New Releases For The Week Of December 26th, 2021–Part 1

Ellie Alexander’s Bake, Borrow, and Steal, the most delicious installment yet in the Bakeshop Series set in Ashland, Oregon!

As the autumnal hues of November fall over the Shakespearean hamlet of Ashland, Oregon, Jules and her team at Torte are working on their biggest event ever. They’ve been invited to create chocolate showpieces for the gala opening of a new exhibit, Shakespeare’s Lost Pages at SOMA. The museum, located on the campus of Southern Oregon University, is getting ready to unveil the Bard’s lost manuscript, Double Falsehood, which is being touted as the greatest artistic discovery of modern times. In addition to molding luscious, silky chocolate into magnificent structures, Torte will be serving an authentic Elizabethan feast straight from the pages of a sixteenth century cookbook featuring Lardy cakes, Frangipane tarts, and jellies with chestnut cream.

Jules has underestimated the amount of work required to pull off such a culinary feat. She finds herself in the strange position of feeling frazzled and stressed as the day of the gala approaches. However, her team rallies around her and once the massive works of chocolate art are safely installed at the museum, she can finally let out a sigh of relief and revel in the excitement of the grand celebration. But her relief is short-lived. Right before the unveiling, news quickly begins to spread that Shakespeare’s lost manuscript is missing. Not only that, but the security guard tasked with keeping the priceless artifact safe has been killed. Is this a case of a heist gone terribly wrong? Or could it be that a killer is lurking in the museum archives? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Last Words and Ladybirds (A Bliss Bay Village Mystery Book 5) by [Sherri Bryan]

Murder in an English Village. An empty nester longing for a quiet life. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s summer in Bliss Bay.
Ladybirds have descended upon the village, and event organiser Megan Fallon has a diary as clear as the sky.
Although her wedding to American fiancé Jack Windsor is a year away, excitement surrounding the biggest event of her life (after the birth of her daughter Evie, of course) is already building, and she’s determined that nothing will take the edge off it.
However, when a visitor to the village is found dead in suspicious circumstances—alone in his rented cottage with all the doors and windows locked from the inside—the police are left scratching their heads.
And when Megan’s ex-husband and her arch rival find themselves in a situation that leaves them desperate, will she be prepared to forget the past and help them out of a fix?
Put on your sleuthing hat, pull up a comfortable chair, grab a cuppa, and join the fun as the hunt for a killer begins in another Bliss Bay Village Mystery.
Note: This book is written using British English. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Memoir of Mystery (Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Danielle Collins]

The only thing more exciting than an author and a famous actress staying at the bed and breakfast is a real murder mystery.

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Danielle Collins

The Keys Bed and Breakfast is hosting a reclusive author and a famous actress who are working together on a new memoir. It soon becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. And then the dead bodies start showing up. Can Eva and the Murder Mystery Book Club sort fact from fiction and solve another deadly mystery?

A Memoir of Mystery is the fifth story in the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, a talkative bird, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series.

Download A Memoir of Mystery and get started on your next murder mystery adventure today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Opera House (A Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe Mystery) by [Dawn Brookes]

A night at the opera ends in murder. Lady Marjorie will need to be at her razor-sharp best…

Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe reluctantly agrees to accompany her irritating cousin-in-law, Edna Parkinton on an organised tour, starting in Romania.Looking for rest and relaxation after their last trip ended up as a murder investigation, things don’t quite go to plan. Edna is pleased when they encounter Horace Tyler from their previous holiday and Marjorie believes she will have a new friend in Frederick Mackworth.

Their peace is shattered when they meet with an argumentative and annoying sextet, including a petulant diva. The whole party is detained in Cluj-Napoca after a body is found at the end of their night at the opera.

The death of one among their company raises questions about who might have wanted to kill the seemingly unpopular diva, Dolores Hagman. With a plethora of suspects, Marjorie and Edna lock horns while trying to discover who was responsible.

It appears the dead woman’s friends and family are more interested on continuing with their holiday than finding a killer. With each harbouring secrets they would rather remain untold, Marjorie and her pensioner pals have their work cut out.

Can Marjorie get to the bottom of a troubling murder without killing her cousin-in-law and ending up in a Romanian jail?

Murder at the Opera House is the first in a rollicking new series. Don’t be fooled by the ages of this quartet. They mean business…

If you like determined sleuths, jaw-dropping surprises, and detailed investigative work, you’ll love this humorous group of pensioners.

Buy Murder at the Opera House to weed out the culprit today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Witch Trial (A Full Moon Mystery Book 2) by [Cate Conte]

Double, double toil and trouble,
A witch’s life is quite a muddle.

The Full Moon crystal shop in North Harbor, Connecticut, offers healing stones for all sorts of ailments. Unfortunately, there’s nothing among the gems that can help owner Violet Mooney learn how to wield the magick she inherited from both sides of her family—the legendary Ravenstar and Moonstone clans. As if being an apprentice witch weren’t difficult enough, Violet’s tutors are her estranged mother Fiona, a sister she never knew she had named Zoe, and a familiar in the form of a black cat, Xander.
 
Between learning spells, Violet is being investigated by the Magickal Council. A reporter out to debunk spiritualists was “genied”—her soul imprisoned inside a bottle—in Violet’s shop, and she can’t prove she didn’t do it. Meanwhile, her non-magickal life has become complicated when one of her crystal shop customers, Nicole St. James, goes missing and turns up dead, a victim of murder.
 
Determined to solve both crimes, Violet taps into powers she doesn’t understand, much less control—and finds herself conjuring up both supernatural and mortal enemies. . .
 
Praise for Witch Hunt

“Zippy and fun, with an otherworldly hook that’s further enhanced by characters with a little magic of their own.”
Kirkus Reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

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A Deadly Endowment (A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery Book 7) by [Alyssa Maxwell]

“Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey…exemplary.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

To make ends meet, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, have decided to open up Foxwood Hall to guided public tours. Not everyone is pleased about it—even to the point of committing murder . . .

The lean times following the Great War continue to require creative solutions for England’s noble class. But Lady Phoebe’s proposal to open up the Renshaw estate to guided tours for additional income strikes many in the family as a “vulgar enterprise.” Phoebe’s grandfather, the Earl of Wroxly, however, reluctantly concedes the necessity.

Their first tour group consists of members of the Historical Society, a magazine writer, and a flock of students. It’s a large group for Phoebe, her sister Amelia, and Eva to manage, and when the widow Arvina Bell goes missing, Eva goes in search of her—only to find her in the library, strangled with a silken drapery cord.

The schoolchildren are promptly sent home, but the members of the Historical Society—many of whom also wandered off at times—remain for interrogation. There is also, curiously, a framed photo missing from the library. As the police hastily zero in on a suspect, Phoebe and Eva weigh the clues. Does the crime have to do with rumors of hidden treasure at Foxwood Hall? But they must make haste to solve the widow’s murder—before someone else becomes history . . . (Amazon)

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