Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 8th, 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 for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
“Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect—except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You’ll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too.
The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision.
Initially, police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it—until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she’d realized…
“A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology.” —RT Book Reviews on A Skeleton in the Family (Amazon)
Collin Russell attempts to help a feeble, yet highly intelligent homeless man get back on his feet. He soon finds out there’s a lot more to feeding the hungry and clothing the naked than meets the eye – especially when the beggar has a questionable past. The Russells’ faith is truly put to the test as they come face to face with threats, assaults, kidnappings, and even murder.
Set in the towns of Clayville and Harmony, Rhode Island, “Hidden in Harmony” is chalked full of mystery and suspense, while including a few elements of both humor and romance. The sequel, “Fighting for Farmington,” will be released in a few months.
As is the case with all books by Christian author JR Thompson, this novel does not contain any foul language or inappropriate bedroom scenes. It does, however, contain scriptural references (all scriptures quoted are from the King James Bible). If you find that offensive, “Hidden in Harmony” may not be the right fit for you. (Amazon)
Wanda Wayfair is a bit of a late starter.
At almost twenty-one she still hasn’t received her magical powers, and she’s running out of time. But that doesn’t bother Wanda. Much. Not when she can spend all of her time in the human world and pretend that her coven doesn’t exist. But when Wanda takes a job at Berrys’ Bottlers, working with the handsome Will Berry and his unpleasant Aunt Alice, she soon realises that she’s a lot closer to the magical world than she thought.
All over Dublin, humans are murdering witches. When asked why, all they’ll say is, ‘I dunno why I done it.’ But Wanda thinks she does know why they’ve done it – and hopefully she’ll receive her power in time to help her coven discover the truth. (Amazon)
“TEMPLE BARR, public relations whiz, rocks Las Vegas with her sleuthing grit, wacky friends and sexy guys, cool cat sidekick, fast-paced action and laughs. And Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest hard-boiled PI on the planet!”—JANET EVANOVICH, NYT bestseller
Calling Mr. Spock! Temple Barr must find a murderer among a cast of thousands of costumed Science Fiction characters and fans at Titanicon, the world’s largest SF convention. When not herding trekkies, she finds murder also strikes the local university campus. Midnight Louie’s twelfth adventure examines a whole new world of crime and punishment in another witty, imaginative puzzler from New York Times Notable Book of the Year author (Good Night, Mr. Holmes) Carole Nelson Douglas.
“There’s really only one cat writer in North America. That’s Carole Nelson Douglas, a Texas writer who has created, next to Sylvester, one of the world’s more famous cats —Midnight Louie. Now this jet-black feline sleuth strays into an alien world of science fiction and fantasy while pursuing a puss-in-kinky-boots. Lurking among the trekkies, elves, aliens and other-worldly creatures . . . is a murderer. We can only be thankful cats have nine lives.”—Ottawa Citizen
“There is no finer amateur sleuth than Midnight Louie, the feline equivalent to Spencer (or perhaps Hawk). Carole Nelson Douglas infuses humor throughout her storyline, which keeps readers alternating between grinning and laughing. Told from the various perspectives of the major players, a dangerous technique for a lesser talent, the plot contains snappy insight that leads to multiple surprises. Cat in a Kiwi Con is one of the better works in this long running series, which is filled with superb novels. Midnight Louie’s charm and appeal still wins readers’ hearts.”—Alternate Worlds
“Carole Nelson Douglas carries her readers into the world of science fiction conventions and vendors, science fiction writers, television series and fans Truly another world, one with which Douglas is familiar, having written both science fiction and fantasy. More importantly, she takes her readers deeper into the world of her Las Vegas mystery series, returning characters from earlier books, answering some questions and creating even more. . . .Carole Nelson Douglas knows how to hold the reader’s attention, whether with witty observations about the worlds of fandom, science fiction and fantasy or about the world she creates with Midnight Louie and company. Dive in, explore, experience and enjoy.”–Mostly Murder
“Although Runyonesque street-cat Midnight Louie tracks a feline in his 12th appearance, he and feminine amateur sleuth Temple Barr, the cozy-noir partners who launched the Douglas series, take a backseat on this ride through Oz Vegas. Surrealistic in any case, Las Vegas goes nova when the kiwis invade: the fruit, the birds, and New Zealand’s virtual products, Xena and Hercules, hit town for TitanicCon, the biggest science fiction/fantasy convention ever. When the daughter of working mom and tough cop Carmen Molina is desperate to go . . . Molina needs help from all the regulars in this bizarre, jam-packed, postmodern-Dickensian series…Character confusions proliferate in this masked world where the “real” Khatlord looks exactly like costumed fans . . . When UNLV Professor Jefferson Mangel is sliced a by a real replica of a prop knife, the case enters another, more dangerous, dimension, bursting the bounds of a single book and single genre. If Midnight Louie prowled only the predictable streets of genre fiction, all the murders in his ersatz world would be resolved. But each new installment in this exuberant series compounds the complexity, leaving us between books with mysterious bodies and looming menace. Even seasoned series fans will occasionally scratch their heads.”—Kirkus Reviews
“When it comes to romantic mysteries, Carole Nelson Douglas is the quintessential author.”—Alternate Worlds (Amazon)
Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
When the body of a prima ballerina is discovered in the snow, Lady Emily races through Saint Petersburg to solve the murder, while a ghostly dancer appears to take the lost ingenue’s place.
After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night’s performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry— “Nemetseva is dead!”
Amongst the theatergoers is Lady Emily, accompanying her dashing husband Colin in Russia on assignment from the Crown. But it soon becomes clear that Colin isn’t the only one with work to do. When the dead ballerina’s aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star’s murderer. Her investigation takes her on a dance across the stage of Tsarist Russia, from the opulence of the Winter Palace, to the modest flats of ex-ballerinas and the locked attics of political radicals. A mysterious dancer in white follows closely behind, making waves through St. Petersburg with her surprise performances and trail of red scarves. Is it the sweet Katenka, Nemetseva’s childhood friend and favorite rival? The ghost of the murdered étoile herself? Or, something even more sinister? (Goodreads)
Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she’s offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.
The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura’s case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.
Now it’s due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue, the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook. (Goodreads)
“Daley’s characters come to life on the page. Her novels are filled with a little mystery and a little romance which makes for a murderous adventure.” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author of Southern Fried
While on vacation in South Carolina, Tj Jensen receives a call that her father has been left in a coma after a devastating car crash. Back home in Paradise Lake, Tj learns the accident that killed family friend Judge Harper and left her father clinging to life wasn’t an accident at all—someone cut their brake lines. To make matters worse, her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, is working with a new partner who has no intention of letting Tj anywhere near the case. Facing an investigation more explosive than the annual fireworks show, Tj enlists the help of her best friends to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating a new romance and the thought her father may never wake up.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small town.
Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series:
PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1)
SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2)
BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3)
CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4)
PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5)
HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6)
TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7)
FIREWORKS IN PARADISE (#8)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Goodreads)