New Releases For The Week Of March 5th, 2023–Part 3

From critically acclaimed, master thriller author Margaret Mizushima, comes the eighth installment of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

“Tense and satisfying,” (JA Jance) Standing Dead is the perfect read for fans of CJ Box and Longmire.

Deputy Mattie Cobb and her sister, Julia, travel to Mexico to visit their mother, but when they arrive, they discover that she and her husband have vanished without a trace. Back in Timber Creek, Mattie finds a chilling note on her front door telling her to look for “him” among the standing dead up in the high country.
The sheriff’s department springs into action and sends a team to the mountains, where Mattie’s K-9 partner, Robo, makes a grisly discovery—a body tied to a dead pine tree. Mattie is shocked when she realizes she knows the dead man. And then another note arrives, warning that Mattie’s mother is in desperate straits. In a last-ditch gambit, Mattie must go deep undercover into a killer’s lair to save her mother—or die trying. (Amazon)

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Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

Veronica’s natural-historian beau, Stoker, has been away in Bavaria for months and their relationship is at an impasse. But when Veronica shows up before him with his brother, Tiberius, Lord Templeton-Vane, he is lured back home by an intriguing job offer: preparing an iguanodon for a very special dinner party.
Tiberius has received a cryptic message—along with the obituaries of two recently deceased members of his old group of friends, the Seven Sinners—that he too should get his affairs in order. Realizing he is in grave danger but not knowing why, he plans a reunion party for the remaining Sinners at his family estate to lure the killer out while Veronica and Stoker investigate.
As the guests arrive and settle in, the evening’s events turn deadly. More clues come to light, leading Veronica, Stoker, and Tiberius to uncover a shared past among the Sinners that has led to the fatal present. But the truth might be far more sinister than what they were prepared for. (Amazon)

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He barely has time to catch his breath…

Army veteran Cameron Pope arrives back in Jubilee, Kentucky, for the first time in years. He barely has time to catch his breath when he becomes embroiled in a race of life or death for his little niece and a deadly hunt for the human traffickers who are destroying the peace of his mountain town. When he’s reunited with Rusty Caldwell—a woman from his past he’s never stopped thinking about—he wants to believe they can finally be together. But Rusty belongs to one of the rich families in Jubilee—the same rich folks who scorn the rural families living on the surrounding mountainside. Cameron and Rusty will have to find a way to end the feuding and take down the human trafficking ring if they’re to have any chance at happiness.

Praise for Sharon Sala’s romantic suspense:

“Vivid, gripping…this thriller keeps the pages turning.”—Library Journal for Torn Apart

“Skillfully balancing suspense and romance, Sala gives readers a nonstop breath-holding adventure.”—Publishers Weekly for Going Once

“Exciting…will keep you glued to the pages.”—USA Today for Life of Lies (Amazon)

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All aboard the good ship SS Columbus for an African adventure to die for . . .

“Fascinating . . . Bert and Mamie Mason are the most entertaining detective couple since Nick and Nora Charles” – Publishers Weekly

February 1939. Mamie Mason isn’t enthusiastic when Bert, her husband of thirty years, persuades her to join him on an African cruise. Bert might be pining for adventure, but Mamie’s perfectly content with her comfortable life in Hills Corners, Ohio.

But once the couple board the glamorous SS Columbus, Mamie has to admit – much as it pains her – that Bert was right. Swimming in the pool, dancing under the stars, their own bedroom steward to serve their every whim . . . Mamie settles in and prepares to thoroughly enjoy all the sights that Africa has to offer, in the company of a motley collection of eccentric first-class passengers.

Then Mamie witnesses something shocking – and her vacation takes a twist that neither she nor Bert could ever have predicted. Far from home, with a killer in their midst, the couple’s only choice is to turn detective. But surrounded by Nazis, spies and passengers with secrets, how can they uncover the killer – enjoy their vacation of a lifetime – and make it back to Ohio alive?

This page-turning historical mystery, set in the months before the outbreak of the Second World War, is a great choice for fans of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10, and anyone who enjoys arm-chair travelling, with a dash of mystery and adventure! (Amazon)

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One of the biggest trivia competitions in the world is coming to Paradise Lodge, and Hali Waverly is expecting an influx of guests. What she’s not prepared for is murder.
When a body drops on the resort’s beach, however, she finds herself knee-deep in the investigation along with her new boyfriend Gray Hunter. Unfortunately for her, there are a few too many suspects for her comfort level.
Between the other contestants—a flamboyant group of individuals whom Hali has trouble relating to—and the workers, there’s no limit to the pool of potential killers. Finding the right one isn’t going to be easy.
When you add in the dark merrow, who continue to make their presence known, Hali has her hands full.
All she wants is a little rest and to have a good time. That might not be in the cards though. When it becomes apparent that someone is trying to control the outcome of the competition, all bets are off.
Beaches, bodies, and Bloody Marys? Yup, things are about to get hairy for St. Pete’s favorite witch and shifter.
Oh, yeah, there will be some shark shifters too.
Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. (Amazon)

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Commissario Garini wants nothing better than to enjoy a romantic vacation with his wife Carlina on the beautiful Italian island, Sardinia. But within a few hours, all plans go awry. To his great dismay, he discovers he has a large (and hitherto unknown) family just as eccentric as his in-laws. The very next morning, he survives an attack by the skin of his teeth. His whole world comes crashing down. Is it possible his family isn’t as delighted about his sudden appearance as they pretended to be?

Holiday Death is a charming and amusing cozy crime that continues the popular series ‘Temptation in Florence’. However, as a whole new set of characters is introduced in this book, it can very well be read on its own. (Amazon)

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Savannah Green was Chief of Security for World Adventure Cruises and she could never say her job was dull.

From the day she joined the Company, the day it changed its name from Caribbean Destiny Cruises, owning only one ship to World Adventure Cruises with four ships, Savannah had been kept hopping, solving mysteries and catching criminals on board the beautiful, luxury class cruise ships that sailed to the four corners of the globe.

Anthony Edwards, the patriarch of the Edwards clan and his wife Jane made their money from royalties on the oil and gas sitting underneath their Oklahoma farm, and then they made more money as very astute investors.

When they sold the farm for mega-millions, they funded World Adventure Cruises, and now, a year or so later, they had a windfall profit on Wall Street.

In Jane’s mind, that meant they should expand the family business to five ships, and make the latest ship the most opulent in the world.

Whatever Jane wanted to do, Anthony figured she should get to do, so now Magnificent Adventure was ready to sail the Seven Seas on her maiden voyage, carrying only one thousand passengers, but those passengers were pampered and cosseted like no others sailing the globe.

Savannah was on board of course, because this voyage was extremely important to World Adventure Cruises, and she knew it would attract the criminal element anxious to fleece the ultra-wealthy passengers traveling in the beautiful staterooms exquisitely decorated for their pleasure.

Savannah expected the pickpockets, she expected the scam artists, she expected the card sharks who would set up their private poker games, and she expected the cat burglars who would attempt entry into those exquisite staterooms when they knew the occupants were otherwise occupied, and she was right.

All those criminals did find their way onto the passenger list or onto the crew, but she didn’t expect two criminals who were there to score the biggest haul of their lives.

Would she discover what they were up to and foil their diabolical plans before Magnificent Adventure reached Sydney on her way around the world?

She’d better, or it would cost the Edwards family millions of dollars! (Amazon)

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