New Releases For The Week Of June 19th, 2022–Part 2

Carol Andrews is planning her grandson CJ’s first Christmas down to the last detail. What she didn’t plan for is a furnace fiasco, the unexpected appearance of CJ’s Other Grandmother, Margo, and her new boyfriend, a family feud, a stolen credit card, and murder. When Margo’s boyfriend becomes the police’s chief suspect, Carol is forced to add crime-solving to her holiday to-do list before Santa can come down the chimney.

Mistletoe Can Be Murder will delight your senses and make you chuckle your way through the book. A charming whodunit!”
—Nancy J. Cohen, Author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Some things are better left forgotten . . .

When a woman wakes up with amnesia beside a mountain highway, confused and alone, she fights to regain her identity, only to learn that her parents have disappeared—not long after her mother bought a winning $47 million lottery ticket. 

As her memories painfully resurface and the police uncover details of her parents’ mysterious disappearance, Cleo Li finds herself under increasing suspicion. Even with the unwavering support of her brother, she can’t quite reconcile her fears with reality or keep the harrowing nightmares at bay. As Cleo delves deeper for the truth, she cannot escape the nagging sense that maybe the person she should be afraid of…is herself.

With jolting revelations and taut ambiguity, In the Dark We Forget vividly examines the complexities of family—and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook


One unexplained disappearance is strange, but two are sinister.

In Lower Hembrow, an idyllic village nestled beneath Ham Hill in Somerset, the villagers are preparing to enjoy the autumn traditions of the rural English countryside until Joe Trevillion, a curmudgeonly local farmer and the father of six children, vanishes.

When Adam Hennessy, the ex-detective proprietor of The Plough, the village’s popular Inn, investigates, he finds ominous undercurrents beneath apparently harmless rumour and gossip.

Meanwhile, a vicious campaign of vindictiveness forces Adam and his three amateur sleuth friends to dig deep into the secret lives of their neighbours to expose the source of a cruel vendetta and prevent another death.

As they uncover the disturbing truth, the friends learn they must also lay their own past lives to rest before they can hope to make their dreams for the future come true.

A brand new cosy mystery series from the bestselling author of A Village Murder, and A Racing Murder perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Betty Rowlands and M.C. Beaton. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

A baffling burglary. A suspicious death. Can an up-and-coming amateur sleuth sort coincidence from crime?

Northern England, 1954. Miss Pauline Riddell is determined to stay busy. Grieving for her fiancé killed in Korea, the churchgoing young woman welcomes the distraction of viewing a priceless religious treasure on loan to her local cathedral. But when her inspector friend approaches her for unofficial assistance, she’s horrified to learn the artifact on exhibit is a replica… and the original has gone missing.

Bent on ferreting out the truth, Miss Riddell is hampered by orders to conceal any hint of the theft to the public. And as she doggedly tries to discover if there’s a link to the body found outside a nearby pub, she runs afoul of demanding nationalists, incensed Catholics, and angry activists.

Can she untangle the mess of motives before the relic is lost forever?

The Past Never Dies is the evocative third book in the Miss Riddell Cozy Mysteries series. If you like daring damsels, quirky casts of characters, and rich historical details, then you’ll love P.C. James’s enchanting enigma.

Buy The Past Never Dies to sift through a puzzling pilferage today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Can Presley save her newly purchased business and keep her employee out of jail?

Presley takes a risk and buys Silk, the now failing clothing boutique that she manages. Presley thinks she’s finally about to embark on her new career — Silk just might be her chance to make her mark on the world and finally have job satisfaction.

The excitement is short lived when, on the first day of business ownership, store manager Roxanne is arrested for murdering her boyfriend. Roxanne insists she’s innocent and asks for Presley’s help to clear her name. Presley believes her and tries to help, but she has a boutique to get up and running too.

The downward spiral at Silk gets even worse when Presley finds out someone has been ordering merchandise using company funds, but none of it can be found in the store.

Who’s stealing from Silk? Did she make a mistake buying the shop? Has she been too trusting? Presley knows she needs to find out the real story with Roxanne before Silk, and her dream, crumbles around her.

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

Editions Available: Kindle

In this small town, eating the last slice of pizza is murder…

After being kicked out by her cheating fiance, Gina Romano decides to return to her hometown of Lake Basil, New York. She needs a break from the city, and her uncle, Rocco, could use the help with his bustling pizza parlor.

But when Gina arrives expecting a warm, cheesy welcome, she finds the pizzeria on the brink of closure instead. Desperate to help, Gina takes over and is forced to fire the head chef who refused to do things the “authentic” way.

Until he winds up authentically dead.

Outside the pizza parlor.

With a slice of Uncle Rocco’s pizza clasped in his cold hand.

With the cops closing in, Gina has to figure out who killed the head chef and save her uncle’s pizza parlor before it’s too late.

Can she solve the case in time? Find out in the first in a brand new cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author, Rosie A. Point. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A missing diamond.
Flying accusations.

And a dead body.

Just another vacation at the Golden Hibiscus Resort.

***
Tessa Tidwell is back at the Golden Hibiscus Resort. This time she’s not visiting on a failed honeymoon. No, this is simply a relaxing vacation with island cocktails, a tropical breeze, and spa appointments.

Or it should have been.

But when a hotel guest’s diamond ring goes missing, and Tessa’s favorite bartender is accused of stealing it, the vacation gets decidedly less relaxing.

The dead body makes it even less so.

***

Coming June 21, 2022! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Jade’s life took a turn for the worse. Not only is someone drugging drinks at Nana’s parties, but Jade has a spy following her. Making matters worse, Jade finds she has new limitations, which makes leaving her home problematic.

When Logan assigns security detail to her, Jade discovers her guard is a caveman with control issues. However, if she can shake the spy following her, she can fire her overbearing babysitter. Enlisting her family and friends to help, they ignite the babysitter’s temper.

With Jade’s life in upheaval, it will take a team effort to find the spy and the drugger. Things are not as they seem, and they are running out of suspects. Can the inept group solve the mysteries while keeping the tyrannical babysitter at bay? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady

The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady: A Buttercup Bend Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Buttercup Bend, a fictional town in the Catskills, New York State
Next Chapter (May 15, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 298 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8828540501
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B1HCG5M3

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo –

The Universal purchase link is: https://books2read.com/u/bOzPdN

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Debbie De Louise and her new book The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady. It is the first book in her A Buttercup Bend Mystery.

After Buttercup Bend’s “Cat Crazy Lady,” Maggie Broom, is smothered to death in her home, Cathy Carter is stunned to learn that the animal shelter and pet cemetery she co-owns with her brother Doug is the recipient of the bulk of Maggie’s estate.

When Maggie’s estranged brother and sister come to town and are upset with the terms of their sister’s will, Sheriff Leroy Miller is convinced one of them killed Maggie.

At a baby shower Cathy’s grandmother holds for Doug’s wife, one of the guests turns up dead, and Cathy and her reporter friend, Nancy Meyers, set out to solve the murders.

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include the five books and four stories of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, a comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries; Reason to DieSea Scope, and Memory Makers. Debbie has also written a time-travel novel, Time’s Relative, and a non-fiction cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, written from the points of view of four of her cats and has also published articles in online and print pet magazines including Catster.com. Her latest book, Meows and Purrs, is a poetry collection of cat poems that includes photos and notes about her cats.

Debbie’s stories and poetry appear in the Red Penguin Collections, What Lies Beyond, ‘Tis the SeasonStand Out, Volumes I and IIUntil DawnTreat or Trick, and Pets on the Prowl. Her poems are also featured in the Nassau County Voices In Verse 2020 anthology and the 2020 and 2021 Bards Annual. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Author Links

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

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Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://Sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 14 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 15 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – GUEST POST

June 16 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 16 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

June 17 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

June 18 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

June 19 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT  

June 20 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 21 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 22 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

June 23 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

June 24 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 25 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 26 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

June 27 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

New Releases For The Week Of June 19th, 2022–Part 1

Anna St. James is having a great summer. Her newest tenant is working out fine, the weather on Frostfall Island is fabulous and the tourists have returned. (Although Anna wishes there were a few less of them.)

The island is hosting a massive romance reader event complete with big name authors, cover models, enthusiastic readers and best of all ice cream sundaes. Anna’s sister, Cora, and their eccentric housemate, Opal, are anxious to attend so they can meet their favorite authors. Anna decides to tag along to see what all the excitement is about. And excitement is definitely not lacking. When one of the most popular authors winds up dead, it is up to Anna to find out which of her many enemies was pushed far enough to commit murder.

Book 2 of the Frostfall Island Cozy Mystery series

More in the series:
1. Murder at North Pond
2. Death by Rocky Road
3. Ice Cold Killer
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Grits are About to Hit the Fan.

The Golden Girls meets Married to the Mob in this madcap mystery series packing Mafioso-style mayhem and a generous dollop of Southern-style sarcasm. A laugh-out-loud treat sure to satisfy fans of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction alike.

When wannabe actress Doreen Diller takes a job with her celebrity crush, his new acting gig takes them on location to St. Petersburg, Florida. What awaits Doreen in the Sunshine State will seal her fate — in the form of a role she didn’t see coming and a family she didn’t bargain for.

She took a stab at stardom. It stabbed back.

Doreen Diller wants to be a movie star. But after 15 years of failed auditions she’s yet to garner a single callback from a Hollywood producer. Determined to hit the big time before she turns 40, she pins her hopes on a job as the personal assistant to soap-opera heartthrob Tad Longmire.

He could be the answer to her dreams—or the beginning of her nightmares.

While filming a new TV series starring Tad, a stabbing death rocks the set. Unfortunately for Doreen, the role of murder suspect is finally one she appears ideally suited to play.

With a homicide rap threatening to curtain both her and her acting career, Doreen is forced to seek help from an oddball assortment of friends and family she’s only just met. As she scrambles to clear her name, it’s not long before she discovers that when it comes to showbiz, everybody’s working their own angle—and the only type of restraint her new-found family practices usually involves zip-ties.

Fans of the Val Fremden Midlife Mystery Series will fall in love with Doreen Diller! Perfect for fans of Elle Cosimano, Janet Evanovich, Julie Mulhern, Gretchen Archer, Jana DeLeon, Jasmine Webb, Tricia O’Malley, Gina Lamanna, Leslie Langtry and Deborah Brown. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

When my shifter boyfriend promised a surprise, I wasn’t expecting it to be a corpse.

A dead witch? Bad.

On vampire land? Worse.

And that vampire happens to be my ex? You’re kidding me, right?

The call to investigate ruins a perfectly good date night, sending me and my werewolf boyfriend from a romantic interlude to a crime scene. Someone strangled a young witch and it falls to us to identify the culprit.

While few investigations are simple, this one comes with a hefty side of politics and the presence of my ex. Between Baba Yaga holding my feet to the fire, and my ex trying to fan new flames of passion, I’m desperate for a way out.

But a dead witch on vampire land threatens a delicate truce between the sides. With the clock ticking, we’ve got one chance to solve the case. The cost of failure: all out war.

It’s time to sharpen my fangs and stir my cauldron. I’m not about to let anyone get away with murder. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Robin’s beginning to think that everything has settled down in Spellford Cove after Antonio’s death, and that she can finally start living a normal life.

But little does she know, things aren’t going to be nearly that easy. People in town are disappearing, and Robin thinks there might be something magical at work. And why does she have a bad feeling about the new woman who’s arrived in town? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Malibu Creek State Park is a beautiful locale for campers, tourists, hikers, and Hollywood. For Detective Eve Ronin, it’s a backdrop for murder in a riveting thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg.

For decades Malibu Creek State Park was the spectacular natural setting where Hollywood fantasies were made. But when a female camper is gunned down, it becomes a real-life killing ground. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives Eve Ronin and Duncan Pavone are assigned the case…which Duncan fears is the latest in a series of sniper attacks that began long before Eve came to Lost Hills.

Seven victims over fourteen months…and top officials still refuse to see a connection. Eve and Duncan are stonewalled, threatened, and ordered to keep quiet. But Eve won’t back down. She’s no stranger to intimidation or corruption—she’s had a target on her back from day one at Lost Hills station.

Despite finding no evidentiary links between the shootings, Eve and Duncan follow their instincts into the shadows of Malibu Creek, where it’s not enough to expose the secrets and break the conspiracy of silence. They also have to make it out alive. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

One of Singapore’s finest living authors’ South China Morning Post

‘Simply glorious. Every nook and cranny of 1930s Singapore is brought richly to life’ CATRIONA MCPHERSON

‘Charming’ RHYS BOWEN

‘One of the most likeable heroines in modern literature’ SCOTSMAN
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The Allies have defeated Germany in Europe, but Japan refuses to surrender the East.

In Singapore, amid rumours the Japanese occupiers are preparing to wipe out the population of the island rather than surrender, a young aide is found murdered beneath the termite mushroom tree in Hideki Tagawa’s garden and his plans for a massive poison gas bomb are missing. To prevent any more destruction it falls to Su Lin to track down the real killer with the help of Hideki Tagawa’s old nemesis, the charismatic shinto priest Yoshio Yoshimo.

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Praise for Ovidia Yu:

‘Chen Su Lin is a true gem. Her slyly witty voice and her admirable, sometimes heartbreaking, practicality make her the most beguiling narrator heroine I’ve met in a long while Catriona McPherson

Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. Ovidia Yu’s teenage Chinese sleuth gives us an insight into a very different culture and time. This book is exactly why I love historical novels‘ Rhys Bowen

‘A wonderful detective novel . . . a book that introduces one of the most likeable heroines in modern literature and should be on everyone’s Must Read list’ Scotsman

‘Unassuming, brilliantly observant’ SCMP

‘Ovidia Yu’s writing helped me peel back the layers to understand Singapore. The story and Chen Su Lin’s initiative and tenacity, set against a backdrop of wartime Singapore, intrigued both the historian and the mystery lover in me’ Kara Owens CMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Singapore (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Something strange is in the air…

For the past few month, Mally Jourdain–wait, it’s Princess Mally Dubois now–feels as if things are going pretty well in her witchy world. She has managed to save the day for the rougarou pack that she now lives among. Some of them even seem to like her. Well, a little anyway. She’s made some new bayou friends, including a fairy and a real Bayou Witch. And it appears her arranged marriage to the rougarou prince is getting interesting. Very, very interesting…

But a shadow from the past is lurking. She can feel it. Her witching abilities are still dicey, and she needs to get them working—and fast. So, when she encounters another Bayou Witch, who offers to help her with her magic, Mally can’t resist.

Unfortunately, not all is as it seems, and she finds herself in a big, ole, magical mess. Can she sort out her shoddy magic and save herself and her family? Again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A mysterious note. A string of unrelated deaths. A legendary monster.
Is there a serial killer at work in the tiny town of Port Logan?
Rosie Ryan is sceptical when she receives the anonymous note about a recent death in the nearby town of Port Logan:
So strange, all these deaths in Port Logan. And now, Stewart Bard.
It doesn’t make sense. Stewart Bard was killed by a falling rock while walking along the coast. But when Rosie and her librarian friend Kim Chen investigate, they discover that Port Logan has had more than its string of strange deaths.
Could there be a serial killer in the area? Or are the deaths unrelated accidents? Or—strangest of all—are all these deaths the work of the mythical sea monster that supposedly stalks the tiny town at night… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Review of Tuesday Night Survivors Club

The Tuesday Night Survivors’ Club 

Survivors’ Book Club Mystery, Book #1

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars

Synopsis:  

Survivors become sleuths to find a missing member of their book club in new-age Sedona, Arizona . . .

Two things got Rarity Jones through her breast cancer treatments: friends and books. Now cancer-free, Rarity is devoting her life to helping others find their way through the maze to healing. She’s opened a bookstore focusing on the power of healing—Eastern medicine, Western medicine, the healing power of food, the power of meditation, and the importance of developing a support community. To that end, she’s also started the Tuesday Night Survivors book club. With its openness to new-age communities, Sedona, Arizona, is the perfect fit for Rarity’s bookstore and the tightly knit group.

But their therapeutic unity is disrupted when one of their members suddenly goes missing. Martha has always kept to herself, never opening up much of her personal life to the group. Now she’s nowhere to be found. With her car abandoned on a trail and her dog left with a friend, Rarity is sure something terrible has happened—but will she be able to uncover Martha’s secrets before it’s too late? 

Review:  

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Rarity is a cancer survivor and she decides to open a bookstore.  Besides regular books she has books focusing on the power of healing.  She has also started a book club so people can share their experiences as well as the book they read.  When one of the members goes missing, Rarity and her best friend, Sam,  have to figure out what is going on.  She will also have help from the ladies in the book club.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and it kept me guessing throughout the entire book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  The book was a great beginning to the series and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Valued For Murder

Valued for Murder: A British Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kanga Press (June 10, 2022)
Number of Pages c. 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TRXWWNG

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Victoria Tait and her new book  Valued For Murder. It is the second book in her A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery.

Purchase Links – Amazon 

Valued for Murder: A British Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait

Valued for Murder is a wonderful second installment of this series. I especially enjoy the antique theme with all the behind the scene moments of the auctions and all the work they entail. I am excited about the next book, Bidding for Revenge, set to be released on August 19, 2022.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

This was such a great mystery and I love stories that involve discovering antiques. Valued for Murder was a delightful, fun mystery that will definitely keep you guessing.
~Moonlight Rendevous

If you’re like I am and love British cozies, you have to add Valued for Murder to your TBR piles!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

An antiques show. A dead diva. For an amateur sleuth the truth is not always crystal clear.

Dotty Sayers is enjoying her job in a Cotswold auction house. When she’s offered a place on an antiques TV show, she nervously agrees to a makeover and is surprised by the admiring glances she receives. Working on set at a historic country hotel, she realises all that glitters is not gold when at the bottom of the circular staircase, one of the experts is found dead.

Was the death accidental or something shadier? Dotty promises to leave the investigation to the police, but as this amateur sleuth appraises the dead woman’s estate, she can’t help unveiling clues. But when she returns from viewing a priceless sculpture, and finds her British blue cat missing, she knows that life does not imitate art.

Can Dotty tell a fake from the real deal and identify the killer?

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world.  But I fell for an Army Officer, and I’ve followed him from Northern Ireland, up to the Scottish Highlands, across to Africa and the Kenyan Savannah, back to the British Cotswolds, and we are now living in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Southern Europe.

I never expected to be an author, but all this moving is not ideal for holding down a job.  Instead, I’ve taken the experiences of the places I’ve lived to write vivid and evocative cozy mystery books with determined female sleuths.

I have two fast-growing teenage boys, and together we’ve learnt to ski on the Bosnian mountains.  I also enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and I’ve started running as a way to improve my physical fitness, mental wellbeing and shed some excess pounds.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

June 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 10 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

June 12 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

June 12 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

June 12 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

June 13 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

June 13 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 14 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 14 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

June 14 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 15 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 15 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

June 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 16 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

June 16 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

June 17 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

June 17 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

Review of Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary

Synopsis:

Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect . . .

After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed . . .(Amazon)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Sissy has returned to her parents home town to help her aunt Bethel who has broken her leg.  Shortly after she arrives, the milk delivery man is killed with a knife in his back.  Since Sissy is new and she is the une to find the body, she is the prime suspect.  Sissy must find out who the murderer is before she is thrown in to jail.

The author is talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and did not let me go.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  You could tell that Sissy is not used to trying to solve a murder but she is gping to give it her all. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to seeing what type of trouble Sissy gets into next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

New Releases For The Week Of June 12th, 2022–Part 3

Amateur sleuth Kitty Worthington once more investigates when a noble lord plummets to his death, and a dear friend is suspected of murder. Can she catch the killer before her friend swings from the wrong end of a rope?

London. 1923. When an invitation arrives to the Duchess of Brightwell’s Midsummer Masked Ball, Kitty Worthington does not even think of declining. Not with a mother on the hunt for a noble husband for her. But no sooner does she curtsy to her hostess at the ball than tragedy strikes. A very dead earl is found at the bottom of a staircase, and it’s clearly the work of foul play.

Having proven himself a dab hand at dealing with the nobility, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Robert Crawford is soon asked to investigate. In no time at all he hones in on Lord Newcastle, a friend of Kitty who’d earlier pummeled the earl for sorely abusing his wife.

Afraid her friend may wrongfully pay with his life, Kitty once more organizes her ace team, including her maid, two noble lords, a beloved sister, a lady, and Sir Winston, her still flatulent Bassett Hound. From the seediest parts of London to the fancy mansions of Mayfair, they fearlessly pursue the truth. For if they fail to find the killer, their dear friend may dance one last jig at the end of a rope.

Murder at the Masked Ball, the third book in The Kitty Worthington Mysteries, is another frolicking, historical cozy mystery filled with quirky suspects, a wicked villain, and an intrepid heroine sure to win your heart. For lovers of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey alike. (Amazon)

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A vacant home. A new neighbor. A desperate cat. A one-time job.

I’m Kat Jones, and no matter what anyone tells you, I don’t work for cats… unless it’s the only option.

The vacant home in my neighborhood has been vandalized. But that’s not the worst of it. If the new neighbors don’t move in, the cat they adopted has to go back to the shelter. I can’t let that happen.

Someone is out to get them. It’s my job to find out who and why. Then, that’s the last time I let myself get hired by cats. I swear. (Amazon)

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Since the days when Vlad the Impaler rampaged the quaint countryside of Wallachia Romania, no one has deserved to go to prison more than George Shulz. Unfortunately, we have to prove he did something wrong first.

Self-proclaimed sociopathic lawyer George Shulz is a cross between a “get off my lawn” guy and Hannibal Lecter. A less likable individual would be hard to find in Deer Hollow. So, when he’s arrested at the site of a recent murder involving a missing deer, Shulz’s car, and a body with a clear set of tire tracks painting his backside, there doesn’t seem to be much question whether he’s guilty.

Everybody wants him to be.

Unfortunately, for everybody, Shulz keeps insisting he didn’t do it. And worse, he wants me, Joey Fulle, and my boyfriend Hal, the PI, to prove his innocence. I really just have a hankerin’ to grab a pitchfork and join the lynch mob.
Unfortunately for me, Hal and his brother Cal are on the job, intending to prove the horrible man’s innocence.

Dangit!

On the plus side, I get to spend some quality time with my bestie, Felicity, from the big city. But, I’m thinkin’ I might occasionally drift over to the torch and pitchfork side, just for fun. (Amazon)

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No good deed goes unpunished…

As the newest member of the Cascade Canine Club, dog trainer Nell McLinton still has a lot to prove. She gets the opportunity to demonstrate her worth as a team player when a local veterinary clinic puts out an S.O.S.

Suddenly, Nell’s busier than ever. And if working two jobs, caring for her dogs, and helping her sister prepare for an upcoming custody battle isn’t enough, there’s also disgruntled pug breeder, Heather Schultz to contend with.

Nell can’t seem to get on Heather’s good side no matter what she does. Things go from bad to worse when Heather is found dead at the clinic, surrounded by a fortune’s worth of controlled drugs. And Nell finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation.

Will Nell be able to figure out who murdered Heather, and why, before a desperate killer once again lashes out?

Murder in a Pug’s Eye is Book 2 of the Cascade Canine Club Mysteries. To start at the beginning and get the full story, check out Book 1, The Rottweiler Howls at Midnight. (Amazon)

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Bobbi Sue Baxter longs for the summer of 1988 to be over so she can leave her boring hometown of Wildcat Springs behind forever. Start using her journalism degree on stories with some excitement. She has no idea more excitement than she’s ever wanted is about to come after her.

On her way home from a movie, Bobbi Sue stops to help an injured dog and spots what looks like an alien. A blinding light flashes, and when Bobbi Sue can see again, the creature is gone. Did she really see . . .? No! Impossible. She says nothing to anyone, especially not to her conspiracy-obsessed father.

But when Bobbi Sue slips and tells her friend, Hemingway “Hemi” Miller, he shows her a story from Close Encounters in the USA. It’s about a man who reported an experience nearly identical to hers. And when well-known townsman, Ross Garland is found shot dead close to where she saw the “alien,” Bobbi Sue knows she can’t stay quiet.

The only problem is, the person behind the murder is intent on her doing exactly that, no matter what it takes.

Book one in the Bobbi Sue Baxter Mystery Series will have you exercising without getting out of your chair, ’cause your heart is going to be racing. (Amazon)

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Murder in the Moonlight is a novella by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J A Whiting introducing the characters of a fun, new paranormal series set in New Hampshire.
Peggy, Jennifer, and Nadine are three smart, middle-aged women who have some “special” skills. Nicknamed the “Murder Posse,” they are members of their town’s murder mystery book club and enjoy helping solve cold cases for amateur sleuthing websites. While working on the setup for the town’s annual Halloween celebration, something unexpected happens. Will they be able to use their skills to figure out who the criminal is before he or she comes for them?
This novella was originally part of the Moons, Magic, and Mystery anthology. (Amazon)

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Semi-finalist in the 2019 Chanticleer International Book Awards
The bullets changed everything for me. Sometimes I wished I’d taken a bullet too because I lost the most important men in my life. My dad still fought every day to reclaim his confidence, mobility, and wit from the bullet that creased his brain. But my husband of seventeen days took our dreams with him when he died. They never caught the shooter.

After losing everything, Katie Wilk is starting life over in Columbia, Minnesota, with a new career—giving up cryptanalysis in favor of teaching school—and a canine companion, Maverick, a black Labrador retriever. But on one of their first outings, Katie and Maverick discover a dead body in a nearby marshland. Doctor Pete Erickson enters her life. As the county coroner, he’s one of the first on the scene; as the doctor that day in the ER, he’s the one who stitches up Katie’s head; as the son of the police chief, Pete is also in on the investigation.

Meanwhile, the locals are gearing up for the premiere of a new docudrama film called Titanic: One Story, which would be the cornerstone piece of a new Titanic exhibit, to open Labor Day weekend at the Midwest Minnesota History Center. The director selected their town as the location for some of the scenes, and many local residents are featured as extras in the movie. There will be a huge gala dinner and celebration for the grand opening. Tragedy strikes when the director dies suddenly, and there are a number of suspects.

Katie finds herself in the midst of it all and doesn’t know anyone in town well enough to know who she can trust.

Praise for the Katie and Maverick Cozy Mysteries:
“Immediately captivating! Katie and Maverick are destined to become a notable amateur sleuth team in the mystery world.” –Connie Shelton, USA Today bestselling author (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week OF June 12th,2022–Part 2

The Vinyl Detective plunges into the world of death metal in his sixth adventure. Expect laughs, LPs, cats and the return of fan favourites, Nevada, Tinkler, Stinky Stanmer and more.

It starts with a perfectly normal evening in, except for the corpse-faced gentleman dressed all in black, with a crow on his shoulder, staring into the house, of course. And the visit from Owyn Wynter, head of Whyte Ravyn Records, who needs the Detective’s unique skills.
 
So begins an all-expenses-paid trip to Trollesko, Sweden for the Detective, Nevada, Tinkler and Agatha to track down a copy of the debut album from demonic metal legends, Storm Dream Troopers. Condemned by the church and banned on release, Attack and Decay is a legendary record.
 
But their trip to the homelands of Nordic noir is quickly thrust into a world of intrigue as the Detective closes in on the deal, the band unexpectedly converge on the peaceful town, And worse, their trip somehow coincides with a visit from Stinky Stanmer… Soon the bodies start piling up, and the Vinyl Detective is the only one who can solve the case. (Amazon)

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A simple canoe trip. A deadly eco-warrior. Will our psychic sleuth be up a creek without a paddle?

Mitzy Moon is a dry land kinda gal. Never in her life has she wanted to take an extended adventure in a tippy canoe. But when her newly engaged cousin calls for help, she’ll have to put her faith in a snippy rival or risk losing everyone…

With a militant environmentalist stalking the bride-to-be and her maids on a camping trip, Mitzy is stuck with only mean-girl Deputy Paulsen as backup. After last-minute advice from Ghost-ma and her feisty feline, she heads deep into the wilderness to find the missing girls—with nothing but a tent and a flimsy plan.

Will Mitzy chance spilling her secrets, or turn turtle and transform the pending nuptials into a funeral?

Blades and Bridesmaids is the nineteenth book in the hilarious Mitzy Moon Mysteries paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s cunning conundrum.

Buy Blades and Bridesmaids to recycle a killer today! (Amazon)

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Kitty Underhay is playing doubles… with death.

Kitty Underhay is accompanying her fiancé, Matthew Bryant,and Bertie, his new cocker spaniel, on an outing to Torbay Country Club. However, the delightful day soon turns to disaster. Walking Bertie in the shaded grotto after an exhilarating archery demonstration, Kitty makes an unsporting discovery: the body of their host, Sir William Winspear, with an arrow in his back.

When the local inspector falls foul interviewing female witnesses, Kitty steps up to the mark. And she quickly discovers that Sir William had threatened one of the guests, dashing Russian dancer Ivan, who is dependent on him for patronage. When Kitty overhears a damning conversation between Ivan and his sister, the case seems clear. But the next day Ivan is disqualified as he is found face down in the pool…

The race is on for Kitty to find the real killer, but she must keep her head in the game if she is to outwit this cunning murderer. And when the final score comes in, will it be ‘killer: three, Kitty: zero’…?

A completely gripping, suspenseful and utterly cozy historical mystery! The perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

Readers love the Miss Underhay mysteries:

Five stars are not enough.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘This was excellent and I read it in one sitting, a page-turner I couldn’t put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Fast, fun and utterly unputdownable… perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.’ Robin Loves Reading

What can I say? I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Excellent cosy mystery! The story was gripping… I loved the character development with the little hint of romance and cannot wait for the next book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I love this series… The murder mystery itself was engrossing… It kept me guessing right until the final scene.’ Roberta Reads5 stars

‘I felt right at home the moment I started reading… It was a joy.’ Goodreads reviewer

This murder mystery is perfect… This story has it all. An absolute page-turner with characters to care about.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

My favourite cosy mystery series.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A page-turner that will keep you guessing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Do yourself a favour, cozy up with a blanket, a cup of something warm and dig into this cozy mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Great story with a perfect mixture of mystery, suspense, romance and family to make this a wonderful cozy mystery book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A wonderful book, I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars (Amazon)

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Stalking an old nemesis…

…she discovers a hidden plot.

As a deceptive advisor is snuffed out.

Penny Nicols brings her “gift” to Billington. Searching for her sister, she’s determined to stand her ground. One woman holds the keys to Penny’s link between her past and the present.

When is history better left buried?

When the Raven is the one telling the story.

Dinah, Penny’s old advocate, is struck down before her eyes.

Penny’s long-distance friend T.C. continues to help her trail the whereabouts of her long-lost sibling and solve the mystery. Musical clues and manic relationships crowd the distracted Penny as T.C. supports her from afar.

Spades, the cat, charms the suspects as Penny untangles her omens.

Dinah may be victim number one, but Penny fears the Raven is just warming up.

You’ll love the sixth book in this binge-worthy paranormal mystery series because Penny and her sleuthing sidekicks dig deep to uncover the Raven’s evil plans.

Get it now! (Amazon)

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Pebble Cove will never be the same.

The Rickster is notorious for telling tall tales around Pebble Cove. When he’s found on the dock holding a bloody knife, a crumpled body at his feet, of course he has a story to explain it away. But is his plea of innocence just another yarn?

The victim and the Rickster share a long history, and at the Rickster’s pleading, Rosemary digs into their past. Unfortunately, the more she finds, the guiltier the man appears.

Even so, the Rickster’s case brings a welcome reprieve from her other active investigation. With the help of Asher’s distant, living relative, she’s closing in on the truth about her ghostly friend’s murder. But are Rosemary and Asher ready to say goodbye for all eternity?

Readers, this is the eighth, and final, book in a popular cozy mystery series by Eryn Scott. These books are all clean with no gore and no swearing. Starting from the beginning with this series will provide the best reading experience. The ghosts are the only paranormal aspect in the series. And there are definitely cats because … well, there has to be. 🙂 (Amazon)

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It’s time to head back to school and today’s lesson is murder!

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper.

Darla is heading off to college . . . to sell coffee to the student body. Everything is going well at the campus-wide event and she’s selling more than she could have ever hoped. And then a professor turns up dead. Darla must put profits aside and help find a killer or the event will forever be remembered for teaching the student body how to get away with murder.

Coffee, Campus, and Crimes is the ninth story in the Darla’s Delectables Food Truck Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, troublesome pets, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Darla’s Delectables Food Truck Cozy Mystery series.

Download Coffee, Campus, and Crimes and experience the fun and excitement of running a food truck and solving mysteries!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited. (Amazon)

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The road to murder…
Is paved with good intentions
.
It usually isn’t good news when a sleepy little place like Dunforth, New Hampshire gets international attention.
When a long-haul trucker wins millions from a scratch-off ticket, it’s no surprise that he’s slated as the first guest on a new morning talk show called The Espresso @ Eight, hosted by disgraced-journalist Riley Robertson.
Projections for viewership were modest – until the millionaire took a few sips of his coffee and dropped dead on live television.
Whispers of the tragedy flow into the Roastery on 33rd not long after, and barista Paige Palmer can’t help but listen. Things take a decidedly dangerous turn when it comes to light that the bag of coffee beans was sold to the station by Margaret Hayward, Paige’s boss.
Margaret insists on her innocence in the matter, believing it to be one mystery better left in the hands of the police. Paige isn’t convinced, and neither is British transplant Rohan Chowdhury.
As The Roastery on 33rd begins training new staff, the million-dollar question hangs in the air like the aroma of a freshly-prepared espresso.
Did the morning coffee contain nothing but cruel coincidence, or a bitter intent? (Amazon)

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Welcome to Fiddlehead Creek! I’m Esme Hightower, a psychic witch who’s always embroiled in some sort of trouble.

When Fiddlehead Creek’s historic cemetery is vandalized, it’s up to me to stop the ghouls who are robbing graves. However, I can’t win this war alone. I’m going to need help to stop these demons. But will my friends be willing to put their lives on the line, or will I have to go solo?

Gaffes and Ghouls is the fifth book in the Channeling Ghosts for Beginners Southern paranormal cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of June 12th, 2022–Part 1

When the unmentionable stalks the pueblo

It starts when the inheritance that Lavina Gaines was to receive is stolen by her brother Timothy. Then an old Indian healing woman is murdered. Winemaker and physician Maddie Wilcox wants to find the person responsible for Mama Jane’s death, but is also occupied with another killer – the measles.

When Lavina’s friend Julia Carson dies trying to rid herself of a pregnancy, Lavina asks Maddie’s help finding the man responsible for Julia’s child. Soon after, Lavina is killed and her murder bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Mama Jane’s. The only motive Maddie can find involves Julia’s death, which is not the sort of thing one talks about. Not only that, Lavina’s nether garments are missing.

It’s a difficult challenge, but Maddie rises to it, searching among the many men of the pueblo, including some of her dearest friends.

How does a proper lady in 1872 get the answers she needs to stop a killer determined to stop her first? (Amazon)

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**FROM AMAZON CHARTS BESTSELLING AUTHOR LYNDEE WALKER**

Missing teenagers and execution-style murders vie for crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s attention as she chases the stories into a web of intrigue and danger, determined to discover the truth at any cost.

Nichelle Clarke owes her boss a big headline. She gets her lucky break when a member of a notorious hate group is found with a bullet in his head, his body dumped in the woods. But then a boy from a local LGBTQ support group goes missing, and Nichelle can’t turn away from an old friend’s plea for help finding him.

Police across the state are reluctant to expend dwindling resources on runaways and murdered bigots, leaving Nichelle to take the investigations into her own hands. The number of missing teenagers climbs. Meanwhile, more dead bodies point to a ruthless serial killer with prejudice in his sights. As clues and dead ends pile up in nearly equal numbers and other reporters pick up the trail, the situation quickly spirals out of Nichelle’s control.

The killer is a master at covering their tracks, and they won’t stop until they’ve passed deadly judgment on every last bigot in the state.

Nichelle will fight her way through communities swallowed by fear to save lives…unless she loses her own in the process.

A murder mystery series taut with gripping, authentic plots that only a former crime reporter could write. (Amazon)

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Death is a funny thing. It usually happens when and to whom you least expect it. Clyde McCoy had a lot of good years left in him—had being the operative word.

Allie and Lucy discover an abandoned dog on the beach, but they know who she belongs to and that her owner would never abandon her. That coupled with footprints going out into the ocean makes them suspicious. It’s obvious to them that because Clyde would never abandon his dog foul play is afoot. Can Allie and Lucy figure out what happened to Clyde?

If you enjoy small-town mysteries, be sure to check out the entire Freshly Baked Cozy Mystery series. (Amazon)

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Stranded in the corn, a murderer is on their trail…

Rita Knight expected to spend the last of her summer on a cheery and peaceful vacation with her lover Billy – but one wrong turn leaves them hopelessly lost amid an endless expanse of cornfields, deep in America’s heartland.

The corn is hiding a terrible secret. After a gruesome murder strikes the little town of Cornville, Rita and Billy are plunged into a deadly investigation to uncover the town’s tragic history and find the killer lurking in the corn. Rumors say that Cornville is cursed – and as they dig deeper, Rita can’t help but feel the walls of corn are closing in on them.

Stumbling onto a horrible scheme of revenge and without her sister at her side, Rita and Billy must make a daring move and challenge the elusive murderer on his own turf. But once they step into the corn, they might not come out again…

Can Rita and Billy unravel the Curse of Cornville and emerge unscathed? Or will they become the town’s next victims?

Bursting with larger-than-life characters and a lively cozy mystery that will keep readers on their toes, Sweet Corn Conclusion is a fun and hectic who-dun-it that’s perfect for anybody who loves to curl up in their favorite chair with a cup of coffee and enjoy a good cozy mystery. (Amazon)

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The New York Times bestelling author of the Tourist Trap mysteries launches a new series perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club. New-age Sedona, Arizona seemed like the perfect place to open up a bookstore devoted to healing. But when a member of a local cancer survivor support book club goes missing, will this group’s sleuthing skills be enough to find her?

Two things got Rarity Cole through her breast cancer treatments: friends and books. Now cancer-free, Rarity is devoting her life to helping others find their way through the maze to healing. She’s opened a bookstore focusing on the power of healing—Eastern medicine, Western medicine, the healing power of food, the power of meditation, and the importance of developing a support community. To that end, she’s also started the Tuesday Night Survivors book club. With its openness to new-age communities, Sedona, Arizona, is the perfect fit for Rarity’s bookstore and the tightly knit group.
 
But their therapeutic unity is disrupted when one of their members suddenly goes missing. Martha has always kept to herself, never opening up much of her personal life to the group. Now she’s nowhere to be found. With her car abandoned on a trail and her dog left with a friend, Rarity is sure something terrible had happened—but will she be able to uncover Martha’s secrets before it’s too late? (Amazon)

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Carolyn Haines’s Lady of Bones is the next novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as “Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.

It’s Halloween season in Mississippi as Sarah Booth and the gang gather to decorate and gush over Tinkie’s new baby, Maylin. Sarah Booth is just about to refresh the cocktails when she hears a knock on the door and opens it to find a woman named Frankie, distraught at the disappearance of her daughter Christa, a young journalist. Christa had been investigating the disappearance of young women in New Orleans over a five-year period—one every year around Halloween. Now Christa herself is missing, and Frankie fears it may be connected to a cult based in the Garden District, called People of Eternity.

People of Eternity are known to have far-reaching connections which Frankie worries may reach as high as law enforcement. Refusing to contact the authorities, she turns to Delaney Detective Agency as her only hope.

Despite initial reservations, Sarah Booth accepts the case, which takes her on a journey to a secret underworld of beguiling cult leaders, witchcraft, and potentially human sacrifice. She’ll have to keep her wits about her if she wants to crack this case…and make it home alive. (Amazon)

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Take a trip to Compass Cove, an enchanted town full of magic and mayhem…

Zora Wick’s magic lessons can sometimes be more dangerous than the murderers she captures, and as she learns more about magic’s dark history, she starts to find missing puzzle pieces from her own mysterious past.

Where did her mother vanish to all those years ago? Why does it feel like she’s closer than ever before? Who is the strange and enigmatic wizard behind the Sisters of the Shade, the dark coalition of witches intent on recruiting Zora?

Compass Cove brews up more trouble as well when another body turns up, and with a murderer on the loose Zora has no choice but to spring into action again and solve the mystery. The only problem is that the police are already convinced they’ve caught the killer, a close friend of Zora’s who would never hurt a fly.

That would be enough, but with one of her guardians away dealing with pack politics, Zora is left with his strange and unusual replacement, Niles. She might be slightly less paranoid if someone wasn’t messing with the magical boundaries keeping dark witches out of the town—there seems to be a traitor among Zora’s ranks, but can she figure it out and survive before the enemy takes everything from her?

Zora’s yet to fail, but with enemies lurking in every corner this might just be the end. Will she live long enough to unearth the shocking secret from her past? (Amazon)

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April May needs a new hobby—something other than finding dead bodies!

There’s more to life than running a tearoom and baking tasty treats. As the weather cools and fewer tourists visit, April decides to explore a new hobby. At a painting class, she’s befriended by a group of women, and she’s enjoying having a social life.

When she sees what looks like a body fall from a plane into the ocean, no one believes her until a body washes up on shore. Turns out, he happens to be the husband of one of her new friends.

April will need to cook up some new theories before the killer strikes again. (Amazon)

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Review of Strawberried Alive

Strawberries Alive

Cupcake Bakery Mystery, Book #14

Jenn McKinlay

5 Stars

Synopsis:  

The crew from the Fairy Tale Cupcakes shop risks getting burned when they set out to find a murderer who is terrorizing their town

Life is smooth as buttercream at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, and newlyweds Mel and Joe are stopping to smell the flours. But things start to crumble one night when an unknown gunman takes a shot at Mel. Though the bullets miss their mark, the cupcake crew goes on high alert to figure out who would want to kill a small-town baker, and why.

When more business owners are attacked, things turn fatal, and locals begin to wonder if the killer could be one of their own. Every shop owner in town starts to fear it’s only a matter of time before they too become victims of the mystery murderer. Despite the cupcake crew’s superb baking skills, it will be anything but a piece of cake to catch the killer, as they try to prevent anyone else from being berried.

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mel and Angie are still the best of friends, and along with their significant others, they are all besties.  Mel is shot at when she is leaving the bakery and she does not know why.  When more business owners are also targets, Mel and the gang will have to figure out who is behind the shootings and why.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The mystery is well plotted and there are enough clues to soft through and suspects to consider.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This series just keeps getting better and it is one of my favorites.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.