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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.

Nora-A

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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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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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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Killer Honeymoon Will Totally Enthrall You

Killer HoneymoonKiller Honeymoon

By: G.A. McKevett

Copyright: April 2013

Publisher: Kensington Books

Now that plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has finally walked down the aisle, she’s ready for a romantic island getaway with new husband Dirk Coulter. The trip is supposed to be a blissful week of rum drinks and sunshine—but finding a dead body on the beach can be a real killjoy. Welcome to the honeymoon from hell…
Savannah and Dirk were hoping for a little honeymoon excitement, but eye witnessing a cold blooded murder wasn’t exactly what they had in mind. To their surprise, the recently deceased is none other than Amelia Northrop, the popular L.A. anchorwoman whose super sexy looks landed her a super wealthy husband. Savannah’s no expert, but she’s pretty sure Amelia won’t be hosting tonight’s evening news; she’ll be the lead story.

When the local police make it clear that they don’t want Savannah’s help, she decides to do a little digging on her own—and what she discovers could blow the case wide open. It seems Amelia led a far more twisted life than her cheery on-screen persona suggested, and crossed more than a few powerful people along the way. The question is, who hated Amelia enough to shoot her dead in broad daylight? Savannah isn’t sure, but she suspects Amelia found out the hard way that fate has a way of settling old scores—and karma can be a girl’s worst enemy…

Why is it that every time Savannah and Dirk step out of the house, even just to run a quick errand they run into either trouble or dead bodies?

Savannah, Dirk off on a romantic honeymoon on picturesque Santa Tesla Island have only one thought on their minds, relax and enjoy some time away from the gang and the office.  Of course waking up in a crummy motel isn’t any fun either. Dirk in his mind was being romantic since they had stayed there once before while on a previous case.

After renting a golf cart to save money they head to a gift shop to redeem something their friends John and Ryan arranged for them as a gift.  Little did they know it would lead them into a gruesome murder that would have too many suspects and not enough answers. 

Savannah, Dirk, Tammy and the whole crew get deep into solving a murder the two newlyweds witnessed firsthand. The runarounds, and snubs from the police chief would chase off anyone else, but the intrepid crew of the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency are made of sterner stuff.  It takes them a while but in the end they find the killer, solve the problem and make a couple of new friends in the bargain.

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

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Review and Giveaway – Highball Exit by Phyllis Smallman

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

The Lucky Winner is Nancy H. B.  she has been sent an e-mail and has 48 hours to reply with her snail mail addie. I also have a surprise bonus gift for her. Phyllis has graciously offered to send her a signed bookplate to place inside the book.

Thank you to all that entered the contest and I hope you’ll keep watching for my next giveaway, or just stop by to catch my next review.

 

Nora

 

 

 

 

 

Highball Exit

By Phyllis Smallman

Copyright October 2012

Publisher: Touchwood Mystery

Sherri Travis is three months behind on her mortgage and it will be last call for the Sunset Bar and Grill if she doesn’t come up with some cash. So when Aunt Kay offers to pay Sherri to ask a few questions about Holly Mitchell’s death, it sounds like easy money. But it quickly descends into a dangerous world of drugs, sex workers, and perversion. Did Holly really take the highball exit, or was she murdered? And what happened to her baby?

Set in small beach towns along the western coast of Florida, the Sherri Travis Mysteries follow Sherri Travis, a bartender and ordinary woman caught up in extraordinary situations. A traditional mystery series serving Jack Daniels instead of tea, the stories walk the line between mystery and suspense and include a delicious mix of cocktails, beaches, and murder. In a place where the very rich live next door to the very poor, where tourists come and go, and where newcomers reinvent themselves, all good stories begin with “One night in a bar . . .” Highball Exit is the fifth book in the series.

 This was truly the most terrifying Sherri story to date. It held me spellbound all day until now at 3:01 am Brooklyn time. I have finally read the last two words “THE END” and I can finally drag myself off to bed.Poor Sherri is dragged into the hunt for a missing young woman, and the only reason she let herself get pulled in was MONEY.  It all started on a quiet Sunday morning when a police car pulled into her driveway and her “Aunt Kay” pulled herself out of the back seat.  Kay is not a relative. She was her after school sitter, baby sitter, and when she was older, a safe haven from her hellish life at home.Sherri tried to turn her aunt down but the lure of the money (the three months back mortgage payment) was too much.  This began the adventure and case from hell.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher who only hopes for a fair and impartial review.CONTEST

Somehow the publisher sent me TWO copies of Highball Express, and I decided to hold this giveaway for one lucky commentor.

Tell us why you want to win “Highball Exit”. You must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment box with your comment (it would also be nice if you became a follower of my site but it’s not necessary to enter).  Please break it up using (at) and (dot), like domain (at) host (dot) com.  This is only open to US & Canadian mailing addresses—sorry, no international entries this time!  Contest ends on Friday November 2 at 4 pm EST.  Winner will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond.  The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. The winner will be chosen by using random.org to make things fair.

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Death Warmed Over is one Hot Book

Death Warmed Over

By: Kevin J. Anderson

Copyright: September 2012

Publisher: Kensington Fantasy

 

Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.


Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?


For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does ***everybody*** [delete: the media] have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance.

 

Dan Chambeaux gives the appearance of a 1940’s old time P.I. , with the slouch hat and the .38 revolver on his hip, covered by his jacket.  Partnering with a “Do-Gooder” lawyer just seems to make sense in this story.  The story line here revolves around his murder, and the murder of his girlfriend, and office manager/legal secty Sheyanne.

The fact that dead people come back as zombie, and vampires have appeared in the real world makes this story take on a whole new level of intrigue.  Who poisoned Sheyanne and put a bullet through the back of Dan’s head are only part of the story though.  Dan’s list of clients reads like a who’se who of the fairy tail world.  He’s got a Vampire who is an interior designer, and a dead artist who has come back to “life” making his family unhappy. Coming back means his art won’t suddenly jump up in value. Then when he starts painting a new masterpiece they steal it. He hires Dan to retrieve it for a share of the sale price.

The book is fun, cheeky and you won’t put it down until the last page says “The End”.  You’ve got to buy, borrow, beg, or steal this book.  It will definitely make your day.

 

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

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