Travel, anyone? Here is your passport to murder – three clean cozy mysteries set in Budapest, Paris, and Amsterdam! Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly. This set includes three full-length cozy mysteries: Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest, Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris, and Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam.
It's not every day you are responsible for the wedding of the year, but Maddy Carson is up for the challenge... At least she was until she found her missing DJ murdered in a closet. Now with her BFF a suspect she will have to figure out who the killer is to clear her friend's name.
Hetta Coffey is a woman with a yacht and she's not afraid to use it! Hetta Coffey's a woman with a yacht, and she she's not afraid to use it!
And this time she's steering us into hot Mexican waters.
Miffed that vacation plans with her chronically absent boyfriend, Jenks Jenkins, have gone awry, she accepts a job in Baja. So what, if she and her friend Jan are spectacularly unqualified to take her yacht on a thousand-mile cruise in the eastern Pacific Ocean during hurricane season?
Set sail for Baja Mexico's Magdalena Bay as Hetta Coffey leads us once more into a morass of intrigue that will keep you laughing, breathless, and wanting more.
A psychic raven, meddling ghosts, and a few odd locals serve up trouble on the island of Capers Cove! Bartender Edie Allan might be a little odd, she can talk to ghosts and her pet raven, Poe, but she turns sleuth when a body shows up in the sand, and she discovers the cute new tavern owner might just be a murderer! Edie and her best friend, Officer Jessica Cho, begin an impossible search for clues in a case where almost all of the townspeople in Capers Cove have a motive. Can she serve burgers, mix cocktails, and deal with her suspicious new boss while there's a killer on the loose? Or will the search for the murderer leave her job - and her life - in jeopardy?
“My career in the San Francisco PD ended the day I arrested my husband.” Maggie Doyle gives her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD the proverbial middle finger, and moves to the Wild West…of Ireland. Lured by her aunt’s promise of a restful Irish vacation, Maggie agrees to help out at the Movie Theater Café in exchange for bed and board. Things are looking up—until the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at the café. With her aunt as the prime suspect, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the murder investigation. With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the cafe first?
Ivan Sorokin is missing. Who wants him out of the picture—his wife, his business partner, or the stripper who holds his heart? Can grouchy food critic, Josie Tucker, unravel the puzzle with more twists than Lombard Street and find the missing software entrepreneur? Chinatown. Dim sum. Murder. Josie’s perfect ingredients for adventure.
Another day, another dead body. It's all in a day of the life of Salem Grimes. Salem Grimes figures even a God who works in mysterious ways wouldn't resort to a dead body in a dumpster in answer to Salem's prayers to help her stay on her diet - excuse me - Strat-EAT-gic plan. But a dead body in a dumpster it is, and now Salem and Viv, her octogenarian partner-in-crime-solving, are on the case once again. Salem finds the search for the killer a satisfactory distraction from all the things she needs distraction from - "dates" with the husband she hasn't known for the past decade, growing jealousy of Viv's friendship with Dale-the-Annoying-Hanger-On, and a mentor who says things that - okay, maybe Salem needs to hear, but she really doesn't want to. As she seeks peace amidst praying prairie dogs and too much Chinese food, Salem struggles to disentangle what she believes from what she thinks she should believe, and - most frightening of all, the possibility that she might have to figure out for herself just where the truth lies. Oh, and avoid a murderer on the loose, if she can manage it.
A marauding chicken. A deadly discovery. Will Anne regret her move to Carolan Springs, Colorado? The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life. Yet, before Anne's completely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman. However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community's secrets, she's also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town's deputy coroner. ! Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?
When a tree topples over onto Miss Lillian's prized 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the grannies are once again scrambling for money and keeping Lil in the dark. Lucky for them, they have their choice of two cases, but which to take--a suspected art forgery or mysteriously disappearing trash from the county landfill? As usual, things aren't exactly as they first seem, and the grannies soon find themselves going undercover and dumpster diving to track down both bad guys. And now that Lil has scored an unexpected early release from prison, the grannies have more at stake than ever. Will they find the culprits in time to repair the Tucker before Lil gets home, or will she arrive and unravel their lies?
Makeup. Mannequins. Murder. When ex-cop-turned-P.I. Maggie Doyle scores a lucrative undercover job at the makeup counter at a fashionable Galway department store, she expects discounted lipstick and an easy paycheck. After an altercation with a customer leads to a dead body in Maggie’s bathtub, she and her assistant realize there’s more to the department store case than missing cash. Can they catch the killer before the holidays? Or will the festive season end in an explosion of tinsel and turmoil?
When the home security alarm awakens Cait Pepper in the middle of the night, she assumes there are bugs in the new system but has it checked out the following day. The security technician finds a halberd--a Shakespearean weapon--and knife on the ground which are construed as evidence of an attempted break-in. Cait recognizes the knife. She shot and killed the bank robber who owned the knife two years ago when she was on duty as a police officer in Ohio. How did that knife turn up in California?
A Murdered Judge. A Dark Secret Silenced. Rookie reporter James Lalonde is bored. And, he isn’t a journalist. He’s an all-round dogs-body, to editor-in-chief, Rhys Kelly. But, his luck has finally changed. After eavesdropping in on the morning editorial meeting, James learns he has his first-ever story. There’s one catch. If the story gets too complicated, it will be taken away from him and given to another journalist with more experience. Sure it’s a boring interview with the soon to be sworn-in magistrate, Albert Harrington, but it finally gets him out of his six-month slump as an editorial research assistant. He finally has a chance to prove himself. The following day, James turns up to his interview with Albert to discover a trail of blood smeared through Albert’s house, an empty safe, the murder weapon on the floor, but no body. Detective Anwar Khan turns up to the crime scene, puts two and two together, and believes James murdered the controversial magistrate. Can James clear his name and write his first-ever story before his editor takes it away from him? If you love gripping whodunnits featuring an intriguing cast of characters with secrets to hide, then you’ll love the first instalment in the Rookie Reporter Mystery series.
A teenager’s romantic fantasies lead to tragedy and her butcher walks away. The young girl’s bones, hidden for decades in the deep woods, cry out for justice. A life cut short, a cowardly killer and a middle-aged flowerchild are stirred together into a tasty stew of wild mushrooms, herbs, vanity and deceit in award-winning author, J. B. Hawker’s latest book. Will pastor’s wife, Judy Falls, uncover more than a new vegan recipe when she goes hunting for natural ingredients to tempt her husband’s taste buds? Many lives will be changed forever in the small seaside community of Bannoch, Oregon, as the result of one day’s misadventure. The questions remain, “Can the killer be found and brought to justice? Will the young victim finally rest in peace?” Get this exciting third book in the First Ladies Club series and find out today.
The Perfect Wedding..... Cursed? In this 4th installment of the Chrissy the Shih Tzu cozy mysteries, Autumn Clarke and Ray Reed are planning the winter wedding of the year, and the first major social event at Autumn's newly renovated Peabody Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Autumn's dreams are about to come true-a spectacular, romantic ceremony with the handsome love of her life. After their beloved Shih Tzu, Chrissy, discovers the body of a popular local psychologist in a snowdrift weeks before the wedding, a series of unexplainable setbacks begin to foil their wedding plans. Is it deliberate sabotage, or is the wedding truly cursed? Will dangerous, uninvited guests create matrimonial mayhem and ruin their special day? Wing's Cozy fans can expect an exciting, romantic whodunit with an abundance of twists and turns that will keep them on the edge of their seats until the very last page is turned.
When Bernie, the star of breakfast show TV Rise & Shine, is murdered in her dressing room, Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agents Abi and Jake are sent undercover to catch the killer. With suspects aplenty, the snow building up outside and the holidays fast approaching, they’ve certainly got their work cut out!
One body and one witness. Lisa struggles to sleep at night after witnessing a car crash in her own backyard. And her problems only get worse when a coworker turns up dead. After being questioned by police, Lisa learns she's part of a murder investigation – a witness who might be able to piece together some unanswered questions. And someone wants her dead. The fight to stay out of harm's way becomes more and more difficult. Lisa searches for the killer's identity and keeps winding up at the local bakery. She starts to wonder if it's a coincidence or if she too is destined for a sticky fate.
Murder gets personal when human remains are found in the beach cottage that real estate agents Regan McHenry and her husband, Tom Kiley, buy. The murder victim has been hidden away for sixteen years, and although the authorities quickly discover his identity, the trail to his killer is cold after so many years. Regan has sworn off playing amateur detective, but when it becomes clear the police have to focus on more pressing crimes, she has to break her promise. As her friend police ombudsman Dave Everett says, “Your house, Regan, your murder.” Welcome back to Santa Cruz, the community whose unofficial motto is “Keep Santa Cruz Weird,” for the twists and turns of the third book in the Regan McHenry Mystery Series. The murders are invented, but Nancy Lynn Jarvis uses real events and stories from her twenty plus years as a Realtor for background details, although, sometimes they are the parts of the books that seem like fiction. The series has been called smart and funny; perfect books to kick back with and have a good read.
Book #3 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series.
All it took was one scone. When the hot-tempered (and widely hated) hobbyist Yvonne Gaynor eats a tainted pastry at Kiki's scrapbooking crop party, it triggers an allergy that leads to Yvonne's death. Even worse, the police suspect foul play when they realize that someone tampered with the treats and swiped the victim's allergy medication.
An expert at stealing design ideas, Yvonne had enough enemies to fill a memory album. Soon, the scrapbooking community pins her murder on Kiki's friends and our ace scrapper finds herself dealing with anti-Semitic threats at the shop, a quarrelsome pre-teen daughter at home, a meddlesome mother-in-law, and constant financial pressure. Despite help from the handsome yet annoyingly coy Detective Detweiler, Kiki has her work cut out for her in solving the crime.
Would you take an anti-aging hormone? What if you could keep your youth? If someone you knew was terrified of aging, and you'd invented the hormone, would you give it to them? Even if it meant discovery would cause you to lose your chance of winning the Nobel Prize? Blue Coyote Motel is a suspense love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert areas as owners of the motel. Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a "feel-good" wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey's miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning? Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties present in all of us. Dianne has been named seven times by Amazon as an All-Star Author.
When a killer strikes during a freak May blizzard, suspicion falls on his neighbor - Emma Rand's best friend, Kristy Castle. Kristy's past casts a long shadow across the Summer Solstice celebrations, but did she kill to keep her secret? Book two of the Casper Crime Boss Trilogy.
Solve the mystery of how it all started! The day began in typical style with “June gloom” weather. It turned into the starting point for two sisters’ adventures into a world of mystery and crime. This Novella, the Prequel to the Sister Sleuths Mystery Series by Rayna Morgan, is a whodunit that will keep you guessing until the end! A fascinating introduction to how the siblings broke into amateur sleuthing by cracking a case full of nuts!
IS THIS HIT-AND-RUN AN ACCIDENT. . .OR MURDER? The police say Cate’s death is an accident, but her brother believes it was murder. Lea and her father, a former chief of police, are asked to look into the case. The suspects are plentiful. The kind of politician who gives politics a bad name, a real estate developer who values profit above all else, a fiancé involved in drugs, and a cop who may have crossed the line. Lea crosses international borders to track down the killer in this exciting read. Unplug and escape with Book Six in the Sister Sleuths Mystery Series. The murderer is a surprise, but the ending of the book has an even bigger twist!
Lizzie Hart’s crazy love life has been leading up this moment…when she finally gets to marry Blake Morgan. But with their luck, will they make it to ’til death do us part before the wedding even starts? It’s June in the small town of Liberty, and that means it’s wedding season. Faster than you can say “I do,” the social height of the year turns deadly as a sadistic killer begins targeting couples on what should be their happiest day. The terror begins as a groom keels over before he can get through his vows. The clever killer frames Bethany McCool, the dead groom’s ex, for the murder. Lizzie knows her friend Bethany is innocent, so she enlists the help of her fiancé, Blake, and sets out to find the real killer. But as the mayhem intensifies, the duo realizes they’re going to have to partner up with the police this time instead of trying to do all the sleuthing on their own. As if they don’t have enough to do, Lizzie and Blake’s big day is fast approaching, and neither of them can wait to tie the knot. Lizzie’s domineering mother has taken over the planning for the wedding, but even she can’t hold everything together as one by one the florist, the baker, and the caterer start pulling out over safety concerns. With the string of violence threatening to ruin their happily ever after, Lizzie and Blake must rush to find the killer before they become the next victims.
Kat Denham, a popular author of steamy romance novels, has decided to write a book in a different genre. She has a friend who's a doctor of acupuncture, has just lost over one hundred pounds, is getting married in mid-life for the first time to a doctor, and seems like the perfect role model for the protagonist in Kat's soon-to-be-written book. But fate intervenes when Kat happens to be at the acupuncture clinic when a patient, Sandy Hendrick, mysteriously dies. Suddenly Kat is involved in a murder mystery she has to solve to save her reputation and that of her friend, Mitzi. Who was the murderer? Was it Mitzi, Kat's acupuncturist? Or was it a doctor from the clinic who desperately wants Mitzi discredited, so he'll be named the Assistant Dean of Acupuncture? Then there's Sandy's philandering husband, Matt, and Mitzi's fiancee's ex-girlfriend. Or was it the clinic's receptionist, Rochelle? Will the sting Kat devises to help catch the murderer work? And what part does Kat's guard dog, Rudy, play? Another fast-paced mystery with food, dogs, and recipes from seven time Amazon All-Star, Dianne Harman.
You think you know the world of magical boarding schools? Not from a teacher's perspective at a school for at risk youth. Like any twenty-two-year-old who grew up obsessed with fantasy novels, Clarissa Lawrence expects all her Harry Potter fantasies to come true when she is invited to teach at a school for witches. Her dreams of learning magic--and being a good teacher--are complicated when she finds out her deceased mother was the equivalent of the Wicked Witch of the West. As if being the new "arts and crafts" teacher isn't hard enough at a school for juvenile delinquent witches, budget cuts are just as severe in the magic community, administrators are as unrealistic in their expectations of teachers, and the job is a hazard if the students find out you can't actually do magic. Amidst all these challenges, Clarissa must prove she's not her mother's mini-me and that she belongs at the school so she can learn to control her powers. If she fails, her powers will be drained, or worse yet, she might be enslaved by the Fae. As if this isn't enough pressure, she has to figure out why teachers are mysteriously disappearing. If she doesn't, she might be next. This is the third book in the WOMBY'S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES Series, but the first three books can be read in any order.
Plunged into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation, horoscope writer Amber Reed is desperate to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer. Hmm...maybe she shouldn't have wished for more excitement in her life after all!
From Book 1: USA Today bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke, brings you an unconventional sleuth hot on the heels of high-living lowlifes in book 1 of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. Even in a desert paradise, life is full of surprises like A Dead Husband.
"My first day as a sleuth was more Stephanie Plum than Miss Marple." Meet Jessica Huntington, an amateur sleuth with a shopping jones and a black AMEX card. She soon finds out that money cant buy happiness or save your neck. Her well-planned life in shambles, shes hiding out near Palm Springs, California. When her best friends husband is murdered, Jessica and her friends are soon stalked by scoundrels in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Maglis, and Armani suits. Roger Stone had something that got him killed. What was it and what will they do to get it back?
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A slice of southern charm and murder à la mode. A sudden midlife crisis leads Poppy across the country to a charming, yet deadly, pastry school in the heart of southern Georgia. Gathering the courage to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Poppy tosses her fear of carbs and soggy pastry bottoms aside and dives head first into learning the art of pastry. But she has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming) classmates, but also proving her worth to her instructors after her first publicly humiliating attempt at making the school's famous peach pie. And that’s not all. Amongst her peers lies a thief. . .and a murderer. If Poppy is going to survive her culinary experience, she ‘ll have to prove her innocence all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school’s dessert competition for a coveted overseas internship. Can Poppy prove she’s one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble? Book 1 in the Poppy Peters mystery series! A light-hearted cozy mystery featuring quirky small-town characters, southern charm, and recipes. This book does not contain cliffhangers, graphic violence, gore, or profanity.
DISCOVER THIS SIZZLING SERIES OF COZY MYSTERIES SET IN THE SWEEPING LANDSCAPE OF NORFOLK. A man lies dead, deep in an excavation trench, an angry villager's signature on a damming piece of evidence, and a race against time to discover the truth. When the corpse of a hated local man is discovered, smelling of whiskey and with his head split open, the police conclude its suicide. Ant and Lyn aren't convinced, and as they uncover disturbing clues that point to murder, the amateur sleuths have only days to prove their theory before DI Riley closes the case - and leave a killer on the loose. Set in the evocative landscape of Norfolk, this baffling cozy murder mystery with its thread of humour and hint of romance between our two lead characters, will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Dead Man's Trench is the first book in the Norfolk Cozy Mystery series that features fast-paced action, surprising plot twists and compelling characters. If you like the Faith Martin, Joy Ellis or Betty Rowland's Mysteries, then you'll love Keith Finney's Norfolk Cozy Mystery thrillers. Pick up Dead Man's Trench to discover this exciting series today! This book was published initially under the pen name, Nigel Lockwood.
Jewelry designer Kat Ramos comes to Banshee Creek to break the infamous Hagen House curse. To do so she must marry Liam Hagen, embrace her witchy heritage, and solve a centuries-old murder. That's quite a to-do list. Will she be able to do it all, or will the Hagen House curse prevail once and for all?
So About the Money romps through eastern Washington with its rivers, wineries, Native American casinos, and assorted farm animals. Add in some wicked fun chemistry between the CPA amateur sleuth and a local detective and Holly Price better solve the case before the next dead body found beside the river is hers.
Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for. Sheridan longs for something to keep her busy. That is, until Maddie and her new friend are framed for theft and murder. Will the truth come out before the person calling the shots takes Sheridan and Maddie out of the picture?
With less than two weeks until Christmas Cait stumbles across a man who had been washed up onto the beach. The man is very much alive, but after suffering a blow to the head, he cannot seem to remember who he is or how he came to be on the island. Cait and visiting cat Clarence set out to discover Prince Charming's identity only to find that their charismatic guest may not be so charming after all.
When Hollywood A-listers swarm Bartell County for a celebrity funeral, Miss Lillian takes in a temporary houseguest. After all, Abby Ruth is away and her room is sitting empty. She'll never be the wiser. But after the charming visitor leaves, Abby Ruth's adored arsenal has also vamoosed. Lil, Maggie, and Sera are in one hot mess trying to find the guns before Abby Ruth gets back. And when Abby Ruth divulges a heartbreaking secret, her friends are more determined than ever to catch the culprit themselves. Only this time the gals have crossed the line into deeper, more dangerous territory than ever before. Will they recover Abby Ruth's guns, or will they find themselves buried in a heap of trouble?
Between volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel.
Semi-retired journalist Natalie Seachrist has had visions all of her life. But when her twin Nathan confirms that the body she saw in her vision draped over a vintage Mustang was his granddaughter, her world changes forever. During subsequent research for friend and investigator Keoni Hewitt, Natalie has another unsettling vision and moves to the Honolulu foothills apartments where Ariel died. With Keoni’s cautionary aid, she explores the premises and personalities of the complex. There she discovers the fascinating story of the 1920s Shanghai origins of the affluent Wong Sisters—owners of the apartments—and more than a little discord between Pearl Wong’s nephew and the handyman who owns the Mustang. Unfortunately, Natalie’s on-site sleuthing with her feline companion Miss Una produces few concrete leads. Just as she questions the purpose of her mission, she experiences another revealing vision. When she declares her certainty that the girl did not fall from the apartment’s lanai to Keoni, she is forced to reveal her ongoing visions. At Natalie’s invitation, Keoni joins Nathan and her for meetings with the coroner and the Honolulu police detective who was once his partner. Despite items missing from Ariel’s effects, a lack of physical evidence means that the open case is being examined as an accident, or even a suicide. But why would a young girl approaching the end of a successful college career kill herself while touring an apartment? Natalie is determined to solve the myst ...
If you like smart women sleuths, murder and deception, you’ll love the Sister Sleuths latest case! A day at the rodeo ends up in murder, and sister sleuths Lea and Maddy find themselves defending more than one suspect. The weapon is a pistol belonging to Maddy’s close friend, Scott Miller, who has had run-ins with the deceased. Maddy’s desire to defend Scott makes detective Tom jealous, but could defending Maddy’s friend prove to be deadly for our heroines? The victim’s ranch is on a valuable piece of land. When a developer is suspected of foul play, Lea is asked to help clear his name. Will her snooping into the developer’s activities put the sisters in harm’s way? The setting is a rodeo in a small beachside community, so put on your boots and saddle up. You’re in for one rough ride! This stand-alone novel is the third in the series featuring sister sleuths Lea and Maddy.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed the story, and the details made the story even more realistic, I lost myself in the whole book. From the International Bestselling author, Sagar Constantin comes the first book in the addictive IN-BETWEEN series. Eva Monroe is returning from a three-week business trip, one in which she left her five-year-old son in the care of her estranged ex-husband when the plane that's taking her home crashes. The accident leaves her in a coma, unresponsive to doctors' attention and the urgings of her little boy. However, while Eva's body lies on the precipice of death, Eva's spirit has traveled to a place known as the In-Between - a world that is hovering in the clouds above our planet. The In-Between is a temporary home for people where they must decide whether to return to their lives on Earth or move on to the next stage in their development. It is a wondrous place, filled with spiritual aids and advanced technology. It is also a place where a person faces themself fully for the first time. When Eva arrives at the In-Between, she is utterly sure of her decision: she wants to return to her son. Yet, she soon realizes that what she believes about herself and her place in the world isn't as straightforward as she'd always assumed. And with this realization comes the understanding that her decision will be much harder to make than she ever would have guessed. Thus, she is faced with the most challenging decision a parent can make. Buy THE LIFE today to be drawn ...
Two botany professors with secrets to hide. A flower expert with something to prove. A dead body. Or two. Or three! Welcome to the Shellesby College greenhouse—where there’s always something dangerous blooming! Holly Jackson could be the next rising star in the botanical department at prestigious Shellesby College in New England. On a perfect moonlit night, the rare night-blooming cereus plant is scheduled to open its petals during the College’s much anticipated Annual Night Lights Gala. A famous chocolate maker is the featured guest, there is enough food to die for, and Holly is hosting it all. What could possibly go wrong? It’s all honeysuckle and roses until a wily and clever killer shows up and suddenly everything goes roots up. Is Holly the only one brave enough to follow the clues and bring about justice? Dead Cereus is the super funny and fast-paced debut cozy mystery novel in the series from award-winning and bestselling author Kira Seamon. Full of breathtaking exotic plants and flowers, charming characters, Shakespearean pranks, adventures with entertaining animals, and sensational culinary delights, this addictive story is a breath of fresh air and can’t help but implant itself in your heart and grow into one of your favorite reads. See what all the buzz is about. Become a ‘Cereus’ reader and pick up a copy today!
In The Glass House, the first book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries series Pat Pirard, recently downsized Santa Cruz Law Librarian, needed to find a new job in a hurry. She printed business cards announcing she was Private Investigator Pat and crossed her fingers, hoping she could earn enough money working for attorneys as a PI to survive. Pat’s first investigation went well, so she’s excited when she gets a call from an estate attorney who offers her a second job. The attorney tells Pat his client died at a funeral and he needs help sorting out who is entitled to inherit her estate. Pat quickly discovers the dead woman’s past is as complicated as her estate. And when an autopsy indicates she had two deadly toxins in her body when she died, Pat’s new case becomes not only complicated, but dangerous.
All Lizzie wants for Valentine's Day is for her fiancé NOT to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Is that too much to ask? Lizzie Hart is finally living the dream. She's engaged to the love of her life, Blake Morgan, and more importantly, she hasn't even given a thought to dead bodies or murder investigations for an entire year. The only hurdle in Lizzie and Blake's way to wedded bliss is introducing their polar opposite families to each other at their engagement party. Blake's parents have thrown a lavish shindig, but the fun is quickly over when Blake's brother arrives with an unexpected guest, the woman who left Blake at the altar years ago. If that weren't enough drama for one evening, Lizzie and Blake find the town mayor dead and the detectives on the case put Blake at the top of their suspect list. It's a race against the clock for Lizzie and Blake to find the real killer before the police decide to lock Blake up and throw away the key.
Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers… After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York. She hopes to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library. Secrets stretch decades into the past… Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. Her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John. Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered… When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears… Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?
ust as Patrick and Becky are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, something unthinkable happens. Can their magical love for each other survive this surprising new development? That's all I can tell you! Join Becky and the gang in Asheville as they deal with the next family emergency and an overwhelmed Becky continues to help ghosts with their unfinished business. The author recommends that you read the series of books in order beginning with the first book, A Medium's Birthday Surprise. Fans of the TV series Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and The Dead Zone will enjoy this series. Get the 12th book in this delightful cozy ghost mystery series now. If you love sweet clean mysteries with ghost stories, this is the series for you.
Pat’s fledgling private investigation company, PIP Inc., has a promising new case. Pat is still wearing a wrist cast after breaking her arm in a confrontation with a killer, so when she’s hired by the City of Watsonville to unearth the identity of an older woman who died in her bed, she’s delighted that her next job promises to be a simple computer-based research project. Why is it that things are never as simple as she thinks they will be? Pat soon discovers nothing is as it seems, beginning with a corpse who had secret identities, murder, and a post-death ritual thought to have last been performed decades ago.
Aliens, fairies and murder, oh, my! In small-town Doyle, California, UFO abductions are a budding tourist attraction. So when Susan Witsend brings a UFO festival to town, she’s ready for some well-deserved time in the sun. What she gets instead is the corpse of a UFO conspiracy theorist, brained with a bottle of local wine. Susan may be the owner of a UFO-themed B&B, but she doesn’t wish on stars to get what she wants. She’s a woman with a planner. Plan A) Milk the UFO festival for all it’s worth. Plan B) Stop lusting after her best friend turned security consultant, Arsen Holiday. But murder isn’t the only thing threatening Susan’s best-laid plans. Beset by alien protestors, aging nudists, and hidden secrets at every turn, Susan’s nearing her wits’ end. And now Plan C is to stay on the good side of a grumpy local sheriff. Susan may not have a clue, but she knows she wants a certain security consultant at her side when the killer goes supernova. Planet of the Grapes is book 2 in the Wits’ End series of cozy mystery novels. If you like laugh-out-loud cozy mysteries, you’ll like Planet of the Grapes. Buy the book to start this hilarious caper today! Breakfast recipes at the back of the book.
A Perfectly Proper Murder When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But then a fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present, making her wonder if a ghost could really be on the loose. With her high school bully as one of the detectives in charge of the investigation, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she knows it won’t be. Maddie also grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home. Praise: "A delightful new series."―Library Journal (starred review) "A quirky murder mystery with plenty of small town charm."―ForeWord Reviews “A clever combination of characters.”―Kirkus Reviews “Humor, hints of romance, and twists and turns galore elevate this cozy.”―Publishers Weekly
Laurel Beacham made working solo a personal success story and is known for her nerve, instincts, and ability to do whatever necessary to return each priceless masterpiece safely intact. As the world’s leading art recovery expert, she’s thwarted more heists than the average law enforcement professional. Museums applaud her skills. Thieves admire the cunning way she operates. Her last job landed her the head position over the London branch of Beacham Foundation, but bringing one case to a close only opened a bigger one. More importantly, the new case inextricably ties her to Jack Hawkes, a man smart enough to be her equal but who keeps her trust meter firmly in the red zone. Trying to stop a rumored heist of the century, the pair leap headlong into a plot that gets more dangerous and illusive by the minute. The clock counts down as the bodies and forgeries stack up.
A missing girl. An amateur sleuth. And a whole lot of croissants. Meet Molly Sutton, recently divorced and ready for a new life, who moves to the village of Castillac in France to open a B&B. She’s looking for peace, pastry, and beautiful gardens—an altogether slower life than the one she’d had in Boston. But you know what they say about the best intentions…. Molly has barely gotten over jet-lag when she hears about a local student’s disappearance. In between getting her ramshackle house in order and digging into French food, Molly ends up embroiled in the case, along with the gendarmes of Castillac. And unlike the Nancy Drews she loved as a child, this mystery is complex, stirring up emotions she thought had been put to rest and terrifying the beloved residents of her adopted village. The Third Girl is the first book of the Molly Sutton Mystery series. If you like engrossing cozy mysteries, real characters you'd want to get to know, and mouthwatering descriptions of scrumptious food, you'll love Nell Goddin's tale of murder and intrigue.
In the heart of a raging blizzard Sheriff Jeff McQuede discovers a woman frozen to death in her car. At first he believes her death to be an unfortunate accident--until he finds clues that point to cold-blooded murder. Margaret’s husband, Arthur, left her in the stalled vehicle to brave the storm and manages to reach Joe Trevino’s isolated ranch. The case becomes more complicated because of the recent warehouse robberies at Trevino’s store. McQueede finds that Trevino is Margaret Burnell’s business partner, and that she has traveled from their Casper store to conduct a company audit. In addition, Margaret has planned to meet with her only child, a run-away daughter she hasn’t seen in years. Trevino, the missing daughter, and Arthur Burnell would all profit financially from Margaret’s demise. Has a relentless killer tracked and sabotaged the Burnells, or did Arthur simply abandon his wife for his share of the money, leaving her to die an icy death?
Christie Taylor is tired of dealing with death. She decides to travel more to Comfort, Texas. Yet as soon as she arrives, she finds that Pop is fighting off developers intent on getting their homestead. Worried that her cantankerous father is going to cause problems, Christie is determined to get things settled before she leaves. But when someone tries to run down her father and a body is found on their property, Christie realizes that death has followed her home. A down-home country cozy mystery with a pie-baking sleuth Death Takes A Break is the first book in the Texas Taylor mystery series. If you enjoy down-home country values, quirky characters, and yummy pie recipes, you'll enjoy this series.
Romance, suspense, and a little voodoo. Sloppy drinking habits. Stunted love life. Professional humiliation in a doomed celebrity trial. It’s no wonder high-strung Texas attorney Katie flees for the serenity of a tropical island, even if it’s the one where her parents died in a tragic accident. But when she gets there, the accident looks a lot like murder, the island seems more sinister than serene, and there’s no one to save Katie from the bad guys, except for herself. ˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest. 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery 2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction 2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist ˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer." If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney and native Texan, Pamela lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this series during that time. ˃˃˃ The reviews for Katie are in, and they're good. Very, very good. "Taut suspense." — Midwest Book Review "Quick, entertaining read." — Kirkus Reviews "Fantastic mystery." — Once Upon a Romance ˃˃˃ Catch more adventures with Katie and her friends in the What Doesn't Kill You world.
Thirty-four year old cosmetics saleswoman Chloe Cook is busy searching for a love that lasts in the tourist town of Cape Cod when a murder strikes. The victim is Marty Diamond, a mattress mogul known for his high pressure sales tactics and schlocky TV ads. Unfortunately, the local police detective suspects that Chloe's good friend Kristina Miller is the killer. To prove Kristina's innocence, Chloe has to take matters into her own hands and find the real killer herself.
An historic castle. A beautiful wedding. A dead groom. Former big city cop, Inspector David Graham, is now leading a small group of officers in the tiny coastal village of Gorey. One Sunday morning, as he walks around the imposing Orgueil castle, Graham’s peaceful life comes to a shuddering halt when he finds a woman kneeling beside the body of a stricken man. As the woman’s screams ring out, Graham is there to assist – and to start gathering clues. Was it suicide? An accident? Or something far more nefarious? Questions lead to trails that send the team digging through the history of not only the affected families, but the castle itself where a quartet of talented musicians have seemingly vanished. Monolithic in size and secrets, Orgueil Castle may reveal answers in the strangest…. and deepest ways possible. With one dead, four missing, and many long-buried family secrets, Inspector David Graham wonders if there is enough tea to see him through it all.
The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect. Can Elise clear her friend’s name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship blinders keeping her from seeing the truth?
Small towns have secrets...and murders. Bestselling author and cyber security company owner Parker Bell and the always caffeine-and-sugar infused Lady Gatorettes seem to have more than their fair share of craziness, mischief, mayhem, and murders. A laugh out loud madcap set of adventures in Po'thole, pronounced Po Ho by the locals and Pothole by anyone north of the Florida-Georgia line. Crazy isn't just for tourists! Sit down with your favorite liquid libation, sweet iced tea for most, and enjoy the hilarious antics of Parker and her merry band of friends in this Florida humorous cozy mystery series. Book 1 - A Dose of Nice...and Murder Book 2 - A Honky Tonk Night...and Murder Book 3 - The Faberge Easter Egg...and Murder Book 4 - Little Candy Hearts...and Murder Book 5 - Lights, Action, Camera...and Murder Book 6 - A Turkey Parade...and Murder
When you’re at Death’s Door, you never know who—or what—will come knocking.
An old case comes back to haunt Marna Langley and the Midnight Calls crew. When a holiday celebration goes wrong and Marna once again faces the poltergeist that nearly took her life, not even being able to commune with and channel the dead can rescue her from being accused of murder.
But the two-story shanty in Ghosten Valley hosts some big, bad entities who have a young woman, the source of the poltergeist energy, under their influence. Decorations become grave markers and holiday spirits are overshadowed by ghosts from Marna’s past and a ghostly uprising in the town she and the Midnight Calls crew now call home.
When Lil, the show’s feline mascot, comes under scrutiny and her special abilities are revealed, Marna realizes she and her team don’t have a ghost of a chance to come out of this supernatural investigation unscathed.
The chill in the air isn't the only change October is bringing to Casper, Wyoming. Jake Rand, local attorney specializing in juvenile cases, is being courted to run for county attorney and a killer is stalking one of the city's leading families. With Casper's only homicide detective out of commission, Jake and his wife Emma, a therapist in private practice, step in to crack the case. Will the accidental detectives be able to keep the killer from striking again?
Competition in the job market is murder, but is it fur real? Investigative reporter Cat Wright sure thinks so when she posts an assistants position and finds one applicant dead and the other accused of murder. Is this a rivalry gone deadly or something more sinister? The only witness is a Jack Russell Terrier. Can a feline fan learn to speak dog before she becomes the next victim?
“Danger was part of my job description, but none of my contingency plans anticipated an attack by a Maine Coon.” It’s summer on Whisper Island. Ex-cop-turned-private-investigator Maggie Doyle is looking forward to sun, fun, and romance. Instead, she gets bills, an assault allegation, and a busted wrist. To add insult to injury, there’s a movie being filmed on the island, and Maggie’s diva sister has been cast in it—her debut role. While other residents clamor for parts as extras, Maggie wants nothing to do with the shoot. But when hotshot director Con Ryder asks Maggie to investigate a series of suspicious accidents on the movie set, she can’t afford to refuse. Maggie and her UFO-obsessed assistant, Lenny, go undercover as extras, with Lenny intent on enjoying every second of the experience, and Maggie determined to solve the mystery and leave as quickly as possible. Maggie’s hopes for a quick-fix solution are shot to pieces when the woman who accused her of assault turns up dead.
Welcome to Desert Palms, a cozy Arizona tourist town set up against the mountains. Deanna Devlin is a thirty-two year old reporter who dreams of tackling hard-nosed stories, but is stuck writing puff pieces for the local paper. When a murder strikes Desert Palms, Deanna suddenly gets her chance to cover some hard-hitting news. Unfortunately, one of Deanna's good friends is wrongly suspected as the killer by the local police detective. To prove her friend's innocence, Deanna has no choice but to take matters into her own hands and find the real killer herself.
Could you commit murder to complete an antique set? Looks like someone did! Marty's a recently divorced antique and art appraiser who moves from the Midwest to live with her sister in High Desert, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Since their early childhood days, her sister has always possessed unexplained psychic abilities that often enable her to predict future events. An antique appraisal in the home of a recently murdered woman puts Marty at the center of a search for the killer. Who did it? The woman’s son? The well-known collector of antique Meissen china? A professional art and antique thief? The owner of Mai Tai Mama’s Restaurant? And just what part did the collection of Meissen china Monkey Band figurines play in the murder? Detective Jeff Combs is just as determined to develop a relationship with Marty and her dog Duke as he is to solve the crime. Will the psychic abilities of Marty’s sister help her find the killer? This is the first book in the popular High Desert Cozy Mystery Series by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author.
Buyer beware. To create excitement, Ruger, a shady dealer at the annual rendezvous flea market, puts up for auction a locked Civil War trunk with contents to be sold sight unseen! That night, the highest bidder, Zeke Jones, is found stabbed to death beside the trunk. Sheriff Jeff McQuede believes Jones has interrupted a robbery in progress. Several people had offered to buy old coins, photos, and medals from him, which indicates to McQuede that Jones had already sold what the robber had been after. Acts of vandalism follow as the thief continues his ruthless search. Baffled, McQuede must beat the killer to a treasure he can’t even identify. Fear spreads throughout the Black River Rendezvous as McQuede tries to discover the secret behind the mysterious trunk before another murder occurs.
Heather Stanton is used to spinning anything negative that comes her way into gold, but now both her personal and professional lives have hit a glitch, so she cuts her losses and boards the first train out of town, leaving it all behind. Heather never expects to run into her independent, free-wheeling Aunt Julia in a speck on the map called Willows Bend. Nor does she expect the turn her life takes when her aunt is suspected of murder. . Putting her own problems aside, Heather teams up with a handsome ex-private investigator to clear her aunt’s name. But will Julia’s innocence be questioned when she suddenly vanishes as the odds turn against her, in a race to catch the killer? If you like fun, fast paced cozy mysteries, read this Author Shout Silver Award Winner, because "sometimes you have to take a chance."
Think your family's dysfunctional? Meet Gracie Andersen's and the peaceful farming community of Deer Creek. Gracie has her hands full--a new business and trying to get her life on track after the loss of her husband and unborn child. When an odd gift from her troubled uncle thrusts her into an investigation of a cousin's tragic death 20 years ago, Gracie meets with opposition from family and friends. What really happened that rainy, October night when her cousin was killed by a hit-and-run driver? As pieces of the truth are wrenched from the past, her new business, Milky Way Kennels teeters on the edge of disaster. And then death strikes again. Someone is determined Gracie won't find the truth. With Haley, her black Labrador by her side, Gracie doggedly pursues the trail of clues to unravel the mystery of her cousin Charlotte's untimely death.
Mama Gets Trashed is the fifth book in Deborah Sharp's funny, Southern-fried Mace Bauer Mystery series. Set in the fictional town of Himmarshee, Fla., TRASHED continues the adventures of the much-married Mama, and the three grown daughters she drives crazy. When a tipsy Mama tosses out her latest wedding ring with the trash, she drags middle daughter Mace to the dump to search. They find the ring, along with something they wish they hadn't: the scantily clad body of the town's strait-laced librarian. Foul play AND fetish-wear in little Himmarshee? Mama's blushing fifty shades of pink!
These gals are like Dirty Harry...only over 50, female, and from the south. Lillian Summer Fairview is settling right nice into the federal pen. She's even making peace with Big Martha, the toughest broad on the cellblock. After hearing Lil's granny friends recently took down a swindler, Big Martha asks Lil for a favor. Her niece has fallen for a guy she met online, and Martha's convinced Mr. Too-Good-To-Be-True is up to no good. All Lil's friends have to do is a little look-see on the guy and report back. But when they poke around, they find the guy doesn't really exist, and that triggers a wild ride through the world of online dating. Meanwhile, a cantankerous septic system on Lil's family estate in Summer Shoals, GA has the grannies fit to be tied. If Summer Haven isn't in shipshape before the historic society's inspection, they'll be in deep you-know-what.Big Martha sweetens the deal by promising to fix what ails Summer Haven if the grannies can find the elusive Romeo. Will the grannies track him down before the inspection, or will they find themselves in trouble right up to their granny panties?
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Caroline Fardig’s captivating mystery novel takes readers behind the counter of a seemingly run-of-the-mill coffeehouse . . . where murder is brewing. After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over. The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.
“You fight back when you are turned into 'bait' for killers” When mankind reaches the stars, some things will still be the same: People still get murdered, and innocence or guilt still must be proven. When she finds the body of a retired shopkeeper on the beach, a series of mysterious events draws Lady Jayla into a web of passion, terror, and murder; if she wants to stay alive, she must figure out who the killer is before she becomes the next target. She also needs to stop the interplanetary jewel thieves who keep breaking into her shop looking for their missing loot. While dealing with this crisis, she faces a slew of other problems. When she bought her shop, she inherited one dysfunctional house-bot who thinks he's a sex-bot and a sales bot who cleans her front window display naked. Then there is her nosy boyfriend Jake and her overprotective family… To make matters worse, the local and interplanetary detectives investigating the theft and murder think either she stole the jewels, or she makes excellent bait for the real thieves. Take your pick.
Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon and his wife Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, have just returned from a fly fishing trip to Cuba. On the drive home from the airport Mike gets a call informing him that the owner of Doggie Love Kennel, where they had boarded their dogs when they were in Cuba, has been murdered. To make matters worse, all of the dogs in the kennel, including Rebel and Lady, have been released and are running loose in the surrounding area. They immediately begin to search for their dogs as well as trying to determine who killed Mary Barnes. They have plenty of suspects to choose from: the druggie kennel employee; the owner of the award winning Yorkie that was impregnated while staying at the kennel; the disgruntled head of the Pit Bull Sanctuary who was instructed by the owner of the kennel to get his pit bulls off of the property within twenty-four hours; the impoverished woman whose property is next to the luxurious kennel and is jealous of the dogs being boarded there; the kennel manager; and her husband who has anger issues. Will Mike and Kelly find the killer before the killer comes after them? And what about the dog named Skyy? Is she cute enough to make Mike rethink his decision to only have two dogs? Can she worm her way into his heart?
Paris – the city of love, lights… and murder? Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she escorts five couples on an unforgettable Valentine-themed vacation to France! Unfortunately it will be the last trip for one passenger… Lana Hansen’s future is looking bright. She has money in her bank account, a babysitter for her cat Seymour, and is even dating again. Regrettably she won’t get to celebrate Valentine’s with her new beau Chad. Instead, she will be leading a ‘lovers only’ tour in France. Lucky for Lana, her best friend Willow and her partner will be joining her. Things go downhill when Lana’s new boyfriend shows up in Paris for her tour–with his wife. Chad is not the website developer he claimed to be, but a famous food critic whose love of women rivals his passion for eating. After Chad drops dead during a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, a persistent French detective becomes convinced that he was poisoned. And the inspector’s sights are set on several members of the tour– including Lana! While escorting her group through the cobblestoned streets of Montmartre, the grand gardens of Versailles, and the magnificent galleries of the Louvre, Lana must figure out who really killed Chad before she has to say bonjour to prison and adieu to her freedom. Introducing Lana Hansen, tour guide, reluctant amateur sleuth, and star of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series. Join Lana as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that, unfor ...
It’s been a rough year for 26-year-old Mags Murray. First she learns that her dad isn’t her biological father, a secret her mother took to her grave three years earlier. Then her beloved Irish grandmother passes away at Christmas while Mags is visiting her from the States. Now Mags must host her grandmother’s wake and sell her cottage. A cottage filled with cherished memories. A cottage Mags inherited but her odd jobs won’t enable her to keep. Shortly after the funeral, a young man, Finn O’Brien, arrives at the cottage with an old photograph. Finn believes the boys in the photo are a clue to his father’s identity. Mags can sympathize with him, and because she often helped her genealogist grandmother uncover skeletons in people’s closets, including herself, she agrees to assist Finn. But searching for Finn’s father stirs up trouble. Finn is in a near-fatal car crash that wasn’t an accident. So Mags and her childhood friend Biddy McCarthy investigate why someone wants to prevent Finn from finding his father. Questioning the quirky locals proves a wee bit difficult as several of the suspects were victims of Mags and Biddy’s childhood shenanigans. It might take a fake Irish wake to reveal Finn’s father and the would-be murderer. But what if the two turn out to be the same person?
It’d be the season to be jolly if only someone hadn’t set the stage for murder. When a student is arrested for the crime, Professor Sheridan Hendley is cast in the role of amateur sleuth. Tensions run high, friendships are strained, and the college administration is beginning to panic. As the plot thickens Sheridan is yet again drawn deeper into danger. Will she find the truth before the final curtain call?
A portrait holds the key to recovering a cache of looted artwork, secreted away during World War II, in this captivating historical art thriller set in the 1940s and present-day Amsterdam. When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all. Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. Chill with a Book's January 2018 Book of the Month Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers' Award One of The Displac ...
The First Ladies Club tells the story of the first female pastor to be called to the pulpit of the struggling First Baptist Church of Bannoch, Oregon. Please let me introduce you to the charming Reverend Doctor I. Merrill Bishop, Th.D., the lead in our story. That's her, on the cover. Pastor Merrill, as she prefers to be called by her flock, is eager to serve the Lord in this small seaside community after serving on staff of a large Bay Area church in California. She expects to find resistant attitudes to ordained women, but never imagines she must also deal with a sudden rash of suspicious deaths in her new church home. She'll need all her faith and the support of her new friends in the First Ladies Club in order to meet these challenges and many more. On her own since the death of her husband, also a pastor, Merrill struggles with loneliness and out-dated prejudices as she works to revive the congregation of her troubled, possibly dying, church...but to make matters worse, that's not the only death she must deal with. The good will and encouragement of readers such as you will go a long way toward seeing her through.
★★★★★ Casi McLean never fails to bring it in such enchanting ways, and her ability to put the reader smack in the middle of the action (and believe me, there’s plenty to be had here), puts her at the top of my to-read list every single time she releases a new title. ––A Kindle Customer ★★★★★ Three Sisters Island Mysteries have all the components of number one bestsellers – fantasy, time-traveling, mystery – as well as including the complexities of the human condition and the story will delight the reader in every way. I’ve read several other of her fantastic stories, but this may be the best one yet. Bravo, Ms. McLean, for this riveting page-turner. Five golden stars were awarded – I wish it could be ten. ––Susan Ricci ★★★★★ This story is captivating I read it in one sitting ! It’s fun, suspenseful, and keeps you guessing! I loved it! ––Jennifer H. Ong Thrust into 1692 Salem, Summer Holloway must discover why the time portal spiraled her into her haunting dreams before a hysterical town hangs her for witchcraft! From USA Today and Amazon Best Selling Author, Casi McLean, comes another gripping time travel mystery to keep you hugging the edge of your seat.
Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising. Clive Johnson, the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College, is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief. Convinced Chief Pfeiffe has it all wrong, Sheridan Hendley sets out to help prove Clive's innocence. Not everyone is pleased by her enthusiastic search for the truth.
FRAMED FOR ASSASSINATION When professional sharp shooter Sydney Smith is in Cincinnati for a gun show, a senator is killed by a sniper. Sydney is horrified to find herself the prime suspect, and it takes all her essential oils and the help of a mysterious man to keep her from being falsely imprisoned. With the evidence stacked against her, she must prove her innocence before the real clues are erased. REAPPEARANCE OF AN OLD FLAME Sparks fly when Harper Wasden, a highly capable Navy Seal, makes his presence known. Can they repair a prior misunderstanding while they work on clearing her name? The stakes have never been higher, and it will take every last drop of peppermint oil and ingenuity to come out on top.
Heather Hampton, a middle-aged, freshly divorced fashion journalist from Long Island, arrives in Dolphin Cove, New Zealand to start a new life as a beach café owner and a cocktail maker extraordinaire, not to battle a grumpy live-in chef-cum-baker, rescue feral kittens and find bodies and skeletons in cupboards. But when she is accused of poisoning her chef, she has no choice, but to get involved and find out what really happened. With the help, and sometimes against, a semi-retired police officer and a rescue kitten, Heather discovers a few secrets, makes a couple of friends and almost ends up on a date. But, more importantly, will she guess who the murderer is? Can you beat her to it? Grab a copy of The Long Island Iced Tea Goodbye to find out.
Ally Sweet is happy to be returning for a short break to the small town where she grew up. She is planning on using the time off to get over her messy divorce and she is looking forward to spending time with her much-loved grandmother and relaxing making chocolates and anything chocolaty.
But then… the delivery driver for her grandmother’s chocolate shop is found murdered. The detectives investigating the crime have a prime suspect, Ally’s high school sweetheart, Brent. Ally believes that Brent would never murder anyone, so with the help of her trusted feline friend, Peaches, she tries to uncover the truth.
The search for the killer leads Ally straight into the line of danger. Will she be able find the murderer before she becomes a victim herself?
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While returning from Professor Dawson’s lecture on haunted places, the last thing Sheriff Jeff McQuede and Dawson expect to encounter is a terrified woman clinging to the railing of Mirabella’s Bridge, crying for her lost baby. It looks as if Rae Harris has thrown the infant over the bridge in a fit of despair, but she claims he has been stolen by a ghostly figure she calls Mirabella. Similar to the La Llorona legend Dawson just spoke about, Mirabella was a local pioneer woman who was rumored to have drowned her infant after being abandoned by a lover. At first McQuede believes Rae was driven by madness, but he soon finds evidence that her story may be true, and the perfectly timed kidnapping of her child may be in some way related to lecture attendee and local celebrity, Jim Royce, and his vast fortune.
A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
Mystery, murder and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
From the light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the author of Milijun, Amidst Alien Stars and Saving Paludis.
"Without intending to disparage our contemporary writing world, I must observe that Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham harkens back well and fondly to the golden years of speculative short-story fiction collected from great masters like Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke. In addition to clever and intriguing plots, never gratuitously complicated but always with a satisfying twist, these simple but startling tales unfold with zeal and concisely controlled acceleration. Or, to switch analogies, imbibing them is like popping juicy morsels on impulse rather than methodically pacing oneself at a sumptuous feast. Something to be consumed immediately upon the craving. Something to make one smile. And you will. You will also, at times, find yourself quite amazed." Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Exactly whose handfasting is this? Senna feels like naught but an inconvenience at her own wedding.
Lyran’s father seems determined to take over in his pursuit of power, and Senna worries that the man she’s marrying is nothing more than his father’s puppet.
Written as a prequel to the Hengist medieval adventure series, this gives snapshots in the lives of Senna and Lyran - a couple of medieval healers not averse to using a dollop of earth magic and oodles of humour in their work. What they don't yet realise is their higher purpose - to heal an entire world.
For fans of Call the Midwife, Poldark and Robin Hood, this is book #1 in a cozy-mystery series, the fourth book will be out in May 2019.
After Sierra Sullivan is furloughed from her cruise director position, she moves to Spindrift Cove, Washington, to be closer to her married daughter. She soon discovers that gigs for middle-aged entertainers are scarcer than good hair days in the Pacific Northwest. With her bank account sliding toward zero, she swallows the indignity of donning a ten-pound wig and elaborate costume to perform at a child’s birthday party. Little does Sierra know she’ll soon be upstaged by a corpse and become the leading-lady suspect. As the bodies pile up, the entertainer adlibs her own crime-solving gig, a performance putting her in the crosshairs of a killer, and a finale that truly may be final.
Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime. She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who knows what's best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn't understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice. Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?
At thirty-four, Santa Cruz County Law Librarian Pat Pirard is living her perfect life. She has a job she loves, she’s just purchased her dream car, and she is almost over being dumped by her long term boyfriend. But her thirty-fifth birthday marks the end of life as she knows it, and Pat has to reinvent herself. As a birthday present, Pat’s best friend enrolls her in a glass flower making class. She learns a lot in the class, but she never expects her final lesson will be all about murder.
What could go wrong at The Big T Lodge, the most expensive and prestigious hunting club in the United States? Well, murder for starters! When Roger Langley tells his wife, Liz, that they're leaving for Texas in three days for an unexpected hunting trip at the club, neither of them has a clue that Liz will spend most of her time looking for the person who murdered Roger's law school friend, Milt Huston, who just happens to be the Attorney General of California and a candidate for Governor of California. There's no lack of suspects, but who did it, and what was their motive? Anger from Milt's former lover? Revenge from the lover's husband? Milt's proposed cigarette tax increase despised by a North Carolina tobacco farmer? The California Senator who wants to be Governor of California? Or the chef's assistant who hates Milt's liberal views? Join Chef Wes, Liz, and her new doggie friend, Sam, a huge bullmastiff, as they search for the murderer and the motive.
How far will the town of Beyond go to survive?
Halloween approaches, and a cold wind is blowing when Paula Vega leaves her hometown of Atlanta and moves to Beyond, a picturesque small town nestled in the North Carolina Mountains. She hopes her new job as a B&B manager will bring a little peace and quiet to her life and rejuvenate her sagging writing career.
But those hopes evaporate like the early morning haze when Paula learns how desperate her new neighbors are to keep their quaint little town alive. Faced with a preacher who’s Halloween-creepy, dogs that have mysteriously gone missing, and two suspicious deaths, Paula knows she could ignore what’s happening and let the local sheriff do his job; but she can’t leave a tale untold, and soon realizes there will be no peace or quiet until she uncovers the not-so-sleepy town’s secrets to expose a killer.
A sassy, sexy, exotic, and lightning-fast romantic mystery. Temp worker by day, lounge singer by night, single mom Ava is having a rough go of it on St. Marcos, until she lands a too-good-to-be-true job with a boss who sends her to New York to record a demo. But when Ava stumbles across the raped and murdered body of a young woman, she’s rocked, recognizing her from a shared trauma back in their school days. Their connection haunts her, and Ava throws herself into avenging the girl's death. From that moment on, it’s one bombshell after another, going off closer and closer to Ava and the people she cares about most. ˃˃˃ See why Pamela’s novels have won contest after contest. 2017 WINNER Silver Falchion for Best Adult Mystery 2016 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction 2015 WINNER Best Book Awards Cross-Genre Fiction 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Romance, Quarter-finalist ˃˃˃ Once Upon A Romance calls Hutchins an "up-and-coming powerhouse writer." If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich, you will love Pamela Fagan Hutchins. A former attorney who splits her time between Nowheresville, Texas and the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming, Pamela lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years. She refuses to admit to taking notes for this series during that time. >>> The Ava series reviews are in, and they're good. Very, very good. "Just when I think I couldn't love another Pamela Fagan Hutchins novel more, along comes Ava. She's smart and sassy, ...
Aggie Mundeen, who writes the column “Stay Young with Aggie,” plans to rendezvous with SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven, the man she loves, at a hotel on the San Antonio River Walk…a vacation from crime and a reset for their tumultuous relationship. In the midst of River City during Fiesta Week, what could go wrong?
Aggie is befriended by the Fabulous Femmes, ladies holding their convention at the hotel. But when hotel guests are murdered, Aggie discovers her friends have questionable backgrounds. Her unexpected debut dancing in a Fiesta performance at the Arneson River Theater is fraught with danger. Even in idyllic River City, crime can complicate a relationship.
"Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery. A Great series with fun characters."
Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago’s most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in L.A. Even if she can’t quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego–or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star “Bomber” Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well…unzipped…Christina gets just a little miffed–until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet.Enter Jack Rivera, a no-nonsense detective with a grim attitude and a great butt, who’s determined to prove this cocktail-waitress-turned-shrink was engaging in some very unethical behavior. Persuading Rivera that she’s not a murderer isn’t going to be ...
Ten years ago, young Beth Ridley disappeared on her way to school. No trace of her was found, except for a single doll’s leg found in the street.
Now, on the anniversary of her disappearance, Detective Inspector Graham is giving Beth’s case another look.
With a properly steeped tea in hand and a ready team around him, Graham steps headlong into a cold case that will rock a town and reveal truths far darker than any of them could imagine...
HIGH-OCTANE ACTION WITH QUIRKY, DOWN-HOME CHARACTERS... In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge -- but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive. * Winner of the Dixie Kane Memorial Award * Nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Emily Award * Praise for PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY: "An entertaining mystery full of quirky characters and solid plotting...Highly recommended for anyone who likes their mysteries strong and their mint juleps stronger!” - Jennie Bentley, New York Times Bestselling Author of Flipped Out “Reinhart is a truly talented author and this book was one of the best cozy mysteries we reviewed this year…We highly recommend this book to all lovers of mystery books. Our Rating: 4.5 Stars.” – Mystery Tribune “The tone of this marvelously cracked book is not unlike Sophie Littlefield’s brilliant A Bad Day for Sorry, as author Reinhart dishes out shovelfuls of ribald humor and mayhem. It ...
Wildlife-rehabbing witch Tabitha Tapscott’s life among the mortals of Dove’s Creek, Virginia is just the way she likes it—until she finds a body on her property. Though the mortals write the killing off as a wild animal attack, Tabitha’s convinced there’s foul play at work because the body reeks of malevolent magic. When a mysterious paranormal detective swoops in to investigate and pins the blame on an innocent griffin, Tabitha has no choice but to investigate the murder herself. But as she uncovers secrets that change the way she sees the town she loves, Tabitha realizes an innocent griffin isn’t her only concern—because all of Dove’s Creek is at risk. With help from her feathered familiars, can Tabitha clip the killer’s wings? Parakeets and Pentagrams is the first book starring Tabitha Tapscott, wildlife rehabber, witch, and amateur sleuth. Discover the secrets and mysteries of Dove's Creek with Tabitha and her feathered and furred friends in this debut novel from an enchanting new series!
When murder propels him backstage, Haydn is forced to confront a deadly killer. . .
When the Burgtheater’s impresario unexpectedly meets his maker, Joseph Haydn is relieved to learn no one expects him to look into the matter. The impresario was murdered—and the Salzburger believed to be the killer is already behind bars.
But the impresario’s untimely death is not without consequences. Haydn’s employer insists he take over the dead man’s duties. Handling the tedious technical details of putting on an opera is bad enough. Confronting the suspicious behavior backstage is even worse.
Is an innocent man being sent to the gallows? Haydn is plagued by the question when his brother Michael confirms his worst fears. The Salzburger arrested for the murder is none other than Leopold Mozart—father of the well-known child prodigy currently in Vienna.
Now, egged on by Michael—a close friend of the Mozarts—Haydn must prove Leopold innocent. Or risk his brother’s ire forever!
DEAD IN PARADISE… A killer roams the island paradise of Key West and a lost treasure is up for grabs. The Hemingway cats, Megs and Bartholomew, think Liberty Anderson was a spy. Can Trouble rely on their ramblings to get to the facts? A dead body behind a locked door is no small feat but Trouble, the black cat detective, will steer Ginger and Trout to more than one truth in this romantic mystery. Imagine that if you were a cat, and not just any ordinary cat, but a sleek, black cat detective who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his ability to ferret out crime and solve murders, what would you sound like? Well, Benedict Cumberbatch, of course. Meet Trouble, super sleuth and cat of mystery.