Review of Forever Fudge

Forever Fudge

Candy-Coated Mysteries, Book #6

Nancy CoCo

5 Stars


“Memorable characters, a charming locale, and a satisfying mystery.”–Barbara Allan

When a film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim . . .


It’s Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head–with a note challenging amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has to square off against a crazy killer–but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Praise for Nancy Coco and the Candy-Coated Mysteries

“It’s probably best not to read this while you’re too hungry, as the assorted fudge recipes may send you right to the kitchen.” 

The Oakland Tribune 

“The characters are fun and well-developed, the setting is quaint and beautiful.”

RT Book Reviews

“I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and look forward to reading more in this series.”

Fresh Fiction (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I always enjoy the time I spend with Allie and her friend Jenn, they are funny and you can tell how much they care about each other.  They always have each other’s backs, and they would do anything for each other.  Allie continues to have two love interests, Trent and Rex, and it is getting a little old to me.  I feel she needs to make a decision and move forward or let them both go.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words.    Mackinac Island, Michigan,  came to life in my mind’s eye and I could picture all of the action taking place and hear conversations going on around me.  The mystery is well plotted and moved along at a steady pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  I was fooled by who the killer was, and that made me happy.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I hope the resolution of the triangle.

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

New Releases For The Week Of February 26th, 2023–Part 2

It’s hard to walk away from the truth when you need a cane…

Former international war correspondent Kate Tessler had to trade her illustrious journalism career for her childhood bedroom after a brush with death almost took her leg. But when the editor of a local newspaper asks for her help, Kate is drawn back into her old world. A journalist covering a sprawling story of political corruption may have uncovered explosive new evidence, but she was run off the road in a hit-and-run accident. Gabriella, Kate’s mentee, has been injured and can only communicate by blinking yes or no to questions. Meanwhile, another reporter is missing.

The editor is short-staffed, with no one experienced enough to handle something this dangerous. Kate can never give up on the search for truth, so with her trusty senior sidekicks and new PI partner—her sister, Jen—Kate takes the case. Can a fifty-year-old journalist still recovering from a war injury survive the dangers of the Arizona desert long enough to catch a killer? (Amazon)

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Pepper Reign is losing her power. That’s right. If she can’t get it back, then she will no longer be a witch.

But there is a chance at regaining her magic. Wells Morgan, an eccentric dragon keeper, may hold the key to helping her. But is Pepper willing to pay the cost for keeping her power?

A better question–is Magnolia Cove willing to pay that cost?

Find out! (Amazon)

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Everything’s coming up Emma…

Since Emma inherited her grandfather’s hearth magic, chores have never been so much fun. Her house is sparkling clean, dishes wash themselves, and her pancakes… Well, she’s a witch, not a miracle worker. Emma’s new mansion would make a perfect bed-and-breakfast, if she only she could deliver on that second “B”. It’s time to hire someone who can prepare a meal without burning the place down. The problems start when one applicant for the cook job turns up dead and the obvious culprit would be the other. But Emma can’t quite bring herself to believe this sweet, gentle woman would resort to murder for a job.

To make matters worse, Emma’s new home is haunted. Her ghostly grandfather knows exactly who killed the chef, but after thirty years alone, he’s a bit peeved she never came to visit. Unless she can help him settle his unfinished business, he’s not telling. Can Emma fix her grandfather’s broken heart, save her staff, and find the real killer?

UNFINISHED WITCHNESS is the highly-anticipated first book in the upcoming HAUNTED HAVEN series, a paranormal cozy mystery series with an amateur sleuth, a small town, and a talking cat. Fans of Angie Fox, Amy Boyles, and Annabel Chase will love these bewitching books. (Amazon)

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‘Eleanor Oliphant for historical fiction fans, with a dash of detective work and mystery thrown in. I loved everything about it.’ Katie Lumsden

Violet Hamilton is a woman who knows her own mind. Which, in 1896, can make things a little complicated…

At 28, Violet’s father is beginning to worry she will never find a husband. But every suitor he presents, Violet finds a new and inventive means of rebuffing.

Because Violet does not want to marry. She wants to work, and make her own way in the world. But more than anything, she wants to find her mother Lily, who disappeared from Hastings Pier 10 years earlier.

Finding the missing is no job for a lady, but when Violet hires a seaside detective to help, she sets off a chain of events that will put more than just her reputation at risk.

Can Violet solve the mystery of Lily Hamilton’s vanishing before it’s too late?

A delightfully quirky and clever book club read, perfect for fans of Dear Mrs BirdThe Maid and Lessons in Chemistry.

Praise for No Life For a Lady:
‘A GORGEOUS historical romcom with lashings of mystery… Joyful!’ Sophie Irwin
‘Charming, exhilarating, fabulously funny and so full of heart – Violet is the heroine I’ve been waiting for.’ Daisy Buchanan
‘So original and well written, I couldn’t put it down… I can’t remember rooting for a heroine as hard as I did for Violet.’ Lucy Vine
‘Delightful, original, cleverly crafted and completely addictive. Violet Hamilton is one of those characters who slips into your heart straight away and radiates joy. I loved it!’ Hazel Prior
‘Impeccably researched, with a slowly unfurling mystery at its heart, this witty and uplifting story belongs entirely to Violet – a lady determined to tackle life (and love!) on her own terms’ Julietta Henderson
‘Violet’s story is moving, inspiring and very, very funny; a complete triumph’ Celia Anderson
‘Watch out Enola Holmes – Violet Hamilton is on the case! Pure joy and utterly charming!’ Faith Hogan
‘Eleanor Oliphant for historical fiction fans, with a dash of detective work and mystery thrown in. I loved everything about it.’ Katie Lumsden (Amazon)

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Cozy Craft Mysteries can be read in any order. A funny whodunnit series, full of charming characters and mysteries that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Things are going great for Penny Slipper. Running a sewing shop in the middle of the English countryside is like a dream come true and she’s got her colourful cousin Izzy and her corgi, Monty, to keep her entertained.

Her grandma’s eightieth birthday is coming up soon and Penny and Izzy are busier than ever, making fancy dress costumes for the party guests.

However, Penny’s dream life is thrown into chaos when a murdered woman is found in the bathroom of her cosy flat above the shop. With the doors and the windows all locked, no one can understand how this mystery corpse got there.

But things take a further sinister turn when a local shopkeeper is also killed. There’s a murderer on the loose and no one is safe!

Can Penny and Izzy uncover the answers and unmask the criminal in their midst?

If your ideal book features mystery, friendship, cute romance, even cuter animals, crafting and a big slice of birthday cake then this is the book for you. (Amazon)

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Things are clickin’ right along for Noelle and Hunter. They’re through a flurry of weddings, tourist season is over, and it’s finally time to settle in and enjoy the cooler weather of fall. They should have known no quiet moment goes uninterrupted, though!

While decorating for the annual Halloween festival, a close friend is found standing over the body of a member of the high-hatted Magnolia Club smack in the middle of the corn maze, murder weapon in hand. With the ladies of Keyhole Lake’s high society out for blood, Noelle and Hunter have to find the real murderer before the old hens flock together to send an innocent woman to jail.

Join Noelle, Hunter, and crew on the 16th adventure in my sassy, snarky Witches of Keyhole Lake Southern Mysteries series! (Amazon)

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A secret from the past, a heartbreaking revelation, and a new outlook for the future.

Eira revisits her childhood, hoping to unravel the secrets of her mother’s murder. But with her friends preoccupied with their own lives, she’s never felt more alone.

She’s searching for answers.

But can you ever fully understand the why of things? Can you ever truly put the past behind you and move on?

Join witch Eira Snow, her bubbly apprentice Fleur Evans, and a cast of quirky characters as they solve a new mystery in the quaint Welsh village of Caerleon.

No Witch is an Island is the firth book in the Eira Snow series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If you like believable characters, fun mysteries with surprising clues, then you’ll love Victoria DeLuis’ delightful story.

Grab ‘No Witch is an Island’ and cozy up with your new favourite witch today! (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of February 26th, 2023–Part 1

When a driver dies during a glamourous classic car event at her family’s estate, Dr Nell Ward is in a race against time to uncover the truth and prevent the killer from making a speedy getaway…

Back in her natural habitat, Dr Nell Ward heads to a woodland pond to survey local newt populations. She’s shocked to discover a car submerged in the water – with the driver dead behind the wheel.

Nell recognises the dead man as professional racing driver, and tabloid love rat, Jack Rafferty, whose performance on (and off) Finchmere’s racetrack had earned him enemies.

Suspecting this isn’t the tragic accident it appears DI James Clark calls upon Nell and her ecological skills to help find the murderer. But she soon finds that more lurks under the surface than she could ever have imagined. Despite the danger, Nell is determined to dredge up the truth from the murky depths of this case, before it’s too late…

A completely gripping and page-turning cosy mystery, perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Janice Hallett and Robert Thorogood.

Readers love A Mischief of Rats:

‘A real roller coaster of a read with plenty of red herrings’ Reader review, 5 stars

Fantastic cosy crime book I love everything about this book. Can’t wait for the next in the series… Had me on the edge of my seat‘ Reader review, 5 stars

The action is non-stop… Colourful cast of characters, a compelling plot… a wholly immersive one sit read’ Reader review, 5 stars

Plenty of suspects and twists… The author cleverly uses Nell’s science and ecological background to help piece together what happened… A new favourite series‘ Reader review, 5 Stars (Amazon)

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A searing and tender novel about a young Black journalist’s search for answers in the unsolved murder of her great-grandfather in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, decades ago—inspired by the author’s own family history

Birmingham, 1929: Robert Lee Harrington, a master carpenter, has just moved to Alabama to pursue a job opportunity, bringing along his pregnant wife and young daughter. Birmingham is in its heyday, known as the “Magic City” for its booming steel industry, and while Robert and his family find much to enjoy in the city’s busy markets and vibrant nightlife, it’s also a stronghold for the Klan. And with his beautiful, light-skinned wife and snazzy car, Robert begins to worry that he might be drawing the wrong kind of attention. 
2019: Meghan McKenzie, the youngest reporter at the Detroit Free Press, has grown up hearing family lore about her great-grandfather’s murder—but no one knows the full story of what really happened back then, and his body was never found. Determined to find answers to her family’s long-buried tragedy and spurred by the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Meghan travels to Birmingham. But as her investigation begins to uncover dark secrets that spider across both the city and time, her life may be in danger.  
Inspired by true events, Time’s Undoing is both a passionate tale of one woman’s quest for the truth behind the racially motivated trauma that has haunted her family for generations and, as newfound friends and supporters in Birmingham rally around Meghan’s search, the uplifting story of a community coming together to fight for change. (Amazon)

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Unearthed Skeletal Remains Follow Marital Bliss in Domesticated Spirits, a Cozy Historical Mystery by Alice Duncan

—1926, Pasadena, California—

Sam and Daisy’s marital bliss is tempered when Lou Prophet’s mangled old cat digs up bones in the couple’s Pasadena yard.

When the bones are confirmed human in origin, there are mysteries to solve, both recent and ancient.

Join Sam and Daisy in their latest adventure along with Lou Prophet, his cat Yuyu and Daisy’s dog, Spike. With Daisy learning to cook and her new focus on domestic duties, could this be the end of her career as a fake spiritualist?

From the Publisher: The Daisy Gumm Majesty Cozy Mystery Series is a light-hearted mystery in a historical setting. There are no explicit sexual scenes and minimal cursing (Lou Prophet can be a little coarse) and will be enjoyed by readers who appreciate clean and wholesome reads. Fans of Carola Dunn, Amanda Quick, Elizabeth Peters, Rhys Bowen, and M. Louisa Locke will not want to miss this series.

“If you like the 1920’s era, cozy mysteries and hints at paranormal this is absolutely a series for you!” ~Peggy, Avid Fan

“I love this series! I love the writing style, and the characters. Ms. Duncan has a fun way of telling a story and having Daisy make funny ‘asides’ to the reader.” ~Nova Todd

“I always enjoy Daisy’s adventures but the addition of Mr. Prophet is the best! I highly recommend to readers of cozy mysteries.” ~Joanna Lindsey, Verified Reviewer

You can start anywhere, but you’ll want to read all of the Daisy Gumm Majesty Mysteries:
Strong Spirits
Fine Spirits
High Spirits
Hungry Spirits
Genteel Spirits
Ancient Spirits
Spirits Revived
Dark Spirits
Spirits Onstage
Unsettled Spirits
Bruised Spirits
Spirits United
Spirits Unearthed
Shaken Spirits
Scarlet Spirits
Exercised Spirits
Wedded Spirits
Domesticated Spirits
Library Spirits

In an effort to avoid what she knew she should be doing, Alice folk-danced professionally until her writing muse finally had its way. Now a resident of Roswell, New Mexico, Alice enjoys saying no smog, no crowds, and yes to loving her herd of wild Dachshunds. (Amazon)

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Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett investigates a mysterious death at a secret remote high-tech facility in this riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box.

When a prominent University of Wyoming professor goes missing, authorities are stumped. That is, until Joe Pickett makes two surprising discoveries while hunting down a wounded elk on his district as an epic spring storm descends upon him. First, he finds the professor’s vehicle parked on a remote mountainside. Then Joe finds the professor’s frozen and mutilated body. When he attempts to learn more, his investigation is obstructed by federal agents, extremists, and Governor Colter Allen.

    Nate Romanowski is rebuilding his falconry company—and financing this through crypto mining with the assistance of Geronimo Jones. He’s then approached by a shadowy group of local militant activists that is gaining in power and influence, and demanding that Wyoming join other western states and secede from the union—by force, if necessary. They ask Nate to throw in with them, but he’s wary. Should he trust them, or is he being set up?

    As a storm of peril gathers around them, Joe and Nate confront it in different ways—and maybe, for the first time, on opposite sides. (Amazon)

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It’s gonna be a great day! Or, so she thought. Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent, amateur sleuth, doesn’t suspect her least favorite client, Stewart (The Pain) Payne, will set off circumstances that lead to disappearance and death. After his wife is a no-show for a convention in New Orleans, his threat to sue Graves Travel for “ten times more than it’s worth”, and Andi’s wish to honor one of her late dad’s requests, leads her to The Big Easy in search of Grace Payne. Five unsolved murders, a body caught in a crawfish cage, and a mysterious candle, magic, and incense shop, takes Andi deep into the bayou on a hunt for clues. Will another victim be added to a serial killer’s list, or is the main suspect closer to Andi than she thinks? (Amazon)

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    Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–No Small Murder

    No Small Murder: A Mini-Meadows Mystery
    Cozy Mystery
    1st in Series
    Setting – Florida
    Level Best Books (February 21, 2023)
    Number of Pages 215
    Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BHX5L1J4

    Purchase Links – Amazon 

    I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lena Gregory and her new book No Small Murder. It is the first book in her Mini-Meadows Cozy Mystery. I have read it and really enjoyed it.

    Great characters and an intriguing mystery make NO SMALL MURDER a delightful start to a new series.
    ~Cozy Up With Kathy

    Mini Meadows, a Tiny Home community in rural Central Florida, is home to Emma Wells, a downsize specialist who left her daddy’s mansion and her inheritance behind in favor of a simpler, more peaceful life in a tiny home that was once two shipping containers. But when she opens a shipping container and discovers her dead client sitting in a rocking chair, neatly wrapped and labeled, and two of her friends end up on the suspect list, Emma pitches in to help find the killer. With plenty of clues to unpack, Emma narrows down the suspect list, but as she begins to close in on the culprit, she realizes if she’s not careful she could end up in a box of her own.

    No Small Murder

    A Mini-Meadows Mystery, Book #1

    Lena Gregory

    5 Stars


    Mini Meadows, a Tiny Home community in rural Central Florida, is home to Emma Wells, a downsize specialist who left her daddy’s mansion and her inheritance behind in favor of a simpler, more peaceful life in a tiny home that was once two shipping containers. But when she opens a shipping container and discovers her dead client sitting in a rocking chair, neatly wrapped and labeled, and two of her friends end up on the suspect list, Emma pitches in to help find the killer. With plenty of clues to unpack, Emma narrows down the suspect list, but as she begins to close in on the culprit, she realizes if she’s not careful she could end up in a box of her own.


    The characters are well rounded and well developed. Emma and her friends, Chloe and Jade, are enjoying their tiny homes. And Granny Rose has come to live with Emma. Emma has a job helping people downsize .  She had to downsize herself when she moved into her tiny home and she decided to make a living doing it.  When she finds her client dead in a shipping container, she will have to find the killer because a couple of her friends are persons of interest.   So that is what she does.  

    The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through. I did not know who the killer was until it was revealed at the end.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    Lena Gregory grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of Central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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    Review Of Zoning, Zealots and Ziplines

    Zoning, Zealots & Ziplines

    A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Cozy, Book #30

    Tonya Kappes

    5 Stars



    When the owner of the local zipline is found dead on the ride, the small town of Normal, Kentucky is in a state of shock. With the local ranger and sheriff at a loss for leads, it falls to the Laundry Club Ladies – a group of nosey sleuths led by Mae West – to crack the case.

    Mae is more than happy to put her nose to the grindstone and get to work, especially since it gives her a chance to escape her pesky new sister-in-law, Ellis.

    As Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies dig deeper into the mystery, they uncover a slew of suspects in the cozy town. But with the killer still on the loose, the investigation takes a dangerous turn. Can Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies catch the killer before it’s too late?

    Join Mae and her team as they navigate the twists and turns of this intriguing murder case in this page-turning cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.  (Amazon)


    The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies have another mystery to solve.  The owner of the zipline is found murdered and the ladies will have to figure out who did it.  The odd thing about this murder is that the person appeared to be killed on the actual zipline.  It is a real mystery! 

    The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions helped me to enjoy this book immensely.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to solve.  

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to find out the next mystery the ladies will have to solve.

    I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

    Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Bakeries and Buffoonery

    Bakeries and Buffoonery: Magical Mystery Book Club
    Paranormal Cozy Mystery
    4th in Series
    Setting – Small Midwestern Town
    Independently Published (February 15, 2023)
    Print length ‏ : ‎ 310 pages
    Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BLLCTKCM

    Purchase Link – Amazon 

    I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Elizabeth Pantley and her new book  Bakeries And Buffoonery. It is the fourth book in her Magical Mystery Book Mystery.

    It’s a magical book club! When this group chooses a book, magic happens. The mystery comes to life, and they find themselves part of the story. To exit the book and get back home, they need to solve the mystery and reach The End.

    This time, the club chooses a book called The Great Cake Rivalry, because, well … cake! They read the back cover and it’s unanimous. So off they go into another grand adventure into a town aptly named Frosting.

    Frosting is a rural town in an idyllic setting. The people live quiet lives most of the year. But in the spring, things change. The Annual Cake Competition becomes the focus of every man, woman, and child. They take this competition seriously. The cakes are spectacular. The festival is fabulous. For a week there are contests featuring all kinds of cakes. The people of the community become official tasters and vote for the winning cakes in each category.

    The grand finale is a display of finely decorated cakes, made by the town’s bakeries. The winner of the best design receives a prize package that would make any baker dizzy.

    Sadly, this event has been tainted. Once a year, each one different, but all somehow related to this event, a person is murdered. The main investigator is stumped, but that could be because he’s an inept buffoon.

    Can the book club help the people of this community figure out who is causing this disturbing pattern of deaths, and stop another murder from happening? Can they figure out why some of the citizens dress so oddly, and why they always wear those unique backpacks? All while they fill themselves to the brim with cake, of course.

    Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents, published in over twenty languages.

    She simultaneously writes the well-loved Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic book series and the new Magical Mystery Book Club series.

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    New Releases For The Week Of February 19th, 2023–Part 4

    Lucas’ sister, Tina, arrives to town and Cora is delighted. The girl is young and quite bubbly. There is something uplifting about her and Cora welcomes the change after all the murders in their little burg. However, another death, this time of an elderly woman, slams everyone back to reality. Was the women into magic? Did she have anything to do with the Trial of the Six Crystals? And what was the red and orange aura surrounding her dead face?

    The older woman had mentioned that she saw yellow eyes staring at her as she looked out her house window. Could it be Zeus, Lucas’ familiar, or perhaps Petrov was hounding the poor woman. The victim held closely guarded secrets…maybe they were her downfall. Cora’s on the case and she’s determined to find a killer, no matter if it’s someone close to her. (Amazon)

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    Paige’s ex-boyfriend is after her current boyfriend’s seat on the city council. But when mysterious things start happening in Seaside, someone is going to have to run on a platform of figuring out whodunnit!

    Riddled Riptides is book eight in the sweet Paige Comber cozy mystery series. (Amazon)

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    Shot through the heart, but who’s to blame?

    When Marnie Tipton discovers she’s catering a yoga retreat for a chart-topping pop star, she’s more than a little star-struck. But when he’s shot right in front of her, she’s the only lead bumbling Sheriff Bryson Best has got.

    Sheriff Best likes the open-and-shut cases. And he’s ready to shut the cell door on Marnie. So it’s up to her to clear her name.

    Can she find the real killer before he puts her away for good? (Amazon)

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    Within weeks of opening a dessert catering business, Ivy finds two bodies in her basement. A letter hidden in a bedpost dumps a mystery in her lap. The old saloon, built with a brothel upstairs and a speakeasy in the basement, holds secrets that, almost a century later, people are willing to kill for. Can Ivy find out what’s going on and keep her business afloat?

    Clara and Ivy would prefer to be in the kitchen whipping up new recipes, but their lousy luck turns them into amateur sleuths. Join them in the Accidental Detective Series as they share their favorite recipes, kitchen tips, and of course, solve mysteries. (Amazon)

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    An Annie Archer Paranormal Mystery

    Annie finds a beautiful amethyst pendant in her jewelry box. It’s engraved with the names Emma and Lily. When her landlady turns up dead, Annie uses the necklace to uncover an elaborate plot to steal an inheritance she knew nothing about.

    Can Annie and Adam get to the bottom of this before someone else is murdered?

    The Case of the Amethyst Pendant is the fifth story in the Annie Archer Paranormal Mysteries.

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    A dark murder. A secret brought to light…

    June, 1797. From his headquarters at the Villa Mombello near Milan, the French revolutionary army’s young general, one Napoleon Bonaparte, dictates peace terms to Europe’s monarchies with breath-taking ease and arrogance.

    But when a series of malicious events at Mombello threaten to set Italy ablaze once again, and talk of a ghoul stalking in the night committing atrocities spreads like wildfire among the assembled guests, Napoleon forces failed magistrate Felix Gracchus out of retirement to solve the puzzling murders.

    Gracchus’s unwilling escort in this military world is ambitious but underachieving young cavalry officer Dermide Vanderville. Aided by Napoleon’s unruly tomboy sister Paolette, they set about unravelling the twisted skeins of intrigue and terrible secrets clogging the mansion’s shadowy corridors.

    A rich and compelling debut historical mystery set around Napoleon Bonaparte’s conquests, perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom, Paul Doherty and Ellis Peters.

    Praise for Blood and Fireflies

    ‘A fantastic read. I recommend it unreservedly. You will probably end up reading it in one fell swoop’ Paul Doherty (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

    A Story of Mystery and Murder in the Sweet World of Baked Treats

    The Doughnut Delivery Mystery is book 3 in the Sweets of Snowkeep Cozy Culinary Mystery Series

    Katy Hawthorne, together with her latest assistant Zoe are both running the biggest bakery in the region, Sweet Sensations. But through a series of dramatic twists and turns her original assistant, Gina, returns to town, and she gets drawn into a new murder mystery too.

    “We got a call from this location a few minutes ago, and it pretty much sounded like an SOS.” One of them told me. I stared at his name tag to identify him as Officer Liam. “We’ll have to make a quick look around to see what the situation is.” He told me and turned to face his colleague. “Officer Barrett here would stay right here with you. I’ll be back soon.

    I’d been twice involved in murder cases, and I was scared it was set to be a third time.”

    Join a courageous baker as she embarks on a non-stop story of intrigue and suspense, perfect for fans of cozy mysteries.

    Readers who enjoyed Miranda Rose Barker’s other Sweets of Snowkeep stories, The Pumpkin Bread Mystery and The Cupcake Calamity Mystery, will also love this addictive story from the very start, The Doughnut Delivery Mystery.

    Will she be ready for what is coming?

    Click the “add to cart” button to get your copy now! (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    New Releases For The Week Of February 19th, 2023–Part 3

    Cozy up to the bar as Michelle Hillen Klump pours another “sparkling cocktail of murder and mystery” (Amy Pershing).

    Fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Lee Hollis will savor every delectable sip of this clever and utterly intoxicating cozy.

    Reporter-turned-mixologist Samantha Warren has already thwarted one murder. Now, her world is shaken—definitely not stirred—once again as another killing throws her world into chaos.

    Samantha is mixing up traditional cocktails at the German Texan Lodge’s Fourth of July festival—a gig she was roped into by her mother. But amidst the bratwurst and brass bands, trouble is brewing. Lodge loyalties are divided over a proposal to build a private, country-club-style tennis center on the lodge grounds. Her mom’s best friend Patty Davis is vehemently opposed to the plan. Society matron Angela Clawson is all for it. At the festival, they’re seen in a heated argument—and hours later, Angela is found dead, killed by one of the ceremonial shovels intended for the groundbreaking. 

    Samantha’s mother begs her to help clear her best friend’s name, but can she handle another murder case or will the whole investigation go bottoms up? (Amazon)

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    After a long streak of avoiding murder investigations, Dublin limo driver Megan Malone thought her life had finally settled . . . but even her Irish luck can’t keep her out of trouble forever.

    It’s been over a year since Megan found herself entangled in a murder—much to everyone’s relief, including her girlfriend Jelena and Detective Paul Bourke. So when a body of a young woman quite literally lands in her lap at her favorite Dublin café, Megan tries to do the right thing and leave the crime-solving to the police so she can enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. After all, she has no connection to the victim. Or does she?
    Megan’s latest client, world-renowned romance novelist Claire Woodward, is fascinated by Megan’s own history of catching killers. Claire also just happens to be the murder victim’s literary mentor. So maybe Megan can just sort of stay on the periphery of the case while trying to help out? Just a wee bit without causing too much fuss? Even Detective Bourke would approve since he has personal reasons not to trust Claire. The investigation leads Megan to the victim’s writing group, who think that Claire has plagiarized the poor young lady’s work. And when another member of the group is found dead, Megan will have to step up her sleuthing before the killer decides to write her off for good.
    Praise for Catie Murphy’s Dublin Driver Mysteries
    “There is so much to like about the cozy perfection that is Catie Murphy’s Death on the Green, from the lush Irish travelogue to the precise balance between comic relief and crime.” —Bookpage STARRED REVIEW

    “Death of an Irish Mummy will entertain and amuse, as well as give readers an escape to the land of leprechauns, great beer, and a people who can tell a tall tale and make you believe.” —The Cozy Review (Amazon)

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    Jake Tiptree and Ellie White are fired up for Eastport, Maine’s Maine’s annual cookie-baking contest, but when a cunning killer and a devastating fire threaten to ravage the quaint island town, Jake and Ellie must dip into another homemade homicide investigation before all they love goes up in smoke . . .
    As co-owners of Eastport’s beloved waterfront bakery, the Chocolate Moose, Jake and Ellie know their customers expect them to cream the competition. But they’re really just in it for fun, hoping to get Jake’s daughter-in-law baking again. Those plans collapse when fearsome local curmudgeon Alvin Carter is murdered, and every crumb of evidence points to Tiptree family friend—and all-around sweet guy—Billy Breyer.
    Billy’s sisters beg Jake and Ellie to prove his innocence. After all, lots of folks had gone sour on Alvin, whose popularity ranked somewhere between a toothache and the plague. But just as the ladies begin sifting through the suspects, a series of grass fires blaze across the island, threatening catastrophe. Could someone be trying to hide the truth about Alvin’s murder?
    Now, Jake and Ellie will need all their courage—and an extra dash of that downeast Maine stubbornness—to sniff out the real killer before anyone else gets burned . . .
    Includes a Recipe! (Amazon)

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    A jolly jaunt on the coast, a romantic weekend away – and a man who is altogether too accommodating.
    Cornwall. May, 1928, and Mrs Mortimer is on the trail of Sir Jeremy Grant. His terrible crime? He isn’t answering his aunt’s calls.
    Aided by her terrier Crumpet, and her new assistant, Henry, Georgiana sets out to solve the problem of the callous nephew, but, can she uncover his secrets while managing to keep her own?
    What sounds like an easy enough first job from Auntie Sheba’s agency, turns into something altogether more perplexing in the mizzle of the beautiful Cornish countryside. What is staying in the stables? Who is cashing Mrs Constantine’s cheques? And why is Diggory so certain that there aren’t any ghosts in the bay?

    “Death in Tweed” is a page-turning 1920s cozy mystery for fans of Benedict Brown, Emily Queen and Beth Byers. This is the enchanting third book in the Mrs Mortimer Mysteries series, although it may be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. (Amazon)

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    In a book perfect for fans of Sheila Connolly and Donna Leon, the USA Today bestselling author returns readers to County Cork in Ireland’s lush countryside, where locals are simmering with excitement over the reality TV baking contest coming to town —until someone serves up a show-stopping murder that only Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan can solve.
    “Distinctive, captivating characters match a gripping plot full of surprises. O’Connor reinforces her place among the top rank of cozy writers.” – Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
    In Kilbane, opinions are plentiful and rarely in alignment. But there’s one thing everyone does agree on—the bakery in the old flour mill, just outside town, is the best in County Cork, well worth the short drive and the long lines. No wonder they’re about to be featured on a reality baking show.
    All six contestants in the show are coming to Kilbane to participate, and the town is simmering with excitement. Aside from munching on free samples, the locals—including Siobhan—get a chance to appear in the opening shots. As for the competitors themselves, not all are as sweet as their confections. There are shenanigans on the first day of filming that put everyone on edge, but that’s nothing compared to day two, when the first round ends and the top contestant is found face-down in her signature pie.
    The producers decide to continue filming while Siobhan and her husband, Garda Macdara Flannery, sift through the suspects. Was this a case of rivalry turned lethal, or are their other motives hidden in the mix? And can they uncover the truth before another baker is eliminated—permanently . . .

    “Plenty of likely prospects and an endless supply of sweet treats brighten the path to the solution.” – Kirkus Reviews (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

    ‘Rosie can write and Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay’ Miriam Margolyes

    ‘Witty, warm and so enjoyable’ Jo Brand

    The next irresistible cosy crime novel from celebrity TV chef Rosemary Shrager!

    Preparing a midwinter’s feast for all hundred residents of the little Yorkshire village of Scrafton Busk is exactly the kind of challenge Prudence Bulstrode adores. A chance to show off her muffin-topped winter stew, lamb shank hotpot and Scarborough woof – and, of course, her famous figgy pudding – is just the thing to shake off the winter blues.

    But on the night of the feast, local vagabond Terry Chandler is found dead – his body entombed in the pristine snowman standing pride of place on the village green. Who could have wanted Chandler dead? Why would they stow his body in such strange circumstances? And what is the meaning of his last enigmatic message, directing his brother to Mystery Hills, a place of which no one has ever heard?

    Crime and cookery continue to collide as Prudence and her granddaughter Suki get drawn into another mystifying murder . . .

    Praise for Rosemary Shrager

    ‘A great yarn – Shrager knows her food and she’s cooked up a storm. Murder is the main course but the side dishes fascinate. A fascinating conclusion – Rosie can write and Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay. I look forward to more in this series.’ Miriam Margolyes

    ‘I’ve long admired Rosemary as a woman of many talents. I just hadn’t realized that writing is one of them. The Last Supper has pace and style and a very interesting cast of characters’ Richard Vines

    ‘Rosemary Shrager has created a welcome addition to the ranks of female amateur sleuths. The Last Supper is a witty, light-hearted mystery, in which the author has served up a tasty treat’ Simon Brett

    ‘The Last Supper is a charming, hugely entertaining book. Retired chef Prudence Bulstrode is cranky, stubborn and insightful; an utterly brilliant creation. I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next’ M W Craven

    ‘Discover how a Michelin-starred Miss Marple displays the skills of a bloodhound as she sniffs out the scent of a killer in this thriller that rises to a conclusion like a perfect souffle.’ Nick Ferrari

    ‘A light-hearted, fun mystery, combining cookery and crime – what’s not to love?’ Woman’s Weekly

    ‘Shrager, herself a kitchen whizz on TV, has a natural talent and deft touch for exactly this kind of gentle fun’ The Sun (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

    A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.

    And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

    Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”
    Humor with a side of homicide.

    A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times, USA TODAY, & Wall Street Journal bestseller Addison Moore

    All books in the series can be read individually, so dive on in!

    Includes RECIPE!

    My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom.

    The Fourth of July is upon us and all of Honey Hollow is in a red, white, and blue mood. Cormack Featherby is about to have her baby and while I’m at the hospital helping her do just that I stumble upon a seminar on Near-Death Experiences. And just my luck, I stumble upon a body, too.

    It looks as if the Grim Reaper is working overtime and he’s landed me in the wrong place at the wrong time yet again to look like the prime suspect.

    Everett is missing. Cressida Bentley is back in town and looks mighty suspicious as she takes up the number one suspect slot in my book. And then there’s the ghost of my grandmother Nell who’s come to visit, and she’s brought along a silkie chicken named Fluffernutter to help solve the case.

    The Fourth of July is going to be explosive this year.

    It’s summer in Honey Hollow and the heat isn’t the only thing that has the residents sweating—so does a killer.

    Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see the dead—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

    Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

    Culinary mystery at its finest. (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

    New Releases For The Week Of February 19th, 2023–Part 2

    “Highly recommended!”~ Christine DeSmet, author, Fudge Shop Mystery Series

    “I couldn’t put the novel down … What a gift.” — Carol Orange, Best-Selling, Award-winning author of A Discerning Eye

    “5 Stars” – Liz Konkel, Reader’s Favorites Reviews

    “This is a solid story in this series, and we give it 4 paws up.” — Storeybook Reviews

    “I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.” — LAWonder10, Rockin’ Book Reviews

    “A very entertaining book that was quite a refreshing change from the usual fare.” – Donna Thompson, Goodreads

    Alene Baron is dealing with frustrated employees, closed schools, and a homeless man who harasses customers outside the door of her café. Then, two dead bodies turn up in the burned remains of buildings owned by the husband of Alene’s best friend and pastry chef, Ruthie. Both bodies are wearing jackets that once belonged to Ruthie and crumbled in the pockets are the café’s distinctive wrappers. At the same time, Alene’s uncle, a convicted felon, has resurfaced after disappearing for 22 years. It’s all too much for the owner of the Whipped and Sipped Café.

    About the author
    G.P. Gottlieb has been a musician, a teacher, and an administrator, but she’s happiest when she’s writing recipe-laced murder mysteries. GP Gottlieb has always experimented in the kitchen and created her own delicious vegan cookies and cakes. She is also an interviewer for the New Books in Literature podcast channel. Gottlieb is the mother of three grown children and lives with her husband in Chicago. (Amazon)

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    Mini Meadows, a Tiny Home community in rural Central Florida, is home to Emma Wells, a downsize specialist who left her daddy’s mansion and her inheritance behind in favor of a simpler, more peaceful life in a tiny home that was once two shipping containers. But when she opens a shipping container and discovers her dead client sitting in a rocking chair, neatly wrapped and labeled, and two of her friends end up on the suspect list, Emma pitches in to help find the killer. With plenty of clues to unpack, Emma narrows down the suspect list, but as she begins to close in on the culprit, she realizes if she’s not careful she could end up in a box of her own. (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    “An adorable pug and characters you can invest in enliven a very cherry-centric mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews

    When the biggest catch at the annual Ice Fishing Derby is the body of brewmaster Wallace, Shiloh must reel in the killer before her farm goes belly-up. 

    Shiloh Bellamy still expects the last few Winter months to be busy with repairs, spring planning, and networking with local businesses. She might even be able to broker a new partnership with Fields Brewery and its organic brewer’s association. Well, she could if the owner, Wallace, wasn’t found murdered at the county Ice Fishing Derby.

    Once again, Shiloh gets tangled up in the investigation when the police ignore an entire crop of suspects to blame one of her friends. She’ll have to dig deep to find the truth, reel in a killer, and convince her city-slicker pug to wear his winter boots. But with Bellamy Farm still struggling, can Shiloh spare the time to look into the town’s fishy characters? Or will her dream farm be the next thing floating belly up?

    USA Today bestselling Amanda Flower returns to the Farm to Table cozy mystery series with another exciting sleuthing adventure!

    Readers love the Farm to Table Mysteries:

    “Amanda Flower is a master at writing mysteries and keeping the reader interested the whole time.”

    “I enjoyed all the characters in this new series… Animal lovers will love Huckleberry and Esmerelda.”

    “As usual, her cute mysteries leave me wanting more.” (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

    The local mayor has a dinner date with death…

    With school out for the summer, Margery and Clementine Butcher-Baker are taking advantage of the break to go on holiday. They plan to explore the village of St-Martins-on-the-Water and rest before the chaos of Mrs Smith’s impending hen do. By the end of their first night, the local mayor lies dead on the floor of the hotel restaurant, having been poisoned by his meal. The villagers are convinced: The Poisoner is back.

    As the residents turn to the duo with suspicion and begin to freeze them out, Margery and Clementine are left with more questions than answers. Everyone is convinced that the pair – and Clementine in particular – are bad news, but why? And as more people in the village start to become unwell, the question remains, is The Poisoner back, or is this the work of a new killer? And will they strike again?

    A charming cosy mystery that will make you laugh out loud, perfect for fans of Julia Chapman and Fiona Leitch. (Amazon)

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    Would someone really commit murder over a bow?

    That’s the question Abby Winters is left with when she finds Brenda Potter, the owner of Brenda’s Bows, dead in the convention center pop-up shop area.

    When the detective working the case puts Abby high on the suspect list, she knows she’s going to have to find out who killed Brenda.

    With a soon-to-be ex-husband, a hostile best friend, and a shady bow manufacturer in the mix, Abby has her work cut out for her.

    Can she find out who the killer is before she’s the next victim? (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

    It’s finally here! Alex and Shayla are about to get married and start a new and happy life together. If only they could figure out what secret Zoie is keeping from them. But when someone on the island starts killing off supernaturals, there’s no time to focus on the upcoming nuptials or Zoie’s secret. At first, the attacks seem random. That is, until the messages start appearing at the scene of the crimes. Now Alex, Grant, Shayla, and Needles are in a race against the “wedding clock” to try and find the killer. When someone in the wedding party is snatched…the supernaturals on the island rally together. With the help of the witches, fairies, dragons, and other supernaturals, can the killer be caught before the big day and the missing family member returned unharmed? And what about Zoie’s big secret? Will she finally come clean with what has been haunting her? (Amazon)

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    When a woman is murdered in the course of a major robbery, and the police are out of leads, Violet is called onto the case. But what initially looks like a simple murder is soon exposed to be a far greater threat.

    And with DCI Johnson having gone underground, Cassie and Violet have more answers to uncover, and very few leads to follow.

    Will they solve the case, or will Lily’s secret plan stop them in their tracks?

    The Cassie Coburn mysteries are a cozy mystery series featuring a Sherlock-holmes style sleuth. If you want a light, fun, modern mystery featuring a San Francisco girl totally out of her element in London, and a crazy French woman who happens to be very good at noticing things, then this is the series for you. (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    When a mystery woman turns up dead on Karla’s client’s yacht, no one knows who she was or how she got there.

    When it’s discovered that the mystery woman used Karla’s name to gain access to the luxury yacht, the mystery deepens and motivates Karla to uncover the truth.

    Why doesn’t the mystery woman’s clothes have any labels? Who travels with only shirts and shoes? Where are the rest of her clothes? Where is her purse?

    Who is this woman and what was her top-secret reason for visiting Bellbrook? Was Karla’s politically connected client the intended victim? Can she sort fact from fiction and figure out whodunit before the killer strikes again?

    If you like humourous cozy mysteries with a bit of small-town Canadian life, a close group of fun, loveable characters, dogs, and cats, then there’s something in this series for you.

    Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

    Each book in the Bellbrook Murder Mystery Series contains a standalone mystery that is solved by the end of the book. The books can be read in any order, however the characters’ lives and relationships evolve and change as the series progresses.

    Other books in the Bellbrook Murder Mystery Series:

    • A Well Constructed Murder
    • Rage Before Beauty
    • Lost & Drowned
    • State of Terrier

    Also by Reagan Davis:

    • Knitorious Murder Mysteries
    • Knitorious Murder Mystery Collections (Knitorious Murder Mysteries boxed sets) (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    Primer and Punishment marks the fifth in the delightful cozy mystery series from Diane Kelly set in Nashville, Tennessee. Whitney Whitaker has a knack for nailing down murderers . . . but this time she might just come unmoored.

    Carpenter Whitney Whitaker and her cousin Buck are looking once again to rehab and resell a house, only this particular house is made of fiberglass, floats, and has been dubbed the Skinny Dipper. The old houseboat sure could use some work, but the unusual project has Whitney bubbling with excitement.

    The charming and handsome Grant Hardisty lives on the cabin cruiser in the adjacent slip, but the cousins soon learn he’s left a half dozen angry ex-wives in his wake and made enemies of all sorts of unsavory folks. The man is clearly caught in an increasingly dangerous current with no life preserver in sight.

    Whitney and Buck are spraying primer on their houseboat when—KABOOM!—Grant’s boat blows sky high with the man himself inside. Detective Collin Flynn has no shortage of suspects, but the waters become muddied when several of them confess to the crime. Is one of those who confessed truly guilty, or are they taking a dive for someone else? When anonymous threats are made against the cousins, Whitney must quickly determine who killed their neighbor at the lake, or she and Buck might also be sunk. (Amazon)

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    This ballot box was stuffed with malice…

    After a grueling campaign, Election Day has finally come to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and baker Sadie Moose is ready for her best friend, Paige, to win the Mayor’s race. The promising day starts out on a grim note, though, with an altercation at a sign waving event sending rumors flying across town.

    Then the fire alarm goes off at the polling place, and in the chaos, Sadie stumbles over a body in the smoke. It’s Wade Fisher, Paige’s billionaire developer opponent. And he’s dead.

    With Paige the prime suspect, Sadie and her quirky crew set out to solve the mystery. But as they crash press conferences, duck federal agents, question pageant queens, and sober up inebriated lawyers, the evidence continues to pile up against Paige. To complicate matters, Sadie’s ex, Merritt, is back, and his fiancé is Sadie’s new lawyer, as well as the head of the shady Gotham Enterprises, which has been wreaking havoc on Sadie’s life for months.

    Will Sadie unravel the mystery before Paige gets locked up? Or will the killer pull off a surprise win?

    Election Day Murder is a not-so-cozy and includes mature language and a sprinkle of spice alongside the cozy setting, quirky characters, and mystery we all love in cozy mysteries. It’s the fifth book in the Jackson Hole Moose’s Bakery Not So Cozy Mystery series, which is best read in order. (Amazon)

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    When the owner of the local zipline is found dead on the ride, the small town of Normal, Kentucky is in a state of shock. With the local ranger and sheriff at a loss for leads, it falls to the Laundry Club Ladies – a group of nosey sleuths led by Mae West – to crack the case.

    Mae is more than happy to put her nose to the grindstone and get to work, especially since it gives her a chance to escape her pesky new sister-in-law, Ellis.

    As Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies dig deeper into the mystery, they uncover a slew of suspects in the cozy town. But with the killer still on the loose, the investigation takes a dangerous turn. Can Mae and the Laundry Club Ladies catch the killer before it’s too late?

    Join Mae and her team as they navigate the twists and turns of this intriguing murder case in this page-turning cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    A magical inn bursting with paranormal delight. A picture-perfect seaside town filled with humans who don’t know about their witchy neighbors. This cozy fantasy series has mystery, magic, and a splash of romance!

    Up until a week ago, my only knowledge of magic came from the movies. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way.

    A bout of insomnia leads to witnessing a scene that belongs in a vampire flick—only, the fangs looked way more realistic. One second, I was running for my life, and the next, I found myself choking on a hairball in the back of an SUV.

    That’s right … a hairball. See, my body’s been hiding a pretty big secret, and I’m some kind of witch. One that turns into a cat when under duress.

    Apparently, my choices are fight, flight, or … fur.

    Overnight, I find myself thrust into a world of magic and mayhem beyond my most wild sleep-deprived delirium. Until the murderous vampire is captured, I’m placed into some kind of witch-ness protection program, and sent to live in a house full of actual monsters.

    What’s the worst that could happen?

    Hey, at least running for my life will help me squeeze in my cardio.


    Witches in the Kitchen is the first novel in a new series of paranormal mysteries from Danielle Garrett. Come stay at the Magic Inn where anything is possible—including the stuff from nightmares. (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    New Releases For The Week Of February 19th, 2023–Part 1


    When the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency are approached by the frantic owner of a historic cottage in a picturesque Welsh seaside hamlet, they agree to help. After all – there can’t be any such thing as a killer cottage, can there? And isn’t a cursed cottage just as unlikely? They’re about to find out – when Christine and Annie take up residence.

    Meanwhile, Carol goes undercover to investigate a day spa with some dangerous treatments, leaving Mavis to stake out a man who might be incapacitated because of a work-related accident. Will this bricklayer become belligerent if he spots her on the job?

    Because our engaging private investigators are busy with paying clients, it falls to Henry, eighteenth duke of Chellingworth, to try to solve the riddle of the missing silver mugs, which is a pressing priority for his mother, the dowager, as she seeks to take over the organization of the christening of his son and heir.

    Early spring in Wales is a busy time for the WISE women, and the titled Twyst family – join them to find out how they cope, in this, the seventh book in the series.

    “…perfect reading for Anglophiles…should appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and MC Beaton.”

    “A gratifying contemporary series in the traditional British manner” Library Journal starred review of The Case of the Dotty Dowager

    “…cozy fans will find plenty to like…” Publishers’ Weekly

    Ace spiffs up the standard village cozy with a set of sleuths worth a second look.” Kirkus Reviews

    “…the people here felt like old friends I was catching up with after having been apart for a while” Amanda Bishop, Reviewer (Net Galley) (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle

    Many businesses in Spruce Ridge, Colorado hire temporary international workers during the hectic ski season. One temp, Jaana Ivanov from Estonia, is found dead in her car at the bottom of a cliff, but the car crash was not an accident. Jaana didn’t just take her eyes off the road. She was murdered. Delaney Morran often feels vulnerable herself as the lone female tow truck driver in town, so when the victim’s sister asks Delaney to help find the killer, Delaney eyes everyone with suspicion. Delaney may not be the best at towing vehicles, but she’s pretty good at digging up clues. (Amazon)

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    Beware! A crafty killer lurks in Gasper’s Cove
    Seamstress, crafter, and empty-nester Valerie Rankin has plans to open a crafter’s co-op that will put Gasper’s Cove, Nova Scotia on the map. One month before opening day, she still has to pin down a venue, patch up the family business, iron out corruption in the town council, and unravel why anyone who tries to help her ends up dead. With the help of her Golden Retriever, an ex-con who loves cats, and a community of first, second, and third cousins, she just might pull it off.

    • All-new cozy mystery series set in the world of the fictitious yet immersive Gasper’s Cove where crafting and community collide
    • Mystery lovers and crafters alike will adore immersing themselves in this warm, quirky mystery featuring empty-nester Valerie Rankin and her efforts to re-invigorate the family business and her hometown.
    • A perfect gift for anyone who loves crafting, sewing, or simply a great read (Amazon)

    Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

    Cocktails, caravans and corpses – Keely South’s life isn’t going quite as planned…

    Stumbling across a dead body isn’t so strange in the beach town of Dunkerton. After all, it is Australia’s murder capital. But finding your acquaintance-slash-future-friend strung up by a serial killer is enough to ruin anybody’s day.

    Getting fired? That’s just the tiny paper umbrella on top.

    Lucky for me, sexy true crime podcaster Cash insists on giving me a job – whether I want it or not. I plan to work with him until I find out who killed my friend and not a moment longer. (If you met the guy you’d understand.)

    But finding a killer is easier said than done, especially when I’ve also got to deal with my new step-dad’s sex toys showing up all over my mother’s house, a giant slobbering dog with no sense of personal space, my forensic pathologist roommate using the couch for unholy acts, and the evil beach emu who has marked me as its nemesis.

    Things are heating up, and with a killer on the loose, this time an ice-cold mojito and a thick layer of sunscreen might not be enough to keep me from getting burned… (Amazon)

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    When a rockstar is murdered at the town’s summer concert, River Grove’s mayor and chief part ways over the arrest. Can Gracie solve the crime herself without compromising her secret identity?

    It’s a hot summer in the small town of River Grove in the Northern California redwoods. Laughing Loaf Bakery owner Gracie Markley and her assistant Beck take on their second catering gig: an outdoor reunion concert featuring hometown boy Noah Thornton Bell and his folk-rock band The Bellbirds. When Bell is murdered before the encore, Gracie learns the truth about the musician’s shady past. Chief Westerman makes an arrest that splits his longtime alliance with the town’s Mayor C. And Mayor C has a past connection with the rockstar she doesn’t want to talk about.

    With the help of her dog and her best friend, Gracie investigates the murder, while trying to maintain the peace in River Grove and keep her witness protection identity a secret…in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Laughing Loaf Bakery recipes included. (Amazon)

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    Rosie Jones is going on the run.

    Framed for fraud at her job in the city, she’s grabbing her cat and driving north for the forests of Minnesota. She finds a quiet place to lie low and sort out the facts at the Last Lake Resort near Squirrel River.

    But she also finds a dead body. With the law snooping around and crazed animals everywhere, her new home is anything but a vacation.

    How will Rosie clear her name—and clean up the campground—all while solving a murder? (Amazon)

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    If only you knew what was going on behind the scenes!

    Former Texan beauty pageant queen Annabelle Stonewood is lured to Hollywood in 1932 with promises of being an extra at the renowned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. She’s in awe of the glitz and glamour surrounding her but soon discovers being a small fish in a big pond is tougher than it looks. This bubbly gal never had such a tough time making friends before! Having failed to make an impression after a few shoots, Annabelle is poached by the notorious publicity department.

    Feeling lonely working in a department full of men, Annabelle is determined to use her attention to detail and Southern charm to make sure the reputations of MGM’s extensive roster of stars remain pristine. But when she’s assigned to shadow rising star Clover Halliwell on the set of her latest movie The Enchantress, a strange encounter with a prop and a tragic accident make for a chaotic day of filming. Did experienced light technician Chuck Thorne simply fall off the soundstage balcony? Why are strange things happening around her and why are the other dames who touched that prop so skittish?

    Longing for friendship and resolution, hard-headed Annabelle will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of this mystery, even if the new power brewing within her is threatening to bamboozle her entire life. Who said working for Hollywood’s biggest studio would be a piece of cake? (Amazon)

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    First in a new cannabis bakery–themed cozy mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old, classically trained pastry chef Chloe Barnes—sure to appeal to millennial readers as well as lovers of classic cozy mysteries!
      In this irresistible debut mystery from Emily George, aspiring pastry chef Chloe Barnes is ready to take her career higher . . . while bringing down a killer!
     Formally trained pastry chef Chloe Barnes is opening a cannabis bakery. That’s not at all what the twenty-eight-year-old envisioned while living the dream in Paris with a hot fiancé and a Michelin star restaurant gig around the corner. But the rising “it girl” of choux puffs rethinks everything after a scathing food review and humiliating breakup make her long for home in sunny California. When her beloved grandmother falls ill, Chloe returns to quaint Azalea Bay to start over in the most satisfying way possible—concocting delicious edibles with her quirky Aunt Dawn.
    Combining French luxury and THC, Baked by Chloe will take pot brownies to another level. That is, until a creepy past acquaintance rehashes old drama and shockingly turns up dead—landing Aunt Dawn as the number one murder suspect. Now, alongside her closest confidants, a stunned Chloe must alternate between budding entrepreneur and amateur sleuth to clear her aunt’s name, open the best bakery in town, and weed out the real culprit from a list of unsettling suspects! (Amazon)

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    The bestselling, award-winning Pignon Scorbion historical mystery series continues!

    A delightful day in 1910 at the Haxford Spring Fair turns horrifying and deadly when a balloonist plummets to the earth from the blue skies above. However unlikely, it’s soon discovered that this unfortunate corpse was not done in by his precipitous plunge but instead from an arrow fatally lodged in his chest. Unraveling the twisted web of intrigue that took the man’s life requires the expert skills of Haxford’s brilliant and sartorially splendid Chief Inspector Pignon Scorbion.

    But the quirky detective is not alone in this task. Aiding Scorbion in his dogged pursuit of truth and justice are his carefully chosen deputies: six quirky and unconventional thinkers from the town who meet regularly with Scorbion in Calvin Brown’s barbershop to unmask ne’er-do-wells and solve local crimes. Since his move to the charming village, the enigmatic detective has also realized his growing dependence upon its bookshop’s owner. Lovely and quick-witted Thelma Smith not only helps Pignon with his criminal cases, but she seems well on her way to unlocking the mysteries of his heart.

    Not everyone in Haxford is so cooperative. Faustin Hardcastle from the Gazette is bound and determined to ruin the town’s new officer of the law with slanderous news reports of failure and misconduct. And other residents of the picture-perfect village do not welcome the inspector’s inquiring eye and expert nose for trouble. When they engage in decidedly unquaint activities like gambling, revenge, forgery, and loan sharking, it falls to Pignon Scorbion to reveal their deceit and criminal misdeeds—all in a good day’s work. Once done, he and Thelma can then thoroughly enjoy a delicious dinner at the Bridgehouse Inn. (Amazon)

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    St. Patrick’s Day takes an unexpected turn for crafting magazine editor Pamela Paterson and the members of her knitting club when a member of a prominent New Jersey family is found dead…

    The Listers have been part of Arborville society for generations—though seventy-something Isobel Lister doesn’t fit the role of upper-crust heiress. She’s always been a colorful character, and her fun-loving spirit is on display at the senior center celebration as she performs some beloved Irish songs. But just minutes later, her body is found backstage.

    It’s hard to imagine who’d target such a harmless eccentric, but Pamela finds herself suspecting everyone. There’s the Wiccan who thought St. Patrick wasn’t so saintly; the woman upset about cultural appropriation who feels the commercialization of shamrocks is a sham; the two men Isobel was seeing, who could have been green with jealousy—and old friends and family who may have feared Isobel would spill their secrets. But Pamela’s on the case, and that means for the killer, the jig will soon be up . . . (Amazon)

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    When English tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, finds herself on an unexpected trip to Scotland, she is delighted by the chance to stay in a beautiful Scottish castle—complete with mounted stag heads, cosy fireplaces, and misty mountain views. She’s looking forward to a relaxing weekend in the Highlands, sampling traditional Scottish baking, trying her hand at fly fishing, and learning to enjoy a “wee dram” of whisky.

    But when she stumbles on a dead body in the castle library, Gemma quickly becomes steeped in a country-house murder with a distinctly tartan feel! Luckily, the nosy “Old Biddies” are on hand to help with the sleuthing, and even her cheeky tabby cat, Muesli, is keen to lend a paw. But with a castle full of quirky guests, the list of suspects is long, and everyone has something to hide. Can Gemma untangle the web of lies and motives, and reel in the killer before it’s too late?

    Filled with humour, suspense, and unexpected twists, A High Whisk Situation is a delightful read for fans of cozy mysteries and traditional English whodunits. So put the kettle on, grab a scone (or a shortbread, we won’t judge), and get ready for a hilarious, entertaining adventure in the Scottish Highlands.
    (Chocolate whisky cake recipe included at the end of the story!)

    This book follows British English spelling and usage.
    Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
    Genre: British cozy mystery / culinary cozy mysteries / cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery / humorous mystery / traditional mystery


    1. A Scone To Die For
    2. Tea with Milk and Murder
    3. Two Down, Bun To Go
    4. Till Death Do Us Tart
    5. Muffins and Mourning Tea
    6. Four Puddings and a Funeral
    7. Another One Bites the Crust
    8. Apple Strudel Alibi
    9. The Dough Must Go On
    10. The Mousse Wonderful Time of Year
    11. Wrongfully Infused
    12. A High Whisk Situation

    * All-Butter ShortDead (Prequel) – available free to newsletter subscribers! (Amazon)

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    No one’s who they seem in the thrilling new Nick and Nora Mystery, and someone’s playing the part of a clever killer . . .

    When a nighttime soap opera comes to town to film an episode, no one’s more excited than Nora Charles, who’s landed the contract for catering the shoot. But if she thought the show’s plotlines were full of drama and intrigue, that’s nothing compared to what she witnesses among the cast and crew. With half of them sneaking off for secret liaisons one minute and at each other’s throats the next, it’s all a titillating behind-the-scenes look for Nora—until she stumbles across the body of the show’s slain director.

    It’s not long before the local authorities finger the brother of Nora’s good friend for the evil deed, and it’s up to Nora and her sidekick Nick to get him off the hook. As she begins to sort out the cast’s romantic entanglements and professional rivalries looking for a motive, she also discovers that the victim was involved in the mysterious death of the show’s previous director. And then another member of the crew is found murdered, and Nora knows she’ll have to act fast to figure out who’s playing the part of the killer, before she’s cast in the role of the next victim . . .

    Includes scrumptious recipes!

    Praise for the Nick and Nora Mysteries:

    “The story has the unique twist of a cat who communicates through Scrabble tiles, which I found to be a very fun element of the book. I really looked forward to what the cat had to say! 5 STARS” —Nellie’s Book Nook

    “If you love cozy mystery books with PIs, FBIs, sisters, friends, love interests . . . you get the picture! I think all cozy mystery lovers will be delighted with this entertaining series.” —Christy’s Cozy Corners

    “I enjoyed the mystery, which was impossible to figure out before our smart and tough protagonist nailed it. A nice solid four stars.” —Here’s How It Happened

    “The author’s suspenseful and startling reveal had me on the edge of my seat as I turned pages faster and faster and with the final conclusion.” —Cinnamon and Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

    Murder Faux Paws is a captivating cozy with a fascinating cat and a diverse cast surrounding him. I am excited for this series to continue and I will keep coming back for more.” —Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book

    About the Author:

    T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora mystery series. Her cat, Rocco, provides the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat. She also writes the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery Series, as well as the Cat Rescue series. Check out her and Rocco’s blog,, and visit her website,, for more information. (Amazon)

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