New Releases For The Week Of May 8th, 2022–Part 4

To be clear: Beatrice, Duchess of Kesgrave, does not think every dead person in London is the victim of a sinister plot. The city is large, after all, and some of its inhabitants had to have died from innocent causes. Like Peter Huzza, who was killed in a horrifying steam engine accident. It is shocking, yes, the way his body was torn apart by the explosion of his very own machine, but not entirely surprising. High-pressure steam is notoriously dangerous to harness.

There is no reason to suspect foul play.

Nope, none at all.

And yet there is that disquiet Bea feels when she pictures the decimation caused by the blast. It just doesn’t seem quite decimated enough. But the alternative makes even less sense, for how could she have noticed something that one hundred other spectators missed? Believing the inventor was murdered right before their eyes—it is a wildly implausible theory.

No doubt it is. But when has Beatrice Hyde-Clare ever let the impossibility of a theory stop her? (Amazon)

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Twenty years after the disappearance of the treasurer of Stonecroft Resort, an article appears in the Ontario Times, “Whatever Happened to Harold Ramsey?” reigniting Sackets Harbor with whispers, rumors, and gossip.

The townsfolk believe Ramsey embezzled funds and left town with Kate Darby. Blair Ramsey believes her husband is dead. Miss Ada Whittaker believes Felix Zohlar knows more than he’s telling, and Felix Zohlar believes wealth and influence, like blood applied to Hebrew doorposts, will cause the hand of justice to pass over. (Amazon)

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Something’s coming if Ruby doesn’t stop it in time…

Florida’s Gulf Coast, 2009. A body is found dead on a local retirement community’s golf course. Police chalked it up to natural causes, but several West Vista del Boca residents are convinced it was murder.

Enter Ruby and The Melody Street Players, in town to perform West Side Story at the local theater. Ruby’s grandparents are divided over whether or not Ruby should investigate the decade-old murder. And her grandparents aren’t the only ones divided in West Vista del Boca. Two rival factions are battling for control of the community council.

Could the ongoing war between the Golfers and Palmers explain what happened on the golf course all those years ago? Can Ruby unravel the clues in time to save this community’s version of Tony and Maria, or will she find herself the latest victim of the rival gangs’ rift?

The Musical Murder Mystery series follows plus-size chorus girl, Ruby Ecco, as she and her traveling theatre troupe visit cities all over the world to stage musicals. The problem? Everywhere the troupe goes, murder and mayhem seem to follow. Ruby might not be leading lady material, but she’s shaping up to be quite the amateur sleuth!

Here’s the suggested reading order:

Prequel: Panic at the Playhouse (Dangerous Curves Series #8)

Book 1: The Sound of Murder

Book 2: West Side Murder

Book 3: Little Shop of Murder

Book 4: Once Upon a Murder (Amazon)

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From the award-winning author of the acclaimed Myrtle Beach Mystery Series comes a prequel short-story to Death on the Boardwalk – from a different perspective.

A discovery in a Grand Strand consignment store sends Mark and Peggy Whitman, two tourists celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary while staying at the OceanScapes Resort on an adventure. Mark is aging, unmotivated, and hasn’t been the same since a heart attack. Peggy has tried to boost Mark’s spirits, but failed.

That starts to change when they find an item tucked inside a purchase, igniting an unexpected journey that explores the Grand Strand, a secret romance, and rekindles their love for one another. But to find the secret, Peggy needs Mark to find the drive to help before they have to check out.

Along the way, they will encounter faces familiar to the series, and meet some that have not been seen before, all in the day before Clark Thomas finds a body on his bookstore doorstep.

Filled with Wygal’s characteristic humor and fast, fun writing style, The Brass Key is a delightful entry to the Myrtle Beach Mystery Series.

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The Brass Key is a prequel short story (all other books in the series are full length novels). (Amazon)

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Can Presley save her friend’s wedding day and catch a killer?

Even though Presley thinks her best friend, Katy, is making a huge mistake, Presley goes home to Hunter’s Hollow to help her plan her wedding to Chris.

When she finds realtor Bethany Granville dead in Katy’s salon, wedding plans suddenly aren’t the most pressing concern. Katy didn’t even know Bethany, and the ever-curious Presley wants to solve the murder before it affects Katy’s business.
As Presley investigates, she finds more questions than answers. How did Katy’s fiancé know Bethany? Why was her body in Katy’s salon?

Things get even more precarious when their ex-friend, Dirt, escapes from prison. Is he on his way to their small town to finally get his revenge?

Presley’s quest to find the answers just might hurt the one person who is innocent in all of this – Katy.

Previously published by Laina Turner. This new edition is reworked with new characters and even more cozy fun. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle