Dead Even

Dead Even

Mattie Winston, Book, #12

Annelise Ryan

5 Stars

Synopsis:

In Sorenson, Wisconsin, a local bigshot is found with a pool cue through the heart—and Mattie Winston must untangle a web of lies to sink a killer . . .

In her previous career as a nurse, Mattie Winston’s job was to keep death at bay. Now, as a medicolegal investigator, she’s required to study death intimately—to figure out causes and timing, and help deduce whether it was natural or suspicious.

In the case of Montgomery “Monty” Dixon, a well-to-do Realtor, there can be little doubt: Broken pool cues do not embed themselves. Monty’s body is found in the game room of his lavish house, the walls adorned with photos of Monty and various celebrities. But as Mattie and husband Steve Hurley, a homicide detective, both know, money and connections can’t protect anyone from a killer.

The first suspect is Monty’s wife, Summer, who claims to have been at a cooking class at the time. When that alibi is served up as a fake, Summer moves to the top of the suspects list, but is soon joined by Monty’s ne’er-do-well son, Sawyer, who has racked up gambling debts he hoped his dad would pay off. Monty’s twin brother is engaging in shady financial deals. An affair, a Ponzi scheme, a disputed inheritance . . . there are as many motives as suspects, and soon Mattie and Hurley have turned up other, possibly related deaths.

Balancing a high-profile case with the demands of their increasingly stressful household isn’t easy. It’ll take all of Mattie’s skill—along with a lucky break or two—to stop a killer from racking up another victim.   (Goodreads)

Review:

Whenever I read a book by this author I know that I am in for a real treat.  I know that there will be suspense and family, and it will be a good book.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mattie and Steve are great partners, both in life, parenting and crime solving.  They respect each other, care about each other and will do anything for each other.  The secondary characters add a lot to the story and are all very good friends to Mattie and Steve.  They added a lot of humor to the story and a lot more depth.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the book is a quick easy read.  These descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and I was taken on an intriguing ride.  There was plenty of action and tension and I really liked that.  

I would highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well plotted mystery.  I think the books just keep getting better.

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

Dead Even (A Mattie Winston Mystery Book 12) by [Annelise Ryan]

New Releases For The Week Of April 4th, 2021–Part 4

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For God’s sake don’t get the idea that you’re Miss Marple. It could quite conceivably lead to your being whacked on the head.’

The narrator of this classic mystery is fashionable young actress, Tessa Crichton-obliged to turn private detective when murder strikes in the rural stronghold of Roakes Common. Leading hate-figures in the community are Mr. and Mrs. Cornford – the nouveaux riches of the local Manor House – suspected by some of malicious dog killing.

Tessa however has other things on her mind when she goes to stay with her cousin Toby and his wife Matilda. There’s her blossoming career, for one thing, not to mention coping with her eccentric cousins. Also the favourable impression made by a young man she meets under odd circumstances in the local pub. If it wasn’t for that dead body turning up in a ditch . . .

The murder mystery will lead Tessa to perilous danger, but she solves it herself, witty, blithe and soignée to the last. The story is distinguished by memorable characterisation and a sharp ear for dialogue, adding to the satisfaction of a traditional cunningly-clued detective story.

Death in the Grand Manor was originally published in 1970. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

A charming whodunit . . . full of unforced buoyance . . . a remedy for existentialist gloom.’ Edmund Crispin

‘It provides a modern version of the classical type of detective story. I was much taken with the cheerful young narrator . . . and I think most readers will feel the same way. Warmly recommended.’ Francis Iles

‘Entrancingly fresh and lively whodunit . . . Excellent dialogue.’ Observer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Paperback

Murder in Married Life: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mysteries Book 2) by [Anne Morice]

Stabbed?’ she repeated, in horror. ‘Was he really?’

‘I’m afraid so. From behind. He was sitting at his desk.’

The soignée actress Tessa Crichton would rather be shopping and generally luxuriating in the pleasure of being newly married. However, she is soon embroiled in a plot involving an old acquaintance (murdered) and a friend (blackmailed). Being as shrewd as she is mischievous she begins to draw various conclusions, not all of them correct.

Many of the encounters in the story take place during Tessa’s visits to a London department store, the top floor being a bar open to any customer who spends over twenty-five pounds. Here lies part of the secret which is bedevilling Robin, Tessa’s husband, at Scotland Yard – who hates blackmailers more than any other criminals. But will Tessa get a bit too knowing, and will her own life then be at stake?

Murder in Married Life was originally published in 1971. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘Miss Morice has an acute ear for dialogue and a pretty, slightly acid, wit. Every page is amusing – and there are not many books of which that could be said.’ Tablet

‘Relaxing, polished entertainment of high order.’ Daily Telegraph (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Death of a Wedding Guest: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mysteries Book 9) by [Anne Morice]

Poor woman, how she must wish she had never come!’

Prophetic words, if ever I heard any.

The actress Tessa Crichton’s cousin Ellen is engaged – but to someone she has known only a fortnight. The man appears rich, presentable and mad about Ellen, but Tessa is worried about the reaction of his former amoureuse, and indeed about that of Ellen’s own ex-boyfriend, a bibulous and self-pitying actor.

Plans go ahead for a splendid white wedding, and the scene is set for a gathering of various eccentric and tiresome relations – foremost in tiresomeness the bride’s mother.Just before the speeches one of the guests collapses and dies; and a host of clues, suspects and possible motives appear. The elegant Tessa investigates with her usual mixture of observation and intuition, helped by her Scotland Yard detective husband Robin. Another murder is in the offing before we reach the surprising yet plausible conclusion to an entertaining matrimonial whodunnit.

Death of a Wedding Guest was originally published in 1976. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘As always, a bright and amusing style . . . a general air of sophisticated writing.’ New York Times

‘Relaxing, polished entertainment of high order.’ Daily Telegraph (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Nursery Tea and Poison: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mysteries Book 8) by [Anne Morice]

When she turned round I saw that she had a carving knife in her hand.

Why has Pelham Hargrave returned to his childhood home after twenty-five successful years in Canada and the United States, and is his beautiful and neurotic young American wife quite what she claims to be? Why has a celebrated Hollywood director chosen to retire to a remote English country house, and why does one young woman covet the house and another loathe it? Above all, what is the secret of old Nannie’s power, which allows her to dominate the household from her rocking chair?

These are some of the questions which confront the soignée Tessa Crichton, actress wife of Scotland Yard detective Robin Price, when she arrives to spend a quiet weekend with her godmother in Herefordshire. One by one the puzzles are unravelled, thanks to Tessa’s spirited and irrepressible curiosity, plus a little help from her husband, but not before two people have died and Tessa herself has narrowly escaped the same fate.

Nursery Tea and Poison was originally published in 1975. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘Anne Morice has a gift for creating intelligent, affection-generating characters, set in light and entertaining atmospheres.’ Spectator

‘Relaxing, polished entertainment of high order.’ Daily Telegraph (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Death of a Heavenly Twin: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mystery Book 6) by [Anne Morice]

She lay on her back, her head and shoulders at an unnaturally curved angle, as though she had arched herself in a last tremendous convulsion as death overtook her. The grass around her was stained with blood and a dart was sticking out above the neckline of her dress.

This is a sparkling whodunit in the best Anne Morice style: the action takes place in and around an ostentatious stately home where murder strikes at the garden fête.

The gala is being thrown by a millionaire tycoon in aid of the local conservation society. Noted actress Tessa Crichton has been given the job of declaring the event ‘open’. While not expecting open season on murder, Tessa is unable to resist the chance to do some on-the-spot investigation, especially as the police are building a damaging case against someone she considers to be innocent.

There are plenty of suspects and plenty of motives; nobody shows much inclination to tell the whole truth and Tessa’s involvement becomes more personal and more dangerous when another corpse is discovered soon afterwards.

Death of a Heavenly Twin, originally published in 1974, is a crime story of ingenuity and wit, with a cast of sharply-observed eccentrics and a final surprise revelation. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘Anne Morice has a gift for creating intelligent, affection-generating characters, set in light and entertaining atmospheres.’ Spectator

‘Relaxing, polished entertainment of high order.’ Daily Telegraph (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Death and the Dutiful Daughter: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mysteries Book 5) by [Anne Morice]

Going somewhere nice for lunch?’ he enquired.

‘No,’ I said. ‘As a matter of fact, I’m going straight back to the country. Something tells me there isn’t a minute to lose.’

The scene of the crime is a large Victorian Rectory. An aged and famous opera singer dies; she has been ill for some time and initially her death would appear to be natural. But her will, signed on the day she died, causes both astonishment and considerable ill-feeling among her kin. Then two more sinister deaths occur at the Rectory . . .

Tessa Crichton, soignée actress and inadvertent sleuth, is an old friend of the family. Under the circumstances she can’t resist investigating, while her detective husband, Robin Price of Scotland Yard, works on another case near by. Tessa’s imagination and powers of deduction are brilliant as ever. By twists and turns she reaches the solution, but not without a measure of danger to herself – and just a little help from the local police.

Death and the Dutiful Daughter was originally published in 1973. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘Anne Morice has a gift for creating intelligent, affection-generating characters, set in light and entertaining atmospheres.’ Spectator

‘Relaxing, polished entertainment of high order.’ Daily Telegraph (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Death of a Gay Dog: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mysteries Book 3) by [Anne Morice]

You’ll be the death of me one of these days. I’m telling you.’

‘I’ll be the death of myself first,’ I replied.

The soignée young actress Tessa Crichton is in dazzling form when Robin, her husband and Scotland Yard detective, suggests sleuthing in the Sussex village of Burleigh. The area has recently seen a number of art thefts, but the stakes are raised considerably when murder most foul occurs at a local party . . .

Tessa of course cannot resist a mystery. Her investigations run parallel with her husband’s, and although she is soon on the right track, there will be bizarre and dangerous consequences.

Strange and brilliant characters, odd birds of paradise, are among the suspects in this cleverly-plotted whodunit. Here are character, action, humour – and a very high likelihood of being deceived (despite fair clues) about the identity of the murderer.

Death of a Gay Dog was originally published in 1971. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘An ingenious plot and good entertainment value – the type of whodunit that can safely be read late at night without fear of nightmares.’ Woman’s Journal

‘Certain to the add to the reputation of Tessa . . . entertainingly and cheerfully written.’ Manchester Evening News (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

With no sound at all, she pitched forward head first into the punch bowl, scattering canapés and glasses in all directions.

By all accounts, Mike Parsons is a paragon: considerate, loyal and devoted to his awkward wife – rumoured to be an alcoholic. But now he has done a vanishing act. Was he killed – and who would murder such a kind individual anyway?

Rising young actress Tessa Crichton is unwittingly set a real puzzle in investigating the case of a man she knew and liked – but who turns out to be a more mysterious character than previously thought. Needing all her detective skill to find out what has really happened to the saintly husband, Tessa uncovers evidence that increasingly puts herself in danger.

Killing with Kindness was originally published in 1974. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘Anne Morice has a gift for creating intelligent, affection-generating characters, set in light and entertaining atmospheres.’ Spectator (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

What if he’d done it in reverse? Supposing the murder had already been committed by the time you saw him?’

The elegant actress Tessa Crichton is starring in a film to be made in Paris. Her husband Robin (otherwise Detective Inspector Price of Scotland Yard) and her cousin Ellen travel with her but the trip is off to a peculiar start when Tessa’s jewel case disappears – and mysteriously turns up again; no jewellery missing. She and Robin go racing at Longchamps, attend an evening of Indian folk music, and get invited to lunch by a chance acquaintance. Their social activities seem perfectly innocent and enjoyable – before murder is committed and Tessa finds herself in possession of some very dangerous knowledge.

Anne Morice’s talents for characterisation and humour are well displayed in a classical whodunnit with elements of espionage and kidnapping.

Murder on French Leave was originally published in 1972. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘Anne Morice has a gift for creating intelligent, affection-generating characters, set in light and entertaining atmospheres.’ Spectator

‘Relaxing, polished entertainment of high order.’ Daily Telegraph (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Death in the Grand Manor: A Tessa Crichton Mystery (The Tessa Crichton Mysteries Book 1) by [Anne Morice]

For God’s sake don’t get the idea that you’re Miss Marple. It could quite conceivably lead to your being whacked on the head.’

The narrator of this classic mystery is fashionable young actress, Tessa Crichton-obliged to turn private detective when murder strikes in the rural stronghold of Roakes Common. Leading hate-figures in the community are Mr. and Mrs. Cornford – the nouveaux riches of the local Manor House – suspected by some of malicious dog killing.

Tessa however has other things on her mind when she goes to stay with her cousin Toby and his wife Matilda. There’s her blossoming career, for one thing, not to mention coping with her eccentric cousins. Also the favourable impression made by a young man she meets under odd circumstances in the local pub. If it wasn’t for that dead body turning up in a ditch . . .

The murder mystery will lead Tessa to perilous danger, but she solves it herself, witty, blithe and soignée to the last. The story is distinguished by memorable characterisation and a sharp ear for dialogue, adding to the satisfaction of a traditional cunningly-clued detective story.

Death in the Grand Manor was originally published in 1970. This new edition features an introduction and afterword by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

‘A charming whodunit . . . full of unforced buoyance . . . a remedy for existentialist gloom.’ Edmund Crispin

‘It provides a modern version of the classical type of detective story. I was much taken with the cheerful young narrator . . . and I think most readers will feel the same way. Warmly recommended.’ Francis Iles

‘Entrancingly fresh and lively whodunit . . . Excellent dialogue.’ Observer (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

Framed by a Forgery (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 8) by [Fiona Grace]

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

FRAMED BY A FORGERY (A LACEY DOYLE COZY MYSTERY—BOOK 8) is book eight in a charming new cozy mystery series which begins with MURDER IN THE MANOR (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews—and a free download!

Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, has made a drastic change: she has walked away from the fast life of New York City and settled down in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire.

November has arrived, bringing the crisp weather, farms, and the promise of Fall holidays, and Lacey is thrilled to be auctioning off a rare and priceless letter. But after selling it to an eager buyer, the letter turns out to be too good to be true—it’s been forged, and the buyer wants his money back.

But the person who sold it to her is now dead.

Can the forgery and murder be connected?

Lacey, with her beloved dog, must solve the crime and unearth the source of the forgery before she herself is implicated and her business is taken away from her.

Book #9—CATASTROPHE IN A CLOISTER—is also available for pre-order! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Catastrophe in a Cloister (A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery—Book 9) by [Fiona Grace]

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

CATASTROPHE IN A CLOISTER (A LACEY DOYLE COZY MYSTERY—BOOK 9) is book nine in a charming new cozy mystery series which begins with MURDER IN THE MANOR (Book #1), a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews—and a free download!

Lacey Doyle, 39 years old and freshly divorced, has made a drastic change: she has walked away from the fast life of New York City and settled down in the quaint English seaside town of Wilfordshire.

December has arrived, bringing with it the first touch of Winter and the promise of Christmas. As Wilfordshire comes to life with holiday parties, Lacey is surprised when she receives an unexpected phone call—a mysterious object has been found hidden in the wall of a church. The monks who found it believe it is a rare medieval artifact—one which, if auctioned, can be the Godsend the church needs to save it from looming bankruptcy.

Lacey is determined to help them.

But when the artifact is stolen and a dead body is found, Lacey finds herself in the midst of a murder. With her reputation on the line, she may be the only one who can solve it.

Book #10 will be available soon! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Stella Spinney is a witch with a secret. And she’s about to trick her friends into helping her. When she sees an ad for a new reality dating show, she knows this is her chance to find out what really happened long ago. But there’s a catch. They can’t use their magic in the manor. Will the four witches be able to solve how Mabel Marwood stole the Spinney family home? Will one of them win the heart of the rich guy? Or will they uncover something so horrible Stella will never forgive herself for dragging her friends into her mess?
Find out in book one of Enchantingly Yours: Season 1, a magical, romantic cozy mystery. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Oxford Key Mysteries - Books 1-4: A charmingly fun paranormal cozy mystery box set by [Lynn Morrison]

Murder. Theft. And the ghosts didn’t see a thing.

Natalie Payne loved listening to her grandfather’s stories of a magical Oxford. Little did she know they were all true! When she takes over as Head of Ceremonies, she discovers she has a magical legacy… and responsibilities. A murder in the halls is a sure sign that something has gone wrong with Oxford’s magical protections.. With dead bodies showing up and priceless art missing, Nat and her friends must figure out who or what is causing the problems and put a stop to them.

Book 1: MURDER AT ST MARGARET

As Oxford’s new Head of Ceremonies, Natalie Payne’s first task is to plan St Margaret’s autumn gala. However, her plans are dashed when she finds their famed chef dead in the kitchen. And then a centuries-old cat informs Nat she has her own magical legacy… and responsibilities. A murder in the halls is a sure sign that something has gone wrong with Oxford’s magical protections. Can she solve the crime in time to save St Margaret’s connection to the magic?

Book 2: BURGLARY AT BARNARD

When Nat agrees to meet a friend in the archives of historic Barnard College after hours, she doesn’t expect to find a hidden chamber or stumble across another dead body. The situation becomes a race against time, and just when she thinks she’s won, Nat realises the murderer is willing to do whatever it takes to escape justice, including getting Nat out of the way. Permanently.
Nat’s miscalculation will cost someone their life, but whose?

Book 3: ARSON AT THE ASHMOLEAN

The fire in the Ashmolean’s archives reveals itself to be a cover-up for the real crime: dozens of valuables are missing from the shelves. Unfortunately, security guard Andrei Radu dies at the scene, elevating the crime to a homicide. Nat and her friends know the likely perpetrator is the person behind the problems with the magic. Can they save Kate’s assistant from going down for a crime she didn’t commit?

Book 4: SABOTAGE AT SOMERSET

Nat has identified the evil menace stealing Oxford’s magic. Can she stop them before it is too late? Natalie, Kate and Mathilde know who is wreaking havoc on Oxford’s magic. Now their challenge is to ensure they are brought to justice. When a film production comes to Oxford, it provides the group the chance to bait the perfect trap. There’s just one problem: Has the evil menace caught onto their plans or is someone else trying to sabotage the show?

If you like charming, magical mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, wyverns play and magic seems within reach, you will love the Oxford Key Mysteries. (Amazon)

Editions available: Kindle

When Witches Come True: Enchantingly Yours: Season 1 by [Michelle  Francik]

Stella Spinney is a witch with a secret. And she’s about to trick her friends into helping her. When she sees an ad for a new reality dating show, she knows this is her chance to find out what really happened long ago. But there’s a catch. They can’t use their magic in the manor. Will the four witches be able to solve how Mabel Marwood stole the Spinney family home? Will one of them win the heart of the rich guy? Or will they uncover something so horrible Stella will never forgive herself for dragging her friends into her mess?
Find out in book one of Enchantingly Yours: Season 1, a magical, romantic cozy mystery. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

New Releases For The Week Of April 4th, 2021–Part 3

Crazy About Maisie (Happenstance Chronicles Book 2) by [Janice L. Dick, Mosaic Collection]

Hairdresser Maisie McDonald loves her life in Happenstance, but when private investigator Sam Kowalczyk comes to town, Maisie is spooked. Will Sam’s questions reveal secrets relegated to the past and ruin her present and her future? And who hired him?

When mysterious newcomer to Happenstance, Julia Freemont, purchases an abandoned shop to turn it into a bistro, everyone is excited. But is Julia’s presence valid, or a ruse to get to Maisie?

Maisie will do anything to protect her family, but can she fight the power that money can buy? Revisit the townspeople of Happenstance as they rally round to help her through her struggle between fear and trust.

Crazy About Maisie is a cozy mystery, the second in the Happenstance Chronicles, about a little town that offers fresh choices and second chances. It’s sure to capture your heart and leave you wanting more. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Five Card Murder: A clean-read private investigator mystery (Smiley and McBlythe Mystery Series Book 6) by [Bruce Hammack]

An inheritance worth millions. A killer with a list…and Smiley’s on it.

A phone call from out of the blue leads blind PI Steve Smiley to become executor of a large Texas estate—one which includes the last undeveloped lakefront property in the state. While the sheriff is hunting for the rancher’s killer, a second death occurs. The ranch foreman is found murdered.

Someone is intent on getting their hands on that property. Any of the four siblings could be guilty of one, or both, of the murders. There’s no love lost in the dysfunctional family. But which one wanted the land bad enough to kill for it? Or was it a conspiracy?

Steve and his partner Heather are hired to find out who killed the ranch foreman. They unearth a long-buried family secret that could solve the mystery, but will it also lead to more killing? A person desperate not to be discovered attacks Heather. Steve needs to stop the killer or the next funeral will be his. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Familiar Beginnings: Accidental Familiar: The Prequel by [Belinda White]

Before the magic… there was still mystery.

I knew better than to take my old boss at his word. I should have checked into things a lot more thoroughly before taking the wedding photographer contract.

But it was cold here in Michigan, and an out-of-state trip to a private island destination sounded really good. The fact that the gig paid three times what it should have kind of helped too. Especially with the current state of my bank account. Which happened to be dangerously close to empty.

As I said, I should have dug deeper, but I didn’t. Live and learn.

Of course, being stuck on a locked down private island with nowhere to run and a killer on the loose, the live part of that equation wasn’t exactly guaranteed.

***If you’re a fan of the Accidental Familiar Series and have been itching for a closer look at Amie’s life before her magic hit… this book will scratch that itch for you. A clean, fun paranormal cozy mystery with just a hint of magic.

And if you haven’t read the Accidental Familiar Series yet? Well, this one is a great place to start!*** (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

There's No Crime Like the Prescient (Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. Book 11) by [Kelly Hashway]

Piper Ashwell might be a gifted psychic P.I., but premonitions still aren’t her strong suit. So when her boyfriend and partner, Detective Mitchell Brennan, brings her a new case, she’s convinced it’s the murder she saw in a recent vision. Only it’s not. 

Now, Piper can’t shake the feeling that what she saw hasn’t yet happened. But how can she prevent one murder while she’s busy investigating another? 

When a second body turns up, Piper’s convinced the cases are linked even though the victims didn’t know each other and are seemingly not connected in any way. 

Can Piper find the killer before the body count goes up again and her vision becomes a reality? 

Fans of Joanne Fluke and Victoria Laurie will enjoy this psychic cozy mystery series.

Scroll up and grab your copy today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Stilettos, Bow Ties & Dead Guys (Gianna Mancini Mysteries Book 4) by [Jennifer Fischetto]

From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Fischetto comes the next hauntingly fun Gianna Mancini Mystery…

Reluctant ghost whisperer and newly hired party planner, Gianna Mancini, finds herself helping to plan an over-the-top wedding unlike any she’s ever seen—gaudy carnations, mermaid-inspired bridal party gowns, and a piña colada infused wedding cake. Whatever the client wants. But when Lexi, an author and the maid of honor, is found dead at the bridal shower, Gianna’s job becomes much more difficult. Especially when Lexi’s ghost appears to Gianna, demanding answers.

Lexi is not all that happy she’s been killed before her latest book can be published—a scandalous drama not-so-loosely based on the secrets of those in her real life. She wants revenge for her death, but there are more suspects to the killing than Gianna can keep straight. On top of that, the bride-to-be asks Gianna to step into Lexi’s ridiculously high stilettos and become her new maid of honor. With only a week before the wedding, the clock is ticking down for Gianna to find a killer. Seven days of giggly women, angry relatives, and a ghost who is more vengeful than helpful. While Gianna keeps her attention on a houseful of suspects, a killer watches her every move…and if Gianna isn’t careful, they just may strike again!

Gianna Mancini Mysteries:
Lipstick, Lies & Dead Guys (book #1)
Miniskirts, Mai Tais & Dead Guys (book #2)
Cupcakes, Butterflies & Dead Guys (book #3)
Stilettos, Bow Ties & Dead Guys (book #4)
Diamonds, Pies & Dead Guys (book #5)
Christmas, Spies & Dead Guys (short story in the “Cozy Christmas Shorts” collection)

What critics are saying about the Gianna Mancini Mysteries:

“Quirky but oh so fun cozy mystery. If you like your cozy mysteries on the humorous side, then look no further!”
—Fresh Fiction

“Jennifer Fishetto serves up a delicious cozy mystery with this fun ghost story. If you are a fan of the genre this is a fun read that will leave you with a smile.”
—Night Owl Reviews (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

A CAMPER & CRIMINALS COZY MYSTERY BOOKS 12 - 14 by [Tonya Kappes]

Tonya Kappes is leading the camping craze with A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery. Be sure you join Tonya’s newsletter for all of her adventures on and off the page while she writes and travels in her own camper, her readers have lovingly named Tonya’s Shamper (she camper). Don’t miss out on her very informative CAMPING CHIT CHAT blog where she gives you tips, tricks, hacks and delicious campfire recipes: https://www.tonyakappes.com/

Kickbacks, Kayaks, and Kidnapping BOOK 12

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you’re going to love her new cozy mystery series!

Deep in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Mae West has spent the last few years bringing the rundown Happy Trails Campground and the small southern and cozy town of Normal, Kentucky back to a thriving economic community.

Mae’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Not only is Happy Trails Campground in the running to be named Campground Hospitality of the Daniel Boone National Park, but she landed the coveted Paddle Fest kayak competition that secures the winner a spot on the Olympic team.

When champion and Olympian kayaker Bryce Anderson turns over in his kayak dead…there’s more than paddling going on and his death has been ruled a homicide. News of Bryce’s death spreads fast and Happy Trails becomes the center of bad publicity.

Come camping with Mae West and the Laundry Club Ladies as they put their sleuthing, well nosy, caps on and put their skills to the test so they can figure out who killed the Olympian and save Happy Trails from financial ruin.

GEAR, GRILLS, & GUNS BOOK 13

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal.

Mae West is bound to prove she deserves the seat she was appointed to on the National Park Committee when she brings a big car show to Normal during the slower fall month. But, when Wendell Holliday’s body is found dead in one of Happy Trails Campground bungalows and one of the rentable campers is burning to the ground, Mae along with the help of the Laundry Club Ladies once again put on their sleuthing caps to figure out who is trying to sabotage Mae and her new position on the committee.

EGGNOG, EXTORTION, & EVERGREENS BOOK 14

Mae West is busy this Christmas season. She’s running around Normal getting the town ready for the first Winter Festival, which she hopes will become an annual event for the tourist town.

The freshly fallen snow sure does make the Daniel Boone National Park beautiful and ready for Santa’s arrival, but it also makes the curvy roads through the forest very slick. Unfortunately, Mae finds out just how slick the roads are after her car slides off the road and hits a tree, putting Mae into a deep coma.

Mae is one of the lucky patients who does wake up and happy to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.

One of the patients in the emergency room with Mae didn’t die that night of natural causes, and Hank Sharp has himself a new homicide case on his hands.

Mae starts having memories about the fire that took her family and a memory of a murder plot that she thinks happened when she was in her coma. Only, she’s having a hard time distinguishing between the two memories and the clues seem to have blurred lines. There’s one thing she does know for sure, both incidents come with clues that neither were accidents.

Once again, Mae West with the help of the Laundry Club Ladies put on their ameatur sleuth cap to help solve the mystery of the murders before the killer sends her Christmas (Amazon)

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Dearly Departed: A 1960s Cozy Mystery (Killer Skies Mysteries Book 1) by [Carly  Winter]

The year is 1965 and Patty Byrne is flying high as stewardess… until her life crashes when she finds her neighbor murdered.

While cooperating with the police, she meets FBI agent Bill Hart, who shows an interest in both her and the victim’s activities. When he asks Patty to introduce him to a couple of the suspects she knows, she immediately agrees, harboring groovy visions of leaving her stewardess job behind and becoming the first female FBI agent.

But as they dive deeper into the case, it only becomes more confusing. When Patty’s life is threatened, she realizes murder investigations aren’t for the faint of heart. Can she untangle the web of clues to find the killer, or will she be the next victim?  

One-click this historical 1960s cozy mystery today! (Amazon)

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View to a Crime (Cape Hope Mysteries Book 9) by [Winnie Reed]

Darcy’s got an interview with a local paper. Cool, right? Well, maybe not. Why’s she got reservations about doing the interview when anyone she tells about it encourages her to jump at the chance. So, Darcy jumped. Only she finds her remote interview over Zoom comes to an untimely end when her interviewer is attacked.

Luckily, Darcy manages to extricate herself from the situation unscathed because the attacker doesn’t know who the witness to the crime was.

Until he does.

Now Darcy’s in a race to find out who the perpetrator is before he can find her. (Amazon)

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Paranormal Bed & Breakfast Mysteries Box Set: The Complete Cozy Mystery Series by [Joynell Schultz]

When two chefs wind up dead at a quaint bed-and-breakfast, it’s up to sleuthing witch Kyla to solve the case. But with trouble brewing in the kitchen and no shortage of suspects, are Kyla’s magical abilities any match for the devious culprit?

A spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series that you won’t want to miss!

Box Set Contains:
Magically Poisoned (Prequel)
Magically Murdered (Book 1)
Magically Attacked (Book 2)
Magically Missing (Book 3)

700 Pages of Fun! (Amazon)

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Dead and Dusted: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Visions & Victims Book 4) by [Lily Webb]

Stashes of ashes turn trust to dust…

Psychic Selena thinks she’s seen it all while working at the paranormal Kindred Spirits Inn — until a prominent guest has an allergic reaction to fairy dust. The only problem? Fairies haven’t lived in Starfall Valley for centuries.

Fearing the financial fallout of her guest’s affliction, Selena has no choice but to dust up the truth — and what she learns is nothing to sneeze at.

Unfortunately, Selena’s guest might not be the only carried away by the fairies because the curious culprit has plenty of trouble to sprinkle around.

Can Selena’s sleuthing clean up the marauder’s mess? Or will she be next to bite the dust?

Dead And Dusted is the fourth book in the Visions and Victims series of paranormal cozy mysteries. If fickle fairies, dubious dust, and supernatural secrets get your wand waving, then you’re sure to fall under the spell of this new spinoff series that expands Lily Webb’s magical universe.

Buy Dead And Dusted to continue conversing with the spirits of Starfall Valley today!
(Amazon)

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Boats, Bodies and the Bee's Knees: Cape May Cozy Mysteries with a Twist, Book 2 by [Jane Gorman]

When her friend’s uncle is accused of murder, Anna McGregor dives into the boating life to prove his innocence. She soon learns that while lounging on a luxury yacht might be fun, matching wits with a killer can be deadly.

Life has finally settled down for Anna. The Cape May B & B she inherited from her Great Aunt Louise is fully booked and Anna is looking forward to a successful summer. Her peace is shattered when a body washes up in Spicer Creek and the police focus their investigation on her friend’s uncle. Determined to find the truth, Anna turns to skills she developed in her previous career in medical anthropology.

Once again, Anna teams up with her best friend Sammy, her young cousin Eoin and the local librarian to use their knowledge of the town and its people to solve this crime. But the disappearance of two local teenagers reminds Anna this is the wrong time for free fishing trips or relaxing on a yacht enjoying a Bee’s Knees cocktail. She needs to find the missing teenagers and identify the killer before anyone else gets hurt. (Amazon)

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The Kay Sister: A Mystery Suspense Thriller (Turquoise Valley Book 2) by [Levi Fuller]

Rosa Kay is playing a dangerous game.

A game started by her parents before their untimely deaths years ago. A game secretly continued by her sister, Lucia, who is now missing. A game thrust upon Rosa before she could learn the rules. The only thing she knows for sure is that the stakes of this game are deadly and that she must emerge the victor to keep herself and her family alive.

Keeping secrets in the border town of Naco, Arizona, has never been easy. Everyone knows everyone else, and even minor infractions are fodder for ongoing gossip. The Kay family is no stranger to the vagaries of small-town life, but things have changed since a recent murder dredged up echoes of their dark past.

With the help of her friend Dr. Mark Fell, FBI Agent Reis, and the mysterious Mr. Melbourne, Rosa must navigate through secrets and lies to unravel a plot decades in the making to move closer to justice for her family and peace for her town.

If you like mystery suspense books, then you will love The Kay Sister.
Click the Buy NOW or Read NOW button at the top and join her search today.
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Home Away From Bone: A Naomi & Winston Mystery (Naomi & Winston Mysteries Book 7) by [Maddie Sutton]

As Naomi finally settles into her childhood home town, her past comes back to hound her with bad dog results. And her life was going so well…

Naomi is taken aback when she spies her ex-boyfriend strolling through downtown Harmony Grove. She thought she left him behind in Charleston. With him is his best friend (and notorious troublemaker), and a girl who has mysterious connections to a shady resident of Naomi’s small town.

His arrival couldn’t have come at a worse time. Naomi’s relationship with Chief Reed has stepped up a notch and things are getting serious. That is, until her ex’s best friend is found face down at the edge of her property.

The whole drama has Winston and Daisy on alert since her ex-boyfriend can’t seem to leave her alone. And people keep lurking outside her house.

Now, she’s tangled in a mess she didn’t ask for when her ex is arrested for the murder of his best friend, and it’s up to Naomi to figure out why he was killed, and how he ended up in her back yard.

Can she find the connection between her past and her present before her ex-boyfriend upends her tranquility or is she doomed to have her past dig its way back into her life and threaten the blooming relationship with the chief?

The seventh book in the southern, small town Naomi & Winston Mysteries, Home Away From Bone contains no adult situations or gore, only fun and high jinks as the heroine solves mysteries and chases behind her perpetually confused, endearingly curious, and continuously chatty Chihuahua. This story has a light paranormal element. (Amazon)

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Ganache, Ghosts and a Grave (Taste of Magic Mysteries Book 5) by [Kat McGee]

Willow Hollow faces its greatest challenge yet as Harper Dade’s past and a murder victim return to haunt her.

Which isn’t surprising since a side effect of a lingering curse causes her to manifest ghosts. But the current threat to the town’s existence brings a cauldron full of danger and is very much alive.

Still, at the end of the trail of ganache-smeared footprints, the discovered victim is not.

In this magical tourist town, Harper, a semi-reluctant witch, stands accused of murder.

Join Harper Dade in the Taste of Magic paranormal cozy mystery series featuring a cat who talks on full moon nights, ghostly visitations, and murders to solve. (Amazon)

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The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Ginger Burnet Cozy Mysteries by [Clementine  Moore]

There’s a new sleuth in Little Chiswick! Meet Ginger Burnet, the amateur baker, cat loving, daring detective of our hearts!

Ginger Burnet has been away from her hometown of Little Chiswick for some years now, following what she thought was her dream of a career. Recently returned from big city life, and in an attempt to reconnect with her roots and restart her life, she takes up the job of school baker at the esteemed Chiswick Park Academy. Further turning her back on her recent past and following her true aspirations as an amateur baker, stars seem to finally align in Ginger’s life.

When a mysterious invitation to a bake-off challenge for a new TV reality show comes up, Ginger takes the opportunity to further cement her presence in the small town. She still has a month until her new job starts, so what harm could possibly be done?

As the contestants gather at the highly gated Manor, things take a bloody turn, and all of a sudden ten strangers will need to work together to get out of their host’s murdering sight.

Can Ginger solve the mystery and save her life in time? Will her natural instincts protect her from the mansion’s death traps?

Find out in this page-turning mystery full of wild turns and family secrets that will rock Little Chiswick to the core, and announce the arrival of a new amateur sleuth in town!

*If you like quirky characters, witty dialogue, heart-wrenching twists and turns, and lots of mystery, then you’ll love “The Way the Cookie Crumbles”!

Download “The Way the Cookie Crumbles” and unlock the exciting first mystery of Ginger today!

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New Release For The Week Of April 4th, 2021–Part 2

Sixpence and Selkies (Manners and Monsters Book 5) by [Tilly Wallace]

A heart as lonely as the ocean…
Hannah and Wycliff arrive at his ancestral estate in Dorset as tragedy strikes the coastal village. A young woman has lost her life to the tempestuous ocean, but only Hannah suspects the woman’s death is anything but a horrible accident. As Hannah learns more about life in the close-knit community, she discovers two other women lost their lives to the sea. Or did they?

A rift grows between the young couple, as Wycliff refuses to believe another hand was responsible for the deaths. With her husband consumed by the needs of the long neglected estate, Hannah is left to her own devices and finds herself walking the same lonely path as the dead women.

Can Hannah and Wycliff heal the chasm in their relationship, or will Hannah succumb to the call of the ocean…? (Amazon)

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Buttercream Murder (A Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery Book 17) by [Rosie A. Point]

Nothing goes down better than buttercream frosting. Except for murder…

When Ruby and Bee are invited to cater the Yesterday Debutante’s Ball, they’re thrilled. It’s a great opportunity to meet the locals and increase the reach of their baking food truck. It’s just a pity that the host of the party, a mom-zilla, can’t stand their sweet treat offering: a cherry, buttercream cake.

Apart from that, everything’s going great. That is until the dance starts and an attendee, the most hated woman in the cozy small town, is stabbed at the party with the knife that was used to cut the cake. It’s murder, and with suspicions mounting, the local sheriff on their tail, and a literal mob after them, Ruby and Bee have a lot of sleuthin’ to do.

Join your favorite baking duo as they figure out whodunit it in another installment of the Bite-sized Bakery Cozy Mystery series. Grab your copy today! (Amazon)

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Live and Let Pie: A Culinary Cozy Mystery Series (Twin Berry Bakery Book 4) by [Wendy Meadows]

The academy is untouchable. But can they get away with murder?

When twins Rita and Rhonda attend a distant friend’s wedding in a quaint, snowy town in Vermont, they assume it will be nothing more than a boring week filled with dull guests and plenty of snow.

But when the bride-to-be meets an untimely death – and the primary suspect is connected to a powerful private academy that forms the town’s only source of income – Rita and Rhonda are faced with the difficult task of solving the case while not upsetting the small town they find themselves in.

With the local mayor and the authorities eager to brush the killing under the rug to protect the academy, the situation soon spirals out of control when the twins’ top suspect is found murdered. Unsure who they can trust and surrounded by suspects, can Rita and Rhonda untangle the truth behind this sinister town? Or will they be pulled head-first into a world of corruption and cover-ups?

If you like action-packed murder mysteries that will keep you on your toes, then you’ll love Live and Let Pie. With a beautiful wintery backdrop and an enchanting small-town setting, this high-stakes who-dun-it is great for all ages. Scroll up and grab your copy now! (Amazon)

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Wheeler-Dealer Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery Book 1 by [Rita Moreau]

Solving a murder might raise her spirits. But will it spring her spectral friend from Purgatory?

Mabel Gold still isn’t sure what happened. Traded by her husband for a busty bimbo the same age as their youngest daughter, the feisty sixty-something rejects the retirement community and heads west in a vintage camper. But the RV comes complete with a ghost who needs a good deed to get into Heaven, and cracking open a homicide at their first stop in Savannah could give them both a new lease on life.

Determined to dig up the dirt on the dead wheeler-dealer, Mabel and her phantom companion tackle the crime. But with two rich dudes from Dubai, a Willie Nelson lookalike mobster, and a widow nicknamed The Barracuda all on the suspect list, conjuring up the truth could take a real live miracle.

Can Mabel catch the killer before she’s the next soul crashing the Pearly Gates?

Wheeler-Dealer is the high-spirited first book in the hilarious Ghost & the Camper kooky mystery series. If you like golden-girl sleuths, zany characters, and sardonic humor, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s witty whodunit.

Buy Wheeler-Dealer to scare up the clues today! (Amazon)

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Lock, Stock, and Feral : Cozy Mystery (Country Cottage Mysteries Book 15) by [Addison Moore, Bellamy  Bloom]

An innkeeper who reads minds. An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premier destination for murder.

***Includes RECIPE
My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

A book club called the Grim Readers has descended on the inn and things take a turn for the deadly when life begins to imitate art. The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in Cider Cove—tempers are flaring too. Spring is in the air and so is murder.

Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer.

The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder.

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY Bestseller Bellamy Bloom.
 Cosmopolitan Magazinecalls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!” (Amazon)

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Strawberry Short-dead (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 13) by [Chelsea Thomas]

Something is berry wrong in Pine Grove.

There’s nothing more summery than wandering through a local farm, picking your own berries… But what happens when a famous newspaper critic insults the farm and winds up dead in a pile of strawberries?

Pine Grove is a welcoming town. Visitors come from all over to see friendly faces, eat great pie, and sit in rocking chairs on porches. But some visitors are snobs…

…and sometimes snobs get murdered.

Miss May is a former lawyer and her niece, Chelsea, is the world’s most awkward karate expert. Together with their quirky friend Teeny, they’ve solved a lot of crimes. But this one feels personal. It’s close to home. And everybody knows the critic was going to write a scathing review of the farm…

There are too many suspects. Too many people who hated the victim. Too many grudges to count. How will our girls sort out all the clues?

Yes, this murder happened at the family farm. And yes, it interrupted one of the busiest seasons Miss May’s had in years. But somebody’s strawberry short-dead, and it’s up to our sleuths to figure out whodunit. Will our heroines crack the case? Or will this be the first killer to slip through their fingers?

You’ll love this clean cozy because everyone loves suspenseful mysteries with lots of humor.  

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Bobbins And Bodies (Stitches In Crime Book 2) by [ACF Bookens]

All she wanted from the old farmhouse was the gorgeous mantel, not a dead body.

Paisley Sutton always expects the unexpected when she goes into a house to salvage the architectural prizes before its torn down. She evens knows she might encounter a rodent or two. But she really isn’t expecting to find a dead body, not again.  And when it turns out the young man she found slumped in the house’s basement was killed, Paisley discovers that it’s not only the house that was abandoned.

Will her research trigger the decades-old fears that someone hoped to bury in the rubble? (Amazon)

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Beehives and Broken Heroes: Spring Flings and Engagement Rings by [Ellie Thornton]

His upright nature will teach her to love again.

Her fiery spirit will bring him back to life.

Allie Ward is swearing off men for good. She’s had it with their lying, thieving, and cheating ways. What she needs to focus on is bettering herself and her business.

But the studly, new investor to her “Sticky and Sweet” honey company, Brandon Carroll, keeps getting in her head. He’s not like the guys she’s dated before. He’s reserved, tough, hard to rile, and surprisingly flirty when she least expects it. She’s torn between wanting to hide from him, and wanting to kiss the life out of him. But, she’ll do neither because she’s a professional . . . and done with men.

Ex-military police officer, Brandon Carroll falls fast for Allie Ward. With her open, crazy, and vivacious zest for life, she’s exactly what he needs to mend his broken heart. But when a ghost from his past rears its sinister head, Brandon will have more than a gorgeous, fighting redhead to deal with. By law, he must keep the mounting dangers stamped “top secret” from her.

But Allie isn’t going to tolerate secrets. In fighting to keep his past from her, he just might lose her for good.  (Amazon)

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Death & Dahlia (Raven Bay Mysteries Book 3) by [Mara Webb]

Astrid Atwood isn’t looking forward to the high school reunion, but maybe it won’t be so bad now that she’s dating the hottest guy in town.

As she rushes around town trying to get herself ready, she bumps into a man she never expected to see again, Marshall McKenzie. Last she’d heard, he’d inherited his family’s business and was enjoying the finer things in life as far away from Raven Bay as you can get. But apparently there is trouble in paradise.

Astrid’s weekend plans with Evan quickly get derailed as more and more people tag along to their camping trip on the mountain. Not everyone is there for a good time, though. Attie is about to find out just how far someone will go to protect their secret.

The coven can’t help Astrid now, she is relying on her two friends to utilize ‘the power of three’ to protect the happy campers from whatever dangers lurk in the shadows. Will everyone make it out of this place alive?

The magic of Raven Bay often causes its residents to forget, but will they be willing to forgive when the truth comes out?

Death & Dahlia is the third book in the Wicked Witches of Raven Bay mystery series. (Amazon)

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Wedding Bell Blunders: A Freshly Baked Cozy Mystery by [Kathleen Suzette]

Your wedding day is supposed to be special, filled with family, good friends, and precious memories. Mine had all of that and more. And it was that more that I was having issues with.

Allie and Alec are finally tying the knot and while they had planned on a special day, what they didn’t plan on was one of the caterers getting sick at the reception. When he dies under suspicious circumstances, Alec and Allie are on the case.

The victim has a shady past, and it seems his past came back to haunt him and eventually kill him. Will Allie be able to separate fact from fiction and help Alec land the killer in jail? (Amazon)

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a For Natalie Barnes, the flurry of trendy artists setting up shop on Cranberry Island promises to be the perfect recipe for relaxing and enjoying the holiday season. But Natalie’s good luck is turning out to be a stroke of misfortune for her niece, Gwen. The local gallery’s new owner hates Gwen’s paintings, and her mentor Fernand is too distracted by a competing artist to help Gwen improve her style. When Natalie finds Fernand dead, seemingly the victim of suicide, she can’t believe someone who had so much joy and success in his life would kill himself. Finding clues at Fernand’s home that support her suspicion of murder, Natalie’s hunt for answers places her next on the killer’s list. Will she be able to solve this murder masterpiece before it’s too late?

Praise:

“A welcome return to Maine’s Cranberry Island and its sleuthing innkeeper, Natalie Barnes.”―Library Journal

“The fifth Gray Whale adventure provides complex characters, stunning scenery and many recipes.”―Kirkus Reviews (Amazon)

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Two x Four x Murder by [Lorraine J. Anderson]

Carrie Burton, reeling from her father’s untimely death, is hesitant to take over her father’s retail lumber business — even more so when a dead body is found in one of the yard’s barns… (Amazon)

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Brush with Death: The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, 5 by [Karen MacInerney]

For Natalie Barnes, the flurry of trendy artists setting up shop on Cranberry Island promises to be the perfect recipe for relaxing and enjoying the holiday season. But Natalie’s good luck is turning out to be a stroke of misfortune for her niece, Gwen. The local gallery’s new owner hates Gwen’s paintings, and her mentor Fernand is too distracted by a competing artist to help Gwen improve her style. When Natalie finds Fernand dead, seemingly the victim of suicide, she can’t believe someone who had so much joy and success in his life would kill himself. Finding clues at Fernand’s home that support her suspicion of murder, Natalie’s hunt for answers places her next on the killer’s list. Will she be able to solve this murder masterpiece before it’s too late?

Praise:

“A welcome return to Maine’s Cranberry Island and its sleuthing innkeeper, Natalie Barnes.”―Library Journal

“The fifth Gray Whale adventure provides complex characters, stunning scenery and many recipes.”―Kirkus Reviews (Amazon)

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Keys and Catastrophes: A Mira Michaels Mystery (Mira Michaels Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Julia Koty]

Mira Michaels can hear her cat talk. And after moving to her new home, she might see ghosts as well. This was the last thing she needed. If there was anything she wanted more, it was to get away from her sister’s psychic shenanigans. But when Mira finds her realtor dead in the kitchen, she must use all her wits not to call her sister for help. Mira’s decision to team up with the local diner owner to find the killer proves that her new town has more secrets than her cat has lives. When the clues take a surprising turn, Mira may ruin her chances at friendship. Or she might end up six feet under. (Amazon)

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The Trouble At City Hall: A Razzy Cat Cozy Mystery Series #2 by [Courtney McFarlin]

Hannah Murphy knew something was going on at city hall, but she never thought it would be murder! Hannah and Razzy Cat are back on the case as they race to figure out who killed the girl found in the mayor’s office. This time, they may get more than they bargained for. (Amazon)

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Tracy Hayes, P.I. on the Scent (P.I. Tracy Hayes Book 8) by [Susanna Shore]

You don’t need a green thumb to save your friends.

I’ve faced some stubborn people as an apprentice to a private investigator, but they all paled in comparison with the resistance I met now.

Spring has made everything bloom, including Tracy’s love life. Experiencing an unprecedented urge to plant something, she visits a gardening center–only to discover that something is wrong there. Why is the biggest drug lord in Brooklyn interested in the place? And has his right hand man Jonny Moreira returned to his criminal ways?

Not everyone is lucky in love though. Cheryl, the agency secretary, is a victim of a dating scam. Determined to catch the guy, she goes after him alone. And then he ends up dead–with Cheryl as the prime suspect.

Tracy has her hands full once again, and not only with plants she knows nothing about. Can she and Jackson prevent a mafia war–or will they start it? And can they find the real killer and save Cheryl before it’s too late? (Amazon)

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New Releases For The Week Of April 4th, 2021–Part 1

Miss Julia Happily Ever After: A Novel by [Ann B. Ross]

The delightful final installment of the beloved and New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series.

Wedding fever hits Abbotsville and several of Miss Julia’s friends have plans to tie the knot. But, as usual, nothing is so simple. Christy Hargrove suddenly gives up a lifelong dream and drops out of medical school to marry, Helen Stroud and Thurlow Jones decide to change their commercial arrangement into a marital one, and, to Miss Julia’s consternation, Lillian, her housekeeper and closest companion, is considering a less-than-romantic offer to wed a local businessman who turns courting into a job interview. And then there’s LuAnne who just wants to be married, and Janelle who doesn’t.

Miss Julia wants to properly celebrate each ceremony, insofar as anyone will let her. But Helen wants a private, even secretive, wedding; Christy’s fiancé wants a destination wedding, and Lillian can’t decide if she wants a wedding at all. In the middle of it all, a strange figure keeps showing up in town, streaking across lawns and vandalizing the gardens of Miss Julia’s neighbors. Abbotsville’s liveliest resident finds herself trying to solve it all—matters of the heart and petty crime alike—and once again save the day. (Amazon)

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What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Book 16) by [C.S. Harris]

Sebastian St. Cyr thought a notorious killer had been brought to justice until a shocking series of gruesome new murders stuns the city in this thrilling historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Who Speaks for the Damned.

It’s October 1814. The war with France is finally over and Europe’s diplomats are convening in Vienna for a conference that will put their world back together. With peace finally at hand, London suddenly finds itself in the grip of a series of heinous murders eerily similar to the Ratcliffe Highway murders of three years before. 

In 1811, two entire families were viciously murdered in their homes. A suspect–a young seaman named John Williams–was arrested. But before he could be brought to trial, Williams hanged himself in his cell. The murders ceased, and London slowly began to breathe easier. But when the lead investigator, Sir Edwin Pym, is killed in the same brutal way three years later and others possibly connected to the original case meet violent ends, the city is paralyzed with terror once more. 

Was the wrong man arrested for the murders? Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy turns to his friend Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for assistance. Pym’s colleagues are convinced his manner of death is a coincidence, but Sebastian has his doubts. The more he looks into the three-year-old murders, the more certain he becomes that the hapless John Williams was not the real killer. Which begs the question–who was and why are they dead set on killing again? (Amazon)

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Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel (K Team Novels Book 2) by [David Rosenfelt]

The K Team is back in the second installment in this spinoff series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt’s beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries.

Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Simon Garfunkel, are recently retired police officers turned private investigators. Along with fellow former cop Laurie Collins and her investigating partner, Marcus, they call themselves the K Team, in honor of Simon.

The K Team’s latest case – a recent unsolved murder – gives Corey a chance to solve “the one that got away”. Corey knew the murder victim from his time on the force, when he was unable to protect her in a domestic dispute. Now, he is convinced the same abusive boyfriend is responsible for her murder. With some help from Laurie’s lawyer husband, Andy Carpenter, the K Team is determined to prove what the police could not, no matter the cost. What they uncover is much more sinister than they could have imagined.

Known for his dog-loving stories and addictive characters, bestselling mystery author David Rosenfelt presents Animal Instinct, the second installment in this engrossing new series about a dynamite investigative team and their canine partner. (Amazon)

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A Wicked Conceit (A Lady Darby Mystery Book 9) by [Anna Lee Huber]

Soon-to-be new parents Kiera and her husband, Sebastian Gage, have been hoping for a respite from their inquiries, but murder and mayhem have a startling way of dropping into their laps in the all-new historical mystery in this national bestselling series.

Edinburgh, Scotland. March 1832. Kiera and Gage have been eagerly awaiting their bundle of joy but trouble has been brewing in the form of the roguish criminal Bonnie Brock Kincaid. A new book and subsequent play features some of Kincaid’s daringly heinous exploits, although he swears he had nothing to do with it or the characters which are obvious representations of Kiera and Gage. While the scoundrel’s fury seems genuine, as well as his determined quest to uncover the real identity of the author, the Gages still hold doubts about his innocence.

A rash of crimes break out across the city, seemingly inspired by the play and book. When the publisher is found brutally murdered–in an imitation of a gruesome scene–the finger not only points to Bonnie Brock as the possible culprit, but also the Gages, who have been outspoken in their condemnation of the tale. Now, the Gages are on a hunt to unmask the killer. Between the infamy garnered by the play, the cholera outbreak still wreaking havoc throughout the city, and the impending birth of their child, they will need all the resources they can garner.

But family quarrels and the revelation of a secret Kiera has been keeping from Sebastian threaten to undermine everything they have overcome. When they find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer, trapped in the squalid underground vaults of the city, they will soon discover that the truth does not always set you free, and death can lurk around any corner. (Amazon)

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Big Little Spies (A Paws & Claws Mystery Book 7) by [Krista Davis]

A pet detective on the hunt for a prominent pooch is found dead, and inn owner Holly Miller has to sort through her guest list for suspects in this all new Paws & Claws mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

The ladies of the Wagtail Animal Guardians, WAG for short, are in town for a pet adoption charity ball, and Holly is making sure to roll out the red carpet for her special guests. She and her furry best friend Trixie are busy keeping the WAG ladies happy and preparing for the ball when they learn that a retired judge has lost his prized pup. 

The venerable citizen has hired a pet detective who has some personal ties to Holly’s new guests. His presence ruffles some feathers, and when the PI is found DOA not long before the ball, Holly wonders if one of the WAG ladies had a motive for murder. To make matters worse, some pet-loving guests of the ball nearly suffer the same deadly fate. Holly and Trixie will have to sniff out the clues and leash a callous killer before they strike again…. (Amazon)

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Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her clever cat Eddie solve a purr-fect murder, in the newest installment of the delightful Bookmobile Cat Mystery series.

Minnie and her rescue cat Eddie can often be found out and about in their bookmobile near Chilson, Michigan, delivering great reads to grateful patrons all over the county. But they always brake for trouble, and when Minnie sees a car speeding away down the road, and soon comes upon a dead bicyclist, she assumes she just missed seeing a hit-and-run.

Minnie is determined to discover who was behind the wheel, but it soon turns out that things are far more complicated than they seem and there’s more to this case than meets the eye.  Luckily, this librarian is ready to read the killer his rights. (Amazon)

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Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Paige Shelton]

A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery.

It’s a quiet, snowy morning at The Cracked Spine bookshop, when bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious visitor, a messenger. He presents her with a perplexing note: an invitation to a meeting with eccentric socialite Shelagh O’Conner, who requests Delaney’s participation in an exclusive treasure hunt. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the ’70s. She was even once suspected for the murder of a former boyfriend, though ultimately cleared of all charges.

But Delaney is enticed by the grand prize at the end of the treasure hunt: a highly valuable first edition copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The winner is also to receive the contents of Shelagh’s vast library, and all participants will earn a large sum of cash.

The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelagh’s old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelagh is killed, suspicion builds. Except Shelagh herself has disappeared from her home, seemingly kidnapped by the villain.

Terror mounts throughout the city as Delaney attempts to solve the mystery, while trying to evade the killer’s clutches. But it’s hard to know who to trust when around every corner, a new monster could be lurking. (Amazon)

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Avery Morgan has been hired to breathe new life into the Portage Path Women’s Club, but first she’ll have to deal with a dead body and a meddling ghost.

When a local theater troupe puts on a new play at the club, manager Avery Morgan is excited. This is just the sort of event that’s destined to bring in potential new members. Okay, millionaire banker Bob Hanover has more bucks than talent and has used his position to grab the lead role, but that seems like a small price to pay…until Bob is found dead backstage.

Bob rubbed many people the wrong way, but would anyone want him dead? The short answer to that is: Who wouldn’t want him dead? His long-suffereing wife had to put up with years of womanizing. The show’s playwright has been tricked out of his one great idea by Bob, who claimed it as his own work. And Bob bankrupted one of the town’s small businessmen. The choices are many and the time to find the killer is running short.

Avery is working overtime to keep the club open and find the killer. Fortunately, she has help with the latter task. Clemmie Bow was once a singer in the speakeasy in the club’s basement. Now she’s a ghost who’s also a top-notch detective. Together Clemmie and Avery will find the killer—even if it kills one of them. (Amazon)

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No Darkness as like Death (A Mystery of Old San Francisco Book 4) by [Nancy Herriman]

In a new Mystery of Old San Francisco, when a controversial politician is found dead of natural causes, Celia and Nick must prove that his death came about in a most unnatural way . . .

Few in San Francisco were troubled by the news that Ambrose Shaw had been found dead at a local health institute—the prominent banker had recently turned to politics and was reviled by many for his incendiary views. But when Celia Davies learns that his death is considered suspicious by the police and that a damning piece of evidence points to a patient of hers as the culprit, she feels compelled to prove the woman’s innocence.

Teaming up with Detective Nick Greaves, Celia soon discovers there’s no shortage of suspects, including the victim’s many political enemies, his disaffected son, who may have been too eager to receive his inheritance, and even the dead man’s fellow patients at the institute, whose founder promises miracle water cures but has been covering up numerous burglaries of his well-to-do clients.

As Celia and Nick struggle with their feelings for each other as well as the many murky aspects of the case, they’ll have to navigate an endless trail of false clues and dead ends to reach the cruel truth behind a perplexing murder . . .

Praise for the Mysteries of Old San Francisco:

“Skillfully brings 1867 San Francisco to life . . . intriguing!”
—Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

“Entertaining . . . readers who like independent heroines should welcome this historical series.”
Publishers Weekly on No Comfort for the Lost

“Herriman crafts a finely detailed series debut with a sympathetic protagonist and impeccable, colorful depictions of 1860s San Francisco . . . This atmospheric mystery is just the ticket for anyone who misses Dianne Day’s Fremont Jones series as well as readers of Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy historicals.”
Library Journal Starred Review of No Comfort for the Lost

“With historical precision and wickedly clever plotting, Nancy Herriman once again weaves a mystery that will have you changing your guess right up until the final reveal . . . I loved it!”
—Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries

About the Author:

Nancy Herriman left an engineering career to take up the pen and has never looked back. She is the author of the Mysteries of Old San Francisco, the Bess Ellyott Mysteries, and several stand-alone novels. A winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, when she’s not writing, she enjoys singing, gabbing about writing, and eating dark chocolate. After two decades in Arizona, she now lives in her home state of Ohio with her family. (Amazon)

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The Odor of Violets: A Duncan Maclain Mystery (Duncan Maclain Mysteries) by [Baynard Kendrick, Otto Penzler]

In the early days of WWII, a blind detective follows unseen clues to solve a murder and undermine a German spy plot.

Meet Captain Duncan Maclain. Blinded during his service in the first World War, Maclain made up for his lack of vision by sharpening his other senses, achieving a mastery of the subtle unseen clues often missed by those who see only with their eyes. Aided by his dogs Schnucke and Driest, the Captain puts the intelligence-gathering techniques he learned in the Army to work, making a name for himself as New York City’s most sought-after private detective. Now it’s 1940, there’s a second World War breaking out, and Maclain is pulled into a case unlike any he’s investigated before. 

The murder of an actor in his Greenwich Village apartment would cause a stir no matter the circumstances but, when the actor happens to possess secret government plans, and when those plans go missing along with the young woman with whom he was last seen, it’s sensational enough to interest not only the local police, but the American government as well. 

Maclain suspects a German spy plot at work and, in a world where treasonous men and patriots are indistinguishable to the naked eye, it will take his special skills to sniff out the solution.

Reissued for the first time in over a half-century, Odor of Violets is the most well-known installment in the long-running Duncan Maclain series, which featured one of crime fiction’s earliest disabled detectives. The novel, filmed in 1942 as Eyes in the Night, is a classic hybrid of mystery and espionage fiction. (Amazon)

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Laid Out in Lavender (A Garlic Farm Mystery Book 3) by [Gin Jones]

Mabel Skinner still hasn’t acquired a taste for growing garlic, but the app developer-turned farmer does have a nose for rooting out killers . . .
 
Dreaming she’ll someday return to her less pungent life of computer coding, Mabel continues to honor her deceased aunt’s legacy by running Skinner Farm. To make ends meet between harvests, she’s renting out the property’s mercifully downwind lavender field for summer weddings.
 
Mabel’s first clients are a retirement age couple celebrating their second chance at love in their later years. Hosting a rehearsal dinner with fresh foods seemed like a good idea to promote the farm—until the dead body of one of the wedding guests is discovered. The suddenly departed was the soon-to-be-ex-business partner of the groom, supposedly poisoned by goat cheese hors d’oeuvres provided by Mabel’s neighbor.
 
Despite the tragedy and the scandal, the groom insists on keeping his wedding date. But with the adult children from the couple’s previous marriages scheming to stop the new union, Mabel’s farm is reeking with suspects. And if she doesn’t uncover the murderer, her goat farming neighbor will get sent to the pen for life . . .
 
“Growing garlic might be my newest obsession thanks to Six Cloves Under!”
—Lynn Cahoon, New York Times bestselling author of the Farm-to-Fork mystery series 
(Amazon)

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Only the Buried (A Death Gate Grim Reapers Thriller Book 6) by [Amanda M. Lee]

Izzy Sage was looking for answers when she took a job as keeper of the death gate in Detroit. Unfortunately, the answers being delivered aren’t what she was hoping for. Personal worries have to take a backseat, though, because the reaper world is in an uproar.
News that their former leader Renley Hatfield was working with the enemy has spread, but that doesn’t mean the good guys can trust everybody that’s left. With that in mind, Cormack Grimlock has closed ranks. Only those in their inner circle are allowed access to all the information. Sadly, there is very little information to go around.
Despite that, Belle Isle is hopping with activity thanks to an influx of furries who are running rampant across the island for a local convention. Even the mysterious death of one of their own in the waters off the yacht club doesn’t dampen their enthusiasm. Izzy isn’t convinced that the death is an accident but they don’t have proof otherwise, so she looks elsewhere for adventure.
Then, in the middle of the night, adventure comes to her in the form of Emmet Grimlock, the missing Grimlock patriarch who disappeared through the gate weeks before.
A dream leads Izzy to the gate in time to watch him cross over, but Emmet’s memory is tainted and he has nothing to offer by way of leads. While dealing with his return, Izzy’s grandfather finally decides to make a visit, too. He senses Izzy needs him, which means even more trouble is on the way.
Unauthorized gates are popping up all over Detroit, and revenants are crossing through them. The reapers are on the verge of war, and Izzy might be the only one who can save them.
She might’ve come to Detroit alone but now Izzy is amongst family. She’s going to need all of them to unravel the tangled lines of her past and survive to forge a future.
Is she up for the challenge? (Amazon)

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Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Charmed Summer by [Kathi Daley]

USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley brings you a heartwarming mystery series about finding answers and fostering hope while building friendships and embracing the magic of life by the sea and small town holidays.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.

It’s a series about family and friendship.

It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.

It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.

And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 5 in the series, Ainsley’s PI business is really taking off after her recent successes. She’s busier than she ever hoped to be but when a young woman shows up in town with a charm bracelet and a story to tell, Ainsley finds herself agreeing to a bit of pro bono work. It seems the woman had been left in a church as a baby. The only item found with her that might point to a clue about her past is a charm bracelet. After the death of her adoptive mother the woman decides to look for her birth mother. One of the charms leads her to Gooseberry Bay where she hopes the other charms on the bracelet will lead to the answers she’s after. (Amazon)

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Myths, Mysteries and . . . Monsters?: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Mayhem Book 7) by [Melinda  Chase]

I’m not supposed to be some storybook heroine who’s all gung-ho about justice and saving the world and blah, blah, blah.

And yet… somehow I’ve ended up in this position.

It was completely by accident, of course, but now it’s up to me and my band of halflings, plus my elven grandpa and an ex-hunter, to restore the Veil between the worlds to its prior state.

Really, I’m just desperate to get home to Portland, where I can hug Mom and Grams, have a hot cup of coffee, and eat a pizza again.

The only problem? The secret to our little border issue lie in the middle of a mountain that just happens to be surrounded by evil and monsters. This should be a piece of cake, right?

Myths, Mysteries and . . . Monsters? Is the seventh book in the Midlife Mayhem Series by Melinda Chase. Melinda loves writing tales that prove life—romance—and ‘happily-ever-afters’—do exist beyond your twenties! Her debut Series features a snarky, hilarious heroine, Shannon McCarthy, and her wild adventure of mid-life self discovery filled with mystery and romance. It’s sure to please fans of traditional paranormal romance and cozy paranormal mysteries! (Amazon)

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Hex, Drugs & Rock and Roll (A Supernatural Speakeasy Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Lily Harper Hart]

There’s a dark shadow hanging over the French Quarter, and Ofelia Archer is constantly looking over her shoulder because of it, waiting for the enemy to strike. While searching for one enemy, however, she finds another.
On what was supposed to be a relaxing day on the riverwalk, a knife-wielding man tries to take out a street performer and chaos ensues. Ofelia manages to disarm the assailant, but when he’s being loaded into a police cruiser he explodes – literally – releasing a wave of magic that knocks down everybody in Jackson Square.
Upon waking up, Ofelia is convinced it was some sort of surgical attack. When some of the people present at the event start tracking her down with murder on their minds, she becomes more convinced than ever that she was right.
Tourists, police officers, and locals are becoming possessed. The one thing they all seem to have in common is a need to track down Ofelia … and end her.
Zacharias Sully vowed to protect Ofelia no matter what. The odds this time feel longer than ever.
Ofelia and Sully are a team. Working together, they must find a hidden enemy while another stalks their every move. It’s going to take both of them together to come out safely on the other side.
What’s waiting for them there might be even more terrifying. (Amazon)

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Paws For Alarm

Paws for Alarm (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (March 22, 2021)
Digital – Number of Pages – 196
ASIN: B08XN4ZRMC

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Amy Hueston and her new book Paws For Alarm.  It is the second book in her A Canine Confections Mystery Series. I read it and thought it was good.

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When Samantha relaxes into her new role as a dog mom, finds a circle of friends in her new hometown, and sees her new dog bakery Canine Confections barking up business, she’s thrilled that things are going so well … until she hears a bloodcurdling scream from the pastry shop two doors down and runs over to find a dead body on the floor.

Suddenly Samantha finds herself in a race against time to find not only the thief who is stealing from the upscale shops, but a murderer, too. Samantha’s Lab-Mix Sweet Pea wags her tail through all of the clues, suspects and shenanigans. Both Samantha and Sweet Pea are aided in their amateur investigation by the other shopkeepers on the elegant Worth Avenue, and Samantha finds the suspect list growing at every turn.

To make matters worse, Samantha’s old boyfriend arrives in town, and mysterious people start showing up at the Sophisticated Pet and New Age stores nearby. Samantha soon finds that things are not what they seem, and she must figure out what’s going on—or become the next dead body on a bakery floor.

Includes an original recipe from the world-famous Three Dog Bakery!

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The characters were well rounded and well developed.  I thought that Samantha was a great protagonist:  she was spunky, inquisitive and was willing to do anything to find the killer.  There has been another murder on Worth Street and it has been hurting her shop and her profit, so she decides to do some snooping to try and figure out who the culprit is.  She has help from other business owners and Sweet Pea, her dog.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt I was right there, listening in on conversations and watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading about Samantha and Sweet Pea’s next adventure.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

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Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World magazine when she isn’t writing mystery and suspense novels. The first 3 books in her Canine Confections mystery series have an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things, and will be available in 2021. Amy is also a professional singer who has performed nationally and internationally. A sought-after singer in South Florida, Amy draws on these experiences when writing.

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Website: https://amyhueston.com
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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Boarding With Murder

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Boarding with Murder (A Sierra Pines B&B Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (March 9, 2021)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817301
ISBN-13: 978-1603817301
Digital ASIN : B08SHLHD2D

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Kathyrn Long and her new book Boarding With Murder.  It is the first book in her A Sierra Pines B&B Mystery Series. 

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Boarding with Murder
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The story was very well-plotted and written with plenty of drama to keep those pages flipping . . . an intriguing and entertaining read.
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I especially adored the small town set in the mountains as it sounds charming. A fun read for cozy fans. I really liked it . . .
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This was a fun read. I really enjoyed the storyline and all of the characters.
~Literary Gold

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Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes?

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Retired teacher, Kathryn Long now spends her days plotting and writing mysteries. Her most recent credits are romantic suspense novel, A DEADLY DEED GROWS and mystery, BURIED IN SIN. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Under the pen name, Bailee Abbott this author writes the Paint by Murder cozy series, starting with A BRUSH WITH MURDER soon to be released. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio.

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Final Harvest

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Final Harvest (Finding Home)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (August 1, 2020)
Paperback: 164 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8655968134
Digital ASIN: B08BKZ58YF

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Barbara Howard and her new book Final Harvest.  It is the first book in her A Finding Home Mystery Series. 

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Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.

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Barbara Howard is a “not-so-cozy” mystery and YA author of a dozen books, including her most recent trilogy, Finding Home Mystery Series; Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, and Milo’s Journey. She is a first-generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart, she returned to her family home in the Midwest after an extensive career as a Department of Defense Project Manager at the Pentagon and spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies, and raising chickens.

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April 2 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

April 3 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 3 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

April 4 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST

April 5 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

April 6 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

New Releases For The Week Of March 28th, 2021–Part 4

Below the Belt (A Holly Hands Cozy Mystery—Book #3) by [Mia Gold]

BELOW THE BELT is book #3 in the Holly Hands Cozy Mystery series, which begins with KNOCKOUT (Book #1). Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune will find a new character to love in Holly Hands!

Holly Hands. 29. Single mom. Disgraced, former boxing pro. Repo woman.

Holly wonders if it’s a joke when she’s assigned her new job: to repo a helicopter.

She can’t fly. She doesn’t even like heights.

Yet where there’s a will, there’s a way. Holly can handle anything—as long as another dead body doesn’t come with it.

Unfortunately for her, it does.

Luckily, Holly has Lucky by her side—a neglected pit bull she found on the wrong side of a job, who refuses to leave her side—and who, like her, has nowhere to go but up. Together, maybe they can crawl their way out of the urban hell of their bad slice of Baltimore, where coming home at night is even more dangerous than going to work. Maybe Holly can manage to get her young daughter the medical treatment she desperately needs, and manage to get her out of her dangerous public school and into the private school of her dreams. Just maybe, she can fall in love with that private school Dad from the other side of town and start a whole new life.

Or maybe not.

Life has never been easy for Holly. And if the past few days are any indication, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

BELOW THE BELT (A HOLLY HANDS COZY MYSTERY) is book #3 in a riveting new cozy mystery series, a page-turning thriller that grabs you from page one and does not let go. Get ready to find yourself reading all night, bleary-eyed, and falling madly in love with a new character who will fight her way into your heart.

More books in the series will be available soon. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Cooking Class: Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery Book 13 (A Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery) by [Sandi Scott]

Ohh la la!, sexagenarian Georgie Kaye and her twin sister Aleta are up to their necks in murder and mayhem after Aleta wins free cooking lessons.

Between a dead chef, suspects who start speaking French at the drop of a hat and her ex-husband Stan behaving very oddly, Georgie has her hands full. Topping things off, Georgie receives an unexpected invitation to go on an overseas trip to the French Riveria!

Is Georgie ready to give up on Stan and move on with her life? Find out as Georgie solves the Murder at the Cooking Class in her own inimitable way. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Murder at the Vineyard: Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery Book 14 (A Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery) by [Sandi Scott]

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal Best-selling author Sandi Scott!

A bevy of bickering bridesmaids, a handsome vintner, and a dream vacation that needs to be saved!

When sexagenarian twins Georgie and Aleta Kaye arrive at a country inn nestled deep in the Napa Valley, they are looking to relax. There will be wine-tasting, chocolate and desserts enough for all, nothing could be better.

Unfortunately, a bevy of bickering bridesmaids, with Bridezilla at their head, are also guests at the resort and it’s not long before there is trouble in paradise.

The bride-to-be is dead and the local police are sure it’s murder.

Georgie springs into action to find out what really happened. No one is above suspicion, not even the debonair owner of the vineyard who is giving Aleta a come-hither look. Georgie pokes around in her own unique way and unexpectedly finds herself next on the killer’s agenda.

Can Georgie escape the killer quickly enough to save her vacation? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Stilettos Can Be Murder: A Lily List Mystery Exclusive by [C.L. Bauer]

“Holy Moly indeed,” Gretchen repeated. “Who would want to frame me for murder? I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like me.”
Abby drank the remainder of the liquid in her glass. She crossed her eyes. “Don’t you? You can be a bit too much.”
Gretchen pursed her lips as though she was ready to unload on her young friend. Instead, she laughed as she looked down at Abby. “Well, what’s the point of living if you are just okay? There is never too much…too much excitement, adventure, money, or of me!”

You’re never too old to fall in love or to be framed for murder! Gretchen Malloy, the fifty-something (she’s not telling) elite Kansas City event planner stumbles over a dead groom on his wedding day. The police suspect the fashionable Ms. Malloy may be a murderer. She suspects the police don’t appreciate her flair for the dramatic or her good taste for the better things in life. One detective knows she’s not guilty, but desperately wishes he could charge the woman who gives him a headache anytime she’s near.
In a race to save her business and her life, Gretchen becomes an investigator determined to discover who is framing her. Surely it isn’t her former love who just happens to arrive in town at the same time? Her friend launching a political career wouldn’t want her in prison, would he? Would his new wife take some sort of weird revenge on her? And would the detective throw her in the clink just because of her big hair and amazing high heels?
Gretchen Malloy, supreme snoop and who usually knows everything about everyone, is in the search of her life. She’s left wondering…she may not be the only one in town with killer heels.

This Exclusive features characters from The Lily List Mysteries. Gretchen Malloy first appeared in The Poppy Drop as the ever irritating wedding planner. High heels were her signature as she joined forces with Lily Schmidt as amateur sleuths. Cozy mysteries may never be the same with Gretchen around! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Angling for a Strangling (A Cruise Ship Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Paula Lester, M.E. Harmon]

A Murder’s Slippery Slide…

Poppy Legend’s forty and feeling fabulous. Her family’s new business is thriving, her gig aboard a luxury cruise ship, the Journee, is sailing along, and her love life…that’s becoming very ooh-la-la, with men coming out of the woodwork wanting a date. Including the man who tore Poppy’s heart out, though she can’t have a conversation with him without turning green around the gills.

But there’s a killer on a fishing expedition.

Welcome to the Braggadocious Big Fish Competition, a multi-day fishermen’s extravaganza hosted aboard the Journee. Anglers full of tangled secrets compete for everything from bragging rights to salvation; all with eyes on the grand prize of one million dollars.

A few days into the tournament, Poppy stumbles across the deadliest catch ever – a corpse left behind by a bloodthirsty scoundrel. Somebody is playing a lethal game of fish or cut bait…the keyword being cut and bait being anyone in the killer’s way.

If Poppy doesn’t flesh out the bad guy before the contest ends in a few days, the cruise line might go under and her family’s livelihood with it.

Like it or not, she’s on the case. But the murderer is busy chumming the waters and scattering a trail of red herrings to keep Poppy off the scent just long enough to escape.

Will Poppy’s net catch a fishy fiend in time, or will she end up dearly departed and dangling from a predator’s hook? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Date with Deceit (The Dales Detective Series Book 6) by [Julia Chapman]

Julia Chapman’s sixth Dales Detective Agency novel, Date with Deceit, sees Delilah going undercover at a shoot involving dangerous criminals. Perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club and M.C. Beaton.

A woman in tears in the Dales Detective Agency is never the best way to start the week. But when that woman is the wife of Bernard Taylor, town mayor and eminent businessman, there is even more cause for alarm. So when Nancy Taylor asks the detectives to investigate whether her husband is having an affair, Samson O’Brien and Delilah Metcalfe know they will have to tread carefully.

The case, however, proves to be more complex than even they had imagined. While Delilah is undercover at a local shoot to better keep tabs on the errant husband, she is on the scene for a fatal incident that sends the town into turmoil. Soon the detective duo are embroiled in a far more serious investigation than mere infidelity as they discover that deceit is rife in Bruncliffe. And it may well prove deadly . . . (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death By Appointment (Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery) by [Mairi Chong]

Would YOU dare to keep the doctor waiting …?

Dr Cathy Moreland, recuperating from a severe mental breakdown, hopes to find peace in a remote Scottish coastal village. While there, she learns that, thirty years ago, its community had been devasted when a young woman threw herself from a nearby rocky headland into the sea. She was clutching her new-born child.

During Cathy’s stay, another tragedy occurs. Initially, it is assumed that the recent death is suicide but as the days pass, it becomes increasingly clear that her initial casual interest in the events threatens her own life. Cathy must draw on all of her courage to unearth the truth. A deadly malice creeps the winding lanes that surround the hamlet. Its stealthy footfalls are tender and reassuring but its true intent is as cruel as the sea itself.

DEATH BY APPOINTMENT is an enthralling and heartfelt murder mystery, the solution to which, will challenge even the most ardent murder mystery fans. If you enjoy British classic crime mixed with authentic medical drama, then you’ll love Mairi Chong’s prequel to the much-loved Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery series. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Lavender's Tangled Tree (Piney Falls Mysteries Book 4) by [Joann  Keder]

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Lanie Anders and Cosmo Hill!

In the fourth book of the Piney Falls Mysteries Series, the wedding event of the decade is about to take place in Piney Falls. From the decorations to the cake and music,  every single citizen has contributed in some way to make this day perfect. Until Cosmo and Lanie begin their lives together, everyone is on their best behavior, trying to assure no mystery disrupts the one thing they’ve all worked in unison to achieve.

When a stranger shows up at Cosmic Cakes and Antiquery with some shocking news, the perfectly constructed event begins to fall apart. Even more concerning, Cosmo and Lanie’s future together may be in jeopardy. The stranger’s message means Lanie must face the one thing she’s been avoiding her entire adult life: her mother.

The twisted family mystery that begins to unravel before her will change everything Lanie thought she knew about herself.

Don’t miss the fourth installment of this exciting cozy mystery series with a dash of humor, history and of course a good mystery! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Dead Asleep (Jensen Beach Mysteries Book 3) by [Rodney Riesel]

Now that John Burton’s pool is installed, he just wants to spend a quiet, lazy week pool-side sipping on margaritas and LandShark Lagers at his waterfront home in Jensen Beach, Florida. However, those plans are soon derailed when his sexy next door neighbor, Cassie, strolls over for a drink and a swim. When Cassie tells John and his childhood pal, Kurt Powell, about her friend’s deadly dreams, and how the young girl has already predicted the deaths of two strangers, Kurt wants to investigate. And as usual, John reluctantly goes along with the plan.
In Dead Asleep, the third book in the Jensen Beach series, join John and Kurt as they get themselves into more trouble investigating a string of seemingly unrelated deaths. With the help of Cole Ballinger and Spence Oller, the two soon figure out that things are not always as they appear, and they too, may soon come face to face with death. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Flea Market Felony: A Cozy Mystery Novel (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries Book 1) by [Tricia L. Sanders]

These new retirees have just hit the road. Will their first campsite’s shenanigans land them both in handcuffs?

Mattie Modesky’s been hankering to start retirement right. Even if it’s in an RV. The sassy senior believes there’s no time like the present after her policeman husband hangs up his badge and they hit the road.

When they reach their first RV park, the yoga instructor hitting on Mattie’s man turns her peaceful vacation sour. In an effort to stand her ground and confront the sneaky resident, Mattie finds a new friend, a stiff corpse, and her husband as the prime suspect.

She is shocked to her core when her man’s newly purchased pocketknife is the murder weapon. But when the real killer makes the fatal mistake of dognapping her beloved pooch, the silver-haired sleuth sets her sights on solving the crime herself and proving her lawman’s innocence.

Can Mattie clear her hubby’s name and reclaim their pup before the villain turns their golden years into iron bars? Or will the killer roll away in a motor home with Mattie’s dog in the passenger seat?

Flea Market Felony is the adventure-packed first book in The Mattie and Mo Mysteries series. If you like irresistible characters, fun surprises, and captivating whodunits, then you’ll love Tricia L. Sanders’s clever read.

Buy Flea Market Felony to catch a dastardly devil today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Hasidic Rebbe's Son: A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery by [Joan Lipinsky Cochran]

The murder of an ultra-religious student seeking refuge in her home forces an investigative reporter to explore the seedy underside of South Beach’s glitzy nightclub scene and the insular world of Hasidic Judaism to find his killer. Boca Raton reporter Becks Ruchinsky is surprised when her son, Gabe, brings a frightened young man home from college and asks her to hide him. Menachem left his Hasidic community under mysterious circumstances and fears being kidnapped. Grateful to the young man for befriending her son, whose Asperger’s makes friendships difficult, Becks takes in the boy. Six days later, he’s found floating in a canal. Police insist Menachem’s drowning was an accident but Becks isn’t buying. Her investigation takes her from the gritty underworld of South Beach to secretive Hasidic communities in Miami and New York. In the process, she’s run off the expressway and her life and most basic religious beliefs are threatened. With the help of her ex-gangster father and a nosy Hasidic shopkeeper, Becks discovers the leader of a cult-like religious community is subverting rabbinic law to conceal ugly truths. As she uncovers layer upon layer of lies and deceptions, Becks discovers her son’s life may depend on her ability to unearth these secrets. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Secrets in Oak Creek - A small-town mystery/romance : Emily's Trauma by [B. K.  Stubblefield]

A small town with a dark secret. A new arrival in grave danger. Can she solve the mystery before she ends up the next victim?

The best part of Emily’s childhood may have been the time she spent with her quirky aunt. So when her favorite relative passes away, she drops everything to attend the funeral in the small town of Oak Creek. But she never expected to inherit her aunt’s entire estate, including her massive black dog Bentley. Just as she starts to get the hang of small-town life, an unknown driver runs her off the road and sends her to the hospital.

As doctors tend to her and she makes a connection with a charming Oak Creek resident named Ryan, Emily racks her brain to figure out who would want her dead. When sparks start to fly between her and the good Samaritan that sat by her bedside, they team up to solve the mystery. Digging into the crime starts to reveal a dark side to Oak Creek and long-held secrets nobody wants to be revealed. With Bentley’s help, Emily and Ryan must uncover the truth before her assailant comes back to finish the job.

Secrets in Oak Creek is an action-packed standalone romantic mystery. If you like thrilling suspense, courageous characters, and a large portion of heart, then you’ll love B.K. Stubblefield’s sensational story.

Buy Secrets in Oak Creek to rescue a small town from its past today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Artist Vanishes by [Terry Westby-Nunn]

Where is Sophie?
Infamous Cape Town artist Sophie Tugiers has been missing for several years. Her mysterious disappearance caused a brief ripple before dissolving into a distant media memory. Sophie’s controversial art alienated many
people: those who didn’t consider her a sell-out thought her last exhibition was sadistic – after all, one of her experimental participants committed suicide.
James Dempster is a jaded filmmaker with a whiskey problem. Following his acrimonious divorce, he needs a project to relaunch his stalled career. When he discovers he’s living in the flat Sophie once rented, he is drawn into her sinister tale.
What really happened to Sophie? What are her friends and enemies hiding? After James’s flat is ransacked and his research stolen, he realises unearthing the truth could lead not to his redemption but to his demise.
The Artist Vanishes explores ambition and success, guilt and responsibility, the ethics around animal research, and art’s lasting impact on those it touches. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Escape from Reality - The First Three Books by [Courtney McFarlin]

Escape from Danger

Three best friends. A dead body. Can the crew solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

When Shay Reynolds moved back to her small hometown to open an escape room business, she had no idea she’d need to solve a murder.

Join Shay as she reconnects with her best friends from childhood, tries to solve a murder, and locks horns with the attractive detective assigned to the case. Sparks fly and danger lurks where Shay least expects it.

Escape from the Past
Shay Reynolds is having the time of her life. Her new business is booming, her relationship with Detective Garrett Locke is going great, and summer has come to Deadwood, South Dakota. What could go wrong?

Escape from Hiding
The infamous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing, and Shay Reynolds and the gang are knee-deep in the chaos. A priceless bike goes missing on Garrett’s watch and Shay jumps in to help track it down. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Spellwood Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series: Complete Collection Box Set(Books 1-5) (The Spellwood Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Collection) by [Melanie Snow]

A talking dog, a series of mysteries, a coven of witches, a fleet of mischievous forest fairies, and one handsome police chief.



If you had told Sarah Spellwood that this would be her life a few years ago, she would have laughed! But it all started with the arrival of an unexpected visitor with shocking news, and now Sarah has found herself the defender of the Witchland Forest as well as a novice witch.



When evil attempts to disturb the idyllic forest village, Sarah is forced to find out if her newfound powers are enough to protect the forest and keep herself alive!

GetThe Spellwood Witches Complete Series Collectiontoday!

Five Full Length Books

Book 1 ~ Witch’s Tail: Everyone wants to move to Witchland, but not everyone has the best intentions for the village. Can Sarah save Witchland from destruction and solve the suspicious death of her dear friend?

A Free Novella ~ Fish and Blame: Can Sarah bring justice to an innocent tourist and save the wrong person from going down for a crime? While struggling with learning how to use her own powers, Sarah is uncertain if she has what it takes to bring down another killer.

Book 2 ~ Howl Play: Will Sarah be able to defeat perhaps the most evil witch in all of history, to bring closure for an innocent man’s death?

Book 3 ~ Tail of a Feather: When Eli disappears, Sarah must venture into the caves under Witchland to save him. But is she strong enough to defeat the evil that lurks down there?

Book 4 ~ Impawsible Mischief: Something is wrong in Witchland, and this time the problem is coming from within the town! Can Sarah save Witchland before it tears itself apart?

Book 5 ~ Pawtrayal: Sarah just wants to settle down, but a ghost desperate for justice for his own murder case isn’t having it! Can Sarah vindicate a ghost and solve a crime that has stumped police for decades?

GetThe Spellwood Witches Complete Series Collection today! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

New Releases For The Week Of March 28th, 2021–Part 3

The Crone Age: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Mystery (Widow's Bay Book 8) by [Rebecca Regnier]

In Widow’s Bay, when someone calls you a crone it’s a compliment.There’s an epic showdown brewing in the final book of this beloved Paranormal Women’s Fiction Series.

Menopausal witch, Marzie Nowak, is waiting for someone, anyone, to say she looks too young to be a grandma. But looks aside, her brand new grandbaby is rocking her world. Too bad everything else in Widow’s Bay is upside down. There’s a dead body, a haywire wand, and her beloved magical cat has been hexed! Between that and an ex-husband who’s decided to move in on her turf, Marzie’s feeling very much the crone.

Plus some new faces have moved into Widow’s Bay and they’re giving the Distinguished Ladies Club a run for their money. With a possible killer on the loose and everyone around her acting strangely, the pressure is on Marzie to sort things out. Big changes are afoot in Widow’s Bay and in Marzie’s family.

Don’t miss the epic finale as empty nest witches team up with handsome vampires and flirty shifters in the most magical town in Michigan.

The Crone Age is the eighth book in this spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like clever heroines, snarky humor, and supernatural small towns, then you’ll love Rebecca Regnier’s bewitching mystery. Paranormal women’s fiction fans will want to move to Widow’s Bay. Where a hot flash means a witch is just getting warmed up! Join this coven of empty nest witches today!

Buy The Crone Age to fall under the spell of a witty, whimsical paranormal women’s fiction mystery! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback

Rest In Fleece: A Knitorious Murder Mystery Book 8 by [Reagan  Davis ]

Coming March 31st, 2021

The 8th book in the Knitorious Murder Mystery series!

*Paperback and Kindle Unlimited available from March 31st, 2021*

Calm turns to chaos when a mysterious fortune teller comes to town.

At first, the fortune teller’s pleasant predictions amuse the residents of Harmony Lake, but lives are turned upside down when she uncovers deep, dark secrets that some people would prefer to keep buried.

Mysticism turns to mystery when the fortune teller predicts her own murder.

When the finger of suspicion points at someone close to me, I’m determined to clear their name by finding the real killer.

Was the fortune teller’s tragic fate really in the cards, or did her secret identity and troubled past catch up with her? Were her psychic powers real or was she a crafty con artist?

With a little help from my friends, I predict we can find the real killer before the wrong person takes the blame.

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

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

Other books in the series:

  • Knit One Murder Two
  • Killer Cables
  • Murder & Merino
  • Twisted Stitches
  • Son of a Stitch
  • Crime Skein
  • Sins & Needles
  • Rest In Fleece

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

Editions Available: Kindle

Bell, Book and Scandal: Bedknobs and Broomsticks 3 by [Josh Lanyon]

Black Cats. Black Arts. Black. Mail.

Must a witch break his vows to save his marriage?

Cosmo Saville has never been happier. His adored husband has finally accepted his witchy ways. And in return, his promise to stay out of police business guarantees them a happily ever after. At least, until Cos discovers he might be a pawn in a dangerous game of blackmail…

Police Commissioner John Joseph Galbraith feels relieved that the lies and secrets are over and his marriage is back on track. Especially since he has his hands full with a high-profile suicide and rumors of a city-wide extortion ring. But when he stumbles across his own wicked witch breaking his vow by using magic to play sleuth, John agonizes over old wounds.

With the commissioner’s badge and family in jeopardy, Cosmo feels he has no choice but to use every power in…his power. Even if that dark decision costs him everything he cares about most.

Can the witch expose a dark conspiracy, save John’s career, and return to love’s delicious spell?

Bell, Book and Scandal is the third book in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks mystery-romance series. If you like quirky characters, snappy spells, madcap suspense, and Happily Ever Afters, then you’ll love Josh Lanyon’s bewitching supernatural story. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Death in Florence (A Year in Europe—Book 2) by [Blake Pierce]

“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
–Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone)

DEATH IN FLORENCE is book #2 in a charming new cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone has received 1,500 five-star reviews. The series (A YEAR IN EUROPE) begins with book #1 (A MURDER IN PARIS).

Diana Hope, 55, is still adjusting to her recent separation when she discovers her ex-husband has just proposed to a woman 30 years younger. Secretly hoping they would reunite, Diana is devastated. She realizes the time has come to reimagine life without him—in fact, to reimagine her life, period.

Devoting the last 30 years of her life to being a dutiful wife and mother and to climbing the corporate ladder, Diana has been relentlessly driven, and has not taken a moment to do anything for herself. Now, the time has come.

Diana never forgot her first boyfriend, who begged her to join him for a year in Europe after college. She had wanted to go so badly, but it had seemed like a wild, romantic idea, and a gap year, she’d thought, would hinder her resume and career. But now, with her daughters grown, her husband gone, and her career no longer fulfilling, Diana realizes it’s time for herself—and to take that romantic year in Europe she’d always dreamed of.

Diana prepares to embark on the year of her life, finally turning to her bucket list, hoping to tour the most beautiful sights and sample the most scrumptious cuisines—and maybe, even, to fall in love again. But a year in Europe may have different plans in store for her. Can A-type Diana learn to go with the flow, to be spontaneous, to let down her guard and to learn to truly enjoy life again?

In DEATH IN FLORENCE (Book #2), Diana arrives in Florence, ready to shake off the events of Paris and fulfill her lifelong dream of being proposed to on the romantic Ponte Vecchio bridge. But Diana can never possibly anticipate what she is about to find on that bridge, and how it may just turn her romantic dream into a ridiculous nightmare!

A YEAR IN EUROPE is a charming and laugh-out-loud cozy mystery series, packed with food and travel, with mysteries that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and with experiences that will leave you with a sense of wonder. As Diana embarks on her quixotic quest for love and meaning, you will find yourself falling in love and rooting for her. You will be in shock at the twists and turns her journey takes as she somehow finds herself at the center of a mystery, and must play amateur sleuth to solve it. Fans of books like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun have finally found the cozy mystery series they’ve been hoping for!

Book #3 (VENGEANCE IN VIENNA) in the series is now also available! (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Deadly Diadem: A Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mystery (Paranormal Artifacts Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Tegan Maher]

What kind of crazy witch curses a diadem to kill people? Apparently the kind that founds small beach towns and makes iced tea and finger sandwiches for cocktail parties. Why am I not surprised? This is, after all, the south.

I admit I messed up when I dragged a sunken treasure chest to shore. I’ll even take part of the blame for my obsessive-compulsive sister throwing them in an auction before I had a chance to check them for magical mojo. That doesn’t mean I should have to deal with snobby socialites and the weak-kneed weenies that bow at their Prada-clad feet. Especially when said socialite is dead.

Actually, it does. Because I come from a long line of powerful witches and warlocks tasked with keeping magical artifacts out of non-magical hands. Our family reputation is sterling, but just like all fine silver and old families, there’s a little tarnish here and there. It’s what makes us good at what we do.

Now I’m going to have to trot out every trick I know when a local woman keels over dead at her own bridal party. Not only do I have to figure out what killed her, I have to recover it before it finds another victim, then cover it up to keep magic hidden. Together with my best friend, a powerful warlock who’s personality tempers my own, and an ancient catalog that’s been in my family for generations, we’ll find the next artifact and take one more step toward cleaning up my mess. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

The Ghostly Grounds: Scandal and Supper (A Canine Casper Cozy Mystery—Book 5) by [Sophie Love]

“The perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It’s a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”
–Midwest Book Review (For Now and Forever)

THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS: SCANDAL AND SUPPER is Book #5 in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Sophie Love, author of The Inn at Sunset Harbor series, a #1 Bestseller with over 200 five-star reviews!

Marie Fortune, 39, a successful dog groomer in Boston, leaves the stressful life behind and heads to a small town in coastal Maine to create a new life. She remains intent on renovating the old, historic house her great-aunt left her and giving it a new life as a B&B. Yet there was one thing she couldn’t plan for: the house is haunted. Two things, actually: her great-aunt also left her a dog—and he is far from a typical dog.

When Marie is hired to cleanse a unique and massive hotel in a nearby town, the scope of it is beyond anything she has encountered before. Just as she wonders if she has finally met her match, she learns that her local Mayor is trying to re-zone the downtown—and to shut down her B&B while he’s at it. Having a murder in the mix—for which she is pinned—hardly helps matters, either. In a multi-front war for her survival, can Marie manage to purge the ghosts, stay out of jail, and keep her livelihood?

A page-turning cozy, packed with mystery, love, hauntings, travel, pets and food—anchored around a small town and a B&B in need of renovation that will capture your heart—THE GHOSTLY GROUNDS is an un-putdownable cozy series that will keep you turning pages (and laughing out loud) late into the night.

“The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
–Books and Movies Reviews (For Now and Forever) (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle

Muffins and Moonlight (Witch Haven Mystery - a fun cozy witch paranormal mystery Book 4) by [K.E. O'Connor]

Welcome back to Witch Haven. Where cakes explode, magic misfires, and mystery abounds.

I’ve had the weirdest few weeks of my life. I can handle being abducted by my best friend’s mom and her creepy lover, I can even deal with having a ‘boyfriend’ who’s old enough to be my grandpa, but I’m struggling with being accused of poisoning someone with a muffin.

The poisoning accusation has me panicking. I mean, my baking magic is failing, but it’s under control. I have my secret supply of magic, my hidden farmhouse, and my little white lies.

What could go wrong?

Oh, yeah. Being accused of killing Jinti Calrook. I didn’t do it. At least, I’m ninety percent sure my muffin wasn’t the murder weapon. Well, eighty-five percent sure. After all, anyone can have a bad day in the kitchen.

I have to solve this murder before I get hauled off by the Magic Council, leaving my sick uncle behind and all my lies to tumble out.

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Meet Luna Brimstone, a witch with an enormous secret. She’s got everything sorted. At least, she thinks she has. But with the Magic Council on her tail, a debt collector after her, and a moody werewolf who might want to take a bite out of her, this witch has the fight of her life on her flour-covered hands. (Amazon)

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Judge, Jury and Jailhouse Rockcakes: Wonky Inn Book 11 by [Jeannie Wycherley]

It’s Florence’s moment to shine!

The spooky housekeeper has become a firm favourite with fans of The Great Witchy Cake-Off, and now her baking book is about to be launched on an unsuspecting world. Our Alfie has agreed to chaperone Florence for a few days, so the pair of them head up to London to a swanky hotel to begin the press grind.

Unfortunately, it soon transpires that it’s Alf who needs chaperoning.

When she gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, our Alfie finds herself behind bars.

Innocent until proven guilty? Who knows! This is the cozy world of Wonky after all.

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Another hilarious instalment in the beloved Wonky Inn paranormal cozy mystery series of books by Jeannie Wycherley.

Grab a ringside seat in court alongside all your favourite characters, along with some quirky newcomers, and see if you can work out hoodunnit!

With ghosts, goblins, witches and wizards galore–not forgetting Mr Hoo–you’ll love this latest edition to the long running and Amazon bestselling series. (Amazon)

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Berried to the Hilt: Gray Whale Inn Mystery (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries Book 4) by [Karen MacInerney]

When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Island is abuzz with excitement. Is the wreck the remains of the Myra Barton, the missing ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? Or the elusive Black Marguerite, which belonged to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century and vanished without a trace―except for the ghost ship that old-timers say roams the water on fog-shrouded nights?

Soon the island is swarming with marine archaeologists and treasure hunters. It’s good news for Natalie―and for the Gray Whale Inn―until a body turns up floating near the wreck. Natalie finds herself immersed in the world of pirates and sunken treasure, both past and present. Will she solve the mystery and find the killer in time? Or will Natalie be the next to join the lost ship’s crew, down in Davy Jones’ locker?

Praise:

“The fourth in this pleasant cozy series highlights the glories of Maine, which this time include several recipes chock-full of cranberries.”―Kirkus Reviews

“The satisfying conclusion will whet the reader’s appetite for Natalie’s next adventure.”―Publishers Weekly

“MacInerney is at her whimsical best in her fourth visit to the charming Gray Whale Inn on Cranberry Island, Maine.”―Mystery Scene (Amazon)

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Quilt-Ridden by [Elizabeth  Craig]

Do good fences make good neighbors?

Miss Sissy is a talented member of the Village Quilters guild in tiny Dappled Hills, North Carolina. She’s also somewhat difficult to deal with as her new neighbor, Linton, discovered. Linton doesn’t understand why Miss Sissy’s house is almost entirely covered by thorny weeds like something out of Sleeping Beauty. Miss Sissy, on the other hand, doesn’t understand why that’s any of Linton’s business.

When Linton ends up very dead, Miss Sissy seems to be the obvious suspect. But Beatrice and the other Village Quilters are determined to discover the real murderer and clear Miss Sissy’s name—before the killer strikes again. (Amazon)

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Heliotrope and a Haunting: Cozy Mystery (The Witches of Wormwood Mysteries Book 7) by [Silver Nord, Ruby Loren]

Hazel’s father is missing… last seen at the mansion that’s just gone up in flames.

Sifting through the ashes the next morning yields no further clues to his whereabouts, until Sean stumbles upon a secret that’s been hidden from the Salem family for decades.

When a body is found beneath the remains of the mansion, Hazel’s fears for her father’s safety grow.

By contrast, Sean’s suspicions about her father grow.

Sean, Hazel, and her aunts suddenly find themselves literally trapped in a mystery where the only way out is to solve the case.

To make matters worse, Hemlock keeps talking about a monster that he claims is stalking everyone, waiting to strike.

Hazel dismisses his claims as ridiculous scaremongering… until she finds tracks that no human could have left behind.

With ghosts, monsters, and a murderer to contend with, can Hazel and Sean solve the crime? (Amazon)

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Social Medium (Hedgewitch for Hire Book 2) by [Christine Pope]

There’s no mean girl like an internet mean girl. Especially when she’s a witch.

Selena hasn’t been in Globe, Arizona, very long, but she’s quickly learned to be wary when her friend Josie gets a bright idea — like insisting she join the growing legion of internet witches. While being an Instagram star sounds like a good way to promote her metaphysical shop, Selena can’t ignore the feeling she’s about to get some pretty crappy juju dropped on her head.

It isn’t as if she doesn’t have time to produce content — or even date, since it appears tribal police chief Calvin Standingbear has ghosted her. Too bad the perfectly nice rancher who offers his place for a live-streamed solstice bonfire ritual doesn’t strike a single spark.

But when the dark side of social media rears its ugly head, Selena’s going to need all the friends she can get, including the secretive police chief. Because social media rivalries can be murder — and Selena could be targeted as a suspect…or the next victim. (Amazon)

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SKELETON IN SCOTLAND by [Carolyn L. Dean]

A sudden trip abroad. Another tangled mystery.

A missing woman. A tangle of lies. A trail that leads to a hidden life.

When her boss’ friend is suddenly missing in Scotland, Jennifer Peetman is hot on the trail! With her French bulldog companion, Orly, she goes from her cozy home in Cornwall to the wilds of coastal Scotland, trying to track down the truth. The more she digs, the more lies and twists she finds.

Is it just a fluke that she’s the only one who seems to be interested in what happened to the missing woman? Or is it a cover-up for murder?

Clean language, and only rated PG because hey, there’s a murderer running around in this book. (Amazon)

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Fudge and Frenemies (Maple Lane Mysteries Book 6) by [C. A. Phipps]

A foe or a murderous friend?

When Maddie accompanies Gran and Angel on a once in a lifetime trip to London to visit her mom and step father, she could never have imagined what awaited them. 

The run-down castle they inherited is targeted by someone who makes it clear that new blood isn’t welcome. 

With a murder on their doorstep, and old rumors resurfacing, things heat up and not just in the kitchen. Maddie must sift through the evidence before it disappears. 

Do the answers lie within the castle walls? Or with a family member? 

And will Big Red, Maddie’s faithful Maine Coon, forgive her for leaving him behind? 

The Maple Lane Mysteries are light, cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.

The Maple Lane Mystery Series

Book 1 Apple Pie and Arsenic

Book 2 Bagels and Blackmail

Book 3 Cookies and Chaos

Book 4 Doughnuts and Disaster

Book 5 Eclairs and Extortion

Book 6 Fudge and Frenemies

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BLIND RISK (Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series Book 6) by [Tanya R. Taylor]

A professional woman with alarming intel on the upper echelons of society is found dead at the side of the road.

Dozens of potential suspects include: an Amish man, a mayor and a high-ranking member of the police force!

Will Lucille and Nilla be able to crack the case? And will their attempt to do so put their lives in jeopardy?

Only time will tell if this is a job too big and too dangerous for one blind woman and her fearless, little Shih Tzu. (Amazon)

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Poison-Spiced Cupcakes: Cupcake Truck Mysteries by [Emily James]

Revenge is only sweet when you’re not the victim…

When the Lakeshore police department’s Christmas party turns deadly and outside investigators are brought in, cupcake baker Isabel Addington once again finds herself a suspect in a murder. Someone is either trying to frame her or kill her, and it’s not clear which.

The list of people who want to silence her isn’t exactly a short one.

She’s the primary witness in a murder trial, where the family of the accused doesn’t want her to testify. Her own divorce hearing is rapidly approaching, where her husband won’t want all his secrets aired. And if that wasn’t enough, her business partner’s ex keeps showing up where he’s least wanted, blaming everyone else for his troubles.

Isabel finds herself in a game of cat and mouse with someone who seems bent on revenge. Can she figure out who’s behind it all before she loses her freedom, or worse, loses someone she loves?

Poison-Spiced Cupcakes is the fifth book in Emily James’ Cupcake Truck Mysteries.

Cupcake recipe included!

This book is a “clean” read and contains no swearing, gore, or steamy bedroom scenes. While the series is best enjoyed in order, each book is a complete mystery on its own. (Amazon)

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