New Releases For The Week Of May 20th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 20th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


The Pot Thief Who Studied Edward Abbey (The Pot Thief Mysteries Book 8) by [Orenduff, J. Michael]The pot thief is going back to school, but someone on campus is trying for a different kind of degree—murder in the first—in this “smartly funny series” (Anne Hillerman).

Before making a somewhat notorious name for himself as a salvager of antiquated pottery and other desert artifacts, Hubie Schuze was an eager student at the University of New Mexico—right up until they booted him out. Now, he’s back at UNM as a pottery teacher. It should be a breeze, but campus life has changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years. From cell phones to trigger warnings to sensitivity workshops, Hubie has to get up to speed fast or risk losing control of his class.

But his dismay at the state of modern academia takes a back seat when a young beauty working as a life model is murdered—and Hubie becomes a suspect. Taking the investigation into his own hands, he soon uncovers a wide palette of sketchy suspects that includes both the self-involved student body and the quarrelsome art school faculty.

But what he doesn’t know is that the murderer has a new artistic project in the works: a headstone for the grave of Hubie Schuze . . .

The Pot Thief Who Studied Edward Abbey is the 8th book in the Pot Thief Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback








Murder in Mississippi (Flight Risk Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Harper, Susan]A murder that will give you the blues

A cozy mystery from #1 Best Selling Author Susan Harper

Kendell and Pauline are taking a break from their jet-setting ways and taking a road trip to Georgia. When they decide to stay in Mississippi and check out some local events, they soon get more than they bargained for. After an aspiring blues musician turns up dead, the gals find themselves stuck in the middle of another murder mystery. Will the killer get away or will he be singing the jailhouse blues?

Murder in Mississippi is part of the Flight Risk Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast paced mysteries with interesting characters and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Flight Risk Cozy Mystery series.

Get Murder in Mississippi and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








A Lie in Every Truth: Gotcha Detective Agency Mystery Book 11 (Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries) by [Scott, Jamie Lee]It’s spring, and yet private detective, Mimi Capurro, still hasn’t faced the proposal she received from homicide detective, Nick Christianson, at Christmas. She knows she should be making plans, but business is good, and she’s short an investigator. She’ll think about it later.

Just as things are getting on track, Mimi’s mom brings a case to Gotcha Detective Agency. Lydia’s good friend was found dead in her car almost two weeks earlier, and the police ruled it a suicide. Both Lydia and the victim’s husband think the police are wrong.

While Mimi and Lydia investigate, Charles has an investigation of his own. One he’s not sharing with the Gotcha crew.

Do Mimi and Nick have a future together, or will Charles’s investigation change their lives forever?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








 Bluethroat Morning: A haunting and compelling literary mystery by [Lofthouse, Jacqui]A thriller full of twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. Every word is magical, almost luminous.’ – Daily Mail

Alison Bliss, celebrity model and critically acclaimed writer, walks into the sea one ‘bluethroat morning’. In death she becomes a greater icon than in life, and the Norfolk village where she lived is soon a place of pilgrimage. Six years later her husband Harry, a schoolteacher, is still haunted by her suicide and faithful to her memory. Until he meets Helen and they fall in love.

Harry and Helen’s relationship initiates a return to the scene of Alison’s death where they meet ninety-eight year old Ern Higham, and a tale is revealed that has been generations in the making. As Harry pieces together a tragic history and finally confronts his own pain, he discovers that to truly move forward, first he must understand the past …

‘A moving read, threaded through with mystery and excitement.’ – Good Housekeeping Magazine

‘A classic tale of longing.’ – Time Out

‘There are many elements to savour in this novel: the intertwining of past and present; the struggle to write and the responsibility of writing about others’ lives. Best of all, Lofthouse has a fine eye for the bleak Norfolk landscape and how it both reflects and affects characters’ moods.’ – Tracy Chevalier author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

‘Captures the spacey feel of Norfolk well – an engaging read, intriguingly structured, tough in some of its insights, and sexy too.’ – Lindsay Clarke, author of The Chymical Wedding, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction

‘Those who feel the reading public’s love of the 19th century Gothic mystery may be abating will be given pause by this latest entry in the field of pastiche. This is a considerable piece, full of subtle characterization and a well-chosen raft of literary underpinnings.’ – Publishing News

‘The intertwining of the two main stories is very skilfully done, as is the delicacy and understanding she brings to the key themes – suicide, creativity, love and especially paternal love. Very moving.’ – Henry Sutton, novelist and co-director MA Creative Writing, UEA

‘A literary masterpiece.’ – My Chestnut Reading Tree

‘Simply stunning. I absolutely loved it.’ – Being Anne

‘An impeccable piece of fiction that has the feel of a literary classic.’ – The Book Magnet

‘Blackbird Books always have such wonderful authors.’ – Linda’s Book Bag  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Constance Dunlap (Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective Book 12) by [Reeve, Arthur]



For the first time in several minutes Constance looked at the face of her friend. She was amazed to discover that Adele looked as if she had had a spell of sickness. Her eyes were large and glassy, her skin cold and sweaty, and she looked positively pallid and thin.  (Amazon)

Editiond Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback














A Motive for Murder (Hubbert & Lil Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) by [Gray, Gallagher]MURDER AT THE BALLET: DANCE OF THE DANGLING CORPSE

They all seem murderous, but maybe they’re just hungry. Half the company chain-smokes to keep their weight down, and as tempers flare, you’d better watch who you say, “Break a leg!” to.

Recently retired Wall Street exec T.S. Hubbert and the flamboyant fashionista amateur sleuth who’s his Auntie Lil have solved three murders when Auntie Lil becomes the newest member of the Metropolitan Ballet’s board of directors. For weeks Auntie Lil has dragged T.S. to every dance performance in the city, and the season is about to peak with The Nutcracker when the promising ballerina whose scholarship Lil’s been sponsoring has her plum role snatched away.

The board is swayed by the box office appeal of a sixteen-year-old Hollywood heart-throb who wants to dance the role of the Nutcracker, and the boy’s manager father demands Lil’s protégé be replaced lest all the publicity go to her instead of his son. Although Auntie Lil’s is the only dissenting vote, apparently, she’s not the only one displeased with the board’s decision – the father’s body is discovered swinging from the rope of the First Act curtain at The Nutcracker’s Gala Opening.

Auntie Lil’s recent detective successes make her a natural to run damage control for the board by investigating the murder. In order to check out a couple of suspects, Lil takes her first ballet class in all her sprightly eighty-four years, along with her gentleman friend, Herbert Wong.Less suited to flying leaps than to flying leaps of imagination, it’s unlikely she’ll keep up the lessons, but Herbert is totally hooked.

Meanwhile, T.S. is making good use of his retirement by studying ballroom dancing to impress his lovely lady friend Lilah Cheswick, leaving Auntie Lil to do the heavy lifting on this one, while Theodore and Herbert keep sneaking off for dance lessons…and martinis. The entire crew of geriatric super sleuths has dance fever!

This witty and urbane amateur detective team recalls the cozy charm of Golden Age mysterieslike those showcasing Miss Marple and her distinguished silver-haired colleague–Miss Silver, Miss Seeton, Mrs. Pollifax, and Jessica Fletcher. Fans of these memorable women sleuths, as well as of modern-day cozy writers like Dorothy Cannell, Carolyn Hart, M.C. Beaton, Joanne Fluke, Jana DeLeon, and Alexander McCall Smith will be captivated!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









The Witch's Blood: (A Cozy Witch Mystery) (One Part Witch Book 7) by [Kincaid, Iris ]Zoey Proctor was not a lucky woman. Not in getting involved with an unscrupulous criminal. Not in going to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Not in losing contact with her beautiful infant daughter, with no hope of seeing her for fifteen years. Oh, and then in prison, she got diagnosed with leukemia.

In life, Lilith Hazelwood was the most powerful witch in Oyster Cove. In death, she is determined to find and punish her murderer. Once enraged by the fact that her body parts had been used for organ transplant, she now sees the beneficiaries as the best means of avenging her own death. If they would only stop being sidetracked by silly diversions like solving human murders and finding love.

Zoey’s illness leads to an early release from prison, and the frantic search for her daughter leads her to Oyster Cove. A blood transfusion gives her health and unruly telekinetic abilities. But what she wants more than anything is to be loved by the child who never knew her. And to prove her innocence of Oyster Cove’s latest murder. She can’t help it if she’s a felon!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Greyhound at the Gravesite: Pets Reporter Mystery by [Colby, Kyla]In this town, the secrets are as well-kept as the pets.

Samantha Hodges is ready to get as far away from crime reporting as possible — especially after what happened in Chicago.

Writing for the paper in her pets-obsessed hometown will be easy. Except that she’s not really into animals. And her first interviewee turns up dead.

Sam must solve the murder to clear her name — all while attending Dog Zumba class with a new four-legged sidekick like it’s no big deal.

If Sam’s going to uncover the dark side of her hometown, she’ll have to embrace the lighter side of life to do it.

“Greyhound at the Gravesite” is a new cozy mystery. This novel is lighthearted, fast-paced, and full of quirky characters you can’t wait to meet again.

Free novella — “Catnip & Culprits” — included in purchase!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback








For Sale By Killer (Cindy York Mysteries Book 3) by [Bruns, Catherine]From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a delightfully deadly new Cindy York Mystery…

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Words for Cindy York to live by. The struggling real estate agent, full-time mother, and part-time sleuth has been having a tough winter and is desperate for a juicy commission. When she stumbles across a quaint mansion that’s “For Sale by Owner,” she can hardly believe her luck. Percy Rodgers is anxious to move and immediately hires Cindy as his agent. But when she shares the exciting news with boss and best bud, Jacques Forte, he tells her that Mr. Rodgers neighborhood is a dangerous place to play, since the man just served 20 years for murdering his wife. Before Cindy can axe the deal, she stumbles over another dead body inside the house and is swept up in family drama, resentment, and decade old secrets that someone will kill to keep. If Cindy isn’t careful, this may end up being one deal that really is to die for.

Cindy York Mysteries:

Killer Transaction – book #1

Priced to Kill – book #2

For Sale By Killer – book #3

What critics are saying:

“Lock up your house before you begin Killer Transaction. You’ll want no interruptions once you start this fast-paced tale of murder, family issues, and competitive real estate sales. A quick, enjoyable read!”

—Nancy J. Cohen, bestselling author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries

“Catherine Bruns closes the deal with this fantastic cozy. I loved everything about this story from the characters to the plot, the setting and the pace. I cannot wait to see what adventures Cindy gets up to next. If you enjoy your cozy with strong heroines and interesting circumstances this is a must read.”

—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

“Ms. Bruns is an excellent writer—her style was definitely to get out of the way and let this reader enjoy the experience.”

—The Kindle Book Review  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback



New Releases For The Week Of May 20th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 20th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.




Ryan’s most explosive case yet…

It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good.

But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences.

Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan’s team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won’t stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Fur-boding Shadows (A Wonder Cats Mystery Book 8) by [Lin, Harper]*** $2.99 Special Pre-Order price. Regularly $4.99 *** From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Harper Lin: A Paranormal Mystery Series about Magic Cats and Modern-day Witches


When Marie Elderflower, a distant cousin of Aunt Astrid, passes away from natural causes at only age fifty-four, the Greenstone women suspect foul play.


Strange disturbances occur in the Elderflower home, and all signs point to daughter Evelyn, a seventeen-year-old Goth, as the perpetrator. Cath, however, believes in her innocence. Before another Elderflower is murdered, the Greenstones must figure out the motive, while dodging the mysterious and frightening shadows that follow them everywhere. Can they discover who the killer is without getting murdered themselves?


The 8th novel in this popular paranormal mystery series featuring modern-day witches and their magic cats.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Donuts & Danger: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]Rosemary Baldwin has somehow gotten sucked into running a charity event for the local animal shelter. Donuts for dogs is starting soon and the shelter manager is nowhere to be found. She never wanted to be in charge in the first place and when she finds herself alone on the big day, she gets overhead saying a lot of things she doesn’t really mean.

Rose might have been able to smooth things over, but before she can, her missing partner ends up dead. Now Rose has to prove she wasn’t the murderer while also protecting the dogs in the shelter’s care. Good thing Rose can count on her friends Zee and Simon to help her out.

Book 7 in the 2nd Chance Diner Mystery series! For fans of Carolyn Dean, Angela Blackmoore, and Agatha Frost. A light, cozy mystery with a snarky sidekick, a handsome detective, and fun friendships. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mysteries

Book 1: Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder

Book 2: Cookies & Catastrophe

Book 3: Poison & Pie

Book 4: Double Mocha Murder

Book 5: Cinnamon Rolls & Cyanide

Book 6: Tea & Temptation

Book 7: Donuts & Danger

Book 8: Scones & Scandal (Coming soon!)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Drama Fraternity: A Nicky and Noah Mystery (Nicky and Noah Mysteries Book 6) by [Cosentino, Joe]Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing Tight End Scream Queen, a slasher movie filmed at Treemeadow College’s football fraternity house, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague, Noah Oliver. When young hunky cast members begin fading out with their scenes, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is sending the quarterback, jammer, wide receiver, and more to the cutting room floor before Nicky and Noah hit the final reel. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining sixth novel in this delightful series. Lights, camera, action, frat house murders!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Murder Most Fowl: A Swansneck Village Mystery (Swansneck Village Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Vale, V S]Returning home may not be in fashion, but solving a murder never goes out of style…

Despite the Swan family now promoting Swansneck village as a nostalgic Victorian tourist attraction for Lancashire’s cotton mill heritage, Jenny Bradshaw had never wanted to set foot in the place again. But a failed marriage and the conditions of her uncle’s legacy left her no other choice.

Forced to abandon her P.A. job in London, Jenny dreads the years of drudgery ahead. Working at the family bakery and caring for her uncle’s pigeons was not exactly the future she’d envisioned. But when a hat shop is offered for sale within the classy, recently transformed Swan Mill Hotel, Jenny thinks her luck may finally be changing. At least, until she unwittingly implicates a beloved childhood friend in murder…

Between attending the biggest wedding Swansneck had ever witnessed, juggling her new business and relaunching the Swansneck Messenger newsletter, Jenny seeks to clear her friend’s name. By establishing new links in the village and deciphering cryptic notes left in the pigeon coop, Jenny builds her list of suspects. But uncovering generations of secrets and lies from a roster of quirky Swansneck residents, only seems to prove everyone has a motive for murder.

Unable to reveal her multitude of suspicions to urbane new neighbour, DI Kenon, without appearing to have totally lost her wits, Jenny’s quest for the truth threatens to turn her hometown into her final resting place.

Murder Most Fowl is an absorbing cozy mystery set in a charming Victorian British village. If you like amusing, engaging characters and true-to-life settings, then you’ll love V.S. Vale’s riveting whodunit.

Buy Murder Most Fowl to fly into an intriguing village mystery today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









From Now On by [Packard, Frank]A tale of gambling and mystery.


A wild and prolonged roar came from every quarter of the race track. It swelled in volume. It came again and again. Pandemonium itself seemed loosed. Outside the enclosure, a squat, fat man, the perspiration rolling in streams down his face, tugged at his collar with frantic, nervous jerks, as he leaned in over the side of a high-powered car, and with his other hand gripped at the arm of the young man in the driver’s seat. “Dave, listen to ’em! My God, listen to ’em!” snarled the fat man. Dave Henderson, with the toe of his boot, moved the little black satchel that the other had dropped on the floor of the car farther to one side; and, by way of excuse for disengaging his arm, reached into his pocket for his cigarettes.  (Amazon)

Editions Available,  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback








Pawned by [Packard, Frank]A hansom cab, somewhat woebegone in appearance, threaded its way in a curiously dejected manner through the heart of New York’s East Side. A fine drizzle fell, through which the street lamps showed as through a mist; and, with the pavements slippery, the emaciated looking horse, the shafts jerking and lifting up at intervals around its ears, appeared hard put to it to preserve its footing. The cabman on his perch drove with his coat collar turned up and his chin on his breast. He held the reins listlessly, permitting the horse to choose its own gait. At times he lifted the little trap door in the roof of the cab and peered into the interior; occasionally his hand, tentatively, hesitantly, edged toward a bulge in his coat pocket–only to be drawn back again in a sort of panic haste.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









Twice Hexed: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 2) by [Stark, Cindy]Forbidden magic.

Stolen jewels.

And cherry macaroons!

When a sneaky thief steals historic pearls from one of Hazel’s best customers, her urge to sleuth can’t be tamed. She swears it’s because she loves solving mysteries and has nothing to do with a certain police chief. Though she’s not complaining about the eye candy…

After the death of his wife, Chief Peter Parrish hasn’t bothered with women. But Hazel’s put him under her spell with her beautiful smile and witty charm. If letting her poke around his investigation gives him another chance to see her, he’s all for it. He might even convince her to say yes to a date.

Together, they search for the thief, and it could be anyone including the suave Italian art collector who loves to flirt with Hazel. Peter hopes it’s the Italian.

With her grandmother’s ghost slightly off her rocker, an orange tabby who sasses her relentlessly, and her inability to properly do a spell, Hazel would be crazy to stay in Stonebridge where her heritage might be discovered. But she never claimed to be sensible.

Buy Twice Hexed today to immerse yourself in murder, magic and mayhem!

Twice Hexed is the second book in the Teas and Temptations Cozy Mystery series. If you like lighthearted paranormal mysteries with a fun romance like Amanda M. Lee and Zoe Arden write, then you’ll love Cindy Stark’s mystical adventures!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







Crazy Fox Ranch by [Garner, Deborah]When NY reporter Paige MacKenzie leaves Manhattan for Jackson Hole, she has only two things on her mind: enjoy life with Wyoming’s breathtaking Grand Tetons as the backdrop, and spend more time with handsome cowboy Jake Norris as he prepares to open his guest ranch.


As Paige begins to settle in, a stranger’s odd behavior leads her to research western filming in the area – in particular, the movie, Shane. Will digging into Hollywood’s movie connection with Jackson Hole simply lead to a freelance article for the Manhattan Post, or will it lead to a dangerous hidden secret?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







39 Winks (A Maggie O'Malley Mystery Book 2) by [Valenti, Kathleen]Former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is losing sleep. Constantine’s aunt is a multitasking sleepwalker who, in addition to wandering her stately home, prepares meals, folds laundry and, one winter night, stumbles across her husband with his throat slit.

It’s a rude and gruesome awakening that’s upsetting to Aunt Polly. And interesting to the police.

Maggie and Constantine work to uncover who killed the cosmetic surgery mogul and why. As they dig into the lives of those who knew him best, they discover that the truth is only skin deep and doctoring perception is a treatment with deadly side effects.

A gripping page-turner with more twists than a surgeon’s suture, 39 Winks is a tale of lies, betrayals and greed that will keep you up at night. And looking over your shoulder.

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39 WINKS by Kathleen Valenti | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback


Great Escapes Virtual Tours–Dead as a Doornail



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Tonya Kappes and her new release Dead As a Doornail.  This is the fifth book in her Kenni Lowry mystery series.  I have read all five of the books and I have really enjoyed them.

Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Henery Press (May 15, 2018)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635113341
Digital ASIN: B079V6DNFW


Purchase Links:

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If you enjoy well written Southern cozies that feature a strong female lead that has the law backing her then you really have to try this book/series.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Tonya Kappes has a knack for knowing what her fans like—a small-town atmosphere, quirky characters, and light mystery that will keep them guessing until the end. The bottom line is she’s delivered again with this Kenni Lowry mystery.
~Mysteries With Character

Dead as a Doornail is an entertaining cozy mystery full of southern charm, humor, and a few quirky characters along the way.
~The Power of Words

There are always lots of laughs in a Kenni Lowry mystery and DEAD AS A DOORNAIL is chock full. Between “happy fat”, bridesmaid duties, and quirky southern characters, readers will be giggling as Kenni solves her latest murder.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The dialogue is clever as well as colorful. The characters as quirky as can be. The plotline strong and twisty and unusual. Whodunnit and why are not simple to solve.
~Laura’s Interests


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Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.  (Goodreads)


The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and whenever I read one of her books I am transplanted to the setting that she creates.  Cottonwood, Kentucky, seems as real a place as any other small town in the United States. I always enjoy my visits.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The characters are defined very clearly by their actions and words.  The characters are well rounded and three dimensional. I so enjoy spending time with Kenni and her grandfather.  Their love for each other crosses the border between the living and the dead.

The mystery was well paced and well plotted.  There were enough twists and turns to almost give me whiplash enough red herrings thrown in that I thought cats might start following me!  It was not an easy mystery to solve and that is fine with me.

I would recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy paranormal.  This series is one of my favorite ghostly cozies and I cannot wait to read the next one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


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For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.
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May 9 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 10 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

May 10 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

May 11 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

May 12 – cherylbbookblog – SPOTLIGHT


May 14 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

May 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

May 15 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 16 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

May 16 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

May 17 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT

May 17 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT


May 19 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

May 20 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 21 – My Reading Journeys – CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 21 – Varietats – REVIEW

May 22 – The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT

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Great Escapes Virtual Tour–Picked Off



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Linda Lovely and her new book Picked Off.  This is the second book in her A Brie Hooker Mystery Series.

Picked Off (A Brie Hooker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Henery Press (June 5, 2018)
Hardcover – 270 Pages
ISBN: 9781635113457
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781635113426
Digital ASIN: B07B9K3FJ9


Purchase Links

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Udderly Kidding Dairy is hosting a campaign fundraiser for Eva’s best friend, who hopes to be South Carolina’s next governor. The candidate’s son, a pro quarterback, is flying home for the wingding. And Brie’s eager to get a close-up view of the cute tush she’s admired on TV, even though she’s reluctantly sworn off even more tempting local beefcake.

The campaign fundraiser promises to be a huge success until a pitchfork attack turns the goat farm into a crime scene—again. To protect her friends, Brie puts her sleuthing skills to work. Will she live long enough to find out who’s behind a vicious assault, a kidnapping, blackmail, and murder? (Goodreads)





The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I like the interactions between Brie, Aunt Eva and Mollye, Brie’s friend.  They are sometimes outrageous and always funny. I enjoy spending time with them and seeing what they are up to.   I have to say that I wish Brie would make up her mind about her love interests, Paint and Andy. I started getting frustrated with her wishy washy ways.  That is only my opinion and others may not feel the same way. I hope the next book settles the issue.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.   The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she created a farm setting that was teeming with some incredible animals, especially one special mule.  The mystery had enough suspects and clues to consider and even though I thought I knew who had done the deed, I was wrong. But that is okay with me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   And if you are an animal lover, you should read this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.



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Linda Lovely finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given the years she’s spent penning PR and ad copy. Linda writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to “disappear” the types of characters who most annoy her. Quite satisfying, plus there’s no need to pester relatives for bail. Her newest series offers goodnatured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin. She’s an enthusiastic Sisters in Crime member and helps organize the popular Writers’ Police Academy. When not writing or reading, Linda takes long walks with her husband, swims, gardens, and plays tennis.

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When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?

When I started college, I wanted to be a lawyer. For a variety of reasons, I switched my major to journalism, a decision I’ve never regretted. I love to write and, even more, I love to interview people and ask questions to satisfy my curiosity about things. While I spent most of my career writing feature articles for magazines, corporate newsletters, brochures and advertising copy, I always thought it would be fun to write a book. I was hired to write an “as told to” book (you know, one of those tell-alls that dish about a famous family) and discovered yes, I could write a book. After my tell-all employers reached a settlement with their family and cancelled the project, I decided the next books I wrote would be fiction and I’d call the shots. I enrolled in a fiction-writing course and discovered what fun it was.


With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
I try to make certain The Brie Hooker Mysteries balance humor with thrills. My heroine and her family and friends aren’t armchair sleuths. Circumstances place them in real danger where they have to use their wits to escape alive. The fact that I’ve gained expert sources throughout my career makes it possible for me to ask questions of professionals in a wide variety of law enforcement, legal, fraud investigation, banking and other fields to make the crimes in my novels as “real” as possible.


Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. When I start a book, I have a general idea of the central crime or crimes that will unfold and I know who my main characters will be. However, my characters do surprise me as the story progresses.

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Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I read some reviews but I’m not obsessed with them. I have faith that my editors at Henery Press and my Beta readers will let me know long before publication if I’m seriously off track. Because I’ve written for a living for decades, I’m very thick-skinned. You’re not going to please all readers because we all have different tastes. I belong to a book club and quite often the same book will be rated a 2 by one person and a 5 by another. Our book club uses a 1 to 5 rating system. As far as getting reviews, I wish I knew the secret to encouraging people to review books. Many readers who’ve told me they loved my books have admitted they don’t review them. Why? The usual answer is they don’t feel they have anything original to say. PLEASE readers, review books even if you feel your comments may just be repeats of what others have said. Quantity as well as quality counts these days with all of the algorithms out there that determine if an author is visible online.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Start writing fiction sooner. It’s a lot more fun and you can research anything that interests you. You also don’t have clients who can’t make up their minds.


Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?

Henery Press has talented artists who design all the covers for the publisher’s titles. The covers for BONES TO PICK and PICKED OFF were both created by Stephanie Savage. I like the fact that I had some input into what elements went into the covers. I think distinctive covers can impact sales.

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Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?

Brie Hooker is my heroine. She’s in her early thirties. After she received her MBA, she worked in banking for a number of years. Then she decided to pursue her true passion—cooking. Her dream is to own a B&B and restaurant that caters to vegans and vegetarians. Brie’s a vegan but she’s not militant about her dietary choice. She’s currently living at Udderly Kidding Dairy, a goat farm in Upstate South Carolina with her Aunt Eva, who needed help managing the farm after her twin sister and the dairy’s co-owner died.

Brie was engaged, but that ended when she discovered her fiancé had been cheating on her before and after he slipped a diamond on her finger. About a year has passed since she broke the engagement. On the farm,she’s grown very fond of two men—Andy Green, a veterinarian, and Andy “Paint” Paynter, a legal moonshiner. But the men are best friends and she fears dating both of them would be a disaster.  

Brie loves her family. Her dad, Howard, is a professor at nearby Clemson University, and her mom, Iris, is the City of Clemson Attorney/Prosecutor. While Brie’s Aunt Eva can be cranky and teases her relentlessly about her vegan diet, the aunt is in many ways a role model for Brie. Eva’s independent, champions women’s rights, speaks her mind, works hard for what she believes in, and she has a sense of humor.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

It’s a lot of fun  deciding just how the types of people who drive you crazy get their just desserts.


Do you write full-time or part-time?

The answer would be “depends.” I have a lot of interests and I love entertaining and spending time with my friends and family. So I may take mini-sabbaticals from writing to enjoy other pursuits. But when the company leaves or other commitments ease, I will put in eight-hour (or longer) days writing.

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What do your plans for future projects include?

I’ll continue writing as long as it gives me (and hopefully) my fans pleasure. I’m currently writing book three in the Brie Hooker Mystery series.

What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?

Making decisions about which way your plot and characters should go when you come to a fork in the plot/series. There are always so many directions you can take your characters as they grow and change. The easiest is editing. I enjoy the feeling I get that I’m making a section of copy really sparkle.


What type of books do you like to read?  Who are some of your favorite authors?

I most enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels. But I do belong to a book club that ensures I broaden my horizons. For me to really enjoy a book it has to have a heroine or hero I like and can root for. It also has to include some humor. I prefer the book also have some romance since that’s one of the things that makes life more interesting. My favorite authors include Susan Isaacs, Janet Evanovich, Cindy Sample, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Carl Hiaasen, and a number of too-soon-departed authors like Sue Grafton. I’m not going to start naming my fellow Henery Press authors for fear I’ll leave someone out. But I’ve yet to read a Henery novel I haven’t enjoyed!

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
I have fun writing. While I’ve yet to write a character that’s my alter-ego, there’s a small piece of me good or bad in all my characters (heroes and villains). It’s great fun to bestow fictional characters with the personalities and traits I see in friends, family and those disagreeable people you encounter who are determined to ruin your day.  


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Please leave reviews for your favorite authors. In this digital age, the number of reviews has a big impact on author visibility.

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May 15 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW

May 16 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

May 16 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

May 17 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

May 17 – Readeropolis – CHARACTER INTERVIEW


May 18 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST  

May 19 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

May 20 – T’s Stuff – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 21 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST

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Review of Tart Of Darkness

Tart Of Darkness

Chef-To-Go Mystery, Book #1

Denise Swanson

5 Stars




Right when Dani thinks she’s hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion—cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She’ll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears—perhaps to silence the new chef forever. (Goodreads)




The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really liked the relationship between Dani and Ivy.  I liked the way that Ivy was a typical college student and was a little self absorbed.   But she really likes Dani and is very willing to help Dani whenever she can. Dani is a good role model for Ivy and her friends and I enjoyed that.  I also liked that there were a couple of generations in this book but they worked well together.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me right into the story.  The descriptions of the dishes that Dani was preparing throughout the book made me hungry. That is a good thing when reading a culinary cozy!

The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a nice pace.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I did not have any idea who the killer was.  I found the fact that Dani did not put herself in any real danger while solving the mystery very refreshing.

I am not really sure that this book is a cozy in the strictest way.  There is a little bit of harsher language and there was some mention of sexual tendencies.  I did not find anything offensive in the least but I felt I should mention those things in my review.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  There was so much that I liked about this book and i am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, when it is released.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

New Releases For The Week Of May 13th, 2018–Part 3


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 13th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.


A Howl of Wolves: A Mystery (Sam Clair) by [Flanders, Judith]Whip-smart” (Louise Penny) amateur sleuth Samantha Clair returns in A Howl of Wolves, a mystery from Judith Flanders, the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of A Murder of Magpies.

Sam Clair figures she’ll be a good sport and spend a night out at the theater in support of her upstairs neighbors, who have small parts in a play in the West End. Boyfriend (a Scotland Yard detective) and all-round good sport Jake Field agrees to tag along to what is apparently an extra-bloody play filled with dramatic, gory deaths galore. So Sam expects an evening filled with faux fatalities. Until, that is, the curtain opens to the second act, revealing a dummy hanging from the rafters, who’s been made up to look suspiciously like Campbell Davison, the director of the production.

When Sam sees the horrified faces of the actors onstage, she realizes that this is indeed not a dummy, but Davison himself—and this death is not part of the show. Now everyone wants to know: who killed Campbell Davison? As Sam learns more about the murdered man, she discovers that he wasn’t all that well-liked amongst the cast and crew, so the suspect list grows. The show must go on—but Sam knows a murderer must be apprehended, so she sets out to find out what happened, and why.

New York Times bestselling author, Judith Flanders once again brilliantly fuses mystery with humor in the fourth installment of her critically acclaimed ­Sam Clair series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover









Before the words “white supremacy” filled the airways, before we learned of American Nazis and the alt-right, before there was a Muslim ban, before we considered building a wall or knew what DACA stands for, there was eugenics–a pseudo-science that promoted the belief that a race could be improved by controlling who was allowed to mate with whom.
It was eugenics that compelled white doctors to attempt to murder Baby John. It was compassion that led to his kidnapping. And it is the cruelest of circumstances–the murder of Jennifer Rice–that fifty years later leads Shep Harrington to search for Baby John.

As Shep soon learns,  the quest brings him to the top of a slippery slope with an ill-defined edge. Question begets question, and the slide down the slope proves inevitable: What happened to the baby? Who took it? Why was he taken? And who killed Jennifer Rice?

When Shep learns that Baby John was born at a hospital run by Alton Nichols, a famous Virginia eugenicist, he is drawn into the dark history of the American eugenics movement and its proponents–the so-called “gene police.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Hardcover










Fowl of the House of Usher (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by [Ripley, J.R.]It really is the dead of winter in Ruby Lake when a party becomes an invitation to murder for Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms . . .

No one ruffles Amy’s feathers like Craig “The Gigolo” Bigelow. Not only has the two-timer returned to town, but his new girlfriend has invited Amy to a dinner party. And at Usher House of all places—legendary home to ghosts, freak accidents, and now, most horrifying of all, an ex-boyfriend and his fiancé. Regrettably, there are also sick ducks on the property that need attention. For a bird lover like Amy, it’s fowl before pride.

When everyone becomes snowbound, Amy can’t imagine the evening getting worse. Until a guest is found with a carving knife stuck in his chest. And he’s not the first to call it a night. Now Amy’s got till dawn to go hunting for a killer—before someone else ends up a dead duck . . .

Praise for J.R. Ripley’s Beignets, Brides and Bodies

“Appealing . . . A clever, amusing cozy.”
Publishers Weekly

“Ripley’s entertaining second series outing is a tasty option for foodie mystery fans.”
Library Journal  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Smoke & Lies: A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery (Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery Book 4) by [Penrose, Andrea]Now that peace reigns in Europe and Napoleon has been exiled to the island of Elba, Lady Arianna and her husband, the Earl of Saybrook, are determined to put government sleuthing aside. But the head of British security has other ideas . . .

Rumors are rife that Napoleon may be plotting to take back the French throne and plunge the Continent into another war. So when Saybrook learns that his Spanish cousin has gone missing on the island under mysterious circumstances, he and Arianna feel they have no choice but to undertake a secret mission to Elba for the government and unravel the serpentine tangle of truth and lies.

Friend or Foe? From the start, they find themselves up against treachery and deceptions. And for Arianna, things become even more difficult when she encounters ghosts from her past, forcing her to make fundamental choices about love, loyalty, family and friendship. Once on Elba, she and Saybrook—along with some unexpected allies—must match wits with a deadly enemy and the great Napoleon himself. And with the clock ticking, all the last-minute machinations come down to a question of Luck . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Guests and Guilt (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 7) by [Xarissa, Diana]Fenella Woods is less than excited when her brother James announces that he’s coming to visit her.
She’s starting to feel truly settled in her new home on the Isle of Man, but James made it clear when she inherited their Aunt Mona’s fortune that he didn’t think it was fair. She can only hope that he’s just coming for a visit and not for a fight about the estate.
When he arrives with a girlfriend Fenella knew nothing about in tow, she’s even less excited about the three-week visit. But James’s girlfriend, Stephanie, grew up on the island and she has her own reasons for wanting to be there.
When Stephanie turns up dead, is it just an unfortunate accident or was someone unhappy to see the woman back on the island?
Police Inspector Mark Hammersmith is on the case, and he’s quick to consider James as a suspect.
When James recounts a story from Stephanie’s past that sounds impossible, Mark seems inclined to discount it as fiction. When someone tries to kill James, though, Fenella is convinced that it’s true.
Can she persuade Mark to see things her way? And can she keep her big brother safe from a killer who might just try again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle










A Literary Scandal (Locust Point Mystery Book 5) by [Howard, Libby]When the red on the page isn’t spilled ink…

Bestselling author Luanne Trainor has come to Locust Point to speak. The writer’s arrival has the small town a-buzz with excitement but Ms. Trainor isn’t what the bio on her book’s dust jacket proclaims.

What should have been an elegant affair turns ugly with accusations and threats and there is no lack of suspects when the author is found dead following the meet-and-greet, Could the murderer be another author? Her agent? A disgruntled fan? Or was Luanne Trainor hiding a secret that shadowed her success? Kay and a surprisingly helpful spirit are on the case!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Case of the Desperate Doctor (Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries Book 3) by [Diamond, Jacqueline]Two women are dead. A doctor desperately seeks justice for them both.

Haunted by the loss of his wife, Dr. Eric Darcy discovers she was linked to another woman, a female obstetrician, who has just died. Was it suicide or murder? His inquiry sets him at cross purposes with his sister-in-law, a private investigator, and his close friend, a homicide detective.

The pursuit of truth drives Eric on a quest to Israel, and back to his small town in California. There he uncovers shocking secrets that lead to a stunning climax.

USA Today bestselling novelist Jacqueline Diamond explores the deadly effects of hidden trauma in the third Safe Harbor Medical Mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Stunner: A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery (Ava Book 2) by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]A nationwide tour. A popstar in the crosshairs. Touring with the band just got deadly.

After battling breast cancer, island pop singer and single mom Ava thought she could handle anything her concert tour threw her way. But when tragedy strikes her album launch party, she realizes she may have underestimated the price she’ll have to pay for fame. And the cost skyrockets when someone attempts to murder her headlining act.

Still shaken by the alarming attack, Ava has little time to process the traumatic event before she’s caught up in a scandal worthy of the tabloids. Someone in her staff is leaking secrets to the paparazzi, and the fallout is wreaking havoc on her love life. When a second pop singer is targeted, Ava doubles down on her search for clues. But with music careers and multi-million-dollar contracts on the line, she could pack a stadium with potential suspects.

Knowing her future hinges on staying in the spotlight, Ava must track down the murderous stalker before the final curtain drops.

Stunner is the second book in Ava’s trilogy within the What Doesn’t Kill You series of romantic mysteries. If you like sexy pop stars, backstage scandals, and edge-of-your-seat mysteries, then you’ll love Pamela Fagan Hutchins’ award-winning series.

Buy Stunner to go on the road with a show-stopping murder mystery today!!

˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest.

  • 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
  • 2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
  • 2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
  • 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Witchiest Circus on Earth (Magical Midway Paranormal Cozy Series Book 1) by [Leeds, Leanne]Magic under the big top.

Murder under investigation.

Can a non-practicing witch save the family business and live to see the encore?

Charlotte never had the choice to follow in her family’s magical footsteps. Her parents decided decades ago to live amongst the humans and leave the mystical circus far behind. But when her ringmaster uncle is murdered and wills her the family’s magical business, she feels the pull to step back under the big top. As she harnesses the awesome powers of the enchanted performance, she vows to bring her uncle’s killer to justice.

In the midst of juggling her investigation, running the show, and navigating rival groups of carnies, the human-phobic Witches Council schemes to replace her faster than a flying trapeze. With threats coming from both sides of the tent, Charlotte must unmask her uncle’s murderer before the legendary circus takes its final bow.

Witchiest Circus on Earth is the first book in the spellbinding Magical Midway paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like colorful characters, supernatural circuses, and twisty mysteries, then you’ll love Leanne Leeds’ show-stopping whodunit.

Buy Witchiest Circus on Earth to step right up for a razzle-dazzle cozy paranormal today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Sweet as Clover (Lucky Charm Book 1) by [Bishop, Mia]Six weeks ago, Madeleine Carver’s life changed forever. Her one-night stand with the mysterious Nick Castle was supposed to be just that: a one-night stand. Instead, he is bound to her, and neither of them knows why.

Now Maddie finds herself living in the mansion of her dead aunt, taking care of a graveyard, communicating with ghosts, and dealing with the trials and tribulations of living side by side with Nick.

When a friend asks Maddie to communicate with the spirit of the woman’s teenage daughter, Maddie can’t say no. Dark secrets come to light and the abuses that everyone tried to turn a blind eye to over the years can no longer be ignored.

Maddie and Nick team up to help the young spirit find peace before it is too late.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Finders Keepers: A Grace Darby Animal Law Mystery (Grace Darby Animal Law Mysteries Book 1) by [Schaefer, Nicole]


Grace Darby is a Family Law attorney in Portland, Oregon. After her beloved dog Maggie is taken, Grace becomes embroiled in a plot much deeper than she had anticipated. Armed with her amateur detective skills and her intense desire to get her dog back, Grace sets off to solve the mystery of why dogs are disappearing in Portland.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Mischievous (A Missy Rae Mystery Book 3) by [Mallory, Ava ]Welcome to Poppy County, where over-zealous witches, small-town gossip, curious coincidences, and a revolving door of cantankerous sheriffs run amok!

A pair of wealthy real estate developers have cast a wide net in their search for the next hot market and think they’ve found a goldmine in the quaint hillside town of Poppy County, but their offers ring too good to be true for local witches Lola Rae and her granddaughter, Missy. When their salvage shop is ransacked, Lola is convinced the wealthy duo want more than their historical properties. Proving that, however, proves difficult when the crime spree takes an unexpected turn.

Everyone fears their business will be next, but no one feels the pressure more than Interim Sheriff Colby Friar. It doesn’t take him long to realize the burglars might be the least of his problems.

Can Lola, Missy, and their reluctant cohort root out the brazen thieves and bring an end to their criminal empire before it’s too late?

Find out what happens in the third installment of the Missy Rae Cozy Mystery Series, where a family of well-meaning but hapless witches and a town full of quirky residents don’t often see eye-to-eye, but always band together to keep the peace!  (Amazon)

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First Come, First Kill (The Captain Heimrich Mysteries) by [Lockridge, Frances, Lockridge, Richard]Murder follows Captain Heimrich home in this classic mystery from the authors of the “excellent” Mr. and Mrs. North series (The New Yorker).

Capt. M. L. Heimrich of the New York State Police may not have the flash of hard-boiled city detectives, but there’s no lead the intrepid investigator won’t follow until his every hunch is satisfied . . .

A police captain’s driveway is the last place anyone would expect to find a dead body. But when a man who’s been shot collapses in front of Captain Heimrich’s wife, it seems murder has landed directly on the detective’s doorstep.

The victim turns out to be Old Tom, a vagabond who did odd jobs around the town of Van Brunt, New York. Then, a shocking truth emerges: Old Tom was T. Lyman Mitchell, a justice of the New York Supreme Court who’s been missing for six years.

Heimrich needs to figure out the reason for the justice’s sudden reappearance in order to determine who shot him. Maybe it has to do with a criminal he once convicted. Or maybe it involves his wife, who wants to move on with a new husband. With so many avenues to investigate, Heimrich must race to find the ruthless killer before anyone else bites the bullet . . .

First Come, First Kill is the 14th book in the Captain Heimrich Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 5) by [Kappes, Tonya]Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

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DEAD AS A DOORNAIL by Tonya Kappes | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook



Spotlight–Charmed Bones

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Today I am happy to be spotlighting Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines.  This is the eighteenth book in her Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series.  Learn about the series, the book and the author.  Hope you enjoy my post and happy reading.


Sarah Booth Delaney is an unconventional Southern belle. Unwed and over 30, she excels as a private Investigator. She’s the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi, but in this cozy mystery series, solving mysteries isn’t all she’s up against. She juggles an acting career, handsome men, and a bossy antebellum ghost.

  1. Them Bones. Bantam. 1999. ISBN 9780553581713.
  2. Buried Bones. Bantam. 2000. ISBN 9780553581720.
  3. Splintered Bones. Dell. 2003. ISBN 9780440237211.
  4. Crossed Bones. Dell. 2004. ISBN 9780440240938.
  5. Hallowed Bones. Dell. 2005. ISBN 9780440241317.
  6. Bones to Pick. Kensington. 2006. ISBN 9780758210913.
  7. Ham Bones. Kensington. 2007. ISBN 9780758210920.
  8. Wishbones. Minotaur Books. 2008. ISBN 9780312377083.
  9. Greedy Bones. Minotaur Books. 2009. ISBN 9780312377106.
  10. Bone Appetit. Minotaur Books. 2010. ISBN 9780312594640.
  11. Bones of a Feather. Minotaur Books. 2011. ISBN 9780312595029.
  12. Bonefire of the Vanities. Minotaur Books. 2012. ISBN 9780312641870.
  13. Smarty Bones. Minotaur Books. 2013. ISBN 9780312641887.
  14. Booty Bones. Minotaur Books. 2014. ISBN 9781250046130.
  15. Bone to Be Wild. Minotaur Books. 2015. ISBN 9781250046147.
  16. Rock-a-Bye Bones. Minotaur Books. 2016. ISBN 9781250085160.
  17. Sticks and Bones.  Minotaur Books. 2017   ISBN13: 9781250085269
  18. Charmed Bones.    Minotaur Books. 2018   ISBN13: 9781250154132
  19. A Gift Of Bones    2018




Charmed Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by [Haines, Carolyn]USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines will once again delight readers with Charmed Bones, the next sparkling Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.





Carolyn Haines


Carolyn Haines, who uses the pseudonyms R.B. ChestertonCaroline Burnes, and Lizzie Hart, is a prolific mystery author and former journalist specializing in mysteries set in the Mississippi Delta.

Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over eighty novels in a number of genres, including the acclaimed Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series, the Pluto’s Snitch mystery series, and the Familiar Legacy romantic mystery series.
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Haines was honored with the prestigious 2009 Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Haines was also 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished writing. Her novel BONE TO BE WILD was named best suspense for 2014, and the Sarah Booth Delaney series was also named best amateur sleuth. Two of the Sarah Booth books were included in the “Best 5 mysteries of the year” by LIBRARY JOURNAL.

Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of! She has been an animal advocate and activist her whole life and urges all pet owners to please spay and neuter.


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New Releases For The Week Of May 13th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 13th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



Mud, Muck and Dead Things (Campbell and Carter Mystery Book 1) by [Granger, Ann]The first installment of the Campbell and Carter mysteries

When the body of a young woman is discovered in the cowshed of Cricket farm, the tranquility of the British countryside is shattered. Inspector Jess Campbell is on the case, but with few leads, a grumbling partner, and the new Superintendent Ian Carter piling on the pressure, she’s beginning to wonder why she chose to be a detective in the first place.
The shifty land-owner Eli Smith seems to have something to hide, and as Campbell delves into the gruesome past of the dilapidated farm, the mystery deepens. A flashy Mercedes spotted fleeing the scene of the crime leads to a suspect, but when another body turns up, it looks as though Campbell’s lead is nothing but a dead end…

Book one in the Campbell and Carter Mysteries, Mud, Muck and Dead things will thrill fans of M C BeatonJoy Ellis and The Midsomer Murders.

Praise for Ann Granger:

‘Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent’ The Times

‘The story just gets more complex, mysterious and chilling‘ Good Book Guide

‘For once a murder novel which displays a gentle touch and a dash of wit’ Northern Echo

‘A clever and lively book’ Margaret York  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Rack, Ruin and Murder (Campbell and Carter Mystery Book 2) by [Granger, Ann]The second murderous instalment of the Campbell and Carter Mysteries

When old Monty discovers a dead body in his drawing room, it’s up to Inspector Jess Campbell to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Monty is a recluse, holed up in his crumbling manor house being generally unpleasant to everyone, even those relatives he actually likes. When his family and locals claim they’ve never seen the murder victim before Campbell smells a lie. With the help of Superintendent Ian Carter, she will have to dig deep into the murky past of Monty and his family, all the way to the shocking truth.

Book two in the Campbell and Carter Mysteries, Rack, Ruin and Murder will be perfect for fans of T E KinseyAnn Cleeves and Faith Martin.

Praise for Ann Granger:

‘Well-plotted, chilling and highly enjoyable’ Good Book Guide


‘Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent’ The Times

‘For once a murder novel which displays a gentle touch and a dash of wit’ Northern Echo  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback


Bricks and Mortality (Campbell and Carter Mystery Book 3) by [Granger, Ann]Can Campbell and Carter unlock the mystery of the Key House murder?

A body is discovered inside of the smouldering ruins of Key House. The crumbling Cotswold manor has long been empty, but rumor has it that the owner, Gervase Crown, was seen lurking around just before the fire. Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter pin Gervase as a prime suspect, but was he the murderer, or the target? It seems that his sudden reappearance has stirred up animosity long thought forgotten.

Bricks and Mortality is the third instalment to the Campbell and Carter Mysteries, ideal for fans of the Midsomer MurdersT E Kinsey and Faith Martin.

Praise for Ann Granger:

Entertaining and lifelike characters. And there is a satisfying and unexpected twist on the last page’ Mystery People

‘The characters…are drawn with a telling eye for their human foibles and frailties. Granger is bang up to date‘ Oxford Times

‘Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent’ The Time  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback




Dead in the Water (Campbell and Carter Mystery Book 4) by [Granger, Ann]The fourth murky murder in the Campbell and Carter Mysteries

As Christmas approaches in the sleepy English village of Weston Saint Ambrose, the rains bring the wettest winter on record and the farmer’s fields are left under several feet of water. The water washes up all manner of things, including a dead body, dredged up from its watery grave.
Snagging on the jetty of Isolde Evans, the reclusive writer is shocked to recognise the victim. And she’s not the only one. When Inspector Jess Campbell investigates, she recognises the body of Courtney Higson, a local barmaid with a doting, ex-con father. Terry is set on finding his daughter’s killer, and Jess must get to the bottom of this quickly, before he takes the law into his own hands…

Dead in the Water is perfect for fans of T E KinseyAnn Cleeves and the Midsomer Murders.

Praise for Ann Granger:

‘Set in the familiar mode of traditional country crime novels, there is nothing old-fashioned about the characters…Granger is bang up to date‘ Oxford Times

‘Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent’ The Times

‘Entertaining and lifelike characters…a satisfying and unexpected twist’ Mystery People

‘Lovely characterisation and a neat plot’ Yorkshire Post  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

Rooted in Evil (Campbell and Carter Mystery Book 5) by [Granger, Ann]The fifth thrilling instalment of the Campbell and Carter Mysteries

When the body of a man killed with a point blank shot to the head is found in Crooked Man Woods, it appears to be a suicide. But when Inspector Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter begin to investigate, it soon becomes clear that not all is as it seems. This is not a suicide; it’s a murder.
The victim, Carl Finch, had been causing quite a stir in the small-town community. With rising debts and complicated relationships, it looks as though the suspects are beginning to mount…

Fans of the Midsomer MurdersT E Kinsey and M C Beaton will love Rooted in Evil.

Praise for Ann Granger:

‘Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent’ The Times

‘Set in the familiar more of traditional country crime stories, there is nothing old-fashioned about the characters…Granger is bang up to date’ Oxford Times

‘Entertaining and lifelike characters…a satisfying and unexpected twist’ Mystery People

‘Lovely characterization and a neat plot’ Yorkshire Post  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Amazon


Seashells and Love Spells: A Witches in Paradise Cozy Mystery by [Christie, RosaLee]Sometimes life on the beach can be a real witch.

Brand new witch Marina Tempest thought settling into her new life in the supernatural beach town of Paradise Cove was going to be as simple as magic. Turns out she should have known better. After all, she has two bickering sisters, a crazy aunt, and a house that literally has a mind of its own.

Things get even crazier when Marina is approached by the ghost of a young man whose been murdered mysteriously. His soul is in limbo and, if she doesn’t get to the bottom of who is responsible for this dastardly deed, then he’ll be stuck between realms for all eternity. That is, if the demon looking to snack of his soul like s’mores at a campfire doesn’t get to him first.

Now it’ll take all Marina’s skills, the help of her family, a lot of magic and a little luck to help this poor soul and bring justice to him and his family.

Luckily for her, Marina seems to be just the witch for the job.

Get spellbound with SEASHELLS AND LOVE SPELLS, book 2 in the fantastic WITCHES IN PARADISE cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions available:  Kindle










Cupcakes, Curses, and Spirits (Blue Moon Bay Book 3) by [Winters, Jovee]Zinnia Rose Thorne is just a simple hearth witch. She’s falling love with a perfectly nerdy, human professor Zane Huntington the third. His kid is pretty darn epic. Business is thriving. Life is great. Until that is, a stranger passing through her cursed little town eats one of Zinnia’s cupcakes and falls quite dead inside of her Golden Goose Diner. Zinnia didn’t curse those cupcakes, so who did, and why are they trying to frame Zinnia for this crime?

A banshee sings. A child screams. And soon a dark secret will be exposed that will rock Zinnia to her core and shatter everything she ever thought she knew…  (Amazon)

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Hook, Line, and Murder: Witches of Keyhole Lake Mysteries Book 6 by [Maher, Tegan]Moonlight, a handsome man, and … a dead body? Definitely not what Noelle expected when she cast off with Hunter to do a little romantic night fishing.

Hunter discovers the girl didn’t exist before moving to Keyhole Lake. A day later, he’s ordered to close the case before he even opens it.

Meanwhile, the living-impaired community pulls together to help one of their own, and Max, the talking donkey, knows more than he’s telling.

Something’s fishy in Keyhole, and Noelle and crew are determined to find out what.

Approximate length – 250 pages  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













A Vet Vanishes: A hilariously witchy reverse harem mystery (Cats, Ghosts, and Avocado Toast Book 2) by [Howell, N.M., Hibbett, L.C.]


Pre-order the second book in L.C. Hibbett and N.M Howell’s hilariously witchy reverse harem mystery series: Cats, Ghosts, and Avocado Toast!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Murder at the Waterfront: A Northwest Cozy Mystery (Northwest Cozy Mystery Series Book 7) by [Harman, Dianne]Men, Mobsters, and Murder! Poor Maureen. Was she just collateral damage?

This is the seventh book in the Northwest Cozy Mystery Series by USA Today and Amazon Chart #1 Bestselling Author, Dianne Harman.

Men loved Maureen, but was that why she was killed?

She had an ex who wanted to reconcile, a chef she’d broken up with, and a salesman from Kansas who had fallen in love with her. Her brother-in-law had ties to the Mafia as well as some interesting business deals. Was she simply a pawn in their game? And what about Leslie, her ex-husband’s fiancée? She wasn’t too thrilled when Mac broke off the engagement to reconcile with Maureen. Plenty of suspects, but who’s the murderer?

Al De Duco, a retired mobster, has taken over Jake’s private investigation firm while Jake’s helping a friend. Mobsters have a different way of dealing with murderers. Sometimes they revert to old habits.

Join Al, his food critic bride, Cassie, and his Doberman pinscher, Red, as they hunt for the killer in this page-turning cozy mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Painting of Sorrow by [Winters, Virginia]Sarah Downing, a newly-minted Ph.D. in art history, in Kingston, Ontario, receives an assignment to conserve a copy of a Caravaggio. While writing the description, her thoughts turn to the imminent release from prison of her brutal ex-husband Jimmy. She had testified against Jimmy and disappeared into the American Witness Protection Program(WitSec).

Sarah is convinced the Caravaggio is original. When an accident in the studio reveals a second copy, Sarah suspects the Director of the museum, Gregory Lang and her boss, Veronica Houstead, of planning to sell the original. She is determined to save it from the black market in stolen art.

When Jimmy shows up on her street, Sarah is forced to call the Witness Protection Service and run once again but she can’t leave the painting to be sold. She hides it and flies to Italy to find the owner, Simon Wolfe. During the time in Italy they fall in love, but Sarah doesn’t reveal all her secrets to him. Back in Kingston, the painting has disappeared. Simon is furious, and Sarah runs away from him, north to hide until she can reach WitSec. When she does, they have lost her file. Meanwhile, Jimmy is hunting for her.

What will happen to Sarah when Jimmy and Gregory partner to find the painting? What role will Veronica play? What about Simon and their fragile love? And will the Caravaggio survive?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback











Fall of Angels (An Inspector Redfyre Mystery) by [Cleverly, Barbara]Barbara Cleverly, bestselling author of the Joe Sandilands series, introduces an ingenious new sleuth who navigates 1920s Cambridge, a European intellectual capital on the cusp of dramatic change.

England 1923: Detective Inspector John Redfyre is a godsend to the Cambridge CID. The ancient university city is at war with itself: town versus gown, male versus female, press versus the police force and everyone versus the undergraduates. Redfyre, young, handsome and capable, is a survivor of the Great War. Born and raised among the city’s colleges, he has access to the educated élite who run these institutions, a society previously deemed impenetrable by local law enforcement.

When Redfyre’s Aunt Hetty hands him a front-row ticket to the year’s St. Barnabas College Christmas concert, he is looking forward to a right merrie yuletide noyse from a trumpet soloist, accompanied by the organ. He is intrigued to find that the trumpet player is—scandalously—a young woman. And Juno Proudfoot is a beautiful and talented one at that. Such choice of a performer is unacceptable in conservative academic circles.

Redfyre finds himself anxious throughout a performance in which Juno charms and captivates her audience, and his unease proves well founded when she tumbles headlong down a staircase after curtainfall. He finds evidence that someone carefully planned her death. Has her showing provoked a dangerous, vengeful woman-hater to take action?

When more Cambridge women are murdered, Redfyre realizes that some of his dearest friends and his family may become targets, and—equally alarmingly—that the killer might be within his own close circle.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook









Practice to Deceive (An Annie MacPherson Mystery Book 2) by [Smith, Janet L.]Much to her surprise and relief, smart lawyer-sleuth Annie MacPherson is being wooed by Seattle’s most eminent law firm and its most renown partner. But when she enters the rich and hushed halls of Kemble, Laughton, Mercer, and Duff, she discovers office politics isn’t a game, it’s a deadly obsession. And everyone is a player.

Annie hasn’t even cut through the paperwork when top partner Gordon Barclay’s secretary and not-so-secret lover kills herself. The dead woman’s sister refuses to believe appearances, and wants Annie, so far unseduced by Barclay’s legendary charms, to investigate the high and mighty machinations of Seattle’s most feared litigator. Things heat up when a sniper targets Annie–just as a shocking glimpse into her family’s past blows her life wide open. Soon Annie finds herself caught in a destructive web of love, lies, and murder that only her sharp insight and fierce intelligence can unravel.

The second in the Annie MacPherson mystery series, which began with Sea of Troubles.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback








Charmed Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by [Haines, Carolyn]USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines will once again delight readers with Charmed Bones, the next sparkling Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook













New Releases For The Week Of May 13th, 2018–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May13th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



Southern Myths (Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 3) by [Boyles, Amy]Just when Pepper Dunn starts accepting her ability to communicate with animals she’s thrown for a loop—an egg containing a baby dragon winds up on her doorstep.

Convinced the creature will grow up to become a destructive force of nature, Pepper gives the dragon to the first person interested in buying—a traveling magician named Mysterio, who claims he can communicate with the dead.

Relieved to be free of the creature, Pepper’s world turns upside down when Mysterio reveals that he has a message for Pepper—from her dead mother. Pepper can’t wait to discover what it is. But before she has a chance to find out, Mysterio is murdered.

Left with a set of clues, Pepper is determined to discover the information her mother wanted her to know. But will untangling the mess of clues lead Pepper on the right path, or will it lead her straight into the hands of the murderer?

Find out now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










The Hitwoman in a Pickle (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman Book 18) by [Lynn, JB]What kind of trouble is Maggie in this time?

The klutzy contract killer must enlist the help of both her psychic friend, Armani, and her ever-growing collection of talking pets, as she desperately searches for not one, but two, missing relatives.

At the same time she’s trying to keep the peace in her crazy family and complete an unwanted assignment from mob boss, Delveccio, which could end with her on ice.

And oh yeah, she’s got a date with a certain hot manny.

Maggie and friends follow a crazy and convoluted path to try to save the day, but will an unexpected enemy get the upper hand?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













A Spell To Tell (Lemon Tea Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [May, Lucy]Welcome to Lemon Bliss, Louisiana where an abandoned lemon tea factory is the most happening place in town and witches secretly rule the roost.

Violet Broussard finds herself hanging tight in her tiny hometown, although that most definitely wasn’t her plan. She’s busy learning all the secrets kept hidden about her, um, secret witchy ways, running the bakery with her bestie, and falling for Gabriel.

Just when she’s starting to wonder if the dust has settled in Lemon Bliss, someone breaks into the town’s museum. Because everything in Lemon Bliss seems to be tangled up in magic, Violet isn’t the least bit surprised to discover every item stolen from the museum is connected to the ancient witch coven.

Not even her grandmother’s legendary lemon sweet tea can soothe anyone’s spirits.

With the witches running around trying to steal back their stolen items and hide their true power while they’re at it, Violet finds herself stooping to all kinds of magic. Breaking and entering, a sneaky love spell to beguile the police chief, and more are thrown about with abandon by the witches.

Meanwhile, Gabriel is still wooing her, the lemon trees have begun to bloom again, and the supernatural investigators won’t stop sneaking into the factory.

Loopy lemon tea, witches and wackiness abound in this cozy mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











A Guardian Of Magic II: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (The 4 Corners Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Amor, Maria]This book is ONLY 99c for a limited time only. Also, FREE with Kindle Unlimited! 

“Fans of Harry Potter, young and old, will love this!” 

Teenager Julia Beval was a four corner guardian.

That meant she was one of the intermediaries between the supernatural and the everyday world.

And this meant she was set to be one of the most important people on the planet.

Now on the eve of the day where she would gain her full magical abilities there was drama.

Dylan had been kidnapped and Julia knew it was all down to her to find out what had happened to him.

And when she found out the truth she was stunned….

This is a magical adventure story series that fans of Harry Potter and Twilight will LOVE. Download now and enjoy getting lost in a whole new world!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











The Black Rock Murder (Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series Book 6) by [Marple, Mona ]A Storm Is Coming…

As Waterfell Tweed is hit by an awful storm, the consequences will be severe for one family.

With a man dead, an unfamiliar face back in the village, an irate farmer to deal with, and a widow who refuses to believe her husband fell from Black Rock, it’s down to Sandy to investigate.

Did the dead man fall?

Or was he pushed?

BuyThe Black Rock Murderand grab your favourite cup of tea for a tale full of fun and suspense today!(Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Holly Jacobs' 2018 Beach Read by [Jacobs, Holly]Heading to the beach this summer for vacation? Grab your sunscreen, a towel…and Holly Jacobs’ 2nd Annual Beach Read Bundle!

For a Limited Time Only: Three Books in One

Steamed: A Maid in LA Mystery 

Cleaning Can Be Murder on a Manicure!

Quincy came to LA looking for fame and fortune but became a mother and a cleaning service owner instead. While filling in for a sick employee, she accidentally cleans up a crime scene and now that she’s a suspect in a murder case, she only has one option—find the real murderer or end up in jail for a crime she didn’t commit…a crime she only cleaned.

There’s a killer out there, and Quincy’s going to find them…or die trying.

Can’t Find NoBODY

As she hurries out the door on Monday morning, Markie Walkowicz trips over a body. A very dead body. She calls 911 from her closet, because what sane woman would stay on the porch with a dead body and a potential murderer hanging around? To make a bad Monday worse, the cop who shows up is Detective Zac Marshall–her longtime (former) friend. He announces there’s nobody…uh, no body on her porch. Over the next few days that body in its orange and green plaid suit keeps turning up–but never sticks around long enough for Zac to see it. Will he have to hang around full-time before he believes her? Markie eventually admits that having Zac hang around isn’t that bad. Even if she can’t find no body, maybe she has found her somebody.

Confessions of a Party Crasher

Morgan Miller is out of work and out of luck. She’s moved back home to Pittsburgh to try and put her life back in order. When she agrees to attend wedding reception with her mom for she’s appalled to learn her mother’s invitation is far from legitimate. Her mom has turned her into an inadvertent party crasher. When her friends agree that party crashing is a great way to meet men, Morgan’s life goes from crazy to completely crazy. Wedding photographer Conner Danning keeps shooting her swoon-worthy glances and Morgan’s ex is trying to de-ex himself. Coming home and falling in love might just be the one party Morgan doesn’t want to miss.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle











Roses and Rigamortis (The Black Orchid Series Book 4) by [James, Pyper ]For Vivian Meadows, it feels like a never-ending quest to find the bad guy. Her amateur sleuthing was not something Vivica intended, but with the most recent events in her hometown of Dahlonega Georgia, Vivica couldn’t stop now. With the Black Orchid Floral Shop finally opened, it was a time for celebration, or so Vivica thought; until a customer drops dead during the grand opening. Now, the Dahlonega Police Department, with the help of Vivica Meadows, has another mystery to solve.

Each book in the Black Orchid Series can be read as a standalone.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Rabbits Out of Hats (A Parlor Tricks Mystery Book 1) by [Kessler, A.L.]

Lacey Willow isn’t just a witch. She’s a bad one. Any attempt to use magic tends to end in quirky ways which is why she owns a magic shop where people purchase amusing parlor tricks. When her new shop neighbor turns out to be a PI, Lacy is unprepared for the shenanigans that are about to go down. Soon she finds herself accused of stalking, snooping around a funeral parlor, and dealing with hexes while she tries to clear her name.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














The After-House by [Rinehart, Mary]


Out of funds, Ralph Leslie jumps at the chance to sign aboard a luxurious yacht as steward of the After House. It was easy sailing until one summer night, when the dream voyage became a nightmare. An incredible tale by a master of the genre, Mary Rinehart!  (Amazon)

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Deadbolt and Run: Burke's Cove Mystery #1 by [Chandler, Robinmarie]

Welcome to Burke’s Cove, a picturesque town located on a small gulf off the coast of Virginia.
Ten years ago, Alivia Ericson left Burke’s Cove in the wake of tragedy. After her broken engagement, Alivia returns home to take over her father’s hardware store and locksmithing business only to witness a murder linked to the events of years before.
To evade the killer, she must discover the secrets of the past and unravel a puzzle the victim left behind.  (Amazon)

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The Wickenham Murders (Marsh & Daughter Book 1) by [Myers, Amy]‘An atmospheric village mystery with enough unexpected twists to keep readers fully engaged.’ – Booklist

Fingerprints left on Time. This is the premise on which Peter Marsh – a former policeman invalided out of the force – and his daughter, Georgia, base their investigations into unsolved past murders.

In 1929, in the village of Wickenham, Kent, Davy Todd was charged with murdering Amy Proctor, middle-aged daughter of the local doctor. As Marsh & Daughter begin their investigations, a skeleton is found in the woods of Wickenham Manor Hotel.

Two seemingly unconnected events – yet Georgia and her father feel intuitively that there must be a link, and together, they set out to find it . . .

‘Fascinating subject matter, cozy characters, and tempting prose highly recommend this first title in an intriguing new British series.’ – Library Journal

AMY MYERS has been a full-time writer since 1988, and has written a wide range of novels from historical sagas and contemporary romance to crime. She is married to an American and lives in Kent. Many of her novels have been published under the name of Harriet Hudson. Amy is also the author of the successful Tom Wasp murder mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover










It's A Wonderful Knife (Matchmaker Mysteries Book 10) by [Sax, Elise]It’s a Wonderful Knife is the 10th installment of the hilarious Matchmaker Mysteries Series. It’s wedding time in Cannes. Gladie’s wedding. But once again, love has to take a backseat to murder. Matchmaker Mysteries…Sometimes love comes with a few dead ends.
“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
“Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
“With quirky characters reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and a small-town heroine redolent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse” –RT Book Reviews
“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist, on An Affair to Dismember
“A lighthearted and amusing caper with a sexy side order of romance . . . Gladie is an endearing mess of a character, and the book is fast-paced and amusing, with a large cast of quirky, small-town characters.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Matchpoint
“There’s plenty for fans to enjoy in Sax’s third Matchmaker installment, complete with energetic narration, zany humor and a mystery that’s as engaging as the details of Gladie’s love life.”—RT Book Reviews, on Love Game  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









Careful What You Wish For (Corporate Chaos Series Book 4) by [Dobbs, Leighann, Fenwick, Lisa]Harper Sullivan has one wish – to catch the person sabotaging O’Rourke Signature Events. She needs to make up for her past actions and she can’t stand the thought of anyone hurting her feisty, generous boss Gertie O’Rourke. Lucky thing she has the perfect person to help – her uncle Tanner. He should know how to catch someone hell bent on destruction since he’s a master at it himself. When Harper catches the new guy, Logan Carter, doing something suspicious, she thinks she has discovered the culprit.

Undercover P. I., Logan Carter didn’t take Gertie O’Rourke seriously at first, but now he’s starting to think there may be something to the kooky old lady’s accusations that someone is trying to ruin her business. He’s grown fond of Gertie and wants to see her succeed, but when he sees Harper Sullivan doing something she shouldn’t, he can’t bring himself to turn her in right away. It has nothing to do with the way her red curls make his heart beat faster, either. Accusing someone of tampering is serious and he wants to be certain.

But as Harper and Logan set out to prove each other is the culprit, they soon realize the threat is more sinister than either of them suspects… not just to O’Rourke Signature Events but also to their hearts.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback






Great Escapes Virtual Book–Magick Run Amok



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Sharon Pape and her new release Magick Run Amok.  This is the third book in her Abracadabra Mystery series.  I have read all three of the books and they are all great.



Magick Run Amok (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (May 1, 2018)
Print Length: 337 pages
Digital ASIN: B074LTNV8H


Purchase: Amazon  B&N   kobo  BookBub



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Magick Run Amok (An Abracadabra Mystery)
by Sharon Pape

We get to follow Kailyn, her aunt, Merlin, and the cats on yet another murder investigation that will have you laughing and gasping along the way.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

I felt this read was full of lighthearted fun with plenty of twists and turns to draw me into the mystery. I like the cross-genre that mixes the mystery with paranormal fun!
~Ms. Cat’s Honest World

With humor and investigative daring, along with some other worldly intervention, this adventure is a welcome addition to a delightful series. You can never predict what will happen next or who will save the day!
~Laura’s Interests

This story not only turns about the mystery but the curious family of Kailyn, with her ghost mother lecturing her when she is not acting correctly, her “mysterious” friend Merlin, that could be coming from the past… or of course the cats she has in her life…! But let me say that it makes the story funny and interesting, of course.


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 The answer to whodunit may lie beyond the veil . . .
November in upstate New York can be chilly, but Kailyn Wilde’s shop, Abracadabra, is a cozy respite where you can find lotions, potions, and plenty of warm, feline company. But what customers don’t know is that the proprietor has some unusual powers—and unusual friends, including the renowned magician Merlin, who’s been transported into the modern world. All of which comes in handy when there’s a murder to be solved . . .

Investigative journalist Ryan Cutler has perished in a car accident in New Camel, and his friend, Travis, suspects foul play—especially when the reporter’s notes reveal a mysterious list of dead men’s names. Kailyn wants to help, but she’s also got her hands full with the curmudgeonly Merlin, who’s not exactly maintaining a low profile. Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies that work like magic, she’ll have to tap into her many talents to figure out a killer’s fatal formula . . .





The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I love the relationships between Kailyn, her Aunt Tilly and Merlin, the magician. Kailyn and Aunt Tilly take turns being the “adult” and Merlin is always the precocious “child”.  The situations they find themselves in are often very funny and entertaining. Travis is a great guy and he did not run the other way when Kailyn told him about her special powers I think he is a keeper. I enjoy any time that I spend with them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy ready.  The writing style defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I really enjoy the world of magick and mayhem that she creates. Although Kailyn is a witch I forget most of the time that she is a witch. She just seems like a regular person, except of course when she has to perform some magical trick to get out of trouble.  

The mystery was well paced and carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not easily solved.  

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone that enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I have read them all and I have loved them all.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.



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                 About the Author

Sharon Pape describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they ever condensed. Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. After treatment, she and her oncologist started a not-for-profit to provide information and peer support to breast cancer patients. With the organization up and running, she returned to her first love – writing. This time around she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. That Olde White Magick is the second book in her Abracadabra Mysteries.

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