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Time flies by when you’re not looking. It’s almost Halloween, so here are my treats for you!

As always this is a multi-genre list which I try to add new authors to each month. I hope you find something that will tickle your fancy.

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October 2021:

Week of Oct 1st – 8th

A Twist of Fate – A Stitch in Time Novel #2 – Kelley Armstrong

The Cure for what Ales You – A Sloan Krause Mystery #5 of 5 – Ellie Alexander

Good Catch – Harper Landing #2 – Jennifer Bardsley

God Rest Ye, Royal Gentleman – A Royal Spyness Mystery #15 – Rhys Bowen

Twisted Tea Christmas – Tea Shop Mystery #23 – Laura Childs

The Keeper of Happy Endings – A novel – Barbara Davis

Payback’s a Witch – The Witches of Thistle Grove #1 (LGBTQ) – Lana Harper

Hold Me Down – A Novel of Dark Suspense – Clea Simon

Mulled to Death – A Colorado Wine Mystery – Kate Lansing

Ambush or Adore – A Delightfully Deadly Novel #3 – Gail Carriger

Cackle – Gothic & Horror – Rachel Harrison

Playing Possum – The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries – Dane McCaslin

Week of Oct 11th 

Best in Snow – Andy Carpenter Mystery #24 – David Rosenfelt

The Twelve Jays of Christmas – A Meg Langslow Mystery – Donna Andrews

Mrs. Jeffries and the Midwinter Murders – Victorian Mystery #40 – Emily Brightwell

Crashing Through the Snow – A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #3 – Jacqueline Frost

Claws for Alarm – A Mrs. Murphy Mystery #30 – Rita Mae Brown

Mango, Mambo and Murder – Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #1 – Raquel V. Reyes

Were – Geeks Save the Middle of Nowhere – Were Geeks #3 – Kathy Lyons

Once Upon a Seaside Murder – Beach Reads Mystery #2 – Maggie Blackburn

Mistletoe Cake Murder – All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery #6 – Lena Gregory

Week of Oct 18th

Riverbend Gap – Riverbend Romance #1 – Denise Hunter

The Dark Heart of Florence – Lady Emily Mystery #15 – Tasha Alexander

Litani – A Novel – Jess Lourey

It’s a Wonderful Woof – A Chet & Bernie Mystery #12 – Spencer Quinn

Dear Santa – A Novel – Debbie Macomber

Death at Greenway – A Suspense Novel – Lori Rader-Day

Litani – Crime Fiction Novel – Jess Lourey

Save Me – A Phoenix Novel – Stacey Kennedy

Best in Snow – Andy Carpenter Mystery #24 – David Rosenfelt

The Twelve Jays of Christmas – Meg Langslow Mystery #30 – Donna Andrews

Week of Oct 25th

Getaway with Murder – The Mountain Lodge Mystery #1 – Diane Kelly

Where they Wait – A Novel – Scott Carson

It’s beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder – Catering Hall Mystery #3 – Maria DiRico

Deck the Donuts – A Deputy Donut Mystery #6 – Ginger Bolton

Christmas Dessert Murder – Hannah Swensen Mystery #28 – Joanne Fluke

Down the Hatch – Agatha Raisin Mystery #32 – M.C. Beaton

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder – Catering Hall Mystery #3 – Maria DiRIco

Strangers on a Skein – Black Sheep & Company #12 – Anne Canadeo

The Enemy You Gnocchi – Italian Chef Mystery #3 – Catherine Bruns

Murder at the Mistletoe Ball – Ferrara Family Mystery #6 – J.D. Griffo

Fortune and Glory – Stephanie Plum #27 (PB) – Janet Evanovich

To the Tome of Murder – A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #7 – Lauren Elliott

Holiday Ever After – A Compilation of Three Stories – Jill Shalvis

His Majesty’s Hidden Heir – Princess by Royal Decree #2 – Lucy Monroe

Death by Hot Apple Cider – Bookstore Café Mystery #9 – Alex Erickson

Fahrenheit 501 – Samantha Kidd Mystery #12 – Diane Vallere

Dinner on Primrose Hill – Honey Creek #3 – Jodi Thomas

Murder in an English Glade Beryl and Edwina #5 – Jessica Ellicott

The Pickwick Murders – A Dickens of a Crime – Heather Redmond

Murder at Mallowan Hall – Phyllida Bright Mystery #1 – Colleen Cambridge

Hypnosis is for Hacks – Eleanor Wilde Mystery #4 – Tamara Berry

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I’m Skipping July and Going Right to August’s New Titles

Since I was preoccupied most of July and actually forgot to post the releases, I’m going to go right to August and let you start pre-ordering now from your favorite book sellers.

August 2015:

Week of August 1st. -7th.

Robin Hood: Demon’s Bane – Mark of the Black Arrow #1 – James R. Tuck
Magic Shifts – Kate Daniels #8 – Ilona Andrews
Dragonbane – Were-Hunter #9 – Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Veil – A Devil’s Isle #1 – Chloe Neill
Fudging the Books – Cookbook Nook Mystery #6 – Daryl Wood Gerber
A Dish Best Served Cold – An Italian Kitchen Mystery – Rosie Genova
If Onions could Spring Leaks – Country Cooking School Mystery – Paige Shelton
Berried Secrets – A Cranberry Cove Mystery #1 – Peg Cochrane
Crushed Velvet – A Material Witness Mystery – Diane Vallere
Better Homes and Corpses – Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery – Kathleen Bridges
Revenge of the Chili Queens – A Chili Cook-off Mystery – Kylie Logan
Murder in the Paperback Parlor – A Book Retreat Mystery – Ellery Adams
Kitty Saves the World – Kitty Norville #14 – Carrie Vaughn
Smoke on the Water – Summer of Witches #3 – Lori Handeland
The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret – A Cats in Trouble Mystery – Leann Sweeney
Loom and Doom – A Weaving Mystery – Carol A. Martin
Grim Tidings – Hellhound Chronicles #2 – Caitlin Kittredge *
Public Enemies – Immortal Game #2 – Ann Aguirre *
Chase the Darkness – Alpha Pack #7 – J.D. Tyler *
Malice at the Palace – Royal Spyness #9 – Rhys Bowen
Deceptions – Cainsville #3 – Kelley Armstrong
Killer Wedding Cake – A Daphne Martin Cake Mystery – Gayle Trent *
Blood Call – Lilith Saintcrow *
The Joy of Witchcraft – A Jane Madison Novel – Mindy Klasky *
Code Grey – A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery – Clea Simon *
Give Em Pumpkin Pie to Talk About – Pumpkin Patch Mystery #1 – J & J Lavene *
Lord of the Wings – A Meg Langslow Mystery #19 – Donna Andrews *

Week of August 9th.

(Not all Princes are) Fearless – Pax Arcana #3 – Elliot James
Seaside Nights – Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers – Melissa Foster *

Week of August 16th.

Deceptions – Cainsville Vampires #3 – Kelley Armstrong
Killer Run – A Tourist Trap Mystery #5 – Lynn Cahoon

Week of August 23rd.

Gone but Knot Forgotten – Mary Marks *
Between a Vamp and a Hard Place – Midnight Liaisons #5 – Jessica Sims *
Threads of Evidence – A Mainely Needlepoint #2 – Lea Wait
Candy Corn Murder – A Lucy Stone Mystery – Leslie Meier
Nantucket – Contemporary Romance – Nan Rossiter
Thoreau in Phantom Bog – A Henry David Thoreau Mystery – B.B. Oak
Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets – A Happy Hoofers Mystery #3 – Mary McHugh
Mystic Park – A Finding Home Novel – Regina Hart
Shadow Strike – Immortal Guardians #6 – Dianne Duvall
On the Hunt – Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Hannah Jayne, Dianne Duvall
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall – Katie Alender
Wildest Dreams – A Thunder Point Novel – Robyn Carr
Breakout – The Dred Chronicles – Ann Aguirre
When a Scot Ties the Knot – Castles Ever After Novel – Tessa Dare *
“X” – A Kinsey Millhone Mystery – Sue Grafton *

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Here is you list for Nov. 2014 releases

November 2014

Week of Nov. 1st. – 8th.

One Potion in the Grave – Magic Potion Mystery #2 – Heather Blake
Christmas Cozy – Zoe Donavan #11 – Kathi Daley *
Hell On Wheels – Odelia Grey Mystery #9 – Sue Ann Jaffarian *
Another One Bites the Dust – Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire #2 – Chris Marie Green *
On Borrowed Time – A Library Lover’s Mystery – Jenn McKinlay *
Lethal Letters – A Books by the Bay Mystery #6 – Ellery Adams *
A High-End Finish – A Fixer-Upper Mystery #1 – Kate Carlisle *
No Mallets Intended – A Vintage Kitchen Mystery – Victoria Hamilton *
Deeper Than the Grave – Tai Randolph/ Trey Seaver #4 – Tina Whittle *
Plagued by Quilt – A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #4 – Molly MacRae *
Reap the Wind – A Cassie Palmer Novel – Karen Chance
Waistcoats & Weaponry – Finishing School #3 – Gail Carriger *
Snow White Red- Handed – Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #1 – Maia Chance *
Last Wolf Standing – Belinda Boring *
A Dog Gone Murder – Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper Novel – Elaine Viets *
Suede to Rest – A Material Witness Mystery #1 – Diane Vallere *
The Chocolate Clown Corpse – A Chocoholic Mystery – JoAnna Carl *
Chorus Line, Caviar and Corpses – Happy Hoofers #1 – Mary McHugh *
Dirty Deeds – Savannah Martin #9 – Jenna Bennett *
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie – A Sister Jane Mystery – Rita Mae Brown *
Knot in my Backyard – Quilting #2 – Mary Marks *
Knot Guilty – Crochet Mystery series #9 – Betty Hechtman *
Bloody Politics – A Molly Malone Mystery – Maggie Sefton *

Week of Nov. 9th.

Flesh and Blood – Kay Scarpetta Novel #22 – Patricia Cornwell *
Hell on Wheels – Odelia Grey Mystery #9 – Sue Ann Jaffarian *
If the Shoe Kills – A Tourist Trap Mystery – Lynn Cahoon E-book only *
Reap the Wind – Cassandra Palmer #7 – Karen Chance *

Week of Nov. 16th.

The Job – Fox and O’Hare #3 – Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg *
Bound by Ink – Living Ink #2 – Marcella Burnard *

Week of Nov. 23rd. – 30th.

Magic Steals – Jim and Dali Novella in Nigh shift Anthology – Nalini Singh and other authors
Betrayed – A Rosato & Associates Novel #13 – Lisa Scottolline *
Black Widow – Elemental Assassin #12 – Gini Koch *

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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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All Fudged UP by Nancy Coco a Very Cute Read

All Fudged UpAll Fudged Up

By: Nancy Coco

Copyright: November 2013

Publisher: Kensington Mystery

Welcome to the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop–where life is sweet, revenge is sweeter, and murder is here to stay…

You Can’t Fudge an Alibi

Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the grand old hotel that’s been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm–and world-famous fudge shop–the place is one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved landmarks.

Sure, every family has a skeleton or two in the closet. But Allie didn’t expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially one Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Which makes Allie the number-one suspect.

Can she sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in?

Allie’s dream was to run the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop.  But her dream included her grandfather being there alive and well to show her the ropes before handing it over to her.  Finding a dead body in her second floor supply closet was definitely part of her refurbishing plan either.  So poor Allie is now caught up in not only her renovations but a feud that has the islanders’ split between supporting her or supporting the family of the dead man.

This is a fantastic first book in a series that I think is going to grab everyone’s attention.  I love the book and I think the island setting and the cast of quirky characters and neighbors will make it a fun read.  The recipes are of course a bonus that I think most people will also enjoy.

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Lee Hollis Has a Sure Winner in Death of a Coupon Clipper

Death of a Coupon ClipperDeath of a Coupon Clipper

By: Lee Hollis

Copyright: July 2013

Publisher: Kensington Mystery

From Publisher’s Blurb

Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for Bar Harbor’s Island Times, is. . .well, kind of broke. So when she’s selected for that extreme coupon-clipping reality game show coming to town. . .. . . she’s thrilled, especially when her competition is nasty nurse Candace Culpepper. But when Haley stumbles across a face-down-in-the-snow Candace–scissors gleaming between her shoulders–she knows the next thing she’ll be selected for will probably be a police line-up.

Meanwhile, though Hayley’s BFF Mona was only joking about “taking Candace out,” Bruce Linney, the Island Times crime reporter, definitely isn’t laughing. And what about the smarmy, cold-hearted host of the show, Drew Nickerson, who may have been having a steamy affair with the intentionally-iced nurse? Hayley needs to cut to the chase and find the killer. Everything may hinge on a stray coupon, but Hayley better keep her eyes on the real grand prize: staying out of permanent cold storage! 

 

People say that having bad luck is better than no luck at all. Right now Hayley is not too sure about that.  After an interesting day at the paper (her boss Sal’s wife is away and he’s incapable of caring for himself) she drives herself home carefully taking care on the icy roads.  Upon arriving home she pulls into her garage and steps out of the car and was about to step into the house when she heard this awful sound, creaking and groaning. She looked up to see her garage rood starting to buckle.  She barely makes it to safety when the roof collapses totaling her car.

Continuing in this vein Hayley goes into the house only to find that her ancient heating system has given up the ghost. After spending the night in the cold she called her go to guy who gave her the estimate on replacing the old boiler and she nearly has a heart attack. No way can she afford this or the repair to the garage. She needs to find a way to get money fast.  Needing some shopping therapy she visits the supermarket and overhears a conversation about an upcoming reality game show being taped in town. Of course it was her lifelong enemy who she overhears as she pretends not to have heard anything.

Hayley moves in with her brother temporarily and signs up for the contest, little knowing that her biggest competitor is about to be “clipped” not only from the competition but this world. 

Want to know more? Beg, borrow, or steal a copy of Death of a Coupon Clipper and spend an afternoon enjoying a great story.

About the author: (from the publisher’s site)

Lee Hollis is the pen name for a brother and sister writing team. Rick Copp is a veteran film and television writer/producer and also the author of two other mystery novel series. He lives in Palm Springs, California. Holly Simason is an award winning food and cocktails columnist for the Mount Desert Islander newspaper in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she resides.

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The Christie Curse Comes Out as a 5 Star Winner

The Christie CurseThe Christie Curse

By: Victoria Abbott

Copyright March 2013

Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

 

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?  

 

Jordan needs a job and that’s something that is not easily available in her home town.  She answers an ad in the local newspaper for a position that seems perfectly matched to her degree and skills.  When she shows up for the interview she is interviewed by a wheelchair bound women with a scowling face and a nasty temperament.

Vera Van Alst is the most hated woman in the town.  Her family had previously supplied work for almost all the folks in the town until they shut down the shoe factory that they’d owned for multiple generations.   Looking at Jordan Vera tells her that she is wasting her time applying since she is looking for a man to do the job which is the only reason she was asked to appear for the interview, she has a man’s name.  Jordan was getting upset with this woman and wished she could just walk, but she needed this job desperately.  She needs to get out from under her uncles’ eyes, and to pay off her monstrous student loans.

Jordon is finally given a 3 month opportunity to prove herself.  She is asked to research and find a missing work of Agatha Christie’s.

With a lot of effort Jordon starts tracing the object and finds that she is not only not the first to work for Vera on this project, but that her predecessor died while on a trip into NYC regarding a possible purchase.  As the story proceeds Jordan makes new contacts in the book business, puts out calls for information through her uncle’s contacts, and finds herself getting deeper and deeper into a very dark business.

This story, the first in a new series by Victoria Abbott is intriguing and full of twists, turns, bad guys, good guys, and players who will show their true colors further into the book.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants more than a cute entertaining read.

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