New Releases For The Week Of July 3rd, 2022–Part 3

Rizzoli & Isles are back! From New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, this “shocking and fast-paced” (Karin Slaughter) thriller has Jane and Maura investigating a brutal murder with dire implications, and this time, with Jane’s intrepid mother, Angela, looking into a mystery of her own.

“Absolutely first rate—readers will be thrilled and delighted by this new Rizzoli & Isles outing!”—Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door


Mothers know best . . . But who will listen?


Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are newly plagued by what seems like a completely senseless murder. Sofia Suarez, a widow and nurse who was universally liked by her neighbors, lies bludgeoned to death in her own home. But anything can happen behind closed doors, and Sofia seemed to have plenty of secrets in her last days, making covert phone calls to traceless burner phones. When Jane finally makes a connection between Sofia and the victim of a hit-and-run from months earlier, the case only grows more blurry. What exactly was Sofia involved in? One thing is clear: The killer will do anything it takes to keep their secret safe.
 
Meanwhile, Angela Rizzoli hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in all the years since her daughter became a homicide detective. Maybe the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree: Nothing in Angela’s neighborhood gets by her—not the gossip about a runaway teenager down the block and definitely not the strange neighbors who have just moved in across the street. Angela’s sure there’s no such thing as coincidence in her sleepy suburb. If only Jane would listen—instead she writes off Angela’s concerns as the result of an overactive imagination. But Angela’s convinced there’s a real wolf in her vicinity, and her cries might now fall on deaf ears.

With so much happening on the Sofia case, Jane and Maura already struggle to see the forest for the trees, but will they lose sight of something sinister happening much closer to home? (Amazon)

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Trouble is brewing for a tea shop owner with a penchant for investigation and her talking corgi in this delightful cozy mystery.
 
When Emma Reed moved to the Cornish village of Trevena, she was looking forward to making new friends, opening up a small tea shop, and taking plenty of brisk walks with her talking dog, Oliver. But when a valuable motorcycle and an old skeleton are found together under the local pub, Emma’s antique dealing friends David and Charles become prime suspects in a forty year old mystery.  The local gossip is soon flowing faster than tea in Emma’s shop, and old secrets are being unearthed right along with the old bones. 
 
Although David and Charles insist they have nothing to do with the skeleton, they quickly come under police suspicion. To save their friends, Emma and Oliver will need to dig deep… (Amazon)

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In this “edge-of-your-seat” thriller and sequel to the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick Conviction (The Los Angeles Times), Anna and Fin find themselves on another breathtaking chase across Europe—and another race to save their own lives. Deception. Theft. Murder. All you need is confidence.

Anna McDonald has made a terrible mistake. She has forced her blended family to vacation together. The weather is bad, her daughters are bored, and her ex-husband still insufferable. Oh, and Fin Cohen brought his latest girlfriend, too. So when news of a shocking kidnapping breaks, Anna and Fin do the responsible thing. They take off to solve the case. 

Lisa Lee, a young YouTube star, has vanished after answering the door to what she thought was a pizza delivery. Police suspect her dad or the delivery guy, but in Lisa’s last known video she ventured into an abandoned chateau in France, where she uncovered a priceless artifact. Anna knows they must find this young woman before it’s too late. To do so, they need to track down that treasure, a casket that could hold answers to the greatest questions ever asked.

But Anna and Fin might have misunderstood the stakes of the game. Soon, they find themselves mixed up with some very dark characters, on another thrilling chase across Europe—and another race to save their own lives. 

Praise for the national bestseller Conviction:

“One of the most talented, most daring, most humane writers of the past twenty years . . . Conviction is Mina’s finest work to date: a dark star of a novel, blazingly intense, up-to-the-minute fresh, and exciting as all hell.” ―A.J. FinnNew York Times bestsellingauthor of The Woman in the Window

“Endlessly surprising . . . This incredible novel seems to have been written in a white-hot rage.”―Marilyn StasioNew York Times Book Review

Conviction combines all Mina’s gifts―for suspense, humor, menace, sentiment―in spectacular fashion.”―Tom NolanWall Street Journal

“A page-turner with depth and soul.”―O, the Oprah Magazine (Amazon)

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Sometimes it’s safer not to know your neighbors’ secrets.

Where are Niko and Zora Norman? Crime writer Augusta Hawke puts her sleuthing skills to the test to solve the mystery of her disappearing neighbors in the first entry in a new series.

While Augusta Hawke is a successful author of eighteen crime novels, since her husband’s death she’s been living vicariously through her Jules Maigret-like detective Claude and his assistant Caroline. Then a handsome police detective appears investigating a real-life mystery.

Where are her neighbors, the Normans? No one has a clue what’s happened – except Augusta. Although she isn’t nosy, spending all day staring out the windows for inspiration means she does notice things. Like the Normans arguing. And that they’ve been missing a week.

Once the Normans’ car is found abandoned, Augusta senses material for a bestseller and calls on the investigatory skills she’s developed as a crime writer. But she soon uncovers long-hidden secrets and finds herself facing real-life dangers her characters never faced . . . ones she can’t write her way out of. (Amazon)

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Nati finds herself at a bullring event at her local rodeo, enthralled by the culture of tenacity for both bull and rider, but when the rising star, Cooper Murphy, dies – what seems like a tragic accident is quickly shrouded in suspicion.

Nati, her boyfriend Owen, and her trusty bulldog Sal find themselves in the wrong place at the right time for the local police to call upon her now-sharpened detective skills.
Perfumer Nati is anxious to solve the case so she can trade the animalistic rodeo smells back in for the sweet-smelling scents of her own store.

Trusted local friends turn into suspects in the small town of Roslyn, all while Nati navigates her own personal life through the investigation. Revisit the characters from books past in this satisfying and heartwarming series finale! (Amazon)

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Familiars are going missing…

Bea’s life is about to be upended once again when her brother, local police chief Yuto Goldfrapp, is accused of murdering the familiar center director. She knows her brother is innocent and sets out to prove it.

As usual, things don’t go according to plan. Bea finds out some shocking secrets about her brother and his marriage, and ends up discovering that local familiars have been going missing. Are the two connected?

A cozy paranormal mystery with cats. (Amazon)

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Injury has forced sporting heroine Eliza Kane into premature retirement. With a house to renovate and a romance to rekindle, she moves back to the Isle of Wight, eager to start the next chapter in her life.
However, her plans unravel when she discovers a stash of stage props abandoned in the cellar of her new home. In a quest to return the items to their rightful owner, she is drawn into a search for a charismatic magician who hasn’t been seen on stage for the last twenty years.
Eliza’s enquiries amongst his former fellow entertainers at the old Pine Bay holiday park hit a wall of silence. When she finds herself threatened and in danger, she starts to question whether there is something more sinister about the missing magician’s vanishing act than a simple trick of the eye…
The Puzzle of Pine Bay is the second in a series of humorous cosy mysteries set on the Isle of Wight featuring feisty ex professional golfer turned amateur sleuth Eliza Kane. (Amazon)

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A wedding… A murder… A missing bride…

In a small town like Pine Lake, weddings are always big news so it’s not surprising that the Pine Lake Inn is all abuzz with the impending nuptials.

A wedding is supposed to be a wonderful, joyous occasion but when the bride-to-be goes missing just two days before the ceremony there is a race against the clock to find her.

It soon becomes clear that this isn’t just a case of cold feet when the ghost of a recently murdered man appears.

Will the bride be found before she suffers the same fate?

The clock is ticking…

Tick, tock. Tick, tock…

Includes the bonus short story ‘Ring Around the Rosie’ – A theft threatens to ruin a special day!
(Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 3rd, 2022–Part 2

A three-hundred-year-old house should be full of metaphorical skeletons, not real ones.

But when Paisley Sutton is invited in to salvage the valuables from the attic of an old plantation house, she finds more than she expected amongst the Christmas decorations and trunks of old letters. As she begins to research, she discovers the story of this house has ties to almost everyone she knows, including her own family.

Can Paisley be brave enough to face the facts, and will facing them save her? (Amazon)

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It’s August in the Berkshires, and the area is suffering from a terrible drought. As wetlands dry up, the perfectly-preserved body of a local young man, missing for forty years, is discovered in Wolf Bog by a group of hikers that includes Kathryn Stinson. Who was he and what was his relationship with close friend Charlotte Hinckley, also on the hike, that would make Charlotte become distraught and blame herself for his death? Kathryn’s search for answers leads her to the discovery of fabulous parties held at the mansion up the hill from her rental house, where local teenagers, like the deceased, mingled with the offspring of the wealthy. Other questions dog the arrival of a woman claiming to be the daughter Charlotte gave up for adoption long ago. But is she really Charlotte’s daughter? And if not, what’s her game? Once again, Kathryn’s quest for the truth puts her in grave danger. (Amazon)

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The discovery of an Amish bishop’s remains leads chief of police Kate Burkholder to unearth a chilling secret in The Hidden One, a new thriller from bestselling author Linda Castillo.

Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed, his disappearance becomes even more sinister.

The town’s elders arrive in Painters Mill to ask chief of police Kate Burkholder for help, but she quickly realizes she has a personal connection to the crime. The handsome Amish man who stands accused of the murder, Jonas Bowman, was Kate’s first love. Forced to confront a painful episode from her past, Kate travels to Pennsylvania’s Kishacoquillas Valley, where the Amish culture differs dramatically from the traditions she knows. Though Bishop Stoltzfus was highly respected, she soon hears about a dark side to this complex man. What was he hiding that resulted in his own brutal death?

Someone doesn’t want Kate asking questions. But even after being accosted and threatened in the dead of night, she refuses to back down. Is she too close to the case—and to Jonas—to see clearly? There’s a killer in the Valley who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Will they get to Kate before she can expose the truth? Or will the bishop’s secrets remain hidden forever? (Amazon)

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Death Investigator Angela Richman suspects foul play when a disgraced resident of Chouteau Forest survives one car crash only to then be involved in another.

Until his Porsche careened off the road killing him instantly and not leaving much of him behind, Sterling Chaney was an influential member of Chouteau Forest – home of the one percenters. As the eulogies at his funeral commence, an unexpected guest interrupts . . . Sterling.

The story attracts widespread media coverage. Sterling’s the man who showed up late for his own funeral. He revels in the spotlight, until it’s revealed he earned his fortune via sordid means and exploiting the women who worked for him. It leaves him vilified and shunned by Chouteau society. Then there’s another fatal crash.

This time, Death Investigator Angela Richman is tasked with confirming that Sterling has perished. But her investigation reveals more questions than answers. Were both crashes merely accidents, or was someone doubly determined to kill Sterling? (Amazon)

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Two cousins who start a food stall at their local night market get a serving of murder in this first novel of a delicious new cozy mystery series by Jennifer J. Chow, author of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn’t seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it’s a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn’t cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine’s career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she’s just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.
 
Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine’s surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They’re quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit—literally—when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they’ll be serving is time. (Amazon)

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In Holy Chow, the next mystery from bestselling author David Rosenfelt, the beloved characters—both human and canine—of this fan favorite series are back on the case with the author’s trademark wit and humor.

Retired lawyer Andy Carpenter’s calling has always been running the Tara Foundation. The dog rescue organization places hundreds of dogs in new homes every year. It’s added up to so many dogs and new owners that Andy can’t even do the math. But there’s one dog—and one owner—Andy will always remember.

About a year ago, Rachel Morehouse came to the foundation looking for a companion. In her sixties and recently widowed, Rachel wanted a senior dog that also needed someone. Andy took a liking to her, Rachel took a liking to Lion, an older Chow Chow, and the rest is history.

That is, until Rachel calls Andy begging for a favor: If Rachel dies, will Andy take care of Lion if her stepson cannot? Andy agrees, no questions asked, and promptly forgets about it… until he receives a call from Rachel’s estate to attend her will reading. Which is where he meets Rachel’s stepson, Tony, who is promptly arrested for his stepmother’s murder. And he wants Andy to prove his innocence.

Andy has continued to learn more about the woman he so greatly admired and the businesses she ran, and holy chow, was this woman impressive. The person who killed her deserves to be held accountable, and if Tony is to be believed, they’re still out there. And that possibility is too much for Andy to remain on the sidelines. (Amazon)

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Living in a small town can be laid-back – or it can be murder.

When recent college graduate with an art major and no job prospects, Tansy Silver, suddenly inherits her deceased aunt’s Appalachian small-town lifestyle, she finds herself running a holistic herb shop business… and communicating back and forth in her mind with her wise(cracking) French bulldog companion Hank.

Life seems pleasant and low-key. Except… During one morning walk, Tansy and Hank come upon an odd sight. Rising up from the fountain in the town square, they spot a cheetah print high heel shoe attached to the leg of another shop owner, Rose Hampton. The rest of her body lies underwater in the fountain.

Murdered!

Who did it? Why? The new detective in town first suspects Tansy herself, but even more odd things happen. Every remaining shop owner on Main Street, including Tansy’s friend Millie, receives an anonymous bouquet of flowers dyed black. Who’s behind this? What’s really going on?

With Hank’s entertaining commentary showing up in her mind at key moments, Tansy starts putting together the puzzling clues that she stumbles into. But her efforts put her into real danger as she starts to close in on some answers. This amateur sleuthing isn’t for the faint-hearted. Can Hank get help in time?

Find out when you read The Foot in the Fountain Mystery: A Tansy and Hank Pet Psychic Cozy Mystery. (Amazon)

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Travel agent Campbell Hale’s first boyfriend is back in Nashville for their high-school reunion – but murder, rather than love, is in the air . . .

“Fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Donna Andrews will enjoy this new series” – Booklist

Travel agent Campbell Hale might be flying solo at her twentieth-year school reunion, but that doesn’t mean she’s looking for love. Her almost boyfriend, homicide detective Sam Davis, has stood her up, with the terrible excuse that he has a murder to investigate.

So when she runs into her high-school sweetheart, Franklin “Fly” Young, who makes a point of telling her his marriage is in trouble, she’s not interested – but she can’t help but feel nostalgic. And more to the point, Fly is now a tech millionaire, and he has good news: he’d like her to take on his company’s travel account.

But then Campbell discovers the identity of Detective Davis’ murder victim: Fly’s company accountant. Was his death connected to the company, or is it a terrible coincidence? Soon Campbell is caught up in a nightmare – with her whole life on the line . . .

As well as being a twisty, tightly plotted mystery, with a warm-hearted, witty and loveable protagonist, FLYIN’ SOLO is a wonderful read for anyone who’s ever felt nostalgic for their first love. (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of July 3rd, 2022–Part 1

A sumptuous novel based on the fascinating true story of La Belle Époque icon Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, who shattered the boundaries of fashion with her magnificently sensual and enchantingly unique designs.

Lucy Duff Gordon knows she is talented. She sees color, light, and texture in ways few people can begin to imagine. But is the male dominated world of haute couture, who would use her art for their own gain, ready for her?
 
When she is deserted by her wealthy husband, Lucy is left penniless with an aging mother and her five-year-old daughter to support. Desperate to survive, Lucy turns to her one true talent to make a living. As a little girl, the dresses she made for her dolls were the envy of her group of playmates. Now, she uses her creative designs and her remarkable eye for color to take her place in the fashion world—failure is not an option. 
 
Then, on a frigid night in 1912, Lucy’s life changes once more, when she becomes one of 706 people to survive the sinking of the Titanic. She could never have imagined the effects the disaster would have on her fashion label Lucile, her marriage to her second husband, and her legacy. But no matter what life throws at her, Lucy will live on as a trailblazing and innovative fashion icon, never letting go of what she worked so hard to earn. This is her story. (Amazon)

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Join Flora Steele – bookshop owner, bicycle-rider, and amateur detective – as she faces her most puzzling case yet!

Sussex, 1957: When Flora Steele andhandsome crime writer Jack Carrington attend the grand re-opening of the Priory Hotel in the beautiful little village of Abbeymead, their day out is cut short when the flame-haired female singer in the band suddenly drops dead before their eyes.

Flora is stunned by the unexpected turn of events and immediately deduces foul play. Beverly Russo was a spirited young woman with a big voice and Flora is determined to get to the bottom of her untimely demise – especially as the detective sergeant leading the investigation is so hopeless. The first clue in the extraordinary case is Beverly’s missing ruby ring…

As Flora makes her enquiries, she discovers that Beverly wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and there’s more than one person in Abbeymead who had reason to dislike her. But who had the biggest motive: Beverly’s former beau Tommy May, jealous love rival Sally Jenner, or the local doctor who seems to be up to no good…

Then one of the suspects is found dead in the woods near the Priory Hotel. The murder weapon – a musical instrument. As the investigation reaches a high note, Flora knows she must find the culprit and make them face the music before anyone else is hurt. But will Flora’s tenacity put a dangerous spotlight on both her and Jack?

A delightful cozy crime novel, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis!

Readers love the Flora Steele Mysteries:

Amazing… a top-notch cosy mystery… an engaging, intelligent and intriguing murder mystery that I found totally absorbing.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love this book! I was so captivated… I could not put this book down… I read this book in one sitting!… Amazing.’ @thenerdandherbooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely fantastic… An addictive perfect mix of mystery, crime, suspense and quirkiness which kept me turning the pages late at night!! An explosive start to a new series!’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A joy to read… Full of mystery and secrets!… Truly an unstoppable read! And I loved every minute of it!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved… A cozy, heart-warming, fast read. It felt like Scooby-Doo meets Agatha Raisin. I am here for it!… Delightful.’ Frosta Wings It, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fantastic cozy mystery!… Fun to read… This author knows how to keep the reader’s attention from the first chapter!’ Books and Benches, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wonderful book! I absolutely adored this… Had me reading and finishing the book in no time! I highly recommend!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love… The story twisted along, with everyone becoming a suspect… A fab read, that I devoured in a day.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a joy… Fabulous… Totally fantastic… I highly recommend this outstandingly fabulous book.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pace moves along as you keep turning the pages to find out whodunit. You’ll find yourself rooting for Flora and Jack in more ways than one. I can’t wait for the next book!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

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After a man dies during a performance at Castle Dark, Nora Blake learns just how hard it is to catch a killer, especially if every suspect is a trained actor, in this exciting new Dinner and a Murder Mystery.

Autumn has arrived at Castle Dark, and Nora Blake has settled into her role as an actor in Derek Corby’s castle murder-mystery troupe. She is troubled, however, by the setting of Derek’s fall mystery: the catacombs in the depths of the castle. Yes, these catacombs are part of a set, the skeletons and cobwebs mere props, but Nora feels uneasy in the shadowy passages beneath Castle Dark. When a man is killed during one of their first shows, the eerie catacombs become a place of terror.

Joined by her castle companions, Nora attempts to find the motive for killing a seemingly innocent victim. Some of those answers appear to lie with the local community theater, the members of which Nora has come to know because she has joined Derek’s latest town production. As Nora practices her lines at Wood Glen’s Blue Curtain Theater, she realizes that everyone around her is an actor, and all of her suspects are perfectly capable of convincing others of their innocence. Nora soon discovers that someone else is in danger and that she may also be in the sights of the killer. With the help of her handsome boyfriend, Detective John Dashiell, Nora will have to go off-script to prevent a murderous encore. . . .  (Amazon)

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Amateur sleuth Astrid Swift investigates a maritime mystery in this cosy crime adventure set on the Isle of Wight.

The sailors are ashore, and murder is afoot.

It’s summer in the Isle of Wight, and the islanders have little more to do than munch crab sandwiches, sip pints of Wight Squirrel, and complain about the hordes of tourists arriving for the world famous Cowes Week regatta. But when the local busybody drowns in the harbour, what was set to be a relaxing sailing festival starts to turn deadly.

Art restorer Astrid Swift realises she has stumbled on a fresh case that only she and her new art-club friends can solve. Soon she is embroiled in an investigation involving a grand seafront mansion, a dead billionaire’s nautical paintings, and a sailing prodigy who mysteriously went missing at sea three years ago.

As the deaths stack up, and Astrid confronts ever more dangerous suspects, the Isle of Wight’s reputation for being England’s friendliest island is put to the test…

Praise for M.H. Eccleston:

‘I romped through The Trust… A cosy debut set in a house brimming with secrets… An enchanting murder mystery.’ Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal

‘A feisty heroine, an ingenious plot and a cast of quirky characters that soon feel like your best friends, make The Trust a cozy crime to savour.’ Merryn Allingham, author of The Bookshop Murder

‘Intelligent and gently humorous, with a suitably eccentric cast of characters.’ M S Morris, author of the Bridget Hart books (Amazon)

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Entrepreneur Emma Westlake’s new business is booming until her latest client is arrested for murder in this new Friend for Hire Mystery by USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Emma Westlake, proprietor of A Friend for Hire, finds a heart-wrenching email from a prospective client in her inbox. The email is from Kim Felder, a woman struggling with empty-nest syndrome and an out of left field divorce. Determined to help get Kim in a better headspace, Emma suggests she draft a bucket list of things she has always wanted to do in life but has put off in favor of taking care of everyone else.  
 
Together, they fill that list with fun baking classes, traveling, and dancing in the middle of the street for no reason. Kim also adds in some hilarious items about getting even with her ex. But all laughter ends when Kim’s ex winds up dead via one of the ideas Kim proposed. Now, Kim is Deputy Jack Riordan’s lone suspect in a murder Emma knows she did not commit. Emma will have to put her budding relationship with the deputy on the line to corner a cunning killer. (Amazon)

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A spooky séance. A missing ornament. A double murder.
Can Vivian Shelly really speak to the dead?
Rosie’s not a believer, but her doubts are pushed to the limit when she attends one of Vivian’s séances. There’s something weird about the whole event. Something otherworldly. And the event gets even stranger when murder comes calling…
To complicate matters further, Rosie’s love interest Sergeant Todd Parker has an old school friend staying with him—a female friend—and Rosie’s green with envy!
The whole gang is back: Rosie’s quirky librarian friend, Kim Chen, the town’s hottest cop, Todd Parker, and the sassiest grandmother to be found on the south coast, Nan Ryan. Good thing Trixie the beagle is there. After all, someone’s got to keep this crazy crowd under control…
The Rosie Ryan Mysteries are cozy, clean, fun traditional mysteries that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. (Amazon)

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Neighbours Carole and Jude uncover more than they bargained for when Jude decides to redecorate her cottage in this lighthearted cosy mystery.

Having decided to redecorate Woodside Cottage, Jude has engaged the services of local man Pete, who has painted and decorated the homes of Fethering residents for many years. Pete is currently working on Footscrow House, a large Victorian building which is being converted into holiday flats by a local developer.

Having arranged to meet at ‘Fiasco House’, as it is known locally due to the many failed business enterprises over the years, Jude and Pete make a surprising discovery behind a wall panel: a woman’s handbag! The casual discovery becomes serious when the police identify the handbag’s owner as Anita Garner, a young woman who vanished in suspicious circumstances twenty years earlier.

Determined to find out what really happened to Anita all those years ago, Jude and her neighbour Carole’s investigations plunge them into a maze of deception and murder, as they uncover a number of uncomfortable secrets beneath the serene surface of Fethering life . . . (Amazon)

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At Romano’s Pizza Parlor, murder is always on the menu…

In small town, Lake Basil, Gina has finally gotten her uncle’s pizza parlor back into its authentic Italian shape. The new menu, including the pizza melanzane special, is popular and everyone wants a slice of the pie.

Except for the newest restaurateur in town who happens to be opening a pizzeria right across the street.

When one of Gina’s regulars is found murdered in the alleyway next to the parlor, she’s sure she knows whodunit—her chief competitor.

But the local police, including the crotchety sheriff, have other suspects in mind. And they’re closing Romano’s until they catch the killer…

Can Gina figure out whodunit before the murderer strikes again? Find out in the second installment of the Pizza Parlor series and enjoy an afternoon of cozy mystery intrigue. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

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Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the Vallée de Follet. Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that’s the way he likes it.

Until scandal erupts in the nearby town of Saint-Sauver when its famous restaurant is downgraded from three ‘Michelin’ stars to two. The restaurant is shamed, the town is in shock and the leading goat’s cheese supplier drowns himself in one of his own pasteurisation tanks. Or does he?

Valérie d’Orçay, who staying at the B&B while house-hunting in the area, isn’t convinced that it’s a suicide. Despite his misgivings, Richard is drawn into Valérie’s investigation, and finds himself becoming a major player. (Amazon)

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Review of Mother’s Day Murder

Mother’s Day Murder

Holiday Cozy Mystery, Book #2

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars

Synopsis:

Holiday Cozy Mystery Series is a spin-off of Tonya Kappes’s popular A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series! You do not want to miss Violet Rhinehammer’s journey and some appearances from our beloved Laundry Club Ladies and favorite characters from A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery crossover series!

It’s Mother’s Day in Holiday Junction and Violet Rhinehammer is covering all the Mother’s Day events in the holiday town and not alone! Her mother is in town to see exactly why her daughter decide to stay in the small town instead of coming home to Kentucky to their beloved Daniel Boone National Park.

To say Violet’s mother isn’t very fond of Violet’s new home is one thing and has to defend her issues against some of the leading mothers in Holiday Junction has put Violet in a very hard spot. After all, Violet has been trying to get in the inner circle so she can hear the good gossip since she is writing the anonymous gossip column in Junction Journal.

When a mother in that gossip circles turns up dead, Violet Rhinehammer’s mother is Chief Strickland’s number one suspect.

Who on earth could do such a thing on Mother’s Day? Certainly not Violet Rhinehammer’s mother and Violet has to put on her best journalist-investigating skills to the test and solve the murder before mother goes to jail and Violet is again out of a job.

Holiday Cozy Mystery Series is your one stop read for cozy mysteries set during the holidays. Some of them will be released before the intended holiday but most won’t because Tonya writes these exclusively for her Patreon group and releases them as she sees fit. If you’d like more information on the Patreon group you can go to Tonya’s website in her Amazon bio to check it out.   (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Violet is making a go at living on her own in Holiday Junction.  But her mother has come to visit Violet which is not good news for Violet.  When a woman that her mother had words with is murdered, Violet has to solve the mystery before her mother goes to prison.  It was nice to see Violet and her mother working on their relationship.

The author is very talented]on her descriptive writing and it grabbed my attention and held it throughout the book.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and you will need your detective hat on to try and solve it. 

I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to seeing what Violet gets into next.

I volunteered to review an ARC of this book and and I have given this honest review.

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–When We Return

When We Return: A Novel
Multicultural Fiction
River Grove Books (May 17, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 297 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZBN14ML

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Eliana Tobias and her new book  When We Return.

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Play – 


When We Return: A Novel
by Eliana Tobias

When We Return is on a Great Escapes Tour, which I recommend for any crime and mystery author-bloggers. See the Full Review upcoming in July
~Jemima Pett

Who should be held responsible for public wrongs?

By 2008, it finally seems that the Peruvian government is ready to make amends to its citizens following the violent guerilla movement of the last three decades.

Otilia and Salvador, a mother and son torn apart during the conflict and separated for twenty years, are eager for the government to acknowledge he their pain and suffering, but they hit a roadblock when the government denies responsibility in their legal case.

Things begin to look up when Otilia meets Jerry, a kind man and the son of Jewish parents who escaped the Holocaust. Grappling with his own upbringing and the psychological struggles his parents endured, Jerry is just the person to empathize with Otilia’s situation. Together, Otilia, Jerry, and Salvador must support one another through the turbulent journey that is healing from historical trauma, and through it, they must find the courage to rebuild their lives and open themselves up to love and companionship.

Artfully weaving together different timelines and countries, Tobias examines the nuanced topic of grief a community endures after a collective tragedy. In this exploration of the culture of remembrance following displacement and loss, we discover what happens when our past calls us back to what we must do to achieve justice and reconciliation when we return.

 

“Eliana Tobias has managed in this moving and intelligent novel to show us two characters who, coming from very different worlds, at the end are telling the same story. The story of disarray, discrimination, and injustice. Showing us as well that hate is everywhere and the only antidote we have is memory and love.”
—Carla Guelfenbein, Alfaguara-award winner and internationally recognized author of eight novels including In the Distance With You

 

Eliana Tobias was born in Santiago, Chile, to immigrant parents who had escaped the Holocaust. She graduated from the University of Chile and later completed graduate degrees in the US and Canada. After working in the field of education in various capacities, including teaching at the National University in Trujillo, Peru, she discovered her love of writing.

Eliana’s rich experience of political turmoil—listening to stories of the Holocaust when Jewish communities in Europe had been shattered, losing family in Chile under military dictatorship, and living in Peru during a time of intense civil conflict—fueled her passion to write about the ways people caught in devastation find to rebuild their lives. Eliana’s first novel, In the Belly of the Horse, received an award from the International Latino Book Awards in 2018 and was also nominated for the Latino Book Into Movies Awards. Eliana splits her time between California and British Columbia.

Author Website – https://elianatobias.com/

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

June 21 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – Jemima Pett, Author – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – REVIEW IN JULY

June 23 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT  

June 24 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

June 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 25 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

June 26 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – FUONLYKNEW  SPOTLIGHT

June 27 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

June 28 – Storied Conversation – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – The Mystery of Writing – SPOTLIGHT

June 30 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

July 1 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Review of Murder By Fireworks

 

Murder By Fireworks
A Kay Driscoll Mystery, Book #3
Susan Bernhardt
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Wedding bells are in the air, and so is murder.

Kay Driscoll’s son’s wedding reception for two hundred guests is in her backyard. As if that wasn’t enough, a precocious and troubled twelve-year-old is foisted on her two days before the wedding. When the happy day arrives, one of the guests disrupts the event and is asked to leave: a womanizing member of Kay’s book club.

A few days later, after a Fourth of July fireworks show, he is found dead on the beach. Kay and her ever-present friends, Elizabeth and Deirdre, investigate the death, which at first is declared a suicide. They believe this is a cover-up and go about to prove their theory, an arduous task because the potential suspects are many, and few (if any) will regret the victim’s death. (Goodreads)

Review:

Kay Driscoll is one determined woman, who is willing to do anything for her family. She is organized and a planner and is not afraid of hard work. She shows us this by being willing to plan and host her son’s wedding. That is a big undertaking but she does not let that affect her. Even when she finds out that she is going to have an unexpected house guest for an undetermined amount of time she goes with the flow without complaining (most of the time). When someone she knows if found murdered, she just adds finding his killer to her To-Do list. Not much phases Kay.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I really enjoyed getting to spend with Kay, Deirdre and Elizabeth. They are quite a threesome. They all have very distinct personalities and all bring something different to their friendship. Kay’s husband, Phil, is still rather clueless but he loves Kay, so he is not all bad. I enjoyed getting to meet Janey, Phil’s cousin’s daughter. She is quite a character, she has some good qualities and some not so good qualities, and this made her seem all the more realistic to me. Another thing that made the book seem more life-like is that Kay is older, with grown children. So many of the cozies I read have younger main characters that do not have a family. I thought the fact that Kay has a family made Kay more relatable to me, and that is definitely a plus in my book.

One of the many things I like about this book (and series) is the fact that when I’m reading, I feel like I am getting an insight into the author’s life. You know that she is writing from personal experiences and memories. I feel like I am getting a little look into her life and the things that she enjoys and traditions she has with her own family. This, to me, makes the book so much more realistic and personable.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place. The mystery is well plotted and carried on throughout the entire book. There are enough twists and turns to keep Kay and the reader guessing the whole time. Throw in some red herrings and enough clues to sift through and you have a top notch mystery to try to solve. I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end.

I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. You cannot go wrong reading any of this author’s books, they are all entertaining, creative and intriguing. If you have not read this book (or any of the books written by this author) what are you waiting for?

Review of Buttercream Bump Off

Buttercream Bump Off

Cupcake Bakery Mystery, Book #2

Jenn McKinlay

5 Stars

Synopsis:

 Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura’s Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel’s mother. Now Mom’s a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man’s shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.  (Amazon)

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mel and Angie are like sisters who have gone into business together, owning a bakery shop.  Sometimes they even argue like sisters.  And they are very good at solving mysteries together.  When Mel’s mother’s date is murdered, her mom is a suspect.  They will have to figure out the culprit to save her mom from going to jail.  

The writer is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions kept me engaged throughout the entire book.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and you will want to collect clues to help you solve it.  

I really like this series.  The characters are top-notch, the setting is inviting and the mysteries are intriguing.  I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.

New Releases For The Week Of June 26th, 2022–Part 4

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

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

In book 19 in the series, it’s spring in Holiday Bay and new guests have arrived to enjoy the plentiful sunshine. Lonnie has begun construction of the four new cottages and decisions relating to color and design keep Abby hopping. Abby’s most recent manuscript has been turned in leaving time in her schedule to pitch in as a volunteer for the annual spring events and everything is as it should be with the exception of the disturbing emails Georgia has been receiving. So far Colt isn’t too concerned chalking it up to an obsessive fan, but when the emails migrate from her work email to her personal account Colt decides it’s time to put a stop to it. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

WHEN VERITY MEADOWS ACCEPTS AN INVITATION TO ‘MURDER MOST DEADLY’ THE LAST THING SHE EXPECTS IS MURDER!

The annual murder mystery evening at Hawbury Manor is going surprisingly smoothly for once—until one too many corpses appear during the second act. And when Verity’s nemesis, Detective Ulysses Hodge, arrives on the scene, Verity knows it’s only a matter of time before things go from bad to worse. With the killer still at large, she and her fearless companion, Leeanne Keating, race to piece together the clues. But, as they close in on the killer, the investigation takes a dramatic turn.

When Verity faces losing everything she’s ever loved, she and Leeanne must track down the one person who can prevent it—her former business partner and wanted criminal, Marcus Pickering.

As Verity brings her newfound sleuthing skills to bear, she discovers that all families have their secrets, and some are worth killing for.

Believe Nothing. Suspect Everyone. Expect Anything.

Murder Most Deadly
 is the second in a series of humorous British Cosy Crime novels featuring amateur sleuth, Verity Meadows, and her charismatic sidekick, Leeanne Keating. Set in the fictional English village of Hawbury, it contains all the classic elements of a cosy mystery with plenty of laughs throughout.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: ‘Murder Most Deadly’ is the second book in a trilogy. Some of its story elements follow on from the first book in the series, ‘Death Comes to Hawbury’ so, while it can be read as a standalone novel, it is advisable to read the books in order of publication to avoid any spoilers.

Praise For Death Comes to Hawbury

“A cosy crime at its finest. The characters are memorable, and the mystery is tightly plotted. Laugh out loud funny. More, please!”

– Chris McDonald – Author of The Stonebridge Mysteries

“Verity Meadows is an absolute gem of a character: She’s ballsy, quick-witted, and sharp-tongued… With its modern-day setting, slick dialogue, and plenty of humour, this was a very enjoyable read.”

– The Reading Room

“I absolutely loved this book and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. If you like M C Beaton, Agatha Christie and Kate Greenwood. Highly recommended.”

– Amazon Reviewer

“Really enjoyed this – it was so funny in places and great characterisation. Didn’t guess who the culprit was until the end! Eagerly awaiting the next in what I hope to be a long series.”

– Amazon Reviewer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

In urgent need of protection

Murder on the Mountain by Cassie Miles

FBI special agent Julia Last is running a secret FBI safe house for injured officers and protected witnesses. So when Deputy Paul Hemmings arrives, convinced one of her guests has committed murder, Julia wants him gone. But when she becomes the killer’s next target, Paul offers to protect her. With a murderer living among them, can they solve the crime before their newfound passion makes them easy prey?

Missing in the Mountains by Julie Anne Lindsey

When Emma Hart witnesses her sister being kidnapped, the only person she can trust to keep her and her baby safe is army vet turned security expert Sawyer Lance. He immediately offers his help but is shocked to meet her young son—a boy who looks a lot like him. To protect their reunited family, Emma and Sawyer will have to find the kidnapper before he strikes again.

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Cassie Miles

2 Thrilling Stories

Murder on the Mountain and Missing in the Mountains (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Wall Street Journal bestselling series.

A serial killer wants to play. FBI Agent Nina Guerrera has no time for games.

Six female undergrads at an elite university vanish. The media descends. The families demand action. And as Special Agent Nina Guerrera follows clue by chilling clue, she realizes she’s tracking the most cunning predator of her career.

The case takes a turn for the worse, and the bizarre, when several victims are found perfectly preserved. No signs of violence, no hint of how they died. Just more evidence that the killer is cruel, calculating, and a master of mind control.

With her mission compromised, Nina must face her greatest failure—and greatest fear—to stop a deadly hunter before he claims another prize. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

A murdered woman.
An antique Art Deco necklace.
A reason to celebrate
And a reason to mourn.


The future couldn’t have been brighter now that Joan had sold her business and had planned an around the world trip with her husband. With the sale completed, she had the money and the time to do exactly what she’d always wanted to do. Along with her husband, family, ex-business partner, and several friends, she attended an outdoor concert to celebrate the sale. It was the culmination of everything she’d ever wanted.

When she briefly left the concert at intermission, she decided to walk away from the crowds so she could look at the stars. As she was gazing up into the magical night sky, she recognized the person who walked up behind her and felt no fear. She also never felt the knife as it was plunged into her body. Fortunately, her death was sudden and swift.

Detective Jeff Combs has the case, and as she has so many times before, his wife, Marty, agrees to help. Neither of them could have foreseen the consequences that changed their life.

This is the 17th and final book of the High Desert Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder lurks behind the prettiest blooms…

The past doesn’t always stay in the past. Deeds can come back to haunt us. That’s what happens to florist Peony Bellefleur’s protégé and young witch, Char, when her old boyfriend turns up out of the blue saying he wants another chance. Turns out he’s really on the run from crime. Meanwhile there’s a competition among some of the women in the Cotswold village of Willow Waters to support the church vicar, a widower who graciously accepts everything from home-baked bread to hand-embroidered vestments. Is someone too competitive?

Life in the charming village may look picture perfect on the outside, but like the camellias now in bloom, there can be stinging insects hiding amongst the perfect petals.

Karma Camellia is the second in the Village Flower Shop series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If you enjoy a little magic with your murder, along with beautiful flowers, a mysterious Lord living in a run-down castle and a circle of women who are closer than sisters, this is the series for you.

“I wish someone would send me flowers like these! Great feel-good entertainment with enough mystery to keep you guessing.” (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

It’s 2003, nearly 30 years after the Vietnam War…Blanche “Bang” Murninghan is sitting on the dock of the Peel ‘n Eat Pier on Santa Maria Island, sipping an excellent draft and wiggling her fishing pole after an elusive sheepshead. It’s hot out and the sun is shining. She doesn’t see the woman eyeing her from the fishing hut—not until she appears at Blanche’s side and forever disrupts Blanche’s peaceful idyll in this quiet Gulf coast town.The woman is Jean McMahon and she needs Blanche’s help—her amateur sleuthing skills have become local legend after she helped solve the murder of a friend and dodge some drug-dealing land developers. Jean needs a good dose of that Blanche determination and doggedness. It’s not a simple favor Jean asks. Will Blanche go to Vietnam with her and look for Jean’s mother?It’s as if Jean has ripped a new hole in Blanche’s heart. Her father was killed in Vietnam, and she’s never gotten much history from her beloved grandmother and mother on the subject. Jean’s request grows on her. Blanche wants the truth…Blanche and Jean don’t stop once they land in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, and ex-pat “Stick” Dahlkamp makes sure of that. They pick up the search together. The three cross the rice paddies on Stick’s Honda Dream to Ben Tre and My Tho, old stomping grounds for Stick, a former Ninth Infantry Division Riverine and now bar owner of the popular, The Follies. He’s got friends in jungle towns who might help, and indeed they do. And don’t. Blanche begins to wonder if he’s running them off the road.They trace Jean’s mother’s steps around South Vietnam, to where she met Hank McMahon, an infantry scout with the old Americal division. They meet more than one shady character who thinks it better to let things lie, deep and peaceful, just the way that they were after the horror of war passed. But Blanche’s stubbornness beats down the door. She is looking for Jean’s mother, and following her father’s trail. He left without a trace. Or did he? Does anyone? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Friends in need, old secrets and death!

The last thing Fee expected to be investigating is a murder so close to home—and her heart. When tragedy strikes a beloved Reading family, it’s up to Fee and the team at Fleming Investigations to protect the ones they care about and keep BCI Detective Rowan Mallory from sending the wrong person to prison for murder. But when the lead suspect is a close and personal friend who seems to think he’s guilty… what’s a redhead to do but prove him wrong?

Available now from Fleming Investigations Cozy Mysteries:
Patent Pending and Death
Inquiring Minds and Death
Finding Zen and Death
All In and Death
Out With the Old and Death
Tropical Destinations and Death
Family Enterprise and Death

Haute Couture and Death (May 31st) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of June 26th, 2022–Part 3

When Bernie and Libby Simmons, sisters and co-owners of A Little Taste of Heaven, are hired to cater a posh pooch party, they wind up stepping into a fresh murder investigation!

At A Little Taste of Heaven, Bernie and Libby Simmons cater all sorts of affairs, from book clubs to bridal showers and everything in between. So when their counterman, Googie, asks them to cater a doggie wedding for his girlfriend Jenni’s eight-month-old golden retrievers, they jump on the opportunity. The reception, which will also serve as a grand opening for Jennie’s new doggie daycare center, is no small affair. Bertha and Ernie—the bride and groom—will be celebrating with more than a hundred guests, including the puppers’ pals and their people.
 
But all weddings, even shaggy shindigs, come with some drama. Not everyone in town is excited about the upcoming pup-tuials—or Jenni’s business. Someone is sending threatening messages to Bernie, Libby, and others in town, warning them to cancel the festivities. But when folks start dying under curious circumstances, Bernie and Libby know it’s up to them to untangle the leads and find the murderer before anyone else bites it.
 
Includes Original Recipes for You to Try! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Authentic social history at the birth of the NHS, an intriguing murder, a strong and convincing central character, and McPherson’s wonderful story-telling skills make this a very classy mystery’ ANN CLEEVES

Helen leaned close enough to fog the mirror with her breath and whispered, ‘You, my girl, are a qualified medical almoner and at eight o’clock tomorrow morning you will be on the front line of the National Health Service of Scotland.’ Her eyes looked huge and scared. ‘So take a shake to yourself!”

Edinburgh, 1948.
 Helen Crowther leaves a crowded tenement home for her very own office in a doctor’s surgery. Upstartungratefulout of your depth – the words of disapproval come at her from everywhere but she’s determined to take her chance and play her part.

She’s barely begun when she stumbles over a murder and learns that, in this most respectable of cities, no one will fight for justice at the risk of scandal. As Helen resolves to find a killer, she’s propelled into a darker world than she knew existed, hardscrabble as her own can be. Disapproval is the least of her worries now.

IN PLACE OF FEAR
 is a gripping new historical crime novel that is both enthralling and entertaining, and perfect for fans of AJ Pearce and Nicola Upson.

Readers love IN PLACE OF FEAR:
‘What a wonderful book this is!’
‘I loved [it] … Helen is another cracker of a heroine from McPherson and I hope to read much more of her story in future’
‘Historical crime from a talented pen. Intriguing and compelling in equal measure’
‘An excellent read’  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover

Pandemic lockdowns have Ruth Galloway feeling isolated from everyone but a new neighbor—until Nelson comes calling, investigating a decades-long string of murder-suicides that’s looming ever closer.

Three years after her mother’s death, Ruth is finally sorting through her things when she finds a curious relic: a decades-old photograph of her own Norfolk cottage—before she lived there—with a peculiar inscription on the back. Ruth returns to the cot­tage to uncover its meaning as Norfolk’s first cases of Covid-19 make headlines, leaving her and Kate to shelter in place there. They struggle to stave off isolation by clapping for frontline workers each evening and befriending a kind neighbor, Zoe, from a distance.

Meanwhile, Nelson is investigating a series of deaths of women that may or may not be suicide. When he links a case to an archaeological dis­covery, he breaks curfew to visit Ruth and enlist her help. But the further Nelson investigates the deaths, the closer he gets to Ruth’s isolated cot­tage—until Ruth, Zoe, and Kate all go missing, and Nelson is left scrambling to find them before it’s too late. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

When Sarah Blair’s mother participates in a reality show competition for brides in Wheaton, Alabama, things get a little too real as a murderer crashes the wedding party . . .

Sometimes Sarah’s mother, Maybelle, can be higher maintenance than her Siamese cat RahRah. Maybelle and her friend, Mr. George Rogers, have been chosen to be one of five couples competing for a small-town “perfect” wedding and dream honeymoon on a Southern Belles reality show—and guess who has to be chaperone. Even more vexing, the producers have decided to put up the crew and participants at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah’s nemesis Jane Clark.
 
But when someone turns up dead with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hands, she goes from being Sarah’s chief rival to the police’s chief suspect. Neither Sarah nor her twin, Chef Emily Johnson, can stand Jane—still, they don’t think she’s a murderer. The producers vow the show must go on, but to protect their mother and the other contestants, Sarah vows to find the true killer before someone else gets eliminated . . .
 
Includes quick and easy recipes!

“The Sarah Blair mysteries are such a perfect blend of wit, fun, intrigue, and mouth-watering food descriptions that cozy fans will be eager for another helping.”
—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Country life comes with beautiful scenery, adventure and murder…

Cassie Alberta loves her life in Little Leaf Creek. After her husband’s sudden death, she never thought she would live next door to two goats and an ornery neighbor, let alone develop a romance with a hunky local. She’s come to realize that life is full of unexpected surprises. But she’s still completely shocked when a fun day of kayaking ends in murder.

Cassie partners with her ex-cop next-door neighbor to help find the killer. With a little help from a collie mix, a budding actress and a love-sick artist they do a little sleuthing. With a torrent of suspects and clues, it is a race against time to find the murderer before the victim list gets even longer.

Can Cassie catch the true culprit before she, or someone close to her, becomes the next fatality?

Recipe included: Chocolate Brownies

Dead in Little Leaf Creek is the fast-paced fifteenth book in the Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Series. If you like unexpected twists and turns, lively personalities, sweet treats, lovable animals and a never-ending list of suspicious characters, you’ll love this heartwarming whodunnit by USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell.

Buy Dead in Little Leaf Creek to start solving the murder today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Just as Patrick and Becky are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, something unthinkable happens. Can their magical love for each other survive this surprising new development?

That’s all I can tell you!

Join Becky and the gang in Asheville as they deal with the next family emergency and an overwhelmed Becky continues to help ghosts with their unfinished business. The author recommends that you read the series of books in order beginning with the first book, A Medium’s Birthday Surprise.

Fans of the TV series Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and The Dead Zone will enjoy this series.

The 12th book in this delightful cozy ghost mystery series is available for preorder now. If you love sweet clean mysteries with ghost stories, this is the series for you. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

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A Valkyrie with Haphazard Magic

A Fallen Angel Seeking Redemption

An Unlikely Crime-Solving Duo

When Kara agreed to go to the Valentine’s Day parade with Zane, she didn’t think they’d end the night solving a crime–but that’s exactly what happened. When a local witch is found dead on the Ferris wheel, the two detectives spring into action. With the list of suspects piling high, Kara and Zane scramble to gather clues and solve the case. Between coming to grips with the fact her biological father may be an evil witch, figuring out what to do with her deepening feelings for Zane, honing her magical abilities, attending a Margarita Memorial, and discovering who wanted the body on Doc Treestone’s slab dead…Kara’s fighting for sanity. Good thing she has plenty of heart-shaped chocolates and peanut butter whiskey to keep her company. But just when the two detectives think they have everything figured out, a curveball they didn’t see coming takes them out at the knees. Can Kara figure out what’s really going on? Or will this Valentine’s Day be her last? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A friend in trouble, a family secret, and unexpected revelation. Eira’s out to find the truth and save someone she loves.

Eira’s on the hunt for the truth about Fleur’s mother, so the last thing she needs is another murder on her hands. Even less so when her apprentice is accused of that murder.

The clock is counting down.

Can she save Fleur and find the truth before it’s too late?

Can she handle the truth if she does?

Join witch Eira Snow, her bubbly apprentice Fleur Evans, and a cast of quirky characters as they solve a new mystery in the quaint Welsh village of Caerleon.

Put Your Best Witch Forward is the fourth book in the Eira Snow series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If you like believable characters, fun mysteries with surprising clues, then you’ll love Victoria DeLuis’ delightful story.Grab ‘Put Your Best Witch Forward’ and cozy up with your new favourite witch today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of June 26th, 2022–Part 2

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Two-time Lambda Literary Award-winning author Ann McMan introduces readers to a spinster postal investigator for the Winston-Salem Dead Letter Office who finds herself enmeshed in the mystery of solving who is sending undeliverable love letters to the town’s 18th-century hortus medicus.

The year is 1960, and Gunsmoke is the most popular show on TV. Elvis Presley tops the Billboard charts, and a charismatic young senator named John F. Kennedy is running for president. And, in North Carolina, four young Black men sit down at a Woolworth’s lunch counter and demand service.

Enter Esther Jane (EJ) Cloud, a forty-something spinster who manages the Dead Letter Office at the Winston-Salem post office. EJ leads a quiet life in her Old Salem ancestral home and spends her free time volunteering in the town’s 18th-century medicinal garden.

One sunny Spring morning, EJ’s world is turned upside down when she is handed a stack of handwritten letters that have all been addressed to a nonexistent person at the garden. This simple act sets in motion a chain of events that will lead EJ on a life-altering quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious letter writer—and into a surprising, head-on confrontation with the harsh realities of the racial injustice that is as deeply rooted in the life of her community as the ancient herbs cultivated in the Moravian garden.

When EJ is forced to read the letters to look for clues about the anonymous sender, what she discovers are lyrical tales of a forbidden passion that threaten to unravel the simple contours of her unexamined life. EJ’s official quest soon morphs into a journey of self-discovery. Her surprising accomplice on this quest becomes a savvy, street smart ten-year-old wielding an eye patch and a limitless supply of aphorisms. Together, the unlikely duo makes pilgrimages to a tiny town called Paradise to try and crack the case—while ultimately learning better ways to navigate the changing world around them. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Samantha Kidd has gotten the swing of sleuthing, but she’s an absolute beginner when it comes to being a spy…

When Samantha Kidd places the winning bid on a mystery trunk from the estate of a sixties pop star, she’s over the moon—until she opens it and discovers more than mod fashions: top secret papers that suggest something more menacing than miniskirts.

Repeated attempts to steal the trunk motivate Samantha to sell it—but not until after she’s removed the questionable items. But when the trunk’s new owner is found dead with the singer’s record in his hand, even Nancy Sinatra’s boots can’t make Samantha walk away. Turning the tables on mods, rockers, and bad guys galore may require a little help from her friends, but if they fail, there’s no room for an encore.

Can Samantha put a spin on the classic sixties spy story, or will the needle drop before she gets into her groove? (Amazon)

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In Gone but Not Furgotten, the sixth in Cate Conte’s Cat Café beloved cozy mystery series, Daybreak Island has a killer on the loose…and this villain isn’t afraid to use their claws.

Maddie James has big plans for the summer season at JJ’s House of Purrs. But when her friend, master meditator and Tai Chi teacher Cass Hendricks, brings a potential animal hoarding situation to her attention, Maddie has to refocus her attention on the furry felines who may need a helping paw.

Cass has brought his Zen teachings to Fisherman’s Cove—a tiny, working class town on Daybreak Island—and one of his students, Laurel, has been on the receiving end more than one hissy fit from her neighbors, mostly because of her cats. When Maddie and Cass go to Laurel’s to check out the situation, not only do they find a plethora of cats in need, but also a dead body. Laurel appears to have had an unfortunate accident falling down her stairs, but Maddie gets a sneaking suspicion that something more sinister might be behind her death. When she voices her concerns, she’s horrified that it’s Cass who falls under suspicion.

With Grandpa Leo’s help, Maddie has to dig into the secrets this small community is keeping close to find out why Laurel really died before Cass is put behind bars . . . or the killer strikes again. (Amazon)

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Mud season takes on a whole new meaning in the coastal town of Busman’s Harbor, Maine, when local business owners sling dirt at one another in a heated feud over a proposed pedestrian mall. Vandalism is one thing, but murder means Julia Snowden of the Snowden Family Clambake steps in to clean up the case . . .
 
When Julia spots police cars in front of Lupine Design, she races over. Her sister Livvie works there as a potter. Livvie is unharmed but surrounded by smashed up pottery. The police find the owner Zoey Butterfield digging clay by a nearby bay, but she has no idea who would target her store. Zoey is a vocal advocate for turning four blocks of Main Street into a pedestrian mall on summer weekends. Other shop owners, including her next-door neighbor, are vehemently opposed. Could a small-town fight provoke such destruction? When a murder follows the break-in, it’s up to Julia to dig through the secrets and lies to uncover the truth . . .
 
Praise for Shucked Apart
 
“An intelligent, well-plotted page-turner with likeable characters and a doozy of an ending. Highly recommended.”
Suspense Magazine (Amazon)

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The proprietor of a fairy garden and tea shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Courtney Kelly has an occasional side gig as a sleuth—with a sprinkling of magical assistance. . . .

Courtney has thrown a few fairy garden parties—for kids. But if a local socialite is willing to dip into her trust fund for an old sorority sister’s fortieth birthday bash, Courtney will be there with bells on. To make the job even more appealing, a famous actress, Farrah Lawson, is flying in for the occasion, and there’s nothing like a celebrity cameo to raise a business’s profile.
 
Now Courtney has less than two weeks to paint a mural, hang up tinkling windchimes, plan party games, and conjure up all the details. While she works her magic, the hostess and her girlfriends head off for an indulgent spa day—which leads to a fateful facial for Farrah, followed by her mysterious death. Could the kindhearted eyebrow waxer who Farrah berated in public really be the killer, as the police suspect? Courtney thinks otherwise, and with the help of her imaginative sleuth fairy, sets out to dig up the truth behind this puzzling murder . . .
 
Praise for Daryl Wood Gerber’s A Sprinkling of Murder
 
“Enchanting series launch from Agatha Award winner Gerber. . . . Cozy fans will wish upon a star for more.”
Publishers Weekly

“A winner. . . . Fans of Laura Childs’ work will enjoy.”
Booklist (Amazon)

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The witches in Sweet Mountain Meadows are bursting with jubilant anticipation. Samhain has arrived, and Daisy’s excited to learn that this year also marks the 100th anniversary of their coven. The old inn where they’ve decided to gather for this auspicious occasion is charmingly perfect, even if it’s quite possibly haunted by a disgruntled miner’s ghost.

The evening is everything Daisy could hope for, until one of the inn’s employees is found dead, and everything begins to unravel. She’s shocked to learn there’s a murderer in their midst and that it could be one of her coven sisters. Worse, some start whispering that Gideon’s the one who’s brought death to their doorstep, and Daisy doesn’t know how to stop the rumors.

If that wasn’t enough, Gideon’s haunting past makes him question his relationship with Daisy. When he disappears, Daisy’s heartbroken and struggles to focus on the investigation. Luckily, her friends are around to bolster her, and they have some creative ideas to reunite the couple. But will it be enough to bring Gideon back and help her solve the murder?

Mysterious Midlife is the seventh book in the Sweet Mountain Witches Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery series. If you like the thrill of solving a murder, enjoy a sweet romance, and believe that life begins at forty, you’ll love this series.

Grab your copy today!

Note: Does not contain gore, swearing, or adult-situations. (Amazon)

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Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect . . .

After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed . . . (Amazon)

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He’s snarky, but ever since Jameson became Isabella’s familiar, he’s had her back.

Now it’s time for her to return the favor.


She promised to rescue his sister from a fraternity stronghold. The only problem is, she’ll need help from her sorority.

That’s right, the women who hate her.

In a desperate attempt to get the witches to work together, Hope asked a highly-regarded witch, Inanna, to train Isabella and her group.

Isabella’s pretty sure the Geneva Convention was violated in her training but it doesn’t matter. Inanna was found dead on the library steps.

The warning is clear, but a promise is a promise. Isabella can’t back down, even if she has to go it alone.

When a friend is kidnapped in retaliation, can she finally convince everyone to work together? (Amazon)

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