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

In Gabby Allan’s second Santa Catalina Island-set mystery series with a rom-com twist, boat tour guide Whitney Dagner, her chonky cat Whiskers, and Whitney’s not-so-ex police diver boyfriend must lead a dangerous investigation into years of scandal and bad blood…

Take in the wild beauty of Santa Catalina Island with tour guide and eclectic gift shop owner Whitney Dagner. On the itinerary: dramatic Pacific coastlines, diverse marine life, and murder!

Since returning home from mainland California and finding her groove with the family tourism business, Whitney Dagner’s daily routine has become a wonderfully chaotic adventure. She and her nimble kitty, Whiskers, often find themselves at the center of the action on Catalina, from staged treasure hunts to gossipy birdwatchers. But before Whit can get too comfortable in the place where she grew up, a gift shop order leads to a stunning discovery—someone’s dead body . . .
 
One of Whit’s best boat tour client’s, Leo Franklin was young and newly engaged when he unceremoniously took his own life. Only it doesn’t seem like that’s what really happened—not after the suspicious activity displayed by his family’s old rivals at the scene of his death. As a bitter, generations-long feud between Leo’s kin and the local Ahern clan comes to a head, Whit and her police diver not-so-ex-boyfriend must lead a dangerous investigation into years of scandal and bad blood to figure out who’s innocent . . .and who’s covering a killer’s tracks. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE…

Kate Irving arrives at her grandfather’s cottage at Frenchman’s Creek in the dead of night with her young son, a small suitcase and little else. Its scattered community of fishermen, farmers, artists and jetsetters barely bat an eyelid, because theirs is a rarefied world, tucked beneath the lush forest that lines the banks of the Helford estuary, deep in the heart of Cornwall, where life is slow and people generally mind their own business. Unless, of course, your grandfather happens to be a pillar of the local community…

Kate’s left the past behind and guards her privacy and her son fiercely. She’s wary of accepting the friendship her new neighbours offer, but their kindness is too great to refuse and she begins to feel she has found her place in the world. That is, until tragedy strikes, and her new friends look to her for the answers…

Kate soon learns that the past always catches up with you, in the end—the question is, will she be able to face it, when it does?

Suspense is peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced mystery, set amidst the spectacular Cornish landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” ―The Times

“A literary phenomenon” ―Evening Chronicle (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Life coach Cat Cooper and her best friend Gilley can’t wait to take a long vacation from low-key East Hampton. There’s just one more item left on their planning checklist: stopping a killer . . .

With Gilley heartbroken over the collapse of his marriage, Cat has the perfect remedy—a three-week-long getaway to Italy. But before the duo can pack their bags and sip prosecco on the sunny riviera, they first must help a troubled client carve out a fresh start of her own. Wealthy Scarlet Rubi desperately seeks a greater purpose and immediate distance from her toxic descendants. The urgency of the situation isn’t quite so clear until Scarlet takes healthy steps towards progress, only to turn up dead . . .
 
The matriarch of a wealthy family has been murdered in her home after finding a new lease on life. Cat’s suspicions deepen when she discovers Scarlet was set on cutting off her children and grandchildren, each one more money-hungry and dependent on financial support than the last. As Cat and Gilley investigate a slew of sketchy alibis and concrete motives from the corrupt Rubi clan while preparing to leave the East End for Europe, they soon realize the question isn’t who had a deadly vendetta against Scarlet—it’s who didn’t? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

A series of burglaries
A new romance
But is he too good to be true?

Suzie, the sous-chef at DeeDee’s restaurant, Deelish, can’t talk enough about her new boyfriend and feels that he just might be “the one.”

DeeDee’s thrilled for Suzie, but things get a little dicey when Jake, DeeDee’s husband, is hired as a private investigator to find out who’s behind a series of burglaries that have taken place in a neighborhood of high-end homes.

All of the homeowners had recently hired the same security company to install state-of-the-art security systems in their homes. Unfortunately, it’s the same security system company where Suzie’s boyfriend works.

He swears he knows nothing about the burglaries, so Jake and his partner, Al, with a past that involves the Chicago mob, come up with a plan to find out if he’s telling the truth.

Everyone involved hopes that Suzie’s boyfriend is telling the truth about the burglaries and that love will win out, but things are never quite as they seem.

This is the 21st book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mint Chocolate Murder is a delightful confection of wonderful characters, a yummy setting, and an intriguing, twisty, and multi-layered mystery. It’s the perfect book to curl up with on a lazy summer afternoon—preferably with your favorite flavor of ice cream close to hand.” –Elizabeth Penney, Edgar-nominated author of the Cambridge Bookshop Series

Riley Rhodes returns in the second delicious cozy set in a New England ice cream shop, Meri Allen’s Mint Chocolate Murder!

When Udderly Delightful Ice Cream shop manager Riley Rhodes is summoned to Penniman’s Moy Mull Castle, it’s the cherry on top of a successful summer season. The gothic pile built by an eccentric New England Gilded Age millionaire has been transformed into a premiere arts colony by Maud Monaco, a reclusive former supermodel. As part of Moy Mull’s Fall Arts Festival, Maud is throwing a fantasy ice cream social and hires Riley to whip up unique treats to celebrate the opening of an exhibit by Adam Blasco, a photographer as obnoxious as he is talented.

As Penniman fills up with Maud’s art-world friends arriving for the festival, gossip swirls around Blasco, who has a dark history of obsession with his models. Riley’s curiosity and instincts for sleuthing – she was a CIA librarian – are piqued, and she wonders at the hold the cold-hearted photographer has over the mistress of Moy Mull.

But when Adam is found dead behind the locked door of Moy Mull’s dungeon, Riley realizes there’s more than one suspect who’d wanted to put the malicious photographer on ice. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

After months of planning, sisters Abigail and Amanda Clark have finally purchased a historic resort property in the Finger Lakes. Abigail has years of experience managing hotels and restaurants, so she’s sure she’s ready for this new challenge. She isn’t even bothered when her sister takes her dream job and decides not to move to Nightshade right away.

When a guest turns up dead in one of the rooms, though, Abigail finds herself caught up in the middle of a murder investigation. That definitely wasn’t in her plans.

The dead man had a lot of enemies in the small town of Nightshade, New York, and it isn’t long before Abigail has met several of them. Her nosy neighbor is eager to poke her nose into the police investigation, but all Abigail wants to do is find some guests for Sunset Lodge.

Can Abigail fix up the historic hotel on a shoestring budget? Will she be able to find guests who don’t mind that a man was murdered in the hotel’s annex? Or will Abigail’s neighbor say the wrong thing to the wrong person and get someone else murdered before the police find the killer? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

In eastern Kentucky, Miranda Trent runs a unique tour company called Paint & Shine, but sometimes the peaceful mountains play host to murder . . .

Miranda’s business—combining Appalachian adventure tours with art and a bit of moonshine—is the perfect place for an outdoor sporting goods company to hold an employee retreat.  It’ll be a challenge, but the money they’re paying will definitely help with building her new distillery.
 
Miranda has lots of teamwork-fostering activities planned, from sketching classes to Southern cooking, but the executive running things prefers a more competitive spirit.  In fact, after the workers are split into teams, they’re told that only the winners will keep their jobs, and tensions begin to spike. Even after a participant is found dead, the contest continues—while Miranda starts drawing her own conclusions about the ambitious attendees. Now she just has to find the proof . . .  

Praise for STILL KNIFE PAINTING
 
“With its colorful characters, charming Southern setting, and well-plotted mystery, the Paint & Shine series is the perfect blend of all things cozy.”
Ellery Adams, NYT and USA Today bestselling author

“Using a palette of clever plot twists and intriguing characters, Cheryl Hollon creates a richly drawn world that’s both bucolic and dangerous in Still Knife Painting. Readers will take a shine to this addictive new series!”
Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron

“Set against the blazing backdrop of an Appalachian fall, Still Knife Painting serves up a tasty stew of murder and moonshine. In this series debut, Cheryl Hollon weaves a tale as complex and country as the antique braided rug that figures in the story.” 
BarbaraRoss, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Tommy Christie has been so concerned about his wife’s prolonged bout of ill health that he decides a long trip to India is precisely what she needs to regain her strength. With the indomitable Aunt Em along for company it’s certain to be an entertaining holiday!

With Evelyn still unwell, Tommy and Aunt Em enjoy an excursion together only to return to the hotel to find the silent film actress, Anna Lascelles, dead! Although Anna was a distinctly unpopular guest, murder seems a particularly harsh punishment.

With no shortage of suspects, can Tommy and Evelyn unmask the dastardly killer before their Indian holiday turns even more deadly? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle 

Shelby Morris came to Holiday Bay after receiving a huge inheritance from a woman she’d never met which she’d been destined to share with two half-sisters she’d never knew existed. It took some time for the three very different siblings to settle the estate in a manner that was agreeable to all of them, but in the end, it was decided that Shelby would stay and take care of things.

Shelby was at loose ends once she’d settled the estate since she’d been working long hours her entire life and wasn’t used to so much down time. When she found out a hangout down by the commercial fishing dock was for sale, she decided to take a chance and invest in her future.

The Bistro, which consists of a restaurant, bar, rooftop patio, and live music platform, was exactly the sort of thing Shelby needed to find her footing in Holiday Bay. She knows she’ll need help, so she enlists the help of new chef and frequent guest to The Inn at Holiday Bay, Amy Hogan, as well as parttime waitress and longtime local Nikki Peyton. Together with the staff and regular customers that appeared to have come with the place, Shelby is certain she’ll be able to create something special.

In book 1 in the series, Shelby decides to clean out the second floor of the building which had been used by the previous owner as a storage area. While clearing out the large dusty space she finds a stack of boxes with so much dust on them that she is certain that they’d been there for decades. Shelby opens to boxes and finds items left behind from the owner of the garment factory that had utilized the space half a century ago. During the course of sifting through the old treasures, Shelby finds a journal that appeared to have been left behind by a man who lived in the area in the nineteen sixties and seventies.

Upon examination, Shelby determines that the journal features pages and pages of code, which she suspects, if decoded, will reveal a secret message. The man who left the journal is long dead, so Shelby enlists the help of her staff, customers, local friends, and the ex-cop turned PI who uses a booth in the bar to meet customers, to help her solve the mystery.

Join Shelby, Amy, Nikki, and a lineup of new as well as familiar characters, as they try to solve what, to that point, had been the cold case of the century. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

There’s nothing worse than anchovies on pizza. Except for murder…

Gina Romano has finally settled into her new life in small town, Lake Basil, New York. Her uncle’s pizza parlor is thriving, she’s starting to make friends, and she might even have a crush on a certain special someone.

With summer on the horizon, it’s the perfect time for love.

Until a local ice cream shoppe owner is murdered right before the summer celebrations. And Gina’s best friend is the last person seen with the victim.

Gina’s got to keep her friend out of prison and figure out who committed the crime, all while keeping her “unique” uncle out of trouble, and the pizza parlor running smooth as mozzarella cheese.

Can Gina solve the case and save her friend? Find out in the third installment of the Pizza Parlor series, a cozy mystery spectacular from USA Today bestseller, Rosie A. Point. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

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