Sunday, April 14, 2024

Cozy New Releases




A Taste for Crime

 Ellery Adams and Tina Radcliffe 

When a scathing review by a prominent food critic threatens to ruin the career of local celebrity chef Anton Parsley, he turns to Cooper and her Bible study group for help. Cooper’s boyfriend was once mentored by the beloved chef, and Cooper will do anything she can to support his struggling restaurant. But before she can figure out how to restore the chef’s good reputation, the food critic is found murdered in his restaurant. Suddenly, Cooper and the gang must go from propping up the chef to tracking down a killer.   

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Feline Fatale

 by Rita Mae Brown 

Spring flowers may be about to bloom in Crozet, Virginia, but Harry is thinking about snow. Her dear friend Ned Tucker is in the House of Delegates, advocating for a bill to improve road clearing during bad weather, and Harry and Ned’s wife, Susan, have gone down to the statehouse to support him. Tensions are high between political parties, and no one can agree on anything for long enough to get something done.  

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It’s Murder You Betcha

 by Jeanne Cooney 

Doris and her sister, Grace Kelly Anderson, the owner of the local café, take ninety-year-old Rose O’ Brien ice fishing. The day ends, however, with nothing to show for their efforts except a dead body. With Rose distressed over the crime, Doris feels compelled to make inquiries in an effort to move the murder investigation along, much to the chagrin of the sheriff, an old boyfriend and a current puzzle. 

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Tides of Trouble

 by Wendy Ledger 

Maggie Romano has never been happier. She has a rewarding job, a loving boyfriend, and the best cat in the world. However, when a body washes up on the beach, her tranquility is shattered. As a reporter, she needs to follow the case wherever it leads. As a friend, she wants to protect the prime suspect, the local psychic who many believe murdered this man. It would also be nice if all the animals could learn to get along.  

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Death at the Spring Fling 

by Rosalie Spielman 

The dive shop where Kiki Hepburn works is sponsoring the first annual Aloha Lagoon Resort Spring Fling Dance, and naturally is in charge of the “Under The Sea” themed décor. In between hanging crepe paper jellyfish tentacles and paper mâché honu, Kiki witnesses an argument between two men, and is unsurprised to see her old foe Ruby Nakasoma right in between them.  

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Death Comes to St Ives

 by Jo Silva 

Amateur sleuth Donna Nightshade should really be used to being accused of murder by now – after all, she’s found herself the prime suspect in nearly every case she’s investigated in the past year! – but when St. Ives sees not one, not two, but three suspicous deaths in quick succession, and Donna finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time for each one, she’s forced to defend her good name once again.

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Bummer at Luna Beach

 by Lisa M. Lane 

A body has been found at Luna Beach, one hairy arm sticking out of the sand at the bottom of the bluff. While police detective Rory Gallardo and his staff uncover the man’s origins, 72-year-old Rosie McMahon and her cat Hephaestus are also on the case. Pursuing clues with the help of her journalist pal Lou and environmentalist student Tiffany, Rosie discovers a mystery bigger than a dead tourist.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Cozy New Releases

 



A Dowry of Death

 by Gin Jones 

While planning her wedding, Helen Binney hears about a local bride who was murdered the night before the ceremony. It happened ten years ago, before Helen moved to town, and no one has ever been arrested. So of course Helen can’t resist investigating.  

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Til Death

 by Kathi Daley

Ainsley goes on a stakeout with Parker only to have their effort take an interesting turn when they uncover something totally different than what they were after. Meanwhile, Ainsley is excited for her sister Avery’s upcoming visit, Josie is getting her catering business off the ground, and Winchester Academy is closed for the summer giving Ainsely and Adam some much needed time together.  

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Inn-Decent Exposure

 by Heather Horrocks 

Vicki continues her zany adventures running the Who-Dun-Him Inn, joined by twin Liz and Grandma Ross. Her black-sheep-of-the-family sister Georgia has an unexpected surprise that will shake up her relationship with Bear. Bear has an unexpected visitor and an impossible decision to make. And David just wants to romance Vicki, which is just fine with her. Join this endearing cast of characters for the next installment and laugh yourself to death at the Who-Dun-Him Inn. 

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Brie Careful What You Wish For 

by Linda Reilly 

With the summer heat sizzling, grilled cheese restaurant owner Carly Hale is thrilled to have Ross Baxter delivering her sandwiches to local seniors. She’s never met a more polite or hardworking young man, and she brushes it off when one of her more difficult customers complains about him. But then Ross returns to the woman’s home to make another delivery—and finds her dead body. The police and half the town immediately suspect he killed her, so Carly steps in to investigate, determined to prove them wrong.

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The Poison Pen 

by Paige Shelton 

(Cozy Mystery)

Edinburgh is mourning recent the death of Queen Elizabeth II when Bookseller Delaney Nichols’s boss comes to her with a most unusual assignment. An old friend of his, living in an estate in the village of Roslin, has found what could be a priceless relic on her property, and Delaney is tasked with investigating. Could Jolie possibly have an item of breathtaking Scottish historical significance in her possession? But when Delaney arrives at Jolie’s estate, she is greeted by a legal team with a vested interest in the property. Jolie manages to remove the interlopers, but as they’re examining the priceless item, they hear a scream, and meet a much less welcome discovery: a body. 

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In$Urance To Die For

 by Charlotte Stuart 

A scam artist’s plan for making money off of insurance turns deadly. John Smith, an insurance investigator as ordinary and nondescript as his name, is determined to protect his company’s reputation, but his investigation is frequently interrupted by his war with local crows, the gift of an uncontrollable kitten who hates him, and being signed up for a dating app by prankster poker players. He ends up with more enemies than Harry Potter and discovers that sometimes being a klutz is a life-saving skill. 

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Death in Nonna’s Kitchen 

by Alex Coombs 

When famous TV chef Matteo McLeish turns up at the Old Forge Café and offers chef Charlie Hunter a place in his kitchen for the duration of Hampden Green’s local opera festival, she thinks it’s because he rates her cooking skills. In fact it’s because he’s heard she’s good in a crisis. The wholesome star of Nonna’s Kitchen is being blackmailed by one of his team. 

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A Clock Stopped Dead 

by J.M. Hall 

Retired teachers Pat, Liz and Thelma are happiest whiling away their hours over coffee, cake and chat at the Thirsk Garden Centre café. But when their good friend tells them about an unsettling experience she had in a sinister-feeling charity shop, they simply can’t resist investigating

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Cozy New Releases

 



A Fitting End

 by Sheri Richey

With a freshly painted storefront, a challenging wedding dress to alter, and a new business to open, Peggy heightens her business security just as the rest of the town falls prey to a thief!  

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Murder in a Tourist Town 

by Lynn Cahoon

Jill’s family law career is in a rut. Watching a client go back to her abusive husband, yet again—and then learning she’s been passed up for a partnership, yet again—finally prompts her to take a break. She’ll have to dip into her emergency fund. But after all those long days in her windowless office, subsisting on leftover cake from the breakroom, it’s time to smell some flowers.  

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Molten Death

 by Leslie Karst 

Retired caterer Valerie Corbin and her wife Kristen have come to the Big Island of Hawaii to treat themselves to a well-earned tropical vacation. After the recent loss of her brother, Valerie is in sore need of a distraction from her troubles and is looking forward to enjoying the delicious food and vibrant culture the state has to offer.  

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Murder, She Wrote: Murder Backstage by Jessica Fletcher and Terrie Farley Moran 

Jessica Fletcher’s British cousin, Emma MacGill, will be traveling to Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, to perform with internationally famous star of stage, screen, and television Derek Braverman in an old-fashioned musical review. Emma would love for Jessica to join her there and suggests she bring along some friends. Having just finished her latest book, Jessica is ready for a vacation and is delighted to agree. Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Sheriff Mort Metzger are huge fans of Braverman, so they are eager to tag along, and their fanboy behavior gives Jessica and Mort’s wife, Maureen, more than occasional cause to roll their eyes  

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Nosy Neighbors 

by Freya Sampson 

Seventy-seven-year-old Dorothy Darling has lived in Shelley House longer than any of the other residents, and if you take their word for it, she’s as cantankerous as they come. But Dorothy has her reasons for spying. And none of them require justifying herself to Kat Bennett.  

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The Potting Shed Murder 

by Paula Sutton 

Daphne Brewster has left London behind and is settling into her family’s new life in rural Norfolk, planting broad beans in raised beds and vintage hunting for their farmhouse. But when the local headmaster is found dead in his potting shed, amongst his allotment cabbages, the village is ablaze: Who would kill beloved Mr Papplewick, pillar of the community? Daphne soon comes to realise perhaps the countryside isn’t so idyllic after all…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Crime Scene Connection My Review

 


About the book 

Her writing was fiction,

until a killer made the danger very real…

A serial killer’s imitating crime scenes from Addison Keller’s bestselling novel, determined to make her the final victim. But with former police officer Jace Montana and his dog at her side, Addison might just be able to unmask the murderer. With time running out as the killer closes in, she must confront her past and unravel long-buried secrets…and hope they can all escape with their lives.

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


And I thought

My favorite kind of read. 

Checked All the boxes for a 5 Star read!

Making Crime Scene Connection the best book I have read this year (so far).  

Beginning right with the title that expertly played into the plot and the questions about just what the heck was going on! 

The main character Addison found herself actually living out the book she had penned. 

Only prob was said book was filled with murder! 

As Addison discovers a killer expertly using her story as a 'Playbook' for his version of the killing spree. 

And setting Addison up!

Author Deena Alexander pulls the reader in from page 1 as Addison begins to run for her life. 

Litterally right into the arms of ex cop Jace Montana (love the name btw) who claims to be her assigned protector. 

As the reader along with Allison questions Jace, herself, law enforcement , and an abusive ex a cat and mouse game is set.  

All the while the police consider Allison their main suspect. 

I really enjoyed the plot(s).  

I also enjoyed the main character Addison is an author. 

As confused and scared as she is Addison is a strong and savvy character. 

The writer developes a strong male lead in Jace that is strong, honest and capable. 

I loved my introduction to author Deena Alexander and look forward to reading more. 

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Sailing in Style by Dana Mentink My Review



 And I thought 

And now I need to read the 1st one. 

After reading Cy and Piper's story in Sailing in Style. 

First let me say I loved the book and I seriously want to read book 1. 

I was left really interested in all the characters.  

And in the end I was curious how the story was developed in book 1. 

Pelican Inn was the setting of book 1 and is where Cy's father and his new wife Bitty reside. 

Book 2 takes up shortly after the romance of Cy's sister Rosa who is introduced in Return To Pelican Bay.

Rosa's wedding reception is held on board a Paddle Boat which is picture on the cover. 

The story revolves around the renovation of the Ball Room after a flood which well . . .

The main character the dashing and handsome kind of beachy surfer type happened to be responsible for. 

All because he saw a vision (or so he thought/wished) of his ex Piper who happened to be performing on board the paddleboat.  

The plot was solid and fun with some history of the Paddle Boat.  Some mystery when someone on board has sticky fingers.  And btw there are several suspects which just might include Piper's Uncle. 

And then of course there is Cy and Piper's romance. 

The two have lots of hurtles to get passesd as they each deal with family drama they let drive them.  

And thier own pasts that just might keep them from having a Happily Ever After. 

As I turned the last pages I was sad to leave the story and this short series behind. 

I wonder if authors ever revisit thier characters years later. 

As readers we can only hope. 

I was lucky enough to win my copy in a Giveaway.   

I was not asked to write a review. 


What the book is about 

Danger: Heartbreak ahead! 

Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family's checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doesn't deserve him, but how can she pretend she's immune to Cy's charms? As her past explodes into her present, Piper knows they can never have a future together. But with their irresistible chemistry drawing them even closer than before, how will she be able to walk away a second time?

And about book 1 . . .  


Her design scheme didn't include him! 

Her design scheme didn't include him! 

Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the California coast, even if it kills them. And it 
will kill Rosa if they fail. Their business, and her future, depend on winning the Great Escapes Magazine design contest that lured them back to the town where some of her best—and worst—memories were forged. Memories like those of Pike Matthews, the innkeeper's nephew, her high school heartthrob turned humiliator, now infiltrating himself into every aspect of the project. Is he purposely frustrating her efforts? Behind that killer smile is he carrying a grudge…or a torch?

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Cozy New Releases

 




I Only Read Murder

 by Ian Ferguson & Will Ferguson 

Miranda Abbott, once known for the crime-solving, karate-chopping church pastor she played on network television, has hit hard times. She’s facing ruin when a mysterious postcard arrives, summoning her to Happy Rock, a small town in the Pacific Northwest. But when she gets there, nothing is what she expected. 

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Sangria and Secrets

 by Agatha 

As the warm sun of Savega kisses the tranquil Spanish shores, a holiday meant for peace and quiet beckons Julia and her family. The picturesque Spanish town, with its whispering olive groves and vibrant plazas, holds a trove of memories—some fond and others shrouded in the shadows of a traumatic past, but their troubles are in the past, aren’t they? 


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Double Scoop of Murder

 by Lena Gregory 

Danika Delany is loving running her uncle’s old fashioned malt shop on eastern Long Island and putting her own modern spin on the treats they serve. Life is finally looking up for her! That is, until local billionaire Maxwell Crumbholtz dies and leaves his fortune in the form of a treasure hunt. Chaos descends on Watchogue, and Dani and the rest of the gang from the Coffee & Cream Café join the melee when they enter the contest, try to decipher the clues, and go in search of the treasure. 

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Magic Box Murder 

by J.C. Kenney 

For a decade, the Magic Box game store in Marysburg, Indiana, has hosted a twenty-four-hour gaming marathon as a fund-raiser for a local charity. Shockwaves go through the town when the newest marathon champion is strangled less than an hour after the event’s conclusion. In the parking lot right behind the game. 

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Blessing of the Dogs

 by Neil S. Plakcy 

The theft of the vice-mayor’s dog unveils a widespread pattern of canine thefts. Could those poor pooches be on their way to a testing lab or a puppy mill? And how does that case play into the death of a Billy Joel tribute act? Could the caterer they’ve hired be responsible? 

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Ranch Dressing

 by Diane Vallere 

When fashionista Samantha Kidd’s father-in-law arranges a week on the dude ranch he’s aiming to buy, Samantha preps for blue skies and clean living. But all too soon she learns life on the ranch is anything but calm. When the owner is found dead inside one of the stables, all signs point to murder. 

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Flashes of Insight 

by Lynda Allen 

Mood swings and insomnia are one thing, hot flash-induced psychic visions are quite another. When Olivia Wilde realizes the visions she’s been experiencing in the midst of hot flashes are actually premonitions, she has to learn to understand and trust what she sees in order to help a friend, preserve a piece of history, and save a life. 

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Dead in the Dark

 by Kat Bellemore 


Newly engaged Maddie Swallows has done the marriage thing before, and she’s terrified to do it again. Even with someone as perfect as Benji. In an attempt to help calm her nerves, Maddie’s mother arranges for Maddie, Benji, and the kids to go on a road trip to Carlsbad Caverns. But what begins as a wonderful adventure quickly takes a horrifying turn when, at the bottom of the caverns, the lights go out. When they turn back on, their tour guide is dead. 

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Cozy New Releases

 




A Smoking Bun

by Ellie Alexander 


The mountains are calling in Ashland, Oregon, where pastry chef turned amateur sleuth, Jules Capshaw, is baking up a bevy of spiced curry buns and chai cookies for a moonlit snowshoe tour. Ramiro’s family is visiting from Spain and Jules can’t wait to take them up to her beloved Mount A with its charming and rustic lodge, backcountry trails, and star-filled skies that stretch for miles. Their winter wonderland adventure is nothing short of magical and the merry party opts to return to the slope the next day for the Downhill Dummy.

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Double Grudge Donuts

 by Ginger Bolton 

When the Fallingbrook Arts Festival rolls into town weeks before she’s set to tie the knot, Emily expects talent and friendly competition at the week-long summer series to go together like coffee and double fudge. But the fun crumbles fast after a lively bagpiper takes first place on day one and turns heads for the wrong reasons—all before Emily and her tabby cat find him dead in a clear case of murder. Along with a distinctive weapon at the crime scene, several strategically placed items leave disturbing clues about the killer’s identity, including a broken piece of a Deputy Donut mug . . . 

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Five Furry Familiars 

by Lynn Cahoon 

To keep her cooking school and catering business, Mia’s Morsels, afloat, Mia’s handed off oversight to her boyfriend Trent’s mother while she focuses on earning a steady paycheck. Too bad her mean-spirited boss at the lodge keeps the misery flowing as steadily as the money. At least her roommate, Christina, is still dedicated to Mia’s Morsels—though she’s also distracted, thanks to her clingy mother’s constant demands. And the distraction only grows when Christina’s old flame shows up in Magic Springs, Idaho, in his Escalade, claiming out of the blue to be her fiancé. 

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Ill-Fated Fortune

 by Jennifer J. Chow

Felicity Jin grew up literally hanging onto Mom’s apron strings in their magical bakery in the quaint town of Pixie, California. Her mother’s enchanted baked goods, including puffy pineapple buns and creamy egg tarts, bring instant joy to all who consume them. Felicity has always been hesitant in the kitchen herself after many failed attempts, but a takeout meal gone wrong inspires her to craft some handmade fortune cookies. 

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A Catered Quilting Bee 

Quilts, quiet, and delicious food. That’s exactly what Bernie and Libby expect as they build the menu for the Longely Sip and Sew Quilting Circle’s first-ever exhibition hosted at the local library. The eclectic ladies of the group couldn’t appear more harmlessly wholesome if they tried, especially mild-mannered kindergarten teacher Cecilia Larson, who hired A Little of Taste of Heaven to cater the event. So it’s a complete shock when disturbing news drops about member Ellen Fisher, found hanging from a plant hook in her otherwise pristine sewing room. 



Revved Up 4 Murder

 by J.C. Eaton 

The seniors of Sun City West are celebrating again, this time over the news that Wayne from the pinochle club finally has a chance to restore his classic car. Phee goes along for the ride, but her thoughts are on her agency’s latest case—a priceless artifact that’s missing from the local museum. It’s an antique doll supposedly filled with treasure—but also carrying a curse for whoever possesses it. Then a dead body is found under Wayne’s car, along with signs of foul play, and Phee is coaxed into helping get him off the hook. 

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Crime and Cherry Pits

 by Amanda Flower 


Shiloh Bellamy can hardly believe it—for the first time in her family farm’s seventy-year history, she has managed to score a highly-coveted booth at the Cherry Farm Market in Traverse City, Michigan. It’s a huge win in her master plan to bring the rundown farm back to life… and the fact that her coup has sent her next-door neighbor and organic farming competitor into fits of jealousy doesn’t hurt, either. But the festive atmosphere at the farm market takes a dark turn when a man entered in the famous cherry pit-spitting competition chokes and dies right in front of Shiloh, who is standing near the sidelines as a spectator. 

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A High Tide Murder 

by Emily George

What a long, strange trip it’s been for Chloe. After her dream of becoming a Parisian pastry chef—and a wife—crashed and burned, she returned home to the seaside town of Azalea Bay, California and opened a cannabis café. Despite some residents’ misgivings about how such a business may affect the community’s reputation, Baked by Chloe has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Nothing mellows out people like sweet edibles and frothy drinks with a dash of CBD.  

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Suspicious Breed

 by Jackie Layton 

With her wedding fast approaching and her plans to open a dog shelter underway, Andi Grace can barely find a free moment. Then she learns that her favorite local vet may have been roped into a crooked fundraising scheme meant to help animals, and worse still, her wedding photographer—a good friend who may have had firsthand knowledge of the scheme—is murdered. Determined to find justice for the victim and root out whoever is behind the scam, Andi Grace puts her nose to the ground to sniff out the clues.

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The Last Word

by Gerri Lewis

Obituary writer Winter Snow is no stranger to grief, and writing obituaries for the citizens of Ridgefield, Connecticut, is her way of providing comfort to those who have been in her shoes. But funerals and eulogies are meant for the dead, so when the very much alive Leocadia Arlington requests her own obituary by the end of the week, Winter’s curiosity is piqued. Even more so when she finds Mrs. Arlington dead soon after. Officer Kip Michaels and his relentless partner Tom Bellini make it clear that Winter is under suspicion for the death.  

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Murder at an Irish Chipper 

by Carlene O’Connor 

Siobhán’s brother Eoin’s new family restaurant, The O’Sullivan Six, is so close to opening—but waiting on the necessary permits plus the heat of July in the village of Kilbane in County Cork is driving everyone a bit mad. Macdara Flannery comes to the rescue with a plan—take a holiday by the sea and stuff themselves with fish and chips to support the struggling business of the aptly named Mrs. Chiable on Amazon 

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Gone with the Witch 

by Angela M. Sanders

When human bones are discovered beneath an old outhouse covered in blackberry vines, no one knows who they once belonged to. But elderly Helen Garlington wants Sam the sheriff to test the remains, suspecting they may solve the mystery of her long-vanished husband. It’s not a match, and Helen takes it hard, drowning her disappointment in sherry at the tavern—where she sees a contestant on a game show who she swears is her missing spouse, Martin. To ease the woman’s mind, Josie contacts the show to track down the look-alike guest, who kindly agrees to travel to Wilfred—and is then found dead the next morning. 

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Mrs. Morris And The Mermaid 

by Traci Wilton 

Charlene and her handsome spectral friend, Dr. Jack Strathmore, are thrilled that their Salem, Massachusetts, B&B is overflowing with mermaids in advance of the town’s newest attraction—a mermaid parade! Retired Hollywood actress Trinity Powers has even agreed to appear on the lead float to commemorate her breakout role as the eponymous mermaid in the blockbuster cult classic, Sirena. The parade also features Trinity’s rival, an up-and-coming ingénue, who stars in the film’s recent (and somewhat controversial) reboot. Though their rabid fan clubs seem ready to tear each other—and the festivities—apart, the vying actresses are keeping it cool, for now .

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Murder In Masquerade

 by Mary Winters 

Victorian Countess Amelia Amesbury’s secret hobby, writing an advice column for a London penny paper, has gotten her into hot water before. After all, Amelia will do whatever it takes to help a reader in need. But now, handsome marquis Simon Bainbridge desperately requires her assistance. His beloved younger sister, Marielle, has written Amelia’s Lady Agony column seeking advice on her plans to elope with a man her family does not approve of. Determined to save his sister from a scoundrel and the family from scandal, Simon asks Amelia to dissuade Marielle from the ill-advised gambit. 

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