A FIELD GUIDE TO HOMICIDE by Lynn Cahoon

A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer Mystery #6)

Cat Latimer Mystery #6

Cat is hosting a different type of writer’s retreat this time. Couples. 2 couples, 1 odd college student and Uncle Pete’s girlfriend, Shirley. It seems like everyone and his brother are jumping on the writing bandwagon!

Seth is overwhelmed with planning an outing for the group, doing airport runs and prepping for his military unit’s reunion.

Hiking local Colorado mountains and venturing into mining claims turns into finding a dead body and not just anybody, but a friend of Seth’s from the military. The one who died in the war. Chance had been living off the grid for all these years and no one knew. Or did they? And why did he fake his death?

Everyone is acting odd at this retreat. Including Seth and Shauna. And of course, our Cat is going to stick her pert little nose into this mystery and find out what her man is hiding and who killed his friend.

This is my favorite book so far. The characters are well-formed and are continually growing and evolving. There are really tough topics tucked in these mysteries and I always learn something new while being thoroughly entertained. With Ms. Cahoon that is a given.

NetGalley/January 28th, 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

 

 

The BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT by Ellery Adams

The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society, #3)

A Secret, Bone, and Scone Society Novel #3

Nora Pennington is beginning to wonder if this rain is ever going to end. Owner of Miracle Books, Nora isn’t complaining about the business packing the towns inns and her bookstore but it would be nice to have a dry day here and there. 

Along with the new shoppers, she makes a new friend. Sheldon is like a fairy godmother who swoops in and makes everything interesting and as long as he is stranded at the inn, Nora intends to make full use of his talents!

And rain or not she needs some things for the shop so it’s off to the flea market. Nora finds local artisan, Danny, and falls in love with one of his bowls she believes her sweetie would love.

When the next day finds rain and floods and a body, Nora smells a mystery! When she believes she has found a clue in of all places The Inn of Mist and Roses. What does Danny have to do with the legend of the inn?

And now there is a second body and Nora knows it’s time to call on the Secret, Bone and Scone Society to help find out who did what and why!
Another hit for Ellery!

 

NetGalley/ January 28th, 2020 by Kensington

 

 

 

THISTLES AND THIEVES (Book 3) by MOLLY MACRAE

Thistles and Thieves (Highland Bookshop Mystery #3)

The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series Book 3

Back to Scotland at Yon Bonnie Books with Janet and friends.

Janet is out for a bike ride by Inversgail when she sees tracks and finds Dr. Murray and his bike down a very steep slope. Calling the Police Scotland emergency number, she is struck by what look like tire tracks. If this was an accident why in the world didn’t they stop? And if it wasn’t an accident who in the world would want to kill a much loved and already retired doctor?

In the next few days, Janet finds a box of vintage first editions on her bookstore doorstep. The note tells her to look after them. But she and her team aren’t sure what that even means. There are mysterious writings in the books and they all agree that they must have belonged to the doctor. And off they go to find Gerald, the brother.

First calling the doctor’s home they get his sister. And boy is she angry and from the looks of things the house has been robbed. Moving on to the reclusive Gerald, they instead find a dead body killed with a dagger. Now both brothers are dead and things are starting to look sketchy.

The police are investigating the deaths for connections but are also looking askance at Janet and her team. They just want to find out how the books got to the shop and why.

And so the mystery begins. But will Janet and her team end up in jail?

The third book in the series is really good. The characters are so real and the descriptions of the area make you feel like you are right there in bonny Scotland!

Very Well Done!!’

NetGalley/ January 7th, 2020 by Pegasus Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silenced in Sequins by Debra Sennefelder

Silenced in Sequins (Resale Boutique Mystery #2)

Resale Boutique Mystery #2

Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .

Kelly is still determined to make her inheritance, the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique, her grandmother’s store, a success. With Black Friday coming up she is giving it her all to turn a profit. And when one of the Long Island Ladies (Reality Show) Wendy, stops by to consign some of her designer duds.

Unbeknownst to Kelly, her shop assistant sold one of the gowns to another LIL! The diva Diana Delacourt. You just know with a name like that she is going to be a diva. But when Diana shows up at an event wearing the dress, Wendy humiliates her and Diana runs out.

The next morning Kelly stops by to check on her only to find her lying in the snow dead. With Wendy being the prime suspect, she demands that Kelly help clear her name or Kelly’s step-mother may not get the open slot on the show. 

Although she’s been warned by police to stay out of this, she isn’t going to do that. No, she’s going to go digging around and putting a big old target on her own back!

Debra Sennefelder is one of my favorite authors. This one is perfect to kick off the new year!

NetGalley/January 7th, 2020 by Lyrical Underground

 

 

SEALED OFF by Barbara Ross

Sealed Off (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #8)

A Maine Clambake Mystery #8

In Sealed Off, we are back in Busman’s Harbor, Maine visiting with the Snowden family and their Clambake Business. It’s October and they are finishing up for the year with only six bakes left.

Julia has hired her boyfriends’ brother, recently released from prison, to help with the fires. Lately, she has been noticing that there is a bit of tension in their close-knit group. Not one but two men are vying for Emmy’s attention and it’s beginning to feel awkward.

When Julia and Sonny find one of the interested parties dead in the woodpile, it’s not looking good for the ex-con.

At the same time work is continuing on the family manor although that turns up more mystery. A secret room, a secret diary and enough curiosity to kill several cats! Julia and friends get down to solving both mysteries, sad as they both may be.

I love this series. Barbara Ross is a wonderful storyteller alone or with her writing partners in crime! About the only thing, I love more than murder and mayhem is a good historical mystery! Secret rooms? Diaries from the 1800s? Sign me up!

NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

 

 

 

 

MATCHMAKING CAN BE MURDER by AMANDA FLOWER

Matchmaking Can Be Murder (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1)

An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1

A brand new series from Amanda Flower! And if you enjoy a little bit of crossover in your cozy series, this is the one for you!

Our main character, Millie, lives in Harvest, where the author’s Candy Shop Series is set, so you’ll see a few familiar faces.

Millie is a widow who has recently moved back to her childhood home in Harvest, Ohio. She is a quiltmaker and also a matchmaker. She’s quite good at knowing which person should be with the other.

The one person who she really wants to help is her niece, Edith. Edith is a widow with small children and a huge greenhouse business. Edith is engaged to Zeke, who is not a likable fellow and may have ulterior motives for wooing Edith.

When Edith tells Millie she has decided to not marry Zeke, Millie is thrilled. Everyone else? Not so much. So when Zeke turns up dead in the greenhouse Millie is sure Edith will be a suspect. Edith isn’t going to prison on her watch! But will poking around needle the wrong person?

I have read a few Amish Cozy Mysteries and these are different. The characters are flawed and very funny! Is there such a thing as an Amish Romantic Comedy/Mystery? It seems there is and this is it!

Looking forward to more of Millie!

NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington

 

DEATH with DOSTOEVSKY by KATHERINE BOLGER HYDE

Death with Dostoevsky (Crime with the Classics Book 4)

A Crime with the Classics Mystery #4

Professor Emily Cavanaugh is back at Bede College, not as a Professor, but on sabbatical and trying to work on her book on Dostoevsky.

On her first day in the library, Emily runs into a former student, Daniel Razumov, and his girlfriend Sveta. Daniel is also researching Dostoevsky but from a different point of view than Emily. Emily has always thought Daniel was one of her more promising students, but he seems unwell and distracted.

Emily’s new brother, Oscar is here as well as Richard McClintock, the sketchy chair of her division. And the fabulous Marguerite, one of my favorites!

When Emily finds out the reason for Daniel’s misery, she confronts fellow professor Taylor Curzon. Taylor is a predator and a very unlikeable person! Taylor could care less about what Emily or anyone else has to say about her shady behavior. She has dirt on everyone and uses it as a weapon.

But someone is tired of her wicked games and soon her job is open! Emily finds her dead on the floor of her office. And the shady people start coming out of the woodwork.

There was no shortage of suspects in this one. Some pretty nasty folks. But also some new characters! Luke’s nephew, Colin, also a cop and Oscar’s girlfriend Lauren.

When Daniel is arrested for the crime, Emily will try her best to figure out who the real killer is. Hopefully, before he/she realizes that Emily is on to them.

Another great one from this author. Always a pleasure and there is always something to learn!

Well Done!

NetGalley/ Severn House Release December 03,2019