New Releases For The Week Of December 18th, 2022–Part 1

Most people have nightmares while they sleep. Carla Murphy awakens to find herself living one. Carla is excited when her best friend asks her to lunch and tells her to bring the baby. Rachel dislikes children and had been distant throughout Carla’s pregnancy. But Carla should have known that people don’t change that quickly. Lunch was a ruse. Carla emerges from a drug-induced slumber sealed in a room in Rachel’s basement with her son gone. Her best friend is no friend. She is obsessed with Carla’s husband and will kill them both if she doesn’t get what she wants. Carla has no choice. She must help Rachel, her confidant since childhood, seduce her husband or they all die, and her baby will be lost to her forever. (Amazon)

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BOOK SEVEN in the bestselling BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

After much cajoling, Macy gives in to her neighbor, Vera, and agrees to come to her book club’s Christmas party so she can share about the cafe. While public speaking isn’t Macy’s thing, she wants to brighten Vera’s lonely holiday season…and she can sell a little house blend on the side.

When a lively book discussion spirals into a public roast of the mayor—who happens to be sitting in their midst—things get uncomfortable. Soon afterward, the mayor shows up dead in Vera’s bathroom, and no amount of gingerbread cookies or eggnog can restore Vera to the club’s good graces. ‘Tis the season for Macy to find the murderer, or else Vera might be taking a long winter’s nap in a jail cell.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade
Book 4: Spilled Milk
Book 5: Trouble Brewing
Book 6: Cold Drip
Book 7: Roast Date (Amazon)

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What does a bride-to-be and a killer have in common?

When the friend responsible for getting Maddie her first baking job comes to visit, a mess of trouble follows her to town.

It’s going to take all Maddie’s skills, a legacy from her grandad, to solve the crime. While that’s not exactly a new thing, this level of vengeance is worse than anything she’s encountered so far.

Fortunately, she has her team of gal pals and a bossy cat on the case. Big Red, the large Maine coon, senses something is amiss from day one and he’s on a one cat mission to track down the people messing with his family.

Will her involvement in these crimes prove to Ethan yet again that Maddie’s a walking disaster—and not exactly marriage material?

The Maple Lane Mysteries are light, cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.

Other books in The Maple Lane Mysteries
Sugar and Sliced – The Maple Lane Prequel
Book 1 Apple Pie and Arsenic
Book 2 Bagels and Blackmail
Book 3 Cookies and Chaos
Book 4 Doughnuts and Disaster
Book 5 Eclairs and Extortion
Book 6 Fudge and Frenemies
Book 7 Gingerbread and GunshotsC. A. Phipps is a USA Today best-selling author from beautiful New Zealand. Cheryl lives in a quiet suburb with her wonderful husband, whom she married the moment she left school (yes, they were high school sweethearts). With three married children and seven grandchildren to keep her busy when she’s not writing, there is just enough space for a crazy mixed breed dog who stole her heart! She enjoys family times, baking, rambling walks, and her quest for the perfect latte. (Amazon)

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Labor Day Weekend—one last taste of summer.

In the quiet, sunrise-side town of Hampstead, Michigan, Rachel Roberts descends the stairs in her beach house, ready to sit on the back deck, have a glass of wine, and feel the Huron breezes come in from the water as the stars start to glow in the night sky above.

But everything changes when she sees headlights coming down her driveway. As the vehicle approaches, she becomes both excited and puzzled. Excited, because the vehicle belongs to her friend, retired Hampstead P.I. Obadiah Ben-David. Puzzled, because she has no idea why he is paying her an evening visit.

She soon learns that death has returned to Hampstead.

There has been an apparent murder-suicide involving the dazzling, socialite couple Artie and Misty Jensen in their mansion located in the posh, gated, beach-side neighborhood of Falcon Crest, and Ben-David has been asked to lend a hand as Hampstead’s new P.I. has been called away to deal with a family emergency. Ben-David is confident that it will be a quick visit to Falcon Crest. Whereas the murder case last summer was mystifying and treacherous, this one seems to be straightforward. Nevertheless, he would like for Rachel to be a second set of eyes for him when he examines the crime scene.

She accepts.

She shouldn’t have.

For when the final days of summer arrive, the temperatures begin to cool…and the Huron nights heat up.

If you are a fan of James PattersonJanet Evanovich, Robert B. ParkerLouise Penny, Michael ConnellyNora Roberts, John D. MacDonaldLisa GardnerJohn Grisham’s Camino series, or the TV series Castle, you’ll enjoy Huron Nights, Landon Beach’s Great Lakes Saga, and Landon Beach’s stand-alone psychological thriller, Narrator. (Amazon)

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From award-winning author Matt Cost comes a thrilling mystery about Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAP) spotted in the skies over Port Essex, Maine.

The man—about forty, forearms like small oak trees, with a thick beard—told the bartender at the Pelican Perch, “It came right up out of the ocean, hovered just above the water for about ten seconds, and then was gone.”

When Clay Wolfe and Baylee Baker are hired as the local liaisons for a government task force investigating the recent UAP sightings, things get complicated at lightspeed.

They’re also hired to find the missing Alice Smith, whose disappearance increasingly appears to have something to do with the UAPs—the source of which might just be a governmental defense contractor named Seagull Aviation.

But the more they investigate, the more questions pop up. Who is the assassin gunning for Wolfe and Baker? Who is the mysterious man code-named Arrow? When each witness who has seen one of the UAPs is reported missing, the stakes become sky-high. (Amazon)

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A carnival of murder has arrived. But who will have the last laugh?

Autumn is upon the cozy town of Clovedale Falls, and twins Rita and Rhonda Knight look forward to a beautiful season of pumpkins, bonfires, crisp evenings, and hot apple cider vinegar. But when a strange circus rolls into town, the peaceful atmosphere quickly turns sour.

After a creepy old man turns up dead, Rita and Rhonda are catapulted into a chilling mystery that will land them in a whole heap of danger. Forced to step into a grisly fun house in pursuit of a deranged killer, the pair will have to battle through laughing clowns, strange mirrors, and the bustling crowds under the Big Top.

But the killer isn’t working alone. Just when they’re about to unearth the truth, a new challenger steps into the ring… and if the sisters aren’t careful, they’ll meet their demise among the bright lights and colorful attractions of this carnival of death.

Can Rita and Rhonda Knight untangle a confusing and deadly mystery that haunts this sinister circus? Or will they succumb to the atmosphere of chaos and fear that lurks around every corner?

As a fun and wholesome cozy mystery novel that whisks readers away on an adventure into the delightful wonders of Autumn, Caught Bread-Handed is a memorable who-dun-it that serves up no shortage of head-scratching twists and turns. (Amazon)

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In this small town, the devil is in the details. And the poison is in the cake…

Ruby and Bee, and their cat Cookie, are having the best summer imaginable in Mystery, Maine. They’re planning a small vacation, they get to work in their dream bakery every day, and they’ve made new friends. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

Until a spate of graverobbing at the local cemetery sets everyone in town on edge.

When the body of a mystery man turns up, Ruby and Bee are alarmed. The peace and quiet is shattered, and they’re not convinced that their enemy, the detective, knows how to fix it.

With tourist season in full swing, and the town residents on edge and asking for their help, Ruby and Bee have to decide: step in and risk the ire of the detective, or stay out of it and see their new home dissolve into chaos.Can Ruby and Bee solve the perfect crime? Find out in the third book in the Bee’s Bakery Cozy Mystery series from USA Today bestseller, Rosie A. Point.Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

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Having a hot time on their Christmas honeymoon!

After a wedding fit for royalty, Maile, Steve and Nancy hit the road for a honeymoon that won’t soon be forgotten. Do they go to a lovely beach resort on Maui? Sightseeing on Kauai? Peace and quiet on Molokai? Forget that. They go to the Big Island where adventure and mystery awaits them!

No sooner do they arrive than lava begins to flow in the direction of their secluded little inn high in the rainforest. That’s not their only trouble. On a hike in the woods, they find a homeless man barely clinging to life while hidden in a swamp during a storm, and rush him to the hospital. It soon becomes apparent that someone tried getting rid of him, and that’s when Maile sets aside their honeymoon plans to investigate.

But the more she digs for the truth, the scarier the answers become. When the dark forces of ancient Hawaiian spirits tangle with the people of today’s world, Maile takes command, and she isn’t polite about it! (Amazon)

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Sometimes, the most unlikely of suspects takes the cake…

Trouble shows up for recently divorced Sarah Murray and Layers Bakery in the picturesque high-desert town of Bishop, California when her black sheep cousin appears suddenly after an eleven-year absence—mere minutes before a murder takes place.

With Sarah’s bakery competitor dead and the police focusing in on the most dubious of suspects—herself—she must launch her own investigation to find the real killer.

But complications arise when Sarah is tasked with organizing a local Fall Colors Festival in addition to balancing her bakery’s quirky staff and the burgeoning nonprofit need to train errant high school students in workplace skills.

With a little help from Jake and his K-9 partner, Sarah navigates an off-the-books investigation…until the killer makes good on scrumptious threats. (Amazon)

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