Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 11th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days. Here 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.
There’s trouble in paradise… deadly trouble! From the Hawaiian resort town of Aloha Lagoon comes a boxed set of the first three, full-length cozy mystery novels in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series! This set includes the following novels by USA Today bestselling authors:
Nani Johnson thought she had it made when she moved from Kansas to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon, Kauai. She is determined that nothing will stop her from becoming a ukulele virtuoso! But when one of Nani’s competitors drops dead right after a public feud, Nani becomes the police’s main suspect.
Murder on the Aloha Express
Travel agent Gabby LeClair, a divorced big-city transplant trying to find some aloha spirit in her soul, prides herself on working hard to give the Aloha Lagoon Resort guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But that turns out to be more than anyone bargained for when the body of a client is found dead during one of Gabby’s island tours.
Samantha Reynolds had hoped that moving to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon would be the start of an exciting new life. But throw in two dead bodies, two unexpected inheritances, and one hot bartender, and the heat in Aloha Lagoon has quickly turned up!
The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
“If you like your mysteries on the fun side this is definitely one for you.”
—Night Owl Reviews
“Engaging and enjoyable…and the killer was a huge surprise!”
About Aloha Lagoon:
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii’s hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere…and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we’re certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! (Goodreads)
Like a basket of warm cinnamon buns, an unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can’t resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia’s world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort. Death on West End Road is the third book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover. (Goodreads)
Join Penelope Price, owner of AntiquiTeas and Zara, her partner in the Tea & Sympathy Investigative Agency as they take on their first bona fide case. Romance, suffragettes and deception threaten to undo Penelope and company. Fortunately, there’s always tea! (Goodreads)
David Booker and Jo Cash are experiencing similar stuttering starts to their new lives on Romney Marsh when Rebecca Swaine turns up seeking help. Someone is demanding a lot of money from her husband. She wants to know who and why.
People come undone and reputations are ruined and made before the meaning of a man’s dying words – he made me – can be guessed at.
Mrs Swaine might end up wishing she’d let sleeping lies lie.
He Made Me is the second book in my Booker & Cash series. Bad Sons is the first. The books do not have to be read in order but there is a chronology that, if followed, will bring something extra to each subsequent read.
The books are written in British English and have been carefully checked and corrected by a proofreader. (Goodreads)
Forget the cannoli. Take the shoes!
When newly engaged amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd discovers the body of a mafia princess dead in fiancé and shoe designer Nick Taylor’s showroom, her questions are so numerous she’d need a bookie to keep track. The victim’s ties to local organized crime are unexpected. Nick’s apparent vow of silence makes Samantha question the vows in their future, and despite past promises, all bets are off. Wise guys and leopard ladies keep her busier than a consigliere during tax season, and if she can’t keep her head above water, she’ll end up sleeping with the fishes.
Books in the Humorous Samantha Kidd Mystery Series:
“Just Kidding” (short story)
#1 DESIGNER DIRTY LAUNDRY
#2 BUYER, BEWARE
#3 THE BRIM REAPER
#4 SOME LIKE IT HAUTE
#5 GRAND THEFT RETRO
#6 PEARLS GONE WILD
#7 CEMENT STILETTOS (June 2017)
Perfect for the beach, the bath, or the line outside of the fitting room.
(and way more fun than shopping for bathing suits under fluorescent lights.)
National Bestselling Author brings you fashion, mystery, and humor in one stylish package.
Get to know Samantha Kidd today! (Amazon)
Season Three — and a chance for redemption! (Not to Mention $250,000 and a couple of Cadillacs)
The prizes just keep getting bigger for the richest cooking competition on television. It’s season three, and for very very personal reasons, Hugo Price who owns The Epicure Network, wants the contestants this season to be chefs who failed to make the grade in Seasons One and Two. Of course, that’s because he wants to reconnect with a certain blonde chef from Birmingham, Alabama…
Gareth Jones is back, but only as a guest judge. By the end of the book, he’ll wish he’d never stepped foot on Silver Springs Island again. People are still bashing his head in, still threatening him but is his the body on the beach?
You’ll have to read the book to find out.
If you like your mysteries to have great characters as well as entertaining plot twists and turns, you’re going to love M’lissa Moorecroft’s latest book, Settling Scores, the third book in her new series, The Silver Springs Cooking Competition Mysteries. (Amazon)
In a murder mystery so charming it could only have come from Dorothy Cannell—hailed by Nancy Pickard as “America’s P. G. Wodehouse”—Ellie Haskell is shocked when her long-lost father shows up on her doorstep with some rather . . . compromising baggage.
Ellie Haskell and her husband, Ben, haven’t taken a vacation in years. Now their suitcases are packed, their tickets are booked, and they’re ready for a romantic getaway in France. But everything goes awry after a chain-smoking fortune teller makes a dire prediction: “Take that trip at your peril!” Those ominous words ring true when Ellie’s prodigal father, Morley, suddenly appears with the remains of his ladylove, Harriet, whose untimely death in a car accident has left him bereft.
But after Morley loses the urn in a bizarre series of events, Harriet’s family is furious. Now a bewildered Ellie finds herself asks some probing questions: Who or what was in that urn? Could her father be a pawn in a deadly game? And what exactly is the meaning of that darn prophecy? Ellie just hopes she lives to find out whether the answers are worth the trouble.
Praise for Dorothy Cannell and the Ellie Haskell series
“A thoroughly entertaining series.”—Cosmopolitan
“It is the absurd predicaments of her central characters that readers find themselves recalling, and Cannell is cunning at devising outlandish situations for them.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Cannell is a master of subtle wit and humorous asides that lift her cozies to great heights. Before the influx of writers trying to out-humor Janet Evanovich, there was Dorothy Cannell. Long may she write!”—Library Journal (Goodreads)
Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 11th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days. Here is the third day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
A blissful engagement, a haunted ring, throw in the mother-in-law from Hell…
Wedding bells are about to ring for FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer and her sexy boss, Rick Rowling, but before they walk down the aisle, Mandy will have to solve a new case for the Paranormal Cases Division…and stop Rick’s estranged mother, Alice, from turning their ceremony into the wedding from hell.
While Mandy has no trouble talking to dead people, her very alive future mother-in-law is another story. As she tries to graciously dodge Alice’s nutty plans for the ceremony—including a live llama and a tattoo exchange—she dives full-throttle into the investigation of a haunted ring with a reputation for killing its owners.
Before Mandy can solve the case, however, Alice tries on the haunted ring and is possessed by its ghost. Can Mandy end the ring’s curse, save Rick’s mother, and keep her wedding from going to the llamas? Or will the cursed ring kill her before she can say, “I do”? Find out in this wickedly funny sixth adventure in the Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Series! (Goodreads)
The year is 1947. The war is over, Jackie Robinson has just integrated baseball, and Frank Sinatra breezes in over the fuzzy airwaves. A sense of relief is finally sweeping the nation…everywhere except Tobaccoville, North Carolina.
Beyond the rural fields that are pregnant with decades of secrets, a mysterious Hollywood pin-up is jailed for murder while her facially birthmarked half-sister may hold the answers as to why.
The two girls, estranged for years, share a haunting past, a shell-shocked love interest, and maybe even a cruel destiny. Through mountains of lies, the truth that inevitably comes pouring out of the tobacco leaves will come to light. Will this light reveal the path to the siblings’ foreordained destruction, or their long-awaited deliverance? Will they realize they each hold the power to set the other free before it’s too late?
A story of heritage, hurt, and somehow, hope; Tobacco Sun keeps you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself rooting for redemption. (Goodreads)
Guests at Doveby House don’t usually pay by credit card, but when one tries and his card is refused, Janet Markham can’t help but wonder if there’s something more going on that a simple glitch in the credit card machine.
As more stories of troublesome cards spread through Doveby Dale, Janet gets more curious, but unexpected guests keep her too busy to do much. As she and Joan work on clearing out the carriage house, a new mystery presents itself.
Can Janet work out what links the credit card cases together? Will she be able to help Constable Robert Parsons solve the case or just get in his way? Who was Alberta Montgomery? And why were boxes of her letters and books of poetry left in the carriage house? (Goodreads)
Love food? Enjoy a nice glass of wine? How about a murder mystery?
Food blogger Willa Friday is excited to start training her new assistant to make recipes and style food. And she’s excited that A Dish in Thyme is finally making enough money to hire an assistant. But she has other obligations too, like the food photography for the annual Whine & Roses Benefit poster.
Dreading her meeting for the poster, Willa gets a surprise when she arrives for the meeting and the vineyard owner is dead.
With her mother-in-law as the prime suspect, Willa reluctantly gets involved in the investigation. In the process, she learns of the many secrets the vineyard owners of Pear, California are hiding, which puts her directly in the killer’s line of fire.
Included in this novel are recipes and food and wine pairing suggestions. (Goodreads)
In the vein of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, and Kristan Higgins, comes the first in a new women’s fiction novel from Olivia Miles.
Sometimes the road to happily ever after takes a few wrong turns…
Kate Daniels couldn’t be more excited to be planning her best friend’s wedding…in theory. Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book –one that doesn’t include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it’s because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it’s because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it’s because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn’t exactly doing wonders for her career.
Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn’t-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can’t hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.
With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself believing…in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again. (Goodreads)
Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.
But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?
From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.
INCLUDES RECIPES (Goodreads)
Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 11th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days. Here is the second day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Bruno, the beloved chief of police of the idyllic French town of St. Denis in the Dordogne, is back! This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, and it’s up to our hero–and favorite gourmand–to connect the tangled threads of past and present.
When a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruined Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that stands on the cliff above, and which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amélie, a young Haitian newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East–not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman’s ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno’s is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne. (Goodreads)
When Izzy agreed to become an undercover poison taster, she didn’t anticipate that it might involve driving around the streets of Los Angeles with a corpse in the trunk.
Because the police asked her to.
She also didn’t think finding a body together could be considered a bonding experience until she met Connor’s family.
But fate delights in marking its territory all over Izzy’s expectations. And this time she’ll be caught between the powers of Homeland Security, an evil human trafficking ring, and the Taste Society all working toward different ends…(Goodreads)
Murder is murder no matter how you pronounce it
Trying to learn a foreign language can be murder–especially when your French tutor is strangled to death hours after your last lesson and your best friend is arrested for the crime.
Normally that wouldn’t be a problem for stranded super sleuth and intrepid expat Jules Hooker except she just got her ONE chance to go back to the US and sticking around to help a pal means she’s back to being stranded in a foreign country with no lights, no language skills and no real future.
Will she give up her chance to go home?
Will she continue to step on the toes of the handsome village police chief in order to help free her friend?
And finally, will Jules find out who the murderer is before the killer decides to permanently eliminate one very pesky very stubborn American sleuth? This book is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex or strong language
Genre: cozy culinary mystery, women amateur sleuth, cozy animal (dog)
STRANDED IN PROVENCE MYSTERIES
Parlez-Vous Murder? (Coming May 2017)
Crimes and Croissants (Coming June 2017)
Accent on Murder (Coming June 2017)
A Bad Éclair Day (Coming July 2017)
Croak, Monsieur? (Coming August 2017) (Goodreads)
When the boss of the big local DIY outlet is murdered on a moonlit night, all the evidence points to the store’s junior manager. And when police retrieve the murder weapon from the Thames, the manager goes on the run. But Jack and Sarah are not at all sure of his guilt. Can they uncover the real killer before it’s too late for the runaway suspect?
Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.
You’d like to read a Cherringham story in novel-length? The first Cherringham book DEAD IN THE WATER is already available, and the second book THE BODY IN THE WOODS, will be out on July, 25th 2017. Or maybe you’d like Neil Dudgeon to read them to you? Episodes 1-15 are also available as audiobooks!
Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90’s, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and – most recently – the successful crime fiction series Cherringham. (Goodreads)
A feature on Olympian and Las Vegas star McKenna Johnson could be one of the biggest stories of Jae Lovejoy’s career . . . but only if McKenna stays alive.
McKenna Johnson is a fiercely private athlete. As a young gymnast, she was an Olympic gold medalist. But when she approached adulthood, a drug and alcohol problem destroyed her career.
Now McKenna’s sober, and back in the spotlight, with a starring role in a water-themed acrobatics show on the Vegas Strip. She normally shuns any publicity, but Jae has managed to strike up a rapport with the athlete.
Soon after Jae and photographer Colin Bloom arrive in Las Vegas, they realize something’s not right. A series of strange accidents and near-misses threatening McKenna’s life are pointing to foul play. And before long, Jae becomes a target too.
Can Jae and Colin save McKenna and finish this assignment? Read Assignment Vegas: The Case of the Athlete’s Assassin and find out today! (Goodreads)
Valentine Beaumont is back in her second hair-raising mystery, this time, trying to find out who had it in for an elderly nun. Only trouble is there are others standing in her way: hot but tough Detective Romero, sexy new stylist Jock de Marco, and some zany locals who all have a theory on the nun’s death.
Making things worse: the dead nun’s secret that haunts Valentine, another murder, car chases, death threats, mysterious clues, an interfering mother, and a crazy staff.
Between brushing off Jock’s advances and splitting hairs with handsome Detective Romero, Valentine struggles to comb through the crime, utilizing her tools of the trade in some outrageous situations. Question is, will she succeed? (Amazon)
Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 11th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days. Here is the first day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
Victor St. John thinks stunning news reporter Lacey Ling is his match made in Heaven, even after she dumps him. On the night he plans to win her back, he’s stopped by a small inconvenience—his own murder. Despite newfound hobbies of dodging demons and suffering the snarky demands of his deceased cat-turned-spirit guide, Victor is literally dead-set on finding out whodunit. With help from the woman he loves, of course.
When Victor’s spirit comes calling, Lacey thinks she’s gone nuts. The last thing she needs is to be haunted by her love-sick ex. Surprisingly, she finds that Victor actually does make a good partner… in detective work. But will a supernatural helper be enough to prevent her own untimely demise? (Goodreads)
When a Machiavellian voice professor has his school in a stranglehold, Who doesn’t want to silence him?
Meet Buddy, Dasher, and Rory, three adoring fur boys often in the care of Hannah, the ever-efficient admin at Hopewell Music Academy, site of Lia’s latest mural commission. Hannah can juggle anything the academy tosses at her, except the voice professor who owns the fur boys and whose demoralizing and career-crushing ways are the dark underbelly of the prestigious academy.
When Lia and Peter trip over the the professor’s corpse, it’s impossible to find someone who doesn‘t want him dead. Good thing it’s not Peter’s case. Or it wouldn’t be, if not for a mysterious informant determined to drag him in. With Peter hamstrung by departmental politics, it’s time for Lia and the dog park gang step in. (Goodreads)
Horse thieving is a hanging offense…
Catherine Nelson will always be the enemy to Patrick Shaw. She stole his dream when she purchased Beltene, the most famous horse breeding farm in Ireland—a farm Patrick worked a lifetime to build.
When Catherine turns over the training of Limerick, a stallion Patrick raised, to a “win at all costs” trainer, Patrick knows the horse is in danger. But the green-eyed, upper-crust, she-devil won’t listen to reason.
Limerick is stolen and Patrick is the prime suspect in the crime.
When it seems all hope is lost, Familiar, the black cat detective, steps into the middle of the case. He has to find the truth before a terrible injustice occurs and before another beautiful racehorse is crippled and ruined by a ruthless trainer. (Goodreads)
“Rose Pressey’s books are fun!” Janet Evanovich
A man is found murdered on the beach in Miami, and the contact information of a local private detective is found on his body.
Now P.I. Maggie Thomas is thrown into the case. Why had the murdered man been looking for her? But there’s more than one murder to solve, and she’s determined to prove that she has top notch detective skills, despite what handsome detective Jake Jackson thinks.
Lucky for Maggie she has the help of her orthopedic shoe-wearing assistant Dorothy Raye. Knitting needles make good weapons in a life or death situation, and Dorothy’s not afraid to use them! (Goodreads)
It’s best to keep the past dead and buried…unless forgotten secrets threaten Ravenwood Cove’s future.
Amanda loves her old-fashioned beach town, but when a grisly discovery uncovers an old mystery, she begins to wonder just how many secrets her friends are keeping from her. (Goodreads)
Allison Campbell accepted a dream assignment: a visit to the Italian Dolomites to help Hollywood socialite Elle Rose reinvent herself. A guest cottage on the grounds of Elle’s historic castle promises to be a much-needed respite from Allison’s harried life on the Philadelphia Main Line, and the picturesque region, with its sharp peaks, rolling pastures, and medieval churches, is the perfect spot from which to plan her upcoming wedding.
Only this idyllic retreat is anything but peaceful. There are the other visitors—an entourage of back-biting expats and Hollywood VIPs. There’s Elle’s famous rock star father, now a shadowy recluse hovering behind the castle’s closed doors. And then there’s Elle’s erratic behavior. Nothing is as it seems. After a guest plummets to her death from a cliff on the castle grounds, Allison’s trip of a lifetime turns nightmarish—but before she can journey home, Allison must catch a killer.
“This fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled and action-packed drama immediately pulled me in, never letting go until the last sentence was read… can’t wait to read the next book in this terrific series.” – Dru’s Book Musings
“Tyson paints image consultant Allison Campbell with an intricate brush, telling an emotional, riveting, and gripping story in Dying Brand. I loved it! A must read for mystery fans.” – Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Davis Way Crime Caper Series
“Narratives alternate in this continually shifting novel, as characters evaluate their relationships with old lovers and are surprised by new ones. The main plot holds all of the stories together though, and it is Allison who drives the mystery with her own compulsions and vulnerability…This is a truly unique and enjoyable series of reinvention and, oddly enough, acceptance.” – Kings River Life Magazine
“Engaging, intelligent, and riveting, Dying Brand kept me on the edge of my seat—guessing until the end. Bravo!” –Mollie Cox Bryan, Author of the Agatha Nominated Cumberland Creek Series
“Fans of Wendy Tyson’s ingenious mystery series will gobble up this newest addition. Dying Brand delivers a complex puzzle mystery with a colorful cast and plenty of twists. Image consultant Allison Campbell rushes back into action, and readers will find themselves racing with her to the surprising conclusion of this fast-paced whodunit.” – Carla Norton, Bestselling Author of The Edge of Normal (Goodreads)
When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.
The pair have clearly been framed, but no one else seems interested in finding the real murderer and Agnes and Effie’s sleuthing expertise is not exactly slick. Nevertheless, they’re soon investigating a suspect list with laundry dirtier than a middle school soccer team’s and navigating threats, car chases, shotgun blasts, and awkward strolls down memory lane.
In Bad Housekeeping, the first novel in the Agnes & Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance, danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home. (Goodreads)
Death By Chowdah
Shipwreck Cafe Mysteries, Book #1
Donna Walo Clancy
Jeremy Hallett leaves a flourishing law career in Boston to return to his hometown of Anchor Point on Cape Cod. He secretly purchases the local lighthouse and surrounding property to open The Shipwreck Café.
Rich in history, the lighthouse is rumored to be haunted by multiple ghosts and hiding a buried treasure worth millions.
Robbie, Jay’s younger brother, surfs by day and bar tends at the café by night. He doesn’t like ghosts, but it’s okay, because they don’t like him either.
Stormy, an abandoned golden retriever, who has been living at the lighthouse is adopted by Jay. Together, they move in to the keeper’s cottage.
Two murders in as many weeks, transpire in Anchor Point. The town is thrown into a state of distrust. Who is killing the locals and why?
Jay, Robbie, and Roland Knowles, the ghost keeper of the lighthouse must work together to bring answers and peace back to Anchor Point. Will the murders be connected to the treasure that may or may not have been found in the last one hundred years? Only Roland knows. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Jay is a very likable character: he is a hard worker, he is loyal and he loves dogs. It is very unusual to have a male protagonist in a cozy mystery, but Jay is more than able to carry on a series. I enjoyed getting to know his brother and mother, and some of the workers in the cafe. There are a few ghosts we are introduced to in the book, the main one was Rowland. He seems like a true gentleman. And of course the dogs stole my heart.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me. I could picture the lighthouse and the surrounding area very easily in my mind. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to gather and decipher that even the most experienced armchair detective would find it difficult to solve.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. This book had everything that I look for in a cozy: great setting, great characters, great mystery and suspense. Plus this one had the added bonus of ghosts and dogs. What more could you ask for? I would recommend reading this book and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
The Antique House Murders
Oakwood Mystery, Book #2
In this irresistible cozy mystery from the author of The Book Club Murders, amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter fights to avenge a crime that hits far too close to home.
Mulbridge House stood, silent and decaying, deep in the woods at the heart of Oakwood, Ohio, long before the passing of Augusta Mulbridge. Yet suddenly everyone in town seems to have a stake in its fate: the greedy heirs, eager to tear it down for a tidy profit; the local preservationists, determined to maintain it as an historic site; the angry neighbors, staunchly opposed to the construction of a modern subdivision. Even Charley Carpenter is forced to admit that her beloved shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, could use an infusion of the estate’s treasures.
The clock is ticking. The wrecking ball is ready to swing. All that stands between Mulbridge House and oblivion is one final vote. That, and murder . . .
The trouble begins when Charley walks into auctioneer Calvin Prescott’s office to find her cherished family friend crumpled on the floor. Detective Marcus Trenault quickly connects his death to a string of increasingly violent burglaries plaguing Oakwood. But when Charley uncovers a link to a massive land swindle worth millions, not to mention a drug ring operating out of the manor’s abandoned outbuildings, that theory crumbles faster than Mulbridge House. Now Charley’s racing to catch a killer before everything falls apart. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Charley is a hard working business woman, clever and feisty. She is not afraid of hard work or putting her nose where it does not belong. When a friend of hers is murdered, she is more than ready to put her sleuthing skills to work to figure out the killer. With the help of her friends, and to the dismay of her detective boyfriend, she is ready to tackle the mystery and find out the truth. There were times when I just shook my head and wanted to shake her, for the chances she took while investigating. The secondary characters added a lot to the story.
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 book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. The author is also very talented in weaving together different story lines and mysteries into a great book. There were so many suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was very difficult to solve this mystery.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted, well crafted mystery. This book is a lot grittier than the typical cozies that I read. The language is stronger than what is normal in a cozy mystery. This did not bother me at all, in fact to me it made the book seem more real.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Poison du Jour
The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.
For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel “Rocky” Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from souffle to sleuth.
INCLUDES A RECIPE (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Laurel is a strong intelligent person and she is not easily fooled. She is skeptical about a lot of things and she has a hard time trusting people. And she is very wary of forming any lasting friendships because she is not planning on staying in Hubbard, Ohio. A few times I wanted to shake some sense into her. It got a little old, reading about her desire to leave. I really liked Declan and at times I thought he was too good for her. Hopefully in the next book these issues will be resolved.
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 around me and listening in on conversations. She is very talented in portraying small town life and all that goes along with it, the gossip and the friendships.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects, twists and turns to keep this reader guessing. I was not one hundred percent sure of the killer until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and maybe some resolutions.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 4th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days. Here 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.
When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe’s country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation . . .
Closer investigation reveals that the driver’s car was sabotaged – and the driver murdered. The local constabulary are quick to dismiss the case, but Flo and Lady Hardcastle are determined to find out just who has committed this dastardly act, and why.
As the pair begin to make enquiries of Lord Riddlethorpe’s servants and guests, it seems that, below stairs and above, there is more to this case than meets the eye. And, even in the quiet of the countryside, death is always just around the bend. (Goodreads)
Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.
Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident—or did someone even the score?
Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale. (Goodreads)
Just as Jesse Camden is ready to shake herself out of her romantic rut and take a giant step forward with Sheriff Joe Tyler, a dead ex-fiance reaches out to yank her two steps back.
Misty Bennett, seventeen-year-old daughter of Jesse’s former beau Ronald Bennett, is the closest thing to a daughter of her own that Jesse has ever had. So when Misty flees from her father’s overbearing bride-to-be and travels across two states to arrive on Jesse’s doorstep, Jesse takes the girl in. And when the fiancée herself shows up demanding the girl’s return, Jesse sends the woman packing and vows to keep Misty safe until her father comes for her.
But when Ronnie Bennett’s body is found just miles from Myrtle Grove, Jesse is left to unravel the mystery of his murder and help gather the shattered pieces of his daughter’s life. (Goodreads)
When Pearl Waterman’s husband disappeared several years ago, everyone secretly suspected the hot air balloonist faked his own death to escape the cupcake baker. On Christmas, his balloon is discovered in the mountains leading Pearl to renew her efforts to find him.
As Dandelion Police Sergeant Nina Markov tries to keep one step ahead of the baker, the stakes in her own relationship with FBI Special Agent Michael Hanson are rising. The formerly confirmed bachelor was starting to adjust to the idea of marriage and Nina’s six-year-old son. What will happen when he learns that he’s the father to a very special baby? Will he fight for their relationship or will he take flight? (Goodreads)
You’re never too old to try something new!
When octogenarian Olive Turner is persuaded by her son to move into a retirement home, she congratulates herself on finding the secret to an easy life: no washing up, cooking or cleaning. But Olive isn’t one for mindless bingo with her fellow residents, and before the first day is over she’s already hatching a plan to escape back to her beloved beach hut and indulge in her secret passion for a very good gin & tonic.
Before long Olive’s secret is out and turning into something wonderful and new. Only a select few are invited, but word spreads quickly about the weekly meetings of The Gin Shack Club. Soon everybody on the beach wants to become a gin connoisseur and join Olive on her journey to never being forced to grow older than you feel.
A journey of friendship, defiance and a quest for the perfect G&T. (Goodreads)
The Misadventures of Maggie Mae Boxed Set
Capture the hilarious antics of Maggie Mae Castro and FBI Special Agent Clive Poole in one special omnibus edition of The Misadventures of Maggie Mae.
Includes the first 3 books in the series:
Wake Up, Maggie
Maggie is the only witness to an Arizona state senator’s death. Can Clive keep her safe and keep his hands off the hot body he’s been charged to guard?
You’re Mine, Maggie
Someone is sending Maggie strange anonymous gifts with the note You’re Mine, Maggie. When her secret admirer proves his affection for Maggie by killing her coworker Maggie and Clive work together to find a killer who will do anything to have Maggie. Anything.
Find Me, Maggie
Maggie’s twin brother is missing and it’s up to Maggie to find him. Maggie strikes a deal with the mob boss Miguel conned—if she brings Miguel back, her brother lives, if the man’s henchmen get their hands on him first, all bets are off and Maggie could end up an only child. (Amazon)
This boxed set includes the first three novels—and tasty recipes!
Tastes Like Murder
Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal’s porch!
Baked to Death
Baker turned reluctant amateur sleuth, Sally Muccio’s, finally found the happiness that’s eluded her for years. But when Sal’s ex-husband winds up dead and her new boyfriend is arrested for the crime, everything begins to crumble.
Burned to a Crisp
Just when things appear to be going well for baker and sometime sleuth, Sally Muccio, life turns up the heat again. When the bakery Sal’s worked so hard for goes up in smoke—along with her dreams!—she’s not sure how much more she can stand. Even worse…a man is found dead in the bakery’s back room, and now it’s up to Sal to find out why. (Goodreads)
Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 4th, 2017. Since there were so very many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next four days. Here is the third day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.
In the latest novel from The New York Times bestselling author of Knit to Be Tied , Kelly Flynn and The Lambspun Knitters are eagerly awaiting a bundle of joy but find themselves heaped with trouble instead…
Kelly Flynn and her boyfriend, Steve, couldn’t be happier as they await the birth of their bouncing baby boy. Kelly’s got a built-in group of fiber arts specialists, the Lambspun Knitters, who are working away on blankets and booties. As they sit around the table crafting their keepsakes, the story of Giselle Callahan is a popular topic of conversation.
Giselle is the young wife of Henry Callahan, a Fort Connor banking scion, who traded in his previous wife of forty years for a newer model. Giselle’s prowess as a skilled country club golfer and social climber puts her on someone’s hit list. When she is found dead on the greens at the golf club, Kelly and her Lambspun crew worry that a vicious killer is in their midst. They must work fast to bring an unhinged murderer to justice on the back nine before Kelly’s very special delivery…
DELICIOUS RECIPES AND KNITTING PATTERN INCLUDED! (Goodreads)
Jake Crawford only wants three things: To impress his wife, to raise funds for his charity, and to enjoy a good dinner, but old family crimes come back to haunt him. When Jane is tasked to solve the mysteries, she has to summon up new Miss Marple-like skills of deduction. After all, not everyone wants their secrets to get out. (Goodreads)
Welcome to Fortune Falls, where there are no falls, no one has a fortune, and death is always in the cards.
Broke, newly divorced and pushing thirty, Dee Dee Fortune returns to her hometown after years of avoiding the place that bears her family name. On the plus side, she’s happy to be reunited with her sister and grateful for her job at a local antique shop. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that there’s a hunky new detective in town.
But when Dee Dee’s former BFF is murdered and her high school sweetheart is the prime suspect, Dee Dee is swept into the hunt for the real killer. That decision, though, might just get her real dead. (Goodreads)
Donna needs a getaway, and fast. After some gentle nudging from her best friend Janice, they set sail on the high seas with visions of sipping exotic drinks and relaxing under the sun. But just as Donna begins to unwind, she discovers half the town is coming along for the ride, including her mother, brother, and her very pregnant sister-in-law.
Less than forty-eight hours later, a guest inexplicably plummets to his death, and you-know-who has a whole other case on her hands. So much for fun and sun. Now she must don her sleuth hat and get to work.
Can Donna solve the case in time to enjoy some much-needed R R? (Goodreads)
Spencer Murphy is a national treasure. A famous correspondent during the Vietnam War who escaped captivity in Southeast Asia, he made a fortune off of his books and television appearances. But Spence is growing forgetful with age; he’s started to wander and even fails to come home one night. When a body is discovered at Step Above, the sprawling Murphy house near Steps Beach, Nantucket police detective Meredith Folger is called in to investigate.
The timing couldn’t be worse: It’s the Fourth of July, Merry’s planning her wedding to cranberry farmer Peter Mason, and her new police chief is gunning for her job. Merry is inclined to call the death at Step Above a tragic accident . . . until another member of the Murphy clan comes to a brutal end. As Merry grapples with a family of unreliable storytellers—some incapable of recalling the past, and others determined that it never be known—she suspects that the truth may be forever out of reach, trapped in the failing brain of a man whose whole life may be a lie. (Goodreads)
The chili in Texas is red-hot . . . and so is murder!
Phyllis, Sam, Carolyn, and Eve head for West Texas to compete in a Fourth of July chili cookoff. Thousands of people have descended on a sleepy little ghost town, turning it into a boomtown for chili mavens, gamblers, musicians, and media. Raucous excitement fills the air, but so does chili when a sabotaged propane cooker explodes, killing the much-hated current champion. The victim leaves behind a tangled trail of sleeping with other men’s wives, cheating at cards – and maybe at chili cooking – and deadly anger. With Sam a possible suspect in the murder, emotions run hot as a bowl of Texas red as Phyllis has to untangle these threads in order to put her finger on the killer!
Livia J. Washburn’s beloved Fresh Baked Mystery series is back with another novel full of tasty recipes, dastardly doings, and brilliant sleuthing by Phyllis Newsom and her friends. THE GREAT CHILI KILL-OFF is a delicious dish of murder and detection. (Amazon)
The New York Times bestselling author of Purl Up and Die returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels . . .
In Fort Connor, Colorado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. He’s a cad.
Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now it’s up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again . . . (Goodreads)
Murder hits close to home for the Southern Sewing Circle in the latest mystery from national bestselling author Elizabeth Lynn Casey.
Everyone in Sweet Briar, South Carolina, knows former high school football stars Jake Davis and Noah Madden. The two were fierce rivals once and now, twenty years later, the dueling quarterbacks haven’t lost their luster. So townsfolk are surprised when Jake and Noah team up for a business venture. And there’s only one suspect when Noah turns up murdered.
Margaret Louise, Jake’s mother and one of the founding members of the sewing circle, isn’t about to take the attack on her son’s reputation lying down. In fact, she’s in full mama-bear mode. And Tori and the rest of the Sweet Briar gang are more than willing to help her sharpen her claws to catch a killer.
PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED (Amazon)
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