Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Death On The Shelf

Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (November 9, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643857800
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643857800
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WCB3SBN

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Allison Brook and her new book Death On The Shelf. It is the fifth book in her A Haunted Library Mystery. I have read them all and their fantastic.

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

She weaves these elements together along with a couple of subplots and a slew of suspects to deliver a mystery that proves challenging to amateur sleuths on and off the page. Another excellent installment in this cozy series!
~Reading is my Superpower

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?

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Carrie’s best friend, Angela is getting married and they have lots to do.  They have to go to the bridal shower, get their dresses fitted and do all the last minute things that are involved in getting married.  When someone is murdered, Carrie also has to figure out who the killer is.  She will have help from the library ghost, Evelyn, and her cat, Smoky Joe.  When another person is murdered, they really have to put their heads together and figure it out before someone else is killed.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me onto the story from the very beginning.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to figure out.

I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I think the books just keep getting better.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

Her juvenile novel, Rufus and Magic Run Amok, was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice. And Don’t Bring Jeremy was a nominee for six state awards.

Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place. She loves traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and chatting on FaceTime with her grandkids.

Author Links

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

November 9 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

November 9 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 10 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

November 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

November 11 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 11 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 11 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

November 12 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW

November 12 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

November 12 – Carla Loves To Read – SPOTLIGHT 

November 13 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 13 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

November 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

November 15 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 15 – Baroness’ Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 16 – ebook addicts – REVIEW

November 16 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW

November 17 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 17 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

November 18 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  

November 18 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Review of Fatal Solutions

Synopsis:

1 ACROSS: HUMAN REMAINS

Creating crossword puzzles for the Chestnut Station Chronicle won’t allow Quinn Carr to quit her diner waitress job any time soon. But it does provide an outlet for her organizational OCD, and also lets her leave subtle hints for police chief Myron Chestnut, an avid puzzler, when his investigations need some direction. Some mysteries, though, leave even Quinn stumped—like the property deed she finds in her grandfather’s old desk. The document lists Quinn’s mother as the owner of some land on the outskirts of Chestnut Station, but Georgeanne refuses to discuss it.

8 LETTERS, STARTS WITH “S”

Quinn visits the site, located near a World War II Japanese internment camp that’s since been turned into a museum. There she unearths a weathered Japanese doll…and a skeleton. Before she can uncover a killer, she has to identify the victim. Was it an inmate trying to escape? A guard? Or someone closer to home? As Quinn fills in the blanks, she finds an unexpected link between her family and Chief Chestnut’s—one that could spell more deadly trouble…   (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Quinn is still getting treatment for her OCD.  We got to know her therapist a little better and we found out more of Quinn’s  treatment.  She desperately wants to control her “monster” and lead a more normal life.  

When Quinn starts to clean her grandfather’s desk, she finds a property deed that has her mother’s name on it. When she questions her mother about it, her mom refuses to talk about it and gets very upset.  Quinn knows something is wrong and decides to figure it out.  When she visits the land that she figures her mother’s deed is for, she finds a dead body that has been there a while.  Now she really needs to find out what is going on with her mother and who the dead body is.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The mystery was well plotted and it answered some questions about Quinn’s mother’s earlier life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It was good to be able to catch up on Quinn’s life.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Fatal Solutions (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 3) by [Becky Clark]

Blitz for The Murder Before Christmas

There’s no problem Charlie Kingsley can’t solve with tea, but when it comes to love, she doesn’t do love potions. So when her client asks about poison instead, Charlie thought she was kidding, that is until her client’s husband turns up dead. Fans of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Series will devour The Murder Before Christmas by Michele Pariza Wacek, a fun, twisty cozy mystery.

If you’ve got a problem, Charlie Kingsley probably has a tea that’ll help make it right.

EXCEPT when it comes to love. She does NOT do love potions.

Not even for Courtney, her pregnant new client who showed up three weeks before Christmas seeking a love potion because her husband was cheating on her.

So, Courtney asked about poison, instead.

She said she was joking That’s what happens between wives and husbands. They get angry and talk about killing each other. They don’t really mean it.

It seems to make sense … until Courtney’s husband turns up dead on Christmas Eve.

He was poisoned, of course.

And who is the number one suspect? Courtney. Of course.

But did she actually do it? Or is she being set up?

It’s up to Charlie to sort through all the twists and turns in a case that gets more complicated the deeper she digs.

Meet Charlie. Better known as “Aunt Charlie” from the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series. She’s back, making teas and solving cases in this quirky, twisty, cozy mystery series set in the 1990s in Redemption, Wisconsin.

The Murder Before Christmas (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) by [Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)]

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Excerpt 

Copyright 2021 Michele Parza Wacek

“So, Courtney, is it?” I asked with what I hoped was a comforting and nonthreatening smile. I set the mug holding my newest tea blend I created for the Christmas season down on the kitchen table. A blend of a variety of fresh mint and a couple other secret ingredients, I called it “Candy Cane Concoctions,” and hoped others would find it as soothing as it was refreshing. “What can I do for you?”

Courtney didn’t look at me as she reached for her tea. She was young, younger than me, and extremely pretty, despite looking like something the cat dragged in. (And believe me, I know all about what cats can drag in. Midnight, my black cat, had presented me with more than my share of gifts over the years.) Courtney’s long, wavy blonde hair was pulled back in a haphazard ponytail, and there were puffy, black circles under her china-blue eyes. She was also visibly pregnant.

“Well, Mrs. Kingsley,” she began, but I quickly interrupted her.

“It’s Miss, but please, call me Charlie.” Yes, she was younger than me, but for goodness sake, she wasn’t THAT much younger. Maybe it was time to start getting more serious about my morning makeup routine.

Her lips quirked up in a tiny smile that didn’t quite reach her eyes. “Charlie then. I was hoping you could make me a love potion.”

I quickly dropped my gaze, busying myself by pushing the plate of frosted Christmas sugar cookies I had made earlier toward her, not wanting her to see my shock and sorrow. She was pregnant and wanted a love potion. This just couldn’t be good.

“I don’t actually do love potions,” I said. “I make custom-blended teas and tinctures.”

Her eyebrows knit together in confusion. “But people have been raving about how much you’ve helped them. Mrs. Witmore swears you cured her thyroid problems.”

I tried not to sigh. “My teas and tinctures do have health benefits, that’s true. Certain herbs and flowers can help with common ailments. In fact, for much of human civilization, there were no prescription drugs, so all they had to use were herb and flowers. But I can’t promise any cures.”

“What about Ruthie?” Courtney asked. “She claims those heart tinctures you made are the reason Bob finally noticed her.”

I gritted my teeth. Ruthie’s dad had been recovering from a heart attack, so I had made a couple of teas and tinctures for him. Ruthie, who had a crush on her coworker Bob for years, was apparently so desperate for him to notice her that one day, she decided to bring one of my tinctures to work (I’m unclear which) and slip it into his drink. And apparently, shortly after that, Bob started up a conversation with her, and eventually asked her out on a date.
It didn’t help matters that Jean, Ruthie’s mother, had claimed my tinctures had reignited her and her husband’s love life, which is probably how Ruthie got the idea to try them with Bob in the first place.

Needless to say, that was an unintended benefit.

About Michele Pariza Wacek

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but she does spend much of her time writing stories now. Mystery stories to be exact, ranging from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she also hosts a virtual book club you can check out and join (for free!) at MPWNovels.com.

Michele holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.

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New Releases For The Week Of November 7th, 2021–Part 2

Nowhere to Hide (The Faith McClellan Series Book 4) by [LynDee Walker]

**FROM AMAZON CHARTS BESTSELLING AUTHOR LYNDEE WALKER**

A series of brutal pig slaughters brings Faith McClellan to a small town where a ruthless serial killer prepares to butcher their first human victim…

“LynDee Walker is a modern voice in crime fiction with a southern belle’s charm…if you like Tami Hoag or Nora Roberts, you will love her work.” —S.A. Cosby, New York Times bestselling author of RAZORBLADE TEARS

When Texas Ranger Faith McClellan is called to investigate a series of gruesome small-town murders, she doesn’t expect to find a slaughtered pig—but she agrees to take the case, suspecting the latest murder was targeted at Kelsey Marie, the teenage handler of the victim.

Kelsey Marie is smart, pretty, and successful, supporting her family’s lavish lifestyle with her highly lucrative YouTube channel. She’s also the target of massive online hate, with dozens of threatening messages sent to her channel each day.

Although the clues point to an online stalker, Faith suspects a killer much closer to home, and the list of possibilities is endless: from jealous rivals at a local FFA chapter to Kelsey Marie’s suspiciously missing mom and half brother.

When the killer carves up their first human victim, Faith knows she’s running out of time—but with little evidence, too many suspects, and a serial killer who outsmarts her at every turn, the odds are stacked up against her.

And when the killer uploads the filmed murders to Kelsey Marie’s YouTube channel, Faith will risk everything to save the teenager’s reputation…and her life.

_____________________________

Praise for LynDee Walker and the Faith McClellan series:

“Faith McClellan is fast becoming a fan favorite with a loyal following.” —Raven Award Winner Kristopher Zgorski, BOLO Books

“LynDee Walker can take you into the darkness of a killer’s mind like few can, leaving you shaking off its lingering effects.” —Brian Shea, author of the Boston Crime Thriller Series (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Fatal Solutions (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 3) by [Becky Clark]

1 ACROSS: HUMAN REMAINS

Creating crossword puzzles for the Chestnut Station Chronicle won’t allow Quinn Carr to quit her diner waitress job any time soon. But it does provide an outlet for her organizational OCD, and also lets her leave subtle hints for police chief Myron Chestnut, an avid puzzler, when his investigations need some direction. Some mysteries, though, leave even Quinn stumped—like the property deed she finds in her grandfather’s old desk. The document lists Quinn’s mother as the owner of some land on the outskirts of Chestnut Station, but Georgeanne refuses to discuss it.

8 LETTERS, STARTS WITH “S”

Quinn visits the site, located near a World War II Japanese internment camp that’s since been turned into a museum. There she unearths a weathered Japanese doll…and a skeleton. Before she can uncover a killer, she has to identify the victim. Was it an inmate trying to escape? A guard? Or someone closer to home? As Quinn fills in the blanks, she finds an unexpected link between her family and Chief Chestnut’s—one that could spell more deadly trouble…

“FRESH, FAST, AND FURIOUSLY FUN . . . Becky Clark writes with wry wit, a keen eye, and no shortage of authority.”
—Brad Parks, Shamus Award-winning author on 
Fiction Can Be Murder

Includes original crossword puzzles! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Murder Before Christmas (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) by [Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)]

If you’ve got a problem, Charlie Kingsley probably has a tea that’ll help make it right.

EXCEPT when it comes to love. She does NOT do love potions.

Not even for Courtney, her pregnant new client who showed up three weeks before Christmas seeking a love potion because her husband was cheating on her.

So, Courtney asked about poison, instead.

She said she was joking. That’s what happens between wives and husbands. They get angry and talk about killing each other. They don’t really mean it.

It seems to make sense … until Courtney’s husband turns up dead on Christmas Eve.

He was poisoned, of course.

And who is the number one suspect? Courtney. Of course.

But did she actually do it? Or is she being set up?

It’s up to Charlie to sort through all the twists and turns in a case that gets more complicated the deeper she digs.

Meet Charlie. Better known as “Aunt Charlie” from the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series. She’s back, making teas and solving cases in this funny, twisty, cozy mystery series set in the 1990s in Redemption, Wisconsin. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle. Hardcover. Paperback

The Dark Hours by [Michael Connelly]

“A masterpiece”—LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.

Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.

Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills…could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times). (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today’s finest voices of color.

Edited by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver, this thrilling anthology will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Midnight Hour: A chilling anthology of crime fiction from 20 authors of color by [Abby L. Vandiver]

Welcome to Midnight Hour

Jennifer Chow: “Midnight Escapade
After years of silence, two women decide to meet up in a unique escape room but get trapped in a deadly game from which there may be no escape.

Tracy Clark: “Lucky Thirteen
A gun. A last meal. And only one survivor. Sometimes the stars align–but only for the lucky one–as predator and prey come face-to-face one fateful New Year’s Eve.

H. C. Chan: “Murderer’s Feast
Techpreneur John Manley left a trail of duped investors and damaged women in his wake. What happens when two hundred of his closest enemies gather for a five-day gourmet retreat?

Christopher Chambers: “In the Matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson
It’s almost midnight, it’s snowing, and a bored call center worker catches a customer inquiry that smells of murder. Is he a knight rescuing the intended victim or someone else’s pawn?

Plus, stories by Richie Narvaez, Frankie Bailey, E. A. Aymar, Faye Snowden, Tina Kashian, and many more. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Down a Dark River (An Inspector Corravan Mystery) by [Karen Odden]

In the vein of C. S. Harris and Anne Perry, Karen Odden’s mystery introduces Inspector Michael Corravan as he investigates a string of vicious murders that has rocked Victorian London’s upper crust.

London, 1878. One April morning, a small boat bearing a young woman’s corpse floats down the murky waters of the Thames. When the victim is identified as Rose Albert, daughter of a prominent judge, the Scotland Yard director gives the case to Michael Corravan, one of the only Senior Inspectors remaining after a corruption scandal the previous autumn left the division in ruins. Reluctantly, Corravan abandons his ongoing case, a search for the missing wife of a shipping magnate, handing it over to his young colleague, Mr. Stiles.

An Irish former bare-knuckles boxer and dockworker from London’s seedy East End, Corravan has good street sense and an inspector’s knack for digging up clues. But he’s confounded when, a week later, a second woman is found dead in a rowboat, and then a third. The dead women seem to have no connection whatsoever. Meanwhile, Mr. Stiles makes an alarming discovery: the shipping magnate’s missing wife, Mrs. Beckford, may not have fled her house because she was insane, as her husband claims, and Mr. Beckford may not be the successful man of business that he appears to be.

Slowly, it becomes clear that the river murders and the case of Mrs. Beckford may be linked through some terrible act of injustice in the past—for which someone has vowed a brutal vengeance. Now, with the newspapers once again trumpeting the Yard’s failures, Corravan must dredge up the truth—before London devolves into a state of panic and before the killer claims another innocent victim. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Death Under the Sea (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Book 16) by [Rosalie Spielman]

From debut author Rosalie Spielman comes a to-die-for beach read in Aloha Lagoon!

Former socialite Kiki Hepburn can think of no better place to hide out from her controlling family than the pristine waters of Kauai’s Aloha Lagoon. That is until her debit card is cancelled, old frenemies from her life back home show up at the resort, and a mysterious stranger arrives on the island, intent on dragging Kiki back to the life she so desperately wants to outrun. Kiki is resigned to her fate and ready to say goodbye to her dreams of scuba diving her way through paradise…

Until the mysterious stranger turns up dead.

Suddenly cancelled debit cards are the least of her worries. With the police involved, Kiki is sure her true identity will come out—not to mention her less-than-friendly connection to the dead man. Unsure who she can trust, Kiki sets out to clear her name… before it’s on everyone’s lips. Throw in an epically uncomfortable wedding engagement, family secrets, stolen couture, a hot dive shop guy, and a kooky landlady with a cranky parrot, and it’s sink or swim for her in Aloha Lagoon.

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
Tiaras & Terror (book #13)
Photo Finished (book #14)
Fatal Break (book #15)
Death Under the Sea (book #16)

About Aloha Lagoon:
There’s trouble in paradise…
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii’s hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere…and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we’re certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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Dead Write by [C. Richards, Susan]

Jessica Kallan and Ethan Miller, are together again, and danger seems to follow them wherever they go. The book tour for Ethan’s latest novel wraps up at a small college in Southern Missouri. Hoping to raise money for a scholarship fund. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

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:

• DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS (#1)
• LAST DINER STANDING (#2)
• DINER IMPOSSIBLE (#3)
• DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS (Novella, #4)
• 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

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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

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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.

THE THEA BARLOW WYOMING MYSTERIES, in order
All the Old Lions
Frogskin and Muttonfat
Dead in Hog Heaven
Death by Doodlebug
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Review of Ax To Grind

Ax To Grind
A Kenni Lowry Mystery, Book #3
Tonya Kappes
5+ Stars

Synopsis:

Southerners keep their secrets swept under the rug, but what happens when that rug goes up for sale?

Bestselling author Berlye Stone, the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Kentucky, has died and put all her worldly possessions up for auction, but not without leaving one more manuscript behind. A hidden tell-all about Cottonwood that’s got more gossip than a ladies’ luncheon.

When Beryle’s assistant turns up with an ax in her back and the only witness is in a coma, Sheriff Kenni Lowry reckons someone in town will do anything to keep the manuscript from seeing the light of day. Her poppa’s ghost returns to help piece together the life of the Beryle he once knew, but his memory’s a little foggy, and any misstep could cause them a world of trouble. With the help of Deputy Finn Vincent, can Kenni sort through the secrets buried in Beryle’s books, or will this be her final chapter?

Books in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series:

FIXIN’ TO DIE (#1)
SOUTHERN FRIED (#2)
AX TO GRIND (#3)
SIX FEET UNDER (#4) Spring 2018 (Goodreads)

Review:

I really enjoy this series a lot. The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I really like the relationship between Kenni and her Poppa (or at least his ghost). You can tell how close the two of them were when he was alive and even death cannot keep them apart. He helps Kenni solve whatever mystery there is to solve and their time together is special. Kenni’s mother drives me nuts but she brings humor to the story, so I guess I can forgive her for being so prim and proper. And Finn, her deputy, makes a good partner for Kenni and may be a future love interest. I am looking forward to finding out.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book and it was not easily solved. There are enough suspects to consider, clues to sift through and red herrings to toss out that even the most talented armchair detective will have a hard time solving this one. I definitely did not have the culprit figured out and it surprised me, which is a great thing.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place and eavesdropping in on conversations. She is also very talented in creating small town settings, with the gossip mill at full speed and people knowing everyone else’s business. I would love to visit Cottonwood, Kentucky, and sit a spell.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you like paranormal thrown in with your cozy, this is a must read book. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series, whenever it is published. Do yourself a favor and check out this book (and series), you will not be disappointed.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this awesome book.

Ax To Grind (Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 3) by [Tonya Kappes]

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Murder


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington Cozies (October 26, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496725360
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496725363
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08VFBT9B2

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Maria DiRico and her new book It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Murder. It is the third book in her A Catering Hall Cozy Murder Mystery. I enjoy reading about Mia her family and friends and seeing what they are up to.

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – IndieBound 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery)
by Maria DiRico

I loved the quirky characters involved with this one and Christmas stories always make me super happy. This one will definitely keep you guessing. . .
~Moonlight Rendezvous

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico is a fantastic holiday book that has you sitting on the edge of your seat.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Astoria, Queens, is decorated within an inch of its life for the Christmas season, and Mia Carina is juggling her job at the Belle View catering hall with a case of murder . . .

Mia’s busy with a full schedule of events at the family business—among them an over-the-top Nativity-themed first birthday party and a Sweet Sixteen for a teen drama queen. But her personal life is even more challenging. Her estranged mother has returned—and her lifelong friend Jamie has discovered a shocking secret about his past. He’s so angry that he starts hanging out with Lorenzo, who claims to be his long-lost brother—even after it becomes clear that Lorenzo’s story is as fake as a plastic Christmas tree.

Then a body turns up among the elves in a Santa’s-workshop lawn display, and amateur sleuth Mia has a buffet of suspects to choose from. Amid the holiday celebrations, she intends to find out who’s the guilty party . . .

Italian recipes included!

After confirming a time for Operation Come Clean with Jamie and stuffing down a few more mini-cannoli to counteract the shot of Strega, Mia left Stony Harbor for Queens. Her anxiety level roof-bound, she slept badly that night. It didn’t help that Doorstop decided to snooze horizontally, reducing her bed space to around ten inches.

In the morning she opted for a cold shower to shock her system awake, despite the chilly early winter weather.

Mia shivered as she dressed. Since she planned to go to Piero’s straight from work, she opted for an all-black ensemble that could transition from day to night.

Mercifully, Mia’s roster of duties at Belle View kept her busy enough to shelve her worry about the hammer that was about to drop on her friend Jamie. But the day held a new surprise for her . . . one more ominous and fraught with complex emotions if that was possible. Mia was absorbed in tracking down a location that would rent her a donkey for the Bianchis’ manger first-birthday party when someone gave her door a gentle tap. “Enter,” she called, still focused on her computer screen.

“Ciao, bambina mia,” the visitor said, her voice soft and melodic.

Mia froze. No. It can’t be.

But it was. Mia slowly turned her attention away from the computer to the doorway. Standing there was her black sheep of a mother: the infamous Gia Carina Gabinetti

Mia is busy with her events planning, she has a sweet sixteen birthday and first birthday party to plan.  And her good friend, Jamie, finds out that he has a brother that he never knew about.  Something does not feel right about the brother and Mia plans on looking into it.  But before she can, a dead body turns up and she must find out who the murderer is.

The characters are well rounded and well rounded. She has a special relationship with her dad and her brother, and her mother has come for a visit, which does not happen very often.  She will have to figure out what her mother really wants.

The writing style flows shoothy and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture the action taking place in my mind’s eye.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. I had quite a few suspects that I considered and I did not know who was responsible until it was revealed at the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for Mia and her family.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Maria DiRico is the pseudonym for Ellen Byron, author of the award winning, USA Today bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries. Born in Queens, New York, she is first-generation Italian-American on her mother’s side and the granddaughter of a low-level Jewish mobster on her father’s side. She grew up visiting the Astoria Manor and Grand Bay Marina catering halls, which were run by her Italian mother’s family in Queens and have become the inspiration for her Catering Hall Mystery Series. DiRico has been a writer-producer for hit television series like Wings and Just Shoot Me, and her first play, Graceland, appears in the Best Short Plays collection. She’s a freelance journalist, with over 200 articles published in national magazines, and previously worked as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart, a credit she never tires of sharing. A native New Yorker who attended Tulane University, Ellen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs.

Author Links – Website – Chicks on the Case – Facebook –  Twitter –

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

November 1 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 1 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 1 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – RECIPE

November 1 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 2 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

November 2 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 2 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, RECIPE

November 2 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

November 3 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

November 3 – My Journey Back – RECIPE  

November 4 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

November 4 – Brooke Blogs – RECIPE

November 4 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

November 4 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 5 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, EXCERPT

November 5 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 5 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 5 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW

November 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – RECIPE

November 6 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

November 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

November 6 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST,

November 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – RECIPE

November 7 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  

November 7 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

November 7 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight On A Dead Man’s Eyes

Lisa Jamison has done well for a single mom who got pregnant at fifteen.

She is a reporter at a well-respected newspaper and her teenage daughter is both an athlete and honors student. Though their relationship is rocky these days, Lisa has accomplished what she set out to do. She has given her daughter the kind of life she never had.

But all that changes when Lisa sees her daughter in the eyes of a dead man.

The cops call it a drug killing, but Lisa doesn’t believe it. She knows her ex-boyfriend was no drug dealer even though she had not seen him in sixteen years. Lisa ignores warnings from her medical-examiner friend. She fails to heed barely veiled threats from the sheriff of a neighboring county. Instead, she risks her life and the lives of her daughter and their closest friend on a dangerous quest for answers.

The investigation leaves Lisa fighting for her family in a morbid, black market world she never knew existed. She learns that trust is complicated and that she, despite her cynical nature, has been blind. She trusted the wrong people and now she might have to pay with her life. (Amazon)

About The Author:

Lori Duffy Foster is a former crime reporter who writes from the hills of Northern Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and four children. She was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, where a part of her heart remains. Her short fiction has appeared in the journal Aethlon, and in the anthologies Short Story America and Childhood Regained. Her nonfiction has appeared in Healthy Living, Running Times, Literary Mama, Crimespree and Mountain Home magazines. A Dead Man’s Eyes, the first in the Lisa Jamison mystery/suspense series, is her debut novel. Look for book two in the series, Never Broken, in April of 2022. She is also author of Raising Identical Twins: The Unique Challenges and Joys of the Early Years. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Pennwriters She also sits on the board of the Knoxville (PA) Public Library. (Goodreads)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“… thoroughly gripped me from beginning to end, and what an action-packed, emotionally charged ending it is. The characters are all so deftly developed, building on their background information that seamlessly segues into who they are today. There is a depth to the characters that is exceptional in a debut novel. …”  – Kathy Reel, reviewer, The Reading Room

“… Fans of Kathy Reichs, Janet Evanovich, and Lisa Scottoline will enjoy this new mystery series.” – Patricia Uttaro, reviewer, It’s All About The Book

“It’s an incredible book with so much intensity and suspense. A gripping story that keeps your interest from the very first page till the last one. … This book is sheer perfection.”  – Nanasbookreviews

“Only a skilled and experienced reporter could craft such an authentically gripping story. Duffy Foster is the real deal-emotional depth and honest story-telling make this a terrific debut!” -Hank Phillippi Ryan/ USA Today Bestselling Author of The First to Lie

“A fine debut, packed with action and intrigue. We see in A Dead Man’s Eyes what it truly means to be family, and sometimes what it takes to protect the ones we love. Lori Duffy Foster has given crime fiction a wonderful new protagonist: a journalist with the curiosity and heart to get her into trouble, the smarts and bravery to get her out of it, and the humanity for us to care deeply that she succeeds. Duffy Foster skillfully kicks off with a grim puzzle, then hurls us into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, keeping the tension high, and the stakes higher. We can only hope this will be the first of many adventures with protagonist Lisa Jamison.” -Mark Pryor, author of the Hugo Marston series

Review Of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Murder

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Catering Hall Mystery, Book #3

Maria DiRico

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Astoria, Queens, is decorated within an inch of its life for the Christmas season, and Mia Carina is juggling her job at the Belle View catering hall with a case of murder…

Mia’s busy with a full schedule of events at the family business–among them an over-the-top Nativity-themed first birthday party and a Sweet Sixteen for a teen drama queen. But her personal life is even more challenging. Her estranged mother has returned–and her lifelong friend Jamie has discovered a shocking secret about his past. He’s so angry that he starts hanging out with Lorenzo, who claims to be his long-lost brother–even after it becomes clear that Lorenzo’s story is as fake as a plastic Christmas tree.

Then a body turns up among the elves in a Santa’s-workshop lawn display, and amateur sleuth Mia has a buffet of suspects to choose from. Amid the holiday celebrations, she intends to find out who’s the guilty party…(Amazon)

Review:

Mia is busy with her events planning, she has a sweet sixteen birthday and first birthday party to plan.  And her good friend, Jamie, finds out that he has a brother that he never knew about.  Something does not feel right about the brother and Mia plans on looking into it.  But before she can, a dead body turns up and she must find out who the murderer is.

The characters are well rounded and well rounded. She has a special relationship with her dad and her brother, and her mother has come for a visit, which does not happen very often.  She will have to figure out what her mother really wants.

The writing style flows shoothy and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture the action taking place in my mind’s eye.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. I had quite a few suspects that I considered and I did not know who was responsible until it was revealed at the end.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for Mia and her family.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (A Catering Hall Mystery Book 3) by [Maria DiRico]

New Releases For The Week Of October 31st, 2021–Part 3

All Her Little Secrets: A Novel by [Wanda M. Morris]

All Her Little Secrets is a brilliantly nuanced but powerhouse exploration of race, the legal system, and the crushing pressure of keeping secrets. Morris brings a vibrant and welcome new voice to the thriller space.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author  

In this fast-paced thriller, Wanda M. Morris crafts a twisty mystery about a black lawyer who gets caught in a dangerous conspiracy after the sudden death of her boss . . . A debut perfect for fans of Attica Locke, Alyssa Cole, Harlan Coben, and Celeste Ng, with shades of How to Get Away with Murder and John Grisham’s The Firm.

Everyone has something to hide…

Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive, who just happens to be her white boss. But everything changes one cold January morning when Ellice arrives in the executive suite and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head.

And then she walks away like nothing has happened. Why? Ellice has been keeping a cache of dark secrets, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time on the other side of the law. She can’t be thrust into the spotlight—again.

But instead of grieving this tragedy, people are gossiping, the police are getting suspicious, and Ellice, the company’s lone black attorney, is promoted to replace her boss. While the opportunity is a dream-come-true, Ellice just can’t shake the feeling that something is off.

When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma. Suddenly, Ellice’s past and present lives collide as she launches into a pulse-pounding race to protect the brother she tried to save years ago and stop a conspiracy far more sinister than she could have ever imagined… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

The Attic on Queen Street (Tradd Street Book 7) by [Karen White]

Return to the house on Tradd Street for one last time as the bestselling series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm comes to a hauntingly spectacular finale.

After the devastating events of the past few months, the last thing Melanie Trenholm wants is to think about the future.  Why, when her husband, Jack, has asked for a separation—a separation that might have been her fault?  Nevertheless, with twin toddlers, a stepdaughter leaving for college soon, a real estate career to resume and a historic home that is still being restored, Melanie doesn’t have much time to wonder where it all went wrong—but that doesn’t stop her from trying to win her husband back.

Their relationship issues are pushed aside, however, when longtime nemesis, Marc Longo, comes to them with a proposition:  allow their Tradd Street house to be used as the filming location for the movie adaptation of Marc’s bestselling book, and he will help Jack re-establish his stalled writing career. Despite Melanie’s hesitation, Jack jumps at the chance.  But Melanie’s doubts soon prove to be well founded when she uncovers ulterior reasons for Marc wanting to be back in their house—reasons that include a hidden gem so brilliant that legend links it to the most infamous jewel of all, the Hope Diamond.

But Melanie has an unexpected ally in protecting the house and its inhabitants—the ghost of a Civil War era girl warns her of increasing threats to her family. But she’s not the only spirit who is haunting Melanie.  A malevolent ghost seems determined to stop Melanie from investigating the decades-old murder of a friend’s sister, and this spirit will stop at nothing to protect its secrets—even from beyond the grave.

Melanie and Jack must work together to find the answers before evil spirits of past and present destroy everything they love. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Carols and Yule Perils: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 16) by [Trixie Silvertale]

When a maple syrup mystery turns into murder, will this psychic sleuth’s luck run dry?

Mitzy Moon can’t wait to cut her own gorgeous Christmas tree. But her forest adventure loses its thrill when the pristine blanket of snow reveals a blood trail. And her heart thuds when the crimson droplets lead to a body, bringing her Yuletide festivities to a deadly end.

When her only employee becomes the prime suspect, Mitzy is forced to take the case. But even though she enrolls her eavesdropping Ghost-ma and a spoiled feline to help unwrap the evidence, each uncovered clue only seems to dig a more messy, murderous hole.

Can Mitzy unstick herself from the tacky case, or is her festive fun about to turn fatal?

Carols and Yule Perils is the sixteenth book in the hilarious Mitzy Moon Mysteries paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty tinsel-clad tale.

Buy Carols and Yule Perils to wrap up the culprit today! (Amazon)

Editions Available Kindle, Paperback

Fogged Off (A Cyd Redondo Mystery Book 3) by [Wendall Thomas]

“The setting is old London Town, but the story is Wendall Thomas’s trademark three-ring circus, with the redoubtable Cyd Redondo as ringmaster, high-wire walker, and—of course—animal wrangler. What a joy it is to follow the increasingly bonkers plot knowing that every last madcap thread is guaranteed to come together in the end. Fogged Off is what the world needs right now.” —Catriona McPherson, multi-award winning author of The Last Ditch Motel mysteries

When travel agent Cyd Redondo’s client and Jack the Ripper expert Shep Helnikov is found dead in London, she navigates the cutthroat worlds of research librarians, unemployed actors, rodent smugglers and more to find his killer and bring his body back home . . .

When her client and Jack the Ripper expert Shep Helnikov is found dead in London, travel agent Cyd Redondo is on the hook for thirty thousand dollars to return his body home. So when his university offers to cover the costs if she’ll go in person to collect him—and his Ripper research—she jumps at the chance, even if it means bringing her wily uncle along. But no sooner does Cyd arrive in London than her client’s death by natural causes starts to look most unnatural.

Cyd’s only hope for recovering the body and vamoosing back to Brooklyn is to find the killer herself—but she’s thwarted at every turn by Scotland Yard, Shep’s former girlfriends, a sinister mortuary service, an old nemesis, and her taxidermist uncle himself. And when Shep’s apartment is ransacked and a second Ripper expert is found murdered, Cyd knows she’ll have to solve the crimes fast, before someone books her on a one-way trip to the morgue . . .

“Cyd’s Balenciaga bag deserves to become as legendary as Sherlock Holmes’s deerstalker and magnifying glass.” —James W. Ziskin, Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning author of the Ellie Stone Mysteries

Praise for the Cyd Redondo Mysteries:

Lost Luggage

2018 Macavity Award nominee for Best First Novel
2018 Lefty Award nominee for Best Debut Mystery

“Thomas makes a rollicking debut with this comic mystery . . . With its sexy overtones, this fun, character-driven novel will appeal to Janet Evanovich fans.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Ms. Thomas has an absolutely lunatic talent for plot and one of the funniest first-person voices I’ve read in years . . . what kept coming to my mind as I read this were comedy films from the 30s—for me, the golden age of American film humor.” —Timothy Hallinan, Lefty winner and Edgar and Macavity Award-nominated author of the Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty novels

“Laugh-out-loud funny and enchantingly ridiculous . . . highly entertaining . . .” —Jessica Howard, Shelf Awareness

Drowned Under

2020 Anthony Award nominee for Best Paperback Original
2020 Lefty Nominee for Best Humorous Mystery

“Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum will cotton to Cyd.” —Publishers Weekly

“With her clever mind, tart comebacks, and Balenciaga tote bag, Cyd is a fearsome force. What a heroine for the modern age. Do not miss this!” —Daryl Wood Gerber, Agatha Award-winning national bestselling author of the Cookbook Nook and French Bistro Mysteries

“This novel puts Thomas in a class with Carl Hiassen and Janet Evanovitch.” —Nancy Tingley, Lefty-nominated author of the Jenna Murphy Mysteries

About the Author:

Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as a film and television writer. Her first Cyd Redondo mystery, Lost Luggage,garnered Lefty and Macavity nominations for Best Debut, and Drowned Under was nominated for a Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery and an Anthony for Best Paperback Original. Her short fiction appears in LAdies NightLast Resort, and Murder A-Go-Go’s. (Amazon)

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Genealogy should be a relaxing and interesting hobby for a retired homicide detective. But in Jack Oliva’s case, it may turn out to be fatal…

Retired Phoenix homicide detective Jack Oliva is curious about his roots. For nearly seventy years, his mother never mentioned his grandfather‘s name, leaving Jack to wonder why she never celebrated her father’s birthday or commemorated the anniversary of his death. Following his mother’s death, Jack discovers an old photograph of the grandfather he never knew and, intrigued by the mystery, he decides to dig into his family’s history.

The search takes him to the tiny town of Tyndall, South Dakota where his grandfather died in 1925. But as Jack begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s death, he gets a surprise he never anticipated. He also quickly discovers that some old scores are never fully settled and that resurrecting scandals, even those a century old, can sometimes be a very dangerous thing to do.

Praise for Tyndall

“Retired homicide detective Jack Oliva’s heartbreaking investigation of his grandfather’s death… uncovers secrets that even a detective as accustomed to skullduggery as Oliva might prefer not to know…. A superb tale!” …” – Bryan Gruley, Edgar-nominated author of the Starvation Lake and Bleak Harbor mysteries

Previous Works

“… South of the Deuce sizzles like an Arizona summer…as Phoenix homicide cop Sean Richardson hunts down a sadistic killer…. James L. Thane has a masterful hand …”  Owen Laukkanen, author of Deception Cove

“Thane writes like Michael Connelly and his Phoenix is detailed.”  Paul French, CrimeReads

“Crossroads is a deep dive into the kind of deadly conflict that a vast and beautiful landscape can produce. … An engrossing read!”– Gerry Boyle, author of Strawman and the Jack McMorrow mysteries.

“Fatal Blow is a meticulous and engrossing procedural….”- Lou Berney, Edgar Award winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

“Fatal Blow is one of the best procedurals I’ve read in years. Packed with twists and turns and unexpected revelations …. Thane’s finest yet!” – Christine Carbo, Award-winning author of The Wild Inside (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback