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…

PREQUEL TO: THE PERKS OF LOVING A WALLFLOWER

“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?

Unless…

…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?

Hm.

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

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