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Another month gone, so here are the March Releases for your viewing pleasure.

As always, if you see a mistake, contact me. If I left you out let me know when the next book is coming out months in advance so you can be added to the list.  Thank you all for checking out my post. I’d love it if you’d leave a comment and follow me on Twitter or any other venue I’m listed on.

Nora-Adrienne

 

March 2017:

Week of March 1st.

The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco *

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days – The Embraced #1 – Kerrelyn Sparks *

Silence Fallen – A Mercy Thompson Novel – Patricia Briggs *

Buried Secrets – Sisters and Friends – Rachel J. Good *

Etched in Bone – Others #5 – Anne Bishop *

The Silence of the Flans – An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery #2 – Laura Bradford *

Gone With the Twins – A League of Literary Ladies #5 – Kylie Logan *

Dragonwatch – Dragonwatch #1 – Brandon Mull *

A Million Little Things – The Girls of Mischief Bay – Susan Mallory *

Souljacker – Lily Bound #1 – Yasmin Galenorn *

Pursued by the Desert Prince – Sauveterre Siblings #1 – Dani Collins *

The Curious Cook – WISE Enquiries #4 – Cathy Ace *

 

March 6th.

Magic for Nothing – InCryptid – Seanan McGuire *

Mistaken Identity – Mission: Rescue – Shirlee McCoy *

Cruel Winter – A County Cork Mystery #5 – Sheila Connolly *

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days – Kerrelyn Sparks *

Roux the Day – The Dinner Book Club Mystery #2 – Linda WIken *

The Millionaire’s Royal Rescue – Jennifer Faye *

Pekoe Most Poison – A Tea Shop Mystery – Laura Childs *

Bad Debt – Savannah Martin #14 – Jenna Bennett *

Souljacker – A Lilly Bound Novel – Yasmine Galenorn *

Silence of the Flans – Emergency Dessert Squad #2 – Laura Bradford *

Gone With the Twins – A League of Literary Ladies #5 – Kylie Logan *

Silence Fallen – A Mercy Thompson Novel #10 – Patricia Briggs *

Pressed to Death – A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2 – Kirsten Weiss *

The Drawing Game – A Sketch in Crime Mystery #3 – Deirdre Verne

Pekoe Most Poison – A Tea Shop Mystery – Laura Childs *

Cold Pressed Murder – An Olive Grove Mystery #2 – Kelly Lane *

Bitter Harvest – Greenhouse Mystery #2 – Wendy Tyson *

 

Week of March 13th

No Way Home – A Zoe Chambers Mystery – Annette Dashofy *

Pressed to Death – A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2 – Kirsten Weiss *

Elementary She Read – A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1 – Vicki Delany *

Cruel Winter – A County Cork Mystery #5 – Sheila Connolly *

The Decorator Who Knew Too Much – A Madison Night Mystery #4 – Diane Vallere *

For Whom the Bread Rolls – Pancake House Mystery #2 – Sarah Fox *

Purr M for Murder – A Cat Rescue Mystery – Toni LoTempio *

Guru Bones – Sarah Booth Delany Short #3 –  Carolyn Haines *

 

Week of March 20th

Finding Our Forever – A Silver Springs Novel – Brenda Novak *

Bound Together – Sea Haven – Sisters of the Heart #6 – Christine Feehan *

Single Malt Murder – Whisky Business #1 – Melinda Mullet *

 

Week of March 27th

Miramar Bay – A Contemporary Novel – Davis Bunn *

Forbidden Cravings – A Two for one Book – Gena Showalter and Jeannine Frost *

Mother’s Day, Muffins and Murder – A Mom Zone Mystery #10 – Sara Rosett *

Tightening the Threads – A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery #5 – Lea Wait *

When the Grits Hit the Fan – A Country Store Mystery #3 – Maddie Day *

Antiques Fate – A Trash “n” Treasures Mystery – Barbara Allan *

Highland Barbarian – The Murrays – Hannah Howell *

The Promise Girls – A Women’s Novel – Marie Bostwick *

Wind River Cowboy – Wind River #3 – Lindsay McKenna *

The Endicott Evil – A Colin Pendragon Mystery – Gregory Harris *

A Coldwater-Warm Hearts Wedding – The Coldwater Series #2 – Lexi Eddings *

Plain Missing – An Amish Mystery – Emmer Miller *

A Small Town Bride – Hope Ramsay *

Bone White – A Mundy’s Landing Mystery #3 – Wendy Corsi  Staub *

 

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Welcome to January 2017

So here we are starting a whole new year of reading. I hope you find something new and interesting in this list.  I try hard to find new to me authors to add and new genres and sub-genres to check out.  I’ll tell you now, this list is already pretty full and I’ve even got books for 2018 listed on my home computer to track as it comes to press.

Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!

Nora

 

January 2017:

Week of Jan. 1st.

Telling Tails – A Second Chance Cat Mystery #4 – Sofie Ryan *

Bookman Dead Style – A Dangerous Type Mystery – Paige Shelton *

A Wee Death in the Hotel – A Scotshop Mystery – Fran Stewart *

Pop Goes the Murder – A Popcorn Shop Mystery #2 – Kristi Abbott *

It Happened in Scotland – A Kilts and Quilts Mystery #6 – Patience Griffin *

The Perils of Paulie – A Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance – Katie MacAlister *

The Guests on South Battery – A Tradd Street Novel #5 – Karen White *

Assault and Beret – A Hat Shop Mystery – Jenn McKinlay *

Fudge and Jury – A Bakeshop Mystery – Ellie Alexander *

Lethal in Old Lace – Consignment Shop Mystery #6 – Duffy Brown *

She Stopped for Death – A Little Library Mystery #2 – Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli *

Third Times a Crime – A Love or Money Mystery #3 – Diana Orgain *

A Frying Shame – Deep Fried Mystery #3 – Linda Reilly *

Murder Impawsible – Paws & Claws #4 – Krista Davis *

War and Peach – A Georgia Peach Mystery #3 – Susan Furlong *

Graveyard Shift – A Pepper Martin Paranormal Mystery #10 – Casey Daniels *

Holiday Hangover – A Zoe Donovan Mystery #23 – Kathi Daley *

 

Week of Jan. 8th.

Dead Cold Brew – A Coffeehouse Mystery – Cleo Coyle *

Dark or Dusk or Dawn or Day – Seanan McGuire *

The Elusive Elixir – An Accidental Alchemist Mystery – Gigi Pandian *

The Summer Wedding – Married in Malibu #2 – Bella Andre *

Explore/Create – Science Fiction – Richard Garriott *

 

Week of Jan. 15th.

Feversong – A Fever Novel – Karin Marie Moning *

A Perilous Undertaking – Veronica Speedwell Mystery #2 – Deanna Raybourn *

Twelve Angry Librarians – A Cat in the Stacks Mystery #8 – Miranda James *

Hot as Sin – A Book Boyfriend Novel #1 – Carly Phillips *

River City Dead – Addie Mundeen Mystery #4 – Nancy Glass West *

A Love for Leah – The Amish Matchmaker – Emma Miller *

Heartstone – Paranormal Romance – Elle Katharine White*

 

Week of Jan. 22nd. – 31st.

Murder Wears White – A Wedding Planner Mystery – Stephanie Blackmoore *

Staying for Good – A Most Likely To novel – Catherine Bybee *

Snared – Elemental Assassin – Jennifer Estep *

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight – A Charley Davidson Novel – Darynda Jones *

Into the Firestorm – BOSS, Inc. #3 – Kat Martin *

Ava’s Place – Emily Beck Cogburn *

Some Kind of Magic – Mary Anne Marlowe *

Brighton Belle – A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #1 – Sara Sheridan *

The Second Sister – Mary Bostwick *

Murder Go Round – A Witch City Mystery #4 – Carol J. Perry *

Murder in an Irish Village – PB –  Carlene O’Connor *

On Second Thought – A Novel – Kristan Higgins *

Accidentally on Purpose – A Heartbreaker Bay Novel #3 – Jill Shalvis *

Power Game – A GhostWalker Novel – Christine Feehan *

A Short Time to Die – A Novel of Suspense – Susan Alice Bickford *

Justice Ascending – The Scorpius Syndrome #3 – Rebecca Zanetti *

We Can Remember it for You Wholesale and Other Classic Stories – Philip K. Dick *

Scene of the Grind – Killer Coffee mystery series #1 – Tonya Kappes *

At Close Range – A Tracers Novel – Laura Griffin *

Falling for a Highlander – Romance Novel -Lynsay Sands *

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Amazing: It’s almost September already!

Here’s my multi-genre list of September reviews.  As usual I post it early so you can pre-order or reserve them at your library in time to get the first copy available.  I hope you find some amazing reads for the coming month.

Nora-Adrienne

 

September 2016

Week of September 1st. – 9th.

Paint the Town Dead – A Silver Six Crafting Mystery #2 – Nancy Haddock *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Deja Who – MaryJanice Davidson *

Letters from Paris – Paris Key novel #2 – Juliet Blackwell *

Cancelled by Murder – A Postmistress Mystery #2 – Jean Flowers *

Murder of a Cranky Cat Catnapper – A Scumble River Mystery #19 – Denise Swanson *

No Farm, No Foul – A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1 – Peg Cochran *

Digging up Dirt – A Southern Ladies Mystery #3 – Miranda James *

Cheddar Off Dead – An Undercover Dish Mystery #2 – Julia Buckley *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

My Wild Irish Dragon – Boston Dragons #2 – Ashlyn Chase *

Once Broken Faith – An October Daye Novel #10 – Seanan McGuire *

The Question of the Felonious Friend – Asperger’ #3 – E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen *

Guardian’s Mate – A Shifter Unbound Novel – Jennifer Ashley *

Closed Casket – The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries – Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie *

Black and Blueberry Die – A Fresh Baked Mystery – Livia J. Washburn *

Two Tall Tails – A Magical Cats Mystery #9 – Sofie Kelly *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

Santorini Caesars – Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis #8 – Jeffrey Siger *

 

Week of September 12th.

Driving Heat – Nikki Heat #7 – Richard Castle *

Death of an Avid Reader – Kate Shackleton #6 – Frances Brody *

 

Week of September 19th.

The Magician – Dark Arcana #1 – E.J. Stevens *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Immortal Nights – An Argeneau Novel #24 – Lynsay Sands *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

Pushing up Daisies – An Agatha Raisin Mystery #27– M.C. Beaton *

Crushing on Love – Love in Bloom (The Bradens) – Melissa Foster *

Not Quite Perfect – Not Quite Perfect series book 6 – Catherine Bybee *

 

Week of September 26th.

Death by Pumpkin Spice – A Bookstore Café Mystery – Alex Erickson *

It’s Your Party, Die if You Want To – A Liv and Di Mystery – Vickie Fee *

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #3– Colette London *

High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides – A Happy-Hoofers Mystery #5– Mary McHugh *

British Manor Murder – A Lucy Stone Mystery – Leslie Meier *

Christmas Caramel Murder – A Hannah Swenson Mystery – Joanne Fluke *

Shadow Silence – Whisper Hollow #2 – Yasmine Galenorn *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

A Cherry Cola Christmas – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel – Ashton Lee *

A March to Remember – A Hattie Davis Mystery – Anna Loan – Wilsey *

Before She Dies – Suspense Mystery – Mary Burton *

Bite Me – The Pride Series #9 – Shelly Laurenston *

Nick of Time – Suspense/Thriller/Action – John Gilstrap *

Shoot ‘em Up – A Maisie McGrane Mystery #3 – Janey Mack *

The Babe Ruth Deception – A Fraser and Cook Mystery #3 – David O. Stewart *

The Bark  Before Christmas – A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery – Laurien Berenson *

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club – A Contemporary Novel – Lexi Eddings *

The House on Honeysuckle Lane – An Oliver’s Well Novel #2 – Mary McDonough *

The Murder of a Queen Bee – A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery #2 – Meera Lester *

Dangerous Protector – Aegis Group Book #5 – Sidney Bristol *

Dandelion Dead – A Natural Remedies Mystery #4 – Chrystle Fiedler *

 

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The Fixer is a Must Read Book

The FixerThe Fixer

Author: Joseph Finder

Copyright:  June 2015

Publisher: Dutton

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.

As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery — millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life — and everything he thought he knew about his father.  Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father — a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — will save Rick… if he can survive long enough to do it.

This is probably the most interesting and mind boggling book I’ve read in many years. I’d seen the blurb somewhere on line and immediately put it on hold at my local library. I’ve been reading it for almost a week and had trouble putting it down when there were other things I needed to be doing.

This is a story, a murder mystery, and an adventure. It all happens because a young man (Rick Hoffman) is “downsized” from his second career choice job (lots of glitz and money but no substance. He lost everything that he thought mattered to him and finds himself living in his old family home. The house is decrepit and in need of major repairs before he can sell it and have money to move on with.

His next door neighbor approaches him with an offer to do the repairs for a share of the sale. The next day he and this neighbor do some basic work tearing out a wall and Rick sees something hidden between the walls and at that moment his whole life is changed. Rick now  wants to find out the truth about his father who has been in a nursing home for eighteen years after supposedly having a stroke.  His research into his father’s life will lead him down a path full of danger and possible death.

If you read any book this year you need to make it this one.

FTC Full Disclosure:  I took this book out of the Brooklyn Public Library

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“Mad” Mick Murphy will Blow You Away

Free Range Institution

By: Michaels Haskins

Copyright February 2011

Publisher Five Star

When journalist Liam “Mick” Murphy lies to the chief of police in order to get a story, he uncovers a conspiracy to smuggle a cheap, lethal cocaine-based drug through Key West. Before long, local authorities, federal agents and drug cartel hit men are looking for Murphy because of what they think he knows. With help from an eclectic group of friends, including an old black[ops acquaintance from Central America, Murphy sets out to prove who’s behind the smuggling plot and distance himself from the violence that has spawned havoc on the island.

Soon, Key West starts to look like the Wild West as bodies are scattered in the streets and businesses get shot up. Murphy and his ragtag army do their best to survive and strike back, but stopping the drug delivery becomes impossible when the smugglers outgun Murphy’s crew in a grisly battle on the water. Back in Key West, Murphy escapes more mayhem and confronts the conspirators, with devastating results.

Liam “Mick” Murphy had a career in journalism that took him all over the world.  After a devastating event cause him to quit full time reporting, he semi retired to the Florida Keys.  There he works as a free lance writer and journalist for hire.  A phone call from a friend causes him to be caught at the sight of that friend’s demise.  He knows he shouldn’t lie to the cops, he knows that it will only come back to bite him in the rear. But he does it anyway because he also knows that his friend’s death is not a suicide.

Within days of his friend Jay Bruels’ death he is caught up in what turns out to be a very nasty murder and conspiracy operation by elected local officials, bought Federal Agents and a South American Drug cartel. These people were using the Keys as their entry point to bring their drugs into the country, and now they also wanted to bring in an extremely cheap and extremely deadly new drug.

Mick and his on again off again girl friend Tita Toledo (a very sought after attorney) are going to have their lives and their relationship stretched well past the breaking point.  With the help of a rag tag group of friends, (who by some coincidence are all agents, former agents) plan and run their own investigation into the murders and drugs.  There will be shoot outs, high speed boat chases, and well… You’ll just have to read the book to find out who does what to whom, and who wins out at the end.

This was my first taste of  a Mad Mick Murphy book and I love it.  Mick reminds me a little of Travis McGee what with the way he gets involved in things and helping friends.  I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series for as long as the author offers stories to read.

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The Arranger is a Chilling Look at the Future

The Arranger

By L.J. Sellers

Copyright August 2011

Publisher Spellbinder Press

 

The year is 2023 and ex-detective Lara Evans is working as a freelance paramedic in a bleak new world. She responds to an emergency call and is nearly killed when a shooter flees the home. Inside she finds the federal employment commissioner wounded, but she’s able to save his life.

The next day Lara leaves for the Gauntlet—a national competition of intense physical and mental challenges with high stakes for her home state. She spots the assailant lurking at the arena and soon after, she lands in deep trouble. Who is the mysterious killer and what is motivating him? Can Lara stop him, stay alive, and win the Gauntlet?

 

Lara Evans has had a really bad couple of years.  She’s getting it together as a freelance paramedic and is a contestant in the Gauntlet. In this reality the country is in deeper shit then even we see in the daily papers or on the news.  By hopefully winning this contest, she will bring big money to her state and hometown, along with new jobs that will mean police and firemen can  be put back to work.

This story is shown through the eyes of two main characters who are introduced to us right from the start.   Paul Madden is an IT specialist working for the government and is given a new project to work on that will take up all his work time.  His normal routines will be covered by a co-worker.  At this point I wondered what these two people, in differing parts of the country, with two different jobs had in common, and therein sits the basis for this mystery based in a near and almost very real seeming America.

I’m not going to hand out any spoilers. The book blurb tells you a lot more then you need to know, and should entice you into buying, borrowing, or stealing this book for your reading enjoyment.

L. J. Sellers is the author of the Detective Jackson series, and two other freestanding stories.  I look forward to reading her next books, and will also be looking for the ones that are already on the shelves.

L.J. can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ljsellers and also at http://ljsellers.com/

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A New Star in the Real Estate Mystery Genre

The Bad Always Die Twice

By Cheryl Crane

Copyright August 2011

Publisher Kensington

 

For Nikki Harper, realtor to the stars and daughter of 1950s screen goddess Victoria Bordeaux, Hollywood is home. A completely dysfunctional home populated by a cast of crazies, true, but home nonetheless. While Nikki’s no stranger to scandal, she’s shocked to receive a hysterical phone call from her business partner, Jessica Martin, saying that TV has-been Rex March has been found dead in Jessica’s bed.

More shocking than Rex’s death is the fact that, as far as anyone knew, Rex was already dead. Six months ago, the star of the seventies sitcom Shipwrecked Vacation was supposedly killed when his plane crashed in the Mojave Desert. Nikki and Jessica recently sold his mansion on behalf of his widow, Edith. It’s obvious to Nikki that Jessica is being framed, but by whom? And why? And how on earth can Rex be dead a second time?

In search of answers, Nikki turns to the one person she can always count on. From her pink boudoir in her Beverly Hills mansion, the ever-glamorous Victoria suggests Nikki focus her sleuthing on Rex’s not-so-grieving widow. And there’s a veritable casting couch full of other candidates, including Edith’s boy-toy lover, Rex’s scheming lawyer (like there’s any other kind), and the diner waitress with whom Rex was having one of his numerous affairs. But with the killer readying for a repeat performance, Nikki will have to act fast—before her own screen fades to black. . .

Nicolette Harper was raised in the middle of the Hollywood hype, her mother a world famous movie star.  Now, Nikki Harper, all grown up, and not needing to work for a living, spends her time selling high end homes in the Hollywood and Beverly Hills Real Estate business.  She partners with her best friend Jessica Martin and between them they enjoy their work and the people they meet.

Nikki and Jessica are at a party hosted by Edith March, the widow of TV has – been Rex March, whose house they had sold for her.  Nikki is not a party person and as soon as she’s talked to her hostess, and seen her mother make her famous entrance she’s off and heading home to take care of her two dogs.  Little knowing that she is going to be drawn into a murder that will dredge up her feelings about her own father’s murder years ago and her distrust of the police in finding the killer.  The biggest question of course is Rex died in a plane crash, how can his newly dead body turn up on Jessica’s bed.

This is the first book in Cheryl Crane’s new real estate murder mysteries.  I wouldn’t quite call them cozies. I would call them well written, reader involved, and a book you won’t want to put down till you finish it.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher with their hope that I would read it and write a review.

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