New Release For The Week August 28th, 2022–Part 2

How many Santas does it take to commit a murder?

Daisy Montgomery remains stuck somewhere between life and death, leaving her spirit roaming Dandelion Ponds. But when Mrs. Baker, Daisy’s neighbor and faux grandmother, turns up in the morgue screaming she was murdered by Santa, Daisy is determined to find the killer.

Convincing super-sexy Charlie O’Sullivan to help her find out whodunit isn’t difficult. But finding the murderer amongst the town’s several resident Saint Nicks is!

With the annual Santa contest about to bring even more wannabe Kris Kringles into Dandelion Ponds, time is running out to find the killer. And when the murderer catches onto the investigation, it’s Charlie’s life on the line. If they can’t catch this bad Santa in time, then Charlie could be the next victim of ho-ho-homicide. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Norrie Ellington gears up for Halloween at Two Witches Winery, where the phrase “wine and spirits” takes on spooky—and deadly—overtones . . .

Back at Two Witches Winery for a short stay, Norrie Ellington is warming to the holiday spirit and the upcoming Hallow Wine Weekend, and she’s happy to steer clear of the writer from Wine Enthusiast magazine who’s come to do interviews about this year’s spectacular Merlot. But then the critic’s dead body is found slumped over a Halloween cauldron display, and despite a stern warning from the local deputy to keep her nose out of it, Norrie instantly switches into sleuth mode.

Intent on discovering why someone wanted to silence the victim, Norrie quickly learns that he was an unbearable snob and known womanizer who had no shortage of enemies. But as one suspect after another leads to a dead end, Norrie’s stumped—until the one mysterious clue that’s been haunting her turns the case around. Now, as all the ghouls, goblins, and trick-or-treaters come out on Halloween, Norrie’s ready to unleash her spirit of justice—she just has to close in on the killer before the Grim Reaper closes in on her . . .

Praise for the Books of J. C. Eaton:

“Engaging characters and a stirring mystery kept me captivated from the first page to the last.” —Dollycas, Amazon Vine Voice, on Divide and Concord

“Well-crafted sleuth, enjoyable supporting characters. This is a series not to be missed.” —Cozy Cat Reviews on Death, Dismay and Rosé

“A sparkling addition to the Wine Trail Mystery series. A toast to protagonist Norrie and Two Witches Winery, where the characters shine and the mystery flows. This novel is a perfect blend of suspense and fun!” —Carlene O’Neil, author of the Cypress Cove Mysteries, on Chardonnayed to Rest

“A thoroughly entertaining series debut, with enjoyable yet realistic characters and enough plot twists—and dead ends—to appeal from beginning to end.” —Booklist, starred review, on Booked 4 Murder

“Enjoy this laugh-out-loud funny mystery that will make you scream for the authors to get busy on the next one.” —Suspense Magazine on Molded 4 Murder


About the Author:

J. C. Eaton is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. They are the authors of the Wine Trail Mysteries, the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, and the Marcie Rayner Mysteries. In addition, Ann has published nine YA time travel mysteries under her own name. You can learn more about Ann and Jim at jceatonmysteries.com, jceatonauthor.com, facebook.com/JCEatonauthor, and timetravelmysteries.com. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

They thought kidnapping the girl would be easy.
But her bodyguard will make their lives very difficult…

A private investigator is kidnapped with the teen heiress he was hired to protect in this thrilling sixth installment of the Sin City Investigation Series.

Working security for a wealthy Indian businessman sounds like easy money to PI Jim Bean. He’s charged with watching the man’s teenage daughter, the stubborn and spirited Zevah Ralen. His task is simple: keep the girl out of trouble during her father’s business trip to Las Vegas.

But trouble strikes as soon as the assignment starts, when a group of kidnappers ambush Zevah outside the mall. Jim barely has time to handcuff himself to her before they’re both knocked out and transported to the kidnappers’ remote cottage hideout.

With no weapons, no backup plan, and nobody coming to save them, Jim knows he can only rely on himself—especially when he learns Zevah’s father has no intention of paying the ransom, afraid the money would encourage the kidnappers to go after his other children.

Now, Jim must escape the cottage, find his way out of the wilderness, and rescue the girl he promised to protect…but as usual with Jim Bean, that is actually just the beginning of the danger and surprises that await him.

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Praise for J.D. Allen and the Sin City Investigations series:

“…extremely vivid noir characters…” —Chris Bauer, author of Hiding Among the Dead and Zero Island

“Secrets abound, and Allen doesn’t shy away from twists…” —LynDee Walker, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Fear No Truth

“Settle in, take a deep breath, and keep those pages turning…” —Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author

“…characters who will bring you along with them on a great thrill ride!” —Heather Graham, New York Times Best Selling Author

“Overall, a must read for thriller fans and perhaps the best PI story we have read this year so far.” ―Mystery Tribune

“That wonderful and rare combination of high-speed suspense and complex, richly drawn characters will keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

“…one foot in the classic PI tradition and the other in the new age…a smart, fast-paced book that will keep the reader on edge from start to finish.” ―Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break

“…a labyrinthine path that immerses readers in the dark history of this glitzy town. It’s a good thing for readers that what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there, so we can follow this gritty mystery to its rewarding finale.” —Katherine Ramsland, professor of forensic psychology and author of How to Catch a Killer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

After a wedding guest’s murder, Florrie Fox sees a picture taking shape . . .

Coloring-book creator and Washington, DC, bookstore owner Florrie Fox is attending the wedding of her wealthy boss and a famous romance author, who are taking their vows—for the second time—on the grounds of the gorgeous Maxwell mansion.  But it soon becomes clear that the soothing vibe of coloring books is very different from the stress and backstabbing in some corners of the literary world.
 
Arthur Bedlingham, for example, barely makes a living despite the many awards he’s won—and his chances for better sales haven’t been helped by the vicious review he just got from another guest at the party. Then there’s an ex–FBI agent whose popular thrillers are a magnet for female fans; a less-successful romance writer; and an ambitious waitress who’s intent on a career in journalism.
 
When Arthur’s assistant, an aspiring writer, is murdered during the festivities, Florrie realizes this is no color-by-numbers case, and she’ll have to sort out the complicated secrets among this creative crowd of suspects . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

A Cursed Music Box?

When an unlikely person dies, is a cursed music box to blame? The item has a mysterious past. Did it harbor a secret that only the true owner could uncover safely? Or does the music box hold a more mundane mystery that someone doesn’t want exposed?

Kacie is becoming more attracted to Patrick, but can a ghost provide the kind of love she needs? Perhaps Warren, the Sheriff, someone in Kacie’s real world is truly what she needs.

And what of the mysterious brother? Can Kacie’s dead sister April help her figure out what is true and what is false? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A cold case rocks the town of Eden

It’s just another day in the life of newspaper reporter, Abby Maguire. The small alpine town she lives in is preparing for the much-anticipated inaugural charity brick competition to be held at the town’s pub, The Gloriana, the owner of the local café, Joyce, is gearing up for the festivities and Abby has decided to move out of the pub and into her own home away from home.
To her dismay, the only vacant house in the area is owned by Mrs. Florence Flinch, a retired teacher and Abby’s harshest critic. Everyone in town says Mrs. Flinch is not interested in renting out the house and, with the woman’s criticism fresh in her mind, Abby is reluctant to even approach her. However, she is curious about the house she’s missing out on and only wants a glance at it. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

Unfortunately, her inspired idea leads to the discovery of a grave and to the suspicion Mrs. Flinch might have a very good reason for not wanting to rent her house.

Lighthearted cozy mystery.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language but lots of fun, quirky dialogue & characters. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The society wedding of the decade has everything: the blushing bride, beautiful flowers… and the groom arrested before he can walk down the aisle? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the guest list!

Lady Eleanor Swift isn’t normally one for grand social occasions, but who can resist a wedding? Especially when it’s her old friend, Constance Grainger, marrying the most eligible bachelor in town, Lord Peregrine Davencourt. Eleanor is taking Gladstone the bulldog as her plus one, with a smart new bowtie to match her bridesmaid’s dress.

But the big day is ruined when the groom is arrested for murder before he makes it to the altar. In a baffling twist, it turns out he was already engaged to the lovely Daisy Balforth, who has been found dead at the local inn with Lord Davencourt kneeling over her. The gossip pages will have a field day!

The distraught bride-to-be asks Eleanor to clear her fiancé’s name, as she’s certain he wouldn’t hurt a fly. With help from handsome Detective Seldon, Eleanor examines the evidence. But she’s barely had time to write down her suspect list before Constance’s father is set upon by a bearded stranger on the golf course. Clearly there is more to this story than Eleanor first thought, but can she catch the real killer before the wedding turns into her wake?

A delightfully gripping historical cozy whodunnit full of intrigue and wit. Fans of T E Kinsey, Agatha Christie and Lee Strauss will be totally charmed.

Readers adore Verity Bright!

‘I am hooked! This is the best book, bar none, that I have read this year… An extremely witty, fast-paced mystery… I love the heroine, intrepid adventuress… A most enjoyable read!’ Reviews by Carol in Tallahassee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Can I give it six stars please?… Pretty much perfect… Bright has the amazing gift of bringing the reader into that world where the characters are alive.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a wild ride it is!… Gripping… This book is what would happen if Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie had a babyFun, fast-paced read with lots of charm!’ The Literary Wife

I was literally on the edge of my seat until the last page trying to figure out the mystery. It’s an adorablecaptivating book.’ Washington Life Magazine

OMG! What an incredible read!… When I devour a book this quickly it only means one thing: I was so enraptured that I couldn’t put it down!’ Celebrating Authors ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A fabulous cosy read!… I absolutely adored this book!… If you are a fan of Poirot, Miss Marple and Downton Abbey then this book is definitely for you… Kept me guessing right up to the very end.’ @my_reading_narnia, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A sparkling heroine and perfect partner-in-crime Every bit as compelling a couple as Bertie Wooster and Jeeves and the series is both entertaining and eminently readable… The perfect light reading for a summer day. An added bonus is the delightful dog Gladstone who is indolent, gluttonous and totally adorable.’ Goodreads reviewer

I am head over heels for Lady Swift and her investigative adventures. This book is perfect for Sunday afternoon reading to escape into a fabulously written English mystery story. Cannot wait for more Lady Swift.’ Sarah in Readerland ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook 

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