New Releases For The Week Of November 13, 2022– Part 2

A posh estate, lots of baking, walks through the woods—what could go wrong? 

Arya Winters is your typical cozy heroine. She lives in a cottage in a small English village and bakes for a living—well, she specializes in macabre desserts. She has nosy neighbors, who she avoids ruthlessly due to her social anxiety. And she has a keen interest in all things sexy.

Arya isn’t one to take on residential gigs, but when she’s invited to bake her cakes for a two-week art retreat in the dead of winter on a large estate, she can hardly turn it down. It has the added advantage of helping her get away from her nosy neighbours. 

Except Monk Hole is rife with secrets. Everywhere Arya turns, there are more people with problems, and they all want to talk to her. Could things get any worse? A corpse covered in her cupcakes might turn up perhaps. Or Branwell Beam, her ex, who seems to have a past she never knew about, might make an appearance – with a new girlfriend in tow. It’s all Arya can do to hold things together. But can she sort it all out before she loses all she holds dear? (Amazon)

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A recent murder is ancient history in a breathtaking novel about a sacred lost treasure and poisonous retribution by the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of At First Light.

What an exotic way to die in Chicago.

When esteemed historian Elizabeth Lawrence is found in her car, killed by a cobra’s bite, only a brilliant professor of semiotics, Dr. Evan Wilding, can see the signs around her strange death. As he helps homicide detective Addie Bisset decipher the scene, the puzzles left behind offer Evan chilling passage into the mind of a killer.

Evan’s investigation merges with that of an Israeli agent, who claims Elizabeth was close to acquiring an invaluable artifact. She was also drawing the attention of unsavory treasure hunters, forgers, and thieves. Was someone desperate to expose the truth of Elizabeth’s astonishing discovery?

The deeper Evan and Addie delve into the case, the darker it gets. A murderer’s archaic crimes are just the beginning. In a race where there can be only one winner, the final victim might be Evan. (Amazon)

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Amazon All Star author and USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes brings you southern and quirky characters in her mystery series. Her stories are charged with humor, friendship, family and life in small southern towns.

Mae West is bound and determined to stay in shape for her wedding day and with all the delicious southern dessert Mary Elizabeth is serving for Thanksgiving Mae has joined the local running group to race in Thanksgiving’s annual Turkey Trot.

She never figured murder would be on the menu and a couple of people she loves have a perfect motive.

The list of suspects isn’t exactly brief especially when one of the governor’s recently pardoned prisoner is at the top of the list. Mae has a pretty full plate between trying to plan a wedding that will satisfy everyone, keeping Dottie in line as well as trying to get a long with her future mother in law.

So what’s a little investigation to keep her mind off things? If Mae’s not careful, she may find herself served up as a last-minute course with all the trimmings. (Amazon)

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With less than two weeks left until Christmas, Helen Binney’s social calendar is peaking, even as her energy is waning due to her lupus. She’s managing to balance enjoying as many holiday events as possible without triggering a flare, until she stumbles across a crime that requires her unique insights to investigate.

This time, it’s “only” a theft, not a murder, but the elderly victim at the Wharton Nursing Home is so brokenhearted by the disappearance of the handmade Christmas gifts she’d made for her friends that she’s starting to fade away.

What started out as a simple—and safe!—investigation becomes complicated due to the influx of holiday visitors to the nursing home, all of whom are all potential suspects. And then there’s the near-mutiny by the residents over the introduction of an ugly Christmas tree.

The dozen days of Christmas are rushing past, each one marked by another, even worse new ornament on the tree, and the thief’s victim is drifting closer and closer to death by despair. Can Helen bring back the nursing home’s holiday spirit or will a thief become a killer? (Amazon)

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‘A fun, mix of whodunnit and thriller set amid American high society ‘ T. A. Williams

Can Fiona catch a killer and find a decent cup of tea before her mustache wax melts?

1917. New York.

Notorious spy, Fredrick Fredricks, has invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall to hear a famous soprano. It’s an opportunity the War Office can’t turn down. Fiona and Clifford are soon on their way, but not before Fiona is saddled with chaperon duties for Captain Hall’s niece. Is Fiona a spy or a glorified babysitter?

From the minute Fiona meets the soprano aboard the RMS Adriatic it’s treble on the high C’s. Fiona sees something—or someone—thrown overboard, and then she overhears a chemist plotting in German with one of her own countrymen!

And the trouble doesn’t stop when they disembark. Soon Fiona is doing time with a group of suffragettes and investigating America’s most impressive inventor Thomas Edison.

When her number one suspect turns up dead at the opera and Fredrick Fredricks is caught red-handed, it looks like it’s finally curtains for the notorious spy.

But all the evidence points to his innocence. Will Fiona change her tune and clear her nemesis’ name? Or will she do her duty? And just what is she going to do with the pesky Kitty Lane? Not to mention swoon-worthy Archie Somersby . . .

If Fiona’s going to come out on top, she’s going to have to make the most difficult decision of her life: the choice between her head and her heart.

What readers are saying about Kelly Oliver:

“Will keep you turning the pages and laughing all the way!” Dianne Freeman

“A cross between an Agatha Christie and a Sherlock Holmes sleuthing story. Just brilliant!” NetGalley Reviewer

“This historical mystery delivers twists and turns. I can’t wait for the next one!”Muddy Rose Reviews

“I love Fiona Figg!” Margaret Mizushima

“Couldn’t put it down.” Amazon Reviewer

“A perfect blend of wit, fun, and intrigue.” Debra Goldstein

“I am hooked on these amazing characters.” Amazon Reviewer

“A fun diversion with an entertaining female lead.”Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of Susan Elia MacNeal will gobble up this series! Highly recommend.” L.A. Chandlar

“Diabolical plot twists, interesting red herrings, colorful characters, make this a good whodunit.” NetGalley Reviewer (Amazon)

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The Old Dames Protection Agency (ODPA) has no one to protect this holiday season!

Has their organization run out of steam?

Octogenarian Flo hates to fly, but sacrifices must be made. She’s promised to meet the grandmother

of Kate’s boyfriend in Naples, Florida if no one needs their protection this Christmas. Little does she

know that one terrifying flight will lead Maude, Kate, and Flo to the greatest adventure of their lives.

They land in the middle of a spy thriller in St. Augustine with the Nights of Lights glittering around

them.

But will everyone survive? Including a hapless, greedy and unsuccessful politician who claims to have

invented a machine guaranteeing eternal youth? And will Flo be able to tell the good spies

from the bad ones? (Amazon)

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Rory Hawthorn knows her family’s magical library contains an endless array of secrets, but even her fellow biblio-witches little expect a corridor that’s been missing for over two decades to suddenly materialise again.

They don’t expect it to put a curse upon Rory’s aunt Candace, either.

With the library once again at the centre of a potential disaster, can Rory help her family unravel the mysteries of the lost corridor and break the curse, or will she be the next to succumb? (Amazon)

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’Tis the season…for murder.

With things finally working out in every aspect of her life, Dr. Sydney Warner thinks she’s in for the best Christmas ever. But when a contestant in a local home decorating contest is found dead on his front lawn during the light display, her holiday season takes a turn for the worse.

Detective Andrew Lange wants Sydney’s help unraveling the clues, especially since the murder weapon is nowhere to be found. This proves to be Sydney’s toughest case yet as the list of suspects keeps piling up, and a case can be made against any one of them. Can she figure out who really killed the town’s reigning Christmas champion, or will this be the case that finally proves too much for even Sydney’s professional abilities? (Amazon)

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Margaret Woods, Fenella’s niece, is back on the island, and she’s planning to stay this time. A late-night stroll on the promenade that leaves Fenella with a broken arm isn’t a great start to Margaret’s new beginning, though. When Fenella’s doctor, Rachel, asks for help in locating her missing boyfriend, Ben, Fenella tells her to call the police. Fenella’s neighbor’s aunt, Elaine, is more willing to help out, though. Elaine insists on accompanying Rachel to the missing man’s apartment to see if he may be simply avoiding Rachel.

No one is expecting to find a dead man on Ben’s kitchen floor. Rachel is relieved that the body isn’t Ben’s, but that just raises a lot of questions for the police to try to answer.

Can Fenella and her friends help the police find Ben? Can they work out the identity of the dead man and find out why he was in Ben’s apartment? And is it possible that Heather Bryant, the new reporter for the Isle of Man Times, is even more annoying than Dan Ross? (Amazon)

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Bethany thought she could outrun murder and vacation in a cozy autumn town in Vermont.

After moving to small-town Snow Falls Alaska, Bethany quickly learns that murder seems to be stalking her. So at the advice of her good friend, Sarah Spencer, Bethany takes Julie Walsh and they go on vacation in Vermont.

Their bed and breakfast, owned by two comedians, is perfect… until a vicious murder takes place.

Thrown into the heart of a murder case, she begins to unravel clues while realizing that the Snowman that chased her is now after her friend Sarah. Torn between two places and two murderers, Sarah finds herself in a precarious position; protect a killer, or become his next victim. But he’s not the only stone-cold killer lurking in the chilly autumn wind. Even if Bethany makes all the right choices, she might not survive her trip to Vermont—the snowman might finally exact his revenge. (Amazon)

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