New Releases For The Week Of April 16th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 16th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next two days. Here is day two of that list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

34825614A Return To Innocence…
Dani Hedley is at a low point. After years of living the fast life as a photographer in LA, she’s heading back home to Innocence, California, with nothing but her old camera, a laptop, and $40 to her name. It’s time to pick up the pieces…
Thankfully, there is one bright spot in her life. Her sister, Caroline, is about to be married and she’s asked Dani to photograph the event. It’s the perfect way to jumpstart into her future.
Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan.
The groom-to-be’s ex-girlfriend is found dead the day before the wedding.  And, between their bitter history and the fact that the victim is somehow wearing her wedding gown, Caroline immediately becomes suspect #1.
Can Dani do something to help her sister? The sheriff is confident it is an open & shut case against Caroline and doesn’t see the need to dig much deeper. But, of course, Dani knows she’s innocent. And, for some reason, she has a nagging feeling that there is something in the wedding photos that can clear Caroline’s name. Something that is hiding in plain sight.
If she can only figure out what it is…
Find out what happens in Killer Dress, the first book in Nancy McGovern’s new cozy mystery series, “Shot & Framed”!
Nancy McGovern is also the author of the popular culinary cozy mystery series, “A Murder In Milburn” & “Slice of Paradise Cozy Mysteries”, featuring delicious recipes and even tastier whodunits, as well as the witch-based paranormal cozy mystery series, “Bluebell Knopps Cozy Mysteries”.  Follow the link in ANY of Nancy’s books to join her mailing list and receive a FREE COZY MYSTERY just for signing up!   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

34848571By all accounts, everyone loves Genny. So why does someone want her dead?

There’s something special about Genesis Baker, owner of The Sister’s popular New Beginnings Café. With her dimpled smile and twinkling blue eyes, Genny has practically the entire town eating from the palm of her hand. But Genny is hiding a secret. Despite her sunny disposition and golden touch, there is heartache in her past, and heartache, they say, comes in threes.

Heartache Number One: An unwelcomed customer shows up at New Beginnings. Apparently, the restraining order against him has lapsed.

Heartache Number Two: Genny’s arch nemesis from high school returns to town. Twenty years has done nothing to mellow the bitter feud between these two women.

Heartache Number Three: As Genny finally acknowledges her feelings for a younger man—sexy firefighter Cutter Montgomery—memories of her first love come back to haunt her.

On top of it all, someone is stalking Genny, determined to make her life miserable. As it turns out, being kidnapped is only the beginning of her troubles…

Book Five of the award winning The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

34832188From USA Today bestselling authors Janel Gradowski & Elizabeth Ashby comes a deliciously deadly surprise!

Maura Monroe came to Danger Cove, Washington to forget the past and start over. Her newly-found spontaneous side thinks buying the Cinnamon Sugar Bakery is the perfect way to both indulge her passion for baking and gain a fresh start. But her practical, business-savvy side isn’t sure it’s the safest move—for her heart or her pocketbook! While her two sides duke it out, Maura decides to rent a short-term cottage to feel out the quaint little town.

Only things are anything but quaint when her search for a temporary home uncovers a dead body instead of the perfect rental. And when fingers start to point at Maura’s handsome new landlord, she finds herself smack in the middle of a small town mystery. The more Maura digs, the more she realizes that secrets abound in this sleepy coastal burg…and someone is willing to kill to keep them buried. Can Maura get to the truth before the killer strikes again? Or will the next body in Danger Cove be hers?

The Danger Cove books:
Secret of the Painted Lady (a Danger Cove Renovation Mystery)
Murder and Mai Tais (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Death by Scones (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)
Four-Patch of Trouble (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Deadly Dye and a Soy Chai (a Danger Cove Hair Salon Mystery)
Killer Closet Case (a Danger Cove B&B Mystery)
Tree of Life and Death (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
A Killing in the Market (a Danger Cove Farmers’ Market short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection)
Killer Colada (a Danger Cove Cocktail Mystery)
Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs (a Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery)
A Novel Death (a Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery)
Robbing Peter to Kill Paul (a Danger Cove Quilting Mystery)
Sinister Snickerdoodles (a Danger Cove Bakery Mystery)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

34622774Postmen. Poltergeists. Poitín.

When former San Francisco cop, Maggie Doyle, extends her stay in Ireland, dealing with more murder and mayhem isn’t on her to-do list. The instant Maggie and her UFO-enthusiast friend discover the dead body of the Whisper Island postman, Maggie’s plans to chill for the next two months are put on ice.

After Police Sergeant Reynolds, Maggie’s handsome neighbor, arrests Lenny’s brother for the murder, her friend begs her to find the real killer. Meanwhile, Maggie is hired to investigate ghostly goings on at the Whisper Island Hotel. Can she solve two crimes before St. Patrick’s Day? Or will the island’s annual celebrations end in a glittery flame of green, white, and orange?  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rum Raisin Revenge: A Jessica James Cozy Mystery (Murder on the Equator Book 2) by [Joy, Jennifer]Plagued by one catastrophe after another, Jessica James (introvert extraordinaire) takes comfort in the fact that it can’t get any worse. Until it does.

When she discovers a dead body in the freezer of the local ice cream parlor, she’s soon involved in another mystery. But Jessica has bigger problems when an argument between two elderly sisters involves her in a town-wide fundraiser. Neck deep in doughnuts and unanswered questions, Jessica has to find another murderer while avoiding a surly detective and her worst nightmare — the news camera crew.

Can Jessica stay out of trouble and off the camera while raising money for a good cause? Or will she become the next headliner in the national news?

*Recipes included   (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She expected balmy breezes, swaying hammocks, and majestic waterfalls. Not a murder.

Jessica James is a twenty-three-year-old, work-at-home computer whiz content in her comfort zone … until her family conspires to send her to the jungles of Ecuador for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

When her taxi driver takes off with her bag in the trunk, her grand adventure begins. When that same taxi driver is found murdered minutes later, Jessica is forced into one catastrophe after another as she seeks to find the truth … and get her stuff back. With the help of the two most mischievous sisters old enough to know better, Jessica will either catch a murderer or end up in jail.

But friendship and discovery come at a cost. Can Jessica’s newfound bravery help her survive her South American experience as she gets closer to the murderer? Or will this grand adventure be her last?

*Recipes included  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

34738396Once again, Alex O’Hara is up to her ears in mysteries. After surviving an attempted murder, all she wants is R&R time with Nick Palzetti. But his mother leaving his father (“that horse’s patoot”) and moving in with Alex puts a crimp in their plans. Then Nick leaves on assignment and the teen she rescued from an abusive father believes his buddy is doing drugs. Meanwhile, Alex has two easy cases to take her mind off her shaky relationship with Nick—a philandering husband and a background check on a client’s boyfriend. Piece of cake. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEaster Escapade (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 24) by [Daley, Kathi]n the first ever crossover episode, Zak and Zoe joinforces with Hawaiian visitors Luke and Lani, to find out who killed a historian visiting Ashton Falls in order to find a treasure map left by his grandfather a hundred years earlier. Meanwhile, Ellie and Levi move in with Zak and Zoe while the boathouse is being renovated and Alex helps Ellie prepare the nursery for baby Eli who is due to be born any day. Throw in some humor and Easter fun and you have a Zak and Zoe crossover mystery.  (Amazon)

New Releases For The Week Of April 16th, 2017–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 16th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between the next two days. Here is day one of that list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

34568448Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

34020839When Interior Decorator Madison Night accepts an assignment in Palm Springs with handyman Hudson James, she expects designing days and romantic nights. But after spotting a body in the river by the job site, she causes a rift in the team. Add in the strain of recurring nightmares and a growing dependency on sleeping pills, and Madison seeks professional help to deal with her demons.

She learns more about the crime than she’d like thanks to girl talk with friends, pillow talk with Hudson, and smack talk with the local bad boys. And after the victim is identified as the very doctor she’s been advised to see, she wonders if what she knows can help catch a killer. An unlikely ally helps navigate the murky waters before her knowledge destroys her, and this time, what she doesn’t know might be the one thing that saves her life.

“If you love Doris Day, you’ll love Madison Night, decorator extraordinaire. She specializes in restoring mid-century homes and designs, and her latest project involves abductions, murder and vengeance.” – Books for Avid Readers

“Diane Vallere…has a wonderful touch, bringing in the design elements and influences of the ’50s and ’60s era many of us hold dear while keeping a strong focus on what it means in modern times to be a woman in business for herself, starting over.” – Fresh Fiction

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, southern humor, Doris Day, chick lit.

Books in the Madison Night Humorous Mystery Series:

• MIDNIGHT INK (prequel novella in OTHER PEOPLE’S BAGGAGE)
• PILLOW STALK (#1)
• THAT TOUCH OF INK (#2)
• WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL (#3)
• THE DECORATOR WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (#4)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

29939049Baltimore police officer Fia McKee is put on leave for excessive use of force after interfering in a crime that turns deadly. Given a second chance, she is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) at the Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Her assignment is to watch and report back on two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities and whose horses continue to outperform all expectations, winning their owners unseemly amounts of money in the races.

To complete her cover story, Fia moves in with her semi-estranged brother, Patrick, who lives near the racetrack. Her investigations are complicated when her niece, Jilly, disappears after a shadow gang takes Jilly’s beloved horse. Now Fia must work two angles—first to find out what’s really going on with the men who might or might not be gaming the system, and second to bring the men who prey on horses to justice. Along the way, Fia encounters Cuban gangs living off the grid, a (very handsome) do-gooder who’s close on their trail, and a cabal of super wealthy gamblers who will stop at nothing to ensure they always win.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Never Murder a Birder: Volume 11 (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series) by [Claire, Edie]Eleventh in the USA-Today and Kindle Top Ten bestselling Leigh Koslow mystery series!

Note to Criminals: Some witnesses are more trouble than others.

When Leigh’s husband Warren gets offered a consulting gig in Corpus Christi, Texas, Leigh decides to migrate south for a rare week of fun and sun on the Gulf Coast. Warren may have to work, but for Leigh every day is a play day as she roams the beaches and parks of the sleepy, charismatic little town of Port Mesten, winter home to a few locals, scads of vacationing retirees, and a whole lot of birdlife. Now granted, it might seem odd that a body would wash up on the sand within hours of her arrival, considering that the peaceful birding and fishing mecca hasn’t seen a murder in well over a decade. But Leigh is not involved — she’s simply having a good time getting to know her cousin Hap, who’s putting her up at the historic hotel he manages, and his wife Bev, who is fattening her up with delectable home cooking. So what if a bunch of random people in town are staring at Leigh as if she looks familiar? The fact that these same people happen to be murder suspects is not her problem.

But when a dedicated birdwatcher is felled at dawn with his binoculars still around his neck, Bev and the other birders of Port Mesten decide to make it their problem. What crime did the unfortunate birder witness that cost him his life? And why does Leigh continue to be freakishly stalked from a distance? Is it a case of mistaken identity? Leigh would prefer to make beachcombing her first priority, but as the body count rises, she fears she will suffer for the sins of her mystery lookalike. While law enforcement does its thing, the birdwatchers quietly go about their own agenda, giving new meaning to the term “neighborhood watch.” And when a fateful twist occurs that threatens not only Leigh, but the future of the local wildlife population, a desperate killer finds that silencing this witness has brought on a peck of trouble…  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

34308743A riddle for you: What waits for no man?
It turns out that TIME and TIDE wait for no woman, too!

Just when Amanda Graham’s life has started to turn around, TROUBLE comes to the quiet beach town of Ravenwood Cove in the guise of a mysterious stranger and ghosts from her past. When paths cross with murder and long-held secrets, it’s only a matter of time before someone is going to have to pay for mistakes made long ago.

Fifth novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there’s a dead guy..or maybe gal, in it).   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

34522088There’s no such thing as privacy in the tiny village of Birdswing. Everywhere Dr. Benjamin Bones turns, someone is spying from a window, listening through a wall, or gossiping over a garden fence. “The birds sing in Birdswing,” says the vicar, Father Cotterill, and in February 1940 this is more true than ever. Waiting for Hitler to make his move and turn this “Phony War” into the real thing, Ben’s fellow villagers are desperate for a distraction. But his blossoming affair with Lady Juliet must remain absolutely secret. So when a seemingly trifling “case” arises–a love letter misplaced for almost thirty years, still in search of its intended recipient–Ben and Juliet jump at the chance to investigate, simply to steal a bit of time together. But as they try to deliver the letter, they discover two lonely people who might get a second chance at love… through the magic of Cornwall.

Author’s Note: This novella takes place after Dr. Bones and the Christmas Wish. For optimal pleasure, please read in the following order:

1. Marriage Can Be Murder
2. Divorce Can Be Deadly
3. Dr. Bones and the Christmas Wish
4. Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Telling Lies (A Sam Mason Mystery Book 1) by [Dobbs, L. A.]The small police force of White Rock, New Hampshire, is still reeling from the death of Officer Tyler Richardson when they are called to the scene of the accidental drowning of an out-of-town camper.

But Chief Sam Mason and Sergeant Jody Harris soon discover the drowning was no accident. Someone murdered Lynn Palmer and staged the scene to make it look that way.

With a pool of suspects who aren’t telling the truth and a corrupt mayor who wants the case solved yesterday, Sam and Jo follow a puzzling trail of clues with a surprise ending. And when a stray dog points them in the right direction, Sam discovers the killer is closer than he thought.

Just when Sam and Jo think they can rest after having solved Lynn’s murder, a shocking discovery proves that sometimes even those you trust can be telling lies.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

34674925Love hurts…

In Zinnia a criminal Cupid turns into a case for Delaney Detective AgencyGods, goddesses, slaves, centurions—all are gathered at Tinkie Richmond’s elegant home to celebrate the holiday for love. The costume Valentine’s party is the hot ticket in the Mississippi Delta. But Tinkie’s title of Queen Bee of Delta Society becomes jeopardized when her Valentine’s guests are all robbed.

There’s nothing for it but that Tinkie and Sarah Booth Delaney find out what happened to the very handsome Cupid (who failed to appear at the party) and where the short, hairy, Pan-like Cupid (who crashed the party) came from. Certainly not Central Casting.

As Sarah Booth and Tinkie begin to unravel the secrets of the God of Love, they find themselves in danger and with a lot more at stake than some stolen goods. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Books

For the next few day I am going to post a list of Easter books in the hopes that you find some for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy and Happy Reading!

 

7347372The fourth work in the widely acclaimed, laugh-out-loud Trash n’ Treasures series by the husband-and-wife writing team, “New York Times”-bestselling author Max Allan Collins and mystery-writer Barbara Collins.

Spring has sprung a major leak in far-from-serene Serenity, as the Mississippi River drops in for an extended stay. With homes and businesses flooded, how better to help the town recover than by staging a church bazaar?

Brandy Borne knows her mother Vivian’s plan, however, is more likely to lean towards Bizarre, especially when she hears Mother wheedle a reclusive Russian heiress into donating the last Faberge egg ever created! When the winning bidder turns up mortally scrambled, Brandy and Mother cook up a plan to crack the case of this killer…who is one seriously bad egg!  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

15808409In New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s “slightly zany”* new mystery series, Devereaux Sinclair loves running her old-fashioned store in her small Missouri hometown. If only murder didn’t keep landing on her doorstep…

Dev’s five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She’s torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a great deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise’s soon-to-be ex-husband? In buying them, has Dev committed a felony?

When Elise is found shot to death, the mystery deepens—and Dev’s good friend Boone, who discovered the body, is taken into custody. With the help of her best buds, Dev must clear Boone’s name and find the real killer. Good thing that when it comes to amateur sleuths, they broke the mold with Dev Sinclair.

*Library Journal  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

15811659Spring has sprung in Tinker’s Cove, and Lucy Stone has a mile-long to-do list. From painting eggs with her grandson, to preparing the perfect Easter feast, to reviving her garden after a long, cold winter, she hardly has time to hunt for a killer with a deadly case of spring fever… Lucy has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst at Pine Point, her luxurious oceanfront estate, it’s a swanky event where the grown-ups sip cocktails while their children search for eggs that are as likely to contain savings bonds as they are jelly beans. But when Lucy arrives with her three-year-old grandson, VV’s normally welcoming gates are locked, and a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges only to drop dead moments later… Lucy discovers that the victim is Van Vorst Duff, VV’s grandson, and soon learns that not all is as it seems at idyllic Pine Point, where the champagne and caviar seem to be running dry. Always a social butterfly, VV has been skipping lunch dates with friends, and her much-needed donations to local charities have stopped with no explanation. Maybe she’s going senile, or maybe her heirs are getting a little too anxious to take over her estate… As Lucy gathers a basketful of suspects, she’s convinced someone’s been hunting for a lot more than eggs, and she’ll have to chase the truth down a rabbit hole before the killer claims another victim… (Goodreads)

 

 

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TV producer Farrell Slater just stumbled on a story that might save her career…or get her killed. A prestigious New York auction house just sold a Fabergé Egg for six million dollars. But Farrell knows it is a fake. So does a college student who promised never to tell the location of the real one. And so does a cunning murderer who has already dismembered one victim…set fire to another…and strangled still another in order to carry off the greatest scam of the century. And now he or she has a special fate in mind for a TV newswoman who just can’t keep a secret. . . (Goodreads)

4283208Irish immigrant Molly Murphy and her New York City P.I. business are in the midst of a sweeping influenza epidemic and a fight for women’s suffrage that lands her in jail. Her betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds her, but he hardly has time to bail her out, what with Chinese gangs battling for control of a thriving opium trade. The only consolation Molly can take from her vexing afternoon in the clink is that it made her some new friends among the Vassar suffragists—and brought her a pair of new cases.

For the first, Emily Boswell is convinced her miserly uncle stole her inheritance and wants Molly to uncover the truth behind her parents’ lives and deaths. Second, Emily’s college roommate Fanny Poindexter wants Molly to find proof of her husband’s philandering so that she can leave him without one red cent. But when Fanny dies and her husband claims she’s a victim of the epidemic, it’s more than Molly’s conscience can take.

Rhys Bowen’s Agatha and Anthony Award–winning historical series continues to breathe life into the past with its wit and charm and its complete sense of early-twentieth-century New York, which makes In a Gilded Cage her most accomplished mystery yet. (Goodreads)

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Trudy Roundtree, the newest–and only–female police officer for the Ogeechee, Georgia, police department is embroiled in a murder-by-arson mystery in a town where most everyone knows everybody else’s secrets. But she soon learns that some can keep secrets very well. (Goodreads)
Easter Escapade (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 24) by [Daley, Kathi]
In the first ever crossover episode, Zak and Zoe join forces with Hawaiian visitors Luke and Lani, to find out who killed a historian visiting Ashton Falls in order to find a treasure map left by his grandfather a hundred years earlier. Meanwhile, Ellie and Levi move in with Zak and Zoe while the boathouse is being renovated and Alex helps Ellie prepare the nursery for baby Eli who is due to be born any day. Throw in some humor and Easter fun and you have a Zak and Zoe crossover mystery.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Books

For the next few day I am going to post a list of Easter books in the hopes that you find some for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy and Happy Reading!

 

The delightful seventh installment of the bestselling and beloved Aunt Dimity series. Watch out for Nancy Atherton’s latest, Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse, coming in May 2017 from Viking!

When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella “Pruneface” Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to want Mrs. Hooper dead. With the help of the ghostly Aunt Dimity and Nicholas, the enigmatic (and charming!) self-defense instructor, Lori aligns motive, means, and opportunity to unravel this delightfully tangled and gossip-filled whodunnit.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Catering the annual brunch and Easter egg hunt is a hair-raising hassle for Judith McMonigle, hard-working hostess of the Hillside Manor Inn – especially when the reclusive wife of a local moneybags is fatally perforated by a scissors-wielding fiend dressed in a bunny suit. Never one to pass up a good murder, Judith joins forces with her ex-beau, Lt. Joe Flynn, and her irrepressible Cousin Renie to investigate the crime. But their list of suspects multiplies faster than a hutch-full of rabbits and Judith soon realizes that her own life is in serious peril…when her unsolicited snooping puts the killer hot on her tail.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter weekend in Macon, Georgia, and Connie Holtzclaw, a good-hearted ex-boxer and small-time loser, dreams of carrying his girlfriend away to a ranch in Montana. His brother Carl, though, has other ideas. He wants a big score and persuades Connie to join in a kidnapping.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

698154Rose Connors brings a fresh voice, a dynamic storytelling power, and a passion for the law to her compelling crime fiction debut. Martha “Marty” Nickerson is a lawyer who truly loves her job. As an assistant D.A. for Massachusetts’s Barnstable County, which includes all the small towns on Cape Cod, she speaks for the victims of crime and their families, and sees the system as a means for doing right.

The case of Manuel Rodriguez is a prime example. Rodriguez is accused of brutally murdering a college student, a kind young man who had a bright future. Marty has worked hard on this case; as the mother of a teenage son, she identifies with the murdered boy’s grieving parents. Her case against Rodriguez is so solid that even public defender Harry Madigan — the champion of the Cape’s underdogs — expects a conviction. And, on Memorial Day, exactly a year after the crime, the verdict comes in: guilty as charged. Justice prevails.

Then, with Rodriguez behind bars, another body turns up in disturbingly similar circumstances. Did Marty and her colleagues target the wrong man? Her supervisor — Geraldine Schilling, who aspires to be the county’s first female D.A. — refuses to reopen such a high-profile case. Why should she? The prosecutors played by the rules and won big. But Marty fears that the real killer will strike again.

With her career on the line and lives at stake, Marty must rely on her own moral compass, legal savvy, and gut instinct as she matches wits with a twisted killer. The system itself is on trial as Marty tries to serve Justice, not merely the Law.

Only an author with years of courtroom experience could add such riveting authenticity to a novel thatasks important questions and provides surprising answers. Rose Connors’s “Absolute Certainty” introduces a new crime-writing star.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

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Christine Bennett has left the cloistered world of nuns for the profane world of New York State, where murder and madness are often linked. At a town meeting, Christine volunteers to investigate a forty-year-old murder case long since closed. Now she’ll move heaven and earth to exonerate a pair of retarded savant twins, now senior citizens, of their mother’s murder on Good Friday in 1950.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2277378‘Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book’s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April but also for Gamache’s personal and professional challenges — making this the series standout so far.’
–Sarah Weinman
Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruellest month is about to deliver on its threat.
It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . .
When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a seance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil — until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along?
Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the SQ (Sûreté du Québec) is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

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Someone has murdered the Hope Falls Easter Bunny. Can Chloe Boston stop the mad archer before he strikes again?  (Goodreads)

 

 

Easter Books

 

For the next few day I am going to post a list of Easter books in the hopes that you find some for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy and Happy Reading!

 

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From the national bestselling author of The Chocolate Falcon Fraud comes an Easter candy caper featuring chocolatiers Lee Woodyard and her Aunt Nettie, and a killer who’s hopping mad…

The approach of Easter means a rush of business at TenHuis Chocolade, and Lee  and her Aunt Nettie need all the help they can get to make their famous chocolate bunnies and eggs. Unfortunately, new hire Bunny Birdsong is a clutzy basketcase dropping everything she picks up. But to Lee’s surprise, she’s a whiz with computers and fixing the store’s website so they decide to keep her.

However, Bunny receives a few visitors they could do without: her ex-husband Beau, his wealthy aunt Abigail, his new girlfriend, and her brother all descend on the shop one day and have a bitter argument. Lee hopes they can find a peaceful way to settle their dispute and not bring any more trouble to TenHuis. But when Abigail’s body is discovered in the vacant store next door, it’s clear to Lee there’s a bad egg in her midst. Now she’s on the hunt to find out who it is… (Goodreads)

6676779Chef Olivia Paras has too many eggs in one basket-and is feeling like a basket-case…

When NSA big shot Carl Minkus dies right after eating the dinner Olivia Paras’s staff had prepared, all forks point to them. Now the Secret Service is picking apart the kitchen-and scrutinizing the staff’s every move. The timing couldn’t be worse with the White House Lawn Easter Egg Roll to prep for without access to a kitchen. Olivia must find the real culprit-before she cracks under pressure.  (Goodreads)

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A leading restaurateur is found bound, gagged and dead in front of his TV. When confronted by this horrific scene the normally dispassionate homicide detective Javier Falcon is inexplicably afraid. What could be so terrible?”
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15994933You just know the Easter sunrise service is going to be a bummer when the San Francisco fog lifts to reveal a body nailed to a landmark cross. Next: mass shellfish poisoning at Pier 39. A very different kind of serial killer is operating here—one who seems to have a grudge against the whole city.

And this is a very different kind of serial killer tale—a funny one. Well, actually, what serial killer’s funny? But lawyer sleuth Rebecca Schwartz is warm and witty, never takes herself too seriously, and on one occasion offers closing testimony with green hair. A highly embarrassing moment, but the bright chartreuse is all in the service of making her case. No way does she believe her client would nail somebody — especially to a cross. And the things she has to do to prove it are hilarious and often unorthodox, yet always professional. Sometimes hyper-professional–the average lawyer simply can’t be bothered spraying herself with Thunderbird to fit in with her witnesses!   (Goodreads)

17286793Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip. Connections to long-ago crimes, some sparked by the paintings of a famous local artist, help Max unravel the clues—but can he restore peace to Nether Monkslip and still manage to finish his sermon? Funny, smart, and perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny, Pagan Spring is a one-of-a-kind mystery featuring everyone’s favorite attractive vicar.  (Goodreads)

1142171(No. 4 in the Liturgical Mystery series) Detective Hayden Konig is a success in anyone’s book. He has a job that he loves as Chief of Police in the small Appalachian town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. He’s employed as the part-time organist and choirmaster at St. Barnabas Church. He’s just proposed to his sweetheart, Meg Farthing, and, to top it all off, he’s as rich as a televangelist with his own 900 number.In spite of all his apparent success, Hayden Konig’s life-long dream is yet to be realized. He longs to write the next great hard-boiled mystery. Though his past attempts have been less than impressive, Hayden is convinced that using Raymond Chandler’s actual typewriter (purchased at an auction) is just the impetus his writing needs to push his detective story over the top. Unfortunately, he’s dead wrong.

St. Barnabas, meanwhile, has come into a great deal of money. Sixteen million dollars, to be exact, and the members of the congregation all have ideas on how to spend it. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A woman screamed, and Detective Konig has another dead body in the choir loft. It’s business as usual in St. Germaine. With Easter right around the corner and suspects galore, Hayden must find the murderer. Can things get any worse?

Hayden Konig’s 4th mystery
The Soprano Wore Falsettos
It’s not what you expect…it’s even funnier!  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

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Spring is in the air and with the warm weather comes an abundance of babies; human and otherwise. Things seem to be right on course until Jack Frost comes to town throwing the entire town of Ashton Falls into chaos. When Zoe sees the Easter Bunny running from a murder scene during a freak snowstorm she must track down the ‘Cartoon Bandits’ in order to catch a killer.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Spotlight–Jenny Kales

Today’s Author Spotlight is Jenny Kales.  Jenny writes A Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series.  I have read both books in the series and have loved them both.  I am looking forward to reading book three whenever it is written (hint, hint, hurry up and get book three published).  Read a little bit about Jenny and her books, and then read the series.

 

Jenny KalesAbout The Author:

Award-winning writer Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series. Her debut cozy mystery is ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK, followed by SPICED AND ICED. She is currently hard at work on Book 3 in the series.

Though she’s worked as a writer and journalist for years, fiction writing is her first love and her marriage into a Greek-American Midwestern family inspired The Callie’s Kitchen mysteries, featuring Calliope Costas, food business owner and amateur sleuth. The setting of the story, “Crystal Bay,” is inspired by a favorite family vacation spot – Wisconsin’s beautiful Geneva Lakes.

Kales is an avid reader, cook and baker and she’s addicted to mystery TV, especially anything on Masterpiece Mystery or BBC America. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier. (Goodreads)

A Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series:

30063546Building a small business has been murder, but Callie Costas didn’t expect to be confronted with an actual body. The 36-year-old Greek-American proprietor of “Callie’s Kitchen,” a meals-from-scratch business in an idyllic small town, has been busy creating a post-divorce life for herself, her young daughter and her Yorkie, Koukla. After a lot of hard work (including staving off her father’s continual advice), she’s got the locals and tourists clamoring for her delicious Mediterranean dishes and Midwest comfort food classics. Recently, she’s started a budding romance with a fellow foodie, the wealthy owner and chef of Crystal Bay’s most popular bistro.

However, success is as fleeting as one of Wisconsin’s glorious autumn days. As local businesses begin to shut down due to a slow economy, Callie is struggling not to become another statistic. A contest with a hefty cash prize seems like the perfect chance to fix her financial woes, until a shocking murder threatens not only her livelihood – but her life.

When she’s targeted as a prime suspect by an attractive expat British detective, Callie’s situation becomes more delicate than her Greek egg-lemon soup. She’s got to find the killer and fast if she wants to protect her daughter, save her business and stay alive. (Goodreads)

 

 

32989927The holidays can be murder! Greek-American restaurateur Callie Costas finds herself on thin ice when a colleague is killed. Recipes included!

The season is bright when Calliope “Callie” Costas agrees to contribute her Greek snowball cookies to a December bridal shower at The English Country Inn in the scenic waterfront town of Crystal Bay, WI. But when Callie finds a colleague dead, she’s sucked into another murder investigation — all while juggling her growing business and staggering holiday workload.

As she reluctantly agrees to help the Inn’s owner track the killer, Callie is soon up to her spiced Greek biscotti in difficulties. For one thing, the hotel staff is freezing her out as she tries to uncover information, helped by her feisty Grandma Viv and her sweet but nosy aunt who’s visiting from Greece. And then there’s her deepening relationship with the suave and mysterious Detective Sands, a British expat now living in Wisconsin, who seems to have a few secrets of his own.

The icing on the cake is a host of simultaneous family mayhem including her father’s surprising fixation on a real estate agent and her ex’s plans to move back to Crystal Bay. As the Inn’s annual Christmas Tea approaches, things are heating up in Callie’s Kitchen, but she’s on thin ice! Will Christmas be a festive celebration this year – or will it be murder?

Turn to the end of the book for six delicious recipes, including Greek cookies and savories, plus traditional Midwestern holiday favorites!   (Goodreads)

 

New Releases For The Week Of April 9th, 2017–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 9th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  Here is the final day of the list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

33493082Movies. Muffins. Murder.

Maggie Doyle moved to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Café, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the investigation.

With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first? (Goodreads)

33871547Aunt Bessie meets a former acquaintance on Laxey Beach.

It’s the first anniversary of Danny Pierce’s death and Bessie is surprised when she sees Danny’s widow, Vikky, walking along the beach where her husband’s body was found. Vikky is back on the island with a large group that includes her new husband, his children, their wives and several business associates.

Aunt Bessie meets Vikky’s new husband, Alastair Farthington, a very wealthy businessman.

When one member of the Farthington group ends up dead, Alastair wants Bessie to help investigate the murder. And he isn’t used to taking no for an answer.

Aunt Bessie meets a great many new people, none of whom seem to have had a motive for murder.

Can Bessie help Alastair work out what happened before the killer strikes again?  (Goodreads)

33859475It’s time to pay the piper.

Or, Typhon, in Abby’s case.

To settle her debt to Zeus’ son, Abby agrees to participate in the Olympian games of old and allow suitors the opportunity to win her hand in marriage. Specifically Typhon, because he’s adamant he will be the champion.

Except…Abby doesn’t want to get married anytime soon unless it’s to the man who has challenged her heart and soul every step of the way.

But Hades no longer seems terribly interested in participating in the games even though he has repeatedly told her not to worry about the outcome.

Easy for him to say. He’s not the wishbone in the paranormal turkey.

Enemies, old lovers, and friends will come together in the latest installment of Abby’s hijinks, but when the dust settles and the victor is declared, will she be the winner?

Or will her heart be bound to another? (Goodreads)

33873369A strange thing happens at David Wilson’s fifteenth high school reunion: the homecoming queen dies. That was as unexpected as was David’s arrest for her murder a week later.
A popular high school biology teacher, David and his wife Lisa are caught up in a fast-paced life in Phoenix with two jobs and two kids. Drugs, bullying, adultery and abortion are underlying tensions that fester and drive wedges between family members. With the Wilsons falling apart, his reunion seemed an oasis of calm. At least, that’s what David had hoped for. Instead he faces interrogations and accusations from friend and foe alike. Lisa wants to believe in her husband’s innocence but too many fingers are pointing his way. She questions everything she thought she knew about David and his past. But her past is as traumatic as his and the danger she faces is real as she slogs through a myriad of lies.
Was the baby his? Was the friendly neighborhood priest a little too friendly?
The homecoming queen’s father and best friend are not helpful as Lisa endeavors to find out what really happened that night. The answers she discovers are not the ones she sought and they wobble her existence more than she could have ever imagined. (Goodreads)

34455056From USA Today bestselling author Leslie Langtry comes the next Nani Johnson adventure in paradise…

Ukulele player Nani Johnson is just starting to put the past behind her and settle in on Kauai with her loveable but crazy Mom, her hot new boyfriend, and regular gigs at both the Blue Hawaii Wedding Chapel and the Aloha Lagoon Resort. But unfortunately her island life proves anything but relaxing when a man carrying ID that says he’s from Nani’s hometown dies in front of her. Now it looks like Nani and her mother are the main suspects.

Things go from bad to bleak in paradise as Nani’s mom starts acting even odder than usual, there’s a mutiny involving snakes at the Blue Hawaii Wedding Chapel, and more bodies inconveniently pop up near Nani. Can Nani stay out of jail long enough to unmask the real killer…or will the police pin it all on her?

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Photo Finished (book #7)
Ukulele Deadly (book #8)
One Hawaiian Wedding and a Funeral (book #9) – coming soon!

About Aloha Lagoon:
There’s trouble in paradise…
Welcome to Aloha Lagoon, one of Hawaii’s hidden treasures. A little bit of tropical paradise nestled along the coast of Kauai, this resort town boasts luxurious accommodation, friendly island atmosphere…and only a slightly higher than normal murder rate. While mysterious circumstances may be the norm on our corner of the island, we’re certain that our staff and Lagoon natives will make your stay in Aloha Lagoon one you will never forget! (Goodreads)

31213664Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.

Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of April 9th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 9th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  Here is the second day of the list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

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A quick read from J J Salkeld’s best-selling series, A Natural Detective. Lakeland shepherd-detective Owen Irvine strives to prove that a young man he helped escape the criminal life is not guilty of a hotel burglary – despite the fact that much of the stolen property is discovered at his home, that he has no alibi, and that he has a previous conviction for an almost identical offence. So will Irvine merely prove that he’s no more than a naive amateur sleuth, or does he – for once – really know something that DI Andy Hall does not?  (Goodreads)

A Ghostly Dare (Z & C Mysteries Book 7) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]Hide and seek just got a spectral twist.

Zoey’s favorite frenemy, Penny Simcox, is in desperate need of help. Her dear Aunt Mavis Mervel has passed away under mysterious circumstances, which is bad enough. Now it turns out that the old lady’s will is forcing a treasure hunt at her falling-down, condemned mansion!

What a horrendous mess! Questions about her death, and trying to stay at a wreck of an old house is tough enough. To make matters even worse, the babbling ghost of the recently deceased woman is haunting them!

The only thing that Penny can think to do is yell loudly for help, no matter how hard that is to swallow.

It’s time to bring Zoey and her daughter Claire in on the ghostly dare.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

34627196The Wet Mountain Valley Sheriff’s Office has its hands full when they must not only deal with solving a homicide, but, with limited resources, must call in the CBI and deal with an arrogant and closed-minded agent.
White Feather, an old Cherokee medicine man, uses his unique skills to compete with the local Sheriff’s Office to solve mysteries. He sometimes compliments but more often complicates the more traditional investigating methods of local law enforcement.
Sam Morrison, fired from the Denver Police Homicide Division, accepts a job in the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley Sheriff’s Office just in time to work on the Ludwig murders. Can he solve the crime? Will his personal life that caused his ex-wife to flee from him complicate his ability to work? And, will Sam be able to put his life and his family back together again?
Set in the scenic, rural Wet Mountain Valley of southern Colorado, the White Feather Mysteries are a delightful cross between -Cozy Mystery- and -Geezer Lit-. Multiple book award-winning author Courtney Miller will keep you guessing until the end!  (Goodreads)

31213510Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime–an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family’s kitchen was given to an “over-privileged, under-educated American chef.”

But the Royal Family’s appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time–even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton’s charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.(Goodreads)

Ali's Fight (Ali Incorporated Book 2) by [Nelson, Jessica]One angry bad guy? Check.

An overprotective boyfriend? Check.

Still the same bad luck as always? Check.

Ali may have fixed the problem at the warehouse but the fight is far from over. Tyson is not the forgiving type so he will stop at nothing to bring her down. But she isn’t alone, she has the men who have become her family. Trey, her FBI agent boyfriend; Matt, the guy it didn’t work out with; and Jordan, the one who brought them all together.

None of them want her involved but with her luck, she is the only one who can find Tyson before he does any more damage. Trey is doing all he can to keep her out while she continues to push deeper into the mess. After what they’ve already been through will they be able to hold on or will they lose each other in order to save the day? (Amazon)

 

 

29939369Max Tudor must contend with his new role as a father as well as a murder of a glamorous film star in the next installment in G. M. Malliet’s wildly popular series.

Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees with her critically acclaimed mysteries featuring handsome former-spy-turned-cleric Father Max Tudor.

In The Haunted Season, Father Max Tudor’s former life as an MI5 agent has caught up with him, threatening his newfound happiness with Awena and baby son Owen. Realizing there is no escape from his past, Max, with his bishop’s tacit permission, has offered his services on an as-needed basis.

Max receives the call for help when the body of glamorous film star Margot Browne washes ashore. George tells Max his former colleague Patrice Logan, now heavily pregnant, has asked Five for help—particularly, Max’s help.

It’s a perfect “closed circle” murder since victim Margot must have been killed by one of the group of actors, stylists, scriptwriters, and second-tier royalty aboard. Patrice suspects the yacht’s owner, a playboy film director she’s been keeping tabs on for smuggling, but Max isn’t so sure. Max and DCI Cotton interview the suspects as they loll about one of the luxury hotels dotting the waterfront. Tipped by the playboy director, Max uncovers the truth about the star’s life and death. But would Margot kill—or be killed—to keep her lurid past in the past?

Max’s investigation uncovers a host of motives but only one killer: it seems Margot is not the only person on board with a secret they’d kill to keep. (Goodreads)

33853400“Daley’s characters come to life on the page. Her novels are filled with a little mystery and a little romance which makes for a murderous adventure.” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author of Fixin’ To Die

Tj Jensen and her family head to Turtle Cove Resort for summer vacation, but their plans for rest and relaxation are thwarted when they find a dead treasure hunter in the attic of the resort’s main house. Initially vowing not to get involved, Tj quickly changes her tune when the Gull Island deputy on the case closes it after a bare bones investigation. All evidence points to foul play, and Tj’s determined to uncover what the deputy wants to keep hidden. With the help of her best friend and a chatty parrot, Tj digs up a centuries old legend, a hidden map, and secrets buried deeper than pirate’s treasure.

“I’m a huge fan of Kathi’s books. I think I’ve read every one. Without a doubt, she’s a gifted cozy mystery author and I eagerly await each new release!” – Dianne Harman, Author of the High Desert Cozy Mysteries

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, small town.

Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series:

• PUMPKINS IN PARADISE (#1)
• SNOWMEN IN PARADISE (#2)
• BIKINIS IN PARADISE (#3)
• CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE (#4)
• PUPPIES IN PARADISE (#5)
• HALLOWEEN IN PARADISE (#6)
• TREASURE IN PARADISE (#7)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all…   (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week of April 9th, 2017–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of April 9th, 2017.  Since there were so many books this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  Here is the first day of the list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

34375861A cryptic note leads the Blackmoore sisters to a haunted island in the Atlantic Ocean. Many have looked for the treasures reported to be buried there by pirates decades ago, but precious few treasures have been found. And certainly not the powerful energy-infused jewel the Blackmoores are looking for.

Abandoned for decades following several mysterious fatal accidents, the sisters have the island to themselves…or so they think.

Aided by a lonesome pirate ghost, they navigate a maze of tunnels dug into the rocks where they encounter ancient booby-traps, malevolent spirits and natural disasters.

But as they start to zero in on the location of the relic, it becomes clear that they are not alone and whoever else is on the island has no intention of leaving without the relic – even if it means killing the entire Blackmoore clan.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

34727075What do a kayak, a wine barrel, and a tractor have in common? They’re all weapons in the hands of women with Sister Power!
When the FBI asks the Sleuth Sisters to attend a retreat for “Love-Able Ladies,” Barb opts out, unwilling to spend a weekend celebrating the joys of being some man’s “little wife.” Retta is eager to go, since the venue is a swanky vineyard/inn on the Leelanau Peninsula, north of Traverse City, Michigan. Never a fan of large groups of strangers, Faye would just as soon stay home, but since Retta needs a “wing-woman,” she doesn’t get a choice.
Their assignment is to assess the possibility a retreat attendee might cooperate in an FBI investigation. Dina Engel is launching a line of high-fashion clothing, and the feds hope that means she’s separating herself from her drug king-pin father. The sisters are supposed to get to know Dina, hint the Bureau is interested in a meeting, and provide her with a safe way to contact them.
Though the setting is lovely and the inn is all that Retta imagined, things quickly go bad. Murder, kidnapping, and a mysterious plot involving Dina’s fashion show plunge Faye and Retta into danger. The sisters are separated from each other and threatened with death if they don’t cooperate. Retta finds it hard being isolated and alone. Faye has to decide which people around her are enemies and which are innocent retreat attendees. Sensing trouble, Barb shows up, but she soon faces a choice between being shot and drowning in Grand Traverse Bay.
It seems impossible all three sisters can survive the dream weekend-turned-nightmare. Still, this is the fifth Sleuth Sisters adventure, so readers know these women don’t give up easily. Sit back, have a glass of wine, and learn a little more about Sister Power! (Goodreads)

34373150A visit to an open house brings Stormy Day into the center of a troubling murder.

The local police aren’t lacking for suspects. The victim, Realtor Michael Sweet, was a bully who made countless enemies over his years in Misty Falls.

The problem for Stormy is that the most likely suspects are friends of hers. A couple of them couldn’t look more guilty if they tried. Helping the police to crack this case may break Stormy’s heart.

Worse, if she trusts the wrong person, Stormy’s heart may have bigger problems. Like getting stabbed a whole bunch of times!  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

34308743A riddle for you: What waits for no man?
It turns out that TIME and TIDE wait for no woman, too!
Just when Amanda Graham’s life has started to turn around, TROUBLE comes to the quiet beach town of Ravenwood Cove in the guise of a mysterious stranger and ghosts from her past. When paths cross with murder and long-held secrets, it’s only a matter of time before someone is going to have to pay for mistakes made long ago.

Fifth novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there’s a dead guy..or maybe gal, in it).

(Goodreads)

34726910Secrets have a way of slipping out. Unfortunately for one woman, those secrets are deadly. When faced with another murder, Katy’s emotions shatter like a fragile eggshell. Can she find the strength to carry on and weed out the answers everybody’s looking for?

With the help of Eve and Fritz, she’s determined to sift through a list of suspects. Can they find the killer before it’s too late? If Katy isn’t careful, she just may be the next target. Sand-Witch Special of the Day is the third book in the fun new series, The Soup and Sand-Witch Cozy Mystery series. This book is family-friendly with no foul language.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Cut: A Medical Murder Mystery by [Peele, Amy S.]While the federal government is launching a national investigation on the “equity” of organ distribution a female tech CEO flies across country to get a liver transplant. Soon, well-respected transplant nurse Sarah Golden and her best friend, Jackie, find themselves tangled up in an intense plot to uncover the answer to the question on everyone’s mind: Can you buy your way up to the top of the waiting list? Their pursuit of justice brings them to Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago—a sometimes fun, sometimes dangerous roller coaster ride from which they barely escape with their lives.  (Goodreads)

29939063Classic Hollywood. Silver Screen Style. Vintage Murder. A champagne cocktail of a mystery covered in movie magic stardust

December 1938. Lillian Frost has plunged head first into a world of boldfaced names and endless glamour as social secretary to movie-mad millionaire Addison Rice. Costume designer Edith Head is now in charge of Paramount Pictures’ wardrobe department, although her position is precarious: potential replacements are being auditioned on a regular basis. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal: a real-life incident, a historical footnot long forgotten, in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood.

At a swanky Manhattan dinner party the well-heeled guests speak ill of Adolf Hitler in front of a German maid with Nazi sympathies. The secrets she spills soon have all of New York society running for cover–and two of Paramount’s biggest stars, Jack Benny and George Burns, facing smuggling charges.

When an émigré composer seeking work at Paramount is found dead, Marlene Dietrich tells Edith she blames agents of the Reich. As Lillian and Edith unravel intrigue that extends from Paramount’s fabled Bronson Gate to FDR’s Oval Office, only one thing is certain: they’ll do it in style. (Goodreads)