New Releases For The Week Of February 21, 2021–Part 3

Murder at the Races: a 1950s cozy historical mystery (A Rosa Reed Mystery Book 6) by [Lee Strauss]

Brand New 1950s Cozy Mystery series by USA TODAY bestselling author Lee Strauss!

Murder is a wreck!

Rosa Reed attends a charity stock car race in Santa Bonita and expects to have an exhilarating time shared with family and friends. That ends when a driver inexplicably crashes into a guard rail and dies. When local assistant medical examiner, Dr. Larry Rayburn determines the death is suspicious, Rosa once again finds herself working with the handsome Detective Miguel Belmonte in an awkward and uncomfortable alliance to solve the murder. 

If you love early rock & roll, poodle skirts, clever who-dun-its, a charming cat and an even more charming detective, you’re going to love this new series!

★★★★★

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


A brand new 1950s series!

THE ROSA REED MYSTERY SERIES

Murder at High Tide (Book 1)

Murder on the Boardwalk (Book 2)

Murder at the Bomb Shelter (Book 3)

Murder on Location (Book 4)

Murder and Rock ‘n Roll (Book 5)

Murder at the Races (Book 6)

Hop aboard the 1920s!

THE GINGER GOLD MYSTERY SERIES

Murder on the SS Rosa (Book 1)

Murder at Hartigan House (Book 2)

Murder at Bray Manor (Book 3)

Murder at Feathers & Flair (Book 4)

Murder at the Mortuary (Book 5)

Murder at Kensington Gardens (Book 6)

Murder at st. George’s Church (Book 7)

The Wedding of Ginger & Basil (Book 7.5)

Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman (Book 8)

Murder at the Boat Club (Book 9)

Murder on Eaton Square (Book 10)

Murder by Plum Pudding (Book 11)

Murder on Fleet Street (Book 12)

Murder at Brighton Beach (Book 13)

Murder at Hyde Park (Book 14)

Murder at Royal Albert Hall (Book 15)

~more on the way!

Don’t miss LADY GOLD INVESTIGATES, the short story companion series!

Genre: cat cozy mystery series / historical mystery / women amateur sleuths / female detectives (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Case of the Shady Shamrock (Corgi Case Files Book 12) by [Jeffrey Poole]

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

A mysterious package appears on Zack Anderson’s doorstep. When he opens the crate, there’s an elaborate silver chest, obviously quite old, with Celtic markings and no apparent way to open it. Zack is almost content to accept the artifact as a decorative item … until people start coming after it. The only conclusion is that the box contains something of great value. Zack, Jillian, Sherlock, and Watson are on the case, tracking down the unusual item, learning tidbits about the box’s history, and discovering that it dates back to an unsolved theft in Ireland more than a hundred years ago.

Can Zack, Jillian, and the corgis piece together the clues and find out what’s inside the little chest before it gets snatched from their hands forever?

Praise for Jeffrey Poole and the Corgi Case files:

“Mr. Poole is pure genius at tying together a great murder mystery – with plenty of drama, suspense, and even a few laughs thrown in.” – 5 stars, online review

“… the [books] are like Potato chips – you can’t just eat one! So pick this one up and delve into the world of mystery, fun and intrigue…you won’t be sorry!” – C. Nantze, 5 stars on Amazon

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

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

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

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

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Crossed By Death (Stitches In Crime Book 1) by [ACF Bookens]

Salvaging from historic buildings isn’t supposed to require reporting a murder.

When salvage expert and historian Paisley Sutton crawls into an abandoned store with a house attached, she certainly isn’t expecting to find a body on site. But soon, her discovery sends Paisley on an expedition through history that links this murder to the one that led the previous owners to abandon the building in the first place. And someone doesn’t want her to salvage this story from the wreckage.

Can Paisley preserve herself and her young son while also uncovering the stories that matter most? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Hard Knocks Charm (A Farmer's Market Witch Mystery Series Book 4) by [Constance Barker]

***A Demon Residing in a Doll and Electrocution by Toy Train***

When the owner of an antique toy store is killed, several suspects come to mind for Elle and Gus to investigate. Mike was known around town as a ladies man, however, he didn’t mind if some of those ladies were married, much to the ire of several husbands in town.

Mike also liked his drugs and if you didn’t pay on time, you might find yourself in a world of hurt. Krazy K was a supplier and not known to take no for an answer when it came time to pay up.

And there’s a thin line between love and hate, especially when friends are involved in a business deal. When things go sour, someone might be angry enough to kill.

Could Mike unknowingly own a doll possessed by an evil spirit who now wants vengeance? Tabitha might know a little something about that.

***Find out what happens when Elle and Gus go up against dark forces.*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

How to Stone a Crow (Witch Like a Boss Book 2) by [Willow Mason]

Pru’s boyfriend just won’t stay dead.

Every morning, like clockwork, he joins her at the breakfast table for a cup of tea and a chat about the job interview he has later that day. It’s… nice. Comforting. Perhaps that’s why she’s let it continue for fifteen years.

But when her ghost companion wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, Pru calls upon me – Desdemona Milchtrap – to help her exorcise the suddenly malevolent spirit. I’m helped by my investigative partner Patrick and my ex-boyfriend Jared, though considering how those two are bickering, perhaps helped isn’t the right word.

As old grievances and new poltergeists raise their ugly heads, I must ensure everyone buckles down and concentrates if we’re to dispatch the new evil lurking in our community. The meddling ghosts will continue to run wild if I don’t step up and Witch Like a Boss. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Ghost Writer (Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries Book 2) by [Mara Webb]

Life sure did get interesting for Sadie Alden once she moved to Hallow Haven. She now lives in a world of magic, ghosts and endless possibilities, what more could a girl want?

When the local radio contest announces a Battle of the Bands competition, the islands are a buzz with activity. With her friend, Kate, as the organizer of the event, Sadie is soon dragged along as a judge. It’s all anyone is talking about, and soon she realizes that people are willing to do anything to win, even kill.

With her duties as the resident peacekeeper, Sadie is requested to travel to one of the outer islands to investigate a disappearance. Who’s missing? Oh, just everybody. At least the main house there isn’t filled with ominous letters… just kidding.

As if things couldn’t get more complicated, Sadie seems to be stuck in a love triangle, her shapeshifting cat familiar keeps talking about the werewolf on the island and a book of dark magic has found its way into the wrong hands.

Can Sadie restore order to Hallow Haven before anyone else gets hurt?

Ghost Writer is the second book in the Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Deadly Options (Mapleton Mystery Book 10) by [Terry Odell]

A Mapleton Mystery Pine Hills police crossover, a blend of cozy and police procedural from Award Winning Author Terry Odell.

Are Gordon’s Days in Mapleton Numbered?

All Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler wants is to enjoy a rare quiet moment and have a peaceful lunch. Before he can finish his sandwich, Angie, his wife, calls to say her business partner is going to be arrested at a wedding reception they’re catering. Seems her partner stumbled upon the body of one of the guests—the mother of the groom. Was it a natural death? Suicide? Homicide?

A death at an event could mean the end of Angie’s catering business. What will happen to their plans to move out of Angie’s cramped apartment and into a house they can call their own?

Gordon and his officers deal with questioning guests, including a self-centered bride and her new husband who doesn’t seem upset that his mother has died unexpectedly. Or was it unexpected? They’re eager to get off on their honeymoon.
So much for quiet. On top of a homicide investigation, the mayor’s making demands again. The crime lull is over. Angie and Gordon’s house-hunting brings an unpleasant surprise. Then there’s the matter of an unexpected letter from the mayor of Pine Hills, Oregon.

Is it time for Gordon to rethink his career? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder Ghost Foul: The Complete Mystic Springs Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series by [Mona Marple]

Why Be Normal When You Can Be Paranormal?

Murder Ghost Foul is the complete Mystic Springs box set, including all 7 full length titles:

• The Ghosts of Mystic Springs

• The Curse of Mystic Springs

• The Secrets of Mystic Springs

• The Santa Claus of Mystic Springs

• The Circus of Mystic Springs

• The Witches of Mystic Springs

• New Year in Mystic Springs

This box set also includes an exclusive novella that is a cross-over between the Mystic Springs and Waterfell Tweed cozy mystery series’. 

Mystic Springs is a paranormal cozy mystery series that is spooky, not scary. Free from swearing, sex, and on-page violence, you can trust Mona Marple to provide a fun, clean read. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Deja Brew (Enchanted Enclave Mysteries Book 5) by [Samantha Silver]

Welcome to Enchanted Enclave, where coffee, chaos and cauldrons are a way of life.

Eliza is looking forward to things getting back to normal on her return from the paranormal world, but she doesn’t expect “normal” to include another dead body showing up in the coffee shop.

When Aunt Lucy is revealed to be the prime suspect, Eliza, Kaillie and Leanne expect her to throw a fit, but instead she seemingly refuses to do anything to clear her name. Eliza and her cousins set out to do it for her, but that’s not the only strange occurrence in Enchanted Enclave.

As she gets closer to solving the case, Eliza finds herself in more danger than she’s ever experienced. Will she be able to clear her aunt’s name and find out what’s going on in town before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

Deja Brew is the fifth book in this fun new witch cozy mystery series from Samantha Silver (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Gamer's Ghost: A Marley the Witch Mystery (Marley the Witch Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Amorette Anderson]

A vacation gone wrong. A magical game show. A ghost with a plan.

When Marley and her friend Annie

accept tickets to a game show in the Spirit Realm,

a murder catches them off guard.

The show, “Twin Flames”, is all about true love…

so why was an important staff member

killed with such vengeance?

Marley and Annie just want to have a fun, relaxing vacation —

but when the stakes are raised,

they have no choice but to help track down the killer.

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

Editions Available: Kindle

Crime (and Lager) (A European Voyage Cozy Mystery—Book 3) by [Blake Pierce]

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

CRIME (AND LAGER) is book three in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose Once Gone has over 1,500 five-star reviews. The series begins with MURDER (AND BAKLAVA)—BOOK #1.

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

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

In Book 3, CRIME (AND LAGER), the cruise takes them into Germany, into its historic towns and fabled beer festivals. But when a festival goer—a loud, arrogant local—turns up dead from drinking too much beer, suspicion falls on the touring passengers. The death is quickly ruled a murder, and London realizes her future—and that of the ship—hinges on her solving the crime.

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

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

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

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

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

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

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

The Bakers and Bulldogs Mysteries Collection: 20 Book Box Set by [Rosie Sams]

If you love sweet mysteries and even sweeter French Bulldog puppies, you will love this amazing value collection of all 20 books in the Bakers and Bulldog Mystery Series.
FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Meet Smudge, the cutest French Bulldog and her baker assistant.
Melody is the best baker in Port Warren. Little does she know that her quiet life is about to change. Murder is coming to town and with it a little lost French Bulldog puppy.

Can Melody solve the crime and save the puppy?

What happens now?

Murder, mystery, and all sorts of dastardly deeds seem to find the playful pup. With her trusty sidekick, she will sniff out the clues as well as the occasional cookie.

If you love sweet mysteries you can share with all the family grab this bargain set for hours of fun-filled reading.
Included:
Strawberry’s and Sweet Lies
Brides and Blades
The Murder and the Masterpiece
The Poison in the Pie
Silent Night Deadly Flight
The Beating After the Ball
The murder in the Dressing Room
The Bashing in the Bakery
The Stabbing at the Inn
The Cat and the Killer
Death at the Pageant
The Wedding Cake Murder
Kidnapped at the Casino
Murder and the Magician
Wedding Dresses and Deadly Messes
Dying to Retire
The Stylist and the Deadly Cut
Murder in the Motel
The Pushing in the Pond
A Body a Blade and an Early Baby

Find out how Smudge, the Frenchie, becomes the sweetest little crime fighter to ever work for a cookie. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Merry Wrath Mysteries Boxed Set Vol. IV (Books 10-12) by [Leslie  Langtry]

From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes a boxed set of three laugh-out-loud Merry Wrath Mysteries! This boxed set includes three, full-length novels featuring the CIA assassin turned Girls Scout troop leader, including:

Mystery Night Murder – book #10
What was supposed to be a fun weekend of pretend murder for Girl Scout Troop leader Merry Wrath, becomes something much more sinister when she finds herself on a secluded island in the middle of a Lake…where the guest are being killed off one by one! Is it Mrs. Gable in the Conservatory with a noose? Mr. Blunt in the Ballroom with a lead pipe? Merry must uncover the truth before she’s next!

Meerkats and Murder– book #11
When a masked gunman breaks into agent turned Girl Scout Troop leader, Merry Wrath’s home, things aren’t looking good. But they look even worse when that same gunman later turns up murdered! From a cosplaying teenaged zookeeper to a possible plot by the Russians, Merry struggles to keep her troop together and catch a killer…before the killer catches Merry first!

Make Believe Murder – book #12
Merry Wrath is surprised when her old friend, Hilly—a quirky CIA assassin—shows up at her door for a “vacation” in Iowa. But things get even stranger when Merry’s arch-nemesis, Lana, is sighted and a Chinese operative ends up murdered in her backyard! Merry wonders if her friend really is on vacation, or if she’s after another target? Is it Lana? Was it the Chinese operative? Or is it Merry Wrath?

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

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

Editions Available: Kindle

Bake or Die: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Craven Sisters Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [January Daphne]

Don’t let the oven fire go out… Or ELSE.

Running a bakery in Denali isn’t all it’s cracked up to be—especially when your wood fire oven happens to be the gateway to hell.

With the passing of their estranged mother, fire witches Willa and Samantha Craven must leave their lives behind and move back to their hometown, a remote tourist destination in Alaska full of supernatural hijinks and paranormal mysteries. 

Willa Craven is totally up for the challenge. She’s a pro at vanquishing vampires and taming werewolves, and there’s nothing she loves more than solving a good paranormal murder mystery.

If only she didn’t have to work with the rugged, arrogant sheriff who is also her old high school boyfriend. One look from him still makes her go all gooey inside, and Willa Craven is not the gooey type. 

No, really, she’s not.

Career-focused Samantha Craven has spent her whole life running from her magical destiny and pretending to be normal. When news of her mother’s death reaches her, she packs up her designer shoe collection and travels to the middle of nowhere to assume her role as the most powerful witch in the Craven family bloodline. As her natural magical abilities return, she grows more and more afraid of what could happen if she loses control…

Will these two mismatched sisters be able to play nice and keep the world spinning?

They only have two options: Bake or Die. 

If you love small-town settings, sassy female amateur sleuths, dreamy vampires, mysterious shifters, sweet romance, and lots of laugh out loud humor, you’ll love the first book in January Daphne’s paranormal cozy mystery series, Bake or Die. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Undead Mr. Tenpenny: The Cassie Black Trilogy, Book One by [Tammie Painter]

Work at a funeral home can be mundane. Until you accidentally start bringing the dead back to life.

“…a clever, hilarious romp through a new magical universe” –Sarah Angleton, author of Gentleman of Misfortune

Cassie Black works at a funeral home. She’s used to all manner of dead bodies. What she’s not used to is them waking up. Which they seem to be doing on a disturbingly regular basis lately.

Just when Cassie believes she has the problem under control, the recently-deceased Busby Tenpenny insists he’s been murdered and claims Cassie might be responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she’s been exposed to. The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr. Tenpenny’s true killer.

Simple right? Of course not. Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she’s blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.

If you like contemporary fantasy with snarky humor, unforgettable characters, and paranormal mystery such as Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, you’ll find it hard to pry yourself away from this first book of the Cassie Black Trilogy.

Selected as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021
Winner of the Novel Excerpt Prize from the League of American PEN Women
Finalist in the Yeah You Write Novel Contest (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback