A BIDDER END by ELLERY ADAMS and PARKER RIGGS

A Bidder End (Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Book 7) by [Adams, Ellery, Riggs, Parker]

A brand-new book in the Antiques & Collectibles Mystery Series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs.

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

Molly Appleby is back at work writing for the Collector’s Weekly. Up first, an auction of antiques from a retired actor whose young new wife doesn’t want to live with old things in her house, well except for said rich husband.

Molly is thrilled her friend was chosen to host the auction. It would really boost his name recognition and hopefully make a boatload of money for his business. And it doesn’t hurt that he is dating the actors secretary.

As Molly covers the auction she is taking in not only the antiques but some pretty odd behavior from some of the players.

Molly has a nose for antiques and odd behavior and when her friend turns up dead even the police know she is going to dig as deep as she has to in order to prove it was murder.

There were so many shady characters hiding in plain sight in this first of a new series. It was hard to narrow down who had the best motive. And the more she digs the more she finds out her friend wasn’t the nice guy she thought. When the killer begins targeting Molly she digs her feet in harder. But who would want Molly dead? Or is someone playing cat and mouse with her?

I am thrilled to see this new series. The characters were smart and believable, the plot could have been pulled from the headlines and it all came together perfectly. As a good cozy should!

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Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton

Survival of the Fritters (Deputy Donut Mystery #1)

A Deputy Donut Mystery #1  First in a Series

Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.

Emily, a former 911 operator, loves owning her own donut business with her father-in-law, retired Chief of Police. After the death of her husband, she left her 911 job and opened a donut shop named for her Tabby, Dep. things are progressing well when one of Emily’s regular customers, Georgia, fails to show up for her Knitters group her friends are worried and so is Emily. When they go to check on her they find her dead in her home surrounded by stale donuts.

By coincidence maybe, Georgia’s son was murdered just 5 years ago and his killer has never been found. Along with her new neighbor and friend, she investigates on her own to prove neither she nor Lois could have done this.

With clues that make no sense, this could be the end of their partnership and the end of them, if they don’t find out who the killer is.

Emily and her father-in-law are really good characters. Fallingbrook is full of interesting people and some shady characters. This is a really good beginning of a new series and I hope we will see more soon! Oh and and there are recipes in the back! Even a penuche one!

Out now.

Strange Practice: A Greta Helsing Novel by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.

Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

As the first in this new urban fantasy genre featuring Dr. Greta Helsing, this was quite unlike any I had read before. Yes, the Helsing is from the Van Helsing, but instead of hunting down vampires and sending them to the great beyond, Greta is a physician to the undead. Vampires, Vampyres ( yes there is a difference), ghouls, banshees, demons, mummies,werewolves, you name it and she probably treats it.

The core group of  undead in the book are a colorful and mostly likeable group. When one of their own is attacked and is unable to heal himself, Greta is called in. He has been stabbed with an odd cross-shaped blade containing some type of poison.

There are  a few things going on here at the same time. A killer is loose in London, leaving bodies with cheap rosaries in their mouths. What do these murders have to do with the rogue group of monks murdering undead and human? And what kind of power do these so-called monks have with their weird glowing eyes and murderous ways?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of the characters. Greta was a bit of a hard one to read in the beginning but by the middle I was enjoying each and every one of them. I mean who knew there were little ghoulettes? Baby ghouls! And making functioning limbs for mummies. There was a lot of fun reading going on with this one and having read the tease for the next one, I will be reading it too!

Well done Ms. Shaw!