New Releases For The Week Of September 11th, 2022–Part 3

“Each author captures Christie—and Marple—perfectly, while also displaying just a bit of her own unique touch. . . . This new and entertaining collection by some of our favorite writers will hook a new group of readers to the formidable Miss Marple.” —  Rhys Bowen, Washington Post

“Marple is the best loved [detective]. Also the most influential. . . . It is Miss Marple who introduced the revolutionary notion that people are essentially the same wherever one goes.” — Los Angeles Times

Agatha Christie’s legendary sleuth, Jane Marple, returns to solve twelve baffling cases in this brand-new collection, penned by a host of acclaimed authors skilled in the fine art of mystery and murder

One doesn’t stop at one murder…

Jane Marple is an elderly lady from St Mary Mead who possesses an uncanny knack for solving even the most perplexing puzzles. Now, for the first time in 45 years, Agatha Christie’s beloved character returns to the page for a globe-trotting tour of crime and detection.

Join Marple as she travels through her sleepy English village and around the world. In St Mary Mead, a Christmas dinner is interrupted by unexpected guests; the Broadway stage in New York City is set for a dangerous improvisation; bad omens surround an untimely death aboard a cruise ship to Hong Kong; and a bestselling writer on holiday in Italy is caught in a nefarious plot. These and other crimes committed in the name of love, jealousy, blackmail, and revenge are ones that only the indomitable Jane Marple can solve.

Bringing a fresh twist to the hallmarks of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, these twelve esteemed writers have captured the sharp wit, unique voice, and droll ingenuity of the deceptively demure detective. A triumphant celebration of Christie’s legacy and essential reading for crime lovers, Marple is a timely reminder why Jane Marple remains one of the most famous detectives of all time. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Osiris may be descended from Egyptian Pharaoh cats, but even he’s not above solving a mystery … With his new human owners Pepper Park and Lucas Havers, can they solve the case when an attractive female cat and her owner go missing while on holiday on the French Riviera?

After one innocent little vacation, my life gets turned upside down. I visit a quaint little British village and end up sort of dating a rich British billionaire who owns, Osiris, a cat that saved my life before a murderer would have had his second victim.

Naturally, Osiris adopted me as his and since I sort of have a crazy crush on Lucas, I’m not about to turn down an offer to vacation with him and Osiris in a fancy hotel on the French Riviera. But our plans to have a nice quiet vacation go out the window when we meet a young woman and her lovely Russian Blue Cat who she nicknamed “the Prussian”.

When our new friend and her furry companion go mission, a host of suspects pop up and the bodies start to drop around us. What’s a girl to do but solve a murder right? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The luck of the Irish runs out when a young nanny from Dublin is killed in the new Cook-Off Mystery . . .

Not long after her family’s store suffers serious damage in a punishing nor’easter, things go from bad to worse for Sherry Oliveri when her new neighbors’ nanny is killed. It soon comes to light that the sous chef for her brother’s food truck was with the young woman the night she was murdered, and the police have him squarely in their crosshairs as the main suspect. With the store closed for repairs, Sherry puts her extra free time to work trying to clear his name.

Juggling impromptu cook-offs and her investigation, Sherry learns that before she was murdered, the nanny was an endless source of old Irish folktales and superstitions, most of them forecasting gloom and doom for any who didn’t heed their warnings. Wondering if the young woman foresaw her own demise, Sherry starts looking for hints she might have left behind—and discovers an enigmatic clue in her own store’s attic. Deciphering the note and unraveling the case will take Sherry on a trip through Irish mythology that leads right back to her family store’s very doorstep . . .

Includes recipes from Sherry’s kitchen!

Praise for the Cook-Off Mysteries:

“The Cook-Off Mystery series by Devon Delaney is a very tasty treat!” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“This is a very fun and rollicking mystery that stays light-hearted even as the case gets more complicated . . . Cooking, holiday celebrations, and moving family drama all make for the perfect escape.” —Kings River Life

About the Author:

Devon Delaney has been handsomely rewarded for her recipe innovation over the last twenty-plus years. Among the many prizes she has won are a full kitchen of major appliances, five-figure top cash prizes, and four trips to Disney World. She is a wife, mother of three, and grandmother of two. She’s a lifelong resident of the Northeast and currently resides in coastal Connecticut. You can learn more about Devon at (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Welcome to the English villages – Applewick, Appledown, Applemere and Appleside – collectively known as ‘The Apples’ and home to the young Fairfax sisters – Esme, Bella and Isla. Theirs is a peaceful existence, enjoying the gentle rhythm of rural life… until Applewick receives a rude awakening. The body of local headteacher, Max Bartholomew, has been found bludgeoned to death in his study.

Sleepy Applewick is suddenly a hive of activity and Frank Fairfax, local funeral director and father of the three sisters, becomes the prime suspect. He was the very last person to see Max Bartholomew alive and, for some reason, the police are seemingly uninterested in looking for another potential perpetrator.

Determined to prove their father’s innocence, the sisters team up and sleuth their way through the clues in bid to find the identity of the real murderer. But with Esme’s detective husband in charge of the case for the local CID, will the intrepid sisters be able to solve the murder before their amateur interference starts raising red flags? Or will their involvement lead to even more deadly consequences? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Things between Savvy and Shotgun heat up when he gives her a necklace. The only problem? It implicates her in a murder and gets her thrown in jail.

What could be worse? The necklace is a good luck charm gone wrong. It’s been magically enhanced to pull the essence off a dead man. Now, on top of proving her innocence, a deadly infection threatens her life. Worse still, a chatty spider makes a bargain to give the necklace to her arch enemy who she must hunt down or she’ll die. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A dragon is missing.

A Beast stalks the Dales.

And the hunters are coming …

DI Adams’ missing person is a human, not a dragon. But the trails of both lead straight to the village of Eldmere, where glimpses of a mysterious Beast have drawn the attention of the nation’s monster hunters.

And where, of course, the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute and the Cloverly dragons are in hot pursuit of Gilbert. They’re not letting a valley full of weekend Yeti hunters and Nessie-loving cryptozoologists stand between them and the young dragon.

But nothing is as simple as it seems. Something strange is happening in Eldmere, and the dragons, the Beast, and the ladies of the Women’s Institute are right at the heart of it. As are the hunters, some of whom are more serious – and more dangerous – than DI Adams ever imagined.

She’s in a race to find Gilbert before the hunters do, because someone out there doesn’t just want to see a dragon. They want to finish them.

There’s more than dragon secrets at stake in Yorkshire this summer …

A funny cozy mystery (with dragons), for anyone that likes their mysteries British, gentle, and well-stocked with cake, tea, and friendship. And dragons, obviously.

Beast-Laid Plans is the seventh book in The Beaufort Scales series of cozy mysteries (with dragons) – pick up Baking Bad today to see where it all began!

Note: This cozy mystery contains:

  • no graphic violence
  • no sex
  • no strong language; however it does contain some blasphemous language
  • but there are copious quantities of cake and tea. You may need supplies. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback