Spotlight–Turning For Trouble

 

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Today I am happy to be spotlighting Turning For Trouble by Susan Y. Tanner.  I am going to talk about the series , the author and the book.  Hope you enjoy.

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Multi-author series background.

In the 1990s, writing as Caroline Burnes, Carolyn Haines wrote 22 books featuring Familiar, the black cat detective, for the Harlequin Intrigue line. Familiar, who patterned himself after Sam Spade, was a popular character. Now, Haines is reissuing some of those titles and has begun a multi-author spin-off series featuring Familiar’s son, Trouble. A number of her writer friends are joining her to write romantic mysteries in the world of the smart, sleek, and savvy Trouble, black cat detective.

Like his father, Trouble is a traveling cat who finds himself at the doorstep of adventure, mystery—and a little romance—wherever he goes. He learned his detecting skills from his dad (who is a globetrotting PI) and from watching TV shows featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. Trouble is so taken with his Sherlockian hero that he’s developed a slight British accent.

Each book in the series features Trouble, who “thinks” but doesn’t speak. But each individual author is free to put her spin on the story and the human characters. This format allows for each writer to play to her strengths. The books are seventy percent mystery with a bit of romance thrown in, and of course, that darn cat.

 

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Susan Y. TannerSusan Y. Tanner’s latest venture is a ‘soon to be released’ romantic mystery showcasing one smart feline named Trouble. Because Ms. Tanner is a horse lover as well as a cat lover, her upcoming Trouble books will have backstories which feature the world of horses. These books will be part of the Familiar Legacy series written in concert with several very talented authors. Her previous novels, published as Susan Tanner, were historical romance. Highland Captive, Captive To A Dream, Exiled Heart, Fire Across Texas and Winds Across Texas as well as A Warm Southern Christmas (part of a Christmas anthology), were all published by Leisure Books.

 

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DUST, GLORY—AND MURDER—at the Rodeo. Malone Summers ‘has what it takes’ to ride horses to big wins in the rough and tumble world of rodeo. Once young and headstrong, she’d chased her dream with a wild rodeo cowboy destined to break her heart. Now she’s riding high–until she finds a frightened young stowaway named Joss in her rig, and the murders of rough stock riders begin.

Cade Delaney has a past heartbreak of his own. He’s ready for a second chance with the only girl who ever turned his head or stole his heart, but while Malone is a risk-taker in the arena, she’s not willing to put her heart on the line again when Cade reappears in her life.

Trouble, the sleek and talented black cat detective, finds himself in the world of rodeo and murder when he takes on the job of guarding Malone against the mounting danger around her. Young Joss is connected to the murders, but how? Trouble has to help the humanoids determine what role Joss plays in the dangerous events and then help them see the truth their hearts fight against.

 

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New Releases For The Week Of July 8th, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 8th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Upstaged by Murder (A Rex Graves Mystery) by [Challinor, C.S.]A FLAWLESS MURDER IS PERFORMED ON STAGE, BUT IT’S NO ACT

Rex Graves and his new wife, Helen, attend the opening night of a play in which five famous literary sleuths of a bygone era are invited to Pinegrove Hall to solve the mystery of a missing heirloom. When the heroine meets with a sinister end, the audience applauds, unaware the real drama has only just begun.
Rex, a Scottish barrister and private detective, is called upon to help discover who among the cast and crew staged the death of the beautiful young actress. But this challenging mystery has many complications waiting in the wings, and Rex must use all his skills to unmask the true culprit.

Praise:
“Challinor, who often modernizes and repurposes golden-age mystery ploys, this time takes the further step of recruiting the stars of those classic novels to help solve the case.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Fans―and there are many―will be shouting, “Bravo!”―Booklist  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just For The Birds (Hetta Coffey Series Book 10) by [Schwartz, Jinx]

 

 

Hetta Coffey is a sassy woman with a snazzy yacht and she’s not afraid to use it!
While docked at Marina de la Paz, in Mexico’s hauntingly beautiful Sea of Cortez, Hetta gets a surprise visitor that sets off a chain of events like only Hetta can manage to get herself embroiled in. With her best friend, Jan, and her dog, Po Thang, they are hot on the trail of some dastardly smugglers.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWhen The Party Died (A Brock & Poole Mystery Book 3) by [Barnett, A.G.]he launch of a new exhibit at Bexford museum is derailed when Brock and Poole discover a body in its midst.

With rumours of a lost treasure, a confusing array of suspects and a personal stake in the case, they must focus to find their culprit.

Which isn’t going to be easy…

Detective Sergeant Guy Poole is dreading confronting his mother with the truth and faces losing a second parent from his life.

Detective Inspector Sam Brock’s life is changing, and there are big decisions to make for the future.

Can they untangle the web of mystery to find their killer?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merlot and Murder (A Paranormal Cozy Mystery) (California Witching Book 3) by [Silver, Samantha, Marple, Megan]The Grapes of Wrath wasn’t supposed to be taken literally…

When Taylor and Karen decide to do a winery tour, they figure surely the worst that can happen is a bad hangover the next day.

But when the owner’s body is discovered while they’re on the tour, they find themselves with a different kind of headache than they had expected.

Thrust into the middle of a murder investigation once again, this time as suspects, will Taylor and Karen be able to find the real killer before the police turn their eyes on them?

Merlot and Murder is the third novel in the California Witching series of paranormal cozy mysteries.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Suffragette's Suicide (A Ghosts of Landover Mystery) by [Faire, Etta]All she wanted was a free house. 

Carly was thrilled to inherit her awful ex-husband’s Victorian after he died. Of course, that was before she knew she’d also be inheriting his annoying ghost as a roommate and business partner, a 100-year-old curse, and the kind of strong mediumship that has every spirit in town begging for her to solve their mysteries. And Bessilyn Margaret Hind is next in line.

In 1906, suffragist and local women’s rights leader, Bessie Hind, committed suicide at her thirty-fifth birthday party after her fiancé broke up with her. Only one problem: her ghost doesn’t remember it that way. And, Bessie is appalled that books have been written about her that imply a man caused her to do something so drastic. She didn’t take her own life, and she wants Carly to find out who her real killer is (and get retractions on the books, pronto).

Through channeling, Carly is brought straight to that night to relive the party moment by moment as it happened, take down clues, and figure it all out. A mystery Carly gets so caught up in, she risks losing her own place in the timeline, and herself.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CThe Full Moon's Slumber: A Cinnamon Mercy Claus Mystery by [Eden, Snow]innamon Mercy Claus has been a witch for two years. At least that’s how long it’s been since her grandmother let her in on their little secret. She’s in the process of picking up her life and starting over, searching for something that means more to her than her mundane existence. Then a fairy drips down out of her bathroom faucet and tells her the moon’s gone all wonky and it’s up to Cinnamon to figure things out.

Since there’s nothing like a threat to the earth’s very existence to give your new life a kick into high gear, Cinnamon heads out across the country—with a talking dog and a woman who absolutely terrifies her—to figure out a mystery she doesn’t have a clue about.

To read about Cinnamon and her adventures at the North Pole, grab a copy of “The Witch of the North Pole.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Pirates of Cawsand - A Great British Crime Comedy Cozy Mystery full of Suspense, Action and Adventure: Blue Moon Investigations Book 4 by [Higgs, Steve]Gold coins from a centuries old sunken treasure ship have been found on the beach in Cawsand. This would be no cause for Tempest Michaels to take notice, but a man murdered by the ghost of a dead pirate come to claim back the gold? That ticks all his boxes.

Tempest, oblivious to the events in Cawsand and believing he was overdue a week off, has travelled to Cornwall with his dogs for some relaxation and perhaps a cream tea or two. Well, fat chance of that because he is hip deep in murderous ghosts before he finishes his second pint.

Uncovering a disturbing undercurrent in the sleepy seaside village, a race against time begins for him to crack the case before anyone else gets hurt? Together with the local Police Officer, the diminutive, sexy and very domineering Bobbi the Bobby plus some other helping hands he could probably do without, he will do all he can to reveal the truth.
The locals believe the ghosts are real though and the village is filling up with treasure hunters after the gold and ghost hunters seeking infamy. Are there people trying to sabotage his efforts? Is he in danger? Just what is the truth behind the mystery and was there ever a treasure to find?

He has the odds stacked against him like never before, he has no idea who he can trust and the Dachshunds want their dinner.

And, oh yeah, it’s Halloween.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Antique Dealer’s Daughter by [Gray, Lorna]‘An original, authentic period mystery that keeps you guessing, with a strong female protagonist’ Jane Hunt Book Reviews

The Cotswolds, Summer, 1947

In the aftermath of war, Emily Sutton struggles to find her place in a world irrevocably changed by conflict. When she refuses to follow tradition and join her father’s antiques business – or get married – her parents send her for an ‘improving’ stay with her spinster cousin in the Cotswolds. But Emily arrives to find her cousin’s cottage empty and a criminal at work in the neighbourhood.

A deadly scandal still haunts this place – the death of John Langton, the rumour of his hoard of wartime spoils, leaving his older brother to bear the disgrace. Now, even as Emily begins to understand each man’s true nature, the bright summer sky is darkened by a new attack. Someone is working hard to ensure that John’s ghost will not be allowed to rest, with terrifying consequences… (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death Warmed Over (A Grim Days Mystery Book 1) by [Holloway, Kent]DEATH TAKES A (WORKING) HOLIDAY!

Becca Cole is a big fish in a small pond. The former big-city homicide detective is now the Chief of Police in Summer Haven, a sleepy Florida beach town where nothing ever happens. But all that changes when she is summoned to the scene of a grisly murder. A naked young woman lies dead on the beach, a knife sticking out of her back, and the supposed killer stands over the body. It looks like an open-and-shut case, but not all is as it seems.

The victim, who was tangled up in Santeria and drug-trafficking, didn’t die from a stab wound. In fact, an autopsy can’t determine what killed her. The chief suspect turns out to be Silas Mot, an enigma in his own right. In fact, as Becca digs deeper into Silas’s identity, she discovers the startling truth. He’s the Grim Reaper. The personification of Death. The guy who decides who dies and when. It seems he’s in town in order to determine why unsanctioned deaths have been occurring in and around Summer Haven, and he can’t leave until he’s cracked the case.

Becca and Silas will have to team up to discover who killed the young woman if they are to put a stop to the unscheduled departures, but for Silas, confined to a body of flesh and blood for the first time in his existence, the distractions of the world of the living may be the Death of him!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch in Danger (A Blair Wilkes Mystery Book 3) by [Adams, Elle]Blair Wilkes is having a trying week. Her best friend stands accused of murdering a vampire, and dead bodies are showing up in the forest. She knows Alissa is innocent, but with the vampires out for blood — more than usual — tensions in the small town of Fairy Falls are at a tipping point.

As if that’s not enough, Blair’s witchcraft lessons aren’t going well, with her wand gaining a life of its own — not to mention her familiar. And then she discovers something startling about her family that puts her burgeoning relationship with former paranormal hunter Nathan under pressure.

Can Blair help a friend and catch a killer, or will she be the next victim?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disorderly Conduct (A Maggie McDonald Mystery) by [Feliz, Mary]Professional organizer Maggie McDonald manages to balance a fastidious career with friends, family, and a spunky Golden Retriever. But add a fiery murder mystery to the mix, and Maggie wonders if she’s finally found a mess even she can’t tidy up . . .

With a devastating wildfire spreading to Silicon Valley, Maggie preps her family for a rapid evacuation. The heat rises when firefighters discover the body of her best friend Tess Olmos’s athletic husband—whose untimely death was anything but accidental. And as Tess agonizes over the whereabouts of her spouse’s drop-dead gorgeous running mate, she becomes the prime suspect in what’s shaping up to become a double murder case. Determined to set the record straight, Maggie sorts through clues in an investigation more dangerous than the flames approaching her home. But when her own loved ones are threatened, can she catch the meticulous killer before everything falls apart?

“A skillful amateur detective with an impressive to-do list.”
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, Address to Die For  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of July 8th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 8th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Poisoned Pages (A Booktown Mystery) by [Barrett, Lorna]Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself–quite a feat for someone who previously couldn’t boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia’s left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there’s something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia’s once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker.

Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It’s the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that’s going on can she find the killer before she’s the next item on the menu?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bat Out of Spell (An Elemental Witches of Eternal Springs Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Lee, Amanda M.]Welcome to Eternal Springs, home to more than a thousand “normal” people and four feisty witches. Just a tip, the witches are more fun.
Especially Skye Thornton, an air witch about town who would rather be on the mainland than a touristy island that’s home to four climate zones and a gaping hole under the local school that allows monsters to creep through and wreak havoc on the community.
A reporter, Skye likes to be in the thick of things – she’s a busybody and proud of it – until she quite literally trips over a dead body at the island resort. In quick order, she finds herself fighting off monsters while trying to discover one of the human variety.
Since she can’t keep clear of trouble, Skye is determined to track down a murderer, fight off a wishing well beast and stay away from a local security chief who she’s always hated … or has she?
It’s a full slate of activity for Skye and her witchy friends. The laughs and insults will be flying fast and furious. Of course, so will the danger.
Look out world, here come four witches with attitude, and they’re not taking any prisoners.

This is book 1 in a 4-book series. For more information on the author, please visit amandamlee.net  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hex Files: Wicked Long Nights (Mysteries from the Sixth Borough Book 2) by [LaManna, Gina]Detective Dani DeMarco is back—and not by choice.

When a powerful witch goes missing from NYPD, Dani is dragged out of retirement to assist her sometimes boyfriend, sometimes boss—Captain Matthew King—in locating the detective before it’s too late. But things are never that easy, and Dani is soon faced with three bodies missing from the morgue, two reports of necromancy that rock the borough, and a new strain of illegal magic wreaking havoc across Wicked.

Dani doesn’t know who to trust. The medical examiner is lying. A detective is reverting to dangerous habits. A rich lawyer is wrapped up in a gruesome murder-suicide. In addition to the job, Dani’s forced to balance a potential new suitor with her complicated feelings for Matthew, while demons from her past threaten to destroy the future.

When the case begins to crumble from the inside out, Dani must re-examine those she loves most…and risk losing everything in the name of justice.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gone to Ground: A Detective Kay Hunter serial killer mystery (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller Book 6) by [Amphlett, Rachel]While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

Gone to Ground is a gripping serial killer thriller full of page-turning suspense, and the sixth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

1. SCARED TO DEATH
2. WILL TO LIVE
3. ONE TO WATCH
4. HELL TO PAY
5. CALL TO ARMS
6. GONE TO GROUND

A page-turning murder mystery for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and Harlen Coben.
Praise for Gone to Ground

“Several twists and turns make this novel an exciting read!” ~ Goodreads

“A fantastic thriller, consistently presenting the police team as the humans they are and the ending is, as always, just perfect!” ~ Goodreads  (Amazon)

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A Devilish Disappearance: A hilariously witchy reverse harem mystery (Cats, Ghosts, and Avocado Toast Book 3) by [Howell, N.M., Hibbett, L.C.]

 

Pre-order the third book in L.C. Hibbett and N.M Howell’s hilariously witchy reverse harem mystery series, Cats, Ghosts, and Avocado Toast!  (Amazon)

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The Fifth Curse: A Cozy Mystery (Teas and Temptations Book 5) by [Stark, Cindy]Lace, lust and lies.

Old-fashioned wedding bells are chiming in New England and Hazel’s excited to cater the event. It’s Fiona, the wedding planner’s turn to tie the knot, and she’s going all out. The only problem is some of Fiona’s previous, unsatisfied clients are going all in. They want to make her day as miserable as she made theirs.

The three bridezillas have a score to settle. But when the wedding-planner-turned bride winds up dead, Chief Peter Parrish is choking on roses. He needs Hazel’s navigational skills, and she’s happy to assist. But she soon discovers relationships can be messy, including hers.

If Hazel wants to regain her happiness, she must find the killer, dissuade her cat from prowling the neighborhood in search of female attention, and help Peter see that her witchy-ness isn’t the problem.

The Fifth Curse is the fifth book in the Teas and Temptations Cozy Mystery series. If you like lighthearted paranormal mysteries with a fun romance like those written by Amanda M. Lee and Leighann Dobbs, then you’ll love Cindy Stark’s mystical adventures!

 

Get your copy of The Fifth Curse today!  (Amazon)

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Matchmaking Advice From Your Grandma Zelda (The Collection from the Matchmaker Series) by [Sax, Elise]The complete collection of Grandma Zelda’s matchmaking advice from the bestselling Matchmaking Mysteries series. All of her words of wisdom are here, and as a bonus, Yiddish definitions and introductions by Elise Sax and Grandma Zelda are included. Zelda’s humorous words of wisdom about love and life are a shot of happiness, sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Matchmaker Mysteries…Sometimes love comes with a few dead ends.
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“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
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“Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
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“With quirky characters reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and a small-town heroine redolent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse” –RT Book Reviews
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“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist, on An Affair to Dismember  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White Horse (Adam Larsen Mysteries Book 7) by [Levinson, Kenneth L.]“Beware the White Horse!” Those were the words of a dying man as he vowed to return from the grave and wreak vengeance on his own malevolent son.
Adam Larsen, the Denver lawyer with a penchant for crime-solving, is attacked on the seventeenth hole of a golf course by a knife-wielding lunatic who claims that his father’s ghost has returned to kill him. Later the man is killed when he darts into the path of an oncoming minivan. Larsen finds himself being stalked by a man in gray, the same one who had been haunting Larsen’s attacker. Perhaps the dead man’s fears had been well-founded. Curious now, Larsen begins investigating the accident and soon encounters Karst, a mysterious “spiritual guide” who clearly knows more than he is telling–and whose cryptic answers only raise more questions.
Meanwhile, Larsen’s advice has led his lover and favorite private investigator, Jana Deacon, to uncover a hidden cache of gold coins a domineering husband had been concealing from his wife in a nasty divorce case. When the man begins to threaten his wife–and Jana–Larsen becomes understandably concerned. He discovers the husband is amassing assault gear, including an AK47 and a stockpile of ammunition. It’s time, Larson realizes, for him to act. But how can he stop a madman who is hell-bent on murder? And how can he do it without dozens of innocent people getting caught in the cross-fire? Larsen must find a way to out-maneuver an avowed killer before time runs out.
And along the way, he must solve the mystery of the White Horse.  (Amazon)

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Ava Box Set: A What Doesn't Kill You World Romantic Mystery Box Set by [Hutchins, Pamela Fagan]A musical career in the making. A popstar in the crosshairs. Touring with the band just got deadly.

Bombshell (Ava #1): Ava dreams of building a better life for her daughter through her island pop songs. Her new temp job leads to a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a record deal, but before she can pack her bags for New York, she discovers a dead body outside her office building. Horrified, Ava recognizes the murdered sex worker as her childhood friend. Before Ava can move on to a bright future in music, she must confront the truth behind her dark past to catch the murderer or she’ll be next on his kill list.

Stunner (Ava #2): After battling breast cancer, island pop singer and single mom Ava thought she could handle anything her concert tour threw her way. But when tragedy strikes her album launch party, she realizes she may have underestimated the price she’ll have to pay for fame. And the cost skyrockets when someone attempts to murder her headlining act. Knowing her future hinges on staying in the spotlight, Ava must track down the murderous stalker before the final curtain drops.

Knockout (Ava #3): Everyone wants a piece of Ava’s skyrocketing star power… including her serious boyfriend and her deadbeat baby daddy. But when she visits the future site of a controversial resort and stumbles upon a dead body, Ava thinks she’s finally found a worthy cause for her newfound celebrity. Determined to catch the killer and stop the construction of the eco-unfriendly tourist trap, she plans to put her sex symbol status to good use. To solve the murder and save her career, Ava must find a new way to take down the multi-million-dollar nest of corruption before her dead body joins the construction heap.

Buy the Ava Box Set to get into the rhythm with THREE fast-paced pop murder mysteries today!

 

˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest.

  • 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery
  • 2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
  • 2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction
  • 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist

 

˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an “up-and-coming powerhouse writer.”

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney who splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming, Pamela lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this series during that time.

 

˃˃˃ The Ava series reviews are in, and they’re good. Very, very good.

“Just when I think I couldn’t love another Pamela Fagan Hutchins novel more, along comes Ava. She’s smart and sassy, with a story full of juicy plot twists.” — Marcy McKay, author of Pennies from Burger Heaven

“To finally get a whole book of Ava’s beautiful voice and attitude was so much fun. And then to see that her outer armor was mixed with the very real insecurities and struggles that we can all relate to was magical.” — Tara Scheyer, Grammy-nominated musician, Long-Distance Sisters Book Club

“Entertaining, complex, and thought-provoking. Each book gets better and better and better.” — Ginger Copeland, power reader

 

˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Ava and her friends in the What Doesn’t Kill You world. Scroll up and grab your copy of the Ava Box Set today.  (Amazon)

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Gull Island Calamity: a Friday Friends Dinner Club Mystery by [Haas, Poppy M.]The sharks are out in full force this summer, but it’s the people who are causing more blood in the water in the beach town of Bayview.

Melody is ready for a beach vacation, unaware of the danger ahead of her. She’s on her way to stay in her employer’s beach home for a long weekend in the charming seaside town of Bayview.

No guys. No drama. No work deadlines.

Sailboat rides to Gull Island. Reading on the beach. Late, long dinners around the fire pit. Sounds like bliss.

But the mysteries start as soon as Melody pulls into the drive way of Sandy Shores Lane. First, she makes a discovery on the beach that sets the weekend on edge. Then she finds out an ominous cloud hangs over Bayview and Gull Island as a serial killer picks off influential women one by one.

Olivia, the inquisitive reporter from the East Coast finds out Melody is an amateur detective and persuades her to help solve the case before someone else gets hurt…or killed.

Finding out who the murderer is (and their motive) takes Melody all over the small coastal town, meeting several residents including Seaside Sam, the cranky but helpful seaman, Scotty, the attractive Italian restaurant owner and surfer who takes a liking to Melody and a gaggle of real estate agents who are up to a lot more than selling homes.

Even though it isn’t the calm, relaxing beach trip Melody planned for, she’s in her element, tracking down criminals and figuring out the motive for the lethal crimes. Jillian and Savannah come down to visit and soon the Friday Friends Dinner Club are back together, solving mysteries as they cook and eat together.   (Amazon)

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Turning for Trouble (Familiar Legacy Book 7) by [Tanner, Susan Y.]DUST, GLORY—AND MURDER—at the Rodeo. Malone Summers ‘has what it takes’ to ride horses to big wins in the rough and tumble world of rodeo. Once young and headstrong, she’d chased her dream with a wild rodeo cowboy destined to break her heart. Now she’s riding high–until she finds a frightened young stowaway named Joss in her rig, and the murders of rough stock riders begin.

Cade Delaney has a past heartbreak of his own. He’s ready for a second chance with the only girl who ever turned his head or stole his heart, but while Malone is a risk-taker in the arena, she’s not willing to put her heart on the line again when Cade reappears in her life.

Trouble, the sleek and talented black cat detective, finds himself in the world of rodeo and murder when he takes on the job of guarding Malone against the mounting danger around her. Young Joss is connected to the murders, but how? Trouble has to help the humanoids determine what role Joss plays in the dangerous events and then help them see the truth their hearts fight against.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

Review of Secrets By The Sea

Secrets By The Sea

Haunting By The Sea, Book #2

Kathi Daley

5 Stars

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Synopsis:

Amanda Parker has returned to the small seaside town where she lived for two years while in witness protection. Now that she has settled in and solved the murder she returned home to solve, she has decided to stay in Cutter’s Cove for an extended vacation. Of course it isn’t long before she stumbles across a surprising secret that will require the help of the entire gang to solve.

Mac has returned to her job in California, but has promised to return as soon as she can wrap things up at work. Mom and Tucker are due to arrive for a visit in just a few days, and Trevor has indicated that he is ready and willing to do what it takes to help Amanda and her ghostly sidekick Alyson, figure out who killed the young woman buried on the bluff. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Review:

When you read a book by this author, you know that you will always find certain things within the book.  You know there will be great characters, a welcoming setting and a mystery worth solving. Secrets By The Sea is no different.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  All of our favorite characters are back, and it looks like they are staying in Cutter’s Cove for good.  This is great news. They are once again trying to solve a murder, one that happened a long time of go. When Amanda starts having recurring dreams about a grave, she sets out to find the grave and who is buried in it.  I really liked the fact that no one stumbled upon a dead body, which is what happens in most cozies that I read. This was refreshing.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she pulls you into the story with her written words.  Although the mystery happened in the past, there are still enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  I really enjoy the paranormal aspect of this book, it adds another level to the mystery. I have found that this author’s books are as much about the characters and their lives than they are about the mystery, and this is a great thing.

I would recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  If you are looking for a great read, you have found it.

Review of Rockets’ Dead Glare

Rockets’ Dead Glare

A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #9.5

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars

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Synopsis:

As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .

South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn’t come out alive. Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—smells murder in the ashes. She’ll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s holiday will end with a fizzle . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Aunt jackie is a bit of a stickler but I think she is beginning to mellow a little bit.  Amy and Jill have a special relationship and you can tell they are best friends. And Greg, Jill’s police detective boyfriend, seems like a great guy (even if he does not want Jill putting herself in danger).   Anytime I get to spend time with Jill and her family, friends and coworkers is time well spent.

The writing style flows smoothly and this novella is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there inside Coffee, Books, and More, watching all the drama unfold.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through. The ending really surprised me and I like when that happens when I am reading a mystery. Although this book was a novella, it did not seem like one and had everything I look for in a cozy.

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With great characters, an engaging setting and captivating mysteries, you cannot go wrong reading this novella and series.

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

 

 

Review of Killer Green Tomatoes

Killer Green Tomatoes

Farm-To-Fork Mystery, Book #2

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars

37703498Synopsis:

The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown—until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer . . .

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona’s fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she’s found the perfect produce supplier—her sous chef Estebe’s cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies’ man Javier’s current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer’s market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier—before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.”

—Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”

Fresh Fiction (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I like that all of the people working at the County Seat, Angie and Felicia’s restaurant, are like family instead of employees. You can tell that they care about and really like each other. It is not surprising that Angie wants to help find the killer of her sous chef’s cousins girlfriend, even though she swore she has hanging up her sleuthing shoes.  Ian, her boyfriend, is a good guy and their relationship is moving along nicely. And I really enjoyed Angie’s houseguest and the way they interacted, it was sweet and added another aspect to the story. I feel like I could be friends with this cast of characters.  And I loved all the animals that were included in this book.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I was pulled into the story from the very first. There was plenty of talk about food (Angie does own a restaurant) but it was not so overwhelming that it took over the story.  There is even a recipe in the back of the book for the reader to try if they are so inclined.

There are two mysteries to solve: a murder and a kidnapping.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  Throw is some twists and turn and red herrings and they are not easily solved.  I had part of it right but not completely.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.   

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

New Releases For The Week Of July 1st, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 1st, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the third and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Improbable Prisoner by [Douglas, Stuart]A new novel from the author of acclaimed Sherlock Holmes patisches The Albino’s Treasure and The Counterfeit Detective.

WRONGLY IMPRISONED

Following a summons to a fictional patient, Dr. Watson finds himself arrested for the horrific murder of an elderly woman. Imprisoned at Holloway, and with the evidence stacked against him, Watson’s only hope is that Sherlock Holmes can discover the identity of the real killer. But when a mysterious letter appears to link Watson to blackmail and a notorious street gang, Holmes must use all his powers of reasoning to save his friend from the hangman’s noose.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Rhapsody (A Maggie O'Shea Mystery) by [Mario, Helaine]Perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Iris Johannsen.

In 1945, an Austrian girl discovers a priceless Nazi treasure near a remote alpine lake and sets in motion a decades-old secret that will change lives for generations to come.

Many years later, classical pianist Maggie O’Shea is preparing her return to the world of music. Instead, a nightmare of a haunting rhapsody and hundreds of roses from a deranged stalker propel her into a world of terror. Forces drive her to revisit the mystery of her mother’s death, her father’s startling disappearance, and a terrible secret from World War II. Maggie finds herself on a collision course with a brutal, disfigured killer who threatens those she holds dear—an aging pianist with a long-buried secret, a haunted cellist, a charismatic Maestro, and the crusty retired colonel she has come to love.

Chord by chord, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody becomes the heart of this story of profound loss, courage and love. Music tells our stories . . .  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Berry Home Catastrophe: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Kylie Berry Mysteries Book 5) by [Winters, A.R.]Welcome to The Berry Home: where the food is to-die-for!

Life is sweet for Kylie Berry: rebranding Sarah’s Eatery into her very own The Berry Home, tackling new recipes one step at a time, juggling two gorgeous suitors, and surviving near-death experiences by the skin of her teeth!

“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

When another murder mystery lands smack dab on Kylie’s doorstep—in the most literal way—she swears off her sleuthing in favor of safer pursuits. But then her gorgeous suitor Brad comes calling with a highly unusual request: “I need you to investigate Hank’s murder.”

Brad’s sister, Samantha, is the prime suspect for the murder of her longtime boyfriend Hank Harrison. Out to prove her innocence at all costs, Brad entreats Kylie and her best friend Zoey to do the legwork that the Camden Falls police won’t…

But who wanted to see Hunky Hank dead? A fitness nut and purveyor of fine exercise equipment, Hank was well-liked within the tiny community—at first glance, anyway.

But what about the jealous glares from men envious of his physique? The heated glances from young women he trained with at the gym? Did his business partner stand to make a fortune from Hank’s death? And did Samantha actually have something to gain from her boyfriend’s demise…?

With tech genius Zoey and police offer Brad by her side, Kylie dives headfirst into the mystery of who killed Hank Harrison—and fingers crossed, she’ll make it back to the café before the dinner rush!

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“The perfect balance of being lighthearted, but still a serious page-turning mystery.” – Jaycie D, Amazon.com 

“A fun cozy mystery with engaging and entertaining characters” – lq, Amazon.com

“For fans of Janet Evanovich, Rhys Bowen and Jana DeLeon, this is a funny, clean mystery.” – Clara B, Amazon.com

A Berry Home Catastrophe is the fifth book in the Kylie Berry Mystery Series. Though it can be read as a standalone, it’s best read in series order.

This is a humorous cozy mystery featuring a strong female protagonist, some unusual friends and family, and a mystery that needs solving! It has no graphic gore, bad language or sex.
Genre: humorous culinary cozy mysteries, cat cozy mystery series, women amateur sleuths  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Got Your Corpse: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Six by [Lynn, Louise]Hazel Hart can’t stay out of trouble.

With Hazel’s dad back in Cedar Valley for the summer, they resume their camping trip tradition. Hazel wants nothing but a relaxing vacation with plenty of opportunities to photograph the local wildlife, but she stumbles across a dead big game hunter instead!

It looks like the work of a mountain lion, but Hazel isn’t so sure. Foul play is written all over it, and her vacation turns into a race against time to find the killer—especially since her father is a prime suspect for the crime.

Can Hazel clear her father’s name and find the murderer before it’s too late?

A feel-good, cozy mystery about a quirky photographer and her black cat solving mysteries in Cedar Valley, a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This book does not contain any cliffhangers, gore, graphic scenes, or foul language. It can be read as a standalone or as part of a series.

Other books in the Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Series include:

Purrfect Murder: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery One

Meowsical Murder: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Two

Purrfect Alibi: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Three

Murder Most Meow: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Four

Purrfect Poison: A Hazel Hart Cozy Mystery Five  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandora's Boy (Flavia Albia Series) by [Davis, Lindsey]A suspicious death and subsequent murder send Flavia Albia down a twisted path to expose corruption and betrayal in Lindsey Davis’s next historical mystery.

First century Rome is not the quiet, orderly city that it pretends to be and in this environment, a very clever private informer can thrive. Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, is a chip off the old block. She’s taken over his father’s old profession, and, like him, she occasionally lets her love of a good puzzle get in the way of her common sense. Such is the case when one such puzzle is brought to her by the very hostile ex-wife of Albia’s new husband.

It seems that over on the Quirinal Hill, a naive young girl, one Clodia Volumnia, has died, and there’s a suggestion that she was poisoned by a love potion. The local witch, Pandora, would have been the one to supply such a potion. Looking into the matter, Albia soon learns that Pandora carries on a trade in herbal beauty products while keeping hidden her much more dangerous connections.

Albia soon discovers the young girl was a handful and her so-called friends were not as friendly as they should have been. The supposedly sweet air of the Quirinal hides the smells of loose morality, casual betrayal, and even gangland conflict. When a friend of her own is murdered, things become serious and Albia is determined to expose as much of this local sickness as she can—beginning with the truth about the death of little Clodia.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, hardcover, paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same River Twice by [Poland, Janet]

 

When reclusive reporter Miren Lassiter inherits her scientist uncle’s riverside cottage, her carefully guarded world is upended. She discovers the body of a local historian hanging from antique gallows in a museum, and soon becomes a suspect in his murder. Mysterious intruders break into her home. When she catches one of them in the act, he is the last person on earth she expects to see.

As Miren struggles to get answers from scientists, history buffs, and nosy neighbors, she must face the reasons behind her fear of intimacy and commitment and reach out to others to identify a murderer…before she becomes the next victim. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Allowances.: A great racing thriller! by [De Luca, Charlie]Finn McCarthy is an ex jockey who has recently retired. He starts a job as a jockey coach, mentoring conditional jockeys in North Yorkshire. It is a role close to his heart as he knows only too well, how youngsters can be exploited by unscrupulous trainers. Finn is enthusiastic about his new role, but he begins to wonder what is happening when his conditionals are involved in a series of strange incidents.
A young jockey, Sam Foster, is beaten up shortly after winning a race. Finn thinks this is due to a disgruntled punter, but when another lad, Connor Moore, is involved in a hit and run and then Sam goes missing, he decides to investigate further.
He is assisted by Harriet Lucas, a woman that he meets at the races. Harriet is studying Nutrition and working at a racing charity. She helps Finn with Sam when he is beaten up and has important information about one of the men who attacked Sam.
They suspect that the missing jockey may be involved in drug dealing. The pair join forces to find Sam and when the champion jockey gets in touch, they realise that there is far more behind Sam’s disappearance than they realise. Sam is in grave danger and they find themselves in a race against time to find him before the enemy does.
Fast paced and surprising, this is a well plotted and enjoyable read from the author of ‘Rank Outsiders’, ‘The Gift Horse’ and ‘Twelve in the Sixth.’
Another winner from Charlie De Luca!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Full Moon's Slumber: A Cinnamon Mercy Claus Mystery by [Eden, Snow]Cinnamon Mercy Claus has been a witch for two years. At least that’s how long it’s been since her grandmother let her in on their little secret. She’s in the process of picking up her life and starting over, searching for something that means more to her than her mundane existence. Then a fairy drips down out of her bathroom faucet and tells her the moon’s gone all wonky and it’s up to Cinnamon to figure things out.

Since there’s nothing like a threat to the earth’s very existence to give your new life a kick into high gear, Cinnamon heads out across the country—with a talking dog and a woman who absolutely terrifies her—to figure out a mystery she doesn’t have a clue about.

To read about Cinnamon and her adventures at the North Pole, grab a copy of “The Witch of the North Pole.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Artful Assassination (Flight Risk Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Harper, Susan]A sweet southern family reunion – complete with a murder mystery

A cozy mystery from #1 Best Selling Author Susan Harper

Kendell and Pauline have traveled to Senoia, Georgia to spend some time with Pauline’s family. When a local artist turns up dead, Kendell and Pauline must team up with local super-sleuth, and granddaughter, Felicity Overton to solve the crime. Can they uncover the truth behind the murder or will it go down as an artistic and unsolvable murder?

An Artful Assassination is part of the Flight Risk Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast paced mysteries with interesting characters and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Flight Risk Cozy Mystery series.

Get An Artful Assissination and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of July 1st, 2018–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 1st, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the secons day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Travellin' Shoes (An RJ Franklin Mystery Book 1) by [Burns, V.M.]A house fire is extinguished to reveal the body of a choir director. The smell of gasoline points to murder. Thomas Warrendale was employed by First Baptist Church, where Detective RJ Franklin Jr. is a parishioner. Recovering from a car accident, RJ is on leave from the police force in St. Joseph, Indiana, when this puzzling case calls him back. His insider’s knowledge makes him the obvious choice to lead the investigation. The congregation doubled after Warrendale revamped the music to appeal to a more youthful crowd. RJ’s godmother, Mama B, gives the detective an earful about the choir director’s non-musical activities. Warrendale was also an accountant and a “fancy pants” seducer. His clients believe the man was stealing from them. Warrendale turns out to be an alias; his real name was Tyrone Warren, once a highly paid CPA in Cleveland. Was Warren in hiding? From his stone-faced wife? A disgruntled client? Now someone is breaking in to the dead choir director’s office and the homes of his former clients. Believing the vandal to be the killer, RJ is particularly concerned about the safety of one client, the striking owner of two hair salons. Book 1 in the RJ Franklin Mystery series. Soul food recipes included.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daemons, fairies, magic: it’s all real!
The Otherworld is bleeding through cracks into our world. And Adelaide is ground zero. Something is coming. Something dark – trading souls for passage. And only one person stands between The Dark and the fate of the world.
Aunt Enid is just your average seventy-something year old. She loves to cook, is a regular at bingo and spends hours in her garden, talking to her army of garden gnomes and fussing over the colour of her hydrangeas…
When people start disappearing, her great niece, Sally, is drawn into a secret world and soon discovers her great aunt is a Protector Extraordinaire. Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire is the first book in ‘The Aunt Enid Mysteries’, the first series in ‘The Otherworlds Chronicles’.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Whimsy (An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 11) by [Hart, Lily Harper]Morel season is in full swing and Ivy Morgan and her brother Max are on a mission to see who can bag the most of their favorite treat. Instead of mushrooms, though, they find a traumatized boy running away from a shooter.
After tracing his footsteps back to the source, they find his father dead and a mystery that desperately needs to be solved.
Jack Harker’s investigation is a doozy. The boy’s family life is a mess, there’s no one to take him in and every source leads to more questions. Once the state takes custody, Ivy can’t stay away and instead tries to bond with the boy to offer solace.
Jack has to delve deep, and when clues start pointing in a startling direction, he can’t stop himself from wondering if he’s really investigating three murders instead of one.
When the truth comes out, no one is prepared for the fallout. Ivy and Jack manage to put their heads together and come up with a scenario, but it’s darker than anyone ever dared dream.
Ivy thinks she’s in control of the situation until the tables are turned and she becomes the central piece in a twisted game.
It’s a race against time to take down a killer and Ivy might not survive to see the finale play out. It’s all hands on deck for another adventure, and this one will leave the survivors traumatized for a long time to come.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder in the Cards (Psychic Poker Pro Mystery Book 1) by [Sleuth, Paige]Tiffany Swanson is finally living the dream when she quits her stressful job to become a poker pro. Except her dream job doesn’t turn out to be so perfect when she picks up the troubling vision of a murdered man from one of her opponents. Even more disturbing, Tiffany didn’t know she was telepathic.

Before long she finds herself spending more time investigating a homicide than playing cards. But with an entire wedding party to suspect and only one weekend to pinpoint the guilty party, how will Tiffany ever figure out “whodunit” in time?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running from Scissors (A Running Store Mystery Book 1) by [Wescott, T.C.]A runner disappears under mysterious circumstances. Nobody suspects murder, except Lacy. And she knows if—or, more likely, when—the body turns up, all fingers will be pointing at her.

How do you outpace a corpse, outwit a scissor-wielding maniac, outrun a handsome detective, and prove not only Whodunit but Howdunit?

Let the race begin… 

Discounted on Kindle for a limited time!

Lacy Purdy loves her new town, her new job, and her old cat, Meatball. And she loves to run.

This summer, she’ll be running for her life.

A phantom lurks in the shadows of Run For It, the local running store, terrorizing an unpopular run group leader with an arsenal of sharp, shiny scissors. Lacy can’t stand mean-girl Marlene and everybody knows it, so when she mysteriously disappears in the middle of a run, Lacy suspects foul play.

Everyone else suspects Lacy.

Enter Ruby Maplethorpe, an acerbic senior citizen who befriends Lacy and her feisty friend Stax, an indie bookseller. Ruby warns that someone in their circle is not who they seem, and they’ll need her help if they want to stay one stride ahead of both the killer and the law.

And she should know about murder, because Ruby is none other than classic mystery novelist Pearl Oakley, who spent a lifetime devising her own intricate plots. Finding herself cast as a character in someone else’s story, Ruby’s more than happy to accept the challenge.

But Lacy isn’t sure if Ruby is reading the clues correctly. Is the course they’re on rocketing them towards a final solution or a dead(ly) end?

Join the running store ladies—Lacy, Ruby, and Stax—in a race against time to unmask a diabolical killer before Lacy becomes the prime suspect. . .or the next victim.

Running from Scissors is the first adventure in the deliciously addictive new ‘Running Store Mystery’ series by T.C. Wescott. If you love funny, juicy, twisty page-turners with cuddly cats, book stores, impossible murders, midnight rambles, and cozy environs brimming with mystery, then you will love Running from Scissors.

Buy Running from Scissors now and run it right to the top of your TBR pile!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaberry Baking Contest (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 4) by [Wallace, R. A.]A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 4
When a popular regional Baking Contest takes over the town of Teaberry, Megan has contest judges as guests at the B&B. As temperatures rise, mayhem and murder soon follow. Megan adds a measure of sleuthing. If only Lauren could win a blue ribbon, it would be the icing on the cake.
This cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting.
Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery Series Reading Order:
Tempest in Teaberry Book 1
Trouble at TeaFest Book 2
Teaberry Mystery Theatre Book 3
Coming July 3: Teaberry Baking Contest Book 4  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Vintage Murder (An Annie MacPherson Mystery Book 3) by [Smith, Janet L.]Seattle attorney Annie Macpherson is stunned to receive a desperate phone message from her old high school friend, Taylor North. They haven’t spoken in seventeen years, ever since the bitter fight involving Taylor’s violent boyfriend–and eventual husband–Steven Vick. So, with trepidation and a touch of dread, Annie rushes to Yakima Valley, where Taylor owns a winery, and discovers a curious truth.

In the last six months–after Taylor threw Steven off the land and out of her life–threatening events have begun to plague the North Faire Winery. Bottles and corks vanish, spray paint spoils the ripe grapes, salt is sifted into the wine. But the worst is yet to come when a bludgeoned body is found–and Taylor is the prime suspect.

The third book in the Annie MacPherson Mystery Series, which began with Sea of Troubles.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Revenge (Rosetta Wild Mystery Book 2) by [Nash, Annabeth]When Daniel Quinn is arrested and charged with murder he turns for help to the woman who’s heart he has just broken…..

Two days earlier Rosa Wild solved a crime and put a man behind bars. She’s had a crazy couple of weeks and she’s stressed. All she wants is to get her normal, boring life back. Fat chance. Quinn’s arrest has left her in a spin and she’s determined to help him. Rosa is convinced that Quinn’s been framed and sets out on a journey to clear his name. But she can’t do it alone, she’ll be needing her wonderfully wacky circle of friends…..

Rosa and her trusty sidekicks soon identify their prime suspect, but there’s only one problem. He’s dead. Throw in the fact that Rosa needs to save a marriage and fight her growing feelings for the sexy Detective Chief Inspector Dexter and it’s becoming a pretty average week.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Shadow of Lies: An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery by [Adler, Mary]Richmond, California. World War II. Marine Lieutenant Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career as a homicide detective is over. But when an Italian Prisoner of War is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

He and his canine partner Harley join forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I and uncover a common thread that connects the murder to earlier crimes.

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man's Best Alibi (Secrets of Sanctuary Cozy Mysteries Book 2) by [Meyers, Tara]Something strange is happening in the mountains of Sanctuary

Veterinarian Ember Burns makes a grisly discovery and it leads authorities to the body of a man in the woods above her home. Although the circumstances are suspicious, the only witness is her dog and the death’s ruled a suicide.

But things aren’t that simple. When Ember looks into the man’s local connections, it creates more questions than answers. Including the source of an unusual rock, and what he was really doing in the mountains.

As a mysterious illness sickens the local animals, Ember’s battle to save them leads to a startling discovery. She races to prove both the cause of the animals’ symptoms and how the man died, but will it be too late?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyeing Up Loose Ends (A Knitting Mystery) by [Sefton, Maggie]Kelly Flynn has been enjoying motherhood and avoiding murder, but when a friend’s life is cut short, she enlists the Lambspun knitters to catch a heartless killer in the last Knitting Mystery novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Only Skein Deep.

Kelly is happily busy with her son, Jack, now a rambunctious four-year-old preschooler. Jack keeps his mom on her toes and drinking all the coffee she can handle at Pete’s Porch Café. Kelly’s friendly waitress Julie is hoping to become an accountant. She makes sure she keeps Kelly caffeinated and up-to-date on her career progress.

Kelly splits her free time between Pete’s and Lambspun, where her fellow knitters love hearing all about Jack’s latest exploits. They’ve also been taking a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about crimes that Kelly had a hand in solving over the years. But the Lambspun crew is horrified when a very present-day murder occurs in their midst–and Julie is the victim.

With her sleuthing instincts on full alert, Kelly starts asking questions. The well-liked waitress may have had enemies no one knew about, or she could have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kelly and her friends at Lambspun soon learn that the answers are knottier and more shocking than they ever dreamed…  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of July 1st, 2018–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 1st, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so many of them this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

The Corpse at the Crystal Palace: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries) by [Dunn, Carola]A casual outing to the Crystal Palace in London takes a mysterious and murderous turn in The Corpse at the Crystal Palace, the latest mystery in Carola Dunn’s beloved Daisy Dalrymple series.

April 1928: Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is visited in London by her young cousins. On the list of must-see sites is the Crystal Palace. Discovering that her children’s nanny, Nanny Gilpin, has never seen the Palace, Daisy decides to make a day of it—bringing her cousins, her 3-year-old twins, her step-daughter Belinda, the nurserymaid, and Nanny Gilpin. Yet this ordinary outing goes wrong when Mrs. Gilpin goes off to the ladies’ room and fails to return. When Daisy goes to look for her, she doesn’t find her nanny but instead the body of another woman dressed in a nanny’s uniform.

Meanwhile, Belinda and the cousins spot Mrs. Gilpin chasing after yet another nanny. Intrigued, they trail the two through the vast Crystal Palace and into the park. After briefly losing sight of their quarry, they stumble across Mrs. Gilpin lying unconscious in a small lake inhabited by huge concrete dinosaurs.

When she comes to, Mrs. Gilpin can’t remember what happened after leaving the twins in the nurserymaid’s care. Daisy’s husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, finds himself embroiled in the investigation of the murdered nanny. Worried about her children’s own injured nanny, Daisy is determined to help. First she has to discover the identity of the third nanny, the presumed murderer, and to do so, Daisy must uncover why the amnesic Mrs. Gilpin deserted her charges to follow the missing third nanny.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle,Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scandal Above Stairs (A Below Stairs Mystery) by [Ashley, Jennifer]From the New York Times bestselling author of Death Below Stairs

A mystery of stolen antiquities has Kat Holloway setting aside her apron once again for the intrigues of the upper echelons of Victorian London

Priceless artwork has gone missing from the home of a wealthy baronet, and his wife stands to take the blame. When Kat’s employer asks for help in clearing her friend’s name, Kat trades her kitchen for the homes of Mayfair’s wealthiest families. Soon antiques are disappearing not only from the extravagant households of connoisseurs and collectors, but from the illustrious British Museum.

As the thefts increase in frequency, Kat calls upon her friend Daniel McAdam, who has already set himself up in a pawnshop on the Strand as a seedy receiver of stolen goods. When a man is murdered in the shop, Kat must use all of her wits to see that the thieves are caught and justice is done.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear on Four Paws (Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Book 7) by [Simon, Clea]There’s trouble brewing in the woods of Beauville, and the only witness isn’t talking.

When Pru Marlowe is called to a forest clearing to help with an illegally trapped bear, she finds a colleague passed out drunk, his pet ferret locked in his truck. When one of her old running buddies turns up dead as well and then the town’s pampered pets begin to disappear, Pru can’t tell if her heavy-drinking colleague is involved – or how much the ferret, a wise little creature called Frank, knows. Frank’s not communicating – even to her – and for once the bad-girl animal psychic is at a loss.

The offer of a job – and maybe something more – from a hunky warden only complicates Pru’s life as she goes on her rounds between her small Berkshires hometown and the woods that lie beyond. And although her crotchety tabby, Wallis, would have her make some changes in what has become a familiar routine, Pru knows her special skills set her apart as the only one who can shed light on these crimes – and save the animals at risk.

But as the mysteries pile up, Pru is forced to admit that even a city-hardened animal communicator can’t understand everything that’s going on, and that a small town may be as dangerous as the darkest woods when a predator is on the prowl.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haunted by Murder (Elder Witch Cozy Mystery Series Book 4) by [Welling, ReGina, Lynn, Erin]

 

 

What will Mag Balefire do when her past comes back to haunt her?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder Sliced to Perfection (Curvy Soul Mysteries Book 2) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]When Greenville’s most beloved sandwich maker is stabbed to death in the back of his shop, Gia Rizzo returns to her new hobby of solving murder mysteries. With her old high school friend Tony Santino (now a mega beefcake on rye) by her side, she’s anxious to find answers.

*Authors’ note: This is a legally modified version of Book Two in the bestselling Josie Rizzo mysteries, with more in the series coming!*  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late for Dinner (The Way Over the Hill Gang Book 1) by [Scott, M K]Marcy Collins proved her investigative skills in the field time and time again, but after an accident leaves her disabled, she’s forced into early retirement in a senior convalescent center. Although her mind and body may not be what they used to be, her steadfast determination to fight crime and advocate for victims continues.

When her well-meaning former partner is assigned with helping to keep her mind agile, he unknowingly inspires her to search for clues in a long-forgotten cold case. Before he knows what’s happening, Marcy assembles a team of sharp-eyed, witty, and often cantankerous senior sleuths to bring a criminal to justice and help her regain some of what she thought she’d lost for good.

Follow the former detective and her team of unconventional sleuths as they dig through the clues and wind their way down a treacherous path of deception, tomfoolery, and murder!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destroying Angel (Agnes Carmichael Book 8) by [Cohen, Anthea]Nurse Carmichael is on the warpath…

Destroying angel, amanita virosa, is a lethally poisonous fungus; thinly sliced and mixed with innocuous mushrooms, it makes a tasty garnish to the dish of chicken supreme which Sister Carmichael serves up to a guest.

Though Carmichael – aptly described by one critic as a cross between Charles Bronson in Death Wishand Miss Marple – is still dealing out summary justice to those who might harm her, her cat, or her nurses, she is mellowing slightly with age, while the large sum of money she recently inherited has done wonders for her self-confidence.

Destroying Angel, Anthea Cohen’s eighth Sister Carmichael novel, like its predecessors combines absorbing narrative with realistic depiction of hospital life.

Praise for Anthea Cohen

‘Cohen is doing something quite remarkable’ – Literary Supplement

Anthea Cohen is the pseudonym for the acclaimed author of the Agnes Carmichael Series. For the past twenty-five years she has worked, on and off, in hospitals and as a private nurse. She has written on medicine and hospital life, been a columnist for Nursing Mirror, and has contributed regularly to World Medicine. She has published innumerable short stories, and is a popular author of books for teenagers.

(Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midwest Cozy Mysteries #1 by [Harman, Dianne]A three book stand alone cozy mystery boxed set by a USA Today Bestselling Author and seven-time Amazon All-Star. Free with Kindle Unlimited.

The secret life of Kat, writing under the pen name of Sexy Cissy, falls apart when her true identity becomes known. Her editor is murdered, and she has to find the killer before she becomes the next victim. That’s just the beginning of murders she becomes involved in such as when her best friend has a patient die in her clinic and a judge is murdered. Plenty of page-turning fast-action with dogs, food, and mouth-watering recipes. Not to mention college porn queens, a castle in Kansas and Kat’s midlife romance. Enjoy!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death on the Coast (A West-Country Crime Mystery Book 3) by [Steadman, Bernie]Are you looking for your new favourite crime mystery series? Meet Detective Inspector Dan Hellier today. The perfect read for fans of authors like Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and LJ Ross.

Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will lead back to the Irish Troubles.

Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.

What everyone is saying about Death on the Coast:

“The twists and turns keep the story moving along” Lee Carson – Reviewer 

“Hellier is one of those really likeable characters like Jack Frost or John Barnaby from Midsomer Murders” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews

“fast-paced, full of red herrings and the ending was a shock” Peggy Beaver – Reviewer

Also available in The West County Crime Mystery Series:

Death in The Woods

Death on Dartmoor  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finders Weepers (Benandanti Series Book 1) by [White, Belinda]My name is Tazlyn Hunt. I’m a Finder. It’s what I do.

I have the somewhat mysterious ability to sometimes link with missing people. Linking can make Finding much easier. Easier on the body, on the mind, on the paws. Oh yeah, I’m a Benandanti werewolf too.

I make it a rule to never take on dark cases. For one thing, clients don’t seem to feel obligated to pay if you find their loved ones no longer among the living. For another… well it’s just plain gross.

I’d like to say I made an exception in the case of little Jimmy Riley because I had a sixth sense that this job would literally change my life. But the truth is my Jeep needed new tires.

Now I’m trying to track down a serial killer, elude a Luparii were-hunting assassin, and mentor a new teenage shifter. All in a day’s work, right?

Oh, and did I forget to mention that Coyote has decided to take a vested interest in my town, not to mention my life?

Creator, help me.

**This is the second edition of this book. First edition was published in 2012.**  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Green Tomatoes (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery Book 2) by [Cahoon, Lynn]The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown—until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer . . .

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona’s fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she’s found the perfect produce supplier—her sous chef Estebe’s cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies’ man Javier’s current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer’s market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier—before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.”
—Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”
Fresh Fiction  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Claws Of Death

Claws Of Death

Cat Lady Mysteries, Book #2

Linda Reilly

5 Stars

37703501Synopsis:

The meow of death . . .

Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, is a long way from Hollywood, but it’s the place legendary actress Deanna Daltry wants to call home. Taking up residence in a stone mansion off Cemetery Hill, the retired, yet still glamorous, septuagenarian has adopted two kittens from Lara Caphart’s High Cliff Shelter for Cats. With help from her Aunt Fran, Lara makes sure the kitties settle in safely with their new celebrity mom.

But not everyone in town is a fan of the fading star. Deanna was in Whisker Jog when she was younger, earning a reputation for pussyfooting around, and someone is using that knowledge against her. After being frightened by some nasty pranks, Deanna finds herself the prime murder suspect when the body of a local teacher is found on her property. Now, it’s up to Lara, Aunt Fran, and the blue-eyed Ragdoll mystery cat Lara recently encountered to collar a killer before another victim is pounced upon . . .

Praise for Linda Reilly’s Deep Fried Mysteries

“I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzler of a mystery. Reilly cooks up a perfect recipe of murder and mayhem in this charming cozy.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Hat Shop Mysteries

“Smart, sassy, and a little bit scary. Everything a good cozy should be!” —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries

“Everything I want in a cozy mystery: endearing characters, an enchanting setting, tantalizing food descriptions and a top-notch mystery plot!” —Susan Furlong, author of the Georgia Peach Mysteries (Goodreads)

 

Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I very much enjoyed getting to spend more time with Lara and Aunt Fran.  Their relationship seems natural and realistic. They may not always agree on everything but you never doubt their love for each other.  The secondary characters added a lot to the story and I am interested to see if Kayla makes an appearance in future books. And all of the cats are as important of characters as any of the human, and I love this aspect of the series.  And I loved Blue, Lara’s magical cat. He is very helpful in guiding Lara along the path that she should take.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.  Through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening to conversations.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The pacing moved along at a steady pace and kept me engaged through the entire story.

The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  There were some twists and turns that I did not see coming and it was not an easy mystery to solve. Which is just how I like my mysteries.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you like animals in your cozies, check this book out.

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