New Releases For The Week Of October 30, 2022–Part 3

Glamorous cult movie director Prue Scythe went missing at a film festival in Sydney, and was never found… until her dead body turned up on a miniature goat farm in rural Tasmania, fifteen years later.

Where has she been all this time? Why was she wearing a drop dead gorgeous red evening gown when she died? Who stole her scarf?

Once again, the Fashionably Late boutique is entangled with a local murder. It’s up to Sam Sullivan and her friends to investigate, to ensure the wrong person isn’t blamed for this crime of fashion.

A cozy mystery featuring frocks, handsome farmers, tiny goats and freshly baked scones, from the author of A Trifle Dead, and Dyed & Buried. (Amazon)

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Stephanie Plum breaks the rules, flirts with disaster, and shows who’s boss in this “fast and fun” (Publishers Weekly) thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

Monday mornings aren’t supposed to be fun, but they should be predictable. However, on this particular Monday, Stephanie Plum knows that something is amiss when she turns up for work at Vinnie’s Bail Bonds to find that longtime office manager Connie Rosolli, who is as reliable as the tides in Atlantic City, hasn’t shown up.

Stephanie’s worst fears are confirmed when she gets a call from Connie’s abductor. He says he will only release her in exchange for a mysterious coin that a recently murdered man left as collateral for his bail. Unfortunately, this coin, which should be in the office—just like Connie—is nowhere to be found.

The quest to discover the coin, learn its value, and save Connie will require the help of Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur, her best pal Lula, her boyfriend Morelli, and hunky security expert Ranger. As they get closer to unraveling the reasons behind Connie’s kidnapping, Connie’s captor grows more threatening and soon Stephanie has no choice but to throw caution to the wind, follow her instincts, and go rogue.

Full of surprises, thrills, and humor, Going Rogue reveals a new side of Stephanie Plum, and shows Janet Evanovich at her scorching, riotous best. (Amazon)

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The halls are decked with holly. But can anyone be jolly when a precious pet vanishes without a trace?

The Cotswolds. Leta Parker is happy the holidays are here again. Looking forward to a little relaxation after a harrowing murder case, the fifty-something widow can’t wait to unwrap gifts with her beau. But the Yuletide cheer turns sour when her delightful doggo Dickens dashes out the door with a canine companion and doesn’t return.

Distraught when none of her posted notices produces leads on the furry fugitives, Leta and the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency turn their sleuthing skills toward sniffing out pooches. But with the trail going as cold as the late-December air and dastardly dognappers at large, she fears the only thing in her stocking this year will be coal.

Can Leta unravel the Christmas caper in time to make the season merry and bright?

Candy Canes, Canines & Crimes is the entertaining eighth book in the Dickens & Christie cozy mystery series. If you like dedicated heroines, whip-smart seniors, and fabulously fun puzzles, then you’ll love Kathy Manos Penn’s splendid sleigh ride.

Buy Candy Canes, Canines & Crimes to bark up the right Christmas tree today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

No-nonsense Nantucket detective Merry Folger grapples with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and two murders as the island is overtaken by Hollywood stars and DC suits.

Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the stress COVID-19 has placed on the community she loves. Although the island has proved a refuge for many during the pandemic, the cost to Nantucket has been high. Merry hopes that the Christmas Stroll, one of Nantucket’s favorite traditions, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island’s spirits. But the arrival of a large-scale TV production, and the Secretary of State and her family, complicates matters significantly.
 
The TV shoot is plagued with problems from within, as a shady, power-hungry producer clashes with strong-willed actors. Across Nantucket, the Secretary’s troubled stepson keeps shaking off his security detail to visit a dilapidated house near conservation land, where an intriguing recluse guards secrets of her own. With all parties overly conscious of spending too much time in the public eye and secrets swirling around both camps, it is difficult to parse what behavior is suspicious or not—until the bodies turn up.
 
Now, it’s up to Merry and Detective Howie Seitz to find a connection between two seemingly unconnected murders and catch the killer. But when everyone has a motive, and half of the suspects are politicians and actors, how can Merry and Howie tell fact from fiction?
 
This latest installment in critically acclaimed author Francine Mathews’s Merry Folger series is an immersive escape to festive Nantucket, a poignant exploration of grief as a result of parental absence, and a delicious new mystery to keep you guessing. (Amazon)

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It’s that time of the year again! Marina is back in town to demand her annual Halloween spell.
This Halloween the dashing Alder has developed a cunning plan to avoid her. But when he whisks Amelia and the baby away on a camping trip, they stumble upon another mystery. It all becomes too in-tents, and their plans go up in smoke.
Amelia might be trying to laugh s’more, worry less, but it’s hard to be a happy camper with a killer on the loose.
All’s fire in love and camping, but this isn’t love. It’s murder.

The Halloween Camping Spell is Book 18 in the paranormal cozy mystery series, The Kitchen Witch. (Amazon)

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Some secrets should be carried to the grave…

For magical mom Zoe Clarke, everything is perfect. Her paranormal twins have started school, she’s back at work part-time, and for the first time in five years there isn’t a single piece of bad news for her to report at the Moon Grove Messenger.

But when an unsigned pamphlet exposing the dirty laundry of Moon Grove’s elite begins circulating and a prominent warlock is later found dead with a copy stuffed in his mouth, Zoe must unmask the author before their anonymous accusations tear Moon Grove apart.

Between the pseudonymous suspect and the growing discontent among the paranormal population, Zoe knows she has to get in on the secret — especially when the pamphlet begins calling for violent revolution.

Will Zoe stop the scribe? Or will word of mouth — and the killer — run riot?

Sorcery and Secrecy is the eleventh book in the Magic and Mystery series of witch cozy mysteries. If you like supernatural secrets, revolutionary rabblerousers, and magical murder mysteries, then you’ll love this lighthearted eleventh entry in Lily Webb’s spellbinding series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Always the bridesmaid… Never the… Killer?
Food truck entrepreneur and blooming amateur sleuth, Billie Halifax, is excited that Sea Glass Island is hosting the annual late fall bridal convention.

She has big plans to proudly display her new bakery truck at the event, hoping to gain gaggles of new customers.

Her excitement wanes, however, when Billie discovers a woman’s body on the beach.

Hoping that the woman simply had a rough night and is sleeping it off, Billie is dismayed when the local police show up and the woman is pronounced dead.

Sensing something suspicious, Billie dives into investigating and comes to the quick conclusion that some, if not all, of the members of the victim’s wedding party might just be on the suspect list.

It takes the wind out of her sails when she realizes that not all weddings are blissful, but bridezillas are the least of her worries at the moment.

Bridesmaids that seem more like frenemies than actual friends, and a series of unfortunate events that unmask old rivalries and secrets galore, catapult Billie into a relentless search for the truth.

The deeper she digs, the worse the possible outcome seems to be, but Billie refuses to quit and races against time to solve her most twisty mystery yet.

Mousse Hysteria will take you on a wild ride where both love and murder are in the air.,,(Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle