New Releases For The Week Of November 28th, 2021–Part 1

An Actor to Die For

Bartender Avalon Nash’s youthful crush has become a movie star, but does he even remember her? And why are the women he dates turning up dead? Does Avalon dare let her long-time dream come true, knowing she might be next?

Avalon must use her superpower of collecting people’s stories to protect people she lovesby discovering and stopping the killer. Buy this book for a highly entertaining, edge-of-your-seat limo ride of a whodunit.

A shot of classic noir, half-ounce of modern flair and several ounces of bitters round out this intoxicating literary cocktail. This is a series that fans of both modern and vintage crime alike will not want to miss!—New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee

A spellbinding mystery I couldn’t put down. The bonus? A menu of delicious craft cocktails too tempting to pass up. — Cathi Stoler, award-winning author of the Murder on the Rocks series
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Compote and Murder (Teaberry Cozy Murder Mysteries Book 2) by [R. A. Wallace]

Teaberry Cozy Murder Mysteries Book 2
After some life changes have her contemplating her future, Megan Parker is searching for a new dream. Just as she begins to discover a new direction in the culinary world, a killer is busy cooking up murder.

When a well-known resident of Teaberry becomes the principal suspect, Megan substitutes one apron for another. While Erica and Jerry study the main ingredients of murder including jealousy and greed, Megan decides to follow the compote. Doing so involves examining the tempting world of cooking influencers. Her plans to seek out a new dream take on a fruitful twist that leads Megan to the top of the class.

Megan searches for puzzle pieces offered up by the friendly inhabitants of Teaberry in this light and cozy mystery. This mild cozy mystery series offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Irene in Danger: An Irene in Chicago Culinary Mystery by [Judy Alter]

Want a French recipe? Irene will teach you to make salad niçoise. Want murder and mayhem? Irene seems to attract both. With one week until her wedding, Henny James is convinced Irene’s arrival from France will ruin the biggest day of her life. One week to save Irene from the trouble she brings with her and save the wedding. Recipes included. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Dog's Waiting Room (Golden Retriever Mysteries Book 13) by [Neil S.  Plakcy]

Two parents die and two families mourn, in very different ways.

Amateur sleuth Steve Levitan and his clue-sniffing golden retriever Rochester face two deaths in the 12th full-length novel in this long-running series. An Alzheimer’s patient slips away from home on his own and tumbles into the Delaware River. And then Steve’s love Lili suffers the crushing loss of her mother in a Miami Beach hospital.

Eckhardt Lalor left behind a fortune in real estate, a fractured family, and a bitter legacy as a city slumlord. Does that add up to murder? There’s no question of what killed Benita Weinstock—a dodgy heart—but her death rocks her daughter’s world, and Steve’s.

It will be up to Rochester to solve the crime and heal his humans in this new mystery with heart — and fur! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Murder Yule Regret (A Bread Shop Mystery Book 7) by [Winnie Archer]

Freelance photographer and Yeast of Eden bakery assistant Ivy Culpepper has just scored the job of a lifetime shooting the Dickensian dress-up X-mas party thrown by It Girl film actress Eliza Fox . . . until an unwanted guest appears.

A holiday costume party in the sleepy coastal town of Santa Sofia could be just the boost Ivy needs for her fledgling photography business. At the party, Ivy enters a Victorian fantasy come to life, all courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Fox. Ivy gets to play shutterbug while hanging with Scrooge, Marley, the Cratchits, and more classic Dickens characters.  But what begins as the best of times turns out to be the very worst for one of the party guests—a tabloid journalist with more enemies than Ebenezer himself.
 
When the man’s body is found sprawled across the jagged rocks below the house, the fingers begin pointing at Eliza. Meanwhile, Ivy gets roped into helping prove the starlet’s innocence. Her festive photos are now official evidence—and the Ghosts of Christmas Present could mean the party for Eliza is over, once and for all. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Murder in the Badlands - Ghost & the Camper Kooky Mystery Book 3 (The Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery) by [Rita Moreau]

Rita Moreau’s 3rd book in this hilarious series…

More antics as Mabel Gold and her friend — spirit — ghost – whatever you want to call Irma, gets Mabel into yet another mystery. Things can go bad quickly in the Badlands…

Everything about Mabel’s golden years has been a surprise. The divorce, Irma the ghost haunting her vintage camper, dead guys whose murders Mabel must help Irma solve every stop of the way.

Mabel and her ghostly roommate Irma, along with friend Lili and her retired homicide detective husband Bob, have made it to the Badlands. From the get-go, they were smack dab in the middle of another murder.

Ralph, an old Marine buddy asks Bob, to investigate the death of his son Danny. His death has been ruled an accident. Ralph didn’t agree. He’s sure his son was pushed off top of Mount Rushmore. Right near the Hall of Records, or as it’s called in the movies and YouTube, the Secret Chamber. But why?

Did Danny, a skilled rock climber and much sought-after guide, find long-lost gold?

Were Danny’s last words–those of Crazy Horse–Hokahey–it’s a good day to die–leave a clue as to his demise?

Will Irma run out of costumes from her ghostly cyberspace closet before they solve the murder?

Will Irma’s new friend Poker Alice–the wild west’s famous gambler and brothel owner help Mabel and Irma figure out what happened to Danny?

And what about Cindy Lou and her side-kick Top Gun Colonel Clark–did they have a secret that Danny uncovered that fatal night outside the Secret Chamber?

Can Mabel and Irma catch the killer before Mabel joins Irma crashing through the Pearly Gates?

Murder in the Badlands is the high spirited third book in the hilarious Ghost & the Camper Kooky Mystery series. If you like golden girl sleuths, zany characters, and sardonic humor, then you’ll love this kooky mystery. Hoping you like camping! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

High Stakes (Queen of Spades Thrillers Book 7) by [Kristi Belcamino]

*Warning* Be prepared to lose sleep, skip chores, and hide from family to read this new Queen of Spades thriller!

When Eva Santella answers a desperate plea for help from a boy worried about his sibling, she has no idea that a sinister organization is behind his problems.

As Eva uncovers a mass murder scheme, her enemies try to stop her by striking at what she holds dear.

The Queen of Spades must risk it all if she has any chance of stopping a deadly plot that will not only kill dozens but also destroy the lives of those she loves.

One-click today!

HIGH STAKES is the seventh book in the Queen of Spades Thriller Series. If you like take-charge heroines, fast-paced page turners, and gritty dramas, then you’ll love Kristi Belcamino’s tale of revenge.

ORDER YOUR COPY OF HIGH STAKES now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Four Cat Night (Crazy Cat Lady Chronicles Book 4) by [Gin Jones]

Nurse-practitioner Wyn Miller is looking forward to a week of quality time with her cat Sal and the rest of the clowder while all her patients have gone home to spend time with family for Christmas. But then a stranger dies on the road to Harrisfield, and what initially looks like a natural death by hypothermia quickly turns into suspicious circumstances.

It’s possible the victim was coming to consult Wyn, so she can’t enjoy the holiday until she solves the multiple mysteries the dead woman presents: who was she, why was she walking to town at night in dangerously cold weather, and, most important of all, who killed her?

Note that this story is a novella, approximately 30,000 words, a bit less than half the length of the other stories in the series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop Book 7) by [V.M. Burns]

Bookstore owner and mystery writer Samantha Washington comes to the aid of the cop who once arrested her own grandmother . . .

Sam and Nana Jo are back in sleepy North Harbor, Michigan, where Sam is eagerly awaiting the publication of her first book. In search of more immediate excitement, Nana Jo hits the casino with her fellow Shady Acres Retirement Village gal pals—but they get more than they bargained for when they witness Detective Bradley Pitt decking mayoral candidate John Cloverton.
 
As Sam well knows, mystery novels are full of brilliant detectives, genius sleuths, and hero cops. Detective Bradley Pitt—aka “Stinky Pitt”—is another story. In the past, the dull-witted detective has mistakenly accused members of Sam’s family for crimes they didn’t commit. Now, it’s his turn: when Cloverton turns up dead, he’s arrested. With his predilection for polyester, Pitt has been wanted by the fashion police for years, but Nana Jo knows her former elementary school math student would never commit murder—it doesn’t add up. Somebody’s framed the flatfoot to take a fall, and Sam and Nana Jo must step in to restore the reputation and good name of Detective Pitt.
 
Praise for THE PLOT IS MURDER

“A promising debut with a satisfying conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly

“Cozy mystery readers and historical novel aficionados will adore this warm-hearted, cleverly plotted new series.”
Kings River Life (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
 

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