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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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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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Grey Howl is a Classic Mystery Read

Grey HowlGrey Howl
By: Clea Simon
Copyright: March 2014
Publisher: Severn House

A prestigious literature conference is convening in Cambridge and Dulcie Schwartz is the university liaison for the event, meeting and greeting some of the finest minds in her field.

But events do not run according to plan when one scholar’s presentation is sabotaged while another visiting professor disappears. As Dulcie and her boyfriend Chris struggle to solve problems and soothe egos, a strange apparition starts to haunt the bi-annual event. And even Mr Gray, the ghost of Dulcie’s late, great cat,,appears to be overwhelmed, leaving Dulcie to manage an increasingly backstabbing crew of professional rivals, one of whom may be a killer.

Dulcie’s life feels like it’s spinning out of control. She is going to be presenting a paper at the conference taking place at her university so of course the department chair has decided that she also has to be in charge of taking care of everything else also. Meeting the visiting scholars, making sure they have what they need while still trying to have a life of her own is in a word daunting.
Things start going sideways when one of the scholars asks for help retrieving the file that supposedly contained her notes for her presentation, and claiming that someone has sabotaged her computer. Finding out that everyone in the visiting group has a past that crossed lines over the years (and also having affairs with each other) is making it difficult for her to keep them in line.
Add in some possible poisonings, a dead body, and once again being seen as a person of interest by the police is making Dulcie wonder why she ever let her boss push her into being liaison to the visiting trouble makers.
Clea Simon, in each succeeding book in this series is proving that she is up there with the greats. Her stories bring to mind authors like Dame Agatha Christie, John Sandford and J.J. Marric. Her ability to juggle so many people and multiple crossing plots make her books a genuine pleasure to read, collect and share with friends.

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

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Parrots Prove Deadly is Clea Simon’s Best Mystery to Date

Parrots Prove DeadlyParrots Prove Deadly

By: Clea Simon

Copyright: April 2013

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Parrots will repeat anything – they don’t talk sense. Or do they?

When Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, the bad-girl animal psychic can’t help hearing the bird’s words as a replay of a murder scene. But the doctor on call scoffs at the idea, and the heirs just want their late mother’s pet to quit cursing.

With the only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, the blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a feather-brained theory. Even her crotchety tabby Wallis doesn’t buy it, although she’s more than willing to “interrogate” the big bird, as Pru deals with drugs, jealousy, and a potential rabies outbreak….

What do you think happens when you take one foul mouthed parrot, a service dog with issues, a neighbor who is a major yenta, and a dead woman’s daughter who appears to be slightly OCD?  You get Pru’s latest adventure in murder.

It all began with an early morning of Sept. 3rd. when Polly Larkin AKA “room 203” was found dead on the floor of her room.  Pru checked her messages and found a mail from a woman “I need your help, it’s or death”.   Pru was being asked to retrain a foul mouth parrot into one more kid friendly so that Mrs. Larking’s son could bring him home to his house.

I could write a page or so of my thoughts of each chapter, but I won’t! I’m not that talented or I’d have my own books on the market. (insert laugh)  As the story progresses, Pru meets the aid, the neighbor and her support dog.  She also gets to find out how creepy the director of the Nursing home is.  As her questions pile up along with the body count… It’s a race to find out how Polly died, who done it, and why so many people not involved with the home are interested.

Clea Simon is one hell of a talented writer and never fails to keep my interested in her books.  She is the author of three mystery series. The Theda Krakow Mysteries, The Pru Marlowe Pet Noir, and the Dulcie Schwartz Mysteries.   Each one a mystery which will entertain you and keep you involved till the last page.

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

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Trouble in the Tarot is a Magical Treat

Trouble in the TarotTrouble in the Tarot

By Kari Lee Townsend

Copyright:  March 2013

Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

For psychic Sunshine Meadows, sometimes fortunes can be deceiving . . .

Lately Sunny has been experiencing a period of big opportunity: her business in Divinity, New York, is thriving, and Detective Mitch Stone has finally agreed to take Sunny on a date. But thanks to her clairvoyant abilities, Sunny knows better than anyone that life deals out bad cards along with the good.

When Sunny agrees to read tarot cards at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival, she meets her Granny Gert‘s “arch nemesis” Fiona Atwater, and is overcome by a vision of Fiona in a violent argument. Sunny knows trouble is brewing when Granny and Fiona start having squabbles all over town. But the fighting comes to a head when a local baker gets run over by a big white Cadillac—and Granny and Fiona are found at the crime scene.

Sunny knows she should step aside and let Mitch handle the investigating, but she’s not about to ignore her visions and leave her granny’s life in fate’s hands . . .

Sunny didn’t quite agree to read tarot at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival. Granny Gert pushed, pulled, chivvied, and basically guilted her into it by playing on her love of animals.  The money raised from the profits of the carnival was going to the new animal shelter in town.

So here she sits setting out her fortune telling supplies while her cat Morty (who has a traditional fortune telling turban tied on his head) give her what in our house would be the traditional “duh, ya think?” look.  Granny Gert group Trixie’s Sewing Circle was in charge of the carnival this year and they’d chosen .

So on an early Friday morning Sunny (not an early riser) was setting up her booth in the Gazebo, set in the middle of the park.  After hanging her shingle (five times)  from the roof which reads Sunny’s Sanctuary, a gentleman named Harry fixed it so it would stay up. Thereby giving her hope that maybe this week would turn out better then she’d hoped.  Sunny offered to do a reading  for Harry as sort of a thank you payment but he declined, explaining that he has a fishing pole waiting for him back at Divine Inspiration, the Inn her parents always stayed at.

Setting up the table by putting a silk scarf over it and setting out elemental symbols around the table representing the earth, air, fire and water.  Little knowing that her week would devolve into a murder , with her Granny Gert as one of the prime suspects.

I love this series (and own all of them) and think the characters are  very well thought out. Between Sunny, her disapproving parents, her cat Morty who knows Sunny is his, and Granny Gert, along with the ancillary townspeople make this a treat to read and twisty enough to have you wondering till the very end.

I’m not going to say any more… Not because of spoilers, but because I want you to be salivating at the thought of getting a copy of the book into your hot little hands and spending a wonderful afternoon or evening enjoying the story.

FTC FULL DISCLOSURE: I was given a copy of the book by the author who only requested a fair and impartial review.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Author Kari Lee Townsend will be guest hosting on my blog on March 12th.  Please stop by and talk to her… ask questions, or just leave comments and thoughts about this book and the whole series.

 

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Copycat Killing is the Cat’s Meow

Copycat Killing

By Sofie Kelly

Copyright May 2012

Publisher: Obsidian Mystery

 

Everyone thinks their cats are special—but Owen and Hercules have powers that go far beyond an adorable look or an irresistible purr. Along with their owner, librarian Kathleen Paulson, they have an uncanny instinct for solving crimes…

It’s been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town’s been deluged, and now the local artists’ co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can’t actually assume anything about him. With the help of handsome detective Marcus Gordon—and her cats’ extraordinary powers of detection—it’s up to Kathleen to unmask a killer.

 

It’s been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights and the town just might float away if it doesn’t stop. Everyone is on edge, and if they have businesses on the main strip they are shoring up the place and pumping out water as fast as they can.

Kathleen is home with her two cats Owen and Hercules. Owen is not very happy about the rain boots he is modeling (he hates to get his paws wet) and Hercules appears to be laughing at him (as much as a cat can laugh).  After removing the offending boots from Owen, Kathleen locked up the house and went to meet Maggie at the Artist’s Co-op to help move things up to the second floor so they wouldn’t get water damaged.  Kathleen and Maggie move all the perishables up to the second floor and run into one of the other co-op members, Jaeger Merrill, who just has to get his .02 cents in even when no one wants to hear it.  He has this plan to hire a manager to run the co-op and to look for corporate sponsorship.

The majority of the members aren’t interested he just keeps harping on it.  It’s no wonder that a couple of hours later when Maggie is checking the water level in the basement she finds his dead body floating at the foot of the stairs.  Who did it, and why are the main questions, and that is the crux of this story.

We find out many secrets and hidden pasts, things best left alone, and now shining in the light of day.

Copycat Killing is the third book in the Magical Cats Mystery series and by far the most complex one to date.  I enjoyed it immensely and strongly suggest that you add it to your book ordering lists.

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