Review of Spotlight Scandal

Spotlight Scandal

A Magical Mane Mystery, Book #3

Stella Bixby

5 Stars


Hollywood has come to Cliff Haven, and with it, lots of drama. 

Every year, the residents of Cliff Haven put on a Christmas play and try to avoid the theater’s curse. This year, someone won’t get out alive. 

Ellie Vanderwick has one singular line in the play—a line she can’t bring herself to say. Pair that with her newfound magical ability and Ellie has her hands full. 

But none of it matters when a visitor shows up claiming to know about Ellie’s family. In exchange for helping the visitor solve a years-old murder, Ellie may find what she longs for more than anything in the world. 

As long as she can stay alive. 

Join Ellie, Penelope, Mona, and the rest of the gang in the third installment of the Magical Mane Mystery series! 


The writing style flows and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story and took me on an incredible journey.   The mystery was well plotted and with the numerous twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. 

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Ellie now has some friends she can hang out with, and she has even agreed to be in the Christmas play.  She only has one line in the play, and she is having trouble saying it.  When someone is killed during rehearsal, she feels like she has to help solve the mystery.  It will not be easy,but she is determined to find the culprit.  Penelope, her pet pig, is also on the case and is rooting around clues.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Ellie gets into next.  

Spotlight Scandal: A Magical Mane Mystery (Magical Mane Mystery Series Book 3) by [Stella Bixby]

Review of Dead, White and Blue

Dead, White and Blue

Juniper Junction Holiday, Book #2

Amy M Reade

5 Stars


Summer is getting hotter in Juniper Junction, Colorado.

There’s a firebug on the loose, the townspeople are nervous, and Lilly Carlsen, single mom to two teenagers, has even more to worry about. She’s in charge of the Independence Day celebration, her mother’s mental health is declining, and her son is getting ready to leave for college.

But things are about to get even hotter: when a bistro owner dies at the celebration and Lilly’s best friend is charged with murder, events start hitting close to home. It’s up to Lilly to help clear her friend’s name while at the same time dealing her mom’s worsening forgetfulness as well as a coming-of-age issue under her own roof. (Goodreads)


Lilly still has some problems in her life: the kids are getting older and they do not need her so much, her mom’s dementia is getting worse and her ex is still living in Juniper Junction.  But there are some positive things in her life too:  her relationship with Hassan is moving along nicely and Noley and her brother are getting along great.  She is in charge of town’s reenactment festivities and the Fourth Of July celebration.  When someone is killed during the bash, and Noley is a person of interest, Lilly will have to figure out the real killer.  And also try to figure who is setting abandoned homes on fire around town before someone gets hurt.     

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. The time that Lilly spends with her family seems so real and down-to-earth. I can feel her pain knowing that her mom is only going to get worse in her dementia and things will have to change.  And I can relate to her feelings about her kids leaving and going to school, those are feelings  many of us have had.   I feel for Lilly and that keeps me engaged even more.  

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The mystery was well plotted and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the reveal at the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  There is just something about this series that clicks with me and I am enjoying it so much.  

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

Dead, White, and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 2) by [Amy M. Reade]

Review of Whole Latte Murder

Whole Latte Murder

All-Day Breakfast Cafe, Book #5

Lena Gregory

5 Stars


 Ex-New Yorker and local diner owner Gia Morelli is still getting used to the sweltering Florida sun. But this summer she’ll have to deal with a more dangerous kind of heat–when she’s hot on the trail of another murderer . . .

Summer in Boggy Creek has arrived, and Gia’s best friend, successful real estate agent Savannah, is getting hitched. Now she’s enlisted Gia’s sleuthing talents in a desperate search for the perfect wedding dress. But when Savannah mysteriously vanishes after showing a mansion to a bigwig client, Gia investigates the house Savannah was trying to sell. The first clue she finds is Savannah’s car in the driveway. Inside the house, they stumble on Savannah’s potential buyer–dead. Someone had apparently closed the deal–with a two by four full of nails to the client’s head. Soon afterward, a woman’s body is fished from the lake near the same house. The townsfolk are now sweating bullets over the murders, and the heat comes down on poor Gia to find her missing friend, and track down the killer . . . (Goodreads)


The characters are well round, well developed and three dimensional.  The relationship between Gia and Savannah has always been special but when Savannah is kidnapped, their relationship goes to a whole other level.  Gia’s pain and concern are palpable and I could not help but feel for her.  I was turning pages as quickly as I could to see what was going to happen next.  It added more tension that you usually see in a cozy mystery, and that was great.  Gia and Savannah will have their work cut out for them trying to solve the murders. 

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and took me on a terrifying ride.  The mystery was well plotted and had numerous twists and turns and I was actively engaged until the reveal.    

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I think this book was my favorite in the series. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery Book 5) by [Lena Gregory]

Review of Bitter Past

Bitter Past

An Ellie Matthews Novel, Book #1

Caroline Fardig

5 Stars


From USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig comes a gripping new forensic mystery series. 

Three years ago, criminalist Ellie Matthews was blindsided when a grisly homicide case suddenly became personal. She abandoned the danger and stress of crime scene investigation for a professorship at a posh private college and never looked back. 

Now, Ellie’s pleasant world is shattered when she finds the dead body of a female student. The campus is in chaos, reporters are circling like vultures, and Ellie is trying her best to distance herself from the situation. Not an easy task when her closest colleague becomes the prime suspect. 

After the college community is rocked by another suspicious death, Ellie’s mentor, Sheriff Jayne Walsh, convinces her to consult on the case. Partnered with quick-witted Detective Nick Baxter, Ellie reluctantly bottles up her personal demons and dives back into the world she left behind, racing to make sense of the evidence before the killer strikes again. (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Ellie is a smart hardworking woman who has not had a good past.  She has a history of being a criminologist but after an especially gruesome crime scene she left and is now teaching that very same subject.  When she discovers a dead body, she finds herself once again thrown in to the world of crime and death.  I like that Ellie was three dimensional and she was not perfect.  That made her seem more realistic to me.  Detective Nick Baxter is good at his job but he needs Ellie’s expertise if he is going to solve this crime.  I really enjoyed getting to know Ellie and Nick and am looking forward to spending time with them in future books.   

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place.  She seems to have a real knowledge of forensics, either from real life experience or great research and that aspect of the story was very believable.  I felt like I learned some things about this subject and I really liked that.

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at just the right pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues to sift through and with red herrings thrown in, the mystery was not an easy one to solve.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted mystery.  I have read other books written by this author (The Java Jive mysteries) and I really enjoyed them.  Now I have more hard core mysteries to read by this author and I am looking forward to it.    

Bitter Past (Ellie Matthews Novels Book 1) by [Caroline Fardig]

New Releases For The Week Of May 16, 2021–Part 2

The Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mysteries, Books 4-6: Hilarious Cozy Mystery Collection (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery) by [Ellen Jacobson]

This collection includes Books 4-6 of the Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery series. Check out this fun cozy mystery series with plenty of goofy humor, an adorable cat, and a reluctant sailor turned amateur sleuth. You’ll laugh out loud from start to finish following Mollie McGhie’s sailing adventures.

Spoiler alert: You’ll seriously be craving chocolate by the time you finish reading!

Book #4 – Dead in the Dinghy

What would you do if your husband became obsessed with turning your cat into an internet sensation?

Mollie McGhie is excited about the Coconut Cove regatta. She’s looking forward to sailing to Destiny Key, enjoying the Fourth of July festivities, and dressing her cat, Mrs. Moto, up in adorable costumes for her hubby’s crazy new YouTube channel. Instead, they lose the race, get caught in a dangerous storm, and find a dead body in their dinghy.

Book #5 – Shooting by the Sea

What would you do if your hubby had a celebrity crush?

When Mollie McGhie attends the grand opening of her friend’s nail salon, she’s looking forward to getting a manicure and sipping on champagne. The event is going great until Mollie discovers a dead body nearby and her friend’s brother is arrested for murder.

Book #6 – Overboard on the Ocean

What would you do if your hubby decided to hand over your life savings to a con artist?

When Mollie McGhie went on a cruise to the Bahamas, she wasn’t expecting someone to fall overboard. Convinced that foul play was involved, Mollie sets out to prove that it was murder. During the course of her investigation, Mollie uncovers an investment scam that her husband almost got sucked into and discovers exactly how boring maritime law is. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Becky Tibbs: A Medium's Mystery Series, Books 6-10 : A Cozy Ghost Mystery series by [Chariss K. Walker, Marty  Parker]

This box set includes the next five books, numbers 6-10, in this delightful cozy mystery series.
6) A Medium’s 4th of July
7) A Medium’s Engagement
8) A Medium’s Wedding Day
9) A Medium’s Honeymoon
10) A Medium’s Protégé

If you haven’t already done so, you can get the first five books in the first box set using this ASIN: B07ST5PQ6Y

Becky Tibbs sees ghosts… and she is not afraid to help them!

Becky Tibbs is a sweet girl, maybe a little too sweet, but it’s difficult to fault her for an innocent nature. Some might consider her naïve. And she is. She’s had little knowledge of a larger world others might live outside North Carolina. On the other hand, she’s had a lot of experience dealing with ghost problems. Join Becky as she solves many mysteries in this light, clean, airy, and informative series.

Fans of the television series Ghost Whisperer, The Dead Files, and Medium will enjoy this series.

Cozy mystery? Check.
Ghosts? Check.
Ghost Animals? Check.
Amateur Sleuth? Check.

Becky has the gift the same as her brother and sister. The only difference is that her siblings don’t want anything to do with their paranormal abilities and they’ll do anything in their power to drown out those disembodied souls who plead for help. You’ll fall in love with the Tibbs siblings as they each struggle to manage their mystical ability.

For your reading convenience, scroll up to get the box sets now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Becky Tibbs: A Medium's Mystery Series, Books 1-10 : A Cozy Ghost Mystery series by [Chariss K. Walker, Marty Parker]

In this cozy mystery box set, you get the first ten books in the Becky Tibbs: A North Carolina Medium’s Mystery Series. Be on the lookout for more.
Becky Tibbs sees ghosts… and she is not afraid to help them!
Becky has the gift the same as her brother and sister. The only difference is that her siblings don’t want anything to do with their paranormal abilities and they’ll do anything in their power to drown out those disembodied souls who plead for help.
Fans of the television series Ghost Whisperer, The Dead Files, and Medium will enjoy this series.

This box set includes:
A Medium’s Birthday Surprise #1
A Medium’s Thanksgiving Table #2
A Medium’s Christmas Gift #3
A Medium’s Valentine’s Day Delight #4
A Medium’s Easter Epiphany #5
A Medium’s 4th of July #6
A Medium’s Engagement #7
A Medium’s Wedding Day #8
A Medium’s Honeymoon #9
A Medium’s Protégé #10
Join Becky as she solves many mysteries in Asheville North Carolina in this light, clean, airy, and informative series.
Scroll up to get your copy now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead On Target: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Visions & Victims Book 5) by [Lily Webb]

Don’t shoot the messenger…

Psychic Selena feels like she’s finally settling into her new life at the paranormal Kindred Spirits Inn — until a hair-raising hound swipes one of her guests. The only problem? No one can track down the shapeshifting suspect.

When a hunting party begins a search for the lethal lycan, Selena fears things aren’t what they seem — and what she discovers raises her hackles.

Someone’s hounding after the werewolf for all the wrong reasons, and they’ll stop at nothing to make sure they bag the beast.

Can Selena’s visions spare the shapeshifter? Or will she be the next to take a silver bullet?

Dead On Target is the fifth book in the Visions and Victims series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If paranormal pariahs, heartless hunters, and magical mysteries get your wand waving, then you’re sure to fall under the spell of this new spinoff series that expands Lily Webb’s magical universe.

Buy Dead On Target to continue conversing with the spirits of Starfall Valley today!

Editions Available: Kindle

Mystery at the Marina: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 2) by [K.L. Montgomery]

Sea creatures are washing up dead on Bryce Beach…
…and librarian/amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker wants to know why.

It’s only been a month since Sunshine cracked the case of the Bryce Beach Bandit, who stole the library’s donations and the Founders’ Bible, a priceless relic. Now something else is afoot in the sleepy coastal town: dead fish and other sea creatures are washing up on the shore, and no one seems to know why.

Sunshine has noticed an increased Coast Guard presence in the waters near Bryce Cove. And the two labs researching the dead fish have both mysteriously misplaced the samples they took. She suspects these two situations are connected, but how can she prove it? 

And what happens when she uncovers evidence that will ruin one of Bryce Beach’s most prominent families?

Join Sunshine and her friends as they comb the cove for answers and do everything in their power to keep their small town safe! One-click this cozy Christian mystery today!

Dangerous Curves is a cozy Christian mystery series set in the fictional small town of Bryce Beach. YA librarian and amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker, who hates her name and can’t even bake an edible muffin, always manages to put the puzzle together just in time to avoid disaster! Join this curvy redheaded librarian on her quest to keep Bryce Beach safe…and well-read, of course.

Book 1: Betrayal at the Beach

Book 2: Mystery at the Marina

Book 3: Shooting at the Shore

Book 4: Poisoned at the Pier (Amazon

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Donuts, Deception, and Death: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Paradise Beach Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Eloise Brightly]

Daisy Elliot doesn’t expect to end up embroiled in a murder mystery. She’s the owner of a bed & breakfast just minutes from the beach, but her neighbor opened a new B&B and used Daisy’s business name as her own. Daisy believes kindness and talking can solve everything. She’s ready to brew up a cup of tea and sit down to discuss the problem…until her neighbor ends up murdered.

With the spotlight on Daisy, she needs to solve this crime, or she’ll end up behind bars. Pure grit and determination lead Daisy to focus on those closest to the victim. But when Daisy gets too close, the perpetrator lashes out, putting Daisy in harm’s way.

A web of half-truths and outright deceptions keep Daisy in the dark. Will she end up lost, or can she find the truth? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Moscow Mules & Murder (Tiki Trouble Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Quinn Avery]

Welcome to Beach Bummers on the white quartz shores of Santa Maria Island, Florida, where the weather is always perfect, drinks are served ice cold, and the locals’ secrets run deep! If you love the idea of escaping to a small beach town and sleuthing alongside quirky characters, you’ll love the Tiki Trouble series!

Zoey Zastrow needed a fresh start after her plans for a perfect life came crashing down. So she packed her bags, trading her snow boots and ice scraper in the freezing Midwest for flip flips and a waitress apron by the sunny Gulf of Mexico. She never imagined her new lifestyle would include amateur sleuthing. But there she was, killing it. Or rather, hunting down a killer.

After Zoey discovers a human skull while closing the tiki bar one night, she’s determined to unearth the mystery behind the discarded remains. Who was the woman? Was she murdered? And why is someone warning her not to get involved?

With the help of the island’s brand new police detective (who happens to be hotter than a shot of fire whiskey), the wacky tiki bar staff, and a new 3-legged sidekick, Zoey will turn the island upside down in search of answers. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Doggone Deadly: A Wayside Bay Mystery - The House Call Dog Groomer Series by [Reida Kenzington]

Best friends on a quilting weekend at the beach. A summer storm, a missing quilter, no electricity. What else could go wrong? Everything!

Charlie and Mabel are looking forward to the Jelly Cove ‘Quilts and Hounds’ weekend retreat at the beach. They go every year to relax, learn new quilting techniques, and hang out with the dogs. The retreat is off to a windy start when the first day is interrupted by a surprise summer windstorm which turns out to be the storm of the century for Jelly Cove. The storm knocks out the electricity and with no power, there’s no quilting! Then a landslide blocks any escape. The force of the storm knocks out all communication to the outside world.

As the retreat owners try to keep their guests calm, things go from windy to worse when one of the quilters disappears. Did she go off on her own? Charlie thinks not. Seems a little fishy to her. With no way to reach anyone, the quilters are stranded and nobody knows how long. Charlie thinks the weekend couldn’t get worse. Wrong. Cars are crushed, sabotage is afoot, and secrets between friends emerge. And don’t forget a dead body!

Can Charlie and Mabel stitch the clues together to solve the murder before they’re rescued and the killer strikes again?

Find out in the fun and exciting 3rd book of A Wayside Bay – The House Call Dog Groomer Series (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Deliciously Wicked (Wicked Ways Book 6) by [Audrey Brice]

Eye of newt, leg of frog

Northrop’s annual baking contest has been sabotaged! I’m Elise Marybell Marple, owner of the magic shop, Wicked Ways. It’s up to me and my friends to figure out why the contestants are transforming before our eyes.  When the transformations start hitting a little too close to home, my demon boyfriend, who’s having infernal issues of his own, may need to help me out. Can we find the witch responsible? Or will some of the residents of Northrop be changed forever? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death Rider (The Rider Series Book 2) by [Samantha Bassett]

A year on from the near-death experience at the hands of a lethal gangster, life seems to have returned to normal for Adam and Kate Bishop.

​Finally, they can concentrate on running their country equestrian centre and start living a quiet life. However, when the opportunity for Adam to improve his skills by working with an Olympic champion arises, it seems to be something he should grab with both hands.

Little did he know he would soon be fighting to prove his innocence while his friends and family would, again be at risk, struggling to escape the clutches of someone who wants them dead. This fast-paced, murder mystery novel sees our heroes challenging what they know and, once again fighting for their lives. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Stalked in Switzerland: The Second Jet Wilson Cozy Mystery (Jet Wilson Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Lyssa Stanson]

Jet rushes to Switzerland at her cousin’s frantic call. Ella needs help, and she needs it now.

When Jet receives a desperate call from her cousin Ella, she catches the first possible flight to Switzerland. Ella has given herself just three weeks to organise her wedding. Who wouldn’t panic?

At first, Jet thinks the only hurdle to Ella’s happy day will be an over-bearing mother-in-law to be, but soon the bodies start piling up and they’re all a bit too close to home for comfort.

Grandma’s arrival promises a helping hand but when first Ella’s fiancé and then Ella herself are drawn into danger, Jet must once again come face to face with a killer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead Sprint (Ellie Matthews Novels Book 3) by [Caroline Fardig]

The latest thriller in the Ellie Matthews series from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.

Criminalist Ellie Matthews has turned over a new leaf. For the first time in her life, she’s working on herself and putting the past behind her with the encouragement of the new man she’s seeing, FBI Agent Vic Manetti.

Her first attempt at competitive running is cut short when a woman is found dead along the trail. At first, the case seems to be open and shut. But when a gruesome photo of the victim goes viral, tagged with a chilling caption threatening more violence, Ellie must delve into the mind of a deranged killer to get to the truth.

Though Ellie’s relationship with Detective Nick Baxter has been strained to its breaking point, the two find themselves teaming up once again in a race to bring down the killer before he takes another life. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Soft Hearts: A Rett Swinson Mystery (The Rett Swinson Mystery Series Book 1) by [Lodin, Eric,]

A Halloween Murder, a Dragon Suspect-and a Neighborhood Secret.

Harriett “Rett” Swinson is trying to rebuild her life after a failed marriage when a group of Halloween trick-or-treaters discovers her neighbor, retired English professor and poet Wanda Hightower, dead on her porch, stabbed in the back and through the heart. Was her killer a random psychopath in search of blood on All Hallow’s Eve-or one of the neighbors who helped with her lawn’s makeover gone wrong? Wanda claimed to have dirt on nearly everyone in their Downtown Raleigh neighborhood, so the list of suspects is long.

Finding the killer will require Rett to reconstruct Wanda’s turbulent past while weighing her growing attraction for Homicide Detective Darryl Schmidt against a desperate need for independence-and a growing feeling that an innocent man is being singled out by the police for the murder.

The first installment in the Rett Swinson Mystery Series, Soft Hearts explores how the fragile vulnerability of human beings can become their greatest strength. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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

Review of Punning With Scissors



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.


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. . . . (  Goodreads)


This time around, one of the Retireds from the restaurant is accused of killing their spouse.  Quinn does not know him well, but she can tell how much he loved his husband and feels that they have the wrong person.  She is going to work very hard to prove this and see that justice is served. She will need the help of her friend, Rico, who happens to be a policeman, to get to the bottom of this.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions took me on an adventurous ride with Quinn and Rico.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am sure that Quinn and Rico will find another mystery to solve in the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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

Review of Death By Equine

Death By Equine

Annette Dashofy

5 Stars


Misplaced trust

Veterinarian Jessie Cameron agrees to fill in for her mentor, Doc Lewis, at Riverview Racetrack so he can take a long-overdue vacation. When he’s tragically killed by one of his equine patients the night before he’s supposed to leave, Jessie quickly suspects the death is anything but accidental. Her search for the truth is thwarted by everyone from well-meaning friends to the police, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Undaunted, she discovers layers of illegal activities and deceit being perpetrated by the man she thought of as a father figure, creating a growing list of suspects with reason to want Doc dead. Too late, she realizes that her dogged quest for the truth has put her in the crosshairs of a devious killer desperate to silence her. Permanently. (Goodreads)


Jessie is a veterinarian who has her own practice but has agreed to help out at Riverview Racetrack while her mentor takes a vacation with his wife.  But before he can get away, he gets a call from the racetrack to see one of his patients.  Unfortunately, he is trampled to death by the horse.  The authorities believe it was a tragic accident, but Jessie does not believe that.  She sets out to prove that there was actually a murder and to prove who did the deed.   

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Jessie is a strong character and she is very smart.  She thought she knew Doc, the vet that was trampled, but the more she learns, the more she realizes that she did not.  She will have to put her disappointment aside and work at solving the mystery.

The writing style flowed smoothly and it defined the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the first page.  The mystery was well plotted and had numerous twists and turns that kept me engaged until the very end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  I hope that this book is the beginning of the series instead of a stand-alone book.  But either way, it was a very well written mystery and I greatly enjoyed it.

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

Death by Equine by [Annette Dashofy]

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Treasure Most Deadly

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Treasure Most Deadly (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Satori (April 28, 2021)
Print Length: 265 pages

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Terry Ambrose and his new book Treasure Most Deadly.  It is the fifth book in his A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery Series. 

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Treasure Most Deadly (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
by Terry Ambrose

All the plotlines mesh together for an exciting and comprehensive mystery. I totally enjoyed following along with Alex and her antics.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Terry Ambrose’s style of writing is as much a pleasure to read as his Seaside Cove Bread & Breakfast setting would be to visit . . . Reading Treasure Most Deadly by Terry Ambrose is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or two. And I bet any “tween” or young teen girl would, like, totally! enjoy the book too.
~Here’s How It Happened

Another super fun read in a super fun series. The reader gets a cast of main characters that are charming and delightful.
~My Reading Journeys

. . . a fast paced mystery that will keep you guessing while being entertained at the same time. Perfect for cozy fans looking for something just a little different than the norm. I really liked it . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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Seaside Cove amateur sleuths Rick and Alexandra Atwood are back!

Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast owner Rick Atwood is again called on to assist his friend, Chief of Police Adam Cunningham, with a murder investigation. The case seems straightforward enough. Clive Crabbe, who has a quick temper and a strong jealous streak, was found hunched over the victim after the man made advances toward Clive’s ex-wife.

A murder investigation is the last thing Rick wants right now. The B&B is booked solid. The town is inundated with tourists and news reporters chasing stories about treasure thieves. And Rick’s wedding to Marquetta Weiss is just weeks away. As if that wasn’t enough, Rick’s eleven-year-old daughter Alex is not only itching to help the cops solve another murder, but she’s forming an unhealthy friendship with a B&B guest.

As the murder investigation progresses, Rick realizes Alex’s new friend could be at the center of everything. The worst part is that Alex may be the one person capable of cracking the case.

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Once upon a time, in a life he’d rather forget, Terry Ambrose, tracked down deadbeats for a living. He also hired big guys with tow trucks to steal cars-but only when negotiations failed. Those years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons such as-always keep your car in the garage. Today, Terry likes fast, funny mysteries and cool photography. He writes the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries and organized an anthology to benefit Read Aloud America. He fondly likens his efforts to those of a blind man herding cats.

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New Releases For The Week Of May 9th, 2021–Part 4

The Body in the Beaver Pond: A Keri Isles Event Planner Mystery by [Cathy Perkins]

Even an event planner doesn’t plan on murder! 

Keri Isles desperately needs to sell the Christmas Tree farm her cheating, jerk of an ex-husband convinced his buddy, the judge, to saddle her with in the divorce settlement. Stuck in the Cascade Mountains, she’s lost her Seattle-based job and local job prospects are as scarce as internet service. When she finds the arrogant professor in charge of the local archeology dig floating face down in her beaver pond, however, unloading the property becomes secondary to staying out of prison.

A savvy—and scheming—attorney may be able to keep her head above water, but the personal price of his retainer may be too high. It’s up to Keri to use her mad networking skills and deploy a team of archaeology students, a bad boy photographer, and assorted eccentric neighbors to find the killer and clear her name.

The Body in the Beaver Pond is:

  • ·       Perfect for readers of Kate Carlisle, Jana DeLeon, and Julie Mulhern
  • ·       Just right for fans of small-town fiction and amateur sleuths

Get your copy today! 

When Keri Isles, unemployed event planner, relocates to a Christmas tree farm in Washington state’s Cascade Mountains, she ends up with more than she bargained for. With one person dead, this amateur sleuth will have to crack the case—and get the tree farm up and running—before she’s buried as well! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Jackal & Hide: A Compassionate Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery Book 4) by [Victoria Tait]

Limited time. A murderer hiding in plain sight. Can she crack the deadly puzzle without breaking her own heart?

‛Mama Rose’ Hardie just wants to make her ailing husband comfortable. So she puts aside her dedication to wildlife and community and whisks him off to a luxury lodge for a breathtaking getaway. But when a guest enters the bush and never returns, Rose is torn between remaining at her partner’s side and her fears for the woman’s plight.

Shocked when the missing person is found strangled to death, Rose struggles to balance her priorities when her husband takes a serious fall and ends up in the hospital. And with her estranged son demanding she stay by her husband’s bedside, the anxious investigator worries the killer may escape into the grassland…

Can Mama Rose solve the murder before time is cut short?

Jackal & Hide is the page-turning fourth novel in the Kenya Kanga cozy mystery series. If you like clever whodunits, captivating scenery, and deeply personal themes, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s enthralling tale.

Buy Jackal & Hide to hunt down the answers today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Mummy’s Curse in Paradise Bay (Paradise Bay Book 3): A Cozy Paranormal Mystery by [Annie Kingman]

A fun filled festival, a trip through time, and the curse of a mummy.

Paradise Bay is abuzz with the annual Roaring 20s festival. A lecture on Egyptomania with authentic artifacts kicks it off, and Staley Stoneybrook is delighted to be in attendance.

But when a famous archaeologist drops dead in the middle of his lecture, Staley and her paranormal crew spring into action. As she tries to find a killer while also running the station, an even more pressing mystery presents itself: What can she can possibly wear to the 20s Gala? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Catch Of The Day: A Gull Bay Mystery by [Ashley  Cain]

When a handsome stranger sails in to Gull Bay he sets a few pulses racing, none more so than the one belonging to bakery owner April Hart.

It is not long though before one lady’s pulse, rather than racing, is stopping. Well before their time.

When the body of one of the local wealthy widows washes up in the harbour, wrapped in a fishing net, it is clear that she didn’t get tangled in the net by accident. It also seems immediately obvious who has committed the crime, for the stranger has sailed out of Gull Bay as quickly as he sailed in. With the police utilising all their resources to try and track him down, it is up to April to try and clear his name before he is found. For she is sure that the murderer can be caught much closer to home.

Ashley Cain lives on the beautiful island of Jersey, the sunniest place in the British Isles. Whilst Jersey is filled with beautiful beaches and pretty coves, Gull Bay and its buildings, businesses, and residents exist only in the author’s imagination. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death by Diamond by [Jenny Andersen]

Her future sparkles like a diamond… but most diamonds have flaws
Emma Goldsmith has landed her dream job as gemologist to a major importer, complete with an assistant, JT, who is hotter than a blow torch. She should have known it was too good to be true.
Her sister Jane, an internationally successful model, loses some diamonds borrowed from Emma’s boss, leaving Emma on the hot seat. When Jane is killed, Emma has to deal with a dead body, a cop who wants to pin the murder on her, and a very angry boss who wants to know what happened to his diamonds.
Only a few days ago, Emma’s life was as flawless as the Koh-i-Noor. Now it’s more like a cracked cubic zirconia. She’s up to her ears in diamonds at work, but this mess is no gem. If she doesn’t get some clarity on who the killer is, and find those diamonds, she might be the next one to lose her sparkle. Permanently. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Cupcakes are Murder (Bijoux Mystery Series Book 3) by [Teri Barnett]

A cupcake conundrum, a culinary queen on the edge, and a cold-case killer on the loose…

Morgan Hart is settling into her job as police captain of Bijoux, the quaint and quirky tourist town nestled on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Murders have been solved, kittens have been rescued, and progress has been made in the renovation of her cozy cottage by the beach. Despite her grief and ongoing frustration over her husband’s unsolved murder six years ago, Morgan hopes an overdue break in the case will finally lead to justice, even if it means exposing a betrayal that could leave her reeling.

Meanwhile, Morgan needs to keep a sharp eye on the upcoming Baker’s Dozen Hometown Cupcake Bake-off and TV special hosted by British baking superstar Sassy McComas, aka The Queen of Cupcakes. Rumor has it, Queen Sass is secretly searching for a fresh face to host a new TV show she’s launching and the competitors vying for top spot include Hannah Bellamy, Bijoux’s own pastry princess, owner of Hannah’s Heavenly Confections, and girlfriend of JJ Jones, Morgan’s deputy.

But when one of the top challengers in the Cupcake Bake-off turns up dead, Morgan has to sift through the evidence and stop the killer before they strike again and threaten to topple Queen Sass from her throne. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Hexes & Hijinks: Cozy Paranormal Mystery (Danika Dreary Mystery Book 1) by [Sherry Soule]

This book will appeal to readers of Nancy Warren, Angie Fox, Molly Fitz, and Kate Allenton!

A whimsical matchmaker. A bizarre murder. And a psychic amateur sleuth…

Danika Dreary’s life is a hot mess. After her latest soul-crushing crisis, Danika moves in with her eccentric grandma, Elsie.

But there’s a catch: Danika must work at Karma Moon within the quaint town of Mystique, California. Except this is no ordinary new-age bookshop, it’s also where Elsie—a legendary matchmaker—helps the lonely residents find love.

When Ryker Van Allan demands his money back on a true love package, Elsie and Danika are shocked. Yet Ryker insists the woman never showed up for the date. And he’s telling the truth—Danika has a built-in lie detector that warns her whenever someone’s being dishonest.

That night, the woman’s body is found near the shop, and Elsie is accused of the murder. Danika can’t let her grandma serve time for a crime she didn’t commit. But the victim has more enemies than the town has secrets, and Danika can’t throw a tarot card without hitting a potential suspect.

With the clock ticking, Danika must prove Elsie’s innocence, suffer through the horrors of retail, and maybe even find a place where she truly belongs.

Do you enjoy clean cozy mysteries with a slice of romance and a dash of paranormal?

Then Please Scroll Up to Click the “BUY” Button Now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The King's Dilemma: An Exciting 'Romantic Suspense' with Action & Adventure (The Winisley Royals Book 1) by [B.B. Mathew]

The Winisley Royals’ is an exciting new series of contemporary, romantic suspense novels, featuring dashing, royal men, and brave and beautiful women, as they navigate through dangerous and life-threatening situations on their way to find true love and redemption. Set in the fictional country of Winnia. Pre-order this edge-of-the-seat romantic suspense series today!

Hugh Winisley, royal-born but now in exile, had assumed he’d spend the rest of his life in New York, running his hugely-successful hedge-fund. But fate had other plans.

The evil General Pierre Torev, who had overthrown Hugh’s father King George Winisley’s reign in a violent coup twenty-two years ago, and was responsible for the death of Hugh’s mother, Queen Leah Winisley, is now dead himself. 

Hugh must go back to his homeland of Winnia, if only to lay old ghosts to rest. But the danger is far from over. When his father had passed away a month ago, Hugh had assumed it was from natural causes. But new developments have made him question everything. Should he keep his cushy life in New York? Or, should he go back to Winnia to try and uncover all the murky details of the past, and claim his birthright to the throne? Finally, what’s with all the mysterious messages he’s been getting lately, warning him of danger?

Divya Singh is a sophisticated and beautiful corporate machine by day, and a mean, lean, underground MMA fighter and private detective by night. When Hugh calls her in for a meeting, sparks do fly, but in the way two flinty rocks spark up when they crash against one another. 

Divya has her own demons to conquer, and a private investigation into her big brother’s disappearance to conduct, so when Hugh asks her for her help in inspecting the mysterious letters he’s been receiving, Divya demurs.

But mysterious circumstances bring these two back to one another. And now, they’re in a race against time to not only uncover the truth but to also save their own lives and those of the ones they love.

This is an exciting romantic suspense. Book you copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Gracie & Zeus Live the Dream by [Elizabeth Roderick]

Grace Morgan has been on the music scene long enough to know the life of sex, drugs & rock & roll is just a dream. But after a messy divorce, Grace wants to give her dream of being a music journalist one last shot.

She moves to LA with her 21-year-old foster son, Zeus. They live in a motel on cup noodles and hope, until Grace finally gets a break: a story about Inez Carter, hot-mess frontwoman of the popular band Karma Korn.

The story delivers more sex, drugs and rock & roll than Grace bargained for. Karma Korn’s drummer, Nelson, has Grace rethinking her post-divorce vow of celibacy. And after they’re invited to an elite Hollywood rave, where they mistakenly drink the electric Kool-Aid, Zeus is scouted to be the lead guitarist for another star band.

However, the story soon goes sideways, and things aren’t adding up. Someone is spreading rumors about Grace, trying to sabotage her career and reputation. Then someone tries to kill her. Grace is left frantically trying to connect the dots in the dwindling hope she’ll be able to salvage the story, her relationship with Nelson, and her life. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Team Destiny and Shaman's Secret (Team Destiny Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Belinda White]

How do you find a missing Goddess?

Yup. That’s right. According to Destiny, my familiar, the Goddess is missing.

And, as Destiny has a very personal connection to the Goddess, she should know, right?

Unfortunately, that was only the beginning. Shortly after my familiar’s disturbing announcement, we got a call from Shaman Crowe.

Things definitely went downhill from there.

Now we not only have to try and figure out the missing Goddess thing, but we also have to figure out who just tried to kill the Shaman.

It’s a really good thing I have Team Destiny to help. Isn’t it?

Team Destiny and Shaman’s Secret is the third book in the Team Destiny Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series. If you love mysteries with a good sense of family and a healthy dose of magic, what are you waiting for? Click that buy or read now button today and join Team Destiny in their adventures. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Sisters, Texas, Box Set 2 (Books 4-6): Starting Over in The Sisters (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series) by [Becki Willis]

Starting Over in The Sisters! Come along with us, on a grand, heart-warming adventure full of mystery, danger, and a fair share of laughter! Binge read the next three books in this reader-favorite mystery series featuring amateur sleuth and single mom, Madison Reynolds. FREE in Kindle Unlimited. Award-Winning Fiction 6 years in a row!

Each book features a challenging whodunit mystery with a successful conclusion and keeps you guessing until the end. The underlying backstory weaves throughout the series and brings the characters and their small community to life.

The series has won numerous awards, regularly appears on multiple bestsellers lists, and has an option for a television movie series, but the ultimate compliment comes from readers. They say ‘it’s like visiting with old friends.’

These true-to-life characters will warm your heart, challenge your sleuthing skills, bring a smile to your face and sometimes a tear to your eye, and will draw you into their own little world known as The Sisters, Texas, Population 2000. (Give or take a dead body or two.)

The Sisters, Texas, Box Set Two: Starting Over in The Sisters consists of:
Book 4 Home Again: Starting Over
Book 5 Genny’s Ballad
Book 6 Christmas in The Sisters
Behind-the-scenes insights
A very personal note from the author

Also available in audio format. Each sold separately.

Word of Caution: Readers claim this series is addictive!

Editions Available: Kindle

Devoted to Murder (Sister Maggie Mystery Series Book 1) by [Sister Diane Carollo]

“Sister Maggie is my favorite kind of mystery heroine: smart, strong, with an impeccable moral compass. With an intricate, suspenseful plot, Devoted to Murder delivers a terrific read!” ~ USA Today Bestseller, Vanessa Kelly

Sister Maggie Donovan knows murder…

Sister Maggie Donovan is heading home to Brooklyn to visit family and friends and have a relaxing summer vacation. But just before her departure, she learns of the mysterious disappearance of Marcy Holmes, a young woman she once taught in the small town of Maeville, Illinois. It’s a tragedy that reminds Sister Maggie of her own twin sister Catie, who went missing from an amusement park when they were thirteen years old.

Back home in Brooklyn, Sister Maggie finds herself embroiled in her goddaughter Ellie’s relationship drama. Mediating between Ellie and her parents, Sister Maggie is determined to get the facts behind Ellie’s break-up with her fiancé, an undercover cop, and her whirlwind elopement with a guy she met on a recent cruise.

When Sister Maggie begins having psychic visions about Marcy and Catie she wonders if they’re a message about the past or a warning about the future? And if so, how can Sister Maggie keep another tragedy from happening again? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Sworn to Murder (Sister Maggie Mystery Series Book 2) by [Sister Diane Carollo]

Sister Maggie Donovan knows murder…

“Sister Maggie is my favorite kind of mystery heroine: smart, strong, with an impeccable moral compass.”
~ USA Today Bestseller, Vanessa Kelly

Can Sister Maggie solve a murder where the only witness is an orangutan?

When Sister Maggie and Sister Mary Felicia befriend an orangutan named Leo at the Indiana State Zoo they’re drawn into the investigation of the murder of Leo’s long-time zookeeper Sam Browning. Leo, the only witness to the brutal, gang-style shooting, might hold the key to the killer, but how can Sister Maggie get to the truth?

Meanwhile, Sister Maggie continues to have psychic visions of her twin sister Catie, who disappeared more than fifty years ago. But will these haunting new dreams bring Sister Maggie closer to the truth about Catie?

The truth shall set you free, but lies can lead to murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

While Justice Sleeps: A Novel by [Stacey Abrams]

From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Brilliant and mesmerizing. Abrams follows in Dan Brown’s footprint with this masterfully plotted thriller that unfolds like the ultimate chess match—bold move to bolder move with lives hanging in the balance.”—Lisa Gardner 

“Stacey Abrams is a true novelist, and While Justice Sleeps is a first-class legal thriller, favorably compared to many of the best, starting with The Pelican Brief, which it brings to mindIt’s fast-paced and full of surprises—a terrific read.”—Scott Turow

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.

As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover. Paperback

The Final Twist (A Colter Shaw Novel) by [Jeffery Deaver]

“The master of ticking-bomb suspense” (People) returns with a devilishly good thriller, and reward seeker Colter Shaw’s most personal case to date.

Just hours after the harrowing events of The Never Game and The Goodbye Man, Colter Shaw finds himself in San Francisco, where he has taken on the mission his father began years ago: finding a missing courier bag containing evidence that will bring down a corporate espionage firm responsible for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of deaths.

Following the enigmatic clues his father left behind, Shaw plays cat and mouse with the company’s sadistic enforcers, as he speeds from one gritty neighborhood in the City by the Bay to another. Suddenly, the job takes on a frightening urgency: Only by finding the courier bag can he expose the company and stop the murder of an entire family–slated to die in forty-eight hours.

With the help of an unexpected figure from his past, and with the enforcers closing the net, Shaw narrows in on the truth–and learns that the courier bag contains something unexpected: a secret that could only be described as catastrophic.

Filled with dozens of twists and reversals, The Final Twist is a nonstop race against time to save the family…. and to keep the devastating secret Shaw has uncovered from falling into the wrong hands. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Denied by [Mary Keliikoa]

PI Kelly Pruett’s search to locate a former classmate’s missing father ends in what appears to be a tragic accident. Kelly will play a high risk game of chance with a killer willing to gamble everything to win. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback