New Releases For The Week Of June 16th, 2019–Part 1


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 16th, 2019. 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.


Dark Roasted to Death (Lainey Boggins Mysteries Book 1) by [Strachan, Nikolett]A dark roast can be deadly…

Lainey Boggins always envisioned herself being a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist. Unfortunately, she lives in the little town of Aurora Heights, where the closest thing to breaking news is who won the pie baking contest last week. So, when her high school crush returns to town and opens Aurora Height’s new cat cafe, she’s only a little reluctant to cover the story.

But when the town’s beloved mayor drops dead at the cafe’s grand opening, Lainey finds herself more than just a story.

Convinced that the mayor’s death wasn’t just an accident, Lainey begins asking questions. But her interviews lead her to a tangled web of secrets and conspiracies that the mayor had orchestrated. As is turns out, he may not have been the nice guy that everyone thought.

But someone is determined to keep those secrets hidden and if Lainey isn’t careful, she could be next…

If you like your mysteries on the lighter side with a cast of wacky characters, then you’ll love Dark Roasted to Death, book one of the Lainey Boogins Mysteries series.

Order your copy today!  (Amazon)

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Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 2) by [Rath, Jodi]



Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!  (Amazon)

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Vegan Baked Alaska (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 9) by [Workman, P.D.]

Mary Lou couldn’t have been more wrong. Of course Erin Price, gluten-free baker extraordinaire, would stumble over a body on the cruise she had won in the baking category at the Fall Fair. The trouble is, no one will believe her.

Even Terry Piper, dubbed Officer Handsome by Vic, has his doubts about what Erin claims to have seen.

Sparking an international incident wasn’t quite what Erin had planned for her relaxing vacation, but she is determined to prove that she saw what she did and to bring the culprits to justice.  (Amazon)

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Dead, White, and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series Book 2) by [Reade, Amy M.]

Summer is getting hotter in Juniper Junction, Colorado.

There’s a firebug on the loose, the townspeople are nervous, and Lilly Carlsen, single mom to two teenagers, has even more to worry about. She’s in charge of the Independence Day celebration, her mother’s mental health is declining, and her son is getting ready to leave for college.

But things are about to get even hotter: when a bistro owner dies at the celebration and Lilly’s best friend is charged with murder, events start hitting close to home. It’s up to Lilly to help clear her friend’s name while at the same time dealing her mom’s worsening forgetfulness as well as a coming-of-age issue under her own roof.  (Amazon)

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If the Boot Fits (Brady Paranormal Investigations Book 3) by [Crowley, Harper]For a town too tough to die, Tombstone has more than its fair share of ghosts.

Tombstone, Arizona, is easily one of the country’s most haunted locations. So when a viewer sends Meredith and her team pictures and videos of strange lights zooming over the mountains south of this sleepy western town, they have to investigate. In fact, they decide two investigations are better than one, because what paranormal researcher can resist this most sacred of haunted places? It doesn’t hurt that they get to stay at a beautiful ranch resort owned by Beau Jimenez, handsome cowboy extraordinaire, who just so happens to be their client.

However, modern mysteries abound, overshadowing those from long ago when a very recent dead body shows up during the investigation, linking them to Tombstone. When Meredith gets too close to the heart of the mystery, danger heats up in the desert and she soon learns that some secrets, like buried treasure, were hidden for a reason.

Surrounded by actors portraying history’s most famous outlaws and lawmen, along with one hot cowboy, Meredith and her team race against the clock to find out what those strange lights are, and who is  really haunting Tombstone. Because some of the ghosts in this old western town are still very much alive, and they’re not leaving any witnesses.  (Amazon)

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Count Your Hexes (Witch of Wickrock Bay Book 1) by [Meadows, Wendy]Was Daniel George an unfortunate victim of some dark magic, or some invisible revenge? 

In the sleepy tourist town of Wickrock Bay, Maine, Mimi’s artifact and antique shop is a hit with customers far and wide, especially crotchety next-door cafe owner Daniel George, who likes to duck into the shop often to spot what Mimi has in her collections.  But, after three Wickrock Bay citizens rub Daniel the wrong way, in one form or another, the man moves to take action against them.

Only for him to turn up mysteriously dead.

Wickrock Bay Police Chief Robert Thompson, and soon along with his crush Mimi, are immediately on the case.  But Mimi also has to be cautious, because the object used to murder poor Daniel had come from her shop.  Wickrock Bay may be a small, cozy seaside town, but tongues could wag if enough people find this out.

This cozy mystery is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.  (Amazon)

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Death by Blackmail: A 1930s Murder Mystery (Poison Ink Mysteries Book 3) by [Byers, Beth]

When Georgette watches a neighbor murdered over her book, she thinks the world has gone mad. With her second book on the market and mostly fiction, she expects things to go back to normal. Only another person dies. The deaths clarify her path needs to be one that leaves her hometown, Harper’s Bend, behind.

A decision that is further elucidated when she receives a blackmail letter. As Georgette deliberates what to do, she turns to her friend, Charles Aaron. Before she has even completed her explanation, another body falls. Has the blackmailer decided to ruin his victims by killing them instead of taking all their money? If so, is Georgette at risk? And will Georgette and her friends find the killer before all of her secrets out?  (Amazon)

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The Librarian's Vampire Assistant, Book 3 by [Pamfiloff, Mimi Jean]FREEBIE ALERT! Book #1 FREE thru JUNE!


New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes an uncomfortably hilarious Mystery with a heaping help of sexual frustration, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Three. (Yep! It’s a STAND-ALONE. But why not read them all because…fun!)

FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BOSS JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD…Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college student.)

In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. (She is, after all, his biggest weakness.)

With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic frightens her.)

With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her. Without her knowing. )

Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














The Mirror Pond Murders: A Northwest Murder Mystery (Northwest Murder Mysteries Book 2) by [Haynes, Ted]



Four murders, none by a serial killer but all linked to a beautiful pond in the heart of Bend, and to Sarah Chatham, a successful Portland attorney who thought she was coming to Bend to retire. Are the killers long gone or still in Bend, pretending to be upstanding citizens? Police detective Jim Sorenson thinks one murder was an accident. Can Sarah change his mind?  (Amazon)

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The Trouble with Talent (A Gourmet Cat Mystery Book 3) by [Krevat, Kathy]Single mom Colbie Summers has a lot to be grateful for in the run up to Thanksgiving. Relocating back to her California hometown has brought her irascible dad and adolescent son closer.  Her gourmet cat food line—vetted by her trusty taste-tester, Trouble—is about to get a big re-order. And she’s made wonderful new friends and colleagues. Too bad one them has just been accused of murder . . .

Sunnyside’s most gifted students have been at the mercy of a shadowy network of college fixers—including an abusive oboe teacher whose recommendation is necessary to get into Julliard and a school secretary who alters grades for cash. When they turn up dead, Colbie has to untangle a cat’s cradle of suspects and motivations—from livid parents and students whose dreams have been crushed to an entire secret Facebook group of spurned lovers.

Suddenly, holiday preparations just got a lot hairier. With the big re-order now on hold and the real killer still at large, Colbie discovers that someone has been grading on a very dangerous curve—and it will take all her newfound sleuthing talent to land safely on her feet.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback



Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Love, Lies and Azure Eyes


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Janis Thornton and her new release Love, Lies and Azure Eyes.  It is a paranormal romantic suspense.

Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (June 12, 2019)
Print Length: 267 pages


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Elated by Annie’s response, Johnny caved to his impulse and pressed his mouth to her sweet lips, sparking a surge of electricity that ricocheted through his entire body, and for one glorious moment swept him up in a wave of emotion that meteorically whisked him to the edge of the universe, past swirling spirals of brightly burning stars — white dwarfs, red giants, entire galaxies. Caught in the rapture, he shed his cocoon of darkness and experienced the light — the wonderful, warm, life-affirming light. He reveled in it, felt alive. He almost believed he was. Almost.

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West Coast journalist Annie Sinclair’s career, not to mention her love life, has been on the skids far too long, when she returns to Logan Point, her small, Indiana hometown. She’s back to make amends with her elderly father, and to delve into the 25-year-old, unsolved murder of her high school classmate for a writing gig with a national tabloid.

Annie’s plans soon go awry, and her mettle is tested — first when her father warns her against digging into the past; and again, when she meets the Logan Point Ledger’s handsome, but exasperating, new editor; and again still, when she reconnects with her first love, who clearly wants to rekindle what once was.

But Annie’s most arduous test appears in the form of the earthbound spirit of a boy she once knew — the boy with the azure eyes accused of the murder she is looking into. He needs her to prove his innocence, so he can break the ties that bind him to the darkness. In exchange, he will set Annie free to realize that the love she yearns for is just within her reach … if only she will open her heart.




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Janis Thornton is the author of a true crime/oral history/memoir, Too Good a Girl, as well as two cozy mysteries, Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also is the author of two local history books and contributor to Undeniably Indiana. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and the Indianapolis Writers Center. She lives in her Indiana hometown in the same house where she grew up.

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

I can’t recall a time that I didn’t think of myself as a writer. As a kid, I was always writing little stories and poems. I always enjoyed my English classes. In fact, I found diagramming sentences fun. I continued writing into adulthood, but the idea of becoming a published author didn’t occur to me until I was 40 and took a short-story writing class at a nearby university. That class changed my life. I discovered I had stories to tell, and I wanted nothing more than to learn the craft, discover my voice, and get good enough for publication. It took awhile, but I think I’ve finally found my groove.

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

My new novel isn’t a cozy, but it might qualify as one with a paranormal-romantic twist. I’m not so sure there is a crowd for that genre. If there were, though, I would say the colorful characters are standouts. The cast includes a headstrong young woman, her stubborn, grumpy dad, a handsome newspaper editor who knows when he’s been had, and a couple of earthbound ghosts with misunderstandings to clear up so they can sever the ties and move on.


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

All my stories start from a seed. It could be for a character, an event, or a situation — anything. My second novel, a cozy mystery, grew from a situation I observed in a restaurant. Ideas are everywhere, and they are infinite. From there, I start developing situations, and I start populating them with characters. When I get to that point, that’s when I start to get formal and begin plotting the scenes using PowerPoint slides. So, yes, I plot. But … I also give myself the freedom to make adjustments as better ideas occur to me. So to your question, do I outline a plot or do I let my characters take me along, my answer is simple: Yes!

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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?

Yes, I do read my reviews. Nothing is more gratifying than a review written by a satisfied reader. It means I’ve connected with a reader in the way I had hoped. A bad review, on the other hand, provides an opportunity for growth. Perhaps the reviewer discovered a flaw in the writing that I never realized, and perhaps I can use that criticism to improve my writing for future works.

I never respond — good or bad — although I’m tempted. As for getting reviews, I take part in guest blogs and interviews when a new book is released, and always encourage readers to share their thoughts.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

If I could have a chat with a much younger version of me, I would tell her to trust her intuition and to follow her heart.

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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?

We’ve all heard that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; however, a book without a cover will be difficult to judge.

As for my covers, if asked, I offer the publisher’s artist my thoughts about which story elements might be incorporated into the layout. But generally, I leave the final cover design decisions to the publisher and their very capable artist.


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

What makes my protagonist, Annie, special is the person she becomes once she lets her guard down. In the course of the story, she goes from an uptight snob to a loving friend, daughter, and wife. Ideally, Annie’s change will provide readers with a glimpse of themselves.

One of the primary characters, Johnny Lange (the boy with the azure eyes), is special because of his determination to fulfill his double-edged mission — 1. To clear himself as the main suspect in a murder that happened 25 years before; and 2. To convince someone to love him. His sweet, innocent vulnerability is what sets him apart.

And for Scott Wayne, another primary character, the last thing he’s looking for is love. And yet, the moment the possibility walks into his life, he snatches it up — softly and unhurried — and he wins her heart on her terms.


What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
Since becoming an author, I have learned to trust my intuition and follow my heart. (See Question #5 above.)

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Do you write full-time or part-time?
I have a number of part-time jobs, but writing is the only one that matters.


What do your plans for future projects include?
Upcoming non-fiction projects include a pictorial history book for Elwood, Indiana, scheduled for a July 1 release; and coming October 2020 will be “No Place Like Murder,” a collection of true stories about historic crimes that occurred in Indiana from 1869 through 1950. As for fiction, I plan to have Book 3 in the “Elmwood Confidential” cozy mystery series ready for publication next summer, and an idea for a romantic comedy has been noodling around in my head. Stay tuned!


What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?
In my opinion, the hardest part of writing is getting started. Conversely, the easiest part is … hmmm. Easiest? I’ll have to get back to you on that.

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What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
It’s no secret that I’m partial to mysteries. Topping my favorite mystery authors are William Kent Krueger, who also happens to be one of the nicest men in the world, Larry Sweazy, Terence Faherty, Nancy Pickard and, of course, the late, great Sue Grafton, to whom I owe my fondness for smart, sassy, crime-solving protagonists. Besides mysteries, I look for recommendations from my friends, and that’s how I discovered women’s fiction author Elizabeth Berg, whose words never fail to tug at my heartstrings.


What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
The one thing I want readers to know is that I’m having the time of my life.

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Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Yes … I want to thank readers (i.e., friends I haven’t yet met) for spending a couple minutes scrolling through this interview. It’s been a joy connecting with you all. And thank you, MJB, for the opportunity.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?




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Review of Something Borrowed, Something Mewed

Something Borrowed, Something Mewed
Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, Book #5
Bethany Blake
5 Stars




Daphne Templeton’s sister Piper is getting married–and their mother is getting carried away. She insists on hiring Sylvan Creek’s top event planner, Abigail Sinclair, who proposes an Independence Day theme complete with Statue of Liberty-inspired bridesmaid dresses. With all the bickering among the families, Daphne’s glad her only duty right now is pet-sitting for Abby’s cat, Ms. Peebles. But there are some fireworks coming that aren’t part of the ceremony. The Poconos will never be the same . . .

At a tension-filled dress fitting, the abrasive wedding planner is found strangled by a garter–a weapon both borrowed and blue. Now Daphne’s services are required not just for organizing the big day, but for figuring out whether one of the in-laws is an outlaw . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

“Doggone charming from start to finish!”
–Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author on Death by Chocolate Lab (Goodreads)



The characters are well developed and well rounded. Daphne is a busy person, running her Lucky Paws petsitting business and Flour Power, her pet bakery. But that does not stop her from becoming involved in a murder investigation. When her sister Daphne’s, fiance, Roger, is a person of interest in a murder investigation, she is determined to find the real culprit. I enjoy any time I get to spend with Daphne and her family (except her mother), friends and boyfriend. Moxie, Daphne’s best friend, is quirky and unusual, and I love it. And Socrates, her basset hound, is one of my favorite book animals of all time. I love the way that Daphne and him communicate.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this description pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I felt like I was right there in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations.

The mystery was well plotted and tightly woven. There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not easy to solve, which is how I like my mysteries.

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Whenever I have a new book to read in the Lucky Paws Petsitting series, I know I am in for a great treat.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


Review of A Daughter’s Truth

A Daughter’s Truth
Laura Bradford
5 Stars


Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can’t quite win her mother’s smile—or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can’t quite place . . .

Emma knows she’s the source of her mother’s greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets anonymously left at her aunt’s grave each year on Emma’s birthday—gifts Emma secretly hides because they upset her parents. But the day she turns 22, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey . . .

Searching for answers, Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden. But is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she’d expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she’s ever known . . . (Goodreads)




Wow, what a great book. I was drawn in from the first page and I could not read this book fast enough. There was heartache, happiness, tension, worry and everything in-between.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Emma is a strong woman but she has never felt like she fit in anywhere. When she finds out the truth about her beginnings, she knows why. She has a lot of decisions to make, and she will need all of that strength to make them. I thought the secondary characters added a lot to the story and brought friendship and love. I cared about each of the characters and what would happen to them. I think that is the sign of a great author.

This book took me on an emotional roller coaster as I read it. I felt for Emma and wanted things to work out for her. I found myself laughing, worrying, getting mad and letting out the breath I did not even realize I was holding.

The author is very talented in portraying the Amish and I learn a little more about them with every book I read. I am fascinated by the way the Amish and Englisher worlds are so different and the author portrays these differences very well. But there are also areas where the two worlds are more similar and those were explored as well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary. This book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, both sad and happy, both somber and funny. Grab your copy and enjoy.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For The Week Of June 9th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 9th, 2019. 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.



The Witch is in the Details (Calamity Corners Witch Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Barker, Constance]Murder by Voodoo Dolls?

Nann calls them poppets, but the rest of the town calls them voodoo dolls and they keep popping up around dead people.

The mill’s board has come together to address whether they will accept the town’s buy out program and reopen the mill. Lakeshore Properties continues to seethe, wanting the property for their own gain. And Magic seems to swirl around the entire town.

Zinna has worked hard to create a program to show the board members how reopening the plant via a worker buy out would benefit the company and the town. But a board member drops dead before revealing a decision and his notes mysteriously go missing.

Deputy Keith turns up at Nann’s bookstore asking questions regarding the voodoo dolls. Since Nann has an occult section in her bookstore and Aunt Nancy was either bonkers or a witch, maybe Nann has the goods on what’s going on. Of course, Nann must remain unassuming. No need to let the handsome deputy in on her secrets. That is, until Tink is framed when a slew of poppets are found in her garage.

When more people end up dead with voodoo dolls attached, Nann and Pokey, her pig familiar, must figure out if Aunt Nancy has any documents that may lead to a killer.

***This is the Second Book in the Calamity Corners Witch Cozy Mystery Series***  (Amazon)

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Every Dog has his Day: An animal Cozy Mystery (Albertus Eagle Detective Beagle Book 2) by [Grace, Chloe, Botha, Karen]They say every dog has his day.

Well today I’ve had mine.

Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have a passion for finding those who don’t want to be found.

Cleo the cat? Well, she tags along for the ride.

I’ve not only found myself a new home after the untimely demise of my previous owner, but I’ve also made amends with the cat. It turns out she’s not that bad, really.

On top of that, what sends shivers racing down my spine to my paws, is that we’ve fingered a killer.


Because you humans underestimate us animals. And while you go about your business ignoring our very existence, the cat and I are listening and taking notes.

Download your copy of Every Dog Has His Day, now.

This is the first full length novel in the Albertus Eagle detective beagle series of animal cozy mysteries, starring Albertus Eagle, and his two sidekicks, Cleo the cat and Bella Schuhmann, the smart human who actually understands him. In this wonderful full length book packed with humour and satire, we see the world of murder and intrigue set up through the eyes of a loyal dog turned amateur sleuth.

Don’t miss out on the full series of Cozy Mysteries in the Albertus Eagle Detective Beagle series by Chloe Grace.

Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lie #1 (prequel)

Every Dog has his Day #2

Barking up the Right Tree #3

All books by Chloe Grace are clean and wholesome, and have happy, feel-good endings!  (Amazon)

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SThe Black Cat Steps on a Crack (A Bad Luck Cat Mystery Book 4) by [Finch, Kay]abrina Tate and her cat, Hitchcock, must sort through the clues when a librarian is killed and justice is overdue . . .

With construction on the town’s new library nearing completion, mystery writer Sabrina Tate is thrilled that local book lovers, and her own forthcoming novel, will soon have a fresh new home. But tensions are rising at the site as the headstrong new librarian insists on telling the construction crew how to do their jobs, bringing work to a standstill. When Sabrina’s cat unearths the dead body of the librarian not long after—and a good friend’s husband is named as the main suspect—she finds herself being pulled into a murder investigation yet again.

While virtually all the workers at the site had a motive to commit the dark deed, Sabrina turns her attention to the victim’s background looking for clues, but hits a dead end when she can’t locate any of the woman’s family. As a string of planted evidence and a murky collection of malicious characters starts to surface, Sabrina knows she and Hitchcock will have to tread carefully, before the library killer decides to check them out for good . . .

Includes delicious dessert recipes!

Praise for the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries:

“I loved every page of Black Cat Crossing, and I can’t wait for a return visit to Lavender.”
—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author

“Black Cat Crossing has everything a cozy mystery reader could want—intrigue, memorable characters, a small-town setting, and even a few mouthwatering recipes . . . A purr-fectly cozy read.”
—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author

“Finch has, yet again, offered a great tale of female and feline that cozy readers will love.”
—Suspense Magazine

About the Author:

Kay Finch is the national bestselling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, is a mystery writer who’s left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston law firm. A country girl at heart, Kay grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, and she loves the huge cattle-filled fields near her Texas home. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and rescue pets. Visit her at  (Amazon)

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The Cozy Corgi Cozy Mysteries - Collection Four: Books 10-12 (Cozy Corgi Cozy Mysteries Collection Book 4) by [Abbott, Mildred]Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, a cozy bookstore and bakery… and murder.

Killer Keys: Book 10

Winifred Page and her sidekick corgi, Watson, join an assortment of family and friends to celebrate her uncles’ anniversary at Baldpate Inn, nestled above Estes Park, Colorado. With a blizzard raging outside the rustic inn, the early arrival of a knitting group adds a touch of drama, but nothing can unravel the cozy party spirit. Even when the power goes out, the merrymaking continues by lantern light. But in the flickering shadows and twisting hallways, relationships transform, secrets are uncovered, and death comes calling.

Perilous Pottery: Book 11

Winifred Page might feel apprehension as she steps into the Koffee Kiln—Carla Beaker’s new charming coffee shop and pottery studio—but her corgi sidekick, Watson, welcomes the idea of a new place for snacks. With Carla’s disdain for the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery, Fred fears the caffeine will come with a side of rivalry. What she finds is delicious chocolate espresso scones, decaf coffee… and a dead body.

Ghastly Gadgets: Book 12

Winifred’s twin brothers-in-law are finally ready to open their invention shop right next to the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. Adding to that chaos, her family and friends are gearing up to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Mere hours after entering her new decade of life, resentments reach an explosive level as downtown Estes Park is rocked by a fearsome calamity. Fred and Watson soon discover a host of secrets and lies….

(This anthology includes a recipe for delectable cornbread, chocolate espresso torte, and cream puffs.)  (Amazon)

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Wands Have More Fun (Widow's Bay Book 4) by [Regnier, Rebecca]Spring in Widow’s Bay means love is in the air and so is a blizzard! The ladies of the coven test out some new wands while a murder tests Marzie’s skills as an investigative reporter. Don’t miss Wands Have More Fun, Widow’s Bay Book 4 – coming in Spring of 2019!

Wands Have More Fun is the fourth book in this spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like clever heroines, snarky humor, persnickety cats, and supernatural small towns, then you’ll love Rebecca Regnier’s bewitching mystery.

What readers are saying about The Widow’s Bay paranormal mystery series:

“I am totally smitten with this new series…a fun mystery and quirky characters!”

“Sisterhood for all ages.”

“I was stuck. I couldn’t put it down. The mystery, friendship, discovery of magic, the historic the little town. It is wonderful!”

Buy Wands Have More Fun to fall under the spell of a witty, whimsical mystery today!  (Amazon)

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The Not So Reluctant Detective Series by [Haggerty, D.E.]Join Terri, Melanie, and Pru as they dive headfirst into a whole mess of trouble. Nothing’s stopping them from sticking their noses into the murder investigations, including the fact that they aren’t detectives and have no idea what they’re doing.

Finders, Not Keepers

When Terri finds a diamond and learns the owner’s murder remains unsolved, she decides to find a home for the necklace. Her research quickly becomes dangerous, and she embarks on a quest to solve the murder herself. Luckily, her neighbor, Ryder, is prepared to take any measure necessary to keep her safe because someone is determined to stop her inquiries.

Picture Not Perfect

A picture tells a story. But is it the truth? Melanie becomes a murder suspect when the police find pictures of her hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house. No way is Mel taking the rap for a murder she didn’t commit, but will Mel find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?

Hide Not Seek

Pru has a secret. After a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations help thwart the killer’s plan to frame Pru for the murder, the killer begins stalking her. Will Pru and her friends uncover her stalker before he turns his violence on Pru?  (Amazon)

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Sweet Tea and Secrets: A Tea and a Read Mystery (A Tea and Read Mystery) by [Joy Avon]Sleuth Callie Aspen wants to light up the Fourth of July tea party by solving a celebrity’s decades-old disappearance, but her digging results in more fireworks than she expects.

Last Christmas, Callie Aspen left her tour guide job and settled in Heart’s Harbor, Maine. Now, she helps out at Book Tea, her great aunt’s vintage tearoom, where each treat has a bookish clue. Though she’s excited to start her new life, Callie worries she may regret having burned her bridges behind her. Fortunately, she finds immediate distraction in the preparations for a spectacular Fourth of July tea party, which will recreate key moments from the town’s rich history.

Intrigued to learn that 1980s TV star Monica Walker was last seen in Heart’s Harbor before she vanished—allegedly to elope—Callie probes the townsfolk for information. She’s stunned when several locals share contradictory stories about the last day before Monica’s disappearance. Did she intend to leave her hit TV series? Was she being stalked by her ex? And why is the newspaper editor who investigated the story at the time so anxious about the cold case heating up?

When one of the talkative townspeople turns up dead, Callie aims to catch the killer. But it’s no picnic: Deputy Falk doesn’t want her meddling, and the locals suddenly know more about the past than they’d been at liberty to admit. If Callie and the Book Tea crew can’t crack the case, they’ll pay a very steep price in Joy Avon’s explosive second Tea and a Read mystery.  (Amazon)

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Family. The Job. The Thrill of a Sequel. It’s Take a Miracle to Survive.

Detective Smith thought his golden years would be easy now that he had retired from killing dames of the night. But the life he left behind isn’t through with him … yet. The black-veiled witch Anya and her army of ghouls make different plans when Smith’s hotshot replacement fails to appease Anya and botches her century-old tradition of cleansing the streets of its deviants and filth.

Anya sets her sights on a new protégé—Smith’s teenage granddaughter, Melissa.

In this sequel to Moonlight City Drive, good is pitted against evil, granddaughters pitted against grandfathers, witches pitted against detectives, ghouls pitted against prostitutes, drug dealers pitted against police officers, vultures pitted against a book of spells.

No one gets out alive.  (Amazon)

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Death and Doubloons (A Cumberpatch Cove Mystery Book 1) by [Robertson, Nola]


Rylee Spencer has never believed in anything paranormal. Not the reported hauntings of the less than notorious pirate Cumberpatch Cove is named after, and certainly not her grandmother’s predictions regarding the reincarnation of a great-great uncle on her father’s side of the family.

When she is zapped by a not so awesome birthday present and ends up being haunted by the ghost of a recently murdered Founders Day committee member, Rylee finds herself sleuthing for the supernatural—whether she wants to or not.

Of course, when she adds a muffin stealing mouse, the mystery of a museum coin heist, and a hot detective who thinks she’s a suspect, things get a whole lot worse.  (Amazon)

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Pumpkin Pie Parting (MURDER IN THE MIX Book 15) by [Moore, Addison]A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.

*A laugh out loud standalone cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* All books in the series can be read individually but are best enjoyed in order.

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, aka dead pets, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom. 

The unthinkable has happened and I’m left to reel with a profound level of grief that I haven’t known since my father has died. Throw in a dizzy llama, a snow lodge and a murder, and you’ll have a recipe you never want to share at the Thanksgiving table. One thing is for sure, Noah and I will never be the same again.

Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see dead pets—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in the occasional ghost of the human variety, a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with.

Living in the small town of Honey Hollow can be murder.  (Amazon)

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Chai Another Day (Spice Shop Mysteries) by [Budewitz, Leslie]


Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece probes murder while juggling a troubled employee, her mother’s house hunt, and a fisherman who’s set his hook for her.

As owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece is always on the go. Between conjuring up new spice blends and serving iced spice tea to customers looking to beat the summer heat, she finally takes a break for a massage. But the Zen moment is shattered when she overhears an argument in her friend Aimee’s vintage home decor shop that ends in murder.

Wracked by guilt over her failure to intervene, Pepper investigates, only to discover a web of deadly connections that could ensnare a friend – and Pepper herself.  (Amazon)

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Twelfth in the USA-Today bestselling Leigh Koslow mystery series!

How many dandelions does it take to spell disaster?

Claudia Hemmings never cared for her next-door neighbor. Theodore Milton, MD neglected his lawn, frightened trick-or-treaters, and flagrantly ignored the Homeowner Association’s mailbox specifications. But when she began to suspect that he was engaged in criminal activity, she decided it was time to act.

Then she disappeared. Now, six months later, her house stands empty and Dr. Milton’s is up for sale. And while Leigh’s house-hunting Aunt Bess may think that the doctor’s humble 1940s ranch has potential for greatness, all Leigh can think about is the creepy stuff he left behind.

Something about buying a house from a man who’s in a coma gives Leigh the heebie jeebies. But when mysterious third parties start bidding the price up, strangers prowl the empty house at night, and Aunt Bess insists she’s moving in anyway, Leigh gets officially worried. What was the eccentric doctor really up to? And what is it that everyone keeps searching for?

Leigh isn’t sure she wants to know. But somebody has to look out for her intrepid Aunt Bess. Because in this neighborhood, every dog walk may be your last.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of June 9th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 9th, 2019. 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.


Ghostly Seas: A Harper Harlow and Rowan Gray Mystery by [Hart, Lily Harper]Harper Harlow is going on vacation. Sure, it’s not the romantic trip she was envisioning with her fiancé Jared Monroe – especially since her best friend Zander is acting as a third wheel when it comes to the long-planned cruise – but it’s a break from the weather and a chance for fun in the sun.Rowan Gray is excited. She and her boyfriend Quinn Davenport are getting closer to solving a personal mystery, which plays into her paranormal past, and she’s simply happy doing her job on The Bounding Storm for the next few days. The promise of a life spent in the open is in front of her … but for now, her only concern is snapping photographs of the paranormal enthusiasts descending on the ship.Hundreds of psychics and ghost hunters in one place makes for fun, frolicking, and frightening encounters. It also leads to murder. The only problem for those investigating the murder is there are way too many suspects.Harper, Jared, and Zander find themselves in the thick of things as the investigation heats up. Of course, that means they’re butting heads with Rowan and Quinn, the people with actual authority on the ship. Both women are special, overflowing with gifts, but trust isn’t always easy.Before all is said and done, two teams are going to have to become one if everyone wants to survive. It won’t exactly be smooth sailing but everyone is open to one heck of an adventure.  (Amazon)

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Wicked Ghostly Seas: A Rowan Gray, Harper Harlow and Ivy Morgan Mystery Omnibus by [Hart, Lily Harper]


Three very different women, three paranormal gifts, three long-suffering partners … and one Zander.
Meet ghost hunter Harper Harlow, witch Ivy Morgan and psychic photographer Rowan Gray. They solve crimes and embark on adventures at every turn. For the first time, they’re meeting … and the world will never be the same again.
Come for the fun, stay for the mystery, indulge in a little romance on the side.
This three-book omnibus includes: Wicked Ghosts, Wicked Seas and Ghostly Seas.  (Amazon)

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Death at Burwell Farm: A totally unputdownable cozy mystery (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 4) by [Rowlands, Betty]A rambling old house, surrounded by a gorgeous rose garden with an elegant fountain, looks too perfect to be true. But could this beautiful place be the link between a string of peculiar deaths?

Sukey Reynolds is photographing the scene of a burglary at Burwell Farm for the police, when she finds herself drawn to the crumbling building and peaceful surroundings. Burwell Farm doesn’t grow crops or raise animals, but as a retreat, the owners do make some extraordinary claims about healing the soul…

But before Sukey can get too intrigued, she’s called to another break-in at the house of a young widow, whose husband spent a great deal of time at… Burwell Farm. Sukey starts to wonder if there is something more sinister going on behind the perfectly manicured lawns…

After her police colleagues refuse to take her suspicions seriously, Sukey decides the time has come to do some sleuthing on her own. But who is the thorn in the rose garden? Is it the beautiful receptionist, the gardener with a secret to hide, or perhaps the leader who inspires such devotion?

Then someone is murdered in the garden of Burwell Farm while she is there and Sukey realises she has landed herself in deep water. Can Sukey solve the mystery that has blighted this stunning house? And can she catch the killer before they turn on her?

A completely addictive murder mystery for fans of P.D. James, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis that will have you hooked from the first page!

This book was previously published as Touch Me Not.

What readers are saying about Betty Rowlands:

OMG I loved this book! A proper whodunnit with great characters and a fabulous plot. This reminded me of the Agatha Christie mysteries I used to read as a child… Excited for the next in the series!’ Mrs Roadley Reads5 stars

BRILLIANT!… Having read and enjoyed the Melissa Craig series as well, I find the Sukey Reynolds even more engaging and I can’t wait to ready more in this series!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Yay, a new series by Betty Rowlands and a new heroine to cheer for in Sukey Reynolds. I am a huge fan of this author’s books and this one with all its twists and turns is another delicious book and series to follow.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really enjoyed this start of a new series by Betty Rowlands… The story had lots of twists and turnsand it was hard to put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really enjoyed this book – it has a great plot, excellent main characters and is a real page turner. I would highly recommend this book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Sukey… a jolly good murder mystery with a satisfying number of clues and twists. I would not hesitate to recommend this book and I will be reading more of this author’s work.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘An amazing start to a series that gives us an honest and relatable character… Intriguing, gripping, suspenseful to the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘If you have read and enjoyed Betty Rowland’s Melissa Craig series, then I think that it’s highly likely that you will enjoy these too… Sukey herself is an interesting and engaging character… I have to admit that I didn’t solve the mystery this time… a great start to a series and I’m looking forward to reading more about Sukey soon.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘A quick and satisfying read, and a whole level above the typical cozy mystery, in characterisation, plot, pacing and complexity. I thoroughly recommend it and I’ll be catching up with more in this series.’ Two Books  (Amazon)

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If only death came with a warning… Flirtatious American blonde, Miss Hailey Dune, should never have accepted a summer weekend invitation to Fontaburn Hall. But when the Honourable Archibald Cooke Wellingham’s gentrified house party are woken, in the early hours of Sunday morning, it’s too late: Miss Dune’s blood is on their hands. With the aid of well-mannered Detective Chief Inspector Reynolds, intelligent Sergeant Ayari and loyal friend Dr Toby Cropper, Susie Mahl, on a timely commission drawing six racehorses nearby, seizes the opportunity to play detective for a second time. Her inquisitive nature, tenacity for truth and artist’s eye for detail make her ideally suited to the task in hand, but is she getting carried away by her previous triumph – even to the extent of endangering her reputation and her burgeoning relationship with Toby? Enriched with candid observations of the British social classes, insights into the artist’s craft, and a strong dose of good humour, The Colours of Murder is a welcome return of Ali Carter’s amateur sleuth.  (Amazon)

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Tell Me No Secrets (An Ava Logan Mystery Book 2) by [Willis, Lynn Chandler]In the heart of Appalachia, newspaper publisher Ava Logan should feel joy and pride as she watches her thirteen-year-old daughter being baptized in the cold water of Jackson Creek—but she can’t rejoice when thoughts of an employee who failed to show for work keep pulling her attention away.

Ava’s convinced something horrible has happened to Scott. Then his backpack is found floating in the same river her daughter is being baptized in.

While clue after clue leads her deeper into the hollers of Appalachia—ripe with tradition and folktales, store front religion, and the darkest of secrets, Ava discovers truths about those close to her and about her own beliefs.

With her own life in jeopardy, how deep will she go to find the truth? What secrets will she expose? What secrets will she keep?

– – – – – – – – – – – –

TELL ME NO SECRETS by Lynn Chandler Willis | A Henery Press Mystery. If you love one, you’ll probably love them all.  (Amazon)

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Joe Country (Slough House Book 6) by [Herron, Mick]If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die.

In Slough House, the London outpost for disgraced MI5 spies, memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him an outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

Meanwhile, in Regent’s Park, Diana Taverner’s tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she’s going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil . . .

And with winter taking its grip, Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible for killing a slow horse breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.  (Amazon)

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A Clean Sweep (Wicked Witches of Coventry Book Book 4) by [Bourgeois, Sara]The witches of Coventry are all on edge when the crew of a famous ghost hunting show arrives in town. Coventry has been good at hiding its secrets from the world for hundreds of years, but in the deep dark corners of the web, whispers of a town full of witches and ghosts circulate among those who are true believers of the paranormal.

When it’s decided that denying them a filming permit would just make them more suspicious, Brighton is elected by the town council to be their official Coventry escort. Her job is to ensure they don’t catch any convincing evidence of the paranormal and hopefully make them so bored they decide to cut the town from their show’s schedule.

But, this is Coventry we’re talking about. When one of the film crew turns up dead at Hangman’s House after a night of paranormal investigation, Brighton is once again forced to get involved.

Oh, and Thorn’s in trouble too. He’s in hot water in more ways than one. He’ll need Brighton’s help to save his bacon from the frying pan, but will he really break her heart?

A Clean Sweep is the fourth book in the Wicked Witches of Coventry cozy mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Cupid in Crisis: A Moonstone Bay Cozy Mystery Short by [Lee, Amanda M.]Booker is a loner … at least in most respects. He has friends but is perfectly fine being a man of mystery. There’s one exception to that rule: June Seaver.
Booker volunteers to help her around her aging hotel in the heart of Moonstone Bay’s business district whenever he can spare the time. On one of those visits, the older woman takes a spill and finds herself in the hospital … at the exact worst time.
It seems she has a modeling shoot scheduled at her facility and it’s enough money to keep her operation running smoothly for at least a year. All that goes away if she’s not there.
It’s Booker to the rescue, of course, but he’s won’t be doing it alone. Sheriff Galen Blackwood and local witch Hadley Hunter are helping. That’s good, because it seems there’s a mystery afoot.
Someone keeps tearing apart the storage rooms and even attacks the photo shoot director. It’s up to Booker and his motley group of heroes to solve the case, keep the shoot on schedule and hunt down a potential killer.
It’s all in a day’s work for Moonstone Bay’s favorite jack-of-all-trades. He just has to keep everyone alive to save the day … and show he’s a cupid with a heart of gold along the way.

Note: This is a 30,000-word short set in the Moonstone Bay universe.  (Amazon)

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Covens and Coffins: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Magic & Mystery Book 5) by [Webb, Lily]Everyone has skeletons in their closet…

Telepathic reporter Zoe Clarke is running for office. Since moving to the magical town of Moon Grove, Zoe’s become a local celebrity by solving more paranormal murders than she can wave her wand at.

Zoe’s polling neck and neck with some of the most popular witches in town, but not everyone’s thrilled about her candidacy. So when one of Zoe’s competitors is assassinated and she’s accused, her campaign spirals into crisis—and Zoe turns to unlikely allies to help clear her name.

From the warlocks plotting in the shadows to the witches playing political theater, Zoe’s convinced someone’s trying to sabotage her campaign. But after another scandal rocks Moon Grove, Zoe knows she’ll have to reach across the aisle to stop the attacker.

Can Zoe use her soapbox to expose the assassin? Or will the killer leave her just enough rope to hang herself?

Covens and Coffins is the fifth book in the Magic and Mystery series of witch cozy mysteries. If you like wily witches, paranormal power grabs, and magical murder mysteries, then you’ll love this lighthearted fifth entry in Lily Webb’s spellbinding series.

Buy Covens and Coffins to continue solving the mysteries of Moon Grove today!  (Amazon)

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10 Bodies Lying (Body Movers) by [Bond, Stephanie]Liar liar, pants on fire…

Carlotta Wren is dazed and confused–everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie. How can she ever trust anyone again? And where does she go from here?

She hopes a business trip out of town will help to clear her head… instead it lands her in the middle of a murder, as the prime suspect! While Carlotta works frantically to prove her innocence, she’s also forced to confront the lies she’s been telling herself. If she manages to get out of this mess, she’ll have to get real about the kind of life she wants, and the person she wants to spend it with.

Praise for the BODY MOVERS series:

“Body Movers is one of the most delightful series I have read in quite some time. Stephanie Bond shows her audience what a wickedly funny mystery should be all about.” –Suspense Romance Writers Book Review

“Stephanie Bond’s Body Movers Series is an absolute hoot!” —The Romance Readers Connection 
“Bond has successfully switched to the crime genre, bringing along her trademark humor and panache.” —Booklist

If you’re looking for laugh-out-loud books, check out the BODY MOVERS series! To-date, titles in the series include:


Q: Do I have to read the BODY MOVERS books in order?

A: It’s best to read the first book BODY MOVERS before 2, 3, 4, etc. But PARTY CRASHERS stands alone as a mystery. Carlotta Wren is a secondary character in that book, so you can circle back to read PARTY CRASHERS later (and see Carlotta before she was scared straight!).  (Amazon)

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Wrong Side of the Claw (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series Book 7) by [Dobbs, Leighann]Bookstore owner Willa Chance has no idea that things in Mystic Notch are about to take a turn for the worse.

When a string of robberies escalates to murder, Willa is baffled by the behavior of her sister, the county sheriff. Normally the gung-ho lawwoman would be all over the case, but she seems more interested in doing her nails and picking out jazz music instead.

Willa has no choice but to take it upon herself to investigate. After all, her sister’s reputation is at stake, and a killer is running loose around town. Plus she has a secret weapon—she can see ghosts. Talking to the spirit of a murder victim usually helps solve the case, but not this time. This ghost seems reluctant to help Willa out. Even her boyfriend, neighboring county sheriff Eddie Striker, can’t get the spirit of the victim to give them a straight answer.

But things are even worse than they seem. Pandora and the cats of Mystic Notch know the real reason behind the crime goes a lot deeper than robbery or even murder. Someone has evil plans for Mystic Notch, and the cats need Willa’s help to stop them.

With Gus out of commission and the cats struggling to stop the town’s most notorious feline from gaining the upper hand, the future of Mystic Notch is in jeopardy. It’s going to take a lot of magic to set things right—are Willa and Pandora up for the task?  (Amazon)

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Ninth Grave (A Writer's Retreat Mystery Book 9) by [Daley, Kathi]

When Jack receives a disturbing email from a man claiming to have killed eight people, he sets off on a road trip with Jill and Kizzy in search of the answers he will need to stop this madman before he is able to kill victim number nine. With the help of the gang from the Mystery Mastermind group, Jack and Jill not only find the remains of the pervious victims, but they begin to form a theory of why the killer did what he did and who his next victim might be.

Meanwhile the Mystery Mastermind group welcomes four new members, Jack’s mom is seriously dating a man in his twenties, Rick and Vikki are talking marriage, and Clara starts having strange dreams that no one can explain.  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of June 16th, 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 9th, 2019. 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.



Sherlock Holmes - The Vanishing Man by [Purser-Hallard, Philip]A brand-new Sherlock Holmes mystery from acclaimed author Philip Purser-Hallard.

A Mysterious Disappearance

It is 1896, and Sherlock Holmes is investigating a self-proclaimed psychic who disappeared from a locked room, in front of several witnesses.

While attempting to prove the existence of telekinesis to a scientific society, an alleged psychic, Kellway, vanished before their eyes during the experiment. With a large reward at stake, Holmes is convinced Kellway is a charlatan – or he would be, if he had returned to claim his prize. As Holmes and Watson investigate, the case only grows stranger, and they must contend with an interfering “occult detective” and an increasingly deranged cult. But when one of the society members is found dead, events take a far more sinister turn…  (Amazon)

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Bedtime Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Chase, Annabel ]Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight

There’s been a discovery of demons.


The appearance of a strange plant on the Taskers’ farm sends Neville and I straight to the Federal Bureau of Magic database, where we discover that deadly demons are snatching bodies all over town. Meanwhile, with the Day of Darkness looming on the calendar, family tensions abound and I’m reminded once again that I’m the white sheep of this black magic family.

Can I put a stop to the Stepford invasion before it’s too late or will the demons take up residence in their hosts–permanently?

Bedtime Fury (Federal Bureau of Magic Cozy Mystery, Book 5) is a humorous paranormal cozy mystery with demon action and a budding romance.

Federal Bureau of Magic cozy mystery series

Great Balls of Fury, Book 1
Fury Godmother, Book 2
No Guts, No Fury, Book 3
Grace Under Fury, Book 4
Bedtime Fury, Book 5

Books in the Starry Hollow Witches series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6
Magic & Malice, Book 7
Magic & Mythos, Book 8
Magic & Mishaps, Book 9

Books in the Spellbound series include:
Curse the Day, Book 1
Doom and Broom, Book 2
Spell’s Bells, Book 3
Lucky Charm, Book 4
Better Than Hex, Book 5
Cast Away, Book 6
A Touch of Magic, Book 7
A Drop in the Potion, Book 8
Hemlocked and Loaded, Book 9
All Spell Breaks Loose, Book 10

Books in the Spellbound Ever After series include:
Crazy For Brew, Book 1
Lost That Coven Feeling, Book 2
Wands Upon A Time, Book 3
Charmed Offensive, Book 4  (Amazon)

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Kittens and Killers (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 11) by [Xarissa, Diana]Police inspector Daniel Robinson wants help with another cold case, and Fenella Woods is always happy to assist. This time, it’s a fifty-year-old murder case that has captured Daniel’s attention.

With witnesses and suspects well into their seventies, working out what happened to Mabel Gross all those years ago is going to be a real challenge. When Winston, the neighbor’s dog, starts barking at a storage shed on the promenade, Fenella can’t help but fear that he’s uncovered a more modern murder mystery. Instead, she finds herself looking after an injured mother cat and a foursome of extremely active kittens.

Things are still somewhat awkward between Fenella and Daniel, but helping him with the case seems a good way to work toward a new beginning. Between looking after kittens and taking a class in reading old records, Fenella doesn’t have much time for investigating the murder.

Can Fenella help Daniel solve such an old case? It feels as if nearly everyone is keeping secrets. How can she persuade Mabel’s family and friends that now is the time to reveal all? And can she find good homes for the kittens and their mother before their antics drive her crazy?  (Amazon)

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Prose and Poison: A Cafe Prose Mystery (Cafe Prose Mystery Series Book 1) by [Brown, Jennie K.]Murder, mayhem, and Shakespeare collide in the small town of Willow Creek.

For the past twelve years, thirty-three-year-old Talbot Meadows has thrown herself into her work as a rare materials appraiser at the prestigious Library of Congress in Washington D.C., forgetting the small-town life she left behind years ago.

But when Talbot is called back to her perfectly charming hometown of Willow Creek at the request of crotchety Harold Ellerton — village millionaire, mayoral candidate, book connoisseur, oh, and grandfather to her ex — to appraise his newest acquisition, Talbot gets more than she bargained for once finding Harold murdered and his mysterious rare book nowhere in sight. And to make matters worse, Talbot’s own mother is at the top of the suspect list.

If finding a dead guy isn’t bad enough, an unexpected layoff from her coveted job has Talbot starting over in Willow Creek — taking residence in the room above her mother’s garage and acquiring a part-time job as a barista at Cafe Prose, her best friend Piper Stone’s café-slash-used bookstore.

Armed with a mysterious note left by Harold, her adorable Yorkshire Terrier Romeo, and a penchant for research, Talbot vows to get to the bottom of Harold’s death no matter how many ex-boyfriends, inept police officers, town gossips, or gorgeous men get in her way.

Prose and Poison is book 1 in the Cafe Prose Mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Death by Strawberry Cupcake (The Cupcake Whisperer Culinary Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Pressey, Rose]



While in the process of looking for all the right ingredients to make the perfect cupcake, Scarlet Baker discovers something much more sinister… murder. Scarlet is back as The Cupcake Whisperer. With the help of her gorgeous co-host Finn Fine and the hunky Detective Bailey, Scarlet must find the killer before the killer finds her.  (Amazon)

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Snow White and the Seven Murders: A Romantic Cozy Novella (Fairy Tale Retelling Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Anderson, Amorette]What if Snow White had to save the prince? 

As a business reporter for the Dayton City Newspaper, Snow White tries to stick to the facts and stay out of trouble. But when research for an article leads to suspicions that a killer is on the loose, she can’t help but investigate. A local mine owner is dead. Could the owner of a rival company be to blame?

Snow’s snooping pays off, and soon she’s chasing down hot clues — and an even hotter prince. Amir Malick, prince of Qu’abar, is handsome, smart, funny and kind. Is he next on the killer’s list?

It’s up to Snow to save him…  (Amazon)

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Tutor, Nanny, Spit-Up, Spy (The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott Book 4) by [Kirkpatrick, Perry]He’s a tutor and she’s a nanny… but not really.

When a highly-trained female spy breaks her leg just before beginning an undercover mission as a nanny, Emily Abbott, coffee barista, is asked to fill in. Chatter suggests a guerrilla group is plotting the assassination of a South American diplomat while he and his family are in the U.S., and that the assassin may actually be one of his protection detail.

As nanny to the diplomat’s four young children, Emily will be perfectly positioned to keep an eye on things and report back to ICS, the spy organization Brent Peterson works for. Emily and Brent–who is undercover as the children’s tutor–navigate long-division, spit-up, arguments over toys, and suspicious guards to discover a plot that’s far more complicated and urgent than they realized.

“The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott” is a series of clean spy-comedies set in Phoenix, Arizona.
1. Red Rover, Red Rover – May 6, 2019
2. Plan to Fail – May 13, 2019
3. Bad Things, Small Packages – May 27, 2019
4. Tutor, Nanny, Spit-up, Spy – June 17, 2019
5. A-Spying We Will Go – July 8, 2019
6. Once Upon a Dime – July 29, 2019  (Amazon)

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Pawsitively Poisonous (A Witch of Edgehill Mystery Book 1) by [Jackson, Melissa Erin]Every town has its secrets, but no one has a secret like hers.

Amber Blackwood, lifelong resident of Edgehill, Oregon, has earned a reputation for being a semi-reclusive odd duck. Her store, The Quirky Whisker, is full of curiosities, from extremely potent sleepy teas and ever-burning candles to kids’ toys that seem to run endlessly without the aid of batteries. The people of Edgehill think of the Quirky Whisker as an integral part of their feline-obsessed town, but most give Amber herself a wide berth. Amber prefers it that way; it keeps her secret safe. But that secret is thrown into jeopardy when Amber’s friend Melanie is found dead, a vial of headache tonic from Amber’s store clutched in her hand.

Edgehill’s newest police chief has had it out for Amber since he arrived three years before. He can’t possibly know she’s a witch, but his suspicions about her odd store and even odder behavior have shot her to the top of his suspect list. When the Edgehill rumor mill finds out Melanie was poisoned, it’s not only the police chief who looks at Amber differently. Determined to both find justice for her friend and to clear her own name, Amber must use her unique gifts to help track down Melanie’s real killer. A quest that threatens much more than her secret …  (Amazon)

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Last Victim of the Monsoon Express: A Baby Ganesh Agency novella by [Khan, Vaseem]A new novella in the charming Baby Ganesh Agency series.

In a symbolic journey of reconciliation, the Monsoon Express is travelling between hostile neighbours India and Pakistan. The passenger list includes politicians, celebrities, former Mumbai policeman Inspector Chopra and his baby elephant ward Ganesha.

Then a senior diplomat is found murdered in his cabin. Accusations fly, tensions rise, and an international incident seems certain. But is the murder political – or personal?

Tasked to investigate, Chopra has just hours before the train reaches its destination and the news goes public. He must unmask the killer quickly if he’s to stop the last journey of the Monsoon Express going entirely off the rails…  (Amazon)

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The Witch Who Mysteries 1 to 3 : Box Set: Penzi and Felix to the Rescue (The Witch Who Mysteries Box Sets) by [Penryn, Katie]What a witch!

And what an assistant! He’s handsome, powerful and clever – not to mention feline.

Three great magical murder mysteries in one box set.

Mpenzi Munro is horrified to find out she’s supposed to be a witch. Not only that, but she has to move her brother and sister from Notting Hill Gate in London to her father’s house in France.

The Witch who Couldn’t Spell – When they arrive at their new home in the little French seaside town of Beaucoup-sur-mer, they meet their long lost mother who’s been renovating their father’s house for them. Things are a little bumpy at first.

And then they get worse. Their mother is arrested on suspicion of murder when a body is found in an ancient fridge in their nightmare of a yard. Penzi is now her mother’s only chance and has to use her newly discovered magic. However, Penzi can’t read her Book of Spells. What’s she to do? Help is at hand in the most unexpected form. Shush! A shape shifting cat called Felix.

The Witch who Loved Eclairs – Penzi and her family are settling down to their new life in Beaucoup-sur-mer. At last, Penzi can find out what treasures are stored in the antiques shop attached to their centuries old house on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

However, evil is never far away, even in a quiet little town like Beaucoup-sur-mer. It’s not long before Penzi receives an urgent phone call from the mayor asking her to help him with his latest crisis. Felix, Penzi’s multi-talented and sexy bodyguard, tries to stop Penzi from taking up the challenge, but Penzi is a newly committed white witch who says, “A witch has to do what a witch has to do.”So, family life is put on hold again while Penzi adds to her portfolio of spells in her fight to bring the murderer to justice.

The Witch who Got the Blues – The nastycockroachhas its claws in Penzi. That’s what they call the blues in France. Penzi is tired out after moving her family to France, learning to be a witch and solving two murders in under three weeks.

Enter Jonny Sauvage, sexy blues guitarist from New Orleans, on tour in France with his band. Golden lad and classic bad boy, he’s happy to play his music and sow his wild oats anywhere.Penzi likes him, but it turns out not everyone’s a fan.

It’s here at last – the box set you’ve been waiting for.

If you love stories about witches, magic, and talking cats and dogs, all spiced up with a dollop of danger, you’ll love following along with Penzi and Felix as they fight the good fight against evil in the little French seaside town of Beaucoup-sur-mer.

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Download your box set now and get comfy, because once you start reading these exciting adventures you won’t want to put them down.

(All three are stand-alone novels, but your enjoyment will be enhanced by reading the series in order.)  (Amazon)

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Transatlantic Tragedy: A Cruise Ship Mystery (Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mysteries Series Book 16) by [Callaghan, Hope]


The “Siren of the Seas” sets sail for the much anticipated transatlantic repositioning cruise to the British Isles. It’s smooth sailing until someone falls overboard. Millie jumps in head first to determine if the passenger’s death was an accident, suicide or murder. 

Read all of Hope Callaghan’s Cozy Mysteries FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

“Transatlantic Tragedy,” is Book 16 in the Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mysteries Series

BONUS: Recipe Included!   (Amazon)

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It’s a dog’s life for Cameron when a killer threatens the Winter Festival fun

Planning activities for the Winter Festival in Metamora, Indiana, is hard work for Cameron Cripps-Hayman. Not only is she organizing dog sledding, ice sculpting, and downhill skiing events, but she’s also dealing with angry protesters and a missing mascot. The last thing she needs is another mystery to solve. And yet, that’s what she gets.

After a greedy landowner is found dead on top of a ski hill, Cameron scrambles to keep the reindeer games running. Then the festival’s former-Olympian host is also found dead. Cameron gets the Metamora Action Agency together to investigate, but proving the victims were both murdered–and catching the killer–will take a miracle on ice.

Praise for the Dog Days Mysteries

“[A] laugh-out-loud funny cozy…Dorothy Cannell and Donna Andrews fans rejoice!”–Library Journal

“The plot is very, very good in this one. The dogs are fun, the mystery is difficult to solve, and all the characters make this a great afternoon read.”–Suspense Magazine  (Amazon)

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SA Crafter Hooks a Killer: A Handcrafted Mystery by [Holly Quinn]ure to delight fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, A Crafter Hooks a Killer is the second installment in Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted mysteries.

Community Craft proprietor Sammy Kane suspects that a tantalizing thread links the deaths of her best friend and a bestselling author. But can she weave together the clues?

Samantha “Sammy” Kane is settling into her new life in idyllic Heartsford, Wisconsin, running her late friend Kate Allen’s craft shop, Community Craft when one early June day, bestselling crochet author Jane Johnson visits Heartsford. Captivated by Community Craft, Jane devotes a chapter in her new book, Behind the Seams, to the store. Sammy is honored, though satisfaction quickly turns to shock when she finds Jane strangled to death—her cold hands clutching a copy of her most recently published book, with the words “THE END” raggedly scratched into the cover.

Heavens to Etsy! Not only must Sammy contend with the author’s inauspicious demise, she has to untie some knotty details from her own past. It turns out Kate’s death was not what it seemed, and instead somehow hooked to Jane Johnson’s demise. Handsome Detective Liam Nash is on the “skein”, more than happy to see the shop owner again, if less than enamored by her sleuthing interventions. But this was Sammy’s best friend—she has to know.

Fortunately, Sammy has a “lace” in the hole. As a child, she formed the S.H.E. detective team with her cousin, Heidi, and her sister, Ellie. Having already reconstituted their partnership, the S.H.E. team searches for a pattern behind the latest death. As the case starts to unravel, will Sammy and team be able to sidestep Liam quick enough to stitch together the clues?  (Amazon)

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New Releases for The Week Of June 9th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 9th, 2019. 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.


A Death at Tippitt Pond (A Sweet Iron Mystery) by [Van Kirk, Susan]Secrets long buried surround the murder of teenage Melanie Tippitt. The daughter of a wealthy family in a small town, her lifeless body was found floating in Tippitt Pond in the summer of 1971. Six people were there that day, and one was convicted of her murder. Case closed.
Now, forty-five years later, Beth Russell, a freelance researcher and genealogist, is brought to the town by a lawyer who believes Russell is the daughter of Melanie Tippitt and long-lost heir to the Tippitt fortune. Soon Beth finds herself surrounded by people who want her gone as soon as possible, people with a great deal to lose. The more they push, the more determined Beth is to discover the truth. With the help of a handsome detective, Beth vows to uncover what happened that day at Tippitt Pond.
The ghostly presence of Melanie Tippitt, a stranger watching from the woods, and the discovery of secrets in Tippitt House make for a suspense-filled investigation where Beth discovers … A DEATH AT TIPPITT POND changed everything.  (Amazon)

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Some Spells Are Best Left Uncast (Diva Delaney Mysteries Book 11) by [Jayde, Anni]Diva Delaney is turning twenty-five and one of her clients has an unwanted present for her. Diva knows the gift is going to change her life, but she isn’t sure what impact it will have. Only time will tell whether it will be a good thing, or if it will end up being an utter disaster.

Roger Mayhew’s questionable penchant either for gambling or debauchery catches up with him and he winds up in serious trouble. Diva will need to do what she can to rescue her archenemy’s father. Helping Angelica in any way goes against her instincts, yet she owes the lawyer. Not even her animosity for her old high school nemesis will be enough to make her turn her back on the hapless warlock.

Rumor has it that someone is using magical means to steal jewelry from conjurers’ stores in Boston. Diva is hired to try to catch the culprit, but she’ll have to resort to unusual means in order to be successful. This case isn’t going to be an easy one, but she won’t be alone. Toby Jenkins will join her in her crusade to nab the mysterious robber.   (Amazon)

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A Body To Dye For (Stan Kraychik Book 1) by [Michaels, Grant]Stan Kraychik is a hairdresser in Boston, leading a successful hairdresser’s life. Successful hairdressers’ lives vary widely but they usually have one thing in common – no dead bodies.

Not only does Stan find a dead body but the police suspect that he’s the killer. Stan, on the other hand, suspects his arrogant client, Calvin, who dragged him into his mess. Proving Calvin did it will clear Stan’s name. Proving it without landing into a different pool of trouble … well, that’s a problem Stan will have to solve.

Grant Michaels’ zany series of adventures starring Stan Kraychik garnered multiple Lambda Literary Awards including a 1991 nomination for Best Gay Mystery for A Body to Dye For. For this new edition, Neil Placky provides an appreciation in a 2019 foreword.  (Amazon)

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Murder, She Wrote meets Fargo in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in the nineteenth “gripping, atmospheric, and smart” (T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author) installment of the Loon Lake series. 

When the bodies of a wealthy Chicago industrialist and his wife are discovered in their summer home at the same time that a local lawyer disappears, life becomes complicated for Loon Lake Chief of Police Lew Ferris.

Relying on the forensic dental expertise of her close friend and acting coroner, Doc Osborne, Lew soon finds the investigations are even more complicated than she thought when a rarely used computer belonging to a local sawmill operation is taken over by foreign hackers. Add to that the family issues facing both Lew and Doc, and this Northwoods summer becomes both hot and dangerous.

Engaging and fast-paced, Dead Big Dawg is a clever mystery perfect for fans of Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich.  (Amazon)

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You’re invited to visit Deep Lakes, Wisconsin and meet a new friend, Francine “Frankie” Champagne. The 40-something owner of Bubble and Bake — bakery by day, wine lounge by night — Frankie is a spitfire pastry maker, vintner, and budding journalist.

Frankie finds herself on the perimeter of a suspicious death that upends the peaceful winter slumber in Deep Lakes when the local pastor is found dead inside his fishing shanty on Lake Loki. Frankie sticks her curious nose into the investigation, despite warnings from the local sheriff to leave it alone. But she has something to prove, maybe to the newspaper editor who wouldn’t hire her as a reporter, maybe to herself as she searches for fulfillment. Regardless, her fierce independence won’t allow her to back down. Follow Frankie as she stumbles upon one discovery after another, trails potential suspects, and solves the case!  (Amazon)

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A Knife for Harry Dodd (The Inspector Littlejohn Mysteries Book 8) by [Bellairs, George]At first, the women hadn’t believed Dodd was dead. They had put him in his pyjamas, fixed up his wound with plaster and lint, and put him to bed. Then, they’d realised he had died quietly whilst in their hands.

When Harry Dodd calls Dorothy Nicholls for a ride home from the pub, she and her mother think he’s just had too much to drink. Little do they know that he’s dying of a stab wound to the back. By the time they get him home, he’s dead.

Who would want to kill Harry Dodd? When Inspector Littlejohn is called in to investigate this murder, he uncovers the dark side of the power-hungry Dodd family. Perhaps Dodd’s life was not as simple as it seemed…

Bogged down with jealousy, greed, and spurned lovers, Littlejohn has more suspects than he can handle. And as the body count rises, it seems there might be more than one murderer in his midst…

A Knife for Harry Dodd was first published in 1953.

About Inspector Littlejohn
Inspector Thomas Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is a shrewd yet courteous sleuth who splits his time between quaint English villages, the scenic Isle of Man and French Provinces. With a sharp tongue and a dry sense of humour, Littlejohn approaches his work with poise and confidence, shifting through red-herrings and solving even the most perplexing of cases.


‘One of the subtlest and wittiest practitioners of the simon-pure British detective story’ — The New York Times

‘Mr Bellairs always gives good value’ — The Sunday Times

‘Pure British detective story’ — The New York Times

‘Head and shoulders above the average of our day.’ — Madison Capital Times  (Amazon)

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Any Witch Way But Goode: A Cozy Paranormal Mystery ((Un)Lucky Valley Book 2) by [Pillow, Michelle M.]From NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Michelle M. Pillow, a Cozy Mystery Paranormal Romantic Comedy.


The Garden Gnome Bed and Breakfast might be a new kooky weekend getaway spot, but for Lily Goode the inheritance represents the promise of a stable future for her and her siblings. Unfortunately, the house isn’t the only thing she inherited. The Bed and Breakfast also comes equipped with witchy Aunt Polly, troublesome garden gnomes, a town that hates her, newfound magical powers that misfire, and a werewolf boyfriend she shouldn’t have asked to move in with her.

When a guest is found dead during her grand opening, Lily knows she has to solve the mystery of what happened before the B&B is closed forever.

Lucky for her Aunt Polly is here to help save the day.

Welcome to Lucky Valley, Colorado, where nothing is quite what it seems.


A Happily Everlasting World Novel

Rating: Clean and Wholesome

Paranormal Cozy Mystery with Romantic Elements


Michelle M. Pillow®Warlocks MacGregor®, and Lords of the Var® are registered trademarks of The Raven Books LLC​  (Amazon)

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Murder at the Truck Stop: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 16) by [Harman, Dianne]An invitation to take a truck ride.
A dead body at the truck stop.
She’d entered a world as alien to her as outer space.

Little did Kelly know when she accepted an invitation from her son’s old friend to accompany him while he ran his route, that she’d end up with a dead body and a whole new vocabulary.

Plenty of people in the trucking world had reasons to see Kimberly dead, from drugs to jealousy to prostitution. Join Kelly as she enters a world where people have names like Snacks, Jet, Little Paul, and Lizzie, the resident Lizard Lot. But which one did it? And did I mention the truck stop owner and Little Paul’s wife, Susie?

This is the sixteenth book in the bestselling Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author.  (Amazon)

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Little Moments (Pine Lake Inn Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Emrick, K.J.]Mystery, murder, and a penguin… it’s just an ordinary day in the life of Dell Powers!

Dell loves summertime in Tasmania. With its heat and insects and the tourists… especially the tourists… she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when a prominent politician is murdered right inside his room the Pine Lake Inn is about to be thrust into the limelight once again. And not in a good way.

Who would want to kill the man? And why?

With just two possible suspects who have means, motive, and opportunity, it will be easy to sort it out. Won’t it?

While she’s wrestling with the murder Dell stumbles upon another mystery that needs special expertise.

Will she be able to work it all out in time? Get your copy of Little Moments to find out!  (Amazon)

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Broomsticks and Bones (Blackwood Bay Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Bane, Misty]A few months after learning she’s a witch, Dru Davis has been summoned to Crocus Academy, a special school for witches, to attend a mandatory Flyers Education course. As if learning how to fly a broomstick wasn’t difficult enough, she immediately finds herself entangled in a web of witchy drama. Namely, what happened to the young woman who fell from the roof? Was it an accident or murder? With everyone pointing fingers at each other, it’s impossible to know who to trust. As she begins to search for the truth and dig into the events leading up to the woman’s demise, threatening notes begin to appear warning Dru to back off.
She hits another bump in the road in the form of Granny’s mother, a former professor at Crocus Academy, whose spirit still roams the halls. It’s a good thing Dru wasn’t expecting a happy family reunion, because the nicest thing Granny’s ever called her mother is “vile.”
Can the two put their differences aside long enough to help Dru find out what happened to the young woman? Who is slipping menacing notes under Dru’s door? Is there a murderer lurking the campus and can Dru uncover their identity before they claim her as another victim?

Broomsticks and Bones (Blackwood Bay Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4) is a humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel.

Haunted and Hexed (Book 1)
Bad Magic and the Big Top (Book 2)
Phantoms in High Fidelity (Book 3)
Broomsticks and Bones (Book 4)

On A Witch and A Spell (Prequel Novelette)   (Amazon)

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The Case of the Wayward Ride: A Mini Mystery Series (The Adventures of Finn and Annie Book 3) by [Greyson, Christopher]A minister is killed in a car crash on an isolated road, and a convicted prostitute is found injured in the passenger seat. What will Finn and Annie uncover about the clergyman’s fateful ride home?

In this heartwarming short story by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson, join Finn and Annie as they work together to solve The Case of the Wayward Ride!

Finnian Church is trying to piece his life back together. After losing his leg serving in the Army, he is starting a new career as an insurance investigator. Joining him is newly hired videographer Annie Summers— a woman who lost her hearing and is trying to make it as a single mother of two. The world might see them as broken and battered souls, but as they come together to solve mysteries, they discover that they make a great team. Join this unlikely duo as they investigate their way through murder, arson, theft, embezzlement, and maybe even love, seeking to distinguish between truth and lies, scammers and victims.

Buy The Case of the Wayward Ride now and enjoy The Adventures of Finn and Annie — A MiniMystery Series that will touch your heart and leave you craving for more!  (Amazon)

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MURDER IN THE AISLE: Cats and dogs and super-sleuthing (Merry Summerfield Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by [Pearson, Kris]Hi – I’m freelance editor Merry Summerfield, and it’s another fantastic day in drowsy Drizzle Bay. That’s until Vicar Paul and I find Isobel Crombie lying dead in a sea of flowers in the aisle of Saint Agatha’s church. Who’d kill a harmless old girl like her?
In no time flat I’ve scored a house-and-pet sitting gig – Isobel’s remote seaside cottage and her two darling dogs. It comes complete with hollyhocks and seagulls and a SEAL from California who looks a lot like a younger Jon Bon Jovi. He’s certainly cute, but aren’t his questions about Isobel’s house a bit – well, suspicious?
Then I find a secret office stuffed with alarming files about car thefts and Black Ops assassins. Maybe Isobel wasn’t as harmless as we all thought?
Sleuthing’s more fun than I’ve had in ages, but how safe am I on my own now things are unraveling? Little white Bichons are hopeless attack dogs.   (Amazon)

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Start With Murder: Series Starter Boxed Set by [Bruns, Catherine]From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a boxed set of the 1st books in three of her bestselling series! Jump into a laughter-filled romantic mystery with these series starters—but beware: they will get you hooked! Books include:

Tastes Like Murder (Cookies & Chance Mysteries book #1)
Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal’s porch!

Killer Transaction (Cindy York Mysteries book #1)
All struggling real estate agent Cindy York wants is the home listing that was promised to her. But her deceitful co-worker, Tiffany Roberts, has other ideas, and she always manages to get what she wants. Tired of being manipulated, Cindy tells her to back off—or else! But when Cindy stumbles upon Tiffany’s lifeless body, she suddenly finds herself front and center in a deadly investigation.

Death of the Big Kahuna (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
New to both Hawaii and the Aloha Lagoon Resort, Carrie Jorgenson has big dreams of stardom. But while she awaits fame and fortune, she’s forced to accept a job waitressing at the resort’s The Loco Moco Café. It isn’t long before she discovers the dish on her new boss—also known to many as “The Big Kahuna.” Hale Akamu is rich, handsome, repulsive…and dead.

“Catherine Bruns dishes up a deliciously devilish mystery with this feisty suspense story.”
—Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

“Readers are sure to enjoy this playful tale. With its charming heroine and Loco Mococ recipes to try at home, this book is bound to please anyone that is looking for an easy, satisfying read on the beach.”
—InD’tale Magazine  (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Sconed To Death


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Lynn Cahoon and her new release Sconed To Death.  This is the fifth book in her A Cat Latimer Mystery series.


Sconed to Death (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716833
ISBN-13: 978-1496716835
Kindle ASIN: B07H1ZCS2Z

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


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Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . .

Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B—all because she insists Cat’s best friend Shauna stole her recipes—Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee’s about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn—a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver’s most eligible bachelors—has been found dead in her bakery. Cat’s uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat’s determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts—before the killer takes a powder . . .





Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018–2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, debuted in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.

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

I always wanted to tell stories.  A high school girl on my bus showed me her book of ‘stories’ that she’d written and illustrated with cut outs from Teen Beat. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. My stories were filled with chance encounters with Donny Osmond and how he fell for me immediately.  When I went to college, the English degree focused on journalism or teaching, neither of which I wanted to do with my life. So I got a political science degree. Later, I started taking MFA in Creative Writing classes and I finally started writing again. When I battled Breast Cancer in 2007, I made a decision to do the work to be published. And it happened finally, in 2012.

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

My cozies always have strong female protagonists in a community setting. She might not have been good at this small town community process, but she’s willing to learn. I also love focusing on setting that I love. Like Idaho. And central coastal California. And snowy Colorado.


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

The characters are in charge of where we go. I tell them the beginning and the end. How we get there, is up to the characters and the stories. It’s like you have a destination (like Disneyland) but as the writer, I don’t care if they take the freeway or the side roads. I tend to bullet point things that I think SHOULD happen. Sometimes those get added in as well.

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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 do read some of them, especially right after the release. Did the story work? Did I miss something? What can I snag (with fair use rules) to add to my website on the book? But sometimes reviews are just strange – like they didn’t read my book strange. And I don’t like mean reviews. You can write whatever you want, but why, why be mean about it?  I don’t respond. I should thank people more but it makes me question my motives. Should I be responding? You can see, I question myself a lot.  


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Do what you want. Don’t marry the first husband. And if you make a mistake, its okay, you can fix almost everything.

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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. Definitely. Especially with cozies. They draw the reader into the story. My publisher does my covers so I don’t know who that is.  


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

Cat Latimer is a divorced, ex-professor, young adult author who runs a writers retreat with her best friend, Shauna. Her ex-boyfriend now current boyfriend – Seth- works at the retreat weekly AND is her house’s handyman.  She’s all about family and her books and is totally curious. Maybe because of her knick-name but she hasn’t lost one of her lives. Yet.


What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?

Mostly that I’m very good with a plan. If I don’t have a plan, I’m distracted and flighty. But when I have a solid plan, I can do anything.

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write full time, but I also have another full time job. I don’t see my writing as a part time gig. It’s my career.  If I could sign up for insurance at a good rate as a writer, I’d probably only have one job.


What do your plans for future projects include?

SCONED TO DEATH is the fifth book in the Cat Latimer series. #6 – A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE will release early 2020. The long awaited next full length Tourist Trap book, MEMORIES AND MURDER will release in November of this year.  The next Farm to Fork book will release in 2020 as well. And I’ve got a new paranormal cozy mystery series that will release next year with MOUNTAIN SPRINGS MAGIC.


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

I’d say the middle of the book is the hardest. But if I stay in the book, writing at least 10,000 words a week, even that road bump goes away.  

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

I read a wide variety of books. Some non-fiction (finance, historical, biographical especially female power books) and some fiction. Right now I’m reading Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. I have two JD Robb novellas to read before I’m totally caught up with the series until the new release in September.  And, I’m doing a study of the Jim Butcher Dresden series to see how he deals with the magic since I’m writing a reluctant witch series now.


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

I may be a direct person, but I’m really, really nice. And funny.


Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading my stories. I love the fact that you all are loving my imaginary friends as much as I do.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Whiskers In The Dark


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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Rita Mae Brown and her new release of Whiskers in the Dark.  It is the twenty eighth book in her A Mrs. Murphy Mystery series.


Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
28th in Series
Bantam (June 4, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0425287181
ISBN-13: 978-0425287187
Digital ASIN: B07H72MD6Z


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Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

A massive nor’easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Harry’s fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club’s hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club—and must be close by, masked in plain sight.

The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry’s beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman’s neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.

As always, Harry’s crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions’ help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit.



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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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