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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.


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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This Book Will Leave You Laughing and Crying

The House on Main StreetThe House on Main Street

By: Shirlee McCoy

Copyright: November 2013

Publisher: Zebra

In Apple Valley, Washington, friends are always near, neighbors have no secrets—even if they’d like to—and long-held wishes have a way of coming true…

Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her Washington hometown. She intends to get back to it—as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily. But leaving Apple Valley a second time won’t be so easy. There’s her grieving nephew, Alex, to consider. And there’s Sheriff Cade Cunningham, the adolescent crush who could easily break her heart again if she let him.

To Cade, Tessa was simply his high school sweetheart’s kid sister. But now there’s no denying she’s a beautiful and caring grown woman, one he’d like to get to know. Except that Tessa is determined to leave again. If Cade wants to change her mind, he’ll have to show her that small-town life has its lovable side—and that he does too. Most of all, he’ll have to convince Tess they’re good together, and that every step has led her right where she was always meant to be…

This is not your everyday contemporary romance. This is a story of a sister who died along with her husband at the hands of a drunk driver, and a sister who left home to make her own way in life without having to clean up her older sister’s messes anymore.  Tessa built up a life on the East Coast and after seven long years is about to reap the benefits of all her hard work.

Finding out that her sister has left her everything including all her debts and her ten year old autistic son is almost too much for her to deal with.  Her plan of cleaning out the family home, selling it and moving her nephew and senior citizen aunt back east with her is the best she can think of.

Meeting her old crush Cade who is now the town sheriff isn’t making things easier either.  Cade wants her to stay in Apple Valley and is doing everything he can to make it happen.  The crotchety neighbor next door is doing all he can to get them cited for the condition of their property hoping that he can buy it on the cheap. This puts a lot of stress on Tessa’s already stressed out nerves.

What happens to this family and how Tessa decides to stay and build her sister’s decrepit home and “Antique Shop”  into a money making business with the  hope of supplying her old boss with quality items for his very successful decorating business.

You will cry, cringe, laugh and love The House on Main Street.

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

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Immortally Yours is a M.A.S.H. Hit!

Immortally Yours

By: Angie Fox

Copyright September 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback


No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she’s the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx,vegetarian werewolf, and otherparanormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally). But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table—half dead and totally to-die-for—Petra’s afraid she’ll lose her patient and her heart…


Commander Galen of Delphi is one gorgeous but stubborn demi-god. When his spirit tries to slip out of his fatally wounded body, Dr. Petra has to slip it back in—unwittingly revealing her ability to see ghosts. Now that Galen knows her secret, he’s convinced she’s part of an ancient prophecy. If the oracles are right, Petra could lead Galen’s army to peace. And if he seduces her on the way to hell and back? Heaven knows—all’s fair in love and war…


There isn’t much you can say about a book like this one. So I’m going to keep my comments mercifully short.

Angie Fox has done the impossible! She’s out M.A.S.H.’d the original M.A.S.H.. Wherever they are, Richard Hooker and William E. Butterworth are giving her a standing ovation. Immotally Your’s is a Paranormal Tour de Force. The characters will leave you rolling in laughter and if you’re not careful you’ll need a change of undies also.

FTC Full Disclosure: I won this book in a contest and received a signed copy from the author.


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A Place Called Home is Calling Out to You

A Place Called Home

By: Jo Goodman

Copyright December 2011

Publisher Zebra Contemporary Romance


When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they’ve been named joint guardians for their late friends’ three children, they’re little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch’s forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he’ll take sole guardianship. Thea is far from heartless. She’s just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and mis-steps, tears and laughter – lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she’d find herself could be just where she belongs.


What kind of co-parents and guardians do you get when you ask two friends who apparently don’t get along, are of the opposite gender, and happen to already in steady relationships? This is the situation that Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker find themselves in.  At the time they agreed to be guardians for their friends Gabe and Kathy, they never imagined that this vital married couple would die, together in a common accident, leaving behind two young children.

Mitch and Thea both have busy, separate lives.  Now they are forced to make concessions and work together to care for and raise two exceptionally smart kids and not kill each other while doing it.

Thea is engaged to an older man, with grown, married children, and no wish to be raising a new generation.  He wants to be able to say “Thea let’s take the plane and fly off for a weekend getaway”. Mitch is single with a girlfriend who is in no way interested in raising children at her age, she wants to work in her family’s real estate business, travel, party and have a good time.

With a room full of lawyers, and differing viewpoints, somehow they must work together and provide a safe and cherishing environment for eleven year old Emily and her twin brother Case. This will definitely be a battle of wits and patience.

I enjoyed this book on so many levels.  I grew up in a single parent house, my mother worked in the family business and I spent a lot of time on my own (a 1950’s latchkey kid).  Seeing how the twins react to the loss of both parents and being dropped into the home of their “Uncle” Mitch, is in a way similar to my mother’s remarrying and my being saddled with two very much younger step siblings.  It’s the getting used to new people, new family and a new home. The author did a fantastic job in painting this situation in words that will grab you and keep you reading till you reach the end of the story.

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

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