New Releases For The Week Of November 13th, 2022–Part 1

Mona Moon is planning her wedding to Robert Farley, Duke of Brynelleth, when her preparations go haywire after one of her maids is found murdered. With just days before the blessed event, unwanted guests invade Moon Manor throwing a wrench into Mona’s plans and making it more difficult to seek the truth. Now Robert is a suspect in the maid’s murder. A missing gold brooch and twenty five-dollar bills are the only clues Mona has to find the murderer. She must clear Robert from suspicion or he will call off the wedding, saying he refuses to taint Mona’s good name. Can she discover the killer before the wedding, or will the murderer witness the breakup between Mona and Robert? Was that the intention all along? (Amazon)

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Mariah Fredericks’s The Lindbergh Nanny is powerful, propulsive novel about America’s most notorious kidnapping through the eyes of the woman who found herself at the heart of this deadly crime.

“A masterful blending of fact and fiction that is as compelling as it is entertaining.”—Nelson DeMille

When the most famous toddler in America, Charles Lindbergh, Jr., is kidnapped from his family home in New Jersey in 1932, the case makes international headlines. Already celebrated for his flight across the Atlantic, his father, Charles, Sr., is the country’s golden boy, with his wealthy, lovely wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, by his side. But there’s someone else in their household—Betty Gow, a formerly obscure young woman, now known around the world by another name: the Lindbergh Nanny.

A Scottish immigrant deciphering the rules of her new homeland and its East Coast elite, Betty finds Colonel Lindbergh eccentric and often odd, Mrs. Lindbergh kind yet nervous, and Charlie simply a darling. Far from home and bruised from a love affair gone horribly wrong, Betty finds comfort in caring for the child, and warms to the attentions of handsome sailor Henrik, sometimes known as Red. Then, Charlie disappears.

Suddenly a suspect in the eyes of both the media and the public, Betty must find the truth about what really happened that night, in order to clear her own name—and to find justice for the child she loves.

“Gripping and elegant, The Lindbergh Nanny brings readers into the interior of the twentieth century’s most infamous crime.”—Nina de Gramont, New York Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair (Amazon)

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A brilliant whodunnit mystery perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton and Richard Osman!

Murder stalks the cobbles in England’s finest Georgian town…

When an accident forces Felicia Grant back to her family’s auction house in Stamford, she vows it’ll only be a flying visit. But as the gavel falls on the final lot, a hidden secret is revealed—the body of her father’s business rival, murdered during the packed sale!

Soon, Felicia is swept into a mystery that has everyone in the community as a potential suspect―including her.

As the body count rises and with the people she loves under threat, Felicia takes matters into her own hands. But even the most picturesque place has its secrets…

Cover illustrated by local Stamford illustrator Katie Cardew. Discover more at http://www.katiecardew.com

Cosy crime readers are loving E.C. Bateman:

Ideal for fans of Richard Osman’s books…Beautifully set in the gorgeous Stamford, this murder mystery will keep you guessing as the bodies stack up! Full of red herrings, twists and turns, wonderful characters and fabulous houses’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Set in the historic town of Stamford, this murder set in the antiques trade is a brilliantly plotted mystery’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A thoroughly enjoyable cosy murder mystery… I’m pleased to see this is the start of a series, I’m looking forward to the next book already!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Mystery and intrigue…written by a talented and gifted author’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An absorbing murder mystery…Lots of interesting information about Antique auctions was a added bonus’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A fun read that kept me reading through to the end…certainly held my attention with a group of interesting characters, any one of which might have been a multiple murderer’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘The action at an auction is truly inspired…I don’t live too far from Stamford and I love the idea that its sleepy yet glorious appearance hides some nefarious goings on’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Love how punchy the start of this is…up there in terms of close knit communities, tension and surprises aplenty’⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon):

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Natalie’s murder mystery weekend wasn’t supposed to include a real dead body.

For event planner Natalie Payne, organising a holiday-season, mystery-themed weekend at the Cotswolds’ famed Holly Manor seems like easy money. With her friends on hand to support her, and a ghostly Eternal to play the victim’s role, her weekend is sure to be a success.

But all that changes when the wrong person face plants into their Christmas cake. Is it a case of food poisoning, or a poisonous plan to kill someone?

With snow piling up and no help in sight, Nat and her friends are trapped inside with both a corpse and a killer. When a second person gets sick, the race against time becomes a matter of life or death. Can Nat and her friends catch the guilty, or will one of them be the next victim?

If you like cozy mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, wyverns play around, and magic seems within reach, the Oxford Key Mysteries are sure to delight. (Amazon)

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Mysterious notes. Malfunctioning Christmas lights. Sparks and secrets and rumors of revenge.

The quaint and quiet village of Sugar Pine Station is gearing up for the holidays. But the season’s excitement is dampened by rumors of a serial arsonist visiting unsuspecting mountain communities.

When a fire nearly destroys a local landmark, Ma Tutt and her sleuthing pals jump into action. Can they discover who’s behind the tragedy before another disaster strikes? And will one of her famous magical recipes bring comfort to her friends…or add to the chaos?

Join this feel-good holiday adventure as Mack, the town’s favorite feline, helps solve the mystery. “Ma Tutt’s Christmas Cookies” is the third installment in Lyn Perry’s supernatural series of curious cozies and can be read as a stand-alone novel. (Amazon)

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It’s the most magical time of the year this holiday season in the next whacky whodunit of the Paramour Bay Mysteries by USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne…

Snow flurries are falling, carolers are caroling, and jingle bells are jingling in the week leading up to Christmas Day. Unfortunately, not everyone is enjoying the holiday spirit. As Raven Marigold and her familiar make an evening deposit for the teashop, they find themselves held hostage by two bank robbers—one posing as Santa Claus, and the other masquerading as a not-so-merry elf!

Not all is what it seems, though. What at first appears to be a straightforward bank robbery might just turn out to have elements of dark magic behind it!

Grab a plate of sugar cookies and a steaming mug of hot chocolate before you dive into this comical Christmas caper! Ho-ho-ho! (Amazon)

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A Murder in Peacock Perch points suspicion to one of their own

A murder case falls into the laps of the Secret Senior Sleuths Society leading the trail of clues to within the community for suspects, including one of its own. Madame Sleuth complies an elite team from the senior detectives to follow the gossip and social media posts in the neighborhood to reveal potential clues. With the high stakes of murder so close to their paradise home, can this group of senior citizens use their wits and lifetime experience and knowledge to crack the case and find the perpetrator no matter who it is?

This is the second book in the continuing Secret Senior Sleuths Society series of cozy mysteries featuring the senior citizens of Peacock Perch, who turned a mystery book club into a secret sleuths society to solve mysteries that happen in their active retirement community in Florida.

In the first book, Puzzle at Peacock Perch, the senior sleuths tackle the case of the Vanishing Vixen, a resident in their community who is mysteriously missing. (Amazon)

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Ghostly pranks were one thing, but who is actually the community theater killer?

The Schmidt family has been involved in the annual Shady Lake Harvest Pageant for decades, but this year is different. The pageant will be televised statewide and the people of Shady Lake need to be on their best behavior.

The supposed theater ghost strikes just as pageant plans fall into place. At first, they’re harmless pranks, but they soon escalate to murder.

Can Tessa catch the murderer before Shady Lake’s reputation is ruined? Or will the ghost ruin the Harvest Pageant? (Amazon)

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A murderer strikes at a school reunion—but the students are no strangers to death— in this propulsive, twisty thriller from the internationally bestselling author of the Ruth Galloway Mysteries 

Is it possible to forget that you’ve committed a murder?

When Cassie Fitzgerald was at school in the late 90s, she and her friends killed a fellow student. Almost twenty years later, Cassie is a happily married mother who loves her job—as a police officer. She closely guards the secret she has all but erased from her memory.

One day her husband finally persuades her to go to a school reunion. Cassie catches up with her high-achieving old friends from the Manor Park School—among them two politicians, a rock star, and a famous actress. But then, shockingly, one of them, Garfield Rice, is found dead in the school bathroom, supposedly from a drug overdose. As Garfield was an eminent—and controversial—MP and the investigation is high profile, it’s headed by Cassie’s new boss, DI Harbinder Kaur, freshly promoted and newly arrived in London. The trouble is, Cassie can’t shake the feeling that one of them has killed again.

Is Cassie right, or was Garfield murdered by one of his political cronies? It’s in Cassie’s interest to skew the investigation so that it looks like it has nothing to do with Manor Park and she seems to be succeeding.

Until someone else from the reunion is found dead in Bleeding Heart Yard… (Amazon)

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A trail of misery winds through a mansion’s past.
A modern killer plots to end the curse.


Just back from maternity leave, estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon plunges into a huge project—selling the contents of Villa Aurora, a mansion that’s been a private home, a school, and a psychiatric clinic. Now a developer plans another act for the historic building once Audrey clears the remnants of the Villa’s checkered past.

Her business’s social media accounts are exploding with interest from buyers. Everyone wants a little piece of the storied mansion’s history. But as Audrey and her crew prepare for the sale, they uncover a trail of misery winding through Villa Aurora, from the panoramic height of its tower to the musty depths of its cellar.

The developer who hired Audrey wants her to keep a lid on the evidence of old scandals. As Audrey struggles with her conscience, people who have suffered at Villa Aurora turn up for the sale. Some are trying to purge the past from their memories. Some want recognition of old sins.

And one wants revenge. (Amazon)

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A sleuthing librarian and her friends spend Halloween at a generations-old estate where they discover murder runs in the family . . .
 
Prunella Pearce, Bree, and the other ladies of the Winterbottom Women’s Institute are planning to spend Halloween at the Montgomery Hall Hotel murder-mystery weekend—just as the historical venue’s past comes back to haunt it.
 
The hotel is now in the incapable hands of Tarragon Montgomery, with its faltering finances overseen by elderly matriarch Cecily.
 
Meanwhile, the local actress hired to play Psychic Selma for the weekend has been replaced by an impostor. But who is she, and what is her agenda?
 
Pru and Bree have some experience solving mysteries, but as Montgomery Hall is engulfed by a storm and the bodies start piling up, they may need a little assistance from Pru’s delectable detective, Andy Barnes, in order to crack the case . . .(Amazon)

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Andrea Biscotti has a lot to juggle: She’s helping pop star Madison Beech move into her newly-renovated Beach Hill estate and prepping her family’s rental cottages for the start of the summer season—just a few days before Beach Hill’s annual Memorial Day Boat Parade.
When Andrea’s cousin and cottage handyman Ricky doesn’t show up at a family birthday party, Andrea is annoyed. The morning after the party, the body of a local art dealer is found floating in the harbor. The prime murder suspect? Ricky. Andrea believes he’s innocent, and starts looking into Ricky’s whereabouts the night of the murder.
But as the evidence mounts, Ricky looks more and more guilty, even to Andrea. And as members of Madison’s team arrive in Beach Hill—especially AJ, the hot IT guy—Andrea keeps tossing more and more balls in the air. She finds respite in Didi’s Tea Shoppe, but still has to keep Beach Hill Realty up and running while solving the mystery.
Andrea must prove her cousin’s innocence, identify the real killer, make sure that Madison’s house is move-in ready, and greet her guests with fresh towels and a smile—all before Boat Parade Weekend kicks off. (Amazon)

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