New Releases For The Week Of July 11th, 2021–Part 3

Death and Dragons: Is this crazy kitty really a dragon? A cozy mystery with a magical twist! (Scottish Fold Sleuth Book 3) by [Kelty Kells]

I’ve had a secret for all of two weeks, and thanks to Avalon’s local feral kitty, Talamh, that secret has been blown wide open—and not in the best way. See, it’s one thing for the cute landlord to find out I can talk to a cat. It’s an entirely different story when he finds out why I moved to Avalon—and that my ex isn’t far behind me.

With the threat of my ex on the horizon, a talking cat who thinks he’s a dragon has become the absolute least of my worries.

That is until Talamh takes things into his own paws—or should I say claws?

I guess my ex never stood a chance. Not with an angry magical cat teaming up with my landlord to help me take him down for good.

Hold on tight, because cursed treasure isn’t the only thing deadly about Talamh. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Killer Surprise: A Deadline Cozy Mystery by [Sonia Parin]

After several delays, postponements and reschedules, Eve’s parents are finally coming for a belated Christmas lunch and Eve is determined to give them a perfect Christmas feast. Everything is set for the family reunion at Eve’s Seabreeze Inn and she has everyone organized. Or, so she thinks.

When Detective Jack Bradford knocks on her door, Eve immediately goes into denial. There’s been a death on the island and she might be indirectly involved. Despite her reluctance to snoop around, Jack trusts her instincts. The more she learns, the more she realizes the truth could be staring her in the face.

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Humorous cozy mystery with the quirkiest characters around. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Empty Noose (A Maggie & Jasper Caper Book 3) by [Barbara Cool Lee]

When the movie star renting Maggie’s house is accused of murder, she’s the only one who believes he’s innocent. Now all she has to do is prove it.
Maggie McJasper is starting over in a little California beach town. She has a bead shop, a nice circle of friends, and a handsome movie star who keeps flirting with her. Life would be pretty great if she could just stop stumbling over dead bodies….
Do you like dogs, crafts, quirky friends, a slow-building romance between grownups who genuinely like each other, and a twisty little mystery with red herrings galore? Then this is for you.
The Maggie & Jasper Capers are fun and flirty cozies, with no swearing or love scenes, and no gruesome violence to keep you up at night. Collect them all:

  1. The Inconvenient Corpse
  2. The Mourning Beads
  3. The Empty Noose
  4. The Hidden Homicide
  5. The Whiskered Witness
  6. The Serpentine Script
  7. The Rattled Rake
  8. Bonus Prequel: The Black-Tie Affair

This book was originally published as “Maggie and the Empty Noose” in the Carita Cove Cozy series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Buried in the Sand: A Bizzy Devlin Cozy Mystery by [TJ Costello]

Digging up in the past? Watch out for skeletons…

Life is buzzing for Bizzy Devlin, pet photographer. Between her new business, home renovations, and a new tenant, she struggles to find time to train her new love: a Labradoodle puppy.

Her pup’s crusade to dig up her friend’s garden exposes a horrible secret: a set of old human bones. When the body’s identity is revealed, Bizzy’s pal emerges as the prime murder suspect.

She must uncover the truth and find the true killer before her friend loses everything. But when she discovers a secret that puts their friendship in jeopardy, Bizzy wonders who she can trust.

Will her sleuthing lead to another murder? Namely hers?

Enjoy Buried in the Sand, the first book in the Bizzy Devlin Mysteries. Bizzy and her pup are always looking for the perfect photograph but seem to spot murder through the viewfinder instead. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Ghost and Found (A Reaper Witch Mystery Book 4) by [Elle Adams]

Welcome to Hawkwood Hollow, where the dead outnumber the living.

Life as a ghost-hunting witch is never dull. When Maura’s date with Detective Drew Gardener is cut short after the body of a shifter shows up in a local park, she finds herself tasked with finding the shifter’s ghost. Unfortunately, things are never that simple.

With tensions rising among factions of the local werewolf pack and the cause of death shrouded in mystery, Maura juggles solving the murder with her job at the inn, training a new co-worker and helping the local ghosts with their various problems.

The slight issue is that her Reaper powers are acting up, and the pack has no confidence in her ability to help solve the crime. Worse, as the plot thickens, the detective’s life ends up under threat as well as their relationship. Can Maura fix the situation and catch a killer, or is this the end of her ghost-hunting ways? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Poisoned at the Pier: A Cozy Christian Mystery (Dangerous Curves Book 4) by [K.L. Montgomery]

This gives all new meaning to “what’s your poison?”

Singles from all over the Mid-Atlantic have flocked to town this Labor Day Weekend to find their soulmates at the SingleMingle conference. But when Sunshine and her colleague Evangeline discover a dead body floating under the pier, it threatens to put a damper on Bryce Beach’s first big convention.

Police Chief Vincent James believes Sunshine would be perfect to go undercover and help figure out what happened to their drowned tourist. Except Sadie Lancaster didn’t drown–she was poisoned. And the reason involves something Bryce Beach never expected to see in their quaint little town.

Can Sunshine pull off her first undercover assignment? Or will she be the next victim to be poisoned at the pier?

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

Book 1: Betrayal at the Beach

Book 2: Mystery at the Marina

Book 3: Shooting at the Shore

Book 4: Poisoned at the Pier

Book 5: Bribery on the Boardwalk

Book 6: Homicide at High Tide (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Garage Fridge Situation (Jax of All Trade Book 1) by [Fallon Brown]

Lou Carsley knows what they like. A job well done and a nice cold beer after that job. The once a week meetings with the queer book club they founded with their best friend, Cordelia. Their family…in small doses. Seeing the chance to expand their business, Jax of All Trade. What they don’t like can be narrowed down more: bills, bullies, and oh yeah, stumbling over a dead body while on a job. Brenten Olver may have made an art form of bullying even beyond high school, but that didn’t mean he’d deserved to have his head bashed in.
Lou is the first one Coalville police officer Matthias Lindert seems to look to when the body turns up. Not only were they the one to discover the body, but everyone knows about the argument the two of them had right there for all to see on Main Street.
Lou needs to prove their innocence if they’re going to get him off their back. They’d much rather have him on his back. But, at best, he seems indifferent to them. Of course, at worst, he thinks they’re a killer. So, maybe the indifference isn’t so bad.
And when a second body turns up, Lou realizes it’s not only their innocence they need to worry about. But just who might be next. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death on the Doorstep: A thoroughly addictive cozy murder mystery (A Neighbourhood Watch Mystery Book 2) by [Rose Temple]

If you enjoyed Midsomer Murders, you will love Rose Temple’s Neighbourhood Watch series!

The sleepy village of Little Cote was meant to be a quieter pace of life for ex-Met PC Jemima Cotton. But she soon discovers, here a petty rivalry can erupt into full-blown murder . . .

After PC Jemima’s Cotton’s first murder investigation, she knows now to trust no one. She leaves the gifted lasagne’s uneaten in her freezer, and won’t go near a cake sale either. But when Perry Noble, head of the Little Cote darts club, is found dead on his doorstep, even PC Jemima Cotton can’t believe she’s found herself involved in yet another murder investigation in this sleepy village.

As Jemima starts to investigate, she discovers Perry had his fair share of enemies . . . especially among the darts players themselves. So it’s no surprise when the murder weapon is revealed to be a poisoned dart.

Jemima used to love playing darts at the Met, so when her boss recommends she join the club, she jumps at the opportunity to get closer to the potential suspects. But several red herrings later, she’s none the wiser and realises she might have to search further afield for the killer before they strike again.

Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Helen Cox, Betty Rowlands, and the Midsomer Murders series by Caroline Graham. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Witch Is Why Magic Spells Trouble (A Witch Detective Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [R.K. Dreaming]

Witch detective Cecily Plum must find out if a suicide is a murder to uncover a secret from her own past.

Witch Cecily Plum is celebrating being promoted at her job when an ominous letter arrives threatening to ruin Cecily’s happiness. The letter hints at a dreadful family secret that only one person can help uncover – Cecily’s childhood frenemy Lady Dido Astley.

Unfortunately, Dido has troubles of her own, including a mean aristocratic family, a mystery saboteur who is out to harm her, and a recently dead best friend who committed suicide. Only Dido is convinced it was murder.

In order to uncover her own family secret, Cecily must prove that a suicide is a murder. With the clock ticking and the saboteur turning their attention on Cecily, can she find the truth before the troubled Lady Dido ends up on the chopping block?

Read it today and join Cecily as she untangles a fiendishly clever plot and uncovers secrets galore! Can you solve it before she does?

Can be read as a stand-alone mystery story or enjoyed as part of the series.

A Witch Detective Cozy Mystery Series:

1. Witch Is How To Find Your Magic

2. Witch Is When She Went Undercover

3. Witch Is How She Saved A Life

4. Witch Is When Life Got Magical

5. Witch Is Why Magic Spells Trouble (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Doubtful Death Mystery (The JD Pierson Mystery Series Book 4) by [C.H. Sessums]

When a top insurance agent dies in a boating accident, it’s a tragedy, but when the books for that agent turn up short twenty-five thousand dollars, doubt becomes the name of the game…

Cliff Wildmon was a friend and a colleague, so when we learn the news of his death, my dad and I both feel the pain. My heart goes out especially to our friend Blake Broadmore, who had a close relationship with his fellow Gilead Mutual employee. But when the company discovers Cliff’s accounts are short a large amount of money, they want Blake to check it out. It’s clear from the look on his face that he wants to turn this job away, but the company is having none of that. Instead, they allow him to hire a partner as he investigates his friend. Imagine my surprise when he asks me to come along.

When the nature of Cliff’s accident comes into question, Blake and I find ourselves not only looking for a stolen pile of money but also hunting a ghost who will do almost anything not to be found. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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