New Releases For The Week Of July 10th, 2022–Part 3

From two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author Carol Goodman comes a new mystery, about a group of friends isolated on a remote island with a history of foul play.

Lucy Harper still has traumatic memories and lingering health problems from the 2020 pandemic. So, when a new virus surfaces years later, she and her husband, Reed, seek refuge on his family’s private island off the coast of Maine. Ostensibly safely sequestered with their five closest friends and family, Lucy should feel at ease. So why does she feel the weight of the island’s dark history pushing down on the group?

As Lucy uncovers Reed’s family secrets and the island’s history as a quarantine hospital for typhus patients, she becomes obsessed with the past and feels her own grip on reality slipping. Tempers flare, strange signs appear in the woods, and accidents turn deadly. Is the island haunted by the dead? Or is someone amongst the living taking their revenge? (Amazon)

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Ice cream and murder. Will this amateur sleuth melt under pressure?
After being humiliated in front of her entire hometown of Moose Knuckle, New Hampshire, Hadley Mortimer heads south to lick her wounds. All the way to the island of Devil’s Beach, Florida, where she’s opened her first business: Give Me Chills, an artisan ice cream truck. After a couple of weeks, she’s living the cream and has even met a gorgeous guy named Zander, who seems to appreciate more than her soft serve cones.

When Zander asks her to bring an ice cream cake to his great-aunt’s funeral, she overhears two people talking about murder. Hadley — a true crime junkie — lets curiosity get the best of her and she begins to sleuth.

It’s not easy juggling a new crush, a popular food truck and a murder investigation. Hadley has to do all three without having a meltdown… (Amazon)

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Every family has secrets, especially the sweet ones…

When talented baker Rosie Hart delivers cakes and cookies to her newest clients, The Sweet Treat candy store, she finds herself embroiled in yet another murder case. Will she ever catch a break?

Her elderly clients, The Percival sisters, are shocked when their long-lost great nephew appears with no warning. The sisters have never met nor heard of the man, but he’s family so they accept him with open arms. He immediately begins to tear up his aunts’ home, so when he turns up dead, Rosie feels only a sense of relief. Until she realizes the police suspect the sisters.

Rosie is as convinced of their innocence as she is of the deliciousness of her popular salted caramel cupcakes. But as the body count begins to rise and new secrets are unearthed, she begins to wonder if the sweet artisan candy makers are hiding more than their family recipes. (Amazon)

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They were consumed with worries about aging.
They woke up terrified thinking of the future.
They worried about body scars.
They wanted to be successful.
And four of them were ready to murder for the product!

But this was not an ordinary product. It was a special skin cream made from a formula that had been passed down for generations in the family of the Academy Award winning movie star, Jeanine Bouchard. Jeanine was living testimony of the magic of the special skin cream she used to make her look much younger than she was. After all, she was in her late 40s and looked like she was still in her 20s.

Jeanine was the only person who knew the formula for the miracle skin cream that possessed such great aging and healing powers. The formula had never been written down, and since she was the last surviving family member, she knew if she didn’t do something, the formula would go to the grave with her. It was time to let others have access to this miracle cream.

Jeanine decided to host a dinner at a friend’s luxurious hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Dani Rosetti, the celebrity chef, was hired to cater the event. The invited guests would be required to submit bids for the right to sell and distribute the special skin cream, with the proceeds of the winning bid to go to Jeanine’s favorite charity, a bid which was expected to be in the millions!

Revenge, love, hatred, and jealousy become powerful motives to attain something as highly coveted as the miracle skin cream. And yes, sometimes motives like that result in murder!

This is the 8th book in the Dani Rosetti Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

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A woman’s trip home reveals frightening truths in a twisty novel of murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of And Now She’s Gone and These Toxic Things.

TV writer Yara Gibson’s hometown of Palmdale, California, isn’t her first choice for a vacation. But she’s back to host her parents’ twentieth-anniversary party and find the perfect family mementos for the celebration. Everything is going to plan until Yara receives a disturbing text: I have information that will change your life.

The message is from Felicia Campbell, who claims to be a childhood friend of Yara’s mother. But they’ve been estranged for years—drama best ignored and forgotten. But Yara can’t forget Felicia, who keeps texting, insisting that Yara talk to her “before it’s too late.”

But the next day is already too late for Felicia, whose body is found floating in Lake Palmdale. Before she died, Felicia left Yara a key to a remote lakeside cabin. In the basement are files related to a mysterious tragedy, unsolved since 1998. What secrets was Felicia hiding? How much of what Yara knows about her family has been true?

The deeper Yara digs for answers, the more she fears that Felicia was right. Uncovering the truth about what happened at the cabin all those years ago will change Yara’s life—or end it. (Amazon)

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Classic literature is at risk of disappearing from the world…

When Gia accepts a job as a library archivist at a manor house in North Carolina, she has no idea what she’s in for. On day one, she finds herself outside her comfort zone when she accidentally travels through a magical portal to the world of Jane Eyre. She finds Edward Rochester imprisoned as he awaits his death sentence for killing his wife. But Gia has read the book, and she knows Edward is innocent of murder.

Soon, she realizes that there are sinister mystical forces working to rewrite the narrative, hoping to destroy the manuscript altogether. To restore order and reset the book to its original state, Gia must discover who actually killed Bertha Rochester and framed her husband for the crime.

But few of the people she meets are who they claim to be and they all have secrets…including Edward. (Amazon)

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Are the neighbors merely cold-hearted…
Or cold blooded?
Quiet, unassuming pastry chef, Mallory, surprises the staff of the Roastery on 33rd by moving into a posh new building.
In an effort to try and fit in with the well-heeled residents who are now her neighbors, she enlists the help of graduate-turned-barista, Paige, and Paige’s boyfriend Rohan.

The trio hand delivers fresh hot cappuccinos door to door, to defrost the rather cold-mannered residents, in the midst of a wicked snowstorm.

It seems as though Mallory’s optimistic plan might just be working…until a body is discovered.

Just when things seem like they couldn’t possibly get any worse, residents begin receiving accusatory letters that make it fairly clear that the killer just might still be in the building.

The sleuthing friends can’t let the trail go cold, no matter what the weather, but will they find the killer in time?

Find out in this caffeine-fueled Cozy Mystery! (Amazon)

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Diners can prove hazardous to your health.

Although Palmer Baxter hasn’t lived in the small town of Bradley long, she’s already become a force to be reckoned with. She’s joined all the clubs in town and has effected a takeover of many of them. Palmer is married to a handsome banker, is perfectly coiffed and outfitted, and volunteers for groups that serve the needy.

Needless to say, Palmer is extremely unpopular in her new hometown.

Unpopularity doesn’t ordinarily equate to murder, but it does in this instance. When octogenarian sleuth Myrtle and her senior sidekick Miles venture out for an early breakfast at the local diner, they make the startling discovery of Palmer’s demise.

Will Myrtle and Miles find the killer before disaster strikes again? (Amazon)

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When Liam stumbles onto a hundred-year-old murder, he releases a killer a century in the making.

Back in 1922, part of the Lucky Star mine collapsed on its unlucky owners, entombing their bodies in the mountain. To keep anyone else from dying in the unstable mine, the townspeople dynamited the entrance and hid the location forever.

A hundred years later, Liam O’Brien, a direct descendant of one of the miners stumbles onto the abandoned mine. With the help of historian Catherine Kessler, he plumbs its deadly depths to discover two bodies—one a skeleton and one a whole lot newer.

With that discovery, the mine is investigated and its dangers awakened. When descendants of the cursed miners start dying, Liam and Catherine know their best chance to stop the deaths in the present is to solve the mysteries of the past. (Amazon)

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