New Releases For The Week Of March 28th, 2021–Part 4

Below the Belt (A Holly Hands Cozy Mystery—Book #3) by [Mia Gold]

BELOW THE BELT is book #3 in the Holly Hands Cozy Mystery series, which begins with KNOCKOUT (Book #1). Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune will find a new character to love in Holly Hands!

Holly Hands. 29. Single mom. Disgraced, former boxing pro. Repo woman.

Holly wonders if it’s a joke when she’s assigned her new job: to repo a helicopter.

She can’t fly. She doesn’t even like heights.

Yet where there’s a will, there’s a way. Holly can handle anything—as long as another dead body doesn’t come with it.

Unfortunately for her, it does.

Luckily, Holly has Lucky by her side—a neglected pit bull she found on the wrong side of a job, who refuses to leave her side—and who, like her, has nowhere to go but up. Together, maybe they can crawl their way out of the urban hell of their bad slice of Baltimore, where coming home at night is even more dangerous than going to work. Maybe Holly can manage to get her young daughter the medical treatment she desperately needs, and manage to get her out of her dangerous public school and into the private school of her dreams. Just maybe, she can fall in love with that private school Dad from the other side of town and start a whole new life.

Or maybe not.

Life has never been easy for Holly. And if the past few days are any indication, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

BELOW THE BELT (A HOLLY HANDS COZY MYSTERY) is book #3 in a riveting new cozy mystery series, a page-turning thriller that grabs you from page one and does not let go. Get ready to find yourself reading all night, bleary-eyed, and falling madly in love with a new character who will fight her way into your heart.

More books in the series will be available soon. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Cooking Class: Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery Book 13 (A Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery) by [Sandi Scott]

Ohh la la!, sexagenarian Georgie Kaye and her twin sister Aleta are up to their necks in murder and mayhem after Aleta wins free cooking lessons.

Between a dead chef, suspects who start speaking French at the drop of a hat and her ex-husband Stan behaving very oddly, Georgie has her hands full. Topping things off, Georgie receives an unexpected invitation to go on an overseas trip to the French Riveria!

Is Georgie ready to give up on Stan and move on with her life? Find out as Georgie solves the Murder at the Cooking Class in her own inimitable way. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Vineyard: Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery Book 14 (A Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery) by [Sandi Scott]

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal Best-selling author Sandi Scott!

A bevy of bickering bridesmaids, a handsome vintner, and a dream vacation that needs to be saved!

When sexagenarian twins Georgie and Aleta Kaye arrive at a country inn nestled deep in the Napa Valley, they are looking to relax. There will be wine-tasting, chocolate and desserts enough for all, nothing could be better.

Unfortunately, a bevy of bickering bridesmaids, with Bridezilla at their head, are also guests at the resort and it’s not long before there is trouble in paradise.

The bride-to-be is dead and the local police are sure it’s murder.

Georgie springs into action to find out what really happened. No one is above suspicion, not even the debonair owner of the vineyard who is giving Aleta a come-hither look. Georgie pokes around in her own unique way and unexpectedly finds herself next on the killer’s agenda.

Can Georgie escape the killer quickly enough to save her vacation? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Stilettos Can Be Murder: A Lily List Mystery Exclusive by [C.L. Bauer]

“Holy Moly indeed,” Gretchen repeated. “Who would want to frame me for murder? I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like me.”
Abby drank the remainder of the liquid in her glass. She crossed her eyes. “Don’t you? You can be a bit too much.”
Gretchen pursed her lips as though she was ready to unload on her young friend. Instead, she laughed as she looked down at Abby. “Well, what’s the point of living if you are just okay? There is never too much…too much excitement, adventure, money, or of me!”

You’re never too old to fall in love or to be framed for murder! Gretchen Malloy, the fifty-something (she’s not telling) elite Kansas City event planner stumbles over a dead groom on his wedding day. The police suspect the fashionable Ms. Malloy may be a murderer. She suspects the police don’t appreciate her flair for the dramatic or her good taste for the better things in life. One detective knows she’s not guilty, but desperately wishes he could charge the woman who gives him a headache anytime she’s near.
In a race to save her business and her life, Gretchen becomes an investigator determined to discover who is framing her. Surely it isn’t her former love who just happens to arrive in town at the same time? Her friend launching a political career wouldn’t want her in prison, would he? Would his new wife take some sort of weird revenge on her? And would the detective throw her in the clink just because of her big hair and amazing high heels?
Gretchen Malloy, supreme snoop and who usually knows everything about everyone, is in the search of her life. She’s left wondering…she may not be the only one in town with killer heels.

This Exclusive features characters from The Lily List Mysteries. Gretchen Malloy first appeared in The Poppy Drop as the ever irritating wedding planner. High heels were her signature as she joined forces with Lily Schmidt as amateur sleuths. Cozy mysteries may never be the same with Gretchen around! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Angling for a Strangling (A Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Paula Lester, M.E. Harmon]

A Murder’s Slippery Slide…

Poppy Legend’s forty and feeling fabulous. Her family’s new business is thriving, her gig aboard a luxury cruise ship, the Journee, is sailing along, and her love life…that’s becoming very ooh-la-la, with men coming out of the woodwork wanting a date. Including the man who tore Poppy’s heart out, though she can’t have a conversation with him without turning green around the gills.

But there’s a killer on a fishing expedition.

Welcome to the Braggadocious Big Fish Competition, a multi-day fishermen’s extravaganza hosted aboard the Journee. Anglers full of tangled secrets compete for everything from bragging rights to salvation; all with eyes on the grand prize of one million dollars.

A few days into the tournament, Poppy stumbles across the deadliest catch ever – a corpse left behind by a bloodthirsty scoundrel. Somebody is playing a lethal game of fish or cut bait…the keyword being cut and bait being anyone in the killer’s way.

If Poppy doesn’t flesh out the bad guy before the contest ends in a few days, the cruise line might go under and her family’s livelihood with it.

Like it or not, she’s on the case. But the murderer is busy chumming the waters and scattering a trail of red herrings to keep Poppy off the scent just long enough to escape.

Will Poppy’s net catch a fishy fiend in time, or will she end up dearly departed and dangling from a predator’s hook? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Date with Deceit (The Dales Detective Series Book 6) by [Julia Chapman]

Julia Chapman’s sixth Dales Detective Agency novel, Date with Deceit, sees Delilah going undercover at a shoot involving dangerous criminals. Perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and M.C. Beaton.

A woman in tears in the Dales Detective Agency is never the best way to start the week. But when that woman is the wife of Bernard Taylor, town mayor and eminent businessman, there is even more cause for alarm. So when Nancy Taylor asks the detectives to investigate whether her husband is having an affair, Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe know they will have to tread carefully.

The case, however, proves to be more complex than even they had imagined. While Delilah is undercover at a local shoot to better keep tabs on the errant husband, she is on the scene for a fatal incident that sends the town into turmoil. Soon the detective duo are embroiled in a far more serious investigation than mere infidelity as they discover that deceit is rife in Bruncliffe. And it may well prove deadly . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death By Appointment (Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery) by [Mairi Chong]

Would YOU dare to keep the doctor waiting …?

Dr Cathy Moreland, recuperating from a severe mental breakdown, hopes to find peace in a remote Scottish coastal village. While there, she learns that, thirty years ago, its community had been devasted when a young woman threw herself from a nearby rocky headland into the sea. She was clutching her new-born child.

During Cathy’s stay, another tragedy occurs. Initially, it is assumed that the recent death is suicide but as the days pass, it becomes increasingly clear that her initial casual interest in the events threatens her own life. Cathy must draw on all of her courage to unearth the truth. A deadly malice creeps the winding lanes that surround the hamlet. Its stealthy footfalls are tender and reassuring but its true intent is as cruel as the sea itself.

DEATH BY APPOINTMENT is an enthralling and heartfelt murder mystery, the solution to which, will challenge even the most ardent murder mystery fans. If you enjoy British classic crime mixed with authentic medical drama, then you’ll love Mairi Chong’s prequel to the much-loved Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Lavender's Tangled Tree (Piney Falls Mysteries Book 4) by [Joann  Keder]

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Lanie Anders and Cosmo Hill!

In the fourth book of the Piney Falls Mysteries Series, the wedding event of the decade is about to take place in Piney Falls. From the decorations to the cake and music,  every single citizen has contributed in some way to make this day perfect. Until Cosmo and Lanie begin their lives together, everyone is on their best behavior, trying to assure no mystery disrupts the one thing they’ve all worked in unison to achieve.

When a stranger shows up at Cosmic Cakes and Antiquery with some shocking news, the perfectly constructed event begins to fall apart. Even more concerning, Cosmo and Lanie’s future together may be in jeopardy. The stranger’s message means Lanie must face the one thing she’s been avoiding her entire adult life: her mother.

The twisted family mystery that begins to unravel before her will change everything Lanie thought she knew about herself.

Don’t miss the fourth installment of this exciting cozy mystery series with a dash of humor, history and of course a good mystery! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Dead Asleep (Jensen Beach Mysteries Book 3) by [Rodney Riesel]

Now that John Burton’s pool is installed, he just wants to spend a quiet, lazy week pool-side sipping on margaritas and LandShark Lagers at his waterfront home in Jensen Beach, Florida. However, those plans are soon derailed when his sexy next door neighbor, Cassie, strolls over for a drink and a swim. When Cassie tells John and his childhood pal, Kurt Powell, about her friend’s deadly dreams, and how the young girl has already predicted the deaths of two strangers, Kurt wants to investigate. And as usual, John reluctantly goes along with the plan.
In Dead Asleep, the third book in the Jensen Beach series, join John and Kurt as they get themselves into more trouble investigating a string of seemingly unrelated deaths. With the help of Cole Ballinger and Spence Oller, the two soon figure out that things are not always as they appear, and they too, may soon come face to face with death. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Flea Market Felony: A Cozy Mystery Novel (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries Book 1) by [Tricia L. Sanders]

These new retirees have just hit the road. Will their first campsite’s shenanigans land them both in handcuffs?

Mattie Modesky’s been hankering to start retirement right. Even if it’s in an RV. The sassy senior believes there’s no time like the present after her policeman husband hangs up his badge and they hit the road.

When they reach their first RV park, the yoga instructor hitting on Mattie’s man turns her peaceful vacation sour. In an effort to stand her ground and confront the sneaky resident, Mattie finds a new friend, a stiff corpse, and her husband as the prime suspect.

She is shocked to her core when her man’s newly purchased pocketknife is the murder weapon. But when the real killer makes the fatal mistake of dognapping her beloved pooch, the silver-haired sleuth sets her sights on solving the crime herself and proving her lawman’s innocence.

Can Mattie clear her hubby’s name and reclaim their pup before the villain turns their golden years into iron bars? Or will the killer roll away in a motor home with Mattie’s dog in the passenger seat?

Flea Market Felony is the adventure-packed first book in The Mattie and Mo Mysteries series. If you like irresistible characters, fun surprises, and captivating whodunits, then you’ll love Tricia L. Sanders’s clever read.

Buy Flea Market Felony to catch a dastardly devil today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Hasidic Rebbe's Son: A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery by [Joan Lipinsky Cochran]

The murder of an ultra-religious student seeking refuge in her home forces an investigative reporter to explore the seedy underside of South Beach’s glitzy nightclub scene and the insular world of Hasidic Judaism to find his killer. Boca Raton reporter Becks Ruchinsky is surprised when her son, Gabe, brings a frightened young man home from college and asks her to hide him. Menachem left his Hasidic community under mysterious circumstances and fears being kidnapped. Grateful to the young man for befriending her son, whose Asperger’s makes friendships difficult, Becks takes in the boy. Six days later, he’s found floating in a canal. Police insist Menachem’s drowning was an accident but Becks isn’t buying. Her investigation takes her from the gritty underworld of South Beach to secretive Hasidic communities in Miami and New York. In the process, she’s run off the expressway and her life and most basic religious beliefs are threatened. With the help of her ex-gangster father and a nosy Hasidic shopkeeper, Becks discovers the leader of a cult-like religious community is subverting rabbinic law to conceal ugly truths. As she uncovers layer upon layer of lies and deceptions, Becks discovers her son’s life may depend on her ability to unearth these secrets. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Secrets in Oak Creek - A small-town mystery/romance : Emily's Trauma by [B. K.  Stubblefield]

A small town with a dark secret. A new arrival in grave danger. Can she solve the mystery before she ends up the next victim?

The best part of Emily’s childhood may have been the time she spent with her quirky aunt. So when her favorite relative passes away, she drops everything to attend the funeral in the small town of Oak Creek. But she never expected to inherit her aunt’s entire estate, including her massive black dog Bentley. Just as she starts to get the hang of small-town life, an unknown driver runs her off the road and sends her to the hospital.

As doctors tend to her and she makes a connection with a charming Oak Creek resident named Ryan, Emily racks her brain to figure out who would want her dead. When sparks start to fly between her and the good Samaritan that sat by her bedside, they team up to solve the mystery. Digging into the crime starts to reveal a dark side to Oak Creek and long-held secrets nobody wants to be revealed. With Bentley’s help, Emily and Ryan must uncover the truth before her assailant comes back to finish the job.

Secrets in Oak Creek is an action-packed standalone romantic mystery. If you like thrilling suspense, courageous characters, and a large portion of heart, then you’ll love B.K. Stubblefield’s sensational story.

Buy Secrets in Oak Creek to rescue a small town from its past today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Artist Vanishes by [Terry Westby-Nunn]

Where is Sophie?
Infamous Cape Town artist Sophie Tugiers has been missing for several years. Her mysterious disappearance caused a brief ripple before dissolving into a distant media memory. Sophie’s controversial art alienated many
people: those who didn’t consider her a sell-out thought her last exhibition was sadistic – after all, one of her experimental participants committed suicide.
James Dempster is a jaded filmmaker with a whiskey problem. Following his acrimonious divorce, he needs a project to relaunch his stalled career. When he discovers he’s living in the flat Sophie once rented, he is drawn into her sinister tale.
What really happened to Sophie? What are her friends and enemies hiding? After James’s flat is ransacked and his research stolen, he realises unearthing the truth could lead not to his redemption but to his demise.
The Artist Vanishes explores ambition and success, guilt and responsibility, the ethics around animal research, and art’s lasting impact on those it touches. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Escape from Reality - The First Three Books by [Courtney McFarlin]

Escape from Danger

Three best friends. A dead body. Can the crew solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

When Shay Reynolds moved back to her small hometown to open an escape room business, she had no idea she’d need to solve a murder.

Join Shay as she reconnects with her best friends from childhood, tries to solve a murder, and locks horns with the attractive detective assigned to the case. Sparks fly and danger lurks where Shay least expects it.

Escape from the Past
Shay Reynolds is having the time of her life. Her new business is booming, her relationship with Detective Garrett Locke is going great, and summer has come to Deadwood, South Dakota. What could go wrong?

Escape from Hiding
The infamous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing, and Shay Reynolds and the gang are knee-deep in the chaos. A priceless bike goes missing on Garrett’s watch and Shay jumps in to help track it down. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Spellwood Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series: Complete Collection Box Set(Books 1-5) (The Spellwood Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Collection) by [Melanie Snow]

A talking dog, a series of mysteries, a coven of witches, a fleet of mischievous forest fairies, and one handsome police chief.

If you had told Sarah Spellwood that this would be her life a few years ago, she would have laughed! But it all started with the arrival of an unexpected visitor with shocking news, and now Sarah has found herself the defender of the Witchland Forest as well as a novice witch.

When evil attempts to disturb the idyllic forest village, Sarah is forced to find out if her newfound powers are enough to protect the forest and keep herself alive!

GetThe Spellwood Witches Complete Series Collectiontoday!

Five Full Length Books

Book 1 ~ Witch’s Tail: Everyone wants to move to Witchland, but not everyone has the best intentions for the village. Can Sarah save Witchland from destruction and solve the suspicious death of her dear friend?

A Free Novella ~ Fish and Blame: Can Sarah bring justice to an innocent tourist and save the wrong person from going down for a crime? While struggling with learning how to use her own powers, Sarah is uncertain if she has what it takes to bring down another killer.

Book 2 ~ Howl Play: Will Sarah be able to defeat perhaps the most evil witch in all of history, to bring closure for an innocent man’s death?

Book 3 ~ Tail of a Feather: When Eli disappears, Sarah must venture into the caves under Witchland to save him. But is she strong enough to defeat the evil that lurks down there?

Book 4 ~ Impawsible Mischief: Something is wrong in Witchland, and this time the problem is coming from within the town! Can Sarah save Witchland before it tears itself apart?

Book 5 ~ Pawtrayal: Sarah just wants to settle down, but a ghost desperate for justice for his own murder case isn’t having it! Can Sarah vindicate a ghost and solve a crime that has stumped police for decades?

GetThe Spellwood Witches Complete Series Collection today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle