It is 1955, and the three Fayette sisters have lived their whole lives in the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans. Though neglected by their parents, they share a close bond with one another?from afternoons in their small, shared bedroom, to trying to speak with ghosts beneath the sweeping trees in their garden. When the middle sister Constance disappears, the family believes she has run away, as she has done before; it is only the youngest?fourteen-year-old Bonavere (known as Bonnie)?who suspects there is more to it. Met only with grief from her family and resistance from the police, Bonnie embarks on a journey to bring her sister home, venturing through fabled Red Honey Swamp, and the city’s vibrant and brutal history. Unravelling the layers of her sister’s secret life, Bonnie discovers a pattern of girls found half-mad in the Louisiana swampland, and a connection to the wealthy, notorious Lasalle family. To rescue her sister, she must confront the realities of true violence, and the very nature of insanity.
New District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen uncovers a series of dark secrets when he investigates the disappearance of two boys in the remote Faroe Islands.
Constable Hazel Best attracts a sinister new admirer in this absorbing police procedural.
When does a secret admirer become a stalker? When chocolates on the doorstep give way to the sound of an intruder on the stairs? When the victim’s friends are waylaid in the dark and beaten bloody? When she receives photographs memorializing these events? Or when people start dying?
Vampire Don Simon Ysido has been captured and held aboard a ship heading to the US to act as a slave, and Dr Lydia Asher must stop it . . . at any cost.
I can hardly believe this is the 9th Bird Lover’s Mystery!
Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms will need help from her fine-feathered friends when an uncommon bird sighting plunges her into a hornet’s nest of black magic and murder most foul . . .
Amy is enjoying a little down time in her shop Birds & Bees. Things are slow until a woman comes in looking to purchase some bees. After helping her out with that information, the woman introduces herself as Yvonne Rice, a new face in Ruby Lake. Exotic and intriguing, Amy accepts her dinner invitation after seeing a photo Yvonne took in her yard of a rare yellow cardinal. Bringing as her plus 1 Kim.
While Amy has gotten an appropriate house warming gift, Kim has decided to re-gift the Lord of Death statue that neither of them wants. As Yvonne brings out a Ouija Board and has most of them on board to have a go, a mysterious message pops us. I. Am. Murdered.
Confused and a little bothered by the odd folks living around the pond, Amy is just starting to dig into Yvonne when the poor woman is found dead in her home. While there is an escaped convict in the area, this looks very suspicious, as do all the residents there.
Or is there some VooDoo going on with the Lord of Death? No matter, Amy is on the case and she isn’t letting anyone tell her no.
This series has grown so much over time. I used to think of Amy as rather a dull character,easily duped and not standing up for herself. Now, you better take this gal seriously! You hear that Ex-Amy??
The characters, the birds, the entire town of Ruby Lake is looking really good to me right now!
NetGalley/ Kensington Lyrical Underground May 14, 2019
A Key West Food Critic Mystery #9
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Key Zest Magazine’s delightful food critic, Hayley Snow is busy trying to meet her deadline, help with Thanksgiving prep and getting married to hot cop Nathan. She needs to get this one seafood tasting tour over and then she can concentrate on her wedding.
But when one of the ladies drops dead on the tour, Hayley’s friend, Analise asks her to help find out what killed her. There were a few restaurants on the tour and a few reputations could be at risk if it was poisoning.
At the same time, Nathan is on a big case and keeps cancelling on her. What could be more important than the wedding? And where is he??
Great characters, a foodie mystery and a locale to die for, this series just keeps getting better and the food is 5 star drool worthy! Are there recipes? Of course!
I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have.
Netgalley/May 7th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
James Asher #8
Lydia and James are back with our favorite vampire Don Simon Ysidro. While James is off being a spy at the front, Lydia is boarding a luxury liner from Paris, headed to America. All she knows is that Simon is in trouble, in pain and she must help him. Then maybe kill him. But first she must find him.
Her working theory is that someone is using him and keeping him under their thrall. That someone being an obnoxious, unscrupulous American, industrialist Spencer Cochran and his henchmen. Known for making striking workers disappear among other unsavory acts.
James is trying as hard as he can to get her information on the drug that is being used on the vampire. Even going so far as to knock on the Paris vampires door for help.
When children begin dying on the ship, time is of the essence to save not only the passengers, but also Simon. Who she really does not want to kill, but will she?
This is one of my favorite series. Historical Fiction with Vampires. What could be better?
Very Well Done!
NetGalley Reviews/ Severn House May 01, 2019
A Hazel Best and Gabriel Ash Mystery
When Constable Hazel Best stops a confrontation between a local gang member and a harmless looking fellow on the train, a chain of events ends with bodies and everyone she loves in danger.
As she begins finding things on her doorstep, she at first believes she may have a secret admirer. Her full attention isn’t on the flowers and chocolates, as Trucker, the local gang member is found dead. As Hazel tries to find a link between the dead boy and then a dead journalist, it’s beginning to look like the secret admirer may have taken that next leap to stalker. And when Ash is brutally beaten and warned to stay away from Hazel while at the same time Saturday shows up again, Hazel is determined to find the culprit. But it may cost her life.
I love the characters in this book. They aren’t perfect. Bad things have happened to them And one is a talking dog. But they are a family in the truest definition of the word.
Very Well Done
NetGalley/ May 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers
Daryl Wood Gerber is back with the 8th in the Cook Book Nook Mystery Series.
Crystal Cove is celebrating Book Club Bonanza Week and book clubs from all over are meeting up in town. Jenna is ready at the Cookbook Nook with not only cookbooks but some juicy works as well.
The most exciting group, the Mystery Mavens, are having a moveable feast going from house to house sampling the hosts goodies and talking books. Everyone is enjoying themselves until Jenna and Pepper arrive at the last location only to find a dead host!
And adding insult to injury Pepper is the main suspect. Will her daughter have to arrest her since she is the chief of police? Or will Jenna have to put her Sherlock hat on and uncover the real killer first?
The victim it seems was not so nice of a person. Which makes for a lot of suspects!
With recipes included and a great cast of characters, once again the author has given us a great cozy!
NetGalley/ Beyond the Page Publishing April 23, 2019
A KATE HAMILTON MYSTERY
Kate’s memories of the Scottish Isle of Rothsay are bittersweet. She spent her honeymoon here. Her husband grew up here. Her husband died here. And now she is back at the request of her former sister-in-law, Elenor, who has turned the family home into a hotel.
Elenor asking Kate for her assistance is weird enough but for some reason Kate must come to the island and it’s urgent and Elenor is afraid of something or maybe someone. Is it the ghost that some say haunt the hotel? The lovely Flora?
Before she’s had more than a few moments with Elenor, the annual Tartan Ball is getting underway downstairs. With the promise that they will speak after the ball, Elenor shows her a small casket and tells her “This is where it began”. But the next morning finds Elenor dead outside of the Historical Society and Kate will not leave until she finds out what was going on and who did this. And there are motives everywhere you look. Elenor was not a well-loved person. And the history with the house has left some islanders with a bitter taste in their mouth.
When the hunky detective staying at the hotel teams up with her to figure out who is killing folks and blaming it all on the gentlest soul in town, more than just alibis begin popping up. Maybe a kiss or two? Finally maybe Kate finds love again?
You shall just have to read it to find out! I enjoyed Kate and Tom. Really all of the characters were well-developed and you could picture them in your mind.
Good Cozy. Well Done.
NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books April 09, 2019