New Releases For The Week Of October 30, 2022–Part 4

A new City Planner and his “Stepford wife” move into Kay Driscoll’s neighborhood. The city of Sudbury Falls has a planning committee headed by this newly hired city planner intent on building a dam in the Sudbury River. The purpose, to create a lake for waterfront property featuring high-priced, luxury condominiums that the locals could never afford.

An uproar arises among the citizens who are passionate about the natural beauty of the Sudbury River. A newly formed Sudbury River Protection Society attracts Kay Driscoll and her friends with their “Save the River” movement.

When a murder occurs in the neighborhood, the unexpected happens. Chief Kirk asks Kay for her help in investigating the crime. What is up his sleeve? In the meantime Elizabeth’s ex-husband shows up at her book signing after a five-year absence, Deirdre has a community feng shui-inspired May Day celebration at Planetary Herbals, and Janey goes on her first date.

Welcome back to Kay’s world.(Amazon)

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“Freeman’s Bourne novels might get more publicity, but his Stride novels are where his skills as a storyteller are really showcased. First-rate.” — Booklist

A woman has been kidnapped.
Now Jonathan Stride must decide if her husband wants her back … dead or alive.

After nearly dying of a gunshot wound, Jonathan Stride has been on leave from the Duluth Police for more than a year. When his partner, Maggie Bei, gets called about a suspicious abduction involving a local lawyer, she tells Stride it’s time for him to come back.

Attorney Gavin Webster says he paid $100,000 in ransom money to the men who kidnapped his wife. Now they’ve disappeared with the cash, and she’s still missing. Gavin claims to be desperate to find her—but Stride discovers that the lawyer had plenty of motive to be the mastermind behind the crime.

Even as Stride digs for the truth about Gavin Webster and his wife, he must also deal with a crisis in his own marriage.

His wife, Serena, is struggling after the death of her mother, the abusive woman she hadn’t seen in twenty-five years. When she loses control at a crime scene and draws her gun on a fellow cop, Serena finds herself kicked off the Webster case. Alone at her desk, she begins hunting through old police files and starts to ask questions about a mother’s death that was written off as suicide. That death haunts Serena like an echo of her own childhood—but her obsession with it takes a terrible toll.

As Serena shuts him out of her despair, and his own investigation grows increasingly tangled, Stride wonders whether going back to his detective work was the right decision. But all he can do is keep moving forward. Because Stride fears the Webster kidnapping may be only one part of a horrific murder conspiracy.

And it’s not over yet. (Amazon)

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On Christmas Eve, someone might be sleeping with the fishes . . .

It’s December at the Casa Lido, and time for the Rienzi family’s annual holiday celebration for charity, when friends and family come together for wine, good cheer, and the traditional Italian custom of multiple seafood courses: the Seven Fishes of Christmas Eve.

While Nonna directs the bustling affair, Victoria and Tim prepare and serve everything from scungilli to shrimp scampi. But a suspicious accident and a missing knife suggest that at least one of the guests is more naughty than nice. Someone has it in for Mayor Anne McCrae, who demands Vic investigate several attempts on her life. The saucy sleuth has only until the final course to find the culprit among seven suspects—one for each of fishes on the Christmas Eve menu . . .

Praise for the Italian Kitchen Mysteries

The New Jersey Star-Ledger pronounces Murder and Marinara “a saucy debut”!

New Jersey Monthly calls The Wedding Soup Murder “a tightly-plotted whodunit”!

“Blends mystery with comedy, romance, family drama, and a vivid and affectionate portrayal of the Jersey Shore.” –New Jersey Monthly

“Rosie Genova’s Italian Kitchen series has all the ingredients for delicious mysteries. Buon appetito!”—Traci Andrighetti, author of the Franki Amato Mysteries

“The writing is fast-paced and fun.”—Kings River Life Magazine

“Victoria Rienzi makes for a likeable and engaging main character. Surrounding her is her close- knit and rather fabulous Italian American family (including her formidable Nonna), a gorgeous ex who broke Victoria’s heart but not her spirit, and a Jersey shore boardwalk town that makes me want to plan a summer trip back east.”—Caroline Mickelson, author of the Sophia Mancini mysteries

“I have fallen hard for the whole Rienzi family!”— Lori Caswell, Escape with Dollycas (Amazon)

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Killers hiding in plain sight. Small-town secrets. A girl who knows too much. From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Unspeakable Things and Bloodline comes a nerve-twisting novel inspired by a shocking true crime.

Minnesota, 1977. For the teens of one close-knit community, summer means late-night swimming parties at the quarry, the county fair, and venturing into the tunnels beneath the city. But for two best friends, it’s not all fun and games.

Heather and Brenda have a secret. Something they saw in the dark. Something they can’t forget. They’ve decided to never tell a soul. But their vow is tested when their friend disappears—the second girl to vanish in a week. And yet the authorities are reluctant to investigate.

Heather is terrified that the missing girls are connected to what she and Brenda stumbled upon that night. Desperately searching for answers on her own, she learns that no one in her community is who they seem to be. Not the police, not the boys she met at the quarry, not even her parents. But she can’t stop digging because she knows those girls are in danger.

She also knows she’s next. (Amazon)

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Marketta Davis was Harbor Bay’s golden girl until the Chicago Art Institute sent her packing. She returns to her hometown, determined to succeed by operating a beauty emporium stocked with upscale products. Unfortunately, on opening night a grisly corpse litters the alleyway of her store. Marky and her partner Gemma Reid team up to save their business and their lives by finding the culprit. (Amazon)

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The shocking death of a student in one of her charity’s properties draws Ellie into another dark mystery.

Ellie Quicke returns from Canada to find her home in chaos and her housing charity tearing itself apart. A student has fallen to his death from the top of one of the charity’s properties, let through a reputable local estate agency. Accused of corruption, the agency is the victim of a vicious social media campaign.

Was the student’s death really an accident or something more sinister? Does someone have a grudge against the agency, or are they being set up to ensure the truth never comes out? As Ellie fights to save her charity’s reputation, it seems her troubles are only just beginning . . .(Amazon)

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Aggie is hired to be a private nurse to an ailing millionaire’s wife. But she’s not the one who dies.

The couple is ensconced in a mansion in the small town to evade their enemies in the city. The marriage is anything but happy and she grows attached to the wife while repelled by the husband and baffled by the numerous silent servants who don’t seem to do anything but scuttle away.

As Christmas approaches, everyone’s peace is shattered by a death at the big house. It isn’t who anyone expected would die, and it certainly wasn’t from natural causes. There are plenty of suspects including former business associates and ex-wives who seek money or revenge.

The town hosts people with dodgy alibis and the houseful of maids who accuse each other and give conflicting stories confuse the police. The frustrated local inspector reluctantly asks Aggie to assist in digging deeper to find out who had access and a motive for the murder.

If you like good-hearted heroines, a slew of suspects and smart surprises, then you’ll love Andrea Kress’s fast-moving whodunnit.

Buy CHRISTMAS MURDER OF A MISER to solve the holiday mystery today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

When several children lose their parents due to an alleged freak accident, Mary Louise, Pearl, and Opal offer to stay with the family until after Christmas. The sleuthing women soon discover a written threat that the couple had hidden in their belongings. As they hunt for motive, clues, and suspects, they uncover a century-old vendetta. Soon, their goals shift from crime-solving to crime-stopping as they vow to protect those who were left behind. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle