New Releases For The Week Of July 31st, 2022–Part 1

Green chile has never been more dangerous.

Maddie Swallows had always intended to be a psychologist. But becoming a wife, mother, and tenured professor—that was more than she’d ever dreamed. Until it all implodes and she finds herself without a job, divorced, and a single mom to two teenagers.

Despite needing a therapist of her own, Maddie returns to her New Mexican hometown to open her own therapy office.

Except, she’d forgotten how difficult it had been growing up in a small town, and returning as a forty-year-old woman doesn’t make it any easier.

When Maddie is invited to a New Year’s Eve dinner party, she’s reluctant to go, but determines it would be better than staying home–she can’t hide from town gossip forever.

Until a member of the town council winds up dead before they’ve even had appetizers and everyone at the party is suspect.

Dead before Dinner is the first book of the Maddie Swallows series. If you love small towns, quirky characters, and an intriguing whodunit, you’ll love this cozy mystery.

Pick up Dead before Dinner and get swept away in this New Mexican mystery series today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Another Small Town. Another Big Murder.

I’m Alice, a thirty-something ex-bodyguard, and DNA tests are the Devil. My brother Charlie took one, and it turns out he’s only my half-brother. Our parents aren’t around to explain things, but Charlie tracked down his real father, in the fancy-pants spa town the hill over. Charlie’s father is loaded. Or he was until someone killed him.

Now Charlie, high off helping me solve a murder last month, has decided he’s going to find his father’s killer. I’m not sure if it’s pride, or delusion, or… No, that’s not fair. Charlie cares. This hurt him. Bad. I’m going to have to solve this murder—and fast—before his rich new relatives eat him alive.

Big Bucks is the third book in Big Murder Mystery series. If you like laugh-out-loud mysteries, relationships with heart, and stories about figuring out where you belong, you’ll love Big Bucks. Buy the book and start the hilarious cozy mystery today.

Murder mystery game in the back of the book! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Murder ruins all the fun.

When Chelsea moved back home to her family apple orchard, she expected to spend her days enjoying small town life, shopping on main street, baking apple pie, and chatting the night away with her aunt, Miss May. Then the murders began, and they didn’t stop, and life changed for everyone.

There was still apple pie, and plenty of small town charm, of course. But Chelsea also found herself in one dangerous situation after another, tracking down cold-blooded killers with Miss May.

This victim deserved it.

That’s right… word around town is that the most recent murder victim in Pine Grove got his come uppance. But Chelsea and Miss May don’t believe anyone deserves to be killed, not now, not ever, no way, no how.

So they team up with their team of loyal sidekicks — including a bottle blonde diner owner who never backs down from a fight — and they set off to catch the killer.

This time, they need to solve the murder before they leave for vacation in 48 hours. Will the girls solve this one in time? Or will the killer be the one who gets away?

Read now. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Hens and homicides in a cozy slice of paradise.

Murder on the high seas.

When Saffron’s sailing outing with Reggie goes terribly, terribly wrong, she finds herself overboard and in over her head.

Someone is missing, someone is dead, and the only witness–the only suspect–is Saffron. Only she can’t remember what happened when the seas turned stormy.

Doubting her own innocence, Saffron must investigate from the confines of a hospital room under guard. She’ll have to call on all her old friends–and a surprising new friend–to help her solve this case!

Over Easy: Book 15 in the Aloha Chicken Mysteries series of cozy-clean reads . . . with chickens. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

THE DUKE’S REPUTATION IS IN PERIL – can the women of the WISE ENQUIRIES AGENCY save the day?

Henry Devereaux Twyst, eighteenth duke of Chellingworth, is desperate to disprove murderous rumors about his ancestor before his first child is born, so he enlists the help of the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency.

However, Annie is working undercover – on a case that turns out to be more deadly than anyone had imagined, and Carol is finding it difficult to juggle her responsibilities – especially when faced with a puzzling theft in the villageMeanwhile, Christine is consumed with fears about Alexander’s shady colleagues, and Mavis is trying to manage the dowager’s dispute with the local vicar.

In the fifth WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery stately Chellingworth Hall, and the charming Welsh village of Anwen-by-Wye, both of which have more than their fair share of quirky inhabitantsare once again subjected to a host of problems that need to be solved…and the WISE women are ready to use their considerable skills to do so.

“…perfect reading for Anglophiles…should appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and MC Beaton.”

“A gratifying contemporary series in the traditional British manner” Library Journal starred review of The Case of the Dotty Dowager

“…cozy fans will find plenty to like…” Publishers’ Weekly

Ace spiffs up the standard village cozy with a set of sleuths worth a second look.” Kirkus Reviews

“…the people here felt like old friends I was catching up with after having been apart for a while” Amanda Bishop, Reviewer (Net Galley) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Murder comes knocking when a killer hunts for budding amateur detective Pineapple “Motts” Mottley in the fourth novel of the Motts Cold Case Mystery series.

The past and present collide for Motts when two serial killer brothers barge into her plans for Christmas in London. Her desire to solve her childhood friend’s murder brings her ever closer to danger. She finds herself one fall away from the grave herself.

When one of her former primary school teachers winds up dead in her burning house, Motts realizes the mystery is far more twisted than she ever imagined.

Is she running out of time to catch not one but two killers?

What sort of macabre gift will Motts find wrapped under the tree? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

“Bracingly candid, gracefully elegiac, tough, and passionate, Harrison travels the deep river of the spirit.” ―Booklist

“[Jim Harrison] is still close to the source. . . . Dead Man’s Float is, as its title would suggest, a flinty and psalmist look at mortality and wonder.” ―Los Angeles Times

Two months after the hardback publication of Dead Man’s Float, Jim Harrison was found dead in his home office. Harrison always thought he would die young, and when he didn’t he became increasingly preoccupied with time. As old age proved to be a harrowing trial, Harrison titled his book after a survival technique used by swimmers during an exhausting journey. This paperback edition includes the poem Harrison was writing at the time of his death, published here for the first time.

From “Bridge”:

. . . Sometimes the sea roars and howls like
the animal it is, a continent wide and alive.
What beauty in this the darkest music
over which you can hear the lightest music of human
behavior, the tender connection between men and galaxies . . .

Jim Harrison was the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

An atmospheric mystery sees Cold Case Detective Lauren Riley trapped within a hotel during a snowstorm with the prime suspects in an unsolved murder seventeen years earlier . . . and her partner is one of them.

When Cold Case Detective Lauren Riley’s partner, Shane Reese, runs into an old friend, he’s invited to a school reunion at a new luxury spa and resort. Lauren’s also invited and it sounds like a perfect weekend getaway, except it brings up painful memories for Reese – like the unsolved murder of his high school friend Jessica Toakese seventeen years earlier.

The prime suspects will be at the reunion. Among those suspects is Reese, who has kept his involvement a secret from Lauren and the entire police force. As the friends reminisce an intense snowstorm traps them inside and tensions rise. After a heated confrontation, one of the party is brutally murdered and Lauren believes it’s connected to Jessica’s death.

But who could the murderer be: the jealous husband; the regretful trophy wife; the abused failed actor; the true crime podcast host; the drunken louse; the insecure millionaire; the desperate spa owner . . . or the Cold Case detective? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

When a retired judge is shot dead inside his own mansion, new bookshop owner Ava Charming finds herself drawn into a baffling mystery that the police seem unable to solve on their own.

A former judge who has become a bit of a recluse has suddenly been murdered, and nobody is any the wiser about where to point the finger. Could the murderer be the judge’s son on the lookout for an early inheritance? Or might it be one of his two estate staff members, who had their own grudges against their employer?

And what about the judge’s secretive female companion that makes frequent visits to the mansion? All of these suspects have strong enough motives to consider, but who had the most to gain by pulling the trigger? And is there somebody else lurking in the shadows that nobody has considered yet?

Meet a brand new cast of quirky characters and gorgeous locations in this lovely little mystery series, which includes the resourceful new business owner Ava Charming, and newly promoted homicide detective Jack Knight, as they work together to get to the bottom of Jack’s tough, first assignment in the Cleveland Police Murder Investigation Team. Then, of course, there is Ava’s best friend Callie to meet, who runs the best coffee shop in Guisborough, not to mention “Charming Charlie”, who is anything but!

And what cozy mystery would be complete without a few furry friends to help along the way!

Free recipes for a tasty dish, cocktail, and coffee are included.

Enjoy reading the debut book in the Charming Little Bookshop Cozy Mystery Series! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle