New Releases For The Week of January 16th, 2022

Pumpkin Spice & Deadly Heist (The Nosy Paralegal Mystery Series Book 1) by [Tanya R. Taylor]

Alan Danzabar has been accused of participating in a blatant bank robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a security guard.

All fingers are pointing at Alan by others who have been arrested and ultimately confessed to the crime, but Alan insists that he is innocent.

Will he get off the hook with the help of J. Wilfred & Company, particularly an employee there by the name of Barbara Sandosa who takes it upon herself to dig much deeper to uncover the truth in ways that her boss would never dream of? Or will Alan Danzabar be exposed as a liar and a killer?

Series overview:

Barbara Sandosa, a pastry lover and avid cook, works in her small town’s most reputable law firm.

And although she’s been hired to do a particular job, she finds herself prying into the private lives of her boss’s clients, unbeknownst to them and drags young Harry Buford along for the “rocky” ride. What she uncovers in some cases shocks the innocent minds of those in her community, including her level-headed boss who’s being handsomely paid to defend all who have retained his services.

Will Barbara’s curiosity literally save the day or will it get her into deep trouble – possibly costing her her job?

Editions Available: Kindle

Bicycles, Barking & Murder: A Cozy English Animal Mystery (A Dickens & Christie Mystery Book 6) by [Kathy Manos Penn]

A major cycling event. A high-profile murder. Can the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency stop a killer from riding away scot-free?

Leta Parker’s fit-and-fifty reinvention in the Cotswolds continues rolling along fabulously. Happy among her new friends and talking dog and cat, the sharp-minded expat is delighted to learn the prestigious Tour of Britain will pedal through the quaint village next year. But everyone’s excitement quickly crashes when the news is accompanied by a dead body.

Unconvinced when the police park the crime as a random act of violence, Leta teams up again with the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency to push the investigation into high gear. But with those who knew the victim remaining tight-lipped, the silver-haired sleuths could be stuck in the peloton as a callous killer sprints away.

Can the whip-smart women gain ground on a murderer before the trail goes cold?

Bicycles, Barking & Murder is the sixth book in the delightful Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like shrewd seniors, charming British locations, and a dash of darn-good humor, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s race to the felonious finish.

Buy Bicycles, Barking & Murder to ride the culprit out of town today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Body in the Shop: A cozy mystery novella (Muddlebay Mysteries Book 5) by [Wendy Cartmell]

There’s something rotten in Muddlebay.

There is an outbreak of salmonella in Muddlebay and the source is traced to a local pie shop. The next day, the owner, Peter Powell, is found dead in the back of his shop.

Investigating, DS Flynn Moran has to decide if Powell’s death was a terrible accident, or a deliberate act? And what about the food poisoning? Did Powell do it himself? If so, why did the owner of Powell’s Pies want to kill people?
Was he hoping to take as many lives with him as possible, as he committed suicide?
What on earth had the people of Muddlebay done to him to deserve such a fate?

Or was someone else behind Peter Powell’s death? Someone who wanted to frighten Muddlebay shop owners?

Wendy Cartmell is well known for her bestselling, Sgt Major Crane mysteries and more recently her DI Jo Wolfe supernatural crime thrillers. She’d always had an idea for a cozy mystery series bubbling away in the background and the result is the Muddlebay mysteries. Look out for them in eBook, audiobook and paperback.

The fifth instalment of DS Flynn Moran’s experiences in Muddlebay. Think Midsomer Murders and Murder, She Wrote, with a dollop of humour, all rolled into one. Muddlebay – where nothing much happens – apart from murder!

“This is a lovely series – murder and mystery tinged with the occasional humour.”
“Nothing ever happens in Muddlebay- don’t believe it!!””
“A great first story in the Muddlebay mysteries with a quirky detective who has been pushed out from the Met.”
“A light hearted book with several twists to the plot, ideal holiday reading.” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle


Hell hath no fury like a family disinherited…

American millionaire Daniel Cartwright has been shot dead: three times in the chest, and once in the head. His body is found in Harvard Yard, dressed in evening attire. No one knows who he planned to meet there, or why the staunch Oxford man would be caught dead at Harvard―literally.

Australian Rowland Sinclair, his mate from Oxford and longtime friend, is named executor of the will, to his great surprise―and that of Danny’s family. Events turn downright ugly when the will all but disinherits Danny’s siblings in favor of one Otis Norcross, whom no one knows or is able to locate. Amidst assault, kidnapping, and threats of slander, Rowly struggles to understand Danny’s motives, find the missing heir, and identify his friend’s killer before the clock―and his luck―run out.

A deft blend of history and mystery, WHERE THERE’S A WILL offers an alternately charming and chilling snapshot of Boston and New York in the 1930s, with cameo appearances by luminaries of the day including Marion Davies, Randolph Hearst, Errol Flynn, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and an arrogantly ardent Joe Kennedy, who proves no match for Rowly’s sculptress friend Edna… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Robert B. Parker's Bye Bye Baby (Spenser Book 50) by [Ace Atkins]

Boston PI Spenser takes on a new case in this installment in Robert B. Parker’s iconic New York Times bestselling series.

Carolina Garcia-Ramirez is a rising star in national politics, taking on the establishment with her progressive agenda. Tough, outspoken, and driven, the young congresswoman has ignited a new conversation in Boston about race, poverty, health care, and the environment. Now facing her second campaign, she finds herself not only fighting a tight primary with an old guard challenger but also contending with numerous death threats coming from hundreds of suspects.

When her chief of staff reaches out to Spenser for security and help finding the culprits of what he believes to be the most credible threats, Garcia-Ramirez is less than thrilled. Since her first grassroots run, she’s used to the antipathy and intimidation women of color often face when seeking power. To her, it’s all noise. But it turns out an FBI agent disagrees, warning Spenser that Garcia-Ramirez might be in real danger this time.

It doesn’t take long for Spenser to cross paths with an extremist group called The Minutemen, led by a wealthy Harvard grad named Bishop Graves. Although Graves is a social media sensation, pushing an agenda of white supremacy and toxic masculinity, he denies he’s behind the attacks. As the primary nears and threats become a deadly plot, it’s up to Spenser, Hawk, and a surprise trusted ally to ensure the congresswoman is safe. This is Spenser doing what he does best, living by a personal code and moral compass that can’t ever be broken. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

One Step Too Far: A Novel (A Frankie Elkin Novel Book 2) by [Lisa Gardner]

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a thrilling new novel that sends missing persons expert Frankie Elkin into a national forest in Wyoming looking for a young man who disappeared without a trace.  But when the search team encounters immediate threats to their survival, Frankie realizes she’s up against something very dark—and she’s running out of time. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Capers and Carnage (A Myrtle Lake Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Constance Barker]

Welcome to The Blue Spruce Coffee Shop Where the Java is Hot and the Murder is Cold Blooded

The Purcell women love this time of year in New England: pumpkins, fallen leaves, and Myrtle Lake’s annual Harvest Festival! They’re busy decorating the coffee shop and whipping up spicy autumn treats as their neighbors trade quips and crack wise.

Then Jameson Creel, owner of the village’s sole convenience store, dies in a highly suspicious car crash. Despite the Sheriff’s warning to stay out of official business, Carla, Charlie, and retired detective Saylor Reeves jump into the fray, eager to settle matters before their seasonal shindig hits high gear. They surface suspects like a militant mechanic, a mutinous manager, and a lax lawman, and feel they’re about to close the case in record time.

Then law enforcement latches onto village favorite Jarvis the sea captain as prime suspect, and the coffee shop crew surges into overdrive. As they fight frantically to untangle the clues in time to save their friend, news comes that the creepy lights in the forest aren’t spectral at all. Folks see human figures laboring in the dark.

But who’s out there? And what are they doing under cover of night?

Carla and Charlie have a bad feeling about this one.

Something stinks in Myrtle Lake, and it’s not just the bird turds found in the wrecked muscle car. Only the Myrtle Lake crew can root out the rot. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Mitford Vanishing: A Mitford Murders Mystery (The Mitford Murders Book 5) by [Jessica Fellowes]

A mystery with the fascinating Mitford sisters at its heart, Jessica Fellowes’s The Mitford Vanishing is the fifth installment in the Mitford Murders series, inspired by a real-life murder in a story full of intrigue…

Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie in this witty and twisty mystery.” —In Touch Weekly on The Mitford Murders

1937. War with Germany is dawning, and a civil war already rages in Spain. Split across political lines, the six Mitford sisters are more divided than ever. Meanwhile their former maid Louisa Cannon is now a private detective, working with her policeman husband Guy Sullivan.

Louisa and Guy are surprised when a call comes in from novelist Nancy Mitford requesting that they look into the disappearance of her Communist sister Jessica in Spain. But one case leads to another as they are also asked to investigate the mysterious vanishing of a soldier.

As the two cases come together, Louisa and Guy discover that every marriage has its secrets—but some are more deadly than others. Suddenly home feels a long way away… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook