New Releases For The Week Of January 29th, 2023–Part 3

Is Nicole, a young college girl, alive or dead? When the police are contacted, they feel she just needed to take a little break, and that’s why she’s gone missing. But a well-known television news anchor feels there’s more to it than that, and when she hires Jake and Al, private investigators, to find the missing young woman, they fully agree.

It’s a difficult case. Her roommates have no idea what happened to her and don’t seem all that concerned, nor does her boyfriend. But when Jake and Al discover Nicole has an unknown admirer she exchanges texts with, their antenna go up. Did she meet with this person? Is that why she’s missing? Who could it be, and if she went with the person, did she go willingly or was she coerced?

What makes it even harder for Jake and Al is the fact they’ve been involved in one difficult case after another without a break. Maybe when this case is solved, the time will have come to make some changes. They’re not getting any younger, and they need to start thinking about their futures.

They decide, along with their families, Cassie, DeeDee, and little Gemma, to take a vacation in Hawaii. But what does the future hold for Al and Jake, and even Al’s little girl, Gemma? What will she grow up to be? And could DeeDee’s cookbook make her a future well-known household name? As she finds out when they’re in Hawaii, a famous model and prominent cookbook editor certainly think so.

Don’t miss the page-turning final book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author! (Amazon)

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Sometimes a novel idea can turn out to be a bad one. 

Sally Simmons was rather misunderstood in the small town of Whitby, North Carolina. An awkward woman with a sly countenance, she became a regular at the library, spending a good deal of time scribbling in a notebook and staring vacantly off into space.

It turned out, to everyone’s surprise, that Sally had been industriously penning a novel. To their greater surprise, it became something of a sensation, even landing itself on the bestseller lists.

Since much of the novel had been written within the hallowed walls of the Whitby Library, reference librarian Ann and other staff members decide to hold an event to celebrate Sally’s accomplishment and learn more about her book.
Sadly, it soon becomes evident that Sally’s book was inspired by actual residents of Whitby—and that she concealed their identities poorly.

When Sally meets an unfortunate demise, it’s up to Ann to figure out the killer so the police can throw the book at him. (Amazon)

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Tea, tarot, and murder…laissez le bon temps rouler!

Emerson Evans does not believe in the paranormal. So, that makes working at a voodoo shop in the French Quarter an unexpected job choice. But as a psych major, the shop’s patrons certainly offer endless opportunities for case studies.

When she meets a man who claims to be Baron Samedi, a voodoo god, (talk about research material) his crazy doesn’t end at his bizarre identity crisis. He tells her one of the shop’s regulars, who recently died, refuses to cross over to the afterworld until Emerson solves her murder. Delusional, anyone? And why her? But Emerson is curious. Soon, she does learn that the woman’s death is a little suspicious. Maybe she really was murdered.

Emerson might not believe in the paranormal, but she does suspect there could be a murderer in their midst. And apparently it is up to her (and a crazy guy who thinks he’s a god–and her canine sidekick) to find out hoodone it. (Amazon)

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Olivia is riding high after her Sweet Four O’Clock summer tour. Michael is hard at work building their dream home and her sister, Sage, is expecting.

Yet things take a dark turn when Olivia follows Mayor Maguire’s barks and stumbles onto the body of Beat’s Malone. Someone killed the talented drummer and dumped his body in a public parking lot. Olivia is on the case once more! Not only is she determined to uncover who is behind Beat’s death, but to discover how it connects to her pregnant sister.

Secrets abound with everyone—including Mayor Maguire—acting odd. But when an anonymous source sends the police a video of a skateboarder riding through downtown Lily Rock in the dark Olivia begins to wonder if this is a clue… or a threat.

When Sage ends up in the hospital, Olivia is ordered by the handsome new Lily Rock doctor to drop everything and care for her sister at home. Janis Jets must continue the investigation on her own.

Can Janis track down the killer without Olivia’s help? Or will Olivia have to choose between family obligations and stopping a murderer from striking again? (Amazon)

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Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once?

Gia’s second trip into the fantasy portal of Literatia involves the murder of Dr. Manette, a key character from the classic book, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, by Charles Dickens. Gia’s goal is to untangle the knotted plot of the original novel and get herself and her partner, Matthew, back home. But her mission becomes even more complicated and critical when her mentor Cooper falls ill back in the real world.

Will old friends be able to provide the help Gia so desperately needs? Or will the villainous silverfish succeed in ruining this literary classic and furthering their evil plan? (Amazon)

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In a game of cat and mouse, always be the cat.
PI Samantha True is used to danger, but this time the stakes are higher than ever.

  1. Someone is trying to kill her.
  2. She’ll need her ex-sorta-husband’s help.
  3. It’s hard to spend time with a new boyfriend when your ex-sorta-husband is hanging around.

Sam’s new client, YouTube star Lora Darling is famous for breaking barriers as a female gamer. But fame has its price. Lora has a stalker, one who intends to see her dead. When Lora’s partner is poisoned and Lora is drugged, Samantha knows the stalker is closer than they ever imagined.
The gaming world isn’t all fun—and well, you know, games—it’s a multi-million-dollar cutthroat business. Throw in the meddling media, a sick father, and a contract killer and it’s just another Monday for Samantha True, PI.

Warning: May cause spontaneous laughter. This mystery offers witty banter, characters you’ll want to be friends with, and is a perfect escape to the Pacific Northwest. Laughing out loud in public may cause curious glances from strangers.

This book is a 6-8 hour read and doesn’t haven’t to be read in the series order.

Read more novels from USA Today Bestselling author Kristi Rose
Samantha True Mysteries:
One Hit Wonder
All Bets Are Off
Best Laid Plans
Caught Off Guard
Two Time Loser

The No Strings Series:
The Girl He Knows
The Girl He Needs
The Girl He Wants
The Girl He Loves

The Wyoming Matchmaker Series:
The Cowboy Takes A Bride
The Cowboy’s Make Believe Bride
The Cowboy’s Runaway Bride

The Meryton Brides Series (Formerly Meryton Matchmakers)
To Have and To Hold
With This Ring
I Do
Promise Me This
Marry Me, Matchmaker
Honeymoon Postponed

The Coming Home Series:
Second Chances
Once Again
Reason to Stay
He’s the One
Kiss Me Again (Amazon)

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Tarot cards, a caravan, and mayhem.

Rosalia Gomez known to her family and friends as Abuela Nana has decided it’s time for a new adventure.

Everything is set in motion. She has gone out and purchased her very own vintage caravan. The members of the Coastal Caravan Club from Miami are happy she has finally decided to join them on their trip to Vermont. She has secured someone she trusts to run La Misteriosa Cafe. She has even told her Cuban family that she is leaving on a roadtrip.

So, everything is perfect, right? Well, not exactly. Along the way, Nana finds out the caravan has a special guest. And, then to make matters worse when she arrives at the campsite there’s a dead body.

Between conducting tarot card readings and trying to figure out who the killer is Nana has her hands full. Will she succeed in solving this mystery? She has to if she wants to return home. (Amazon)

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No good deed goes unpunished.

The trouble started in Greece with a favor for her new father-in-law. When Poppy Fields picked up a package in Athens, she had no idea how many people were interested in its contents. Desperately interested. Murderously interested.

Now she’s on the run, racing across Turkey in a cat-and-mouse game with multiple killers. Because what’s in the package could change the world. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of January 29, 2023–Part 2

Till Death Do You Part’ wasn’t supposed to be taken so literally…

When Maddie Swallows attends an out-of-town wedding with her best friend, Benji, she expects free food, dancing, and some awkward moments as she tries to figure out her feelings for her long-time friend.

What she finds instead is a dead groom and an entire wedding guest list who had reason to kill the guy.

It doesn’t help that Maddie was the last person to see the groom alive and is placed in the local police’s crosshairs as they work to solve the murder.

It will take some unexpected sleuthing, and a few therapy sessions, for this psychiatrist to prove her innocence, and bring justice to the real killer.

Dead Before I Do is the third book of the Maddie Swallows mystery series. If you love quirky characters, romance, and plenty of intrigue, you’ll love this cozy mystery.

Pick up Dead Before I Do and travel to White Sands National Park for Maddie’s latest mystery today! (Amazon)

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From USA Today bestseller and Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano, comes Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun—the hilarious and heart-pounding next installment in the beloved Finlay Donovan series.

“Fresh, heartfelt and witty, Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun is a twisty page-turner, and its relatable heroine Finlay Donovan is irresistible!” —Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series

Dating. Diapers. And dodging bullets. Who said single moms can’t have fun?

Finlay Donovan has been in messes before—after all, she’s an author and single mom who’s a pro at getting out bloodstains for rather unexpected reasons—but none quite like this. After she and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they may have “borrowed” in the process of saving the life of Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob got her out of debt. But now Finlay owes them

Still running the show from behind bars, mob boss Feliks has a task for Finlay: find a contract killer before the cops do. Problem is, the killer might be an officer.

Luckily, hot cop Nick has started up a citizen’s police academy, and combined pressure from Finlay’s looming book deadline and Feliks is enough to convince Finlay and Vero to get involved. Through firearm training and forensic classes (and some hands-on research with the tempting detective), Finlay and Vero have the perfect cover-up to sleuth out the real criminal and free themselves from the mob’s clutches—all the while dodging spies, confronting Vero’s past, and juggling the daily trials of parenthood. (Amazon)

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THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY-THEMED COZY MYSTERY SERIES IS HERE!

A hippy, a logger, a pot grower and a clown walk into a bar…and you know you are in Blue River!

Sadie Simpson is getting to grips with her new life in Blue River. She has her new business, her new boyfriend, and her new dog.

All is well in Blue River—until it suddenly isn’t.

A madness has overtaken the town; wanton vandalism and mindless destruction is happening nightly, and that’s not the strangest thing. What’s really weird is the people who are behind all this chaos.

It looks like Sadie is going to have to get to the bottom of another mystery, with the help of her costume shop staff, Flora Baggett and Rocky Murgatroyd, but first she has to figure out how to make a BigFoot costume…

Once Upon a Mime is the second book in The Humboldt County Mysteries Series.

A contemporary cozy with a tiny hint of edge! This quirky cast of characters is sure to win your heart. For lovers of Agatha Raisin and Janet Evanovich alike.

★★★★★ “You’ll crave the next book, I highly recommend” Cyn Diane Reads ★★★★★

Pre-Order Once Upon a Mime today. (Amazon)

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From the authors of the best-selling series CHERRINGHAM

When heart-throb American tennis coach Todd Winters careens off the road in his speeding car one night and plunges in the river, it seems like a tragic accident. But Winters was a young man with many dangerous secrets, and Harry and Kat discover there’s no shortage of people who wanted him out of the picture. Soon they discover clear evidence: the accident was no accident at all. And now Harry and Kat had best be careful too… even in the genteel world of the Mydworth Lawn Tennis Club, a desperate murderer could be ready to kill again.

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid-90s, creating innovative content and working on major projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and the best-selling mystery series Cherringham. Their latest series project is called Mydworth Mysteries. (Amazon)

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USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Amy Vansant finds romance deadly in the latest installment of the fun, thrilling, twisty Pineapple Port Mysteries!

When Matchmaker Lady Venus drops dead on the Pineapple Port community center’s stage during a Valentine’s event, Charlotte and the new detective agency she’s started with her fiance Declan are called to the scene.

As danger mounts, she’ll need everyone’s help to keep Venus’ family safe, which means tapping into Declan’s giant, former employee salesman and his crazy Uncle Seamus—both of whom are falling for the ladies in their lives.

Someone might need to keep an eye on Darla and Mariska, too—wiith Lady Venus dead, they think they should take her place…and a mysterious local matchmaker doesn’t agree!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It’s a good thing Amy Vansant is still writing the Pineapple Port mysteries because these books are addictive.”  RP Dahlke, The Dead Red Mystery Series (Amazon)

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A quirky and funny series for fans of a good mystery and compelling characters. Can you solve the crime before our dressmaking duo?

After losing her job at an exclusive London hotel, Penny Slipper is only too happy to help when her grandma asks her to take charge at the Cozy Craft sewing shop in charming rural Suffolk.
With cousin Izzy on hand as the expert dressmaker and Penny’s head for business, what can possibly go wrong?
But Penny’s in town for less than a day when the local librarian is poisoned and Penny fears she might even be accidentally responsible. Penny and Izzy are forced to turn detectives to uncover the true cause of death, while finishing a costume commission for their first customer.
Matters take a further deadly turn when a second body is discovered.

Can Penny and Izzy unpick the mysteries of the past and sew the pieces of this puzzle together before it’s too late?

If you enjoy fast-paced mysteries, charming country towns and characters who you want to spend hours with then you’re going to love the Cozy Craft Mystery series.
Start your next murder mystery adventure today! (Amazon)

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“A riveting, fast-paced, intriguing read with a colorful cast of characters who pull you in and don’t let go!” —Lisa Regan, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Crime Fiction Author

Ann Kinnear has been invited to the Gotham Crime Fiction Conference to give a talk on “Making the Supernatural Super in Your Novel.” She isn’t enthusiastic about adding public speaking to the offerings of Ann Kinnear Sensing, but at least it’s unlikely to land her in the hospital.

Ann’s conference liaison, editor Darren Van Osten, is contending with problems of his own. His favorite—and only—client, bestselling thriller author Jock Quine, was killed during a burglary at his Princeton mansion, and now Darren is trying to coach Jock’s bookish son Alec to pick up the authorial torch from his larger-than-life father. When Alec catches Ann trying to contact Jock’s spirit at Darren’s behest, he proves not too bookish to level some threats. Darren’s best hope of staying solvent is to capitalize on his most mysterious client, Lara Seaford, whose debut novel is sweeping the thriller awards.

Meanwhile, cozy mystery author Marilee Forsythe is demanding that her son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Jeanette, repay a loan so she can buy out her cozy contract and switch to her true calling: writing thriller novels. An attack on Marilee leaves her unable to leave her Ocean City, Maryland condo. Only Jeanette’s fear that Marilee will demand immediate repayment of the loan–a demand that she and Jeremy could only meet by selling their naturopathic pharmacy–keeps Jeanette from delivering a far-from-cozy rebuke to her unpleasant and demanding mother-in-law.

As Ann’s involvement in Jeanette and Darren’s dilemmas deepens, she begins to suspect that there is more in common between the two cases than mere authorial posturing … and that the stakes are life and death. (Amazon)

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Cari Turnlyle was recently promoted from the sports column to a front-page journalist at the Brenington Beagle. She had been enjoying her success until a wealthy member of the community calls her writing drivel. The man, Frederick Kastener, is outraged when no one investigates his daughter’s death in a collision that by all accounts seems to be accidental. Well-connected both socially and financially, Kastener throws his weight around to get the case a second look. Cari knew Jade Kastener as a happy-go-lucky young woman, so when an eyewitness of the collision claims that she was crying, Cari is hooked. Convinced that the younger Kastener was drugged, she uses her resources to find the answers. She is determined to not cross boundaries in her friendships, but calls on the help of her detective-friend, Genevieve Viacorte to combine their efforts. When another person dies under suspicious circumstances, Cari is convinced that the deaths are related. The medical examiner disagrees and finds both deaths to be accidental. As Cari digs in, personal matters distract her from staying focused. Her editor is demanding that she buckle down and put the pieces together, while a visit from her parents looms on the horizon. Can she live up to everyone’s expectations by solving the case and balancing her parents’ wishes? (Amazon)

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The chilling story of two conflicted sisters, their murdered brother, and the secrets a family hoped they’d never have to face.

The murder of jazz musician and social activist Markus Peña doesn’t come as a surprise to his estranged sisters. Melinda and Emily Peña know their controversial brother had enemies. After all, even they hadn’t spoken to Markus since their mother’s funeral two years ago.

Who killed Markus? Was it someone trying to keep his latest protest song from publication? Was it the powerful and secretive uncle of his ex-girlfriend Rebecca? Or was it one of the other women Markus had callously abandoned?

To unravel the truth, Melinda and Emily must first face their own demons. Melinda, a former social worker, suffers from PTSD—haunted by the people she failed to help and unable to maintain meaningful relationships. Emily also pushes people away—afraid she’ll get hurt and afraid they’ll find out she’s Three Strikes: a masked vigilante who violently punishes abusive men.

Markus wasn’t a good man, but he was family. And it’s up to his sisters to uncover his lifetime of lies and the truth of his death.

Haunting, gripping, and relevant, No Home for Killers explores the conflicts that tear families apart—and the tragedies that force them back together. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of January 29th, 2023–Part 1

Sheriff Houtman, who left Boston to have a more peaceful career, finds himself faced with two murders, and he is challenged by a band of amateur sleuths who doubt his competence. Will his conclusions hold, or will he have to admit defeat? Unfortunately, Sheriff Houtman is quite infatuated with Sadie, a refugee from Lebanon who escaped ISIS.
Robin George narrates the story. She is a widow with a young son who moves to the Berkshires after her beloved husband died. Her bookstore, Bookworms, and Sweet Indulgences, her best friend Sadie’s restaurant, become the hubs for Robin’s amateur detective group where they plan how to solve the local crimes and exonerate Billy, the Sheriff’s main suspect.
Will they prove the Sheriff wrong? (Amazon)

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She’s dying for a crime to solve. Can this amateur sleuth put down her magnifying glass and enjoy her much delayed honeymoon?

Cory Jones brims with newfound confidence. After proving she has the skill to ferret out clues the cops miss, she’s ready to dive into another investigation. But after her husband surprises her with a camping trip, the last thing she expects is a fellow adventurer to drop dead.

When she trusts the wrong person with her secrets, Cory begins playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the killer. To save her family, she agrees to be framed for murder.

Will Cory rot in jail while the killer is free to strike again?

For All in TENTS & Curses is the third book in the intriguing ‘A Death in Miniature’ Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-moving suspense, twisty who-done-its and family secrets revealed, then you’ll love Shelley Dawn Siddall’s clever clue filled cozy.

Buy For All in TENTS & Curses to watch motives unfold today! (Amazon)

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“A complex mystery and yummy grilled cheese recipes. What’s not to like?”— Kirkus Reviews

A bridal shower gone bad quickly becomes the swiss of death, and grilled cheese shop owner Carly Hale must sniff out the suspect

Winter in Balsam Dell is a snowy affair, and to add in some cheer after the holidays Carly’s former classmate Klarissa Taddeo is hosting her extravagant bridal shower at the historic Balsam Dell inn. But when a double-booking throws some mold in the cheese, Klarissa is left scrambling. Dawn, the maid of honor and wedding planner, saves the day by moving the shower to her family’s mansion and books Carly to cater the party. It seems the group is going to pull off the shower without a hitch.

That is, until Klarissa’s fiancé crashes the event. She’s furious with her groom-to-be and when a loud argument ensues, everyone is shocked by what they hear. When the groom is later found dead at the bottom of the stairs, his drink spiked with a hefty dose of poison, Carly must put her nose to the rind and save Klarissa from being suspect #1.

Because you know what they say: it’s always the (almost) wife. (Amazon)

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Sometimes you have to rock the boat to catch a killer!

On the tropical island of Paraiso, Plum Lockhart has a new zest for life. Her villa rental company is growing like a weed, she’s solved a couple of pesky murders, and things with her long-time crush are finally starting to heat up.

Plum does sometimes miss her sparkly life in the Big Apple, so she’s thrilled when she gets an invite to dinner on the yacht, where she can mingle with famous singers, up-and-coming stars, society swans, and billionaires. After a few hours on the boat, Plum is less than impressed with celebrity set and when a server tries to pull her aside to confide a secret, she wonders what else may be lurking beneath the surface.

Two days later, one of the servers from the yacht―a girl with a dragonfruit tattoo―washes up dead, and Plum’s sweet bit of paradise quickly goes sour. As the ship prepares to set sail across the Caribbean, Plum hops onboard to investigate the case, undercover. But the best laid plans turn deadly as it becomes clear that everyone on the boat has a motive and Plum must sleuth out the killer before she becomes the next victim… (Amazon)

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Vi and Jack are journeying on a second honeymoon. Sand, sea, long, lingering nights along with slow, sleepy mornings seem to be just what life demands.

They set out, driven by whimsy. Soon they join a small boat tour of the islands along with other travelers. At first, they’re surrounded by loving families, but as the journey progresses, they uncover that all is not what it seems. And with that, someone is found down. But why? (Amazon)

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Evie’s requests in life are simple. She wants her stolen memories restored and for her Aunt Birdie to live up to her promise to train her in the mystical ways of magic. It might be nice, too, if no one died anytime soon. Unfortunately, that hope is dashed when the mayor turns up dead in his boat on beautiful Lake Skipper. At least he died from natural causes. Or did he?

When Birdie does agree to start her witchy lessons, Evie’s beyond excited, but she soon discovers that magically sweeping floors isn’t the dazzling spell she’d hoped for. Still, all witches have to start somewhere, right?

Evie would like to keep the town’s handsome police chief Caden at arm’s length, but he seems to be the only reliable link to her forgotten summer. And she’s not the only one with man troubles. When Aunt Birdie ends with not one, but two suitors, Evie fears her aunt’s involved in a kitty love triangle, and everyone knows those don’t end well.

It’s another exciting and unpredictable adventure for Evie. As she searches for who might have committed the murderous deed, she uncovers intriguing clues to her own mysterious past, and she discovers that the fiery magic burning in her veins might be more than she can handle.

Cursed Cookies is the third book in the light-hearted and humorous Cookie Corner Cozy Mystery series. If you like the thrill of solving a murder, enjoy a sweet romance, and adore picturesque small towns with endearing and quirky characters, you’ll love these stories.

Grab your copy today!

Note: Does not contain gore, swearing, or adult-situations. (Amazon)

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Review of Oh Say Can You Fudge

Oh Say Can You Fudge

A Candy-Coated Mystery, Book #3

Nancy Coco

5 Stars

Mackinac Island is an idyllic place to live or vacation. There are numerous motels and bed and breakfast places to stay while you visit the shops and soak in the history of the area. There are no cars allowed on the island, except for emergency vehicles. There are fudge shops everywhere, so many that Willy Wonka would be impressed. As in most small towns, everyone knows everyone else and most times that is a great thing. The island is quiet, calm and peaceful. That is until an explosion occurs at a factory full of fireworks. The very same fireworks that Allie McMurphy had arranged to entertain the small town with for the Fourth of July celebration. Will she be able to deliver the goods for the event or will it turn out to be a dud?

Besides the explosion of the fireworks, there are a series of fires occurring on the island. At first it is believed that these fires are just random happenings, but soon arson is suspected. Allie and her friends are perplexed at what is happening to their tranquil island and are determined to figure out the mystery.

Characters introduced in the first two books in the series return and there are a couple of new people we meet. It appears as though Allie has made her decision as to who she is more attracted to (she has two possible suitors in the first two books) and we see the relationship begin to grow and develop. All of the characters are realistic and well rounded and I enjoy reading about all their antics. Mal, Allie’s puppy, is again very active, nosing out trouble on the island. And dancing around everyone hoping for dog treats. She is adorable and has quite the personality. I just wish people would hold on tighter to her leash when they take her for walks!

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is descriptive with her writing and I felt like I was right there on the Island watching all the action going on. It seemed like I could smell the smoke and hear the explosions when I was reading about them. The mystery is well plotted and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I had an idea who the culprit was and this time I was right. But that is alright because I did not know the why.

At the end of some chapters there are recipes for fudge. Who knew there are so many things you can do to fudge to create exotic flavors. I enjoyed reading about all the different flavors that Allie made and with the recipes included in the book, anyone can try to make them for themselves.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I usually do not read the same author consecutively, but I read all three books in this series within a week. That should tell you how much I enjoyed them all. Now I have to read for the fourth book to be written and released.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Review of Where The Guilty Hide

Where The Guilty Hide

A Detective Honeywell Mystery, Book #1

Annette Dashofy

5 Stars

Synopsis:

From USA Today bestselling author, Annette Dashofy, comes the start of a brand new crime series set on the shores of Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. For fans of Ann Cleeves, Louise Penny and Elly Griffiths.

‘Fast paced and tension-filled… Dashofy weaves the perfect mystery and has created an unforgettable cast you can’t help rooting for’ USA Today bestseller Carissa Ann Lynch

On the shore of Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, a body lays half hidden, the waves slowly moving it with the rising tide…

In the early morning mist, freelance photographer Emma Anderson takes pictures of the rocky coastline. She moved to Erie to escape a past that haunts her but the last thing she expects to capture is a dead body.

Erie City Police Detective Matthias Honeywell has been investigating a spate of home invasions but when one of the robbery victims turns up dead, his case evolves into homicide. Emma’s first encounter with Detective Honeywell leaves her shaken when he reminds her of her ex-fiancé-turned-stalker. Matthias misinterprets Emma’s anxiety and suspects she knows more than she’s letting on.

With the threat of another murder and no obvious leads, will Emma and Matthias overcome their mutual distrust and work together to capture a killer?

See what early readers have to say about Where the Guilty Hide:

‘A superb police procedural. Fantastic, fast-paced and tension-filled’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Couldn’t stop reading… gritty’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An outstanding grab-you-by-the-throat series… addictive’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Lots of twists and turns’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An innovative mystery… a captivating story’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Gripping, fast-paced, well-written and realistic, I highly recommend’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A mystery that every mystery lover will enjoy’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Well executed and visually descriptive… the story moves flawlessly from chapter to chapter’ Dru’s Book Musings  (Amazon)

Review:

  Emma has started over in an attempt to get away from her ex-fiance turned stalker. She is working as a free-lance photographer and she inadvertently takes a photo of a dead body. She shows the picture to the police and then finds that she needs to explain why she has it.  One of the lead detectives reminds Emma of her stalker and she has a hard time trusting him.  But she will have to trust someone especially as things get more complicated.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Emma has not had an easy life.  She is missing her sister, who has a drug problem and has disappeared.   She blames herself.  She also is trying to hide from her ex, who is stalking her.  Detective Matthias Honeywell has demons of his own.  He has been in law enforcement for a long time and has seen a lot.  And he is missing his old partner quite a bit.  Both of these characters are flawed but they are trying to get their life back in order.  I really enjoyed getting to know them and I cannot wait to learn more about them in future books.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it kept me engaged from the first page.  Whether reading about the break ins or learning about Emma’s sister I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to consider and suspects to watch and I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end.   

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  I am glad to see this is the first book in this series because I want to find out what is in store for them next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, One More Chapter, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.  

Review of New Year Nuisance

New Year Nuisance

Holiday Cozy Mystery, Book #4

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

Synopsis:

CELEBRATE GOOD CRIMES!

New Year’s Eve has always been a special time for the small town, Holiday Junction, with its annual tradition, the Sparkle Ball, along with the town Merry Maker spreading joy and cheer to all its residents. But this year, the joy is short-lived when local nuisance and troublemaker, Hillary Stevens, is found murdered in holiday town’s mini-village.

As the town’s resident nosy journalist, Violet Rhinehammer is determined to uncover the truth behind Hillary’s murder and bring the killer to justice. But her investigation is complicated by her own secret – she is the town Merry Maker, and must keep her identity hidden from Mae West, her best friend who is visiting for the festive town’s Sparkle Ball.

With suspects at every turn and a town full of secrets, Violet must use her keen investigative skills and determination to uncover the truth before the killer strikes again. Will she be able to solve the mystery and bring the killer to justice, or will her own secret be her downfall?

New Year’s Nuisance is a gripping tale of mystery and intrigue, perfect for fans of small town crime novels. With well-developed characters and a twisting plot, this book will keep you guessing until the very end. (Amazon)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Violet has lot going right now.  She has her journalism duties, her secretive Merry Maker duties and a visit from Mae West.  When a body is found in the town’s mini-village she has to figure out the murderer before someone else is targeted.  This time she will have Mae’s help to figure it out.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these  descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  Whether Violet was pursuing clues or spending time with Mae I was very intrigued and wanted to know more.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Find out if Mae and Violet can figure out the mystery.

Review Of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Gone To The Dogs, Book #3

Janice Thompson

5 Stars

Synopsis;

A Champion Dog Is Off His Game

Grab a puppy to snuggle and unwind with a delightful small-town mystery in book 3 of the Gone to the Dogs series.

Inquisitive, detail-oriented, Veterinarian Kristin Keller prides herself on winning over any dog. But has this self-proclaimed dog whisperer finally met her match in a Sheltie named Remington who has just won the Texas state agility course competition? The champion pooch is acting out of sorts—almost as if he is not the same dog. Has he, by chance, been switched out with another dog just before the next big competition? Kristin and the other Lone Star employees will do anything to help the Atkinson family figure out this mystery surrounding their beloved Remington.  (Amazon)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well rounded.  I like the fact that each book has a different main character but we get to spend time with all of them and see what is going on with them.  I really liked reading about the clinic and all the animals and how they are taken care of. You can tell the staff really care about their animals.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  Whether taking  care of the animals or trying to find out what happened to the missing dog I was totally engaged in the story.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted book.  I have read all the books in the series and I have loved them all.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

New Releases For The Week Of January 22nd, 2023–Part 3

The wild west. Enchanted flowers. A new witch accused of murder…

I thought it was going to be a day like any other. Clock in for my shift in the toll booth. Hand out tickets all day. Clock out. But a cowboy snatched me up before I punched in for the day and hauled me here, to this working ranch in Montana.

I always wanted to see Big Sky Country, just didn’t figure it would happen like this…

He and his family tell me I’m a witch, and I’m supposed to work in the magical flower shop here. The thing is, I know nothing about plants and I can’t even read the spell book they’ve given me.

A murder by the barn on my first day here doesn’t make my situation any better. The blacksmith thinks I did it, and there’s going to be a hex in my face if I don’t prove my innocence. How am I going to get out of this one? (Amazon)

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As soon as they meet, it’s murder.

When Jade Fitch opens a new-age shop in the picturesque market town of Hazeby-on-Wyvern, she’s hoping for a fresh start. Meanwhile, Fi Booker is trying to make a living from her floating bookshop as well as deal with her teenage son.

It’s just coincidence that they’re the only two people on the boat when local antiques dealer Freddy Stott drops dead while turning the pages of a book. Or is it?

After a grilling from the unfriendly neighbourhood policeman, Jade and Fi are left shaken. Can they prove they didn’t kill Freddy Stott? Was he even the intended victim? And can they trust each other?

Local gossip reveals a host of suspects, but with the police taking their time and hostility towards them growing in the town, Jade and Fi decide to investigate. Will that make things better, or much, much worse?

Murder for Beginners is the first book in the Booker and Fitch cozy mystery series, set in and around the English market town of Hazeby-on-Wyvern. (Amazon)

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Is this the end of Crimson Cove?


Everyone is excited to attend a surprise performance by the enthralling magical scarabs. The town turns out to enjoy the show, including a bundle of annoying non-magicals. They just won’t take the hint and leave.

But that won’t stop me and my wonderful witch, Zandra, from enjoying ourselves. The partying continues through the night, resulting in the formidable Old Mother Splinter almost drowning.

The next day, everyone is shocked to learn she died at the hospital, and what appears to be a tragic accident gets serious when a lethal sleep spell is discovered in her system. And it’s spreading. If you fall asleep, you don’t wake up!

With time against us, and the sleep spell seeping through the town, I have a battle on my fluffy paws. Who wants Crimson Cove unprotected? Are the non-magicals at risk from this spell? And how will I keep my witch from going to sleep and leaving me?

Brew the coffee, prop open those eyelids, and let’s solve this mystery before the town I’ve grown to love, and the witch I can’t be without, are gone forever.

***

Every Witch Way but Demon is book six in the Magical Misfits Mysteries and resolves the puzzle of the stubborn magical bangle, why Sammy is being strange, and why non-magicals keep dropping by. This fun paranormal cozy whodunit is full of twists and turns, strange clues, and a sprinkling of magic.

Expect magical action, dark deeds, and Juno to be the sassiest, most determined talking cat you’ll ever meet. (Amazon)

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It is 1936. Undercook Joan Hart and lady’s maid Verity Hunter are back in London after a long stay in the country. The capital is fraught and unsettled. Protests and riots are taking place regularly, fascism is on the rise and trouble in Europe is brewing, but the girls are still thrilled to be back in the Big Smoke, ready for some fun and frivolity.

That is, until an old friend of Verity’s contacts the servant sleuths, asking for help. Maidservant Theda Samuels was the only one in the house when tycoon Sir Jacob MacMullen was killed, and things are looking very black for her… unless Joan, Verity and their old ally Inspector Marks might be able to help?

A Murder in Mayfair is the fourth in the historical mystery series, Miss Hart and Miss Hunter Investigate, by bestselling crime writer Celina Grace.

Praise for Celina Grace by Amazon and Goodreads reviewers:

“Thoroughly enjoyed this read. I’ve been waiting for this story since the first of the Asharton novellas was published and I am very glad to see more of Joan and Verity. I think they are a great mystery team. Smart and active, but in a believable way. You don’t ever wonder how they could do what they do within the confines of their social roles and their “real” jobs are never thrown to the side.”

“Celina makes her characters someone you care about. I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes mysteries, especially period mysteries.”

” I love her writing style. This book does not disappoint. A great mix of mystery, humor and wonderful characters. All in a beautiful Manor. Very enjoyable read.”

“I have read the four Asharton Manor books and enjoyed them all, but the first story that introduced Joan and Verity was my favorite and I am so glad the author wrote another story with the two of them. This time period is very interesting to me and then to throw in a couple murders to solve makes it extra interesting. I hope to read more about Joan, Verity and ( maybe Inspector Marks ?) in future books.” (Amazon)

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An Annie Archer Paranormal Mystery

With her newly opened antique shop taking off, Annie Archer is settling into Turtle Bay. Annie gets called away from her shop when her friend, Sheriff Adam Parker wants her to take on an extraordinary case. The neighborhood handyman, impaled to death in his home, was propped up against a ladder, thirteen written across his forehead, a broken mirror beside him, and a black cat sitting on the top rung of the ladder. The picture would have been funny if it hadn’t been so morbid. It seems her mentor is the main suspect.

Can Annie clear her friend’s name before the police pin the murder on her?

The Case of the Unlucky Handyman is the fourth story in the Annie Archer Paranormal Mysteries.

Join Daisy’s Newsletter for updates on new releases, sales, and all things Cozy Mystery at http://www.daisylandishromance.com. (Amazon)

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Murder

Clive Pippins, Lady Ginger Gold’s beloved, elderly butler is apparently Christmas shopping when a body is found. To the shock of everyone in Ginger’s household, the victim is the spinster cousin Pippins worked for during the years surrounding the Great War.

As Ginger investigates things begin to look grim for her dear butler. What had the man been up to during the war years, and had he been complicit in a crime?

What secret was Pips holding onto?

And worse, would he be the next victim before he had a chance to divulge it?

The only gift Ginger wants for the Christmas of 1927 is for the killer to be found before it’s time to ring in the new year!

★★★★★


Researching for the Ginger Gold Mysteries has been so much fun. I hope you sense that as you read. Ginger Gold is smart, savvy, and delightful. The fashions, the dances, the CRIME. The character of Haley Higgins, a medical student at the London Medical School for Women allows me to further delve into another keen interest of mine: forensics. Never fear, the Ginger Gold Mysteries are COZY, so no scary, graphic on-stage violence. You’ll find these books to be clean reads, with no swearing or sex. I hope you enjoy the Ginger Gold Mystery series!


Hop aboard the 1920s!

THE GINGER GOLD MYSTERY SERIES

Murder on the SS Rosa (Book 1)
Murder at Hartigan House (Book 2)
Murder at Bray Manor (Book 3)
Murder at Feathers & Flair (Book 4)
Murder at the Mortuary (Book 5)
Murder at Kensington Gardens (Book 6)
Murder at st. George’s Church (Book 7)
The Wedding of Ginger & Basil (Book 7.5)
Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman (Book 8)
Murder at the Boat Club (Book 9)
Murder on Eaton Square (Book 10)
Murder by Plum Pudding (Book 11)
Murder on Fleet Street (Book 12)
Murder at Brighton Beach (Book 13)
Murder at Hyde Park (Book 14)
Murder at Royal Albert Hall (Book 15)
Murder in Belgravia (Book 16)
Murder on Mallowan Court (Book 17)
Murder at the Savoy (Book 18)
Murder at the Circus (Book 19)
Murder at the Boxing Club (Book 20)
Murder in France (Book 21)
Murder at Yuletide (Book 22)
~more on the way!

Higgins & Hawke in the 1930s!
Death at the Tavern (Book 1)
Death on the Tower (Book 2)
Death on Hanover (Book 3)
Death by Dancing (Book 4)


A 1950s mystery series!

THE ROSA REED MYSTERY SERIES

Murder at High Tide (Book 1)
Murder on the Boardwalk (Book 2)
Murder at the Bomb Shelter (Book 3)
Murder on Location (Book 4)
Murder and Rock ‘n Roll (Book 5)
Murder at the Races (Book 6)
Murder at the Dude Ranch (Book 7)
Murder at in London (Book 8)
Murder at the Fiesta (Book 9)
Murder at the Weddings (Book 10)

Don’t miss LADY GOLD INVESTIGATES, the short story companion series! (Amazon)

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An innkeeper who reads minds. An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premier destination for murder.

 Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY Bestseller Bellamy Bloom.

***Includes RECIPE

My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Cider Cove, Maine, is sweltering in the heat of a long, hot, summer as the inn plays host to a local TV show, Cider Cove Home and Heart. While a trio of domestic divas do their best to regale their viewers with a clam bake, someone in the crowd is about to regale them with murder. A cute golden retriever puppy is soon left without its owner and I not only has a new home to find for the sweet pup, I have a killer to catch.

Emmie has a secret that will be brought to light, and Macy’s dirty thirty birthday bash is at hand.

Things are heating up in Cider Cove this summer—and with a homicide front and center, the clam bake isn’t the only thing about to boil over.

Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer.

The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder.

Cider Cove, Maine is the premier destination for fun and relaxation. But when a body turns up, it’s the premier destination for murder. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of January 22, 2023–Part 2

In Olivia Matthews’s Against the Currant, the first Spice Isle Bakery Mystery, investigating a murder was never supposed to be on the menu…

Little Caribbean, Brooklyn, New York: Lyndsay Murray is opening Spice Isle Bakery with her family, and it’s everything she’s ever wanted. The West Indian bakery is her way to give back to the community she loves, stay connected to her Grenadian roots, and work side-by-side with her family. The only thing getting a rise out of Lyndsay is Claudio Fabrizi, a disgruntled fellow bakery owner who does not want any competition.

On opening day, he comes into the bakery threatening to shut them down. Fed up, Lyndsay takes him to task in front of what seems to be the whole neighborhood. So when Claudio turns up dead a day later—murdered—Lyndsay is unfortunately the prime suspect. To get the scent of suspicion off her and her bakery, Lyndsay has to prove she’s innocent—under the watchful eyes of her overprotective brother, anxious parents, and meddlesome extended family—what could go wrong? (Amazon)

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You don’t need to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in Maine, where the chilly March weather offers the perfect excuse to curl up with an Irish coffee…But in these St. Patty’s-themed novellas by fan-favorite cozy mystery authors Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross, someone may have spiked this year’s brew with murder!

IRISH COFFEE MURDER by LESLIE MEIERPart-time reporter Lucy Stone is writing a piece for the Courier about four Irish step dancing students from Tinker’s Cove on the cusp of making it big. But the story becomes headline news for all the wrong reasons when one girl’s mother is found dead in her bathtub. Did a stage mom take rivalry too far, or is some other motive at play? DEATH OF AN IRISH COFFEE DRINKER by LEE HOLLISAs owner of Bar Harbor’s hottest new restaurant, Hayley Powell offers to cater the after-party for popular comedian Jefferson O’Keefe, who’s playing his old hometown for St. Patrick’s Day. But it’s no laughing matter when Jefferson keels over after gulping down his post-show Irish coffee, leaving Hayley to figure out who decided this joker had gone too far . . . PERKED UP by BARBARA ROSSIt’s a snowy St. Patrick’s Day in Busman’s Harbor. But when the power goes out, what better way for Julia Snowden to spend the evening than sharing local ghost stories—and Irish coffees—with friends and family? By the time the lights come back, they might even have solved the coldest case in town . . . (Amazon)

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Almost as soon as recent divorcee Amy Morrison begins her dream job as librarian aboard the world’s most expensive luxury cruise liner, she nearly sinks it. She’s tasked with hosting the debut of a painting celebrated but hidden for nearly sixty years. But the artist claims the painting isn’t hers. And then, the artist goes missing. With the help of a retired academic couple lecturing aboard the ship, a dashing IT manager, and a housekeeping staff with a love of literature, Amy tries to solve the art fraud and kidnapping while rediscovering the adventurous side of herself. (Amazon)

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What’s a woman to do if she finds a skeleton in her own back yard?

Since she moved into her farmhouse, Paisley Sutton has wanted to convert the old summer kitchen house into an office for herself, and it’s finally time. But when her contractor begins opening up the walls to insulate, they find far more than they expected.

Will Paisley be able to solve this time-worn murder, or will someone stop her before she can? (Amazon)

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Magic in this witch’s family has a name: Trouble.
Sidney Grace is trying to adjust to her new life in Crystal Beach, Florida which comes with a whole new set of challenges. Mainly, what is she going to do to support herself now and how long can she stay illegally parked at the beach? The handsome Officer Reece is tough on criminals and even tougher on witches. But these aren’t even her biggest troubles…

For starters, her mom, the Tupperware Queen, is headed down for a surprise visit…to look at buying her own property in Crystal Beach. After all, who else is going to protect Sidney from her magic-wielding grandmother? Cue the funeral march on Sydney’s phone. Now she must contend with a pushy realtor, her crazy new boss, a botched mini-golf tournament, and her talking cat, while secretly unlocking her own magic.

As she opens her mind to her psychic powers to help the residents at Shifting Sands, Sidney discovers a second chance for love, but her heart is pulling her in two different directions, and one direction could very well be deadly.

Read Claw of Attraction, book 2 in the Crystal Beach Mystery Series, for a bewitchingly fun paranormal cozy mystery with charming characters that will keep you spellbound! (Amazon)

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A 40-year-old Witch with a New Career…

A Gargoyle Sheriff Raising a Teenaged Daughter…

And an Enchanted Island Full of Secrets…

With only a month to go before the big day, Shayla is feeling unusually calm. The only thing left to line up is the photographer. So when her very pregnant cousin, Serena, offers to help her with that errand, Shayla immediately says yes. But when the two women discover a dead body at the popular photo studio on Enchanted Island–Charmed Images–it doesn’t take long before a list of suspects emerges–including forensic specialist Finn Faeton’s uncle. With the help of her fiance, Alex Stone, her sidekick, Needles, and a young prodigy in forensics from PADA, Shayla sets out to discover who would want the photographer dead. But when the killer sets his sights on Shayla and another family member, Shayla vows to turn the island upside down in order to capture her killer. Will she succeed? Or will her wedding pictures contain one less family member? (Amazon)

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Julia Bird can’t wait to attend the annual village party at the local stately home, with its tea tents, cake stalls, and… dead body in the maze?

The annual village celebration at Berrywick House is underway, complete with over-decorated cake stalls, fiercely contested flower competitions, and even a maze for the disappointed losers to hide in. Julia Bird, now a well-known – even notorious – member of the community, with her trusty Labrador Jake, has thrown herself headlong into the festivities. But her reputation for adding drama to any event stands up yet again when she discovers a dead body in the maze…

It seems Ursula Benjamin, village know-it-all and prickly baking competition participant, has been strangled – and the killer has to be someone at the fete. As Julia grapples with finding yet another murder in Berrywick, she starts to wonder, could one of the competitive cake-bakers have taken the contest to deadly new heights? Or is there something darker in Ursula’s life that led to her untimely demise?

Embroiled once again in a murder enquiry, Julia isn’t about to leave the investigation to the police. Like it or not, she’s involved, and she’s going to help them solve the mystery. But when there’s another death, and it’s clear the murders aren’t isolated incidents, the stakes become even higher. Can Julia figure out the identity of the killer, and prevent any further dastardly deeds, before the wholesome spirit of the village is ruined forever?

If you like utterly gripping English mysteries, then you’ll love A Village Fete Murder. Perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands.

Readers are loving the Julia Bird mysteries:

There just aren’t enough stars for this one, so I can only give it FIVE!! I’m so looking forward to the next book in the series!!’ Goodreads reviewer⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely LOVED this… Julia Bird was an amazing and lovable character… Once I started it, I couldn’t stop.’ Goodreads reviewer⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I loved this very English murder mystery, so reminiscent of Agatha Christie… I loved everything about this book.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fabulous… addictive… a witty and delightful crime novel full of delicious red herrings, rural mischief and bucolic charm that is impossible to put down.’ Bookish Jottings

Oh my, I loved Julia Bird… she is a delight! I can’t wait for the next one! Please don’t let it be long!MoongloTexas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Really entertaining… I simply couldn’t put the book down… Julia’s life in the countryside with her newly adopted dog Jake was too enjoyable… I cannot wait to read for Julia Bird’s next adventure!… Five stars!’ Tropical Girl Reads Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant!… I really warmed to Julia and especially Jake, her errant puppy, and loved the village life.’ Broadbean’s Books⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I loved this first book in a new cozy, English countryside series and hope it continues for a very long run.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I really enjoyed this… heartwarming always entertaining read.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book! I am always thrilled to find a new cozy mystery/series to get stuck into and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.’ A Wordy Woman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m pretty sure I want to be Julia Bird when I retire. Charming little cottage in a village in the Cotswolds in England? Check!… Insta-love with an adorable chocolate lab puppy? Check! Distinguished village Doctor who could be mistaken for Sean Connery?… I really enjoyed this brand-new cozy mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A delightful mix of humour and mystery.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

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When Naomi Front moves her teenage daughter, Ella, to the small town of Fayette, all she hopes for is a new start after an ugly divorce. But the mother-and-daughter duo have a rocky start on day one—finding the corpse of the local busybody in their storage shed.

Welcomed into their neighbors’ house when the police arrive, Naomi and Ella quickly learn that the victim on their property is not likely to be missed. Gossiping over Earl Grey and biscuits, Barbara and Ingrid spill the tea about Fayette’s notoriously nosy citizen—Yasmin LeFluer. She never knew how to mind her own business and was even quicker to make enemies. Among her ex-husband, her sibling, and her friends, it seems the list of suspects will run long.

Adjusting to a new home is hard enough. Faced with a murder victim having been shoved into her shed, though, Naomi struggles to get her footing. To make matters worse, Ella seems too intrigued, teaming up with Barbara and Ingrid, both to learn more about Fayette and how Yasmin wound up dead in their shed.

As the case drags on, more danger lurks in the shadows. It’s plenty to worry Naomi, and it’s fodder for her ex-husband to stir up more trouble about Ella’s custody.

With the help of their tea-loving neighbors, can Naomi and Ella find Yasmin’s killer? If they don’t, there’s no telling if their new take on life will be over before it truly begins. (Amazon)

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Could an Innocent Small-Town Hide an Utterly Evil Mind?

Write And Wrong: A Sweets of Saltcaster Cozy Mystery

Some women are born with a talent and love for baking, but when someone like Sara, a talented baker with a naturally sharp instinct, is suspected of being involved in a murder case, that can unlock her hidden skills.

“On our way to my bakery, something catches my and Dylan’s attention. There are parked police cars with sirens wailing in front of Belle’s B & B.

I wonder what happened. I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering what happened because Dylan parks the car by the side of the road and hops out. I don’t waste time going after him.

We come to a stop in front of the police cars. A few policemen are outside questioning some people. Lucky for me, I see Felicity standing close to one of the police cars.

“Felicity!” I yell her name from a distance, waving my hand so she can see me. Fortunately, she does, and she dashes toward me.

“Felicity, what happened here?” I ask.

“It’s Gerald. He’s dead.”

The police suspect Sara’s bakery to be a possible source of a food-related “murder weapon.” Again.

This ordeal will take all her intuition, experience, andcourage.

What followed is the kind of stuff you only see in murder mystery movies.

Will she be able to turn things back to normal?

Get your copy today and find out! (Amazon)

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Cheerleading is supposed to be fun, not deadly.

When cheer mom Abby Winters and her daughter, Ashley, head out of town for a cheer competition the very worst happens shortly after check-in at their hotel.

With one dead body already, a hostile detective that does not like Abby and some very scary coaches, Abby is concerned the sport her daughter loves is going to be forever tainted by murder.

Can she catch the killer, without getting arrested herself, and save the competition? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of January 22, 2023–Part 1

New York Times bestselling author Kate Collins pairs Abby Knight, her sleuth from her Hallmark Channel Flower Shop Mysteries, with Athena Spencer, a single mom from a big Greek-American family, as they investigate a crime of fashion in the idyllic town of Sequoia, Michigan…

Athena Spencer works with her big Greek-American family (whom she also anonymously blogs about) at their garden center near Lake Michigan. She’s also gained a reputation for crime-solving—and that’s what brings flower-shop owner and fellow sleuth Abby Knight Salvare to her door . . .
Abby has come from Indiana to this Lake Michigan town to help her cousin, Jillian, who was emceeing a local fashion show and now stands accused of murdering one of the models. Some of Sequoia’s most prominent citizens were there on the catwalk, so there’s increasing pressure to have the next event be a perp walk.

The clueless Jillian is in jail after ignoring orders not to leave town, and she isn’t happy—orange is not her color. Along with her handsome PI partner, Case, Athena starts making inquiries, while tiptoeing around the wives of the town’s mayor and police chief. In the meantime, the two detectives are becoming fast friends. After all, in addition to homicide, Abby and Athena share an interest in horticulture—though right now the only thing they’re growing is their list of suspects . . . (Amazon)

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In the latest Country Store Mystery by Agatha and Macavity Award-winning author Maddie Day, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day in South Lick, Indiana! But a holiday cooking competition at Pans ’N Pancakes is put on the back-burner when a killer strikes…

There’s no mistaking Saint Patrick’s Day at Pans ’N Pancakes. Robbie may only be Irish by marriage to Abe O’Neill, but the shelves of vintage cookware in her southern Indiana store are draped with glittery shamrocks and Kelly-green garlands and her restaurant is serving shepherd’s pie and Guinness Beer brownies. The big event, however, is a televised cooking competition to be filmed on site.

Unfortunately, someone’s luck has run out. Before the cameras start rolling, tough-as-nails producer Tara O’Hara Moore is found upstairs in her B&B room, bludgeoned apparently by the heavy hilt of a cleaver left by her side. Now, not only does Robbie have a store full of festive decorations, she’s got a store full of suspects . . . (Amazon)

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Pre-order the brand new instalment in bestselling author T. A. Williams’ Armstrong and Oscar cozy mystery series!

A brand new cozy crime series set in gorgeous Tuscany…It’s murder in paradise!

Murder in broad daylight…

When millionaire magnate, Rex Hunter is found with his head bashed in on the eighth hole of his prestigious golf and country club in beautiful Chianti, it’s a clear case of murder. Hunter was rich and successful and the envy of many, so retired DCI Dan Armstrong thinks the case will be a hole in one to solve….

A despised victim…

But as Dan and his trusty sidekick Oscar begin to dig deeper into Hunter’s lifestyle, they discover a man despised by many. A renowned womaniser, ruthless boss and heartless family man, it seems no one is particularly sorry to see Hunter dead. And the list of possible suspects is endless…

A murderer covering their tracks.

Dan is determined to catch this clever killer, but it seems every new lead brings another dead end. Will this be one case Dan and his canine companion won’t solve?

A gripping new murder mystery series by bestselling author T.A. Williams, perfect for fans of Lee Strauss and Beth Byers.

Praise for T.A. Williams!

“The perfect combination of character, setting and plot, heralding an addictive new cozy mystery series!” Bestselling author Debbie Young

“Watching unassuming detective Dan Armstrong weddle the truth out of folks is great fun. Highly Entertaining read!” Bestselling author Kelly Oliver (Amazon)

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Introducing a new series with a twisty edge-of-your-seat courtroom thriller from award-nominated author Keenan Powell.

When a tearful young woman appears at attorney Maureen Gould’s office with a tale of workplace assault, Maureen agrees to fight for her. Surprise evidence? No problem. Witnesses hiding? Maureen will find them. Ironclad agreements? No such thing. But when the defendant, a Hollywood mogul, hires Maureen’s estranged father, long buried secrets pull her back into his dark orbit. Maureen must steel herself to protect her client even as the past threatens to destroy her marriage and her practice.

As Maureen fights for justice, doors are slammed in her face, a witness is murdered, and her office is burglarized. She doesn’t know who she can trust. Clearly, someone is trying to silence her. But Maureen knows that secrecy binds the shamed to the guilty. There is only one way to save her client, and herself, and that is to tell the truth.

Sharp-witted, big-hearted and authentic, Implied Consent is a knock-out of a novel from a writer who knows both the letter of the law and the messiness of real life. Treat yourself – you won’t regret it. CATRIONA McPHERSON, multi-award- winning author of IN PLACE OF FEAR.

Keenan Powell has penned her most memorable heroine to date.Powerful and authentic. Implied Consent is a must read! — Bruce Robert Coffin, award-winning author of the Detective Byron Mysteries (Amazon)

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Piper Addison has three problems: a broken espresso machine, malfunctioning magic, and a dead body. Guess which one she doesn’t see coming?

One month from forty, Piper Addison thinks she finally has life figured out. Sure, her bank account could be fuller and the cafe she opened with the last of her savings could use some help, but what’s a few kinks for an Orchard Hollow witch?

Too bad Piper can’t witch to save her life, which is exactly what she might need to do when a dead body is discovered in the alley behind her cafe. To make matters worse, all the evidence points to Piper and the local sheriff is not too keen on the town’s paranormal inhabitants.

When a mysterious envelope lands on Piper’s doorstep, she has a decision to make: go behind the sheriff’s back and try to clear her name, or spend her fortieth birthday in a prison cell.

A Grave Roast is a paranormal cozy mystery complete with an unlucky witch, a ghost familiar, and a feisty raccoon with a talent for getting into sticky situations. (Amazon)

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Set in the Downton Abbey era of post-WW1 England, this evocative historical series features Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, solving crimes among the gentry, in a well-crafted mystery that will appeal to fans of Deanna Raybourn and Victoria Thompson.

A house party attended by fashion royalty becomes the backdrop for a murder that only Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, can untangle …

 
Amid the aftermath of the Great War and its hardships, it’s no wonder that many wish to rediscover life’s pleasures—parties, fashion, dancing. Still, Lady Phoebe and Eva are disconcerted when a small gathering at the home of Phoebe’s sister, Julia, becomes a far larger and more glamorous affair . . .
 
Julia has invited her favorite French fashion designer, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and Coco’s current beau, the Earl of Chesterhaven. Coco has brought an entourage of her own, including two models, and intends to use the gardens as a photographic setting for her latest creations.
 
Madame Chanel is as outspoken as she is talented, offering a scathing critique of Phoebe’s fashion sense. There is tense competition between the models as well. When one of the guests is found dead of smoke inhalation, it appears to be a tragic accident. But was a footman really to blame for mistakenly closing the fireplace flue, or is there a more sinister explanation?
  
Phoebe is determined to find out, despite the protestations of her sweetheart, Owen Seabright.  Both above and below stairs, Phoebe and Eva uncover myriad motives—career ambition, romantic rivalries, and even deeper betrayals. For despite the surface beauty, there are ugly secrets in the world of Maison Chanel, ones that a killer will risk anything to protect. (Amazon)

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Will a thief ruin Labor Day for the whole town of Arrojo?

For Adele Gossling, Labor Day is about giving voice to progressive reforms such as the eight-hour work day and minimum wage for women. But for business owners in Arrojo, California, Labor Day is about making money. City slickers flock to the country seeking holiday deals they can’t get in San Francisco or Sacramento. What better way to celebrate than with bargains and the community picnic?

What they don’t know is there’s a thief in town. He’s already succeeded in getting away with burglarizing business owners in neighboring cities, and the county police can’t seem to get their hands on him.

Who is stealing gold trinkets from the shops in Arrojo, California? Is it the dandified Mr. Lyman? The town’s junk collector and pariah, Zephyr Brown? or is it someone or something beyond their wildest imagination?

Follow the adventures of epistolary expert and suffragist Adele Gossling and her aura-seeing friend Nin Branch as they embark on an adventure to catch a thief and his unique accomplice.

Pick up this fourth book of the mysteries reviewers have praised as a “great new series” where “characters come alive”.

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Don’t forget to check out the other books in the Adele Gossling Mysteries! (Amazon)

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When Sophie Sayers joins a writers’ retreat, she’s hoping to find inspiration and perhaps a little adventure. Away from her comfort zone, she also takes stock of her relationship with her boyfriend Hector.

But scarcely has the writing course begun when bestselling romantic novelist Marina Milanese disappears on a solo excursion to an old windmill. First on the scene, Sophie is prime suspect for Marina’s murder. When a storm prevents the police from landing on the island to investigate, Sophie must try to solve the crime herself – not easy, when everyone at the retreat has a motive.

As she strives to uncover the truth about Marina’s fate, Sophie arrives at a life-changing decision about her own future.

Previously published by Debbie Young as Murder Your Darlings. (Amazon)

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USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall returns with the fourth novel in her Scottish Shire cozy mystery series set in a charming seaside town in Scotland and featuring busy single mom Paislee Shaw, owner of a specialty sweater shop, knitting enthusiast, and reluctant sleuth who must untangle another murderous yarn!

As her friend’s matron of honor, Paislee Shaw vows to solve the mystery of a missing brooch and a dying wedding guest . . . Paislee’s specialty sweater shop and yarn business Cashmere Crush, in the charming Scottish village of Nairn, is closed today for a special occasion. Her bonnie bestie Lydia is moments away from walking down the aisle of the church at Old Nairn Kirk to wed Corbin Smythe. Gramps and Paislee’s eleven-year-old son Brody are seated in the pews with the other guests—the only family not in attendance is their black Scottish terrier Wallace. As matron of honor, Paislee is at her friend’s side when Lydia lets out a frantic cry. The Luckenbooth brooch her betrothed gave her is missing. A traditional Scottish love token, the gold heirloom has been in his family for generations and not wearing it could bring bad luck—according to the superstitious Smythes. But the real misfortune falls on a distraught cousin who suddenly disrupts the ceremony and dies with the brooch in her hand. The Smythes insist it’s the curse. But Paislee must broach the subject of…murder. And was the intended victim the guest—or the bride? Only Paislee can determine who to pin the murder on . . . (Amazon)

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CELEBRATE GOOD CRIMES!

New Year’s Eve has always been a special time for the small town, Holiday Junction, with its annual tradition, the Sparkle Ball, along with the town Merry Maker spreading joy and cheer to all its residents. But this year, the joy is short-lived when local nuisance and troublemaker, Hillary Stevens, is found murdered in holiday town’s mini-village.

As the town’s resident nosy journalist, Violet Rhinehammer is determined to uncover the truth behind Hillary’s murder and bring the killer to justice. But her investigation is complicated by her own secret – she is the town Merry Maker, and must keep her identity hidden from Mae West, her best friend who is visiting for the festive town’s Sparkle Ball.

With suspects at every turn and a town full of secrets, Violet must use her keen investigative skills and determination to uncover the truth before the killer strikes again. Will she be able to solve the mystery and bring the killer to justice, or will her own secret be her downfall?

New Year’s Nuisance is a gripping tale of mystery and intrigue, perfect for fans of small town crime novels. With well-developed characters and a twisting plot, this book will keep you guessing until the very end. (Amazon)

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