New Releases For The Week of October 3rd, 2021–Part 2

Crime in the Country: A Zoe Chambers Mystery Anthology by [Annette Dashofy]

CRIME IN THE COUNTRY is a collection of short stories featuring characters from the Zoe Chambers Mysteries. All have been published previously, either on Annette Dashofy’s website or in other publications. This anthology brings them together in the order they happened, although not in the order they originally appeared.

“A Christmas Rescue” features the search and rescue call where Zoe Chambers and the brand-new chief of police, Pete Adams first meet.

“A Signature in Blood” first appeared in the Winter 2006-07 issue of Mysterical-E Magazine and was the short story that inspired the series. It was also nominated for the 2007 Derringer Award.

“Sweet Deadly Lies” first appeared in Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales, an anthology from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime. It introduces Officer Abby Baronick, Detective Wayne Baronick’s kid sister, prior to her joining the Vance Township Police Department.

“Las Posadas-A New Mexico Christmas” revisits the cast from No Way Home.

“A Christmas Delivery” has Chief Pete Adams searching for the Vance Township version of the Grinch who stole Christmas.

“Secret Santa” features Pete’s dad Harry Adams and his lady friend who try to solve a string of thefts at Golden Oaks Assisted Living. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

All That Is Secret (An Annalee Spain Mystery Book 1) by [Patricia Raybon]

From award-winning author Patricia Raybon comes a compelling new historical mystery series, a riveting puzzle about a young Black theologian–and Sherlock fan–trying to solve her father’s cold-case murder in a city ruled by the KKK.
It’s the winter of 1923 and Professor Annalee Spain―a clever but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college–receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the murder of her beloved but estranged father.
For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young orphan boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome young pastor who loves nightclub dancing and fast cars–awakening Annalee’s heart to the surprising highs and lows of romance and love.
With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver’s powerful elite. But when her sleuthing unravels sinister motives and long-buried lies, will clever Annalee become a victim, too? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Die Once More by [Lizbeth Lipperman]

DR. MACKENZIE ‘MAC” CONLEY, a biochemist for the CIA, went deep undercover to investigate a man so evil he was dubbed “Dr. Death”, and not even her handler knew where she was. Six days later, her team traced a satellite call to a laboratory in Morocco and extracted her, killing Dr. Death in the process…or so they thought.
Mac wasn’t the same after that, convinced she was damaged goods, and she transferred to the West Coast without explanation. On a mission in Romania, she’s about to discover the location of the biggest cache of biological weapons in Eastern Europe…until a team of mensteps in and her only lead is killed. Worse, the man responsible for destroying seven months of undercover work is the man she almost married two years earlier. The man she ran from and still loves.

GRIFFIN BRADLEY has finally gotten over the only woman he has ever loved when he comes face to face with her once again. After she is recruited into his unit, he goes out of his way to avoid unnecessary contact with her. But when Dr. Death reappears and kidnaps Mac, not only must he thwart a major terrorist attack, but he must find her before the madman disappears forever with her in his grasp. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Silent Island: A completely addictive and gripping crime thriller with a nail-biting twist (Detective Abby Pearce Book 2) by [Dana Perry]

Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…

When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.

When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle?

Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?

This fast-paced thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Mary Burton, but be warned—you won’t want to put it down!

What readers are saying about Silent Island:

“Wow, what a fabulously gripping novel this was!… An addictive, page-turning, unputdownable crime thriller that will have you up all night!!’ @oh.happy.reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A nail-biter of a read!! Chilling and riveting!!!!” CMash Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love this book… It’s an absolute thrill ride!” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I couldn’t put this down… I found myself turning and turning and not wanting to stop… addictive, an excellent plot and beautifully written.” Nicki’s Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A real page-turner.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Clever, twisty and altogether spine-chilling!” NetGalley reviewer

Excellent.” @robinlovesreading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“This book was great! The storyline was awesome!… It was filled with intrigue and suspense.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Many twist and turns, it keeps you up at night turning the pages.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It sucker punches you in the prologue and just takes off from there.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A fast moving, intriguing and compelling read.” NetGalley reviewer

“I loved this and couldn’t put it down!… What an opening scene!” The Money Whisperer

“Fast pace that will keep you guessing.” Spooky’s Maze of Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I struggled to put the book down and go to bed last night.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“An ending that will leave you stunned.” Just Reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries Book 3) by [Dane McCaslin]

The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service is purring along, thanks to the entrepreneurial talents of retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin and her bestie and business partner, Nora Goldstein. But whenthe fur starts to fly, they become partners in crime detecting as well . . .

At Nora’s request, Gwen is happy to accompany her to a meeting with ex-hubby #3’s lawyer. Much to Nora’s surprise—and dismay—she’s been named executor of said ex’s will. The fact that the man has been missing for years and was just declared legally dead only makes an already complicated process more so. And besides, is he really dead? What’s not a surprise is that Nora’s twin ex-stepchildren are pressing for access to their father’s dry cleaning fortune . . .

With Gwen’s assist, it’s time for Nora to do a little digging. It turns out that the twins’ catering business is failing—and that their dad’s business was laundering more than clothing. Soon, Gwen and Nora are infiltrating a long list of dirty deeds, including fraud and illegal gains. And the perpetrators are all too close to home. The police may want Gwen and Nora to stick to their own line of work, but the pair are determined to make sure the truth comes out in the wash—before someone ends up in the discard bin . . .(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Well-Offed in Vermont (A Vermont Country Living Mystery Book 1) by [Amy Patricia Meade]

Turning over a new leaf in bucolic Vermont, Stella and Nick Buckley soon discover that country life comes with its own special kind of pleasures—and perils . . .

Leaving New York City behind for the rustic farmhouse they bought in rural Vermont, Stella and Nick Buckley discover that small-town life isn’t nearly as quiet and peaceful as they might have hoped. No sooner do the two arrive at their new home than they find a dead body in a well on their property, and they’re quickly exiled to a primitive campsite when the sheriff seals off the crime scene.

As if no electricity, no running water, and leaf-peeping tourists weren’t bad enough, the duo must also contend with an endless variety of quirky and eccentric locals. Quickly realizing that the only way they’ll get back into their farmhouse is to solve the murder themselves, the two dig deep into the life of the victim, who’d racked up more than a few enemies. And while they may never be able to shed their city-folk reputation, Stella and Nick just might nab a cunning killer before he can strike again . . .

Praise forthe Books of Amy Patricia Meade:

The first in a new series for Meade features yet another set of bright young detectives . . .” —Kirkus Reviews

Quaint characters and settings abound in this outing by New Yorker-turned-Vermonter Amy Patricia Meade.” —Mystery Scene

“Meade’s debut will strike a chord with fanciers of Dorothy Sayers’s Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.” —Publishers Weekly

“If only Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart were still alive. They would be fabulous in the movie version of Meade’s debut Marjorie McClelland mystery . . . Meade’s kickoff mystery is a winner.” —Booklist

“Meade successfully segues from her historicals (Black Moonlight) to this snappy yet traditional contemporary. She brings us pitch-perfect dialogue, original characters, and enormous potential for a fun series.” —Library Journal

“A fairly straightforward plot with a neat twist at the end, good characters, and a well-drawn location make for a good read.” —The Bookbag

About the Author:

Author of the critically acclaimed Marjorie McClelland Mysteries, Amy Patricia Meade is a native of Long Island, New York, where she cut her teeth on classic films and books featuring Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown. After stints as an Operations Manager for a document imaging company and a freelance technical writer, Amy left the bright lights of New York City and headed north to pursue her creative writing career amid the idyllic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Now residing in Bristol, England, Amy spends her time writing mysteries with a humorous or historical bent. When not writing—which is rare these days—Amy enjoys traveling, testing out new recipes, classic films, and exploring her new home. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Alchemist of Fire and Fortune: An Accidental Alchemist Mystery by [Gigi Pandian]

The Goonies meets Charade in the latest Accidental Alchemist Mystery

A blackmailer obsessed with gold. A boyfriend who’s more than he seems. And a treasure hidden on the Oregon coast.

Alchemist Zoe Faust’s mentor Nicolas Flamel is back in her life, but catching up with him will have to wait. An elusive blackmailer has threatened to expose a dangerous alchemical secret. Zoe’s boyfriend is out of town protecting secrets of his own. So when rumors of a treasure map reach Zoe, she turns her back on what sounds like no more than a game.

Zoe’s mischievous living gargoyle best friend Dorian, who thinks of himself as a modern-day Poirot, is convinced the map is real—and that it’s the key to proving himself as valuable to Zoe as her human family. With the help of the neighborhood teenagers, Dorian sets out to find the treasure, risking more than he planned in the process. Rumors, treasures, and secrets intersect to unearth more than Zoe could have dreamed—and could leave her family changed forever.

Can Zoe stop the threat to the family unit she’s created? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback