New Releases For The Week Of September 18th, 2022–Part 1

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a delicious mystery on a cruise ship!

Full time baker and sometime sleuth Sally Muccio is excited to be traveling on her first cruise along with family and friends. Sal and coworker Josie have been hired to cater desserts for the mortuary event onboard that her father is headlining and are also looking forward to some fun and relaxation in the sun.

But the ship’s itinerary doesn’t go as planned when the body of Southern belle and galley director Sarah Leigh Walker is discovered in the freezer. To make matters worse, Sal’s nemesis, the elderly and cranky Nicoletta Gavelli, is accused of the ice-cold crime after a very public and ugly argument with the victim.

Despite Nicoletta’s sharp tongue, Sal knows the woman isn’t guilty and would never refuse to help her. With the real killer still cruising the decks, Sal and Josie must work fast to track them down before Nicoletta’s last hope sinks faster than the Titanic.

*Recipes Included!*

What critics are saying:

“A fantastic cozy mystery!”
InD’Tale Magazine

“I want to visit more with all of the quirky characters just to see what crazy and outrageous things they will do next!”
Fresh Fiction

“The Cookies and Chance Mystery series is more than just a series….it’s a family!! Once you read the first book, you are hooked and feel like a member of the crazy Muccio family.”
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Francesca Eve has planned a showstopping funeral supper to say goodbye in style, but the last thing she expects is a murder on the menu…

When elderly millionaire andeccentric entrepreneur Clarence Lightman dies, his nearest and dearest gather one final time at Justice House, Clarence’s beautiful country estate, for the reading of his will. But the day ends in uproar when it is revealed that whoever solves a series of complex clues will inherit everything. Will one of Clarence’s disagreeable children outwit everyone else for the fortune, or could his devoted housekeeper or even Francesca herself win the day?

Francesca knows she should stick to the kitchen and stay out of this lethal game, but she is unwillingly drawn into the mystery when she finds one of Clarence’s sons, blood pooling from a deadly thwack to the head, shoved into the larder. Somebody is clearly not playing fair, and Francesca feels sure that they won’t stop until all of the competition has been eliminated.

Trapped in the game until all the riddles are solved, Francesca must solve the clues and find the ruthless killer to protect herself and her fellow innocent guests. But she can’t trust anyone. Fran must use all her wits, not only to hunt down the truth, but to stay alive…

An addictive cozy crime novel packed with twists you won’t expect. If you love Faith Martin, M.C. Beaton and The Thursday Murder Club you’ll adore this thrilling mystery.

Readers love Emma Davies:

Oh my giddy aunt… I was addicted to reading this book… I binge read the book over the course of a couple of days…I just wanted the book to continue… a very well deserved 5*.’ Ginger Book Geek, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Had me hooked and left me wanting more!… Fabulous!’ Hidden.with.books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I finished in one sitting! I was engrossed from start to finish.’ Goodreads reviewer

A page turning read… loved the ending which was absolutely perfect!!!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I was hooked… I absolutely loved this book!’ Oh.happy.reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliantly addictive.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this mystery series set in the small town of White Eagle Montana.

In book 14 in the series, strange lights, sounds in the night, cold drafty spaces, and moved and missing items, can only mean one thing to the locals who’ve lived in the isolated Scottish countryside for generations. But in spite of the assurance of the villagers that the other worldly pranksters will have their fun and then leave, the new owner of the Faulkner Castle hires Tony to come to Scotland and install a state-of-the-art security system. Tony doesn’t believe in ghosts and the job seems like a perfect opportunity to take some time away from White Eagle, so he talks to Tess, and they agree to make the trip. Fun is had by all until Tess spots her dad in a local pub and realizes that something more than they originally thought might actually be going on. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Top Notch is the unpredictably fun and assassin-worthy whodunit starring the endearing and scrappy Mia Murphy and her purloined cat, back in action after the surprise bestseller Double Twist thrust them into the spotlight.

No one liked celebrity portrait artist and sexy-times rich recluse Rutherford Callahan, but who would want to kill him? Certainly not Hattie Lawless, the blue-haired senior whose massive nude portrait is currently hanging in the dead guy’s studio…

But the cops disagree, and so does the evidence.

Mia isn’t about to let her new bestie spend her golden years behind bars, so once again, she must break her law-abiding promise to herself and get back in the game, dusting off long-buried skills from her criminal childhood.

With bodies piling up and threats coming from all directions, Mia and her pals are soon ankle-deep in corpses, diamonds, pickpocketing schemes, celebrity wedding drama, and stolen cinnamon bun recipes.

And when it looks like an enemy from Mia’s past has targeted her, the stakes suddenly become much more personal. Not even her smoldering FBI handler or an irritatingly attractive bodyguard cop can keep Mia safe if she doesn’t play by the rules.

And since Mia and rules don’t go together…well…things are about to get dangerous. And deadly. And cinnamon-bun delicious.

“Mia Murphy is my new favorite character! She is fun, witty and slightly cracked.” Five-star Goodreads Review (April M.)

“Mia Murphy is reminiscent of Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s own book series. Gutsy, clumsy, and yet likable.” Five-star Goodreads Review (OnceUponAMaggie)

“THIS IS THE COZY SERIES TO READ AND FOLLOW!” Five-star Goodreads Review (LittleRead)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the author of more than fifty novels. Notably, she is a Vivian® Award nominee, and a RITA® Award winner and a five-time nominee. She loves her puppies, tennis, and being as as sassy and irreverent as her heroines. She’s pretty sure dead bodies are better in fiction than real life, but hey, never say never, right? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Emily Dickinson and her housemaid, Willa Noble, realize there is nothing poetic about murder in this first book in an all-new series from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author Amanda Flower.

January 1855 Willa Noble knew it was bad luck when it was pouring rain on the day of her ever-important job interview at the Dickinson home in Amherst, Massachusetts. When she arrived late, disheveled with her skirts sodden and filthy, she’d lost all hope of being hired for the position. As the housekeeper politely told her they’d be in touch, Willa started toward the door of the stately home only to be called back by the soft but strong voice of Emily Dickinson. What begins as tenuous employment turns to friendship as the reclusive poet takes Willa under her wing. 

Tragedy soon strikes and Willa’s beloved brother, Henry, is killed in a tragic accident at the town stables. With no other family and nowhere else to turn, Willa tells Emily about her brother’s death and why she believes it was no accident. Willa is convinced it was murder. Henry had been very secretive of late, only hinting to Willa that he’d found a way to earn money to take care of them both. Viewing it first as a puzzle to piece together, Emily offers to help, only to realize that she and Willa are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse that reveals corruption in Amherst that is generations deep. Some very high-powered people will stop at nothing to keep their profitable secrets even if that means forever silencing Willa and her new mistress…. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Lana Honeywell is taking a year-long break from a high-flying career as a celebrity publicist following a messy break-up with her famous actor fiancé. Her tiny house nestled in hills is the perfect space for her to rest and unwind.

As she integrates herself into her new home – the small alpine community of Cherry Grove, Lana is cajoled into joining the amateur field hockey team. When a player from a rival club is murdered, foul play is suspected and a cloud of suspicion hangs over her entire team.

Joining forces with a fellow hockey player and devastatingly handsome and dedicated park ranger, Wyatt, Lana is determined to clear the names of her teammates. But in doing so falls deeper down a rabbit hole of rich local history, bitter disputes spanning decades and a tangled web of lies.

Will Lana score an arrest, or will she become the murderer’s next target?

And that’s before her soapie star ex, Callum, arrives in town with a mystery of his own … and a surprising admission.

All Lana wanted was a year off to find herself – but it turns out that relaxation is going to be murder.

Fall and Foul Play is the first novel in the Lana Honeywell mystery series by USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Megan Mayfair. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

An unscrupulous realtor pays the ultimate closing costs in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery from USA Today bestselling author Peg Cochran!

Autumn is settling in on Cranberry Cove, but things are starting to heat up when Monica’s stepmother shows up at her back door gripped by panic. Gasping out an explanation, she tells Monica she’d been dozing in her realtor’s car when he was shot dead. Refusing to alert the police for fear that the killer will target her next—or that the police will consider her their prime suspect—Monica’s stepmother goes mute, and Monica decides to track down the culprit herself to clear her name and keep her safe.

Finding the killer won’t be so easy, though, as the victim had run afoul of buyers, sellers, and even other realtors at one time or another, and it seems that nearly everyone in the small town had a reason to want him dead. Even more puzzling is that the deeper Monica digs into the background and final days of the victim, the more the clues point to her stepmother. Then a second body is found, and Monica realizes she’s going up against a devious killer who will stop at nothing to put everyone involved out of commission . . .

Includes a mouthwatering muffin recipe!

Praise for Berried Secrets:

“Cozy fans and foodies rejoice—there’s a place just for you and it’s called Cranberry Cove.” —New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams

“A fun whodunnit with quirky characters and a satisfying mystery. This new series is as sweet and sharp as the heroine’s cranberry salsa.” —New York Times bestselling author Sofie Kelly

About the Author:

Peg Cochran is the USA Today bestselling author of the Lucille Mysteries, the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries, the Cranberry Cove Mysteries, and also, writing as Meg London, the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, and as Margaret Loudon, the Open Book series. She has two daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson, and two beautiful granddaughters. You can read more at http://www.pegcochran.com and http://www.meglondon.com. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A UFO conference. A cold case. A missing man.
Rosie Ryan faces her toughest challenge ever when she’s asked to investigate the death of Hailey Lawrence. The writer was on the verge of international fame with her first novel. Did her death really an accident? Or was she murdered by a jealous rival?
At the same time, Rosie has to deal with the annual Australian Flying Saucer Association conference. It’s being held in Cape Carson for the first time, and she’s been asked to assist. She wouldn’t have said yes, but there’s been a terrible misunderstanding, and now she’s helping to chair the panels. It can’t be too difficult. Can it?
Our intrepid reporter is back again with her best friend, Kim Chen, her feisty grandmother, Nan, and Todd Parker, the local cop. Good thing Trixie’s there to keep everything under control!
The Rosie Ryan Mysteries are cozy, clean, fun traditional mysteries that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Private investigator Guy Vanduex and his partner Sylvia Parker are enlisted to find a missing cat, presumed kidnapped.

A former chef turned private investigator, Guy Vanduex’s knack for finding ingredients (I mean clues) leaves him always one step away from cracking the recipe (I mean case) wide open. But this case is not all that it seems. When a ravenous clowder of felines threatens Vanduex and Parker, the claws come out. As the cat scratches stack up, can our chef turned private investigator solve the mystery in time? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle


 

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