New Releases For The Week Of April 25th, 2021–Part 2

The Hitwoman and the Teddy Bear by [JB Lynn, JB  Lynn, Parisa Zolfaghari]

Maggie Lee has done some really questionable things, but she’s never stooped so low as to steal a child’s toy.

There’s a first time for everything.

Of course, there’s a good reason for what she’s doing, but you already guessed that.

Just like you know things won’t go smoothly for Maggie and the menagerie.

(And yes, God will have something to say about that.) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Rock: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 18) by [LJ Ross]

FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND AND IMPOSTOR

FROM THE SHADOWS INTO THE LIGHT…

When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot ignore the call to duty.

With one already dead and more human cargo missing from the wreckage, Ryan and his team race to find the remaining souls — before it’s too late, and their investigation turns to murder. As they uncover the seedy underbelly of Tyneside, cold and calculated opportunism clashes with the rock-hard arm of the Law, but there’s one thing that proves stronger than stone…

The human spirit.

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular North Eastern landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph (Amazon0

Editions Available: Kindle

A Death at Seascape House: A totally unputdownable British cozy mystery novel (A Jemima Jago Mystery Book 1) by [Emma Jameson]

With its sweeping sandy beaches and rolling emerald hills, the island of St. Morwenna is an idyllic escape. But behind the perfectly pruned primroses and neighborly smiles a killer lies in wait…

When librarian Jemima Jago is offered the opportunity to catalogue Cornwall’s largest collection of antique shipwreck records it is a dream come true. The only problem? The collection is housed on the island of St. Morwenna, the childhood home she left years ago and vowed never to return to.

Shortly after Jem arrives back in town, island busybody and notorious grump Edith Reddy is found dead, with duct tape clamped over her mouth and nose. Jem, caught seemingly red-handed at the scene of the crime, mistakenly becomes the police’s number one suspect. The handsome Sergeant Hackman in particular can’t seem to leave Jem alone…

Jem must take matters into her own hands if she wants to clear her name. Snooping around Edith’s once-grand home, she is struck by the mess before her. The bedroom is completely ransacked and in the living room all the photographs have been removed from their frames. Was Edith’s death simply a break-in gone wrong, or is there more to the mystery that the police are missing?

Jem has a sharp eye for a clue and she soon realizes that many of the island’s eccentric residents had reason for wanting Edith out of the way. Could Declan, the curious café owner, or Bart, the fishy ferryman have killed Edith? Jem won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, but doing so will put her right in the killer’s line of sight…

A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Brimming with intrigue and warm humor, fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands will love A Death at Seascape House.

What readers are saying about Emma Jameson:

Wow. I love it… so fabulous that I stayed up half the night finishing it! Joy!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

AMAZING story! I just loved the humorous banter.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love, love, love, this series!!! This book was fabulously enjoyable!!!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Deserves ten stars. I don’t remember breathing as I read the last third of this book.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Crackles with revenge, intrigue and murder. I couldn’t put it down… Captivating.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“This book had me on the edge of my seat I thought I might EXPLODE! I was barely holding myself together with everything that was going on. I LOVED it!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“An utterly charming, put-a-smile-on-my-face-while-reading, delicious murder mystery. .… The cheeky banter of the main characters is delightful.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A truly super series. Love the characters… The plot and twists of this book leaves one breathless. A definite “”cannot put it down”” read.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant! … so exquisitely suspenseful that I was riveted and at the edge of my seat when reading it… what a rollercoaster ride this book is. Whew!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A compelling, very entertaining, just plain fun adventure.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Characters you can’t help but want more of, exciting action, great mysteries… So suspenseful that it kept me up half the night. Fabulous.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stayed up way too late finishing it! Full of wonderful moments of good humor and outright laughs.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Restless Dead (Harry Grimm Book 5) by [David J.  Gatward]

Be careful what you wish for.

When no nonsense retired Army Colonel James Fletcher starts seeing his recently deceased wife around the house again, his friends and family are more than a little worried.

But when James turns up dead, and the accident that killed him is found to be anything but, DCI Harry Grimm and his team must uncover the grisly truth before anyone else falls prey.

In a house torn in two by ghosts and betrayal, Harry may soon find that death isn’t always the end. Sometimes, it’s only the beginning . . .

Restless Dead is the fifth book in the DCI Harry Grimm crime thriller series, set in the Yorkshire Dales, and perfect for fans of L. J. Ross, J.R. Ellis, Margaret Mayhew, Jeanne M. Dams, J. M. Dalgliesh, Roger Silverwood, J. D. Kirk, Adam Croft, and Simon McCleave (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mermaid Mimosa (The Magic & Mixology Mystery Series Book 8) by [Gina LaManna]

When the king of the mermaids is poisoned, Lily is called to help with a problem she’s never faced before—one beneath the surface of the water. As she sets about creating a potion to save his life, however, she realizes this is only one part of a much, much larger problem.

One morning, Lily receives a letter from an anonymous source stating that The Faction is planning to launch an attack against The Isle. Can Lily stop her father and The Faction before it’s too late? Time is running out, and Lily can’t help but feel she’ll need a miracle to save the lives of the ones she loves… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Insects, Ivy, & Investigations: A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series Book 17 by [Tonya Kappes]

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes is leading the camping craze with her southern cozy mystery series, A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery. Be sure you join Tonya’s newsletter for all of her adventures on and off the page while she writes and travels in her own camper, her readers have lovingly named Tonya’s Shamper (she camper). Don’t miss out on her very informative CAMPING CHIT CHAT blog where she gives you tips, tricks, hacks and delicious campfire recipes: Tonyakappes.com

“Romance, a lovable bunch of eccentrics, and a collection of recipes with murder most foul.”
–Kirkus

“Scrumptious… Fans of culinary cozies will have fun.”
–Publishers Weekly

“A sweet Southern mystery with a delightful plot and quirky characters who quickly make you feel at home.”
–San Francisco Book Review

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

Alicia Becker shows up at the screen door of The Milkery beaten, bruised, and claims to be one of Mary Elizabeth Moberly’s foster children.

Mae West’s suspicion of why Alicia is there turns to an investigation after Alicia is found on a nearby hiking trail standing over the lifeless body of Craig Sutton. Who is Craig Sutton?

Craig Sutton is Alicia Becker’s con-ex-boyfriend.

Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies can’t help but wonder if Craig’s death was self-defense, though Alicia swears she didn’t kill him. Or was Alicia set up?

Grab your bug spray and camping equipment. Mae West and Laundry Club Ladies are ’bout to put their sleuthing skills back to the test.
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mydworth Mysteries - Secrets on the Cote d'Azur (A Cosy Historical Mystery Series Book 8) by [Matthew Costello, Neil Richards]

From the authors of the best-selling series CHERRINGHAM

When Harry and Kat head south to the French Riviera, they look forward to dazzling parties, a shimmering sea, and wonderful food. But once they step off the legendary Paris-Nice train, Le Train Bleu, things start to be anything but restful. Asked to assist in a dangerous case of blackmail – they soon find that the streets and alleyways of the Cote d’Azur hide not only cafes and bistros…but also secrets and danger of a most deadly sort.

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid-90s, creating innovative content and working on major projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and the best-selling mystery series Cherringham. Their latest series project is called Mydworth Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder in Belgrave Square: A 1920s cozy mystery (A Tommy & Evelyn Christie Mystery Book 4) by [Catherine Coles]

Tommy & Evelyn Christie were hoping for a break from solving murders when they agreed to host Aunt Victoria and her daughters, Madeleine and Elise at their London home in Belgrave Square.

Recently widowed Victoria has returned from France for the London Season and to mend bridges with her estranged family.

None of them were prepared for the doubly shocking sight of a newborn baby and a dead body on the back doorstep of their imposing London residence.

Tommy & Evelyn face a race against time to solve the murder and the mystery of the abandoned baby before cousin Madeleine’s London Season is ruined. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Troubled Tycoon: A Northwest Cozy Mystery (Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 16) by [Dianne Harman]

When you’re a tycoon
And you sit on top of the business mountain,
Seems like a lot of people want to see you fall.
And Cooper was at the top, but he’d made a lot of enemies
In order to get there.
Then there were the women in his life,
And he’d be the first to admit he’d wronged a few.
When it became clear that someone was out to destroy Cooper
By ruining his reputation and the companies he owned,
He hired Jake and Al, the retired ex-mobster, to find out who it was.
But sometimes there’s nothing better than a dog to save the day!

Follow Jake and Al throughout Seattle and Bainbridge Island as they search for the person who wants to destroy Cooper. With each passing day, the hunt becomes more intense, because now the person they are looking for is intent not only on destroying Cooper, but killing him as well.

This is the 16th book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author with plenty of dogs and recipes. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder 101 (Kitchen Witch Mysteries) by [Lynn Cahoon]

Mia Malone has opened a catering business in Magic Springs, Idaho, putting both her culinary expertise and her gift for spellcasting to good use. But it’ll take more than witchcraft to make a murderer disappear behind bars…

Mia Malone has landed a lucrative and convenient gig, catering a reunion at the old school that’s become her new business headquarters. The town swirls with rumors that St. Catherine’s Preparatory is haunted, but there’s one living visitor that Mia wasn’t expecting—her mother. Theresa Malone stepped away from the magic that runs in Mia’s family, much to the annoyance of Mia’s grandmother. Soon Mia has to deal with more than personal drama when Robin Hanover, the head of the reunion committee, is murdered in one of the classrooms.

Robin had a history as a mean girl. Could one of her old enemies have been nursing a grudge all this time? Or is the culprit even closer to home? Mia will need the help of her magic, her wits, and her family to figure out the truth—before she gets schooled by a clever killer…

Includes Recipes!

Praise for Lynn Cahoon

One Poison Pie deliciously blends charm and magic with a dash of mystery and a sprinkle of romance.”
—Agatha Award winning author Daryl Wood Gerber

“A well-plotted mystery with a romance that rings true to life.”
Kirkus Reviews on A Field Guide to Homicide

“[Cahoon’s] beloved for her whimsical whodunits . . . a delightful mystery.”
Woman’s World on Sconed to Death
(Amazon)’

Editions Available: Kindle

The Runaway (Tipperary Carriage Company Mystery Book 7) by [J A  Whiting, Nell  McCarthy]

This is book 7 in the Tipperary Carriage Company cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J.A. Whiting and Nell McCarthy.
It is spring in Ohio and Mae Monahan and her friend Ross are working at a number of proms in the area using her sturdy golden pony to give the students rides in a Cinderella-like carriage. After seeing the same three young women at two of the proms and noting their strange behavior when they are in her carriage, Mae becomes suspicious about what might be going on. As she and Ross are pulled into the mystery and with danger swirling around them, will they be able to determine what’s going on before it’s too late? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Damsel in a Dress: A Perfectly Proper Cozy Mystery (A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery Book 5) by [Kirsten Weiss]

Bridesmaid duties can be deadly…

Maddie Kosloski has more than wedding cake on her plate. She’s managing her paranormal museum, helping her best friend Adele with wedding plans, and trying to prove that Adele’s vintage wedding dress is most definitely not haunted.

But when a bridesmaid turns up murdered, Maddie has to solve the crime to save the wedding. As her bouquet of suspects grows, and everyone’s alibis have the ring of truth, Maddie begins to doubt this wedding will go off without a hitch.

If you love laugh-out-loud mysteries, witty heroines, and a touch of the paranormal, you’ll love Damsel in a Dress, book 5 in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series of novels. Read this twisty cozy mystery today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder at the Dude Ranch: a 1950s cozy historical mystery (A Rosa Reed Mystery Book 7) by [Lee Strauss, Norm Strauss]

Murder’s a wild ride!

Rosa Reed takes a much needed break from her thriving private investigative work by joining her cousin Clarence and Aunt Louisa for a weekend getaway at the Black Stallion Dude Ranch near Santa Bonita, California. It’s the beginning of 1957 and Rosa is ready for a fresh start. Newly single, all she needs is time on the trails, and cuddles from her tabby cat, Diego.

The peace and quiet of ranch life is soon disrupted when a horse returns from a trail ride without its rider. When foul play is determined, Rosa finds herself thrust once again into a murder investigation alongside the handsome detective Miguel Belmonte.

Suspicion falls on many of the guests—the failed investment banker, the laundromat owner, the heiress, and to Rosa’s dismay, her own cousin Clarence. 

Can Rosa prove her cousin’s innocence before the cows come home?

The Rosa Reed Mystery series is a spin-off of the acclaimed Ginger Gold Mystery series.

★★★★★

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.


A brand new 1950s series!

THE ROSA REED MYSTERY SERIES

Murder at High Tide (Book 1)

Murder on the Boardwalk (Book 2)

Murder at the Bomb Shelter (Book 3)

Murder on Location (Book 4)

Murder and Rock ‘n Roll (Book 5)

Murder at the Races (Book 6)

Murder at the Dude Ranch (Book 7)

Hop aboard the 1920s!

THE GINGER GOLD MYSTERY SERIES

Murder on the SS Rosa (Book 1)

Murder at Hartigan House (Book 2)

Murder at Bray Manor (Book 3)

Murder at Feathers & Flair (Book 4)

Murder at the Mortuary (Book 5)

Murder at Kensington Gardens (Book 6)

Murder at st. George’s Church (Book 7)

The Wedding of Ginger & Basil (Book 7.5)

Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman (Book 8)

Murder at the Boat Club (Book 9)

Murder on Eaton Square (Book 10)

Murder by Plum Pudding (Book 11)

Murder on Fleet Street (Book 12)

Murder at Brighton Beach (Book 13)

Murder at Hyde Park (Book 14)

Murder at Royal Albert Hall (Book 15)

~more on the way!

Don’t miss LADY GOLD INVESTIGATES, the short story companion series!

Genre: cat cozy mystery series / historical mystery / women amateur sleuths / female detectives (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Inexorable Tide of Mystery: A Severine DuNoir Historical Cozy Adventure (The Mysteries of Severine DuNoir Book 7) by [Beth  Byers]

August 1925

London England

Severine DuNoir has escaped the gangsters in America and journeyed with her friends across the sea. Everything is different. Most importantly no one cares who her family is or what they’ve done.

That is, until, a body turns up and the members of Severine’s makeshift family are among the suspects. Now it’s time to discover who killed this person, why, and how they’re going to prove it. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Southern Beginnings (Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 19) by [Amy Boyles]

Pepper Reign is only weeks away from giving birth to her first-born child when the biggest challenge of her career rears its head. She’s been charged with finding a unicorn for a spoiled teenager.

Problem is, Pepper’s not sure that she wants to hand over a magical creature to the kid. When she reveals this to Betty, her grandmother, the old woman almost has a cow. Betty tells Pepper that has to find the unicorn, and if she doesn’t, then something very bad will happen in Magnolia Cove.

Pepper is tempted to blow off Betty’s concerns, but when bad things begin to unfold, she realizes that her grandmother might be right after all.

Now Pepper has to find a unicorn and stop an evil presence from taking over her town before the baby is born. Can she do it? Or will Pepper and Magnolia Cove wind up in worse shape than when they began? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Fatal First Night (An Ella Shane Mystery Book 2) by [Kathleen Marple Kalb]

It’s easy to be overlooked in Gilded Age Manhattan, but the Ella Shane Opera Company’s latest premier manages to attract adoring crowds, rave reviews, and a killer who’s a real showstopper!

New York City, Fall 1899. Ahead-of-her-time coloratura mezzo Ella Shane has always known opening night to be a mess of missed cues and jittery nerves, especially when unveiling a new opera. Her production of The Princes in the Tower, based on the mysterious disappearance of Edward IV’s two sons during the Wars of the Roses in England, concludes its first performance to thunderous applause. It’s not until players take their bows that the worst kind of disaster strikes . . .  
 
Flawless basso Albert Reuter is found lurched over a bloody body in his dressing room, seemingly taking inspiration from his role as the murderous Richard III. With a disturbing homicide case stealing the spotlight, Ella can’t be so certain Albert is the one who belongs behind bars . . .
 
Now, Ella must think on her feet while sorting out a wild series of puzzling mishaps and interlocking mysteries. Yet even when sided with her aristocratic beau, does this scrappy diva have the chops to upstage the true criminal, or will this be the last time she headlines  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover