New Releases For The Week Of January 24th. 2021–Part 4

Cold as Ice: A Mika Chalmers Hockey Mystery (The Mika Chalmers Hockey Mystery Series Book 5) by [Heather C. Myers]

After everything that happened over the holidays, private investigator Mika Chalmers needs some space – and she gets it in the form of a reunion of sorts.

The NHL Irvine Buccaneers have been around since 1989 and their 32 year anniversary is coming up. Every year, Mika gets an invitation to attend the intimate reunion of the alumni due to being the current coach’s daughter but rejects it because high heels and small talk are things she would rather avoid.

This time, however, she decides to accept. What else does she have to do for New Year’s? It’s definitely not moping over a frustrating, arrogant, jerk of a detective.

What Mika doesn’t expect is a murder to take place or for said jerk of a detective Alex Beech to be there, assigned to security detail after the Chief of Police discovered he had contact with his father. Despite the tension between the two, they’re forced to team up to solve it.

Granted, Jack Davenport is a womanizing sleaze with a peanut allergy and an ex-wife who’s going for the jugular. But that doesn’t mean he deserves to be killed – especially not during a meet-and-greet with eleven other people in the room.

But when a second murder occurs, Mika realizes that this isn’t a game with targets. This is a death match, and if she doesn’t figure out who’s pulling the strings, it won’t be long before someone else is next.

With the heated chemistry of Castle and the unpredictable twists and turns of Bones, hockey fans are devouring this new romantic mystery series by a USA Today Best Selling Author. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder on the Fly (Trapper Lakes Book 2) by [Aliyah Burke]

A dead tourist, fighting amongst the locals, and more secrets revealed.

Tourist season has gotten underway and there’s no shortage of visitors to the typically quiet town. Trying to understand her new “normal” life, that plan is thrown off the rails when Jynx discovers a dead body in the eating area near the vendors. During the investigation, threats, attacks, and more Jynx tries to navigate it all even as her father has a setback. As usual, she finds herself in the middle of this even when she tried not to be and her fledgling relationship with Deputy Thayer may be finished even before it can be cast. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Rebel's Runes: A Marley the Witch Mystery (Marley the Witch Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Amorette Anderson]

A rebel with attitude. A famous sci-fi writer. Magicals and non-magicals at the same weekend workshop. Eek!

Marley has had it up to here

with guests causing trouble at her magical retreat center.

She’s tightened up security,

yet still — trouble finds a way in!

At Raven the Rebel’s rune-making workshop,

one participant is found dead —

and she had a secret up her sleeve.

What was the secret? And who killed her?

There’s a very famous sci-fi writer in town

who demands answers. His writing career is on the line…

Marley the amateur witch takes the case!

This is the fifth book in the Marley the Witch Mystery series. A light, clean, heart-warming witch cozy with a leading female sleuth. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Case of the Highland House Haunting (Corgi Case Files Book 7) by [Jeffrey Poole]

“WOW! I say this first because that is the first word I think of after reading his book! I felt like I was running all over the place in this book! I loved it.” – M. Ellis, 5 stars, Amazon

When Jillian Cooper purchases one of Pomme Valley’s historic properties, Highland House, little does she know a violent murder happened there over 70 years ago. Rumor has it that Dame Highland’s ghost walks the halls, guarding her long-hidden treasure. Jillian wants to move forward with her plans to turn the historical house into a bed and breakfast. However, when an “accident” claims the life of a contractor, it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want people snooping around the house.

Enter Zack Anderson and his indomitable corgis, Sherlock and Watson. Can the canine crime fighters, along with their pack of humans, prove the ghost is a fake and put a stop to the shenanigans before another tragedy happens?

Readers are loving this cozy mystery series with its two indomitable dog sleuths. Zack and the corgis, Sherlock and Watson, are at it again in this delightful series that pulls you right in.

Praise for Jeffrey Poole and the Corgi Case Files:
“I can’t wait for the next book. I love mysteries and animals, so these books are perfect reading for me. Sherlock is a small furry Jessica Fletcher.” – H. Dudley, 5 stars online review

“A great introduction to the characters in the Corgi Case Files mystery series. Sherlock is brilliant!” J.D. – 5 stars on Amazon (on Case of the One-Eyed Tiger)

“The best thing–this guy loves the corgis, as I do, and he describes their behavior very well. Looking forward to future stories.” – 5 stars, Amazon

“An intriguing story with a wonderful cast of characters. The plot was excellent and filled with twists and turns it kept my interest to the very end!” – 5 stars on Amazon

“I absolutely love this series. If you like a good story, great characters and seriously smart and lovable canines, you’ll love this book. Start with the first book and work your way through the Corgi Case Files. They just keep getting better.” – K. Underwood, 5 stars online review (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback. Audiobook

Don't Taco 'Bout Murder (Mexican Mysteries Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Mona Marple]

Don’t Taco ‘Bout Murder!

Emily Monk and Uncle Cornelius are off to Mexico, but this is no package holiday!

It’s the Day of the Dead festival, and Emily and Uncle C are joining the crowds at Janitzio Island, where the locals are honouring the dead with sugar skulls, marigolds and personalised altars.

But the pair can’t get too comfortable with the celebrations, as they befriend a local woman accused of having killed her husband. They believe that Maria is innocent, but when another person dies in the exact same way, clearing her name becomes a lot harder. 

Can the unlikely sleuths find the real killer?

This is the first book in an exciting new cozy mystery series by popular author Mona Marple. This is a clean read with no bad language, on-page violence or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Welcome to Oxford’s Magic Kitten Shelter for Familiars!

A Familiar Murder: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Oxford Magic Kitten Mysteries Book 1) by [Rosemary A Johns]

My name’s Astra. I’m single, love familiars, and am also a witch whose demon cat has more magical ability in his paw, than I have in my entire body. When I inherit my great-aunt’s ramshackle mansion in the sleepy village, Witch Hollow, which nestles in Oxford’s shadow, I seize the chance to break free from my family. Even if Witch Hollow is the most paranormal village in England…

Now, along with my black kitten, Satan (angel on the outside, devil on the inside), I’ll show everyone that a new witch is in town.

Yet the opening event of my new business to rehome abandoned familiars ends with a witch’s death. When the hot Earl Sin, a dragon shifter and my elite neighbour, turns out to be the supernatural Sheriff of Oxford, how can I prove that I’m innocent and also save my familiars?

One-Click now and decide which familiar you’ll adopt today!

A Familiar Murder is Book One in the Oxford Magic Kitten Mysteries cozy mystery series. Start reading to escape into magic, mystery, and laugh-out loud fun! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Retrieving the Clue (Dog Detective - The Beagle Mysteries Book 5) by [Agatha Parker, Rosie Sams]

A murderer has struck in Blairstown. This time the case hits close to home for P.I. Hannah and her Beagle Detective Mazie.
FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

P.I. Hannah Barry and her beagle Mazie are excited when her cousin and Mazie’s former handler Niles comes to town for a visit. Unfortunately, their reunion is cut short when Niles announces his engagement.

Hannah is deeply suspicious of Niles’s fiancée after discovering they’ve only known each other a month. For the sake of her cousin, she agrees to give the woman a chance but barely gets the opportunity when she stumbles upon a dead body and Niles is under suspicion.

Hannah and Mazie must find the killer before her cousin is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.

Is it possible Hannah and her trusty beagle have bitten off more than they can chew? Find out who survives in Retrieving the Clue, a sweet and fun cozy mystery with the cutest Beagle to ever sniff out a killer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Something Charming This Way Comes: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Wishes Book 1) by [R.K. Dreaming]

A Paranormal Women’s Fiction murder mystery for those who believe life can be magical at any age.

‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t working out as she planned

With her powers failing in middle-age, and tired of following the rules and getting nowhere, Oracle Sigourney Maltei returns to her hometown of Brimstone Bay seeking a do-over. Plagued with life-long ill health and now jobless too, she needs a miracle – and she might just know how to get one.

She has just enough juice left in her psychic-tank to stumble upon the answer to all of her prayers – a genie. Fresh new start – here she comes!

Except genies are never quite what they seem.

Hers is Charming by name, but tricky and quarrelsome by nature, and far too handsome for his own good. Worse, he insists that wishes won’t work, and the key to her happy future lies in her dark past.

Sigourney must solve the decades old mystery of her mother’s death and catch a notorious murderer, something sure to make her more enemies in this magical town.

But where there is danger, there are miracles in waiting.

Hurled into a whole new adventure, Sigourney feels more alive at forty-four than ever before. Goodbye rule-book – this time she’s doing things her own way.

Read it now and join Sigourney on the first enchanting cozy mystery adventure of her midlife!

Books In This Series:

Book 1 – Something Charming This Way Comes

Book 2 – Something Sinister This Way Comes

Book 3 – Something Enchanting This Way Comes (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cottage on Gooseberry Bay Books 1 - 3 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 1 in the series, Ainsley arrives in Gooseberry Bay only to find there will be no easy answers as she’d so naively hoped. Unwilling to leave before she gets what she came for, she rents a cottage on the sea where she and her dogs, Kai and Kallie, can settle in and wait. Her first night in town she meets a young woman who is later found dead. The local sheriff has labeled the death of this young woman a suicide based on a text message she’d sent before she died. But Ainsley, who’d spoken to the victim only hours before the text was sent, isn’t quite as sure of the easy answer the sheriff would like everyone to believe. An investigative journalist by trade and cops daughter by upbringing, Ainsley never had been the sort to walk away from unanswered questions, so with the help of new friends she meets along the way, she initiates a parallel investigation which seems to indicate the sheriff’s real motivation in trying to sell the suicide angle to the community is to protect the interests of a very rich and very powerful man.

In book 2 in the series, Ainsley finally meets Adam Winchester who agrees to help her find the answers she is looking for. Meanwhile, Ainsley joins forces with Parker, Jemma, and Josie as they search for the truth about what might have happened to the family who vanished five Thanksgivings ago.

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, Audiobook

The Ancient Dead: An Amanda Doucette Mystery by [Barbara Fradkin]

Searching for an uncle missing for thirty years, Amanda Doucette traces unsettling connections to the recent discovery of human remains in the remote Alberta badlands. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Catalina, Crimes, and Coconut Pies (Sadie Silver Mystery #1) by [Kailin Gow]

It is a Purrfect Mix of Romance, Food, and Mystery.

Fashionable Celebrity Pastry Chef Sadie Silver loves mixing travel, food, romance, and crime solving wherever she goes or stays…along with the help of her intelligent cat Orchid and sensitive-smelling-nose dog Biscuit. handsome forensic scientist Palmer, and the mysterious gorgeous man who always places an order directly from her for a dozen red velvet cupcakes.

When Sadie takes a trip to Catalina Island, California to cater the wedding for her friend, tv star Luna Lacewell and her agent, Spencer Pike, she didn’t expect her friend Luna to become the prime suspect in a murder on the beautiful island getaway for Hollywood celebrities. She also didn’t expect to have the killer to come after her when she began snooping into the case to help solve the crime, unleashing the amateur sleuth in her. Using her knowledge of ingredients, deduction, location, and science with the help of her friends, this case may be as easy as baking coconut pies, or so she thought.

**Sadie Silver Mystery is an amateur sleuth cozy mystery appropriate for 13 and up. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Marvellous Mary Brown and the Mysterious Manhunt: Where are they? The hunt for a missing family (MARY BROWN MYSTERIES Book 2) by [Bernice  Bloom]

The long-awaited follow-up to Mysterious Invitation is finally here, and I promise you – it’s worth the wait!’

Mary Brown is thrilled to hear that there is to be a reunion of the Mysterious Invitation group.
They plan to gather in Llandrindod Wells – near the last known address for the Gower family – the only people not to turn up for the weird funeral a year previously. The Gower family never received the money that was left to them, and Mary is determined to put that right.
Mary is confident that they’ll be able to find the family. I mean – how hard can it be to find a farmer, his wife and son? She has an address for them in Llandrindod Wells, and she knows they lived there for a long time. Someone must know where they went next. It can’t be that hard to find them.
Armed with snacks and a ramshackle band of people, including her boyfriend Ted, her delightfully chaotic friend Juan and the Mysterious Invitation crew, she heads off on her mission.
There are twists and turns and moments of madness as the unlikely group traverse the country in a bubble-gum pink hairdressing van, determined to find the family.
The story moves between Mary’s searches in the present day, to the story of the Gower family through the decades since they left their farm in Gower.
It’s full of laughter, tears, sadness, joy and mystery. There’s an unwelcome guest in their midst, and there are lots of twists and turns, including rumours of an affair which tore apart the Gower family.
Mary tries everything to locate them, but will she manage to find the elusive family?

This is the second Mary Brown Mystery Book…the follow up book to Marvellous Mary Brown and the Mysterious Invitation. It can easily be read alone, but is best read after the first book. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Convent: a gripping psychological mystery by [Sarah Sheridan ]

Faced with darkness, could you find the light?

An innocent victim. A wicked crime. A killer on the loose.

Meet Sister Veronica Angelica, a secret crime fiction writer and lover of custard cream biscuits.

When she discovers a dead man in the grounds of the Catholic Youth Hostel, a building next door to her Convent, she can see he’s been brutally strangled.

What she doesn’t know, is that Jamie had a secret he’d been about to confess.

Being forbidden by the Cardinal to contact the police, the nuns at The Convent of the Christian Heart are instructed to contain news of the murder.

As Sister Veronica tries to uncover the truth, another murder takes place, plunging her deeper into the mystery.

But when her investigation raises more questions than answers, will Sister Veronica be able to solve the case without attracting the killer’s attention.

Sarah Sheridan’s The Convent is set to be one of 2021’s stand-out debuts. A compelling mystery which will keep you guessing right until the very end, it’s the perfect book for fans of Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series as well as for fans of authors like Faith Martin and J.R. Ellis. (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
Death in Highbury: An Emma Mystery by [Riana Everly]

A Jane Austen-inspired mystery, set in the world of Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

When political chaos in London forces Mary Bennet to take refuge in the picturesque town of Highbury, Surrey, she quickly finds herself safe among friends. Emma Woodhouse welcomes her as a guest at Hartfield, Jane Fairfax is delighted by her love of music, and Frank Churchill can’t stop flirting with her. But it is not long before Mary starts to suspect that beneath the charming surface, Highbury hides some dark secrets.

Alexander Lyons is sent to Surrey on an investigation, and at his friend Darcy’s request, heads to Highbury to make certain Mary is comfortable and safe. But no sooner does he arrive than one local man dies, and then another!

Soon Alexander and Mary are thrust into the middle of a baffling series of deaths. Are they accidents? Or is there a very clever murderer hiding in their midst? And can they put their personal differences aside in time to prevent yet another death in Highbury?

Praise for Death of a Clergyman (Miss Mary Investigates 1):
“A great start to the series … I’m looking forward to the next Miss Mary Investigates.” – Gumshoe Review
“This book was great I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. I definitely recommend this book if you love Pride and Prejudice and a good murder mystery then pick this book up.” – A Novel Sentiment (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle