Review of The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

A Tess and Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #1

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

36276632Synopsis:

A cozy mystery series featuring family who are friends and friends who are family. Set in the small town of White Eagle Montana, the series features Tess and her dog Tilly, who spend their days delivering the latest gossip along with the daily mail. When a close friend is murdered they join forces with the new Veterinarian in town to sleuth out the truth behind the shocking murder that is rocking the community as it prepares for the annual Christmas Festival.

If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. (Goodreads)

Review:

As is the norm for this author, the characters are well developed and well rounded.  Tess is a smart caring woman who likes just about everyone she meets.  And as a mail carrier, she meets a lot of people.  She has a good friend, Bree, and I enjoyed watching the interactions between the two friends.  And she has a couple of possible love interests, I cannot wait to see what happens.  You cannot help but fall in love with Tilly and Tang, Tess’s dog and cat.  They are very cute and add a lot to the story.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author creates a cozy setting in White Eagle, Montana.  Everyone looks out for each other and neighbors are happy to help those in need.  They are also happy to get in everyone’s business, just like a typical small town.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.   

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues to shift through that the mystery was not easy to solve.  I was surprised at the culprit.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  This is going to be another great series and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

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New Releases For The Week Of December 3rd, 2017–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 3rd, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

 

IToo Big to Die (The Odelia Grey Mysteries) by [Jaffarian, Sue Ann]t’s the dog days of summer for Odelia and Greg after they rescue a dog from a closed car on a blistering hot day. The culprit is former reality star Marla Kingston, who’s married to a client of Odelia’s law firm. The dog was saved, but Odelia’s job might not be when Kingston demands blood. Things get even stickier when a video of the rescue goes viral, and the man who helped them winds up dead. And who is the mysterious young woman who shows up about the same time? Is she connected or just an opportunist looking to cash in on their reluctant Internet fame?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 12 Slays of Christmas by [Vandiver, Abby L., Lucci, Judith , Vansant, Amy , Mooney, Colleen , Reade, Amy , Goddin, Nell , Helme, Colleen, Harris, Kim Hunt, Reinhart, Larissa, Bell, Cindy, Prescott, Summer, Dionne, Kathryn ]Have Yourself a Merry Cozy Mystery Christmas!

A 12-book, Christmas-themed, boxed set with Recipes!

We’ve got twelve new, never-before published, Christmas-themed cozy mysteries in a boxed set from twelve cozy authors! Holiday murder and mischief abound, but not to worry we’ve got our share of amateur sleuths!

And to make everyone’s holidays bright and merry, the authors of The 12 Slays of Christmas, in addition to sharing our Christmas whodunit stories with our readers, are donating the proceeds from our boxed set to an animal rescue shelter. C’mon! Buy a book, rescue a dog! (or cat!)

Can’t you just feel Christmas in the air? So, put on your winter mittens, dust off your holiday recipes, start humming those carols, and have yourself a Merry Christmas with a little murder, a whole lot of fun, and a gift of love to our cozy pet partners in crime solving!

What’s in the Boxed Set:

Abby L. Vandiver – Baby, it’s Cold Outside

Judith Lucci – The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

Amy Vansant – Stollen Time

Colleen Mooney – Death by Rum Balls

Amy Reade – The Worst Noel

Nell Goddin – The Case of the Curious Biscuit

Colleen Helme – Devil in a Black Suit

Kim Hunt Harris – Frankincense, Gold and Murder

Larissa Reinhart – A View to a Chill

Cindy Bell – Christmas Chocolates and Crimes

Summer Prescott – Home for the Holidays

Kathryn Dionne – Murder at the Holiday Bazaar

Bonus – Recipes from the Authors.

And we love hearing from our readers, so stop by our website at 12slaysofchristmas.com and see what we’re up to. You can find out more about the authors, our 12-book boxed set, and how you can donate to a rescue shelter.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Cake Betrayal: A Magical and Sweet Cat Cozy Mystery (The Cake Fairy Mysteries Book 2) by [Hartford, Sabrina]“Fairy cakes, a kitten, magic & an impossible murder… All in Hawaii, with a fairy twist!”

Faye Anderson is searching for her mother who mysteriously disappeared over a decade ago. The quest takes Faye to Hawaii where she stumbles upon a shadowy killer fleeing a murder scene. Unfortunately, the killer seems to be none other than her own mother. Worse still, when the police arrive, there doesn’t seem to be any signs that a murder has taken place. There are no witnesses and even the body is missing!

It’s an impossible case but Faye isn’t going to let that stop her, especially when she can draw on her fairy powers and help from her newly adopted pet cat Tom. But the island of Hawaii holds many unwanted secrets, such as the story behind her mom’s disappearance and the truth about Tom’s past. Solving the crime could lead to the ultimate betrayal…

Includes FREE bonus recipe book that contains all 23 desserts referenced in the story (Normally sold separately for $9.99!), plus 4 extra cookie recipes. Recipes contain full ingredients, steps, and nutritional values. Suitable for vegetarians.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Colors of Death by [Rae Dater, Carlene]No good deed goes unpunished. Leaving a Minnesota winter and a divorce behind is no great sacrifice when Callie Sue Davis agrees to help in her uncle’s California print shop while he’s ill. When she arrives in San Diego, she finds her uncle conveniently forgot to mention she’ll also be caring for his big, black, blind dog. How hard could that be? But when a human arm turns up in his recycling barrel at the print shop, Callie’s uncle is suspect number one.

The print shop employees behave suspiciously and Callie finds herself getting deeper into trouble all the time. The only plus is that one of the police detectives is a charmer, and sparks start to fly. Well, that and the dog.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories to Die For: A Mystery (Irene's Closet) by [Paul, Paula]Good old-fashioned murder lurks behind the Old World charm of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And nobody knows that better than former attorney turned consignment-shop owner—and part-time amateur sleuth—Irene Seligman.

When New York assistant DA Irene Seligman moved home to take care of her demanding mother, Adelle, she thought she was leaving a world of corruption and violence behind. But after opening her store, Irene’s Closet, and getting reacquainted with the locals, she learns that something’s rotten in sunny Santa Fe. Even upstanding citizens like her friend Juanita Calabaza, a Native American artisan, can’t seem to escape the decidedly unfashionable surge in crime.

Juanita’s handcrafted jewelry has been known to catch the eye of many a tourist on the plaza in Santa Fe’s historic district. But lately she’s been attracting the wrong kind of attention . . . from the police. With her son missing after falling in with a bad crowd, Juanita foretells the death of one of his associates—which comes back to haunt her when the scumbag actually turns up dead. Now Juanita’s trading in her turquoise beads for an orange jumpsuit, and Irene will need to call upon all her old investigative skills to clear Juanita’s name—before her friend pays the ultimate price.

Paula Paul’s delightful mysteries featuring Irene Seligman can be read together or separately:
A KILLER CLOSET | BROKEN POTTERY  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodlines & Lies (The Bloodline Series Book 5) by [Rees, Lynda]BLOODLINES & LIES, The Bloodline Series, Book 5
Ad executive Riley Power’s fiancé, Levi Madison, and his Native American horse trainer, Calvin Coldwater, prepare Cheyenne Powers for triple-crown racing. An old flame returns to Sweetwater, and the stunning redheaded chef wants Riley’s man. Instead of focusing wedding plans, Riley’s concerned with her dad’s prognosis of Black Lung Disease. Her house is broken into, and her next door neighbor is murdered. Police search for the drug ring involved. Riley and her friends, Lemon Sage Benton and FBI Special Agent Reggie Casse, follow another line of investigation. Danger follows them home.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Toxic Craft (Evan Dunstan Mystery Book 2) by [Kong, Debra Purdy]An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella, and book 2 in the Evan Dunstan Mystery series

A crafty senior…

Evan Dunstan’s spunky grandmother is giving him major headaches. As organizer for the seniors’ Christmas craft fair, Gran faces warring vendors and acts of vandalism that threaten to ruin the event. When nasty knitter Cora Riddell is knocked unconscious and her water spiked with a hallucinogen, Gran begs Evan to find out who’s responsible before more harm is done—or someone dies.

A daunting task…

In charge of the fair’s security, Evan faces a challenge that grows more difficult by the hour. His boss expects him to find the culprit before police are called in and Southwest Trades & Technology’s reputation as a safe campus is destroyed.

A friend or foe?

A search for answers reveals the disturbing possibility that even friends and coworkers hope Evan will fail. Is the culprit closer to him than he thought? Whose startling secrets must be exposed to find the truth?

Editorial Reviews:

“Evan is such an appealing character, with dreams and ambitions that may all be thwarted when he kindly offers to help his grandma with her craft fair. The seething resentments and jealousy among the quirky vendors keep him racing to find out who’s responsible for all the problems at the fair, before they turn deadly. A fast-paced and fun read. You’ll never think of craft fairs the same way again.” —Merrilee Robson, author of Murder is Uncooperative

“In A Toxic Craft, her second Evan Dunstan Mystery, Debra Purdy Kong’s diligent security guard protagonist finds himself facing a series of crimes on campus, including attempted murder. His investigation is thwarted at every turn by characters the reader will feel they know, brought to life by Purdy Kong’s talent for dialogue. A compelling short read, laced with lots of twists and turns that keep the reader going.” —Trine Bronken, author of The Bloody Business of Luck

“A quick read, that’s worth reading a few times. Debra Purdy Kong has created a level of ruthlessness that no one could ever expect within a Christmas craft fair. I’ll never be able to go to another craft fair without wondering if all the venders are secretly trying to kill each other.” —Erik D’Souza, author of Straight Men in Gay Bars Uncooperative

“Who knew little, white-haired, old ladies and Christmas craft fairs could be such a wickedly, frolicking mix. Add a jealous knitting needle and an angry Santa and you have the perfect ingredients for mayhem.” —R.H. Harlick, author of the Meg Harris mystery series

“Seniors’ scandalous sex lives, delicious vicious gossip, and violence at the Christmas craft fair will have readers eagerly flipping pages while they speed toward the frightful conclusion. A fun, fast read for all ages.” —Robin Spano, author of the Clare Vengel mysteries  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey-Baked Homicide (A Down South Café Mystery) by [Leeson, Gayle]The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery . . .
 
It’s fall in Winter Garden, Virginia, and business at Amy Flowers’ Down South Café has never been better. So when struggling beekeeper Stuart Landon asks Amy to sell some of his honey, she’s happy to help. The jars of honey are a sweet success, but their partnership is cut short when Amy discovers Landon’s body outside the café early one morning.

As Amy tries to figure out who could possibly have wanted to harm the unassuming beekeeper, she discovers an ever-expanding list of suspects—and they’re all buzzing mad. She’ll have to use all of her skills—and her Southern charm—to find her way out of this sticky situation…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of December 3rd, 2017–Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 3rd, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Sunken Seas (A Rowan Gray Mystery Book 4) by [Hart, Lily Harper]The Bounding Storm is racing toward adventure … and this time it’s something completely out of the ordinary.
Rowan Gray still can’t wrap her mind around the fact that an old shipwreck – one that could make salvagers rich beyond their wildest dreams – is going to be The Bounding Storm’s main focus for a full week. It’s true, though, and the shift in demeanor on the boat is exciting and worrisome at the same time.
Even Rowan’s boyfriend Quinn isn’t immune and he’s swept up in the grandeur of the event … right until things turn sour and someone attacks one of the divers. It becomes clear rather quickly that something else is going on and someone has nefarious designs on the find.
If that weren’t bad enough, Rowan finds herself at odds with the salvage team leader – a man who she recognizes on a level she can’t quite explain – and her tragic past is about to push to the forefront when the man’s identity becomes known. There’s only one question: Is he friend or foe?
Rowan has to figure it out fast because when things come to a head, she has to decide who is on the side of right and who is trying to commit a terrible wrong. If she doesn’t make the correct decision, someone could die … including her.
It’s all hands on deck for another adventure, and whether everyone will live to make history is anyone’s guess.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood Holiday: Hollywood Headlines Mysteries short story by [Halliday, Gemma]From #1 Kindle, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a holiday treat, Hollywood style…

ROCK STAR BECOMES REINDEER ROADKILL
Visions of sensational headlines, not sugarplums, dance in L.A. Informer columnist Tina Bender’s head this holiday season. When the drummer for an ’80s hair-metal band falls from the top of a holiday parade float and gets trampled to death by eight not-so-tiny reindeer, Tina scoops the story of the year! But was the fall an accident, or something more sinister? Was the drummer’s jilted lover involved? Or his newly discovered son? And what does the snowman have to do with it? Crack tabloid reporter Tina’s on the case—determined to find out who’s been naughty and who’s been downright lethal!

Note: This is a SHORT story, originally published under the title Twelve’s Drummer Dying.

Hollywood Headlines Mysteries:
Hollywood Scandals – book #1
Hollywood Secrets – book #2
Hollywood Confessions – book #3
Hollywood Holiday – holiday short story
Hollywood Deception – book #4

What critics are saying:

“Halliday’s Hollywood Headlines series is a fun story with intriguing characters and a good mystery. The action is fast paced, the hero is delightful and the heroine is spunky and independent but smart enough to know when she needs help.”
—RT Book Reviews

“Fresh, funny, and has just enough heart to balance the snark.”
—All About Romance

“Gemma Halliday’s witty, entertaining writing style shines through in her new book! I look forward to seeing lots more of Tina as this series continues. A fun read!”
—Fresh Fiction

“Well written with smart and funny dialogue. It is a well-paced story that is thoroughly enjoyable with a mystery, a little romance, and a lot of laughs. Readers are sure to enjoy this delightful tale which is highly recommended.”
—Romance Reviews Today   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Threes, Sixes & Thieves (Bunco Biddies Mystery Book 3) by [Cosgrove, Julie B]

 

Sunset Acres isn’t safe. Thieves are targeting homes with threes and sixes in their house numbers. Caught in the act, one robber is arrested, but later found hanged in his jail cell. The police claim it’s a suicide. Janie and her Bunco Biddies worry there might be dirty cops in Alamoville…but who can they convince?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death of Anton (British Library Crime Classics) by [Melville, Alan]Seven Bengal tigers are the star attraction of Carey’s Circus. Their trainer is the fearless Anton, whose work demands absolute fitness and the steadiest of nerves. When Anton is found lying dead in the tigers’ cage, it seems that he has lost control and been mauled by the tigers – but Detective-Inspector Minto of Scotland Yard is not convinced.
Minto’s investigations lead him deep into the circus world of tents and caravans, clowns and acrobats, human and animal performers. No one is above suspicion. Carey, the circus-owner with a secret to hide; Dodo, the clown whose costume is scratched as if by a claw; and Lorimer, the trapeze artist jealous of his flirtatious wife – all come under Minto’s scrutiny as the mystery deepens.
This amusing and light-hearted novel from the golden age of British crime writing has long been neglected, and this new edition will help to restore Melville’s reputation as an author of extremely entertaining detective fiction.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by [Fowler, Christopher]Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are back on the case in this whip-smart and wildly twisting mystery, in which a killer in London’s parks is proving to be a most elusive quarry.
       
Helen Forester’s day starts like any other: Around seven in the morning, she takes her West Highland terrier for a walk in her street’s private garden. But by 7:20 she is dead, strangled yet peacefully laid out on the path, her dog nowhere to be found. The only other person in the locked space is the gardener, who finds the body and calls the police. He expects proper cops to arrive, but what he gets are Bryant, May, and the wily members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

Before the detectives can make any headway on the case, a second woman is discovered in a public park, murdered in nearly identical fashion. Bryant, recovering from a health scare, delves into the arcane history of London’s cherished green spaces, rife with class drama, violence, and illicit passions. But as a devious killer continues to strike, Bryant and May struggle to connect the clues, not quite seeing the forest for the trees. Now they have to think and act fast to save innocent lives, the fate of the city’s parks, and the very existence of the PCU.

An irresistibly witty, inventive blend of history and suspense, Bryant & May: Wild Chamber is Christopher Fowler in classic form.

Praise for Christopher Fowler’s ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit

“Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive.”Entertainment Weekly

“Captivating.”—The Seattle Times

“[A] guilty pleasure.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“[Fowler] takes delight in stuffing his books with esoteric facts; together with a cast of splendidly eccentric characters [and] corkscrew plots, wit, verve and some apposite social commentary, they make for unbeatable fun.”The Guardian

“Dazzling.”—The Denver Post

“The most delightfully, wickedly entertaining duo in crime fiction.”—The Plain Dealer

“Thrilling.”—Chicago Tribune  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Crime of Poison (A Silver Six Mystery) by [Haddock, Nancy]The Silver Six are known for their arts and crafts—but they’re about to be tested in the art of catching a crafty killer.

It’s early October, time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale in Lilyvale, Arkansas. Every business along the town square will benefit from the event, including the craft store run by Leslee Stanton Nix—aka Nixy—and the Silver Six, a group of retirees. In charge of making the festival go smoothly, Nixy is confident that it will be a success.

But things become knotty when local troublemaker Cornell Lewis is found dead with a plate of Snickerdoodles from the bake sale. Two members of the Silver Six are accused of cooking up a murder plot, but Nixy knows that the cookies weren’t literally to die for. With time running out, Nixy and company must catch the actual killer…before the Silver Six find their number permanently reduced to four.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mewltide Mugger (Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mystery Book 12) by [Rogers, Alannah]

 

Matthew has a very special gift for new girlfriend Beatrice Young this holiday season. Except his plans are foiled when a mugger tackles him on a dark street and steals the surprise present! He can’t exactly involve Beatrice is his recovery plans—but thankfully her four crime-solving cats are more than up to the task, not to mention Sheriff Jacobs and the rest of the Ashbrook, New Hampshire community.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chained (Kate Turner DVM Mysteries Book 3) by [Brady, Eileen]

 

Everyone in the charming Hudson Valley town of Oak Falls expected Flynn Keegan, their handsome blond “Golden Boy” to make it big in Hollywood. So when veterinarian Kate Turner identifies a bone dug up by one of her dog patients as human, no one thinks back ten years to remember Flynn. Until DNA and a smashed skull prove he was murdered.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of December 3rd, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 3rd, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue.

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. “I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be, but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.”

Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a twenty-year-old Playbill from Max’s last, and only failed, production—Heaven or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain call.

Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith’s signature biting wit, The Body in the Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

Bel, Book, and Scandal: A Belfast McGrath Mystery (Bel McGrath Mysteries) by [McConnon, Maggie]Maggie McConnon rings in Christmas in Bel, Boiok, and Scandal, the third adventure for everybody’s favorite Irish-American culinary artist turned amateur sleuth.

Bel McGrath tries her best to keep herself on the straight and narrow but she just has a taste for trouble. This time danger arrives in the form of a newspaper left behind by visitors to Shamrock Manor—and a photograph that jolts Bel out of the present and back into a dark chapter from her past. The person in the photo is Bel’s best friend Amy Mitchell, long gone from Foster’s Landing, at a commune in upstate New York shortly after her disappearance. The picture, and Bel’s burning desire to find out what happened to Amy—and whether she may still be alive—is the catalyst for a story in which old secrets are revealed, little by little…and certain characters are shown to not be as genuine as Bel once thought.

Bel McGrath is:

“Authentic…will leave you smiling.”—Nancy Martin

“Hilarious and surprising.”—RT Book Reviews

“A saucy, funny, flawed protagonist that readers are guaranteed to fall in love with.” —Susan McBride  (Amazon)

Edition Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Cocoa Crush (The Donut Mysteries Book 35) by [Beck, Jessica]Cocoa Crush, Book 35 in the New York Times Bestselling Mystery Series by Jessica Beck.

When Suzanne and Jake leave town to attend a party with friends, they never dream that they are about to become involved in another murder. The stakes continue to rise as an ice storm knocks out the power in the penthouse where they are staying, locking them in with a dead body and a killer until law and order—as well as the power—can be restored.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed, Sealed, Fatal, I'm Yours (Secret Seal Isle Mysteries Book 6) by [Quinn, Lucy]After making her choice between Dylan and Hunter, Cookie James’ love life is finally in order. And now she’s ready to enjoy a little girl time. A bonfire on the beach seems like the perfect outing… until her mother Rain heads off for an outhouse break and finds a dead body instead. When Cookie calls Hunter for help, she finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation and the two men in her life. This time she has her hands full, dealing with a budding relationship, a cranky ex-partner, and a crime involving an old pirate treasure. Even more so when the stakes are raised and someone close to her is kidnapped. With everything on the line, Cookie has to solve the murder and make sure everyone else makes it out alive.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Magic & Mayhem (Starry Hollow Witches Book 4) by [Chase, Annabel]Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken.

Ember Rose is back for another Starry Hollow mystery. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch expects to see magical works of art on Balefire Beach for the first annual sand sculpture competition–what she doesn’t expect to see is a dead body. Now she and Sheriff Nash are hot on the trail of a killer, while trying to downplay their hots for each other. When one of Ember’s spells goes awry, it has unintentional consequences that could spiral out of control if she doesn’t come to her senses soon.

Can Ember turn the tide before the shifting sands of evidence are washed away forever?

Magic & Mayhem is the fourth book in the Starry Hollow Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery novel.

Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5

Annabel Chase is also the author of the Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery series. Check out Curse the Day, Book 1 in that series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Sans Murder (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige]Clare Henry’s snowy Star City, Utah, oasis turns deadly in the third Dangerous Type Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Bookman Dead Style and To Helvetica and Back.
 
SOMETHING’S AFOOT….
 
The visit of quirky world-famous horror author Nathan Grimes to Star City is especially thrilling for Clare Henry and her grandfather Chester. As the owners of The Rescued Word, a charming boutique shop in town, Clare and Chester specialize in restoring old typewriters and repairing beloved books. They’ve invited Nathan to their shop to use their equipment for his next book.

But all plans to work on the book take a step in the wrong direction when a tourist discovers an abandoned ski boot on the slopes—and the only sign of the owner is the dismembered foot he left inside! Nathan’s writer’s curiosity for all things horror is further piqued after the body of Clare’s high school friend Lloyd Gavin is discovered sans one foot. When all toes point to a class reunion gone wrong, Nathan can’t help but join Clare and her best friend, police officer Jodie Wentworth, as they hurry to track down the killer before more former classmates become Most Likely to Be Killed.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

Ozoni and Onsens: A Daydreamer Detective Novella (Miso Cozy Mysteries) by [Pajonas, S. J.]For fans of the Miso Cozy Mysteries series!

Perfect to read after The Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter, Mei and Yasahiro attempt to spend New Year’s Eve on vacation, but the universe has other plans for them. Follow them to Hakone where they learn there’s nothing more important than family.

Ozoni and Onsens is the satisfying side dish to the Miso Cozy series of cozy mystery novels. Originally only for newsletter subscribers, this novella is now available for all! Though not a traditional mystery, you’ll learn more about what happened between Braves The Winter and Opens A Tea Shop and why this trip cements Mei’s love for her family.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Lights, Camera, Murder (A Siamese Sleuth Mystery Book 2) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]

Near Charli’s posh Santa Monica condo looms a 1920’s abandoned hotel filled with murderous secrets. The cat’s neighbor across the hall, actress Sonia James, invests in the haunting structure and enlists the help of event planner extraordinaire Harlow Reese, who happens to be Charli’s glamorous “roommate.” With the help of her dear Scottie friend, Charli is hot on the trail of another tough case, filled with suspicious Hollywood stars from the past and present.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Death Goes To . . . (A Tobi Tobias Mystery) by [Bradford, Laura]The Tobias Ad Agency is in the running for the coveted Golden Storyboard, and Tobi couldn’t be more thrilled—until she discovers it’s literally an award to die for.

It’s an honor just to be nominated. But, let’s get real, Tobi wants to win. The St. Louis Advertising Awards are like the Oscars for her field, and Tobi is up for its most prestigious prize, Best Overall Ad Campaign. The competition is always fierce, but this year it’s killer . . .

Despite her high hopes, Tobi isn’t exactly shocked when she doesn’t win. But she is shocked when the winner, Deidre Ryan, takes the stage only to plummet to her death as a platform suddenly gives way. After the police discover foul play, Tobi’s Grandpa Stu wastes no time in nominating suspects. But was Deidre the intended victim—or was someone else meant to take the fatal fall? Now it’s a race to catch a killer in the spotlight, before another nominee gets the booby prize and Tobi gets trapped in a no-win situation.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

New Releases For The Week Of December 3rd, 2017–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of December 3rd, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Live and Let Fly (A Kite Shop Mystery) by [Tate, Clover]Kite shop owner Emmy Adler becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation that could send her dreams crashing to the ground…

With summer drawing to a close in Rock Point, Oregon, Emmy Adler hopes to beat the seasonal drop in business by winning the annual kite festival. What better way to garner publicity for the handmade kites sold in her shop, Strings Attached? In the days leading up to the festival, Emmy’s ambitions are soaring. Even an argument with reality TV star and contest judge Jasmine Normand can’t bring her down. But when Jasmine is found dead the morning after their altercation, Emmy’s no longer flying high.

When the police open an investigation into Jasmine’s death and deem it a murder, Emmy falls under suspicion. With a national tabloid reporter convinced that she is guilty and business at her shop at a standstill, Emmy has to trade kite making for crime solving—or find all of her ambitions blown off course.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

In this fourth book in the series, Appaloosa show horse trainer Cat Enright finds herself at Canterbury Park in Minnesota after her estranged father, a groom at the track, insists someone is trying to kill him. Cat is happy to temporarily leave her newly-complicated life to see what is going on. After one jockey goes missing and another is murdered, Cat finds herself calling on friends back home in Tennessee to keep her dad and herself safe. One by one, Jon, Darcy, Bubba, Agnes, and even the possibly psychic horse Sally Blue, help Cat discover the truth. This seven-time award-winning Cat Enright cozy series has been optioned for film and television. The author splits her time between Tennessee and Minnesota.   (Lisa Wysocky)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witching for the Best: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Moonlight Cove Mystery Book 2) by [Silver, Samantha , Page, Evelynne]The tide’s about to turn in Moonlight Cove…

When a body is found out at sea in Moonlight Cove, local B&B owner Artemis Mani is called out to help – after all, she has the power to control the tides.

Despite genuinely planning on staying out of it this time, when it turns out the victim is The Magic Bean owner Elisa’s aunt, Elisa begs Arti to find out who did it, and Arti finds herself once again embroiled in a murder investigation.

Between dodging Chief Forsetti, trying to quash Luna’s feud with the new cat in town, and discovering that the town’s senior citizens have more secrets to hide than she could have ever imagined, Arti quickly finds herself overwhelmed… and she hasn’t even found the murderer yet!

Witching for the Best is the second full-length novel in the Moonlight Cove series of paranormal cozy mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREE CAROLS OF COZY CHRISTMAS MURDER: A Christmas Cozy Collection by [Dean, Carolyn L. , Byers, Beth , Blackmoore, Angela C. ]ONE…First novel in a brand new cozy mystery series
TWO… Great new holiday cozies by two well-loved authors
THREE… fun full-length whodunits that will make you want to ignore the frost and snow outdoors and snuggle in with a thick blanket and a cup of sweet cocoa!

A Little Taste of Murder-–First in the NEW Brightwater Bay series— A dead car, a vacation that’s really all about running away, and a guy face down on the steps to her rented cottage make Miranda crave home. Even the promise of hopping a ferry for the beautiful San Juan Islands seems like an impossibility when everyone is trying to point fingers at each other. Right in the middle of it all, Miranda has to convince the tight-knit town that she’s not the murderer, even if the clues tell another, horrible story.

Cooking and Catastrophe–The 2nd Chance Diner is ready for Christmas! Rose has taken up knitting and has produced scarfs enough for half the town. The windows are painted with fake snow, the menu has added pumpkin and peppermint in all their forms. They’re even having a Christmas cookie bake-off. Things take a sinister turn when one of the bakers turns up dead. Was it the competition run amok? Was it some secret crime underbelly of Silver Falls? Maybe the gossip is off, and it was just a terrible accident? Rose decides that she won’t have another event at her diner ruined and decides to investigate. With the snarky Zee in tow, the two of them gossip their way through the murder while trying to avoid Rose’s budding romance—the detective who wants neither of them involved.

Winter Storms and Deadly Thorns–The year is 1901, and Katherine, a wealthy scion of a powerful Boston family has just buried her father. She is distraught, but her terror is only beginning when she learns that he was killed by those she thought she could trust. Now, she must wrest her life back from the brink of destruction with only the help from her failing grandfather and an orphaned houseboy. Will they succeed, or will her family’s legacy be irrevocably cast into shadow. Set within the Red Pine Fallscozy mystery series, this prequel explains the origin of the Morgan Family Treasure and the legend of Kat Morgan herself.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Justice for Some by [Cherner, Reid S.]Roza Grundstein learned at the age of five that evil sometimes rules. The tattoo on her wrist is living proof. She has lived a life avenging the lives of those who weren’t as fortunate as she was. Her days are dwindling and only a day at the track can raise her spirits.

Roza has raised her grandson Hersh Grundstein to follow in her footsteps. Along with his best friend Frankie, their protégé Betty, a dog named Clemenza, and the teachings of Raymond Chandler, they protect those who cannot protect themselves. Somehow they can see the humor in all of this until the Feds take an interest. Hersh is on the run knowing that his grandmother is probably no longer an asset and the woman he loves is the one chasing him down.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel (Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency) by [Casarett, David]A fascinating mystery featuring Ladarat Patalung, the first and only nurse detective in Thailand.
As a nurse ethicist, Ladarat Patalung works to save the lives of her patients, and to make sure the ones she can’t save have at least the dignity of a “good death.”
But when wealthy foreign travelers start to go missing all across Thailand, Detective Wiriya Mookjai fears that a killer is at large, and turns to Ladarat for help.
The travelers have nothing in common, except for brief stays at a mysterious resort, known as the Magic Grove Hotel…
 
 
Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency
Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness
The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

Treacherous Trinkets (Rose Hollow Mysteries Book 2) by [Pennington, E.Z.]As Becky Olson warms up to living life in Rose Hollow, she slowly becomes acquainted with life in a small town and everything that goes with it. She sets out a routine and tries to follow it while, unbeknownst to her, political tension is brewing in the town she now calls home.

When the deputy mayor is murdered live on television, Becky springs into action to solve the case. As she delves deeper into Rose Hollow politics, she discovers dark secrets that are hard to hide. Tensions rise and Becky has to keep a cool head if she’s going to solve this case.

Becky has to race to solve this case before the mayor is attacked next! This Cozy Mystery Novel is packed with quirky characters, rousing romps and a whodunnit that wraps up cleanly. No cliffhangers, no curse words and no obscenity.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Threes, Sixes & Thieves (Bunco Biddies Mystery Book 3) by [Cosgrove, Julie B]

 

Sunset Acres isn’t safe. Thieves are targeting homes with threes and sixes in their house numbers. Caught in the act, one robber is arrested, but later found hanged in his jail cell. The police claim it’s a suicide. Janie and her Bunco Biddies worry there might be dirty cops in Alamoville…but who can they convince?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadfall (Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Book 12) by [Ball, Donna]

Book #12 in the best-selling Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series

Hollywood has come to the scenic Smoky Mountain community of Hanover County, and dog trainer Raine Stockton can’t resist the opportunity when her dogs are offered a chance at a role in the film. Naturally, she expects her showy golden retriever, Cisco, to win the part, but Cisco’s impetuous nature does him in, and the role goes to her twin Australian Shepherds, Mischief and Magic. For the first time in his young life, Cisco is left behind.

Film-making turns out not to be as exciting as Raine had expected, and the only upside to the long, mostly boring days is the new friend she makes on the set, a stuntwoman by the name of Dallas McKenzie. But it doesn’t take Raine long to discover that Dallas is a woman of secrets and lies, and trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. The set is plagued by accidents and vandalism, and Dallas always seems to be at the center of everything that goes wrong. But even Raine can’t imagine how wrong things have yet to go.

Meanwhile, Raine agrees to investigate a case for her lawyer friend Sonny involving a service dog who is accused of biting a child. The case seems open and shut until Cisco, who is beginning to show some talent as a medical alert dog, sniffs out evidence that throws previous theories into disarray—and may shed some light into the mysterious happenings on the movie set. But when Cisco and Raine start to track down answers, they find murder instead.

In a world where nothing is what it seems, it’s up to Raine and Cisco to find the truth… before it’s too late.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

Christmas And Holiday Themed Books

 

 

 

 

Today on my blog I have a list of some Christmas and Holiday themed books for your reading pleasure.  Check them out and hope you find some to enjoy.  Happy reading.

 

 

 

13542635Down south, the holidays mean family—and for Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair, family means the Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle. It may not be a white Christmas, but it’s one she’ll never forget—no matter how hard she tries…

Instead of spending a nice, relaxing Christmas with her fiancé, Tori Sinclair has been drafted into Sweet Briar’s holiday Decorating Committee. And the season has brought sad tidings as well: Charlotte Devereaux, a sewing circle founding member who unraveled after her storybook marriage fell apart, has passed away.

Charlotte’s last days were foggy, distressed, and feverish… except for the sketches she produced. One detail in particular jumps out at Tori and leads to a shocking revelation: Charlotte’s husband didn’t leave her—he was murdered! And as she gets closer to the truth, Tori will discover that just about everyone in town has got notches on the naughty list this year. (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

The only snow in Key West this Christmas is Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, who is not getting time off for the holiday…or time off from murder. 

It may be Christmastime, but thoughts of peace on earth, good will toward men, don’t seem to extend to the restaurant biz. Hayley has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef/owner of Key West’s hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals someone’s sabotaging her kitchen and asks Hayley to investigate.

Things heat up fast when the restaurant is set on fire—and a body is discovered in the charred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef’s business—or actually kill her? Amid holiday festivities like the lighted boat parade and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer who may turn up the heat on her next…(Amazon)

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

Sophie Winston gets wrapped up in a holiday murder in the fourth Domestic Diva mystery…

It promises to be a jolly holiday for Sophie until a Scrooge steals the Christmas gifts from her family and neighbors. The evil elf even pinches their Christmas dinners!  Sophie quickly ends the neighbors’ finger-pointing by organizing a toy swap for the kids, restoring the spirit of Christmas. But not for long…

When her sister-in-law’s father shows up to the Christmas celebration with a diva girlfriend just a month after his separation, someone carries out everyone’s thoughts of murder.  With relatives and friends under suspicion for the deadly deed, and Sophie’s detective boyfriend Wolf out of town, it’s up to Sophie to chase this goose and cook it. Nobody ruins her Christmas!

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Death by Eggnog (A Bookstore Cafe Mystery) by [Erickson, Alex]Krissy Hancock is staying in her adopted hometown of Pine Hills, Ohio, for Christmas this year—and she even has a whole week off from her combination bookstore-café. But a killer is about to dampen her spirits . . .

Unfortunately, Krissy’s been roped into filling in for a sick elf in the local holiday musical extravaganza. With a demanding director, backstage gossip, and two men in fierce competition for the starring role, it isn’t all sweetness and Christmas lights. Then a murder puts a stop to the production, and Krissy is faced with a pageant of suspects.

Could her ex-boyfriend, a fellow elf, really be the culprit as the police are claiming? Or will the actor playing Santa be trading his red suit for an orange jumpsuit? When her behind-the-scenes investigation starts getting dangerous, the only thing Krissy really wants is to make it to Christmas dinner alive. But first she’ll have to finish wrapping up this case . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

Sticks and Bones (A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery) by [Haines, Carolyn]Private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends are celebrating New Year’s Eve at the party of the year, a smashing Winter Garden party at the Prince Albert Hotel. It’s a dazzling success…until Frangelica “Sister” McFee walks through the door. Sarah Booth knew Sister in college, before Sister became a bestselling author and moved to New York, and fame and fortune don’t seem to have tempered her arrogance and cruelty.

Sister’s latest book is a memoir about the death of her mother and brother many years ago. Now, a film about the book is in the works, and a film crew has descended upon Zinnia, Mississippi, to tell the complete tale. The film crew soon realizes there may be more to the story than meets the eye—or is told in Sister’s memoir—and they hire Sarah Booth to discover the absolute truth about those deaths so many years ago. But Sarah Booth quickly realizes that someone is desperate to keep the truth hidden and will go to any lengths necessary to protect a long-held secret.

Carolyn Haines’s next Sarah Booth Delaney novel, Sticks and Bones, is sure to delight series fans and newcomers alike.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drowning in Christmas (Kate Lawrence Mysteries Book 4) by [Ivie, Judith]Christmas has never been Kate Lawrence’s favorite time of year, but when a body turns up at Hartford’s venerable Wadsworth Atheneum, she knows the holidays are really going to be murder this year. In the long-awaited fourth installment of this popular mystery series, Kate’s realty business is on hiatus due to the down economy, friends and family are falling victim to the flu, and daughter Emma has a loathsome new beau. To top off the merriment, Kate’s ex-husband has persuaded her to host an at-home wedding for their nephew. And then a murderer strikes during Hartford’s famous Festival of Trees & Traditions. Ho ho ho. Kate’s positively drowning in Christmas. Can pals Strutter and Margo come to her rescue before she goes down for the third time?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliet Henry loved snow. Without snow there was no cross-country skiing. No skiing and there was no Christmas spirit, however feeble, to shine on the bleak winter. While others might scan the December skyline looking for the first Christmas lights in their neighborhood, or search the stores the principal Christmas tree to go up at the mall, or even to hear the first Christmas carol to grace the airwaves, each winter she waited for the weather reports and news of the first fat flakes falling in the mountains. This year the snow and two other events combined to make an alluring vacation and she looked forward both to skiing and attending the Requiem Mass written by her neighbor which was being performed at the Lake Tahoe Celtic Festival. But her plans go awry when she is stranded by a blizzard on a back road and finds herself the only the witness to a murder. Her woes are further compounded when the corpse disappears.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Charming Christmas: Magical Cures Mystery Novella (Magical Cures Mystery Series) by [Kappes, Tonya]

 

 

Whispering Falls is having a winter storm warning. Not only from a blizzard, but a thief. . . the Whispering Falls Grinch.
Sheriff Oscar Park is snowed in the nearby town of Locust Grove and unable help catch the unwanted visitor in their magical town. It is up to June Heal and her familiars, Mr. Prince Charming and Madame Torres, to put their amateur sleuthing skills to work and bring the Whispering Falls Grinch to justice.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Lucy Stone, the best thing about Christmas in Tinker’s Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But the usual generosity and goodwill is missing from this year’s event which turns out to be a complete disaster.

Petty rivalries and feuds that have long been simmering finally come to a boil, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many guests, including Lee Cummings who accuses Tucker Whitney of stealing her recipe for low-fat, sugar-free cookies. But the icing on the cake is when Tucker is found strangled in her apartment on the following morning.

Who could’ve wanted Tucker dead badly enough to kill her? Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a murderer and soon uncovers a Christmas secret best left wrapped.

“As usual, Meier deftly combines a realistic depiction of Lucy’s life as a hard-working mother with a satisfying mystery plot.” —Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Secret: A Novel (The Christmas Stories Book 4) by [Perry, Anne]Just in time for the holidays, Anne Perry gives her fans a marvelous gift: a new yuletide yarn full of light celebration and dark mischief.

Dominic Corde is thrilled to “fill the robe” as substitute vicar in the village of Cottisham, while the Reverend Wynter is away on a three-week Christmas holiday. Glad to escape his dreary London flat and a less-than-satisfying job as church curate, Dominic and his beloved wife, Clarice, set off for what they hope will be a lovely winter getaway.

Upon arrival, in the midst of a frigid, exceptionally snowy season, Dominic and Clarice are welcomed by warm, hospitable neighbors and enchanted by the cozy, inviting vicarage. Everything seems almost too perfect. Dominic’s only concern is how he will be received by the congregation, who hold the Reverend Wynter in such high regard. But as Clarice soon discovers, she and Dominic have much more dire matters to worry about. It turns out that the Reverend Wynter isn’t on holiday at all–and that something very sinister has transpired.

As a blizzard leaves Cottisham treacherously snowbound and the isolated village swirls with unsavory secrets, Dominic and Clarice suddenly find themselves in deadly danger.

From the Hardcover edition.  (Amazon)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa’s workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit–before she’s next on a killer’s deadly wish list . . .

Watch for Karen’s new cozy mystery series in 2018–DAISY’S TEA GARDEN MYSTERIES
MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES January 2018  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

A humbug of a Shopping mystery…

From The Anthony and Agatha Award-Winning Author of Accessory to Murder

Includes insider shopping tips!

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus doesn?t get the appeal of the year-round Christmas shop. But when three such holiday houses pop up within two blocks, she?s assigned to rate them anonymously.

Easy enough, Josie thinks, until she realizes that shoppers at one store are finding a strange?even deadly?secret ingredient in their holiday cake. And Josie must get to the bottom of it all before someone else becomes a Christmas spirit.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback
When landscape designer Nina Quinn agreed to deck the halls of Christmastowne, an indoor Christmas village, little did she know how dirty the job would be. Christmastowne has been plagued by mishaps. Someone?s stealing toy donations, cutting lines to the security system, starting fires, and poisoning the poinsettias. Worst of all, Nina?s neighbor, Fairlee McCorkle (aka Mrs. Claus) is found murdered under Christmastowne?s enormous decorated tree. The deeper Nina digs for clues to unwrap a killer, the more she discovers that some secrets are best left buried in the past.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback
Festival of Deaths (The Gregor Demarkian Holiday Mysteries Book 10) by [Haddam, Jane]When a killer threatens a talk show host, Demarkian must take to the air
Sex, sex, and more sex—this is the formula for a hit talk show. No one knows this better than Lotte Goldman, host of television’s most outrageous chat show, but even she is getting bored of her sensational interviews. To break the routine, she and her producer—the towering, dynamic DeAnna Kroll—take the show to Philadelphia to film a conversation between ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian and a convicted serial killer. But before they hit the road, a murder hits them.
Lotte’s talent coordinator is found dead in a closet, her face battered beyond recognition, and a second victim appears soon after they arrive in Philadelphia. To save the most popular woman on TV, Demarkian leaps into a cat-and-mouse game so twisted that it’s perfect for premium cable.  (Amazon)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

Review of Margaritas, Mayhem and Murder

 

36457600Synopsis:

Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer?

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect.

Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manuel Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy. (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Andi is a no-nonsense woman who does not really like to be told what to do.  When her former stepmother, Ruby, calls and demands that Andi help her out of the mess that she has gotten herself in (a murder charge), Andi is not happy but what can she do?  She promised her dad that she would watch out for Ruby, so she knows she has to help.  Ruby is a real pain, and Andi has a hard time being anywhere near her.  Her sister, Georgia, has a family and really cannot leave them to help with Ruby’s problem.  I personally thought that Georgia was a spoiled person and I really did not like her very much.  I did like Andi and I thought her sarcasm and some of her actions were very funny.  I really enjoyed get to meet her and learn more about her.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and I felt there was a fair amount of clues to pick up on.  But I thought that the mystery ended rather abruptly and I would have liked it to have been developed and drawn out a little more.  That is only my opinion and other’s may not agree with me.   

I would recommend this book to all of those who like a funny well written cozy mystery. I hope this is the start of a new series because I would like to be able to spend more time with Andi and see what she gets up in next.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, when it is released.

Review of The Cat Of Christmas Future

The Cat Of Christmas Future

Whales and Tails, Book #14

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

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Synopsis:

As with The Cat of Christmas Past and The Cat of Christmas Present, while this holiday cozy features a mystery, it does not feature a murder.

It is Christmas on Madrona Island and the spirit of Christmas is out in full force. A cat who looks a lot like a cat from Cait’s past comes to visit just as Cait and Cody are getting ready for a full lineup of holiday events. When Cait learns of the cat’s true purpose for coming into her life she realizes she will need to set some of her usual routines aside in order to prevent a tragedy from occurring in the future.

Meanwhile the entire Hart Family is gathering at Maggie’s as a series of personal events causes each of member of the family to seek temporary refuge in the large house.  (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Anytime I get to spend more time with Cait, Cody, and Cait’s family and friends is a good time.  They all make an appearance and as usual, this author’s books have a lot of family caring and compassion. And that compassion even extends to virtual strangers.  If you want a feel good read, this is the book for you.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing, her character development and the small town community that she creates.  I found it very refreshing that there was no dead body to find.  There was a mystery and problems to solve but no one was murdered.  And the appearance of another mystical cat gave just enough magical elements to the book.  

I would recommend this book, this series and this author to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  I think if you looked up the meaning of the word cozy in the dictionary, this author’s picture would be there!

New Releases For The Week Of November 26th, 2017–Part 4

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 26th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading!

 

 

 

The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop) by [Burns, V.M.]The small town of North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookstore. But before the first customer can browse its shelves, the store’s owner is suspected of her own murder plot . . . 
 
Samantha Washington has dreamed of owning her own mystery bookstore for as long as she can remember. And as she prepares for the store’s grand opening, she’s also realizing another dream—penning a cozy mystery set in England between the wars. While Samantha hires employees and fills the shelves with the latest mysteries, quick-witted Lady Penelope Marsh, long-overshadowed by her beautiful sister Daphne, refuses to lose the besotted Victor Carlston to her sibling’s charms. When one of Daphne’s suitors is murdered in a maze, Penelope steps in to solve the labyrinthine puzzle and win Victor.

But as Samantha indulges her imagination, the unimaginable happens in real life. A shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, and the police suspect her—after all, the owner of a mystery bookstore might know a thing or two about murder. Aided by her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees, Samantha is determined to close the case before she opens her store. But will she live to conclude her own story when the killer has a revised ending in mind for her?

“You’ll love this delightful debut mystery with its charming and wacky cast of characters and a mystery within a mystery just to keep things interesting.”
—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights
 
“A charming read—with murder, romance and lots of mouthwatering desserts.”
—Laura Levine, author of Death of a Bachelorette  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Ditched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery) by [Eaton, J.C.]She’s handling a bridezilla—and hunting a killer . . .

Moving from Minnesota to Arizona was a big change for Sophie “Phee” Kimball. She’s much closer to her mother’s retirement community now—which can drive her a little crazy, but at least her mom, Harriet, has her book club and her chiweenie dog, Streetman, to keep her company. And now there’s even more activity, with Aunt Ina’s upcoming wedding. The seventy-four-year-old bride has roped Phee into working on the tent, the pastries, and even her headpiece in preparation for the ceremony. But it’s Harriet who really gets demanding when a dead body turns up yards from her front door.

Aunt Ina’s fiancé is acquainted with the victim—a local millionaire restaurateur murdered at the golf course. Working for a private investigator, Phee is drawn into the case—not just professionally but personally, since Harriet is in a panic about her safety. With a killer on the loose, Phee vows to figure out the plot—that is, if her side job as a wedding planner doesn’t kill her first . . .

Praise for J.C. Eaton

“Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball has a lot on her plate in this captivating whodunit, but this feisty, take-charge heroine is definitely up for the challenge. Fun characters, a touch of humor, and a great mystery, the perfect combination for a cozy.”  (Amazon)
—Lena Gregory, author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Cold Case: A Mystic Snow Globe Romantic Mystery (The Mystic Snow Globe Mystery Series Book 1) by [Andrews, M.Z.]Meet reclusive mystery writer, Johanna Hughes, and Rockland Gable Hughes, aka Rocky, JoJo’s trusty English Mastiff, loyal companion, and roommate. On a walk, just a little more than a week before Christmas, Rocky and Johanna are lured into an antique shop by an enchanting grey cat. Inside, they stumble upon a mystic snow globe hidden amongst all the antiques. Johanna is mesmerized by the gorgeous wedding gown inside the globe and the beautiful girl, sitting at her sewing desk. Little does she know the mystic snow globe will get her tangled up in a world of mystery she never could have imagined. With very few clues to go on, Johanna and Rocky are forced out of the comfort of their Manhattan apartment and into a real-life mystery, unlike the fictional kind Johanna is accustomed to.

Will Johanna get more than she bargained for when her Christmas wish comes true? Or will this Christmas miracle be everything she ever needed and more?

Grab your hot cocoa, light the fire, and find out the answer in Snow Cold Case – a holiday-themed romantic, cozy mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

The September Day Thriller Box Set by [Shojai, Amy]The first 3 books of Shojai’s dark, female-driven domestic thriller series featuring pet-centric plots.

LOST AND FOUND, BOOK 1:
A young woman races a Texas blizzard to save her autistic nephew from a deadly secret others will kill to protect–and the service dog she’s trained finds his true purpose, when he disobeys.

Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything–husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot–and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat Macy to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard.

HIDE AND SEEK, BOOK 2:
A mysterious contagion will shatter countless lives unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing cat . . . in 24 hours.

A STALKER hides in plain sight.
A VICTIM faces her worst fear.
AND A DOG seeks the missing–and finds hope.

HIDE AND SEEK continues the story begun in LOST AND FOUND. September must solve an epidemic of Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, evade a relentless sadist from her past, and protect her chosen family from the killer. September has only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy’s mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good-dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair–and discover what family really means.

SHOW AND TELL, BOOK 3:
An animal behaviorist and her service dog race a deadly storm to expose a treacherous secret others will kill to protect.

A BLACKMAILER returns to sell a deadly cure.
A MOTHER’S DENIAL dooms millions of children.
AND A DOG shows true loyalty…when he runs away.

With her stalker finally caught, animal behaviorist September Day’s PTSD has abated and she’s begun to trust again. She dares to hope Detective Jeff Combs might become more than a friend, until his investigation into a dogfighting ring leaves her reeling.When a desperate mom demands help, and Combs’s son disappears with his dog, September and Shadow must find the children before a devastating storm hits. But the children have a secret plan of their own. Only when September shows true courage, and a good-dog tells the truth, can they find their way home again.  (Amazon)

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Christmas with the Franks (Meera Patel Cozy Mystery Series Book 5) by [Clover, Leena]Christmas dinner turns deadly when the millionaire host is shot dead.
Meera and family find themselves stranded at a secluded country house. One of the people present is a cold blooded killer. Is it the feuding heir, the prodigal son, the shady psychic or the ancient butler? Meera joins forces with cop Stan Miller to trap the perpetrator and solve the murder.
Christmas with the Franks is the fifth book in the popular Meera Patel Cozy Mystery series. Mystery fans are in for an old fashioned classic cozy or closed circle mystery. There’s Christmas cheer thrown in and recipes so series fans don’t feel left out. If you like a fast page turner with plenty of clues and red herrings, you will enjoy Christmas with the Franks.
Start reading today and find the killer before Meera does.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder, She Slopes (A Penning Trouble Mystery) by [Stapleton, Rachael]Sirens ring. Are you listening? Near Candy Cane Lane. A Body is glistening. A murderous sight. Trubble’s investigating tonight. Walking through this winter wonderland.

It’s the week before Christmas and Investigative Journalist Penelope Trubble has reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a woman at the Sleighs & Slopes Adventure Resort in the hopes of exonerating her husband–who just happens to be Penny’s ex. But with so many suspicious characters lurking in the trees, Penelope risks being strangled by clues, Christmas lights, conjecture, and catastrophe. It doesn’t help that Penny’s still a little frosty with the man accused of icing his bride, and she must prove he’s no cold-blooded killer. At least there’s candy-cane cocoa, a roaring fire, and the Laurentian Mountains to savor–not to mention the hunky detective dashing through the snow after her.

Helping an ex is a slippery slope, and things are going downhill fast for Penelope Trubble.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Four Weddings and a Murder: An Irish Mystery (Fiona McCabe Mysteries Book 3) by [Cranston, Kathy]What’s the harm in letting your sister start a new business from your pub? Quite a lot, as Fiona McCabe finds out when she allows her sister to set up shop in the snug at McCabe’s. Kate, as it turns out, needs money fast. She’s set herself up as a wedding planner… and she intends to use the pub as a venue.

And as if four weddings in a fortnight wasn’t stressful enough, a very important member of one of the wedding parties soon turns up dead. Worse still, nobody saw anything remotely suspicious, even though the room was packed with guests and staff, including Fiona herself.

Will Fiona get her sleuth cap on again this time, or is it time to hightail it back to the city away from her crazy family and her nemesis Sergeant Brennan?

Four Weddings and a Murder is the third novel in the Fiona McCabe cozy mystery series. All of the books are standalone mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder (An Andi Anna Jones Mystery Book 1) by [Cunningham, Mary]An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella

Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer?

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer–or that Ruby will be the main suspect.

Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manuel Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy.

Editorial Reviews:

“Cunningham delivers a fun and entertaining romp through a mystery populated with quirky, unforgettable characters! When her ex-stepmother, a woman with a flair for the dramatic, is arrested in Mexico Andi Anna Jones rides to the rescue on a wave of guilt and misgivings. Somewhere on the twisting trail between facts, theories, and unexpected connections Andi searches for an elusive culprit determined to get away with murder. If Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum were a travel agent, she’d fit right in working this case alongside Andi, a wanna-be detective readers are sure to love.” –Regan Black, USA Today bestselling author of the Escape Club Heroes

“Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder…WOW. Snappy dialog, quirky characters, opens with a curious bang and yanked me through the pages. A fun, fantastic read.” –Jean Rabe USA Today Bestselling author

“Grab a margarita and hold on tight; you’re in for a wild ride. Mary Cunningham’s wacky characters will have you snorting your drink and wishing you could be protagonist Andi Anna Jones’s best friend…or at least a fly on the wall!” –Karen MacInerney, Agatha Award nominee and author of the Dewberry Farms Mysteries

“A quick-witted heroine and a gorgeous male protagonist meet over murder in Mary Cunningham’s new book Andi Anna Jones: Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder. Andi Anna Jones is a handy person to call when you find yourself charged with murder in Mexico. Just don’t phone her too early in the morning, okay? As refreshing as a margarita and a lot less calories, Andi Anna Jones: Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder is an intoxicating mix of laughter, kooky characters, and a yummy setting.” –Joanna Campbell Slan, national bestselling/award-winning author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series

“Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder is a madcap comedy mystery, rich with colorful characters and snappy one-liners. A heroine named Andi Anna Jones is destined for exotic misadventure…Author Mary Cunningham provides a funny cast and enough twists to keep things interesting. Margaritas, Mayhem, and Murder makes a companionable read on a vacation or a lazy weekend. You may even be inspired to order a margarita while you’re reading, extra salt on the rim!” –Dana Taylor, award-winning author of Ain’t Love Grand  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of November 26th, 2017–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of November 26th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the third day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading!

 

 

 

X Marks the Scot (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery) by [Dunnett, Kaitlyn]The old Chadwick mansion on the edge of Moosetookalook, Maine, has been shrouded in mystery for generations—until Scottish Emporium owner Liss MacCrimmon uncovers a forgotten family secret. But she never imagined that a little curiosity would lead her into such deadly territory . . .
 
While perusing auction items from the Chadwick estate, Liss purchases a painting of a bagpiper to add to her collection. Her interest shifts from art to sleuthing upon a strange discovery—what appears to be a treasure map tucked behind the canvas. She’s even more intrigued when she links the scroll to an early Chadwick who smuggled goods across the Canadian border.

So during a business trip to Canada, Liss arranges a meeting with an archivist in hopes of pinning down the truth about the map and the Chadwick bloodline. Before her quest moves forward, however, she finds the archivist’s murdered body at a local genealogical society. One thing is certain—Liss isn’t alone on this treasure hunt . . .

Liss returns to Moosetookalook, terrified that the killer may have followed her home. With her life in real peril and the map at risk of being stolen, she launches into full-scale investigation mode. But as she deciphers clues and inches toward the dangerous culprit, Liss quickly realizes she’s only a step away from ending up like the Chadwick clan—permanently wiped out.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

The Culinary Art of Murder (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries Book 6) by [Haven, Heather ]Lee’s Uncle ‘Tío’ is smitten with a visiting chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the lady is arrested for two murders, a fellow chef and the dishwasher, Lee Alvarez, lead investigator for Discretionary Inquiries, Inc., the family owned detective agency, agrees to help find the real killer. But undercover work at the institute proves to be more difficult than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer tries to get Lee out of the way and permanently. But just who is it? The lady chef? One of her two sons? Or one of the other inmates from a cooking school with secrets as plentiful as sauces? Can Lee find the real killer before her own goose is cooked? And if it turns out to be the ambitious southern belle chef, will Tío ever forgive Lee for sending his new lady love to jail?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in the Lincoln White House (Lincoln's White House Mystery) by [Gleason, C. M.]March 4, 1861: On the day of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration, the air is charged with hope and apprehension. The last thing anyone wants is any sort of hitch in the proceedings—let alone murder! Fortunately the president has young Adam Quinn by his side . . .

At the inaugural ball, Lincoln’s trusted entourage is on their guard. Allan Pinkerton, head of the president’s security team, is wary of potential assassins. And Lincoln’s oldest friend, Joshua Speed, is by his side, along with Speed’s nephew, Adam Quinn—called back from the Kansas frontier to serve as the president’s assistant and jack-of-all-trades.

Despite the tight security, trouble comes nonetheless. A man is found stabbed to death in a nearby room, only yards from the president. Not wishing to cause alarm, Lincoln dispatches young Quinn—instead of the high-profile Pinkerton—to discreetly investigate.

Could the proximity of the murder possibly be a coincidence? Or is the crime directly related to Lincoln himself—possibly a political act? Quinn’s observation skills as a frontier scout are invaluable as he examines the victim and begins a complex investigation. Though he is new to Washington, DC, he must navigate through high society, political personages, and a city preparing for war in order to solve the crime. He finds unexpected allies in a determined female journalist named Sophie Gates, and Dr. Hilton, a free man of color

Quinn—with assistance from Sophie and Dr. Hilton—must make haste to solve the murder if he is to protect the president he’s pledged to serve. With the shadow of war looming on the horizon, there’s no margin for error, as no less than the fate of the nation is at stake . . .

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS WORKS OF C. M. GLEASON:

“Exhilarating . . . Sure to please.” —The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“Wonderfully witty . . . deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.” —The Chicago Tribune

“Sophisticated, sexy, surprising . . . This book grabs you and holds you tight till the very last page!” —#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward

“Gleason’s novel is a well-oiled machine . . . the authentic historical framework . . . the compelling personalities.” —School Library Journal

“Witty, intriguing, and addictive.” —Publishers Weekly

“Phenomenal storytelling.” —Romantic Times  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Altered To Death (A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery Book 6) by [Freeburn, Christina]Looking for a craft cozy so memorable you’ll stay up late scrapping about it? Well, welcome to the town of Eden.

Faith Hunter, who is supposed to be planning her wedding, instead finds herself distracted by the town scrapbook she was commissioned to create. Eden’s oldest mystery, the founding family’s exodus nearly a hundred years ago, remains unsolved.

A search through the family’s abandoned mansion leads to the uncovering of bones on that very property. And then ex-boyfriend Steve Davis announces a surprise heir has staked a claim.

How can Faith not be distracted? Now she’s determined to dig up the truth left behind.

Because scrappers are multi-taskers extraordinaire, Faith can’t say no when family friend Wyatt Buford asks her to look into his deadbeat father’s disappearing act and his connection to the murder.

Her quest for answers unearths secrets past and present that some would prefer stay buried at any cost. Faith’s resolve to present the facts and nothing but about Eden’s history could lead to her own future being cut short.

See what I mean about memorable? Delve in to Eden and you’ll find a cozy you won’t soon forget.

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ALTERED TO DEATH by Christina Freeburn | A Henery Press Mystery  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes and Conspiracies (Sweet Baked Mystery Book 1) by [Hayton, Katherine]Welcome to Hanmer Springs. Small town. Big secrets.

With a divorce pending and her career hanging in the balance, Holly Waterston returns to her hometown of Hanmer Springs to lick her wounds. According to her accountant, she also needs to sell the cupcake bakery owned and operated by her family for three generations. The bakery is the only place Holly’s younger sister Crystal has ever worked.

But when their mortgage holder suffers anaphylactic shock after eating a cupcake, Crystal is chief suspect for the attempted murder. Despite being labeled allergy-free, the cake was chock full of peanuts.

Holly must dig in her heels and don an apron if she’s to clear her sister’s name, uncover the real culprit, and find out why their booming business is hemorrhaging money. If she can’t, then Holly might lose Crystal to prison and lose the one place she can truly call home.

This Sweet Baked Mystery is certified allergy-free of the following ingredients:
No Swearing
No Gore
No Graphic Scenes
and absolutely No Cliffhangers!

Warning: May contain traces of danger and good humor.

Scroll up to solve the conspiracy today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

The Simple Life is Murder by [Barton, Anne]When fourteen-year-old Derek Taylor and his sister Penny are dragged out into the wilderness by their environmentalist parents, they soon discover that the ‘simple life’ is really not so simple. And the idea that there would be less crime is negated when Derek and another boy trip an alarm at a marijuana grow-op and, in running away, fall into an empty grave.

Derek is catapulted into the investigation of the murder of an undercover cop, which threatens to put his life, and that of his sister, in danger. And that is not the only crime being played out in the lonely mountain valley.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder: A 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mystery by [Byers, Beth]Rosemary Baldwin is over it! All of it! Her dead-end job, her crappy apartment, her life without meaning. In a moment of sheer madness, she walks out of her job only to discover the opportunity for something different.

She leaves behind her mundane life for the Oregon Coast and opens the 2nd Chance Diner. With her new life, she’ll do what it takes to succeed which is why she has to investigate the murder that occurs in her diner. Will she be able to discover the murderer before her second chance is destroyed? And just what will the price of that investigation be?

Book 1 in the 2nd Chance Diner Mystery series! For fans of Carolyn Dean, Angela Blackmoore, and Agatha Frost. A light, cozy mystery with a snarky sidekick, a handsome detective, and fun friendships. No swearing, graphic scenes, or cliffhangers.

The 2nd Chance Diner Cozy Mysteries
Book 1: Spaghetti, Meatballs, & Murder
Book 2: Cookies & Catastrophe
Book 3: Poison & Pie (Coming in December)
Book 4: Double Mocha Murder (Coming January 2018)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery) by [Cahoon, Lynn]Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it’s making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer’s writers’ retreat—especially when blood stains the plot . . .

Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers’ retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren’t disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins . . .

But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim’s scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer—and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon

“Better get your flashlight handy, A Story to Kill will keep you reading all night.” —Laura Bradford, author of the Amish Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.” —Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback