New Releases For The Week Of January 3rd, 2021–Part 2

Magic & Misfits (Starry Hollow Witches Book 13) by [Annabel Chase]

Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken.

Bentley Smith is tired of being the red-headed stepchild in the office of Vox Populi and is determined to prove his mettle by warming up the cold case involving Sheriff Nash’s murdered father. The deeper he digs, however, the more uncomfortable he becomes when the information he unearths implicates one of Starry Hollow’s very own.

Meanwhile, Ember is dealing with the fallout from her refusal to give Aunt Hyacinth the power she craves, which has greater consequences than she anticipated.

Will Ember be able to sustain the fairytale life she’s built in Starry Hollow or will it all finally crumble to dust?

Magic & Misfits is the thirteenth book in the Starry Hollow Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.
Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6
Magic & Malice, Book 7
Magic & Mythos, Book 8
Magic & Mishaps, Book 9
Magic & Maladies, Book 10
Magic & Misdeeds, Book 11
Magic & Monsters, Book 12
Magic & Misfits, Book 13 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Scry Harder (Mystic's End Mysteries Book 7) by [Leanne Leeds]

A new year, a new crime.
The charred remains of a brand new coffee shop.
Can Fortuna uncover the spark that set off new drama in Mystic’s End?

The end of the chaotic holiday season couldn’t come fast enough. Now that Gabe’s settled into a new career, the town has settled into relative normalcy, and Martin has accepted the fact that Fortuna won’t be jumping every time he makes a demand, the witch finally feels like she and Miss Bessie can focus on the magic secrets of the town she’s sure are hidden just below the surface.

But then the new town coffee shop goes up in flames—along with all her plans.

When victim Dalida Dodd hires Gabe to investigate the arson that set her business ablaze, Fortuna can’t help but worry that the newcomer isn’t being completely honest with the earnest detective. As Gabe is pulled further and further into Dalida’s drama, Fortuna has no choice but to dust off her crystal ball and help set things right.

Will Fortuna be able to douse the flames threatening to consume her friend Gabe? Or will her help expose too many secrets, threatening them all?

Scry Harder (Mystic’s End Mysteries, Book 7) is a funny full-length paranormal cozy mystery.

Mystic’s End Mysteries:
Mystic Guests, Book 1
Angel in Demise, Book 2
Sketchy Charms, Book 3
The Art of Scrying, Book 4
The Greyt Escape, Book 5
Boozehounds and Ball Drops, Book 6
Scry Harder, Book 7
Captive Magic, Book 8

Fortuna Delphi originally appeared in Leanne Leeds’ Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Series. When you finish this 8-book series, check out the Magical Midway! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Special Agent Hunter (Undercover FBI Book 10) by [Mimi Barbour]

Detective Cora Taylor isn’t expecting the cop who’d haunted her dreams for ten years to return and find her drunk, wearing a torn wedding dress, and surrounded with tiny, white puppies. Go figure her rotten luck. The last time they’d met, she’d been a sweet-looking rookie too fearful to shoot a killer who ended up later murdering a family of four.
Guilt from that night changed her into a speed demon, a hardened detective with colorful language… in fact a whole new persona. One who wears too much makeup, bleaches her short messy hair, and has developed many professional skills that earn everyone’s respect.

Agent Kal Hunter remains flummoxed by the altered vision of the pony-tailed rookie he remembers to the sexy woman he sees today. Being OCD about most things in his world this unconventional female rings his bell constantly. Besides his need to have her assistance in stopping the ten-year-old, cold-case killer who’s again on a rampage, there is something about her he can’t resist.

She’s her own boss, a cop who has no illusions. Yet when her shell is penetrated, there’s sweetness that rips a man to pieces.
He has only one worry.

When they meet up with the savage killer this time, will… can she take the shot?

The Undercover FBI Series:

Special Agent Francesca – Undercover FBI Series Book #1 This special agent flies her own plane, drives like a maniac & approaches a father who never knew she existed. Nothing scares her, except for one thing… MEN.

Special Agent Finnegan – Undercover FBI Series Book #2 Finn’s a cop who adores his quirky dad. He knows this soft core leaves him vulnerable, so when he meets his new partner, the thought of her in danger drives him crazy.

Special Agent Maximilian – Undercover FBI Book #3 Nik Baudin discovers an identical twin – one he never knew existed. Taking over his brother’s identity, he becomes Special Agent Maximilian and gets embroiled in a case where high jacked young girls and trafficking of illegal drugs endangers his life and Max’s gorgeous partner, Maya.

Special Agent Kandice – Undercover FBI Book 4 Kandice wants to be tough like the others on her team. Being the chief hostage negotiator at a bank heist starts the process. Being stalked, kidnapped and beaten helps see it through. In the end, pulling the trigger comes easy…

Special Agent Booker – Undercover FBI Book #5 Sloan Booker has multiple quirky dads & a vehicle restoration shop that keeps him away from his job as an FBI agent. When terrorists threaten his neighborhood, he’s back in the game.

Special Agent Charli – Undercover FBI Book #6 Charli’s stressed to the max from a case that went down badly. So why does fate stick her with a teen who sees a murder and will only go into witness protection if her bodyguard is Charli?

Special Agent Rylee – Undercover FBI Book #7 Playing bodyguard to a spoiled, handsome billionaire while sailing on a Caribbean Cruise isn’t the kind of dangerous case Agent Rylee delights in… yeah right

Special Agent Murphy – Undercover FBI Book #8 Murphy is the one cop women love to be near and men feel the need to compete against.

Special Agent Sophia – Undercover FBI Book #9 Sophia can go to Greece and rescue the governor’s twins, but can she save a young girl from dangerous traffickers?

Special Agent Hunter – Undercover FBI Book #10 Hunter is after a cold-case killer who’s started up his nasty tricks again, and Detective Cora Taylor is the perfect woman to assist him, along with Sam – the biggest, ugliest dog alive. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Suitable for Framing (Callie Cassidy Mysteries Book 1) by [Lori Roberts Herbst]

Now that prize-winning photojournalist Callie Cassidy has returned to the mountainside village of her youth, she believes she’s put crime scenes and cadavers in her rear view mirror. So why does she end up—once again—focusing her lens on murder?

Callie Cassidy is no stranger to dead bodies. Two decades as a photojournalist on a big-city newspaper landed her face to face with so many of them that her colleagues dubbed her Queen of the Dead. Now, Callie believes her days of hanging out with corpses are behind her. She has returned in disgrace to Rock Creek Village, Colorado, where she licks her wounds in a cabin on her parents’ Rocky Mountain ski resort property. But when her mother persuades her to abandon her fetal position beneath the quilts and take a photography gig at the Snowflake Swirl winter ball, Callie’s foray back into the real world lands her smack in the middle of town drama.

Before the first partygoer arrives, Callie stumbles across a deadly scene. A former classmate, one of the “mean girls” from high school, lies lifeless on her office floor. Another woman from Callie’s past crouches above the body, holding a bloody letter opener. The conclusion is obvious—at least to rookie detective Raul Sanchez. But Callie believes there’s more to the picture. With her lovable golden retriever Woody and an adopted stray cat named Carl, whose investigative skills may rival her own, Callie sets out to find the real murderer. Because unless she, her pets, and a quirky group of villagers can solve the mystery, Callie’s photos won’t be the only thing being framed. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Impawsible Mischief: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (The Spellwood Witches Book 4) by [Melanie Snow]

Stolen charms. A mysterious woman running for mayor. Can beginner’s magic save an ill-fated land?

Novice witch Sarah Spellwood wants to grow her powers and protect her village. But to win over a cunning fox familiar who can improve her gifts, she must learn who’s behind Witchland’s missing good luck. And when the small community’s misfortunes multiply, she’s in a race against time to save the residents from themselves.

As accusations fly, Sarah is shocked to discover a greedy poacher hunts her would-be spirit guide. And with tensions already bubbling over, the witchy wolf-shifter and her talking dog Addie have to sniff out the answers before the quaint little town is doomed.

Can Sarah stop the disaster from spreading before her home suffers a terrible fate?

Impawsible Mischief is the magical fourth novel in the Spellwood Witches cozy mystery series. If you like wisecracking creatures, enchanting characters, and close-knit sisterhoods, then you’ll love Melanie Snow’s clever story.

Buy Impawsible Mischief to cast out evil and mayhem today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Grave Mistake (Hedgewitch for Hire Book 1) by [Christine Pope]

When you pull up stakes, make sure you don’t get stabbed in the back.

Self-taught in the arcane arts, hedgewitch Selena Marx is comfortable doing divination for West Los Angeles’ anxiety-ridden housewives, lawyers, and aspiring actresses. Her biggest challenge? Avoiding Lucien Dumond, leader of the Greater Los Angeles Necromancers’ Guild, who views her as fresh meat to add to his harem of slavishly devoted groupies.

Selena’s not interested in the slimy, celebrity-schmoozing sorcerer, but nobody turns Lucien down without consequences. When he threatens to fit her with magical cement shoes and drop her off the Santa Monica Pier, Selena’s Tarot cards point her to Globe, Arizona, for a new home, a new shop, and a cursed pet cat.

Just as she’s settling in and meeting the locals — including Calvin Standingbear, hunky chief of the San Ramon Apache tribal police — Lucien tracks her down…and promptly disappears. When his body turns up on tribal lands, it’s up to Calvin to investigate. Starting with Selena.

And when one of Lucien’s acolytes is killed, traces of dark magic and cryptic warnings from the spirits send Selena and Calvin in a race against time — before a too-close-for-comfort evil cuts her own life short.

The Hedgewitch for Hire series will continue with book 2, Social Medium, releasing on March 31, 2021. The romance subplot will stretch over the entire series, while each novel will be a self-contained mystery without a cliffhanger. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mermaids and Meringue: A Sugar Shack Witch Mystery (Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries Book 2) by [Danielle Garrett]

It’s a new year in Winterspell … and a new mystery.

I’ve always wanted to meet a mermaid, but when I finally get my chance on New Year’s Eve, the circumstances are far darker than I’d imagined. One of the mermaids isn’t what she appears to be, and if I don’t find a way to break the spell, she will never be herself again.

With strange magic in the air and a dangerous force lurking in the shadows, I have to find the truth and keep myself from being the next one to wind up caught in the sorcerer’s web. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Exercised Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 16): Historical Cozy Mystery by [Alice Duncan]

When a Woman Mysteriously Disappears From an Orange Grove Mansion, Daisy Gumm, Sam and the Ever Crotchety Lou Prophet, Launch A Search in Exercised Spirits, a Cozy Historical Mystery by Alice Duncan

–1926, Pasadena, California—

Already irked about having to participate in an exercise class with some church chums, Daisy is horrified when her beloved Aunt Vi, the greatest cook in Pasadena, goes missing from her place of employment–Mrs. Pinkerton’s mansion in Orange Grove.

Daisy, Sam and Lou Prophet launch a search, with some help from Mrs. Jackson, a real live Voodoo mambo from New Orleans, who is at present living in Altadena.

In the meantime, food preparation in the Gumm/Majesty/Rotondo households takes a severe downturn. Lou Prophet lends a hand, and the family finds themselves choking down some concoctions they never even knew existed.

But it’s going to take more than some clever sleuthing from Daisy, a peg-legged man on a horse and some clever roping to bring Aunt Vi home.

From the Publisher: The Daisy Gumm Majesty Cozy Mystery Series is a light-hearted mystery in a historical setting. There are no explicit sexual scenes and minimal cursing (Lou Prophet can be a little course) and will be enjoyed by readers who appreciate clean and wholesome reads. Fans of Carola Dunn, Amanda Quick, Elizabeth Peters, Rhys Bowen, and M. Louisa Locke will not want to miss this series.

“If you like the 1920’s era, cozy mysteries and hints of paranormal this is absolutely a series for you!” ~Peggy, Avid Fan

“I love this series! I love the writing style, and the characters. Ms. Duncan has a fun way of telling a story and having Daisy make funny ‘asides’ to the reader.” ~Nova Todd

“I always enjoy Daisy’s adventures but the addition of Mr. Prophet is the best! I highly recommend to readers of cozy mysteries.” ~Joanna Lindsey, Verified Reviewer

You can start anywhere, but you’ll want to read all of the Daisy Gumm Majesty Mysteries:
Strong Spirits
Fine Spirits
High Spirits
Hungry Spirits
Genteel Spirits
Ancient Spirits
Dark Spirits
Spirits Onstage
Unsettled Spirits
Spirits United
Spirits Unearthed
Shaken Spirits
Scarlet Spirits
Exercised Spirits

Editions Available: Kindle

Persian Perpetrator (Marjorie's Cozy Kitten Cafe Book 4) by [Katherine Hayton]

Marjorie Hardaway is going stir-crazy. With the country under Level 4 lockdown, her entire world has shrunk to the size of a computer screen. Braden is stuck at the other end of the country and zoom meetings are very nice but they’re no substitute for a chest-crushing hug. Her few ventures into the community to exercise or deliver meals on wheels are the only opportunity for company—at a strict two-metre distance.

But when a regular meal client is found dead, Marjorie discovers how lucky she’s been. Better to have nobody knocking at the door than answer it to find a killer waiting on the front step.

With no other distractions on hand, the local community soon bands together (figuratively) to hunt down the person responsible. If they can’t innovate new ways to investigate, the murderer might get away with the purr-fect crime.

Marjorie’s Cozy Kitten Cafe Mysteries are quick 1-2 hour reads perfect for filling in time waiting for appointments, commuting to work, or when your significant other insists on watching the show that makes you roll your eyes!

They are chock-a-block full of kittens, but I promise there’s no swearing, no cliffhangers, and no graphic scenes. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Never Smite the Psychic That Reads You (Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. Book 10) by [Kelly Hashway]

When a local psychic is killed while getting ready to give a reading, there’s only one person for the case—psychic P.I. Piper Ashwell. 

The problem is Piper’s not convinced the victim really was psychic. The woman’s office couldn’t be more cliché, and even her family didn’t believe in her so-called gifts. But the deeper Piper digs into the case, the more confused she becomes. 

The killer will stop at no lengths to cover their tracks, including putting Piper’s life at risk. Can Piper solve the case before she becomes the killer’s next target? 

Fans of Joanne Fluke and Victoria Laurie will enjoy this psychic cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Fish Out of Water: An Ozarks Lake Mystery (Book 1) by [Marc Jedel]

A small-town homicide. A community swamped in secrets. Can married amateur sleuths bait and capture the killer before the truth slips away?

Elizabeth Trout had escaped her rural Arkansas hometown. Compelled to sort through her deceased grandmother’s belongings, she and her new husband Jonas make an unexpected trip down south to the family ranch. But when the property manager turns up dead, Elizabeth is rocked when her ex-boyfriend-turned-deputy arrests her for the murder.

As incriminating evidence piles up and the sheriff’s convinced he’s got the right suspect, Elizabeth and Jonas must fish for clues on their own. With a multitude of potential culprits and her husband’s contrasting personality, Elizabeth fears she may be left dangling on the hook for a crime she didn’t commit.

Can these newlyweds net the real killer before Elizabeth is jailed for murder?

Fish Out of Water is the charming first book in the new Ozarks Lake Mystery series from the best-selling author of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. If you like quirky characters, clever twists and turns, and puzzling whodunits, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s humorous tale.

Buy Fish Out of Water to reel in a slippery catch today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Party Ghoul: A Lady of the Lake School for Girls Cozy Mystery (The Vega Bloodmire Wicked Witch Mystery Series Book 4) by [Sarina Dorie]

Wicked witches have more fun—especially when solving a murder!h1>

Broom blunders, portal problems, and a murder mystery. All roads lead to gnome when this witch solves a mystery!

Vega Bloodmire is a witch who doesn’t always make the right choices.

After losing her first teaching job, Vega plans to start over at Lady of the Lake School for Girls’ summer flyer-education program. No more partying all night for her. She is done with trying to contact—and resurrect—her deceased boyfriend with forbidden magic. Vega is ready to leave her bad reputation behind her. If she can make a good impression on the principal, she might be able to land a permanent position during the school year.

Despite her troubled past, teaching flyer education is important to Vega. After witnessing multiple transportation accidents in her teenage years, Vega vows to stick to broom travel as much as possible and teach students the magic necessary to fly safely. She will succeed where her high school teachers failed her and her friends to ensure these teenagers survive.

Unfortunately, Vega is doomed from day one. When one of her students dies in an accident, Vega suspects foul play is at work. Vega is thwarted from discovering the truth behind this mystery by a pestilence of garden gnomes, her duties as an instructor, and trying to impress the administration with her “reformed morals” and integrity.

Can Vega discover who the murderer is while balancing the line between being a good teacher and a wicked witch?

Enjoy this spin-off series from the world of Womby’s School for Wayward Witches. This book starts with Vega Bloodmire’s life before working at Womby’s when she was a new and inexperienced teacher at Lady of the Lake School for Girls. It is the fourth book in the series of stand-alone novels. These mysteries are meant to be read in any order.

Clean, cozy, no sex or swearing, PG 13—perfectly fine for teens or grandmas who like paranormal mysteries at magical boarding academies. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Heavenly Hazelnut Murder: A Cozy Mystery (Southern Belle Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [CC Dragon]


Book two in the Southern Belle Cozy Mysteries series

Everyone has secrets…even a pastor.

Life had been back to normal in Sweet Grove, with smoothie sales up and murders down to zero. With Gran’s shop doing well, Belle helps her best friend by tending bar at the Honey Buckle whenever needed. Belle tries her best to like Pastor Luke, who she’s been dating for the last few weeks, but when she finds out he’s been less than genuine, things end badly. Their break-up is epic gossip all around the small town.

When the pastor turns up dead, people rush to suspect her. Apparently, their fight about her spending so much time in a bar was overheard. Belle knows she didn’t do it, but who would kill a pastor? Who else would have a motive? With the handsome but romantically complicated sheriff asking her a lot of questions, Belle decides she needs to get to the bottom of it, ASAP.

This had better be the last murder in Sweet Grove or Belle’s amateur sleuthing might become a habit… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Blink Like a Goddess: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Surprise Goddess Cozy Mystery Book 10) by [April Canavan]

Fate can be fickle… or just downright stubborn.

When Evangeline Lewis discovered she was a goddess, her life was turned upside down in an instant. Now, she’s got a handle on her powers, her place in the world, and can solve anything the gods of Olympus throw her way. Business is good … maybe a little bit too good.

Eva’s latest client presents a problem unlike any she’s ever faced before. Not only does she have an investigation to undertake, but she has to do it without her powers. The stars are out of whack, and the only way to fix it is for Eva to step up to the plate.

Fate, Luck, and Chance are all on the fritz, and everything falls on Eva’s shoulders. It’s a dance she’s undertaken before, but never quite like this. Can this Surprise goddess find her way and save the day, or will she lose everything she’s worked so hard for? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Crocuses and Corpses (Treehouse Hotel Mysteries Book 5) by [Sue Hollowell]

Drama on the high seas, a shyster in disguise, and a serenading casanova…

Fifth in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series!

Chloe and Max are looking forward to a relaxing cruise before the treehouse hotel busy season begins. But after a trip to the ship’s hair salon with her mom, Chloe quickly finds herself mired in a mysterious murder.

Luke’s sweet-talkin’ of the ladies, and his one-of-a-kind hair styles earned him huge tips and the adoration of his clients. But Chloe and Max quickly discover that Luke’s carefully coiffed hair and charming chatter were a facade for lies that ran deep.

As Chloe and Max navigate the festive, fun-loving cruise, they uncover deceit, jealousy and diabolical schemes that threaten the hotel and her mom’s future. Can they crack the clues to Luke’s demise before the murderer sinks their vacation plans?

Crocuses and Corpses is Book 5 in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series. A light, cozy mystery in a small town with a puzzle loving, amateur female sleuth, quirky characters (human and canine), and enough flowers and pastries to fill your garden and your belly. No gore, swearing or cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone.

“I highly recommend this fabulous new series!” 5 Star Review
“A good, clean, entertaining read” 5 Star Review
“A fun cozy to spend the afternoon reading” 5 Star Review (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle