New Releases For The Week Of March 14th, 2021–Part 2

Truffles and Tragedy: A Down South Cafe Mystery Book by [Gayle Leeson]

Down South Cafe owner Amy Flowers learns her chocolate truffles might not be the only things her patrons find “out of this world.”

When her cousin, Jackie, asks her to give a presentation to her online class, Amy thinks all she has to worry about is speaking before a group. But then the nitpicky professor collapses. He has been murdered, and hot-tempered Jackie is the prime suspect. Some online forums are even speculating that the professor was an extra-terrestrial, so Amy must sort out fact from fiction to get to the truth.

Certain the real killer is setting Jackie up, will Amy be able to outwit the killer and save her cousin?

Praise for the Down South Cafe series

“Satisfying mystery with considerable charm.” – Life’s a Mystery

“A delightful cozy mystery…that will leave you wanting more…you’ll be drooling over the delicious southern dishes Amy is serving up.”—Fresh Fiction

“If you enjoy cooking – and EATING – as much as I, you will appreciate and enjoy this romp of a mystery with excellent food hints included – no extra charge.” – C. Welsh, Amazon Reviewer

“The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like was right there, working on the float or conversing with Homer in the restaurant. The mystery was well plotted and it was not easily solved.” – M. Brown, Amazon Reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

On the Stroke of Midlife: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery Novel (Midlife Moonshine Book 1) by [Hermione Moon, Serenity Woods]

Moonshine, magic, and murder. I’m definitely having a midlife crisis…

I didn’t expect to be single at forty-five, but I’ve always prided myself on facing up to a challenge. A new town, a better job, and a cozy cottage of my own are all at the top of my To Do list. A new man? Right at the bottom. I’m far too busy for love.

Returning to the Devon village of Crows Tor on Dartmoor brings a new lease of life for me – in more ways than one. It turns out my old school friend, Fiona, makes a secret moonshine at her whisky distillery using spring water collected under the full moon. Apparently it enhances your psychic powers, and she tempts me to have a shot… or three.

I’m thrilled at the prospect of developing my psychic abilities. And then I look into a crystal ball at the May Day fair and have a vision of a murder. Suddenly it’s not such a fun idea after all, especially when my prediction comes true. Consumed by guilt because I didn’t warn the victim, I’m determined to find the killer, even if it puts me in the very path of danger…

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The Midlife Moonshine stories are set on Dartmoor in Devon, England, and contain British English spelling and usage. They are clean reads with no graphic violence, strong language, or sex, but they’re packed with magic, mystery, romance, and history – all starring women in the prime of midlife! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Chicken Murder Soup (A Sunny Side Up Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Rosie A. Point]

What’s worse than cold chicken noodle soup? A dead ex-husband…

When Sunny Charles opens her aunt’s café on a sunny Monday morning in small town Parfait, Florida, she’s looking forward to a day of challenging work cooking and serving customers. The last thing she expects is to find her ex-husband lying dead on the floor, right between the coffee bar and the cake stand.

Distraught, confused, and definitely a prime suspect, Sunny has to figure out why her ex-husband is even in Parfait in the first place, let alone murdered. But with so few suspects, all clues seem to point back to her. Sunny has to figure out whodunit and how before she takes the fall for a murder she most definitely didn’t commit.

Can she solve the case before the shrewd detective in town locks her up? Or will her past come back to haunt her? Find out in the third book of the Sunny Side Up Cozy Mystery Series—grab your copy today. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Curse of the Lost Tiki: A Tiki Goddess Short Story by [Jill Marie Landis]

An impending hurricane may be the least of Uncle Louie’s troubles. . .

Uncle Louie Marshall has long been the soul of the Tiki Goddess bar–home to the hilarious and irrepressible Hula Maidens and a beloved hub of the community. When a grizzled sea captain asks him to take care of a mysterious duffle bag, Louie agrees without a second thought. And the trouble begins.

Both the captain and his deck hand turn up dead. Soon the locals are up in arms, filled with tales of the curse of the Lost Tiki.

Louie will have to do more than concoct clever cocktails to fix the mess he’s in.

Author Bio: A seven-time Romance Writers of America finalist for the RITA Award, Jill Marie Landis also now writes The Tiki Goddess Mysteries (set on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where she lives with her husband, actor Steve Landis.) Visit her world of tiki totems, hula maidens, and tropical fun at
thetikigoddess.com. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Wandering Eye (The Tortie Kitten Mystery Trilogy Series Book 3) by [Constance Barker]

Can Mary Fight the Soul Brokers or Will She Lose Something Precious?

Mary, psychic detective, is on the case of a murdered homeless man, which means her brother is part of the case as well. Will he help or hinder? I think we know the answer to that. The victim has a giant bite hole where his liver had been. Are we talking land shark? Stranger things have happened.

The Paranormal Task Force is helping Mary track down the Angle Man and the Soul Brokers. Will they bite off more than they can chew? And what news does Ugly have that may help crack the case? And will Grammy Epi ever get to watch her stories from the mirror again?

***Find out in the Final and Third book in the Tortie Kitten Trilogy Series*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery by [Regina Jeffers]

HAPPILY MARRIED for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phantom—a Shadow Man who is haunting the Darcy family’s grand estate.

Darcy and Elizabeth believe the truth is much more menacing and that someone is attempting to murder them. But Pemberley is filled with family guests as well as the unexpected travelers—any one of whom could be the culprit—so unraveling the mystery of the murderer’s identity forces the newlyweds to trust each other’s strengths and work together.

Written in the style of the era and including Austen’s romantic playfulness and sardonic humor, this suspense-packed sequel to Pride and Prejudice recasts Darcy and Elizabeth as a husband-and-wife detective team who must solve the mystery at Pemberley and catch the murderer—before it’s too late. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Guilt and Gold: A hectic cozy mystery with a talking cat who thinks he's a dragon! (Scottish Fold Sleuth Book 1) by [Kelty Kells]

This cat thinks he’s a dragon—and worse yet, he thinks his hoard is cursed.

The day Aunt Lydia gave me a solid-gold charm, she swore me to secrecy. I couldn’t tell a soul I had it, and when I asked why, she refused to explain. Well, naïve thirteen-year-old I was, I kept her secret long past her death.

Fast-forward fifteen years, and suddenly a cat wants my charm. Yeah, the charm literally no one knows about. He’s not just any cat, either. He’s a talking cat who thinks he’s a dragon.

Yup, you heard me right. A dragon.

Guess that explains why he can talk, huh?

Well, according to him, every piece of gold from his hoard is cursed. Anyone who has even the tiniest diamond ends up dead, and it looks like I’m next—that is, until my charm goes missing and a body turns up just outside town.

Is this talking cat behind the murder, or is his gold actually cursed? Guess it’s up to me to find out! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dressed to Kill: A Cori Sloane Witchy Werewolf Mystery (Cori Sloane Witch Mysteries Book 5) by [Tegan Maher]

Never trust a vampire in a Prada suit, especially if you find her ex dead in her trunk.

Life couldn’t be better for Cori Sloane. She has a fabulous boyfriend, her town’s prospering, and for once, the local supernaturals are all playing nice. Sure, she still has to deal with a family feud here and there, but that’s par for the course when witches, werewolves, vampires, and all manner of shifters live in the same town.

Her peace and quiet end with a deafening crash when a fender bender turns into a murder investigation, and the prime suspect has friends in high places. Unfortunately, so did her ex. Though the woman swears she’s innocent, Cori knows she’s hiding something, and she’s determined to find out what before an innocent person goes to prison for a crime she didn’t commit.

This is book 5 in the Cori Sloane, Witchy Werewolf cozy mystery series. If you like your mysteries with a heaping helping of magic, southern sarcasm, and small-town gossip, then this is the book for you! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Vampire for Hire (Paranormal Temp Agency Book 3) by [Molly Fitz]

Something’s up with the Paranormal Temp Agency, and I’m going to find out what that is. For my last two assignments, the cat boss Mr. Fluffikins had to drag me in kicking and screaming. This time around, I’m all too willing to play their little game. It’s high time I learned why they plucked me from my ordinary everyday life and thrust me into this crazy new world filled with danger and magic.

But it’s not going to be easy. Especially when the PTA orders me to help resident vampire Connie investigate a new coven that’s just popped up in our sleepy little town of Beech Grove. For this mission, they grant me temporary vampire status—and all the perks and the punishments that come with it.

The real kicker? If we don’t solve this one soon, I could be stuck as an immortal monster forever…

But that’s just how it goes when you’re a part-time vampire. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Birds of a Feather: 3: Fly the Nest (Bennett Sisters Mysteries Book 16) by [Lise McClendon]

On a wintry Welsh night a woman dies alone after an angry confrontation. Who killed her, or did she die of natural causes? Was a bad oyster to blame? Was it her alcohol consumption? Did she merely get lost in the hedges and expire of hypothermia?

In this, the conclusion to the three-part BIRDS OF A FEATHER, the Bennett Sisters and their cadre of boyfriends, relatives, and actual policemen join hands to solve the mystery. Deep in the Welsh countryside, answers will be revealed.

Read the start of the story at BIRDS OF A FEATHER 1: Swan & Peacock, followed by 2: Crazy as a Loon. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder Most Maine: Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, No. 3 by [Karen MacInerney]

It’s springtime on Cranberry Island―and love is in the air. It seems like every woman has the hots for buff trainer Dirk De Leon. He and his equally-gorgeous business partner, Vanessa Black, are leading a weight-loss retreat at the Gray Whale Inn―forcing innkeeper Natalie Barnes to lighten up her butter-laden breakfast menu.

The mood on the island darkens when two grisly discoveries are made. The first is a skeleton walled up at the island’s lighthouse. The second is a corpse of the fresh variety―the handsome Dirk! Could the spirit that once embodied the skeletal remains―perhaps the lighthouse keeper who disappeared a century ago―be responsible for Dirk’s death?

The police pin the blame on Natalie’s boyfriend who―to her dismay―had a long-ago fling with Vanessa. To find the true killer and ease her own aching heart, Natalie must untangle the knot of jealous girlfriends and spurned admirers that once surrounded the hunky trainer.

Praise:

“MacInerney adds a dash of the supernatural, throws in some touristy tidbits and finishes with some tasty diet-right recipes.”―Publishers Weekly

“All thumbs up for Murder Most Maine, another in the engaging series of Cranberry Island mysteries. Karen MacInerney writes with verve and vitality, and her Natalie Barnes is a Maine original. I’m ready to book a room at the Gray Whale Inn!”―Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of Nightshade and other China Bayles Herbal Mysteries (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Berried to the Hilt: Gray Whale Inn Mystery by [Karen MacInerney]

When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Island is abuzz with excitement. Is the wreck the remains of the Myra Barton, the missing ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? Or the elusive Black Marguerite, which belonged to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century and vanished without a trace―except for the ghost ship that old-timers say roams the water on fog-shrouded nights?

Soon the island is swarming with marine archaeologists and treasure hunters. It’s good news for Natalie―and for the Gray Whale Inn―until a body turns up floating near the wreck. Natalie finds herself immersed in the world of pirates and sunken treasure, both past and present. Will she solve the mystery and find the killer in time? Or will Natalie be the next to join the lost ship’s crew, down in Davy Jones’ locker?

Praise:

“The fourth in this pleasant cozy series highlights the glories of Maine, which this time include several recipes chock-full of cranberries.”―Kirkus Reviews

“The satisfying conclusion will whet the reader’s appetite for Natalie’s next adventure.”―Publishers Weekly

“MacInerney is at her whimsical best in her fourth visit to the charming Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Maine.”―Mystery Scene (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

The Unread Prophecy: An English Cozy Murder Mystery Novel (A Milkwood Murder Book 2) by [Sam Bond]

Readers describe the Milkwood Murder series as “A Rollicking Good Read!” “Pure Delight!” and “A Laugh Out Loud Cozy Mystery.” “[Josie] is the best friend every woman wishes to have…this is a “feel good” book from the very beginning. In short, it is a frolic and an indulgence and I am happier for the experience.”

It’s summer in Milkwood and life for piano-playing expat, Josie Monroe, is one picnic away from perfect.

When Josie’s newly discovered aunt is asked to participate at a local writing conference, Daisy jumps at the chance and ropes Josie in to help. A day in the idyllic Surrey countryside learning about love potions, lock picking and poisons — what could possibly go wrong?

However, when a bizarre murder occurs, events are set in motion that look likely to destroy the happiness of Josie’s new best friend, Belle DeCorcy.

Josie once again finds herself wellyboot deep in murder, mayhem and Maltesers. With Belle’s sanity hanging by the proverbial thread, Josie must discover the killer–or risk losing her best friend.

Join Josie, Belle, Daisy and the rest of the villagers of Milkwood for a romp through the British countryside in this delightful sequel to The Puccini Connection.

Set amongst the picturesque villages of Surrey, The Unread Prophecy is a cozy murder mystery featuring a classical music-loving amateur female sleuth, quirky, lovable characters, and the world’s grumpiest cat. No cliffhangers, gore, graphic violence, or overtly strong language. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Pecks and Suspects (Clucks and Clues Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Hillary Avis]

Which came first, the killer or the egg?

Wedding bells are ringing at Lucky Cluck Farm! Sheriff Eli Ramirez’s beloved niece is marrying a hometown hero, but she’s a bride on a budget. Leona offers her chicken farm as the perfect (and free!) springtime venue. The homestead might need a little cleanup before it can host the ceremony and barn dance, but many hands make light work, and the sprawling Ramirez clan certainly has hands to spare.

But there’s a hitch in the wedding plans. A bridesmaid takes a nosedive off the roof at the bachelorette party. And it wasn’t an accident—she was pushed.

What’s worse? When Eli’s kicked off the case due to conflict of interest, the new sheriff in town zeroes in on the bride and groom as the prime suspects in the killing. He thinks they made a murder pact—‘til death do they part.

Now Leona and Eli must untangle the mystery so the happy couple can finally tie the knot under the apple blossoms. But the killer has a bouquet of other plans…

If you like homespun hilarity in your cozy mysteries, Pecks & Suspects will keep you giggling and guessing until you find out whodunnit. No gore, swears, or other yucky stuff. Just good, clean murder.

Other books in the series:

A Cop & A Coop (Book 1)
A Flock & A Fluke (Book 2)
A Roost & Arrest (Book 3)
Born in a Barn (Book 4)
Pecks & Suspects (Book 5)
A Farm & Alarm (Book 6 — Fall 2021) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Westerham Witches and a Venetian Vendetta: Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cozy Mystery Series Book 15 by [Dionne Lister]

Book 15 in the bestselling Paranormal Investigation Bureau witchy cozy mystery series.

Woohoo! Lily finally gets that holiday she’s been wishing for since she arrived in the UK over a year ago, and everyone is joining her in Venice, including her mum. Their first day gets off to an amazing start, until a pigeon drops a “gift” on Lily’s head. Then it’s all downhill from there when, on their first night, a man at their hotel is murdered.

Lily and her friends try to stay out of things, but Angelica can’t help herself. When she teams up with the Italian PIB, she puts herself in the murderer’s sights. When Angelica disappears, Lily, Will, and their friends look everywhere, but it’s as if she’s disappeared into thin air, and the Italian PIB aren’t helping.

With little support and no local knowledge, the gang are scrambling, and Lily makes a huge miscalculation, putting her in harm’s way. Will she get out of this one alive, or has she finally met her witchy match? One thing’s for sure—when a Venetian has a vendetta, it’s best to just stay out of their way. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle