New Releases For The Week Of May 9th, 2021–Part 1

Deadly Ever After: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by [Eva Gates]

Librarian Lucy’s wedding is at stake when a murder interrupts her engagement celebrations. To make it down the aisle, she’ll have to find the killer to save the date in the 8th book in the Lighthouse Library mysteries.

They’re getting married! Lucy Richardson and Connor McNeil have announced their engagement. Their friends throw a party for the couple at Coquina Beach, close to Lucy’s beloved Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.

As they’re packing up the presents and the (few) leftovers from Josie’s Cozy Bakery, who should arrive, but Richard Eric Lewiston III, Lucy’s former almost-fiancé and his overbearing mother Evangeline. Push comes to love when Evangeline makes no secret of why she’s here: to get Lucy and Ricky back together.

Lucy isn’t temped in the least, and Ricky is nothing but embarrassed at his mother’s desperate ploy. Before returning to Boston Evangeline throws a dinner party at Jake’s Seafood Bar for a reluctant Lucy and her family. Lucy hopes to get the dinner over with and see Evangeline and Ricky returning to Boson. But when a body is found at the restaurant’s kitchen door, Lucy is again forced to unwillingly put on her detective’s hat and do what she can to save her family and her engagement. Meanwhile, the classic novel reading club is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and open war breaks out in the Lighthouse Library when Lucy agrees to temporarily take care of a dog named Fluffy, but Charles the library cat has other ideas. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Peaches and Schemes: A Georgia B&B Mystery by [Anna Gerard]

In Anna Gerard’s third delightful Georgia B&B mystery, Nina Fleet learns that despite the satin, lace, and buttercream trappings, weddings often prove to be anything but sweet…

Nina Fleet might be new to the innkeeping business, but she’s savvy enough to know that Cymbeline’s tourists aren’t enough to keep her fledgling bed and breakfast going. And so, Nina decides to tap into the destination wedding market by taking a booth at the Veils and Vanities Bridal Expo. The twice-yearly event is sponsored by the town’s two wedding pros: Virgie Hamilton, the sixtysomething owner of Virgie’s Formals, and Roxanna Quarry, a Gen X event planner and Nina’s new friend. But everything goes wrong during the expo’s fashion show, when Roxanna comes tumbling out of an oversized prop wedding cake, strangled to death by her own scarf.

Virgie is arrested for the crime, thanks to Nina’s statement to the police about having overheard the woman accusing her partner of embezzlement. Meanwhile, the situation grows tense with her sometimes nemesis and current tenant, the dashing out-of-work actor Harry Westcott. Harry is concentrating on plugging his most recent side hustle …but he’s not too busy to break the news to Nina that her ex-husband is engaged to be married again.

Certain that Virgie’s only offense is a bad temper, Nina decides to do her own investigating. First, however, she and Harry retrieve Roxanna’s now ownerless dog, planning to foster him until a new home can be found. But local gossip soon convinces Nina that others beside Virgie might have had reason to murder Roxanna. As Nina gets close to the truth, she’s putting her own life at danger. And when Virgie vanishes after being bailed out of jail by an unknown benefactor, Nina fears that if she can’t find the dress shop owner in time, tying the knot will take on a whole new meaning for them both. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

A Trail of Lies: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery Book 3) by [Kylie Logan]

A Trail of Lies is the third in the Jazz Ramsey mystery series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan.

Jazz Ramsey is just getting used to the idea that her on-again-off-again beau, Nick, might actually be a permanent fixture, when she gets an alarming call in the middle of the night from his mother, Kim: there’s a dead man in her backyard. Kim has a long history of drinking and a vivid imagination, so when Jazz’s human remains detection dog, Wally, finds no evidence of a body, Jazz thinks she can breathe easy.

But when the body of a middle-aged man, Dan Mansfield, is discovered in a nearby park, and a photo of Nick and his mom is found in his pocket, Jazz has to admit that something isn’t adding up. Kim claims not to know who Dan is, but the cops find out soon enough: he’s a recently paroled convict who served thirty years for murder. And when Jazz traces his crime back to a bar fight with an antiques dealer, she ends up with more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, no one wants her poking around—not Nick’s mom, nor the Motorcycle-riding ex-con she connects to Dan, nor Nick himself, who seems worried about Jazz’s safety, but also about what she might find. But Jazz has never been one to take no for an answer, and she won’t give up now—even if it means risking her own life. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Punning with Scissors (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 2) by [Becky Clark]

1 DOWN: A PERSON OF INTEREST

Quinn Carr has been quietly creating crosswords for the Chestnut Station Chronicle in her small Colorado town since she was in high school, but she has yet to solve the puzzle of how to make a living from her passion. So she lives with her parents and works at the local diner, catering to regulars like The Retireds, a charming if cantankerous crew of elderly men. The most recent member to join the group is a recently retired tailor, the unfortunately named Hugh Pugh.

4-LETTER WORD FOR “IMPALE”

But Hugh’s misfortune dramatically increases when he’s arrested for stabbing his husband with a pair of fabric shears. With a cryptic crossword clue left at the crime scene, Quinn seems tailor-made for solving this murder. The local police may be determined to pin the crime on the kindly tailor, but Quinn will use her penchant for puzzles and what her therapist calls her “obsessive coping mechanism” to get the clues to line up and catch the real culprit—before the killer boxes her in. . . .

“FRESH, FAST, AND FURIOUSLY FUN . . . Becky Clark writes with wry wit, a keen eye, and no shortage of authority.”
—Brad Parks, Shamus Award-winning author on 
Fiction Can Be Murder

Includes original crossword puzzles! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Dice on a Deadly Sea (A Cardboard Cottage Mystery Book 2) by [Jane Elzey]

Four adventurous friends dive into murder while celebrating the big Five-O, and another husband dies trying. Zelda Carlisle’s birthday cruise with her three best friends is anything but a smooth sail. A cruise in the Galapagos Islands is a bucket list adventure come true, but plans go off the rails after they bump into a dead man on deck. Gambling that when there is no body there is no crime to ruin their fun, they hide him and hope no one will notice he’s missing. With their reckless deed landing them in peril, they charm their way through shark-infested waters, a mud-spa they didn’t anticipate, and a sexy pirate with something to hide. Sleuthing falls to Amy Sparks, who discovers all that glitters is not gold on this dicey deadly sea. If she can’t reel in a ruthless killer, they may never leave the ship alive. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Punch, Pastries, and Poison (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 10) by [Harper Lin]

From 3x USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: the highly anticipated 10th book in the popular Cape Bay Cafe Mysteries

Fran throws Matt a birthday party at the cafe and invites all of Cape Bay to attend. Halfway into the party, many of the guests become sick, and some end up in the ER.

Fran fears the cause was food poisoning, but Detective Mike Stanton informs her that it was actual poison—someone at the party intentionally poisoned the pastries or punch.

Did the perp mean to target one person or to hurt as many people as possible? Did they want to shut down the cafe and destroy her business? Was it someone she knew or a sick stranger? Whoever it was, Fran had likely met the culprit at her party. And that makes her shudder.

When another partygoer ends up dead days later, Fran is on high alert. She must find the murderer before anyone else gets hurt.

Includes special recipes (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Villa in Sicily: Capers and a Calamity (A Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery—Book 4) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. Highly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who appreciates a well-written mystery with twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews (regarding Murder in the Manor)

A VILLA IN SICILY: CAPERS AND A CALAMITY is book #4 in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor, a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews (and a free download)!

Audrey Smart, 34, has made a major life change, walking away from her life as a vet (and from a string of failed romances) and moving to Sicily to buy a $1 home—and embark on a mandatory renovation she knows nothing about. She finds herself busy running the town’s new shelter, while also renovating her own problematic home—and dating again.

Audrey’s reputation is spreading, and she is asked to travel to other parts of Sicily to help other towns with their animal problems. When she journeys a short ferry ride away to the beautiful Aeolian Islands, Audrey thinks she has found paradise—until a rival vet makes her life hell—and an unexpected murder pins her as the main suspect.

Can Audrey clear her name, salvage her reputation, and find the true killer?

A laugh-out-loud cozy packed with mystery, intrigue, renovation, animals, food, wine—and of course, love—A VILLA IN SICILY will capture your heart and keep you glued to the very last page.

“The book had heart and the entire story worked together seamlessly that didn’t sacrifice either intrigue or personality. I loved the characters – so many great characters! I can’t wait to read whatever Fiona Grace writes next!”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“Wow, this book takes off & never stops! I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended for those who love a great mystery with twists, turns, romance, and a long lost family member! I am reading the next book right now!”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“This book is rather fast paced. It has the right blend of characters, place, and emotions. It was hard to put down and I hope to read the next book in the series.”
–Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

Books #5 and #6 in the series—ORANGE GROVES AND VENGEANCE and CANNOLI AND A CASUALTY—are now also available! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Spa: A Cedar Bay Cozy Myster (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 21) by [Dianne Harman]

When a daughter that Kelly’s best friend gave up for adoption at birth
Is accused of murder,
Kelly has no choice but to see what she can do to help.
But there are several things that present major problems.
A sheriff who just wants a quick conviction,
A woman who has a history of embezzling,
An errant husband, looking for a way to escape from what life has dealt him,
A jealous competitor,
And a frustrated employee.
So just who was the murderer?
And what about that red-headed judge?

Could he inadvertently preside over a murder trial where his daughter is the accused killer? A daughter he didn’t even know he had?

Join Kelly, Liz, and a Belgian Malinois dog named Niko, as they hunt for the murderer, and redemption for an innocent young woman.

This is the 21st book in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder on the Moors (A Dodo Dorchester Mystery Book 4) by [Ann Sutton]

When you just want to run away and nurse your broken heart but murder comes knocking.

Lady Dorothea Dorchester, Dodo, flees to her cousins’ estate in Dartmoor in search of peace and relaxation after her devastating break-up with Charlie and the awkward attraction to Chief Inspector Blood that caused it.
Horrified to learn that the arch-nemesis from her schooldays, Veronica Shufflebottom, has been invited, Dodo prepares for disappointment. However, all that pales when one of the guests disappears after a ramble on the foggy moors. Presumed dead, Dodo attempts to contact the local police to report the disappearance only to find that someone has tampered with the ancient phone. The infamous moor fog is too thick for safe travel and the guests are therefore stranded.
Can Dodo solve the case without the help of the police before the fog lifts? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Roses and Revenge (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 18) by [Diana Xarissa]

When Fenella Woods moved to the Isle of Man, one of the things she left behind in Buffalo was her former boyfriend, Jack Dawson. Now Jack is getting married, and he’s invited Fenella to help celebrate his special day. Fenella and the new man in her life, CID inspector Daniel Robinson, decide to make a two-week vacation out of the trip to Buffalo, New York.

Things start to go wrong almost immediately, as the bride’s ex-husband crashes Jack and Linda’s engagement party. When the man is discovered dead in a dumpster outside the hotel where Fenella and Daniel are staying, the pair find themselves caught up in yet another murder investigation.

Can Daniel and Fenella work out who, besides the bride and groom, wanted George Hawkins dead? Can they go sightseeing without bumping into any of the suspects? Can Fenella get through the entire wedding weekend without telling Jack’s mother exactly what she thinks of her? And can she and Daniel solve the murder in time for Jack and Linda to go on their honeymoon? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Body Brace (Caught Dead in Wyoming, Book 10) by [Patricia McLinn]

Everything can change … except murder.
In the television production world, a body brace is used to shift the weight of the camera to the operator’s shoulder. This allows for smoother shots than might be obtainable by handheld operation. Braces also reduce stress on the arms, which reduces tiredness and muscle cramps during filming. And, at the small-town Wyoming TV station KWMT, cameras are older and bulkier than those used in network news-gathering. Almost as old as some of the equipment used in a historical re-creation that draws Elizabeth and friends into another investigation.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Body Brace, Book 10 of the Caught Dead in Wyoming series, is a smart, surprising, fast-paced cozy mystery with humor. If you like quirky characters, hints of romance and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s page-turner.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Don’t miss any of Elizabeth Danniher’s Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:
Sign Off
Left Hanging
Shoot First
Last Ditch
Look Live
Back Story
Cold Open
Hot Roll
Reaction Shot
Body Brace

“While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it’s the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author

“Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page.” – Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author

What readers are saying about the Caught Dead in Wyoming series:
“McLinn’s mysteries set in Wyoming are addictive. The writing is excellent, the twists and turns keep the brain engaged, and Elizabeth’s wry commentary keeps a smile on my face.”
“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”
“A terrific series with a western flair. . . . Great characters that you would want as your friends. Smart, funny, but not perfect.”
“There’s a real love for wide-open spaces in McLinn’s writing, and it’s a pleasure to visit the world she so beautifully creates. Can’t wait for the next book(s)!”
“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

More cozy mystery from Patricia McLinn:
Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion
Death on Torrid Avenue
Death on Beguiling Way
Death on Covert Circle
Death on Shady Bridge

Mystery with romance
Proof of Innocence
Price of Innocence

Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after stints as a sports writer (Rockford, Ill.) and assistant sports editor (Charlotte, N.C.). She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
McLinn is the author of more than 50 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous regional and national awards.
Now living in Northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website and social media. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Chocolate Cherry Murder (A Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 18) by [Rosie A. Point]

Nothing goes better with chocolate than murder-soaked cherries…

Baking duo, Ruby and Bee, have had a blast serving their treats in the tiny, cozy town of Yesterday. Things are looking up—they’re the go-to baking solution for many businesses and events in town, including the Yesterday Ballroom Dancing Contest.

With a kitchen to themselves, a metric ton of cherries to soak in cherry liquor, and music all around, it’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend. Until the star couple of the contest turn up dead on the night of the event. With the local sheriff completely out of his depth, Ruby and Bee are more than happy to help. It’s just a pity that the killer has noticed…

Can our favorite duo solve the murder mystery before they’re added to the list of victims? Find out in the next, page-turning installment of the Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery series. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Sew Dead (A Good Harbor Witches Mystery Book 1) by [J A Whiting, Ariel Slick]

This is book 1 in the Good Harbor Witches Cozy Mystery series.
Carly Cooper and her sister, Dana, live in the coastal town of Good Harbor, Maine where they belong to a small community quilting club. Only their “community” is a group of witches, warlocks, and a vampire who are terrible at magic. A non-magical town citizen who moved to Hollywood fifteen years ago is returning to film a new series and the mayor wants the quilting club to plan a party for the famous actress. Trouble brews when the assistant to the actress is found dead with strange markings on her forehead.
Will Carly, Hazel her pet raven, Dana, and their friends find the clues to a killer before he or she strikes again? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Preface to Murder: An Oxford Murder Mystery (Bridget Hart Book 6) by [M S Morris]

A dangerous book. A hidden secret. A deadly betrayal.

The Oxford Literary Festival is in full swing, but Detective Inspector Bridget Hart isn’t there to learn about books. Instead she’s been given the task of protecting Diane Gilbert, a controversial author who has received a death threat. Diane doesn’t seem to think she needs Bridget’s protection, but when the worst happens, Bridget’s role switches to running a murder enquiry.

The only clues Bridget has to go on relate to Diane’s new book which examines the murky world of international arms deals. Under pressure to identify the killer, Bridget finds herself drawn into the clandestine world of foreign governments and the British Security Service. She’ll need all her wiles and the full cooperation of her team to follow the twisting trail of evidence to its logical conclusion.

Set amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford University, the Bridget Hart series is perfect for fans of Elly Griffiths, JR Ellis, Faith Martin and classic British murder mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions available: Kindle, Paperback

Death's Cold Hand: A DCI Will Blake Novel (DCI Will Blake Crime Mystery Thrillers Book 6) by [J.E. Mayhew]

Could you obey an order that might cost you everything?.
When the director of a local veterans’ charity is found murdered on the steps of a war memorial, it seems like a straight-forward case of random street violence. But similarities with a previous death arouse Blake’s suspicions and the apparently well-loved victim turns out to have had hidden flaws and many enemies. Blake is drawn into a web of intrigue and danger as he investigates the murder. Could it be terrorist activity? Is a psychotic serial killer stalking veterans? Or is there another explanation? As Blake wrestles with this most delicate and troubling of cases, he hears news that his partner, Laura Vexley has returned to the Wirral, but something is not right. A bombshell revelation means he must avoid contact with her or lose his job. Can Blake keep his professional integrity and solve the murders before the killer strikes again?
… Oh and watch out, Serafina the cat has tooth ache…
All the Lies is the fifth book from popular crime author J.E. Mayhew and is ideal for fans of JD Kirk, LJ Ross, Alex Smith and Luca Veste. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

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