New Releases For The Week October 23th, 2022–Part 2

The gripping new Jack Reacher thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child

No Plan B is not to be missed. A perfectly plotted, fast-paced thriller, with bigger twists than ever before. It’s no wonder Jack Reacher is everyone’s favorite rebel hero.”—Karin Slaughter

In Gerrardsville, Colorado, a woman dies under the wheels of a moving bus. The death is ruled a suicide. But Jack Reacher saw what really happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving stealthily, pushed the victim to her demise—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away.

When another homicide is ruled an accident, Reacher knows this is no coincidence. With a killer on the loose, Reacher has no time to waste to track down those responsible. 

But Reacher is unaware that these crimes are part of something much larger and more far-reaching: an arsonist out for revenge, a foster kid on the run, a cabal of powerful people involved in a secret conspiracy with many moving parts. There is no room for error, but they make a grave one. They don’t consider Reacher a threat. “There’s too much at stake to start running from shadows.” But Reacher isn’t a shadow. He is flesh and blood. And relentless when it comes to making things right.

For when the threat is Reacher, there is No Plan B. (Amazon)

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In this thrilling installment of the #1 bestselling series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds herself a reluctant star witness in a sensational televised murder trial causing chaos in Old Town Alexandria with the threat of violent protests.

Chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is the reluctant star witness in a sensational murder trial when she receives shocking news. The judge’s sister has been found dead. At first glance, it appears to be a home invasion, but then why was nothing stolen, and why is the garden strewn with dead plants and insects?

Although there is no apparent cause of death, Scarpetta recognizes telltale signs of the unthinkable, and she knows the worst is yet to come. The forensic pathologist finds herself pitted against a powerful force that returns her to the past, and her time to catch the killer is running out . . . (Amazon)

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From the USA Today best-selling author Liz Talley comes this hoot of a follow-up to Deconstructed.

Cricket Crosby is back …and she’s licensed to snoop! Fresh off divorce and a private investigator’s course, Cricket’s ready to balance running her antiques store with proving her PI chops…if someone will take a chance on her. When a local PI catches a case involving the theft of luxury goods, he hires the former debutante to go undercover to trap a thief. But snooping during PTA meetings and cotillion parties is harder than it looks, especially when Cricket’s missteps cause a hunky police detective to cast suspicion on her new bestie, Ruby Balthazar.

As a former Long Pines Correctional inmate, Ruby has a lot to lose. She’s a finalist in a local fashion competition and receives an invitation to New York City Fashion Week. Suddenly, she’s parading around town with opportunity knocking faster than a fashion designer can answer. When Ruby is arrested and made the prime suspect in the theft case, everything she’s dreamed of begins to unravel. How can Ruby create a new future if her past keeps dragging her backward?

The only solution is to catch the real thief, but that may prove more dangerous than either Cricket or Ruby imagined. Toss in an incontinent cat, a dognapping, and a hot tow truck driver, and you have a humorous tale that will keep you in stitches! (Amazon)

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The acclaimed historical mystery series A Dickens of a Crime continues with a reimagining of Charles Dickens’s classic Oliver Twist, filled with murder, mystery, and a young Dickens himself as the amateur sleuth. In other words, “Please, can we have some more!”
Harrow-on-the-Hill, March 1836: In a sense, orphans Ollie, John, and Arthur have always been treasure hunters. The mudlarks have gone from a hardscrabble life scavenging the banks of the Thames for bits and bobs to becoming students at a boarding school outside of London, thanks to the kind and generous intercession of Charles Dickens. But now they’re missing—as is, apparently, a treasure map.
When Charles arrives at the school, he’s hit with another twist—the servant girl who was allegedly in possession of the map has been strangled in the icehouse. Unbeknownst to them on their spirited adventure, his young friends may be in mortal danger. Now Charles and his fiancée Kate Hogarth, who has come to join him in the search for the runaways, must artfully dodge false leads and red herrings to find the boys and the map—before X marks the spot of their graves . . . (Amazon)

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Ellison and Anarchy Jones are looking forward to a relaxing weekend in the country. Time spent skeet shooting, fishing, and horse-back riding with friends. Hours spent swaying in a shady hammock without friends.

But when Ellison walks into a murder scene, her friends become suspects. And each of them has an excellent motive for murder.

Can Ellison sift through the lies and unmask a killer, or will a weekend away cost her everything she holds dear? (Amazon)

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A 40-year-old Witch with a New Career…

A Gargoyle Sheriff Raising a Teenaged Daughter…

And an Enchanted Island Full of Secrets…

When the island’s golem, Al, complains of trespassers on the north side of the island, Shayla and Needles set out to find out who is blatantly breaking the only rule Black Forest King has to living on Enchanted Island. But as the weeks go by with no hint of the culprit, Shayla turns to other exciting news–like Brick graduating and Serena and Grant’s Baby Reveal Party. When Simone Bitewin is found beaten on the side of the road and her husband missing, Shayla, Needles, Alex, and Grant race to find the missing vampire dentist. The list of suspects is surprisingly long for a guy so well loved by the community. Just when Shayla and the gang are about to close in on a suspect, the unthinkable happens. Someone has snatched one of the gang! Can Shayla and Needles find the killer and the missing family friend before it’s too late? (Amazon)

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A psychic with a quirky gift. A quaint haunted store. And a sassy dog who solves murders.

Janelle Brighton is adapting quickly to life in her hometown of Wyldwood Springs. Her new friends are helping her launch a jewelry store, and the visiting police chief she admires is sticking around.

When a canine specter with a little extra arrives in her new store, however, it stirs up a whirlwind of trouble. The feisty furball’s visit coincides with an unexpected death on Main Street that leaves Janelle’s best friend on the hook for murder.

The ghost without a tail has a very special tale he’s not telling. Luckily, Mr. Bixby—a sassy and previously-deceased dachshund—and Janelle both like a challenge. To solve the crime, they’ll need to crack a complicated canine code that leads down a perilous path into her family’s past.

No one said rescuing ghost dogs would be easy… but there’s never a dull moment.

Love books with hounds, humor and homicide? Join psychic Janelle Brighton in the Mystic Mutt Mysteries, a lighthearted paranormal cozy mystery series featuring a saucy dachshund, several ghosts and murders to solve. Great for fans of funny, fast-paced cozy mysteries with animals. (Amazon)

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When familiars start disappearing, as a witch who can shift into a cat, this mystery is personal.

Something is very wrong on Witchteria Lane, and it’s not just the ridiculous everyday shenanigans of rogue elderly witches. Two cats have gone missing, and new familiars have stopped arriving. This mystery is more significant than the disappearing cats. A witch without a familiar isn’t as powerful. Is one of the witches seeking to steal the magic from the others?

Investigating forces my cat Olaf and me to suspect everyone. We must use our amateur sleuthing skills outside the protected area of the Witchness Program. To make it more difficult, a toad is our only help—but that’s a whole different problem.

Answers to long-held mysteries are revealed—Why is Olaf terrified of toads? Do I look good in sequins? And… who is catnapping familiars?

If we don’t find the culprit, Olaf or I could be the next cat that vanishes. (Amazon)

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A charming, relatable small-town setting and a cast of complex characters sets Alex Erickson’s Bookstore Café Mystery series apart from the cozy pack—and this time the stakes are higher than ever, as bookstore owner Krissy Hancock becomes the target of escalating attacks. Smart and masterfully plotted, will appeal to fans of Leslie Meier, Cleo Coyle, and Carolyn Hart.
In a small town like Pine Hills, reputation counts for a lot. And for reasons that Krissy Hancock can’t figure out, someone is trashing hers. Cockroaches in the bookstore’s coffee, spiteful reviews, vandalism—Krissy is being framed for every bit of bad news around. Her boyfriend, local cop Paul Dalton, is on the case, but before they can source the saboteur, Krissy is in the frame for murder, too.
The murder weapon was a teapot full of Krissy’s favorite spiced chai, and all the local gossips are spilling the tea about her supposed involvement. But the real culprit has a grudge that’s been simmering for years. And unless Krissy can uncover the truth before the killer’s rage boils over again, it won’t just be her business in hot water—her life will be on the line too . . . (Amazon)

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Set during the Christmas season, the latest novel in this exciting new supernatural cozy series from the author of the Witch City Mysteries features a New Englander transplanted to a Florida town along the scenic Gulf of Mexico when she inherits a charming, century-old—and very haunted—inn from a mysterious benefactor. Fans of Amanda Flower and Heather Blake will delight in murder, ghosts, and the heroine’s golden retriever, Finn.

Christmas lights on palm trees and Santa hats on plastic pink flamingoes are far from the snowy landscape Maureen and her beloved golden retriever, Finn, are used to. But Maureen is determined to make this a holiday to remember—which means finding a way to promote Haven House on a shoestring. Fortunately, Haven’s vintage movie theater, the Paramount, has come up with a great “Twelve Days of Christmas” idea. They’ll feature an impressive list of the best classic Christmas movies ever made—shown by one-time movie actor-turned-projectionist Decklin Monroe . . .
But nobody bothered to tell Maureen that the Paramount is haunted by the ghost of a man who was murdered a few years back. Haven’s top cop Frank Hubbard doesn’t believe in ghosts but, believing that Decklin Monroe was somehow involved, he wants a reluctant Maureen’s help. 
That plan is derailed when, on the first day of the festival, a fresh murder victim is found at the theater. Now Maureen has to defend her staff and guests, while trying to keep her high-spirited resident ghosts out of the picture—before they have company for the holidays . . .
Praise for Be My Ghost

“Maureen is a breath of fresh air in the cozy world. . . . The ghosts, in a refreshing departure from most paranormal cozies, don’t take center stage, and entertaining subplots . . . keep the pages turning. Readers will look forward to Maureen’s further adventures.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

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Spend Halloween witch hunting with the gang in quaint and cozy Holiday Bay.

Shelby Morris decided to come to Holiday Bay after receiving a huge inheritance from a woman she’d never met.
The Bistro, which consists of a restaurant, bar, and live music platform, was exactly the sort of project Shelby needed to find her footing in the new life she was still trying to fit into. She knows she’ll need help, so she enlists the help of new chef and frequent guest to The Inn at Holiday Bay, Amy Hogan, as well as parttime waitress and longtime local Nikki Peyton. Together with the staff and regular customers that seemed to have come with the place, Shelby is certain she’ll be able to create something special.

In book 2 in the series, it’s Halloween in Holiday Bay and the staff at the Bistro will play host to their first holiday event. Things are right on track until a new witch arrives in town and a mysterious visitor turns up dead, plunging the town into chaos and throwing a wrench into the carefully orchestrated plans Shelby and her staff had worked so hard to put into place. (Amazon)

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Murder on the Operating Table?

When the sister of a woman who died tragically is on the warpath and out for blood, Kacie, Lyla and Joy are pulled into another mystery. The surgeon might have been drunk, and a nurse is out to expose him. However, someone else turns up dead as well. Can Kacie figure out who is lying about what? Everyone has differing viewpoints. And when one of the team is asked to move away, will that be the end of the murder solving trio? And will Kacie be rid of Justin once and for all? And what does he have to do with an old campground site? (Amazon)

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