New releases For The Week Of April 18th, 2021–Part 1

Girl, 11 by [Amy Suiter Clarke]

“A masterful, heart-pounding suspense that ushers in an astonishing new voice in crime fiction.”
—Samantha M. Bailey, internationally bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

Elle Castillo once trained as a social worker, supporting young victims of violent crime. Now she hosts a popular true crime podcast that focuses on cold cases of missing and abducted children.
After four seasons of successfully solving these cases in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Elle decides to tackle her white whale: The Countdown Killer. Twenty years ago, TCK was terrorizing the community, kidnapping and ritualistically murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. Then, after he took his eleven-year-old victim, the pattern—and the murders—abruptly stopped. No one has ever known why.
When Elle follows up on a listener tip only to discover the man’s dead body, she feels at fault. Then, within days, a child is abducted—a young girl who seems to fit suspiciously into the TCK sequence halted decades before. While media and law enforcement long ago concluded that TCK had suicided, Elle has never believed TCK was dead. She had hoped her investigation would lay that suspicion to rest, but her podcast seems instead to be inciting new victims.
“A tale of obsession, dark histories, and one woman’s quest to bring a terrifying killer to justice, GIRL, 11 is delivered with poise, style, and cunning – making it impossible to put down.”
—Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Miami Midnight and Blackout

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Upstaged by Murder (A Laura Bishop Mystery Book 3) by [Grace Topping]

When professional home stager Laura Bishop enters a competition to become the next TV home staging star, she figures it will be murder—but she doesn’t expect it to include a body. As tensions rise and rivalries rage, a coded notebook flips the script and Laura’s on the case.

But she’s not alone. Her closest confidantes pitch in by sleuthing, eavesdropping, and even staging a sting to protect those near and dear. Yet she’s still corralling a runaway teen, sparring with a handsome detective, and handling the shock of her life with a blast from her past. All while creating a cozy cabin retreat fit for first place.

Amidst constant cameras and glaring lights, Laura tries to style the stage and pull back the curtain on a killer before her career—and her life—get cut.

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UPSTAGED BY MURDER by Grace Topping | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle. Hardcover, Paperback

From Port to Rigor Morte (The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 7) by [J. C. Eaton]

Norrie Ellington has to pour herself into the case to bottle up a crafty killer . . .

With her overlong stay at Two Witches Winery extended yet again, screenwriter Norrie Ellington wants nothing more than to lay low and avoid murder investigations at all costs. Then two neighborhood boys show up at the winery saying they’ve discovered what looks like a dead body in a nearby woods, and Norrie’s curiosity gets the better of her. When the body turns out to be a local labor manager and the sheriff suspects a neighboring winery of foul play, Norrie turns sleuth once again.

Following the few clues found at the scene, Norrie soon learns that the victim had been charging exorbitant amounts for the seasonal workers he supplied to the vineyards, meaning any of the owners could have wanted him out of the way. And when another dead body is found, Norrie’s dizzying list of suspects threatens to overwhelm her. But with the stakes higher than ever, her biggest fear may be that if the local sheriff doesn’t kill her for meddling, there’s a murderer on the loose who surely will . . .

Praise for the Books of J. C. Eaton:

“Engaging characters and a stirring mystery kept me captivated from the first page to the last.” —Dollycas, Amazon Vine Voice, on Divide and Concord

“Well-crafted sleuth, enjoyable supporting characters. This is a series not to be missed.” —Cozy Cat Reviews on Death, Dismay and Rosé

“A sparkling addition to the Wine Trail Mystery series. A toast to protagonist Norrie and Two Witches Winery, where the characters shine and the mystery flows. This novel is a perfect blend of suspense and fun!” —Carlene O’Neil, author of the Cypress Cove Mysteries, on Chardonnayed to Rest

“A thoroughly entertaining series debut, with enjoyable yet realistic characters and enough plot twists—and dead ends—to appeal from beginning to end.” —Booklist, starred review, on Booked 4 Murder

“Enjoy this laugh-out-loud funny mystery that will make you scream for the authors to get busy on the next one.” —Suspense Magazine on Molded 4 Murder

About the Author:

J. C. Eaton is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp. They are the authors of the Wine Trail Mysteries, the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, and the Marcie Rayner Mysteries. In addition, Ann has published nine YA time travel mysteries under her own name. You can learn more about Ann and Jim at,,, and (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Cat in the Limelight (The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6) by [Louise Clark]

Former Movie Producer Murdered at Charity Gala in Cat in the Limelight, a 9 Lives Cozy Mystery from Louise Clark

–Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada—

Christy Jameison’s reputation is at stake when the Dean of a local college is murdered at a fundraising gala she is attending, along with the wealthiest and most influential people from the community.

The press has a field day when it’s discovered the Dean was formerly a renowend television and movie producer. As reporters speculate over who and why the Dean was killed, they delve into past histories—including Christy’s.

With her reputation on the line, the investigation becomes personal as Christy investigates the Dean’s past and discovers more questions and an even longer list of suspects. While Christy is willing to do whatever it takes to solve the crime, it’s the cat in the limelight who possesses the clue.

Publisher Note: The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries, while containing some very mild profanity, will be enjoyed by readers of clean and wholesome cozy mysteries. Cat lovers and those fond of all things feline, as well as readers of Amanda Lee, Denise Grover Swank, Rita Mae Brown’s Sneaky Pie Brown Mysteries, and Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey Mysteries will not want to miss this series.

The 9 Lives Cozy Mysteries
The Cat Came Back
The Cat’s Paw
Cat Got Your Tongue
Let Sleeping Cats Lie
Cat Among the Fishes
Cat in the Limelight
Fleece the Cat

About The Author: Louise Clark has been the adopted mom of several cats with big personalities. The feline who inspired Stormy, the cat in the 9 Lives books, dominated her household for twenty loving years. During that time, he created a family pecking order that left Louise on top and her youngest child on the bottom (just below the guinea pig), regularly tried to eat all his sister’s food (he was a very large cat), and learned the joys of travel through a cross-continent road trip.
The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series—as well as the single title mystery, A Recipe For Trouble, are all set in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

In this, his third adventure, Professor Andrew Basnett takes a brief break from his usual stomping grounds in the Little English Village, opting to spend Christmas in a Small Australian City instead. He’s visiting Tony, an old colleague with a newish wife, and he’s barely had a post-flight snack before he’s made aware of a cloud hanging over the marriage. Jan, Tony’s bride, is widely believed to have bashed her first husband over the head, and though she was acquitted of the murder, Tony himself is starting to have uncomfortable second thoughts. Things don’t get any more comfortable when, at a family dinner, one of the guests is done in, killed with a chunk of the same crystal that put paid to Jan’s first husband. And Jan herself? She’s disappeared. Only the Professor, it would seem, can banish the clouds of distrust and reveal the truth, clear as crystal. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

A deadly amateur, a top-secret formula, and full mating plumage.

In the sixth Operation Quickline story, operatives Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn are sent undercover at a small arts college in Wisconsin. The job is to find out who is stealing a top secret chemical formula being developed by someone on the faculty. The catch is that no one knows who the developer is, let alone who is stealing the formula or even how.

The other catch is that Lisa’s cover is as an English professor and Sid’s is as an older student, which means the two aren’t working side-by-side. With their relationship still at an impasse, Lisa sees an opportunity to find out just how good she is on her own. Faculty politics are rank enough, not to mention the food in the Faculty Dining Room. There’s also trying to figure out which, if any, of her colleagues has been working with the KGB. Then managing three wet-behind-the-ears fellow operatives.

The one thing she can’t do is let on just how much in love she is with her gorgeous Basic Composition student. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

Accused in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 24) by [Deborah Brown]

It sucks to be caught off guard, especially before coffee on what’s otherwise a perfect, sunny, Florida Keys day. Luckily, Madison and Fabiana have friends who owe favors on speed dial.

Travis West, a shady Miami lawyer with a swanky address, is dead, and the prime suspect is Tarpon Cove’s very own Professor Crum (first name none of your business). Crum is a lot of things—including a major pain in the booty—but he’s no murderer. Mad and Fab set out to prove he’s innocent—as long as they stick to their promise to Creole and Didier to stay out of trouble.

Like that’s going to happen.

Before the sand settles, someone’s gun is going to end up in an evidence box—and someone’s flip-flopped foot may end up with a toe tag. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Mascots Are Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 18) by [Leslie Langtry]

From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes the funniest high school reunion you’ve ever attended!

“Welcome Back to Who’s There, Iowa, Who-rish, to your 10 Year Reunion!”

A 10 year high school reunion happens only once, and to many, they can be a nightmare of revisiting past slights, humiliating moments and the class paste-eater—aka Officer Kevin Dooley. But ex-CIA agent turned Midwestern Girl Scout troop leader Merry Wrath figures that when you’ve been undercover with Colombian drug lords, embedded with Yakuza, and chased by an armed chicken through Chechnya, how bad could it be? Even her scout troop gets in the game by handling registration with overly enthusiastic weapons searches and background checks.

“Old friends are waiting to see you again!”

But there’s more going on than the tradition of spiking the punch. It doesn’t take long before the loathed Class President threatens to reveal dangerous secrets, half the class starts hallucinating, and they all find themselves locked into the gym by a murderous ninja janitor. And since there wasn’t a Most Likely to Murder the Prom Queen category in the yearbook, Merry has to move fast to make sure there are enough classmates left for a 15 year reunion!

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8
Marriage Vow Murder – book #9
Mystery Night Murder – book #10
Meerkats and Murder– book #11
Make Believe Murder – book #12
Maltese Vulture Murder – book #13
Musket Ball Murder – book #14
Macho Man Murder – book #15
Mad Money Murder – book #16
Mind-Bending Murder – book #17
Mascots Are Murder – book #18

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

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

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

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

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly (Amazon)

Editions available: Kindle, Paperback

The Big Gamble (Dev Haskell Private Investigator Book 28) by [Mike Faricy]

Mike Faricy is the winner of the

2019 Crime Master’s of America Poison Cup Award.

He is the winner of the 2020

Crime Master’s of America Poison Cup Award

for the Best Selling series.

He has been nominated for the 2018, 2019, & 2020 Silver Falchion Award.


Dev Haskell receives a phone call from an old friend. It’s feared Dev’s old high school flame, Maddie McGuire, has fallen through the ice along the Mississippi River and can’t be found. Dev hasn’t seen her since she married ne’er do well, Colton Ferral. After attending the memorial service and reconnecting with her sisters, he comes away with more questions than answers.

Local crime lord, Tubby Gustafson, has some questions for Dev, too. Amazingly, Colton Ferral’s name comes up. Of course, what better time to offer a spare bedroom on Airbnb, not to mention a surprise guest who arrives on the scene.

Sit back and enjoy another delightful Dev Haskell tale.

A wonderful read to remind you that, actually, your life is pretty good!

As always, Morton, Dev’s Golden Retriever, provides a dose of sanity.

”Faricy is America’s hottest new mystery writer… and Dev Haskell is one of the looniest and most enjoyable characters inhabiting the world of fictional private investigators out there today”

The Dirty Lowdown 

If you like Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Elmore Leonard, Janet DeLeon, Laurence Shames, and Janet Evanovich- make room for one more! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Baby Plan: A Cozy Mystery (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Book 11) by [Kathi Daley]

If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this mystery series set in the small town of White Eagle Montana.

In book 11 in the series, Tess fills in at the post office after the woman who took over her route broke her leg. While on route for the first time in a year she discovers that her father has left her brother Mike with a baby to hide and protect. Tess has never really been one to go all gooey over babies but when she discovers this particular little darling in need she enlists Tony’s help to make sure she is well hidden and to look for the babies mother.

Meanwhile Tess’s mother has a new boyfriend her father isn’t too happy about and Mike has a new murder to solve. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

An Untidy End (An Anna Fairweather Murder Mystery Book 6) by [Blythe Baker]

Anna Fairweather stands on the brink of discovering the answers to questions that have haunted her since childhood. Still, danger looms over her…

When Anna, Jerome, and Mrs. Montford journey from London to Venice in search of a missing person, a train conductor turns up dead. Can Anna capture the murderer before they reach their destination? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Renegade (Tin Star K9 Series Book 1) by [Jodi Burnett]

Small Town Thriller! ★★★★★

Caitlyn Reed and her dog, Renegade, are thrown into the midst of murder and intrigue when they discover a dead body while on a trail ride in the black hills of Wyoming.

The local sheriff is hell bent on a conviction, and Caitlyn’s brother, Dylan, is in his crosshairs. Desperate to prove his innocence, Caitlyn turns to Deputy Colt Branson for help, but she must grapple with their rocky romantic past to gain his aid.

As Caitlyn and Renegade pursue the killer, the investigation catapults their lives in a dangerous new direction, one with mysterious strangers, convoluted clues, and deadly violence. In a whip-cracking turn of events, Caitlyn finds herself under suspicion. When all the chips fall, Caitlyn uncovers shocking evidence that rocks their small-town community to its core.

If you like twist and turn plot lines woven with danger, mystery and suspense, you will love Renegade — Book 1 of the Tin Star K9 Series.

Buy your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Yearning for a Burning (A Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Paula Lester, M.E. Harmon]

Poppy Legend, forty year old travel concierge, is working to survive rough seas aboard the mega-cruise ship Journee. Her employer is on the verge of a corporate takeover, her once secure job is considered expendable, and her family suspects her worst instincts are about to leave them high and dry.

But that’s not all. She’s been appointed Happiness Ambassador which means it’s her job to solve an assortment of nutty guest troubles from tracking down grapefruit flavored jellybeans to babysitting a colicky chihuahua.

That is, until a member of the deck crew churns up dead.

There’s a new killer on the Journee bent on righting the evils of the past and torching anyone in the present who gets in the way.

Unfazed, the ever-curious Poppy flings herself into the fray, determined to smoke out the fiend and uncover the truth.

Will Poppy be able to extinguish the flaming murderous desires of a mad person or will it just be jumping out of the fire and into the frying pan? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Inn at Holiday Bay Books 7 - 9 by [Kathi Daley]

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

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

In book 7 in the series, a whole new group of guests check into the Inn each with their own reason for being there and their own story to tell. Once of the guests, a single woman named Mylie, finds a long forgotten letter to Santa in the mouth of the life sized nutcracker Lacy purchased for Abby after a visit to an antique store. The list does not ask Santa for toys or games but for time with her parents. The note also lists the activities the child wishes they could do together over Christmas such as building a snowman and taking a sleigh ride. Mylie, who is in Holiday Bay to find her one true love, decides to accomplish all the items on the list herself while she is waiting for Mr. Right to come along. Meanwhile Abby wonders what ever happened to the child who left the list and why the list was still in the nutcracker all these years later. Her research pulls her into an unsolved mystery which she finds herself determined to solve before the arrival of the holiday. While Mylie is busy meeting Mr. Right and accomplishing the tasks on the list, and Abby is busy trying to figure out what became of the child who wrote the list, Georgia is cooking up a storm as she searches for the perfect cookie to enter in a local contest.

In book 8 in the series, Abby’s agent asks for help when the house she was going to rent to host a writers retreat becomes unavailable. After a bit of discussion, Abby agrees to have the retreat at the inn. The seven writers who will be staying at the inn for the week long event are new to publishing and Kate hopes the mentor she has hired to run things will be able to provide the valuable tips these new authors need. Of course what she doesn’t know is that Abby has a past with this particular mentor, and when all is said and done, fireworks of one sort or another are likely. Meanwhile, Georgia has started taping her new cooking show, Abby is worried about the approaching blizzard, and Colt has a murder to solve, after six men get together for a friendly poker game but only five of the six men make it to the end of the night alive.

In book 9 in the series, a newly engaged couple rents out the entire inn for their engagement party. As part of their ‘making memories’ theme they asks guests to take photos and share them with the group. Everyone is having a wonderful time until one of the guests turns up dead. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Stars and Spells: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Mystery by [Julie Nisse]

Blend one sassy mother, a love triangle gone very wrong, and one soon-to-be-ex husband for a devilishly delicious paranormal women’s fiction tale brimming with magic!

Liv Engel’s life just keeps getting more complicated. Her recently returned mother is pushing her to up her witch game. Liv still isn’t sure she’s ready for a relationship. And Rex is pressuring the wyld witch to finalize their divorce.

Compared to all that, a body showing up in the mayor’s house seems like a welcome change of pace for the amateur sleuth.

Until her investigation leads her into the middle of a ghostly scheme of enchantments, kidnapping, and murder. As as Liv scrambles to put together the pieces before another body turns up, she learns that this mystery threatens the magic of Noel Lodge in ways she’d never imagined possible.

With the aid of her fellow witches, a sasquatch, and Deputy Bauer, Liv will have to rein in her mother’s flirting ways, navigate the turbulent waters of her romantic life, and fend off angry spirits.

All in a day’s work for Mistlevale’s resident witch detective.

Stars and Spells is the third book in the Witches of Noel Lodge Series that readers call enchanting and fun! If you enjoy snarky witches, twisty plots, and magic, grab your copy now! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder in the Houston High Rise: A Danger and Donahues Romantic Cozy Mystery by [Michelle  Francik]

Ashanti Ashanti Jones enjoys being a new mom and spending time with the Donahues. When she overhears Maggie complaining about having no privacy, she assumes that means her. She accepts Adam’s offer to stay at his Houston apartment and quickly finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery. Her plan to find a job so she can support herself and Jayla gets sidetracked by an adorable white puppy and his dead owner. A menacing stranger and Ashanti’s feelings for Adam have her emotions in an uproar. Can she keep her head long enough to solve the mystery? Or will her curiosity doom the man she’s falling in love with? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Shrimply Dead

Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Muddle House Publishing (April 12, 2021)
• Number of Pages 237 PAGES
Digital ASIN: B08V52RD4W

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Maggie Toussaint and her new book Shrimply Dead.  It is the third book in herA Seafood Caper Mystery Series. 

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Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

From rampaging alligators to kidnapped chickens to a treasure hunt for an extinct Georgia tree, the reader is taken on a ride. As River begins unearthing clues to find out who killed the veterinarian, she finds the victim had her own secrets.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

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When veterinarian and amateur naturalist Jasmine Garr is shot in her yard, residents of Shell Island press caterer River Holloway into investigating the homicide. River dons her amateur sleuth cap and sets out to discover who killed her former catering customer.

Between Jasmine’s estranged cousin, a rival veterinarian, a wild animal trapper, the chicken lady, and a real estate broker, River has plenty of suspects to consider. As she peels back the layers of Jasmine’s life, dangerous secrets come to light.

Jasmine’s orphaned kitty, Iris, along with River’s cat Major, and her husband Pete help River sift through the evidence. At the same time, River recently expanded her catering business. She must service her regular catering clients, plus provide fresh baked goods for Pete’s ice cream shop.

The killer follows River’s every move relishing the thought of another victim. Time is running out. Will River solve the murder before she becomes a cold dish?

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Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with more than twenty fiction novels published. A multi-year finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Blind Switch

The Blind Switch (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (January 12, 2021)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816968
ISBN-13: 978-1603816960
Digital ASIN: B08QBH2BHH

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lyn Farrell and her new book The Blind Switch.  It is the first book in her A Rosedale Investigations Mystery Series. 

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The first book in the Rosedale Investigations series finds Wayne Nichols, our doggedly determined Detective, and his sassy and irreverent partner, Dory Clarkson, starting new jobs as private investigators. Their first client, Cara Summerfield, comes with what appears to be a missing person’s case. Cara got pregnant in high school and baby Danny was adopted. Her husband, Grant, an up-and-coming politician has never been told about the pregnancy. Their only clue is an unreadable return address on a letter sent to Cara from Danny’s girlfriend. Danny is now a racehorse trainer and has been assaulted for non-payment of gambling debts. Cara charges Rosedale Investigations to find Danny and keep his existence completely confidential. When Danny is found, he’s in the ICU and not expected to live. When he passes away, it appears to the pathologist to be natural causes, but Detective Nichols doesn’t buy it. It looks like murder to him.

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Lynda J. Farquhar (penname Lyn Farrell) holds a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Administration from Michigan State University. Prior to her retirement from MSU, she was a professor in the College of Human Medicine where she worked for 30+ years. When she retired, she returned to her first love, writing, and self-published a YA Trilogy, “Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom.” Subsequently, she and her daughter, Lisa Fitzsimmons, wrote a 7-book mystery series, “The Mae December Mysteries,” published by Camel Press under their joint penname, Lia Farrell. Marketing efforts for the Mae December mysteries, as well as much work by Camel on subsidiary rights, deal with Harlequin, have resulted in sales of 22,000+ (to date) for the series. She is now writing a new mystery series, “Rosedale Investigations.” The first is titled, “The Blind Switch” and was released in January 2021.

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Review of A Tale Of Two Cookies

A Tale Of Two Cookies

A Cookie House Mystery, Book #3

Eve Calder

5 Stars


In A Tale of Two Cookies, a cozy mystery from Eve Calder, it’s nothing but sugar and spice at The Cookie House, but elsewhere on Coral Cay everything isn’t so nice.

Pastry chef Kate McGuire is loving life on the laid-back island of Coral Cay, Florida. As junior partner in a bakery renowned for luscious desserts–especially her cookies–life is pretty sweet. So when an old friend arrives and announces a spur-of-the-moment beach wedding, that’s just the icing on the wedding cake.

But the groom vanishes right as a television crew descends on the town to film a hot, new reality show. Is there a connection? Is her friend Desiree somehow involved? Or did groom Judson simply get cold feet? The bride and groom were paired better than warm cookies and cold milk, so Kate doesn’t buy it.

As the show’s cast runs amok on the island and the investigation into Judson’s disappearance heats up, Kate and her pal Maxi, along with town dog Oliver, will brave the rambunctious world of reality TV and a wedding weekend gone awry, in an all-out effort to find the missing groom.   (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Kate and Maxi get along really well and they will do anything for the other.  Maxi is more than ready to help Kate find the missing groom and figure out what happened. Kate does not agree that the groom got cold feet and left on his own.  She knows her friend Desiree did not imagine their connection, something is not right, and her and Maxi are determined to find the truth.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and kept me engaged until the end.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I did not see the ending coming.  

I would highly recommend  this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what kind of trouble Kate and Maxi get into next.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley.

A Tale of Two Cookies: A Cookie House Mystery by [Eve Calder]

Review of Charmed Summer

Charmed Summer

Cottage On Gooseberry Bay, Book #5

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley brings you a heartwarming mystery series about finding answers and fostering hope while building friendships and embracing the magic of life by the sea and small town holidays.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.

It’s a series about family and friendship.

It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.

It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.

And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 5 in the series, Ainsley’s PI business is really taking off after her recent successes. She’s busier than she ever hoped to be but when a young woman shows up in town with a charm bracelet and a story to tell, Ainsley finds herself agreeing to a bit of pro bono work. It seems the woman had been left in a church as a baby. The only item found with her that might point to a clue about her past is a charm bracelet. After the death of her adoptive mother the woman decides to look for her birth mother. One of the charms leads her to Gooseberry Bay where she hopes the other charms on the bracelet will lead to the answers she’s after.  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Ainsley has opened a private investigator’s office, and she has a case to work on.  The case involves a woman who is trying to find her birth mother.  It reminds Ainsley of her journey to find out about her early years.  With the help of her friends, Jemma, Josie and Parker, she follows the clues and tries to solve the case.  And they have to try and figure out what happened to three teenage boys that have gone missing.  The four girls have a lot to work on both cases and find answers.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that kept me engaged from the beginning to end.  As is usual with this author, there are a couple of mysteries to solve and this reader enjoyed that.  The mysteries were well plotted and not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.    I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Charmed Summer by [Kathi Daley]

New Releases For The Work Of April 11th, 2021–Part 3

How to Snare a Dodgy Heir: A Cozy Mystery Set in Ireland (A Mags and Biddy Genealogy Mystery Book 2) by [Eliza Watson]

After inheriting her grandmother’s cottage, Mags Murray moves from the States to rural Ireland to embark on a new life. Her odd seasonal jobs won’t pay for the needed repairs on her home, so Mags is determined to become a full-time genealogist, following in her grandmother’s footsteps. She starts by organizing a DNA support group that encourages members to share research tips and provide moral support to frustrated family historians.

Mags soon lands her first client, but not the kind she’d expected. A group member, Aidan, hires Mags to find a stolen family heirloom—a valuable unpublished manuscript written by a famous Irish author. Shortly after hiring her, Aidan also turns up missing. His brother hires Mags and her sidekick, Biddy, to find both Aidan and the manuscript. He guarantees them a cut of the manuscript’s sale price. Rather than spending the money on an exotic trip as she would have in the past, Mags dreams of buying a shiny new riding lawn mower and a fuel tank.

Will the money they stand to make be worth the risk of uncovering a dark family secret and chasing down forgers, an ex-con, and other dodgy suspects? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 7) by [James J. Cudney]

Surprising new family members. A hidden talisman. Deadly curses. Murder. Months after tragically losing a loved one, Kellan learns his relative’s death wasn’t an accident.

Someone has discovered a cursed talisman, and a rogue government agent will stop at nothing to retrieve the heirloom. Unfortunately, it has already changed hands and found its way on campus. Moments before Braxton’s controversial art exhibition opens, Kellan stumbles upon another murder victim, and it appears he might be next on the avenger’s list.

Can Kellan protect the talisman’s true heir and prevent the killer’s nefarious plan? Given all the suspects have ties to prominent Braxton citizens, he’s uncertain whom to trust. Together, Kellan and Sheriff April are determined to solve the mystery – via legal means or blind luck. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Loch Down Abbey: Downton Abbey meets locked-room mystery in this playful, humorous novel set in 1930s Scotland by [Beth Cowan-Erskine]

‘Perfect if you loved THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB’ – reader review

It’s the 1930s and a mysterious illness is spreading over Scotland. But the noble and ancient family of Inverkillen, residents of Loch Down Abbey, are much more concerned with dwindling toilet roll supplies and who will look after the children now that Nanny has regretfully (and most inconveniently) departed this life.

Then Lord Inverkillen, Earl and head of the family, is found dead in mysterious circumstances. The inspector declares it an accident but Mrs MacBain, the head housekeeper, isn’t so convinced. As no one is allowed in or out because of the illness, the residents of the house – both upstairs and downstairs – are the only suspects. With the Earl’s own family too busy doing what can only be described as nothing, she decides to do some digging – in between chores, of course – and in doing so uncovers a whole host of long-hidden secrets, lies and betrayals that will alter the dynamics of the household for ever.

Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie and Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club, LOCH DOWN ABBEY is a playful, humorous mystery that will keep you glued to the page!


‘Beautifully written . . . this is a joyous read that will stay with me for a long time’ – 5 STARS

‘The ending took me completely by surprise but in the best way’ – 5 STARS

‘If you want to escape for a while, this is definitely a good book for that’ – 5 STARS

Tthis very funny and unputdownable novel is a sure winner from start to finish! To be enjoyed without moderation.’ – 5 STARS

‘It’s amazing what secrets are hidden . . . Excellent :)’ – 5 STARS (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Audiobook

The Proof is in the Pudding: Ginger Burnet Cozy Mysteries Book 2 by [Clementine Moore]

If you like cozy mysteries filled with unexpected turns and humour then you will love the latest sleuth sensation Ginger Burnet!

Ginger Burnet has reinvented her life, moving from London to her hometown of Little Chiswick, she has taken up the job as school baker at the prestigious Chiswick Park Academy. Living with her two cats, Miles and Nina, she wants to leave behind the events that took place in the fateful summer and follow her dreams of becoming a master baker.

When mid-term her closest friend from the school faculty is found dead, Ginger’s investigative instincts kick in, and she starts looking into the reported suicide.

But as she digs deeper into the history of the school, what she’ll find will challenge the official findings of the case and lead her to a mysterious journey that will shake her very core.

For fans of cozy detective fiction, this binge-reading series is sure to thrill!

*If you like quirky characters, heart-wrenching twists and turns, and lots of mystery and humour, then you’ll love “The Proof is in the Pudding”!

Buy “The Proof is in the Pudding” and unlock the exciting story of Ginger Burnet today!

Get This Book FREE With Kindle Unlimited! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Pink Smoke and Mirrors: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (A Witch's Cove Mystery Book 11) by [Vella Day]

Pink smoke billowing out of my favorite bookstore sets me and my talking pink iguana on the trail of the arsonist. Watch out Witch’s Cove.

Hi, I’m Glinda Goodall, amateur sleuth and witch. Whenever a fellow Witch’s Cove resident is targeted, for whatever reason, I, along with my trusty familiar, Iggy, and my computer savvy boyfriend, Jaxson, always step up to the plate to solve the crime. Today will be no different.

This time it’s Frank and Betty Sanchez’s bookstore that was set ablaze, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Candles Bookstore is one of the town’s icons. I don’t care that the gossip queens are convinced Frank, himself, set his place on fire. I refuse to believe it and plan to prove them wrong.

For once, it doesn’t look like magic is involved, but I’ve been wrong before. Regardless of how the blaze was set, I might have use magic to catch the criminal before the rest of the town goes up in flames. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Cauliflower Kale Caper: A Cozy Paranormal Women's Fiction (Snips and Snails Cafe Mystery Book 3) by [Elizabeth Rain]

There’s a dead body in the pantry…is he the hapless victim of the fastidious chef? Or was his death the result of a million-dollar heist gone wrong…Juli Mason is on the case, chasing baddies and protecting her Eggs Benedict…
Note: This is just the start…more to come…said the spider to the fly… (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery Book 3) by [Maggie Toussaint]

When veterinarian and amateur naturalist Jasmine Garr is shot in her yard, residents of Shell Island press caterer River Holloway into investigating the homicide. River dons her amateur sleuth cap and sets out to discover who killed her former catering customer.
Between Jasmine’s estranged cousin, a rival veterinarian, a wild animal trapper, the chicken lady, and a real estate broker, River has plenty of suspects to consider. As she peels back the layers of Jasmine’s life, dangerous secrets come to light.
Jasmine’s orphaned kitty, Iris, along with River’s cat Major, and her husband Pete help River sift through the evidence. At the same time, River recently expanded her catering business. She must service her regular catering clients, plus provide fresh baked goods for Pete’s ice cream shop. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback


Almost Witches (Angel Bay Mysteries Book 3) by [Melanie James]

The killer follows River’s every move relishing the thought of another victim. Time is running out. Will River solve the murder before she becomes a cold dish?a

It’s once again time for Angel Bay’s annual Witchfest! While swarms of cosplay fanatics and costumed tourists flood the town, a coven of real witches have also arrived. It seems they have a special interest in learning the secret nature of our young angels. But the bigger threat just might be the coven’s daughters—a clique of mean girls who love drama.

How far are Emmy and her fellow angels willing to go in order to protect the people and town they’ve come to call home? Dark magic sure sounds tempting. What could possibly go wrong? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder in Paradise Bay (Paradise Bay Book 2): A Cozy Paranormal Mystery by [Annie Kingman]

A family at odds, a business on the line, and a body at the wharf.

It’s a busy time in Paradise Bay with spring break in full swing. Although the sun is glorious and the water is inviting, Staley Stoneybrook is busy with her job. As the owner of the Paradise Bay Station & Inn, she not only manages her own business but also forges ties with others.

In the early morning hours, she’s enjoying a tour of the world-class local seafood market until a body is discovered upstairs. She’ll have to bring all her paranormal allies onto the case when she decides that something about the death is most definitely fishy. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

The Uncanny Raven Winston: The Cassie Black Trilogy, Book Two (A Humorous Paranormal Mystery) by [Tammie Painter]

There’s nothing like an evil wizard to ruin a perfectly good trip to London.

Ever have one of those weeks? You’ve taken an overdose of magic, you’ve just melted a twelve-year old girl, and Magic HQ has sent a letter “requesting” you come by to discuss your magic control issues.

No? Just me then?

I don’t want to go. I’ve got a boss in a wheelchair (my fault), a zombie cat who demands his treats on schedule, and no interest in sorting out the quirks of another magical community.

But when someone slips me information tying my parents’ disappearance to HQ, I can’t pack my bags quickly enough.

I’m soon destroying historical displays, befriending befuddled ghosts, and focusing more on uncovering the truth about my past than on learning how to rein in my magic. Which, since HQ has a test for me that if I fail… Well, best not to think about that.

This second book of the Cassie Black Trilogy squeezes you through a magic portal, lodges you in a hidden corner of the Tower of London, and plunges you into a tale of mysterious mishaps, peculiar ravens, and TV-binging trolls.

If you like contemporary fantasy with unforgettable characters, snarky humor, and a touch of paranormal mystery — or if you’ve ever wondered what those garden gnomes are really up to — you’ll find it hard to pry yourself away from The Uncanny Raven Winston.

What readers are saying about the trilogy so far…
Wow and wow again! I absolutely loved this book! You get such a feel for the characters and the story is so fast paced you don’t want to put it down.
…a clever, hilarious romp through a new magical universe…
…suffused with dark humor and witty dialogue…a fun read for anyone who enjoys fast-paced, somewhat snarky, somewhat twisted, fantasy adventures.
I was unable to put this down when I started reading it. The author combines humour with a fast paced murder mystery all packed into a funeral home.

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Frostbite: A Contessa Munroe Mystery (The Contessa Munroe Mysteries Book 2) by [G R Jordan]

An elite ski resort suffers a power failure threatening the safety of its guests. As the residents run supplies between the stricken lodges, a body is found butchered in the snow. Can the Contessa and Tiff discover who likes to truly carve up on the ice?

A fortnight of indulgence turns into two weeks of survival as an avalanche and stormy conditions cut off the exclusive Monte Rosa resort. But as the cold sets in with the power lines down, the Contessa finds out there are more deadly things on the slopes than snow and ice.

Frostbite is the second murder mystery involving the formidable and sometimes downright rude lady of leisure and her straight talking niece. Bonded by blood, and thrown together by fate, join this pair of thrill seekers as they realise there’s no such thing as pure snow.

Watch your back when they only ski on the red slopes! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Gold in the Galao: Coffee House Clairvoyant Book 5 by [Kelty Kells]

Dr. Elea is missing, and I have to find him before something bad happens.

My boss is never late to work. Trust me. Nothing in the world is going to keep him from his job. Restoring old manuscripts and running Elea’s Restoration & Readery is his passion, so when Dr. Elea doesn’t show up for work one morning, I know something’s wrong. Very wrong.

Luckily, I’m not the only one who has noticed his sudden absence.

The owner of Mocha Amore, Cole Vankroft, hasn’t seen him around town either. Thankfully, he’s willing to help me figure out what happened. Hopefully with his help, the two of us will be able to track Dr. Elea down and make sure he’s safe.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Well, it would be if a murderer wasn’t on the loose. Yup. You read that right. Not only do we have to try and find my boss, but we have to attempt to catch the fiend who murdered Cole’s grandfather almost forty years ago before she hurts someone else.

There’s no telling what she’ll do now that she’s on the run.

I just hope we’re not too late. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Meet Me Where The Surf Breaks: Don't mess with a single mum! by [T.J. Beach]

It’s love at first sight for Ben Shepherd the bookish new reporter at The Elizabeth Advertiser.

But Tania has no time for a four-eyed pom with an upper-crust English accent, She’s busy making a career as a car mechanic — her big chance to prove she’s more than just Jonno’s mum.

Then Jonno meets his dad for the first time, or rather finds his dead body in Tania’s front yard.
The clues point to Tania as the killer.

She sets out to solve the mystery, but a certain pesky journalist is not about to let her sleuth alone.

Book 3 in the Meet Me series, a standalone romance mystery set among Australia’s south-west wineries and surf beaches. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

A Witch Hunt in Whitby: The Kitt Hartley Mysteries Book 5 by [Helen Cox]


A serial killer is loose in Yorkshire, and has claimed three victims in three months. Eleven days before each murder, a large purple V is painted on the front door of the victim’s house. The victims, all of whom have some association with the occult, are found drained of blood with two red marks on their neck.

When RUBY BARNETT comes home one evening to find a large purple V on her front door, it becomes clear she is the so-called Vampire Killer’s next victim. Private Investigators KITT HARTLEY and GRACE EDWARDS have just eleven days to solve the mystery and save Ruby’s life. The clock is ticking . . .

‘Brilliantly funny and charming’ Northern Life
‘Unique and atmospheric’ Woman Magazine

‘One to get your teeth into’ Candis (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

Gone By Dessert (Gerald Bunting Book 2) by [Adam D. Rice]

Gerald Bunting accepts a dinner invitation from a new acquaintance.

Gathered to relive the Roaring Twenties, the party guests play a murder mystery game. Bunting, a famously eccentric detective, arrives a little late. He thinks the game is real.

By dessert, he’s right. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Red Hot Wolfie (Once Upon a Witch Book 3) by [Nyx Halliwell]

big teeth you have… this Little Red Riding Hood retelling has a little magick, a lot of wolf, and a howling good mystery!
I’m the witchy version of the Caped Crusader, and I have the red cloak to prove it. This garment has healing powers, but neither it nor my personal magick can treat the injured wolf I find on my doorstep.

While tending his wounds, I discover he’s the stuff of legends—a shifter who also happens to be the new town veterinarian I’ve been anxious to meet. His past, however, is as clouded as his memory.

As I teach him about his inner wolf and uncover his deepest secrets, a murder rocks our sleepy town. All evidence points to a forest creature with sharp claws and big teeth…

The full moon is rising, and it looks like it’s up to me to prevent further harm. Can I uncover the culprit behind the killings? Or will I end up a snack for a hungry wolf? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of April 11th, 2021–Part 2

The Bernhard File (An Aunt Bessie Cold Case Mystery Book 2) by [Diana Xarissa]

After a surprisingly successful first investigation, Andrew Cheatham’s cold case unit is considering murder this time around. No one knew that Paul Bernhard was in New York City. No one knows why he was brutally murdered. No one knows where to find the woman he was meant to be meeting on the night he died.

Trying to keep her mind on murder, Bessie finds herself getting distracted by the idea that someone might be staying in one of the supposedly vacant holiday cottages near her home. Two people have already been murdered in that particular cottage. The last thing Bessie wants is to find another body.

Can Bessie help Andrew and the rest of the cold case unit work out what happened to Paul? Can she find out who has been staying in the empty holiday cottage? And does she even want to know how to play Prisoners of Cardavar? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death By Shock: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery 15 by [Abigail Keam]

Josiah is joined by Shaneika, and her sweet, innocent cousin, Heather, on an archaeological dig at Fort Boonesborough where Daniel Boone led pioneers to the wild frontier of “Caintuck.” At Boonesborough Josiah and Shaneika meet the Dane twins, rich society women, who just rub them the wrong way. However, Heather is entranced by the sisters, having read about them in the society columns and financial pages. That is until Heather catches one of them plotting to murder her identical twin. But which twin is planning to murder the other? Heather can’t tell them apart. She tells Josiah what she witnessed, hoping our intrepid sleuth will intervene. Josiah is unable to prevent the murder, but soon discovers Heather is neither sweet nor innocent and might have a motive for lying about the Dane sisters. As Josiah does some digging of her own, it turns out other participants on the excavation also have motives for murder. Josiah searches for truth in a land that hides its secrets well in soil soaked with the blood of innocents and scoundrels alike. Kentucky is not called the “dark and bloody ground” for nothing. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Dames and Deadly Games: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 13) by [Trixie Silvertale]

A murder mystery game. A terminal twist. Can this psychic sleuth swap coal for clues?

Mitzy Moon hopes to earn some girlfriend points on a scenic weekend getaway. Steaming off on a historic train with her handsome beau seems like the perfect way to outrun fate. But their 1920s-themed sleuthing party abruptly derails when they discover an actual corpse…

Now they’re on the wrong side of the tracks, and Mitzy and her sheriff will have to solve the case before the guilty party disappears at the next depot. With a list of suspects as long as the cast of characters, she’ll need to push her powers to the boiling point before more tickets get lethally punched.

Will Mitzy’s dangerous excursion end with an arrest, or will the killer claim another life?

Dames and Deadly Games is the thirteenth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural misfits, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s iron horse escapade.

Buy Dames and Deadly Games to blow the whistle on a murderer today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

MURDER ON TIME an enthralling crime mystery full of twists (Yorkshire Murder Mysteries Book 27) by [ROGER SILVERWOOD]


Discover a gripping series of murder mysteries set in south Yorkshire.

Detective Angel returns! A brand-new mystery in the bestselling series.


She was his leading lady, his wife, his everything.

Late one night, hotshot director Miles Persimmon turns to his wife Lisa, a stunning young actress. ‘I have to murder you,’ he slurs, his voice dripping with hatred and brandy.

He tells her that she will die in two weeks’ time.


Lisa knows he means what he says.

In desperation, she turns to Detective Angel.

But Angel’s hands are tied. With only her word against his, Lisa’s claims are impossible to prove.

Her slippery husband has a history of conveniently losing his wives.

Is the stage now set for a repeat performance? The clock is ticking . . .


Perfect for fans of R.D. Wingfield, Colin Dexter, Peter Robinson, Reginald Hill, and Agatha Christie.

Michael Angel is over fifty, married to Mary. Michael works at the small local police station and is devoted to defeating crime, murder, and dishonesty of any sort and has no personal ambition beyond being a good husband and a successful detective. He doesn’t want promotion with all the routine office work and stress that goes with it. He is incorruptible but always short of money. He is always at odds with his immediate chief, Detective Superintendent Horace Harker, who is lazy, a hypochondriac and not a bit interested in assisting Angel in serious police work.

Bromersley is a market town at the bottom of the Pennines surrounded by stone and hawthorn-edged fields grazed by cattle and sheep. The town’s industry today includes the manufacture of ball bearings and whisky bottles, and a huge brewery produces Bromersley’s best bitter, which is considered the finest beer for miles around. Wednesday is market day, and the town centre is host to the frequent cries of stall-holders hawking their wares while the enticing smells of cheeses, coffees, foreign spices and fish and chips tempt your taste buds as you wander through the stalls.


“Solid plotting, unpretentious writing, thoroughly reliable entertainment.” Morning Star

“A cast of characters you really want to populate with familiar faces of actors you see each week on TV — great fun. Angel is terrific.” Books Monthly

“Once again Silverwood combines a classic mystery plot with well-developed characters.” Publishers Weekly

Book 27: MURDER ON TIME (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Hollywood Murders: A Golden Age Mystery (Catherine Tregowyn Mysteries Book 4) by [GG Vandagriff]

Book Four in the international bestselling Catherine Tregowyn Mystery Series, about which Publisher’s Weekly says:
will fall in love with the charming cast of characters, each of whom
seems above suspicion. By blending romance and thrills with a spunky,
brilliant protagonist, the author serves up a golden age-style treat for
any book-loving armchair sleuth”.–Publisher’s Weekly

When Oxford academics Catherine Tregowyn and her beau,
Dr. Harry Bascombe, travel “across the pond” to teach a summer course
at UCLA, the last thing they expect to encounter is a murder. However,
the daughter of one of their fellow passengers on the Queen Mary is
arrested the day they arrive in Los Angeles. Miss Daphne Binoche, a
famous actress, stands accused of murdering her director, Michael
Fields. Miss Binoche’s father pleads with Harry and Catherine to lend
their expertise to the problem, as he and his daughter are European Jews
and do not trust the police. 

Their investigation
takes Harry and Catherine to the Starlight jazz club where the Hollywood
elite gather to dance and gossip. While questioning the rich and
famous, they find that many denizens of Hollywood have a horror of
European Fascism resulting in a thriving anti-Nazi presence. 

murder takes place and the community of actors teems with suspects. Are
the two murders related? Catherine and Harry move within this
artificial society trying to penetrate the enigmatic personalities of
people who routinely change identities for a living. Who is lying? Who
is misleading them? And from whom are they in danger? 

around them—neither place nor person—seems reliable as they pursue a
killer through the make-believe world that is Hollywood in the 1930s. 
 . . . characters are colorful, their world
engaging, and Dr. Harry is especially charming. Details of food and
fashion give a lush touch to the well-painted period settings–Oxford is
evoked especially well–and the portrayal of factions, competition, and
power plays within the scholarly world lend amusement and intrigue.
Ongoing references to poetic theory, the Bloomsbury group, and the dark
shadow of Hitler add to the textured sense of place. Those who aren’t
yet fans of Vandagriff will be hooked.”

–Historical Novel
Review (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Brides, Blackmail, and Murder: Victoria Parker Regency Mysteries Book 3 by [Jennifer Monroe]

After solving the murder of Captain Rummings, Miss Victoria Parker is ready to resume her daily life in London. That sentiment is short-lived, however, when her friend Laura Grant is tasked to create a chapeau for the darling of the gossip columns. Miss Louisa Brooks is beautiful, rich, and engaged to a baron, and her patronage could make Laura’s shop the talk of the ton

And talk they do – when the bride-to-be collapses dead in the millinery.

When the constable places Laura at the top of his list of suspects, and with the real murderer on the loose, Victoria sets out to save her friend’s life and reputation. The task proves daunting, for the list of people who find the baron’s fiancée disagreeable is long, and rumors of her tumultuous past cast a shadow over the inquest.

As James has been tasked by his brother to escort a young debutante around London, Vicky fears for the smile he now wears, leaving her to face her challenge alone. But as the clock draws closer to midnight, Vicky must not only save Laura, but also the new relationship with James – lest she risk both of those for whom she cares fleeing London, never to return.

A cozy, romantic Regency murder mystery that will keep you guessing til the end. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Hunts, Haunts, & Murder (A Ryli Sinclair Mystery Book 14) by [Jenna St. James]

Haunted House Bed-and-Breakfast…

Top Four Private Investigators…

Scavenger Hunt to Die For!

When Ryli and Aunt Shirley learn not only are they being nominated as a duo for Private Investigator of the Year, but the nominees are being treated to a weekend of fun before the awards ceremony, they are ecstatic. Until Ryli learns the weekend of fun consists of a scavenger hunt…at a haunted house! Add to the mix Ryli is being blackmailed by Willa Trindle, her arch-nemesis, to attend the hunt, and Ryli yearns to beg off. When the three women arrive at the Gothic mansion, Graves Manor, things go from bad to worse when they are told they must all room together. Just when Ryli thinks she’s at her breaking point…real terror begins! The clues that are supposed to be easy and fun have turned menacing and deadly! When people start getting hurt, and one person winds up dead, Ryli, Aunt Shirley, and Willa must race to find the killer before they are next in line! Not too hard for Ryli and Aunt Shirley…if only Willa would have left her catsuit and high-heeled boots at home! Can the dynamic duo–Ryli and Aunt Shirley–come through again? Or will this be the last case the girls solve together? (Amazon)

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Changing Fortune Cookies (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 14) by [P.D. Workman]

From USA Today Bestselling Author, P.D. Workman!

Fortune Cookies Favor the Bold

The baker turned sleuth is hard at work once more, trying to run her business while at the same time tracking down a missing boy. Is he missing by his own choice, as the police suggest, or has he been kidnapped and held against his will?

The clues are all there, but can Erin decipher them before it is too late?

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The author has the ability to pull you into her story and keep you firmly rooted there until the end. Her characters are interest and have depth. She isn’t afraid to explore the areas of our society that many would rather sweep under the rug.

Like baking mysteries? Cats, dogs, and other pets? Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling Author P.D. Workman brings readers back to small town Bald Eagle Falls for another culinary cozy mystery to be solved by gluten-free baker Erin Price and her friends.

Have your gluten-free cake and eat it too. Sink your teeth into this sweet treat now! (Amazon)

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A Changing Light by [Edith Maxwell]

In a new mystery from Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell, midwife Rose Carroll confronts a killer on the cusp of a new age . . .

As the nineteenth century nears an end, midwife Rose Carroll can see signs of progress and change everywhere in her Amesbury community. Adding to the excitement is the annual Spring Opening, when the town’s world-famous carriage manufacturers throw open their doors to visitors from all over the globe. This year’s festivities are tainted, however, when a representative from a prominent Canadian carriage company is murdered.

Driven by her strong sense of justice, Rose is determined to track down the killer. She has only just begun her investigation when she learns that the plans for a radical new horseless carriage have gone missing. Faced with the question of whether the two crimes are connected—and a list of suspects that includes some of Amesbury’s own residents and any number of foreign visitors—Rose has to delve into a case with implications for the future, even if the motive for murder is one of mankind’s oldest . . .

Praise for the Quaker Midwife Mysteries:

“Through Quaker Rose Carroll’s resourceful sleuthing—and her midwifery—we are immediately immersed in the fascinating peculiarities, tensions and secrets of small-town life in late-19th-century Amesbury.” —Susanna Calkins, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Mysteries

“Edith Maxwell’s latest Quaker midwife mystery teems with authentic period detail that fascinates as it transports the reader back to a not-so-simple time. A complex, subtle, and finely told tale, Judge Thee Not’s sensitive portraits and vivid descriptions, along with Rose Carroll’s humanity, intelligence, and—yes—snooping, make this a sparkling addition to a wonderful series. A sublimely delightful read.” —James W. Ziskin, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries

“The historical setting is redolent and delicious, the townspeople engaging, and the plot a proper puzzle, but it’s Rose Carroll—midwife, Quaker, sleuth—who captivates in this irresistible series . . .” —Catriona McPherson, Agatha-, Anthony- and Macavity-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series

“Not only is it a well-plotted, intelligent mystery, it also shines light on how women were treated—and, in many cases, mistreated—by people they trusted for help in desperate situations. Highly recommended.” —Suspense Magazine

“Clever and stimulating novel . . . masterfully weaves a complex mystery.” —Open Book Society

“Riveting historical mystery . . . [a] fascinating look at nineteenth-century American faith, culture, and small-town life.”
—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and The Lincoln Letter

About the Author:

Agatha Award-winning author Edith Maxwell writes the Amesbury-based Quaker Midwife historical mysteries, the Lauren Rousseau Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. She blogs at and Read about all her personalities and her work at (Amazon)

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Cupcakes and Cauldrons (Witch Haven Mystery - a fun cozy witch paranormal mystery Book 5) by [K.E. O'Connor]

Lumpy cupcakes, misfiring magic, and an angry werewolf.

I always walk a fine line with my baking magic, but when I’m asked to be a judge on the Bewitching Baking Showdown, I know my secrets are about to fly out for the whole magical baking community to see.

There’s no way I can hide my failings? Or is there?

It doesn’t help I have a debt collector on my back and a disgruntled werewolf, who isn’t impressed I chained him up and drained him of his power.

Throw in a murder, a heap of egotistical suspects, and my best friends getting super nosey about why my magic doesn’t always work, and this is one line I might wobble off.


Join Luna Brimstone in this magical baking mystery as she struggles to hide her secret failings, deal with her catnip addicted familiar, stay out of the grasp of an angry werewolf, and judge a baking contest, all while solving a most puzzling murder. (Amazon)

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The Curious Case of Florence Winters: A 1920s Historical Cozy Mystery (Florence Winters Mystery Book 1) by [May  Bridges, J. L.  Collins]

New York City, 1925

Florence Winters is ready to escape the whispers about her.

At twenty-three, being unmarried is almost unheard of in small town Ohio, which leaves Florence living with her busy-body parents who’d like nothing more than to marry her off to the first fellow who so much as looks her way.

Everything changes when the wealthy and slightly eccentric Aunt Julia requests Florence’s companionship in the city where dreams come true—the one and only New York City. Intrigued but still cautious, Florence accepts the invitation but she has no idea what awaits her in Aunt Julia’s ravishing brownstone in the West Village.

Secret meetings. Secret passages. Secretive house staff. Even Aunt Julia’s cat seems to have something to hide!

Florence isn’t the type to pry, but when one of Aunt Julia’s adversaries ends up missing and Aunt Julia is suspected of foul play, Florence feels she owes it to her hostess to search for the truth. Even if it means braving the glitzy and glamorous New York City night life in the process.

Life in 1920s New York City is more than just the bee’s knees!
Between the dazzling lights of the city and unraveling its secrets, things have never been more exciting for Flo and the gang.
This fun 1920s cozy mystery is a clean read with no graphic scenes or strong language.

The Curious Case of Florence Winters is book one in the Florence Winters Mystery series.

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Auctions and Alibis (The Hemlock Inn Mysteries Book 1) by [Josephine Smith]

A struggling inn, a dead philanthropist, and a jobless bartender forced to find the truth.

Recently fired and about to be evicted, Simone Evans is desperate for any distraction from her dismal life. A call from a lawyer she’s never met, about an inn she hasn’t seen in years, sets her on a new path.

But the inn’s cranky general manager and a dead body are making things tougher than she expected. With a charity auction to plan, Simone isn’t so sure she can handle this new life.

After someone close to her is arrested for murder, Simone learns this sleepy tourist town is filled with secrets. Aided by two geriatric thrill-seekers and an affectionate beagle named Lola, Simone must uncover the killer before the killer gets to her. (Amazon)

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Foxe and the Path into Darkness (An Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mystery Book 8) by [William Savage]

When the mayor of Norwich disappears without trace roughly half-way through his term of office, the entire city government is thrown into chaos. Every thought turns to Mr Foxe, who is told to make finding the mayor his single priority. Nothing must stand in the way of achieving that goal. Nothing.

Foxe, listless and bored, has not had a mystery worthy of his attention for several months. He’s also still hurting from Lady Cockerton’s treatment of him. Even his oddly platonic friendship with Mrs Danson must end in two days, when she finally leaves Norwich for good. Perhaps a mystery will put some life back into him?

Before he can even begin, an unexpected encounter in Alderman Halloran’s hallway turns Foxe’s life upside down, so that for three days of confusion and anguish he can do nothing but struggle with an overwhelming crisis in his own life. The search for the mayor is forgotten.

At length, with help from an unexpected source, Foxe sets out doggedly on the trail of the missing man. He soon finds he must unravel a complex and unexpected tangle of events to get anywhere. Blocked and frustrated many times, he finally reveals the slow descent into darkness and an inevitable fate that lies behind what seemed a simple puzzle.

All the time, he is still struggling with a problem that threatens to wreck his entire future. Just as he sees a path ahead that offers the possibility of undreamed-of joy and happiness, he finds he may well have managed to block it completely before he can even set out. Can he find his way through this tangle as well? (Amazon)

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The Case of the Ghost of Christmas Morning (Anty Boisjoly Mysteries Book 2) by [PJ Fitzsimmons]

Anty Boisjoly tackles the peculiar case of the war hero who visits his old friends on Christmas morning — after being murdered on Christmas Eve.

This is the Jeeves & Wooster that Agatha Christie dared not write, the Poirot that never occurred to PG Wodehouse.

In The Case of the Ghost of Christmas Morning, Wodehousian clubman, flaneur, idler and sleuth Anty Boisjoly pits his sardonic wits against another pair of impossible murders. This time, Anty Boisjoly’s Aunty Boisjoly is the only possible suspect when a murder victim stands his old friends a farewell drink at the local, hours after being murdered.

Like The Case of the Canterfell Codicil, the first Anty Boisjoly mystery, The Case of the Ghost of Christmas Morning fits the narrow literary needs of those who feel that Miss Marple isn’t frivolous enough and that Blandings Castle could stand a few more baffling murders. (Amazon)

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The 4 Dilemmas of Amy Maxwell (Amy Maxwell Series Book 5) by [Heather Balog]

Today is Amy Maxwell’s fortieth birthday. Instead of gifts, she got dilemmas. Four dilemmas to be exact.
Dilemma number one: How to deal with those bittersweet and melancholy feelings of her oldest child graduating high school and going off to college…while navigating the endless paperwork and trying not to have a heart attack at the price tag.
Dilemma number two: How to deal with her sister marrying Amy’s own knight-in-shining armor Jason Collins…in Amy’s own backyard, turning her life upside down in more ways than one.
Dilemma number three: How to deal with the bachelorette party from hell that she planned which not only turns out to be more risque than she anticipated, but leaves one guest MURDERED.
And finally…Dilemma number four, the big one: How to deal with being trapped in the murderer’s closet with her elderly mother (who does not know how to whisper) and a shelf full of pointy shoes precariously hanging over her head.
Can Amy solve her dilemmas and escape, before the killer discovers her and Amy ends up with dilemma number five…how to plan her own funeral when she’s already dead. (Amazon)

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Seaside Magic (A Nautical Seascape Mystery Trilogy Book 3) by [Constance Barker, Corrine Winters]

Quinn Learns to Dream Walk

Quinn and Ridley have a new ghost friend who teaches Quinn how to dream walk in order to locate her lost friend Nora. But all is placed on hold when a murder occurs. Someone is poisoned with jellyfish toxins and the team must figure out who is using their oceanic friends to kill an unsuspecting victim.

Was it the hardworking yet under appreciated assistant, a former reporter who was minimized and trolled by the scientist, or Quinn’s ex-boyfriend who has popped up unexpectedly?

Will Penny find out more about her magical friends….perhaps more than she ever bargained for? And will this put a crimp in her relationship with Robin?

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

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New Releases For The Week Of April 11th, 2021–Part 1

The Venice Sketchbook: A Novel by [Rhys Bowen]

“Rhys Bowen crafts a propulsive, unexpected plot with characters who come vibrantly alive on the page.” —Mark Sullivan, author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII in an enthralling novel of brief encounters and lasting romance by the New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and Above the Bay of Angels.

Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper…Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than sixty years.

It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.

Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins. (Amazon)

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Death with a Double Edge: A Daniel Pitt Novel by [Anne Perry]

Daniel Daniel Pitt’s investigation into his colleague’s murder leads him through London’s teeming underbelly to the suspicious dealings of one of England’s most influential shipbuilding magnates in a thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.

When junior barrister Daniel Pitt is summoned to the scene of a murder in the London district known as Mile End, he knows only that the victim is a senior barrister from the same firm. To Daniel’s relief, it is not his close friend Toby Kitteridge, but the question remains: What was this respected colleague doing in such a rough part of the city? The firm’s head, Marcus fford Croft, may know more than he admits, but fford Croft’s memory is not what it used to be, and his daughter, Miriam—Daniel’s sometime sidekick—isn’t in the country to offer her usual help. And so Daniel and Kitteridge must investigate on their own, lest the police uncover something that may cast a suspicious light on the firm.

Their inquiries in Mile End lead them to a local brothel and to an opium den, but also—unexpectedly—to a wealthy shipbuilder crucial to Britain’s effort to build up its fleet, which may soon face the fearsome naval might of Germany. Daniel finds his path blocked by officials at every turn, his investigation so unwelcome that even his father, Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, receives a chilling warning from a powerful source. Suddenly, not just Daniel but his whole family—including his beloved mother, Charlotte—is in danger. Will Daniel’s devotion to justice be the undoing of his entire life, and endanger Britain’s defense at sea? As ever, the fates of family and history are inextricably intertwined in this spellbinder from Anne Perry. (Amazon)

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The Vanishing Museum on the Rue Mistral (A Provençal Mystery Book 9) by [M. L. Longworth]

A breezy, charming, and perfectly escapist mystery set in the heart of sun- and wine-soaked Aix-en-Provence–where murder investigations are always put on hold for lunch and the only thing more sweeping than the story is the Mediterranean coastline.

Something strange has happened at the unassuming Musée de Quentin-Savary in Aix-en-Provence. When the director, Monsieur Achille Formentin, walks in one beautiful April morning, he is shocked to find the whole museum emptied of its contents–only a bench, the reception desk, and a lowly fern remain.

Distressed, he calls the local police, and Aix’s examining magistrate Antoine Verlaque sets out to discover the thief’s identity. But it’s the most baffling case Verlaque has ever encountered. Why would someone want to steal porcelain dessert plates, some old documents, and a few small paintings? Could this have something to do with the mysterious robbery of Madame de Montbarbon’s apartment a few weeks earlier? And how can Verlaque possibly concentrate on the theft when he and his wife, Marine Bonnet, are going to have a baby? (Amazon)

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The Unkindness of Ravens: A Greer Hogan Mystery by [M. E. Hilliard]

Librarian Greer Hogan matches wits with a deviously clever killer in M.E. Hilliard’s chilling series debut, ideal for fans of Louise Penny and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Greer Hogan is a librarian and an avid reader of murder mysteries. She also has a habit of stumbling upon murdered bodies. The first was her husband’s, and the tragic loss led Greer to leave New York behind for a new start in the Village of Raven Hill. But her new home becomes less idyllic when she discovers her best friend sprawled dead on the floor of the library.

Was her friend’s demise related to two other deaths that the police deemed accidental? Do the residents of this insular village hold dark secrets about another murder, decades ago? Does a serial killer haunt Raven Hill?

As the body count rises, Greer’s anxious musings take a darker turn when she uncovers unexpected and distressing information about her own husband’s death…and the man who went to prison for his murder . She is racked with guilt at the possibility that her testimony may have helped to convict an innocent man.

Though Greer admires the masters of deduction she reads about in books, she never expected to have to solve a mystery herself. Fortunately, she possesses a quick wit and a librarian’s natural resourcefulness. But will that be enough to protect her from a brilliant, diabolical murderer?

And even if Greer manages to catch the Raven Hill killer, will living with her conscience prove a fate worse than death? (Amazon)

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Mystery at the Abbey Hotel: An utterly addictive cozy mystery novel (An Eve Mallow Mystery Book 5) by [Clare Chase]

Eve Mallow’s stay at the luxurious Abbey Hotel takes a turn for the suspicious when the owner is murdered – leaving Eve surrounded by suspects!

Saxford St Peter is Eve Mallow’s beloved home, but she can’t resist the chance to spend a weekend in the nearby Abbey Hotel, famed for its glamorous owner Debra Moran and an array of celebrity guests. For a confirmed people-watcher like Eve, it’s perfect: she can observe the rich and famous while sipping tea in the gardens, her faithful dachshund Gus by her side.

But her relaxing break takes a shocking turn when Debra is found lying dead in the shadowy woods around the hotel. One of Eve’s fellow guests didn’t come to the Abbey for fine food and delightful décor – but to kill.

When the investigation gets underway, Eve finds herself trapped with a wide range of suspects. Could it be Debra’s new friend Harper, who inherits everything? Her ex-husband Chester, still seething over their messy divorce? Or her estranged sister Amelia, who came hoping for reconciliation, only for Debra to shut the door in her face?

As Eve roams the hotel, searching for clues and hunting down alibis, she uncovers a whole host of secrets. But can she find the truth before the killer brings her holiday to a deadly end?

A completely unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Joy Ellis.

See what readers are saying about the Eve Mallow series:

Utterly delightful!… I really enjoyed reading this book. It was the perfect coxy murder mystery to become immersed in… Keeps you on your toes!… I highly recommend this to the armchair detectives of the world!’ The Two Quills

‘Stepping into the pages of a new Eve Mallow mystery is like stepping into your favourite well-worn comfy slippers… Eve now feels to me like a trusted (if fictional!) friend that I can’t wait to catch up with… Deliciously moreish… If you haven’t already discovered this series then what are you waiting for???’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book… Everything an old-fashioned sleuthing ought to be… I flew through the pages’ Shalini’s Books & Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stunning Loved the story and the pacing and just everything about it… A great story that I couldn’t put down… The twists and turns were great.’ Crossroad Reviews

‘A fantastic read… Had me guessing till the last page.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Plenty of plot twists, red herrings, and misdirection. Kept me in suspense. I loved it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Drags the reader right into the plot from day one. She writes so vividly… I can almost imagine I’m on the dunes walking Gus, an inspiration of a dog that steals the show. The plot is strong… A Marple-esque amateur sleuth.’ Jenny O’Brien, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I really enjoyed reading this! Loved the typical English village location and the very Jessica Fletcher-type protagonist… I am anxious to read more of this character soon!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Delightful and charming… I absolutely adore this series… Just keeps going from strength to strength’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Why do we need the police when sleuths like Eve are around? This series is getting better and better… 5 stars’ B for Bookreview, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I thoroughly enjoyed it… Loved the setting… I was reminded of a modern-day Miss Marple.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A cast of characters who are inviting and warmI love Eve, and the people she befriends in this small village as she digs for the truth… I’m happy to highly recommend this writer and her books!’ Roxx is Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Amazon)

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Buried by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery Book 5) by [Kathleen Bridge]

At her family’s hotel on a Florida barrier island, sleuthing novelist Liz Holt is shocked by a hidden treasure—and a buried body . . .

A team of archaeologists is staying at Indialantic by the Sea to study the days of the Spanish explorers, and they’ve stumbled upon a stunning and valuable find at the dig site, but before they can unearth it one of the archeologists finds himself buried in the sand and pierced with diving spear tipped with poison.

The local sheriff’s department accuses the owner of the neighboring property, Liz’s elderly reclusive friend and naturalist, Birdman, of the crime. Liz is sure—well, pretty sure—he is innocent and sets her sights on the remaining four archeologists.

With the help of her PI boyfriend and an octogenarian hotel resident, and two mischievous pet parrots, Liz must dig into the mystery of who buried the scientist and absconded with the artifacts he’d promised would put him in Florida history books—before she becomes history herself . . .

Recipes included!

Praise for Kathleen Bridge

“Discerning cozy mystery fans who delight in well-developed characters, rich detail, and a smart plotline will find that Kathleen Bridge’s A Design to Die For is their cup of tea!”
—Ellery Adams, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Ghostal Living is a marvelously entertaining tale of revenge, murder, quirky characters—and disappearing books! With a clever protagonist, wonderful details of life in the Hamptons, and plot twists on top of plot twists, Kathleen Bridge will have mystery readers clamoring for more.”
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author

“The descriptions of furniture and other antiques, as well as juicy tidbits on the Hamptons, make for entertaining reading for those who enjoy both antiques and lifestyles of the rich and famous.”
Booklist on Better Homes and Corpses (Amazon)

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Match: A Medical Murder Mystery by [Amy S. Peele]

What do politics, living donor kidney transplants, and the current opioid crisis all have in common?

Sarah Golden and Jackie Larsen, best friends since nursing school, could never have imagined that they’d end up as amateur sleuths searching to find a killer—for the second time! Jackie, a stay-at-home mom with marriage troubles, is racing the clock to get her young son, Wyatt, a living kidney donor to avoid the ravages of dialysis. Sarah, who has been living her career in the fast-paced world of organ transplantation, is helping expedite Wyatt’s kidney transplant. Then a much-despised hospital colleague turns up dead of an opiate overdose—despite the fact that she’d never used drugs—and Sarah smells foul play. Her curiosity and tenacity pull Jackie, once again, into a life-and-death adventure that neither woman could have expected.

Armed with smarts, tenacity, big hearts, and their raucous senses of humor, the pair gets the help of a few colorful friends to pursue the killer and take on the mission in the only style they both know how: straight on and arm-in-arm as the friends they’ve always been. (Amazon)

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The Sign of Death: A Victorian Book Club Mystery by [Callie Hutton]

USA Today bestselling author Callie Hutton returns with her second Victorian Book Club mystery, in which Lady Amy and Lord William sleuth the death of a teetotaler who took a fatal dunk in the drink.

Bath, England, 1891. Mr. James Harding was a lot of things–businessman, well-to-do, probable scoundrel–but a drinker he most assuredly was not. So when Harding is believed to have drunkenly fallen to his death into the icy River Avon, Lord William Wethington is immediately suspicious. Finding Lord William’s name on a letter in the victim’s pocket, the local constabulary summons William to identify the victim. Police detectives learn that William had been one of Harding’s business clients–and undoubtedly not the only client the dead man had cheated.
William entreats Lady Amy Lovell, a fellow member of the Mystery Book Club of Bath, to help him deduce what really happened to the late Mr. Harding. Lady Amy, a celebrated mystery author herself, once called on William to help her solve a real-life mystery, and now she fully intends to return the favor. But it won’t be easy.
Practically every one of Harding’s many clients had ample reason to want to do him in. And there’s precious little time to narrow down the list: William and Amy soon become prime suspects themselves when the police discover them ruffling through files in Harding’s house. Lady Amy will have to be as clever as her characters if she’s to save William from the gallows…and herself from Harding’s real killer. (Amazon)

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Capitol Gamble: Politics and Gaming Intrigue in the Mississippi Capitol by [Hollis Cheek, Wendy Strain]

When young Umpster asks Mississippi Senator Tom Reed for advice on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Jackson, he unknowingly sets the tone and directive for new City Police Chief Charles Morgan as he investigates the first big crime since moving to his new home. Although the crime scene is in the center of the city, Morgan is forced to investigate ‘unofficially’ because it is actually outside his jurisdiction. Battling through a complicated mix of underlying racism and widespread inclusion, trying to protect the innocent from the forces designed to ensure justice, one of the Chief’s biggest challenges is to prove a crime took place at all. (Amazon)

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Blue Plate Special (True Blue Mysteries Book 1) by [Susan Page  Davis]

Campbell McBride drives to her father’s house in Murray, Kentucky, dreading telling him she’s lost her job as an English professor. Her father, Bill McBride, isn’t there or at his office in town. His brash young employee, Nick Emerson, says Bill hasn’t come in this morning, but he did call the night before with news that he had a new case.

When her dad doesn’t show up by late afternoon, Campbell and Nick decide to follow up on a phone number he’d jotted on a memo sheet. They learn who last spoke to her father, but they also find a dead body. The next day, Campbell files a missing persons report. When Bill’s car is found, locked and empty in a secluded spot, she and Nick must get past their differences and work together to find him. (Amazon)

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Murder in the Family by [Lesley A Diehl]

The past comes back seeking vengeance. To save her family and friends, Novice PI Eve Appel, pregnant with her second child, must outwit the bad guys in a final act of desperation, risking her life and that of the man she’s asked to help her, her mob boss friend, Nappi. (Amazon)

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A family at odds, a business on the line, and a body at the wharf.

It’s a busy time in Paradise Bay with spring break in full swing. Although the sun is glorious and the water is inviting, Staley Stoneybrook is busy with her job. As the owner of the Paradise Bay Station & Inn, she not only manages her own business but also forges ties with others.

In the early morning hours, she’s enjoying a tour of the world-class local seafood market until a body is discovered upstairs. She’ll have to bring all her paranormal allies onto the case when she decides that something about the death is most definitely fishy. (Amazon)

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A Little Slice of Death (A Two Broomsticks Gas & Grill Witch Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Stormy Morgan thought coming home to Shadow Hills would break her. Instead, she’s found strength, and only part of it is because she’s discovered that she’s a witch. Now, with her great-grandmother coming to town, she’s finally in line for some answers. Now she just has to solve a pesky little murder before she’s free to cast and curse.
Following their first date, a quiet outing for pizza and romance, Stormy and her boyfriend Hunter Ryan discover that the owner Giovanni Rossi was gunned down in his parking lot sometime during the overnight hours. To make matters worse, Stormy believes she dreamed of the murder before finding out about it, which throws everybody for a loop.
Even though Hunter would prefer Stormy focus on her great-grandmother, he’s resigned to the fact that she can’t turn away from the investigation. Together, they start digging … and discover some disturbing clues involving various community members.
Stormy’s magic is evolving, almost on a daily basis, and it’s only outpaced by her curiosity. Once faced with a mystery, she can’t look away, and those who love her most will be dragged along for the ride.
Strap in, because as Stormy learns more about what she can do – with a little help from the Winchesters from Hemlock Cove – she’ll become a force to be reckoned with. She just has to survive long enough to reach her full potential … and that’s easier said than done. (Amazon)

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The Motion in the Potion: A Two Broomsticks Gas & Grill Witch Cozy Mystery Books 1-3 by [Amanda M. Lee]

Stormy “Breeze” Morgan was living the high life until her dreams came crashing down around her and she lost her book contract. With nothing left to do – and no money in her bank account – she’s forced to return to the family business, a diner in northern Lower Michigan.
Stormy never thought she would have to work with her family again, and it’s just as horrific as she expected. Things only get worse when, after a night of drinking with her cousin, a family Ouija board leads to a burst of magic and Stormy wakes floating over her bed the next morning.
In short order, she finds out it’s not only possible that she’s a witch but also probable, which leads her to the neighboring town of Hemlock Cove to learn from some legendary witches who reside there.
Stormy thought returning to Shadow Hills would be the worst thing that happened to her. She was wrong. Being a witch is fun … as is crossing paths with her first love Hunter Ryan. If only she could keep herself out of trouble. The mounting body count in Shadow Hills keeps her on the edge of adventure, though … and danger is never far behind.

This three-book omnibus includes the first three books in the Two Broomsticks Gas & Grill series: Sinfully Delicious, Caffeinated Calamity, and A Little Slice of Death. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Kaboom (A Hope Herring Mystery Book 6) by [J A  Whiting, Nell McCarthy]

This is book 6 in the Hope Herring cozy mystery series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author J.A. Whiting and Nell McCarthy.
Hope Herring is running the Butter Up Bakery while the owner is on vacation in Hawaii. The Fourth of July is fast approaching and one night, as Hope and her daughter are walking home after closing the bakery, something unexpected happens when they pass a fireworks store. Her friend Detective Derrick Robinson has his hands full trying to solve the crime, but this time, Hope doesn’t want to get involved with the investigation. She’s too busy planning for the next academic year at the middle school where she teaches, searching for clues to her resident ghost’s hundred-year old murder, and continuing to look into the suspicious accident that took her husband’s life.
Despite her reluctance to figure out what happened at the fireworks store that night, will Hope uncover the criminal’s identity before he or she makes another deadly move ? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Dagger Dance (Lady Fan Mystery Book 7) by [Elizabeth Bailey]

Lady Fan returns in another twisty murder case! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Barbara Erskine and Jane Austen.

Can Lady Fan unravel another mystery…?

1793, England

After a not-so-relaxing holiday in Tunbridge Wells, Lady Ottilia and Lord Francis Fanshawe have returned to their home with a young orphaned girl, Pertesia ‘Pretty’ Brockhurst.

After losing both her parents in tragic circumstances, Pretty had been abandoned by the rest of her family and the childless Fanshawes have delighted in having her around.

But when her estranged grandfather turns up on their doorstep, Ottilia is worried she will lose the child she is growing so close to.

Meanwhile, their footman Hemp Roy, has run into trouble. After becoming reacquainted with Dorote, a woman from his past life in Barbados, Hemp is desperate to help her when she is accused of murder in Bristol.

And who better to turn to than his trusted Lady Fan?

Can Lady Fan save Dorote – and Hemp? Will she unmask the killer?

And what will happen to the poor orphan girl under her care…?

THE DAGGER DANCE is the seventh book in the Lady Fan Mystery series: historical romance murder mysteries with a courageous woman sleuth embarking on a traditional British, private investigation in eighteenth-century London.

‘The late Regency writer Georgette Heyer lives—and she’s writing mysteries as Elizabeth Bailey!’ – Meritorious Mysteries

‘Ottilia is a strong, intelligent character with a real enthusiasm for detective work’ – She Reads Novels

‘They have everything you love in romances, plus continuing characters you can really come to love, and murders as well! Her heroine sleuth, Ottilia, is a fantastic character.’ – Historical Romance UK

BOOK ONE: The Gilded Shroud
BOOK TWO: The Deathly Portent
BOOK THREE: The Opium Purge
BOOK FOUR: The Candlelit Coffin
BOOK FIVE: The Mortal Blow
BOOK SIX: The Fateful Marriage
BOOK SEVEN: The Dagger Dance (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Fog Ladies: Family Matters

The Fog Ladies: Family Matters (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Wild Rose Press (October 7, 2020)
Paperback: 338 pages
ISBN-10: 1509233075
ISBN-13: 978-1509233076
Digital ASIN: B08FGMFBW3

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Susan McCormick and her new book The Fog Ladies: Family Matters.  It is the second book in her A San Francisco Cozy Mystery Series. 

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Till death do us part, with kitchen shears. What drives a family man to kill his wife? This question haunts Sarah James, a medical resident who meets the unhappy family at a resort near Big Sur. She witnesses how ugly a marriage can be. But murder?

Sarah and the spunky Fog Ladies—elderly neighbors from her San Francisco apartment building—set out to discover the truth. Their probing finds the threat is perilously close to home, endangering another troubled family struggling to survive.

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Susan McCormick is a writer and doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice as a gastroenterologist. In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and The Antidote, a timely middle grade medical fantasy released May 2021. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs and has loved an English Mastiff, Earl, and two Newfoundlands, Edward and Albert.

Social media links – Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – GoodReads – BookBub

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son

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The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son (A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Perricot Publishing (March 30, 2021)
Number of Pages – 318 pages
Digital – ASIN : B08ZVF86VF
Purchase Link – Amazon

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Joan Lipinsky Cochran and her new book The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son.  It is the second book in her A Beck’s Ruchinsky Mystery Series. 

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The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son
by Joan Lipinsky Cochran
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The story is both well-written and well-paced. The plot became increasingly complex as Becks gathered more and more information on Mennie’s family, friends, and overall background, with the resolution something of a surprise.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Amy Hueston and her new book Paws For Alarm.  It is the second book in her A Canine Confections Mystery Series. I read it and thought it was good.

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Boca Raton reporter Becks Ruchinsky is stunned when her son, Gabe, brings an ultra-Orthodox friend home from college and asks her to hide him. Six days later, his body is found floating in a canal. When police deem his death an accident, Becks launches her own inquiry—a journey that takes her from secretive Hasidic enclaves to the seedy underbelly of South Beach’s glitzy club scene—to find his killer. What she discovers jeopardizes her son’s life and challenges her religious conviction.

The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son is an intriguing and compulsively readable mystery that contrasts the beauty of Hasidic tradition with the unbending rules that may lead to desperation and murder.

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Joan Lipinsky Cochran is a South Florida-based writer whose crime and mystery novels focus on subcultures of American Judaism. In her latest novel, The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son, her protagonist is compelled to explore the glitzy South Beach nightclub scene and the secretive world of Hasidic Judaism to find a killer. It is the second in The Becks Ruchinsky Mystery Series. The first, The Yiddish Gangster’s Daughter, is the story of a woman whose world is upended – and life threatened – when she discovers her father was a member of the Jewish mafia.

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Instagram joan.l.cochran

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