New Releases For The Week Of November 7th, 2021–Part 1

Diner Knock Out (A Rose Strickland Mystery Book 5) by [Terri L. Austin]

“The contrast between Rose’s two opposing worlds is as compelling as it is entertaining…Rose’s impulsive nature is never overshadowed by common sense, and her quick wit and humor guarantee that readers will be delighted by this action-packed mystery.” – Kings River Life Magazine

“Full of lots of twists and turns, which made for a very exciting read….I will definitely be reading more from this author. Highly recommended!” – Obsessed Book Reviews

“Rose is a wonderful main character. She has just the right amount of spunk. The story was great and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.” – Bookschellves

Rose Strickland’s life is complicated…

Besides her waitressing gig, Rose works part-time for Andre Thomas, a PI with no faith in Rose’s ability to investigate, her love life with Sullivan has stalled, and her BFF, Roxy, has found a new bestie, leaving Rose out in the cold.

Determined to prove herself, Rose takes a case on the sly. As she searches for a missing MMA fighter, Rose discovers an illegal fight club, a group of ruthless businessmen, dead bodies, and a trail of drugs. Hunting down clues that lead too close to home, Rose finds herself in the fight of her life. Can she beat the killer to the punch before she gets knocked out for good?

This book was previously published in 2015. It has a new cover and has been lightly edited from the original.

Books in the Rose Strickland Humorous Mystery Series:

• DINER KNOCK OUT (#5) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

An Eggnog to Die For (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery Book 2) by [Amy Pershing]

Christmas is coming to Cape Cod, but when Sam Barnes finds a very dead Santa in a very hip restaurant, it’s up to her to sift out suspects who have been naughty vs. nice….

Professional foodie Samantha Barnes has a simple Christmas list: a quiet holiday at home with her dog and a certain handsome harbor master; no embarrassing viral videos; and no finding dead bodies. Unfortunately she’s got family visiting, she’s spending a lot of time in front of the camera, and she’s just stumbled over the lifeless body of the town’s Santa Claus.

Plus, Sam’s plans for Christmas Eve are getting complicated.  There’s the great eggnog debate among her very opinionated guests.  There’s the “all edible” Christmas tree to decorate.  And there’s her Feast of the Five Fishes prepare. Nonetheless, Sam finds herself once again in the role of sleuth. She needs to find out who slayed this Santa—but can she pull off a perfect feast and nab a killer? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Stitch X For Murder (Stitches In Crime Book 5) by [ACF Bookens]

Old Douglas Fir timbers bring good money, but maybe not as much as keeping quiet about the story of a murder.

Paisley Sutton hates to see an old barn falling down, so when she has a chance to take in a crew of friends to salvage timbers, she goes in with gusto. But when they find the bones from a decades-old murder, Paisley begins to wonder if maybe some things should just be let go to ruins. Maybe some secrets need to stay buried.

If Paisley decides to salvage more than just wood and reveal the murderer, will she be the next body buried in a barn? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery Book 1) by [Abby Collette]

In this page-turning new mystery series, fraternal twins Keaton and Koby will pull double duty when they take down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul-food café, Books & Biscuits.

When Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge were orphaned at age two, they were separated, but their unbreakable connection lingered. Years later, they reunite and decide to make up for lost time and capitalize on their shared interests by opening up a well-stocked bookstore and cozy soul-food café in the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. But this new chapter of their lives could end on a cliffhanger after Koby’s foster brother is found murdered.

The murder, which occurred in public between light-rail stops, seems impossible for the police to solve. But as Keaton and Koby know, two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to mysteries. With just a week to go before the grand opening of their new café, the twins will use their revitalized connection with each other to make sure this is the killer’s final page. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

In the third installment of Susan Breen’s best-selling cozy mystery series, Maggie Dove is hired to track down a bride who stormed out of her own wedding ceremony. Seems an easy enough task. Bethany Coleman was wearing a wedding gown, driving a vintage Rolls Royce and navigating through a treacherous Hudson Valley snow storm. How far could she go? But in spite of her best efforts, Maggie can’t find her and she has to report back to the disappointed groom, her former Sunday School student Graham Lockwood, that Bethany has vanished.

Meanwhile, a different unhappy bride shows up on Maggie’s doorstep. This is her 23-year-old niece from Indiana, Livy Dove, whom she hasn’t seen in more than a decade. Livy’s been jilted by her fiancé, and her parents think the best way for her to recover would be for her to spend some time with her favorite Aunt Dove in the beautiful little village of Darby-on-Hudson. Livy’s a genius, elegant, proud. Vulnerable.

And on the day Livy arrives, Bethany’s murdered body is discovered. The obvious suspect is Graham Lockwood, who has motive enough. And opportunity. He comes to Maggie’s house and begs her to prove he’s innocent. She knows he’s not that sort of person! While there, he meets Livy, and the two of them fall in love at first sight. Maggie can almost see Cupid’s darts soar by. A murderer stalks her village, Maggie must protect her niece. But how do you protect someone from the most dangerous emotion of all? Love. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Banana Slit (A Seaside Ice Cream Shop Mystery Book 1) by [Angela K. Ryan]

The grand opening of Anna McBride’s seaside ice cream shop is anything but sweet.

After the tragic death of her Irish twin sister, Bella, Anna needed a radical change. So, she closed her counseling practice in Boston to embark on a new adventure as an ice cream shop owner.

Now all she wants is to settle into her new town, attempt to turn her black thumb green, and build her ice cream shop into a community hub that hosts quality entertainment and group gatherings – just like Bella had often fantasized about doing before her fateful boating accident.

And what better location than Seagull Cove, the small Massachusetts coastal town where Anna and Bella created their best memories?

But when Anna finds her first musical guest, and Seagull Cove’s most famous son, murdered in the alley behind her shop, her grand opening ends on a sour note.

Anna must find the killer, or her ice cream shop will become more famous for its crimes than its banana splits. If only she could convince Joe Wiggins, her favorite new customer and a retired P.I., to assist her… But retired life is treating him too well.

To further complicate Anna’s life, Joe thinks he saw Bella peering into Anna’s ice cream shop from across the street. Bella’s body was never found. Could she still be alive?

If you love small New England seaside towns, loveable characters, captivating mysteries, and ice cream parlors, you’ll love the Seaside Ice Cream Shop Mysteries.

Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle


Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery by [Allison Brook]

Librarian Carrie Singleton sleuths a murder at her best friend’s wedding in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fifth Haunted Library mystery.

Clover Ridge librarian Carrie Singleton is thrilled to attend her best friend Angela’s wedding, but Angela’s family can be a bit…much. Angela’s wealthy cousin Donna hosts an extravagant bridal shower at her resplendent home, but the celebrations turn to gossip as the guests notice Donna’s surgeon husband, Aiden, spending a bit too much time with Donna’s cousin Roxy. At the wedding reception, the sweet occasion turns darkly bitter when Aiden topples into the chocolate fountain–dead.

The suspect list is as long as the guest list, and as difficult to sort out as the seating chart. A few of the top contenders on Carrie’s suspect list are the flirtatious Roxy, emotionally unstable since her recent divorce; Angela’s grouchy brother, who feels Aiden betrayed him; and Roxy’s scorned ex-husband. Even Donna may have had reason to want her husband dead. And Aiden’s gossipy office manager has plenty to say about them all.

Then another member of Angela’s family is murdered, making Carrie more determined than ever to find the killer. Can library ghost Evelyn and library cat Smoky Joe help Carrie solve the murders before she becomes the next of Angela’s wedding guests to head to the grave? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Straight Up: A Murder on the Rocks Mystery (The Murder on the Rocks Mysteries Book 3) by [Cathi  Stoler]

Jude Dillane, owner of The Corner Lounge in Manhattan’s East Village, knows she will never be safe until The New Year’s Eve Serial Killer, Art Bevins, is behind bars. Still on the loose, he continues to taunt her. Blaming Jude for all his troubles, Bevins is determined to make her pay. With the FBI investigation at a stand-still Jude knows it’s up to her to bring him to justice. With all this swirling around her, Thomas “Sully” Sullivan, her friend and landlord, becomes enamored of his new tenant, Dolores Castel. Jude instantly distrusts Sully’s new love and believes Dolores is weaving a dangerous web. As she continues her pursuit of Bevins, Jude looks into Dolores’s past, uncovering a series of deadly coincidences. Can Jude stop Bevins from his deadly pursuit and protect her friend from ruin? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Death by Doodlebug (A Thea Barlow Wyoming Mystery, Book Four) by [Carol Caverly]

Death and Gold Haunt Thea’s Search for Max in Death by Doodlebug, a Cozy Mystery from Carol Caverly.

–Present Day, Garnet Pass, Wyoming–

When Thea Barlow is left at the altar by her fiancé, Max, everyone, including the police, thinks she’s been jilted.

Thea’s the only one who believes in Max, and she’s determined to discover what happened to him. A note left on her door sends Thea and her best friend searching for a gold dredge known as a “doodlebug.”

The doodlebug is the beginning piece of the puzzle. The remaining puzzle pieces lead to family secrets, hidden gold, and violent prospectors.

When bodies start to appear, fear dominates every turn on a path to an explosive finish.

All the Old Lions
Frogskin and Muttonfat
Dead in Hog Heaven
Death by Doodlebug

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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