New Releases For the Week Of August 13th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 13th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into four days because there are so very many.   Here is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

10166566The sixth mystery in Ellen Crosby’s series moves between Virginia wine country and the Napa Valley, as vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery teams up with winemaker, and former flame, Quinn Santori to solve two mysterious deaths.

When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Noble’s murky past. Once a member of the secretive “Mandrake Society,” Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty-years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research.

A seemingly innocent favor for an old friend of her French grandfather’s sends Lucie to California where she teams up with Quinn Santori, who walked out of Lucie’s life months earlier. Soon Lucie and Quinn are embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game that takes them from glittering San Francisco to the legendary vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and back home to Virginia, as they try to discover whether a killer may be seeking vengeance for the long-ago deaths. As Lucie and Quinn struggle to uncover the mystery, they must also decide whether they have a future together.

Blending an intriguing mystery with an absorbing plot, vivid characters, and a richly evoked setting, The Sauvignon Secretshould be savored like a glass of fine wine.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder on Pea Pike (A Listed and Lethal Mystery Book 1) by [Harrington, Jean ]Fresh off her ex-boyfriend’s Harley and determined to remake herself, Honey Ingersoll snags a job with handsome Sam Ridley, Eureka Falls’ biggest realtor. She’s thrilled, but her troubles are far from over. During the sale of an abandoned farmhouse, she stumbles over the body of a young woman with big hair, silver stilettos and a bullet hole in her chest. A few days later, she discovers uncut diamonds on neighboring farmland. The owner turns up dead soon after, and once again Honey finds the body. Sheriff Matt Rameros, who’s sweet on Honey, believes the two incidents are unrelated. Honey, now a person of interest in the murders, thinks otherwise. Why else would Sam Ridley, a big Fayetteville financial concern, and a U.S. senator all have an interest in these hardscrabble properties? Honey has to find out, or she may have fled a double-wide only to end up in a jail cell. Or worse. Book 1 in the Listed and Lethal series.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogs and Danger (An Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy Book 4) by [Xarissa, Diana]When Fenella Woods decided to cut all of her ties in Buffalo, New York to move to the Isle of Man, she didn’t even give pets a single thought. Not long after she’d settled in, however, she’d found herself with a kitten. Just back from a fortnight of research in London, the last thing she’s expecting is that she’s going to find herself looking after two dogs as well.
When Fenella and her good friend, Shelly Quirk, find a stray dog on Douglas Beach, Shelly quickly recognizes him and knows where he belongs. The problem is, his owner, Harvey, seems to have disappeared. Shelly’s cat won’t let Winston into Shelly’s apartment, but Fenella’s Katie is more welcoming.
When a second neighbor goes missing only a few days later, Fenella finds herself in the middle of two missing person cases, and looking after two dogs. When one of the missing men turns up dead and a third person goes missing, life begins to feel more dangerous for Fenella and Shelly.
Inspector Daniel Robinson is reluctantly on the sidelines as he’s busy getting ready to go away for a two-month training course. Missing persons isn’t really his area of expertise, either. Can Fenella and Shelly help work out what’s going on before anyone else ends up dead?  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat in an Indigo Mood: A Midnight Louie Feline PI Mystery (The Midnight Louie Mysteries Book 10) by [Douglas, Carole Nelson]“Temple Barr, public relations whiz , rocks Las Vegas with her sleuthing grit, wacky friends and sexy guys, cool cat sidekick, fast-paced action and laughs. And Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest hard-boiled PI on the planet!”—JANET EVANOVICH, NYT bestseller

“As her latest hip crime caper to feature Alpha cat Midnight Louie, with his cranky, Columboesque voice shows, Douglas just keeps getting better at juggling mystery, humor and romance. This one unfolds like one of those Russian nesting dolls there’s always one more question to answer…fans will welcome another intriguing piece of the puzzle.”—Publishers Weekly

“The ambitious, alphabetical series finds feline gumshoe Midnight Louie back in the heart of Las Vegas. Series characters leap into a gonzo noir world…and focuses the series frame tale of cloaked conjurors and international intrigue. Amateur sleuth Temple Barr works the strip clubs undercover to clear her rogue fiancé of a series of prostitute slayings; radio shrink/ex-priest Matt Divine battles a femme fatale lured by his virginal virtue; professional sleuths Max Kinsella and hard-boiled Lt. Carmen Molina battle each other, never managing the gender detente of their feline counterparts: streetwise Louie and his probable daughter Louise formalize their relationship as Midnight, Inc., a partnership allied with the alley cats of the 24th Street irregulars. At this pivotal point, one pending case is finally solved, but all characters are “in transition . . . changing emotional models and personal identities like cars”: a Las Vegas Nancy Drew finds Circus-Circus; a Sam Spade, family ties; a Father Brown, sex; a James Bond, monogamy; a V.I., a daughter. Douglas provides a terrific cliffhanger and the wordplay (e.g., “feline fatale” and “martial/marital arts””) is still great fun.—Kirkus Reviews

“Feline PI Midnight Louie prowls the alleys of Las Vegas, solving crimes and romancing runaways like a furry Sam Spade. —People magazine

“Carole Nelson Douglas has taken anthropomorphism to elegant heights.”—Publishers Weekly
“Each new installment in this exuberant series compounds the complexity, leaving us between books with mysterious bodies and looming menace.”—Kirkus Reviews

“You never know what madness and mayhem you’ll find in Douglas’s mysteries, but you can be sure it will be wild, witty and utterly irresistible.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

A new Midnight Louie book is pure catnip, as Ms. Douglas exquisitely crafts a clever puzzler in style noir with striking characterization and rare clarity of vision—not only does she set a scene with vivid precision, but she in turn uses it as an incandescent prism through which she superbly illuminates the human experience. And in the irresistibly witty Louie, she creates a legendary sleuth who ranks right up with the greats—Travis McGee in fur!”—RT Book Reviews

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

“Midnight Louie captured my attention from the very first page!”—SANDRA BROWN, NYT bestseller

“The Midnight Louie series reads like a serial, with each escapade segueing seamlessly into the next as if they were all a part of real life….The streets of Las Vegas were never so treacherous, nor so inviting as in this adventure replete with trademark wordplay, heartstrings and yes, even a murder or two—Mostly Murder, The Best of 1998

“Temple’s tempestuous love life (not to mention her world-class shoe collection) and Max and Matt’s past and present problems are just part of the fun…You never know what madness and mayhem you’ll find in Douglas’s mysteries, but you can be sure it will be wild, witty and utterly irresistible.”—San Francisco Chronicle

The Prime Suspect finds the series offers “everything you might want in a mystery: glitzy Las Vegas, real characters, suspense, a tough puzzle, and…on top of it all, a fine sense of humor and some illuminating social commentary.”  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

35434232  From USA Today bestselling author Tracy D. Comstock comes a boxed set of three full-length Schooled in Murder Mysteries featuring teacher-turned-sleuth Emily Taylor, including:

Murder Is Our Mascot
A murdered coach and a missing counselor has thrown the school into a foreign curriculum of anger, fear, and suspicion. English teacher Emily Taylor is determined to prove that her missing friend is not a murderer. But if she’s not, then who is? And where could her friend be? Emily finds herself scrambling for a new lesson plan to solve the murder…before the killer sets his own deadline!

School’s Out for Murder
Emily has been looking forward to attending Ellington High School’s end-of-the-year carnival fundraiser with her new flame, Tad…that is until she finds the mayor’s body behind the English department’s Whack-a-Mole booth.

Murder Takes Center Stage
A new school year is under way, and English teacher turned reluctant amateur sleuth Emily Taylor has been roped into directing Ellington High’s fall play production of “Clue.” But when a body is found strung up like Mr. Boddy, the play’s victim, was supposed to be, Emily vows to find the person behind this heinous killing.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

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In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people, accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firebrand: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Eliza Carlisle Mystery Book 2) by [Gladden, DelSheree]What’s worse than getting dragged into a murder investigation because you tried to help a friend?

Answer: Getting dragged into a murder investigation, drug ring, and criminal syndicate because someone mistakes you for a friend of your most despised coworker.

When Eliza sees the man dead on the floor of Saul’s Diner, she’s more annoyed than scared. Until they all realize the man’s death wasn’t caused by a heart attack and Queen Bee Danielle blames Eliza’s cooking. Fit to be tied, Eliza is determined to let Officer Gordon figure out who really killed the guy and put her energy toward not getting kicked out of culinary school after a reporter prints Danielle’s spiteful accusations.

But Eliza is Eliza, and staying out of things never works out quite the way she expects. When she is somehow mistaken for a friend of Danielle’s by the people who actually killed the guy in the diner, she quickly finds herself up to her eyeballs in creepy fish, a burgeoning drug ring, scary criminals who like to put black bags over people heads before they kidnap them, and baking a three tier birthday cake at the last minute for someone she doesn’t dare refuse.

Eliza has never hated Danielle more, but helping her is the only way to save herself. After that, Danielle is fair game.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

35532634A nearly flawless museum robbery, a missing million-dollar necklace, a stalled police investigation. For the victim of the crime, the situation calls for desperate measures.

Penelope Fitzpatrick wasn’t born to wealth. Her grandfather fed the family by selling his small stash of gemstones smuggled from tsarist Russia when the monarchy fell. Now, Pen has done well for herself as a successful novelist. But when the final jewel in her family legacy becomes the target of a cunning band of thieves, and the priceless piece is stolen, the police have many excuses why they can’t solve the crime. Not one to accept defeat, Pen does the only thing she can do—gather a group of friends to help catch the crooks and steal back the necklace.

It becomes apparent the thief is a master con man who is likely working with an international theft ring. The chase takes the Ladies far from home and into elegant European enclaves as they attempt to face him down. Close calls and near misses—it’s never quite certain whether the women will be able to pull their own spectacular heist and see justice done.

Fans of Janet Evanovich and Jana DeLeon will love this daring and spunky group of women friends in their first mystery caper.

Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous novels:
“Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue …” –Albuquerque Journal

“Down to earth and very readable.” –Library Journal

“…a delightfully complex mystery.” –Romantic Times (4 out 5 five stars)

“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The week Of August 13th, 2017–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 13th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into four days because there are so very many.   Here is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

35953867Danny Bird and the gang are back.

In this, the 3rd book of the popular series, life at The Marquess of Queensberry public house has returned to something resembling normality. Although his complicated love life is still in a state of some disarray, things are looking pretty rosy for Danny Bird.

Not for long…

Something horrible is discovered in the cellar, someone horrible comes to threaten one of the gang, and Danny and Lady Caroline are faced with some of their biggest challenges yet.

With local crime-lord Chopper Falzone keeping a watchful eye on his investment, Danny and Lady Caz must unmask a murderer, find some stolen diamonds and thwart a blackmailer – just another day at The Marq.

As the plot races breathlessly towards its conclusion, everyone realises that secrets, no matter how well hidden, can’t stay buried forever.

Praise for The Danny Bird Mysteries

“A witty and eloquent page turner with laugh out loud moments”

“A classic whodunit brought bang up to date.”

“A modern day Cluedo.”

“Impossible to compartmentalise into one genre, the plot twists and turns through a thoroughly modern tale that will have you totally hooked.”

“A book full of clever plotting.”

“Excellent pacy story, great characters and laugh out loud jokes in places.”

“Funny and ferociously complex.”

“This is a very, very good book. The writing makes it such an easy read. Character development is quite brilliant and I really felt for the protagonist. Would highly recommend.”

“Feels like a mash-up of Poirot and the best British sitcoms. And that’s a very good thing. Has all the makings of a cracking crime series.”

“Very different to any murder mystery I’ve read before, and I loved it. It had me laughing out loud times. A clever well written book that I highly recommend a definite must read.” (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Grave Mistake (A Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Richardson, Janice J.]Mistakes have consequences.
Funeral Director Jennifer Spencer’s mistake was not checking the weather report. A tornado wrecked havoc at the cemetery where a burial was to take place. First mistake.
An interior designer is murdered. Jennifer is determined to find the killer. Second mistake.
Adding to the business of running two funeral homes comes an illness, a wedding and potentially the most grave mistake of all.
Two mistakes too late.   (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

18300934Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg.

When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park…until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked.

Despite help from the on-again, off-again Mr. Fix-It in her life, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that’s more Goodfellas than good doggie. One that could shatter her new life and her second chance at love. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35955572**Agatha Award-winning Series!**
A bride with a talent for panning people online has left a trail of victims and ruined businesses in her wake. Was one of them angry enough to murder her?

For wedding planner Annabelle Archer, bridezillas come with the territory. But the latest difficult diva is also known for poisonous online reviews. When she and her groom are shot, the police don’t need to look any further than the victims of the bride’s one star reviews for potential suspects. Unfortunately, Annabelle and her colleagues are at the top of that list and rising fast as other suspects are murdered.

Review To A Kill is the fourth book in the Annabelle Archer cozy mystery series. If you like charming characters, fast-paced comedy, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the wild world of weddings, then you’ll love the latest installment in Laura Durham’s Agatha award-winning wedding planner mystery series.

Buy For Better Or Hearse to read Annabelle’s next adventure today! (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour: A Cambridge Fellows Mystery novella (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries) by [Cochrane, Charlie]

 

 

 

Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith like nothing more than being given a mystery to solve. But what happens when you have to defend your greatest enemy on a charge of murder?  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Stakes and Hazelnut Cupcakes in Las Vegas: A Lighthearted Tiffany Black Mystery (Tiffany Black Mysteries Book 10) by [Winters, A.R.]A Cupcakes-And-Crime Caper

A CEO, a nurse and a housekeeper: the one thing they have in common is murder victim, April Wilkins.

When cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding April’s death, she uncovers a world of deceit and high stakes… stakes high enough that the killer decides to target Tiffany next.

Meanwhile, Tiffany learns about her friend Stone’s past, Tiffany’s mother insists on introducing yet another persistent, bad date, and Nanna tries to “help” out on the case…
“Winters will have you giggling into your book!”

Praise for A.R. Winters:

“You fall in love with Tiffany Black from the start, and the mystery starts immediately” – Melissa Greenberg, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer

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

“A great mystery wrapped in humor and surprises.” – Amazon Customer  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I35892835t is 1934. Returning to the West Country after their latest adventure in London, lady’s maid Verity Hunter and cook Joan Hart are ready to embrace a quieter life. Their mistress, the glamorous young heiress Dorothy Drew, is attempting to rein in her enthusiasm for too many cocktails and takes up the offer of a place to rest and recuperate from an old family friend, Mrs Ashford. All seems well, until the day after they arrive, when everyone in the house is struck down by what appears to be mushroom poisoning.

The deadly dish proves fatal for one unlucky soul. As Verity and Joan begin to delve deeper into the tangled relationships of the Ashford family and their guests, it becomes apparent that too many people have secrets to keep… some of which are worth killing for…

The Hidden House Murders is the third book in the historical mystery series, Miss Hart and Miss Hunter Investigate, by crime writer Celina Grace, author of The Kate Redman Mysteries.

Praise for the series from Amazon and Goodreads reviewers:

“Thoroughly enjoyed this read. I’ve been waiting for this story since the first of the Asharton novellas was published and I am very glad to see more of Joan and Verity. I think they are a great mystery team. Smart and active, but in a believable way. You don’t ever wonder how they could do what they do within the confines of their social roles and their “real” jobs are never thrown to the side.”

“Celina makes her characters someone you care about. I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes mysteries, especially period mysteries.”

” I love her writing style. This book does not disappoint. A great mix of mystery, humor and wonderful characters. All in a beautiful Manor. Very enjoyable read.”

“An intriguing, well written mystery set in the 1930s which will keep you glued until the last page!”   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

35666042BOOK SEVEN OF THE RAVENWOOD COVE COZY MYSTERY SERIES

It should be the happiest time of Amanda’s life, but when a televised cooking competition turns deadly, the bride becomes part of the mystery! Romance and weddings brings out the best in people, but it’s also true murder brings out long-lost hatred and hidden secrets. When it seems like everyone is lying, Amanda has no choice but to try to discover the truth.

Paperback and audiobook versions coming soon. Clean language, mild PG rating (because hey, there’s a dead guy..or maybe gal, in it). (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 6th, 2017–Part 2

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 6th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into two days this week.   Here is the second and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

 

34064620Deputy Mattie Cobb is working through issues from her past and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to focus on herself, when she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student. Until they find the girl on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, dead. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing–and this time it’s Sophie Walker. Hard as they search, Cole, Mattie, and Robo can’t find her anywhere. Mattie’s primary suspect, a strange man who lives near the wilderness area, calls to report he hears deer “screaming” in the woods. Suspecting the man might have lost touch with reality and be referring to something he’s done to Sophie, Mattie takes Robo into the dense pine forest, hoping to pick up a trace of her scent. But when Robo does catch Sophie’s trail, it leads them to another clue that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Now Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down Sophie’s kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating mystery series.   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

31450588In Clearview, Texas, a wealthy recluse has joined the community and is leading the restoration of an old opera house. When he falls to his death, Sheriff Dan Rhodes suspects that he’s been murdered, but there doesn’t seem to be a motive. Who would want to kill someone who’s helping the town and hasn’t been around long enough to make any enemies?

The Sheriff’s suspicion proves to be true, however, and he begins to look for motives buried in the past, meanwhile having to deal with people fighting over baseball cards at a yard sale, writers who want to talk to him about his sex life, and the Clearview Ghost Hunters, headed up by Seepy Benton, who believes that the old theater is haunted. Clearview might be a small town, but there’s no shortage of excitement.    (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33199515It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch.

When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.

The finger and the brutal murder it reveals are more than a hoarding cat lady with a phantom husband can ignore. Helen’s a suspect, and she ends up in jail. Summoned by the detective on the case, Helen’s sister Pat arrives from Phoenix with two teen-age boys in tow.

While Helen is AWOL from a mental facility, another gruesome murder is discovered. Pat, the boys, and the detective struggle to separate fact from insanity, but it takes power beyond the ordinary to bring the truth to light.    (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

31933240Private investigator Sharon McCone returns in the newest mystery in Marcia Muller’s New York Times bestselling series.A knock on the door in the middle of the night. It can only be bad news, and it is: Sharon’s father Elwood has been the victim of a vicious, racially-motivated attack. A nationally recognized Shoshone Indian artist, he’d been visiting Sharon for the holidays, browsing for gifts in San Francisco’s exclusive Marina district when he was set upon by a mob of angry young men. Now, Elwood lies in a coma, hovering between life and death. With little progress on the investigation from the overworked, short-handed police, Sharon resolves to track down Elwood’s attackers and bring them to justice herself. But when Sharon starts receiving hate-filled, racist threats, it’s clear that Elwood’s attackers aren’t planning to come quietly… (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

35857609Solving a murder wasn’t on the wedding planner’s checklist.

Professor Hendley can’t seem to stay away from murder even on a morning run. With so many changes in her life, sleuthing is the last thing on the mind of Cold Creek College’s amateur sleuth. Unbeknownst to her, the victim was the manager of Hidden Oaks, a picturesque wedding venue – the precise location the wedding planner had suggested for her upcoming nuptials. When Sheridan visits Hidden Oaks, she senses there is more underfoot than meets the eye. Can she put the pieces together and have her wedding, too?   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35893484Sid Hackbirn and Lisa Wycherly knew that their latest assignment in Lake Tahoe was not going to be your basic pick up of secrets. After all, their bosses upline sent them as people who would never be suspected as the domestic espionage agents they were. Lisa had grown up in Lake Tahoe and had a reputation as a very good girl.
But it was Sid who first ran into an old friend from high school – his teacher and former lover Della Riordan, who was murdered shortly after leaving Sid. Then Lisa found a small box filled with cocaine instead of the coded instructions she’d been expecting. Sid fell under the scrutiny of Detective Lehrer, who also had it in for Lisa thanks to a bad relationship he had with Lisa’s father, Bill Wycherly.
Then Lisa discovered that the manager of her father’s sporting good store had disappeared and she ended up substituting. The only thing that could make the whole investigation worse was Lisa’s parents arriving home early from a trip. And finding out that Bill Wycherly’s store might just be at the center of a drug ring, let alone a spy selling secrets to the other side.
  (Goodreads)

35903026From USA Today bestselling author Beth Prentice comes a doggone funny mystery…

Chloe McDermott’s life in Westport is pretty close to perfect. She has a good job, a gorgeous boyfriend, Brody, and an adorable little dog, Theo.

But when Chloe receives a gift of an old chessboard from an elderly friend, her perfect life unexpectedly falls apart. Theo is dognapped, the chessboard is stolen, and her friend apparently commits suicide in his home. But when the autopsy reveals a murder, Chloe knows something doesn’t add up, and she suspects the old game board is at the center of it all. She enlists the help of her boyfriend’s hot-headed father and her flamboyantly fabulous BFF to get to the heart of the truth. Can she solve the riddle and find a killer before Theo is added to the body count? Or will she lose her little furry friend forever?

Unleashed Mysteries:
Killer Unleashed – book #1
Deadly Tails – book #2

“Author Beth Prentice has a natural knack for creating real life characters with real emotions, thoughts, and behavior. If you are a dog lover or not, you will instantly fall in love with Theo, as well as the human characters. Definitely a winner…4 stars!”
—Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

“Beth Prentice pens a tail wagging good time with this fun cozy mystery.”
—Night Owl Reviews   (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For The Week Of August 6th, 2017–Part 1

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 6th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into two days this week.   Here is the first day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

35698204Welcome to Enchanted Shores, where magic is the new normal.

Hairstylist Sadie Summer is just starting to get used to being a sea witch when she loses her powers and discovers her bear shifting boyfriend Jake might not be all she needs him to be–especially when another murder mars the small town of Enchanted Shores.

Throw in a hot vampire, an empath, a ghost–and even more antics from Sadie’s very unusual kitten–and she’ll need more than magic to solve the mysteries clouding her horizons. In Vamping and Glamping, Sadie must solve the biggest puzzle of them all: her family. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

Spiral of Hooves by [Clarke, Roland]In Canada, researcher Armand Sabatier witnesses what could be the murder of groom Odette Fedon, but traumatic images from his past smother his memory, and a snowstorm buries the evidence. Harassed by nightmares but fighting through them, Armand remembers the crime a few months later. By then he is in England, where he is dragged into a plot involving international sport horse breeding.

Suspecting everyone around him, Armand is forced to brave the past that he has kept buried. But what made Armand leave France? Where did he learn to survive and fight for justice? Why is the English rider Carly Tanner treading the same path as the first victim, Odette?

Can he save Carly before he has more blood on his hands?   (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

The Billionaire's Double Take by [Griffin, J.M] Art gallery owner Erin Cameron has a problem. Not only has she lost her way after the death of her parents, she lost a bit of herself as well. Her only solace, is the constant, loving care of her housekeeper, Mrs. Hardy and the beloved family art gallery that she inherited from her father. In order to side-step the limelight and still get her work done, Erin creates an alter-ego named “Penny Boucher” as her assistant. Each day, the beautiful, violet-eyed brunette transforms herself into a brown-eyed, blonde and heads off to work. Her disguise works so well, that her own staff prefers having Penny around rather than Erin.

But a double life has a way of creating double trouble. Especially when a tall, dark, and gorgeous art collector named Tristan Forsyth arrives from Scotland, determined to buy Cameron Gallery. At first, Erin uses “Penny” as a way for her to “avoid” the billionaire and his all-knowing, sexy, green eyes. Until Erin realizes, that not only does she not want to avoid Tristan, she can’t stop thinking about him.

When a valuable painting is stolen, and Erin becomes the prime suspect, can she turn to the handsome, Scottish billionaire for help? And more importantly, can she tell him the truth about her double life?  (Amazon)

34817616Organizing a conference for Professor Philip Putzel isn’t high on Nina Spark’s to-do list. All she wants is to enjoy the sun and sand at her new home on Pineapple Cay, hopefully with handsome fishing guide Ted Matthews by her side. But saying no to Philip isn’t easy, especially after a mysterious assailant tried to kill him following his delivery of a scathing keynote address.

Sure, her arrogant former boss has a history of run-ins with everyone—Nina included—but expecting to find a real suspect in a banquet hall full of dull, book-toting academics? They’re more likely to kill a good joke than a fellow colleague. When Nina is questioned, her curiosity about whodunit leads her to investigate on her own, despite her promise to police chief Blue Roker.

Now Nina and her friends Pansy and Danish are combing the beaches for clues. And they’d better act fast, because someone out there is still planning to make good on a killer grudge.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

33109439American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope secretly navigates Nazi-occupied France to find two brave women during the darkest days of World War II in the latest novel in this New York Times bestselling series—“a treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike.” (Booklist, on The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent)

Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she’s working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she’s disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can’t help longing for home.

But her missions come first. Maggie’s half sister, Elise, has disappeared after being saved from a concentration camp, and Maggie is desperate to find her—that is, if Elise even wants to be found. Equally urgent, Churchill is planning the Allied invasion of France, and SOE agent Erica Calvert has been captured, the whereabouts of her vital research regarding Normandy unknown. Maggie must risk her life to penetrate powerful circles and employ all her talents for deception and spycraft to root out a traitor, find her sister, and locate the reports crucial to planning D-Day in a deadly game of wits with the Nazi intelligence elite.

“You’ll be [Maggie Hope’s] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes.”—O: The Oprah Magazine  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

31290730In this story for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man Called Ove, when all seems lost, he finds what matters most.

Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.

But he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders—his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing—except for his lost father.

So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.

Steeped in nostalgic wonder, The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal. A lyrical meditation on why we become lost and how we are found, from the bright, broken heart of a boy who knows where to look for everyone but himself.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 32284028The stars predict a wedding-day disaster, but San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never expected murder

Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night.

With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast. (Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Amigos Summer Reading Club–Yard Sale/Vintage

                             Welcome to the Three Amigos Summer Reading Club.

 

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This week’s theme for our Summer Reading Club is Yard Sale/Vintage. My pick for this week is Killer Finds by Vicki Vass.  It is the third book in her Antique Hunters Mystery series.

 

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Antique hunter Anne Hillstrom’s whirlwind shopping tour to Paris comes to a dead stop, as dead as the man sitting next to her on the plane. And to make matters worse, her identity has been stolen, leaving her to face her worst nightmare. She must sell all her precious antiques with the help of her business partner and co-blogger, CC Muller. Together, they open a pop-up antique store in the quaint suburb of Glen Ellyn Illinois. Their blog fans flock to the store looking to find that perfect treasure and so does a killer. When the Sweet Shop lady next door is found caramelized, the success of the pop-up sale turns bittersweet. Anne and CC dust off the clues, unraveling a centuries-old mystery that leads them to one conclusion. They must find the killer before the killer finds them.   (Goodreads)

 

 

So grab a copy of this book, make sure you don’t sell it, sit back and enjoy this book.

 

 

 

 

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s check out what books my two amigos have picked for this week’s theme.

 

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To find out what book Karen chose, head over to her blog by following this link:

And to see what book Lisa chose, head over to her blog by following this link:

 

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While you’re at their blogs, leave a comment and let us know what you think of our Summer Reading Club.  And of course, please leave a comment at my blog.  We would all love to hear from you.

 

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Review of A Ghostly Light

 

A Ghostly Light

Haunted Home Renovation Mystery Book #7

Juliet Blackwell

5 Stars

29496545Synopsis:

In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Give Up the Ghost, it will take a beacon of ghostly intervention to guide contractor Mel Turner to the truth…

Dangerous tides ahead…

When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious—or so tall—before, she’s definitely up for the challenge.

But trouble soon arises when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit… (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Mel is a strong smart woman who does not let much stop her.  Except for heights, that she cannot handle.  This is a new fear for her, and she does not know how to handle it.  This is not a good thing for someone in construction.  I thought this one just one of the ways that the author makes Mel more believable and human.  All of her family (her dad, Caleb, Stan…)are very likable and I enjoy reading about all of their interactions and conversations. And of course I cannot forget to mention Thorn, the newly deceased ghost.  To bad he does not know how he met his demise.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery surrounding the lighthouse, and the history of this lighthouse, and lighthouses in general, made for some interesting reading.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues to sift through and this was not an easy mystery to solve.  Throw in some red herrings and you have a well plotted mystery on your hands.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy paranormal.  With great characters, great descriptions and a top notch mystery to solve, this is a book you are sure to enjoy.

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.

 

 

Review of Cat About Town

 

Cat About Town

Cat Cafe Mystery, Book #1

Cate Conte

5 Stars

31450617Synopsis:

The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . .

Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business―and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she’s inspired to open a cat café. But little does Maddie know that she’s in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who’s come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren’t keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she’s the cat’s pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose―and on her path?   (Goodreads)

 

 

Review:

Maddie has returned to Daybreak Island to attend her grandma’s funeral and to help out her family during this trying time.  She has left her business partner and her juice bar to come back where her family needs her, but she does plan on returning to her old life as soon as she can.  Before she is able to accomplish this, someone is murdered and someone she loves is found to be a person of interest.  Now she has to figure out the clues and find the real culprit before her loved on is sent away for a crime they did not commit.  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Maddie is a smart hardworking woman who will do anything for her family.  I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her parents and siblings.  And I especially found her relationship with her Grandpa Leo heartwarming.  She is willing to go toe-to-toe with someone who is bullying her grandpa, as well as other members of the community. And I think J J, the cat, stole the show.  I am looking forward to spending more time with the characters in the next books in the series.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there in Daybreak Island, watching all of the action taking place.  The stores and the shops of the island came to life in my mind.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the whole book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was difficult to determine who the culprit was.  Throw in some twists and turns and red herrings and even the most experienced armchair detective will be challenged.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It was hard to believe this was the first book in the series, I really felt like I was visiting old friends.  I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.  

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

Review of Killer Party

 

Killer Party

A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book #9

Lynn Cahoon

5 Stars

32943905Synopsis:
For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . . (Goodreads)

 

 

 

Review:

As the owner of Coffee, Books and More, Jill is used to working hard and juggling lots of responsibility.  When one of Greg’s, her boyfriend, high school buddies is killed at a bachelor party weekend, she is more than happy to help him figure out the killer.  Greg has been removed from the case because of the fact that the victim is a friend, but he feels like he cannot just sit around doing nothing.  So Jill and Greg team up (although it seems as though Jill is the only one working on the case) to try and solve the mystery.    

The characters are well rounded and three dimensional.  I really enjoyed getting to visit Jill, Greg, Aunt Jackie and the rest of the gang.  It feels like it has been a while since I have been able to.  I like the interaction between them all and how they are willing to help each other out whenever it is needed.  Aunt Jackie is still a bit of a pain, but she does have more moments of being kind and caring.  All of the people that work in the coffee shop/bookstore are more like family than employees.  The author is very talented in creating characters that you would like to be friends with.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is also very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and listening in on conversations.  The mystery was well plotted and was carried on well throughout the book.  There were plentiful suspects and abundant clues to sift through, and with a few red herrings thrown in, it was next to impossible to figure out the killer.  Just the way I like it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am amazed that this is the ninth book in the series already.  The author has done a wonderful job keeping the storylines fresh and the characters likeable and interesting.  I have read all of the books in the series and they just keep getting better.

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

Review of A Panicked Premonition

 

A Panicked Premonition

A Psychic Eye Mystery, Book #15

Victoria Laurie

5 Stars

33116860Synopsis:
In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye mystery, Abby Cooper has one rule to follow: don’t panic!

Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape—and solve many a crime—but she’s about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby’s husband Dutch has a side business providing security and building panic rooms for wealthy clients. One morning, one of Dutch’s partners, Dave, goes missing on his way to meet a client. Abby’s intuition tells her something terrible has happened to him.

Then two of Dutch’s clients are found brutally murdered…inside their brand new panic room, and most of the evidence points to Dave as the killer.  With the authorities racing to find and arrest him, Abby’s got to use all her intuitive prowess to get to Dave first, discover the real killer, and save her husband’s business. This is one case where Abby is positive there’s far more to this mystery than meets her inner eye…  (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really love Abby and Candice. They are more than best friends, they are as close as sisters.  We should all have a Candace in our lives.  When they found out that their friend, Dave, has disappeared, they never hesitated in trying to find him.  And when it looked like Dave was going to be accused of murder, they worked doubly hard.  I enjoy the way their husbands acted like they are in control of everything but really the girls are in charge.  I enjoyed getting to spend more time with all of them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  I could imagine the mansions and estates that Abby and Candice visited, and see how the rich live.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were quite a few suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not an easy mystery to solve. Throw in some red herrings and even the most experienced armchair detective will struggle with finding the correct culprit.  I really like that not only did Abby and Candace have to figure out how Dave was involved in the murders (Abby refused to believe he was responsible) but they also had to find Dave before it was too late.  Having two mysteries to solve is twice the fun.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you enjoy paranormal cozies, this book is a must read book.  I felt this was a more edgier cozy, with harsher language than is typical for cozies, but that did not dim my enjoyment of the book in any way.

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 July 30th, 2017–Part 4

 

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 30th, 2017.  I am going to divide the list into four days because there were so many new releases.  Here is the fourth and final day of my list for this week.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading.  Enjoy and happy reading.

 

31450618Meg Langslow is spending the summer at the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, helping her grandmother Cordelia run the studios. But someone is committing acts of vandalism, threatening to ruin the newly-opened center’s reputation. Is it the work of a rival center? Have the developers who want to build a resort atop Biscuit Mountain found a new tactic to pressure Cordelia into selling? Or is the real target Meg’s grandfather, who points out that any number of environmentally irresponsible people and organizations could have it in for him?

While Meg is trying to track down the vandal, her grandfather is more interested in locating a rare gull. Their missions collide when a body is found in one of the classrooms. Can Meg identify the vandal and the murderer in time to save the center’s name–while helping her grandfather track down and rescue his beloved gulls?

Gone Gull brings readers yet another knee-slapping adventure filled with Andrews’ cast of wacky characters.  (Goodreads)

 

 

 

31409116I’m a wanted jewel thief.
He’s FBI.
What’s that saying? Keep your friends close…and your husband closer.
Being a retired jewel thief certainly has its perks.1. Oh, wait.
2. No it doesn’t.Without the thrill of the chase, life’s been pretty dull. I garden, I drive my gorgeous husband up the wall, and I watch as my old world slowly slips away. But what’s that old saying? When one thief closes the door…a copycat jimmies open a window.And now all fingers at the FBI are pointed at me.Set up to take the fall for thefts worth millions, I have no choice but to strap on my heels and help my FBI agent husband track the thief. Grant might not think he needs a partner, but this is one case only a true professional can solve. Besides, I’ve got to know who’s been taking my bad name in vain.Let’s just hope curiosity doesn’t kill the cat burglar.(Goodreads)

 33258442Book 17 of the nationally bestselling Joanne Kilbourn series is classic Gail Bowen: masterfully compelling storytelling that combines a modern, urban family with a gripping, satisfying mystery.

As Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, her husband, Zack, and their soon-to-be seventeen-year-old daughter, Taylor, rush through the rain from their cottage to their car, the Thanksgiving weekend they just spent at the lake with Zack’s law partners is already slipping away, burnished into memory as pleasantly as the hundreds of other weekends the Falconer-Shreve families have shared at Lawyers’ Bay. Thoughts of the weekend past will now focus on the future and be prefaced by the words “next time.”
Within weeks, a triple homicide will rip apart the lives of those related to the lawyers who, at the end of their first year in law school, only half-jokingly styled themselves “The Winners’ Circle.” Dazed by grief, Joanne will seek answers to an impossible question: “Why did they die?”
The facts behind the suicide of Christopher Altieri, known by his law partners as “the conscience of The Winners’ Circle,” appear to provide insights, but for Joanne those insights raise new, unsettling questions. Knitting this powerful narrative together is Joanne’s unshakeable belief that the only thing worse than knowing is not knowing. (Goodreads)

35071433It’s not Halloween but horror is hitting The Bounding Storm … and Rowan Gray couldn’t be more excited.
That’s right, the Indie Horror Movies are being held on the ship and that means the entire guest list is made up of members of the B-movie industry. As a horror buff, Rowan is having trouble containing her enthusiasm. She can’t wait to meet some of her favorites, although the experience might not be all she dreamed about.
From a security perspective, the awards don’t offer up much trouble for Quinn Davenport – other than the expensive camera serving as the grand prize. He’s more interested in keeping Rowan out of trouble than anything else.
When Rowan’s special gift rears its ugly head and one of the biggest actresses falls under a death omen, Quinn and Rowan find themselves in the unenviable position of watching her without tipping their hands. When she goes missing, they expect the worst … and that’s long before death officially comes calling.
Rowan may love horror movies but she doesn’t enjoy fiction intruding on real life. Something big is going on – and it seems all the guests have a secret. Rowan needs to sort through the lies, discover the truth, and find a way to save the day.
That’s if she herself survives, of course, which is no guarantee on a ship full of potential killers.
A storm is coming, and a killer is in their midst. It’s anybody’s guess who will make it to the final credits.  (Goodreads)
35494072Starting a new life isn’t easy, but for Rowan Gray it’s especially hard. The Michigan native finds herself fresh out of work and signs on to be the ship photographer on The Bounding Storm, a cruise ship that anchors in Florida while sailing the tumultuous seas on a weekly basis.
It’s a new world for the passionate spitfire, but the same old problem rears its ugly head when she boards. You see, Rowan can see death omens in her camera, and when they pop up, she feels obliged to save those in the grim reaper’s crosshairs.
Quinn Davenport is a former military man enjoying an easy stint as head of security on The Bounding Storm. As soon as he crosses paths with Rowan, he realizes she’s different. He has no idea how much until it’s too late to turn back.
Together, this duo must fight against fate – and their hormones – to keep The Bounding Storm safe.
This omnibus includes the first three books in the Rowan Gray mystery series. Titles include Welcoming Seas, Murky Seas and Stormy Seas.
   (Goodreads)

The Counterfeit Clue (Nosy Parkers Mysteries Book 1) by [Richardson, Lisa Karon]Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…

Gemma Gaines gave up mystery solving years ago, but when friend is killed in a hit-and-run, all the instincts honed by years in the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society tell her this may not have been an accident. Then she finds that her friend slipped some cryptic notes into her handbag and she’s convinced murder has been done.

With the doggedness of the great Girl Detective herself, Gemma follows up on the clues. Real-life mystery solving isn’t as tidy as it is in novels though, and before she knows it, her roommate has been kidnapped and it’s all her fault. With the help of a handsome new neighbor – who may be more than he seems – she is soon on the trail of a counterfeiting ring that would like nothing more than to see her put out of circulation for good.  (Amazon)

 

Blood Orange by [Spalding, Brenda]Cocaine and the problems it brings are coming to rural Florida. It falls to Sheriff Gabe McAllister to find a way to stop the drugs from entering his county.
A brave young woman, Nora Hollister, stands by his side in this fight to stop the Medline Cartel lead by Pablo Escobar. Together they try to protect their way of life and of those who work the groves. The DEA sends in their agents to help with a war on drugs and the dangerous Cartel that is moving in.
In 1986 the Florida Orange groves are the drop zones for tons of illegal drugs. Anyone that stands in their way is killed. Nora’s neighbor becomes a causality and she is determined to make them pay.

Along the way flirtation turns to love and the sheriff has more on his mind than catching the drug dealers.  (Amazon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

32956364The Monkeewrench crew returns to face the city of Minneapolis s worst nightmare a rampant serial killer on the loose in the electrifying new thriller.
When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim’s body, their worst fears are confirmed there s a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.
Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Software find themselves at both personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.
As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer s missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.”
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35330563In this third book in the Writer’s Retreat Mystery Series set on fictional Gull Island, a sports related death is explored when Trey Alderman, Gull Island’s most important claim to sport fame, is murdered. Trey was the starting pitcher for the Gull Island Seagulls who went on to stand out nationally amongst college players while attending The University of South Carolina. It was assumed by most that he would be a top draft pick a year and a half ago and it seemed at the time that the sky was the limit in terms of his career. Trey came home for spring break during his senior year and while on the island he agreed to play in a charity event held in Charleston. The game, which featured other draft hopefuls, was a one run game. It was the bottom of the ninth, tying run on third, bases loaded, two outs, full count, and the tension was high. The pitch was thrown, everyone in the crowd held their breath. Trey lined up with the pitcher and swung the bat with all his might before falling to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was later determined that he died of a heart attack. He was twenty-two, healthy, and, as far as anyone knew, he had no preexisting heart condition. It was later determined that he had a drug mixture in his system that could lead to a heart attack when combined with extreme stress. The local investigator determined that he had most likely engaged in recreational drug use at the party he attended the previous evening.

Alex Cole, a twenty-eight-year-old, fun and flirty millennial who made his first million writing science fiction when he was just twenty-two decided to write a book about Trey’s life and death so he brought the mystery of Trey’s death to the Mystery Mastermind group who live and work at the Gull Island Writers Retreat. The eight members of the colony have all agreed to dig into the facts surrounding the death and help Alex find the answers he seeks.    (Goodreads)