Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder By Page One

Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing (March 23, 2021)
Print length: 328 pages

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Olivia Matthews and her new book Murder By Page One. It is the first book in her A Peach Coast Library Mystery.

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Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery
by Olivia Matthews

Murder by Page One has set the Peach Coast Library Mysteries off to a splendid start. The core characters are very engaging and I want to get to know them better . . .
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

This is an even-paced read, with a dash of humor, mis-steps, dumpster-diving, and surprises . . . If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies, especially the mysteries, you will enjoy Marvey’s adventures.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Murder By Page One was indeed a page-turner and kept me up reading well into the night. I can’t wait to visit Peach Coast again.
~My Reading Journeys

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If you love Hallmark mystery movies,
you’ll love this cozy mystery
with humor, intrigue, and a librarian amateur sleuth.

Marvey, a librarian, has moved from Brooklyn to a quirky small town in Georgia. When she’s not at the library organizing events for readers, she’s handcrafting book-themed jewelry and looking after her cranky cat. At times, her new life in the South still feels strange…and that’s before the discovery of the dead body in the bookstore.

After one of her friends becomes a suspect, Marvey sets out to solve the murder mystery. She even convinces Spence, the wealthy and charming newspaper owner, to help. With his ties to the community, her talents for research, and her fellow librarians’ knowledge, Marvey pursues the truth. But as she gets closer to it, could she be facing a deadly plot twist?

This first in series cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Classic Peach Cobbler.

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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I enjoyed getting to know Marvey, Jolene and Spence and seeing how they watched out for each other.  You can tell they are really good friends and will do anything to help each other. I thought Spence was an interesting  character and I am looking forward to learning more about him.  I also enjoyed getting to meet Marvey’s cat, Phoenix.  He was not acting himself after the move from New York, and Marvey was determined to help him get settled and be comfortable.  She acted like a great cat mom.

The author is very talented in her descriptive and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and with the clues to sift through and some red herrings thrown in, it was not easily solved.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I thought the book was a very good start to the series.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Hallmark Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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     Olivia Matthews is the cozy mystery pseudonym for Patricia Sargeant, a national best-selling, award-winning author. Her work has been featured in national publications such as Publishers WeeklyUSA TodayKirkus ReviewsSuspense MagazineMystery Scene MagazineLibrary Journal and RT Book Reviews. For more information about Patricia and her work, visit

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Review of Picture Perfect Frame

Picture Perfect Frame

Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #12

Lynn Calhoon

5 Stars


As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio.

The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .   (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  It is finally the big day for Jill’s best friend, Amy, and her fiance, Justin.  All Jill wants to do is celebrate the day with the newlyweds, but life has other plans.  When a body turns up dead, Jill feels she must figure out the murderer.  She will need the help of her friends and her police detective, Greg, if she wants to find out the real story and killer.  It takes a community to catch a villian. 

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on an intriguing thrilling ride.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is the way I like my mysteries.  You will be guessing along with Jill in figuring out the culprit. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Grab a copy, get comfortable and enjoy the read.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Picture Perfect Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 12) by [Lynn Cahoon]

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder In The First Position

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Murder in First Position: An On Pointe Mystery
Traditional Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Level Best Books (November 24, 2020)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-10: 1947915746
ISBN-13: 978-1947915749
Digital ASIN: B08GQBDLN9

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lori Robbins and her new book Murder in the First Position. It is the first book in her An On Pointe Mystery.

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Ballerina Leah Siderova knows the career of a professional dancer is short. But rarely is it as brief as that of her rival, Arianna Bonneville, whose rise to stardom ends when she is stabbed in the back.

New York City police detective Jonah Sobol fixes upon Leah as the prime suspect. After all, she was the one who found the body, she had the most to gain from Arianna’s death, and it was her name Arianna whispered, just before she died.

Leah is desperate to clear her name, and she begins her own investigation, collaborating with her best friend and her ballet coach. As the three dancers sort through backstage intrigues, attempted blackmail, and a tangle of romantic liaisons, the noose around Leah’s neck grows tighter.

Ballet, with its merciless discipline, is all Leah has ever known. Is that enough to keep her one step ahead of the police—and the killer?

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Brooklyn-born Lori Robbins began dancing at age 16 and launched her professional career three years later. She studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School and ballet at the New York Conservatory of Dance. Robbins performed with a number of regional modern and ballet companies, including Ballet Hispanico, the Des Moines Ballet, and the St. Louis Concert Ballet. After ten very lean years as a dancer she attended Hunter College, graduating summa cum laude with a major in British Literature and a minor in Classics. Her first mystery, Lesson Plan for Murder, won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. Murder in First Position is the first in her new mystery series, published on November 23, 2020, by Level Best Books.

She is currently working on the second book in both series. She is also the author of “Accidents Happen” a short story that will appear in the 2021 Malice Domestic anthology: Murder Most Diabolical. Robbins is a vice president of the NYC chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a founding member of the Damsels of Distress, a group that offers writing workshops and book readings. She is an expert in the homicidal impulses everyday life inspires.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Disappearance of Emily

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The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (March 15, 2021)
Number of Pages 250
Digital ASIN: B08MDZDQY7

Purchase Links – Amazon

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Elizabeth Pantley and her new book The Disappearance of Emily. It is the second book in her Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic cozy mystery series.

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The Disappearance of Emily
(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
by Elizabeth Pantley

The growing family connections, the friendships, and the beautiful setting lured me in and the mysterious secrets yet to be uncovered make me eager for the next installment.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

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Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

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Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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New Releases For The Week Of March 14th, 2021–Part 4

Not Quite Demons (Angel Bay Mysteries Book 2) by [Melanie James]

With one major mystery solved, Emmy and her friends planned to finally concentrate on something a little more enjoyable—hot guys. But their hopes are dashed when the dramatic arrival of a mysterious stranger heralds the beginning of yet another whodunnit.
Extortion, murder, kidnappings. It seems like Angel Bay is going to Hell in a handbasket. With so many people keeping secrets, just about everyone becomes a suspect. Emmy knows it just might take collaboration with the dark side to get to the bottom of things—in more ways than one! (Amazon)

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Crumbs of Passion (A KC Crumb Mystery Book 1) by [Georgiana Daniels]

What do you get when you cross a jilted ex, a dead body, and a killer canine named Pooh Bear?

When social media manager KC Crumb is fired from her bougie job in L.A., she returns home to Beaver Bluff, Oregon only to discover a dead body in her new rental. Unfortunately, the body belongs to her philandering ex-boyfriend—a man she publicly threatened before she left town 15 years ago. Now all eyes are on KC, including those of hunky officer Antonio Hamson.

With the help of her new best friend, who happens to be a jiu-jitsu expert/librarian, and a gaggle of gung-ho ladies from her aunt’s bakery, KC and Pooh Bear set out to track down the real killer. Half the town is under suspicion, including a shady car salesman and a preening personal trainer, causing the clues to mount faster than the followers on her newly single social media profiles. And when her life is mysteriously threatened, KC has to sniff out the murderer…before the handsome officer hauls her in for homicide. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Bowling Blunder: A Magical Mane Mystery (Magical Mane Mystery Series Book 2) by [Stella Bixby]

Ellie thought her investigation days were over.

After finding herself in a new town, discovering a body in her cornfield, and nearly being murdered herself, she would have been fine never investigating another crime.

When a friend invites her bowling, Ellie thinks it’ll just be a fun night out with the girls.

She was wrong.

Now, someone else is dead, and people are coming out of the woodwork to ask Ellie to solve the crime . . . using her magic.

One problem: Ellie doesn’t know how to control her magic.

As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Ellie has a barn to clean, a race to run, and—oh yeah—there’s the gorgeous guy who appeared out of nowhere and may know more about her magic than she does.

Will Ellie be able to harness the power of her color-changing hair? Or will she be left in the dark with a murderer roaming around?

Get the second book in the Magical Mane Mystery series today. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Felines and Fatalities: (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery) by [Ruth J.  Hartman]

When Ellie Warren, owner of the Kitty Beret Café, gets a request to host a cat show, she’s reluctant. That is, until she discovers it’s for rescued cats only. What starts out as a fun adventure turns south when one of the judges is murdered. Can Ellie, with the help of Detective Dare, and her clever cat Templeton, run the show, crown a Best in Rescue Winner of the competition, while at the same time find the killer? (Amazon)

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A Sinister Sign (The Westport Mysteries) by [Beth Prentice]

Who knew buying a house could be so dangerous?

Fed up with city life, Lizzie Fuller decides that moving home to the suburbs is just what she needs. But despite loving her family, the idea of living with them isn’t all that appealing.

And it doesn’t take long to find the house of her dreams…or nightmares—it’s really just a question of perspective.

The lonely run-down old Victorian in need of major renovations tugs on her heartstrings, and before she can stop herself, she’s fallen head over heels in love with it. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one who wants it, and the other bidders aren’t playing nice.

Deadly accidents, missing real estate agents and a chilling stranger, are all sinister signs that this is not the house for her. Still, Lizzie is determined to rescue this fixer upper or die trying.

Now all she needs to do is to win the auction and stay alive.

If only it was that easy…

A Sinister Sign is the prequel to Beth Prentice’s light-hearted, romantic mystery trilogy. If you like crazy families, cozy reads, and a sweet romance, all tied together with a ribbon of danger, then you’ll love The Westport Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Courting Danger: A Bob Robbins Home Front Mystery (Bob Robbins Home Front Mysteries) by [J.G. Harlond]

“Dr Lanyon might have been a well-respected physician, PC Oliver, but he had the morals of an alley-cat.”

Cornwall 1943: Dumpy, grumpy wartime Detective Sergeant Bob Robbins is called out to investigate a suspicious death in a moorland pool.
The victim, Dr Corin Lanyon, was liked by all and loved by many – especially women.
Bob rules out suicide and starts to investigate the doctor’s connections to a Celtic heritage group.
Meanwhile, the doctor’s eccentric Aunt Hilda moves into his family home with a very specific agenda. Hilda appears quite mad, is she also evil?
With the help of the keen young PC Laurie Oliver, Bob reveals a network of deceit and stolen museum treasures.
Then another body is found in an ancient stone circle.
Is this linked to Dr Lanyon? Could one of the American GIs in the neighbourhood be to blame?
To track down the killer, or killers, Bob and Laurie first have to find out how the crimes were committed – starting with another visit to the bleak moorland pool and the discovery of dubious practices in a sacred cave in a hollow hill.

Courting Danger is a tangled web of clues for readers who enjoy rural crime fiction with a dash of humour. (Amazon)

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A Witchy Secret (Witches of Whispering Pines Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Rhonda Hopkins]

Secrets. Lies. And, murder.

Charley’s relationship with her boyfriend is better than she’d hoped, but she’s keeping a secret from him that could destroy his trust.

After disappearing for two years, her cousin’s father makes an unexpected appearance with secrets of his own. And, when a woman is found dead in the small town, accusing fingers point toward Danu’s dad.

It seems all of Whispering Pines is about to explode from the secrets it’s keeping. Can Charley expose the skeletons and find a murderer before chaos erupts?

If you enjoy magic, quirky characters, and small-town mysteries with a touch of romance, you’re sure to enjoy A Witchy Secret!

This is the third book in the Witches of Whispering Pines series. All books can stand alone. However, you may enjoy reading them in order to see the progression of Charley’s magic.

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Pet Psychic Mysteries Boxset Books 5-8 (Magic Market Mysteries Book 2) by [Erin Johnson]

A curse stole one witch’s powers, but gave her the ability to speak with animals. Now Jolene helps a hunky police officer and his sassy, lie-detecting canine solve paranormal mysteries.

The world of shifters and magic folk collide in the electric Darkmoon Night Market, where Jolene Hartgrave, a former lawyer turned pet psychic, lives and works. In books 5-8 of the Magic Market series, follow Jolene, Peter and snarky lie sniffing dog Daisy, as they solve mysteries and bring justice to the magical island in these hilarious and enchanting paranormal cozy novels.

If you like talking animal sidekicks, delicious riddles, and cheeky female leads, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s enchanting tales.

Buy now, or read free with Kindle Unlimited, to swoop into a charming mystery today!

“I am in love with the characters in this series! […] If you love cozy mysteries, you will love all of Erins books, she takes the genre to a next level that I am so impressed with.” ★★★★★ from Sabetha

“Fun, funny, romantic, and a consistently good time.” ★★★★★ from JessicaR

“Ms. Johnson does it again! I just couldn’t put down this book even if my life depended on it.” ★★★★★ from Baroness Book Trove

“I loved the book. Quirky and funny with a bit of romance underneath. I can’t wait for the next one!” ★★★★★ from Sierraflowr

“It immediately starts funny! Oh how I love this lighthearted, fun style!” ★★★★★ from Nadine (Amazon)

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The Player's Encore: Player Piano Mysteries Book 2 by [Joe Cosentino]

Can a man and a ghost be soulmates? When young music teacher Andre Beaufort unleashed the ghost of dapper Roaring Twenties playboy Freddy Birtwistle from his antique player piano, he never imagined they would fall in love and solve two murder mysteries. Now Freddy yearns to visit his family’s beach house in Florida. So, Andre and Freddy embark on a vacation to the stunning home which has become a bed and breakfast. Before Freddy can say “zotched,” a young, mysterious houseboy is murdered, the second hunky houseboy to meet the same fate. Will Andre and Freddy find the murderer to save the inn—and themselves?

A year later, Andre and Freddy venture off on a vacation with Andre’s uncle, an ex-priest, to Tuscany, staying at an inn which happens to have once been Freddy’s old family villa. Before the sun sets golden on the hills, a handsome young guest is murdered. Will Andre and Freddy uncover the secrets of Freddy’s ancestral home, solve the mystery, and find eternal love?

The Player’s Encore, the second installment in the popular Player Piano Mysteries series by Joe Cosentino, includes two cozy mysteries: The Beach House and The Villa. (Amazon)

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Too Sweet To Die: A Charlie Sanders Mystery by [T Doyle]

Charlie Sanders, a happily married empty-nester has it all; sciatica, myopia, and a dead body on her LaZBoy.

Charlie, a geriatric nurse, uses her patients’ help and investigates the suspicious death of her tenant, But then she uncovers an adoption scandal that turns her town against her and makes her the killer’s next target. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Nasty Business of a Bodyguard by [Elijah  Douresseau ]

Chef Alvin Gates, of Los Angeles, is new on his professional grind of being the private cook to the stars. He is an ambitious culinarian with a flair for Caribbean cooking and for promoting his cultural food roots in the West Indian diaspora. A couple of chance meetings has landed him in the kitchen of esteemed business executive, Jasmine Benjamin – AKA – Coco. Upon his hire, the FBI shows up, corners the young cook and squeezes him to become their eyes and ears on the inside of Coco’s operations. Why? She’s dangerous. End-of-the-world bad. As far as the Government is concerned, she’s public enemy number one. The Agency’s contacts could not be more clear: the nation’s safety and future are in the hands of a guy who just wants to rock the socks off his client with good food. But he will have to don more than a chef’s hat if he wants to survive his undercover foray into the epicenter of the sophisticated crime underworld. (Amazon)

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Captive in Crete: The First Jet Wilson Cozy Mystery (Jet Wilson Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Lyssa Stanson]

When Jet visits her grandmother in Crete, she expects sun, sea, and sand, not a sexy police chief, a strange disappearance, and murder.

Jeanette (call me Jet, everyone does) Wilson is done with men, done with her boring job, and done with London’s grey skies. Sun, sea and sand is what she needs now.
She decides to visit her grandmother on the sunny Greek island of Crete. Grandma lives in the southern village of Sivas and is practically one of the locals.
Having sworn off men, Jet meets temptation on legs within minutes of stepping off the bus, and all her good intentions are tested to the limit.
Then Jet arrives in the village to find it in uproar. A housing inspector from Athens is upsetting all the locals. When the housing inspector is murdered, and Grandma is caught up in the fallout, Jet turns sleuth to solve the mystery and win Grandma’s freedom.
Help comes from an unexpected direction, but is it too good to be true? With everyone around her acting suspiciously, Jet must choose who to trust. Get it wrong and she could find herself the next victim… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Empty Grave: Mary Linn, Gravestone Hunter by [Alexie Linn]

Mary Linn, Gravestone Hunter… The Empty Grave Book 3
What would you do if you were visiting a cemetery and found a grave marker with your missing father’s name on it… from about a hundred years ago?
Mary Linn and Valinda are off and running again in their pursuit of helping others gain closure for their loved ones. But this time, the closure is for both Mary Linn and Valinda when the marker is discovered but the remains have been stolen. And the two girls witness it from their tent!
Because Valinda goes missing, the questions multiply and the tension heats up.
How will Mary Linn, Lonnie, and Valinda make it through the fire this time? Will Mary Linn find her father and get the answers she’s been seeking forever? Will Mary Linn finally succumb to Lonnie? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The O'Brady Brunch: This is the Story of a Mean Old Lady (Just West of Orlando Book 2) by [R.A. White]

“What happened to the toilet seat?”

I flipped on the light to make sure I wasn’t mistaking the situation. Nope. The seat was gone.

“Taye, did you take the toilet seat off?”

“No, Mum, why would I do that? That’s not the kind of thing a little kid would do.”

I sighed, my hand on my forehead. “The same reason you took apart the ice machine. The same reason you opened the pipes under the kitchen sink. The same reason you put all the cleaning products in the freezer! Which is to say, who knows?”

Taye’s little boy face looked so innocent. “It wasn’t me. It was probably a gremlin.”

I rolled my eyes at him, about to scold him for his nonsense, but then I thought better of it. If a vampire could buy the farmhouse up the road, and if the cranky leprechaun woman across the cul-de-sac could harass fairies, why couldn’t a gremlin steal my toilet seat?

Pick up this funny, cozy Paranormal Women’s Fiction novel and escape to a world just west of Orlando. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

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)

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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.”

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?


“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

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…


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 (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.


“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?


“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)

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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

New Releases For The Week Of March 14th, 2021–Part 1

The Cook of the Halcyon (An Inspector Montalbano Mystery Book 27) by [Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli]

The new novel in the transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series

Giovanni Trincanato has brought ruin to the shipyard he inherited from his father and when a worker he fires hangs himself on the construction site, Inspector Montalbano is called to the scene. In short order, the inspector loses his temper with the crass Giovanni, delivers a slap to his face, and unfortunately, it won’t be the last he sees of Trincanato. Meanwhile, a mysterious schooner called Halcyon shows up in the harbor, seemingly deserted except for just one man. With its presence comes even more mysteries, another death, and the arrival of the FBI. Alongside Sicilian-American Agent Pennisi, Montalbano and his team must attempt a suspenseful infiltration operation in this new, page-turning Inspector Montalbano mystery. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Jigsaw Man: A Novel (An Inspector Anjelica Henley Thriller) by [Nadine Matheson]

“A heart-pounding roller coaster ride.”—Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boy

*A Crime Reads Most Anticipated Book of 2021*

A serial killer and his copycat are locked in a violent game of cat and mouse. Can DI Anjelica Henley stop them before it’s too late?

On the day she returns to active duty with the Serial Crimes Unit, Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley is called to a crime scene. Dismembered body parts from two victims have been found by the river.

The modus operandi bears a striking resemblance to Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer, who has spent the past two years behind bars. When he learns that someone is co-opting his grisly signature—the arrangement of victims’ limbs in puzzle-piece shapes—he decides to take matters into his own hands.

As the body count rises, DI Anjelica Henley is faced with an unspeakable new threat. Can she apprehend the copycat killer before Olivier finds a way to get to him first? Or will she herself become the next victim?

Drawing on her experience as a criminal attorney, debut novelist Nadine Matheson delivers the page-turning crime novel of the year. Taut, vivid and addictively sinister, The Jigsaw Man will leave you breathless until the very last page. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Picture Perfect Frame (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 12) by [Lynn Cahoon]

In the new Tourist Trap mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a new art studio has opened in the coastal California town of South Cove—but it’s about to turn into a crime scene . . .

As the owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner likes to support other Main Street businesses, so she attends a paint-and-sip event where, sadly, her brushstrokes look more like blobs. It’s still fun, though—aside from some disruption by a couple doing more sipping than painting. Jill’s police-detective boyfriend is on alert, but a designated driver volunteers to take the drunken pair back to their bed and breakfast, and everything seems resolved. Until the wife’s body turns up the next morning back in the studio.

The victim, Nan, is from out of town, so it’s hard to imagine who’d have a motive aside from her spouse. Now, in between puzzling over her fortuneteller neighbor’s strange behavior, preparing for her best friend’s wedding, and pouring cups of java at the bookstore, Jill must uncover the secrets of Nan’s life and find out who wanted her out of the picture . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon

“I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly . . . [A] wonderfully appealing series.”
Dru’s Book Musings on the Tourist Trap Mysteries

“Well-crafted . . . Cat and crew prove to be engaging characters and Cahoon does a stellar job of keeping them—and the reader—guessing.”
Mystery Sceneon A Story to Kill (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Ullswater Undertaking: Murder and intrigue in the breathtaking Lake District (Lake District Mysteries Book 10) by [Rebecca Tope]

Spring has brought many new beginnings into the world of Persimmon ‘Simmy’ Brown. Not only has her baby arrived, but she and her fiancé Christopher have moved to the historic village of Hartsop – and their forthcoming nuptials are only a short month away.

But when a former acquaintance of Christopher’s reminds him of an undertaking made a decade previously but failed to fulfil, their lives soon take a sinister – and deadly – turn. Yet even with a young baby to consider Simmy cannot ignore her instinct to investigate, especially when the murder has a personal link to her soon-to-be husband. Ably assisted by her would-be detective friend Ben, can Simmy puzzle out this reckoning from the past and protect her family in time for the wedding bells to chime? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

A Discovery at Vonville: A St. Clair Mystery by [L.C. Warman]

After a contentious debate, a secluded family holds an open house to finally sell their estate. But when one among them suddenly dies, the tragedy threatens to unravel the secrets that bind them together.


Deborah, Patricia, and Elizabeth have lived together at the Vonville estate for decades. Of the three sisters, only Patricia has ever ventured out into the world in her adulthood: after a brief failed marriage, Patricia showed up on the doorstep of the Vonville home, light on belongings and lighter on details.

But years later, the eldest sister Deborah agrees to Patricia’s demands to sell the family estate and divide the proceeds. Elizabeth, the youngest, is devastated, all the more so because her sisters seem to be holding something back from her.

The open house fills quickly: the sisters’ real estate agent, Jack Randall, arrives, followed soon after by a young couple that falls desperately in love with the house, a thoughtful older real estate developer and his assistant—and then a ghost from the sisters’ past that leaves Deborah shaken.

Within hours, one among them is dead. And unless those who remain can unravel the secrets of the Vonville family, someone among them may be next.

A DISCOVERY AT VONVILLE is a standalone St. Clair mystery novel. Other St. Clair mysteries include:

Praise for L.C. Warman’s works:

“Captivating” -Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing blend of realism and reflection, unsettling discoveries and natural consequences” -Foreword Reviews

L.C. Warman is the author of the St. Clair mystery series. She grew up in New England, in a town where real estate contracts stipulated that you couldn’t back out if you discovered your new place was haunted. She currently lives in a Michigan lakeside town with her husband and two dogs. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Ring of Death by [Ruth J. Hartman]

Dorey Cameron just wants to do her job. But that’s nearly impossible when her dental patients don’t show up for appointments. The bizarre accidents causing them not to appear can’t be a coincidence. Someone is sabotaging her. But why? Things take a terrible turn when vandalism, mugging and murder have the police pointing the finger at Dorey. Something in her possession must be worth killing for. If Dorey can’t figure out the mystery in time, will she be the next victim? (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

The Scarlet Woman (The Laura Magee Mysteries Book 5) by [Glen Ebisch]

When real estate agent Deidre Fay’s body is found in the house that Laura Magee is trying to sell for her grandmother. Laura is determined to find out who murdered Deidre. Finding Deidre’s killer, however, will not be easy because she was known for having had affairs with many men in town, some of whom were married.

While all of this is going on, Laura’s friend and co-worker, Grissy, is involved in a hotly contested dance contest, and Laura is trying to decide whether to once again get involved with her sometime boyfriend, Michael Farantello, despite the fact that he keeps returning to his ex-wife.

As Laura digs further into the case, she finds that Deidre was not exactly the kind of person she was reputed to be, and there are a number of suspects with complicated reasons for wanting her dead. She also discovers that her career as a newspaper reporter suddenly has come into conflict with her personal life. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Trick of the Light: A Highland Mystery featuring Susie Mahl by [Ali Carter]

Pet portraitist Susie Mahl has to use all her artistic know-how to get to the bottom of a fiendish Scottish mystery

Praise for the Highland Mysteries:

‘A delicious new voice in crime writing… Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine wry style.’ Daily Mail

‘This is a well paced and exciting read. More please!’ Alexander McCall Smith

‘Absorbing, charming and funny.’ Antonia Fraser

Struggling with long-buried family secrets and her own recent heartbreak, artist and pet portraitist Susie Mahl hopes her brief sojourn as an art tutor at a Scottish country house will prove a distraction.

But Susie soon realises she has bigger problems than teaching her eclectic mix of students to draw a Highland cow. Beneath the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and the grandeur of the Auchen Laggan Tosh estate lie hidden secrets. Can Susie work out what exactly is going on before it’s too late? And can anyone be trusted? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Fallen in Soura Heights by [Amanda Jaeger]

Fey Anderson has always dreamt about escaping the crowded streets of Saint Paign. Soura Heights appears to be the picture-perfect place to run to: A place where the sun is always shining, the people are welcoming, and the quirky charm of every locally owned store feels like home.

She never expected her move there to be forced upon her. But when her husband, Bruce, goes missing, her deepest fear becomes reality and determination drives her to drop city living and find the truth behind his death. The small down sheriff says there was no foul play. He claims there was no struggle, but Fey knows better. Bruce’s death was no accident and she’s resolved to prove it.

As Fey finds herself weaving effortlessly into the small town fabric, she discovers that things aren’t always as they seem. Secrets start to unravel at the seams and Fey wonders if facing the one thing she never dared, the forest, will give her clarity or take her life as well. The only way to find out is to put her faith in a friend and find an internal strength she never knew she had.

It’s all about survival in Soura Heights. Will Fey uncover what happened and bring justice for her husband, or will she be the next to fall? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

An Unhappy Murder (An Anna Fairweather Murder Mystery Book 5) by [Blythe Baker]

When Anna attends a play at a London theatre, death soon follows. Working together with Jerome Townson, Anna must locate a murderer before time runs out.

But even as she searches for the truth, Anna continues to be haunted by secrets from her past. A final revelation might just hold the answer to everything… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


Into the Blue : A By the Sea Novel Book 3 by [Kay Bratt]

Into the Blue, the third book in Kay Bratt’s By the Sea series takes you on an emotional journey filled with hope for a happily ever after.

Jules Monroe is a woman whose hard work and dedication has built a rewarding life for herself and her family. Now in her late fifties, she gives selflessly to her husband, kids, community, and their charter business. But everything comes to an abrupt halt when her body says enough, and her mind yearns for respite and a place to hide from past hurts.

Oldest son, Jonah Monroe, is a veteran haunted by a childhood tragedy. His past includes things he isn’t proud of and can’t quite shake. When his chance to be a hero finally arrives, it comes with strings attached. Will he accept the kindness of strangers to help bring his family back together, or will his demons continue to be his downfall?

Maui isn’t always the safe paradise it’s made out to be and when ancient island superstitions threaten to rob the Monroe family yet again, they must all find a way to deter the impending disaster.

Praise for Kay Bratt novels:

“Kay Bratt is a masterful storyteller, and the story’s pacing and descriptions of Maui left me always wanting more. Highly recommended for book clubs!” —Anita Abriel, international bestselling author of The Light After the War

“A baring-of-the-soul emotional story that leaves you with a heart full of love and hope.” —Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author

“Kay Bratt captures a mother-daughter relationship with an authenticity rarely seen in novels.” —Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today bestselling author

“Book clubs will love Bratt’s latest!” —Kerry Lonsdale, Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Will sweep you away until the very last page. Don’t miss it.” —Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author

“This is the kind of book that will get shared by friends and chosen by book clubs. A phenomenal story of life and love.” —Karen McQuestion, bestselling author of Hello Love

“Kay Bratt reminds us that there is always hope, and that home and family can be found in unexpected places.” —Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Closer Home

“Book clubs will love the powerful message of this unique novel.” —Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son

“Kay Bratt delivers on all levels in this emotional and tense story of loss and resilience.” —Emily Bleeker, Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Bratt is a master of location, it’s even more of a pleasure when the ride takes place on Maui.” —Lea Geller, author of Trophy Life (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Armstrong Assignment (A Janet Markham Bennett Cozy Thriller Book 1) by [Diana Xarissa]

Janet Markham’s wedding day is perfect in every way, and she can’t imagine anything better than spending two weeks in Paris and two weeks in Venice on her honeymoon. Less than twenty-four hours later, though, her husband, Edward Bennett, has gone missing.

The last thing Janet is going to do is sit around and wait for him to come back. It isn’t long before she’s managed to get herself tangled up in Edward’s assignment, whether he wants her there or not.

Can Janet help Edward protect Bobby Armstrong from whoever is trying to kill him? Can they both keep up the pretense that they’ve never met before? Or will Edward’s handler, Mr. Jones, get Janet sent back to Doveby Dale before she can do anything at all? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Myths, Mysteries and . . . Monsters?: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Mayhem Book 7) by [Melinda  Chase]

I’m not supposed to be some storybook heroine who’s all gung-ho about justice and saving the world and blah, blah, blah.

And yet… somehow I’ve ended up in this position.

It was completely by accident, of course, but now it’s up to me and my band of halflings, plus my elven grandpa and an ex-hunter, to restore the Veil between the worlds to its prior state.

Really, I’m just desperate to get home to Portland, where I can hug Mom and Grams, have a hot cup of coffee, and eat a pizza again.

The only problem? The secret to our little border issue lie in the middle of a mountain that just happens to be surrounded by evil and monsters. This should be a piece of cake, right?

Myths, Mysteries and . . . Monsters? Is the seventh book in the Midlife Mayhem Series by Melinda Chase. Melinda loves writing tales that prove life—romance—and ‘happily-ever-afters’—do exist beyond your twenties! Her debut Series features a snarky, hilarious heroine, Shannon McCarthy, and her wild adventure of mid-life self discovery filled with mystery and romance. It’s sure to please fans of traditional paranormal romance and cozy paranormal mysteries! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Crumbs and Misdemeanors: The Great Witches Baking Show by [Nancy Warren]

Bread is supposed to be the staff of life—not a murder weapon.

Every baker has their weak spot. For Poppy it’s bread. So, when The Great British Baking Contest hits bread week, she’s as fragile as an overbaked croissant. Just when she needs to keep all her focus on flour, water, yeast and salt, another ingredient enters the mix. Death.

Someone is not who they appear to be, and secrets from the past are bringing deadly consequences to the present. Poppy isn’t only a contestant in the long-running TV show, she’s also a witch and reluctant amateur sleuth. With the rest of her coven, assorted animal helpers and her ghostly sidekick Gerry, Poppy needs to solve the murder before someone else dies.

Set in the beautiful Somerset countryside, the Great Witches Baking Contest stories are all linked, but they can be read as stand alone cozy mysteries. There is no swearing, gore or sex. Just an entertaining cozy mystery with witches, ghosts, a little romance–and recipes!

From the USA Today Bestselling author of The Vampire Knitting Club. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Review of Long Island Iced Tina

Long Island Iced Tina

Catering Hall Mystery, Book 2

Maria DiRico

5 Stars


In the second installment of Maria DiRico’s new Catering Hall Mystery series, Mia Carina is back in the borough of Queens, in charge of the family catering hall Belle View Banquet Manor, and keeping her nonna company. But some events–like murder at a shower–are not the kind you can schedule…

Mia’s newly pregnant friend Nicole plans to hold a shower at Belle View–but Nicole also has to attend one that her competitive (and mysteriously rich) stepmother, Tina, is throwing at the fanciest place in Queens. It’s a good chance for Mia to snoop on a competitor, especially since doing a search for how to run a catering hall can get you only so far.

Mia tags along at the lavish party, but the ambience suffers at Nicole’s Belle View shower when a fight breaks out–and then, oddly, a long-missing and valuable stolen painting is unwrapped by the mom-to-be. Tina is clearly shocked to see it. But not as shocked as Mia is when, soon afterward, she spots the lifeless body of a party guest floating in the marina . . .

Italian recipes included! (Goodreads)


Mia is a good daughter and a good friend.  She is helping to host a baby shower for her friend at her family-owned catering hall, Belle View Banquet Manor.  And she is a good daughter because she is helping her dad become a legitimate business man and being sure he has cut the ties with the mob.  When Mia attends a baby shower for her friend and a stolen picture is one of the shower gifts, she knows something is up.  And when someone is found dead, she knows she has to find the culprit before someone she cares about is charged with the murder.    She will need all of her “connections” to figure this one out.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Mia and Nicole are really good friends and will do anything to help the other.  Mia’s grandmother is very funny and she will boast to anyone about what a good detective Mia is.  There may be a new love interest for Mia, we will have to wait and see.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I was not sure who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end, which is how I like it.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Long Island Iced Tina (A Catering Hall Mystery Book 2) by [Maria DiRico]