New Releases For The Week Of August 15th, 2021–Part 2

Case of the Vanishing Visitor (Lucky Lexie Mysteries Book 4) by [Shanna Swendson]

Is she missing, or was she ever there?

As a newspaper reporter, Lexie Lincoln knows a good story when she sees one, and when a source doesn’t show up for an interview and doesn’t answer her phone, Lexie feels certain there’s something wrong. This woman is a visitor to town, on her own and vulnerable, and Lexie may be the only person to realize she’s gone missing.

The weird thing is that nobody else remembers seeing this woman, even though Lexie met her during a busy night in her friend Margarita’s restaurant. That makes it hard for her to convince anyone that there’s a problem. After all, Lexie can see ghosts most other people don’t. The woman Lexie talked to might not even have been alive.

Sure of her instincts, Lexie sets out to learn more about the woman and what might have happened to her. The plot thickens when the woman’s car is found abandoned. Now Lexie knows she didn’t imagine the visitor, but where is she, and what happened to her?

As the clues line up, Lexie starts to worry that they’re just a bit too neat, too much like a good story. Now that the police are seriously investigating the woman’s disappearance, Lexie’s credibility may be in danger if she got the story all wrong in the first place. She has to find the truth before the police do—and before her next issue goes to press—if she doesn’t want to be the editor who cried wolf. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery) by [Kate Saunders]

Laetitia Rodd is a warm and engaging heroine’ The Times

For readers of The Thursday Murder Club, M.C. Beaton and James Runcie, The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden is the charming third mystery in Kate Saunder’s series about Laetitia Rodd, the indomitable Victorian lady detective.
In the spring of 1853, private detective Laetitia Rodd receives a delicate request from a retired actor, whose days on the stage were ended by a theatre fire ten years before. His great friend, and the man he rescued from the fire, Thomas Transome, has decided to leave his wife, who now needs assistance in securing a worthy settlement. Though Mrs Rodd is reluctant to get involved with the scandalous world of the theatre, she cannot turn away the woman in need. She agrees to take the case.

But what starts out as a simple matter of negotiation becomes complicated when a body is discovered in the burnt husk of the old theatre. Soon Mrs Rodd finds herself embroiled in family politics, rivalries that put the Capulets and Montagues to shame, and betrayals on a Shakespearean scale.

Mrs Rodd will need all her investigative powers, not to mention her famous discretion, to solve the case before tragedy strikes once more.

Praise for the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series:
‘A witty, genteel tale of secrets, lies and hidden gold… Enormous fun’ The Times
‘With a well-crafted plot, an engaging protagonist, and astute nods to the literature and theological squabbles of the period, this is a perfect novel for a summer afternoon’ Guardian
‘A Dickensian glow pervades this immensely satisfying novel. Hugely enjoyable’ James Runcie, author of the ‘Grantchester Mysteries’
‘Pure delight’ Sunday Times (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Deadly Delivery (A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [Tonya Kappes]

Welcome to Sugar Creek Gap. It’s a lovely small town. Small towns have their advantages, everyone is together to celebrate the good times and rallies together to comfort during the bad times. It also has its disadvantages, Everyone knows everyone and it’s a hotbed of gossip.

Bernadette gets into an argument with a cantankerous patron of her her delivery route. When he winds up dead, Bernadette is the primary suspect, since she brought him biscuits as a peace offering!

With the assistance of her BFF Iris and her neighbor Revonda Gail, she works on clearing her name so she can have more time to spend with her family. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Chase of Illumination (The Haunted Bakery Witch Mystery Series Book 5) by [Constance Barker]

Crushed at the Book Emporium

When a witch ends up dead at her place of business, the accusations fly. Could a disgruntled employee and fellow witch have had enough of the sour grapes? Or was the vagrant in the back alley tired of having the cops called on him constantly? And what is wrong with the deceased’s husband? He seems spacey and out of sorts. Is it the tragedy of the murder, or is it guilt?

Sophie is on the rampage and she has Ben in her sights. Can Cora convince her that a past terrible wrong can somehow be righted, or is it too late? Will Sophie fulfill the prophesy the ancient witches predicted would occur?

***Find out in the newest Haunted Bakery Witch Mystery Series*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

High on a Mountain (Love is a Cabin Book 1) by [Jacque Jacobs, Ken Czarnomski]

Mysterious All-Terrain Vehicle sounds prove more unpredictable than the sharp turns on the narrow road leading up to Bella Anderson’s eighty acres at 4060’ in the Smoky Mountains east of Cades Cove. Bella’s plans for how she’ll spend early retirement in her family’s ancestral cabin are brought to a halt as the danger lurking in those hills causes her unexpected engagement with folks in the community. Visits from the sheriff and local grocer, as the menacing actions unfold, bring their own possibilities of change in the life of this young widow. High on a Mountain is Book 1 in the series Love is a Cabin. Follow these tales spun out of the mountain story-telling tradition where people take care of each other—except when they don’t. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Demon Debacle: An Abaddon's Gate Witch Mystery (Witches of Abaddon's Gate Book 2) by [Tegan Maher]

Sometimes all a witch wants to do is stay in, make some pimple-clearing potions, and watch some TV. Is that really too much to ask?

Though Mila Maganti prefers running her fun little potions and lotions shop, somebody’s gotta slay the bad guys when nobody’s looking. When a warlock runs past her shop knocking over carts, pushing little old witches down in the street, and wreaking havoc on general, she writes it off to another weird day in Abaddon’s Gate. When one of her regulars falls under the same spell, she realizes something is afoot in her small but mysterious town.

Can Mila capture the mischief demon before somebody gets hurt?

This is book 2 in my Witches of Abaddon’s Gate series (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Magical Decisions: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (A Magical Sleuth Mystery Book 2) by [J A  Whiting, May Stenmark]

This is book 2 in the Magical Sleuth Paranormal Women’s Cozy Mystery series. Two years ago, forty-two-year-old Mackie Fleming lost her husband and a month ago, she lost her job. In the middle of it all, something terrible happens to one of her close friends. Now in a life she never planned for, Mackie decides to take control, learn about her magical skills, and maybe even, make a career change by becoming a private detective. Will the neighborhood crime force her to face the future and make some decisions that will change her life for the better? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dead as a Dodo (A Wildwood Witch Mystery Book 3) by [Elle Adams]

Robin Wildwood is settling into her new role as Head Witch… kind of. At least her squirrel familiar, Tansy, is enjoying their return to her childhood home of Wildwood Heath – when she isn’t getting into fights with Robin’s aunt’s scheming magpie familiar, that is.

Between lectures from her grandmother’s ghost and the pressure to live up to her family’s high expectations, Robin hopes for some light relief when she’s invited to attend a retirement party with the local Sky Hopper team – especially when it gives her an excuse to spend time with Harvey, her old crush and the current team captain. But when the party’s host unexpectedly drops dead, the blame lands on none other than Harvey himself.

Robin is keen to prove Harvey’s innocence, but defending her would-be boyfriend from a murder accusation is tricky when her over-achieving older brother happens to be the head of the local police force and the person with the power to decide Harvey’s fate. If they lose their captain, the Sky Hopper team will have to hang up their broomsticks for good, but the world of professional magical sports is as scheming as any of the covens. Regardless, Robin isn’t inclined to lie down and let the real killer get away with their crimes.

Can Robin navigate this bumpy flight and find the real killer before Harvey finds himself behind bars? (Amazon)

Available: Kindle

Magic's a Hoot (The Owl Star Witch Mysteries Book 3) by [Leanne Leeds]

An alcoholic insurance salesperson with a secret.
A homemaker in a race against time.
Can Astra save the woman’s boozy husband before their family loses everything?

Astra assumed every person the Star Card told her to save would be…well, worth saving. But when sister Ami turns over the glowing goddess card during Gloria Fisher’s reading on her perpetually drunk—and targeted for death—husband, William? The witch realizes the gods move in mysterious ways.

As she delves deep into the man’s complicated life, Astra’s investigation devolves into chaos when a painting William Fisher insured goes missing. What’s even worse? The police think he was in on the scheme.

Can Astra find the painting, clear the man, and keep his whole life policy in force? Or will William’s accidental death insurance have to pay out?

Magic’s a Hoot (The Owl Star Witch Mysteries, Book 3) is a funny full-length paranormal cozy mystery.

The Owl Star Witch Mysteries:
Star of Sage and Scream, Book 1
Owl’s Fair, Book 2
Magic’s a Hoot, Book 3
Heavy Meddle Magic, Book 4
Owl About Yule, Book 5
Owl Melt with You, Book 6

There are more Owl Star Witch stories to come! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Cape Caution (Paige Comber Mystery Book 6) by [Agatha Ball]

The calendar keeps turning and the cool of November is here!

Seaside is buzzing with reunited friends and family. But when Tim and his bait shop are threatened, mere survival is what everyone will be thankful for this season. It will be up to Paige, Nate, and Johnny to reel in the family secrets of Seaside’s island residents to figure out what smells fishy…

Book six in the Paige Comber Mystery series – a sweet romance, cozy island mystery with baked goods and bookshops. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Foul Play (Poppy Lewis Mystery Book 3) by [Lucinda Harrison]

Places everyone! The stage is set… for murder.

When a professional theater troupe’s tour bus breaks down in little Starry Cove, Poppy Lewis finds herself hosting the stranded cast and crew at her bed-and-breakfast. Problem is, the place isn’t open for business yet—Poppy’s got no staff, no menu, and no clue what to do.

Worse, her dream of clearing out this unwanted throng of thespians comes to a crashing halt when one member dies in a tragic accident. Or was it? Poppy suspects foul play and must strike a delicate balance juggling her hunt for the murderer and accommodating her guests’ every whim.

Meanwhile, an unlikely helper guides Poppy and her friends on the hunt to solve another mystery—one that threatens to topple the facade of this small town’s beguiling charm. Even with a mansion full of potential killers, Poppy learns that seeking out answers to this riddle could be the most dangerous endeavor of all.

Can she discover the truth and finally send her unwelcome guests packing? And what new secrets will she uncover in the mansion left to her by her mysterious uncle? Find out by joining Poppy on her third adventure in the Poppy Lewis Mystery series, A Foul Play. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Fall for Murder: A Freshly Baked Cozy Mystery by [Kathleen Suzette]

Ah, fall, the time of year when the air is crisp, the leaves golden, and sweaters and boots are back. Not to mention pumpkin spice everything. I had planned on a fall shopping trip to buy something pretty for the house, but I found a body instead. How does this keep happening to me?

Allie and her husband Alec are enjoying their new house and their new marriage, but the dead body? Not so much. When Allie discovers the body of a local businesswoman, the chief of police is suspicious that she might have had something to do with it. Can she and Alec prove her innocence and catch the real killer?

Nothing says fall like pumpkin spice and murder. Cozy up with the latest installment of a Freshly Baked Murder and see what Allie and the gang are up to now. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove (A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Mollie Hunt]

A new feline cozy from the author of the award-winning Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries.
Septuagenarian Camelia Collins and her cat Blaze move to the Oregon Coast to fulfill a lifelong dream, but that dream becomes a nightmare when Camelia learns she has purchased a murder house. The former resident, reclusive businessman Jonathan Chamber, was brutally killed on the stoop, and the killer is still at large.
What’s more, Camelia discovers an ancient gravestone at the back of her garden belonging to a cat named Soji. Dead long ago, this seventh black kitten of a seventh black kitten now returns in corporeal form. Will Soji’s haunting help Camelia solve the murder mystery or send her screaming back to Portland? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


Havoc and Hauntings: An Esme Hightower Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Channeling Ghosts for Beginners Book 1) by [Izzy Wilder]

Welcome to Fiddlehead Creek, the quaint little town in the southwest region of Georgia, where things aren’t always what they seem!

My name is Esme Hightower, and I talk to dead people. That is, when they’re actually willing to talk.

You see, I’m not a full-on psychic medium yet, but I’m super close to nabbing the job of my dreams. I just need a few more satisfied clients to complete the requirements and…

In walks a shape-shifting hunk with a bone to pick, who just also happens to be my long-ago sweetheart. He needs me to find out who killed his brother, and saying “no” could mean kissing my career ambitions bye-bye forever. But when the target spook refuses to cooperate, I find out I’ve bitten off way more than I can chew with this one.

Will it cost me my job? My second chance at love? Or even my life? I’m really not looking forward to finding out.

If you like Southern paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll enjoy this first book in the Channeling Ghosts for Beginners series. Grab your copy and start reading today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback