Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Broken Spine

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The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (January 19, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0593098579
ISBN-13: 978-0593098578
Kindle ASIN: B086SCQ639

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Dorothy St. James and her new book The Broken Spine. It is the first book in her A Beloved Bookroom Mystery Series.

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The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James

The Broken Spine is a unique cozy mystery with a bookless library, a clever cat, a demanding mayor, a bevy of beloved books, a determined detective, and a lockpicking librarian.
~The Avid Reader

The book was well-written and fast-paced. I was engaged from the very beginning.
~Sapphyria’s Books

I found Trudell to be a very interesting protagonist, a girl after my own heart.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

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The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!

Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library’s beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library’s basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.

When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library’s transformation into a “futuristic technological center,” is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police’s prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that’s not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.

But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she’d have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Trudell–with the help of a group of dedicated readers–decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can’t always judge a book by its cover.

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Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a crazy dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

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Review Of Downward Death

Downward Death

Magical Mane Mystery, Book #1

Stella Bixby

5 Stars


When it comes to dead bodies, yoga can only relieve so much stress.

Ellie Vanderwick’s life is perfect. Sure, she doesn’t have friends, family, or a steady job. But she does have her pet pig, Penelope, and her VW Microbus, Mona.

If only she could get her hair under control. Some might call it magic, Ellie just calls it annoying.

Mad, sad, happy, or scared—it always starts the same way: with a little tingle. That’s when she knows her hair is about to go berserk. Whether it pulls itself into curls, turns bright purple, or goes completely limp is beyond her control.

But when she gets a letter from her newly departed grandmother telling her she inherited a farm, she knows it’s time to get a handle on the hair situation. Especially, if she wants to find out why her mother left her at a fire station all those years ago.

Cliff Haven, Iowa is the perfect small town. Friendly people, warm smiles, and almost no crime.

Until Ellie shows up.

When she finds a dead body in her cornfield, the entire town seems to think she did it.

Will she be run out of town? Will her big hairy secret come out? Or will she be able to solve the crime and learn more about her family?

Meet Ellie in this first installment of the Magical Mane Mystery Series! (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Ellie has had a hard life but she is a survivor and she is getting by.  She has her pet pig, Penelope and her VW Microbus, Mona.  When she inherits a farm from her grandmother, whom she has never met, things are  beginning to look up.  Until she finds a dead body in a field on the farm and she becomes a suspect.  Now she has to figure out the murderer before she gets put away for life.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I liked the way that Ellie’s hair changed colors and textures depending on her mood, it lent a bit of paranormal to this book.  The mystery was well plotted and had enough suspects to consider and  clues to sift through.  

This book was pleasantly different from the other cozies that I read.  I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I am looking forward to reading more about Ellie’s adventures.     

Downward Death: A Magical Mane Mystery (Magical Mane Mystery Series Book 1) by [Stella Bixby]

Review of Finding Shelter

Finding Shelter

Rescue Alaska, Book #5

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


Rescue Alaska is a fast moving mystery series with a paranormal twist which takes place in a small town in northern Alaska where visitors come to hike and ski. Harmony Carson is a lifelong resident who volunteers as a member of the local search and rescue team. She has a unique gift which she often considers a curse. She is able to ‘see’ the individuals she is meant to help rescue, and more often than not she can feel their fear and their pain as well.

In book 5 – Harmony’s visions are becoming more frequent and they are becoming more intense. It seems they are starting to hurt her but no matter how hard she tries she can’t seem to escape them. She can’t sleep and often has headaches. There is one vision specifically that is haunting her nights so she sets out with Houston to find the answers she needs to hopefully stop the nightmares (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Harmony is still having visions but these visions have headaches and sleeplessness accompanying them.  She and Houston try to figure out who the vision is about and what they can do to help them.  Can they figure it out in time?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I could picture her dreams in my mind’s eye and it was a little terrifying.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait to read the next one in the series.

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New Releases For The Week Of January 17th, 2021–Part 2

Pets, Paws, and Poisons (A Cumberpatch Cove Mystery Book 4) by [Nola Robertson]

How dangerous can an amateur pet show be?

Rylee is about to find out after she enters her cat Barley in a local costume competition. When a trail of powdery paw prints leads her to the scene of the judge’s death, she soon finds herself in the middle of another mystery with a spirit in desperate need of her help.

Not only does Rylee discover there’s more to the world of show animals than cute and furry faces, but she stumbles across some clues that suggest the cause of death for her newest ghostly visitor might be enchanted in nature.

With time running out and magical forces at work, will Rylee and her friends be able to find the killer in time to compete in the show? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

FORGOTTEN: The Revelations by [Marc Timms]

As Emma gets closer to Tim Stewart, she’s hit with two problems. The first is that she a part of an investigation that has uncovered additional victims of the strangler. The serial killers crimes go far deeper than originally suspected.
The second is that Tim’s boss played a far greater role in Emma’s aunt’s life than the sheriff let on. His deceit makes Emma wonder how much she can trust law enforcement – and Tim – as she gets closer to a situation that will prove dangerous to her and her family. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Thick as Thieves (Amish Lantern Mystery Series Book 1) by [Mary Barbee]

Robberies are running rampant in Little Valley, and the quiet small-town lives of the Amish community are suddenly thrown into chaos. Trusting that the local sheriff and deputy team have everything under control, things get even worse when the sheriff is found dead and their beloved shop owner stands accused of murder.

Amish twin sisters, well known as the wise women in their community, step up to do their own investigation alongside a brash big city detective. Whether he likes it or not, the women are determined to help solve the complicated crimes of theft and murder and clear their family name.

The two amateur investigators soon question whether they are in over their heads and begin to doubt if they can solve the mysteries in front of them… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder & Marigold: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Raven Bay Mysteries Book 2) by [Mara Webb]

Astrid Atwood has just been invited to the Pirate Parade by the hottest police officer in town. A day of sailing around on the Raven Bay lake and flirting with Evan Brooks sounds like a dream, what could go wrong?

Before she can even think of stepping foot on a boat, her mom warns her that the coven needs to stay on the shore to protect the sailors from angry water spirits. These are the types of things she has to deal with now that she is a witch.

Rumors start to fly around town that someone is making an attempt to dive to the bottom of the lake at this year’s parade to retrieve sunken treasure. When two boats collide out on the water, the police investigate and discover one of them is completely empty, has someone fallen overboard?

The coven had been there to prevent this very thing from happening, right? So did their magic fail? Or is something else going on? Astrid volunteers to help out with the missing-persons hotline, only to receive a number of strange phone calls that make no sense.

Batten down the hatches, it’s about to get weird in Raven Bay.

Murder & Marigold is the second book in the Wicked Witches of Raven Bay mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Wedding Cake and Widows: A Comedy Cozy Mystery (Mom and Christy's Cozy Mysteries Book 8) by [Christy  Murphy]

You’re invited!

It’s the wedding everyone in Fletcher Canyon has been waiting for. The bride is beautiful. The groom is nervous, and…

There’s a dead body. 

But no need to worry, Mom and Christy are on the case.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Downward Death: A Magical Mane Mystery (Magical Mane Mystery Series Book 1) by [Stella Bixby]

When it comes to dead bodies, yoga can only relieve so much stress.

Ellie Vanderwick’s life is perfect. Sure, she doesn’t have friends, family, or a steady job. But she does have her pet pig, Penelope, and her VW Microbus, Mona.

If only she could get her hair under control. Some might call it magic, Ellie just calls it annoying.

Mad, sad, happy, or scared—it always starts the same way: with a little tingle. That’s when she knows her hair is about to go berserk. Whether it pulls itself into curls, turns bright purple, or goes completely limp is beyond her control.

But when she gets a letter from her newly departed grandmother telling her she inherited a farm, she knows it’s time to get a handle on the hair situation. Especially, if she wants to find out why her mother left her at a fire station all those years ago.

Cliff Haven, Iowa is the perfect small town. Friendly people, warm smiles, and almost no crime.

Until Ellie shows up.

When she finds a dead body in her cornfield, the entire town seems to think she did it.

Will she be run out of town? Will her big hairy secret come out? Or will she be able to solve the crime and learn more about her family?

Meet Ellie in this first installment of the Magical Mane Mystery Series! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Loveda Brown Comes Home: The Idyllwild Mystery Series, Book Two by [Jolie Tunnell]

Loveda Brown has inherited more than a tiny hotel in Idyllwild, California, as yet the Wild West of 1912, she’s inherited trouble. A pretentious lawyer, a Boy Scout troop invasion, insufferable suffragettes, and a pair of pompous honeymooners are about to interrupt her best laid plans. Between murder and a kidnapping, the pressure is on for Loveda to clean up the town she longs to call home. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The River House Inn: A Small Town Romantic Suspense (Loblolly Book 2) by [Veronica Mixon]

A mysterious, heartwarming tale of small-town intrigue, family secrets, and the possibility of new love–

The new sawmill brought jobs and economic stability to the town of Loblolly. New businesses have popped up. Previously closed shops have re-opened. And a slew of new residents have moved to the sleepy town nestled on the Chattahoochee River. But new residents bring new secrets, and one of the new arrivals holds the key to solving the mystery of a missing family in Central Florida.


Morning TV anchor Harper Knowles relentless goal of winning a coveted spot on the national news stage is upended when her six-year-old son and soon to be ex-husband is reported missing under mysterious circumstances. The heart-wrenching news catapult into a nightmare when the detective plays a video of Harper at the scene.

 No matter what’s on the security vid–on the night in question, Harper was miles away from her estranged husband’s condo. But when the police uncover conclusive DNA evidence and charge Harper with a double-murder, she’s forced to fall back on her skills as an investigative reporter to unwind the meticulous web of deceit her husband fabricated to ensure Harper spent her life behind bars.

Harper vows to rescue her son, uncover the truth, and prove her innocence. And every clue she unearths leads her closer to a woman residing in a small southern town called Loblolly. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

On the Street Where Death Lives (Death Retired Mysteries Book 3) by [Cate Lawley]

Skeletons in the closet
The living have them, but what about ghosts? Geoff’s about to find out! He’s convinced his ghostly neighbor Ginny was murdered. When he starts digging for answers, he unearths more than facts.

Join Geoff, his favorite bobcat Clarence, Sylvie and a gang of supernatural misfits as they investigate murders, both past and present! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Haunted Pendant: A Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mystery (Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Tegan Maher]

How was I supposed to know the town founders sank a trunk full of cursed objects?

Seriously, they should have at least put a warning label on it because had I known, I would have left it at the bottom of the ocean. But they didn’t, so I didn’t, and now we’ve set dozens of artifacts into the hands of the blissfully unaware non-magicals who live in our small town.

It’s not entirely my fault, though. Everything would have turned out fine had my pathologically organized sister not catalogued them and sent them to auction before I had a chance to test them for magical mojo. Now the items are scattered all over town, and I’ll have to track them down one by one.

Lucky for me, I’ve got a heaping helping of ancient magic coursing through my veins, a best friend who’s as powerful and loyal as he is sarcastic and charismatic, and a family with generations of experience managing dark artifacts behind us.

Join Sage Parker on her first adventure as she tracks down a pendant haunted by an angry spirit bent on finding a new body regardless of who she has to hurt to get it.

This is Book 1 in the Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mystery Series. If you like lots of laughs, magic, and a town full of people you’d love – or hate – to have as neighbors, then this is the book for you! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Town Hall (A Mallory Beck Cozy Culinary Caper Book 3) by [Denise Jaden]

Perfect for fans of Molly Fitz and Christy Barritt…

An eye witness to a murder, a crush-worthy cop who needs her help, and a cat with a hunch. What could possibly go wrong?

Mallory Beck isn’t in the habit of involving herself in local politics, but when she supports a new friend at a Ministry of Education meeting and the main speaker is found dead on the steps of the Town Hall, she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of another murder investigation. Her cat, Hunch, who loves a good mystery, is thrilled, and as usual, helps her discover the first clue.

Mallory’s clever friend and former pre-teen crush, Alex, is on the case. He was recently promoted to detective within the Honeysuckle Grove Police Department, but when he’s paired with a lackadaisical superior who continually botches investigations, Mallory and her famously delicious baking comes to the rescue.

After all, the easiest way to a suspect’s truth might just be through their stomach.   

Order this cozy culinary caper now to follow the clues and help Mallory discover the truth! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Muddy Waters: A Crab Feast Cozy Mystery (The Crab Feast Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Ellis Quinn]

When reclusive artist Julie Hartfield is found strangled in her boat, Bette is on the case. Chesapeake Cove is packed with tourists excited for the Crab Festival, and finding the murderer will be like searching for lobster in a crab trap. When another victim is found a day later, there seems to be a human shark hidden in the Cove, picking off vulnerable prey.

The victims are connected, Bette’s sure of it, even if she can’t figure out how. One woman lived in Chesapeake Cove, the other was visiting for the first time. Then a stranger, discovered in Julie’s home, is hiding a dark secret and Detective Marcus is racing to capture the murderer before they strike again. With the Crab Festival looming on the horizon, Bette needs all the help she can get.

She gives safe harbor to a young man in need, and with his help, she’s prepared to uncover secrets that could span the globe. But Bette might be heading towards international waters and be in over her head as secrets begin to unfold around her. She can only hope that Detective Marcus can keep her out of hot water long enough to capture a murderer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Petals with a Sprinkle of Fear: a paranormal women's fiction (A Witches in the Kitchen - Love Potion Book 3) by [Kodi Heart]

A sister with a broken heart, a grandmother with a penchant for popping in at inappropriate times, a goose with an identity issue and a crush, and two men who pull at different parts of her heart.

Coping with an influx of power she’s not sure she’s ready for, Piper fights the need to open the book that brought her dead fiancé back to her as well as her conflicting emotions between a man who soothes her soul and a man who makes her feel alive.

As more residents move into Piper’s townhouse, she has to accept that she’s responsible for what happens to those she loves even as she can’t make their choices for them.

How is that fair?

When Piper gathers the courage to face the truth about the book and her family, she takes on an impossible task to find her mother and heal the fractures in the Evans family tree.

Searching for answers unearths more questions and Piper has a growing list of enemies out to destroy her. The secrets she reveals might destroy the magic community altogether. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

DAISY MORROW Super-sleuth!: The Root of All Evil: Book One of the Daisy Morrow series, a Cozy Mystery with a wicked side! by [R T  Green]

According to Daisy, nothing is ever quite what it seems. In her case, that’s the truest thing ever spoken.

Daisy moved to the village a few miles from Kings Lynn in Norfolk a year ago, after a very unfortunate incident in London made her decide village life was the best option. Now she trundles around on a mobility scooter, even though she doesn’t actually need to. She’s adapted to country life quite well, although she rather unkindly refers to the village of Great Wiltingham as the ‘place people go to wilt’.

It’s not entirely populated by retired folk… there are some families, and even a few young couples. But it has to be said the village has more elderly residents than anything else. It’s a beautiful place, with a duck-pond that’s more like a lake, a second pond at the other end of the village, and a lot of open green spaces.

Daisy has been married to Aidan for thirty-five years. No one in the village knows that, because although he spends most of the time in Daisy’s thatched cottage, he has his own place just around the corner.
Given what Daisy used to do before she retired, and the very unfortunate incident in London, they both decided it was best people didn’t know just how much of a couple they actually were.

Daisy is seventy-one now. But for her, old habits die hard. And for some strange reason, trouble seems to follow her around. It’s been a peaceful twelve months settling into village life, but that’s about to end…

‘The Root of all Evil’ is the first book in the Daisy Morrow series. After some strange goings-on and a murder in the village, Daisy and Aiden, together with a young police-woman called Sarah, whose curiosity gets the better of her, set about solving the mystery.

They discover the village is being secretly abused by some very unsavoury people, a fact Daisy has very good reason to hate, so she sets off on a personal vendetta against those responsible. Yes indeed, old habits die hard!

And it all begins with a rose bush, mysteriously uprooted in the middle of the night…

‘The Root of All Evil’ is available for ebook pre-order now, and launches on 22nd January! Order your copy now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Clancy Evans Cozy Mysteries: Volume One by [M. Glenn Graves]

At 11-years-old Clancy Evans uncovers her innate inclinations for investigative work while learning some painful yet valuable lessons about her unusual family. Ignoring the overt objections of her mother, Clancy helps her Pitt County Sheriff father solve murders in their small Virginia town.

Fast forward

Female sleuth Clancy Evans dives headfirst into a double murder mystery that has plagued her for far too many years – the murder of her father.

Clancy and her black lab Sam travel to where the crime takes them, solving one murder at a time. But her insistence on uncovering the truth could be the death of her…

“M. Glenn Graves has captured an endearing and charming private investigator. Her dry wit and underlying humor have its own appeal, as Clancy confronts each fact and potential witness.”

The Clancy Evans Cozy Mysteries: Volume One includes – Dead Times Revive In Thee, One Lost Soul More, Mercy Killing, The Peace Haven Murders, Revenge and Desperate Measures. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Mirror Dance by [Catriona McPherson]

Something sinister is afoot in the streets of Dundee, when a puppeteer is found murdered behind his striped Punch and Judy stand, as children sit cross-legged drinking ginger beer. At once, Dandy Gilver”s semmingly-innocuous investigation into plagiarism takes a darker turn. The gruesome death seems to be inextricably bound to the gloomy offices of Doig”s Publishers, its secrets hidden in the real stories behind their girls” magazines The Rosie Cheek and The Freckle.

On meeting a mysterious professor from St Andrews, Dandy and her faithful colleague Alex Osbourne are flung into the worlds of academia, the theatre and publishing. Nothing is quite as it seems, and behind the cheerful facades of puppets and comic books, is a troubled history has begun to repeat itself. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Confluence of Conspirators by [K P Crooks]

A light-hearted legal mystery! A corrupt corporate officer is colluding with a greedy union boss, and line worker Jim Vandenberg is caught in the middle. When his young lawyer, Bill Hood, gets in over his head, Bill calls in his grandfather Henry, the ex-FBI agent turned private investigator, to help out. They have three days to extricate Jim from the hands of the company, and save him from an angry union boss. But why does the company want him out so badly, and why does the union turn on him as well? The answers can only be found through clandestine maneuvers that are patently out of Bill’s skill set. Bill gets caught up in the case and his infatuation with Henry’s new assistant, Laurel, and and he can’t stay away from either one. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Before She Disappeared: A Novel by [Lisa Gardner]

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a propulsive thriller featuring an ordinary woman who will stop at nothing to find the missing people that the rest of the world has forgotten

Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will–searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim’s wary family tells Frankie she’s on her own–and she soon learns she’s asking questions someone doesn’t want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing could be her. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Nailed It: A Todd Jones comic thriller by [J.R. Ripley]

What happens when South Florida’s most unscrupulous real estate salesman meets South Florida’s biggest con artist? And what happens when they meet on the roof of the Florida mansion belonging to the world’s most ruthless scrap dealer? Who knows? But sparks are bound to fly, especially with that hurricane coming straight at them.

Another fast-paced Todd Jones comic thriller/caper by bestselling author JR Ripley!

Praise for the Todd Jones comic thriller series!

“…Joins the growing list of Florida crime writers (Carl Hiaasen, Laurence Shames, Tim Dorsey) who mix capers with comedy. This lightweight romp stars unscrupulous real-estate salesman Todd Jones, whose wheelings and dealings have landed him a hot Ft. Lauderdale condo and an even hotter girlfriend but who seems to have run out of luck. The story opens with Todd being threatened at gunpoint by his best friend, Dr. Doug Freeman, who is miffed that Todd slept with his wife, Caroline. When Doug is killed in a boating accident, and Caroline is found dead soon after, things don’t look good for Todd. To make matters worse, he has sold a bum property to a mobster and unwittingly involved himself in a drug deal with a surfer dude. Then his mother comes to visit. Readers will fall hard for this lovable loser as he struggles to stay alive while keeping his girlfriend from finding out what he is doing and his mom’s pet pig from eating his stuff. Further adventures would be most welcome.” Booklist

“..A darkly funny, rip-roaring novel about a fast-talking realtor who is quite possibly the world’s worst judge of character. Hunted down by drug dealers, irate customers, a betrayed girlfriend and the husband of a married woman he had an affair with, he has five minutes to live at the opening of the story – perhaps more if he can persuade the angry husband not to point the gun at his head. Then again, perhaps not. Oh, and his mother has come to live with him and won’t take no for an answer. A wildly frantic novel about a ne’er do well whose bad deeds have caught up with him, and his wacky struggle to stay just one step ahead of the trigger, suspenseful to the very last word.” Midwest Book Review

“It’s a comic thriller with a wacky plot. Todd Jones is a hotshot realtor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a hot girlfriend. The story begins with Todd getting a routine physical from his doctor and friend Doug Freeman. After the physical Todd asks Doug how healthy he is, Dr. Doug tells him he has five minutes to live. Todd laughs and says no, really is there a problem? Dr. Doug repeats that Todd has Five minutes to live. The doctor goes to a cabinet and pulls out a gun and points it at Todd and tells him he has five minutes to live because he slept with his wife. As Todd is trying to deny everything and stop the madness the doctor is counting down. He does get away and is constantly followed by the obsessed Dr. Doug who continues to try to kill him. Lots of great characters…the last sentence in the book is extremely clever. The book is only 245 pages and is a quick read. I liked it.” Just Plum Crazy

“As Oliver Hardy used to say” well…here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into “. As a former RE guy myself, luckily, I have never encountered such an obvious set up, but Todd had his thinking mind disconnected when the knockout babe started talking big money. From there it rolls downhill quickly and actually picks up considerable speed at the ending. That all this conniving takes place in South Florida is no surprise…But makes it easier to digest. The love for money is the root of all evil and the roots go very deep in this story. Great characters brought to life by great and humorous writing (as usual) in any JR Ripley story. I loved Todd’s mom…what a hoot….and the addition of Mr. Squeals was icing on the cake. Another triumph!” Eddie D Amazon Vine Voice (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For the Week Of January 17th, 2021–Part 1

“Sister” Jane Arnold and her hounds must sniff out a thief with expensive taste when a string of missing paintings leads to murder in this exciting foxhunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.

Spring is peeking through the frost in Virginia, and though the hunting season is coming to a close, the foxes seem determined to put the members of the Jefferson Hunt Club through their paces. Sister and her friends are enjoying some of the best chases they’ve had all season when the fun is cut short by the theft of Crawford Howard’s treasured Sir Alfred Munnings painting of a woman in hunting attire riding sidesaddle. When another painting goes missing five days later—also a Munnings, also of a woman hunting sidesaddle—Sister Jane knows it’s no coincidence. Someone is stealing paintings of foxhunters from foxhunters. But why?

Perhaps it’s a form of protest against their sport. For the hunt club isn’t just under attack from the thief. Mysterious signs have started to appear outside their homes, decrying their way of life. stop foxhunting: a cruel sport reads one that appears outside Crawford’s house, not long after his painting goes missing. no hounds barking shows up on the telephone pole outside Sister’s driveway. Annoying, but relatively harmless.

Then Delores Buckingham, retired now but once a formidable foxhunter, is strangled to death after her own Munnings sidesaddle painting is stolen. Now Sister’s not just up against a thief and a few obnoxious signs—she’s on the hunt for a killer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

The Broken Spine (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery Book 1) by [Dorothy St. James]

The first in an exciting new series featuring Trudell Becket, a spunky librarian who will stop at nothing to save her beloved books and catch a killer!

Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library’s beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library’s basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.

When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library’s transformation into a “futuristic technological center,” is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police’s prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that’s not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.

But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she’d have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Trudell–with the help of a group of dedicated readers–decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can’t always judge a book by its cover. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

A Deadly Discovery (An Allie Cobb Mystery Book 4) by [J. C. Kenney]

Certain she’s seen more than enough death for one lifetime, literary agent Allie Cobb is ready to close the book on her amateur sleuthing, even when she learns that an unidentified body has been unearthed in a local state park. But when a worn and haunted-looking woman shows up on her doorstep with a grim story about her young daughter’s disappearance twenty years ago—and the police confirm that the recently discovered body is hers—Allie can’t bear to turn the poor woman away.

Determined to uncover the truth about the young woman’s murder, Allie begins delving into the circumstances of her life and those she knew so many years before. And when she meets powerful resistance from those she questions—many of whom are now trusted leaders in her small, tight-knit community—she’s sure she’s on the right track. But as she narrows down the list of suspects, Allie realizes too late that a cold-blooded killer is dead-set on keeping the secrets of the past buried, and it will take all her wit and cunning to avoid becoming the second young woman to meet an untimely end . . .

Praise for the Allie Cobb Mysteries:

“Mr. Kenney has written a complicated mystery . . . The killer reveal was so entertaining and the takedown was something I had never seen in a cozy mystery.” —Escape With Dollycas

“Full of charm, great characters, and plenty of small details, making it perfect for fans of cozies.” —Books a Plenty Book Reviews

A Genuine Fix is a lighthearted cozy mystery with a cunning cat, a disagreeable victim, a mound of mulch, a tolerant police chief, and one determined bicycle-riding literary agent.” —The Avid Reader

“The story behind the mystery and Allie’s interaction with family and friends . . . [are] character-driven and peopled by characters that are easy to become attached to and invested in.” —I Read What You Write

“I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed getting to know Allie and her friends . . . A Mysterious Mix Up is a quick and easy cozy mystery.” —Christy’s Cozy Corner

About the Author:

Award-winning and bestselling author J. C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends like Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mysteries. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two children, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mrs. Spinney's Secret by [M. S. Spencer]

What do you do when Hollywood takes over your tiny Maine village to make a movie? Cassidy Beauvoir, chair of the board of overseers of Amity Landing, is ready to throw the bums out; that is, until she meets Jasper MacEwan, the director of American Waterloo: the Rout of the Penobscot Expedition. It’s instant attraction until a series of deadly incidents threatens their budding romance. Are the attacks directed at the movie crew or the townspeople?

As the two search for answers, the trail leads them to long-held secrets of the worst naval defeat of the American Revolution—including betrayal, murder, and a lost hoard of English gold. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mind-Bending Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 17) by [Leslie Langtry]

From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes the latest laugh-out-loud Merry Wrath adventure!

Former CIA agent and current suburbanite Merry Wrath knows she’s having a bad day when she wakes up wearing someone else’s clothes in a locked room with a dead body and a dozen copies of the book, Boats of the Midwest. It doesn’t help matters any when the police burst in and arrest her on the spot for the murder of a man she’s never heard of. With an unimpeachable witness placing her at the scene of the crime, her Girl Scout troop trying to bust her out of jail, and a sister-in-law who’s launched a one-woman campaign to send her to prison, Merry knows that this time she’s in trouble.

And Merry finds it’s tough to clear your name when you’re being followed by a wannabe bounty hunter who’s chasing you down and dealing with a group of teenage druids who have just bought a hearse and an old church they call The Chapel of Despair. Added to her trouble are a couple of tattoo artists with a creepy fixation on Lance Armstrong, a witness who works at the Pump & Pawn pawnshop/gym, and most of the town of Bladdersly, Iowa.

Can Merry solve this locked room mystery before she ends up locked in a cell?

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8
Marriage Vow Murder – book #9
Mystery Night Murder – book #10
Meerkats and Murder– book #11
Make Believe Murder – book #12
Maltese Vulture Murder – book #13
Musket Ball Murder – book #14
Macho Man Murder – book #15
Mad Money Murder – book #16
Mind-Bending Murder – book #17

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…?'”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Merlin the Magical Fluff (A Hilarious Mystery with a Witchy Cat and his Human Familiar) by [Molly Fitz]

My name is Gracie Springs, and I am not a witch… but I’m pretty sure my cat is. I first started to get suspicious when he jumped just a little too high while chasing after a robin in our front yard. I knew for sure when he opened up his mouth and addressed me by name!

The first thing he told me? That he doesn’t like the name I gave him—even though “Fluffy” fits him like a warm sweater at Christmas. Now we’ve compromised on “Merlin the Magical Fluff,” which according to him references his long and proud lineage just fine.

After that small matter was settled, he informed me that I must uphold his secret or risk spending the rest of my life in some magical prison. I agreed, not knowing it would turn into a full-time job of covering his tracks and fibbing our way out of some pretty tight spots.

When my boss at the local coffee shop turns up dead as a dormouse, things go from challenging to practically impossible… especially since all my coworkers seem to think I’m to blame.

Here’s hoping my witchy cat can charm our way out of this one, because right now it looks like I’m cursed if I do and charged with murder if I don’t. Yikes! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Bodies in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 23) by [Deborah Brown]

In the Florida Keys, the tops are down, the margaritas are cold, and water is murder.

Madison and Fab’s morning coffee comes with a side dish of witnessing two bodies being dumped at the end of their boat dock. And gossip is flying around Tarpon Cove faster than a cigarette boat.

When yet another “easy” job turns up more dead bodies, the smell is making Madison barfy, and the girls’ “I know nothing” faces are getting a workout. So is the hotline to their lawyer.

Madison just wants happy endings all around, but evidence is piling up that they’re all being watched. If they don’t play their cards right, they could be someone’s loose end—and all wind up dead. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder in the Churchyard: A 1920s cozy mystery (A Tommy & Evelyn Christie Mystery Book 3) by [Catherine Coles]

Downton Abbey crossed with Murder, She Wrote…set in a Yorkshire village!

When the body of Isolde Newley’s long lost husband is found in the grounds of St Augustus churchyard, suspicion falls on Isolde and everyone close to her – especially her new love interest, the dashing Dr Mainwaring.

The mystery is exacerbated by the largest snowfall seen in North Yorkshire for years. No one can get in – or out – of the village.

It will take all of Tommy & Evelyn Christie’s sleuthing powers to clear their friends and find the murderer before the police arrive from York.

If you enjoy the glamour of bygone eras like 1920s Downton Abbey and gentle, cozy mysteries set in the English countryside then you will love this new series.

What readers are saying:

‘…a page turner’Goodreads reviewer

‘What I loved best were the reveals and plot twists’Goodreads reviewer

‘Unexpectedly amazing’, ‘A wonderful murder mystery’ & ‘A jolly good read’Amazon reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

An Uninvited Corpse (An Anna Fairweather Murder Mystery Book 3) by [Blythe Baker]

A portrait of death…

Anna has barely had time to settle in at the Montford town home in London, when she is drawn down a new path of danger. After she witnesses a stabbing in an alley, it’s up to Anna to find the killer  – before the killer finds her.

When suspects abound, Anna must delve into the art world and the personal life of the victim, searching for the truth.  Will the reintroduction of her employer’s attractive nephew, Jerome Townson, complicate matters? And will the stirring of old shadows from her past blind Anna to the dangers of the present? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Silenced by a Spell (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 7) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)

SILENCED BY A SPELL (A LACEY DOYLE COZY MYSTERY—BOOK 7) is book seven in a charming new cozy mystery series which begins with MURDER IN THE MANOR (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews—and a free download!

Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, has made a drastic change: she has walked away from the fast life of New York City and settled down in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire.

With Halloween fast approaching, Lacey lucks out when she’s given a rare, ancient book that’s perfect for her upcoming spooky auction. But after the book is sold to a buyer, the mysterious book vanishes before she can deliver it. Even stranger, the equally mysterious seller has disappeared—just as a body turns up dead.

With her reputation on the line, Lacey finds herself in the fight of her life to save her business and clear her name—and, with the help of her beloved dog, to solve the mysterious disappearance.

FRAMED BY A FORGERY (Book #8), and CATASTROPHE IN A CLOISTER (Book #9) are also available for pre-order! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Bound for Magic (The Tortie Kitten Mystery Trilogy Series Book 1) by [Constance Barker]

What Happens when the Soul Brokers Want Their Due? Nothing Good

Mary is a detective with the special ability of knowing when someone is lying, which comes in handy in a murder investigation. But when a witness claims to have seen a strange animal with a human in its mouth, can Mary believe it, even if her instincts tell her it’s true?

Her cat Ugly seems to be making noises other than the usual meows…like she’s trying to communicate. Is Mary losing it or is Ugly attempting to speak or something even more unusual?

Mary’s dreams are also trying to tell her something….that a group called the Soul Brokers are in need of payment. Make remuneration or forfeit an innocent soul. What the heck has she gotten herself into?

***Find out in the First book of the Tortie Kitten Mystery Trilogy*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Muffin But Murder (A Sunny Side Up Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Rosie A. Point]

In this small town, there’s muffin but murder…

Sunny Charles has only just gotten used to running her aunt’s café. It’s been a learning curve, what with the moody customers, the eggs over easy, and now, her chef leaving for a baking course for five full days. With him gone, she’s in charge of everything ‘food’—and cooking is not her strong suit.

Sunny’s got to hire outside help, but when she goes over to her aunt’s best friend’s house looking for advice, she walks in on a dead body instead. And the murderer, shrouded in darkness, mid-escape… If only she’d seen his face. Sunny’s convinced that she knows whodunit, but with the tension mounting in the small coastal town of Parfait, Sunny’s got to decide what’s most important to her: her friends or her life.

Can Sunny solve the case before the real murderer stops her? And who are the dark shadowy figures that seem to be following her everywhere? Find out in the second installment of the cozy Sunny Side Up series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Blood, Sweat and Tiers: A paranormal culinary cozy mystery (The Great Witches Baking Show Book 5) by [Nancy Warren]

“I love cozy mysteries and The Great British Baking Show and this wonderfully quirky series combines them to perfection!”
The Earl of Frome gets a shock when a gaggle of nosy bird watchers gang up on him. When one of them winds up dead, it doesn’t look good for the Earl. Amateur baker Poppy Wilkinson gets embroiled in yet another murder mystery. It’s a good thing she’s got witchy powers as she has to solve a murder, try and learn more about her own mysterious beginnings and turn out a winning cake, because it’s cake week in the competition tent.
From USA Today Bestselling author Nancy Warren comes the 5th book in the witches baking series. Each book can be read alone. They feature no sex, gore or bad language but lots of clues, some quirky humor, and recipes. “Just my cup of tea–with cake!” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle


Scripted To Slay (St. Marin's Cozy Mystery Series Book 6) by [ACF  Bookens]

now days aren’t supposed to end with dead bodies.

Harvey Beckett has just finished a quiet meal after shoveling the sidewalks around Main Street when the body of the new bartender in town is discovered behind the bar. When Harvey begins to look into the victim’s pseudonym, she finds out far more than she bargained, enough to put her in real danger.

Can she and her friends find the murderer before they become victims themselves? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Stony Blend (A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Book 16) by [Kennedy Layne]

Complex hexes and intricate spells are boiling up trouble in the next puzzling whodunit of the Paramour Bay Mysteries by USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne…

The residents of Paramour Bay have no idea that something sinister might be lurking in the snowy shadows along the main thoroughfare of their quaint coastal town. They are all a bit curious about what could possibly be leaving odd footprints in the snow, though. It’s all anyone can talk about until a spree of vandalism begins happening to the local storefronts.

Raven Marigold’s familiar is the only one who believes that the town is under attack by the new upright adornment that has been strategically positioned right outside of the local bakery by none other than the baker herself. The intimidating gargoyle statue carved into granite has been set upon a matching pillar, and Leo insists that the thing actually moves. Can he finally convince Raven that he’s right before those odd footprints lead right to their own front door?

You might want to bring a chisel and a hammer along if you want to follow the dark, snowy trail all the way to the end of this quirky mystery! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery by [Byron TD Smith]

Henry has hit rock bottom. A fifty-year old mystery could save him – or finish him off.

Crossing fiction with a dash of true crime, Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery is a clever “What if…” solution to the most captivating unsolved heist of the twentieth century.

Henry Lysyk’s life is a mess.

With his marriage over and his accounting career marred by scandal, he retreats to the anonymity of a rented suite in a house shared with strangers. But the trail of a decades-old crime leads a murderous treasure hunter to his doorstep, and Henry is baffled by his neighbors’ cover-up.

An unexpected visit from his adventure-hungry niece, Frieda, further complicates Henry’s efforts to lay low. With his houseguest refusing to stay away from the danger, Henry’s terrified they’re about to expose secrets someone would kill to protect. Not knowing who to trust, they must choose which parts of the past to uncover, and which to leave buried.

A real-life ransom, a shadowy past, unlikely allies, and ruthless murder. Can Henry unravel this cold case before he and Frieda become its next victims?

If you enjoy absorbing mysteries, original characters, and true unsolved crime, then you’ll love Byron TD Smith’s clever “What if…” blend of tale and truth. 

Windfall is the first instalment in the Henry Lysyk Mystery series. Henry and Frieda will return… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Lethal Shot on Flowerpot: A Travel Writer Cozy Mystery #4 by [Kelly Young]

Old tensions can come back to bite you. But did they really push this detective over the edge to murder? Casey, Jim and their unlikely posse of friends don’t think so, and they aim to prove he wasn’t behind the Lethal Shot on Flowerpot. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Mitford Trial: A Mitford Murders Mystery (The Mitford Murders Book 4) by [Jessica Fellowes]

A timeless murder mystery with the fascinating, glamorous Mitford sisters at its heart, The Mitford Trial is the fourth installment in the Mitford Murders series from Jessica Fellowes, inspired by a real-life murder in a story full of intrigue, affairs and betrayal…

It’s lady’s maid Louisa Cannon’s wedding day, but the fantasy is shattered shortly after when she is approached by a secretive man asking her to spy on Diana Mitford—who is having an affair with the infamous Oswald Mosley—and her sister Unity.

Thus as summer 1933 dawns, Louisa finds herself accompanying the Mitfords on a glitzy cruise, full of the starriest members of Society. But the waters run red when a man is found attacked.

Back in London, the case is taken by lawyer Tom Mitford, and Louisa finds herself caught between worlds: of a love lost, a family divided, and a country caught in conflict. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

A middle-of-the night phone call summons NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli and her partner, Detective P.J. Parker, to a politically sensitive murder scene. The victims―a U.S. Senator, the pastor of a mega church, and a self-made music industry billionaire―appear to have been killed during a sex orgy.

Pressure is mounting to cover up the circumstances. But Corelli and Parker are enraged by the words scrawled in blood on a mirror, and their hearts are broken by what they find hidden in a closet. Now the partners vow to find the killer and expose the unsavory lives of these men while seeking justice for the real victims in this case―the children..

A Message in Blood is book #3 in the Chiara Corelli Mystery Series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

Review of Claw and Disorder

Claw and Disorder

A Cat Groomer Mystery, Book #5

Eileen Watkins

5 Stars


 Expert groomer Cassie McGlone knows how to handle even the feistiest of felines, but their owners are a different tale . . .

Around the quaint town of Chadwick, New Jersey, are two families in need of Cassie’s help. Wealthy perfectionist Gillian Foster is orchestrating the restoration of her family’s nineteenth century home and wants her purebred Himalayan, Leya, boarded at Cassie’s Comfy Cats. Meanwhile, the elderly Tillmans are in dire straits, hoarding possessions and a clowder of cats in their run-down house. Perhaps Cassie can persuade the couple to surrender a few of their furry friends. Unfortunately, neither task is cut and dried . . .

Mrs. Tillman is mysteriously asphyxiated in the night, and suspicion falls on her husband—and their cats. Meanwhile, the Fosters host a banquet for the local historical society, and when one of their guests falls gravely Gillian is convinced someone is out to get her. After a second death occurs, it’s clear a killer isn’t pussyfooting around. Now it’s up to Cassie to get these houses in order before disaster pounces again . . . (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Cassie is a caring person who has a special place in her heart for cats.  It is great to see how hard she works for these cats and her and her employee make a great team.  They work well to keep the business running well and they also try to help out in the community.  But this time they have a problem that they need to fix, the murder of an elderly woman and her husband being accused of murder.  They will have to work hard to figure this one out.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I could picture in my mind’s eye Comfy Cats and all of their boarders.  The mystery was well plotted and it had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Grab a copy and enjoy.

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

Claw & Disorder (A Cat Groomer Mystery Book 5) by [Eileen Watkins]

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Bait and Witch

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Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496728742
ISBN-13: 978-1496728746
Digital ASIN: B086R8VF2T

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Angela M. Sanders and her new book Bait and Witch. It is the first book in her A Witch Way Librarian Mystery Series.

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Play – IndieBound

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Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
by Angela M. Sanders

Bait and Witch was an enjoyable read. My heart was lighter the more I read . . . One of the highlights was the way the author described the library, making a reader visualize every part of it, even the land where the library was built.
~The Editing Pen

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Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

The Hermit Librarian | From one corner of my library to the other, I read &  review YA books, graphic novels, & more.

Angela M. Sanders writes the Amazon bestselling Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and The Booster Club Capers. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she’s the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries (Berkley), which Romantic Times praised for their “well written wit and intrigue.” Angela’s articles on food, personalities, and perfume have appeared in a variety of magazines, and her monthly newsletters have nearly 2,000 subscribers. She interacts with readers on Facebook and Instagram and is a prominent blogger for Now Smell This, which garners 1.5 million monthly page views. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black of course—a witch’s freckle in her left eye and learned to read tarot cards from a pagan priestess.

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January 13 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Artistic License To Kill

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Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 15, 2021)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402136
ISBN-13: 978-1887402132
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402128
ISBN-13: 978-1887402125
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 5, 2021)
Digital Print length: 211 pages

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Paula Darnell and her new book Artistic License To Kill. It is the first book in her A Fine Art Mystery Series.

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Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn’t easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda’s afraid that she’ll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she’s accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner’s members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

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Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She’s also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

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Books To Read In 2021–Part 3

If you made a New Year’s Resolution to read more this year, here are a few of the first-in-the-series books to consider. Enjoy your reading!!!!

A New York chocolatier lands in a sticky situation when she returns to her Amish roots in this debut cozy mystery by the Agatha Award-winning author.

Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at a famous New York chocolate company. But just when she’s up for a major promotion, she gets word that her grandfather Jebidiah’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she first learned about delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

Unfortunately, Baily’s grandparents are suffering from more than just heart trouble. A local Englisch land developer is trying to take over their shop. And when the man is found dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebidiah’s chocolate knife buried in his chest—the sheriff suspects Bailey. Now, with the sweet help of a handsome deputy, Bailey is out to clear her name. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, she may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .

Recipe Included!

Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Amanda Flower]

Her new canine companion is a lot more loyal than her ex-husband—but that doesn’t mean she wanted him dead….
Lilly may be losing a husband but she’s gaining a toy poodle. That could be seen as a win-win, since her new adopted pooch Aggie (named after Agatha Christie) is cute and adorable, and Lilly’s dirty dog of a spouse is cheating on her with a blond bimbo—except for one problem: Albert Echosby’s just been murdered, and Lilly is the number-one suspect.
With the cops barking up the wrong tree, it’s a good thing her best friend Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson from Chattanooga, Tennessee, decided to take a break from the dog club circuit to pay a visit, along with her own prize pair of poodles. With help from Dixie, her defense attorney daughter, and a blue-eyed man in blue with a K-9 partner, Lilly is determined to collar the real killer. But when a second murder occurs, it’s clear they’re dealing with one sick puppy . . .

In the Dog House (A Dog Club Mystery Book 1) by [V.M. Burns]

Maybe the best thing that ever happened to Kristan “Stan” Connor was losing her high-stress public relations job. Now there’s plenty of time to spend in her sleepy new Connecticut town working on her dream: baking healthy, organic pet treats!

Before long the neighborhood dogs are escaping their yards to show up at Stan’s doorstep, begging for the kinds of special homemade treats her Maine coon cat Nutty loves so much. And Stan’s pet-loving neighbors are thrilled with the new organic options available to their furry family members. But not everyone loves Stan and her newfangled organic ways. . .

It seems Carole Morganwick, the town vet, is from the old school of pet care. But when Stan swallows her pride and brings a very unwilling Nutty in for a checkup, she not only finds Carole dead under a pile of kibble. . .but also that she’s in the dog house as the prime suspect! Finding the real killer and clearing her name will require some seriously surreptitious sniffing around. . .and hopefully, curiosity won’t kill this innocent cat!

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

“Like the goodies Stan makes for her Maine coon kitty Nutty, Kneading To Die is a treat! Liz Mugavero weaves animal knowledge into a fun and frisky whodunit, with plenty of lively pet action.” –Clea Simon, author of Cats Can’t Shoot

Kneading to Die (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery Book 1) by [Liz Mugavero]

Welcome to the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop–where life is sweet, revenge is sweeter, and murder is here to to stay. . .

You Can’t Fudge An Alibi

Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the grand old hotel that’s been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm–and world-famous fudge shop–the place is one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved landmarks.

Sure, every family has a skeleton or two in the closet. But Allie didn’t expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially one Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Which makes Allie the number-one suspect.

Can she sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in?

All Fudged Up (A Candy-Coated Mystery Book 1) by [Nancy Coco]

Sedona is given the opportunity of a lifetime: play an up-and-coming executive with all the trappings of wealth with someone else footing the bill. The catch: find out who is stealing company funds before the criminals find out that their program is being debugged.

Sedona runs into danger, the corporate glass ceiling, and an occasional chance at romance in her quest to figure out who is stealing money from Strandfrost. Unfortunately, Sedona is better at writing computer code than deciphering political vitriol, and if she doesn’t find a way to wade through the red tape and red herrings, she could lose both her job and her quarry!

Maria Schneider has published stories in Coyote Wild Magazine, and “Over My Dead Body.”

Executive Lunch (A Sedona O'Hala Mystery Book 1) by [Maria E. Schneider]

New Releases For The Week Of January 10th, 2021–Part 3

The Magical Pink Pendant: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch's Cove Mystery Book 9) by [Vella Day]

Don’t get me wrong. I love magic, just not when it is used for evil.

It’s bad enough when some poor soul is murdered in my hometown, but when he’s near and dear to someone I care about, I have no choice but to look for the killer. Since magic seems to be involved in his death, my teenage cousin and I might be the only ones who can discover the killer’s identity. After all, we are witches.

I was hoping this would be a run-of-the mill case, but no. The number of suspects keeps mounting, making our job more difficult. Considering most suspects live across the state makes it doubly hard.

Can we say road trip!!

Seriously, this person is super dangerous, and we have to take precautions. But never fear, between my trusty talking pink iguana, my very talented business partner who has mad computer skills, and my teenaged psychic cousin, we’re sure to crack the case. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Mystery of Montague House: An English cozy murder mystery (Summer & Wynter Mysteries Book 1) by [Emma Davies]

I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

With enough rooms to fill a Cluedo board several times over, Montague House has often been the subject of rumour and gossip. Tales of strange goings on, an owner who disappeared one day and was never seen again, not to mention the treasure that rumour has it lies at its heart… But now the present owner has died and the house is to be sold. Has the opportunity come to finally settle the stories once and for all?

Clodagh Wynter doesn’t believe in ghostly goings on and tall tales of secrets. She has her feet very firmly on the ground and, tasked with the job of valuing and cataloguing the house and all its contents, she’s simply looking forward to working in such a glorious setting. And if she happens across a priceless painting, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

Andie Summer is a self-styled Finder of Things (dead bodies mostly), and looking for hidden treasure sounds right up her street, even if there was something very fishy about the mysterious Mr Mayfair who hired her. Because it’s just like she said to her faithful basset hound, Hamish; I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye…

As the unlikely pair are thrown together, it soon becomes very clear that they are not the only ones searching for the treasure. And they’re going to need all their ingenuity and resourcefulness if they’re ever going to untangle the web of secrets that surrounds Montague House. One that reaches even further than they ever thought possible…

From the #1 International bestselling author comes a new series of cosy murder mysteries introducing the indomitable Andie Summer and Clodagh Wynter, and of course Hamish, everyone’s favourite basset hound. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Clare Chase and Anthony Horowitz.

What readers are saying about Emma Davies:

★★★★★ ‘Gave me goose bumps right from the start. Fantastic page-turner that I finished in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer

★★★★★ ‘Page-turner! I was hooked and could not stop until the last page. Wow! Stunning read. Definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer

★★★★★ ‘A powerful and engrossing read!… a real page-turner… consumed me… I lost myself in the story… filled to the brim with secrets and lies… I absolutely loved this book. An engrossing, edge-of-your-seat read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

★★★★★ ‘What. A. Book… such a perfect read… kept me glued from beginning to end. Even when I had to do my chores… A delightful book filled to the brim with suspense and emotions… a completely immersive read where I had to know how the book ended. Addictive and captivating.’ Goodreads reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Pawsitively Betrayed: A Cozy Witch Mystery (A Witch of Edgehill Mystery Book 5) by [Melissa Erin Jackson]

Enemies wear many faces.

The Here and Meow Festival has finally arrived! Amber Blackwood and her fellow festival committee members still have plenty to do before the celebration of all things feline begins. Even though Amber’s witchy past keeps interfering, she knows the show must go on. Edgehill’s livelihood depends on the festival’s success.

When two incidents involving her malfunctioning products cause her to shutter the doors of her curiosity shop, The Quirky Whisker, only days before the busiest season of the year, Amber thinks things can’t get any worse. An investigation into the incidents reveals sabotage is to blame—sabotage that only could have been carried out by a fellow witch. Things just officially got worse.

With Edgehill overrun by tourists, any unfamiliar face could be a member of the nefarious Penhallow witch family. Though her parents’ grimoires are hidden in a remote location overlaid with protective spells, Amber fears that won’t be enough to deter the desperate and cursed clan from trying to get their hands on a legendary time-travel spell.

As the opening ceremony of the Here and Meow approaches, Amber contends with a nosy lawyer, mysterious government officials, and a charismatic superstar. Through it all, Amber senses the Penhallows have something planned—something big. With her new circle of close confidants by her side, Amber must find a way to thwart the Penhallow family’s scheme before it’s too late. If she can’t, the Here and Meow will be ruined … and Edgehill could be wiped off the map. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Lady Jewel Diviner: Book 1 in the Lady Diviner series by [Rosalie Oaks]

Diamonds, Death, and Devonshire tea… in a paranormal Regency England

Miss Elinor Avely’s proper upbringing cannot prepare her for the tiny, spinster vampire who crashes into her sitting room and demands to be fed with a sheep.

Elinor already has enough troubles without having to catch ruminants. First, her secret gift for divining jewels has landed her in scandal, exiling her from London society. Second, a nobleman of dubious repute wants her to find a cache of smuggled jewels, hidden somewhere along the Devon coastline. Last – and worst – she is invited to cream tea at the local manor. And while the autocratic and magnificent Earl of Beresford might be there (and perhaps the jewels themselves too), Beresford is the last person Elinor wants to meet over cream tea.

When a dead body is discovered along the cliffs, of course, such delicate considerations become secondary. Fortunately, Elinor now has a small vampiric chaperone – even if said spinster has a habit of appearing stark naked – and together they are ready to risk the hard questions.

Where are the jewels hidden? Who killed the smuggler? And just when is the cream tea being served?

The Lady Jewel Diviner is the first book in a new historical mystery series, set in Regency England with generous servings of magic, manners, and romance. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead on Arrival: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Visions & Victims Book 3) by [Lily Webb]

Not everything comes up roses…

Psychic innkeeper Selena is excited about giving the grounds of Kindred Spirits Inn a much-needed revamp — until her new gardener comes down with symptoms of vampirism. The only problem? He shows no signs of a vampire bite.

Unable to explain the Transylvanian transformation, Selena decides to uproot the truth — and what she discovers about the gardener’s life and work delivers a sudden rush of blood to her head.

But Selena may have bitten off more than she can chew because the culprit who nipped her nurseryman in the bud will do anything to guard their secrets.

Will Selena’s supernatural senses unearth the attacker’s identity? Or will they sow the seeds of her demise?

Dead On Arrival is the third book in the Visions and Victims series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If fatal flora, vindictive villagers, and supernatural shenanigans get your wand waving, then you’re sure to fall under the spell of this new spinoff series that expands Lily Webb’s magical universe.

Buy Dead On Arrival to continue conversing with the spirits of Starfall Valley today!

Editions Available: Kindle

Kitchen Witch Wars and the Cutthroat Chef by [Heather Pherris]

Is winning a TV show contest worth your very life?

Apparently so—just ask novice witch Christelle Seabright, host of the wickedly popular new Kitchen Witch Wars. Two contestants have already been eliminated by “unorthodox” means.

When one of those contestants rematerializes and demands to rejoin the cast because, they argue, they were murdered and therefore not technically eliminated, Christelle doesn’t bat an eye. In the paranormal realm you can’t let such things shock you. She is much more concerned about the untimely reappearance of someone from her own past.

…And then another contestant turns up murdered. The TV audience, of course, loves it. But threats against the show have begun to emerge as a result of the sinister cheating, so Christelle needs to get to the marrow of the matter and punish the guilty party. She only hopes her witchcraft is improving enough to accomplish it with breakneck speed. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mystic Pieces: A Shady Grove Psychic Mystery by [Ada Bell]

Aly doesn’t believe in psychics. Too bad she just had a vision.

Aly’s got enough on her plate, with finishing her degree and taking care of her nephew and starting her new job at the antique store while drooling over the owner’s gorgeous son. No time for visions.

Alas, the universe doesn’t care what Aly believes. When she turns 21, she starts to feel psychic impressions left on objects. A disorienting power for someone surrounded by antiques. Then cranky customer Earl is killed, and Aly’s new boss Olive is the prime suspect—not to mention the only person who understands Aly’s gifts. Who hated Earl enough to kill? Police would rather make a quick arrest than investigate, so it’s up to Aly to clear Olive’s name.

Shady Grove is reeling from the first murder in decades. If Aly can get her hands on the right object, she’ll know what happened. Can she learn to control her visions before the killer sets their sights on her? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

On the Cutting Room Floor (A Ghosts of Landover Mystery Book 8) by [Etta Faire]

In Landover, life can be a horror movie, literally.

In 1987, a film crew came to Landover Lake to make a horror movie, and many locals got bit parts. It was a lot of fun until something went wrong, and one of the starlets ended up dead.

It’s a case that still haunts Sheriff Caleb Bowman to this day, and he’s finally willing to see if Carly can conjure up the spirit and help him solve it.

Carly is not too enthusiastic about helping her ex’s cousin out. The man still thinks he should have inherited Gate House and he’s never been nice about it. 

But he does hold one of the key pieces to the curse, a scrapbook from Gate House that Carly is dying to see… but not literally. 

While channeling with the ghost to 1987, and digging deeper into her case, Carly realizes the closer she comes to solving this murder, the closer she’s coming to the cutting room floor herself. 

This case is far from cold. Can she figure out who the killer is before she gets a starring role herself in this horror movie?

On the Cutting Room Floor is the eighth book in the Ghosts of Landover Mysteries. If you like paranormal cozy mysteries with quirky characters and heartwarming relationships, then you’ll love the Ghosts of Landover. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Continental Riff (The Stockwell Park Orchestra Series Book 3) by [Isabel Rogers]

A continental tour of Europe doesn’t go quite as planned!

When Stockwell Park Orchestra goes on tour to Europe, it proves a challenge for even the most efficient German logistical planner.

A teenage stowaway, brass players falling in canals and a sabotaged timpani van are all in a day’s work for Ingrid Bauer of Note Perfect Tours, but even she can’t solve all the problems this week throws at her. Maybe a bit of surprise Bach can calm the muddy Brexit waters.

She just has to fish out the musicians first.

Praise for The Stockwell Park Orchestra Series:

I was charmed… a very enjoyable read.” Marian Keyes

“Friendly insults between musicians, sacrosanct coffee-and-biscuit breaks, tedious committee meetings: welcome to the world of the amateur orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine

a witty and irreverent musical romp, full of characters I’d love to go for a pint with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Stockwell Park Orchestra and can’t wait for the next book in the series.” Claire King, author of The Night Rainbow

Sharp, witty and richly entertaining.” Lev Parikian, author of Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?

“With its retro humour bordering on farce, this novel offers an escape into the turbulent (and bonkers) world of the orchestra.” Isabel Costello, author of Paris Mon Amour

“…a very funny tale of musical shenanigans set in the febrile atmosphere of the Stockwell Park Orchestra” Ian Critchley (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Without Regret (Ampersand Series Book 3) by [E. N. Crane]

There are few things in life that can tear you apart as completely as family.

Bridgette Ampersand: dog mom, optometrist, and avid drinker of coffee, is finally moving forward with her life. After a month in the hospital, she’s cohabitating with Caleb and their lab-pittie mix, but he has a secret. So does she, it would seem, and it may cost her her life to learn the answers. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Another Season: Book Four: The Silver Springs Cooking Competition Mysteries by [M'Lissa  Moorecroft]

Neal Munro wasn’t sure about spending the first month of married life on Silver Springs Island, but the show had to go on, and so here he was with his bride, Catherine.

He’d have been happy to be filming The Richest Cooking Competition on Television at the luxurious Silver Springs Island Resort, if only the bane of his existence, egotistical chef Gareth Jones, who just happened to be Catherine’s ex-husband, wasn’t going to be there as well.

Wherever Gareth went, trouble followed, and if it didn’t, Gareth manufactured it — to keep his name in the limelight of course.

Neal and Catherine were determined the self-centered, greedy Welshman wasn’t going to spoil this Season’s taping of The Richest Cooking Competition on Television! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

On the Town (Lethal in Love Book 3) by [Susan Amanda Kelly]

Crash Coolidge, former outlaw, decides to marry the woman he gave up crime for. She loves him right down to her tiny, sweet bones. A fancy dinner and proposal should be simple, right? Yeah, nothing to do with Mary Holmes is simple…

Mary Holmes, senior accountant extraordinaire, is happy. She has a promising job, wonderful friends, a smelly dog and a dangerously sexy boyfriend. Life is so perfect it scares her. It wasn’t always this good. So when Crash upends their Friday date-night routine with new clothes, a new venue and his odd, edgy mood, her anxiety spirals out of control. It doesn’t help that she left her underwear at home as a Sexy Surprise or that Crash knocks out a flirty stranger. An armed, flirty stranger.
They uncover a crime-in-progress in the dimly lit club and only have a few hours to thwart it. The consequences are deadly. Crash has two priorities – get his woman the hell out of there and get her to say yes. But Mary can’t turn away from people in trouble and Crash can’t turn her down…

Download it now to unlock an opposites-attract, crime-thriller romantic comedy featuring a lethal hero, an anxious heroine, a torrid encounter in a janitor’s closet, danger, an unforgettable marriage proposal and a sweetly satisfying happy ever after. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello: A modern cosy mystery with a classic crime feel (The Stonebridge Myseries Book 1) by [Chris McDonald]

Wedding bells are chiming in the idyllic, coastal town of Stonebridge. For Sam and Emily, it should be the happiest day of their lives. But, on the morning of the ceremony, the best man is found dead. The police quickly write his death off as a tragic accident, but something doesn’t seem right to wedding guest and groomsman, Adam Whyte.
Armed with an encyclopedic, but ultimately ridiculous knowledge of television detective shows and an unwarranted confidence in his own abilities, Adam and his best friend (and willing Watson) Colin, set out to uncover what actually happened to Daniel Costello. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Sleeping Dogs (A Penny Wiseman Murder Mystery Book 1) by [Wendy Turbin]

A jigsaw puzzle of a crime novel with a paranormal twist – the brilliant feel-good debut from Wendy Turbin

Meet Penny Wiseman, a private investigator by circumstance, stumbling through adulthood and desperately trying to keep her late father’s business afloat. 

She’s on the trail of her client’s husband. He’s guilty of hiding something, but is he having an affair? The case leads her to an intriguing series of mysteries and encounters, and not all are quite of this world.

Because, for Penny, seeing the dead is a fact of life, and when a teenage ghost wants justice, who else can the girl turn to for help?

There’s one big problem – the dead don’t talk. 

Penny’s first job is to work out exactly why she’s being haunted. 

Her second is to solve the case that should pay her bills, but will she find answers to either question?

Sleeping Dogs is full of brilliantly drawn characters, quirky humour and gripping plot twists. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder Afloat: A Lottie Lindberg 1920's Cozy Mystery by [Rachel Rivers]

An unsinkable ship.
The trip of a lifetime.
An unexpected iceberg.

Charlotte (Lottie) Lindberg boards the Titanic for the trip of a lifetime and gets much more than she bargained for. Once aboard, Lottie meets and befriends a young Primrose Kensington, who is traveling with her betrothed—a fiancé she is not particularly fond of, but hopes to grow to love. Lottie is not unfamiliar with the concept of arranged marriages—though hers had been true love, and cut short by tragedy. The two young women spend much time together, frolicking about the ship and partaking in its many splendours, discovering they have much in common—including their love of murder mysteries—until disaster strikes.

Unable to sleep, Lottie takes an evening stroll around the upper deck, when she spots something nefarious afoot. Daughter of a retired government spy, her sleuthing instincts kick in when, there, in the shadows, at the bow of the ship, a scuttle is taking place between two gentlemen, over something very sparkly. Next thing she knows, disaster strikes, and poor Lottie realizes her curiosity may have just made her witness to murder. Lottie scurries back to her quarters, only to be woken a short time later by a frantic Prim, who swears she’s seen a sizeable iceberg scrape past her porthole window. She is also unable to locate Thaddeus, her betrothed, who strangely has not come back from playing cards. But what she has discovered is… an enormous gemstone lurking among his things.

It is a run for their lives, through the true terror of Titanic’s sinking, with a murderer hot on their heels. Will the girls escape his clutches in time to reach a lifeboat?< p>.

Murder Afloat (Book 1 of the Lottie Lindberg Mystery Series) is a clean, lighthearted cozy mystery set just prior to the 1920s, with no graphic sex, violence or strong language. It is a historical mystery, about a woman amateur sleuth, a British detective mystery, set aboard a famous ship, staring the talents of a Lottie Lindberg and her little dog companion—a precocious Westie (West Highland Terrier) named, Little Dickens. p>.

The Lottie Lindberg Mystery Series:
Murder Afloat, Book 1
Murder Afoot, Book 2
Murder Aboard, Book 3
Murder Abroad, Book 4
Murder Aloft, Book 5
Pre Order Today.
For readers of Lee Strauss, Sara Rosett, Verity Bright and Sonia Parin. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder on the Menu: The first in a gripping new cozy mystery series (A Nosey Parker Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by [Fiona Leitch]

‘A sparklingly delicious confection to satisfy the mystery reader’s appetite’ Helena Dixon, bestselling author of the Miss Underhay Mysteries

The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series!

Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.

But there’s nothing like having your first job back at home to be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride, Cheryl, vanishes Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realising that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers…

With a missing bride on their hands, there is murder and mayhem around every corner but surely saving the day will be a piece of cake for this not-so-amateur sleuth?

The first book in the Murder on the Menu cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie’s Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Ryder and Loveday Series Books 1–3: Three gripping cozy mystery novels for fans of crime thrillers and box sets! by [Faith Martin]

The first three books in the Ryder and Loveday series from million-copy bestseller Faith Martin in one volume!

A Fatal Obsession
Ryder and Loveday investigate the mysterious death of a young woman, whilst a series of poison pen letters confound the police.

A Fatal Mistake
A student vanishes during a boat trip with friends, and Ryder and Loveday suspect a cover-up…

A Fatal Flaw
As a beauty contest gets underway, backstage dark secrets and murderous plans unfold – and Loveday is sent undercover to investigate.

Readers LOVE the Ryder and Loveday series!

Insanely brilliant.

‘I absolutely loved this book.’

‘Faith Martin, you’ve triumphed again. Brilliant!

‘If you haven’t yet read Miss Martin you have a treat in store.

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie‘s gentle style and incisive detection.’

Fabulous series.’ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

In a city full of strangers, be careful whom you trust…

Shanghai, 1935. Black sheep gentleman Rowland Sinclair arrives with his bohemian housemates from Sydney, Australia to explore a new city and take the name Sinclair international with a new class of negotiations. A novice to global commerce, Rowland is under strict instructions from his brother to keep a low profile…but that soon becomes next to impossible. A beautiful Russian taxi girl—who once claimed to be the Princess Anastasia and who danced in Rowly’s arms the night before—is found slain in his suite.

Out of sympathy for the murdered girl and to clear his name, Rowly and his companions embark upon their own investigation. They soon discover there are many people who may have wanted Alexandra Romanovna dead. As they are drawn deeper into Shanghai society and its underworld, Rowly searches for answers in a strange city determined to ruin him.

Exploring the simmering underbelly of Shanghai just years before WWII, Shanghai Secrets is a historical mystery that brings alive an expatriate playground where East and West collide, the stakes are high, and fortunes—and lives—are easily lost. (Amazon)

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Glamour Girls: A Novel by [Marty Wingate]

USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate’s historical debut is “like reading a personal diary of the brave women who were unsung heroes of WWII,” (Rhys Bowen, Royal Spyness mysteries) and will delight readers of Kelly Rimmer’s The Things We Cannot Say and Noelle Salazar’s The Flight Girls.

During World War II, farmer’s daughter Rosalie Wright becomes a pilot assisting the RAF. But will a romantic rivalry send her aerial dreams plummeting to earth?

Ever since she was 10 years old, Rosalie Wright’s eyes have been on the skies. But at the age of 18, on the verge of earning her pilot’s license, the English farmer’s daughter watches her dreams of becoming an aviatrix fly away without her. Britain’s entry into World War II brings civilian aviation to a standstill. Then, Rosalie’s father dies, leaving her, her mother, and her brothers to run the farm.

Everything changes when she learns that the Air Transport Authority is recruiting women pilots to ferry warplanes across Britain to RAF bases. Despite her mother’s objections, Rosalie cannot resist the call of her country–and the lure of the skies. During her training on Gipsy Moth aircraft, Rosalie forms a fast friendship with fellow flyer Caroline Andrews. Her trusty Ferry Pilots Notebook by her side, Rosalie delivers to five airfields in a day–while fighting an endless battle against skeptical male pilots and ground crews.

She would much rather spend her time on the wing than on the arm of any man…until she meets gruff pilot Snug Durrant and RAF squadron leader Alan Chersey. Snug is a cynical, wisecracking playboy, and Alan is every WAAF’s heartthrob…and Rosalie catches both their eyes. As the war drags on, and casualties mount, will love and tragedy send Rosalie’s exhilarating airborne life crashing to the ground? (Amazon)

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