Double Feature: Freshly Ground Murder & Murder At Midnight

 

Freshly Ground Murder

A Killer Coffee Mystery, Book #3

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

36337336Synopsis:

The holidays have arrived, and nothing is going to steal the joy of Roxanne Bloom’s first Christmas in Honey Springs.

The town’s annual Christmas in the Park is underway and includes a Christmas Pawrade that’ll help the furry residents at Pet Palace get a home for Christmas. It’s not the four-legged creatures that steal the show, it’s the pair of legs sticking out from the Christmas tree lighting ceremony that has all the town talking.

The suspects are piling up faster than the falling snow, while a murderer is on the loose. Roxy can’t let this ruin her first Christmas in Honey Springs and soon realizes it’s the ghosts of Christmas past that holds the real clues. But can she get this mystery solved in time for the holidays?

Includes Holiday Recipes from The Bean Hive! (Goodreads)
Review:

The author is very talented in creating small towns that are inviting and realistic.  Honey Springs is just such a place.  I would like to visit there, especially at Christmas time, to see all of the lights and decorations and join in on the fun (but I could skip the dead body). Through her descriptions, Honey Springs really came to life for me.

The characters are quirky and engaging.  Roxy is a fun loving, curious and loyal person. When one of the town’s own citizens is found murdered, she feels that she must get involved in helping find the culprit.  She does not want anything to ruin her first Christmas in Honey Springs, and murder could certainly do that.  I enjoyed spending time with all of Roxy’s friends and employees, especially Aunt Maxi.  And all of the animals found within the pages of this book were wonderful.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  This whole series is really good and I cannot wait for the next one to be released.

 

 

 

 

Murder At Midnight

Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, Book #7

Kathi Daley

5 Stars
35782941Synopsis:

It is the week before Halloween and the gang are gearing up for a big Halloween blow out. When Lani stumbles onto a murder victim whose death seems to be linked to a cold case her father worked on but never solved, the two join forces to bring justice to the victims once and for all.   (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Lani is smart, loving and loyal.  She is also nosy and cannot help but get involved when there is any investigating to do.  She has always wanted to be a cop, having grown up in houseful of them.  But in this book, she begins to consider if that is what she really wants to do, because she will not be able to sleuth freely like she can do now.  I really enjoyed the fact that Lani and her dad work together to solve a mystery that her dad was involved with before.  I enjoyed seeing them bonding and growing even closer as father and daughter.  The family dynamics were put to the test in this book.  Lani is missing Luke a lot since he has been away helping his father, who has been hospitalized.  I think Lani grew even more as a person  because of her relationship with Luke and her father.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations.  She is also very talented in weaving a cold case and a current case together as tightly as a well knitted scarf.  There are plenty of clues to sift through and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  Great characters, a great mystery and plenty of personal drama make this a must read.

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Review of Murder On The Toy Town Express

 

Murder On The Toy Town Express

Vintage Toyshop Mystery, Book #2

Barbara Early

5 Stars

34507285Synopsis:

Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters really came alive for me in the pages of this book.  Liz is a smart determined woman who is not afraid of hard work.  She is also not afraid to stick her nose into police business, especially if it will help her any of her family or friends.  She is close to her family, especially her dad.  All of her nosiness she credits to him because, as the former police chief, he shared cases with her when she was younger.  And although she is sort of dating Ken, the new police chief, she feels the need to help him solve the mystery of the death at the Train and Toy Show.  She loves working puzzles and this is a real puzzler.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me and eavesdropping on conversations.  I could see the trains set up at the show and hear the whistles blowing as the trains went around the track.

The mystery is well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not an easy mystery to solve.  I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end and I was very surprised when I found out.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With great characters, a mystery that will keep you guessing and a theme that will have you reminiscing about your childhood, you do not want to miss this book.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.

New Releases For The Week Of October 15th, 2017–Part 4

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 15th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the fourth and final  day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Pulse by [Francis, Felix]New York Times-bestselling author Felix Francis is back in the newest thrilling adventure in the Dick Francis tradition. 

A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.

Doctor Chris Rankin, a specialist who treated the deceased–and who struggles with mental health issues–is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn’t want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder. But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option but to discover who the nameless man was and why he died . . . preferably before following him into an early grave  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Gerry Coneybear, a cheerful young artist, comes to her Aunt Maggie’s funeral, she is shocked to learn that she has inherited her aunt’s rambling 200-year-old waterfront home. Unfortunately, the house comes with a multitude of her aunt’s cats as part of the bequest. As Gerry fends off the greedy, jealous relatives and the mysterious part-time housekeeper, she gradually comes to realize that her aunt may have been murdered. Cats, teacups, horticulture and art come together to help Gerry solve the mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt Bessie Observes (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Book 15) by [Xarissa, Diana]Aunt Bessie observes almost everything.

Elizabeth Cubbon, known as Bessie to nearly everyone, doesn’t miss much as she makes her way around the island that has been her home for all of her adult life.

Aunt Bessie observes less than her friend Janet Markham.

Bessie’s friends Janet and Joan Markham are happy to be back on the island for a visit. When Janet peeks in a window and spots a dead body, the sisters’ holiday becomes a lot more complicated.

Aunt Bessie observes another body.

Two dead men, a charity fundraiser that’s in desperate need of help, and dozens of unanswered questions leave Bessie and her friends struggling to find a murderer before he or she can strike again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery (Maizie Albright Star Detective Book 2) by [Reinhart, Larissa]Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound…Wait, what?

“Fresh from Hollywood get ready to bubble along with Maizie Albright Star Detective. She’s #adorbs.” — Jena’s Books

#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.

Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.

So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, humorous women’s fiction, chick lit, former child stars, romantic comedies, mothers and daughters, movie stars, Hollywood satire, and small town humor

“Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.”
— Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of The Davis Way Crime Caper series

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and fun.” — Phoebe Fox, author of The BreakUp Doctor series

“A new series that boasts a quirky cast of characters, engaging dialogue and the liveliness that befits this delightfully amusing and fast-paced drama.” — Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings

“Despite the movie star background Maize is down to earth and cares about everyone and justice. The situations that she finds herself in are humorous, but she isn’t a joke. She is a feisty, perceptive young woman.” — Lynn Farris, Hot Mystery Review  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

The Darkest Thread (The Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries Book 1) by [Blood, Jen]For fans of John Connolly, Nevada Barr, and dogs of all shape and size, the first novel in the new Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, from the author of the USA Today-bestselling Erin Solomon Mysteries.

Meet Jamie Flint — a no-nonsense veteran K-9 trainer and handler with a ‘gift’ she’d be happy to return: like her dogs, Jamie can sense things the rest of the world is blind to.

When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious ‘Bennington Triangle’ of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past hundred years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings Jamie and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search. When Jack learns that the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls’ aunts ten years before, he realizes they’re dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path. And when a young girl appears in the shadows, visible to Jamie alone, it becomes clear that something is desperately wrong here.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violets Are Blue More Trouble Brews (A Mellow Summers Paranormal Mystery Series Book 13) by [McNulty, Janet]Book 13 in the Bestselling Mellow Summers Series

It’s a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist!

Mel is enjoying her Fourth of July holiday in the park with her fiancé, Greg, and best friend, Jackie, when a contestant in a local beauty pageant collapses and dies. At first, Mel decides to let the police handle the matter, but soon receives a tip from an unlikely source, the obnoxious Tammy, that the woman was part of an old family and that her death was not accidental, but murder. Before she knows it, Mel finds herself scouring the sewers in an effort to locate a missing clue. Will she solve the mystery before Tammy unravels her last nerve?

Don’t miss out on the rest of the series.

Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice

Frogs, Snails, And A Lot Of Wails

An Apple A Day Keeps Murder Away

Three Little Ghosts

Oh Holy Ghost

Where Trouble Roams

Two Ghosts Haunt a Grove

Trick Or Treat Or Murder

Roses Are Red; He’s Dead

Double, Double Nothing But Trouble

Ring Around The Rosy, Not Another Ghosty

Hickory Dickory Dock The Dwarf In The Clock

Violets Are Blue More Trouble Brews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

Best-Laid Plants: A Potting Shed Mystery by [Wingate, Marty]A trip to the English countryside turns into a brush with death for Pru Parke, the only gardener whose holiday wouldn’t be complete without a murder to solve.

Pru and her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, are long overdue for a getaway. So when Pru is invited to redesign an Arts and Crafts garden in the picturesque Cotswolds, she and Christopher jump at the chance. Unfortunately, their B&B is more ramshackle than charming, and the once thriving garden, with its lovely Thyme Walk, has fallen into heartbreaking neglect. With the garden’s owner and designer, Batsford Bede, under the weather, Pru tackles the renovation alone. But just as she’s starting to make headway, she stumbles upon Batsford’s body in the garden—dead and pinned beneath one of his limestone statues.

With such a small police force in the area, Christopher is called upon to lead the investigation. Pru can’t imagine anyone murdering Batsford Bede, a gentle man who preferred to spend his time in quiet contemplation, surrounded by nature. But as her work on the garden turns up one ominous clue after another, Pru discovers that the scenery is more dangerous than she or Christopher could have anticipated.

Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:

The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS

The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO

Praise for Marty Wingate

“Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of the Emma Lord series

“Pru Parke is one of my favorite cozy mystery heroines.”—Michelle’s Romantic Tangle  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

The Suspicious Spirit: Twistchapel Cozy Mystery Book 2 by [Westbay, Alexandria]

Zoey Foster, a new witch, has had a busy couple of weeks. First werewolves. Now a ghost.

After chasing someone through a cemetery, Zoey come into contact with her first ghost. She doesn’t think too much of it, until it shows up at work. In order to get back to her life as normal – if that’s even possible – she must help the ghost get justice against the person who killed it nearly a decade ago.

Join Zoey, Bart, and the rest of the Twistchapel community in the second installment of the Twistchapel Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series: The Suspicious Spirit!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Cannoli Be Murder (Bread and Batter Cozy Mysteries Book 3) by [Barrett, Karoline]THE LONG-ANTICIPATED 3RD BOOK IN THE BREAD AND BATTER SERIES IS FINALLY HERE!!!
KAROLINE BARRETT IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!

Bakery owners Molly and Olivia have their hands full, catering desserts for a swanky benefit at the Castle Shore Hotel, but things take quite a dark and interesting turn when the body of a Senator turns up in one of the hotel’s bathrooms. Just when the bakers think it can’t get any worse, another high-profile murder occurs, rocking the typically placid town of Destiny, New York.
Never content to let sleeping dogs, or dead Senators, lie, Molly’s mother nudges her to get involved with solving the murder. Though she has more than a full plate at work, Molly jumps into the case, sifting through clues before the killer on the loose can stir up more trouble.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown Homicide by [Crigger, Carol]Former soldier, Frankie McGill has returned home from Afghanistan minus half of her left foot and with a plate in her head. After some months in medical care, she’s ready to take on the new battle of finding and holding a job. But not just any job. Frankie is a combat-trained paramedic. When all she can find is a position in the small, mostly volunteer fire department of her old hometown, Frankie is immediately plunged into much more than dealing with her own trauma and holding down a job. She moves into a duplex that the previous tenant abruptly abandoned and quickly discovers someone has some dark secrets to hide—and they don’t care who they have to kill to keep them hidden. Will Frankie’s military training and experience be enough to save her life?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Blooded (The Bloodline Series Book 3) by [Rees, Lynda]Navy Seal, Calvin Coldwater, a Texas horse trainer retires and moves to Sweetwater, Kentucky. Quirky, purple-haired farmer, Rose Casson captures the Native American’s heart. When a fellow trainer is slain, and terrorists and drugs wreak havoc, Sheriff Gordon uncovers viable suspects for the double-homicide with the help of stunning deputy, ex-Texas Ranger, Jaiden Coldwater. Corrie Parrish has loved Justin Henderson since they were children, but Justin never saw past her freckles and pigtails. Fed up with her philandering husband, she files divorce papers. Her daughter, Morgan is livid about the move from New York to their rural homestead. Losing his family in the murder, Justin gives up on life. Can old pals help each other survive turmoil shattering their disjointed lives, when one of them is the next target? Will peaceful Sweetwater ever be the same?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organized for Scheduled Sabotage (Organized Mysteries Book 3) by [Ames, Ritter]SPECIALLY PRICED NOW FOR PREORDER — USA TODAY bestselling series

Organization expert Kate McKenzie is intrigued when a publisher hires her company, Stacked in Your Favor, to help the author of a bestselling calendar line get organized for a photo shoot to illustrate the next year’s editions. Even better, she and Meg Berman learn the proceeds of the calendar business fund an animal rescue program in their state of Vermont. But once sabotage turns to murder and the police start looking for suspects, Kate and Meg find their lives suddenly upended by chaos and their own reputations are at risk. Now, it’s not enough to fulfill the terms of their contract, they must also find a way to save their client and her rescue program, too. All while making sure their next work outfits aren’t matching orange jumpsuits.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

New Releases For The Week Of October 15th, 2017–Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 15th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Dead Editor File (The Taylor Browning Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Collins, G G]“Oscar (cat) meet Victor. Victor this is Oscar. And may the best man win.”

Preston Endicott, Jr. was hated by most of his staff at Endicott Publishing, at least until he turned up dead in his locked executive office. Taylor Browning, the new mystery editor at the book publishing house, sees plenty of possible perps right in the office suite. But his employees were hardly the only people to count as suspects. His ex-wife wasn’t a fan either. Dominique Boucher, their bestselling author, just submitted her latest manuscript. It’s a locked-room mystery with a similar story line to the real life puzzle. About the only non-suspect is Taylor’s Abyssinian cat, Oscar, who manages to get in enough trouble on the domestic front.

Taylor doesn’t know who to trust and discovers her own life is in jeopardy. One thing is certain. She can’t edit her way out of this one!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Carnations and Chaos (Port Danby Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Lovett, London]Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton, the local flower shop owner, is thrilled to supply colorful flower arrangements for the Third Annual Food Fair being held in the Port Danby town square. But when one of the well-known but not so well-loved bloggers is found dead in her motel room, Lacey steps in to help Detective James Briggs solve the case. (Whether he likes it or not.)

Book 2 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery Series.

1. Marigolds and Murder
2. Carnations and Chaos
3. Mistletoe and Mayhem (Coming November ’17)

Full-length novel ~50,000 words  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Attack (The Home Front Detective Series) by [Marston, Edward]

 

 

June, 1917. While another daylight air raid batters London, the body of respected businessman Gilbert Donohoe is fished from the Thames. Inspector Marmion struggles with the murder case alongside his anxieties for his now-missing son, Paul, but the pressure increases when the Metropolitan Police are the target of a series of vicious press attacks. As Marmion is pilloried in the press, he uncovers a seedy path through London which will lead him towards the killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBlackjack Magic Murder (The Dead Ex Files Book 3) by [Kane, Claire, Crowe, Stan]xes Lacey and Victor go to Las Vegas to investigate the death of a magicians’ assistant. It’s not all smoke and mirrors, when rumors of black magic swirl around the case. As an angel, Victor has an advantage over the supernatural side, especially now that he’s getting special training in dealing with demons. As an investigative reporter with KZTB News Seattle, Lacey is excited to put her savvy sleuthing abilities to the test against a host of other strange and fantastical suspects.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Chance for Murder (Lisa Chance Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Richards, Estelle]One last chance to get things right.

Too old for Hollywood at age 29, Lisa Chance leaves her failed acting career and a cheating boyfriend in LA and goes home to Moss Creek, Arizona.

The Folly, a stately 1870s mansion in the middle of her hometown, has always drawn Lisa like a magnet. She thought she was done with that place, but now she has the chance to turn it into the coffee shop of her dreams.

But when a dead body turns up on the property, she’s the prime suspect in the murder. Can Lisa figure out whodunit, or will she lose her last chance at happiness?

Last Chance for Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

La Cena by [Baker, Robert Neil]Carol Champion is unsure she wants her late husband’s chair in a four-couple gourmet group to be filled by Mark Wilson. Mark is her best friend Megan’s husband’s new business partner. Megan dies hosting a dinner party weekend. No one in La Cena quite believes the death was accidental, and Megan’s passing affects all the group members. Carol inherits her executive job. Mark’s partnership with her husband is threatened. Trust fund money passes to Megan’s brother.

Carol and Mark soon find strong mutual attraction competing with suspicions Megan’s death raises as La Cena members turn on one another. The new lovers must unravel a tangle of financial affairs and a secret sexual liaison centered on a murky investment scheme if they are to come to fully trust each other and learn how Megan died.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Matter of Loyalty (A Very English Mystery Book 3) by [Audley, Anselm, Edmondson, Elizabeth]January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he’s the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn’t so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo’s instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn’t selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

As Hugo digs deeper into buried connections and unlikely coincidences, he knows there’s more to this case than his London superiors believe. But following his instincts will pit him against the Establishment—and tangle him once again in the poisonous legacy of the late Lord Selchester.

As he closes in on the truth, Hugo finds himself confronted by an adversary who will stop at nothing, in a case that will prove the most personal of his career.

With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to John Le Carré, A Matter Of Loyalty is the third and final book in this delightfully classic and witty murder-mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

Killing Season: A Thriller by [Kellerman, Faye]New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman delivers an electrifying novel of suspense as a young man’s investigation into his sister’s death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer.

He went searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him.

The more you know, the more there is to fear…

Four years ago, fifteen-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Ellen was kind, studious, and universally liked. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her—until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the river’s edge.

Ben, now sixteen, is committed to finding the monster who abducted and strangled Ellen. Police believe she was the victim of a psychopath known as the Demon. But Ben—a math geek too smart for his high-school classes—continues to pore over the evidence at the local police precinct, gaining an unlikely ally in his school’s popular new girl, Ro Majors. In his sister’s files, Ben’s analytical mind sees patterns that don’t fit, tiny threads that he adds to the clues from other similar unsolved murders. As the body count rises, a picture emerges of an adversary who is as cunning and methodical as he is twisted.

At first the police view Ben’s investigation with suspicion. Soon his obsession will mark him as a threat. But uncovering the truth may not be enough to keep Ben and those he loves safe from a relentless killer who has nothing left to lose.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

Dessert, Diamonds and Deadly Secrets Box Set: A Piece of Cake Mystery by [Winters, A.R.]Dessert, Diamonds and Dark Chocolate Cake

When Mindy investigates the death of an unpopular cafe owner, she uncovers a trail of diamonds and a secret life.

Carrot Cake and Cryptic Clues

When socialite Celeste Rocheford is murdered, Mindy’s best friend Beth Miller finds herself the prime suspect.

Mindy must prove Beth’s innocence and find the real killer – before it’s too late.

Danger, Deceit and Dark Chocolate Cake

A jazz-themed restuarant, a dangerous poisoning…

When Mindy and Beth are asked to look into a suspicious poisoning, they end up in the crosshairs of someone with a vendetta.

As their investigation reveals one secret after the other, the duo start to wonder what they’ve gotten into.

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, Amazon.com

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq, Amazon.com

“A cute light read with a final twist at the end.” – Stacey Puleio, Amazon.com

Please Note: These books were previously published under the titles Dead Man’s Diamonds, Wacky Walnuts, and Jazzy Jeopardy.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Vineyard Prey: A Shakespeare in the Vineyard Mystery (Shakespeare in the Vineyard Mysteries Book 3) by [Price, Carole]Cait Pepper, owner of the Bening Estate vineyards, and navy SEAL Royal Tanner return to help friends who recently acquired a vineyard in Livermore, California. Sadie, an Amish girl, and her husband, Danny Lord, are excited about their new adventure of owning their own vineyard until agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency knock on their door. When Danny bought the property, he neglected to check the previous owners’ background and didn’t know about their drug connections. Desperate to save her friends from danger and embarrassment, Cait is torn between helping the Lords or the actors in her Shakespeare Festival. Will Cait’s cop skills be enough to save the Lords from the drug dealer—and the DEA—while avoiding another tragedy that could put her Shakespeare Festival in peril?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secrets and Pies (A Callie's Kitchen Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Kales, Jenny]If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Callie’s Kitchen! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas faces down another killer in picturesque Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Recipes included!

Summertime in Crystal Bay means tourist season for Calliope “Callie” Costas, owner of Callie’s Kitchen, a Greek-meets-Midwest from-scratch eatery. Business is booming but so is the stress. Callie can barely keep up with the demand for her famous summer fruit pies and savory Greek delicacies, plus she’s agreed to bake dozens of “pitas” for the annual Greek Fest.

When Callie is asked to deliver cast party treats for a Murder Mystery Night at the historic Harris House, it seems like a welcome break from her hot stove. That is, until she finds herself an unwilling player in yet another suspicious death. Worse yet, the victim is a family friend and graduate student working on a project involving Crystal Bay’s colorful past.

Before long, a motley crew of suspects makes things as juicy as the succulent berries strewn around Callie’s Kitchen. And that’s not all Callie’s got on her plate. Add family obligations, a deepening romance with a local detective and unexpected personnel problems to the mix.

One thing’s for sure: Callie’s got the recipe for a long, hot summer!

Turn to the back of the book for delicious Greek and traditional Midwestern recipes!  (Amazon)

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5 Amigos Fall-O-Ween Fun–Halloween Edition

 

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Welcome to the third week of the 5 Amigos Fall-O-ween Halloween Fun Reading Club, Halloween Edition, where some of my fellow bloggers and I are going to spotlight books about Halloween.  You will get suggestions from Karen Owen & Karen Kenyon (the Karens are sharing Karen Owen’s blog), Sheryl Hagan – Booth, Lisa Kelley and myself.

 

My pick for week three is Fixin’ To Die by Tonya Kappes.  This is the first book in her Kenni Lowry series.  I have read all of the books in the series and I have really enjoyed them all.  It is one of my favorite ghostly paranormal series, and I have read a lot of them.

 

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Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits.

With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out. (Goodreads)

 

My Review:

This is such a good book and I really enjoyed it.  Cozy ghost paranormals are some of my favorites books to read, and this one is as good as any that I have read.  It has all of the elements that I look for in this type of book:  great characters, small town setting, a lovable ghost and a mystery to solve.  What more could a reader ask for?

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Kenni is a hard working tough women who is trying to prove to her small town that she is “man enough” to be the sheriff.  She is following in her grandfather’s footsteps, a man she loved deeply and misses terribly.  When there is a murder and a robbery committed on the same, she has her hands full, but is determined to solve both cases.  She gets help from Finn Vincent, an officer on loan from the State Reserve because Kenni is down one deputy due to retirement.  The fact that he is handsome angers her because she finds herself attracted to him.  But she refuses to let that fact distract her from solving the mysteries.  Poppa, Kenni’s grandfather, was my favorite character and I can see why she misses him so much.  

The author is very talented in creating the small town setting.  Cottonwood, Kentucky, is full of busy bodies and quirky characters.  Gossip runs wild and everybody wants to offer advice and know each other’s business.  I think it would be a fun place to visit.

There are two mysteries to solve and they were carried on well throughout the book.  There are enough suspects, clues and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.  I was not positive who the culprit was until is was revealed, which is how I like it.

I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you enjoy ghostly paranormal cozies, this is a must read book.  I am hoping that this book is the start of a new series because I want to spend more time with Kenni and Poppa.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank Netgalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

Other Books In The Kenni Lowry Series: 

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Okay, enough about me.  Let’s check out what books my four amigos have picked for their fall choices this week.

 

 

To find out what books the two Karen’s chose, head over to her blog by following this link:

http://acupofteaandacozymystery.blogspot.com/

 

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To see what book Sheryl chose, head over to her blog by following this link:

https://boothtalksbooks.wordpress.com/

 

 

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And to see what Lisa’s choice is, follow this link:

http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/

 

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While you’re at their blogs, leave a comment and let us know what you think of our Five Amigos Fall-O-Ween Reading Club, Halloween Edition.  And of course, please leave a comment at my blog. We would all love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of October 15th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 15th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women (A Victorian Mystery) by [Brightwell, Emily]As the holidays approach, all is merry and bright for Inspector Witherspoon, Mrs. Jeffries, and the staff at Upper Edmonton Gardens…but murder knows no season.

MURDER UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

Christopher Gilhaney isn’t a popular man, and he proves why once again when he insults every guest at Abigail Chase’s Guy Fawkes Night dinner party. When Gilhaney is shot dead under the cover of the night’s fireworks, his murder is deemed a robbery gone wrong. But when the case hasn’t been solved six weeks later, Inspector Witherspoon is called upon to find the killer—and quickly!

With Christmas almost here, Inspector Witherspoon and everyone in his household is upset at the possibility of having to cancel their holiday plans—all to solve a case that seems impossible. Only Luty Belle, Ruth, and Mrs. Goodge refuse to give up and let the crime become a cold case. In fact, the American heiress, the charming next-door neighbor, and the formidable cook use all of their persuasive powers to get the others on board, because these three wise women know justice doesn’t take time off for Christmas.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles Book 1) by [Laurens, Stephanie]A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese.

Three years after being widowed, Therese, Lady Osbaldestone finally settles into her dower property of Hartington Manor in the village of Little Moseley in Hampshire. She is in two minds as to whether life in the small village will generate sufficient interest to keep her amused over the months when she is not in London or visiting friends around the country. But she will see.

It’s December, 1810, and Therese is looking forward to her usual Christmas with her family at Winslow Abbey, her youngest daughter, Celia’s home. But then a carriage rolls up and disgorges Celia’s three oldest children. Their father has contracted mumps, and their mother has sent the three—Jamie, George, and Lottie—to spend this Christmas with their grandmama in Little Moseley.

Therese has never had to manage small children, not even her own. She assumes the children will keep themselves amused, but quickly learns that what amuses three inquisitive, curious, and confident youngsters isn’t compatible with village peace. Just when it seems she will have to set her mind to inventing something, she and the children learn that with only twelve days to go before Christmas, the village flock of geese has vanished.

Every household in the village is now missing the centerpiece of their Christmas feast. But how could an entire flock go missing without the slightest trace? The children are as mystified and as curious as Therese—and she seizes on the mystery as the perfect distraction for the three children as well as herself.

But while searching for the geese, she and her three helpers stumble on two locals who, it is clear, are in dire need of assistance in sorting out their lives. Never one to shy from a little matchmaking, Therese undertakes to guide Miss Eugenia Fitzgibbon into the arms of the determinedly reclusive Lord Longfellow. To her considerable surprise, she discovers that her grandchildren have inherited skills and talents from both her late husband as well as herself. And with all the customary village events held in the lead up to Christmas, she and her three helpers have opportunities galore in which to subtly nudge and steer.

Yet while their matchmaking appears to be succeeding, neither they nor anyone else have found so much as a feather from the village’s geese. Larceny is ruled out; a flock of that size could not have been taken from the area without someone noticing. So where could the birds be? And with the days passing and Christmas inexorably approaching, will they find the blasted birds in time?

First in series. A novel of 60,000 words. A Christmas tale of romance and geese.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Cake and Bodies (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Frost, Agatha]The 9th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series!

When Julia gathered Barker’s family at Peridale Manor for his surprise birthday party, she did not expect it to result in murder! Minutes before the celebration is scheduled to begin, Barker’s nephew, Luke, is found strangled in his bed, putting an end to Julia’s dream of a quiet family get together. Only one of Barker’s family could have murdered the young man, but which one?

Thanks to a botched burglary in the village, the police station is clogged up, forcing Barker to go rogue with Julia. He shuts down the manor, vowing to solve the murder before sunrise, but will he be able to pin the murder on one of his brothers or their wives? Julia quickly discovers that each member of his family has a secret, but which one led to Luke’s death? In a race against the clock, Julia must dig up the past, but can she uncover the truth without tearing Barker’s family apart forever?

Book 9 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedicures & Prejudice: Beauty Secrets Mystery Book 4 by [Damore, Stephanie]PREORDER NOW! The 4th book in the Beauty Secrets Mystery Series! Coming October 17th. 

Not all secrets stay in Sin City.

When a sight-seeing excursion turns tragic, Ziva and the gang land in the middle of a murder investigation. Fashion designer, Melanie May, was a girl boss on a mission, but her ambitions may have cost her her life. And the killer isn’t done yet.
Is the killer targeting women in leadership roles? Can Ziva identify the next target before it’s too late? You’ve never seen the Strip like this before #girlbossstrong  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

McKinley Mysteries Box Set Three: Books 7-9 by [Arnold, Carolyn]Romance. Humor. Murder. It’s all here!

Meet Sean and Sara McKinley—former homicide detectives with a talent for attracting death investigations wherever they go. While solving murders without a badge has worked well for the McKinleys so far, they want to make their hobby official by becoming licensed private investigators. They’re even considering opening their own PI firm. Of course, they’ll still do whatever it takes to solve a case—whether that means going undercover, off the books, or around the world—and you can be certain they’ll be romancing it up along the way.

In this box set, enjoy novellas 7, 8, and 9 from the McKinley Mysteries series.

Christmas is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #7)

“Everything you could want in a Christmassy novella and more! … This cozy mystery will bring a smile to your face and is perfect for a quick read to get you in that holiday spirit!”
–Wifetime of Happiness

Mistletoe and mischief…

Albany is the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and this year, Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected, and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell. That is, until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.

While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.

As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not to open a private investigation firm.

Valentine’s Day is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #8)

“It was full of adventure and mystery along with some romance. It pulls you in and won’t give up until everyone is safe and sound! Definitely a great cozy series!”
–Community Bookstop

Cupid’s arrow may have missed its mark…

It’s taken a long time and a lot of convincing, but Jimmy finally takes a vacation—and a chance on love—only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he was having cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara aren’t buying it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.

Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara head to the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds. With a gold coin being their initial clue to finding Jimmy’s kidnapper—and the lack of any other real leads—Sean and Sara speculate about the involvement of pirates.

Yet as the hours pass and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out their real motive before it’s too late. With help from their friend Adam back in Albany, the pieces begin to come together. And not a moment too soon.

Coffee is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #9)

“This book was full of adventure and mystery that readers have come to find with this series! Can’t wait to see what is next for the McKinleys.”
–Community Bookstop

A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might…

It’s their first case as private investigators, and Sean, Sara, and Jimmy are up to their necks in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her Coffee of the Month club, they find themselves in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Tasty Beans headquarters. But instead of approaching matters in traditional fashion, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and blend Jimmy into the mix, all to get closer to their number-one suspect.

Going undercover at the coffee company, the three of them work to grind out the truth and expose the culprit before anyone else dies.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dante's Circle (An Elliott Smith Mystery Book 4) by [Grey, Dorien]Dante Benevetti is the darling of the music world…and why not? He’s handsome, talented—and arrogant as only a man convinced of his own brilliance can be. As far as he’s concerned, the rest of the world exists for his benefit.

So, when he hears Dante is dead, a victim of murder, Elliott isn’t really surprised. Nor is he surprised when Dante comes for a post-mortem visit, demanding Elliott find out who killed him. Was it the well-known lyricist who was the only one in the house at the time? The talented young musician whose work Dante plagiarized? Or some unknown the great pianist had mortally offended?  (Amazon)

 

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in Disguise (A Preston Barclay Mystery Book 3) by [Taylor, Donn]Official verdict: Suicide.

But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.

While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name.

But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…?

General Content (G): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language.  (Amazon)

Edition Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

Fifty Candles (Serapis Classics) by [Biggers, Earl]Biggers had always been interested in mystery fiction, but his interest in Hawaii clearly stems from a 1919 vacation in Honolulu. While there, he read a newspaper article on a Chinese detective named Chang Apana. Apana would become the model for Charlie Chan in Biggers’ 1925 novel, House Without a Key, and there quickly followed five more Charlie Chan novels. Fifty Candles — published just two years after that 1919 vacation — shows how Hawaii, China, and murder had already begun to come together in Biggers’ imagination. The story starts in a courthouse in Honolulu, moves to China, then to fog-shrouded San Francisco. Many of the elements used in the Charlie Chan series are present: Chinese characters (both sinister and sympathetic), the Honolulu legal system, a shrewd detective (in this case, the lawyer Mark Drew rather than a policemen), and a baffling murder complete with red herrings and plenty of suspects. Though Fifty Candles is a murder mystery, it is also a romance, with the romantic elements at times in the forefront. Mostly, though, it is a book that will delight Biggers’ many fans as they trace the origins of Charlie Chan.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Karma's a Witch (The Eves Hallow Paranormal Cozy Series Book 1) by [Williams, K.N.]Welcome to Eves Hallow where everyday is like Halloween.

Stacey Jackson is just your normal everyday witch, except for the fact that she’s also been cursed since birth. LITERALLY CURSED!

The residents of Eves Hallow, VA are used to tourists coming to visit for Halloween shenanigans, but when one of them is killed after his bachelor party it’s up to the town’s unluckiest witch to find the culprit without getting herself murdered in the process. Stacey, one of the town’s most infamous witches, happens upon the corpse of the tourist who she’d just gotten into a shouting match with at her wine bar Grapes & Grimoires. The town’s local police chalk up the death to a freak accident, but Stacey’s knows different. She’s being haunted by the victim’s ghost and he won’t leave her alone until she finds his murderer. When the new detective in town starts to look into the murder, Stacey has to clear her name and try not to fall for the man who wants to put her behind bars.

Karma’s a Witch, the first in the Eves Hallow Supernatural Cozy Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders Book 6) by [Mulhern, Julie]“From the first page to the last, Julie’s mysteries grab the reader and don’t let up.” – Sally Berneathy, USA Today Bestselling Author

Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.

“Readers who enjoy the novels of Susan Isaacs will love this series that blends a strong mystery with the demands of living in an exclusive society.” – Kings River Life Magazine
“This is by far my favorite series published by Henery Press (I’m sure I’ve already said that a million times). I can’t get enough of it and luckily enough I never have to wait too long for the next book.” – Denise Pappas, LibraryThing

“This series keeps getting better with each book, this one did not disappoint…[It] will grip you as the pages turn. Give yourself enough time to read it in one sitting. I highly recommend this book and series.” – Mysteries Galore

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.

Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:

THE DEEP END (#1)
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3)
SEND IN THE CLOWNS (#4)
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (#5)
COLD AS ICE (#6)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of October 15th, 2017–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 15th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Death On Bingo Night: A Culinary Cozy Mystery With A Delicious Recipe (A Murder In Milburn Book 12) by [McGovern, Nancy]AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

If you’ve gotten to know Nora Newberry in any of her previous adventures and you’re ready for more…IT’S TIME! Join Nora in Death On Bingo Night, a special novella-length installment of “A Murder In Milburn”, available October 18th!

Written by multi-time #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, Nancy McGovern, the “Murder In Milburn” culinary cozy mystery series has it all: intriguing characters, clever whodunits & tasty recipes that come directly from the menu at The Madness Diner!

If you haven’t jumped into this series yet, do yourself a favor and get started today! BINGO!

And don’t forget to join Nancy’s mailing list inside this book to receive updates on the series, behind-the-scenes info & a FREE PREQUEL to the series! You’ll love it!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Speak of the Wicked (Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery: A Cozy Mystery on Kindle Unlimited Book 9) by [Smith, Lotta]Speak of the Devil look who walked in…

FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Now a chief agent for USCAB’s paranormal division, newlywed Mandy Rowling has arrived. Unfortunately, Manhattan’s social elite have little regard for her, except for the very wealthy Mrs. Karen Rosenberg who, it turns out, is in need of someone with paranormal skills.

During a holiday gathering turned scammy séance at the Rosenberg mansion, a prickly ghost hints that Mr. Rosenberg—believed to have passed away due to an unfortunate accident—may have actually died of suspicious causes. Long hidden secrets are revealed, casting blame on the Upper East Side’s crème-de-le-crème, and proving everyone should be thankful for the girl who can speak to spirits in this wild ninth installment of the madcap Manhattan Mystery series.

Speak of the Wicked is part of the Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries full of quirky characters and unexpected twists, you’re gonna love this book.

Buy Speak of the Wicked and start solving your next mystery today!

Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Series

Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all.
*Book 1-Wicked for Hire
*Book 2-W is for Wicked
*Book 3-Wicked Little Secret
*Book 4-Wicked of the Christmas Past
*Book 5-Sweet Wicked of Mine
*Book 6-Wicked and Haunted
*Book 7-Wicked, Manor, and Murder
*Book 8-Wickedly Ever After: Halloween Hijinks
*Book 9-Speak of the Wicked   (Amazon)

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A Tiny Collierville Murder (A Tiny House Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Vandiver, Abby L.]There’s nothing tiny about murder!

Watch Tiny House on HGTV? Well, some of those miniature abodes are built on the Carter Ranch in Collierville, Tennessee, or so Nixie Culpepper has just been told, and she thinks they are just the cutest things! But her excitement is short lived when, not long after she lands at the ranch, she gets embroiled in a murder!

Nixie, a polyglot and black belt martial artist, is also addicted to designer wear. And while she can protect herself, and her little furry mixed-breed, Alfie, from danger, her credit cards are always being assaulted. She’s got a Japanese paternal grandmother who wants to be a YouTube star, and a Yugoslavian maternal grandfather who not only thinks he’s royalty, but loves Elvis, has an arsenal of corny jokes, and corresponds with Nixie regularly on FaceTime. But the murder of Big Willie Carter puts a halt to everything, and it’s up to Nixie to find out whodunit if she wants to leave Collierville and get back home to Connors Grove, New York with her brand new tiny house.

A fun new cozy series with Nixie Culpepper traveling the country with her dog and tiny house in tow.

Coming Soon:
A Merry Branson Murder
A Cherry Paonia Murder
A Bright Star Lake Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

When God-Fearing Women Put On Boots: A Southern Chick-Lit Mystery (The MisAdventures of Miss Lilly Book 4) by [Lloyd, Kalan Chapman]Weddings. Biker Gangs. Road Trips. Vegas.
What happens in Brooks, stays in Brooks.
Except when it doesn’t.
Attorney Lilly Atkins and her supermodel sister, Tally, have led a charmed life, but when a mysterious bank deposit puts Tally in a tizzy, Lilly has to find a way to protect her sister.
The Posse’s rounding up a road trip to celebrate bride-to-be Brandy’s upcoming nuptials, and it looks like they’re going to get more of a bachelorette party than they bargained for.
Outlaw Cash Stetson is knocking at Lilly’s door, even after Prince Charming Spencer Locke has all but swept her off her feet.
Can Tally find solid ground again?
Will Lilly stand steady?
Can the Posse make it to the church on time?
Will Cash and Spencer settle the score once and for all?
All isn’t always fair… in a cowgirl fairytale.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

The Betrayal (The Guernsey Novels Book 6) by [Allen, Anne]Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…
1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.
1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.
2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona, buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…
Searching for the rightful owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?
Who betrayed Leo?
Who knew about the stolen Renoir?
And are they prepared to kill – again?   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Once Hunted, Twice Shy: A Cozy Paranormal Mystery (The Happily Everlasting Series Book 2) by [Roth, Mandy M.]Once Hunted, Twice Shy by NY Times & USA TODAY from Bestselling Author Mandy M. Roth

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Wolf-shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breathtaking beauty runs him over (literally), he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.

Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. Several pints of ice cream and one plane ticket to Maine later, she’s ready to forget her troubles. At least for a bit. When she arrives in the sleepy little fishing town of Everlasting for a surprise visit with her grandfather, she soon learns that outrunning one problem can lead to a whole mess of others. She finds herself the prime suspect in a double homicide. She doesn’t even kill spiders, let alone people, but local law enforcement has their eyes on her.

The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real, but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Danger at the Dive Shop (A Starling and Swift Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Mandrake, M. J.]For a limited time, preorder the third in the series for ONLY .99!! 

Starling and Swift are on the hunt for a killer― and a lost pirate treasure! 

Kitty Swift and Chica, her service dog, are enjoying a scuba diving trip that Kitty won playing Bingo. Due to the discovery of a gold coin, most of their group is obsessed with finding a hoard of ancient treasure! Kitty doesn’t mind the pirate booty fever that’s gripped her fellow divers because ―refreshingly― no dead bodies have turned up to ruin her vacation.

Kitty is sure her streak of morbidly bad luck has ended… until Chica starts to give off her “warning: death is in the wind” signals. Kitty tries to placate her psychic service dog because they have only one more day to explore the vibrant ocean life near Cozumel, and the last dive is right where the treasure is rumored to be! Chica must be sensing residual bad juju from the stolen property.
Of course, Chica is right, and a body turns up where Kitty least expects it. She calls her handsome new friend from the American embassy only to discover he’s already on his way. The dead man is an American from a politically powerful family, the dive shop is not all it’s pretending to be, and Kitty’s life is in danger― yet again.

In this third installment of a new cozy mystery series, Starling and Swift join forces to track down the heartless killer before anyone else meets a gruesome end. 
A cozy mystery of approximately 150 pages with recipes.

Murder at the Mayan Temple, Book One
Death on the Wind, Book Two (September 2017)
Danger at the Dive Shop, Book Three (October 2017)
Chaos in Cuba, Book Four (November 2017)
Sabotage in Solitude Bay, Book Five (December 2017)
A Scandal in Spain, Book Six (January 2018)
Nightmare Under the Northern Lights, Book Seven (March 2018)
Terror at the Turtle Sanctuary, Book Eight (April 2018)
Death in Dubrovnik, Book Nine (May 2018)
Ruin on the Rhine, Book Ten (June 2018)   (Amazon)

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Slightly Off Balance by [Hunter, Kaylie]After Deanna Sullivan, aka Tweedle-Dee, found herself hanging upside down at the town carnival, the last thing she expected was for Reel Thurman to return home. But strange occurrences threaten her safety, and he vows to protect her.

Determined to ignore him, she rolls her eyes and focuses on her baking. But as the ovens heat up, so does the danger level she faces and irresistible pull to be closer to Reel.

Tweedle will have to hang up her apron long enough to stay alive. But can she solve the mystery before Reel becomes too tempting to avoid?

Slightly Off Balance – A RomanticMystery  (Amazon)

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Play Dead: a novel of suspense by [Halliday, Gemma]From #1 Kindle, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gemma Halliday, whose books have been downloaded over a million times, comes a novel with the physiological thrill of Gone Girl and the suspenseful twists of Big Little Lies…

She faked her death to escape life in a war torn country. But now her enemies have tracked her down, and this time they want her to stay dead.

Anya Danielovich lives with the guilt of what she had to do to survive when her native country divided against itself. But that was a long time ago. Today she’s become Anna Smith, a single, thirtysomething woman living in San Francisco with a simple desire to lead a better life. Even if she is still haunted by her past—the enemies she made, the mentor she betrayed, the woman she was. She’s taken care to cover her tracks over the years, but she’s beginning to feel like she’s being watched…

Nick Dade is a hired gunman, the best of the best. He’s read Anya’s file, knows the unspeakable acts she committed, and after weeks of surveillance, he’s ready to pull the trigger on his latest target. That is until someone else beats him to the punch. With his agenda shattered, Dade is suddenly thrown together with the woman he’s been sent to eliminate. Who is she really? Who hired the second hit? And who can he trust?

What critics are saying:

“Exciting first in a thriller series replete with hit men, high-speed chases, and international crime.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The action is gripping and the characters are compelling. Four stars!”
—RT Book Review

“Halliday combines investigation with the inevitable romance for a mystery that’s enjoyably ‘by the book.'”
—Kirkus Review

Note: This is a second edition rerelease of a work previously title “Play Nice.”  (Amazon)

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Review of Twelve Slays Of Christmas

 

Twelve Slays of Christmas

A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery, Book #1

Jacqueline Frost

5 Stars

34507286Synopsis:

When Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.

When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I thought Holly was a smart tough woman who just wants to put her life back together after being jilted by her fiance.  She figures returning home to Mistletoe, Maine, is just what she needs.  But when a dead body turns up on her parents tree farm, she is going to have to use all of her smarts to figure out the culprit.  I really enjoyed spending time with her and her parents.  I think one of my favorite characters was Cookie because she was quirky and unconventional. She had me smiling throughout much of the book.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  I could almost smell the evergreens on the tree farm and see all of the holiday decorations that Mistletoe had displayed.  

The mystery was well plotted and it was not an easy crime to solve.  There were enough suspects (including Holly’s father) to consider and clues to sift through that even the most experienced armchair detective will have trouble solving this mystery.

I would recommend this cozy mystery to anyone who enjoys a well crafted book.  This book has everything that I look for in a cozy and it is hard to believe that this book is a debut for the author-it is that good.  I cannot wait to read the next release in this series.  I sure hope it is a long running cozy series.

I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.

Review of Fireworks In Paradise

 

Fireworks in Paradise

A Tj Jenson Mystery, Book #8

5 Stars

Kathi Daley

35677461Synopsis:

“Daley’s characters come to life on the page. Her novels are filled with a little mystery and a little romance which makes for a murderous adventure.” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author of Southern Fried

While on vacation in South Carolina, Tj Jensen receives a call that her father has been left in a coma after a devastating car crash. Back home in Paradise Lake, Tj learns the accident that killed family friend Judge Harper and left her father clinging to life wasn’t an accident at all—someone cut their brake lines. To make matters worse, her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, is working with a new partner who has no intention of letting Tj anywhere near the case. Facing an investigation more explosive than the annual fireworks show, Tj enlists the help of her best friends to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating a new romance and the thought her father may never wake up.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small town.

Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series:

PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1)

SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2)

BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3)

CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4)

PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5)

HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6)

TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7)

FIREWORKS IN PARADISE (#8)

 

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  In this installment Tj finds herself right in the middle of a family emergency and it will take all of her faith and family love to get through it.  She will have to rely on her family and friends to solve this mystery and bring her family back together again.  I love the tight knit group that she surrounds herself with, they are all caring and loyal. In all of her books, family and friends are very important and this book is no exception.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were plenty of clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  And as usual, there is more than one mystery to solve and they both are woven together like a beautifully made sweater.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in creating a cozy small town setting and I would love to visit the places that she creates.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This book is a great addition to an already fantastic series.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book (and for granting wishes).

New Releases For The Week Of October 8th, 2017–Part 4

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 8th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

34051803Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

Praise: 

“The eighth in the series contrasts the difficult life of Wisconsin’s Cornish miners with the heroine’s burgeoning romance, highlighting both her researching skills and her unusual feel for the past.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Richly imagined and compelling, Mining for Justice once again highlights Kathleen Ernst’s prowess as a storyteller, with its nuanced characters and intersecting mysteries . . . Ernst is a master of reconstructing the past, providing vivid and authentic details about the lives of early Cornish immigrants in Wisconsin, while showing how the secrets of those long-buried people still matter in the present day.”–Susanna Calkins, author of the Macavity-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries (Goodreads)

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33975175Charli Rae Warren doesn’t plan on striking it rich as the owner of an independent bookstore in Hazel Rock, Texas—especially one with a pink armadillo as its mascot. But when an ingenious advertising campaign puts her business on the map, it ropes in some deadly publicity . . .

Charli can’t believe writer Lucy Barton has agreed to promote her latest Midnight Poet Society novel at The Book Barn Princess—or that there’s only a week-and-a-half to prepare for the signing. It’s all because of The Book Seekers, a smartphone app created by her cousin Jamal exclusively for Charli’s bookstore, which sends fans on a virtual scavenger hunt around town for a chance to meet the bestselling author. But as soon as it goes live, people turn up dead . . .

Someone’s using The Book Seekers to track victims and copycat the fictional Midnight Poet Society homicides, and horrified locals suspect Jamal could be the mastermind behind the crimes. While Charli readies the Barn for a stampede of new customers, it’ll take true grit to shelve the culprit before her brainy cousin gets locked behind bars, Ms. Barton backs out of the visit, and she finds herself up a creek—with a serial killer holding the paddle! (Goodreads)

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34507287Called to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St-John’s-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church’s organist is found in an opened grave, together with a photograph of a manor house and a cryptic note. The image leads Archie to Cambridge, where the crisp autumn air has brought with it bustling life to the ancient university and town.
Both Josephine Tey and Archie’s lover Bridget have recently settled in Cambridge, though both women are not equally happy to see him. One has concealed an important secret from Archie which now threatens to come to light. Meanwhile, the change of seasons has also brought with it a series of vicious attacks against women in town, spreading fear and suspicion through the community.
Soon, another body is revealed, and in the shadow of King’s College Chapel, Archie uncovers a connection twenty-five years old which haunted both victims–as well as some of their living companions. As Archie and Josephine each grapple with savage malefactors intent on making their victims pay, they must race to stop another attack in this beautifully written, intricately plotted mystery.
 (Goodreads)
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Trouble in Summer Valley (Familiar Legacy Book 4) by [Tanner, Susan Y.]DIVORCE, BETRAYAL, MURDER – Avery Wilson knew starting over would be hard, but she never expected to be in an all-out war with her ex. What was he planning next? Her goal of equine rehabilitation for wounded veterans on her Alabama horse ranch was slipping from her grasp, and her precious horses were in danger.

Dirks Hanna had what should have been a simple mission – evaluate Summer Valley Ranch for federal funding. But something deadly was happening in Summer Valley. The beautiful – and headstrong – equestrian was targeted for harm with danger in every direction. And, intertwined with that danger, was a multi-faceted black cat who somehow appeared at the scene of every disaster.

Trouble had arrived at the ranch anticipating bitter human emotions to run high, but the black cat finds his paws more than full with murder and two very stubborn humans who refuse to see they are meant for each other.  (Amazon)

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Back to the Fajitas (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) by [Clover, Leena]An epic road trip and murder!
Book 4 in the Meera Patel cozy mystery series is all about fun with the family. Meera has had enough of solving murder mysteries. She needs a break. The entire Patel family is set to embark on an epic road trip to the coast.Pappa’s friend Charlie Gibson is not the warm and fuzzy type. So the town of Swan Creek is surprised when he takes in a young teenager. And then Charlie Gibson is stabbed to death. No good deed goes unpunished, right?Did Charlie’s kindness cost him his life?The Patels set off on the Mother Road (Route 66), with Meera making frequent calls back home to get the skinny on the latest. Meera finds she can’t make merry when an innocent boy is accused of murder. She’ll do everything she can to solve the case, even from hundreds of miles away.Travel the I-40 with the Patels, with roadside diners and chili burgers, Bhel Poori and Fajitas! There is a long distance murder mystery to be solved, and a big surprise finish.
*yummy recipes included
– Can be read as a standalone
– Cozy mystery with no graphic content
*Plenty of yummy food inside!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
Haunting Me (An Edie Edwards Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [LeClair, Nikki]
Phoebe Mercer has what most people envy: a wonderful boyfriend, fantastic friends, and a job in the city’s top law firm. Getting engaged is just the honey in her tea! Then she gets run over by a hot dog cart, wakes up with a concussion and the ability to see ghosts. Well, one ghost. A loud, obnoxious woman who claims to have been murdered for her vast fortune. Soon, Phoebe is solving a mystery that not only threatens her relationships, but her career as well. As she begins to battle feelings for the ghost’s handsome nephew, she realizes quite a few people in her life are not as they seem. Slowly, Phoebe uncovers the secrets and lies around her, learning that in order to solve this mystery and be free of the ghost, she must lie herself. The only catch? The secrets Phoebe has kept from the people in her life could ruin everything for her, and her ghostly companion, in the end.  (Amazon)
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34507285Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.
What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.
The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.
 (Goodreads)
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