New Releases For The Week Of August 11th, 2019–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 11th, 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 next week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Death under the Apple Tree: An unputdownable cozy murder mystery (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 7) by [Rowlands, Betty]A summer garden party is in full swing at a grand old house, but under a gorgeous apple tree laden with ripe fruit… a body is discovered.

Sukey Reynolds is treasuring the late summer sun, taking long walks in the countryside, and enjoying the golden views across the Cotswold hills. But when she is called to photograph a crumbling manor, the day suddenly turns cold.

In the charming garden, Sukey finds the body of the beautiful estate manager Una May. All fingers are pointed at the tempestuous owner of the house, a rich lord who was overheard arguing with Una that morning…

Is this wealthy man truly the rotten apple in this beautiful orchard?

The party was supposed to celebrate a painting of the residents and staff. When the picture is found slashed, the police close in on the owner, but Sukey is sure they are barking up the wrong tree, and she decides to do a bit of snooping. Which of the smiling faces in the new painting hides a villain: the lustful lord, the aloof artist or perhaps the heartbroken housekeeper?

Despite her sleuthing, Sukey is no closer to catching Una May’s killer, until she finds a pair of shoes covered in mud from the orchard. With the police convinced they’ve caught the right man, Sukey must solve this baffling case alone. But to find the killer holding the poisonous fruit, she may have to delve deep into the garden…

If books by Agatha Christie, P.D. James or Faith Martin have you hooked, then you will love this murder mystery by the queen of cozy crime!

This book was previously published as Party to Murder.

What readers are saying about Death under the Apple Tree:

‘Betty Rowlands is the mistress of cozy whodunits… I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released… A fantastic series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Extremely well-written. The characters have depth as well as great personalities (both good and bad)… I recommend this book to those that enjoy cozy mysteries and I look forward to reading more of this series.’ Goodreads Reviewer

I am running out of ways to say how much I am enjoying this series. Not that that is going to stop me from writing these reviews or reading the books for that matter… So enjoyable.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Love this series, devour each book as soon as I get it. This was the perfect holiday read for me: cozy, interesting and exciting. I’m already looking forward to next book in the series.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Addictive perfect cozy mystery with satisfying resolution… Looking forward to reading more of Sukey’s crime solving successes’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘This story has an interesting twist… Another excellent story in a great series by a wonderful author. Highly recommend this one, as I found it hard to put down.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I truly enjoyed it!… There’s a lot of twists and deliberate red herrings, especially those involving deceptions by the principals in the case. Well written!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Well written and plotted. Betty Rowlands has obviously thought carefully about the story. Her stories are entertaining and read quickly.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘This series keeps getting better and better with each book… the story never lets me down.’ Spooky’s Maze of Books  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homicide detective Sam Nahoe takes a bullet in his spine in the line of duty. Disabled, his career with the Honolulu Police Department shattered, what now? Jobless, lonely, and unwillingly divorced, Sam becomes a Checker Cab driver. Seeking a partner, he adopts a rescue golden retriever—with a touch of Doberman, and trains her to perform neat tricks like growling at a fare who doesn’t tip. He and Goldie cruise O‘ahu for kidnappers, and vengeful wives. Even killers, compelling Sam to get his private investigator license.
His Sunday visitations with his daughter, Peggy, can turn a magical park day into a hair-raising crime scene, but his shrewd little kid becomes a miniature sleuth in her own right.
Sam’s Hawai‘ian heritage provides him with spunk and street smarts. He hobbles around on two canes, named Cane and Able, as he orders Goldie to chase bad guys. His favorite snitch, card-sharp Sophie, asks him: “You still walkin’ with them giant chopsticks?”

Thirteen individual and complete Hawai‘ian detective mysteries featuring a disabled ex-cop turned cab driver, who, with his golden retriever sidekick, takes on the criminal side of Honolulu.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishful Wisteria (Wisteria Witches Mysteries - Daybreak Book 3) by [Pepper, Angela]What goes around comes around, so be careful who you bite.

It’s September, which is a rainy month in Wisteria, and a storm is brewing.

When a magic mechanic takes The Big Nap in a comfy chair at the library, suspicion turns to the local librarian witch. What has Zara Riddle done now? Poisoned the guy for talking too loud? She shrugs off the accusations, as usual, and tries to help with the investigation, also as usual.

But this time around, the local vampire detective isn’t swinging by Zara’s house to take her along for the ride. He may be Zara’s boyfriend after hours, but when it comes to solving crimes, he has a new partner. For Zara, dealing with “that girl” is like getting turned into a cat, then being petted backward, from tail to nose. It’s just wrong!

Worst of all, the town’s new ghost is becoming an international celebrity, attracting outsiders and media attention.

Once the library is overrun by a horde of ghost hunters, Zara and her coven attempt to resolve the haunting. Can the motley crew of witches actually cooperate in the face of imminent danger? Or will they succumb to dark forces?

In the end, Zara will find herself caught in the middle of a battle she never expected, much less wanted.

Friends turn to foes, and foes turn to frenemies in book 10 of the hit Wisteria Witches Mysteries series, WISHFUL WISTERIA.

Wishful Wisteria is book 3 in the Daybreak mini-series trilogy (Wardens of Wisteria, Wisteria Warned, Wishful Wisteria), and the 10th book set in the world of the Wisteria Witches Mysteries. The main character is Zara Riddle, and, as of publication, it is the latest on the world’s timeline!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Razor Rocks (Paradise Crime Mysteries Book 13) by [Neal, Toby]Paradise is plundered by pirates.

Someone is attacking and robbing luxury yachts as they sail the Hawaiian Islands leaving their passengers missing and presumed dead. Sergeant Lei Texeira, with her typical leap first look later style, dives into a case with the Coast Guard to find answers that lie as deep as Davy Jones’ locker.

He’s taking back what was stolen.

The Pirate King has a hidden agenda that’s bigger than the pillage of luxury yachts, and he’ll stop at nothing to reign on the sea.

Lei is back, solving crime! Grab this fast-paced mystery with a twist of romance, and take a trip to Hawaii with the series that’s sold more than a million copies!

“This series is persistently riveting.” ~Kirkus Reviews  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millie on a Mission: A Charlie Rhodes Cozy Mystery Short by [Lee, Amanda M.]Millie Watson doesn’t often take initiative when it comes to work but when an old friend – or, rather, acquaintance she can’t stand – wants to hire her to solve a potential haunting at her upscale home, Millie jumps at the chance.
In truth, Millie doesn’t care about finding a ghost. She does have a specific form of payment in mind, though, and it’s something she’s itching to collect on.
Since Millie can’t actually see ghosts, she calls in the only person she knows who can … Charlie Rhodes. Unfortunately for Millie, Charlie is a bit distracted with relationship issues of her own. Still, the gregarious psychic volunteers to pitch in.
Before she found freedom, Millie was in a high-class world full of snooty and entitled people. That’s full on display now when she tries to track down the source of the ghostly disturbances … and comes up with a litany of human transgressions instead.
Millie is determined to find answers, although not because she wants to help a friend. She wants payment, and she’s not going to stop until she gets it. She just needs to avoid trouble – which is easier said than done – while she’s searching for answers.

Note: This is a 30,000-word short set in the Charlie Rhodes Universe. It is set between The Undead Uproar and The Incubus Impasse.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Intent (DS Jack Mackinnon Crime Series Book 8) by [Butler, D. S.]

 

A young woman’s body is discovered, propped up against a bin, discarded like a piece of rubbish, outside a Chinese Takeaway in the City of London.

DS Jack Mackinnon’s first outing as acting SIO on a prominent case is not for the faint-hearted. The young woman’s arms are covered with odd marks, and he is convinced they provide a clue to the killer’s identity.

But the pieces of the puzzle are slow to come together, and when another woman is abducted, the stakes are raised. There’s a method to the killer’s madness – but can Jack get to the truth before another life is lost?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder to Spare (The Mystic Eye Bookshop Files Book 1) by [Woods, Tamara]

Isa loved two things above all else–her family and books.

Which is probably why she came running when her aunt asked her to move back home and keep the bookstore afloat.

But between a new kitty, a struggling bookstore, and a whiskey-swilling aunt who rules the town with a tarot deck, Isa feels like she might end up in the gutter.

When an innocent girls’ night out leads to the discovery of a body behind the bowling alley, the police take the wrong man into custody—her high school sweetheart, her ex-everything.

But can she push past the resentment to help clear his name?

The more she looks into Whisper Valley secrets, the more entangled they become. Can she untangle the web of lies or will she strike out?

Murder to Spare is book one in the Mystic Eye Bookshop cozy mystery series. Join Isa on her adventures solving crimes in her hometown and making her little part of the world a better place. Download your copy today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Case of the Disappearing Diamond: A Mini Mystery Series (The Adventures of Finn and Annie Book 5) by [Greyson, Christopher]Each installment of these mini-mysteries is a sweet, bite-sized read, something you can easily get through in half an hour. Every book in the series will go FREE on Amazon for a limited time every 90 days, so keep your eyes open for these deals! They’re also FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited!

When an expensive diamond and pearl earrings go missing, was the new maid responsible? Join Finn and Annie as they try to solve the case and discover what really happened!

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 Disappearing Diamond!

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 Disappearing Diamond now and enjoy The Adventures of Finn and Annie — A MiniMystery Series that will touch your heart and leave you craving for more!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine, Dine and Christmas Crimes (Baker Girls Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Swan, Maria Grazia]

 

Some Christmas surprises don’t come from Santa. At a gathering atop the tallest building in Phoenix, Arizona, to celebrate Monica Baker’s newest listing, the body of a mysterious young woman is found floating in the pool. But why do fingers point to Monica? Is it the victim’s missing clothing that links Monica to the crime?
As if being alone during the holidays and in love with someone else’s husband wasn’t depressing enough, Monica now needs to convince the cops, her real estate broker, and her friends, that she really, really isn’t a Christmas killer. And she better be quick if she wants to make midnight mass instead of prison roll call.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chicken Burger Murder (A Burger Bar Mystery Book 3) by [Point, Rosie A.]

 

What’s a Spring Food Fair without a murder?

Christie Watson, the homicide detective on a break, never thought she could get enough of murder investigations. That was until she arrived in Sleepy Creek.

When the owner of the local pizzeria, Sal, drops dead after sampling his own pizza, everyone is sure it’s just a case of cholesterol and bad timing. Until his wife dies the very next day. With two bodies and the pressure mounting to keep her head down, Christie must choose:

Solve the case or watch Sleepy Creek turn to murder town.

Figure out the mystery before Christie does. Purchase your copy now!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery by [Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli]Zoe Zola is one of ten invitees to an Agatha Christie symposium. Tempers flare…and then there are nine. Can Jenny Weston save Zoe from murder on the Upper Peninsula?

Little Person author Zoe Zola believes that one of the unluckiest things in life is to receive an invitation—in the form of a letter edged in black—to an Agatha Christie symposium at an old Upper Peninsula hunting lodge. Her reluctance dissipates when she learns that the organizer is named Emily Brent—the name of a character poisoned by cyanide in Christie’s And Then There Were None.

As a dreary rain soaks the U.P., Zoe and nine other Christie scholars—each of whom bears a vague resemblance to one of the classic mystery novel’s characters—arrive at the lodge. At the opening night dinner, arguments flare over the experts’ discordant theories about Christie. Next morning, the guests find one particularly odious man has gone—whereabouts and reasons unknown. Such a coincidental resemblance to a work of fiction is surely impossible; therefore, it appears to be possible.

As the guests disappear, one by one, Zoe resolves to beat a hasty retreat—but her car won’t start. She calls her friend, amateur sleuth/little librarian Jenny Weston, but Jenny will have to wait out a storm off Lake Superior before she can come to the rescue. If Zoe’s to stay alive to greet Jenny when she eventually arrives, she’ll have to draw on everything she knows about Agatha Christie’s devilish plots in Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli’s fourth tantalizing Little Library mystery.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death Lends a Hand (A Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery Book 26) by [Emrick, K.J.]A grisly discovery thrusts Darcy Sweet right into the middle of a mystery once again!

At the end of an unseasonably warm summer Darcy, along with Cha Cha the dog, take relaxing stroll through nature.

Along the way they stop by a peaceful river when Cha Cha begins barking madly.

Curious as to what has got her canine friend upset, Darcy investigates.

What does she find?

A desiccated, severed human hand!

So, the question is, if there is a hand, where is the body?

Why must trouble constantly find its way to her?

If that’s not enough there’s a new person in town with a bandaged hand that seems oddly familiar to her.

Could he have something do to with this latest mystery that she’s stumbled upon?

Pick up Darcy’s latest adventure to find out!

Death Lends a Hand is the twenty-sixth book in the Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery series. If you love cozy mysteries with paranormal, and a touch of romance you’ll love the Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Killer Edition (A Booktown Mystery Book 13) by [Barrett, Lorna]Murder’s in the mix for mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Tricia Miles, in the latest entry to Lorna Barret’s New York Times bestselling Booktown series.
 
With her assistant, Pixie, picking up more responsibility around the shop, Tricia Miles suddenly has a lot more time on her hands. Tricia decides to join the local animal-rescue board and enter the Great Stoneham Bake-Off, but neither pans out as smoothly as she’d hoped.

Balancing a bake-off that’s heating up with a frosty reception from the board, Tricia stops by Joyce Whitman’s romance bookstore looking for a book to get her fired up. She stumbles on something hot, but it’s an argument between Joyce and her neighbor Vera Olson instead of a steamy read. When Vera turns up dead in Joyce’s garden hours later, Tricia has to wonder—could Joyce be the killer? Or is the culprit still lurking in town?

One thing is for sure, someone in Stoneham is stirring up something more sinister than sweet. Tricia is determined to win the cutthroat cooking contest, but first she will have to make sure no one else is in danger of getting burned….  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Risky Biscuits

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Lee Ashford and her new book Risky Biscuits.  This is the second book in her A Sugar & Spice Mystery Series.

Risky Biscuits (A Sugar & Spice Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Iowa
Lyrical Underground (July 9, 2019)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-10: 1516105079
ISBN-13: 978-1516105076
Digital ASIN: B07JDXFM7G

 

Purchase Links

Amazon    Barnes & Noble     Kobo    iBooks

 

 

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Former magazine editor “Sugar” Calloway’s life has taken a delicious twist since she launched a community cookbook publishing business with blue-ribbon baker Dixie Spicer. Now these amateur sleuths must solve a small-town murder—without getting burned . .

Sugar and Spice Cookbooks’ newest project is a fundraiser organized by the St. Ignatius Crack of Dawn Breakfast Club, famous for their all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy events. But when a group member is found dead, Sugar and Spice’s priorities change from raising dough to figuring out who put murder on the menu.

The return of former badboy Nick Marchant has stirred the town’s gossips too. Add a few grudges and some old-fashioned greed over a land deal into the mix, and it’s a recipe for mayhem. And when someone serves up a second helping of murder, Sugar and Spice need to sift the guilty from the blameless, or their next breakfast may be their last . . .

* Includes delicious recipes! *

 

 

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Mary Lee Ashford is a lifelong bibliophile, and avid reader, and supporter of public libraries. In addition to writing the Sugar & Spice mystery series for Kensington Books, she also writes as half of the writing team of Sparkle Abbey, author of the national bestselling Pampered Pets mystery series from Bell Bridge Books.

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

She is the founding president of Sisters in Crime – Iowa and a current board member of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest chapter, as well as a member of Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC internet group Guppies.

Mary Lee has a passionate interest in creativity and teaches a university level course in Creative Management to MPA candidates, as well as presenting workshops and blogging about creativity. She loves encouraging other writers and is a frequent presenter on a variety of topics at workshops, conferences, and writers’ groups.

In her day job, Mary Lee is a Deputy Chief Information Officer. She currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, Tim, and Sparkle, the rescue cat namesake of the Sparkle Abbey pseudonym. Her delights are reading and enjoying her family and especially her six grandchildren.

Author Links

Website: www.MaryLeeAshford.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryleeashford

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

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-lee-ashford

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/maryleeashford/

 

 

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 5 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

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

August 6 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 6 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

August 7 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

August 8 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

August 8 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

August 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

August 9 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, RECIPE, GIVEAWAY

August 9 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

August 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 10 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

August 11 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 11 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 12 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

August 12 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 12 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

August 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 13 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

August 13 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

August 14 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

August 14 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

 

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–The Time For Murder Is Meow

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author T.C. Lotempio and her new book The Time For Murder Is Meow.  This is the first book in her A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery Series.  I have read other series by this author and I greatly enjoyed them and this book was no different.

The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Midnight Ink (August 8, 2019
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-10: 0738760366
ISBN-13: 978-0738760360
Digital ASIN: B07HL4F1Z6

 

Purchase Links:  Amazon   B&N   IndieBound 

 

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Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop

Crishell “Shell” McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt’s pet shop, the Purr N’ Bark, and do something she loves.

While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt’s Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell’s aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt’s Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?

 

 

 

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After I hung up from Max I flopped down in the worn chair behind the register and leaned back, my hands laced behind my neck.  Max’s parting words bothered me more than I cared to admit, and a twinge of guilt arrowed through me at the thought I might possibly cost Gary this job.  Kahlua hopped up on my lap and swatted my chin with her paw. “You’re right, Kahlua,” I said. “Max might have been exaggerating, hoping to play on my sympathy. Gary’s a big boy and a good actor.  He’ll push through no matter what the role.”

It was high time I thought about what was best for me for a change.  As Aunt Tillie used to say, “If you don’t put yourself first, it’s a sure bet no one else will.”  Well, it was high time I did that. I’d put everyone else’s needs above mine, far too often, most recently with disastrous results.  I glanced at my hand – the empty third finger of my left hand, specifically – and a small sigh escaped my lips. 

Everything happens for a reason.

A mental picture of Patrick rose in my mind’s eye, and I resolutely pushed it away. I’d been so certain he was the one.  I’d spend hours in my trailer between scenes, fantasizing about the perfect life we’d have together and then, in one afternoon, it had all come crashing down. I’d flung my four-carat diamond ring at Patrick and the script girl he was in bed with, stormed out of the apartment and never looked back. A month later the show was cancelled, and three weeks after that I was on a plane to Fox Hollow. And now here I sat, sorting through boxes of catnip balls and doggie chew toys. Go figure.

The bell above the shop door tinkled, jostling me out of my reverie and reminding me once again I’d forgotten to lock the door.  “I’m sorry, we’re not open for business yet,” I began, and then stopped short. Three people stood grouped in the doorway, two women and a man. One woman was short and stout. She had flame colored hair (think Lucille Ball, only REDDER) teased up off her head and anchored with what had to be at least a pound of hairspray. She wore an aqua and orange flowered caftan a size too small which served to accentuate her generous frame instead of hiding it. Her age was hard to judge but I placed her as approximately ten years older than myself, late forties to mid-fifties. The man was around the same age. He had a brown beard shot with streaks of grey, and kind eyes behind large, tortoise framed glasses. His jeans were neat and pressed, and held up by multicolored suspenders with a thread of glitter running through them.

The other girl was a good bit younger than either of her companions.  I placed her a bit younger than myself, late twenties, early thirties tops. She had long, luxurious dark brown, almost black hair that flowed across her shoulders like a waterfall. I couldn’t see her eyes behind the massive Jackie O sunglasses she wore, but I was betting they were the same color as the hair. Her slender frame was accentuated by the skintight Capri jeans and tank top she wore. Toenails painted a bright blue peeped out from flip-flops of the same color. The girl carried a massive basket wrapped in yellow cellophane.

“Welcome to Fox Hollow,” they chorused, almost as if they’d either rehearsed it or else done it a million times before. It was hard to tell which.  “We know you’re not open yet,” the redhead added. “But we saw the light on, so we figured maybe this was as good a time as any.” She held out her hand. “Rita Sakowski.  I run the coffee shop up the block. Sweet Perks.”

“Oh, yes.” I gave an enthusiastic nod. “I did notice your shop.  I’m rather a coffee nut. Sorry I haven’t had time to stop in yet, but I’ve been busy.”

“Oh, we know,” Rita gushed. “You’re Crishell Marlowe, the actress, Tillie’s niece. I’ve always loved that name. It’s so unusual. How did you think of it, or did some Hollywood bigwig do it for you?”

“Nope. If anyone’s to blame, it’s my parents.” I took the hand she shoved in front of me and let her pump it up and down. “They couldn’t decide between Shelley and Christine, so they invented Crishell. It’s kind of a mouthful for most people, though, so I go by my nickname. Shell.” I paused. “I should also mention I’m using my real last name now. McMillan.”

 “Oh.”  Rita dropped my hand abruptly. Her smile faltered just a bit and then it was back in place. “Well, I have to tell you everyone in Fox Hollow is just thrilled you’ve decided to keep Tillie’s legacy alive.”

I smiled back. “It’s my pleasure.”  I waved a hand around the store. “I’ve been taking inventory.  I wanted to open it next week, but I doubt I’ll be ready much before the end of the month. As you can see, there’s still a lot of work to be done.  I have to restock a lot of items, and, of course, get some pets in here.”

Rita nodded.  “Of course. Tillie did let things slack off a bit those last few months.  I guess we should have been quicker to take that as a sign something was wrong.  Your aunt never slacked off. Never.”

We were all silent for a few seconds, and then the man reached out and took my hand. “Well, I’m pleased to meet you, Shell McMillan. I’m Ron Webb. Webb’s Florists.  My store is right next door to Rita’s.” He grinned. “Sure comes in handy during the slow hours when I need a cup of java or a fresh baked scone to pick me up.”

The brunette reached up to brush a strand of hair from her glasses. I noted the blue polish on the fingernails had added glitter. “And I’m Olivia Niven,” she said. “My claim to fame is running the dance academy on Main Street.” She wrinkled her nose at me and looked pointedly at my feet. “Do you dance, Shell?”

“Not very well. I turned down Dancing on Air because I have two left feet. My co-star, Gary Presser was on last season though. He came in second.”

“I know. I voted for him. He got robbed.” Olivia looked me up and down. “I bet I could make a passable dancer out of you,” she laughed and flicked her hand dismissively. “If I can train the Boswell twins to win last year’s annual competition, I can train anyone.”

“That’s true,” Rita’s red hair swayed to and fro as she nodded. “Talk about left feet, those girls had ‘em, and now, well, you should see them foxtrot.”

Olivia shot me a mischievous grin. “Come by the studio. My girls will be thrilled to meet you.  The boys even more so. They were all big Spy Anyone fans.” She shifted the basket to her other hand and whipped off the sunglasses, and I saw her eyes were indeed the same color as the hair, maybe even a shade darker. “So,” she reached out to tap the top of the basket. “We just came over to give you this small token to welcome you to the shop community, and to offer any help you might need.”

Rita gave Olivia a small nudge, and the younger woman held out the basket to me. Through the cellophane I saw cookies, cakes, an assortment of gourmet teas and coffees, and a small plant.

“Some treats Rita, Ron and I put together,” Olivia said, with a sidelong glance at her companions. “To be honest, it was mostly Rita. Enjoy.”

“Thanks.” I had to grip the basket hard. It was really loaded down. “This was very nice of you.”

Rita waved her hand carelessly. “Oh, don’t mention it sweetie. We all loved your aunt, and this store is one of the most popular in Fox Hollow. When the tour buses come through, they always make a stop here. Nothing people like better than to take a little souvenier home to their pets. Oh, and you might want to give Kathleen Power a call.  She knits the most darling doggie and kitty sweaters and booties. Your aunt used to sell them for her all the time, on consignment.”

“Thanks, I’ll do that.” I smiled. “I hope I can live up to my aunt’s reputation.”

“I’m sure you will, dear.” Rita hesitated and then added, “I have to say, we were all surprised when we heard that you would be moving here and taking over the store.”

“Oh, don’t be so coy, Rita,” Olivia cut in. She turned to me. “We were shocked. After all, Fox Hollow’s no Hollywood.”

I nodded. “Thank God for that.”

Now that her arms were free, Olivia crossed them over her well endowed chest. “So, you’re really planning on staying and making a go of this? Or is this just a pit stop before your next series?”

Apparently Olivia wasn’t the type to pull any punches. Personally I found that refreshing after living in the phony Hollywood community for so long. “I assure you, I’m here to stay. I’ve retired from show business.”

Olivia’s perfectly arched eyebrow skyrocketed.  “Retired? Really? I would think that would be hard.  Isn’t it in your blood? I mean, your mother’s an actress too, right?”

I shot her a wry smile. “If that’s true, then I want a transfusion.”

“I was sad to hear about your series,” Rita cut in. “I always watched Spy Anyone. It was one of my favorite shows.”

“Mine too,” said Ron and Olivia nodded. “I watched it for your co-star,” Olivia said with a shrug. “I hope he’s not retiring from show business too.”

“Gary? I doubt it. He’s too much of a ham.” 

Olivia leaned one arm on the counter. “Frankly, I’m disappointed. I thought your moving here had something to do with that breakup of yours, you know with that director—OW!” She rubbed at her side and glared at Rita. 

“No sense in rehashing things I’m sure Shell must be sick of hearing, right Shell?” Rita said smoothly.

“Oh, for pity’s sakes, the woman lived in Hollywood, the gossip capital of the world. She’s used to it, aren’t you Shell?” Olivia demanded.

“Now now Olivia, don’t put her on the spot,” chided Ron. “She might not want to talk about it.”

“Oh, don’t be silly Ron. Shell’s a public figure. Her life’s been an open book for years,” snapped Olivia. “Besides, I’m curious about this retirement.  What made you decide to give up the bright lights to follow in your aunt’s footsteps?”

“Those bright lights aren’t all they’re cracked up to be,” I said.  “When you’re on a hit show, your life isn’t your own. As for taking over Aunt Tillie’s business, well, I’ve always loved animals.  I think if I hadn’t been pushed into going into acting, I probably would have gone for a career in veterinary medicine. And I feel I owe it to my aunt. She was always there for me when I was growing up.  One of my biggest regrets is not having had much contact with her before she passed. No one in our family even knew she was ill.”

Rita made a sympathetic noise. “Don’t beat yourself up over that, dear. No one did. Tillie could be quite close-mouthed when it came to certain things, and her health was one of them.  I doubted she’d have ever told you anything anyway. Tillie never liked folks worrying or fussing over her.”

“But she did enjoy fussing over others,” Olivia put in. “Take her roommate, for example.” 

My head swiveled in Olivia’s direction and I let out an astonished gasp. “Roommate? My aunt’s lawyer didn’t mention anything about her having a roommate.”

“No?” Olivia shrugged. “Maybe it slipped his mind.”

“Kind of an important detail to slip up on, don’t you think?” I placed my hands on my hips. “Are you sure about this? I mean, I find it a bit hard to believe my aunt would take in a boarder. She didn’t need the money, and as you’ve already pointed out, she valued her privacy.”

Olivia chuckled. “That’s because you never saw the two of them together. He doted on your aunt, and she was a sucker for him.”

He. A male boarder. A sudden thought occurred to me. “Were my aunt and this boarder involved?”

“Oh, absolutely!” Olivia nodded. “There was nothing Tillie wouldn’t do for him. He had her wrapped around his little finger. Or maybe I should say paw.”

 “Paw?”

Eyes twinkling, Olivia reached toward the basket I’d set on the counter, undid the cellophane and crinkled some of it between her fingers. “That should bring him running, see! There he is now.”

I turned and caught a blur of white out of the corner of my eye. The next instant, the blur streaked past me and with one graceful leap landed on all fours right in the center of the counter.

“Oh my God,” I cried. “What is that?”

“Merow,” said the blur. “Owww.”

The others started to laugh. “That,” choked out Olivia. “Is the store mascot and your aunt’s roomie.

 Shell, meet Purrday.”

 

 

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I liked getting to meet Shell, she seems like a hardworking likable person.  And I enjoyed the secondary characters, I thought they added a lot to the story.  I felt the cats, Kahlua and Purrday, stole the show. I could have read about them all day.

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 these descriptions pulled me into the story from the beginning.  

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I had a pretty good idea who the killer was, and this time I was right (that does not happen very often).  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the next book when it is released.

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

 

 

 

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While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She and her cat pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime and the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane.  Her latest, the Pet Shop Mysteries, makes its debut August 8 with The Time for Murder is Meow.

You can cat-ch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or her website, www.tclotempio.net

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New Release For The Week Of August 4th, 2019–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 4th, 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.

 

 

Two Sleuths are Better Than One: a Danger Cove Crossover Mystery (Danger Cove Mysteries Book 23) by [Ashby, Elizabeth, Jones, Gin]From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones & Elizabeth Ashby comes double the murder and double the sleuthing in a Danger Cove Crossover event!

The Danger Cove Lighthouse Farmers’ Market is holding a salsa contest to celebrate the tomato harvest, and market manager, Maria Dolores is thrilled by the large number of entries. But when the judge, a local sports coach, goes missing, Maria realizes she isn’t the only person looking for him. He may have information on the recent murder of a quilt collector, so appraiser Keely Fairchild has some questions for him.

Unfortunately, when the two women finally find the coach it’s too late—he’s been killed too. Maria and Keely team up, convinced that the two murders are related, even if the police disagree with their theory. The problem is that while there are plenty of suspects for the first murder—pretty much everyone who ever met the quilt collector hated him—there’s absolutely no one who had any reason to want the coach dead. And yet, not only has he been brutally murdered, but subsequent events also suggest the killer may have more victims in sight. This is definitely an instance where Two Sleuths Are Better Than One!

The Danger Cove books:
Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)
Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)
Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)
Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Hurricanes and Heroes (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Death in the Flower Garden (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market Mystery)
Divas, Diamonds & Death (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Slaying in the Orchard (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market Mystery)
A Secret in the Pumpkin Patch (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market Mystery)
Deadly Dirty Martinis (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
A Poison Manicure and Peach Liqueur (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Not-So-Bright Hopes (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection)
Tequila Trouble (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Deadly Thanksgiving Sampler (a Danger Cove Quilting mystery)
Killer Eyeshadow and a Cold Espresso (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Two Sleuths Are Better Than One (a Danger Cove Crossover Mystery)

About Danger Cove:
Danger Cove is a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest and home to renowned mystery novelist, Elizabeth Ashby. While Elizabeth swears the stories she writes are fiction, you can find the inspiration for her murderous tales all over Danger Cove…from the intriguing cast of local characters to the places to eat, play, and explore in Danger Cove. Don’t let our name fool you—we’re the friendliest (even if deadliest) town in the Pacific Northwest!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Death at the Church: A cosy historical mystery (Euphemia Martins Mysteries Book 13) by [Dunford, Caroline]

Euphemia’s wedding day has finally dawned.

Her mother, step father, and little brother are all present. There’s even a rumour that her grandfather might turn up.

This is especially awkward as she would finally have to confess to Bertram that she is not merely a chambermaid going up in the world but actually the granddaughter of one of the foremost Earl’s in the country.

However, such worries are quickly cast into the shade as a death occurs while the congregation are waiting at the church for the bride. Rory McLeod, now a member of His Majesty’s Police Force, is despatched to investigate and quickly concludes that it is murder.

Will Euphemia get married? Will Euphemia’s old nemesis, Richard Stapleford, deprive her of her future happiness? Will old scores finally be settled?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Killer Carnival: A Provincetown Mystery (Sydney Riley Series Book 4) by [de Beauvoir, Jeannette]

Sydney Riley is busier than ever organizing parties, weddings, and even a float for Provincetown’s Carnival Parade. When her boyfriend’s sister, Karen—who happens to be Boston’s Police Commissioner—arrives for an unexpected visit, things don’t add up. It’s totally out of character for Karen to take a vacation, never mind at high season in a tiny summer resort packed with tens of thousands of scantily-clad revelers. Sydney suspects an ulterior motive and starts to investigate, which brings her face-to-face with some ugly truths about the world—and herself.
Filled with the colorful characters and unexpected twists you’ve come to expect, this fourth book in the Sydney Riley series offers a gripping tale of courage and conviction set against the festive backdrop of Provincetown’s most outrageous week.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Water (A Jagiellon Mystery Book 1) by [Adams, P.K.]It is Christmas 1519 and the royal court in Kraków is in the midst of celebrating the joyous season. Less than two years earlier, Italian noblewoman Bona Sforza arrived in Poland’s capital from Bari as King Zygmunt’s new bride. She came from Italy accompanied by a splendid entourage, including Contessa Caterina Sanseverino who oversees the ladies of the Queen’s Chamber.

Caterina is still adjusting to the life in this northern kingdom of cold winters, unfamiliar customs, and an incomprehensible language when a shocking murder rocks the court on Christmas night. It is followed by another a few days later. The victims have seemingly nothing in common. Gossip, speculation, and suspicion are rife, but the perpetrator remains elusive as the court heads into the New Year.

As the official investigation stalls, Caterina—aided by Sebastian Konarski, a junior secretary in the king’s household—sets out to find the killer. With clues beginning to point to the queen’s innermost circle, the pair are soon racing against time to stop another murder.

Silent Water is a story of power and its abuse, and the extremes to which a person may go to find redress for justice denied. Although set at the dawn of the Renaissance era, its themes carry uncanny parallels to some of the most topical social issues of the 21st century.

“This clever and suspenseful murder mystery casts a fresh and sparkling light on the world beloved by fans of The Tudors and The Borgias. P. K. Adams, author of two previous novels about the twelfth-century healer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, masterfully brings Renaissance Poland to life without ever losing track of the human passions that drive her characters. A wonderful start to a new series.”
—C. P. Lesley, author of Song of the Siren and other novels  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Ice Falls: The Falls Mysteries by [Barnard, J.E.]

 

 

 

As Christmas gives way to New Year’s, can Lacey McCrae uncover truths for two grieving families while evading her own buried trauma?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee and Calicos (The Matchmaker's Grimoire Book 0) by [Pease, Rosie]

It better not be another ghost.

Joanie Sunevall finally had her own apartment after moving because of something no one else could see in her dorm.

Between unpacking and culinary classes starting back up, she didn’t have time for the weirdness that usually followed her around.

But while her mom and gram burned sage to cleanse the new place, things began to fall over, move around, and roll across the floor.

Joanie wanted to live alone, but did she have an uninvited roommate? And worse, did she unknowingly let it in?

Coffee and Calicos is a 10,000 word story that takes place six years before the Matchmaker’s Grimoire begins.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Witches of Midtown: Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Boxset: Books 5-8 by [Smith, Lotta]Mystery, ghosts, and witches! Throw in a dash of sweet romance!

Four paranormal cozy mysteries in one bundle! Set in New York City, Mandy, Rick and Jackie the ghostly drag queen dig in the four murder mysteries! Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jana Deleon, Amanda M. Lee and Sophie Kinsella!

GRAB a copy and join their wicked ride NOW! FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Book5: Sweet Wicked of Mine
Life is sweet for FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer. Her live-in boyfriend just happens to be her sexy boss, Rick Rowling, head of the Paranormal Cases Division, and cozy evenings at home are becoming a thing – but that just means a wicked new case is right around the corner.

When a little girl is kidnapped, the evidence points to world renowned psychic Aurora Westwood but something just doesn’t add up. In exchange for her help finding the missing child, Aurora has a proposition for Mandy that could change everything.
Book6: Wicked and Haunted

Wedding bells are about to ring for FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer and her sexy boss, Rick Rowling, but before they walk down the aisle, Mandy will have to solve a new case for the Paranormal Cases Division…and stop Rick’s estranged mother, Alice, from turning their ceremony into the wedding from hell.

While Mandy has no trouble talking to dead people, her very alive future mother-in-law is another story. As she tries to graciously dodge Alice’s nutty plans for the ceremony—including a live llama and a tattoo exchange—she dives full-throttle into the investigation of a haunted ring with a reputation for killing its owners.

Book3: Wicked, Manor, and Murder
Soon-to-be-bride Amanda Meyer can’t wait to walk down the aisle with her fiancé Rick Rowling. Everything is falling into place for their long-awaited nuptials until Mandy’s BFF bridesmaid Fiona reveals that according to a cryptic message from her grandmother’s ghost, Fiona is soon-to-be-dead.
So before the happy couple can say I do, they’re off to Fiona’s family estate to find the murderer-to-be amid a bevy of paranormal ghost tour guests. Hidden affairs, family secrets and meddling spirits will keep the future Mr. and Mrs. Rowling tied in knots before they tie the knot in this seventh hair raising adventure in the Manhattan Mystery Series.

Book8: Wickedly Ever After: Halloween Hijinlks

As the new Mrs. Rowling, life is supposed to be easy for former FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer. Marriage to her drop dead gorgeous boss Rick is everything she dreamed of, unfortunately she can’t sleep, and she can’t even blame the ghost of his late stepmom Clara for popping up in the middle of the night with a tricky request.
Someone staged mechanic Fynn’s death to look like a suicide, and now his unhappy ghost is keeping Clara and her dead friends awake all night. Proving he was murdered will keep the newlyweds hopping, and the real trick will be staying alive in this hilarious eighth book in the Manhattan Mystery Series.

Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery Series
Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, but your enjoyment of each story will be increased if you read them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bias for Murder (Queen Bees Quilt Shop Book 3) by [Goldenbaum, Sally]When their town is blanketed in suspicion and murder, it falls to the Crestwood Quilters to uncover a killer in this latest case from Sally Goldenbaum, the national bestselling author of the Seaside Knitters mysteries . . . 

Oliver Harrington II was one of the most beloved members of Crestwood’s community. Despite being the picture of health at age 52, he died from a sudden heart attack, leaving behind the family mansion on a sprawling piece of property. His twin sister Adele returned to the town she despises to claim her brother’s home, intent on turning it into a B&B. And she’s hired Po Paltrow and the Crestwood Quilters to craft quilts for the guest rooms.

But Adele is not the only one interested in the future of the Harrington estate. A developer wants to put multiple houses on the land. The townsfolk just want their neighborhood to retain its small-town charm and not become a tourist trap. But when an autopsy reveals that Oliver was actually poisoned, suspicion falls on his sister. Po doesn’t believe Adele is guilty, leaving her determined to discover who else harbored deadly designs on the Harrington home . . .

Previously titled Murder on a Starry Night

Praise for Sally Goldenbaum’s Mysteries

“A perfect cozy mystery.”
—Nancy Pickard

 
“Goldenbaum’s Queen Bee quilters charm and delight. I hope these intriguing women will continue to quilt—and solve crimes!”
—Carolyn Hart  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 4th, 2019–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 4th, 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.

 

The Awful Truth About The Name Of The Rose by [Ocram, Marco]“IT IS STAN,” screamed the unhinged monk. “STAN HAS COME AMONGST US!”
“Stan?” cried the abbot and I in bewilderment. “Who is Stan?”

I realized my mistake, and retyped the line.

“IT IS SATAN,” screamed the unhinged monk. “SATAN HAS COME AMONST US!”

Mega-selling author, Marco Ocram, is on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and needs complete rest.

Police Chief Como Galahad—Marco’s main character—needs a volunteer to go under-cover at the Abbey, a remote celebrity retreat run as a medieval monastery, where something fishy is afoot.

There’s only one solution—Marco books into the Abbey for a detox, just a few days before a hundred A-listers fly in for a grand gala dinner.

Could anything go wrong? Could Marco write a labyrinth of astounding twists to leave all the world’s top celebrities moments from an awful death? Will you be amazed by the ending? You bet!

Fast, funny, and utterly different. Welcome to the weird world of The Awful Truth.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell Seas: A Rowan Gray Mystery Books 7-9 by [Hart, Lily Harper]

 

Rowan Gray has been to Hell and back … and then back again.
Now she’s ready for the final battle.
Join Rowan, her boyfriend Quinn Davenport, and the rest of The Bounding Storm crew as they jump from one adventure to the next … and find the ultimate answers about her past.

This three-book omnibus includes Dangerous Seas, Perilous Seas and Raging Seas.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vienna Connection by [Rosano, Dick]

 

Former intelligence expert Darren Priest tries to distance himself from his old life, and turns to a new vocation as a wine and food writer. He soon discovers that with his background, some things you can’t un-volunteer for.
Sent to Austria by the U.S. President, Priest undertakes a covert mission where friend quickly turns to foe. With numerous enemies threatening his mission, can Priest figure out whom to trust – and expose the Vienna Connection?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cozy Mysteries 14 Book Box Set: The Sandy Bay Series by [Crewes, Amber]***Available to read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited NOW!***

 

DISCOVER 14 CLEAN & FUN BESTSELLING COZY MYSTERIES BY AMBER CREWES TO EN !

THE FULL SANDY BAY SERIES:
1. Apple Pie and Trouble
2. Brownies and Dark Shadows
3. Cookies and Buried Secrets
4. Donuts and Disaster
5. Eclairs and Lethal Layers
6. Finger Foods and Missing Legs
7. Gingerbread and Scary Endings
8. Hot Chocolate and Cold Bodies
9. Ice Cream and Guilty Pleasures
10. Jingle Bells and Deadly Smells
11. King Cake and Grave Mistakes
12. Lemon Tarts and Fiery Darts
13. Muffins and Coffins
14. Nuts and a Choking Corpse

APPLE PIE AND TROUBLE
Meghan Truman always had a dream to become a Hollywood actress. Hollywood decided she wasn’t good enough. She left Hollywood broken but with a burning desire to start afresh in the Pacific Northwest, pursuing her second dream – opening a bakery. She never expected that the owner of a rival establishment would be found dead and all eyes would be focused on her as the prime suspect. As the new girl in town with a new bakery store, she’s determined to clear her name and find the murderer; otherwise she’ll have to leave Sandy Bay penniless and pitiful and possibly the murderer’s next victim.

“I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks for a great plot and interesting characters.”

BROWNIES AND DARK SHADOWS
When Sandy Bay’s crème de la crème congregate to raise money for charity, Meghan Truman is proud to have her tasty desserts the talk of the party. She’s not so proud when the wealthiest couple in Sandy Bay are discovered dead and rumors circulate around town that her brownies are the cause of this tragedy. This murder case casts a dark shadow over Meghan’s budding romance with handsome Officer Irvin who’s disappointed that she’s once again at the center of another murder investigation. With everything to lose, Meghan must work hard to clear her name, restore broken relationships and solve this murder mystery before everything she’s worked so hard to build comes crumbling down.

“I have so enjoyed this series! Book 2 was another short fun read. The ending was a complete surprise.”

COOKIES AND BURIED SECRETS
When a beautiful stranger sashays into a birthday party, Meghan Truman, along with other guests, is surprised to discover her relationship to the birthday celebrant. This beautiful stranger attracts more shady characters to Sandy Bay. When one of these characters is found dead in an alley, the whole town is set on edge. Will Meghan’s attempt to link the owner of a golden antique gun to the murder prove helpful to handsome Officer Irvin’s investigation or will the discovery of a buried secret lead to more murders?

“Another great book in this fun series. There was a twist really early on in the book that was definitely a surprise!”

DONUTS AND DISASTER
Meghan Truman’s relationship with her assistant is severely tested when she becomes prideful over a donut recipe she’s introduced to Truly Sweet’s menu. Matters are further worsened when a distant relative of this assistant, with selfish intentions and bad manners, is found dead in the town center. The local handyman is arrested and put in jail when several witnesses confirm they saw him having an altercation with the murdered victim. Handsome detective Irvin and Meghan believe he’s innocent but the evidence against him is too damning to overlook. Will Meghan’s attempt to give her assistant a second chance at restoring their relationship backfire or will a determination not to harbor unforgiveness in her heart lead her to the true murderer?

“So enjoying this series! I really like the characters. “

PLUS 11 MORE!

A light, cozy mystery series with an amateur female sleuth, mouth-watering culinary desserts and 14 gripping murder mysteries!  (Amazon)

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Magic & Maladies (Starry Hollow Witches Book 10) by [Chase, Annabel]Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken.

A wedding may be a new beginning for Bentley and Meadow, but it’s an ending for one of their obnoxious guests. When Sheriff Nash starts showing more wolf than warmth during the investigation, paranormals sit up and take notice, especially ones in positions of power. Ember and Deputy Bolan agree to work together to keep the sheriff from losing his badge, but the werewolf’s antics won’t make it easy. Meanwhile, Ember stumbles upon another piece of her ancestor Ivy’s past that may help reveal her story, if she can manage to get past the powerful magic that seems to surround all of Ivy’s former possessions.

Can Ember solve the murder in time or will Granger’s reign as sheriff finally come to a bittersweet end?

Magic & Maladies is the tenth book in the Starry Hollow Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.

Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6
Magic & Malice, Book 7
Magic & Mythos, Book 8
Magic & Mishaps, Book 9
Magic & Maladies, Book 10  (Amazon)

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Killer Curriculum (August Booker Mysteries Book 1) by [Alexander, Douglas]

 

August Booker left the FBI for a teaching position at a small private college in Berksville, NY. Content teaching Criminology, he is pressured into helping the local police investigate a gruesome murder. He has one condition: it has to be a learning experience for his three brightest students.Detective Sarah Rime just transferred to Upstate NY. On her first day she lands a murder investigation that has the little town in a frenzy. As if that wasn’t enough pressure, the headstrong cop has to drag along a professor, a cheerleader, a computer jockey, and a senior citizen. Sounds like the beginning to a bad joke.Will this unlikely team be able to find the killer before it happens again?  (Amazon)

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The Witch and the Poisoner: Witch's Kitchen Book 2 by [Shelby, Brooke]She’s got a cleared name and a clean slate, but can that keep the mischief away? 

After an unfriendly welcome, the cozy New England town of Hope’s Crossing is starting to finally feel like home to novice witch Maggie Corey. Thanks to her blossoming supernatural powers, Maggie was able to assist the local sheriff in finding the murderer of her beloved Aunt Clara, putting accusations that she was the killer to rest once and for all. Now, Maggie hopes to settle into a new career running Aunt Clara’s herb store with Bramble, her aunt’s wise and sassy talking cat, who is fast becoming a new friend and valuable tutor in magic.

The Coreys ties to witchcraft goes all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials and the founding of Hope’s Crossing. Even though that all might seem like ancient history to Maggie, the force she feels building inside her make the family talent more than a myth. Meanwhile, other descendants from the town’s earliest days are set on bringing the dark times back.

Just when she thinks she’s overcome the bias against her, someone switches out the cookies Maggie leaves on the counter at the shop. Soon these belladonna-laced treats send residents into dangerous hallucinations. Maggie is blamed for either drugging her customers, putting them under a spell, or both. Suddenly, Maggie’s right back where she started, having to earn trust in her community—and her innocence. To do so, Maggie will have to work quickly to find the poisoner responsible.

But the more Maggie gets pulled into the mystery, the more it seems the past isn’t buried after all…   (Amazon)

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Deception, Denial & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery Book 3) by [Nardi, Christa]

 

A domineering co-worker, a flirtatious neighbor, and a dead body make for way too many questions and awkward situations.

As HR Specialist and trauma counselor, Stacie Maroni is used to dealing with difficult situations. When her night out is derailed by the discovery of a body outside a local watering hole, she’s glad she’s not involved. But when the police investigate and close friends are cast as potential suspects, Stacie will do whatever it takes to identify the true culprit, even if it creates waves with the men in her life, her father included. The suspect list is slim and she’s grasping at straws.  (Amazon)

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THE GHOST SHIP

She’s a jinxed witch with Bruce Lee moves. The coven’s being haunted and witches are disappearing. Will she be able to save the coven and herself?

Not yet over the loss of her mom, Frankie B’s in a new city, without family, a home or her full powers. Thank goodness for her familiar, Dex, the best Jack Russell in the world.

They’re faced with moving into a flea-pit motel, when Dex spots a vacancy at a nearby marina. But this is no ordinary marina, and before they’ve even had time to finish unpacking, life takes a deadly turn.

Will Frankie solve the mystery of the missing witches and rid the coven of the ghost of Captain Russell Garnet? Or will her ability to make him corporeal see her being held as his prisoner until her dying breath? Either way, she’s not going down without a fight.

THE BLOOD HEX

A potentially lethal blood hex. Her mother’s murderer still on the loose. Her father maybe not as dead as she’s been led to believe. Jinxed witch Frankie B and Dex, her familiar, certainly have their hands (and paws) full.

With the ghost of Captain Russell Garnet banished to an island in the Caribbean, Frankie thought she and Dex could get on with life. If only she wasn’t lumbered with a blood hex. And if only her troublesome grandmamma — the not so ex-pirate — Anne Bonny hadn’t managed to get herself in a heap of trouble.

Before any rescue can take place, Frankie needs to get a handle on her new witchy powers. While she’s no longer stuck with housework spells and the occasional ward, her new power levels are unstable at best, and completely missing, at worst.

Yet again, she’s training with the drop-dead gorgeous warlock / merman hybrid Zane, making concentration difficult, especially when the air between them is laced with freaky magic.

Will Frankie break the hex, and find out who killed her mom and dad, or will she die trying? With Dex and Zane at her side, how can she possibly fail?  (Amazon)

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The Cat Caper (Pet Whisperer P.I. Book 5) by [Fitz, Molly, Bay, Blueberry]What’s even worse than having a snarky talking tabby as your best friend?

When he inexplicably goes missing…

Octo-Cat is gone, and all the evidence suggests that he was taken on purpose. With the growing number of people the two of us have put behind bars, it’s no surprise that someone’s out for revenge.

But how will I ever manage to solve this particular crime without the help of my partner?

The only other person who might be able to help me just relocated to Georgia. But I’m desperate enough to try anything, including exposing my secret to the whole of Blueberry Bay. Anything to bring him home safe.

Oh, Octo-Cat. Where have you gone?

★ WHY READERS LOVE PET WHISPERER P.I. ★

“I just finished KITTY CONFIDENTIAL last night… and wow, what a ride! I fell in love with Molly Fitz’s fresh, zany voice on the first page… A delightfully fun ride. I’ve already started the second book in the series!” ~ Karen MacInerney, author of the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries

“Need a quick pick me up with an adorable talking cat who helps solve crimes? It’s here! Molly Fitz does not disappoint in this cute start to a brand new series. I’m already hooked and picking up the next book. Do yourself a favor and spend some time in Blueberry Bay. It’s so fun and cute you’ll wish you had a talking cat of your own.” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author, Addison Moore

“Molly Fitz’s debut novel, KITTY CONFIDENTIAL, is a fantastic start to a new series. Molly has not only provided a fun, fast-paced mystery, she’s also brought great characters to life. I enjoyed spending time in her world, and I look forward to future books in the series!” ~ Misty Bane, Author of the Blackwood Bay Witches Cozy Mysteries

“KITTY CONFIDENTIAL is such a fun escape that leaves the reader completely satisfied but craving more. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Octo-Cat, and I look forward to Angie’s next curious adventure… A must-read for cozy lovers and mystery lovers alike!” ~ Poppy Bolton, Author of the Katie Chance Cozy Mysteries

“Molly Fitz hits her first cozy mystery out of the park. KITTY CONFIDENTIAL is a great read – fast and fun and is the promising first book in what should be a terrific series.” ~ Ronnie Roberts, Author of The Complete Bootcamp for Fiction Writers

“Oh, my whiskers. This was. So. Much. Fun!!! I am a big fan of cozy mysteries, especially quirky ones with pets. And this one was a gooood one! I doted on Octo-Cat! I adored Angie! The book has a very light-hearted tone that I loved. I loveloveloved it!” ~ Nadine V

“Amazing cozy mystery! I would give it six stars if I could! I absolutely loved this book… and I loved the voice of Octo-Cat! I’m not sure I really want to know what cats think, but I am pretty sure they would say things like Octo-Cat!” ~ Candace  (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of August 4th 2019–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 4th, 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.

 

Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery (Whipped and Sipped Mysteries Book 1) by [Gottlieb, G. P.]

Alene Baron is the proud owner of Whipped and Sipped, a café that offers healthful, delectable food and drinks. Her life consists of dreaming up new recipes, raising her three children, and arguing with her ex-husband–until her neighbor and close friend is murdered. She imagines nearly everyone she knows as a possible suspect. After a second attack, Alene is determined to find the true killer … before she, or her family, become targets.

About the author:
Already known for her imaginative baking and fabulous dinners, G.P. Gottlieb began writing throughout her varied career. After recovering from breast cancer, she turned to writing in earnest, melding her two loves, nourishment for mind and body in recipe-laced murder mysteries. She is also the host of New Books in Literature, a podcast of the New Books Network.  (Amazon)

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Sanctuary. It’s the perfect town. . . to hide a secret.

To Detective Maggie Knight, the death of Sanctuary’s star quarterback seems to be a tragic accident. Only, everyone knows his ex-girlfriend is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died.

Then the rumours start

Bereaved mother Abigail will stop at nothing until she has justice for her dead son. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect her accused daughter. And both women share a secret that could shatter their lives.

It falls to Maggie to prevent her investigation – and Sanctuary itself – from spiralling out of control.

A gripping thriller for fans of Big Little Lies, A Discovery of Witches and The Familars.  (Amazon)

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That Broke Witch!: The Coffee Coven's Cozy Capers by [Andrews, M.Z.]Being willed their best friend’s house has become both a blessing and a curse for old college friends, Gwyn Prescott, Char Bailey, Phyllis Habernackle, and Loni Hodges.

Their blessing is being able to rent out Kat’s house offering the old friends a new source of income in their golden years. The curse comes when they realize their new property requires extensive repair work before they can rent it out, and none of them have the spare cash to do the work. They quickly realize that you gotta have money to make money.

So what will they ever do?

When a cockamamie scheme to make money presents itself, the women jump at the chance to make some fast cash. But to just what extent will they go to save Kat’s house? Mix-ups, miscommunications, and misunderstandings are the key words in this new crazy caper.

In addition to another fast-paced mystery, enjoy a host of new zany characters, more priceless quips from your favorite character, Gwyn’s mother Hazel, cameo appearances by some of The Witch Squad, AND a surprise engagement!  (Amazon)

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The Dead of Summer: A Piper Blackwell Mystery by [Rabe, Jean]

 

 

Shouts of delight turn to screams of terror when a carnival ride goes berserk at the Spencer County Fair. Sheriff Piper Blackwell must contain the chaos and investigate the possible sabotage, even as she tries to solve a local businessman’s horrific murder.

But managing two investigations with at least one killer on the loose pushes the young officer and her tiny staff to their limits. Can Piper catch the murderer, or will the summer’s body count continue to rise?  (Amazon)

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Bad Day at the Vulture Club: Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5 by [Khan, Vaseem]In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai’s wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest.

The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence – where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures – the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case.

But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low…  (Amazon)

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Raging Seas (A Rowan Gray Mystery Book 9) by [Hart, Lily Harper]For years, Rowan Gray has been searching for answers. She’s finally going to get them.
The group of people haunting her, the society that ripped her family apart, are due to arrive on The Bounding Storm … and nobody believes their goals are altruistic. That’s only proven true when death visits The Bounding Storm in their wake, leaving a mountain of questions and not enough answers.
Who are these people?
What do they want?
Quinn Davenport, head of security and Rowan’s boyfriend, is determined to figure out their plan, fight the effort, and eradicate the shadow that’s hanging over the future he plans on sharing with Rowan. They’re going to stand and fight together, no matter the outcome. To carry out the mission, they’re going to need a little help.
Rowan’s father and uncle board the ship in an undercover capacity, so it’s all hands on deck for the final ride. Before it’s over, Rowan will know the truth … and come face to face with an enemy she didn’t see coming.
This is the end, but it could lead to a new beginning.  (Amazon)

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Time for the Dead (Rhona MacLeod) by [Anderson, Lin]Time for the Dead is a gripping crime novel by Lin Anderson and sees forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod discover that a terrifying war is unfolding on Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

When forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod returns to her roots on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, a chance encounter in the woods behind a nearby activities centre leads her to what seems to be a crime scene, but without a victim. Could this be linked to a group of army medics, who visited the centre while on leave from Afghanistan and can no longer be located on the island?

Enlisting the help of local tracker dog Blaze, Rhona starts searching for a connection.

Two days later a body is found at the base of the famous cliff known as Kilt Rock, face and identity obliterated by the fall, which leads Rhona to suspect the missing medics may be on the island for reasons other than relaxation. Furthermore, elements of the case suggests a link with an ongoing operation in Glasgow, which draws DS Michael McNab into the investigation.

As the island’s unforgiving conditions close in, Rhona must find out what really happened to the group in Afghanistan, as the consequences may be being played out in brutal killings on Skye . . .  (Amazon)

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Dead Pelican (Spy Shop Mystery Book 2) by [Haneberg, Lisa]Honeymooners hoping to find a quiet spot for a romantic picnic instead discover the dead body of Forrest Yates, a top birding guide and bottom-dweller human. The murder rattles the local birding association as they prepare for the yearly influx of Sandhill Cranes and the wanna-be ornithologists who flock to the island to watch them. With Ned “The Pelican Man” Quinn as their sidekick, Xena and her team explore the dark side of birding and the tenuous relationship between commerce and nature to solve the case.

Is the killer targeting birdwatchers on Galveston Island? Who might be next? Private investigator Xena Cali and her team will need to use cars, boats, kayaks, drones, bird calls, the Dude Scrubber, and every gadget in their ditty bags to bag the bad girl or guy. She ruffles a lot of feathers as she winds her way to the final battle for justice.

Dead Pelican is the second full-length book in the Spy Shop Mystery series. If you like fast-paced crime novels, clever satire and gritty beach towns, then you’ll love Lisa Haneberg’s humorous mystery.  (Amazon)

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Ghosts are People Too: A Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery (The Chantilly Adair Psychic Medium Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Ridder Aspenson, Carolyn]When her best friend Gen comes from Birmingham for an extended visit, psychic medium Chantilly Adair can’t wait to show her Castleberry, Georgia. Excited to introduce her to what makes her home town so unique, Chantilly plans to throw a party the size of Atlanta’s Mercedes Stadium. Though she hasn’t attempted an event that big since her own wedding, she’s ready and willing to take the ball and run with it.

But when trouble comes to town in the form of her best friend’s soon-to-be ex-husband, threatens both Chantilly and Gen, and winds up dead in the cellar of a local historical property, her plans change.

The cops can’t find a suspect, other than Gen, of course.

Now, for Chantilly to clear her best friend, she’ll need help from the property’s owner, who just happens to be dead…  (Amazon)

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The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery Book 1) by [LoTempio, T. C.]Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop

Crishell “Shell” McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt’s pet shop, the Purr N’ Bark, and do something she loves.

While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt’s Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell’s aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt’s Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?

Praise:

“[A] buoyant start to a new series … Fans of feline mysteries will relish The Time for Murder is Meow‘s pet shop framework in this story of finding one’s second act.”—Foreword Reviews

“[An] entertaining series debut. … Feline-loving cozy fans will be satisfied”—Publishers Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

New Releases For The Week Of August 4th, 2019–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 4th, 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.

 

 

YSouthern Conjuring (Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 13) by [Boyles, Amy]ou never know when an ordinary day in Magnolia Cove will turn into one that’s extraordinary—and not in a good way.

All heck breaks loose when Pepper and her cousins accidentally release a magic eater into their beloved town. At first, they’re not sure what kind of evil they’ve unleashed, but when bodies start dropping, it’s clear this magic eater intends to feast on people in town.

Pepper must stop the creature from claiming more victims and attempt to plan her wedding to Axel Reign. Can she and her friends stop the magic eater or will a member of the Craple family become its next victim?

Starring a cast of characters from previous books including hat shop owner Sylvia Spirits, school headmaster Saltz Swift and goofy real estate agent CJ Hix, Southern Conjuring will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the end!   (Amazon)

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Fit To Be Tied (A Southern Quilting Mystery Book 11) by [Craig, Elizabeth]Sometimes family matters can make you fit to be tied.

Although the small town of Dappled Hills is better known for its quilt shop, bakery, and other small shops, it is also home to some larger ones. When a prominent local businessman decides to sell his family business, his family isn’t as thrilled as he’d first expected. Some of them would rather keep the status quo instead of allowing the business to be sold off to an outsider.

But when Wyatt discovers the businessman murdered before the sale goes through, Beatrice must unravel the clues, making sure there are no loose threads, before anyone else is stitched up.  (Amazon)

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Preserving Peaches (Jane Delaney Mysteries Book 5) by [Burford, Pamela]Just when it looks like Death Diva Jane Delaney’s dormant love life is finally poised to take off, the romantic moment is interrupted by notoriously caustic advice columnist Gertrude “Peaches” Gillespey—or more accurately, by the discovery of Peaches’s mummified corpse.

The victim made plenty of enemies with her lacerating wit, so there’s no shortage of suspects. And when her shocking secrets come to light, the question becomes: Who didn’t want Peaches dead?

As if that’s not enough, Jane must cope with a second suspicious death, a vexing love triangle, a dirty mayoral election, and the victim’s missing collection of peach-shaped knickknacks. Not to mention a hair-raising online date with a possible homicidal maniac. Thank goodness for Jane’s loyal sidekick, Sexy Beast. There’s nothing like a high-strung, seven-pound poodle to help you solve your mummy issues.  (Amazon)

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Kerning to Crime (Hand Lettering Mystery Book 3) by [Archer, Jessa]Kit Perry is a rich, handsome rogue with a scandalous past. He’s also Cedar Valley’s newest businessman. But is he their newest murderer? When hand lettering amateur sleuth Jamie Lang stumbles upon Kit with a beautiful woman dying in his arms he sure looks like it.

Almost everyone in town is convinced Kit is guilty—of being a devastating charmer and murdering his half sister, Steph. But Steph has almost as many enemies as the entire population of Cedar Valley, and a million little reasons for any of them to want her dead. Kit proclaims his innocence and asks Jamie for help. Despite Kit’s killer smile, Jamie isn’t convinced he murdered his sister. Now it’s up to Jamie to uncover the truth and stop the killer from striking again.

If you enjoy cozy mysteries with something new, or if you’re a fan of hand lettering, pen and ink art, graphic design, watercoloring, typography, calligraphy, and creative inspiration, this series is for you! Indulge your inner artist and sleuth. Welcome to Cedar Valley, a thriving tourist town and popular wedding venue. Once you slip into town, you’ll want to stay and grab a cup of coffee with Jamie while she solves crimes. Get your copy today!  (Amazon)

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Bad Blood in Witchwood (Witchwood Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Lancaster, Jessica]BOOK FIVE in the Witchwood Cozy Mystery series

With monsters descending on Witchwood, Evanora Lavender and Cassandra Hexe are pushed to their limits. In a race to find out what’s bringing creatures out of the woodwork, they might uncover a darker force hiding inside Witchwood.

Sending out an SOS to the Witches Council, they don’t have long before the town is consumed. What they’re searching for might be closer to home than they expected.

It’s capture, or be caught.

A paranormal cozy mystery set in a small English town, featuring a witch detective and her talking familiar as they sleuth around Witchwood. Written in British English. *previously published book*

Witchwood Cozy Mystery series
1. Cryptic Curses in Witchwood – NOW
2. Secret Spells in Witchwood – JULY 8
3. Monster Magic in Witchwood – JULY 17
4. Reaper Rituals in Witchwood – JULY 31
5. Bad Blood in Witchwood – AUGUST 7
6. Wicked Witches in Witchwood – AUGUST 14  (Amazon)

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Terns of Endearment: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 25) by [Andrews, Donna]A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from the award-winning, New York Timesbestselling author of Toucan Keep a Secret.

Meg Langslow’s grandfather has been booked by a cruise line to give lectures on birds and other environmental topics as part of their ship’s education/entertainment itinerary, and Grandfather has arranged for a passel of family members to join him.

The passengers’ vacation quickly becomes a nightmare when they wake up to find themselves broken down and in need of repairs in the Bermuda Triangle. To keep the stranded passengers calm, Meg’s family and friends band together to keep things organized and provide entertainment. Some even take up the cause of nursing an injured tern back to health.

But things get even worse when a crew member announces to all that a woman has jumped overboard, leaving behind her shoes, shawl, and a note. The note reveals she’s the mortal enemy of group of writers who came on board for a retreat, and the group is split on whether suicide is in-character for her. Meanwhile, grandfather’s assistant Trevor seems to have gone missing too!

The captain decides not to investigate, saying he’ll notify American authorities when they reach their destination. But Meg’s father thinks they should find out whether there was foul play while the prime suspects are all stuck on board. Who wanted the writer dead? Why doesn’t the captain seem concerned? What happened to Trevor? It’ll be a race against the clock to solve these mysteries before they make the necessary repairs and return to shore.

Terns of Endearment is the twenty-fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews’ hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series.  (Amazon)

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A Nice Cup of Tea by [Imrie, Celia]In this witty third novel in the Nice series, from beloved actress Celia Imrie, the retired expats in the South of France must rally to save their failing restaurant, and protect Theresa from an unsavory stalker.

The beautiful town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the plush red carpets of Cannes, is home to Theresa, Carol, William, Benjamin, and Sally: five retired expats who have pooled their resources to set up La Mosaïque, a divine little restaurant. But there is trouble in paradise: the friends are desperately struggling to make ends meet. It will take every bit of their talent and gumption to save La Mosaïque. With fussy customers, obnoxious cruise parties, and a failing delivery van, it’s certainly not going to be easy.

On top of this, Theresa and Sally have their own distractions. Theresa’s teenage granddaughter has run away, and Theresa herself has been getting mysterious phone calls and the strong sense that someone’s watching her. Meanwhile, Sally’s run into a nasty couple from her acting days, and their barbed jibes are enough to send her on an ill-advised search for the limelight.

A Nice Cup of Tea is a delightful cozy mystery, a wickedly fun page-turner that’s sassier than a cup of tea, no matter how Nice!  (Amazon)

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Freaky Reapers (A Mystic Caravan Mystery Book 8) by [Lee, Amanda M.]Poet Parker put the past behind her. At least she thought she did.
Life on the streets wasn’t what she had in mind for her forever and she jumped at the chance to join Mystic Caravan Circus when an invitation was extended. She didn’t look back.
That was ten years ago, and now Poet is going back to the exact area she used to haunt … and she’s nervous.
The friends she left behind are scattered. Some are dead. Some have moved on to other things. Some turned out to be something else entirely. Others simply disappeared into the wind.
Unfortunately for Parker, forgetting isn’t easy … especially when a group of banshees start infringing on Mystic Caravan’s territory and the creatures seemingly have ties to the people Poet left behind.
Between the reapers also working the case – a crazy family called the Grimlocks who can’t stay out of trouble – and the guilt weighing Poet down given the way she fled, she has her hands full.
Someone is controlling the banshees, stealing girls from the streets and creating a merry band of monsters. It’s up to Poet to find out who and protect two street girls who remind her of herself.
Poet doesn’t want to look back but she has no choice … what she finds might be more evil than she ever imagined.  (Amazon)

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Paint a Murder: An Alice Haydon Mystery (Alice Haydon Mysteries Book 1) by [Ashton, Lily]

 

What’s a curator to do when a painting for her new exhibition goes missing? And on the same day she finds a dead body in the river outside the gallery? Alice Haydon has to pull the show together and fix a horrible row with boyfriend Joe Buchanan. To top it off, another painting is stolen from her gallery and old flame DI Nathan Salisbury turns up to investigate. When she finds her own life is in danger, Alice steps up the hunt to find the killer. Paint a Murder is a new cozy mystery, with a pony loving amateur sleuth and set in a small riverside town full of quirky characters.  (Amazon)

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Leger's Father (Leger Cat Sleuth Mysteries Book 32) by [Dearie, Lacey]

 

 

Join Leger for the 32nd book in the Leger Cat Sleuth Mysteries series as he tracks down the father he has never met and solves a murder mystery with his help.

This book is currently available for pre-order and will be on sale on 10th July 2019.  (amazon)

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Footprints in the Ferns (Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 6) by [Mayer, Dale]A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and mostly lovable cat, dog, and parrot—as they catch murderers and solve crimes in lovely Kelowna, British Columbia.

Riches to rags. … Controlling to chaos. … But murder … not this time!

One night 10 years ago, 8-year-old Crystal, vanished from her bed in her parents’ house, the only clue a footprint in the flowerbed below the girl’s window.

Now that footprint’s reappeared, this time at the scene of another crime, and Doreen is under strict orders not to stick her nose into Corporal Mack Moreau’s new investigation.

But while Mack is busy with the new case, Doreen figures it can’t hurt if she just takes a quick look at the old one. Her house is empty, her antiques removed, and she has time on her hands. She’s finished working on Penny’s garden and needs a new project to keep her busy – and allow her to avoid the heavy work waiting in her own garden. And with the help of her assistants, Thaddeus the parrot, Goliath the Maine Coon, and Mugs the Basset, soon Doreen is busy navigating the world of pawn shops and blackmail as she looks for clues as to what happened to the girl stolen from her bedroom so many years ago.

Surely, it’s not her fault when her case butts up against the new one – is it?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

Review of Murder In Hollywood

Murder In Hollywood
Midwest Cozy Mystery, Book # 8
Dianne Harman
Book #8

5 Stars

 

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Synopsis:

Marie Moorhead looked like a million bucks, even at the age of eighty-four.
In Hollywood, you never outgrow the need to prove your relevance.

Too bad she was murdered on the eve of her book launch.

Marie knew secrets about everyone in Hollywood. And when you’re eighty-four, why save them?
Because those who are outed might just kill to keep those secrets from going public.

Join Kat, the ghostwriter and amateur detective, and her dog Rudy, as they search for the murderer before Kat becomes the next victim.

This is the eighth book in the Midwest Cozy Mystery Series by two-time USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Harman. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Kat is a caring loyal friend and very down to earth, even though she could have let fame get to her head. When a friend, Marie, an aging actress, is murdered, she knows she has to find the culprit for her friend. In this book we have a lot of people who have secrets that they did not want revealed. And when Marie is going to release a tell-all book, someone is willing to murder to keep their secrets. Now all Kat has to do is figure out who.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the beginning. The mystery was not easily solved and there were numerous suspects to consider and clues to sift through.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. Spend an afternoon trying to figure out who done it.

Review of Mrs. Morris and the Ghost

Mrs. Morris and the Ghost
A Salem B&B Mystery, Book #1
Traci Wilson
5 Stars

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Synopsis:

Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests–not ghosts…

A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start–so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore–and explains that he used to live here–when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:

I thought that Charlene was a smart caring lady who is mourning the loss of her husband. She has moved to New England to get a fresh start, and she decides to open a B&B. There is one small problem, the house is occupied by a ghost named Jack. After getting over the initial shock of Jack being a ghost, Charlene agrees to help find out if Jack was murdered, in hopes of him being able to move one.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to know Charlene and Jack and I liked how their relationship grew as the book went on. Detective Sam Holden is a great guy and he has shown some interest in getting to know Charlene better.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions kept me engaged from the very first page. The mystery was well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I was not sure of the culprit until it was revealed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Paranormal cozy ghost stories are some of my favorites to read and this book fit in that category very nicely.

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

 

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Knot On Her Life

 

 

 

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Mary Marks and her new book Knot On Her Life.  This is the seventh book in her A Quilting Mystery Series.  I just love the cover!

Knot on Her Life (A Quilting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Kensington (July 30, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496720504
ISBN-13: 978-1496720504
Digital ASIN: B07K5ZJRYX

Purchase Links

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While quilter Martha Rose awaits the birth of her granddaughter, a neighborhood girl appears at her door with a mystery that can’t be pinned down . .

Martha’s eager to finish the baby quilt she’s making for her new granddaughter, but she scraps those plans when a young girl rings her doorbell begging for help. Poppy Halaby, the foster child of Martha’s neighbor, is an orphan whose parents were murdered by a killer who was never caught. When Poppy’s doting foster mom falls suspiciously ill, Martha is determined to keep the child safe. But she’ll have to unravel more about Poppy’s parents to stitch a broken family back together again—and prevent another crime cut from the same cloth . . .

 

 

About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.

Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013

 

 

 

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

I came to be writing late in life. When I hit my sixties, I wanted to write a memoir, more for my children and grandchildren than for public consumption. I took memoir writing classes for four years but abandoned the project. By sheer whim, I signed up for a mystery writing workshop. My imagination soared while writing fiction and I discovered not only did I like it; I was good at it. 

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

I push at the boundaries that define a cozy: amateur sleuth, no overt violence or sex, no bad language and set in a small community. While there’s plenty of humor in my stories, I weave in serious topics in every book along with American history; history of women; quilting history, lore and techniques; friendship; and Jewish practices (Sabbath and holidays).

 

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

I tried working from an outline once and found that it hampered my creativity. I like the story to come from my characters as I write because they are more interesting and funnier than I could ever be.

 

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

Contrary to all advice, I read each and every review. I find them to be instructive. Especially the negative ones. Where writing is concerned, it’s a good idea not to let your ego get in the way. My readers teach me what they like and don’t like about my stories. Then it’s up to me whether I let the comments shape my writing.

While Martha and her gang may not be everybody’s cup of tea, it’s important to keep her authentic.

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What advice would you give to your younger self?

Listen more.

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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?

I give the art director at Kensington Books full credit for making my book covers appealing. I truly believe that the covers sell more books.

 

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

My protagonist is unlike any other in the genre. She lives in the San Fernando Valley north of LA, not in a small town. She’s older, divorced, overweight, suffers from fibromyalgia, and is Jewish. These characteristics set my books apart from anything else I’ve seen in my genre.

 

What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?

It’s okay to be eccentric. I mean, who’s going to challenge a 76 year old woman with turquoise and purple hair and a nose piercing? 

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Do you write full-time or part-time?

I don’t write every day. But when I do write, it’s at the beginning of the day when I can think better. 

 

What do your plans for future projects include?

More stories about Martha Rose and her friends.

 

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

Coming up with the plot is the hardest. Since I don’t write from an outline, I must depend on “the little gray cells” to come up with plot in every interesting scene.

The easiest part and one I thoroughly enjoy is editing and polishing the first draft. 

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

I started writing in my sixties. My first book was published when I was 70. I’m now 76 and have just finished the 8th book in the quilting mystery series. 

 

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

You are never too old to try something new. 

If you think you’d like to write, whether fiction or nonfiction, just do it. The more you write, the more skills you will develop along the way. And who knows? One day you might get lucky like I did and find a publisher who wants to bring your stories to the rest of the world.

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How can readers discover more about you and your work?

    Website: http://www.marymarksmysteries.com    

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mmarks2013/

    Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Marks/e/B00DUZLNXA/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4747097.Mary_Marks?from_search=true

 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 1 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 1 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

August 2 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

August 3 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, EXCERPT

August 3 – Reading Is My SuperPower – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

August 4 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – Lisa Ks Book Review – REVIEW

August 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 5 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

August 6 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW

August 7 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 7 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

 

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