New Releases For The Week Of May 30, 2021–Part 2

Witch Is Where Rainbows End (A Witch P.I. Mystery Book 40) by [Adele Abbott]

A biker has been found dead and Jill is hired to track down his killer. Grandma, though, is much more concerned about the lido which is about to be closed down. Meanwhile, Winky finds himself out on the streets and it’s all Jill’s fault. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Rake Mistake: A Wild Wynchesters Caper (Heist Club Book 1) by [Erica Ridley]

A Regency-set comedic caper featuring a book club of meddling spinsters and an assist by a very good dog.

The closest Miss Philippa York has ever come to adventure is her Thursday afternoon reading circle with her fellow bluestockings of the beau monde. That is, until her bosom friend allows a handsome rake to steal a kiss… and he takes her friend’s jewels instead!

With the help of the Wild Wynchesters—a uniquely talented family of caper-committing siblings who don’t let “laws” stop them from righting wrongs—Philippa and her club of delightfully bookish spinsters take on the most celebrated rake of the ton.

They’re clever. He’s a cad. To save the day, all they need to pull off is one little heist…


“Erica Ridley is a delight!”
— Julia Quinn (author of BRIDGERTON) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Girl Who Was Forgotten: An Action-Packed Mystery Thriller (The Shee McQueen Mystery Thriller Series Book 2) by [Amy Vansant]

“If thrills, twists, turns, suspense, fast-paced books, and humor are your cup of tea, this series is for you!”

Action-adventure from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Amy Vansant – a novel packed with thrills, fun, romance and heartfelt family intrigue.

Life was supposed to start feeling like a permanent vacation.

After years on the run from a vengeful killer, Shee McQueen is home at her father’s beach hotel. The Loggerhead Inn doubles as a retreat for sunburned tourists and a haven for recovering ex-military — men and women who help right wrongs for people in need of their particular skills.

What could be more relaxing?


…Shee’s estranged boyfriend — the only man she’s ever loved — has discovered her darkest secret and the reason she left him so many years ago…

…or her first job for her father has ended in a double homicide…

…or that her very presence is driving the hotel’s regulars to prove their worth by starting dangerous covert missions of their own…

Wait. It couldn’t be a botched kidnapping is started looking more like the work of a deranged serial killer?


Maybe hold the tanning lotion.

This might take a minute.

The Girl Who Was Forgotten is the second explosive mystery-thriller in the Shee McQueen series, but can be read as a standalone. While the book has all the pulse-pounding action of a thriller, language, romance and violence is rated PG.

The unique female lead’s funny, irreverent and all-too-human asides will have you rooting for her — and her whole pack of wild, wonderful misfit friends — until the breathless end.

Fans of Harlan Coban, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Sue Grafton, Kathy Reichs and Janet Evanovich will love this exhilarating page-turner.

Readers love Amy Vansant & Shee McQueen:

Great book. I could not put it down until finished with THE END. Highly recommended!” – Amazon Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I find it hard to express how much this book affected me, not only the story line, but the mastery of the writing itself.” – Amazon Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Well written and a certain must-read for any thriller/suspense lover. I can hardly wait for the next book. Amy Vansant nailed it!” – Amazon Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This book was absolutely spellbinding. As a fan of Vansant, I pre-order and read everything she writes.” – Goodreads Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

One Flew Over the Chow-Chow's Nest: A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery (The Marcia Banks and Buddy Mysteries Book 11) by [Kassandra Lamb]

The world moves toward normal, but Marcia’s life is rarely “normal”…

Newly vaccinated, Marcia Banks can finally schedule the human phase of training with her Air Force pilot client—the soon-to-be owner of a Chow-Husky service dog named Bear. But when she calls to set things up, she’s informed that the veteran has been in a private psychiatric hospital for months, with no one allowed to visit due to Covid.

Marcia puts out feelers to find out what is going on, and suddenly he is discharged…only to have his private plane crash in a fiery ball two days later. Convinced this is no coincidence, Marcia attempts to find out how her veteran client became the target of a murderer.

What she uncovers looks suspiciously like a scheme to defraud the Veterans’ Administration. But who’s behind it, and did they sabotage her client’s plane? Or did the saboteur have a more personal motive?

And just how determined are they to silence Marcia?

(Note: This story occurs during the end of the Covid pandemic, but it focuses on the optimism and relief of the spring of 2021 in the U.S.) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Haunt 'Em High (A Hannah Hickok Witchy Mystery Book 7) by [Lily Harper Hart]

Now that she’s absorbed the power of the Casper Creek nexus, Hannah Hickok is a witch on a mission. Her new powers require regular venting, and she’s surpassed even her limited expectations. It’s not magic on her mind when her father comes for a visit, though.
Brad Hickok has always wanted to see Casper Creek, and now that he gets to visit, he’s extremely excited. He’s not alone, though. He’s brought his new girlfriend … and Hannah is thrown for a loop by her appearance.
What’s supposed to be a simple visit spirals out of control when a local witch who has been admitted to the hospital calls for Hannah to give a warning, an FBI agent shows up asking questions, and enemy Astra loses her mind and attacks Hannah in the middle of Casper Creek before fleeing.
Hannah has her hands full, and it’s not all fun and games this go-around. She’s going to need everybody working together to come out the other side … and even then the outcome isn’t set in stone.
Hannah is a witch with a plan. How successful she’ll be is anybody’s guess. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Eat Prey Spell (Spellbound Ever After Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Annabel  Chase]

Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.

The arrival of the National Spell Championships brings out High Priestess Limpet’s competitive side. Emma is forced to practice like her life depends on it and—judging from the menacing look in Limpet’s eye—that just might be the case. Unfortunately, Emma is disqualified for not being a witch, but that comes in handy when one of the best casters on a rival team is found dead and Emma is tasked with quietly finding the killer.

In the meantime, Emma’a demigod father is back in town and determined to teach Diana the old ways. Emma wants her daughter toppling blocks, not buildings, and lays down the law with dear old dad, which goes over like holy water in a vampire’s bath. With far more than a competition at stake, Spellbound’s favorite sorceress is up to her neck in magical trouble.

Will Emma prevail in her crusade against crime and cataclysm or will she finally fall prey to the forces of darkness?

Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to the series!

Eat Prey Spell is the ninth and final book in the Spellbound Ever After paranormal cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Scandal at the Salty Dog: An M/M Cozy Mystery (Secrets and Scrabble Book 4) by [Josh Lanyon]

Mystery Stalks the Cobbled Streets of Pirate’s Cove

Who or what is haunting elderly recluse Juliet Blackwell, what does it have to do with mysterious goings-on at the Salty Dog Pub–and why is any of it mystery bookshop owner Ellery Page’s problem? According to sometimes boyfriend Police Chief Jack Carson, it’s not Ellery’s problem, and Ellery should stop asking awkward questions before it’s too late.Ellery couldn’t agree more, but it’s hard to say no when someone is as frightened as old Mrs. Blackwell. Mrs. Blackwell insists the ghost of long dead pirate Rufus Blackwell has come to avenge himself on the last member of his treacherous clan.Before Ellery can say, “Yikes!” Mrs. Blackwell takes a tumble down the grand staircase of her spooky mansion, and it’s up to Ellery to find who is trying to kill his eccentric customer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A New Leash on Life (Dog Groomer Mysteries Book 1) by [Chelsea Thomas]

Every person, and every pet, loves Amy…

…except the guilty.

In a small town, where dog parks are plenty, every street is tree-lined, and if you throw a frisbee, ten cute puppies chase it down, there are still secrets behind every bend.

Murder echoes loudest in small towns.

Amy’s heartbroken, dead broke and as positive and joyful as they come. She’s opening a pet salon with her grumpy Granny after a stressful stint in Pine Grove. But when Amy’s first and only customer is murdered, she realizes if she doesn’t catch the killer, the grand opening of her pet salon could be ruined.

Who would have killed Amy’s customer?

Hot shot rookie cop Michael Fine thinks Amy committed the murder. Amy and Granny know he’s wrong, but they don’t have proof. There’s a killer on the loose in their little slice of heaven and if the ladies don’t solve the mystery they could lose their business…or worse.

You’ll adore this clean cozy because everyone loves funny mysteries with tons of cute, tiny animals.

Get it now. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Dab of Sorcery (The French Quarter Witch Mystery Series Book 2) by [Constance  Barker, Corrine Winters]

Hi, I’m Georgie, and I have my hands full with Xavier, the witch hunter. He wants to close down my art gallery, proclaiming that I’m pushing dark magic on my patrons. Of course he hasn’t dealt with Miss Hallie when she’s ready to go all medieval on his hiney. And that’s putting it nicely.

But when a jazz singer is stabbed to death, I must put on my sleuth hat and assist local detective Raphael. Marcel, my monocled familiar, is also on the hunt. Well, after some coercion with a few cat treats.

Lady Languish was an up and coming young singer, but who would want her dead? Could it be a spurned lover, a rival singer or someone much more dark and mysterious?

***Find out in the Second Book in the French Quarter Witch Mystery Series*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

My welcome to midlife started with being sucked back in time to the 90s.

Turning forty isn’t as exciting as most people think. There are no fireworks or surprise parties, and I definitely didn’t get hitched overnight. Been there, got the divorce papers to prove it. Nope, none of that.

Instead, I somehow opened a portal into the 90’s and chased my cat through it.

And that set off a whirlwind.

The one thing my birth mom tried to save me from has caught up with me. I’m the next time-traveling witch assassin.

Don’t get excited. The job comes with a lot of learning curves, mishaps, and having to actually assassinate people.

Oh, but don’t worry, the people I have to hunt down deserve their karma.

And at least I have a pixie guide through all this, a little dragon named Fred.

It could be worse. I could still be working retail. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Borrowed Time: A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Novel (Primetime of Life Book 1) by [L.A. Boruff]

My welcome to midlife started with being sucked back in time to the 90s.

Turning forty isn’t as exciting as most people think. There are no fireworks or surprise parties, and I definitely didn’t get hitched overnight. Been there, got the divorce papers to prove it. Nope, none of that.

Instead, I somehow opened a portal into the 90’s and chased my cat through it.

And that set off a whirlwind.

The one thing my birth mom tried to save me from has caught up with me. I’m the next time-traveling witch assassin.

Don’t get excited. The job comes with a lot of learning curves, mishaps, and having to actually assassinate people.

Oh, but don’t worry, the people I have to hunt down deserve their karma.

And at least I have a pixie guide through all this, a little dragon named Fred.

It could be worse. I could still be working retail. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

a A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 35
When a man with a riddle confesses to murder, can Megan find a way to prove his innocence?

Coming next in Teaberry: A new series with old friends. Join Megan as she decides to chase a new dream that involves food and puzzling mysteries in the friendly neighborhood of Teaberry. Look for Murder Meets Meringue, Book 1 in the new Teaberry Cozy Murder Mysteries series.

Megan searches for puzzle pieces offered up by the friendly inhabitants of Teaberry in this light and cozy mystery.

This mild cozy mystery series offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Destination Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 35) by [R. A. Wallace]

A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 35
When a man with a riddle confesses to murder, can Megan find a way to prove his innocence?

Coming next in Teaberry: A new series with old friends. Join Megan as she decides to chase a new dream that involves food and puzzling mysteries in the friendly neighborhood of Teaberry. Look for Murder Meets Meringue, Book 1 in the new Teaberry Cozy Murder Mysteries series.

Megan searches for puzzle pieces offered up by the friendly inhabitants of Teaberry in this light and cozy mystery.

This mild cozy mystery series offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Corpse with the Iron Will (The Cait Morgan Mysteries Book 10) by [Cathy Ace]

Welsh criminal psychologist and globetrotting sleuth, Cait Morgan, and her retired-cop husband Bud Anderson, are enjoying some well-deserved peace and quiet at home, in moody, mountainous British Columbia. The sudden death of a neighbor is a significant loss for them both, so Cait’s honored when Gordy Krantz’s “unusual” will requests that she eulogize him at his memorial.

However, delving into the dead man’s background becomes a pressing priority when a puzzling theft, and some surprising discoveries, put our favorite sleuths on high alert. Might someone living in their seemingly tight-knit – and certainly off-beat – rural community have wanted their neighbor dead? And if so, are more people they know at risk?

The tenth Cait Morgan Mystery from Bony Blithe Award-winning author Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Iron Will, forces Cait and Bud to use the skills they’ve honed tackling cases around the world to unmask a killer who’s too close to home for comfort! “

“…(Cathy Ace) is, as it fortunately happens, more than adept at the Christie thing.” Toronto Star “

“…(Cait possesses)…powers of deduction, which are worthy of Hercule Poirot.” The Jury Box, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The French Folly: Cozy Mystery (Justine French Mysteries Book 2) by [Myrtle Morse, Ruby Loren]

Some things are too good to be true.

Like winning a house in a raffle and expecting it to be free of any skeletons in the closet.

Or in this case… beneath the floorboards.

When Justine French takes a tumble in her new house, she discovers that the original property owners are still in residence. Bones and a few shreds of clothing are all that remains of the couple who went missing thirty years ago. The police are happy to finally be able to close the missing persons case, but they aren’t as keen to solve the mystery of how and why the previous owners ended up beneath the floorboards.

Justine has a few ideas about that.

For starters, there’s her next-door neighbour who’s been blasting music in an effort to get her to move straight back out again. As an expert in psychology, Justine knows that anti-social behaviour can escalate quickly. For once, there’s a good reason to be curtain twitching to keep an eye on her neighbours.

After all, you never know when the music might morph into murder.

And Justine has no desire to become the next bones beneath her floor.

A funny and uplifting cozy mystery series set in rural France. If you love quirky British sleuths, laugh out loud drama, and clever crimes, you will love the Justine French Mysteries. Start reading today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Through the Door (Door to Door Paranormal Mystery Book 2) by [T.L. Brown]

Praise For Through the Door: In this second installment in the Door to Door series, T.L. Brown throws us right into the thick of things from the opening pages. With her characteristic wit and humor, we find ourselves right back in the world of doors and magical objects and people who are definitely not all that they seem…- Book review site Jill-Elizabeth.comIn this second book of the Door to Door Paranormal Mystery Series: relationships tested, friendships built, secrets revealed, and sacrifices made…

Salesman Emily Swift is back – and so is Templeton! After learning about her supernatural abilities and finding the Crimson Stone, thirty-year-old Emily Swift returns home to Kincaid to rebuild a normal life with her boyfriend. As she struggles to get a handle on her “door traveling” energy, a strange warning squawks from her car radio: a rogue, terrorist group called the Fringe is still watching her.

Before she can figure out if the message is from a friend or foe, Emily’s quirky mother, Lydia, goes missing – and resurfaces in the Empire! As Lydia travels from city to city in this peculiar world, a wake of chaos is created. Add the murder of a hated art critic and a kidnapping into the mix, and things go from bad to worse. The Fringe believes Emily knows where the magical Crimson Stone is hidden, and they’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

Friends Tara and Rabbit join Emily as they race against the Fringe to catch up with Emily’s wandering mother. Will Emily’s nemesis, the mysterious Templeton, join her in rescuing Lydia? What will it cost her? Is the price too high?

PRAISE FOR T.L. BROWN’S DOOR TO DOOR PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK ONE: “Lovable characters, intriguing mystery and a fresh approach to the cozy genre!” – Brook Peterson, author of A History of Murder (Jericho Falls Cozy Mystery Series) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Paranormal Paradox: A Charlie Rhodes Cozy Mystery Books 7-9 by [Amanda M. Lee]

Charlie Rhodes grew up wondering why she was given up for adoption, convinced it had something to do with the magic she could call upon in an instant. It was that magic that had her delving into the paranormal.
Now she’s part of the premiere monster-hunting group in the land. She’s hiding in the one place they’re looking for her … and the family she’s been longing for her entire life is about to resurface.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride, because Charlie Rhodes is finally going to discover the truth.

Note: This three-book omnibus includes The Killer Clown Calamity, The Banshee Brouhaha, and The Asylum Aberration. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Made-up for Murder: Mid-Life Mysteries #1 by [Moira Bates]

“You do the crime; you do the time.”Julia Melvin had repeated those words countless times as she raised her children, proud to be teaching them personal responsibility. She did not expect to hear them parroted back from her young adult son on her one phone call from the county jail following a small skirmish at a protest against animal testing at a local cosmetics company. Upon her release, she vowed to change her criminal ways and stay far away from the protest site. And she did. Kind of. Mostly. She just wanted to help the animals. How was she supposed to know she’d stumble over the dead body of the company owner? Now she’s got two criminal cases pending and is doing all she can to avoid having murder added to her ever-growing rap sheet. Fans of Agatha Raisin will love forty-something and fierce Julia Jane Melvin. Mid-Life Mysteries do not contain graphic violence, gore, strong language, or cliffhangers. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Leaf of Faith (Isabella Proctor Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by [Lisa Bouchard]

Finding a dead body will ruin anybody’s day, but being the prime suspect could ruin your life.

Isabella Proctor is desperate for a normal life – her own apartment, a job that pays the bills, and maybe even a boyfriend. As a potion-witch-in-training, she’s learning to use her talents to help others

When she finds her boss dead behind the potion shop, her life is turned upside down. Will she be the killer’s next victim?

Things get worse when Detective Palmer starts treating her like she’s the prime suspect. Her life won’t get back on track until she clears her name by finding the real killer.

When the killer strikes again, even closer to home, will Isabella catch them before it’s too late?

Leaf of Faith is the first book in the Isabella Proctor Mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Apple Valley, Ax, and Ambrosia: A Cozy Contemporary International Crime Mystery (Sadie Silver Mystery #5) by [Kailin Gow]

It is a Purrfect Mix of Romance, Food, and Mystery. Fashionable Celebrity Pastry Chef Sadie Silver loves mixing travel, food, romance, and crime solving wherever she goes or stays…along with the help of her intelligent cat Orchid and sensitive-smelling-nose dog Biscuit. handsome forensic scientist Palmer, and the mysterious gorgeous man who always places an order directly from her for a dozen red velvet cupcakes.

In this Episode, Sadie travels to Apple Valley to judge an Apple Baking Contest, meets an old friend Billy, who had grown up into a handsome hunk of a man, and is embroiled in a gruesome crime along with her dog Biscuit and cat Orchid. With the help of two handsome men, Palmer and Billy, Sadie can’t help trying to solve crimes, especially when she’s considered the prime suspect. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Digging Up Dirt by [B L  Els]

Holding on till the bitter end, Duncan realizes he has to let go of what would have been his inheritance. Not able to make the payments of the property, his inheritance slips through his fingers. Flung in to a state of desperation, he devises a plan to dodge homelessness and destitution.

Josephine strikes it lucky and buys her home at an auction. But things seem rather bleak when a body is found on her property.

Wanting to find out all there is to know, Josephine decides to find out more about the original owners. Before she even begins her investigation odd occurrences happen.

One body leads to another and a can of worms is opened. Oslo stumbles on to the proof that Sheila is the mastermind behind the death of her parents, the near-death of her husband, and robbing people of what is rightfully theirs. The pieces of the puzzle start slotting in to place as Oslo heads up the investigation. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of May 30th, 2021–Part 1

These Tangled Vines: A Novel by [Julianne MacLean]

From the USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road comes a sweeping and captivating tale of one woman’s journey to the lush vineyards of Tuscany—and into the mysteries of a tragic family secret.

If Fiona has learned anything in life, it’s how to keep a secret—even from the father who raised her. She is the only person who knows about her late mother’s affair in Tuscany thirty years earlier, and she intends to keep it that way…until a lawyer calls with shocking news: her biological father has died and left her an incredible inheritance—along with two half siblings.

Fiona travels to Italy, where the family is shocked to learn of her existence and desperate to contest her share of the will. While the mystery of her mother’s affair is slowly unraveled, Fiona must navigate through tricky family relationships and tense sibling rivalries. Fiona both fears and embraces her new destiny as she searches for the truth about the fateful summer her mother spent in Italy and the father she never knew.

Spilling over with the sumptuous flavors and romance of Tuscany, These Tangled Vines takes readers on a breathtaking journey of love, secrets, sacrifice, courage—and most importantly, the true meaning of family. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Lesson In Red by [Maria Hummel]

A companion to Still Lives–a Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine selection–this savvy thriller exposes dark questions about power and the art world and reveals the fatal mistakes that can befall those who threaten its status quo.

Brenae Brasil is a rising star at Los Angeles Art College, the most prestigious art school in the country, and her path to art world celebrity is all but assured. Until she is found dead on campus, just after completing a provocative documentary about female bodies, coercion, and self-defense.

Maggie Richter’s return to L.A. and her job at the Rocque Museum was supposed to be about restarting her career and reconnecting with old friends. With mounting pressure to keep the museum open, the last thing she needs is to find herself at the center of another art world mystery. But when she uncovers a number of cryptic clues in Brasil’s video art, Maggie is suddenly caught up in the shadowy art world of Los Angeles, playing a very dangerous game with some very influential people. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more lies she threatens to expose.

Maria Hummel, praised for her “genius for layering levels of meaning” (BBC), has brought us back to her provocative noir Los Angeles with this haunting investigation into power and the art world. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Death on the Night of Lost Lizards (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY Book 3) by [Julia Buckley]

Along with her mother and grandmother, Hana Keller has achieved renown serving tea and cakes with a European flair, but when a local professor is killed, she uncovers a serving of suspects instead…

Hana Keller is getting ready for a lovely holiday season. When she receives a rare tea set as a birthday gift, she decides to host a tea at her apartment for her closest friends. During the cozy get-together, one of Hana’s friends gets word that a murderer is on the loose. Hana soon learns that the victim was Sandor Balog, a professor of Hungarian Studies at the local college.

With her growing psychic ability, Hana senses that she is going to be pulled into the investigation of  the professor’s death somehow. With her sexy boyfriend Erik on the case, Hana finds the Tea House steeped in suspects. She studies the smiling faces celebrating the season, but the real killer is good at hiding the truth and putting Hana in the hot seat….(Amazon)

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Murphy's Slaw (An Alaskan Diner Mystery Book 3) by [Elizabeth Logan]

When a local prize-winning farmer is murdered at the state fair, Charlie Cook gets called in to help investigate, but she’s shocked to learn the victim is a friend in this latest installment in the Alaskan Diner Mysteries.

Charlie Cooke loves many things, like the Bear Claw Diner, the heated steering wheel of her car, and her orange tabby cat Eggs Benedict. Something she has never loved is the state fair. So when her best friend Annie Jensen begs her for a fair day, she’s reluctant.  But Annie isn’t the only one who wants her to spend a day among farm animals and deep fried food. A vendor has been murdered, and Trooper Graham needs his favorite part-time sleuth to dig up the truth, and Charlie is happy to oblige.

The case grows personal when Charlie learns the victim is Kelly Carson, whom she and Annie were friends with in high school. If Charlie wants to find justice for Kelly, she and Annie will have to work together to weed out the killer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Antiques Carry On (A Trash n' Treasures mystery Book 15) by [Barbara Allan]

Look out London – eccentric antiques dealer Vivian Borne and her daughter Brandy are bringing their own brand of mayhem and mischief to the British capital, in the fifteenth installment of the award-winning Trash ‘n’ Treasures cozy mystery series.

Vivian Borne – true-crime author, antiques dealer and ex-sheriff of Serenity, Iowa – is looking forward to meeting her new editor in London. Flying first class, rooms at the Savoy . . . Her long-suffering co-author, daughter Brandy, worries the trip will bankrupt them both, but the alternative – Mother travelling alone – is unthinkable. Brandy’s almost tempted to make her fiance, Tony – Serenity’s Chief of Police – call Scotland Yard and warn them Vivian’s coming.

But even Brandy doesn’t predict their vacation will end in murder . . . or that she and Mother will be unceremoniously ejected from the country, with an order to leave things well alone.

Vivian and Brandy need a case to write about, and Mother doesn’t care which one. But as the intrepid sleuths – ably supported by doggy detective Sushi – investigate a promising local prospect, they’re plunged into a complex mystery that stretches right back to London . . . with no choice but to carry on.

Looking for a laugh-out-loud, quirky mystery to brighten your mood? Trash ‘n’ Treasures is “one of the funniest cozy series going” (Ellery Queen Magazine) – and if you’re new to the series, it’s safe to jump right in. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery Book 1) by [Allie Pleiter]

For Libby Beckett, opening her charming yarn shop, and introducing customers to the joys of knitting and crochet, is the work she was meant to do.  Until the yarn she loves is used for murder….
Libby has come home to Collinstown, Maryland to live her dream and open her own yarn shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., along the Chester River. To Libby, Y.A.R.N. stands for “You’re Absolutely Ready Now.” But the acronym changes whenever inspiration strikes, and customers add to the list of suggestions that fill the blackboard wall in a shop stuffed with color, fiber, and comfort. 
Libby is thrilled when she lands famous Norwegian knitting celebrity Perle Langager for a series of events  at Y.A.R.N. Libby’s English bulldog, Hank, has been modeling one of Perle’s doggie sweaters, and customers just can’t wait to see Perle in action. The mayor of Collinstown even decrees a Collinstown Yarn Day to celebrate. But once Perle arrives in town, she seems distracted and on edge.  And when she’s found strangled with a skein of red yarn, Libby knows she has to solve a knotty mystery before her new life unravels. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Ghost Blows a Kiss (A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel Book 10) by [Carolyn Hart]

In the tenth Bailey Ruth ghost novel from New York Times bestselling Grand Master of Mystery, Carolyn Hart, the “charmer of a detective” (Kirkus Reviews) takes on a puzzler of a mystery when she’s sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma to rescue a woman in trouble.

The late – as in Dearly Departed – Bailey Ruth Raeburn is delighted when she’s assigned a new mission by Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, even if she is no good at following the rules for Earthly Visitations. This time she’s determined to be the perfect unseen emissary, no matter what it takes.

Arriving late in the evening in her old hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma to find a woman drowning in a pond, Bailey Ruth carries out a daring rescue with textbook invisible effort. But Bailey Ruth soon realizes there’s more to Fran’s accident than a late-night walk gone wrong. The young widow was running away – but what from?

Soon Bailey Ruth finds herself caught up in a complex web of family secrets, loyalties and lies – and if she doesn’t act fast, an innocent will be locked up for a very long time . . .

Like a warm hug from a loved one, GHOST BLOWS A KISS is the perfect escapist read for cozy mystery fans, whether you’re old friends with the lively, always entertaining Bailey Ruth or have yet to make her acquaintance. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Murder at the Piccadilly Playhouse (Cleopatra Fox Mysteries Book 2) by [C.J. Archer]

She was admired by women and desired by men, until jealousy and past secrets took center stage. Help Cleo and her friends solve the murder of one of London’s leading actresses.

When a hotel guest’s mistress is found dead in the stalls of the Piccadilly Playhouse, a verdict of suicide is given. Convinced his lover didn’t kill herself, Lord Rumford wants the truth uncovered. Against his better judgement, he hires Cleo Fox to find the murderer. Cleo needs to solve this case if she wants to make a living from being a private detective.

But she quickly learns that the truth is buried beneath years of secrets; secrets that powerful people want desperately to keep. With the help of her friends from the Mayfair Hotel, Cleo exposes the bitter rivalry and jealousy of London’s West End.

But can she find the killer before the final curtain closes on the Playhouse? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Cat Saw Murder: A Rachel Murdock Mystery (Rachel Murdock Mysteries Book 1) by [Dolores Hitchens, Joyce Carol Oates]

An elderly woman drugged, a young woman killed, and the cat’s the sole witness…

When Rachel Murdock and her sister Jennifer receive a call for help from their favorite niece, Lilly, in Breakers Beach, CA, they quickly hop a train from Los Angeles to see her — but not before collecting their prized cat Samantha in a picnic basket and bringing her along for the ride. Samatha, it turns out, is an heiress, the inheritor of a fortune left by a wealthy relative, and so the attempt at the cat’s life, made right after they arrive, comes as a shock. The cat survives, but unfortunately, Lilly, murdered soon thereafter, is not so lucky.

By the time the police arrive, the clues are already falling into place. The source of Lilly’s trouble is revealed to be a gambling debt incurred during an attempt to cheat at bridge, and the suspects in her slaying quickly pile up. But then another corpse is discovered, buried in the nearby sand, and it becomes clear that the killing spree concerns more than just the young lady’s personal money trouble. With the authorities distracted by lurid details, it’s up to Rachel and her furry friend to uncover the subtleties containing the solution to the puzzle.

A prototypical early “cat mystery,” written before the subgenre became a staple of cozy mystery fiction, The Cat Saw Murder is an entertaining and endlessly surprising whodunit with a focus on felines. Reissued for the first time in over half a decade, the book, written pseudonymously by the author better known for her hardboiled and suspense novels, is the first in the long-running Rachel Murdock series.

Includes discussion guide questions for use in book clubs. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Date with Poison is the brilliant fourth novel in Julia Chapman’s Dales Detective Agency series, and is perfect for fans of M C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series and Gervase Phinn.

Spring is in the air in Bruncliffe but not everyone is filled with the joys of the season.

Samson O’Brien of the Dales Detective Agency is being questioned by the police about a murder, with the truth about his policing past about to be brutally exposed. And with Bruncliffe turning on Samson, his business partner Delilah Metcalfe finds herself in the impossible position of defending him to her friends and family.

Then Delilah’s nephew, accused of being under Samson’s influence, runs away from home and a frantic search begins. And with attention turning to Nathan, only a local vet is paying attention to a worrying spate of canine poisonings happening throughout the village.

Bruncliffe is turning toxic and with suspicion raining down on him, Samson knows he has to ask Delilah for help. Can she forgive his transgressions and help him so that they can find Nathan and the poisoner, or has the poison already spread too far? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cracked: Thrilling Psychic Cozy (Paranormal Penny Nicols Book 4) by [Sarah Hualde]

All the familiar fears flurry

when stranger danger turns deadly.

Penny wakes up in a ditch.

A mysterious acquaintance comes to her rescue.

Is he all that he seems? Or does he have secrets of his own?

Penny doesn’t have time to find out.

As her secret creates chaos as she heals- leading the Raven to mark his most innocent victims yet.

Who can Penny trust to help her?

Will she reveal her deadly secret to an even deadlier foe?

One thing’s for sure; Nothing and No one is as they seem.

★Jump into the fourth Paranormal Penny Mystery and hang on tight.★  

      This fast-paced series will captivate you from start to finish. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Last Words (Angie Gomez Cozy Murder Mystery, Book 1) (Angie Gomez Cozy Murder Mystery Series) by [Ines Saint]

Murder Victims Are Telling Secrets in the Mortuary in Last Words, a Murder Mystery by Ines Saint

Dayton, Ohio – Present Day

When fortune-teller, Abuela Luci, informs her granddaughter, Angie, that “Many changes are coming your way,” no one is more skeptical than Angie herself. Addicted to telenovelas and proud of her Puerto Rican roots, Angie Gomez Gomez lives alone with her dog, Tito Bendito. While she ekes out a living sculpting busts of prominent people she seldom admires, Angie’s true passion is solving the decade-old mystery of her parents’ murder.

But when the town mayor, and former client, dies, the family asks Angie to do the post-mortem makeup. With the support of Pappa, the funeral director, and his grandson, Anthony, Angie commences her work in the depths of the mortuary, where she’s startled to discover that she can hear the echo of the dead person’s last thoughts, and the mayor’s last words were: “Bonnie is dead.”

After a few false starts and misadventures, the three of them use Angie’s newfound ability to solve the mayor’s murder without revealing to the police how they got the information.

The funeral home starts offering discounts to murder victims’ families just so Angie can hear their last words and solve their murders, while Angie hopes her new ability leads to her parents’ murderer. With the police growing suspicious, Angie herself may be the next victim as someone doesn’t want their secrets told.

Publisher’s Note: Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries with a touch of humor, romance, and the paranormal will appreciate the Angie Gomez Murder Mystery series. Stories contain mild profanity and no explicit sex and can be enjoyed by readers 13 and up.

“Abuela and her card reading…a delicious piece of the story.”~Andra Maguran

The Angie Gomez Murder Mystery Series
Last Words
Word Games

(more to come)

About the Author
Ines Saint was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and grew up with one foot on an island of Puerto Rico and the other in the States. She’s bilingual and bicultural and has spent the last eighteen years raising her fun, inspiring boys and sharing her life with her husband/best friend/biggest fan. Her greatest joys are spending quality time with family and close friends, traveling, reading feel-good historical fiction, hiking, and snuggling next to her dog, Hobbit. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Resort at Castaway Bay: Truth or Dare by [Kathi Daley]

Sydney Whitmore, a forensic psychologist living in San Francisco, moves home to Shipwreck Island, and the resort owned and operated by her family, after tragedy strikes leaving her struggling for a way to make sense of things. After finding out about the assault of an old friend, which has left him comatose, she renews her relationship with Ezra Reinhold, a reclusive billionaire who enjoys poking around in cold cases and has the means to hire the best people to find the answers no one else has been able to.

In book 1 in the series a group of ten high school students go camping but only eight return. The statements those who’ve made their way back have told to Sheriff Sam Stone are so different as to be completely useless. Syd has experience getting the truth out of people so she agrees to help Sam weed though the witness statements to find the truth both are certain exists beneath the lies. Meanwhile Syd’s middle sister Emily has started a new lifestyle blog, her youngest sister Rory is fostering kittens, and Syd renews her relationship with Kelly Green, an FBI analyst she first met while working for the FBI on the East Coast.

Bonus Material: Text and photos for Emily by the Sea and Emily’s Kitchen contributed by Christy Turner (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

The Asylum Aberration (A Charlie Rhodes Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Charlie Rhodes has spent her entire life wondering who she is, why she was abandoned as a child, and what’s behind the magical powers she can wield in the blink of an eye.
She’s finally getting her answers.
Now that she’s been reunited with her birth mother and brother, the search is on for her father. He’s supposed to be somewhere in Boston … but where? He’s fallen out of touch and finding him is virtually impossible.
Thankfully for Charlie, the Legacy Foundation’s next assignment is in a suburb of the very city where she lives, which means there’s plenty of time to find her father and solve the mystery of a haunted former hospital that’s apparently eating construction workers on a regular basis.
Heavenstone Asylum was considered the height of sophistication in psychiatric circles back in the day. In the years since the facility closed, the main doctor’s legacy has been tarnished by horror stories of treatments gone wrong and disappearing patients.
The second Charlie walks into the building, she recognizes that the past is hardly buried within the walls. There are tortured souls at every turn, and it’s her job to help them.
Heavenstone’s history makes for interesting reading but the harder Charlie digs, the more horrifying the story. Somehow she needs to uncover the truth … and survive the ghosts long enough to free them.
It’s going to take everything she’s got to see things through until the end.
All Charlie wants are answers. She’s going to get them. Surviving long enough to do anything with them is another story.
It’s about to be the Legacy Foundation’s finest hour … or is it? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

A Body at a Boarding School: A 1920s Mystery (Lord Edgington Investigates... Book 2) by [Benedict Brown]

Something is rotten at the Oakton Academy for Distinguished Young Gentlemen.

With rumours of fighting, cheating, and all-night parties – and that’s just the teachers – the headmaster is losing control of the school.

When a body is discovered, bludgeoned to death with a monkey statue on the last day of term, renowned detective Lord Edgington and his bumbling grandson Christopher are on hand to search for the killer. But with such a range of despicable suspects, – again, that’s just the teachers – plotting prefects and maniacal students to choose from, will the discordant duo be up to the challenge?

The second book in the “Lord Edgington Investigates…” mystery series has all the intrigue, humour and twists of its bestselling predecessor, “Murder at the Spring Ball”.

“A Body at a Boarding School” is a 1920s-style whodunnit in a wonderfully wicked setting with a cast of curious characters to enjoy. Get ready to discover whether the great Lord Edgington can catch the killer and be home in time for afternoon tea. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Review of Killer Cupcakes


Things are going great for Lexy Baker. She’s finally opened her dream bakery, gotten rid of her cheating boyfriend and settled into her grandmother’s house with her perky dog Sprinkles at her side.

But her blissful life doesn’t last long. When her ex boyfriend is found poisoned with cupcakes from her bakery, Lexy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation headed up by her hunky neighbor detective Jack Perillo.

With the help of a gang of iPad toting, would-be detective grandmothers, Lexy decides to take it upon herself to find the real murderer in order to clear her name and get her bakery back in business.

As things heat up on the murder trail, in the kitchen and between Lexy and the hunky detective, it’s a race against time to put the real murderer behind bars and get back to baking.

Will Lexy get her man?  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lexy is busy keeping her bakery up and running and enjoying her time with Sprinkles, her dog.  When her ex-boyfriend is poisoned and one of her cupcakes is the murder weapon, she definitely has a problem.  She will need the help from the grandmothers from the Brook Ridge Retirement Center, including her own, to try and solve this mystery.  

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.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.With the twists and turns, I could not decide who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to read the next book to see what Lexy is involved in.  

Killer Cupcakes (Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Leighann Dobbs]

Review Of Post Mortem

Post Mortem

Mail Carrier Mystery, Book #6

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes brings community, friendships, and family together in this heartwarming southern cozy mystery series.

Sugar Creek Gap is a southern small town where everyone puts their differences aside in order to come together for the greater good of the cozy knit community. But when a citizen, Jeff Faulkner, goes missing from the annual Sugar Creek Gap High School fundraiser, the rumor mill starts to turn faster and faster, churning up the past that puts Jeff Faulkner in the spotlight.

Bernadette Butler, a local mail carrier, hears all the gossip swirling around while delivering the mail on route. Hearsay says Jeff ran off because his payment for an old gambling debt came due or he ran off with another woman making both assumptions irrelevant after Rowena, Bernadette’s feline, finds Jeff’s lifeless body.

Heartbroken for Jeff’s family, Bernie knows all too well what it feels like to become a widow and a son fatherless. Bernie can’t help but collect clues with all the gossip flowing faster than she can deliver the mail, putting her smack dab in the middle of the investigation that has more twists and turns than the roads where Bernie drives her mail carrier truck.  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Berhis is back on her mail route, at least for the time being.  She is also very busy with her granddaughter, babysitting and spending time loving on her.  When Rowena, Bernie’s cat, finds a dead body, it is time for Bernie and Iris, her best friend, to get back on the sleuthing trail.  With the help of the Front Porch Ladies and Revonda Gail, Bernie is determined to find the killer. 

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and you will feel like you are right in the middle of Sugar Creek Gap, enjoying some good old southern hospitality.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  There were enough twists and turns that kept me actively engaged until the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Grab this book and take a trip down south. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

Post Mortem : A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery Book 6 by [Tonya Kappes]

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Wheeler Dealer

Wheeler-Dealer Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently published (April 1, 2021)
Paperback: 332 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8676266394
Digital ASIN: B08YP5NJNV

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Rita Moreau and her new book Wheeler Dealer.  It is the first book in her A Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery Series. It was a great read.

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Solving a murder might raise her spirits. But will it spring her spectral friend from Purgatory?

Mabel Gold still isn’t sure what happened. Traded by her husband for a busty bimbo the same age as their youngest daughter, the feisty sixty-something rejects the retirement community and heads west in a vintage camper. But the RV comes complete with a ghost who needs a good deed to get into Heaven, and cracking open a homicide at their first stop in Savannah could give them both a new lease on life.

Determined to dig up the dirt on the dead wheeler-dealer, Mabel and her phantom companion tackle the crime. But with two rich dudes from Dubai, a Willie Nelson lookalike mobster, and a widow nicknamed The Barracuda all on the suspect list, conjuring up the truth could take a real live miracle.

Can Mabel catch the killer before she’s the next soul crashing the Pearly Gates?

Wheeler-Dealer is the high-spirited first book in the hilarious Ghost & the Camper kooky mystery series. If you like golden-girl sleuths, zany characters, and sardonic humor, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s witty whodunit.

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This was a very good debut to the series.  It has quirky characters, a good mystery and a ghost,which I love.

Mabel has been traded in for a younger model by her husband.  She has five children and a few grandchildren.  She has seen a lot, but none of that has prepared her for her next adventure.   She buys a vintage camper and decides to hit the road with her friend Lily and her husband.  They are going to take the summer and see what the United States has to offer.  They will not be alone on their journey, they will also have a ghost traveling with them.  A ghost that only Mabel can see.  And when someone gets killed, Mabel will need all the help she can get.   

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  They are a quirky group of people, and at times, they are very funny.  Mabel and Lily are great friends and they have each other’s back. They will have to try and figure out what happened and who is responsible.   The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved, which is the way I like it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to see what the next adventure Mabel and Irma have.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

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Rita Moreau is the author of the Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery series and the Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery series.

A workaholic by nature, upon retirement, Rita Moreau began work on her bucket list, writing a book. Traveling the national parks with her husband George in a vintage Bluebird motor home, (on George’s list), Rita completed her first novel Bribing Saint Anthony. Back home she completed Nuns! Psychics! & Gypsies! OH! NO, Feisty Nuns and The Russian & Aunt Sophia and The House on Xenia. Last year when we entered the Twilight Zone Rita wrote the first two new novels in the Ghost & the Camper series. Rita and her husband live in a postcard called Florida where he has fun telling everyone he is the author’s husband. When not writing she joins PatZi Gil on the Joy on Paper radio program with Book Buzz Mysteries, or you can find her teaching SilverSneakers fitness classes and doing her best to keep busy. She loves connecting with readers. Visit her at or find her on Facebook at She would love to hear from you.

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New Releases For The Week Of May 23rd, 2021–Part 4

Broomsticks and Pink Gumdrops: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch's Cove Mystery Book 12) by [Vella Day]

Finding a dead body in the wall of our new candy shop was strange enough, but then someone from the past returns carrying a pink ribbon I’d left on my very strange Christmas trip to Ohio.

As a founding member of The Pink Iguana Sleuths of Witch’s Cove, I thought I’d seen it all, but I was wrong. When the sheriff’s department files this as a cold case, my curiosity gets the best of me. What else is new? It also didn’t help that my talking pink iguana is insisting that I look into it.

When a corpse is fairly warm, it’s easy to come up with who wanted this person dead. Motives are everywhere, but not this time. We didn’t even know the identity of the skeleton. I shuddered to think what kind of killer hid a body in the wall of a store? A very bad one, for sure.

Regardless of how hard it will be, Jaxson, Iggy, and I are up for the challenge. I couldn’t help but wonder why an FBI agent from the past was sent to us, though. To help? Or hinder? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Colors of Justice: An Olivia Samuels Mystery (Olivia Samuels' Color Series Book 3) by [Sharon Keathley]

The city’s most prominent citizen dies unexpectantly in the hospital room next to where Detective Olivia Samuels is battling for her own life. But when she pushes for an investigation, those who wish the truth to remain hidden will do anything to stop her interference.

Between anesthesia-induced dreams and increased awareness of her surroundings, Olivia knows this murder holds the answers to so many others.

As she inches closer to the justice she seeks, the links to bizarre and what would appear to be unrelated crimes refuse to be buried. Who is the person pulling the strings?

But what do vanishing text messages and crazy, bizarre crimes have to do with his murder? Were they even connected? Can Olivia sort out the entanglement of lies created by years of misdirected justice and solve this before anyone else is harmed?
Could the mayhem just slow down a little bit to allow her time to adjust to these new senses and make some life decisions? How much of the truth about her should she share with the handsome anesthesiologist, Dr. Kraig Richardson, whose very touch makes her toes tingle. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Strangled by Simile (Chalkboard Outlines Book 3) by [Kelley Kaye]

Southern transplant Emma Lovett and her best friend, Leslie Parker, can hardly believe it’s Emma’s third year at Thomas Jefferson High School. In addition to an amazing year with Emma’s boyfriend, Hunter Wells, and Leslie’s brand-new love interest, they’ve gotten all the way through Homecoming with no one dying.


At the end of October, Emma discovers the strangled body of Charlie Foreman, one of Leslie’s favorite nemeses. But the first clue implicates Leslie in the crime. To make things worse, Emma’s feeling a little oogy. She’s tired and dizzy and something’s wrong with her eyes.

All Emma and Leslie are trying to do is find new methods for teaching the youth of America, hopefully using lessons from the Great Bard, their hero, William Shakespeare.

But someone has a different idea: more schooling in murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Treasure and Treason: A crazy cat thinks he's a dragon, and people keep ending up dead! (Scottish Fold Sleuth Book 2) by [Kelty Kells]

Cursed treasure, a cat who thinks he’s a dragon, and unexplained deaths—oh my!

Look, being followed around by a cat wouldn’t normally be a bad thing. Actually, I’d be pretty flattered. This cat, though, isn’t like your typical kitty. Nope. He’s absolutely convinced that he’s a dragon, and worse yet, because he thinks I have a piece of his hoard, he won’t leave me alone!

I’m talking night yowling outside my window, trying to trip me on the sidewalk, and overall just being a jerk.

Okay, so maybe he doesn’t mean it, but still! Talk about frustrating.

Worse yet, it seems this cat attracts trouble. And I mean trouble. Like the people-ending-up-dead kind of trouble–more specifically, dead in my apartment surrounded by bullet casings.

I may not be the smartest girl on the planet, but even I know this looks real bad. Now I’ve got to figure out who killed this woman and why she was killed in my home—all while avoiding the police in the process.

That’s right, folks. I’m officially on the run, thanks to this crazy kitty. Hopefully I can get out of this one alive. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Hewey Spader Mystery Series Book 3) by [Tanya R. Taylor]

A changed town. A new secret. A missing mother and her son. Will the truth behind their disappearance be far too much for this town to bear?

Hewey, Rob and Samantha have gone on with their lives, but they’ve never forgotten their best friend, Jase. They’ve decided twenty-five years after the incident to come together to find out what happened to him and his mother, once and for all.

The shocking truth surrounding their absence will bring the trio to their knees.

The final exciting installment in the popular Hewey Spader Mystery Series.

“Can the three friends find their lost companion OR will the mystery… like that bizarre incident…25 years ago….continue to haunt them FOREVER!! Read and see.”- Bookbub reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Malicious Mayor: Another Small Town Murder in Marin Mystery (Murder in Marin Mysteries Book 6) by [Martin Brown]


After a quarter-century at the heart of Sausalito’s daily life, Mary Anderson had long been thought of as a permanent fixture in the life of a town famous for beautiful vistas and nasty politics. Admired by a narrow majority and despised by a vocal minority, Anderson’s grip on power was guided by her oft-stated advice: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!”

Thought to have died tragically in a landslide, her secret world begins to unravel with the discovery that her death was anything but accidental. Local newspaper publisher Rob Timmons and his Gal Friday, Holly Cross, gather clues while Sheriff’s detective Eddie Austin investigates a few not-the-usual suspects capable of “Queen Mary’s” murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

By The Book (The Magical Bookshop 4) by [Liz Hedgecock]

Knowledge is power – or is it?

When Jemma takes on the post of Assistant Keeper, she wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Her boss Raphael has every confidence in her … but Jemma is less convinced.

It’s much easier to lose herself in getting the bookshops ready for Christmas. But when Carl hands in his notice, Jemma has to accept that things will change.

Then a mysterious developer targets the shops in their neighbourhood, with the aim of putting a transport hub in their place. When a very familiar figure from Jemma’s past shows up, Jemma can’t help but smell a rat.

Will Jemma and Raphael be able to stop the developers and save the shop? Can Jemma step up to her new responsibilities? And will they ever find out where Folio keeps sneaking off to?

By The Book is the fourth in the Magical Bookshop humorous mystery series, set in modern London. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Photo Bombed: A Small Town Cozy Mystery (Bianca Wallace Mysteries Book 1) by [Daria White]

When a corpse crashes the party, Bianca is on the case.

Bianca Wallace is a work from home mom raising her teenage daughter as a single parent. She’s determined to stand on her own two feet in Edenville, Texas after her bitter divorce. When the town’s wedding of the year stars her friend as the bride, Bianca can’t wait to celebrate the nuptials. Neither she nor the guests expect a corpse! When the police suspect the bride, Bianca’s determined to prove her friend’s innocence.

Lamar Sims, the new police detective in Edenville, is investigating the murder case. Bianca’s “interference” is not helping, but she won’t stop when her friend’s freedom is on the line. He makes it clear he wants her to let the police do their job, so she has to find ways around him.

No one in Edenville is safe until the killer is behind bars. Bianca won’t let Detective Sims dismiss her hunches. They may have to work together before another dead body shows up. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dark Night, Dead Knight: Scottish Ghost Castle Mysteries - Book 1 by [Diane Lewis]

There weren’t supposed to be ghosts!

For twelve years, mystery writer Margo Collins has been haunted. An ancient Highlands estate, complete with castle, has called to her since her first visit. And her former love, the handsome Lachlan, now laird of the estate, has never really left her heart.

When Lachlan turned his ancestral home into a permanent writers’ retreat, he invited authors, both well-known and obscure, to make the castle their home. But until now, he refused to invite Margo, the one writer he most wanted under his roof.

Delighted about returning to the castle, and willing to face any lingering feelings for Lachlan, Margo believes she can put the ghosts of her own past to rest. But the castle has something else in mind.

Ghosts—actual ghosts—have been waiting for her in the home of her dreams. And it seems the quiet, idyllic writer’s life she’d envisioned might start to resemble the plot of one of her mystery novels.

Can the reluctant Margo unravel a killer’s plot and help put a real ghost to rest?

Step into the pages of “Dark Night, Dead Knight” to discover the answers and share the journey.

Step into the pages of “Dark Night, Dead Knight” to discover the answers and share the journey. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Blooming Murder (The Marquess of Mortiforde Mysteries Book 1) by [Simon Whaley]

Two communities. One flower competition. So much dead-heading!

Aldermaston’s having a bad day. A falling hanging-basket has killed the town’s mayor, and a second narrowly missed him. His wife wants him to build her new greenhouse in three days, and some nutter is sending him death threats. This isn’t the quiet life he expected as the new Marquess of Mortiforde.

It’s the annual Borders in Blossom competition, and Mortiforde is battling with Portley Ridge in the final. But this is no parochial flower competition. The mayor’s mishap looks like murder, and there’s another body in the river. Someone desperately wants Portley Ridge to win for the fifteenth successive year. So when a mysterious group of guerrilla gardeners suddenly carpet bomb Mortiforde with a series of stunning floral delights one night, a chain reaction of floral retaliation ensues.

Can Aldermaston survive long enough to uncover who is trying to kill him, and why? And can he get his wife’s greenhouse built in time? Blooming Murder is the first book in the Marquess of Mortiforde Mystery series. If you love the eccentricity of MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, and the humour of ITV’s Midsomer Murder television series, you’ll love this first instalment of the Marquess of Mortiforde mysteries. (Amazon)

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Signs of Foul Play: A Silver City Cozy Mystery (Kris Freeman Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Dana Kilpatrick]

A crime wave is rocking the town . . .
. . . Could the stars be behind it?

Kris thinks horoscopes are to blame.

Her new job with the Silver City Star is writing the astrology column with her friend Rosa. It’s not the big story Kris wants, but it’s a foot in the door with the local paper. Then the two make a shocking discovery — their column is linked to the string of attacks. Sun signs are the key, but the cops won’t believe it.

As vandalism escalates to arson and murder . . .

. . . Everyone wonders who will be next.

The police are on the wrong track, and Kris and Rosa are the only ones who can change things. Aided by a salsa-dancing bartender, they hatch an ingenious plan to stop the villain.

But when Kris becomes a target herself . . .

. . . She knows the murderer is onto her.

You’ll love this cozy mystery because the journey takes surprising turns, and belief in the stars is real.

Get it now. (Amazon)

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The Rooftop Party: A Novel by [Ellen Meister]

A Host of Trouble…

In this witty and engaging novel, Dana Barry, the Shopping Channel’s star host, stops by the company’s rooftop party to pitch the new CEO her brilliant idea that just might save the flagging business, her job and possibly her love life.

As she chats with the smarmy executive, he backs her into a dark corner. For Dana, it’s a quid pro oh-hell-no. She escapes his lecherous grasp and grabs her drink on her way to the dance floor. Woozy, she blacks out.

When she comes to, the CEO is dead, fallen from the roof. Or was he pushed? And if so, by whom? It’s hard to know, but one thing is certain: Dana was close enough to be suspect.

Sure, she loathed how the creep moved in on her, but she’s no killer. Or is she? Truth is, Dana can’t remember much about those minutes. Now she has to use all her skills to prove her innocence to everyone, including her police detective boyfriend—and herself.

Meister’s latest is fun and breezy, a compelling, suspenseful read that entertains and keeps you guessing. (Amazon)

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The Man Who Vanished and the Dog Who Waited: A heartwarming mystery by [Kate High]

Animal lovers will delight’ Ann Granger

A real treat . . . I loved it. Cats, dogs, murder and a credible and relatable heroine’ Barbara Nadel

Summer in the Lincolnshire Wolds and Clarice is rung by her friend Louise, asking whether she can look after Susie, her son’s lively Boxer, as 41-year-old Guy has gone missing from the family home.

His mother thinks he has been suffering from depression but more worryingly, in his professional life, he had been working on a high-profile case, defending a known criminal. His home life was beset with problems too, which is why his mother has asked Clarice to look after the dog; Charlotte, Guy’s wife, just can’t cope with her as well as their three daughters.

Getting drawn into the puzzle of Guy’s disappearance, Clarice wonders how Susie received a nasty cut to her back leg, and who is the mysterious Charles? Guy apparently did not trust him enough to let him into his home, and he had not been seen since he was driven away in Charles car. Guy’s friends all say that he was a good, honest man, but as Clarice looks further into the murky criminal world he inhabits, she questions if Guy has been pulled in out of his depth. And – why does Susie keep returning to the private woods, where she had spent so much time with her beloved master…. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May 23rd, 2021–Part 3

Marquesses, Muskets, and Murder: Victoria Parker Regency Mysteries Book Four by [Jennifer Monroe]

When a Marquess is murdered, Victoria Parker finds herself embroiled in an inquest tainted by lies and deception.

Now that her friendship with James Kensington has become something far more wonderful, spinster Victoria Parker is determined to make their relationship work. Yet this notion is immediately challenged by their differing views on how to mind Percy, the young boy who has been left in her care.

Then a new challenge arises.

When Lord Phillip Ridlington, Marquess of Longly, a client and friend of Parker Accounting, is found shot dead in Ashbey Park, Vicky suspects something very personal is at play. Whether it be a faithful butler or a wife who plays bizarre games, Vicky finds a host of nobles and commoners alike who all have a reason to want the marquess dead.

With conflicting alibis, grand tales of war, and a shameful secret someone would kill for, Vicky finds herself inundated by conflicting information throughout the investigation.

How will Vicky sift through the truths and lies to learn who murdered the marquess? And can she and James understand that just like in business, romance takes two to make it right?

A cozy, romantic Regency murder mystery that will keep you guessing til the end. (Amazon)

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Show Me the Money (Heist Ladies Caper Mysteries Book 5) by [Connie Shelton]

Amber Zeckis has just flown home to Phoenix after a dream vacation with her dream guy in Paris. But things go sour when she is stopped at the airport and US Customs finds a huge amount of undeclared cash in her luggage. The problem is, Amber has no idea where it came from. The authorities don’t believe her and it’s looking like she could be facing prison time and fines. She calls on her friends for help, and the Ladies are faced with their trickiest case yet.

Praise for USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton and The Heist Ladies:

“What I loved most is the international flair of this story … I gave this a 5-star because of the grab, the clutch, the pace, and most of all, because of the characters. Great job!” –online review

“The Heist Ladies series is going to be off the charts! Thank you Connie Shelton for such an awesome book.”                       – 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

“Wonderful characters, terrific plot and story line. I highly recommend Diamonds Aren’t Forever … can hardly wait for the next installment!” –5-stars, Amazon review

 “Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review (on the Charlie Parker mysteries) (Amazon)

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Murder Most Confusing (Sliver Lake Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Rodney Strong]

What do you do when the only ones you can trust are your cats?

When Rose Morgan and her two cats Kaos and Madness come to Sliver Lake, she’s just planning to clear out her late Grandma Louise’s house. But when a dead body turns up in her kitchen she is plunged into a search for the truth. The problem is, she’s new to town and doesn’t know who to trust.

The stakes are raised when a second body turns up. Suddenly the big city is looking safer than the small town.

Murder Most Confusing is the first book in this humorous cozy mystery series by Rodney Strong. Grab your copy today. (Amazon)

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Beachfront Bakery: A Perilous Cake Pop (A Beachfront Bakery Cozy Mystery—Book 3) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)

BEACHFRONT BAKERY: A PERILOUS CAKE POP is book #3 in a charming and hilarious new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, whose bestselling Murder in the Manor (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery) has nearly 200 five star reviews.

Allison Sweet, 34, a sous chef in Los Angeles, has had it up to here with demeaning customers, her demanding boss, and her failed love life. After a shocking incident, she realizes the time has come to start life fresh and follow her lifelong dream of moving to a small town and opening a bakery of her own.

After a popular food critic trashes Allison’s bakery, he ends up dead—and suspicion falls on her. With business failing, Allison’s only hope is to solve the crime and clear her name.

But it’s not so simple: the dead critic infuriated a long line of people, and any of them could have gladly killed him. Will Allison—and her beloved dog—be able to solve the seemingly impossible case in time?

A hilarious cozy mystery series, packed with twists, turns, romance, travel, food and unexpected adventure, the BEACHFRONT BAKERY series will keep you laughing and turning pages late into the night as you fall in love with an endearing new character who will capture your heart.

Books #4 (A DEADLY DANISH), #5 (A TREACHEROUS TART), and #6 (A CALAMITOUS COOKIE) are also available! (Amazon)

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Trapped Man Standing (Travel Writer Mystery Series Book 2) by [Wendy Meadows]

There’s a reason this town is deserted…

Torn away from her new assignment and sent to the creepy deserted town of Wounded Willows, Patricia McKay finds herself alone and isolated in a remote corner of Arizona. She falls in with a stranded family who are stuck waiting for someone to fix their broken car – but there’s someone else lurking in this town with them.

When they discover a dead body inside a dilapidated hotel, Patricia’s stay takes a darker turn. Ambushed by a disturbing killer and taken captive with her new friends, Patricia struggles to hatch an escape plan and rescue the family before the eerie town and its killer can claim more lives.

And when their killer mysteriously turns up dead, a new, much more sinister threat emerges – one that will do anything to stop Patricia from leaving. Will Patricia be able to escape Wounded Willows? Or will this ghost town claim yet another victim?

If you love cozy mysteries with a sinister twist and plenty of scares, then Patricia McKay’s fun and thrilling adventures are for you. Perfect for curling up in your favorite chair and reading the hours away, Trapped Man Standing is a mystery that’s sure to delight. Scroll up and grab your copy now! (Amazon)

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Mitzy Moon Mysteries Books 7-9: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Box Set Book 3) by [Trixie Silvertale]

Find out why readers are so addicted to this series…

Mitzy Moon is hitting her stride as a psychic sleuth, and now she has to go undercover!

The cases are piling up as Mitzy infiltrates a Ren Faire, boards a gambling boat, and travels back to Arizona. Warnings from the sexy sheriff, her meddling Ghost-ma, and a spoiled feline all fall on deaf ears, while the list of greedy suspects grows. She’ll have to play her cards just right or end up on a fatal losing streak!

Over 800 pages of sleuthing fun!

The Mitzy Moon Mysteries Box Set: Books 7-9 includes three full-length novels from the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, PLUS the bonus short story: Ghosts and Bad Toasts. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural misfits, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunits.

Buy this Mitzy Moon Mysteries Box Set to cash-in on four capers today!

What Amazon readers are saying:

★★★★★ ‘This is by far one of my favorite new series!’

★★★★★ ‘Charming must-solve paranormal cozy.’

★★★★★ ‘A ghost grandma, a real wild cat, and a girl named after a cheese… What’s not to love?’

★★★★★ ‘…all have me clamoring for more, more, more!’

★★★★★ ‘I could not put this book down!’

Book 7 – Swords and Fallen Lords: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A murder in plain sight. A suspect clear as knight. Can this psychic sleuth unhorse the true villain?

Book 8 – Wakes and High Stakes: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A flamboyant funeral. A dashing gigolo. Can this psychic sleuth beat the odds on murder?

Book 9 – Tracks and Flashbacks: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A touching gift. A shocking truth. Can this psychic sleuth solve a decade-old murder?

Bonus Short Story 9.5 – Ghosts and Bad Toasts: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A Halloween fright. A costume party to die for. Will this amateur sleuth solve the cold case or end up in an icy grave? (Amazon)

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Witch Nemesis in Westerham (Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cozy Mystery Book 16) by [Dionne Lister]

The latest action-packed instalment of a bestselling paranormal cozy mystery series.

When one of Lily’s friends is in trouble, she’ll do whatever she can to help, even if it means risking her life.

When one of Beren’s ex-girlfriends is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the team is quickly on the case. It doesn’t take long for them to realise it wasn’t an accident. What’s worse is that all the evidence points to Beren.

Chad is happy to jump on the throw-Beren-in-Jail bandwagon, and he tries to thwart Angelica, James, Lily and the gang at every turn. His behaviour is beyond frustrating and could mean Beren spends the rest of his life locked up.

While the good witches at the PIB do their best to untangle the mystery, they might have to face the fact that Beren is guilty. Loathe to believe their kind friend is capable of such a cold-hearted murder, they continue to dig for clues, and it’s not long before Liv and Lily are in grave danger.

Can they get themselves out of the mess this time, or have they finally run out of luck? And will Chad and the directors get what they desire—the demise of Angelica, her supportive friends, and the PIB? One thing’s for sure—if Chad gets his way, the world as Lily knows it will be gone forever…. (Amazon)

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Buttons and Blows: A Ghostly Fashionista Mystery (Ghostly Fashionista Mystery Series Book 4) by [Gayle Leeson]


The note, typed on a manual typewriter, is Amanda Tucker’s first introduction to the second ghost she’s ever met.

When retro fashion designer Amanda learns that Violet, the sweet little old lady from whom she bought antique buttons, has been murdered, she’s dismayed—especially when she realizes the murder occurred the evening after Amanda had visited Violet’s shop. Now the ghost who was enamored of the victim is demanding that Amanda help him bring the woman’s killer to justice.

It certainly isn’t an ideal time for Amanda’s parents to be visiting her from Florida for the first time. In addition to Max, the ghostly fashionista, Amanda now has another sassy specter to deal with. Will this one haunt her for the rest of her life?

Praise for the Ghostly Fashionista Mystery Series:

“Grab your copy and follow along in the investigation. The characters are quirky and likable, and if Amanda survives, this seems like a fun place to work!” – E. Pennington, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

“Amanda is a great character, full of spunk and determination to open her own custom clothing shop, focusing on vintage pieces from the ’30s through the ’50s.” – Between the Pages with Lisa

“As a sucker for a fun ghost story, I can say Gayle Leeson’s DESIGNS ON MURDER scores on many levels including a spunky entrepreneur and a charming setting. Now that I’ve read the first one, I’ll be counting the days until the next in the series arrives.” –Lorna Barrett, author of the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries

In DESIGNS ON MURDER, Gayle Leeson sketches a stylish plot accessorized with a spectral fashionista sidekick. This series debut is a delight!” -Diane Vallere, national bestselling author

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Murder Lost and Found (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 7) by [Debbie Young]

Finding a dead body in the village school’s lost property cupboard during the summer holidays is bad enough – but when the body disappears and the police refuse to investigate, it’s down to Sophie Sayers to get to the bottom of the mystery and save the village school from the threat of closure.

Featuring all the leading characters from previous books and introducing a lively cast of new players, this seventh mystery marks the end of Sophie’s first year in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow.

“Murder Lost and Found” was originally intended to be the last in the series, which runs the course of the village year from one summer to the next, but by popular request from readers, an eighth book, in which Sophie will take Hector to meet her parents in Scotland, is now being planned… (Amazon)

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Custard and a Crisis (Dogs & Donuts Book 2) by [Emmie Lyn]

A donut today brings trouble my way.

I’m Ellie Hart. I never dreamed that a new dog walking job would drop me in the middle of a drama. But here I am with my black Lab, Marley, and my newest client, Honeybee, the local diva’s beagle.

Mysterious accidents follow the celebrity like a crazed fan and when poisoned custard almost kills her, drips of the sweet filling lead right to my sister’s donut shop. I’ll do anything to clear her name which puts the lid on my simmering romance with the handsome detective in town.

When the dogs and I stumble on a mysterious rundown cabin and an old unsolved murder, it looks like I’m the newest target for a mishap.

The race is on to sort out this sticky mess before I end up in more than hot water.

Grab yourself a helping of Custard and a Crisis. Don’t miss the latest adventures of Ellie Hart and her lovable Labrador, Marley. Find out what happens next between Ellie and the handsome detective. Best of all, meet Ellie’s latest doggie client, Honeybee, a star beagle. (Amazon)

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Murder at the Montrose Mansion: A Mallory Beck Cozy Culinary Caper by [Denise Jaden]

Five cozy stars! ★★★★★

Strong friendships and a cranky crime-solving cat who thinks he’s a dog will keep you laughing out loud and turning the pages in this new whodunit. 

There are plenty of things a girl wants to do on her sixteenth birthday. Clearing a family member from suspicion of murder isn’t one of them.

Amber is finally turning sixteen, and Mallory is determined to make the day perfect, baking her everything from brioche to pink lemonade cupcakes for the party her mom is throwing her. Their favorite Honeysuckle Grove detective, Alex Martinez, will be in attendance, too, at least until he gets called away to investigate a recently discovered death involving possible foul play.

When Amber’s last name is the only clue given as to what they might find at the nearby crime scene, Alex and Mallory decide they might have to keep this one quiet or Amber’s sixteenth birthday will be anything but sweet.

Order Murder at the Montrose Mansion now! (Amazon)

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Stop Kitten Around: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Midlife Magic & Mystery Book 4) by [Corrine Winters]

You cat judge a book by it’s cover!

The cozy coastal town of Fiddler’s Cove, Connecticut is rocked by an explosion and all of a sudden Sea Witch Ruby’s maybe-boyfriend Chief of Police Jon Miller is presumed dead after his car exploded under mysterious circumstances. Now she must unravel a tangled web of twisted clues to bring the killer to justice!

Who blew up Jon’s patrol car? Was it ruthless mobster Benito Lombardi, who wants revenge on Ruby for sending his best hitman to prison? Or could it be greedy industrialist “Tex” Tillerson, whose hokey southern charm hides a dark secret churning beneath the waters of Long Island Sound? Everywhere Ruby turns, she finds another suspect.

Fortunately, she has the help of her kooky cast of friends and frenemies. Whether it’s staking out the bad guys with her mouthy, vain, and acerbic familiar Rumpus, or penetrating the chaotic regions of Limbo with a foul-mouthed British exorcist, there’s no limits to how far Ruby will go to find the truth behind her Merman maybe-boyfriend.

Join Ruby and her snarky cat for a cozy mystery adventure which is just what the mobster ordered. (Amazon)

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A Cold Case On High (Ice Witch Mysteries Book 4) by [J. L.  Collins]

Charming Springs – Where every day is colder than a witch’s kitty!

Magical misfit Indie Warren knows a thing or two about backstabbing in a small town, but this isn’t what she was expecting.

When the owners of the The Witch Cavern Spa are found sprawled out with knives in their backs, the search is on for their killer… and Indie wonders whether or not it might have something to do with the rumored secret treasure hidden deep within the salt caves.

But her quest for the truth isn’t the only digging she’s doing. Indie finds herself just as conflicted as ever about her love life when Julian’s true past is accidentally revealed. Will Indie be able to handle the truth about his dangerous former life?

And why can’t she shake the feeling that her own best friends are hiding something from her?

A Cold Case On High (Ice Witch Mysteries, book 4) is a lighthearted paranormal cozy mystery. Find out what happens next! (Amazon)

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The Rabbit Hole Murders: A Paranormal Cozy Witch Mystery (Wonderland Detective Agency Book 2) by [Jeannie Wycherley]

Run rabbit run!

Elise Liddell is no country girl, but she’s not averse to the existence of rabbits.

Especially cute and fluffy white ones.

But there’s one on the loose in Tumble Town

And that particular sweet bunny turns out to be a harbinger of death …

Every time Elise spots it, she soon discovers another corpse. Keen to help her ex-colleagues at the Ministry of Witches Police Department solve the murders, Elise launches her own investigation alongside the rest of her team at the Wonderland Detective Agency.

The problem is, they’re not the only ones trying to get to the bottom of the situation … and now the hunters have become the hunted.


The Wonderland Detective Agency Series is a paranormal cozy mystery series, set in the same Universe that Wonky Inn readers have already fallen in love with. While some of the characters and places will be instantly familiar, Wycherley effortlessly casts her spell so that her zany new friends quickly become ours too.

Clean and cozy, The Rabbit Hole Murders, the second book in this wonderful new series, is chock full of witches, wizards, warlocks, ghosts, shadow people, rabbits and more. You’ll love this glimpse into the darker side of the Wonkyverse. (Amazon)

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The Vintner's Other Daughter Calla Lily Mystery #4 (Calla Lily Mystery Series) by [Anna Celeste Burke, Peggy  Hyndman]

When a young woman goes missing, Lily, Austin, and their friends become entangled in a new California wine country mystery.

A local vintner is frantic to find his fourteen-year-old daughter, Annamarie Martez. Fearing for the safety of their daughters, community members help comb the countryside for clues. Lily, and every person they can spare from the Calla Lily Vineyards, Winery, and Theater, join the search.
When Lily’s Min Pin, Marlowe, finds a young woman who’s traumatized, injured, and unable to speak, the mystery deepens. She’s not Annamarie but the vintner’s other daughter. Lily and her friends set aside their planning for the new year, which includes a wedding, to help investigate the mystery of Annamarie’s disappearance.

Grab your copy of book 4 in the Calla Lily Mystery series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke, as help them find Annamarie.

Scrumptious recipes included.

Free to read with Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of May 23rd, 2021–Part 2

The first in a sweet and colorful cozy mystery series from Jess Dylan, Death in Bloom introduces flower shop owner Sierra Ravenswood.

At the Flower House, every rose has its thorn . . .

Sierra Ravenswood is the new part-time employee of the Flower House, a flower shop in Aerieville, Tennessee. It’s true she didn’t expect to be back in her hometown at twenty-eight-years-old, but after her dream of making it as a singer in Nashville crashed and burned, she’s just grateful to have found a soft place to land.

Because, after all, Sierra firmly believes in being optimistic and positive about life, so she’s sure she won’t have to work at the Flower House forever. But things take a decidedly negative turn when a customer drops dead in the middle of her new bouquet-arranging workshop at the store. When it’s discovered he was poisoned by a snack at the event, everyone at the workshop, including Sierra, is on the suspect list. To make matters worse, her boss has gone AWOL and left the store to her for the cost of one dollar, leaving Sierra in charge of both his store and his high-energy Corgi puppy, Gus.

The town is on edge, and Sierra knows that murder is something that an upbeat attitude and a bouquet of sweet-smelling roses can’t fix. She’s determined to figure out whodunit, before anyone else in town meets an untimely reason for needing funeral flowers. (Amazon)

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Body in the Book Drop: A Cat Latimer Cozy Mystery Novella by [Lynn Cahoon]

In this Cat Latimer mystery prequel – Cat’s just starting her graduate degree program that will set her up as a Covington professor. Her mom is working at the local public library, but if a board member has his cost cutting way, not for long. When he’s found dead at the library, Cat’s mom is the primary suspect since her banana bread knife is the murder weapon. Cat has to prove that her mom isn’t a killer – before the real culprit decides that curiosity really does kill the Cat. (Amazon)

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The Judge Wore Lamp Black: Mysterious Devices 5 (Magnificent Devices Book 21) by [Shelley Adina]

Book five of the Mysterious Devices series of clockwork cozies set in the Magnificent Devices world!

The family circle is all Daisy and Freddie have longed for. But sometimes a circle can close … and constrict … and kill.

Daisy and Freddie Linden and their friends arrive in Port Townsend, only to be arrested as spies and brought before the most feared man in the Wild West— “Hanging” Judge Wilson Bonnell. But the unexpected intervention of an old friend plucks them out of the frying pan and tosses them into the glittering whirl of local society, where Freddie wonders if she could be in love at last. But they’re still standing too close to the fire—when a long-sought and familiar figure is spotted on the beach, bending over the lifeless body of the judge.

Have they finally located their beloved father, only to have him clapped in gaol by the Royal Canadian Airborne Police? In a dizzying descent from society belles to social pariahs, Daisy and Freddie now have only themselves to rely on. And they have less than a week to force the killer into the light before their beloved father hangs for a crime he didn’t commit.

“Buckle up, you are in for a ride like no other.” — Lori Alden Holuta, author of the Brassbright Chronicles (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Ribbing and Runes: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Vampire Knitting Club Book 13) by [Nancy Warren]

Can a secret runic message lead to murder?

As Lucy and Rafe plan their wedding, everyone wants to get involved. The vampire knitting club are crafting the gown, William’s catering, the Miss Watts are making the cake. Everything’s under control. Or is it? Just as Lucy begins to believe there won’t be a hitch in their plans, she receives a curious wedding gift that leads to murder.

Between hen parties, her parents arriving early, running a knitting shop and a murder, will Lucy make it down the aisle in one piece?

Join Lucy and her undead knitting club as they solve another crime.
There’s no violence, sex or bad language, just quirky characters, humor—and murder.
The books can be read on their own, but it’s probably more fun to start at book 1 and binge. (Amazon)

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Murder on the Beach: A Destination Murders Short Story Collection by [Karen Cantwell, Ritter Ames, Lucy Carol, Barb Goffman, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Shari Randall, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Cathy Wiley]

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE OF .99 CENTS. Price after May 28th will be $3.99. Searching for the perfect Beach Read? Then grab this fun collection of eight beach-themed stories written by award winning and best-selling cozy mystery authors. With these light, often funny stories of mystery and intrigue, you will travel to a variety of shores, from the rocky coastlines of New England, to the white stretches of sand on the Atlantic, to the teal and emerald waters of the Gulf Coast, the surfing havens on the Pacific, and even beaches in between. So, take a trip with our authors as they show you that sharks aren’t the only danger near the water. “Frugal Lissa Needs a Break” by Ritter Ames “Beach Party Body” by Lucy Carol “Coast Busters” by Karen Cantwell “A Tale of Two Sisters” by Barb Goffman “Cabo San Loco” by Eleanor Cawood Jones “Footprints in the Sand” by Shari Randall “Bay of Reckoning” by Shawn Reilly Simmons “Frog Days of Summer” by Cathy Wiley (Amazon)

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Murder in New Mexico: A Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery (Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series Book 15) by [Dianne Harman]

Cold case murder investigations are a lot harder to solve than current murder cases.
Particularly when the murder occurred over fifteen years ago.
But when a friend asks Brigid to investigate a cold case for her in New Mexico,
Brigid feels she has to at least try.
What she hadn’t taken into consideration
Were old grudges,
A small town that kept secrets,
And people who were willing to commit hate crimes to keep those secrets.

Join Brigid and Jett, her 125-pound Newfoundland dog, as they try to find the long-ago killer. But not so long ago that the threat of her discovering the identity of the killer makes her a present-day target.

Dogs, recipes, and page-turning action all come together in Murder in New Mexico, the 15th book in the Cottonwood Springs Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

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Signs and Pawtents: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (MenoPaws Mysteries Book 2) by [Morgana Best]

There have been some fatal accidents in Wild Lime Mountain. The official police position holds there are no suspicious circumstances, but all the victims were of the Summer Court.

With the killer playing cat and mouse, Nell and JenniFur decide to take matters in their own hands—and paws—with the help of Edison, Daphne, and Delilah.

Can they solve the murders? Will there be a pawsitive outcome? Only time will tail.

Signs and Pawtents is Book 2 in this Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery series from USA Today Bestselling Author, Morgana Best. (Amazon)

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Apocalypse Meow (Movie Club Mysteries, Book 7): An Irish Cozy Mystery by [Zara Keane]

“My descent to the Seventh Circle of Hell began with a lawn chair.”

When Maggie loses a lucrative contract for her P.I. agency due to an accidental full frontal flashing, she’s forced to accept the only other job on offer: one involving her nemesis, the pampered show cat, Quibbles. Maggie and her wacky associate Lenny are hired to escort Quibbles to the final round of auditions to become the face of a luxury cat food brand, Purrfect Paws.

Instead of the five-star hotel they were promised, Maggie and Lenny find themselves trapped in a run-down hostelry in the middle of a hurricane. To make matters worse, their fellow guests include five spoiled celebrity cats and their ruthlessly ambitious owners, all of whom are determined that their cat should be chosen as the face of Purrfect Paws.

And then a cat-astrophe strikes. One by one, the owners start dying. With the storm raging, and the body count rising, Maggie and Lenny are determined to find the killer before their inn turns into a morgue.

Can Maggie catch the killer or will her fur-midable opponent get the upper paw? Grab a copy and find out today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Post Mortem : A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery Book 6 by [Tonya Kappes]

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes brings community, friendships, and family together in this heartwarming southern cozy mystery series.

Sugar Creek Gap is a southern small town where everyone puts their differences aside in order to come together for the greater good of the cozy knit community. But when a citizen, Jeff Faulkner, goes missing from the annual Sugar Creek Gap High School fundraiser, the rumor mill starts to turn faster and faster, churning up the past that puts Jeff Faulkner in the spot light.

Bernadette Butler, a local mail carrier, hears all the gossip swirling around while delivering the mail on route. Hearsay says Jeff ran off because his payment for an old gambling debt came due or he ran off with another women making both assumptions irrelevant after Rowena, Bernadette’s feline, finds Jeff’s lifeless body.

Heartbroken for Jeff’s family, Bernie knows all too well what it feels like to become a widow and a son fatherless. Bernie can’t help but collect clues with all the gossip flowing faster than she can deliver the mail, putting her smack dab in the middle of the investigation that has more twists and turns than the roads where Bernie drives her mail carrier truck. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Deadly Faux Pas: A page-turning mystery set in Paris (An American in Paris Book 6) by [Susan Kiernan-Lewis]

A pleasant evening dinner boat ride on the Seine is destroyed by a shocking murder—and a kidnapping. This time, there is no question who the perpetrator is. Even his master plan is revealed in stunning clarity to anybody paying attention—which Claire Baskerville certainly is. But for Claire—expat American and private investigator living in Paris—and her daughter, that knowledge may come too late. As Claire desperately searches for her daughter in a Paris whose borders have been briefly sealed due to a threatening viral pandemic, she knows the clock is ticking. The lockdown is only meant to give the hospitals a head start and protect the rest of the country. Will she find Catherine before the lockdown lifts? And her daughter is lost forever into the endless, mysterious mist of the Middle East—where Claire has no doubt her only child is bound for. The sixth and latest installment in the An American in Paris Mystery Series will take Claire on a harrowing and very personal sojourn. This book is a clean read with no graphic violence, sex or strong language. Genre: cozy travel mystery, women amateur sleuth, cozy animal (dog) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Chocolate Chills (A Mission Inn-possible Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Rosie A. Point]

Which two things are dark, bitter, and satisfying? Chocolate… and murder

Charlotte Mission is no longer a spy-in-hiding. After a recent brush with the ‘underground,’ Charlie’s happy to be back at the Gossip Inn, serving as the assistant to her retired spy grandmother. This time, however, she’s got her sights set on capturing her ex-husband. Kyle Turner has arrived in Gossip seeking revenge, and if Charlotte doesn’t stop him, there’s no telling how many people will suffer.

But everything’s under control. Charlie and Gamma are in position, and the agency is sure to step in before things get wild. That is until one of the assistants in the kitten foster center is murdered, sending the Texas small town into a blind panic. Can Charlie and Gamma solve the case and stop Kyle before they pay the ultimate price?

Find out in the show-stopping, cozy conclusion to the Mission Inn-possible Cozy Mystery series. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cherringham - Killer Track: A Cosy Crime Series (Cherringham: Mystery Shorts Book 39) by [Matthew Costello, Neil Richards]

Every year Lady Repton opens up her grand estate to host ‘Cherringfest’ – the Cotswold’s favourite music festival. And this year will be special, featuring not just the return of the legendary and infamous metal rock band, Lizard…but also the home debut of the young and wildly successful new group, Unlost. But what should be a summer weekend of fantastic music, food and fun for all, turns frightening when murder is threatened, and one performer is nearly killed. Soon Jack and Sarah are in a race against time, trying to untangle a web of jealousy, egos and revenge before this Cherringfest ends in a deadly climax…

Episode 40 will be available for pre-order soon and will be out October, 29th 2021.

Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

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

May Day (Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries Book 5) by [Mara Webb]

Sadie Alden has been having a tough week. A huge question mark hangs over her relationship with Miller and things only seem to be getting worse.

As Hallow Haven prepares for the May Day celebrations, Effie and Kate are trying their best to keep Sadie busy. They can only distract her for so long. Sadie quickly learns that the first day of May is significant in the witch calendar, and for some residents it is important for all the wrong reasons.

In an effort to turn things around, Sadie tries her hand at a spell for good luck, but she’s not used to practicing magic by herself and seems to have made a mistake.

In the hours that follow the spell, Sadie finds herself caught up in the dark side of the summer festival. A mysterious woman’s arrival threatens to disrupt the dynamic between Sadie and her guardians, a missing sister might provide a way out, and a ticking clock reminds them all how little time they have left.

May Day is the fifth book in the Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Shiplap and Spell Hunting (Magical Renovation Mysteries Book 6) by [Amy Boyles]

Clementine’s adventures continue in Shiplap and Spell hunting!

When a mysterious portal opens up in Norma Ray’s barn, giving people everything they wish for, Clem and Rufus are on edge, doing everything they can to close it as quickly as possible.

But that’s easier said than done. When the whole town discovers the portal’s abilities, everyone is wishing for their heart’s desire. Only some folks want things that should never be wished for–namely Malene.

And when Clem and Rufus discover what will happen if they don’t close the portal–namely the destruction of their town, they jump into high gear, doing everything they can to shut it down. But nothing works.

Can Clem and Rufus close the portal, or will it destroy Peachwood?

Find out now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Clinics and Curses: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Midlife Medicine Book 4) by [Amorette Anderson]

In a village that loves veggies,
drought spells BIG trouble — for gardens and witches alike!

The quirky magical town

of Covenstead, Vermont,

has strict rules.

#1: No Swimming in Crystal Lake

#2: No Meat

#3: No Curses!

Thanks to her pit bull Lucky’s

bad habit of capsizing canoes,

Grace has just broken rule #1.

And it turns out,

she’s not the only one breaking rules this summer…

Someone’s sizzling bacon on a griddle.

And worse — casting curses.

When a murderer strikes, this sprinkle of mischief becomes a downpour.

The upcoming rain ceremony

hangs in the balance.

Grace has no time for

lazing in a hammock with a glass of iced tea.

This nurse has work to do!

For fans of paranormal women’s fiction and witch cozy mysteries — a combination of midlife self-discovery, magic, and murder!

This is book four in the Midlife Medicine series. Can be read as a standalone or as a follow-up to book three, Broken Bones and Botany. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

New Releases For The Week Of May 23rd, 2021–Part 1

The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit (A Domestic Diva Mystery Book 14) by [Krista Davis]

In the latest Domestic Diva mystery from New York Times bestselling author, Krista Davis, entertaining maven Sophie Winston must cut to the core of another murder investigation when members of an international tour group begin dropping like flies all over Old Town, Virginia . . .
With Old Town’s DIY Home Decorating Festival in full swing, Sophie’s swamped, juggling a bumper crop of artisans, antique dealers, and decorators for the busy street fair. Still, when her best friend Nina suddenly needs a ride from the airport, Sophie is happy to help . . . until she sees Nina disembarking in a state of disarray. It’s obvious the trip to Portugal soured somewhere along the way. But after one of Nina’s traveling companions turns up murdered the following day, Sophie knows something is truly rotten . . .
Though the crime scene is staged to look like an accident, Sophie isn’t fooled and peels off to conduct her own investigation. Her only clue is a strange image the victim scratched into the soil before dying. Could it point to a cryptic killer in Old Town? A bitter travel adversary? Or a cursed artifact smuggled back from the trip? As the mystery grows, so does the body count, and if Sophie doesn’t pluck the murderer soon, her best friend may be the next to fall . . .
Includes delicious recipes and fabulous DIY decorating tips! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

The second novel in Ann Hazelwood’s Door County Quilts Series. Claire Stewart loves her little hometown of Fish Creek and has settled happily in Door County, Wisconsin. Her career as a quilt artist and painter is blooming, but she is disappointed with the prestigious quilt club she was privileged to join. They could be doing so much more to bring quilts to the forefront in Door County. One of Claire’s grand ideas requires her to go before the Town Board to get an event permit. She and her best friend Cher team up to try to convince the board to do something they have never done before. Meanwhile, the man with the red scarf begins to play a stronger role in Claire’s life as harassment continues from Austin, her former lover. Artist Claire Stewart is creating a life we cannot wait to read more about. Available April 2021 – Preorder Now (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

See Something (A Witch City Mystery Book 11) by [Carol J. Perry]

Salem’s WICH-TV program director Lee Barrett is about to discover no good deed goes unpunished . . .

Lee has been promoted from field reporter to program director. Keeping track of all the shows and managing the local TV personalities—including a cowboy, a clown, and a performing dog—has her head spinning. Perhaps that’s what makes her take pity on the distraught woman she finds sitting alone on a bench on the Salem common. When she realizes that the poor woman doesn’t even know her own name, Lee takes her into the warmth of the home she shares with her Aunt Ibby and their clairvoyant gentleman cat, O’Ryan. Maybe Lee can use her own psychic gifts to divine the woman’s identity.

Lee’s detective beau Pete Mondello wants to talk to the “Jane Doe,” but before he can investigate, he’s called to a crime scene. A body has been found washed up in a narrow harbor cove. As harmless as her new houseguest seems, Lee can’t help but wonder if she may be harboring a killer . . .

Praise for the Witch City Mysteries

“Perfectly relaxing and readable.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This rewarding paranormal cozy series debut will have Victoria Laurie fans lining up to follow.”
Library Journal

“An entertaining story that keeps readers guessing until the very twisted and eerie end.”
RT Book Reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Carried to the Grave and Other Stories (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery Book 6) by [Leslie Budewitz]

In her Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, Agatha Award-winning author Leslie Budewitz introduces us to Jewel Bay, a tight-knit Montana community that thrives on tourism and farm-to-table fare. Featuring Erin Murphy, beloved proprietor of the Merc—a century-old general store converted into a local foods market—each book brings us closer to the folks who call Jewel Bay home, and the cunning culprits in their midst.

In this delicious new collection of five short stories and one novella, she takes us further into the heart of Jewel Bay—from the playhouse to the Merc, from funerals to food festivals—with equal parts humor, suspense, and compassion, and no shortage of murder to spice up the menu . . .

In Carried to the Grave, a long-hidden family secret refuses to be put to rest.

Jewel Bay’s community food festival serves up the perfect opportunity for a devious killer with an appetite for murder in Pot Luck.

In The Christmas Stranger, a small gesture by a mysterious man turns out to change lives . . . and much more.

A romantic getaway to a secluded beach town in Mexico provides a deadly remedy for a couple’s trouble at home in A Death in Yelapa.

As the local playhouse opens for the season, it’s curtains for a stage manager with a secret in Put on a Dying Face.

And in An Unholy Death, when Kate and Paddy Murphy open Murphy’s Mercantile in 1910, they know making a go of it in rough-and-tumble Montana will be hard work, but for a local preacher, it’s murder.

Praise for the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries:

“A lighthearted and amusing story with the added bonus of several yummy recipes.” —Mystery Scene

Treble at the Jam Fest has all the necessary elements to satisfy cozy mystery lovers: likeable, believable characters, a fast-moving plot, and a logical ending. Great fun!” —Suspense Magazine

“A pleasing read with a thoughtful heroine, a plethora of red herrings, and some foodie tips.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A delicious mystery as richly constructed as the layers of a buttery pastry. Wine, enchiladas, and song make for a gourmet treat in the coziest town in Montana!” —Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

“Leslie is a fellow foodie who loves a good mystery and it shows in this delightful tale!” —Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

“Music, food, scenery, and a cast of appealing characters weave together in perfect harmony in Leslie Budewitz’s Treble at the Jam Fest.” —Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries and the County Cork Mysteries

“Small-town charm and big-time chills. Jewel Bay, Montana, is a food lover’s paradise.” —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author:

Three-time Agatha Award-winning author Leslie Budewitz is passionate about food, great mysteries, and her native Montana, the setting for her national-bestselling Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries. She also writes the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. As Alicia Beckman, she’s the author of stand-alone suspense, beginning with Bitterroot Lake (2021). Visit her online at, where you can find maps of the village and surrounding area, recipes, and more. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery Book 5) by [Ginger Bolton]

Selling her corn fritters at a carnival, Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill faces off against a murderer who doesn’t play fair . . .

Emily and her assistant, Nina, are looking forward to manning the Deputy Donut tent at the Faker’s Dozen Carnival in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin—a festival held on Friday the thirteenth to celebrate good and bad luck. But Emily has barely dropped the corn fritters in oil when bad luck boils up. First, their bucket of confectioner’s sugar disappears—and then while a mime creates a distraction, a magician robs their cash register.

After the carnival, their misfortune continues. Emily discovers that someone has broken into artist Nina’s loft and vandalized a large painting in progress with the bucket of stolen sugar, which is now on the head of the mime, who seems to have been suffocated. Emily would bet Nina was the intended victim, but the cops think Nina silenced the mime. Now Emily must catch the killer white-handed—before someone else kicks the bucket . . .

Praise for Jealousy Filled Donuts

“Charming . . . Yummy donut recipes round out a whodunit (or is it a whodonut?) sure to please cozy fans.”
Publishers Weekly

Includes delicious recipes! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Whitby Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery Book 6) by [J. R. Ellis]

A murder with three witnesses. But one of them doesn’t believe what she saw…

Halloween, Whitby. DCI Jim Oldroyd’s daughter Louise is in town with friends for a goth festival. But their visit to an escape room ends in bloody murder when one of the group stabs his girlfriend and flees the scene. It’s a crime with three witnesses—but Louise refuses to take what she saw at face value.

Oldroyd and DS Carter are called in to solve the case, assisted from the sidelines by Louise. But the closer they investigate, the more complex the web of deceit appears. This is no straightforward crime of passion.

With a violent murderer on the loose, it’s only a matter of time before they strike again. And this time it’s personal. Oldroyd must expose the truth, protect his daughter and stop the horror before it’s too late. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Murder in a Scottish Garden (A Scottish Shire Mystery Book 2) by [Traci Hall]

In the charming Scottish shire of Nairn,sweater shop owner Paislee Shaw must root out a garden variety killer. . .

Paislee’s custom sweater and yarn business, Cashmere Crush, is the sole support for not only the single mum and her ten-year-old son Brody, but also her eccentric Gramps and Wallace, their black Scottish terrier.So when her landlord, Shawn Marcus, serves her an eviction notice and then pulls a disappearing act, she’ll go to any lengths to find the man and reason with him.
Shawn is heir to the Leery Estate, which Brody’s class will be visiting on a field trip. So Paislee volunteers to chaperone in the hopes of tracking down Shawn and killing two birds with one stone. Unfortunately, the only one killed is a man Paislee sees falling out of the hedges after being shot. It’s not her missing landlord, but Lady Leery’s nephew, Charles Thomson. Gruff DI Mack Zeffer is on the case, but Paislee also has a stake in flushing out the shooter. With suspects sprouting up like weeds, Paislee may need to hedge her bets until she can determine who is trying to lead her down the garden path . . . In the charming Scottish shire of Nairn,sweater shop owner Paislee Shaw must root out a garden variety killer. . .

Paislee’s custom sweater and yarn business, Cashmere Crush, is the sole support for not only the single mum and her ten-year-old son Brody, but also her eccentric Gramps and Wallace, their black Scottish terrier.So when her landlord, Shawn Marcus, serves her an eviction notice and then pulls a disappearing act, she’ll go to any lengths to find the man and reason with him.
Shawn is heir to the Leery Estate, which Brody’s class will be visiting on a field trip. So Paislee volunteers to chaperone in the hopes of tracking down Shawn and killing two birds with one stone. Unfortunately, the only one killed is a man Paislee sees falling out of the hedges after being shot. It’s not her missing landlord, but Lady Leery’s nephew, Charles Thomson. Gruff DI Mack Zeffer is on the case, but Paislee also has a stake in flushing out the shooter. With suspects sprouting up like weeds, Paislee may need to hedge her bets until she can determine who is trying to lead her down the garden path . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery Book 4) by [Debra H. Goldstein]

Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing and dicing when someone in culinary school serves up a main corpse in Wheaton, Alabama . . .

Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister’s restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sarah has no time to enjoy life’s finer things. Divorced and sort-of dating, she’s considering going back to school. But as a somewhat competent sleuth, Sarah’s more suited for criminal justice than learning how many ways she can burn a meal.

Although she wouldn’t mind learning some knife skills from her sous chef, Grace Winston. An adjunct instructor who teaches cutlery expertise in cooking college, Grace is considering accepting an executive chef’s position offered by Jane Clark, Sarah’s business rival—and her late ex-husband’s lover. But Grace’s future lands in hot water when the school’s director is found dead with one of her knives in his back. To clear her friend’s name, Sarah must sharpen her own skills at uncovering an elusive killer . . .

 Includes quick and easy recipes!

“The Sarah Blair mysteries are such a perfect blend of wit, fun, intrigue, and mouth-watering food descriptions that cozy fans will be eager for another helping.”
—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Pint of No Return: A Dessert Cozy Mystery (Shake Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Dana Mentink]

The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up…

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she’s left one of ex’s businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad’s life seems to be churning along smoothly.

That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad’s fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it’s going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Prodigal Daughter (A Linda Wallheim Mystery Book 5) by [Mette Ivie Harrison]

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, has it become easier to speak out about sexual assault in religious communities?

Linda Wallheim, increasingly disillusioned with her religion, has begun marriage counseling with her husband, Kurt, a bishop in the Mormon Church. On other days, Linda occupies herself with happier things, like visiting her five grown sons and their families.

When Linda’s eldest son, Joseph, tells her his infant daughter’s babysitter, a local teenager named Sabrina Jensen, has vanished, Linda can’t help but ask questions. Her casual inquiries form the portrait of a girl under extreme pressure from her parents to be the perfect Mormon daughter, and it eventually emerges that Sabrina is the victim of a terrible crime at the hands of her own classmates—including the high school’s golden boys and future church leaders.

Linda’s search for Sabrina will lead her to the darker streets of Utah and cause her to question whether the Mormon community’s most privileged and powerful will be called to task for past sins. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Shot Through the Heart (A North Star Novel Series Book 2) by [Nicole Helm]

She’s spent her life concealing her identity.

Now she must trust an undercover agent to survive.

Willa Zimmerman grew up as the daughter of spies, so she’s always known her life could be in danger. That’s why, when North Star undercover operative Holden Parker follows her to her home, seeking a lead on a hit man, she captures him. But soon they learn they’re actually on the same side—and they’re being pursued by the same relentless foe. Together, can they stop a deadly hunter before they end up as the next victims?

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.

Discover more action-packed stories in the North Star Novel Series. All books are stand-alone with uplifting endings but were published in the following order:

Book 1: Summer Stalker

Book 2: Shot Through the Heart (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder at St. Winifred's Academy (A Ferrara Family Mystery Book 5) by [J.D. Griffo]

Tranquility, New Jersey’s amateur drama troupe is staging a murder mystery at St. Winifred’s Academy and Alberta Scaglione couldn’t be more thrilled. Even her Italian-American famiglia are getting in on the act. But someone’s making deadly revisions to the script . . .
Alberta can hardly believe it. Her childhood screen idol, 1950s Hollywood starlet Missy Michaels, has signed up for the local Tranquility Players revival of the classic Arsenic and Old Lace. But before Missy memorizes a single line, she’s found dead in her dressing room wrapped in lace and clutching a bottle of arsenic. The ultimate drama-queen suicide? Everyone thinks so—except Alberta. A Ferrara woman knows murder when she sees it. Alberta also knows producer Nola Kirkpatrick’s checkered past: whenever she’s around, trouble abounds.
Alberta and her crime-reporting partner-in-sleuthing granddaughter, Jinx, have a hunch the murderer is among the Players. So Alberta joins the cast—reluctantly playing Missy’s role—to get closer to the truth. She notices the director is a little unbalanced, but aren’t they all? The leading man is a wildly obsessive Missy Michaels fanboy—but a murderer? Of course, the show must go on. But if Alberta and Jinx can’t nab the killer before opening night, it may mean curtains for more Players . . . including Alberta.
Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!

“Imagine the Golden Girls starting a detective agency and you’ll get the general idea of J.D. Griffo’s charming Ferrara Family mystery series.”
Criminal Element

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Andrew Basnett may be retired from academia, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped his former colleagues from dumping problems in his lap. This time around it’s the peppery Constance Camm, whose neighbors keep disappearing. Miss Camm and her sister, Mollie, might be tempted to shrug things off, were it not for a frightening letter. “I know where you buried the body,” says the letter, but…to which disappeared neighbor does the letter refer? And why was it sent to Mollie, who hasn’t been burying anything? Spurred by a desire to help a friend (and—admit it!—by his own curiosity), Professor Basnett starts poking around. But his efforts uncover more than one village skeleton, and they may call up more than anyone has bargained for. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback


Killer Among the Vines (Wine & Dine Mysteries Book 7) by [Gemma Halliday]

From #1 Amazon & New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a killer new culinary mystery novel in the USA Today bestselling Wine & Dine Mysteries!

Emmy Oak’s family run winery has been in the headlines one too many times and for all the wrong reasons. Which is why she’s decided to hire a night security guard, Bill Buckley, to keep an eye on the place. Only when Buckley calls her in a panic about a tripped alarm, Emmy again fears trouble at Oak Valley Vineyards. A fear that is realized in the worst way when Emmy rushes home to find her security guard dead among the blooming grape vines.

Was it poachers? Trespassers? An interrupted would-be burglar? Or was the attack less random and much more personal…

Emmy’s sorta-maybe boyfriend Detective Christopher Grant worries the killer might have been after her. But as Emmy learns more about her late employee, she realizes Buckley had far more enemies than she. Before becoming a security guard, Buckley was a police officer…who was caught taking bribes to look the other way. A scandal that illuminates a whole host of suspects, including an angry ex-wife, a former partner with a grudge, and a convicted madame turned cookie purveyor with revenge on the mind. Not to mention the surly teenage son of Buckley’s live-in girlfriend, who would do anything to get rid of his almost-stepdad. But when Emmy finds out Detective Grant also has his own connection to the dead man, she suddenly wonders what else Grant may be hiding about his past. Can Emmy ferret out the killer among the vines… before they come looking for another victim?

**Simple and delicious recipes and affordable wine pairings included!**

“Ms. Halliday is the undisputed queen of the genre.”
Fresh Fiction

“I rank A Sip Before Dying as one of my favorite fun reads. I say to Gemma Halliday, well done!”
The Book Breeze

“The Wine & Dine Mystery series is a definite to read and keep an eye out for more to follow.”
Cozy Mystery Book Review

Wine & Dine Mysteries:
A Sip Before Dying – book #1
Chocolate Covered Death – book #2
Victim in the Vineyard – book #3
Marriage, Merlot & Murder – book #4
Death in Wine Country – book #5
Fashion, Rosé & Foul Play – book #6
Killer Among the Vines – book #7

Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 or what you would find on a Hallmark Channel movie or TV series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Scones and Scandal (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 22) by [Agatha Frost]

NEW to the Peridale series? This book is the PERFECT jumping in point!

A FUN British village cosy/cozy mystery packed with HEART, HUMOUR, FAMILY DRAMA, and plenty of TWISTS and TURNS! The 22nd book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series.

With Julia South-Brown enjoying her newborn daughter’s every milestone safe in her cosy cottage, and with maternity leave cutting her off from the rumour mill of her café, she doesn’t realise just how much local news and gossip she’s missed. Between a wave of break-ins and thefts, Peridale isn’t quite the safe little village she remembers.

But when the leader of Peridale’s Eyes, the local neighbourhood watch group, meets her end on the same day Julia’s neighbour Leah’s house is broken into and robbed, Julia finds herself pulled back into the familiar world of clues, suspects, and motives – not to mention her gran’s rival neighbourhood watch group.

Dot South knows this is her moment to shine. For years, she’s been dreaming of starting a neighbourhood watch group of her own. Now, with a murder on her doorstep and a bunch of hapless amateurs bungling every attempt at solving it, who better to form and lead a newer, better version of Peridale’s Eyes?
Or should she say … Dot’s Detectives?

“This series just keeps getting better and better!”

Other books in the series (8000+ ratings/reviews on Amazon):

  1. Pancakes and Corpses
  2. Lemonade and Lies
  3. Doughnuts and Deception
  4. Chocolate Cake and Chaos
  5. Shortbread and Sorrow
  6. Espresso and Evil
  7. Macarons and Mayhem
  8. Fruit Cake and Fear
  9. Birthday Cake and Bodies
  10. Gingerbread and Ghosts
  11. Cupcakes and Casualties
  12. Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune
  13. Ice Cream and Incidents
  14. Champagne and Catastrophes
  15. Wedding Cake and Woes
  16. Red Velvet and Revenge
  17. Vegetables and Vengeance
  18. Cheesecake and Confusion
  19. Brownies and Bloodshed
  20. Cocktails and Cowardice
  21. Profiteroles and Poison
  22. Scones and Scandal
  23. Raspberry Lemonade and Ruin

Book 22 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril. (Amazon)

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Review of Arsenic and Adobo


The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer….

When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

With the cops treating her like she’s the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila’s left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block…  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lila is a strong woman who has been dealt a bad hand.  When she finds out that her Tita Rosa’s restaurant is having financial difficulties, she has to go back home to try and fix things and make it right.  But that gets complicated because a nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex) drops dead at the restaurant.  Of course, she is a person of interest so she has to find the real culprit before she goes to jail for life.  She will have help from her best friend, Adeena, and her trusty Dachshund, Longansia.  And of course, her aunts and family.  With all of them in her corner, what could possibly go wrong?

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 very quickly.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I will definitely give the next book in the series a try and see what happens to Lila next.

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

Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery Book 1) by [Mia P. Manansala]