New Releases For The Week Of September 11th, 2022–Part 1

A brilliant American president is also a psychopath. He has his finger on the red button. And he’s about to start a world war with our most dangerous enemy. Put your finger on the order button. Push it to read James Patterson’s best and scariest novel yet. 

“Pure Patterson… Blowback asks us to imagine what would happen if a narcissistic psychopath were elected to the White House [and] to experience the terror of the world hanging in the balance at a moment when only a handful of determined patriots can save us.” –Ron Charles, Washington Post

US President Keegan Barrett has swept into office on his success as Director of the CIA. Six months into his first term, he devises a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences.

Barrett personally orders CIA agents Liam Grey and Noa Himel to execute his plan, but their loyalties are divided. The CIA serves at the pleasure of the president, yet they’ve sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

When the threat comes directly from the Oval Office, that’s where the blowback begins. (Amazon)

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The wicked kill…but the dead speak
Journalist Emmeline Kirby and her jewel thief/insurance investigator husband Gregory Longdon were in the mood for intrigue at the theatre. However, murder was only supposed to take place on stage. All too soon, the evening’s peace is shattered when the ceiling collapses in the Upper Circle.
In the ensuing chaos of the evacuation, Emmeline and Gregory discover tabloid reporter Verena Penrose in her box. Her neck had been snapped. Verena had done a brisk trade in scandal, blackmail and splashy exposés. Her fatal error was tangling with the Raven, an elusive assassin with ties to the Russians and ETA, the Basque separatist group.
Although Verena despised Emmeline, she leaves a cryptic message for her that is too tantalizing to ignore. However the layer upon layer of lies, jealousy and revenge touch too close to home when her brother Adam is implicated in the Raven’s schemes to infiltrate the London Diamond Bourse and to murder a prominent British official.
To restore the family honor, Emmeline and Gregory race to Madrid only to walk into the Raven’s trap. (Amazon)

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Yasmin Angoe’s They Come at Knight is the heart-pounding second installment in the Nena Knight series about an intrepid female assassin who will stop at nothing to protect her family.

For elite assassin Nena Knight, eliminating dangerous players on the world stage is part of the job. The Tribe, a powerful business syndicate in Africa, ensures that she has those opportunities. But for Nena, the Tribe is more than just her employer; it’s an organization that supports the African people—until it turns on itself.

As Nena embarks on a new mission, a violent siege by a paramilitary group throws the Tribe into chaos, and mysterious acts of violence plague the Tribe’s territories. As the attacks escalate, Nena suspects a different kind of enemy at play: someone on the inside, determined to undermine the Tribe’s leaders.

As this new threat closes in on her own family, Nena enlists a team to root out the danger. But as she gets closer to the truth, she will have to risk everything to protect the future she holds dear—even if it means facing off with an enemy she never expected. (Amazon)

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Ditie’s wedding is in the works!

Pediatrician Mabel Aphrodite (Ditie) Brown has imagined this day since the first time Atlanta Detective Mason Garrett kissed her. She and Mason will wed in the place she calls heaven—on the warm sands of Cape Azul bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Her newly adopted children, Lucie and Jason, will stand beside them, and family will help them celebrate.

Lurleen and Danny, their best friends, will see to everything, so what can possibly go wrong?

Mason and Ditie wed on a glorious sunny morning, but storm clouds are not far behind. First, the owner of their rental house disappears. Two days later his body washes ashore steps from where they are staying. He’s been murdered. Is this a warning of more trouble to come? Should they get out of the house and away from Cape Azul?

Ditie isn’t one to leave a job half-done in her cooking, her care of her patients—or in this case—an unsolved murder. But she will never put her children at risk or disappoint her new husband who wants a quiet honeymoon on the beach and not a busman’s holiday. (Amazon)

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Sunshine, Palm Trees, and … Poison? Must be Tuesday at the Enchanted Coast!

Summer rush is in full swing, and Destiny has her hands full. She’s started training a new tiki manager, but when a vampire she’d booted from the bar turns up dead, things take a turn for the bizarre. Vampires aren’t easy to kill, and this one has none of the standard causes of death.

As Destiny digs deeper into her bar manager’s background to clear her, things start to get sticky. Not only had she lied about her experience, she’d lied about who he was. Now Destiny has to make a decision to follow her gut and trust a liar or turn over a woman she thinks is innocent despite a mountain of evidence.

Join Destiny, Tempest, and her crew of mermaids, witches, werewolves, and other magical folks on another witchy adventure at the Enchanted Coast Resort! (Amazon)

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It was supposed to be a fun cooking competition.

Who doesn’t love chocolate?

The judges did, the contestants did and a certain angry murderer did, because chocolate obliterated all the clues, didn’t it?

Didn’t it?

Police Chief Trent Marlow and his fiancée, Cressi Harris hoped not.

One minute Cressi’s head was full of the chocolate cooking competition she was producing, and the next it was full of murder…and how to catch the killer! (Amazon)

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It’s time for the 110th Lower Dimblebrook village fete and Issie is busy preparing for the Perfect Scone competition as well a visit from her mother. DI Wainwright is also occupied looking for the murderer of local bad boy, Patrick Devine and this time Issie has far too much to do to become involved in the investigation, much to the relief of the delicious if somewhat grumpy detective.
But then a second dramatic murder takes place and when Issie and her scones are implicated, she and her mother decide to do a little investigating of their own.
Will the killer strike again? Will DI Wainwright be able to stop the combined forces of Issie and her mother? Will the village fete ever recover?
Read the next instalment of the Isabelle Darby Cozy village mysteries to find the answers! (Amazon)

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A police fundraiser.
An argument.
A note saying “Come to the rooftop.”
A fatal fall from the roof.
Was it suicide or murder?

A man is arrested for murder within minutes of the victim falling to his death from the rooftop of a hotel where a police fundraiser is being held. The arrest is based solely on earlier harsh words between two men, and it doesn’t add up. At least not to Jake and Al, private investigators hired to look into it by a wealthy friend of the accused.

The banquet room was full of police. After all, it was a police fundraiser, but Al and Jake think Gio La Serta’s arrest was a little too sudden and a little too convenient. Then strange things begin to happen to them. Black cars start following them, Jake is handed a thumb drive while on a ferry by a person who disappears, and the gas tank cover on Jake’s truck has obviously been tampered with.

It becomes obvious someone doesn’t want them to discover the truth about Niles Balderelli’s murder, and now Al and Jake have gone from being hunters to being the prey. But are they beginning to discover the truth a little too late?

This is the 22nd book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

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Jordan McAllister and her quirky friends are celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year at a new casino in Oklahoma, compliments of recent acquaintance—famous New York chef George Christakis. With margaritas flowing and Mexican cuisine piled high, the weekend promises to be one big party. However, Jordan can’t help herself and snoops her way into a scheme involving casino chipsThe stakes are raised when the lead singer of the casino band turns up missing and more than one person has motive to want her out of the picture. It’s assumed the high-maintenance woman ran off with the CFO of the casino, especially when it’s revealed they were having a tryst, and that he’s also gone missing.

But after a local rancher, who believes the casino property was stolen from him, makes a scene at the resort and ends up in the secluded wine room with a gun to his head and Jordan as his sidekick, it becomes obvious that losing a few bucks at the blackjack table may be more than either of them gambled on. (Amazon)

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A Wisconsin bookstore owner and cryptozoologist is asked to investigate a series of deaths that just might be proof of a fabled lake monster in this first installment of a new mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Annelise Ryan.

Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby. When she’s not tending the store, she’s hunting cryptids—creatures whose existence is rumored, but never proven to be real. It’s a hobby that cost her parents their lives, but one she’ll never give up on. 
So when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders turns to Morgan for help. A skeptic at heart, Morgan can’t turn down the opportunity to find proof of an entity whose existence she can’t definitively rule out. She and her beloved rescue dog, Newt, journey to the Death’s Door strait to hunt for a homicidal monster in the lake—but if they’re not careful, they just might be its next victims.  (Amazon)

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