New Releases For The Week Of February 5th, 2023–Part 2

New York Times bestseller Deborah Crombie returns with a new novel featuring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as they race to solve the shocking murder of a young woman before panic spreads across London.

On a rainy November evening, trainee doctor Sasha Johnson hurries through the evening crowd in London’s historic Russell Square. Out of the darkness, someone jostles her as they brush past. A moment later, Sasha stumbles, then collapses. When Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his sergeant, Doug Cullen, are called to the scene, they discover that she’s been stabbed. 

Kincaid immediately calls in his detective wife, Gemma James, who has recently been assigned to a task force on knife crimes which are on the rise. Along with her partner, detective sergeant Melody Talbot, Gemma aids the investigation. But Sasha Johnson doesn’t fit the profile of the task force’s typical knife crime victim. Single, successful, career-driven, she has no history of abusive relationships or any connection to gangs. Sasha had her secrets, though, and some of them lead the detectives uncomfortably close to home.

As the team unravels the victim’s tangled connections, another murder raises the stakes. Kincaid, Gemma, and their colleagues must put even friendships on the line to find the killer stalking the dark streets of Bloomsbury. (Amazon)

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In a cute new culinary cozy from USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox, budding chocolatier Becca Ransom must solve a murder before she meets a sticky end.

Former actress Becca Ransom lived her dream in Hollywood for seven years before returning to her hometown of Larch Haven, known as the Venice of North America. The Vermont town has canals instead of roads, gondolas instead of cars, and charming cottages plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. It’s also where Becca is pursuing her newest passion as a chocolatier at True Confections, the chocolate shop owned by her grandparents, Lolly and Pops.
While Becca’s testing new flavors and reconnecting with old friends, the town is gearing up for the annual Gondola Races, popular with both residents and tourists, with one exception. Local curmudgeon Archie Smith wants nothing more than to keep tourists away from Larch Haven. He’s determined to derail this year’s event and does his best to stir up trouble for the organizers, including Becca’s grandfather.

Following a heated argument with Pops, Archie is found floating face-down in the canal, and Pops finds himself in hot water as one of the top suspects. Becca’s determined to clear her grandfather’s name, but when the case heats up, she could be facing a sticky end. (Amazon)

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Library Journal * Starred review “Bingeworthy!”
Publishers Weekly “Ryan is a master of suspense!”
GOODREADS  A Most Anticipated Thriller 0f 2023
BOOKBUB  A Most Anticipated Thriller 0f 2023
CRIME READS  A Most Anticipated Thriller 0f 2023

The House Guest is another diabolical cat-and-mouse thriller from USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan—but which character is the cat, and which character is the mouse?

After every divorce, one spouse gets all the friends. What does the other one get? If they’re smart, they get the benefits. Alyssa Macallan is terrified when she’s dumped by her wealthy and powerful husband. With a devastating divorce looming, she begins to suspect her toxic and manipulative soon-to-be-ex is scheming to ruin her—leaving her alone and penniless. And when the FBI shows up at her door, Alyssa knows she really needs a friend.

And then she gets one. A seductive new friend, one who’s running from a dangerous relationship of her own. Alyssa offers Bree Lorrance the safety of her guest house, and the two become confidantes. Then Bree makes a heart-stoppingly tempting offer. Maybe Alyssa and Bree can solve each others’ problems.

But no one is what they seem. And the fates and fortunes of these two women twist and turn until the shocking truth emerges: You can’t always get what you want. But sometimes you get what you deserve.

Other books by Hank Phillippi Ryan:
Her Perfect Life
The First to Lie
The Murder List
On the House
Trust Me

The Other Woman / The Wrong Girl / Truth Be Told / What You See / Say No More

Prime Time / Face Time / Air Time / Drive Time

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. (Amazon)

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Molly Madison is back to solve another doggone difficult murder in her California community in this mystery from the author of A Deadly Bone to Pick.
Molly Madison has barely had a moment to catch her breath after moving to the sleepy beach town she now calls home. But as a former PI, she can’t help but notice the odd chemistry between members of Playtime Academy on the first day she and her loyal Saint Bernadoodle, Noodle, and golden retriever, Harlow, visit. When a trainer’s body is found on-site, Molly knows it’s her duty to put her ex-police skills to use. She can’t say no to temporarily taking in the deceased woman’s dog, either—not with those puppy dog eyes.

Relationships at the training facility are not as clean as the prize-winning agility runs, making it difficult for Molly to get a leash on potential suspects. And her personal life is just as messy—her boyfriend is hiding something, her agoraphobic neighbor needs help, and her number of four-legged friends keep growing as she agrees to dogsit a wriggly local French bulldog.
When Molly’s friend is arrested for the murder, she’s not sure who to believe anymore. Is the case as simple as the local cops make it seem, or is something more devious afoot? (Amazon)

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Someone is stalking and staking vampires in Arteria Falls, Colorado. Can the town’s resident sleuth catch the culprit before one of her loved ones is next?

A snowstorm is coming just as Valentine’s Day approaches, causing all of Arteria Falls to stock up on blood and other essentials—like Cupid-shaped cakes for dogs. Josie Wixx, disabled vampire, is busy running the cake promotion for her pet boutique, so she barely notices the weather frenzy. Amid the rush of orders, someone leaves a lipstick heart on the boutique’s door. Josie doesn’t think much of it until little hearts start popping up around town…followed by diabolical attacks.

The victims all have one thing in common—bright-blue eyes, just like Josie’s. Just as she wonders if she could be the next victim, she spots another heart…on her blue-eyed coworker and cousin’s car. Desperate to save her cousin, Josie vows to catch the attacker.

With the snowstorm raging around her, she tries to track the culprit. But they leave no trace behind…except for small trinkets that might just reveal the next victim. Can Josie follow the clues before her cousin ends up in a coffin?

If you like cozy towns, vivacious vampires, and charming canine companions, then you’ll love Elle Wren Burke’s fangtastic mystery.

Sharpen your stakes and buy The Tell-Fang Heart today! (Amazon)

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After a year of hard work in her Texas hometown, Harlow Jane Cassidy’s dreams are finally within reach—if she can just get it all done in time…

Harlow’s designs will be featured in a big magazine spread, but she only has a few days to finalize her collection. Plus she’s busy helping to plan her mother’s upcoming wedding, playing host to her old friend Orphie, and avoiding a competitive Dallas designer set on stealing Harlow’s ideas. Harlow’s making it all work—until someone breaks into Buttons & Bows and the rival designer is found dead.

But when a near miss makes it clear that Orphie could be the next victim, Harlow will have to untangle the threads of evidence if she wants to save her friend, her mother’s wedding, and her business from becoming fashion road kill… (Amazon)

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A bank is robbed, an unusual bargain is struck, can her ladyship trust her unlikely partner and crack this case?

Lady Sarah is still grieving the loss of her friend, when another decides it’s time to move on. Saying goodbye is never easy, but it’s even worse when it’s followed by saying hello to her nemesis for the first time.

She’s desperate to keep her friends safe from the danger of her enemy. To keep them safe, Lady Sarah is forced to strike a sickening deal, and makes the deaths of her parents meaningless. But when a bank is robbed, she has to turn to that same enemy for help to solve the case.

Her nemesis is finally in front of her, but is this mastermind really the villain she appears to be?

If you like thrilling mysteries, exciting sub plots and eccentric characters, you’ll love C. S. Woolley’s enthralling Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow.

Grab your copy today to be swept away on an adventure. (Amazon)

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All of my life, I’ve felt like the frumpy, dumb middle sister, while my older sister was always the smartest, and my younger sister was always the prettiest. Since I’m in my forties now, I’ve gotten used to the sting of constant failure in the face of their successes.
What I’m not used to though, is having to speak in public about my defeats while my domineering siblings flank each side of me showcasing their own triumphs. Yet that’s exactly what I have to do when my sister Beth arranges for all of us to be on a panel at a “Women in Business” workshop being held by her hero, the famed self-help guru, Curtis Victor.
Suffice it to say, I’m less than pleased to be there—especially after a spectacular crash and burn on stage—but Beth has sold this as a relaxing three-day weekend, a chance for me to have some downtime without my children and husband needing me to save them from themselves at every turn. I’m determined to enjoy myself, so I indulge in spa treatments, steak dinners, and cocktails at the bar—I even make a new friend. But my enjoyment comes to a screeching halt when an heiress is found dead in her hotel room, and I find myself thrust in the middle of the murder investigation and staring down the barrel of a gun. (Amazon)

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Riley Ravenswood, The Chief Diva of Snowkeep, Is Dead.

The Pumpkin Bread Mystery: A Sweets of Snow keep Cozy Culinary Mystery

For Katy, an independent middle-aged woman, opening her own bakery, “Sweet Sensations” has been one of the best decisions of her entire life. The bakery has quickly become a favorite in Snowkeep, a snowy small town in the mountains located a few hours from the big apple. And everything looks nice and dandy for Katy.

Nothing could go wrong now… could it?

“I knock on the front door, and a moment later, it opens slowly, revealing Ryan on the other side of the door. I blink at him in panic. Allie said that the party was going to be a surprise for her son, and here I am, spoiling the surprise by holding his cake.

“Hi, Ryan,” I say in an extremely high-pitched voice. “Um, is your mom home? I’m stopping to say hi to her.”

Ryan blinks at me with a surly expression. “I know I’m having a party. I’m seven. I’m not a baby anymore.” He crosses his arms over his chest and fixes me with a look that he thinks is stern. It’s so adorable, especially with his blond hair sticking up. It’s hard to bite back my smile.

I nod seriously. “You are grown up.”

“My mom is at our neighbor’s house a few houses away. I think she’s talking to the cops.”

My heart drops to my stomach. Riley’s house…”

From then on, things go downhill for Katy.

Soon she finds herself suspected of committing a crime.

What will Katy do now?

Read this captivating mystery novel, and find out! (Amazon)

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Competitive baking takes a murderous turn in Misha Popp’s “decadent and addicting” (Melissa Bourbon) second Pies Before Guys cozy mystery—oven-ready for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell.

Everyone loves a good pie. But how about a pie that’s as deadly as it is delectable?
Daisy bakes a little murder into every pie she creates, and she and her dog, Zoe, deliver them to the town’s worst cads. Now, Daisy’s entered a televised, elimination-style competition and has a shot at $100k in prize money—but she still has a murder pie to deliver between filming.
In a completely unexpected turn of events, she discovers that her intended victim is one of the competition judges, and he turns up dead before the pie even arrives. Now, Daisy has to solve the murder—even if it means working a bit of magic—before someone calls foul play and exposes her murderous secret.
For anyone who’s ever fantasized about the world of competitive baking à la the Great British Bake Off—or has ever dreamed ofgetting back at that guy who wronged them years ago Popp’s culinary cozy series is as alluring as a perfectly baked pie, this edgy yet utterly charming novel takes the idea of “a dessert to die for” to a whole new level. (Amazon)

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New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the second novel in her “tantalizing” (Publishers Weekly) Rumors in Ross County series. In Ross County, love can stay the course, but first you have to know who to trust.

There’s a lot going on in Joy Howard’s life. She’s got an ex-husband who starts acting like he doesn’t want to be an ex anymore, a sixteen-year-old daughter in need of a guiding hand and a lot of rides to dance practice, more orders for paintings than she has time to paint, and a roster of tutoring clients who sometimes need far more than she can give.

What she doesn’t have is time for a new relationship.

Samuel “Bo” Beauman is a lot of things. He’s a counselor for transitioning ex-cons, a good friend to many, a construction worker, a brother and son, and even a part-time model for a high-end sportswear catalog. He’s also a man searching for redemption.

One thing he isn’t is a man in need of a girlfriend.

But none of that seems to matter when Bo hears Joy’s kind voice in a crowded coffee shop. He instantly knows she’s someone he wants to know better. The two of them hit it off—much to the dismay of practically everyone they know—but Bo doesn’t care what other people think. He feels at peace whenever he’s with Joy, and he won’t let her go without a fight.

When Joy starts getting mysterious texts and phone calls from unknown numbers, she tries to ignore it. But instead of going away, the messages escalate and Joy realizes she can’t handle it alone. But she is juggling a jealous ex-husband, a handful of students with little to lose, and a brand-new boyfriend who spent several years behind bars. Who can she trust? (Amazon)

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The homicide cop with a passion for justice returns in the captivating crime thriller series by the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

It was a glittering event full of A-listers, hosted by Eliza Lane and Brant Fitzhugh, a celebrity couple who’d conquered both Hollywood and Broadway. And now Eve Dallas has made her entrance—but not as a guest. After raising a toast, Fitzhugh fell to the floor and died, with physical symptoms pointing to cyanide, and the police have crashed the party.

From all accounts, he wasn’t the kind of star who made enemies. Everyone loved him—even his ex-wife. And since the champagne cocktail that killed him was originally intended for Eliza, it’s possible she was the real target, with a recently fired assistant, a bitter rival, and an obsessed fan in the picture. With so many attendees, staff, and servers, Eve has her work cut out determining who committed murder in the middle of the crowd—and what was their motivation. As one who’s not fond of the spotlight herself, she dreads the media circus surrounding a case like this. All she wants is to figure out who’s truly innocent, and who’s only acting that way… (Amazon)

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