New Releases For The Week Of March 7th, 2021–Part 1

The Dark Heart of Florence: A Lady Emily Mystery (Lady Emily Mysteries Book 15) by [Tasha Alexander]

In the next Lady Emily Mystery, The Dark Heart of Florence, critically acclaimed author Tasha Alexander transports readers to the legendary city of Florence, where Lady Emily and Colin must solve a murder with clues leading back to the time of the Medici.

In 1903, tensions between Britain and Germany are starting to loom over Europe, something that has not gone unnoticed by Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves. An agent of the Crown, Colin carries the weight of the Empire, but his focus is drawn to Italy by a series of burglaries at his daughter’s palazzo in Florence—burglaries that might have international ramifications. He and Emily travel to Tuscany where, soon after their arrival, a stranger is thrown to his death from the roof onto the marble palazzo floor.

Colin’s trusted colleague and fellow agent, Darius Benton-Stone, arrives to assist Colin, who insists their mission must remain top secret. Finding herself excluded from the investigation, Emily secretly launches her own clandestine inquiry into the murder, aided by her spirited and witty friend, Cécile. They soon discover that the palazzo may contain a hidden treasure dating back to the days of the Medici and the violent reign of the fanatic monk, Savonarola—days that resonate in the troubled early twentieth century, an uneasy time full of intrigue, duplicity, and warring ideologies.

Emily and Cécile race to untangle the cryptic clues leading them through the Renaissance city, but an unimagined danger follows closely behind. And when another violent death puts Emily directly in the path of a killer, there’s much more than treasure at stake… (Amazon)

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The Windsor Knot: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates Book 1) by [SJ Bennett]

“[A] pitch-perfect murder mystery… If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple…, the result would probably be something like this charming whodunnit.”– Ruth Ware, author of One by One

The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted when a guest is found dead in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene suggests the young Russian pianist strangled himself, but a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play was involved. The Queen leaves the investigation to the professionals—until their suspicions point them in the wrong direction.

Unhappy at the mishandling of the case and concerned for her staff’s morale, the monarch decides to discreetly take matters into her own hands. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian and recent officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen secretly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth will use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.

SJ Bennett captures Queen Elizabeth’s voice with skill, nuance, wit, and genuine charm in this imaginative and engaging mystery that portrays Her Majesty as she’s rarely seen: kind yet worldly, decisive, shrewd, and most importantly a great judge of character. (Amazon)

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Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery by [Vivien Chien]

Lana Lee returns for another delectable cozy set in a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in Vivien Chien’s Fatal Fried Rice

Lana Lee runs her family’s Chinese restaurant in Cleveland’s Asia Village like nobody’s business. When it comes to actual cooking, however, she’s known to be about a step up from boiling rice. So Lana decides to go to culinary school on the sly—and prove that she has what it takes in the kitchen after all. But when course instructor Margo Chan turns up dead after class, Lana suddenly finds herself on the case, frying pan in hand.

Since she was the one who discovered the body, Lana must do double duty in finding the killer and clearing her name. Now, with or without the help of her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana launches her own investigation into Margo’s life and mysterious death. Doing so leads her on a wild goose chase to and from the culinary school—and all the way back to the Ho-Lee noodle shop, where the guilty party may be closer than Lana thinks. (Amazon)

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A Deadly Chapter: A Castle Bookshop Mystery by [Essie Lang]

Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang’s third Castle Bookshop mystery, a must-read for fans of Lorna Barrett and Vicki Delany.

Wake up on a houseboat, moored in scenic Alexandria Bay, New York. Ride the gentle waves to work at quaint Bayside Books, where you spend your days supplying literature and conversation to the charming locals and seasonal tourists. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? Except bookseller Shelby Cox has already sleuthed two murders from Bayside Books’s home base on Blye Island, one of New York State’s famed Thousand Islands. And this time, mayhem knocks right on Shelby’s waterside door when she finds a body lodged between the side of her houseboat and the dock, his skull shattered.

The victim is no local, but Shelby can’t shake the feeling she’s seen him before. Twice, in fact–that’s how many times he’s dropped into Bayside Books asking about an enigmatic woman who lived on Blye Island many years before. The last time? The day before he was found. But the poor man obviously was killed elsewhere, so who brought him down to the bay, and why?

When the victim’s daughter hits town demanding answers, Shelby takes the case, despite Police Chief Tekla Stone’s usual reservations. But she uncovers more suspects than there are pages in War and Peace, and Shelby can expect no peace–except the peace of the grave–unless she can turn the page on this grisly mystery. (Amazon)

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A magnificent seaside hotel, striped deckchairs, strawberry ice cream… and a rather familiar dead body? Lady Swift is on the case!

Spring, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, explorer extraordinaire and accidental sleuth, hasn’t had a vacation since she arrived in England a year ago. Being an amateur detective can be a rather tiring business and she is determined to escape any more murder and mysteries. So she books into the Grand Hotel in the fashionable resort of Brighton for some fresh air, fish and chips and, of course, a dip in the ocean.

Eleanor is enjoying her view of the waves and trying to find her bathing suit when calamity strikes: a guest has been found dead at her beautiful hotel. The distraught manager, who can’t afford a scandal, asks Eleanor to solve the case as swiftly as possible. Thank goodness she has her partner in crime – Gladstone the bulldog – to help her sniff out the dastardly culprit.

But when Eleanor enters the dead man’s room, she receives a shock big enough to make her forget even the finest ice cream sundae. The body is that of her husband, who supposedly died six years ago on the other side of the world. Has he been alive all these years? Why does he have a copy of their wedding photograph with a cryptic message written on the back? If Eleanor can keep herself safe long enough to find her husband’s killer, she might discover that everything is not quite as it seems beside the seaside…

A warm and witty whodunnit! Fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and L.B. Hathaway will be utterly charmed by this addictive and absolutely gripping page-turner.Readers are totally addicted to Verity Bright!

‘Can I give it six stars please?… Pretty much perfect… Bright has the amazing gift of bringing the reader into that world where the characters are alive.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘I was literally on the edge of my seat until the last page trying to figure out the mystery. It’s an adorable, captivating book.’ Washington Life Magazine (Amazon)

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Into the Sweet Hereafter (Vintage Sweets Mysteries Book 3) by [Kaye George]

Spring has sprung in the charming tourist town of Fredericksburg, Texas, and one of the tastiest attractions is a trip to Tally’s Old Tyme Sweets—until a bizarre burglary leaves a bitter aftertaste . . .

Tally Holt is thrilled to see her new replicas of vintage sweets displayed in the window of Bella’s Baskets, a gift basket shop owned by her friend, Yolanda Bella. There’s just one problem—the creations appear to be melting. The ladies assume the culprit is the broiling heat of the Texas sun—until that night, the store window is smashed, and there’s only one thing missing: the replicas.

Tally is positively stumped. Clearly, the useless fake candies are more special than she bargained for—but why? When a rash of seemingly unrelated burglaries sweeps through the area, Tally is determined to sleuth out the answer—and stop a thief from killing more than the town’s appetite . . . (Amazon)

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Boarding with Murder by [Kathryn Long]

Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes? (Amazon)

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Mainely Money (A Goff Langdon Mainely Mystery Book 3) by [Matt Cost]

Money is power. Those who have the money wield the power. Laid back, slacker detective Goff Langdon is confronted by this fact as he investigates the blackmailing of a U.S. senator. What starts as a simple extortion case quickly becomes a race for survival as Langdon faces off against a veiled villain with big money and little morals. (Amazon)

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The Inn at Holiday Bay: Details in the Document by [Kathi Daley]

A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn’t seem to convince to leave, and a new family she’d never be able to live without.

In book 14 in the series, spring in Holiday Bay is interrupted by a category 2 hurricane, an inn filled with stranded motorists, an unexpected delivery, and a murder, which on the surface, doesn’t make a lick of sense. Add to that the fact that the small plot of land that was linked by deed to the land where the inn now sits turns out to be a burial ground for a serial killer, and you have a recipe for disaster. (Amazon)

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Weddings & Whodunits (An Avery Shaw Mystery Book 18) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Avery Shaw never saw marriage on the menu – and when she did, she avoided it like liver and onions – but it appears her life is about to change. She simply can’t decide if it’s for better or worse.
With matrimony barreling down on her, she needs a distraction, and she gets it in the form of a warning. Apparently, she’s on the hit list for a local dealer who is trying to move in on turf she’s responsible for cleaning up, and news that she could be marked for death has her fiancé Eliot Kane in a tailspin.
Avery likes it when things line up her way. Unfortunately, very little is going how she envisioned in her life right now. Between her archnemesis Tad Ludington being fully recovered and back to his old tricks and her mother demanding a say in wedding preparations, Avery has her hands full.
The drug trade in Macomb County runs deeper than anybody anticipated, and the more Avery digs, the more she realizes that the case she thought was closed up tight is still open and ongoing. With an intern on her tail demanding attention, Avery is determined to uncover a secret so big it could blow up certain political circles within the county.
Eliot is by her side but his fear regarding the new people in Avery’s life is palpable … as is Sheriff Jake Farrell’s annoyance when he realizes what Avery is chasing. He wants her cut off from information, which isn’t something she will just sit back and accept.
It’s a war of the worlds this go-around for Avery, and the only chance she has to walk down the aisle is to figure out exactly what is going on. That’s easier said than done when she’s got a price on her head and people actively trying to thwart her every move.
She wants her happily ever after, and she’s determined nothing is going to stop her … not even death. Strap in and get ready, because Avery Shaw is taking no prisoners. Not this time. (Amazon)

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Homicide In The Hydrangeas (A Moorecliff Manor Cat Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Leighann Dobbs]

When a body is found in the hydrangeas at Moorecliff manor, certain members of the family fall under suspicion. Inspector Ivan Hershey is starting to wonder why dead bodies keep cropping up at the mansion. Especially since this particular body belongs to a member of a local organized crime gang and there are a lot of unanswered questions.

Who is Daisy’s secret admirer? Why did the victim have a picture of Daisy? Why have people been lurking around the grounds at night? Who is in the limo that watches the house? Why did the killer return to the scene of the crime?

Sasha, Arun and Aunt Araminta must put themselves in danger as they travel to the seedy underbelly of the city to solve the crime. That’s okay though, because this time, solving the case is personal. (Amazon)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Conundrum: Cozy Mystery (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 32) by [Addison Moore]

A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually, so dive on in!.***Includes RECIPE***

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

The baby is here, all is revealed regarding its paternity—and a killer is taunting Lottie to reveal them too.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see the dead—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore— Cosmopolitan Magazinecalls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!” (Amazon)

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Murdered by Adultery: A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery (Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 14) by [Dianne Harman]

A young woman is murdered.
Her husband’s charged with it.
Was it out of jealousy, rage, or even greed?
But things aren’t always what they seem.
Affairs, phony marriages, and people going missing.
And what’s up with some of the community leaders coming under scrutiny?
There must be a nexus, but what?

These are just a few of the things Brigid and Sheriff Davis have to figure out in this fast-paced page-turning murder mystery. And just when they think they’ve figured out whodunnit, they’re thrown another twist!

These are just a few of the things Brigid and Sheriff Davis have to figure out in this fast-paced page-turning murder mystery. And just when they think they’ve figured out whodunnit, they’re thrown another twist!

Join them as they search for the killer in this, the 14th book in the Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

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Haven't Yacht a Clue by [Wendy Meadows]

The sea holds many secrets…

It’s springtime again at the popular Sheffield Bed and Breakfast Inn – and with a new year, comes new mysteries. With the celebrations underway and her close friend offering a new boat cruising service, Brenda is excited to begin the season on a good note.

But when a young woman mysteriously vanishes after a party on a yacht, suspicion falls on the visitors at the Sheffield Bed and Breakfast once again. Four people were present at the time of the woman’s death – each with their own version of events.

With rampant lies and conflicting stories spreading like wildfire, Brenda and Detective Mac are faced with the puzzling task of narrowing down their suspects and untangling the story behind this woman’s death. Things only become weirder after her body washes up on the beach only a short walk from the Bed and Breakfast itself.

Will Brenda and Mac get to the bottom of this confusing case? Or will the murky waters of false identities and deception mean that the truth is lost to the sea forever?

Perfect for fans of head-scratching cozy mysteries with a beautiful setting and a loveable amateur sleuth, the next book in the Sweetfern Harbor series is one you won’t want to miss. Scroll up and grab your copy now. (Amazon)

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The Sea Witch (Tipperary Carriage Company Mystery Book 6) by [J A  Whiting, Nell McCarthy]

This is book 6 in the Tipperary Carriage Company mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J.A. Whiting and Nell McCarthy.
Mae Monahan is working at the Cliffside Creek Horseshow in Columbus, Ohio along with three of her horses, two dogs, her friend Ross, son Brandon, and Brandon’s girlfriend. Mae has been hired to use her horse and carriage to carry the judges to the center of the ring before each performance, and to provide carriage rides to the spectators. A Kentucky farm has brought several horses to compete at the show including a World Champion, The Sea Witch. The horse is fiery and dangerous, and is suspected of causing someone’s death two years ago. When a woman is found unconscious in The Sea Witch’s stall, Mae and her group are sucked into the mystery. Will they be able to figure out what’s going on before another person, or a horse, is injured, or worse? (Amazon)

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