New Releases For The Week Of February 5, 2023–Part 4

The most enduring detectives in American crime fiction are back in this electrifying thriller of art and brutality from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Los Angeles is a city of stark contrast, the palaces of the affluent coexisting uneasily with the hellholes of the mad and the needy. That shadow world and the violence it breeds draw brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis into an unsettling case of altruism gone wrong.

On a superficially lovely morning, a woman shows up for work with her usual enthusiasm. She’s the newly hired personal assistant to a handsome, wealthy photographer and is ready to greet her boss with coffee and good cheer. Instead, she finds him slumped in bed, shot to death.

The victim had recently received rave media attention for his latest project: images of homeless people in their personal “dream” situations, elaborately costumed and enacting unfulfilled fantasies. There are some, however, who view the whole thing as nothing more than crass exploitation, citing token payments and the victim’s avoidance of any long-term relationships with his subjects.

Has disgruntlement blossomed into homicidal rage? Or do the roots of violence reach down to the victim’s family—a clan, sired by an elusive billionaire, that is bizarre in its own right?

Then new murders arise, and Alex and Milo begin peeling back layer after layer of intrigue and complexity, culminating in one of the deadliest threats they’ve ever faced (Amazon)

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In the aftermath of their last mission, Perry’s team is given another assignment: to track down several missing children who disappeared into a forest near their village.

At first glance, the case seems simpler than their last one, despite the lack of evidence of any monsters in the area… with the exception of the annoying paranormal hunter lurking in the forest and getting in their way.

Until Tam vanishes, too.

Perry refuses to let an invisible enemy stop her from getting her team leader back, but it won’t be long before she discovers the depth of the secrets surrounding the village and the forest – and the enemy might be closer to home than she realises. (Amazon)

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The weather in Casper Creek has yet to turn and Hannah Hickok is determined to take advantage of her downtime to engage in a bit of romance with her fiancé Cooper Wyatt. Unfortunately for her, the world has other plans.
An eerie howl draws Hannah and Cooper to Main Street during a snowstorm, and what they find confuses them. There’s some sort of monster stalking the downtown area, and a woman has appeared out of nowhere in the creature’s wake only to collapse in front of them.
Before Hannah can call for help, the woman disappears, leaving a mystery and a monster hunt on the menu.
Casper Creek’s history is long and storied. This time, however, the trouble can be traced back to Hannah’s own family. It seems the woman who disappeared has ties to her grandmother…and Abigail doesn’t want to share the details with anybody, including her own family.
Frustrated, Hannah keeps digging, but what she finds is a mystery for the ages. It seems the stories she always heard, the ones about her late grandfather being a saint, might’ve been more fiction than reality. The truth of his past is about to collide with Hannah’s future.
And nobody will ever be the same again. (Amazon)

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Cheerlebrity Cassie Cannon, a 16-year-old cheer sensation, wouldn’t disappoint all her teenage fans, would she?

When Cassie doesn’t show up for an autograph signing, Abby Winters’ daughter, Ashley, is crushed. She wanted to meet her idol before the big cheer competition. Is Cassie a flake or has something more sinister happened?

Abby, for once, is content to let the police handle the investigation but when Ashley begs her to find out where Cassie is, how can she say no?

Can Abby figure out what happened to Cassie or will someone silence her… maybe forever? (Amazon)

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The ladies take a culinary road trip, but it’s the chef who’s sliced and diced.

When Aunt Hilda turns up for Thanksgiving dinner, the Luckland Ladies set out on a culinary road trip to find a recipe thieving chef. Dragged along for the ride, Pippa suspects murder when the chef turns up dead. And Hilda is the prime suspect. Proving Hilda’s innocence isn’t so easy when the chef’s wife has photos that prove Hilda’s guilt.

A bevy of spirits and messages from the past offer clues that might clear Hilda’s name. In Pippa and Devon’s search for the real killer, four of the six missing shoeboxes turn up, but the ladies remain steadfast in their refusal to reveal their secrets, which Pippa is beginning to suspect may be linked to Luckland’s legendary gold. (Amazon)

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The library is no safe haven in this taut, tense mystery perfect for fans of  Louise Penny and Elly Griffith’s Dr. Ruth Galloway series.

Greer Hogan is a librarian turned sleuth, an avid reader of crime fiction who possesses an uncanny knack for deduction—and now, she’s drawn into another murder case as late autumn slowly turns to winter in the idyllic village of Raven Hill. When Anita Hunzeker, chair of the library board of trustees, is run off the road and killed, no one seems all that sorry. Anita was widely disliked, and the townsfolk would just as soon be rid of her. But when a local professor turns up dead as well, his connection to Anita and to other local residents leaves the suspect pool covering the entire county.

Greer starts poking around, and the more she digs, the more it seems like everyone she knows is trying to hide something. When she unearths a clue in the old manor cemetery, she finally discovers the shocking truth—a cache of dark secrets stretching back decades that could rock the town to its core. Everyone who’s come close to the truth has ended up dead—and if Greer doesn’t tread lightly, she could be the next librarian to get archived for good.

Drawing nostalgic inspiration from classic girl detective mysteries, Hilliard deftly captures notes of Agatha Christie and  Dorothy L. Sayers in this third installment of the Greer Hogan mysteries. (Amazon)

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Veronica and her four-legged companion, Scout are back!

This time Blue Haven has caught the eye of television show host Shannon Watts who wants to spotlight the new French Toastery on a national cooking show. Only hours before Shannon is set to go live, what looks like a blood covered wrench is discovered and Shannon is nowhere to be found. Veronica, her bestie Gemma and Detective Grant put their heads together once again to find Shannon, but will it be too late? (Amazon)

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