Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Murder at the Sea Captain’s

Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn (A Book Magic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Lake House Press (July 20, 2021)
Approx 300 pages
Digital ASIN: B08GL19B84

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Melissa Bourbon and her new book Murder At Sea Captain’s Inn.  It is the third book in her A Book Magic Mystery Series.

Purchase Link – Amazon 

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Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn (A Book Magic Mystery)
by Melissa Bourbon

MURDER AT SEA CAPTAIN’S INN provides an intriguing multilayered mystery. The Lost Colony, the Lane family curse, family relationships, and mysterious connections converge creating an intensely captivating story.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

There are several layers to this mystery and the magical power of bibliomancy became one of the best parts of the story . . . This is the first book I’ve read in the series and really loved it!
~Books To The Ceiling

Full of plenty of clues while still keeping you guessing until the end. The use of bibliomancy is a nice touch as well as the adorable deaf dog Sailor.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Ms. Bourbon writes in a way that makes the reader captivated and completely part of the story. I love this story and the characters.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

The magical realism elements (the family curse, the bibliomancy) are so intriguing to me and keep me fully engaged in the read. Add in whispers about the Lost Colony, like Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn does, and I’m even giddier.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

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Generation after generation of Lane women die in childbirth, while the sea claims the men.

Pippin Lane Hawthorne’s grand opening of Sea Captain’s Inn is tainted when a scholar studying the Lost Colony of Roanoke is brutally murdered. Like the black crow that hangs around the old house, could the untimely death be a harbinger of dark things to come?

When her twin brother, Grey, begins bucking the curse by risking his life in the waters of the Outer Banks, Pippin lives in terror that he’ll be the next Lane male to be swallowed by the sea. Now she must use her gift of bibliomancy to save her brother, solve the murder, and end a two thousand year old pact.

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Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of more than twenty-five mystery books, including the Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams. Learn more about Melissa at her website,, on Facebook @MelissaBourbon/Winnie ArcherBooks, and on Instagram @bookishly_cozy.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Pork Chopped To Death

Pork Chopped to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: MYS ED LLC; 1st edition (July 23, 2021)
Digital ~230 Pages

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Jodi Rath and her new book Pork Chopped To Death.  It is the seventh book in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series.

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Pork Chopped to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath

I am giving Pork Chopped to Death by Jodi Rath four stars and recommend it to anyone that loves a good culinary cozy mystery. There are also recipes in the back. Ms. Rath has done another great job on this book, and I can’t wait for the next one.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

There are mobsters, escapades, and corrupt officials everywhere! . . . If you have ever been pregnant, you will enjoy this wacky look at how it feels to be expecting
~Diane Reviews Books

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You know what they say, you are what you eat, and Jolie and Ava are about to turn into everything they have been craving including pounds of chocolate, pizza, pickles, and ice cream.

Mafia, urban sprawl, gentrification, newborn babies, and the lives of the Leavensport villagers will be altered forever. Change is inevitable. Jolie Tucker is a Type-A perfectionist with fanatic tendencies who detest the very thought of change. Regardless of what she wants, change is a comin’ along with a grizzly discovery of murder of one of the village’s most beloved, mayhem between the villagers and the urbanites of Tri-City, and new dynamics of family dysfunction.

Get ready for a roller coaster ride from the peaks of new life, yummy food, and blossoming relationships to the lows of slayings, chaos, and war. The residents of Leavensport are in for the battle of their lives, and it’s up to Jolie, Ava, and their crew to determine the future of their village.

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

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Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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Review Of The Moonshine Shack Murder

The Moonshine Shack Murder

A Southern Homebrew Mystery, Book #1

Diane Kelly

5 Stars


In this intoxicating new cozy mystery series, the future for modern-day moonshiner Hattie Hayes looks bright–until death darkens the doorstep of her Moonshine Shack.

The Hayes family has made moonshine in Chattanooga since the days of Prohibition, and Hattie is happy to continue the tradition, serving up fun, fruity flavors in mason jars for locals and tourists alike. All signs indicate her new ‘shine shop will be a smashing success. What’s more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store’s doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.

The homicide detective can’t seem to identify the person who killed the owner of a nearby bar. The only witness is Hattie’s longhaired gray cat, and Smoky isn’t talking. When the detective learns that the victim and Hattie had a heated exchange shortly before his murder, she becomes her prime suspect.

Lest Hattie end up behind bars like her bootlegging great-grandfather a century before, she must distill the evidence herself and serve the killer a swift shot of justice.  (Amazon)


This is the first book in a new series and I thought it was quite good.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoyed getting to meet Hattie, her grandfather and her girlfriends.  She has been busy getting her moonshine shop ready to open and praying it will be successful.  When someone is killed outside Hattie’s shop, things begin to go south.  Hattie is considered a person of interest and knows she has to find the killer before she gets thrown in jail.  She will need all the help she can get.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and the mystery was not easily solved. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what adventure awaits Hattie next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkeley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery Book 1) by [Diane Kelly]

Review of Lost And Found

Lost And Found

Resort At Castaway Bay

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


Sydney Whitmore, a forensic psychologist living in San Francisco, moves home to Shipwreck Island, and the resort owned and operated by her family, after tragedy strikes leaving her struggling for a way to make sense of things. After finding out about the assault of an old friend, which has left him comatose, she renews her relationship with Ezra Reinhold, a reclusive billionaire who enjoys poking around in cold cases and has the means to hire the best people to find the answers no one else has been able to.

In book 2 in the series Syd is asked to help a man regain his memories after showing up a decade after he went missing with no memory of where he’d been since disappearing from his home when he was eight. Meanwhile, she continues to look for answers relating to Riley’s attack, which seems an impossible task, until Kelly invites her to a meeting with Ezra’s group who all pitch in to offer insight.

Bonus Material: Text and photos for Emily by the Sea and Emily’s Kitchen contributed by Christy Turner  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Sydney is enjoying spending time with her family and having a working vacation.  She has to try and help a teenage boy remember what happened to him ten years ago and where he has been this whole time.  And she is also trying to figure out what happened to her friend, Riley, that led to him getting attacked and being in a coma.  And she wants to spend time with her sister and have some fun.  She will be very busy.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and took me on a great journey.  I really enjoyed the fact that although there are mysteries involved, Sydney did not go chasing after any bad guys and did not take unnecessary chances. This is unlike most of the cozies I read.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to spending more time with Sydney and her family.

Resort at Castaway Bay: Lost and Found by [Kathi Daley]

New Releases For The Week Of July 25th, 2021–Part 4

A Speck of Sorcery (The French Quarter Witch Mystery Series Book 4) by [Constance Barker, Corrine Winters]

Murder at a Costume Party and Why Is Miss Hallie Making Nice With Georgie’s Nemesis

Miss Bougie Frisee is putting on a costume party in the Big Easy. Georgie and crew are invited but get more than they bargained for when a premiere Chef is murdered during the festivities. A number of people wouldn’t mind seeing the chef belly up including an ex-wife who hated him and an apprentice slash witch who was berated at every turn. Jealousy could have reared its ugly head in the form of a rival chef as well. Or maybe a spurned lover had it in for him?

Georgie is at a loss when she finds Miss Hallie and Xavier cozying up to one another. Why would Miss Hallie betray her? Is Xavier using Miss H to get to Georgie, or is there something much deeper going on? (Amazon)

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Murder Most Wicked (Dog Detective - The Beagle Mysteries Book 15) by [Rosie Sams, Agatha Parker]

PI Hannah and her dog detective Mazie are ready to take things easy and plan a beautiful wedding, but things are never quiet in Blairstown for very long.
FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

Hannah and her fiancé Colin are happy to share the news of their engagement. While they dream of a small intimate wedding their friends think they should have a grand wedding and even suggest a wedding planner.

The happy couple along with Mazie the beagle, attend a party for successful venture capitalists Andrea and Ray to evaluate a possible wedding venue. Hannah believes the country club is beautiful and would love to have her wedding there until Lisa Ralston, the woman who runs the place is horrible to her staff.

When the woman collapses in the middle of the party, Hannah must figure out who hated Lisa enough to murder her. Is it someone from her beaten down staff or perhaps something more sinister is going on?

Find out if Hannah and her super-sleuthing beagle Mazie can figure out who the culprit is before someone else pays the ultimate price in Murder Most Wicked (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Sugar, Spice, and Murder: A Pumpkin Hollow Mystery by [Kathleen Suzette]

It’s summer in Pumpkin Hollow, and I can hardly wait for Pumpkin Hollow Days to begin. My new husband and I will be enjoying the warm weather, seeing the tourists return, and a hayride or two. It’s that dead body that’s spoiling the mood around here.

Pumpkin Hollow Days means a parade, a craft fair, costumes, and moonlit hayrides. Unfortunately, it also means murder. Mia and her sister Christy are on another case in Pumpkin Hollow. Can they catch the killer and unravel a mystery without getting themselves into too much trouble?

Halloween is celebrated all year long in Pumpkin Hollow. There are no paranormal elements, just good clean fun! And a murder, of course. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Pawsitively Purrfect: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Midlife Magic & Mystery Book 5) by [Corrine Winters]

Another murder in town is just…APAWLING!

Just when Ruby finally gets her boyfriend Chief Jon Miller back, and utters the dreaded “L” word, a bank robbery steals away his chance to reply.

Ruby handles the situation in her usual, inimitable style, only to find yet another distraction: Murder.

It’s ‘Fame Over’ when a reality TV starlet turns up dead in a dumpster.

Ruby has her hands full trying to juggle the many suspects and twisty clues, let alone getting Jon to ‘fess up about his feelings.

Of course, Ruby doesn’t have to charge into the mystery alone. Her trusted feline familiar, the perpetually snarky and habitually mouthy Rumpus is on the case as well.

Ruby tangles with mobsters, celebrities, hardened criminals, hitmen, and—perhaps the most dreaded of all—the modern publishing industry as she juggles the investigation, her relationship with Jon, and the stress of being a fledgling mystery writer.

Return to Fiddler’s Cove with Ruby Diamond and her cast of characters, where a cat-tastrophe is waiting around every corner and magic and mystery make for a wonderful cozy mystery series.

Because navigating middle age has never been so much fun…or so dangerous. (Amazon)

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Peach Prisoner (A Juiced Around The Corner Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Gretchen Allen]

Murder is Juiced Around the Corner…

When a murder occurs in the town over, Marley Bloom thinks she’s finally free of getting involved. She’s eager to take some much needed time off from work and enjoy the small-town art festival that everyone has been telling her so much about.

Things at the festival go terribly wrong, and what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend ends up being a whirlwind of theft, drama, and troublesome strangers who appear to have more on their agenda than selling their wares.

It isn’t until Marley’s livelihood is threatened that she realizes it’s time to step in and start looking for the answers everyone is so desperate to find. More involved than ever, she’s ready to get to the bottom of this twisty mystery before her temporary vacation becomes permanent. (Amazon)

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Bad Witch Makes a Blunder: A Bad Witch Cozy Mystery (A Bad Witch Mystery Book 2) by [K.M. Waller]

Does a bad witch deserve a fresh start?

Lola has a plan. Ignore the talking raven, make some fast cash, and hightail it out of Burberry before the Spring Solstice. You know, in case the bad witch buried in her lost memories wakes up and wreaks havoc on the small town.

But when a coworker’s no good, ex-con ex-husband blows into town, he sets his sights on adding Lola to his crew of degenerates for a heist. After a firm no thanks, and a quick spell to seal the deal, Lola thinks she’s rid herself of the problem.

Then the problem turns up dead! And that’s only half the drama.

With a side-kick like mean girl Dara Henry, the Lost Souls ParaAgency watching her every move, and that darn talking raven, will Lola be able to stop the heist, find a killer, and make it out of Burberry alive by the solstice?

Find out in Book 2 of the Bad Witch Mystery series!

Prequel–O Come, All Ye Witches (A Lost Souls ParaAgency/Bad Witch Mysteries Crossover)
Book 1–Bad Witch Takes a Case

The Bad Witch Mysteries are a part of the Lost Souls ParaAgency universe:
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Three Witches of Burberry
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Ghostly Reunion
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Illusion of a Vampire
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Mysterious Bag of Bones
Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Creature of White Oak Swamp
Or just grab the Lost Souls ParaAgency Bundle Books 1 – 5 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Picture-Perfect Poison (Pet Potions Mystery, 4) by [Ami Diane]

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure… that goes haywire and defies the laws of physics.

While Libby and Marge are in Oregon uncovering answers about Libby’s mother’s death, Marge gets a call from a friend at the local chapter of the Potion Masters Society. They’re organizing an annual rummage sale but are short a couple potionists. They need volunteers to help run it, and who better to ask than a newbie potionist and an apothecary? A duo who attract trouble like Marge’s hair growing potion allures bald men.

Soon after, strange occurrences begin cropping up all over the city as people start behaving oddly. A woman can’t stop dancing, even to the point of exhaustion. A man mysteriously ages, seemingly overnight. A child starts sprouting porcupine quills from his skin like a pincushion.

It isn’t long before Libby and Marge realize those afflicted were customers at the rummage sale. Libby suspects a rogue potionist might be sabotaging the Potion Masters Society. To get to the bottom of the mystery, she and Marge do what they do best: uncover answers while using whatever whacky potion they have at their disposal and leaving a trail of mayhem in their wake.

This is book four in the laugh-out-loud Pet Potions cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead in the Water by [S.C. Merritt]

They say opposites attract. The only thing these two unlikely friends seem to be a magnet for is murder.

When Maisie Mitchell sold her restaurant and retired to sunny Florida, she couldn’t wait to get out of the kitchen and do absolutely nothing except enjoy lazy days by the pool.

Thirty-five years with the Chicago Police Department was enough for detective Donna “Dot” Pinetta. She was ready to escape the daily stress of big city crime and retire under a palm tree with a tall glass of something cold and a little paper umbrella.

But, as these two friends soon find out, retirement can get a little, shall we say, tiring? Sometimes you just need a vacation from your vacation. Maisie and Dot concoct an exciting plan of hitting all the destinations on their bucket lists, but when the dead body of handsome recreation director, Mason Jacobs is discovered floating in their own little piece of paradise, chaos ensues. Maisie and Dot’s plan for adventure gets shoved to the back burner when a good friend tops the suspect list and Dot jumps back into detective mode dragging Maisie along with her.

With a millionaire, an aging beauty queen and a jealous husband among the long list of suspects, can they expose the real killer and clear their friend’s name? Or will their first road trip be to the prison on visitor’s day?

Dead in the Water is the first book in a brand, new series by cozy author, S.C. Merritt. Join Maisie and Dot on their travels in the Bucket List Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Accidental Familiar Complete Box Set: Books 1 - 5 Plus Prequel by [Belinda White]

The Complete Accidental Familiar Series (including the prequel) all between two virtual covers!

Join Amethyst and the Ravenswind clan as they discover exactly what the Goddess has planned for them. Here’s a little hint: It’s gonna be a wild journey.

Strong women. Strong magic. Strong family. Meet the Gemstone Coven in the flagship series that started them all.
Dive on in… the magic is waiting.

The Accidental Familiar Complete Box Set includes Books One through Five as well as the series prequel. Grab a chair, a tall glass of soda, and the cat. It’s time for a Paranormal Cozy Mystery binge read. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Djinn and Tonic: Antiques & Mystic Uniques Caravan, A Paranormal Psychic Cozy Mystery, Fantasy Romance and Suspense Novella - Book 5 (The Fortune-Telling Twins Mysteries) by [Bettina M. Johnson]

A drunken genie. A murder spree. And a budding romance between a witch and her vampire. What more could happen?

What could be worse than releasing an ancient genie on an unsuspecting populace? How about releasing one with an alcohol problem and a roving eye! Bella inadvertently opens the door to trouble when she rubbed an old lamp she traded for at their last stop. Now the Mystic Antiques and Uniques Caravan has someone going through their drawers and causing the kind of mischief…and he comes complete with a sob story that has the paranormal team of monsters-hunters trying to figure out just what to do.

Half of the team thinks he’s evil and trying to trick them into believe he’s benign, while the other half, led by Ellie and Bella, think he’s a mostly harmless soul that needs to go to paranormal AA meetings to get his life back on track. What will Maggie do when a minister for The Order of Origin who came to interview the genie winds up dead instead? Anyone in there right mind would suspect the genie, but what if he is as innocent as he professes and its a setup of epic proportions?

Maggie is determined to get to the bottom of this and return order from the chaos that is their life…and do it before one of her team members winds up in jail for aiding and abetting the suspect! And she’s juggling genie duty with men trouble when she confronts her recalcitrant vampire about his petty attitude as of late. Tempers flare, and you know what they say about love and hate, right? That fine line makes for some interesting moments! Will Maggie again control, or is all hope lost?

The Fortune-Telling Twins Book 5 (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Double Chocolate Deception (Cupid's Catering Company Book 3) by [M K  Scott]

Bakers by day, sleuths by night, Della and her mother Mabel, are pulled into a tightly woven web of deception when scammers descend upon their tightknit community and prey on unsuspecting citizens.

To unmask these brazen identity thieves, Della and Mabel must comb through clues that lead to nowhere, underhanded tactics, and sleight-of-hand trickery to find the scammers before they fleece everyone in town.

Will they find the culprits before they cause any more damage?

Find out in Double Chocolate Deception! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Birds of a Feather: a Bennett Sisters Mystery (Bennett Sisters Mysteries boxsets series Book 8) by [Lise McClendon]

A wintry Welsh evening. A house full of relatives, hangers-on, and malcontents. A British/French family hosts Elise Bennett, and gets the extra benefit of two of her sisters. Will Twelfth Night ever arrive for these revelers? A holiday to remember… and forget.

When Elise Bennett, youngest of the five sisters, is invited to spend the long holiday break with her new boyfriend, Conor (from ‘Lost in Lavender’) she is thrilled. Who wouldn’t be? A remote Welsh manor house, a chance to mix with the clan, long walks on the snowy hillsides– but things are not so simple in the countryside. Not with this family.

Conor’s brother, Duncan, misbehaves toward Elise, causing two of her sisters to rush in with emotional reinforcements. Then an undesirable French relative arrives, with an entourage. A house that already feels crowded is now bursting with intrigue, day-drinking, bird shoots, and so much cooking. And whining about cooking. When a death breaks the monotony in the kitchen, no one is relieved. Becausel, at this point, they are all suspects.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER was originally published in three parts: Swan & Peacock, Crazy as a Loon, and Fly the Nest. Read it as one novel in this compilation, or listen to the audiobook now available. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Ghost Camper's Tall Tales: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 3 by [Elizabeth Pantley]

A magic mirror. An enchanted world. A mysterious story-telling ghost. A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch. A smart, sassy cat. And a mystery of finding a dead body . . . of someone who was already dead. Visit Destiny Falls and escape to a great time.

…A mysterious old man keeps popping up to tell Hayden a series of tall tales. Who is he? And is he actually glowing? Are his stories fiction, or is he telling her the history of her family, the enchanted islands, and the witch? And why did a dead body show up . . . of someone who was already dead? Can Hayden and her quirky sidekick, Latifa unscramble this mystery?

Hayden’s adventures in the magical world of Destiny Falls continue in this gripping story that answers your questions about the mysterious world she entered through a mirror in book one, Falling into Magic. We learn more about her missing mother, whose story begins in book two, The Disappearance of Emily.

“I. Can’t. Even! Elizabeth Pantley amazingly, magically, has outdone herself once again! The mystery, magic, and carefully woven story and history held me captive!” ~ Georgeanne, Goodreads

“I absolutely LOVE this series! An intriguing story… So many new twists and turns!” ~ Linda, Goodreads

Reviews for The Destiny Falls Series:

“A captivating read! I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Goodreads

“My favorite series in the whole wide world.” ~ Elza Reads

“Will blow you away!” ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“A mix of unique characters, romance, mystery, and magic.” ~ Goodreads

“Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, BAM, a twist.” ~ Leslie, Storeybook Reviews

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books are published in over twenty languages. She is also the author of the popular Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the mother of four and Nana to one. She hopes you have as much fun reading the Destiny Falls books as she has writing them. Visit her & sign up for her mailing list at (Amazon)

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Poisoning the Well: Witch's Kitchen Book 6 by [Sharon Hudson, Eugene Hudson]

Maggie Corey’s marriage and professional life have imploded and she’s ready to start her life over.

She’s come to Hope’s Crossing to manage her aunt’s herb shop, that she took over after her murder. The apparent death of a terrible foe provides relief and the hope that she can start her life anew with her boyfriend, Carl, and his daughter, Nellie. After securing a place to call home, things are starting to look up.

Nellie is enjoying fifth grade by day and lessons in herbs and witchcraft by night. While Maggie is clearly a good witch, they know that Hope’s Crossing isn’t kind to witches so they must teach Nellie to be responsible and discreet with her powers. Finding time for lessons is hard with sales at the herb store picking up—the shop has become more popular.

A strange series of suicides springs up and someone dear to Carl is the latest victim. Maggie’s cat, Bramble[AT4] , detects dark magic surrounding the victim’s possessions, and Maggie must step in to avoid another incident like what happened last summer. They discover that the killer is being influenced by magic that compels him to take violent action and they fear for Nellie’s safety.

All that’s clear is that people are dying and Maggie can’t seem to help. She must find who has been possessed banish the hex before it goes too far—she must do it to keep her new family and her new home safe. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mystical and Magical: Bailey Bay Cozy Mystery (Bailey Bay Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Catherine Waltan]

Rosalind is confused about the presence of the Corps d’elite in Dreynenn, she stays hidden and orders Shadow, her cat on a mission of stealth to find out what they wanted.

Shadow returns to tell her that they wanted access to her father’s grimoires; all his research and experiments. Everything that she held onto in his absence.

Her friend Cole tries to intervene but an invisible wall of air keeps him immobile.

Can Rosalind and Shadow save her family and Cole from the evil that awaits? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 25th, 2021–Part 3

The Dear Reverend: A Suspense-Filled Cozy Mystery by [Dianne Harman]

Bob Silva has a wonderful rags-to-riches story to tell.

The son of immigrant farmworker parents, he has become one of the most successful attorneys in Southern California.
He recently married the love of his life and adopted her two young sons. He’s devoted to his new ready-made family, and they adore him.

Then he’s asked to run for political office, with a promise that his election campaign will be fully funded by some deep-pocket donors. If elected, he would have the opportunity to represent his Latino heritage. He doesn’t think life could get any better when his wife, Nina, tells him he’s going to be the unexpected father of twin girls.

But that was before his election opponent, the Dear Reverend, began to make threats against his family. Bob’s newborns are kidnapped from the maternity ward of the hospital on the day he wins the election and now he’s faced with tough choices,

Family or fame?

When his newborns are stolen, he turns to Slade Kelly, an unorthodox private investigator, to find them. It’s a race against time to find the girls before they’re sold to the highest bidder.

Ahh, the Dear Reverend. If people only knew his real nature. But with Slade on the case, they soon will!

This book is a standalone suspense-filled cozy mystery from a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

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Double Calamity (Tipperary Carriage Company Mystery Book 8) by [J A  Whiting, Nell McCarthy]

This is book 8 in the Tipperary Carriage Company cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J.A. Whiting and Nell McCarthy.
It is June in Ohio and Mae Monahan’s Tipperary Carriage Company is busy with clients who have booked horse-drawn carriages for their weddings. Mae always thought driving for weddings would be fun and happy occasions, but she and her horses have run into some strange situations including a wedding in a cemetery, some difficult brides and bridesmaids, and a double wedding that might turn into a double calamity. Will Mae and her friend Ross be able to handle some serious issues or will someone end up hurt or worse?

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Strawberry Vanilla Peril: A Cozy Murder Mystery (Dolphin Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 7) by [Leena  Clover]

Champion Cyclist Falls to Death

It’s spring in Dolphin Bay and a big cycle race is passing through town. Anna’s Cafe sets up a stall with snacks and drinks for the participants. When a well known cyclist crashes to his death in the woods, the police blame the lemonade.

Suddenly, Anna’s granddaughter is the top suspect because she was seen handing out drinks to the dead guy. Anna and company are stumped because the victim was a total stranger who didn’t know any of them. The new detective in town wants to close the case soon and time is running out.

Meanwhile, the mayor and her minions target Meg and convince the locals to blackball her.

Can Anna and the Firecrackers use their sleuthing skills and solve the murder before it’s too late?

Strawberry Vanilla Peril is a clean, cozy mystery with fast paced action, twists and turns and a baffling murder mystery that will keep you guessing till the end.

Don’t miss this latest instalment in the much loved Dolphin Bay Cozy Mystery series.


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Red Letter Witch (Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries Book 7) by [Mara Webb]

Sadie Alden has received a threat, and it seems that she’s not the only one.

The people of Hallow Haven are growing increasingly concerned about a string of recent disappearances, fear is gripping the islands and Sadie needs to do something about it. With no apparent connection between the missing people, Sadie finds herself at a loss.

Sadie is soon keeping secrets of her own, and a late-night clandestine meeting threatens to change everything. With her guardian dodging her calls and her boyfriend off at work with another peacekeeper, Sadie might have to learn to defend herself.

To top it all off her shrink seems more interested in the pay-check than actually helping her out, but with a mind-reader for a best friend, does she really need to pay for therapy anyway?

It’s not even like she can get a good night’s sleep anymore, there is a new danger looming at sundown and it’s enough to make your blood run cold…

Red Letter Witch is the seventh book in the Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries series. (Amazon)

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Proof Of Death (St. Marin's Cozy Mystery Series Book 7) by [ACF Bookens]

The murders in St. Marin’s Library’s mystery section just got very real. 

When the local librarian is found dead among the stacks, the rumors about her reputation reach a fever pitch, but Harvey Beckett can’t let a fellow book-lover’s name be sullied. But when she drags her friends and her dogs into the investigation, she finds that it’s more than just rumors she has to contend with.

Will Harvey’s curiosity be the end of her this time?  (Amazon)

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Glamour Ghoul: A Lady of the Lake School for Girls Cozy Mystery (The Vega Bloodmire Wicked Witch Mystery Series Book 11) by [Sarina Dorie]

Wicked witches. Murder. Mystery.

When a serial killer of werewolves is on the loose, who are you going to call?

Not only is Vega Bloodmire a teacher at the most prestigious magical boarding school for witches, and a powerful witch, but she also has a curse for getting herself into situations where she has to solve mysteries—even when she should be minding her own business. She thrives when she is able to use skilled and powerful magic, crush her enemies, and destroy those who would harm her students and those she loves.

She is less comfortable being a good role model, consoling with hugs and kind words, and being “nice.” As is often the case, Vega has found herself in a most uncomfortable situation, putting her skills to the test. She is now guardian to a fifteen-year-old girl with cancer. When her charge insists on taking care of an injured puppy, it is only one of many problems Vega faces at the close of a school year.

When a connection is made between a victim who died after being shot with silver bullets and the puppy’s wound, Vega suspects someone is on the hunt for werewolves and shifters. As a shifter herself, Vega understands the stigma of being unable to control magical transformations and the way society shuns those who are different.

In order to pay for her charge’s medical treatment, Vega decides to hunt a poacher and acquire all his silver bullets. If she happens to do something “nice” for the betterment of Witchkin society and gets rid of a werewolf serial killer in the process, she isn’t opposed to the idea—so long as no one tries to thank her for being selfless and good.

Can Vega discover who has been killing werewolves before another victim dies?

This book starts with Vega Bloodmire’s life before working at Womby’s School for Wayward Witches when she was a new and inexperienced teacher at Lady of the Lake School for Girls. GLAMOUR GHOUL is the 11th book in the series of mysteries taking place at a magical academy, but these whodunnits are fine to be read in any order.

Clean, cozy, no sex or swearing, PG 13—perfectly fine for teens or grandmas who like mysteries with magic. (Amazon)

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Start from Scratches: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (MenoPaws Mysteries Book 3) by [Morgana Best]

Detective Cole is missing. Nell has a gut feline all is not well, but JenniFur, Edison, Daphne, and Delilah do not seem concerned.

When a man is found murdered, Nell and her friends discover all is not cat and dried.

Soon they are chasing their tails. Will they find the detective before it’s too late? One thing is for sure, they will need to start from scratches.

Start from Scratches is Book 3 in this Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery series from USA Today Bestselling author, Morgana Best. (Amazon)

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A Fortune Most Deadly (Florence Winters Mystery Book 2) by [May  Bridges]

New York City, 1925.

Florence Winters never believed much in fate or destiny. But after a mysterious fortune reading turns deadly, she might just be a believer… and a suspect. Life in 1920s New York City is more than just the bee’s knees!Between the dazzling lights of the city and unraveling its secrets, things have never been more exciting for Flo and the gang.This fun 1920s cozy mystery is a clean read with no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. A Fortune Most Deadly is book two in the Florence Winters Mysteries. (Amazon)

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A Witch Without A Spell: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 11) by [Cindy Stark]

” A cast of characters that keep you laughing, guessing, and turning the pages.”

When Hazel and Peter return to their beloved Stonebridge, they find the citizens have divided into two warring factions, and they’re fighting it out with pies. Worse, Timothy refuses to honor his agreement to stop targeting the witches in town, and this time, he means business. He wants what Hazel took from him, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

When the concealed magical item turns up missing, Hazel doesn’t know if she should blame Timothy or her mother, who just happened to show up unannounced. Either way, wicked things will surely come calling unless she can find it fast.

Even with help from her bestie Cora, Mr. Kitty and his new friend, and a few ghosts from the past, Hazel fears she won’t be able to solve the mystery before another witch is harmed. That is until an unexpected ally appears. But should she trust this person or not?

A Witch Without a Spell is book 11 in the Teas & Temptations Paranormal Cozy Mystery series (best enjoyed in order). Download your copy because you deserve to relax and immerse yourself in a charming New England town full of delightful, quirky characters, and help Hazel solve the latest mystifying mystery.

Note: The Teas and Temptations series are PG-rated fun, and they contain no gore, swearing, or adult situations. (Amazon)

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Stealing Murder: A Cat Clarke 1960s Adventure (The Cat Clarke 1960s Mysteries Book 1) by [Beth Byers]

April 1961

In the first short Clarke mystery, you’ll meet Cat, Thea, and Albert Clarke. They tend towards the naughty. You know…a little vengeful pick-pocketing. A smidgeon of well-aimed fraud. A dabbling of burglary from the deserving.

These unexpected siblings have their eyes on a the prize with their greatest heist yet. Only someone else beats them to the prize.

In moments, Cat is on the run, Albert is in danger, and Thea has to step out of the shadows. If they don’t find Cat before the feds, they’re all going down. Time for the team to accomplish their greatest feat yet: infiltrate the feds, discover their foe, and keep their freedom.

Book ONE in the Cat Clarke 1960s Adventures. It’s time for a new adventure, and you’re going to love Cat Clarke and her family.

One-time orphans turned family, Cat might be fiendish, but her mother, Louisa, is all-good. Then there is the pragmatic Albert and the loyal Thea. This family sticks together no matter what hijinks Cat drags them into. Prepare yourself for a series of mysteries and heists and grab onto something, because it isn’t just her family that Cat will charm. (Amazon)

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To Fetch a Killer (Dog Groomer Mysteries Book 3) by [Chelsea Thomas]

Murder. It’s a doggone shame.

When Amy moved back home and opened a cute little pet salon, she never expected her work to be interrupted by death. It’s especially odd when the victim is a nurse… 

Aren’t medical professionals supposed to know how to stay alive?

The big clues suggest this rowdy nurse drank a little too much and then never woke up. But that doesn’t sit well with Amy, and it’s not long before she’s poking her nose where it’s not wanted.

Not surprisingly, it’s not long before Amy uncovers evidence that suggests the death of the nurse was murder — and she and Granny set off to catch the killer before there’s another murder in town. 

But this killer was smart, they covered their tracks, and Amy suspects the key evidence is in a briefcase that’s under lock and key. 

Is she right?

The closer Amy and Granny get to catching the killer, the more danger they find, and the angrier the local cops become.

With threats mounting, and more secrets than the ladies can count, Amy knows this case has to be solved before another victim turns up.

Will Amy solve the murder or will the killer claim another victim?

Read now.  (Amazon)

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Mangroves and Murder: An Enchanted Coast Magical Mystery (Enchanted Coast Magical Mystery Series Book 5) by [Tegan Maher]

There’s nothing worse than finding a dead body when you’re trying to relax at a magical beach resort.

Witch Destiny Maganti loves bartending at the Enchanted Coast, but she’s in desperate need of a vacation. When a Kraken drags an entire lighthouse to shore and a group of werewolves start a brawl on her bar patio, she pulls off her apron, grabs her beach bag, and draws a line in the sand. Then she calls her cousin Mila and plans a weekend of fun in the sun.
She should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.
When a guest stumbles across a body tangled in a group of mangroves, she can’t just walk away and leave her friends high and dry, especially when one of them becomes a suspect.
Join Destiny, Tempest, Colin, Bob the Bigfoot, and the rest of the Enchanted Coast crew as they work to solve their fifth murder. This is Book 5 in my Enchanted Coast Magical Mysteries series. (Amazon)

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Sparkling Blend (A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Book 21) by [Kennedy Layne]

Fireworks and sparks fly a little late this year in the next explosive whodunit within the Paramour Bay Mysteries by USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne…

The annual Midsummer Festival had to be postponed this year due to a nor’easter causing considerable damage to the quaint coastal town of Paramour Bay. Now that the scattered debris and fallen trees had been removed from the surrounding neighborhoods and town square, the residents are more than ready to relax and enjoy the festivities.

It’s too bad that not everyone shares the same sentiment. When Raven Marigold and her familiar take a morning stroll through town square, they notice something amiss behind a bench near one of the food stands…the kind of something that could go kaboom!

You’ll need a steady hand to help solve this unpredictable whodunit! (Amazon)

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Dead Over Heels: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Visions & Victims Book 6) by [Lily Webb]

Put your best foot forward…Psychic innkeeper Selena has never had a famous guest check into the Kindred Spirits Inn — until the leader of another magical community arrives. The only problem? She wants Selena’s help to solve the murder of a colleague.When one of Selena’s visions reveals a crucial new clue, she realizes she can’t drag her feet on the case — and that she’ll have to step on a few toes.But the killer is still pounding the pavement, and despite her prophetic powers, Selena can’t help feeling like the other shoe is about to drop.Will Selena stamp out the suspect? Or will they carry her out feet first?Dead Over Heels is the sixth book in the Visions and Victims series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If superstar spellcasters, conjuring crossovers, and witchy whodunits get your wand waving, then you’re sure to fall under the spell of this exciting crossover with Lily Webb’s Magic and Mystery series.Buy Dead Over Heels to continue conversing with the spirits of Starfall Valley today! (Amazon)

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Victim at the Vineyard (Country Girl in the Big City Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [Susan Harper]

A weekend getaway is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. At least until your new friend turns up dead.

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Bonnie, Katie Lou, and an old friend head to a nearby vineyard B&B for a weekend of well-deserved relaxation. Before they can enjoy themselves, their friend is murdered, and their weekend is turned upside down. As the clues come pouring in, it becomes apparent the victim had a history with folks at the vineyard and more than one person might not be losing any sleep over her demise. Can Bonnie find another killer, this time one who struck unnervingly close to home?

Victim at the Vineyard is the seventh story in the Country Girl in the Big City Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, troublesome pets, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Country Girl in the Big City Cozy Mystery series.

Download Victim at the Vineyard and see how a couple country girls, and a goat, get by in the big city!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 25th, 2021–Part 2

A Stranger on Her Doorstep (Harlequin Intrigue) by [Julie Miller]

She senses he’s in danger because of his past.

If only he could remember why…

Ava Wallace feels safe in her remote cabin—until a wounded man collapses at her door. He remembers being a marine, but he has no idea who left him for dead or how he ended up in the mountains of Wyoming. As the stranger begins to recover his memory, he and Ava begin to trust each other. But every recollection brings them closer to a deadly revelation…

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served. (Amazon)

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Much Ado about Nauticaling (A Whit and Whiskers Mystery Book 1) by [Gabby Allan]

Whitney Dagner is your tour guide to a Pacific paradise that’s to die for—only to find it’s a place people are also willing to kill for—in Gabby Allan’s Much Ado About Nauticaling, first in the Whit and Whiskers Mystery series.

After far too many years in the Los Angeles corporate world, Whitney Dagner has come home to Santa Catalina Island off the California coast to help her brother Nick run Nautically Yours, the family tourism business. Between gift shop shifts selling all manner of T-shirts and tchotchkes and keeping her feline Whiskers in fine fettle, she pilots the Sea Bounder, a glass bottom boat showing tourists the underwater sights of aquatic plants, marine life—and a murder victim?
The self-proclaimed “Master of the Island,” Jules Tisdale was a wealthy man with business interests throughout Catalina who was about to be honored as Person of the Year before someone strangled him with his own tie and tossed his body into the water. That someone appears to be Nick, who had a raw deal from Jules and no alibi the night of his murder. To clear her brother’s name, Whit will have to investigate Jules’ shady associates and not exactly grief-stricken family members—with the unwelcome help of Felix Ramirez, police diver and Whit’s ex-boyfriend who’s looking to rekindle their relationship. (Amazon)

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Murder, She Edited (Deadly Edits Book 4) by [Kaitlyn Dunnett]

The bestselling author of the Liss MacCrimmon mysteries continues her new booklovers mystery series featuring freelance editor Mikki Lincoln and her keen-eyed cat Calpurnia.
When Mikki inherits a nearby farm from a woman she hasn’t seen in two decades, the unexpected arrangement comes with a big catch: forgotten diaries hidden in the neglected house must be recovered, edited, and published across the internet within one month. The lonely locale is like an untouched time capsule from the 1950s, and it was left behind for good reason
While searching for the mysterious memoirs and clues about the former owners, Mikki discovers that the once peaceful place was punctuated by an unsolved homicide and other rumored crimes. Worse, suspicious activity in the creepy, dilapidated barn suggests it really hasn’t been abandoned at all . . .
In a remote farmhouse with only her observant calico cat, Calpurnia, keeping her company, Mikki must swiftly crack an eerie cold case from the past and stop a clever culprit from leaving red markups on anything other than pages of revised copy . . . (Amazon)

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“After a busy morning dispatching emissaries from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions to those in need, Bailey Ruth Raeburn is feeling flush with success. So when an urgent call for help comes through from her old hometown, she can’t resist taking on the mission herself. After all, what could go wrong? With the shouted warning of her boss, Wiggins – “Irregular! Problematic!” – ringing in her ears, she arrives to face a shocking scene: Professor Iris Gallagher leaning over the corpse of her colleague Matt Lambert, the murder weapon clutched in her hand. Bailey Ruth is only sent to help the innocent, but things are looking very black for Iris. With Wiggins breathing down her neck, and her old friend Police Chief Sam Cobb casting doubt on her every theory, Bailey Ruth must uncover the truth – or this could be the last trip to earth she’s ever allowed to make”– (Amazon)

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Body Conscious: A small town romantic cozy mystery by [Ana  Diamond]

Mortician, Lily Reynolds is used to seeing bodies, but not the type murdered in her own funeral home. As Detective James Rivers zeroes in on her as the town’s number one suspect she must rise above the accusations and rumors to solve the case herself while keeping her attraction to the troubled detective at bay. James has a past. The last time he let someone into his life she wound up dead. Vowing never to let that happen again he has sworn off dating for good. Until he meets Lily. In his gut he knows she’s not the murderer but pressure to solve the case puts him on the wrong trail while he struggles to keep Lily off the case. Can she solve the case on her own or will their scandalous romance get in the way of proving her innocence? (Amazon)

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Murder by the Cup: a light-hearted, paranormal cozy mystery (Le Doux Mysteries Book 1) by [Abigail Thornton]

If asked her opinion, there are a few things Wynona Le Doux would have left out of her life.

She wouldn’t have chosen to be born into the most powerful, ruling witch family in all of Hex Haven. She wouldn’t have chosen to be cursed at birth and grow up without powers. And she definitely wouldn’t have chosen to add ‘amateur sleuth’ to her resume.

Unfortunately, fate had other ideas.

Having been raised as her family’s ‘dirty little secret, it isn’t until her grandmother helps her escape on the Spring Equinox that Wynona manages to make a few decisions for herself…that is until a dead body is found in her tea shop. She’s only six days away from her grand opening when the police mark off the area as a crime scene.

Wynona has a solid alibi, but the chief of police has Wynona at the top of his suspect list and the grumpy vampire seems determined to put her behind bars. Despite that, it isn’t until customers begin cancelling their appointments that Wynona knows she has to step in and solve this crime or lose her dream forever.

Without any magical powers, she’s going to need all the help she can get.
A wingless fairy, a too-handsome landlord and a purple mouse are not exactly what she had in mind.

Follow Wynona and her band of misfits as they navigate a city of magic, mystery and possible danger in this light-hearted, paranormal cozy mystery by Abigail Thornton.

Grab Your Copy Today!

The Le Doux Mystery Series
Murder by the Cup
Sugar, Cream or Murder
A Sip of Murder (Amazon)

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Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series Book 20 (A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series) by [Tonya Kappes]

The last thing Normal needs is Dottie Swagger or Mary Elizabeth Moberly as the Ms. Blossom Festival Queen.

I thought I had my hands full when Dottie Swaggert and Mary Elizabeth Moberly entered the Ms. Blossom Queen Beauty Pageant for seniors but when I witnessed a fight at the festival between Carrie Patillo and Jason Dresser, Carrie’s daughter’s accused killer, I knew Jason was wrongfully accused for the murder and set up.
How was I going to prove it before the trial started?

Easy. Gather the Laundry Club Ladies and use our unique sleuthing skills. Right?


After we uncovered some evidence of blackmail and head on over to tell Jason what we found out. . .we found out something alright. The true killer got to Jason first.

If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Bobby Ray Bond found his real mama. With her impending arrival, we Laundry Club Ladies have our hands full with Blossoms, BBQ, & Blackmail.

Welcome to Normal where NOTHING is normal! (Amazon)

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Beach Front Hunt (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 8) by [CeeCee James]

Life is good for Stella O’Neil. She’s found her mother at last and is finally getting a chance to get to know her after 20 years apart. She’s also just landed the listing of a lifetime!

Trouble always seems to find Stella though and this time it feels personal. When she goes with her client to visit the beautiful remote mansion, her client is brutally murdered. No one else is around for miles. Stella becomes the prime suspect. It’s up to Stella to clear her name and find the killer.

She has no clues to follow until files start disappearing from her computer. Soon a threat follows. Stella is sure if she can find the person responsible, the hacker can lead her to the killer. But she doesn’t have much time until she herself is arrested and tried- will she go to prison after her mother was just released? (Amazon)

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A Fiancée's Guide to First Wives and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery Book 4) by [Dianne Freeman]

In Dianne Freeman’s lighthearted mystery series set in Victorian England, the American-born Countess of Harleigh uncovers more deadly intrigue among the uppercrust . . .
For Frances Wynn, widow to the late Earl of Harleigh, life has a cosmopolitan flavor of late. No sooner has she sent her mother and daughter off on a shopping trip to Paris than she and her fiancé, George Hazleton, are socializing with visiting members of the Russian royal family. Yet amid this whirlwind, scandal also comes calling when Inspector Delaney turns up outside Frances’s house with a young French woman with a shocking claim: she is Mrs. George Hazelton.
As the future Mrs. George Hazelton, Frances assumes the woman is either lying or demented. “Mrs. Hazelton,” aka Irena, makes other outrageous statements. Among them, she insists that she is the illegitimate daughter of Russian royalty, that she has been abducted and held for ransom many times, and that someone is sending her threatening letters. When George arrives, he clarifies that he is certainly not married to Irena—though he can confirm her royal parentage. But even as he agrees to investigate whether Irena’s life is in danger, her claim proves tragically true. Irena is found strangled in Frances’ garden.
To uncover a killer—and clear their own names—Frances and George must determine which of Irena’s outlandish stories were based in fact, and who stood to benefit from her death. And as the search reaches a shocking conclusion, they may find that villainy lurks all too close to home . . . (Amazon)

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Salted Caramel Sorcery (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 7) by [H.Y. Hanna]

The autumn equinox is here, and Caitlyn Le Fey is excited by the upcoming masquerade ball to celebrate the festival of Mabon. Not only is it a chance to dress up in glamorous costumes, but—with the Widow Mags catering—the villagers might finally put their prejudices aside and appreciate the delicious treats from her grandmother’s chocolate shop. What’s more, with the dreamy music and romantic dancing, Caitlyn might even get her first kiss with the dashing Lord James Fitzroy! But on the night of the ball, Caitlyn barely has time to sample the decadent caramel fountain, or help her old vampire uncle search for his missing fangs, before a guest is brutally murdered. Was he killed by witchcraft? Who was the mysterious woman seen following him? And why did he lie about his identity?
Many at the ball might have wanted him dead, from a jealous ex-lover to an old foe seeking revenge, but to Caitlyn’s horror, it’s her cousin Pomona who becomes the top suspect. Although Pomona has been acting strangely and showing a disturbing interest in black magic, ever since she was given a cursed diamond, Caitlyn refuses to believe that her pretty, bubbly cousin could be capable of murder! With the help of her quirky witch family, a few chocolate spells, and a pony with a sweet tooth, Caitlyn is soon close to finding the real killer. But solving the mystery could also mean facing a shocking truth about her own family and the secrets of her past…a

This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: contemporary fantasy, paranormal fantasy, paranormal cozy mysteries, witch cozy mystery, culinary cozy mysteries, cat cozy mystery series, British mystery


  • Dark, Witch & Creamy (Book 1)
  • Witch, Chocolate Fudge (Book 2)
  • Witch Summer Night’s Cream (Book 3)
  • Blood, Sweets and Tears (Book 4)
  • Bonbons and Broomsticks (Book 5)
  • Double, Double, Toil and Truffle (Book 6)
  • Salted Caramel Sorcery (Book 7) (Amazon)
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Raspberry Lemonade and Ruin: A cozy murder mystery full of twists (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 23) by [Agatha Frost]

Book 23 in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series.
Change is afoot in Peridale. Wellington Manor is about to gain a new owner, and that same person is trying to buy the local library. Can Julia and Dot’s recently formed neighbourhood watch group save the library before it’s turned into a restaurant?
Other books in the series:

  1. Pancakes and Corpses
  2. Lemonade and Lies
  3. Doughnuts and Deception
  4. Chocolate Cake and Chaos
  5. Shortbread and Sorrow
  6. Espresso and Evil
  7. Macarons and Mayhem
  8. Fruit Cake and Fear
  9. Birthday Cake and Bodies
  10. Gingerbread and Ghosts
  11. Cupcakes and Casualties
  12. Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune
  13. Ice Cream and Incidents
  14. Champagne and Catastrophes
  15. Wedding Cake and Woes
  16. Red Velvet and Revenge
  17. Vegetables and Vengeance
  18. Cheesecake and Confusion
  19. Brownies and Bloodshed
  20. Cocktails and Cowardice
  21. Profiteroles and Poison
  22. Scones and Scandal
  23. Raspberry Lemonade and Ruin

Book 23 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril. (Amazon)

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Scar Wars (Matchmaker Marriage Mysteries Book 3) by [Elise Sax]

“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist

“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

Gladie and Spencer have the perfect marriage. Or do they? Lately, Spencer has been spending a lot of time with the sexy owner of a new pie shop in town. He also changed his cologne, and he’s been giving his hair more attention than normal. Gladie is furious…and worried. When she’s offered a chance at a major makeover from a local plastic surgeon, she decides to take it in order to give the sexy pie shop owner a run for her money. But before Gladie can get refreshed, the plastic surgeon winds up dead, and now Gladie has been swept up in the town’s dangerous scar wars.

Scar Wars is the third book in the Matchmaker Marriage Mysteries, the continuing adventures of Gladie Burger with all of the regular characters from the Matchmaker Mysteries. It’s perfect for fans of Miss Fortune, Stephanie Plum, and small-town, funny mysteries.

Matchmaker Marriage Mysteries…sometimes love comes with a few dead ends.

“Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig

“With quirky characters reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and a small-town heroine redolent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse” –RT Book Reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Missing in Little Leaf Creek (A Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Cindy Bell]

Living in the country comes with lovable animals, a stubborn next-door neighbor, two missing people and a murder…

Cassie Alberta is loving her new life in Little Leaf Creek. She is finally coming to terms with the ghosts from her past and moving forward. She loves living next to two cheeky goats and a lovable collie mix. But when two people from Little Leaf Creek go missing and one turns up dead, she finds herself right in the middle of two baffling mysteries.

Cassie joins forces with her ornery, next-door neighbor to try and solve the murder and find the missing person. With many leads to follow and two mysteries to solve, Cassie has a lot to juggle and doesn’t find much time for her new boyfriend, Sebastian Vail. Will Cassie give him the attention he deserves? Or when she finally realizes she has been neglecting him will it be too late?

It is a race against time for Tessa and Cassie to solve the mysteries before more lives are put at risk, including their own.

Recipe included: Carrot Cake

Missing in Little Leaf Creek is the fast-paced eighth book in the Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Series. If you like unexpected twists and turns, lively personalities, lovable animals and a never-ending list of suspicious characters, then you’ll love Cindy Bell’s heartwarming whodunnit.

Buy Missing in Little Leaf Creek by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Cindy Bell to start solving the mysteries today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

With a Charm on Top (Spellford Cove Mystery Book 4) by [Samantha Silver]

Welcome to Spellford Cove, where the baking is sweet and the witches are wild.a

Things are flowing smoothly for Robin in Spellford Cove. She’s got a support network she loves, business is going great—she’s even thinking of hiring another employee—and things with Hunter areheating up both literally and figuratively.

But when strange things start happening in town, and a number of bodies start showing up, Robin thinks there’s more to it than meets the eye. She smells magic, and she knows that she’s going to have to get involved to get to the bottom of it.

And as Robin investigates, she’ll find more clues as to her past and her biological family that will rock her world.

This is the fourth book in the Spellford Cove cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Hexed Hiss-tory: A Nine Lives Magic Mystery by [Danielle Garrett]

Have you ever wished your cat could talk to you? If so, allow my story to be your cautionary tale.

Following a disturbing revelation regarding my Aunt Lavender, my reluctant familiar and I have to work together to solve another mystery—one that hits much closer to home.

Unfortunately, Selene isn’t big on the whole ‘teamwork’ concept.

**Cora and Selene’s hiss-terical adventures continue in this new paranormal cozy mystery from Danielle Garrett. Perfect for anyone who wanted to adopt Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of July 25th, 2021–Part 1

A Good Day for Chardonnay: A Novel (Sunshine Vicram Book 2) by [Darynda Jones]

Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff—and even fuller-time coffee guzzler—Sunshine Vicram, didn’t get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that’s about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny’s got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he’s not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She’s seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn’t know when to quit, Sunny’s life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.

Praise for the Sunshine Vicram series

“Laugh-out-loud funny, intensely suspenseful, page-turning fun.”–New York Times Bestselling author Allison Brennan

A Bad Day For Sunshine is a great day for the rest of us.”–New York Times bestselling author
Lee Child

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

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Body Over Troubled Waters: A Cozy Mystery (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 4) by [Denise Swanson]

Stupid Cupid is making School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd regret returning to work after her maternity leave. It starts with an emergency school lockdown, continues with her godfather’s arrest by the state police, and ends with a dead body!

It’s every teacher and administrator’s worst nightmare—a school shooter lockdown. And even worse for Skye because she’s trapped in a tiny room with the district’s creepy superintendent, Dr. Wraige while they wait for the all-clear.

When Dr. Wraige turns up dead in his home just a short time later, is it a coincidence, or something more?

Skye joins her police chief husband, Wally, in an investigation that becomes more complicated by the minute. With a dead boss and a mysterious killer on the loose, Skye is caught between a rock and a heart place—but she won’t give up until Scumble River is safe once again. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

A Deadly Deletion (A Booktown Mystery Book 15) by [Lorna Barrett]

A murder leads to a string of shocking revelations for bookstore owner Tricia Miles in the latest entry to Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling Booktown series. 

Tricia Miles has just received a second marriage proposal within fifteen minutes. The first was from her friend with benefits, Marshall Chambers, and the second from her ex-lover, police chief Grant Baker. Tricia’s got some serious thinking to do.

She’s still weighing her options when she hears the sound of an engine roaring down Main Street. It’s a big white pickup truck that aims for and hits Marshall as he’s walking back to his apartment. Tragically, he’s killed, leaving Tricia feeling bereft and guilty. She retreats to her sister, Angelica’s, apartment to wait for Baker to update her on what happened. While there, Tricia takes Angelica’s dog out for a comfort call behind the building, and the same white pickup roars up the alley and just misses hitting Tricia.

Still shaken by that news, Tricia returns to Haven’t Got a Clue and is met by federal marshal Kirby, who tells her that Marshall had been in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Everything Marshall told Tricia was a lie—in particular, that he was a widower. Was his death an act of revenge?

Tricia’s on the hunt for a killer, and it seems like she might be next on the list. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Claws for Alarm: A Cat Café Mystery (Cat Cafe Mystery Series Book 5) by [Cate Conte]

In Claws for Alarm, the fifth book in Cate Conte’s delightful and cat-filled series, it’s the heart of the busy season, and JJ’s House of Purrs is booming—until a killer is let off the leash.

Maddie James has finally given in to her friend Katrina’s pleas to open up her cat cafe to more than ten felines: they’re now up to fifteen purring friends. In fact, JJ’s House of Purrs is making such a splash that she’s getting national attention. The East Coast Animal Rescue League is quite interested in the cafe, and so Maddie accepts a request to meet with Jillian Allen, the executive director. Jillian shows up at the cafe and asks Maddie if they can partner on a fundraiser to support the local rescue efforts—and she offers up her celebrity endorser and her celebrity cat to sweeten the deal. Maddie, caught up in the prospect, offers up her sister Val to help plan the event.

But when Val shows up for a site visit at the venue, she finds Jillian strangled with a fancy cat leash—a piece of swag they were intending to use for the fundraiser—leaving Maddie with a lot of questions to answer. Was her death a tragic one-off event, or is there something more sinister going on? Maddie has to figure it out fast, before anyone else in the rescue community is jeopardized. (Amazon)

Editions available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Cider Shop Rules (A Cider Shop Mystery Book 3) by [Julie Anne Lindsey]

Autumn in Blossom Valley means pumpkin patches are ripe and Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe’s cider shop is flourishing. But with this season comes . . .
The Fall Festival is in full swing. Civil War reenactors from three counties are partaking in Blossom Valley’s tribute to John Brown. Blue Ridge Mountain foliage is in full bloom. And best of all is Jacob Potter’s pumpkin farm where his hay rides, piglet races, pumpkin picking and corn maze are time-honored draws for locals and tourists alike. That’s why it’s such a shock when Mr. Potter is found dead, hidden under a tarp in the back of Winnie’s pickup truck. This certainly betrays Potter’s reputation as one of the town’s most popular citizens. Fortunately, when it comes to solving a murder, no one has a patch on Winnie. Now, all eyes are on her to do it. Unfortunately, that includes those of the killer who’ll do anything to keep an orchard full of secrets buried. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Knot Ready for Murder (A Quilting Mystery Book 9) by [Mary Marks ]

The ninth installment in the hit Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks finds sleuth Martha searching for her fiancé’s ex-wife.

One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha’s wedding plans: the groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago—and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher’s wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother’s unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago? Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve the twin mysteries and determine if Crusher is still married—or now a widower . . .

Praise for Mary Marks and Knot of this World

“Framed by details of quilting, tarot-card reading, and Rose’s Jewish faith, this satisfying cozy, replete with full-bodied characters, will be relished by quilters.”
Booklist (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Few Drops of Bitters (A Savannah Reid Mystery Book 26) by [G. A. McKevett]

Plus-sized PI Savannah Reid doesn’t shy away from high-profile cases with the Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency. But when an upscale party ends with murder, drawing clues from famous guests may prove trickier than squeezing into an old pair of jeans . . .

For the first time in recent memory, Savannah has no guilt about indulging in personal interests before her career. Between being a mom to her new foster son and arranging a lavish wedding for her sister, things are messy, unpredictable, and delightfully fulfilling. She even gains an impressive friend: Dr. Carolyn Erling, a caring veterinarian with a deeper story than her down-to-earth nature suggests . . .

When Savannah attends a birthday bash for Dr. Carolyn’s husband, she’s astonished to find that her no-frills acquaintance resides in a pristine hilltop mansion with Dr. Stephen Erling, a jet-setter brain surgeon boasting throngs of A-list patients around the globe. Before Savannah can get a headcount on the mingling celebrities, Dr. Stephen has one too many champagne toasts and drops dead.

With a poisonous residue found inside Dr. Stephen’s glass, the search is on for the killer who spiked his drink. Motivated to set things right for a devastated Dr. Carolyn, Savannah must infiltrate the elite world of foreign dignitaries and Oscar-winning stars to identify the guilty culprit—or prepare to kiss this happy chapter in her life goodbye. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Murder in Connemara (A Home to Ireland Mystery Book 2) by [Carlene O'Connor]

The bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries sets her new series in Galway County, where former New York interior designer Tara Meehan finds murder in the ruins.

Former New Yorker and interior designer Tara Meehan is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of her architectural salvage shop Renewals in her newly adopted home of Galway. She’s in the midst of preparations when heiress Veronica O’Farrell bursts in to announce she’s ready for some renewal of her own. To celebrate one year of sobriety, she’s invited seven people she wronged in her drinking days to historic Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in neighboring Connemara to make amends in style.

But perhaps one among them is not so eager to pardon her past misdeeds. Veronica is found lying in the ruins of manor house Clifden Castle with an antique Tara Brooch buried in her heart—the same brooch Tara Meehan admired in her shop the day before, posting a photo with the caption: #Killerbrooch. Now she’s a prime suspect, along with Veronica’s guests, all of whom had motives to stab the heiress. It’s up to Tara to pin down the guilty party . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

A Baffling Murder at the Midsummer Ball (A Dizzy Heights Mystery Book 2) by [T E Kinsey]

A locked room. A mysterious death. Just another gig for the Dizzy Heights.

When London’s finest jazz musicians, the Dizzy Heights, are booked to play the glitzy Midsummer Ball at a country house in Oxfordshire, they expect a weekend filled with flappers and toffs having a roaring good time.

But the festivities at Bilverton House take a turn for the worse when the group are stranded by a summer storm. And when a member of the Bilverton family turns up dead in a locked room in an apparent suicide, Skins, Dunn and Ellie realise this is going to be a much tougher gig than they thought.

But here’s the lick. What if it was in fact cold-blooded murder? And what if the killer is still at large? It’s up to the Dizzy Heights to once again put down their instruments and get improvising if they want to solve this confounding mystery. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback. Audiobook

Justice will be swirled by amateur sleuth Riley Rhodes in the first in Meri Allen’s brand-new mystery series, The Rocky Road to Ruin!

Riley Rhodes, travel food blogger and librarian at the CIA, makes a bittersweet return to her childhood home of Penniman, Connecticut – land of dairy farms and covered bridges – for a funeral. Despite the circumstances, Riley’s trip home is sprinkled with reunions with old friends, visits to her father’s cozy bookshop on the town green, and joyful hours behind the counter at the beloved Udderly Delicious Ice Cream Shop. It feels like a time to help her friend Caroline rebuild after her mother’s death, and for Riley to do a bit of her own reflecting after a botched undercover mission in Italy. After all, it’s always good to be home.

But Caroline and her brother Mike have to decide what to do with the assets they’ve inherited – the ice cream shop as well as the farm they grew up on – and they’ve never seen eye to eye. Trouble begins to swirl as Riley is spooked by reports of a stranger camping behind the farm and by the odd behavior of the shop’s mascot, Caroline’s snooty Persian, Sprinkles. When Mike turns up dead in the barn the morning after the funeral, the peace and quiet of Penniman seems upended for good. Can Riley find the killer before another body gets scooped? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A Time to Swill (A Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Myster Book 2) by [Sherry Harris]

Bestselling author Sherry Harris gives us the second in a new cozy mystery series featuring a bartender sleuth in the tiny town of Emerald Cove, Florida.
Chloe loves her new life pouring beers and mixing cocktails at the Sea Glass Saloon in the Florida Panhandle town of Emerald Cove. But on the job, the only exercise she gets is walking from one end of the bar to the other, so in the mornings she loves to run on the beach. On this morning’s foggy run, she spots a sailboat washed up on a sandbar. Hearing a cry, she climbs aboard the beached vessel to investigate and finds not only a mewling kitten—but a human skeleton in the cabin.
The skeleton is tied back to Chloe’s friend Ralph, whose wife disappeared on a sailboat with three other people twelve years ago. Believing his wife was lost at sea, Ralph remarried. Now he finds himself a murder suspect. Chloe is determined to find out who’s been up to some skulduggery, but her sleuthing will lead her into some rough waters and some bone-chilling revelations…
“Entertaining…a pleasantly appealing debut series.”
—Dru’s Books Musings (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Murder in a Teacup (Tea by the Sea Mysteries Book 2) by [Vicki Delany]

National bestselling author Vicki Delany’s delightful Tea by the Sea mystery series continues, as Cape Cod tearoom proprietress and part-time sleuth, Lily Roberts, stirs up trouble when she unwittingly serves one of her grandmother’s B&B guests a deadly cup of tea . . .

Lily has her work cut out for her when a visit from her grandmother Rose’s dear friend, Sandra McHenry, turns into an unexpected—and unpleasant—McHenry family reunion. The squabbling boils over and soon Tea by the Sea’s serene afternoon service resembles the proverbial tempest in a teapot. Somehow, Lily and her tearoom survive the storm, and Sandra’s bickering brethren finally retreat to Rose’s B&B. But later that evening, a member of their party—curmudgeonly Ed French—dies from an apparent poisoning and suddenly Tea by the Sea is both scene and suspect in a murder investigation!
Mercifully, none of the other guests fall ill. They all ate the same food, but Ed always insisted on bringing his own special blend of herbal teas. So it seems, amid the whining and dining, someone snuck up to one of Lily’s cherished teapots and fatally spiked Ed’s bespoke brew, but who? Was it Ed’s long-estranged sister-in-law? Did teenage troublemaker Tyler take a prank too far? Or perhaps the family’s feuds have been steeping for longer than anyone realizes? It’s up to Lily, Rose, and their friends to get to the bottom of the poisoned pot and bag the real culprit behind the kettle murder plot. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

A Vineyard Crossing (A Vineyard Novel Book 4) by [Jean Stone]

Martha’s Vineyard may be picturesque and peaceful, but even there, happily-ever-after has its dark side . . .

Annie Sutton is not only a bestselling mystery author, she’s the proprietor of the newly opened Vineyard Inn. Recently engaged to local police sergeant John Lyons, instead of making wedding plans, Annie’s fighting with him about his older daughter, a troubled teen who has moved home—bringing chaos in her wake. With Annie’s beloved brother away on a troublesome journey of his own, Annie needs a friend. She begins to confide in one of the Inn’s guests, a mysterious stranger named Mary Beth Mullen. Her mix of kindness and vulnerability makes Annie trust her—until Mary Beth shares a secret that leaves Annie torn between family loyalty and a promise she made.

When a handsome, internationally acclaimed journalist checks into the Inn, he too unpacks a boatload of trouble for Annie, triggered by a provocative photo, covertly snapped—and posted on the internet. Intrigued, as tensions mount between her and John, Annie decides to eschew the police and get involved herself—enlisting Mary Beth’s help. But Annie is soon questioning whether anyone on the Vineyard this season is who they seem—and realizing that any chance of happiness rests in finding out just who her real friends are . . .

Praise for Jean Stone’s Vineyard Novels

“Filled with heart. . . . Perfect for long summer days. For fans of DebbieMacomber or Elin Hilderbrand.” 

“Lie down on the couch, put a pillow under your head and enjoy the ride.”
The Vineyard Gazette (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Two Wicked Desserts (Kitchen Witch Mysteries Book 2) by [Lynn Cahoon]

Mia Malone conjures up delicacies while casting about for clues in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Two Wicked Desserts, continuing her Kitchen Witch Mystery series . . .

Magic Springs, Idaho, may be a small town, but Mia Malone is living an enchanted life running her own catering business and cooking school. And while she’s teaching the locals culinary craft, her grandmother is teaching her witchcraft for the day she inherits the family magical spells that have been passed down for generations. Unfortunately, all that knowledge is not helping Mia or her grandmother in removing the spirit of warlock Dorian Alexander from Mia’s cat Mr. Darcy.

But even though Dorian hasn’t yet left this earthly plane, his spells have already been transferred to his daughter Cindy’s grimoire. An actress looking for her big Hollywood break, Cindy is hoping there’s something in her father’s bag of tricks to make her a star. But playing with magic has only resulted in a trip to Idaho where Cindy finds herself the number one suspect in the murder of a hitman whose body was found in the garden of Mia’s Morsels. Now it’s up to Mia to conjure up a killer before everything she’s worked so hard for vanishes with a poof!

Includes Recipes!

Praise for Lynn Cahoon

“A cozy lover’s dream come true.”
—Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries on The Tourist Trap Mysteries

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Death of a Suitor (A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery Book 18) by [Elizabeth Spann Craig ]

The course of true love never did run smooth.

According to Myrtle, Eloise Crane set her cap for Miles long ago. Although Miles is now dating Eloise, he doesn’t seem overly enthusiastic about it. Myrtle figures he’s simply given in after running out of plausible excuses. Eloise drives Myrtle batty, so she’s intent on avoiding her as much as possible. This isn’t easy since Eloise is determined to join in whenever Miles and Myrtle are together.

When Myrtle spots Eloise at a restaurant canoodling with a different gentleman, she likes Eloise even less. And she decides that Eloise has caused no end of problems when her other suitor is found dead.

With Miles a suspect, Myrtle must jump into gear to clear his name and find the killer before he strikes again. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Dead As A Duck

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Dead as a Duck (A Washington Whodunit)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (July 14, 2021)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-10: 1942078323
ISBN-13: 978-1942078326
Digital ASIN: B08WTPNBD6

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Colleen J. Shogan and her new book Dead As A Duck.  It is the seventh book in her A Washington Whodunit Mystery Series.

Word on the Street

Dead as a Duck (A Washington Whodunit)
by Colleen J Shogan

There are plenty of twists and subplots throughout that keep the story fresh and mystery front and center. I love when I can get lost in the minutia of small town living and let the puzzle take a back seat to a really good tale.
~I Read What You Write!

Praise for the Series

“The mystery is perplexing—for Kit and company, and for me—and well done. I was impressed by the complexity of the murder plot. I enjoyed the political theme, and all the details about lobbyists.” —Jane Reads

“To someone who has mastered that uniquely Washington skill of bobbling two cell phones and a glass of wine without spilling a drop, solving a murder is practically child’s play.” —HillRag

“A solid choice for political junkies and readers of ­Maggie ­Sefton, Fred Hunter, and Mike Lawson.” —Library Journal

“The fourth volume in author Colleen J. Shogan’s simply outstanding ‘Washington Whodunit’ series, K Street Killing is a consistently entertaining read with many an unexpected twist and turn by a true master of the genre.” —Midwest Book Review

“Shogan does a good job depicting the creaky, squeaky wheels of government, and Marshall plays politics and sleuth with equal dexterity in this capital Capitol Hill mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

“Loads of inside scoop about the workings of Senate offices—complete with all the gossiping, back-stabbing, and procedural maneuvering—plus an appealing young sleuth, sprightly pacing, and an edge-of-your-seat showdown on the Hart-Dirksen underground train.” —Literary Hill

“An excellent whodunit…. I was really impressed with this very smart story. The author is a former Senate staffer so she is writing what she knows, less the murder, I hope.”    —Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book

“Readers who enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries written in the style of Agatha Christie will enjoy this promising debut mystery.” —The Washington Independent Review of Books

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Congressional staffer Kit Marshall is looking forward to a much-deserved summer vacation in the Outer Banks. When the mayor of the beach town turns up dead, Kit and her friends need to put their fun and relaxation on hold to help solve the crime.

August has been a busy month for congressional staffer Kit Marshall. She hit the road with her boss, Congresswoman Maeve Dixon, who is considering running for the United States Senate in North Carolina. After endless town halls and meet-and-greets, Kit is happy to end the tour in Duck, an upscale beach town in the Outer Banks.

Before Kit can relax on her much-deserved vacation with her husband Doug, brother Sebastian, best friend Meg, and beagle mutt Clarence, the body of Duck’s mayor is found floating in the shallow waters of the Currituck Sound.

Kit’s brother Sebastian, who got in a public kerfuffle with the victim the day before, becomes the prime suspect. Solving the mystery takes her to popular hotspots in the Outer Banks, including a private tour featuring the wild horses of Corolla.

Kit must sacrifice sun-filled days of relaxation to clear her brother. In the end, Kit and Sebastian put their own lives on the line to secure a confession from the killer and make sure justice is served.

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Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at numerous universities. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Currently, she’s a Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association. A member of Sisters in Crime, Colleen splits her time between Arlington, VA and Duck, NC.


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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Sand Trapped

Sand Trapped: Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Spot On Publishing (May 16, 2021)
Paperback: 292 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8503202564
Digital ASIN: B091S4S2MW

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Joanna Campbell Slan and her new book Sand Trapped.  It is the sixth book in her A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series.

Purchase Links – Amazon 

Word on the Street

Sand Trapped: Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan

What a fun read. I really enjoyed my introduction to this series!
I love coastal reads. I was intrigued with to coastal cover! I love the DIY/recycling/up cycling theme.
~My Reading Journeys

I loved Joanna Campbell Slan’s writing voice and the way the first person narration gave me quick insight into Cara’s personality without having to tell me.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

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A Cozy Mystery That’s a Real Hit!

First they warned Jocelyn Johnson.

Then they ticketed Jocelyn Johnson.

Then someone murdered Jocelyn Johnson.

And Cara Mia Delgatto was looking for a lost ball when found Jocelyn “JJ” Johnson face down in a sand trap. Gave a whole new meaning to “take a drop.”

It wasn’t a surprise. The neighbors hated JJ for the reckless way she drove her golf cart. Sure, she lived on the grounds of a swanky golf club, and yes, she had tons of money, but JJ ruined flowerbeds, terrorized grandkids, and made a nuisance of herself.

Except…except…she’s quiet now. Lying there in the dirt at Hole #6. Someone bashed in JJ’s head. (Who would risk ruining an expensive Homna golf club like that?)

Cara doesn’t want to get involved. But when Gerta Hunsickler is named the prime suspect, and Gerta’s husband is so angry at his wife that he’s starting divorce proceedings, Cara can’t sit on her hands. She knows what it’s like to be unfairly accused. So she promises to take a swing at it and see if she can hit a long drive down the fairway of justice!

Meanwhile, back at The Treasure Chest, Cara’s friends are busy creating fabulous and fun Mother’s Day gifts. There are two brides-to-be working for Cara, and their two mothers-in-law-to-be have decided not to play nice. Can you say, “Mama’s boy” ten times really fast? I thought you could.

If you love warm-hearted, clean books, that feature female amateur sleuths, fur babies, family, and friends, you’ll love this charming DIY/recycling/upcycling series set on the Southeast Coast of Florida.

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“Our best friend, our next-door neighbor, and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous.” That’s how RT Book Review describes Joanna’s protagonist, Kiki Lowenstein. The truth is that’s a pretty good description of Joanna Campbell Slan as well.

Joanna is a New York Times Bestselling, USA Today Bestselling, and Amazon Bestselling author as well as a woman prone to frequent bursts of crafting frenzy, leaving her with burns from her hot glue gun and paint on her clothes. And the mess? Let’s not even go there.

Otherwise, Joanna’s a productive author with more than 80 written projects to her credit. Her non-fiction work includes how to books, a college textbook for public speakers, and books of personal essays (think Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Currently, she writes five fiction series: The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist, contemporary, St. Louis setting, crafting), the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series (contemporary, Florida setting, DIY, and recycling), the Jane Eyre Chronicles (Daphne du Maurier Award Winner, 1830s England, based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic), the Sherlock Holmes Fantasy Thrillers (late 1800s, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s books), and the Zen Cozy Mystery Series (launch 2021).

A former TV talk show host, college teacher, and public relations specialist, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors. She won a Silver Anvil for her work on the original FarmAid concert to benefit farmers.

In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida. You can email her at or visit her website at

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