New Releases For The Week of September 25, 2022–Part 2

From Agatha-awarding winning author Maddie Day comes the latest novel in her Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery series set in a picturesque Cape Cod town, where resourceful bike-shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida” tackles a cold case with the help of her fellow book club sleuths—a treat for fans of fresh, clever, cozy mysteries and those who love Lorna Barrett’s Booktown series.
ʼTis the day after Christmas, following a wicked-busy time of year for Mac’s bike shop. It’s just as well her Cozy Capers Book Group’s new pick is a nerve-soothing coloring book mystery, especially when she has last-minute wedding planning to do. But all pre-wedding jitters fade into the background when Mac and her fiancé, Tim, begin a cottage renovation project and open up a wall to find a skeleton—sitting on a stool, dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown . . .
As Mac delves into the decades-old mystery with the help of librarian Flo and her book group, she discovers a story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families worthy of the bard himself. Yet this tale has a modern-day villain still lurking in Mac’s quaint seaside town, ready to make this a murderous New Year’s Eve . . .
Includes Recipes! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Seeing double is murder!

If one wedding is good, a double wedding is better! Rosa and Miguel agree that walking down the aisle with Bill and Carlotta solves a lot of social and familial problems, but the drama is notched up when a dead body arrives with dessert!

Don’t miss this final installment of a Rosa Reed Mystery series where Rosa finally gets her happily ever after.

The Rosa Reed Mystery series in order:

Murder at High Tide
Murder on the Boardwalk
Murder at the Bomb Shelter
Murder on Location
Murder at the Races
Murder at the Dude Ranch
Murder in London
Murder at the Fiesta
Murder at the Weddings (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

ʼTis the season to indulge in hot chocolate and irresistible holiday treats—until too much of a good thing turns downright deadly . . .

When local businessman Jed Greenberg is found dead with a Chocolate lab whimpering over his body, the police start sniffing around Robbie Jordan’s country restaurant for answers. Was it something in Robbie’s hot cocoa that killed Jed, or was it Cocoa, the dog . . . ?
As the suspects pile as high as her holiday tree, Robbie attempts to get to the bottom of the sickly-sweet murder . . .

Previously published in Christmas Cocoa Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Previously published in Yule Log Murder

Few things are as sweet as Christmas in coastal Maine. The only thing that can spoil the fun is murder . . .

Realizing she can’t make a decent Bûche de Noël to save her life, Julia Snowden enlists the help of her eccentric neighbor, Mrs. St. Onge, in hopes of mastering the dessert for Christmas. With everyone in the old woman’s circle missing or deceased, however, it’s up to Julia to stop the deadly tidings before she’s the next Busman’s Harbor resident to meet a not-so-jolly fate. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

 USA Today bestselling author Sally Goldenbaum continues her beloved Seaside Knitters Society mysteries set in the “idyllic world” (Publishers Weekly) of a small Massachusetts coastal community—rich in friendship and “full of suspense and human warmth” (The Washington Book Review)

  • Includes a knitting pattern *

The Christmas trees are up, the Seaside Knitters are crafting warm and beautiful gifts for the holidays, and friends and families are gathering in picturesque Sea Harbor, Massachusetts—a place where traditions run deep, but so do some treacherous family secrets . . .

Winter in Sea Harbor is a feast for the senses—crackling bonfires, the scent of snow in the salty air, carols ringing out on the village green. This year, the Seaside Knitters have a sackful of obligations in addition to their usual Christmas preparations. Izzy is so overloaded with knitting classes that she hires an extra salesperson, but the new addition has trouble fitting into the yarn shop’s holiday spirit. Cass, juggling the stresses of running her lobster fishery, has finally found a nanny for her active toddler. Molly Flanigan seems practically perfect in every way—until she suddenly disappears, taking Cass’s beloved rescue mutt with her . . .

Meanwhile, the holidays are kicking off in style at Mayor Beatrice Scaglia’s holiday party, where a well-dressed crowd admires the mayor’s sumptuous new home and the celebrity chef catering the event. An additional treat for Ben and Nell Endicott at the festive affair is reconnecting with a dear college friend, Oliver Bishop. But it’s not just reunions and the appetizers that are to-die-for. Before the party-goers can toast the beginning of Sea Harbor’s festive season, the chef—and young wife of the Endicott’s old Harvard friend—is found dead beneath the mistletoe . . .

Izzy, Birdie, Nell, and Cass must uncover the pattern to these mysteries to remove suspicion from those they love, bring a murderer to justice—and keep Sea Harbor’s holiday magic from vanishing into the chill winter air . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Tommy and Evelyn Christie, together with the irrepressible Aunt Em, are enjoying their stay in India until famous silent film actress, Anna Lascelles, is found strangled to death on the balcony of her room!

Too unwell to travel on the day’s excursion with the rest of the hotel guests, the police immediately pinpoint Evelyn as their prime suspect.

Can Tommy & Evelyn unmask the dastardly killer before their Indian holiday turns even more deadly? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Is it too late to right the wrongs of the past? Or will old grudges and twisted grievances lead to murder in Harmony?

Jackie and her friends are excited to learn their old high school buddy is going to be building a second home in Harmony. But a worker’s injury on the construction site of Keith’s new home complicates things and fingers of blame point in different directions.

With the shocking discovery of Keith’s body all the happiness of the reunion is upended. When his young wife arrives, she leans on Scott Drake, Jackie’s boyfriend, to help deal with her husband’s murder. Suspicions of a growing attraction between the beautiful widow and Scott leave Jackie confused and hurt.

Old hurts and past wrongs bubble to the surface as the police chief’s investigation narrow the list of suspects. Does the motive lie buried in the past or is it right in front of him? Chief Jeff accepts Jackie’s help, cautioning her against letting personal feelings cloud her thinking. But can she?

Hugging the banks of the Wisconsin River and rising into the wooded hills and bluffs, the community of Harmony invites you to be whisked away on another cozy mystery escape. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

They’re so happy to have met each other in later life. But the honeymoon is on hold until they solve a bizarre homicide.

British Columbia, Canada. Cory Jones finally feels free. Escaped from an abusive marriage and happily in love with a new husband, the fifty-six-year-old fireball wants to help others to grow to their potential. But her new lease on life will have to wait when her spouse’s eccentric niece is wrongly accused of murder.

Determined to save her troubled relative from a future behind bars, Cory digs into the tight-knit town’s history searching for evidence that would point to the real killer. But with each thread she pulls, unsavory facts, entangled relationships, and clandestine conspiracies only bring more skeletons tumbling out of the community’s closet…

Can this driven retiree expose the truth and get the poor woman out of cuffs?

Mortality and Color TV is the first book in the page-turning A Death In Miniature cozy mystery series. If you like clever clue-hunters, small-town suspense, and thrilling twists, then you’ll love Shelley Dawn Siddall’s humorous whodunit.

Buy Mortality and Color TV to watch motives unfold today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Along with gifts, treats, and holiday cheer, this Christmas there’s an extra kick to the hot cocoa . . .

A Christmas-themed escape game seems like the perfect pre-holiday treat for bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock and her best friend. But one of the beverages doesn’t sit so well with someone . . .
When the host is found dead in a pool of hot cocoa, it’s up to Krissy and her team to catch the killer—or escape before getting killed.

Previously published in Christmas Cocoa Murder (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

For fans of Bridgerton looking for a mysterious twist on the glittering ballrooms of the Regency—a masterfully plotted story from a USA Today bestselling author that combines engaging protagonists with rich historical detail and international intrigue, plus a touch of romance that readers of Amanda Quick and Deanna Raybourn will savor.

“[Penrose] mixes well thought out mysteries, early forensic science, great details of the era and a slow burning attraction creating a compulsive read.” —The New York Public Library

Charlotte, now the Countess of Wrexford, would like nothing more than a summer of peace and quiet with her new husband and their unconventional family and friends. Still, some social obligations must be honored, especially with the grand Peace Celebrations unfolding throughout London to honor victory over Napoleon.

But when Wrexford and their two young wards, Raven and Hawk, discover a body floating in Hyde Park’s famous lake, that newfound peace looks to be at risk. The late Jeremiah Willis was the engineering genius behind a new design for a top-secret weapon, and the prototype is missing from the Royal Armory’s laboratory. Wrexford is tasked with retrieving it before it falls into the wrong hands. But there are unsettling complications to the case—including a family connection.

Soon, old secrets are tangling with new betrayals, and as Charlotte and Wrexford spin through a web of international intrigue and sumptuous parties, they must race against time to save their loved ones from harm—and keep the weapon from igniting a new war . . .

“A charming, action-packed mix of historical mystery and Regency romance.”— Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating and well-researched historic events… a colorful depiction of Regency England.” –Publishers Weekly (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

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