New Releases For The Week Of October 23rd, 2022–Part 1

“Brecher pens a twisty-turny, witty and wonderful, mysterious romp through New York City that was a pure delight to read. Liv Spyers is the sassy and warmhearted amateur sleuth we’d all like to be, and it’s a pleasure to join her as she follows the clues through her sharp-eyed photographer’s lens. Highly recommend this mystery, which is sure to please.” —New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay

The first in Christin Brecher’s new cozy mystery promises photo taking fun—and satisfying sleuthing—set in New York City, featuring Liv Spyer, a millennial sleuth sure to charm readers who are young and young at heart.

“Brecher has a winner with this new series that will delight cozy mystery readers!”

—Abby Collette, author of A Killer Sundae

Liv Spyers’ greatest joy is taking photographs of people and the world around them . . . until a shocking murder forces Liv to develop investigative skills using her keen eye . . .
 
While some people escape into books or music, Liv Spyers escapes through her camera’s lens, which inspires her to jump into things she might otherwise have no business tackling—like moving to New York City. Hustling to make her dreams come true as a portrait photographer, she runs a pocket-sized studio below her grandparents’ West Village brownstone and key shop, where she also lives and works part-time. All of which still has her down to the end of her savings as the holidays approach. Everything changes in a flash, however, when elite events photographer, Regina Montague, invites Liv to shoot with her at New York City’s most exclusive socialite event of the year—the Holiday Debutante Ball!
 
Liv snaps at the opportunity, convinced that a job with Regina will launch her career. But when her fabulous new gig ends with the murder of billionaire Charlie Archibald, her dream job may never develop with Regina framed for murder. Once Liv begins to focus on her photos from the ball, she’s convinced they reveal Charlie Archibald’s real killer. Now, between cracking the world of high society—and the attentions of a handsome stranger—Liv must hustle once again to expose the killer . . . before she gets cropped from the picture!

“From F-stops to the F-train, Liv’s expert eye makes her the ultimate cozy detective in Christin Brecher’s Photo Finished. Photographer Liv Spyers and her trusty camera lens charms readers (and the NYC elite) without ever losing focus on the investigation. Expert composition and timing culminates in a portrait of a complex mystery!”
—Olivia Blacke, author of the Brooklyn Murder Mysteries (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

First in the new Maple Syrup cozy mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns.

There’s nothing sweet about murder…

Leila Khoury has always believed that everyone loved her father as much as they loved his artisanal maple syrup. But when he’s killed, and she returns to Sugar Ridge, Vermont to take over his business, she starts to realize how much of his life she’s left untapped.

With her brother under suspicion, her mother just barely holding it together, and police not producing any leads, Leila will have to investigate herself if she wants answers about her father’s sticky end. But the more she learns, the more she worries that there won’t be a sappy ending to the story.

A cozy mystery perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke, this edition includes 5 delicious maple recipes for mystery readers with a sweet tooth!

What readers are saying about A Doomful of Sugar:

“There’s no shortage of twists and turns”

“Memorable characters, a charming setting…a well-plotted mystery”

“Developed characters, a strong plotline, and a few red herrings” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

The Cat Who Caught a Killer by L T Shearer is a charming cosy crime read for fans of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and S. J. Bennett’s The Windsor Knot.

‘Charming and original. This book is the cat’s whiskers’ – Anthony Horowitz, author of Foyle’s War

Meet Conrad. Conrad is a cat. You’ve never met a detective like him before.


Neither has Lulu Lewis, until he walks into her life one summer’s day. Mourning the recent death of her husband, the former police detective had expected a gentle retirement, quietly enjoying life on her new canal boat, The Lark, and visiting her mother-in-law in a nearby care home.

But when her mother-in-law dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances, Lulu senses foul play and resolves to find out what really happened. And a remarkable cat named Conrad will be with her every step of the way . . .

‘A captivating, charming and gentle tale, perfect for all those who love their crime cozy’
Peter James
(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

Flying high in the New Mexican sky has never been more lethal.

The biggest hot air balloon festival would have been a vacation if Maddie didn’t have to balance her apathetic teenagers, a meddling mother, and act as therapist for a desperate patient. Let alone solve a murder case!

When Maddie witnesses someone fall from a hot air balloon, it seems like a tragic accident. But as facts come to light, the police are convinced it’s foul play. And Maddie’s friend is to blame.

With the remainder of the festival canceled and all attendees required to stay for questioning, Maddie has two days to discover the truth behind the murder and free her friend from suspicion.

Dead Upon Arrival is the second book in the Maddie Swallows mystery series. If you like humor, intrigue, and, of course, hot air balloons, you’ll love this cozy mystery.

Grab Dead Upon Arrival and test your whodunit skills today! (Amazon)

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The Crown meets Clue in this delightful locked-room mystery, sure to charm Agatha Christie fans and keep readers guessing to the end.

The king is dead. The killer is in the family. Solving this murder will be a royal pain.

The royal family has gathered at their Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle, for a traditional Christmas. As a blizzard gathers outside and a delicious dinner is prepared, the family circles up for a holiday toast. King Eric has something momentous to say—in fact, he is about to name his successor. But as he raises a glass of his favorite whiskey, he drops dead.
 
The king has been poisoned, someone in the family must have done it, and each one of them had opportunity and motive. Eric’s beloved head chef, Jonathan, must now play detective. Why would one of the king’s own family members want to kill him, and how did they do it? What happens in the castle usually stays in the castle, but this secret might be too big for these battlements. Jon is determined to expose the truth, even if it puts him in a killer’s crosshairs—and shakes the entire monarchy to its core. (Amazon)

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Someone will be getting coal in his stocking . . . 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the small town of Bradley, North Carolina. Wreaths adorn doors, halls are decked, and candles cheerfully glow in windows. Adding to the Christmas excitement, there’s also a lovely local wedding with many guests to wish the couple well.

The wedding becomes a bit too exciting, however, when octogenarian sleuth Myrtle discovers the bride’s rather outspoken aunt, mysteriously murdered.

Myrtle and her senior sidekick must find the killer before someone else doesn’t make it home for Christmas. (Amazon)

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Can Adele Gossling prove a son didn’t kill his mother?

Teddy Roosevelt has just been elected president and even Arrojo can’t deny progressive reform is here to stay. Rebecca Gold, one of the era’s New Women, comes to Arrojo to start her own law practice and lands the affluent Thea Marsh as her first client.

Thea dies unexpectedly and the trail of suspects leads to her own family. In particular, her beloved eldest son, Theo, is accused of the crime. Mild-mannered and somewhat of a mama’s boy, could he really be guilty of such a heinous crime?

The police think so. So Rebecca turns to her new friend in town: stationary shop owner Adele Gossling. Adele has already proven herself to be adept in helping the local police solve crimes, much to the shock and chagrin of her more conservative neighbors. Despite promises never to involve herself in crime detection again, how can she refuse a friend in need?

Will Adele make a case against Theo for the police out of a stained teacup, a fountain pen nib, ashes that should have been in the fireplace, and daisies that should have been fresh? Or will Theo go the gallows and the real murderer escape justice?

Find out in this third installment of the Adele Gossling Mysteries, the compelling early 20th century series spearheaded by Adele Gossling and her spiritual sidekick, Nin Branch, as they set out to prove women can be crime busters too!

What reviewers are saying:

“Entertaining page-turner!”

“Intrigue that will draw you in and make you want more.”~~~

Don’t forget to check out the other books in the Adele Gossling Mysteries! (Amazon)

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Unfortunately for Ike Krane, his parents had a wicked sense of humor.

So, early on, he decided to embrace his challenges rather than run from them, which is how he become a ghost hunter and ended up visiting Redemption, Wisconsin.

The problem—trouble seems to follow Ike just as it did his fictional predecessor.

First, there’s the sound of a horse galloping down the neighborhood streets at night, even though there’s never a horse to be found.

Then, Ike’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Kat arrives with an urgent message for him.

But before she can deliver it, a journalist shows up, accusing Ike of murdering Abe … Kat’s former lover.

Surely, Ike can clear all of this up.

Except he’s disappeared.

And then, the journalist is found murdered.

And through it all, the sounds of endless galloping return, night after night.

Things definitely aren’t looking good for Ike, so it’s a good thing Charlie is there to get to the bottom of why a legend has seemingly come to life.

Meet Charlie. Better known as “Aunt Charlie” from the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series. She’s back, making teas and solving cases in this funny, twisty, cozy mystery series set in the 1990s in Redemption, Wisconsin. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

“Balances Downton Abbey–style period charm with a tight plot that twists and turns right until the end… a plot that would satisfy Poirot.” – Library Journal

“Dame Agatha would be proud.” – Publishers Weekly

In this captivating English murder mystery from an acclaimed author, Agatha Christie’s housekeeper must uncover the killer amongst a throng of crime writers.

In England’s stately manor houses, murder is not generally a topic for polite conversation. Mallowan Hall, home to Agatha Christie and her husband, Max, is the exception. And housekeeper Phyllida Bright delights in discussing gory plot details with her friend and employer . . .
 
The neighboring village of Listleigh has also become a hub of grisly goings-on, thanks to a Murder Fête organized to benefit a local orphanage. Members of The Detection Club—a group of celebrated authors such as G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha herself—will congregate for charitable events, including a writing contest for aspiring authors. The winner gets an international publishing contract, and entrants have gathered for a cocktail party—managed by the inimitable Phyllida—when murder strikes too close even for her comfort.
 
It seems the victim imbibed a poisoned cocktail intended for Alastair Whittlesby, president of the local writers’ club. The insufferable Whittlesby is thought to be a shoo-in for the prize, and ambition is certainly a worthy motive. But narrowing down these suspects could leave even Phyllida’s favorite fictional detective, M. Poirot, twirling his mustache in frustration.
 
It’s a mystery too intriguing for Phyllida to resist, but one fraught with duplicity and danger, for every guest is an expert in murder—and how to get away with it . . .(Amazon0

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Reports of Madison Night’s death have been greatly exaggerated…

When a junior copy editor at the local newspaper mistakenly uses interior decorator Madison Night’s life story in the obituary of a recently deceased woman with a similar name, Madison’s life turns upside down. Addison Nigh, a once in-demand jazz vocalist, had fallen into obscurity, and her death notice surprises only those who thought she died decades ago.

Canceled lines of credit and a swarm of condolences to Madison’s loved ones are just the tip of the iceberg, but when the decorator discovers evidence that the real dead woman played a part in an unsolved murder, their identity mix-up gives Madison backstage access to a life of secrets. As parallels between the singer’s life and her own become impossible to ignore, Madison questions the true price of fame. But Madison isn’t the only one to discover the singer’s buried secrets, and if she’s not careful, the next obituary might be her own.

Can Madison protect a mysterious past with similar notes to her own, or will exposing the truth be her swan song? (Amazon)

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The second in a charming and engrossing cozy series from Diane Kelly, A Trip with Trouble proves that in the Blue Ridge Mountains, life in the fast lane could end in a crash.

When the ladies of the Dangerous Curves Motorcycle Club take over the Mountaintop Lodge for their annual autumn ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Misty Murphy couldn’t be more thrilled. Every room is full and the adventurous women even invite Misty and her assistant Brynn to join them on a ride to admire the colorful fall foliage. Hotel handyman Rocky Crowder is happy to keep an eye on the lodge for the day, and the ladies set out for a fun ride on the scenic road.

The skies are clear, the air is crisp, and the leaves are gorgeous. But what starts as a perfect ride turns worrisome when the tail gunner – the last rider in their group – fails to show up at the Craggy Gardens overlook. Cell phone service is spotty in the remote, mountainous area, and the group is unable to connect with their friend. Might the missing woman have simply run out of gas? Or is something far more sinister afoot?

The ladies are determined to locate their ride or die, and Misty is equally determined to help them. But will they be able to solve the mystery when the scenic route seems intent on hiding its secrets? (Amazon)

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A Callie Morgan and Carolina Slade crossover! (A standalone mystery)

Regret has become ex-Police Chief Callie Jean Morgan’s constant companion. Her half-assed, “good ol’ boy” replacement in the town of Edisto deepens her guilt at having abandoned her citizens, her officers. When her friends Carolina Slade and Wayne Largo arrive unannounced and determined to uncover why the hell Callie gave up her badge, the group is pulled into a mystery they shouldn’t have to solve—but no one else seems to care that the Edisto Witch has turned up dead behind the cemetery.

In fact, Callie and posse have caught the new chief in a lie about the death.

She’ll have to decide whether to stay safely retired, save Edisto from an unforeseen criminal element, or take that job offer in her hometown…

The dead still speak to Callie Jean Morgan. Whether she’s on the job or not.

“When a shocking murder leaves more questions than answers, retired police chief Callie Jean Morgan reclaims her true purpose—solving big crimes in a small town. Packed with plot twists, suspicious new characters, and the Edisto Beach community readers have come to love, C. Hope Clark fans will be cheering.” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

“Characters that linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.” —Karen White, New York Times Bestselling Author

Hope Clark’s books have been honored as winners of the Epic Award, Silver Falcion Award, the Imaginarium Award, and the Daphne du Maurier Award.

“I am grateful that the mayhem of the Edisto Island Mysteries is restricted to these enjoyable works of fiction, and I am a big fan.” —former Mayor Jane Darby, Town of Edisto Beach, SC

“Ms. Clark delivers a riveting ride, with her irrepressible characters set squarely in the driver’s seat.” —Dish Magazine on Echoes of Edisto

Author Bio:
C. HOPE CLARK has a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series, and the Craven County Mysteries as well as the Edisto Island Mysteries, all set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake, with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. Hope is also editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com. (Amazon)

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