New Releases For The Week Of August 21st, 2022–Part 3

Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus return to Los Angeles when a kidnapping hits close to home—in this breathtaking new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

Peter and his partner, Detective Tyler McAdams, are thrown into an unsolved case and propelled into action when a body is found in the very woods where a man previously went missing in upstate New York.

But that’s not the only crisis that Peter has to deal with.

Teresa McLaughlin, the biological mother of Peter and his wife Rina’s foster son, Gabe, has fled to Los Angeles with her two children in tow, hoping to avoid a court injunction amid a messy divorce. But LA is no escape from her problems—she is found by ruthless men and beaten mercilessly. When she wakes, barely conscious, Teresa discovers that both of her children are gone and frantically calls Gabe for help.

With his mother on the verge of death, Gabe contacts Peter and Rina, as well as his biological father, the notorious Christopher Donatti, a former hit man from a known criminal family who’s now a millionaire in Nevada. By bringing Donatti into the fray, Gabe, Peter, and Rina know they have made a deal with the devil—but they may not be able to recover the kids without him.

As these unlikely allies rally to find the kidnappers before things end tragically, they race headlong toward an explosive confrontation from which no one will emerge unscathed… (Amazon)

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One Missing Actor. A Half-Dozen Aging Hippies. One Surfer Mother With A Concussion

When an actor fails to show up for the first day of filming, the film’s director hires LA private eye Carla Mattucci to find the missing actor. A straightforward case soon turns perplexing as Carla chases leads that take her to some of the oddest places. And the clock is ticking. She insists that she will only search for the missing man for forty-eight hours, then she’ll turn the case over to the police, something her client would like to avoid.

Desert communes, giant dinosaur statues, aging hippies, and evil clowns are all in a day’s work on this case. Not to mention her concussed surfer mother who must stay glued to Carla for two days. Doctor’s orders.

With plenty of quirky characters and humor, intriguing whodunits, and an exotic setting, THE PRIVATE EYE TO THE STARS mysteries will delight lovers of cozy mysteries! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Mixed media and mixed messages…

When I take time off from my day job to help my friend Margaret with a mosaic at her steampunk-themed tearoom, I never expect to get embroiled in another murder investigation.

Make that two murder investigations. As my bestie PJ would say, “Are you kidding me?”

Worse, the investigations are hitting a little close to home: PJ’s beloved cousin Del has, um, less-than-cordial relationships with both victims and is emerging as the prime suspect.

Although I have no trouble envisioning how to marry photographs, ribbons, and paints into a harmonious whole, I can’t wrap my head around these conflicting facts and feelings. Could my instincts be so wrong? Could PJ’s bearded cinnamon roll of a cousin really be a cold-blooded killer? The evidence says yes, but my intuition says no.

Why isn’t distinguishing truth from lies as easy as separating buttons from beads? If I mention my suspicions to PJ, it could destroy our friendship. But if Del is guilty, PJ could be the next victim.

Uh uh. Nope. Over my dead body.

Although, at the rate things are going? Maybe that’s a poor choice of words…

Mixed Media is the second in the Crafty Sleuth humorous cozy mysteries, featuring edge-of-forty, plus-sized African American mechanical engineer Tash Van Buren—aka the Craft Whisperer—and her best friend, PJ Purdy. Count on creative crafts, fabulous fashion, and brisk banter—embellished with a pinch of mild profanity and peril. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Sage Gardens comes with idyllic surroundings, unlikely friendships, and a dead body at the puzzle table…

Samantha, Jo, Eddy and Walt, are enjoying life in Sage Gardens, the seemingly idyllic retirement community. But it turns out that retirement never has a dull moment.

When quirky Walt finds a dead body, the four friends jump headfirst into the investigation. They soon discover that the victim has a checkered past and some shady acquaintances.

Walt becomes fixated on what he believes is vital evidence. Is he just being his usual obsessive self? Or has he discovered the clue that will crack the case?

Determined to find the murderer the ‘Sage Gardens Sleuths’ use their varied skills, so that Walt can put his mind to rest and the residents of Sage Gardens can rest easy once again. Will they manage to solve the puzzling murder before one of them becomes the next victim?

Puzzles Can Be Deadly is the fifteenth novel in the fast paced Sage Gardens Cozy Mystery Series by USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Cindy Bell. If you like astute amateur sleuths, strong friendships and quirky characters, you will love this page-turning cozy mystery that will keep you glued to the page. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

When a body is found at Janice’s yoga studio, Eliza and the gang are on the case. (Amazon)

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A Vicious Killer is on the Loose in Pine Ridge…
The Murder Map Mystery: A Tansy & Hank Pet Psychic Cozy Mystery

In this new mystery, Tansy and her friends stumble upon a murder during the Pine Ridge Pioneer Days celebration. The killer clearly doesn’t want Tansy to figure out who committed the crime, but she’s determined to get to the bottom of things. The investigation leads her down some unexpected paths and ultimately reveals a complicated web of secrets.

Get ready for a suspense story with intrigue, secrets, and plenty of danger that readers will engage in trying to solve along with Tansy.

This is a classic whodunit with plenty of suspects and lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Who did it? What dark secrets will be revealed?

And with time running out…

Will Tansy be able to solve the case before the murderer can silence her?

Who would be the next victim?

Tansy is determined to solve the crime and catch the murderer, even if he or she is trying to stop her. This mystery is full of suspense and surprises, keeping readers on their toes until the very end.

Click the “add to cart” button to get your copy now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Hiding her true identity is difficult… but not as hard as catching a killer.

As Samantha Jones, a former daytime television star, tries to assimilate into the small community of Heywood, her life is upended when her friend, Gina, is arrested for murdering her abusive ex-husband.

Even though every shred of evidence points at Gina being the true killer, Sam can’t believe her friend would murder one of the most hated men in town. As her search for the real killer eventually peters out and Sam’s ready to declare Gina guilty, a turn of events leads her down an unexpected path.

But will this path lead Sam to the real killer, or will an innocent person rot in prison for the rest of her life? (Amazon)

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