New Releases For The Week Of February 12th, 2022–Part 4

When a client’s dog turns up missing and her husband turns up dead, Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott will have to rely on dogged determination to track down a killer . . .

When a frantic client calls, worried about her dog, Andi Grace is happy to drop by the woman’s home and check in on her beloved pet. She’s initially concerned when she discovers the dog’s not in the house, but she’s out-and-out shocked to discover that the woman’s husband is—strangled to death in his office chair. On top of that, she soon finds a ransom note demanding a hefty sum for the dog’s safe return. Andi Grace knows better than to meddle in a murder investigation, but there’s no way she’s going to let a dognapper get away with it.

Unsure of whether the killer took the dog or if they were unrelated crimes, Andi Grace finds herself confounded from the start. More puzzling still is that the dog’s owner seems more upset about her missing pooch than her dead husband. Could the whole thing have been a setup? Did the woman murder her own husband and send Andi Grace to the house under false pretenses to discover the body? As sinister as that possibility may be, the trail of clues leads Andi Grace to uncover an even more nefarious scheme, and she knows she’ll have to tie up all the loose ends fast before the whole case goes to the dogs . . .

Praise for the Books of Jackie Layton:

“Kept me guessing till the end. Andi Grace is an excellent amateur sleuth . . . and Caught and Collared is an engrossing and enjoyable cozy mystery.” —The Book Decoder, Best Books of 2022

“Andi Grace is adorable, resilient, and has a doggedly curious need to solve a murder. A pleasure to read.” —C. Hope Clark, award-winning author of Edisto Tidings

“Completely charming—and exactly what a cozy mystery should be. Amateur sleuth (and dog whisperer) Andi Grace Scott is wonderfully endearing, and her devotion to her pooches—and to justice—will have you rooting for her from the absolutely irresistible page one. Bow wow—What a terrific debut!” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally best-selling and award-winning author of The Murder List


About the Author:

Former Kentuckian Jackie Layton loves her new life in the Low Country. She enjoys time on the beach, despite one vacation that ended with cracked ribs from riding her boogie board with the kids and another trip that ended with a fish hook in her foot and a trip to the emergency room. There’s nothing like time at the beach, although she tends to be a bit more cautious these days. Jackie is the author of five Low Country Dog Walker Mysteries, including Bite the DustDog-Gone Dead, Bag of BonesCaught and Collared, and A Killer Unleashed. (Amazon)

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In this installment of The Anna Romano Murder Mystery Series, everyone is in full detective mode in search of Shirlene Booker, Anna’s publicist, and best friend. After searching her home and computer and researching the mysterious man she embarked on the cruise with, they come up empty.

When the ship docks in Florida, Detective Solace and Billings are granted access to her cabin, where they find a strange, yet valuable, clue that will ultimately take them across the world in search of answers.

Will they find Shirlene in time? Find out more in this peculiar case of Planes, Trains, & Relics of the Past! (Amazon)

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Ingrid Torfudottir lives a double life. Half she spends in Runde, a normal town on the North Shore of Lake Superior in modern day Minnesota. The other half she spends in Villmark, a village that exists outside of time, where descendants of Vikings still live following the old ways.
On top of all that, she personally descends from a long line of volvas, women trained in the magical arts. Only she missed out on everything when she grew up away from Villmark. Now she still struggles to catch up.
After months of hard work, she speaks the language of Villmark. Her mastery of the runes sits at nearly a third complete. But now she must face her greatest challenge yet: the woman she narrowly defeated once before, who waits for their face-to-face confrontation deep inside the caves behind the waterfall that separates Runde from Villmark.
No one thinks she is ready for this rematch. Not her friends. Not her mentor. Not even her own grandmother.
No one but Ingrid.
Sacrifice Behind the Falls is book 9 in the ongoing Viking Witch Cozy Mystery series! (Amazon)

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Fall in love with the gang from the bistro as they solve a murder, find love in unexpected places, and share a heartfelt moment under the winter moon.

Shelby Morris decided to buy the Bistro at Holiday Bay after receiving a huge inheritance from a woman she’d never met.
She knows she’ll need help, so she enlists the help of new chef and frequent guest to The Inn at Holiday Bay, Amy Hogan, as well as parttime waitress and longtime local Nikki Peyton. Together with the staff and regular customers that seemed to have come with the place, Shelby is certain she’ll be able to create something special.

In book 3 in the series, it’s Valentine’s Day in Holiday Bay and the Bistro is planning a special ‘lovers only’ event featuring the cool jazz rendering of legendary crooner Duke Armstrong. When Duke shows up dead the morning following the community event, Shelby and the gang set out to identify a killer. (Amazon)

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Welcome to Pride Street, where corgis run, men are in love, and mystery lurks just around the corner!

It’s an ordinary dinner out with the humans at How We Roll. Corgi Marsha and her sidekick, Klaus, have just settled in beneath the courtyard table, angling for a bite of salmon skin when, with a loud crash, their favorite waiter collapses!
Did Saschi fall prey to natural causes? Or is something fishy going on?
What’s a corgi to do? Start sniffing! But first, Marsha must convince her humans to investigate…
With the help of their humans Garrett and John, Adam the resident ghost, and some other human and animal friends, Marsha and Klaus must get to the bottom of what first seemed like an accident but is starting to smell a lot like murder!

The Pride Street Paranormal Mysteries are packed with cute corgis, quirky characters, and more color than a drag queen’s makeup case.

If you love dogs, ghosts, and intrigue, this series is for you. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Joe DeMarco likes to call himself a troubleshooter. It sounds better than “bagman” or “fixer.” With more than a decade of troubleshooting under his belt on behalf of John Mahoney, the Speaker of the House, DeMarco has seen his fair share of dangerous situations.

When Andie Moore, a 23-year-old working in the DOJ’s Inspector General’s Office, is murdered in cold blood in Florida’s Everglades, it falls on DeMarco to get to the bottom of things. Paired with Emma, an enigmatic, retired ex-spy with seemingly endless connections in the military and intelligence communities, they venture south to the scene of Andie’s murder: Alligator Alley.

DeMarco and Emma waste no time in identifying a two suspects—a pair of crooked, near-retirement FBI agents named McIntyre and McGruder. But as they keep digging, it becomes clear that these FBI agents weren’t acting alone, and that this goes much deeper than just the murder of an innocent 23-year old woman. (Amazon)

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