New Releases For The Week Of November 20th, 2022–Part 1

This is no ordinary book club! When the group chooses a book, they are whisked away from reality to find themselves totally immersed in the story. The characters, the setting, and the murder all come to life. In order to exit the book, they’ll need to solve the mystery and reach The End.

This time, the club chooses a mystery that takes place in a quaint western town – in the old Wild West. That sounds like great fun, until they arrive in the dusty old town in the Arizona desert, among cowboys and saloons. They discover that the outhouse isn’t the worse thing about this trip.

The good news is that Paige, Glo, Zell, Frank, and the other members of the club discover plenty of surprises here, and they have a great time visiting a piece of history. They’ll get to live through many exciting moments as they unravel this cozy mystery story. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The New York Times bestselling master of suspense is back with a riveting thriller, as reward seeker Colter Shaw plunges into the woods and races the clock in a case where nothing is quite what it seems.

THERE ARE TWO FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF SURVIVAL.
#1: NEVER BE WITHOUT A MEANS OF ESCAPE.
    Allison Parker is on the run with her teenage daughter, Hannah, and Colter Shaw has been hired by her eccentric boss, entrepreneur Marty Harmon, to find and protect her. Though he’s an expert at tracking missing persons—even those who don’t wish to be found—Shaw has met his match in Allison, who brings all her skills as a brilliant engineer designing revolutionary technology to the game of evading detection.
 
#2: NEVER BE WITHOUT ACCESS TO A WEAPON.
    The reason for Allison’s panicked flight is soon apparent. She’s being stalked by her ex-husband, Jon Merritt. Newly released from prison and fueled by blinding rage, Jon is a man whose former profession as a police detective makes him uniquely suited for the hunt. And he’s not alone. Two hitmen are also hot on her heels—an eerie pair of thugs who take delight not only in murder but in the sport of devising clever ways to make bodies disappear forever. Even if Shaw manages to catch up with Allison and her daughter, his troubles will just be beginning.

SHAW IS ABOUT TO DISCOVER RULE #3:
NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING.
    As Shaw ventures further into the wilderness, the truth becomes as hard to decipher as the forest’s unmarked trails…and peril awaits at every turn. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Category 5 Hurricane Willard is barreling toward Grand Cayman, but Fin Fleming, acting director at RIO, a world-famous oceanography institute, has everything under control.
Or so she thinks, at least until she realizes she forgot to send her stepbrother Oliver’s new boat to drydock along with the institute’s other boats. She risks her life to move his boat to safety. Then after the storm, while assessing the boat for damage, she makes a horrifying discovery that sets off the disturbing chain of events.

Maddy concentrates on an off-island project while Newton and Dane are still struggling to figure out their relationships with her. Benjamin suffers injuries during the storm, but Doc is around to bring him back to health. Stewie and Chaun work on rebuilding RIO, while Fin and DS Dane Scott go after the bad guys.

And Fin is puzzled by Oliver’s erratic behavior. He’s flipping every few minutes from his usual sunny self to a snarling, angry shark snapping at everyone around him—especially Fin.

The usual fun stuff is happening too. A once in a lifetime chance to pilot a multi-million dollar personal submarine. Rosie, the American Pygmy octopus, and Suzie Q, the Southern Stingray, are back, both doing their things. Plus there’s a crazy free-range rooster named Chico on the hunt for treats and bad guys.

And then there’s Liam. Always Liam. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Iceland—land of fire, ice … and murder?

After a nasty fight with her boyfriend, tour guide Lana Hansen takes a week off work to get her head straight. Fate brings her to Iceland and the Hotel Puffin where she hopes the magnificent natural surroundings will help heal her heart and point the way forward.

Instead of the rest and relaxation she wishes to find, Lana ends up neighbors with a group of rowdy Americans in town for a bachelorette party and wedding. Their joyous frivolity is a painful reminder of her own relationship problems, and Lana does her best to steer clear of the group.

Yet when someone in the wedding party dies under mysterious circumstances, she gets pulled into the investigation. Can Lana help unmask the killer before they strike again—or will this trip be her last?

The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.

Books in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery series:
Book 1 – Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
Book 2 – Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
Book 3 – Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
Book 4 – Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh
Book 5 – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome
Book 6 – Death by Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick’s Day Murder in Dublin
Book 7 – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
Book 8 – Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice
Book 9 – Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Nutcracker ballet is filled with holiday cheer, but no one is happy, least of all lead dancer Leah Siderova.

It’s bad enough when Maurice Kaminsky forces her to perform upon a shaky platform, which teeters high above the stage. It’s worse when the curtain opens on the first murder victim, and the scene looks more like the end of Romeo and Juliet than a child’s vision of Christmas.

The dancers were unanimous in their dislike of Maurice, and they eagerly anticipated his departure. What they didn’t foresee is that he would exit in a body bag, and not on a nonstop flight to LA.

Leah doesn’t want to get involved in the ensuing murder investigation, but when suspicion falls upon Tex, her dance partner and friend, she has no choice but to act. She enlists the Choreographers of Crime for help, but it’s her life, her career, and her complicated romance with homicide detective Jonah Sobol that’s on the line.

With opening night less than a week away, and the future of American Ballet Company hanging in the balance, can Leah save Tex in time to save the show? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Christmas is one of those holidays that brings out the best in people. Or the worst. This year, I was determined not to let the humbug folks get to me. But a dead Santa Claus was going to be a stretch, even for me.

Maddie Bradford had no intention of playing an elf for Christmas. But when she’s pressed into service by an entirely too cheerful do-gooder who uses a little guilt, she agrees—on one condition. That her best friend Chloe also helps out.

The two friends are stunned when the jolly head elf, Santa himself, is murdered. Or rather, the actor who played Santa. Unfortunately, the suspects include another Santa, an elf, and a reindeer.

What’s an elf to do when the merrymaking turns to murder? It will take more than holiday cheer to get Maddie through this holiday season. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Bookshop owner and amateur detective Flora Steele teams up with handsome crime writer Jack Carrington to unravel a curious murder in the village of Abbeymead!

Sussex, 1956: When Flora and her partner-in-crime-solving, Jack, arrive at the charming church of St Saviour’s the last thing they’re expecting to find is the curate, Lyle Beaumont, lifeless on the flagstone floor beneath the belltower, with a mysterious note in his hand.

Flora is dismayed to find the poor curate dead. But she can’t help being intrigued by the eclectic mix of bell ringers present at the old church – Mr Preece, the local butcher, Dilys Fuller, the busybody postmistress, and Stephen Henshall, a newcomer to the close-knit community. Any one of them could be the culprit – and Flora needs to act fast before someone gets away with murder…

When Flora and Jack begin their sleuthing, they quickly realise all is not what it seems with the victim, and the certainty of the dead man’s identity becomes the first twist in the investigation.

Just as they’re getting closer to the answer, the death of one of the suspects changes everything. As a series of unexplained accidents unfolds across the village, it seems no-one who was present at the church on the night of the curate’s demise is safe.

Has the bell tolled on Flora and Jack’s detective days? And will they work out the truth in time to save themselves?

A completely addictive cozy crime novel set in the fictional Sussex village of Abbeymead. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!

Readers love the Flora Steele Mysteries:

Amazing… a top-notch cosy mystery… an engaging, intelligent and intriguing murder mystery that I found totally absorbing.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love this book! I was so captivated… I could not put this book down… I read this book in one sitting!… Amazing.’ @thenerdandherbooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely fantastic… An addictive perfect mix of mystery, crime, suspense and quirkiness which kept me turning the pages late at night!! An explosive start to a new series!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A joy to read… Full of mystery and secrets!… Truly an unstoppable read! And I loved every minute of it!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved… A cozy, heart-warming, fast read. It felt like Scooby-Doo meets Agatha Raisin. I am here for it!… Delightful.’ Frosta Wings It, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic cozy mystery!… Fun to read… This author knows how to keep the reader’s attention from the first chapter!’ Books and Benches, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wonderful book! I absolutely adored this… Had me reading and finishing the book in no time! I highly recommend!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love… The story twisted along, with everyone becoming a suspect… A fab read, that I devoured in a day.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a joy… Fabulous… Totally fantastic… I highly recommend this outstandingly fabulous book.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pace moves along as you keep turning the pages to find out whodunit. You’ll find yourself rooting for Flora and Jack in more ways than one. I can’t wait for the next book!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

When Cooper Hudson, a successful Seattle businessman, is suddenly investigated by the police for the death of a college friend, Javier, from many years ago, he’s forced to revisit past events and relationships.

There was a painful breakup with Juliana, who became Javier’s girlfriend, so not all of those memories were pleasant.

If the death of his friend from the past is determined to be from murder, a police detective has assured Cooper that he will be the number one suspect, because of his falling out with Javier. There were a number of witnesses to their arguments all those years ago, but some of those people had issues with Javier which might make them suspects as well.

It’s a fact. Very wealthy businessman make enemies. Is that the reason this case was opened after all those years? Is this a vendetta against Cooper? If the police decide he’s involved in Javier’s death, it could mean the end of his business empire.

Fortunately, he has Jake and former Mafia man, Al, on his side to help. They begin to investigate the case and soon find missing evidence. But will it help or hurt Cooper?

And thank heavens Jake has spent some time training Balto, his husky dog, to find scents. It sure helps when a little boy goes missing.

Enjoy the twists and turns in Voices from the Past, the 23rd book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Sugar plum shortages cause gnome naughtiness.
The gnomes are demanding sugar plums from Sticky Tricky Treats, a popular local witch-owned candy store. With the store owner Lina on her honeymoon, her business partner Sabrina turns to Trixie for help handling the unruly customers.
Trixie’s keen to help, but she has questions. What’s a sugar plum? Why are the gnomes so crazy about them? And why have they suddenly descended upon Sticky Tricky Treats for their sugar plum fix?
When International Criminal Witch Police lead detective Sylvester Wendell gets a new murder case, it doesn’t take long for he and Trixie to recognize their cases are connected.
Trixie and Sylvester join forces to find the killer in this magical cozy mystery! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Welcome to Spellford Cove, where the baking is sweet and the witches are wild.

Robin’s dreams for a normal life are shattered when Apollo comes to avenge his sister. Realizing that she has to take control of the situation once and for all, Robin comes up with a plan she hopes will stop the gods from coming after her. But there are more murders happening in Spellford Cove. Murders that Robin keeps finding herself mixed up in.

Will she be able to solve them, and stop the onslaught from Apollo, before she finds herself in prison? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

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