More New Releases For The Week of March 12th, 2017

This just in, two more new releases for this week.  Two more books for your reading pleasure.

31213577Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

The highly perceptive Gemma is the police’s first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman’s suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. But when Gemma and Jayne accidentally place themselves at a second murder scene, it’s a race to uncover the truth before the detectives lock them up for good.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read, the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany.  (Goodreads)

31213684Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more.  (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week Of March 12th, 2017– Part 3

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 5th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I divided it up among three days.  This is day three of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Medium Rare by [Drury, Ed]
A genuine psychic is working with a large audience when he begins receiving similar messages from a large number of spirits. All the messages from the other side seem to point to one individual which can only mean that there is a serial killer at large. Now he just has to decide how he can prove it.  (Amazon)

Campbell & MacPherson 1: Lady Tinbough's Dilemma: Historical Cozy Mystery Series by [Jayne, Clare]This is the first novel in a lighthearted cozy mystery series set in Georgian era Edinburgh.

Ishbel Campbell is used to being alone. She attends university lectures at a time when women are told to think solely of marriage and family. Ewan MacPherson is used to a simple life, focused on balls and other entertainments. When they meet, he feels an instant attraction for her and she finds in him someone who seems to understand her as no one else ever has.

Ishbel’s fearsome cousin, Harriette, orders the pair to find the missing emerald necklace belonging to her friend, Lady Tinbough. Neither of them has any idea where to start, managing to insult half of Edinburgh’s upper classes and make their household staff think they are insane.

The case soon grows more sinister when they discover that a young woman, who might have been the thief, is missing. As the danger rises and jealousies and insecurities threaten their partnership, will they be able to solve the mystery in time or will the criminal’s deadly attentions turn on them?  (Amazon)

Guru Bones (A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery) by [Haines, Carolyn]In GURU BONES, beloved author Carolyn Haines returns to Zinnia, Mississippi, in a compelling bridge story.

Southern-belle-turned-PI Sarah Booth Delaney is unenthusiastic at best when her friends rope her into attending a health food and lifestyle seminar. Priya Karsan, an internationally known activist, is in Zinnia for a lecture. But the lecture takes a turn for the deadly when there’s a body discovered in the venue’s kitchen. As Sarah Booth and her partner at the Delaney Detective Agency, Tinkie Richmond, tackle the case, Sarah Booth quickly realizes there’s a lot more to Priya and her activism than meets the eye.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

31247031The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns’s Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs’ most unusual and sardonic detective.
Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator’s license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs’ most successful everyman detective.
So when Charlie discovers the sprawled corpse of Saratoga Springs’ biggest nuisance on his sidewalk, the ex-P.I. is torn. Should he risk asking questions of his own, knowing he could easily be prosecuted for doing P.I. work without a license? Or should he avoid the trouble and spend his twilight years in peace? Well, the case was practically delivered to his doorstep…
Saratoga Payback, the latest installment in Stephen Dobyns’s critically praised Charlie Bradshaw Mysteries, follows Charlie as he toes the line between concerned private citizen and practiced private eye. As he begins to look into the murder of the town pest, Charlie also finds himself entangled in problem that is purely Saratogian–a mission to rescue an old acquaintance’s kidnapped horse. Wry, entertaining, and adroitly written, Saratoga Payback is an immensely satisfying addition to Dobyns’s popular mystery series.”
  (Goodreads)
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When death comes to town

Inviting the bestselling cozy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!

All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation. She’s racing against time to uncover the murderer…but can there really be a second devious killer in Glen Cove? Vicky will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

Look out for more of Vicky’s adventures in WRITTEN INTO THE GRAVE, coming soon!   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

The Case of the Faithful Frenchie (The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries Book 6) by [Snow, B.R.]Clay Bay is celebrating its annual Parade of Pirates festivities, and Suzy and Josie have all the dogs from the Inn involved. But when one of the local banks is robbed, and a mysterious man is found dead in the bank vault, a series of events unfold that brings Suzy face to face with the bizarre Winters family. And if dealing with the members of the Winters family weren’t enough to stretch her to the limits, the arrival of the dead man’s psychotic girlfriend along with Josie’s relationship problems have Suzy beginning to question her own personality and personal demons.

From the cankerous matriarch to the obnoxious brothers to the Goth Geisha Girl, Caspian, an artist with a list of personal demons that leaves Suzy scratching her head and thanking her lucky stars, the Winters family proves to be a force to be reckoned with. Along with the newly installed chief of police, Suzy is determined to figure out what’s going on as well as find a home for the gorgeous French Bulldog who’s been forced to deal with a few demons of his own.

The latest installment in the popular Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mystery series is a funny and often poignant tale about life and some of the choices people make while they’re trying to navigate their way through it.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

33219987USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:
CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1)
LOST LEGACY (#2)
BRIDGES BURNED (#3)
WITH A VENGEANCE (#4)
NO WAY HOME (#5)

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

New Releases For The Week Of March 12th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 12th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  This is day two of the three.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

34488503From USA Today bestselling author Kerri Nelson, comes the latest mystery that proves working for a living may just be the death of one small town girl…

Autumn has settled over the small town of Millbrook, and Jill-of-all-trades and sometimes-sleuth Mandy Murrin’s life is more disorganized than ever! Mandy finds herself juggling three jobs to pay for a new school for her special needs sister, including a temp job as a plumber’s assistant for Godfather’s Plumbing—a local company rumored to be “family” run.

Then things go from bad to worse as the town’s prized pig dies mysteriously right before the big annual Cotton Festival, Mandy’s mentor is hospitalized, and Mandy is swept into the middle of a real life mob family crisis. Add in being a reluctant bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, and Mandy has more on her schedule than one girl can handle. If all that’s not enough, Mandy’s boyfriend leaves town without a word, and two men from her past make major decisions of their own that may affect Mandy forever.

One weekend. Two days ‘til the wedding. Three men in her life. Will Mandy survive until Monday or will this be the end of her?

**Includes the bonus short story “Curious Undertakings”!**

Working Stiff Mysteries:
Remote Consequences – book #1
Worked to Death – book #2
Ornamental Danger – holiday short story
Backyard Bar-be-Feud – Short story in the Killer Beach Reads collection
Disorganized Crime – book #3      (Goodreads)

 

 

 

33152346Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery!

Shifter Lily Mason and her pit bull Smooshie are once again on the trail of a murderer and this time close to home!

The Money Pit, Book 2 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is a gripping murder mystery that keeps you guessing from beginning to end!

Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is trying hard to live as a human in Moonrise, Missouri. But renting a garage apartment from Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, is making it difficult to keep her secret, especially with the upcoming full moon just weeks away. Desperate to get into her own place, Lily immediately makes an offer on a “fixer-upper” with a checkered past and begins work on getting the place ready for her and her dog Smooshie.

Smooshie proves primed for demolition when she scratches a hole in a wall and yanks out a human bone. The investigation brings Lily unwanted attention from the local police chief who has an ax to grind and a murderer desperate to keep the past in the past.

With the full moon just around the corner, the police breathing down her neck, and a murderer on her heels, Lily needs Smooshie and Parker more than ever if she wants to keep her secret and prevent another killing!

This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.  (Goodreads)

32608087Fig Harbor, Washington home to amateur sleuth Lemon Layne, the best Sherlock Holmes wannabe west of the Mississippi!

USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy serves up conspiracy, suspects, bedlam, and murder in Prawn of the Dead, Book 1 in A Lemon Layne Mystery series.

Prawn of the Dead is sure to keep you guessing from start to finish as you and Lemon follow the trail of a murderer.

“My name is Lemon Layne, and if asked to describe myself, like maybe on a dating site (which is never gonna happen), I’d have to go with best convenience store/barbecue joint owner in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the tiny tourist town of Fig Harbor, Washington with my adorably neurotic best friend, Coco Bellinski, my a-little-left- of-center (read totally out there) mom, May, and my troublemaking pet monkey, Jessica Fletcher.

Oh, and last but certainly not least, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool amateur sleuth. Yep. I’m literally incapable of resisting a good mystery. No matter how great or small, I love to stick my nose into…er, help solve a crime. From the mysterious disappearance of Ho Hos in my store, to a lost piece of jewelry, I’m always ready to put on my Sherlock Holmes cap (I really do have one. Got it when I was eight).

When I find my mother’s ex-boyfriend murdered in our convenience store bathroom with a piece of his skull missing, and my mom’s a suspect in a murder investigation, my mystery solving goes from zero to a hundred. To really make matters worse, the town’s local conspiracy theorist and official doomsday prepper, Cappie somehow finds out the victim isn’t just missing a piece of his skull–he’s missing a piece of his brain!

And that’s when off the wall Cappie starts spreading word the zombie apocalypse has officially arrived in our tiny burg. Total chaos ensues and I have to pick my way through everything from weekend warrior zombie hunters to medical mysteries in order to catch a killer!”

This contemporary cozy mystery has it all, from the local doomsday prepper to an out of control pet monkey, a mother who would drive a saint to drink, and of course a dead body in the bathroom. Prawn of the Dead is a laugh-out-loud thrill ride that will keep you guessing from start to finish.  (Goodreads)

34375425Emma Cassidy Mystery Book 6

It should have been the perfect wedding until the groom-to-be jilts his fiancée at the rehearsal dinner…and turns up dead the next morning.

A full-length, standalone cozy mystery

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Emma Cassidy is doing what she does best—organizing a wedding. But there’s tension in the atmosphere, and Emma can’t shake an uneasy feeling about this match.

Trent Chalmers leads a charmed life—handsome and wealthy, heir to the famous Maravilla winery, and about to tie the knot with Alice Bartolo, his high school sweetheart. Trent is a man who has it all. Until he jilts his fiancée in front of everyone at their rehearsal dinner…and turns up dead the next morning.

As Emma helps the bereaved families, she’s drawn into the mystery surrounding Trent. Why did Trent alienate so many people? Was he just a jerk, or is there a deeper reason behind his death?

The Emma Cassidy Mystery series:

Book 1: Throw a Monkey Wrench http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A60ZYWW
Book 2: Pushed to the Limit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BHESQA8
Book 3: Murder Most Likely http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FF9BPO0
Book 4: Witch Way to Murder http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1GC7O8
Book 5: In the Dead of Winter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3MBY2Q
Book 6: A Case of Cold Feet

Emma Cassidy Mysteries Boxset Books 1-3 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M7MYMZJ  (Goodreads)

 

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Will they solve this ice cold crime in time?Each mystery is complete. Read in any order!Everyone’s favorite mother and daughter catering/crime solving duo returns for another adventure.Mom’s quest to win “Best Milkshake” in the Fletcher Canyon newspaper sparks a rivalry with the neighboring ice cream parlor. But when the judge dies after tasting Mom’s milkshake, Mom and Christy’s catering business flat lines.Mom’s sure it was sabotage gone awry, but Christy thinks it was murder. Can she convince Mom to widen her list of suspects before their catering reputation is damaged for good?Find out in this clean, comedy cozy! No graphic violence. No language. Cute cat!   (Goodreads)

30971999From the author of The Crêpes of Wrath comes another decadent cozy mystery. This time, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!

Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.   (Goodreads)

Marnie Malone (The Malone Mysteries Book 5) by [Gligor, Patricia]Someone is stalking Marnie.

It’s Marnie’s last week at the law firm of Cliburn & Reeves and she feels like she’s riding an emotional roller coaster. Up when she wins the divorce and custody battle for Callie Jackson against her abusive husband, Jed. And plummeting down when one witness after another decides not to testify against Mark Hall, an attorney at another Charleston firm and an “alleged” serial rapist.

Marnie receives one threat after another and she constantly feels the need to look over her shoulder, convinced that someone is stalking her. With Sam out of town on business, she’s alone in the big, old farmhouse and strange things are happening. Noises in the attic, creaking floorboards and someone watching her from the woods.

As she tries to determine the identity of the stalker, the list of men who have grudges against her grows longer each day. In her line of work she’s made enemies. Is the stalker someone from the past or one of the men on her list? And, how far will he go?  (Amazon)

 

New Releases For The Week Of March 12th–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 12th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between the next three days.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

30259139Young Maggie Greene may be trespassing in the old, empty Victorian mansion on a quiet street in Hidden Springs, but all she wants is some private time in the magnificent tower room to write her stories. Certain she’ll be in trouble if caught, she hides when a realtor shows up. But someone else is in the house too, someone even more worried about getting caught. When Maggie finds the realtor’s body at the bottom of a flight of stairs and the other person gone, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is called in. He assumes the realtor’s death is a tragic accident–until a second person is found dead in the house. When Maggie is threatened, Michael must catch the murderer before anyone else dies.

Cozy mystery fans will love this third installment in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series from an author who knows how to make small-town America sweet, sentimental–and a little sinister. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

30787810Poisons, prophecies—and a peculiar past . . .

When a local woman begins searching for a couple she hasn’t seen since the 1960s, Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson and the crime-solving group, the “Silver Sentinels,” are quick to help out. They’re also quick to guess that they’re in over their heads after the woman is found dead beside the body of a Greek fortune teller—and a fellow Sentinel gets attacked. As Kelly juggles work and her responsibilities at a food and wine festival in town, she and her sleuthing posse must confront a killer obsessed with old secrets . . . and solve a murder mystery more than fifty years in the making . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

34218121Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate pecan cookies come with a helping of sabotage.

Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally.

A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?

Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.

Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?

An utterly hilarious, gripping, spooktastic read for fans of HY Hanna, MC Beaton, Gina LaManna and Jana DeLeon.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

Dan Martinez, twenty-eight, laid off from his job with a law firm in Portland, Oregon, decides to train for an off-road triathlon in rural Central Oregon. After a run, Dan comes to the back door of his childhood friend, Candy Winterpol, to find Candy’s husband, Ken, barely conscious on his deck. Dan and Candy help Ken into the kitchen and call 911. When Detective Breuninger of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department arrives with the medics, Dan and Candy realize they may be charged with attacking Ken (and ultimately murdering him when he dies that afternoon). Dan arranges a criminal attorney for Candy and protects himself using what he can remember from law school, where he studied business, not criminal, law.

When a neighbor tells Dan he saw Dan’s father in the vicinity, Dan decides he must protect his father, as well as Candy and himself, from arrest and possible conviction. Meanwhile, Dan’s father disappears.

Dan undertakes to protect Candy, his father, and himself by identifying other people who had reason to kill Ken. He uncovers Ken’s fraudulent business practices, his bribery of public officials, his early life as a drug dealer, and his bitter relationship with his previous wife. When Dan delivers a host of suspects to Detective Breuninger, the detective arrests Dan himself in the hope of learning what Dan is trying to hide.

Amy De Santis, twenty-three, attends the funeral of her landlord (Ken) and is accosted by his sister who sees a family resemblance. Amy believes Ken might be the father for whom she never had a name. Amy meets Dan and finds they are both training for the same triathlon. They eventually fall in love, though Dan is wary of a girl who stands to gain from Ken’s estate.

Dan finally identifies the murderer, who attempts to kill Dan, and fights the killer in a life and death struggle deep in the Oregon forest.

The novel is narrated in various sections by Dan, Candy, Dan’s father, Amy (Dan’s girlfriend), Detective Breuninger, and, in a letter he left behind, Ken Winterpol – the murdered man himself.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

34092776Things are even whackier than usual in London…

When a nurse is found murdered in the Royal London Hospital, Cassie think it’s going to be just another one of Violet’s regular old murder cases to solve.

But when they find out that the woman was killed by her accomplice, and that he got away with a number of vials containing the Ebola virus, the stakes suddenly get a lot higher.

As Cassie and Violet race around London before the deadly virus is unleashed, they find they’re always one step behind. And to make matters even more complicated, Cassie finds herself thinking she should probably do something with her life. She just doesn’t know what, though Jake and Brianne have a few suggestions.

Will Cassie and Violet be able to find the stolen vials in time to prevent an attack on London?

The Cassie Coburn mysteries are a cozy mystery series featuring a Sherlock-holmes style sleuth. If you want a light, fun, modern mystery featuring a San Francisco girl totally out of her element in London, and a crazy French woman who happens to be very good at noticing things, then this is the series for you.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

33609182Janet Markham is excited that Edward Bennett is coming to stay at Doveby House, the bed and breakfast that she owns with her sister, Joan. Edward may or may not be a secret government agent, but he is definitely attractive and interesting, at least as far as Janet is concerned. When a fire in Doveby Dale turns out to have been arson, both Janet and Edward want to learn more.

Joan doesn’t approve of their getting involved, but Janet can’t resist a bit of snooping, especially when Edward is as eager as she is to investigate.

Can Janet and Edward work out who started the fire? Is Edward really interested in Janet or does he have some other motive for visiting? And what will Aggie, Janet’s kitten, think of the visitor? (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

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Matchmaker Lexi Balefire just found out she’s no ordinary witch—she’s also a Daughter of Cupid—which explains how she’s always been able to recognize a true love match when she sees one. Now, Lexi’s mother has returned after being presumed dead for the past 25 years, and Lexi is about to find out just how many skeletons are hidden in the Balefire closet. Can she keep her new beau Kin Clark safe once all spell breaks loose, or will Lexi’s own chance for true love go up in smoke? (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of For Whom The Bread Rolls

 

For Whom The Bread Rolls

A Pancake House Mystery, Book #2

Sarah Fox

5 Stars

30971999Synopsis:

From the author of The Crêpes of Wrath comes another decadent cozy mystery. This time, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.

Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!

Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Marley has a big heart and is very willing to help out her friends, whenever they need it.  That is why she cannot understand why she would be a person of interest in a murder case.  It’s true that she had problems with the deceased but she would never kill her.  She has to clear her name before she is sent to prison.  With the help of her friends and lots of snooping, she may just solve the crime.  I like that her relationship with Brett, her boyfriend, is moving in the right direction.  I also enjoyed getting to spend more time with Marley’s friends and employees.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is talented in her descriptive writing and much of the time I felt like I was right there watching all the action taking place and listening to all the conversations taking place around me.  I loved the small town setting and the way that everyone knows everybody else’s business.  

There are two mysteries to solve in this book.  One is who killed Ida and why.  The other is who is dumping illegally by the river.   There are enough suspects to consider and enough clues to keep even the best armchair detective guessing.  I did not figure them out until it was revealed at the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am already looking forward to read book number three, but I guess I have to wait for the author to write it first.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

Review of Purr M For Murder

Purr M For Murder

A Cat Rescue Mystery, Book #1

T. C. LoTempio

5+ Stars
31213684Synopsis:

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more. (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded, and three dimensional.  Sydney loves her sister, Kat, and is willing to work very hard to help make Kat’s animal shelter a huge success.  And when a dead body is discovered and Kat is a person of interest, she is willing to do whatever it takes to clear Kat’s name.  She does not think twice about jumping into the investigation, trying to find the real killer.  Even if snooping puts her in harm’s way, she is determined to find the culprit before Kat is put behind bars.  She does have some help from her sister, from Will, one of the homicide detectives assigned to the case, (who happens to be an old crush from high school), and from the rescue cat that Sydney has adopted, Toby.  Toby is the most helpful of all, and I personally think he is a mystical cat.  Although this is the first book in the series, I felt like I have known these characters for a long time.  I really enjoyed getting to spend time with all of them.

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 and eavesdropping on conversations.  She created a small town setting that seemed realistic and was a place I would like to visit.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues and red herrings to make it hard to figure out the real killer.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I found myself reading this book whenever I could and reading it well into the night, when I should have been sleeping.  But it was worth losing sleep over, it was that good.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It has everything I look for in a cozy: great mystery, great small town setting, great characters and plenty of cats.  This is the first book that I have read by this author but I guarantee it will not be my last.  I cannot wait to read the next one in this series and I plan on reading her other series.  She is one of my new favorite authors.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.

 

 

Review of No Way Home

 

No Way Home

Zoe Chambers Mysteries, Book #5

Annette Dashoffy

5+ Stars

33219987Synopsis:

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible “accident,” but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Back at home, Vance Township’s Chief of Police Pete Adams must deal not only with the commissioner’s homicide, but with an influx of meth and a subsequent rash of drug overdoses in his rural community. Bodies keep turning up while suspects keep disappearing. However little else matters when he learns that half a continent away, a brutal killer has Zoe in his sights.

Books in the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series:

CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE (#1)

LOST LEGACY (#2)

BRIDGES BURNED (#3)

WITH A VENGEANCE (#4)

NO WAY HOME (#5)

 

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

Review:

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Zoe is brave, smart and caring.  She is willing to go the extra mile to help those in need, especially if it is for one of her friends.  Sometimes she leaps before she looks and finds herself in some dangerous situations.  It is a good thing that Pete, the Chief of Police, is always watching out for her.  Pete is tough, honest and willing to do most anything to make sure that the bad guys are put away.  And when it comes to Zoe, he will move mountains to keep her safe and by his side.  He loves Zoe and cannot imagine his life without her.  Their relationship has grown so much since the first book in the series and I have to say that they are one of my all-time favorite couples.  That is what I look for when reading a series, the characters growing and evolving.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in creating suspense and tension with the written word.  There are a couple of mysteries to solve in this book and they were both carried on well throughout the entire book.  There are enough suspects to consider and enough twists and turns that even the most seasoned armchair detective will have trouble solving the cases.  I was not sure that I was going to like the fact that Zoe and Pete were in different parts of the country, each working on separate cases.  But the way it was written it worked and it did not bother me at all.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with great characters, well plotted mysteries and twists and turns galore.  You could read this as a stand alone book but I would strongly suggest that you start at the first book and read the whole series.  That way you can enjoy them all as much as I have.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

Review of Wait For Dark

 

28504480Synopsis:

An SCU team investigates a string of accidents, only to uncover a deadly and deliberate monster in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.

In Clarity, North Carolina, the residents have fallen victim to an unfortunate series of events. Seemingly random accidents have taken the lives of several citizens in the small mountain town. But these deadly coincidences are anything but. Something is on the hunt in Clarity, and the only clue as to what is a cryptic note given to the victims 24 hours before they meet their ends: “Wait for dark.”

Sheriff Mal Gordon knows how to handle his town, but he has no idea how to handle this. Hollis Templeton and her team from the Special Crimes Unit, including her partner and lover, telepath Reese DeMarco, are called in to investigate.

But while the SCU has prepared them for the unknown, the incredible evil stalking Clarity shakes the team to their core when one of their own is targeted. Now Hollis, the “cat with nine lives” finds herself facing death again.

And this time, not even her partner can protect her… (Goodreads)
Review:

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  All of the agents in the Special Crimes Unit have psychic abilities that they use when pursuing the criminals.  I really enjoyed the parts of the book that dealt with these psychic abilities, which I thought could have been more.  That is what makes this book special and I just wanted a little more of it. This is only my opinion and others might not feel the same way.  I liked getting to revisit some characters that I met when I read previous books and getting to meet some new one.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were a lot of very tense moments and disturbing scenes that led to much tension and suspense.  The author is very talented in creating these scenes for the reader to enjoy.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal suspense.  I have read quite a few of the books from the beginning of the series and I have enjoyed them all.  If you have not read any books in this series, I would suggest you start at the beginning to see where it all started.  If you have been reading the series all along this is a great new installment.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of 5th, 2017– Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 5th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I divided it up among three days.  This is day three of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

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Megan Sawyer should be shouting from the barn roof. Washington Acres survived its first year, the cafe has become a hot spot for locals, and Winsome’s sexy Scottish veterinarian is making house calls-and not just for the animals! But as summer slips into fall and Winsome prepares for its grand Oktoberfest celebration, beer isn’t the only thing brewing. When the town pub’s owner is killed in a freak accident, Megan suspects something sinister is afoot in Winsome, but no one is listening. As nights grow longer and temperatures chill, Megan must plow through Winsome’s fixation with autumn festivities to harvest the truth, before another dead body marks the season.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

31576928In the latest mystery from the author of Toasting Up Trouble, the Culinary Capers dinner club is back in business when a charity casino event makes a real killing…
Event planner Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner is planning a cruise ship casino night–and she’s really going overboard. She even arranged for radio DJ Connor Mac and TV personality Miranda Myers to help the good times roll. But the party comes to a screeching halt when Miranda is found dead on the main deck…
With a boatload of suspects, the police focus in on J.J., who, though recently linked with Connor, never knew he was once engaged–to Miranda. With Half Moon Bay’s gossip mill running full tilt, J.J. turns to her fellow dinner club members to help fish for clues and keep herself out of hot water…
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES
  (Goodreads)
33382596Ivy Morgan is convinced life couldn’t get better. She’s happy, in love and since fall is her favorite season she’s having a great time with the shifting weather. All of that changes when her boyfriend’s mother and sister show up out of the blue and cast her life into disarray.
Jack Harker has never been happier, and even though he loves his mother and sister he’s not thrilled with their arrival. Things only get worse when Jack’s mother starts making demands, and the biggest one is that Jack cut his time in Shadow Lake short and return to southeastern Michigan.
Ivy’s good mood turns sour quickly despite Jack’s insistence that he has no intention of leaving. Despite the upheaval, Ivy does her best to get to know Jack’s family. Things spiral out of control when danger hits town … again.
When a local farmer is found dead on his property, Jack and Ivy find themselves embroiled in a dark mystery of epic proportions. The clues go back years and the suspect pool is unnaturally large given the number of workers on the farm.
Ivy is going to have her hands full. She has to charm Jack’s mother, find a murderer and keep herself safe. When the end comes, Ivy finds herself saddled with an unlikely ally while Jack is fighting a battle against time to reach the woman he loves before a killer can snuff out their happily ever after.
 (Goodreads)

32468817Julia Lanchester’s perch is knocked askew when murder hits a little too close to home in this delightful cozy mystery.

Julia Lanchester is flying high. She’s nesting with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, and she’s found her niche as manager of the tourist center in her picturesque British village. Thanks to all her hard work, visitors are up—way up. Her reward is an even more hectic schedule. Michael’s busy, too, traveling all over as the personal assistant to Julia’s father, celebrity ornithologist Rupert Lanchester. With precious little time together, Julia’s romantic weekend with Michael can’t come soon enough.

But the getaway is spoiled when Julia’s ex-husband is found murdered on her boss’s estate. And after a witness reports seeing Michael near the scene of the crime, the press descends, printing lies and wreaking havoc. To protect Julia, Michael vanishes into thin air, leaving her to pick up the slack on Rupert’s show and track down the real killer—even if it means putting herself in the flight path of a vicious predator.  (Goodreads)

30687236From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela’s father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed–that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed.

Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmark, with a wildly engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date. (Goodreads)

Star Light, Star Bright (The John Milano Mysteries) by [Ellin, Stanley]From a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master: A Manhattan PI heads to Florida to deal with movie stars, a mysterious guru, and murder.

New York City private eye John Milano’s new client is an old flame—and the fire is still burning in Miami Beach. It wasn’t too many years ago that superstar Sharon Bauer dumped John for an aged and infirm billionaire at the instruction of her very persuasive yogi, Kalos, renowned master of “The Path.” Following Kalos’s advice was practically a guarantee of enlightenment for his receptive disciple. But now, the only thing Sharon is feeling is terror.

It’s not until John arrives at Sharon’s lavish Florida compound that he realizes her fears aren’t just another performance. A fun weekend house party with Hollywood friends has turned into an intimate mystery: Kalos has received a series of unnerving and anonymous notes threatening his life. Though John can’t bear the sight of the influential mystic, he’s agreed to protect him, for Sharon’s sake. But he soon learns that Kalos isn’t the only target. Nor is he the only guest to harbor buried secrets and mortal enemies. In fact, Sharon’s past is littered with them. And when a sudden death shakes the well-guarded estate, John and Sharon know they’re about to follow a path that’s a lot more permanent than spiritual nirvana.

Star Light, Star Bright is a “richly entertaining” crime novel from an Edgar Award–winning master of suspense (Miami Herald).  (Amazon)

AMurder In Miami: A Forest Pines Mystery by [Whitehead, Duncan]n escaped serial killer forces retired detective Jenny Pickett to leave the idyllic town of Forest Pines and return to Miami. The FBI claim they need her expertise; but is she just the bait? Meanwhile, as the killings continue, Jenny finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving the board members of a run down condo building in Fort Lauderdale.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

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Everyone knows leprechauns are just make believe.

But wait, isn’t that what they say about ghosts?  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

34415031This is the 4-book boxed set of the ‘Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery’ series.

BOOK 1: SOMETHING’S ROTTEN IN PARADISE
Two people are dead, and gourmet caterer and part-time amateur sleuth Ginger Lee may be responsible for the demise of one of them. But something sure stinks like natto, because she knows she didn’t mess up on this gig. Is someone trying to frame her?

With the help of her deceased kid sister Maile, Detective Pako Anzo, and a tatted dwarf’s ghost, Ginger searches for the truth. Oh, and did I mention she sees dead people? Umm, and past lives too. Yup, she’s an anomaly all right.

Find out what lies ahead for Ginger and her quirky crew in their debut of the Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery series, because uh-huh, even paradise has a few rotten mangos.

BOOK 2: A KILLING IN KULA
Kula protea farm owner Tony Min suddenly keels over from natural causes. Was it a heart attack? Well, amateur sleuth Ginger Lee thinks something sure smells fishy, especially because Tony’s ghost believes he was murdered.

Can Ginger and Pako reel in the murderer(s) from the five suspects who were there that day? See if you can figure out whodunit before our heroine does. But a warning: twists may have you hopping from suspect to suspect like a honey bee gathering pollen.

BOOK 3: MAYHEM ON THE ORCHID ISLE
Ginger and Jemma are trapped at a horse ranch on the Big Island during a tropical storm where somebody’s playing out Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None.’ But with their own Menehune version.

As victims drop one by one like rotting fruit on a mango tree, can our amateur sleuth, with the help of her quirky assistant, find the murderer(s) in time? Or will they be the 9th and 10th Menehune victims? And for crying out loud, why aren’t the ghosts any help?!

BOOK 4: HIBISCUS HOMICIDE
Kyle Wilder shoots his wife, Nani, then kills himself. Or did he? Something doesn’t sit well with Ginger about it.

Since the ghosts aren’t spilling the azuki beans, this time with the help of her other quirky assistant Reese, Ginger hunts for the one item that could link to the murderer. Unfortunately, in the process, puts their lives in danger.

Can Pako set aside the dang malasadas to rescue them in time?

* Humorous paranormal cozy mystery * (Goodreads)

31499125The scissors are blacksmith worked, crude and blackened. They ve always hung there at the door of Treagove. For three-hundred years they have played a part in murders and mysteries surrounding the women of the old house. Who says the tool of justice can t be domestic? Three Novellas Spanning Three Centuries of Mystery 1798 Despite the danger, the abandoned tin mine had always been the place where Eseld and Rosie felt safest. But that was years ago. Eseld s beloved Rosie is dead, and the place where they used to meet now holds a deadly significance to someone else. 1888 If anyone deserved to be murdered, it was Davy Sowden. So, Miss Eliza Bell is not surprised that someone has finally killed him. But when she and her lover, Alice, become suspects in his murder Eliza won t just need to prove who did it but also who didn t. 1977 Melanie s first teaching job brings her to a seemingly dull Cornish village. But after meeting Bernadette Merrick she s inspired to dig into the villiage s past. Unfortunately for both women, someone is dangerously determined to keep old secrets buried.”  (Goodreads)

New Releases For The Week Of March 5th 2017–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of March 5th, 2017.  Since there were so many this week, I am going to divide them between three days.  This is day two of the three.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

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From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones…

Helen Binney is frustrated with the challenges of her lupus and is desperate to hit something—anything! So what better place to go than a martial arts studio owned by a friend? Only her frustrations remain when she finds herself in a minor car accident, a female martial arts competitor mocks her physical limitations, and the studio owner won’t let her engage in any satisfyingly high-impact exercise.

But when the rude competitor is found dead in the locker room, Helen is distracted from her personal problems. She learns that the woman owned a Bed & Breakfast, and wasn’t very good at making friends. Murder suspects abound, with several ex-boyfriends, mistreated employees at her B&B, a competing B&B operator, and a romantic rival. And the murder isn’t the only mystery in Helen’s life. Her handsome ex-lawyer Tate seems to be withdrawing from their newly personal relationship, and she can’t get him to tell her what’s wrong. Can Helen keep Tate from giving up on their relationship and defend herself against a killer who was able to overpower a highly skilled martial artist? Or will this be one fight she doesn’t limp away from?

Helen Binney Mysteries:
A Dose of Death – book #1
A Denial of Death – book #2
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story
A Draw of Death – book #3
A Dawn of Death – book #4
A Darling of Death – book #5

“Lethally clever! Gin Jones’s Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can’t wait for more from these characters!”
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author  (Goodreads)

The Fortune Teller's Secret (A Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 2) by [Voigts, Ron D.]A dead man on a Ferris wheel and a cold-case murder take Cavendish Brown into a world of carnival exotics, ghosts, and killers.

The annual carnival comes to Maiden Falls, a small town in the West Virginia Mountains, but everything is not merry.

The ghost of a woman appears to Cavendish Brown, a carnival worker lies dead aboard a car on the Ferris wheel, and a bullied teenager plots to kill people at the carnival with a homemade bomb. More complications arise. Cavendish again butts heads with the local sheriff, Clinton Pike.

Marbella Wellingway, owner of the newspaper where Cavendish works, receives a visit from the Angel of Death. And a Fortune Teller at the carnival knows something that could forever change Cavendish’s life.

With the aid of Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a Goth witch, he must find the killer, help the mystery woman, and risk his life to prevent more deaths. (Amazon)

 

 

 

29496469Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series.
 
It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case…
 
Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most importantly, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing—and is later found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck.

The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs…(Goodreads)

 

30846960Perfectly pressed. Perfectly proper. Perfectly deadly.

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But before she can open the exhibit, she’s accused of stealing the antique press. And when her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

Solving the crime is the last thing on Maddie’s mind, but her mother insists she investigate. Does her mother have a secret agenda? And why has the local charity, Ladies Aid, seemingly gone gangster?

In this light, cozy mystery, haunted houses, runaway wine barrels, and murder combine in a perfect storm of chaos. Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.   (Goodreads)

Death In Sparkling Cove by [Lambe, Justin D]

 

 

As the stress of College exams come to a close. Summer is just around the corner, and students are beach bound. A vacation turns south when a body is discovered in the same hotel. Secrets are revealed that no one every knew about, and a total life transformation takes place. Will Sparkling Cove recover, or will it ruin the rest of their summer?  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29939175When Cody, a troubled fourteen-year-old, witnesses a murder, she tells no one. But it begins a spiral for her from which she cannot escape. Her worried mother Skye thinks a change of scene is just what her introverted, withdrawn daughter needs and since her dream has always been to own an inn, she jumps at the chance to buy a dilapidated bed & breakfast in the Berkshires. But being an innkeeper is harder than it seems and Cody still seems to fall in with the wrong crowd. When Adam March arrives as the inn’s only guest, he is accompanied by his rescued pit bull, Chance, a dog who has saved Adam in more ways than one. Cody and Chance begin a wary bond and soon, Adam finds another rescue who needs the kind of attention he gave Chance years ago. With Adam and Skye beginning a tentative relationship and Chance showing Cody how to trust again, this new-found family seems to be on the brink of second chances. But soon, a murderer is closing in—someone hiding in plain sight, and threatening everything and everyone—even Cody’s life. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

28504480An SCU team investigates a string of accidents, only to uncover a deadly and deliberate monster in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper.

In Clarity, North Carolina, the residents have fallen victim to an unfortunate series of events. Seemingly random accidents have taken the lives of several citizens in the small mountain town. But these deadly coincidences are anything but. Something is on the hunt in Clarity, and the only clue as to what is a cryptic note given to the victims 24 hours before they meet their ends: “Wait for dark.”

Sheriff Mal Gordon knows how to handle his town, but he has no idea how to handle this. Hollis Templeton and her team from the Special Crimes Unit, including her partner and lover, telepath Reese DeMarco, are called in to investigate.

But while the SCU has prepared them for the unknown, the incredible evil stalking Clarity shakes the team to their core when one of their own is targeted. Now Hollis, the “cat with nine lives” finds herself facing death again.

And this time, not even her partner can protect her… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

31247061The national bestselling author of And Then There Were Nuns takes readers back to South Bass Island on Lake Erie, where a pair of ambitious twins are causing double trouble for the League of Literary Ladies.
The League of Literary Ladies is currently enjoying Margaret Mitchell’s saga of the South, Gone with the Wind. But there’s one situation on South Bass Island that they wish would simply blow over.
Kidnapped as teenagers, the children of a famous movie star are now media darlings after a miraculous escape. What’s next for the celebrity twins? They’re opening an over-the-top B and B called Tara on South Bass Island, and frankly, they don’t give a damn about the competition–including Bea Cartwright’s own beloved inn.
The other members of the League–Chandra, Kate, and Luella–are turning scarlet. But when local realtor Vivian Frisk is found murdered, and the suspects include Chandra, who lost her beau to the frisky Vivian, the Ladies rally to her defense. They may have to skim a few chapters of the Civil War soap opera and focus on bringing justice to the island they call home…  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

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The second delectable Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery from the national bestselling author of Eclair and Present Danger.
Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution.
She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protege’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure…
RECIPES INCLUDED
  (Goodreads)