New Releases For The Week Of April 24th, 2022–Part 1

When it comes to writing Golden Age Hollywood biographies, the pen is deadlier than the sword.

Charlotte Donovan’s life changed drastically when her boss died, leaving her a grand New York City apartment and a small fortune, but with stipulations. While writing an Audrey Hepburn biography, Charlotte consults on a new “Holly Golightly” miniseries, and a reality TV show where America selects the lead of the new series. When the actress who’s the national favorite is murdered at Charlotte’s cast party, she feels obligated to pursue justice for the young ingenue.

Charlotte, along with her detective boyfriend and best friend, follow a a dangerous trail of smoke and mirrors. Nothing is as it appears, and nobody is who they seem to be, starting with the murder victim. With each detail Charlotte unearths, the more frightened she becomes—and the more determined. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

“Rodale crafts an adventure yarn worthy of a 19th-century bildungsroman, but there’s still heaps of her signature wit and banter.”—Entertainment Weekly

An exciting novel based on the fearless reporter Nellie Bly, who would stop at nothing to expose injustices against women in 19th century New York, even at the risk of her own life and freedom.

In 1887 New York City, Nellie Bly has ambitions beyond writing for the ladies pages, but all the editors on Newspaper Row think women are too emotional, respectable and delicate to do the job. But then the New York World challenges her to an assignment she’d be mad to accept and mad to refuse: go undercover as a patient at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum for Women.

For months, rumors have been swirling about deplorable conditions at Blackwell’s, but no reporter can get in—that is, until Nellie feigns insanity, gets committed and attempts to survive ten days in the madhouse. Inside, she discovers horrors beyond comprehension. It’s an investigation that could make her career—if she can get out to tell it before two rival reporters scoop her story.

From USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale comes a rollicking historical adventure series about the outrageous intrigues and bold flirtations of the most famous female reporter—and a groundbreaking rebel—of New York City’s Gilded Age. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Everyone loves cherries, especially if they are from Door County, Wisconsin

Claire and her best friend Cher are once again planning the Door to Door Quilt show and the theme is Quilted Cherries. It is also the theme of their quilt challenge. Claire is doing her best without Grayson, her significant other, since she refused his proposal. A well known artist, Foster Collins, is happy to replace him, but Claire is not very receptive. Whatever could go wrong, does go wrong at the outdoor quilt show. How does it survive and what could possibly be a good ending for Claire?

  • Fourth in the Door County Quilts series from best-selling author Ann Hazelwood
  • In the newest installment, Claire plans an outdoor quilt show and juggles her complicated love life
  • Adventures, quilts, romance, and more! Claire Stewart takes readers on a riveting journey (Amazon)
  • Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The staff at Salem, Massachusetts’s local station, WICH-TV, is looking forward to the wedding of their program director, Lee Barrett. But when Lee heads off on her Maine honeymoon, she’ll be haunted by the ghosts of her own past . . .
 
Lee and Detective Sergeant Pete Mondello are finally tying the knot—and Lee is tying up loose ends before the big day. It’ll be an adjustment moving out of Aunt Ibby’s house, but the couple will stay nearby—after all, they have to share custody of O’Ryan, their clairvoyant cat. And Aunt Ibby will be renting out Lee’s old apartment . . . though she’s getting some bad vibes from her current prospective tenant.
 
After the celebration, complete with a cake made by the station magician, there should be time to relax—but the Maine island happens to be near the site of the crash that long ago killed Lee’s parents, a mystery she’s never been able to solve. Soon she’ll be putting wedding gifts aside and turning to her psychic gifts instead, to wrap up crimes both past and present . . .
 
Praise for the Witch City Mysteries

“Yet another hit in the Witch City Mystery series!”
Fresh Fiction on Murder, Take Two


“Carol J. Perry juggles these details with finesse and moves the plot toward a creepy conclusion that adds a few shivers to this cozy.”
BookPage on Late Checkout


“This delightful read set against the Halloween festivities in Salem is perfect cozy read for a blustery autumn evening.”
The Intelligencer on Late Checkout
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

In Oxford’s newest twin city, a case of mistaken identity puts a woman’s life in jeopardy

The invitation to visit Oxford’s twin city of Padua couldn’t have come at a better time. Natalie, Kate, and Mathilde have spent weeks trying valiantly to expand Oxford’s magic, only to have every attempt end in failure. A trip to the land of pasta, high fashion, gelato, and fine wine sounds almost too good to be true.

They pack their suitcases and jet off for Italy, bringing Harry and H, Nat’s cheeky wyvern, along with them. But within minutes of landing, Harry falls prey to a series of mishaps.

As the danger grows, Nat wonders if perhaps Oxford isn’t the only thing with an Italian twin. Could a case of mistaken identity explain the malevolent force which has Harry in its sights?

Nat and her friends follow the evidence, uncovering a decades’ old cold case with a modern day connection. Friends new and old offer a hand with interpreting the clues as the investigation spans generations.

With the clock ticking, can they identify who killed Harry’s lookalike before Harry joins the ranks of the dead?

If you like cozy mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, wyverns play around, and magic seems within reach, the Oxford Key Mysteries are sure to delight. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A morning visit to the chicken coop is supposed to be a delight, not a fright.

On the day when Paisley Sutton goes to salvage barn board from an old chicken coop on her neighbor’s land, she thinks the worst thing she may find is rotten eggs. Little does she know, she’s about to unearth a mystery that has lingered for decades. She can’t help but research the story, but when she does, she finds far more than she hoped.

Does she really want to know the whole story, or would she rather bury it again? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Zoe Wilder is enjoying life—until her trip to lay flowers on Nana’s grave has Zoe tripping over the body of a young woman.

Wondering how this could happen to her again, she’s determined to help the hunky Sheriff find the killer. His warnings don’t deter her, but she’s slowed by the other obstacles she has to combat. Her friend, Letty, is temporarily out of commission from a fractured ankle, Zoe’s fighting her longtime nemesis who is the president of the local HOA, and she’s trying to adjust to her changed lifestyle.

Join Zoe for a light-hearted cozy mystery certain to entertain you. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

 

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