New Releases For The Week Of January 31st, 2021–Part 3

Cocoa and Curses: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Mystery (Witches of Noel Lodge Book 1) by [Julie Nisse]

A paranormal women’s fiction murder mystery for everyone with year-round Christmas spirit.

All Liv Kolgrim wanted for her forty-first birthday was a nice dinner with her husband. What she got was divorce papers and the legs knocked out from under her very comfortable life.

Yearning for a fresh start, Liv punches the reset button on her life and retreats to her tiny hometown to plan her next move.

But her feet have barely touched Mistlevale’s snowy streets when a body shows up at her family’s cozy lodge. Even worse, local sheriff’s deputy Gray Bauer wants Liv’s cantankerous grandmother on the hook for the crime.

Now Liv’s restful vacation has turned into a race to unravel the mystery before her poor Gran winds up in a cell. With a small-town cast of characters to investigate, delicious cocoa to drink, and an enormous semi-feral cat on her tail, Liv has more than her hands full.

And that’s all before her family insists she take up the mantle of witchcraft that Liv’s never really believed in.

Cocoa & Curses is the first book of the Witches of Noel Lodge, a paranormal women’s fiction series featuring a trio of snarky witches, a heaping helping of holiday cheer, and enough magical mayhem to stuff a stocking.

Please note this book was originally published as Room With a Bloom. This new edition does not contain additional content. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Poodle Versus The Vigilante (Cottage Country Cozy Mysteries Book 7) by [Anne Shillolo]

In breaking news… Rocco has a new killer to sniff out.
A Vigilante is stalking the cottage country town of Williamsport, and it appears no one can escape his swift justice. But has the mysterious avenger gone too far? The newest victim was a friendly, hardworking, selfless environmentalist. What could she have possibly done to incur the wrath of the Vigilante and become the first target to die?
Zora Flynn, is a 50-something local newspaper publisher, and owner of Rocco, her pampered prince of a poodle. She isn’t convinced that a single person is responsible for the winter crime wave. But then… that would mean two crimes to solve, instead of one.
Zora, Rocco, and the staff of The Williamsport Whistle are on deadline. Catch a killer and put the Vigilante on ice. Can they do it before crime snowballs and bloodies the reputation of the picturesque cottage country town? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Festival Felony (A Traveling Town Mystery, Book 9) by [Ami Diane]

The race is on in a battle of brain and brawn for the ultimate prize—until the competition turns deadly. 

Time for Keystone’s annual festival—only it hasn’t been so annual in recent years. The highlight of the festivities? The Keystone Treasure Hunt. In a town with gladiator-style potlucks, it isn’t surprising that the quirky residents are just as competitive about treasure seeking. 

Teams race from location to location across the village, battling wits and weapons, to reach the prize. Each clue is a riddle or puzzle related to Keystone Village’s past. It requires some serious analytical skills—along with the ability to withstand a stink bomb or two. And Ella, Wink, and Flo are in the thick of it. 

However, the fun comes to a grinding halt when they come across a skeleton. They think it’s a woman who vanished thirty years ago near the very same spot, and her death doesn’t appear to be an accident. When Sheriff Chapman suspends the treasure hunt, Ella finds out a friend and fellow competitor is being questioned about the death.

Past mistakes come to light, mistakes someone is trying hard to keep hidden. 

But that’s the thing about secrets—they don’t stay buried.

A laugh-out-loud mystery full of adventure, twists, coffee, and friendship.

This is book nine in the funny, quirky Traveling Town Mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Booked for Murder (Maggie's Murder Mysteries Book 3) by [Morgan W.  Silver]

Maggie Matthews is ready for Halloween in Castlefield. When she gets invited to a murder mystery weekend, she gets the chance to solve a fake murder. However, it’s not long before the fake murder turns into a real one and Maggie has to exchange her quill for her magnifying glass once again.

Not only does Maggie have to watch out for Pandora the chicken, who is even scarier during Halloween, but also for the killer. With the help of her fictional detective and her friends, she sets out to solve another murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Deed for a Deathbed: An Amy Wright Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by [Sue Preston]

A welcoming old house for sale, fresh cookies in the oven, and the corpse of a cranky, elderly vagrant lying on a bed…
Maybe she wouldn’t put that last bit on the flyer.

Amy Wright was getting back on her feet after years spent caring for her grandmother’s declining health, finally pursuing her dream of becoming a real estate agent. How hard could it be to help people from the city settle into the small town she’d adored all her life?

Mill Haven’s historic homes and tree-lined streets drew newcomers every day. But when Amy held the first open house of her career, she found her only customer sprawled on an upstairs bunk bed, as dead as every electrical outlet in the place.

As tensions flared between the old guard of Mill Haven and the newer residents of the small town, Amy was sure everybody she talked to was lying about something. She didn’t know whether her knack for baking might save her pocketbook or poison her chance of a new life. Only her tabby cat seemed to believe in her innocence.

Could Amy solve the mystery of the strange, deceased old man? If not she’d have to change her realtor marketing materials to show a forwarding address…in prison. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Treacherous Deception: A Regency Romantic Suspense (Secrets of the Honeyfield Sisters Book 3) by [Jane Wetherby]

1812, England. After the death of their mother, the four daughters of an impecunious country vicar make a pact to improve their family’s circumstances. This is the story of the middle daughter…

When compassionate Isabella Honeyfield finds a mysterious stranger collapsed in a ditch, there is no question what she must do – bring him home to the vicarage and nurse him back to health. But though he may have the manners of a gentleman, an aura of danger surrounds the secretive Mr. Ayrton. Is it possible that Isabella is harboring a highway robber, or worse, a French spy?

With the promptings of her heart at odds with the warning signs before her, Isabella must discover the true identity of her charge. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Rhino Charge: A Gripping Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery Book 3) by [Victoria Tait]

A treacherous race to stop an extinction. A mysterious death linked to the past. Can a silver-haired sleuth track down the clues in time to save a life?

‘Mama Rose’ Hardie has always fought to conserve Kenya’s precious wildlife. Officiating at an off-road fundraising race in the iconic Maasai Mara, she’s shocked when a vehicle crash claims the life of a friend. And worse still, this was no accident…

When another friend is accused of plotting a deadly sabotage, the clever amateur sleuth vows to clear his name. But with motives between teams reaching deep into an unfortunate past, the determined woman must work fast to track down the wily killer. .

Can Rose catch the culprit before more lives are endangered?

Rhino Charge is the thrilling third tale in the Kenya Kanga cozy mystery series. If you like sharp heroines, suspenseful reveals, and iconic African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s breathtaking story.

Buy Rhino Charge to set a trap for a callous murderer today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Harlequin Intrigue February 2021 - Box Set 1 of 2 by [Nicole Helm, Elle James, Danica Winters]

Harlequin Intrigue brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these suspenseful reads packed with edge-of-your-seat intrigue and fearless romance.

HUNTING A KILLER
Tactical Crime Division: Traverse City
by Nicole Helm
When K-9 handler Serena Lopez discovers her half brother’s a fugitive from justice, she must find him—and his dangerous crew. It’s a good thing her partner is lead agent Axel Morrow. But as cunning as the duo may be, it’s a race against time to catch the criminals before they kill again.

HIDEOUT AT WHISKEY GULCH
The Outriders Seekers
by Elle James
After saving a woman and baby from would-be kidnappers, ex-marine Matt Hennessey must help Aubrey Blanchard search for the baby’s abducted sister. Can they bring down a human trafficking cartel in the process?

A LOADED QUESTION
STEALTH: Shadow Team
by Danica Winters
When a sniper shoots at STEALTH contractor Troy Spade, he knows he must cooperate with the FBI. As Troy and Agent Kate Scot get closer to the truth, secrets from Kate’s family will be revealed. How are they involved…and what are they willing to do to keep themselves safe?

Look for Harlequin Intrigue’s February 2021 Box Set 2 of 2, filled with even more edge-of-your seat romantic suspense!

Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Intrigue! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Lavender and Larceny (Treehouse Hotel Mysteries Book 6) by [Sue Hollowell]

A new collection of garden gnomes, lavender cupcake extortion, and double-crossing business partners…

Sixth in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series!

Cedarbrook’s quaint lavender festival is the kick-off to springtime in the small town and the treehouse hotel’s convention season. Chloe’s close friend is debuting her award-winning blend of lavender lotions for youthful rejuvenation.

As the hoopla is happening, Chloe’s sister discovers a suspicious death at her lavender farm. And to top it off, the secret recipe for the lavender lotions is suddenly missing. Chloe and Max traverse the labyrinth of lies and learn just how far the suspects will go to obtain the coveted lavender formula.

As they get deeper into the perplexing clues, they become embroiled in a blackmail scheme that puts them in extreme jeopardy. Can Chloe and Max find out who is in cahoots and willing to kill to secure the fountain of youth?

Lavender and Larceny is Book 6 in the Treehouse Hotel Mysteries series. A light, cozy mystery in a small town with a puzzle loving, amateur female sleuth, quirky characters (human and canine), and enough flowers and pastries to fill your garden and your belly. No gore, swearing or cliffhangers. Can be read as a standalone.

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

Editions Available: Kindle

Gone Ghoul: A Lady of the Lake School for Girls Cozy Mystery (The Vega Bloodmire Wicked Witch Mystery Series Book 5) by [Sarina Dorie]

Unicorn tentacles. Fairy princes. Murder and Mystery.—Oh My!

Wicked witches don’t get mad. They get even.

Vega Bloodmire has more important things to deal with than evil Fae and the unicorn tentacle porn they use to lure students to their deaths. She would much rather focus on her upcoming performance review as a schoolteacher, especially after she was fired from her previous school. She’d rather poke herself in the eye with a wand than run home to mommy and admit she couldn’t make it in the real world as a working witch.

Unfortunately Vega has no choice but to deal with the Fae and their disturbing literature choices when an evil Fae kidnaps—and has the audacity to eat—one of her students during the middle of class. With the principal breathing down her neck to be a better teacher, a wrathful librarian ready to punish someone for defacing a library book, and parents who want Vega to be fired for neglecting her class, Vega is only left with one option. She’s going to have to destroy this Fae before more students get lured to their deaths.

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

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

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A tea shoppe along the coast of Maine is connected to a year’s worth of mysterious deaths.

Starting one winter day, Georgina finds the mayor poisoned by a plate of petit fours. That spring, Evie’s favorite customer and recipe tester is killed. While out delivering scones for her summer job, Ashley discovers a crime scene to practice her student training in forensics. Against a backdrop of vibrant fall foliage, Ladessa discovers a corpse at table number four.

How can one small shoppe’s employees be connected to so many deaths, and will the business ever recover? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback Audiobook

The Mystery of the Wooden Box: A Mountain Mystery (The Treasure of Saint Bee Book 3) by [A D  Thorne]

A landslide reveals a body on the mountain. Who is it? Why are they there?

Police inspector Jerry Portman plans to propose to his girlfriend Alex Whittaker on a romantic picnic in the mountains.

Before he gets the chance, Alex falls finding the body.

It forces Jerry to put his plans on hold to investigate the murder and discover why he found a gold-lined box with the body.

If you like engaging characters, buried treasure, and quirky mystery’s the Treasure of Saint Bee series by A D Thorne is for you,

Buy book three now, or buy all three, and enjoy the series from beginning to end. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery by [Elle Cosimano]

IT’S MURDER BEING A HIT-MOM

“Getting the job done” for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It, a deliciously witty adult debut—the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.

Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moments, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from award-winning author Elle Cosimano.

“Funny and smart, twisty and surprising.”—Megan Miranda (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

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