Spotlight–A Killing in the Cotswolds

A Killing in the Cotswolds: An Emily Swift Travel Mystery
It’s springtime in England and travel writer Emily Swift is writing about cozy Cotswold villages with their historic castles and posh manor houses.

But when a politician is found dead in a country inn with snakes slithering about him, she and her boyfriend, Jack Flynn, are drawn into a murder investigation. Who could have killed the MP? An actor with a talent for deception?  A schoolmaster forced out of a job after a mysterious death? A tour guide at Warwick Castle who is bent on revenge?

Jack warns Emily to avoid a killer who has attack snakes at his disposal.  But when her childhood friend begs her to save an innocent woman from prosecution, Emily can’t say no. Emily must use all her reporter’s skills to solve the mystery. By the time she realizes who the killer is, she is in deadly danger.

A Killing in the CotswoldsAn Emily Swift Travel Mystery is the third novel in the series.  Emily’s first sleuthing adventure is Murder on Madeline Island and the second is Homicide in Hawaii. Find them in print and Kindle on Amazon.  

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Lorrie Holmgren’s has written three Emily Swift Travel Mysteries — Murder on Madeline Island, Homicide in Hawaii, and A Killing in the Cotswolds. The novels, published by Cozy Cat Press, are available in book stores and on Amazon in print and Kindle . https://www.amazon.com/Lorrie-Holmgre… or at www.facebook.com/lorrieholmgrenauthor

Like her fictional heroine, Lorrie loves to travel and learn about the history, art and culture of other lands. She grew up in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago, and graduated from Wells College in Aurora, New York, After a year of backpacking through Europe with a friend, she received her MA at the University of Minnesota, specializing in directing for television and worked at the public television station. For many years, she was director of communications for Minnesota Medical Association. It was a fascinating job that allowed her to use her writing skills to support smoking prevention, use of seatbelts and other good causes.

Lorrie lives in Minneapolis with her husband, close to her daughter and son, their spouses, and an adorable grandson. In addition to travel, she loves Latin dance, Zumba, aqua aerobics, gardening, knitting and playing board games with her grandson.

 

 

Grab a copy of this book and enjoy.

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Still Life Painting

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Cheryl Hollon and her new book Still Knife Painting.  This is the 1st book in her A  Paint & Shine Mystery.  I read it and it was a good book.

 

Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725247
ISBN-13: 978-1496725240
Digital ASIN: B07W8VL149

Purchase Links:
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Ms. Hollen has a beautiful way of relating the past and wrapping it into a present-day mystery. I enjoyed Still Knife Painting and can’t wait for the next book in the series to see what Miranda is up too.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Still Knife Painting is an engaging new Southern cozy mystery with rampant rumors, plein air painting, cultural cuisine, a killer knife, a precious puppy, and merry moonshine.
~The Avid Reader

The mystery is good . . . The ending is impressive.
~The Book Decoder

 

Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia—until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .

After inheriting her uncle’s Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky—smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest—Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.

To Miranda’s delight, Paint & Shine is a total success—until someone kills the cook. As the town’s outsider, suspicion naturally falls on Miranda. Murdering the best biscuit baker of Red River Gorge is a high crime in these parts. Miranda will have to prove her innocence before she’s moved from farmhouse to jail cell faster than she can say “white lightning” . . .

 

 

 

Miranda has recently moved from New York to the farmhouse that she inherited from her uncle.  She has a plan to run a business: outdoor painting classes, a meal in her farmhouse and  a moonshine tasting.  She does not even get through the debut class before murder is committed.  This is not the way she saw her business going.  Now she has to figure out the murderer before her business goes belly up.  Miranda is a hard working determined woman who will do anything to make her business a success.  But I think she was also rude at times and was not afraid to speak her mind, even if it did not paint everyone in a nice light.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.

I liked the premise of the book, I thought the idea of doing outside painting and a meal in her farmhouse was a good one.  That would be so nice to do, so relaxing. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author creates a great setting in Eastern Kentucky and I could picture in my mind’s eye the beauty of the area.  

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I was pretty sure who the culprit was but I did not know the why of the killing.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  I think it was a good start to the series.

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

 

 

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

 

 

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June 29 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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June 30 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW  

July 1 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

July 1 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

July 2 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

July 2 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

July 2 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

July 3 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

July 3 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

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July 5 – Cozy Up with Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 5 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 6 – Diary of a Book Fiend – REVIEW

July 6 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

July 7 – Brianne’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

July 7 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

July 8 – Thoughts in Progress – CHARACTER GUEST POST

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July 10 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

July 10 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 11 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

July 11 – Here’s How It Happened – GUEST POST

July 12 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST  

July 12 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 13 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Dash Away All

 

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Christina Freeburn  and her new book Dash Away All.  This is the 3rd book in her A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery.

 

Dash Away All (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (July 7, 2020)
Hardcover: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1635116023
ISBN-13: 978-1635116021
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 163511599X
ISBN-13: 978-1635115994
Digital ASIN: B086TYK58V

 

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo

 

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Merry Winters is excited for her dream-come-true moment: Being an on-site crafter for a Christmas movie. The tidings of joy are short-lived as she finds herself becoming a referee, dealing with a raging Ebenezer, participating in a bucket brigade, and finding evidence in a “murder.”

Is someone trying to stop the production or is it tied to a secret someone has on Luna Carmichael, the star of the movie and the queen of Christmas?

When Marie, Luna’s assistant, stumbles away from a car accident and dies, Merry believes the accident wasn’t quite so accidental. Was Luna or Marie the target? Merry finds more questions than answers, but one thing is certain: Everyone has an ulterior motive for being part of the production—including Marie.

After another murder, Merry wonders if the deaths are tied to a baby born long ago and abandoned. And more importantly, will Merry live long enough to find out?

 

 

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

Author Links

Webpage: www.christinafreeburn.com

Blog: www.theselfrescueprincess.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaFreeburnCraftyandCrimeAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaFreeb1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/

 

 

 

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July 7 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

July 7 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

July 8 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

July 8 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW  

July 9 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

July 9 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

July 9 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

July 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

July 10 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

July 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

July 11 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST

July 11 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 12 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

July 12 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

July 12 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT

July 13 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

July 13 – Thoughts in Progress – GUEST POST

July 13 – Diane Reviews Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 14 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

July 14 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

July 14 – Brianne’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

July 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

July 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

July 15 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 15 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

 

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Review Of Elf Confidential

Elf Confidential
A Holly Hopewell Cozy Mysteries, Book # 2
Meg Muldoon
5 Stars

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Welcome to Mistletoe, Oregon – a town of miracles, magic, and murder…

Bakery owner and crime-solving elf Holly Hopewell never anticipated on being banished by Mrs. Claus to miserable Mistletoe, Oregon. But now that she’s settled in, she’s committed to bringing cheer and delicious baked goods to the town’s notoriously ornery residents.

But when a city councilor ends up dead in the town plaza one December evening after consuming one of Holly’s delectable treats, Holly finds herself at the center of an intense mystery where she’ll have to race against the clock to save her own neck.

Everyone’s favorite mystery-loving misfit elf Holly Hopewell is at it again in this deliciously fun sequel to the Amazon bestselling cozy mystery, The Silence of the Elves. So grab a cup of cocoa, put on some Christmas music, and curl up with this perfect holiday cozy mystery this Christmas in July! (Goodreads)


Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Mistletoe, Oregon, is not a very friendly, happy place. The citizens are miserable and unfriendly. Except for the elves, they are full of cheer, happiness and goodwill. But they are having a tough time sharing that happiness. And when a city councilor is poisoned, Holly will have to try to figure out the real culprit. Otherwise she may be sent away for life. With the help of her boyfriend, Harry, who is a detective, she is planning on doing just that.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and those descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well developed and I thought it was solved quite cleverly.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I was very happy to take a trip to Mistletoe and spent some time with Holly and Harry. I am already looking forward to reading the next one.

 

New Releases For The Work Of July 4th, 2020–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 5th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the 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.

Let Sleeping Ghosts Lie (A Reaper Witch Mystery Book 2) by [Elle Adams]

Welcome to Hawkwood Hollow, where the dead outnumber the living.

When a local witch shows up in an apparent drowning, everyone thinks it’s a tragic accident. New witch in town Maura would, too, except her Reaper senses are telling her there’s something not quite right about the woman’s death.

When the victim’s ghost vanishes, she knows her instincts were right. Unfortunately, her attempt to find the truth is derailed by an annoying spirit who’s moved into her room and an obstructionist coven leader. And then there’s the detective she might be interested in romantically… assuming she doesn’t ruin things by bringing out her terrifying Reaper powers.

What could possibly go wrong?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Sapphire Beach Cozy Mystery Collection: Volume 2, Books 4-6 (Sapphire Beach Cozy Mysteries) by [Angela K. Ryan]Books 4-6 of the Sapphire Beach Cozy Mystery Series 

Sun-drenched Florida beaches. A Fair Trade jewelry shop owner. Mysteries that will keep you guessing.

If you enjoy page-turner cozy mysteries, loveable characters, and palm trees swaying in the breeze, you’ll love the Sapphire Beach Cozy Mystery Series!

Candy Canes and Cadavers (Book 4)
Connie Petretta is thrilled that her family is spending Christmas with her in Sapphire Beach. They even come early to attend the opening of “A Christmas Carol,” performed in memory of her beloved Aunt Concetta. It has all the makings of a perfect holiday until one of the actors is murdered on opening night. With her mother and sister by her side, Connie puts her sleuthing skills to the test as she investigates the murder of her aunt’s friend and colleague.

Snowbirds and Suspects (Book 5)
The snowbirds have once again descended upon Sapphire Beach, keeping Connie Petretta busy in her thriving jewelry store. Ruby, the owner of the souvenir shop next door, is thrilled to discover a niece, Amy, that she never knew about. But when Amy is suspected of murder, Ruby turns to Connie to help find the real killer.  
 
Bridesmaids and Bodies (Book 6)
A future bride commissions Connie Petretta to create jewelry for her bridal party. When the best man is murdered, the bride and groom turn to Connie to help find the killer.

Begin your getaway today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes & Chaos (Frosted Misfortunes Mysteries Book 1) by [Lisa Siefert, Blueberry Bay]Hi! I’m Ava Decker, forensic accountant turned pastry chef. After being ghosted at my own wedding, I decided to leave California and return home to Maine where I grew up. While my parents are enjoying an all expenses paid cruise, aka as my non-refundable honeymoon, I’m house sitting for them back in Clover Creek.

My lifelong dream of owning my own bakery finally comes true but unfortunately, it’s only because the owner of the bakery turns up dead in the cupcake truck that I was driving. And to make things worse, I’m the prime murder suspect because she decided to leave both her bakery and her house to me in her will, despite the fact that I just met her two weeks ago.

In the process of being arrested, I also became a kitty mom to an adorable ruddy Abyssinian who thinks he’s a dog and suffers from separation anxiety. Now, it will take of my mystery movie watching know-how to help solve this crime myself.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Mocha: A Dragon Cozy Mystery (Hill Country Mysteries Book 3) by [Verena DeLuca]

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Aconite Cafe, where dragons, coffee, and snark, are today’s special.

Rainbow Mocha is the third book in the Hill Country Mysteries series of full-length, snarky, dragon cozy mystery novels.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacey Luzzi: Sliced: a humorous, cozy mystery! (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries Book 13) by [Gina LaManna]

 

Tis the season for pumpkin spice and everything nice! With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Lacey Luzzi is all set to cuddle her adorable baby and sexy husband after a giant feast. However, her plans turn belly-up when a dead body appears during the largest bake-off event in St. Paul history.

Amelia Rapport, the front runner to win the state-wide bake-off, has landed face-down in a pool of royal icing, and somehow, it’s Lacey’s job to save the event. If she doesn’t, not only will millions of cookies go to waste, but her life—and the lives of those she loves—will be in danger.

This is one murderer who isn’t ready to be caught, and when Lacey gets too close for comfort, he’s bound and determined the cake won’t be the only thing getting sliced…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Spy With My Psychic Eye Someone Dead (Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. Book 8) by [Kelly Hashway]

 

Piper Ashwell is struggling to balance being in a new relationship and getting used to her expanding psychic abilities. When a dismissed sense of foreboding winds up resulting in a murder to investigate, she can’t help feeling she could have prevented it.

What’s worse is every clue she and the Weltunkin PD uncovers points to Piper being the killer. Someone is trying to frame her.

Piper needs to find the real killer and fast—because it will be difficult to prove her innocence from behind bars.

Fans of Joanne Fluke and Victoria Laurie will enjoy this psychic cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demons in the Details (Aveyarde Witch Mysteries Book 1) by [Briar  King]

Altaira and her friends are navigating grown-up life as they find their footing with new relationships, complicated love triangles, a new business, and paranormal threats that loom over it all. A mysterious man appears, begging for help, just as Altaira’s dream of turning their PI agency into a real business that helps people with supernatural situations the human police aren’t equipped to handle is finally taking off. It’s all very exciting until the same man winds up dead on their doorstep, the victim of a witch gone bad. As Altaira and her friends investigate, they soon uncover a secret coven dating back to a great schism in witch history, a feud that left a once-mighty coven shattered in its wake. But that isn’t all that occupies the group: the sisters from their first-ever case require a haven, someplace safe to pick up the pieces of their lives. Battling her hesitation to involve her family’s estate in her business, Altaira goes to her grandparents’ home with the sisters in tow and unlocking family secrets heretofore unknown in the process. It isn’t long before dead men are the least of their worries. Summoned demons stalk the newly discovered coven, picking them off one by one. The clock is ticking as Altaira and her friends team up with new allies to catch a deranged witch and stop the demons before they end up the next ones buried.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Games (An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 17) by [Lily Harper Hart]

Ivy Morgan knew she was in for a world of hurt when she was sentenced to community service. She had no idea just how bad things were going to be, though. On her first day of picking up trash along the roadside, one of her crew members stumbles over a body, and it happens to belong to someone she knows.
Sasha Carmichael was described as a “good girl” and nobody can figure out how she ended up alone in the woods, so close to a road and help, and abandoned. When Jack Harker and his partner start digging down, though, some dark possibilities come to the surface.
It seems Sasha had ties to more than one person on Ivy’s work crew, which means Shadow Lake’s favorite witch is working with a killer. Finding the guilty party is difficult, especially given the way her crew chief is watching her.
If Ivy sticks even one toe out of line, her community service could be extended. That means her wedding is on the brink and her honeymoon might be lost. Jack isn’t about to let either of those scenarios happen.
It’s going to take both of them working together to solve the crime, and even then nothing is guaranteed.
Hang on to your hats, because murder has come to Shadow Lake and this killer might not be done … by a long shot.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phantom Blend (A Paramour Bay Cozy Paranormal Mystery Book 12) by [Kennedy Layne]

Mirrors and mischief might not be the best combination in this delightful tale of the Paramour Bay Mysteries by USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne…

The quaint coastal town of Paramour Bay is once again hosting their annual garage sale, and Raven Marigold is happily participating for the first time with two tables of gently used items and select pieces of clothing. She’s taken special care to ensure that no magical auras remain on the items that she’s included for sale, and she is quite confident that her first time joining in on the sale will go off without a hitch.

Raven hadn’t counted on her familiar taking his annual battle with the local squirrel population to a new level, resulting in a collapsed table, a broken mirror, and a trapped phantom who leads Raven and the gang onto their next murder mystery that might not reveal the fairest of them all.

You’ll want to put down your trusty dustpan and broom for this enchanting whodunit that might or might not result in seven years of bad luck for the residents of Paramour Bay!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outsider: A Novel of Suspense (Kate Burkholder Book 12) by [Linda Castillo]

Linda Castillo follows her instant New York Times bestseller, Shamed, with Outsider, an electrifying thriller about a woman on the run hiding among the Amish.

While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, Amish widower Adam Lengacher discovers a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. He calls upon Chief of Police Kate Burkholder for help, and she is surprised to recognize the driver: fellow cop and her former friend, Gina Colorosa.

Years before, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy and patrol officers in Columbus, but time and distance have taken them down two very different paths. Now, Gina reveals a shocking story of betrayal and revenge that has forced her to run for her life. She’s desperate for protection, and the only person she can trust is Kate—but can Kate trust her? Or will Gina’s dark past put them all in danger?

As a blizzard bears down on Painters Mill, Kate helps Gina go into hiding on Adam’s farm. While the tough-skinned Gina struggles to adjust to the Amish lifestyle, Kate and state agent John Tomasetti delve into the incident that caused Gina to flee. But as Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, she must confront a devastating truth that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she’s devoted her life.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

Review of Murder In Waiting

Murder In Waiting
Tourist Trap Mysteries, Book # 11
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars

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Synopsis:

In the latest Tourist Trap mystery from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lynn Cahoon, bookshop café owner Jill Gardner contends with a best friend-turned-bridezilla while trying to solve a local historian’s untimely date with death . . .

At Coffee, Books, & More, Jill’s the boss. But as Amy’s maid-of-honor, she can barely keep up with marching orders—and now she’s in charge of organizing an epic bachelorette! Adding to Jill’s party-planning panic, the South Cove Heritage Society just unceremoniously dumped her historic landmark bid. While vying proposals rush in from a loaded land developer and a pushy travel guide company, Jill finds an unexpected ally in Heritage Society expert, Frank Gleason. But their happy union is cut short when Frank is mowed down in a suspicious hit-and-run. With Amy’s big day on the horizon, Jill vows to catch the killer before she has to catch a bouquet. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Jill has a lot going on, with running Coffee, Books & More, trying to get a historic landmark recognized and being Amy’s maid-of-honor and all that that entails. When someone is killed in a hit-and-run accident, she adds finding the killer to her list of must-do things. And Aunt Jackie has been acting very strange, so Jill needs to figure
out what she is up to.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the very beginning. I felt like I was right there in South Cove, watching all of the action taking place. The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of clues to sift through and suspects to consider. And if that is not enough for you, there is Amy’s wedding and Aunt Jackie’s secret to figure out.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Whenever you read a book by this author, you are in for a real treat.

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

 

New Releases For The Week Of July 5th, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 5th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Brewing Up a Storm (A Moonstone Bay Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Storm season has hit Moonstone Bay and with it comes a whole lot of trouble.
Hadley Hunter thinks she’s ready for what’s to come, but she’s not. Before the storms can wreak havoc on her life, though, she has something even more frightening to deal with … lunch with her boyfriend Galen Blackwood’s mother.
Despite her best intentions, things don’t go as smoothly as Hadley envisioned. Before she has a chance to deal with that, though, the storms bring another surprise in the form of an unconscious woman on the beach and a yacht that keeps appearing (and then disappearing) with each subsequent storm.
Hadley can’t wrap her head around what’s happening, especially when news breaks regarding the identity of the individual who was found in front of the lighthouse. It seems she’s the wife of a very rich and powerful man … who disappeared a year before. In addition to that, the couple had two daughters with them at the time their boat fell off the map. What happened to them?
It’s a race against time for Hadley and her motley band of paranormal friends. They must find the yacht and uncover every horrible secret one family has managed to bury beneath a deep blue sea … and they have to do it with a monster on their tails.
At the heart of almost every family is love. At the heart of this one is despair. Somehow, Hadley will have to overcome her worst fears to become the best witch she possibly can.
Here’s hoping she’s up to the challenge.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macho Man Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 15) by [Leslie Langtry]From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes the latest hilarious Merry Wrath Mystery, where Merry’s past with the CIA comes back to haunt her in a very lively way in small town Iowa!

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the water…

Who expects to come home and find an angry Chechen strong man in their front yard? That’s what former CIA turned suburbanite Merry Wrath discovers when she comes home from a disastrous pool party with her Girl Scout troop. Only this is Iowa, not Chechnya, and Aslan is anything but friendly, having realized Merry doubled crossed him in her former CIA life.

As revenge for the humiliation, Aslan has an ultimate for Merry: kill her former handler, Riley Andrews, or Aslan’s goons, Ron and Ivan, will kill Merry’s husband, Rex.

Be careful what you wish for…

When Merry’s assassin colleague Hilly (who isn’t an assassin because the CIA doesn’t have assassins – that would be illegal) shows up to help, Merry dares to hope the two of them can find a solution to avoid killing Riley and protect Rex. But before they can come up with a plan, Merry is faced with a dead body, and Hilly tells police she saw Ron and Ivan dumping it. Unfortunately, Merry know that’s not true as she was with the dim-witted rogues when the murder happened.

It’s a not-so-classic cozy conundrum…

Now Merry is trapped in a diabolical dilemma. With Hilly and Riley now suspects in the murder, she could say nothing and watch Ron and Ivan take the fall. Or does she do the right thing, and help Ron and Ivan implicate her friends in the process? Merry has to solve this one on her own as she walks a fine line between doing the right thing for the wrong people, or the wrong thing for the right people.


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
Marriage Vow Murder – book #9
Mystery Night Murder – book #10
Meerkats and Murder– book #11
Make Believe Murder – book #12
Maltese Vulture Murder – book #13
Musket Ball Murder – book #14
Macho Man Murder – book #15
Mad Money Murder – book #16

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions! 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.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in Chianti (A Tuscan Mystery Book 1) by [Camilla Trinchieri]Set in the heart of Tuscan wine country, Camilla Trinchieri’s new mystery introduces Nico Doyle, a former NYPD homicide detective who’s just looking for space to grieve when he finds himself pulled into a local murder investigation.

Mourning the loss of his wife, Rita, former NYPD homicide detective Nico Doyle moves to her hometown of Gravigna in the winesoaked region of Chianti. Half Italian and half Irish, Nico finds himself able to get by in the region with the help of Rita’s relatives, but he still feels alone and out of place. He isn’t sure if it’s peace he’s seeking, but it isn’t what he finds. Early one morning, he hears a gunshot and a dog’s cries near his cabin and walks out to discover a dead body in the woods, flashily dressed in gold tennis shoes. When the police arrive, Nico hastily adopts the fluffy white dog as his own and wants nothing more to do with the murder.

But Salvatore Perillo, the local maresciallo, discovers Nico’s professional background and enlists him to help with the case. It turns out more than one person in this idyllic corner of Italy knew the victim, and with a very small pool of suspects, including his own in-laws, Nico must dig up Gravigna’s every last painful secret to get to the truth.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter and Curse: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Cozy Mystery (Vampire Book Club 2) by [Nancy Warren]A quiet Irish village? Not so much!


An ancient curse seems to be causing bad luck in the charming village of Ballydehag, Ireland—witch Quinn Callahan’s new home. When someone is murdered is it the curse? Or is there a very human murderer on the loose? Moving to a small Irish village was supposed to keep the middle-aged witch out of trouble. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Quinn and her bookish vampires must find the real killer and end the curse before someone else dies.

If you like quirky characters, mystery, humor and a touch of romance, don’t miss this second instalment in the Vampire Book Club series from the best-selling author of The Vampire Knitting Club. Each book is a complete story that can be read on its own.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curl Up and Dye (A Harley and Davidson Mystery Book 12) by [Liliana Hart, Louis Scott]

 

 

 

From Liliana Hart, the New York Times bestselling author of the J.J. Graves Mystery Series, comes a scintillating new entry in the fun and page-turning Harley and Davidson Mysteries. Fans of Murder She Wrote will love Hank Davidson and Agatha Harley!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubble Chum (Sweet Shop Mystery Book 6) by [Wendy Meadows]A Winter Carnival, Christmas Candy, and Murder

Margaret is back on the case, and this time she has to prove herself innocent of murder.

Amidst trying out Christmas candy recipes and handing out flyers for the annual Winter Carnival, Margaret stumbles upon another dead body. After alerting the authorities, she’s stunned when Detective David Graham dismisses her offer of help.

Shock follows when Margaret realizes she’s the prime suspect—the only suspect—in this particular murder.

Determined to clear her name, Margaret and her friends begin an investigation… that leads them to a person Margaret never suspected. Now the race is on to not only prove herself innocent, but to stay alive long enough to put the real killer behind bars.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Most Maddening (A Carolyn Neville Mystery Book 3) by [John Duckworth]Carolyn Neville decides that her old friend Marvin should update his true-crime bestseller Darkness at Dawn for its 50th anniversary. Her skeptical boss agrees—on the condition that she’ll quit if it doesn’t sell.

Marvin goes to the mountain town of Motherlode, Colorado to gather new information about the unsolved murder of a beloved schoolteacher. When an attack by an unknown assailant puts Marvin in a coma, Carolyn and her sidekick Stephen Ames take up where he left off.

Carolyn makes friends with the murder victim’s sister, but tangles with a hostile local historian, a creepy motel manager and a lecherous mine owner. The investigation takes them to the bottom of a mine shaft and strands them in a blizzard as a killer with a gas can tries to send them out in a blaze of glory.

All Carolyn wants is to see her friend honored, his life celebrated, her boss humbled and a killer found.

For fans of Horace Rumpole, Monk and Stephanie Plum, the Carolyn Neville Mysteries are full of laugh-out-loud suspense.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Souls ParaAgency and the Creature of White Oak Swamp: Romantic Paranormal Mystery #5 by [K.M. Waller]Witches get things done!

Welcome to the Lost Souls ParaAgency, where agents work together to ensure the safety of humans and to prevent exposure of the paranormal community.

The Assignment—debunk a ghost rumor in Salem (not the fun witchy one) Florida.

Ris Walker is ready for her first assignment. Bring on the bad guys. But when Sparsh offers her a throwaway mission, she’ll pass for something more exciting—until he offers her a partner she can’t refuse.

Salem is full of surprises when Ris and her partner stumble upon a mysterious swamp creature who is blamed for the disappearance of a local teen.

Can Ris impress her new partner and solve the paranormal mystery before the small town’s residents become swamp bait?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dive Bar Detective No. 3 ("Olive or Twist" Mystery Series) by [Archer Hay]Candy is dandy, but liquor is . . . sicker?

When bartender Brandy Alexander tells her customers at dive bar Olive or Twist to “pick their poison,” she didn’t mean it literally!

When the entire bar is suddenly gripped by a violent and mysterious illness, chaos ensues. The police are convinced it was all an unfortunate accident, but Brandy knows her customers and their shady pasts better than that. They harbor conspiracy theories, long-simmering vendettas, and secret assassination attempts. They all seem to have a motive. But who has the means?

With the yuppie millennial bar owner missing and a couple of gossipy real estate moguls waiting eagerly for the bar’s demise, Brandy has to unweave a web that includes an impromptu chicken rescue, a dead man’s foot race, and a kung fu brawl to uncover the answers she seeks. Can she keep the short-staffed and beleaguered bar afloat or will the culprit strike a fatal blow?

Pull up a stool and grab a cold one as Brandy, her canine bar bouncer “Hairy Pawter,” and a hilarious cast of dive bar regulars follow a trail of clues that are anything but “straight up.”

This book contains exclusive, original cocktail recipes from a professional mixologist!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  KIndle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripted Murder (The Screenwriter And The Detective Book 1) by [E.R. Fallon, K.J. Fallon]

 

 

 

1932. After being left at the altar, free-spirited Ginny Weltermint boards a train and heads back home to Hollywood.

But when she stumbles across a body in one of the carriages, she unwittingly becomes involved in a murder mystery. Stopping in a small village to investigate the crime, Ginny soon clashes with the surly, old-school detective who comes aboard to solve the murder.

With the clock ticking, it’s clear that there will soon be another victim. But can the two put aside their differences and join forces to find the perpetrator and solve the mystery?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of Mutts and Men (A Chet & Bernie Mystery Book 10) by [Spencer Quinn]Spencer Quinn’s Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called “nothing short of masterful”…


When Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight—Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case.

Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp’s own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell’s work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

Review of Campfire Secrets

Campfire Secrets
Island Reunion, Book #3
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

52349215. sy475 Synopsis:

Five victims, four friends, three novels, two romances, and one cold case mystery, combine to bring you the first in a series of three part reunion stories by USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley.

In the third installment of this three-part story, Quinn and Kelly set out to prove a theory which puts both women in the crosshairs of a killer. Determined to find the truth no matter the risk, the women embark on a dangerous journey that neither feel certain they’ll return from alive.
Meanwhile, Sam stumbles across information that suggests the last girl to be taken may in fact still be alive, Nora takes a break from the group in order to meet up with Matt, and Carrie is unexpectedly swept off her feet after meeting a man she never saw coming. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. The friends have all grown and changed in just the few weeks they have been together. And some very important decisions are made in this book. I really like the way the friends all stayed together and helped each other with their problems. Kelly and Quinn are working at solving the mystery of all of the surfers that have disappeared over the last twenty five years. And they also try to find a current missing teen that they know. They risk their lives trying to get the answers that they are seeking. Will they be successful in their hunt or is it too late?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these helped make the story more enjoyable.

I really liked following the lives of these women and seeing what happened to each of them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.


 

New Releases For The Week Of July 5th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 5th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


 

 

 

A company retreat, a new dinner mystery game, but the twist is a real murder.

B&B owner Maris Seaver is interested in the entertainment that her guests have brought: a murder mystery dinner that takes place in a Victorian mansion. As the creators of the game, their investment is huge and tensions begin to run high.

But when one of the guests actually dies, Maris realizes that the stakes were higher than anyone knew.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death at the Dance: An addictive historical cozy mystery (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 2) by [Verity Bright]A masked ball, a dead body, a missing diamond necklace and a suspicious silver candlestick? Sounds like a case for Lady Eleanor Swift!

England, 1920Lady Eleanor Swift, adventurer extraordinaire and reluctant amateur detective, is taking a break from sleuthing. She’s got much bigger problems: Eleanor has two left feet, nothing to wear and she’s expected at the masked ball at the local manor. Her new beau Lance Langham is the host, so she needs to dazzle.

Surrounded by partygoers with painted faces, pirates, priests and enough feathers to drown an ostrich, Eleanor searches for a familiar face. As she follows a familiar pair of long legs up a grand staircase, she’s sure she’s on Lance’s trail. But she opens the door on a dreadful scene: Lance standing over a dead Colonel Puddifoot, brandishing a silver candlestick, the family safe wide open and empty.

Moments later, the police burst in and arrest Lance for murder, diamond theft and a spate of similar burglaries. But Eleanor is convinced her love didn’t do it, and with him locked up in prison, she knows she needs to clear his name.

Something Lance lets slip about his pals convinces Eleanor the answer lies close to home. Accompanied by her faithful sidekick Gladstone the bulldog, she begins with Lance’s friends – a set of fast driving, even faster drinking, high-society types with a taste for mischief. But after they start getting picked off in circumstances that look a lot like murder, Eleanor is in a race against time to clear Lance’s name and avoid another brush with death…

Fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Downton Abbey will adore this tremendously fun cozy whodunnit, full of mystery, murder and intrigue!

Readers absolutely adore Death at the Dance!


This second book in the Lady Eleanor Swift series was worth the wait!! It was an excellent visit once again with people that felt like old friendsI can’t wait until the next book in the series is ready to read. Verity Bright has created endearing characters that you want to spend time with again and again.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A fun-loving read that I think we ALL need right now… The perfect escape from this crazy world we’re living in… Kept me wanting more and more… If you need a bit of an escape, or need something to cuddle up with on the couch, grab this! Definitely looking forward to the following instalments in this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer

I adore this series I am head over heels for Lady Swift and her investigative adventures. This book is perfect for Sunday afternoon reading to escape into a fabulously written English mystery story. Cannot wait for more Lady Swift.’ Sarah in Readerland ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It is billed as “an addictive historical cozy” and I can attest that I am now addicted.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Fun read! This was the first time I’ve read this author and I must say I enjoyed it! This was a fun cozy mystery… I will definitely read more from this author!’ Goodreads Reviewer

A masked ball in the 1920s with a side of murder? Just what I wanted!’ Strange & Random Happenstance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved this cozy mystery. The characters were wonderful. The book was suspenseful, but still so cozy and charming. I loved it so much!’ The Heartland Chronicle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vexed on a Visit (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 4) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)

VEXED ON A VISIT (A LACEY DOYLE COZY MYSTERY—BOOK 4) is book four in a charming new cozy mystery series by Fiona Grace.

Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, has made a drastic change: she has walked away from the fast life of New York City and settled down in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire.

Summer has arrived, and Lacey is delighted when her chef boyfriend surprises her with an offer for a long weekend trip, a romantic getaway into the neighboring seaside towns of the British countryside, with her beloved dog, and a chance to go antiquing.

But Lacey is even more surprised when her family shows up from New York on a surprise visit—and when they want to come along!

Even worse, Lacey, in a neighboring town, finds herself in the midst of a murder scene. And once again, with her reputation on the line, she may be the only one who can solve it.

Book #5 in the series will be available soon!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Down and Out (Witches Be Crazy Cozy Witch Mystery Series Book 3) by [Constance Barker]

 

***Two Murderers are Murdered***

Helga has competition. A new superstore has come to town and set up shop close by. Not only that, but it’s taking a hit on her business. Meanwhile, Jacob, resident detective and Helga’s old school chum, needs her help with two murders. The murdered women got away with murdering their husbands. Have the spirits of their husbands come back to seek revenge? Did someone else not take kindly to these women getting off scott-free? Or is there something deeper going on that involves magic of a sinister kind?

***Find out in the third installment of the Witches Be Crazy Mystery Series***  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Drizzle and Murder (Holly Holmes Cozy Culinary Mystery Series Book 7) by [K.E. O'Connor]

A castle mystery leads to murder.

Holly Holmes is excited when a team of restorers starts working in the (allegedly) haunted east turret of Audley Castle, uncovering a beautiful ceiling painting. Unable to resist taking a look, she soon makes friends with the restorers. Well, some of them.

Bluebell Brewster is whip-smart, sharp-tongued, and takes no prisoners.

Then she’s found dead in the east turret, and her death takes a dark turn when evidence reveals this was no accident.

Holly is on the case, alongside the head of castle security, Campbell. All evidence points to the mild-mannered project supervisor, Herbert, but there’s something wrong with this picture. Murder is always messy, and Herbert doesn’t fit the mold.

Holly must hunt for clues and quiz suspects while dealing with an ankle injury and her best friend snubbing her.

Expect surprises, red herrings, delicious cake, and a killer who gets his (or her) just desserts. Plus, there’s a big surprise for Holly. Her life is about to change forever.

If you love fun cozy mysteries featuring delicious cake, quirky characters, and cute animals, Lemon Drizzle and Murder is perfect for you.

Other books in this series include:
Cream Caramel and Murder
Chocolate Swirls and Murder
Vanilla Whip and Murder
Cherry Cream and Murder
Blueberry Blast and Murder
Mocha Cream and Murder
Lemon Drizzle and Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sea Turtle Did It (Southern Beach Mysteries Book 2) by [Kay Dew Shostak]

False crawl? Nesting season? Turtle monitors? Jewel Mantelle is just beginning to get used to the humidity in her new Southern home on Sophia Island when Turtle Season opens way too early. At least it’s too early according to her friends with Turtle Trackers. Is it a true Sea Turtle nest found on a stormy April morning? Not likely when a body is eventually discovered buried where the eggs should be. Jewel has enough on her plate to worry about false turtle nest since she’s trying to clean up the old house her husband inherited in the historic downtown of Sophia Beach. A project her disinterested husband is too busy working out of town to worry with so she invites a local young woman to move into the Mantelle Mansion to help. However, when the body is found to have close ties to one of Jewel’s new friends, the lunch group starts trying to figure out what happened. Between college kids partying on the beach, a senator’s illegitimate child, a lost sketch pad, and warring turtle factions it’s a miracle Jewel even had time to try biscuits and gravy. But she did… and she’s a fan.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoey Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon (A Bridgeport Mystery) by [Heather Elizabth King]An ancient manuscript. A dead ex. One last chance to take control of her life.

The only plan Zoey Matthews had that day was to take the first step in putting her life together after her husband left her for a younger woman. But her plans for a fresh start are sent spiraling out of control when the ghost of her murdered husband shows up in her swanky new loft. What would you do? If you’re Zoey Matthews, you don’t celebrate the fact that the philandering bastard is dead, you set out to prove you didn’t kill him.

The list of suspects seems endless. Was it one of the nearly adolescent girls he’d been sleeping with behind Zoey’s back? Maybe it was the sinister friend who dabbles in black magic? It could have been the pair of clueless thugs on the hunt for a missing artifact that they think Zoey has. A sexy and all too appealing celebrity artist new to town is on the suspect list, too. Last of all, the stuffy town mayor? If she doesn’t figure it out soon, she may be next.

Zoey Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon is the first book in an urban fantasy series that features surprising plot twists, dark supernatural entities, sexy male characters, and a female protagonist who may not kick ass, but you could totally see yourself having a beer with her.

Get your copy of Zoey Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon today to read about Zoey’s first journey into the supernatural.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jokers Wild (Mah Jongg Mystery Series Book 6) by [Barbara Barrett]

“The show must go on.” That applies even to playwright Marianne Putnam, when the director of her one-act play, “Jokers Wild,” fails to show for curtains up on opening night at the community theater in Serendipity Springs, Florida. When the director’s wife begs Marianne to accompany her to their home to check on him, they find the man floating in his pool. Dead.

Though not known for his pleasant disposition—her relationship with him had been tense since nearly ramming into his car in a parking lot, but after all, he was the director—who would have wanted to murder him? Surely no one in the production crew, cast or the staff of the community center where the play was to be staged. Maybe it was the wife, who Marianne had overheard arguing with him. Or perhaps someone from his theater connections back in the Big Apple.

Since she was there when the body was discovered, Marianne is considered a suspect. That doesn’t mean she can’t help her three Mah Jongg friends—Syd, Micki and Kat—assist the sheriff with the investigation. But who’s there to help her when her path crosses the murderer’s.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death at Ashford Castle: A Star O'Brien Mystery: A County Mayo Mystery (Star O'Brien Mystery Series Book 2) by [Martha Geaney]

“Star O’Brien is a haunting voice for the dead, the missing, and the lost.”
The second Irish cozy mystery, set in County Mayo, for the fiercely independent, inquisitive, hates to be disconnected from her cell phone, amateur sleuth Star O’Brien. A successful American information broker, she’s back in Ireland, in Cong, County Mayo, chasing down a mysterious woman named Evelyn Cosgrove who may or may not have information about Star’s mother, who’s been missing since Star was six years old.
As if Star’s life isn’t complicated enough, she discovers a female corpse while walking through Cong woods. Star finds herself travelling back and forth from Castlebar to Cong to figure out the motivation behind the victim’s murder. Although skeptical of the police, Star determines to talk to them about what and who she saw the night the woman was murdered.
There are ghost sightings, mysterious break-ins, and a creepy encounter as Star tries to put all the pieces together. But not before there’s another victim. Star doesn’t accept the police’s conclusion for one minute. She vows to find the truth which she does in a riveting confrontation with the killer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone: A Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Doyle Book 8) by [Kirsten Weiss]A murder. A haunted house. A possessed spell book…

What could go wrong?

Since childhood, Doyle Witch Jayce figured the old stone house was haunted. Turns out, she may have been right.

A string of odd deaths in the house has culminated in murder, and newlywed Jayce is on the case. She is a witch after all. So what if it’s Samhain season, when the veil between the worlds is thin?

Right?

But when Jayce finds creepy connections between the old house and the spell book she’s sworn to destroy, she’s plunged into a conspiracy darker than anything mysterious Doyle has thrown at her before. Are supernatural forces at work? Or is Jayce facing a mortal foe?

If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris, Heather Blake, or Amanda M. Lee, don’t miss Stone, book 8 in The Witches of Doyle cozy mysteries.

This Halloween novella is a witch cozy mystery featuring true-to-life spells in the back of the book, a trio of witchy sisters, and a dash of romance. Stone can be read as a standalone.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dash Away All (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery Book 3) by [Christina Freeburn]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Merry Winters is excited for her dream-come-true moment: Being an on-site crafter for a Christmas movie. The tidings of joy are short-lived as she finds herself becoming a referee, dealing with a raging Ebenezer, participating in a bucket brigade, and finding evidence in a “murder.”

Is someone trying to stop the production or is it tied to a secret someone has on Luna Carmichael, the star of the movie and the queen of Christmas?

When Marie, Luna’s assistant, stumbles away from a car accident and dies, Merry believes the accident wasn’t quite so accidental. Was Luna or Marie the target? Merry finds more questions than answers, but one thing is certain: Everyone has an ulterior motive for being part of the production—including Marie.

After another murder, Merry wonders if the deaths are tied to a baby born long ago and abandoned. And more importantly, will Merry live long enough to find out?

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DASH AWAY ALL by Christina Freeburn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of July 5th, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 5th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Let Sleeping Witches Lie (Wicked Witches of Vanish Valley Book 1) by [Mara Webb]

Just when Morgan Jones thinks life in Vanish Valley can’t get any stranger, the town is thrown into perpetual night. And you thought ghost towns were supposed to be quiet…

When a mysterious dream leads Morgan Jones to discover a dead body, she is plunged head-first into a real mystery. Unfortunately for Morgan a dead body isn’t the most unsettling part of her day. A family dinner has been planned, and all her aunts are going to be there.

Yikes.

When a strange curse takes hold of Vanish Valley things seem to get even worse. Dark magic has plunged the town into eternal night and all the humans have fallen into an unwakeable sleep.

With everyone else asleep it’s up to Morgan and her witch family to solve the murder, but when more bodies start appearing the long night seems all the more sinister. Rumours of a doomsday cult whisper through the wind, are the murders ritualistic killings?

As the cursed night continues on Morgan and her family find themselves racing against the clock to save the town from complete ruin. All Morgan has to do is make her aunts stop squabbling, make some ghost witnesses start talking, and avoid getting murdered by the killer.

Easier said than done, right?


‘Let Sleeping Witches Lie’, is book one of the Wicked Witches of Vanish Valley series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Therapist (Amelia Gardner Series Book 4) by [Jessica King]

Therapy can kill…

There is a new killer in town.

One who performs horrific ritual killings on their victims and Amelia Gardner is on the case trying to figure out who the killer is and where they came from.

With the help of the FBI, Amelia realizes that all the murders have one thing in common.

The Therapist.

Everyone who died was treated by the same therapist while they were in prison.

And it was clear this was a therapist who was focused not on curing their compulsions, but honing them for their own personal gain and possibly much more.

The game is set, and the hunt is on.

Amelia needs to track down The Therapist before anyone else dies…

Scroll up and ONE click to order yours today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonshine and Murder (A Sweetwater Springs Southern Mystery Book 4) by [S.C. Merritt]

 

 

Hollywood comes to Sweetwater Springs when a local historic estate is chosen as the location to film a blockbuster movie. Glory and Momma are having the time of their lives, working as extras, until Glory’s new friend is found hanging around the set — literally.
When the police write it off as suicide, Glory’s gut tells her differently. Determined to prove the young man was murdered, she begins to uncover secrets about the old mansion that someone wants left hidden.
Will Glory’s sleuthing lead the police to the truth or will her determination to bring the killer to justice land her knee-deep in a bootlegger’s back yard? And will her budding relationship with the hunky, chief detective survive her uncontrollable urge to solve a mystery?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aged for Murder (A Tuscan Vineyard Cozy Mystery—Book 1) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)

AGED FOR MURDER (A TUSCAN VINEYARD COZY MYSTERY) is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews—and a free download!

When Olivia Glass, 34, concocts an ad for a cheap wine that propels her advertising company to the top, she is ashamed by her own work—yet offered the promotion she’s dreamed of. Olivia, at a crossroads, realizes this is not the life she signed up for. Worse, when Olivia discovers her long-time boyfriend, about to propose, has been cheating on her, she realizes it’s time for a major life change.

Olivia has always dreamed of moving to Tuscany, living a simple life, and starting her own vineyard.

When her long-time friend messages her about a Tuscan cottage available, Olivia can’t help wonder: is it fate?

Hilarious, packed with travel, food, wine, twists and turns, romance and her newfound animal friend—and centering around a baffling small-town murder that Olivia must solve—AGED FOR DEATH is an un-putdownable cozy that will keep you laughing late into the night.

Books #2 and #3 in the series—AGED FOR DEATH and AGED FOR MAYHEM—are now also available!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Knight to Remember: A Cozy Witch Mystery (The Avalon Café Book 3) by [Hermione Moon, Serenity Woods]

He’s one knight she’ll never forget…

When kitchen witch Gwen Young discovers a local artist has gone missing, she and Arthur set out to solve the mystery. Neither of them suspects that their past – and their future – is closely tied to this case…

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If you enjoy books by authors such as Amanda M. Lee, Adele Abbott, Annabel Chase, Kristin Painter, or Charlaine Harris, you might enjoy these cozy witch mysteries with a sprinkle of romance, by USA Today bestselling author Serenity Woods writing as Hermione Moon.

Contains British English spelling and usage. The Avalon Café stories are clean reads with no graphic violence, strong language, or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder on the Moor:  NEW for 2020 – a compelling British crime mystery (Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates Book 15) by [Bruce Beckham]STAND-ALONE MURDER MYSTERY, #15 IN THE SERIES. MEET MAVERICK BRITISH DETECTIVE DI SKELGILL… “MAD, BAD AND JUST A LITTLE BIT COZY.”


Virile; handsome; ruthless. When gamekeeper Lawrence Melling takes over at traditional Lakeland sporting estate Shuteham Hall he soon ruffles the feathers of not only elderly Lord Edward Bullingdon and his younger model wife Miranda, but also their adult offspring and fellow estate workers.

Meanwhile local conservationists perceive an existential threat to rare hen harriers nesting on nearby Over Moor. And when Miranda’s jewellery worth a six-figure sum goes missing, and a trusted employee inexplicably disappears, DI Skelgill and his team lift the lid on a plot that simmers with envy, greed, lust and revenge.

Just as a simple solution beckons, in a further diabolical twist it seems the prey turn the tables on the predator. But is it an audacious murder or an innocent accident? Is this the work of a lone actor or a conspiracy? To fathom the mystery Skelgill finds himself in the firing line, whichever way he turns.


 

“Great characters. Great atmospheric locale. Great plots. What’s not to like?”


Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Body at the Banquet (Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [Susan Harper]There’s nothing like a backstabbing co-worker to put a damper on a big event, permanently.


A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Hope and Felix have been given an unexpected vacation and decide to spend the time catching up with their respective families. When they unexpectedly meet up in DC, things go from friendly to deadly. When their parents wind up as prime suspects, Hope and Felix must solve another mystery. Can they put the pieces together in time to save their parents or will they be going on a permanent vacation?

Body at the Banquet is part of the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, exotic locations, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series.

Download Body at the Banquet and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Picture Tells A Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Annabel Chase]Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight.
When an artist in Chipping Cheddar disappears under mysterious circumstances, Chief Fox enlists my help to solve the case. An inspection of the artist’s most recent paintings reveals there’s magic at work and I have to get in touch with my inner Rembrandt in order to access it. Meanwhile, life takes a sharp turn for frenemy Sassy Persimmons and I find myself in the unexpected position of offering her comfort while offering my evil family a piece of my mind.

Can I locate the missing artist before it’s too late or will we both be out of the picture–permanently?

Every Picture Tells A Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery, Book 8) is a full-length humorous, paranormal cozy mystery.

Federal Bureau of Magic cozy mystery series:

Great Balls of Fury, Book 1
Fury Godmother, Book 2
No Guts, No Fury, Book 3
Grace Under Fury, Book 4
Bedtime Fury, Book 5
Three Alarm Fury, Book 6
Hell Hath No Fury, Book 7
Every Picture Tells A Fury, Book 8

Other books by Annabel Chase:
Starry Hollow Witches
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6
Magic & Malice, Book 7
Magic & Mythos, Book 8
Magic & Mishaps, Book 9
Magic & Maladies, Book 10
Magic & Misdeeds, Book 11
Magic & Monsters, Book 12  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Exquisite Corpse (Art of Murder Mysteries Book 1) by [Helen A. Harrison]

Murder is a work of art…

When the acclaimed Cuban painter Wifredo Lam turns up dead in his Greenwich Village studio, officers Juanita Diaz and Brian Fitzgerald of the NYPD, must investigate the crime. But what they find is much more gruesome than they ever could have imagined.

Suspicion soon falls on a tight-knit circle of Surrealist refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, and Diaz and Fitzgerald must traverse the city, from Chinatown’s underworld to Spanish Harlem’s gangland, to find the truth. Did one of the artists’ bizarre parlor games turn deadly? Or is there something even more sinister afoot?

“Smart, witty, filled with so much history of the period, beautifully written, and suspenseful.”—Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Death Artist  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch This Way: A Holiday Hills Witch Cozy Mystery (The Holiday Hills Witch Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Carolyn Ridder Aspenson]Welcome to Holiday Hills, where there is magic & mystery in the air…

I wear many hats:

I’m a friend.
A sort-of girlfriend.
A ghostwriter, and…

…oh yeah, a witch.

My editor always tells me to “write what you know.” Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening…literally.

When the main character in my latest novel—a witch herself—takes a new job with the Magical Bureau of Investigators, she stumbles upon a threat so big, it could destroy everything she holds dear.

Fiction, right?

Nope.

For reasons beyond my witchy sixth sense, everything I write is now happening to me in real life!

Did I mention my character gets into REALLY bad situations? Now I’ve got to figure out who’s cast this awkward spell and find a way to reverse it.

And if I don’t do it soon, I might just wind up the “dead” in my deadline.

If you like paranormal cozies, you’ll love this series!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muzzled: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter Novel Book 21) by [David Rosenfelt]In David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter mystery, Muzzled, Andy and his beloved golden retriever, Tara, are back on the case as a favor to a friend.

Andy Carpenter is a lawyer who would rather not practice law. He’d rather spend his time working with the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, and being with his family and his two dogs, Tara and Sebastian. But when a friend asks him for a favor that involves both dogs and his lawyerly expertise, he can’t say no.

Andy’s friend Beth has found a stray that seems to have belonged to a murder victim–in fact, the man and two of his colleagues died in an explosion a few weeks ago. But when the murdered man contacts Beth, asking for his dog back, Andy knows there must be more to the story. The man claims his life is in danger, and that’s why he disappeared. As much as Andy doesn’t want to get involved–anything to avoid a new case–he can’t help but come to the rescue of a man who’d risk everything, even his life, to reunite with his dog.

Once again, David Rosenfelt delivers suspense and laughter in equal measure in another engaging mystery from “one of the most unforgettable voices in the genre.” (Associated Press)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook