Great Escapes Virtual Books Tours–Little Tea

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Claire Fullerton and her new book Littler Tea.   

 

Little Tea
Southern Fiction
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (April 28, 2020)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-10: 1645262596
ISBN-13: 978-1645262596
Digital ASIN: B0817J667Y

 

Purchase Link – Amazon 

 

 

Little Tea
by Claire Fullerton

I loved Claire Fullerton’s descriptive writing. I could feel and see the woods, the lakes and the old marshes she described. The heat, the bugs, the drinks, and the music were all so well described that the atmosphere was as much a character as the three women were.
~Carla Loves To Read

Little Tea is a lovely story that will resonate with the reader for quite some time. It is an amazing story of love, loss, family, friendship, and second chances that will simply stir your soul!
~Jersey Girl Book Reviews

 

Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy

One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.

For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.

As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.

Excerpt from Little Tea: 

“Hey, Little Tea,” Hayward called as she and I sat crossed legged on the north side of the verandah. “I bet I can beat you to the mailbox and back.” It was a Saturday afternoon in early June, and we’d spread the church section of the Como Panolian beneath us and positioned ourselves beneath one of the pair of box windows gracing either side of the front door. The front door was fully open, but its screen was latched to keep the bugs from funneling into the entrance hall. They’d be borne from the current of the verandah ceiling fans that stirred a humidity so pervasive and wilting, there was no escaping until the weather cooled in early November. The glass pitcher of sweet tea Elvita gave us sat opaque and sweating, reducing crescents of ice to weak bobbing smiles around a flaccid slice of lemon. 

Little Tea stood to her full height at Hayward’s challenge, her hand on her hip, her oval eyes narrowed. “Go on with yourself,” she said to Hayward, which was Little Tea’s standard way of dismissal. 

“I bet I can,” Hayward pressed, standing alongside Rufus, his two-year-old Redbone coonhound who shadowed him everywhere. 

Little Tea took a mighty step forward. “And you best get that dog outta here ’fore he upends this here paint. Miss Shirley gone be pitching a fit you get paint on her verandah.” 

“Then come race me,” Hayward persisted. “Rufus will follow me down the driveway. You just don’t want to race because I beat you the last time.” 

“You beat me because you a cheat,” Little Tea snapped.

 “She’s right, Hayward,” I said. “You took off first, I saw you.”  

“It’s not my fault she’s slow on the trigger,” Hayward responded. “Little Tea hesitated; I just took the advantage.”

 “I’ll be taking advantage now,” she stated, walking down the four brick steps to where Hayward and Rufus stood.

 At ten years old, Little Tea was taller than me and almost as tall as Hayward. She had long, wire-thin limbs whose elegance belied their dependable strength, and a way of walking from an exaggerated lift of her knees that never disturbed her steady carriage. She was regal at every well-defined angle, with shoulders spanning twice the width of her tapered waist and a swan neck that pronounced her determined jaw. 

Smiling, Hayward bounced on the balls of his feet, every inch of his lithe body coiled and ready to spring. There was no refusing Hayward’s smile, and he knew it. It was a thousand-watt pirate smile whose influence could create a domino effect through a crowd. I’d seen Hayward’s smile buckle the most resistant of moods; there was no turning away from its white-toothed, winsome source. When my brother smiled, he issued an invitation to the world to get the joke.

Typically, the whole world would.  

“Celia, run fetch us a stick,” Little Tea directed, her feet scratching on the gravel driveway as she marched to the dusty quarter-mile stretch from our house to the mailbox on Old Panola road. I sprang from the verandah to the grass on the other side of the driveway and broke a long, sturdy twig from an oak branch. “Set it right here,” Little Tea pointed, and I placed it horizontally before her. But Rufus rushed upon the stick and brought it straight to Hayward, who rubbed his russet head and praised, “Good boy.” 

“Even that dog of yours a cheat,” Little Tea said, but she, too, rubbed his head then replaced the stick on the ground. “Now come stand behind here. Celia’s going to give us a fair shake. We’ll run when she says run.” Her hands went to her hips. “Now what you gonna give me when I win?”

“The reward of pride and satisfaction,” Hayward said, and just then the screen door on the verandah flew wide and my brother John came sauntering out. 

“On go,” I called from my position on the side of the driveway, where I hawkishly monitored the stick to catch a foot creeping forward. Looking from Hayward to Little Tea to make sure I had their attention, I used a steady cadence announcing, “Ready … set … go.” 

Off the pair flew, dust scattering, arms flailing; off in airborne flight, side by side, until Little Tea broke loose and left Hayward paces behind. I could see their progression until the bend in the driveway obstructed my vision but had little doubt about what was happening. Little Tea was an anomaly in Como, Mississippi. She was the undisputed champion in our age group of the region’s track and field competition and was considered by everyone an athlete to watch, which is why Hayward continuously challenged her to practice. Presently, I saw the two walking toward me. Hayward had his arm around Little Tea’s shoulder, and I could see her head poised, listening as he chattered with vivid animation.

“You should have seen it,” Hayward breathlessly said when they reached me. “She beat me easily by three seconds—I looked at my watch.”

“Three seconds? That doesn’t seem like much,” I said.

“Listen Celia, a second is as good as a mile when you’re talking time. I’m two years older and a boy, so believe me, Little Tea’s already got the makings of a star athlete.” He grinned. “But we already knew this.”

 

 

 

 

Claire Fullerton hails from Memphis, TN. and now lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a coming of age, Southern family saga set in 1970’s Memphis. Mourning Dove is a five-time award winner, including the Literary Classics Words on Wings for Book of the Year, and the Ippy Award silver medal in regional fiction ( Southeast.) Claire is also the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers’ Favorite award winner that is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire’s first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She is a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral ( because something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral.) Little Tea is Claire’s 4th novel and is set in the Deep South. It is the story of the bonds of female friendship, healing the past, and outdated racial relations. Little Tea is the August selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and on the short list of the Chanticleer Review’s Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary.

Author Links

Website – https//www.clairefullerton.com 

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/cffullerton

 

 

 

 

When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?

I have kept a journal since I was around eighteen years of age. This helped immensely in fine-tuning the way I write today. In keeping a journal, I recorded the details of feelings and impressions, and I think this cultivates what is considered “the writer’s eye.” I can’t say that I aspired to being a writer, it was more that I woke up to the fact that I was one. Writing comes easily to me. What changed my life was when I started submitting to publications.

 

With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?

In the instance of my fourth novel, Little Tea, narrator Celia Wakefield’s tragic life dilemma unfolds in such a way that the reader intuits the central mystery of her life. I like to write about the secrets people keep, and sometimes those secrets are unreconciled in such a way that they impact character. What makes my books stand out is that I write about that which motivates people to be as they are.

 

Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?

I start with a point I want the story to make, yet I am devoted to gifting the reader with finding it. I never begin with an outline, but as the story grows, I make notes on where the story should take the reader. I write in scenes, so I can report that I am a visual writer. Setting, a sense of place, and character are important to me as a reader and as a writer. I also pay attention to the use of language. 

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Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?

I have been blessed with a following, now that I have four novels out in the world. I make sure I am active on Goodreads and Bookbub, and I am consistent on social media. And yes, I read my reviews. I like to know my reader’s thoughts. They matter to me.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would advice an understanding of patience and perseverance. Steady as she goes. Keep a goal in mind and have the discipline to work painstakingly towards it.

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Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?

Yes! In the case of Little Tea, I described how I hoped the cover would be, which is to say that I wanted the cover to look like a painting of The Wakefield Plantation , a third-generation house on hundreds of acres in Com, Mississippi. I like the idea of setting as character, and so much of Little Tea takes place in that rambling, Southern house. My publisher has a design team who understood my vision.

 

Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?

My main characters are each women from different backgrounds who have different personalities. Renny is organized and self-sufficient, and Ava is dreamy, flighty, and confused. Celia is the friend in the middle who sees herself as interpreter of and for her friends. Celia says of her friendship with Renny and Ava: “Combined, we were a girl complete; separately we were inchoate and in need of each other like pieces of a clock useless until assembled, but once assembled, kept perfect time.”  Lastly,  Little Tea is clear-eyed, insightful, and nobody’s fool. Each woman brings something to the table for those around her.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

I have learned what a hard worker I am. I don’t like putting anything off and tackle whatever comes across my desk practically the moment it arrives. Beyond this, I have had to come to a healthy perspective of social media. I shy from shouting from the rooftops about myself and am so grateful when others share my announcements and posts. I’m a “Southern girl.” We don’t grandstand about ourselves, but when one has a book out, it’s part of the responsibility. I think keeping an attitude of sincerity matters.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I have written full-time for the past eleven years.

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

I recently finished the first draft of a manuscript. I will probably revise it repeatedly before I show it to my literary agent.

 

What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?

Because I am the kind of novelist who works without an outline, the hardest part is keeping the thread, so to speak. I literally live a novel as I am writing it, and any interruption in the project until it is finished is something I avoid.

 

What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?

I love the lyrical writers. I love literary fiction because they pay attention to character and language. Ron Rash, Anne Rivers Siddons, Pat Conroy, Donna Tartt. They are all considered Southern writers, and I gravitate toward a great story with a strong sense of place.

 

What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?

I am in love with language and the art of novel writing. I think it is communication at its highest form. It’s the pursuit of excellence, in a way, with no “there” to get to; only the love of the path.

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Where Can Readers discover your social media links?

https://www.clairefullerton.com

https://www.instagram.com/cffullerton

https://www.twitter.com/cfullerton3

https://www.facebook.com/clairefullertonauthor

 

https://wordpress.com/view/clairefullertonauthor.wordpress.com

 

 

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 3 – Literary Gold – GUEST POST

August 3 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

August 5 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 5 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 5 – Gimme The Scoop Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  

August 6 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTEVIEW

August 7 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

August 7 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

August 8 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 8 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 8 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – GUEST POST

August 8 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 9 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

August 9 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews– REVIEW, GUEST POST

August 10 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Fowl Murder

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Victoria Tait and her new book Fowl Murder.  This is the 1st book in her A Kenya Kanga Mystery Series.   

 

Fowl Murder: A Cozy Mystery with a Determined Female Amateur Sleuth (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kanga Press (July 21, 2020)
ebook, 190 pages
Digital ASIN: B089RRXBC1

 

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – 

 

A shooting on the savannah. A tragedy she’d rather forget. When past and present collide, will she survive to see her future?
Kenya, 2016. Semi-retired vet Rose Hardie just wants to enjoy her golden years and care for her disabled husband. But her peace of mind shatters when a forgotten confidant returns and reopens a case where Rose pulled the trigger. With her memories of the poacher’s shocking death flooding back, she barely catches her breath before her childhood friend is brutally murdered.

Braving blackmail and entrenched corruption, the tireless woman dives headfirst into helping the victim’s son solve the crime. But when the lead suspect is killed, Rose’s plans for a peaceful life end up dead and buried…

As her own traumatic history unravels, can Rose catch a killer before she becomes the next victim?

Foul Murder is the first book in the compelling Kenya Kanga Mystery series. If you like determined heroines, unpredictable twists and turns, and vivid African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s pulse-pounding tale.

 

 

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Victoria Tait is an exciting new author launching her Kenya Kanga Mystery series.  She’s drawn on 8 years living in rural Kenya with her family to transport her readers to a world of curiosity, community and conspiracy.  The Kenya Kanga Mystery series brings to life the beauty of the Kenyan landscape, the magic of its wildlife and the warmth of its people.

Author Links

You can find Victoria at https://www.victoriatait.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaTait

Blog/News: https://victoriatait.com/news/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20373879.Victoria_Tait

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/vataitauthor/

 

 

 

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW (Coming Soon)

August 5 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 6 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – Reading Authors Network – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

August 9 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 12 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

August 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 13 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST

August 14 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

August 14 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

August 15 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 16 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 17 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

August 18 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Tea And Treachery

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Vicki Delany and her new book Tea And Treachery.  This is the 1st book in her Tea by the Sea Mystery Series.   

 

Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725069
ISBN-13: 978-1496725066
Digital ASIN: B07ZPKGT3R

Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Play – IndieBound

 

Tea & Treachery (Tea by the Sea Mysteries)
by Vicki Delany

Delany shares so many wonderful facts about tea and the foods, as well as the history of tea, that you can’t help but love the charming setting and backdrop.
~This Is My Truth Now

Tea & Treachery is a perfect summer confection: a light, entertaining book that should keep you absorbed for several hours. But don’t read it without a pot of tea and a large plate of scones or teacakes handy!
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

Tea & Treachery is an engaging cozy mystery with tempting tea treats, a scarcity of scones, a dead developer, curious clues, shaky steps, a whimsical writer, and a burdened baker.
~The Avid Reader

If you are looking for a unique cozy mystery that boasts of excellent writing, likable characters, and a murder mystery that keeps one guessing till the end, Tea and treachery by Vicki Delany is THE book for you.
~The Book Decoder

Engaging and relatable characters, yummy food, and a picturesque setting keep you turning the pages, trying to solve the mystery along with Lily and her crew of amateur sleuths.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

Tea & Treachery was an absolutely fun mystery that is sure to keep you guessing. I loved the idea of have a tea shoppe and introducing people to the joys of drinking tea.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

The plot unfolded at a nice pace with only the necessary information brought up when it was needed—no unnecessary backstory or data dumps here… I was entertained from beginning to end by this witty mystery with some very nice twists.
~Mysteries With Character

There were several appealing suspects and the author lay plenty of red herrings to lead readers astray… TEA & TREACHERY serves English tea with a dollop of murder in an engaging start to a new series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

If you’re anything like I am (and I know a lot of you cozy readers are), you are going to absolutely love Tea & Treachery. It’s got all of the things I love about cozy mystery books: quirky characters, an idyllic setting, animals, food, family, friends, and an engrossing mystery.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

 

 

In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . . .

As the proud proprietor and head pastry chef of Tea by the Sea, a traditional English tearoom on the picturesque bluffs of Cape Cod, Roberts has her hands full, often literally. But nothing keeps her busier than steering her sassy grandmother, Rose, away from trouble. Rose operates the grand old Victorian B & B adjacent to Lily’s tea shop . . . for now. An aggressive real estate developer, Jack Ford, is pushing hard to rezone nearby land, with an eye toward building a sprawling golf resort, which would drive Rose and Lily out of business.

Tempers are already steaming, but things really get sticky when Ford is found dead at the foot of Rose’s property and the police think she had something to do with his dramatic demise. Lily can’t let her grandmother get burned by a false murder charge. So she starts her own investigation and discovers Ford’s been brewing bad blood all over town, from his jilted lover to his trophy wife to his shady business partners. Now, it’s down to Lily to stir up some clues, sift through the suspects, and uncover the real killer before Rose is left holding the tea bag.

 

 

 

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Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Author Links

Website –  www.vickidelany.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor;

Twitter:  @vickidelany and@evagatesauthor

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

July 27 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST

July 27 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 27 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW, GUEST POST

July 28 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

July 28 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW  

July 28 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW (unable to post)

July 29 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

July 29 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

July 29 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST

July 30 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

July 30 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

July 30 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

July 31 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

July 31 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 31 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

August 1 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 1 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, GUEST POST

August 2 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

August 2 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

August 3 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW

August 3 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST,

August 3 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 4 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  

August 4 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 5 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

August 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

August 6 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – eBook Addicts – REVIEW

August 7 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – Thoughts in Progress – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 9 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

August 9 – Author Elena Taylor’s blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 2, 2020–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 2nd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

Frozen (Vera Stanhope) by [Ann Cleeves]

 

As New York Times bestseller Ann Cleeves’ popularity explodes in print and on TV, this gripping e-short will introduce readers to the inimitable DI Vera Stanhope.

For once, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is managing to have a good day off. Strolling around town, she ducks into a new bookshop in a renovated chapel. But just as she does, a skeleton is discovered in the old baptismal font. Soon, a decade old mystery is revived, and Vera must uncover secrets long buried before this case once again goes cold.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potluck and Powers: A Paranormal Culinary Cozy Mystery (The Matchmaker's Grimoire Book 4) by [Rosie Pease]

 

 

An anticipated visit brings about unexpected revelations.

The implications could change Joanie’s life forever.

Potluck and Powers is a short novel and the fourth book in the Matchmaker’s Grimoire series. It is best enjoyed after reading Weddings and Witchcraft.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Mrs. Summers (A Royal Spyness Mystery Book 14) by [Rhys Bowen]Lady Georgiana Rannoch is just back from her honeymoon with dashing Darcy O’Mara when a friend in need pulls her into a twisted Gothic tale of betrayal, deception and, most definitely, murder. . . .

I am a bit at loose ends at the moment. My cook, Queenie, is making my new role as mistress of Eynsleigh something akin to constant torture as Darcy is off on another one of his top secret jaunts. And Grandad is busy helping wayward youths avoid lives of crime. So when my dearest friend, Belinda, inherits an old cottage in Cornwall and begs me to go with her to inspect the property, I jump at the chance.

After a heart-stopping journey in Belinda’s beast of a motorcar, we arrive at the creaky old cottage called White Sails and quickly realize that it is completely uninhabitable. Just when I’m starting to wonder if I would have been better off trying to get Queenie to cook a roast that hasn’t been burnt beyond all recognition, we meet Rose Summers, a woman Belinda knew as a child when she spent time in Cornwall. Rose invites us to stay at Trewoma Hall, the lovely estate now owned by her husband, Tony.

Belinda confesses that she never liked Rose and had a fling with Tony years ago, so staying with them is far from ideal but beggars can’t be choosers as they say. Trewoma is not the idyllic house Belinda remembers. There’s something claustrophobic and foreboding about the place. Matters aren’t helped by the oppressively efficient housekeeper Mrs. Mannering or by the fact that Tony seems to want to rekindle whatever he and Belinda once had right under his wife’s nose.

Our increasingly awkward visit soon turns deadly when a member of the household is found murdered and all clues point to Belinda as the prime suspect. I soon learn that some long buried secrets have come back to haunt those in residence at Trewoma Hall and I’ll need to sift through the ruins of their past so Belinda doesn’t lose her chance at freedom in the present. . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Hardcover. Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 11-15) by [Sally J. Smith, Jean Steffens, Anne Marie Stoddard, Dane McCaslin, Kimberly Griggs, Beth Prentice]Enjoy fun, sun, laughter, romance, and just a little murder at the Hawaiian island’s most “killer” resort, Aloha Lagoon! This boxed set contains 5 full-length cozy mystery novels in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries series by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors, including:

Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Just as travel agent turned reluctant sleuth Gabby LeClair is starting to gain some of the Aloha spirit, she finds a dead body in her very own backyard! Now Gabby must find the truth about this former beachboy’s shady past before his killer strikes again.

Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
Kaley Kalua is excited to help her best friend celebrate her wedding in paradise… until Kaley’s ex-husband shows up with his new girlfriend! But things become downright deadly when the girlfriend is found dead and the police suspect Kaley. Now Kaley must do a little investigating of her own if she wants to live to see her friend walk down the aisle.

Tiaras & Terror (book #13)
Happy Hula Boutique manager, Kaley, is excited to celebrate Halloween with her friends at Aloha Lagoon’s upcoming Alohaween Festival—that is she’s dragged to a ghoul-themed beauty pageant to cheer on her longtime nemesis, Harmony Kane. The competition is stiff, and things turn deadly when the winner is found staked with her own scepter!

Photo Finished (book #14)
When photographer Autumn Season lands the job of official photographer at the prestigious Aloha Lagoon Resort, she’s ecstatic. But a lively luau suddenly turns deadly, and Autumn realizes she may have accidentally snapped a picture of a murder in progress! Now the killer will go to any lengths to protect his (or her) identity, and Autumn is clearly in their sights.

Fatal Break (book #15)
When Samantha Reynolds find her bestie, surf shop owner Alani, standing over the dead body of her wayward ex-boyfriend, she knows there’s trouble in paradise. While Sam knows Alani is innocent, the local police aren’t so easily convinced, and Sam realizes it’s up to her to clear Alani’s name and find the real killer before her friend ends up behind bars.

“I LOVE returning to Aloha Lagoon Resort…No matter what part of the island you are on with whichever author is telling the story, you cannot help being swept away.” ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

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)
Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)
Lethal Tide (book #10)
Beachboy Murder (book #11)
Handbags & Homicide (book #12)
Tiaras & Terror (book #13)
Photo Finished (book #14)
Fatal Break (book #15) (Amazon)

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Dead as a Dodo (Feathers and Felonies Book 2) by [Harper Crowley]

Some secrets, like a cranky cockatoo’s temper tantrum, should be handled with extreme care.

As Willa’s quest to clean out the bookstore continues, so does her desire to find out more about the secrets her aunt kept hidden, including those surrounding her birth. When a strange package her aunt had ordered before her death shows up at the store, Willa can’t help but wonder if its contents might answer some of the questions keeping her up at night.

Unfortunately, those questions aren’t the only thing Willa has to worry about. When a masked man breaks into the book store and threatens her life, Willa starts to question who she can trust and who is willing to silence her forever to hide the truth.

With her neighbor, Nick’s, help, Willa sets out to uncover the secrets surrounding her before they bury her alive. Now if only she could get Marge, the cockatoo, to cooperate, things would go much smoother. But that, like a day of peace and quiet, is never going to happen.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wicked Sister by [Karen Dionne]She thought she’d buried her past. But what if it’s been hunting her this whole time?

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Marsh King’s Daughter comes a startling novel of psychological suspense as two generations of sisters try to unravel their tangled relationships between nature and nurture, guilt and betrayal, love and evil.


You have been cut off from society for fifteen years, shut away in a mental hospital in self-imposed exile as punishment for the terrible thing you did when you were a child.

But what if nothing about your past is as it seems?

And if you didn’t accidentally shoot and kill your mother, then whoever did is still out there. Waiting for you.

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents’ deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers, to the place where she once felt safest: her family’s sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns–as her mother did years earlier–that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Hardcover. Paperback. Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead for Success (A Bellamy Cove Mystery Book 1) by [Priscilla Baker]After fleeing her high-powered job in the city and a failed marriage, Penny Bowden has arrived in Bellamy Cove, a small beach town on the outer edge of Cape Cod. She’s purchased a run-down horse farm – complete with horses and a farm hand – and plans to make her living by offering riding lessons to townsfolk and tourists alike. Upon her arrival, Penny eagerly enters the town’s annual bake-off, hoping to impress her new neighbors and make some friends.

Right before the bake-off begins, Penny is goaded into an argument with one of the town’s most important citizens, Janine Hallett. Only a few minutes later, the entire town witnesses Janine’s tragic death – and even worse, she’s been murdered. Penny is shocked to find that the police are pointing the finger at her, and all because Janine was eating a piece of Penny’s famous cherry pie when she died!

Even after the police remove her from the suspect list, the people of Bellamy Cove are convinced that Penny has murdered one of their own. Between acts of sabotage and threatening notes, someone wants Penny out of Bellamy Cove. Penny is determined to clear her name and become a true citizen of Bellamy Cove – and with the help of the local baking club, she might just do it!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine and Jealousy (Port Danby Cozy Mystery Book 14) by [London Lovett]It’s a busy end of summer for Lacey Pinkerton and so much is happening Lacey can hardly keep up. Ryder returns but his arrival does not go as expected and Lacey finds herself smack in the center of a Lola driven bout of drama. On top of that there’s a new detective in town. While Lacey’s happy that Briggs will have more free time (especially if it’s spent with her) she’s not too sure about Detective Fairchild. And worse, it seems Detective Fairchild is not too sure about Lacey.

A taco truck arrives in town. The popular Taco Brothers run a smooth operation but the relationship between the siblings is anything but smooth. When one of the brothers winds up dead, Lacey is anxious to help investigate. But the new detective doesn’t want her around. Of course that doesn’t stop her from finding out who killed the Taco Brother. And in the midst of such a whirlwind week, Lacey finally gets a big break on the Hawksworth murder.

Will Lacey finally put together the pieces to solve the hundred-year-old murder mystery?

Book 14 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery series

More in the series:
1. Marigolds and Murder
2. Carnations and Chaos
3. Mistletoe and Murder
4. Roses and Revenge
5. Tulips and Trouble
6. Dahlias and Death
7. Peonies and Poison
8. Hyacinths and Homicide
9. Crocuses and Crime
10. Sunflowers and Sabotage
11. Lavender and Lies
12. Freesias and Foul Play
13. Cornflowers and Corpses
14. Jasmine and Jealousy
15. TBA   (Amazon)

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Chaos in Little Leaf Creek (A Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Cindy  Bell]Her new home in the country comes with an antiquated historical society, a sour-faced next-door neighbor, and a murder victim on her front lawn…

Cassie Alberta needs a fresh start. Leaving the big city to put her husband’s death behind her, she’s immediately charmed by the quaint little town of Little Leaf Creek, even though her first encounter with her neighbor’s dog and goats shows her that she has a lot to learn about country life. But her delight quickly turns to alarm when one of her first visitors is a dead body.

Shocked when she’s accused of the crime, Cassie partners with her reclusive ex-cop neighbor to find the real killer. And when two handsome locals grab her attention, she finds the simple life she had hoped for in the small town has just become a whole lot more complicated. As the suspect list grows and the attempts on her life increase, simply surviving may be an impossible feat.

Can Cassie catch the true culprit before her final address is jail?

Recipe included: Vanilla Cake

Chaos in Little Leaf Creek is the fast-paced first book in the Little Leaf Creek Cozy Mystery Series. If you like unexpected twists and turns, lively personalities, lovable animals and a never-ending list of suspicious characters, then you’ll love Cindy Bell’s heartwarming whodunnit.

Buy Chaos in Little Leaf Creek to start solving the murder today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewels in the Juniper (Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 10) by [Dale Mayer]A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and mostly lovable cat, dog, and parrot—as they catch murderers and solve crimes in lovely Kelowna, British Columbia.

Riches to rags. … Chaos is still present. … Memories are fading, … but not for everyone!

The problem with notoriety is unfair expectations. When Mack’s mother, Millicent Moreau, requests Doreen’s help with a small problem she’s kept hidden for decades, Doreen feels obligated to help. And what harm could it do, after all? Worst-case scenario? It’ll annoy Mack, but that’s something she does on a regular basis anyway.

But when Millicent’s “small problem” turns out to involve a failed marriage, a bag of jewels from a jewelry store that mysteriously burned down decades ago, possible insurance fraud, and maybe even a case of murder, … Doreen will admit that she’s in way over her head.

With her trusty trio of furry and feathered cohorts, she brings an old case into the present—and finds it’s more current than ever …  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shuntoll Road (The Berkshire Hilltown Mysteries Book 2) by [Leslie Wheeler]

 

 

Boston library curator Kathryn Stinson returns to the Berkshires, hoping to rebuild her romance with Earl Barker, but ends up battling a New York developer, determined to turn the property she’s been renting into an upscale development. The fight pits her against Earl, who has been offered the job of clearing the land. When a fire breaks out in the woods, the burned body of another opponent is discovered. Did he die attempting to escape a fire he set, or was the fire set to cover up his murder? Kathryn’s search for answers leads her to other questions about the developer’s connection to a friend of hers who fled New York years ago for mysterious reasons. The information she uncovers puts her in grave danger.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Body in the Basement (Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery Book 12) by [Danielle Collins]

The only thing worse than skeletons in your closet are bodies in your basement.


A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins

Henrietta and Ralph are renovating and find a dead body in a boarded-up basement. As they seek to uncover the identity of this long-dead skeleton, they begin to see that everything they have been going through is somehow interconnected. And could stretch back centuries. Can they piece together enough clues to solve a mystery that threatens all of Hearts Grove?

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

Download Body in the Basement and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 2nd, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 2nd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Freaky Seas (A Mystic Caravan Mystery Book 10) by [Amanda M. Lee]Mystic Caravan Circus is heading to Charleston and – per usual – trouble is not far behind.
For Poet Parker, who is grappling with saying goodbye to her assistant, she’s looking forward to quiet nights on the beach and quality time with her boyfriend. All that changes when the sea starts giving up its dead … and they appear to be hungry.
Under normal circumstances, zombies wouldn’t be a big deal. They’re slow, lumbering, and easy to dispatch. This infestation is different … and they appear to be controlled by a strange creature long since thought extinct.
Gorgons were believed to be things of myth and legend but one is haunting the beaches of Charleston … in close proximity to the circus and a writer’s retreat. In fact, the nutty individuals spouting fantastical stories and trying to one-up one another in the bluff house overlooking the circus grounds are all suspects because one of them is controlling the gorgon. Finding the individual responsible for causing endless upheaval and death is no easy task, though.
Poet is a fighter but this battle is all-encompassing.
Not every monster is obvious. Sometimes they hide behind human faces.
This time Poet is going to have to wade through layers of darkness to find the light. Surviving to see the final sunrise will take them all working together … and even then they might not be strong enough to claim victory.
Darkness is coming. Will anyone survive to see the dawn?  (Amazon)

Editions Available”  Kindle, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First to Lie by [Hank Phillippi Ryan]

We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?
After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge.
An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback,  Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting by the Sea (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 5) by [Ellen Jacobson]When Mollie McGhie attends the grand opening of her friend’s nail salon, she’s looking forward to getting a manicure and sipping on champagne. The event is going great until Mollie discovers a dead body nearby and her friend’s brother is arrested for murder.

Mollie agrees to help clear his name. During the course of her investigation, she has to do some crazy things including auditioning for a game show, giving a pedicure to the local chief of police, and teaching her cat how to play the ukulele.

Can Mollie get to the truth and find out who the real murderer is?

Shooting by the Sea is the fifth book in the light, humorous, and original Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery series. If you like kooky characters, adorable cats, and plenty of chocolate, you’ll love this cozy mystery. Grab Shooting by the Sea today and laugh out loud from the first page to the last.

Spoiler Alert: You’ll be humming Elvis tunes to yourself after reading this book.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Thy Neighbor: (A Christian Cozy Mystery) (Reverend Margot Quade Cozy Mysteries Book 5) by [Sarah Biglow]Will faith unify a broken community?


A year and a half after accepting the calling to return to her home church in Port Marie, Reverend Margot Quade is finally moving into the parsonage. The festivities to celebrate the move come to a painful halt when one of the attendees falls gravely ill.


The symptoms of a stroke mask the true crime as Margot and Sam search for answers. The case leads Margot to uncover a longstanding feud between the victim, a Muslim, and the neighboring Jewish family. When the neighbor falls ill with the same symptoms, Margot wonders if someone is using the feud as a cover to target families of faith.


When she discovers a link between the victims that points to a perpetrator, she races against the clock, praying she’s not too late to repair the damage done by a broken soul.


Scroll up and one-click now to see why LOVE THY NEIGHTBOR has fans of Alison Golden and Mindy Quigley raving  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All's Fairy in Love and War (Wicked Hollow Fairies Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Misty Bane]The grand re-opening of the Fairy Tail Salon is going to be epic and I can’t wait to throw back some cheap wine and celebrate my best friend’s accomplishments. All that changes though when the local mean girls crash the party. As if that wasn’t bad enough, their self-proclaimed queen bee is looking to make a fool out of Casper.
After she’s shown the door, the party is back in full swing … until she is found very dead in the alleyway with a pair of shears sticking out of her back.
Casper becomes the prime suspect and the chips slowly start stacking up against him. Just as I’m starting to make some real headway, Bluethistle pulls me off the case. As if that’ll stop me. I’ll do anything to clear my best friend’s name, even if that means putting my job on the line.
All I have to do is keep my ex, Woody, out of my hair, deal with my old high school bullies, and hide from my boss. Once that’s done, I’ll deal with these gross warm and fuzzy feelings that I’m starting to get for Ridge Sunstone.

I’m probably going to need more wine.

All’s Fairy in Love and War is the second book in the Wicked Hollow Fairies series. This is a full-length humorous paranormal cozy mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vinyl Detective goes punk in his fifth hilarious adventure. “Like an old 45rpm record, this book crackles with brilliance.” David Quantick on Written in Dead Wax.

Semi-retired god of rock guitar and local poseur Erik Make Loud has got himself a new girlfriend. Helene Hilditch – formerly known as Howlin’ Hellbitch – of all-girl punk outfit Blue Tits is a mean guitarist, someone is trying to kill her.

With a rare pressing of their first album to find, the Vinyl Detecive and Nevada are soon called into to help but this time the question is who isn’t a suspect. With a trail of grudges behind her, the list of people who could want Helene dead includes her ex-bandmates, their former producer turned record label mogul, the TV presenter that Helene got fired – even their old roadie could be in on it. The only person who isn’t a suspect is Delia Lispector, the Blue Tit’s bass player who has already been murdered…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback. Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisted Stitches: A Knitorious Murder Mystery by [Reagan  Davis]The 4th book in the Knitorious Murder Mystery series!

*Paperback and Kindle Unlimited available from August 3rd, 2020*

I was sure that bullet wasn’t meant for me. 

At least, I thought it wasn’t. 

I mean, who would want to kill me? I make friends, not enemies. I live in the coziest, sweetest town on earth, and I own a yarn store. I’m a knitter for goodness sake! Knitters are like the Golden Retrievers of humankind. Everybody loves us. 

At first, I was sure it was a case of mistaken identity. Now I’m not as sure. My friends and family are rallying around me to keep me safe. They act overly cautious and say things like, “just in case.” 

My boyfriend, the cop, is taking a leave of absence from work to be my personal bodyguard. 

My mother-friend, Connie won’t let me work in my own yarn store “just in case” the shooter looks for me there. 

My best friend April goes everywhere with me. Actually, I don’t mind thia part, I love April and we have a blast together, even when we’re hunting for a killer. 

Does someone really want me dead? Who? Why? Is it someone I know? The police think it might be. 

Can I follow my instincts and unravel the clues before they try again? 

If you like your cozy mysteries with a bit of humour, small town Canadian life, a hint of romance, a close circle of quirky, lovable characters that you wish you knew in real life, dogs and cats, and free knitting patterns, there’s something in this series for you

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

For fans of Nancy Warren, Maggie Sefton, Anne Canadeo, Sally Goldenbaum, Angela Pepper

Other books in the series:

  • Knit One Murder Two
  • Killer Cables
  • Murder & Merino

Each book in the Knitorious murder mystery series is a standalone mystery that is solved by the end of the book. The books can be read in any order, however the characters lives and relationships evolve and change over time.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Villain in the Vineyard (Millie Monroe Mysteries Book 2) by [Connie B. Dowell]It’s the county’s annual wine and beer festival. Bookmobile driver Millie is on hand representing the library system in a celebration of local brewing and winemaking history.

But when a body is found stabbed with a winery’s corkscrew at a local brewpub’s festival booth, the party’s over. Could the killing have something to do with the rivalry between the two companies? Or is it all down to the wholesaler’s shady past?

Tensions rise in the battle of wine versus beer. And Millie had better find the culprit before it’s bottoms-up on another human life.

If you love twisty mysteries and a bisexual heroine with an unerring moral compass and a mean right hook, this is the book for you. Get it now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes and Crimes 6 Book Box Set (Bakers and Bulldogs Mysteries Box Set 2) by [Rosie Sams]

***FREE With Kindle Unlimited***
Grab Cupcakes and Crimes a Delicious Cozy Mystery 6 Book Box Set with the cutest French Bulldog to ever solve a crime.


This excellent value box set is full of great entertainment, clean reading, and humor! Join Baker Melody and her adorable French Bulldog Smudge as they bake cakes, find love, and solve crimes in this new thrilling Bakers and Bulldogs cozy mystery box set.

Melody, Smudge, and handsome Sheriff Alvin Hennessey are the most amazing crime-solving team that Port Warren will ever know. Part-time baker and part-time sleuth, Melody has a knack for finding bodies and solving crimes. With a cupcake in one hand and the lead to her trusty Frenchie in the other Melody will stop at nothing to see justice done.

Included in this set:

The Murder in the Dressing room – Excitement has hit Port Warren, cute French Bulldog, Smudge is about to do her stage debut – only murder is never far away, and death hits the stage before the curtains fall.

The Bashing in the Bakery When her rival is murdered, Melody is separated from her trusty French Bulldog, Smudge. Will she be locked up forever or can Smudge sniff out the truth?

The Stabbing at the Inn – Melody and her friend Kerry, visit a country inn to plan their perfect weddings —neither of them envisioned a Stabbing at the Inn!

The Cat and the Killer – Trouble comes to the local rummage sale when a wealthy resident starts an argument over a Tiffany lamp. Was it enough for murder? Will Smudge enjoy solving crimes with a cat?

Death at the Pageant – Excitement, glamor, and murder come to the Port Warren Beauty Paegent, will Smudge and Melody hunt down the truth?

The Wedding Cake Murder – Who took a bite out of the wedding cake and left a waitress in the cupboard? Can Melody Marshal and French Bulldog Smudge find out the truth?

If you want to solve these cases with Melody and Smudge? Scroll up and take advantage of this great deal today and grab this 6 Book Box Set FREE With Kindle Unlimited or 99 Cents for a Limited Time! Each of these books is a complete story and can be read alone, grab them on KU now.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firelines: A Novella (The Pecan Springs Enterprise Trilogy Book 3) by [Susan Wittig Albert]Susan Wittig Albert brings you another of her popular, highly-praised mysteries set in Pecan Springs, Texas.

Out of the still-smoldering ashes of a fatal arson fire . . .

The Enterprise has a new lease on life, but nobody knows how long that will last. Will there be a newspaper tomorrow? There’s plenty of work on Jessica Nelson’s crime desk, but when she learns of a hot lead in the cold-case arson deaths of her parents and twin sister, she knows she has to investigate it.

The story pulls her into the death of a cop, requires her to face her own phobic fear of fire, and introduces her to a man—much too old for her—who is passionately committed to using fire to protect the wilderness.

Will this bring her any closer to a killer who has eluded the police for over twenty years—and who threatens to start another deadly, catastrophic wildfire?

WHAT READERS SAY about Susan Wittig Albert’s novella trilogies

–“LOVED this novella! It had all the page-turning elements of Susan’s mysteries in a short, satisfying read for a rainy Saturday morning.”

–“The storyline keeps you engaged from the very beginning.”

–“I enjoyed losing myself into this story and am very much looking forward to the next one.”

–“ I really like this author. Her stories are easy to read and fun. She is so descriptive that I feel like I’m in the towns she writes about and know exactly what the characters look like.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Witch Who Tasted Murder (Pixie Point Bay Book 5): A Cozy Witch Mystery by [Emma Belmont]

 

 

Warring wineries, a canny connoisseur, and a murder aged to perfection.

The wine harvest is a busy time in Pixie Point Bay, but never more so than for B&B owner Maris Seaver. Her guests are avid wine enthusiasts and determined to experience the region’s latest offerings. For the winemakers, however, it’s all business at the season’s make or break time of year.

But when one of the vintners is found dead in his cellar, Maris must use every ounce of magic at her disposal to uncover a murderer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Falcon Always Wings Twice: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 27) by [Donna Andrews]A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Terns of Endearment.

When Meg’s grandmother Cordelia hosts a Renaissance Faire at her craft center, the whole family is put to work: Meg handles the blacksmithing, Michael and the boys will be performing, and no one misses the opportunity to dress up in full regalia.

More exciting to Grandfather is the pair of rare falcons he discovers breeding at the fairgrounds. Concerned for their well-being amid all the activity, he appoints himself their protector.

When one of the actors performing at the fair is found dead—an actor suspected of mistreating one of the falcons, among other sins—Grandfather is a prime suspect.

Donna Andrews’s long-running Meg Langslow series continues to be beloved by its fans, who loyally read every new installment. The Falcon Always Wings Twice is a perfect new addition, full of laughter, adventure, and Andrews’s wonderful cast of wacky characters.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deja Diva (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 34) by [Kathi Daley]

 

 

 

Amongst the frenzy of Halloween decorating and Haunted Hamlet planning, Zoe’s arch nemesis Claudia Lotherman is back intent on playing a game of cat and mouse with her favorite amateur sleuth.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback  

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 2nd, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 2nd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

Love at First Spell: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Fairy Falls Mystery Book 1) by [Samantha Silver]Welcome to magical Fairy Falls, where love is in the air and killers are on the loose.

Mina Tiller, a high-powered advertising executive whose only goal is to get that corner office, never thought living life in the fast lane would mean actually getting hit by a car. But when she’s struck by a taxi and the cab comes out of it the loser, Mina discovers something her mother had been hiding from her for her whole life: Mina is a witch.

And you thought your family had secrets.

Travelling to the paranormal town of Fairy Falls, Mina almost immediately finds herself embroiled in controversy when a wizard is poisoned right in front of her.

Never one to sit on the sidelines, when Mina is asked to stay in town until the investigation is completed she decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her Pokemon-obsessed cousin and a talking cat with a dramatic streak, Mina sets about finding the killer.

Between crazy relatives, magical gym sessions, and duelling paranormal families, Mina quickly finds a murder investigation might be the most normal thing about Fairy Falls. And who exactly is the strange journalist with the gorgeous green eyes that she keeps running into? However, as Mina gets closer to finding the murderer, she finds out that small towns don’t necessarily mean small secrets. Can Mina solve the case before the killer turns Mina’s new fairy tale life into a nightmare?

Fairy Falls is the first book in the fun new paranormal cozy mystery series by Samantha Silver.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Night Whistler by [Greg Woodland]The summer of 1966–7. Hal and his little brother have just come to live in Moorabool. They’re exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.

Not just dead, but killed.

Not just killed, but horribly maimed.

Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his big-city job as a detective, is also new in town—and one of his dogs has gone missing. Like other pets around the town.

He knows what it means when someone tortures animals to death. They’re practising. So when Hal’s mother starts getting late-night phone calls—a man whistling, then hanging up—Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously.
But will that be enough to keep her and her young sons safe?

Nostalgic yet clear-eyed, simmering with small-town menace, Greg Woodland’s wildly impressive debut populates the rural Australia of the 1960s with memorable characters and almost unbearable tension.  (Amazon)

Edition Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scot on the Rocks (A Last Ditch mystery Book 3) by [Catriona McPherson]

Lexy Campbell’s ex-husband begs for her help finding his current wife, whose disappearance mirrors that of a number of statues around California – menacing ransom note and all.

A community is devastated when the bronze statue of local legend Mama Cuento is stolen on Valentine’s Day. When Lexy Campbell arrives on the scene, a big bronze toe is found along with a ransom note – “Listen to our demands or you will never see her again. There are nine more where this came from”.

Then, Lexy’s ex-husband Bran turns up begging for help to find his wife, Brandee, who has disappeared. Lexy agrees to pitch in, but when she shows up at Bran’s house he has just discovered one of Brandee’s false nails and another ransom note with the same grisly message.

Are the two cases linked or is a copycat on the loose? Who would want to kidnap a bronze statue or, come to that, Brandee? And can Lexy put aside her hatred for Bran long enough to find out?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hooded Figure (A Wild Cove Mystery Book 5) by [Laura Greene]“I think I saw one of them staring at me through the trees and then heading away.”

Pastor Callaghan grows restless. Something he has feared for several years has now come to fruition. In the stunning conclusion of this series, the townsfolk of Wild Cove are telling stories about strange hooded figures in the surrounding woods.

When sheriff Jane Scott investigates these sightings, Pastor Callaghan asks her not to get involved for her own good. But when the pastor vanishes, Jane turns to the only person left in town she can trust – Jack Macready. Together, they search relentlessly for their friend, all while being watched from the tree line of the nearby forest. This search leads Jane into her darkest territory yet, as malevolent forces move against her to guard a terrible, life-changing secret.

From international bestselling author Laura Greene comes The Hooded Figure, part of A Wild Cove Mystery, a collection of suspenseful short stories about a by-the-book officer, new to a mysterious town that she must now save. Follow her in each thrilling story which can be read in one sitting.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hex Over Hells: A Witch Cozy Mystery (Fairy Falls Mystery Book 2) by [Samantha Silver]Welcome to magical Fairy Falls, where love is in the air and killers are on the loose.

Mina Tiller has just moved to the paranormal world, but her first potions lesson goes horribly wrong when she ends up on the bad side of a local witch, and that same witch shows up murdered a few hours later.

With Mina and Scarlett both prime suspects, the two of them decide their only choice is to solve yet another murder. But between navigating magic lessons, Pawdrey Hepburn deciding to use up all her nine lives at once and discovering things she never knew about her family, Mina’s wondering if she’s going to be able to keep it all together and solve the case before she finds her new life is actually going to be spent behind bars.

Hex Over Heels is the second book in a humorous paranormal witch cozy mystery series by Samantha Silver  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio (An Auntie Poldi Adventure) by [Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn]Sicily’s most glamorous gumshoe Auntie Poldi (“Long may she reign.”*) just can’t enjoy a honeymoon period in peace—enter one ex-husband, a mysterious moniker, and a prize the Mafia would kill for.

*Kirkus Reviews, starred review

All the beloved, irascible Auntie Poldi wanted from her Sicilian retirement was time to enjoy sunshine, a free-flowing supply of wine, and a sultry romance with Chief Inspector Montana. But then her idyll is rudely disrupted by the last person she wants to see on her doorstep–John Owenya, detective inspector with the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs, who is also her estranged lying cheat of a husband.

Not only is John’s sudden reappearance putting a kink in Poldi’s dreamy love affair with Vito Montana, but his presence also comes with a plea for help–and unwanted clashes with Mafia.

Where is John’s half-brother? What is the ten-million-dollar “it” that John’s brother was last seen with that has both the Sicilian and Tanzanian mobs in a frenzy? With only a postcard that has a phone number and a name, “Handsome Antonio,” on the back, Auntie Poldi hops begrudgingly (albeit with a great deal of gumption and panache) back into the saddle (in this case, an immaculate red Maserati Cabrio from the 80s with cream leather upholstery). The faster she finds Handsome Antonio, the sooner she can get John Owenya out of her hair and love-life. But the people Poldi discovers along the way may very well knock her immaculate wig askew.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Is the Hope in Grief for a Young Amish Widow?

Sylvia has been nearly paralyzed with grief and anxiety since the tragic death of her husband, father, and brother in a traffic accident. She tries to help in the family’s greenhouse while caring for her two young children, but she prefers not to have to deal with customers. Her mother’s own grief causes her to hover over her children and grandchildren, and Sylvia seeks a diversion. She takes up birdwatching and soon meets an Amish man who teaches her about local birds. But Sylvia’s mother doesn’t trust Dennis Weaver, and as the relationship sours, mysterious attacks on the greenhouse start up again.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Widening Stain by [W. Bolingbroke Johnson, Nicholas A. Basbanes]Murders plague a university library—and only an intrepid book cataloger can solve them.

 

For the staff of the library at the center of The Widening Stain, it’s easy enough to dismiss the death of a woman who fell from a rolling ladder as nothing more than an unfortunate accident. It’s more difficult, however, to explain away the strangled corpse of a man found inside a locked room, surrounded by rare and obscure erotica. And that’s not all—a valuable manuscript has vanished from the stacks, which means that both a killer and a thief are loose in the facility’s hallowed halls. It’s up to chief cataloger Gilda Gorham to solve the crimes but, unless she’s careful, the next death in the library might just be her own…

 

A humorous and literary Golden Age mystery, The Widening Stain is adorned with as many playful limericks as it is with bibliographic details. The book, which offers a satirical glimpse of academic life at an institution strongly resembling Cornell University, is one of the most beloved bibliomysteries (mysteries involving books) of all time.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweets of Fire (Sweet Shop Mystery Book 7) by [Wendy Meadows]

New Year’s candy rush, check. Spontaneous New Year’s dinner party, check. Another murder for Margret Nichols to solve . . . check.

Amid the tourist crowd and dinner plans, Margaret and Detective David Graham have another murder to solve: Who killed Christopher Partridge, and why? The suspect list is short, but the case is hot.

Margaret is determined to find the killer, host a perfect New Year’s Eve dinner—which will include her parents, and help her friends with the problems they share with her.

But with time running out and the murderer setting his sight on a new victim, will Margaret be able to save the day? Or will she start the new year off dead?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gettin' Witched (Witchless in Seattle Mysteries Book 12) by [Dakota Cassidy]Stevie here, reporting to you live from Ebenezer Falls, WA with my disaster of a day.

Yes, that’s right. I’m having a terrible day. The worst. It started off like any other day with the exception of Win’s strange behavior, that is. But it’s all gone downhill from there and I have questions.

So many questions…

For instance, why is everyone else in Eb Falls behaving as strangely as my International Man of Mystery? And who the heck is Donna? For that matter, who’s Candy Cane and why does she have snow? Who’s the blonde picking up Win in our driveway? And was that an Aston Martin I just saw drive by?

What the heck is going on?

I set out to have a perfectly nice day after a long summer filled with tourists and readings at Madame Zoltar’s shop. Since we’d had so little time to spend together these last few weeks, I was feeling a little left behind while Win was off on a guy’s day of his own, but a much-needed spa-day should have cured that.

Or at least I thought it would.

That was before everything turned upside down, Win became almost unreachable by phone or text, and the words blackmail, drugs, and extortion were bandied about…  (Amazon)

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Dread and Butter (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Chelsea Thomas]The body was found face down in a loaf of bread.

Chelsea has always been scared of too many carbs. But this is worse than she ever imagined. Bread is too delicious to be used as a weapon. Especially Miss May’s fluffy sour dough.

Good detectives follow every clue.

This time, those clues include a mysterious note, a fallen toupee and a literal trail of bread crumbs. But will Miss May, Chelsea and Teeny be able to find the killer while the crime is still fresh? Or will the clues get so stale they’re too tough to chew?

Pine Grove jail serves pretty good food.

Still, no one should spend a night there unless they’re guilty. So it’s up to the girls to catch the killer before an innocent person gets pinned for the crime.

You’ll love this cozy because everyone loves cute mysteries that keep you turning the pages. Get it now.  (Amazon)

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News and Nachos (Tri-Town Murders Book 2) by [Carly Winter]

Is her best friend a murderer?

When the owner of the local Mexican restaurant is found dead face down in a plate of nachos, Tilly Bordeaux, the reporter for the Tri-Town Times, is on the job.

As she dives into the life of the deceased, she uncovers seedy behavior, lies and fraud. Even though the list of those who wanted the man dead is long, the sheriff, up for reelection, is focused exclusively on Tilly’s best friend, Carla, as the main suspect.

Tilly has no choice but to search for the true killer herself… before her friend is sent to prison for a crime she didn’t commit.

Scroll up and 1-Click this fun, small-town cozy mystery!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Drama (A Britton Bay Mystery Book 4) by [Jody Holford]Newspaper editor and amateur sleuth Molly Owens takes center stage when it’s curtains for a theater director . . .
 
Living in the beautiful coastal town of Britton Bay, Oregon, seems like the perfect fit for Molly. She enjoys her work as editor-in-chief of the Britton Bay Bulletin, loves her boyfriend Sam, and feels at home in the adorable cottage in the back of his mother’s bed and breakfast.
 
This spring Britton Bay is staging its first-ever community theater production. The show—featuring local residents—is the talk of the town, but tongues are really wagging over the director. It turns out former soap opera actress Magnolia Sweet is anything but; nothing’s worse than a has-been on a power trip, and steely Magnolia routinely chews out her amateur cast.
 
Still, it’s a shock to all when she’s found murdered in the theater. Now it’s open call for suspects, as Molly steps in to shine a spotlight on a killer waiting in the wings. But will this be her final act?
 
Praise for Deadly News
 
“The news is all good for this cozy mystery! Deadly News will make you want to pack up and move to the seaside town of Britton Bay, Oregon. The characters are vividly brought to life, there’s a perfect touch of romance, and the mystery has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Don’t miss out on a charming new series—grab this cozy while it’s hot off the press!”
—Sarah Fox, USA Today bestselling author  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 2nd, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 2nd, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

 

Warring wineries, a canny connoisseur, and a murder aged to perfection.

The wine harvest is a busy time in Pixie Point Bay, but never more so than for B&B owner Maris Seaver. Her guests are avid wine enthusiasts and determined to experience the region’s latest offerings. For the winemakers, however, it’s all business at the season’s make or break time of year.

But when one of the vintners is found dead in his cellar, Maris must use every ounce of magic at her disposal to uncover a murderer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aged for Death (A Tuscan Vineyard Cozy Mystery—Book 2) by [Fiona Grace]

“Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book to the permanent library of any reader that appreciates a very well written mystery, with some twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!”
–Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Murder in the Manor)

AGED FOR DEATH (A TUSCAN VINEYARD COZY MYSTERY) is book #2 in a charming new cozy mystery series by #1 bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews—and a free download!

Olivia Glass, 34, turns her back on her life as a high-powered executive in Chicago and relocates to Tuscany, determined to start a new, simpler life—and to grow her own vineyard.

Olivia is falling in love with the Tuscan life and the gorgeous Tuscan scenery, especially as she travels to visit Pisa. Yet when the winery she works for auctions off a rare and expensive bottle of wine—and when someone turns up dead—Olivia must draw on her strength as a sommelier to get to the bottom of the murder.

In the meanwhile, her new own attempts at a vineyard—and her love life—are failing miserably.

Can Olivia turn it all around to create the life she’s always dreamed of? Or was it all a fantasy that she should let go?

Hilarious, packed with travel, food, wine, twists and turns, romance and her newfound animal friend—and centering around a baffling small-town murder that Olivia must solve—AGED FOR DEATH is an un-putdownable cozy that will keep you laughing late into the night.

Book #3 in the series—AGED FOR MAYHEM—is now also available!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaos at the Casino (Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery Book 8) by [Susan Harper]Gambling your life away. Literally.


A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Hope and Felix are back to work on the cruise ship after their suspension. However, things are far from normal. When gun shots outside the casino turn into a dead body, they are thrust back into another murder mystery. And it just might be the work of Felix’s brother. Can they clear his brother’s name, or does he really have blood on his hands this time?

Chaos at the Casino is part of the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, exotic locations, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series.

Download Chaos at the Casino and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alibis & Arranging: A Good, Clean Cozy Mystery (Sparks & Joy Book 2) by [Nancy McGovern]When Aurora & Joy are invited to attend a dinner party at the estate of Bent River’s richest and oldest widow, Hilda Braithwhite, they aren’t sure what to expect. Aurora assumes the old woman simply wants to gossip about the recent murder that occurred in town, in which the two young ladies played a major role in solving. Joy, on the other hand, has spent years offering to ghostwrite Hilda’s memoir, and is hoping to schmooze enough during their time together to finally get the answer she desires.

But the night goes in a very different direction and, just days later, Aurora finds that she’s the one who’s been offered a new job: to clean out Hilda Braithwhite’s estate after her death.

But death isn’t exactly the right word. Aurora thinks murder is more appropriate, and she intends to prove it. But, first, she has to figure out how that little statue of a puppy ties into it all…

Alibis & Arranging is the 2nd book in Nancy McGovern’s exciting new series, Sparks & Joy! Pre-Order your copy today for just 99 cents and be sure to visit Nancy’s website for information on her contest celebrating this new series!  (Amazon)]

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curse a Brew Streak (A Supernatural Speakeasy Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Lily Harper Hart]Ofelia Archer is living the dream … or as close as seemingly possible.
She owns her own business, her father seems to be on an even keel, and her new relationship with Detective Zacharias Sully is cruising right along. Everything changes in an instant, though, when screams from the street lead to zombies running amok through the French Quarter.
Ofelia is a tough witch who takes no guff but even she is at a loss. Who is creating the zombies? Where are they coming from? They’re not rising from the dead as much as being bumped off and used as an invading army.
Sully wants to take control of the investigation but the higher-ups in the New Orleans Police Department assign the case to a new detective, much to his chagrin. That detective is keen to find answers. Unfortunately, he’s looking hard at Ofelia to find them.
Sully and Ofelia are going to have to work together to find answers. Their adventure will lead them from the French Quarter to the Garden District and beyond. Even then, when things start coalescing, gnashing teeth won’t be the worst of their problems.
Months ago they were two factions working on their own. Now they’re together, and stronger for it.
Not all the magic in the Big Easy is good. Some is evil … and the two sides are about to collide.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silent Wife: A Novel (Will Trent Book 10) by [Karin Slaughter]

“If you’re into mystery thrillers, then you’re into Karin Slaughter.” —THESKIMM

He watches. He waits. He takes. Who will be next . . .

THE SILENT WIFE

Investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, GBI investigator Will Trent is confronted with disturbing information. One of the inmates claims that he is innocent of a brutal attack for which he has always been the prime suspect. The man insists that he was framed by a corrupt law enforcement team led by Jeffrey Tolliver and that the real culprit is still out there—a serial killer who has systematically been preying on women across the state for years. If Will reopens the investigation and implicates the dead police officer with a hero’s reputation of wrongdoing, the opportunistic convict is willing to provide the information GBI needs about the riot murder.

Only days ago, another young woman was viciously murdered in a state park in northern Georgia. Is it a fluke, or could there be a serial killer on the loose?

As Will Trent digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the cold case in order to find the answer. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear, and lies to become truth. But Will can’t crack either mystery without the help of the one person he doesn’t want involved: his girlfriend and Jeffrey Tolliver’s widow, medical examiner Sara Linton.

When the past and present begin to collide, Will realizes that everything he values is at stake . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup and Mayhem (Sunshine Cove Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Ava Zuma]A suspicious death at a party. A list of unusual suspects. A small town beauty consultant who just wants life to return to normal.


Celia’s life isn’t a bed of roses. As a widow with two young boys, she’s only happy when her boys are happy. Her business, providing makeup products to the citizens of Sunny Cove, puts food on the table and gives a purpose to her days.

When a former classmate drops dead at a party, Celia is confused and wonders what could have caused her demise. Her confusion is turned into anxiety when the police name her as a prime suspect. Celia regrets attending the party where she was cajoled to offer free make overs to the party attendees.

She can’t think of anyone who would have wanted to kill the deceased. Still, in a town where anyone’s business is everyone’s business, she know the killer is lurking in plain sight.

She can’t afford to wallow in self-pity while there’s a killer on the loose. Will she help to find the killer and restore normalcy to her life, her family and town or become the killer’s next victim?

If you want to enjoy a light-hearted read, with an amateur female sleuth and a gripping murder mystery with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Celia Dube and all the friendly and not-so-friendly characters in Sunny Cove.

No cliffhanger, swearing or graphic scenes!

Get your copy of Makeup and Mayhem to discover how events unfold in this cozy murder mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country and Crime (A Westford Bay B&B British Cozy Mystery - Book Four) by [Nic Roberts]Where there’s a Country, there’s a Crime

Life for Ally Wescott, owner of Westford Bay’s homely B&B, has been going surprisingly well.

After all the murder and mayhem she’s faced, she’s looking forward to things being a little less complicated, after all, escaping to the country was supposed to be just that. A welcome escape.

But the Bay has other ideas…

A beautiful walking adventure with her handsome detective, Sebastian Ardent, ends in a grisly discovery and the quaint English village is about to be rocked by another death.

The only thing more surprising than finding the body is who they think was behind it.

With her romance and friendships getting stronger, will Ally be able to find enough evidence to prove that something more sinister is going on? Or will it all end in another tragedy?

Follow Ally, Fran, Lewis and Detective Ardent in the next installment of the Westford Bay B&B Cozy Mystery Series.

Country and Crime is Book Four in the Westford Bay B&B Cozy Mystery Series.

Ally and her wonderful group of friends live in the United Kingdom, so please note that this book contains British terminology and British spellings.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hex Marks the Sport: A Supernatural Speakeasy Cozy Mystery Books 1-3 by [Lily Harper Hart]Ofelia Archer is the top witch in New Orlean’s French Quarter, who owns the premiere supernatural speakeasy in the state, and she’s not to be trifled with.
Zach Sully is one of the top detectives with the police department … and one of only a handful of law enforcement representatives in the city who is in on the big paranormal secret. Of course, as a panther shifter, he’s part of that secret.
Together, they make a fearsome duo … who have to learn to trust one another if they’re going to keep the monsters in the Big Easy in check.
It won’t be easy but they’re both up for the challenge.
New Orleans is a city that rarely sleeps. White magic rules supreme but black magic is always looking for a foothold. Ophelia and Sully both have something to lose, but that spark between them also means they have something to gain.
They’re destined to be together. They just have to survive long enough to prove it.

This three-book omnibus includes: The Hexorcist, Witch Confidential and Curse a Brew Streak.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishers of Menace: Faith and Foils Cozy Mystery Series Book #1 by [Wendy Heuvel]Welcome to Banford, where townsfolk are family, tea is hot, and murder is inevitable.

Cassie Bridgestone’s life is simple. Along with running her country décor shop, she loves to cuddle her cat, sip tea, attend church, and watch birds.

But then, things go awry.

First, the handsome but mysterious Daniel opens a bookstore in her building and challenges her to face long-buried feelings about her previous relationship. 

Then, a friendly fishing tournament turns deadly and her friend is accused of murder, throwing Cassie’s world into a tailspin she might never recover from.

Unless she finds the real killer.

But the folks in Banford have secrets. Secrets they’ll do anything to protect, including bringing Cassie’s life to a quick and surreptitious end. 

Fishers of Menace is the first book in the Faith and Foils Cozy Mystery Series  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Accidental Corpse (Art of Murder Mysteries Book 2) by [Helen A. Harrison]Accidents happen. But so does murder…

On the night of August 11, 1956, in a quiet East Hampton hamlet, Jackson Pollock crashed his car into a tree. The accident killed Pollock, the world-renowned abstract painter and notorious alcoholic, and his 25-year old passenger, Edith Metzger…or did it?

Metzger’s autopsy reveals that she was already dead before the crash. Was it murder?

This shocking question draws vacationing Detective Juanita Diaz and her husband, Captain Brian Fitzgerald, of the NYPD into a homicide investigation that implicates famous members of East Hampton’s art community—including Pollock himself.

“Edifying and juicy.”—Newsday    (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback. Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in the East End (A Below Stairs Mystery Book 4) by [Jennifer Ashley]

 

 

A new upstairs, downstairs Victorian murder mystery in the Kat Holloway series from the New York Times bestselling author of Death in Kew Gardens.
 
When young cook Kat Holloway learns that the children of London’s Foundling Hospital are mysteriously disappearing and one of their nurses has been murdered, she can’t turn away. She enlists the help of her charming and enigmatic confidant Daniel McAdam, who has ties to Scotland Yard, and Errol Fielding, a disreputable man from Daniel’s troubled past, to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation takes them from the grandeur of Mayfair to the slums of the East End, during which Kat learns more about Daniel and his circumstances than she ever could have imagined.  (Amazon)

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Penned In (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery) by [Lynn Cahoon]Angie Turner, chef at Idaho’s finest farm-to-table restaurant, has organized a team-building event at a haunted prison, only to find a real-life murderer in their midst. . . .
 
Contented employees make for a successful restaurant, which is why the County Seat’s crew goes on a quarterly out-of-office meeting. This time, the location is the Old Idaho Penitentiary near the Boise Foothills, a prison brimming with ghostly lore. The lock-in features actors role-playing as guards, fascinating prison stories . . . and an unscripted murder.
 
Who sentenced one of the faux guards to a very authentic death? Angie, her boyfriend, and the County Seat gang are locked in with a killer—excellent motivation for a little sleuthing. Between ghostly apparitions and flesh-and-blood suspects, Angie’s plate is full, but will her luck, and her life, hold out until the gates reopen at dawn?
 
Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries
 
“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.”
—Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries
 
“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”
Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Lady’s Guide To Mischief and Murder

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Dianne Freeman and her new book A Lady’s Guide To Mischief and Murder.  This is the 3rd book in her A Countess Of Harleigh Mystery Series.   

 

 

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716930
ISBN-13: 978-1496716934
Digital ASIN: B07ZPL4VT2

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A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery)
by Dianne Freeman

A LADY’S GUIDE TO MISCHIEF AND MURDER is a multilayered historical mystery that shows the importance of family in its many different forms. I absolutely love this series and this book and look forward to returning to Victorian England with the Countess of Harleigh soon.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

A well written historical cozy that takes you back in time for a visit while keeping you entertained. Makes for a great vacation from modern time.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

 

In Dianne Freeman’s charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister’s wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.

London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits—shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.

But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it’s not simply the arrival of Frances’s socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these “accidents” are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily’s fiancé, Leo. Frances’s mother is unimpressed by Lily’s groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with George—a man who loves her for much more than her dowry—she heartily approves of Lily’s choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas.

As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll. . . .

 

 

 

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Dianne Freeman is the acclaimed author of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series. She is an Agatha Award and Lefty Award finalist, as well as a nominee for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award from Mystery Writers of America. She spent thirty years working in corporate accounting and finance and now writes full-time. Born and raised in Michigan, she and her husband now split their time between Michigan and Arizona. Visit her at difreeman.com.

Author Links

Website – www.difreeman.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DianneFreemanAuthor/

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17347322.Dianne_Freeman

 

 

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Risky Whiskey

 

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lucy Lakestone and her new book Risky Whiskey.  This is the 1st book in her A  Bohemian Bartenders Mystery Series.   

 

Risky Whiskey (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Velvet Petal Press (July 21, 2020)
Print Length: 250 pages
Digital ASIN: B088Q9NW98

 

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Stirring up trouble in New Orleans …

Eager to shake up her drinks and her life, mixologist Pepper Revelle jumps at an invitation to join the elite Bohemia Bartenders. Leader Neil thinks she’ll be the perfect advance gal for his team at a colorful cocktail convention in her hometown of New Orleans, but the job turns out to be more bananas than a drunk monkey. Setting up the key tasting for their distiller client, she and Neil discover their whiskey has gone dangerously bad. But how? And was this shocking poisoning more than an accident?

As Pepper and Neil try to figure out what happened, keep the drinks flowing and help distiller Dash Reynolds survive the weekend, they find themselves the target of increasingly scary attacks. Maybe it’s the danger, or maybe it’s the drinks, but Pepper also can’t help an inconvenient attraction to cocktail nerd Neil as they stir up trouble and try to figure out who’s out to get them — before they’re sliced and squeezed like a lemon twist in a Sazerac.

Risky Whiskey is the first book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lucy Lakestone is an award-winning author who lives on Florida’s east central coast, among the towns that serve as an inspiration for the hot romances of her Bohemia Beach Series and the jumping-off point for the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries. She’s been a journalist, photographer, editor and video producer but prefers living in her imagination, where the moon is full and the cocktails are divine. Learn more at LucyLakestone.com.

Author Links

Web: https://lucylakestone.com

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClSRQN-IpqkmJnwcQ9jv-rA

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Lakestone/e/B00WFG6Y8

 

 

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Quiche Of Death

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Lee Ashford and her new book Quiche Of Death.  This is the 3rd book in her A  Sugar & Spice Mystery series.   

Quiche of Death (A Sugar & Spice Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Press (July 21, 2020)
Print Length: ~254 pages
ASIN: B0855Q9JFW

 

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Quiche of Death (A Sugar & Spice Mystery)
by Mary Lee Ashford

The dynamics of the characters and the mystery are entertaining. I also like learning about the process of putting a cookbook together.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

This author is brilliant at leading you into one direction while she’s finding two or three more other wrong turns to send you down. Seriously, bring your GPS!
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

 

 

When editor Sugar Calloway and baker Dixie Spicer went into business creating cookbooks, they found a sideline as amateur sleuths. Now a bitter family grudge could leave a fatal aftertaste…

At Sugar & Spice Community Cookbooks, the friends and business partners have secured a tasty new commission: producing a cookbook for the Arbor family. The Arbors have made their fortune in quiches, and Sugar and Spice have been invited to a weekend gathering where all the siblings, along with crusty matriarch Marta, will be in attendance. But it’s soon clear that this trip will come with a hefty slice of drama.

Theo, the only grandson, arrives with his flaky fiancée, Collette, who quickly stirs up trouble . . . and is found dead the next day. As the investigation unfolds, secrets—and recipes—are shared, and Sugar and Spice realize just how messy and murderous the situation may be. As another family member falls ill, can they solve the case without getting egg on their faces . . .and a target on their backs?

* Includes delicious recipes! *

 

“Quiche me, you fool.”

The demand was followed by hoots of laughter as the sister—Jezzie, I think her name was—leaned into her spouse for a smooch. He hesitated but obliged.

I smiled at the boisterous group who clearly shared some inside joke about quiche and kissing. The warmth of the table and the sibling love melted my heart like butter on a biscuit. Taking a sip of water, I glanced over at Dixie, who sat across from me at the huge oak table.

She rolled her eyes.

“What?” I mouthed.

Dixie shrugged. Jezzie had perhaps a teensy bit too much wine, but still: When did my best friend and business partner get so darn stuffy? Maybe it was the inside-joke part that she found off-putting.

But we did know quiche was the family’s stock-in-trade, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch to figure out the expression had something to do with the Arbor family’s food business. After all, that was why we were here.

 

  

 

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Mary Lee Ashford is a lifelong bibliophile, and avid reader, and supporter of public libraries.

In addition to writing the Sugar and Spice series for Kensington Books, she also writes as half of the writing team of Sparkle Abbey, author of the national bestselling Pampered Pets mystery series from Bell Bridge Books.

Prior to publishing Mary Lee won first place in the Daphne du Maurier contest, sponsored by the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA, and was a finalist in Murder in the Grove’s mystery contest, as well as Killer Nashville’s Claymore Dagger contest.

She is the founding president of Sisters in Crime – Iowa and a past board member of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest chapter, as well as a member of Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of AmericaKiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC internet group Guppies. She loves encouraging other writers and is a frequent presenter for writers’ groups.

Mary Lee has a passionate interest in creativity and teaches a university-level course in Creative Management to MPA candidates, as well as presenting workshops and blogging about creativity.

She currently resides in the midwest with her husband, Tim, and cat, Zoey. Her delights are reading and enjoying her two sons and daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Author Links 

Website –  https://maryleeashford.com/

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/maryleeashford1

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/maryleeashford

Instagram –  https://www.instagram.com/mary_lee_ashford/

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July 21 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

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July 25 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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