New Releases For The Week Of March 26th, 2023–Part 3

A pattern of murder. A threadbare case. Can our psychic sleuth pick out the guilty before time spools out?

Mitzy Moon is finally tying the knot. And she’s loving the whole town’s excitement for their upcoming big day. But when their tailor is found buttons up behind a jazz lounge, the almost-newlyweds will have to hem in a murderer before their dreams rip apart at the seams.

Knowing they’ll get no help from the new sheriff in town, the couple embarks on a tightly woven undercover assignment. But Mitzy fails to heed ominous warnings from her mentor, Ghost-ma, and her entitled feline. When another body drops, she could be the next target erased by the mounting powers in the darkness…

Can Mitzy and Erick unravel the twisted clues, or will their wedding be eclipsed by a funeral?

Bells and Bombshells is the first book in the hilarious new paranormal cozy mystery series, Harper and Moon Investigations, a spinoff from the popular Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s wedded whodunit.

Buy Bells and Bombshells to stitch up a killer today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

There’s not enough fondant in Willow Hollow to cover her amateur mistakes, especially when her familiar is accused of murder.

Bub, a black cat familiar, knows that some spells are not meant to be spoken aloud. But when tempted by his favorite fondant-frosted cake with catnip sprinkled on top, he’s not one to keep his mouth shut during the time of the full moon.

Someone’s using the cake decorating contest as sweet revenge, and suspects point blame toward one another. Despite her quirky magic and off-kilter, ghost-raising abilities, Harper Dade must rally her sleuthing skills to solve the mystery of the cake-decorating contestant’s murder before every witch in Willow Hollow loses their familiar, and the town bans Bub and his pals from Willow Hollow forever.

Despite Harper’s witchy glitches and the murder mystery, Crank, the mechanic, intends to sweep Harper off on a romantic getaway in his classic flying wizard car. But his new familiar—a first for the wizard—puts a wrench in their dating plans.

If Harper cannot clear Bub, the Better Witching Bureau will banish the familiars and snuff out her magic. She’ll be forced to leave her beloved aunt, say goodbye to her new wizard mechanic boyfriend, and live in a world where cake icing holds no magic at all. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

When a series of mysterious deaths spoil the Christmas season in Crozet, Virginia, Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen and her beloved cats and dogs lend the police a helping paw in this exciting holiday mystery from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

Christmas is coming and Harry’s to-do list is a mile long. The days are filled with delivering holiday baskets to neighbors in need, chopping down the perfect tree with her best friend, Susan Tucker, and hunting for that elusive special gift for her beloved husband, Pharamond “Fair” Harristeen. Harry also decides to try her hand at dog showing, enrolling her handsome Irish Wolfhound puppy Pirate in classes to prepare for a future exhibition. Through it all, holiday cheer—and plenty of treats for Pirate—keep spirits high.

But the holidays aren’t cheerful for everyone. Harry’s friend on the police force, Cynthia Cooper, warns that the season can bring an uptick in crime. Her words prove tragically prescient when Harry and Susan discover the body of a man by the side of the road, dead, without any clues to his identity. One suspicious death is bad enough, but when Cooper reports that two more bodies have been found, also unidentified, Harry knows trouble is afoot. The autopsies for all three bodies reveal the presence of a deadly drug. Could their deaths have been accidental, or is a devious killer on the prowl?

With help from her feline sidekicks, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, as well as Tee Tucker the corgi and Pirate, Harry vows to find the answers and stop the spate of deaths so that all of Crozet can have a very merry Christmas. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn’t seem to convince to leave, and a new family she’d never be able to live without.

In book 22 in the series, someone is going around town vandalizing merchants who have received a negative review on the new social media site everyone is talking about. Initially it seems like a mere annoyance, but things begin to escalate, and Colt fears that the trend will lead to someone’s death.

Meanwhile, Vaness Blackstone from Firehouse Books is heading out of town and leaves her spunky Aunt Lou in charge. When the bookstore becomes the most recent victim of the Holiday Bay Prankster, Lou joins Abby and Georgia in their quest to track the troublemaker down. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Let’s do the time loop… again?

Wisteria is caught in a time loop.

Everything is repeating, Groundhog-Day-style, but only one supernatural has noticed.

Zirconia Cristata Riddle, the vampire matriarch of the Riddle family, is awake and alone in a world full of people who can’t move forward or make new memories.

Someone ought to do something about it. Or at least find out who’s behind this endless loop.

Solving this mystery is a job for someone who enjoys playing detective, such as Zirconia’s daughter, Zara. But Zara’s in no state to fix a giant kerfuffle like this. She can’t even get her boots to match.

It’s up to one woman to save the world using nothing but her powers, her wits, and her impeccable style.

Note to series readers: Wisteria Wildcard is book 15 in Angela Pepper’s bestselling Wisteria Witches Mysteries, picking up six months after the events of book 14, Wayward Wisteria. This story is told from the point of view of Zirconia Riddle, Zara’s dark-haired vampire mother. Book 16 returns to the POV of Zara. Thank you for making this series a bestseller in book and audiobook. We hope you enjoy this wildcard of a story! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

When Victoria Sedgewick’s cousin falls under suspicion for a crime she did not commit, Victoria must protect her. But with a new danger arising at home and trouble threatening her friendship with Branwell Keats, will Victoria be too distracted to prevent a horrific tragedy? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Birthdays, fundraisers, and… murderous ducks?

Winifred Page-Lopez breathes a sigh of relief and shakes off any worry about a big splash for her forty-second birthday. Estes Park’s annual duck race fundraiser is sure to have tourists flocking to town and spending a fortune on raffle tickets—keeping everyone way too busy for a surprise party. But so many squeaking yellow duckies is enough to send her irascible chubby corgi, Watson, well… ducking for cover.

Another sort of surprise bubbles to the surface, however, as the winning ducks swim down the river. These bright rubber toys aren’t as wholesome as they appear, sending townspeople pecking at one another with rumor, gossip and outright physical altercations. And members of Fred’s beloved family are right in the middle of this puzzle.

The fallout from recent dangers gives Fred much to contemplate, but pleas from all sides pull her into solving this mystery. Fred knows she’ll have to ruffle some feathers to get answers, but following Watson’s nose may reveal more buried secrets…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for luscious lemon poppyseed cake.) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Dragons, Crime, and Cats.
Small town life is never dead—or is it?

I, Azure Rune, a chili aficionado, will win the chili cookoff this weekend.
My human protector might doubt me, due to the “disgusting anchovies” I add each year.

But she is mistaken. My new secret ingredient is just the game changer I need—if I can find it.
Why is it, every time I have something special someone feels the need to move it?!

Join me in my search for the perfect chili, and enjoy the recipe for yourself!
I promise, you’ll agree. A fantastic way to end a chilly day.

Azure’s Hill Country Mysteries, is a spin off short story series where Azure is the sleuth on the case. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

THREE days to do a job
TWO people dead set against her finding the truth
ONE dead body she never expected!
It should’ve been a simple business trip, followed by several days of tropical sunshine, fabulous scuba diving, and frosty mai tais. What Jennifer got instead was international intrigue, danger all around her, and the very real possibility of winding up in a foreign jai! With the clock ticking, she has to find a killer who will do anything to cover up their crime.

If you like travel mysteries, this one is for you! It’s got clean language, and is only rated PG because hey, there’s a murderer running around in this book. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

What do burgers, a detective, and a vegan have in common? Murder…

Christie Watson, private investigator, has never been this busy. Pets keep going missing, the local police have asked her to find out who’s behind a series of… meat thefts, and her cousin, in what appears to be a fit of heat-induced insanity, has decided to open a competing private investigation firm.

Christie figures life can’t get any more complicated, and she’s fine with that.

Until a local vegan activist is murdered right in front of her best friend’s Burger Bar. And there’s only one suspect.

Christie’s ex-detective boyfriend who hasn’t got an alibi.

With the pressure mounting, Christie has to get to work and prove that her boyfriend didn’t do it even as the police tell her it’s time to stay out of it.

See if you can figure out whodunit before Christie does in the fourth installment of the Sleepy Creek Cozy Mystery series! Grab your copy today. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

When Maui’s biggest local surfing event of the year hits the island, Charlie plans on sticking to the sidelines, cheering for Zoe, safely away from the water. But on day one of the competition, a body washes up on shore, and it’s one of Vesper’s ex-boyfriends.

With Vesper quickly emerging as one of the prime suspects, Charlie, Dot and Rosie jump into action to clear the former surfer’s name and find the real killer. But Jake is in charge of the case, and their new relationship is about to be dealt a challenge as they decide to take different tracks.

Add to this the problem of the gangsters in Seattle, and Charlie has her hands full. Will she save her relationship with Jake and solve the case, saving Vesper’s freedom in the process? Or will the killer get to her first, causing Charlie to wipe out—permanently? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle