New Releases For The Week Of March 14, 2012–Part 3

The Fine Art of Invisible Detection: An intricately crafted thriller from ‘the best literary storyteller in Britain’ by [Robert Goddard]

‘In the smartest of prose and with a stunningly fast-moving plot, Goddard brings us the heroine we’ve been waiting for.’ Lesley Kara

From the multiple Sunday Times bestseller, a masterfully plotted and compelling novel introducing Umiko Wada . . .

Umiko Wada has recently had quite enough excitement in her life. With her husband recently murdered and a mother who seems to want her married again before his body is cold, she just wants to keep her head down.

As a secretary to a private detective, her life is pleasingly uncomplicated, filled with coffee runs, diary management and paperwork.

That is, until her boss takes on a new case. A case which turns out to be dangerous enough to get him killed. A case which means Wada will have to leave Japan for the first time and travel to London.

Following the only lead she has, Wada quickly realises that being a detective isn’t as easy as the television makes out. And that there’s a reason why secrets stay buried for a long time. Because people want them to stay secret. And they’re prepared to do very bad things to keep them that way…

What readers are saying:

‘Edge-of-the-seat stuff . . an explosive finale . . . The characters, as always in a Robert Goddard novel, are unforgettable.’
‘One of the best authors in the business . . . another intriguing and sophisticated plot, with stylish prose and dialogue.’
‘No-one comes close to equalling Robert Goddard’s talent at writing this sort of mystery thriller with twist after twist after twist.’ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Mist From The Sea (Beach House Mysteries Book 5) by [Victoria LK Williams]

There is more than one type of storm aiming for Pearl Island!
An unusually powerful winter storm is setting its sights on Pearl Island, but is the storm being powered by more than natural weather events?
Another type of storm is brewing with the three visitors to the island as well. Morgan has a full house, with the Colbrights staying with her and Cordelia while their home is under repair, and there is no room for her old roommate and the couple traveling with Angela. It is easy to feel the tension between the three newcomers, but Morgan has other things on her mind. Cora is coming, and she is ready for battle.
Morgan is finding it hard to concentrate on Cora; Cordelia’s place in the Seaver household is threatened and there are strangers jeopardizing the tranquility of the island. Morgan is determined to protect Pearl Island any way she can, and once again her friends are there to give her the support she needs to face all challenges; real and unnatural.
Will this be the last battle between her and Cora? And is Morgan strong enough to face what lies ahead? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Easter Egg Ennui: A Lora Weaver Mini-Mystery (The Lora Weaver Mysteries) by [Katy Leen]

It’s almost Easter. Time for bunnies, bonnets, and bonbons. Not bedlam. Unless you’re Lora Weaver, that is.

With the scent of spring in the air and the promise of a long weekend looming, Lora is looking forward to a few days relaxing with her beau Adam, taking long walks and short naps snuggled together in the warm glow of Easter chocolate wrappers.

Until Lora spots a bouquet of Easter lilies at the home of bff Camille Caron’s aunt and soon finds herself donning a bunny suit and slinging more than Easter eggs.

Whiskers deep in a mêlée of sparring seniors, Lora must keep herself from falling into a rabbit hole she can’t escape. All while grappling with the clamorous Caron clan, mama-to-be Tina, and Lora’s enigma of a boss, Laurent, who may be hiding more secrets than a Kinder egg.

The Easter Egg Ennui is a holiday novella from the Lora Weaver series that takes place following The Ménage à Trois but may be read as a standalone. Possibly best enjoyed with a handful of chocolate bunnies;)

⚜Lora Weaver Mystery Series in Order⚜
The Demi-Tasse Début (prequel)
The First Faux Pas
The Nearly Nixed Noël
The Pas de Deux
The Lost Love Liaison
The Ménage à Trois
The Easter Egg Ennui

Plus, there’s a set collection available of three stories in one book called The Lora Weaver Bundle.

Hope you enjoy the series:)

Praise for the Lora Weaver Series:
“More gauze than grit…more Stephanie Plum than Philip Marlowe.”
– The Thrilling Detective Website

What readers are saying:

– “Always love Lora and this series. Read it from book one on…”

– ” Mystery and romance, and it made me laugh too.”

– “There are plenty of twist and turns, excitement, and page turner moments. Get settled in for a nice long and satisfying read!”

– “I totally got sucked into this book and read it in a day.”

– “…a light mystery with interesting characters and a great deal of charm and humor.”
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Influencer: In Which Professor Molly Learns There Is, In Fact, Such a Thing as Bad Publicity (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 10) by [Frankie Bow]

There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Until it happens to you.

Professor Molly’s new renter is a social media star seeking privacy in remote Mahina, Hawaii. The arrangement seems to be working out–until the celebrity influencer vanishes. Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura call in the Mahina PD and try to stay out of the way. But the unthinkable happens—the saturnine Detective Medeiros actually asks for Molly and Emma’s help. As they confront nosy neighbors, fanatical followers, and the missing woman’s has-been husband, Molly and Emma find themselves at the center of the story. And when fame creates its own reality, that’s a dangerous place to be. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder Takes a Bough: A Salty and Sweet Cozy Mystery Adventure (A Betty Snickerdoodle Mystery Book 5) by [Pepper Frost]

The secret trees at the inn aren’t just special… they’re to die for!

A quirky professor says he’s invented a secret method for growing trees at lightspeed, and the idea seems to have something for everyone at Betty Snickerdoodle, Inc. Angela will get all the Christmas trees the inn needs. Aseem will score points at his new incubator job. And Bea? Well, Bea will get a whole lot richer by being the first to invest in the professor’s innovation.

There’s just one problem… and it’s murder!

Some people just don’t like the idea of tampering with nature—even if it helps save the planet. They might do anything to stop the experiment. And some people like the idea way too much. They’ll do anything to get their own greedy hands on the professor’s invention—and the millions of dollars it could soon be worth.

Almost as soon as Bea and Angela agree to help the professor with his experiment, mysterious events start happening. Now the danger is right in their back yard—and more than a little too close for comfort.

Will Bea figure out who’s behind the crimes and save the professor’s experiment—and her investment? Find out in this latest funny, fast-paced, and heartwarming Betty Snickerdoodle Mystery!

Betty Snickerdoodle Mysteries are “salty and sweet,” with a main character with an edge who makes rude wisecracks. No on-the-page sex or graphic violence. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder in Starry Cove (Poppy Lewis Mystery Book 1) by [Lucinda Harrison]

Nothing spoils a fresh start like cold-blooded murder.

Poppy Lewis has left her past life behind—ex-husband, friends, a successful hotel business—to start anew in the charming northern California coastal village of Starry Cove. Will this be the new beginning she so desperately wants, or will the mysteries and secrets of this small town bring it all crashing down?

After Poppy unexpectedly inherits her uncle’s Victorian mansion in Starry Cove, she makes grand plans to open a bed-and-breakfast. But when the local handyman winds up dead and the bodies start to pile up, Poppy’s recent arrival in the town raises eyebrows and sets tongues wagging. To make matters worse, she soon discovers the mansion has hidden secrets of its own that threaten her very safety.

With the help of two faithful new friends, Poppy hatches a plan to track down the killer and clear her name. But can she nab the murderer before one of them becomes the next victim?

If you are looking for an exciting new cozy mystery with quirky and endearing characters, then you will love Murder in Starry Cove, the first book in the Poppy Lewis Cozy Mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Midnight Lighter (Witch of Wickrock Bay Book 5) by [Wendy Meadows]

Another day, another murder in the quiet town of Wickrock Bay.

When wealthy estate owner Jade Forester is found murdered, the small town of Wickrock bay is soon abuzz with rumors. The kind but insensitive woman had upset a few people in her time – but shopkeeper and amateur witch Mimi Knotley doesn’t believe it would drive anyone to murder.

Swept up in a puzzling case, Mimi and her now-boyfriend Police Chief Robert are tasked with weeding out the suspects and piecing together who had the motive to commit murder. Things are only made stranger when Jade’s will includes odd instructions – and leaves an unusual ceramic container to the wizard Reneus Ulzor.

And when the possessions Jade left to Mimi draw the attention of a few key suspects, Mimi might just find out that this case isn’t quite what she bargained for…

Get ready for the next fun and cozy paranormal mystery in the Mimi Knotley series. It’s another day in Wickrock Bay, and with it comes a gripping new case for this amateur witch-turned sleuth and her faithful dog Baxter to solve. Scroll up and grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cold as Ice Cream (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 13) by [P.D. Workman]

From USA Today Bestselling Author, P.D. Workman!

How could a few bubbles have gone so wrong?

It’s a CO2 cook-off! Chef Kirschoff and Vic’s friends from the Alaskan cruise are back for a carbonation contest, with Erin and Vic acting as two of the judges. It’s fizzy, it’s fun, what could possibly go wrong?

Apparently, someone did not get the memo. At first, when Beryl Batcombe is found dead in the restaurant’s cold room, everyone assumes it was a terrible accident. But as Erin and Vic are drawn into the mystery, it becomes obvious that this was not an innocent mistake.

***** I love this series! This time Erin and Vic are reunited with friends they made on a recent Alaskan cruise. When Chef Kirschoff asks them to judge a culinary contest, they have no idea it will turn deadly. Many secrets will be unearthed before the killer is found. The plot is as twisty as a country road and the characters are well-developed and believable.

Like baking mysteries? Cats, dogs, and other pets? Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling Author P.D. Workman brings readers back to small town Bald Eagle Falls for another culinary cozy mystery to be solved by gluten-free baker Erin Price and her friends.

Have your gluten-free cake and eat it too. Sink your teeth into this sweet treat now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Emma Berry Mysteries Box Set (Books 2-4) by [Irene Sauman]

This set features Books 2, 3 and 4 in the Emma Berry Mystery series.

A Gem of a Problem – Looking is fine if you want to find something. But will what you find be what you are looking for?

A packet is missing. A packet with expensive contents. And the owner wants it back. Emma believes it’s her problem to solve, whatever anyone else thinks. After all she married Sam Berry. But will what she finds be enough to save her family’s future? And now that old promise is sending out ripples and causing problems for those who aren’t even aware of its existence.

A Body in the Woodpile – Do you ever really know anyone?

A dead woman, a missing husband, three abandoned children. Everyone, even the children, are harbouring secrets. As the Mary B struggles to get her passengers to safety, Emma discovers that some secrets are downright dangerous while others are impossible to keep forever.

Murder at the Mill – Asking for too much can leave you empty handed – or dead

An exploding flour mill, a family in mourning. But someone doesn’t believe it was an accident. Emma is forced to become involved when her friend is accused of murder and discovers she has a strong dislike to being manipulated. And while helping others realise their dream is one thing, there doesn’t seem to be much in her own life to look forward to just now. Or is there? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Deadly Heartbreak (Georgia Rae Winston Mysteries Book 6) by [Marissa Shrock]

Georgia Rae Winston believes she’s found her happily-ever-after. But life is about to prove her very wrong. 

Georgia is back with Detective Cal Perkins, and they’re looking toward a blissful future. But her ex-boyfriend’s family isn’t thrilled with that idea. And neither are Cal’s multiple admirers. 

When a package containing a beef heart shows up at Georgia’s door with a note that reads, “A dead heart for Georgia Rae the Heartbreaker,” they sense their lives are about to shift into fifth gear. Is one of their exes playing a malicious prank, or is someone more sinister behind the threat? 

Then, Georgia discovers a limerick scrawled on the wall of her kitchen that dares her to solve a mystery designed specifically for her. A mystery that promises to be quite deadly. For her. For Cal. And for anyone who gets in the murderer’s way.

Strap in for the stunning conclusion to the Georgia Rae Winston Mystery Series. Just don’t read it at night.

Georgia Rae Winston Mystery Series

  1. Deadly Harvest
  2. Deadly Holiday
  3. Deadly Heritage
  4. Deadly Harmony
  5. Deadly Hideaway
  6. Deadly Heartbreak (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Out Witch the Old (A Blair Wilkes Mystery Book 11) by [Elle Adams]

Life for Blair Wilkes has never been better. She’s been reunited with her estranged father, while the fairies who originally founded Fairy Falls have begun to return to their former home.

When a human girl disappears and the fairies become the main suspects, however, Blair finds herself under pressure to prove their innocence. It doesn’t help that some unsavoury legends of fairies who steal human children are spreading throughout the town, while the newcomers are less than thrilled at being blamed for a crime they never committed.

Can Blair solve the mystery before the peace she fought for is shattered? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Hold the Coffee: a humorous senior sleuth cozy mystery short read (The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives Book 5) by [D.E.  Haggerty]

Special pre-release price of just 99¢!

Oopsie. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives accused the wrong person of murder.

Poor Milly is furious after being hauled into the police station to be interrogated. She is not letting those knitters get away with pointing their fingers at her! Absolutely not. Instead, she insists they solve the murder and clear her name.

Naturally, the knitters jump at the chance to solve another mystery. They don’t care if the victim was hated by one and all. They’ll find the murderer!

Can the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives wade through the suspects to find the actual killer?

Each book in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series can be read as a standalone, although they’re way more fun if read in order. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Knives and Knightsticks: An amateur sleuth and organized crime serial romance novel (Adventures in the Six Book 1) by [K. Lew, C.R. Lockhart]

What shade of lipstick goes with bloodstains?
Sadie and Zoey, best friends and sharers of shoes, have both lost their jobs for Very Bad Reasons. Sadie ditched her lawyer boyfriend (who happened to be her boss) and Zoey followed her nose into a story that shattered her burgeoning career as a journalist.
When the story that destroyed Zoey’s career lands her next to a dead body, Sadie’s new job at the police station makes for the perfect spy. Unravelling the mystery proves to be more dangerous than expected, and the two find themselves wedged between romance, organized crime and deciding what shoes go best with a stakeout.

If you loved the Stephanie Plum series, the Rock Chick series or Firefly Lane, you’ll enjoy Knives and Knightsticks! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Jealousy Murdered the Video Star: A Hidden Bay Cozy Mystery Book 2 by [Joyce Kelly]

Felicity Griffith’s barely had time to acclimate herself to her new role as assistant to her grandmother, the famous online advice columnist “Dear Dolores”, when a series of events sends her life spiraling out of control once again. When her best friend Cindy wins a modeling contest, the photographer ends up dead, and the clues point to Cindy as the prime suspect, leaving Felicity with no choice than to investigate the murder herself.

Meanwhile, Felicity’s grandmother wants to see her married and thinks Hidden Bay’s mayor, Tim, is the perfect match. What starts out as giving the man advice turns into something more, causing Felicity to rethink her ever-changing plans of remaining single.

Aided by her thirteen-year-old sidekick, Simon, Felicity sets out to prove Cindy’s innocence by questioning an array of zany suspects while at the same time trying to find time to cultivate her budding romance – all before Cindy’s found guilty of a crime she didn’t commit!

Includes an archived letter from the syndicated column of “Dear Dolores”.

Join Felicity, Simon, Dolores, and the other eccentric residents of Hidden Bay in this small town cozy that will leave you laughing while guessing whodunit. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Treehouse Hotel Cozy Mysteries Box Set: Books 4 - 6 by [Sue Hollowell]

“The characters are well developed and the storyline is fast paced and interesting. This was just a fun cozy to spend the afternoon reading. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book and series!” 5 Star Review

Light, cozy mystery series 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.

Book 4 – Mistletoe and Misfortune

Epic plans are underway to celebrate the hotel’s glorious expansion. But the untimely death of a pompous chef right in the middle of the preparations might be what closes down the hotel for good. Ben’s award-winning restaurant and food are legendary, but not as much as his arrogance and unscrupulous dealings.

As Chloe and Max work to salvage the event, they discover secrets about the chef that will crack the case wide open. When Ben’s wife takes the helm of the business with suspiciously no remorse for his death, she jumps to the top of the list of suspects.

The shocking clues that come to light will entangle Chloe’s family, her mother’s livelihood, and culminate with a bombshell that will leave everyone dumbfounded. Can Chloe and Max connect the dots in this culinary conundrum before the hotel doors are shuttered forever?

Book 5 – Crocuses and Corpses

Chloe and Max are looking forward to a relaxing cruise before the treehouse hotel busy season begins. But after a trip to the ship’s hair salon with her mom, Chloe quickly finds herself mired in a mysterious murder.

Luke’s sweet-talkin’ of the ladies, and his one-of-a-kind hair styles earned him huge tips and the adoration of his clients. But Chloe and Max quickly discover that Luke’s carefully coiffed hair and charming chatter were a facade for lies that ran deep.

As Chloe and Max navigate the festive, fun-loving cruise, they uncover deceit, jealousy and diabolical schemes that threaten the hotel and her mom’s future. Can they crack the clues to Luke’s demise before the murderer sinks their vacation plans?

Book 6 – Lavender and Larceny

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?

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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