New Releases For The Week Of June 6th, 2021, Part 2

Caramel Apple Murder (A Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 19) by [Rosie A. Point]

Murder is best served sticky, sweet, and covered in caramel…

When Ruby and Bee, amateur sleuth and baking duo, decide to take a tray of their delicious apple caramel slices to the opening of a local hardware store in small-town, Yesterday, they’re happy to contribute. Until they find the body of the store owner lying across the front counter, clutching Bee’s top-secret recipe for Delightful Donuts.

It’s murder, and with a new detective in Yesterday, Ruby and Bee are due trouble for their sleuthing endeavors. The local sheriff can’t protect them, the townsfolk have become decidedly unfriendly, and with Bee as the prime suspect, things are getting sticky for the girls.

Can they figure out whodunit before Bee’s arrested for murder? Find out in the latest installment of this cozy series. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at Elm House: A totally unputdownable historical cozy mystery (A Miss Underhay Mystery Book 6) by [Helena Dixon]

Kitty Underhay feels the touch… of death.

1934. Accidental amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay is being escorted by ex-army captain Matthew Bryant on an errand of mercy, as she takes a basket of grapes to her nemesis Mrs Craven, who is recuperating from a recent operation. But their arrival at Elm House Nursing Home coincides with the mysterious death of Lady Wellings, a long-term resident.

The woman was known to be ill, so when the police turn a disinterested ear to Mrs Craven’s suspicion that Lady Wellings was poisoned, Kitty decides to look into the case herself. And when another invalid, the gentle Mrs Pearson, collapses fatally in the breakfast room, it seems her suspicions are well-founded. For an institution promising health and rejuvenation, there seems to be a very low survival rate amongst the guests!

When the nurse Eloise Hibbert hints at sinister goings on among the staff, Kitty arranges to meet her away from the home to uncover how deep the treachery lies. However, before she can make the rendezvous, Eloise meets an unfortunate end falling from the top of the building. Was she pushed by the hand of fate, or a cold-blooded killer?

Meanwhile, Matt has been following an entirely different trail of evidence, and what he finds out chills him to the bone. When Kitty fails to return from her unsuccessful meeting, it is clear she has stumbled onto a plot far more devious than they could have imagined, and into a trap laid by an unscrupulous killer…

An utterly sensational and addictive Golden Age murder mystery. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Readers love the Miss Underhay mysteries:

‘This was excellent and I read it in one sitting, a page-turner I couldn’t put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Fast, fun and utterly unputdownable… perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.’ Robin Loves Reading

What can I say? I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Oh how I love this series!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent cosy mystery! The story was gripping… I loved the character development with the little hint of romance and cannot wait for the next book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I love this series… The murder mystery itself was engrossing… It kept me guessing right until the final scene, which is unusual for me.’ Roberta Reads5 stars

‘I felt right at home the moment I started reading… It was a joy.’ Goodreads reviewer

This murder mystery is perfect… This story has it all. An absolute page-turner with characters to care about.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘One of my favourite cosy mystery series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A page-turner that will keep you guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Do yourself a favour, cozy up with a blanket, a cup of something warm and dig into this cozy mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Great story with a perfect mixture of mystery, suspense, romance and family to make this a wonderful cozy mystery book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A wonderful book, I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent read! I really enjoyed both Kitty and Matt and found that the combination of them working together was wonderful!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Loved this book!… I can’t wait for more adventures of Kitty in the near future!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘The characters are relatable, the storyline is exciting, and the author kept me guessing about the ending.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Improbable Magic: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (A Magical Sleuth Mystery Book 1) by [J A  Whiting, May  Stenmark]

This is book 1 in the Magical Sleuth Paranormal Women’s Cozy Mystery series.
Forty-two-year-old Mackie Fleming’s life is unraveling. Two years ago, she lost her husband and now, she’s lost her job. Heading over to her friend’s house to feed his cat, she finds him unconscious on the living room floor. One thing leads to another until Mackie becomes a suspect in the man’s death. Unmoored and adrift in a life she never planned, she decides to take control and investigate the crime hoping to clear herself from suspicion, except Mackie doesn’t know the first thing about how to solve a murder or how to use her improbable magic. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Secrets of Thistle Cottage: A gripping and emotional historical novel for 2021 by [Kerry Barrett]

The truth can be dangerous in the wrong hands…

1661, North Berwick
One stormy night, healer Honor Seton and her daughter Alice are summoned to save the town lord’s wife – but they’re too late. A vengeful crusade against the Seton women leads to whispers of witchcraft all over town. Honor hopes her connections can protect them from unproven rumours and dangerous accusations – but is the truth finally catching up with them?

Present day, North Berwick
After an explosive scandal lands her husband in prison, Tess Blyth flees Edinburgh to start afresh in Thistle Cottage. As she hides from the media’s unforgiving glare, Tess is intrigued by the shadowy stories of witchcraft surrounding the women who lived in the cottage centuries ago. But she quickly discovers modern-day witch hunts can be just as vicious: someone in town knows her secret – and they won’t let Tess forget it…

A hauntingly compelling timeslip novel from the author of The Girl in the Picture, perfect for fans of The Forgotten Village and The Witchfinder’s Sister.

Readers LOVE The Secrets of Thistle Cottage!

‘This is a beautifully written book and a gripping tale, frightening at times, funny at times, but a most enjoyable read.’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

I loved this book! Historical fiction and a thriller to boot!’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

‘Great stories of witchcraft… unexpected turns along the way… This has everything.’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars

The Secrets of Thistle Cottage offers the reader a trip to a lovely coastal location and then pulls you in to a time warp… a great book… but be prepared to read it in one go.’ – NetGalley Reviewer

‘I enjoyed the different timelines. This has some witchcraft added in the mix and was so dang good!’ – NetGalley Reviewer

‘This was an enjoyable read… The author sets the scene with eerie and atmospheric detail.’ – NetGalley Reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Raining Cats and Killers: Cozy Mystery (Country Cottage Mysteries Book 17) by [Addison Moore, Bellamy Bloom]

An innkeeper who reads minds. An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premier destination for murder.
***Includes RECIPE
My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
It’s proving to be a boiling hot summer in Cider Cove and the inn is hosting Emmie’s wedding and a touch of murder, too. A local resident dies and leaves millions to her cats. Emmie’s wedding dress is rumored to be cursed, and everything that can go wrong for her big day does.

Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer.

The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder.

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY Bestseller Bellamy Bloom. — Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”

Cider Cove, Maine is the premier destination for fun and relaxation. But when a body turns up, it’s the premier destination for murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Pot Thief Who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing (The Pot Thief Mysteries Book 9) by [J. Michael Orenduff]

A New Mexico pottery dealer cracks a perplexing mystery in this “winning blend of humor and character development” (Publishers Weekly).

Hubert Schuze is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and he has a fairly lucrative side gig digging up ancient relics and selling them. He also seems to have a talent for finding killers. When Hubie discovers a body outside his pottery shop, it appears the victim was stabbed in the back with something resembling a screwdriver. But the story gets a lot more mysterious when a video turns up showing the man collapsing with no one else nearby. Furthermore, a slip of paper is found in his pocket, with Hubie’s name and address on it, suggesting there may be a connection between the two men—though Hubie has no idea what it could be.

Now, the professor and pottery expert must put his sleuthing skills to work—while simultaneously managing his new role running the university’s art department—to piece together the shards of a baffling crime in this “breezy” novel from a winner of the Left Award for Best Humorous Mystery starring a “witty” amateur detective (Albuquerque Journal).

“[A] winning series.” —Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times–bestselling author of the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Thistles and the Unthinkable (Port Danby Cozy Mystery Series Book 16) by [London Lovett]

It’s wedding week in Port Danby! Lacey is busy helping Lola get ready for the big day. Nerves, tensions, and jitters are in the air. And so are parents, literally. Everyone is arriving soon in the small town to help Ryder and Lola celebrate their nuptials. All is running smoothly until a member of the wedding band winds up dead. Now, Lola needs to look for another band and Lacey must toss aside some of the wedding preparations for a murder investigation.

Book 16 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery series

More in the series:
1. Marigolds and Murder
2. Carnations and Chaos
3. Mistletoe and Mayhem
4. Roses and Revenge
5. Tulips and Trouble
6. Dahlias and Death
7. Peonies and Poison
8. Hyacinths and Homicide
9. Crocuses and Crime
10. Sunflowers and Sabotage
11. Lavender and Lies
12. Freesias and Foul Play
13. Cornflowers and Corpses
14. Jasmine and Jealousy
15. Shamrocks and Shenanigans
16. Thistles and the Unthinkable
17. Holly and Horror
18. TBA (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Gentlemen Prefer Broomsticks: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Accidentally Magical at Midlife? Book 3) by [Melinda Chase]

The third installment in the fabulously snarky Accidentally Magical at Midlife? Series, featuring your favorite kind of seasoned characters, talking fur babies and magic! – Full blurb coming soon! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Double Exposure (Callie Cassidy Mysteries Book 2) by [Lori Roberts Herbst]

It’s summertime in Rock Creek Village, Colorado, where the blooming wildflowers and colorful sunsets make life feel picture perfect. But inside Sundance Studio, a murder has developed…
Former big-city photojournalist Callie Cassidy is finally feeling at home again in the mountainside village where she grew up. She’s bought her own townhouse, made friends, and rebooted a romantic relationship with her long-ago boyfriend. She even entered her lovable golden retriever and cantankerous tabby cat into the upcoming Fireweed Festival pet pageant. Best of all, her new photography business is poised on the precipice of success. So when a group of journalists from her old newspaper come to town for a retreat, she can’t wait to show off the gallery. The happy hour she throws goes off without a hitch—at least, that’s what Callie believes.

Then one of the reporters turns up dead—in Callie’s darkroom. Callie is certain she locked the place tight, especially in light of the recent vandalism. The murder thrusts the village’s shop owners into a tizzy. How can this be happening…again? They want the crime solved pronto—before the Chamber of Commerce cancels the festival and deprives them of a big chunk of seasonal income. Detective Raul Sanchez is on the case, but that doesn’t mean Callie won’t do a little snooping of her own. Meanwhile, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her…Will Callie be able to expose the true killer—before time runs out? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Ghostly Grounds: Disaster and Dessert (A Canine Casper Cozy Mystery—Book 6) by [Sophie Love]

The perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It’s a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”
–Midwest Book Review (For Now and Forever)

THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS: DISASTER AND DESSERT is Book #6—and the finale!—in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Sophie Love, author of The Inn at Sunset Harbor series, a #1 Bestseller with over 200 five-star reviews!

Marie Fortune, 39, a successful dog groomer in Boston, leaves the stressful life behind and heads to a small town in coastal Maine to create a new life. She remains intent on renovating the old, historic house her great-aunt left her and giving it a new life as a B&B. Yet there was one thing she couldn’t plan for: the house is haunted. Two things, actually: her great-aunt also left her a dog—and he is far from a typical dog.

In the series finale, Marie finds her own future on the line as a murder occurs near her premises, and she is forced to solve it or else be implicated. With her rival innkeeper involved, it could hardly get any worse.

As if that is not enough, this series finale brings to a head many questions: will Marie finally find her mother and what will happen between them? Will Marie end up with Robbie? With Brendan? Will she finally be able to claim her gifts, without Boo’s help? And will she decide to stay and run the B&B—or be forced to leave this small town that has become her life?

A page-turning cozy, packed with mystery, love, hauntings, travel, pets and food—anchored around a small town and a B&B in need of renovation that will capture your heart—THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS is an un-putdownable cozy series that will keep you turning pages (and laughing out loud) late into the night.

“The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
–Books and Movies Reviews (For Now and Forever)

Don’t forget to check out Sophie Love’s other cozy mystery series, A CURIOUS BOOKSTORE, which begins with A FATAL FOLIO (Book #1), a bestseller with over 50 five-star reviews! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Bottoms Up (A Top Shelf Mystery) (Top Shelf Mysteries Book 5) by [Lolli Powell]

Small town council meetings are usually boring, but not when Ricki and murder are involved!

When Waterton councilman and local pharmacist, Ralph Waites, takes a wrong turn after a council meeting and ends up face down in the Ohio River, the Waterton police at first think it was an accident. The meeting had been held in the newly renovated warehouse between the Top Shelf and the river to introduce the townspeople to what will become a town museum, craft shop, and meeting rooms. The Top Shelf catered the event, and Ricki and the victim got into a shouting match by the end of it.

When the Waterton police chief starts accusing Ricki of contributing to Ralph’s death by serving him too much wine, Ricki starts investigating. She soon finds the councilman/pharmacist was not the upstanding citizen he seemed to be.

Between playing host to her mother and stepfather, who have come to town to meddle in her love life, and investigating murder, Ricki is a busy woman. And that’s not even counting the catering business she’s trying to get off the ground.

It’s almost enough to drive a bar owner to drink! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Strictly Murder (Whitstable Pearl Mysteries Book 8) by [Julie Wassmer]

The Whitstable Pearl series is now coming to TV on 24th May!
Discover the Whitstable Pearl mysteries: a combination of seafood, murder, and a multi-tasking heroine on the coast of Kent . . . Soon to be a television series!

It really is murder on the dance floor…

A new dance school opens in Whitstable run by celebrity tango champions – Tony and Tanya Ballard.

Pearl Nolan knows herself to be an ace cook and a sharp private eye but has always left the dancing to her mother, Dolly, a former member of the town’s infamous Fish Slappers dance troupe. But Pearl becomes intrigued by the Ballards when they visit The Whitstable Pearl restaurant, and she realises that dance classes could provide the perfect cover for her clandestine relationship with DCI Mike McGuire…

McGuire is the only man Pearl has ever considered partnering – and not just for tango – but the pair soon find themselves with more than steps to master when death joins them on the dance floor and a brutal killer stalks the school.

Praise for Julie Wassmer’s Whitstable Pearl mysteries:

‘A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read’ Daily Mail

‘My new favourite author in the genre’ George Galloway

Thoroughly enjoyable with a host of wonderful characters– I adore Dolly! – and evocative descriptions of Whitstable. Perfect for foodies too. Pearl is great and the ongoing will they/won’t they love story with McGuire is compelling. Comforting, cosy and entertaining with excellent Agatha Christie-style reveals. I love these books!nt>’ Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Mum in the Middle

‘While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl’ Daily Mail

‘Come to Whitstable without actually coming to Whitstable. A good read!’ Anthony Jemmett

Editions Available: Kindle

A Death on Stage (Euphemia Martins Mystery 16): A dramatic tale of theatrical mystery (Euphemia Martins Mysteries) by [Caroline Dunford]

‘A sparkling and witty crime debut with a female protagonist to challenge Miss Marple’ LIN ANDERSON, Award winning Scottish crime author

A Death on Stage – the sixteenth edition of the nail-bitingEuphemia Martin Mysteries! Riddled with adventure, espionage and suspense

It is 1914.
War is underway.
A group of French actors has become trapped in Britain and some of them are seeking political asylum, among these is a mathematician with whom Euphemia’s friend, Mary, has been corresponding. He joined the troupe with the express intention of making it to Britain and to Mary before the war began.

Euphemia’s new commander sends her undercover to the theatre where the company is finishing its run, and he instructs Fitzroy to remain on medical leave. But Fitzroy has never been one to obey orders. Meanwhile, Euphemia’s husband, Bertram, lies critically ill in hospital and Euphemia must employ all her strength to stay focussed on her mission. With actors and agents playing roles both on and off stage, the toughest challenge is knowing who to trust…

Readers LOVE Caroline Dunford’s compelling crime novels!
‘Impeccable historical detail with a light touch’ Lesley Cookman, The Libby Serjeant Series

‘Euphemia Martins is feisty, funny and completely adorable’ Colette McCormick, Ribbons in Her Hair

‘A rattlingly good dose of Edwardian country house intrigue with plenty of twist and turns and clues to puzzle through along with the heroine of the book, Euphemia Martins’ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Shooting at the Shore: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 3) by [K.L. Montgomery]

There hasn’t been a murder in Bryce Beach since 1878, and librarian/amateur sleuth Sunshine Baker wants to know what happened to her quiet, charming town along the Eastern Seaboard.

The town has been abuzz with new tourists, and now a developer wants to come in and take over a whole city block with new restaurants, shops, and even swanky condos. One citizen has been rather vocal about trying to keep the big city developer out, and when the body washes up on shore, everyone suspects the sweeping changes Bryce Beach has been undergoing are related to the murder.

It doesn’t take Sunshine long to figure out that something much more sinister is afoot. She only needs to look deep into the past to figure out who has the motive, means, and opportunity…

If she gets that far before meeting the same fate as the victim.

Shooting at the Shore is the third book in the Dangerous Curves 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. These cozy mysteries can be read in any order, but this is the order of publication:

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

Bait & Witch (Familiar Curses Mysteries Book 8) by [Corrine Winters]

Zoe Cross feels fed up with family. She’s training sister Lissie to run her bakery. She’s hosting sister Chloe’s baby and bridal showers. She’s navigating a new relationship with absent mom Zora.

And now she has to prove herself to her magical family, the Witch Council, through a series of supernatural challenges, when all she really wants to do is plan her own wedding to hunky detective Sean.

Give a witch a break! As her sassy familiar Snow would say, “Pass the Pinot, it’s going to be a bumpy month.”

Then, amidst the cupcakes and party decorations, a corpse. Somebody poisons Mary Bella, owner of the best bridal boutique in Sweetwater Falls. Zoe and Sean team up to crack the case, but the unknown killer fights back with purple smoke demons and poisoned jello. When Sean loses a fistfight with an evil wolf-beast, Zoe must solve the mystery alone with a handful of clues and a scarcity of suspects.

Can Zoe summon enough witchy willpower to wrestle the wrongdoer to the ground? Or will the pressures of family, detection, and magical trials prove too much for this tough cookie? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle