New Releases For The Week Of December 25th, 2022–Part 2

V.M. Burns returns with the latest book in her popular Mystery Bookstore mysteries set in a Michigan bookshop specializing in selling murder mysteries!

When the bookshop she owns becomes a crime scene, mystery writer Samantha Washington discovers there is such a thing as bad publicity . . .
After the local library in North Harbor, Michigan, is flooded in a storm, Sam offers her bookstore as a new venue for the Mystery Mavens Book Club. Unfortunately, she immediately runs afoul of the club leader, Delia Marshall, a book reviewer who can make or break careers—something Sam can ill afford with her debut historical mystery soon to be published.
But the next morning, Sam opens her shop to find the unpleasant woman dead on the floor, bashed with a heavy—apparently lethal—tome: the Complete Works of Agatha Christie. While Sam is busy writing her latest British historical mystery in which the queen mother is suspected in the murder of a London Times correspondent, a pair of ambitious cops suspect Sam of the real-life crime. When she gathers Nano Jo and their friends from the Shady Acres Retirement Village to review the case, they discover every one of the Mavens a motive. With her novel about to hit the stores, Sam must find out who clubbed Delia before a judge throws the book at her . . .
“Quirky characters are the heart of this cozy.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Charming . . . Newcomers will have fun, while established fans will relish the evolution of the characters and welcome Samantha’s bright new future.” —Publishers Weekly (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Set in the fan favorite Amish village of Harvest, Ohio, the latest novel in USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s Amish Matchmaker series brings back the unlikely sleuthing duo of an Amish widow and her zany, thrice divorced best friend. Will appeal to fans of cozy mysteries, small-town mysteries, wholesome romance, inspirational fiction, and readers of Jennifer Beckstrand, Charlotte Hubbard, Rachel J. Good, and other authors of Amish fiction.

Millie’s decidedly not Amish best friend, Lois Henry, is outspoken, colorful, and so hopelessly romantic, she’s had four husbands. Millie doesn’t judge, and she also doesn’t expect to run into Lois’s most recent ex, gambler Gerome Moorhead, in small-town Harvest, Ohio. With him is the very young, new Mrs. Moorhead, aka “Honeybee.” Lois is outraged, but Millie is completely shocked to learn the next day that Gerome is already a widower . . .
When a large wood carving at the cozy Munich Chalet falls on “Honeybee,” all eyes turn toward Lois. Who else would want a tourist—a complete stranger—dead? And half of Harvest witnessed Lois’s enmity toward the young woman. Suddenly Millie must put aside her sewing needle and flex her sleuthing skills. She’s no stranger to a murder investigation, after all, and if she doesn’t learn who killed Honeybee, Lois could go from Millie’s boisterous best friend to her horrified prison penpal . . .
Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish mysteries

“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.” USA Today

“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.” Library Journal (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

This captivating Regency-era mystery inspired by the novels of Jane Austen is perfect for fans of Andrea Penrose, Lauren Willig, and Deanna Raybourn, as readers venture beyond the glittering ballrooms and elegant parties of Regency London to the dark side of the city and its unexpected dangers.

Rosalind Thorne may not have a grand fortune of her own, but she possesses virtues almost as prized by the haut ton: discretion, and a web of connections that enable her to discover just about anything about anyone. Known as a “most useful woman,” Rosalind helps society ladies in need—for a modest fee, of course—and her client roster is steadily increasing.
Mrs. Gerald Douglas, née Bethany Hodgeson, presents Rosalind with a particularly delicate predicament. A valuable pearl necklace has gone missing, and Bethany’s husband believes the thief is Nora, Bethany’s disgraced sister. Nora made a scandalous elopement at age sixteen and returned three years later, telling the family that her husband was dead.
But as Rosalind begins her investigations, under cover of helping the daughters of the house prepare for their first London season, she realizes that the family harbors even more secrets than scandals. The intrigue swirling around the Douglases includes fraud, forgery, blackmail, and soon, murder. And it will fall to Rosalind, aided by charming Bow Street officer Adam Harkness, to untangle the shocking truth and discover who is a thief—and who is a killer. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

When a killer’s handiwork threatens Snowberry Creek’s first-ever arts and crafts fair, committee member and amateur sleuth Abby McCree starts looking for glues in this delightfully crafty new installment in Alexis Morgan’s USA Today bestselling cozy series set in the Pacific Northwest!

As the newest member of the Snowberry Creek City Council, perpetually overextended Abby McCree is picked to liaise between the council and the new planning committee for the town’s first ever arts and crafts fair. As far as gigs go, it’s a fun one—Abby’s spending the weekend tooling around Washington State, checking out similar fairs with her two besties, coffee shop owner Bridey Roker, and ceramic artisan Dayna Fisk.
As Abby spreads the word about Snowberry Creek’s fair, recruiting the industry’s biggest movers and makers, the trip feels like a glittering success. But then, someone is found murdered at one of the events and vendors begin disappearing amid suspicious circumstances. Abby’s determined to keep her hands clean, until Dayna finds herself stuck at the top of the suspect list. Now, Abby must weave the clues together and clear her friend’s name before the killer claims another victim—maybe even Abby herself . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Antique store owner and ostracized paranormal hunter, Blaire Braden lives a quiet small-town life, running her antique shop and minding her business.

The hunter guild gave her the boot thirty years ago when they discovered she was pregnant with a half-shifter baby. Since then, the wolf pack her daughter belongs to has become her extended family, complete with fur, fangs, and claws.

Life is good and drama free.

Until Lachlan James, her baby-daddy, Alpha of the local wolf pack, and a very good friend comes to her for help. One of his wolves is being haunted, and Blair is just the non-hunter for the job. She’s got an affinity for hauntings, despite not technically being a hunter anymore.

Of course, she has to help. It’s not like she has a ton of things to do herself, like selling her antiques, keeping an eye out for cursed objects, and trying to figure out if her shop is being haunted. There are strange things happening, that’s for sure.

She’ll drop everything and help the haunted wolf because that’s the right thing to do.

And Blaire always does the right thing. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

An Annie Archer Paranormal Mystery

Annie Archer is called upon to locate the bodies left behind by a serial killer in the last six months. Using potions and visions, Annie and her friend Sheriff Adam Parker locate five coffins with the missing bodies. However, there’s a sixth coffin and it’s empty. Is there another body or was it a spare coffin?

The Case of the Missing Coffin is the third story in the Annie Archer Paranormal Mysteries.

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Editions Available: Kindle

Fast-paced and fun
Cozy mystery with slow-burn romance and paranormal mischief for all

Book 1 of the KITTY KATS AROUND series. It all starts here in the summer of 2022.

Kitty is the mom, a cat whisperer, and a keen observer. Left with a boatload of debt when her husband died, she has taken up catsitting in order to avoid losing her house. This takes her into some…shall we say…interesting situations.

Diana is the daughter, a tech geek, and soon-to-be divorced. Her husband went to prison for his Ponzi scheme. Diana lost everything, has moved back in with Mom, and is trying not to let depression overwhelm her. Her mom’s catsitter caper could be just the distraction she needs.

Muse is the cat. The king of cats in exile, to be exact. Literally. This rascally tuxedo follows Kitty around and lends his own keen observations on the people, places, and hijinks they encounter. He thinks he’s being helpful.

Wyrdwood is the setting, a town on the Oregon Coast that serves as a refuge for magickal, mythical, and mystical beings who want a safe haven from persecution. Those with magick in their blood live side by side with normal humans, though most of the human remains—I mean humans…remain—unaware of this. All the people there are just living their lives, falling in love, and trying to make a buck. And, of course, engaging in shenanigans.

Excerpt from The Catsitter’s Conundrum (book #1 of the Kitty Kats Around series):

  • KITTY: One moment—that’s all it takes for your own life to suddenly become unrecognizable. My husband and I had moved to the neighborhood when we were first married. We’d spent thirty-three years there, raised our daughter there, and then my Bob had died there. As I watched the fire devour my neighbor’s house, I felt it like a wound to my world. It may as well have been my own home burning. Tears welled and flowed down my face. They blurred my vision, turning the sight of the flames into a bad acid trip. It was all just too much! Until it wasn’t. I come from stoic Oregonian stock, so I mustered, wiped my eyes with my sleeve, and joined a cluster of my neighbors to watch the spectacle. They glanced up as I approached, nodded, and then went back to spectating. The atmosphere was somber. “I hope everyone got out,” I said. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A little sweet tea and a whole lot of spells won’t always put out the fire…

Ruby Mae Jewell is getting ready to marry to her hot vampire boyfriend. With so much going on from her cousin learning how to change from a pig back into his human form to her future mother-in-law visiting from Italy to all of the wedding planning stuff, she’s being pushed to her limits.

A sudden visit from her long-lost mother almost tips her over the edge, except the new witch who came with her mom might come in handy when it turns out there’s a ghost haunting new brides—and Ruby Mae could be next. Will the newcomer be able to help her stop the spirit from causing more harm or will the soon-to-be-bride be at risk until the ghost is clear?

Grab your copy of this scorching tale and enjoy Bargain Haunting, Book 5 of the Southern Relics Cozy Mysteries! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Sherry Harris gives readers a new adventure to dive into with the latest installment of her Florida-set mystery series, as local bartender Chloe Jackson’s search for treasure shores up the dead body of a contestant in the upcoming Panhandle Barback Games…

The Florida Panhandle Barback Games are coming up and Chloe’s been drafted to represent the Sea Glass Saloon—competing in various obstacle-course events that conclude with rolling an empty keg up a hill. The rivalries are so fierce that some of the participating bars even stoop to bringing in ringers.
Meanwhile, Chloe’s friend Ann—a descendant of the famed pirate Jean Lafitte—asks her to come along for a boat ride as Ann dives into the Gulf of Mexico. She’s found some old papers that may identify the location of sunken treasure. Instead, she finds a sunken body—of one of the ringers hired for the Barback Games.  Now that murder is in the mix, Chloe has to figure out whether one of the competitors went overboard . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Meeting your boyfriend’s mother is stressful enough without murder taking centre stage
When Izzy Paterson—horse trainer, coffee-holic and computer geek—attends a medieval pageant, everyone performs brilliantly—until the star of the show, a Mary Queen of Scots re-enactor, drops dead.

With her boyfriend’s mother, Violet MacDonald, cast as the prime suspect, the police think they’ve silenced the critics and aren’t auditioning anyone else for the part of villain. It’s up to Izzy to investigate, shining a spotlight on the many suspects so she can bring the killer front and centre, and prove the police wrong.

Can Izzy solve the mystery before the final curtain drops and it’s ‘lights-out’ for Mrs MacDonald?

Find out in A Poisoning at the Pageant, a clever cozy mystery with a relatable sleuth, set in a small town brimming with eccentric characters in the beautiful Scottish countryside. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle