New Releases For The Week Of July 15th, 2018–Part 4


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Soul Survivor (A Leo Waterman Mystery Book 11) by [Ford, G. M.]PI Leo Waterman is back at it—investigating a very domestic crime that turns into a national nightmare in this upbeat page-turner of a mystery.

Why would a teenager with no prior record suddenly assassinate a city councilman? Retired PI Leo Waterman wouldn’t have bothered finding out if an old pal hadn’t asked. And after the man, who is also the boy’s grandfather, offs himself, the request becomes too personal to ignore.

But Leo’s girlfriend, Rebecca, thinks the investigation is too dangerous. Especially after Leo is beaten within an inch of his life. Fortuitously, however, the attack leaves him with a lasting clue about the case that the attackers carved into his chest. Now, this new lead brings Leo into the woods just north of Seattle to infiltrate the dark heart of an impressionable young boy’s sudden, violent turn—a white-power retreat that’s amassing an army for a far-reaching endgame.

What they have planned isn’t only putting Leo’s life at risk. Thousands of lives are going to be at stake. And the deeper Leo gets, the more he fears that he’s totally underpowered to save them.  (Amazon)

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K Street Killing (A Washington Whodunit Book 4) by [Shogan, Colleen J.]It’s the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff–Kit included–leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement.

On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone’s enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren’t so easily convinced foul play isn’t at work. While balancing Doug’s mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon’s candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg’s handsome new beau, the victim’s conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When threatening note is left on Kit’s car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she’s closing in on the true story of what happened.

Book 4 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate.  (Amazon)

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: The Further Adventures of Constable Mavis Upton by [Kirkham, Gina]‘Hilarious! It’s true, everyone needs Mavis in their life.’ Sherrie Hewson, actor, broadcaster and novelist

The laughter continues to flow in Gina Kirkham’s brilliant sequel to the wonderful Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong.

Our hapless heroine Constable Mavis Upton is preparing to step down the aisle with her fiancé Joe, but has to deal with her temperamental teen daughter, as well as investigate a serial flasher on a push bike. Throw a diva drag queen into the mix and readers can expect the usual hilarious Mavis mishaps that made the first book such a hit.

Revel in Gina Kirkham’s humorous, poignant and moving stories of an everyday girl who one day followed a dream.  (Amazon)

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Patient Zero: Clip Undertaking #2 by [Harra, Todd]Tripp Clipper is back, this time as a deadly outbreak of unknown origin spreads through Charleston like wildfire.

A routine autopsy on a couple of unidentified homicide victims takes a turn for the weird when Homeland Security swoops in and seizes the bodies. Even weirder, Clip and the attending pathologist are debriefed at a safe house where a doctor pokes and prods them to determine if they were infected, but Homeland Security won’t tell them with what.

Two homeless guys shooting each other isn’t normally a matter of national security. But every time Clip investigates what the John Does were involved in, Homeland Security intervenes. When the bodies start piling up in his morgue–all seemingly healthy adults–he knows it’s connected. There’s been an outbreak and the government is trying to get a handle on it quickly and quietly. That is until it mushrooms out of control. Things turn for the worse when the funeral home’s secretary is hospitalized, quickly followed by his girlfriend. Government officials place Charleston under quarantine, and DMORT arrives to deal with all the bodies. Clip needs to find out what’s going on before half his city (and his loved ones) end up dead.

It all started with those two John Does. He has to figure out which one is Patient Zero.  (Amazon)

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Murder in the Bookstore (A Capital of Texas Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Lewis, N.C.]Amy King’s turned fifty and looking for a fresh start.

When Alan Earl, a well-known Austin antiquarian book dealer, is found dead at his 12th street bookstore, a tangled web of secrets, lies, deceit, and betrayal is exposed. For Amy King, Alan’s death threatens disaster, because his bookstore was the first ever client event for her fledgling professional staging business.

Quickly, Alan’s death turns into something more than she ever anticipated.

Things get worse when an elder of a local religious cult accuses Amy’s company of unleashing a curse. Now no one’s booking and Amy’s dream of running a staging business lies on the brink of ruin. To save her business and protect her reputation, Amy must find out why Alan Earl died and who did it.

Join Amy, her detective husband Nick, and friends, as they try to reverse the curse, solve a murder and save Amy’s new business venture.

MURDER IN THE BOOKSTORE is the first in a series of page-turning cozy mysteries set in Austin, the capital of Texas. Pick up this TOTALLY ABSORBING COZY MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND TURNS.  (Amazon)

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Murder on the Menu (Curvy Soul Mysteries Book 3) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]The heat is on, in more ways than one! It’s date night for Gia and Tony, and what promises to be a very spicy evening is snuffed out when Tony’s close friend, chef Manny Epstein, is arrested for the murder of rival restaurant owner, Marco Gonzales. Tony is certain police have arrested the wrong man and by all means, he is determined to find the truth. Unfortunately, he and Gia are up against a couple of dirty cops to uncover who the real killer is. Grab a napkin! This one tasty mystery you don’t want to miss!

*Authors’ note: This is a legally modified version of Book Three in the bestselling Josie Rizzo mysteries, with more in the series coming!*  (Amazon)

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Rescued: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter Novel) by [Rosenfelt, David]In Rescued, David Rosenfelt again delights his readers with the charm and wit they’ve come to expect. Even the most fervent fans of the sardonic Andy Carpenter and his team will be enthralled by this latest case, where the stakes have never been higher.

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He’d much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying over seventy dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved.

Of course Andy is eager to help the dogs, many of whom come to the Tara Foundation while awaiting forever homes – it’s the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused just happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance; her tall, good looking, ex-Marine ex-fiance. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and though he would rather not, Andy has to admit he believes he’s telling the truth.

For Andy, even with dozens of successful cases behind him, this case that his wife insists he take may prove to be his most difficult.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 15th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


A Distant View of Everything: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (11) (Isabel Dalhousie Series) by [McCall Smith, Alexander]When a matchmaker begins to question her latest match, Isabel Dalhousie is called upon to help.

A new baby brings an abundance of joy to Isabel and her husband, Jamie—but almost-four-year-old Charlie is none too keen on his newborn brother. In fact, he refuses to acknowledge Magnus, and Isabel must find a way to impress upon her older son the patience and understanding that have served as guiding principles in her own life.

These are the very qualities that bring Bea Shandon, an old acquaintance of Isabel’s, to seek her help in a tricky situation. Something of a matchmaker, Bea has introduced a wealthy female friend to a cosmetic surgeon at her most recent dinner party. Then new information comes to light about the surgeon that causes Bea to doubt his motives and the auspiciousness of the match. Isabel agrees to find out more, but as her enquiries take an unexpected turn, she starts to wonder whom exactly she should be investigating. As ever, Isabel’s intelligence, quick wit, and deep empathy will come to her aid as she grapples with the issues that are her bread and butter: friendship and its duties, the obligation of truthfulness, and the importance of perspective.  (Amazon)

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In Other Words... Murder: Holmes & Moriarity 4 by [Lanyon, Josh]Death reveals all truths…

Mystery author and sometimes amateur sleuth Christopher Holmes is settling into domesticity with his sometimes rival, sometimes nemesis J.X. Moriarity when he learns a body has been discovered in the backyard of his former home.

To complicate matters, Christopher’s ex turns up accusing Christopher of doing away with his former personal assistant–the man David dumped him for.

It’s life as usual at Chez Holmes. In other words… Murder.

Special Pre-Order Price!  (Amazon)

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Coconut Cream Confession (Sunny Shores Mysteries Book 2) by [Rivers, Cassie]No matter how sweet the crime, the culprit will get their just desserts.

In the quaint beach town of Sunny Shores, Florida, business is booming for the Burger She Wrote Food truck. Kara Summer’s decision to quit law school and open her own food truck seemed to be a good one.

When a stray cat is chased inside the food truck by Mrs. Watson’s prized cocker spaniel, things get messy. Unfortunately for Kara, the town’s food inspector, Margaret Pettyjohn, drops by unannounced at the same time. Ms. Pettyjohn decides to temporary shut Kara’s food truck down during the busiest time in the summer.

A few days later when Ms. Pettyjohn is found murdered in front of a coconut tree on T.J.’s farm, questions arise. Once again, Kara finds herself in the middle of another investigation. Only this time, she is a suspect.

Coconut Cream Confession is book two in the Sunny Shores Mystery series that is set in the fictional town of Sunny Shores, Florida. Each book in the series is a light-hearted and cozy stand-alone story. All ages can enjoy the stories because they have no swearing, naughty content, or graphic violence. So what are you waiting for?  (Amazon)

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Breaking News: A Novel of Romantic Suspense by [Vandagriff, G.G.]Wanted for a murder she didn’t commit.
Paula James must disappear.
Who can she trust?
Investigative journalist Paula James has been on leave to nurse her dying mother. She tries to convince her father to leave the small farm house which has become a trap after her mother’s death. A sudden fire consumes her home and her father is killed.
Paula flees to Chicago, reuniting with Emmy-Award-winning journalist, David van Pelt, for whom she has a well-concealed passion. They are determined to discover who and what has turned a peaceful backwoods region into a place where murders happen, and the local sheriff isn’t interested in solving them.
As they are forced off the grid to dig through countless layers of misdirection, the two journalists fight the fierce attraction between them. Together they struggle to elude a drug lord whose influence spans the globe. Following leads to Seattle, Las Vegas, LA’s Chinatown, Chicago, and Arkansas, they find that everyone seems to know more than they do. But no one understands the whole story, and soon David and Paula are in the crosshairs of a murderer.
When they finally confront the killer and discover the truth, it is far different than anything they could have imagined. (Amazon)

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August Moon: Humor and Hijinks (A Mira James Mystery Book 4) by [Lourey, Jess]“Lourey’s mystery is hilarious, fast paced, and madcap.”―Booklist (starred review)

Furious after being stood up by local hottie Johnny Leeson, Mira decides to abandon Battle Lake, Minnesota, where the women are churchgoers, the men like to hunt, and the body count is above average. But when a cheerleader bites the dust, Mira is called back to the town that has done her wrong.

She’s begins investigating the New Millennium Bible Camp, a disturbing place with a Stepford Wives meets Hee Haw vibe. She wants desperately to ditch Battle Lake, but before she does, Mira is hell-bent on confronting her own demons to catch a killer.

Part of a ten-book series, August Moon is perfect for readers who love to escape into the humorous mysteries of Janet Evanovich, Denise Grover Swank, Lisa Lutz, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Stephanie Bond, and Chelsea Field.

The publication order of the laugh-out-loud-funny Mira James mysteries is listed below, but they can be read in any order; each novel stands alone. Get them all today!

May Day
June Bug
Knee High by the Fourth of July
August Moon
September Mourn
October Fest
November Hunt
December Dread
January Thaw
February Fever


“Lourey’s mystery is hilarious, fast paced, and madcap.”―Booklist (starred review)

“Hilarious, wonderfully funny cozy.”―Crimespree Magazine

“Entertaining.”―Library Journal

“Another amusing tale set in the town full of over-the-top zanies who’ve endeared themselves to the engaging Mira.”―Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

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Murder: The Morris Mysteries #2 by [Jolley, Shawn]Someone’s Been Murdered in the Mountains

Who killed Sally Rogers and left her lifeless body hanging from a tree down by the river? Were they trying to cover up their crime by faking a suicide or is there more to this case than meets the eye? The local sheriff thinks it’s murder, but he can’t prove it by himself. He needs help from his old friend, Cecil Morris.

Cecil and Evan Morris Are Back to Solve It

Another mystery has found its way to Evan and his Uncle Cecil. This time, they’re going to spend some time in a rustic cabin in the mountains of Northern California. Sally Rogers has been murdered and the local sheriff wants the case to be closed quickly. Too bad nobody else wants to work with a strange investigator or his nephew. Will they uncover the clues they need in time?

What Will They Find Down by the River?

Journey with Evan and his Uncle Cecil to the old mining town of Illusion, California, to find out who killed Sally Rogers. She may have been found hanging from a tree, but suicide is the last theory on everyone’s mind.  (Amazon)

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Highlands and Hexes (A Witches of Pine Lake Paranormal Cozy Book 4) by [Summers, Natalie]Now an official Witch Apprentice, Amalie is back to work and busier than ever. With the new school year on the horizon, she’s got PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences, on top of all her magical responsibilities. Oh, and Taylin is being possessed by ghosts, boyfriend Reese is a temporary houseguest, and Amalie has been recruited as a chaperone on Taylin’s next field trip. So much for having left politics behind when she left her government job.

When the head of the PTA, Becky, is found dead after Amalie serving her lunch, both Amalie and Taylin are tossed into a murder investigation of the human variety this time. Except it turns out Becky is married to a witch – and that witch wants answers.

Between a Police Chief who doesn’t want her near the investigation, being a suspect, running a fish shop, and trying to keep up with her own lessons, Amalie has her hands full, but she’s determined to find out whodunit. Too bad the murderer has other plans.  (Amazon)

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Beaches in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 9) by [Daley, Kathi]Tj Jensen’s life is thrown into turmoil when a good friend turns up missing after a serious auto accident. Not only is the driver of the vehicle, Gina Roberts, nowhere to be found, but she’s the prime suspect in the murder of her passenger, Striker Bristow.

He didn’t die from injuries relating to the accident. He was shot in the back.

With Roy out of town and Kate running the show, Tj finds herself again excluded from the official investigation. She knows it would be wise not to anger the new deputy, who seems to be looking for a reason to have her arrested, but Tj knows that time is of the essence and the stakes are high.

She enlists the help of her friends to accomplish the impossible and find the woman who seems to have simply disappeared.

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BEACHES IN PARADISE by Kathi Daley | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.  (Amazon)

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Review of Beaches In Paradise

Beaches In Paradise

Tj Jensen Mystery, Book #9

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


Tj Jensen’s life is thrown into turmoil when a good friend turns up missing after a serious auto accident. Not only is the driver of the vehicle, Gina Roberts, nowhere to be found, but she’s the prime suspect in the murder of her passenger, Striker Bristow.

He didn’t die from injuries relating to the accident. He was shot in the back.

With Roy out of town and Kate running the show, Tj finds herself again excluded from the official investigation. She knows it would be wise not to anger the new deputy, who seems to be looking for a reason to have her arrested, but Tj knows that time is of the essence and the stakes are high.

She enlists the help of her friends to accomplish the impossible and find the woman who seems to have simply disappeared.

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BEACHES IN PARADISE by Kathi Daley | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.   (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I always look forward to spending time with this author’s characters, they are people I would like to be friends with.  Tj and Kyle have a special relationship and they are growing closer. But before they can have a special romantic weekend, they have to solve two mysteries, a murder and a kidnapping.   Hopefully they are up to the task and can still have some alone time together.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in both her descriptive writing and creating wonderful small towns.  This combination draws the reader into the book and takes them along on a delightful journey.

As I said before, there are two mysteries to solve in this book, which happens often with this author.   There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through. Throw in some twists and turns and they were not easy to solve, which is how I like my mysteries.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With a great cast of characters, two mysteries to solve, adorable dogs and romance, you are sure to love this book.

New Releases For The Week Of July 15th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Spell on Earth (An Elemental Witches of Eternal Springs Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Dobbs, Leighann]Finding a body facedown in a chocolate fountain isn’t exactly the way earth witch Zola Meadows wanted to start her day. Even worse, her sweet old lady neighbor, Lilly Martinelli, is arrested for the crime. The evidence against Lilly is flimsy at best, and Zola vows to clear her name. Not only to make sure justice is served, but also to get rid of the trouble making cat that Lilly has entrusted to her care while she’s in jail.

Luck is on her side. Lilly’s hotter-than-heck pie-making nephew wants to help. Then again, maybe that’s not such a good idea. Not just because Zola has a romantic past with him, but also because he soon bubbles up to the top of her suspect list.

Zola finds herself wading through a maze of clues and suspects: cheating husbands, purse-grabbing friends, shopping-obsessed daughters, not to mention a little creature running around town tormenting tourists with bad breath and sticky brown goo. With pressure from the coven elders and a sheriff itching to close the case, Zola must put her magical skills to the test in order to discover the true identity of the killer before Lilly’s time runs out.

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Wed or Alive (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 9) by [Durham, Laura]She can handle wedding day jitters or even a runaway bride. But a kidnapped bride is another matter.

Annabelle Archer has had her share of wedding day disasters. Nervous brides and grooms are par for the course. But when the bride goes missing and a ransom call soon follows, Annabelle realizes the runaway bride did not runaway after all.

Determined to rescue the bride and her loyal assistant, Kate, who has also disappeared, she calls in her police detective boyfriend to help her sift through possible motives. After a prime witness is eliminated and the true ransom is revealed, Annabelle discovers there’s something more treacherous involved than she imagined. With her assistant in jeopardy and national security in play, Annabelle must locate the kidnapper before the deadly ransom can be paid.

Wed or Alive is the ninth standalone book in the hilarious Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery series. If you like larger-than-life characters, hare-brained whodunits, and an insider’s look at glamorous high-society weddings, then you’ll love Laura Durham’s award-winning series.

Buy Wed or Alive to RSVP for a glamorous, hilarious whodunit today!  (Amazon)

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A New Place, Another Murder (A Sheridan Hendley Mystery Book 1) by [Nardi, Christa]Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for.
Pretty much settled into her new home in Appomattox with Brett and his daughter, Sheridan longs for something to keep her busy.  That is, until Maddie and her new friend are framed for theft and murder.  Not quite the distraction she had hoped for, but she’ll turn over every rock to prove their innocence.  In the process, she learns about the powerful Buchanan family and the history of the local community.  Will the truth come out before the person calling the shots takes Sheridan and Maddie out of the picture?  (Amazon)

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Rhapsody in Red (A Preston Barclay Mystery Book 1) by [Taylor, Donn]It was a bad day to find a corpse on campus.

Preston Barclay is a self-made recluse (and he likes it that way). Teaching college history allows him time to grieve the loss of his pianist wife and find relief from the musical hallucinations that have been playing in his head since her death.

But when he and a headstrong colleague, Mara Thorn, discover the body of another instructor on campus, Press’s monotonous solitude is shaken up. The preliminary evidence points to Press and Mara. Now they must take some chances, including trusting each other (and bending the rules) to build their own defense. With their unlikely alliance, they must stay ahead of the police, the college’s incompetent administration, and whoever is trying to get away with murder.

If not, they might end up unemployed, behind bars, or worse . . .  (Amazon)

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Mint To Be (Sage Wisdom Mysteries Book 2) by [MacLeod, Juliet]A haven of last resort for Saxon Lake’s neighbors.

Herbalist and small-town sleuth Bryony Taylor finds herself with a new case when a distraught wife comes to her, asking for help finding her missing husband. When Bryony does a little digging, she discovers that Sadie’s husband mysteriously left his brokerage firm to work for a ski resort developer who’s trying to clear out the residents of Bard Creek Canyon.

The plot thickens when Sadie’s home is ransacked, and Bryony suddenly has a new houseguest. Sadie seems to fit right in with Bryony’s quirky friends and her small menagerie of animals. But the more Bryony and her boyfriend, Saxon Lake’s sheriff, dig into the mystery of Sadie’s disappearing husband, the more questions arise about just what he was into and what Sadie might be hiding.

Bryony must move quickly to solve this mystery, before everyone in Bard Creek Canyon ends up homeless.  (Amazon)

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Brewing Death (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 5) by [Workman, P.D.]Erin is finally safe and sound in Bald Eagle Falls, with her sister in town and the chance to finally get to know her. She’s done with secrets and murder. But fate and a killer have other things in mind, and before she knows it, she is faced with an unexplained death, with Erin and her friends in the middle of it.

Tea and trouble are brewing in Bald Eagle Falls, and Erin doesn’t want to find herself in hot water.   (Amazon)

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The Cambridge Plot (Rosy Gilchrist) by [Hill, Suzette A.]Rosy Gilchrist and her hesitant sidekicks, Felix Smythe and Professor Cedric Dillworthy, are visiting Cambridge: Rosy to attend a Newnham reunion, and Felix and Cedric to attend preparations for the unveiling of a statue of the latter’s old tutor. But plans for the statue are far from set in stone, and the meddling Gloria Biggs-Boothby is determined to see it created by another artist. It’s inconvenient, then, when he turns up dead…

As Rosy and her associates become increasingly embroiled in events, they face a number of teasing questions: is the deaf and frail Emeritus Prof., Aldous Phipps, quite as benign as he seems? Is the Bursar a secret misogynist with a rooted aversion to large women (e.g. to Gloria)? And who is the unwitting husband that Dr John Smithers is so busy cuckolding?  (Amazon)

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A seaside town helps one young woman reclaim the light after darkness in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

“Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read—one of Macomber’s best.”—Kirkus Reviews

Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager.

Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart—and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer.

Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven—and the man—she’s come to call home.

In this heartwarming tale, Annie finds that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.  (Amazon)

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The Scent of Waikiki (Trouble in Paradise Book 9) by [Ambrose, Terry]Honolulu landlord Wilson McKenna can smell a scam from across the room. So when one of his tenants loses everything in a work-at-home scam involving a new perfume, he’s shocked. With his wedding just weeks away, McKenna has to make a tough decision. Does he evict a woman who’s down on her luck? Or take time out from wedding planning to help his tenant?

Turning the case over to his PI-in-training friend Chance Logan seems like the perfect solution—until Chance tells McKenna he needs a wingman for a visit to fragrance entrepreneur Skye Pilkington-Winchester. McKenna’s sure he can keep everyone happy by helping Chance this one time. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and soon McKenna’s up to his board shorts in hot water. His tenant’s simple fragrance scam might involve industrial espionage, Skye’s assistant is murdered, and McKenna’s bride-to-be accuses him of having cold feet.

As McKenna and Chance dig deeper, it seems so much of what they’re being told doesn’t pass the sniff test. And the only way to get his life back is to find the dead girl’s missing boyfriend, unmask a killer, and finish up in time for the wedding. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 15th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Calamity at the Continental Club (A Washington Whodunit Book 3) by [Shogan, Colleen J. ]The Mayflower Society is about to hold its annual meeting at Washington D.C.’s swanky gathering place for the elite, the Continental Club. That means Kit Marshall’s upper-crust future in-laws, Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, are coming for a visit. Annoyed that Kit has not set a date to marry Doug, Buffy wants her to commit to a high society wedding at the club. Kit, though chief of staff for a congresswoman, feels uncomfortable with Buffy and Winston’s crowd. Kit receives an unexpected reprieve in the form of murder. En route to her morning jog, she encounters the corpse of the leader of the Mayflower Society, conservative multimedia tycoon Grayson Bancroft. On the security cameras, no one was seen entering or leaving the club, which means the culprit had to be an overnight guest. Little love was lost on Bancroft, but the police have their prime suspect: Doug’s father. Buffy and Winston, formerly disdainful of Kit’s sleuthing, urge her to investigate. With her future in-laws’ freedom and reputations at stake, Kit sets out once again to solve a murder mystery, this time aided by her fiancé Doug in addition to her friends Meg and Trevor and her dog Clarence. Her search for clues will take her from the club to the Smithsonian Museum, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon.Book 3 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate and continued with Homicide in the House.  (Amazon)

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Map Skills Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 7) by [Langtry, Leslie]From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes the next laugh-out-loud Merry Wrath Mystery…

Summer is moving fast for ex-CIA Agent turned Girl Scout troop leader, Merry Wrath. Wedding plans are underway, with the groom’s twin sisters on a mission to decorate the festivities with taxidermized animals and a full troop of flower girls with terrible taste in dresses.

If that wasn’t enough to deal with, the Girl Scouts dig up a treasure map in Merry’s yard. A century ago, the mysterious axe murder of Mad Mimi and the secret of her missing treasure were never solved. Merry thinks this map could be the key… but unfortunately, the investigation of this cold case—complete with a secret diary, gold bullion, and a llama named Tinkles—yields a modern day murder!

Are these crimes connected? And more importantly—who has an axe to grind with Merry Wrath?

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S’MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

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Gideon's Rescue (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 4) by [Russell, Alan]The #1 bestselling series featuring detective Michael Gideon and his canine partner, Sirius.

Something wicked his way comes…

LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd K-9 partner, Sirius, walked through fire to catch an infamous serial killer, and Gideon is still paying the price with his PTSD fire dreams. To assist the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, Gideon has agreed to monthly prison visits with Ellis Haines, aka the Weatherman. This time, a homicide case the FBI wants Haines to analyze sparks a chilling discovery: A new serial killer has struck, and he’s lacing his crime scenes with hidden messages intended for Haines.

Haines isn’t the only killer whose twisted game Gideon must try to break up. A missing man’s love poems are delivered to his fiancée with the message: So sorry for your loss. And when a sweet pit bull named Emily is rescued after being left for dead, Gideon and Sirius pull out all the stops to try and bring down the dogfighting ring that abused her.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook








Death on the Strip (Death Card Series Book 1) by [Peck, J.S., Peck, Joan]Thirty-two-year old, Rosalie Bennett, lives in Las Vegas and writes a column for Women Living Well magazine on What’s Hip in Vegas. To make extra money she uses her psychic ability and tarot cards to predict the future for her clients. But when the death card shows up and murders follow, she must use her talents in a whole new way and becomes embroiled in cases to either save people or solve murders.

After the death of her fiancé, she vows to find his killer and make him pay the price. She goes undercover at the Purple Passion Lounge. Things aren’t as simple as they appear causing Rosie to take things into her own hands to save the day. Her silky dog, Sweet Pea, is her sidekick, and her grandmother’s spirit still pops into her life with advice or simple expressions of love — sometimes at the most ill-timed moments.  (Amazon)

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In Witch It All Began (Emberdale Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Harper, Kali]When Emberdale’s widow winds up dead at the bottom of Astrid’s stairwell, she’s thrown into a world she knows nothing about. From talking cats to thieving shifters, enchantments, and being haunted by Maggie herself, there’s a lot more to their small town than meets the eye starting with the fact Astrid might be a witch.

Along with her good friend Katherine, and Sammy, her recently inherited feline familiar, the three set out to uncover Maggie’s killer before it’s too late. As it turns out, all of Emberdale had a reason to murder the charming woman, including Astrid.

Discovering there’s magic in her blood is bad enough without Detective Lance barging in on her investigations, but it’ll take a lot more than his good looks to stop this witch.

In this paranormal town, can Astrid bring peace to Maggie’s ghost, or is this mystery too much for her to handle?

In Witch It All Began is the first book in a new cozy mystery series complete with a witch who can’t bake, a cat that can talk, and a ghost who’s afraid to walk through walls.  (Amazon)

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Murder on the Ghost Walk (The Monkey's Eyebrow Tea Room Series Book 2) by [Barker, Constance]Who Knew a Ghost Walk Could be Murder?

As resident Mark Twain thrills the ghost walk crowd with stories of the paranormal and long ago murders, he didn’t quite expect a dead body to turn up in the middle of a tour. And Daisy, the chimp hostess of the Monkey’s Eyebrow Tea Room, has learned sign language as well as lip reading. Nothing can go wrong there! And who is the body builder named Pinball and why is he ready to crack skulls?

***Find out as Raine and a colorful cast of characters as they solve The Ghost Walk Murder***

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Crisis in the Cotswolds (The Cotswold Mysteries) by [Tope, Rebecca]Thea and Drew have been married for a year and are settled in the village of Broad Campden, but Thea is chafing at the domestic routines she is expected to devote herself to, missing the novelty and adventure that house-sitting used to bring. When a routine burial exposes the secrets of the deceased, Drew finds himself caught in the middle of a family feud, in which he feels he is on the wrong side, and Thea’s inquisitiveness and penchant for solving crimes draws her in too. With another crisis at Drew’s other business leaving him with a profound dilemma and Thea struggling against the charismatic charms of a new man, can their marriage survive this latest Cotswold drama?  (Amazon)

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Cat City (Whiskers in the Dark Book 2) by [Smith, Nick]

In a city run by cats, reporter Julius Kyle picks up the pieces after the events of ‘Milk Treading” – and leaves his comfort zone when his girlfriend is kidnapped. With the Mayor also missing and war looming, Julius ventures beyond the city he knows so well, journeying to a wilderness of feral cats and ravenous rats.  (Amazon)

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QUILTED TO DIE: A Grace Gabbiano Mystery (Book 4) by [Simas, Ann]QUILTED TO DIE (A Grace Gabbiano Mystery, Book 4) (135,064 words)

The annual Coburg Quilt Show might have gone off without a hitch if not for the body wrapped up in the benefit quilt…

Grace Gabbiano left Seattle PD under a dark cloud, but as a sergeant with Coburg PD, she’s put all that behind her. She certainly doesn’t expect her former lover to come asking for help a year later. Chief Aidan Cruz has a short fuse for bad cops, and he’s certain Mackey falls into that category. When Mackey vanishes without explaining himself, Grace realizes the Seattle “thing” has more to it than anyone imagined.  (Amazon)

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Aunt Bessie Remembers (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Book 18) by [Xarissa, Diana]Aunt Bessie remembers nothing about the party that Elizabeth Quayle insists she invited Bessie to attend.

Elizabeth Cubbon, known as Bessie to nearly everyone, is confident that she would have remembered being invited to take part in a murder mystery evening. After everything she’s been through over the past eighteen months, it doesn’t sound the least bit enjoyable to her.

Aunt Bessie remembers thinking the whole thing was a bad idea.

And when someone at the party ends up dead, it looks as if she was right.

Aunt Bessie remembers as much as she can as she tries to help Inspector John Rockwell work out exactly what happened at Thie yn Traie. But can she remember enough to put a murderer behind bars before he or she kills again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Disorderly Conduct


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Feliz and her new release Disorderly Conduct.  This is the fourth book in her A Lighthouse Library Mystery series.  I have read all of the books in the series and they are all very good



Disorderly Conduct (A Maggie McDonald Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 10, 2018)
Print Length: 233 pages


Purchase Links: 

Amazon     B&N  Kobo   Google Books



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Professional organizer Maggie McDonald manages to balance a fastidious career with friends, family, and a spunky Golden Retriever. But add a fiery murder mystery to the mix, and Maggie wonders if she’s finally found a mess even she can’t tidy up . . .

With a devastating wildfire spreading to Silicon Valley, Maggie preps her family for a rapid evacuation. The heat rises when firefighters discover the body of her best friend Tess Olmos’s athletic husband—whose untimely death was anything but accidental. And as Tess agonizes over the whereabouts of her spouse’s drop-dead gorgeous running mate, she becomes the prime suspect in what’s shaping up to become a double murder case. Determined to set the record straight, Maggie sorts through clues in an investigation more dangerous than the flames approaching her home. But when her own loved ones are threatened, can she catch the meticulous killer before everything falls apart?







The emotions that I felt while reading this book were very strong.  I felt so much sorrow for Tess and her son, Teddy, for losing their spouse and father.  The emotions went much deeper than those I usually experience when reading a cozy. The grief was just pouring off of the pages in this book.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Maggie and her family and friends have so much love to share.  Maggie will do whatever she can to help Tess during her time of sorrow, even figuring out who killed her husband.  Maggie and her husband, Max, make such a great pair and really compliment each other. And I enjoyed spend time with Maggie’s kids, Brian and David.  They were involved throughout the entire book and I enjoyed that a lot. I like that Maggie is a wife and mom, it is refreshing in the cozy genre.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  Through the writing style I felt like I had a real feel for the characters and the reasons behind their actions.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and went into enough detail without getting wordy. I really enjoyed all of the tips that were included at the beginning of each chapter.  Most of the tips had to do with emergency preparedness, which can be helpful to anyone.

The mystery was well plotted and was not easily solved.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  Throw in some twists and turns and a couple of red herrings and even the most experienced armchair detective will have a difficult time figuring it out.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  But you might want to have some tissues ready because there were some very sad moments.

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 author

Mary Feliz writes the Maggie McDonald Mysteries featuring a Silicon Valley professional organizer and her sidekick golden retriever. She’s worked for Fortune 500 firms and mom and pop enterprises competed in whaleboat races and done synchronized swimming. She attends organizing conferences in her character’s stead, but Maggie’s skills leave her in the dust.

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

For me, writing a book that was good enough to be traditionally published by a New York publisher seemed like the ultimate test of my writing ability. I’d had a long career writing for corporations and non-profits, but fiction writing was a whole new ballgame. I first started taking fiction classes about 20 years ago.


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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

My Maggie McDonald Mysteries feature a strong, intelligent, mature married woman who knows she can’t do it all. She teams up with a variety of equally powerful and intelligent friends and neighbors to restore that sense of community that we all need. I’d like to think that my characters and Louise Penny’s characters would be great friends if California were just a tad closer to Three Pines. They all value intelligence, hope, justice, community, and love, in their very own quirky ways.


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

I do outline, but that’s just the skeletal background of the story that helps it adhere to the narrative structure. Without that, I fear readers might lose confidence in my ability to entertain them. Within that narrative structure, the characters often take me to surprising and unexpected places.


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

Oh dear. True confessions. I try not to read reviews or put too much stock in them. After all, the reason we have thousands of books available to us is that everyone’s taste is different. If my book isn’t quite someone’s cup of tea, there are gazillions of alternatives out there. But, I do read them. My publisher often gives out my books at conferences such as Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, and Left Coast Crime, and I’ll often contribute to the book bags that are given out at conference. Those donations help me find mystery fans who are most likely to be fans of my books. Many of them have provided generous reviews.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Never give up, but remember that there’s no rush.


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

I absolutely think that the cover is essential, and that there are nuances to cover design that only those who design covers full time understand. Two different covers might both look wonderful to me, but one will flop and one will soar, and I won’t have a clue why. Designers know their stuff, and I’m so glad they do. Kensington Lyrical is in charge of my covers. I believe they have in-house designers, but they may also use freelancers.


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

My main character is Maggie McDonald, who in the first book is a recent transplant to Silicon Valley trying to figure out how things work and whether she and her husband made a wise decision when they agreed upstakes and move. She’s determined to make sure the community is the right place to raise her children, and that they all have strong ties to their new hometown. That town is Orchard View, on the outskirts of the megalopolis known as Silicon Valley. One of the aspects of life here that I love to showcase is the diversity of the population. When my oldest son started school more than twenty years ago, there were twelve different native languages in his kindergarten class. The diversity of the region has only increased since then. It can be tricky to tackle characters whose cultures are not my own, but it’s relatively easy to find willing fact-checkers among my friends and neighbors.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I enjoy marketing and talking to readers far more than I thought I would. In fact, I have to be careful not to overdue the marketing and social media aspects of my job so that my writing schedule doesn’t suffer.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write for at least an hour every day, often more. And spend a good many additional hours doing research, checking galleys, editing, and marketing. I’d like my writing career to be a part-time job, but I haven’t yet found a way to accomplish that.


What do your plans for future projects include? 

I’m currently contracted for six Maggie McDonald books and am working with the sixth one. I’m toying with the idea for a new series set on California’s Central Coast, where the rhythm of life is less hectic than Silicon Valley, and more focused on the natural world.


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

The hardest part for me is staying abreast of the relentless deadlines. I have so many interests, along with the day-to-day details of life and with commitments to family, community, exercise, and healthy eating that compete for my time. The easiest is probably coming up with ideas, particularly when I’m stumped by a thorny problem with my work in progress. At those points, my muse always delivers new ideas as if they were invitations to Hogwarts flown in by a squadron of owls.


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

 I have eclectic tastes in literature, including genre fiction like mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, romantic suspense, and fantasy.  Louise Penny, Ann Cleeves, PD James, Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Connelly, Isaac Asimov, and, of course, JK Rowling.

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What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I’m not a natural writer. I started college as a biology major, and my first English paper was returned with this well-earned comment: “Did you sprinkle the commas in with a pepper grinder?” Anyone who wants to become a writer can become a writer, no matter what anyone else says.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you. I appreciate you all so much.



How can readers discover more about you and your work?





    Twitter:  @maryfelizauthor


     Amazon Author Page:


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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Tied Up With Strings

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Madeline McEwen and her new release Tied Up With Strings.  This is the first book in her A Serebral Seniors Mystery series.


Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Imajin Qwickies, An imprint of Imajin Books (December 11, 2017)
Print Length: 85 pages


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An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Big mysteries often come in small packages…

When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?

As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?


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Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.




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

I used to read to my little brother and make up stories that suited his tastes better.  He loved adventures and we shared a common sense of humor. I suspect my Celtic genes [Irish/Scottish heritage] made storytelling inevitable.

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With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

Mine feature people with disabilities, often invisible disabilities, but portray them in a positive light. They are fully rounded characters with and unique personalities.


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

I start with a kernel and watch it grow.


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

I do read reviews. I haven’t responded to any. Should I? How?  All writers want wonderful reviews, but a “good” review should tell a writer how to improve, what a reader likes, and what needs work. They’re “the best.”

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

That would be an epic, far too long for a blog post as I have made many mistakes. However, I think that much of my misery was self-inflicted. I prefer the optimism and positivity of my adopted home. So my advice would be, go to California earlier.


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

Good design is essential.  Ryan Doan designed the Imajin Qwickies series so they are similar in theme, but unique to each writer’s work.


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

Betty Grape, my amateur sleuth, blusters her way through life disguising her fragile ego and tender heart. As an older woman, she has a soft spot for underdogs and a fierce moral code.

Pete Palmer, also widowed, is a fantastic foil for Betty’s enthusiastic energy. He tempers her outbursts with his cautious and careful approach.

Hugo, Pete’s autistic young friend and ward, has a unique perspective—obvious to those who know autistic people, and hopefully surprising to those who don’t.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

Writing is a marathon not a sprint. A book is never finished and neither is it ever perfect. More specifically, although I enjoy funnies, humor is subjective.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?



What do your plans for future projects include?

I have a British series and an American series of full-length novels, but not enough large lumps of time to devote to their birth.


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

The hardest part is squeezing in writing time into busy family life. The easiest is the flood of ideas.

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

I love murder mysteries, classics, period/historical dramas, and a wide range of humor. My favorite authors are George Elliot, Colin Cotterill, Sue Townsend, Alexander McCall Smith, Kimberley McCreight, Hillaire Belloc, and Elizabeth George. I’ll stop there.


What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

Difficult question as I’m quite a private person. I’m not afraid of spiders, mice, rats or snakes, the sight of blood or the smell of something rotting, but I ‘m squeamish about anything involving teeth or eyes.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Yes. Read what you like and occasionally try something new. If you don’t like it after fifty pages, give it away to someone else or donate it to the library. Life is too short to read to the end of everything.


How can readers discover more about you and your work?






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Review of Bought The Farm


In the third Farmer’s Daughter Mystery from the national bestselling author of Sowed to Death, finding a dead body in her own backyard lands blogger and farmer Shelby McDonald in one trough spot…

Wedding preparations are in full swing at Love Blossom Farm as food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald transforms the property for her friend Kelly’s down-home country-style reception. But when the lead singer of the wedding band turns up dead–drowned in a trough full of rainwater and strung up like a scarecrow–the police round themselves up a barnful of suspects.

It seems that Travis sowed the seeds of discord wherever he went, and when it becomes clear that everyone from the groom to Shelby’s own staff has motive, tracking down Travis’ killer is going to be more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack. As Shelby finds herself drawn deeper into the investigation, she’ll have to move quickly before the killer decides to put her out to pasture…




The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I like the fact that Shelby is a mother of two children, and unfortunately she is raising them by herself since her husband died.  Having the protagonist be a mom makes this book more unique than many of the cozies I read. I feel she is more relatable, having the same troubles and responsibilities of a lot of the readers.  She works hard to run the farm by herself and sometimes I feel sorry for her. But she does not feel sorry for herself, she just keeps doing the things that she needs to do. So when a dead body turns up on her farm, she feels compelled to find out who the culprit is, even if her plate is already full.  I really like Bert, who helps Shelby on the farm as much as she can. And it looks like maybe Shelby has made up her mind about her three potential beaus, and she knows who she wants to choose.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the farm activities and Shelby performing her farm chores.  I think maybe too much description was spent on her cooking and working in her garden, I felt like it made the book drag a little in spots. That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.  I really enjoyed the blog posts at the beginning of each chapter, I thought that added another level to the book. They were interesting and gave the reader tidbits of information that I found helpful.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy read.  I liked that the author included the social of issue of bullying in this book.  That is a very serious social problem and I thought that she handled it well with some insight and ideas for fighting bullying.   

The mystery was was well plotted and it was not easy to solve.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I found myself getting nervous towards the end of the book, before I knew who the culprit was.  That makes for a great mystery.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   I have read all three of the books in this series and I have enjoyed them all.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For The Week Of July 8th, 2018–Part 4


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 8th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.




Wine expert Benjamin Cooker and his assistant are called to Champagne to help newly widowed Alice de Mareuyls take over her husband’s winery. The Winemaker Detective and his assistant Virgile get caught in a web of family ambition and battles, while inclement weather threatens the bubbly. Could Cooker’s reputation be tainted?  (Amazon)

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Killer Instincts and Savory Pie: A Red Pine Falls Cozy Mystery (Red Pine Falls Cozy Mysteries Book 7) by [Blackmoore, Angela C]



All the town council members have started dying and everyone turns to Abby to solve the case. However, will seeking the murderer bring the wrath of the killer down on her head? Of course it will. Now, Abby must race against time to not only save the remaining members of the council, but her own life as well. All in a day’s snooping.

Join Abby Morgan in the seventh book of the Red Pine Falls Cozy Mysteries where murder is around every corner, and the senator is always watching.   (Amazon)

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Murder Makes the Ballot (Grace's Augusta Mysteries Book 3) by [Brackett, Charmain Zimmerman]


When Bill Andrews’ bid for mayor is permanently halted, Grace Ward finds herself caught in another murder investigation.  (Amazon)

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Burglars & Blintzes (Moorehaven Mysteries Book 2) by [Talbot, Morgan C.]Moorehaven is swarming with guests during summer’s last hurrah, and Pippa has her hands full at the mystery-author B&B. When her gossip-group connections inform her that a local construction project has unearthed a skeleton with a pocketful of Spanish gold, the news spreads, and treasure hunters flood the beaches. But the skeleton has a more recent connection to the area than anyone suspected, unearthing a shameful secret that hits far too close to home.

A marine salvage team rolls into town, seeking the rest of the treasure. When they hire Pippa’s boyfriend, Lake, to be their pilot, the team’s pretty spelunker quickly stakes a claim, rousing Pippa’s jealousy. But Pippa’s been playing tug-of-war over Lake ever since his ex-wife, Mallory Tavish, became the new acting chief of police.

When a killer’s strike brings tragedy to Moorehaven’s door, Pippa must rally her friends, family, and mystery-writing guests to catch the murderer before she loses someone she can’t live without and all the warmth of summer dies with one last gasp.  (Amazon)

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Bloodmoon: A mystery of Ancient Ireland (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) by [Tremayne, Peter]A secret mission. A murdered abbot. A false accusation: the compelling new Sister Fidelma mystery. 

Ireland, AD 671. Sister Fidelma has a mission, and she is sworn by oath to reveal her purpose to no other. The secret investigation leads her and her companions to the abbey of Finnbarr to question the abbot. But before they have a chance to speak to him, the abbot is found murdered – and the young girl suspected of the crime has fled the scene.

As vicious rumours spread, accusing Fidelma’s family, the Eóghanacht Kings of Cashel, of conspiring to assassinate the High King and abduct his wife, Sister Fidelma’s life is placed in mortal danger.

Unable to tell the truth of her quest to anyone, including her husband Eadulf, Fidelma’s time is running out – and now she has no choice but to face the challenge, and her enemies, alone  (Amazon)


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Proverbial Crime Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by [McCaslin, Dane]From USA Today bestselling author Dane McCaslin comes a boxed set of three classy and sassy Proverbial Crime Mysteries featuring mystery writer turned amateur sleuth Caro Layton-Browning. This boxed set includes the first three full-length novels in the series, including:

A Bird in the Hand
Caro Layton-Browning, an accomplished writer of mysteries, never imagined she would unwittingly stumble into a series of real-life murders good enough to be in her own books. But when the Cat Lady next door, who Caro is convinced is out to make life miserable for her, is found dead among her feline collection, Caro finds herself in dangerous trouble.

When the Cat’s Away
When Caro literally stumbles over the body of a very dead body, she becomes determined to find out who did it—before hubby, Gregory, returns from a business trip to England. Teaming up with Meredith, Caro starts an investigation that uncovers a stolen goods ring which stretches from New York City to Seneca Meadows.

You Can Lead a Horse to Water
Mystery writer Caro Layton-Browning is thrilled when her small town of Seneca Meadows decides to throw a fall festival. But when a “murder mystery hunt” at the festival results in a real deal body at the end of the night, Caro suddenly finds herself up caught up in corpses, criminals, and counterfeit handbags as she tracks down a killer!

“With a gang of eclectic and unforgettable characters, A Bird in the Hand is a fast-paced mystery that will have you turning the pages faster and faster, trying to solve the mystery alongside Caro and Greg. I soaked up this mystery like a caffeine addict who hasn’t had a cup of coffee for a week!”
~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“Dane McCaslin brings the wonderful town of Seneca Meadows to life full of fabulously entertaining inhabitants. Caro Layton-Browning is unique and so very British, which in itself is amusing. If you enjoy classic Cozies with a twist this one is a must read.”
~ Night Owl Reviews  (Amazon)

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Death of a Clone by [Thomson, Alex]DESIGNED.
The Overseers may call it Hell, but for Leila and the other clones, the mining base on asteroid Mizushima-00109 is the only home they’ve ever known. But then Leila’s sister Lily is murdered, and the Overseers seem less interested in solving the crime than in making their mining quota and returning to Earth.
Leila decides to find the murderer, just like the heroes of her old detective novels would. But Hell is a place of terrible secrets, and courage and determination—and a love of mysteries—may not be enough to keep Leila from ending up
like her sister.  (Amazon)

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Murder at Cambridge by [Patrick, Q.]A student takes a crash course in murder in this mystery from the Edgar Award–winning author who wrote the Peter Duluth series as Patrick Quentin. 

Patrick Quentin, best known for the Peter Duluth puzzle mysteries, also penned outstanding detective novels from the 1930s through the 1960s under other pseudonyms, including Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge. Anthony Boucher wrote: “Quentin is particularly noted for the enviable polish and grace which make him one of the leading American fabricants of the murderous comedy of manners; but this surface smoothness conceals intricate and meticulous plot construction as faultless as that of Agatha Christie.”

As a young Yankee at an elite English learning institution, Hilary Fenton has managed to navigate the solemn traditions and bizarre rituals of the school without going completely batty. Yet his stoic exterior crumbles when he sees the girl of his dreams and is immediately besotted.

Of course, that’s when the trouble starts.

After a fellow student begs him to mail an important letter for him, Hilary discovers the lad dead that night by apparent suicide. But something in his gut tells Hilary that it was murder. Worse, he thinks his dream girl might somehow be involved.

Unable to let the incident go—and eager to learn more about the mysterious girl—Hilary decides to meddle in the investigation. Then, yet another killing occurs, followed by an attempted poisoning of Hilary’s would-be girlfriend. Someone is trying to cover up one killing with another.

Now it’s up to Hilary to put the pieces of the puzzle together before his own education gets cut brutally short.  (Amazon)

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Eternal Forever: A genre-busting murder mystery and thrilling start-up adventure by [Collett, Samantha]A dead body, a popstar on the run and an ambitious start-up that’s about to explode.

Welcome to the world of new start-up, Eternal Forever, the UK’s first digital legacy management agency, where you too can live online forever…as long as they don’t go bust first!

Mack Majors’ goal is to preserve and protect until he finds himself with a dead body on his hands. Forced to do whatever it takes to keep the company going, he soon realises the truth isn’t always the best solution.

Jessie Adams, overnight pop sensation, is on the run. Her manager’s been murdered and she has a secret she’s desperate to keep.

There’s more at stake than online identity, but escaping it won’t be easy. Big networks don’t forget, but there are some things some people would rather you didn’t remember.

Reputation is everything and some people will do anything to protect it.  (Amazon)

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Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by [Victoria Gilbert]Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.

October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.

The body belonged to a renowned artist who was murdered with her own pallet knife. A search of the artist’s studio uncovers a cache of forged paintings, and when the sheriff’s chief deputy Brad Tucker realizes Amy is skilled in art history research, she’s recruited to aid the investigation. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but when the state’s art expert uncovers a possible connection between Amy’s deceased uncle and the murder case, Amy must champion her Aunt Lydia to clear her late husband’s name.

That’s when another killing shakes the quiet town, and danger sweeps in like an autumn wind. Now, with her swoon-inducing neighbor Richard Muir, Amy must scour their resources to once again close the books on murder in Shelved Under Murder, the charming second installment in Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries, perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Miranda James.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 8th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 8th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



St. Piran's Regatta (A Cornish Coastpath Mystery Book 6) by [Paffett, Jenifer J.]Every year, Polperro in Cornwall gets invaded by visitors who come to watch the famous St. Piran’s Regatta. For those of you who have never heard of this world-famous event, think along the lines of hundreds of participants dressed as boats, mermaids, and other nautical themed entities. These eccentrics run through the village, and jump off the quayside to swim across the frigid November waters in the bay.
As each participant is running for charity, no prize is offered for winning the event, however, small trophies are awarded for best and worst costume, etc. – you get the idea.
Anyway, during the excitement of this year’s race, a man’s body is pulled from the water and the emergency rescue services do their best to resuscitate him – unfortunately, to no avail.

Later, Pippa Welbury learns that the man had been running for a suicide support charity, and that he had lost his wife a few years early after she had suffered from depression. She also finds out that he had been accompanied by an old school friend who since the accident, seems to be obvious in his absence.

Sniffing around, she finds that the drowned man suffered from epilepsy, but that his Epilepsy Awareness Band had gone missing from his wrist during the race. In true Welbury style, and intrigued by the story, Pippa’s interest is piqued, and soon she is leaving no stone unturned in her quest to establish if the drowning was an accident or otherwise.

I’d be disappointed if she didn’t find a mystery in there somewhere!  (Amazon)

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Borrowed, Blue, Dead: A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 7) by [Williams, Victoria LK]



The big day is almost here! But when Megan discovers another bride in her wedding veil-dead, she becomes involved against her will. Aiden’s son Brandon is the prime suspect and until they clear his name, the weddings on hold.
Will they find the killer before the sun sets on their wedding plans?  (Amazon)

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Diamonds & Disguises (The Presley Thurman mysteries Book 13) by [Turner, Laina]Presley’s boutique Silk is finally exceeding expectations as is her relationship with Cooper. He just took on a partner to handle the traveling aspect of Sands Security leaving Cooper to run business operations from the home office in Chicago.

Finally, Presley and Cooper will be in the same city which means the one barrier they’ve had preventing them from taking their relationship to the next level no longer exists.

Is a marriage proposal on the horizon?

Just when she thinks things are running in the right direction, a customer is murdered at Silk, and someone breaks into Cooper’s office.

Can Presley find out who killed Susan and more importantly can Cooper find the traitor in his midst?  (Amazon)

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A Country Catastrophe: A Jane Carter Historical Cozy (Book Five) (Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mysteries 5) by [Simpson, Alice]Jane investigates a clock tower that mysteriously strikes thirteen, a fatal car crash, and a gang of masked riders who appear bent on destroying the local farmers’ melon crop. 

About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery Series:

This quirky historical cozy mystery series is set in the fictional American city of Greenville during the 1920s and features Jane Carter, a young widow who returns home to live with her father after the tragic death of her journalist husband.

Jane’s father owns a local newspaper and wants Jane to take it over someday, but Jane is adamant that she has no desire to be a reporter. Instead, she turns her talent for writing to concocting melodramatic romances for fly-by-night rags who almost never pay on time.

Jane claims that she’s holding out for a millionaire before she marries again, but the only man who makes her heart beat faster is Jack, a reporter on her father’s staff. Not only has Jane vowed she will never be a newspaperman herself, she’s doubly insistent on never again marrying one.

While trying to turn out enough column inches of overwrought romantic bilge to keep her old car on the road, and herself in shoes, Jane runs into the most extraordinary circumstances. In Jane’s madcap world, it’s a constant round of kidnappings, curses, stolen jewels, counterfeit paintings, and hidden stashes of gold. There’s plenty of crime to go around, but nary a murder.

Accompanying Jane on her adventures is her best friend, Florence. Jane and Flo may get into one perilous situation after another, but they are never damsels in distress, because, as Jane puts it, “A real lady always carries her own pocket knife.”

All this getting into harm’s way alarms her father’s housekeeper, Mrs. Timms. Mrs. Timms believes it’s her mission in life to turn motherless Jane into a proper lady, but seeing as Jane has just turned twenty-four, Mrs. Timms considerable efforts appear to have been in vain. However, the housekeeper won’t give up trying, just as Jane won’t give up on seeing Mrs. Timms and her father center-aisling it to the altar and saying, “I do.”

This series is adapted from Mildrid Wirt’s Penny Parker mysteries, which have fallen out of copyright. The author has made extensive alterations and additions to both the characters and plots of the original novels, but readers familiar with Ms. Wirt’s stories will notice many similarities. 

These are murderless mysteries. Despite a constant crime wave, there seem to be no murders in the city of Greenville. There may be plenty of peril in the form of kidnappings, heists, and the occasional assault, but nobody ever dies, and justice is always served.

If you like light-hearted historical mysteries with quirky characters and a bit of zany humor, this may be the series for you!

This series may be of interest to fans of: Lee Strauss (Ginger Gold Mysteries), Jaqueline Winspear (Masie Dobbs Mysteries), Patricia Wentworth (Miss Silver Mysteries), Jessica Ellicot (Berl and Edwina Mysteries Series), Clara Benson, L. B. Hathaway (Posie Parker Mysteries), Leighann Dobbs (Hazel Martin Mysteries), T. E. Kinsey (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries), Margarete Addison (Rose Simpson Mysteries), Emily Organ (Penny Green Mysteries), and the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series. Readers who enjoy the works of Alexander McCall Smith, Tarquin Hall, Ashley Weaver, Frances Brody, Maia Chance, Radha Vatsal, Shea MacLeod, Alyssa Maxwell, Sabrina Flynn, Vivian Conroy, and Anita Davison may also enjoy this series of gentle mystery stories set in the roaring twenties.  (Amazon)

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Southern Curses (Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 5) by [Boyles, Amy]



Pepper’s adventures continue in Southern Curses, Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries, Book Five.  (Amazon)

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Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen Book 2) by [McBride, Susan]In the follow-up to the #1 Kindle bestseller Walk into Silence, a young girl takes her own life. But what—or who—drove her to it?

When a teenager’s body is found at the base of the old water tower, Detective Jo Larsen is one of the first on the scene. Tragically, it appears to be a clear case of suicide.

But the more Jo learns about Kelly Amster, the more she finds herself needing to understand why the high school sophomore would take that fatal plunge. As they interview family and friends, Jo and her partner, Hank Phelps, begin to fit together the pieces of a dark puzzle. Something happened to Kelly in their small town of Plainfield, Texas—and it sent the young girl straight over the edge.

Haunted by the memories of her own childhood, Jo digs deep into the shadowy corners of a seemingly tight-knit community—to uncover a devastating secret…  (Amazon)

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Live and Let Chai (Seaside Café Mysteries) by [Baker, Bree]The first book in a delightful new beachside cozy mystery series!

Trouble is brewing in Everly’s new café. Can she bag the culprit?

Life hasn’t been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and café right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up—until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn’t look good for Everly or her brand new business.

As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she’s got to keep this mystery from boiling over.  (Amazon)


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A Shade of Murder (The Witch Sisters of Stillwater Cozy Series) by [Barker, Constance]Murder by Cannonball?

The annual re-enactment of the famous Civil War battle in Stillwater has the ghost Colonel Augustus Monroe in a tither. He and Moody, the cat, commiserate on the battlefield as preparations begin. And tempers are flaring within the re-enactment camp as to who will play which role. The only solution…murder.

Mazie and Fern’s mother also pays a visit and brings along her grumpy boyfriend George. Moody wants to poo in his shirt pocket, and that’s the nicest anyone feels towards him.

***Learn what happens when the witch sisters and Moody must match wits with a murderer***  (Amazon)

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When the Flood Falls: The Falls Mysteries by [Barnard, J.E.]



In an oil-rich wilderness, where a grim do-or-die ethos hides just beneath the civilized surface, a jaded ex-cop struggles to protect her oldest friend from an unknown danger.  (Amazon)

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A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery by [Daryl Wood Gerber]The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.

Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.

Fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke will want a succulent second serving of A Soufflé of Suspicion, Daryl Wood Gerber’s appetizing second French Bistro mystery.  (Amazon)

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