is supposed to give some demonstrations for ice cream and its history, and spend some alone time with Jake. But when a storm hits and a fallen tree strands them at the hotel, things get a little tense. And when one of the guests is killed, they really have their hands full trying to figure out the murderer. Kate has to try and get close to the remaining guests and see who had the most reason to do the deed. It was good to spend time with Kate and Jake again, they have to figure out where their relationship is headed.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture the ice cream treats in my mind’s eye. The mystery was well plotted, and even though there were a limited number of suspects, I was still surprised at who the culprit was.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery. Trying to solve the mystery and trying some of the ice cream recipes is a good way to spend your time.

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

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