New Releases For The week Of May 16th, 2021–Part 1

Independent Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by [Carolyn Haines]

Carolyn Haines’s Independent Bones is the next novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as “Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.

When Dr. Alala Diakos, a visiting professor of Greek literature, comes to teach at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, it doesn’t take long for controversy to follow. With her fervent feminist ideals and revolutionary leanings, she quickly earns the admiration of many—and the ire of others. During a speech in the park, in which Alala tries to organize the women of Zinnia to demand equal pay, the crowd gets unruly, with men heckling the professor. And when PI Sarah Booth Delaney finds a sniper rifle and scope in the bushes, she begins to worry that there are more than fighting words at stake.

Sarah Booth calls her boyfriend, Sheriff Coleman Peters, who offers the protection of the Zinnia police department, but Alala rejects him, saying she has no use for the law or men. And when a notorious domestic abuser is found dead the next day, suspicions turn to Alala herself, who was overheard bragging that she would take him down. Tensions deepen when connections are drawn between Alala and two similar, previous deaths.

But Sarah Booth doesn’t want to believe Alala is a murderer, and when the professor shows up at Sarah Booth’s doorstep, asking her to find the real criminal, Sarah Booth embarks on a case stretching across the Delta. Yet Alala remains at the center of it all, and Sarah Booth can’t help but wonder if the killer has been with her all along… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Organize Your Corpses (A Charlotte Adams Professional Organizer Mystery Book 1) by [Mary Jane Maffini]

Fans of Marie Kondo and mysteries will love this series!

Professional organizer Charlotte Adams finds herself caught up in a very messy murder . . .

After freeing herself from a cheating fiancé and the other useless clutter in her life, Charlotte Adams moves back to her hometown in Upstate New York to make a fresh start as a professional organizer. But she’s about to learn that foul play can creep into even the most well-ordered life.

Eager to get her new career started, Charlotte agrees to take on a job from the former high school teacher who filled all her students’ lives with chaos and confusion. But no sooner does Charlotte begin digging through years of accumulated junk than she finds her first client dead—and herself named as the main suspect.

While any number of the victim’s former students had a motive for murder, Charlotte knows that death is rarely that tidy, and she can’t help meddling in the investigation to prove herself innocent and repair her sullied reputation. But the killer has a to-do list of their own, and the first item is to clean up a little mess named Charlotte Adams . . .

Organizing Tips Included!

Praise for the Books of Mary Jane Maffini:

“A comedic, murderous romp . . . Maffini is a relaxed, accomplished, and wickedly funny writer.” —The Montreal Gazette

“Mary Jane Maffini provides a first-rate, well-organized whodunit . . . A new series that is fun to read.” —Midwest Book Review

“Maffini’s new series . . . is off to a brilliant start with this fast-paced mystery!” —Romantic Times

“Deserves top marks for creating an entertaining, fast-paced thriller filled with witty one-liners, snappy dialogue and crackling suspense.” —The Strand Magazine

“I’ll look forward to a long life for this series.” —Deadly Pleasures

“Plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages until the last sentence.” —Dru’s Book Musings

“Maffini is a relaxed, accomplished and wickedly funny writer . . .” —The Times Colonist

About the Author:

Agatha and RT Award winner Mary Jane Maffini is the author of three and a half mystery series and two dozen short stories. Along with the Charlotte Adams professional organizer mysteries, she’s the author of the Camilla MacPhee Mysteries and the Fiona Silk comic capers. As Victoria Abbott, she collaborated on five collector mysteries with her daughter, Victoria. Mary Jane lives and plots in Manotick, Ontario, with a cluster of mischievous dachshunds at her feet. You can read more about her books and sign up for her newsletter at (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Auntie Poldi and the Lost Madonna: A Novel (An Auntie Poldi Adventure) by [Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn]

There’s only one Auntie Poldi: bewigged, cursing in Bavarian, and knocking back a wee shot of grappa as a pre-breakfast aperitif . . . or is there? No one is as they seem (and sound) in this hilarious new mystery featuring Sicily’s sultriest sleuth.

Strange dealings are afoot in the Apostolic Palace—a nun leapt to her death shortly after participating in a seemingly routine exorcism. But when a priest clad in Gammarelli and a Vatican commissario with an almost unholy level of sex appeal turn up at her door, Poldi is shocked to hear that she’s a suspect in their case.

Who is the woman being exorcised, and where has she disappeared to? And why in the world does she claim, in perfect Bavarian, to be Poldi, Isolde Oberreiter, of Torre Archirafi? 

Poldi will need all the help she can get to clear her name, but her nephew has been distracted by a love affair gone sour, someone in the town has been spraying graffiti death threats on her front door, and her local friends seem to be avoiding her. And even Vito Montana balks when Poldi discovers that the case hinges on a lost Madonna statue, stolen years ago from the pope himself.

Forza, Poldi! With a pair of mysterious twins dogging her every move and a mandate to maintain sobriety, will Poldi be able to unmask her mysterious doppelgänger, find the lost statue in time, and survive her sixty-first birthday? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Misfortune (and Gouda) (A European Voyage Cozy Mystery—Book 4) by [Blake Pierce]

“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
–Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone)

MISFORTUNE (AND GOUDA) is book #4 in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose Once Gone has over 1,500 five-star reviews. The series begins with MURDER (AND BAKLAVA)—BOOK #1.

When London Rose, 33, is proposed to by her long-time boyfriend, she realizes she is facing a stable, predictable, pre-determined (and passionless) life. She freaks out and runs the other way—accepting instead a job across the Atlantic, as a tour-guide on a high-end European cruise line that travels through a country a day. London is searching for a more romantic, unscripted and exciting life that she feels sure exists out there somewhere.

London is elated: the European river towns are small, historic and charming. She gets to see a new port every night, gets to sample an endless array of new cuisine and meet a stream of interesting people. It is a traveler’s dream, and it is anything but predictable.

In Book #4, MISFORTUNE (AND GOUDA), they cruise into Amsterdam, the land of Van Gogh, with its gorgeous canals, flower-filled fields and exquisite cuisine. But when London discovers a dead body floating in a canal, she, the only suspect, must clear her name. A baffling mystery ensues, taking London all the way from the world of Dutch museums to the murky streets of its Red Light district.

Laugh-out-loud funny, romantic, endearing, rife with new sights, culture and food, THE EUROPEAN VOYAGE cozy series offers a fun and suspenseful trip through the heart of Europe, anchored in an intriguing mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very last page.

Books #5, CALAMITY (AND A DANISH), and #6, MAYHEM (AND HERRING), are now also available! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Curses & Cliffhangers (A Library Witch Mystery Book 8) by [Elle Adams]

Life is good for Rory Hawthorn. She’s progressing well in her magical lessons and is also finally unearthing her father’s long-kept secrets. If not for the Grim Reaper trying to interfere in her love life, things would be perfect.

Until the Grim Reaper goes missing, at the same time as a lethal curse is set loose in Ivory Beach which leaves even Rory’s family stumped. With the local curse-breaker being as unhelpful as ever, a particularly annoying local celebrity in town and the vampires scheming, it’s a wonder she has any time to uncover the secrets her father kept hidden in his journal – even if his past is linked to the present in more ways than she knows.

Can Rory and Xavier put an end to the deadly curse and win themselves back into the Grim Reaper’s good graces? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Special Agent Makayla by [Mimi Barbour]

Makayla hears children crying.

People didn’t understand, and it’s difficult for Special Agent Makayla to explain. In her mind, she doesn’t have special powers. It’s just fallout from the days before they restored her sight when she was blind. Back then, she’d learned to use her other senses, to rely on her instincts… to listen intensely.

Because of her ability, she works with the Special Victims Unit and takes on all the cases of missing kids where the usual processes haven’t worked. Sickened by many of her assignments, she finds joy when she sees the kids free and healing. Her biggest stress… they just keep on disappearing.

Dean Andrews desperately needs help. His nine-year-old niece goes missing and the only person he’s told can save her is a kook who hears children’s cries. How can he put his trust in this wild-haired woman with mysterious eyes, and a heart bigger than her tiny body?

Yet he has no other choice. His sister begs him to find her little girl… and he promises. Now he must deliver. Time is running out and everywhere he’s turned so far… leads to yet another dead end.

The Undercover FBI Series:

Special Agent Francesca – Undercover FBI Series Book #1 This special agent flies her own plane, drives like a maniac & approaches a father who never knew she existed. Nothing scares her, except for one thing… MEN.

Special Agent Finnegan – Undercover FBI Series Book #2 Finn’s a cop who adores his quirky dad. He knows this soft core leaves him vulnerable, so when he meets his new partner, the thought of her in danger drives him crazy.

Special Agent Maximilian – Undercover FBI Book #3 Nik Baudin discovers an identical twin – one he never knew existed. Taking over his brother’s identity, he becomes Special Agent Maximilian and gets embroiled in a case where high jacked young girls and trafficking of illegal drugs endangers his life and Max’s gorgeous partner, Maya.

Special Agent Kandice – Undercover FBI Book 4 Kandice wants to be tough like the others on her team. Being the chief hostage negotiator at a bank heist starts the process. Being stalked, kidnapped and beaten helps see it through. In the end, pulling the trigger comes easy…

Special Agent Booker – Undercover FBI Book #5 Sloan Booker has multiple quirky dads & a vehicle restoration shop that keeps him away from his job as an FBI agent. When terrorists threaten his neighborhood, he’s back in the game.

Special Agent Charli – Undercover FBI Book #6 Charli’s stressed to the max from a case that went down badly. So why does fate stick her with a teen who sees a murder and will only go into witness protection if her bodyguard is Charli?

Special Agent Rylee – Undercover FBI Book #7 Playing bodyguard to a spoiled, handsome billionaire while sailing on a Caribbean Cruise isn’t the kind of dangerous case Agent Rylee delights in… yeah right

Special Agent Murphy – Undercover FBI Book #8 Murphy is the one cop women love to be near and men feel the need to compete against.

Special Agent Sophia – Undercover FBI Book #9 Sophia can go to Greece and rescue the governor’s twins, but can she save a young girl from dangerous traffickers?

Special Agent Hunter – Undercover FBI Book #10 Hunter is after a cold-case killer who’s started up his nasty tricks again, and Detective Cora Taylor is the perfect woman to assist him, along with Sam – the biggest, ugliest dog alive.

Special Agent Makayla – Undercover FBI Book #11 Makayla hears the cries of children and works for the Special Victims Unit to search for the missing cases that deal with kids. Dean needs her help when his niece disappears in the dead of night. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Corpse on the Set: A Mattie Tucker Paranormal Cozy Mystery by [Juliette Harper]

Fresh off an Academy Award win, upcoming director Allen Stillwater sets out to remake a 1940s classic, The Best Years of Our Lives. Determined to immerse his actors in 1940s living, Stillwater sends them to Miller’s Cove, the South’s premier nostalgia destination.

When paranormal private investigator Mattie Tucker takes a job as a lifestyle coach for the lead actress, Mattie’s after easy money. Instead, she and local vampire police chief Preston Jackson are in for murder—Hollywood style.

He’s a little Bogart, she’s a little Bacall. Corpse on the Set is the second cozy mystery romp set in Miller’s Cove, Tennessee—the paranormal home you didn’t know you needed, but will never want to leave. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Eerie Check In: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mystic Inn Mystery Book 2) by [Stephanie  Damore]

In turns that even a witch can’t run from her past forever.

A lesson I learned the hard way.

But now I’m back home, and things are going well. Or they were for about five minutes.

With the town-saving fall festival days away, the inn’s renovation have fallen apart, running me ragged and right into a crime scene.
A suspicious death has sent gossip flying faster than you can say bibidi babidi boo, threatening to put Silverlake on the map for all the wrong reasons.

It’ll take all witches on deck to solve this crime and save Silverlake before it’s too late. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Hanged By A Thread (Stitches In Crime Book 3) by [ACF Bookens]

The promise of old printer’s trays has her heart aflutter, but it nearly stops when she finds a body at the bottom of the elevator shaft.

When salvage expert and historian Paisley Sutton heard that a 19th century printing press was still in the old warehouse that was scheduled for demolition, she knew she had to get in there. But when her dreams of a salvage windfall lead her on the genealogical hunt for the owners of the press and their descendants, she uncovers a story that promises to stay with her far longer than the income from her salvage operations. 

When the story becomes public, will Paisley’s business be safe? Will she?  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Knitorious Murder Mysteries Books 7 - 9: A Knitorious Murder Mysteries Collection: A Knitorious Murder Mysteries Collection by [Reagan  Davis]

The Knitorious Murder Mystery Collection Books 7 – 9 contains books 7, 8, & 9 in the Knitorious Murder Mystery Series.

If you like your cozy mysteries with a bit of humour, small town Canadian life, a hint of romance, a close circle of quirky, lovable characters that you wish you knew in real life, dogs and cats, and free knitting patterns, there’s something in this series for you.

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

Included stories: Sins & Needles, Rest in Fleece, Life Crafter Death

Download The Knitorious Murder Mystery Books 7 – 9 and start unravelling the mysteries today!

Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

These Hallowed Halls (Operation Quickline Book 6) by [Anne Louise Bannon]

A deadly amateur, a top-secret formula, and full mating plumage.

In the sixth Operation Quickline story,  operatives Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn are sent undercover at a small arts college in Wisconsin. The job is to find out who is stealing a top secret chemical formula being developed by someone on the faculty. The catch is that no one knows who the developer is, let alone who is stealing the formula or even how.

The other catch is that Lisa’s cover is as an English professor and Sid’s is as an older student, which means the two aren’t working side-by-side. With their relationship still at an impasse, Lisa sees an opportunity to find out just how good she is on her own. Faculty politics are rank enough, not to mention the food in the Faculty Dining Room. There’s also trying to figure out which, if any, of her colleagues has been working with the KGB. Then managing three wet-behind-the-ears fellow operatives.

The one thing Lisa can’t do is let on just how much in love she is with her gorgeous Basic Composition student. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Happiness Thief: A Novel by [Nicole Bokat]

Forty-one-year-old Natalie Greene lost her mom and her childhood memories in a car crash two decades ago. What remains is a haunting feeling that she was responsible for her mother’s death. After her husband leaves for another woman, Natalie accompanies her famous stepsister, Isabel Walker (aka “The Happiness Guru”) on a retreat to the Cayman Islands. There, a late-night collision triggers Natalie’s long-buried trauma and a heightened sense of guilt.

Upon returning home to Boston, Natalie tries to settle back into her life as a food photographer and single mother to a teenage daughter—but then, one day, an anonymous email arrives about the Cayman accident that suggests foul play. In her search for the truth, Natalie must deal with a mix of fear, confusion, and suspects. With the help of Isabel and an attractive journalist, she uncovers a trail of deceit that begins on that deserted Caribbean road, circles back home, and ends in the most unexpected of places. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Death of a Starling: A Cabin By the Lake Mystery by [Linda Norlander]

Jamie Forest is a freelance editor eking out a living in northern Minnesota. Her plans for a tranquil fall in her cabin by the lake are shattered when she is drawn into writing an article about a school shooting in a nearby town where all the victims were Native American. Is this a hate crime? As she pursues the story, she finds a town wrapped in silence. When the one person who will talk with her is found dead, Jamie is launched into an investigation to uncover the secrets of this dying town. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle