Here are Your September 2014 Releases

September 2014

Week of Sept. 1st.

Forged by Desire – London Steampunk #4 – Bee McMaster
Murder of a Needled Knitter – A Scumble River Mystery #17 – Denise Swanson
The Skeleton Takes a Bow – Family Skeleton Mystery #2 – Leigh Perry
Wickedly Dangerous – Baba Yaga #1 – Deborah Blake
Darkness Falls – Dark Angels #7 – Keri Arthur
The Wolfe Widow – Book Collector Series #3 – Victoria Abbott
House Immortal – New Series – Devon Monk
Shifting Shadows – Stories from Mercy Thompson’s World – Patricia Briggs
The Wedding Soup Murder – Italian Kitchen #2 – Rosie Genova
Nightmares Can be Murder – A Dream Club Mystery #1 – Mary Kennedy
Death is Like a Box of Chocolates – A Chocolate Covered Mystery #1– Kathy Aarons
The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush – Darling Dahlias #5 – Susan Wittig Albert
To Fudge or Not to Fudge – Candy Coated Mystery #2 – Nancy Coco
The Winter Long – Toby Daye #8 – Seanan McGuire
Fat Cat at Large – A Fat Cat Mystery #1 – Janet Cantrell
Groomed for Murder – Pet Boutique #2 – Annie Knox
Marked Down for Murder – A Good Buy Girls Mystery #4 – Josie Belle
Rebel Without a Cake – Piece of Cake #5 – Jacklyn Brady
Caught Dead Handed – A Witch City Mystery #1 – Carol J. Perry

Week of Sept. 7th.

Festive in Death – In Death #39 – J.D. Robb
The Corpse with the Platinum Hair – Cait Morgan #4 – Cathy Ace
The Monogram Murders – Agatha Christie
The Witch With No Name – Last book in The Hallows Series – Kim Harrison ***
Shadows of a Main Christmas – Antiques Print Mystery #7 – Lea Wait

Week of Sept. 14th.

Once Haunted, Twice Shy – The Peyton Clark Series – H.P. Mallory
Lost Legacy – Zoe Chambers #2 – Annette Dashofy

Week of Sept. 21st.

Memory Zero – Spook Squad #1 – Keri Arthur
Martini Regrets – Sherri Travis #6 – Phyllis Smallman
Broken Trust – Belinda Boring
Jinn and Juice – Nicole Peeler
It’s in His Kiss – A Lucky Harbor Novel – Jill Shalvis
Bones Never Lie – Temperance Brennan #17 – Kathy Reichs

Week of Sept. 28th.

Wolfe Widow – Victoria Abbot
The Queen of Zombie Hearts – White Rabbit Chronicles #3 – Gena Showalter
Summer Moon – Celtic Wolves #2 – Jan DeLima
Incarnate – The Spellmason Chronicles #3 – Anton Strout
Literally Murder – A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #5 – Ali Brandon
Stirring the Plot – A Cookbook Nook Mystery #3 – Daryl Wood Gerber
Priestess Dreaming – Otherworld #16 – Yasmine Galenorn
He’s so Fine – Lucky Harbor #11 – Jill Shalvis
French Pastry Mystery – A Lucy Stone Novel #21 – Leslie Meier
Murder at Marble House – Gilded Newport Mystery #2 – Alyssa Maxwell

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A Change in Altitude is a Must Read Story

A Change in AltitudeA Change in Altitude
By: Cindy Meyere
Copyright: July 2014
Publisher: Kensington Fiction

With local Maggie Stevens’ baby on the way–not to mention her wedding to Jameso Clark in the works–spring in Eureka promises to be a time of rebirth in more ways than one. To add to the excitement, and refill the town’s depleted coffers, Lucille, the mayor, has wooed a movie producer to Eureka, throwing folks into a tizzy–and inspiring some to reach for the stars. As if that weren’t enough, the bogus Lucky Lady mine the town partially sold turns out to really have gold in it–and possibly a ghost to boot. But with each silver lining, there seems to be a cloud. . .

With Eureka’s financial future at stake, Lucille will have to wrangle Lucky Lady’s greedy half-owner to regain control. Meanwhile, just as Jameso is getting comfortable with the imminent role of husband and father, his wayward sister, Sharon, comes to Eureka to escape a troubled marriage. Can the residents of Eureka find the courage to stand up to ghosts of all kinds and get their beloved town back on its feet in time to welcome their newest addition–and celebrate the gifts of spring. . .?

 

Spring is looking to be a very interesting time this year. The town is mostly broke, weddings are planned, and the Mayor is desperate to bring money into the town’s coffers. What must be done, what can be done?

This is a very tricky story to read and review. There are so many things going on at once that you need to take notes to know what the characters are doing and who they might be related to. Let’s start with Sharon. She is running for a husband who is a danger to her, her daughter Alina and lastly to himself. Sharon and Alina make a cross country escape in a car that might or might not make it. She is praying that her brother (who she hasn’t heard from in years) will be able to help them. Driving into town Sharon is met by another character who will be looking into her life Sergeant Josh Miller who pulls up behind her parked car to see if she needed any help.

Then we have her brother Jameso (AKA Jay Clarkson) who is getting married and his intended bride is pregnant…
So much is going on, and only 302 pages to fit it all into. This book starts out as if it would be a 500 pager but it will surprise you how quickly you will fall into the cadence of reading, and ignoring the world around you as you engage with the people of Eureka and their lives. I’ve probably left out a bunch of people who are going to make you want to slap them, or laugh at them.. but that’s my job as a reviewer. This book is an intriguing story and I honestly think you should beg, borrow or steal a copy to hide in your reading corner with.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.

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For Your Reading Pleasure – The August Releases

Week of Aug. 4th

The Only Thing Worse Then Witches – Young Readers – Lauren Magaziner
Fragile Destiny – The Aether Chronicles #3 – Suzanne Lazear
Blood Games – Chicagoland Vampires #10 – Chloe Neill
The Aeronaut’s Windlass – The Cinder Spires series #1 – Jim Butcher *
Memory Zero – Spook Squad – Keri Arthur *
Queen of Hearts – Royal Spyness Mystery #8 – Rhys Bowen *
Muffin But Murder – A Merry Muffin Mystery #2 – Victoria Hamilton *
The Counterfeit Lady – Victorian Bookshop Mystery #2 – Kate Parker *
Murder With a Twist – Mack’s Bar #2 – Allyson K. Abbott
Murder in the Mystery Suite – A Book Retreat Mystery #1 – Ellery Adams *
Revenant – Greywalker #9 – Kat Richardson *
Dark Skye – Immortals After Dark #14 – Kresley Cole *
Well Read, then Dead – Read Em and Eat Mystery #1 – Terrie Farley Moran *
The Cat, the Vagebond and the Victim – A Cats in Trouble Mystery – Leann Sweeney *
Taken In – A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery #9 – Elizabeth Lynn Casey *
Shear Trouble – Southern Quilting Mystery #4 – Elizabeth Craig -
Book Fair or Foul – Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #4 – Erika Chase *
Paw and Order – Chet and Bernie #7 – Spencer Quince *
Death by Devil’s Breath – A Chili Cook-Off Mystery – Kylie Logan *
A Little Night Murder – Blackbird Sisters #10 – Nancy Martin *
The Counterfeit Lady – Victorian Bookshop #2 – Kate Parker *
If Catfish Had Nine Lives – Country Cooking School Mystery – Paige Shelton *
Extra Sensory Deception – Raven’s Nest Bookstore #4 – Alison Kingsley *
Death of a Crabby Cook – A Food Festival Mystery #1 – Penny Pike *
Warrior Lord #3 – Nancy Cohen *
Extra Sensory Murder – A Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mystery – Allison Kingsley *
Nightmares Can Be Murder – A Dream Club Mystery #1 – Mary Kennedy *
Under the Final Moon – Underworld Detection Agency #6 – Hannah Jayne The Cottage on the Corner – An Apple Valley Novel #2 – Shirlee McCoy
Week of Aug 10th.
Cursed Moon – Prospero’s War #2 – Jaye Wells
Designated Daughters – A Deborah Knott Mystery – Margaret Maron *
Clam Wake – Bed & Breakfast Mystery #29 – Mary Daheim *
Week of Aug 17th

The Ripper Affair – A Bannon and Clark Case – Lilith Saintcrow
Expedition Indigo – A Riley Cooper Novel #1 – Stacy Allen *
Flight From Hell – Otherworld/Fly by Night – Yasmine Galenorn *
Ella Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day – Miss. Julia #16 – Ann B. Ross *
Visions – A Cainsville Novel – Kelly Armstrong *

Week of Aug 24th.

Nightmares Can Be Murder – A Dream Club Mystery #1 – Mary Kennedy *
Well Read, Then Dead – Terrie Moran * Fall for Me – Belinda Boring *
Bones Never Lie – A Temperance novel – Kathy Reichs *
To Die Fur – Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #2 – Dixie Lyle *
Death of a Dog Whisperer – Melanie Travis #17 – Laurien Berenson *
Shattered Secrets – Cold Creek Mystery #1 – Karen Harper *
The Beautiful Ashes – Broken Destiny #1 – Jeaniene Frost *
Lucky Catch – Lucky O’Toole Los Vegas #5 – Deborah Coonts *
Memory Zero – Spook Squad #1 – Keri Arthur *
It’s in his Kiss – Lucky Harbor #10 – Jill Shalvis *

 

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Early look at July’s New Titles

So July is just a few days away… Let’s take a look at what we’re going to beg, borrow or steal so that we can read them.

 

July 2014

Week of July 1st.

Book Clubbed – Booktown Mystery #8 – Lorna Barrett
Fatal Fortune – Abby Cooper series – Victoria Laurie
The House on Mermaid Point – Wendy Wax *
Crime Rib – A Food Lovers Village Mystery #2 – Leslie Budewitz *
Bloodshifted – Edie Spence #5 – Cassie Alexander *
Muffin but Murder – Merry Muffin Mystery #2 – Victoria Hamilton
Grave Visions – An Alex Kraft Novel – Kalayna Price *
Night’s End – Indigo Court #5 – Yasmine Galenorn
Tailing a Tabby – A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #2 – Laurie Cass
Maple Mayhem – Jessie Crockett *
Grace Against the Clock – A Manor House Mystery #5 – Julie Hyzy *
A Vision in Velvet – A Wishcraft Mystery #6 – Juliet Blackwell *
Some Enchanted Éclair – Magical Bakery Mystery #4 – Bailey Cates *
Silence of the Lamb’s Wool – A Yarn Retreat Mystery #2 – Betty Hechtman *
Cookies and Scream – Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery #5 – Virginia Lowell *
The Seat of Magic – The Golden City #2 – J. Kathleen Cheney *
Enslaved by Others – H&W Investigations #6 – Jess Haines
Ill-Gotten Panes – Stained Glass Mystery #1 – Jennifer McAndrews *
I’ll Find you – Nancy Bush
To Kill a Matzo Ball – A Deadly Deli Mystery – Delia Rosen
The Spirit is Willing – Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery – Max McCoy

Week of July 7th.

Midnight Thief – Livia Blackburne
The Good, the Bad, and the Emus – Meg Langslow #15 – Donna Andrews *

Week of July 14th.

The Book of Life – All Souls Trilogy #3 – Deborah Harkness *
Peanut Goes to School – Elder Races #6.7 a novella – Thea Harrison *

Week of July 21st.

Welcome to the Dark House – Laurie Faria Stolarz
Murderous Looks – Wendy Tyson *

Week of July 28th.

Silver Shadows – Bloodlines #5 – Richelle Mead
Poison Promise – Elemental Assassin #11 – Jennifer Estep *
Magic Breaks – Kate Daniels #7 – Ilona Andrews *
Between – Megan Whitmer *
Beach Bags and Burglaries – Haley Randolph Mystery – Dorothy Howell
Shifter’s Claim – The Shadow Shifters #4 – A.C. Arthur *
The Lazarus Curse – A Dr. Silkstone Mystery – Teresa Harris
Free Agent – Grimm Agency #1 – J.C. Nelson *
Death, Taxes and Silver Spurs – A Tara Halloway Novel – Diane Kelly *

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Death on Eat Street is a Culinary Success

Death on Eat StreetDeath on Eat Street
Author: J.J. Cook
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime

Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.

Zoe has reached her breaking point. Between a cheating boyfriend, being constantly passed over for promotion at work, and the most pushy mother in the world she’s had it! Zoe is going to reach for her dream of owning her own restaurant.
She buys a closed diner and does enough to bring the kitchen up to code. But to raise the money needed for a full refit and updating she decides to run a food truck to raise the money to finish her dream plan. It’s hard work and she’s fighting against all the established operators and the interference of family. After an argument with one of the other truck owners who park down by the police station she comes back to the restaurant and has another unending fight with her ex.
To make matters worse she is out of the truck for maybe half an hour and comes back to find a dead body wedged into her truck cab.
This is just the start of J.J. Cook’s new Biscuit Bowl Mystery series and if you want to know more about this first adventure you’re going to have to beg, borrow or steal a copy. I find that the mix of characters (her family and street people) make for a great read. I’m not handing out any spoilers. LOL
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the authors who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Savannah and Dirk Strike Again

Killer Physique Killer Physique
By: G.A. McKevett
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Kensington Books

Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid gets a taste of the high life when she attends a Hollywood premiere on the arm of husband Dirk Coulter. Savannah may be a newlywed, but even she gets weak in the knees when she meets celebrity athlete-turned-movie-star Jason Tyrone. So imagine how she feels when the star’s rock-hard body is found rock-hard dead…
Some guys have everything. With his stunning looks and dazzling charm, Jason Tyrone is America’s favorite new action hero. Make that was. Once so spectacular in action, the blockbuster idol was found dead in his hotel room after his latest premiere. Despite his chiseled physique, Jason is never getting up again…
Though the autopsy reveals Jason may have gotten his killer body through doping, no one wants to believe the beloved athlete is a fraud, least of all Savannah. Soon she’s deeply immersed in the dark world of body enhancing drugs, and wondering if the world-class gym where Jason worked out is really just a front for a lucrative drug ring. Was Jason’s death the price he paid for threatening to expose other celebrities caught in the clutch of keeping a flawless image? Or was everyone’s favorite hero a victim of his own desire to always be at the top of his game? No stranger to society’s obsession with image, Savannah is determined to get to the truth. And for the voluptuous investigator, this time it’s personal….

 

So the honeymoon is over and Van is now learning to deal with the slob she calls her own. Dirk also have problems, what with his birth parents coming to stay with them and meet him for the first time.
To help with the newlywed’s mood and to help lighten it up “the boys” invite them to the premiere of a new movie starring Jason Tyrone. It’s too bad this nice kid is dead before the night’s even over. Van and Dirk are on the job, between the parents (who turn out to be really cheap people) who don’t think Van should be “wasting” Dirk’s money on expensive foods (really her own cash) and Dirk trying so hard to work this murder case, life in the Reid/Coulter house is getting to be a bit much.

Savanna and Dirk are two of my favorite detectives. This series always hits the spot, entertainment wise and laugh wise. I highly recommend you beg, borrow or steal a copy and hunker down with it in your favorite reading spot.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Panthers Play for Keeps is a Sure Winner

Panthers Play For KeepsPanthers Play for Keeps
By: Clea Simon
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn’t expect to find a body. But Spot, a service dog in training, has too good a nose not to lead her to the remains of the beautiful young woman, and despite her own best instincts, Pru can’t avoid getting involved. The young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat – and Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. And while Wallis, Pru’s curmudgeonly tabby, seems fixated on the idea of a killer cat, Spot has been sending strange signals to Pru’s own heightened senses, suggesting that the violent death was something more than a tragic accident. As motives multiply, a cougar of a different sort sets her eyes on Pru’s sometime lover, and another woman disappears. With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues – and her own ideas of domesticity – to solve a savage mystery.

 

Pru has found a new source of income and is now training a service dog for someone who will be losing his sight totally over the next few weeks. While out on a training session in a nearby wooded area Spot finds the body of a young woman who appears to have been attacked by a wild animal.
This time out Pru is dealing not only with a dog who is being trained, but the foster home that Spot is living in while training and the family that he will eventually be caring for. The cast of characters here are as varied as much as their hidden secrets. Not only do they have secrets that they share but also secrets from each other.
Pru has to work her way through a jungle of problems as the bodies begin to pile up and also deal with her personal life and her connection to the Detective in charge. She must learn to listen to Wallace, Spot and a host of other pets.
I’ll say it again, each new adventure in this series gets deeper and more intense as the author carries her creations to new heights of angst and anxiety. I highly recommend that you read this book. Beg, borrow or steal a copy, just read it and enjoy.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publisher who only requested a fair and impartial review.

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