Review of Harlow

A Hathaway Sister Mystery, Book #2
Kathi Daley
5 Stars


The Hathaway Sisters is a new mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kathi Daley. In book 2 of the series, bookstore owner Harlow Hathaway buys forty boxes of books, some rare and some not, at the estate sale of a man who recently died. With the help of her best friend Cooper Callaway, she begins to inventory her purchase finds a complete set of signed novels penned by her favorite author of all time, Alistair Winslow.

Winslow is a reclusive writer who spins his tales from a secret hideaway. Most assume that Alistair Winslow is a pen name and not a given name, but while many have tried, none have been able to unmask the man and reveal his true identity.

At the bottom of one of the boxes is an envelope with what look to be pages from an unpublished manuscript. Harlow is sure the manuscript was penned by Winslow and that the novel, which is much different that his other work, holds a secret to his true identity. Harmony and Coop take to the road in search of answers relating to the reclusive author and his relationship with the reluctant heir who appears to have been his friend. (Goodreads)



Harlow is hardworking and curious and when she comes across a mystery, she is hard pressed to let it go. When she buys some books from an estate sale and finds a complete set of signed novels by her favorite author of all time, Alistair Winslow, she is beyond excited. No one knows the author’s true identity and she thinks it would be great to figure out who the author is. With the help of her good friend, Coop, who is a private investigator, she sets out to do just that. But things never work out the way that we plan, and she finds herself investigating a murder along with the hidden identity.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Coop is a great guy and the friendship between him and Harlow may be moving into something more serious. I was great to spend more time with Harlow’s family and catch up on what is going on in their lives.

The writing style flows smoothly throughout the entire book. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery was well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I liked the fact that Harlow did not stumble across a dead body, which happens often in cozies that I reads. It was refreshing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like cozies that have a lot of family dynamics, you should give this book a try.



New releases For The Week Of May 19th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 19th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Spirit Magic: A Chocolate Magic Cozy Mystery by [Swift, Olivia]


Create your own magical moment! Grab a coffee and maybe some chocolate while you dive into this cozy mystery!

Magda Caraganic already is a successful chocolatier. When she inherits an old stable from her aunt, she decides to convert it into a chocolate shop and café. The best contractor to help with the conversion is the man she has argued with since she was fifteen.
The work sparks off spirit activity marked by the appearance of a mysterious ghost cat. Magda’s beautiful Birman cat, Crystal, starts to act strangely. What can it all mean?
This is a story of friendship, friendly ghosts, cats, chocolate and true love.  (Amazon)

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Pit & Miss Murder (A Barkside of the Moon Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [George, Renee]When Lily Mason’s uncle is accused of murdering a prominent Moonrise citizen, the amateur detective and her loyal pit bull Smooshie must dig out the truth and find the real killer. 

Integrating isn’t easy for a shifter in an all human town, but Lily Mason is finally making it work. She has love in her life, enjoys a great job, attends community college, and best of all, her fixer-upper house is nearly livable. She couldn’t be happier.

Until her Uncle Buzz is accused of murder.

A prominent member of the community has been found murdered in the parking lot of her uncle’s cafe,The Cat’s Meow. And thanks to a contentious relationship with the victim, Uncle Buzz is the number one suspect.

Now Lily, Smooshie, and the Moonrise gang must solve the murder before Lily’s only family ends up behind bars.   (Amazon)

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Hazy Grooms and Homicides: A Chinese Cozy Mystery (A Raina Sun Mystery Book 8) by [Tan, Anne R.]


Rain Sun arrives in Las Vegas to elope and ends up with a missing groom. With an overbooked hotel-casino and a rock and roll conference, Raina thought her fiancé was helping the hotel-casino with their security—until a strange woman searches Raina’s room and a dead woman is found in a laundry bag.

And to make matters worse, the security videos show both Raina and her fiancé interacting separately with the dead woman hours before her death. With no communication from her fiancé, Raina fears the worse—he is in hiding. But from whom? And how is he connected to the victim? With the help of the grandmas, can Raina find the killer and track down her fiancé?

Come join Raina, Po Po, and the rest of the gang in Sin City. It’s Vegas, baby! Grab your copy of “Hazy Grooms and Homicides” today!  (Amazon)

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Witchy Dreams: An Amanda M. Lee Cozy Mystery Sampler by [Lee, Amanda M.]Magic.
Meet five mystical and powerful heroines who live in worlds where all three are at a premium. The laughs (and snark) never end.
Visit a tourist town branded for witches, a magical college where not everything is as it seems, and a tropical island where every manner of paranormal creature you can imagine live (and fight) together. Join a group of monster hunters who are looking for proof that magic is real … even though their newest member is exactly what they’re searching for. And, finally, sit down with a family of reapers who are loyal, smart, and absolute magnets for trouble.
This limited-time sampler includes: Any Witch Way You Can (Wicked Witches of the Midwest Book 1), Awakening (Covenant College Book 1), The Bigfoot Blunder (A Charlie Rhodes Cozy Mystery Book 1), Grim Tidings (Aisling Grimlock Book 1) and Witchin’ USA (A Moonstone Bay Cozy Mystery Book 1).  (Amazon)

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Killer Cupcakes (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 14) by [Moore, Addison]A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually but are best enjoyed in order.

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, aka dead pets, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom. 

It’s October and the entire town has come out to celebrate the Haunted Honey Hollow Festival. In between doling out cupcakes and partaking in the festivities myself, I happen to stumble upon a body—not just any body—one that has far too many skeletons in the closet for me to ever sift through. Add to it my already complicated love life, the ghost of a black cat named Thirteen, a surprise that I never see coming and you’ll have the most frightening Halloween Honey Hollow has ever seen.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.   (Amazon)

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Wedding Bells And Magic Spells: Three Book Compilation by [Winters, A.R.]Save 90% with this brand-new box set!

Aria Whitmore, weddings specialist and secret witch, deals with quirky townsfolk, a smart-mouthed parrot and a meddling mother in this trio of mystery novels.

FREE on Kindle Unlimited 

A Wedding to Die For : 

When Aria is blamed for the death of a local estate-owner, Fletcher Davenport, she quickly finds herself juggling more than her unusual customers…

Who could really be behind Fletcher’s murder? Her new bridezilla-esque client, who seems unusually interested in Fletcher’s estate? The dark witch, Hazel, whom Aria never quite trusted? Maybe even Mayor Donovan, who’s clearly in cahoots with an out-of-town property developer…

Designer Sales and Secrets : 

When Aria convinces Zola Cates, wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, to host a sample sale in her store, she had no idea that she’d become embroiled in a murder investigation…

When her handsome kinda-sorta-boyfriend Detective Jack Bowers can’t break the case, Aria and her cute parrot pal Kiwi take matters into the own hands to save the reputation of Blue Moon Bridal!

In Hot Fudge and Cold Blood : 

Aria Whitmore has enough on her plate: Hazel’s sudden revelation, her mother’s romantic obsession with Mayor Donovan, and, of course, Kiwi’s latest food obsession – fudge.

When her mother is found hovering over the dead body of Sandra Webb, Aria knows the craziness is just beginning – especially since Sandra was the creator of Kiwi’s beloved fudge.

Has Aria’s mother taken her meddling too far this time?

Praise for A.R. Winters:

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

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

“Fans of Adele Abbott and Amanda Lee will enjoy this series.” – Bookworm,

This is a trio of humorous cozy mysteries featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

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Little Girl Blue: a Seth and Ava Mystery by [Christian, Claudia Hall]

While Seth O’Malley is healing from a gun shot wound (received in The Cigarette Killer), Ava and her team is awarded a grant to look into cold cases in rural areas of Colorado with Seth as the consulting detective. No sooner than the grant is awarded, when Seth receives a request to look into the brutal murder of a young woman in Kiowa County, near the border of Colorado and Kansas.

Ava and her team discover that the girl was buried on top of a previously undiscovered archaeological site. Every step Ava takes to uncover who killed this poor young woman, the closer she gets to her own dark family history.

This novella is set in rural Colorado.  (Amazon)

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Lord James Harrington and the Solstice Mystery by [Florkiewicz, Lynn]Meet Lord James Harrington and his delightful wife, Beth; residents of the tiny village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex in England. They adore hosting seasonal events, running their country hotel, keeping the local folklore alive and listening to the latest murder mystery on the wireless. But mysteries don’t always remain on the airwaves…

James and Beth happen upon an accident where the driver, Bernard Potter, is seriously injured. While giving first-aid, Potter mumbles concerns about his daughter which James takes as the ramblings of a dying man. But, when visiting Mrs Potter, they realise that Bernard, a police constable, was secretly investigating the goings-on at a local commune where his daughter lived.

Meanwhile, James’ cousin, Herbie, is helping Scotland Yard with an art fraud ring that has extended its reach into Sussex. And, when a villager is approached to be a part of that enterprise, James is drawn into both investigations.

Is Father Sun, leader of the Celestial Faith Commune, genuine or operating a scam? Who is the man that blindfolded the villager? Was Bernard Potter’s crash an accident or murder? Is it really wise for James to go undercover?

Midsummer is approaching and, alongside their sleuthing, James and Beth are preparing for a number of events in the village, including the Old Time Music Hall and the Midsummer Ball.

Join James and Beth, along with the Cavendish regulars, as they embark on a new adventure.  (Amazon)

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A Body Below Ground (Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Collins, Danielle]A spooky tour, a dead body, and a mystery that might just be too deadly.

A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins

Henrietta has been called away from her antique store to help a friend who runs Underground Tours of Port Angeles. When the tour turns deadly, she is forced into another murder mystery – one that just might be more than she can handle. Can Henrietta solve this underground murder or will the killer scurry away into the dark?

A Body Below Ground is the fourth book in the Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with interesting characters, you don’t want to miss the Hearts Grove Cozy Mysteries.

Download A Body Below Ground and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

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Palatino for the Painter: Thistlewood Star Mysteries #2 by [Archer, Jessa]A total eclipse of the art? 

When the rusted-out remains of a vehicle with a unique vanity plate are hauled out of the Freedom River, journalist Ruth Townsend and her best friend, Wren Lawson, think they’ve finally learned the truth about the disappearance of their high school friend, Tanya Blackburn. The rest of Thistlewood may have believed that Tanya simply packed up and headed for the bright lights of Nashville, but the story never made sense to Ruth and Wren, and the mystery has haunted both of them for more than three decades.

A set of paintings left for Ruth at the estate sale of a former teacher seem to contain clues about what really happened to Tanya in the summer of 1987. But when Ruth unboxes the collection, she discovers that Wren may be keeping a few secrets of her own.

Will Ruth uncover the identity of the painter and track down the clues? Or will the answers end up buried at the bottom of the river?  (Amazon)

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The Codebook Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series (Oakwood Book Club Mystery 4) by [Nagel, Leslie]Amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter discovers a coded journal that could crack her small town’s most infamous cold case wide open in this charming cozy mystery from the USA Todaybestselling author of The Book Club Murders.

As the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, Charley Carpenter supplies retro apparel to the residents of Oakwood, Ohio, but she’s been known to set business aside to play detective when a mystery rears its head. And there’s no bigger mystery in Oakwood than the murder of Regan Fletcher—a case that’s haunted the town for decades.

Regan’s boyfriend, Carter, did time for the crime—until another man’s confession freed him. But did the “real killer” really do it? Or did Carter walk away with blood on his hands? When Charley stumbles on an old journal written in code, it only complicates the case by revealing a blackmail scheme that targeted dozens of Oakwood’s citizens, giving them all a motive for murder.

Now, with a spate of new suspects to pursue, plus a fresh murder and the abduction of her sleuthing partner, Charley must dig deeper still into the past—even as she risks being buried by her shadowy prey. Joining forces with Detective Marcus Trenault and the newly formed Oakwood Mystery Book Club, Charley turns to a classic whodunit for clues on catching a killer—before more lives are lost, and the truth dies with them.

Leslie Nagel’s delightful Oakwood Mystery novels can be enjoyed together or separately:

Editions Available:  Kindle


New Releases For The Week Of May 19th, 2019–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 19th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.



Roman Count Down (Rick Montoya Italian Mysteries Book 6) by [Wagner, David P]Rick Montoya, eager to experience more of his Italian mother’s culture, heads to Rome to start his own translation business. He’s armed with curiosity and an appetite for local food and wine.

Rick’s maternal uncle is a Roman cop with one eye to his nephew’s welfare and another to how Rick might be useful, perhaps widen his career choices. So Commissario Piero Fontana pulls Rick into an investigation: the murder of Count Umberto Zimbardi.

The wealthy count enjoyed indulging a circle of convivial friends and a hobby collecting oral histories by interviewing residents in the city’s centro storico. After heading home from such an afternoon, he was found dead on a bridge over the Tiber.

As a newcomer and an investigator, Rick makes rookie mistakes. He’s learning the ropes as an amateur sleuth and that living in Rome is different from visiting. Plus he’s distracted by a woman pressing him into service as a tour guide and the arrival of a college friend on a mission to sell Argentine wine to the Vatican.

In Roman Count Down, the city emerges as another character in David Wagner’s “…usual deft mix of travel and suspense” (Kirkus Reviews). Like all the Rick Montoya Mysteries, this prequel is rich in food, drink, and local culture and landmarks.  (Amazon)

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Grace Under Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Chase, Annabel]Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight

Residents are sneezing and coughing all over town and it seems like a brutal allergy season is upon us–until someone dies. When Dr. Verity reveals a supernatural cause, I’m on the case, but how do I track a culprit whose only evidence seems to be the infection it leaves behind? In the meantime, neighbors new and old bring trouble to Munster Close and I need to intervene before the wicked witches escalate matters. With the annual cheese festival on the horizon and a stealthy demon on the loose, I know I’ll need to set aside my misgivings and use my magic to prevent a catastrophe.

Can I stop this outbreak before it becomes a full-fledged epidemic or will the entire town succumb to the deadly demon?

Grace Under Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery, Book 4) is a full-length humorous paranormal cozy mystery with demon action and a budding romance.

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

Books in the Starry Hollow Witches series include:
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

Books in the Spellbound series include:
Curse the Day, Book 1
Doom and Broom, Book 2
Spell’s Bells, Book 3
Lucky Charm, Book 4
Better Than Hex, Book 5
Cast Away, Book 6
A Touch of Magic, Book 7
A Drop in the Potion, Book 8
Hemlocked and Loaded, Book 9
All Spell Breaks Loose, Book 10

Books in the Spellbound Ever After series include:
Crazy For Brew, Book 1
Lost That Coven Feeling, Book 2
Wands Upon A Time, Book 3
Charmed Offensive, Book 4  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Death Witnessed: A 1930s Murder Mystery (Poison Ink Mysteries Book 2) by [Byers, Beth]March 1937 

Georgette Dorothy Marsh published a book when she was no longer able to afford cream for her tea. Without enough imagination to tell a story on her own, she wrote about her neighbors instead. Only her book became a best seller and her village was ready to take up arms.

She never expected the money let alone the results. One man died just after publication. After a pot of lapsang souchong at the local tea room, Miss Marsh witnesses another murder. When Miss Marsh realizes this murder is connected to her book as well, she turns to her friend Mr. Aaron. Once again, he brings along his nephew and they are back to attempting to find the killer, ensuring that Miss Marsh isn’t the next victim, and hiding the real person behind this poisoned book.

Book TWO in The Poison Ink Mysteries. Georgette Marsh might be a quiet wallflower and treated as such, but it’s time for this wallflower to blossom. Are you ready to journey with her as she decides to craft a new life? If so, you’ll love Miss Marsh! For fans of Carola Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, Georgette Heyer, and Lee Strauss. 

A light, cozy historical mystery. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The Poison Ink Mysteries
1- Death By the Book
2- Death Witnessed
3- Death by Blackmail
4- Death Misconstrued
5- Deathly Ever After  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Comedy Club Mystery: A Crampton of the Chronicle adventure (Deadline Murder Series Book 3) by [Bartram, Peter]The Comedy Club Mystery: A Crampton of the Chronicle comic crime adventure

Murder has never been such fun…

When theatrical agent Daniel Bernstein sues the Evening Chronicle for libel, crime reporter Colin Crampton is called in to sort out the problem.

But trouble escalates when Bernstein turns up murdered. Colin discovers that any of five comedians competing for the chance to appear on a top TV show could be behind the killing.

As Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley Goldsmith investigate, they encounter a cast of colourful characters – identical twin gangsters, an Irishman who lives underground, and a failed magician’s assistant.

And it’s not long before their own lives are in peril as they battle to crack a code that will lead to a fortune. Join Colin and Shirley for a rollercoaster of an adventure in Swinging Sixties England – where the laughs are never far from the action.

See what reviewers say about Crampton of the Chronicle:

“A fun read with humour throughout…” Crime Thriller Hound

“An excellent novel, full of twists and turns, plenty of action scenes, crackling dialogue – and a great sense of fun.” Fully Booked 2016

“A good page-turning murder mystery, with a likeable protagonist and great setting.” The Bookworm Chronicles

“An amiable romp through the shady back streets of 1960s Brighton.” Simon Brett, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger winner

“A highly entertaining, involving mystery, narrated in a charming voice, with winning characters. Highly recommended.” – In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

“A romp of a read! Very funny and very British.” The Book Trail

“Superbly crafted and breezy as a stroll along the pier, this Brighton-based murder mystery is a delight.” Peter Lovesey, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger winner

“By the end of page one, I knew I liked Colin Crampton and author Peter Bartram’s breezy writing style.” Over My Dead Body

“One night I stayed up until nearly 2am thinking ‘I’ll just read one more chapter’. This is a huge recommendation from me.” Life of a Nerdish Mum  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback












Like a Bad Penny (Brady Paranormal Investigations Book 1) by [Crowley, Harper]Scooby Doo meets Ghost Hunters in this light-hearted, fun cozy mystery series…

Somebody wants the secrets of the MacIver mansion to stay buried.

Meredith Brady doesn’t just hunt ghosts; she broadcasts her adventures on the internet. The good, the bad, and the ghoulish, streaming live and in color to thousands of subscribers. When Meredith and her team of ghost hunters take on a case in the tiny town of Oak Cliff, Georgia, they don’t expect anything out of the ordinary, just a ghost in a white dress that may or may not be related to a missing persons investigation. But this case is unlike anything Meredith has taken on before. Oak Cliff is a town awash in mysteries and lies, and the spirit Meredith’s searching for may not be the only one haunting the MacIver mansion.

Determined to unearth the truth, Meredith and her team dig their way through layers of mysteries and strange occurrences, getting closer to the truth—and real danger. Because it’s becoming clear that someone, or something, wants the past to stay buried, at any cost, and Meredith’s search for the truth just might get her and her team killed.

Fans of Amanda Lee and Rose Pressey, get ready to start an exciting new series…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Tails from the Deep: A Mermaid Cozy Mystery (Mermaid Mystery Novella Book 1) by [Vallere, Diane]Three sisters vying for attention.

One matriarch to keep them in line.

A world of adventure filled with nefarious characters, hidden secrets, mysterious activities, and sunken treasure.

Sunken treasure?

Yes, sunken treasure. Because this is the ocean, where pearls are common, crimes are not, and mysteries lurk behind every cluster of coral.

Welcome to Sirenia, the mermaid colony in unchartered waters!

TAILS FROM THE DEEP – Mermaid Mystery #1

There’s something fishy going on at the edge of Sirenia…

Zoe wasn’t looking for trouble. As the middle daughter in a family of three mermaid sisters, she never gets the attention she deserves. She spends her days frolicking with sea creatures by the sunken battleship that sits at the edge of Sirenia, and her nights being lectured about danger. But when she finds a diver trapped in the kelp by the wreckage, she overcomes her shock to free him. The problem? The only available tool to cut him loose is the knife in the body on the ocean floor by his feet.

What happens when a mermaid saves dangerous stranger?

If you’re that mermaid, you might have to solve a mystery to save yourself.

Zoe learns the diver is a detective tasked with solving the dead man’s murder. Being in the unique position of finding evidence underwater, Zoe volunteers to help . . . until she finds a clue that links the body to her older sister. Now the only way to ensure the safety of her sister—and protect the mermaid colony she always dreamed of leaving behind—is to discover the dead man’s identity herself. Zoe is used to being invisible around the other mermaids, but what happens when her sleuthing for clues exposes herself to the humans who may be responsible for a murder? With the evidence hidden in the ocean floor, digging for clues could lead to an early grave . . . in Davy Jones’s Locker.

You’ll love splashing around in the virtual world of Sirenia, because mermaid mysteries are the perfect escapist fiction.

Get it now!  (Amazon)

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Spring Break Murder: A Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery by [West, Linnea]A vacation in an RV park full of retirees is supposed to be slow and maybe even a little boring but when a dead body is found, any sense of rest and relaxation is immediately out the window.

Tessa Schmidt hasn’t been on vacation in a few years, so when her best friend Mandy goes to Florida to visit her retired parents, Tessa tags along thinking she’d like a slow vacation in a warm place. But Candy Cane Park is more daytime drama, less retirement home. There is a clique of popular women who rule the park, a full schedule of activities and even a mean-spirited woman who has her own crony. Tessa had no idea what she was getting herself into when she agreed to this trip.Then a body is found in the park and Mandy is blamed for the death. Tessa shelves her dreams of a relaxing vacation so that she can help clear her friend’s name.

Just when Tessa thinks she has enough on her plate, an unexpected visitor shows up with plans for a big surprise that are now in jeopardy.

Can Tessa find the real killer and help get the surprise back on track so she can have some semblance of a vacation?

Read Spring Break Murder today and find out before you follow Tessa Schmidt through her other seasonal escapades in the Small Town Minnesota Cozy Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

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Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 3) by [Bell, Holly]An accident waiting to happen. Sunken Madley village church hall seems safe enough for a dance class. Now there’s a body. Or is it two? Only ghosts for witnesses. Covert witch Amanda and her grumpy feline familiar must look for answers in the past. But whose past?

With a spy, a saboteur, an uncooperative ghost, multiple puzzles ,and herself as the number one suspect she’s going to need backup.

There’s only one choice: the personable but intractable Inspector Trelawney. Only if Amanda can dare to trust him can they survive and solve the case before the murderer strikes again.

But who, in this peaceful English village would resort to murder?

In the words of Grandpa: ‘This one is going to be more complicated than the last one. Possibly … probably. Definitely.’

Now at special pre-order price.  (Amazon)

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Get Up and Ghost: A Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery (The Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]Divorced mother Chantilly Adair didn’t take the job as the head of the Castleberry Georgia Historical Society because she thought it would be easy, in fact, she felt the exact opposite, and that suited her just fine. Desperate to get away from Birmingham and her ex-husband, she took her pre-teen son and high-tailed it straight to her childhood home in Castleberry, Georgia, and the echoes of her recently deceased parents.

A tumble down a flight of stairs and causing a bump on the head hasn’t hindered Chantilly from rehabbing the historical presence in town, but finding the dead body of the town’s BBQ king just days before the annual BBQ competition puts her right in the local detective’s hot seat.

When the spirit rumored to be haunting the dead man’s restaurant appears, Chantilly’s not sure which is worse, being accused of murder, or claiming a spirit might have had something to do with it.

Now Chantilly must save herself from a life behind bars or a stay in the psychiatric ward, and still get the competition going on time.

If you like Southern or paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll love this first book in the Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

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Granny Smith is Dead (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Thomas, Chelsea]Secret tunnels? Check.

Bitter family grudges? Check.

Vandalism? Affairs? A saucy love triangle?

Check, check, check.

In Book 5 of the Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Series, you guessed it…

…Granny Smith is dead.

Want to find out who killed this mean old lady?

And why?

Buy Now.  (Amazon)

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Steeped in Murder: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery by [Weiss, Kirsten]Tea, tarot, and trouble.

Abigail Beanblossom’s dream of owning a tea room in her California beach town is about to come true. She’s got the lease, the start-up funds, and the recipes. But Abigail’s out of a tearoom and into hot water when the realtor turns out to be a conman… and then turns up dead.

But not even death puts an end to the conman’s mischief. He rented the same space to a tarot reader, Hyperion Night. Convinced his tarot room is in the cards, Night’s not letting go of the building without a fight. Steamed, Abigail realizes the only way to salvage her tea room is to join forces with the tarot reader, even if he isn’t her cup of tea.

But they must work together, steeping themselves in the murky waters of the sham realtor’s double dealings, in order to unearth the truth – before murder boils over again.

Steeped in Murder is the first book in the Tea and Tarot cozy mystery series. Buy the book to start this hilarious caper today.  (Amazon)

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Misdirected in Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 20) by [Wallace, R. A.]




A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 20
Several residents of Teaberry are looking forward to upcoming events but the road to a happy ending isn’t always the shortest path. Sometimes, it’s the unexpected side trips that add to the adventure. When an acquaintance becomes lost and is accused of murder, Megan searches for the puzzle pieces to solve the mystery. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

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The Terrible Truth of Faerywood Falls (Mountain Magic Mysteries Book 8) by [Baker, Blythe]



Marianne’s search for the dangerous beast hiding in Faerywood Forest comes to a sudden halt when a body is discovered in the lake near her aunt’s lodge.

With no shortage of murder suspects, can Marianne ferret out the truth and capture the real killer, all while getting to the bottom of a local myth as old as the town itself?  (Amazon)

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Spirited Away (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery Book 4) by [Gregory, Lena]In the new Bay Island Psychic Mystery, psychic Cass Donovan is thrown into the middle of a macabre murder she never saw coming . . .

With the summer tourist season on Bay Island in full swing, shop owner Cass Donovan barely has a minute to breathe, and things at Mystical Musings become even more hectic when a fight breaks out at one of her psychic readings. Shaken by the fracas and discouraged that her sixth sense seems to be on the blink, Cass is even more dispirited to learn that one of the men involved in the altercation was later found dead—and that a close friend of hers is the main suspect.

Desperate to help her friend prove his innocence and consumed by haunting visions, Cass follows the clues from one possible culprit to the next, including some very mysterious tourists and not a few questionable locals. And when the police turn to Cass to help them find out who committed the ghoulish deed, she knows she’ll have to tread carefully, because her next grim premonition may be her last . . .

Praise for the Bay Island Psychic Mystery series:

“The future shows much success for this series! Fun, vibrant characters (as well as a sexy smolder or two for good measure) give the novel just the right tone.” —RT Book Reviews on Death at First Sight

“I loved the protagonist, Cass. She and her friends were very well developed, and felt like a group of people I’d like to get to know.” —The Book’s the Thing

“I stayed up far too late into the evening because I couldn’t put it down. A well-crafted mystery with a quirky cast of characters, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end.” —The Mysterious Ink Spot on Death at First Sight

About the Author:

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mystery series, which takes place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series, which is set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest. Lena Grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, where she still lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and five dogs, and works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May 19th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 19th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


The Colours of Murder (A Susie Mahl Mystery) by [Carter, Ali]If only death came with a warning…

Flirtatious American blonde, Miss Hailey Duke, should never have accepted a summer weekend invitation to Fontaburn Hall. But when the Honourable Archibald Cooke Wellingham’s gentrified house party are woken, in the early hours of Sunday morning, it’s too late: Miss Duke’s blood is on their hands.

With the aid of well-mannered Detective Chief Inspector Reynolds, intelligent Sergeant Ayari and loyal friend Dr Toby Cropper, Susie Mahl, on a timely commission drawing six racehorses nearby, seizes the opportunity to play detective for a second time. Her inquisitive nature, tenacity for truth and artist’s eye for detail make her ideally suited to the task in hand, but is she getting carried away by her previous triumph – even to the extent of endangering her reputation and her burgeoning relationship with Toby?

Enriched with candid observations of the British social classes, insights into the artist’s craft, and a strong dose of good humour, The Colours of Murder is a welcome return of Ali Carter’s amateur sleuth.  (Amazon)

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Witch Way Down Under: A Witch Way Paranormal Cozy Mystery by [Hinchey, Jane]Tick Tock. Time is running out.

My parents are missing in outback Australia. Only they’ve left me clues. Clues that tell me they were close to a significant discovery – the location of a copper scroll that leads to untold treasures. A scroll that treasure hunters would kill for.

Now I’m in a race against time. Together with my Gran, best friend Jenna, my familiar Archie, and bad boy lawyer Blake Tennant, we head to an outback town called Arrowstrand, where the locals are hiding their own secrets, and I must rely on my magic and blind faith to venture into the unknown.

The stakes have never been higher; can I reach my parents before it’s too late or will they be lost forever?

This paranormal murder mystery will have you completely spellbound and laughing out loud!  (Amazon)

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The Saltwater Murder: A Cozy Historical Murder Mystery (The Posie Parker Mystery Series Book 7) by [Hathaway, L.B.]MURDERED WITH A BOX OF TEARS…

London, 1924

Posie Parker has been called to her most baffling case yet.

Amyas Lyle, London’s top young lawyer, has been found with his head in a box of poisoned saltwater.

It’s the perfect murder. But who hated him enough to do such a thing?

Following a trail of strange notes, all of which speak of the sea, and saltwater, Posie travels from London to the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, looking for answers. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds there.

Can Posie find Amyas Lyle’s cold-blooded killer before further deaths take place? Can she protect those Amyas has left behind?

As Britain celebrates an Olympic summer, will Posie manage to enjoy a holiday romance of her own? And just what is wrong with Inspector Lovelace? Why is he behaving so oddly? Is it anything to do with his new, smart appearance and some very carefully starched shirt collars?

This is a classic murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey. The Saltwater Murder is full of intrigue and red herrings, and is the seventh book in the delightfully classic Posie Parker Mystery Series, although this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story in its own right. A clean read, with no graphic violence, sex or strong language.

This is NOT the end… Posie Parker returns for her next adventure, “Murder on the White Cliffs” later this year.


˃˃˃ THE POSIE PARKER MYSTERY SERIES available exclusively on Amazon:

‘Murder Offstage’ (Book #1)

‘The Tomb of the Honey Bee’ (Book #2)

‘Murder at Maypole Manor’ (Book #3)

‘The Vanishing of Dr Winter’ (Book #4)

‘Murder of a Movie Star’ (Book #5)

‘Murder in Venice’ (Book #6)

‘The Salwater Murder’ (Book #7)

To be the first to hear about L.B. Hathaway’s new releases sign up for the newsletter.  (Amazon)

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Vegetables and Vengeance (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 17) by [Frost, Agatha]

PRE-ORDER! Coming May 23rd 2019! The 17th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series!

*Kindle Unlimited and paperback will be available on release day!*

FULL BLURB COMING SOON! Book 17 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril.  (Amazon)

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Collards & Cauldrons (A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Falls, Bella]Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow…

Charli Goodwin’s leaving Honeysuckle Hollow again…but only temporarily. Led by her grandmother, she and her friends from their small Southern supernatural town are headed to Charleston for a special witch convention. Charli hopes that the short time away from her home will help her figure out how to navigate the new changes in her life. Unfortunately, fate has no intention of giving her a break.

When the grand dame of the Charleston magical society drops dead, the local witches close ranks against the outsiders. The clock is ticking for Charli to not only save her beloved Nana from arrest and persecution for the murder but also to connect with the first biological family member to reach out to her.

When the high stakes are like a pressure cooker about to explode, will Charli be able to solve the murder before her family blows apart?

Get some sweet tea and sit a spell to find out now in Collards & Cauldrons: A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 5!  (Amazon)

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Captured, Escape, Repeat (The Sleuth Sisters Book 7) by [Pill, Maggie]In Book 7, Retta and her FBI agent boyfriend stop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the night. Lars goes out on a mysterious errand and disappears, leaving a text message that says he’s dumping Retta for an old flame.
The police take the message at face value, but Retta, sure it’s a lie, calls in sisters Faye and Barb. As they begin following leads, they meet three sisters who might be future versions of them: Betty, a sweetheart who loves the Green Bay Packers; DeeAnne, a dramatic type who is always in acting mode; and Lydia, a business-like grump. They say they don’t know where Lars could be, but something doesn’t smell right at their antique/vintage shop located in an old mill, and it isn’t just the many cats that roam the place freely.
Retta is soon captured and held prisoner. She escapes, is caught, and escapes again…and again, because Retta isn’t the type to give up.
Barb and Faye search frantically for her, with Styx the Newfoundland as their clumsy-but-dedicated ally. Their investigation leads to stolen Iraqi artifacts, an old farmhouse in the sticks, and assistance from a member of the Green Bay Packers. Knowledge is power, but success had better come quickly, because the criminals’ plan is for Retta–and anyone else who gets in their way–to die.  (Amazon)

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Blackmail at Brunel: Piccadilly Ladies Club Mysteries by [Jane, Bettie]Unlocking the secrets of the past… 

Julia Barlow is the proud owner of her own building and Charing Cross Investigations is now officially open for business.

However, her job as a journalist is what takes her to the engine room at Rotherhithe station to write a story about the famed engineer responsible for the Thames Tunnel. An ordinary interview turns deadly when a paranoid Wade Emerson is convinced that Julia’s intentions are less than honorable.

Combining her love of history, architecture, and a good mystery, Julia Barlow is in her element. If only she can stay alive long enough to capture the killer.  (Amazon)

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Gardener's Greenhouse (Rosemary Harbor Mystery Book 3) by [Meadows, Wendy]Can Hillary get poor strong willed, yet sweet old Rose out of the line of (literal) fire, or will she and everyone’s lives and businesses go up in flames?

It’s getting hot in Rosemary Harbor, Massachusetts.  But not because it’s Summer time.

There’s been a fire at a popular bookstore, and Genevieve Hardcore, the store’s owner and a beloved local denizen with more than a few foes, was caught in the fiery blaze….

Looks like another hot case for amateur super sleuth, Hillary Sheridan-if Rosemary Harbor police chief Preston Holden doesn’t cool her tracks, first.

But Hillary has more than a good enough reason to stick her irons in the fire: her building’s landlord (and Hillary’s good friend), Rose Humbert, has just become Suspect #1 in the case for many reasons, including a very dubious history she has, one that puts her in hot water now.

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language. It can be read in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick read.

Read all the Rosemary Harbor cozy mysteries:

1. Wine’s Up?
2. S’more Event
3. Gardener’s Greenhouse
4. The Diamond Hunt (coming soon)
5. Basket Delivery (coming soon)
6. Sticky Sweet (coming soon)  (Amazon)

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Witch Boots on the Ground (Witch Detective Series Book 3) by [Barker, Constance]A Werewolf Scared of his Shadow, a Fairy Mob, and a Jilted Harpie

When a murder occurs in Nikatomia and Barry, the werewolf barista, is named as the top suspect, the gang must stay within their realm to help. But does Vana, Winnie and Alan know Barry all that well. He seems pleasant enough and more of a wuss than a fierce wolf. Is it all a role he’s playing? Some think so.

But there are other suspects, such as the fairy mob. It’s said the victim owed the fairy mob and you don’t want to mess with these tiny but treacherous beings. They may appear waif like, but they’ll kick your can from here to next week. Did one of the fairies lose control.

And then there’s the jilted lovers….a Harpie and a Siren. Could one of them have been the culprit?

***Find out in the third book in the Witch Detective Series***  (Amazon)

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Fairmont Finds a Poet (Fairmont Finds Canine Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Lawley, Cate]When words kill…

A knife may have been the means of his murder, but did the victim’s poetry play a part in his death? Or perhaps his complicated love life is at the heart of this mystery.

When the wrong man is arrested for poet Pablo Navarro-Silva’s murder, Zella’s friends convince her to lend a hand in finding the real killer. Zella and her new friends in White Sage, Texas team up to dig into Pablo’s past and solve the crime.

Can four ladies and their four-legged friend Fairmont find a killer before there’s another victim?

Recipes and Fairmont-approved dog training tips included.  (Amazon)

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Peonies and Poison: Mystery (Diana Flowers Floriculture Mysteries Book 4) by [Loren, Ruby]Making cupcakes can be murder.

Especially when someone has poisoned them.

Diana knows she’s being framed for a crime she didn’t commit, but who is out to make her look guilty, and why?

Speaking of secret enemies… Fergus has done something terrible. Now part of a new crime-fighting duo, Diana finds herself immersed in a deep, dark conspiracy theory. At the heart of it is a mystery that has baffled investigators for decades. The whole thing is more ridiculous than anything Fergus has ever previously believed.

The worst part is… she’s starting to think it might all be true.

Now, more than ever, she needs to find a logical answer… or face accepting something that defies scientific explanation.   (Amazon)

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SKiller Knots (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries Book 9) by [Cohen, Nancy J.]et sail for murder and mayhem when hairstylist Marla Shore and her fiancé cruise to the Caribbean with a killer on board in this cruise ship cozy mystery.

Hairstylist Marla Shore is looking forward to a romantic interlude with her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, on their first Caribbean cruise. Her excitement hits a snag when she discovers his parents have come along for the ride. It isn’t how she might have chosen to meet her future in-laws, but she hopes they’ll have smooth sailing ahead.

The first sign of trouble is a mysterious note addressed to Martha Shore on her cabin door. Marla assumes the sender spelled her name wrong but is disturbed by the message. When she meets her dinner companions and learns they’ve received similar notes, she suspects something isn’t kosher, and it’s not the lobster on the menu. Moreover, Dalton’s parents have been seated at another table by mistake. Is it a mere mishap, or something more?

Their tablemates all seem to know each other as colleagues from an art museum, where an artist died recently under dubious circumstances. When her dinner companions start disappearing one-by-one, Marla realizes they’re headed for stormy waters. If she doesn’t find the culprit fast, she might end up with a one-way ticket to Davy Jones’s locker.

Killer Knots was originally published by Kensington. This Author’s Edition has been revised and updated with added bonus materials.  (Amazon)

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The Body on the Roof by [Creager, Kevin]“Odd happenings, misdirection, and suspense.” –LibraryThing

Everybody in the village liked Grace Mathison, but, when the body of this retired schoolteacher is found on the roof of her home, it is up to the small-town police force to determine what has happened and why.

The residents of Summerfield, Ohio, under investigation and ranging in character, all add pieces to the puzzle. But the more the police department learns, the more questions they have, and the scope of their investigation grows. Solving the death of Grace Mathison is only the beginning, and the reputations of several leading citizens become at risk. In a town where everyone knows everyone else, the most danger comes from trying to keep something hidden.  (Amazon)

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Pineapple Puppies: A Pineapple Port Mystery: Book Nine - A cozy dog mystery (Pineapple Port Mysteries 9) by [Vansant, Amy]

Puppies have taken over book NINE of the hilarious Pineapple Port mystery series from Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY Best-Selling author Amy Vansant!

Someone has left puppies on the doorsteps of Pineapple Port’s residents, but the adorable balls of fur seem to be connected to the murder of a nearby millionaire with too many heirs of his own. Meanwhile, Mariska’s been framed for baking a killer cake, and Charlotte must clear her name

Fans of classic cozy mysteries will adore this whodunnit packed with puppies, baking, horses, sneaky maids and a dead rich man!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


Review of Crepe Expectations

Crepe Expectations
Pancake House Mystery, Book #5
Sarah Fox
5 Stars


When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . .

Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McKinney, owner of the Flip Side pancake house, already signed up to volunteer, and chef Ivan Kaminski is one of the judges. But when Marley visits her landscaper boyfriend Brett at the site of the Victorian mansion that’s being restored as the Wildwood Inn, she discovers something else pushing up daisies: human remains.

The skeleton on the riverbank washed out by the early-spring floodwaters belonged to
eighteen-year-old Demetra Kozani, who vanished a decade earlier. While the cold case is reopened, Marley must step in when some of the cook-off contestants fall suspiciously ill. Stuck in a syrupy mess of sabotage and blackmail, it falls to Marley to stop a killer from crêping up on another victim . . .

Includes pancake recipes right from The Flip Side menu! (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoy getting to spend time with Marley and her friends and coworkers. Marley and her boyfriend, Brett, make a great couple and I enjoy watching their relationship grow. The Flip Side employees are like a family to Marley and you can tell how much they care about it.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into book from the very beginning. I felt like I was right there, spending time in Wildwood Cove, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations.

I liked that fact that the mystery was a cold case, waiting to be solved. And there were two mysteries to deal with. The second mystery was who was sabotaging the cook-off and making people sick. With two mysteries, there were double the suspects and clues to sift through, which I thought was a great thing.

I would recommend this book, and series, to everyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next one already.

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


Review of Forever Fudge


“Memorable characters, a charming locale, and a satisfying mystery.”–Barbara Allan

When a film crew comes to Mackinac Island, the last thing fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy expects to find is a murder victim . . .


It’s Labor Day weekend, the official end of tourist season, and the beginning of a whole batch of trouble. First, the island is invaded by a TV crew filming a murder mystery pilot, and handsome Hollywood heartthrob Dirk Benjamin needs Allie’s help to prep for his role as local cop Rex Manning. Then, Allie’s bichonpoo Mal sniffs out a real murder in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop, a man shot in the head–with a note challenging amateur sleuth Allie to catch the culprit. Like it or not, the fudge maker has to square off against a crazy killer–but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew . . .

Praise for Nancy Coco and the Candy-Coated Mysteries

“It’s probably best not to read this while you’re too hungry, as the assorted fudge recipes may send you right to the kitchen.”
–The Oakland Tribune

“The characters are fun and well-developed, the setting is quaint and beautiful.”
–RT Book Reviews

“I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and look forward to reading more in this series.”
–Fresh Fiction (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. I always enjoy the time I spend with Allie and her friend Jenn, they are funny and you can tell how much they care about each other. They always have each other’s backs, and they would do anything for each other. Allie continues to have two love interests, Trent and Rex, and it is getting a little old to me. I feel she needs to make a decision and move forward or let them both go. That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. Mackinac Island, Michigan, came to life in my mind’s eye and I could picture all of the action taking place and hear conversations going on around me. The mystery is well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through. I was fooled by who the killer was, and that made me happy.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I hope the resolution of the triangle.

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


Review of Death of a Debtor

Death Of A Debtor
Sophie Coupon Mystery, Book #1
Jenna Harte
5 Stars





Forced to move back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia after her father and brother end up in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, Sophie Parker does the best she can. While living with her curmudgeonly aunt, she works as a wench waitress at a pirate-themed restaurant and learns the ins and outs of discount shopping through a coupon group. Life goes from bad to worse when an innocent airplane ride with her former teenage crush, AJ, leads to her being picked up by the police. The plane’s indebted owner has been murdered, and he’s the man who helped put her father in jail. What started as a curiosity has now turned into a quest to make sure she isn’t arrested. Armed with gossip from the women in her coupon group, and her cantankerous aunt, Sophie sets out to find out who killed the ruthless businessman minutes after she flew off with AJ. (Goodreads)




This is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. The characters were fun, the setting engaging and the mystery was carried on well throughout the book.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Sophie’s life has been turned upside down when her dad and brother are sent to prison for running a Ponzi scheme. Although Sophie is now financially destitute, and all of her neighbors blame her and ostracize her, she still holds her head high and is trying to get her life back on track. Sophie is strong, resilient, brave and smart and I admire her for that. When see “accidentally” runs into AJ, her high school crush, she is excited and nervous. AJ grew up on the “wrong side of the tracks” but that never bothered Sophie. She agrees to go on a plane ride with him and that is when her life falls deeper down the hole. When someone is murdered, her and AJ are considered prime suspects. Now she has to figure out who the real culprit is before she joins her dad and brother in prison.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this description pulled me into the story from the very beginning of the book. Some of the citizens of the community did not treat Sophie bad, while others were very mean. Even her aunt was not very nice to her. But she does have her couponing group, who for the most part were supportive.

The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. There were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and I was surprised when the murderer was revealed, which is how I like my mysteries.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next one when it is published, which I hope is soon.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Booksprout, which I greatly appreciate .

New Releases For The Week Of May 12th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 12th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so many of them for this week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


A Berry Perplexing Puzzle: A Kylie Berry Cozy Mystery (Kylie Berry Mysteries Book 8) by [Winters, A.R.]Welcome to The Berry Home, where the food is to-die-for!

When Kylie’s friend Jack is accused of murder, she must go the distance to uncover the real killer…

Meanwhile Kylie’s nemesis, Detective Gregson, appears to be joining forces with her BFF Zoey – but to what end?

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

Kylie’s kinda-sorta boyfriend Joel drops a bombshell, and Kylie is forced to make a difficult decision…

Praise for A.R. Winters:

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

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

“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B,

A Berry Perplexing Puzzle is the eighth book in the Kylie Berry Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.  (Amazon)

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The Never Game by [Deaver, Jeffery]From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series, introducing Colter Shaw.

“You have been abandoned.”

A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a “reward seeker,” traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America’s tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.

“Escape if you can.”

When another victim is kidnapped, the clues point to one video game with a troubled past–The Whispering Man. In that game, the player has to survive after being abandoned in an inhospitable setting with five random objects. Is a madman bringing the game to life?

“Or die with dignity.”

Shaw finds himself caught in a cat-and-mouse game, risking his own life to save the victims even as he pursues the kidnapper across both Silicon Valley and the dark ‘net. Encountering eccentric game designers, trigger-happy gamers and ruthless tech titans, he soon learns that he isn’t the only one on the hunt: someone is on his trail and closing fast.

The Never Game proves once more why “Deaver is a genius when it comes to manipulation and deception” (Associated Press).  (Amazon)

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Ambition Can Have Terrible Consequences (Diva Delaney Mysteries Book 10) by [Jayde, Anni]Diva Delaney’s grandmother is determined to find her a warlock to settle down with and she isn’t going to let anything stand in her way. Forced to date strange conjurers she’s never met before, Diva isn’t happy about the situation at all, but standing up to Lilla could be hazardous to her health.

Zoila, dressmaker extraordinaire and self-styled fairy godmother, has a mission for Diva. The strange witch was robbed a decade ago and she wants her belongings back. Diva’s reputation as a psychic medium has grown. Zoila is convinced she is the key to finding her beloved property. Unfortunately, Diva will have to team up with Haydn Creighton to pull this mission off.

Speaking of Haydn, Diva’s feelings for the sinfully handsome warlock haven’t changed. But now that the curse has been broken, he’s free to start dating blonde bimbos again. Seeing him with other women pushes her to the edge and her broken heart makes her do something that could very well come back to haunt her badly.  (Amazon)

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Murder at the Ostrich Farm (Starfire Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Lovett, London]

Poppy Starfire is looking forward to a summer outing at Dawson Ostrich Farm with two of her favorite people, her brother Jasper and her dad. The day starts out well enough with souvenir shopping, cold lemonades and, of course, plenty of ostriches. But when one of the farm visitors is found strangled to death, the fun-filled visit takes a grim turn.

When evidence and quick conclusions lead to an arrest, Ruby Dawson, the farm owner’s daughter comes to the Starfire Detective Agency for help. Miss Dawson is certain the police have the wrong man and she hopes Poppy and Jasper can find the real killer. The Starfire investigators soon find themselves surrounded with motives, possible suspects, scant evidence and, of all things, ostriches.

Book 2 of the Starfire Cozy Mystery series by London Lovett
A historical mystery set in 1920s Los Angeles

Book 1: Murder on Lot B  (Amazon)

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A Twist in the Tail: An absolutely purrfect cozy mystery (The Oyster Cove Guesthouse Book 1) by [Dobbs, Leighann]FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE USA TODAY BESTSELLING MYSTIC NOTCH SERIES…

‘Talk about inconvenient. Not only did I have a dilapidated mansion and no money to repair it with, two cats I had no idea how to care for and a room full of cranky guests waiting for their breakfast, I also had a dead body on my hands.’

Josie Waters has to admit she may have acted a bit hastily when she agreed to purchase the Oyster Cove Guesthouse – a charmingly gabled Victorian mansion on the breathtaking Maine coast – from elderly family friend Millie Sullivan. But Josie was desperate to flee Ohio and in particular her ex-husband, a chef who loved his job so much he left her for it. And anyway, how hard can running a guesthouse be?

The truth is, Oyster Cove Guesthouse is a mouldering money pit with falling-in roof and a cohort of regular guests who are as mischievous as a litter of kittens. And Millie keeps dropping by to dispense unasked-for advice. And Josie might have made a mistake in promising to adopt Oyster Cove’s two resident cats Nero and Marlowe, and treat them in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed. Josie has never had a cat before… let alone two feisty felines who think they own the place.

Ok, it’s not going well. At least it can’t get any worse, Josie thinks. Until her first guest ends up dead.

A joy to read, with a twist you’ll never guess! A page-turning new mystery series from a bestselling author, purrfect for murder mystery fans, cat lovers and everyone in between.

Readers can’t get enough of A Twist in the Tail!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This was soooooo good!… No doubt about it: this was one of THE best cozies out there. Such fun, full of (cat) humor. I can honestly say I was totally stunned at whodunit… I loved everything about this book, but I especially loved the cats. Nero and Marlowe have captured my heart!’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This book is fantastic… The characters that the author has created are realistic, fun and relatable… This is a page turner that I could not put down. If you love a well written mystery with a small town and cats, this one is for you! I cannot wait for the next book to come out.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘I loved the cats in this book. It was a fun new perspective in solving the mystery. With all the fun twists this mystery has, it was a very satisfying read. Mrs. Dobbs’ new series is sure to please fans of cozy mysteries, I would highly recommend this book!’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘I really liked this book. I kept thinking I knew who had done it but the characters reasonings for who had done it kept making sense too so it really was a bit of a surprise at the end. If you like mysteries, detective work, and cats this book is for you!’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This is another fun addition to the repertoire to Leighann Dobbs’ vast collection of stories.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐‘As cozy mysteries go, this is a wonderful tail (!) …very cleverly done, can’t wait for the next book in this series.’ Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This was an absolute joy to read! It’s the perfect blend of mystery and fun with crime-solving cats thrown into the mix… humour that will have you laughing your socks off! …I for one cannot wait for the next one! A Twist in the Tail is a must for animal lovers and cosy mystery fans!’ Goodreads reviewer  (Amazon)

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A Murder in Helvetica Bold: Thistlewood Star Mysteries #1 (Thistlewood Star Cozy Mysteries) by [Archer, Jessa]A teacup, a diary, and a body at the foot of the stairs…

When Ruth Townsend’s job and marriage both end abruptly, she heads home to the mountains for a fresh start. Nine months later, she has a new hobby, good friends, and a potential new romance–but only two dozen subscribers to the weekly newspaper she’s intent on reviving. What she needs is a good mystery…but nothing ever happens in sleepy little Thistlewood.

Then Edith Morton is found dead at the bottom of her staircase. Her son and the sheriff both assume that the old woman jumped, but a shattered teacup and eerie passages from Edith’s diary about a dark-haired boy lead Ruth to believe there’s more to the story. Was Edith simply a victim of dementia, or did someone push her over the edge? Ruth is too curious not to keep digging, but her investigation is unearthing secrets someone spent decades trying to hide.

Can Ruth find out who killed Edith Morton before she or someone she loves becomes the next obituary in the Thistlewood Star?  (Amazon)

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Ghastly Gadgets (Cozy Corgi Mysteries Book 12) by [Abbott, Mildred]As the summer tourist season begins, downtown Estes Park bustles with celebrations, inventions, pastries, and murder…

Winifred Page’s twin brothers-in-law are finally ready to open their invention shop right next to the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. But the noise level is keeping customers away from the bookshop and driving Fred and her corgi sidekick, Watson, out of their minds.

Adding to her stress, family and friends are gearing up to celebrate Fred’s fortieth birthday—not that she’s overly concerned about her age…. Mere hours after entering her new decade of life, resentments reach an explosive level as downtown Estes Park is rocked by a fearsome calamity.

As the shop owners of Elkhorn Avenue come to grips with the crisis, Fred and Watson are pulled into the investigation. While she’s unsure there’s a murder to solve, Fred soon discovers a host of secrets and lies….

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for tasty cream puffs.)  (Amazon)

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Beyond the Gravy (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency Book 7) by [Morton, Mandy]Psychic cat Irene Peggledrip is being visited by a band of malevolent spirits who all claim to be murderers. Not only is their message disturbing, but they cause chaos with indoor snowstorms, flying books and the untimely demise of a delicious Victoria sponge. Irene calls in Hettie and Tilly of the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency to help, but they’re not sure how far their skills reach into the spirit realm.


Meanwhile, Lavender Stamp, the town’s bad-tempered postmistress cat, has some good news to deliver to Tilly: she has won a competition to take afternoon tea with renowned mystery writer Agatha Crispy at her Devon home, Furaway House.


Will Hettie and Tilly finally lay the ghosts to rest? Can Molly Bloom’s new café survive the seance? And will the moving claw give up its secrets before the gravy congeals? Find out in this latest adventure of our favourite feline sleuths.


What people are saying about The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency:


True escapism into a world of pies, cakes and cats while somehow smuggling a truer reflection of the real world than much human detective fiction.’

‘A deceptively nasty murder wrapped up in a cardigan, and served by the fire with tea and cake. A delight from beginning to end.

‘Hilarious and captivating.’

The cat world’s answer to the cosy crime novel, with bags of charm and characters you don’t want to leave behind.’

I love this series and am waiting with a warmed pastry, a hot mug of something, and a crackling fire for the next in the series.’

Editorial reviews:

Original and intriguing… a world without people which cat lovers will enter and enjoy.’ P. D. James

‘Mandy Morton’s Feline Detective Agency instigates a new genre, both wonderful and surreal.’ Maddy Prior

‘The world that Morton has created is irresistible.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Witty and smart. Prepare to be besotted.’ M.K. Graff

‘Mandy Morton’s series is both charming and whimsical.’ Barry Forshaw

‘Hettie Bagshot might be a new face at the scene of a crime, but already she could teach most fictional detectives a thing or two.’ The Hunts Post  (Amazon)

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Criminals and Coral (Cozy Tales of a Professional Mermaid Book 1) by [Prescott, Summer, Allen, Gretchen]Something’s fishy in Coral Cove, Florida.
Sweet and sassy Midwesterner, Shelby Finn, has big dreams.
Her whole life has been spent preparing for the day that she could shimmy into a sparkling tail and entertain folks as a professional mermaid.
Her family isn’t taking it well.
Leaving her small-town home for the beaches of Florida was the hardest thing she’s ever had to do, but she knew that there would be a price to pay for living her dream.
Things don’t go exactly swimmingly when she arrives at Mermaid Academy, but she’s determined to prove herself to the ‘mean girl’ mermaids, and become the best.
Competition is fierce, and while Shelby could choose to gloat when the meanest mermaid of all is suspected of murder, she chooses to help her instead.
Will Shelby drown in intrigue? Or will she get caught in a net of deception and murder?
Find out with this exciting first full-length, standalone installment in the Cozy Tales of a Professional Mermaid Series!
You’ll be instantly hooked!  (Amazon)

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The Medium Place (A Lost Souls Lane Mystery Book 2) by [Huss, Erin]My name is Zoe Lane, and I see dead people.

Sure, being a medium isn’t easy. Things like dating, working, and even sleeping are all hard to do when there’s a ghost hovering nearby, demanding your attention. But it’s not all bad, and I’d like to think I’m getting pretty good at it…most days.

Except today, when twenty-one-year-old Penelope Muffin appeared. She looks like she just stepped off the set of a bad horror movie, and she has no recollection of how she got here. Spirits are supposed to be restored to their prime after they die, and I have no idea what to make of her disheveled state. Frankly, she’s freaking me out, but it’s my job to help her. The problem is, no one knows she’s in trouble but me, and when you go around town talking ghosts and murder, you start to look crazy.

Now the police think I’m the suspect—well, just Sheriff Vance, who doesn’t trust me anyway. I’ve got to find Penelope’s body, her killer, and figure out what happened—and I have to do it fast. Otherwise, I’ll be locked up for a crime I didn’t commit.

It would be a whole lot easier if Penelope would stop obsessing about her Instagram account and help me solve this crime before it’s too late.   (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May 12th, 2019–Part 3


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 12th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so many of them for this 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.



Cardinal Sin (A Bird Lover's Mystery Book 9) by [Ripley, J.R.]Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms will need help from her fine-feathered friends when an uncommon bird sighting plunges her into a hornet’s nest of black magic and murder most foul . . . 

Amy’s enjoying a rare moment of relaxation when a customer shows up seeking her expertise in ID-ing an unusual bird she’s seen flying around her wooded cabin at the edge of town. Ruby Lake, North Carolina, newcomer Yvonne Rice resembles an exotic bird herself—apparently the kind that doesn’t fly. When she’s found shot to death in her locked cabin, the only witness found is a statue of a voodoo deity staring down from the mantel.

Does the rare yellow cardinal Yvonne spotted hold any clues to her demise? What about the Ouija board spelling out the words I am murdered? As Amy delves deeper into Yvonne’s life and meets her strangely secretive neighbors, she’s determined to stop a fowl-hearted murderer from migrating to a new killing ground . . .  (Amazon)

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Old World Charm: A Witches Three Cozy Mystery (The Witches Three Cozy Mysteries Book 4) by [Martin, Cate]

When nothing and no one holds you to the present, why not celebrate the new year 91 years ago?
So think Amanda Clarke and the rest of the Witches Three. They head back in time to ring in 1928, drinking bootleg champagne with the wealthiest members of St. Paul society, honest businessmen and gangsters and those who dwell where those categories overlap.
But when a surprise wedding engagement announcement becomes an even more surprising murder of the bride-to-be, the Witches Three find themselves wrapped up in yet another mystery.
Because even if it’s not your time era, when the chief suspect is your close friend, you don’t opt out. Or so says Amanda Clarke.
“Old World Charm”, Book 4 in the Witches Three Cozy Mystery series. If you’re a fan of Amanda M. Lee, N.M. Howell, or Amy Boyles, this mélange of magic and murder mystery is sure to charm you.  (Amazon)

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Four aging comedians deliver anything but laughs when they descend upon Folly Beach, a small, laid-back barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina. Chris Landrum’s introduction to the newcomers is when he averts disaster by escorting one of them out of the center of Folly’s busiest street, a task made even more difficult since the jokester, wearing a long, wool coat over red swim trunks, and black patent leather shoes, is flailing a fishing rod at anything that moves, be it vehicle or human.

In addition to the stranger not knowing why he’s in the center of the street, he claims to have discovered a dead body at the beach. The problem is he can’t remember if he saw it that day, the previous month, or perhaps four years earlier. Jokes, lies, secrets, dead bodies, several murder suspects, and danger follow the comics. It’s up to retired bureaucrat Chris along with his cadre of quirky pals to sort out what’s going on before some of them are added to the list of victims.  (Amazon)

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The Naked Truth: A Humorous Romantic Mystery (Emily Potens Mysteries Book 2) by [Aldrich, Maggie]The love of her life.  A mysterious note. An uninvited guest.

What do these things all have in common?

They show up at Emily Potens’ wedding.

Emily’s parents died two years ago in a tragic one-car accident. No witnesses. No bodies. Just a car pulled from the bayou.

Ready to settle into her comfortable new life after that tumultuous time, the arrival of a strange note— supposedly penned by her father—makes Emily holler out a big “What the #$@%*?!” Are her parents alive? If so, why are they hiding?

Determined to find the truth, she sets out on a wild goose chase with new husband Michael and Fritz, zany private investigator, in tow. There’s just one problem. She’s on her honeymoon.

With Fritz snoring on their couch, Michael tempting her to bed with his smoldering eyes, and a television reporter sniffing around looking for a breakout story, it’s all Emily can do to maintain her sanity. Between trysts with her new hubby, Emily performs some amateur sleuthing of her own, and what she begins to uncover shocks her to the core. Will Emily be able to strip fact from fiction to find out the naked truth?

Come find out in this fun-filled, action-packed sequel to the 2018 release, It’s All Greek to Me.  (Amazon)

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A Trial of Ghosts: A Supernatural Mystery (The Belinda Drake Mysteries Book 3) by [Krake, Kate]Blackthorn Springs is the perfect place for Belinda Drake to finally settle into a quiet, comfortable life of magic, books, and too much chocolate.

But when people start turning up dead, the supernatural community of Blackthorn Springs faces the firing line, and the true nature of the quaint mountain village is revealed.

Now it’s up to Belinda to figure out who the killer is and save Blackthorn Springs from its own dark history.

A Trial of Ghosts is the third novel in the bewitching Belinda Drake supernatural mystery series. If you like thrilling mysteries laced with magic, and sassy heroines with a whimsical ensemble of supernatural friends, then you’ll love this fantastic series from Kate Krake.

Buy A Trial of Ghosts today and continue the adventure through an enchanting world of magic and mystery.  (Amazon)

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Drastic Crimes Call for Drastic Insights (Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. Book 3) by [Hashway, Kelly]



Not all clues lead in the same direction.

Psychic P.I. Piper Ashwell is faced with her biggest case yet. Missing persons files are piling up faster than she can track down clues. And then the clues just seem to stop.

She’ll have to take drastic measures if she wants to catch this criminal, especially when she figures out the kidnappings are turning into murders. Worse, Piper has no idea where the bodies are being hidden. How many lives will be lost before Piper can track down the killer?

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

Scroll up and grab your copy today!  (Amazon)

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The Scholar: A Novel by [McTiernan, Dervla]From the author of The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed.

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID that will put this crime at the center of a scandal–her card identifies her as Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy–it has even funded Emma’s own ground-breaking research.

As the murder investigation twists in unexpected ways and Cormac’s running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question himself and the beliefs that he has long held as truths. Who really is Emma? And who is Carline Darcy?

A gripping and atmospheric follow-up to The Ruin, an “expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden” (Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter), The Scholar is perfect for fans of Tana French and Flynn Berry.  (Amazon)

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Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery Book 8) by [Dashofy, Annette]Paramedic Zoe Chambers hoped a week at the Monongahela County Fair, showing her horse and manning the ambulance, would provide a much-needed diversion from recent events that continue to haunt her.

An old friend, a bossy nemesis, and a teenage crush from her 4-H days fail to offer the distraction she had in mind. But ever the caregiver, she soon bonds with a troubled teen and a grieving father.

Back in Vance Township, a missing woman turns up dead, leading Police Chief Pete Adams into a journey through her mysterious final hours. With each new clue, the tragic circumstances of her death grow increasingly muddied.

A cryptic phone call leads Pete to join Zoe for an evening at the fairgrounds where the annual school bus demolition derby concludes with a gruesome discovery and a new case that may or may not be connected to the first.

Pete’s quest for the motive behind two homicides—and Zoe’s stubborn determination to reunite a family—thrust them both onto a collision course with a violent and desperate felon.

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FAIR GAME by Annette Dashofy | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of May 12th, 2019–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of May 12th, 2019. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so many of them for this 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.



The witty and enchanting third novel from the well-loved actress and Sunday Times­-bestselling author of Not Quite Nice and Nice Work (If You Can Get It) follows the hilarious antics of a group of retired expats in the South of France

The beautiful town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the plush red carpets of Cannes, is home to Theresa, Carol, William, Benjamin and Sally: five retired expats who have pooled their resources to set up La Mosaïque, a divine little restaurant.

But there is trouble in paradise: the friends are desperately struggling to make ends meet, and when the much hoped for sale of their Picasso mosaic falls through they realise it will take every bit of their talent and gumption to save La Mosaïque. But with fussy customers, obnoxious cruise parties and a failing delivery van, it’s certainly not going to be easy.

On top of this, Theresa and Sally have their own distractions. Theresa’s teenage granddaughter has gone missing, and the chap she’s run off with sounds distinctly unsavoury; plus she’s getting mysterious phone calls, and the strong sense that someone’s watching her. Meanwhile, Sally’s run into the Markhams: a grisly husband and wife pair of luvvies from her acting days, whose jibes are enough to send her on an ill-advised search for the limelight.  (Amazon)

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The Colours of Murder (A Susie Mahl Mystery) by [Carter, Ali]If only death came with a warning…

Flirtatious American blonde, Miss Hailey Duke, should never have accepted a summer weekend invitation to Fontaburn Hall. But when the Honourable Archibald Cooke Wellingham’s gentrified house party are woken, in the early hours of Sunday morning, it’s too late: Miss Duke’s blood is on their hands.

With the aid of well-mannered Detective Chief Inspector Reynolds, intelligent Sergeant Ayari and loyal friend Dr Toby Cropper, Susie Mahl, on a timely commission drawing six racehorses nearby, seizes the opportunity to play detective for a second time. Her inquisitive nature, tenacity for truth and artist’s eye for detail make her ideally suited to the task in hand, but is she getting carried away by her previous triumph – even to the extent of endangering her reputation and her burgeoning relationship with Toby?

Enriched with candid observations of the British social classes, insights into the artist’s craft, and a strong dose of good humour, The Colours of Murder is a welcome return of Ali Carter’s amateur sleuth.  (Amazon)

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Backwoods Banshee (Southern Ghost Wranglers Book 4) by [Boyles, Amy]It’s a special night in Haunted Hollow, Alabama. The second most haunted town in the country will witness the yearly appearance of the spirit called the Backwoods Banshee.

Blissful and her gang of ghost wranglers, Ruth and Alice, are ready for the sighting. But when a rival band of geriatric hunters bet the Southern Ghost Wranglers that they won’t see the banshee first, the deal is on. The cost of losing? Public humiliation.

Blissful is determined to win the wager. Yet when the bet leads to murder and Ruth becomes the primary suspect, Blissful is determined to prove Ruth innocent.

If only life were that simple. To find the real killer, Blissful must strike a deal with the batty banshee, turn to her long-lost biological mother for help, and face a future that may not involve Roan Storm, the man Blissful is crazy about.

As Blissful closes in on the killer, she finds herself in the sites of the murderer.

Can she solve the murder before Ruth is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit? Or will Blissful become the killer’s next victim?  (Amazon)

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The Anglesey Murders: Unholy Island by [Jones, Conrad]DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.
In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…

“If you’re looking for something to open your eyes, break your heart, and look to take action to promote change, start with The Journey.” Tiffany Hall – Beyond The Stars
“I have never read a book before where I have had to stop reading because I couldn’t cope with the emotions the book engendered in me but the author writes so powerfully that I HAD to finish it.” Joanna Lanum – Guest Reviewer
“Such an intense, chilling and eye-opening novel which is guaranteed to leave you utterly speechless.” Kaisha Holloway – The Writing Garnet
“The plot line is superb and the characters are brilliant and really help carry the story forward.” Donna Maguire – Donnas Book Blog
“It had me captivated until the end. An easy, fast-paced read!” Gemma Myers – Between The Pages Book Club  (Amazon)

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Apple-achian Treasure (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 8) by [Workman, P.D.]


Erin is back on her feet again with the opening of Auntie Clem’s Bakery version 2.0. But her new partner is not the easiest person in the world to get along with and there are a lot of bumps in the road.

Reading about a secret treasure in Clementine’s papers, Erin decides to distract herself by putting back on her detective hat and she and her friends try their hands at solving the clues. Pretty soon, everyone knows that they are treasure hunting and things get interesting.

The race is on, but is the prize worth the price they will end up paying?  (Amazon)

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Plan to Fail (The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott Book 2) by [Kirkpatrick, Perry]They’re on a date… but not really.

When Brent asks Emily to be his date, she knows it doesn’t mean anything. He has a mission requiring him to go undercover at a charity gala. After getting a makeover at his spy agency headquarters, she’s ready to assume the role of an opinionated book reviewer from New York.

The Gremlin is planning to steal and sell top-secret blueprints from the aerospace company for which he works. When Emily literally bumps into him at the gala, she is able to plant an ICS tracking chip on his glasses. But the Gremlin is smarter than they thought, and ICS finds themselves in the dark about his buyer. With time running out, and the sale imminent, Emily must rely on instinct and quick thinking to save the day.

“The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott” is a series of clean spy-comedies set in Phoenix, Arizona.
1. Red Rover, Red Rover – May 6, 2019
2. Plan to Fail – May 13, 2019
3. Bad Things, Small Packages – May 27, 2019
4. Tutor, Nanny, Spit-up, Spy – June 17, 2019
5. A-Spying We Will Go – July 8, 2019
6. Once Upon a Dime – July 29, 2019  (Amazon)

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Sweet Cream Ladies, Ltd. by [Fitzpatrick, Flo]


The plot hatches during a margarita fest at a Manhattan cafe. Create a contract-killing business. Get rid of pesky ex-husbands and professional rivals – and get off unemployment as well. But when an intoxicated Babs Harrison announces to the patrons of that diner that she and buddy Bootsie Kittredge are becoming hit-women, Bootsie wonders if the sanity train has left the station. Then the top three intended victims on the ladies’ list are murdered. Bootsie and Babs must deal with skeptical detectives, mob bosses, auditions, agents, a fake psychic and a magician with the uncanny ability to know where the ladies are at any given moment – all while trying to prove they are innocent. The question is – are they? “Sweet Cream Ladies, Limited. You call—we kill!”  (Amazon)

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Broom with a View (Wicked Witches of Coventry Book 3) by [Bourgeois, Sara]



A best friend on the mend, a love triangle that just might be a square, and a dead college co-ed – there’s never a dull moment in Coventry. But, can Brighton’s powers save her from a serial killer’s snare?

Broom with a View is the third book in the Wicked Witches of Coventry cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Deep Past: A Novel by [Linden, Eugen]If nature could invent intelligence of our scale in a blink of geologic time, who’s to say it hasn’t been done before…

A routine dig in Kazakhstan takes a radical turn for thirty-two-year-old anthropologist Claire Knowland when a stranger turns up at the site with a bizarre find from a remote section of the desolate Kazakh Steppe. Her initial skepticism of this mysterious discovery gives way to a realization that the find will shake the very foundations of our understanding of evolution and intelligence.

Corrupt politics of Kazakhstan force Claire to take reckless chances with the discovery. Among the allies she gathers in her fight to save herself and bring the discovery to light is Sergei Anachev, a brilliant but enigmatic Russian geologist who becomes her unlikely protector even as he deals with his own unknown crisis.

Ultimately, Claire finds herself fighting not just for the discovery and her academic reputation, but for her very life as great power conflict engulfs the unstable region and an unscrupulous oligarch attempts to take advantage of the chaos.

Drawing on Eugene Linden’s celebrated non-fiction investigations into what makes humans different from other species, this international thriller mixes fact and the fantastical, the realities of academic politics, and high stakes geopolitics—engaging the reader every step of the way.  (Amazon)

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Counterfeit Confections (The Donut Mysteries Book 41) by [Beck, Jessica]




Counterfeit Confections from New York Times Bestselling Author Jessica Beck!

When Suzanne, Jake, Momma, and Phillip decide to buy an old house and fix it up, they soon discover that the neglected property is being used as a base for an illegal operation. The more they dig into the old house, the more they realize that there are more problems with the fixer-upper than just wiring and plumbing, and they must investigate the case or risk losing everything.  (Amazon)

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