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)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

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