New Releases For The Week Of October 8th, 2017–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 8th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the third day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

The Skeleton Paints a Picture: A Family Skeleton Mystery (#4) by [Perry, Leigh]“Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect—except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You’ll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too.

The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision.

Initially, police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it—until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she’d realized…

“A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology.” —RT Book Reviews on A Skeleton in the Family  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

Hidden in Harmony: Danger is Imminent (Harmony Series Book 1) by [Thompson, JR]Collin Russell attempts to help a feeble, yet highly intelligent homeless man get back on his feet. He soon finds out there’s a lot more to feeding the hungry and clothing the naked than meets the eye – especially when the beggar has a questionable past. The Russells’ faith is truly put to the test as they come face to face with threats, assaults, kidnappings, and even murder.

Set in the towns of Clayville and Harmony, Rhode Island, “Hidden in Harmony” is chalked full of mystery and suspense, while including a few elements of both humor and romance. The sequel, “Fighting for Farmington,” will be released in a few months.

As is the case with all books by Christian author JR Thompson, this novel does not contain any foul language or inappropriate bedroom scenes. It does, however, contain scriptural references (all scriptures quoted are from the King James Bible). If you find that offensive, “Hidden in Harmony” may not be the right fit for you.  (Amazon)


Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

Bottling It (A Wayfair Witches' Cozy Mystery #1) by [Albright, A.A.]Wanda Wayfair is a bit of a late starter.

At almost twenty-one she still hasn’t received her magical powers, and she’s running out of time. But that doesn’t bother Wanda. Much. Not when she can spend all of her time in the human world and pretend that her coven doesn’t exist. But when Wanda takes a job at Berrys’ Bottlers, working with the handsome Will Berry and his unpleasant Aunt Alice, she soon realises that she’s a lot closer to the magical world than she thought.

All over Dublin, humans are murdering witches. When asked why, all they’ll say is, ‘I dunno why I done it.’ But Wanda thinks she does know why they’ve done it – and hopefully she’ll receive her power in time to help her coven discover the truth.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


Cat in a Kiwi Con: A Midnight Louie Feline PI Cozy-Noir Mystery (The Midnight Louie Mysteries Book 12) by [Douglas, Carole Nelson]“TEMPLE BARR, public relations whiz, rocks Las Vegas with her sleuthing grit, wacky friends and sexy guys, cool cat sidekick, fast-paced action and laughs. And Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest hard-boiled PI on the planet!”—JANET EVANOVICH, NYT bestseller

Calling Mr. Spock! Temple Barr must find a murderer among a cast of thousands of costumed Science Fiction characters and fans at Titanicon, the world’s largest SF convention. When not herding trekkies, she finds murder also strikes the local university campus. Midnight Louie’s twelfth adventure examines a whole new world of crime and punishment in another witty, imaginative puzzler from New York Times Notable Book of the Year author (Good Night, Mr. Holmes) Carole Nelson Douglas.

“There’s really only one cat writer in North America. That’s Carole Nelson Douglas, a Texas writer who has created, next to Sylvester, one of the world’s more famous cats —Midnight Louie. Now this jet-black feline sleuth strays into an alien world of science fiction and fantasy while pursuing a puss-in-kinky-boots. Lurking among the trekkies, elves, aliens and other-worldly creatures . . . is a murderer. We can only be thankful cats have nine lives.”—Ottawa Citizen

“There is no finer amateur sleuth than Midnight Louie, the feline equivalent to Spencer (or perhaps Hawk). Carole Nelson Douglas infuses humor throughout her storyline, which keeps readers alternating between grinning and laughing. Told from the various perspectives of the major players, a dangerous technique for a lesser talent, the plot contains snappy insight that leads to multiple surprises. Cat in a Kiwi Con is one of the better works in this long running series, which is filled with superb novels. Midnight Louie’s charm and appeal still wins readers’ hearts.”—Alternate Worlds

“Carole Nelson Douglas carries her readers into the world of science fiction conventions and vendors, science fiction writers, television series and fans Truly another world, one with which Douglas is familiar, having written both science fiction and fantasy. More importantly, she takes her readers deeper into the world of her Las Vegas mystery series, returning characters from earlier books, answering some questions and creating even more. . . .Carole Nelson Douglas knows how to hold the reader’s attention, whether with witty observations about the worlds of fandom, science fiction and fantasy or about the world she creates with Midnight Louie and company. Dive in, explore, experience and enjoy.”–Mostly Murder

“Although Runyonesque street-cat Midnight Louie tracks a feline in his 12th appearance, he and feminine amateur sleuth Temple Barr, the cozy-noir partners who launched the Douglas series, take a backseat on this ride through Oz Vegas. Surrealistic in any case, Las Vegas goes nova when the kiwis invade: the fruit, the birds, and New Zealand’s virtual products, Xena and Hercules, hit town for TitanicCon, the biggest science fiction/fantasy convention ever. When the daughter of working mom and tough cop Carmen Molina is desperate to go . . . Molina needs help from all the regulars in this bizarre, jam-packed, postmodern-Dickensian series…Character confusions proliferate in this masked world where the “real” Khatlord looks exactly like costumed fans . . . When UNLV Professor Jefferson Mangel is sliced a by a real replica of a prop knife, the case enters another, more dangerous, dimension, bursting the bounds of a single book and single genre. If Midnight Louie prowled only the predictable streets of genre fiction, all the murders in his ersatz world would be resolved. But each new installment in this exuberant series compounds the complexity, leaving us between books with mysterious bodies and looming menace. Even seasoned series fans will occasionally scratch their heads.”—Kirkus Reviews

“When it comes to romantic mysteries, Carole Nelson Douglas is the quintessential author.”—Alternate Worlds  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback







 33602097When the body of a prima ballerina is discovered in the snow, Lady Emily races through Saint Petersburg to solve the murder, while a ghostly dancer appears to take the lost ingenue’s place.

After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night’s performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry— “Nemetseva is dead!”

Amongst the theatergoers is Lady Emily, accompanying her dashing husband Colin in Russia on assignment from the Crown. But it soon becomes clear that Colin isn’t the only one with work to do. When the dead ballerina’s aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star’s murderer. Her investigation takes her on a dance across the stage of Tsarist Russia, from the opulence of the Winter Palace, to the modest flats of ex-ballerinas and the locked attics of political radicals. A mysterious dancer in white follows closely behind, making waves through St. Petersburg with her surprise performances and trail of red scarves. Is it the sweet Katenka, Nemetseva’s childhood friend and favorite rival? The ghost of the murdered étoile herself? Or, something even more sinister? (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback







34507290Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she’s offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura’s case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.

Now it’s due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue, the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook. (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

35677461“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 Southern Fried

While on vacation in South Carolina, Tj Jensen receives a call that her father has been left in a coma after a devastating car crash. Back home in Paradise Lake, Tj learns the accident that killed family friend Judge Harper and left her father clinging to life wasn’t an accident at all—someone cut their brake lines. To make matters worse, her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, is working with a new partner who has no intention of letting Tj anywhere near the case. Facing an investigation more explosive than the annual fireworks show, Tj enlists the help of her best friends to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating a new romance and the thought her father may never wake up.

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:


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

 Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

5 Amigos Fall-O-Ween Fun–Halloween Edition

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Welcome to the second day of the 5 Amigos Fall-O-ween Halloween Fun Reading Club, Halloween Edition, where some of my fellow bloggers and I are going to spotlight books about Halloween.  You will get suggestions from Karen Owen & Karen Kenyon (the Karens are sharing Karen Owen’s blog), Sheryl Hagan – Booth, Lisa Kelley and myself.


My pick for week two is The Ginseng Conspiracy by Susan Bernhardt.  This is the first book in her Kay Driscoll Mystery series.   I have read all of the books in this series and I have loved them all.  The characters are top-notch, the setting is sinister and the mystery is intriguing.  Give this book, and the rest of her books a try, you won’t be disappointed.


 On her way to attend a Halloween Ball, Kay Driscoll, a newcomer to town, witnesses the murder of a local professor. When the official coroner’s report rules the cause of death to be accidental and the community accepts the judgement, Kay decides to uncover the truth for herself. Through her personal investigations, Kay exposes a complex conspiracy, woven deep within the thriving local ginseng industry, that involves some of the more prominent figures and families of Sudbury Falls. With her new friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, Kay discusses new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa’s Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters. As Kay gets closer to the heart of the conspiracy, additional murders happen in quick succession. Before long, Kay learns that the villains are gunning for her, too. Phil, her musically talented but preoccupied husband, determined to keep her safe, withholds from her the one thing she needs most: the truth. (Goodreads)
My Review:

When Kay Driscoll is heading to The Halloween Ball, she notices some people wearing hooded robes and wonders why they are wearing them.  She decides to follow them into an abandoned building, wondering if they are having a pre-Ball party.  What she sees makes her realize that the only type of party this may be is a “killer” party.  When she is almost discovered,  she runs away and narrowly escapes getting caught.  She does not know what to make of what she witnessed, and after she finds a dead body with her two best friends, she knows there is a murder to be solved.  The death is ruled an accidental drowning, but Kay knows better.  Kay and her two friends, Deirdre and Elizabeth, begin their own investigation into the murder.  When more dead bodies turn up, they know that they must be very careful before they end up deceased as well.

There is so much that I like about this book.  I think that the characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I really enjoy the fact that Kay is an older woman with a family.  So many of the cozies I read have younger main characters and many do not have families.  Although the characters in these books are still relatable to me, Kay and her friends seem even more realistic and very engaging.  Her friends have quirky personalities and the three of them together meshed perfectly.  Kay’s husband seemed a little clueless most of the time but you could tell that he loves Kay.  I feel like they are friends I have known for a long time and I was catching up on their lives.  I think the author did a great job with these characters, especially since this is the first book in the series and I just met them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there watching all the action, instead of just reading about it.  The descriptions of the food, the Masquerade Ball and the setting in general are well done and never became repetitive or boring.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the book.  There are enough twists and turns to keep Kay and the reader guessing the whole time.  There is plenty of suspense and tension and I could not turn the pages fast enough.  There are a few times where my jaw dropped open while reading and I did not want to turn the page because I was worried about what was about to happen.  I think the ending is much more realistic than many other cozies I have read.  A lot of the times, the protagonist puts herself in grave danger at the end and someone else needs to rescue her.  That was not necessarily the case with this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted cozy mystery.  The second book, Murder Under The Tree, has already been released.  Do yourself a favor and grab both of these books and enjoy.  You will be happy that you did.



THE GINSENG CONSPIRACY (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1) –

MURDER UNDER THE TREE (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) –

MURDER BY FIREWORKS (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3) –


PARADISE CAN BE MURDER (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4)

A MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (An Irina Curtius Mystery) –


Okay, enough about me.  Let’s check out what books my four amigos have picked for their fall choices this week.


To find out what books the two Karen’s chose, head over to her blog by following this link:







To see what book Sheryl chose, head over to her blog by following this link:








And to see what Lisa’s choice is, follow this link:







While you’re at their blogs, leave a comment and let us know what you think of our Five Amigos Fall-O-Ween Reading Club, Halloween Edition.  And of course, please leave a comment at my blog. We would all love to hear from you.









New Releases For The Week Of October 8th, 2017–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 8th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the second day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.


34499690Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.
The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.
The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noel in A Cajun Christmas Killing, the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.  (Goodreads)
Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

Cat Among the Pumpkins: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery by [Morton, Mandy]Cat lovers, rejoice! The second installment in Mandy Morton’s cat-driven series has arrived with Cat Among the Pumpkins, where crime-solving is in the capable paws of felines. And these cats haven’t been declawed.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, Hettie Bagshot of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency has more than just a ghost and warlock tart on her plate. Along with her faithful sidekick, Tilly, the tabby duo set out to investigate an old crime and a spate of new murders.

Why is Mavis Spitforce dressed as a pumpkin? Can Irene Peggledrip really talk to cats from the spirit world? Did Milky Myers murder his family on Halloween, longer ago than anyone can remember? All questions the pair must answer before the case can be solved. As the November fog closes in, where will the killer strike next—and will there be enough catnip to go around?  (Amazon)


Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback






I Dream of Twila: A Wicked Witches of the Midwest Short by [Lee, Amanda M.]Twila Winchester isn’t used to being in charge but that’s exactly where she finds herself when her sisters leave town for a business convention.
Twila thinks everything is going to be fun and games even though she has one daughter, two nieces and one mischievous aunt to contend with. She’s focused on cooking and having a good time … until a roving troupe of renaissance performers make camp on the Winchester property and trouble starts brewing.
When the head of the group starts making predictions – and unfortunately gets left behind – Twila has her hands full. It seems Aunt Tillie doesn’t trust the new guest and she’s determined to turn the three younger Winchesters into investigative dynamos.
Twila is working on a limited timetable. She must solve a mystery involving some missing items, open her home to a stranger and crack down on Aunt Tillie’s “lying” classes as her aunt attempts to teach Bay, Clove and Thistle how to manipulate everyone in their paths.
Oh, and she has to do it all before Marnie and Winnie return to town.
No pressure, though.

Note: This is a 28,000-word short set in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest world. It is set back in time so it can be read at any point in the timeline.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





Murder in the Art Gallery (A Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Scott, Sandi]Georgie Kaye lives every day as if it were a gift, because to her it is. She beat cancer, against all predictions, and is following her life’s dream to draw portraits of the fur babies of the world.

When Georgie and her twin sister Aleta arrive at an art gallery that wants to show Georgie’s work, they schmooze with donors, charm the artists, and overindulge at the sweets table.

Everything is working perfectly in their favor, until an owner of the gallery is killed.

Georgie must help solve the mystery before the opportunity to have her first art show disappears.

Working with Aleta and her detective ex-husband Stan, Georgie sleuths her way to the answers, running into unexpected twists along the way.

This is Book 1 in a brand new series, Pet Portraits Cozy Mysteries, and includes recipes! (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle




Chasing Fame (A Gabe Quinn Thriller Prequel) by [Houghton, Keith]If you were dying to be famous . . . would you kill for it?

When a beautiful Hollywood starlet is brutally murdered, LAPD homicide detective Gabe Quinn is tasked with catching her killer.

At first, everything points to her murder being an act of random madness. But after the killer slays another rising star and then posts movie clips of the two murders online, it’s clear his motive is more than just revenge. He wants the world to marvel at his handiwork.

With the Star Strangler making headlines, the high-profile case is put under a public microscope, casting Gabe into the media spotlight. The Hollywood elite are dying. The pressure is ramping up. And just to complicate matters, it’s The Oscars weekend, which means the whole world will be watching Gabe and what happens next.

Can he catch the killer before he steals the show?

One man wants celebrity …
One man wants anonymity …
Only one will succeed …

CHASING FAME★ is a standalone prequel story to the #1 bestseller KILLING HOPE, the first book in the best selling GABE QUINN THRILLERS SERIES available exclusively on Amazon, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

Highly recommend this book to all thriller lovers – a story that will draw you in and keep you wanting more.” – ★★★★★ The Kindle Book Review


Kindle readers have rated my Gabe Quinn Thrillers as some of the best crime, best thrillers and best crime series they have read – comparing them to best sellers by James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Lee Child. Their votes have made my books the #1 bestselling hard-boiled and best selling police procedurals internationally. With more than a third of a million Kindle downloads worldwide, the Gabe Quinn Thrillers Series has attracted more than 1300 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon and the first book, Killing Hope, was included in Amazon’s Best of the Year.

My reader fans love Gabe Quinn, likening him to some of contemporary crime’s current heroes such as Alex Cross, Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher. He even has his own popular group page on Facebook at facebook [dot]com/groups/gabequinn where his fans hang out and have fun. You’re welcome to join us anytime and be in with a chance of having your name appear as a character in a future GQ book.

For more information: keithhoughton [dot] com


More than 1300 ★★★★★ Reviews on Amazon
More than 350,000 Kindle Downloads Worldwide

Amazon #1 International Best Sellers – HARD-BOILED
Amazon #1 International Best Sellers – POLICE PROCEDURALS
Amazon International Best Sellers – THRILLERS | SUSPENSE | MYSTERY  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle



Death of the Kona Man: A Carrie Jorgenson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries Book 9) by [Bruns, Catherine]From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes the next deadly delicious Carrie Jorgenson adventure in paradise…

Carrie Jorgenson is living the dream in Hawaii. She has a steady job as a waitress at the Loco Moco Café, a hot new love interest in her manager, and the curtain’s about to rise on her role in a local theater production. But when she’s asked to deliver food to a guest at the Aloha Lagoon resort—who then drops dead!—her dreams quickly become the stuff of nightmares.

World renowned food critic Randolph Cremshaw has no shortage of enemies. He’s rude, patronizing, and famous for his one-star reviews. After the coffee Carrie delivers is discovered to have been poisoned, she and the café quickly rise to the top of the suspects list. A jealous co-worker, thefts at the restaurant, and a performance that threatens to blow up in Carrie’s face only make things worse. With an already full plate, Carrie is also forced into making a decision that may change everything for her. But this all pales in comparison when she comes face to face with Randolph’s killer and what might be the final curtain call…of her life.

Recipes included!

The Aloha Lagoon Mysteries:
Ukulele Murder (book #1)
Murder on the Aloha Express (book #2)
Deadly Wipeout (book #3)
Deadly Bubbles in the Wine (book #4)
Mele Kalikimaka Murder (book #5)
Death of the Big Kahuna (book #6)
Ukulele Deadly (book #7)
Bikinis & Bloodshed (book #8)
Death of the Kona Man (book #9)

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! visit us at  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









New Releases For The Week Of October 8th, 2017–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 8th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.


36145429Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her. Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire’s fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse but Sapphire has no idea what they’re looking for. Determined to ensure her aunt’s ongoing safety, Zoe promises to expose the intruders, even though it means staying in Everlasting and confronting the past she thought she’d put behind her.

Dane Stanton never expected to see Zoe standing in the middle of her aunt’s living room, and was even more unprepared for the flood of emotion he experiences when coming face to face with his old flame. Zoe is just as independent and determined as he remembered, and Dane knows she won’t rest until Sapphire can return to the lighthouse in peace, so he offers to help her sort things out.

Armed with old legends, Sapphire’s ten cats, and a talking ghost, Zoe has to reconcile her feelings for Dane and embrace her destiny before it’s too late.

The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real, but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love? (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

32051597Combining his pitch perfect voice for the characters who live in New York’s underbelly with a compelling new protagonist, Norm Green’s Shadow of a Thief grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go

In a previous life, Saul Fowler was a thief-for-hire with an impressive client list, including the US government. When he seeks shelter from his addictions up on the coast of Maine, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of his estranged stepfather, Reverend McClendon. “Someone killed my daughter,” says the rev. “Find out who did it Saul, I know you can help me. Please?” None of this would be Saul’s problem, except that the girl might be his half-sister.

Back in NYC, a place he never thought he’d see again, Saul delves deep under the surface of the dead girl’s life. Before long he finds himself contending with gangs, pimps, prostitutes, the NYPD, and just maybe, the fifth fundamental universal force. Finding the truth will either change his life forever, or end it.

Gritty and unputdownable, this is perfect for fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais.  (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback



Esme Quentin is reminded of a painful past when Max Rainsford,a journalist colleague of her late husband Tim, turns up unannounced asking about a story Tim reported on thirty-five years ago – the murder of an old soldier. Esme, wary of Max’s motives, declines to get involved.

Meanwhile, Esme’s friend Ruth, prompted by WWII anniversaries, wants to solve the mystery of Vivienne, her mother Bea’s sister, a wartime nurse who never came home. Despite Bea’s disapproval, Ruth is convinced the truth will finally help Bea come to terms with her loss and asks Esme to investigate.

Esme unpicks the threads of Vivienne’s past and stumbles upon a disturbing connection, linking the old soldier’s murder to her own distressing past and her late husband’s fate. As events unravel, Esme realises that to uncover the secrets behind Vivienne’s story, she must also confront the terrifying truth behind her own.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback





Ropes and Trees and Murder (Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries Book 6) by [Larsen, Patti]A Dangling Kind of Minute
“Have dinner with me tonight.” The gruffness of Crew’s voice made me shiver all over, especially when he didn’t move after speaking, mouth grazing over my earlobe, faint trace of his teeth nibbling at the edge. He was lucky we were thirty feet up on a narrow platform because had we been on the ground? He’d have been at risk of a hard landing and some rather private activity that may or may not have ended in the pair of us getting arrested.

Seriously. Yum.

Now that the annex is ready to open and her romance with Crew is budding with spring, Fee prepares for the wedding of the year while trying to balance her mother’s continuing self-confidence issues and her own rapidly expanding business. An afternoon of zip lining at a new park seems like a great way to let off some steam–until an activist protesting the park is found murdered. Once again in the middle of a murder investigation, Fee finds working with Crew instead of against him puts her in more danger than ever!

Don’t miss a single volume in the Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries! Find books one through five available now:
Bed and Breakfast and Murder
Chocolate Hearts and Murder
Fame and Fortune and Murder
Ghosts and Goblins and Murder
Ganache and Fondant and Murder  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle




Dairy-Free Death (Auntie Clem's Bakery Book 2) by [Workman, P.D.]

Erin thought that after Angela Plaint’s murder was solved, everything would settle back to normal in Bald Eagle Falls and she could become part of the Norman Rockwell lifestyle. But the peaceful life that she had pictured remains elusive as her family’s past. Then her own past comes knocking on her door.

Between running the bakery and dealing with her interpersonal relationships, Erin doesn’t have a lot of time to spend delving into Auntie Clem’s genealogical records, but her chances at a happy future in Bald Eagle Falls may depend on it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
Bricking It (A Wayfair Witches Cozy Mystery #2) by [Albright, A.A.]

All her life, Wanda thought that things would be better once she received her magical powers. Turns out, not so much.

The Minister for Magical Law is insisting that Wanda go back to school before she can become a working member of the Wayfair coven. Oh, and she’s also insisting that Wanda perform no magic at all until she’s passed all of her tests.

But Wanda’s coven needs her now more than ever. Witches are going missing, and skeletons are turning up in closets and changing rooms all over Ireland. Will Wanda stick to the Minister’s rules, or will she risk it all to help the people she loves?  (Amazon)

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36296440Restaurant manager Dodie O’Dell’s themed food ideas have been called cute, clever, and delicious, but never revolutionary-until now. Dodie’s Windjammer Restaurant is stocking the Etonville Little Theatre’s concession stand with colonial-era desserts and drinks: Swamp Yankee applesauce cake, pumpkin bread, hot cider punch, and mulled wine to complement the latest production. A local playwright has adapted Thornton Wilder’s Our Town into Eton Town, shifting the story to colonial America and the founding of Etonville, New Jersey, shortly after the Revolutionary War.

On opening night, hours before the curtain rises, Dodie runs into an agitated actress backstage with blood on her hands. Then a stranger is found among the chairs set for a graveyard scene with a knife in his chest. The show will not go on-the theatre is now a crime scene. Hoping to clear the red-handed suspect, Dodie returns to the role of amateur sleuth to mull over the clues and beat the backstage stabber to the punch-before someone else becomes history . . . (Goodreads)

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34507286When Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm.
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.
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Review of Ghostly Issues

Ghostly Issues

A Harper Harlow Mystery, Book #2

Lily Harper Hart

5 Stars


Harper Harlow has the world at her fingertips, and the weight of the world on her shoulders.

Whisper Cove’s resident ghost hunter finds that her professional life is soaring – while her personal life is floundering. She’s on a man diet – and nothing is going to tempt her, or so she swears.

Jared Monroe thought ten days away was nothing – until Harper’s anger hit him square in the face, and the heart, upon his return to town. He didn’t mean to hurt her, but a woman’s anger runs deep.

When a teenager is found in a local park, Jared and Harper find their paths intersecting … again.

Derek Thompson may have been looking forward to a bright future, but now he’s only looking back at a tortured past as his murderer runs free.

Jared and Harper have to work together – and face their issues – if they want to put Derek to rest. Working together is a great idea … until their hormones get in the way.

Can this couple find common ground? And, more importantly, can the dark underbelly of Whisper Cove survive the sordid truth? Only time will tell, and Jared and Harper are running out of it. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and three dimensional.  I just love the relationship between Harper and Zander.  They are best friends and you can tell that they would do anything for each other.  Their bickering and banter always makes me smile, and sometimes laugh out loud.  The secondary characters added a lot to the story and I enjoyed getting to spend time with all of them again.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The small town setting was spot on, where everyone knew everybody else’s business.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the whole book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it made it difficult to know who the killer was.  I felt sad for the murdered victim, his ghost seemed so lost.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal cozy mystery.  With great characters, a great small town setting, a first rate mystery and lots of humor, what is not to love.  I really enjoy this series and cannot wait to read the next book.

Review of Trick Or Treason



Trick Or Treason

Zoe Donovan Mystery, Book #26

Kathi Daley

5 Stars



As is his tradition, Zak has gone Halloween Crazy, while Zoe is trying to overcome the baby bump blues and harness some enthusiasm for the annual Haunted Hamlet. Things seem to be on track for a Spooktacular good time until Zoe stumbles onto a Halloween mystery even she didn’t see coming. (Goodreads)



I have to say that I really enjoy all of this author’s series.  I find them all very entertaining and they are able to offer me an escape into the worlds that she creates. The Zoe Donovan series is my favorite of all.  Any time I get to spend time with Zoe, Zak, Ellie and Levi, I am one happy camper.  They really do feel like friends that I get to visit every so often and I greatly enjoy those visits.  I also like that throughout the series the reader can see the growth and development of all the characters.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The small town setting is homey and cozy and and welcoming.  The mystery is well developed and there are enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that even the best armchair detective will have trouble solving it on their own.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  Be sure to check out this book, this series and all of the other series written by this author.  You will be very glad you did.




New Releases For The Week Of October 1st, 2017–Part 4



Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 1st, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.




33837779A new witch and her feline familiar get their fifteen minutes of fame in this enchanting mystery in the national bestselling series…
After learning that she comes from a family of witches–and adopting a familiar named Alistair–artist Annabelle Britton has made beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her home. Together with her coven, this good witch is trying to put a stop to magic and murder most foul.
When Anna takes Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead, and Ruby goes missing. It seems like the murderer used magical means, so it’s up to Anna and Alistair to catch a killer and cat-napper as only a canny cat can.  (Goodreads)

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Spellbooks and Sleepovers: A Mystic Cove Short Story (Mystic Cove Mysteries Book 4) by [Allen, Amanda A.]A SINGLE MOTHER, TRICK OR TREATING, AND SPELLS GONE WRONG

It’s Halloween, and Scarlett and her daughters have struggled since their return to Mystic Cove. Scarlett’s best friend is not answering her calls. Something shady is going on with the man she’s started to date. And now…her druid senses are flaring in alarm. Is something wicked coming? Or perhaps Scarlett is just borrowing trouble?

For fans of Zoe Arden, Adele Abbott, and Annabel Chase. A special holiday short in the Mystic Cove Mystery series! A light, fun mystery with a bakery owning mommy, two adorable little girls, and a sarcastic grandma. This female amateur sleuth will leave you with a craving for holiday candy and a desire to visit a quirky East Coast town. No swearing, gore or graphic scenes!
The Mystic Cove Mommy Paranormal Mysteries
Book 1: Bedtimes and Broomsticks
Book 2: Runes and Rollerskates
Book 2.5 Costumes and Cauldrons (Found in the anthology Witch or Treat)
Book 3: Banshees and Babysitters
Book 4: Spellbooks and Sleepovers, A special edition holiday short story
Book 5: Hobgoblins and Homework (coming in October)  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






33969263Bailey Ruth Raeburn is back, racing against the Heavenly clock in an all-new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Times Two.

Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she’s sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit.

While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss’s money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan’s boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man’s closest confidants be behind the abduction?

Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond… (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover







Murky Passions and Scandals (A Raina Sun Mystery Book 6) by [Tan, Anne R.]Murky weather in store… with a chance of fatal storms.

After private investigator in training, Raina Sun witnesses a kidnapping, the victim shows up unharmed and claims nothing happened. She insists she was at a day spa the entire time.

The case grows even murkier when Raina’s client, the husband of the supposed victim, is found dead at the old pumpkin patch, the site for a contentious new mall development. Raina’s new boss seems more worried about collecting their fee than seeking justice for the deceased.

To make matters worse, her sister plans a getaway weekend in Lake Tahoe to revive her marriage, landing Raina with a tornado of a three-year-old. As if that’s not enough, her grandma is jealous of the time Raina spends with her new fiancé.

A kidnapping, a dead client, and a energetic preschooler–Raina’s weekend goes from bad to worse. Can Raina see her way clear to the end, or will a storm come crashing down when the murderer realizes she’s hot on the trail?

Grab your flashlight and come along –get your copy of “Murky Passions and Scandals” today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





Hollywood Hang Ten by [Goldberg, Eve]“Hollywood Hang Ten is reminiscent of Ross MacDonald at his best. The novel evokes the atmosphere of LA, and the seediness of Hollywood. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”

“A good read. Four stars.”
Nancy Witt – Reviewer

“This did invoke some classic Ross MacDonald, which I love. Good job by Goldberg and I look forward to her future titles.”
Lisa Hoffman – Librarian

“1963 was a very good year. That said, Eve Goldberg can bring it alive for those of you who cannot remember/have never been exposed to 1963 Southern California. She has the music, the films, the highways, the cars, the crimes. And a sweet young protagonist, attempting to keep his Uncle Lou’s PI business up and running through an extended hospitalization. Ryan has worked with his uncle for the five years since high school graduation, but his heart and mind has been committed to his surfboard. But when push comes to shove, he knuckles down to protect the client and solve the mystery. An excellent read.”
Bonnye Reed Fry – Reviewer

“The case of a missing boy leads to stolen photographs, blackmail, and murder–with tentacles reaching back to the 1950s. Hollywood Hang Ten adeptly places the reader in time and place. I liked the way Ryan’s character is forced into growth by the circumstances he encounters. It is particularly interesting to see the cultural differences that have occurred since 1963.”
Book Garden

Los Angeles, 1963. John F. Kennedy is President, and Jan & Dean’s “Surf City” is at the top of the charts.

Ryan Zorn, a 23-year-old Venice Beach surfer working in his uncle’s detective agency, lands his first solo case when a divorced mother with plenty to hide hires him to find her missing son. The investigation turns into a case of blackmail and murder as Ryan is drawn deep into Hollywood’s hidden past — a past that involves the anti-Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s, and closeted gay stars.

From the decaying piers of Santa Monica bay, to the posh mansions of Beverly Hills, to a mysterious rustic retreat, Ryan navigates a city on the brink of change. The conservative era of blacklisting and conformity is in its dying days, and a new culture of experimentation and openness is just emerging. To solve the case, Ryan must confront his own personal demons, preconceptions, and homophobia as he untangles a deadly web of behind-the-scenes movie secrets.  (Amazon)

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36329988Maisie Swenson was thrilled to host the premiere party for the hottest new movie release in Hollywood at the five-star Oceanside Hotel, but she had no idea how difficult Hollywood types could be. Dramatic and demanding, she could handle but… murder? She needs to charge more for these events.

Everyone assumed it was an accident when the stunt went wrong, until they saw the body wasn’t the stuntman. Now everyone is a suspect – the stuntman who despised the victim, ex-lovers, actors–the list goes on and on.

None of this is Maisie’s business until her friend Kristi Bentley, the police officer in charge of security that night, gets suspended for not providing adequate protection. As the circumstantial evidence grows against Kristi, Maisie can’t help getting involved to clear her best friend.

The more she digs, the more dirt she finds. Did anyone NOT want this person dead? (Goodreads)

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Fatal Masquerade (A Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery, Book 4) by [Conroy, Vivian]Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger…

Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…

This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





The Case of the Unfortunate Village: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]“It was some sort of sudden death?”

Travers made a face. “It certainly was sudden. I’ll say it’s ten to one it was murder.”

Ludovic Travers is asked by an old school friend, Henry Dryden, to investigate the cause of the agitation in the formerly placid village of Bableigh – not to mention the gunshot death, ruled an accident, of Dryden’s friend Tom Yeoman, the local impoverished squire. Even after Travers and ex-CID associate John Franklin arrive in Bableigh, however, the spell of unfortunate village “accidents” continues. And now there are rumours of a witches’ coven, right in the heart of the community… Can Ludo and Franklin solve the mystery of the strange malaise that has afflicted the unfortunate Bableigh, and return the community to its previous state of pastoral grace?

The Case of the Unfortunate Village was originally published in 1932. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.  (Amazon)

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Cut Throat: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]Travers looked down at the face. On the collar was a red patch and a long streak. Across the throat was a gash.

Two rival London newspaper tycoons are at daggers drawn. But when Sir William Griffith’s corpse turns up in a hamper, his throat cut from ear to ear, the enmity appears to turned deadly. Or is it instead a case of domestic terrorism? Superintendent Wharton of the Yard brings Ludovic Travers into the case and together they investigate a gallery of additional suspects: explorer Tim Griffiths; Sir William’s financial secretary, Bland, and his wife; local vicar Reverend Cross; an archetypally sinister butler … and an intrusive crime reporter, who always seems to find himself in the thick of a crime scene. Wharton and Travers come to believe they have identified their murderer – but how can they break a cast-iron alibi?

Cut Throat was originally published in 1932. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans. (Amazon)

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Murder at Fenwold: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]“And that’s not all. Somers is dead too … He poisoned himself … in the lounge!”

When the wealthy Cosmo Revere is killed by a falling tree, ex-CID officer John Franklin and Ludovic Travers chance to be staying in the vicinity. After examining the scene Franklin determines it was no accident. At the family lawyer’s request Franklin and Travers go undercover at Fenwold Hall, where the dramatis personae, among others, include a bewitching niece, a blustering colonel, and a vicar with a passion for amateur theatricals. Fenwold is a country house beset by secrets … and devious murder.

Murder at Fenwold was originally published in 1930. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

“A cleverly plotted tale of murder … in rural England.” Dashiell Hammett

“It is always a pleasure to read a really complicated detective story and Murder at Fenwold fully deserves a place in this category.” Spectator  (Amazon)

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The Perfect Murder Case: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]I am going to commit a murder. I offer no apology for the curtness of the statement.

An individual taking the name ‘Marius’ boasts in a series of letters that he will commit the Perfect Murder, daring Scotland Yard detectives to catch him if they can. Ex-CID officer John Franklin and the amateur but astute detective Ludovic Travers will need to draw conclusons from a soiled letter, a locked room murder, four cast-iron alibis, and trips to France, in a feverish search for the killer and proof of his misdeeds—before ‘Marius’ can strike again.

The Perfect Murder Case was originally published in 1929. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

“All the points of the good detective story are here … excitement, ingenuity, suspense, crescendo, and a satisfactory conclusion.” Observer  (Amazon)

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Miss Frost Cracks A Caper: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 4) by [Painter, Kristen]Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.
Finally at peace with where things stand between her and Lark, Jayne thinks everything’s cool until a chilling event at the Black and Orange Ball shatters that peace and puts Jayne at odds with the powers that be. She knows she’s on thin ice, but she’s determined to crack the caper.
Can Jayne find a way to right the wrongs she might have caused or will she forever bear the guilt of allowing herself to be snowed again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle








33837783Disaster is on tap in this all-new mystery from the author of Tangled Up in Brew.

It’s Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh, and brewpub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara is prepping for a busy month at the Allegheny Brew House. To create the perfect atmosphere for the boozy celebration, Max hires an oompah band. But when one of the members from the band turns up dead, it’s up to Max to solve the murder before the festivities are ruined.

Adding to the brewing trouble, Candy, Max’s friend, is acting suspicious… Secrets from her past are fermenting under the surface, and Max must uncover the truth to prove her friend’s innocence. To make matters worse, Jake’s snooty ex-fiancee shows up in town for an art gallery opening, and she’ll be nothing but a barrel of trouble for Max. (Goodreads)

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New Releases For The Week Of October 1st, 2017–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 1st, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the third day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



35722431“A nice and fun, old-fashioned mystery. Halloween is Murder was a very well-written and fast read with great characters and a fun mystery with a resolution that I did not see coming.”
–The Reading Café

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating. (Goodreads)

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Almost a Touch: Klondike, PA - a small town with big secrets (Klondike Mysteries Book 3) by [McNicol, Donna B.]It was the perfect vacation for two good friends… until it wasn’t. Death and jail would interfere.

Traveling from Bradford, Pennsylvania to Kalispell, Montana for two weeks of fishing and relaxation had all the earmarks of a great time. When things went awry, the local police were of little assistance. The body belonged to the Chief of Police of Bradford, PA. His associate was hustled into jail. Friends back home in Pennsylvania are furious and want answers. They are heading to Montana to get them.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle








Dead As A Donut (Olivia Faulkner Mysteries Book 2) by [Lin, Kathryn]Business at Olivia Faulkner’s family café is finally picking up, but when she stumbles on a dead businessman holding a box of her donuts, she is thrown headfirst into another murder investigation.

Meanwhile, there is a new lifestyle mall in Grand Arbor that is driving family-owned shops like hers out of business.

Armed with the help of three gossipy old ladies, her mischievous cat, and an old love, Olivia sets out to solve the mystery.

On top of all this, Olivia has to juggle sleuthing, baking, and her daughter’s interview to get into a prestigious private school.
Can she find the killer before her life in Grand Arbor crumbles to pieces?

Books in the Olivia Faulkner Mysteries series:
A Pie To Vie For (Book 0.5)
Maple Syrup And Murder (Book 1)
Dead As A Donut (Book 2)
Raspberry Tart Revenge (Book 3)
Tea Time Treachery (Book 4)
more titles to be announced soon!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







JAmazing Grace - A Southern Paranormal Mystery by [Hartness, John G.]essica Fletcher meets Aunt Bea meets Odd Thomas in this Southern Gothic Paranormal Mystery with a dose of romance from award-winning novelist John G. Hartness.

Lila Grace Carter is your favorite new detective, you just don’t know it yet. She’s determined, smart, caring, and sassy as the day is long. She also talk to dead people. Of course, as she puts it, “I’m Southern. We all talk to dead people down here. The difference is, they talk back to me.”

Lila Grace has lived in Lockhart, S.C. her entire life, and has always been shunned for being different. Discovering her ability to see and talk to ghosts at an early age, she used her ability to help people settle disputes, communicate with lost loved one, and generally make life better in small ways.

Until poor dead Jenny Miller showed up on her doorstep. Now Lila Grace has a teenaged ghost following her around, a handsome new sheriff in town, and a murderer in her sleepy southern town. This ain’t Mayberry, kids.

Award-winning author and poet John G. Hartness has mined his southern roots for inspiration and color in this supernatural love letter to small-town Southern life.  (Amazon)

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Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie: A Tara Holloway Novella by [Kelly, Diane]People are going a little nutty in this new case for IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway!

Tara is looking for a fun, relaxing time with her family at Pecan Palooza: a full-day festival dedicated to celebrating the nut that put the tiny town of Pecan Crossing on the map. Between a parade, carnival games, rides, the Pecan Princess pageant, and several pecan bake-offs, Tara wants quality time with her fiancé Nick before their upcoming nuptials.

But when a mysterious woman in a hat shows some suspicious behavior and the bake-off winners don’t look that surprised when they win…could the competitions be rigged? Despite the lack of evidence, Tara is determined to dethrone the cheaters and make sure the actual winners can have their pie and eat it too.

A lead-in to the series finale, Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie is a sweet treat!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






The Mamur Zapt and the Men Behind by [Pearce, Michael]From the award-winning Michael Pearce comes an engrossing murder mystery set in the Cairo of the 1900s. After a series of attacks on public officials, the Mamur Zapt is called in to investigate.

Cairo in the 1900s. While riding home, Fairclough of Customs is shot at from behind. It is the first of many similar attacks – all seemingly aimed at public officials. The Mamur Zapt, British head of Cairo’s secret police, is told to catch the killer – and quickly.

His efforts to do so take him into Cairo’s student quarter and out to a remote rural estate. And require him to handle a fading Pasha and a dangerous gypsy girl – whose claims he has to balance against those of his fiery Egyptian mistress.  (Amazon)

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The Mingrelian Conspiracy by [Pearce, Michael]A classic historical mystery from the award-winning Michael Pearce, set in the Egypt of the 1900s. When gang violence strikes the city, the inimitable Mamur Zapt is called in to investigate.

In 1908, the city of Cairo lives – and dies – by its cafe culture. But for restaurant businesses, the protection rackets pose a problem. And the city’s cafes are experiencing a sudden upsurge in threats from various gangs.

When one cafe proprietor is attacked, his legs broken for noncompliance, everyone is worried. Then the Russian Charge files a complaint – the Mingrelians may be targeting a Russian Grand Duke. Now the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Secret Police, must find a way to prevent an international incident…  (Amazon)

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The Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt by [Pearce, Michael]Winner of the CWA Last Laugh Award, an irresistible historical mystery in which the Mamur Zapt investigates the illegal trade of antiquities in the Cairo of the 1900s.

Cairo, 1908. Captain Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt or head of Cairo’s Secret Police, turns his attention to the illegal trade of antiquities when Miss Skinner arrives. She’s a woman with the habit of asking awkward questions. But what is she doing looking for crocodiles? And mummified ones at that?

Owen’s new brief is to see that Egypt’s priceless treasures stay in Egypt. But when Miss Skinner narrowly escapes falling under a conveyance, Owen must labour to thwart killers and face an even graver problem: whether to ask the pasha’s lovely daughter to marry him…. (Amazon)

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IThe Snake-Catcher’s Daughter by [Pearce, Michael]n this engrossing murder mystery set in the Egypt of the 1900s, the Mamur Zapt finds himself under threat from a campaign to discredit Cairo’s senior policemen.

Cairo in the 1900s. The Mamur Zapt, Head of Cairo’s secret police, finds himself in a compromising position. The city’s senior policemen are the subject of a smear campaign, a stinging attack which raises uncomfortable questions about their integrity.

The Mamur Zapt himself is suspected, but is he above suspicion? Owen’s investigation takes him into hitherto uncharted territory: the underworld of Cairo and the dangerous profession of snake-catching…  (Amazon)

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The Mamur Zapt and the Girl in Nile by [Pearce, Michael]A classic historical mystery from award-winning Michael Pearce, in which the body of a young woman washes up in the Nile and the Mamur Zapt is drawn into the seedy world of Egyptian politics.

Egypt, 1908. A young woman has drowned in the Nile, her body washed up on a sandbar. Apparently she had fallen off a boat. Owen, as Mamur Zapt, Britsh head of Cairo’s secret police, deems it a potential crime.

But when the poor girl’s body suddenly vanishes from its resting place, Owen begins a puzzling search for the truth that will take him from Cairo’s sophisticated cafes through its dingiest slums – and into the seething waters of Egyptian politics.  (Amazon)

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The Mamur Zapt and the Donkey-Vous by [Pearce, Michael]A classic murder mystery from the award-winning Michael Pearce, which sees the Mamur Zapt investigate a series of suspicious kidnappings in the Cairo of the 1900s.

Cairo in the 1900s. ‘Tourists are quite safe provided they don’t do anything stupidly reckless,’ Owen, the Mamur Zapt, British head of Cairo’s secret police, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin and Mr Colthorpe, kidnapped from the terrace at Shepheard’s Hotel?

Were these kidnappings intended as deliberately symbolic blows at the British? Owen had better unravel it quickly, or else… And where better to start from than the donkey-vous, Cairo’s enterprising youths who hire out their donkeys for rides…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback









It is the week before Halloween and the gang are gearing up for a big Halloween blow out. When Lani stumbles onto a murder victim whose death seems to be linked to a cold case her father worked on but never solved, the two join forces to bring justice to the victims once and for all.  (Goodreads)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









5 Amigos Fall-O-Ween Fun–Halloween Edition


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Welcome to the first day of the 5 Amigos Fall-O-ween Halloween Fun Reading Club, Halloween Edition, where some of my fellow bloggers and I are going to spotlight books about Halloween.  You will get suggestions from Karen Owen & Karen Kenyon (the Karens are sharing Karen Owen’s blog), Sheryl Hagan – Booth, Lisa Kelley and myself.


My pick for week one is Scared Stiff by Annelise Ryan.   This is the second book in her Mattie Winston Mystery series.  I have read many of the books in this series and I have enjoyed them all.   With great characters and great mysteries, what’s not to love?


10279721An appealing series on multiple fronts.” –Booklist

Shows skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime.” –Publishers Weekly

When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he’s suspect #1. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act-even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon. . .

Determined to unearth the truth, Mattie puts her scalpel-sharp medical skills to work, and digs a little deeper. What she uncovers is stranger than anyone could have imagined. . .

Praise for Annelise Ryan and Working Stiff

“Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance. . .” -Tess Gerritsen

“Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful. . .wry and original.” -Carolyn Hart

“Make way for Mattie Winston, the funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever.” -Laura Levine (less)



Annelise RyanAbout The Author:

Annelise Ryan is the author of the Mattie Winston mystery series. Ryan is a real life emergency room RN working and living in Wisconsin. She has always believed laughter really is the best medicine, and with the Mattie Winston series she is hoping to “medicate” the masses.

Annelise Ryan is a pseudonym for author Beth Amos. There are several reasons why it was decided to use a pseudonym, not the least of which is the fact that Beth’s ER patients might not be comfortable knowing she spends her spare time thinking up creative ways to kill people.









Okay, enough about me.  Let’s check out what books my four amigos have picked for their fall choices this week.


To find out what books the two Karen’s chose, head over to her blog by following this link:









To see what book Sheryl chose, head over to her blog by following this link:








And to see what Lisa’s choice is, follow this link:








While you’re at their blogs, leave a comment and let us know what you think of our Five Amigos Fall-O-Ween Reading Club, Halloween Edition.  And of course, please leave a comment at my blog. We would all love to hear from you.





New Releases For The Week Of October 1st, 2017–Part 2


Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of October 1st, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very very many of them.  Today is the second day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.



Magic & Mischief (Starry Hollow Witches Book 3) by [Chase, Annabel]Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken.

When a handful of Starry Hollow residents experience their worst nightmares in real life, witch-in-training Ember Rose must use her budding journalist skills to figure out the who, what, why, when, where and how before it’s too late. With both Sheriff Nash and Alec, her editor-in-chief, affected, the stakes have never been higher.

Will she manage to stop the curse before her own worst nightmare comes true?

Magic & Mischief is the third book in the Starry Hollow Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery novel.

Books in the series include:
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





A Secret in the Pumpkin Patch: A Danger Cove Farmers' Market Mystery (Danger Cove Mysteries Book 17) by [Jones, Gin, Ashby, Elizabeth]From USA Today bestselling authors Gin Jones and Elizabeth Ashby comes a hauntingly good mystery…

It’s Halloween, and Maria Dolores is hoping for a trouble-free weekend, the last one before the Lighthouse Farmers’ Market closes for the winter. But her hopes are dashed when a state agricultural inspector threatens to shut down the market prematurely… right before a young woman falls to her death from the lighthouse cliff!

The local homicide detective thinks it was suicide and won’t listen to Maria’s extensive list of possible suspects for foul play or the fact that the victim was known for getting into fights that went beyond mere words. Not even Maria’s boyfriend, lawyer-turned-farmer Merle Curtis, can convince the detective otherwise.

Now it’s up to Maria to unearth A SECRET IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH before the killer buries the truth—and possibly Maria along with it—forever.

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

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

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback






Cherringham - Scared to Death: A Cosy Crime Series (Cherringham: Mystery Shorts Book 27) by [Costello, Matthew, Richards, Neil]When classic horror movie star Basil Coates becomes the victim of a series of scary pranks, the local police put it down to a crazed fan. Just pranks, after all …

But with Halloween only days away, the spectre of murder suddenly visits the ghostly Coates mansion on the hill outside Cherringham – and Jack and Sarah find themselves caught in a mystery worthy of Basil’s spookiest roles …

Set in the sleepy English village of Cherringham, the detective series brings together an unlikely sleuthing duo: English web designer Sarah and American ex-cop Jack. Thrilling and deadly – but with a spot of tea – it’s like Rosamunde Pilcher meets Inspector Barnaby. Each of the self-contained episodes is a quick read for the morning commute, while waiting for the doctor, or when curling up with a hot cuppa.

You’d like to read a Cherringham story in novel-length? The first Cherringham book DEAD IN THE WATER is already available, and the second book THE BODY IN THE WOODS, will be out on July, 25th 2017. Or maybe you’d like Neil Dudgeon to read them to you? Episodes 1-18 are also available as audiobooks!

Co-authors Neil Richards (based in the UK) and Matthew Costello (based in the US), have been writing together since the mid 90’s, creating content and working on projects for the BBC, Disney Channel, Sony, ABC, Eidos, and Nintendo to name but a few. Their transatlantic collaboration has underpinned scores of TV drama scripts, computer games, radio shows, and – most recently – the successful crime fiction series Cherringham.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle






One Foot On The Edge: A China Bohannon Novel by [Crigger, C.K.]The gay 1890s aren’t always. Gay, that is. Sometimes life is dangerous.

In 1896, there aren’t many career choices for a young lady. China Bohannon has fled one bad situation and is looking to start her life over as a strong, independent woman in the wild and woolly town of Spokane, Washington. The trouble is, convincing Gratton Doyle to take her seriously as a bookkeeper is hard enough, and when it comes to working as an investigator in the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency, it’s well-nigh impossible. But what if China is able to solve a murder case no one else wants to take on, that of a young girl found dead, her body tossed in the river? If she can avoid being the next murder victim, will Gratton hire her then? There’s only one way to find out.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback







Dead Man Twice: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Chriatopher]“And that’s not all. Somers is dead too … He poisoned himself … in the lounge!”

The great English boxer Michael France looks set to become the new Heavyweight Champion of the world. Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the forthcoming and decisive match. Ex-CID officer John Franklin is no exception – but once the boxer is apparently murdered (twice), Franklin must join forces with Ludovic Travers once more in a layered and ingenious mystery where Michael France’s closest friends are the primary suspects – yet have cast-iron alibis. The final solution involves an ingenious and plausible murder technique, a fine demonstration of Christopher Bush’s imaginative and suspenseful plotting at its best.

Dead Man Twice was originally published in 1930. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







Dead Man's Music: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]“If you don’t think I’m taking a liberty in saying so, my opinion is that he was knocked down first and hanged after!”

Ludovic Travers starts an investigation of unnatural death by means of an automobile mishap on a rural road. His associate Superintendent Wharton is investigating a suspicious suicide by hanging at the nearby village of Pawlton Ferris. When the supposed suicide turns out to be a case of murder, Travers realizes he recognizes the corpse, despite attempts to alter the dead man’s appearance. The plot is thickened by a strange letter sent to Travers by the eccentric and musical Claude Rook. As Travers and Wharton are drawn further into the investigation of the murder, they begin to fit more and more pieces into a weird puzzle, unlocking the strange secret of the dead man’s music.

Dead Man’s Music was originally published in 1931. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover





The Case of the Three Strange Faces: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]Old Hunt slithered in the most amazing way and then fell to the floor. He lay between the seats, face upwards.

Ludovic Travers is on his way by train from Toulon to Marignac. Along for the ride are several suspicious characters, two of whom die en route. Although the murders seem at first unrelated, Travers is able to prove the connection between the two, while diverting the eye of official suspicion from himself. After Travers learns that one of the victim’s country house has been burgled soon after the murderous act, the inquisitive sleuth decides to look into the case himself when he returns to England. Soon Travers, his Isotta now replaced with a Bentley, is working in tandem with Superintendent Wharton to solve one of the strangest cases which he has yet encountered. It is one in which some of the darkest of human impulses are exposed, and a twist is guaranteed in the tail.

The Case of the Three Strange Faces was originally published in 1933. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle




The Case of the April Fools: A Ludovic Travers Mystery by [Bush, Christopher]“Let us know when you’re dead!”

Ludovic Travers had known it was a publicity stunt, all that business about the anonymous threatening letters. He expected a hoax but what he found was two men lying dead on the floor of Crewe’s bedroom. To be confronted with murder at eight in the morning was no joke. Norris, the quiet, steady Inspector of Scotland Yard, certainly didn’t think so, although during the weeks he and Travers sought to puzzle it all out, he many times remarked, “It was on April Fool’s Day, don’t forget that.” This is one of Bush’s masterpieces – an intricate and baffling country house murder mystery.

The Case of the April Fools was originally published in 1933. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover







Cat Got Your Tongue (The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series Book 3) by [Louise Clark]When the rock concert Christy and Quinn are enjoying ends in a murder, the sleuthing couple are pulled into the case.

Hot on the trail of a primary suspect, they discover the band’s manager has also been found dead. Are the two murders connected, or are there two killers?

Unfortunately, the only eye-witness—Stormy the Cat—is holding his tongue.


  1. The Cat Came Back
  2. The Cat’s Paw
  3. Cat Got Your Tongue
  4. Let Sleeping Cats Lie  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





The Arly Hanks Mysteries Volume One: Malice in Maggody, Mischief in Maggody, and Much Ado in Maggody by [Hess, Joan]Police chief Arly Hanks investigates murder in her Ozark hometown in three books of a beloved series by an Agatha Award–winning author.

Her marriage and career over, Arly Hanks heads home to Maggody, Arkansas, for a fresh start. Not much ever happens in a village this size, so Arly figures her new job as chief of police will be pretty quiet. But the seemingly peaceful Maggody residents have a few secrets of their own . . .

Malice in Maggody: Something stinks, and it’s not the polluted fishing hole. An escaped convict is coming home to roost, an infamous EPA agent has disappeared, and there’s a corpse with an arrow in its neck at a nearby seedy motel. Now it’s up to Arly and her half-witted deputy, Paulie, to discover the source of the rot.

Mischief in Maggody: Maggody’s population is suddenly booming, and among its new residents are a doom-obsessed psychic and a handsome high school guidance counselor. But after a local moonshiner and prostitute are found dead in a booby-trapped field of cannabis, Arly must root out the killer before they make another deadly deduction.

Much Ado in Maggody: The bank president’s playboy son, Brandon Bernswallow, is now the head teller, and his sexist behavior has women ready to tell him off. When the bank burns down with Bernswallow inside, Arly must quickly uncover what really happened if she hopes to cool the town’s tensions.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle







Murder at Cleeve Abbey: A murder mystery that will keep you guessing (A Flora Maguire Mystery) by [Davison, Anita]Even the most glamorous stately houses hide secrets and lies from the past… For fans of Downton Abbey and set in the glorious Cotswolds landscape.

Flora Maguire is now happily married to Bunny Harrington and living in Richmond when she receives an alarming telegram informing her of her father’s tragic death in a riding accident at Cleeve Abbey.

Heartbroken, Flora and Bunny return to her former home, where she was Governess to Eddy, Viscount Trent, and her father was Butler to Earl Trent.

Flora‘s intention was to bury him next to Lily, her mother, who sadly passed away when Flora was a small child.

Mystery surrounds the final resting place of Lily. No-one is willing to talk and, with her father now dead in a suspicious accident, Flora must once again strive alone to uncover hidden family secrets and terrible betrayals.

What people are saying about MURDER AT CLEEVE ABBEY:

‘A satisfying novel to savour’

‘The intricate plot kept me turning the pages until the stunning end

‘Anita Davison has a wonderful ability to weave an intriguing mystery

‘You feel like such an integral part of the story you forget where you actually are‘  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback



Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie: A Tara Holloway Novella by [Kelly, Diane]People are going a little nutty in this new case for IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway!

Tara is looking for a fun, relaxing time with her family at Pecan Palooza: a full-day festival dedicated to celebrating the nut that put the tiny town of Pecan Crossing on the map. Between a parade, carnival games, rides, the Pecan Princess pageant, and several pecan bake-offs, Tara wants quality time with her fiancé Nick before their upcoming nuptials.

But when a mysterious woman in a hat shows some suspicious behavior and the bake-off winners don’t look that surprised when they win…could the competitions be rigged? Despite the lack of evidence, Tara is determined to dethrone the cheaters and make sure the actual winners can have their pie and eat it too.

A lead-in to the series finale, Death, Taxes, and Pecan Pie is a sweet treat!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle





28504471The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…


Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback