New Releases For The Week Of May 29th, 2022–Part 2

Rook Campbell is broke, divorced, jobless, and in desperate need of steady employment, which is hard to come by in the small town of Rothdale, Kentucky. With the help of her friend and neighbor Bryan, she lands a good job at the Four Wild Horses Distillery and meets an attractive co-worker with lots of dating potential. Her life is finally headed in the right direction until a co-worker dies under suspicious circumstances and a shipment of rare small-batch bourbon goes missing. Worse, her personal life begins to unravel as her beloved grandmother falls ill. Normally she can depend on her ex, Cam, for help, but his new fiancée’s jealousy is getting in the way. As the body count rises, Rook becomes ensnared in discovering who’s committing the crimes—or she might be the next to die. (Amazon)

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It is October 1923. What looks like a routine report, on the heavy rains battering Melbourne, becomes another case of murder for The Argus’s celebrated crime reporter, Reggie da Costa, devotee of fashionable suits and flamboyant automobiles. A flooded basement hides a ghastly secret: the decomposing remains of Cornelius Stout, a wealthy widower, who has been missing for over two years. With an unlikely partner in straitlaced Dotty Wright, Reggie pursues a cold-blooded, manipulative killer with deadly intentions.

Deadly Intent is the second in the Reggie da Costa Mysteries. (Amazon)

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For Stella “Granny” Reid, the 1980s in McGill, Georgia could be seriously predictable. Gossip would flow, her grandkids would stumble into the kind of harmless trouble only encountered when growing up, and a deadly mystery was all it took to make the tranquil Southern town unravel. 

With a new grandbaby to care for at home, Stella has little time to spare. Her hands are especially full since Savannah, her teenage granddaughter, developed a crush on a boy guaranteed to break her heart. Gallivanting around with her best pal Sheriff Manny Goldford simply isn’t an option—until a freshly murdered body is discovered . . .
Holding a criminal record unlike anyone’s in McGill, Dexter Corbin was a man who wouldn’t be missed at Sunday school or the darkest local tavern. But he never deserved to meet his end so soon—so violently. When a gravedigger finds Dexter sprawled across the steps of a crypt, Stella and Manny launch into action to investigate who had motive to kill him . . .
As the pieces start falling together, everything else becomes less certain. Manny soon realizes he could lose his position as sheriff, and there’s the case of yet another shocking death. Now, Stella must protect those closest to her while unearthing the dangerous culprit and putting a real grave affair to rest. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Real-life domestic partners and stars and producers of the new hit reality home renovation show Domestic Partners, bestselling mystery author Peter “PJ” Penwell and actor JP Broadway are enjoying work and life in their sleepy Detroit suburb of Pleasant Woods—until a suspicious death makes an unscripted appearance . . .

After a successful first season of Domestic Partners chronicling the renovation of their historic Craftsman Colonial, Peter and JP are taking on a renovation of a local Tudor Revival inherited by identical twin brothers Terry and Tom Cash. But linoleum floors and a pink-tiled bathroom aren’t the only unwelcome surprises awaiting inside the house . . .
Just as the show is set to start filming, Peter and JP discover Tom Cash dead at the foot of the house’s staircase. And when the police ruling changes from accidental death to homicide, the list of suspects grows fast. Could the killer be the crabby next-door-neighbor, the Realtor ex-boyfriend, the bartender ex-boyfriend, the other, much younger, ex-boyfriend, or even renovation-reluctant brother, Terry? And what’s that awful smell coming from the basement? Now Peter’s mystery writer skills, and JP’s experience as the former star of a cop show, will be put to the test—as will their relationship while they uncover the secrets of the house and its owners. With a killer on the loose, this is one fixer upper that may prove deadly . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Two sisters.

One deadly secret.

No time to lose.

PI Jamie Rush has her hands full with small-time skip-tracing and surveillance jobs in Port Alene, Texas. The work is steady, though she still struggles to make ends meet. But when her partner, Cookie, brings in a low-paying and potentially time-consuming case, Jamie takes it on out of loyalty.

Cookie’s childhood friend, Renata, needs to find her younger sister, Leah. As Jamie digs into Leah’s past, it becomes clear that the missing woman’s life was shrouded in secrets, the kind that could jeopardize those involved in the case.

To complicate matters, PI Alastair Finn has returned, and he’s willing to reclaim his town by any means necessary. Jamie has never been one to retreat, and Alastair enjoys a good fight. Sparks will fly.

A missing woman. Felonies. Finn’s return. Every twist reminds Jamie that she’s still an outsider in this town. Jamie must prove herself all over again, and the stakes have never been higher. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Everyone’s favorite eccentric senior sleuth is back in the second book in the Breeze Village cozy mystery series by Kate Maclean.

Fresh off the victory of solving the Breeze Village murders, Virginia is riding high. Or, she would be, were she not stuck bouncing between her children’s houses until she reaches the top of the Breeze Village waitlist and can finally make the place her home. When owner Michelle Martin sells the retirement home unexpectedly, the new owner leaps in to make changes—including overhauling the waitlist and kicking Virginia off.

When the new owner turns up dead just days after Virginia threatens him in front of the entire retirement community, Virginia finds herself not only without a place to live, but without an alibi and at the top of the suspect list. But Virginia’s not the only one who wanted the mysterious new owner dead.

With best friends Marney and Lawrence by her side, can Virginia clear her name and solve the case before the killer strikes again? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Meet Lilly Tweed. Former Agony Aunt. Purveyor of Fine Teas. Accidental Sleuth.

Catering their first joint event, a sixteenth birthday party at the local rowing club, Lilly and Abigail let their creative juices flow, determined to make it the talk of the town. (Amazon)

But the celebration soon becomes notorious for all the wrong reasons when a lifeless body is washed up on the shore of the lake.

Shock waves go through the crowd, for not only was the victim a prominent member of the club, but a former Olympic swimming champion.

As a crucial witness, Detective Phillips asks Lilly to help and introduces her to the dark underbelly of Plumpton Mallet. One she had no idea existed.

But as the investigation picks up speed, they both realise there’s another life in danger and it becomes a race against time to stop a second death.

Storm in a Teacup is the seventh book in the exciting Tea & Sympathy series. If you like twists and turns, red herrings galore and big crimes in small British towns, then you’ll love J. New’s latest series. Full of lively personalities, intelligent characters and excellent tea!

Buy Tea & Sympathy today and see if you can work out whodunit!

Perfect for fans of Steve Higgs, Nic Saint, Laura Childs and Krista Davis.

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


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