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

Hawkins Harbor is hosting its annual volleyball tournament, and coffee shop manager Brinley Brubaker can’t wait to attend. What starts out as a friendly competition quickly turns to murder when a player on one of the teams is found dead near the net.

When the man who takes care of her aunt’s lawn becomes the main suspect, Brinley and her amateur sleuthing friends will do whatever they can to prove his innocence.

Searching for the killer isn’t easy. The more the gang learns about the recently deceased, the more people they find with reasons for wanting him dead. (Amazon)

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If y’all love holidays, small towns, undying relationships, southern food, animals, and a smidgen of homicide, THIS cozy mystery series is for you.


When amateur sleuth and town journalist, Violet Rhinehammer, stumbles upon a dead body during the Hip Hop Hurray Easter Festival, she knows she has to get to the bottom of things.

As she delves deeper into the mystery, she discovers that one of the bunnies auditioning for the top spot was seen running away from the scene of the crime. With the added pressure of keeping her identity as the town’s Merry Maker a secret, Violet must work quickly to uncover clues and find the killer before they strike again.

But the investigation takes a delicious turn after some clues turn up at bake-off competition. Could one of the baking contestants have motive to commit murder over a prize-winning dessert?

Is this a case of chocolate bunny betrayal, or is there something even darker at play?

Violet encounters a cast of colorful characters, including rival bunnies competing for the top spot, a demanding Easter Bunny, and a group of mischievous bakers vying for the top baker spot. With twists and turns at every corner, Violet must use all of her skills and wit to solve the case before the killer hops away. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Charlie receives an assignment to drive a teen runaway girl back to her home in Arizona. It’s about a six hour drive each way, and all she has to do is deliver the girl back to her mother, enjoy a night in a nice hotel, turn around and drive back. She’ll be home in plenty of time to bake the Thanksgiving pies with Elsa and settle into the holiday season back in Albuquerque. Or not.

From the get-go, the trip is fraught with problems. Traffic is horrible, weather is moving in, and the only motel they can get into is a dump. Sophie is a 13-year-old with attitude, challenging Charlie to keep her cool at every step. Basically, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, and the quick job turns into a stress-filled trip. And then there’s a murder.

The girl’s mother is a no-show and the dead guy is mom’s boyfriend, leaving Charlie to figure out what she’ll do with this obstinate teen.

Things brighten up when Charlie meets a group of five Arizona women who have a bit of experience at the mystery game themselves. The Heist Ladies are on a case with tentacles that overlap with Charlie’s. Working together, can they find the missing mom and get the young teen settled, and will Charlie make it home in time for the holiday?

Praise for this USA Today bestselling series:

“Charlie is just what readers want.” –Booklist

“The Heist Ladies series is going to be off the charts! Thank you Connie Shelton for such an awesome book.” – 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

“A page turner!” – K. Coonce, 5 star review (for Escapes Can Be Murder)

“I always love Charlie’s escapades. She keeps me glued to the story, unable to put it down. Love the mixture of humor and suspense. Can’t wait for the next adventure!” – Meg, 5 stars on Amazon

“Each book in the series just keeps getting better and better.” – Vine Voice reviewer on Amazon

“Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth!” – Midwest Book Review (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A 1920s house party set in England’s beautiful Cotswold countryside promised a weekend of fun to the twelve guests, but death stalks Dovecotes Court and soon the twelve are only ten.
Can Lady Eleanor Bakewell, London’s foremost private enquiry agent uncover the killer before she becomes his next victim? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

When Emily’s boyfriend walks out, she is devastated. As she is puzzling over what to do with the rest of her life, she is surprised to learn that her great aunt has died, leaving Emily her cottage in the picturesque Wiltshire village of Ashton Mead. This inheritance comes with a condition: Emily must take care of her great aunt’s pet. Not knowing what to expect, Emily sets off for the village, hoping to make a new life for herself.

In the village, she soon makes friends with Hannah who runs the Sunshine Tea Shoppe, and meets other residents of the village where she decides to settle. All is going well… until her unknown pet arrives. Then Emily’s ex-boyfriend turns up and against the advice of her new friends, she takes him back.

When her next-door neighbour’s daughter disappears in mysterious circumstances, Emily decides to investigate, unwittingly putting her own life in danger… (Amazon)

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A murder shocks the small town of Walden. And it’s only the beginning…

Walden, 1921.
 Local reporter Iris Woodmore is determined to save her beloved lake, Waldenmere, from destruction.

After a bloody and expensive war, the British Army can’t afford to keep the lake and build a convalescent home on its shores yet they still battle with Walden Council and a railway company for ownership. But an old mansion used as an officer training academy stands where the railway company plans to build a lakeside hotel. It belongs to General Cheverton – and he won’t leave his home.

When the General is found murdered, it appears someone will stop at nothing to win the fight for Waldenmere. Iris thinks she can take on the might of the railway company and find the killer. But nothing prepares her for the devastation that’s to come…

Praise for The Iris Woodmore Mysteries:

A real page turner and couldn’t put it down. So much so that I stayed up until the early hours to find out what happens.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

‘What a great book! I loved the characters and the ever deepening plot.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

An incredibly well-written historical mystery … interspersed with fascinating tit-bits of information both about the suffragettes and their sister organisation, the suffrage societies.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

Starts well and then gets better! ’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

‘I recommend this book to anyone who loves a twisty plot line that keeps you guessing.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

‘As soon as I started reading, I knew that I was reading something special … Iris Woodmore … is such a fun, feisty and determined young lady.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

Excellent read … Brilliant storyline.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

‘The writer’s attention to detail and historical fact was very good … The characters are well drawn and believable.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review

‘The characters are brilliantly written and swept me along.’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reader review (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

When Winnie Kepler trades in her recently earned business degree for a part-time gig slinging coffee at her grandmother Velma’s diner, she quickly realizes her career choice may not have been the best recipe for success.
Everything changes, however, when a handsome rookie cop asks for a sandwich, only to be interrupted by a shocking radio call announcing Velma is suspected of murdering a fellow chef at the town fair’s annual cooking competition. With a crotchety old police captain hell-bent on charging Velma with murder, Winnie drops her spatula to investigate. She soon learns that every competitor had a reason to kill the victim – and the rookie cop is single. Add to the stew of problems a surprise visit by an old college roommate and a constant reminder of Winnie’s decision to abandon a career in business, time begins to run out quickly to save her grandma.
Winnie Kepler, amateur sleuth, must prove . . . The Apple Pie Alibi! (Amazon)

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Underwater, no one hears your screams.

When Hayden Kent’s mentor discovers her son’s scuba-clad body beneath a pier in the Florida Keys, she turns to Hayden for solace at the tragic accident. Her son had recently discovered a sunken Spanish galleon, and rumors were flying that he’d hit the mother lode. Word that he had changed his will a few days before his death has investors and family members wondering if the two events are related. Hayden dives the treasure site and uncovers gold and evidence that his death was no accident. As the suspect list grows, so do threats against Hayden, who must find the killer before she becomes the next victim.

Death by Sunken Treasure is the second book in the Hayden Kent mystery series. If you like fast-paced suspense by Heather Graham that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, then you’ll love this series.

Dive in and buy Death by Sunken Treasure today. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle